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Black Orchid Premieres New Lyric Video

Flagstaff Arizona's Black Orchid released the "Wake" album on September 6th, 2013, and today we are proud to premiere a new lyric video taken off the album.

In continued celebration of the release, Black Orchid tapped Century Media Records videographer and director Shan Dan Horan to create a lyric video for latest single "The Blue(s)." Check out the video below, and vocalist Matt Babcock comments:

"We all love Breaking Bad and decided bid the show a final farewell with a blistering new lyric video. Thanks to director Shan Dan at Century Media Records, the video turned out great and whether you love metal, Breaking Bad or both this video will be very entertaining!"

To hear more from the band, check out the track "Good Intentions" here. The "Wake" album is available at iTunes and the full track listing is as follows:

1. Bloom
2. Deserve to Die
3. There Go I
4. Annastacia
5. Ichthus
6. Crestfallen
7. The Blue(s)
8. Good Intentions
9. Anomaly (Live)
10. Depths of Despair (Live)
11. Rape the Willing
12. CWE

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Tyrants Blood Streaming "Deceiver"

Fresh off the vinyl release of "Into the Kingdom of Graves" via Tridoid Records, now Tyrants Blood has another release coming your way.

"Coven" (due out February 18th) is a compilation of earlier material from the band that has never before been available digitally, and today we bring you the album's closing track "Deceiver."

Check it out in the player below, and the full "Coven" track listing is as follow:

1. Slaine the Berzerker
2. Slithering Into Exile
3. Prophecy
4. Cast Into Hell
5. Torn From the Sky
6. Destroyer
7. Riddle of Flesh
8. Merciless
9. Destruction Consuming
10. Wolfheart
11. Shadows
12. Deceiver

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Insain To Release New EP

Today we've got good news for brutal death metal fans: Paris, France outfit Insain is gearing up to release a new EP titled "Enlightening the Unknown!"

Metalunderground.com now brings you the exclusive premiere of this news, in addition to a teaser trailer for the release. Check it out below.

Full details on the release date and track listing are forthcoming. You can also read Insain's addition to our "Pit Stories" column at this location.

"Enlightening the Unknown" follows the band's previous album "Spiritual Rebirth" (reviewed here). To hear more from Insain, navigate to the band's Facebook profile.

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Suffering Hour Premieres "Infected Skull"

Update: the stream is no longer up, but be sure to hear the band's music by navigating to the Suffering Hour Facebook profile.

U.S. outfit Suffering Hour is gearing up to release “Foreseeing Exemptions to a Dismal Beyond” on January 17th via Tridoid Records, and today we bring you the exclusive premiere of a track off the EP.

Check out "Infected Skull" in the player provided below. Tridoid Records also comments on the band:

"Suffering Hour is a proggy black/thrash band based in the Twin Cities. The band has gone through many changes, but the style and lineup has remained consistent since early 2011. Lead by guitarist Josh Raiken with Dylan Haseltine on bass/vocals and Jason Oberuc on drums, the music takes influence from genres ranging from black metal to old school prog rock.

"Some of the band’s biggest influences are Absu, Unleashed, The Chasm, Inquisition, Kreator, Deathspell Omega, King Crimson, and Merciless. The band has released a couple of demos in the past, but is now excited to be releasing their first official release on Tridroid Records."

The full track listing is as follows:

1. Truths of the Unknown
2. Prog Thrashing Death
3. A Dismal Beyond
4. Infected Skull
5. Enthralled In Lunacy Abyss
6. Compassion Dies

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Besegra Premieres New Song "Blood Lust"

Update: the stream is no longer available, but you can check out music from the band via the Besegra Facebook profile.

Capping the year off with some face-shredding thrash influenced by death metal and a variety of other styles comes Canadian outfit Besegra.

The band is now releasing the "Infortunium" EP, which was produced by Bart Frydrychowicz and mixed / mastered by Clintworks Audio. In true old school spirit, "Infortunium" is being released as a limited cassette run.

If you haven't gotten your hands on one of the tapes, you can still hear music from the EP, as today Metalunderground.com brings you the premiere of new track "Blood Lust," which can be heard below.

The full track listing is as follows:

1. Master of Attrition
2. Blood Lust
3. The Beast Submits
4. Open Arms
5. Division
6. This Is What Killers Are Made Of More...

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Thunderwar Streaming "Eagle Of Glory"

Update: the stream is no longer available, but you can hear music from Thunderwar over at the band's Facebook profile here.

Polish outfit Thunderwar has self-released a new EP titled "The Birth of Thunder," and now Metalunderground.com is bringing you the U.S. premiere of the new track "Eagle of Glory." Give it a listen below. The following press release was also issued about the band:

"Cold as ice, angry as a horde of Viking warriors, and determined like an army fighting for freedom of their homeland: Thunderwar! The band was born in 2013, when four young metal maniacs decided to join their forces to not only pay their tribute to such metal heroes as Bathory, Unleashed, Dissection, or Amon Amarth, but to prove that Poland has again something to say to the metal world, after giving birth to cult acts such Vader or Behemoth.

"Since the very beginning the band decided to work only with the best ones. Debut EP 'The Birth of Thunder' was finally mixed and produced by Wieslawscy Bros from Hertz Studio. The band’s logo was designed by Christophe Szpajdel and the cover artwork for 'The Birth of Thunder' EP was created by Mario Lopez.

"Currently the band is promoting its self-released EP and in the middle of 2014 will enter the Hertz Studio to work on the first, full album, which is foretold to be a step to the next level - higher, than anybody can expect! Thunderwar: Better remember this name, as they are here to stay!"

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Dismemberment Premieres New Song

Update: the stream is now longer available, but you can check out the band's music at Facebook here.

Ohio metallers Dismemberment spent October recording new album "Embrace the Dark" with Travis Lautenschalger at the Club Sandwich studio in Columbus.

The album has now been mixed by Joel Grind (Toxic Holocaust) and mastered by Dan Randall (Ghoul), with an early 2014 release expected.

You don't have to wait that long to hear music from the impending full-length however, as today we at Metalunderground.com are proud to bring you an exclusive premiere for new track "Eye of the Keeper."

Give it a listen below, and let us know what you think in the comments section. You can also catch the band live:

1/9 - Columbus OH, Ace of Cups (w/Skeletonwitch)
1/10 - Covington KY, Backstage
1/11 - Indianapolis IN, Rockhouse (w/Skeletonwitch)

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Twelve Foot Ninja Posts New Tour Diary

Australian outfit Twelve Foot Ninja has just completed both a European and an American run of shows, which marks the band's first time conquering U.S. soil.

Twelve Foot Ninja has been teaming up with us at Metalunderground.com to chronicle the entire trek, and today the band releases a third and final tour update.

Check out this latest tour diary below, covering Illinois to New York, or you can also read the previously posted Part 1 and Part 2 of the road report series. More...

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The Kennedy Veil Premieres New Song

Sacramento, CA death metal act The Kennedy Veil today unleashes a brand new track titled “In The Ashes of Humanity,” and we’re proud to bring you the exclusive premiere. Give it a listen below.

The track, which is taken from the band's forthcoming debut album, “Trinity of Falsehood,” also serves as the official debut of the The Kennedy Veil's new vocalist Taylor Wientjes.

Taylor had the following to say about the new material: "As the new vocalist for The Kennedy Veil, I am super stoked with how Trinity Of Falsehood turned out! We all hit the studio hard and it shows throughout the album. Particularly 'In The Ashes Of Humanity,' an ideal blend of raw aggression and refreshing riffs really portrays some of our diversities."

The new album was produced by Nick Botelho at NB Recording in Santa Rosa, CA and features artwork from Ken Sarafin. The album is set for release on January 21st, 2014 via Unique Leader Records and the track listing is as follows:

1. Ad Noctum
2. Eulogy of the Divine
3. Enslave.Defile.Erase
4. Trinity of Falsehood
5. King of Slaves
6. Seventh Circle
7. Necrotic Gospel
8. Beneath the Shroud of Atonement
9. Disciples of Dead Aeons
10. In the Ashes of Humanity
11. Perfidia More...

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Feared Streaming Full New Album

Today – November 25th, 2013 – sees the official release of Feared’s new album “Vinter,” which was produced and mixed by Jocke Skog with artwork handled by Sylvain Lucchina.

With the album dropping today, the band is also now letting fans hear all forty minutes of the Swedish metal opus. Check it out in the player provided below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments section.

You can also pick up your own copy of the release at iTunes here, or find more info on Feared via Facebook. The full album’s track listing is as follows:

1. Sun Awake
2. Needle Effect
3. Your God
4. Hate is Everything
5. Mass Destruction
6. Erased
7. Huldra
8. Invidia
9. Mylingen
10. My Shadow World
11. Vinter

Featuring members who have been involved with The Haunted, Chimaira, and Demonoid, Feared consists of:

Ola Englund - Guitar
Jocke Skog - Bass
Mario Ramos - Vocals
Kevin Talley – Drums

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We All Die (Laughing) Teases New Album

Kaotoxin records is very proud to announce the addition of French-Bulgarian duet We All Die (Laughing), which features vocalist-extraordinaire Arno Strobl (Carnival In Coal, 6:33) and multi-talented musician and composer Déhà (C.O.A.G., Maladie).

We at Metalunderground are equally proud to be bringing you the U.S. exclusive premiere of the news, along with a teaser trailer announcing the collaboration that can be seen below.

The band was first featured on the title track for label-mates Eye of Solitude‘s digital EP “The Deceit," and will unleash its own debut full-length, titled “Thoughtscanning,” through Kaotoxin on January 14th, 2014.

“Thoughtscanning” marks the return of Arno Strobl to a band of his very own since the demise of Carnival In Coal more than half a decade ago. Arno has been guesting on various projects since then, including his collaboration with France’s 6:33 for the 2013 full-length, “The Stench From The Swelling.”

But We All Die (Laughing) is his very own thing, a vehicle to express dark emotions and feelings and showcase the real him, far away from all of his previous performances, while still displaying how varied his vocal talents are, ranging from crooner-like singing to deep death metal like growls: a trademark is recognized for.

He comments: “Thoughtscanning has been the meeting of three different goals. First, working with Déhà, of course. We really felt we had to record something together. Then getting rid of that 'funny singer' sticker I got through my previous musical works. Last but not least: writing about depression, which was an emergency, and a matter of life and death."

Déhà, the man behind the 33 minute long concept that’s “Thoughtscan,” the only track on “Thoughtscanning,” is a gifted Stakhanovite musician and songwriter, already signed to Kaotoxin records with his own-man dark grindcore project, C.O.A.G.

Besides We All Die (Laughing) and C.O.A.G., he’s also involved in a dozen active projects, including the likes of Imber Luminis, Merda Mundi, Yhdarl, Clouds, and many more. Kaotoxin issued the following statement: More...

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Diamond Plate Premieres New Music Video

Chicago’s Diamond Plate today launches a music video for “Dance With Reality,” and we at Metalunderground.com are stoked to bring you the exclusive premiere.

The video was directed by Lester Cohn (Mastodon, Neil Young, Chevelle) and the track is taken from Diamond Plate’s sophomore album “Pulse,” available now via Earache/Century Media Records.

Watch “Dance With Reality,” starring both Diamond Plate and a ’66 "SS" Chevelle, in the player below and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments section. Diamond Plate also adds:

"Our goal with this music video was to capture the band's live energy in a cinematic way while giving the viewer more than just a video of us playing live. Thanks to our director Lester, our cinematographer Andrew, all of the cast and crew, and the 1966 Chevelle for being a badass motherfucker."

You can also stream the band’s entire new “Pulse” album by heading over to this location.

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Whitemare Premieres Full "Screamer" EP

U.K. outfit Whitemare, which is a cross between hardcore punk, metal, and southern rock, has now released "Screamer" digitally via Riot House Records.

Whitemare features ex-Architect vocalist Matt Johnson, ex-Johnny Truant guitarist Al Kilcullen, ex-Centurion drummer Eugene Economou, and has been torturing eardrums since 2008.

Today Metalunderground.com is bringing you the U.S. exclusive premiere of the entire "Screamer" release, which can be heard in the player below.

Give it a listen and let us know what you think in the comments section, and then pick up your own copy of "Screamer" through Riot House Records here. You can also find further details on the band via Facebook.

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Twelve Foot Ninja Checks In From The Road

After recently completing a European run, the Aussie outfit Twelve Foot Ninja has now officially invaded the U.S. for a first-ever North American tour.

We've been keeping up with the band as vocalist Kin checks in with daily updates from the road.

You can check out the last road report right here, or see what kin had to say about days 18 - 30 of the tour below, and find out how he explains to fans that he doesn't actually have ninja powers.

You can also keep up-to-date on the latest Twelve Foot Ninja activity and tour routing at the band's Facebook profile here. If you were at any of these shows, be sure to leave a comment below and let us know what you thought!

TFN Tour: Day 18 San Diego

We wake up in the coach, to a very foggy San Diego day. We soon head to the venue and park the coach. We come out on stage, and the room is fairly full. There is an opening in the middle of the crowd to accommodate a circle pit, with a wall of people facing us at the other side. Weird vibe. We get going, and the people up the front are digging it. Occasionally the pit starts up, only to be completely ruined by our Reggae and Latin stylings. I attempted to encourage them to keep going, they didn't. I think we did fairly well, as the reception at the end was really good, and unexpected given the interactivity (or lack thereof) during the set. Sometimes, audiences stand motionless, just taking it in. "Do I like this? Is it ok to like this?". I believe that was the case in this instance. Still, it was a decent show. We hung out later with DLC, and BOO, had a few drinks, then got on the bus, and pretty much went straight to bed. Jet-lag is catching up. Nite, San Diego!

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Ringbearer Premieres Full New Album

Update: the album stream is no longer available, but you can hear music from the band at Facebook here.

Following in the grand tradition of Tolkien-inspired metal comes Ringbearer, the solo project of Vultyrous from Funeral Fornication and Archspire.

Ringbearer will be releasing new album "The Way Is Shut" via Tridroid Records in December, 2013. But while the release is still weeks away, you don't have to wait any longer to hear "The Way Is Shut," as today we are pleased to bring you a full stream of the entire album.

While Vultyrous is primarily known for his work in both death and black metal, Ringbearer is an altogether different beast. Ringbearer is lush and atmospheric, while still having black metal undertones at times.

Give the full album a listen below, and let us know what you think in the comments section. You can also read a brief interview with Vultyrous conducted by Tridoid Records about the album at this location. For more info on Ringbearer, head over to the project's Facebook profile here.

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Twelve Foot Ninja Checks In From First U.S. Show

Twelve Foot Ninja has been on tour throughout Europe and now has officially hit American shores for a string of U.S. shows, starting with the band's first-ever U.S. appearance in L.A.

Vocalist Kin has checked in with a road report for Metalunderground.com, chronicling the European dates (including Euroblast) leading up to the L.A. show with Periphery.

You can find the band's upcoming tour itinerary at the Twelve Foot Ninja Facebook profile, or see what Kin had to say about recent shows below. Be sure to check back in again next week as the band provides more updates from the road.

TFN TOUR: Night 1

After a long journey we finally made it to Berlin. Last night we had a German feast at the Hofbräu München. The atmosphere was traditionally German (derrr!) and amazing! There was a trad German trio punching out the hits of a bygone era. Ro and I ordered the meat platter, with every colour from the pork rainbow, with sauerkraut, and gelatinous potato, that would bounce like a superball if you threw it. It was awesome, and we both struggled to finish it. While eating, the dance floor became crowded, and the participants were having a ball, including some buxom waitresses' (I wonder if they get paid for that? They should!). Everybody knew every word, singing, clapping, and dancing with abandon, and it was great to watch! We left for the hotel soon after, where I crashed pretty hard. Great night!


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Malevolence Premieres New Album's Title Track

Portugal's Malevolence will be back on November 22nd, 2013 with "Antithetical," a brand new studio album.

"Antithetical" is the follow-up to 1999’s "Martyrialized" that was recorded in Fredman Studio by Fredrik Nordstrom.

Malevolence feels that "Antithetical" will surpass the previous album, stating, "We are at a creative peak right now, and Antithetical as an album reflects that. Everything from the production, to the writing, to the performances are a step up from our last album."

Today we are pleased to bring you the U.S. exclusive premiere of the album's title track, which can be heard below. The band comments: “Antithetical is one of our most forward thinking songs. We explored and enhanced the contrast between elements from the progressive and the extreme metal fields to add another perspective to the whole album.”

While this is a slow burn of a track that builds up to the metal insanity, you can also hear the more frantically paced songs "Devoured Unlimited" and "Slithering" off the upcoming album.

The "Antithetical" album was produced by Carlos Cariano and recorded in 20M2SEA Studio by Paulo Pereira in Portugal. Mixed and mastered at Woodshed Studio by V. Santura (Triptykon, Pestilence), the album includes drummer extraordinaire Dirk Verbeuren (Soilwork, Devin Townsend).

"Working with Malevolence was extremely challenging, but in the end the album turned out great,” said V. Santura. “I especially like the overall aggressivity and those few, but very delicate industrial elements - Quite special!" More...

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Vangough Premieres New Song "Separation"

"Between the Madness" (reviewed here), available everywhere November 12th, will be Vangough's third studio album and follow-up to the "Kingdom of Ruin" album (check out our review) released in 2011.

Today you can find out why our reviewer said "there has never been a better time to jump off of whatever progressive metal train you've been on and ride with Vangough!"

We're pleased to bring you a stream of the track "Separation," which will appear on "Between the Madness." Give the song a listen below.

The full album is spread across twelve emotionally charged songs topping out over 70 minutes of harsh textures and exotic flavors. Pre-orders are available through Bandcamp or at iTunes.

Vangough will also appear at the ProgPower USA Midweek Mayhem show on September 10th, 2014. For more info on the band, head over to Facebook here.


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Trainwreck Architect Premieres Full New Album

Update: the stream is no longer available, but you can hear the band's music over at Facebook here.

I hope you brought your denim jacket and the energy to headbang, because Montreal wreck n'rollers Trainwreck Architect are about to dominate the next 40 minutes of your life with a mix of thrash, rock, and classic metal.

Today the band has teamed up with us to stream the entire new "Traits of the Sick" album, mastered by none other than Jeff Waters of Annihilator and officially due out November 12th, 2013. Jeff also makes a guest appearance on the track "As Killers Breathe."

Trainwreck Architect will bring you back to the roots of metal with a few surprises along the way. “The band is inspired by life,” explains frontman Simon Ouellet. “Many things I’ve done in my life can be compared to a trainwreck. The many mistakes I’ve made have put me in some rough places, but in the end, I'm the one who made those choices, which leads me to believe I'm an architect of sorts.”

Give the full album a listen below, and be sure to leave a comment letting us know what you think of the release. For more info on the band, head over to the Trainwreck Architect Facebook profile here.

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Sight Of Emptiness Premieres New Song "Obsession"

Update: the stream is no longer available, but you can hear music from the band at the Sight of Emptiness Facebook page.

Costa Rica's Sight of Emptiness has been hard at work towards making an impact on the global metal scene since the release of "Trust Is A Disease" in 2007 and now the band is releasing a new album titled "Instincts."

Metalunderground.com is proud to today bring you an exclusive listen to a track off the album, featuring a guest appearance by Ralph Santolla (Obituary). Check out "Obsession" in the player below, and let us know what you think of the tune in the comments section.

Explaining the changes taking place on this album, guitarist Rafael Castro comments: "We are searching for our own musical identity; our own sound, so we decided to incorporate a lot of new elements. There´s a lot of electronic atmospheres and sequences all over, and a lot of melodic sections combined with complex patterns. We´re very glad we could get to experiment a lot. Our goal is to keep evolving."

Tracking for the new "Instics" album took place at Hits Recording Studios in Costa Rica, while mixing and mastering was handled by Thomas "Plec" Johansson from Sweden's The Panic Room Studios.

The band's recently released music video for "Essence" can be viewed at this location.

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