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Schemata Theory Premieres New Music Video

The new Schemata Theory EP titled "Networks" officially drops today - June 24th - and can be picked up at the U.K. group''s official website here.

With the EP out now, Schemata Theory has teamed up with us to exclusively premiere a new music video for closing track "Horror Show." Check out the trippy performance vid below.

Vocalist Myles Dyer also comments on the track:

"Human civilization is currently threatened by many global issues, causing our traditional political and economic systems to come under immense pressure. This has in turn fuelled a great sense of frustration, anger, distrust and despair among much of the world’s population, creating societal divisions internationally. Technology has improved our awareness of what is wrong with the world, but it has also enhanced our ability to communicate and empathise with others far & wide.

"'Horror Show' represents that moment in life many of us have experienced, where we realize the severity and scale of these issues we face as a species, and thus worry about what can be done to resolve them. It is easy to feel powerless as individuals, but if we utilize technology on an industrial scale that empowers collaboration and unity, we can turn this all around."

The "Networks" EP's track listing is as follows:

1. Our Only Home
2. New Vision
3. Horror Show More...

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Toarn Premieres "Giant Killer" Title Song

After recently inking a deal with Luxor Records, Snohomish County-based deathcore group Toarn is gearing up to release the "Giant Killer" EP this coming July 15th.

Today we're bringing you an exclusive first listen to the title track itself - check out "Giant Killer" below.

Drummer Taylor Cort also had this to say: “"Giant Killer" is an album for the people amidst their struggles. We are here to say that you aren't alone as you overcome your own 'giants' and this track really epitomizes that."

The EP's full track listing is:

1. Flanders Field (streaming here)
2. I Am Not
3. Inverted Cross
4. We Declare War
5. Sin I Know
6. Giant Killer

Toarn consists of:

Michael Roberts - Vocals
Justin Wanless - Guitar
Kyle Notan - Guitar
James Kolstedt - Bass
Taylor Cort - Drums More...

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Nervosa Streams New Track With Commentary

Brazil's meanest power thrash trio Nervosa has teamed up with Metal Underground.com to premiere the track "Guerra Santa" with special commentary about its meaning by bassist/vocalist Fernanda Lira. Check it out in the player below.

"Guerra Santa" appears on the on the latest and second studio album "Agony" which was issued earlier this month via Napalm Records. You can pick it up at this location or digitally via iTunes.

"Agony" effortlessly merges the energy of the glorious '80's with the refined aggression of this millennium. Played even more on point and precise than the 2014 debut "Victim of Yourself," it definitely enriches the Nervosa sound having transferred the production to the USA: the South American riff tornado is in flawless shape!

Check out "Guerra Santa" here:


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Infinite Spectrum Premieres Full New Album

We're only two days away now from the June 24th release for "Haunter Of The Dark," the latest concept album from Infinite Spectrum.

With the release on the horizon, we're proud to be teaming up with the prog metal band yet again, this time for a complete and full album stream along a track-by-track breakdown!

Check out the entire album below, and if you like what you hear, there's still time to pre-order here.

Infinite Spectrum has also booked a hometown record release show for Haunter Of The Dark, taking place on July 8th at Blackthorn 51 in Queens, with special guests to be announced. Closing a three-year gap since the group's 2013 debut album, "Misguided," Infinite Spectrum heads into H. P. Lovecraft territory with the new album, and the band issued this breakdown of each song:

Federal Hill: "This song sets up the album and has a little bit of a theatrical-vibe. It introduces the main character (Robert Harrison Blake), his interest in the fantastic and the birth of his obsession with the curious church he sees in the distance on Federal Hill." More...

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Diabolizer Premieres "Blood Aesthetics Dictated"

The "Apokalypse" is coming this summer, and unlike that pathetic Nostradamus, we're willing to put a date on our worldwide destruction prediction: July 8th, 2016!

That just happens to be when Third Eye Temple will drop a devastating death metal dirty bomb from Diabolizer. If you want a little taste of what the absolute end of everything is like, today we're also offering up an exclusive premiere of the "Apokalypse" track "Blood Aesthetics Dictated."

The blades are sharpened, the screams of vengeance and death grow louder, and far beneath the pits of Kadiköy's underground, the blackest flames of impurity rise up to the skies.

"Apokalypse" offers 5 tracks of relentless death metal containing unending wrath and worship of destruction. As a bonus, the CD will also contain two tracks from the band's very limited 2012 promo "Shadows Of Impending Decimation" along with cover art by Robert A. von Ritter Illustrations with design and colours by Mentalporn. The track listing is:

1. Process the Void (listen in here)
2. Condemned to Burn in Hell
3. Temple of Demonic Torments
4. Blood Aesthetics Dictated
5. Hammer of Diabolization
6. Beneath the Skullthrone
7. Descend into Desolation More...

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Seven Nines And Tens Premieres Full New Album

Last month the fires of excitement were officially stoked when we had the distinct pleasure of premiering a new track from upcoming Seven Nines And Tens album "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Slums."

Today we're doing more than just bringing another song - we're premiering the entire album online in conjunction with its official release date!

All four tracks (totaling 33 minutes of stellar "skygaze" post-metal) can now be heard below. Vancouver fans better also be on hand tonight at the Rickshaw Theatre to see Seven Nines And Tens unleashing this opus live alongside Sumac, Baptists, Waingro, and Aquanat. Full show details can be found here.

After checking out the full stream below, you can pick up "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Slums" at this location. The album is coming via Dullest Records (Hush, Rorcal, Walk Through Fire) on CD and Big Smoke (Altona, Spruce Trap) on cassette. Cover artwork comes courtesy of Nic Brown. The track listing is: More...

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Gears Premieres "End This" Video

Today we've got a hard rocking new video premiere we're stoked to release to the masses, taken off the latest Gears EP "Pride Comes Before The Fall."

Check out the topical and very timely "End This" lyric / music video below. If you like what you hear, the EP is available via iTunes here.

Jimmy Wooten of Gears also had this to say about the tune:

"People have strong opinions and beliefs regarding violence in our streets, more specifically concentrated around police brutality. 'End This' lyrically, is a look into both sides of it, the police that we put our trust in to make difficult decisions in a split second and the victims of the brutality, who could be on either side. In the middle, we have the media. Depending on which media source you're getting your news from, will decide which political agenda you're being fed. We need to stop letting the media influence us to perpetuate the war of any racial or political agenda. Simply put, we need to END THIS."

The Miami heavy outfit was founded in early 2014 and following the release of "Set in Motion," Gears immediately launched into a first headline run with support from I-Exist. Just three days into the tour, the band's equipment trailer disconnected, resulting in a massive, horrific accident. In spite of this tremendous blow, the group endured and continued the tour without missing a beat.

In June 2015, Gears began work on new EP "Pride Comes Before the Fall" and hit the road for the Riser Tour, once again with I-Exist. You can follow the latest Gears news and live show info at Facebook here. More...

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Beldam Premieres "From Grave To Cradle"

U.S. sludge / black metal outfit Beldam is gearing up to release "Still the Wretched Linger," which drops June 17th, 2016 via Horror Pain Gore Death Productions.

Now just a few days before that release date, we're stoked to be bringing you some slow motion battering from the album!

Check out our exclusive premiere of the disc's fourth track "From Grave To Cradle" below. Beldam also comments:

"'From Grave to Cradle' was one of the first completed songs that the band wrote. When we were writing it, it always had this undertone to it that felt like grieving. We ran with the idea. The lyrics focus on the struggles and mindset of loss for a loved one. It goes on to describe the breakdown and ultimately bargaining for what was lost even at the cost of having the loved one returned to you as this now rotted, bloated being. We had the song focus on a child because there is nothing more relatable to this than bringing a new life into the world then having it swiftly taken away. We felt it matched the tone of the song as a whole."

Pre-orders for "Still The Wretched Linger" can be found right here and the album's track listing is as follows:

1. Needles
2. Blackened Violet
3. The Foundling
4. From Grave To Cradle
5. Salamander
6. Her Unbearing Abyss
7. Beauty's Martyr More...

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Urn Premieres "Epiphany" Video

Last year we had the pleasure of premiering the entire "Epiphany" album by Urn (still streaming here) and now the group has returned with a new music video for the title track.

Check out our exclusive premiere of the "Epiphany" video below, which was directed by Dominic St. Charles as well as produced by both St. Charles and Joshua Scofield.

The band comments: "Urn has always been a catharsis for a lot of the negative emotions that most of us in the band were dealing with, it sums up a great deal of what we learned on an individual level about ourselves, the people in our lives, and the world around us."

Like what you hear below and want to see the band live? Urn will be performing on the main stage of Laconiafest 2016 at 4:30pm on Saturday, June 11th, 2016! You can also follow the latest on Urn at Facebook here.

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Beyond The Fallen Premieres "Anima" Video

Born and raised in Vatican city, the Italian industrial metalcore outfit Beyond The Fallen has teamed up with us today to exclusively premiere a new music video for the "Anima" single.

Featuring a guest appearance by Utau Yume, the video is available below and showcases a first for the band: Japanese lyrics.

Beyond The Fallen comments on the clip: "This song is our first step into a new territory. We're experimenting a lot with our music as well as our visuals, trying to achieve something different but that's still ours.

"You can hear there are less industrial vibes in the song, which features catchy clean singing and a lot of diversity in the mood, that goes from heavy, to pop, culminating in an epic conclusion with strings and such. Not to mention the lyrics in Japanese!

"We tried something different for the video as well, going from the dark, industrial mood of our first video ('Disconnected') to a white, clean background, where everything is clear and solid. We hope to surprise our fanbase, while we try to reach different people who can be interested in our new style of work."

Beyond The Fallen released full-length album "You Rise, We Fall" in September 2014, followed by a round of gigging and a video for the "Disconnected" single in January 2015, featuring international performer Miss Crash. A remix EP came next, which is available at iTunes here.

In 2016, BTF plans on going back to studio, finishing what was started here with the "Anima" single - a new, different record set to surprise the old fans and amaze the new ones. More...

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Skeleton Wolf Premieres "She's Insane"

Mark your calendars: June 10th is the official release of Skeleton Wolf's new self-titled album. Ahead of that release, we are now premiering an official new track stream. Check out "She's Insane" below!

If you like what you hear, you can pre-order the full new album right here and find more info on Skeleton Wolf at Facebook here.

Guitarist Brett Schlagel also had this to say about the new track: "'She’s Insane' was the second sound that was written out of the songs from the album. This track is a headbanger, for sure. It’s more mid-paced than some of the other songs we have on the album and definitely has a very driving fist-pumping feel all the way through. The tune sounds like something you might catch on an album from the band I. It seems to be a favorite of a lot of radio stations that have been featuring our music." More...

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Defiatory Premieres Full New Album

Global extinction is set to arrive sooner than you think courtesy of the devastating Swedish thrash from Defiatory.

The band's relentless steamrolling debut full-length "Extinct" features a non-stop barrage of eight bruising tracks, and we're bringing you the full whiplash-inducing album early!

That's right, today you can hear all of "Extinct" below ahead of tomorrow's (June 3rd) official release date.

"Extinct" was recorded at Garageland Studios in Umeå and produced by Ronnie Björnström (Aeon, Paganizer). Mastering was handled by Thomas Johansson (Scar Symmetry, Watain) at The Panic Room and pre-orders are up here.

Defiatory also had this to say: "The band started in early march 2015 by Ronnie after departing from the band Aeon. A few demo songs where written and put into pro tools. Later on Martin Runnzell joined forces and the boll got rolling. The whole first album is musically written by Ronnie and all lyrics are done by Martin Runnzell.

"Working together with the full lineup now is awesome. Everybody's mindset is the same and we are trying to push it as far as we can. We are really happy with our debut album and are promoting it as hard as we can.

"The recording team for this album is easy, I, Ronnie, recorded everything in my old studio Garageland Studios, besides the drums, those where recorded at Meshuggah's facility. The mixing is also done by me. But we used Thomas Johansson from The Panic Room for our mastering."

The full track listing consists of:

01. The Final Conflict
02. Reaper
03. Aeons End
04. Dogs of War
05. Extinct
06. Destiny
07. The Black Vortex
08. Furor Unleashed More...

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Merycless Premieres "Altered Divination" Single

Kvlt death metal band Merycless, emerging from the rotten bowels of France, released the death metal classics "Abject Offerings" (1992, Vinyl Solution) and "Coloured Funeral" (1993, Century Media) and then relentlessly toured Europe with the likes of Death, Morgoth, Unleashed, and Samael.

In celebration of the band's impending 30th anniversary, a brand new digital single titled "Altered Divination" is set to be unleashed for free on June 3rd via Kaotoxin Records. Now today ahead of that release, we're bringing you the two-track single early! Listen in below.

"Altered Divination" features an alternate edit version of "My Name Is Legion" (with the full-length version to appear on an upcoming album) as well as a 2014 live recording of the classic track "Substance of Purity."

This single is just a foretaste of things to come with an upcoming sixth studio full-length, "Pathetic Divinity," due to be unleashed worldwide through Kaotoxin on October 7th, 2016. More...

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Epic Death Premieres "Karma's A Bitch" Video

Following the release of the "Witchcraft" album in late 2015, we're teaming up with Texas outfit Epic Death once again to exclusively premiere a killer new lyric video.

Created by Tommy D Kat of Grindhouse media, check out the "Karma's A Bitch" video below.

Guitarist / front man Dennis Dorsett comments: "Many times in life things happen that you'd like to handle but you know that Karma has your back and sometimes she will make death seem better than living when she's done with you."

The band was conceived in 2010 by Dorsett – whose previous credits include work with Aggravated Assault, Chaos, Mischief, Majik, Balance and NeverDead – and features a lineup of artists from the metal circles of Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth: keyboardist/vocalist Becky Dorsett; bass guitarist Justin Riddler of Dead Trip and drummer Reece Stanley, alumnus of Dallas metallers Phantom-X.

Epic Death is prominently featured in Derek Norman's 2012 documentary “Heavy in Houston,” and back before the cameras in the sequel "Heavier in Houston." The band's debut full-length "Witchcraft" is also out now and available for full streaming right here. More...

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Sabretooth Premieres "Slack Jaw" Video

NY deathcore outfit Sabretooth has a brand new EP titled "The Great Unknown" now prepped to officially obliterate everything in its path on June 3rd.

Ahead of that new release, we're bringing you an advance audiovisual experience from the EP with an exclusive premiere of the "Slack Jaw" lyric video. Get your skull thoroughly crushed in by the bludgeoning tunes below!

In late February, Sabretooth signed to Manifest Records and set to work recording this impending debut EP with Randy Pasquarella. Sabretooth will also be touring the East Coast in June alongside Comatose in support of "The Great Unknown."

Sabretooth comments on the upcoming release: "The EP was created as outlet of all our anger and frustration that we have experienced throughout our lives."

The band consists of:

Lead Vocals - Wesley Robinson
Co-Vocals - Patrick Hughes
Rhythm Guitar - Devon Day
lead Guitar - Ryan Santone
Bass - Nico Mario Petroccitto
Drums - Justin White More...

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Zorormr Premieres "The Aftermath" EP

Following the "Corpus Hermeticum" album released last year, Polish one-man black metal outfit Zorormr is now gearing up to drop "The Aftermath."

This new six track EP melds the blackest of arts with glorious traditional '80s metal and is set to officially arrive June 10th, 2016 through Via Nocturna.

Pre-orders are online here, and today we're giving you a full advance preview of all six songs!

Listen in to "The Aftermath" below and be sure to let us know what you think of the blend of sounds. The track listing is as follows:

1. The Last Judgement
2. The Crawling Chaos
3. The Adversary
4. The Aftermath
5. Arise, Cthulhu, Arise!
6. Zorormr More...

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Jorn Is "Running Up That Hill" In New Video Clip

One of the greatest rock singers of our time, Jorn Lande returns with a unique album of covers of classics from artists and bands that have meant something special to him, and helped forge this talented man's own unique style. "Heavy Rock Radio" is the title of the new release, which drops via Frontiers Music srl on June 3rd. Pre-orders can be made over at Amazon at this location.

Today, Jorn teams up with Metal Underground.com to being you the video for the Kate Bush cover "Running Up That Hill," which can be viewed in the player below.

Through Jorn's extensive career, which includes more than 40 albums of mostly original songs, he has also recorded great versions of several rock classics such as Thin Lizzy's "Are You Ready", UFO's "On and On", Deep Purple's "Perfect Strangers", and many more. Jorn also recorded a successful Ronnie James Dio tribute album, released in 2010. Every song JORN covers is treated with the utmost respect and "Jorn-ized" accordingly. A good example is his heavy sounding version of "I Walk Alone", first released by Tarja Turunen (ex-Nightwish).

"Heavy Rock Radio" is not an ordinary album of cover songs, it is truly a songbook of hits. Featured – among others - are great versions of the Eagles' "Hotel California" and Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill" (check it out below) which gets the Jorn style treatment to become very powerful and epic, without losing its commercial touch. More great classics included are John Farnham's "You're The Voice", Queen's "Killer Queen", and two absolute melodic rock evergreen gems in Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" and Foreigner's "Rev On The Red Line".

The original concept of the album was to create a sort of jukebox of radio hits, but to avoid leaning too much on the pop side of rock, JORN decided to blend the track listing with a few more up tempo rock tracks as well, such as "The Final Frontier" by Iron Maiden ("probably the closest you get to anything commercial with Iron Maiden," says Jorn), "Live to Win" by Paul Stanley (a song which was also featured on the popular television series South Park), and a few hard rock classics show up as well from Deep Purple ("Stormbringer"), Dio ("Rainbow In The Dark") and Black Sabbath ("Die Young") to complete the mix. More...

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Dust Bolt Gives You An "Allergy"

It's only been five years since Southern Germans Dust Bolt won the W:O:A Metal Battle 2011 – five years the band used to transform from hot newcomer into national thrash hero with the debut "Violent Demolition"! The "Bay Area aficionados" are ready to drop the third full length album in shape of "Mass Confusion" now, and relentless touring plus constant fine-tuning of the typical Dust Bolt sound have finally paid off: the old school songwriting is focused and free of ballast weight, yet despite all the rage and aggression there is still plenty of breathing space for melodic guitar work, gang shouts and ten ton grooves.

Today, Dust Bolt partners with Metal Underground.com to bring you the lyric video for the spring appropriate tune "Allergy." "Mass Confusion" drops via Napalm Records on July 8th. Pre-order the physical release at this location and the digital track via iTunes over here.

The track list for "Mass Confusion" is:

1. SickxBrain
2. Mass Confusion
3. Allergy
4. Turned to Grey
5. Blind to Art
6. Mind the Gap
7. Exit
8. Empty Faces
9. Taking Your Last Breath
10. Portraits of Decay
11. Masters of War

Check out "Allergy" here: More...

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Above Aurora Full Album Stream Exclusive Premiere

Polish black / doom metal band Above Aurora will release menacing debut record "Onwards Desolation" through none other than Pagan Records on the 27th of May, 2016.

Ahead of the album's release, we're bringing you all six tracks of atmospheric, suffocating metal early! Listen in to "Onwards Desolation" below.

Above Aurora also had this to say about the impending album release:

"Onwards Desolation is our commentary on the hopeless condition of mankind and the world as a whole.

"We wanted to combine the emptiness & void contained in the lyrics, with unpleasant, sometimes sounds curves and rough sound, which in turn creates an atmosphere exactly what we wanted. This record does not open new doors, not carrying relief is even encouragement to indulge in regression."

The complete "Onwards Desolation" track listing is as follows:

1. Vortex
2. Open the Wounds
3. Descending
4. Eradication of Light
5. Sweet Poison
6. Non Salva Me More...

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Infinite Spectrum Premieres New Lovecraftian Song

Today we're bringing you a dose of dark prog that dips into the maddening waters of the Cthulhu mythos!

Check out advance track "Fear" in the SoundCloud player below, and be sure to let us know what you think of the song.

This hard hitting track premiere from the NYC-based progressive metal band hails from upcoming Sensory Records release "Haunter of the Dark."

The impending summer album is due out June 24th and is based on the short story of the samen ame by master of horror H.P. Lovecraft.

Infinite Spectrum comments on the track: "We found that while 'Fear' worked in context of the Haunter story, it was also accessible as a stand alone track because the emotions it captures are universal. This track occurs about halfway through the new disc and it's all about the abject fear that becomes a prison for our main character Robert Harrison Blake. Lyrically and musically 'Fear' moves the story forward and provides a hook to hang on to, but we think it also expresses the common feelings of anxiety and fear that everyone faces at one time or another in their lives.

"There are a lot of influences that the different members of the band bring to the table, so we think listeners will find a plenty of variety on the disc. Whether your a fan of heavier progressive metal, like Dream Theater/Symphony X or more of a classic prog fan of bands like Pink Floyd, you'll find something to like. Of course, if you're also a fan of Lovecraft it's a perfect match." More...

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