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As In Defence is readying to kick off a Winter Tour of the Southern half of the U.S. this Sunday, the instigators have deployed a brand new track from recent recording sessions with Joel Grind at Signaturetone Studios. Check out "Unholy Water" below, courtesy of Noisey.Vice.com.
In addition to a Southern U.S. Winter tour, running from this Sunday, February 1st through the 24th, In Defence has also been confirmed to take part in Berserker Fest II in Detroit. Running from March 12th through 14th, the three-day melee will see the band joining the likes of Incantation, Poison Idea, Iron Reagan, Coliseum, Full Of Hell and countless more.
2/01/2015 Minnehaha Free Space - Minneapolis, MN
2/02/2015 Memory Lanes - Minneapolis, MN
2/03/2015 Underground Rock Shop - Des Moines, IA
2/04/2014 Vandals - Kansas City, MO
2/05/2015 The Conservatory - Oklahoma City, OK
2/06/2015 Three Links - Dallas, TX
2/07/2015 house show TBA - Austin, TX
2/08/2015 The Korova - San Antonio, TX
2/09/2015 Fitzgeralds - Houston, TX
2/10/2015 Siberia - New Orleans, LA
2/11/2015 Handlebar - Pensacola, FL
2/12/2015 Churchills - Miami, FL
2/13/2015 Fubar Downtown - Tampa, FL
2/14/2015 Shantytown - Jacksonville, FL
2/15/2015 TV Land - Tallahassee, FL
2/16/2015 Nobby's - St. Augustine, FL
2/17/2015 Uncle Lou's Entertainment Hall - Orlando, FL
2/18/2015 (A) Space - Gainesville, FL
2/19/2015 The Guild Hall - Savannah, GA
2/20/2015 Poison Lawn - Knoxville, TN
2/21/2015 Café Coco - Nashville, TN
2/22/2015 The Demo - St. Louis, MO
2/23/2015 Peste De Merde - Columbia, MO
2/24/2015 The Health Club - Omaha, NE
3/12-14/2015 The Loving Touch - Ferndale, MI @ Berserker Fest II More...
Scotland-based Barshasketh and USBM act Void Ritual have paired up for a sprawling split to be released on February 17, 2015 by Broken Limbs. The split is limited to 100 copies on black shell cassettes.
Comprising two tracks, Barshasketh's side of the split is a return to the primal origins of the band. "Palingenesis" is a re-recording of the very first Barshasketh track that was ever written, now revisited with a new intensity.
Void Ritual has contributed three songs to this split with Scotland’s Barshasketh. While the music is a continuation of the sound established on "Holodomor," it’s also much uglier and yet more melodic. The lyrics deal with horrific cults in recent history, their bizarre theology and violent conclusions: the Heaven’s Gate, Paradise, and Order of the Solar Temple cults.
The track listing is: More...
You can discover now the complete upcoming EP of Pryapisme, titled "Futurologie" in the player below. The "Futurologie" EP will be released on February 9th (10th in the USA) via Apathia Records.
The EP contains "two" tracks (actually 12, but who's counting?): a 23 minute song ridiculously titled "Petit traité de futurologie sur l'Homo cretinus trampolinis (et son annexe sur les nageoires caudales)," divided into eleven section for clarity, and a single track classical re-orchestration of the music.
The Canadian rednecks from Them County Bastardz are offering a free download of the track "Drive By," taken from the upcoming album "Sick Daze," which is due out February 24th via Smokehouse Records.
Listen in below, or grab your own copy at PureGrainAudio.com here. The full "Sick Daze" track listing is as follows:
1. Drive By (4:48)
2. In The County (4:33)
3. Buzz Kill (4:03)
4. It's Not Metal (0:25)
5. Metal For Mark (5:25)
6. The Bastard (4:23)
7. Rise Up (3:58) More...
The upcoming sixth installment of the NYC-based Apocalyptic music event, Apex VI, has been announced, bringing a three-day fiesta of absolutely demolishing proportions to the city the first weekend of June 2015.
The biennial Apex gathering unites a wide spectrum of international music artists, experimenters and collaborators from across the realms of noise, drone, industrial, power electronics and more. The 2015 installation promises to be one of the most damaging lineups, with a monstrous array of artists from across the smoldering globe together, with Apex VI now confirmed to run from June 5th through 7th.
The Apex VI gala will take over Trans Pecos in Ridgewood, Queens, and while the three-day lineup is not fully complete, the current list of confirmed acts includes The Body, Gnaw Their Tongues, Menace Ruine, Trepaneringsritualen, Burial Hex, Sutekh Hexen, Svartsinn, and more. More...
Eden's Curse will release the band's first ever live album titled "Live With The Curse" on March 13th (EU) and April 14th (USA) via AFM Records.
Recorded at The Classic Grand in Glasgow, Scotland on November 28th, "Live With The Curse" is packed with over 100 minutes of music on 2 CD's and contains many fan favourites and classics from all four Eden's Curse albums: "Eden's Curse" (2007), "The Second Coming" (2008), "Trinity" (2011) and 2013's "Symphony Of Sin."
The cover artwork was once again created by graphic designer Thomas Ewerhard (Edguy, Avantasia, Jorn) who has worked with Eden's Curse since the days of the group's 2007 debut album. The CD booklet is packed with stunning live pictures and was designed by the band's web designer Tadeu Grigolon of HGC Productions. More...
Swedish outfit Suffer The Pain recently wrapped up recording debut album "Midnight Sacrifice," which is due to drop later this year through Phobia Records and Masasiorangutan Records. A new song from the release, titled "Repel The Crown," is also now online and can be heard in the player below.
With the release of Wells Valley’s debut album “Matter as Regent” just one week away, the Portuguese sludge/post-metal trio has teamed up with Decibel to give fans a chance to hear the entire album before it is released. Stream the full release below.
Today, the rabble-rousers at Invisible Oranges are sullying the airwaves of the Internet with a refurbished rendition of "Necromaniac" by California's favorite gore strategists, Exhumed. Check out the track below.
The latest number comes by way the band's forthcoming "Gore Metal: A Necrospective 1998 - 2015" full-length. "Gore Metal" was initially unleashed in 1998, but not content to let the album rot away, Exhumed returned to the studio to re-record the underground classic.
Proclaims guitarist/vocalist Matt Harvey: "'Necromaniac' was a song that we felt best exemplified what we were going for on 'Gore Metal:' Possessed and Repulsion ripoff riffs, grunts, screams, whammy bar obnoxiousness, and a traditional song structure. Hence why we chose it for the album's leadoff track. We've played the song countless times live throughout the years and I don't hate it yet, which is a good sign! This version is a lot more listenable and coherent, which may or not be a good thing depending on your taste. Anyway, if all that sounds like your kind of thing, give this revamped version a listen!"
"Gore Metal: A Necrospective 1998 - 2015" will be unleashed via Relapse Records on February 10th, 2015 digitally, as a limited edition LP, and as a deluxe two-CD set which comes packaged with the original version of the album. More...
Wntersun has issued the following statement about Kai Hahto missing upcoming tour dates:
"Due to the Nightwish duties Kai is not able to perform the upcoming Wintersun live shows with us. Therefore we are proud to announce that Timo Häkkinen (Sotajumala) will be filling in for the time being. A great drummer and also Kai’s friend, we are going to blast our live shows like before! Cheers!"
Kai had this to say: "As most of the shows during 2015 will collide with Nightwish there was no other option than to get Timo to do the shows I can't. I will be back in 2016 for sure. Cheers!!"
Timo also adds: "I am very honored to fill in for Kai and to help the band out. Kai is a dear friend as well as my all-time favorite drummer. I look forward to the experience and embrace the challenge - see you on the road!" More...
Despite the sudden disintegration of her previous band The Oath in 2014, Johanna Sadonis's passion for making music that touches the darkest recesses of the soul has blazed on. The result is Lucifer - a new manifestation of the Berlin-based singer and songwriter's potent musical vision.
Lucifer will release a debut 7" single on April 7th in North America via Rise Above Records. Today Noisey is hosting a premiere of the A-Side of "Anubis." Check it out below.
Although still firmly rooted in the fertile soil first cultivated by Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin and Blue Oyster Cult, Lucifer exists in a proudly liberated and limitless sonic realm, where the heaviest blues rock is a mere starting point for the band's skyward creative trajectory.
After the release of their debut seven-inch via Rise Above Records in April, Lucifer will be edging towards the completion of a full-length debut album, which is expected to emerge later in 2015. More...
West Virginia instrumental stoner rock band Karma To Burn is currently in the midst of a gargantuan North American live takeover, and is now pleased to unleash a pair of "Arch Stanton" behind-the-scenes video clips.
Produced by Snakehill Productions, the clips find the trio discussing preferred tracks, favorite vocalists, dead or alive, tour life, and more. Check out the clips below, courtesy of TheObelisk.net.
Initially released in Europe last Summer via Switzerland-based Faba Records, Karma To Burn's groove-laden "Arch Stanton" long player became available by the label domestically earlier this month. More...
The manga mosh metal outfit Rise Of The Northstar just released an official video for the track "Samurai Spirit," which can be seen below.
"Samurai Spirit" is taken from the band's ferocious debut album "Welcame" and can be seen in the player below, courtesy of Kerrang.com. The album's track listing is:
01. What The Fuck
02. Welcame [Furyo State Of Mind]
03. The New Path
04. Samurai Spirit
05. Dressed All In Black
06. Again And Again
09. Simon Says
11. Blast 'em All More...
Florida black metal outfit Kult Ov Azazel has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band's drummer:
"Hammer has been dismissed from Kult ov Azazel. He has been replaced by Azagkur (Master (live)/Rumpelstiltskin Grinder/ex-Woe).
"We thank Hammer for his past contributions and wish him well in his future projects but at this point on it is impossible for him to continue with Kult ov Azazel.
"This is a much needed overhaul and will allow us the ability to move forward with getting a new album recorded for you all and the opportunity to do more live shows or touring in the near future. We are looking forward to destroying the masses this March and April with this new lineup!"
The doom / sludge upstarts from Morbid Evils today premiere the new track "South of Hell" online, which can be heard online, thanks to MetalSucks.net. The track hails from Morbid Evils' debut album, "In Hate With The Burning World," set for international release on March 6th via Svart Records.
Formed by Keijo Niinimaa (Rotten Sound), the Finnish four-piece crawled out from the sewers in early 2014, formed out of the members' shared love of downtuned riffs played at a slug's pace and a hatred of humanity in general.
Comments Keijo Niinimaa, "We have a desolate worldview, and our aim is to create soundscapes that suck the listener into fiery sewers in which there is no hope for a future."
The album's track listing is as follows:
3. In Hate
4. South of Hell
6. Burning World More...
According to a press release from the Inyo County sheriff's department, Black Sabbath's 65 year old bassist and song writer Geezer (Terence Michael) Butler was arrested after being involved in a bar room brawl.
The sheriff department's press release reads:
Shortly after midnight on January 27th Sheriff’s Dispatch received a call regarding a verbal and physical altercation that took place at the Corkscrew Saloon located at the Furnace Creek Ranch property in Death Valley National Park.
After the Inyo County Sheriff’s Deputy arrived on scene and interviewed witnesses it was determined that there had been an argument that escalated into a physical confrontation - resulting in an individual being struck, and a broken window.
Terence Michael Butler a 65-year old man from Beverly Hills, CA was arrested for misdemeanor assault, public intoxication and vandalism. Butler was booked into the Inyo County Jail and released after detox and citation.
At this point there has been no statement from either the Black Sabbath camp or Geezer Butler about the incident. So come on Metalunderground readers, let's get on with the Black Sabbath lyric puns in the comments...
Detroit-area doomsday machine Hollow Earth has premiered a new video for "The Reclamation," the opening song off latest LP, "Silent Graves," released in November of 2014 on Panic Records.
Directed by Nick Holland of Diamond Dead Media, the video portrays bleak, post-apocalyptic vibes, reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy's The Road, and fitting of Hollow Earth's cautionary hardcore.
Hollow Earth frontman Steve Muczynski states, "The video for 'The Reclamation' reflects the lyrics of the song and paints a picture of the post-apocalyptic world we're currently headed toward with the decisions we make as a society."
"Silent Graves" was produced by Andy Nelson (Harm's Way, Weekend Nachos) and mastered by Brad Boatright (Integrity, Nails). More...
Bloody-Disgusting.com has teamed up with Arbitartor to premiere a new lyric video for "Stillborn Bastard of The Nazarene," which is taken off the band's upcoming debut album "Indoctrination of Sacrilege," due out on February 13th.
Band founder Robert Kukla comments: "'SBOTN' was the last song written for the album and by far the strongest testament to the future of the Arbitrator sound. Upon its completion, I knew that writing for the album had to be concluded, as it brought about such a strong revelation of musical direction for me. It's heavy, epic, catchy, and above all... unforgivably hateful. Jorgan Redick's tastefully crafted lyric video brings the track nothing but justice."
The album was produced by Sacha Laskow (ex-Divinity, Every Hour Kills) and mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Katatonia, Amon Amarth, Arch Enemy) along with album artwork done by Colin Marks (Exodus, Scar Symmetry, Jeff Loomis). The track listing is:
1. They Will Worship This Fire of Agony (6:41)
2. Stillborn Bastard of The Nazarene (6:50)
3. For That Which May Appease Lions (6:56)
4. Serpent of The Styx (8:41)
5. Profaned and Perfected (7:30)
6. The Burning Sands of His Kingdom (instrumental) (3:14) More...
This March, Brooklyn’s self-proclaimed “pillars of rock and roll righteousness” will release a new, self-titled album through Los Angeles’ equally badass record label RidingEasy Records.
"Blackout" by Blackout will be released worldwide on March 31st, 2015, and you can hear the track "Cross" below. You can also hear more music from Blackout by heading over to the group's Bandcamp page here. More...
German underground black metal act Der Weg Einer Freiheit just released "Requiem," the first new track taken from forthcoming album "Stellar."
"Requiem" is streaming below thanks to Stereogum.com and will be released on March 24th in North America. The track listing is as follows:
6. Letzte Sonne
8. Unendlich More...
Wovenwar is extremely excited to partner with Loudwire to exclusively debut a music video for the track "Death to Rights." The clip was directed by Josh Klein and Nick Hipa. Check it out below.
Phil Sgrosso (guitars) states: "Here is our new music video for our song, 'Death To Rights.' The clip is mainly performance based and incorporates manipulated imagery relating to our album art. We are stoked to share it with you all. See you soon."
Wovenwar will continue a North American touring onslaught alongside In Flames and All That Remains on the "Charming America" tour, which kicks off on February 20th. Additionally, the band will be appearing at select record stores for acoustic performances over the next month. On January 31st, the will be appearing at Hastings in Littleton, CO, followed by a March 5th appearance at Record Exchange and Boise, ID, and March 7th at Silver Platters in Seattle, WA.
Sgrosso (guitars) further comments: "As I write this, we are in the middle of the 'Juggernaut' tour with our buds Periphery, Nothing More and Thank You Scientist. The tour is off to a killer start, as we make our way through the west coast. From watching each band every night, you can't help but be impressed by the technical proficiency and musicianship this tour has to offer. Add the fact that every band and crew is comprised of rad dudes. This tour kicks 2015 off on the right foot.
"Immediately following the 'Juggernaut' tour, we are excited to be joining forces with the almighty In Flames and All That Remains on the 'Charming America' tour. Having a long touring history with both bands, we know there won't be a shortage of good times, OR BEER for that matter." More...
Greek cover designer Seth Siro Anton (Paradise Lost, Soilwork, Moonspell, etc.) captured the atmosphere of Morgoth's upcomign album “Ungod” and transformed it into an eerie piece of delusion and despair, which can be seen below.
Seth Siro Anton commented: “When you have the mission to visualize a legendary band like Morgoth, you must seek ancient traditions to properly transmit classic darkness!“
Morgoth added: “We are very happy to have worked with Seth for the cover artwork of the album. We knew it wouldn’t be very easy to put the title 'Ungod' into a design that is vivid, brutal and aesthetic at the same time. We had received a couple of good different suggestions for the artwork, but Seth’s simply was the one who pictured exactly what was already in our minds. It can roughly be described as God drowning in the void, killing its own creation and becoming the 'Ungod' - The dawn of the Antichrist.”
“Ungod” will be released on March 30th, 2015 in Europe and April 7th, 2015 in North America through Century Media Records. More...
Swedish epic doom metal act Sorcerer released a music video for the new track "The Dark Tower of the Sorcerer." The song appears on the upcoming new release "In the Shadow of the Inverted Cross," which is set for release via Metal Blade Records on March 20th.
The track listing is:
1. The Dark Tower of the Sorcerer
2. Sumerian Script
3. Lake of the Lost Souls
4. Excorcise the Demon
5. In the Shadow of the Inverted Cross
6. Prayers for a King
7. The Gates of Hell
8. Pagans Dance
Check out the video here: More...
Get ready for a reign of bloody hell across the earth, mortals! Today The Monolith Deathcult unleashes a new track from the forthcoming "Bloodcvlts" EP.
Listen in below (courtesy of the folks at No Clean Singing). "Bloodcvlts" will be available in North America on March 24th, and the track listing is as follows:
1. Reign of Hell
2. I Conquistador
3. Der Hexenhammer
4. Doom of the Tawusê Melek
5. Hangmen Also Die
7. Die Waffe Mensch RMX
8. Den Ensomme Nordens Dronning More...
Israeli power/melodic metal act Desert released a music video for the new track "Never Regret." The song is the title track of the sophomore full length album, which is set for release on March 30th, 2015 via Raven Music.
The video was directed by Vadim Mechona and can be seen in the player below. The track listing for the album is:
1. Chasing The Pray
2. Assassin’s Fate (see lyric video)
3. Son Of A Star (feat. Alex Zvulun)
4. The Wolf’s Attack
5. Never Regret
6. The Road To You (feat. Infy Snow and Alex Zvulun)
7. 1812 (feat. Ralf Scheepers)
8. Flying Dutchman (feat. Merry Ann Genin)
9. Final Journey
10. Imperial Eagle
Check out "Never Regret" here: More...
The almighty Dethlehem epitomizes RPG melodic death metal, a signature brand displayed on the colossal new album, "Destroyers Of The Realm."
The metal warrior’s flair for over-the-top, gore-tastic, borderline vulgar insanity is taken to new heights with the video for “Mystic Island," which can be seen below thanks to Vice.com.
Typically, Dethlehem’s videos capture epic (and often outlandish) quests for maximum XP. However, “Mystic Island” strays away from that and instead shows four starry-eyed female fans engaging in an ultra-violent battle to the death to prove their extreme devotion to the metal barbarians of Ghorusalem (aka, Pittsburgh, PA).
“This video is an homage to the glory days of the 90s when the boy band reigned supreme,” reveals battle drummer Overlord Brom. “We employed our sexiest dance moves, channeled our inner Zoolander, and found some maidens willing to sacrifice themselves to complete this video. All in a day’s work in Dethlehem.” More...
Concept albums are not new territory in metal by any means. But Northern Virginia's Yesterday's Saints elevate the notion of conceptual metal to a whole other level, thanks to the rich, extensive storytelling and the pummeling metal in "Generation of Vipers." The music is as smart and thought provoking as it is extreme, that's not an easy thing to do. Striking an artful balance is difficult, but Yesterday's Saints make it seem easy.
The current iteration of Yesterday's Saints, who play death-thrash-power combo, has been in existence since summer 2010 and with a self-released EP and some local touring under their belt. They knew that a full concept album was the next step they wanted to take. But they did not go about it capriciously. The decision to go with a concept for the 11-track "Generation of Vipers" was driven by the most important things —the songwriting and careful thought.
The album is assembled like an opera, with three acts, along with an instrumental interlude and outro. It traces the story of Satan, one of the most notorious characters in history, throughout time, from his desire to usurp God's throne to his modern infiltration of mankind to the indication that all of Earth's inhabitants are now his descendants.
The album opens with a flashback and what corresponds chronologically to a third song is actually listed as the first track. The story then resumes from its chronological beginning with the second track. The final song alludes to two theories of the universe: One that asserts we are all a figment of a man's dream, along with the multi-dimensional membrane theory, where the Big Bang Theory was/will be the result of an intersection or collision between our current dimensional membrane and a parallel one.
As a result of either theory, whether "the man" waking up or the collision between dimensional membranes, the end of days is the outcome. Time is then reset again by the man falling asleep again or the explosion of another Big Bang.
The album is out via Draconum Records next week - February 3rd, 2015. Check out our review for the album at this location. Metal Underground.com is proud to present an exclusive stream of the entire album here for you now. So sit back, enjoy and let us know what you think about the debut of one of the more exciting acts to break out the U.S. in some time: More...
Los Angeles', California, metalcore band The Ghost Inside is streaming a new music video "Out Of Control" taken from the album "Dear Youth" released end of 2014 via Epitaph records.
Tracklist is as follows:
02. Move Me
03. Out Of Control
04. With the Wolves
06. Phoenix Flame
07. Dear Youth (Day 52)
08. Wide Eyed
09. My Endnote
10 . The Other Half
11. Blank Page
Just For Fun
Nancy Pagan Animation, the creators of "He-Man Sings Mercyful Fate" video, have returned with another metal-related cartoon "Sons of Northern Darkness", which is apparently going to be a regular series. As you can probably guess from the title, the show is about the black metal veterans Immortal.
The specific premise is as follows: "In the fall of 1995, Black Metal band, Immortal, set out to make a string of music videos for their upcoming album. With little to no-budget, they walked into the woods outside their hometown of Bergen, Norway, never to be seen again. This is their story."
Check out the first episode below:
New progressive and technical death metal supergroup Alkaloid - featuring singer Morean (Dark Fortress, Noneuclid), drummer Hannes Grossmann (Blotted Science, ex-Obscura, ex-Necrophagist), guitarists Christian Muenzner (Spawn of Possession, ex-Obscura, ex-Necrophagist) and Danny Tunker (Aborted, ex-God Dethroned), and bassist Linus Klausenitzer (Obscura, Noneuclid) - has posted another song from their debut album "The Malkuth Grimoire" called "Cthulu".
As reported earlier the band has launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign in support of their debut album, which ends tomorrow. They’ve already surpassed their goal of raising €12,000, but you should still donate, if for no other reason than to purchase this awesome record HERE.
Check out the new track "Cthulu" below.