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One week into the new year of 2024 and we are still alive, eh? What a great accomplishment! And what better way to celebrate that accomplishment than to check out this week´s The Underground Updates for some fabulous merch and offers?

So, let’s see what’s out there…

KAUNIS KUOLEMATON In order to kick off the new year properly, Kaunis Kuolematon have released an official tour documentary style video for the track Maan Varjoisan Puolen from their most recent album Mielenvalta! You can watch it now right over here, and of course you can claim your copy of the album here!

RITUALS OF THE DEAD HAND Just last week, Immortal Frost Productions premiered the third single and the official music video for the track The Restless Doomed by the Belgian black/doom metal band Rituals of the Dead Hand! Taken from their 3rd full length album The Wretched and the Vile, the album is scheduled to be released on the 26th of January! Head over here right now to check out the video, and of course over here to order a copy of the album!

BLACK LION RECORDS While the label staff is homebound due to severe freezing temperatures in northern Sweden, they are currently entertaining themselves by fulfilling orders until they can resume operations again. Of course they have an offer going on, so head over here right now and check out the fabulous prices of all CDs of 2022-2023!

NEUROT RECORDINGS And our favourite goes on! This week’s album pick for the weekly segment of Pay What You Can over at Neurot Recordings is Eat The Low Dogs by U.S. Christmas! Head over here right now to claim your copy and simply pay what you can!FUNERE In celebration of the new year, there is a huge no less than 80% discount for full digital discography over at Funere! Find the offer going on right over here!

SATANATH RECORDS Next week, on January 14th, Satanath Records are organising a new gathering of rock and metal music lovers in Yerevan, Armenia! They are meeting at 19:00 at the Poligraf club where the Danish doom metal band Saturnus will be performing for the evening along with the opening act of the Yerevan doom metal project Stepaside! Should you find yourself in the area and with nothing to do, head over here to claim your ticket and have a blast!

TODAY IS THE DAY Hot on the heels of their 30th anniversary vinyl issue of Willpower, the great and unique Today Is The Day have reissued their equally raging and demented early 90s albums Supernova and s/t on vinyl. You can pick up copies of all three from Supernova Records, where you’ll find various other special edition CDs, t-shirts and the like. You will struggle to find a more mind-blowing, creative band in metal than Today Is The Day, so save yourself the unnecessary pain and just go to the masters. 

NARBELETH When contemplating the harsh snowy landscapes that inspire so much classic black metal you might not find yourself thinking of Cuba so often, but a certain group of Cubans are clearly thinking about the frigid north. That group is Narbeleth. Formed in 2008, the band release their 6th full-length record A Pale Crown on German label Folter Records. Get ready to feel the cold, bleak winter. You can listen to the album in full here where you can also pick up a copy on CD.

EISENWALD German purveyors of all things dark and mysterious Eisenwald have just added a range of designs and reprints to their merch store. There you will find Agalloch, Ungfell and Kvelgeyst, t-shirts, hoodies and zip hoods. Their store has options for North America, Europe and Germany specifically, so for many it’ll be possible to bypass some of the brutal shipping fees that are getting harder and harder to avoid. Links to all stores here.

Having to pay gigantic sums for international postage is a real gear grinder.

While it’s our default setting to link Bandcamp pages in the case of new and pre-releases, we thought it would be helpful to add some online stores that might provide a useful alternative.

So if you see a release you fancy, but it’s being sold in a far off land and you don’t want to fork out on exorbitant shipping, see if any of the links below can remedy the situation.

Dark Essence (Norway) Dark Essence (US)

Deathwish (EU) Deathwish (US)

Direct Merch (Australia)

eOne Heavy (EU) eOne Heavy (UK) eOne Heavy (US)

Ipecac (EU) Ipecac (US)

Metal Odyssey (EU) Metal Odyssey (US)

Napalm Records (Germany)

Prophecy Productions (Germany) Prophecy Productions (US)

Rough Trade (UK) Rough Trade (US)

Season of Mist (EU) Season of Mist (US)

Southern Lord (EU) Southern Lord (US)

Throne Records (World)

Transcending Obscurity (EU) Transcending Obscurity (US)

The year sure is starting off strong for artists and labels out there who are working as hard as they can to give us all the best entertainment and offers money can buy, so make sure you make this a great one and take advantage of it all!

By Julia Katrin and Tom Boatman

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