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Inquisition just announced an extensive North American trek: the "Bloodshed Across North America" tour begins on January 20th and sees the band as main support to Norwegian label-mates Mayhem. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.
This North American tour will see Inquisition touring in support of crushing latest album, "Bloodshed Across The Empyrean Altar Beyond The Celestial Zenith." If you haven't heard it yet, you can stream the release in full at Bandcamp here. Catch these upcoming Mayhem and Inquisition tour dates: More...
A tumultuous new torrent of suffocating death metal is coming from Portugal's The Ominous Circle with the act's impending "Appalling Ascension" album. As the record is prepared for release through a 20 Buck Spin and Osmose Productions cooperation, today new track "Poison Fumes" comes online and can be heard below.
Featuring artwork by Timo Ketola (Dead Congregation, SUNN O))), Teitanblood), "Appalling Ascension" will be released on CD, 2xLP, cassette, and digital formats January 27th in North America through 20 Buck Spin and in Europe through Osmose Productions.
The first on-stage ceremonies for The Ominous Circle have been initiated (with the band making its live debut in November) and more live actions are being slated for 2017. Catch the group live:
5/27/2017 RCA Club - Lisbon, PT w/ Asphyx More...
Garden State-based brutal death metal outfit Cognitive will kick off the New Year with a ten-date U.S. journey alongside tech death collective Artificial Brain.
The "Deformity Constellation" tour will commence January 13th and run through January 22nd, with additional 2017 Cognitive live takeovers to be revealed in the weeks to come.
"Last year two death metal bands from two different realms of brutality set out for a four-day mini-tour to expand minds and open a rift to the fourth dimension," relays Cognitive in a collective statement. "Back at it again for ten days, we are beyond excited to set out on the road with Artificial Brain once more. We can't wait to see what Artificial Brain has been working on this past year. Artificial Brain is a band that breaches deep within the recesses of your psyche while simultaneously throwing you into the blackest depths of the celestial abyss. Come out and witness the constellations become deformed." More...
With only seven shows to go on the band's current U.S. co-headlining arena tour alongside Shinedown, Five Finger Death Punch will finish out the current trek with All That Remains vocalist Phil Labonte filling in for frontman Ivan Moody, who has fallen ill.
Says Zoltan Bathory, guitarist of Five Finger Death Punch: "Ivan is our brother and we fully and wholeheartedly support him taking care of himself so he can get well as soon as possible. We discussed possibly canceling the remaining shows but the responses from the other bands on the tour were so overwhelmingly supportive that we decided to move forward and deliver the great night to the fans that they expect.”
Phil Labonte comments: “I got their six and stepped up right away. I’m honored to be able to help Five Finger Death Punch to finish their tour and give Ivan a chance to take care of himself. I did the same for Killswitch Engage years ago. I was humbled to get the call and get a chance to play in front of such a great audience.” More...
With new album "Dead Planet" out today (December 2nd) on Good Fight Music, Hollow Earth offers up a full stream below.
Founded in the greater Detroit area, Hollow Earth has been perfecting its apocalyptic metalcore over the past few years, gradually arriving at a sound that's essentially the ultimate soundtrack to hurtling through glorious yet deadly expanses of deep space.
Produced by Misery Signals' Greg Thomas, the album features guest appearances by Trevor Strnad of The Black Dahlia Murder, Tad Doyle of Tad, and John Pettibone of Heiress. If you like what you hear, pick up a copy at this location. More...
Urban Yeti Records is ecstatic to announce that Thrown Into Exile’s leadoff song "No Words" from debut album "Safe Inside" has hit the metal airwaves on SiriusXM’s Liquid Metal Channel 40. The album is also available for full streaming below. The "Safe Inside" track listing is as follows:
1. Myth of Misfortune
3. Restore The Truth
4. No Words
5. Song for the Lost
6. Fear Takes Control
8. Idol of One
9. Start Making Sense
10. Safe Inside
12. Nothing Else is Real More...
Following an absurd entry to our ongoing search for the best Pit Stories, Dead Register is now back with some live footage of new song "Reverse."
This unreleased song was salvaged from shaky cam footage at The Earl during Dead Register's "Fiber" release show on May 7th. If you missed it, a previously posted music video for the "Fiber" title track is also online here. More...
Leaves' Eyes just checked in with this announcement about gearing up for a new tour alongside Sabaton:
"At the moment we are still on an awesome North America tour with Sonata Arctica and Omnium Gatherum and just got great news! We are happy to announce that we will return to the USA & Canada in April / May 2017 and go on tour together with Sabaton and Battle Beast! What a great tour package! Check out the dates, we are looking forward to this killer tour!" More...
First coffee, and now Doom, is there anything Periphery doesn't have its fingers in? Periphery's Matt Halpern joined composer Mick Gordon on stage to perform selections from the Doom 2016 video game soundtrack at this year's Game Awards - check out footage of the insane event below!
Swedish progressive rock/metal band Pain of Salvation ios pleased to announce a first European tour in support of upcoming studio album "In The Passing Light Of Day," which will be released on Friday the 13th of January, 2017 via longtime label partners InsideOutMusic. Catch these currently confirmed Pain Of Salvation tour dates:
07.-11.02. Tampa (US) / Cozumel (Mexico) - Cruise To The Edge
29.03. Copenhagen (Denmark) - Amager Bio
30.03. Hamburg (Germany) - Markthalle
31.03. Berlin (Germany) - Columbia-Theater
01.04. Prague (Czech Republic) - Rock Cafe
02.04. Reichenbach (Germany) - Art Rock festival V
04.04. Aschaffenburg (Germany) - Colos-Saal
05.04. Pratteln (Switzerland) - Z-7
06.04. Milan (Italy) - Circolo Magnolia
07.04. Lyon (France) - Ninkasi Kao
08.04. Barcelona (Spain) - Bikini
09.04. Madrid (Spain) - Teatro Barceló
11.04. Paris (France) - Divan Du Monde
12.04. London (UK) - Islington Assembly Hall
14.04. Venlo (The Netherlands) - Grenswerk
15.04. Leiden (The Netherlands) - Gebr. De Nobel
16.04. Zwolle (The Netherlands) - Hedon
16.-18.06. Clisson (France) - Hellfest More...
Melbourne, Australia’s Naberus just unveiled a new music video for the song "Torch the Sky." The song depicts the struggle of standing up for one’s beliefs and never giving up, even under the direst circumstances.
"Torch the Sky" is the third single off the band’s new album "The Lost Reveries," which comes out worldwide via Eclipse Records today! Vocalist James Ash comments:
“'Torch the Sky' is about being weary of everyone you meet who try to call themselves friends. It’s about looking back on your past and learning from the mistakes you made but not dwell on them, it was the first song we wrote for the lost reveries and really sums up my feelings I had at the time.” More...
Zombie Motors Wrecking Yard combines Ministry-style grooves with the good old sex, drugs & rock'n' roll attitude. The band's debut album "Supersonic Rock'N Roll" will be released on February 24th, 2017 via Napalm Records.
Vocalist Ran comments: "Its done and dusted, fuel up the bus and stock the fucking fridge with beer I'm ready to tour. I just think this album spits and lurches with Aussie rock, and Europe and USA are going to fucking love it.
"Its not just one speed, its not just stoner rock or dirty blues, its what we like, and what we write at the time, fuck, the next album could be saxophone ballads for all we know, Kenny fucking G! Stick us on a stage and we will win em over, through abuse and love, its one and the same, I fucking love you, I fucking hate you...now give me a hug."
The new album's track listing is as follows:
1. Grind The Grinder
2. Dead Smile
3. Galactic Motherfucker
4. Love For Speed
5. Roll'n Burn
6. Fight Fight Fight
7. Supersonic Rock'n Roll
8. Bad Boy Benny
9. God Of No
11. Sick Sad City (Bonus Track) More...
Hailing from Winnipeg, MB, Dark Messiah is a band of marauders blending the elements of metal, metal, and more metal for the perfect soundtrack to the apocalypse.
The band's new self-titled EP was just unleashed digitally and will arrive on CD format on January 20th. The EP was produced and mixed by Matt Copper at Atomic Twenty-Nine Productions with mastering done by Jake Sacher along with artwork by Dallas Duckie Zacharias. You can hear all the tracks below and the following press release was also issued:
"Their soul cleansing sound is the perfect thing to gracefully walk you through the collapse of a failed capitalist world burning to ashes in front of you. When it's all said and done, Dark Messiah's music will elegantly grasp you and escort you through the excruciating, agonizing abyss that is forever known as the gates of hell."
1. Dark Messiah (5:02)
2. No Soul to Sell (4:42)
3. Eliminate the Enemy (6:36)
4. Death from Above (5:08)
5. Your Final Breath (5:08) More...
After the band's utter implosion back in 2013 and then return earlier this year to crowd fund a new album, Jon Leon of White Wizzard has now issued this thank you letter to fans and update on the impending album release:
"In the winter of 2013 I was massively depressed and ready to quit music all together. I did not even pick up a guitar, and was immersed in a haze of self doubt and escapism. I was certain that I would never do another true White Wizzard album.
"I did have a song I had written at the end of our Ill fated final tour that I wanted to record to channel out some of that final musical energy I am infected with that inspires these songs....it wouldn't leave me.
"I always write our vocal melodies along with the lyrics and decided to sing this one for no reason other than just to get it out of me. I had no interest in working with another singer. The result was a song called marathon of dreams. It turned out pretty cool and I think it was an important thing for me to do at that time. I knew many would slag it off but I did not care ....fuck critics! I thought I did a pretty good job.
"I felt that would be the end of White Wizzard...kind of a final goodbye from its founder / songwriter. I decided to start embarking on a solo acoustic project aeons from anything WW. However over time songs just inevitable kept coming and getting better and better. They were unquestionably WW songs. I just could not escape this little demon I am possessed with that just channels these words and this music. More...
Austin metal trio Mothman just released a new lyric video for "Opposite Scarecrow." The fast and furious track is taken from the band's new album, "Answers To No-One," which we exclusively premiered online in October (listen in right here). If you like what you hear, you can also pick up the album at Bandcamp.
Des Moines, IA-based band Dead Horse Trauma just released a short documentary on the recording of upcoming release "Life." on RevolverMag.com.
The documentary lets you step right into the studio and see just how things progressed and it captured the relationship with the band's new bassist in his first couple weeks on his interview process. "Life" is coming in February 2017.
The band is currently on a headlining tour, which will conclude on December 17th at BFE Rock Club in Houston, Texas before taking a break for the holidays. Catch these Dead Horse Trauma tour dates:
12/02 | Blue Lamp - Sacramento, CA
12/03 | Sparks Lounge - Sparks, NV
12/04 | Tackle Box - Chico, CA
12/05 | Broken Spoke Western Saloon - San Jose, CA
12/06 | TBA -Bakersfield, CA
12/07 | Blacklight District Lounge - Long Beach, CA
12/10 | Wild West Metal Fest - Tuscan, AZ
12/11 | TBA - Gallup, NM
12/13 | TBA - Albuquerque, NM
12/14 | My Place- Abilene, TX
12/15 | Tomcats West - Fort Worth, TX
12/16 | Clicks Live - Tyler, TX
12/17 | BFE Rock Club - Houston, TX More...
With the recent release of debut album "Dasein" in May 2016, Montreal's neoclassical tech death collective First Fragment has caught the attention of many guitar fanatics worldwide. Combining '80s neoclassical metal, flamenco, and extreme metal influences, the music of First Fragment is a a bold, over-the-top monument of shred."
Today the band is pleased to unveil the first in a series of guitar playthrough videos featuring Phil Tougas. Check out "L'entité" below, and stay tuned for more clips to come.
Captured at Humanoise Studios with Mathieu Marcotte (Augury, Humanoid) and mixed by Hugues Deslauriers (Augury, Defilementory, Vengeful etc.), the eleven-track "Dasein" features guest appearances from current and former members of Spawn Of Possession, Obscura, Inferi, Augury, and Elderoth, as well as artwork by Sam Nelson (Incandescence, Wayfarer, Stoic Dissention). More...
Canadian symphonic power metal band Malacoda (named after a demon from Dante’s "Divine Comedy") returns with new six track EP "Ritualis Aeterna" that sees official release today, December 2nd.
Packed with dark atmosphere, originality and innovation, this is gothic power metal for the 21st century. Vocalist Lucas Di Mascio comments on the EP:
"After a long journey filled with equal measures of happiness and misery, large helpings of hope and despair, and a pinch of euphoria and rage.... we can finally say 'It's here!' Enjoy the tracks, and we'll see you on the road soon.... These six tracks are full of character and are definitely a sign of things to come."
1. Penny Dreadful (5:34)
2. I Got A Letter (4:37)
3. Pandemonium (3:39)
4. The Wild Hunt (4:20)
5. Linger Here (2:23)
6. There Will Always Be One (3:47) More...
Swedish hard rock outfit Horisont will release upcoming album "About Time" on February 3rd, 2017 via Century Media Records. The band comments on the cover:
“The fabulous artwork for our fifth album 'About Time' is once again crafted by the wizard of art himself – Henrik Jacobson, who also did the 'Odyssey' artwork. Henrik has managed to capture the concept of the album and title in a brilliant Horisont way. We couldn’t be happier with the result and we hope you’ll enjoy it!”
The new album's track listing is as follows:
01. The Hive
03. Without Warning
05. Night Line
06. Point of Return
07. Boston Gold
08. Hungry Love
09. Dark Sides
10. About Time More...
Controversial Swedish metal band Shining has embarked on a 20th anniversary tour in Europe. The tour kicks off in Berlin tonight, and sees Shining performing alongside Taake and Slegest in support of latest album "IX - Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends."
Dec. 2 Berlin (DE) @ Nuke
Dec. 4 London (UK) @ Underworld
Dec. 5 Paris (FR) @ Petit Bain
Dec. 6 Rennes (FR) @ UBU
Dec. 7 Roeselare (BE) @ De Verlichte Geest
Dec. 8 Esch-sur-Alzette (LU) @ Kulturfabrik
Dec. 9 Bochum (DE) @ Matrix
Dec. 10 München (DE) @ Backstage
Dec. 11 Brescia (IT) @ Circolo Colony More...
Xandria has been dominating the symphonic metal scene for nearly 20 years. Since the addition of vocalist Dianne van Giersbergen in 2013, the band has upped its game with the impressive offering "Sacrificium" in 2014 and the "Fire & Ashes" EP in 2015. The band doesn't hold back with the upcoming release of "Theater of Dimensions," which is set to drop on Napalm Records on January 27th.
Today, the band has teamed up with MetalUnderground.com to unleash what is arguably the band's heaviest song to date - "We Are Murderers (We All)." The song features a guest vocal appearance from Soilwork's Björn Strid.
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)
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
12. Queen of Hearts Reborn
13. A Theater of Dimensions
MetalUnderground.com is proud to present "We Are Murderers (We All)" here: More...
Swedish power metal act Lancer released the fifth in a series of trailer clips in support of the new album "Mastery." The album drops on January 13th via Nuclear Blast Records. Pre-orders can be made at this location.
The track listing for the album 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
The clip, which features the band talking about the musical direction and influences, can be viewed here: More...
Considering Scotland’s own rich, battle-studded history and glorious scenery, you wouldn’t expect the tide of ‘Heritage black metal’ to be confined to the south of Hadrian’s Wall. Cnoc An Tursa – Gaelic for "Hill of the Standing Stone" – has been using its Falkirk home as the source of sweeping grandeur associated with the movement for a decade now, and their 2013 debut album, "The Giants Of Auld," was a stirring take on symphonic folk and black metal, bringing in strong Gaelic influences but reaching for the epic through sheer muscle and powerful, mid-paced grooves rather than overdoing the bombast.
Now the five-piece are returning to the fray with a new album "The Forty Five," which is due out on February 17th via Apocalyptic Witchcraft. The album is a concept based around the Jacobite Uprising in 1745, waged by Charles Edward Stuart, better known as Bonnie Prince Charlie, to wrest the British throne from George II.
The track list is as follows:
1. Will Ye No Come Back Again
2. The Yellow Locks of Charlie
3. The Standard on the Braes o'Mar7
4. Wha Wadna Fecht for Charlie
5. Flora MacDonald
6. Sound the Pibroch
8. The Last of the Stuarts More...
Georgia-based melodic metal band Theocracy is thrilled to welcome Ernie Topran (ex-Halcyon Way) to the band as the permanent drummer. Ernie has been drumming for more than 20 years, and has been active in the Atlanta music scene since 2006. During that time he has performed with many different bands, and he has been Theocracy’s touring drummer for the last couple years.
"I was happy to help Theocracy when they needed a touring drummer for some Scandinavian and German festivals,” says Topran. “I've known the guys for years, and my previous band Halcyon Way shared the stage with them many times. We had great times both on and off the stage, so when I was asked to join the band permanently, I accepted without hesitation. I look forward to many years of making music with such a great group of guys!"
Theocracy founder Matt Smith adds, “Ernie has proven himself to be a total professional and completely dependable, which is what we were looking for. In addition to his incredible drumming skills, he also happens to be the most kindhearted, genuine and fun guy you could ever hope to meet. We couldn’t be happier to have him on board.”
Theocracy just returned from a successful European tour supporting their new album "Ghost Ship," which debuted at #17 on the Billboard Hard Rock charts in the U.S. More...
Frontiers Music Srl is excited to announce the release of the highly anticipated new studio album from hard rock veterans Unruly Child, "Can't Go Home," on February 24, 2017.
Marcie Free (vocalist - King Kobra, Signal), Bruce Gowdy (guitarist - Stone Fury, World Trade), and Guy Allison (keyboardist - Lodgic, World Trade, Doobie Brothers) together with the original rhythm section from the first record, drummer - Jay Schellen (Hurricane, World Trade, current touring member of Yes) and bassist - Larry Antonino (Pablo Cruise), are back again with an awesome rock album, which will please old and new fans alike!
"Early in 2016, we decided to make time and give it a go once again with all five Unruly Child members," tells Guy Allison. "The new album, "Can't Go Home" has now become my favorite set of Unruly Child Band songs and performances ever. True story!"
The group has generated an exciting new album reflecting its musical roots in contemporary and classic rock sensibilities. With the return to the original line-up from the debut album, the guys have discovered that while time may pass, some things never change... More...
Italy’s black metal band Derhead premieres a new song entitled "Cenere", taken from the band's brand new album "Via", which has just been released by the Via Nocturna label.
Check out now "Cenere" below.
German funeral doom outfit Frowning debuts a new song entitled "Encumbered By Vermin", taken from the upcoming new album "Extinct", which will be out in stores on February 17, 2017 via Bandcamp.
Check out now "Encumbered By Vermin" below.
Aksaya streaming a new song entitled "Non Morietur", taken from the upcoming new album "Kepler", which will be co-released by Satanath Records (Russia), More Hate Productions (Russia), and The Ritual Productions (The Netherlands) on December 15th.
Check out now "Non Morietur" below.
Charlene Beretah premieres the pre-release full-album stream of the band's upcoming debut EP "Depraved / A Very Long Week", which will be out in stores later today via Division Records.
Check out now "Depraved / A Very Long Week" in its entirety below.
Croatian band HerezA premieres a new song and video entitled "Uništi, Pali, Ruši", taken from the upcoming new album "I Become Death", which will be out in stores in mid-February via the Polish extreme metal label Godz ov War Productions.
Check out now "Uništi, Pali, Ruši" below.
I Become Death features cover art by Maciej Kamuda. The full track list reads as follows: More...