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Prologue Of A New Generation Premieres Lyric Video

The five-piece Prologue Of A New Generation crosses between metalcore, djent, and death metal for a balance between chaos and reflective melody.

The band is currently working on new full-length album "Mindtrip," which follows the 2014 EP "Written Buried and Forgotten."

With the album due out later this Fall, today Prologue Of A New Generation has teamed up with us to exclusively premiere the new lyric video "Empty Bottles And Broken Dreams." Check it out below, and the band also comments:

"'Empty Bottles and Broken Dreams’ speaks of our need to find something. We are in constant search of dreams and happiness, but life often obscures the decisions and leads us to make mistakes that take us away from ourselves. We remain empty, as the bottles, the same that we empty trying to smile again." More...

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Ascendia Premieres "The Lion And The Jester" Video

Toronto symphonic power metal group Ascendia is premiering the video (posted below) for "The Lion and The Jester" today. The track is taken from the album of the same name.

The video was directed by Garret Henery of GGH Motion Pictures. Starting with the premiere of this video, Ascendia will be donating 50% of all band sales to the Red Cross to help those who have been affected in war torn areas of the world.

Ascendia comments on the video, ""An intense game of chess represents the reality of religious warfare. The opposing teams battle symbolizes the clashing of religions in conflict areas. In the end, who is truly the winner?" More...

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Dogmatic Absolution Premieres Oppressive Poetry

Following the 2012 EP "In His Trinity Essence" and a promo release from the following year, raw black metal outfit Dogmatic Absolution is gearing up to drop "Poetries Of Oppression" this coming June 9th via Tridoid Records.

Ahead of the release, today we're premiering the album's first single titled "The Poetry of Oppression," which can be heard below. Dogmatic Absolution comments:

"Poetry of Oppression speaks about misanthropy and the sadness of living in a world full of lies, and culminates in the end with a total disregard of humanity. The lyric of this song were written by our guitarist El."

The full track listing is as follows:

1. Ventus Mortis
2. Bringer of Light
3. The Eternal Promise
4. Poetry of Oppression
5. Almighty Solitude
6. Night Arises More...

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Amidst The Withering Premieres Full Album

Originally a full band that fell apart around 2005, Amidst The Withering has continued on as a duo consisting of Serge Farinas (Guitars, Bass) and John Hembree (Vocals).

Tomorrow (April 28th), Amidst The Withering will release "The Dying Of The Light," which revamps the old material, while also setting aside new material for a follow-up.

“The Dying of the Light” represents many hours of labor and love (and hatred), and although it has changed much, the music still contains within it the spirit of former members Cliff Widener and Jason Cartee.

Today ahead of the official drop date we're stoked to premiere the entire 13 song release online, which can be heard below. The track listing is as follows:

1. A Prelude to Darkness
2. Auri Sacra Fames
3. The Clarion Light
4. The Withering
5. Aegri Somnia
6. Autumnal Lament
7. Infinitus Dolor Amoris
8. Seraph Enslaved
9. The Acolyte
10. Prologue
11. A Love Benighted
12. Epilogue (A Defiant Succumbing)
13. The Dying of the Light More...

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The Negation Premieres Album Teaser

Earlier this month, French nihilistic black metal outfit The Negation announced a new record deal with Koatoxin Records.

This freshly inked deal will see the release of the band's second full-length album "Memento Mori" On July 7th in North America and July 10th worldwide. "Memento Mori" features artwork done by Metastazis (Morbid Angel, Behemoth, Watain...) and pre-order info is available at the Kaotoxin website here.

Today we're bringing you the official worldwide exclusive premiere of the album's teaser trailer, which can be seen below. Stay tuned for more forthcoming info on the release. More...

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Grethor Premieres Full New EP

Grethor recorded new EP "Cloaked In Decay” between August 2014 and February 2015 at drummer Anthony Rouse’s home studio in Virginia, Simon Callahan’s studio in Maryland, and Lady of Noise Studios.

Simon Callahan (Midnight Eye, Permafrost) engineered and mixed the album, with additional engineering by Joseph Mitra and mastering handled by Colin Marston (Gorgots, Krallice) at The Thousand Caves studios in Queens, N.Y. Artwork for this EP was created by Niklas Sundin of Dark Tranquillity.

With the EP due to drop tomorrow, today we're giving an exclusive sneak peek of the whole album in advance. "Cloaked In Decay” takes both traditional and avant-garde black metal and fuses it with a chaotic barrage of dark death metal riffs, laced with hooks and grooves. Give it a listen below and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments. The full track listing is:

1. Wraith
2. Misery of Ignorance
3. Somnia Malum Infinitum
4. Hemispheres Decaying
5. Organic Tomb More...

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Nightrage Premieres New Lyric Video

Greek/Swedish melodic death metal band, Nightrage, has announced an April 24th, 2015 release date for its sixth studio album, "The Puritan," due out on Despotz Records.

Album number six was produced by Daniel Bergstrand (Meshuggah, Devin Townsend, Soilwork) and George Nerantzis at Dugout Productions in Uppsala, Sweden.

Today we're stoked to premiere a lyric video for the title track, which can be found below. Guitarist/founder Marios Iliopoulos also had this to say about the song:

“’The Puritan’ is one of the first songs that we wrote for the album. The title and the concept is symbolic, showcasing our hunger and relentless passion for our music. It’s about not giving up and clashing with every kind of obstacle, but continuing no matter what to fight for our ideals, honoring the music that we love to play.

“Musically, it has this Thin Lizzy/Iron Maiden twin guitar attack on the riffs, along with the signature Nightrage harmonies. We felt this track was the right opening song for the new album, since it´s fast, energetic and also has some really big vocal hooks from Ronnie on the chorus. You get the idea of the feeling for the whole album by listening to the song; this idea of what melodic death metal means to us is really represented here. The song is punchy and metal to the bone.

“The great duo at Dug Out Productions, Daniel Bergstrand and George Nerantzis, helped us make the song sound so good, loud and powerful. Ronnie Nyman makes an amazing vocal performance, and we have a great collaboration here. His ideas and vocal melodies are so powerful and really make an amazing contrast with the Nightrage riffs and harmonies.” More...

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Sirenia Premieres New Music Video "Once My Light"

Norway's Sirenia are about to unleash the band's seventh full length album "The Seventh Life Path" on May 8th (EU) and May 12th (North America) via Napalm Records. The album is the follow up to the 2013 release "Perils of the Deep Blue" (see review here). Today, the band provides the exclusive world premiere of the new single/music video "Once My Light" here on Metal Underground.com.

Mastermind Morten Veland (harsh vocals, guitars) pours his heart and soul into this brand new escapist masterpiece! The listener is invited on a cinematic journey with "The Seventh Life Path," which is comfortably nestled in between gothic metal and symphonic grandeur and seeks those who wish to leave a gray daily routine behind to replace it with remarkable and unforgettable melodies.

Pre-order "The Seventh Life Path" over at this location. The full release schedule is:

G/A/S/Europe/AUS: May 8th
UK/NO/FR/DK/IT: May 11th
USA/CAN: May 12th
SE/ESP: May 13th

The album's track listing is:

1. Seti
2. Serpent
3. Once My Light
4. Elixir
5. Sons Of The North
6. Earendel
7. Concealed Disdain
8. Insania
9. Contemptuous Quitus
10. The Silver Eye
11. Tragedienne
12. Tragica (Tragedienne Spanish Version) (Bonus Track)

We are stoked to bring you the music video for the new track "Once My Light." Check it out here: More...

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Dehuman Opens Up "Crypts Of Blood"

Supporting the "Graveyard of Eden" album released last month (reviewed here), Dehuman is about to embark on a southern European headlining tour, with full dates available below.

With that trek just about to kick off, today Dehuman has teamed up with us to exclusively premiere a new music video for the song "Crypts Of Blood!" Check it out after the tour dates and let us know your impressions of the clip in the comments section.

Haven't heard Dehuman before? The mighty Fenriz recently opened his music podcast by saying "I like Dehuman, they remind me of a sped up version of the first Pestilence album." Who needs more of an endorsement than that?

If you like what you hear below, you can also stream the new album in full by heading over to this location. More...

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Heidevolk Premieres New Lyric Video "Vinland"

Dutch folk/viking metal act Heidevolk will release the new album "Velua" via Napalm Records in North America on April 7th (out now in Europe). Today, in celebration, the band presents the world premiere of the lyric video for the new track "Vinland"!

The band commented on the track: "We present to you 'Vinland' - the 12th track and closing track of 'Velua.' 'Vinland' was added as a bonus and tribute to our fans around the globe. It describes the journey to North America made by Leif Eriksson. A journey for new territories and new experiences...a journey not unfamiliar to ourselves. With a promise of return (in autumn 2015) we bring you 'Vinland,' hail to Vinland!”

The setting for the fifth studio release is The Veluwe – the mythical and utterly beautiful woodlands in the Netherlands. Using this as a backdrop, the Dutch folk metal act paints a dark picture of ghosts, goblins and brigands in order to raise a monument: anthemic folk parts, clean male vocals and gritty metal provide the perfect soundtrack for the listener's journey to the sylvan halls of Velua!

The track list for the album is:

1. Winter Woede
2. Herboren in Vlammen
3. Urth
4. De hallen van Mijn Vaderen
5. De Vervloekte Jacht
6. Het Dwalende Licht
7. Drankgelag
8. Velua
9. Een Met de Storm
10. Richting de Wievenbelter
11. In Het Diepst der Nacht
12. Vinland

Limited/Deluxe Box Edition Bonus Tracks:

13. Immigrant song (Led Zeppelin Cover)
14. In the Dutch Mountains (The Nits Cover)
15. Rebel Yell (Billy Idol Cover)

Here at Metal Underground.com, we are proud to present the exclusive world premiere of "Vinland": More...

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Walking Corpse Syndrome Tears Open "Angel Flesh"

It's been awhile since we heard from Montana dual-drum outfit Walking Corpse Syndrome, and today that finally changes.

The band has teamed up with us to exclusively premiere a new track titled "Angel Flesh" a day before its official digital release. Continuing in the groove metal vein, the song also incorporates elements from Southern metal and deathcore.

Give it a listen below and let us know what you think of the track. "Angel Flesh" is taken from the upcoming release, "Human Delusion," expected to drop in the Fall of 2015. Stay tuned for more details, and be sure to catch Walking Corpse Syndrome live on these dates:

5/2/15 - Everett, WA - The Firewheel
5/8/15 - Lewiston, ID - 3rd Wheel
5/9/15 - Richland, WA - Ray's Golden Lion
5/15/15 - Missoula, MT - The Dark Horse
5/16/15 - Twin Falls, ID - The Cellar
5/29/15 - Bozeman, MT - The Faultline North
5/30/15 - Riverton, WY - Fremont County Fairgrounds
6/5/15 - Moses Lake, WA - The Ding Dang
6/6/15 - Spokane, WA - The Pin
6/12/15 - Columbia Falls, MT - The Bandit Saloon
6/13/15 - Great Falls, MT - Machinery Row
6/19/15 - Billings, MT - The Railyard
6/20/15 - Rock Springs, WY - Killpeppers
6/27/15 - Butte, MT - 5 Mile Bar More...

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Horsehunter Premieres "Caged In Flesh"

Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, Horsehunter’s debut album "Caged In Flesh" is set to bring you some seriously low 'n slow doom with massive riffs fueled by psychedelia this coming April 21st via Magnetic Eye Records.

Following the epic "Stoned To Death" track (still available for streaming here), today Horsehunter has teamed up with us to premiere the massive 12 minute bong-rip of a title track "Caged In Flesh." Check it out below.

Like what you hear? You can pre-order the album here or digitally at iTunes, and stay tuned for a full interview with the band coming soon. The track listing is as follows:

1. Stoned To Death (16:28)
2. Caged In Flesh (12:00)
3. Nightfall (3:04)
4. Witchery (10:15) More...

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Desert Premieres Lyric Video For New Track "1812"

Israeli Dark Epic metallers Desert has premiered the lyric video for the new track "1812" right here on Metal Underground.com. The song is taken from the upcoming new album “Never Regret” which is scheduled for release worldwide on March 30, 2015 through Raven Music.

Guest vocals on the track were performed by Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear, ex-Gamma Ray). The song is tells the story about the Battle of Borodino, taken place on 1812 near Moscow, the crucial battle between Napoleon and Russian armies, which became the beginning of the end of French army and Napoleon Empire.

Pre-order the "Never Regret" at this location.

The track listing for the album is:
1. Chasing The Pray
2. Assassin’s Fate
3. Son Of A Star (feat. Alex Zvulun)
4. The Wolf’s Attack
5. Never Regret
6. The Road To You (feat. Infy Snow and Alex Zvulun)
7. 1812 (feat. Ralf Scheepers)
8. Flying Dutchman (feat. Merry Ann Genin)
9. Final Journey
10. Imperial Eagle
11. Invincible

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Attack Vertical Unleashes "The Great Waste"

Ready for some aural punishment? Swiss outfit Attack Vertical will drop new album "The Great Waste" tomorrow - Friday, March 13th - but today we're premiering the entire disc online a day ahead of its release.

Experience the unrelenting riffs and devastating breakdowns in the player below. If you dig it, be sure to also pre-order a copy of the album through Tenacity Music here.

"The Great Waste" was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Vladimir Cochet at Conatus Studio in Montreux, Switzerland. The full track listing is:

1. Black Sea
2. Democracy
3. Graveless
4. The Great Waste
5. The Way To Purify
6. End Of Life Demanded
7. Architect
8. Satan In My Mind
9. The Other One
10. Stillborn More...

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Meaxic Premieres New Track

Meaxic is currently wrapping up work on the "Synergy" release, which is now officially set for an April 27th drop date.

The New York outfit puts together a refreshing blend of rock and metal with a progressive sensibility, and today we're letting loose another advance taste of "Synergy."

Check out our exclusive premiere of the "Down" track below, and be sure to let us know what you think of the song.

If you want to hear more from Meaxic, the previously released track "On Instinct" can also be heard right over here.

You can find more info on Meaxic at the band's Facebook profile. The full "Synergy" track listing is as follows:

1. Attitude
2. Iruka
3. On Instinct
4. Down
5. Crazy More...

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Sacrilegium Premieres Full Album Online

Originally released in 1996, "Wicher" by the pagan black metal outfit Sacrilegium is now seeing re-issue via Pagan Records on March 6th, 2015.

Ahead of the official release, we're proud to premiere a stream of the entire new version of "Wicher." If you miss the '90s sound in underground European metal, be sure to listen in below and let us know what you think in the comments section.

"Wicher" will be available on double-gatefold vinyl, complete with bonus track, lyrics and previously unreleased photos. Order your own copy at this location.

And more good news for Sacreligium fans: the band is officially reunited and now working on a new album. Stay tuned for more info on the impending release. More...

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Apocrophex Premieres New Track

Just two weeks hence, tech death unit Apocrophex, consisting of multi-instrumentalist Justin Buell and vocalist Pete Colucci, will show the metal world what its like to be "Suspended From The Cosmic Altaar" with a new full-length album to see release via Manicidic Records.

If March 10th can't come fast enough for you, we've got another advance taste of the record available today - check out our exclusive premiere of the "Cycle Of Kings" track below.

Be sure to also place a pre-order for your own digital or physical copy of the album at this location, and for the latest on Apocrophex head over to the band's Facebook profile. The full track listing for "Suspended From The Cosmic Altaar" is as follows:

1. The Grey (streaming here)
2. Evidence of a Desolate Planet
3. A Sanguine Moon
4. Suspended From The Cosmic Altaar
5. Designs Not Derived From Man (listen in over here)
6. The Nine Patterns of Anuu
7. Cycle of Kings
8. Being Dissolved More...

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Dysrider Premieres New Lyric Video

Having just inked a deal with Tenacity music, the symphonic death metal outfit Dysrider is gearing up to drop "Bury The Omen" this coming February 27th.

In anticipation of the rapidly approaching release, today we've teamed up with the Swiss band to premiere a new lyric video off "Bury The Omen." Check out "Against Your Hold" below, and if you like what you hear, be sure to pre-order "Bury The Omen" at this location.

Previously known as Trophallaxy, the quintet formed in 2007 and released two albums, “DawnFall” (2010) and “Resilience” (2013), before changing names to Dysrider.

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Vladimir Cochet (Promethee, Voice Of Ruin, Conjonctive) at Conatus Studios and featuring 10 new tracks, "Bury The Omen" displays a combination of heavy and fast riffs, growling vocals with symphonic elements and the sweet, melodic singing of vocalist Joëlle. The track listing is: More...

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Mouth Of The Serpent Enacts A "Bloodrite"

Today Mouth Of The Serpent is officially unloading a new barrage of death metal in the form of the "Bloodrite" single, and we're bringing you the exclusive premiere below!

This new track comes after months of writing, recording, and gigging with the likes of Fallujah, Disgorge, and The Kennedy Veil. The song also heralds an upcoming new full-length album, with further details to be released in the near future.

To go along with the new track, Mouth Of The Serpent is releasing a limited run of 50 damn sexy hand-numbered and engraved Bloodrite herb grinders, so for you death metal fanatics who prefer your shredding riffs and blasting beats in an altered state, head over to the band's website here to claim one of your own.

Mouth Of The Serpent is:

Maxwell Reis - Vocals
Andrew Rubin - Guitar
Justin Biddle - Guitar
Luis Echevarria - Bass
Mikey Wilson - Drums
(Band photo courtesy of Chris Hanke) More...

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Lancer Reveals What's "Behind The Walls"

Swedish heavy metal quintet Lancer will drop sophomore outing "Second Storm" on April 10th via Despotz Records, with pre-orders now available over here.

"Second Storm" was tracked at Leon Music Studios with the assistance of producer Gustav Ydenius (Steelwing, Mustasch, Enforcer). Artwork comes courtesy of Dimitar Nikolov (who has previously made artwork for Steelwing and Katana).

Today we're bringing you a powerful new track cut off the album via a crazy animated lyric video. Head "Behind The Walls" below!

The band also comments: “’Behind the Walls’ is a fast speed metal song that's inspired by the mid 80's German metal scene. It's raw, wild and furious!”

The "Second Storm" will consist of: More...

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