German symphonic metal act Xandria is one day from issuing the brand new EP "Fire & Ashes" (due out July 31st via Napalm Records), the follow up to the 2014 slab of perfection called "Sacrificium," the first release to feature vocalist Dianne van Giersbergen (see review here).
Today, the band teams up with Metal Unfdergound.com for the exclusive unleashing of the lyric video for the opening track "Voyage of the Fallen." The EP features three new tracks, two re-recorded classics - "Ravenheart" (from the 2004 release of the same name) and "Now & Forever" (from the 2005 release "India") - and two covers: Sonata Arctica's "Don't Say a Word" and Meatloaf's "I Would Do Anything for Love."
The full track listing for "Fire & Ashes" is:
1. Voyage of The Fallen (New Track)
2. Unembraced (New Track)
3. In Remembrance (New Track)
4. Ravenheart (2015 Version)
5. Now & Forever (2015 Version)
6. Don't Say A Word (Sonata Arctica Cover)
7. I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That) (Meatloaf Cover)
Check out "Voyage of the Fallen" here: More...
Raising The Veil - featuring Necrophagist drummer Romain Goulon, vocalist George "Misanthrope" Wilfinger (Monument of Misanthropy), guitarist Daniel R. Mclellan and bassist Denis Landry - is gearing up to release new full-length debut "Bosonic Quantvm Phenomena" on August 3rd.
With the release almost here, the band has teamed up with us to premiere the album in full online. Get devastated by some blistering tech death below!
"Bosonic Quantvm Phenomena" was successfully crowd funded and will be available as a digital download and limited physical CD. Pre-orders in various configurations are available right here.
The album was recorded last year by Romain Goulon, Daniel R. Mclellan and Denis Landry in their home studios. Vocals were tracked this spring by Stefan Kaschel (AudioRiot Recordings), who also took care of the entire editing, engineering, and mixing process.
The eleven song CD was mastered by Christoph Brandes at Iguana Studios and will also include a re-mastered version of Raising The Veil's 2012 EP release “Yucatanimvs.” The full track listing is as follows: More...
Obsidian (the Canadian/international one, not the Dutch one that broke up back in 2012) has arrived to blow away fans of death metal by injecting in a progressive edge for an eerie experience that's part melody and part destructive power.
The band's album "Time Erodes" officially drops tomorrow (with orders available at Bandcamp here) but today we're streaming all the tracks ahead of time.
Experience all ten songs below, and you can find info on upcoming tour dates at Facebook. The full "Time Erodes" track listing is as follows:
1. Time Erodes
2. Revolution Dead
3. My War
4. Useful Idiot
6. Rain City (YVR)
7. Broken and Defeated
8. Free Me
9. On Your Feet
10. World Decay More...
A few months ago Canadian outfit False Flag came into our radar and immediately grabbed our attention, and we're eagerly awaiting the release of the "Nest Of Vipers" EP due out August 4th.
With that release just under two weeks away, today we're exclusively premiering a new playthrough video for a track off the EP. Check out Russ Gauthier from False Flag palying through the closing title track "Nest Of Vipers" below.
If you like what you hear, be sure to pre-order the release at Bandcamp here, and you can also hear another song titled "Sacrifice of Solitude" at this location, or catch the band live on these dates:
July 24 - Edmonton, AB - Rendezvous Pub w/ Statue of Demur, After Earth, Decrepitation
July 25 - Red Deer, AB - Slumland w/ After Earth, Wives Tail, Decrepitation
July 26 - Calgary, AB - Morgan’s Pub w/ After Earth, Statue of Demur
July 31 - Calgary, AB - Distortion w/ From The Wolves, Lordosis, Oh Shit, The Electric Revival More...
Forget wolves: we've got snakes in this throne room, and they are ready to thrash your face off! The California outfit Tormenter recently inked a deal with Static Tension Recordings, and now the "Prophetic Deceiver" album is seeing the official label release it deserves.
While "Prophetic Deceiver" will be available tomorrow (Friday July 24th) and can still be pre-ordered through Static Tension here, we're giving you a sneak peak of the entire album ahead of time!
Listen in below and be sure to let us know what you think. You can also follow the latest on Tormenter and find details on upcoming live shows at Facebook here. The album's track listing is:
1. Snakes In The Throne Room
2. Hanging From A Noose
3. Prophetic Deceiver
4. Exile From Flesh
6. Critical Stasis
7. The Final Form
9. Cosmic Collapse
10. Pulse Of Terror (2014) More...
Back in the beginning of June you may recall us premiering some slamming brutal death metal with the track "Invocation Of Parallel Bloodlet" from the appetizingly titled Dysentery.
If you wanted more, you're in luck, because now as the official street date for the full "Fragments" album has arrived courtesy of Comatose Music, we're also premiering the entire album online.
Listen in below, or you can order a copy of your own right here.
"Fragments" features a violent fusion of guttural deathgrind and groove laden beat down engineered, mixed, & mastered by Adam Rourke at the RedRoom in Waltham, MA. The band also enlisted Marco Hasmann (Fleshgod Apocalypse, Septycal Gorge) to help bring the visual pummeling to life with the cover art. More...
Today we'd like to introduce you to melodic post-hardcore outfit Proxy War, which just released an EP and is now ready to storm the U.S. with a rapidly approaching tour.
The trek kicks off tomorrow, but today we've got the exclusive premiere of a new music video for "Don't Bite The Hand That Leads You." The clip was directed/produced by Anthony DiBiase and can be seen below.
"Don't Bite The Hand That Leads You" opens new EP "The Road to Freedom Is Lined with Rebellion." If you dig what you hear in the video below, be sure to pick up the EP at iTunes here. The full track listing is:
1. Don't Bite the Hand That Leads You
2. Go King Yourself (feat. Nate Morris)
3. Casus Belli
4. Searching for Solace
5. The Vanguard of Generation
Tomorrow Proxy War will be kicking off the Don't Be Basic tour tomorrow alongside Cover One Eye (note that contrary to the poster below, the 18th date has been moved to East Wareham). See the band live on these dates:
7/18 - East Wareham, MA
7/19 - Manchester, NH
7/21 - Poughkeepsie, NY
7/23 - Cordlant Manor, NY
7/25 - Windham, ME More...
Tired of the mud slinging and the opinions from elected officials touted as facts? So is Trials! Today we're premiering new track "Truth Defiled," taken off upcoming album "This Ruined World." Give it a listen below.
The new album was recorded by Pete Grossmann at Bricktop Recording and mixed by Quentin Poynter at Gunpoint Recording, with art work courtesy of Eva Bialecki.
Trials guitarist / vocalist Mark Sugar comments on the album's opening track: "'Truth Defiled' is about public figures who engage in smear campaigns and spew their own personal biases as fact, in order to stay in the news and promote themselves. Musically, this track is one of the faster and more aggressive things that we've done. Enjoy!"
“This Ruined World” will be self-released on July 24 and follows a pair of previous independent releases - 2011's “Witness to the Downfall” and 2013's “In the Shadow of Swords” (still available for streaming here). You can pre-order the new album at this location and the track listing is as follows:
1. Truth Defiled
2. Don't Believe The Word
3. Digging My Own Grave
4. Disgraced and Erased
5. Blink Of An Eye
6. Beat The System To Death
7. They Hide Behind the Law
9. This Ruined World More...
This coming Friday, July 17th, English psychedelic metal outfit Prophets Of Saturn officially returns with the follow-up to a self-titled debut back in 2013. "Retronauts" will drop at the end of the week via HeviSik Records, but today we're bringing you the full album in advance - listen in below!
Offering up a heady excursion into the dope-smoking, amplifier-worship of Pentagram, Saint Vitus and Electric Wizard, Retronauts is for neither the faint of heart nor mind.
Traversing cosmic lay-lines on an antiquarian journey through the lineage of English proto-metal, a lysergic love of Cream, The Beatles and fellow Midlanders Black Sabbath permeates Prophets of Saturn’s sound.
"Retronauts" is a must-hear for fans of spaced-out, groove-laden metal. If you like what you hear, you can also pre-order the album at this location. To keep up on the latest with the Prophets, head over to the band's Facebook profile here. More...
A few months back we brought the exclusive premiere of new track "Aneetmaa" from Mexican black metal outfit Black Hate (still available here if you haven't heard it yet).
Today we're bringing you another extract from the band's new EP "Through The Darkness," seeing release via Italian label Dusktone as well as Mexico's Negro Records in late summer / early fall.
The track "Kazudijirzu" was recorded at Darkhouse Estudios in Mexico and can be heard below through the outer space lyric video crafted by Blaqk Design.
For more info on Black Hate, be sure to check out the band's Facebook profile over here.
Man how the time flies... some of our regulars may recall all the way back in 2011 a band called Dark Hound appeared on our Peter Steele tribute album "All For None, None For All" with a cover of "Life Is Killing Me." Since then Dark Hound has released a full-length album, and now returns again with a follow-up EP titled "Oceans."
With "Oceans" set to drop on July 10th, we're bringing you a full stream two days ahead of time. Check out all five tracks in the player below!
"Oceans," the follow-up to last year’s self-titled debut album from Dark Hound, was recorded and engineered by Frank Serafine at Free Man Studio with additional guitars recorded by Evan Hensley at Twilight Cloud Studio.
Vocals were co-produced and recorded by Kaelin Tauxe at Lair de Rocke, while the mixing and mastering was handled by Jörg Uken at Soundlodge. The track listing is:
2. To Know End
3. Just As Blind
4. Rearview Mirror
With the unlikely home base of Nashville, Tennessee, one might wonder just how Dark Hound managed to achieve a heavy metal sound that seems so distinct and distant from the country music heroes spun off of Music Row.
Vocalist ET Brown comments: "Though we live in the capital of country music, Nashville really is Music City, USA. There is such a rich and diverse musical community in this town, you don't have to go too far off Broadway to escape the honky-tonks filled with tourists in boots and cowboy hats and find amazingly talented musicians from all walks of life playing all sorts of great music. I think where we're from is an important factor as to why we don't sound like your typical modern-day metal group." More...
Metalunderground.com is proud to bring you the exclusive video premiere of Emberville's "Scare City." The video appears off the band's debut album of the same name and is something you shouldn't show "your mum." It is a sinner's delight.
In its near-five-minutes running time you will see the kidnapping of a priest, smoking, profanity, drinking and brandishing of weapons. Musically, the song is heavy and hook-laden. More...
We've got something to kick the week off this Monday morning that's going to stick in your head all day from Archaea.
The band offers up Swedish melodic death metal with a twist - it's not just copy/paste Gothenburg sound worship. These Swedes roll out a thrashy style of melodeath, with orchestral strains to counterbalance the harsh ’n’ heavy.
Arcahaea's "Catalyst" will see an official physical release on August 28th, and today we're bringing you the premiere of second track "Silhouette." Give it a listen below and be sure to let us know if you dig it! The full album's track listing is:
07. Quad Damage
08. His Wanted Position
09. Helios Ascend
10. Sol More...
Ahead of the July 10th release date for "Living Bridges" we're bringing you an exclusive premiere of Irish instrumental / prog metal band Shardborne's new album in full - listen in below.
"Living Bridges" follows the 2011 EP “Aeonian Sequence” (available at Bandcamp here) and was mastered by producer Jamie King (known for his work with Between The Buried and Me). Artwork for "Living Bridges" was designed by Skyclad and Scale the Summit artist Duncan Storr.
Each track stands unique on its own or can be listened as part of a 51 minute sonic journey which has often more similarities towards classical composition than the modern day verse, chorus, verse repeat set-up.
Comments drummer Ben Wanders on the album: “'Living Bridges' is a culmination of our interests and pretty accurately represents the type of music we like to create. Everyone has their own preferences and tastes, and that results in having many varied influences on the music.”
As for inspiration, adds bassist Cormac O’Farrell, “We focused mainly on creating as interesting an album as possible for us musically. We try to keep it interesting, using things like phone numbers to make up riffs or time signatures! Also, with many interesting pedals lying around you’re never short of inspiration or entertainment!
The album was recorded entirely by the band’s Ciaran Culhane [guitars] and Ben Wanders, before going on to be mixed and mastered by Jamie King at Basement Recording. Ciaran comments on the recording process: “The biggest challenge for us really was the amount of time it took. We wanted to be thorough and make sure every part of each song was as good as we could make it…. I don't think we would have achieved a finished product that we were as happy with if we had gone to someone else's studio…” More...
All female Brazilian thrashers Nervosa are about ready to hit the road on a massive tour of Europe all this summer with the likes of U.S. thrash legends Hirax and a run with Crisix and Desolator, culminating in the band's first headline tour of the U.K.
Appropriately, in celebration of the upcoming tour, the band has premiered its new music video for the track "Into Moshpit," which appears on the 2014 debut album "Victim of Yourself," which is available now via Napalm Records at this location.
Metal Underground is proud to present the premiere of the video here:
All the upcoming tour dates can be found below: More...
Today we're going to get absolutely obscene with a new premiere from an up-and-coming extreme metal outfit from the U.K.
You can get a first impression of Obscene Entity through our exclusive premiere of the "Hymns of the Faithless" below.
From the East Anglian region of the United Kingdom, Obscene Entity forges together elements of grind, death and black metal to create a multifarious manifestation of heavy music greater than the sum of its parts.
"Hymns Of The Faithless" will appear on the upcoming "Lamentia" album that was mixed and mastered by Dan Abela and still has a release date TBA, so keep your eyes on this spot. The band also comments:
"Loosely based upon the fragility of the human mind, and losing one's sanity through grievance, this album features 9 tracks which we think, show a big step up from what we have delivered in the past."
The Blood Royale released a double feature video to promote the band's skate deck designed by Born Loco Skate Co.
The video was created in the style of a drive-in theater double feature. While it’s titled as a double feature, the film actually contains three videos for the songs “Let There Be Blood,” “Blackout the Sun” and “Alphabitch.”
Born Loco’s Sonny Malvolio organized, coordinated, produced, and wrote the story lines. Malvolio is also known for his work with D.R.I., Deadhorse and Pasadena Napalm Division, Eagle Claw and Daikaiju. Future artists include Venomous Maximus and Castle. Nathan Daughdrill of Neightmedia meanwhile shot and edited the videos.
The video for “Let There Be Blood” is from an actual photo shoot to create the skate deck and features a bloody Hannah Santibanez. Shawn Smith is the photographer the second video, which is a live performance, and third bonus video took place during drummer John Petri’s birthday. The videos are dedicated to Kenneth Johnson. More...
Tomorrow (June 23rd) sees the official release of Carnivora's new vision for metal, but you don't have to wait that long to hear the EP, as we're proud to be bringing you an exclusive premiere ahead of time.
Pummeling and aggressive but with a hint of melody, Carnivora plays with passion and keeps the energy running high - check out all four tracks from "The Vision" below.
These four tracks showcasing the sonic evolution of Carnivora follow 2013's "Eternal" full-length and are up for pre-order at Bandcamp here. For more details about the release and a closer look at the band, be sure to check out our recent interview with Cody Michaud at this location. The track listing is:
1. A Vision In Red
2. Pessimist's Tongue
3. Razors & Rust
4. The Reek Of Defeat More...
As Canadian outfit Vesuvius releases new single "This House Is Not A Home," today we're bringing you an exclusive premiere of the track's lyric video - check it out below! Vesuvius' Benjamin Cooligan also comments on the new song:
"'This House is Not a Home' serves as a first installment of a vast excursion spanning many personal experiences and viewpoints. The lyrics are an excerpt from a writing crafted during the darkest period of my life.
"The recording process was by far the most emotional that we as musicians have faced to date. Hopefully the message we have come to share can apply personally to each and every one of you."
The driving concept behind Vesuvius (often stylized VSUVS) is to be hard-working, driven musicians who hunger to perfect and share their craft. The convocation of Vesuvis didn't occur overnight - the band's lineup had seen many a crowd and shared many a stage before discovering the unique chemistry behind its current guise.
Billy, Robin, Taylor, and Benjamin have all composed and performed both music and other art forms for multiple years under different identities; most notably, the four had shared the stage among two other bandmates under the name Of Burning Empires since the spring of 2012. When said act found little progress within those years, the four grew hungry, longing for sustainability and took on a new name and form.
Now reborn, long merciless days and long sleepless nights are devoted towards honing the sound and message Vesuvius has set out to achieve. For more info on Vesuvius, head over to the band's Facebook profile here. More...
Russian blackened folk metal act Arkona premieres the new music video for "Zov pustyh dereven,'" which can be viewed in the player below. The song appears on the latest studio effort "Yav" (2014), which is available now through Napalm Records.
The Russian warriors revolving around the impressive frontlady Masha "Scream" Arkhipova have perfected their unique style. Like never before, the band interweaves brutal Metal riffs, pounding drums and folk melodies, the latter played mostly on authentic and medieval instruments. Sweeping and profound songs, epic compositions and dream-like atmospheres create the distinctive and enthralling sound of Arkona!
Arkona will hit the road in North America this September/October with Heidevolk and California's Helsott.
The dates for the tour, with more still to be announced are:
Sep 09: Petit Campus, Montreal, Canada
Sep 10: Salle Multi, Quebec City, Canada
Sep 11: The Garrison, Toronto, Canada
Sep 12: Alrosa Villa, Columbus, OH
Sep 13: Reggie's, Chicago, IL
Sep 20: Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
Sep 23: Metro Opera House, Oakland, CA
Sep 25: Complex, Los Angeles, CA
Sep 26: The Merrow, San Diego, CA
Sep 27: Joe's Grotto, Phoenix, AZ
Sep 30: The Riot Room, Kansas City, MO
Oct 02: Metro Gallery, Baltimore, MD
Oct 04: The Orpheum, Tampa, FL
Metal Underground.com is proud to present the world premiere of the "Zov pustyh dereven'" here: More...