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Construct Of Lethe Premieres "Lux In Tenebris"

Following the previous "Corpsegod" album, U.S. group Construct Of Lethe will release "The Grand Machination" on October 7th, 2016.

The group was started initially as a project of death metal veteran Tony Petrocelly, but is now a cohesive unit that features members from throughout the world.

In advance of the release of "The Grand Machination," we're stoked to premiere opening track "Lux in Tenebris" - check it out below! The full track listing is as follows:

1. Lux in Tenebris
2. Ascendit Ex Inferos
3. Apotheosis Calvarium
4. Expandentes Putrescat
5. Bibere Venenum In Auro
6. The Grand Machination More...

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Defiled Premieres New Live Video

While performing live in Mongolia, Japanese death metal troupe Defiled shot live footage of the track "Conspiracy," taken off latest album "Towards Inevitable Ruin."

Today we're stoked to be officially premiering that live video online - check it out below! If you like what you hear, "Towards Inevitable Ruin" is out now and up to buy in different formats at this location.

Defiled has delivered brutal death metal for over 13 years, and "Towards Inevitable Ruin" honors that solemn tradition with an authentic and raw representation.

Available for full streaming here, the album's track listing is:

1. Subversion
2. Cauterized
3. Doomsday
4. Conspiracy
5. Force And Obedience
6. Shadows Hands
7. Fear From Above
8. Scapegoat
9. Debunked
10. One World
11. Silent But Ongoing
12. Towards Inevitable Ruin More...

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Northern Crown Premieres "Les Autres"

Doom on my metallic brethren! The metal upstarts from Northern Crown are about to return with a sophomore album, this time with a bigger emphasis on the rock organ and a less rigid approach to the genre.

Ahead of the release of new album "The Others" next month, we're stoked to be exclusively premiering an advance listen with the closing track "Les Autres."

Listen in below, and if you dig what you hear, pre-orders are now up through Bandcamp. Songwriter and guitarist Zachary Randall comments on the track:

"Les Autres is a pretty raw, personal song. If you ever want to know me, as a person, in an unfiltered state, this song is it. Going back and listening to it now, I'm very shocked at how blunt, honest and angry I am. The whole song is inspired by Jean-Paul Sartre and his play 'No Exit'... but it's really me holding up a mirror for my self and describing what I see... and then casting that same gaze upon those who cross my path.

"It's not kind, it's not pleasant, but it's real. If you ever want to know what it's like for a man to exorcise his demons for all to see, this is it. I love this song, I love the riffs, the solos, I love Frank's vocals...I love everything about this song. I just hope I never again have to live through what brought this song about."

New album "The Others" follows debut EP "In The Hands Of The Betrayer" (reviewed here) and will drop October 14th, 2016. More...

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Netherbird Premieres "Pillars Of The Sky"

Fresh of the heels of releasing the "Windwards" single (still available for streaming here), Swedish outfit Netherbird will soon unleash a second single titled "Pillars Of The Sky."

Both singles are taken off upcoming album "The Grander Voyage," due to drop October 28th via Black Lodge Records.

Today we're stoked to premiere the half acoustic / half extreme "Pillars Of The Sky" online via a lyric video - check it out below! The official release of "Pillars Of The Sky" will also be accompanied by bonus track "Brazen Splendour" when it drops September 30th.

Netherbird comments that the new song available below "is a very special tune for us in the band, as half of it is an acoustic piece and that later opens up into a more epic crescendo. It came very naturally when we wrote it and in my opinion it captures the essence of Netherbird, the contrasts between the frail and the furious. It also shows where we are heading musically, we continue to grow but we still stand firmly rooted in the old underground metal legacy."

The band goes on to say, "As for 'Pillars of the Sky' the lyrics is of course open to interpretation, I could not write it any other way, but to me personally it is a homage to those brave enough to purse their vision and to sacrifice everything for it, no matter the consequences. And I truly hope everyone one day will be able to find and climb their own 'Pillars of the Sky.'" More...

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Negative Thought Process Premieres New Video

Negative Thought Process just released new album "Methylene Butterfly" last Friday (September 16th) and now in celebration of that milestone the band has teamed up with us to exclusively premiere a music video cut off the album.

Check out the jumpy, grindy, self-harming video that is "Clandestine Cleaver" below - viewer discretion is advised!

If you dig the track, you can pick up "Methlyene Butterfly" through Hibernacula Records here. The band also comments:

"The debut official video for 'Clandestine Cleaver,' filmed by Jack Maguire, Featuring Rebecca Jane Parsons, Make up by Charolette Mua. The 6th song on the record, dealing specifically with destructive relationships and their impact upon both sides. This is not so much anger at the opposing sides, but the soul crushing depression that comes from two people who are suffering and cannot make their time together work."

You can also follow the latest on what's happening with Negative Thought Process by heading over to Facebook here. More...

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Shokran Premieres Full New Album

Russian outfit Shokran will drop new album "Exodus" tomorrow - September 17th, 2016 - and today we're premiering all 10 tracks early for an advance preview.

Accompanied by tough riffs, harmonic melodies, a furious rhythm section, beautiful clean singing and powerful screams, "Exodus" will cause full immersion into a heavy metal version of antiquity. Band mastermind Dmitry Demyanenko comments:

"In my opinion, our new album turned out a lot more versatile, it sounds much more mature and serious, which, if you ask me, is a natural order of things in music – a musician mustn’t stagnate, he must constantly improve his skills, experiment, and discover new aspects of composing."

As a special bonus, the CD version of "Exodus" will come as a double disc featuring an instrumental version of the album. Order your own digital or physical copy through Bandcamp here. The track listing is as follows:

1. Blood (Intro)
2. Creatures from the Mud
3. The Swarm
4. Living Arrows
5. Praise The Stench (...of your Fallen Idols)
6. Disfigured Hand (ft. Patrick Somoulay)
7. And Heavens began to fall (ft. Lauren Babic)
8. The Storm and The Ruler
9. Revival of Darkness
10. Firstborn More...

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Army Of The Universe Premieres Retro Video

Italian industrial outfit Army Of The Universe has teamed up with us here at Metalunderground.com to exclusively premiere the retro time freeze that is "1999." Check out the hyper stylized video below and be sure to let us know what you think!

The track hails from new album "1999 & The Aftershow," which is up for pre-order here and set to drop October 7th.

Like what you hear? Be sure to follow the band at Facebook here. Army Of The Universe also comments on the newly unleashed video:

"1999 is a neo-industrial track the band wrote after a visionary trip in its own past. The idea is to stop time before the new millennium kicks, to stay in 1999. Electro beats, heavy guitars and cinematographic styled sound design give this song a unique energy." More...

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The Devil's Music Premieres Full New Album

Last month, we had the pleasure of premiering new track "Can You Hear Me" from The Devil's Music, a fresh project from Devilment founder Daniel J. Finch.

A self-titled, debut album from this new band will officially drop on Friday, September 2nd - but you don't have to wait that long to hear it!

Today we're stoked to premiere this varied and eclectic album in full, showcasing the talents of not only Finch but also a range of guest vocalists. Daniel comments on the impending release:

"Its been a long time coming, but I'm totally happy that the album is coming out. People are going to finally hear the album, the way I wanted it to be and sound."

For a more thorough breakdown of how this album came to be following Daniel's departure from Devilment, check out our full interview here. Pre-orders are still available at this location and the track listing is as follows:

1. From Beyond (vocals by Jambles Darby of The BloodShake Chorus)
2. Can You Hear Me (vocals by Lee Margaillan of Collapse The Sky)
3. Break Through (vocals by Ian Messy Messenger of Scream Serenity)
4. Phoenix (vocals by Jordan Fennell of Scream Serenity)
5. The Smile That Hurts (vocals by Caeser of Ides of Winter)
6. The Strange And Dark (vocals by Benjamin Skirka of (Iron Glove & Philophobia)
7. This Is The End (vocals by James Brett Marten of Hedra)
8. Dvoid Of Light (vocals by Edwin "Wrything" Mascorn of ex Episeed)
9. Cthulu (vocals by Vlad “Viper” Yasinsky of Viper Inc)
10. Hate (vocals by Matt Golder of Die A Villain) More...

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Desert Premieres "Son Of A Star" Music Video

Israeli dark/epic metallers Desert has teamed with Metal Underground.com for the release of new music video “Son Of A Star.”

"Son Of A Star" is the second clip released in support of the latest album “Never Regret,” which was released in 2015 via Raven Music and Irond Records.

This video was filmed and produced by Vadim Mechona, who's known by his previous works with Desert's “Never Regret” and also Orphaned Land’s “Let The Truce Be Known” videos. The shooting process took place at the Ha-Makhtesh Ha-Katan location, a geological erosional landform of Israel's Negev desert, during the extreme meteorological conditions, 43C/109F heat.

The story of the video and song is based on the Shimon Bar Kochva’s rebellion against Roman Empire in 132-135 CE at the ancient Judea area and describes it’s tragic fall in the striving for freedom of the Jewish state.

The fighters of historical fencing club “The Knights Of Jerusalem” have took an active part in the shooting process of the video clip. All the costumes used were based on historical records and carefully crafted for accuracy. Part of the funds for the video shooting were raised via an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, so fans are involved in the process as well.

Desert will tour Eastern Europe co-headlining with Cyprus' power metal acr Winter's Verge during October/November. Further details find on Desert's official website or on Facebook.

Metal Underground.com is pleased to present "Son Of A Star" here: More...

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Volunteer / Buildings Premiere Full New Split

Minnesota's Buildings and Milwaukee's Volunteer have teamed up to craft a new split release featuring three tracks from each band.

While a trickle of those songs has flowed out in the preceding weeks, it's time to turn the tap to full blast and unleash a stream of both sides of this sludgy noise rock opus.

Check out all six songs before the split will be released via Triple Eye industries on August 26th, 2016.

You can also pre-order on vinyl or digital format at this location. The split will be available in blue splatter, opaque yellow, or traditional black colored vinyl and the full track listing is as follows:

1. Buildings - Something Better
2. Buildings - Burlap
3. Buildings - Snake
4. Volunteer - Dainty Hoof
5. Volunteer - Walk
6. Volunteer - Wrong

Triple Eye Industries co-owner/Volunteer front man Francisco Ramirez commented about the album: "The Buildings/Volunteer split was made to bring two different bands in the same sub-genre of music, noise rock. Buildings create songs that bring you in with hooks. Volunteer just tries to pummel you with anger and spite." More...

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Cloak Of Organs Premieres New EP

No, its not a terrifyingly gory Asian horror flick or a Rob Zombie movie set piece: this Cloak Of Organs is a new Denver-based band featuring members of Wovenhand and Planes Mistaken For Stars.

The group's self-titled and debut EP is slated to officially release this Friday, August 26th, but ahead of that drop date we're premiering all four tracks online early!

Mutation and betrayal - those two themes surface repeatedly across this mini-album, with imagery steeped in both body horror and emotional desolation. The music meanwhile dips into shoegaze, post-hardcore, and metal. Cloak of Organs is:

Vocals - Jennie Mather (The Nervous)
Guitar - Jason Heller (Neil Michael Hagerty & the Howling Hex)
Guitar - Chuck French (Wovenhand, Planes Mistaken for Stars)
Bass - Neil Keener (Wovenhand, Planes Mistaken for Stars)
Drums - Andrew Warner (Slim Cessna’s Auto Club)

You can order the EP at Bandcamp here and the complete track listing is as follows:

1. Blood Moon
2. False Fossils
3. Starvation Heights
4. Why Are We Whispering More...

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Iron Whip Premieres "Kicking A Hornet's Nest"

We've got a rager of a track premiere for you today from Georgia three piece Iron Whip!

The band's "Absence of White" is slated to drop in late October, and today we've got an exclusive advance taste - check out opening track "Kicking A Hornet's Nest" below!

"Absence Of White" takes elements of noise rock, heavy metal, sludge and hard rock and blends it into a cohesive whole, with an official release date now set for October 21st. Iron Whip comments:

"Out new album 'Absence of White' is lyrically based on true stories about the aggravation of relationships. Abrasive, heavy, and noisy, it's just a mean album. It's tough to label us we are not metal, sludge, or doom but somehow we are able to mix it all in a way that it uncomfortably fits."

1. Kicking a Hornets Nest
2. Elitist
3. Closure to Death
4. BLood in the Water
5. Dirty Teeth
6. This is the End More...

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Mindscar Premieres Full New Album

Floridian three piece Mindscar is on the verge of officially dropping new album "What's Beyond The Light" this coming Friday, August 19th.

Formerly including none other than Trivium's Matt Heafy and currently including Richie Brown, the band independently released “Kill The King” last year and now returns with follow-up "What's Beyond The Light."

Ahead of the Friday release, we're stoked to be bringing you all nine tracks in advance - listen in below!

The band's sophomore full-length album was recorded with with Rob Caldwell (Six Feet Under/Cannabis Corpse/Iron Reagan) and features a guest speech from U.S. Senate candidate Augustus Invictus. Word on the street is that the cover artwork is a painting made entirely of vocalist/guitarist Richie Brown’s blood and semen.

Pre-orders are available through Bandcamp here and the full "What's Beyond The Light" track listing is as follows:

1. I Am The Bad Man
2. Headless
3. Buried Beneath The Snow
4. A Faceless Force That Must Die
5. Megalodon
6. Cerberus
7. When The Soul Dies
8. Entering The Void
9. What's Beyond The Light More...

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Skalmold Premeires "Niðavellir" Lyric Video

Iceland's Skalmold will release the new album "Vögguvísur Yggdrasils" on September 30th via Napalm Records. However, you don't have to wait to get a taste of this viking masterpiece, because today the band has teamed up with Metal Underground.com to premiere the lyric video for the new track "Niðavellir" (or "Dark Court" or "Dark Dwelling").

A stunning and winding trip through Norse mythology awaits on "Vögguvísur Yggdrasils" - and the best travel guides are and will always be Reykjavik-based Viking metallers Skalmold! The band has already proved through three albums (the latest effort being "Med Vaettum" in 2014) that its members are rather well-versed when it comes to Odin and his lot, but now the Icelandic sixpiece delves into the Nine Worlds from Muspellsheim (fire) to Nifelheim (ice) - all held together by world tree Yggdrasil. The perfect backdrop for the fifth longplayer by these genre heavyweights that smoothly moves from highly melodic and epic Viking metal to picturesque folklore. Odin owns ye all!

The track list for "Vögguvísur Yggdrasils" is:

1. Múspell
2. Niflheimur
3. Niðavellir
4. Miðgarður
5. Útgarður
6. Álfheimur
7. Ásgarður
8. Helheimur
9. Vanaheimur More...

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Jesus Wears Armani Premieres New Video

Jesus Wears Armani has teamed up with us today to officially unveil a new lyric video - check out the epic "Pray For War" below!

Vocalist Rich Hurts of the Seattle metal band comments: "This song addresses the very real struggles our returning veterans face. Being torn between the need to complete the mission, and how to properly come home. This song lets other veterans know, they are not alone."

Hurst writes combat-tested metal with songs that address the physical and psychological scars of war: injury, alcoholism, addiction, PTSD, and the feelings of dislocation and alienation that are unfortunately all-too-common for our returning veterans.

Hurst and the band are currently working on their second CD, also titled "Pray For War," which is projected to release later this year and follows previous EP "Curse of Man." Stay tuned for more info, and you can follow the latest on Jesus Wears Armani at Facebook here.

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Imminent Sonic Destruction Brings On "The Fog"

U.S. progressive metal act Imminent Sonic Destruction teamed up with Metal Underground.com to premiere the music video for the new song "The Fog." The song is taken from the brand new album "Triumphia," which is is set to drop on September 2nd, 2016 via Luxor Records.

Detroit based Imminent Sonic Destruction was formed in 2008 during an unexpected lunar eclipse, which wiped out vast swaths of humanity and ushered in the so-called new age of progressive super metal. Maybe you remember. It was a Tuesday.

Even though some of that is made up, the band was initially formed around the strong songwriting of guitarist/vocalist Tony Piccoli, and consists of Pat DeLeon (drums), Pete Hopersberger (keyboards/vocals), Bryan Paxton (bass) and Scott Thompson (guitar/vocals). Imminent Sonic Destruction’s sound is a satisfying blend of styles, at times melodic, complex, epic and crushingly heavy, drawing on the members’ various influences, which cover the full spectrum of prog, rock, and metal.

Imminent Sonic Destruction recorded and released the debut full-length CD, "Recurring Themes," in 2012 to critical acclaim. Based on the strength of that album and an energetic live show, the band went on to tour across North America with giants Pain of Salvation and Fates Warning, among others.

In between tours, the band spent time excitedly writing and demoing a diverse collection of songs. These demos led to label interest and the subsequent signing a record deal, which brings Imminent Sonic Destruction to 2016, and the announcement of "Triumphia," an ambitious concept album featuring over 60 minutes of music, including the 22+ minute epic “Arborous Calm.” Triumphia features artwork by acclaimed artist Travis Smith.

The track listing for "Triumphia" is:

1. The Crashing Waves
2. Something in the Way
3. The Fog
4. Sleepless
5. Lake of Fire
6. The Knife
7. Arborous Calm

As for the video clip for "The Fog" keyboardist Pete Hopersberger told Metal Underground.com: "Shooting this was an absolute blast. There are so many little things to look for, easter eggs and things that will crack people up. It's really a short film, and I'm thrilled with how it came out. Several of our friends put a lot of hard work into the details of this video, and it shows."

With that said, Metal Underground.com is pleased to present "The Fog": More...

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Infectology Premieres Full Brutal Death Album

If you love your death metal on the brutal and gore-soaked side, then you will want a taste of the disgustingly bloody brew on tap from Infectology.

"Innards of Misanthropic Embodiment” is the sophomore album from this Ecuadorian extreme quartet and follows 2013's debut "Origin of Pathological Extermination."

The new album officially drops today - August 12th - and we're stoked to premiere all eight tracks online today in celebration of that release.

“Innards of Misanthropic Embodiment” was mixed and mastered by Januaryo Hardy at Insidious Soundlab, and the album also includes special guest appearances by Carlos de la Vega (Sanguinary Execution / Gastrorrexis) and Januaryo Hardy (Perverted Dexterity / Cadavoracity).

If you dig the dirty brutal death metal sound, be sure to pick up your own copy through Gore House Productions right here. The track listing is:

1. Absolute Disembodiment
2. Gorging on Misanthropy
3. Deification of Insanity
4. Forced Unnatural Carnal Knowledge
5. Inhuman Conception
6. Ritualistic Embodiment
7. Dying On Cauldron
8. Inducing Excruciating Pain More...

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The Arbitrary Premieres New Music Video

New Orleans-based instrumental prog metal group The Arbitrary released new album "Entropy" earlier this year, which you can stream in full or pick at Bandcamp here.

With the album out now, The Arbitrary is showcasing one song in particular with a new music video. Check out our worldwide exclusive premiere of "As Colors Bleed Through" below and prepare to be blown away!

Guitarist Jeffrey Fisher comments on the video: "We felt that 'As Colors Bleed Through' was the perfect song to sum up The Arbitrary because it really showcases the different facets contained throughout our record 'Entropy.' By shooting this video out in the wilderness, we were able to simultaneously capture the emotions contained within the song as well as the energy exerted at our live shows."

The band is currently working on a new release as "Entropy" continues making waves throughout the regional and national progressive metal scenes.

"We've really begun to find our niche as musicians, and having only two members really allows us to efficiently channel our energy and improve our craft as we continue playing shows and working on new material," says Fisher. "In the end, the music is all that matters."

You can follow the latest on the band at Facebook here or catch The Arbitrary live on these upcoming tour dates:

August 13: Ocean Springs, MS @ The Juke Joint - Frets for Pets Benefit Concert
August 27: Baton Rouge, LA @ Atomic Pop Shop w/ Brother Wolf, They Will Fall
August 31: Biloxi, MS @ Zeppelin's Bar & Grill w/ Traitors, Shores of Acheron
September 10: Baton Rouge, LA @ 524 Studios w/ The Continual, In Reverie
October 7: Metairie, LA @ The Twist of Lime w/ Everyone Dies in Utah, Convictions More...

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Warfather Premieres "Judgement, The Hammer"

September 16th will see the release of new Warfather album "The Grey Eminence." Ahead of that official street date, we're stoked to be bringing you an exclusive first listen to another devastating death metal track cut off the album!

Check out our premiere of "Judgement, The Hammer" below, which features none other than Erik Rutan on guest vocals.

Wartfather's follow-up to debut album "Orchestrating the Apocalypse" was also produced by death metal icon and studio wizard Rutan (Hate Eternal).

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Hannes Grossmann Premieres "Oceanborn"

We've got a surprise track premiere for you metal fanatics today that will absolutely blow some minds!

German musical virtuoso Hannes Grossmann (Alkaloid, Blotted Science, Hate Eternal, ex-Obscura, ex-Necrophagist) is wrapping up an IndieGogo campaign at 3:00 AM EST tomorrow (August 9th) for his impending solo album "The Crypts of Sleep." Get in on the action in these last waning hours of the campaign right here.

As the crowd funding campaign draws to a close, Grossmann has teamed up with us to premiere another sneak peak of the upcoming album. Check out our exclusive early stream of "Oceanborn" below, which is the fifth track on "The Crypts Of Sleep." Prepare to be lulled in by some melodic acoustic strumming before getting kicked straight in the teeth by the most technical of death metal!

After successfully crowdsourcing the funds to independently release his debut album "The Radial Covenant" in 2014 (still streaming in full here), Grossmann decided to follow the same approach for much anticipated follow-up, "The Crypts of Sleep."

The new album was entirely written, arranged, self-recorded and self-produced by Grossmann between September 2015 and June 2016 at his own Mordor Sounds studio in Veitsbronn, Germany.

Grossmann plays drums on the entire album and enlisted the the help of numerous all-stars in the extreme music scene including Danny Tunker (Alkaloid, Abhorrent, ex-Aborted) - rhythm and lead guitars, Linus Klausenitzer (Obscura, Alkaloid, Noneuclid) - bass, Morean (Alkaloid, Dark Fortress, Noneuclid) - vocals, Christian Muenzner (Spawn of Possession, ex-Obscura, ex-Necrophagist) - lead guitars, Fountainhead (ex-Obscura, Despotic) - lead guitars, Per Nilsson (Scar Symmetry) - lead guitars, and Erik Rutan (ex-Morbid Angel, Hate Eternal) - lead guitars. More...

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