Looking for something new to listen to? Get acquainted with these tracks from some lesser-known bands that came out in May thanks to our monthly Underground Roundup! Check out our cumulative playlists below featuring this month's edition, as well as all the previous months as well.
You can also check out all editions of the Underground Roundup here.
The Abbey – "A Thousand Dead Witches"
The Abbey is the new band featuring Natalie Koskinen (Shape Of Despair), Jesse Heikkinen (Henget, Iterum Nata), Vesa Ranta (ex-Sentenced, The Man-Eating Tree), Henri Arvola, and Janne Markus (The Man-Eating Tree). If you need doom, The Abbey has doom.
Black Lava – "Northern Dawn"
Black Lava is drummer Dan Presland (ex-Ne Obliviscaris, Vipassi, A Million Dead Birds Laughing), guitarist Ben Boyle (A Million Dead Birds Laughing, Hadal Maw, Vipassi), vocalist Rob Watkins, and bassist Tim Anderson (Hadal Maw). Get your blackened death metal on below. Soul Furnace is out November 25.
Bleed – "Killing Time"
Bleed is back with a brand new single called "Killing Time" that's sure to please anyone looking to get their '90s Deftones-style shoegaze metal on today. The single is from Bleed's currently-unannounced debut album due out in 2023 via 20 Buck Spin, which is sure to kick ass.
Brat – "Human Offense"
New Orleans death metal influenced hardcore act Brat is here to beat your ass right into next week with a brand new single "Human Offense." Then I'd imagine you're going to cart your unconscious body around for a bit in their pink-lined van, which you'll see in the below video.
Cryptae – "Trench"
Cryptae is here to dredge up only the most insane death metal thanks to "Trench." Clocking in at just under two and a half minutes, Cryptae brings everything from frantically strobing melody lines to outright cavernous beatdown riffs. The end result will leave you in a heap on the floor. Cryptae will drop Capsule on November 18.
Daeva – "Polluting the Sanctuary (Revolutions Against Faith)"
Daeva, the blackened heavy metal band featuring three members of Crypt Sermon and former Infernal Stronghold vocalist Edward Gonet, just released their debut album Through Sheer Will and Black Magic. It's awesome, but holy shit – how are we all not talking about how sick Steve Jansson is at guitar?
Deadbody – "Joy Of Torture"
Deadbody is the new band featuring brothers Taylor Young (Twitching Tongues, God's Hate, Zous) on guitar and vocals and Colin Young (God's Hate, Twitching Tongues) on bass and vocals, plus guitarist Miles McIntosh (Apparition) and Jorge Herrera (ACXDC, Despise You). Deadbody released The Requiem on October 28.
Destroyer Of Light – "Darkshimmer"
Sit your ass down, because Destroyer Of Light is here to blow you away with massive riffs for the next seven minutes. And when I say blow you away, I mean it like that one dude in the Maxell cassette tape advertisement from the '80s. Destroyer Of Light will release their new record Panic on November 11
Dryad – "Black Smoke"
Dryad will release their debut album The Abyssal Plain on January 20, and they've got a cause. Of their first single, Dryad states it's "a call to arms to save our oceans before it’s too late – a black metal d-beat attack in defense of water sanctity (as well as a slight nod to a favorite horror film)."
Elder – "Endless Return"
Elder will release their new record Innate Passage on November 25 and is now streaming their epic single "Endless Return." As is customary with Elder, the song clocks in at damn near 10 minutes and is nothing short of a psych-heavy progressive masterpiece.
Envy – "Seimei"
Legendary Japanese post-rock-meets-screamo band Envy is back with a brand new single "Seimei" and an EP of the same name due out November 9. "Seimei," as Envy always does, is beautifully constructed music laid behind spoken word vocals that all explode into a flurry of massive melodies and distortion. It's great.
Ground – "Tastemaker"
New Jersey death grinders Ground is here to kick your ass right into next year with their new single "Tastemaker." Clocking in at less than 90 seconds, "Tastemaker" comes in like a hurricane made exclusively of bricks and fucks your entire situation up. Ground's new record Habitual Self-Abuse is out now.
Hammers Of Misfortune – "Don't Follow The Lights"
Progressive thrash band Hammers Of Misfortune is back for the first time since 2016 with a new song "Don't Follow The Lights" and a new record Overtaker due out on December 2. "Don't Follow The Lights" is somewhere between spacey progressive rock and Voivod-ian sci-fi madness, with plenty of strange twists and turns thrown in.
Hoaxed – "The Knowing"
Portland duo Hoaxed recently released their Relapse Records debut album Two Shadows and it's fantastic. It's a great mix of doomed heavy metal, goth influence, and maybe a touch of Americana folk for an end result that's catchy as hell… and has some very serious riffage.
Implore – "Masochistic Tendencies"
Implore's newest album The Burden of Existence is out now and "Masochistic Tendencies" is reason No. 1 why you should check it out. The Burden of Existence is relentlessly heavy with just the right amount of breakneck stylistic turns, resulting in multiple ways to get destroyed.
Kanonenfieber – "Der Füsilier I"
German melodic black metal band Kanonenfieber is back with a new single "Der Füsilier I" off the coming Der Füsilier EP due out November 19. And if this is your introduction to Kanonenfieber, great! "Der Füsilier I" is one hell of a song that really captures everything the project has done in its short existence (thus far).
Loss Becomes – "Grudge"
Loss Becomes is about to make you sing along as you get your morning moshing in with their new single "Grudge." Equal parts anthemic and throw-down-worthy, "Grudge" is the kind of song that you're going to turn up the second it hits the chorus. I mean, you can try not to do that, but you're going to. It's unavoidable.
MMXX – "Shadow Haven"
MMXX is the new band featuring Andrea Chiodetti (ex-The Foreshadowing) on guitars and keys, Jesse Haff on drums (Daylight Dies, Gökböri), and Egan O'Rourke (Daylight Dies) on bass. MMXX is now streaming "Shadow Haven" featuring the legendary Dan Swanö of Edge Of Sanity, Nightingale, and Witherscape.
Rhythm Of Fear – "Alien Synthesis"
Rhythm Of Fear is here to groove their way right into your brain with a brand new single "Alien Synthesis." I mean seriously, if you can get past the whole "AFTER! THE ABDUCTION!" bit and not have this buried deep within your brain, then there's something wrong. Rhythm Of Fear's new album Fatal Horizons is out now.
-(16)- – "Scrape The Rocks"
Long-running sludge act -(16)- is back with their new record Into Dust due out November 18 and surprise surprise, it's stuffed to the gills with nasty riffs. It's also great to see -(16)- being more consistent with their output in recent years, given their general excellence in being filthy.