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The Riven Premieres "Killer On The Loose"

Do you got the blues real bad because you went and sawed your brother in half, but at the same time you need to stay kinda metal? Fans of Graveyard and other souful heavy rock acts rejoice - today we're introducing you to killer new outfit The Riven!

This London-based group will drop debut EP "Blackbird" on April 14th, with five tracks bringing to mind the glory of the '70s. We're giving you a taste of what's to come with an early stream today of fourth track "Killer On The Loose." Check it out below and tell us what you think!

If you dig the hot sauce and cheap beer-fueled track, be sure to give a listen to previously released song "One Last Time," also available after the jump.

Formed in West London after an alcohol-fueled songwriting session between guitarist Arnau Diaz and bass player Max Ternebring, The Riven was soon to be accompanied by Charlotta Ekebergh on vocals and Olof Axegard on drums.

With a love for bands like Rush, Grand Funk Railroad, and Deep Purple in common they started writing and recording songs together. Recording and mixing was done by JB Pilon at his studio Buffalo Studios in East London in November 2016. More...

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Vangough Premieres "Making Warpaint" Video

A few weeks back, Oklahoma progressive metal act Vangough released the stellar new opus "Warpaint." The album has been receiving critical praise around the world, including our very own xFiruath! Check out our review of "Warpaint" at this location.

You don't have to believe us, judge for yourselves as the full album stream of "Warpaint" is still available at this location. You can purchase the album at over here.

Today, Vangough teamed up with Metal Underground.com to give you a behind the scenes look at the making of "Warpaint" with the first part of the video series "Making Warpaint." The series chronicles the making of the landmark release, beginning with the drum recordings.

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The Sarcophagus Premieres New Song

Satanath Records (Rus) in association with Death Portal Studio (USA), Fila Sophiae (Sweden) & Sphera Noctis Records (Brazil) is gearing up to release the 2nd full-length album from The Sarcophagus.

Formerly featuring Niklas Kvarforth and now sporting new vocalist Morkbeast, this Turkey-based black metal behemoth will drop "Beyond This World's Illusion" on April 4th, 2017, bearing the instantly-recognizable artwork of Paolo Girardi.

Today we're ready to expose the light for the lie that it is with an exclusive premiere of new track "Triumphant Divine Terror" - check it out below. The band comments on today's song reveal:

"'Triumphant Divine Terror' is a track about religions which is the cause of wars for many centuries. This terror was created by human beings and they all failed miserably in the name of the light... The Sarcophagus is against all the thoughts that make people fools, blind and slaves..."

If you dig the sound below, pre-orders for the album are now online here and you can follow further developments via the group's official Facebook profle. The full track listing for "Beyond This World's Illusion" is as follows:

01. Reign Of Chaos (streaming here)
02. Ain Sof
03. Dymadiel
04. The Profanity Rites
05. Sapremia Of Earthly Creatures
06. Triumphant Divine Terror
07. Armoured Death
08. Flaming Key To Divine Wisdom
09. Apocalyptic Beast More...

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Lava Invocator Premieres "Mork" Album

Lave Invocator is a mystical black metal formation from Ukraine, the idea of which originated in the small Swedish town of Lund, near Malmö... Dark storm clouds over the Öresund strait, black rocks, high forests and whispers of mysticism mixed in an infernal whirlwind of emotions - so originated the concept of the band. More...

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Liv Sin Premieres New Song "Immortal Sin"

Liv Sin - former vocalist and driving force of Sister Sin - has teamed up with Metal Underground.com for the premiere of the new single "Immortal Sin." The song features a guest appearance by The 69 Eyes' Jyrki 69.

"Immortal Sin" will appear on the upcoming solo release "Follow Me," which drops on April 28th via Despotz Records (pre-order the album at this location).

On working with Jyrki, Liv had this to say: "I've known Jyrki for a long time and I've always wanted to do a duet with him, his voice has such a cool and dark tone. But there was never any time or any song the suited. As soon as we decided to do "Immortal Sin" I heard his voice in my head singing, and I immediately asked him if he wanted to join me.

"Fortunately for me he liked the idea as much as I did, and I'm so honored and happy we did this. I just love the feeling in the song and his voice is totally perfect for it. I wouldn't been the same with only my voice."

Jyrki added: "The bitch is back! Nevermind any political correctness, listen to her voice and you know what I'm talking about. This is metal and I'm glad to be a part of it!"

"Follow Me" was produced by longtime U.D.O. bassist, Fitty Wienhold and features the following track listing:

1. The Fall
2. Hypocrite
3. Let Me Out (song streaming here)
4. Black Souls
5. Godless Utopia
6. Endless Roads
7. Killing Ourselves to Live (Feat. Schmier) (song streaming here)
8. I'm Your Sin
9. Emperor of Chaos
10. Immortal Sin (Feat. Jyrki 69)
11. The Beast Inside

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Damnations Day Premieres Full New Album

Tomorrow - March 24th - Damnations Day will finally unveil "A World Awakens" via Sensory Records. With just a single day to go before that official release date, we've got a helluva surprise for you Damnations Day fans, offering up a full stream of all nine tracks ahead of time!

Recorded and mixed by Dean Wells at Wells Productions and mastered by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Kamelot, Wolverine), "A World Awakens" maintains the raw energy, power, and integrity of the band's debut while showcasing a growth in maturity, honesty, and depth of both musicianship and songwriting.

"A World Awakens" is an album that will have your undivided attention on first listen, and pull you in further on repeat - if you like what you hear below, pre-orders are still available right here.

1. The Witness (watch the video here)
2. Dissecting The Soul
3. Colours Of Darkness
4. I Pray
5. Into Black
6. To Begin Again
7. The Idol Counterfeit
8. A World Awakens (check out the lyric video)
9. Diagnose More...

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Grave Digger Premieres "Lawbreaker" Music Video

German metal legends Grave Digger, the subject of our most recent Sunday Old School column, has teamed up with Metal Underground.com for the premiere of the new music video "Lawbreaker." The song is taken from the band's latest album "Healed By Metal," which is out now via Napalm Records.

"Lawbreaker" is simply pure true traditional German metal at its finest: bikes, chicks, booze and metal. It evokes the spirit of the music as it was meant to be and Grave Digger has been the flagbearer for traditional metal styles for 36 years.

The band states: "The whole video is a big party. Sweat, Whisky, Girls and Metal! A metal video, wild and loud… that’s the way metal’s gotta be!"

Metal Underground.com is proud to present "Lawbreaker" here:


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Of The Sun Premieres "A Soliloquy"

Texas trio Of The Sun has arrived to introduce you to southern progressive metal - infusing the percussive grooves of early '90s rock and metal with the technicality of modern prog.

You'll get to experience a full dose of this blend with "Before A Human Path" when it officially drops on April 14th, 2017. Ahead of that release date, today we're proudly bringing you an advance stream of the album's fourth track, "A Soliloquy."

Get ready for something you haven't heard before with the track stream below! Fans of The Alien Blakk and similar offbeat prog metal mashups will be right at home here.

If you dig this combo of styles, be sure to give "Before A Human Path" a pre-order here, or follow the latest at the band at the official Of The Sun website.

The band commented: "With 'Before a Human Path,' we pulled from personal extremes to convey a more colorful and varied storyline within the span of each song. Ultimately shunning conventional songwriting formula, we really dug in to unearth something we felt isn't currently being done. We're beyond excited to share it with you!."

1. The Tightrope Mile
2. Nebulamorphous (streaming here)
3. Cantos
4. A Soliloquy
5. The Limbless God More...

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Saille Premieres New Music Video

Following 2014's knockout "Eldritch" release, Belgian symphonic black metal force Saille now returns with "Gnosis," which officially drops today - March 17th - via the underground stalwarts at Code666 Records (reviewed here).

In celebration of that new release, a diabolical music video drops today that we're stoked to exclusively premiere to the world. Check out the fiery, bloody (and quite NSFW) video for "Prometheus" in the player below.

If you like what you hear below (and of course you do!) - grab your own copy of the album or give it a full stream at Bandcamp here. Saille comments on this newly unreleased monstrosity:

"We venture into the realm of the Promethean ideal and its Luciferia counterpart, listen to a monologue performed by Frankenstein’s creature and reach out for the Wickedest Man in the World. Based on works on mythology, apocryphal writings and even H.P. Lovecraft’s 'The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath,' we’ve tried to push our boundaries, and not only lyrically. The music is harder, more dissonant and less easy-listening compared to the previous albums. No guarantees you’ll like it, but the better if you do."

1. Benei ha'Elohim
2. Pandaemonium Gathers
3. Blôt
4. Genesis 11:1-9
5. Before the Crawling Chaos
6. Prometheus
7. Thou, My Maker
8. Magnum Opus
9. 1904 Era Vulgari More...

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Apocalypse Orchestra Premieres New Song

Swedish medieval metal act Apocalypse Orchestra teamed up with MetalUnderground.com for the premiere of the new song "The Garden of Earthly Delights." The track is the first full song the band has released and it will appear on the upcoming debut full length album "The End is Nigh," which is set to drop via Despotz Records on May 12th.

Standing with one leg in medieval times and the other in modern metal, Apocalypse Orchestra weaves a own special tapestry of music. The tones of the hurdy gurdy and the bagpipe entwines the heavy guitars and music separated by over 800 years meet.

The band was formed by musical partners in crime Mikael and Erik based in Gävle, Sweden. Inspired by a love for both folk music and slow metal, the duo decided to combine the two. With a foundation of original music and lyrics but also incorporating melodies from as far back as the 11th century, the goal was to create a musical homage to a era long since gone.

The songs on the debut release tell of flagellants, plague doctors, tales of hell, the meaninglessness of war and of suffering; they are all chapters in the band's grimoire. To balance it out, Apocalypse Orchestra also shines a light on medieval art, science and enlightenment.

When several songs had been composed, the band was completed with the addition of Jonas, Rikard and Andreas. The Orchestra has since played live on many occasions and has been seen at both clubs and festivals, as well as gigs with the Gävle Symphonic Orchestra.

Don't be fooled though, Apocalypse Orchestra looks forward as well as inward. The band seeks answers to some of history’s big questions: How did people find meaning and momentum? How did they find joy in life when two out of three died from the black death? Was there happiness under the heavy yokes of faith, and what was the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow?

The track listing for "The End is Nigh" is:

1. The Garden of Earthly Delights
2. Pyre
3. Flagellants' Song
4. Exhale
5. Theatre of War
6. The Great Mortality
7. To Embark
8. Here Be Monsters More...

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Cancelled Premieres New EP

Hailing from southern Canada, Cancelled is the experimental recording project of Marc Bourgon (Fuck The Facts / Greber). Spawned as a way to pass time during long tour drives, this project has cultivated itself into a meaningful creative outlet.

“For the past 10 years of my life I have been constantly writing music,” explains Bourgon. “Whether it be jotting down ideas on a notepad, droning out in our practice space or fleshing out ideas on a laptop it’s something that I have a hard time not doing on a daily basis.”

Those ideas are about to come to life with three song EP "Tenebrific," and today we're exclusively premiering all three tracks ahead of the March 3rd, 2017 release date. Check out this eclectic release below, and be sure to let us know what you think of this new musical endeavor!

This time around Bourgon asked Kurt Ballou of Godity studios to handle the mix and Ryan Butler of Arcane Digital to master it. The combination gave the songs the aggressive stain Bourgon wanted them to have. “Working with those two was great. I’ve always wanted to work with Kurt (Ballou) and Butler (Ryan) can do no wrong as far as I’m concerned.”

While strictly a studio project for the time being, Cancelled has plans to eventually move itself into the live setting. “It’s something that I have been tooling around with for awhile. Not having a drummer makes things tough to do live. I would want things to sound huge so it might be a minute until I can pull something live off.”

Like what you hear below? Follow the latest on Cancelled and grab your own copy of the EP via Bandcamp or over at Facebook here. More...

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Sauron Offers Track-By-Track Breakdown

Polish black metal horde Suaron returns with a new edition of "The Baltic Fog," remastered by Haldor Grunberg at Satanic Audio.

Sporting a new album cover and exclusive double sided A2 poster drawings, this new LP version will be limited to 200 copies and is scheduled for a March 3rd, 2017 release date.

Pre-orders are online here and the band's guitarist Evil checked in with us to offer up some exclusive track-by-track commentary on this classic '95 album: More...

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Escape Is Not Freedom Premieres Full New Album

Tomorrow - Friday the 24th of February - Chicago three piece crew Escape Is Not Freedom will officially release new album "Goldsmith" onto the eagerly-awaiting masses!

We've got a Thursday surprise for you, now bringing all 10 tracks online in advance for a pre-listening stream!

Check out all of "Goldsmith" below and let us know what you think of this sludgy mixture of noisy metal.

The trio manages to create a wall of sound while not losing any sense of melody and creativity, featuring guest vocals by Emily Jancetic on “Annul,” “Dispossess,” and “Harbinger.”

Like what you hear? Pre-orders are online at Bandcamp here and you can follow the latest on the band at the Escape Is Not Freedom Facebook profile. More...

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Fear Is Dead Premieres New Music Video

We've got what's certainly destined to be a classic video for you today that has it all: insane asylums, ladies going to town on each other, and of course plenty of metallic performance clips spliced throughout.

Check out our exclusive premiere of the "Gotta Go" video below, culled from Fear Is Dead's "Eleutherophobia" EP, which is available here.

The video was directed by vocalist Skila from this New York-based band and co directed by Steven Velasquez and Walter Rodriguez. Fear Is Dead comments on the clip:

"Love songs are not something we often do. The moral of the song is 'don't stay where you're not wanted, and you won't always be loved as you love.' All sets were fabricated by PutitupNYC. The first scene bed room set was built in our home studio. The 2nd and 3rd scene sets were built at Block 6 Studios. We will be releasing our 4th EP, titled 'What Remains' earliest May, latest by June." More...

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I Hate Heroes Posts Tour Diary

Emerging Pennsylvania group I Hate Heroes recently hit the road for a short trek across the U.S. Midwest last month.

Support on the "Winter Bash" tour came from Minneapolis metalcore quintet Villain of the Story (Stay Sick Recordings) and North Dakota post-hardcore quintet Glass Houses (InVogue Records).

Today, I Hate Heroes has teamed up with us to exclusively release a series of tour diaries from that trek. Check out this in-depth insight into each day of the tour below, along with a stream of the band's latest single "Now Or Never." Stay tuned for more details to arrive shortly from I Hate Heroes as work is underway on a new LP. More...

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Vermilion Whiskey Premieres Pre-Release Album

We've been eagerly awaiting the "Spirit Of Tradition" album ever since hard-rockin' Louisana outfit Vermilion Whiskey hooked us up with that Pit Story about the debauchery of the NOLA scene.

We're almost there now, with the album due to drop this Friday, February 17th! Just two days removed from the official release date, today we're premiering "Spirit Of Tradition" in full - listen in below and let us know what you think.

The band's blend of metal with southern and classic rock is refreshing in a sea of groove clones. Hailing from South Louisiana, Vermilion Whiskey is a working man's band, steeped in whiskey and fueled by rocking tradition. The new album's track listing is:

1. Road King
2. The Past is Dead
3. Come Find Me
4. Monolith
5. One Night
6. Loaded up More...

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Edge Of Paradise Premieres "Alive" Video

California outfit Edge Of Paradise is on the cusp of releasing a new five song EP titled "Alive" on March 10th, and today we're bringing you an exclusive look at the title track with a brand new video directed by Val Rassi.

Like what you hear? The title track is also available as a single via iTunes here.

Edge Of Paradise front woman Margarita Monet states: "This song is extremely contagious, with the heavy hitting/ industrial beat, and a chorus that'll get your blood pumping!"

She goes on to say, "'Alive' is dealing with us humans being so caught up in the digital world, obsessed with convenience and monetary gain, we have begun to sacrifice our humanity. We are becoming corporate led consumer machines! We get lost in the enticing virtual reality that we forget what real human interaction feels like. Sometimes I want to break away from bombardment of advertisements, social standards, never ending race with time and just breathe, and remember what it's like to feel alive! To connect with our fellow humans and the world!"

For this EP, the band is exploring it's heavier side with a new industrial edge, yet keeping the dynamic and melodic Edge Of Paradise sound. The group comments: “This is our best music to date! We were so fortunate to work with amazing, powerhouse people on this CD, and are confident that the outcome is the most exciting Edge Of Paradise musical experience yet!"

The Hollywood group has toured over 30 states and is excited to hit the road again in the spring. This year the band plans to tour US, South America and Europe with already set date at the Female Metal Event in Eindhoven, Netherlands, playing alongside Delain. More...

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Versus Premieres New Video, Reveals Album Details

Following previous EP "The Black" and a U.S. tour, Seattle five-piece outfit Versus is gearing up for the release of a full-length album titled "The Cardinal."

Today we're proud to bring you an exclusive premiere not just of a new music video, but the official announcement that "The Cardinal" will land via Revival Recordings on March 3rd, 2017.

Check out the cover artwork below for this new album meant to spread a message of hope for individuals battling mental illness. The new album was produced by Casey Bates with additional engineering by Brandon Boylan, Mack Newman, and Josh Kendrick. In addition to the album info, we're stoked to bring you a video for new single "Stone Heart," which can be seen below.

Versus comments on the video single: "'Stone Heart' is a song that talks about how hard of a path life can be, especially when dealing with mental illness. When you feel like the ant under the magnifying glass, it can already be an uphill battle to climb out of and even harder when there’s a weight holding you down.” More...

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Bury The Rod Premieres "Conformed To Death"

Most in the metal scene are against conformity, but Austin, Texas group Bury The Rod is taking it a step further with the track "Conformed to Death!"

Culled from the band's "Harvest" EP, today we're stoked to bring you the exclusive premiere of a new lyric video for this killer song.

Check out the Scott Rudd-directed clip below, and if you like what you hear, the rest of "Harvest" is up for streaming at Bandcamp here.

Nik Kefalas (guitar, programming) also had this to say: "The track 'Conformed to Death' displays the range of aggression that this band represents. Lyrically, with our disdain towards the status quo and musically, showcasing the elements of the extreme music that we have grown to love. This song captures the essence of what Bury the Rod is."

The Texas five-piece caters to all lovers of aggressive music, blending aspects of groove with the blistering speed of death metal blast beats and tremolo picked riffs and a tinge of forceful breakdowns. Catch the band live on these upcoming dates:

2-27-17: Alterbeast, Depths of Hatred, Aenimus, Aethere - Grizzly Hall, Austin, TX
3-29-17: Angelmaker, Falsifier, Extortionist, Filth - Grizzly Hall, Austin, TX
Summer 2017 National Tour (Dates TBA) More...

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Riotous Indignation Premieres "The End" Video

Everybody remember Riotous Indignation? A few months back we had the pleasure of bringing you some thrashing hardcore from the Chicago outfit with the "This World" single, and today we've got a killer new video as well.

Check out our exclusive premiere of "The End" below, taken off the band's latest EP release "Violentus Musicae."

Considering current events, the clip couldn't arrive at a more topical moment as it tackles the endless cycle of gun violence in the band's home town. The video was directed by vocalist/guitarist Mike Repel, who had this to say:

"This song and video were inspired by the ongoing and pervasive gun violence that has been a growing problem for decades in Chicago. This song is actually written from the victims perspective in a drive-by shooting. As he faces his demise, he reflects on the misdeeds he has done, and contemplates the disposition of his eternal soul."

This Chicago-based crossover institution was formed in 2015 by Repel (author of The Music Industry Self Help Guide) and Bob Clayton, who were previous band mates in a metal project called Instant Decay circa 2006-2008.

Riotous Indignation spent a majority of its first year writing and refining several songs, four of which have been made available on the "Violentus Musicae" EP, which was mixed by Nick Bellmore and Mastered by Zeuss. Like what you hear below? Follow the latest on the band's Facebook profile. More...

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