The latest album from the three piece atmospheric black metal/post-rock band from Epitimia is now officially released and available to order from their label Hypnotic Dirge Records. In addition to the CD version which is available for the label's website, the full album, entitled Faces of Insanity has also been made available for free streaming in its entirety at Hypnotic Dirge's bandcamp page where you can also purchase the digital download for $5.00.
Combining an intriguing blend of atmospheric post-rock, and depressive black metal, this is a well-written, unique and innovative album which definitely sees a strong progression from past Epitimia albums - To the non-exisiting shades, and Four Truths of the Noble Ones. Throughout the album, the songwriting shows a band with a strong capability for providing heavy doom metal, experimental ambience, raw black metal catchiness, and a deep melancholy which plods along with purpose throughout the album's duration added onto by a cacophonous wall of harsh vocals courtesy of vocalist, K. and occasional female vocals from M.
Band members say: With the every new album we try to improve the sound quality, to add new fresh tunes to our music, to improvise with the atmosphere. In our music we do like quotation from classical masterpieces, so if you are careful listener, you will find many interesting bright moments in our works.
Death metal band Hell United announced the premiere of their new album Aura Damage is to come on September 11th, 2012. It was produced by a dynamically developing label Hellthrasher Productions.
The album has been recorded in spring this year in Roslyn Studio under the supervision of Krzysztof Godycki in bands strongest and original composition with Dügy on drums and returning on guitar vacancy Rzulty (Stillborn, ex-Deception). Aura Damage is composed of 9 murderous compositions covered with nihilistic somnambulism. It is a mix of a band new approach to a black death metal brutality with tested for years dingy patents known from previous albums HornoKracy and Applause: JHVH Elohim Met. In opinion of those who had a chance to get to know the inside of new record current face of Hell United can be described with a meaningful term of Sadistic Intent meets Arkhon Infaustus. You can judge the heaviness of this words by referring to reveled preview of a single Deathlike Cold: http://soundcloud.com/hellthrasher-productions/hell-united
Here is how Bartek Kosiński, chief of Hellthrasher Productions comments the fact of signing a pledge with Polish quartet:
"Weve decided to cooperate with the band because Hell United has a huge unbridled potential and amounts of evil energy, not completely presented over the early vale of tears. The negotiations werent the easiest. It took quite some time but finally weve managed to convince the team to work with us which we are damn happy about. After hearing the first few sounds of Aura Damage we are more than sure that the Polish fans of metal will be battered. I truly believe that the album will be heard about abroad too especially that a limited vinyl version will come up next year to help that happen."
Hell United was coming into existence in 1997 - then named Eclypse - in the composition of - Void - guitars, vocals, Rzulty - guitars, Bartollo - bass and Dügy - drums. In 1999 the band recorded the never released album The Human Abstract, from which two songs in 2000 came to light as a demo Omen. After the change in composition in 2004 the formation due to seems Redrum666 issue the album Applause: JHVH Elohim Met with a brand new tracks, very well-received by fans and the press The following years, in addition to numerous concerts bring a lot of personal problems, resulting in the reorganization and change the name to Hell United. Reborn from the ashes the band is working on new material, resulting in 2007 in the circulation occurs demo Extra-Strength Of The Obscure (Gorification Musix), and a year later full-length HornoKracy (Lilith Prod.). Hell United promotes album, among two others editions of United Death Armageddon tour in 2008 and 2009 in the company MasseMord, Blaze Of Perdition or Mord'A'Stigmata and record material for their mini album, which is published in two editions: a cassette as The Third Sigil of Destruction (Maltkross Prod., 2009) and record under the title Abhorrence Majesty (Butchered Rec., 2011). The first half of 2012, is marked by concerts at the side of Ulcerate, Furia and Intestinal and work on newest album Aura Damage.
Pulverised Records is proud to announce the brand new signing of American / Swedish Doom-laden Death Metal befoulers SKELETAL SPECTRE!
Fronted by front-woman Vanessa Nocera (Wooden Stake, Scaremaker, etc), SKELETAL SPECTRE went on to release two full-length albums under the Razorback Records banner, and now with a brand new album entitled "Voodoo Dawn", the band is all geared up to showcase yet another colossal-riff fest done in the most extremely obscene way!
SKELETAL SPECTRE front-woman Vanessa Nocera commented: "We are proud and honored to be on Pulverised Records roster! Definitely a label that I find to be one of the coolest around! We put a great deal of hard work into this album so that it would stand out from anything weve ever done. I think it is a testament to the bands future, and we are looking to play live, especially in Europe so watch out for us because were coming!
Pulverised Records A&R Manager Calvin further quoted: "The moment we heard the beginning riff off the first track from "Voodoo Dawn", it completely blew us away and somehow we already knew something filthy was brewing inside this album. There was a perfect balance of those trademark Swede-eerie melodies blending together some of the most fucking fat riffs that any Sludge / Doom maniacs would most certainly approve! It is always very satisfying to discover a great hidden gem in this business, and we are definitely proud to say that SKELETAL SPECTRE is indeed one of those moments. Keep your eyes and ears peeled open, the Voodoo Horror curse shall exhibit its ugly head soon!"
The brand new track "Bone Dust", taken off from the new album "Voodoo Dawn", is now available for streaming on YouTube at this location.
Portuguese extreme progressive metallers MALEVOLENCE advanced that the TEASER 2012 for their much anticipated 3rd full length album was exposed on a worldwide premiere today (the 17th of July 2012). Given that ANTITHETICAL is the very first studio work from the band in a period of thirteen (13) years, this will be the very first chance to sneak a quick look upon the new material. The final sound alignment upon ANTITHETICAL is represented as shown down below and the TEASER preview includes 4:20 minutes worth of musical passages from the vast assortment contained within.
The worldwide premiere of ANTITHETICAL is being broadcasted exclusively and shared globally through the courtesy of media partners METAL UNDERGROUND (USA) and INFEKTION MAGAZINE (Portugal). Both media vehicles in straight association with MALEVOLENCE have prepared some special features for this much anticipated occasion so the best choice might be to check to unveil thy inherent ANTITHETICAL extreme progressive metal sounds.
Following their In Permanent Twilight MCD released this Spring, the crushing debut LP from cult Swedish death metal henchmen USURPRESS is out now via Selfmadegod. Trenches Of The Netherworld contains eleven soul-reaping circle-pit anthems utilizing the band's seemingly patented blend of death metal and d-beat/crust punk influences.
Stream Trenches Of The Netherworld in its entirety right now via STEREOKILLER.
Uppsala-based USURPRESS features the steamrolling flair of four members of the Swedish punk/metal underworld including vocalist Stefan Steffe Pettersson (Diskonto, Uncurbed), bassist Daniel Ekeroth (ex-Tyrant, ex-Dellamorte, author of Swedish Death Metal book), drummer Calle Andersson and guitarist Påhl (ex-Blotseraph, ex-Shuriken). The cover art for Trenches Of The Netherworld was crafted by by Rafal Kruszyk (Interment, Hooded Menace, Deceased, Paganizer, etc.).
Mythological occult metal discoverers ABSU announce the release of their new single, "Hall of the Masters" courtesy of this year's Adult Swim Singles Program. Once again, the band has showcased their signature style of occult black/thrash mythology to dark new calculating territories -- whirlwinds of razor-sharp guitar work and top-notch drumming. The track was recorded at Nomad Recording Studios in Carrollton, Texas and once again mixed by J.T. Longoria. (King Diamond, Solitude Aeternus) An official video to accompany the song will be released on September 10 directed by filmmaker Daniel Garcia.
Swedish death metal veterans GRAVE will release their 10th studio album, "Endless Procession Of Souls", on August 27 in Europe via Century Media Records. The cover artwork for the CD was once again created by Costin Chioreanu, who also worked with GRAVE on the previous two studio albums. In addition to designing the cover artwork, Costin was responsible for some of the extra art for the inside of the CD booklet and the vinyl.
"Endless Procession Of Souls" was recorded at GRAVE's own Studio Soulless and was previously described by GRAVE guitarist/vocalist Ola Lindgren as "a mix of our latest two releases with some more old-school, groovy 'Soulless' parts."
According to a press release, "Endless Procession Of Souls" "promises to be yet another death metal masterpiece in GRAVE's revered catalog, featuring nine tracks of uncompromising no-bullshit death metal, flawlessly executed by the sole survivors of the real legendary Swedish Dödsmetal scene. 'Endless Procession Of Souls' combines the brutality of GRAVE's last two studio albums with the groove of 'Soulless' and of corpse a lethal dose of 'Into The Grave' darkness."
02. Amongst Marble And The Dead
03. Disembodied Steps
04. Flesh Epistle
05. Passion Of The Weak
06. Winds Of Chains
07. Encountering The Divine
09. Plague Of Nations
The song "Passion Of The Weak" can now be streamed using the SoundCloud player below (courtesy of DecibelMagazine.com).
PLAAG's second EP titled Ironic Twists And Tales is the natural follow up to the full length album Ugh! released on Misantrof ANTIRecords in 2011. This release introduces the new member Negativ on vocals.
Mastermind Somber Von Plaag, states, "talking about this last effort: "Ironic Twists And Tales EP is a collection of six songs each dealing with misanthropy in their own way, both Negativ and me approached the subject from various angles ranging from sarcasm to a more serious view on the matter."
Behind the switches and amps there are two further geniuses: Fredrik Falk, who also fought the obscure battles side by side with NATTEFROST on the Kreft EP took care of the mixing, while the mastering was superbly crafted by Daniel Vrangsinn of CARPATHIAN FOREST, VRANGSINN.
As every release by Misantrof ANTIRecords, Plaag - Ironic Twists And Tales can be downloaded for free from the band's Misantrof page here.(http://plaag.misantrof.net/)The release can be freely copied and shared by the general public for non commercial purposes and is protected by The Creative Commons - Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported license. The download includes digital audio, cover artwork, press release and more info.
U.K.-based modern thrash heroes SYLOSIS recently completed work on their new album, "Monolith", with Romesh Dodangoda at Monnow Valley Studio in Wales. The CD will be released on October 5 via Nuclear Blast Records. The cover artwork was created by Dan Goldsworthy and can be seen below.
Commented SYLOSIS vocalist and guitarist Josh Middleton: "We're beyond pleased with the artwork for 'Monolith'. It needed to be something to accentuate the dark, gloomy vibe of the album without going for anything too cliché or stereotypically metal.
"We listen to a lot of '70s progressive music and with the Art Nouveau style was quite popular at that time.
"At this point, we don't want to reveal too much about the concept but one of the figures on the cover loosely represents the devil in disguise or a satyr. Some of the inspiration behind the concept came from Greek mythology.
"Working with Dan again was awesome. He's very patient, eager to please and can very quickly tap into what we're trying to put across.
"We always like to pay as much attention to the artwork as possible and it's never been an afterthought for us. It's about creating a complete piece of work so the music and the packaging really go hand in hand."
Added Goldsworthy: "Visually, the cover artwork for 'Monolith' has taken notable inspiration from the Art Nouveau movement. Diverting from the usual flowery aesthetic of the style, 'Monolith' has a significantly darker vein running thoughout, as fitting with the sonic nihilism of SYLOSIS' music. As far as the concept goes, it is merely my interpretation of the band's vision. Much like their previous album, 'Edge Of The Earth', the artwork is completely related to certain themes running throughout the songs, so if you wish to extract any deeper meaning, I would recommend studying the lyrics as well.
"Josh and I kept a very close working relationship throughout the entire design process, such was the importance of having the artwork represent his lyrics and the story they tell. However, the cover art and illustrations throughout the packaging are only small snapshots of the bigger picture so open the booklet, press play and enjoy the journey."
Middleton recently stated about "Monolith": "'Monolith' is the best representation of us as a band in terms of our diverse influences and stylistically it's what we've always been aiming for. A mixture of thrash, big doomy riffs and dark atmospherics and ambience.
"Overall, 'Monolith' has a darker vibe to anything we've done in the past, both lyrically and musically. It's a concept album which is just something I like to help guide me writing the lyrics. I like the fact that I can write about personal issues but dress them up in a way that people might not know exactly how they relate to me (if at all in some instances).
"The idea for the concept was very loosely inspired by the Greek tale of Orpheus and Eurydice. It's quite far fetched but it's about this guy who loses his wife and tries to bring her back from underworld. This giant monolith starts to grow out of her tomb. The most prevalent theme beneath it all is sort of accepting that you might not be as nice a person as you once thought. It sounds really cheesy but everyone has a darker side to their personality in terms of being selfish, manipulative or dishonest.
"A lot of metal lyrics are always 'you're this, you're that, you suck' and in a lot of cases it's probably really hypocritical. Some of the lyrics on this album are about owning up to those flaws and almost reveling in it.
"Some parts of the album is us covering new ground but everything that people have come to love about our band is still present. It's not necessarily a change in direction or something we're moving more towards, it was just about making a unique vibe for this album as a whole. There's a real urgency to a lot of this material and the really natural and honest production helps mirror that. We really wanted more of a 'live session' feel. Both Romesh and Jens [Bogren; mastering] have done a great job in giving this album a unique sound. Too many bands these days rely on technology and it can just suck all the life and personality out of the music."
Wintersun has posted a second video clip from the studio from the 'Time I' recording sessions.According to WINTERSUN mainman Jari Mäenpää, "'Time' is going to be two albums, titled 'Time I' and 'Time II'. We made this decision simply because of few reasons:
* All the 80 minutes of material won't fit on a regular CD and we didn't want to cut anything out.
* We want you to be able to hear new material sooner and not wait any longer and we want to go on tour sooner.
* The music is very full and complex, so listening this kind of 'hard listening (not easy listening)' material straight for 80 minutes is a bit too much (even for me).
* Both albums will be approximately. nice 40 min epic packages of fireworks.
* We like the idea of releasing two albums within one year, so the band will stay more visible longer, which is important in these 'modern times.' No more years of silence for us!"
"Time I" tracklist:
01. When Time Fades Away
02. Sons Of Winter And Stars
I) Rain Of Stars
II) Surrounded By Darkness
III) Journey Inside A Dream
IV) Sons of Winter And Stars
03. Land Of Snow And Sorrow
04. Darkness And Frost
Time I will be released on October 9, 2012 via Nuclear Blast Records.
Polish death metal squad MASACHIST have just completed work on their second full-length, Scorned. The anticipated follow-up to the band's 2009-released Death March Fury was recorded in mid-2011 at Monroe Sound Studio, with final production touches taken care by guitarist Aro. Featuring nine brutal and intricate songs, Scorned will be released worldwide by Selfmadegod Records on September 3rd, 2012.
MASACHIST's leader Thrufel comments on the album: "I'm really glad that after a long silence I can finally give you some details regarding our much anticipated new album. Scorned is 40 minutes of your agony, another relentless death march. You could say that the new album is a natural evolution of our style. This time the songs are much more demanding than those heard on our previous one, while still retaining their primal brutality. Yes, we are still playing 100% Death Metal Kurwa Maæ!"
The album's cover art and album details for Scorned will be revealed in the weeks ahead. For now, hear the opening track, the punishing "The Process of Elimination," by clicking here.
Swedish death metal masters DIABOLICAL have entered Necromorbus Studio (WATAIN, UNANIMATED, DESTRÖYER 666) in Alvik, Sweden to begin recording their fifth album, "Neogenesis". The CD is once again being produced by the band's vocalist/guitarist Sverker Widgren.
DIABOLICAL guitarist Carl Stjärnlöv explains the album title: "Apart from being a physiological term, the title 'Neogenesis' translates to 'new beginning.' The word originates from greek and latin and it marks a new beginning for DIABOLICAL in many ways. Furthermore the title has a much more profound significance to the theme and concept of this album."
Regarding the recording process and musical direction of tne new material, he added, "The drum tracks laid down are amazing, and we are all very excited about continuing to work on 'Neogenesis'. There are definitely some new flavors to our sound, and most importantly, the song material of 'Neogenesis' is by far the greatest we've done."
Illinois-based Vikings thrashers THE HORDE have inked a deal with Abyss Records. The follow-up to 2011's "Thy Blackened Reign" is tentatively titled "Destroyer... Slayer Of Men" and is scheduled for release in the fall.
Commented guitarist Tim Matthews: "THE HORDE are thrilled to have signed with Abyss Records. This is a match made in Valhalla as they will suit up in their armor and go to war with us as we ride into the flames of battle!
"We are currently working on our third album. Some songtitles are 'Pray Hater', '10,000 Strong' and 'Firevurm'. We'll be entering Mercenary Digital Studios in Zion, Illinois at some point this winter to record with Scott Creekmore."
THE HORDE is slated to appear at Spring Bash IV in April 2013 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin alongside DECEASED, MORTA SKULD and other acts. More U.S. festival appearances for 2013 are in the works.