Modesto, California's Better Left Unsaid is currently on the Hed To Head Tour II supporting Hed(pe) and Mushroomhead and has provided Metalunderground.com with an exclusive tour blog from the road:
I am sure you are ready for one hell of a tour blog from a little known metal band from Modesto, California… Hell, most of you have no idea who we are, much less the town we are from! That being said, I am going to give this a shot…
We, Better Left Unsaid, have been on the Hed To Head Tour II for the past month and are 30 days from even coming close to home. The tour, sponsored by Jagermeister and co-headlined by Mushroomhead and HedPE has taken us across the country and does not let up until we end back in LA on June 10th. I am actually writing you from a shitty hotel room in Allentown, Pennsylvania on a much needed day off. The shittier the room, the better, because it just adds to the stories we all tell our friends when we get back home. No worries Allentown, we have stayed in plenty of shitty hotels along this tour, and even shadier truck stops and parking lots. So no hard feelings…
The tour has taken us across America and has been nothing short of amazing. We have had the opportunity to play venues and cities that we have only dreamed of until now. Not to mention the guys in Mushroomhead and HedPE have been great and we can’t thank them enough for making us a part of this tour! We have played for sold out crowds, and we have also played for crowds better fit for a funeral, but we are not going to mention any names to protect the innocent ;) We can tell you this, most of the crowds have been absolutely insane and we can’t thank them enough for making each night worthwhile. Having fans of both Mushroomhead and HedPE embrace your music is gratifying on many levels and we appreciate all the love and support!
Make sure you check out the tour dates on our website www.betterleftunsaidmusic.com, and if you have the time and money, come out to a show! See you on the road... - Better Left Unsaid
We recently caught up with the band on the road and spoke to drummer Brent Terry. You can read that interview here.
Metalunderground.com is proud to bring you the premiere of German metalcore band Caliban's new Type O Negative cover, "My Girlfriend's Girlfriend." It's an interesting take, mixing hardcore/metal and gothic doom metal. The cover song is one of four, along with covers of Rammstein, At The Gates, and The Beatles, off of Caliban's upcoming EP, "Coverfield," which is out now on iTunes and via Century Media Records.
The tracklisting for "Coverfield" is as follows:
1. My Girlfriend's Girlfriend (3:47) originally by Type O Negative
2. Sonne (3:45) originally by Rammstein
3. Blinded By Fear (2:35) originally by At The Gates
4. Helter Skelter (3:36) originally by The Beatles
Caliban is currently touring Europe and has been confirmed to play the Rock Harz Festival and Summer Breeze Festival.
Metalunderground.com is proud to premiere the title track off of Hate Eternal's upcoming fifth album, "Phoenix Amongst the Ashes." Check it out in the player below. "Phoenix Amongst the Ashes" is due out via Metal Blade Records on May 10th. The album is the first featuring new bassist J.J. Hrubovcak who joined the combo of Erik Rutan on guitar and Jade Simonetto on drums.
In terms of the writing on Phoenix Amongst the Ashes, Rutan stated: "it was my goal to expand upon what the band has done in the past, and add new dynamics and twists to the traditional, dissonant HATE ETERNAL style, yet keep it in the same vein. It took the three of us really pushing ourselves, and digging deep into the essence of who we are as musicians and writers and players to create something very unique and special. We cannot wait for everyone to hear what we have in store."
"Phoenix Amongst the Ashes" was recorded at frontman Erik Rutan's own Mana Recording Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida with mastering handled by Alan Douches of West West Side. Artwork was once again handled by Paul Romano (Mastodon, Chiodos, The Acacia Strain, Godflesh, Earth Crisis) who has also created cover art for Hate Eternal’s "I, Monarch," "The Perilous Fight (DVD)," and "Fury & Flames."
The tracklisting for "Phoenix Amongst the Ashes" is as follows:
2. The Eternal Ruler
3. Thorns of Acacia
4. Haunting Abound
5. The Art of Redemption
6. Phoenix Amongst the Ashes
9. Lake Ablaze
10. The Fire of Resurrection
Hate Eternal hit the road in support of "Phoenix Amongst the Ashes" starting things off in Europe in late April and carrying through to the end of May. Shortly after Hate Eternal returns to the States, the band will hit the road on a headline run out June through July with Origin, Vital Remains, and Abysmal Dawn as support.
Metalunderground.com is proud to host the premiere of the second new song from Swedish classic/doom metal band In Solitude's upcoming new album. The song, "To Her Darkness" is off the band's sophomore album, "The World.The Flesh.The Devil," which is due out on Metal Blade Records on May 24th.
"The World.The Flesh.The Devil" was recorded in Novermber 2010 at Nicke Anderson's (HELLACOPTERS) brand new studio Gutterview Recorders in Stockholm, Sweden with producer Fred Estby (DISMEMBER, DEATH BREATH). "From the first meeting with Fred, we knew that we wanted to work with him. He fully understood our needs and what we are aiming to create. After hearing his work, we knew that he was also a fan of organic production. This is very important to us. His studio is recently built and we are thrilled to be one of the first bands to record within its walls" comments the band.
Specially priced preorders for "The World.The Flesh.The Devil" are now available here: both the CD and a CD/T-shirt bundle are available.
The tracklisting for "The World.The Flesh.The Devil" is as follows:
1. The World, The Flesh, The Devil
2. We Were Never Here
3. Serpents Are Rising
4. Poisoned, Blessed, and Burned
6. To Her Darkness
7. Dance of the Adversary
8. On Burning Paths
IN SOLITUDE has also been confirmed to play this year’s Maryland Death Fest marking the band’s first U.S. appearance. The band will be playing on Saturday, May 28th. Fans can get tickets to the Maryland Deathfest here.
In 2008, Sweden’s S.M.P. Records released the EP "Hidden Dangers" as a 7”, which quickly sold out. Under this same cycle, the band unleashed their nameless eight-song, full-length debut in the form of a CD on Pure Steel Records.
Metalunderground.com has obtained the exclusive premiere of power metal band Solar Fragment's title track off their upcoming album, "In Our Hands." You can stream the song in the player below. "In Our Hands," which is the follow up to the band's debut album "A Spark Of Deity," is due out on April 19th via Scarlet Records.
With vocalist Robert Leger's performance on "A Spark Of Deity" being compared to Blind Guardian's Hansi Kürsch, they have joined forces on the track "Inside The Circle" on this new album, making it an obvious highlight of this new album.
Here's the complete tracklisting for Solar Fragment's "In Our Hands" album:
1. In Our Hands
2. With Empty Eyes
3. Inside The Circle
4. At The Harbor
5. Race The Seas
6. Come Hell Or High Water
8. Moana's Return
9. The March Of The Golems
10. Once Again
Noisecreep previously premiered "Come Hell or High Water," which you can listen to here.
Metalunderground.com is premiering a new song from California progressive heavy metal/hard rock band Faithsedge. The song "World Keeps Falling Down," off the band's upcoming self-titled debut full length album, can be heard in the player below. "Faithsedge," which is due out April 19th via Scarlet Records, was mastered by Tom Baker of Precision Mastering (Judas Priest/Motley Crue).
Faithsedge was started by singer/songwriter Giancarlo Floridia in Huntington Beach, California, in early 2009 and also features Alex De Rosso who played guitars with Dokken in addition to drummer Tony Morra and producer/bass player Fabrizio Grossi.
Here's the complete tracklisting for "Faithsedge":
1. Another Chance
2. There's Still Hope
3. Let It End This Way
4. World Keeps Falling Down
5. Even If
6. Hold On
7. Take You Away
8. Somewhere In Your Heart
9. That's What Happened To Us
11. When It Rains
Metalunderground.com is premiering the new music video of "Eternity Below" from Vancouver, BC alternative metal band Quartered. "Eternity Below" is the second track from Quartered’s 2010 release "Walks Like A Ghost," released via Thorny Bleeder Records. This video was directed and produced by Charles Schrodt of Full.Speed.Ahead Productions.
The band comments on the video: "The idea we had for the video was to try and do something special for the fans that support all things Quartered. Instead of the band promoting a show somewhere, we decided to just throw one for them. We found a space, set up some lights, got a keg (of course), and captured as much as we could. Our fans really threw it down for us, again and again."
"Eternity Below" will soon available for download along with three other tracks on the Rock
Metalunderground.com presents the premiere of CypherSeer's "Red Rain," which can be streamed below. The song is off CypherSeer's upcoming new album, "Origins," which is their follow-up to the critically acclaimed debut "Awakening Day." "Origins" is due out on April 12th via Nightmare Records. The album was edited and mixed by Fredrik Nordstrom (In Flames, Dark Tranquility, Dream Evil).
Guitarist Sergio Ribeiro describes the meaning behind "Red Rain":
"Red Rain is our ode to metal...It was one of those songs that was written out of pure influence and instinct. The lyrical content in Red Rain, keeping with the theme in "Origins", speaks of a new metal generation fighting to keep the metal flame burning strong, passed down from our predecessors. We love to play this song live 'cause everyone just goes nuts during the sing-along chorus."
Here is the complete "Origins" tracklisting:
2. The Curse
3. Dying Force
4. Faith Renounced
6. From the Womb
7. Soul Sacrifice
8. Red Rain
9. Infinite Trance
10. Lost, Plagued and Redefined
11. As I Embrace the End
The band also recently release a music video for the album's first single, "Dying Force," which can be seen below.
The history of CypherSeer has included a lot of big names in the metal industry such as James Rivera (Helstar, Vicious Rumors) and Mike LePond (Symphony X). However, the most notable name is producer extraordinaire Fredrik Nordstrom (In Flames, Soilwork, Dark Tranquillity, At The Gates, Etc). Nordstrom’s magic can be heard on "Awakening Day", CypherSeer’s debut album.
During the winter of 2008, the rebuilding of the band process began with the search for a new vocalist. The spot was quickly filled by Zeno Rodrigo. Drummer Lee Corrado and bassist Kristian Lolo were also selected to fill the roster, and CypherSeer was reborn.
Metalunderground.com has obtained the exclusive premiere of Austin, Texas death/thrash band Nokturnel's new song, entitled "Ancestral Calling." This song is the band's first new recording in two years. The band hopes to release more new material before Maryland DeathFest 2011.
Lyrically, Ancestral Calling ended up becoming a prequel to "Legend of the Wolven" from the "Fury Unleashed" album. Musically, this song stands on its own, once again covering new territory for Nokturnel. Stevens composed everything, recorded all vocals, guitars, and bass. Session drummer Chad Walls who played on the "Demonic Supremacy" single returned to keep Nokturnel from dealing with impending delays.
You can stream or download "Ancestral Calling" below.
Download an MP3 of "Ancestral Calling" here (right-click and "Save Target As")
Band founder Tom Stevens commented: "I am extremely excited to have Chad contributing to what I feel is the most important song of my career. His drumming is solid and his professionalism in the studio delivers unto me a piece of work my engineer finds to be perfect for us to work with, it's effortless for me. Chad really brought my riffs to life. Nokturnel fans owe this man their gratitude, he is an important part of Nokturnel and I very well may not have accomplished all I have done in 2010/2011 without the jump start he gave Nokturnel. Horns up Chad! Thanks!!!!!!!!"
Stevens also wanted to add this message:
"I would like to express my personal condolences to a fallen hero of mine. The day after I recorded this track I woke up feeling victorious, as every ounce of my being went into this song. To discover someone in one of the most influential bands of my life had passed on only a few minutes later just crushed me. I'd like to dedicate this track to Scott Columbus, and while raising Hammer I say thanks for all the Great music Scott! You will be missed! Hails to a TRUE KING OF METAL!!!!!!!!"
Nokturnel is scheduled to appear at the Maryland Deathfest on Sunday, May 29th at 1:00pm. More...
Metalunderground.com has obtained an exclusive track premiere of Rotten Sound's "Choose," which you can stream in the player below. "Choose" is off the Finnish grind band's upcoming album, entitled "Cursed," which is due out on March 15th via Relapse Records. The album, which is a follow-up to 2008's "Cycles," was recorded at Nordic Audio Labs.
You can pre-order "Cursed" now.
Here is the track listing for "Cursed":
Rotten Sound is currently wrapping up a tour with Finntroll, Ensiferum, and Barren Earth, and will
head overseas to tour Europe with Trap Them, Gaza, The Kandidate and Haust.
My Inner Burning is preparing to release the band's second full-length album, “Eleven Scars,” which will see a March 22nd North American release via SPV/Steamhammer. Metalunderground.com is premiering the song “Demons” off this upcoming effort, which you can hear below.
“Eleven Scars” follows the My Inner Burning 2009 debut self-titled album. “Eleven Scars” sounds groovier and a little darker than the act's first self-titled release. Guitarist Torsten Sauerbrey explains the reasoning behind the darker sound by commented, “Probably the many concerts we’ve played since, and the stronger influence of our vocalist Becky, who penned the occasionally rather sinister lyrics.”
“Eleven Scars” sees Becky Gaber deliver eleven incisive stories – a clear reference to the album title – about broken friendship, unhappy love and other relationship dramas. “Eleven Scars” is no concept album,” says Sauerbrey, “but the record’s lyrics definitely have a central theme.”
Here's the tracklisting for My Inner Burning's "Eleven Scars":
4. For the Last Time
5. When I'm Gone
7. Done With Denial
8. Gone Wrong
9. Enemy of Mine
10. New Breed
“Eleven Scars” was recorded at the Metal Sound studio in Osterode/Harz and mixed by Sauerbrey.
Ireland's Darkest Era is set to release their new album, "The Last Caress of Light," on February 15, 2011 via Metal Blade Records, February 14th in the UK and February 11th in the G/A/S territories. Metalunderground.com has obtained an exclusive premiere of a new song off that album, "Beneath the Frozen Sky." You can listen to it in the player below.
"The Last Caress of Light" was recorded at Foel Studios in Wales at the end of August 2010 with producer Chris Fielding. You can pre-order the CD or t-shirt bundle here.
The first single off the album, "The Morrigan," is also available for streaming on the band's MySpace player.
Here's the tracklisting fro "The Last Caress of Light":
1. The Morrigan (5:57)
2. An Ancient Fire Burns (6:04)
3. Beneath the Frozen Sky (7:50)
4. Heathen Burial (7:02)
5. Visions of the Dawn (7:44)
6. To Face the Black Tide (8:29)
7. Poem to the Gael (4:16)
8. The Last Caress of Light Before the Dark (11:00)
You can check out a recent studio diary below: More...
Metalunderground.com brings you an exclusive new webisode from modern metal band Rev Theory discussing the track "Loaded Gun." In the clip below, the band takes you into the studio to show you the recording of the song and talk about the meaning behind it. "Loaded Gun" is featured on the band's forthcoming album, "Justice," which will be in-stores on February 15th.
Rich comments on the track: "'Loaded Gun' is a pretty cool song because most times songs talk about wanting to go to the party and 'Loaded Gun' is talking about getting away from from the party.
Rev Theory "Loaded Gun" Webisode:
As previously reported, Rev Theory will be headlining the Monster Energy Outbreak Tour, which kicks off this month. Support on the tour will come from Pop Evil, Hail The Villain and Black Cloud Collective.
Update: The exclusive streaming period is over and the album is out now. See below for links to order.
Metalunderground.com has obtained the exclusive premiere of the full album stream of Lazarus A.D.'s "Black Rivers Flow." "Black Rivers Flow" (reviewed here) is the band's sophomore album and follow-up to their highly acclaimed debut, "The Onslaught." The album was recorded in July and August 2010 at Belle City Sound with Chris Djuricic and was mixed and mastered by James Murphy at Safehouse Production and is scheduled for release in North American on February 1st, 2011. Stream the album in full in our player below.
Metal Blade Records has a number of pre-order packages available, including:
A copy of LAZARUS A.D.’s upcoming new album, "Black Rivers Flow" CD only - $9.99
Special "Black Rivers Flow" Cage T-shirt - $13.99
Special "Black Rivers Flow" Bird T-shirt - $13.99
Exclusive "Black Rivers Flow" Bird T-shirt and CD combo pack - $19.99
Here's the "Black Rivers Flow" track listing:
1. American Dreams (4:53)
2. The Ultimate Sacrifice (4:53)
3. The Strong Prevail (3:04)
4. Black Rivers Flow (4:52)
5. Casting Forward (3:56)
6. Light a City (Up in Smoke) (3:49)
7. Through Your Eyes (4:09)
8. Beneath the Waves of Hatred (5:04)
9. Eternal Vengeance (7:03) More...
Metalunderground.com has obtained the exclusive premiere of the song "Scumbag In Disguise" from Denver-based thrashers Havok. You can check it out in the player below. The track is off the band's upcoming new full-length entitled "Time Is Up," which is slated for a March 29th release via Candlelight Records. The album, a follow-up to "Burn" (reviewed here), was mastered by James Murphy and features ten tracks of pure thrash.
As previously announced, Havok will be supporting Malevolent Creation on an upcoming U.S. tour, alongside Full Blown Chaos, The Absence, and Beyond Terror Beyond Grace.
Here's the complete tracklisting for Havok's "Time Is Up:"
1. Prepare For Attack
2. Fatal Intervention
3. No Amnesty
5. Covering Fire
6. Killing Tendencies
7. Scumbag In Disguise
8. The Cleric
9. Out Of My Way
10. Time Is Up
Metal Underground.com is hosting an exclusive free MP3 download of the song “Blame” from Southern California thrashers ATTACKHEAD’s new album, “Voices in the Dark – Second Attack.” The album will be released January 25, 2011 via Twisted Hillbilly Records. You can check out the song below.
Download an MP3 of "Blame" here (right-click and "Save Target As")
Lead vocalist and guitarist Mark Chapman had the following to say about “Blame”:
“Blame is about problems with the government and big business. Always blaming someone or something else for their greed and misconduct.”
The tracklisting for "Voices In The Dark - Second Attack" is as follows:
2. Voices in the Dark
5. Make Me Suffer
6. Lead the Blind
9. Dark Ritual
10. Waste of Life More...
Metalunderground.com has obtained the exclusive premiere of New York death metal band In The Casket's other song slated for a compilation release. The track is titled "Good Luck and Go Fuck Yourself" and will be appearing on a compilation put together by Ralph Renna of Capitalundergroundradio.com, which is slated for a January release. The compilation will feature 40 bands from the area.
You can listen to "Good Luck and Go Fuck Yourself" below or download it here (right click and "Save Target As...").
In The Casket recently posted another single for streaming, "Win Her Over with Chloroform," which will also appear on a yet-titled compilation next year.
In The Casket plans to have a full length album complete for Spring of 2011 as well. The band's next show is December 10 at The Alcove.
Ryan Mckern, vocalist and rhythm/lead guitarist of Wolvhammer, instrumentalist and backup vocalist of The Guilt Of… with Mike IX Williams from EyeHateGod, and keyboardist of PonyKiller, as well as many other projects, also leads an active solo career. His dark, bluesy acoustic music shows his great love for southern music. His most recent solo song, however, is a little different from all of that.
Being a big fan of comedy films, he has decided to make a blackened doom metal cover of “Afternoon Delight,” in honor of the movie “Anchorman” in which the song was parodied. Ryan claims, “I wanted to do a parody to show my sense of humor and irony as a metal musician because being stuck in the category of black metal, people are quick to dismiss any personality with the music. This is a fun way of saying ‘Enjoy a good song and make out.’”
“Afternoon Delight,” is available for streaming and download as an MP3 below:
Download an MP3 of “Afternoon Delight,” here (right-click and "Save Target As")
You can hear more of Ryan Mckern's solo material on his MySpace player.
Metalunderground.com has landed the premiere of Charlotte, North Carolina tech death metal band Wretched's new music video for "Cimmerian Shamballa." The song is off the band's latest release "Beyond The Gate," which is out now via Victory Records. The music video, directed by Thorin Thompson, was filmed in downtown Charlotte, NC in an old warehouse in just four hours. Check it out below:
Wretched is currently on tour with ABACABB. The remaining tour dates are as follows:
Nov 30, 2010 Middletown, NY, US @ Sound Asylum
Dec 1, 2010 Allentown, PA, US @ Crocodile Rock
Dec 2, 2010 Worcester, MA, US @ Palladium
Dec 3, 2010 Trois-Rivieres, QC, CA @ Rock Cafe Le Stage
Dec 4, 2010 Montreal, QC, CA @ Club Soda
Dec 5, 2010 Toronto, ON, CA @ ANNEX WRECKROOM
Dec 6, 2010 Ottawa, ON, CA @ Mavericks
Dec 7, 2010 London, ON, CA @ London Music Hall
Dec 8, 2010 Windsor, ON, CA @ Chubby Pickle
Dec 9, 2010 Dayton, OH, US @ The Attic
Dec 10, 2010 Williamsport, PA, US @ The Hive
Dec 12, 2010 Mt. Airy, MD, US @ Mt. Airy Firehall
Metalunderground.com is proud to present the premiere of ILL NIÑO's latest music video for “Against The Wall,” the first video from their new album “Dead New World,” which was released on October 25th via Victory Records. The music video was directed by Scott Hansen, who has worked with bands such as A Day To Remember, The Devil Wears Prada, Otep, Alesana, and Evergreen Terrace, and was shot in Virginia Beach, VA in October.
“The video was shot in the evening so there was a large amount of bugs. It was like Spider-fest,” jokes drummer Dave Chavarri. “Bugs aside, Scott made sure everything worked smoothly. He’s a total professional, and it was great to see him take control of the shoot. We haven’t had someone work with us like that for a couple of years.”
“We did something like a 20 hour shoot in the swamps,” adds vocalist Cristian Machado. “Scott is a really driven individual. He knew exactly what he wanted, where he wanted people in the video, the camera angles he wanted to end up with, everything. He and his crew were extremely professional.”
“The reason we’re performing in the woods where there are no material things, is because we wanted to represent things that aren’t of the material world,” continues Machado. “The reason the couple is indoors during the video and going through their relationship battle is because they are being pressured by things in the material world. To me, the female character went into the water because she wanted to get away from all of the material things affecting her and their relationship. No matter how material we all are in this world, we all die alone.”
Check out the "Against The Wall" music video below:
ILL NIÑO is expected to announce a brand new January tour very soon. This will be the first time the band is touring in the states in two years. Stay tuned for more updates on the upcoming tour.