Phantasma - the new symphonic rock musical featuring Delain's Charlotte Wessels, Serenity's Georg Neuhauser and Everon's Oliver Phillipps - has premiered the lyric video for new track "Enter Dreamscape" right here on Metal Underground.com (check it out below). The song is taken from the upcoming debut "The Deviant Hearts," which will drop on November 20th via Napalm Records.
Phantasma was born from the longstanding ambition to create a story-driven concept record of Georg Neuhauser, vocal force behind symphonic metal outfit Serenity. He found his partner in crime with multi-instrumentalist composer, producer and vocalist Oliver Philipps (Everon) who gladly embarked on this new mission that allowed him to reconnect with being a musician in the first place, as a welcome change from working for other bands, which he has done extensively over the years, providing the rich sound connoisseurs of the genre have come to expect from him.
As Oliver worked with Delain since their debuting record, a request at Charlotte Wessels's address was made to complete the dynamic trio of Phantasma. It is therefore not only surprising, but also gratifying that Charlotte lends not only her voice to Phantasma, but also her debut novella "The Deviant Hearts," which she specifically wrote for the project.
Charlotte commented on "Enter Dreamscape": “We are so happy to share this first track from "The Deviant Hearts" with you! There is much more to come. We hope you like what you hear! You can find pre-order links to the album below!”
Pre-orders can be made at this location.
Giving a face to several characters in the story are noted guest vocalists Tom Englund (Evergrey), who performs on tracks such as "Enter Dreamscape" and "The Deviant Hearts," Cloe Lowery (T.S.O.), who shines on the heart-wrenching ballad "Try" alongside Dennis Schunke (Van Canto), and who can also be heard pn "Carry Me Home." Georg, Oliver, and Charlotte themselves finish the vocal palette while the sound is completed by Jason Gianni (Daredevil Squadron, Neal Morse Band, T.S.O.) on drums, Randy George (Neal Morse Band, Ajalon) on bass and Tom Buchberger (ex-Serenity) guesting two songs on guitar. Milan-based artist Marco Mazzoni provides the haunting cover art (shown below) and illustrations to the story, creating an eerie visual world with his elaborate style. More...
On the 2011 album "Wolfskult," the Bavarian wolf brigade known as Varg set right the rumors Brothers Grimm maliciously spread regarding Little Red Riding Hood. Contrary to the fairy tales, it was actually the wolf who was innocent, seduced by the petite wolf in sheep’s clothing, Little Red Riding Hood, and even pawned off the murder of her grandmother on him, like some poor sacrificial lamb. Its no wonder that in this explosive literary history and anthemic musical piece quickly became one of the band's crowd favorites, compelling the band to lift “Rotkäppchen” onto a podium and pay it the attention it has so long deserved.
The same could be said of the new EP, which should not be overlooked as only a segue to the upcoming full length album “Das Ende aller Lügen." "Rotkäppchen" is a gem on its own. It is a magical interlude, which has some treasures hidden between his precious DIN A5-pages: between the classic version from 2011 and an instrumental karaoke-version you’ll find a version both in English (feat Christopher Bows of Alestorm) and Norwegian (feat Trollfest), as well as a recent re-recording that, like on the original, features Anna Murphy of Eluveitie. The EP includes two brand-new songs “Ein Tag Wie Heute” (featuring Dom R. Crey of Equilibrium) and “Abendrot”, which won’t be found on “Das Ende aller Lügen”.
The EP drops on October 9th via Napalm Records. Metal Underground.com is proud to bring you the premiere of the new music video for "Rotkäppchen 2015" here: More...
April 5, 2015....a deadly accident occurred that took the lives of Khaotika drummer Nick Crisostomo (a/k/a Dyret) and Wormreich members Ian A. McKinney (guitarist/keyboardist) and Paul Truesdel (Bass). It was a tragic loss for two young metal acts trying to leave a mark on the scene. The cause of the accident is still under investigation. More information and insight into the accident, injuries and the new album can be read below in our feature with vocalist Lariyah.
On November 11th, Khaotika will release the debut full length release "The Flame Unleashed" - the fruit of the band's victory over the challenges endured and overcome. Pre-orders for the album begin tomorrow, October 2nd, via the band's website at this location.
"The Flame Unleashed" was recorded by Scott Prian and Paul Golden, mixed and edited by Scott Prion and mastering at Necromorbus Studio in Stockholm, Sweden. Today, Metal Underground.com is proud to present the exclusive first look at "The Flame Unleashed," with the premiere of the music video for the new track "Heretik Within."
The video was recorded and edited by vocalist Lariyah using both a cell phone and a GoPro camera. You can check it out here:
Darkest Era has a wicked cool new animated video for "Songs Of Gods and Men," taken off the 2014 album "Severance" (available through Cruz Del Sur Music) and we're proud to be bringing you the exclusive premiere - check it out below! The clip was created by French/Irish Artist Anaïs Chareyre who describes it by saying:
"The concept of this animation is about choices we make in life. This witch/woman is a representation of the Change, a step to something unknown, good or bad. She is the Fool tarot card, a promise for something definitely different... Sometimes in life we do need a radical change, but we are scared to walk to her. I went to her twice in my life, and twice I was terrified. But so far she is still smiling at me, even though she could change her face anytime, and I am aware of it. This is my first animation and I am really glad I could have such an awesome track as background, I hope you enjoy it!"
Furthermore Cruz Del Sur Music and Darkest Era are eager to announce a co-release of the forthcoming “An Dagda Awakens / Elohim” 7’’ due out on November 20, 2015. The cover artwork and an audio teaser will be revealed soon. More...
Haven't heard of Curse Of The North yet? You're about to... This Seattle outfit is prepping the "Curse Of The North: I" album for release via Static Tension Recordings on October 23, 2015.
Pre-orders for the vinyl edition an a CD housed in an LP-like jacket are already up here, and we're now offering a taste of this traditional doom metal outfit's impending release with a stream of the song "Wheel Of Swords." Check it out below.
Curse Of The North features Christiiaan Morris on guitar and vocals, Nick Cates (ex-3 Inches of Blood) on bass, and Burke Thomas (Duff McKagan's Loaded, Vendetta Red) on drums.
Static Tension Recordings comments that the new album is "a love letter to all that is great about classic heavy metal and rock. Fusing the modern sounds of heavy bands like High on Fire and Baroness with the classic takes on Black Sabbath and 70s Scorpions, Curse of the North forge the sound ahead with a focus on memorable songs and heavy riffs."
"Curse of the North: I" was recorded and produced by Christiiaan Morris at Studio Litho, mixed by Kurt Ballou (Converge, High on Fire, Toxic Holocaust) at Godcity Studios and mastered by Ed Brooke's and RFI studios. The track listing is as follows:
01. Sleep While You Can
02. Wheel of Swords
03. Into The Trees
04. The Tower
05. The Electric Wall
06. Blessed Burning
07. Oceans Rise
08. Faceless Killers More...
Following a solid self-titled album released back in 2012 (and still available for streaming here), Bangalore-based stoner/doom metal quintet Bevar Sea is now returning with a follow-up release.
The appropriately titled sophomore album "Invoke the Bizarre" is now primed to land worldwide on October 31, 2015 (September 25 in India). We've got an advance taste of the bizarreness being invoked today - check out our exclusive stream of the track "Bury Me In NOLA," which sounds quite a lot like the name would imply!
In November 2014, after a 10-day whirlwind session at Adarsh Recording Studio in Bevar Sea's hometown, the band completing the challenging task of following such a well-received debut album. "Invoke the Bizarre" sees a musically maturing Bevar Sea in exploration of new sonic territories while remaining rooted in doom. The album was then mixed and mastered by Matt Lynch from LA's Mysterious Mammal Recording between April and August 2015. The full track listing is:
1. Bearded and Bizarre
2. Bury Me In NOLA
3. Sleeping Pool
4. Where There's Smoke There's a Pyre
6. Grand Alignment More...
Our studious readers may recall we premiered a track from a Canadian band called Seven Nines and Tens back in early 2013.
Well, that melodic "skygaze" outfit is finally back in action ready to release new music, and we're stoked to be bringing you the exclusive premiere of the atmospheric "I Come From Downtown" single.
Featuring artwork by Nic Brown and a new band photo courtesy of Asia Fairbanks, check out the track below and get info on upcoming live activity from Seven Nines And Tens at Facebook here.
For those wondering if this means more material is on the horizon, you'll be pleased to know "I Come From Downtown" is only the first single from the second Seven Nines & Tens record “Set the Control for the Heart of the Slums.”
The album was conceived after principle songwriter David Cotton spent 500 consecutive days writing the music, and the album's mission statement is simple: defy any new/haphazard music industry model with timeless songwriting. “Set the Control for the Heart of the Slums” exhibits a dramatic leap in compositional refinement amid Everest sized melodic motifs.
After the album’s release, Seven Nines & Tens will support the record with extensive touring throughout 2016 and 2017, so stay tuned for more news. More...
...and now for something more on the brutal and extreme side to wake you up this morning! You Brazilian death metal fanatics might recall the name Pathologic Noise and the erotically disturbing cover art for first album "Sodomy and Delight on Flesh" way back in 2003.
Now Pathologic Noise is officially back with a new release as "Gore Aberration" is prepped to drop through Greyhaze Records on November 2, 2015.
To get the world ready for this monstrous gore metal release, today we're officially premiering what will be the seventh out of eight tracks on the album - check out "Calling With The Dead's" below.
Pathologic Noise started off in the mid-90's in Belo Horizonte and released a handful of demo tapes that were capped by a first official studio full-length in 2003. Blood and brutality permeate the band’s music and new album, "Gore Aberration," goes deeper into brutal death metal territory.
The album cover was created by visual artist Kelson Frost, who had also created artwork for bands such as Sarcofago, Headhunter DC, and The Mist. The "Gore Aberration" track listing is as follows:
1. Never Ending Blood'n Hate
2. Sexual Murder
3. Pathologic Metal Vision
4. Master Of Suffering
5. Bloody Deliriums
6. Lights On The Dark Sky
7. Calling With The Dead's
8. War Lust (Queen Of Carnal Pleasure) More...
The time is nearly at hand: tomorrow (September 18) modern melodic metal four piece Every Hour Kills will finally release the band's new self-titled EP.
We want you to hear it as soon as possible though, so we're stoked to be premiering the entire release a day ahead of time. Listen in to all of "Every Hour Kills" below, and if you like what you hear, pre-orders are up for both physical and digital formats.
The EP features several guest vocalists, including Kyle Rilkoff and Chris T (Shark Infested Daughters) on "Chosen," Kyle Rilkoff on "Deliver Us," and Laura-Anne Hickli on "One Reason."
Artwork for the release comes courtesy of Tyler Reitan Design, and the full track listing is as follows:
Finnish symphonic metal act Amberian Dawn will release the new album "Innuendo" on October 23rd via Napalm Records. Metal Underground.com is proud to bring you the new track "The Court Of Mirror Hall," which can be viewed via the new lyric video in the player below. "Innuendo" is the band's seventh full length studio effort and can be pre-ordered at this location.
On the track, keyboardis Tuomas Seppälä commented: "The Court of Mirror Hall” represents a different side of my musical visions compared with many of my earlier compositions for AD. The song is very keyboard & vocal driven. I wanted that song to have a certain groove and most of that feeling is coming from vivid bass guitar line and rhytmic keyboard riff. The arrangement of that song is quite light and clear. There's no orchestrations, instead of that I wanted that song to be very airy, fresh and packed with a lot of vocal stems."
The track listing for the album is:
1. Fame & Gloria
4. The Court Of Mirror Hall
6. Rise Of The Evil
7. Chamber Of Dreadful Dreams
8. Knock Knock Who’s There
9. Symphony Nr 1, Part 1 – The Witchcraft
10. Your Time – My Time
11. Fame & Gloria (Instrumental Version) (Bonus Track)
12. Sunrise (Re-Recording) (Bonus Track)
Check out "The Court Of Mirror Hall" here: More...
It's been a couple of years since we heard from black metal group Hegemon, but now an ominous dark force once again rises from France as the band prepares to unveil "The Hierarch" via Season Of Mist on November 13, 2015.
Hegemon fanatics can just go ahead and pre-order that right now over here, but for anyone who need some convincing, we're bringing you an exclusive premiere today of the new track "Interpreting Signs For War: Aruspicine." Get your top notch black metal fix for the day via the player below.
A sum of inspiration from the various sub-sets of black metal - from early Northern style to symphonically-charged bombast to the misanthropically-charged modern day French darkness - Hegemon absorbs all and vomits forth its own brand of malice with new album "The Hierarch." The full track listing will be:
1. Hatred From The Core: Tempus Incognito
2. Interpreting Signs For War: Aruspicine
3. Elysean Expectations, Earthly Deceptions
4. Rays Of Lie: There Will Be A Time You Will Give Anything For A Piece Of Salvation
5. Atomos: Seed Of The Quantic Gods
6. Renovatio Imperii
7. Credo Quia Absurdum
8. Hierarch: The Empire Of Zero More...
Tech death outfit Raising The Veil today unleashes a new lyric video for "Qubit Computed Multiverse" from the recently released full-length monstrosity "Bosonic Quantvm Phenomena" - and we've got the exclusive first look. Check it out below.
Moonreich is returning with a third album titled "Pillars of Detest," due out on September 18 via LADLO Productions as a CD digipack and limited box set edition and following the "Terribilis Est Locus Iste" release from 2013.
The gloomy and harsh atmospheres combined with thundering blast beats and crushing mid-tempo sections so prevalent in Moonreich’s music have all evolved and reached higher spheres with this third full-length.
Once again recorded at Hybreed Studio (Glorior Belli, Temple Of Baal, Seth), and mastered by Magnus ‘Devo’ Andersson (Marduk, Funeral Mist, Ofermod), this new album asserts the band’s identity through its dark and muggy atmospheres.
To get your dose of French black metal, today we're exclusively premiering a track off the upcoming album. Check out "Pillars of Detest - World Shroud" in the YouTube clip below.
For those in France, a release party will be held at Le Ferailleur in Nantes on September 19, 2015. Pre-orders for the album are up now at this location, and the full track listing is as follows:
Israeli death thrashers Hammercult are about to pound North America with a metallic machine that is "Built For War" this Friday, September 4th via SPV/Steamhammer Records. The album can be pre-ordered via Amazon at this location or digitally via iTunes over here.
Today, Metal Underground.com is proud to bring you the world premiere of the lyric video for the new track "I Live For This Shit," which can be heard in the player below. Vocalist Yakir Shochat commented on the track" "Intense, rough and dirty - that's what it's all about. This song really speaks out about who we are as metalheads - and why we do the shit we do. The truth is that there is no better way of living for us metallians - we live for this shit!"
1. From Parts Unknown (Intro)
2. Rise Of The Hammer
3. I Live For This Shit
4. Spoils Of War (song streaming here)
5. Ready To Roll
6. Raise Some Hell
7. Blackened Blade
8. Let It Roar
9. Ode To Ares (Interlude)
10. Altar Of Pain
11. Blood And Fire
12. Saturday Night Circle Pit Fight
13. Road To Hell
Check out "I Live For This Shit" here: More...
U.S.-based dark/folk metal band Urn will drop the "Epiphany" album worldwide tomorrow - August 25, 2015 - via Dark Moon Productions.
You don't have to wait another 24 hours to listen in though, as we're premiering the full release online a day early! Experience your own "Epiphany" below, and be sure to let us know what you think.
The Urn line-up consists of seasoned veterans formerly of national acts such as The Electric Hellfire Club and Diabolic Intent. This will be Urn's fifth release overall, following the “Consecrated Ashes” EP (2002), “Desecrated Ashes” EP (2003), “Dancing with the Demigods” LP (2006), and “Scribings of a Forgotten Soul” LP (2009).
The "Epiphany" track listing is as follows:
1. Autumnal Sunrise
2. Cast in Amber
3. Black Widow
4. Thyself Be True
5. When the Rain Has Fallen
6. My Chosen Path
7. Brisk Snowfall
8. The Road to St Patrick's
9. Silently I'm Still Sceaming
11. Empty Promises More...
Why not take a dip in the water in one of these dwindling hot summer days? But how about if that water ends up being a blackened, gator-infested swamp?
Today we're going to push you head first into those brackish waters with a glimpse at Death Motif's upcoming new EP release.
Due out September 10, the Austin, TX black ‘n’ rollers from Death Motif have their second EP underway, and "The Water" will drag you down to even further depths than the previous debut "A Filthy Crown."
Fans of Glorior Belli, High On Fire, and Regarde Les Hommes Tomber should check out our exclusive premiere of mid point track "His And Hers" below. Guitarist Andy Bonney elaborates on the diversity of the track: “We come from all different backgrounds and are a series of different ages, so we take special care to incorporate as many elements of our differing tastes as possible.”
Speaking on the lyrics, Bonney adds, “'His and Hers' is based loosely/inspired by the murder of a high school friend of mine that happened last year.”
The full EP's track listing is as follows:
1. The Water
2. His And Hers
3. Slow Dance
Over the last several months, dual drum outfit Walking Corpse Syndrome has been dropping a series of tracks from upcoming album "Human Delusion."
Today we're stoked to bring you another exclusive look at the quickly approaching full-length, due to drop on September 25, 2015. Check out "Ending Created" below and be sure to let us know what you think.
While the song is streaming online today, the single will be available for download at Bandcamp here starting August 21. "Ending Created" takes Walking Corpse Syndrome in a new, thrashier direction while still retaining the stomping groove that the band has shown on the other two singles from "Human Delusion."
"Lucifer Over Athens," the new Rotting Christ double-live album, sees the legendary band at the height of its power, with a release date set for August 21 via Season Of Mist.
Recorded in December 2013 in the band's home city of Athens, "Lucifer Over Athens" is nothing short of triumphant and a testament to the band's unique magic. With the release date quickly approaching, we are now exclusively streaming the album in full - listen in below, and if you dig what you hear, pre-order your copy right here.
Fans in need of more Rotting Christ live action can catch the group live in the U.S. with Watain in November. Full dates are available at this location.
Arizona outfit A Fall To Break is ready to hit the live circuit, with a new batch of summer tour dates kicking off today in Salt Lake alongside Kobra And The Lotus and Hatchet. Running through San Francisco on August 14th, a full list of confirmed dates is available below.
With the trek about to commence, today we're premiering an exclusive message to fans from A Fall To Break as the festivities being - check it out below.
A Fall To Break continue to tour in support of debut album "Disaster, Destruction And After," which was produced by From First To Last/D.R.U.G.S guitarist Matt Good. If you haven't heard it, listen in and pick up your own copy at Bandcamp here.
A Fall To Break's brand of melodic metal has drawn comparisons to the likes of Killswitch Engage, All That Remains, and In Flames, with the group winning the Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands Rockstar Uproar contest and Rock 102 KFMA's Battle For KFMADAY.
August 05 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Music Garage
August 06 - Colorado Springs, CO @ Sunshine Studios
August 07 - Denver, CO @ The Roxy Theater
August 08 - Gallup, NM @ The Juggernaut
August 09 - Las Vegas, NV @ LVCS
August 11 - Phoenix, AZ @ Club Red
August 12 - Fullerton, CA @ Slidebar
August 13 - San Jose, CA @ Rockbar Theater
August 14 - San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge More...
ORCumentary is the evil brainchild of keyboardist/vocalist/songwriter Orc Adams, and while it may be a "solo" act, with 2 albums, an EP, and over 100 live shows in 7 states under his belt, ORCumentary is proving that strength doesn't always come with numbers.
Adams' savage "orc rock" sound is a unique mix of folk, industrial, power, and death metal, but the largest influence on the music is his hatred of elves, men, dwarves, goblins, and 2+ piece bands.
If you loved "Praise Gor-Nacular" (reviewed here), or "Orcs 1, Goblins 0" (check out a music video off that album over here), then we've got a stinky, hulking green surprise for you today. Moving past men and goblins, ORCumentary's new album "Destroy the Dwarves" is coming in early October, and today we're exclusively premiering an advance track!
Plunge into the cavernous hole below, and let us know how much you love what you discover there! The album's full track listing will be:
1. The Big Trollbooth in the Sky
2. Destroy the Dwarves
3. You Must Procreate!
4. Into Their Cavernous Hole We Plunge
5. He Drank Deep From His Mug
6. The Betrayer’s Song
7. The ORCtogenarian
8. Within the Folds of my Fat
9. Killing is Fun
11. The Leprechaun Hunt (CD Exclusive Bonus Track)