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NilExistence Premieres New Song

Beware the ides of March, for crushing killer death metal awaits!

"Existence in Revelation" - the debut full studio album from NilExistence - will officially see release on March 25th, featuring a 12 page booklet filled with art by Seth Siro Anton.

Today we're launching an early salvo from the death metal assault with an exclusive premiere of the track "If Snakes Could Talk, My Words Would Slither." Listen in below!

Drummer/vocalist Kyle Kratzer (ex-Disfigured Dead) had this to say about the album title and lyrical content: "''Existence In Revelation' is based on the life experiences that have affected Dave Gruver (guitar/vocals) and myself during the writing period. The idea behind the title comes from how I personally felt when in the midst of a darker period."

He goes on to say, "When one finds himself in a 'revelation' type state, they have a few choices in which to handle the new information or realization they discovered; they may take the newly aquired knowledge and expand upon their problem/life, take nothing from the experience and brush it off, or stay stuck in the revelation itself (which is the route explored on the album.) As if in a bubble, one neither acts nor fails to act upon the new knowlegde, but instead remains within the revelation (bubble). The lyrics are based upon what I saw and learned within this revelation."

The new album was mixed/mastered at Hertz Studio (Behemoth, Decapitated, Vader) by the Wieslawski brothers in Poland. Pre-orders in various versions are available here and the track listing is as follows:

1. The Quietus
2. This Throne's Carved From Greed
3. Primordial Transgression
4. If Snakes Could Talk, My Words Would Slither
5. Pitch Black Perception
6. To Give Is To Serve
7. Tyranny Is Blind, And The Tyrant Deaf
8. Screams Form Silence More...

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Bestial Deform Premieres Full New Album

Starting way back in 1992 with the "Worship To Madness" demo, the one and only Bestial Deform has continued to deliver the goods when it comes to brutal, uncompromising death metal.

The group's newest album "...Ad Leones" is no different, opening with a brief atmospheric intro and then getting into the goods with a bludgeoning metallic attack. You don't have to wait for the release tomorrow to hear it though, as we're premiering the full album online right now!

This is simply a fine representation of the genre with pitch-black atmosphere, and some absolutely wicked guitar work. "...Ad Leones" is superbly performed Swedish-style death metal that just happens to come from Russia.

The new album is scheduled for release March 15th through Satanath Records and can be ordered here. Be sure to also give the band a like on Facebook here. The full track listing is as follows:

1. Intro / Ad Patres
2. In Maxillis Bestia
3. Chariots
4. Symbol Of Salvation
5. Spirit. Rage. Flash
6. Together We'll Destroy The World
7. Severed To Pieces
8. Hoc Est
9. I Am Alone. I Exist. I Am God
10. Christianos Ad Leones More...

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Media Solution Premieres New Single

Formally Italian and now Los Angeles-based heavy metal quintet Media Solution just wrapped up work on a new EP titled "The Prelude," which will be North America's formal introduction to the group next month.

Due out April 22nd, "The Prelude" was recorded with producer/engineer Ulrich Wild (Deftones, Static-X) and Mikey Doling (Snot, Soulfly), and features seven tracks of pissed off heavy metal/hard rock in response to “bland, mind-numbing corporate media…who continue to hide the truth.”

Before relocating to America, Media Solution had the honor of sharing the stage with bands like Motorhead, Obituary, Agnostic Front and Sepultura. In fact, the band’s debut album in 2010 features Derrick Green and Jean Dolabella of Sepultura as special guests, and there's not much higher praise than that.

To introduce the world to "The Prelude," today we're exclusively premiering an absolute banger of a track titled "Destroy Something Beautiful." Check it out below (listening in just costs three easy payments of your body and soul) and let us know what you think!

Media Solution vocalist Robb Sackett comments: “’Destroy Something Beautiful’ is about the beauty of life being distorted and destroyed for power, money & other people's needs. ’The Prelude,’ as well as being the return of Media Solution, is the soundtrack of the impending revolution. In a world where money talks, power corrupts, and egos run wild, 'The Prelude' is a battle cry for the voiceless and a warning to all that stand in the way.” More...

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The Algorithm Premieres New Music Video

The brainchild of French DJ/producer/guitarist Rémi Gallego, The Algorithm infuses modern metal riffs and rhythms with a menagerie of electronic sub-genres such as IDM, trance and trap, concocting his own style of fiercely heavy and individual music. Quite simply, The Algorithm smashes genres like The Hulk smashes everything.

Gallego's new album "Brute Force" is set to drop on April 1st via FiXT, and will be followed by the "Brute Force" tour in May, which we are proudly sponsoring - full date and venue info is available here.

To give you a taste of the "heavy computer music" coming on the impending album, today we're exclusively premiering a new music video for the "Pointers" track, which can be seen below. If you like what you hear, the album is up for pre-order at iTunes digitally or physically here.

Commenting on “Pointers,” Gallego says, “I’m very excited to finally unveil more of my new album today! 'Pointers' is a track that took me a long time to write and finalize, and yet it remains is one of my favorite work so far. A big thanks to Richard Oakes for helping us put the vision into image, enjoy!” More...

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Symbolik Premieres "Coalescing The Void" Demo

California's melodic / blackened death metal metal maniacs from Symbolik are currently working on an upcoming full-length release due out later this year, but in the mean time the group has decided to give an early taste of what's to come.

We're immensely proud to be giving an advance look into the coming brutality with an exclusive premiere of the "Coalescing The Void" demo - listen in below!

The final version of "Coalescing the Void" will be on the band's as-yet-untitled debut full length album. The guys decided to follow in the footsteps of their more established Northern California/Bay Area peers in Machine Head by going back to the old school Bay Area thrash approach of releasing a demo track before an official album release.

Lead guitarist, Allen Burton comments: "‘Coalescing the Void’ is a track off our upcoming album that represents the next chapter of Symbolik. Our sound has changed a lot since our first release, and this is one of the songs that started that transition into what we’ve become today. We have always considered adding symphonic elements to our music, but we never really got to experiment with it until we started writing/recording new music. More...

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Daemona Premieres "The Demon Inside"

The East-Anglian death metal horde Daemona today unleashes a new single aptly titled "The Demon Inside," and we're helping to set that demonic beast loose on the masses!

Just over four minutes of old school meets modern death metal is awaiting you below through our exclusive stream.

Guitarist Strix Bellmer had this to say about the track: "2016 is the year in which Daemona will step up our game. Coming strong off the back of our debut EP, we've refined our sound and have begun pushing for our first full length album.

"This track is a taster of what's to come and we couldn't be more thrilled with what we've created. The song is called 'The Demon Inside.' It captures just how we've felt as a band with our many set backs over the years and we're ready to unleash this demon on the world."

If you like what you hear below, be sure to check out the previous "II Demone Dentro" EP here or you can follow the latest on Daemona at Facebook. More...

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The Unguided Commences "Operation: E.A.E."

Swedish modern metal act The Unguided just issued the new release "Lust and Loathing" this past Friday (Feb. 26th) via Napalm Records. Today the band has teamed up with Metal Underground.com to present the second music video for the release - "Operation: E.A.E."

"Lust and Loathing," the third full length release, boasts melodic and goosebump-inducing powerplay. Once you get past the harsh melodic death metal exterior, epic clean vocals and catchy keyboard tones await! Dynamic and strong songwriting with that special Scandinavian „je ne sais quoi“, massive production, and delicate guitar solos turn "Lust And Loathing" into the best gem The Unguided`s discography has yet to offer!

Vocalist Richard Sjunnesson had this to say about the song and video: "'Operation: E.A.E.' was the natural choice when we decided to record a music video in a live environment. Blatantly one of the most energy surging songs on 'Lust and Loathing'! It's all about keeping your hope close at heart and just give everything you got in hours of great distress. The music video is brought to you by the very talented team; 11 Frames Productions (Betrayer of The Code, Inception & Eye of The Thylacine) and once again they shine and really flex their muscles! Everything is filmed during a Swedish hometown gig of the band, during December (2015), in the small west coast city of Falkenberg. Anyone that attended the show can surely agree; that the atmosphere and intensity of the evening is captured in this clip. Love to see you all at the upcoming 'Lust and Loathing in Europe' tour!!!"

The track listing for the album is:

1. Enraged (see music video here)
2. The Worst Day (Revisited) (song streaming here)
3. King Of Clubs
4. Heartseeker
5. Photobs Grip
6. Black Eyed Angel
7. Operation: E.A.E.
8. Boneyard
9. Hate (and Other Triumphs)
10. Mercy (Bonus Track)
11. Judgment (Bonus Track)
12. Betrayer Of The Code (Live)

Metal Underground.com is proud to present "Operation: E.A.E." More...

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The Algorithm Announces "Brute Force" Tour Dates

26 year old French electro / metal artist and producer The Algorithm is thrilled to announce the Brute Force tour, a 16-date headlining Canadian run, and we're proud to be sponsoring the trek!

Presented by MetalUnderground.com, the tour will run from May 13th to May 29th, and features support from Modern Day Babylon and Evolution. A full list of dates can be seen below.

The Algorithm will be out in support of his forthcoming album, "Brute Force," which is set for release on April 1st, 2016 via FIXT. Consisting of musical mastermind Remi Gallego, The Algorithm delivers an impressively cohesive genre mash of metal, rock, EDM, synthwave and sheer lunacy that has been deemed by some as “heavy computer music.”

The single “Floating Point,” which Metal Hammer called a “destructive medley of electro, metal and dubstep,” can be heard after the jump. The Algorithm also received the Metal Hammer Golden Gods award for “Best Underground Act” in 2013, has performed at key festivals including Download and Big Day Out (AU), and has toured alongside Enter Shikari, TesseracT, The Qemists, and more. More...

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Casket Robbery Premieres Full New Album

Both pulverizing and catchy, Wisconsin's Casket Robbery will release full-length debut album "Evolution of Evil" this coming March 4th through Mortal Music.

Pre-orders are online in various configurations here, but you don't actually have to wait till March to hear the album. That's right death metal fanatics: we're premiering the full "Evolution of Evil" album well in advance!

Listen in to all ten tracks below and let us know what you think of the style on display by these newcomers to the scene. Casket Robbery guitarist Cory Scheider (Echoterra, ex-Luna Mortis) comments:

“When we decided to do the album we knew we were going to pull out all the stops to make it the heaviest album we could imagine. We took our time to make sure that this debut would be massive. Not only in terms of the song writing but also the production.

"We teamed up with Chris Wisco to mix it, Cody Ratley to master it, and we recorded/engineered/produced a majority of the album ourselves. 'Evolution of Evil' is a direct imprint of our souls. We couldn’t deliver a more real and true death metal album.

"The songs on this album are our own brand of death metal. We do our own thing, our own way. You wont find many death metal albums that are catchy, brutal, unrelenting, and fun all rolled into one sound successfully. Our fans wanted to see us do a full length and here we have it! Turn it on, crank it, and fuck some shit up!" More...

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Van Canto Premieres "The Bardcall"

In 2006, Van Canto surprised the world of metal with a revolutionary idea: to perform metal music with vocals and drums only. Nine years later, after five top 20 releases in Germany, sold out headlining tours throughout Europe and festival performances taking the band from Wacken to Australia, Van Canto now mark a new chapter in the story of “metal a cappella”: Vocal Metal Musical.

“Vocal Metal Music further develops what we stand for as Van Canto. Not only can our voices sing and imitate guitars but they are also able to tell stories. It has been six years that we’ve been working on this concept – and now we’re finally able to share it with the world," says founding band member Stef.

March 11th will see the release of the brand new Van Canto album “Voices Of Fire” on earMUSIC. For this release, the band has teamed up with German bestseller author Christoph Hardebusch (“Die Trolle” – engl. “The Trolls”) who is going to release his new fantasy novel “Feuerstimmen” on March 17th, 2016 on Piper Verlag. Pre-order the album at this location.

“We are barely able to tell what came first: the music as part of the novel or the novel as part of our album. Christoph Hardebusch and we worked hand in hand on this. Our compositions did influence the novel and vice versa. Simply put, we created our own world – a world full of competing kingdoms, epic battles, dragons, fire and bards. Not always deadly serious but full of adventures to set your imagination running wild… like Van Canto does,” explains lead singer Sly who developed the plot of the novel together with Christoph Hardebusch.

"On the one hand working closely with Van Canto was a lot of fun but on the other hand it was also very demanding,” adds author Christoph Hardebusch. “The great picture can only be achieved when creative minds interact with each other; the whole is more than the sum of its parts. Right from the start, story and music has been a unit which has influenced and fueled each other."

The cover artwork for “Voices Of Fire” as well as its various illustrations were created by fantasy artist Osmar Arroyo from South America. “For this album, we wanted people to actually see the most important scenes. Omar is a great artist who understands our vision,” Ross, responsible for the guitar vocals, adds.

The track list for the album is:

1. Prologue
2. Clashings on Armour Plates (see lyric video here)
3. Dragonwake
4. Time and Time Again
5. All My Life
6. Battleday's Dawn
7. Firevows (Join the Journey)
8. The Oracle
9. The Betrayal
10. We Are One
11. The Bardcall
12. To Catharsis
13. Epilogue

Today, Van Canto has teamed up with Metal Underground.com to premiere the new music video for the track "The Bardcall." The video features Lord of the Rings actor John Rhys-Davies. Check it out here: More...

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Alorion Covers Linkin Park In New Music Video

Today we've got an official music video premiere from California outfit Alorion as the band covers the "Faint" track from Linkin Park's "Meteora" album.

Check out the clip below, and you can find more info on Alorion at Facebook here. The band comments:

"We chose to cover Linkin Park because for some of us, it was that first bridge into rock music. We also share a similar dynamic with the two different styles of vocalists in the band.

"We thought it was a great idea to nod to a band that's so influential into what we are doing and why we are here, all while creating something new with a song we love."

Alorion consists of:

Vocals - Diego Alex
Guitar - Bryan Muro
Guitar - Michael Lomeli
Bass/Vocals - Austin Nolan
Drums- James Panzarello More...

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Mithridatic Premieres Full New Album

We are going to just make your Monday absolutely miserable today with a disturbing and terrifying experience from French black/death metal outfit Mithridatic.

A few weeks back we had the pleasure of premiering drum cam footage from the recording of new album "Miserable Miracle," and now we're unleashing the entire album online ahead of its official release.

Kaotoxin Records is set to unleash "Miserable Miracle," the band's debut full-length, on March 11th, 2016. Pre-orders are available here and you can listen in below - expect an unstoppable barrage of absolute heaviness, a psychotic Hell of torment, and an atrocious dose of full-on brutality.

1. The Supply...
2. ...For Terror and the Crowd
3. Miserable Miracle
4. I Will Harm
5. Funambule Pénitent
6. Hell Compasses Points
7. Oxydized Trigger Sabotage
8. Dispense the Adulterated
9. Vitrified Desert More...

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Earthside Premieres Epic Drum Playthrough

Connecticut's cinematic and progressive outfit Earthside released the stunning debut album "A Dream In Static" last year (still streaming here in full if you haven't heard it), the strength of which sees Earthside joining Leprous on tour this coming April.

Today we're giving you another look at a track from that album with an exclusive premiere of an epic drum playthrough video for “Mob Mentality” single.

Featuring video filmed, directed, and edited by Mike Magilnick of Watching Earth Productions, catch Ben Shanbrom performing the song below. Ben also had this to say:

"I almost had a nervous breakdown learning ‘Mob Mentality.’ Earthside songs most often come together in a democratic and organic fashion - we start with our individual ideas and build around each other, allowing each member to make his mark and play to his individual strengths. That is not at all how this song worked out!

“Jamie (our guitarist) wrote almost every section of this track - from the orchestration, down to the cymbal accents. Everything had to lock and flow in a very specific way to allow all of the elements to work together in harmony (or intended dissonance). Most crushing of all was the fact that Jamie programmed most of the demo drum parts in Logic without my consultation, resulting in more than a few sections that both delighted my ears and crippled me with despair! More...

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Lift The Medium Premieres "Mastermind"

Formed in 2013, hard rocking Ohio outfit Lift The Medium originally released the "Mastermind" album the next year, getting a solid 800 copies out into the hands of eager fans solely through live shows.

With a sound that brings to mind some of the best of Soundgarden, Foo Fighters, or Velvet Revolver with touch of the heavy thrown in for good measure, its no surprise word of mouth saw that self-released effort go so far and wide.

Fast forward to 2016 and now a proper deluxe edition of the album is set to arrive on a wider scale this coming March 11th.

Recorded and Mastered by Joe Viers at Sonic Lounge (except for "In The City" recorded by Chris Schmidt/Shepherd's Pie Recording), the deluxe version includes new artwork and a bonus track called "Fact of the Matter."

Now ahead of that new version's release we're stoked to be premiering the title track online in advance - check out "Mastermind" below, and you can also follow Lift The Medium's latest antics at Facebook here. The full track listing is: More...

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Sorrow Plagues Premieres Full New Album

This coming Monday - February 8th - Sorrow Plagues will unleash a self-titled album, but you don't have to wait for the weekend to be over to hear it first!

We're proud to be premiering all six tracks of diverse and adventurous black metal ahead of the release date. Listen in below, and if you like what you hear, be sure to pre-order a copy of "Sorrow Plagues" at Bandcamp here.

David Lovejoy of Sorrow Plagues had this to say about the release: "I think this is the album where I have fully discovered 'my sound' and the direction I want to go in the future. It fuses all of my influences together into a unique sound to me.

"It has been a long time in the making too, as 'Awaken' was written 2 years ago and I had no place for it, until I figured it would be perfect for this record. A couple of tracks took months to compose. So there's a lot of relief that it's finally complete!"

1. Fade
2. Aspirations
3. Awaken
4. Twilight
5. Surrender
6. Redemption More...

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Mellowtoy Premieres New Music Vieo

Today we're teaming up with Milan, Italy outfit Mellowtoy to exclusively premiere an absolutely crazy new music video for the song "Dead Colours," which has a lot more going on than first meets the eye.

This track comes off the "Lies" album released last year and available at iTunes here.

In the animated clip below, written and directed by The Jack Stupid, a silent creature attempts to bend the laws of nature to feel less lonely.

"Dead Colours" starts from Alan Moore's world and, in particular, from the Watchmen character Dr. Manhattan, an immortal creature that lives in a world that's still subordinated to cruel natural laws.

The protagonist knows that sooner or later, everyone and everything he loves will fade away just in front of his eyes. His fear of lonliness and all his pain for abandon make him interact with world's natural cycle. He slows down the time flowing to have more time to share with his beloved.

At the beginning this could seem a good solution but the plan reveals a huge fail and forces the creature to restore the natural cycle without a possibility to escape from his pain.

Considerations above pain, fear and loneliness seem to be the first and more expected reading of this video, there is also a biographical reference to Mellowtoy's story and the latest leaving of Matt Massa, the historic singer of the band.

It is not a coincidence that in this video you will hear his voice for the last time with Mellowtoy, in a sort of "artistic testament" and as a last goodbye to all his fans before leaving the scene to Simone Cristanelli, Mellowtoy's new singer. "Dead Colours" represents conscience following an environmental sensibility too often neglected for humans' irrationality. More...

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Moonreich Premieres Record Release Show Video

Late 2015 saw the official release of Moonreich's latest album "Pillars Of Detest" through
Les Acteurs de l'Ombre (LADLO) Productions.

That album release was accompanied by a night of mystical black metal mayhem at Le Ferailleur in Nantes, France.

Today we're bringing you some exclusive footage from that killer release show - see Moonreich doing what it does best below.

New album "Pillars Of Detest" was recorded at Hybreed Studio and can be streamed in full at this location. More...

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Arrayan Path Premieres Full New Power Metal Album

Update: the stream period is now over and the album is officially out! Grab a copy of your own!

Looking back, we've been covering Arrayan Path for a solid six years now, and although the band has been around for a good deal longer than that, it's always a pleasure to see a lesser known group we've been championing for years come out with a new release.

It is with much pleasure that today we unveil the full new Arrayan Path album "Chronicles Of Light" ahead of its official February 5th, 2016 release date via Pitch Black Records. The stream is only available for 48 hours until the release date though, so get in there now!

These 10 tracks create one hell of an epic power metal experience to follow 2013's "IV: Stigmata." Listen in below, and be sure to let us know just how much you dig it! After you've spun it a couple dozen times, you can also still pre-order the album right here.

“Chronicles of Light” was recorded at Maranis Studios in Germany and Play on Ten Studios in Nicosia. It was produced by Arrayan Path and Vagelis Maranis, who also handled mixing and mastering, while the album's amazing cover was designed by the artist Caio Caldas. The full track listing is:

1. Solomon Seed
2. Gabriel is Rising
3. The Distorted Looking-Glass
4. Orientis
5. Ignore the Pain
6. Scorpio (CD bonus)
7. Chronicles of Light
8. Lex Talionis
9. December
10. The Last Eulogy

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Illusions Dead Premieres Full New Album

A few weeks back we had the distinct pleasure of exclusively premiering a new track off the forthcoming Illusions Dead album "Celestial Decadence," and today we're teaming up with the Finnish band again for round 2.

This time we've got the entire album up for advance listening before it drop on February 8th, so hurry up and click "play" below already and become consumed by the destructive force that is "Celestial Decadence!"

After being thoroughly and utterly annihilated by these eight tracks, you can also pre-order a copy to call your own right here.

The album's cover was crafted by Moonrot art, and the full "Celestial Decadence" track listing is as follows:

1. Incursion
2. Devoured By Hatred
3. Shadow and Flame
4. Hour of the Raven
5. Revolution (Celestial Spheres)
6. Tormentor of the Weak
7. The Way of the Deceiver
8. Illusions Dead More...

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Mithridatic Premieres Drum Cam Footage

French band Mithridatic - featuring Kevin Paradis (Melechesh, Svart Crown, Agressor) - has teamed up with us to exclusively launch a new drum recording video.

Check out the drum cam clip below of Kevin laying down the blasts for new album "Miserable Miracle," which is coming March 11th via Kaotoxin Records.

With "Miserable Miracle," Mithridatic aims to envision and explore the realms of terror, misery, pain, suffering, disease, madness and nihilism. This all comes through crushingly heavy music with hyperblasting drums, possessed vocals, lightning fast and razor sharp guitar attacks and an apocalyptic rumbling bass low end.

A full song titled "I Will Harm" can also be heard after the jump, and the album's complete track listing is as follows:

1. The Supply...
2. ...For Terror and the Crowd
3. Miserable Miracle
4. I Will Harm
5. Funambule Pénitent
6. Hell Compasses Points
7. Oxydized Trigger Sabotage
8. Dispense the Adulterated
9. Vitrified Desert More...

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