Hypnotic Dirge Records announced the release of a free digital download split album between three atmospheric black metal bands from Russia - Depicting Abysm, Windbruch, and Gmork. The album is entitled "Silentium!" and features three brand new tracks from each of the bands!
"Silentium!" is now available for free streaming and download from the Hypnotic Dirge bandcamp page, youtube channel, and HDR Downloads' section! Since this is a free digital release, we are also encouraging reuploads on metal blog sites, and 'zines to help spread the word on these bands.
"Silence it is a pause between two emotional strikes, but even there a scream can take place." In this case, the choice of the song order is not accidental:
The album cover artwork for Swedish Grind-guerillas EXHALE's third full-length effort "When Worlds Collide" is now complete and the band has chosen the emphatic Dutch illustrator Dennis Sibeijn (Slayer, Exodus, Aborted, Job For A Cowboy, etc) to put their visual aspect of "When Worlds Collide" into the most twisted and modernistic form possible.
01. Wrath Unleashed
05. Barriers Of Blood
06. Monuments Of The Dead
07. Concealed Within
08. Till Slakt
09. Glorify The Dumb
11. In This Valley
14. Left Inside
"When Worlds Collide" was recorded, mixed and mastered at Hoborec Studios (Inevitable End, We Are The Damned, etc) with Ulf Blomberg at the production desk.
German gothic death pioneers ATROCITY have unveiled the cover artwork and track listing for part one of their album trilogy, "Okkult". The CD will feature a three-continent treasure hunt where the band will hide a track for one fan to find for each of the three releases, the first in Europe this year (first evidence and code of the treasure hunt are hidden in the booklet of the limited-edition digipak and in the iTunes version).
"Okkult" will be released via Napalm Records on the following dates:
April 24: Spain/Sweden/Norway
April 26: GAS/BeNeLux/Finland
April 29: Rest of the world
May 7: USA/Canada
The album was produced by vocalist Alexander Krull at Mastersound Studio. The cover art (see below) was created by Stefan Heilemann.
02. Death By Metal
03. March of the Undying
04. Haunted By Demons
05. Murder Blood Assasination
06. Necromancy Divine
07. Satan's Braut
09. Masaya (Boca Del Infierno)
10. When Empires Fall to Dust
11. Beyond Perpetual Ice
12. La Voisine
The song "Pandaemonium" can now be streamed in the YouTube clip below.
The Italian Death Metal band Hateful will release their new studio album before end of June by The Spew Records (a Punishment 18 Records sub-label). The new album will be mixed at Soundbusters Studios in Modena, Italy, by Hateful and will be mastered by famous Dan Swanö, owner of Unisound studios (Edge of Sanity, Bloodbath, Cronian, Evergrey, Lay Down Rotten, Marduk, Opeth).
Danish thrashers Hells Domain have signed with Italian label Punishment 18 Records for the release of their self-titled debut album. The album is due in September on Cd and Lp. Band was formed by guitarist Bjørn Bihlet (ex-KOLDBORN, BOIL) and bassist Lars Knudsen (ex-CRIONIC) in 2007 with the intention of churning out some catchy Bay Area inspired thrash metal. Soon joined by Anders Gyldenøhr (ex-HATESPHERE, ARTILLERY) on drums and Alex Clausen (MONSTAH) on vocals, the band completed its line-up in 2011 with the addition of former EXMORTEM axeman Andreas Schubert.
The track 'Time Feeds this Wound' from Lycanthia's upcoming album 'Oligarchy' has now been made available for streaming and free download. This is now the third song to be made available from the Oligarchy album. The release date for this album is fast approaching as well, and next sunday on April 7th, the album will be released in digipack format and also available for free streaming in its entirety on the Hypnotic Dirge bandcamp.
For now though, Oligarchy is available to pre-order, and anyone who pre-orders the album will receive a download link immediately while they wait for their CD to arrive.
Formed in 1996, Lycanthia carries with them a history spanning 17 years and are one of Australia's oldest surviving doom metal bands.
A six piece band hailing from Sydney, Lycanthia plays traditional gothic death-doom metal with a strong emphasis on atmosphere, melody, and the captivating use of alternating male growls and female soprano vocals. Comparisons could be drawn between Lycanthia and the sound found in the early "golden age" works of classic gothic doom bands such as My Dying Bride, Paradise Lost, Draconian, and Theatre of Tragedy.
A flagship of this particular sound is the contrast between dark, aggressive, and heavy death-doom and softer moments courtesy of female vocals, keyboards, and violin arrangements and Lycanthia does this extraordinarily well. The growls courtesy of founding member and bassist Lee Tassaker is a definite strong point of the album, and he's accompanied very nicely with the poignant female vocals from both the violinist and keyboardist, Vanessa Black and Megan Tassaker respectively.
The vocal work is complimented nicely by six very competent musicians all working towards a heavy, despairing, and powerfully melancholic sound and a production quality that does the songwriting justice. Mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios (Opeth, Katatonia), the re-release of Oligarchy on Hypnotic Dirge comes in a digipack format with an 8 page foldout booklet.
Lycanthia is currently on a dual album launch east coast Australian tour alongside Subterranean Disposition, another doom outfit from Hypnotic Dirge Records who recently released their debut album. There are still two dates on the tour remaining in April so if you are in the area, be sure to make an appearance and enjoy a night of doom!