After more than a decade of silence, the brutal creators of darkness - Carpathian Forest - are stripping your petty existence down to nothingness! Your skin, your flesh and your bones will decompose once hit by their necrotic black metal axe! The legendary Carpathian Forest is currently premiering their new single, “Likeim”, the title-track of the band’s forthcoming EP, “Likeim”, to be released tomorrow, Friday, April 13.
When asked about the essence of the track "Likeim", Nattefrost commented:
"Existentialism, suicide. To jump in the waterfalls of Rjukan, Telemark.” Experience these depths and their complexities with "Likeim"!
CARPATHIAN FOREST - LIKEIM
Carpathian Forest's upcoming EP is consisted of two tracks: one of which is a cover track of Turbonegro (All My Friends are Dead) and an original track titled Likeim (corpse stench). Two brutal and brutally honest songs that truly represent what is and has always been one of the world’s most necro black metal bands. Infused with black thrash and old school black metal, the two tracks spear the very core of your 90’s black metal nostalgia. Carpathian Forest is the groovy mid-tempo black metal, with the chillingly nihilistic and in your face vocals that sticks to your membrane.
CARPATHIAN FOREST - 'LIKEIM' OUT APRIL 13
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Denmark's Taphos sets release date for debut album; reveals first tracks, to tour with Degial in May
Blood Harvest Records and Helter Skelter Productions set June 8th as the international release date for Taphos' highly anticipated debut album, Come Ethereal Somberness, on CD and 12" vinyl formats.
Hot on the heels of Blood Harvest's compilation of the band's first two recordings as Demo MMXVI & 7" EP MMXVII, garnering widespread acclaim and heightening anticipation for their first full-length, at last arrives Taphos' Come Ethereal Somberness. As a debut LP, Come Ethereal Somberness does everything it should: stay consistent to a band's sound established on their demos whilst pointing toward new avenues. Here, Taphos do both, and then some.
Hailing from the same Danish scene as Undergang and Phrenelith, Taphos create a classic - and classically gutted - style of Metal of Death. Their first recording, Demo MMXVI, possessed a darkly thrashing sound highly reminiscent of turn-of-the-'90s death metal on both sides of the Atlantic, as resolutely Scandinavian as it was American, its filthy propulsion as palatably fresh as it was authentically ancient. On the subsequent two-song EP, Taphos' sound becomes more world-eating, their songwriting aims more epic whilst not losing the raw fury of their beginnings.
Now, with Come Ethereal Somberness, they synthesize the two stylistic shifts into something both berzerker and epic, manic and finesse in equal measures. Indeed, Taphos are firing on all songwriting cylinders here, as the energy literally bursts off the charts but retains a sense of composure and daresay class rarely scene in full-blooded death metal. Hammering and hideous yet nevertheless invoking a clarity that never castrates their attack, the quartet render each of these seven central compositions (bookended by moody instrumentals) a story unto itself. Hell, the titles themselves tell that story - "Ocular Blackness," "Insidious Gyres," and the equally telltale "Thrive in Upheaval" and "Impending Peril" among them - and that story is horrific.
New nightmares are here, then, and Taphos will be taking them on the road with a full European tour this May alongside Swedish comrades Degial (dates after the jump). Until then, as its title ominously proclaims, Come Ethereal Somberness! Hear two new tracks off the album, the aforementioned "Thrive in Upheaval" and "Impending Peril" HERE at Blood Harvest's Bandcamp. Pre-order info can be found HERE.
"The Preditorial Siege of Europa" tour dates with Degial
[more tour info: www.killtownbookings.com]
After nearly 25 years upholding and reinvigorating thrash metal’s grimmest traditions for the delight of the international underground, in 2018 the Ugliest Band in the World will unleash their sixth full length, the semi-self-titled 'Aura Noire', on April 27! With no overdubs or embellishments, the album underscores the band’s potency as a power-trio and reinforces their primacy among thrash’s primal pantheon.
The record's first single titled "Dark Lung Of The Storm" is now available & premiering via:
PURE GRAIN AUDIO (CAN) | KAAOSZINE (FI) | METAL RADIO (FR) | ROCKING (GR)
METAL HAMMER (IT) | LORDS OF METAL (NL) | ETERNAL TERROR (NO) | KVLT (PL)
ULTRAJE (PT) | FRIEDHOF MAG (ES) | CRANK IT UP (SE) | ZERO TOLERANCE (UK)
METAL SUCKS (USA)
"'Dark Lung of the Storm' is the opener on the album. The first sequence of riffs has this come-back vibe to it,though we haven’t come back, we’ve been here all the time. It’s the natural opener on the album." - Aggressor
With Aura Noire, a title which quite distinctly resembles their band name, Aura Noir churns through some of the most refreshing, yet nostalgic tracks of thrash metal ever to be heard. The album opens with probably one of the most retrospect of riffs, but suddenly somersaults you into the gloriously dissonant and immersive Aura Noir atmosphere. The soaring and burning shouts of Aggressor intensely glues the otherwise quite varied and playful guitar riffs and drums together, culminating into the essence of thrash that is Aura Noir!
Aggressor – Bass, Vocals
Apollyon – Drums
Blasphemer – Guitar
In December 2018, it was announced that Liv Kristine joined Midnattsol as their official second singer - right next to her very talented sister Carmen Elise Espenæs.
The name "Espenæs“ rightfully makes people swoon: Liv Kristine and Carmen Elise were a vital part of a magnitude of gothic / symphonic / folk metal milestones – but so far a supergroup involving both sisters sharing microphone duties was only the stuff dreams were made of. This truly is full sister power!
Now the band has unveiled the first details of their upcoming album entitled “The Aftermath”. This includes the first teaser, release date, album artwork, track listing and available formats!
"The Aftermath" relies much more heavily on folk influences lending atmospheric density to the melancholic symphonic metal compositions. It is a sumptuous and sensual affair and a shimmering highlight in the discography of this German / Norwegian team!
Don’t miss out on the very first album teaser HERE!
“Today is the day!! Many of you have asked where to get our new CD. Go to this link and be the first to order 'The Aftermath'. Thank you for the overwhelming support!!”
“The Aftermath” OUT ON May 25th 2018 via Napalm Records! Pre-order HERE!
Maraton, the new and intense act from Norway is premiering their new music video for 'Blood Music' today! The band is mixing the realms of pop, rock, metal and prog - unbound by the iron chains of the progressive music genre. Despite this strange and wonderful mix, the video present themselves as surprisingly refreshing and catchy! The video is the work of the incredibly talented Troll Toftenes.
Check it out via:
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The band commented on the video: "This is a result of our hard work over many years. Maraton is here to stay - and we are looking forward to the future! This video is made with soul and passion for new and exciting music. We're presenting you 'Blood Music'!"
Maraton - 'Blood Music' - out now
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Magnus Johansen - Keys
Fredrik Bergersen - Vocals
Vegard Liverød – Bass
Frank Nordeng Røe - Drums
Jon Vegard Næss - Guitar
The 'Releases Of The Year' series are albums chosen by myself as the best release from each country / dependency known to have an official release in the year 2017. These are alphabetized in country order so are easy to navigate. Each award has national flag featured alongside the band name, 'Release Of The Year' and Facebook link (where provided).
With over two decades of Black Metal under their belts, Ragnarok are no strangers to live appearances, and both they, and their fans, are always ready for more. And to this end, the veteran Norwegians have inked a European booking deal with Massive Music.
"Live shows, and the opportunity they give us to connect directly with our fans is something we all really enjoy, and it adds a whole new dimension to the music", commented Ragnarok's founder Jontho Panthera. "We are therefore delighted to be able to announce that we will joining forces with Massive Music as regards European booking. Massive have a huge amount of experience, and some formidable bands on their roster, and we are very excited about the possibilities this cooperation could bring. We very much look forward to working together, and to bringing Ragnarok to a stage near you!"
A video for the track " Dominance and Submission" from Ragnarok's eighth full-length album “Psychopathology” can be seen at https://youtu.be/KGGck_iqy3E
The entire album can be heard on BandCamp at https://agoniarecords.bandcamp.com/album/psychopathology
With the release of their second full-length album, "Egocidal Path", on Dark Essence Records, a month away, the 3rd Attempt have released a video of a track from the album. The video, by Lukas Jaszak, for the track "I'll Do It Now" can be seen at https://youtu.be/Ca0WwsIq0cs
Commenting on the track itself, guitarist / bassist Tchort had this to say:
"Musically this song differs from anything we did on the first album, or, indeed, on "Egocidal Path" itself for that matter. It's melodic but old school, and contains some breaks that are perhaps a bit untraditional as regards Black Metal as I know it. And knowing that the lyrics are actually very deep emotions and personal experience made flesh, so to speak, the impact this has on the melody and the depth of feeling expressed in the vocals is that much stronger".
It is the strength of the emotions expressed in the lyrics that surprised video maker Jaszak and affected the way in which he approached the making of the video, as he explains:
"I like to work at night, but that proved impossible with this particular song with its seemingly simple, self-explanatory lyrics. But they grow on you without you realizing and before you know it, you're thinking about ending it all. I know it sounds naive, but try listening to this on repeat, at night, with the words flashing on the screen - on and on.
"I tried to make this video as simple as the message itself, whilst portraying the feelings of chaos and desperation that consume the main character. We definitely did not want to get too literal with the subject here, and we chose to ignore the blood and razors and all the usual worn out clichés, and focus instead on emotional chaos. Although suicide may seem like an easy way out for most, I feel instead that it is a horrifying vortex of tangled emotions, and both the song and the video show this".
Given the intensity that both Tchort and Jaszak picked up on in both Ødemark's lyrics and his performance, the vocalist reveals the anguish behind the song:
"When I first heard the music for "I'll Do It Now" played in the studio, I felt that the atmosphere surrounding it was the perfect environment in which to talk about how, at the age of 12, I made a serious attempt at killing myself for the second time. I could have just described the scene and been obvious about it, but the music awakened something in me and I decided instead to write about what went on in my head, without resorting to any poetic artifice, artistic pretensions or judgment whatsoever. I therefore chose to regress to that particular moment in my life, something which, incidentally, was much harder to do than I had expected, and write the lyrics using the thoughts exactly as they went through my mind.
" I had to open myself up to being as vulnerable as possible in order to once again become that child who had decided to take his own life, and to write down his thoughts with total honesty. Some of it might sound clichéd, or even naive and childish, but I needed to keep the truth undistorted in order to create the purest, most honest piece of art possible, and align that honesty with my vision of what Black Metal should be"
Formed by former Carpathian Forest guitarists Tchort (Green Carnation) and BloodPervertor (Opus Forgotten), the duo recruited Ødemark on vocals and Tybalt (Fortid, Den Saakaldte) on drums and released the band's debut album "Born in Thorns" on Dark Essence Records in 2015. As Tchort recently explained, that album still had some of the remnants of the Carpathian Forest era, whilst "Egocidal Path", on the other hand, was written with a fresh approach, resulting in an in-your-face album that is much tighter and much more aggressive, with Ødemark's lyrics and vocal range dragging the listener kicking and screaming into his own skewed universe.
With artwork by the Brazilian artist Rafael Tavares, tracklisting for "Egocidal Path" is as follows:
Set for release on Dark Essence Records on the 1st December in CD, Digital and LP formats, "Egocidal Path" is now available to pre-order from the following:
All formats: https://3rdattempt.bandcamp.com/
CD and Vinyl: https://www.darkessencerecords.no/webshop/
US Webshop: https://darkessence.aisamerch.com/
Norwegian melodic and groovy death metal combo Mecalimb have signed a distribution deal with Wormholedeath for the worldwide release of their new album "XIII".
Digital 17th November 2017
US 17th November 2017
(Aural Music Group)
Cd 08th December 2017
Japan 28th February 2018
(Wormholedeath Japan/Disk Union Music Distribution)
Mecalimb was formed in 2005, when a group of friends in Fredrikstad, Norway, decided to start a metal band, in the vein of bands such as Pantera and In Flames, groove oriented metal with melodic elements. Ole Olsen (guitar) were the main songwriter at the time, and the only member left of the original lineup today. After some gigs in Oslo and demo recordings in 2006, the line-up changed when the bass player and drummer quit the band. During 2006-2007, Dag Kopperud (bass) and Marius Pettersen (drums) joined. Things started to escalate with the band, and in 2008, the first album was recorded, “Mechanical Recipe”, followed by a video release of the song “Still Alive”.
Mecalimb got airtime on Norwegian radio broadcast (P3) and played several gigs, up until 2010. At the start of 2010, the original vocalist, Raymond Gammelsrud, and second guitarist Torben Svendsen, quit the band. A new vocalist was hired in March 2010, Kenneth Liljegren. After the summer of 2010, the band signed with Rising Records (London) to produce a second album, which came out in early 2011, “Bound To Fall”. The band hired Robin Larsen as a second guitarist. In addition to more gigs in Norway, including support for Jorn (ex-Masterplan), the band got to play at Playa del Inglés, Gran Canaria, in late 2011, and also a support gig with Susperia. In 2012, Kenneth Liljegren left the band, and Mecalimb once again needed to change vocalist.
In came Stephan Hay, and the band started to change into a more thrashy/melodic death metal influenced style. After this, there were a long hiatus/writing phase up until December 2013, when local thrash legends, Witchhammer, did a split gig with Mecalimb in Sarpsborg. At the concert, because of health reasons, Tom Angel replaced Robin Larsen on lead guitar. Tom Angel then replaced Robin as a full-time member in early 2013. The band recorded “Chaos EP” in March 2013, released at Oak Metal Festival in August the same year, playing with bands such as Witchhammer and Circus Maximus.
More gigs in Norway followed, until the start of 2015, when Stephan Hay left the band. After some months, Robert Arntsen from Gothenburg, Sweden, joined the band. A new writing process started, and during the summer, the band started recording the third album, “XIII”, followed by several concerts with bands such as Tankard, Entrails, Enslaved, Triosphere, Mindtech etc. In the fall of 2016, black metal legends Ragnarok brought Mecalimb as support on their “Psychopathology” Europe tour, playing in Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Italy, and the Czech Republic. Mecalimb is currently in the writing process of a new album release.
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Portugal's Dark Metal pioneers in Moonspell are set to release their brand new and hotly anticipated album, titled '1755', on November 3rd 2017 with Napalm Records.
The band's 13rd studio record will not only outclass all standards you have ever heard from your favourite Portuguese before, sung in their native language it's the musical version of the year of horror when a giant earthquake wrecked Moonspell's home town Lisbon. This album is a dark adventure, breathtaking and completely earthshaking!
Moonspell's '1755', coming as CD digipak, digital download & LP gatefold editions, is now available to pre-order HERE!
For the first time ever, Moonspell recorded their new album in Portuguese only, but there will be one bonus track appearing in Spanish, and today the band has released this stunning version for the song 'Desastre'! Dive into the brand new tunes by the masters of dark art and check out Moonspell's upcoming album - bonus track right HERE!
Says vocalist and creative spirit Fernando Ribeiro:
"Desastre is a homage to all our Spanish-speaking fans around the world. In the late 18th century, in our streets a mixture of Spanish and Portuguese was spoken and guess what that’s exactly what we do here! This song is about how the earthquake took Lisbon by surprise and how we are nothing but a a human leave left alone to break when a strong winds blows. Enjoy Desastre, gracias y saludos!“
In support of Moonspell's upcoming release, the band will be heavily hitting the road this year, while kicking off in Portugal and Spain first, followed by an extensive tour with CRADLE OF FILTH in early 2018! Make sure to catch the masters of dark art live on the following dates:
30.10.17 PT - Lisbon / Lisboa Ao Vivo (Special album release show)
31.10.17 PT - Lisbon / Lisboa Ao Vivo (Special album release show)
01.11.17 PT - Porto / Hard Club (Special album release show)
with special guests Bizarra Locomotiva and Norunda:
03.11.17 ES - Santiago / Malatesta
04.11.17 ES - Bilbao / Santana 27
05.11.17 ES - Valencia / Rock City
06.11.17 ES - Barcelona / Salamandra
07.11.17 ES - Zaragoza / CC Delicias
08.11.17 ES - Madrid / Sala Caracol
09.11.17 PT - Arcos De Valdevez / Casa das Artes ( special theatre show! )
10.11.17 PT – Aveiro / Teatro Aveirense ( special theatre show! )
12.11.17 PT - Castelo Brnaco / Cine Teatro Avenida ( special theatre show! )
07.12.17 PT – Loulé / Cineteatro Louletano ( special theatre show! )
with CRADLE OF FILTH:
18.01.18 CZ Prague, Roxy
19.01.18 CZ Ostrava, Garage
20.01.18 SK Bratislava, MMC
21.01.18 HU Budapest, A38
23.01.18 PL Krakow, Kwadrat
24.01.18 PL Warsaw, Progresja
25.01.18 PL Gdansk, B90
27.01.18 DE Leipzig, Hellraiser
28.01.18 DE Berlin, C-Club
29.01.18 DE Hamburg, Grünspan
30.01.18 DE Bremen, Schlachthof
01.02.18 NL Tilburg, 013
02.02.18 NL Haarlem, Patronaat
03.02.18 DE Osnabrück, Hyde Park
04.02.18 DE Cologne, Essigfabrik
06.02.18 DE Bochum, Zeche
07.02.18 DE Frankfurt, Batschkapp
08.02.18 DE Nürnberg, Hirsch
09.02.18 DE Saarbrücken, Garage
10.02.18 CH Pratteln, Z7
12.02.18 IT Milano, Live Club
13.02.18 IT Bologna, Zona Roveri
14.02.18 FR St. Etienne, Le Fil
15.02.18 ES Barcelona, Salamandra 1
16.02.18 ES Madrid, Mon Live (former Penelope)
18.02.18 FR Limoges, CC John Lennon
19.02.18 FR Paris, La Machine Du Moulin Rouge
20.02.18 FR Lille, Le Metaphone
21.02.18 FR Besancon, La Rodia
23.02.18 DE Stuttgart, LKA Longhorn
24.02.18 DE Mannheim, MS Connexion Complex
25.02.18 AT Dornbirn, Conrad Sohms
26.02.18 AT Wien, Simm City
27.02.18 DE München, Backstage Werk
01.03.18 BE Antwerp,Trix
02.03.18 DE Flensburg, Roxy
03.03.18 DK Odense, Posten
04.03.18 NO Oslo, Vulkan Arena
05.03.18 SE Stockholm, Fryshuset Klubben
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