Metal has evolved over the course of its existence, sometimes to the point where its traditional styles have become the minority. The younger generation of fans that have missed out on trailblazers like Warlord, Jag Panzer, Agent Steel or Abattoir of the mid-80's can turn to a new hope down under with Australia's Dragonsclaw. The band burst upon the scene with the debut LP "Prophecy" back in March of 2012 and have finished work on the sophomore effort "Judgement Day." The Aussies just announced that they have signed on with Killer Metal Records in Germany for the album, expected this year.
Today, through Metal Underground.com, the band premiere's its new single "Watching My Every Move," the opening track off the new album, which features guest vocalist, Ex-Accept and current PowerWorld crooner David Reece. Dragonsclaw vocalist Giles Lavery explains: "[W]e wanted to hit hard, much the same way we did with the track "Darkness within" on our first album, but this one is a little more melodic than that though, it's just as heavy, but with a more melodic chorus."
Lavery went on to explain the meaning behind the single and the role of David Reece: "[T]he song is inspired by the 'Psycho' films, so the lyrics are a split personality, two voices talking to each other. I wasn't getting any satisfaction singing both parts myself...it just didn't have the right dynamic that i wanted, but the moment we got David Reece to jump in as the "other voice," it instantly worked!"
Have a listen to the new track here: More...
Ready for a full throttle metal assault to perk up your mid-week slump? Today we have the pleasure of teaming up with Texas DIY champions Seeker to premiere a brand new skull crushing single, "She."
Comments Seeker vocalist, Bryce Lucien, "We're extremely hard on ourselves, and we are constantly trying to push things further and further with each new song; 'She' is no exception. This is the fastest, angriest, and most chaotic track that we have ever released, and we can't wait to get out on the road and play it live."
Experience the crushing chaos of "She" for yourself through the player below (the song may take a moment to load after hitting "play").
Seeker burst onto the scene in late 2011, playing its first show on October 1st, 2011 before heading out on a debut tour the following week. Lucien describes the band’s sound as, “fast, aggressive, pissed off heavy metal. Everything we do is very raw, passionate and honest.”
For more info on the band, check out the Seeker Facebook profile here. You can also catch Seeker live on the "Rise of Darkness" tour. Details are as follows:
4/05 – Dallas, TX @ Sons of Hermann Hall
4/06 – Austin, TX @ The Hole In The Wall
4/07 – McAllen, TX @ Nikki Rowe VFW
4/08 – El Paso, TX @ The War Room
4/09 – Tempe, AZ @ The Spot
4/10 – Yuma, AZ @ The Venue
4/11 – San Diego, CA @ VFW 3788
4/12 – Cupertino, CA @ The Refuge
4/13 – Fresno, CA @ Chinatown Youth Center
4/14 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Eagles Lodge
4/16 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Shred Shed
4/17 – Denver, CO @ The Roxy Theater
4/18 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Sunshine Studios
4/19 – Albuquerque, NM @ Gasworks
4/20 – Claremore, OK @ 18644 S. 4230 Rd.
4/21 – Shreveport, LA @ Mediastar Entertainment Hall More...
Israel-based multinational act Reign of the Architect will release debut album, "Rise," via Pitch Black Records this coming April 16th (USA May 14th). This ambitious, genre-crossing project has taken nearly five years to come to fruition, seeing lineup changes and many challenges before finally arriving at its destination.
Now, Metalunderground.com is proud to bring you a cross section of this hard-to-define album through an exclusive premiere of four new tracks. You can hear "False," "Such a Celebration," "The Green Flame," and "We Must Retaliate" through the player below (the songs may take a moment to load after hitting "play").
While the death-prog-power-opera album itself covers a huge range of sound, these tracks provide an interesting overview of some of both the heavier and softer moments to be found.
The album features art by metal favorite and world renowned artist Eliran Kantor, and the concept behind the music involves a love triangle and alien forces destroying life on earth. For more info on the release and how it came together, check out our interview here with band mastermind Yuval Kramer.
The "Rise" track listing is as follows:
1. The End
2. Different Heart
3. Hymn to Loneliness
5. Such a Celebration
6. Leaking Wounds
7. Distant Similarities
8. One Single Sour Grape
9. As The Old Turns to Sorrow
10. I The Architect
11. Secrets in the Hallway
12. Crown of the Shattered Dreams
13. The Green Flame
14. We Must Retaliate
15. Hopeless War More...
After a break of more than a decade, Portuguese metal act Malevolence is returning with upcoming third album "Antithetical." Metalunderground.com is proud to team up with the band again to give fans another taste of the impending release.
You can now freely stream or download the second single off the album, titled "Devoured Unlimited," through the player provided below.
Sonically devastating, the latest single from Malevolence keeps up an ominous undertone that can’t help but draw in those attracted to the darker side of things. Extreme metal fans take note - this will be an album to look out for. The lyrics to the song are also available after the jump.
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." Since then, the band was "mothballed" until 2009 when Beretta decided to resurrect the once side project and make it into a full band with a doom edge.
Baretta switched to a seven string guitar and enlisted Betoken/Rapid Fire vocalist Antonio Pecere, Ex-All Soul's Day drummer Luca Lucchini, keyboardist Emanuele Laghi, guitarist Marco Rusconi (six string guitar) and bassist Alessandro Reggiani Romagnoli. With a solidified lineup, Crimson Dawn finished writing what would become the new LP "In Strange Aeons..." Though no release date has yet been announced and the band currently shopping the album to labels, the plan is for a release later this year.
In a world exclusive and very first taste of "In Strange Aeons...", the band presents the opening track "Tower of Sin," an epic doom track that evokes the spirit of Candlemass and Black Sabbath exclusively here on Metal Underground.com More...
One of Greece's longest running and most prominent heavy acts, Rotting Christ has refused to stay stagnant and remain stuck in a single style, freely moving across the extreme metal spectrum over the decades.
Tomorrow, March 5th 2013, Rotting Christ will officially drop newest full-length "Kata Ton Daimona Eaftou (Do What Thou Wilt)" in North America (reviewed here).
With only a day to go until the release drops, Metalunderground.com is now pleased to bring you a full stream of the album.
In conjunction with the stream, guitarist/vocalist Sakis Tolis also got in touch with us to share his thoughts on every song on this new release. While listening to the album below, read along with the track-by-track breakdown of the album along with a full interview at this location. More...
Metalunderground.com, in conjunction with Season Of Mist, is proud to offer an exclusive stream of “Stolichnaya Smert,” the fifth cut off Koldbrann’s third studio album “Vertigo.”
Formed in 2001 in Drammen, Norway, Koldbrann has taken its time with full-length efforts, tying them together with a string of 7” releases and one EP over the years. However, the strength of “Vertigo” may just herald a new era of heightened activity for the band.
Combining traditional black metal with thrash and punk in the vein of recent Darkthrone, and boasting a production of sharpness and clarity that retains a raw, organic sound, “Vertigo” is a black ‘n’ roll offering with an appeal far wider than Koldbrann’s Norwegian musical heritage may suggest.
After twelve years of lineup shuffles, Koldbrann now consists of: Kvass (guitars), Mannevond (vocals), Voidar (guitars), Folkedal (drums), and S.G.J. (bass)
Canadian act Chariots of the Gods will release debut full-length album "Tides of War" at the end of the month, and now we're bringing a sneak peek of the carnage to come with a new song premiere.
Check out the track "Unbound," which features a guest appearance by Aleksi Sihvonen of Norther, in the player below (the song may take a few moments to load after hitting "play").
The "Tides of War" album was produced by award winning producer/engineer/mixer Glen Robinson, who has worked with names such as The Ramones, AC/DC, Gwar, Annihilator and Voivod.
Chariots of the Gods' new album delivers 14 epic, crushing tracks to follow up the 2010 "Reverence" EP, which the band aggressively supported by touring in Quebec and Ontario, sharing the stage with names such as Misfits, Voivod, Despised Icon, Kataklysm, Blind Witness, Misery Index, Martyr, Fuck the Facts, Blackguard, Neuraxis, The Agonist, Reanimator and Insurrection.
To see what the band had to say about the new album, check out our recent interview with Chariots of the Gods right here. The full "Tides of War" track listing is as follows:
2. Seventh Weapon
3. Blind Assassin
4. Ambrosian Wings
5. Tides of War
6. Revillusion (1905)
7. Snow Falls On The White River (1914)
8. Severing The Bloodline (1917)
9. Collapse of An Empire
10. Red Skies
13. Unbound (featuring Aleksi Sihvonen)
14. Annihilation of The Gods
You can find additional info on the band and hear more music from Chariots of the Gods over at Facebook here.
Vancouver's Seven Nines and Tens spent upwards of a year recording and mixing debut album "Habitat 67," and we were fortunate enough to team up with the band to stream the full release online.
During the recording process, Seven Nines and Tens experimented with a large amount of new material that wasn’t to be included on the debut album.
Two live performance favorites “Constants & Axioms” and “Kemptville” were chosen to record as a single to give fans a glimpse into the evolution of the band’s sound since the release of "Habitat 67."
This new two-track single is available now available via Nefarious Industries, and we are again proud to bring you the premiere of the release. Check out the tracks from the single using the provided player (the song may take a moment to load after hitting "play").
The new single's track listing is as follows:
1. Constants & Axioms
Seven Nines and Tens consists of:
David Cotton - Guitars
Earl Heath - Bass/Drums
Kerry MacPherson - Guitars
Find more info on the band stay up-to-date with the latest Seven Nines and Tens activity over at Facebook here.
No good could possibly come out of the frigid Northern lands of Alberta, you say? Well, sorry to tell you, there’s an exception to every rule. Enter smoldering power-thrash five-piece Edge of Attack.
Combining haunting vocals, shredding guitars, complex bass lines, furious drumming and choral and symphonic arrangements with surprising depth, Edge of Attack has not only taken the metal scene by storm, but also by surprise. Or, as Nuclear Fallout Radio puts its: “Edge of Attack is the near perfect combination anyone should be looking for in a modern Hard Rock/Metal band. That’s why this album is getting our very first A+ in 5 1/2 years.”
Having been featured in Revolver magazine, you’d think the band has surely been around for years, but truth be told, they’ve accomplished all this while releasing no more than two singles. Today we're proud to premiere a new single from the band for the track "In Hell," which will be appearing on the band's upcoming self-titled album, due out February 19th, 2013.
Check out "In Hell" through the widget below (the song may take a few moments to load after hitting "play"). You can also watch the previously posted music video for "Forever" at this location.
Representing the changes that have taken place and the reinvention of Edge of Attack’s sound, the self-titled album, which was produced by guitarist/vocalist Jurekk Whipple himself and is soon to be released with Spread the Metal Records, is according to the band "a reawakening and rebirthing of power metal with thrash creeping its way into the picture." Pre-orders are now available here and the track listing is:
1. In Hell
2. The Haunting
3. Demon (Of The Northern Seas)
4. Take Me Alive
5. In The Night
6. Edge of Attack
8. Rise Above
9. The Damned
10. Set The World Aflame More...
It's been a long hard road for Connecticut's Graven Image. Over the past couple of years, the band has both solidified its lineup with the addition of seasoned vocalist Martin O'Brien (Beyond Reality/Weapon X) and fortified it with its newest additions, bassist Andrew Purchia and guitarist Scott Williams to go along with band mainstay, drummer Phil Michalak. Through this time, composer/guitarist Paul Coleman has refined/fine tuned the band's material and now on Saturday, December 15, 2012, the band will unleash its debut CD "The Future Started Yesterday."
The story of "The Future Started Yesterday" didn't come about until after most of the songs were written. As the band was writing new material, it was found that many of the songs had a common theme. From that point, the story of a soldier's return to the U.S. having to deal with post traumatic effects was born. As for the music, Graven Image plays metal the traditional way. On this release, the band successfully carried over more aggression in the studio than that of the live performances.
Guitarist Paul Coleman commented on the album: "I am very proud of this album and the guys on it. To write an album that's a concept is tricky enough, but to write one that raises social awareness is even harder. We set out to release something that would make you use your head, not just bang it."
Bassist Andrew Purchia added: "This is very exciting. With the release of this album it's a rebirth for me, but also vindication." More...
After the release of debut album “Swallow the Earth” in 2011 and a year touring Europe alongside acts like Sybreed, French metallers Magoa are striking back with six brand new tracks of metal infused with a rock and roll energy to get you hooked. Influenced by bands like Dagoba, Mnemic, Textures, and Slipknot, Magoa strikes a strong balance between brutality, technicality and sincerity.
The "Animal" EP was recorded at the Hobby Shop Studios in Los Angeles with Magoa's long-time producer Charles "Kallaghan" Massabo and mastered by Andrew "Mudrock" Murdock. The release delivers a message of true freedom through metal, and all six songs can now be heard through the player below (the stream may take a moment to load after you hit "play"). If you dig the sound, "Animal" is available now and can be ordered online right here.
For more info on Magoa and upcoming activity from the band, head over to the Magoa Facebook profile here. The "Animal" EP track listing is as follows:
01. A Thousand Lives
06. The Grid
Magoa consists of:
Cyd Chassagne - Vocals
Martin Montergnole - Drums
Vincent Alvarez - Guitar
David Teixeira - Guitar
Swammer Blondel - Bass
Rising new female-fronted U.K act Neverstar has teamed up with Metalunderground.com to premiere the new music video "Lose Control," which was filmed at London’s renowned East End film studios this September. The clip can be viewed below.
The video sees singer Vega Sims trapped and escaping a psychological prison, while her band mates contrast the scene with their live performance. It concludes with Neverstar getting caught in a rainstorm, symbolizing internal turmoil. An extended version of “Lose Control” will be included with the band’s debut album, which will be released during 2013.
Neverstar will also be playing live dates in the U.K. during November and will continue to tour after the debut album comes out next year. For updated info, head over to the band's official website here.
“Lose Control” was released as a digital single last month and is currently playing on stations such as TotalRock Radio, while the group was recently selected as band of the month on femalemetal.com.
Singer Vega Sims commented, “Creating this video has been an immense experience and amazing learning curve. Originally we didn’t plan on releasing a video for this song, but it somehow made sense to take the idea behind the lyrics and bring them to life. Taking the concept to the screen enabled us to refine the band, and demonstrate our passion for the songs in a whole new way. We loved the process so much that we ended up being completely involved." More...
After snagging the premiere of the music video for "The Chosen Few," we are now stoked to bring you more new music from the burgeoning Cyprus metallers Blynd.
The band's sophomore full-length album "Punishment Unfolds" is set to devastate the metal world in a mere five days, becoming available on November 20th, 2012 through Pitch Black Records.
If "The Chosen Few" wasn't enough for you, now you can hear three more tracks from the release through the widget below (the player may take a few moments to load the tracks after hitting "play"). Headbang along with the pummeling "Arrival of the Gods," "As Punishment Unfolds," and "Never For The Fallen" below, or read our review of the full album right here.
"Punishment Unfolds" features artwork by the iconic Seth Siro Anton of Septicflesh and includes guest appearances by Sakis Tolis (Rotting Christ) and George Charalambous (Winter's Verge). The tracks will be available for digital download through Amazon.com here.
The album's complete track listing is:
1. Divine Gathering (2:16)
2. Arrival of the Gods (4:53)
3. As Punishment Unfolds (4:32)
4. Never for the Fallen (4:50)
5. The Chosen Few (4:36)
6. Convicted in the Devil’s Land (5:25)
7. Sins to the Cross (4:47)
8. The Final Resistance (4:18)
9. Divine Conspiracy (4:08)
10. Infinity Race (5:17)
11. The Chosen Few – video (bonus) More...
We may be nearing the end of the year, but there's still a storm of brutal metal coming your way before we finally hit 2013.
In our continuing quest to bring you new music you may not have had a chance to hear before, today we proudly premiere the full new "Tectonics" EP from California's Dissipate.
All six tracks from the release can be heard below (the player may take a moment to load the songs after hitting "play") and you can see what Dissipate had to say about the band's Basick Records debut through this recent interview or check out our review of the EP right here.
Vocalist Josh Foster comments, "The Tectonics EP has a everything to do with the things in life that seriously rock our foundation. Sometimes, more often than not, awful things happen to us that are so 'earth shattering,' that it actually changes who we are, and can put us in a dark place.
"That’s why I think 'Tectonics' is such a great name for this EP, it’s a very heavy-handed understanding of how the world can physically shift at anytime, and conceptually, how it might just be our turn to stand on the fault line and fall in...it’s up to us alone to crawl back out and reclaim our life."
The "Tectonics" EP's track listing is as follows:
1. Motion (4:52)
2. Such is the Mind (of a Realist) (3:50)
3. Becoming the Mantis (4:07)
4. Mech Fail (4:37)
5. Fragments Lost (1:10)
6. Tectonics (4:44)
"Tectonics" is set for official release on November 19th, 2012 can be pre-ordered on its own or in a t-shirt bundle through Basick Records here. Give the EP an advance listen and let us know what you think about it in the comments below. More...
In a switching of gears from our last premiere, it's time for something a little more Fall appropriate: depressive black metal, but with a serious twist.
After seeing a U.K. stream through Zero Tolerance, Metalunderground.com is now proud to host the North American exclusive premiere of Germ's appropriately titled "Loss" (reviewed here).
Check out all six devastatingly avant-garde tracks from the release below (the player may take a few moments to load the first song after hitting "play"). The music speaks for itself, but if you want to know what you are about to get into, consider the ending lines of our review: "If David Bowie decided to do an album with Burzum, while both were under the influence of LSD, the end result would likely be something like 'Loss.' This one’s going to strongly appeal to fans of the insanity of Devin Townsend who want the black metal cred of Peccatum to boot."
You can also see what band mastermind Tim Yatras had to say about the release himself in this recent interview.
Begun as a solo project by Austere member Tim, Germ was conceived as early as 2003. The idea behind Germ was to create something that not only combined atmospheric black metal and rock - Tim has become known for with his love of classical, pop and electronic styles of music - but to create an image and visual aspect to accompany the music.
1. My Only Hope
2. So Lonely, Dead Lonely
3. Only When Every Timepiece In The World Is Smashed Part I
4. Only When Every Timepiece In The World Is Smashed Part II
5. Cold Grey Dawn (A New Beginning)
"Slithering," the brand new video from Portuguese extreme progressive metallers Malevolence, sees its exclusive U.S. premiere today through Metalunderground.com (as well as PureGrainAudio for Canada and Arte Sonora for Portugal). The clip was directed by David Barros of 4THERECORDS and can be viewed below.
The song "Slithering," written by guitarist/vocalist Carlos Cariano, is taken from the band’s upcoming third album "Antithetical," which will be released in 2013. To find out more on the album, you can also check out our exclusive track-by-track breakdown straight from the band at this location.
Carlos commented about the new video: “Slithering was the first single extracted from our impending new album. Decibel Magazine kindly assisted us to make the premiere of the audio episode some weeks ago, helping us in the process to show the song writing diversity on 'Antithetical.' Now we are moving forward and presenting the visual production of our first (ever) music video interrelated with the same song. To achieve that we worked with 4THERECORDS, a young company producing mainly short films and commercials. SLITHERING is their boldest achievement to date and we are truly pleased with the visual quality of our first cooperation with this entity. The support of 4THERECORDS was central and decisive to attain the professional final results."
Considering the alliances used for the video release, Carlos added: “Subsequent to the premiere of 'Slithering' we received rave reviews far and wide. The interest upon 'Antithetical' grows on a daily basis rate. Sharing our video through such professional media, in 3 different countries at the same time means quite something!” More...
The prelimary invasion of the soft, weak races of Earth began with "WarChiefs of the Apocalypse" (reviewed here), and the orcs took a brief side trek to metal-up the fantasy miniature world, but now it's officially time to add even more heads to the pile!
The debut full-length album from A Band of Orcs, "Adding Heads to the Pile," doesn't see it's official release (and the subsequent enslavement of all mankind) until Halloween through Itchy Metal Entertainment, but now you lucky few get the chance to hear the release in full, and possibly be spared orcish wrath come the Domination.
The album tells a tale of A Band of Orcs' mercenary employment for a human kingdom in the realm of Hirntodia. This craven kingdom of humans hires the Gore-Stained Axe Tribe to "settle their giant troubles" for them with axe and spear, but they get a lot more than they bargained for, once the orcs fulfill the terms of their geas by vanquishing the giants and returning to pay the piper.
Give all 13 tracks of the album a listen in the player below (the songs may take a few seconds to load the songs after hitting "play.") If you dig the death metal you hear and don't want to be eaten by orcs on the 31st, pre-order "Adding Heads to the Pile" right here.
A lyric video for "In The Keeper's Chamber" can also be found below, and the album's track listing is as follows:
1. Prepare for Domination
2. When the Hills Run Red
3. In the Keeper's Chamber
4. Of Broken Chains & Shattered Skulls
5. Wyrd of the Winter Wolf
6. The Darkness that Comes Before (Interlude)
7. Hall of the Frozen Dead
8. Lair of the Ice Wyrm
10. At the Mouth of Fire
11. Fall of the Fire Lord
12. Adding Heads to the Pile
13. A Deeper Evil (Instrumental) More...
"Stamina," the debut album from Bosnia and Herzegovina based old school technical death/thrash metal band After Oblivion, will be released on November 9th through Metal On Metal Records.
After Oblivion's music is described by the label as "an homage to '90s period Death, as the band deliberately embraces Chuck Schuldiner’s legacy, however it also bears a personal stamp thanks to the passion and talent of these young musicians. 'Stamina' is not just a display of technical virtuosity, but it's full of emotion, atmospheric and intense."
Two songs off "Stamina" have been made available for streaming via bandcamp, and Metalunderground.com is now very proud to exclusively premiere a third track. Give "Hatred Profound" a listen in the player below (you may need to wait a few seconds after pressing "play" for the track to load), and then check out the other songs "Breeding Perdition" and "The Carnal Form" through bandcamp here.
The complete track listing for "Stamina" is as follows:
2. For The Rebels
4. Breeding Perdition
5. The Carnal Form
6. Septic Mind
7. Ascent Of Misery
9. Hatred Profound
The album's cover art was created by After Oblivion guitarist/vocalist Adnan Hatic. The CD can be pre-ordered with a discount from the Metal On Metal Records website here until November 6th, while the digital download can be ordered at the previously linked bandcamp page. A teaser trailer and the artwork are available below. More...
Portugal's Malevolence is back after a 13 year hiatus to bring on seven tracks of extreme metal madness with new album "Antithetical."
To give fans a taste of what's to come, Malevolence recently released opening track "Slithering" over at bandcamp, and now we have scored an exclusive track-by-track breakdown and interview straight from the band. Front man Carlos Cariano offered the following explanations of the impending "Antithetical" experience: More...