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Hate Eternal Streaming New Track!

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Florida denizens of death Hate Eternal are streaming a track from the upcoming LP “Upon Desolate Sands.” The new album is set to release on October 26 on Seasons of Mist. This will be the first album from them in over 3 years.

The new track, entitled “What Lies Beyond” has fans excited because it shows the band is practically immune to becoming stale despite having a career that has spanned over 20 years. They fuse tech elements with crushing intensity to create a sound that slowly builds into a maelstrom of blasts and shreds. The skeleton of the track is steeped in definitive death metal elements of which they add layers of complexity over to create a unique sound. This is classic Hate Eternal with a fresh appeal which leaves fans ever more curious and excited what’s to come in October.

Pre-order here: https://shopusa.season-of-mist.com/list/hate-eternal-upon-desolate-sands

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Brutal Death Metal Pioneers Internal Bleeding Announce New CD Release!

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New York born brutal slam kings, Internal Bleeding are set to release their first full length album in 4 four years on October 19th with Unique Leader records. The album, entitled “Corrupting Influence” would be the band’s 6th full length album since their formation back in 1991.

Internal Bleeding is often credited with planting the seeds for the slam movement that grew from the band’s signature face melting breakdowns and chugging, down tuned guitars. The band has grown a bit of a cult following among slam heads in the underground since adopting this increasingly brutal style. Judging from the decimating intensity of the band’s last full length release, “Imperium,” fans can expect the new release to be just as bludgeoning.

You can pre-order “Corrupting Influence” directly from Unique Leader Records. Stay brutal slam heads!

Pre-order here:  https://uniqueleader.com/new-releases/internal-bleeding-release-album-cover-track-listing-and-release-date-for-new-album-corrupting-influence/attachment/internal-bleeding-corrupting-influence-cover/

Stockholm Giants Unanimated are Back From the Dead After 9 Years

On August 10, 2018 Stockholm legends, Unanimated released a new EP entitled “Annihilation.” When I discovered the mighty Unanimated were returning from their seemingly perpetual hibernation a wave of excitement poured over me.  Upon listening, it’s safe to say the Swedish blackened death metal foursome is reemerging from a nine year hiatus with a bludgeoning EP that was well worth the wait.

The release of “Annihilation” breaks the silence for this band in a huge way. Fortunately for fans of the band, Unanimated hasn’t deviated too much from the mid 90s tempo of “Ancient Gods of Evil.” In many ways, “Annihilation” is even heavier than their prior release, “In the Light of Darkness,” which was honestly nothing to sniff at either.

The EP opens with the barbarous intensity that’s beautifully tempered with complex melody. The speed of the blasts combined with the calculated dissonance of the riffs immediately draw in even the most jaded listeners. They don’t slow down from there either. The entire EP is a beautiful example of perfectly executed Swedish death metal.

Unanimated have taken to the newest movement in underground metal of not holding back or attempting to appeal to a larger audience by unleashing an onslaught of heaviness in true kvlt fashion upon their fans. They’ve held steadfast to the formula that worked for them in the 90s while continuing to remain relevant in the modern era. The riffs on this EP are simultaneously melodic and intense. “Annihilation”  is definitive of the sound Swedish metal fans are looking for in a release, and has enough momentum push Swedish death metal back into the underground spotlight with its hungry ferocity and technical prowess.

The main feeling I get from this EP is elation. If Unanimated can return after all these years with an EP of this caliber, what does the future hold for the band? It looks like good things are to come and, for that, Swedish death metal enthusiasts worldwide are eternally grateful.

Rust In Peace: A Tribute to Nick Menza

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Most of my readers should be aware by now that the former Megadeth drummer and thrash metal legend was taken from us last night due to heart failure.  This an extremely sad moment in metal history so Underworld Zine would like to pay tribute to the late drummer.

Nick Menza had prodigy written all over him.  He began to play drums at the age of two.  By the time he reached adulthood, he was already a god.  All you teenage drummer wannabes should lay your sticks down now.  You’ll never compare to this guy.  But seriously, despite being best known for his contribution to Megadeth, this guy has been in all the bands.  His resume is long as shit, going back to his early efforts in Cold Fire all the way to his most recent effort in OHM.  The metal world has truly lost a legend.

My own experience with Nick Menza is special as well.  When you’re a teenage girl into thrash metal, you get very few opportunities to swoon over musicians,  Metal is saturated with the ugliest cretins on the face of the earth and I wouldn’t change that for the world.  But when I bought my first copy of Rust in Peace and saw Nick Menza’s face, I melted.  I was already a fan and then I heard Rust in Peace and basically never even listened to Metallica anymore.  It was a life changing moment for me.  Holy Wars…..The Punishment Due taught me what thrash metal was supposed to sound like.

Megadeth was also the first band I met in person.  They did a CD signing at the Northtown Mall in the small town of Blaine Minnesota for the release of Cryptic Writings.  I’ll never forget meeting them, shaking their hands, and getting them to autograph my worn cassette copy of Rust in Peace. It was truly a formative moment in my own adolescence. And Nick Menza was a sweet guy and also very handsome in person.

It is truly tragic that we lost Nick Menza at such a young age (he was a mere 51 years old) but he died onstage doing the thing he loved most and left behind a legacy and a dent in the metal zeitgeist.  So instead of hanging your head low, throw up those horns high and bang your head to thrash metal perfection.  I don’t think Nick Menza would want it any other way.

Inquisition Streaming New Track!!

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It’s been three years in the making, but Columbian black metal band Inquisition has finally announced the release date of their new album, entitled “Bloodshed Across the Empyrean Altar Beyond the Celestial Zenith”.  The new album will be released to the public on August 26 of this year on Seasons of Mist but, as a teaser, the band has leaked one song from the LP for streaming.  Inquisition claims that this new album will be the heaviest and most atmospheric to date.  Bands always say shit like that, but from the sounds of the newest track, entitled “Wings of Anu”, they aren’t lying.

The first notable feature in the new the track were Dagon’s vocals.  They were markedly raspier than in recent years, almost becoming growls at points in the song.  One of the things Inquisition haters always like to annoyingly point out are Dagon’s Donald Duck like vocal stylings.  These people aren’t really listening to the music or they wouldn’t give a shit about the vocals, and if they did ten seconds of research, they would realize that Dagon’s vocals are vibratory emanations, deliberately designed for ceremonial, demonic invocations.  That’s probably the most kvlt thing I ever heard.  Nonetheless, Dagon seems to have taken note of the complaints about his vocal stylings and conceded to a more traditional sounding metal vocal.  This is good move and should make the band more accessible to a wider audience.  He did so with such subtlety as to not alienate long term fans as well.

Also notable, was the intensity of the drumming and the overall heaviness of the track.  The track managed to maintain a heaviness, whilst remaining catchy, with a decent hook in the chorus.  I really liked the track and if it’s any indicator for what else is to come on the latest release, I’d say we’re in for a treat.  One thing was missing on this track, was the melodic, ethereal breaks Inquisition is known for.  I can only hope that the band incorporates those hypnotic moments into the new album.  Otherwise, this new track is an absolutely solid precursor of what’s to come within the next few months.  It definitely has me gripping my seat!

Hells Headbash III Lineup Confirmed!

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It’s official!  The moment we’ve been waiting for is here!  The lineup for Cleveland’s own festival, Hells Headbash is confirmed and it kicks fucking ass!  Hells Headbangers is giving a little something to fans of all genres this year.  Everything from old school death metal, to raw black metal, to thrash, and even doom metal is featured on the bill.  One thing all the bands have in common though, they’re all true as fuck and will melt your goddamn face off!  These are the bands on the bill.  Don’t miss this!

Goat Semen
Demoncy
Grand Belial’s Key
Intolitarian
Sacrocurse
Scythian
Incantation
Angelcorpse
Revenge – band
Atomic Aggressor
Void Meditation Cult
Profanatica
MORBOSIDAD
Hobbs’ Angel of Death
Toxic Holocaust
Armour
POWER FROM HELL
Acid Witch
Embalmer
Perdition Temple
Demona
Kerasphorus
Terror – CLE
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The show starts at 2pm sharp on Friday September 2 at the Agora Theatre in Cleveland, Ohio and goes on through Sunday September 4. Terror will be opening on Friday, so get there on time. Set times for the rest of the bands are soon to be announced. Tickets are on sale now! Buy them at this site https://hellsheadbash.yapsody.com/event/index/28938/hells-headbash-part-3.  Hails!

The Primitive’s Debut Album Out Now!

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Jim Roe has certainly been a busy man as of late.  From releasing the Mausoleum/ Haemophagus split last year, to joining iconic, thrash band Terror this year, the former Incantation drummer hasn’t had much time to breath.  That didn’t stop this workaholic from cowering away in his basement to work on a solo a project, however.  And for that, metal heads across the globe are grateful.

Jim Roe’s solo project, The Primitive, formed back in June of 2015.  The idea was to create “pounding death metal”.  That he did!  Founded in Hell is as aggressive and bludgeoning as ever, and employs the best elements of classic death metal into its sound.  This album is great for fans of Deicide (specifically when they were still called Amon), Immolation, and early Morbid Angel.  Its stripped down feel is refreshing in an era when technical death metal seems to reign supreme.  This is crushing death metal at its best and, dare I say it, most primitive.  Purchase the album at HearNow.com or you’re a lame that doesn’t like good music.  For now though, prepare to get your skull crushed by the sounds of The Primitive!