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Hieroglyph Premieres New Single

Two years back you may recall a U.K. band called Hieroglyph being highlighted in our Unearthing The Underground column off the strength of the "Freefall" EP.

Fast forward to today and we're absolutely stoked to be exclusively premiering a new single from the band's impending album "Ouroboros."

This is some fabulous progressive metal melding harsh and soft with different vocal styles, including a guest appearance by William Alex Young. Check out the album's 10th track "Starlight - The High Priestess" below and be sure to let us know what you think!

"Ouroboros" is coming November 18th, 2016 and features 11 songs based around the major arcana of the tarot.

“One of the main reasons I love being in this band is the diversity and musicality from everyone. Not only that, we work so hard on improving too; I think it's very inspiring” claims guitarist Richard Barnes, “The album is very diverse and it’s got a lot of different elements and moods to it. It seems perhaps a little cocky having our debut album be a concept album but we've never been a band to do things by halves!”

The full track listing is as follows:

1) Solar - (The Fool)
2) Samsara – (The Wheel of Fortune)
3) Enochian – (The Hermit)
4) Rise and Fall – (Strength)
5) Jopari – (The Chariot)
6) Mandragora Lunar – (The Lovers)
7) Crown – (The Hierophant)
8) The Butterfly – (The Emperor)
9) Sapphire – (The Empress)
10) Starlight – (The High Priestess)
11) Ouroboros – (The Magician) More...

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Famous Last Words Checks In From The Road

After we premiered the full new album "The Incubus" from Famous Last Words, the band hit the road with Alesana and Oh, Sleeper for a U.S. tour.

Still embarked on that trek that runs through October 12th, JT of Famous Last Words has checked in with us for the first in a series of exclusive tour diaries!

Check out his rundown of how the tour has been going, along with some stellar show photos courtesy of Justin Conant. JT comments:

"We left my house the night of September 23rd. It was a 14 hour drive to the first show. When we finally arrived at the venue, it started as most shows do. We checked out the venue, loaded in, and set up Merch. But the best part of the first day of tour is meeting all of the people on the package that you will be spending the next few weeks with. Immediately, there was a super positive energy among the package and it hasn't changed since then.

"A few days into tour, we played at Webster Hall in NYC. This whole day was a crazy experience. Between fighting cabbies for parking spots, one of the craziest shows on the tour so far, and the absolute craziest load out ever through a crowd of hundreds of people, it made for a pretty epic day of tour.

"The rest of the shows have been incredible too. Everyone in the package is getting closer and we are all finally starting to get each others names down (one of the biggest tour struggles ever). It's definitely been one hell of an experience and a great time and we don't expect it to slow down at all on this run."

Stay tuned for the next tour diary to arrive next week as Famous Last Words continues to support new release "The Incubus." More...

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Civil War Plots The "Road To Victory"

Swedish metal generals Civil War will issue the third full length album "The Last Full Measure" on November 4th, 2016 via Napalm Records. Pre-order your copy now at this location.

In keeping with the Michael Shaara/Jeffrey Shaara inspired Civil War Trilogy novel series, the album's title is the culmination of "The Killer Angels" and "Gods & Generals."

Vocalist Nils Patrik Johannson commented: "After 'The Killer Angels' and 'Gods & Generals,' we are extremely proud and can´t wait to share the last part of the trilogy! This is our best work so far, at least this is what we think, but I´m sure you won´t be disappointed!"

Today, the band teams up with Metal Underground.com for the exclusive premiere of the lyric video for the opening track "Road To Victory," which you can hear in the player below.

The quintet, featuring former Sabaton members, presents twin guitars, keyboard-fanfares and double bass marches. Full of honor, they are flying the flag as high as possible. Nils Patrik Johansson (Astral Doors) proves that his powerful voice was marked by destiny. It offers guts for more. It's the call of duty. "Heaven can wait 'cause we have so many more battles to win", shouts the opener 'Road To Victory'. If you hear the bloodcurdling barking of the dogs from Civil War, you will wish that you are not standing on the other side of the battlefield. More...

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Invoking The Abstract Premieres Full New Album

Tomorrow the utterly apocalyptic and maddeningly technical instrumental metal group Invoking The Abstract will release "Aural Kaleidoscopes" via Unique Leader Records.

Don't worry, you don't have to wait till Friday to get absolutely destroyed by this metallic opus, as we're premiering the full release a day early - listen in below!

"Aural Kaleidoscopes" was recorded at The Basement Recording Studios with Jamie King (Between The Buried And Me, The Contortionist, Scale The Summit) and can be pre-ordered right here. The full track listing is:

1. Locus
2. Requiem
3. Sensory Substitution
4. Aural Kaleidoscopes
5. The Summit
6. Voiles
7. Mandatory Metamorphasis
8. Necropolis
9. Afterglow Eclipse
10. Celestial Born
11. Disharmonic Design More...

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Arkona Premieres Newly Re-Recorded "Pod Mechami"

Russia's Arkona's debut album "Vozrozhdenie" was originally released in 2004 and firmly entrenched both the band and its mother country squarely on the pagan/folk metal map. Frontwoman Masha's powerful performance, plus Slavic mysticism and varied songwriting, turned the first release (its name means "revival") of a young Arkona into a success story, launching a remarkable career that has spanned 14 years and eight full length studio releases.

To celebrate that landmark release, the band has re-recorded "Vozrozhdenie" to truly revisit their roots! The re-recording of lets those old songs shine with a massive new production and instrumental skills! "Vozrozhdenie" will be released on November 11th.

Today, Arkona has teamed up with Metal Underground.com to premiere the newly re-recorded "Pod Mechami," which you can check out streaming in the player below.

The band commented: "Friends, we would like to present you the song 'Pod Mechami' from our re-recorded album 'Vozrozhdenie,' which will be released on November 11th in a super fat digibook with beautiful illustrations of "Pagan artist" Kris Verwimp! It can be ordered right now at this location."

The band also provided insight in to the album and "Pod Mechami" itself:

"Initially the album 'Vozrozhdenie' was planned as an album with 9 songs, from the repertoire of the first line-up of Arkona. Songs 'Pod Mechami,' 'K domu Svaroga,' 'Zov Predkov' were created by Masha in the summer of 2003, when all the other band members had left the band. [The] song 'Pod Mechami' was planned for the common project with the band members of 'Pagan Reign,' but, for some forgotten reasons this cooperation has not worked out. Later this song was moved to the debut album and became a track with guest participation of Alexei Agafonov, the member of the band 'Butterfly Temple.' More...

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Edensong Premieres New Album Ahead Of Release

Laser’s Edge will present the second studio album by New York City-based progressive quintet Edensong this coming Friday (September 30th). You don't have to wait any longer to hear it in full though, as we're streaming the entire disc early!

Capturing over seventy minutes of new music, Edensong’s "Years In The Garden Of Years" is even more ambitious than its predecessor, and will be sure to appeal to fans of both progressive and classic metal. Dig anything from folk music to '70s prog rock? You'll want to hear this one.

The concept album features an extended song cycle on themes of time, each song a different scale and perspective. Given its subject matter, it therefore seems fitting that this project took the band over five years in the studio to complete.

Listen in below, and you can also pre-order the album right here. A record release show is scheduled for NYC on October 2nd, with Laser’s Edge kin Infinite Spectrum, and additional dates will be announced soon! The new album's track listing is as follows:

1. Cold City
2. End Times In Retrospect
3. In The Longest Of Days
4. The Hollowed
5. Down The Hours
6. Chronos
7. Generations
8. The Atman Apocalypse
9. Regenerations
10. Yawn Of A Blink More...

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Lectern Premieres Full "Precept Of Delator" Album

Via Nocturna is preparing to unleash utter annihilation with the "Precept of Delator" album from Italian death metal band Lectern.

While the album drops this Friday, September 30th, we're bringing you all nine bludgeoning tracks of seriously old school death early! Check out the full advance album stream below.

Lectern was initially formed in 1999 and since that time the band has released several critically acclaimed albums, including last year's "Fratricidal Concelebration."

Pre-orders for new full-length album "Precept of Delator" are available here and the track listing is as follows:

01. Gergal Profaner
02. Palpation of Sacramentarian
03. Fluent Bilocation
04. Distil Shambles
05. Pellucid
06. Diptych of Perked Oblationk
07. Garn For Debitors
08. Precept of Delator
09. Discorporation With Feral More...

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Famous Last Words Premieres Full New Album

Petoskey, MI, post hardcore and Revival Recordings artist Famous Last Words is gearing up to unveil 3rd LP "The Incubus" on Friday, September 30th.

Ahead of that official release, we're stoked to be premiering the entire album ahead of time - check out all 12 tracks below! If you dig it, pre-orders are live here.

The album features opening single, “Pretty in Porcelain,” which was recently accompanied by a music video about domestic and sexual abuse and is the first introduction to the album’s key character, Christine. "The Incubus" as a whole faces the untold stories of domestic abuse, taking place in the early 50’s. Vocalist JT comments:

"It’s a story that takes place in the United States during 1953. The focus is on a suburban, stay-at-home mother who keeps mysteriously blacking out and begins to have these horrible nightmares.

"With the support of her husband, she is determined to figure out the cause of these blackouts and to interpret the vicious nightmares that relentlessly haunt her every time she closes her eyes, all while simultaneously caring for her son and struggling daily with the Gender stereotypes many women had to deal with back in post WWII America. More...

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Construct Of Lethe Premieres "Lux In Tenebris"

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

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

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

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

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Defiled Premieres New Live Video

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

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

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

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

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

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Northern Crown Premieres "Les Autres"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Netherbird Premieres "Pillars Of The Sky"

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

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

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

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

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

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Negative Thought Process Premieres New Video

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

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

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

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

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

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Shokran Premieres Full New Album

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

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

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

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

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

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Army Of The Universe Premieres Retro Video

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

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

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

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

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The Devil's Music Premieres Full New Album

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Desert Premieres "Son Of A Star" Music Video

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Volunteer / Buildings Premiere Full New Split

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Cloak Of Organs Premieres New EP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Iron Whip Premieres "Kicking A Hornet's Nest"

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

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

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

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

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

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