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Last updated on December 11, 2013 at 6:52 PM ET
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Divino Disturbo has released a new music video for the track "Wolf Song," which comes off the "Op I" album. The Fernando Ruiz Santiago-directed clip can be found below. The full "Op I" track listing is as follows:
2. Lux Aeterna
5. Eternal Spring
6. Carpe Noctem
8. Wolf Song
10. Morrigan (Acoustic)
11. Through the Night Shadows
12. Oniria (Prelude to Op II)
Church of Disgust has teamed up with CVLT Nation to stream a new track from the band's upcoming full-length.
Listen to "Rotting Above Ground" below. The song will appear on Church of Digust's upcoming "Unworldly Summoning" CD, due out January 1st, 2014 through Memento Mori.
Portland trio Rabbits has now unleashed the "SOS (Singles, Other Shit)" compilation via Eolian Empire, which features unreleased demos, radio performances, and other rarities.
Now the band has teamed up with Decibel Magazine to stream the full collection online. Check it out below, or catch Rabbits live:
12/14/2013 Dekum Manor - Portland, OR w/ Honduran, Sloths
1/11/2014 Slabtown - Portland, OR w/ Gaytheist
1/31/2014 Tonic Lounge - Portland, OR w/ Graves at Sea, Norska, Drunk Dad More...
In addition to the previously revealed "Deprive" album, Disfiguring the Goddess has now dropped a completely unannounced second full-length release, and all we can say is...
All of the surprise second album "Black Earth Child" can be heard in the player below, courtesy of Metal Injection. You can also pick up either of the newly released full-lengths at this location. More...
Debemur Morti Productions has now revealed the cover for the upcoming Lethe debut album, "When Dreams Become Nightmares." The label comments:
"On this stunning first opus, Lethe creates a delicate sphere of Onirism. A deep sonic shockwave at the crossroad of Metal / Trip-Hop / Electro and Dark Pop!
"The prodigious creative energy of the magical duo, formed by Tor-Helge Skei (Manes) and Anna Murphy (Eluveitie) steers them into fantastic meanders in search of an innovative and sophisticated sound somewhere between Ulver, The Gathering and The Third and the Mortal.
"The fantastic artwork was realized by Norwegian artist Robert Høyem from Overhaus (Monolithe, Sahg, Kampfar). If you didn't download the free digital EP 'Come Look At The Darkness With Me,' you can do so here here." More...
After announcing its split with Meri Tadic, Swiss folk metal institution Eluveitie is pleased to officially announce Nicole Ansperger as the band's new violinist. Eluveitie comments:
"As hard as farewells can be, as auspicious are new beginnings! We are thrilled to introduce to you Meri's successor. We consider ourselves lucky to have found a true master of Celtic Folk fiddling! A full-blooded musician and violin player through and through, she has played countless shows over many years and also played as a session musician for many well-known acts (such as The Hooters, for instance).
"During the last ten years she further made a name for herself through her engagement with the Irish folk rock bands Paddy Goes To Holyhead and Across The Border, but also the renowned medieval/classical metal act Haggard. Not only a virtuoso of the fiddle, she also plays the 7-stringed violin as well as the cello! So, ladies and gentlemen - please welcome to the Eluveitie camp: Nicole Ansperger!”
Nicole also adds: “Dear Eluveitie fans, I am absolutely delighted to be Eluveitie’s new violin player. I love Eluveitie’s music and have been a fan myself for a long time. Is there anything better than getting to play for the band you love? I am looking forward to many sweat-inducing, incredible shows with you and the band. See you on stage!”
Nicole will join on stage with Eluveitie for the first time at the upcoming "Eluveitie & Friends" festival and will play a brand new song from the group's next album.
Candlelight Records today confirms February 25th as the North American release date of "Consolamentum," the label debut from English doom metallers, The Wounded Kings. Produced by Chris Fielding (Electric Wizard), the album will be available for pre-order via iTunes and other digital platforms beginning January 14th.
Discussing the album earlier this year, guitarist and band founder Steve Mills revealed, "this album will be our most expansive and heaviest."
"The entire album was recorded and mixed in six days during the hottest week of the year in a studio miles from anything in the Cornish countryside," shares producer Chris Fielding. "Recorded completely live, it captures the natural feel of the band. I find it to be a real step forward musically and very rewarding."
The track listing is as follows:
2. Lost Bride
3. Elige Magistrum
5. Space Conqueror
6. The Silence
7. Sacrifice More...
Oregon punk metal ruffians Toxic Holocaust will unite with California gore tacticians/labelmates Exhumed for a North American bout of live abrasions this Winter.
The chaos will prevail on January 22nd in Seattle and wind its way through seventeen cities before coming to a mutinous close February 9th in Sacramento. Special guests include Ramming Speed and Mammoth Grinder. The journey precedes the previously announced Toxic Holocaust and Exhumed European invasion set to commence February 22nd.
Comments Toxic Holocaust's gravel-throated ambassador Joel Grind: "I'm proud to announce our West Coast tour with gore metal maniaxxx, Exhumed. I guarantee no necks will be left un-wrecked after this onslaught of beer, waste and gore!"
Adds Exhumed head mischief maker Matt Harvey, "In our continuing efforts to drive our beloved van into the ground and rack up another several thousand gallons in complimentary beer, we're heading out with our friends in Toxic Holocaust to make some serious noise in 2014. It's shaping up to be a total rager, so come out and rage with us, you won't regret it!" More...
Steel Panther performed the new song "Gloryhole" live in Brisbane at the Riverstage on December 6th, 2013. Footage of the performance can now be seen online in the player below, courtesy of YouTube user juzcook.
"Gloryhole" will appear on the band's upcoming album "All You Can Eat," which will be released in the spring of 2014.
Northwestern Italy's hardcore/grind act Cripple Bastards begins another full-on sonic attack now, as Relapse Records prepares to dispatch the band's new album in early 2014.
"Nero In Metastasi" was recorded at the infamous Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden with producer Fredrik Nordström (Arch Enemy, At The Gates, Dark Tranquillity). Check out a video teaser below.
The album will see release on CD, LP and digital formats via Relapse in North America on February 18th, preceded by a February 14th street date in Germany/Benelux, and February 17th in the UK. The album's track listing is:
1. Malato Terminale
2. Fumo Passivo
3. Strage Di Ostacoli
4. Regime Artificiale
5. Lapide Rimossa
7. Soggetto Leucemico
8. Passi Falsi
9. Occhi Trapiantati
10. Anima in Disgregazione
11. Senza Impronte
12. Nemico A Terra
13. L'apice Estremo
14. Sconfitto Di Ritorno
15. Agonia Di Un Rientro Forzato
16. Marcatori Positivi
17. Splendore E Tenebra
18. Morti Asintomatiche More...
Hirax has now revealed that new album "Immortal Legacy" will be available March 4th, 2014 in North America via SPV/Steamhammer.
"On our new album we more than ever felt an artistic obligation to our fans to give them a really big-sounding record," says Katon W. De Pena the vocalist of the American thrash metal act. "Our philosophy has always been to remember where we come from and stay true to our roots. Our fans know that we will never let them down and that they have helped to raise us up to a level with bands such as Slayer, Sodom, Kreator, Exodus, Overkill, Testament, Annihilator and many others. This record proves that we are at the top of our game musically!"
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Black Smoke
2. Hellion Rising
3. Victims of the Dead
4. Thunder Roar, The Conquest, La Boca de la Bestia - The Mouth of the Beast
6. Tied to the Gallows Pole
8. Immortal Legacy
9. S.O.W. (intro)
10. Violence of Action
11. Atlantis (Journey to Atlantis)
12. The World Will Burn
13. Mephistopheles (digital only bonus track)
13. Mass Hysteria (LP only bonus track) More...
French black metal outfit Seth has checked in with the following announcement about shooting a new music video:
"We are going to shoot our very first official video clip this weekend. It will be shot indoors in a studio, Paris.
"The extract from The Howling Spirit is 'One Ear To The Earth, One Eye on Heaven.' You'll have exclusive pictures by next week. Stay in touch evil freaks. Many great news are coming....very shortly."
Moribund Records has announced March 4th, 2014 as the release date for Profezia's "Oracolo Suicida." The label comments:
"The Italian black metallers' first album for Moribund and third overall, Oracolo Suicida displays Profezia as masters of high drama and windswept mysticism, evincing the moonlit melancholy so inherent to classic Italian black metal (mainman Kvasir also doubles in Moribund cult Abhor) yet here led by eerily beautiful violin. Open your eyes to Oracolo Suicida and await your fate!"
The track listing is as follows:
1. Oracolo Suicida
2. Sacra Tempesta
3. Senza IL Giorno
4. Futuro Rivelato
5. Il Gioco del Parassita
6. Nato Morto More...
Serbian death thrashers Infest have inked a deal with Xtreem Music for the release of their upcoming 4th album. The label comments:
"During the 10 years of existence of Infest, the band has been becoming one of the leading extreme metal acts in their own country by releasing two demos, one EP and three albums and playing countless shows not only in their homeland, but also abroad.
"The music of Infest could be described as a violent, fast and intense blend of thrash and death metal with influences that might come from bands like Merciless, Dark Angel, Sepultura, Magnus, Slayer... The 4th album of the band will be entitled 'Cold Blood War' and will be recorded during January 2014 for its release in April, being followed by an European tour in May, where Infest will spread their merciless Deathrash all over the continent.
"Artwork, track list and an advance track of the new album, will be posted in February, right after it's recorded, but in the meantime, you can enjoy listening to the entire 3rd album 'Everlasting Genocide' below and also check the band's raging intensity live on their recent appearance at November to Dismember Fest. in Bucharest (Romania) right here." More...
Multi-platinum band Boston is celebrating the holiday season with the release of a rocking twist on a Christmas classic titled “God Rest Ye Metal Gentlemen.”
This festive song, produced by Boston mastermind Tom Scholz, is available today on iTunes at this location and features Kimberley Dahme on bass and lead vocals, Gary Pihl and Scholz on vocals and guitars, along with Tom Hambridge on drums.
For a limited time, Boston fans can also listen to a stream of the track via the SoundCloud player below. Scholz said about the song, "This was my chance to Boston-ize one of my favorite Christmas carols. I had so much fun with this one, I think I'll have to try a few more." More...
Whitechapel has checked in with the following brief update about completing the recording process for a new album:
"Album 5 is complete. Big thanks to our producer Mark Lewis for helping us create something special. Who's ready for it??"
Further details on the forthcoming album will be announced as they are made available. Photos from the recording studio can also be found at the band's Facebook profile here.
Dutch outfit Fehler has issued the following announcement about deciding to disband:
"There will be no 2014 for Fehler. We have decided to pull the plug. A lack of shows pushed us into an abyss from which there was no return. No reason to panic, all of us will remain active in other bands.
"As a result of this, we are left with some merchandise, available at half the normal price. Get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested in one of these fine items:
Adharma digipack MCD €2,50
Dissona digipack CD €5
Dissona LP (white vinyl) €7,50
T-shirts €5 (for designs, see this location)
"Thanks to all who supported us, especially Black Death Records and Hammerheart Records. We had a blast." More...
U.K. outfit Demoraliser has issued the following announcement about canceling the band's upcoming live shows:
"The rest of our tour dates with Dead Harts have unfortunately been cancelled. This is out of our hands and we apologize to anyone who was looking forward to seeing us both. We will both try and make it back next year." More...
My Bitter End has revealed the group's upcoming full-length album will be titled "Minus Infinity," along with a new band logo. Check out the logo below, created by Tyler Semyaza, along with a pre-production teaser featuring music from the impending release.
Canadian technical death metal legends Gorguts begin their next North American tour tonight. The band will trek through the Northeast U.S. and Eastern Canada on a short headlining run that starts tonight in Burlington VT. Gorguts will be supported by Origin and Nero Di Marte, and a full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.
Gorguts also recently announced participation in the 2014 Decibel Magazine North American Tour. The Decibel tour will be the band’s first national trek since the release of new album "Colored Sands" (reviewed here) and will see the band play alongside Carcass, The Black Dahlia Murder, and Noisem.
Luc Lemay of Gorguts comments on the tour, “Since the first day I discovered Decibel, I always saw them as an institution,” he enthuses. “So, when I got the news that we were offered to be part of their annual tour, I felt totally honored and excited as hell! It will be amazing to share the stage with Carcass, the Black Dahlia Murder and Noisem, and perform our new music every night!”
London heavy metallers Savage Messiah will release new album, "The Fateful Dark," on March 10th in Europe via Earache Records and on March 18th in the USA via Century Media/Earache Records.
This follow-up to 2012's "Plague Of Conscience" was recorded at Grindstone Studios in Suffolk, England with producer Scott Atkins and features artwork created by Peter Sallai. Savage Messiah front-man Dave Silver comments:
"We're finally ready to unleash this record on the world! After the months of hard work and preparation, we are proud to announce all the details for the forthcoming record. This is easily our best record to date and we've been playing most of it live since we toured with Wintersun in July, and the reaction to the songs in a live environment has been killer! Hopefully you'll all enjoy listening to this one, and we look forward to seeing you all out on tour in 2014!"
The album's track listing is as follows:
2. Minority of One
3. Cross of Babylon
5. Live As One Already Dead
6. The Fateful Dark
7. Zero Hour
8. Hammered Down
9. Scavengers of Mercy
10. The Cursed Earth
11. Be Quick or Be Dead *
12. Lightning to the Nations *
13. Killers *
*=Earache Webstore/iTunes exclusive bonus tracks More...
Australian black thrash battalion Destroyer 666 has had the 2000 full length "Phoenix Rising" regarded as one of the black metal genre's best records of all time by Decibel Magazine.
The album appears in Decibel's new special issue focusing on the "Top 100 Black Metal Albums Of All Time."
Destroyer 666 is also currently writing material for a new full-length album. "Phoenix Rising" and the band's "Cold Steel...For an Iron Age" were recently re-mastered and re-released with all new packaging.
Cynic's forthcoming album is entitled "Kindly Bent to Free Us" and has been scheduled for release next February 14th (February 18th in North America).
Today the new track "The Lion's Roar" has been made available as a lyric video, courtesy of Guitar World. Check it out below. The full album's track listing is:
1. True Hallucination Speak
2. The Lion’s Roar
3. Kindly Bent to Free Us
4. Infinite Shapes
5. Moon Heart Sun Head
7. Holy Fallout
8. Endlessly Bountiful
The deluxe edition of "Kindly Bent to Free Us" will come as a collector’s faux book with leather finish and gold foil print including the album in a digisleeve CD with the exclusive bonus track “Earth Is My Witness" and numerous exclusive items including a poster, lyrics booklet, full score booklet, and 5 transparent slides of additional artwork. More...
Ohio metallers Dismemberment spent October recording new album "Embrace the Dark" with Travis Lautenschalger at the Club Sandwich studio in Columbus.
The album has now been mixed by Joel Grind (Toxic Holocaust) and mastered by Dan Randall (Ghoul), with an early 2014 release expected.
You don't have to wait that long to hear music from the impending full-length however, as today we at Metalunderground.com are proud to bring you an exclusive premiere for new track "Eye of the Keeper."
Give it a listen below, and let us know what you think in the comments section. You can also catch the band live:
1/9 - Columbus OH, Ace of Cups (w/Skeletonwitch)
1/10 - Covington KY, Backstage
1/11 - Indianapolis IN, Rockhouse (w/Skeletonwitch)
Wildlights has inked a record deal with Season of Mist, and the label issued the following statement about the signing:
"Season of Mist is proud to announce that Southern heavy rockers Wildlights have joined the roster! Featuring guitarist/vocalist Jason Shi of ASG and drummer Johnny Collins of Thunderlip!, Wildlights plays a unique brand of driving, heavy rock that is catchy, engaging, and the work of experienced, well-honed musicians."
Commented Jason Shi on signing to Season of Mist: “Johnny and I are very excited to share the music we have been working on for several years now with the rest of the world. Between touring with our other bands ASG and Thunderlip!, we have snuck in the time to write what we feel is some exciting new music. It has been nice to create from scratch, not having a sonic history to be compared to. It's been a very refreshing writing process. We can’t wait to share the jams!” More...
Italy's Despite Exile has released the entire "Sentience" album online for streaming, which can be heard in the YouTube playlist below. You can pick up your own copy at iTunes here, and the track listing is as follows:
05. Can'-Ka No Rey
Karmian has checked in with the following announcement about releasing a new album next year:
"We decided to do something new, something great. Our first full length will be a concept on the history of the Boii, a Gallic tribes who conquered northern Italy from Etruscans in 390 B.C.
"After 200 years, they were defeated by the Romans in a epic battle near Modena: the fall of a tribe, the rise of an Empire! The sound will be our pure Swedish death metal, stay tuned for more news on how this great story will be told. The expected release date is late 2014."
Further details will be forthcoming. In the mean time, check out the band's previous lyric video for "See No Evil" below. More...
Swedish black metal trio Astrophobos has just unveiled a brand new song from debut album "Remnants of Forgotten Horrors," which is scheduled for release on January 24th, 2014 through Triumvirate Records.
Check out this new track entitled “Soul Disruptor" below, which premiered today courtesy of Terrorizer Magazine.
Recorded and mixed at Garaget Studio by Erik Nilsson (Aoria, A Swarm of the Sun) and featuring session drummer Fredrik Widigs (The Ugly), “Remnants of Forgotten Horrors” follows previous EP “Arcane Secrets” from 2010. More...
Swedish hard rockers Kamchatka are streaming the new track "Tango Decadence." The song appears on the band's upcoming fifth studio effort "The Search Goes On," which is targeted for a February 2014 reelase via Despotz Records.
Check out "Tango Decadence" here:
Noturnall released a preview clip of the new track "No Turn At All." The song will appear on the band's self-titled debut release, which is expected soon. The album was produced by Symphony X/TSO frontman Russell Allen, who also provided guest vocals on the song "Nocturnal Human Side" (see music video). The band will showcase the entire album at a live event held on December 21, 2013 in Sao Paulo.
Thiago Bianchi (Shaman) - vocals
Leo Mancini (Shaman) - guitars
Fernando Quesada (Shaman) - bass
Aquiles Priester (Hangar/Ex-Angra) - drums
Juninho Carelli - keyboards
Check out the clip here: More...
Italian folk metal act Elvenking will enter Domination Studios in San Marino on December 16th to record the, as of yet untitled, follow up to the 2012 AFM Records release "Era" (see review here). The band posted the first episode of a video blog series on the recording of the record, which is set for release in 2014.
Check out the video blog here:
Dutch death thrashers Legion of the Damned released a new music video for the track "Mountain Wolves Under A Crescent Moon." The song appears on the upcoming new album "Ravenous Plague." The album is scheduled for release via Napalm Records on January 8th (ESP/SWE/NOR), January 3rd (GAS/FIN/BENELUX) and January 7th (UK/Rest of Europe/North America). See a full album preview clip over here.
The track list for "Ravenous Plague" is:
1. The Apocalyptic Surge
2. Howling For Armageddon
3. Black Baron
4. Mountain Wolves Under a Crescent Moon
5. Ravenous Abominations
6. Doom Priest
7. Summon All Hate
8. Morbid Death
9. Bury Me in a Nameless Grave
10. Armalite Assassin
11. Strike of the Apocalypse
Check out the video here: More...