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Jorn Is "Running Up That Hill" In New Video Clip

One of the greatest rock singers of our time, Jorn Lande returns with a unique album of covers of classics from artists and bands that have meant something special to him, and helped forge this talented man's own unique style. "Heavy Rock Radio" is the title of the new release, which drops via Frontiers Music srl on June 3rd. Pre-orders can be made over at Amazon at this location.

Today, Jorn teams up with Metal Underground.com to being you the video for the Kate Bush cover "Running Up That Hill," which can be viewed in the player below.

Through Jorn's extensive career, which includes more than 40 albums of mostly original songs, he has also recorded great versions of several rock classics such as Thin Lizzy's "Are You Ready", UFO's "On and On", Deep Purple's "Perfect Strangers", and many more. Jorn also recorded a successful Ronnie James Dio tribute album, released in 2010. Every song JORN covers is treated with the utmost respect and "Jorn-ized" accordingly. A good example is his heavy sounding version of "I Walk Alone", first released by Tarja Turunen (ex-Nightwish).

"Heavy Rock Radio" is not an ordinary album of cover songs, it is truly a songbook of hits. Featured – among others - are great versions of the Eagles' "Hotel California" and Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill" (check it out below) which gets the Jorn style treatment to become very powerful and epic, without losing its commercial touch. More great classics included are John Farnham's "You're The Voice", Queen's "Killer Queen", and two absolute melodic rock evergreen gems in Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" and Foreigner's "Rev On The Red Line".

The original concept of the album was to create a sort of jukebox of radio hits, but to avoid leaning too much on the pop side of rock, JORN decided to blend the track listing with a few more up tempo rock tracks as well, such as "The Final Frontier" by Iron Maiden ("probably the closest you get to anything commercial with Iron Maiden," says Jorn), "Live to Win" by Paul Stanley (a song which was also featured on the popular television series South Park), and a few hard rock classics show up as well from Deep Purple ("Stormbringer"), Dio ("Rainbow In The Dark") and Black Sabbath ("Die Young") to complete the mix. More...

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Dust Bolt Gives You An "Allergy"

It's only been five years since Southern Germans Dust Bolt won the W:O:A Metal Battle 2011 – five years the band used to transform from hot newcomer into national thrash hero with the debut "Violent Demolition"! The "Bay Area aficionados" are ready to drop the third full length album in shape of "Mass Confusion" now, and relentless touring plus constant fine-tuning of the typical Dust Bolt sound have finally paid off: the old school songwriting is focused and free of ballast weight, yet despite all the rage and aggression there is still plenty of breathing space for melodic guitar work, gang shouts and ten ton grooves.

Today, Dust Bolt partners with Metal Underground.com to bring you the lyric video for the spring appropriate tune "Allergy." "Mass Confusion" drops via Napalm Records on July 8th. Pre-order the physical release at this location and the digital track via iTunes over here.

The track list for "Mass Confusion" is:

1. SickxBrain
2. Mass Confusion
3. Allergy
4. Turned to Grey
5. Blind to Art
6. Mind the Gap
7. Exit
8. Empty Faces
9. Taking Your Last Breath
10. Portraits of Decay
11. Masters of War

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Above Aurora Full Album Stream Exclusive Premiere

Polish black / doom metal band Above Aurora will release menacing debut record "Onwards Desolation" through none other than Pagan Records on the 27th of May, 2016.

Ahead of the album's release, we're bringing you all six tracks of atmospheric, suffocating metal early! Listen in to "Onwards Desolation" below.

Above Aurora also had this to say about the impending album release:

"Onwards Desolation is our commentary on the hopeless condition of mankind and the world as a whole.

"We wanted to combine the emptiness & void contained in the lyrics, with unpleasant, sometimes sounds curves and rough sound, which in turn creates an atmosphere exactly what we wanted. This record does not open new doors, not carrying relief is even encouragement to indulge in regression."

The complete "Onwards Desolation" track listing is as follows:

1. Vortex
2. Open the Wounds
3. Descending
4. Eradication of Light
5. Sweet Poison
6. Non Salva Me More...

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Infinite Spectrum Premieres New Lovecraftian Song

Today we're bringing you a dose of dark prog that dips into the maddening waters of the Cthulhu mythos!

Check out advance track "Fear" in the SoundCloud player below, and be sure to let us know what you think of the song.

This hard hitting track premiere from the NYC-based progressive metal band hails from upcoming Sensory Records release "Haunter of the Dark."

The impending summer album is due out June 24th and is based on the short story of the samen ame by master of horror H.P. Lovecraft.

Infinite Spectrum comments on the track: "We found that while 'Fear' worked in context of the Haunter story, it was also accessible as a stand alone track because the emotions it captures are universal. This track occurs about halfway through the new disc and it's all about the abject fear that becomes a prison for our main character Robert Harrison Blake. Lyrically and musically 'Fear' moves the story forward and provides a hook to hang on to, but we think it also expresses the common feelings of anxiety and fear that everyone faces at one time or another in their lives.

"There are a lot of influences that the different members of the band bring to the table, so we think listeners will find a plenty of variety on the disc. Whether your a fan of heavier progressive metal, like Dream Theater/Symphony X or more of a classic prog fan of bands like Pink Floyd, you'll find something to like. Of course, if you're also a fan of Lovecraft it's a perfect match." More...

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Trick Or Treat Premieres New Song "United"

Italy's Trick Or Treat - featuring Luca Turilli's Rhapsody frontman Alessandro Conti - will release the new album "Rabbit's Hill Pt. 2" on July 8th via Frontiers Records The album is the long awaited follow up to "Rabbit's Hill Pt. 1" issued in 2012 via Valery Records. The conceptual series of albums are based on Richard Adams' novel "Watership Down."

Today, the band has teamed up with Metal Underground.com to bring you the world premiere of the lyric video for the new track "United." The song features a guest appearance by Sonata Arctica vocalist Tony Kakko.

The recording sessions for "Rabbits Hill Pt. 2" have been the longest the band has ever taken part in and the work with producer Simone Mularoni (DGM) captured all the intricate details of the band's own take on power metal. For the album, the band added huge orchestrations and epic choirs mixed to their usual signature power metal sound, in order to sonically reflect all the epic adventures told through the lyrics. The musical vibes range from acoustic and melodic parts to darker, heavy metal anthems.

Once again, Trick Or Treat had the honor to work with great international guest musicians and friends like Tony Kakko from Sonata Arctica, Sara Squadrani from Ancient Bards and, in the role of the evil general Woundwort, Tim "Ripper" Owen (ex-Judas Priest ex-Yngwie Malmsteen). More...

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Seven Nines And Tens Premieres New Track

Throughout the years we've had the pleasure of premiering new music from Vancouver's Seven Nines And Tens, with today giving us another such opportunity.

This time we're hooking you up with an early listen of the massive 13 1/2 minute single "Metropolis Noir / Rigs," taken from the group's upcoming summer release "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Slums!"

The album will see release via Dullest Records (Hush, Rorcal, Walk Through Fire) on CD and Big Smoke (Altona, Spruce Trap) on cassette. Cover artwork comes courtesy of Nic Brown. For more info on the upcoming album and single, check out our interview with Seven Nines And Tens right here.

Go ahead and hit "play" below, but take a moment to prepare yourself for this audio journey first, because it's quite the ride. When your 13 minute trip comes to a stop, be sure to let us know what you think! More...

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Nervosa Takes "Hostages" With New Track

Brazil's meanest power trio have returned: Nervosa indulge in relentlessly raw all-female thrash metal on the second studio album "Agony" which almost effortlessly merges the energy of the glorious '80's with the refined aggression of this millennium. Played even more on point and precise than the 2014 debut "Victim of Yourself," it definitely enriches the Nervosa sound having transferred the production to the USA: the South American riff tornado is in flawless shape!

Today, Nervosa teamed up with Metal Underground.com to take some "Hostages." The new track stream (heard in the player below) is a ruthless thrash assault that will surely call to mind greats like Kreator and Slayer. Its really just the tip of the iceberg and the Brazilian thrash squad continues to drag its fans down into a malicious maelstrom full of old school darkness.

"Agony" drops via Napalm Records on June 4th. Pre-orders can be made at this location.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Arrogance
2. Theory Of Conspiracy
3. Deception
4. Intolerance Means War
5. Guerra Santa
6. Failed System
7. Hostages
8. Surrounded By Serpents
9. CyberWar
10. Hypocrisy
11. Devastation
12. Wayfarer (Bonus Track)

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The Order Of Israfel Premieres New Track

Swedish doom metal act The Order Of Israfel has teamed up with Metal Underground.com to premiere the lyric video for the new track "Swords to the Sky." The song will appear on the new album "The Red Robes," which is set for release on May 27th via Napalm Records. The album will be available as 6 page digipack with the bonus DVD, as well as 2LP Gatefold edition, with pre-orders available at this location.

The band's first steps on the debut "Wisdom" might have been heavily influenced by genre icons such as Cathedral, Pentagram and Witchcraft, but the four piece has firmly established its very own brand of slow-motion goodness in 2016: folk and the NWOBHM play a big role in The Order Of Israfel cosmos, but these guys also have a knack for Thin Lizzy-isms. The result is a wondrous, mystical piece of art featuring unforgettable vocals and ten-ton riffing that will haunt you for aeons!

The track listing is:

1. Staff In The Sand
2. The Red Robes
3. In Thrall To The Sorceress
4. Swords To The Sky
5. Von Sturmer (see music video here)
6. Fallen Children
7. A Shadow In The Hills
8. The Thirst

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Vilamoura Premieres New Music Video

Texas metalcore six-piece outfit Vilamoura has teamed up with us at Metalunderground.com today to exclusively premiere a new music video for the "We All Die" single.

"We All Die" comes from the band's latest EP release, "Buried Alive," out now via iTunes right here.

Vilamoura is known for crazy live performance, brutal breakdowns, and vocal melodies that will catch anyone's attention, with that whole package now showcased in the video for "We All Die."

Vocalist Johnathan Sotomayor comments on filming the clip: "It was a one of a kind experience. We were blown away and had a lot of fun and it was a great opportunity getting to work with such a talented director and engineer."

Guitarist Mikah Shipman adds: "It was freezing. We were thrashing and stomping around on piles of broken glass and rubble in the cold for hours. It was a good time."

If you like what you hear, find more info on the band at Facebook here. The "Buried Alive" EP's track listing is as follows:

1. Pull Me from the Grave
2. Name Like an Infection
3. Vindictive
4. We All Die More...

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Pensevor Premieres Full New Sludgy Doom Album

The down-tempo, sludged out doom fest that is Pensevor has a new album slated to arrive this Friday, May 6th, 2016.

With less than 24 hours until the aural apocalypse arrives, we thought we'd just go ahead and bring about the end of all things a little early.

Check out all of "Klothod" in our exclusive stream below ahead of the release date!

Hibernacula records will handle the release of "Klothod," the full-length debut of this U.K. outfit. The album contains eight tracks that combine insane vocals with a back-end straight out of hell.

Pensevor is a four-piece from Farnborough, Hampshire, forming in 2011 to play hypnotic, primitive, regressive drop-C Neanderthal sludge-doom. You can pick up your copy of "Klothod" here and the album's full track listing is:

1. Totem
2. Ritualistic Blood Sacrifice
3. Sewerpuss
4. No Hope For Dying
5. Silvine
6 I Despair
7. Dungeoness
8. Lowest Of The Low More...

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Riotous Indignation Premieres New Single

June 3rd, 2016 will herald the debut EP release from Chicago's thrash / hardcore crossover outfit Riotous Indignation.

This EP, titled "Violentus Musicae," is up for pre-order right here and was recorded, edited and produced by Mike Repel, with mixing handled by Nick Bellmore (Toxic Holocaust, Jasta, Kingdom of Sorrow) at Dexters Labs Milford, Connecticut. "Violentus Misicae" was mastered by none other than Chris "Zeuss" Harris.

With the mini-album set to drop later this summer, today we're bringing you an advance listen with the exclusive stream of new single "This World." Listen to the pulse-pounding dystopian anthem below and let us know what you think!

Riotous Indignation was formed in 2015 by Mike Repel and Bob Clayton, who were previous band mates in a metal project called Instant Decay circa 2006-2008. This new project spent a majority of its first year writing and refining several songs, four of which have been made available on the "Violentus Musicae" EP. Expect big things from this band in the future! More...

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Demonic Obedience Premieres New Single

We're going back to some old school blasting death metal today with an exclusive premiere from U.K. one-man wrecking ball Demonic Obedience!

Forged primarily by vocalist, guitarist, and bassist George Ntavelas, the project's second album "Nocturnal Hymns To The Fallen" is coming on May 18th via Satanath Records.

With the album now due out in just a little over two weeks, we've got the exclusive premiere of advance track "Portal Of The Sacred Kan" - check it out below and let us know what you think!

If you like what you hear, the full previous album "Morbid Supremacy of Evil" is also up for streaming and digital purchase at Bandcamp here.

Band mastermind George also comments:

"Demonic Obedience is a one man band which started four years ago when I was still in Greece. So far I managed to release two full-length albums ('Morbid Supremacy of Evil' and 'Nocturnal Hymns to the Fallen') with the help of support of Achilleas who is the man behind the production and Alex who is responsible for the lyrics.

"'Nocturnal Hymns' was recorded at Deception studio, my personal studio and mixed and mastered on Achillman studios in Greece. The lyrics were written by Alex for once more and the layout was created by Incense Art. The album was meant to be released last year but due to some problems with the label, it will be released by Satanath and Sevared Records on the 18th of May. The idea behind the album is a trip in the darkest places of the human mind and soul and musically I’m mainly influenced by old school death metal bands such as Incantation and Immolation.

"The new album is more brutal than 'Morbid Supremacy.' In my opinion is more straight to the point with less atmospheric parts and more aggressive guitars. Achilleas worked a lot on the sound and he impressed me once again. In general I think that I couldn't be happier with the final product and I can't wait to hear some feedback from the fans. I am already working on the third album and I believe that it will be one more step forward for Demonic Obedience. I cannot promise anything for live shows once I am the only member of the project but you never know. Time will tell." More...

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Engraved Darkness Premieres Full Album

We've got an absolute rager of an album premiere for you today, metal maniacs!

The Ohio-based death metal four pack that is Engraved Darkness had previously dropped the "Diabolical Scriptures" album as a limited digital self-release, but now the tunes are getting a proper disc pressing and coming out on CD this Friday, April 29th.

Two days ahead of that release, we're bringing you all nine tracks of death metal darkness! Experience the "Diabolical Scriptures" below.

Fans of older Morbid Angel or Sepultura in particular will want to give this one a shot, as the album is filled to the brim with dark harmonies, dual-layered vocals, blistering picking with intense beats, and mind infesting riffs that will continuously echo through your skull. More...

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Devilz By Definition Premieres Full New Album

After we launched a video for "Dehumanizer" back at the beginning of the month (still available here), today we've got another exclusive premiere with none other than Devilz Be Definition.

Now that we've all come down from 4/20, we're now bringing you entire new full-length album "The Devilution" a full day before the official release date.

This new album from the Canadian metal group is slated to drop tomorrow (April 22nd) via CDN Records, but today you can hear it in advance below. Give it a listen and let us know what you think!

The 10 tracks composing "The Devilution" consist of:

1. A Blissfull Insanity
2. The Pledge Project
3. Devilations
4. Dehumanizer
5. View From Up Here
6. Rise And Fall
7. The Devilution
8. System Is Flawed
9. Know Thyne Enemy
10. United We Stand, Divided We Mosh More...

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Shredhead Premieres "Devil's Race" Video

The Israeli thrash maniacs from Shredhead have teamed up with us at Metalunderground.com for the U.S. premiere of a killer new music video off the "Death Is Righteous" album.

This new video clip is for the track "Devil's Race" and can be seen below, offering the experience of a Shredhead show from the comfort of your computer! "Devil's Race" is the second video taken off "Death Is Righteous," which was mixed and mastered by Tue Madsen (Suicide Silence, Aborted, The Haunted, Sick Of It All).

If you missed it, the previously posted video for "Walk With The Dead" is still online at this location. "Death Is Righteous" can also be picked up here. More...

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Otargos Premieres "Chariots Ov The Godz" Video

Back in January we premiered some sick drum cam footage from the French extreme maniacs known as Otargos.

Today we've got another exclusive online premiere from the black metal brigade, this time in the form of a lyric video.

Check out "Chariots ov the Godz" below, culled from the band's crushing December 2015 album "Xeno Kaos," released through underground label Kaotoxin Records.

If you haven't heard the full album yet, it's up for streaming and order at this location, and French fans should also be sure to catch Otargos tearing up the stage at Hellfest this year!

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MGT Premieres Music Video For New Single

Along with the release of the single for the ABBA cover ”Knowing Me Knowing You” today, British guitarist Mark Gemini Thwaite (MGT) has partnered with Metal Underground.com for the premiere of the music video for the track (shown below), which features HIM vocalist Ville Valo. The song appears on the new album "Volumes," which is set to drop on June 24th via SPV/Oblivion.

The video was shot in the LA mountains and Helsinki during February and March 2016 with well-known Finnish director and photographer Ville Juurikkala (The 69 Eyes, Apocalyptica, HIM). Juurikkala is known for his very unique way of catching pictures, blending in colors, and with the layered shots in the video, he creates a James Bond feel with it.

Check it out here:

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Serenity Premieres "My Final Chapter" Music Video

Austrian based symphonic metal act Serenity released the fifth album "Codex Atlanticus" via Napalm Records at the tail end of January.

However, Serenity doesn't just simply release an album – the band invites the audience on truly epic journeys! "Codex Atlanticus" boasts of thrilling storytelling about art and science. Leonardo Da Vinci is the center of attention here, but lovers of conspiracy theories, Illuminati and so forth will also rejoice when mastermind Georg Neuhauser gives free rein to his compositional genius: monumental, movie score-ish orchestral arrangements meet mean riffing and lush melodies!

Today, the band has partnered with Metal Underground.com for the brand new music video for the track "My Final Chapter" taken from that release. Check it out in the player below:

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Ferium Premieres Full New Album

The new Ferium album finally arrives next week, ending two years of eager anticipation since the release of previous full-length "Reflections."

We're stoked to be ending that wait early, as today we're premiering an advance stream of "Behind the Black Eyes" before it officially drops on April 21st, 2016. All nine tracks of killer Israeli metal can now be heard below.

Up for pre-order here, "Behind The Black Eyes" was produced and mixed by Elram Boxer and was mastered at The Panic Room by Thomas Plec Johanssen. Ferium also comments:

"'Behind The Black Eyes; for us is the culmination of an era full of heartbreak, pain, mistrust and true depression, the atmosphere created by these songs paint the perfect picture to what me and Elram (Guitar/Vocals) had in mind while writing, touching gentle subjects about our relationship is something every individual on earth can relate to in his own way, it feels great to finally release this piece that such a huge influence on our everyday life." More...

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Kriminals Premieres New Music Video

California metalcore outfit Kriminals, signed to We Are Triumphant, has teamed up with us today to exclusively premiere a new music video!

Check out the hard partying of "Open Your Mind Before Your Mouth" below. If you like what you hear, the the track is also available for free download here via the We Are Triumphant Bandcamp page.

Kriminals vocalist Miklo also had this to say: "Right after we finished our recording I knew that this song, 'Open Your Mind Before Your Mouth,' would be our single release. The song is about all the hate we've experienced from people hearing our first album we only thought it was right choose the song that would show them that words from a hater ain't ever gunna stop us.

"The music video represents us in the sense that we are heavy music yet we are hip hop. We don't shun any type of music or style or fashion choice and growing up in Cali we were bound to have a hip hop influence 'cause that's what surrounds us and it shows how the parties are out here in the west, a mix of everything." More...

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