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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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Serpent Noir Premieres New Song

Serpent Noir is releasing new album "Erotomysticism" today via Daemon Worship Productions here, with the album recorded at the Eleventh Tower and Bloodwork and mastered by Thomas Tannenberger of Abigor.

Lyrics on all but two tracks were handled by Thomas Karlsson (occult writer and head of Dragon Rouge / The Dragon Order), who also sings on one of the songs. Christofer Johnsson of Therion also plays Hammond organ on the album.

To celebrate the album's release, today we're exclusively premiering new track "The Veritable Red Dragon." Listen in below. The band also comments:

"Life and reality are not what they appear to be. There are other worlds, alternative realities as well as parallel universes to enter and explore. There is another path in life... A dark path cloaked in mystery! Those who choose to enter this path will find a whole new meaning in life. It is the path of ecstasy, darkness and light and actual magical brotherhood. This is the Path of the Red Dragon. 'Erotomysticism' is the outcome of a Draconian collaboration, coming from the deepest core of the Draconian Brotherhood of Ordo Draconis et Atri Adamantis." More...

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Prologue Of A New Generation Premieres Lyric Video

The five-piece Prologue Of A New Generation crosses between metalcore, djent, and death metal for a balance between chaos and reflective melody.

The band is currently working on new full-length album "Mindtrip," which follows the 2014 EP "Written Buried and Forgotten."

With the album due out later this Fall, today Prologue Of A New Generation has teamed up with us to exclusively premiere the new lyric video "Empty Bottles And Broken Dreams." Check it out below, and the band also comments:

"'Empty Bottles and Broken Dreams’ speaks of our need to find something. We are in constant search of dreams and happiness, but life often obscures the decisions and leads us to make mistakes that take us away from ourselves. We remain empty, as the bottles, the same that we empty trying to smile again." More...

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Ascendia Premieres "The Lion And The Jester" Video

Toronto symphonic power metal group Ascendia is premiering the video (posted below) for "The Lion and The Jester" today. The track is taken from the album of the same name.

The video was directed by Garret Henery of GGH Motion Pictures. Starting with the premiere of this video, Ascendia will be donating 50% of all band sales to the Red Cross to help those who have been affected in war torn areas of the world.

Ascendia comments on the video, ""An intense game of chess represents the reality of religious warfare. The opposing teams battle symbolizes the clashing of religions in conflict areas. In the end, who is truly the winner?" More...

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Dogmatic Absolution Premieres Oppressive Poetry

Following the 2012 EP "In His Trinity Essence" and a promo release from the following year, raw black metal outfit Dogmatic Absolution is gearing up to drop "Poetries Of Oppression" this coming June 9th via Tridoid Records.

Ahead of the release, today we're premiering the album's first single titled "The Poetry of Oppression," which can be heard below. Dogmatic Absolution comments:

"Poetry of Oppression speaks about misanthropy and the sadness of living in a world full of lies, and culminates in the end with a total disregard of humanity. The lyric of this song were written by our guitarist El."

The full track listing is as follows:

1. Ventus Mortis
2. Bringer of Light
3. The Eternal Promise
4. Poetry of Oppression
5. Almighty Solitude
6. Night Arises More...

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Amidst The Withering Premieres Full Album

Originally a full band that fell apart around 2005, Amidst The Withering has continued on as a duo consisting of Serge Farinas (Guitars, Bass) and John Hembree (Vocals).

Tomorrow (April 28th), Amidst The Withering will release "The Dying Of The Light," which revamps the old material, while also setting aside new material for a follow-up.

“The Dying of the Light” represents many hours of labor and love (and hatred), and although it has changed much, the music still contains within it the spirit of former members Cliff Widener and Jason Cartee.

Today ahead of the official drop date we're stoked to premiere the entire 13 song release online, which can be heard below. The track listing is as follows:

1. A Prelude to Darkness
2. Auri Sacra Fames
3. The Clarion Light
4. The Withering
5. Aegri Somnia
6. Autumnal Lament
7. Infinitus Dolor Amoris
8. Seraph Enslaved
9. The Acolyte
10. Prologue
11. A Love Benighted
12. Epilogue (A Defiant Succumbing)
13. The Dying of the Light More...

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The Negation Premieres Album Teaser

Earlier this month, French nihilistic black metal outfit The Negation announced a new record deal with Koatoxin Records.

This freshly inked deal will see the release of the band's second full-length album "Memento Mori" On July 7th in North America and July 10th worldwide. "Memento Mori" features artwork done by Metastazis (Morbid Angel, Behemoth, Watain...) and pre-order info is available at the Kaotoxin website here.

Today we're bringing you the official worldwide exclusive premiere of the album's teaser trailer, which can be seen below. Stay tuned for more forthcoming info on the release. More...

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Grethor Premieres Full New EP

Grethor recorded new EP "Cloaked In Decay” between August 2014 and February 2015 at drummer Anthony Rouse’s home studio in Virginia, Simon Callahan’s studio in Maryland, and Lady of Noise Studios.

Simon Callahan (Midnight Eye, Permafrost) engineered and mixed the album, with additional engineering by Joseph Mitra and mastering handled by Colin Marston (Gorgots, Krallice) at The Thousand Caves studios in Queens, N.Y. Artwork for this EP was created by Niklas Sundin of Dark Tranquillity.

With the EP due to drop tomorrow, today we're giving an exclusive sneak peek of the whole album in advance. "Cloaked In Decay” takes both traditional and avant-garde black metal and fuses it with a chaotic barrage of dark death metal riffs, laced with hooks and grooves. Give it a listen below and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments. The full track listing is:

1. Wraith
2. Misery of Ignorance
3. Somnia Malum Infinitum
4. Hemispheres Decaying
5. Organic Tomb More...

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Nightrage Premieres New Lyric Video

Greek/Swedish melodic death metal band, Nightrage, has announced an April 24th, 2015 release date for its sixth studio album, "The Puritan," due out on Despotz Records.

Album number six was produced by Daniel Bergstrand (Meshuggah, Devin Townsend, Soilwork) and George Nerantzis at Dugout Productions in Uppsala, Sweden.

Today we're stoked to premiere a lyric video for the title track, which can be found below. Guitarist/founder Marios Iliopoulos also had this to say about the song:

“’The Puritan’ is one of the first songs that we wrote for the album. The title and the concept is symbolic, showcasing our hunger and relentless passion for our music. It’s about not giving up and clashing with every kind of obstacle, but continuing no matter what to fight for our ideals, honoring the music that we love to play.

“Musically, it has this Thin Lizzy/Iron Maiden twin guitar attack on the riffs, along with the signature Nightrage harmonies. We felt this track was the right opening song for the new album, since it´s fast, energetic and also has some really big vocal hooks from Ronnie on the chorus. You get the idea of the feeling for the whole album by listening to the song; this idea of what melodic death metal means to us is really represented here. The song is punchy and metal to the bone.

“The great duo at Dug Out Productions, Daniel Bergstrand and George Nerantzis, helped us make the song sound so good, loud and powerful. Ronnie Nyman makes an amazing vocal performance, and we have a great collaboration here. His ideas and vocal melodies are so powerful and really make an amazing contrast with the Nightrage riffs and harmonies.” More...

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Sirenia Premieres New Music Video "Once My Light"

Norway's Sirenia are about to unleash the band's seventh full length album "The Seventh Life Path" on May 8th (EU) and May 12th (North America) via Napalm Records. The album is the follow up to the 2013 release "Perils of the Deep Blue" (see review here). Today, the band provides the exclusive world premiere of the new single/music video "Once My Light" here on Metal Underground.com.

Mastermind Morten Veland (harsh vocals, guitars) pours his heart and soul into this brand new escapist masterpiece! The listener is invited on a cinematic journey with "The Seventh Life Path," which is comfortably nestled in between gothic metal and symphonic grandeur and seeks those who wish to leave a gray daily routine behind to replace it with remarkable and unforgettable melodies.

Pre-order "The Seventh Life Path" over at this location. The full release schedule is:

G/A/S/Europe/AUS: May 8th
UK/NO/FR/DK/IT: May 11th
USA/CAN: May 12th
SE/ESP: May 13th

The album's track listing is:

1. Seti
2. Serpent
3. Once My Light
4. Elixir
5. Sons Of The North
6. Earendel
7. Concealed Disdain
8. Insania
9. Contemptuous Quitus
10. The Silver Eye
11. Tragedienne
12. Tragica (Tragedienne Spanish Version) (Bonus Track)

We are stoked to bring you the music video for the new track "Once My Light." Check it out here: More...

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Dehuman Opens Up "Crypts Of Blood"

Supporting the "Graveyard of Eden" album released last month (reviewed here), Dehuman is about to embark on a southern European headlining tour, with full dates available below.

With that trek just about to kick off, today Dehuman has teamed up with us to exclusively premiere a new music video for the song "Crypts Of Blood!" Check it out after the tour dates and let us know your impressions of the clip in the comments section.

Haven't heard Dehuman before? The mighty Fenriz recently opened his music podcast by saying "I like Dehuman, they remind me of a sped up version of the first Pestilence album." Who needs more of an endorsement than that?

If you like what you hear below, you can also stream the new album in full by heading over to this location. More...

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