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Sloths Premieres New Song "Elegy"

Hailing from Portland, Oregon, Sloths releases a dark and noisy sound that is all-encompassing. Following the "Knives" EP from 2013, the band is now gearing up to drop a new three-track release titled "Twenty Years."

We're stoked to be bringing you the exclusive premiere of the "Twenty Years" opening track. Check out "Elegy" below and be sure to let us know what you think of the song.

"Twenty Years" is due out digitally on August 29th (with a physical edition coming in October) and consists of a trio of songs recorded with Fester at Haywire Studios (Nux Vomica, Honduran) and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Baptists, Sleep, Oathbreaker, Tragedy).

This will be a split release between The Ghost Is Clear Records, Don’t Live Like Me Records, and Illuminasty Records. The songs are connected musically and thematically with recurring melodies that are altered by their sonic surroundings and lyrics that examine what it means to die young, a theme influenced by the recent death of a friend and the perspective gained by seeing the aftermath of such a tragedy.

Sloths will also be bringing this material on the road during a West Coast/Midwest tour in September. Find dates and get more info on the band at Facebook here. The new EP's track listing is:

1. Elegy
2. Void
3. Passing More...

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Sidious Unveils New Album Artwork

Blackened death metal outfit Sidious - which just revealed the identity of it's previously secret drummer - is gearing up to release a new album on November 3rd via Kaotoxin Records.

Today we're proud to bring you the first official unveiling of the album artwork and track listing for "Revealed In Profane Splendour!" Check out the cover below and let us know what you think of it in the comments section.

This new full-length album was produced by none other than Russ Russell at the Parlour Studios (Dimmu Borgir, Napalm Death, Lock Up) and the artwork was handled by by Giannis Nakos of Remedy Arts, who previously created the cover art for Eye Of Solitude's "Canto III" and "Sui Caedere."

You can check out a teaser trailer for the album over here and the track listing will be as follows:

1. Sacrilegious Majesty - 4:59
2. Inexorable Revelation - 3:59
3. Revealed In Profane Splendour - 6:27
4. Annihilation Ov Abhorrent Credence - 5:42
5. Obscenity Ov Old - 3:11
6. Infernal Reign - 5:54
7. O Paragon, Bringer Ov Light - 5:50 More...

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A Sound Of Thunder Premieres "Elijah" Lyric Video

D.C. area metal band A Sound of Thunder has dropped a bombshell of a track for an exclusive premiere right here on Metal Underground.com. The song appears on the upcoming new release "The Lesser Key of Solomon," which will be available on September 9th via Mad Neptune Records.

After a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign for the release of the band's previous effort "Time's Arrow" - the band followed that up with an even bigger crowd-funding success for "The Lesser Key of Solomon," so much so that the band funded the new album, a covers EP and the first tour for the West Coast this November.

"The Lesser Key of Solomon" represents the strongest material for A Sound of Thunder, which sees the band grow in both song writing and progression. Check out our review for the album at this location. One of the finest tracks is "Elijah," a 9 minute 30 second opus that features a new side to versatile vocalist Nina Osegueda's voice as a nod to King Diamond.

We asked Osegueda for her thoughts on the song: "Elijah is the kind of song I dreamed of creating since I first heard King Diamond. I wanted to tell an original story that was twisted and evil, and I wanted to be able to utilize a few different singing styles so it would be challenging. I wrote a short story about the characters to get inside their heads and map out their personalities and objectives. To me, it's more than a song, it's a whole world we're describing within just 10 minutes. I wanted to make sure that world was as colorful and bloody as possible."

Guitarist Josh Schwartz also commented: "'Elijah' is definitely our most ambitious song to date, both musically and lyrically. It's almost a mini-opera. [Vocalist Nina Osegueda] worked incredibly hard on the vocal harmonies on this, not just stacking up three part harmonies, but doubling each part and matching every little nuance from her lead vocal track in her harmony tracks. The result is a massive, lush chorus with a very cinematic feel. The song is going to be challenging for some listeners. There are a lot of tempo changes, unusual harmonies, and a big key change right in the middle of the chorus, but I think our fans will get it." More...

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Orphans Of Dusk Premieres "Starless"

Out of the nebulous ether a new shape of pure darkness has formed, giving the world Orphans Of Dusk: a Gothic death/doom metal three piece featuring members from Dunedin, New Zealand and Sydney, Australia.

The debut "Revenant" EP features artwork by Luciferium War Graphics and is out now digitally, with a physical edition available soon.

To give you a taste of the darkness, we're now proudly premiering second track "Starless."

Listen in, and let us know what you think of this intriguing new outfit via the comments section below!

The "Revenant" track listing is as follows:

1. August Price (5:02)
2. Starless (7:25)
3. Nibelheim (6:36)
4. Beneath the Cover of Night (8:13)

You can pick up a digital copy of "Revenant" at the Orphans Of Dusk website here or find more on the band at the Orphans Of Dusk Facebook profile. More...

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Num Skull Premieres Remastered Track

Num Skull's classic "Ritually Abused" album is due for official re-release (in physical and digital formats) on September 16th in North America (U.K. on September 15th) and pre-orders are now available right here.

For those who missed the album the first time around, or if you want to find out how the remastered edition sounds, today we are hosting an exclusive premiere of the track "The Henchman!"

Check it out below and let us know what you think in the comments section. You can also hear the previously released "Pirate's Night" at this location.

Originally released in 1988, this lost thrash release has been fully remastered and features an exclusive bonus track originally available on the Num’s The World Demo. Sounding like a demonic blend of Possessed and Slayer, "Ritually Abused" is as skull-shattering and relevant today as when first released over 25 years ago. More...

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Spiral Shades Premieres Full New Album

Get ready for a new dose of Sabbath style '70s doom metal legions, as today - August 5th - Spiral Shades officially launches the "Hypnosis Sessions" album via RidingEasy Records.

You can order your own copy through RidingEasy Records here, and we're also stoked to be bringing you the exclusive full album premiere if you'd like to hear the release in full. Check it out in the SoundCloud player below, and let us know what you think of the album in the comments section.

In case you missed it, don't forget to check out the lyric video for "Frustrations" we previously premiered at this location. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Frustration
2. Illuminati
3. Grim Rituals
4. Fear
5. Wizardry
6. The Slowing Deep
7. Abstract Illusions
8. Wizardry
9. Torment
10. Fading Sunlight More...

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Primordium Premieres New Song

U.S. technical death metal act Primordium is gearing up to drop new album "Aeonian Obsolescence" via Lacerated Enemy Records, and today we are bringing you a head banging first taste of the release!

Prepare to be swept up in "The Incursion" in the player below. Lacerated Enemy Records also comments on the band:

"Primordium is America's best kept secret. The band's mind-boggling technical Death Metal music is among the best. The band keeps it fast and vicious without rendering it unnecessarily brutal and has a sublime sense of catchiness with an undertone of melody but maintaining a firm distinction - the result is some of the best-balanced technical death metal that's contemporary and relevant."

Pre-orders for "Aeonian Obsolescence" are available in physical format here or digitally via Bandcamp. The album is set to drop September 19th, and the full track listing is as follows:

1. Intro
2. A Process Of Becoming
3. The Opaque Semblance
4. The Incursion
5. Esoteric Purification
6. Instrumental More...

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Edge Of Haze Premieres New Music Video

The Finnish outfit Edge Of Haze is gearing up to release new album "Illumine" on August 21st, 2014.

As a teaser leading up to that release, today we've teamed up with the band to exclusively premiere the new "Crushed" music video. The clip, available below, was directed and edited by Markus Hentunen, with additional filming and directing by Olli Kiikkilä.

The "Crushed" track was recorded and mixed by Tuomas Yli-Jaskari (Tracedawn) at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki, Finland and mastering was handled by Acle Kahney (TesseracT) at 4D Sounds in Brighton, UK. You can pick up the single at iTunes. Edge Of Haze also comments:

"In the video we wanted to showcase especially the dystopia theme and empathize the protagonist on the album. We are citizens, barren souls under authority, desperately trying to find light in the surroundings both figuratively and literally.

"The importance of light goes hand in hand between the album (title) and the video. In the video we need to illumine the room of our secret society to be able to escape. In the album it is an individual attempt of taking control over one's own life. Either way the idea of finding yourself, the light, is what we want to signal via the song."

If you like what you hear, you can check out the band's previous album "Mirage" at Bandcamp here. The track listing for forthcoming album "Illumine" will be as follows:

1. Drawn
2. The Pyre
3. Urban Reverie
4. Crushed
5. 3:30 AM
6. Into the Red Sun
7. Unlearn
8. A Storm at the River
9. Rainfall
10. The Newfound Horizon More...

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Blood Of Kingu Premiering New Track

We've got a premiere today sure to blacken up your week by Blood Of Kingu - a cult act formed in the Ukraine in 2005 by none other than Drudkh mainman Roman Sayenko.

Since Blood Of Kingu's inception, the quartet has released two full-length albums: 2007's "De Occulta Philosophia" and 2010's "Sun in the House of the Scorpion." Now with new album "Dark Star on the Right Horn of the Crescent Moon" due out next month, we bring you the grim track "The Bringer of Pestilence," which can be heard below.

"Dark Star on the Right Horn of the Crescent Moon" has been scheduled for a September 2nd release in North America (August 29th worldwide). Pre-orders are available through Season of Mist here and the track listing is as follows:

1. Crowned Scarlet Moon Is Waiting For Eclipse
2. He Who Is Not To Be Named
3. Mother Hydra
4. Enshrined In The Nethermost Lairs Beneath The Oceans (streaming here)
5. Red Star On The Path Of Ea
6. Sigil Of The Watcher
7. Prayer To The Gods Of Night
8. The Bringer Of Pestilence
9. The Cycle Returneth More...

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Giant Of The Mountain Premieres New Track

Like the beast of seven heads emerging from the darkest depths of the ocean, Giant of the Mountain has ascended upon mankind with its crushing delivery of blackened death metal.

Today Metalunderground.com is bringing you another track from the band's "Moon Worship" release. Check out fifth track "Flesh Divinity" in the player below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments section.

The band was created in late 2008 by Cody Daniels and Randi Matejowsky with an idea to form a musical genre unlike any other: amidst shredding solos, heavy bass lines, odd rhythmic timing, and harsh vocals, Giant of the Mountain’s eclectic influences of black metal, progressive, death metal, and stoner/doom metal come together to create an alluring and enigmatic style. The "Moon Worship" track listing is as follows:

1. Moon Worship
2. Spiral of the Serpent
3. Terror in its Purest Form
4. Cult of the Moon
5. Flesh Divinity
6. Call to the Depths
7. Ending More...

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Infestum Premieres New Song "Ordo Infestum"

Belarus-based black metal outfit Infestum is gearing up to release "Monuments of Exalted" on August 18th via Lacerated Enemy Records.

To give you a taste of the upcoming album, we're proud to bring you an exclusive premiere of the new track "Ordo Infestum," which can be heard below. Pre-orders are available digitally via Bandcamp or as a physical edition over here. Lacerated Enemy Records also comments:

"Infestum is the new forward-thinking force of black metal while remaining true to the
essence of the style. From Belarus, the band creates epic and traditional atmospheric black metal
while at the same time mingling it with Death Metal, industrial-tinged, hard-hitting music, taking the sound forward as a whole much like the genre's frontrunners, Behemoth, Emperor and Aborym.

"Lacerated Enemy Records is unearthing for the first time groundbreaking black metal from Europe which is similar in vision to the label's penchant for quality and innovation. 'Monuments of Exalted' will reach a wider audience through the label's worldwide distribution and promotion efforts and will expose the high quality and relevant black metal to its future fans. More...

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Spiral Shades Premieres New Lyric Video

Wish there was still high quality stoner doom that made you think of the early days of British metal bands? Today's premiere is for you then - as we bring you the official lyric video premiere for "Frustrations" from Spiral Shades!

Check it out below and let us know what you think in the comments. "Frustrations" is taken from the band's "Hypnosis Sessions" album, due out through RidingEasy Records on August 5th, 2014.

Spiral Shades was formed by Vennesla, Norway-native Filip Peterson and Mumbai based singer-songwriter Khushal Bhadra. As avid fans of obscure ’70s rock, doom and proto-metal, prior to forming Spiral Shades both Peterson and Bhadra relied on YouTube to unearth lost music and showcase their individual talents as musicians. Each would upload their own cover versions of songs they had discovered online but it wasn’t until one evening in the Summer of 2012 that Khushal happened to stumble onto Filip’s channel where he was taken aback by the Norwegian’s choices and impressive guitar playing.

“We appeared to possess identical influences and a love for the ’70s,” recalls Khushal. “Later we
discovered that we shared in the belief that music created in that era had a certain kind of depth and emotion. My late father got me into bands like Black Sabbath and Deep Purple when I was young and those bands completely changed my world. Since then I have been trying to unearth bands with similar vibes.” More...

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Etched In Stone Premieres New Track

Central California's Etched In Stone is gearing up to release a brand new full-length album, "The Failure of Modern Man," this coming Tuesday, June 24th.

In anticipation of the forthcoming release, the band has teamed up with us to premiere new song, "Paragraph II," which can be heard below. Etched In Stone vocalist/producer Brian Lewis had the following to say about the lyrical inspiration for the track:

"Paragraph II was one of the first songs written for this record and the majority of the lyrics are adapted from the second paragraph of The United States Declaration of Independence. In a day in age such as our own, where civil liberties are being sacrificed everyday for the sake of 'security,' it just seemed fitting that this song remind the free American people of their right to openly spit in the face of the injustice that is the growing police state. Accountability is obviously scarce at the top, and it should be held there before anywhere else.

"With growing military and prison industrial complexes, it is clear that the motives behind our government are no longer the preservation of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for it's citizens, but simply profiteering - even at the extreme cost of domestic surveilance and micro-management. George Orwell was simply 30 years early. The over all theme of this album is very political, which is a new direction for us lyrically, but it's important to voice one's opinions about current affairs if one hopes to incite any kind of change - My hope is that this record will inspire people to question everything, to take back their freedom and mostly, turn off their goddamned TV."

Check out the new song below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments section! If you can't get enough Etched In Stone, listen to the previously posted track "Only Silent, Still" at this location. More...

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Cannabis Corpse Premieres New Track

Richmond's weed-obsessed death dealers in Cannabis Corpse will unleash their new album "From Wisdom to Baked" in North America on June 24th (June 20th worldwide).

For those who can't wait till the end of the month to pick up the bong and start taking hits, today we give you a pre-puff with the exclusive premiere of the track "Pull The Carb." Experience the haze of metal below, and let us know what you think of the track!

You can also pre-order the album via Season of Mist here. The Cannabis Corpse trio, including Municipal Waste bassist/Iron Reagan guitarist Landphil and former GWAR guitarist Brent Legion, fuse influences from the halcyon days of Florida death into a brutal, modern death metal attack.

Punishing new tracks like "Zero Weed Tolerance," "Individual Pot Patterns," "Baptized in Bud," and "THC Crystal Mountain" are nothing short of killer metal, giving voice to insane stories of marijuana zombies, arcane pot lore, and demented hillbilly cannabis farmers.

The album features guest appearances from Chris Barnes (Six Feet Under), Trevor Strand (The Black Dahlia Murder), Digestor (Ghoul) and the track listing is as follows:

1. Baptized In Bud
2. Zero Weed Tolerance
3. Weedless Ones
4. Individual Pot Patterns (streaming here)
5. Pull The Carb
6. Considered Dank
7. Voice Of The Bowl
8. THC Crystal Mountain
9. With Their Hash He Will Create
10. From Wisdom To Baked
11. Medicinal Healing More...

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Expain Premieres New Guitar/Bass Playthrough

Vancouver, BC's mosh pit architects Expain (formerly known as The Almighty Excruciating Pain) today has teamed up with us at Metalundeground.com to unleash a new guitar and bass playthrough video for "Aggressions Progression."

See the band performing the new track below. The clip was shot and edited by Andrew Baena and "Aggressions Progression" is taken from the forthcoming album "Just The Tip," which is due out June 24th.

The full track listing is as follows:

1. Bacchus
2. Aggressions Progression
3. Phoenix Writhing
4. The King
5. Don’t Worry The Worst Is Yet To Come
6. Idol Worship
7. Allegiance To Pain
8. Manatee
9. Headbang Your Head Off
10. A.T.M.
11. Eating A Beating Heart

Mixing thrash with jazzier elements and everything in between, the band delivers music that’s energetic, diverse, and thoughtful in every sense of the word. “Our music tends to be very melodic and we put a big emphasis on the songwriting, as well as the individual riffs,” says guitarist Eric Morrison.

The band’s debut album, "Just the Tip," plays to its sense of humour, but also represents the beginning of a musical journey that’s not bound to stop or slow down any time soon. Writing about everything from overcoming adversity to partying hard, living in an ever-changing city and the state of today’s society as a whole, Expain has captured its true identity on record.

As Morrison explains, “We go through many different concepts on this album but I think throughout all of it there is an attempt to stay hopeful and make something positive out of difficult or unpleasant situations.” More...

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Khuda Premieres Full New Album

This month marks the return of the Khuda duo, and with it the arrival of the group's biggest and most fully realized album "Molasses Constricts The Clinostat."

If you're down for some dynamic instrumental post-metal, then we're proud to bring you a full stream of the entire album today. Check it out below, and let us know if you dig it in the comments section.

Be sure to also pre-order the album before it's June 9th release date right here, or find more info on Khuda at the band's Facebook profile here.

The Leeds/Jyväskylä based twosome has been carving out an unholy body of work since forming in 2007, drawing on the brooding, angular influence of bands like Hella and Russian Circles and setting sounds against an imposing progressive metal backdrop. "Molasses Constricts The Clinostat" is a body of music populated with bold compositions driven by the ambition and percussive/rhythmic attack of guitarist Tom Brooke and drummer Steve Myles.

Despite the 1500 kilometre divide the separates them as individuals, together they have performed over four hundred gigs in more than thirty countries, sharing stages with the likes of Russian Circles, Mono, And So I Watch You From Afar, Torche, Caspian and Red Sparowes.

"Molasses Constricts The Clinostat" is Khuda’s third full-length album, following 2010’s "Palingenesia" and 2011’s "Iecava," which were also released on Prügelprinz Records and Field Records. More...

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Nihilo Premieres Full New Album

The Swiss picturesque Emmental is not only host of cows and cheese, but also some first class metal!

Swiss metal outfit Nihilo is marking 10 years as a band with the "Dum Spiro Spero" album - the group's sixth release overall.

The darkest Nihilo material to date, the "Dum Spiro Spero" lyrical themes range from wars and manslaughter to zombiesque criticism of the society we know today ("We’re All Infected"). These lyrics stand as a framework for the band's trademark death metal with a big side serving of doom and grind.

The album was recorded live at Hidden Stash Studios in Bern, Switzerland, and includes a 20+ minute title track.

Today the band has teamed up with us at Metalunderground.com to premiere the album in its entirety: check out all of "Dum Spiro Spero" below, and let us know what you think of the release in the comments section! For more info on Nihilo, head over to the band's Facebook profile here. More...

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Benighted Premieres New Music Video

If you haven't heard "Carnivore Sublime" (reviewed here) by the death metal extremists in Benighted, you're missing out on a truly ear-slaughtering experience of devastating brutality matched by few other bands in the genre.

Benighted previously released a music video for the "Experience Your Flesh" track, and now the band has teamed up with us at Metalunderground.com to premiere the album's second official video clip.

Check out "Spit" in the player below, which features Niklas Kvarforth of Shining! The full album's track listing is:

1. X2Y
2. Noise
3. Experience Your Flesh
4. Slaughter/Suicide
5. Spit
6. Defiled Purity
7. Jekyll
8. Collection of Dead Portraits
9. Carnivore Sublime
10. Les Morsures de Cerbère
11. June and the Laconic Solstice More...

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Meadows End Premieres New Lyric Video

After teasing an upcoming album release and dropping the album artwork, Swedish melodic/symphonic death metal act Meadows End has teamed up with Metalunderground.com exclusively today to premiere the "Trench Of Souls" lyric video!

Check out the song in the player below, and let us know what you think in the comments section. The video was crafted by Roel De Jong at Rock 'n Roel Design.

"Trench Of Souls" is taken from the band's second full-length album "The Sufferwell," due to be officially released June 13th, 2014. Pre-orders can be found at this location.

"The Sufferwell" features cover artwork by Fredrik Burholm and was mixed/mastered by Oscar Nilsson at Crehate Studios in Gothenburg. The track listing is as follows:

1. Kings of Greed
2. Trench of Souls
3. Ur Askan
4. Devilspeed Loathekill
5. Reap
6. Under a Canopy of Stars
7. Hung in Gallows By Dawn
8. This Coming Nightfall
9. Funeral of a Porcelain Doll
10. Masses Flee
11. Insurrection More...

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Rage Nucleaire Unleashes New Track

Savage Canadian black metal militia Rage Nucleaire returns with its most brutal offensive to date, in the form of the new album "Black Storm of Violence." Today we bring you an exclusive premiere of a track off the album - check out "Ritual Murder (And Its Attendant Blessings)" in the player below.

"Black Storm of Violence" is nihilism incarnate, devoid of all subtlety and mercy. The band, led by the inimitable Lord Worm (ex-Cryptopsy) and featuring Marduk touring drummer Fredrik Widigs in its ranks, burns through eight tracks of cult black metal including stand-outs "A Sino-American Chainsaw War," "Annihilation Frenzy," and the title track.

Rage Nucleaire's rabid metal recalls a time when the genre was still dangerous, and sharpens it with an almost masochistic rage. "Black Storm of Violence" will be released by Season of Mist on July 22nd, 2014 (July 18 worldwide) and pre-orders can be found at this location.

The band also comments: "...And the angel of light said: 'Let there be more killing, more hatred, more war and more violence,' and there was begotten a second Rage Nucléaire album. And there came a time when no good remained in the world, when chaotic evil met lawful evil, and it was called Black Storm of Violence. Now you die."

If the song below leaves you desperate for more Rage Nucleaire, be sure to also hear the full previous album "Unrelenting Fucking Hatred" over here. More...

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