Australian Death Metal monster Beyond Mortal Dreams has launched a brand new track, titled "Deficit in Flesh."
The song comes off the band's forthcoming sophomore album - Abomination of the Flames, due next year via Lavadome Productions.
Stream "Deficit in Flesh" now at https://youtu.be/t9zYwDcd4FI
Lavadome Productions is now offering pre-orders for Beyond Mortal Dreams t-shirts. Contact Lavadome Productions to reserve your size by messaging that label's Facebook page or by emailing email@example.com.
A special bundle package featuring Beyond Mortal Dreams 2017 compilation CD As Death, We Shall Walk and the t-shirt is also available.
Imminence Records'' Melbourne based melodic death metal outfit Aetherial is pleased to unleash their new single. The track, entitled "The Fallen Will Mark The Way," is the lead single on the band's debut album The Still Waters of Oblivion. The twelve track album will be released November 10th on Truth Inc. Records (Oceania and parts of Asia) and Imminence Records (rest of the world).
""The Fallen Will Mark the Way" is about the persistence and resilience that’s required to follow your destiny. It's a song about always moving forward whilst letting go of the past. With the lyric video we wanted to stick with similar themes from the album artwork. There’s also a lot of inspiration from the trees in ‘The Evil Dead’ - which definitely works on a number of levels.” - Shep Sheppard (Vocalist)
Brutally fierce, crushing and relentless, Aetherial forge a uniquely dark and devastating sound. Combining elements of melodic death and traditional metal, formidable vocals, intense guitar riffs and epic harmonies define this brutal act from Melbourne, Australia. Lyrically, Aetherial explores the darkest recesses of the soul; exposing what is lurking behind the false reality of everyday life. The stark look beyond the restraints of social and cultural boundaries examine forces surrounding and influencing the human condition.
Aetherial’s music and commanding presence on stage attracted the attention of New York based Extreme Management Group Inc. which lead to inking a worldwide management deal and solidifying Aetherial on a roster alongside heavyweights Suffocation, Cattle Decapitation, Cryptopsy, Origin and fellow Australians King Parrot. The partnership is poised to bring their soul capturing strain of Melodic Death across the world.
Aetherial soon after inked a dual label deal with American based Imminence Records and Australian record label, Truth Inc.. The highly anticipated 12-track debut album The Still Waters of Oblivion was recorded, mixed, and mastered in Melbourne at Everland Productions by Oresti Salter. The Artwork, which was done by German artist Patrick Wittstock visualizes the aural ingenuity of the band through intensely dark visual concepts.
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Crushing audiences across the globe with their driving force and energetic stage presence, Melbourne thrashers Mason deliver commanding performances that has taken them on tours across Australia and beyond in Asia, Europe plus Canada where they have shared the stage with the likes of Harlott, Havok, Accept, Revocation, Mutank and Annihilator.
Drawing influence from The Big Four and The Bay Area, Mason encapsulates the 80′s thrash sound mixed with fast tempos and a dominating rhythm section. Unleashing their debut self-titled EP in 2011, Mason are ones not to let the dust settle. Their ten track debut album, "Warhead" was released in 2013 and included guest guitarist Jeff Loomis (Arch Enemy, Nevermore). In 2016, Mason jumped straight back into the studio to record their second EP, "Unmerciful", the perfect follow up showcasing the band’s ability to fuse fast and aggressive metal along with melodic guitar work that captivated and reinforced their stronghold on a global level.
Now in 2017, their second full length “Impervious” mixed and mastered by Erin Hamidovic (Devin Townsend Project, Sikth, Animals As Leaders, Periphery, Elm Street) is crashing the gates and kicking the mosh pit into overdrive with its official release set for October 6th. The nine glorious thrashing tracks will be blazing an even bigger trail for this Aussie powerhouse.
Vocalist and guitarist Jimmy Benson comments:
“During the demo process we wrote a lot of material, but the majority made the “Impervious” album minus one or two songs. We spent a lot of time fine tuning the songs and making sure they kicked ass! For this album, we focused mainly on trimming the fat and stepping up the energy and tempos. Fast, focused and heavy! For those wanting to know more about this release, “Impervious” touches on so many topics from suicide, death, terrorism and more events that happen to people around the world. When ya look at the front cover, it is a symbol of character and strength of a boy that goes about his everyday life in the worst conditions and does what is normal to him to get by day to day. To sum it up, this new album is powerful and holds a strong message from start to finish.”
The band's latest music video "Cross This Path" features live clips from their cross Canada tour with Annihilator and Mutank this past June. Watch it at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRXtdPIzy8E
Plus the band's first music video "Tears of Tragedy" in support of "Impervious" can be viewed at this following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsXPm1h5w-E
Album pre-order for a CD copy of "Impervious" available on Mason's website www.masonofficialmetal.com plus will be available for digital download on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and all major online retailers on October 6th.
Sept 29 - Evelyn Hotel - Melbourne, Australia w/ Earth Rot, Mason, Blackhelm + Cordell - info
Nov 17 - Bendigo Hotel - Melbourne, Australia w/ Silent Knight - info
Australian death / thrash metal act Truth Corroded are pleased to welcome Jake Sproule as the bands new drummer!! Jake also performs with death metal slam act Whoretopsy and tech death act Necrospyre (featuring Jason Peppiatt of Psycroptic) Jake has already been playing as a live session drummer with Truth Corroded for the past several months across Australia and Asia.
Commenting on joining the band Jake offers
"Pretty stoked to be officially joining Truth Corroded, I have been having a great time touring with them since late last year. They're a great group of mates, they make great music and are fun to work with, so I am very much looking forward to working with these guys in the future and I look forward to writing music with them in the years to come."
Truth Corroded bass guitarist Greg Shaw adds 'Jake is an outstanding drummer and anyone who has seen him perform with us live will appreciate that he is also an outstanding fit for the band. Having seen him play in his own band Whoretopsy for a number of years, and as a student of the mighty Dave Haley of Psycroptic, he is not only a great addition to the band but also one of the best this country has produced - raising the bar on the quality of Australia's extreme music talent'
Jake replaces long time live drummer Kieran Murray, who has been with the band since 2011. Truth Corroded vocalist Jason North offers 'We have had an incredible time with Kieran and have had some of the bands best experiences across the world with him as a member of the band. He is not only a powerful drummer but a really great friend, and a great laugh. We wish Kieran the very best for his endeavours with his other bands Seminal Embalment & Meth Leppard, the separation is amicable, and we look forward to partying with him off stage." Truth Corroded have featured Kevin Talley (Suffocation, Dying Fetus, Chimaira) as a studio drummer on the bands past two albums, and Kevin performs once again on the bands upcoming new release.
Truth Corroded have been busy recording the band’s new album which will be released in early 2018 (more details to come). 2017 has seen the band tour extensively across Australia, New Zealand and Asia, performing at high profile festivals in Australia such as Blacken Open Air, Under The Southern Cross Festival, Hell On The Bay and the Dead Of Winter Festival, a headlining tour in Taiwan and Vietnam and to close out the year tour supports alongside Kreator and Vader followed by The New Dead Festival supporting Napalm Death and Lock Up.
Ne Obliviscaris are premiering the second stunning song taken from their forthcoming masterpiece, 'Urn', which has been scheduled for release on October 27th. The Australian progressive extremists are currently available for interviews.
The song "Urn (Part I) – And Within The Void We Are Breathless" is now streaming at the link below,
Ne Obliviscaris frontman Tim Charles comments on behalf of the band: "The 14-minute long title track from our new album 'Urn' comes in two parts and forms the album's grand finale. We are now presenting Part 1, 'And Within The Void We Are Breathless'. This song is one of the more intense featuredon our new record and flows through darker territory than the previously released, 'Intra Venus'."
Ne Obliviscaris third album, 'Urn' is bound to be a career defining moment. The Australian extreme prog shooting stars have honed and re-balanced the key elements of their unique sound to a razor sharp musical edge. The dynamic entwining of fierce growls and emotive clean vocals, the contrast between devastating et intricate guitar riffs and thundering drums against an unleashed violin and gorgeous string parts as well as the perfect blending of epic progressive and intense extreme metal forms of expression are all marking a new peak in the steep rise of the band.
Deathcore squad Gravemind's EP 'The Deathgate' was released last week and the floodgates have opened - with the completely independent niche--within-niche genre Deathcore record hitting #70 on the ARIA Charts overall, #20 on the Australian Artists Chart and #2 on the Australian Independent AIR Chart. A massive effort for the Melbourne outfit, who have very few of the vinyl record pre-orders they put on pre-order last week as well.
For most of the release week, they sat within the top 5 Metal releases, top 20 Rock releases and top 100 overall in iTunes and number 2 Metal release in Bandcamp.
The release was announced via a viral mystery website - to which they revealed themselves to be the ones behind thedeathgate.com. It was a source of mystery that many media outlets tried to solve - The Music, killyourstereo, Rogue Inc, AAA Backstage, Reddit, Tomatrax, Deathcore Memes and more searched the site from top to bottom for clues, with varying degrees of success.
Early July saw Melbourne Deathcore outfit Gravemind unveil that they were behind mystery website thedeathgate.com. The site countdown eventually revealed that Gravemind were behind the site.
They are heading out on their EP release tour in September, which sees them on a three date jaunt in Brisbane, Melbourne and Launceston that brings along fellow Deathcore crew Blind Oracle for the Brisbane and Melbourne shows.
Punters can look forward to seeing Gravemind on tour, having developed their sound and bone-rattling live show in shows with bands such as Architects, House Vs Hurricane, I Killed the Prom Queen, King Parrot, Hollow World, Iconoclast, A Night in Texas and Justice for the Damned.
Gravemind's EP 'The Deathgate' is out now. Singles 'Anaesthesia' and 'Echo' are available now in iTunes and Spotify and all online retailers.
For more information go to gravemindofficial.com.
Australian black / thrash cult Bloodlust stream the entirety of their highly anticipated second album, At the Devil's Left Hand. Set for international release on August 24th via Caverna Abismal Records on both CD and cassette tape formats, hear Bloodlust's At the Devil's Left Hand in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Conceived in the slaughter of innocence, upon a desecrated altar of God. Nurtured in the cold earth of the tomb world amongst the bones of the dead. Fed on endless pain and suffering, caressed by the dark mother of decay then thrust howling for vengeance into this mortal world on a mission to do Satan's deadly work. Bloodlust are a unit of infernal soldiers risen from Hell to spread a plague of blasphemous darkness against the light and all that is holy.
Armed to the teeth with an arsenal of dirty, thrashing black metal riffs, relentlessly bludgeoning war drums, and scorchingly vicious vokills, Bloodlust spit forth a venomous tirade against Jehovah and his cowering angels. The rhetoric of holy destruction written in blood and the audial terror. Inspired by visions of decaying graveyards, black magic rituals, demonic summoning and the mighty Infernal Lord, Satan, Bloodlust follow in the musical path of early metal warriors Venom, Hellhammer/Celtic Frost, and Bathory.
Old-school black-thrash straight from the fiery depths of Hell: Bloodlust are At the Devil's Left Hand! In the lead-up to its international release on August 24th, stream the whole album at Caverna Abismal's Bandcamp HERE.
Australian black metal veterans Nocturnes Mist premiere the new track "Shadow of the Flame" at Decibel magazine's website. The track hails from the band's highly anticipated third album, Diabolical Baptism, set for international release on September 15th via Seance Records. Following quickly on the heels of last year's scorching second album, March to Perdition, Diabolical Baptism completes an unholy trinity of albums that forever establishes Nocturnes Mist as one of the darkest and most uncompromising antipodean forces. More savage, more immediate, and more engaging, the band goes from strength to strength here, heralding a new era for their characteristically Aussie black metal. Hear Nocturnes Mist's "Shadow of the Flame" in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Nocturnes Mist's Diabolical Baptism is a work of traditional black metal inspired by the occult and Satan. After watching The Omen trilogy, the band was inspired to write a song based upon the iconic film score, "Ave Satani," and in doing so, this song influenced the tone of the album. Diabolical Baptism is a work inspired by high Satanism, both its medieval origins as well as the presence of Satan and the occult in the contemporary world: from The Omen trilogy to Ken Russel’s classic The Devils (from which a sample is used on the song "Barbs of Sadism) to the illustrations from the works of Lord of De Lancre, the infamous French witch-finder and demonologist of the 17th Century. His image of the Black Mass, the witches Sabbath in addition to horror, both fictional demonic terror and the real life terrors of the medieval age and inquisition, coupled with a fascination for clandestine ceremonies of the left-hand path - all come together with each song representing another page of Nocturnes Mist’s musical grimoire, a tale written in homage to Satan and the vivid imagery that he has inspired throughout the ages.
The lavish artwork throughout Diabolical Baptism, by the hand of modern master Jenglot Hitam, is a re-imagining of Lord of De Lancre’s Black Mass and Witches Sabbath - and here, from Satanic inspiration emerges a new level of primal energy and brutality for Nocturnes Mist. Harsh compositions and raw fury have engulfed symphonic elements, with keyboards only momentarily emerging to highlight mood and atmosphere. The transition of style was not intentional; rather, it's a subconscious evolution reflecting the band’s collective energy whilst writing the album. As a result, Diabolical Baptism is a natural manifestation of evil and hatred, a return to the raw, unadulterated energy of early '90s black metal and a vehement outpouring sparked by frustration with the continued dilution of the genre. Diabolical Baptism is a rekindling of Nocturnes Mist's devotion to black metal, its roots, the feeling and conviction stemming back to the origins of the band, their influences, and the energy that originally galvanized them in the '90s.
Nocturnes Mist was formed in Adelaide, South Australia in 1997 and have since remained veiled in mystery and fog. The band was ignited amidst a strong movement of bands from South Australia such as Stargazer, Cauldron Black Ram, Mournful Congregation, Darklord, and Beyond Mortal Dreams among others. However, Nocturnes Mist remained undeservedly underrated and overlooked, as black metal had yet to reach the peak of its popularity in Australia and Australian bands were hindered by isolation, great distance between states, and poor distribution in the days before the internet was widely available in households.
Embodying the spirit of '90's black metal, Nocturnes Mist's music unites ferocity with darkness, cold vengeance with symphonic poetry, and chilling atmospheres with sheer heaviness. Truly borne from the '90s and the influence of first- and second-wave black metal, early on, Nocturnes Mist created symphonic black metal in the style of early Emperor, Satyricon, Abigor, and Nazxul. Denying the lightweight flourishes of what symphonic black metal evolved into by the end of the '90s, Nocturnes Mist remained firmly rooted in the traditional style and ideals of black metal, incorporating rawness, heaviness, dark atmosphere, and a true feeling of aggression characterized within the Australian scene.
The Southern Storms demo EP was released in 1998 by the band and limited in availability, only being traded via mail and sold at the few shows which the band played between 1999-2000. These shows were some of the first black metal shows in South Australia and are now legendary landmarks in the evolution of OZBM. Armed with a full line up and instilled with the aesthetic ideals of traditional black metal, these shows were impressive rituals of dark, intense heaviness as the band performed in full corpse-paint, gauntlets, and created a lavish scene of gothic candelabras and candlelit atmosphere. Two self-titled demos followed in 2000 and 2004, but these were not widely circulated, and the songs were later reworked & re-recorded in 2009 to become part of what is now the As Flames Burn album, which remained unreleased until 2013.
Nocturnes Mist predated most of the bands that form the current Australian black metal scene, but in a case of being ahead of their time, they slowly slipped into obscurity. Seance Records reignited the flame in 2013 with the first official release of As Flames Burn. The songs were remixed and mastered yet stylistically represent the early era of this band and their body of work to date. The CD also included the Southern Storms tracks as a bonus. Forging ahead, the band soon recorded their second full-length, March to Perdition, released in 2016 by Seance Records. The ten new songs comprising the album were characteristic of the band’s style: unpretentious and atmospheric, yet instilled with a raw, savage element to surpass what has come before. Each song was crafted with skilful writing and musicianship while not losing the energy and spontaneity that fortified the band's lofty position as forerunners of OZBM.
Whereas March to Perdition solidified their style within classic, '90s-rooted symphonic black metal, on Diabolical Baptism, Nocturnes Mist strip back everything to the rawest, blood-red essentials, maintaining exemplary songwriting and their established identity whilst uncovering new, previously-unexplored territory by, paradoxically, going more primitive. Subtle synth touches still exist, of course, but Diabolical Baptism is aptly fucking titled: this is a torrential rebirth.
Hear the next example of that rebirth exclusively HERE, courtesy of Decibel, North America's only monthly metal magazine. The first example of that rebirth can be heard with "Barbs of Sadism" HERE at Seance Records' official YouTube channel.
Australia's Lo! to release new album via Pelagic Records this October; teaser posted + pre-orders available
Sydney's LO! literally made a splash last year with the ingenious video clip for "Orca," produced by bass player Adrian Shapiro himself. The clip showed vocalist Sam Dillon as a vicious creature emerging from a vat of shiny pink goo, in front of an otherwise completely black background. Pink in metal? The clip went viral over the love-it-or-hate-it discussion that followed... but even the haters had to admit that this clip, premiered via Noisey, Metal Hammer, and Decibel, showed a truly outstanding and innovative approach to visual arts in heavy music.
LO!'s third full length album Vestigial - set for release via Pelagic Records October 6th -- is next level. The songs are well-crafted and have a larger scope, the sound is heavy yet organic, there's a mammoth harmonic density behind the stupefying heavy riffs, and the band sounds tighter than ever before. One of the reasons might be that drummer Adrian Griffin, who has spent the last seven years in Asia, returned to Australia.
"This time we had much more time to all be together as a band and really work on the songs properly instead of the last-minute rush that usually happens. I think we all felt more connected now having Adrian back in the country," comments guitarist Carl Whitbread.
"LO! have come to remind you of glorious times; times when Mastodon were using samples of Jurassic Park to kick off their records," wrote Metal Hammer UK on the band's debut album Look And Behold. And in fact, song titles like "Megafauna" or "Hall Of Extinct Mammals" show that LO! have always been interested in man's relationship with the natural world. Themes of extinction, circuses, and animal exploitation were explored on the band's 2015 EP The Tongueless, "so it was a nice lead in to where we are at now on Vestigial," notes vocalist Sam Dillon, "with a revisit of the outro from the EP as the intro on album number three."
"A world where politics resemble black comedies, where guns have become an aspect of culture, and where addiction to technology is the norm is at the lyrical heart of Vestigial. "There are several repeated characters throughout the album," Dillon reveals. "The Judas Steer, the Locust Christ... these are anti-heroes, the wolves among sheep figuratively. The ghastly Donald Trumps, The Kim Jong-Uns, the extremists and ignorant tyrants of our modern lives..."
After a European tour supporting Cult Of Luna in 2013, including a performance at Roadburn Festival, the band will be back in Europe this October to present Vestigial. Fit for fans of Mastodon, Cursed, Cult Of Luna, Converge, Breach, Black Breath, and the like.
LO!'s Vestigial will see release on October 6th on CD, LP, and digital formats. For pre-orders in North America, visit THIS LOCATION, in Europe go to THIS LOCATION, and in Australia, go to THIS LOCATION.
View a Vestigial video teaser HERE.
Ne Obliviscaris are unveiling the first amazing track taken from their forthcoming masterpiece, 'Urn', which has been scheduled for release on October 27th. The Australian progressive extremists are available for interviews.
The song "Intra Venus" is presented by the band in the shape of a fascinating video clip at the link below, which can be freely published.
Ne Obliviscaris frontman Tim Charles comments on behalf of the band: "After almost three years of honing our craft in every way that we possibly could, we finally present to you the first track from an album of which we could not be more proud of. 'Urn' feels like the culmination of all our years of hard work; the delivery of everything that we have wanted to create. Music and art as our imaginations see it fit to be. 'Intra Venus' is more concise than much of our work and is in fact the only song on 'Urn' under ten minutes, but one that we feel is a great introduction to the record. We hope that you will enjoy it."
Below you can view the uncensored European 'Urn' cover, which has been created by vocalist Xenoyr.
Ne Obliviscaris' third album, 'Urn' is bound to be a career defining moment. The Australian extreme prog shooting stars have honed and re-balanced the key elements of their unique sound to a razor sharp musical edge. The dynamic entwining of fierce growls and emotive clean vocals, the contrast between devastating et intricate guitar riffs and thundering drums against an unleashed violin and gorgeous string parts as well as the perfect blending of epic progressive and intense extreme metal forms of expression are all marking a new peak in the steep rise of the band.
Founded in the beautiful Australian coastal city of Melbourne, Victoria in the year 2003, Ne Obliviscaris took the inspiration for their name from the proud motto of Clan Campbell based in Argyll, Scotland, which means "forget not". From the start, this collective of exceptional musicians made it clear that they did not intend to follow any trends or walk on well-trodden paths. Their first demo, 'The Aurora Veil' (2007) had a massive impact in the metal underground far beyond the fifth continent and already their debut full-length 'Portal of I' (2012) reached mainstream music press, which praised a unique array of influences and the characteristic virtuoso violin.
Ne Obliviscaris immediately climbed remarkably higher on the ladder with sophomore opus 'Citadel' (2014) by adding avant-garde approaches including jazz, flamenco, progressive rock, and many other wide-ranged influences to their solid metal base.
Parallel to their success on a critical level and with an ever-growing host of die-hard fans, the Australians increased their reputation as an excellent live act with extensive touring literally around the globe. The financial base for this was laid by Ne Obliviscaris ground-breaking use of modern day crowd-funding campaigns. This includes an ongoing Patreon membership scheme under the moniker The Ne Obluminati, which is revolutionising the relationship between band and fans by using the ancient concept of patronage in today's democratic setting.
'Urn' will lift Ne Obliviscaris to the next level. Outstanding musicianship meets excellent songwriting and a firework of brilliant ideas. Evening out the scales between extreme and progressive metal, the Aussies carve their own path. Spin 'Urn' on heavy rotation and Ne Obliviscaris will take you to a whole new dimension of musical delights.
Xenoyr – harsh vocals
Tim Charles- violin and clean vocals
Benjamin Baret - lead and acoustic guitars
Matt Klavins - guitars
Dan Presland - drums
Robin Zielhorst - bass (all tracks)
Emma Charles and Natalija May - additional violins (tracks 1, 4, and 6)
Tim Hennessy - cello (tracks 1, 3, 4, and 6)
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