Premiering first on MetalUnderground.com, U.S. metal outfit Common Dead is now streaming "Inveigh," the band's third music video supporting the album "Diatribe" (reviewed here), and sixth music video in total.
Not unlike previous videos from Common Dead, "Inveigh" was directed and edited by the sole instrumentalist behind the album, Andrew Laurenson, with aiding camerawork and equipment provided by Valérie Delorme and JP McGurrin.
The band founder comments: "'Inveigh' is a track about the anonymous drive or passion that keeps you alive, which can be different for each person. Choosing to live, even when there's no clear reason to do so. For some, the ability to create something that will exist in this realm, even after they are gone, may be all they need to strive on."
Originally the solo endeavor of Laurenson (who performed all instruments across the band's first three releases), Common Dead has committed to a roster expansion since the last album, with the aim of including an ensemble for upcoming efforts. Reviewers often label Common Dead as having a thrash/death backdrop with sporadic forays into tech and post-metal territory, adopting a broad range of themes including vengeance, civil disobedience, and metaphysics.
Portuguese extreme progressive metallers Malevolence today reveal the teaser trailer for their upcoming third full-length album "Antithetical." Malevolence teamed up with Metalunderground.com for the U.S. premiere and Infektion Magazine for the Portuguese side, with the trailer available below.
"Antithetical" is the first studio work from the band in a period of thirteen years, and this will be the very first chance to sneak a quick listen to the new material. The full sound of the album is represented below in the preview, which includes 4:20 worth of musical passages from the vast assortment contained within the release.
Malevolence in 2012 expands the band's extreme metal sound, enriching it even further. “Antithetical represents our musical progression bursting on hard commitment and total dedication!” says vocalist Carlos Cariano. “We are one of the most long running and iconic metal exportations from the Portuguese soil and Antithetical is a ravaging journey constructed and depicted throughout the seven (7) experienced havoc anthems we have delivered. The new material sounds exactly how I envisioned it (during the production design) and the way WE as Malevolence wanted it to sound on this new record.”
The "Antithetical" album features the same line-up responsible for the recording of "Martyrialized," including core members Carlos Cariano (vocals/guitars), Aires Pereira (bass), Fred Noel (guitars), and Paulo Pereira (keyboards) alongside session drummer extraordinaire Dirk Verbeuren (Soilwork, The Devin Townsend Project, Jeff Loomis). More...
In The Casket released the new EP "You Could Get Hit By a Truck" at the band's CD release show on Saturday at Trickshot Billiards in Clifton Park, NY and Metalunderground.com can now bring you the full album stream. Give it a listen below. The album is the first of two that are being released in 2012. The other is planned for December.
"You Could Get Hit By a Truck" contains five studio tracks and two live songs, of the latter being a cover of Tears For Fears' "Mad World." You can purchase and download the five studio songs from the band here.
Here's the tracklisting for the "You Could Get Hit By A Truck" EP:
1. Watch You Bleed
2. Good Luck and Go Fuck Yourself
3. You Could Get Hit By a Truck
4. The Placebo Effect
5. Win Her Over With Chloroform
6. Mad World (Tears for Fears cover)
7. Its Only a Plague Away
In The Casket still has shows scheduled on August 20 at Bogies in Albany with Sapremia, and Nightfire (members of Jungle Rot) and also August 28 at The Loft in Poughkeepsie, NY with Fleshgod Apocalypse, Kataklysm, Vital Remains, Rose Funeral, and Necroptic Engorgement and then November 8 at Bogies in Albany with Deicide and Necroptic Engorgement.
New York death metal band In The Casket recently finished recording a new album and is readying it for a July release, The EP, entitled "You Could Get Hit By a Truck," will released on July 14th at the band's CD release show at Trickshot Billiards in Clifton Park, NY and will be available online starting the same day. The album is the first of two that we are being released in 2012. The other is planned for December.
The EP release will contain five studio tracks and two live songs, of the latter being a cover of Tears For Fears' "Mad World." You can hear two songs exclusively on Metal Underground.com in the player below: opener "Watch You Bleed" and previously released "Win Her Over With Chloroform."
Here's the tracklisting for the "You Could Get Hit By A Truck" EP:
1. Watch You Bleed
2. Good Luck and Go Fuck Yourself
3. You Could Get Hit By a Truck
4. The Placebo Effect
5. Win Her Over With Chloroform
6. Mad World (Tears for Fears cover)
7. Its Only a Plague Away
In The Casket just recently wrapped up playing Brutiful Metalfest in Alabama and still has some shows scheduled for the near future. After the July 14 CD release show, the band has shows scheduled on August 20 at Bogies in Albany with Sapremia, and Nightfire (members of Jungle Rot) and also August 28 at The Loft in Poughkeepsie, NY with Fleshgod Apocalypse, Kataklysm, Vital Remains, Rose Funeral, and Necroptic Engorgement and then November 8 at Bogies in Albany with Deicide and Necroptic Engorgement.
Kaotoxin Records has now officially announced its latest signing: French death metal act Ad Patres. The band will be releasing the new album "Scorn Aesthetics" this coming September 3rd, 2012 and Metalunderground.com is proud to premiere a track from the impending release.
Check out the third track cut off the album, "Scars of Compromise," in the player provided below. The full "Scorn Aesthetics" track listing is as follows:
02. The Lock
03. Scars of Compromise
04. Circles of Red
05. To the Fathers
06. Scorn Aesthetics
07. In Vivo
08. Emphasize Nihility
10. All that Remains
For the first time ever Chuck Schuldiner’s pre-DEATH band MANTAS' recordings have been officially collected into one fully authorized compilation, entitled "Death By Metal." And Metal Underground.com has the exclusive full album stream of the collection (the standard edition). You can hear it in the player below.
"Death By Metal" is the next chapter in Relapse's DEATH reissue campaign, compiling Chuck Schuldiner’s pre-DEATH material from his first band MANTAS into one deluxe collection containing the group’s first two demos and a rehearsal. "Death By Metal" is the brutally raw sound of an entire genre being born out of the basement of Chuck Schuldiner’s Florida home close to three decades ago. These are the earliest recordings of death metal legend, pioneer and groundbreaker Chuck Schuldiner. This is the first time that these recordings have been legitimately available since their original release as the "Death By Metal" demo tape (1984).
Mantas' "Death By Metal" is set for a June 19th North American release date, June 22nd in Benelux / Germany, and June 25th in the UK and rest of Europe. The collection will be released as a CD, Limited Edition Deluxe 2CD, LP, Digital Download and a limited collector's edition containing the Deluxe 2CD, LP on an exclusive color, exclusive Demo cover T-Shirt, and a reproduction of the original Death By Metal demo cassette! Pre-order options, including a new line of exclusive MANTAS and DEATH merch plus additional release information can be found here.
"Death By Metal" follows the recent Relapse Records re-issues of DEATH’s "Vivus!," "Individual Though Patterns," "The Sound of Perseverance" and "Human." Like those reissues, this collection will contain extensive liner notes, this time featuring renowned metal biographer Ian Christe and former MANTAS guitarist Rick Rozz in addition to never-before-seen photos of the band.
Here is the "Death By Metal" track listing:
Death By Metal (1st Version) Demo
1. Legion Of Doom
2. Evil Dead
4. Death By Metal
5. Power Of Darkness
Death By Metal (2nd Version) Demo
6. Legion Of Doom
7. Power Of Darkness
8. Death By Metal
9. Evil Dead
Rehearsal Early 1984 - Rehearsal
10. Legion Of Doom
12. Death By Metal
13. Evil Dead
14. Rise Of Satan
Disc 2 (Deluxe Edition Only)
Emotional Rehearsal Demo 1984 - Rehearsal
1. Legion Of Doom - Take 1
2. Legion Of Doom - Take 2
3. Legion Of Doom - Take 3
4. Evil Dead - Take 1
5. Evil Dead - Take 2
6. Mantas - Take 1
7. Mantas - Take 2
Live at Knights Of Columbus Hall, Orlando, FL 09/01/1984
8. Legion Of Doom
10. Demon Flight
11. Death By Metal
12. Evil Dead
13. Power Of Darkness
14. Black Magic
15. Evil Chuck Solo
16. Beyond The Unholy Grave
Update: The full album stream has now been deactivated, but the release is now available for order through Season of Mist Records.
Dutch symphonic black metal act Carach Angren released the new album "Where the Corpses Sink Forever" (reviewed here) in North America yesterday via Season of Mist. If you haven't picked up the release yet, today you'll get the chance to hear the complete album in it's entirety.
We've teamed up with Season of Mist to premiere a full stream of "Where the Corpses Sink Forever," which will be available online for two weeks until June 20th. Check out the hymns of unholy battle and the dirges for the fallen in the player below.
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. An Ominous Recording
2. Lingering in an Imprint Haunting
3. Bitte tötet mich
4. The Funerary Dirge of a Violinist
5. Sir John
6. Spectral Infantry Battalions
7. General Nightmare
8. Little Hector what Have You Done?
9. These Fields Are Lurking (Seven Pairs of Demon Eyes)
For a behind the scenes look at the album's creation, you can also watch "Where the Corpses Sink Forever" in-studio footage over at this location.
Portugual's Shadowsphere releases their new album, "Inferno," today, June 1, 2012, and Metalunderground.com has an exclusive full album stream for our readers. “Inferno” is Shadowsphere's third full-length album, following two full length records and one EP. The band's previous release was six years ago with "Hellbound Heart" (2006). These releases garnered strong accolades in the band's homeland, but the band remains fairly obscure throughout the rest of the world.
The long gap between releases can be attributed to lineup changes, with a major reshuffling occuring in 2010. The band's current lineup for "Inferno" is as follows:
Luis Miguel Goulão - Guitar
Ricardo Trincheiras - Guitar
Emídio Ramos - Drums
João Sousa - Bass
Paulo Gonçalves - Vocals
Here's the complete "Inferno" track listing:
1. INFERNO (Intro)
2. Within The Serpent's Grasp
3. Sworn Enemy
4. Dead Behind My Eyes
5. Suicide Reign Of Salvation
6. Bullet Train
7. The Hurt Locker (Instrumental)
10. Screaming Silence
11. Alone At The End Of The World
You can hear more of the band's music and follow them on their Facebook page.
It seems like an epoch since A Band of Orcs debuted in Orctober of 2007 with the "WarChiefs of the Apocalypse" EP (reviewed here) and the accompanying “Into the Maelstrom” video. Since that time the band also contributed a Type O Negative cover to our Peter Steele tribute album, and released a set of fantasy gaming minis.
Now, 5 years later, the monsters of DIY underground metal strike back with a self-titled full-length concept album, detailing the adventures of the Gore-Stained Axe Tribe as they war against the giants of Hirntodia. This offering is produced (executive producer Gruesom Grimp) and engineered by Juan Urteaga of Trident Studios, whose most recent engineering credits include Machine Head’s “Unto the Locust” and portions of Testament’s upcoming “The Black Roots of Earth.”
Metalunderground.com is proud to host the exclusive unveiling of the artwork for the new self-titled album, which can be viewed below.
The story relates, in the form of 12 metal tales, how the Gore-Stained Axe Tribe (i.e., A Band of Orcs and orc-kin in the home realm of Hirntodia) come to be hired and geased (if you don’t know what that means, check out this Wikipedia article) into settling some “giant troubles” for a neighboring human kingdom. The orcs don’t appreciate the coercion of the geas too much and vow to return and settle the score with the human kingdom after they fulfill the terms of their quest and vanquish the titan foes of the realm. More...
Savage Annihilation recently inked a multi-album deal with up-and-coming French label Kaotoxin Records (home of Darkall Slaves, Dehuman, Eye Of Solitude, Gronibard, Infected Society, Insain, Unsu, and VxPxOxAxAxWxAxMxCx) which will result in the release, on October 1st, of debut full-length album “Cannibalisme, Hérésie et Autres Sauvageries."
The band has now teamed up with us to premiere a new song from the album. Check out the track "En état de Décomposition" in the player available below. The full album's track listing is as follows:
1. L'annihilation commence
2. Dépeuplez ce monde de vermines
3. Les catacombes de l'abomination (pt.1)
4. Les catacombes de l'abomination (pt.2)
5. Dévoré par l'humanité
6. La marche des exhumés
7. Dans un océan de putridité
8. En état de décomposition
9. Le soulèvement
10. Ouvrez la tombe des assoiffés de sang More...
Solo metal act Autumns Eyes is premiering the first music video off the band's latest release, "Please Deceive Me" (reviewed here) on Metal Underground.com. You can watch the video for the album's title track below.
Band mastermind Dan Mitchell commented on this track:
The video for 'Please Deceive Me' was shot in the eerie haunted woods of Salem, MA where I was originally born and raised by lesbian witches who taught me how to hang myself from an early age. If you pay attention to the lyrics of the song, you'll notice a similarity with the visuals as well. Its basically about addiction abuse, and how its such a struggle to break free from that when you are faced to live a life with so many reminders of your past haunting you day after day. Im not going to lie, it was a bit creepy having to hang myself. That was a real noose, tied to a real tree, around my real neck. Granted it wasn't as violent a hanging to where I would suffer death, but terrifying to pull off nonetheless. My bloody eyeball at the end was not quite a thrilling experience either. Hopefully the kids like it!
"Please Deceive Me" Music Video:
Brazilian grindcore band Desalmado is preparing a new, self-titled album for release on July 31st via Greyhaze Records. Metal Underground.com has obtained the premiere of a new song off of this effort. The song is entitled "Juizo Dos Fracos" and can be heard in the player below.
The new, self-titled album, which is the follow up to the band's "Hereditas" EP (reviewed here), was produced by Jean Dolabella of Sepultura and mastered at West West Side. The album contains 15 tracks total.
Stated Desalmado guitarist Bruno Teixeira on the results of their latest output: "I am very happy with this album. I'm pretty sure that it is more varied than anything we've ever done, with production that has that vibe of old recordings, with a live feel to it."
About this song specifically, Teixeira states: "It is a straightforward one, with some influence of thrash metal and hardcore, but maintaining our identity. We have a special guest on that song; Marcus D'Angelo, a great friend and lead singer of Claustrofobia. From the lyrical perspective it follows the same line of thought of the entire album: an utter criticism of religion, which brainwashes people into blind obedience."
Here's the "Desalmado" track listing:
1. Sem Nome
2. Canibal Social
4. Cegueira Santa
5. Todos Vao Morrer
6. Juizo Dos Fracos
7. Sofrer, Morrer e Apodrecer
8. Odio Instintivo Contra a Realidade
9. Falso Profeta
12. Penitencia e Subversao
13. Suicidio Assistido
15. Cozido Para Animais (Japanische Kampfhörspiele cover)
The band recently released a documentary video from their latest European tour, which you can see here.
Scion AV is releasing the live recording of Relapse Record's Label Showcase this week, which includes two live tracks from Exhumed, Black Tusk, Revocation, Tombs, and Royal Thunder. You can check out the Exhumed tracks "Distorted and Twist to Form" and "As Hammer to Anvil" in the widget below.
Scion AV has also released a video interview with Exhumed where the members discuss their old bass player's habitual vomiting, Matt Harvey's rude introduction to heavy metal, and staying true to your sound. Watch the interview after the jump.
Exhumed is currently on the road with Fuck the Facts and The Black Dahlia Murder, with full details available at this location.
Drummer Phil Dubois-Coyne from Revocation has checked in with Metalunderground.com for another exclusive look at the band's headlining tour with Cannabis Corpse and Ramming Speed. The previous road report can be read here. Phil had this to say:
"Hey douchebags! Phil here, back again with the final blog of our headlining tour. I know your all getting sick of them at this point, but don’t worry this is the last one until June, so just shut up and read it.
"Well, as I left off last time, we had just gang banged our stomachs with delicious burgers from Kuma’s Korner in Chicago. Unfortunately, right as I was riding the high from that amazing meat orgy, I had a shocking encounter which completely soiled my opinion of the windy city. Now to all you RevoManiacs in Chicago, I mean no offense. I have many a fond memory eating your unnecessarily huge pizzas, and drunkenly wandering the streets of your unnecessarily huge city. BUT, I was never made aware that Chicago houses some of the most insidious, subliminal planting of racist ideologies into young, defenseless minds that I have ever seen. I mean honestly, this is completely unacceptable!
Today Metalunderground.com brings you the exclusive premiere of a new Nokturnel single, "Shadows Alive." You can hear the single on the player below.
"Shadows Alive" was written by Tom Stevens. Guitar, bass, vocals and lyrics provided by Tom Stevens. Kevin Talley (Six Feet Under, Daath) plays drums. Stuart Laurence recorded the song at Raging Steel Fury Studios in Austin, Texas.
"Shadows Alive" marks the second song Nokturnel debuted on Metal Underground.com. Last year, the group premiered "Ancestral Calling."
Tom Stevens comments on "Shadows Alive":
"This song is for the die hards who keep the underground alive. Bring Nokturnel back to the front lines! Devour another dose of Nokturnel and spread this like a plague!"
Download an MP3 of "Shadows Alive" here (right-click and "Save Target As")
Follow the song's haunting lyrics listed below: More...
Revocation is currently embarked on a headlining tour with Cannabis Corpse and Ramming Speed. The band has now teamed up with Metalunderground.com for an exclusive update from the road. Drummer Phil Dubois-Coyne had this to say:
"Hello again RevoNation! Phil here once again, burning up the highway on yet another tour. I’ve had a great time writing blogs over the last few tours, but this one is special, because it’s our first headlining tour! We have been waiting to do this for a long time, and we couldn’t be more stoked to have Cannabis Corpse, and our bff’s in Ramming Speed along with us for support. So far, it’s been a fucking blast!
"Our first show was in our hometown, Boston. We always have a great time in Boston, because there are so many old friends to catch up with over beers, some of which I haven’t seen in years!
Metalunderground.com has obtained the premiere of a video of The Greenery interview and performance footage from the Scion Label Showcase that happened last month as well a couple of tracks, "Crime Wave" and "Dragged Beneath," for free download from that video. In the interview segment, the band talks about and gives advice about touring, songwriting, and more, relaying stories from their own experiences.
Scion worked with Prosthetic Records to bring Holy Grail, Scale The Summit, Last Chance to Reason, and The Greenery to the Roxy in Hollywood, January 14, 2012 for their Scion Label Showcase. The showcase release features a couple live tracks from each of the bands, and is accompanied by interviews with each band, edited with live footage from their performances.
The Scion Label Showcase is an ongoing series, which highlights talent from select record labels. The next showcase is May 19th, at the Glasshouse in Pomona, CA and features A389 Record acts Integrity, Ringworm, Seven Sisters of Sleep, The Love Below, and Young and in the Way. More event information can be found here.
As previously reported, Scion has announced that this year's Scion Rock Fest will take place on June 2nd in Tampa, Florida. More details are expected to be announced soon.
Metalunderground.com is premiering the one-man cover for the Fear Factory song "Flashpoint," recorded by deathrash/groove outfit Common Dead. The track originally hails from the 1995 album "Demanufacture." All instrumentation and mixing for the cover was the solo effort of Common Dead's founder, Andrew Laurenson, including the recreation of sound bytes meant to mirror samples in the original. Check out the cover below.
Comments Laurenson: "This was a favorite song of mine that tends to get overlooked by some. It starts heavy, reaches up for melody, then crashes down heavy again. A short and sweet punch to the face that also hadn't been covered to death. This raw mix was made around sessions for the 'Diatribe' album as an homage to the masters of futurist metal."
Common Dead released its flagship effort "Diatribe" (reviewed here) in early 2012 after relocating to Montreal, Canada from the United States. The effort received warm reviews from press, including 3/5 from Metal Underground and 4/5 from Brutalism. Following the release, plans were announced to expand the official roster of Common Dead and induct new members for upcoming efforts.
"Common Dead was never exclusively a solo project, and that was something I voiced early on through websites and interviews" explains Laurenson. "Each time I would find myself playing all the instruments, it was just a matter of circumstances I was facing at the time and wanting to get something done in spite of it all. I'm looking to burn that cycle. I'm glad I got those solo works in the books, I'm proud of that era, but now I'm interested in starting a new era, and having more of a team."
Submissions from possible bandmates in the Montreal region are welcome at email@example.com. For more info and updates, join the band's Facebook page.
Solo metal band Autumns Eyes is gearing up to release its long awaited new album, "Please Deceive Me" (reviewed here) and Metalunderground.com has the full album stream album nearly a full week prior to release. You can hear the album in the player below. "Please Decieve Me" will finally be released on April 1, 2012, after delays stemming from Autumns Eyes mastermind Dan Mitchell undergoing hand surgery, contributing to and coordinating Metalunderground.com's Peter Steele tribute album, and the Fall snow storm of 2011 among other things.
Of the release, Dan Mitchell commented:
"I'm really excited about this new release as its become a chance to explore different production techniques which focus completely on the listeners' experience. There was a lot of care and thought put into dynamics, and volume control. In a time where so many metal albums are becoming squashed due to the ongoing loudness wars, finding an album with dynamics that won't hurt your ears when you turn it up is few and far between. When you listen to an overly compressed album at high volumes, your hearing gets shot much quicker. The loud parts are loud, the soft parts are loud, and the dynamics have been completely destroyed. That's not the case with 'Please Deceive Me.' The music breathes throughout each song, and in turn gives the songs energy in all the right spots. I encourage listeners to use their volume knobs here, and turn it way the fuck up!"
The complete track listing for "Please Deceive Me" is as follows:
2. Blood In the Woods
3. Anxiety Spiders
4. Please Deceive Me
5. So Close to Shadow
7. Cobwebs and Crosses
8. Red Wine and Resin
9. Haunting Your Daughter
10. The Wooded Road
You can currently pre-order "Please Deceive Me" and get instant downloads of the tracks "Red Wine and Resin" and "Haunting Your Daughter." Head over to www.autumnseyes.com for free wall papers and new merch in the theme of "Please Deceive Me" and songs from the album.
Autumns Eyes also recorded a cover of the Type O Negative track "Love You To Death" last year for Metalunderground.com's "All For None, None For All: A Tribute To Peter Steele."
Metalunderground.com is premiering a studio tour by Sanford Parker as part of the upcoming Scion A/V video series from their Music(less) Conference. In this video, producer Sanford Parker (Minsk, Buried At Sea, Yakuza) gives a tour of Engine Studios in Chicago, from the main room to the control room.
Scion A/V is set to launch a variety of exclusive online video content that was taken from their most recent Scion Music(less) Music Conference, a two-day event that brings together a diverse selection of experts to discuss the relevant issues in the music industry. Consisting of panels, debates, one-on-one interviews and workshops, and attended by music’s most cutting edge artists and the industry’s biggest influencers, the conference’s goal is to provide developing talent with knowledge and resources for evolving careers.
The conference videos will be released on March 26 at scionav.com/mmc and youtube.com/scionav and feature appearances from Mark Mothersbaugh, Mark Ronson, Steve Aoki, Nadastrom, Todd Edwards, Dam-Funk, Kurt Ballou, 45 King, Sanford Parker and others who provide an intimate look at their music-making process as well as discussing their careers in absolute detail and candor.
Along with the studio tours, there are panels and workshop videos featuring industry newsmakers that will be available to view, highlighting music business topics such as “What I Learned” featuring Wino, “Artists on Hating,” featuring Dwid Hellion of Integrity, and questions such as “How to Pick a Label and Deal With Them?” featuring Tony Foresta of Municipal Waste. Other panels include music business topics such as “The Role of Zines” and questions such as “Why Start A Label Now?”
“Scion believes the current state of the music industry is an ever-changing climate,” says Jeri Yoshizu, Manager of Sales Promotions for Scion. “The primary focus of the Scion Music(less) Music Conference is to center on the factors of the current business landscape and elaborate on how to thrive sensibly and successfully and we’re happy to bring what was discussed there to the interested public at large.”
Studio Tour with Sanford Parker (Scion AV)