Heavy metal has it's share of infamous outlaws, but as black metal enters it's third decade, Shining's Niklas Kvarforth continues to be its leading agent provocateur; inciting as much consternation among the "true" as he does fanaticism among the soon-to-be soiled minds of his growing legions of devotees.
Kvarforth's antics, opinions, and sometimes mere presence is accompanied by the gnashing teeth and wailing, tone-deaf opinions of the self-proclaimed genre "elite."
Shining adds yet more fuel to the fire with the brazen new album "IX / Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends," which is an altogether moodier and more reflective album than the band's previous works.
To give you a taste of what's to come, today we at Metalunderground.com are stoked to bring you the official premiere of new track "Vilja & Dröm," which can be heard below.
If you like what you hear, "IX - Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends" will drop via Season Of Mist on April 21st, with pre-orders available at the Season of Mist e-shop over here. The full album's track listing is:
1. Den Påtvingade Tvåsamheten
2. Vilja & Dröm
4. Människotankens Vägglösa Rum
5. Inga Broar Kvar Att Bränna
6. Besök Från I(ho)nom More...
The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it." - George Orwell
"The song “Blue Line of Injustice” is a direct reflection on the unfortunate society we’re living in," explains Cincinnati thrash act War Curse.
The band continues, "The value of human life varies greatly depending on socioeconomic status and the neighborhood (or country) in which you were born. Look no further than the streets of New York City and the death of Eric Garner for proof that justice isn’t always served. When a man is choked to death over suspicion of selling a cigarette, and his killer not only walks free, but maintains his job as a member of law enforcement, there is a problem.
"People are fed up, and our hearts are with them. Until everyone, regardless of profession, is held to the same human standard, and accountability for one’s actions is equal and acceptable across the board, there will be no peace in the streets. We’re heading down a very ugly path in America right now and it’s the duty of every citizen to voice their opinion in a civil, intelligent, but ferociously non compromising manor when it comes to the systematic abuse of power.
"This song, this album, and this band is devoted to speaking the inconvenient truths that need to be heard. If we offend a few people along the way, that’s fine. At least we’re standing up for our beliefs and being heard, and to us, that’s what being a musician is all about." More...
Concept albums are not new territory in metal by any means. But Northern Virginia's Yesterday's Saints elevate the notion of conceptual metal to a whole other level, thanks to the rich, extensive storytelling and the pummeling metal in "Generation of Vipers." The music is as smart and thought provoking as it is extreme, that's not an easy thing to do. Striking an artful balance is difficult, but Yesterday's Saints make it seem easy.
The current iteration of Yesterday's Saints, who play death-thrash-power combo, has been in existence since summer 2010 and with a self-released EP and some local touring under their belt. They knew that a full concept album was the next step they wanted to take. But they did not go about it capriciously. The decision to go with a concept for the 11-track "Generation of Vipers" was driven by the most important things —the songwriting and careful thought.
The album is assembled like an opera, with three acts, along with an instrumental interlude and outro. It traces the story of Satan, one of the most notorious characters in history, throughout time, from his desire to usurp God's throne to his modern infiltration of mankind to the indication that all of Earth's inhabitants are now his descendants.
The album opens with a flashback and what corresponds chronologically to a third song is actually listed as the first track. The story then resumes from its chronological beginning with the second track. The final song alludes to two theories of the universe: One that asserts we are all a figment of a man's dream, along with the multi-dimensional membrane theory, where the Big Bang Theory was/will be the result of an intersection or collision between our current dimensional membrane and a parallel one.
As a result of either theory, whether "the man" waking up or the collision between dimensional membranes, the end of days is the outcome. Time is then reset again by the man falling asleep again or the explosion of another Big Bang.
The album is out via Draconum Records next week - February 3rd, 2015. Check out our review for the album at this location. Metal Underground.com is proud to present an exclusive stream of the entire album here for you now. So sit back, enjoy and let us know what you think about the debut of one of the more exciting acts to break out the U.S. in some time: More...
Canadian outfit Golers is about to digitally re-release the "In n Outlaws" album on February 6th, 2015. Previously dropping in a limited edition CD run, Golers is now ready to spread the word to a wider audience.
With the re-release on the way, today we're stoked to bring you a track from the album. Check out the punk metal track "Alcoholics Unanimous" in the player below.
Golers came together back '98 with four members of Subversion after that band's demise. Golers has previously released "South Mountain Style" (1999), "2nd Generation" (2004), and "Backwoods Messages" (2009).
"In n Outlaws" was recorded at Mushroom Studios [R.I.P.] with producer/engineer/manager Rob Shallcross (Gene Hoglan, Strapping Young Lad, West Of Hell).
The symphonic black metal storytellers from Carach Angren will unleash bold new album "This Is No Fairy Tale" on February 24th in North America via Season Of Mist.
The album is a pitch black story of isolation, degradation, and abuse whose narrative is as intense as the music that delivers it. The acclaimed trio weave grandiose symphonic swells and surges with razor sharp guitars to create an epic, unmissable record.
To herald the impending album release, today we've teamed up with the band to premiere new song "Killed and Served by the Devil" - check it out below, and be sure to let us know what you think of the track.
"This Is No Fairy Tale" can be pre-ordered in various bundles and configurations at this location and follows previous full-length album "Where The Corpses Sink Forever" (reviewed here). The track listing is:
1. Once upon a Time
2. There's No Place Like Home (watch the animated lyric video right here)
3. When Crows Tick on Windows
4. Two Flies Flew into a Black Sugar Cobweb
5. Dreaming of a Nightmare in Eden
6. Possessed by a Craft of Witchery
7. Killed and Served by the Devil
8. The Witch Perished in Flames
9. Tragedy Ever After More...
Some bands release an album a year and go nowhere. Some never release one and manage to become cult acts. That’s what happened during the 25 years that saw Putrid Offal arise, die and become legendary while dead… until now!
Finally awakened from an unholy slumber since the '90s, Putrid Offal now returns with the double CD "Mature Necropsy," due out February 10th but available for pre-order now here.
To whet your appetite for more gore, we're also streaming the first disc (minus the two bonus cover songs to appear on the CD edition). Check it out below!
Mastered by El Mobo at the Conkrete Studio (We All Die (laughing), Otargos…) and featuring special guest vocals by Stéphane Buriez (Loudblast) and Frédéric Blauwblomme (Noise Emission Control, ex-Khroma Death), “Mature Necropsy” (the first disc) features new death metal art in its full g(l)ory while “Premature Necropsy” (the second disc) is a complete discography compilation of early 90’s cult goregrind, remastered from the original analog master tapes. More...
Bloodscribe today teams up with us at Metalunderground.com to release an official video for the song "Enslaved By Deceptions," taken from upcoming new onslaught of an album "Prologue to the Apocalypse."
Check out the video below, and the album is scheduled for release on February 9th in the U.K. and February 10th in the U.S. via Gore House Productions on CD and digital formats. You can also stream the track over at the Bloodscribe Bandcamp page.
"'Prologue to the Apocalypse' is our long awaited first full length album. It embodies Bloodscribe as a whole and showcases the sound we have long been evolving into," states vocalist Jasan Perez.
The band adds: "'Prologue to the Apocalypse' is not just another death metal album, but rather a statement of self-reliance that goes against social standards that have weakened our society."
Featuring album art by Indonesian illustrator Mondo Borneo, "Prologue to the Apocalypse" was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Chris Garcia at the Morgue Music Studio (Stages of Decomposition) in Los Angeles CA. More...
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." On that demo the eponymous track "Crimson Dawn" originally appeared. When Beretta resurrected the band with Rastelli's blessing, Crimson Dawn became a separate and serious new doom metal act - regrouped and rearmed with Betoken vocalist Antonio Pecere, Ex-All Soul's Day drummer Luca Lucchini, keyboardist Emanuele Laghi, guitarist Marco Rusconi (six string guitar) and bassist Alessandro Reggiani Romagnoliand - the song persevered and was re-recorded for the 2013 debut album "In Strange Aeons..." (see review here).
Beretta says of the track: "'A 'Waltz of Doom' with strong medieval/folk influences. It's the only song from the first demo CD that has been kept almost identical, with minimal changes to better fit Antonio's vocal range, which is obviously far more impressive than mine. I also love the way Luca interpreted the drum parts, playing less to play more, so to say. The acoustic guitars have been played by our bass player Alessandro, who's also a trained classical guitarist."
Now, Metal Underground.com is pleased to premiere the music video for the track. The band footage for the video was shot by Cesare Ferrari, Bruno Masulli, Andrea Pastore and Dario Trombin. The video was directed and edited at Actionstudios.it. The sound engineer for the audio track was Mattia Stancioiu of Elnor Studio.
Check out "Crimson Dawn" here: More...
Previously known as Edenborn, New York outfit Hollow Bones is officially relaunching today with the release of a new music video for the "Drytooth" single, and Metalunderground.com is proud to be exclusively premiering the clip online.
"Drytooth" - a track about overcoming great loss - is taken off the upcoming "Lionheart" album, which is now written and will soon be recorded. The video can be seen below, and vocalist Patrick Anthony comments:
"The shooting of Drytooth was a great experience, albeit very tiring. We probably put on a full performance of the song about 40 times over the course of the day to ensure that we got all the footage we could need. Of course it was fun, and there was joking around, but it was also a lot of work.
"There were some very specific shots that we wanted to have in the video that incorporated design elements from cinematography, so there was a lot of discussion on how to get those shots. The guy who did the filming, Michael DeFilio, was great. He is based out of CT, which is where we shot the video, in an old abandoned Hummer dealership. I don’t know how he went about getting permission for us to shoot there, but he did, haha. He REALLY worked his butt off for us, and I think it really comes through in the video.
"Thematically the song is very dark. I lost my brother in 2007, and the song is really about not being able to move past it. Carrying around the weight of not knowing whether it was an intentional death or not. It is about the hole in your life that someone can leave, regardless of how or why you have lost them. It is about watching someone you love suffer through tremendous depression, and being powerless to do anything.
"The song ends with my admission that I would have preferred to have taken his place. The song is about hopelessness, anger, frustration, guilt, and longing, and we hope that we have clearly conveyed those feelings, because I think everyone has, or will, lose someone dear to them. I think it is a very relatable subject." More...
The beast has arisen from the Baltic Sea once again: Ctulu’s extreme metal will now be available for record collectors for the first time ever.
After selling out the 2011 full-length release, "Sarkomand," and just in time for the band's tenth anniversary celebration, Northern German metal act Ctulu is pressing the Lovecraft-inspired themes and melodies on black 12” vinyl.
This new edition of "Sarkomand" is scheduled to be released via Black Blood Records and Human To Dust today. In celebration of the release, we're hosting a stream of the entire album, which can be heard below.
If you dig Ctulu's non-euclidean tunes and have an appreciation for vinyl, be sure to pick up your own copy over at this location. You can also catch Ctulu live:
13.03.2015 – Magazinkeller, Bremen (Freie Geister Festival co-organised by the band) More...
6:33 - an experimental outfit that will fit right in for fans of Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, and Devin Townsend - will unveil some "Deadly Scenes" at the beginning of 2015 via Kaotoxin Records.
After we released a teaser trailer at the beginning of the week (still available here), today we're excited to bring you more actual music from the forthcoming avant-garde outing.
Check out a medley of music to be found on "Deadly Scenes" via our exclusive stream below.
"Deadly Scenes" will be relesed this coming January 12th (Europe) and January 13th (North American and digital). The track listing is as follows:
2. Ego fandango
3. The walking fed
4. I'm a nerd
5. Modus operandi
6. Black widow
7. Last bullet for a gold rattle
8. Lazy boy
9. Deadly scenes More...
Experimental, avant-garde rock outfit 6:33 will release "Deadly Scenes" this coming January 12th (Europe) and January 13th (North American and digital) via Kaotoxin Records.
Today we're bringing you the exclusive premiere of the artwork, track listing, and a teaser trailer, which can all be found below. Kaotoxin Records also comments:
"A cemetery on a cold Halloween night… A tomb opens. A wicked and deformed little corpse rises. Old blood on his decomposed face forms a clown-y red nose… His parents lay dead in the graveyard… Devin Townsend, Mike Patton, Tim Burton… Eating their rotten flesh, the undead little one, mouth full of remains, rise his head to the Moon and screams: 'Cowabunga!' 6:33 rise again!
"After the success of the self-released second full-length, 'The Stench from the Swelling (a true story)' – a collaboration with CinC / Carnival In Coal & We All Die (Laughing) singer Arno Strobl – the band is back with 'Deadly Scenes,' a cinematic masterpiece of titanic proportions featuring nine tracks of totally twisted yet absolutely catchy Rock’n’Roll hymns you won’t be able to stop singing all day long after the very first listen!
"The band’s technical ability is mind-blowing, yet it’s never used to show off, but to explore territories that without their songcrafting magic would never fit together. A Frankenstein-ish nightly creature dressed in a grotesque clowny costume: as funny as scary, as ridiculously wicked as fascinatingly twisted.
"Experiencing a 6:33 album is like being on a bad LSD trip playing a Devin Townsend album while watching Tim Burton’s 'Corpse Bride'… and it’s all legal! Will you dare it?"
2. Ego fandango
3. The walking fed
4. I'm a nerd
5. Modus operandi
6. Black widow
7. Last bullet for a gold rattle
8. Lazy boy
9. Deadly scenes More...
You want brutal? We'll bring you brutal! Today we've got an aural shaky-handed craniotomy to share with you in the form of Cuff's "Transient Suffering Through the Ergosphere" album.
Officially due out November 18th via Gore House Productions, today we're premiering the album in its entirety!
Check out the insane brutality - with off-putting croaked vocals and all - in the player below, and be sure to let us know what you thought (if you can brave the full release)! If you dig it, be sure to also pre-order at this location.
The crazy Canucks from Cuff have been kicking and screaming since 2005, tearing a malignant form of death metal from their collective womb to chuck at the metal masses.
“Transient Suffering Through the Ergosphere” is the band's eighth album, bears a cover created by Mottla Art, and includes guest appearances by Larry Wang (Coprocephalic, Guttural Corpora Cavernosa, Gorepot) Chris Williams (Upon Your Corpse), and Anthony Davis (Swine Overlord, Gutfucked). The track listing is:
1. Spastic Craniotomy
3. Transfusion of Bodily Fluids
4. Gorging the Sacred Carrion
5. The Transcendence of Mankind
6. Sub-sonic Impacts
7. Through the Ergosphere
8. Breeding Diverse Entities (Re-recorded)
9. Supreme Genital Goddess (Cock And Ball Torture cover) More...
Following the 2012 full-length album "Los Tres Mundos," the eclectic Mexican black metal band Black Hate went on hiatus for over a year before returning for a handful of split releases.
Back on track for devastating new material, Black Hate will be releasing a new EP consisting of four tracks in May next year.
You don't have to wait that long to hear new music from Black Hate though, as today we're premiering the new track "Aneetmaa" online.
Take the dark sonic journey below, which goes through several distinct progressions in genre across its run time (take note of the shift in style and tone at the 3:30 mark and again around 5:40).
If you dig what you hear, be sure to also download the track over at the Black Hate SoundCloud page.
You can also find out more about Black Hate and how this track came together by reading our recent interview with the band here.
On November 28th in Europe and December 2nd in North America, Inner Wound Recordings will issue the sixth studio release from Swedish power metal act Axenstar entitled "Where Dreams Are Forgotten." The album was recorded at Studio Underground with producer Pelle Saether. It is the first release in three years ("Aftermath," 2011).
Today, Metal Underground.com brings you the premiere of the music video for the opening track "Fear," which can be seen in the player below.
On the new album, the band previously issued the following statement: "This is an album we're extremely proud of! The whole band have contributed to the songwriting and we have really taken the time to make sure every song has gotten the attention it deserves. We have gone back to the roots of the Axenstar sound and mixed it with all the new influences we got over the years and it has turned into this great and exciting new album."
The video was directed and filmed by Magnus Ewald and Mattias Björkbacka.
The track list is as follows:
2. Inside The Maze
3. My Sacrifice
4. Curse Of The Tyrant
5. The Return
9. The Reaper
10. This False Imagery
11. Sweet Farewell
Check out "Fear" here: More...
Missouri's genre-defying outfit Sisters Of... will be releasing a new album in early 2015 titled "The Serpent, The Angel and The Adversary."
Today the band has teamed up with us to premiere an advance track off the album. Check out the metallic blending of heavy and atmospheric in "Annabelle" below, and stay tuned for more details on the forthcoming album release.
Multi-instrumentalist Aaron Coker (ex-Appleseed Cast, Reggie & The Full Effect) reinvents the traditional interpretation of a band, hand-picking a rotating cast of fellow colleagues to collaborate on Sisters of… material. The result is layers of post-rock, metal, and experimental elements building evocative soundscapes that expand beyond the conventional themes of life and death.
The forthcoming contains eight epic tracks that build and expand upon the sound that was introduced in the band's 2013 debut "Follow Me As A Ghost." The upcoming full-length will see Chris Clark joining on to write/record with Aaron Coker on guitars, as well as long time friend Josh Newton (ex Every Time I Die, Shiner, Unsane) on guitars/bass.
Sisters of... mastermind Aaron Coker also comments: "With our new record we really wanted to take more chances in expanding our sound from where we started with our EP. To go even further with our aggressive side, and to explore any ideas we had with melody and beauty. With us having such diverse tastes in what we listen to and write, we came away blown away with what we could come up with if we just gave every idea an honest chance." More...
Following the "Earth Floods Red" album (reviewed here), the experimental solo metal outfit Enduring Revery is gearing up for a Halloween surprise for fans: a new full-length finally drops tomorrow!
You can still pre-order new album "Through The Keyhole" before it drops tomorrow at Bandcamp here. The digital version will also include instrumental versions of all four tracks, for a total of eight songs.
For fans you feel three years is too long and can't wait another day, today we've teamed up with Enduring Revery to stream the four main songs online! Check it out below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments section. The track listing is as follows:
1. Fists of Enlightenment
2. Lovely Day
4. I'm Still Warm More...
Reykjavík viking metal act Skálmöld is set to release the third studio album "Með Vættum" on November 14th (EU) and December 1st (USA) through Napalm Records. Today, Metal Underground.com brings you the premiere of the opening track "Að Vori," which can be heard in the player below.
On "Með Vættum," Skálmöld dash again with a fiery viking metal style that defies every winter and even brings the thickest ice floes to melt. The album connects seamlessly with previous efforts Baldur (2010) and Börn Loka (2012). With "Með Vættum," the band celebrates and perfects viking metal pulling fans with heroic, mythic text, epic stories more under their spell.
Skálmöld is currently on the road setting Europe ablaze on an extensive tour until mid-December with Russia's Arkona and Switzerland's Eluveitie.
The track listing for the album is:
1. Að Vori
2. Með Fuglum
3. Að Sumri
4. Með Drekum
5. Að Hausti (streaming at this location)
6. Með Jötnum
7. Að Vetri
8. Með Griðungum
9. Sleipnir Live (Bonus Track)
10. Valhöll Live (Bonus Track)
Check out "Að Vori" here: More...
You can't kill what's already dead... even if it's been rotting for 20 years!
French goregrind band Putrid Offal - active in the early '90s - is back and will be releasing both a new full-length and an EP.
The brand new full-length double CD "Mature Necropsy" is limited to 1000 copies and will feature two bonus cover tracks and a compilation of remastered '90s releases with special guest vocals by Stéphane Buriez (Loudblast) and Frédéric Blauwblomme (ex-Krhomadeath, ex-Corruption).
“Mature Necropsy” features a total of 15 tracks for more than 34 minutes of gory art mastered by El Mobo at the Conkrete Studio and marking the band's 25th anniversary. The album will drop February 10th.
“Premature Necrospy,” the bonus discography compilation / separate download, is a completely remastered collection of all of the band’s original material, including the 1991 “Unformed” demo, the 1991 “At the Stench of the Foul Offal” split with Agathocles, and Putrid Offal's part of the 1992 “Obscurum per Obscurius” compilation CD. More...
On November 28th in Europe and December 2nd in North America, Swedish metal act Harmony will return with the new studio album "Theatre of Redemption." The album is the first in six years ("Chapter II: Aftermath" in 2008) and will be issued through Ulterium Records. Today, Metal Underground.com is pleased to premiere the first single and opening track "The Window of My Soul," which can be heard in the player below.
"Theatre of Redemption" features Daniel Heiman (ex-Lost Horizon, Heed) on vocals for all tracks, who replaces Henrik Båth (featured on the band's 2003 debut "Dreaming Awake," the 2008 EP "End of My Road" and the sophomore full length release "Chapter II: Aftermath" in 2008). It also is the debut appearance by new bassist Raphael Dafras (Almah) and new keyboardist John Svensson.
The album was mixed by Fredrik Nordström and Henrik Udd at Studio Fredman (At The Gates, In Flames, Hammerfall) and mastered by Thomas "Plec" Johansson (Scar Symmetry, Watain).
"Theatre of Redemption" will be issued in the following formats: Regular CD edition, a Black wooden box edition (Limited to 500 hand-numbered copies, which includes the CD, booklet, a Harmony guitar pick, a sticker, a postcard and an exclusive 'The History of Harmony' 20-page booklet), Vinyl edition (Limited to 500 copies, which includes insert with lyrics) and the digital edition. All physical editions, as well as three different t-shirt designs, are available for preorder at the Ulterium Records Store at this location.
The track listing for the album is:
1. The Window of My Soul
3. Crown Me King
4. Son of the Morning
5. What If
6. Theatre of Redemption
8. You Are
9. Hands of Time
10. In Search of More...