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Chasing Safety Premieres New Music Video

U.S. post-hardcore group Chasing Safety recently inked a deal with Outerloop Records to launch sophomore album "Nomad" early next year.

Today we're teaming up with the band to give you an advance look at what to expect from "Nomad" - check out an energetic video for the album's opening track "Brand New Prison" below.

“Brand New Prison" is about the daily struggle we all face, and how everyday it seems there is something weighing on our minds. Chasing Safety frontman Johnny Galivan elaborates:

“The majority of the inspiration for the song has come from crucial life decisions I have been having to make lately. The theme of 'Nomad' is about how no matter how many people you are surrounded by, you can still feel alone. Being the first one written, I wrote this song about how even though I have my family and friends, with these types of life decisions they weigh solely on me.”

Like what you hear? You can catch the band alongside Lorna Shore and Megosh at an Outerloop label showcase in November, with full details here. The full "Nomad" track listing will be as follows:

1. Brand New Prison
2. Run & Hide
3. Erase Me
4. This Is Hell
5. Nomad
6. Long For More
7. World We Know
8. The Fall
9. Captive
10. Under Fire
11. Devil's Son More...

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The Pine Box Boys Premieres Full New Album

Oh man, we've got something way, waaaay offbeat and outside the norm for you today folks!

Prepare to be get up and dance (and probably launch some chew into a spitoon every now again) to this horrorbilly album, a collision of alternative bluegrass with utterly murderous ballads from The Pine Box Boys.

The San Francisco-based quartet will drop new album "The Feast Of Three Arms" via the LTR imprint, a division of Hollins & Hollins Mortuary Entertainment, this coming Friday, October 21st.

If this toe-tapping combo of coffins and rockabilly scratches an itch you didn't know you had, pre-orders for the album are still online right here.

The Pine Box Boys began as a project dreamed up by Lester T. Raww in 2003. He dreamed of bluegrass band dedicated to both preserving and updating the craft of the southern murder ballad, aspiring to lift the form to operatic heights. Along the way the group has slain many lads and lasses, wept for many lost loves, and raised many bitter zombies. Want to catch this crazy combo live? See the band on these upcoming shows:

10/29/2016 Six Rivers Brewery - McKinleyville, CA
11/04/2016 The Elbo Room - San Francisco, CA *Record Release Show
11/05/2016 Knights Ferry General Store Saloon and Grill - Oakdale, CA More...

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Conceived By Hate Premieres "The Underdog"

It's Friday, which means its time to get eaten by a giant demonic thing sitting in a lake of fire and swimming in snakes! Wait... that's not your usually Friday shenanigans? You clearly haven't been listening to Conceived By Hate then, and we're going to rectify that mistake immediately.

This death / thrash metal band from El Salvador will release second album “Death & Beyond” on November 13th in collaboration with Satanath Records, Morbid Skull Records, and Deathgasm Records.

Check out our exclusive premiere of the album's fourth track "The Underdog" below - and make sure that volume nob is all the way up! Guitarist/vocalist M.Q. comments:

"We have been working hard unleashing releases every year since 2012 and we felt this was the time for a full album, after almost 15 years of activity we are still hungry and thirsty to create more releases. 'Death & Beyond' is a title that suits the album perfectly as a whole since our intention on this one was to bring back our old roots of death metal that we all share, this is metal to the skull, death metal!!!” More...

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Attraction To Tragedy Premieres "Desperate" Video

Got a new premiere for you all today from a young up 'n coming group based out of Massachusetts. Check out the band's new music video for "Desperate" below!

"Desperate" comes from Attraction To Tragedy's debut album entitled "Passion Over Fashion," which sees official release today (October 14th, 2016) as well.

The album was produced by Jim Fogarty and Joe Cocchi, mixed by Jim Fogarty, and recorded at Zing Recording Studios in Westfield, MA

Like what you hear? You can pick up the 13 track album (12 songs plus one bonus radio edit) at iTunes here.

We also recently conducted an in-depth interview with the band about what is exactly meant with "Passion Over Fashion" and covered topics from playing Mexican restaurants in front of five people to bizzaro Facebook fans. The new album's track listing is as follows:

1. Beauty In Bloodshed
2. Trippin (listen in here)
3. Unlikeable
4. Stephanie Brooks
5. Passion Over Fashion
6. Suffer Serenely
7. Undead
8. Vasillica
9. Desperate
10. Slaughter Road
11. Graven Image (available here)
12. Breathe More...

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Famous Last Words Recounts Final Days Of Tour

Following last week's tour diary, Famous Last Words has again checked from the road to let us know all about the last few shows of a just-finished tour alongside Alesana and Oh, Sleeper.

Check out part 2 below, along with some more killer show photos from Justin Conant:

"The 'Ten Frail Years Of Vanity And Wax' tour has officially come to an end. It actually sort of ended over the course of two nights.

"The first 'last show' was at Sidewinder in Austin Texas. The show was killer and we all stormed the stage during Alesana's set as a little end of tour prank/ tradition. Unfortunately Oh, Sleeper and Two O' Clock Courage had to drop off after this show before the tour headed to GA.

"Both bands were made up of amazing dudes and musicians. After the show we all went out to a bar to celebrate and say our goodbyes. It was even more of a celebration because we got our first week sales back that day and found out that our new album, 'The Incubus' charted on Billboard.com.

"The actual last night of the tour was equally as fun. We played The Masquerade in Atlanta Georgia. Not only was it the last show of the tour, but also probably the last time we will play The Masquerade in its old location.

"It was a killer last hoorah though because the kids went absolutely nuts. The energy was unreal and we felt privileged to be sent off by such a great crowd. They were so awesome that we even forgive them for dropping TyTy when he stage dove. After the show, we said our goodbyes to the dudes in Alesana. It was truly a sad day because this really was one of the most fun and relaxed tours we have ever been on. More...

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Warcrab Premieres New Album

The Warcrab is back to cause ever more devastation! After spreading the "Ashes Of Carnage" back in 2014, now the battle-hungry crustacean has returned bearing the "Scars Of Aeons."

This doom / death / sludge monstrosity will drop a new album on October 15th through Black Bow, and today we're premiering all five tracks early - listen in below and be sure to let us know what you think.

The band comments: "This is our best album to date. It fully represents the musical evolution of Warcrab as both a collective and individuals."

"Scars Of Aeons" was recorded in late 2015 at Skyhammer Studios with Chris Fielding (Conan) at the desk. The full track listing is as follows:

1. Conquest
2. Destroyer Of Worlds
3. In The Shadow Of Grief
4. Bury Me Before I'm Born
5. Scars Of Aeons

If you like what you hear with "Scars of Aeons," don't forget to follow the latest on Warcrab live activity through Facebook here. More...

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Hieroglyph Premieres New Single

Two years back you may recall a U.K. band called Hieroglyph being highlighted in our Unearthing The Underground column off the strength of the "Freefall" EP.

Fast forward to today and we're absolutely stoked to be exclusively premiering a new single from the band's impending album "Ouroboros."

This is some fabulous progressive metal melding harsh and soft with different vocal styles, including a guest appearance by William Alex Young. Check out the album's 10th track "Starlight - The High Priestess" below and be sure to let us know what you think!

"Ouroboros" is coming November 18th, 2016 and features 11 songs based around the major arcana of the tarot.

“One of the main reasons I love being in this band is the diversity and musicality from everyone. Not only that, we work so hard on improving too; I think it's very inspiring” claims guitarist Richard Barnes, “The album is very diverse and it’s got a lot of different elements and moods to it. It seems perhaps a little cocky having our debut album be a concept album but we've never been a band to do things by halves!”

The full track listing is as follows:

1) Solar - (The Fool)
2) Samsara – (The Wheel of Fortune)
3) Enochian – (The Hermit)
4) Rise and Fall – (Strength)
5) Jopari – (The Chariot)
6) Mandragora Lunar – (The Lovers)
7) Crown – (The Hierophant)
8) The Butterfly – (The Emperor)
9) Sapphire – (The Empress)
10) Starlight – (The High Priestess)
11) Ouroboros – (The Magician) More...

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Famous Last Words Checks In From The Road

After we premiered the full new album "The Incubus" from Famous Last Words, the band hit the road with Alesana and Oh, Sleeper for a U.S. tour.

Still embarked on that trek that runs through October 12th, JT of Famous Last Words has checked in with us for the first in a series of exclusive tour diaries!

Check out his rundown of how the tour has been going, along with some stellar show photos courtesy of Justin Conant. JT comments:

"We left my house the night of September 23rd. It was a 14 hour drive to the first show. When we finally arrived at the venue, it started as most shows do. We checked out the venue, loaded in, and set up Merch. But the best part of the first day of tour is meeting all of the people on the package that you will be spending the next few weeks with. Immediately, there was a super positive energy among the package and it hasn't changed since then.

"A few days into tour, we played at Webster Hall in NYC. This whole day was a crazy experience. Between fighting cabbies for parking spots, one of the craziest shows on the tour so far, and the absolute craziest load out ever through a crowd of hundreds of people, it made for a pretty epic day of tour.

"The rest of the shows have been incredible too. Everyone in the package is getting closer and we are all finally starting to get each others names down (one of the biggest tour struggles ever). It's definitely been one hell of an experience and a great time and we don't expect it to slow down at all on this run."

Stay tuned for the next tour diary to arrive next week as Famous Last Words continues to support new release "The Incubus." More...

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Civil War Plots The "Road To Victory"

Swedish metal generals Civil War will issue the third full length album "The Last Full Measure" on November 4th, 2016 via Napalm Records. Pre-order your copy now at this location.

In keeping with the Michael Shaara/Jeffrey Shaara inspired Civil War Trilogy novel series, the album's title is the culmination of "The Killer Angels" and "Gods & Generals."

Vocalist Nils Patrik Johannson commented: "After 'The Killer Angels' and 'Gods & Generals,' we are extremely proud and can´t wait to share the last part of the trilogy! This is our best work so far, at least this is what we think, but I´m sure you won´t be disappointed!"

Today, the band teams up with Metal Underground.com for the exclusive premiere of the lyric video for the opening track "Road To Victory," which you can hear in the player below.

The quintet, featuring former Sabaton members, presents twin guitars, keyboard-fanfares and double bass marches. Full of honor, they are flying the flag as high as possible. Nils Patrik Johansson (Astral Doors) proves that his powerful voice was marked by destiny. It offers guts for more. It's the call of duty. "Heaven can wait 'cause we have so many more battles to win", shouts the opener 'Road To Victory'. If you hear the bloodcurdling barking of the dogs from Civil War, you will wish that you are not standing on the other side of the battlefield. More...

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Invoking The Abstract Premieres Full New Album

Tomorrow the utterly apocalyptic and maddeningly technical instrumental metal group Invoking The Abstract will release "Aural Kaleidoscopes" via Unique Leader Records.

Don't worry, you don't have to wait till Friday to get absolutely destroyed by this metallic opus, as we're premiering the full release a day early - listen in below!

"Aural Kaleidoscopes" was recorded at The Basement Recording Studios with Jamie King (Between The Buried And Me, The Contortionist, Scale The Summit) and can be pre-ordered right here. The full track listing is:

1. Locus
2. Requiem
3. Sensory Substitution
4. Aural Kaleidoscopes
5. The Summit
6. Voiles
7. Mandatory Metamorphasis
8. Necropolis
9. Afterglow Eclipse
10. Celestial Born
11. Disharmonic Design More...

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Arkona Premieres Newly Re-Recorded "Pod Mechami"

Russia's Arkona's debut album "Vozrozhdenie" was originally released in 2004 and firmly entrenched both the band and its mother country squarely on the pagan/folk metal map. Frontwoman Masha's powerful performance, plus Slavic mysticism and varied songwriting, turned the first release (its name means "revival") of a young Arkona into a success story, launching a remarkable career that has spanned 14 years and eight full length studio releases.

To celebrate that landmark release, the band has re-recorded "Vozrozhdenie" to truly revisit their roots! The re-recording of lets those old songs shine with a massive new production and instrumental skills! "Vozrozhdenie" will be released on November 11th.

Today, Arkona has teamed up with Metal Underground.com to premiere the newly re-recorded "Pod Mechami," which you can check out streaming in the player below.

The band commented: "Friends, we would like to present you the song 'Pod Mechami' from our re-recorded album 'Vozrozhdenie,' which will be released on November 11th in a super fat digibook with beautiful illustrations of "Pagan artist" Kris Verwimp! It can be ordered right now at this location."

The band also provided insight in to the album and "Pod Mechami" itself:

"Initially the album 'Vozrozhdenie' was planned as an album with 9 songs, from the repertoire of the first line-up of Arkona. Songs 'Pod Mechami,' 'K domu Svaroga,' 'Zov Predkov' were created by Masha in the summer of 2003, when all the other band members had left the band. [The] song 'Pod Mechami' was planned for the common project with the band members of 'Pagan Reign,' but, for some forgotten reasons this cooperation has not worked out. Later this song was moved to the debut album and became a track with guest participation of Alexei Agafonov, the member of the band 'Butterfly Temple.' More...

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Edensong Premieres New Album Ahead Of Release

Laser’s Edge will present the second studio album by New York City-based progressive quintet Edensong this coming Friday (September 30th). You don't have to wait any longer to hear it in full though, as we're streaming the entire disc early!

Capturing over seventy minutes of new music, Edensong’s "Years In The Garden Of Years" is even more ambitious than its predecessor, and will be sure to appeal to fans of both progressive and classic metal. Dig anything from folk music to '70s prog rock? You'll want to hear this one.

The concept album features an extended song cycle on themes of time, each song a different scale and perspective. Given its subject matter, it therefore seems fitting that this project took the band over five years in the studio to complete.

Listen in below, and you can also pre-order the album right here. A record release show is scheduled for NYC on October 2nd, with Laser’s Edge kin Infinite Spectrum, and additional dates will be announced soon! The new album's track listing is as follows:

1. Cold City
2. End Times In Retrospect
3. In The Longest Of Days
4. The Hollowed
5. Down The Hours
6. Chronos
7. Generations
8. The Atman Apocalypse
9. Regenerations
10. Yawn Of A Blink More...

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Lectern Premieres Full "Precept Of Delator" Album

Via Nocturna is preparing to unleash utter annihilation with the "Precept of Delator" album from Italian death metal band Lectern.

While the album drops this Friday, September 30th, we're bringing you all nine bludgeoning tracks of seriously old school death early! Check out the full advance album stream below.

Lectern was initially formed in 1999 and since that time the band has released several critically acclaimed albums, including last year's "Fratricidal Concelebration."

Pre-orders for new full-length album "Precept of Delator" are available here and the track listing is as follows:

01. Gergal Profaner
02. Palpation of Sacramentarian
03. Fluent Bilocation
04. Distil Shambles
05. Pellucid
06. Diptych of Perked Oblationk
07. Garn For Debitors
08. Precept of Delator
09. Discorporation With Feral More...

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Famous Last Words Premieres Full New Album

Petoskey, MI, post hardcore and Revival Recordings artist Famous Last Words is gearing up to unveil 3rd LP "The Incubus" on Friday, September 30th.

Ahead of that official release, we're stoked to be premiering the entire album ahead of time - check out all 12 tracks below! If you dig it, pre-orders are live here.

The album features opening single, “Pretty in Porcelain,” which was recently accompanied by a music video about domestic and sexual abuse and is the first introduction to the album’s key character, Christine. "The Incubus" as a whole faces the untold stories of domestic abuse, taking place in the early 50’s. Vocalist JT comments:

"It’s a story that takes place in the United States during 1953. The focus is on a suburban, stay-at-home mother who keeps mysteriously blacking out and begins to have these horrible nightmares.

"With the support of her husband, she is determined to figure out the cause of these blackouts and to interpret the vicious nightmares that relentlessly haunt her every time she closes her eyes, all while simultaneously caring for her son and struggling daily with the Gender stereotypes many women had to deal with back in post WWII America. More...

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Construct Of Lethe Premieres "Lux In Tenebris"

Following the previous "Corpsegod" album, U.S. group Construct Of Lethe will release "The Grand Machination" on October 7th, 2016.

The group was started initially as a project of death metal veteran Tony Petrocelly, but is now a cohesive unit that features members from throughout the world.

In advance of the release of "The Grand Machination," we're stoked to premiere opening track "Lux in Tenebris" - check it out below! The full track listing is as follows:

1. Lux in Tenebris
2. Ascendit Ex Inferos
3. Apotheosis Calvarium
4. Expandentes Putrescat
5. Bibere Venenum In Auro
6. The Grand Machination More...

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Defiled Premieres New Live Video

While performing live in Mongolia, Japanese death metal troupe Defiled shot live footage of the track "Conspiracy," taken off latest album "Towards Inevitable Ruin."

Today we're stoked to be officially premiering that live video online - check it out below! If you like what you hear, "Towards Inevitable Ruin" is out now and up to buy in different formats at this location.

Defiled has delivered brutal death metal for over 13 years, and "Towards Inevitable Ruin" honors that solemn tradition with an authentic and raw representation.

Available for full streaming here, the album's track listing is:

1. Subversion
2. Cauterized
3. Doomsday
4. Conspiracy
5. Force And Obedience
6. Shadows Hands
7. Fear From Above
8. Scapegoat
9. Debunked
10. One World
11. Silent But Ongoing
12. Towards Inevitable Ruin More...

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Northern Crown Premieres "Les Autres"

Doom on my metallic brethren! The metal upstarts from Northern Crown are about to return with a sophomore album, this time with a bigger emphasis on the rock organ and a less rigid approach to the genre.

Ahead of the release of new album "The Others" next month, we're stoked to be exclusively premiering an advance listen with the closing track "Les Autres."

Listen in below, and if you dig what you hear, pre-orders are now up through Bandcamp. Songwriter and guitarist Zachary Randall comments on the track:

"Les Autres is a pretty raw, personal song. If you ever want to know me, as a person, in an unfiltered state, this song is it. Going back and listening to it now, I'm very shocked at how blunt, honest and angry I am. The whole song is inspired by Jean-Paul Sartre and his play 'No Exit'... but it's really me holding up a mirror for my self and describing what I see... and then casting that same gaze upon those who cross my path.

"It's not kind, it's not pleasant, but it's real. If you ever want to know what it's like for a man to exorcise his demons for all to see, this is it. I love this song, I love the riffs, the solos, I love Frank's vocals...I love everything about this song. I just hope I never again have to live through what brought this song about."

New album "The Others" follows debut EP "In The Hands Of The Betrayer" (reviewed here) and will drop October 14th, 2016. More...

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Netherbird Premieres "Pillars Of The Sky"

Fresh of the heels of releasing the "Windwards" single (still available for streaming here), Swedish outfit Netherbird will soon unleash a second single titled "Pillars Of The Sky."

Both singles are taken off upcoming album "The Grander Voyage," due to drop October 28th via Black Lodge Records.

Today we're stoked to premiere the half acoustic / half extreme "Pillars Of The Sky" online via a lyric video - check it out below! The official release of "Pillars Of The Sky" will also be accompanied by bonus track "Brazen Splendour" when it drops September 30th.

Netherbird comments that the new song available below "is a very special tune for us in the band, as half of it is an acoustic piece and that later opens up into a more epic crescendo. It came very naturally when we wrote it and in my opinion it captures the essence of Netherbird, the contrasts between the frail and the furious. It also shows where we are heading musically, we continue to grow but we still stand firmly rooted in the old underground metal legacy."

The band goes on to say, "As for 'Pillars of the Sky' the lyrics is of course open to interpretation, I could not write it any other way, but to me personally it is a homage to those brave enough to purse their vision and to sacrifice everything for it, no matter the consequences. And I truly hope everyone one day will be able to find and climb their own 'Pillars of the Sky.'" More...

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Negative Thought Process Premieres New Video

Negative Thought Process just released new album "Methylene Butterfly" last Friday (September 16th) and now in celebration of that milestone the band has teamed up with us to exclusively premiere a music video cut off the album.

Check out the jumpy, grindy, self-harming video that is "Clandestine Cleaver" below - viewer discretion is advised!

If you dig the track, you can pick up "Methlyene Butterfly" through Hibernacula Records here. The band also comments:

"The debut official video for 'Clandestine Cleaver,' filmed by Jack Maguire, Featuring Rebecca Jane Parsons, Make up by Charolette Mua. The 6th song on the record, dealing specifically with destructive relationships and their impact upon both sides. This is not so much anger at the opposing sides, but the soul crushing depression that comes from two people who are suffering and cannot make their time together work."

You can also follow the latest on what's happening with Negative Thought Process by heading over to Facebook here. More...

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Shokran Premieres Full New Album

Russian outfit Shokran will drop new album "Exodus" tomorrow - September 17th, 2016 - and today we're premiering all 10 tracks early for an advance preview.

Accompanied by tough riffs, harmonic melodies, a furious rhythm section, beautiful clean singing and powerful screams, "Exodus" will cause full immersion into a heavy metal version of antiquity. Band mastermind Dmitry Demyanenko comments:

"In my opinion, our new album turned out a lot more versatile, it sounds much more mature and serious, which, if you ask me, is a natural order of things in music – a musician mustn’t stagnate, he must constantly improve his skills, experiment, and discover new aspects of composing."

As a special bonus, the CD version of "Exodus" will come as a double disc featuring an instrumental version of the album. Order your own digital or physical copy through Bandcamp here. The track listing is as follows:

1. Blood (Intro)
2. Creatures from the Mud
3. The Swarm
4. Living Arrows
5. Praise The Stench (...of your Fallen Idols)
6. Disfigured Hand (ft. Patrick Somoulay)
7. And Heavens began to fall (ft. Lauren Babic)
8. The Storm and The Ruler
9. Revival of Darkness
10. Firstborn More...

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