It seems like an epoch since A Band of Orcs debuted in Orctober of 2007 with the "WarChiefs of the Apocalypse" EP (reviewed here) and the accompanying “Into the Maelstrom” video. Since that time the band also contributed a Type O Negative cover to our Peter Steele tribute album, and released a set of fantasy gaming minis.
Now, 5 years later, the monsters of DIY underground metal strike back with a self-titled full-length concept album, detailing the adventures of the Gore-Stained Axe Tribe as they war against the giants of Hirntodia. This offering is produced (executive producer Gruesom Grimp) and engineered by Juan Urteaga of Trident Studios, whose most recent engineering credits include Machine Head’s “Unto the Locust” and portions of Testament’s upcoming “The Black Roots of Earth.”
Metalunderground.com is proud to host the exclusive unveiling of the artwork for the new self-titled album, which can be viewed below.
The story relates, in the form of 12 metal tales, how the Gore-Stained Axe Tribe (i.e., A Band of Orcs and orc-kin in the home realm of Hirntodia) come to be hired and geased (if you don’t know what that means, check out this Wikipedia article) into settling some “giant troubles” for a neighboring human kingdom. The orcs don’t appreciate the coercion of the geas too much and vow to return and settle the score with the human kingdom after they fulfill the terms of their quest and vanquish the titan foes of the realm. More...
Savage Annihilation recently inked a multi-album deal with up-and-coming French label Kaotoxin Records (home of Darkall Slaves, Dehuman, Eye Of Solitude, Gronibard, Infected Society, Insain, Unsu, and VxPxOxAxAxWxAxMxCx) which will result in the release, on October 1st, of debut full-length album “Cannibalisme, Hérésie et Autres Sauvageries."
The band has now teamed up with us to premiere a new song from the album. Check out the track "En état de Décomposition" in the player available below. The full album's track listing is as follows:
1. L'annihilation commence
2. Dépeuplez ce monde de vermines
3. Les catacombes de l'abomination (pt.1)
4. Les catacombes de l'abomination (pt.2)
5. Dévoré par l'humanité
6. La marche des exhumés
7. Dans un océan de putridité
8. En état de décomposition
9. Le soulèvement
10. Ouvrez la tombe des assoiffés de sang More...
Solo metal act Autumns Eyes is premiering the first music video off the band's latest release, "Please Deceive Me" (reviewed here) on Metal Underground.com. You can watch the video for the album's title track below.
Band mastermind Dan Mitchell commented on this track:
The video for 'Please Deceive Me' was shot in the eerie haunted woods of Salem, MA where I was originally born and raised by lesbian witches who taught me how to hang myself from an early age. If you pay attention to the lyrics of the song, you'll notice a similarity with the visuals as well. Its basically about addiction abuse, and how its such a struggle to break free from that when you are faced to live a life with so many reminders of your past haunting you day after day. Im not going to lie, it was a bit creepy having to hang myself. That was a real noose, tied to a real tree, around my real neck. Granted it wasn't as violent a hanging to where I would suffer death, but terrifying to pull off nonetheless. My bloody eyeball at the end was not quite a thrilling experience either. Hopefully the kids like it!
"Please Deceive Me" Music Video:
Brazilian grindcore band Desalmado is preparing a new, self-titled album for release on July 31st via Greyhaze Records. Metal Underground.com has obtained the premiere of a new song off of this effort. The song is entitled "Juizo Dos Fracos" and can be heard in the player below.
The new, self-titled album, which is the follow up to the band's "Hereditas" EP (reviewed here), was produced by Jean Dolabella of Sepultura and mastered at West West Side. The album contains 15 tracks total.
Stated Desalmado guitarist Bruno Teixeira on the results of their latest output: "I am very happy with this album. I'm pretty sure that it is more varied than anything we've ever done, with production that has that vibe of old recordings, with a live feel to it."
About this song specifically, Teixeira states: "It is a straightforward one, with some influence of thrash metal and hardcore, but maintaining our identity. We have a special guest on that song; Marcus D'Angelo, a great friend and lead singer of Claustrofobia. From the lyrical perspective it follows the same line of thought of the entire album: an utter criticism of religion, which brainwashes people into blind obedience."
Here's the "Desalmado" track listing:
1. Sem Nome
2. Canibal Social
4. Cegueira Santa
5. Todos Vao Morrer
6. Juizo Dos Fracos
7. Sofrer, Morrer e Apodrecer
8. Odio Instintivo Contra a Realidade
9. Falso Profeta
12. Penitencia e Subversao
13. Suicidio Assistido
15. Cozido Para Animais (Japanische Kampfhörspiele cover)
The band recently released a documentary video from their latest European tour, which you can see here.
Scion AV is releasing the live recording of Relapse Record's Label Showcase this week, which includes two live tracks from Exhumed, Black Tusk, Revocation, Tombs, and Royal Thunder. You can check out the Exhumed tracks "Distorted and Twist to Form" and "As Hammer to Anvil" in the widget below.
Scion AV has also released a video interview with Exhumed where the members discuss their old bass player's habitual vomiting, Matt Harvey's rude introduction to heavy metal, and staying true to your sound. Watch the interview after the jump.
Exhumed is currently on the road with Fuck the Facts and The Black Dahlia Murder, with full details available at this location.
Drummer Phil Dubois-Coyne from Revocation has checked in with Metalunderground.com for another exclusive look at the band's headlining tour with Cannabis Corpse and Ramming Speed. The previous road report can be read here. Phil had this to say:
"Hey douchebags! Phil here, back again with the final blog of our headlining tour. I know your all getting sick of them at this point, but don’t worry this is the last one until June, so just shut up and read it.
"Well, as I left off last time, we had just gang banged our stomachs with delicious burgers from Kuma’s Korner in Chicago. Unfortunately, right as I was riding the high from that amazing meat orgy, I had a shocking encounter which completely soiled my opinion of the windy city. Now to all you RevoManiacs in Chicago, I mean no offense. I have many a fond memory eating your unnecessarily huge pizzas, and drunkenly wandering the streets of your unnecessarily huge city. BUT, I was never made aware that Chicago houses some of the most insidious, subliminal planting of racist ideologies into young, defenseless minds that I have ever seen. I mean honestly, this is completely unacceptable!
Today Metalunderground.com brings you the exclusive premiere of a new Nokturnel single, "Shadows Alive." You can hear the single on the player below.
"Shadows Alive" was written by Tom Stevens. Guitar, bass, vocals and lyrics provided by Tom Stevens. Kevin Talley (Six Feet Under, Daath) plays drums. Stuart Laurence recorded the song at Raging Steel Fury Studios in Austin, Texas.
"Shadows Alive" marks the second song Nokturnel debuted on Metal Underground.com. Last year, the group premiered "Ancestral Calling."
Tom Stevens comments on "Shadows Alive":
"This song is for the die hards who keep the underground alive. Bring Nokturnel back to the front lines! Devour another dose of Nokturnel and spread this like a plague!"
Download an MP3 of "Shadows Alive" here (right-click and "Save Target As")
Follow the song's haunting lyrics listed below: More...
Revocation is currently embarked on a headlining tour with Cannabis Corpse and Ramming Speed. The band has now teamed up with Metalunderground.com for an exclusive update from the road. Drummer Phil Dubois-Coyne had this to say:
"Hello again RevoNation! Phil here once again, burning up the highway on yet another tour. I’ve had a great time writing blogs over the last few tours, but this one is special, because it’s our first headlining tour! We have been waiting to do this for a long time, and we couldn’t be more stoked to have Cannabis Corpse, and our bff’s in Ramming Speed along with us for support. So far, it’s been a fucking blast!
"Our first show was in our hometown, Boston. We always have a great time in Boston, because there are so many old friends to catch up with over beers, some of which I haven’t seen in years!
Metalunderground.com has obtained the premiere of a video of The Greenery interview and performance footage from the Scion Label Showcase that happened last month as well a couple of tracks, "Crime Wave" and "Dragged Beneath," for free download from that video. In the interview segment, the band talks about and gives advice about touring, songwriting, and more, relaying stories from their own experiences.
Scion worked with Prosthetic Records to bring Holy Grail, Scale The Summit, Last Chance to Reason, and The Greenery to the Roxy in Hollywood, January 14, 2012 for their Scion Label Showcase. The showcase release features a couple live tracks from each of the bands, and is accompanied by interviews with each band, edited with live footage from their performances.
The Scion Label Showcase is an ongoing series, which highlights talent from select record labels. The next showcase is May 19th, at the Glasshouse in Pomona, CA and features A389 Record acts Integrity, Ringworm, Seven Sisters of Sleep, The Love Below, and Young and in the Way. More event information can be found here.
As previously reported, Scion has announced that this year's Scion Rock Fest will take place on June 2nd in Tampa, Florida. More details are expected to be announced soon.
Metalunderground.com is premiering the one-man cover for the Fear Factory song "Flashpoint," recorded by deathrash/groove outfit Common Dead. The track originally hails from the 1995 album "Demanufacture." All instrumentation and mixing for the cover was the solo effort of Common Dead's founder, Andrew Laurenson, including the recreation of sound bytes meant to mirror samples in the original. Check out the cover below.
Comments Laurenson: "This was a favorite song of mine that tends to get overlooked by some. It starts heavy, reaches up for melody, then crashes down heavy again. A short and sweet punch to the face that also hadn't been covered to death. This raw mix was made around sessions for the 'Diatribe' album as an homage to the masters of futurist metal."
Common Dead released its flagship effort "Diatribe" (reviewed here) in early 2012 after relocating to Montreal, Canada from the United States. The effort received warm reviews from press, including 3/5 from Metal Underground and 4/5 from Brutalism. Following the release, plans were announced to expand the official roster of Common Dead and induct new members for upcoming efforts.
"Common Dead was never exclusively a solo project, and that was something I voiced early on through websites and interviews" explains Laurenson. "Each time I would find myself playing all the instruments, it was just a matter of circumstances I was facing at the time and wanting to get something done in spite of it all. I'm looking to burn that cycle. I'm glad I got those solo works in the books, I'm proud of that era, but now I'm interested in starting a new era, and having more of a team."
Submissions from possible bandmates in the Montreal region are welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more info and updates, join the band's Facebook page.
Solo metal band Autumns Eyes is gearing up to release its long awaited new album, "Please Deceive Me" (reviewed here) and Metalunderground.com has the full album stream album nearly a full week prior to release. You can hear the album in the player below. "Please Decieve Me" will finally be released on April 1, 2012, after delays stemming from Autumns Eyes mastermind Dan Mitchell undergoing hand surgery, contributing to and coordinating Metalunderground.com's Peter Steele tribute album, and the Fall snow storm of 2011 among other things.
Of the release, Dan Mitchell commented:
"I'm really excited about this new release as its become a chance to explore different production techniques which focus completely on the listeners' experience. There was a lot of care and thought put into dynamics, and volume control. In a time where so many metal albums are becoming squashed due to the ongoing loudness wars, finding an album with dynamics that won't hurt your ears when you turn it up is few and far between. When you listen to an overly compressed album at high volumes, your hearing gets shot much quicker. The loud parts are loud, the soft parts are loud, and the dynamics have been completely destroyed. That's not the case with 'Please Deceive Me.' The music breathes throughout each song, and in turn gives the songs energy in all the right spots. I encourage listeners to use their volume knobs here, and turn it way the fuck up!"
The complete track listing for "Please Deceive Me" is as follows:
2. Blood In the Woods
3. Anxiety Spiders
4. Please Deceive Me
5. So Close to Shadow
7. Cobwebs and Crosses
8. Red Wine and Resin
9. Haunting Your Daughter
10. The Wooded Road
You can currently pre-order "Please Deceive Me" and get instant downloads of the tracks "Red Wine and Resin" and "Haunting Your Daughter." Head over to www.autumnseyes.com for free wall papers and new merch in the theme of "Please Deceive Me" and songs from the album.
Autumns Eyes also recorded a cover of the Type O Negative track "Love You To Death" last year for Metalunderground.com's "All For None, None For All: A Tribute To Peter Steele."
Metalunderground.com is premiering a studio tour by Sanford Parker as part of the upcoming Scion A/V video series from their Music(less) Conference. In this video, producer Sanford Parker (Minsk, Buried At Sea, Yakuza) gives a tour of Engine Studios in Chicago, from the main room to the control room.
Scion A/V is set to launch a variety of exclusive online video content that was taken from their most recent Scion Music(less) Music Conference, a two-day event that brings together a diverse selection of experts to discuss the relevant issues in the music industry. Consisting of panels, debates, one-on-one interviews and workshops, and attended by music’s most cutting edge artists and the industry’s biggest influencers, the conference’s goal is to provide developing talent with knowledge and resources for evolving careers.
The conference videos will be released on March 26 at scionav.com/mmc and youtube.com/scionav and feature appearances from Mark Mothersbaugh, Mark Ronson, Steve Aoki, Nadastrom, Todd Edwards, Dam-Funk, Kurt Ballou, 45 King, Sanford Parker and others who provide an intimate look at their music-making process as well as discussing their careers in absolute detail and candor.
Along with the studio tours, there are panels and workshop videos featuring industry newsmakers that will be available to view, highlighting music business topics such as “What I Learned” featuring Wino, “Artists on Hating,” featuring Dwid Hellion of Integrity, and questions such as “How to Pick a Label and Deal With Them?” featuring Tony Foresta of Municipal Waste. Other panels include music business topics such as “The Role of Zines” and questions such as “Why Start A Label Now?”
“Scion believes the current state of the music industry is an ever-changing climate,” says Jeri Yoshizu, Manager of Sales Promotions for Scion. “The primary focus of the Scion Music(less) Music Conference is to center on the factors of the current business landscape and elaborate on how to thrive sensibly and successfully and we’re happy to bring what was discussed there to the interested public at large.”
Studio Tour with Sanford Parker (Scion AV)
Today Metalunderground.com brings you the exclusive premiere of a new Job For a Cowboy song, "Black Discharge." You can hear it in the player below. "Black Discharge" is off the band's upcoming new album, "Demonocracy," which is due out in North America on April 10, 2012 via Metal Blade Records.
"Demonocracy" is produced by Jason Seucof (Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel, Trivium) who recorded the band's "Ruination" full-length, at Audiohammer Studios, and features the conceptual cover design by artist Brent Elliott White.
The band previously released "Nourishment Through Bloodshed," which you can hear here.
The complete track listing for "Demonocracy" is as follows:
1. Children of Deceit
2. Nourishment Through Bloodshed
3. Imperium Wolves
4. Tongueless and Bound
5. Black Discharge
6. The Manipulation Stream
7. The Deity Misconception
9. Tarnished Gluttony
JOB FOR A COWBOY played a special daytime show on March 15 as headliners of the Metal Blade Records' 30th Anniversary party at SXSW (report forthcoming). Metal Injection snagged a bootleg of "Black Discharge" from this show, which you can watch here.
The band is currently on tour as part of the Metal Alliance tour with Devildriver, The Faceless, Dying Fetus, 3 Inches Of Blood, Impending Doom , Wretched. The latest Metal Alliance tour dates are as follows: More...
We announced earlier this week that Vaginal Penetration Of An Amelus With A Musty Carrot (aka VxPxOxAxAxWxAxMxCx) has signed on for a multi-album deal with Kaotoxin Records, with the first release "In Involuntary Abortion we Trust" coming this April. You can now get a first taste of the album by checking out the song "Mass Suicide with a Rusty Comb" in the player provided below. Kaotoxin Records issued the following press release about the band:
"Bored of all the melodic and trend oriented bands in their neighbourhoods, the urine soaked landscapes of upper Austria, four blastjunkies decided in Autumn 2008 to end this misery and finally form the first 'upper Austrian extreme-metal' band. The band got the clear and brief name VAGINAL PENETRATION OF AN AMELUS WITH A MUSTY CARROT.
"Since then the band worked hard and eagerly on the first songs and finally got onto stage in summer 09. After line-up changes, including the reduction of drummer Max Gufler in exchange for the band’s very tight and sexy drum machine VxPxOxAxAxWxAxMxC currently is a trio.
"By now they played shows in many countries such as Andorra, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Liechtenstein, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Vatican, etc. Their music style can best be described as a mixture of goregrind and slamdeath, which means dancing parts ala Cock And Ball Torture alter with groovy and brutal waves of slam-attacks.
"Next to shows with bands such as Last Days of Humanity, Katalepsy, Ass to Mouth, Satan's Revenge on Mankind, Blood, Abysmal Torment, Rubufaso Mukufo, Aborted, Turronizer, Embalming Theatre, Gore & Carnage, Tibosity, Holocausto Canibal, Beheaded etc. the band released the following CDs so far:
- Split w. Turronizer (Spain)/Pilsen Bastard (Spain)
- Split w. Elite Drug Dealers (Russia) More...
Finnish death metal supergroup Barren Earth, featuring current and former members of acts such as Amorphis, Moonsorrow, Swallow the Sun, and Kreator, burst onto the metal scene in 2009 with the "Our Twilight" EP, which manged to pique the interest of fans of melodic death metal and Finnish doom acts.
When the follow-up debut full-length "Curse of the Red River" came around the next year it became apparent that Barren Earth would be at the forefront of the progressive death metal scene, mixing in elements of prog rock with influences from all the member's other projects.
The time has now come for Barren Earth to prove it can keep the momentum going and continue to provide quality death metal steeped in progressive and melodic sounds with the release of the new album "The Devil's Resolve" (reviewed here).
The album isn't set to drop until March 12th/13th, but Metalunderground.com is very proud to provide you with a preview of the first three tracks off the upcoming new opus. Get a taste of the coming prog/death madness by listening to "Passing of the Crimson Shadows," "The Rains Begin," and "Vintage Warlords" in the player below. Barren Earth also recently released a new music video for "The Rains Begin," which is available for viewing here.
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Passing Of The Crimson Shadows
2. The Rains Begin
3. Vintage Warlords
4. As It Is Written
5. The Dead Exiles
6. Oriental Pyre
7. White Field
8. Where All Stories End
9. Martyrs of Devotion (Special Edition)
10. World in Haze (Special Edition)
Death's two-CD live album, entitled "Vivus!" was released this week in select territories and Metalunderground.com readers can now stream the album in full (below). Compiling two separate Death concerts, each recorded in 1998, disc One features the band at the height of their prowess tearing the roof off of the infamous Whisky A Go-Go in Los Angeles while disc two is a brilliant recording of the band on the festival stage at Dynamo Open Air. The complete tracklisting for both discs can be found below.
"Vivus!" was released on February 28th in North America, today, March 2nd, in the Benelux / Germany. The album is due out March 5th in the UK and rest of Europe. "Vivus!" follows the recent Relapse Records re-issues of "Individual Though Patterns," "The Sound of Perseverance" and "Human." Like those reissues, this collection contains extensive liner notes from previous members and never-before-seen photos of the band. Pre-order options, including a new line of exclusive DEATH merch and additional release information can be found here.
Here is the complete "Vivus!" track listing:
Disc 1 - Live In L.A. – 1998
1. The Philosopher
2. Spirit Crusher
3. Trapped In A Corner
4. Scavenger Of Human Sorrow
5. Crystal Mountain
6. Flesh And The Power It Holds
7. Zero Tolerance
8. Zombie Ritual
9. Suicide Machine
10. Together As One
11. Empty Words
13. Pull The Plug
Disc 2 - Live In Eindhoven – 1998
1. The Philosopher
2. Trapped in a Corner
3. Crystal Mountain
4. Suicide Machine
5. Together As One
6. Zero Tolerance
7. Lack Of Comprehension
8. Flesh and the Power It Holds
9. Flattening of Emotions
10. Spirit Crusher
11. Pull the Plug
London based death/doom act Eye of Solitude recently signed on with Kaotoxin Records to release the new "Sui Caedere" album and follow-up to the previous full-length "The Ghost." In anticipation of the upcoming album, Eye of Solitude has now teamed up with Metalunderground.com to premiere a song online from the band's previously self-released and self-titled EP. Check out the "Die Alone" track in the player below.
"Sui Caedere" is set to drop this coming June, and music from that upcoming release will also see its premiere online through Metalunderground in the coming months.
The following press release was issued by Kaotoxin Records about Eye of Solitude's music:
"The Eye of Solitude is the heart of forests where unsettled spirits dwell. It is the fear within; the carnal ripping of every thought when abandoned in despair. It is nightmare and enlightenment, a fearsome tide that carries the soul and mind onto dark realms of insanity.
"The music is inspired by emotional distress, inner pain and a cruel combination of negativity and grief. Dark shapes that terrorize the soul and keep it captive on the altar of suffering, until when not being able to breathe any longer, it finds its end - a supreme escape towards peace and eternal rest.
"After 'The Ghost' debut album released in June 2011, and a self-titled EP, the band is currently working on thee second full-length, titled 'Sui Caedere,' which will be released in June 2012 through Kaotoxin records."
Eye of Solitude is:
Daniel Neagoe – Vocals (Unfathomable Ruination / The Departure)
Indee Rehal-Sagoo – Guitars
Tristan Jefferies – Guitars
Jamie Sweeney – Guitars (Trifixion)
Federico Benini – Bass (Trifixion / Unfathomable Ruination)
Ewan Ross – Drums (Trifixion)
"Freedom Through Violence," the nine-track "DeathGroove" debut from Florence, Massachusetts' Western Massacre, is now available for streaming in full below. It will see a physical release in select stores on March 13th, and can be pre-ordered through the band's official website. A review of the album can be found here.
The album was produced, recorded, and mixed by Joe Rogers at MAS Studios, and features reworked versions of material found on the band's 2010 self-titled EP and 2009 "Demolition" demo - plus several brand new tracks.
The complete "Freedom Through Violence" track listing is as follows:
1. Steel Casket
2. Brazilian Carnival
5. Blood and Stone
6. Western Massacre
8. The Recession
9. Freedom Through Violence
Silk City TapRoom in Florence is hosting a CD release party for Western Massacre on Friday, March 2nd at 9:00 PM. According to guitarist Kyle Leary, "We're going to be doing raffles, door prizes, and all sorts of good stuff!" A $10 cover includes a physical copy of the album, which the band will perform front to back, along with additional songs. Regional acts Spoken Like A True Hero, Defy The Relic, and The River Neva will offer support.
As was announced yesterday, Belgium's Dehuman is now officially signed onto the Kaotoxin Records roster for a multi-album deal set to start with the band's debut full-length "Black Throne of All Creation." The album drops on April 30th in CD and limited edition digipack versions.
Metalunderground.com has an exclusive stream of the album's seventh track "Cast of Assassination," which can be heard through the player below. Kaotoxin Records also commented on Dehuman:
"Amongst a plethora of bands conforming to traditional over technical death metal and nearing Deathcore, Dehuman stands apart, offering a down to Earth, straight forward and authentic array of death metal compositions. Despite intricate riffs and melodies, the quartet attach considerable importance to their song-writing so as to make any listener experience a chaotic musical world forged by the instruments of these up and coming musicians. Their desire to tour has left them prepared to conquer the world by storm."
The "Black Throne of All Creation" track listing is as follows:
1. Apocalypse and perdition
2. Monstrosity in the hands of god
3. Eyes of a thousand
4. Spiral of loss
5. Down with the world
6. Harvest the sun
7. Cast of assassination
8. Black mamba
9. Path to oblivion
Stay up to date with the latest Dehuman info and listen to more music from the band through Facebook.
Cocaine Moustache is not concerned about offending anybody. Formed in 2009, this Vancouver, BC outfit jam with the kind of sleazy metal that comes off like a grittier version of Clutch. The band's love of the white powder and brown/clear liquor runs deep through the latest album, "On The Mirror", which was released on February 7. The bluesy metal vibes fit well with the raucous anthems dished out, including an ode to alcohol on "The Pledge" and the funky undertones on the title track.
Metalunderground.com has teamed up with the band to give an exclusive sneak peek at "On The Mirror" with the premier of "Out Of My Hands." Check out the killer tune and get more information on Cocaine Moustache via the band's Facebook page.
The track listing of "On The Mirror" is as follows:
1. The Drip (5:41)
2. Out Of My Hands (4:52)
3. Better Back In Time (4:15)
4. The Pledge (6:29)
5. Cocaine Moustache (6:15)
6. Garbage Bags And Shovels (6:13)
7. On The Mirror (5:12)
8. Worst Of Me (4:59)
9. Bleed My Last Breath (6:58)