#BAZUndergroundUpdates CCV

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And we are back at it once again!

So, let’s see what’s out there…

SCARCITY Experimental black metal group Scarcity just announced an upcoming new album The promise of Rain! We can already get a taste of what is to come by checking out the opening track In the Basin of Alkaline Grief, available right over here! The album is scheduled for a release on the 12th of July, and you can place your pre order right here!

AVENGED SEVENFOLD As some may know, Avenged Sevenfold is headlining Download Festival this summer, and now the album Life is But a Dream… is available right here! Another very interesting thing debuting from the group is the epic animated new music video for Cosmic! Head over here right now to check it out!

WHITE WARD After having taken a while to perfect the footage, White Ward is now finally able to present an awesome live-in-studio video of their performance recorded by Rakus Records during the group´s Ukrainian tour last year! We can now watch them perform two tracks, Leviathan from their latest album False Light, and a renovated version of their old track When Gift Becomes Damnation which was originally released in 2012. Head over here right now to check out this piece of work!

BLACK LION RECORDS This week is the final chance to take advantage of the march clearance sale going on over at Black Lion Records, giving us up to a whooping 70% discount on all items in both of their stores! Head over here right now to use this final chance, and simply use the code blacklion70 at checkout!

SELF MUTILATION SERVICES Another label on the last week of a fantastic offer is Self-Mutilation Services, offering 50% off on everything! Head over here right now to check out their selection and use the code march50!

NEUROT RECORDINGS And of course our favourite! This week’s album pick over at Neurot Recordings for their weekly Pay What You Can segment is A Great River by Nate Hall! Head over here to claim your copy now and simply pay what you can!

SCHATTENFALL One man Ukrainian/ German black metal entity Schattenfall has just released latest album Death’s Eternal March. There are a limited number of CD copies of the album to be had, t-shirts and patches. You can check out the album here as well as all past releases. Schattenfall takes you to a dark, atmospheric domain. Go there.

PHAUNOS Ooft! To paraphrase AC/DC If you want raw black metal, you got it! The Ancient Tales (newly released by Norway’s Phaunos is just that. Terrify your friends and neighbours, you can also listen together here.

HIGH ON FIRE Oakland, California’s Stoner-metal troubadours High On Fire (featuring guitarist Matt Pike, also of Sleep) have announced their latest record Cometh the Storm. The album is due for release on the 19th of April on MNRK Heavy. There’s a range of limited edition vinyl pressings you can pre-order here. There’s also a preview track there for your listening pleasure.

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)

As well as being the last week to claim some of the metal goodies out there for some fabulous prices, keep in mind that this week is also the last week of March, and on top of that this is also officially the last week that our weekly instalment of The Underground Updates is released on a Tuesday! Next week we will move permanently over to Wednesdays!

By Julia Katrin and Tom Boatman

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