German symphonic power death metallers Kambrium are on the cusp of releasing the sophomore full length album "Dark Reveries," which drops on October 18th via 7Hard Records. Few younger bands impress more than this exciting band, defying genre boundaries by combining extreme elements with power and symphonic metal. The result is blinding brutality enveloped inside a symphonic wall of melody performed with the precision on par with metal’s most veteran acts.
"Dark Reveries" tells the tale of a man who wakes up into his own nightmares and is unable to escape. It features guest vocal appearances from Amanda Somerville (Trillium/Avantasia), Thomas Winkler (Gloryhammer/Ex-Emerald) and newcomer Melanie Mau. The album was produced and mixed by Flaming Row's Martin Schnella, who also provided background vocals and guitar work. For a review of "Dark Reveries," head on over to this location.
Metal Underground.com is proud to provide the exclusive premiere of the new track "Dark Lights," which features a guest vocal appearance from Gloryhammer vocalist Thomas Winkler (Ex-Emerald) (for a review of Gloryhammer's debut LP "Tales From the Kingdom of Fife," head over here).
Keyboardist/composer Jan Hein describes story behind the lyrics: "Dark Lights is about the person who wakes up in his own nightmare. Everything seems so unreal and he can't run away from the shadows who are hunting him." As for his choice of Thomas Winkler Hein added: "I wanted a strong characterful voice for that song. I discovered the band Gloryhammer and was blown away from Thomas' voice. I asked him to sing the song for us. We are overwhelmed by the result! Hope you guys like it too!"
Check out "Dark Lights" here:
Metal Underground.com is proud to premiere the new music video from multinational melodic metallers Eden's Curse for the new track "Evil & Divine." The song appears on the band's fourth studio release "Symphony of Sin," which is scheduled for release on October 4th (EU), October 22nd (North America) & October 23rd (Japan) via AFM Records & Spiritual Beast. Check out the video here:
Update: the stream is no longer available, but you can pick up the album at this location.
Mixing some serious thrash riffage with symphonic black/death metal is a new gem in the already impressive underground Canadian scene - Dissension!
The band's debut full-length "Of Time And Chronic Disease" is coming September 10th, and so far only a smattering of material from the album has made its way online. Today we're proud to bring you another preview in the form of the album's sixth track "Legacy." Give it a listen in the SoundCloud player below.
As the mid-point track on the release it differs quite a bit from the rest of the album, so be sure to also check out the title track, which is still available for streaming right here.
For local fans, the band will be holding a CD launch in Montreal, QC on September 13th at Foufounes Electriques. To find out more about the album, you can also read our recent interview with the band, or check out Dissension's entry in our "Pit Stories" column about the hilariously evil Toys-R-Us Satanic Sacrifice. More...
Maryland-based, one-man experimental metal band Enduring Revery has made the deluxe edition of the debut EP "Earth Floods Red" (reviewed here) available for pre-order via bandcamp.com for just $4. The deluxe edition contains the original four tracks from the "Earth Floods Red" EP, plus instrumental versions of each of those songs.
Metalunderground.com is hosting the exclusive full album stream a week before the album is finally released.
Brazilian act Endrah's "The Culling" album is due in stores September 9th, 2013. Today we bring you an audio and visual taste of the album in the form of a new lyric clip for "Silver Tongue," which can be viewed below.
If you aren't familiar with the band, Endrah will let you know what to expect, stating: "Endrah comes from the heart, and the lineup includes black-belt level M.M.A. fighters. We train with U.F.C. champions, and we are diehard musicians. We are the real deal, no joke. A lot of metal and hardcore bands speak a lot of bullshit, but cannot back it up. Join our team and let's start making some progress in this world. This is not some show, this is not fake. This is real, this is blood and guts. We are trying to start a real revolution, and make real changes, not a promise never kept."
Endrah vocalist "Relentless" further comments on the "Silver Tongue" track: "Silver Tongue is an aural assault musically. The lyrics, and delivery of them are meant to grab attention. Silver Tongue is a song about the lies our leaders eloquently spit out, and what should happen to them. People are not meant to be slaves, people are meant to be free. How free do you think you are right now? Not as free as you may think. Silver Tongue relates to the revelation of who those actors really are, and how they do NOT care about you. Politicians now-a-days seem for the good, but more often than not, are power mongers, hiding behind smiles, and empty promises.
"I am tired of the games, and I know millions of people are waiting for the right moment to dethrone those not suited for the throne. A public office is meant to be filled by a public servant working for the public good. Do you feel this is true? Silver Tongue is for those that can see behind the mask to expose, and those who cannot see it, to be enlightened. The song falls in line, lyrically, and sonically with the rest of the album. Please purchase yourself a copy and come see Endrah when we tour near your city." More...
Yukon, Oklahoma prog metal outfit Cascus just released a self-titled EP, and today we're bringing you a track from the new offering. Check out "Malevolent" in the player provided below, and let us know what you think of the track in the comments section.
Independently recorded, mixed, and mastered in Oklahoma City, the band aims to incorporate fresh elements into the death metal genre.
"We worked very hard to put this together," offers guitarist and vocalist Jay Gleason. "We wanted to do proper justice to the music, give it a chance to become what we wanted it to be. Our influences are very diverse, and that definitely comes through."
The band also commented on its sound: "The founding members, Jay Gleason, Jeren Martin and Dustin Townsend, with the later addition Cameron Conyer, are the collection of four of Oklahoma's most passionate musicians who are on a mission to create a listening environment that evokes a sensory expedition. The result is a massive and arcane sound, with the power of an ancient battle and the majesty of the most distant constellations."
From the darkened depths of northern Alberta comes Until Dawn - a new outfit ready to bring the heaviness to the masses with new album "Horizon."
The album is due out this coming August 6th, but today you can get an early taste of what to expect with our exclusive premiere of the disc's title track. Check out "Horizon" in the SoundCloud player available below.
For further info on the release, check out our interview with the band, or watch the previously posted music video for "This Fallen Fortress" at this location. The "Horizon" track listing is as follows:
1. Roamers And Lurkers
2. Strings Of The Dammed
3. The Red Sun Rises This Day
4. Third Knee
5. This Fallen Fortress
6. A Conjurer Of Cheap Tricks
8. Time Tested Fortune
9. The Trial
10. Polar Parallels
13. Richard More...
New Jersey's Gyre is gearing up for the release of "Second Circle," and with the official drop date impending, the band has now teamed up with us to exclusively unleash another track from the EP.
Check out the pulverizing "All Revealing Eye" in the player below. You can also pick up a digital copy of "Second Circle" when it releases July 23rd via Monolithic Records. The EP's track listing is as follows:
1. All Revealing Eye
2. Ever Devourer
3. Circle to Feed
4. I Receiving All
Gyre comments on the track: "We want to put out 'All Revealing Eye' first because we feel it really showcases the full dynamics of the band. The song moves from groove metal to rock metal to tech metal and is built with bridges along the way. The structure and build-up of the song is something we focus on all the time in this band. The song lyrics deal with the idea that our senses are filters and not receptors. Image yourself hearing all the frequencies that are buzzing around you constantly, usually imperceptible to the human ear. Image all the spectrums of color indistinguishable from the next because your eyes couldn't filter and make sense of them. Your known world would crumble into senselessness. Our senses have one purpose: to give us a better chance to survive in this world. Not to tell the whole truth of what is actually around you, but to keep you alive."
Today we've teamed up with Kaotoxin Records to bring you grindcore in three flavors for the blastbeat gourmet!
The "Miserable Fucking Society" compilation will be coming August 5th, 2013 (France) and September 3rd (U.S. and U.K.) but today you can stream the nineteen track monstrosity through the player below.
The compilation includes:
Infected Society, the old-school grindcore / brutal hardcore beast featuring past and present Yyrkoon, Drowning, Ashura and Decline of Humanity members, F Stands For Fuck You, the brand new grind’n’roll project by renewed Benighted members, and Miserable Failure, a modern grindcore failure by miserable French fuckheadz. These acts are teaming together to bring you 29+ minutes of three different approaches of the very same style.
The track listing is:
1. Infected Society - Old-school Traditional Butchery 01:40
2. Infected Society - Definitely Dead 01:33
3. Infected Society - Ultimate Slavery 01:41
4. Infected Society - Mentally Deranged 01:07
5. Infected Society - Crack-whores 01:42
6. Infected Society - Life Eraser 00:28
7. Infected Society - Raw Quad Orgy 02:39
8. F Stands For Fuck You - Zero 01:51
9. F Stands For Fuck You - Sound Of Nothing 01:31
10. F Stands For Fuck You - Fit 01:18
11. F Stands For Fuck You - The Dead Men 01:16
12. F Stands For Fuck You - Fuck Off 02:15
13. F Stands For Fuck You - Firesky 01:33
14. F Stands For Fuck You - The Bombing 02:00
15. Miserable Failure - Summoning Chaos 02:24
16. Miserable Failure - All Women Must Die 00:49
17. Miserable Failure - No More Friends 01:34
18. Miserable Failure - None Shall Be Saved 01:21
19. Miserable Failure - Inside Me 00:57 More...
Today we're pleased to team up with Scion AV to give you an exclusive inside look at how the metal albums you love come together with a new studio tour clip.
Daniel Bergstrand, who has produced, mixed, and mastered a variety of extreme metal albums over the years, takes us on a tour of his studio: Dugout Productions in Sweden. He details several pieces of equipment and demonstrates the perfect acoustics of the drum room.
Dugout Productions was utilized as a recording site for albums such as "Koloss" by Meshuggah (reviewed here), "Sounds Of a Playground Fading" by In Flames (review available), "Abrahadabra" by Dimmu Borgir (review at this location), and many more. For further details, check out the studio's website here.
Modesto, California's Better Left Unsaid is gearing up for the release of a new self-titled album, to officially drop on June 18th, 2013.
As the band gears up for this new album, today we have the pleasure to unveil the opening track from "Better Left Unsaid."
Check out the melodic mix of rock and metal in "Mr. Dark" through the player available below. The band also describes its sound by saying:
"BLU combine influences ranging from the thrash of Testament, the grooves of Pantera, and the sheer attack of Machine Head into a modern metal whole that stands tall beside the likes of Threat Signal, Soilwork, and Meshuggah."
The full track listing for "Better Left Unsaid" is as follows:
1. Mr. Dark
2. The Butcher
3. She Needs Violence
4. My Wounds
5. Threat of Truth
6. Exile the Righteous
8. Snake Oil
9. Death's Reflection
10. For You
You can also hear more from the band, and find out about upcoming live activity, at the Better Left Unsaid Facebook profile here.
Combining melodic guitar solos with speed and technicality, while throwing in the snarl of death metal, U.K. act Cryostorm works all angles for a listen that's brutal and endlessly energetic.
"Version" is Cryostorm's debut full-length album featuring all of the band's earliest material, with three tracks previously being demoed on the "Destroyer Of Ardor" sampler CD released at Bloodstock 2011.
Today Metalunderground.com is proud to bring you the final finished product - check out all the tracks from "Version" in the player below!
A launch party for the "Version" CD will also take place at The Cavern in Exeter on the 27th of May. Full details are available at the show's Facebook event page.
The band's upcoming second album has already been written and recording will begin sometime in the not too distant future, so stay tuned for further news. More...
The froggy goregrinders with the greatest band name ever are at it again - Vaginal Penetration Of An Amelus With A Musty Carrot has finally released a music video! It should go without saying that this is filed under the "amazingly NSFW" column.
Check out the clip "Embryo's Orgasm" below. The band also comments on the video's story:
"The main character in the video is a paedophilic psychopath. It’s not people with long hair, piercings or tattoos who are children-fucking perverts, it’s normal and ordinary looking people."
A complete interview with the band about the video can be read here, but as a tease, here's something else the goregrinders had to say: "The filming process was actually very stimulating. I remember everyone having a boner when we did the rape scene."
The song comes off "In Involuntary Abortion we Trust," and the album's full track listing is:
1. Mass suicide with a rusty comb
2. Embryo's orgasm
3. Double Emetophilia session
4. Eyeball Peeler
5. Slushy baby chainsaw assfuck (live)
6. Rancid monstrosity (live)
7. Eyeball peeler (Pumuckl version)
If you love what you hear below, or just want to sick slack jawed and try to figure out if that's really front man Franz's voice making those sounds, check out "Mass Suicide With A Rusty Comb" at this location. More...
Connecticut progressive extreme metal act Priapism (one of the bands featured in last years Unearthing The Connecticut Metal Scene, Pt. 2) has emerged from the vibrant New England Metal scene as one of its most proficient technical progressive death metal act. Hailing from New Haven county, the band is made up of:
Paul Marak - Vocals
Alani Shaperow - Drums
Mike Schick - Guitarist
Mike Schupp- Frettless/Bass
Priapism has been playing and recording since 2001, attempting to shatter the boundaries of conventional metal ever since by combining influences of death metal, hardcore, funk-rock, and even jazz into their multi-layered, dynamic, and often brutal songs. The quartet isn't bound by any particular genre or style they're just dead-set on expanding their boundaries and playing the most powerful, hard-hitting music they can.
In July of 2012, label Ear One Productions released the band's debut album "Prey|Pay|Obey." The album is available at most digital retailers, like iTunes, and is streaming on Spotify. More information can be found at Ear One Productions and the band's Facebook Page.
Today, Metal Underground is proud to premiere the band's first music video for the track "Reset Or Cease."
Drummer Alani Shaperow describes the song and the video: "This video is our raw and powerful depiction of what our society/human race is made up of today when it comes to greed and power. 'Reset or Cease' is about understanding our screwed up ways and changing them for the better if possible."
The video was filmed in Norwalk CT at The Norwalk Underground. The videographer/editor is Charlie Winthal for Ear One Productions. Check it out here: More...
Last year several members of Sabaton set out on their own to form a new band, with Rikard Sundén (guitars), Oskar Montelius (guitars), Daniel Mullback (drums), and Daniel Mÿhr (keyboards) joining vocalist Nils Patrik Johansson (Astral Doors) and bassist Stefan "Pizza" Eriksson (Volturyon) to create Civil War.
The band would go on to be nominated as one of the best newcomers of 2012 in our annual year-end awards. Now Civil War's debut full-length album is almost upon us, as "The Killer Angels" will drop on June 11th, 2013.
In anticipation of the release, Metalunderground.com is pleased to bring you an exclusive song premiere off the album. Experience the full throttle power metal glory of "First To Fight" in the player below. The band also comments on the track:
"First to Fight is about an elite force, that according to some, even surpasses the U.S. Navy Seals when it comes to the tough recruitment requirements. 'GROM,' - Grupa Reagowania Operacyjno-Manewrowego (Operational Maneuver Response Group), is a 350 man strong elite force that was formed on June 13th, 1990 to protect Polish citizens where the situation demands it across the globe."
The track listing for "The Killer Angels" is as follows:
1. King Of The Sun
2. First To Fight
3. Saint Patrick's Day
4. Rome Is Falling
5. Sons Of Avalon
6. I Will Rule The Universe
7. Lucifer's Court
8. Brother Judas
9. My Own Worst Enemy
11. March Across the Belts (Bonus Track)
Now Or Never was formed in 2012 when ex-Pretty Maids guitarist Ricky Marx hooked up with drummer Fabian Ranzoni. Quickly after, they were joined by long time friends, vocalist Jo Amore (Nightmare) and former Pretty Maids bassist Kenn Jackson. The band entered into Peek Studios in Southern France with producer Pat Liotard to record the debut self-titled release.
The band's sound is an exciting convergence of hard rock and metal with a modern kick - complete with power, energy and mature songwriting. The mix of the album was finished just days ago and Metal Underground is the first to present the world with the exclusive premiere of the new track "Reach Out (For The Sky)."
Marx provided some detail on the song: "The song is about life and how you live on a daily basis, where nothing comes on a plate. You need to work it out on your own to make things happen. I wrote part of it in Denmark when I was at Kenn's place (after a 'mega liquid' night) and the rest at Jo's place while we were working on the vocal melodies. Ranzo wrote most of the lyrics on the album, and I wrote the rest, like 'Brothers' and 'Something's Missing' (song and lyrics were written in half a day at Joe's with an acoustic guitar)."
Marx also commented on the band: "The important thing in this band is that there is great cohesion and everyone is always a good mood. There are no egos, and that is very important for me. We've all been there already, recorded, played everywhere and I tell u, it is so nice to play and enjoy real friendships!"
He went on to talk about working with producer Pat Liotard: "Working with Pat was amazing, creative, nice....he is a good musician and pro. I think we managed to get something new out of Jo [Amore] and a good overall musical print. We where big during the 80's and 90's for some of us...some still now and we are so willing to give a full blast!" More...
Following the 2011 surprise breakout prog masterpiece "Bilateral" (reviewed here), Norwegian outfit Leprous will be releasing new album "Coal" on May 28th, 2013. Pre-orders for the album are now available through CMdistro.com.
Bits and pieces of the album have already made their way online, and today Metalunderground.com is stoked to bring you the North American premiere for new music video "The Cloak." Check it out through the player below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments section.
Leprous also comments: "While we're anxiously waiting to release 'Coal' to the public, another taste of it is coming your way. A while back we announced a video was in the making, and now everything is ready for your eyes and ears. 'The Cloak' is our second music video, and we're extremely excited to finally release it! Enjoy!"
After giving this 4 minute video a watch if you want a longer (and heavier) preview of the new album, listen to the song "Chronic" and read our recent interview with Leprous at this location. The track listing for "Coal" is as follows:
4. The Cloak
5. The Valley
8. Contaminate Me
This has undoubtedly been one of the craziest, most devastating weeks in recent metal history. Capping off all the death and drama comes a track of pure old school power thrash to get your head back on the banging track, courtesy of Canadian act Sanktuary.
Sanktuary's new album "Something Fierce" is due out July 2nd, 2013 via Spread The Metal Records. Fans now have an opportunity to hear an advance track - check out "Fire in the Sky" through the player below.
If you haven't heard of Sanktuary before, you can get acquainted at the band's Facebook page (and according to said Facebook page the guys drink The Kraken while on the road - a move which instantly endears them to this writer and which presumably fuels their metallic rage!)
In the words of the band: "This journey has been quite the experience and we are incredibly stoked to unleash Something Fierce to the masses. So crack a cold one, strap on some clean undies and grab an umbrella 'cause this shit storm's coming soon to a record store near you."
The new album's track listing is:
1. Deadly Prey
2. Heat Lightning
3. Hail The Villain
4. Thrill Of The Kill
5. Screeching For Vengeance
6. Fire In The Sky
7. Beyond The Wall
8. Midnite Mass
Sanktuary consists of:
Alan Binger - Guitars & Vocals
Cole Hume - Bass
Anders Grasholm - Drums
Glen Emond - Guitars
After releasing debut album "DeEvolution" back in 2011, Cynthesis is now back for a follow-up record that reunites three original members of Zero Hour -- brothers Jasun and Troy Tipton and vocalist Erik Rosvold - along with Enchant drummer Sean Flanagan.
The new album "ReEvolution" isn't due out until next month, but today you can get a preview of the release through the epic nine minute "Persistence of Visions" track.
Fans of Suspyre, Dream Theater, or Abnormal Thought Patterns are in for a progtastic experience that combines haunting passages, melodic clean singing, and complex instrumentation all in one musical journey.
Give the Metalunderground.com exclusive premiere a listen through the player below (due to the large size of the track, it may take a moment to load after clicking "play").
"ReEvolution" will see release via Sensory Records on June 4th. The album was mixed and co-produced by Forrester Savell and mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Studios.
Pre-orders are available now at Amazon.com here, and the album's track listing is as follows:
1. Divine Night
3. The Grand Façade
4. A Most Trivial Pursuit
5. Persistence Of Visions
6. The Noble Lie
7. Release The Deity
Montreal has seen the creation of a horde of impressive and big name metal acts - from full on technical death to avant-garde prog and even a slew of 'core - and now a new act is rising from that scene.
After two years in the works, BornBroken's debut album "The Healing Powers of Hate" is set for official release on June 4th, 2013.
Today Metalunderground.com is proud to bring you an early taste of what the album has to offer with the track "Anger of the Day." Get your first experience of BornBroken in the player provided below.
The full track listing for "The Healing Powers of Hate" is as follows:
1. Can't Quiet the Riot
2. Old News
3. Anger of the Day
4. I Will Rise
6. It Has Begun
7. Birth of the Broken
8. Bleed the Sky
9. Reborn from the Ashes
10. The Healing Powers of Hate
For more info on BornBroken and to find out when you can catch the outfit live at festivals or shows, head over to the BornBroken Facebook profile here. Be sure to leave a comment below letting us know if you threw the horns or spontaneously began headbanging!