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Last updated on January 17, 2017 at 2:54 PM ET
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U.S. group Urn is now working with Emmy nominated make-up and special effects artist Cleve Hall for the production of a music video for the song "Black Widow."
Many know Cleve from his own reality show "Monster Man" on the SyFy Network. Besides creating special effects for films, Hall has worked with bands like KISS, Alice Cooper, Marilyn Manson, Insane Clown Posse, Tenaceous D, and Devo.
Italian avant extreme metal collective Syk unleashed the maniacal "I-Optikon" full-length album via Housecore Records last month. In commemoration of its release, today a video companion to "Fong" comes online.
"Fong in the I-Ching [an ancient divination text and the oldest of the Chinese classics possessing a history of more than two and a half millennia of commentary and interpretation] indicates abundance; an enlightening moment that comes together with maturity," elaborates the band. "This is an important song in the 'I-Optikon' tracklist and comes just after 'Mud' which is about the crisis before the awake of the mind. Maturity doesn't mean peace but acceptance that doesn't necessary requires understanding." More...
Pomona, California's Xibalba will unleash a latest set of recordings in the form of "Diablo, Con Amor... Adios," a new three-song EP set for release in February through Closed Casket Activities,
These new tracks were recorded at The Pit Recording Studio with longtime cohort Taylor Young (Nails, Twitching Tongues, Disgrace) and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Integrity, Nails, Harm's Way).
With the EP's announcement, today the lead track "Diablo" comes online and can be heard below. Closed Casket Activities will release "Diablo, Con Amor... Adios" on February 17th, pressed on electric blue with olive/blue splatter, orange with bronze splatter, and solid electric blue color schemes.
2. Con Amor
3. Adios More...
Inferno Records just checked in with this announcement about inking a new record deal with Serbian group Jenner:
"Formed in December 2013, Jenner is the only all-girl metal band from the Belgrade area and in spite of their young age, they're showing a high potential & great abilities in delivering high-quality heavy speed metal!
"They had released a two-song demo in 2015, already showing great professionalism & technical abilities! After weeks of intense hard work, they have recorded their first full-length album called 'To Live Is To Suffer' that will soon be released on Inferno Records! Stay tuned! For fans of Heathen, Overkill, Agent Steel, early Megadeth..." More...
Great American Ghost will embark on a headlining tour of the eastern half of the U.S. in February, with support from Until We Are Ghosts and Bungler.
The Boston band deals in dark, smothering hardcore - check out latest video "Destroyer" below. A new album is slated for release later this year on Good Fight Music, with full details still to come. Catch the band live:
Feb 18 - Providence, RI @ Fete Music Hall
Feb 19 - Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage Lounge
Feb 21 - Baltimore, MD @ Sidebar Tavern
Feb 22 - Lemoyne, PA @ The Champ
Feb 23 - Woodbridge, VA @ Fearcliff Skate Park
Feb 24 - Ringgold, GA @ Cloud Springs Deli
Feb 25 - Brandon, FL @ The Noise Box
Feb 26 - Margate, FL @ Inkwell Pub
Feb 28 - Orlando, FL @ The Backbooth
Mar 3 - Buffalo, NY @ Studio Waiting Room
Mar 6 - St Louis, MO @ Lemp Brewery
Mar 7 - Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
Mar 9 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Diesel
Mar 10 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Loft
Mar 11 - Manchester, NH @ Bungalow More...
"Don’t Forget The Business In The Music Business" author Antonio Ponce has posted a new blog on the financial responsibilities that goes with being in a band and working out your budgets. Ponce comments:
"The last thing you want to happen is to get a big break and not be able to act on it due to a lack of funds. Opportunities only come every so often and you need to be ready to pounce when they do. Being in a band means you are part of a team. However, some things need to be taken care of at the individual level first."
Entitled "Band Budget - Tips On How To Keep Money In The Bank For Band Expenses," the blog mentions tips to get your financials organized for future development, just one of many topics discussed by Ponce in his new book. Check out the full blog entry here. More...
Boston-based group Rozomav has issued the details and a brief trailer for upcoming debut full-length album "This Mortal Road," which is set for co-release through Battleground Records and Dullest Records in March.
With five monolithic passages consuming over forty minutes of textured, melody-laced doom metal, "This Mortal Road" presents a sonic catharsis featuring the longest, heaviest, and most progressive tracks Rozamov has ever created.
"This Mortal Road" will see release March 3rd on vinyl through Battleground Records, on CD and cassette through Dullest Records, and digitally through the band.
1. This Mortal Road
2. Wind Scorpion
3. Serpent Cult
4. Swallowed And Lost
5. Inhumation More...
After being on hiatus for several years, Echoes Of Eternity is now working on the follow-up to 2009 album "As Shadows Burn." The group comments:
"Time for an update on our forthcoming album, 'Ageless.' This album has definitely been a labor of love. Lots, of blood, sweat and tears....and more than a few minor setbacks.
"Rest assured, it will see the light of day in 2017. We will have more details (track titles, release date, artwork etc....) as things progress. Stay tuned!"
All But One - a project featuring Alestorm guitarist Máté Bodor - just inked a deal with Lifeforce Records. The label issued this statement:
"We are very happy to announce the signing of modern metal act All But One to the Lifeforce Records roster! With members of Alestorm, Heaven Shall Burn, and Lifeforce Records' very own When Our Time Comes – All But One has a brand new message to deliver.
"The band's powerhouse debut album tastefully fuses the worlds of pop and metal music, combining accomplished melody with masterful guitar and fearsome breakdowns.
"All But One was born as a passion project of Alestorm guitarist Máté Bodor. After catching the attention of an elite group of like-minded musicians, what began as a side project evolved into what will undoubtably become a formidable force in the rock music industry.
"All But One is a product of professionalism, uncompromising passion and an unstoppable hunger to succeed." More...
Argento Records is aligning several new titles for release early this year, beginning with a remastered vinyl version of the out-of-print "Verwüstung" album by Ukrainian black metal horde Moloch.
Birthed in 2002 as solo act of Carpathian artist Sergiy Fjordsson (Psilocybe City Life, Saturn Form Essence, Silver Sphere Moon), Moloch delivers cold, misanthropic, and desolate mid-tempo black metal.
Released in a one-time limited CD run in 2014, "Verwüstung" will now be reissued in a quality LP version, featuring the previously unreleased track "Große Geister Aus Dem Vergessenen Königreich Der Stille." The entire album has been fully remastered for vinyl by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege, bringing these fully analog recordings to a new level of intensity. More...
2016 was a breakout year for progressive metal band Oni with the release of debut album "Ironshore," touring alongside heavy metal greats such as Max & Iggor Cavalera and Children of Bodom, and tearing up the stage at Ozzfest Meets Knotfest with Randy Blythe of Lamb Of God.
After capping the year with Top 10 "Album of the Year" nods from the likes of Metal Injection, Metal Insider and others, Oni is returning with a new music video for one "The Only Cure" - featuring guest vocals from none other than Randy Blythe himself.
The music video, directed and edited by Abraham Roofeh, doubles as a petrifying, serial killer-themed horror film rapidly cutting to scenes of Oni and Blythe setting the soundtrack. Check it out below.
Guest vocalist Randy Blythe of Lamb Of God states: "What a super creepy video! Horror fans will love it - the production is Hollywood film-quality. It looks like something out of a 'SAW' or 'Hostel' movie. I had a lot of fun with the Oni guys recording this track, and it's cool to see the music set to such dramatic scenery. Nightmares..." More...
The second annual Chicago Open Air will bring together an all-star lineup on July 14th - 16th at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL just outside Chicago.
The three day music, craft beer, and food festival will feature over 40 performances, including Ozzy Osbourne, KISS, and Korn, along with Rob Zombie, Slayer, Godsmack, Stone Sour, Megadeth, Lamb Of God, Seether, Meshuggah, Anthrax, Clutch, Body Count, and many more.
Tickets for Chicago Open Air 2017 go on sale Friday, January 20tj at Noon CT right here. In addition to three days of nonstop rock, Chicago Open Air’s celebration of everything loud will also include local and regional cuisine, the Headbangers Bier Hall highlighting top brews from the region, other entertainment and fan experiences, and will be hosted by SiriusXM’s Jose Mangin. More...
Doom/sludge metal band Hollow Leg returns with a new two track EP titled Murder, which will be released via Argonauta Records on March 3rd, 2017. The label comments:
"This EP consists of the band's strongest material to date features new drummer John Stewart (Bloodlet/Caribou King) who replaced founding member Tim Creter. 'Murder' will be available on all digital formats with a physical release to follow later in the year."
2. Raven More...
The ANA Metal For Charity project will be released by Into The LimeLight Records this coming May 5th, 2017. Founded by Marius Danielsen and Anniken Rasmussen, Ana features a truly impressive all star lineup we will raise money for cancer research. Anniken and Marius stated:
"We have seen this horrible disease up close. It seems to affect everyone in some case. For quite a while we have had a wish to contribute to the fight against cancer. Now just felt like the time. Ana was originally written in remembrance of someone who died of cancer. We wanted to use it for an even greater cause. However, we wanted to make a fight song, so we had to rewrite some of the lyrics. We are grateful for all the contributing parts and hope that we can make a difference."
The project will include "Ana," written by Marius and Anniken, a cover of Dio's "Holy Diver," as well as bonus tracks donated by participating bands. The album will be made available as a digipack as well as a download through all major streaming sites. The insanely long list of contributors begins after the cover artwork (prepare to use your scroll button): More...
Inferno Records just inked a new deal with Sleazer for the release of an impending album. The label comments:
"Time for us to announce to you the second band to join the label this year... This time, this is an all-male band called Sleazer - coming from Italy! Founded in 2011, the band has since worked very hard and now can be considered as one of the most interesting bands to emerge from the underground scene!
"After a first demo, they established them as a serious outsider in the battle of traditional heavy metal defenders together with bands like Enforcer, Skull Fist, Cauldron... One song ('Fall Again') can be listened now, this will give you an idea of how HARD they're gonna rock you once the album 'Fall Into Disgrace' will be out! Stay tuned!" More...
Aldaria, formed by Norwegian guitarist/composer Frode Hovd (Memorized Dreams), signed on with Germany's Pride & Joy Music for the release of the new album "Land of Light." The album is set for release on March 24th.
Hovd commented: "Pride & Joy showed great passion for the project, and we share the same visions for the release. I'm really looking forward to work with Birgitt and the Pride & Joy team."
"Land of Light" was mixed by Roland Grapow at Grapow Studios and Mastered by Jacob Hansen at Hansen Studios. The album features guest stars: Fabio Lione (ex-Rhapsody of Fire/Angra/Eternal Idol), Todd Michael Hall (Riot), Uli Kusch (ex-Gamma Ray/ex-Helloween), Rick Altzi (MasterPlan/At Vance), Mathias Blad (Falconer), Jonas Heidgert (DragonLand/Destiny), Jimmy Hedlund (Falconer), Roland Grapow (MasterPlan/ex-Helloween), Mike LePond (Symphony X), Siegfried Samer (Dragony/Vision of Atlantis), Yannis Papadopoulos (Wardrum), Andreas Nergård (Rudhira), David Akesson (Qantice), Tommy Johansson (Sabaton/ReinXeed) and many others.
More news about the release coming up soon. Check out the album artwork here: More...
It is only ten days until the release of the exciting new album "Theater Of Dimensions" via Napalm Records (January 27th) from symphonic metal act Xandria. The band has been absolutely dominating the subgenre for nearly 20 years. Pre-order the album now at this location.
On the album the band commented: "We brought back plenty of memories, sometimes just bits and pieces, but those stuck to our heads. And it made us see who we are and where we wanted to take our music. All this makes the most colourful Xandria album so far. It contains our most heavy and most emotional moments.”
For "Theater Of Dimensions" the band teamed up again with producer Joost van den Broek. The album features guest vocal appearances from Henning Basse (Firewind), Zaher Zorgati (Myrath), Björn Strid (Soilwork) and Ross Thompson (Van Canto). There is a soundtrack-like, orchestral finesse inherent to the compositions, echoed by pounding groove and sophisticated shredding. Folklore and ballad chime in ("Forsaken Love"), heavy thrash rears its ugly head ("We Are Murderers (We All)"), and overall there is no doubt: Xandria are not only fearless, they are at their most entertaining and thrilling!
Today, the band has once again teamed up with MetalUnderground.com to unleash a music video for the brand new song "Call of Destiny." Check it out below.
The track listing for "Theater of Dimensions" is as follows:
1. Where the Heart Is Home
2. Death to the Holy
3. Forsaken Love
4. Call of Destiny
5. We Are Murderers (We All) (Feat. Björn Strid) (see lyric video here)
6. Dark Night of the Soul
7. When the Walls Came Down (Heartache Was Born)
8. Ship of Doom
10. Song for Sorrow and Woe
11. Burn Me (Feat. Zaher Zorgati)
12. Queen of Hearts Reborn
13. A Theater of Dimensions (Feat. Henning Basse)
MetalUnderground.com is proud to present "Call of Destiny" here: More...
Swedish heavy/power metal band Cryonic Temple has signed a deal with Scarlet Records for the release of their new album "Into The Glorious Battle." The album is the long awaited and highly anticipated follow up to 2008's "Immortal." The album is set for release on April 21st. A preview clip can be found at the bottom of this article.
"Into The Glorious Battle" marks the debut release for vocalist Patrik J. Steen, who joined in 2014 and drummer Micke Dahlkvist, who joined in 2013.
Cryonic Temple was founded in 1996 in Dalarna, Sweden. Together with Orphan Gypsy and Sabaton the band is considered one of the originators of the new power metal wave in the early 2000s. After 9 years of silence, the band is finally going to release the fifth studio album via Scarlet Records. "Into The Glorious Battle" is Cryonic Temple's first concept album, an exciting story taking place in the future, made of the most dynamic songs the band has ever composed, which is still deeply rooted in the power metal genre but also open to new influences and sounds, including mind-blowing ballads. With this album, Cryonic Temple is at the top of it's game.
More information is expected soon. For now, the album's artwork and preview clip can be seen below: More...
Danish symphonic gothic metal act Akoma released a teaser clip for the upcoming new full length album debut "Revangels." The album will be issued on January 27, 2017 via Massacre Records.
"Revangels" is recommended for fans of Nightwish, Xandria and Within Temptation. The album follows the band's 2012 EP "The Other Side."
The track list for "Revangels" is as follows:
1. Enticing Desire
2. Revangels (Feat. Liv Kristine)
3. Change Of Propensity
8. Heartless Deceiver
9. Bittersweet Memories (Bonus Track)
Check out the teaser here: More...
German thrash act Vendetta is streaming the new song "Religion is a Killer." The song will appear on the band's new album "The 5th," set to drop on February 24th via Massacre Records.
"The 5th" is the first album from the band in six years (2011's "Feed the Extermination"). The album is the first to feature new guitarist Michael Opfermann and the return of guitarist Frank Heller, who was with the band from 2002-2006, both of which entered in 2012.
The track listing for "The 5th" is:
2. Let 'er Rip
3. Deadly Sin
4. Agency of Liberty
5. The Search
6. The Prophecy
7. Shame on You
8. Religion Is A Killer
Check out "Religion is a Killer" here: More...
California technical death metal act So This Is Suffering released video clip for the new song "Columbine." The song appears on the band's upcoming new release "Palace Of The Pessimist," set to drop on February 24th from Unique Leader Records.
The track listing for the album is:
1. Sleeper Hold
7. Muerte Bella
8. Portraits Of Fixation
9. Dreameater (see music video here)
10. The Sum Of All Fears
Check out "Columbine" here: More...
Swedish power metal act Lancer just dropped the new album "Mastery" via Nuclear Blast Records on Friday the 13th. Today, the band issued a new video clip for the song "Follow Azrael," which is available in the player below.
The track list for "Mastery" is:
1. Dead Raising Towers
2. Future Millennia
3. Mastery (see music video here)
4. Victims of the Nile
5. Iscariot (see lyric video here)
6. Follow Azrael
7. Freedom Eaters
8. World Unknown
10. Envy of the Gods
11. The Wolf and the Kraken
Check out the clip here: More...
German melodic death metal act Nailed To Obscurity issued the first in a series of track-by-track video clips on the upcoming new album "King Delusion." The album is set to drop on February 3rd via Apostasy Records.
The track listing for the album is:
1. King Delusion
6. Uncage My Sanity
7. Devoid (song streaming here)
8. Desolate Ruin
Check out the clip here: More...
Romanian melodic metal/hard rock act Scarlet Aura issued a new music video for the song "You're Not Alone." The song is taken from the band's latest album "Falling Sky," which was issued back in October 2016 via Pure Rock Records, a division of Pure Steel Records.
The band will go soon hit the road with Tarja Turunen to present "Falling Sky" to the whole world. Check out the clip here:
French death metal act Eradikal Insane has parted ways with the singer and are now launching auditions for a replacement.
The announcement reads: "Hi everyone ! 2017 updates.
"We announce that our singer has decided to leave the band due to internal and personal reasons. We are now looking for a new permanent vocalist. Location doesn't matter, just be very serious and damn motivated.
"Things are changing for the best. Besides writing new material and working on future shows, we have many projects ahead. So stay tuned!"
U.S. black metal underground legends Wormreich will be entering the studio in early April to record the new full length album to be entitled "Vril - The Elixir of Death and the Void."
Dummer Chris Pezzano stated: "We are very pleased to announce, that Wormreich shall be entering the studio to record our next full length entitled 'Vril - The Elixir of Death and the Void,' starting in early April this year. The album has been in the making for years now, but due to the accident a few years ago, it had to be postponed for obvious reasons.. But now the time has arrived, and we are very excited about it! This album will surely take you on a Hellfire/Horror ridden journey! Several guests may also appear on the album, but more on that later. The album will be recorded/engineered by our great friend Paul Golden at House of Devastation Studio. Infernal Hails! ........Profana"
Wormreich was formed in 2009 by guitarist/vocalist Vulk and joined by current and former members of Blood Stained Dusk, Ancient (Nor), and Hallows Eve, and despite tragedy and death, Wormreich has returned to unleash Satan’s will upon the Earth. Wormreich is an established touring band, currently signed to Moribund Records, and they have a reputation for putting on air-tight and intense live performances, gaining them great respect and admiration within the extreme metal underground. More...
New Jersey thrash act Blood Feast will rise from a 28 year slumber with the release of the highly anticipated third full-length album, "The Future State Of Wicked." The follow up to 1989's "Chopping Block Blues" is set for international release on April 14th via Hells Headbangers.
Blood Feast fans old and new will not be disappointed by "The Future State of Wicked," as the "holy trinity" of releases from the band’s early days – Kill For Pleasure (1987), the Face Fate EP (1988) and Chopping Block Blues (1990) – inform much of the new album. All the speed, brutality, and twists ‘n’ turns Blood Feast is known for are intact and in your face (nine of the 10 songs being written by original guitarist Adam Tranquilli), yet updated with modern production. Joining Adam are vocalist Chris Natalini and bassist Tom Lorenzo, along with some new blood in Joe Moore (drums) and CJ Scioscia (guitar).
Blood Feast was formed by Adam Tranquilli, Gary Markowich (vocals), Kevin Kuzma (drums), and Lou Starita (bass) in 1985 as Blood Lust. They quickly wrote and recorded the classic four-song demo, "The Suicidal Missions." Shortly after, they became a five-piece with the addition of Michael Basden on guitar. The band was then approached by New Renaissance Records to contribute songs to the Thrash Metal Attack (“Menacing Thunder”) and Speed Metal Hell 3 (“The Suicidal Missions”). This prompted the name change to Blood Feast. New Renaissance then offered a record deal, which led to the recording of the classic "Kill For Pleasure" album and a US tour with Death Angel. The "Face Fate" EP quickly followed. More...
Following the stellar "Eldritch" album (reviewed here), Saille's follow-up release "Gnosis" is on the horizon for a spring release, and today we're premiering a new track from the impending full-length album.
Check out "Genesis 11:1-9," the fourth track cut off this nine song concept release, in the SoundCloud player below.
For those not familiar with the Bible, the chapter and verse segment in question deals with the tower of Babel, in which the biblical deity takes offense to the people of the world working together towards a common cause and building a structure that could reach heaven (presumably he's not happy about skyscrapers or space stations either, but as of yet hasn't shown up to confuse our languages and cast us far and wide for those offenses).
In addition to sporting a darker, more powerful sound, "Gnosis" sees some lineup shifting within the Belgian symphonic black metal group, which is now operating as a five piece. Saille frontman Dennie Grondelaers explains about the writing process and lyrics:
"With 'Gnosis' (Greek for 'knowledge') we venture into the world of the Promethean ideal and its Luciferian counterpart. This album explores a multitude of historical, mythological and fictional sources that tell us about the strife for knowledge and its (potentially devastating) consequences.
1. Benei ha'Elohim
2. Pandaemonium Gathers
4. Genesis 11:1-9
5. Before the Crawling Chaos
7. Thou, My Maker
8. Magnum Opus
9. 1904 Era Vulgaris More...
Hailing from Bucharest, Romania technical death metal outfit Spectral premieres a new track titled "Nihilist", taken from the band's upcoming debut album "Neural Correlates of Hate". The band's recording lineup features such well-known names as Romain Goulon (Benighted, Necrophagist, Monument Of Misanthropy) on drums and Christian Muenzner (Obscura, Spawn of Possession) for guest solos.
Check out now "Nihilist" below.
Oakland, California's Lecherous Gaze debuts a new song entitled "Reptile Minds" and taken from the upcoming new album "One Fifteen". Produced by Greg Wilkinson at Earhammer Studios and mastered by Carl Saff, "One Fifteen" is the band's third full-length and follow-up to the band's 2014 album "Zeta Reticuli Blues". It will be released on February 10th, 2017 through Tee Pee Records.
Check out now "Reptile Minds" below.
U.S. metal act Sanctuary is streaming "Die For My Sins", taken from the upcoming release "Inception", the official prequel to 1988's classic debut "Refuge Denied". Century Media Records has set February 24, 2017 as the release date for it.
"Inception" contains presumed lost 1986 studio recordings, which guitarist Lenny Rutledge discovered recently and were magically restored, remixed and remastered by Zeuss (Queensrÿche, Hatebreed).
Check out now "Die For My Sins" below.
Sunlight's Bane from Michigan premieres a new song titled "Begrudging Soul", taken from the upcoming new album "The Blackest Volume: Like All The Earth Was Buried" (aka TBVLATEWB), which will be released via Innerstrength Records on February 17th.
Check out now "Begrudging Soul" below.