Swedish heavy metal quintet Lancer will drop sophomore outing "Second Storm" on April 10th via Despotz Records, with pre-orders now available over here.
"Second Storm" was tracked at Leon Music Studios with the assistance of producer Gustav Ydenius (Steelwing, Mustasch, Enforcer). Artwork comes courtesy of Dimitar Nikolov (who has previously made artwork for Steelwing and Katana).
Today we're bringing you a powerful new track cut off the album via a crazy animated lyric video. Head "Behind The Walls" below!
The band also comments: “’Behind the Walls’ is a fast speed metal song that's inspired by the mid 80's German metal scene. It's raw, wild and furious!”
The "Second Storm" will consist of: More...
Spanish symphonic metal act Diabulus In Musica has unleashed the world premiere of its latest music video right here on Metal Underground.com. The video is for the track "Spoilt Vampire," which appears on the band's latest and third release "Argia," which is available through Napalm Records.
"Argia" is a modern power metal infused symphonic masterpiece centered around the fantastic vocals of Zuberoa Aznárez. The album was the first release injected with new blood: Alexey Kolygin on guitar, Odei Ochoa on bass and drummer David Carrica, who joined anchor members Aznárez and keyboardist and death vocalist Gorka Elsin in 2013 following a lineup shakeup following the 2012 sophomore effort "The Wanderer."
Metal Underground.com is most pleased to present the world premiere of "Spoilt Vampire," which you can see here:
In the mood for some rockin' female-fronted metal? Shiran has got you covered, and today we're proud to premiere the band's new official music video for "Remain," which can be seen below.
Remain is the first track off Shiran's debut EP "Warm Winter Day." If you like you what you hear below, you can preview the EP in full at the band's website here, or grab your own copy by heading to iTunes.
The full track listing is as follows:
2. Warm Winter Day
3. The Child
4. Glint of Light
5. Burden's Off More...
Not content to rest on the laurels of the epic 2013 album "Tetragrammaton," the utterly ferocious Dutch death-dealers from The Monolith Deathcult are returning with "Bloodcvlts," to be officially unveiled in North America on March 24th via Season Of Mist. Pre-order info is available here.
This new limited edition mini-album furthers the punishing modern death metal that has become this cult's calling card. The Monolith Deathcult also adorns the brutality with keenly heightened dramatics to create an epic and distinctly modern strain of of brutal death metal.
Today we're stoked to bring you another aggressive and punishing cut off the EP - check out "Hangmen Also Die" in the player below. The full track listing is:
Memorial Records, in collaboration with K2Music Management, is pleased to announce death / thrash metal outfit Krysantemia will release new album “Finis Dierum” on February 24th, with pre-orders up at this location.
To get an advanced preview of the album, we're now premiering the release online in full. Listen in below!
“Finis Dierum” was recorded at New Sin Studio and produced by Luigi Stefanini (previously worked with Adimiron, Vision Divine and many others). Lucio Secchi, drummer and band leader, had this to say:
“We are all excited about this project, thanks to the teamwork done behind this release, which sounds 100% Krysantemia. After several tours conducted in the last two years, we felt ready to be back with a new album, and in a short time, we have transformed our ideas into 30 minutes of blasting music. We’re stoked to share with you all our work and can’t wait to meet you on the road during the next announced shows.”
In support of the forthcoming album, Krysantemia will also be part of the next European tour of black metal legends Marduk in March. Dates are as follows:
01.03 Toulouse (F), Dynamo
03.03 Madrid (SP), Caracol
04.03 Barcelona (SP), Apolo
05.03 Montpellier (F), Secret Place
06.03 Turin (I), Café Liber
07.03 Brescia (I), Circolo Colony
08.03 Nova Gorica (Slo), Mostovna More...
Belgian speed metal act Evil Invaders (named after the classic 1985 release from Canada's Razor) will release the debut full length album "Pulses of Pleasure" via Napalm Records on the following release schedule:
G/A/S/Europe/AUS: February 27th
UK/NO/FR/DK/IT: March 3rd
SE/ESP: March 4th
USA/CAN: March 10th
These Belgian old school lovers deliver a classy toxic waltz that merges speed metal with aggressive Exodus-style vocals and fiery guitar solos! "Pulses Of Pleasure" stands for the unbound energy of the 80s and the sophistication of our present decade. Whip out those Hi-tops and patch-studded denim vests when Evil Invaders ride the tank because today Metal Underground.com is proud to present the exclusive world premiere of the new music video for the title track of the album, which can be seen below.
The track listing is:
1. Fast, Loud 'n' Rude (see music video here)
2. Pulses Of Pleasure
3. Eclipse Of The Mind
5. Stairway To Insanity
6. Shot To Paradise
8. Blinded (intro)
9. Master Of Illusion
Check out "Pulses of Pleasure" here: More...
In 2002 the thrash metal outfit Disorder was laid to rest when Jorge Montesino decided to put together a new group, originally titled Spiritual Demise but later renamed to Conceived By Hate.
After lineup changes and hitting the live show circuit, the band's first full-length album "Pestilence Reborn" was released in 2012.
Fast forward to today, and the El Salvadore-based death/thrash outfit is gearing up to release "Coalition of Death," a split with Colombian outfit Akheron.
While the split isn't due out until March 10th via Morbid Skull Recordings, today we're stoked to bring you the exclusive premiere of a track off the Conceived By Hate side. Check out "Hypocritical Sense of Ego" below. The split's track listing is as follows:
1. Devotees of Death [Conceived by Hate]
2. Hypocritical Sense of Ego [Conceived by Hate]
3. Embrace the Absurd [Conceived by Hate]
4. Thorns of Crimson Death (Dissection cover) [Conceived by Hate]
5. Estigma [Akheron]
6. Chemtrail [Akheron]
7. In-conformista [Akheron]
8. Where Eagles Dare (Misfits cover) [Akheron]
Dutch folk/viking metal act Heidevolk has returned with the new music video and single "Winter Woede," the opening track of the new album "Velua," which drops via Napalm Records on the following release schedule:
March 20th: GAS/BENELUX
March 30th: UK/NO/FR/DK/IT
April 1st: SE/ESP
April 7th: USA/CAN
The Veluwe – the mythical and utterly beautiful woodlands in the Netherlands – is the setting for Heidevolk's fifth album "Velua." Using this as a backdrop, the Dutch metal act paints a dark picture of ghosts, goblins and brigands in order to raise a monument: anthemic folk parts, clean male vocals and gritty metal provide the perfect soundtrack for the listener's journey to the sylvan halls of Velua!
The album and video mark the debut of the band's newest members Kevin Vruchtbaert on guitar and Lars Vogel on vocals. The track list for the album is:
1. Winter Woede
2. Herboren in Vlammen
4. De hallen van Mijn Vaderen
5. De Vervloekte Jacht
6. Het Dwalende Licht
9. Een Met de Storm
10. Richting de Wievenbelter
11. In Het Diepst der Nacht
Limited/Deluxe Box Edition Bonus Tracks:
13. Immigrant song (Led Zeppelin Cover)
14. In the Dutch Mountains (The Nits Cover)
15. Rebel Yell (Billy Idol Cover)
Metal Underground.com is pleased to present the premiere of "Winter Woede," which can be viewed right here: More...
Dehuman's fast and epic '90s style death metal is back, with second full-length "Graveyard Of Eden" (reviewed here) prepped to drop via Kaotoxin Records on March 10th in North America.
Now a month ahead of the release, we're bringing you a full exclusive premiere of the album well in advance of its official detonation. Listen in below.
"Graveyard Of Eden" was recorded Blackout Studio (Enthroned, Emptiness) and Sainte Marthe Studio (Arkhon Infaustus, Deep In Hate, Department of Correction) and produced by Francis Caste.
California's apocalyptic Bloodscribe is preparing new album, "Prologue To The Apocalypse," for release next week, but you don't have to wait that long to hear the long player in its entirety, because we're bringing you an exclusive full album stream today.
Get ripped apart with the "Prologue To The Apocalypse" below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments section.
If you like what you hear, the album will drop February 10th via Gorehouse Productions, with pre-orders available over here. The band also comments:
"'Prologue to the Apocalypse' is our long awaited first full length album. It embodies Bloodscribe as a whole and showcases the sound we have long been evolving into", states vocalist Jasan Perez. Prologue to the Apocalypse is not just another death metal album, but rather a statement of self-reliance that goes against social standards that have weakened our society."
A previously released music video for the song "Enslaved By Deceptions" can still be seen at this location. You can also see the band performing at a free admission record release show:
Feb 11 at THE BLVD 2631 Whittier Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 8PM More...
Heavy metal has it's share of infamous outlaws, but as black metal enters it's third decade, Shining's Niklas Kvarforth continues to be its leading agent provocateur; inciting as much consternation among the "true" as he does fanaticism among the soon-to-be soiled minds of his growing legions of devotees.
Kvarforth's antics, opinions, and sometimes mere presence is accompanied by the gnashing teeth and wailing, tone-deaf opinions of the self-proclaimed genre "elite."
Shining adds yet more fuel to the fire with the brazen new album "IX / Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends," which is an altogether moodier and more reflective album than the band's previous works.
To give you a taste of what's to come, today we at Metalunderground.com are stoked to bring you the official premiere of new track "Vilja & Dröm," which can be heard below.
If you like what you hear, "IX - Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends" will drop via Season Of Mist on April 21st, with pre-orders available at the Season of Mist e-shop over here. The full album's track listing is:
1. Den Påtvingade Tvåsamheten
2. Vilja & Dröm
4. Människotankens Vägglösa Rum
5. Inga Broar Kvar Att Bränna
6. Besök Från I(ho)nom More...
The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it." - George Orwell
"The song “Blue Line of Injustice” is a direct reflection on the unfortunate society we’re living in," explains Cincinnati thrash act War Curse.
The band continues, "The value of human life varies greatly depending on socioeconomic status and the neighborhood (or country) in which you were born. Look no further than the streets of New York City and the death of Eric Garner for proof that justice isn’t always served. When a man is choked to death over suspicion of selling a cigarette, and his killer not only walks free, but maintains his job as a member of law enforcement, there is a problem.
"People are fed up, and our hearts are with them. Until everyone, regardless of profession, is held to the same human standard, and accountability for one’s actions is equal and acceptable across the board, there will be no peace in the streets. We’re heading down a very ugly path in America right now and it’s the duty of every citizen to voice their opinion in a civil, intelligent, but ferociously non compromising manor when it comes to the systematic abuse of power.
"This song, this album, and this band is devoted to speaking the inconvenient truths that need to be heard. If we offend a few people along the way, that’s fine. At least we’re standing up for our beliefs and being heard, and to us, that’s what being a musician is all about." More...
Concept albums are not new territory in metal by any means. But Northern Virginia's Yesterday's Saints elevate the notion of conceptual metal to a whole other level, thanks to the rich, extensive storytelling and the pummeling metal in "Generation of Vipers." The music is as smart and thought provoking as it is extreme, that's not an easy thing to do. Striking an artful balance is difficult, but Yesterday's Saints make it seem easy.
The current iteration of Yesterday's Saints, who play death-thrash-power combo, has been in existence since summer 2010 and with a self-released EP and some local touring under their belt. They knew that a full concept album was the next step they wanted to take. But they did not go about it capriciously. The decision to go with a concept for the 11-track "Generation of Vipers" was driven by the most important things —the songwriting and careful thought.
The album is assembled like an opera, with three acts, along with an instrumental interlude and outro. It traces the story of Satan, one of the most notorious characters in history, throughout time, from his desire to usurp God's throne to his modern infiltration of mankind to the indication that all of Earth's inhabitants are now his descendants.
The album opens with a flashback and what corresponds chronologically to a third song is actually listed as the first track. The story then resumes from its chronological beginning with the second track. The final song alludes to two theories of the universe: One that asserts we are all a figment of a man's dream, along with the multi-dimensional membrane theory, where the Big Bang Theory was/will be the result of an intersection or collision between our current dimensional membrane and a parallel one.
As a result of either theory, whether "the man" waking up or the collision between dimensional membranes, the end of days is the outcome. Time is then reset again by the man falling asleep again or the explosion of another Big Bang.
The album is out via Draconum Records next week - February 3rd, 2015. Check out our review for the album at this location. Metal Underground.com is proud to present an exclusive stream of the entire album here for you now. So sit back, enjoy and let us know what you think about the debut of one of the more exciting acts to break out the U.S. in some time: More...
Canadian outfit Golers is about to digitally re-release the "In n Outlaws" album on February 6th, 2015. Previously dropping in a limited edition CD run, Golers is now ready to spread the word to a wider audience.
With the re-release on the way, today we're stoked to bring you a track from the album. Check out the punk metal track "Alcoholics Unanimous" in the player below.
Golers came together back '98 with four members of Subversion after that band's demise. Golers has previously released "South Mountain Style" (1999), "2nd Generation" (2004), and "Backwoods Messages" (2009).
"In n Outlaws" was recorded at Mushroom Studios [R.I.P.] with producer/engineer/manager Rob Shallcross (Gene Hoglan, Strapping Young Lad, West Of Hell).
The symphonic black metal storytellers from Carach Angren will unleash bold new album "This Is No Fairy Tale" on February 24th in North America via Season Of Mist.
The album is a pitch black story of isolation, degradation, and abuse whose narrative is as intense as the music that delivers it. The acclaimed trio weave grandiose symphonic swells and surges with razor sharp guitars to create an epic, unmissable record.
To herald the impending album release, today we've teamed up with the band to premiere new song "Killed and Served by the Devil" - check it out below, and be sure to let us know what you think of the track.
"This Is No Fairy Tale" can be pre-ordered in various bundles and configurations at this location and follows previous full-length album "Where The Corpses Sink Forever" (reviewed here). The track listing is:
1. Once upon a Time
2. There's No Place Like Home (watch the animated lyric video right here)
3. When Crows Tick on Windows
4. Two Flies Flew into a Black Sugar Cobweb
5. Dreaming of a Nightmare in Eden
6. Possessed by a Craft of Witchery
7. Killed and Served by the Devil
8. The Witch Perished in Flames
9. Tragedy Ever After More...
Some bands release an album a year and go nowhere. Some never release one and manage to become cult acts. That’s what happened during the 25 years that saw Putrid Offal arise, die and become legendary while dead… until now!
Finally awakened from an unholy slumber since the '90s, Putrid Offal now returns with the double CD "Mature Necropsy," due out February 10th but available for pre-order now here.
To whet your appetite for more gore, we're also streaming the first disc (minus the two bonus cover songs to appear on the CD edition). Check it out below!
Mastered by El Mobo at the Conkrete Studio (We All Die (laughing), Otargos…) and featuring special guest vocals by Stéphane Buriez (Loudblast) and Frédéric Blauwblomme (Noise Emission Control, ex-Khroma Death), “Mature Necropsy” (the first disc) features new death metal art in its full g(l)ory while “Premature Necropsy” (the second disc) is a complete discography compilation of early 90’s cult goregrind, remastered from the original analog master tapes. More...
Bloodscribe today teams up with us at Metalunderground.com to release an official video for the song "Enslaved By Deceptions," taken from upcoming new onslaught of an album "Prologue to the Apocalypse."
Check out the video below, and the album is scheduled for release on February 9th in the U.K. and February 10th in the U.S. via Gore House Productions on CD and digital formats. You can also stream the track over at the Bloodscribe Bandcamp page.
"'Prologue to the Apocalypse' is our long awaited first full length album. It embodies Bloodscribe as a whole and showcases the sound we have long been evolving into," states vocalist Jasan Perez.
The band adds: "'Prologue to the Apocalypse' is not just another death metal album, but rather a statement of self-reliance that goes against social standards that have weakened our society."
Featuring album art by Indonesian illustrator Mondo Borneo, "Prologue to the Apocalypse" was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Chris Garcia at the Morgue Music Studio (Stages of Decomposition) in Los Angeles CA. More...
In 2005, Italy's Crimson Dawn was conceived by Drakkar guitarist/composer Dario Beretta and Crown of Autumn multi-musician Emanuele Rastelli. The band released one demo in 2006 entitled "A Dawn In Crimson." On that demo the eponymous track "Crimson Dawn" originally appeared. When Beretta resurrected the band with Rastelli's blessing, Crimson Dawn became a separate and serious new doom metal act - regrouped and rearmed with Betoken vocalist Antonio Pecere, Ex-All Soul's Day drummer Luca Lucchini, keyboardist Emanuele Laghi, guitarist Marco Rusconi (six string guitar) and bassist Alessandro Reggiani Romagnoliand - the song persevered and was re-recorded for the 2013 debut album "In Strange Aeons..." (see review here).
Beretta says of the track: "'A 'Waltz of Doom' with strong medieval/folk influences. It's the only song from the first demo CD that has been kept almost identical, with minimal changes to better fit Antonio's vocal range, which is obviously far more impressive than mine. I also love the way Luca interpreted the drum parts, playing less to play more, so to say. The acoustic guitars have been played by our bass player Alessandro, who's also a trained classical guitarist."
Now, Metal Underground.com is pleased to premiere the music video for the track. The band footage for the video was shot by Cesare Ferrari, Bruno Masulli, Andrea Pastore and Dario Trombin. The video was directed and edited at Actionstudios.it. The sound engineer for the audio track was Mattia Stancioiu of Elnor Studio.
Check out "Crimson Dawn" here: More...
Previously known as Edenborn, New York outfit Hollow Bones is officially relaunching today with the release of a new music video for the "Drytooth" single, and Metalunderground.com is proud to be exclusively premiering the clip online.
"Drytooth" - a track about overcoming great loss - is taken off the upcoming "Lionheart" album, which is now written and will soon be recorded. The video can be seen below, and vocalist Patrick Anthony comments:
"The shooting of Drytooth was a great experience, albeit very tiring. We probably put on a full performance of the song about 40 times over the course of the day to ensure that we got all the footage we could need. Of course it was fun, and there was joking around, but it was also a lot of work.
"There were some very specific shots that we wanted to have in the video that incorporated design elements from cinematography, so there was a lot of discussion on how to get those shots. The guy who did the filming, Michael DeFilio, was great. He is based out of CT, which is where we shot the video, in an old abandoned Hummer dealership. I don’t know how he went about getting permission for us to shoot there, but he did, haha. He REALLY worked his butt off for us, and I think it really comes through in the video.
"Thematically the song is very dark. I lost my brother in 2007, and the song is really about not being able to move past it. Carrying around the weight of not knowing whether it was an intentional death or not. It is about the hole in your life that someone can leave, regardless of how or why you have lost them. It is about watching someone you love suffer through tremendous depression, and being powerless to do anything.
"The song ends with my admission that I would have preferred to have taken his place. The song is about hopelessness, anger, frustration, guilt, and longing, and we hope that we have clearly conveyed those feelings, because I think everyone has, or will, lose someone dear to them. I think it is a very relatable subject." More...
The beast has arisen from the Baltic Sea once again: Ctulu’s extreme metal will now be available for record collectors for the first time ever.
After selling out the 2011 full-length release, "Sarkomand," and just in time for the band's tenth anniversary celebration, Northern German metal act Ctulu is pressing the Lovecraft-inspired themes and melodies on black 12” vinyl.
This new edition of "Sarkomand" is scheduled to be released via Black Blood Records and Human To Dust today. In celebration of the release, we're hosting a stream of the entire album, which can be heard below.
If you dig Ctulu's non-euclidean tunes and have an appreciation for vinyl, be sure to pick up your own copy over at this location. You can also catch Ctulu live:
13.03.2015 – Magazinkeller, Bremen (Freie Geister Festival co-organised by the band) More...