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Wolverine Premieres Full New Album

Wolverine's fifth full-length album "Machina Viva" is set to drop next week on July 8th, but today we're bringing you the entire disc for advance streaming - listen in below!

"Machina Viva" was recorded and produced by the band in various locations throughout Sweden during late 2015 and early 2016, mixed at Spacelab Studio in Germany by Christian “Moschus” Moos (Everon, Haken, Delain, Cloverseeds), and mastered by Grammy Award winning audio engineer Bob Katz.

The follow-up to 2011's "Communication Lost" features such track as the epic 14 minute "The Bedlam Overture" and dark electronic landscapes on "Machina." To help you get the full "Machina Viva" experience, we had the band give us a complete track-by-track break down of the entire release.

Read the full break down below, followed by the album stream, and if you like what you hear pre-orders are online at this location.

"The Bedlam Overture"

Marcus: The origins of this song can be found way back in 2006. I was in a quite chaotic state of mind and the Rhodes intro-riff is what came out of that, although on an acoustic guitar originally. It has taken many shapes during the years as it was instrumental at ?rst but evolved to a longer and longer song. The thing that has always stuck with it is the somewhat chaotic nature of it.

Stefan: Like Marcus says, a song that has been around in various forms for quite some time now. I remember I really loved the intro-riff that Marcus came up with back in 2006. We intended to do something with it for Communication Lost but ended up not using it, probably because we didn't have a clear idea of where the song needed to go.

Thomas: I think this epic piece is one of the best songs we ever recorded. Sure, all songs have their own strengths and weaknesses, and there are other songs that are more beautiful and touching. With "The Bedlam Overture" however, you feel sort of run over having played through 14+ minutes. It is sort of a musical journey to me, and it has such a massive impact. I especially enjoy playing the verses due to the meditative nature of the bass lines. Speaking of the bass: The fretless bass solo is something that really bothered me since I had a hard time coming up with anything worthy in such a forceful song. Actually it wasn't until Marcus and I was in the studio to record the bass tracks for the entire album that I managed to come up with what you hear on the album – the solo was invented in its entirety under these somewhat stressful circumstances, and I am quite satis?ed what came out of it.

Per: This was the song that we played over and over again at rehearsals. Everything with this song felt very much complete besides the middle section which went through some changes during the writing sessions. From one session to the next we tried different ideas and approaches.

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Deadlock Suffers From The "Backstory Wound"

Germany's Deadlock has returned with the new album "Hybris,"expected for release on July 8th via Napalm Records (pre-order the album now at this location). Today, the band teams up with Metal Underground.com to present the music video for the new track "Backstory Wound."

Deadlock have always been about extremes – and always will be! Fans love these Germans for every emotional force run through the raging depths of death metal, technical prowess, borderline pop-laden melodies, nods to classic metal, and casual flirtation with trance and beats. As expected, "Hybris" turns out to be a multi-faceted monster in terms of both shape and content – and at the same time painfully digs through the last events in the Deadlock camp.

Despite the tragic death of founder and drummer Tobias Graf (immortalized with a minute of silence on the album) and the departure of singer Sabine Scherer (now replaced by Margie Gerlitz), the megalomaniac creative urge could not be suppressed: 2016 sees Deadlock rising from the ashes, scarred, but heads held high. "Hybris" finds its inseparable counterpart in a 90 min DVD documentary 'The Longest Road' that translates the album concept to visuals. A gripping and blunt rollercoaster ride that sees light in the blackest night – and that is something only Deadlock can achieve!

The track listing for "Hybris" is:

1. Epitaph
2. Carbonman
3. Berserk (check out the music video here)
4. Blood Ghost
5. Hybris
6. Wrath / Salvation
7. Backstory Wound
8. Ein Deutsches Requiem
9. Vergebung
10. Welcome Deathrow
11. Uncivil Hands (Bonus Track)
12. Fight Song (Bonus Track) More...

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Vulvodynia Premieres Full-Album Stream

Vulvodynia premieres full-album stream of the band's brand new album "Psychosadistic Design", which will be out in stores today via Lacerated Enemy Records.

Check out now "Psychosadistic Design" in its entirety below.

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Tides Of Sulfur Premieres "Iron Fists Shall Rust"

Hailing from South Wales, the aggressively nihilistic sludge / death metal group Tides Of Sulfur is on the cusp of unleashing an "Extinction Curse" upon all mankind this coming July 15th.

There are seven bludgeoning movements of hate on the release, expressing extreme disdain for greed and moral corruption in modern day mankind.

Today we're exclusively bringing you the worldwide premiere of sixth track "Iron Fists Shall Rust." Check it out below! The band also comments:

"This song is our anthem for the disillusioned. Conceived during the Conservative government's plans to privatize our healthcare system and cut funding to the poorest people of our country and offering tax breaks to the wealthiest earners. It's a call to action, a spit in the face of 21st century fascism. Every dog has its day, every empire crumbles, dictatorships fall, the truth always emerges."

Recorded and mixed by master craftsman Chris Fielding at Skyhammer Studio and mastered by Today is the Day's Steve Austin, the album is coming next month via Black Bow Records. Pre-orders are online here and the full track listing is as follows:

1. Eternal Bleeding
2. ...Of Suffering and Grief
3. Woe To You O Destroyer
4. Malthiest
5. Extinction Curse
6. Iron Fists Shall Rust
7. Year of Pigs More...

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Netherbird Premieres New Music Video

Following the release of "The Ferocious Tides of Fate" back in 2013, Netherbird now arrives with new single "Windwards," which will officially drop July 6th.

You don't have to wait that long to hear the track though, as today we premiere a music video for "Windwards" - check it out below. You can also pre-order the two-track single here, with the release rounded out by second track "Sculptors and Spectres." The band comments:

"The video for 'Windwards' was made by Portuguese video producer Guilherme Henriques Silva (Belphegor, Wormed and many more). We shot the video at Satans Demokrati, a huge art installation in Stockholm so there will be a few details in there where you can see art from a number of artists, and that is itself exactly how we want it, to combine different elements and art forms into the strange creation that is Netherbird." More...

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Karnak Seti Premieres "Bounded By Misfortune"

All the way back in 2012, we premiered Karnak Seti's "In Harmonic Entropy," and now finally in 2016 the Portuguese melodic death / thrash metal group is back with a new album.

Third full-length release “The Distance That Made Us Cold” is coming June 30th and was recorded at Ultrasound Studios Moita by Hugo Andrade and mixed by André Tavares.

Ahead of that release, today we're officially offering up the worldwide premiere of new track "Bounded By Misfortune," which an be heard below. The band comments:

"Although most of the lyrics on 'The Distance That Made Us Cold' focus more on personal experiences, 'Bounded by Misfortune' was written by Daniela Leça and focuses on humanity as a whole and serves as a critic to the human nature. You can sense throughout the song, even instrumentally, first a sense of anger eventually leading to despair on the chorus and accepting our fate."

The track listing for new album "The Distance That Made Us Cold" is as follows:

1. The Bliss Of Living (streaming here)
2. Bounded By Misfortune
3. Emptiness Reborn
4. Desolation Of Soul And Flesh
5. Quit
6. Melancholic Devotion
7. The Distance That Made Us Cold
8. A New Time To Heal
9. Blurred In The Distance
10. Stolen
11. Reload The System More...

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Third Ion Premieres "Lesson Burned"

We're very excited for this premiere today as we've teamed up with one of the most promising new bands to emerge on the metal scene last year: none other than Third Ion!

Just slightly over a year on from debut album "13/8 Bit" (reviewed here), the group now has a new vocalist (ex-Annihilator member Dave Padden) and will be releasing second album "Biolith" on July 8th.

With that release date nearing, today we're exclusively premiering new song "Lesson Burned," which is the sixth out of eight tracks on "Biolith." The band comments:

"'Lesson Burned' was one of the first songs written for this record, and it's still one of our favourites. There are fat grooves, nutty tech parts that are super fun to play, and it showcases Dave Padden's power and vocal range. Lyrically, it centers around a dissatisfaction with the things around us that we let rule our lives. Technology, religion, banks, etc. It doesn't target any of these things specifically, but has an overall dystopian tone." More...

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Schemata Theory Premieres New Music Video

The new Schemata Theory EP titled "Networks" officially drops today - June 24th - and can be picked up at the U.K. group''s official website here.

With the EP out now, Schemata Theory has teamed up with us to exclusively premiere a new music video for closing track "Horror Show." Check out the trippy performance vid below.

Vocalist Myles Dyer also comments on the track:

"Human civilization is currently threatened by many global issues, causing our traditional political and economic systems to come under immense pressure. This has in turn fuelled a great sense of frustration, anger, distrust and despair among much of the world’s population, creating societal divisions internationally. Technology has improved our awareness of what is wrong with the world, but it has also enhanced our ability to communicate and empathise with others far & wide.

"'Horror Show' represents that moment in life many of us have experienced, where we realize the severity and scale of these issues we face as a species, and thus worry about what can be done to resolve them. It is easy to feel powerless as individuals, but if we utilize technology on an industrial scale that empowers collaboration and unity, we can turn this all around."

The "Networks" EP's track listing is as follows:

1. Our Only Home
2. New Vision
3. Horror Show More...

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Toarn Premieres "Giant Killer" Title Song

After recently inking a deal with Luxor Records, Snohomish County-based deathcore group Toarn is gearing up to release the "Giant Killer" EP this coming July 15th.

Today we're bringing you an exclusive first listen to the title track itself - check out "Giant Killer" below.

Drummer Taylor Cort also had this to say: “"Giant Killer" is an album for the people amidst their struggles. We are here to say that you aren't alone as you overcome your own 'giants' and this track really epitomizes that."

The EP's full track listing is:

1. Flanders Field (streaming here)
2. I Am Not
3. Inverted Cross
4. We Declare War
5. Sin I Know
6. Giant Killer

Toarn consists of:

Michael Roberts - Vocals
Justin Wanless - Guitar
Kyle Notan - Guitar
James Kolstedt - Bass
Taylor Cort - Drums More...

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Nervosa Streams New Track With Commentary

Brazil's meanest power thrash trio Nervosa has teamed up with Metal Underground.com to premiere the track "Guerra Santa" with special commentary about its meaning by bassist/vocalist Fernanda Lira. Check it out in the player below.

"Guerra Santa" appears on the on the latest and second studio album "Agony" which was issued earlier this month via Napalm Records. You can pick it up at this location or digitally via iTunes.

"Agony" effortlessly merges the energy of the glorious '80's with the refined aggression of this millennium. Played even more on point and precise than the 2014 debut "Victim of Yourself," it definitely enriches the Nervosa sound having transferred the production to the USA: the South American riff tornado is in flawless shape!

Check out "Guerra Santa" here:


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Infinite Spectrum Premieres Full New Album

We're only two days away now from the June 24th release for "Haunter Of The Dark," the latest concept album from Infinite Spectrum.

With the release on the horizon, we're proud to be teaming up with the prog metal band yet again, this time for a complete and full album stream along a track-by-track breakdown!

Check out the entire album below, and if you like what you hear, there's still time to pre-order here.

Infinite Spectrum has also booked a hometown record release show for Haunter Of The Dark, taking place on July 8th at Blackthorn 51 in Queens, with special guests to be announced. Closing a three-year gap since the group's 2013 debut album, "Misguided," Infinite Spectrum heads into H. P. Lovecraft territory with the new album, and the band issued this breakdown of each song:

Federal Hill: "This song sets up the album and has a little bit of a theatrical-vibe. It introduces the main character (Robert Harrison Blake), his interest in the fantastic and the birth of his obsession with the curious church he sees in the distance on Federal Hill." More...

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Diabolizer Premieres "Blood Aesthetics Dictated"

The "Apokalypse" is coming this summer, and unlike that pathetic Nostradamus, we're willing to put a date on our worldwide destruction prediction: July 8th, 2016!

That just happens to be when Third Eye Temple will drop a devastating death metal dirty bomb from Diabolizer. If you want a little taste of what the absolute end of everything is like, today we're also offering up an exclusive premiere of the "Apokalypse" track "Blood Aesthetics Dictated."

The blades are sharpened, the screams of vengeance and death grow louder, and far beneath the pits of Kadiköy's underground, the blackest flames of impurity rise up to the skies.

"Apokalypse" offers 5 tracks of relentless death metal containing unending wrath and worship of destruction. As a bonus, the CD will also contain two tracks from the band's very limited 2012 promo "Shadows Of Impending Decimation" along with cover art by Robert A. von Ritter Illustrations with design and colours by Mentalporn. The track listing is:

1. Process the Void (listen in here)
2. Condemned to Burn in Hell
3. Temple of Demonic Torments
4. Blood Aesthetics Dictated
5. Hammer of Diabolization
6. Beneath the Skullthrone
7. Descend into Desolation More...

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Seven Nines And Tens Premieres Full New Album

Last month the fires of excitement were officially stoked when we had the distinct pleasure of premiering a new track from upcoming Seven Nines And Tens album "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Slums."

Today we're doing more than just bringing another song - we're premiering the entire album online in conjunction with its official release date!

All four tracks (totaling 33 minutes of stellar "skygaze" post-metal) can now be heard below. Vancouver fans better also be on hand tonight at the Rickshaw Theatre to see Seven Nines And Tens unleashing this opus live alongside Sumac, Baptists, Waingro, and Aquanat. Full show details can be found here.

After checking out the full stream below, you can pick up "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Slums" at this location. The album is coming via Dullest Records (Hush, Rorcal, Walk Through Fire) on CD and Big Smoke (Altona, Spruce Trap) on cassette. Cover artwork comes courtesy of Nic Brown. The track listing is: More...

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Gears Premieres "End This" Video

Today we've got a hard rocking new video premiere we're stoked to release to the masses, taken off the latest Gears EP "Pride Comes Before The Fall."

Check out the topical and very timely "End This" lyric / music video below. If you like what you hear, the EP is available via iTunes here.

Jimmy Wooten of Gears also had this to say about the tune:

"People have strong opinions and beliefs regarding violence in our streets, more specifically concentrated around police brutality. 'End This' lyrically, is a look into both sides of it, the police that we put our trust in to make difficult decisions in a split second and the victims of the brutality, who could be on either side. In the middle, we have the media. Depending on which media source you're getting your news from, will decide which political agenda you're being fed. We need to stop letting the media influence us to perpetuate the war of any racial or political agenda. Simply put, we need to END THIS."

The Miami heavy outfit was founded in early 2014 and following the release of "Set in Motion," Gears immediately launched into a first headline run with support from I-Exist. Just three days into the tour, the band's equipment trailer disconnected, resulting in a massive, horrific accident. In spite of this tremendous blow, the group endured and continued the tour without missing a beat.

In June 2015, Gears began work on new EP "Pride Comes Before the Fall" and hit the road for the Riser Tour, once again with I-Exist. You can follow the latest Gears news and live show info at Facebook here. More...

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Beldam Premieres "From Grave To Cradle"

U.S. sludge / black metal outfit Beldam is gearing up to release "Still the Wretched Linger," which drops June 17th, 2016 via Horror Pain Gore Death Productions.

Now just a few days before that release date, we're stoked to be bringing you some slow motion battering from the album!

Check out our exclusive premiere of the disc's fourth track "From Grave To Cradle" below. Beldam also comments:

"'From Grave to Cradle' was one of the first completed songs that the band wrote. When we were writing it, it always had this undertone to it that felt like grieving. We ran with the idea. The lyrics focus on the struggles and mindset of loss for a loved one. It goes on to describe the breakdown and ultimately bargaining for what was lost even at the cost of having the loved one returned to you as this now rotted, bloated being. We had the song focus on a child because there is nothing more relatable to this than bringing a new life into the world then having it swiftly taken away. We felt it matched the tone of the song as a whole."

Pre-orders for "Still The Wretched Linger" can be found right here and the album's track listing is as follows:

1. Needles
2. Blackened Violet
3. The Foundling
4. From Grave To Cradle
5. Salamander
6. Her Unbearing Abyss
7. Beauty's Martyr More...

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Urn Premieres "Epiphany" Video

Last year we had the pleasure of premiering the entire "Epiphany" album by Urn (still streaming here) and now the group has returned with a new music video for the title track.

Check out our exclusive premiere of the "Epiphany" video below, which was directed by Dominic St. Charles as well as produced by both St. Charles and Joshua Scofield.

The band comments: "Urn has always been a catharsis for a lot of the negative emotions that most of us in the band were dealing with, it sums up a great deal of what we learned on an individual level about ourselves, the people in our lives, and the world around us."

Like what you hear below and want to see the band live? Urn will be performing on the main stage of Laconiafest 2016 at 4:30pm on Saturday, June 11th, 2016! You can also follow the latest on Urn at Facebook here.

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Beyond The Fallen Premieres "Anima" Video

Born and raised in Vatican city, the Italian industrial metalcore outfit Beyond The Fallen has teamed up with us today to exclusively premiere a new music video for the "Anima" single.

Featuring a guest appearance by Utau Yume, the video is available below and showcases a first for the band: Japanese lyrics.

Beyond The Fallen comments on the clip: "This song is our first step into a new territory. We're experimenting a lot with our music as well as our visuals, trying to achieve something different but that's still ours.

"You can hear there are less industrial vibes in the song, which features catchy clean singing and a lot of diversity in the mood, that goes from heavy, to pop, culminating in an epic conclusion with strings and such. Not to mention the lyrics in Japanese!

"We tried something different for the video as well, going from the dark, industrial mood of our first video ('Disconnected') to a white, clean background, where everything is clear and solid. We hope to surprise our fanbase, while we try to reach different people who can be interested in our new style of work."

Beyond The Fallen released full-length album "You Rise, We Fall" in September 2014, followed by a round of gigging and a video for the "Disconnected" single in January 2015, featuring international performer Miss Crash. A remix EP came next, which is available at iTunes here.

In 2016, BTF plans on going back to studio, finishing what was started here with the "Anima" single - a new, different record set to surprise the old fans and amaze the new ones. More...

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Skeleton Wolf Premieres "She's Insane"

Mark your calendars: June 10th is the official release of Skeleton Wolf's new self-titled album. Ahead of that release, we are now premiering an official new track stream. Check out "She's Insane" below!

If you like what you hear, you can pre-order the full new album right here and find more info on Skeleton Wolf at Facebook here.

Guitarist Brett Schlagel also had this to say about the new track: "'She’s Insane' was the second sound that was written out of the songs from the album. This track is a headbanger, for sure. It’s more mid-paced than some of the other songs we have on the album and definitely has a very driving fist-pumping feel all the way through. The tune sounds like something you might catch on an album from the band I. It seems to be a favorite of a lot of radio stations that have been featuring our music." More...

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Defiatory Premieres Full New Album

Global extinction is set to arrive sooner than you think courtesy of the devastating Swedish thrash from Defiatory.

The band's relentless steamrolling debut full-length "Extinct" features a non-stop barrage of eight bruising tracks, and we're bringing you the full whiplash-inducing album early!

That's right, today you can hear all of "Extinct" below ahead of tomorrow's (June 3rd) official release date.

"Extinct" was recorded at Garageland Studios in Umeå and produced by Ronnie Björnström (Aeon, Paganizer). Mastering was handled by Thomas Johansson (Scar Symmetry, Watain) at The Panic Room and pre-orders are up here.

Defiatory also had this to say: "The band started in early march 2015 by Ronnie after departing from the band Aeon. A few demo songs where written and put into pro tools. Later on Martin Runnzell joined forces and the boll got rolling. The whole first album is musically written by Ronnie and all lyrics are done by Martin Runnzell.

"Working together with the full lineup now is awesome. Everybody's mindset is the same and we are trying to push it as far as we can. We are really happy with our debut album and are promoting it as hard as we can.

"The recording team for this album is easy, I, Ronnie, recorded everything in my old studio Garageland Studios, besides the drums, those where recorded at Meshuggah's facility. The mixing is also done by me. But we used Thomas Johansson from The Panic Room for our mastering."

The full track listing consists of:

01. The Final Conflict
02. Reaper
03. Aeons End
04. Dogs of War
05. Extinct
06. Destiny
07. The Black Vortex
08. Furor Unleashed More...

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Merycless Premieres "Altered Divination" Single

Kvlt death metal band Merycless, emerging from the rotten bowels of France, released the death metal classics "Abject Offerings" (1992, Vinyl Solution) and "Coloured Funeral" (1993, Century Media) and then relentlessly toured Europe with the likes of Death, Morgoth, Unleashed, and Samael.

In celebration of the band's impending 30th anniversary, a brand new digital single titled "Altered Divination" is set to be unleashed for free on June 3rd via Kaotoxin Records. Now today ahead of that release, we're bringing you the two-track single early! Listen in below.

"Altered Divination" features an alternate edit version of "My Name Is Legion" (with the full-length version to appear on an upcoming album) as well as a 2014 live recording of the classic track "Substance of Purity."

This single is just a foretaste of things to come with an upcoming sixth studio full-length, "Pathetic Divinity," due to be unleashed worldwide through Kaotoxin on October 7th, 2016. More...

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