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Ill Nino Premieres Video For "Against The Wall"

Metalunderground.com is proud to present the premiere of ILL NIÑO's latest music video for “Against The Wall,” the first video from their new album “Dead New World,” which was released on October 25th via Victory Records. The music video was directed by Scott Hansen, who has worked with bands such as A Day To Remember, The Devil Wears Prada, Otep, Alesana, and Evergreen Terrace, and was shot in Virginia Beach, VA in October.

“The video was shot in the evening so there was a large amount of bugs. It was like Spider-fest,” jokes drummer Dave Chavarri. “Bugs aside, Scott made sure everything worked smoothly. He’s a total professional, and it was great to see him take control of the shoot. We haven’t had someone work with us like that for a couple of years.”

“We did something like a 20 hour shoot in the swamps,” adds vocalist Cristian Machado. “Scott is a really driven individual. He knew exactly what he wanted, where he wanted people in the video, the camera angles he wanted to end up with, everything. He and his crew were extremely professional.”

“The reason we’re performing in the woods where there are no material things, is because we wanted to represent things that aren’t of the material world,” continues Machado. “The reason the couple is indoors during the video and going through their relationship battle is because they are being pressured by things in the material world. To me, the female character went into the water because she wanted to get away from all of the material things affecting her and their relationship. No matter how material we all are in this world, we all die alone.”

Check out the "Against The Wall" music video below:

You can also check out some behind-the-scenes shots from the video shoot here.

ILL NIÑO is expected to announce a brand new January tour very soon. This will be the first time the band is touring in the states in two years. Stay tuned for more updates on the upcoming tour.

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Atheist Premieres "Fictitious Glide" Online

Atheist recently released their latest studio album, "Jupiter" (reviewed here), on November 8th via Season of Mist. "Jupiter" is the band's first new record since 1993. Metalunderground.com is now able to bring you the online premiere of the track "Fictitious Glide." You can check it out in the player below, along with opening track "Second To Sun."

Metalunderground.com recently caught up with Atheist frontman Kelly Shaefer, who commented on the album:

If you don’t know the history of the band and the third album comes in then it’s very odd, because it’s very different and Latin influenced. In using a different drummer it wasn’t as fast and brutal, it’s more jazzy and most people in Eastern Europe prefer that record. “Jupiter” is a continuation of our second record “Unquestionable Presence.” It’s really an homage to both the first two albums. It’s easily the most brutal and ferocious album we’ve ever done. It’s the most explosive and has the best songs and our song writing has changed a lot in all that time. Me personally, I’ve had an opportunity to write with a number of different bands and work with producers in the rock world with Neurotica. So my experience bringing that back into Atheist is structure and being able to take chaotic madness of the technical aspect of Atheist and really hone it in and give people something to focus their eyes one. It helps pull it all together. It wasn’t really intentional but it just worked out that way. We’d just sit down and write and whatever happens, happens. That’s how we set our template. I couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out. I hate saying that, because everybody says that. If you are a fan of Atheist you are definitely going to love this record. It’s all over the place, and yet it’s right down the middle.

You can read that full interview here.

The complete tracklisting for "Jupiter" is as follows:

1. Second to Sun (4:04)
2. Fictitious Glide (4:53)
3. Fraudulent Cloth (3:24)
4. Live and Live Again (3:39)
5. Faux King Christ (4:02)
6. Tortoise the Titan (3:40)
7. When the Beast (4:57)
8. Third Person (4:08)

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God Dethroned Streaming Entire New Album Online

Update: The streaming period for "Under the Sign of the Iron Cross" is now over and the album is now available in stores worldwide.

God Dethroned is readying their latest album, "Under the Sign of the Iron Cross" (reviewed here), for release next Tuesday, November 23rd in North America (November 19th/22nd in Europe). From now until the North American release, Metalunderground.com will be hosting the exclusive full album stream of "Under the Sign of the Iron Cross." Check it out in the player below. The album marks the Dutch metal band's ninth album and was recorded at the Soundlodge Studios in Leer, Germany. It follows the band's 2009 release, "Passiondale" (reviewed here).

Comments singer/guitarist Henri Sattler: "Musically the new album turned out to be one of the most extreme records we ever did. Nevertheless with the very recognizable God Dethroned hooks present in all the songs.Producer Joerg Uken outdid himself this time, because our new album is in my opinion the best produced album we ever had. Extremely raw, heavy, but crystal clear and super dynamic at the same time."

Here is the "Under the Sign of the Iron Cross" tracklisting:

1. The Declaration of War
2. Storm of Steel
3. Fire Storm
4. The Killing is Faceless
5. Under the Sign of the Iron Cross
6. Chaos Reigns at Dawn
7. Through Byzantine Hemispheres
8. The Red Baron
9. On Fields of Death & Desolation

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While She Sleeps Premieres New Song Online

Sheffield, U.K. melodic metalcore band While She Sleeps is premiering the song "Hearts Aside Our Horses" exclusively on Metalunderground.com. The song is off the band's Good Fight Music debut, entitled "The North Stands For Nothing," which will be released on November 22, 2010. You can stream "Hearts Aside Our Horses" in the player below.

The band also released their first music video for the track "Crows" recently, which you can check out below. The video was directed by Tom Welsh at Get Deluxe studios. From the construction of the set to the moving cameras, the majority of the video was DIY and assembled by the band.

Shockhound.com is offering a pre-order for the digital release of "The North Stand for Nothing" at just $5.99.

The complete "The North Stands For Nothing" tracklisting is as follows:

1. The North Stands For Nothing
2. Trophies
3. Crows
4. My Conscience, Your Freedom
5. Lost Above The Arches
6. Proud Of The Demon In Me
7. The Truth
8. Hearts Aside Our Horses

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Stream 2 Sides 2 Die's "Fatal Flaw" Album In Full

Update: The streaming period for this album has expired and the album is now available directly through the band

Metalunderground.com is proud to premiere the full album stream for Pennsylvania grunge/metal band 2 Sides 2 Die's latest album, "Fatal Flaw." After premiering a couple individual songs and making them available for download, you can now hear the full album in our player below, leading up to its live premiere at the band's CD release show on November 12th.

The "Fatal Flaw" CD release show will be held in Wayneboro, Pennsylvania's Rocket Guitars. Also on the bill are Dicky's Revenge and The Hammer Method. You can check out the show flier here.

Once again, the full tracklisting for "Fatal Flaw" is as follows:

1. Through my Veins
2. No Surprise Sunrise
3. Fatal Flaw
4. So Clear
5. Autumn's Ashes
6. Never Again
7. You're my Problem
8. Holy Grail
9. Solum's Silence
10. Preyed
11. So You Know
12. Moonlight

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2 Sides 2 Die Premieres "Thru My Veins" Online

Metalunderground.com is premiering the second new song off of 2 Sides 2 Die's new upcoming album "Fatal Flaw." "Thru My Veins" is available for streaming or free download below:

Download "Thru My Veins" (right click and "Save As...")

Last week we premiered the song "Autumn's Ashes," which you can still check out here.

Look for the full album stream of "Fatal Flaw" starting next week.

Once again, the band's CD release show is planned for November 12th in Wayneboro, Pennsylvania at Rocket Guitars and they are playing a free Halloween acoustic performance at their local Hot Topic in the York Galleria Mall on October 21st starting at 5pm.

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Unholy Ritual's New EP Streaming In Full

Update: The streaming period for this release is now over and "Finis Origine Pendet" is out now.

Metalunderground.com is proud to premiere the exclusive stream of Greek symphonic black metal band Unholy Ritual's upcoming EP, "Finis Origine Pendet" (reviewed here). The four track EP was mixed and mastered by Andy Classen at the renowned Stage One Studios (Belphegor, Krisiun, Dew Sented, Naglefar, Rotting Christ, Asphyx, Graveworm, etc.) in Germany. Cover art was done by the Andreas Marschall (Blind Guardian, Dimmu Borgir, The Kovenant, King Diamond, etc.).

"Finis Origine Pendet," which is due out October 30th and translates as "The beginning shapes the end," will be the band's self-financed follow up to "Rex Mundi." "Rex Mundi" was issued in 2008 by Emotion Art Music following the band's three-year hiatus.

You can stream "Finis Origine Pendet" in our player below until its release on October 30th (which has now passed).

The tracklisting for "Finis Origine Pendet" is as follows:

1. Chalice Of Aquarius
2. Ignes Fatui
3. Distinct Inception
4. Death Before Dishonor (Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa)

The band recently released a new music video for "Death Before Dishonor." You can hear more of Unholy Ritual's music on their MySpace page.

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Stream Control Denied's "Consumed (1999 Demos)"

Metalunderground.com has obtained an exclusive preview track from Control Denied's upcoming reissues of "The Fragile Art of Existence." You can stream the full track of the demo version of "Consumed" - the first track on the second disc - in the player below.

Relapse Records will be reissuing "The Fragile Art of Existence" in two editions. The album, first released in 1999, was remastered, repackaged and features liner notes from the band's drummer Richard Christy. The standard version includes the original album plus a bonus CD of early demo material. The second, limited edition version, will be limited to 1,000 copies and is a three-disc set including an extra bonus disc of demo tracks, many of which feature Death's Chuck Schuldiner on vocals. The three disc set will be made available through the Relapse Records webstore. Two versions of the reissue will be released on October 26, 2010 and you can pre-order the limited edition 3-disc version here.

Once again, the full tracklisting for the reissued versions of "The Fragile Art of Existence" is as follows:

Disc 1
1. Consumed
2. Breaking The Broken
3. Expect The Unexpected
4. What If...?
5. When The Link Becomes Missing
6. Believe
7. Cut Down
8. The Fragile Art Of Existence

Disc 2
1. Consumed (1999 Demos)
2. When The Link Becomes Missing (1999 Demo)
3. The Fragile Art Of Existence (1999 Demo)
4. Breaking The Broken (1999 Demo)
5. Breaking The Broken (1999 Demo) (w/ Chuck Schuldiner on vocals)
6. Believe (1997 Demo)
7. What If…? (1997 Demo)
8. Cut Down (1997 Demo)
9. Tune Of Evil (Comedy Demo)

Disc 3 (limited edition only)
1. What If...? (1996 Demo)
2. Cut Down (1996 Demo)
3. Expect The Unexpected (1996 Demo)
4. Believe (1996 Demo)
5. The Fragile Art Of Existence (1996 Demo)
6. What If...? (1996 Demo)
7. Expect The Unexpected (1996 Demos) (w/ Chuck Schuldiner on vocals)
8. What If...? (1996 Demos) (w/ Chuck Schuldiner on vocals)
9. Cut Down (1996 Demos) (w/ Chuck Schuldiner on vocals)

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2 Sides 2 Die Premieres New Song, "Autumn's Ashes"

Metalunderground.com is now premiering Pennsylvania band 2 Sides 2 Die's new song, "Autumn's Ashes," off the band's upcoming album "Fatal Flaw." "Autumn's Ashes" is available for streaming or free download below:

Download "Autumn's Ashes" (right click and "Save As...")

The band has a CD release show planned for November 12th in Wayneboro, Pennsylvania at Rocket Guitars.

Here's the complete "Fatal Flaw" tracklisting:

1. Through my Veins
2. No Surprise Sunrise
3. Fatal Flaw
4. So Clear
5. Autumn's Ashes
6. Never Again
7. You're my Problem
8. Holy Grail
9. Solum's Silence
10. Preyed
11. So You Know:
12. Moonlight

The band recently released a video for the title track off "Fatal Flaw" and announced a free Halloween acoustic performance at their local Hot Topic in the York Galleria Mall on October 21st starting at 5pm. Each person will receive $5.00 off any purchase over $25.00 of Hot Topic Products and the band will also be judging for the best Halloween costume. The band and Hot Topic will both be giving away prizes to whoever shows up with the best costume.

We'll be bringing you the full album stream of "Fatal Flaw" in the coming weeks as well.

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The Crown's "Doomsday King" Album Streaming Online

UPDATE: The duration of this full album stream has expired. The Crown's "Doomsday King" is out now.

After disbanding in 2004, Swedish melodic death metal band The Crown has returned, signing to Century Media this year for their new album, "Doomsday King." The new album was released in Europe on September 27th and comes out in North America this week, on October 12th. From today through Friday, you can hear "Doomsday King" in its entirety exclusively right here on Metalunderground.com. Check it out in the player below.

Three of the original founding members are still in the band: Marko Tervonen (guitar), Magnus Olsfelt (bass) and Janne Saarenpää (drums). The band now features Jonas Stålhammar (of God Macabre) taking over vocal duties from Johan Lindstrand.

The tracklisting for "Doomsday King" is as follows:

1. Doomsday King
2. Angel Of Death 1839
3. Age Of Iron
4. The Tempter And The Bible Black
5. Soul Slasher
6. Blood O.D.
7. Through Eyes Of Oblivion
8. Desolation Domain
9. From The Ashes I Shall Return
10. He Who Rises In Might - From Darkness To Light

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Stream Hail of Bullets' Entire New Album Online

UPDATE: The duration of this full album stream has expired. Hail of Bullets' "On Divine Winds" has been released and can be ordered here as well as at other online retailers and record stores.

In conjunction with the upcoming second full-length release from Hail of Bullets, "On Divine Winds," Metal Blade Records has teamed up with Metal Underground.com to premier the extreme metal act’s album "On Divine Winds" in its entirety. You can hear the entire album in the player below up until the album's release on Tuesday, October 12th.

If you like what you hear and see, you can pre-order the album while there is still time to take advantage of the discounted prices. "On Divine Winds" is available by itself or bundled with a t-shirt.

The tracklisting for "On Divine Winds" is as follows:

1. The Eve Of Battle
2. Operation Z
3. The Mukden Incident
4. Strategy of Attrition
5. Full Scale War
6. Guadalcanal
7. On Coral Shores
8. Unsung Heroes
9. Tokyo Napalm Holocaust
10. Kamikaze
11. To Bear the Unbearable

"On Divine Winds" was produced by Ed Warby and mixed once again by Dan Swanö.

Comments singer Martin van Drunen: "This time Hail of Bullets takes on the Pacific War. The expansion of the Empire of Japan throughout Asia, introducing a full scale war using all forces combined. The massive strike back of the Americans, whose marines bravely fought many tough and bloody battles on now forgotten insulate islands spread throughout the whole Pacific. This led to desperate Japanese defense tactics such as Kamikaze, human bullets and suicidal Banzai charges. Until finally, incendiary bombings brought the empire to its knees."

Comments drummer Ed Warby: "I don't think I've ever worked this hard on anything in my entire life, but it sure has paid off! Although …Of Frost And War is a tough act to follow, my ringing ears tell me we've succeeded in besting it on every level: songs, playing, production… at the moment Dan Swanö is putting the final touches on a mix that could squash a tank, and then it's off to the pressing plant! All the main ingredients of our blood 'n' guts style death metal have remained intact and I honestly can't imagine anyone that liked our previous work is going to be the least bit disappointed… on the contrary!"

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Virgin Steele Completes New Album

After running into some setbacks and having to recover and re-record a number of parts, Virgin Steele has finally completed their new album, "The Black Light Bacchanalia." Here's the final update for Metalunderground.com from frontman David DeFeis on the recording of the new album:

Well, believe it or not we have actually finished the album and sent it off to our label, Steamhammer SPV for publication/replication. It was a mad, wild time these past few weeks & days recording and mixing like banshees! But we made it. A week ago seems like an entire lifetime ago. It seems like every possible situation and change of season has occurred in a matter of hours and days. I personally went through the full dynamic range of emotional upheavals possible. One minute I was on top of the World, the next completely beneath it...and everything in between. Through it all as we say here in the Land Of Steele....we remained...Invictus!

As always, when it comes time to actually part with an album and send it off into the World, I get very crazy. I always want to completely re-do it, to go back to the beginning and live with everything longer, but this of course is impossible. I am always frantic and rushed with every album, but this one was exceptionally challenging. Its birth was very much like how they did it in the long, long past, when people like Chuck Berry or Elvis would record a song, and then it would be immediately pressed and released only a few short hours later. After finishing these final mixes, I straight away began the process to send the album over to our label, so I really did not have the opportunity to live with these final mixes, listen back and adjust anything along the way. I trust that all turned out well and can only judge things from my initial gut reaction, which was that everything seems fine and nice and raw! In the end Life goes on and all projects must have their completion, and this one is now well on its way to landing in your hands soon. I hope you enjoy it. All of us here in the House Of Steele stand behind it, and think that it makes a very appropriate soundtrack to the coming Autumnal Season. We poured all our blood, sweat, & energy into these tracks and everything from $200 dollar scotch (a very nice gift from a Fan) to 7-11 coffee went into the making of it. May it empower you and take you on journeys both strange & beautiful....

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The Absence Premieres New Music Video Online

Metalunderground.com has the honor of hosting the world premiere of The Absence's new music video for, "Enemy Unbound." "Enemy Unbound" is the title track off the Florida melodic death metal band's third album, which just came out on Tuesday September 14 and hit #55 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart.

Speaking of the new video for "Enemy Unbound," Jamie states: "We shot with Fetus Productions out of Orlando, which is where we shot the video. You'll have to go check out the video itself to see what is happening, but let me tell you, it's worth the look."

Check it out right here:

You can read the full interview with Jamie here.

The Absence is currently on the road with labelmates Goatwhore, with more tours to follow including dates with Firewind and Powerglove. Here are the latest The Absence tour dates:

09/24 - Trenton, NJ @ Championships Bar & Grill w/ Goatwhore
09/25 - Middletown, NY @ TMT Metalfest @ Orange County Fair w/ Goatwhore
09/26 - Jermyn, PA @ Eleanor Rigby's w/ Goatwhore
09/27 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Belvedere's w/ Goatwhore
09/28 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall w/Black Anvil, Ipsissimus
11/04 - Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11 w/ Firewind
11/05 - West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx w/ Firewind
11/06 - New York, NY @ Gramercy w/ Firewind
11/07 - Montreal, QC @ Les Foufounes Electriques w/ Firewind

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Stream Black Anvil's New Album Online

Update: The full album stream period is now over. You can order the album here or from many other online retailers.

New York blackened metal band Black Anvil's brand new album, "Triumvirate," is streaming exclusively on Metalunderground.com in its entirety until the album's North American release next Tuesday, September 28th. The album is available for pre-order now on both CD and gatefold LP. Listen to the album in our player below.

Black Anvil has also announced an exclusive record release show in support of "Triumvirate" on the album’s release date, September 28th, at the Studio at Webster Hall in New York, NY. This show kicks-off a new monthly metal showcase at the Studio at Webster Hall presented by Best Buy, RED Distribution, Revolver Magazine, Scion, and Gibson Guitars. Fans who purchase "Triumvirate" at the Best Buy Union Square location or at BestBuy.com will gain free entrance into that evening’s show. Additional details can be found at this location.

The tracklisting for "Triumvirate" is as follows:

1. What Is Life If Not Now!
2. Crippling
3. The Evil of All Roots
4. Ultimate Reality
5. Angels to Dust
6. We Own You
7. Scalping
8. Eliminate
9. Dead and Left
10. With Transparent Blood

BLACK ANVIL will also embark on a four-week fall tour in support of their new album starting this November. BLACK ANVIL will join WATAIN and GOATWHORE for this run that kicks-off on November 6th in Pittsburgh, PA. A listing of confirmed dates and cities can be found below. More...

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Virgin Steele Experiences Recording Setbacks

Finished recording and beginning mixing their new album, "The Black Light Bacchanalia," Virgin Steele hit a speed bump when they discovered that some tracks were lost due to electric storms. David DeFeis has issued an update about it to Metalunderground.com. (Read Update #1, Update #2, Update #3, Update 4, and Update #5.)

This has been one tense week for us to say the least! Josh & I have worked like Demons from the farthest crypts of Hades, and Vikings on a rampage to complete this album. Due to some freaky electrical malfunctions caused by the various late summer storms we have had here, we lost various tracks from the majority of the songs on the album, including information on drives that were the backups. The Gods & Goddesses of all things involving the Currents of the Earth & Sky are not always kind. Luckily we had enough material from earlier sessions baked up on other drives, to be able to go in and frantically begin work again, re-recording over the past 3 or 4 days about 75-80-% of the album all over again in terms of vocals, guitars and a few stray bits of orchestration. Now after a harrowing week, we are in the home stretch and once again racing to the finish line in our attempt to make our deadline. While we are in for another major league insane day & night...this actually looks possible.

The end result of all this manic activity, is that an already raw and passionate album is even more raw and passionate! Listening back last night, I was reminded of the untamed fury and pure unadulterated energy of albums like Led Zeppelin 2, or the early Van Halen albums. Not that Virgin Steele sounds like that per say, but that spontaneity... that abandon, is captured here. If Zeppelin came back today as a Barbaric-Romantic Metal band...and were releasing there first album, they might have made an album like we are making now. It sounds like a debut album in many ways...It is very honest and overflowing with exuberance. It is heavy when it needs to be, atmospheric on occasion, Epic in all directions, violent, tender, proud and ultimately...defiant...

I want to express my Thanks to my Friend and bandmate Josh Block for his dedication, determination, and for hanging in there with me, not only playing wicked guitar on the record, but also contributing his exceptional engineering skills throughout the recording & mixing process. I also wish to thank our good Friend and long time recording engineer Ed Warrin for his tireless assistance, keen ears, great wit, and Noble skills in helping to bring this album to a proper close.

I also wish to send out A Royal Thanks and a Round Of Drinks to: our drummer Frank Gilchriest who contributed amazing drum performances even while suffering from a severely injured ankle. He is the new and indestructible Keith Moon, and he shall remain...Invictus. And: Thanks & Cheers to Edward (Van Dorian) Pursino for his passionate guitar work ,and positive vibes throughout these past several months of traveling and recording.

We hope that you will all enjoy the fruits of our Summer Of Madness....

David DeFeis

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Virgin Steele Mixing New Album

As Virgin Steele has wrapped up recording for their new album, "The Black Light Bacchanalia," and is currently in mixing mode, David DeFeis gives us another weekly studio update. (Read Update #1, Update #2, Update #3 and Update 4.) In it, he also discusses many of the songs on the album. Here's what he has to say about it:

And here it is the final week of preparation for the album...Yes we are in mix mode and the songs are all starting to come alive. But there is still a ton of work to do, as this is one seriously long album. I don't think that I will do such a long Work again. This is quite insane...But anyway...the outcome is quite interesting for me. The epic, Barbaric & Romantic sound that people have come to know from VIRGIN STEELE is certainly in evidence on these tracks, but there is also some new ingredients that showcase another side of the Group. To me this one sounds polished yet very raw. There is a wildness to it, and a kind of recklessness that I enjoy. The drums are very live sounding....kind of like that Zeppelin open kit sound, and the guitars on some of the tracks are 7 string, so coupled with the bass and the various keys, there is a nice thickness all around. I am quite happy with the way several tracks I worked on today are turning out. TO CROWN THEM WITH HALOS & NECROPOLIS have big guitars, frantic drumming, the occasional classical keyboard flourish and raw throaty vocals. It is all very honest, heartfelt passionate music, and if you enjoyed what have done in the past, then I think you will like this one as well. I am trying to achieve the sound I hear in my head, and little by little it is arriving. I honestly wish I had another month to complete this, but I always go through that with every album...so all is normal I suppose...but this one has been a tough birth.

OK, time for wine and passing out....I've been at this for over 15 hours already.

Hail & Cheers to you all. Thanks for listening.


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System Divide Streaming Entire New Album Online

UPDATE: The pre-release stream period has ended. You can now order the album from Metal Blade or a number of online and retail stores.

System Divide's new album, "The Conscious Sedation," is set for release on September 14th, 2010 through Metal Blade Records. The album was mixed by the legendary James Murphy (Testament, Obituary, Death, etc.)

System Divide has members hailing from Israel, Belgium and the United States, featuring Sven De Caluwe (Aborted), Miri Milman, Michael Wilson (ex-Abigail Williams), Cole Martinez (ex-Years of Fire, Antenora), Andrew Lenthe (Antenora), and Mike Heller (Malignancy).

From now until its release, you can stream "The Conscious Sedation" in its entirety exclusively here on Metalunderground.com. Check it out in the player below. If you like what you hear, you can pre-order the album or album and shirt bundles here.

Once again, here's "The Conscious Sedation" tracklisting:

1. Vagaries Of Perception
2. An Intoxicating Affair
3. Echoes
4. The Apex Doctrine
5. Lethargy
6. (N)Ether
7. Hollow
8. Purity In Imperfection
9. Repent/Forget
10. The Conscious Sedation
11. Stagnant Progression

The band recently released their first music video off "The Conscious Sedation" online. The video was for the track "The Apex Doctrine."

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Virgin Steele Gives New Update, In Pre-Mix Mode

Virgin Steele's David DeFeis gives us another weekly studio update about the progress on the new album, "The Black Light Bacchanalia," reporting that they're now in the "pre-mix" stages. (Read Update #1, Update #2, and Update #3.)

Greetings & Salutations Eternal, Faithful Metal Listeners,

I am pleased to say that all the guitar solos are now complete, and they continue the tradition of crafting a song within a song. I like for the solos to be statements within themselves, that have a proper beginning a climax and a conclusion. This has once again been achieved. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with both Edward & Josh on the solos, and I am thankful to them for being so conscientious and attentive to the material. I am now compiling all the tracks, and doing whatever stray its of vocal harmonies need to be done...In short we are in a pre-mix phase now. The new gear has arrived, and I am taking full advantage of it, sleeping about 4 hours at most, as I am completely possessed by these sounds and I wish for the album to arrive in reality at sounding the way it does in my head...

The lyrics have gotten more and more involved, and the material has dictated a specific approach in putting them across...I think this Work is frenzied, quite insane, certainly Epic, Bombastic, Romantic, very heavy...but the musicality always shines through...

Until we meet again...& Beyond...stay Forever...INVICTUS....
David DeFeis

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Virgin Steele Nearly Done Recording New Album

Virgin Steele's David DeFeis has sent over another exclusive studio update (here's the first and the second update) from the recording sessions for the band's new album, "The Black Light Bacchanalia," indicating that they're nearly done recording and will soon be mixing it.

We are currently completing the remaining vocals, stray bits of orchestration and guitar solos....It looks like we will be heading into mix mode quite soon, and will hopefully remain on schedule! I am working non-stop to meet our deadline. New studio gear will be arriving this week and will certainly enhance what we are attempting to achieve. The album as I stated earlier is quite long, and also the bonus disc will also be pretty lengthy, as the spoken bio that I am doing is nearly 30 minutes at the moment...I hope to not simply have the bio sound like a dry dull history or science class assignment. I hope to add bits and pieces of music in there that will connect the various sections. I may use various tracks from the album, like an orchestra section or strings, that you normally would not hear that well, what with all the guitars and drums wailing away...so...it will hopefully prove entertaining.

The cover artwork is nearly ready. As I mentioned we are doing 3 distinct yet related covers. The images I have used here come from my travels in the world of History, Mythology, Anthropology and the Occult. There will be strange wood etchings used on all 3, that depict how the later "new religious" folk saw the earlier Gods & Goddess & their worship...

Anyway...it is a long hot summer here, as there is no air conditioning in the studio...and I am currently gushing water like monsoon season....It is time for one very quick leap into a nearby ocean, and then more black coffee and vocals....I shall switch to wine for the evening...

Thanks for listening and all the absolute best to you ALL!


PS In this photo...Pursino shows off his new "look"...

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The Absence Premieres New Song, "Maelstrom"

Tampa, Florida metal band THE ABSENCE is gearing up to release their third full-length album, "Enemy Unbound," on September 14th and has shared an exclusive song premiere with Metalunderground.com. You can listen to "Maelstrom" in the audio player below.

"Enemy Unbound" was once again recorded at the famed, Erik Rutan-owned, Mana Studios in St. Petersburg, FL in November 2009 with Brian Elliott engineering and Peter Joseph and Patrick Pintavalle producing the album. The band went to Sweden’s Jonas Kjellgren (Scar Symmetry, Carnal Forge) of Black Lounge Studios who handled both mixing and mastering on "Enemy Unbound." Guest musicians on the album include Tom Englund of Evergrey and Andy Wood.

"Enemy Unbound" is available for pre-order here, available by itself or bundled with a t-shirt.

Here's the complete "Enemy Unbound" tracklisting:

1. Vertigo
2. Erased
3. Deepest Wound
4. Maelstrom
5. Enemy Unbound
6. Solace
7. The Bridge
8. Wartorn
9. Hidden in White
10. Vengeance and Victory
11. Triumph

THE ABSENCE recently completed shooting a music video for the title track "Enemy Unbound" with director Luke Leonard, which will also be premiering on MetalUnderground.com.

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