French Industrial/Ambient/Black Metal band SPEKTR is to release a new album entitled Cypher on the 5th of February in Europe and 19th of February in North America on Agonia Records.
The band commented: Six Years of burning visions for the Spektr to return wrenched from the hermetic silence of Initiated Temples .The Ectoplasm Cypher thus stands as the Stone-Principle emerging out of Philosophal fumes - the transcended transcription of the most sealed occultism on audio format. Spektr commits, Agonia endorses - I'LL BE RIGHT THERE IN THE AFTERLIFE - and we ain't going nowhere.
Successor of Near Death Experience (from 2006) will be made available as CD, Vinyl and digital download.
Norwegian Black Metallers ENDEZZMA have debuted their first official video. The video for Junkyard Oblivion, the opening track from the Erotik Nekrosis album and featuring guest appearances by Urgehals Enzifer and Beastcrafts Sorath Northgrove, was produced by the Effektor Film Company and was directed by ENDEZZMA's frontman Morten Shax and R.M. Camera and editing are by R.M. Dedicated to the late ENDEZZMA guitarist and Urgehal frontman Trondr Nefas, the video can be watch below.
Spanish death metal band Decapitated Christ has come to terms with the label Metal Inquisition, sublabel of No Colours Records for the release of their third recording, "The Perishing Empire of Lies"
The album was recorded in April 2012 by Javi Bastard at Moontower Studios (Korgüll the Exterminator, Graveyard, TeitanBlood, Ataraxy, Necroven ...) and consists of 12 tracks of pure old-school death metal (plus some unreleased tracks from their demo "The Vanishment").
It also features collaborations of two titans of the scene such as Martin Van Drunen (Asphyx / Hail of Bullets / Grand Supreme Court Blood) and Pete Sandoval (Morbid Angel / Terrorizer), and has been mastered by Dan Swanö.
The Perishing Empire of Lies is scheduled to be released in February 2013, LP limited to 250 hand numbered copies, 50 DigiCd's special and regular CD.
The artwork is done by illustrator Cesar Valladares (Asphyx, Krisiun, Anatomia...)
A video preview of the new work can be watched below.
Valefor,a depressive black metal band which has worked on a new album almost a year,finally is completed all the preparations and album is out now. This is ongoing band as the only person still Sargathus. The album which has 10 songs was recorded by Studio Dream and agreed with Japanese company "Sabbathid Record".
The album that called "Hidden in the Arms Of Death" tracklist :
Swedish Doom-Rock-Sludge Metal outfit KONGH have premiered a new song at YouTube. First 7 minutes of the title track of band's newest album "Sole Creation" can be listened below.
"Sole Creation" will be coming to shops on the 5th of February in Europe and 19th of February in North Amercia on Agonia Records. The 3rd album from will consist of 4 new tracks and 45 minutes of music, with a guest appearance of John Doe from Craft. The album was recorded at Teknikkompaniet (Vetlanda, Sweden) by Peter Lundin; mixed and mastered by Magnus Lindberg of Cult Of Luna fame. KONGH's front-man, David Johansson, commented:
"After a very long time of hard work, this album is finally ready for release. We couldn't be more happy with the way it turned out and I really think it is the best Kongh material so far. For our old fans, I am pretty sure it will be well worth the wait and I also think it holds great potential to satisfy a bunch of new listeners. In my opinion, the album is more dynamic and has much more emphasis on melodies than our previous works. At the same time it maintains the harshness and it's undoubtedly the heaviest slab of metal we've done as well."
1. Sole Creation
2. Tamed Brute
3. The Portals
"Sole Creation" will be available for exclusive pre-orders on CD and Vinyl on the 12th of December via Agonia Records Webshop.
Candlelight Records today confirms the worldwide signing of DEMON LUNG. The Las Vegas-based quartet, featuring guitarist Phil Burns, bassist Patrick Warren, drummer Jeremy Brenton, and vocalist Shanda Fredrick, is scheduled to begin recording of their full-length debut at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, California with producer Billy Anderson (Sleep, High on Fire, Eyehategod) in the coming weeks. It is anticipated for a Spring 2013 release date.
Metal Hammer called the bands self-released 4-song demo Pareidolia, earthy yet horror-themed doom metal a la Candlemass with an Acrimony Groove. The magazine calls Fredrick a wild-eyed, satanic songstress. Popular music and film site Ave Noctum notes, DEMON LUNG has a deft touch and solid sound. Their music is clearly from the soul. Fair to say they are a welcomed addition to the ranks of the doomed. Teeth of the Divine adds, Fredrick has the requisite sultry pipes that keep a steady, hazy tone. She has a deep, bluesy voice that fits the languid music perfectly.
The band comments, we are very honored to join the Candlelight roster. To be included among such talented artists is very humbling, and we thank the great people at Candlelight for giving us the opportunity.
DEMON LUNG has shared the stage alongside Pentagram, High on Fire, Jucifer, Witch Mountain, and Castle and will resume performing once recording has been completed.
A video for the song Lament Code is available below. The clip was directed by Dustin Mills, the mastermind behind The Puppet Monster Massacre.
GORTAL's new album "Deamonolith" will be released on December, 6th2012, under the flag of Pagan Records. Major, the guitarist, commented the forthcoming stuff: "We are devoted to classic Death Metal genre and we ignore trends and fashion. If You expect modern plastic production and arrangements, just do not listen to us. If You still read it,and expect merciless blast beats, crushing tempo shifts, thrilling riffs & solos inspired by ghosts ov early 90ties. Everything emphasised by powerful furious growls! Check out our first blow and stay watchful for another deamon to be unleashed within few days!"
02. Crimens Sollicitationis
04. Deliver Into Suffering
06. Dreaming of Being Dead
07. Supernal Refuse
08. Cult of The Cloth
09. I Come in Peace
The full album is available for streaming, click here to listen it.
Swedish Death Metal fist Beyond Mortality signed a deal with both Wormholedeath and Grom Records for the release of their Infected Life album.
Wormholedeath and Grom Records will share distribution and promotion tasks according to their geographical positions and experiences. Grom Records have such a big experience in the european eastern countries being based in Serbia and having such long-term cooperations with many companies in this part of Europe. Wormholedeath thanx to Aural Music's support will distribuite the album through the mighty Aural Music's network and will also take care of the band's publishing in conjunction with Warner Chappell Music. Both the labels have massive digital marketing and distribution networks and will help Beyond Mortality to spread their music digitally worldwide.
Beyond Mortality stated: We are real happy to be a part of both the Grom records and Wormholedeath/Dreamcell 11 family and are really looking forward in working with them. This is just the start of the Beyond Mortality story and we are real happy to be able to share it with them. We intend to make a mark in history of extreme metal and we cant think of anyone else to do it with
WormHoleDeath Records stated: We wanted to offer beyond Mortality a publishing deal since we had the pleasure to work closely with the guys and we really respect and admire them for their attitide and musical skills. Furthermore this is a great opportunity to co-release this album with our serbian friends (in life) and great partners (in music) at Grom Records. I am sure this is gonna be the first of many cooperations between Wormholedeath and Grom!!
Grom Records stated: We in Grom Records are more than proud
to announce this collaboration with our friends and partners from Worm Hole Death Records. We already work on different projects for some time now and we strongly decided to make our partnership even deeper and start cooperation between our two labels. So, Beyond Mortality is going to be our first official strike on the scene and we are sure all sides will get benefits from this unity and partnership.Beyond Mortality offers strong and forcefull Death Metal covering different styles of genre and creating quality and unique mixture of brutal emotions. Death Metal as it should be, raw, wild, brutal and merciless!Recorded at MathLab Studios and mastered buy Dan Swano himself.
Ukrainian black metal heathens KHORS recently unleashed a video for "The Last Leaves." Shot live at the Metal Heads Mission Festival this past August in Crimea, Ukraine, the track comes off the bands Wisdom Of Centuries full-length issued via Candlelight Records Cult Series earlier this Fall.
Today, NEUROSIS has made an official band statement:
As of today, after much thought and discussion, visual projections as we have presented them over the last 20 years will no longer be part of Neurosis live shows.
We are going to begin the process of reinventing our live presentation. This process will begin at zero, allowing the music to speak for itself and lead us where it may. Whatever form or however long this may take is unknown.
This also signals a parting of the ways with our visual artist of the last twelve years, Josh Graham. Joshs tireless work and talent came at a time when we really needed it and carried us gracefully into the video age with original content we couldnt have dreamed of when we were just starting out. Our parting comes from a place of mutual respect, friendship and understanding. We all agree that this is a step Neurosis has to take and are open to working together on specific projects in the future. We wish him success and the best of luck with all of his own musical endeavors and artistic passions.
In conjunction with this release, Josh Graham issued the following statement:
For us all, time for change has come. The friendships and body of work that have spawned from our time together will live on as we move forward. It has been an honor and a privilege to work with Neurosis over the last 12 years.
As the crossroads are upon us, and we feel that the pinnacle of our collaborative efforts have been reached; we now look toward our individual futures with support and encouragement. Constant reinvention is at the heart and soul of us all, and we will all continue to persevere.
Despite the larger picture winding down as we move on in our own directions, we will continue to work together on specific legacy projects including reissues and possibly more if/when the right projects come up.
Finnish SONS OF AEON (feat. current and former members of GHOST BRIGADE, SWALLOW THE SUN, ENDSTAND and CODE FOR SILENCE) have revealed the first track off their forthcoming 'selftitled' Lifeforce Records debut.
Swedish thrashers MASSDISTRACTION have inked with Mighty Music. The band's debut album, "Follow The Rats", will be released on January 28, 2013. The critically acclaimed CD was issued in Sweden in August and will now be made available in the rest of Europe.
MASSDISTRACTION was founded by the end of 2007 by guitarist Jon Hjalmarsson and his brother Per. The underwent a number of lineup changes before arriving at the current formation, consisting of guitarists Jon Hjalmarsson and Ali Nassadjpoor, drummer David Larsson, bassist Kalle Möllerström and vocalist Mikkjal G. Hansen.
Known as an energetic live act that tears the stage apart, MASSDISTRACTION has opened for such bands as HATESPHERE, MNEMIC and RAISED FIST. They were named the best unsigned metal band in southern Sweden 2011 in the competition "Released Live And Unsigned" by a jury consisting of people from Sweden Rock Festival, Jägermeister and Warner Music.
Without even having a record deal at the time, the band entered the studio in the fall of 2011 to record "Follow The Rats", with Hjalmarsson acting as producer, engineer and mixer. The CD was recorded and mixed over a six-month period and was mastered byDragan Tanaskovic (IN FLAMES, MUSTASCH) at Bohus Sound in Kungälv, Sweden.
Maldives-based death/black metallers NOTHNEGAL have entered Vakaruge Studio in Malé to begin recording their as-yet-untitled second album. The follow-up to 2012's "Decadence" is being produced by Matt Hyde (SLIPKNOT, MACHINE HEAD, AS I LAY DYING), with vocal production by Paul Reeve, who co-produced five tracks on MUSE's acclaimed debut album, "Showbiz". Additional production/engineering will be handled by longtime NOTHNEGAL producer Mohamed Shamheed. NOTHNEGAL's longtime guitarist Fufu will not be part of the recording of the new CD, but remains a member of the band. Chippe (SERENITY DIES) will be filling in for Fufu on the album, which will mark the first NOTHNEGAL recording since vocalist Affan joined the band as an official member (Affan made a guest appearance on NOTHNEGAL's last album, "Decadence").
Commented NOTHNEGAL guitarist Hilarl: "Its been almost a year since the release of our debut album, 'Decadence', and we have already come up with enough demos for a new album.
"We have toured South Asia, South Asia and the Middle East since the release of 'Decadence', [and] whenever we meet somebody who knows that we are from the Maldives and when we go through the reviews, we get the same question about why we sound like a European or American band and nothing like a band thats coming from these islands.
"The new music will be different and [will] feature ambient sounds and exotic instruments from the Maldives. We [will] also be doing a couple of songs entirely in our native language, 'Dhivehi.' The songs [will] be heavier but far from our previous death metal sound."
"We will be launching a studio diary and update it by posting videos/photos of the recording sessions. We [will] also be travelling to different islands of the Maldives to capture the sounds and the exotic instruments we plan on using in our music."
GORTAL's new album "Deamonolith" will be released on December, 6th2012, under the flag of Pagan Records. Major, the guitarist, commented the forthcoming stuff: "We are devoted to classic death metal genre and we ignore trends and fashion. If You expect modern plastic production and arrangements, just do not listen to us. If You still read it,and expect merciless blast beats, crushing tempo shifts, thrilling riffs & solos inspired by ghosts ov early 90ties. Everything emphasised by powerful furious growls! Check out our first blow and stay watchful for another deamon to be unleashed within few days!"
Premiere track from the upcoming album is streaming now on YouTube.
Finnish dark / doom metal upcomers HANGING GARDEN have revealed a teaser for their forthcoming Lifeforce Records debut "At Every Door".The silence is over. Hanging Garden are back with their 3rd studio album At Every Door, which is the bands most ambitious work so far. Musically the album has much more variety than the previous two, combining influences from Cult of Luna all the way to Sigur Ros.When it comes to lyrical themes, Hanging Garden has always been about dystopic visions of the ouroborean fate that quite likely awaits man. Before, Matti Reinola was mostly responsible for the lyrics, but on this album they were mostly done by Toni.
Toni: "Continuing the lyrical themes that have been prevalent on the first two albums came quite naturally for me. This album concentrates on different stories, protagonists and viewpoints of what might come after, should our future take a turn for the worse and end in cataclysmic consequences that spring from our actions."