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Shardborne Premieres Full New Album

Ahead of the July 10th release date for "Living Bridges" we're bringing you an exclusive premiere of Irish instrumental / prog metal band Shardborne's new album in full - listen in below.

"Living Bridges" follows the 2011 EP “Aeonian Sequence” (available at Bandcamp here) and was mastered by producer Jamie King (known for his work with Between The Buried and Me). Artwork for "Living Bridges" was designed by Skyclad and Scale the Summit artist Duncan Storr.

Each track stands unique on its own or can be listened as part of a 51 minute sonic journey which has often more similarities towards classical composition than the modern day verse, chorus, verse repeat set-up.

Comments drummer Ben Wanders on the album: “'Living Bridges' is a culmination of our interests and pretty accurately represents the type of music we like to create. Everyone has their own preferences and tastes, and that results in having many varied influences on the music.”

As for inspiration, adds bassist Cormac O’Farrell, “We focused mainly on creating as interesting an album as possible for us musically. We try to keep it interesting, using things like phone numbers to make up riffs or time signatures! Also, with many interesting pedals lying around you’re never short of inspiration or entertainment!

The album was recorded entirely by the band’s Ciaran Culhane [guitars] and Ben Wanders, before going on to be mixed and mastered by Jamie King at Basement Recording. Ciaran comments on the recording process: “The biggest challenge for us really was the amount of time it took. We wanted to be thorough and make sure every part of each song was as good as we could make it…. I don't think we would have achieved a finished product that we were as happy with if we had gone to someone else's studio…” More...

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Nervosa Premieres "Into Moshpit" Music Video

All female Brazilian thrashers Nervosa are about ready to hit the road on a massive tour of Europe all this summer with the likes of U.S. thrash legends Hirax and a run with Crisix and Desolator, culminating in the band's first headline tour of the U.K.

Appropriately, in celebration of the upcoming tour, the band has premiered its new music video for the track "Into Moshpit," which appears on the 2014 debut album "Victim of Yourself," which is available now via Napalm Records at this location.

Metal Underground is proud to present the premiere of the video here:

All the upcoming tour dates can be found below: More...

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Obscene Entity Premieres "Hymns Of The Faithless"

Today we're going to get absolutely obscene with a new premiere from an up-and-coming extreme metal outfit from the U.K.

You can get a first impression of Obscene Entity through our exclusive premiere of the "Hymns of the Faithless" below.

From the East Anglian region of the United Kingdom, Obscene Entity forges together elements of grind, death and black metal to create a multifarious manifestation of heavy music greater than the sum of its parts.

"Hymns Of The Faithless" will appear on the upcoming "Lamentia" album that was mixed and mastered by Dan Abela and still has a release date TBA, so keep your eyes on this spot. The band also comments:

"Loosely based upon the fragility of the human mind, and losing one's sanity through grievance, this album features 9 tracks which we think, show a big step up from what we have delivered in the past."

For the latest developments on this Obscene Entity of metallic carnage, be sure to check out the group's Facebook profile. More...

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The Blood Royale Premieres Video Double Feature

The Blood Royale released a double feature video to promote the band's skate deck designed by Born Loco Skate Co.

The video was created in the style of a drive-in theater double feature. While it’s titled as a double feature, the film actually contains three videos for the songs “Let There Be Blood,” “Blackout the Sun” and “Alphabitch.”

Born Loco’s Sonny Malvolio organized, coordinated, produced, and wrote the story lines. Malvolio is also known for his work with D.R.I., Deadhorse and Pasadena Napalm Division, Eagle Claw and Daikaiju. Future artists include Venomous Maximus and Castle. Nathan Daughdrill of Neightmedia meanwhile shot and edited the videos.

The video for “Let There Be Blood” is from an actual photo shoot to create the skate deck and features a bloody Hannah Santibanez. Shawn Smith is the photographer the second video, which is a live performance, and third bonus video took place during drummer John Petri’s birthday. The videos are dedicated to Kenneth Johnson. More...

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Carnivora Premieres "The Vision"

Tomorrow (June 23rd) sees the official release of Carnivora's new vision for metal, but you don't have to wait that long to hear the EP, as we're proud to be bringing you an exclusive premiere ahead of time.

Pummeling and aggressive but with a hint of melody, Carnivora plays with passion and keeps the energy running high - check out all four tracks from "The Vision" below.

These four tracks showcasing the sonic evolution of Carnivora follow 2013's "Eternal" full-length and are up for pre-order at Bandcamp here. For more details about the release and a closer look at the band, be sure to check out our recent interview with Cody Michaud at this location. The track listing is:

1. A Vision In Red
2. Pessimist's Tongue
3. Razors & Rust
4. The Reek Of Defeat More...

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Vesuvius Premieres "This House Is Not A Home"

As Canadian outfit Vesuvius releases new single "This House Is Not A Home," today we're bringing you an exclusive premiere of the track's lyric video - check it out below! Vesuvius' Benjamin Cooligan also comments on the new song:

"'This House is Not a Home' serves as a first installment of a vast excursion spanning many personal experiences and viewpoints. The lyrics are an excerpt from a writing crafted during the darkest period of my life.

"The recording process was by far the most emotional that we as musicians have faced to date. Hopefully the message we have come to share can apply personally to each and every one of you."

The driving concept behind Vesuvius (often stylized VSUVS) is to be hard-working, driven musicians who hunger to perfect and share their craft. The convocation of Vesuvis didn't occur overnight - the band's lineup had seen many a crowd and shared many a stage before discovering the unique chemistry behind its current guise.

Billy, Robin, Taylor, and Benjamin have all composed and performed both music and other art forms for multiple years under different identities; most notably, the four had shared the stage among two other bandmates under the name Of Burning Empires since the spring of 2012. When said act found little progress within those years, the four grew hungry, longing for sustainability and took on a new name and form.

Now reborn, long merciless days and long sleepless nights are devoted towards honing the sound and message Vesuvius has set out to achieve. For more info on Vesuvius, head over to the band's Facebook profile here. More...

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Arkona Releases New Video "Zov Pustyh Dereven'"

Russian blackened folk metal act Arkona premieres the new music video for "Zov pustyh dereven,'" which can be viewed in the player below. The song appears on the latest studio effort "Yav" (2014), which is available now through Napalm Records.

The Russian warriors revolving around the impressive frontlady Masha "Scream" Arkhipova have perfected their unique style. Like never before, the band interweaves brutal Metal riffs, pounding drums and folk melodies, the latter played mostly on authentic and medieval instruments. Sweeping and profound songs, epic compositions and dream-like atmospheres create the distinctive and enthralling sound of Arkona!

Arkona will hit the road in North America this September/October with Heidevolk and California's Helsott.

The dates for the tour, with more still to be announced are:

Sep 09: Petit Campus, Montreal, Canada
Sep 10: Salle Multi, Quebec City, Canada
Sep 11: The Garrison, Toronto, Canada
Sep 12: Alrosa Villa, Columbus, OH
Sep 13: Reggie's, Chicago, IL
Sep 20: Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
Sep 23: Metro Opera House, Oakland, CA
Sep 25: Complex, Los Angeles, CA
Sep 26: The Merrow, San Diego, CA
Sep 27: Joe's Grotto, Phoenix, AZ
Sep 30: The Riot Room, Kansas City, MO
Oct 02: Metro Gallery, Baltimore, MD
Oct 04: The Orpheum, Tampa, FL

Metal Underground.com is proud to present the world premiere of the "Zov pustyh dereven'" here: More...

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Bone Gnawer Premieres "Chainsaw Carnage"

Hope you wore a poncho to Metalunderground.com today, because everybody in the front row is about to get fucking splattered from the "Chainsaw Carnage!"

Bone Gnawer's unholy abomination of putrid death metal that is "Cannibal Crematorium" will drop through Pulverised Records early next month (July 10th to be specific), and today we're bringing you an exclusive listen to the third track. Check out "Chainsaw Carnage" below, featuring guest spots from Tom and Adam of Cardiac Arrest.

"Cannibal Crematorium" - the band's sophomore album - will be available on CD and limited edition gatefold vinyl, both of which can be pre-ordered at this location.

For those not familiar with Bone Gnawer, the act is led by death metal maestro Kam Lee (ex-Massacre, ex-Mantas) and this album showcases an army of special guests like Dave Ingram (ex-Benediction, ex-Bolt Thrower), Mark Riddick (Fetid Zombie), Vincent Crowley (Acheron), and Noel Kemper (Gruesome Stuff Relish). The full track listing is as follows: More...

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Tad Morose Premieres New Video "Your Own Demise"

In 2013, Sweden's Tad Morose arose from a ten year slumber to release the comeback album "Revenant" (see review here), the debut for ex-Steel Attack, current Inmoria frontman, Ronny Hemlin, who joined in 2008. It was a rebirth for one of the most underrated and largely influential bands. Riff lord and band leader Christer "Krunt" Andersson put on a riff clinic, showing the world once again his prominence as song writer.
Now, on August 28th, the band is about to unleash the next chapter - "St. Demonius" - via Despotz Records. Today, Metal Underground.com is proud to premiere the new track and music video "Your Own Demise," which can be viewed in the player below.

The clip was directed and filmed by Richard Harryson and edited by ProVid Films, "Your Own Demise" was shot at the Trash Mansion in Bolinas, Sweden.

"'Your Own Demise" was filmed at the Trash Mansion in Bollnäs," says Tad Morose mainman, Christer "Krunt" Andersson. "It was originally supposed to be recorded at another location with some grand ideas by the director, but although we live in an era with numerous communication tools everything got real messed up and I don´t think anyone really knew what was going on, haha." He concludes, "Anyway, we picked up the pieces and completed the video in the end - just before the deadline. Pretty chaotic to say the least! Yes, we know it is another "performance video" with no fire breathing dragons, half naked girls or fire. Nothing fancy at all really, just us performing. But that´s us. METAL! Play it LOUD!"

The track listing for "St. Demonius" is:

1. Bow to the Reaper's Blade
2. Forlorn (see music video here)
3. Where Ignorance Reigns
4. Remain
5. Black Fire Rising
6. Day of Reckoning
7. The Shadows Play
8. Darkness Prevail
9. Fear Subside
10. Dream of Memories
11. The World Is Growing Old
12. Your Own Demise

Check out "Your Own Demise" here: More...

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Tribute Wants You To Remember This Name

New York melodic hardcore outfit Tribute is gearing up to drop a self-titled EP on June 13th, and today we're stoked to bring you the exclusive premiere of a new lyric video culled from that release.

Check out the lyric video for "Remember My Name" featuring Ryan "Tuck" O'Leary (Fit For A King) below. Local fans can also catch the band live at an EP release show on Saturday, June 20th at My Place Pizza in Poughkeepsie, New York.

For more info on the band, head over to the Tribute Facebook profile. The "Tribute" track listing is as follows:

1. The Hopeless
2. Symphonies
3. Winters Cold
4. Departed
5. She Broke My Heart So I Broke Her Desk
6. Remember My Name

Tribute is:

Vocals - Alex Lord
Guitar & Vocals - Dan Michos
Guitar - Brandon Mohamed
Bass - Mike Anderson
Drums - Andrew McCusker More...

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MindMaze Announces Details Of New EP

MindMaze has checked in with the exclusive details on the upcoming new EP "Dreamwalker," which will be released on July 27, 2015. The EP's name is taken from the track "Dreamwalker," which appeared on the latest full length effort "Back From the Edge" (see our review here), which was issued back in October 2014 via Inner Wound Recordings. Pre-orders for "Dreamwalker" are available now in strictly limited quantities only on the band's official website up through the week of release at this location.

The EP was recorded and Mixed by Brian J. Anthony and produced by Jeff Teets and MindMaze. The artwork was created by MONOWASP. It will contain the album version and special duet version of "Dreamwalker" (the latter featuring Serious Black vocalist Urban Breed) along with the brand new track "Slave to the Cycle," three cover songs and an acoustic version of "Remember" (originally from the debut "Mask of Lies").

MindMaze has also announced that bassist Rich Pasqualone is now officially back in group (Pasqualone performed on the debut "Mask Of Lies"), replacing temporary bassist Mike LaPond (Symphony X/Mike LaPond's Silent Assassins) who performed on "Back From the Edge."

The band commented: "It’s been an honor and a privilege to have Mike LePond play on 'Back From the Edge' and play a majority of our 2014 gigs with us, but having Rich in the band as a full-blown member just seems to be the right call. We can’t thank Mike enough for his time and effort with us and we remain great friends. Taking 18 months away from things helped Rich sort things out a bit and for us to really appreciate what everyone can bring to the table. Our third album is sure to be a more collaborative effort and Rich has already been contributing some quality ideas. We feel like a full-fledged unit again and the overall morale between us is higher than ever before."

The track list for "Dreamwalker" is as follows:

1. Dreamwalker (Album Version)
2. Slave to the Cycle (new original song)
3. Arena of Pleasure (W.A.S.P. Cover)
4. Remember (Acoustic Version)
5. Promises in the Dark (Pat Benatar Cover)
6. Strange Wings (Savatage Cover)
7. Dreamwalker (Duet Version feat. Urban Breed) More...

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The Negation Premieres Full Album

After a series of teaser trailers, The Negation is now ready to fully unleash new album "Memento Mori," which will officially drop early next month via Kaotoxin Records.

The Negation's debut full-length, "Paths of Obedience" (2013), took an unsuspecting scene by total surprise with its crushingly heavy and powerful production for a freezing cold, dark as fuck and totally nihilistic black metal. "Memento Mori," the band's second full-length, sees the band ready to conquer even more territory.

The album was produced at the Hybreed Studio (Temple of Baal, Glorior Belli, Azziard) with artwork by Metastazis (Morbid Angel, Behemoth, Watain) and can be heard in full below. The track listing is as follows:

1. Intro
2. The true Enemy
3. Sacrifice the Weak
4. Parasite Fall
5. A Prayer for Those I Will Have to Kill
6. Faith in God's Corpse
7. End of Cycle
8. Visions of Doom
9. Résistance
10. Outro More...

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Alustrium Opens "A Tunnel To Eden"

Emerging from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Alustrium is introducing the world to a new form of progressive death metal, and we're stoked to be the harbingers today of upcoming album "A Tunnel To Eden."

Check out our exclusive worldwide premiere of the opening title track below. You can also find more info on the band and check out some playthrough videos at the Alustrium Facebook profile.

From intense, technical riffs to lengthy, soulful solos, Alustrium creates a unique blend between melody and fierce brutality. The band's new album will be released on July 24th, 2015 and the track listing is as follows:

1. A Tunnel To Eden
2. The Atheist Phenomenon
3. In His Own Image
4. Wander
5. Slackjaw
6. Procreate, Eviscerate
7. My Possessor
8. Lucid Intervals
9. The Illusion of Choice I
10. The Illusion of Choice II
11. The Illusion of Choice III More...

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The Negation Posts "Memento Mori" Trailer

Although seemingly an orthodox black metal band, France's The Negation is more than meets the eye and will release new album "Memento Mori" worldwide via Kaotoxin Records on July 10th. A new teaser clip is now available below. This time it's war! The record label also comments:

"Kaotoxin would like to clarify the artistic concept behind The Negation, which is featuring tyrants speeches and images, from both the left and right wing in these videos.

"Kaotoxin is not, and nor is The Negation, supporting any politics or ideology and 'Memento Mori' is a call to resistance for the so-called 'weak' to resist, fight, crush and destroy the so-called 'elite,' might they be tyrants, politicians, bankers or whoever, and stand against all kind of physical or spiritual enslavement. They are few, we are billions and they can't win. Resist, fight and crush them 'till the last one cries for the pity we won't have.

"The last track of the album is a concept based on this statement. Two left-wing tyrants (Mao and Stalin) speeches are featured on the left ear channel while two right-wing tyrants (Hitler and Goebbels) are featured on the right ear channel. The listener consequently stands in the middle and triumphs, being the only one in the end when the four speeches end." More...

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The FTW Streams Entire Debut Release

Today, the debut release "Vendetta Kind Of Mood" from New York's The FTW is unleashed. You can purchase a copy from the band at this location, at Bandcamp over here or through iTunes.

As a special treat for fans, Metal Underground.com is proud to present you with a full album stream of "Vendetta Kind of Mood," which you can hear in the player below.

So who is The FTW? Well, It’s an acronym that can be seen all across our great nation. It sits proudly next to 1% patches on filthy, greasy leather jackets and flies arrogantly on the backs of Harley Davidson motorcycles.

What does it mean? Fuck The World: A credo shared by bikers, punks and freak flag flyers worldwide.

The FTW is also the name of Michael Dolan’s new band. Dolan earned his own stripes touring the world with the surf punk outfit, The Turbo A.C.’s. But now he has his sights set on heavier horizons. He joined forces with underground guitar legend, The Major Nelson, and percussion powerhouse J.J. Meraz.

The FTW plays a brand of heavy NWOBHM rock and roll citing influences with bands like Black Sabbath, Thin Lizzy and Motorhead. The Major’s thrashing, bluesy crank riffs meld brutally with Dolan’s Disciples of Lemmy Rickenbacker Bass and his Marshall stack cranked up to ‘Eleven!’

With the band’s latest LP Vendetta Kind Of Mood, The FTW is currently crushing skulls in clubs all around New York City and the world is next. The FTW keeps the torch burning, and burning brightly, for straight ahead high-octane metal and balls-to-the-wall rock and roll.

The track list for the album is:

1. Please Allow Me To Introduce Myself
2. Who Crowned You King
3. Pill
4. Minotaur
5. Billy Bats
6. Axe to Grind
7. Bleed Out
8. Demonize
9. Pull Your Patch
10. Pound of Flesh

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Shape Of Despair Dreams Of A Distant Life

Shape Of Despair is set to inject some melancholy into your life this June 16th with the release of "Monotony Fields" via Season Of Mist.

Now less than a month from release, we're bringing you an official premiere of new song "The Distant Dream of Life." Listen in exclusively below. Shape Of Despair also comments:

"Originally this song was intended as an intro to the 'Monotony Fields' album. Even this one has quite Rapture alike start, we felt to end this in a Shape Of Despair way, slowing pace down and to insert bit of hopelessness inside. To bring out a slightly different character of the album, we present to you the shortest and possibly the catchiest song of the album."

If you missed them, be sure to hear the previous songs "Descending Inner Night" and the title track available here. You can also pre-order your copy of the coming album at this location. More...

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Twingiant Premieres "Tiger Lily" Video

In the mood for some loud as shit stoner doom? Crack open the beers and pour the shots (who cares that its Tuesday morning?) because Twingiant has teamed up with us to release a new music video for "Tiger Lily." The Dillon Vaughn-created clip is available below.

"Tiger Lily" can be found on Twingiant's 2nd self-released album, "Devil Down," which is available for streaming at Bandcamp here. "Devil Down" was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Ryan Butler at Arcane Digital Recording in the summer of 2014.

Twingiant's guitarist Nikos also had the following to say: "We finally decided to release a video and the track we picked is 'Tiger Lily' as we feel it is the best representation of our sound. The lyrics revolve around disappointment and frustration and this is the basis of the scenes in the video." More...

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Hate Premieres New Lyric Video

Polish death metal tyrants Hate have unleashed the new lyric video for "Rise Omega The Consequence!" right here on Metal Underground.com. The track appears on the band's latest album "Crusade: Zero," which we reviewed over at this location.

"Crusade: Zero" is the band's ninth studio release, which was issued via Napalm Records back in January. It was the swan song for departing guitarist Konrad Ramotowski a/k/a Destroyer (who left back in April) and first to feature drummer Pawel Jaroszewicz a/k/a Pavulon behind the kit.

For the lyric video the band commented: "We teamed up again with Redpig Production to create this vision of the Universe and magnitude of the energies contained within it - worlds in worlds, cold void and monster explosions. It is like a voyage through aeons of raging darkness and burning cores. The song is about Darklight (OMEGA), illuminating dark energy that permeates every thing. It is also a tribute to Chaos, which is the origin and the end of things. I hope you will find this appealing as much as we do. Hail Tiamat!"

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Delain Premieres New Lyric Video "Sing To Me"

Dutch symphonic metal act Delain is currently trekking around North America with Sweden's Sabaton supporting Finnish legends Nightwish. Tonight the tour stops in Dallas, Texas at the Bomb Factory.

Today, the band celebrates this tour with a new lyric video for the track "Sing to Me," which features Nightwish bassist/vocalist Marco Hietala on guest vocals.

The song appears on the latest album "The Human Contradiction" (2014, Napalm Records), an album receiving near universal praise. The remaining dates are as follows:

05/05/15 Bomb Factory – Dallas, TX
05/06/15 Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
05/08/15 House of Blues – Orlando, FL
05/09/15 Revolution – Fort Lauderdale, FL
05/11/15 Marathon Music Work – Nashville, TN
05/12/15 Expo Five – Louisville, KY
05/13/15 Filmore – Charlotte, NC
05/14/15 Filmore – Silver Springs, MD

Metal Underground.com is absolutely stoked to present this new lyric video exclusively to you. Check it out here: More...

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Withering Soul Premieres New Black Metal Track

In just a little over a month, Withering Soul will paint the "Adverse Portrait" and distribute it via Mortal Music.

June 9th can't come soon enough, but to tide you over until the official album unveiling, today we're teamed up with the haunted black metal outfit to release an advance track. Check out "No Longer Within" in the player below.

"Adverse Portrait" is the third full-length from the Chicago band and follows 2011 release, "No Closure." The upcoming album features guest vocals from Steve Sagala (ex-Enforsaken) on “No Longer Within" and was engineered and mixed by Chris Wisco at Belle City Sound, and mastered by Dennis Israel at Clintworks Audio.

Cover art was handled by Pierre-Alain D of 3mmi Design, and the "Adverse Portrait" track listing is as follows:

01. Vestige
02. No Longer Within
03. The Dreadful Echo
04. Awakening
05. Hour Of Obstinacy
06. Hex Illusion
07. Shadow Path
08. In Abscence More...

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