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The Father Of Serpents Premieres New Song

The Father Of Serpents is an entity consisting of six souls from the Serbian scene, entwined by an admiration for doom metal.

The band's first album "Age Of Damnation" is set for a June 19th release and contains nearly an hour of apocalyptic atmosphere, presented through the gentlest of acoustic passages to the most brutal and vicious heaviness.

Pre-orders are online here, and today we're exclusively premiering advance track "The Grave For The Universe," which can be heard below. You can also follow the latest on The Father Of Serpents at Facebook here.

The band comments: "'The Grave for the Universe' is a song with the most riffs and parts on the album. Musically it sums up the whole album, there are slow parts, fast double bass drumming, acoustic passages, modern riffing, 80s heavy metal solo in the end and very dark lyrics. Somehow it all makes sense here!"

01. The Walls Of No Salvation
02. The Flesh Altar
03. Tale Of Prophet
04. The Grave For Universe
05. Tainted Blood
06. The Afterlife Symphony
07. The Quiet Ones
08. The God Will Weep For You
09. The Last Encore
10. Viral More...

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Necroheresy Premieres New Song

Hailing from Slovakia, the thrashing death metal crew Necroheresy is gearing up to release "Asylum" via Satanath Records' sub-label Symbol Of Domination alongside both Wings Of Destruction and Darknagar Records.

The album will officially drop June 16th, but today we've got an advance premiere for the album's fifth track "Battle Of Sokolovo" - check it out below and let us know what you think!

"Asylum" presents a new era in the history of the band, merging thrash, black, and death metal together into 10 tracks of pure desperation, anxiety, and creepy insight into the mind.

Pre-orders are online here and you can follow the latest on Necroheresy by heading over to Facebook. The album's track listing is as follows:

01. Intro
02. Silence Before The Storm
03. Four Rooms Of Sanatorium
04. Consecration
05. Battle Of Sokolovo
06. Mortal Addiction
07. Blind Monk
08. Satan My Master
09. Asylum
10. Portent More...

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Nemesea Releases "Dance In The Fire" Video

Nemesea recently announced that vocalist and musical theatre star Sanne Mieloo will be the new frontwoman of the Dutch rock band!

With the band's latest album "Uprise" and first single "Forever," Nemesea received worldwide positive responses and the band members were determined to go on with a new vocalist after former vocalist Manda Ophuis decided to leave the band to focus on her education job. Auditions of more than 80 vocalists from all over the globe followed in October and November 2016. Finally the band selected Sanne Mieloo after she persuaded the band with her great voice, versatility, stage presence, as well as, her fresh ideas.

The first result is the band's new single "Dance In The Fire," which was once again produced by Guido Aalbers. In the past weeks, the band has worked tirelessly behind the scenes, preparing and producing the stunning video for the song which the band partnered with MetalUnderground.com to celebrate its premiere today!

Mieloo graduated cum laude at the Conservatory, wrote her own musical theatre performances and was connected to several productions by live entertainment company, Stage Entertainment. She’s also performed in musicals, including "Tarzan" and "Sister Act." Her talent hasn’t gone unnoticed, for over the last 3 years, Sanne performed in several productions in Germany, Austria, Poland and Japan. Apart from her work in the theatre world, she has experience in the music scene as well; she’s traveled as a backing vocalist for singer Oonagh across major venues in Germany. Most recently Sanne played a leading role in the musical "Tanz der Vampire" in Switzerland. With the arrival of Sanne, Nemesea is complete and ready for the future, a large portion of which will consist of playing as many live shows as possible.

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Dig Me No Grave Premieres "Monument To Violence"

Ready for some absolute death metal mayhem? Today we're exclusively premiering new track "Monument To Violence" from Dig Me No Grave!

The track hails from the Russian group's "Immemorial Curse" album, due to drop June 15th as a co-release between Satanath Records with Sevared Records and Wings Of Destruction.

The lyrics on this old school death metal release are inspired by various horror/fantasy literature and different facts of human obscurantism. Pre-orders are available here and you can follow the latest on the band over at Facebook here.

01. The Curse (Intro)
02. Ritual Slaughter
03. Initiation To Afterlife Disciplines
04. Cursed Acheron
05. Dig Me No Grave
06. The Call Of The Witch
07. Ancient Aliens
08. Monument To Violence
09. I See Them!
10. Edge Of Eternity

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Apothesary Premieres New Lyric Video

Apothesary is gearing up to drop sophomore effort "Accept Loss Forever" via rising metal force M-Theory Audio on July 7th.

Ahead of that impending summer release date, today the band has teamed up with us to exclusively premiere a new lyric video for "Tempest (Even Tide)." The clip was created by Tsunami Films and features a guest guitar solo by Bill Hudson (U.D.O., I Am Morbid, Trans-Siberian Orchestra) - check it out below!

Guitarist Clayton Cagle comments on the new video:

"Musically, parts of 'Tempest' date as far back as 2010. Some of those riffs (albeit modified) are actually some of the earliest material I had ever written - which is special to me to reflect on. It was also a chance for Greg and I to write and arrange together; bouncing ideas off of each other in a music composing program. He and I always seem to sync up when we talk about our goals and opinions. And I have always, ALWAYS wanted a giant triplet breakdown with an ominous, tremolo-picked lead.

"Lyrically, this was the last song written for the record. At the time... I was experiencing some things that I didn't know how to handle. There were a lot of emotions that I couldn't make sense of. And because of the way the previous year of my life had unraveled, I was already in a dangerous place.

"I remember sitting in my bed one night, alone, with the substance that I was convinced was the only thing helping me (the same substance later convinced me that I was about to die, but that's another story). I was miserable to the point that I hadn't written anything in weeks but I knew I needed to do something to release that pressure. So I forced myself to pick up my notebook and just started writing down thoughts. The arranged version of that desperate night became 'Tempest.'" More...

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Sierpes Premieres New Song

Get ready for absolute and total destruction with our latest exclusive premiere today!

Colombia / Ecuador based blackened thrash duo Sierpes is due to release debut full-length album "Visiones Caóticas" via Morbid Skull Records on June 12th, 2017.

Before that release, we're stoked to bring you an early stream of "Ciclo Cosmico" - check it out below.

The twosome's opening salvo features nine tracks of primitive but powerful thrashing sounds in the vein of classic South American black metal bands. Sierpes had this to say about the new song we've unleashed today:

"It talks about the circle of destruction for a new creation linked to the four elements and the sacred magic of Abramelim, it was written just one month after the Mocoa/Colombia tragedy were an overflow of rivers of Putumayo destroyed the city and many people died."

1. Intro / Tempus Mortis
2. Black Holocaust
3. Sierpes
4. Visión Caótica
5. Peste
6. Eterno esplendor de la muerte
7. Ciclo Cósmico
8. The Age (Typhon cover)
9. Doctrina Pagana
10. Outro More...

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Atrexial Premieres Full Album

Atrexial exists with the aim of fusing the brutality of death metal with the elegance and darkness of black metal.

Here the project undoubtedly succeeds, offering up an experience of growing darkness that will cover your reality in images of horror, agony, and torment.

Previously self-released digitally by the band, Atrexial has now teamed up with Godz ov War Productions for an official digipack release of "Souverain" tomorrow - May 30th, 2017.

One day ahead of that new edition dropping, we've got a full stream of all twelve tracks! Check it out below, and pick up your own copy over here.

The album was mixed and mastered at F2F Studios, and it features cover artwork by Nestor Avalos (Bloodbath, Autokrator, Blut aus Nord). Listen to a full stream below.

1. Enthronement
2. The Hideous Veil of Innocence
3. Under The Scourge Of Lamashtu
4. Catharsis Through Torment
5. Unmerciful Imperial Majesty
6. Illuminatur
7. The Ominous Silence
8. Ascension
9. Shadows Of The Nephilim Throne
10. Trinity
11. Souverain
12. Eternal More...

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Rapheumets Well Premieres Full New Album

We've been closely following the fine folks from Rapheumets Well for a little over a year now (did you catch the band's hilarious Pit Story entry last year?) and now we're very excited to finally check out full album "Enders Door."

As that album sees official release today - Friday, May 26th - via Test Your Metal Records, we have the honor to also unveil a full stream to mark the occasion!

Check out all of "Enders Door" below, and be sure to let us know what you think of this symphonic brutal metal combo. If you dig Dimmu Borgir or Fleshgod Apocalypse, you'll want to hear this one. Grab your own copy of the release at Bandcamp here.

Blending a sound that is a complex mix of classical orchestrations, cosmic synths, and extreme metal to portray the epics of parallel worlds, this Hickory, N.C. based group brings forth a voyage enriched with lore, fabricated from scratch.

Inspired by the fictitious universe of Sovael, Rapheumets Well is the name coined to the conscious deity who oversees the anastomosis of the multiverse, the master of portals and inter-dimensional travel. Being personified as a trickster, Rapheumet often creates chaos for unsuspecting voyagers. The word “Well” refers to the gravity wells, which like black holes, are catalyst of change and gateways between the cosmic plains.

“We created this name in hopes of personifying a living gateway between dimensions. We love science fiction and a few of us have extended education and degrees in science,” says drummer Joshua Ward. More...

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Lord Premieres Full New Album

May 26th is going to be a hell of a New Release Friday for the metal world, with not the least of those releases coming from Fredericksburg, Virginia group Lord!

While "Blacklisted" is now just two days away, we're stoked to bring you the entire album for an early stream today - listen in below and let us know what you think. Pre-orders are online here.

Lord is a band that isn't afraid to explore the possibilities within heavy music, merging thrash, hardcore punk, prog, death, and black metal for an aggressive and chaotic sound.

Lyrically, "Blacklisted" focuses on the destruction of the Earth, those destroying it and what role each and every one of us plays in that picture. As a counterpoint, the album also highlights figures both historical and modern that have made a positive impact on humanity. Lord consists of:

Steven Kerchner - Vocals
Will Rivera - Guitar
Todd Wuehrmann - Guitar
Chris Dugay - Bass
Kevin Marimow - Drums More...

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Wreche Turns Black Metal Upside Down

Ready for something totally off the charts that forges ahead boldly into the unknown?

The Wreche duo will drop a self-titled album via Fragile Branch Recordings next Friday, May 26th, and today we're giving you an early listen to a new track!

Check out the unhinged piano / abrasive black metal mashup of the album's fifth track "Vessel" below. Like what you hear? Pre-orders are online over here.

The old piano wire creaks and whines as the hammer turns, wrenching the pin from the rotted maple. Steel clinks and piles upon the concrete while the wires twist and fall, knotting like weeds. As the spirit is pruned, it protests gently, plying the old songs—a final ghostly stride through the mind’s quiet gramophone. Wreche expands the palette and language of the piano to black metal.

By transforming and revising the guitars of black metal, replacing them with shards of crystalline harshness and frenzied scherzos, Wreche invites space for new interpretations of genre, forging a path out of the proverbial forest—be it Norwegian, Olympian, or Appalachian—and into something more hopeless and sinister.

1. Pruning the Spirit
2. Angel City
3. Fata Morgana
4. Petals
5. Vessel More...

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Read The Full First Chapter Of "Light Dawning"

Update: the second chapter has also come online and can be read over here.

Following previous sci-fi novella “Empty” from 2016, Ty Arthur (Metalunderground.com's very own xFiruath) returns with new full-length horror novel “Light Dawning."

Pivoting away from the emptiness of space, the book dives headlong into the waters of fantasy, but with a seriously grimdark twist.

This next foray into the bleaker corners of human existence is officially slated for release on Friday, May 26th, 2017. Kindle digital pre-orders are now online here, with physical editions available here.

Once known as the City on the Hill and revered far and wide for its independence and boundless opportunity, Cestia has become home only to the damned. Surviving under the brutal occupation of a southern empire for three long years, the oppressed populace has lost hope of liberation, turning instead towards an increasingly desperate rebellion willing to commit any atrocity for a chance at freedom.

As total war approaches, four lost souls trapped behind Cestia's walls are on a collision course with fate, destined to either save the city or see it utterly destroyed while calling on forces beyond mankind's comprehension. For good or ill, the light of a new day is about to dawn.

Today we're introducing you to one of those main characters: Myrr, a man on the run since coming across something beyond his comprehension that is desperately sought by the Knights of the Black Gauntlet. Check out an exclusive sneak peak of the full opening chapter of "Light Dawning" below.

"Light Dawning" was inspired by heavy metal of all stripes, from avant-garde black metal to occult rock, with the Myrr segments of the book in particular drawing on tracks from the Code album "Mut" and Shining release "IX - IX - Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends." If you'd like to read the chapter as it was written and intended to be experienced, a playlist of songs fueling the writing sessions can be heard below that match the themes and tone of the book's opening section.

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Misamore Premieres "Bloody Mary" Video

Hailing from Sacremento, the hard rockin' trio Misamore has teamed up with us today to exclusively premiere the "Bloody Mary" lyric video - buckle up and get ready for a road trip into darkness!

"The song 'Bloody Mary' was written a few years before the recording of Misamore's full-length album, 'Monolith.' The song deals with the destruction of what little innocence we have and how it all fundamentally is the same feeling that sends us in the same direction," commented Misamore's Josh Amolsch.

Josh goes on to say, "Originally, the video was planned to be a woman losing her virginity and then giving birth in the snow and bleeding to death, but we thought that might be too graphic and 'real' for people."

"There was also plans for the band to be in the video, playing around burning trash barrels in the snow. But the lyric video seemed more appropriate for a few reasons. Those being that the listeners probably want to understand what the lyrics are saying and the another was to focus on the story of how easy it is to make bad decisions and how quickly they will cause things to crumble. it was also a bit cheaper to do the lyric video."

The CA-based power trio Misamore refuses to rest. With fourteen years in, a five-song EP, a single and now a full-length album to tout, Misamore has proven that it will take more than a pesky thing like drummer Cameron Ellis' brain tumor or a near death experience due to Celiac Disease with bassist Mike Dragony to slow the band down.

Misamore's “Monolith” - available here - is what Loud & Heavy calls “a top to bottom solid body of work” with many peers in the Sacramento music scene praising the release as an “evolutionary piece” and “Flawless.” You can follow the latest on Misamore over at Facebook here. More...

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The Ditch And The Delta Premieres Full New Album

Mark your calendars: May 12th, 2017 is the day you get sludged straight to death!

That's the day Battleground Records will further expand the label’s already-diverse roster with SLC squadron The Ditch And The Delta's debut LP "Hives In Decline."

Engineered by Andy Patterson of Subrosa, "Hives In Decline" shows The Ditch And The Delta exploring further aspects of sound design, from sludgy doom to math metal for a style the band simply terms "Big Riff."

Employing different tunings and modal centers, every song the band writes manages to avoid many of the usual doom trappings of excessive feedback, static harmony, and pentatonic riffs. The lyrical content deals with everyday life and the constant suppression and alienation that comes with it. Three men from Mormon-dominated Utah are bound to have a lot of resentment and disdain for the mono culture they exist in daily.

You don't have to wait any longer to hear the end result for yourself, because today we're premiering the entire album ahead of release - listen in below!

Pre-orders are online right here. The album includes a swarm of solos by Gentry Densley (Eagle Twin, Iceburn) on the song “Fuck On Asphalt," and the full track listing is as follows:

1. Hives In Decline
2. Fuck On Asphalt
3. Sleeping Dogs
4. Dry Land
5. Till Body Quits
6. Mud
7. Dread Spectacle More...

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Morass Of Molasses Premieres "Centralia"

The swamp master generals from Morass Of Molasses are gearing up to drop new album "These Paths We Tread" on May 19th, 2017 via HeviSike Records.

To prepare you for the album's seven fuzzy, sludgy, doomy tracks, today we're exclusively premiering new song "Centralia." The band comments:

"'Centralia' is a tale of greed and gluttony. How we should be wary of over indulgence as nothing comes without consequences."

Morass Of Molasses creates the kind of lumbering heavy blues riffs which induce involuntary head nodding and a deep stirring of the loins. Want your loins properly stirred? Listen in below already.

The band's short life so far has also seen Morass of Molasses sharing stages with such luminaries of the scene as Orange Goblin Ohhms, Vodun, Elephant Tree, Desert Storm, Space Witch,, Sea Bastard, Limb, Gurt and many more. Need more from the band? Follow the latest at Facebook here.

"These Paths We Tread" was engineered, produced & mixed By Matt Bew at Whitehouse Studios. The new album's track listing is as follows:

1. My Leviathan (streaming here)
2. So They Walk
3. Serpentine
4. The Ritual
5. Centralia
6. Maenads
7. Wrath Of Aphrodite More...

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A Flourishing Scourge Premieres "Solace"

Get ready to find a new favorite band, because today we're introducing you to an extreme progressive metal outfit from Seattle that's going to absolutely blow you away!

A Flourishing Scourge's self-titled, debut album will drop June 9th via the band's own imprint Begotten Records, and now ahead of that release we're officially premiering the album's ending track "Solace."

Get ready for a truly wild 9+ minute ride below that spans everything from atmospheric piano to full-on technical metal. If you dig what you hear below, be sure to pre-order the album at Bandcamp here.

"A Flourishing Scourge" features eight dynamic and ferocious songs recorded at Gojira’s Silver Cord Studios in Brooklyn, New York and includes session drummer Samus Paulicelli (Decrepit Birth, ex-Abigail Williams). Mastering was handled by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Amon Amarth) of Fascination Street Studios, with cover artwork handled by Andrada Saftescu.

1. Tidal Waves
2. To the Stench of a Rotting Corpse
3. Insatiable
4. Onerous
5. Awakened
6. Vacant
7. The Hedonist
8. Solace More...

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Seven Kingdoms Premieres "Kingslayer" Video Clip

Florida's Seven Kingdoms is about to power-metalize the ass of the globe on Friday, May 5th with the release of "Decennium," the band's Napalm Records debut and fourth full length studio album. Pre-orders can be made at this location.

To celebrate the coming album's release along with a North American tour with Evergrey, Need and Ascendia, the band teamed up with Metal Underground.com for the release of the video clip for "Kingslayer."

The band commented on the song: "'Kingslayer' is a song about Jaime Lannister's betrayal of his oath, which earned him that very nickname across the Seven Kingdoms. The Mad King was ready to blow up all of Kings Landing with stocks of wildfire hidden under the streets, rather than face defeat to Robert's rebellion. Having already seen enough atrocities committed by the king, Jaime could not stand by any longer with the lives of the entire city at stake. He murdered the Mad King, the one his life was sworn to protect. Instead of becoming a hero, this betrayal would be how history remembered Jaime Lannister.”

The track listing for "Decennium" is:

1. Stargazer (see lyric video)
2. Undying
3. In The Walls (see lyric video here)
4. The Tale Of Deathface Ginny
5. Castles In The Snow
6. Kingslayer
7. The Faceless Hero
8. Neverending (see video clip here)
9. Hollow
10. Awakened From Nothing
11. In The Walls (EP Master) (Bonus Track)
12. Undying (EP Master) (Bonus Track)
13. The Bloody Meadow (Re-Recording) (Bonus Track)
14. Stormborn (Re-Recording) (Bonus Track)

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Pure Premieres New Song "Le Silence Mortel"

Satanath Records is keeping it real 'n raw in the underground, this time via sub-label Symbol Of Domination in cooperation with Obscure Abhorrence Productions.

That trinity of label involvement will see the release of new album "J'aurais dû" from Swiss raw black metal band Pure on May 13th, 2017.

Ahead of that release date we've got an exclusive U.S. premiere of new track "Le Silence Mortel" - check it out in the YouTube video below.

Pure was founded by Bornyhake (known from Borgne, Enoid, Deathrow, Darvaza, ex-Kawir, and others), and the band name very much fits the sound on this fourth album, which is as pure old school black metal as you can get without a time machine.

The lyrics, all in French, describe the worst and best moments of Bornyhake's life. You can check out previous releases from the project at Bandcamp here or follow the latest on Pure via Facebook. The new album's track listing is as follows:

01. Anonyme et sans visage
02. Je tuerais le monde pour ta lumière
03. Le silence mortel
04. Le jour où je suis mort
05. J'aurais dû
06. Solitude More...

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Amentia Premieres "I Don't Believe" Video

Death metal group Amentia from Belarus is gearing up to release the "Scourge" album this coming May 8th, 2017 via Satanath Records and Amputated Vein Records.

Today we're premiering a new lyric video off the album - check out "I Don't Believe" below. Although you might suspect it was an anthem of disbelief, instead this track deals with a junkie chasing after that elusive high.

Third full-length album "Scourge" features seven uncompromising tracks aimed at killing your brain cells with each second of brutal sound. Get ready for chopping ax rhythmic riffs, machine gun bursts of drum fills and blast beats, perverted paranoid solos, soul-destroying vocals, and grinding virtuosic bass.

You can follow the latest on the band via Facebook here or over at Bandcamp and the album's track listing is as follows:

01. Kill Me
02. I Don't Believe
03. Anorexia
04. Slow Decay
05. Noble Death
06. Sentence Executioner
07. Paranoia More...

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Justin Symbol & The God Bombs Premieres Video

Ready for the vagina of the whole goddamn world to be opened up to you? Electronic rock group Justin Symbol & The God Bombs is set to release a second full-length album this coming fall titled "GΩDHEAD."

Today we're officially premiering a whacked out, psychedelic, bizarre-as-fuck music video for the title track - check it out below!

The "GΩDHEAD" music video was filmed in Joshua Tree, CA in June 2016 during an extreme heat wave that killed at least one person.

It stars Justin Symbol, Will Evil, Jabbath Kadabra, and John Doll (aka The God Bombs) plus Ryan Frankenstein (of the band Our Frankenstein) and Angel Nightmare (of the band Midnight Nighmare).

The video was filmed in homage to 70s psychedelic/occult film makers such as Alejandro Jodorowsky and Kenneth Anger and tells the story of Justin Symbol's quest for a mystical cactus shaped microphone atop a mountain in Joshua Tree. He is challenged along the way by various evil forces attempting to thwart his conquest. More...

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Freiheit Premieres New Song

Russian blackend death metal troupe Freiheit is gearing up to release a new album titled "Madness. Hatred. Death" via Grimm Distribution.

While the album may not be dropping until May 5th, today we've got an advance listen of an all-consuming banger of a track that roughly translates to "The Corps of Death."

Freiheit is a young metal band hailing from Arkhangelsk, Russia and the name is translated as “Freedom” from German, since the members do not limit themselves in their work, and typical genre rules don't mean much for them either. Freiheit is freedom of self-expression, with no place for pleasing political and religious dogmas.

You can pre-order the new album here (and also hear another advance track), and be sure to follow the latest on Freiheit via Facebook. More...

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