Clad in black and painted in ghostly, skeletal white and gray, Montreal's Hollow is one of North America's most deceptively original and subversive underground metal acts today. Exploiting the surface aesthetics of black metal, the band surprises with an abundance of musical diversity and depth.
Years in the making, Hollow's analog-recorded debut studio effort "Mordrake" is finally ready to be unleashed May 30th. The album will contain twelve tracks, each of which combines black, death, thrash, symphonic, and progressive metal in a dizzying, memorable web.
To whet your appetite, Metalunderground.com is proud to exclusively premiere second single "Iscariot." Leaning toward Hollow's thrash and traditional metal influences, this is one of the more "riff-centric" offerings on "Mordrake."
"Iscariot" follows the March 1st release of "Landscape," Hollow's first official music video.
Update: The stream is no longer available, but you can find the band's music and more info on UnKured over at Facebook here.
Drawing from influences such as Death, Carcass, Warbringer, Vektor, and Havok, Ohio outfit UnKured plans to bring a new breed of death/thrash to the forefront of the metal scene.
Founded by lead guitarist Cody Karr and rounded out by bassist Ben Stanton and drummer Adam Green, UnKured is currently in the studio readying debut full-length album "Mutated Earth."
While the album will be released next month, today we'd like to help get you acquainted with UnKured by bringing an exclusive full stream of the band's previous "As Reality Melts" EP.
Give it a listen in the player below, and then head over to the UnKured Bandcamp page here to pre-order "Mutated Earth."
Ontario post-hardcore outfit Something You Whisper recently released new EP, "From The Other Side," which was produced by Brent Allen and Devin Oliver of I See Stars.
Today Metalunderground.com is proud to bring you the exclusive lyric video premiere for "Dead In Fiction," taken off the new EP. Check it out below and let us know what you think in the comments section.
The Cambridge, Ontario-based band began to take shape in early 2011; harnessing the talent of Wes Will (vocals), Tom McArthur (drums), Kyle Adshade (guitar/vocals), Austin Palladini (guitar/vocals), and Brian Shepherd (bass/vocals). The quintet emanates an intense energy that blends with catchy hooks and choruses. This was exemplified in the bands debut EP, “Nostalgia,” with the help of producer Jordan Valeriote (Silverstein, Structures, and Dead and Divine) at Sundown Studios. In February 2013 the band re-issued “Nostalgia,” including two songs previously unavailable and the brand new track “20/20 in the 3rd.”
Infamous goregrind outfit Vaginal Penetration of an Amelus With a Musty Carrot is teaming up wfor a new split CD with Mexico's Teen Pussy Fuckers.
"A Fairytale Full of Apotemnophiliac Moments" is due out May 6th, 2014 via Kaotoxin Records, with pre-orders to go online on April 15th.
Today Metalunderground.com is both disgusted and delighted to bring you the first teaser trailer for the split release. Check it out below, and check back next month as we'll also be hosting a stream of the split the day pre-orders become available.
Update: the stream is no longer available, but you can hear music from the band over at the Human Cull Facebook page here.
Exeter-based crust/grind act Human Cull is gearing up for the release of "Stillborn Nation," which is slated to drop like an atomic bomb on March 31st, 2014.
Today Metalunderground.com brings the official U.S. premiere of all 23 tracks off the album: 22 of insane grind mayhem all capped by a final sludgy, slow moving battering ram of a finale. Listen to all of "Stillborn Nation" below, and you can also pre-order your own copy at this location.
Formed in 2011 from the ashes of a previous act, the band’s sound is influenced by 80’s grindcore and crust bands such as Napalm Death, Doom, Fear of God, Discharge & Terrorizer as well as more recent acts such as Nasum, Gadget, Nuclear Death Terror and 324.
Human Cull is currently booking a European tour with Oblivionized for April 2014.
Minnesota outfit Noble Beast is gearing up to take the power metal worm by storm and drop a self-titled album via Tridoid Records on March 22nd, 2014.
Ahead of the official release, today we bring you an exclusive premiere of the album's opening track "Iron-Clad Angels."
Give it a listen below, or find more info on the band at the Noble Beast Facebook profile here.
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Iron-Clad Angels
2. Behold the Face of Your Enemy
3. Master of Depravity
4. The Dragon Reborn
5. We Burn
6. The Noble Beast
7. Peeling Back the Veil
8. Disintegrating Force
9. On Wings of Steel
10. Nothing to Repent
Tridoid Records also comments on the band's sound:
"Noble Beast is a power metal band dealing in the sort of epic, sweeping anthems pioneered by bands like Helloween, Blind Guardian, and Iced Earth. Hailing from the icy wastes of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Noble Beast serves to bridge the gap between the melodic, hook-laden style of European power-metal and the heavy, riff-driven approach of US power-metal.
"Songs like 'Behold the Face of Your Enemy,' 'We Burn,' and 'Peeling Back the Veil' are propelled by huge riffs, soaring harmonies, blazing solos, and massive choruses. There's even some thrash and black metal influence that works its way into incendiary speedsters like Iron-Clad Angels and Disintegrating Force.
"Lead by the powerful vocals of front-man Sir Robert and supported by lead guitarist Matt Hodsdon, bassist Drew Sutphen, and Steve Bergquist on drums, Noble Beast are ready to crack through the frozen Minnesota tundra and scorch the earth with their brand of molten metal. Be prepared, America!" More...
Update: the stream is no longer available, but you can hear music from the band via the Dying Out Flame Facebook profile here.
Dying Out Flame, one of several bands showcased in our recent Unearthing The Metal Underground In Nepal, is preparing debut full-length album "Shiva Rudrastakam" for a tentative late April release. For now, Metalunderground.com is proud to host the exclusive premiere of the album's title track.
Dying Out Flame formed in 2011 in Kathmandu, Nepal, and has quickly become a hot sensation among that city's burgeoning underground extreme metal scene. The band's self-described "Vedic metal" incorporates Eastern cultural elements and traditional musical twists with searing tech-death, a combination that should intrigue fans of acts such as Nile.
Led by composer, vocalist, and bassist Aabeg Gautam, Dying Out Flame's lineup currently includes Saujanya Pahadi (guitar), Bikalpa (guitar), Prachanda Amatya (drums), and Nakchu Gurung (female vocals).
Update: the stream is no longer available, but you can check out Moloch's music at the project's Facebook profile here.
Moloch - the solo Ukrainian black metal band from Sergiy Fjordsson - will release 12th album "Verwüstung" next month, which follows the 2012 full-length "Abgrund meines Wesens" and a host of splits, EPs, and compilations from the prolific project.
Prior to its official release, we are bringing you an exclusive full stream of the entire upcoming album, which can be heard below.
"Verwüstung" is officially due out in cassette and digital formats on March 25th, with pre-orders available through Acephale Winter Productions here.
The label also comments: "This is the most direct and brutal release in the projects's history. Grim, aggressive, yet still depressive black metal in the pure form, book-ended by two instrumentals that are classic Moloch dark ambient." More...
Los Angeles based outfit Trigger Point will release the Shaun Lopez (Far, Deftones) produced new album "Giving Up The Ghost" via THC Music/InGrooves on March 25th, 2014.
Today we bring you an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the album, which can be seen in the player below.
Trigger Point previously released debut LP "A Silent Protest," produced by ex-Machine Head guitarist Logan Mader (Five Finger Death Punch), on Corporate Punishment in 2003. The band found success on U.S. radio with the album and toured relentlessly for several years with 36 Crazyfists, and sharing stages with the likes of Hatebreed, Motorhead, Meshuggah, Otep, Devil Driver, and more.
Check out footage from the "Giving Up The Ghost" sessions below, and see what front man Taylor Wallace had to say about the album in our exclusive interview after the jump. More...
Flagstaff Arizona's Black Orchid released the "Wake" album on September 6th, 2013, and today we are proud to premiere a new lyric video taken off the album.
In continued celebration of the release, Black Orchid tapped Century Media Records videographer and director Shan Dan Horan to create a lyric video for latest single "The Blue(s)." Check out the video below, and vocalist Matt Babcock comments:
"We all love Breaking Bad and decided bid the show a final farewell with a blistering new lyric video. Thanks to director Shan Dan at Century Media Records, the video turned out great and whether you love metal, Breaking Bad or both this video will be very entertaining!"
2. Deserve to Die
3. There Go I
7. The Blue(s)
8. Good Intentions
9. Anomaly (Live)
10. Depths of Despair (Live)
11. Rape the Willing
Fresh off the vinyl release of "Into the Kingdom of Graves" via Tridoid Records, now Tyrants Blood has another release coming your way.
"Coven" (due out February 18th) is a compilation of earlier material from the band that has never before been available digitally, and today we bring you the album's closing track "Deceiver."
Check it out in the player below, and the full "Coven" track listing is as follow:
1. Slaine the Berzerker
2. Slithering Into Exile
4. Cast Into Hell
5. Torn From the Sky
7. Riddle of Flesh
9. Destruction Consuming
Today we've got good news for brutal death metal fans: Paris, France outfit Insain is gearing up to release a new EP titled "Enlightening the Unknown!"
Metalunderground.com now brings you the exclusive premiere of this news, in addition to a teaser trailer for the release. Check it out below.
Full details on the release date and track listing are forthcoming. You can also read Insain's addition to our "Pit Stories" column at this location.
Update: the stream is no longer up, but be sure to hear the band's music by navigating to the Suffering Hour Facebook profile.
U.S. outfit Suffering Hour is gearing up to release “Foreseeing Exemptions to a Dismal Beyond” on January 17th via Tridoid Records, and today we bring you the exclusive premiere of a track off the EP.
Check out "Infected Skull" in the player provided below. Tridoid Records also comments on the band:
"Suffering Hour is a proggy black/thrash band based in the Twin Cities. The band has gone through many changes, but the style and lineup has remained consistent since early 2011. Lead by guitarist Josh Raiken with Dylan Haseltine on bass/vocals and Jason Oberuc on drums, the music takes influence from genres ranging from black metal to old school prog rock.
"Some of the band’s biggest influences are Absu, Unleashed, The Chasm, Inquisition, Kreator, Deathspell Omega, King Crimson, and Merciless. The band has released a couple of demos in the past, but is now excited to be releasing their first official release on Tridroid Records."
The full track listing is as follows:
1. Truths of the Unknown
2. Prog Thrashing Death
3. A Dismal Beyond
4. Infected Skull
5. Enthralled In Lunacy Abyss
6. Compassion Dies
Update: the stream is no longer available, but you can check out music from the band via the Besegra Facebook profile.
Capping the year off with some face-shredding thrash influenced by death metal and a variety of other styles comes Canadian outfit Besegra.
The band is now releasing the "Infortunium" EP, which was produced by Bart Frydrychowicz and mixed / mastered by Clintworks Audio. In true old school spirit, "Infortunium" is being released as a limited cassette run.
If you haven't gotten your hands on one of the tapes, you can still hear music from the EP, as today Metalunderground.com brings you the premiere of new track "Blood Lust," which can be heard below.
The full track listing is as follows:
1. Master of Attrition
2. Blood Lust
3. The Beast Submits
4. Open Arms
6. This Is What Killers Are Made Of More...
Update: the stream is no longer available, but you can hear music from Thunderwar over at the band's Facebook profile here.
Polish outfit Thunderwar has self-released a new EP titled "The Birth of Thunder," and now Metalunderground.com is bringing you the U.S. premiere of the new track "Eagle of Glory." Give it a listen below. The following press release was also issued about the band:
"Cold as ice, angry as a horde of Viking warriors, and determined like an army fighting for freedom of their homeland: Thunderwar! The band was born in 2013, when four young metal maniacs decided to join their forces to not only pay their tribute to such metal heroes as Bathory, Unleashed, Dissection, or Amon Amarth, but to prove that Poland has again something to say to the metal world, after giving birth to cult acts such Vader or Behemoth.
"Since the very beginning the band decided to work only with the best ones. Debut EP 'The Birth of Thunder' was finally mixed and produced by Wieslawscy Bros from Hertz Studio. The band’s logo was designed by Christophe Szpajdel and the cover artwork for 'The Birth of Thunder' EP was created by Mario Lopez.
"Currently the band is promoting its self-released EP and in the middle of 2014 will enter the Hertz Studio to work on the first, full album, which is foretold to be a step to the next level - higher, than anybody can expect! Thunderwar: Better remember this name, as they are here to stay!"
Update: the stream is now longer available, but you can check out the band's music at Facebook here.
Ohio metallers Dismemberment spent October recording new album "Embrace the Dark" with Travis Lautenschalger at the Club Sandwich studio in Columbus.
The album has now been mixed by Joel Grind (Toxic Holocaust) and mastered by Dan Randall (Ghoul), with an early 2014 release expected.
You don't have to wait that long to hear music from the impending full-length however, as today we at Metalunderground.com are proud to bring you an exclusive premiere for new track "Eye of the Keeper."
Give it a listen below, and let us know what you think in the comments section. You can also catch the band live:
1/9 - Columbus OH, Ace of Cups (w/Skeletonwitch)
1/10 - Covington KY, Backstage
1/11 - Indianapolis IN, Rockhouse (w/Skeletonwitch)
Australian outfit Twelve Foot Ninja has just completed both a European and an American run of shows, which marks the band's first time conquering U.S. soil.
Twelve Foot Ninja has been teaming up with us at Metalunderground.com to chronicle the entire trek, and today the band releases a third and final tour update.
Sacramento, CA death metal act The Kennedy Veil today unleashes a brand new track titled “In The Ashes of Humanity,” and we’re proud to bring you the exclusive premiere. Give it a listen below.
The track, which is taken from the band's forthcoming debut album, “Trinity of Falsehood,” also serves as the official debut of the The Kennedy Veil's new vocalist Taylor Wientjes.
Taylor had the following to say about the new material: "As the new vocalist for The Kennedy Veil, I am super stoked with how Trinity Of Falsehood turned out! We all hit the studio hard and it shows throughout the album. Particularly 'In The Ashes Of Humanity,' an ideal blend of raw aggression and refreshing riffs really portrays some of our diversities."
The new album was produced by Nick Botelho at NB Recording in Santa Rosa, CA and features artwork from Ken Sarafin. The album is set for release on January 21st, 2014 via Unique Leader Records and the track listing is as follows:
1. Ad Noctum
2. Eulogy of the Divine
4. Trinity of Falsehood
5. King of Slaves
6. Seventh Circle
7. Necrotic Gospel
8. Beneath the Shroud of Atonement
9. Disciples of Dead Aeons
10. In the Ashes of Humanity
11. Perfidia More...
Today – November 25th, 2013 – sees the official release of Feared’s new album “Vinter,” which was produced and mixed by Jocke Skog with artwork handled by Sylvain Lucchina.
With the album dropping today, the band is also now letting fans hear all forty minutes of the Swedish metal opus. Check it out in the player provided below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments section.
1. Sun Awake
2. Needle Effect
3. Your God
4. Hate is Everything
5. Mass Destruction
10. My Shadow World
Featuring members who have been involved with The Haunted, Chimaira, and Demonoid, Feared consists of:
Ola Englund - Guitar
Jocke Skog - Bass
Mario Ramos - Vocals
Kevin Talley – Drums
Kaotoxin records is very proud to announce the addition of French-Bulgarian duet We All Die (Laughing), which features vocalist-extraordinaire Arno Strobl (Carnival In Coal, 6:33) and multi-talented musician and composer Déhà (C.O.A.G., Maladie).
We at Metalunderground are equally proud to be bringing you the U.S. exclusive premiere of the news, along with a teaser trailer announcing the collaboration that can be seen below.
The band was first featured on the title track for label-mates Eye of Solitude‘s digital EP “The Deceit," and will unleash its own debut full-length, titled “Thoughtscanning,” through Kaotoxin on January 14th, 2014.
“Thoughtscanning” marks the return of Arno Strobl to a band of his very own since the demise of Carnival In Coal more than half a decade ago. Arno has been guesting on various projects since then, including his collaboration with France’s 6:33 for the 2013 full-length, “The Stench From The Swelling.”
But We All Die (Laughing) is his very own thing, a vehicle to express dark emotions and feelings and showcase the real him, far away from all of his previous performances, while still displaying how varied his vocal talents are, ranging from crooner-like singing to deep death metal like growls: a trademark is recognized for.
He comments: “Thoughtscanning has been the meeting of three different goals. First, working with Déhà, of course. We really felt we had to record something together. Then getting rid of that 'funny singer' sticker I got through my previous musical works. Last but not least: writing about depression, which was an emergency, and a matter of life and death."
Déhà, the man behind the 33 minute long concept that’s “Thoughtscan,” the only track on “Thoughtscanning,” is a gifted Stakhanovite musician and songwriter, already signed to Kaotoxin records with his own-man dark grindcore project, C.O.A.G.
Besides We All Die (Laughing) and C.O.A.G., he’s also involved in a dozen active projects, including the likes of Imber Luminis, Merda Mundi, Yhdarl, Clouds, and many more. Kaotoxin issued the following statement: More...