In the twilight zone between doom and post metal resides Oceanwake, a broad-minded group of musicians from the small Finnish coastal town of Luvia. They are now set to release their sophomore album Sunless, which will be out on March 13 via Swedish label ViciSolum Productions. Oceanwake's debut album Kingdom already gathered positive reviews, but it's fair to say that Sunless is on a wholly different level in terms of songwriting. Its four lengthy tracks form a coherent album while still retaining the sense of adventure and also pushing the envelope of what can be considered metal. The album was co-produced by the Korpiklaani mainman Jonne Järvelä. He brought in the missing ingredient with his crystal clear mixing that really appreciates the organic and dynamic sound of Oceanwake.
The chief song architect of Oceanwake, Ville-Veikko Laaksonen, explains the story of Sunless:
"On 'Kingdom' the main character was under water, figuratively speaking, with his hopes and demons. This time around he finally reaches the surface, but only to realize that all hope and images of salvation are a sunless space and escapism gone wrong. Even though he really wants to see a glimpse of something better, his own mind keeps drawing him back to the dark depths.
To celebrate the release of Sunless, Oceanwake will perform the album in its entirety at Bar Kino, Pori on March 13. Prior to this, Oceanwake appears as a special guest of Moonsorrow at Klubi, Lutakko, Jyväskylä (Feb 28).
Voices about Oceanwake:
"Oceanwake skillfully capitalizes on dynamics, dramatics and mood shifts. One moment their music is heavy as lead, the next it's hovering above the stratosphere. Whatever they do, it's always executed with a sense of style. 'Sunless' rewards those who enjoy long, slow and meandering songs. If you're into instant radio hits, don't bother. - Markus Laakso/Kuolemanlaakso
"Oceanwake know the soundscapes like they know their hometown. The balance between atmospheric and aggressive is quite right. It definitely would not make them any justice to squeeze them into post-this and post-that categories. I'd say this is first-rate buzzing! - Ville Sorvali/Moonsorrow
"Hell yes! Great and versatile doomy riffings with post-elements. Sunless is definitely a strong album which keeps you inside the world of Oceanwake!" - Jarno Salomaa/Shape of Despair
2013 saw UK death thrashers make waves with the release of their second album At First Light but with things slowing down late last year the band have struck again out of the blue with a premiere of a brand new music video, 'The Storm', taken from At First Light.
French experimental/post-black metal band DECLINE OF THE I have revealed a new taste of their upcoming "Rebellion" album, today premiering a new song "Le rouge, le vide et le tordu" (eng. "The red, the emptiness, the twisted one"). "Rebellion", band's second studio album, will be available on February 27th in Europe and March 10th in North America via Agonia Records.
"Rebellion" features seven new tracks maintained in an imaginative post-black metal environment; tracks that are multifaceted, and full of motion. The album was recorded in Studio de Chine with Khatchik Hovikian (Lodeur du Tchaman), while Xort (Seth, Alcest, Vorkreist, Anorexia Nervosa) took care of the mastering. Layout and artwork were created by the French photographer and filmmaker David Fitt (Aosoth, Secrets of the Moon, Svart Crown). "Rebellion" includes guest appearance by Olivier from Eros Necrospique.
The follow-up to 2012's "Inhibition" album will be available in: digipack CD, 12" black vinyl, limited 12" red vinyl and digitally.
Norwegian Black Metallers ISVIND are still working on their new album "Gud". The successor of Daumyra will include nine songs with a running time of about 45 minutes. In April, ISVIND will start recording the songs. The release is set for July 2nd 2015 via Folter Records. Since ISVIND are going to play on the Under The Black Sun festival on the same weekend, you can expect the live premiere for the new songs there, deep in the dark woods right outside Berlin!
After revealing the new album cover in December, Polish extreme black/death metal beasts INFERNAL WAR have unveiled further details on their long-awaited 3rd studio instalment entitled "Axiom". Featuring 11 new tracks, the release will be launched on April 17th in Europe and April 21st in North America via Agonia Records.
"Axiom" was recorded, mixed and mastered in No Solace Studio with M. (Mgła/Kriegsmaschine), who also guest appears on the album on vocals. The 11 new songs on "Axiom" clock in at around 42 minutes. The album cover was created by Mentalporn.
"Hurt Yourself and The Ones You Love" is the title of the new album by Italy's notorious purveyors of black/doom metal, FORGOTTEN TOMB. The band's highly anticipated 8th studio opus is scheduled for release via Agonia Records, on April 17th in Europe and April 21st in North America. Album cover is available below.
The new album is a "mix of melancholy, groove and pure malignancy" - as put by the band's leader, Ferdinando "Herr Morbid" Marchisio. "We kept the sound very organic and natural, kinda old-fashioned but still very fresh. The new songs are heavy as fuck and they feature our classic trademark plus some new elements. I can't wait for people to listen to it, 'cause it's a really special album for us and probably the most extreme we did in quite a while, both musically and conceptually".
Marchisio also referred to working with producer Terje Refsnes (Carpathian Forest, Novembre, Gehenna, Destroyer 666) for the first time: "We worked really hard, like never before. Terje Refsnes is a really experienced producer and he managed to get the best out of us. We are extremely proud of how this new album came out".
Blood Music is extremely proud to present to its roster Lychgate!
The academic, apocalyptic black metal unit will premiere its sophomore masterwork - An Antidote for the Glass Pill - on deluxe vinyl, CD, and digital formats through us in early 2015. Taking two painstaking years to execute, the seminal work is vast in concept and light years beyond the band's already well-acclaimed debut.
An Antidote ... is the ceremonial, liturgical brother of Esoteric and features Greg Chandler (Esoteric's frontman and founding member) on guitar, vocals, and engineering duties. The record is also perhaps the only black metal album in history that features full accompaniment by a professional church pipe organist throughout.
We've been tracking the progress of this album from raw demos to polished finale and can attest that this was an incredible labor-of-love and also a work of painstaking genius. This is the rare kind of album that will actually give you goosebumps.
DOWN's video for the song "Conjure" can be seen below. The haunting and twisted ode to '70s horror films was directed by JM Stelly and Chris Trainor at Lab Productions. Stelly previously worked with CORROSION OF CONFORMITY and Suicide Girls, while Trainor has collaborated with GWAR, PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS, EYEHATEGOD, and is the producer of Housecore TV.
"Conjure" is taken from the band's latest EP, "Down IV - Part Two", which sold around 10,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 23 on The Billboard 200 chart.
The official lyric video for the song "Thurisaz Dreaming" from Norwegian progressive extreme metallers ENSLAVED can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's thirteenth studio album, "In Times", which will be released on March 6 via Nuclear Blast. The CD's hand-painted artwork was created by longtime collaborating artist and "sixth ENSLAVED member" Truls Espedal.
Metal Blade Records has announced the signing of Swedish epic doom metallers SORCERER. The band will release its new album, "In The Shadow Of The Inverted Cross", on March 20 on CD, vinyl, and digitally.
SORCERER comments: "SORCERER are proud to have signed with the legendary metal label Metal Blade, home of many bands that has inspired us to start making music.
"With the new album, 'In The Shadow Of The Inverted Cross', we hope to continue where we ended many years ago.
"It is all the fans that have supported us through the years that has inspired us to do this album and we really looking forward to meet you all on gigs and festivals soon!"
"In The Shadow Of The Inverted Cross" track listing:
The new lineup of '80s Cleveland thrash metal legends DESTRUCTOR will make its live debut during the WJCU 2015 Radiothon Benefit Concert, set to take place on February 7 at the Maple Grove in Cleveland, Ohio.
DESTRUCTOR's 2015 lineup:
Overkill - Vocals/Guitar
Annihilator - Guitar
Hammer - Bass
Flammable - Drums
DESTRUCTOR's co-founding member and vocalist/guitarist Dave Overkill had this to say about the band's new lineup and current state of affairs: "DESTRUCTOR the comeback kids? Maybe more so than any other band in heavy metal history. So with recordings that need to be finished and shows being booked this band charges at another year of promising opportunities. We are writing new material.
Debut album of Swedish Deathmetallers ASHCLOUD "Abandon All Light" which was created by renowned swedish artist Daniel Devilish.
ASHCLOUD is the product of Jonny Pettersson's sick mind, who's also vocalist in the legendary swedish band WOMBBATH. Expect nothing but a heavy crusty Death Metal influenced by bands like CARNAGE, BOLT THROWER, VOMITORY, ENTOMBED, CONVULSE...
Greek thrashers Biotoxic Warfare have released an official music video to coincide with their recent debut album release, Lobotomized. And its all that you can expect from an album that reviewers are describing as magically evil [twoguysmetalreviews], with eight shots of pure aggression [SoundtheCharge] waiting to pound the listener.
Filmed by the talented Athina Tousia inside the medieval walls of the bands home city of Heraklion in Crete, the band chose to centre on song Proclaim the Gospel of Lies for their first official video of the album.
As explained by the band, the video follows, a young explorer who in one of his researches, finds one ancient book bound with an unholy curse, which slowly descends him into madness and oblivion.
NORYLSK from Wloclawek, Poland has just signed a deal with Selfmadegod Records to release their second full length. The grind four piece is currently in the studio to record Catholic Dictatorship. The album is slated for summer 2015 release.