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Better Left Unsaid Premieres New Song

Modesto, California's Better Left Unsaid is gearing up for the release of a new self-titled album, to officially drop on June 18th, 2013.

As the band gears up for this new album, today we have the pleasure to unveil the opening track from "Better Left Unsaid."

Check out the melodic mix of rock and metal in "Mr. Dark" through the player available below. The band also describes its sound by saying:

"BLU combine influences ranging from the thrash of Testament, the grooves of Pantera, and the sheer attack of Machine Head into a modern metal whole that stands tall beside the likes of Threat Signal, Soilwork, and Meshuggah."

The full track listing for "Better Left Unsaid" is as follows:

1. Mr. Dark
2. The Butcher
3. She Needs Violence
4. My Wounds
5. Threat of Truth
6. Exile the Righteous
7. Liberator
8. Snake Oil
9. Death's Reflection
10. For You

You can also hear more from the band, and find out about upcoming live activity, at the Better Left Unsaid Facebook profile here.

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Cryostorm Premieres Full "Version" Album

Combining melodic guitar solos with speed and technicality, while throwing in the snarl of death metal, U.K. act Cryostorm works all angles for a listen that's brutal and endlessly energetic.

"Version" is Cryostorm's debut full-length album featuring all of the band's earliest material, with three tracks previously being demoed on the "Destroyer Of Ardor" sampler CD released at Bloodstock 2011.

Today Metalunderground.com is proud to bring you the final finished product - check out all the tracks from "Version" in the player below!

A launch party for the "Version" CD will also take place at The Cavern in Exeter on the 27th of May. Full details are available at the show's Facebook event page.

The band's upcoming second album has already been written and recording will begin sometime in the not too distant future, so stay tuned for further news. More...

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VxPxOxAxAxWxAxMxC Releases New Music Video

The froggy goregrinders with the greatest band name ever are at it again - Vaginal Penetration Of An Amelus With A Musty Carrot has finally released a music video! It should go without saying that this is filed under the "amazingly NSFW" column.

Check out the clip "Embryo's Orgasm" below. The band also comments on the video's story:

"The main character in the video is a paedophilic psychopath. It’s not people with long hair, piercings or tattoos who are children-fucking perverts, it’s normal and ordinary looking people."

A complete interview with the band about the video can be read here, but as a tease, here's something else the goregrinders had to say: "The filming process was actually very stimulating. I remember everyone having a boner when we did the rape scene."

The song comes off "In Involuntary Abortion we Trust," and the album's full track listing is:

1. Mass suicide with a rusty comb
2. Embryo's orgasm
3. Double Emetophilia session
4. Eyeball Peeler
5. Slushy baby chainsaw assfuck (live)
6. Rancid monstrosity (live)
7. Eyeball peeler (Pumuckl version)

If you love what you hear below, or just want to sick slack jawed and try to figure out if that's really front man Franz's voice making those sounds, check out "Mass Suicide With A Rusty Comb" at this location. More...

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Priapism Premieres New Music Video

Connecticut progressive extreme metal act Priapism (one of the bands featured in last years Unearthing The Connecticut Metal Scene, Pt. 2) has emerged from the vibrant New England Metal scene as one of its most proficient technical progressive death metal act. Hailing from New Haven county, the band is made up of:

Paul Marak - Vocals
Alani Shaperow - Drums
Mike Schick - Guitarist
Mike Schupp- Frettless/Bass

Priapism has been playing and recording since 2001, attempting to shatter the boundaries of conventional metal ever since by combining influences of death metal, hardcore, funk-rock, and even jazz into their multi-layered, dynamic, and often brutal songs. The quartet isn't bound by any particular genre or style they're just dead-set on expanding their boundaries and playing the most powerful, hard-hitting music they can.

In July of 2012, label Ear One Productions released the band's debut album "Prey|Pay|Obey." The album is available at most digital retailers, like iTunes, and is streaming on Spotify. More information can be found at Ear One Productions and the band's Facebook Page.

Today, Metal Underground is proud to premiere the band's first music video for the track "Reset Or Cease."

Drummer Alani Shaperow describes the song and the video: "This video is our raw and powerful depiction of what our society/human race is made up of today when it comes to greed and power. 'Reset or Cease' is about understanding our screwed up ways and changing them for the better if possible."

The video was filmed in Norwalk CT at The Norwalk Underground. The videographer/editor is Charlie Winthal for Ear One Productions. Check it out here: More...

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Exclusive Premiere Of Civil War's "First To Fight"

Last year several members of Sabaton set out on their own to form a new band, with Rikard Sundén (guitars), Oskar Montelius (guitars), Daniel Mullback (drums), and Daniel Mÿhr (keyboards) joining vocalist Nils Patrik Johansson (Astral Doors) and bassist Stefan "Pizza" Eriksson (Volturyon) to create Civil War.

The band would go on to be nominated as one of the best newcomers of 2012 in our annual year-end awards. Now Civil War's debut full-length album is almost upon us, as "The Killer Angels" will drop on June 11th, 2013.

In anticipation of the release, Metalunderground.com is pleased to bring you an exclusive song premiere off the album. Experience the full throttle power metal glory of "First To Fight" in the player below. The band also comments on the track:

"First to Fight is about an elite force, that according to some, even surpasses the U.S. Navy Seals when it comes to the tough recruitment requirements. 'GROM,' - Grupa Reagowania Operacyjno-Manewrowego (Operational Maneuver Response Group), is a 350 man strong elite force that was formed on June 13th, 1990 to protect Polish citizens where the situation demands it across the globe."

The track listing for "The Killer Angels" is as follows:

1. King Of The Sun
2. First To Fight
3. Saint Patrick's Day
4. Rome Is Falling
5. Sons Of Avalon
6. I Will Rule The Universe
7. Lucifer's Court
8. Brother Judas
9. My Own Worst Enemy
10. Gettysburg
11. March Across the Belts (Bonus Track)

If you like what you hear, you can also listen to the previously posted single's "Saint Patrick's Day" and "I Will Rule the Universe." Pre-orders for the album are also available at this location.

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Now Or Never Premieres New Song "Reach Out"

Now Or Never was formed in 2012 when ex-Pretty Maids guitarist Ricky Marx hooked up with drummer Fabian Ranzoni. Quickly after, they were joined by long time friends, vocalist Jo Amore (Nightmare) and former Pretty Maids bassist Kenn Jackson. The band entered into Peek Studios in Southern France with producer Pat Liotard to record the debut self-titled release.

The band's sound is an exciting convergence of hard rock and metal with a modern kick - complete with power, energy and mature songwriting. The mix of the album was finished just days ago and Metal Underground is the first to present the world with the exclusive premiere of the new track "Reach Out (For The Sky)."

Marx provided some detail on the song: "The song is about life and how you live on a daily basis, where nothing comes on a plate. You need to work it out on your own to make things happen. I wrote part of it in Denmark when I was at Kenn's place (after a 'mega liquid' night) and the rest at Jo's place while we were working on the vocal melodies. Ranzo wrote most of the lyrics on the album, and I wrote the rest, like 'Brothers' and 'Something's Missing' (song and lyrics were written in half a day at Joe's with an acoustic guitar)."

Marx also commented on the band: "The important thing in this band is that there is great cohesion and everyone is always a good mood. There are no egos, and that is very important for me. We've all been there already, recorded, played everywhere and I tell u, it is so nice to play and enjoy real friendships!"

He went on to talk about working with producer Pat Liotard: "Working with Pat was amazing, creative, nice....he is a good musician and pro. I think we managed to get something new out of Jo [Amore] and a good overall musical print. We where big during the 80's and 90's for some of us...some still now and we are so willing to give a full blast!" More...

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Leprous Premieres New Music Video

Following the 2011 surprise breakout prog masterpiece "Bilateral" (reviewed here), Norwegian outfit Leprous will be releasing new album "Coal" on May 28th, 2013. Pre-orders for the album are now available through CMdistro.com.

Bits and pieces of the album have already made their way online, and today Metalunderground.com is stoked to bring you the North American premiere for new music video "The Cloak." Check it out through the player below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments section.

Leprous also comments: "While we're anxiously waiting to release 'Coal' to the public, another taste of it is coming your way. A while back we announced a video was in the making, and now everything is ready for your eyes and ears. 'The Cloak' is our second music video, and we're extremely excited to finally release it! Enjoy!"

After giving this 4 minute video a watch if you want a longer (and heavier) preview of the new album, listen to the song "Chronic" and read our recent interview with Leprous at this location. The track listing for "Coal" is as follows:

1. Foe
2. Chronic
3. Coal
4. The Cloak
5. The Valley
6. Salt
7. Echo
8. Contaminate Me
9. Bury

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Sanktuary Premieres "Fire In The Sky"

This has undoubtedly been one of the craziest, most devastating weeks in recent metal history. Capping off all the death and drama comes a track of pure old school power thrash to get your head back on the banging track, courtesy of Canadian act Sanktuary.

Sanktuary's new album "Something Fierce" is due out July 2nd, 2013 via Spread The Metal Records. Fans now have an opportunity to hear an advance track - check out "Fire in the Sky" through the player below.

If you haven't heard of Sanktuary before, you can get acquainted at the band's Facebook page (and according to said Facebook page the guys drink The Kraken while on the road - a move which instantly endears them to this writer and which presumably fuels their metallic rage!)

In the words of the band: "This journey has been quite the experience and we are incredibly stoked to unleash Something Fierce to the masses. So crack a cold one, strap on some clean undies and grab an umbrella 'cause this shit storm's coming soon to a record store near you."

The new album's track listing is:

1. Deadly Prey
2. Heat Lightning
3. Hail The Villain
4. Thrill Of The Kill
5. Screeching For Vengeance
6. Fire In The Sky
7. Beyond The Wall
8. Midnite Mass

Sanktuary consists of:

Alan Binger - Guitars & Vocals
Cole Hume - Bass
Anders Grasholm - Drums
Glen Emond - Guitars

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Cynthesis Premieres New Nine-Minute Track

After releasing debut album "DeEvolution" back in 2011, Cynthesis is now back for a follow-up record that reunites three original members of Zero Hour -- brothers Jasun and Troy Tipton and vocalist Erik Rosvold - along with Enchant drummer Sean Flanagan.

The new album "ReEvolution" isn't due out until next month, but today you can get a preview of the release through the epic nine minute "Persistence of Visions" track.

Fans of Suspyre, Dream Theater, or Abnormal Thought Patterns are in for a progtastic experience that combines haunting passages, melodic clean singing, and complex instrumentation all in one musical journey.

Give the Metalunderground.com exclusive premiere a listen through the player below (due to the large size of the track, it may take a moment to load after clicking "play").

"ReEvolution" will see release via Sensory Records on June 4th. The album was mixed and co-produced by Forrester Savell and mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Studios.

Pre-orders are available now at Amazon.com here, and the album's track listing is as follows:

1. Divine Night
2. Convergence
3. The Grand Façade
4. A Most Trivial Pursuit
5. Persistence Of Visions
6. The Noble Lie
7. Release The Deity

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BornBroken Premieres New Song

Montreal has seen the creation of a horde of impressive and big name metal acts - from full on technical death to avant-garde prog and even a slew of 'core - and now a new act is rising from that scene.

After two years in the works, BornBroken's debut album "The Healing Powers of Hate" is set for official release on June 4th, 2013.

Today Metalunderground.com is proud to bring you an early taste of what the album has to offer with the track "Anger of the Day." Get your first experience of BornBroken in the player provided below.

The full track listing for "The Healing Powers of Hate" is as follows:

1. Can't Quiet the Riot
2. Old News
3. Anger of the Day
4. I Will Rise
5. Control
6. It Has Begun
7. Birth of the Broken
8. Bleed the Sky
9. Reborn from the Ashes
10. The Healing Powers of Hate

For more info on BornBroken and to find out when you can catch the outfit live at festivals or shows, head over to the BornBroken Facebook profile here. Be sure to leave a comment below letting us know if you threw the horns or spontaneously began headbanging!

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Artizan Premieres New Melodic Metal Song Online

It's a new month and time for some new metal! Hailing from Jacksonville, Florida comes melodic metal act Artizan, which is gearing up to release a sophomore album next week.

The "Ancestral Energy" album will feature a guest appearance by none other than Matt Barlow on the title track, and is due out through Pure Steel Records on May 10th, 2013.

In anticipation of this release, we can now offer you a taste of the album through opening track "I Am The Storm." Give the song a listen in the player below (it may take a moment to load after hitting "play") and let us know what you think of the track in the comments section.

The full "Ancestral Energy" track listing is:

1. I am the Storm
2. The Raven Queen
3. The Guardian
4. The Death of Me (streaming here)
5. Deep Ocean Dreams
6. You can’t take the Metal
7. Ancestral Energy

Additional info on the band can be found at Facebook. Artizan consists of:

Ty Tammeus (Drums)
Tom Braden (Vocals)
Shamus Mcconney (Guitar)
Jon Jennings (Bass)

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Gaytheist Preaches The "Wisdom Of The Asshole"

Punk infused power trio Gaytheist will be assaulting your ears and your hearts with new album "Hold Me...But Not So Tight," set for release through Good to Die Records on May 21st, 2013. We've now teamed up with the Portland act to premiere a track off the impending release.

Start your weekend with some energetic heaviness by soaking up the "Wisdom of the Asshole" and prepare for full on conversion to Gaytheism through the player below (the track may take a moment to load after clicking "play").

If you want to know how the band name came about and hear another track from the album, you can also check out our recent interview with vocalist Jason Rivera right here.

You can hear more from the band and find additional info on Gaytheist via Facebook. The "Hold Me...But Not So Tight" track listing is as follows:

1. Starring in "The Idiot"
2. The Restoration
3. Stomach Pains
4. 60 Easy Payments
5. Dopple & The Gang
6. Poocano
7. Spread 'em
8. Elderly Assassin
9. MANhattan
10. Contest of Competence
11. Wisdom of the Asshole
12. Into the Trap

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Antropofago Premieres New Music Video

In our latest collaboration with the rising indie label Kaotoxin Records, we are proud to premiere today the new music video for "Paranoid Visions (Pt.2)" from Antropofago. Check out the clip below.

French act Antropofago self-released the debut full-length "Beyond Phobia" in 2011. At the time, the brutal death metal outfit had no drummer and in 2012, preparing to sign with Kaotoxin Records, Antropofago recorded several tracks with a drum machine for convenience.

Now officially signed to Kaotoxin and with a real drummer in the ranks, the band has released three of those tracks as the "Between Fear and Madness" digital EP. The group is also now recording a second full-length album, while the original debut was re-released in February.

The "Between Fear and Madness" EP is available for free download at this location. The full track listing is as follows:

1. Cannibal Way of Life
2. Paranoid Visions (Pt.2)
3. Bloodred Honeymoon More...

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Azure Emote Premieres New Album

Your Friday is about to get a whole lot crazier, and a lot heavier, courtesy of avant-garde death metal outfit Azure Emote, the entity envisioned and created by Mike Hrubovcak (Monstrosity, Vile, Divine Rapture, Abraxas). The group also includes members previously engaged with Fear Factory, System Divide, and Rumpelstiltskin Grinder.

Azure Emote's new full-length "The Gravity Of Impermanence" just saw release via Selfmadegod Records, and we are proud to now bring you a full stream of the entire album!

Give these 14 tracks of no-holds-barred metal insanity a listen through the widget below (the songs may take a moment to load after hitting "play").

A complete breakdown of the lyrics and themes for all tracks can be found via our recent interview with Mike Hrubovcak right here, and the track listing is as follows:

1. Epoch of De-Evolution
2. Carpe Diem
3. Marching Forth
4. Sunrise Slaughter
5. Conduit of Atrophy
6. Veils of Looming Despair
7. Dissent
8. The Living Spiral
9. Obsessive Time Directive
10. Patholysis
11. Destroyer of Suffering
12. Annunaki Illuminati
13. The Color of Blood
14. Puppet Deities More...

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Dragonsclaw Premieres New Single

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!"

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Seeker Premieres New Song

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...

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Reign Of The Architect Premieres New Songs

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
4. False
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...

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Malevolence Offering Free Download Of New Single

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.

Download an MP3 of "Devoured Unlimited" here (right-click and "Save Target As") More...

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Crimson Dawn Streams "Tower Of Sin"

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...

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Rotting Christ Premieres Full New Album

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...

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