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Rotten Sound Premieres New Song, "Choose"

Metalunderground.com has obtained an exclusive track premiere of Rotten Sound's "Choose," which you can stream in the player below. "Choose" is off the Finnish grind band's upcoming album, entitled "Cursed," which is due out on March 15th via Relapse Records. The album, which is a follow-up to 2008's "Cycles," was recorded at Nordic Audio Labs.

You can pre-order "Cursed" now.

The band has released videos for "Hollow" and "Self" this year already, and is streaming other tracks from "Cursed" on the Rotten Sound MySpace page.

Here is the track listing for "Cursed":

1. Alone
2. Superior
3. Self
4. Choose
5. Hollow
6. Ritual
7. Green
8. Machinery
9. Power
10. Plan
11. Declare
12. Addict
13. Exploit
14. Terrified
15. Scared

Rotten Sound is currently wrapping up a tour with Finntroll, Ensiferum, and Barren Earth, and will
head overseas to tour Europe with Trap Them, Gaza, The Kandidate and Haust.

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My Inner Burning Premieres "Demons" Online

My Inner Burning is preparing to release the band's second full-length album, “Eleven Scars,” which will see a March 22nd North American release via SPV/Steamhammer. Metalunderground.com is premiering the song “Demons” off this upcoming effort, which you can hear below.

“Eleven Scars” follows the My Inner Burning 2009 debut self-titled album. “Eleven Scars” sounds groovier and a little darker than the act's first self-titled release. Guitarist Torsten Sauerbrey explains the reasoning behind the darker sound by commented, “Probably the many concerts we’ve played since, and the stronger influence of our vocalist Becky, who penned the occasionally rather sinister lyrics.”

“Eleven Scars” sees Becky Gaber deliver eleven incisive stories – a clear reference to the album title – about broken friendship, unhappy love and other relationship dramas. “Eleven Scars” is no concept album,” says Sauerbrey, “but the record’s lyrics definitely have a central theme.”

Here's the tracklisting for My Inner Burning's "Eleven Scars":

1. Masquerade
2. Analize
3. Electrified
4. For the Last Time
5. When I'm Gone
6. Demons
7. Done With Denial
8. Gone Wrong
9. Enemy of Mine
10. New Breed
11. Homesick

“Eleven Scars” was recorded at the Metal Sound studio in Osterode/Harz and mixed by Sauerbrey.

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Darkest Era Premieres New Song Online

Ireland's Darkest Era is set to release their new album, "The Last Caress of Light," on February 15, 2011 via Metal Blade Records, February 14th in the UK and February 11th in the G/A/S territories. Metalunderground.com has obtained an exclusive premiere of a new song off that album, "Beneath the Frozen Sky." You can listen to it in the player below.

"The Last Caress of Light" was recorded at Foel Studios in Wales at the end of August 2010 with producer Chris Fielding. You can pre-order the CD or t-shirt bundle here.

The first single off the album, "The Morrigan," is also available for streaming on the band's MySpace player.

Here's the tracklisting fro "The Last Caress of Light":

1. The Morrigan (5:57)
2. An Ancient Fire Burns (6:04)
3. Beneath the Frozen Sky (7:50)
4. Heathen Burial (7:02)
5. Visions of the Dawn (7:44)
6. To Face the Black Tide (8:29)
7. Poem to the Gael (4:16)
8. The Last Caress of Light Before the Dark (11:00)

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Rev Theory Posts New Webisode For "Loaded Gun"

Metalunderground.com brings you an exclusive new webisode from modern metal band Rev Theory discussing the track "Loaded Gun." In the clip below, the band takes you into the studio to show you the recording of the song and talk about the meaning behind it. "Loaded Gun" is featured on the band's forthcoming album, "Justice," which will be in-stores on February 15th.

Rich comments on the track: "'Loaded Gun' is a pretty cool song because most times songs talk about wanting to go to the party and 'Loaded Gun' is talking about getting away from from the party.

Rev Theory "Loaded Gun" Webisode:

As previously reported, Rev Theory will be headlining the Monster Energy Outbreak Tour, which kicks off this month. Support on the tour will come from Pop Evil, Hail The Villain and Black Cloud Collective.

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Stream Lazarus A.D.'s New Album In Full

Update: The exclusive streaming period is over and the album is out now. See below for links to order.

Metalunderground.com has obtained the exclusive premiere of the full album stream of Lazarus A.D.'s "Black Rivers Flow." "Black Rivers Flow" (reviewed here) is the band's sophomore album and follow-up to their highly acclaimed debut, "The Onslaught." The album was recorded in July and August 2010 at Belle City Sound with Chris Djuricic and was mixed and mastered by James Murphy at Safehouse Production and is scheduled for release in North American on February 1st, 2011. Stream the album in full in our player below.

Metal Blade Records has a number of pre-order packages available, including:

A copy of LAZARUS A.D.’s upcoming new album, "Black Rivers Flow" CD only - $9.99
Special "Black Rivers Flow" Cage T-shirt - $13.99
Special "Black Rivers Flow" Bird T-shirt - $13.99
Exclusive "Black Rivers Flow" Bird T-shirt and CD combo pack - $19.99

Here's the "Black Rivers Flow" track listing:

1. American Dreams (4:53)
2. The Ultimate Sacrifice (4:53)
3. The Strong Prevail (3:04)
4. Black Rivers Flow (4:52)
5. Casting Forward (3:56)
6. Light a City (Up in Smoke) (3:49)
7. Through Your Eyes (4:09)
8. Beneath the Waves of Hatred (5:04)
9. Eternal Vengeance (7:03) More...

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Havok Premieres New Song, "Scumbag In Disguise"

Metalunderground.com has obtained the exclusive premiere of the song "Scumbag In Disguise" from Denver-based thrashers Havok. You can check it out in the player below. The track is off the band's upcoming new full-length entitled "Time Is Up," which is slated for a March 29th release via Candlelight Records. The album, a follow-up to "Burn" (reviewed here), was mastered by James Murphy and features ten tracks of pure thrash.

As previously announced, Havok will be supporting Malevolent Creation on an upcoming U.S. tour, alongside Full Blown Chaos, The Absence, and Beyond Terror Beyond Grace.

Here's the complete tracklisting for Havok's "Time Is Up:"

1. Prepare For Attack
2. Fatal Intervention
3. No Amnesty
4. D.O.A.
5. Covering Fire
6. Killing Tendencies
7. Scumbag In Disguise
8. The Cleric
9. Out Of My Way
10. Time Is Up

You can still check out "Fatal Intervention" on MetalSucks.net as well. Check out more of Havok's music on the band's MySpace player.

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Attackhead Makes New Song Available For Download

Metal Underground.com is hosting an exclusive free MP3 download of the song “Blame” from Southern California thrashers ATTACKHEAD’s new album, “Voices in the Dark – Second Attack.” The album will be released January 25, 2011 via Twisted Hillbilly Records. You can check out the song below.


Download an MP3 of "Blame" here (right-click and "Save Target As")

Lead vocalist and guitarist Mark Chapman had the following to say about “Blame”:

“Blame is about problems with the government and big business. Always blaming someone or something else for their greed and misconduct.”

The tracklisting for "Voices In The Dark - Second Attack" is as follows:

1. Intro
2. Voices in the Dark
3. Infected
4. Rebirth
5. Make Me Suffer
6. Lead the Blind
7. Posessed
8. Blame
9. Dark Ritual
10. Waste of Life More...

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In The Casket Premieres New Song Online

Metalunderground.com has obtained the exclusive premiere of New York death metal band In The Casket's other song slated for a compilation release. The track is titled "Good Luck and Go Fuck Yourself" and will be appearing on a compilation put together by Ralph Renna of Capitalundergroundradio.com, which is slated for a January release. The compilation will feature 40 bands from the area.

You can listen to "Good Luck and Go Fuck Yourself" below or download it here (right click and "Save Target As...").

In The Casket recently posted another single for streaming, "Win Her Over with Chloroform," which will also appear on a yet-titled compilation next year.

In The Casket plans to have a full length album complete for Spring of 2011 as well. The band's next show is December 10 at The Alcove.

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Ryan Mckern Covers "Afternoon Delight"

Ryan Mckern, vocalist and rhythm/lead guitarist of Wolvhammer, instrumentalist and backup vocalist of The Guilt Of… with Mike IX Williams from EyeHateGod, and keyboardist of PonyKiller, as well as many other projects, also leads an active solo career. His dark, bluesy acoustic music shows his great love for southern music. His most recent solo song, however, is a little different from all of that.

Being a big fan of comedy films, he has decided to make a blackened doom metal cover of “Afternoon Delight,” in honor of the movie “Anchorman” in which the song was parodied. Ryan claims, “I wanted to do a parody to show my sense of humor and irony as a metal musician because being stuck in the category of black metal, people are quick to dismiss any personality with the music. This is a fun way of saying ‘Enjoy a good song and make out.’”

“Afternoon Delight,” is available for streaming and download as an MP3 below:


Download an MP3 of “Afternoon Delight,” here (right-click and "Save Target As")

You can hear more of Ryan Mckern's solo material on his MySpace player.

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Wretched Posts "Cimmerian Shamballa" Video Online

Metalunderground.com has landed the premiere of Charlotte, North Carolina tech death metal band Wretched's new music video for "Cimmerian Shamballa." The song is off the band's latest release "Beyond The Gate," which is out now via Victory Records. The music video, directed by Thorin Thompson, was filmed in downtown Charlotte, NC in an old warehouse in just four hours. Check it out below:

Wretched is currently on tour with ABACABB. The remaining tour dates are as follows:

Nov 30, 2010 Middletown, NY, US @ Sound Asylum
Dec 1, 2010 Allentown, PA, US @ Crocodile Rock
Dec 2, 2010 Worcester, MA, US @ Palladium
Dec 3, 2010 Trois-Rivieres, QC, CA @ Rock Cafe Le Stage
Dec 4, 2010 Montreal, QC, CA @ Club Soda
Dec 5, 2010 Toronto, ON, CA @ ANNEX WRECKROOM
Dec 6, 2010 Ottawa, ON, CA @ Mavericks
Dec 7, 2010 London, ON, CA @ London Music Hall
Dec 8, 2010 Windsor, ON, CA @ Chubby Pickle
Dec 9, 2010 Dayton, OH, US @ The Attic
Dec 10, 2010 Williamsport, PA, US @ The Hive
Dec 12, 2010 Mt. Airy, MD, US @ Mt. Airy Firehall

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Ill Nino Premieres Video For "Against The Wall"

Metalunderground.com is proud to present the premiere of ILL NIÑO's latest music video for “Against The Wall,” the first video from their new album “Dead New World,” which was released on October 25th via Victory Records. The music video was directed by Scott Hansen, who has worked with bands such as A Day To Remember, The Devil Wears Prada, Otep, Alesana, and Evergreen Terrace, and was shot in Virginia Beach, VA in October.

“The video was shot in the evening so there was a large amount of bugs. It was like Spider-fest,” jokes drummer Dave Chavarri. “Bugs aside, Scott made sure everything worked smoothly. He’s a total professional, and it was great to see him take control of the shoot. We haven’t had someone work with us like that for a couple of years.”

“We did something like a 20 hour shoot in the swamps,” adds vocalist Cristian Machado. “Scott is a really driven individual. He knew exactly what he wanted, where he wanted people in the video, the camera angles he wanted to end up with, everything. He and his crew were extremely professional.”

“The reason we’re performing in the woods where there are no material things, is because we wanted to represent things that aren’t of the material world,” continues Machado. “The reason the couple is indoors during the video and going through their relationship battle is because they are being pressured by things in the material world. To me, the female character went into the water because she wanted to get away from all of the material things affecting her and their relationship. No matter how material we all are in this world, we all die alone.”

Check out the "Against The Wall" music video below:

You can also check out some behind-the-scenes shots from the video shoot here.

ILL NIÑO is expected to announce a brand new January tour very soon. This will be the first time the band is touring in the states in two years. Stay tuned for more updates on the upcoming tour.

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Atheist Premieres "Fictitious Glide" Online

Atheist recently released their latest studio album, "Jupiter" (reviewed here), on November 8th via Season of Mist. "Jupiter" is the band's first new record since 1993. Metalunderground.com is now able to bring you the online premiere of the track "Fictitious Glide." You can check it out in the player below, along with opening track "Second To Sun."

Metalunderground.com recently caught up with Atheist frontman Kelly Shaefer, who commented on the album:

If you don’t know the history of the band and the third album comes in then it’s very odd, because it’s very different and Latin influenced. In using a different drummer it wasn’t as fast and brutal, it’s more jazzy and most people in Eastern Europe prefer that record. “Jupiter” is a continuation of our second record “Unquestionable Presence.” It’s really an homage to both the first two albums. It’s easily the most brutal and ferocious album we’ve ever done. It’s the most explosive and has the best songs and our song writing has changed a lot in all that time. Me personally, I’ve had an opportunity to write with a number of different bands and work with producers in the rock world with Neurotica. So my experience bringing that back into Atheist is structure and being able to take chaotic madness of the technical aspect of Atheist and really hone it in and give people something to focus their eyes one. It helps pull it all together. It wasn’t really intentional but it just worked out that way. We’d just sit down and write and whatever happens, happens. That’s how we set our template. I couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out. I hate saying that, because everybody says that. If you are a fan of Atheist you are definitely going to love this record. It’s all over the place, and yet it’s right down the middle.

You can read that full interview here.

The complete tracklisting for "Jupiter" is as follows:

1. Second to Sun (4:04)
2. Fictitious Glide (4:53)
3. Fraudulent Cloth (3:24)
4. Live and Live Again (3:39)
5. Faux King Christ (4:02)
6. Tortoise the Titan (3:40)
7. When the Beast (4:57)
8. Third Person (4:08)

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God Dethroned Streaming Entire New Album Online

Update: The streaming period for "Under the Sign of the Iron Cross" is now over and the album is now available in stores worldwide.

God Dethroned is readying their latest album, "Under the Sign of the Iron Cross" (reviewed here), for release next Tuesday, November 23rd in North America (November 19th/22nd in Europe). From now until the North American release, Metalunderground.com will be hosting the exclusive full album stream of "Under the Sign of the Iron Cross." Check it out in the player below. The album marks the Dutch metal band's ninth album and was recorded at the Soundlodge Studios in Leer, Germany. It follows the band's 2009 release, "Passiondale" (reviewed here).

Comments singer/guitarist Henri Sattler: "Musically the new album turned out to be one of the most extreme records we ever did. Nevertheless with the very recognizable God Dethroned hooks present in all the songs.Producer Joerg Uken outdid himself this time, because our new album is in my opinion the best produced album we ever had. Extremely raw, heavy, but crystal clear and super dynamic at the same time."

Here is the "Under the Sign of the Iron Cross" tracklisting:

1. The Declaration of War
2. Storm of Steel
3. Fire Storm
4. The Killing is Faceless
5. Under the Sign of the Iron Cross
6. Chaos Reigns at Dawn
7. Through Byzantine Hemispheres
8. The Red Baron
9. On Fields of Death & Desolation

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While She Sleeps Premieres New Song Online

Sheffield, U.K. melodic metalcore band While She Sleeps is premiering the song "Hearts Aside Our Horses" exclusively on Metalunderground.com. The song is off the band's Good Fight Music debut, entitled "The North Stands For Nothing," which will be released on November 22, 2010. You can stream "Hearts Aside Our Horses" in the player below.

The band also released their first music video for the track "Crows" recently, which you can check out below. The video was directed by Tom Welsh at Get Deluxe studios. From the construction of the set to the moving cameras, the majority of the video was DIY and assembled by the band.

Shockhound.com is offering a pre-order for the digital release of "The North Stand for Nothing" at just $5.99.

The complete "The North Stands For Nothing" tracklisting is as follows:

1. The North Stands For Nothing
2. Trophies
3. Crows
4. My Conscience, Your Freedom
5. Lost Above The Arches
6. Proud Of The Demon In Me
7. The Truth
8. Hearts Aside Our Horses

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Stream 2 Sides 2 Die's "Fatal Flaw" Album In Full

Update: The streaming period for this album has expired and the album is now available directly through the band

Metalunderground.com is proud to premiere the full album stream for Pennsylvania grunge/metal band 2 Sides 2 Die's latest album, "Fatal Flaw." After premiering a couple individual songs and making them available for download, you can now hear the full album in our player below, leading up to its live premiere at the band's CD release show on November 12th.

The "Fatal Flaw" CD release show will be held in Wayneboro, Pennsylvania's Rocket Guitars. Also on the bill are Dicky's Revenge and The Hammer Method. You can check out the show flier here.

Once again, the full tracklisting for "Fatal Flaw" is as follows:

1. Through my Veins
2. No Surprise Sunrise
3. Fatal Flaw
4. So Clear
5. Autumn's Ashes
6. Never Again
7. You're my Problem
8. Holy Grail
9. Solum's Silence
10. Preyed
11. So You Know
12. Moonlight

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2 Sides 2 Die Premieres "Thru My Veins" Online

Metalunderground.com is premiering the second new song off of 2 Sides 2 Die's new upcoming album "Fatal Flaw." "Thru My Veins" is available for streaming or free download below:


Download "Thru My Veins" (right click and "Save As...")

Last week we premiered the song "Autumn's Ashes," which you can still check out here.

Look for the full album stream of "Fatal Flaw" starting next week.

Once again, the band's CD release show is planned for November 12th in Wayneboro, Pennsylvania at Rocket Guitars and they are playing a free Halloween acoustic performance at their local Hot Topic in the York Galleria Mall on October 21st starting at 5pm.

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Unholy Ritual's New EP Streaming In Full

Update: The streaming period for this release is now over and "Finis Origine Pendet" is out now.

Metalunderground.com is proud to premiere the exclusive stream of Greek symphonic black metal band Unholy Ritual's upcoming EP, "Finis Origine Pendet" (reviewed here). The four track EP was mixed and mastered by Andy Classen at the renowned Stage One Studios (Belphegor, Krisiun, Dew Sented, Naglefar, Rotting Christ, Asphyx, Graveworm, etc.) in Germany. Cover art was done by the Andreas Marschall (Blind Guardian, Dimmu Borgir, The Kovenant, King Diamond, etc.).

"Finis Origine Pendet," which is due out October 30th and translates as "The beginning shapes the end," will be the band's self-financed follow up to "Rex Mundi." "Rex Mundi" was issued in 2008 by Emotion Art Music following the band's three-year hiatus.

You can stream "Finis Origine Pendet" in our player below until its release on October 30th (which has now passed).

The tracklisting for "Finis Origine Pendet" is as follows:

1. Chalice Of Aquarius
2. Ignes Fatui
3. Distinct Inception
4. Death Before Dishonor (Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa)

The band recently released a new music video for "Death Before Dishonor." You can hear more of Unholy Ritual's music on their MySpace page.

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Stream Control Denied's "Consumed (1999 Demos)"

Metalunderground.com has obtained an exclusive preview track from Control Denied's upcoming reissues of "The Fragile Art of Existence." You can stream the full track of the demo version of "Consumed" - the first track on the second disc - in the player below.

Relapse Records will be reissuing "The Fragile Art of Existence" in two editions. The album, first released in 1999, was remastered, repackaged and features liner notes from the band's drummer Richard Christy. The standard version includes the original album plus a bonus CD of early demo material. The second, limited edition version, will be limited to 1,000 copies and is a three-disc set including an extra bonus disc of demo tracks, many of which feature Death's Chuck Schuldiner on vocals. The three disc set will be made available through the Relapse Records webstore. Two versions of the reissue will be released on October 26, 2010 and you can pre-order the limited edition 3-disc version here.

Once again, the full tracklisting for the reissued versions of "The Fragile Art of Existence" is as follows:

Disc 1
1. Consumed
2. Breaking The Broken
3. Expect The Unexpected
4. What If...?
5. When The Link Becomes Missing
6. Believe
7. Cut Down
8. The Fragile Art Of Existence

Disc 2
1. Consumed (1999 Demos)
2. When The Link Becomes Missing (1999 Demo)
3. The Fragile Art Of Existence (1999 Demo)
4. Breaking The Broken (1999 Demo)
5. Breaking The Broken (1999 Demo) (w/ Chuck Schuldiner on vocals)
6. Believe (1997 Demo)
7. What If…? (1997 Demo)
8. Cut Down (1997 Demo)
9. Tune Of Evil (Comedy Demo)

Disc 3 (limited edition only)
1. What If...? (1996 Demo)
2. Cut Down (1996 Demo)
3. Expect The Unexpected (1996 Demo)
4. Believe (1996 Demo)
5. The Fragile Art Of Existence (1996 Demo)
6. What If...? (1996 Demo)
7. Expect The Unexpected (1996 Demos) (w/ Chuck Schuldiner on vocals)
8. What If...? (1996 Demos) (w/ Chuck Schuldiner on vocals)
9. Cut Down (1996 Demos) (w/ Chuck Schuldiner on vocals)

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2 Sides 2 Die Premieres New Song, "Autumn's Ashes"

Metalunderground.com is now premiering Pennsylvania band 2 Sides 2 Die's new song, "Autumn's Ashes," off the band's upcoming album "Fatal Flaw." "Autumn's Ashes" is available for streaming or free download below:


Download "Autumn's Ashes" (right click and "Save As...")

The band has a CD release show planned for November 12th in Wayneboro, Pennsylvania at Rocket Guitars.

Here's the complete "Fatal Flaw" tracklisting:

1. Through my Veins
2. No Surprise Sunrise
3. Fatal Flaw
4. So Clear
5. Autumn's Ashes
6. Never Again
7. You're my Problem
8. Holy Grail
9. Solum's Silence
10. Preyed
11. So You Know:
12. Moonlight

The band recently released a video for the title track off "Fatal Flaw" and announced a free Halloween acoustic performance at their local Hot Topic in the York Galleria Mall on October 21st starting at 5pm. Each person will receive $5.00 off any purchase over $25.00 of Hot Topic Products and the band will also be judging for the best Halloween costume. The band and Hot Topic will both be giving away prizes to whoever shows up with the best costume.

We'll be bringing you the full album stream of "Fatal Flaw" in the coming weeks as well.

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The Crown's "Doomsday King" Album Streaming Online

UPDATE: The duration of this full album stream has expired. The Crown's "Doomsday King" is out now.

After disbanding in 2004, Swedish melodic death metal band The Crown has returned, signing to Century Media this year for their new album, "Doomsday King." The new album was released in Europe on September 27th and comes out in North America this week, on October 12th. From today through Friday, you can hear "Doomsday King" in its entirety exclusively right here on Metalunderground.com. Check it out in the player below.

Three of the original founding members are still in the band: Marko Tervonen (guitar), Magnus Olsfelt (bass) and Janne Saarenpää (drums). The band now features Jonas Stålhammar (of God Macabre) taking over vocal duties from Johan Lindstrand.

The tracklisting for "Doomsday King" is as follows:

1. Doomsday King
2. Angel Of Death 1839
3. Age Of Iron
4. The Tempter And The Bible Black
5. Soul Slasher
6. Blood O.D.
7. Through Eyes Of Oblivion
8. Desolation Domain
9. From The Ashes I Shall Return
10. He Who Rises In Might - From Darkness To Light

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