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Last updated on December 2, 2016 at 3:10 PM ET

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19 news articles posted today (and counting...)

Zombie Motors Wrecking Yard Announces New Album

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
10. Judas
11. Sick Sad City (Bonus Track) More...

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Dark Messiah Streaming New EP

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...

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White Wizzard Issues Album Update

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...

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Mothman Releases Lyric Video

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.

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Dead Horse Trauma Posts Studio Video

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...

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First Fragment Posts Guitar Playthrough

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...

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Malacoda Releases New EP

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...

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Horisont Unveils New Album

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
02. Electrical
03. Without Warning
04. Letare
05. Night Line
06. Point of Return
07. Boston Gold
08. Hungry Love
09. Dark Sides
10. About Time More...

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Shining Kicks Off European Tour

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...

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Xandria Declares "We Are Murderers (We All)"

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
9. Ceilí
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...

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Fifth Trailer For "Mastery" Issued By Lancer

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
9. Widowmaker
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...

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Cnoc An Tursa Details New Album "The Forty Five"

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
7. Fuigheall
8. The Last of the Stuarts More...

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Theocracy Announces New Drummer

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...

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Unruly Child Announces New Album

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...

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Derhead Premieres New Song "Cenere"

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.

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Frowning Debuts New Song "Encumbered By Vermin"

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.

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Aksaya Streaming New Song "Non Morietur"

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.

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Charlene Beretah Pre-Release Full-Album Streaming

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.

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HerezA Premieres New Song & Video

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...

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