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Void Ritual Premieres "Heretical Wisdom"

You might not typically think of Albuquerque, NM as the place to gain some ancient, horrifying wisdom from a tentacled thing off in the distance. Blue meth sure, but black metal from the darkest depths of the void?

Well, that's exactly what you are getting here with New Mexico-based black metal project Void Ritual. New album "Heretical Wisdom" officially drops tomorrow - August 18th, 2017 - but today we're premiering all eight tracks a day in advance!

Listen in below and let us know what you think. You can also still pre-order your own copy at this location or snag a cassette copy here. The track listing is as follows:

1. The Flood
2. Breathing Ice
3. A Mockery of Flesh & Bone
4. Heretical Wisdom
5. The Frozen Altar
6. Maelstrom
7. Dead in Blackest Night
8. Nachzehrer More...

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Cryptex Perform Savatage’s Classic "Gutter Ballet"

There are songs that last for and influence whole generations. And there are bands that do not only cover them but rather find an outstanding way to make them their own – so that an interpretation like this sometimes becomes so much more than just a cover version.

And there are really impressive examples of this – like the one Cryptex gave with an epic version of Savatge's "Gutter Ballet" at this year’s 70000Tons Of Metal Cruise, where they amazed several metalheads with how much this song seemed to be made for the band around singer Simon Moskon. Cryptex thereby inspire with a progressive passion that to date seemed to be a unique feature of Savatage.

But this must not remain an exclusive experience for selected sailors. And so the band now recorded a live session video of their version of this masterpiece just before the start of their autumn "Anthems of Glory Tour 2017". This first result of the threepart Rain Shelter Sessions can now be watched below:

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Mordatorium Premieres "Overmind"

Chicago death metal trio Mordatorium is exceedingly proud to announce the August 25th release of new album "Obsessed With Death."

Now just over a week before that official release date, today we have an exclusive premiere of the album's seventh track "Overmind" -- check it below and let us know what you think! Like what you hear? Pre-orders are now online.

With main man Andrew Oosterbaan handling guitars, bass, and vocal duties alongside Pearl Kacew on drums, recording for "Obsessed With Death" began over the final months of 2016 and the album was completed in the spring of 2017. The cover artwork and visual design was created by Lauren Gornik Illustration.

Andrew Oosterbaan comments: "We're very excited to present this album, as it has been a long time in the making. A couple of the songs are almost two years old now! It's also a big pleasure to be able to unleash the first full-length Mordatorium release featuring acoustic drums and my longtime partner in crime Pearl.

"'Obsessed With Death' continues the trend begun on 2014's Raw, steering away from the more melodic and experimental material of Mordatorium's early years in favor of some more straight forward and nasty sounding death metal. I absolutely love the old-school looking artwork that Lauren did for us, as I feel it fits the current style of the band nicely."

1. Rampage
2. Obsessed With Death
3. Beheaded
4. The Culling (streaming here)
5. Biting Cold
6. Murder Castle
7. Overmind
8. The Gallows
9. The Butcher More...

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Counterfeit Culture Premieres New Video And EP

New Jersey melodic metal / post hardcore group Counterfeit Culture just dropped the "Deathwish" EP, consisting of three songs that rotate between crushing vocals, soaring melodies, and technical riffage.

Today we're stoked to premiere both a new music video for the "Apothecary" single (featuring Ricky Armellino of This or The Apocalypse), along with a stream of all three songs.

The clip below shows off a bad relationship and the domestic violence that comes with it, which is the overall theme of "Deathwish." Like what you hear below? Grab your own copy of the release over here.

If you missed the band's Pit Story last week about nearly being flattened like a pancake at the front of a mosh pit, you can also check it out right here.

1. Apothecary
2. Second Soul
3. X

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Eshtadur Premieres Full New Album

Colombian melodic death metal powerhouse Eshtadur is very pleased to announce that new album "Mother Gray" will be released on August 8th via Bleeding Music Records.

Today we're equally pleased to premiere that full album a day ahead of time! Check out all 10 punishing tracks below and let us know what you think.

Eshtadur originally launched in the fall of 2005 with the blazing demo "Timo Be Timo" featguring a sound in the vein of At The Gates, Soilwork and Septicflesh. Sadly we only got on the Eshtadur train much later around 2013, and boy were we missing out!

As "Mother Gray" is prepped for release upon the world, the band is also gearing up for some first-ever U.S. dates and many more festival appearances. Like what you hear below? Find Eshtadur on Facebook or stream more music at Bandcamp here.

1. Belong To Nowhere
2. Plaguemaker
3. Cornered At The Earth
4. Desolation
5. Time Hole To Paris
6. March Of The Fallen
7. The Day After I Die
8. Heavens To The Ground (Bonus)
9. Last Day Of The Condor (Bonus)
10. Burning Heart (Bonus) More...

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Seven Spires Pre-Release Full-Album Streaming

U.S. theatrical metal outfit Seven Spires premieres the pre-release full-album stream of the band's upcoming new full-length concept album "Solveig", which will be out in stores August 4th. With distinct attention to melancholic power metal, melodic death, and black metal, Seven Spires fuse sounds from across the spectrum of metal with their great love for Romantic composers, and the atmospheric and storytelling capabilities of film scores.

"The human soul is a complex, multifaceted nebula of memories, intentions, and dreams,” says vocalist Adrienne Cowan, "And in order to fully express this in a story-driven album, I think it is so important to use every musical tool available to us. You can expect everything from regal black metal, bittersweet power metal during brighter moments in the story, and even a little doom metal in the darkest depths."

Check out now "Solveig" in its entirety below (it's online for free only from July 31st until the album release on August 4th).

The "Solveig" track listing reads as follows: More...

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Discrepancies Premieres "Art Of War"

Think nu metal is dead? Think again! Today we're premiering a new video from St. Louis rapping metal crew Discrepencies for the track "Art Of War" - check it out below and let us know what you think.

Comprised of Garrett Weakley (Bass), Addison Bracher (Guitar/vocals), Phatbeatz (Drums), and ATG (Vocals), Discrepencies has formed an undeniably powerful persona blending together different genres for an innovative soundscape.

"Art Of War" is taken off the group's latest album "The Awakening," which can be streamed in full or picked at Bandcamp. Vocalist ATG Metcalf comments on the track:

"'Art of War' is metaphor comparing love and war. It's a story of betrayal. Being in a relationship is a war that you and your significant other fight together side by side as soldiers. Inevitably, an obstacle is thrown at you, leaving you injured. Your partner can either stick it out with you or leave you behind. In the absolute worst case, your partner joins the other side. This song is my interpretation of your soldier joining the other side."

The clip below was filmed by Matthew Goodman and produced by The Film Legends. Like what you hear in the track? Be sure to follow Discrepancies over at Facebook. More...

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Hostile Array Premieres "Devoid" Video

Hostile Array (formerly known as My Ransomed Soul) is gearing up to release a debut album under the new name later this year.

Today we're stoked to premiere the first official Hostile Array single - check out "Devoid" below! "Devoid" focuses specifically on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East.

"We have exacerbated issues due to a long history of foreign intervention," explains vocalist Brendan Frey. "We have been waging endless wars for years. The majority doesn’t seem to understand the concept of blowback. We dehumanize others by adopting an us vs. them mentality. We excuse countless civilian casualties, referring to them as ‘collateral damage.' The blame is on both sides of the political spectrum."

Politics and art have a long history together. Music, in particular, has been used to protest, educate, and even to propagandize. Hailing from Frederick, Maryland, Hostile Array aims to bring the band's own unapologetic perspective to an increasingly divisive culture. Like what you hear below? Be sure to follow the group at Facebook here.

"We have allowed fear and ignorance to influence our culture for far too long" comments Frey. "We go to war based on false narratives. We give up our rights in the name of security. We place our faith in the government, which by nature uses its power to oppress. In order to bring about any real change, our society will need to drastically shift its perception." More...

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Becomes Astral Premieres "Paleblood Sky"

Ontario technical death metal crew Becomes Astral is gearing up to officially release new album "Paleblood Sky" this coming August 18th, 2017.

Ahead of that release, today we are immensely pleased to exclusively premiere the title track - check it out below and let us know what you think! If you dig it, pre-orders are online here.

This song was written as an introduction track to next song, "Praise the Sun," and if you couldn't tell by the song titles, the lyrics are loosely framed around a Dark Souls / Bloodborne theme, games that both visually and conceptually inspired the band to write two very lengthy full songs.

"Paleblood Sky" will include six pulverizing tracks and was recorded and mixed by Christian Donaldson and Marco Frechette at The Grid. Upon the release of the album, the band will set out on tour throughout Canada, starting on the eastern leg with Eye of Horus and later adding Into Eternity for the western leg of the tour.

Become Astral's Layne comments: "This is our breakthrough into the minds of the creators, early development in our quest of outcasting ourselves. Dark souls will manifest themselves in these hymns of insanity."

1. The Glass Lake
2. Death Mountain
3. Shapeshift
4. Beneath the Sea of Blood
5. Paleblood Sky
6. Praise the Sun More...

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Divinity Compromised Premieres Full New Album

On July 28th, progressive metal band Divinity Compromised - featuring Lothar Keller of The Skull - will release sophomore album "Terminal." Now a day ahead of official release, we're stoked to premiere all nine tracks online a full 24 hours early.

Besides the band's five member core lineup, "Terminal" features guests spots by Kayla Dixon (Witch Mountain, Helion Prime) on the title track, Paul Kuhr (Novembers Doom) on "The Last Refugee" and The Sinful Dwarfs on "Shelter in Place."

"Terminal" is the culmination of the band's journey so far, seeing the group expanding musical horizons in all directions, with topics both intensely personal and socially relevant, and songs featuring some of the heaviest and most somber moods Divinity Compromised has yet recorded.

1. Terminal
2. Shelter in Place
3. My Escape
4. The Definition of Insanity
5. The Last Refugee
6. Free to Speak
7. Legacy
8. The Fall of Æstoria
9. Saving Grace

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Moretta Premieres Full New Album

It may be Wednesday, but I just got back from an exhausting outdoors vacation, so its a bit like Monday for me, and I'm kicking my Monday off with some killer melodic modern metalcore!

This coming Friday, July 28th, Moretta will officially unveil sophomore album "What's Left Means Nothing," but today we're hosting an exclusive premiere of the entire album ahead of time!

Fans of August Burns Red and Killswitch Engage in particular are going to dig this release. Check out all 11 tracks via the YouTube playlist below and let us know what you think! Like what you hear? You can follow the latest on the band at Facebook here or hear more tunes via the Moretta Bandcamp page.

1. This Feeling
2. At One Point
3. Death Wish
4. Watch Me Suffer
5. Headstone Remorse
6. Modern Day Coward
7. Hurricane
8. Cue the Silence
9. Codependent on Heartbreak
10. Revive the Broken
11. The Unknown More...

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Casket Robbery Premieres "Lilith" Video

Wisconsin death metal crew Casket Robbery brought on board some new members to unleash the band's heaviest material to date on new EP "The Ascension."

With a little less than a month to go until release, today we're officially premiering a new lyric video for the EP's third track "Lilith." Check it out below, but take a deep breath first -- your unrelenting nightmare has just begun!

Pulse pounding, unrelenting, and brutally catchy, "The Ascension" was produced and engineered by Cory Scheider and Troy Powell at Old Dark Horse Studio and Unintended Studios. The EP was mixed and mastered by Gabe Fry at Kimura Recordings and will drop August 18th. Cover art comes courtesy of Travis Anthony Soumis. Pre-orders are now online here and the track listing is as follows:

1. Pockets Lined with Flowers
2. The Ascension
3. Lilith More...

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Raptore Premieres Full Album

Raging Argentine heavy metal act Raptore was formed in the city of La Plata back in 2012. The throat-punching heavy/speed metal squad has so far come up with a demo and a one full-length album.

Debut album “Rage n' Fever” was originally released in last year from an Argentine label, but now the fine folks from German label Witches Brew are offering up a worldwide release.

This new version features two bonus tracks: covers of Venom's "Witching Hour" and Charger's "Desperadoes." Today we're stoked to premiere the full album online as the re-release lands via Witches Brew today. Listen in below, and expect a variety of classic NWOBHM stylings!

You can pick up the album here or follow the latest on Raptore via Facebook. The album's full track listing is as follows:

1. Rage n' Fever
2. Night on Fire
3. My Own Grave
4. The Flame
5. Evil Hand
6. Time Has Come
7. Runner of Death
8. Back in the Oven
9. Witching Hour (Originally by Venom)
10. Desperadoes (Originally by Charger) More...

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Auditory Armory Premieres Full New Album

Tomorrow - Friday the 21st - Florida group Auditory Armory will unleash sophomore album "Dark Matter."

Today we're premiering the full album's blend of metal, alternative hard rock, and prog a day ahead of time! Check out the advance listen below and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments.

Not your average symphonic female-fronted band, the influences of Auditory Armory range from jazz to heavy metal and beyond. The lyrical scope of Auditory Armory’s songs skims past the superficial love song or pop hit and instead does what so few in the music industry actually do -- write honestly.

The tracks below introspectively explore dark emotions about self-worth and one’s role in the universe. Vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter April Montallana comments: "I prefer to be honest with my lyrics. I don't care about what is popular or mainstream. I just hope that our music will move and touch some people. Music saved my life...I want to do that for others."

Auditory Armory is:

April Rose - Vocals, Guitar
Oscar Garcia - Drums
Dennis Burns - Guitar
Justice Maynard - Bass More...

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Subservience Premieres "Beneath The Earth"

Next month on August 11th, U.K. death metal crew Subservience will officially drop the "Forest Of The Impaled" album via a deal with Black Bow Records.

Today we're stoked to premiere a new track off that impending release ahead of time. Get down 'n dirty with the lyric video for death metal monstrosity "Beneath the Earth!"

Drawing influence from the classic death metal bands of yesteryear as well as the recent breed of modern greats, the brutal Sussex quartet Subservience has been busy gathering a reputation across the country and beyond with a corrosive blend of groove laden extreme metal. You will find no self-indulgent displays here; Subservience puts on a stage show that certainly pulls no punches.

Brimming with concentrated fury and a taste for chaos, Subservience released several increasingly brutal EPs prior to "Forest Of The Impaled," which was mixed and mastered by Paul “Win” Winstanley.

01. In Depravity They Dwell
02. Beneath the Earth
03. A Taste for Violence
04. Entity of Indifference
05. The Dying Light
06. Desperation
07. The Consummation
08. Descend into Despair More...

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Cons Premieres "The Burden Of Knowing Why"

Today we're stoked to not only be offering up the first announcement of a new EP from Cons, but also premiering the release's debut single!

Cons (formerly known as Coma Prevail), will unleash "Slowhealer" this coming August 11th via Revival Recordings, capturing the angst of a band having gone through the death of a friend, along with the regrets and triumphs of growing up.

The record was produced and mixed by Beau Burchell at the Cottage, with additional mixing on "I Woke Up Like This" and "Our Secret Language" by Blake Benzel. Mastering was handled by Stephen Kondracki at Rogue Planet Mastering.

Cons comments on this upcoming release: "We recorded 'Slowhealer' almost 2 years ago and had plans to self release and basically give it away just to get our music out there. That being said we couldn't be more honored and stoked to release this through Revival. It brings a sense of validation to what we've been working so hard on, to have a great label show interest and pick up the reins and give it the proper release that we feel it deserves. Thank you to everyone involved in this with us. We can't wait to get this out there and get to work."

To give you a taste of what's to come, today you can hear advance track "The Burden Of Knowing Why" in the player below. Check it out and let us know what you think. Cons had this to say about the new track:

"'The Burden Of Knowing Why' is about the crutches we use in life to get us through the fear of dying. Religion, Drugs, Lust, Power, Money etc these things that distract us and keep a veil over our eyes as the oncoming storm of ceasing to exist ever approaches. It's about accepting our inevitable fates and finding love in ourselves and for one another before it's too late to get the most out of our short lives. This song is one of the more rhythmically complicated songs throughout the first minute, a lot of chaos held together by the vocals. The mid point in the song transitions into something a little more listener friendly and we wanted an anthemic positive vocal to close out the song with." More...

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Tid Premieres Full Album

We've got something very different for you premiering today, metal legions!

Tomorrow - July 7th - The Sign Records will re-issue the entire Tid discography on CD, digital, and limited edition vinyl formats in North America. The albums were previously available only in Europe.

Today ahead of that re-issue we are now streaming all of the "Fix Idé" album - check it out below and let us know what you think. Get ready for a crazy combo of prog, metal, synthwave, and much more!

"Fix Idé" is Tid’s most recent album and contains six songs featuring six different scenarios and six different dreams. Ranging from dark apocalyptic dance music to soundtracks to a dreamlike wandering in ones mind trying to kill reflections of a dark past. With lyrics written in classic verse that brings to mind something old and long since forgotten or hidden, this is a highly different album and band.

The album was produced and art directed by Tid, and engineered and mixed by Niels Nielsen (Dead Soul). Tid includes members Martin Persner (ex-Ghost / Omega), Claudio Marino, and Arvid Persner. More...

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Mordenial Premieres "Daylight Is Gone"

Mordenial was formed in early 2000 before recording an initial two track demo titled "From Ashes Risen" back in 2002. It wouldn't be until '08 that Mordenial went from a project to a full band as Fiebig and Kjetil started to write material for the debut album.

Completing the lineup in 2011, Mordenial began recording in the spring of the next year. After various issues retaining a vocalist, Fiebig decided to write the lyrics and took over the front man position. Finally, debut album " Where the Angels Fall" was released in early 2015.

Now, the group's upcoming new album "The Plague" is due to drop on July 31st and features 10 songs revolving around the concept of plagues, from an ancient to a futuristic perspective.

Check out our exclusive premiere of new song "Daylight Is Gone" below, and you can also pre-order the album at Bandcamp here. More info on Mordenial is available via Facebook.

The band comments on this new track: "'Daylight Is Gone' is a song about a great battle in the dark years. The world is corrupted with kings that want to conquer the world. A great war rages for months. Dead bodies fill the shores and the war seems endless. The ones that survive gets terrible diseases spread from all the decomposed dead bodies." More...

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Verthebral Premieres Full New Album

Get ready for some pure death metal devastation! Today we're bringing you the full new album "Regeneration" from Paraguay death squad Verthebral.

The album officially drops tomorrow - June 29th, 2017 - but below you can hear all 10 tracks a day ahead of time.

Originally from Ciudad del Este, the group was founded by guitarist Daniel Larroza in September of 2013. Three years later in December of '16 the band began recording for "Regeneration," finally finishing in March the next year.

The album was produced by Verthebral and was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Alberto Santacruz at Abato Records. Featuring artwork by Brazilian artist Marcos Mille, the album's themes revolve around agnosticism, religious criticism, human behavior, war and death. Pre-orders are online here and the full track listing is a follows:

01. Apocalyptic Seasons (Intro)
02. Place Of Death
03. Spirit In Solitude
04. Regeneration
05. Beyond The Garden Of Creation
06. Without Any God
07. Old Man's Memories
08. The Plague Of Insomnia
09. Immaterial Essence Of Things
10. Inside Of Me More...

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Ether Premieres "Fleas Of A Rat"

Florida sludge metal band Ether is gearing up to return with sophomore album, "There is Nothing Left For Me Here," due to arrive in jut over a week.

In advance of the impending official release date, today we're exclusively premiering new album track "Fleas Of A Rat" - listen in below and let us know what you think!

The album hones in on Ether's NOLA sludge influences and reverb soaked somber melodies, written amidst the separation and divorce process of a member, which steadies the mood of the record toward complete and utter abandonment.

Lyrically, "TINLFMH" touches on the personal but focuses on current socio-political affairs, the whitewashing of historically tragic events, western programming, capitalism, and other tenets of denigration of the human condition.

"There is Nothing Left For Me Here" will be released on July 7th 2017 on CD, cassette, vinyl and digital formats. If you missed it, previously released song "No Gods No Masters" can still be heard at this location. More...

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