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Raging Death is a thrashing horde form Silesia, Poland that will release a self-titled album via Punishment 18 Records on April 27th, 2015. The band comments:
"We play old school thrash metal influenced by 80’s teutonic metal gods. We are strong believers in true metal faith, our music is travel back to the 80’s, when metal was wild, loud and full of fury and anger. Fast, rough and with no compromise. Metallic punch stringht into your face!"
The track listing is as follows:
01. Space Invaders
02. Raging Death
03. Back To The Past
04. Warrior Of Revenge
05. Evil Command
06. Race Of Races
07. Cry For Time
08. Challenged By The Unknown More...
Today the German black metal group Vargsheim publishes the second and third parts of a track-by-track preview for the "Träume der Schlaflosen" album. Check 'em out below, or you can find the previously posted 1st episode at this location.
Vargsheim consists of the live line up from Imperium Dekadenz and released third full length album "Träume der Schaflosen" on the 20th of February via MDD Records. More...
The second in a series of webisodes leading up to the release of "Padmalotus," the third album from the Italian ritual psychedelic trio Nibiru, can be seen below.
This trailer features the song “Ashmadaeva," with the band commenting: “The name Asmodai is believed to derive from Avestan language *aešma-daeva, where aešma means ‘wrath’, and daeva signifies ‘demon’. This track contains a particular ambivalence. On one side the raw power of the classic sound of Nibiru and on the other side it incorporates a thrilling dark ambient with particular instruments like gong and didgeridoo.
“This is the first track we wrote during the new Nibiru ‘way’. We took more care of its structure, even if we did not lose our love for the improvisation. After the creation of this song, we decided to create a record quite different, compared to the previous albums."
Due on May 18th via Argonauta Records, the "Padmalotus" track listing is as follows:
4. Khem. More...
It's time for another round of Pit Stories. This story comes to us via Matt Garzilli of Sworn Enemy. Brian Fair of Shadows Fall thought he could mosh in during Sworn Enemy and then play a show but he went to the hospital instead. More...
Thurneman is releasing a debut album titled "De räknar våra dagar" via Swedish label Gaphals after an uncountable amount of vinyl singles and EPs during the last couple of years. The label comments:
"With rough edges the band spits out 15 tracks of classic Swedish hardcore mixed with early U.S. hardcore punk influences - think Huvudtvätt, Missbrukarna and Raped Teenagers reproducing with Husker Du, Articles of Faith and early Poison Idea. Swedish Harcore Punk at it's best.
"LP version includes CD-discography with a total of 43 songs and digital download. Thurneman has previously released singles and EPs on DMC, Sorry State Records, Puke 'n' Vomit Records and Too Circle Records." More...
Central Florida-based metal band Fear The Concept just dropped first single, "Identity," off of an upcoming record of the same name due to drop this Spring.
The song, which was produced by Joey Sturgis (Asking Alexandria, The Devil Wears Prada), can be heard through the video clip below. Fear The Concept frontman Mike Frush had this to say about the new release:
"This new sound is nothing like what we've released before; it's a whole new beast. We've put our blood, sweat, and tears into this record, and we're beyond ecstatic to finally be able to share it with the world." More...
Evemaster just inked a new record deal with Italian label The Goatmancer, with the label issuing this statement:
"Evemaster was born during the bleak Autumn of 1996 when Tomi Mykkänen (music) and Jarno Taskula (vocals) formed the band from the ashes of Finnish death/thrash group Mortal God.
"After releasing the highly acclaimed demo 'In Thine Majesty' in early 1997, the debut album 'Lacrimae Mundi' in 1998 and the second album 'Wither' in 2003 it was time for a new album which was entitled 'III.' It was released in Scandinavia in June 2010. The album features more mature song writing which had evolved melodically and added heavier parts in the music. The album has received rave reviews especially in Finland. The album features Dan Swanö on vocals on 2 songs (he also mixed and mastered the album) and Markus Vanhala (Insomnium, Omnium Gatherum) doing 2 guitar solos.
"After the demise of Supernova Records the band felt the album didn't get the deserved recognition they decided to work with up and coming Italian label The Goatmancer with the re-release of the album in 2015. This re-release is to boost the band for their next release which should be out in 2016.
"Since the beginning Evemaster has played concerts with bands such as Anathema, Grip Inc, Pain of Salvation, Throes Of Dawn, Samael, Enochian Crescent, Profane Omen, Vader, Lacuna Coil etc."
Bullet For My Valentine just wrapped up recording a fifth studio album and is wasting no time getting back on the road.
The band is headed to South America for a headlining tour in July with special guest Motionless In White. Tickets will go on sale at this location for Brazil, Argentina and Colombia dates on Thursday, April 23rd and for the Chile date on Tuesday, April 28th. Dates are listed below.
Matt Tuck comments: “Hey everybody!! We are beyond excited to be coming back to South America. It's been far too long since we saw you last and we can't wait to bring the noise back for you amazing people. Make sure you pick up your tickets fast and we'll see you there.”
Bullet For My Valentine will raise hell on the road all Summer long - the upcoming South American tour will precede the band’s monumental North American run with Slipknot and Lamb of God that’s taking place July through September. More...
Heidevolk announced that guitarist Reamon Bomenbreker and vocalist Mark Splintervuyscht have split with the band after a twelve year run. In 2013, the band saw a split with then vocalist Joris Boghtdrincker, and this announcement brings a full turnaround on the vocal duo front.
The band posted the following on Facebook: "With a heavy heart Heidevolk says good bye to both Reamon (guitars) and Mark (vox). After 12 intense years with Heidevolk they have decided that it is time to move on. We thank them for the great times both on and of stage and we wish them both the very best for all their future endeavors. The album release show May 2nd @ LuxorLive (Arnhem, NL) will be their last live performance with Heidevolk."
Bomenbreker commented: "After twelve fantastic years I am announcing my departure from Heidevolk. I would like to express my gratitude to the fans around the world for all their support over the years: you are amazing. I would also like to thank the Heidevolk members and crew (past and present): it has been a honour working and partying with you. I am proud of what we have achieved over the years. This is an extremely difficult decision for me to make, but the last year my heart hasn’t been in it 100% anymore. I strongly believe that when you’re part of a band you have to give it 100% or don’t do it at all. More...
Germany's Deez Nuts released new album "Word Is Bond" today in North America. In celebration of the release, Lambgoat.com is hosting a full album stream. Give it a listen below.
With the release of "Word Is Bond," the band will embark on an extensive European tour with Stick To Your Guns, Trash Talk and Being As An Ocean. Dates are available after the jump. More...
Sweden's Tribulation has finally released third full-length, "The Children Of The Night," worldwide today via Century Media Records.
The Finnish funeral doom pioneers from Shape Of Despair are streaming the first track taken from their new album, "Monotony Fields."
The album's title track is streaming below, courtesy of Decibel Magazine. "Monotony Fields" will be released by Season of Mist on June 16th in North America.
Regarding the track, Shape Of Despair comments: "Monotony fields, a song which reflects the album and it’s atmosphere the most for us. Slow trip into the mind of desperation." More...
After recently completing work on upcoming album "Fail To Feel Safe," Ohio-based hardcore/metal outfit Enabler is now ready to embark on a U.S. headlining tour.
Kicking off in Torrington, CT on June 1st, the trek will feature Meek Is Murder as support. See below for all dates.
Due out summer 2015, Enabler's forthcoming album was recorded at Silver Bullet Studios with engineer Chris Teti and producer Greg Thomas. More...
Australia’s incendiary extreme musical export Thy Art Is Murder just announced the upcoming European tour titled "The Australian Takeover." The band will be supported by Australian label mates Aversions Crown, who released Nuclear Blast debut "Tyrant" in November 2014.
Thy Art Is Murder comments: "As Emmure had to cancel their upcoming European tour due to illness, a lot of fans were asking what happened to the rest of the bands. A few things led to another and all of a sudden the rest of the package couldn't do the tour.
"Not wanting to let you guys down we worked tirelessly with our agent to bring you a tour. A headline tour. And the final European tour of the Hate album cycle. And we're bringing some friends. We are happy and proud to announce our good friends from Australia, Aversions Crown, Feed Her To The Sharks, and Earth Rot will be joining us on this exciting excursion. Our amazing agent still has a lot of work to do to pull the dates together for announcement but get excited for this last minute run of Australian metal before 'Holy War' is released!"
The upcoming album "Holy War" will be available in various formats and unleashed in Europe on June 26th. See the band live: More...
Metal Blade Records is prepared to add The Great Discord to the growing list of Sweden's heavy metal exports.
Today the label releases a second teaser from upcoming album "Duende." Part 2, "Sacrosanct (Deus Ex Homine)" can be viewed below.
"Duende" will be available worldwide via Metal Blade Records on June 2nd in North America, June 1st in the UK / Europe, and May 29th in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. More...
German symphonic metal act Xandria announced the details of the upcoming new EP to be entitled "Fire & Ashes." The EP will drop on July 31st via Napalm Records. The cover artwork (shown below) was designed by eminently respectable Felipe Machado, known also for his works with Rage, Blind Guardian, Iron Savior and Rhapsody of Fire.
In addition to three new tracks, "Fire & Ashes" will feature two re-recorded classics: "Ravenheart" (from the 2004 release of the same name) and "Now & Forever" (from the 2005 release "India"). Two covers will be included as well: Sonata Arctica's "Don't Say a Word" and Meatloaf's "I Would Do Anything for Love."
The band commented on the choice of the Meatloaf classic: "During the photoshoot for the Sacrificium record we were digging through our music libraries to find something appropriate for getting us in the right mood. At some point we got stuck with an artist every one of us had a crush on someone with and a story to tell about back then from our teenager days in the earlier 90ies.
"We straight away started joking about doing a Xandria version of this particular song, but really forgot about it until the discussion of doing some remake for an EP came up again. With the biggest respect we started this operation of transforming one of our all time faves, a real classic, into a Xandria hymn. Well, we think we quite did an 'okay' job and on July the 31st it`s your turn to decide whether you`ve got a favorite song or not."
The track listing for "Fire & Ashes" is:
1. Voyage of The Fallen (New Track)
2. Unembraced (New Track)
3. In Remembrance (New Track)
4. Ravenheart (2015 Version)
5. Now & Forever (2015 Version)
6. Don't Say A Word (Sonata Arctica Cover)
7. I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That) (Meatloaf Cover) More...
Italy's purveyors of black/doom metal Forgotten Tomb will embark on an headlining European tour in late October/early November 2015, supporting latest record "Hurt Yourself And The Ones You Love," which was released by Agonia Records in April 2015.
The band will perform a brand-new set of songs, including material from all its discography that hasn't been played ever before.
Hailing from France, Nocturnal Depression will team up as support for the whole tour, promoting new album "Spleen Black Metal" via Avantgarde Music.
Full venue and show details will be available soon, but for now Forgotten Tomb has revealed the following upcoming dates preceding the tour with Nocturnal Depression:
16.05.2015 - Melna Piektdiena, Riga, LATVIA
17.05.2015 - Kulturos Baras Kablys, Vilnius, LITHUANIA
30.05.2015 - Billar Billy's, Mexico City, MEXICO
06.06.2015 - Metropol Live Stage, Kiev, UKRAINE
09.08.2015 - Agglutination Metal Festival, Chiaromonte (PZ), ITALY
18.09.2015 - Phoenix Club, St. Petersburg, RUSSIAN FEDERATION
19.09.2015 - Rock House, Moscow, RUSSIAN FEDERATION More...
Neurot Recordings is very pleased to welcome San Francisco-based sludge/noise rock unit Kowloon Walled City to the label family for the CD release of an as-yet-untitled third full-length, expected out this Fall, with Gilead Media handling the release on vinyl.
Comments Neurot's Steve Von Till: "Kowloon Walled City is a hardworking, no-nonsense group of people, who deliver no-nonsense, in-your-face aggressive music. We couldn't be happier."
Adds the band, "It goes without saying but we're all honored and excited about this. Literally every interaction we've had with the Neurosis camp has been great - they are super solid people who 100% get it. The same goes for Gilead Media. All right, back to work."
Named after a now-demolished Hong Kong region notorious for its brothels, opium dens and casinos, Kowloon Walled City was formed in 2007 and has since released an EP, two full-lengths and a number of splits.
Minneapolis, Minnesota's scathing grind trio Ambassador Gun just released two brand new tracks today, well ahead of the street date for the band's third full-length album, "Tomb Of Broken Sleep."
The follow-up to 2012's "Golden Eagle" album, "Tomb Of Broken Sleep" presents Ambassador Gun in top form, unloading ten new tracks in just over twenty-six minutes that were recorded, mixed, and mastered by Adam Tucker at Signaturetone Recording.
"Tomb Of Broken Sleep" will be released digitally via Bandcamp on July 15th, 2015, with physical versions to follow by the end of Summer. The full track listing is:
1. Heart Of Corruption
4. Once Upon The Sauce
5. Tomb Of Broken Sleep
6. Fire At Will
7. Mighty Steed
8. County Fair Massacre
10. Smoke Crack Worship Satan More...
Melbourne’s Cryptic Abyss just unveiled an official video clip for newest single, “Rusty Knife,” which can be viewed below.
“Rusty Knife” marks Cryptic Abyss’ first recorded material as a five-piece after bassist Kurt Morley joined the fold. Featuring hilarious guest spots from both Nathan ‘Yeti’ Amatnieks (Frankenbok) and Chris Themelco (Orpheus Omega), “Rusty Knife” features some absolutely crushing death metal filmed and edited by Milein Shulze at Blixa Productions. Cryptic Abyss is:
Calvin Cobby - Lead Vocals
Damon Morley - Guitar/Backups
Nathan Allen - Guitar/Backups
Kurt Morley - Bass
James Catarinozzi - Drums More...
The wait is over and fans can finally hear the first song and title track off the upcoming record “The Discipline” from Earth Crisis. Check it out below, thanks to Lambgoat.com. “The Discipline” will drop on May 19th via Bullet Tooth.
Australian speed metal act Elm Street has posted up a preview clip of the upcoming new EP "Heart Racer" (heard in the player below). The three song release will be issued digitally and via Big Cartel through Massacre Records on May 9th.
"Heart Racer" is the follow up to the 2011 debut full length "Barb Wire Metal." The track list is as follows:
1. Heart Racer
2. Next in Line
3. Will it Take a Lifetime?
Check out the preview clip here: More...
Italian power metal act Kaledon named its new vocalist: Michele Guaitoli (Overtures/Future is Tomorrow). As an introduction, the band has posted up an in-studio video clip of the Guaitoli performing the track "Suprise Impact," which originally appeared on the 2010 release "Legend of the Forgotten Reign - Chapter VI: The Last Night on the Battlefield."
Kaledon's latest album "Antillius: The King of the Light" was issued last November via Scarlet Records, which marked the final album to feature former vocalist Marco Palazzi.
Check out the clip here:
This morning, myself and other members of the MetalUnderground.com community were shocked and saddened to read that one of our most beloved visitors to the site, Gary Snyder, better known around here as "Godlike," had passed away suddenly on March 10th at the age of only forty six. That it took so long for some of us who knew him to find this out has added to the sadness felt that we will never again get to speak to him about the music he loved so dearly and the life he led so fully.
Gary was the embodiment of rock and roll. He lived on the road thanks to his occupation as a trucker and was all about having a good time through the usual rock channels. He knew guitars perhaps better than anyone else I've ever known, creating quite a collection and eager to pass on his knowledge to the younger crowd. In the days when the Metal Underground community was thriving, communicating via e-mails and telephone conversations, he would frequently contact me to see how I was, what I was up to and most of all, to talk about rock and metal, introducing me to such bands as Fastway and Jake E. Lee's, Badlands in the process. He also was very keen to get me to the United States, extending the invite indefinitely for me to come and stay with him, something I tragically will now be unable to do.
It wasn't just myself that Gary reached out to. Some of the older members such as Wilco and Blindgreed1 (real/full names withheld unless otherwise requested,) were able to bond with him over their memories of the bands they loved back in their youth such as Saxon and the younger members were drawn to him because of his life experience, easy going attitude and love of the music that we were told by people his age, "we'd grow out of." Even when he suffered through bad times, he only asked us for patience while he was away and that he would be back to his old self as soon as possible. No sob stories, no aggression, just a man who was concerned that he wouldn't be making people laugh as much as he had.
I'm sure we all have fond and specific memories of Gary, which are welcome to be left in the comments section below. It seems the most appropriate way to close this small tribute to a great character, would be to rock out to some of the music he lived for, which in this case, will be one of his favourite bands of all time, Led Zeppelin. Raise a glass, light one up or bang your head in memory of a brother, friend and above all, rocker. This one's for you Gary. More...
According to CNN, AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd, who was originally charged with "attempting to procure a murder", has plead guilty to the charges of threatening to kill and possession of drugs in a New Zealand court. The original charges were dropped due to lack of evidence.
Rudd faces up to seven years in prison. At the moment, he is released on bail until the sentencing hearing, which is scheduled for June 26th. More...
Read the full article at this location.
In just under a week, Kamelot embarks on a North American tour with DragonForce, which will take up the month of May. Well, the band has teamed up with DragonForce again for a second leg of the North American tour in support of "Haven" (May 5, 2015 in North America and May 8, 2015 in Europe and rest of the world) to begin this November.
The band made the following announcement: "For those who missed the news yesterday - We are really pleased to announce that we'll return to the U.S. and Canada this Fall for the second leg of our biggest North American Headliner Tour to date, with special guest Dragonforce. Spread the news!!"
Tickets for the second run will can be found at this location. The dates are as follows:
13: Revolution, Ft Lauderdale, FL
14: Masquerade, Atlanta
15: Expo Five, Louisville , KY
17: Filmore, Charlotte ,NC
18: Filmore, Silver Springs , MD
20: Webster Theater, Hartford., CT
21: Imperial Theater, Quebec City , Que
24: Town Ballroom, Buffalo , NY
25: Royal Oak Music Theater, Detroit , MI
26: Music Hall London , ON
27: Agora Ballroom, Cleveland , OH
28: The Rave, Milwaukee , WI
1: Knitting Factory, Spokane , WA
2: Vogue Theater, Vancouver , BC
3: Showbox, Seattle, WA
4: Knitting Factory, Boise, ID
6: Regent Theater, Los Angeles, CA
7: HOB, Las Vegas, NV
9: HOB, Dallas, TX
10: HOB, Houston, TX
12: The Ritz, Tampa, FL More...
Danish metal act Encyrcle is streaming the new track "Dizzy Me Deadly." The track appears on the band's upcoming debut self-titled release, which is due to drop on June 2nd via Unspeakable Axe Records. A review for the album can be found over here.
The track listing is as follows:
2. To The End
3. Evoke The Night
5. En Trance
6. Dizzy Me Deadly
7. Serpent's Dream
10. Black Dust
11. Obliteration Eyes
Check out "Dizzy Me Deadly" here: More...
Metalcore act Just Like Gentlemen hailing from Jacksonville, FL is about to release the new album "Asylum" on April 28 via We Are Triumphant Records. In anticipation the band premieres a new song and music video titled "Whorecrux".
Check it out the new video below.
Black metal outfit SWARÞ - who's origins and members are unknown - is streaming "Omines Pestilentiae" in the player below. "Omines Pestilentiae" is set to drop on April 30th via Daemon Worship Records. The digipak CD and download version will be available HERE.
Check out now the album below.