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Alorion Covers Linkin Park In New Music Video

Today we've got an official music video premiere from California outfit Alorion as the band covers the "Faint" track from Linkin Park's "Meteora" album.

Check out the clip below, and you can find more info on Alorion at Facebook here. The band comments:

"We chose to cover Linkin Park because for some of us, it was that first bridge into rock music. We also share a similar dynamic with the two different styles of vocalists in the band.

"We thought it was a great idea to nod to a band that's so influential into what we are doing and why we are here, all while creating something new with a song we love."

Alorion consists of:

Vocals - Diego Alex
Guitar - Bryan Muro
Guitar - Michael Lomeli
Bass/Vocals - Austin Nolan
Drums- James Panzarello More...

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Mithridatic Premieres Full New Album

We are going to just make your Monday absolutely miserable today with a disturbing and terrifying experience from French black/death metal outfit Mithridatic.

A few weeks back we had the pleasure of premiering drum cam footage from the recording of new album "Miserable Miracle," and now we're unleashing the entire album online ahead of its official release.

Kaotoxin Records is set to unleash "Miserable Miracle," the band's debut full-length, on March 11th, 2016. Pre-orders are available here and you can listen in below - expect an unstoppable barrage of absolute heaviness, a psychotic Hell of torment, and an atrocious dose of full-on brutality.

1. The Supply...
2. ...For Terror and the Crowd
3. Miserable Miracle
4. I Will Harm
5. Funambule Pénitent
6. Hell Compasses Points
7. Oxydized Trigger Sabotage
8. Dispense the Adulterated
9. Vitrified Desert More...

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Earthside Premieres Epic Drum Playthrough

Connecticut's cinematic and progressive outfit Earthside released the stunning debut album "A Dream In Static" last year (still streaming here in full if you haven't heard it), the strength of which sees Earthside joining Leprous on tour this coming April.

Today we're giving you another look at a track from that album with an exclusive premiere of an epic drum playthrough video for “Mob Mentality” single.

Featuring video filmed, directed, and edited by Mike Magilnick of Watching Earth Productions, catch Ben Shanbrom performing the song below. Ben also had this to say:

"I almost had a nervous breakdown learning ‘Mob Mentality.’ Earthside songs most often come together in a democratic and organic fashion - we start with our individual ideas and build around each other, allowing each member to make his mark and play to his individual strengths. That is not at all how this song worked out!

“Jamie (our guitarist) wrote almost every section of this track - from the orchestration, down to the cymbal accents. Everything had to lock and flow in a very specific way to allow all of the elements to work together in harmony (or intended dissonance). Most crushing of all was the fact that Jamie programmed most of the demo drum parts in Logic without my consultation, resulting in more than a few sections that both delighted my ears and crippled me with despair! More...

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Lift The Medium Premieres "Mastermind"

Formed in 2013, hard rocking Ohio outfit Lift The Medium originally released the "Mastermind" album the next year, getting a solid 800 copies out into the hands of eager fans solely through live shows.

With a sound that brings to mind some of the best of Soundgarden, Foo Fighters, or Velvet Revolver with touch of the heavy thrown in for good measure, its no surprise word of mouth saw that self-released effort go so far and wide.

Fast forward to 2016 and now a proper deluxe edition of the album is set to arrive on a wider scale this coming March 11th.

Recorded and Mastered by Joe Viers at Sonic Lounge (except for "In The City" recorded by Chris Schmidt/Shepherd's Pie Recording), the deluxe version includes new artwork and a bonus track called "Fact of the Matter."

Now ahead of that new version's release we're stoked to be premiering the title track online in advance - check out "Mastermind" below, and you can also follow Lift The Medium's latest antics at Facebook here. The full track listing is: More...

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Sorrow Plagues Premieres Full New Album

This coming Monday - February 8th - Sorrow Plagues will unleash a self-titled album, but you don't have to wait for the weekend to be over to hear it first!

We're proud to be premiering all six tracks of diverse and adventurous black metal ahead of the release date. Listen in below, and if you like what you hear, be sure to pre-order a copy of "Sorrow Plagues" at Bandcamp here.

David Lovejoy of Sorrow Plagues had this to say about the release: "I think this is the album where I have fully discovered 'my sound' and the direction I want to go in the future. It fuses all of my influences together into a unique sound to me.

"It has been a long time in the making too, as 'Awaken' was written 2 years ago and I had no place for it, until I figured it would be perfect for this record. A couple of tracks took months to compose. So there's a lot of relief that it's finally complete!"

1. Fade
2. Aspirations
3. Awaken
4. Twilight
5. Surrender
6. Redemption More...

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Mellowtoy Premieres New Music Vieo

Today we're teaming up with Milan, Italy outfit Mellowtoy to exclusively premiere an absolutely crazy new music video for the song "Dead Colours," which has a lot more going on than first meets the eye.

This track comes off the "Lies" album released last year and available at iTunes here.

In the animated clip below, written and directed by The Jack Stupid, a silent creature attempts to bend the laws of nature to feel less lonely.

"Dead Colours" starts from Alan Moore's world and, in particular, from the Watchmen character Dr. Manhattan, an immortal creature that lives in a world that's still subordinated to cruel natural laws.

The protagonist knows that sooner or later, everyone and everything he loves will fade away just in front of his eyes. His fear of lonliness and all his pain for abandon make him interact with world's natural cycle. He slows down the time flowing to have more time to share with his beloved.

At the beginning this could seem a good solution but the plan reveals a huge fail and forces the creature to restore the natural cycle without a possibility to escape from his pain.

Considerations above pain, fear and loneliness seem to be the first and more expected reading of this video, there is also a biographical reference to Mellowtoy's story and the latest leaving of Matt Massa, the historic singer of the band.

It is not a coincidence that in this video you will hear his voice for the last time with Mellowtoy, in a sort of "artistic testament" and as a last goodbye to all his fans before leaving the scene to Simone Cristanelli, Mellowtoy's new singer. "Dead Colours" represents conscience following an environmental sensibility too often neglected for humans' irrationality. More...

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Moonreich Premieres Record Release Show Video

Late 2015 saw the official release of Moonreich's latest album "Pillars Of Detest" through
Les Acteurs de l'Ombre (LADLO) Productions.

That album release was accompanied by a night of mystical black metal mayhem at Le Ferailleur in Nantes, France.

Today we're bringing you some exclusive footage from that killer release show - see Moonreich doing what it does best below.

New album "Pillars Of Detest" was recorded at Hybreed Studio and can be streamed in full at this location. More...

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Arrayan Path Premieres Full New Power Metal Album

Update: the stream period is now over and the album is officially out! Grab a copy of your own!

Looking back, we've been covering Arrayan Path for a solid six years now, and although the band has been around for a good deal longer than that, it's always a pleasure to see a lesser known group we've been championing for years come out with a new release.

It is with much pleasure that today we unveil the full new Arrayan Path album "Chronicles Of Light" ahead of its official February 5th, 2016 release date via Pitch Black Records. The stream is only available for 48 hours until the release date though, so get in there now!

These 10 tracks create one hell of an epic power metal experience to follow 2013's "IV: Stigmata." Listen in below, and be sure to let us know just how much you dig it! After you've spun it a couple dozen times, you can also still pre-order the album right here.

“Chronicles of Light” was recorded at Maranis Studios in Germany and Play on Ten Studios in Nicosia. It was produced by Arrayan Path and Vagelis Maranis, who also handled mixing and mastering, while the album's amazing cover was designed by the artist Caio Caldas. The full track listing is:

1. Solomon Seed
2. Gabriel is Rising
3. The Distorted Looking-Glass
4. Orientis
5. Ignore the Pain
6. Scorpio (CD bonus)
7. Chronicles of Light
8. Lex Talionis
9. December
10. The Last Eulogy

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Illusions Dead Premieres Full New Album

A few weeks back we had the distinct pleasure of exclusively premiering a new track off the forthcoming Illusions Dead album "Celestial Decadence," and today we're teaming up with the Finnish band again for round 2.

This time we've got the entire album up for advance listening before it drop on February 8th, so hurry up and click "play" below already and become consumed by the destructive force that is "Celestial Decadence!"

After being thoroughly and utterly annihilated by these eight tracks, you can also pre-order a copy to call your own right here.

The album's cover was crafted by Moonrot art, and the full "Celestial Decadence" track listing is as follows:

1. Incursion
2. Devoured By Hatred
3. Shadow and Flame
4. Hour of the Raven
5. Revolution (Celestial Spheres)
6. Tormentor of the Weak
7. The Way of the Deceiver
8. Illusions Dead More...

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Mithridatic Premieres Drum Cam Footage

French band Mithridatic - featuring Kevin Paradis (Melechesh, Svart Crown, Agressor) - has teamed up with us to exclusively launch a new drum recording video.

Check out the drum cam clip below of Kevin laying down the blasts for new album "Miserable Miracle," which is coming March 11th via Kaotoxin Records.

With "Miserable Miracle," Mithridatic aims to envision and explore the realms of terror, misery, pain, suffering, disease, madness and nihilism. This all comes through crushingly heavy music with hyperblasting drums, possessed vocals, lightning fast and razor sharp guitar attacks and an apocalyptic rumbling bass low end.

A full song titled "I Will Harm" can also be heard after the jump, and the album's complete track listing is as follows:

1. The Supply...
2. ...For Terror and the Crowd
3. Miserable Miracle
4. I Will Harm
5. Funambule Pénitent
6. Hell Compasses Points
7. Oxydized Trigger Sabotage
8. Dispense the Adulterated
9. Vitrified Desert More...

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The Unguided Becomes "Enraged" With New Video

Swedish modern metal act The Unguided will release the new album "Lust and Loathing" via Napalm Records on February 26th. The album can be pre-ordered at this location. Today the band has teamed up with Metal Underground.com to present the music video for the first track from the release "Enraged," which can be viewed in the player below.

When Richard Sjunnesson, Roger Sjunnesson and Roland Johansson left Sonic Syndicate in 2010, many fans felt disappointed and abandoned. But feareth not, because these Swedes have since returned and proclaimed themselves The Unguided. The five piece brings back the heaviness and bite that Sonic Syndicate have been considered lacking in for quite some time now.

"Lust and Loathing," the third full length release, boasts melodic and goosebump-inducing powerplay. Once you get past the harsh melodic death metal exterior, epic clean vocals and catchy keyboard tones await! Dynamic and strong songwriting with that special Scandinavian „je ne sais quoi“, massive production, and delicate guitar solos turn 'Lust And Loathing' into the best gem The Unguided`s discography has yet to offer!

The track listing for the album is:

1. Enraged
2. The Worst Day (Revisited)
3. King Of Clubs
4. Heartseeker
5. Photobs Grip
6. Black Eyed Angel
7. Operation: E.A.E.
8. Boneyard
9. Hate (and Other Triumphs)
10. Mercy (Bonus Track)
11. Judgment (Bonus Track)
12. Betrayer Of The Code (Live)

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Sharp Weapons Premieres New Song

Everyone knows that sharp weapons are better than blunt objects (that's why the fighter stands in front of the cleric), and today we're premiering killer album opening track "Eat Another Chord" from none other than Sharp Weapons!

Taken off a self-titled album due out at the end of May through Static Tension Recordings, "Eat Another Chord" sounds a lot like the name implies, with massive riffs on display for fans of High On Fire and Mastodon.

Check out our exclusive premiere of the song below, and be sure to let us know what you think!

Pre-order info is available here, and the album's full track listing is as follows:

1. Eat Another Chord
2. Acid.fuck
3. Consume
4. Rabbit Hole
5. G.D.H.
6. Brilliant Normal
7. Separation
8. General Jack Ripper
9. Co Sleeper More...

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Otargos Premieres Drum Footage From Kaotoxin Fest

Otargos signed with Kaotoxin Records in early 2015 and subsequently played at the annual Kaotoxin Fest last month that went down in Lille, France.

If you couldn't make it to see the devastating lineup, we've got an exclusive piece of one of those performances for you today as we premiere a drum cam video of Otargos' John A. blasting to the track "Human Terminate."

"Human Terminate" is taken off the band's sixth studio album "Xeno Kaos," which dropped back in November of 2015. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Dominatrix
2. The Ruinous Powers
3. Chariots ov the Godz
4. Dark Mechanicus
5. Phase Shifters
6. Xeno Kaos
7. Realm of the Dead
8. Human Terminate

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Delain Premieres New Track "Suckerpunch"

The members of Dutch act Delain seem to be restless spirits: The latest album "The Human Contradiction" was released in 2014 on Napalm Records and gained high praise from both fans and the press alike. The band followed up the release by touring the world with acts such as Sabaton, Within Temptation, and Nightwish, followed by a European headline tour that saw them conquering stages in sold out venues all over! Yet instead of resting on the success, the band hit the studio again to present a brand new epic endeavor: "Lunar Prelude" – set to be released February 19th via Napalm Records!

"Lunar Prelude" was mastered by Grammy Award winning producer Ted Jensen. It offers two brand new songs in the shape of the beyond catchy "Suckerpunch" and the melancholic "Turn The Lights Out." Today, the band teams up with Metal Underground.com to give you that "Suckerpunch," which can be heard in the player below.

In addition to the new tracks, "Lunar Prelude" includes a brand new version of "Don't Let Go" (originally appeared on 2014's "The Human Contradiction") and four incredible live cuts, as well as an orchestral reprise of "Suckerpunch," all of which proves once again how Delain is blatantly known for catchy hooks, bewitching melodies, symphonic bombast, and of course a good solid dose of metal! Delain has concocted a mesmerizing kaleidoscope of emotions and with the EP title featuring the tell-tale word "Prelude," our hunger is left to grow for a next full-length album…(coming later in 2016!)

On "Suckerpunch" the band commented: "Dear Delainers, our latest album 'The Human Contradiction' has taken us on a great ride, performing hundreds of stages around the globe for all of you. We barely managed to catch our breaths from our most recent tours, yet we've already got some new music that we simply can't wait to share. In preparation of our next full length studio album, we'd like to present to you 'Lunar Prelude,' a collection of several brand new tracks, a new version of a familiar one, and live versions of some our favorite The Human Contradiction tracks. Today, we release the first track off 'Lunar Prelude': an upbeat fight song about facing your demons and taking them on. Don't let them weigh you down! We hope you will enjoy 'Suckerpuch'!"

The track listing for "Lunar Prelude" is:

1. Suckerpunch
2. Turn the Lights Out
3. Don't Let Go
4. Lullaby (Live 2015)
5. Stardust (Live 2015)
6. Here Come the Vultures (Live 2015)
7. Army of Dolls (Live 2015)
8. Suckerpunch Orchestra

Metal Underground.com is proud to present "Suckerpunch" here: More...

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Reign Eternal Premieres New Music Video

Exeter-based metalcore squad Reign Eternal released debut EP "Premonitions" last month (which is still streaming here if you hadn't heard it yet).

Freshly formed just in 2014, this young group mixes together melodic choruses with heavy riffs, and isn't slowing down or stopping after their debut musical statement. Today we have the pleasure to premiere a brand new video from the still piping-hot fresh "Premonitions" release.

Check out "The Amendment" below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments or catch up with the band directly at Facebook here.

Vocalist Ellis Jones comments on the clip: "Off the back bone of our first video 'Fighting Blind' feat. Matt Stuart we shot the second music video for another track on our 'Premonitions' EP called 'The Amendment.' Because of the lyrical theme of bullying and discrimination, this is a song which a lot of our fans and new listeners can relate to. For us 'The Amendment' is a stand out track on the EP and we wanted to give it the video it deserves." More...

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Van Canto Premieres Lyric Video For New Track

German inventors of Power A Cappella Van Canto have announced the impending new release "Voices of Fire." The band has signed on with earMUSIC for the album's release, which is set for March 16, 2016 in Europe (North American date TBA). "Voices of Fire" is the follow up to the 2014 album "Dawn of the Brave" (see our review at this location).

As a first taste of the new release, the band has teamed up with Metal Underground.com to bring you the lyric video for the first single "Clashings On Armour Plates," which can be viewed in the player below. The track marks a new chapter in Van Canto’s musical story: Metal Vocal Musical. The first song of the album to see the light of day perfectly demonstrates that the six musicians of Van Canto are not only able to imitate instruments such as guitars, basses and keyboards but instead and first and foremost tell stories.

"Vocal Metal Music further develops what we stand for as Van Canto. Not only can our voices sing and imitate guitars but they are also able to tell stories. It has been six years that we’ve been working on this concept – and now we’re finally able to share it with the world," says founding band member Stefan Schmidt.

The band has teamed up with German bestseller author Christoph Hardebusch ("Die Trolle" – engl. "The Trolls"), who is going to release his new fantasy novel "Feuerstimmen" on March 17th on Piper Verlag.

"We are barely able to tell what came first: the music as part of the novel or the novel as part of our album. Christoph Hardebusch and we worked hand in hand on this. Our compositions did influence the novel and vice versa. Simply put, we created our own world – a world full of competing kingdoms, epic battles, dragons, fire and bards. Not always deadly serious but full of adventures to set your imagination running wild… like Van Canto does," explains lead singer Sly, who developed the plot of the novel together with Christoph Hardebusch. More...

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Illusions Dead Premieres New Song

Over 40 minutes of pummeling Finnish black/death metal is on the way to blow out your speakers, with Illusions Dead prepping debut full-length “Celestial Decadence” for a February 8th, 2016 drop date.

A self-release being handled directly by the band, “Celestial Decadence” will be available digitally via Bandcamp, with a limited run of 200 CDs also slated to drop.

With a little over two weeks left to go before the album's release, today we're giving you an advance listen to raging seventh track off “The Way of the Deceiver.” Check out our exclusive premiere of the song below.

Driven by death and shrouded in darkness, “Celestial Decadence” is shockingly robust for a debut, as the band honors a proud Finnish metal tradition that is marked by passion and power. Featuring cover artwork by Moonrot, the album's full track listing is as follows:

1. Incursion
2. Devoured By Hatred
3. Shadow and Flame
4. Hour of the Raven
5. Revolution (Celestial Spheres)
6. Tormentor of the Weak
7. The Way of the Deceiver
8. Illusions Dead More...

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The Kennedy Veil Premieres New Music Video

The devastating death metal machine that is The Kennedy Veil has consistently impressed in the scant handful of years the California-based band has existed, culminating in a signing with Unique Leader Records and the release of "Trinity Of Falsehood."

Today we're beyond stoked to be premiering a freshly created music video taken off that crushing full-length album. Although the band has done playthrough clips before, this is the debut official music video from The Kennedy Veil!

Check out "King Of Slaves" below and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments section. The Kennedy Veil drummer Gabe Seeber comments on the clip:

"We spoke with the guy who just launched Candy Grenade (video production), and he mentioned he was looking to shoot his first music video. We were definitely keen on the idea and decided to work with him to shoot a video for the song 'King of Slaves,' which is the 5th track on our Unique Leader debut album, 'Trinity of Falsehood.'

"We chose this song because it wasn't previously released as a single, and also because it's one of the heavier, more groove-oriented songs and we wanted to try and showcase the slightly sludgier side of TKV. More...

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Suppressive Fire Premieres Full New Album

Devastating death/thrash outfit Suppressive Fire will launch a debut full-length blitzkrieg fittingly titled "Bedlam" just a week from now on January 14th.

Thankfully, you don't have to wait any longer to get a face of high intensity metal, as we're premiering the entire album 7 days early!

Check out all 11 killer tracks mixed by Joel Grind and bearing cover artwork by the inimitable Par Olofsson below.

If the album properly devastates your ear drums, be sure to pre-order a copy straight from the band here. You can also follow the latest on Suppressive Fire and get info on a release show in Raleigh, NC at Facebook. The "Bedlam" track listing is as follows:

1. Ceasefire
2. The Hellwraith
3. Coup d'état
4. Thy Flesh Consumed
5. Bayonet Penetration
6. Nazi Face Melter
7. Pyrophoric Blood
8. Ironsights
9. Crucify the Kings
10. Holy Masochism
11. Bedlam More...

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Resurrection Kings Takes The "Path Of Love"

Resurrection Kings - the new band centered around the talents of former Dio and Giuffria guitar player, Craig Goldy - has premiered the new track "Path of Love" from the upcoming self titled debut album, which is set to drop on January 29th via Fronters Music srl. Pre-orders for the album can be made via Amazon at this location.

The idea of Resurrection Kings started with a set of demos Goldy recorded with singer Chas West, a guy with an unbelievable set of pipes, who has worked with such bands as the Jason Bonham Band, Foreigner, Lynch Mob, Tribe Of Gypsies, and 3 Legged Dogg.

"It all started five years ago when Craig Goldy asked me to write together," says Chas. Out of those demo sessions, the song "Livin’ Out Loud" strongly impressed Frontiers' President, Serafino Perugino. He then asked Craig to build up a project/band around that musical concept. He also suggested Sean McNabb for bass (Lynch Mob, Dokken , Quiet Riot ), while Craig brought in later former Dio band mate Vinny Appice on drums. "Serafino wanted to make an album with famous musicians from the 80’s and I was flabbergasted when he asked me to participate," says Craig Goldy. "We’ve all known each other for a long time and it was a pleasure to work with everyone – my God with Chas, Sean and Vinny that’s a killer line-up!"

Frontiers in-house writer and producer and Voodoo Circle/Silent Force keyboardist Alessandro Del Vecchio (Revolution Saints, Hardline, Rated X) offered his services to the band and wrote (or co-wrote with Goldy) a few tracks to round out the material that was available. "He is a great songwriter, producer, musician and singer," says Goldy. "Some of the demo versions already had vocals and everything else, so all we did was learn the songs and then did them our way. When Sean and Vinny got a hold of these songs they really came alive and gave me automatic inspiration to write and perform on top of what was already written."

The resulting album is an impressive example of classic hard rock with a contemporary production and edge. Think Whitesnake "1987" mixed with Dio’s "Dream Evil," with a touch of classic Led Zeppelin and Rainbow and you will not be far from the end result. This truly is an extremely strong record where the musicians were able to stretch their wings and their numerous fans will be incredibly pleased with the results! More...

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