Necronaut (noun); derived from the Greek words nekros (νεκρός), meaning "corpse" or "dead", and nautes (ναύτης), meaning "sailor". A person who experiments with near-death experiences in order to explore the underworld.
Necronautical (adj); of or pertaining to Necronautics or Necronauts.
Necronautical (band); A cluster of musicians using the medium of extreme blackened metal in order to disconnect from reality and to espouse the thought that true freedom of the spirit is found beyond the monotony of modern human existence.
Fittingly wearing the crown of thorns as the fourth inductees to the resurrected Cacophonous coven, Misanthropic Black Metal 4-piece Necronautical blur the barriers between fantasy and reality. Voyaging the treacherous waters of the underworld, they explore notions of the afterlife with their pummelling, virtuoso musicianship. Their colossal sophomore album "The Endurance At Night" is set for release 15th July on Cacophonous, and showcases a new energy and strength for British extreme music.
"Necronautical are delighted to become part of the Cacophonous family. We are humbled to appear on the same heritage-rich label that brought the world such great and influential bands as Cradle of Filth and the legendary Bal-Sagoth, and proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our brothers in The Infernal Sea, The King is Blind and Old Corpse Road at the forefront of UK Black Metal.
Our upcoming album 'The Endurance at Night' will leave listeners battered and raw; awestruck by the brutality and power inherent in the universe, interpreted herein as a salvo of scathing blasts, screeching melodies and churning riffs. We're very excited to show the world what we've been working on, and can't wait to showcase the new album on stage in the Autumn this year.” - Anchorite, Bass
On February 26th the Witches Brew label released the debut MCD from the four headed beast Surtur, who are from the Bangladeshi underground metal scene, giving the EP its first official release including a reworked layout. Previously released as a CD-r this short, but intense EP depicts "a true heavy metal fantasy about the arrival of a messiah from the old school roots who will put reins on all that is phony and immaterial." Featuring 4 tracks, one instrumental opener and 3 hair flying, fist pumping bangers that aim to stay close to the ancient footsteps of late 80's and early 90's thrash!
"Descendant Of Time" was recorded, mixed and mastered at Sonic Occult Productions by Maamar Huq.
Drums recorded at Studio 100 Miles by Aziz Ayon.
Cover art (Safwan Hossain) and track listing can be found below.
Surtur "Descendant Of Time" MCD is available now on the Witches Brew Webshop.
The Spanish Power Metal act Druídas are about to release their new album worldwide through Art Gates Records and now you can watch their new video on LaEstadea.
Este nuevo tema consiste en el tercer tema de presentación de "Ecos del Norte".
Europe & Worldwide: 30/05
Pre-Order on AGR Online, iTunes.
"White Noise" Track Listing:
1. Coming In Hot
2. White Noise
3. Break Even
5. Fools Gold, feat. Jeff Labar (Cinderella)
6. Good Life
7. Into The Grey, feat. Gerry Finn (Killer Dwarfs)
10. Any Given Sunday, feat. Jeff Labar (Cinderella)
11. Fall To Rise, feat. Ralph Saenz (Steel Panther) & Charlie Parra Del Riego (Kobra & The Lotus)
Current Nashville Industry Music Awards (NIMA) Alternative Rock Band of the Year vocalist / bassist and motorcycle rally queen Jasmine Cain has released her new album "White Noise" via 3Thirteen Music / eOne Music. You can order "White Noise" now here. White Noise was produced by Mills Logan (Taylor Swift, Luke Bryan, Toby Keith), Jasmine Cain and Lincoln Parrish (Cage the Elephant), and features Jasmine Cain members Zach Ballard and Benjamin Johnson on drums and lead guitar, respectively.
This is, by far, Jasmine Cain's strongest album to date. Having self-released four albums prior to White Noise, the songwriting has reached its pinnacle. With so many miles behind and so many miles left to travel, the Sturgis, SD nativehas paved a way for female rockers in the motorcycle culture. As JPF Female Artist of the Year and Nashville's Music City Mayhem (MCMA) four-time Female Rock Vocalist (in addition to the aforementioned Nashville Industry Music Award), Cain has set the standard and raised the bar. Living her life through her songs and gypsy spirit like a modern day Janis Joplin, she is a ghost on the road sitting next to you as you take your own musical journey.
"White Noise was a fun challenge for me because for the first time, we were writing songs together as a band and we only had two weeks to complete the writing process. I've never been put under the gun that hard and it forced me to get really focused and stay that way. My entire life had to be shut off. With that being said, I was very skeptical of the lyrics sound contrived and forced, but much to my surprise, and the surprise of everyone else, the songs happened effortlessly. Only a few times can I remember getting tripped up on a part or lyric and hitting a wall. But I just didn't force it. I started a new chapter and just wrote something else until that came to me. Most days I was just shooting ideas at the wall, but occasionally we would hit a vein and write two or three songs that day. It was really amazing to be able to do that. You don't really know if you can until you have no other choice."
Jasmine Cain and her band are endorsed by S&S Cycle, Epiphone Guitars, Kramer Guitars, Warwick Basses and GHS Strings.
Motörhead's recently announced live set "Clean Your Clock" - featuring one of the band's final performances together at the Zenith in Munich, Germany - will hit stores on Friday, June 10 via UDR Music. You can pre-order the set in several formats via the links below. Today, you can watch a brand new live concert recording of "Overkill" from "Clean Your Clock" here: https://youtu.be/o1YpKC57WaA
Pre-order "Clean Your Clock" here:
Coloured Double Vinyl in Gatefold with Pop-up Art
Standalone Audio CD Jewel Case:
CD / DVD, Gatefold with Pop-up Art:
BluRay / CD, gatefold with Pop-up Art:
Limited Edition Box Set standard zinc alloy 'MOTÖRHEAD Forever' edition:
Limited Edition Box Set Silver / Gold Pin edition exclusive via UDR:
There will be no more Motörhead tours because Lemmy is no longer here, and many, many people did not get a chance to hear them one more time on what proved to be their last-ever piece of road work. This makes "Clean Your Clock" a vitally important release. It is both a celebration and an epitaph, glorious yet not without melancholy, maintaining the warmth and curve of Motörhead's unique live sound.
On November 20 and 21, 2015, at the Zenith in Munich, Germany, UDR made the decision to record - what happened to be the very last live shows ever recorded - and Motörhead proceeded to deliver two storming sold out shows. Where there had once been almost too-fast breakneck pace, there was measured yet still thunderous rock 'n' roll served up only as they could, Phil Campbell playing better and better, and Mikkey Dee elevating the art of drumming to the superlative heights which made him one of metal's most coveted skinsmen. Lemmy sounds so dialled in, a little mean even (in the best possible way) snarling here and there, cackling when appropriate, and singing in a way which will defy every single pre-conceived expectation you might have had. Yes, he was fighting ailments. But no, he was not flimsy or faded, in fact on "Clean Your Clock" he lays down the marker for all near-70 year olds in terms of wicked bad-assery.
"Clean Your Clock" is the natural sound of one of rock 'n' roll's mightiest, rarest and most astoundingly excellent beasts - Motörhead. There isn't a plaudit they haven't received and there isn't a plaudit they don't deserve. And if there had to be a 'final' Motörhead album, perhaps it is fitting that "Clean Your Clock", a superb live encapsulation of the band at home, is the one.
So TURN-THIS-UP because as Lemmy himself said, the only way to feel the noise is when it's good and loud... and remember Lemmy and Motörhead in the best possible way!
Clean Your Clock Tracklisting:
Bomber / Stay Clean / Metropolis / When The Sky Comes Looking For You / Over The Top / (Guitar Solo) The Chase Is Better Than The Catch / Lost Woman Blues/ Rock It / Orgasmatron / Doctor Rock / Just 'Cos You Got The Power/ No Class/ Ace Of Spades/ Whorehouse Blues / Overkill
Infernal Diatribe, hailing from Kolkata, India, have taken the torch from Heathen Beast in further propagating the sound of black metal from the country. Along with significant albums released by Toxoid and Diabolus Arcanium, they're at the foremost where the black metal scene in India is currently poised. Playing vicious and ambitious occult black metal, this quintet is all set to unleash their underground assault on unsuspecting ears worldwide. The band have worked tremendously hard on making this debut, their dream, a reality and armed with a deal with Transcending Obscurity Distribution, one can expect the band moving out of their home base to play other cities, and hopefully, other countries as well. Nonetheless, there's little to stop their blackened spiritual attack. Superbly composed songs with an underlying dark Indian theme forms the crux of the band's music. The whole affair reeks of spiritual indulgences, the left hand path and its fatal implications this side of the world, as the band tells us about the 'aghori path of moksha' aka spiritual enlightenment.
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Florida-based Doom / Sludge band Hollow Leg have revealed that they will be embarking on a short tour of the East US with Irata. The tour will be in support of their new album "Crown" which is due to be released in North America on June 24 2016. Confirmed dates are below, more dates are expected to be announced in the near future:
06/21-Burro bar, Jacksonville FL
06/22- Basement, Atlanta GA
06/23 Maywood, Raleigh NC
06/25 Fredrick, MD (Doom Fest)
06/26 Reggies, Wilmington NC
Order "Crown" at this location: https://hollowleg666.bandcamp.com/
Greek hardcore crew, Sarabante, has issued a track from their incoming second LP, "Poisonous Legacy", which is set for release through Southern Lord in June. Tune in and hear the band take their tense, foreboding sound found to new lows, mirroring and capturing the anguish of their native country in the track "Mass Grave."
Stream Sarabante's "Mass Grave" at THIS LOCATION.
The gripping, lamenting melodies of the guitars on "Poisonous Legacy" define the album's sound, and speak volumes about Sarabante's world view. Eloquently miserable harmonies soar then hammer down on the listener, constantly seeking nervous and reverberating moments to amplify and meld into their modern crust motion, involving copious amounts of righteous d-beat and clarity amongst the crunch. Few have done it so well since the advent of Tragedy and His Hero Is Gone, and Sarabante is undoubtedly creating their own approach with impressive, aggressive songwriting, and forceful momentum. Their meticulous attention to mournful atmospheres is maintained across the twenty-six minutes, filling "Poisonous Legacy" with rampaging passages and brooding breakdowns, and making the record a thrilling and powerful statement from Sarabante.
After forming in Athens in late 2006, the Summer of 2011 saw Sarabante release their first album "Remnants". The LP was released by Sara Records, the band's own label, followed by a limited edition CD by Southern Lord. This was followed by an Eastern European tour and numerous local live shows, as well as 2013's Έρμαια Των Καιρών / Under The Shadows, a 7" EP via Man in Decline Records.
Heavily influenced by oppression and trying to withstand the ongoing crisis in their home country Greece, Sarabante's new music is forged in times of extreme austerity, which has without doubt blackened their focus. As a result, the music on "Poisonous Legacy" is darker, filthier, more straightforward, and more destructive than we've heard before. Featuring grim artwork by Karouk, "Poisonous Legacy" was mastered by Brad Boatright (Sleep, Nails, Obituary) and will be released on vinyl and digital through Southern Lord, June 10th.
Preorders are available HERE.
"the instrumentation was creative and original" - Transcending Obscurity (International)
Underground Polish label Via Nocturna has been around since 2004 and has been quietly putting out some stellar releases that are unfortunately going below the radar. Polish quintet Heretique's 2016 album 'De Non Existentia Dei' is no different. The band's worthy to be uttered in the same breath as their Polish counterparts Vader and Behemoth, and Heretique straddle death and black metal genres with impeccable poise and ease. The riffs are absolutely outstanding and the band prefer to keep it crisp and audible instead of obfuscating it with an impenetrable layer of chaos. It's probably due to this reason that the album is seriously addictive and catchy, not to mention memorable. The superb variations keep the album interesting and unpredictable throughout. Be it the album's recording, aesthetics or even the overall presentation, nothing here is half-hearted. There's full commitment to the passion for the style, both from the band and the label, and Heretique are a new force for all to discover - sounding fresh, powerful, and all-round impressive.
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New record label By Norse Music started up by Einar Selvik (Wardruna), Ivar Bjørnson (Enslaved) and Simon Fullemann (AISA)
It is with great pride and excitement that Einar, Ivar and Simon collectivity present their very own record label. Starting as an event project last year, launching our own beer ALU, we are finally ready to go official with part 3 - our own record label. With our network, experience and dedication in the music world, it made sense to just do it all ourselves and put our knowledge in the same pot. So we created By Norse Music!
"Whether or not it is booking a concert or releasing an album, my experience with Wardruna is that since it does not really fit into any defined genre or «fixed machinery», but branch out into a multifold of them, it demands special attention and effort to meet its potential and needs. So for many years now my wish and vision has been to, at some point, create a label for my own as well as other carefully selected music and art that would be flexible and also resourceful enough be able to handle each unique project on it´s own premises and adapt to its needs rather than squeeze everything into the same machinery. The time has come for realization and I feel very exited about venturing into this together with dedicated people I hold in high esteem both personally and professionally"
:- Einar, Wardruna
Wardruna "Runaljod - Ragnarok" out in October 2016!
This upcoming fall Wardruna will complete the circle and release the final part of the Runaljod trilogy. Runaljod - Ragnarok is the very much anticipated third part of the release, following Runaljold - Gap Var Ginnunga in 2009 and Runaljod - Yggdrasil in 2013. One of the songs from the upcoming album was recently released on our official sites and was met with great enthusiasm. The final album in the Runaljod Trilogy will be released this October on several different formats. The first release concert in Norway will be held in Oslo, January 2017. Tickets are up for sale since 13th of May! Get your ticket here:
Einar Selvik is currently nominated for the Norwegian Music Export by Spellemann, Norway's renowned award for musicians, for his work making Norway's heritage acclaimed internationally. Musicnorway.no and Vikings- creator Michael Hirst had this to say about his nomination: http://no.musicnorway.no/2016/05/10/eksportprisen-enorme-bidrag-vikings/
By Norse Music is located in Bergen, Norway and currently have Wardruna and selected back catalogue items of Enslaved in their stall. It is a platform supporting and building up Norwegian art, music, literature, film and culture to reinforce Norwegian heritage and traditions. By Norse was founded in 2015 by the three of us, Einar Selvik (Fimbuljod Productions, Wardruna), Ivar Bjørnson (Peersen Production AS, Enslaved, BardSpec) and Simon Füllemann (AISA - All Independent Service Alliance LLC, All Access Agency).
"In times where knowledge about diversification, market segments, consumer patterns, niche genres, commercialization and so forth is more important than ever to make a valid business case and build a successful career, it is vital to gather the right people to protect and nurture the rights owners interests the best we can. That is By Norse."
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