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Wreche Turns Black Metal Upside Down

Ready for something totally off the charts that forges ahead boldly into the unknown?

The Wreche duo will drop a self-titled album via Fragile Branch Recordings next Friday, May 26th, and today we're giving you an early listen to a new track!

Check out the unhinged piano / abrasive black metal mashup of the album's fifth track "Vessel" below. Like what you hear? Pre-orders are online over here.

The old piano wire creaks and whines as the hammer turns, wrenching the pin from the rotted maple. Steel clinks and piles upon the concrete while the wires twist and fall, knotting like weeds. As the spirit is pruned, it protests gently, plying the old songs—a final ghostly stride through the mind’s quiet gramophone. Wreche expands the palette and language of the piano to black metal.

By transforming and revising the guitars of black metal, replacing them with shards of crystalline harshness and frenzied scherzos, Wreche invites space for new interpretations of genre, forging a path out of the proverbial forest—be it Norwegian, Olympian, or Appalachian—and into something more hopeless and sinister.

1. Pruning the Spirit
2. Angel City
3. Fata Morgana
4. Petals
5. Vessel More...

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Read The Full First Chapter Of "Light Dawning"

Update: the second chapter has also come online and can be read over here.

Following previous sci-fi novella “Empty” from 2016, Ty Arthur (Metalunderground.com's very own xFiruath) returns with new full-length horror novel “Light Dawning."

Pivoting away from the emptiness of space, the book dives headlong into the waters of fantasy, but with a seriously grimdark twist.

This next foray into the bleaker corners of human existence is officially slated for release on Friday, May 26th, 2017. Kindle digital pre-orders are now online here, with physical editions available here.

Once known as the City on the Hill and revered far and wide for its independence and boundless opportunity, Cestia has become home only to the damned. Surviving under the brutal occupation of a southern empire for three long years, the oppressed populace has lost hope of liberation, turning instead towards an increasingly desperate rebellion willing to commit any atrocity for a chance at freedom.

As total war approaches, four lost souls trapped behind Cestia's walls are on a collision course with fate, destined to either save the city or see it utterly destroyed while calling on forces beyond mankind's comprehension. For good or ill, the light of a new day is about to dawn.

Today we're introducing you to one of those main characters: Myrr, a man on the run since coming across something beyond his comprehension that is desperately sought by the Knights of the Black Gauntlet. Check out an exclusive sneak peak of the full opening chapter of "Light Dawning" below.

"Light Dawning" was inspired by heavy metal of all stripes, from avant-garde black metal to occult rock, with the Myrr segments of the book in particular drawing on tracks from the Code album "Mut" and Shining release "IX - IX - Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends." If you'd like to read the chapter as it was written and intended to be experienced, a playlist of songs fueling the writing sessions can be heard below that match the themes and tone of the book's opening section.

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Misamore Premieres "Bloody Mary" Video

Hailing from Sacremento, the hard rockin' trio Misamore has teamed up with us today to exclusively premiere the "Bloody Mary" lyric video - buckle up and get ready for a road trip into darkness!

"The song 'Bloody Mary' was written a few years before the recording of Misamore's full-length album, 'Monolith.' The song deals with the destruction of what little innocence we have and how it all fundamentally is the same feeling that sends us in the same direction," commented Misamore's Josh Amolsch.

Josh goes on to say, "Originally, the video was planned to be a woman losing her virginity and then giving birth in the snow and bleeding to death, but we thought that might be too graphic and 'real' for people."

"There was also plans for the band to be in the video, playing around burning trash barrels in the snow. But the lyric video seemed more appropriate for a few reasons. Those being that the listeners probably want to understand what the lyrics are saying and the another was to focus on the story of how easy it is to make bad decisions and how quickly they will cause things to crumble. it was also a bit cheaper to do the lyric video."

The CA-based power trio Misamore refuses to rest. With fourteen years in, a five-song EP, a single and now a full-length album to tout, Misamore has proven that it will take more than a pesky thing like drummer Cameron Ellis' brain tumor or a near death experience due to Celiac Disease with bassist Mike Dragony to slow the band down.

Misamore's “Monolith” - available here - is what Loud & Heavy calls “a top to bottom solid body of work” with many peers in the Sacramento music scene praising the release as an “evolutionary piece” and “Flawless.” You can follow the latest on Misamore over at Facebook here. More...

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The Ditch And The Delta Premieres Full New Album

Mark your calendars: May 12th, 2017 is the day you get sludged straight to death!

That's the day Battleground Records will further expand the label’s already-diverse roster with SLC squadron The Ditch And The Delta's debut LP "Hives In Decline."

Engineered by Andy Patterson of Subrosa, "Hives In Decline" shows The Ditch And The Delta exploring further aspects of sound design, from sludgy doom to math metal for a style the band simply terms "Big Riff."

Employing different tunings and modal centers, every song the band writes manages to avoid many of the usual doom trappings of excessive feedback, static harmony, and pentatonic riffs. The lyrical content deals with everyday life and the constant suppression and alienation that comes with it. Three men from Mormon-dominated Utah are bound to have a lot of resentment and disdain for the mono culture they exist in daily.

You don't have to wait any longer to hear the end result for yourself, because today we're premiering the entire album ahead of release - listen in below!

Pre-orders are online right here. The album includes a swarm of solos by Gentry Densley (Eagle Twin, Iceburn) on the song “Fuck On Asphalt," and the full track listing is as follows:

1. Hives In Decline
2. Fuck On Asphalt
3. Sleeping Dogs
4. Dry Land
5. Till Body Quits
6. Mud
7. Dread Spectacle More...

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Morass Of Molasses Premieres "Centralia"

The swamp master generals from Morass Of Molasses are gearing up to drop new album "These Paths We Tread" on May 19th, 2017 via HeviSike Records.

To prepare you for the album's seven fuzzy, sludgy, doomy tracks, today we're exclusively premiering new song "Centralia." The band comments:

"'Centralia' is a tale of greed and gluttony. How we should be wary of over indulgence as nothing comes without consequences."

Morass Of Molasses creates the kind of lumbering heavy blues riffs which induce involuntary head nodding and a deep stirring of the loins. Want your loins properly stirred? Listen in below already.

The band's short life so far has also seen Morass of Molasses sharing stages with such luminaries of the scene as Orange Goblin Ohhms, Vodun, Elephant Tree, Desert Storm, Space Witch,, Sea Bastard, Limb, Gurt and many more. Need more from the band? Follow the latest at Facebook here.

"These Paths We Tread" was engineered, produced & mixed By Matt Bew at Whitehouse Studios. The new album's track listing is as follows:

1. My Leviathan (streaming here)
2. So They Walk
3. Serpentine
4. The Ritual
5. Centralia
6. Maenads
7. Wrath Of Aphrodite More...

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A Flourishing Scourge Premieres "Solace"

Get ready to find a new favorite band, because today we're introducing you to an extreme progressive metal outfit from Seattle that's going to absolutely blow you away!

A Flourishing Scourge's self-titled, debut album will drop June 9th via the band's own imprint Begotten Records, and now ahead of that release we're officially premiering the album's ending track "Solace."

Get ready for a truly wild 9+ minute ride below that spans everything from atmospheric piano to full-on technical metal. If you dig what you hear below, be sure to pre-order the album at Bandcamp here.

"A Flourishing Scourge" features eight dynamic and ferocious songs recorded at Gojira’s Silver Cord Studios in Brooklyn, New York and includes session drummer Samus Paulicelli (Decrepit Birth, ex-Abigail Williams). Mastering was handled by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Amon Amarth) of Fascination Street Studios, with cover artwork handled by Andrada Saftescu.

1. Tidal Waves
2. To the Stench of a Rotting Corpse
3. Insatiable
4. Onerous
5. Awakened
6. Vacant
7. The Hedonist
8. Solace More...

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Seven Kingdoms Premieres "Kingslayer" Video Clip

Florida's Seven Kingdoms is about to power-metalize the ass of the globe on Friday, May 5th with the release of "Decennium," the band's Napalm Records debut and fourth full length studio album. Pre-orders can be made at this location.

To celebrate the coming album's release along with a North American tour with Evergrey, Need and Ascendia, the band teamed up with Metal Underground.com for the release of the video clip for "Kingslayer."

The band commented on the song: "'Kingslayer' is a song about Jaime Lannister's betrayal of his oath, which earned him that very nickname across the Seven Kingdoms. The Mad King was ready to blow up all of Kings Landing with stocks of wildfire hidden under the streets, rather than face defeat to Robert's rebellion. Having already seen enough atrocities committed by the king, Jaime could not stand by any longer with the lives of the entire city at stake. He murdered the Mad King, the one his life was sworn to protect. Instead of becoming a hero, this betrayal would be how history remembered Jaime Lannister.”

The track listing for "Decennium" is:

1. Stargazer (see lyric video)
2. Undying
3. In The Walls (see lyric video here)
4. The Tale Of Deathface Ginny
5. Castles In The Snow
6. Kingslayer
7. The Faceless Hero
8. Neverending (see video clip here)
9. Hollow
10. Awakened From Nothing
11. In The Walls (EP Master) (Bonus Track)
12. Undying (EP Master) (Bonus Track)
13. The Bloody Meadow (Re-Recording) (Bonus Track)
14. Stormborn (Re-Recording) (Bonus Track)

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Pure Premieres New Song "Le Silence Mortel"

Satanath Records is keeping it real 'n raw in the underground, this time via sub-label Symbol Of Domination in cooperation with Obscure Abhorrence Productions.

That trinity of label involvement will see the release of new album "J'aurais dû" from Swiss raw black metal band Pure on May 13th, 2017.

Ahead of that release date we've got an exclusive U.S. premiere of new track "Le Silence Mortel" - check it out in the YouTube video below.

Pure was founded by Bornyhake (known from Borgne, Enoid, Deathrow, Darvaza, ex-Kawir, and others), and the band name very much fits the sound on this fourth album, which is as pure old school black metal as you can get without a time machine.

The lyrics, all in French, describe the worst and best moments of Bornyhake's life. You can check out previous releases from the project at Bandcamp here or follow the latest on Pure via Facebook. The new album's track listing is as follows:

01. Anonyme et sans visage
02. Je tuerais le monde pour ta lumière
03. Le silence mortel
04. Le jour où je suis mort
05. J'aurais dû
06. Solitude More...

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Amentia Premieres "I Don't Believe" Video

Death metal group Amentia from Belarus is gearing up to release the "Scourge" album this coming May 8th, 2017 via Satanath Records and Amputated Vein Records.

Today we're premiering a new lyric video off the album - check out "I Don't Believe" below. Although you might suspect it was an anthem of disbelief, instead this track deals with a junkie chasing after that elusive high.

Third full-length album "Scourge" features seven uncompromising tracks aimed at killing your brain cells with each second of brutal sound. Get ready for chopping ax rhythmic riffs, machine gun bursts of drum fills and blast beats, perverted paranoid solos, soul-destroying vocals, and grinding virtuosic bass.

You can follow the latest on the band via Facebook here or over at Bandcamp and the album's track listing is as follows:

01. Kill Me
02. I Don't Believe
03. Anorexia
04. Slow Decay
05. Noble Death
06. Sentence Executioner
07. Paranoia More...

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Justin Symbol & The God Bombs Premieres Video

Ready for the vagina of the whole goddamn world to be opened up to you? Electronic rock group Justin Symbol & The God Bombs is set to release a second full-length album this coming fall titled "GΩDHEAD."

Today we're officially premiering a whacked out, psychedelic, bizarre-as-fuck music video for the title track - check it out below!

The "GΩDHEAD" music video was filmed in Joshua Tree, CA in June 2016 during an extreme heat wave that killed at least one person.

It stars Justin Symbol, Will Evil, Jabbath Kadabra, and John Doll (aka The God Bombs) plus Ryan Frankenstein (of the band Our Frankenstein) and Angel Nightmare (of the band Midnight Nighmare).

The video was filmed in homage to 70s psychedelic/occult film makers such as Alejandro Jodorowsky and Kenneth Anger and tells the story of Justin Symbol's quest for a mystical cactus shaped microphone atop a mountain in Joshua Tree. He is challenged along the way by various evil forces attempting to thwart his conquest. More...

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Freiheit Premieres New Song

Russian blackend death metal troupe Freiheit is gearing up to release a new album titled "Madness. Hatred. Death" via Grimm Distribution.

While the album may not be dropping until May 5th, today we've got an advance listen of an all-consuming banger of a track that roughly translates to "The Corps of Death."

Freiheit is a young metal band hailing from Arkhangelsk, Russia and the name is translated as “Freedom” from German, since the members do not limit themselves in their work, and typical genre rules don't mean much for them either. Freiheit is freedom of self-expression, with no place for pleasing political and religious dogmas.

You can pre-order the new album here (and also hear another advance track), and be sure to follow the latest on Freiheit via Facebook. More...

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The Thirteenth Sun Premieres "Planes Of Creation"

Need some smooth travel across the universe and into another plane of existence this morning? We've got a dimensional-pushing premiere for you to kick the week off with new track "Planes Of Creation" from The Thirteen Sun!

"Planes Of Creation" is taken off "Stardust," the debut album from these Transylvanian progressive metal Argonauts, and is due to be released on May 12th. Pre-orders are online here.

The story of the band begins in 2011 when Radu (vocals and lead guitars) started writing the first songs together with Marius Muntean (keyboards). They both came at that particular time from different areas of musical styles but had a lot of common roots as well and the idea to create music combining elements from different genres to strike a balance.

This later became the essence of the whole project, making music through shared experiences that is set to make one escape the confinements of routine and be able to gaze outside the limits. Because the night skies often brings one to wonder of the limitless possibilities surrounding us, it occurred as a natural outlet to set a starting point of the story that would unfold from that sea of possibilities above.

In 2012 Septimiu Harsan (drums) and Marius Licu (guitars) joined the band and the structure of the songs was then crystallized for what was to become the first material, a self-released EP named "Genesis" in December of 2012. In 2016 The band started recordings a first proper studio album named "Stardust" in Consonance Studio (Timisoara) having Edmond Karban (Negura Bunget/Dordeduh) as producer and also as guest vocals on the album, with the mastering being done by Martin Zeller.

Having an atmospheric touch in its essence and also an experimental side to the entire concept, the band has found an ideal place to expose the light of the "Stardust" album, that place being Aural Music, where experimental and ambient are very familiar words and boundaries are being redefined and explored constantly. More...

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Opus Diaboli Premieres "In Flames"

Uruguay black metal project Opus Diaboli - the work of one L.W. Alexander - will release new album "Black Light Of Destruction" this coming May 10th, 2017 via Satanath Records and The Ritual Productions.

Today we're exclusively premiering the album's fifth track "In Flames," which can be heard below. "Black Light Of Destruction" is pure pummeling black metal from beginning to end; the synthesis of 12 years of work and the end of an era for Opus Diaboli.

Songs for this album were written in the period from 2005 to 2016 but each has a common concept... to destroy the veils of what is shown while seeking and find truth. Artwork was handled by Paint-It-Black Design and the full track listing is as follows:

01. Ilmarinen
02. Glory In Steel
03. Luciferian Black Light
04. Red Battlefield
05. In Flames
06. Better To Be A Mortal Than A Crucified Whore
07. Rivers Of Blood
08. Hymn Of Ragnarok

Pre-orders (and another song stream) are available here and you can follow Opus Diaboli via Facebook. More...

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The Projectionist Premieres Full New Album

The Projectionist is a black metal band from Canada, formed and fronted by Lord Matzikeitus (ex-Idolatry).

The music is centered on themes of hatred and isolation, to evoke new unexplored domains of intellectual fury and bleakness in black metal with a complete despotic will.

Following a previous EP and full-length album, The Projectionist returns with "Exalted Solitude," which is seeing official release today via Appalachian Noise Records & The True Plague Records.

You can stream the entire album below, or pick up your own copy via Bandcamp or through Appalachian Noise here. The album features lavish artwork by Sang Ho Moon and Jan Pysander Whitney, and a guest guitar track by Christopher Hernandez of Xasthur. More...

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Merrimack Premieres "The Falsified Son"

The French black metal heretics forming Merrimack return with "Omegaphilia," their latest salvo of blasphemous brutality. Ahead of the impending June 9th release date, we're stoked to today premiere new advance song “The Falsified Son.”

Five years in the making, and honed over 20 years of devilish devotion to the dark arts, “Omegaphilia” sees these Parisian black metal traditionalists further refine an already formidable attack.

While other black metal bands fall off or grow soft with age, this blistering album sees Merrimack continuing to sharpen the blades. Check out the new song below, and you can pre-order your own copy of the album through Season Of Mist here. The full track listing is as follows:

1. Cauterizing Cosmos
2. The Falsified Son
3. Apophatic Weaponry (streaming here)
4. Gutters of Pain
5. Sights in the Abysmal Lure
6. Cesspool Coronation
7. At the Vanguard of Deception

Merrimack was founded by guitarist Perversifier in 1994 with a clear vision to keep the black metal flame burning as an act of aesthetic terrorism – adamantly based in the underground as opposed to any attempts to co-opt or commercialize. Follow the latest news on the band over here. More...

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Nagaarum Premieres New Song

Despite only having formed less than 10 years ago, Hungarian solo experimental project Nagaarum has been incredibly prolific, coming up on a 14th (!) release already this coming May 3rd.

Today we're bringing you an exclusive advance track from the impending “Homo Maleficus” LP. Check out “Cipelok” in the player provided below. “Homo Maleficus” will see the light of day as a co-release between GrimmDistribution and NGC Prod on May 3rd, 2017.

Nagaarum represents a one-man formation, the predecessor of which started its activity in 2008 under the Pigbaloon moniker. He considers the project as a playground for his musical experiments, spanning from doom and ambient to post-rock with black metal being the notable other extreme. Besides his solo musical excursions, Nagaarum is one of the editors of Fémforgács, a cultic, Hungarian metal webzine with significant history, and he also plays in GuilThee and In Vacuo. You can keep up with him via Facebook.

01. A befalazott
02. Az elvhu
03. Vassal nevelt
04. Cipelok
05. Mens dominium
06. Dolgunk végeztével
07. Kolontár

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Diabulus In Musica Premieres Live Video Clip

Spain's Diabulus In Musica, the biggest symphonic metal act it's homeland has to offer, teamed up with Metal Underground.com for the premiere of the new live performance video of "Lies In Your Eyes." The song originally appeared on the band's 2010 debut full length release "Secrets." The live clip appears on the special edition digipak of the latest album "Dirge for the Archons," which is available now via Napalm Records at this location.

The footage for "Lies In Your Eyes" was captured at the Baluarte Congress Centre and Auditorium of Navarra backed by a symphony orchestra on November 14, 2015. The band commented:

"Here we present to you all one of the songs of the biggest Diabulus in Musica show so far!

"As a symphonic metal band, this concert was a dream come true! We could finally play our songs live as they have been conceived since we started, in no less than the best and biggest concert hall of our hometown Pamplona and with one of the best professionals in the local classical music field. We have to thank CCN (Navarra’s Chamber Choir) and everyone involved for driving such a fantastic initiative and bringing together with great success the metal and the classical audiences!

"'Lies in your Eyes' was one of the first songs we wrote as a band, so it was especially meaningful to us to perform it surrounded by a huge symphonic orchestra and choir. We could have never imagined that it would sound so awesome live!"

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Disorder Premieres Full New Album

Ready for a little audio chaos this morning? Ahead of the official release date this Friday the 21st, we're now exclusively premiering new album "Fuego Negro" from thrash / black metal crew Disorder.

The Salvadorian band will see "Fuego Negro" co-released via Satanath Records' sub-label Symbol Of Domination with Morbid Skull Records.

Get a full advance listen below, and pre-orders are now online here.

Although originally started in '93 by Jorge Montesino, difficulty finding members who didn't want to play grunge or alternative at the time meant a first demo wasn't recorded and released until '01. The project would then go dormant for another ten years, eventually reactivating with a new lineup that resulted in the "En El Rio Del Olvido" album.

Fast forward to 2017 and now “Fuego Negro” is confirmed to be release on CD format in a limited run of 666 copies. Follow the latest on the band at Facebook here and the album's full track listing is as follows:

1. Carroñeros De Justicia
2. Existencias Paralelas
3. Bajo El Yugo De La Ignorancia
4. 333
5. Tiempos Violentos
6. Misantropica Barbarie
7. Fuego Negro More...

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Ungraved Apparition Premieres New Song

Ungraved Apparition will unleash new full-length album titled "Pulse_0" on April 23rd via GrimmDistribution, a label partner of Satanath Records.

As we near that release date, today we've got an exclusive premiere of the album's seventh track, which translates to "Extreme Phenomenon." Pre-orders for the album are online here.

The track assaults with a combination of several styles at once, telling a whole story from the first person. First we start with a blistering assault of technical death metal as the main character suddenly gets into a car accident. Then we shift to death metal with a slow swaying as demonized workers appear on the stage and take the main character to the local hospital branch. Soon a shift occurs towards metalcore as we see what happens within the walls of the filthy hospital, with sadistic masters watching on during a brutal bacchanalia. Finally we end with atmospheric some death / doom, with the main character eventually reaching the morgue and going through rigor mortis.

Ungraved Apparition hails from Ekaterinburg, Russia, and was founded in late 2014 by three members: Micky Babossa (guitar), Paul Kas (drums), and Leon Kratt (bass guitar). In the process of creating the material, the musicians felt the need for a powerful and heavier sound, thus in August 2015 Bones Taker joined them as the second guitarist, mainly for playing the solos. Accompanying him was Damned for the role of the vocalist.

The band's debut album "Pulse_0" is a concept of how musicians see the inner world of a person and his desperate struggle for every minute of life. For more info on the band, follow the official Ungraved Apparition website or VK page. More...

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Lucifer's Dungeon Premieres New Song

Ready for a trek through "The Forest?" Check out our exclusive premiere of this 11th track taken off "The Dark Army Raises," the impending album from Lucifer's Dungeon.

Lucifer's Dungeon was founded in 2008 by Cain Black in Thailand, where he lived from 2006 to 2010. Originally it was planned to be a one man band called Dark Cellar, and in 2009 a demo was recorded, but sadly was lost.

In 2010, after returning to Russia, Cain Black continued to write music and lyrics and later in 2014, he recruited Cerberus (drums) and Iscariot (concert bass player) from the group First Martyr. Debut album, "The Dark Army Raises," was recorded in February, after which Cerberus left the project due to his health, resulting in a cascade of lineup swaps as Iscariot switched to solo guitar, Goth Ghost switched to bass, and Denis Goncharov (Gromm) became the drummer.

"The Dark Army Raises" consists of both full ambient music and classic black metal tracks, with some songs combining these two genres. Pre-orders are online here. Due out May 7th, the album's track listing is as follows: More...

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