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!More...
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.
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!
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.”
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
Update: the full album stream is no longer available, but you can pick up your copy of the release right here.
"Into the Kingdom of Graves" by Vancouver BC's infamous Tyrants Blood will be the first vinyl release from Tridroid Records.
The album will be released on November 15th and is limited to only 500 copies on black vinyl. Pre-orders can be obtained at this location.
Today we now bring you a full stream of the album ahead of its official vinyl release. Hear all ten tracks in the player below, and let us know what you think of the album in the comments section.
Formed by ex-Blasphemy guitarist Marco Banco, Tyrants Blood's is also gearing up to release a split with Gathering Darkness in early 2014 via Hacatombe Records. Further details on the band can be found at Facebook here. More...
Update: the stream is no longer available, but you can order your copy of the album at this location.
New York hard rockers Voices of Extreme will release "Break The Silence" on November 1st, 2013 via Smash-Mouth Records as the follow-up to the debut "Hypocrite."
"Break The Silence, states vocalist Don Chaffin, "is a culmination of the band’s collective influences and various individual styles, and is a direct outreach to the fans who have come to love and support our music and live performances!"
Today Metalunderground.com is proud to bring you an exclusive stream of the entire "Break The Silence" album, which will be available for 24 hours only. Get your full taste of the new album below before picking up your copy when it officially drops November 1st.
Over the past seven years, Voices of Extreme has shared the stage with Godsmack, Disturbed, Alice in Chains, Powerman 5000, Buckcherry, 10 Years, Dope, Dropkick Murphys, and many more.
France's Magoa will be releasing new album "Topsy Turvydom" on November 1st, but you don't need to wait that long to rock out with the opus, as today we bring you the exclusive full album stream!
Pre-orders with various bundles are also now available after you hear the full album below. Be sure to let us know what you think in the comments section below after listening through.
"Topsy Turvydom" features the track "Betraying Grace," which was also recently saw an accompnaying music video. Check out the clip right here.
If you crave more Magoa, you can also hear the entire previous "Animal" EP by heading over to this location.
Update: the stream is no longer available, but you can pick up your copy of the album at this location.
Featuring former members of Spawn of Possession and Psycroptic, the Tasmanian outfit Mephistopheles is gearing up to release new album "Sounds of the End," which is due out in North America on October 1st, 2013 via Willowtip Records.
Today you can devastate your ears with the technical death metal assault of "Sounds of the End," as Metalunderground.com is now pleased to bring you a full stream of the album. Give it a listen below.
The ten-track offering was recorded at Red Planet Studio with Jake Long. "Sounds Of The End" includes cover art by Bill Dean (Psycroptic, Iciclan, Excarnated) and a layout provided by Cock And Ball Torture drummer Sascha Pahkle. Pre-order info is available at this location.
Comments vocalist Matthew “Chalky” Chalk on the album: "I've never been happier in any of my bands over the years than I have been in Mephistopheles. What we've put together is the freshest, most alive, most invigorating music I've ever been a part of and I cannot wait to show the world that Mephistopheles are here, we've got something new to say and we mean business!" More...
Sweden's Necrophobic is due to drop new album "Womb of Lilithu" via Season of Mist on October 25th in Europe (October 29th in North America).
With the album's official release date inching ever closer, today Metalunderground.com is offering fans an exclusive early listen to a track off "Womb of Lilithu." A new lyric video for the rockin' black metal track "Furfur," created by Fabien Laubry, can be viewed below.
If you dig what you hear, pick up your pre-order for the album at the Season of Mist e-shop here. The full track listing is as follows:
1. Womb Of Lilithu
2. Splendour Nigri Solis
5. Black Night Raven
6. The Necromancer
7. Marquis Phenex
12. Opium Black
13. Infinite Infernalis
After having previously released a self-titled demo consisting of three tracks, California hard rock/metal band Quarantine is now gearing up for the release of upcoming EP "Evil."
With that release on the horizon, and the band's music set to appear in the coming horror movie "BackMask," today Quarantine has teamed up with Metalunderground to premiere a new music video online.
Check out the "Alive" video below and let us know what you think of it in the comments section below.
To find out more about the creation of the music video and read about the band's contribution to "BackMask," you can also read our interview with guitarist Von Allaman right here.
German symphonic power death metallers Kambrium are on the cusp of releasing the sophomore full length album "Dark Reveries," which drops on October 18th via 7Hard Records. Few younger bands impress more than this exciting band, defying genre boundaries by combining extreme elements with power and symphonic metal. The result is blinding brutality enveloped inside a symphonic wall of melody performed with the precision on par with metal’s most veteran acts.
"Dark Reveries" tells the tale of a man who wakes up into his own nightmares and is unable to escape. It features guest vocal appearances from Amanda Somerville (Trillium/Avantasia), Thomas Winkler (Gloryhammer/Ex-Emerald) and newcomer Melanie Mau. The album was produced and mixed by Flaming Row's Martin Schnella, who also provided background vocals and guitar work. For a review of "Dark Reveries," head on over to this location.
Metal Underground.com is proud to provide the exclusive premiere of the new track "Dark Lights," which features a guest vocal appearance from Gloryhammer vocalist Thomas Winkler (Ex-Emerald) (for a review of Gloryhammer's debut LP "Tales From the Kingdom of Fife," head over here).
Keyboardist/composer Jan Hein describes story behind the lyrics: "Dark Lights is about the person who wakes up in his own nightmare. Everything seems so unreal and he can't run away from the shadows who are hunting him." As for his choice of Thomas Winkler Hein added: "I wanted a strong characterful voice for that song. I discovered the band Gloryhammer and was blown away from Thomas' voice. I asked him to sing the song for us. We are overwhelmed by the result! Hope you guys like it too!"
Check out "Dark Lights" here:
Metal Underground.com is proud to premiere the new music video from multinational melodic metallers Eden's Curse for the new track "Evil & Divine." The song appears on the band's fourth studio release "Symphony of Sin," which is scheduled for release on October 4th (EU), October 22nd (North America) & October 23rd (Japan) via AFM Records & Spiritual Beast. Check out the video here:
Update: the stream is no longer available, but you can pick up the album at this location.
Mixing some serious thrash riffage with symphonic black/death metal is a new gem in the already impressive underground Canadian scene - Dissension!
The band's debut full-length "Of Time And Chronic Disease" is coming September 10th, and so far only a smattering of material from the album has made its way online. Today we're proud to bring you another preview in the form of the album's sixth track "Legacy." Give it a listen in the SoundCloud player below.
As the mid-point track on the release it differs quite a bit from the rest of the album, so be sure to also check out the title track, which is still available for streaming right here.
For local fans, the band will be holding a CD launch in Montreal, QC on September 13th at Foufounes Electriques. To find out more about the album, you can also read our recent interview with the band, or check out Dissension's entry in our "Pit Stories" column about the hilariously evil Toys-R-Us Satanic Sacrifice. More...
Maryland-based, one-man experimental metal band Enduring Revery has made the deluxe edition of the debut EP "Earth Floods Red" (reviewed here) available for pre-order via bandcamp.com for just $4. The deluxe edition contains the original four tracks from the "Earth Floods Red" EP, plus instrumental versions of each of those songs.
Metalunderground.com is hosting the exclusive full album stream a week before the album is finally released.
Brazilian act Endrah's "The Culling" album is due in stores September 9th, 2013. Today we bring you an audio and visual taste of the album in the form of a new lyric clip for "Silver Tongue," which can be viewed below.
If you aren't familiar with the band, Endrah will let you know what to expect, stating: "Endrah comes from the heart, and the lineup includes black-belt level M.M.A. fighters. We train with U.F.C. champions, and we are diehard musicians. We are the real deal, no joke. A lot of metal and hardcore bands speak a lot of bullshit, but cannot back it up. Join our team and let's start making some progress in this world. This is not some show, this is not fake. This is real, this is blood and guts. We are trying to start a real revolution, and make real changes, not a promise never kept."
Endrah vocalist "Relentless" further comments on the "Silver Tongue" track: "Silver Tongue is an aural assault musically. The lyrics, and delivery of them are meant to grab attention. Silver Tongue is a song about the lies our leaders eloquently spit out, and what should happen to them. People are not meant to be slaves, people are meant to be free. How free do you think you are right now? Not as free as you may think. Silver Tongue relates to the revelation of who those actors really are, and how they do NOT care about you. Politicians now-a-days seem for the good, but more often than not, are power mongers, hiding behind smiles, and empty promises.
"I am tired of the games, and I know millions of people are waiting for the right moment to dethrone those not suited for the throne. A public office is meant to be filled by a public servant working for the public good. Do you feel this is true? Silver Tongue is for those that can see behind the mask to expose, and those who cannot see it, to be enlightened. The song falls in line, lyrically, and sonically with the rest of the album. Please purchase yourself a copy and come see Endrah when we tour near your city." More...
Yukon, Oklahoma prog metal outfit Cascus just released a self-titled EP, and today we're bringing you a track from the new offering. Check out "Malevolent" in the player provided below, and let us know what you think of the track in the comments section.
Independently recorded, mixed, and mastered in Oklahoma City, the band aims to incorporate fresh elements into the death metal genre.
"We worked very hard to put this together," offers guitarist and vocalist Jay Gleason. "We wanted to do proper justice to the music, give it a chance to become what we wanted it to be. Our influences are very diverse, and that definitely comes through."
The band also commented on its sound: "The founding members, Jay Gleason, Jeren Martin and Dustin Townsend, with the later addition Cameron Conyer, are the collection of four of Oklahoma's most passionate musicians who are on a mission to create a listening environment that evokes a sensory expedition. The result is a massive and arcane sound, with the power of an ancient battle and the majesty of the most distant constellations."
From the darkened depths of northern Alberta comes Until Dawn - a new outfit ready to bring the heaviness to the masses with new album "Horizon."
The album is due out this coming August 6th, but today you can get an early taste of what to expect with our exclusive premiere of the disc's title track. Check out "Horizon" in the SoundCloud player available below.
For further info on the release, check out our interview with the band, or watch the previously posted music video for "This Fallen Fortress" at this location. The "Horizon" track listing is as follows:
1. Roamers And Lurkers
2. Strings Of The Dammed
3. The Red Sun Rises This Day
4. Third Knee
5. This Fallen Fortress
6. A Conjurer Of Cheap Tricks
8. Time Tested Fortune
9. The Trial
10. Polar Parallels
13. Richard More...