Anthesis Releasing New Album “The Age Of Self”

The underground metallic noise rock purveyors from Anthesis return with a first full-length in over 7 years and their most ferocious and focused material to date with “The Age of Self.”

The Canadian trio’s decimating new release was recorded at Ancient Temple Recordings in Quispamsis, New Brunswick by guitarist / vocalist Scott Miller throughout 2016. “The Age of Self” features eleven tracks of sludgy noise rock shifting to doom-laden despair and angular, grinding dissonance, all tied together with hardcore punk aggression.

The album is due out June 9th, 2017 with pre-orders now online physically here or digitally here and the full track listing is as follows:

1. The Path to Enlightenment
2. False Content
3. Where’s the Dignity?
4. Empty Vessels
5. Reunion
6. Pension Teeth
7. Abscent
8. Decay.Disgust
9. Shattered Into a Sea of Light
10. Silence is Solace
11. The Following

The Age of Self by Anthesis

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Destrage posts in-depth making-of-video of ‘A Means to No End’

– April 26th, 2017 –

Set to kick off European tour with Periphery, The Contortionist next week

You can try to put Destrage in a box but you will never succeed. Words such as “progressive”, “cinematic”, “mathcore”, “technical” and “groove-laden”, could be thrown at them, but really the only one you need is Destrage, for they are in a category of their own making. This has never been more true than on A Means To No End, the fourth full-length from the Milan, Italy-based 5-piece, which was released last October via Metal Blade Records. Riveting from start to finish, it leads the listener through an emotionally-charged labyrinth of complex yet catchy melody and muscle, following nobody’s rules, and it stands out as one of the truly unique releases of 2016.

For a preview of A Means To No End, Destrage has now posted an in-depth making-of-video for the album, which can be viewed at: youtube.com/watch?v=DPoFYvKLRes

Destrage‘s Matteo Di Giola (guitar) comments: “The best thing about entering the studio is that the rest of the world stays out. The band members and the studio crew captured the images themselves, behind closed doors, to focus on what was the most immersive and challenging record-making of their career. Now, a year from then, the external eye of a talented director sums it up and makes it a tale. Big thanks go to Bode Music Gear for making this possible.”

To support this outstanding album, Destrage will join Periphery and The Contortionist next week on the “European Unrest Tour”. See below for all dates!

Destrage “European Unrest Tour” dates
w/ Periphery, The Contortionist

May 2 – Wiesbaden, Germany – Schlachthof
May 3 – Lausanne, Switzerland – Les Docks
May 5 – Milan, Italy – Santeria Club
May 6 – Bologna, Italy – Zona Roveri
May 7 – Wien, Austria – Szene
May 8 – Berlin, Germany – Lido
May 9 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Pumpehuset
May 11 – Helsinki, Finland – Tavastia
May 13 – Stockholm, Sweden – Klubben
May 14 – Oslo, Norway – Vulcan Arena
May 16 – Hamburg, Germany – Markthalle
May 17 – Koln, Germany – Essigfabrik
May 18 – Antwerp, Belgium – Trix
May 19 – Manchester, UK – O2 Ritz
May 20 – London, UK – O2Forum
May 21 – Paris, France – Trabendo
May 23 – Nantes, France – Le Ferrailleur
May 24 – Toulouse, France – Connexion
May 25 – Lyon, France – CCO
May 26 – Esch-Sur-Alzette, Luxembourg – Rockhal
May 27 – Nijmegen, Netherlands – Doornrosje

To hear more from A Means To No End, and to purchase the record in various formats, please visit: metalblade.com/destrage

Destrage line-up:
Paolo Colavolpe – vocals
Matteo Di Gioia – guitar
Federico Paulovich – drums
Ralph Guido Salati – guitar
Gabriel Pignata – bass

Destrage online:
http://www.destrage.com
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Destrage posts in-depth making-of-video of ‘A Means to No End’

– April 26th, 2017 –

Set to kick off European tour with Periphery, The Contortionist next week

You can try to put Destrage in a box but you will never succeed. Words such as “progressive”, “cinematic”, “mathcore”, “technical” and “groove-laden”, could be thrown at them, but really the only one you need is Destrage, for they are in a category of their own making. This has never been more true than on A Means To No End, the fourth full-length from the Milan, Italy-based 5-piece, which was released last October via Metal Blade Records. Riveting from start to finish, it leads the listener through an emotionally-charged labyrinth of complex yet catchy melody and muscle, following nobody’s rules, and it stands out as one of the truly unique releases of 2016.

For a preview of A Means To No End, Destrage has now posted an in-depth making-of-video for the album, which can be viewed at: youtube.com/watch?v=DPoFYvKLRes

Destrage‘s Matteo Di Giola (guitar) comments: “The best thing about entering the studio is that the rest of the world stays out. The band members and the studio crew captured the images themselves, behind closed doors, to focus on what was the most immersive and challenging record-making of their career. Now, a year from then, the external eye of a talented director sums it up and makes it a tale. Big thanks go to Bode Music Gear for making this possible.”

To support this outstanding album, Destrage will join Periphery and The Contortionist next week on the “European Unrest Tour”. See below for all dates!

Destrage “European Unrest Tour” dates
w/ Periphery, The Contortionist

May 2 – Wiesbaden, Germany – Schlachthof
May 3 – Lausanne, Switzerland – Les Docks
May 5 – Milan, Italy – Santeria Club
May 6 – Bologna, Italy – Zona Roveri
May 7 – Wien, Austria – Szene
May 8 – Berlin, Germany – Lido
May 9 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Pumpehuset
May 11 – Helsinki, Finland – Tavastia
May 13 – Stockholm, Sweden – Klubben
May 14 – Oslo, Norway – Vulcan Arena
May 16 – Hamburg, Germany – Markthalle
May 17 – Koln, Germany – Essigfabrik
May 18 – Antwerp, Belgium – Trix
May 19 – Manchester, UK – O2 Ritz
May 20 – London, UK – O2Forum
May 21 – Paris, France – Trabendo
May 23 – Nantes, France – Le Ferrailleur
May 24 – Toulouse, France – Connexion
May 25 – Lyon, France – CCO
May 26 – Esch-Sur-Alzette, Luxembourg – Rockhal
May 27 – Nijmegen, Netherlands – Doornrosje

To hear more from A Means To No End, and to purchase the record in various formats, please visit: metalblade.com/destrage

Destrage line-up:
Paolo Colavolpe – vocals
Matteo Di Gioia – guitar
Federico Paulovich – drums
Ralph Guido Salati – guitar
Gabriel Pignata – bass

Destrage online:
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http://www.facebook.com/destrage
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http://twitter.com/destrage
http://instagram.com/destrage_official
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Cirith Ungol releases exclusive live version of “King of the Dead”

– April 25th, 2017 –

In conjunction with Cirith Ungol‘s first ever live show on European soil at the Keep It True festival in Lauda-Konigshofen, Germany, Metal Blade Records will release the Ultimate Edition of Cirith Ungol‘s King Of The Dead album on the weekend of the fest, April 28th! For a preview of this release, fans can now stream a live version of the title track at: youtube.com/watch?v=Zbd8byqTZa4. This version was recorded live during the band’s comeback show at the Frost & Fire festival last October in Ventura, CA.

To hear the classic track, “Atom Smasher”, please visit: metalblade.com/cirithungol – where the King Of The Dead – Ultimate Edition can be pre-ordered in the following formats:

–CD/DVD Digipak
–180g black vinyl
–clear ice blue vinyl (limited to 300 copies – EU exclusive)
–turquoise green/black-marbled vinyl (limited to 200 copies – EU exclusive)
–blood-red vinyl (limited to 200 copies – USA exclusive)
*plus digital options are also available!

The King Of The Dead – Ultimate Edition digipak CD features a full re-mastering by Patrick W. Engel at Temple Of Disharmony, five bonus tracks, expanded packaging and a bonus-DVD! The King Of The Dead – Ultimate Edition LP will be released as part of the Metal Blade Originals series; featuring 400 g spine sleeves, a 12-page booklet and an A1 sized poster, the vinyl was also mastered and fully restored by Patrick W. Engel in January 2017. This version reflects the original sound of the 1st vinyl pressing, released on Enigma in 1984!

King Of The Dead – Ultimate Edition track-listing:
1. Atom Smasher
2. Black Machine
3. Master of the Pit
4. King of the Dead
5. Death of the Sun
6. Finger of Scorn
7. Toccata in D minor
8. Cirith Ungol
9. Last Laugh (Live)*
10. Death of the Sun (alt mix)**
11. Master of the Pit (Live)***
12. King of the Dead (Live)***
13. Cirith Ungol (Live)***
* Live 1984 (bonus Track on original CD)
** alternative version (taken from Metal Massacre I)
*** Live at Frost & Fire Fest II at the Majestic Ventura Theater in Ventura on October 8th, 2016

Bonus-DVD track-listing (Live at The Roxy, West Hollywood, CA on January 19th, 1983):
1. Atom Smasher
2. I’m Alive
3. Black Machine
4. Master of the Pit
5. King of the Dead
6. Death of the Sun
7. Finger of Scorn
8. Cirith Ungol

Cirith Ungol line-up on King Of The Dead:
Tim Baker – vocals
Jerry Fogle – guitars
Michael ‘Flint’ Vujejia – bass
Robert Garven – drums

Cirith Ungol will perform live in Europe for the first time ever at the Keep It True festival in Lauda-Konigshofen on April 28-29. See below for all dates!

Cirith Ungol live
Apr. 28-29 – Lauda-Konigshofen, Germany – Keep It True Festival
May 26-27 – Athens, Greece – Up The Hammers
July 21-22 – Crispendorf, Germany – Chaos Descends
Nov. 17-18 – Wurzburg, Germany – Hammer Of Doom

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Oddland Releases Acoustic “Unknown” Video

Finnish progressive metal outfit Oddland has issued a newly-filmed video this week, ahead of the band’s European tour with label mates Wolverine and Until Rain, which kicks off this Wednesday.

Oddland’s new video was filmed and edited by Ville Viitanen for a brand new acoustic version of “Unknown,” which initially appeared in a fully heavy/electric version of the band’s second album, “Origin,” released in September 2016 through Laser’s Edge division Sensory Records.

Issues the band on this acoustic version of the song: “We’ve been fiddling around with acoustics every now and then and really fell in love with the idea of making an acoustic version of a song on Origin. ‘Unknown’ seemed the most fitting candidate, and luckily, we were able to book the beautiful medieval castle of our hometown Turku to record this performance. It was really the perfect choice with the haunting ambience and enchantingly echoing stone walls.”

Catch Oddland live on these upcoming 2017 tour dates:

4/26/2017 The Bodega – Nottingham, UK w/ Wolverine, Until Rain
4/27/2017 Garage Highbury – London, UK w/ Wolverine, Until Rain
4/28/2017 La Boule Noure – Paris, FR w/ Wolverine, Until Rain
4/29/2017 Boerderij – Zoetermeer, NL w/ Wolverine, Until Rain
4/30/2017 W2 – Hertogenbosch, NL w/ Wolverine, Until Rain
5/03/2017 Musik & Frieden – Berlin, DE w/ Wolverine, Until Rain
5/04/2017 Beta2300 – Copenhagen, DK w/ Wolverine, Until Rain
5/05/2017 Frölunda Kulturhus – Gothenburg, SE w/ Wolverine, Until Rain
5/06/2017 Bowlan – Östhammar, SE w/ Wolverine, Until Rain
5/26/2017 Musaopisto – Turku, FI

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Between the Buried and Me launches live video for “Turn on the Darkness”, from new DVD/Blu-ray, ‘Coma Ecliptic: Live’

– April 24th, 2017 –

This Friday (April 28th), Between the Buried and Me will release their new DVD/Blu-ray, Coma Ecliptic: Live, via Metal Blade Records, in association with Good Fight Entertainment. The concert, which features the band performing their latest album, Coma Ecliptic, in its entirety, was filmed live on location October 4th, 2016 at The Observatory North Park in San Diego, CA. For a preview of the release, a live video of “Turn on the Darkness” can now be viewed at: youtube.com/watch?v=nUprJZMPM0c

Bassist Dan Briggs comments: “The genesis of the ‘Coma Ecliptic‘ filming was based around capturing the look and feel of the show our lighting director Chris Hill produced for the full album set. It’s such an important record for us and our progression as a band and the visual representation captures the moods of our tragic tale so well. It’s the perfect way to wrap up the last two years we’ve been living with this album day in and day out!”

To pre-order Coma Ecliptic: Live, please visit: metalblade.com/btbam – where a DVD/Blu-ray trailer can also be viewed. See below for available formats:

–CD/DVD/Blu-ray
–180g black 2LP
–golden yellow marble 2LP (limited to 300 copies – EU exclusive)
–ultra violet marble 2LP (limited to 200 copies – EU exclusive)
–purple/black marble 2LP (limited to 300 copies – USA exclusive)
*exclusive bundles with a shirt, plus digital options are also available!

Hailed as “a 68-minute cosmic opera” (Rolling Stone), Coma Ecliptic was released in July 2015, debuting at #1 on the Hard Music Billboard Chart, #12 on the Billboard Top 200, as well as #1 on the iTunes Metal Chart, Vinyl Chart, Amazon Hard Rock Chart, and Amazon Metal Chart. Additionally, the album charted on the iTunes Rock chart (#2), Canada Hard Music Chart (#3), UK Rock/Metal chart (#4), UK Independent Chart (#10), Canada Top 200 Chart (#17), Canada Top 200 Digital (#22), Germany Top 100 (#53) and UK Album chart (#74). The “beautifully shot and recorded” (Revolver Magazine) DVD/Blu-ray for Coma Ecliptic: Live will surely please fans once again. Directed by Vince Edwards and edited by Blake Faucette and Justin Reich, Coma Ecliptic: Live‘s audio was mixed by Jamie King at the Basement Recording NC, with live GoPro camera placement by the band’s own Blake Richardson (drums).

Between the Buried and Me line-up:
Tommy Rogers – vocals, keyboards
Dan Briggs – bass
Blake Richardson – drums
Paul Waggoner – guitar
Dustie Waring – guitar

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Endless Voyage X Announces “Those Who Time Forgot” Album

This summer, Fragile Branch Recordings will release “Those Who Time Forgot” by Endless Voyage X. The album contains 4 tracks of doom-infused black metal and a specific late summer release date will be unveiled soon.

Endless Voyage X was formed by sole member Jake in May of 2016 and focuses on themes such as the ocean, darkness, and personal thoughts and philosophies. The track listing is as follows:

1. Far From Home
2. Perpetual Misfortune
3. Melancholy
4. At One With The Abyss

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Fire From The Gods Posts “The Voiceless” Video

Austin, Texas metal band Fire From the Gods today releases new video “The Voiceless,” which can be seen below. The band is known for uniquely bridging the gap between metal fury and hip hop, and this track is off of the band’s upcoming album, “Narrative Retold,” which hits stores May 19th.

Fire from the Gods signed with Rise Records for the release of 2016 LP, “Narrative,” which was produced by David Bendeth (Paramore, Of Mice & Men, Breaking Benjamin). Written from the point of view of a minority man living in urban America, “Narrative” put American society under a microscope, tackling topics like racism and abuse of power and balancing those with empowering underdog anthems.

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Feeding Announces Self-Titled EP Release

Formed in 2016, Feeding was created in the wake of local Edmonton hardcore outfits Cold Lungs and Low Level disbanding. With members from each band still seeking auditory destruction, a five-song EP was rendered.

It will be presented as an offering on spools of magnetic tape this coming April 28th, 2017 through Funeral Trance Records. This debut was recorded in Feeding’s sanctum: Piss Alley by Derek Orthner (Begrime Exemious) and mastered by Brad Boatright of Audio Siege.

The cassettes will bear Jason Barnett’s conception of crawling toward death. Feeding plans on touring as far as possible to spread this patented brand of occult death rock, and already has plans for future releases. Check out the “Rotting Alive” single below, and pre-orders are online here.

1. Tumult
2. Dregs
3. Rotten Alive
4. Impure In The Eyes Of God
5. Kazmus

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Ty Arthur Releasing New Grimdark Novel “Light Dawning”

Following his debut sci-fi novella “Empty” from 2016, heavy metal scribe Ty Arthur (Metalunderground.com’s very own xFiruath) returns with new full-length horror novel “Light Dawning.” Pivoting away from the emptiness of space, the book dives headlong into the waters of fantasy, but with a seriously grimdark twist. This next foray into the bleaker corners of human existence is officially slated for release on Friday, May 26th, 2017.

Like its predecessor, the creation of “Light Dawning” was driven forward by the power of music, with special thanks in particular due to U.K. avant-garde black metal group Code, Norwegian musical enigma Ihsahn, and Chilean prog rock group Bauda. To get an advance preview of the themes and tone of the novel, a music playlist matching several scenes can be heard via Spotify here or in the player below.

Once known as the City on the Hill and revered far and wide for its independence and boundless opportunity, Cestia has become home only to the damned. Surviving under the brutal occupation of a southern empire for three long years, the oppressed populace has lost hope of liberation, turning instead towards an increasingly desperate rebellion willing to commit any atrocity for a chance at freedom.

As total war approaches, four lost souls trapped behind Cestia’s walls are on a collision course with fate, destined to either save the city or see it utterly destroyed while calling on forces beyond mankind’s comprehension. For good or ill, the light of a new day is about to dawn.

“As with all my work, this story is inspired by a real life experience translated into a fictional setting, and completing this book took a lot out of me,” Arthur said of the upcoming release. “Its set in an unquestionably fantasy universe, but don’t expect any elves or farm boy chosen ones saving the world. My take on the genre draws more from cosmic dread and the horror of war than anything with unlikely heroes or lovable rogues. Don’t expect any happy endings.”

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