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Harmony Premieres Lyric Video For New Track

On November 28th in Europe and December 2nd in North America, Swedish metal act Harmony will return with the new studio album "Theatre of Redemption." The album is the first in six years ("Chapter II: Aftermath" in 2008) and will be issued through Ulterium Records. Today, Metal Underground.com is pleased to premiere the first single and opening track "The Window of My Soul," which can be heard in the player below.

"Theatre of Redemption" features Daniel Heiman (ex-Lost Horizon, Heed) on vocals for all tracks, who replaces Henrik Båth (featured on the band's 2003 debut "Dreaming Awake," the 2008 EP "End of My Road" and the sophomore full length release "Chapter II: Aftermath" in 2008). It also is the debut appearance by new bassist Raphael Dafras (Almah) and new keyboardist John Svensson.

The album was mixed by Fredrik Nordström and Henrik Udd at Studio Fredman (At The Gates, In Flames, Hammerfall) and mastered by Thomas "Plec" Johansson (Scar Symmetry, Watain).

"Theatre of Redemption" will be issued in the following formats: Regular CD edition, a Black wooden box edition (Limited to 500 hand-numbered copies, which includes the CD, booklet, a Harmony guitar pick, a sticker, a postcard and an exclusive 'The History of Harmony' 20-page booklet), Vinyl edition (Limited to 500 copies, which includes insert with lyrics) and the digital edition. All physical editions, as well as three different t-shirt designs, are available for preorder at the Ulterium Records Store at this location.

The track listing for the album is:

1. The Window of My Soul
2. Inhale
3. Crown Me King
4. Son of the Morning
5. What If
6. Theatre of Redemption
7. Bloodbound
8. You Are
9. Hands of Time
10. In Search of More...

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Cannabis Corpse Announces U.S. Tour Dates

Richmond, VA based death metal powerhouse Cannabis Corpse today announces a headlining North American tour.

We are proud to be sponsoring this trek (along with New Noise Magazine and JSR Merchandise) that will kick off November 28th in Wilmington, NC and run for a month.

Support on all dates comes from Mammoth Grinder, Inanimate Existence, as well as soon to be announced special regional guests. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

The New Noise Magazine cover stars from Cannabis Corpse will be touring in support of their new album, "From Wisdom to Baked" (read our review here). You can also stream the entire album over at this location.

Formed by bassist Phil "LandPhil" Hall (of Municipal Waste/Iron Reagan fame) and his brother Josh "Hallhammer" Hall in 2006, Cannabis Corpse has made a name for itself with four full-length albums and relentless touring. See the band live on these dates: More...

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Liv Kristine Premieres New Track "Love Decay"

Liv Kristine, solo artist and vocalist for Leaves Eyes, is on the brink of releasing her new solo album "Vervain" on October 27th (UK), October 31st (EU) and November 4th (North America) via Napalm Records. Today, Metal Underground.com is proud to premiere the new track "Love Decay," which features a guest vocal appearance by Michael Huber a/k/a Michelle Darkness of Germany's End of Green.

Kristine's fifth solo release unfolds as a dark rock masterpiece assembling terrific melodies, enthralling song structures and a world class voice – all captured in an incomparable premium sound. Deliberately, the singer bethinks herself of the musical strengths that made her famous as the epicenter of the legendary Theatre of Tragedy. "Vervain" was produced by husband and Leaves Eyes/Atrocity vocalist Alexander Krull at Mastersound Studio and also features a guest appearance by legendary metal queen Doro Pesch on the track "Stronghold of Angels."

In cooperation with talented musicians, including Thorsten Bauer (Leaves Eyes/Atrocity) on guitar, Alexander Krull (Leaves Eyes/Atrocity) on keyboards, Joris Nijenhuis (Leaves Eyes/Atrocity) on drums and Alessandro Pantò on piano, she now delivers her greatest production ever.

Back in mid-September an interactive preview clip was made available, which features clips from the entire release.

The track listing for "Vervain" is:

1. My Wilderness
2. Love Decay (feat. Michelle Darkness)
3. Vervain
4. Stronghold of Angels (feat. Doro Pesch)
5. Hunters
6. Lotus
7. Elucidation
8. Two and a Heart
9. Creeper
10. Oblivious

Bonus tracks:
11. Unbreakable
12. Love Decay
13. Stronghold of Angels

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Northern Crown Premieres Full New EP

Fall is officially here, and that means it's time for metal to start bringing the gloom! Your first thought might be atmospheric black metal, but that's not the direction we're going today, as Northern Crown shows that music can be gloomy and still have great licks and discernible vocals.

The newly formed doom outfit pays homage to those who have come before in approach to riffs, organ use, and pacing, but doesn't let the old school ways of doom define it.

“...Doom, specifically, is about alienation,” main songwriter and guitarist Zachary Randall explains. If other acts can be said to be the trees of the forest, Northern Crown is the velvet fog unfurling through them.

Today you can experience that sense of alienation, as we have teamed up with the band to stream all the tracks from new EP "In The Hands Of The Betrayer." The EP is officially due out October 14th, but you can now check out all the songs below - including the band's cover of the Candlemass track "Crystal Ball."

Randall notes that, “this is easily the most personal art I've ever created...both musically
and lyrically.” Listen in below and let us know what you think of the release! For more information on the band, head over to the Northern Crown website here. More...

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Between The Rows Premieres New Track

Maryland metal band Between The Rows was formed in 2009 in the Baltimore area by Matt Gossman (Bass, Vocals), Jason Valis (Guitar, Vocals), and Alex Russo (Drums).

Between the Rows has recorded one album to date, the self-titled "Between the Rows," and today we have teamed up with the band to premiere a track from the release. Check out the song "Castles Of Dust" in the player below.

You can hear more from Between The Rows at Facebook here. The band also comments on the new album:

"This is pure, undiluted, metal! Between The Rows' musical style is a relentless mix of crushing grooves, blistering speed, hellish vocals, and a brooding, atmospheric intensity that comes right from the dark heart of metal!"

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Deep In Hate Premieres New Video

French outfit Deep In Hate released the "Chronicles of Oblivion" album earlier this Summer via Kaotoxin Records, but you haven't heard the last of the album yet!

Today the unrelentingly aggressive metal band has teamed up with us here at Metalunderground.com to exclusively premiere a new lyric video taken off the release for the track "The Cattle Procession."

Get imprinted with your bar code, shuffle into the death queue, and plug into your own personal apocalypse through the YouTube player below.

If you like what you hear, you can stream the full album and find ordering options at the Kaotoxin Records Bandcamp page here. The full track listing is as follows:

1. Introduction 00:56
2. Genesis of Void 03:54
3. The Cattle Procession 04:01
4. Altars of Lies 04:06
5. New Republic 03:47
6. The Unheard Prayers 04:31
7. The Divide 03:22
8. Wingless Gods 03:28
9. Beyond 06:44 More...

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As Light Dies Premieres Full New Album

Iberian black metal outfit As Light Dies knows one simple, inescapable truth: all of us are destined for grief, and finding love won't change that one bit.

In fact, opening oneself up to love can make that grief come all the quicker, which is a concept explored by the upcoming full-length "The Love Album – Volume 1," due out in just five days.

With the October 1st release date looming close, today the band has teamed up with us to premiere the album online in full!

Check out the stream below to hear the entire record dealing with all the grief and tragedy that surrounds love stories and lyrically represents the band's darkest and most emotionally affecting release to date.

After hearing all nine tracks via the SoundCloud player below, if these depressive tunes resonate with you, be sure to pre-order your own copy of the album at this location. The full track listing is as follows:

1. We Are All Destined For Grief
2. Orpheus Mourning
3. Blow Of Loss
4. Together As One
5. When Distance Becomes Real
6. Your Wake
7. No Pain At Sleep
8. Nemesis
9. Acceptance
10. Farewell From Distant Shores More...

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War Rages Within "Ignites" A New Premiere

After previously releasing the song "Time Machine" online for streaming, Australia's War Rages Within has now teamed up with us to exclusively premiere a track off the band's impending "Vitriol" EP.

Hear the online debut of "Ignite" in the player below, and be sure to let us know what you think of it in the comments!

"Vitriol" is officially due out September 26th, 2014 and you can pre-order the beast of an EP over at Bandcamp here.

This coming release was recorded at Studio Yap Yap and mixed by Simon Cohen. The full track listing is as follows:

1. XIII
2. Ignite
3. Cycle Ov Fear
4. Time Machine
5. Against All Odds More...

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Siftercide Premieres New "Self Titled" Album

While it may not be officially coming out until September 16th, today chaos has been unleashed prematurely to reign over the metal scene!

Siftercide will drop "Self Titled" (yeah, it's not self-titled, it's called "Self Titled") next week, and today we proudly bring you the premiere of the full grinding assault of all 19 tracks. Listen in below, and if you can still utilize motor skills to reach the keyboard afterword, let us know what you think!

Nailjar Records also issued the following press release about the group:

"While many bands play death metal and grind, few (if any) add trumpets, trombones and saxophones into the mix! Consisting of 19 tracks of insane bursts of speed, Self Titled is a definite must listen to!

"The band originally started in 2000 as a ‘shock rock’ goregrind project. However, after a handful of shows, demos, and CD-R releases went on hiatus. Eventually, the band picked up again and an album was recorded but never released. In 2012, the band dropped all old songs and started working on new material, this time incorporating a horn section.

"The new incarnation of Siftercide has been busy playing locally and regionally from basements to established venues. This line-up, despite having a solid core, has a fleeting horn section, often playing shows without the brass. Current members allow Siftercide to be Siftercide, and there is no official line up as far as individuals are concerned."

The album's track listing is as follows: More...

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Subterranean Masquerade Premieres New Lyric Video

After posting a lyric video for the track "Tour Diary" (still available here), today the prog machine that is Subterranean Masquerade is offering another taste of forthcoming album "The Great Bazaar."

We're very pleased to bring you the premiere of new track "Reliving the Feeling." This track features both new vocalist Kjetil Nordhus of Green Carnation / Tristania and Paul Kuhr of November's Doom. Check it out below.

Subterranean Masquerade's Tomer Pink also comments:

"'Reliving the Feeling' is the second track from 'The Great Bazaar,' a concept album telling the story of a man who is fed up of living the daily routine life and goes on a travel, both spiritual and physical. I wrote all the text for the album during travel in India, a place I go back to once every couple years for a marathon of writing music and text.

"'Reliving the Feeling' is probably the most prog rock – metal track on the album, it has definite roots in traditional 70's inspired prog rock with heavy 'modern' prog metal edge. A mixture of classic clean vocals by Kjetil Nordhus and the furious death metal growls by Paul Kuhr, all wrapped with rich instrumentation and arrangements.

"Story wise, The Great Bazaar is really the Bazaar of life, with many vendors to choose from and merchant that is so fascinating that is hard to say no to. 'Reliving the Feeling' is there at the crossroads where you can choose to pay the price, lose your identity and ideals to become one with the stream or keep on struggling for the things you believe in. It’s kind of a song that ends with a question mark because I couldn’t find the answer at all."

For more updates and to keep track of the album release, visit Subterranean Masquerade's Facebook profile or the band's official website here.

The album's track listing will be as follows: More...

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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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