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Xandria Hears The "Call Of Destiny"

It is only ten days until the release of the exciting new album "Theater Of Dimensions" via Napalm Records (January 27th) from symphonic metal act Xandria. The band has been absolutely dominating the subgenre for nearly 20 years. Pre-order the album now at this location.

On the album the band commented: "We brought back plenty of memories, sometimes just bits and pieces, but those stuck to our heads. And it made us see who we are and where we wanted to take our music. All this makes the most colourful Xandria album so far. It contains our most heavy and most emotional moments.”

For "Theater Of Dimensions" the band teamed up again with producer Joost van den Broek. The album features guest vocal appearances from Henning Basse (Firewind), Zaher Zorgati (Myrath), Björn Strid (Soilwork) and Ross Thompson (Van Canto). There is a soundtrack-like, orchestral finesse inherent to the compositions, echoed by pounding groove and sophisticated shredding. Folklore and ballad chime in ("Forsaken Love"), heavy thrash rears its ugly head ("We Are Murderers (We All)"), and overall there is no doubt: Xandria are not only fearless, they are at their most entertaining and thrilling!

Today, the band has once again teamed up with MetalUnderground.com to unleash a music video for the brand new song "Call of Destiny." Check it out below.

The track listing for "Theater of Dimensions" is as follows:

1. Where the Heart Is Home
2. Death to the Holy
3. Forsaken Love
4. Call of Destiny
5. We Are Murderers (We All) (Feat. Björn Strid) (see lyric video here)
6. Dark Night of the Soul
7. When the Walls Came Down (Heartache Was Born)
8. Ship of Doom
9. Ceilí
10. Song for Sorrow and Woe
11. Burn Me (Feat. Zaher Zorgati)
12. Queen of Hearts Reborn
13. A Theater of Dimensions (Feat. Henning Basse)

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Saille Premieres "Genesis 11:1-9"

Following the stellar "Eldritch" album (reviewed here), Saille's follow-up release "Gnosis" is on the horizon for a spring release, and today we're premiering a new track from the impending full-length album.

Check out "Genesis 11:1-9," the fourth track cut off this nine song concept release, in the SoundCloud player below.

For those not familiar with the Bible, the chapter and verse segment in question deals with the tower of Babel, in which the biblical deity takes offense to the people of the world working together towards a common cause and building a structure that could reach heaven (presumably he's not happy about skyscrapers or space stations either, but as of yet hasn't shown up to confuse our languages and cast us far and wide for those offenses).

In addition to sporting a darker, more powerful sound, "Gnosis" sees some lineup shifting within the Belgian symphonic black metal group, which is now operating as a five piece. Saille frontman Dennie Grondelaers explains about the writing process and lyrics:

"With 'Gnosis' (Greek for 'knowledge') we venture into the world of the Promethean ideal and its Luciferian counterpart. This album explores a multitude of historical, mythological and fictional sources that tell us about the strife for knowledge and its (potentially devastating) consequences.

1. Benei ha'Elohim
2. Pandaemonium Gathers
3. Blôt
4. Genesis 11:1-9
5. Before the Crawling Chaos
6. Prometheus
7. Thou, My Maker
8. Magnum Opus
9. 1904 Era Vulgaris More...

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Undrask Premieres "Longhammer" Video

North Carolina's melodic death metal troupe Undrask is due to return later this month with a debut full-length album titled "Battle Through Time."

Ahead of that release we're giving you an early taste of what to expect with an exclusive premiere of the "Longhammer" video. Check it out below and let us know what you think - if you survive the hammering to the head!

This upcoming album, due out January 27th, is a blistering and catchy concept release that tells the story of a man lost to eternity - forced to fight and die repeatedly throughout time and alternate realities.

1. No Graves for the Dead
2. Conscripted
3. Champion of the Dawn
4. Black Ocean
5. Embers and Omens
6. Longhammer
7. Primal Revelation
8. Faceless Eyes
9. Final Right
10. Battle Through Time More...

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Burials Premieres Split Song "Deep Glow"

This coming January 13th, Burials and Exhausted Prayer are locked and loaded to unleash a new split album via Apes Who Looked Up / Rose Quarter Records.

Today we have the distinct pleasure of premiering an offering from the Burials side of the split. Check out this Portland-based extreme metal juggernaut's new song "Deep Glow" in the Soundcloud player below.

Digging the sound? You can pre-order the split right here! The full release contains four tracks from each band, and the complete track listing is as follows:

1. Burials - Ten Peaks (Moraine Lake)
2. Burials - Deep Glow
3. Burials - Laccolith (Devil's Tower)
4. Burials - White River (Gulfoss)
5. Exhausted Prayer - Garden (Forest Hallucinations)
6. Exhausted Prayer - Sewer (Shitgazer)
7. Exhausted Prayer - Infinite Shadow
8. Exhausted Prayer - A Grim Homecoming (Mocked by Fallow Fields

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Seven Nines And Tens Premieres New Live Album

Back this summer (oh man, remember summer and not a wasteland of endless 2016 winter?) we teamed up again with the ever-awesome Seven Nines And Tens to premiere latest album "Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Slums."

Now that a few months have gone by, this indie post-rock/metal crew has a new album prepped for release and we have the distinct pleasure of bringing it to you first!

This time the Vanvoucver-based lads are dropping a live offering titled "Live at the Smilin' Buddha Cabaret" and seeing release via Dullest Records. You can stream all five tracks below, and the following press release was also issued: More...

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Static Tension Premieres "Back Inside" Video

Pulling from '90s grunge and prog metal influences, Ohio outfit Static Tension is gearing up to release the "Out Of Reach" EP via Buried By Sky Records next month.

Today we're helping to herald that release with an exclusive premiere of a lyric video for "Back Inside" - check it out below!

Singer Rob Rom commented: "Walking away from someone or something isn't always easy, but sometimes you must lock the door and throw away the key, that is the premise of 'Back Inside', being let down so many times that you would rather just go without, a little piece of poetry with a rough edge."

The band's self-described "progressive grunge" takes the sound of Alice in Chains and blends it with the more progressive leanings of bands like Tool and Kings X.

You may have noticed Static Tension's name on our site before, as the band gave an epic tale of a steaming crowd at a Rammstein concert for our weekly Pit Stories column.

The "Out of Reach" EP is coming January 6th, 2017 and will feature the following track listing:

1. PSM
2. Obstacle Of Doubt
3. Faith To Fault
4. Down From Three
5. Back Inside
6. Out Of Reach More...

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Memories In Broken Glass Premieres New Single

Memories In Broken Glass, a prog metal / djent outfit hailing from San Antonio, is gearing up to drop full-length album "Enigma Infinite" this coming January 13th, 2017.

Ahead of that debut album release, today we're offering an advance listen to the "Waves" single, which can be heard below.

Guitarist Justin Garcia comments on the track: "I just want people to feel what I was feeling so therefore I went based on pure emotion."

Masterfully syncopated rhythms, luxurious atmosphere, ear grabbing melodies, and captivating vocals are what you can expect from the album when it lands in full. Produced, mixed, and mastered by Rob Beltran (Shattered Sun), "Enigma Infinite" is up for pre-order now via Hammer Forged Records.

Be sure to catch Memories In Broken Glass on the "Enigma Infinite" tour along with Of Serpents And Saviors and The Ansible this January. For info on upcoming live activity, head over to the band's Facebook profile here. More...

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Heavens Decay Premieres Full New Album Early

Next Monday, December 12th marks the release of "The Great Void Of Mystery," the debut album from Heavens Decay.

A week ahead of that drop date, we're letting you in on the mystery of the void early with a full, exclusive album premiere! Check out "The Great Void Of Mystery" below, and if you dig it, be sure to pre-order your own copy here.

Led by Julio Viterbo (Tormentor, Shub Niggurath, Cenotaph) the music is primarily NWOBHM-inspired music infused with the range of influences from Viterbo's impressive career as a musician.

After a long and illustrious path in death metal as a guitarist in the aforementioned bands, Viterbo decided to reconnect with the classic heavy metal that enveloped him as a youth and gave meaning to his life. This change in direction led to the launch of Heavens Decay.

After composing several songs, Viterbo invited Oscar Clorio to join him on the journey as drummer and the pair then recruited Nick Hernandez (Stone Magnum) as vocalist. The songs were completed via the Internet, as Oscar lives in Mexico City, while Julio and Nick call Chicago home.

Finally in July 2016, Heavens Decay recorded "The Great Void Of Mystery" in Chicago's Minbal studios. The album was engineered by Matt Russell and mastered by Dan Swanö in Unisound studios in Sweden. Artwork was created by Arturo Vargas at Souls Crematorium Art Studio and the full track listing is as follows: More...

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Xandria Declares "We Are Murderers (We All)"

Xandria has been dominating the symphonic metal scene for nearly 20 years. Since the addition of vocalist Dianne van Giersbergen in 2013, the band has upped its game with the impressive offering "Sacrificium" in 2014 and the "Fire & Ashes" EP in 2015. The band doesn't hold back with the upcoming release of "Theater of Dimensions," which is set to drop on Napalm Records on January 27th.

Today, the band has teamed up with MetalUnderground.com to unleash what is arguably the band's heaviest song to date - "We Are Murderers (We All)." The song features a guest vocal appearance from Soilwork's Björn Strid.

The track listing for "Theater of Dimensions" is as follows:

1. Where the Heart Is Home
2. Death to the Holy
3. Forsaken Love
4. Call of Destiny
5. We Are Murderers (We All) (Feat. Björn Strid)
6. Dark Night of the Soul
7. When the Walls Came Down (Heartache Was Born)
8. Ship of Doom
9. Ceilí
10. Song for Sorrow and Woe
11. Burn Me
12. Queen of Hearts Reborn
13. A Theater of Dimensions

MetalUnderground.com is proud to present "We Are Murderers (We All)" here: More...

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Infinite Earths Premieres Full New Album

You might recall a pretty wild Pit Story a few weeks back from Infinite Earths, which more than caught our attention! After that bizarre tale, we needed more, and today Infinite Earths offers up some tremendous music for advance streaming.

The band's new album "Into The Void," a 27 minute concept release based upon a comic book written by vocalist Josh Mazorra, will officially drop tomorrow (December 2nd).

Today we're exclusively premiering the entire release a day ahead of time - listen in below and let us know what you think! There's a little bit of everything on this one, from melodic clean singing to technical blackened death metal and more.

Pre-orders are online here and the band comments: “Infinite Earths is proud to bring you our sophomore release 'Into The Void.' It has been a journey since our first release, and we are finally ready to bring you the newest chapter in the Infinite Earths story."

Act 1. Into The Void
Act 2. Amalgam of Madness
Act 3. Chaotic Good
Act 4. The Whirling Doorway
Act 5. Grave New World More...

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Unleash The Archers Posts "Time Stands Still" Clip

Canadian metal act Unleash The Archers released the latest album "Time Stands Still" back in June of 2015 via Napalm Records. Since then, the band has been on the road at a torrid pace in support the album, performing around the world, which included the annual ProgPower USA festival in Atlanta, GA in September of 2015.

Today, the band teamed up with MetalUnderground.com to premiere the new music video for the title track from that breakout release. Check out the clip, which was directed, edited and produced by Roderick Scobie, here:

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Entrapment Premieres Full New Album

We've got a Black Friday surprise for you, and there's now waiting in lines or duking it out with soccer moms for this one!

Today we're premiering the entire new Entrapment album "Through Realms Unseen" as it officially drops via Pulverised Records today (November 25th).

The follow-up to 2014's "Lamentations of the Flesh," new album "Through Realms Unseen" is the latest full-length from this Dutch death metal group. Like what you hear below? Be sure to pick up the album right here.

Mastermind Michel Jonker and his morbid crew draw fresh blood off an assortment of death n' roll elements without losing grip on the foreboding sound that the band has always been known for.

Recorded, mixed and mastered by JB Van Der Wal (ex-Aborted, ex-Leaves Eyes, ex-Atrocity, etc), and with majestically grotesque album artwork by illustrator-extraordinaire Marald Van Haasteren (Bolt Thrower, High On Fire, Wolfbrigade, etc), the album's track listing is as follows:

1. Omission
2. The Seeker
3. Static Convulsion
4. Ruination
5. Dominant Paradigm
6. Withering Souls
7. Isolated Condemnation
8. Through Realms Unseen
9. Hybrid Maelstrom
10. Discordant Response
11. Self Inflicted Malnutrition More...

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Flidais Premieres "High Stakes"

The stakes are mighty high in the music world these days, but galloping power metal outfit Flidais will rise to meet the challenge!

Today we're premiering a brand new track from this up-and-coming Canadian group. Check out "High Stakes" below, which comes off the "Kazador" album due to drop December 2nd.

Flidais plays power metal with a progressive touch, often seamlessly transitioning through song segments with deft ease and execution, all while the powerful vocal performance scales impressive heights. Like what you hear below? You can follow the latest on Flidais at Facebook here.

"Kazador" was recorded by Michael "Musashi" Marucci at Sonic Zen Studios in London, Ontario and is a fusion of throwback styles and modern production that will greatly please fans of progressive power metal worldwide. The album's full track listing is as follows:

1. Traffic
2. Pinnacle (streaming here)
3. High Stakes
4. Hunter
5. Resolve
6. Missing More...

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The Funeral Portrait Premieres New Music Video

The Funeral Portrait - an Atlanta group blending together metal and rock with some pop sensibilities - will drop "A Moment of Silence" via Revival Recordings this coming December 16th.

Telling tales of love, loss, anger, and grief, "A Moment Of Silence" was first heralded with a clip for "The Water Obeyed The Gravity," and today we're bringing another advance glimpse of the release with an all-new music video.

Check out our exclusive premiere of the "Like Father Like Son" video below, which follows the album’s main character and demonstrates the relationship he had with God and how it is falling apart. In the video you can see he is desperately trying to reconnect, but no one is there listening.

Vocalist Lee Jennings comments: "The 'Like Father Like Son' video really brings to life some of the story of our new record, 'A Moment Of Silence.' A battle in a teenage boy's head struggling to know what happens after death. A boy who is lost in the world trying to just hold on one more day while not trying to fall down the hypnotizing spiral of every day life."

The video was directed by Robbie Grantham, and upcoming album "A Moment of Silence" is now available for pre-order here.

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Trash Deity Premieres Debut Single

It's a new week and all the election nonsense is finally over so life can get back to quasi-normal.

In celebration of that milestone, we're offering an exclusive first look at the visualizer for "Finger On A Trigger" from Trash Deity, and for a limited time you can also download the track for free right here.

Combining the chaos and energy of the classic Wax Trax! Chicago sound updated with hard and modern L.A. production, Trash Deity consists of Groovie Mann aka Franke N. Nardiello (My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult frontman/writer) and accomplished music producer and industrial artist JDN aka John D. Norten (Blue Eyed Christ).

This debut single "Finger On A Trigger" combines classic Groovie Mann vocals and cryptic lyrics with an infectious heavy electronic/guitar groove benefitting from JDN's studio experience mixing and engineering major artists.

The accompanying music video is comprised entirely of manipulated shots of paintings from the twisted imagination and eccentric mind of Groovie Mann. Trash Deity's debut 4 song EP, "Run 4 Your Lies!," will follow soon.

JDN comments: "I think the forthcoming EP is a really exciting representation of Groovie Mann and I experimenting and discovering what our sound is as Trash Deity. It's an eclectic EP because we weren't locked into a sound or expectation from our previous projects. One song is electronic for the clubs with a pounding bass line and signature Groovie Mann maniacal vocal chants, then another is a sexy dirty strip club anthem. Each song has it's own identity, but the EP still sounds totally cohesive and chaotic at the same time...just like us!" More...

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Diabulus In Musica Presents "Invisible"

If unbridled passion for classical music meets raw modern metal, the result is most certainly going to be Diabulus In Musica. The Spanish band is the biggest symphonic metal act their homeland has to offer, and the fivepiece has been storming Europe since 2010 and the debut "Secrets"! Two years after "Argia," the fourth album "Dirge for the Archons" ('Archon' has been named as one of Atlantis' creators) travels with us to long lost worlds and thrills with the flair of the finest operas, rough growls, epic choirs, orchestral intermezzi and pure metal. The mystical cover artwork comes courtesy of Heilemania (Lindemann, Epica, Kamelot).

Today, the band teamed up with MetalUnderground.com for the premiere for the music video for the new song "Invisible." Check it out in the player below.

"Dirge for the Archons," which is set to drop via Napalm Records on November 18th. The track listing is as follows:

The track list for the album is:

1. Battle of Atlantis
2. Earthly Illusions
3. Marble Embrace
4. Invisible
5. Crimson Gale (see lyric video here)
6. Ring Around Dark Fairies' Carousel
7. A Speck in the Universe
8. Hiding from You
9. The Voice of Your Dreams
10. The Hawk's Lament
11. Bane
12. The River of Loss
13. Zauria
14. Lies in Your Eyes (live) (Limited Edition Bonus Track)
15. St. Michael's Nightmare (live) (Limited Edition Bonus Track)

MetalUnderground.com is proud to present "Invisible":

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Warfist Premieres Full "Metal To The Bone" Album

Are you metal to the absolute bone? Warfist sure is hell is, and today the band is going to show you how black thrashing madness is properly done!

The lesson in true metal arrives with a full stream of new album "Metal To The Bone," now online a few days ahead of the official November 4th release date via Godz Ov War Productions. Enjoy the evil thrash ‘n’ roll journey below.

The band comments: “'Metal to the Bone' is our second studio album, which mixes old-school thrash as instructed by the best German recipes, mixed with the best of the first wave of black metal and a hint of rock ‘n’ roll in the style of Motörhead.

"It is fast, hard and aggressive, but at the same time catchy. This album contains nine tracks in which the devil lurks and screams at you through the sound of rough guitars, wheezing bass lines and galloping drum beats. In short, pure fucking honest METAL which does not even think about taking prisoners!"

Can't get enough of the album stream? You can pre-order your own copy of Warfist's "Metal To The Bone" album right here.

1. Pestilent Plague
2. Written with Blood
3. Convent of Sin
4. Tribe of Lebus
5. Breed of War
6. Metal to the Bone
7. NecroVenom
8. Playing God
9. Reclaim the Crown More...

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Fornicus Premieres Full New Album

Tomorrow, All Hallows Eve 2016, the mighty Fornicus officially unveils new apocalyptic "Hymns of Dominion."

We've had the distinct pleasure of already premiering individual hymns from this unholy choir that hails from a very unlikely location: the heart of America's Bible Belt.

Now we've got the entire canticle ready to ruin your weekend and blast apart your speakers!

Check out the full "Hymns Of Dominion" album stream below, and you can also order your copy of the release digitally or physically at Bandcamp here.

Let your malevolent hatred grow with these 11 tracks:

1. Conjuring The Adversary
2. Duodecad Aflame
3. Feast For Rats
4. Searing The Scourge Of Christendom
5. Martyrs (Destroyers Of Divinity)
6. Hordes Of The Abyss
7. Wake Of The Churning Depths
8. Woeful Oppressor
9. Blessed By His Holy Jism
10. Kill Yourselves, Kill Each Other
11. Nyctophiliac More...

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Taina Premieres New Zombie Video

Just in time for the Halloween festivities set to kick off this weekend, German industrial metal band Taina has teamed up with us to exclusively premiere a disgusting new zombie-themed video!

Crafted by B&B Production, the video is for new single "Seelenfresser" ("Soul Eater") and can be seen below. If you dig the track, it's available through iTunes or at Amazon.

In addition to being a new single, "Seelenfresser" will also be the title of Taina's impending 2017 album, which will thematically deal with abuse of power, desperation, and dark moments. Stay tuned for full info!

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Turbo Shokk Drops The Hammer With New Song

Heavy metal is dying an inglorious death, and it can only be saved by one thing: 100% true hair metal glory!

"Get Radical" is exactly what the doctor ordered to save a flailing scene, helping you re-live the glory of the 80s with songs titles such as "Sexth Sense," "Rock Hard," and "Get It Up."

Forget politics, Satan, melancholy prog meandering, the Cascadian wilderness, or any nonsense that's not pure fun, and instead "Get Radical" with this new album dropping December 2nd. Ahead of the release date we've got a killer new premiere of opening track "Put The Hammer Down" - check it out below, and be sure to pre-order the album right here.

1. Put the Hammer Down
2. Get It Up
3. Can't Chain Me Down
4. Thou Shalt Rock
5. Backstage Betty
6. Strip Sin City
7. Shokk 'n' Roll
8. Powersmasher
9. Sexth Sense
10. Rock Hard
11. I'm Gonna Love You More...

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