Norwegian ultra-doom titans Abyssic stream the entirety of their highly anticipated second album, High the Memory, at heavily trafficked web-portal NoCleanSinging.com. Set for international release on February 22nd via Osmose Productions, hear Abyssic's High the Memory in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Abyssic is a unique symbiosis of atmospheric approaches in funeral death/doom, with black and prog influences. The signature is enhanced by orchestrations with Mellotron, Minimoog, and upright bass.
Abyssic is a result of a collaboration between Memnock (Susperia), Elvorn (Susperia), and André Aaslie (Funeral, Images At Twilight, Gromth, Profane Burial), and together with Asgeir Mickelson (ex-Borknagar, Ihsahn), they recorded the debut album A Winter's Tale in February 2016 for Osmose Productions.
Later in 2016, Tjodalv (Susperia, ex-Dimmu Borgir, Old Man's Child) and Makhashanah (AKA Henriette Bordvik - Asagraum [live], ex-Sirenia) joined Abyssic, and together with Memnock, Elvorn, and Aaslie, they bring you the Abyssic darkness with album #2, High The Memory.
In the lead up to its international release this Friday, hear High the Memory in its entirety exclusively HERE, courtesy of NoCleanSinging.com. Pre-order info can be found HERE.
Edged Circle Productions sets April 12th as the international release date for Inculter's highly anticipated second album, Fatal Visions, on CD, vinyl LP, and cassette tape formats.
Hailing from the west coast of Norway, Inculter first burst onto the scene with the Stygian Deluge 7" EP in 2013: It sold out within two weeks from Edged Circle, and the cassette version was gone within a day. From there, the still-very-young band were voted "Band of the Week" by Darkthrone's tastemaking Fenriz.
Carrying forward that momentum, in early 2015, Inculter released their highly anticipated debut album,
Persisting Devolution, again through Edged Circle. Still not even in their 20s yet, right from the very first second, the power-trio unleashed an iron-fisted attack and refused to relent, punishing the listener with cranky-yet-catchy thrash metal that draws influence from a wide swath of ancient thrash darkness. Whether it's the nascent violence of the early Bay Area sound or the bestial blitz of mid '80s Germany, from the ultra-OTT of Canada's old speed/thrash scene to the weird 'n' unhinged musings of contemporaneous Eastern Europe, Inculter covered nearly every base with the magick 'n' mastery of true veterans.
Not surprisingly, Persisting Devolution reaped worldwide acclaim and led to the band being invited as direct support for such legendary acts as Mayhem and Kvelertak for sold-out events. Inculter continued to master their craft on the live front, prolifically playing before all and sundry, and thus setting the stage for their second full-length strike. Ominously titled Fatal Visions, that album is at last upon us!
Staying true to their sound whilst pushing their own limits, here on Fatal Visions do Inculter exhibit more finesse and flair, more magick and mastery. If Persisting Devolution leaned more on the raw side - understandably so, given the band's youth at the time - then the self-produced Fatal Visions sees the now-quartet getting to the heart of their sound and, with mastering by Enslaved's Herbrand Larsen, leaving a more powerful and timeless document for the ages. That expansion to a four-piece is immediately felt; the attack is tighter and more urgent, the dual-riff interplay dazzling with darkness and ever-twisting memorability. Indeed, these Fatal Visions cut quickly and sharply, their locked-in slash 'n' surge sounding almost criminally accomplished. No more red-eyed and bleeding-raw belligerence here: rather, a spiked landscape of classic heavy metal majesty rendered wild and wondrous. If anything, one could say Inculter are taking cues from cult-institution forebears Aura Noir but accelerating up the evolutionary chain far quicker...or simply that Fatal Visions is THE Now Sound of Inculter.
The future is so far in the past, Inculter have prophesied the present with Fatal Visions. Completed by stunning artwork from R.K. Valbo (Obliteration, Void Eater), this is another bold step toward total dominance.
First track premiere to be revealed shortly. Preorder info can be found HERE. A full video report, edited by Necro Lust Productions, can be seen in its entirety HERE
Norwegian thrash metal masters Inculter entered studios in Bergen in November to commence recording of their long-awaited follow-up to their 2015 debut, Persisting Devolution. So, what better opportunity than to send in Edged Circle Productions' very own Linn into the studio to get a full update on the recording, and why can't they just call themselves a Bergen band and get over with it!?
The full video report, edited by Necro Lust Productions, can be seen in its entirety HERE.
Inculter has built a strong following since their first album was released by Edged Circle and have performed as special invited guests to several sold-out shows from titans such as Mayhem and Kvelertak.
Their brand-new, as-yet-untitled album for Edged Circle will hit stores during April 2019, just in time for Norway's Inferno Festival, and will also feature stunning artwork by R.K. Valbo (Obliteration, Void Eater, Deathhammer).
Norwegian heavy / power metal band, Guardians Of Time, have released a new lyric video for 'Drawn In Blood', the track is taken of their fifth album Tearing Up The World, which was released on October 19th, 2018 via ROAR! Rock Of Angles Records. The video can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/e_KDAkLMXpY
Tearing Up The World featuring guest performances of Abbath and Tim ”Ripper” Owens. The album was mixed and mastered in cooperation with Studio Fredman (Dimmu Borgir, Hammerfall, In Flames, Opeth, Soilwork). The artwork and layout was designed by Carlos Cabrera.
Guardians Of Time is:
Bernt Fjellestad – Vocals
Paul Olsen – Guitars
Willy Aaraas – Drums
Jonkis – Bass
Guardians Of Time is considered as one of the leading heavy / power metal bands in Norway, with members holding experience from other bands such as Trail Of Tears, Susperia and Harm. Focusing on in-your-face heavy metal and live performances filled with power and energy, the band is always keen on giving their audience what they want; a heavy metal party! In the recent years they have toured Europe six times, supporting bands like Sabaton, Sepultura and Fear Factory. Guardians Of Time have played in Serbia, Spain, Hungary, Croatia, Belarus, Russia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Slovenia and Romania.
Skillfully fusing the aesthetics of black metal with the atmospherics of post-rock in order to create a soundscape that is both breathtaking and mesmerizing, Norwegian blackgazers Avast are set to release their debut full-length album Mother Culture on October 26th through Dark Essence Records.
As a prelude to the release of Mother Culture, Dark Essence Records has released the title track as a single, which is available from and can be heard at https://avastband.bandcamp.com/track/mother-culture.
Hailing from Stavanger, Norway, Avast consists of Hans Olaf Myrvang (Agenda) on bass and vocals, Trond Salte (Agenda), Ørjan Lund (Nag) on guitars, and Stian Steensnæs (Lik) on drums, Avast is a band that reviewers and promoters place in a variety of genres. Whilst the band's roots lie in punk rock and hardcore, it would be safe to say that blackgaze and post-black metal are genres that could be applied to Avast, given that Avast's lyrical themes are not centred around the usual black metal topics, but tend more towards a philosophical and poetical take on social and environmental issues.
The members of Avast themselves describe Mother Culture as:-
“a concept album that examines the myths upon which modern civilization is based”, and “an apocalyptic tale about the rise and fall of human civilization, and how we have exploited the Earth’s resources to such a degree that we are now standing on the brink of our own extinction. Musically the record borrows equally from the black metal and post-rock genres, and lyrically it draws inspiration from Daniel Quinn’s philosophical novel Ishmael.”
Artwork by Ole Nymoen.
Mother Culture will be released in CD, Digital and limited edition white vinyl formats, and is now available to pre-order from:
Dark Essence Records: https://www.darkessencerecords.no/artists/avast/
US Webshop: https://darkessence.aisamerch.com
More information about Avast can be found on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/avastband/
A video of Avast performing at 2016's Tunghørt Festival can be seen at https://youtu.be/GvGGkVI7cFc
With their seventh full-length album "Marrow" having hit the streets on Dark Essence Records five days ago, Norwegian Alternative Metallers Madder Mortem have released a new video for a track from the album.
Titled "Far From Home" the symbol-laden video is by the noted Romanian artist Costin Choireanu and can be seen at https://youtu.be/8DIDksyQJUk
About "Far From Home", the band commented that the track:-
"grew out of an early morning's vocals idea, and into a very Madder song. Everything we love is here: contrasts and melody, fragility and heaviness, anguish and hope. The lyrics are about a long night's uneasy journey into day, about the gut-wrenching worry that rides on the back of truly caring for someone".
Regarding the video itself, and the collaboration with Chioreanu, who has a long-standing history with Dark Essence Records and the Norwegian music scene, Madder Mortem went on to say:
"When we approached artist Costin Chioreanu about creating the video for "Far From Home", we gave him the music, the lyrics, and otherwise an absolutely free rein. The result is his unique interpretation of the song and the feeling, and when we first saw it, we were all tearing up. Costin gave the song another dimension, and we are so grateful to him for expanding our music into the visual realm".
As an album, the eleven-track "Marrow" is complex, covering a wide variety of genres and sounds that range from moments of folk / prog to avant-garde. From delicate ballads to harsh metal, it is more doomy than its predecessor "Red in Tooth and Claw", as well as being at times both heavier, and catchier. It is, according to the band "about sticking to the essence of yourself. Your ideas, your thoughts, your values".
"Marrow" comes in CD Digipak, Digital and Limited Edition transparent green vinyl and is available from all the usual sellers, or can be ordered from the following:
All formats: https://maddermortem.bandcamp.com
CD and Vinyl: https://www.darkessencerecords.no/webshop/
US Webstore: https://darkessence.aisamerch.com/
The Nordic Epic Metal masters Sirenia are going to return to the European stages again. In November, Morten Veland and his bandmates are heading South for an headlining tour. Supported by their fellow Norwegians, Triosphere, Sirenia will bring their epic melancholic symbiosis of orchestral opuses and raw heavy metal sounds to the UK, France, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland and Italy. Don’t miss the chance to see them on the road.
On this tour, Sirenia will play tracks from their brand new album, called Arcane Astral Aeons, scheduled for release by the end of October 2018. Be amongst the first to listen to this brand new opus live! Today, we are proud to unveil the album cover.
Band leader Morten Veland about the artwork and the album:
“We are very pleased to present the artwork for our new album Arcane Astral Aeons. Once more we have worked with designer Gyula Havancsák to create an artwork that renders and adorns the heart and soul of our music. The album was recorded in Audio Avenue Studios (Norway), and Sound Suite Studios (France), while the mixing and mastering took place in Hansen Studios (Denmark) with mixing engineer Jacob Hansen. This album is something unique to us as it is the first one we have made together with our fans, everyone who have supported our pledge campaign has directly contributed to the funding of the album and to make it what it has turned out to be. We are very proud of what we have achieved together and we're very eager to share it with you, hoping that you all will find it as special as we do."
Sirenia on tour:
04.11.18 UK – London / The Dome
05.11.18 FR – Paris / La Boule Noire
06.11.18 FR – Nantes / Ferailleur
08.11.18 ES – Barcelona / Razzmatazz 2
09.11.18 ES – Madrid / Mon Live
10.11.18 PT – Lisbon / RCA Club
14.11.18 CH – Musigburg / Aarburg
15.11.18 CH – St-Maurice / Le Manoir Pub
16.11.18 IT – Bologna / Alchemica Club
17.11.18 IT – Milan / Legend Club
more dates to be announced soon!
Morten Veland about the upcoming tour:
"We are excited to announce the first tour dates in support of our upcoming album to be released the 26th of October. We will return to some countries we have not been to for some time. We intend to announce further dates later on, covering more countries and territories. Stay tuned for more news and we are looking forward to see you on the road again soon."
Norwegian melodic death metallers Art Of Deception released their new album ‘Path of Trees’, on June 22nd, via Rob Mules Records.
‘Path of Trees’ is available and streaming at:
Sound cloud: https://soundcloud.com/artofdeception-music/sets/path-of-trees
Physical LP/CD/Merch: Contact: https://www.facebook.com/pg/ArtofDeceptionofficial
Art Of Deception web page will be up soon!
Norwegians Art Of Deception – formed in 2012 – is a melodic death metal band with thrash and progressive influences. Their live show can be described as energetic and full of crazy ass wind-milling. Since 2012 they have played countless headliner shows, support shows and festivals including the Bloodstock Open Air Festival, and opening for Nile & Terrorizer on the first part of the ‘What Should Not Be Unearthed Part III’ tour. Other bands they have shared stage with is Kvelertak, Entombed A.D., Blood Red Throne amongst others. The band released their new album, entitled “Path of Trees”, on June 22nd, 2018, via Rob Mules Records.
Norwegian melodic death metallers Art Of Deception will release their forthcoming album ‘Path of Trees’, on June 22nd, via Rob Mules Records. The band has unleashed an official music video for the song "Dark Psychosis", watch it here: https://youtu.be/kocvhLMT2zw
Also check out the album teaser and commentary, here: https://youtu.be/M9KEDAA9xa0
The album will be available on LP, CD and on all digital stores. Art work by Gustavo Sazes.
Pre-order the ‘Path of Trees’ LP today! Go here! http://www.tigernet.no/item/152897--art-of-deception--path-of-trees--vinyl
Norway's Art Of Deception – formed in 2012 – is a melodic death metal band with thrash and progressive influences. Their live show can be described as energetic and full of crazy ass windmilling. Since 2012 they have played countless headliner shows, support shows and festivals including the Bloodstock Open Air Festival, and opening for Nile & Terrorizer on the first part of the ‘What Should Not Be Unearthed Part III’ tour. Other bands they have shared stage with is Kvelertak, Entombed A.D., Blood Red Throne amongst others. The band is set to release their new album, entitled “Path of Trees”, on June 22nd, 2018.
Norwegian melodic death metallers Art Of Deception are set to release their forthcoming album ‘Path of Trees’, on June 22nd, via Rob Mules Records. Today the band unleashes the album teaser and commentary, watch it here:
The album will be available on LP, CD and on all digital stores. Art work by Gustavo Sazes.
Pre-order the ‘Path of Trees’ LP today! Go here! www.tigernet.no/item/152897--art-of-deception--path-of-trees--vinyl
Norway's Art Of Deception formed in 2012 and are a melodic death metal band with thrash and progressive influences. Their live show can be described as energetic and full of crazy ass wind-milling. Since 2012 they have played countless headliner shows, support shows and festivals including the Bloodstock Open Air Festival, and opening for Nile & Terrorizer on the first part of the ‘What Should Not Be Unearthed Part III’ tour. Other bands they have shared stage with is Kvelertak, Entombed A.D., Blood Red Throne amongst others. The band is set to release their new album, entitled “Path of Trees”, on June 22nd, 2018. Watch the outstanding lyric video for the first single ‘Lysjakt’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plDwxd4ts7o
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