Russia's leading and finest pagan metal band Arkona, who are set to release their brand new album Khram on January 19th 2018 with Napalm Records, have just unveiled a first teaser and exclusive album preview! Get your ears on this first sneak peak, featuring all tracks from Arkona's upcoming album right HERE!
A Khram, the Russian word for temple, is shrouded in natural mysticism slumbering behind nocturnal treetops, yet open to everyone. The sincerity and depth that binds all five band members together resonates in the sumptuously dark cover artwork and front-lady Masha`s lyrics, that are written in her own blood (which is also part of the artwork)! Arkona may have used sound samples in their early days, but nowadays cellos, brass parts, wind instruments and throat singing are recorded live meticulously and flow naturally into the band's harsh metal tunes: King-sized songs effortlessly shift from blackened pagan metal masterpieces to epic tracks with crystal-clear melodies and piano infusions. So better mark your calendars for January 19th 2018, as Arkona’s Khram is an exuberant and demanding affair that defies genre boundaries with untameable spirit!
Coming as CD Digi Pack, Digital Download and LP Gatefold editions, Khram is now available to pre-order HERE!
In support of their upcoming album, Arkona will be heavily touring in early 2018, including an extensive European tour with Korpiklaani, Heidevolk, Trollfest & many more!
Make sure to catch Arkona live and on the following dates:
01.02.2018 - SI - Winter Days of Metal Festival
02.02.2018 - HR - Zagreb / Boogaloo
03.02.2018 - RS - Novi Sad / SKC Fabrika
04.02.2018 - RO - Cluj Napoca / From Space
08.02.2018 - GR - Athens / Kytarro Live
09.02.2018 - GR - Thesalonniki / Eightball
10.02.2018 - BG - Sofia / Mixtape 5
11.02.2018 - RO - Bucharest / Fabrica
24.03.2018 - RU - Moscow / RED
30.03.2018 - RU - St.Petersburg / Aurora
28.04.2018 - SE - Stockholm Slaughter
with KORPIKLAANI, HEIDEVOLK & TROLLFEST:
15.02.2018 - BE - Antwerpen / Trix
16.02.2018 - DE - Hamburg / Markthalle
17.02.2018 - DE - Oberhausen / Turbinenhalle 2
18.02.2018 - NL - Amsterdam / Melkweg
20.02.2018 - FR - Paris / Elysée Montmartre
21.02.2018 - FR - Nantes / Stereolux
22.02.2018 - FR - Toulouse / Le Bikini
23.02.2018 - ES - Madrid / Sala BUT
24.02.2018 - ES - Barcelona / Salamandra 1
25.02.2018 - FR - Lyon / Transbordeur
27.02.2018 - DE - Aschaffenburg / Colos-Saal
28.02.2018 - DE - Berlin / Columbia Theater
01.03.2018 - CZ - Prague / Meet Factory
02.03.2018 - DE - München / Backstage
03.03.2018 - DE - Stuttgart / LKA
04.03.2018 - CH - Pratteln / Z7
05.03.2018 - IT - Milano / Magazzini Generali
07.03.2018 - AT - Graz / Orpheum
08.03.2018 - AT - Vienna / SIMM City
09.03.2018 - DE - Leipzig / Hellraiser
10.03.2018 - DE - Geiselwind / Musichall
11.03.2018 - DE - Hannover / Capitol
Latin American death metal act Corpse Garden are now streaming their third album, “IAO 269”, exclusively through Invisible Oranges (World Premiere) and Musick Magazine (Poland). Scheduled for a release this Friday 24 November 2017 in CD, cassette and digital formats, “IAO 269” is now available for orders through Godz ov War Productions.
Stream IAO 269 -
Invisible Oranges: http://www.invisibleoranges.com/corpse-garden-iao-269/
Musick Magazine: http://www.musickmagazine.pl/archiwa/6506
Continuing from where they left off with their last album, the Costa Rican band Corpse Garden naturally evolve and expand their musical horizons, presenting a bolder, much more avant-garde and experimental, even dissonant-at-times, approach to death metal.
Guitarist Federico Gutiérrez comments on what influenced this direction: “music is always a response from whatever we are feeling at the moment of its creation. It is an extension of our feelings and emotions”. The album was heavily influenced by the music the band members were listening to during the creation process of the album: kraut-rock, 70s and 80s post-punk and ambient music among others.
IAO 269 was produced by Colin Marston and Corpse Garden. Recorded, mixed and mastered in January 2017 by Colin Marston at Menegroth, The Thousand Caves Studio, Queens, New York.
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Italian Death Metal / Deathcore stalwarts The Modern Age Slavery have released the official video for "Miles Apart," a track from forthcoming album Stygian. Check it out at: https://youtu.be/Ql1UOkxPsT0
Innerstrength Records will release Stygian on November 24. Pre-orders are available at:
Coming almost four years since the release of critically acclaimed 2013 release Requiem for Us All (Pavement), the level-jumping blast of intensity on the band's Innerstrength debut is the result of miles logged and the already dynamic songwriting honed to a fine point.
The band has released the following statement about the new album:
"With this new album we tried to make another step forward in the evolution of our sound: what you'll hear it's a quite obscure atmosphere delivering a sullen and evil experience, yet keeping the heaviness of the death metal matrix that marked our music in the previous albums. The lyrics are all inspired by a common theme, from which the name "Stygian" and the correlated artwork come from, discussing the questionable matter of the human evolution leading men to a slow but inevitable mutation into a being that lost his mind and compassion devoured by greediness and will to power. All the pieces of the puzzle are perfectly pondered to create an album made of passion, of anger, and real emotions. This is the The Modern Age's album!"
Rockshots Records is thrilled to announce the release of "Astrala", fourth album of the folk metal band Unshine
Hailing from Finland, Unshine stepped into the whole new level of co-operation with the initial forces of the nature.
A teaser of "Astrala" is available at the following link: https://youtu.be/ScFgarXtoG4
“Unshine has always been a band without the traditional role models. The most important thing in a song is the melody. Sounds and rhythms create the overall atmosphere, but the melody wakes up the whole ancient story in it to life", tells Harri, Unshine guitarist behind the majority of the songs.
"Secondly, it all starts from the nature and it all will end to the nature. This cuts through all aspects of our music. It echoes from those landscapes the modern world has almost totally abandoned and forgotten. The songs try to re-unite the old bonds between the dolmen gods and the digitized mankind. Nature is not our enemy, it's our physical, but especially our spiritual home. That's why we call our music druid metal."
"Astrala" is set to be released on January 19, 2018 in Europe and February 9, 2018 in North America via Rockshots Records.
Portuguese death metal sect The Ominous Circle premiere a new video for "As the Worm Descends" at heavily trafficked web-portal CVLTNation.com. The track hails from the band's critically acclaimed debut album, Appalling Ascension, released earlier this year in Europe via Osmose Productions. See & hear The Ominous Circle's "As the Worm Descends" video in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Comprised of membership from the Blinding Light regions of Portugal, The Ominous Circle is a burning black sphere of sinuous torment taking shape over their native land. Appalling Ascension is their initiation into this upper physical world, undulating like a prophesied curse into the increasing chaos of modern "life." While the reverent tropes of nowadays death metal will be recognizable to 'Circle adherents, the cauldron is mixed in myriad conjurations that stray from the retreating safety inferior forces are prone to linger in. Moments of oppressive death doom, grinding blasts of mania, rancid melodies, and mid-tempo dynamic necromancy on tracks like "From Endless Chasms" and "As The Worm Descends" canonize these odious psalms into timeless lore.
The late obsession of some to ignore songwriting in favour of cavernous ambient suffocating "evil" doesn't play on Appalling Ascension - here instead, and most welcome, are crushing and barbarous dark death metal songs for initiates to devote themselves to, and to enter the pantheon of most memorable debut recordings. And in the fashion of the most auspicious horror, this is only the beginning. Devotees to the works of Dead Congregation, Teitanblood, Triumvir Foul, Immolation, Irkallian Oracle, Aevangelist, Sulphur Aeon, and similar devastation should make the album a priority, as have devotees worldwide earlier this year.
Finnish Asylum 8 released their debut album 'Repressed' today via Inverse Records. Their music is a combination of ruthless modern death metal and EDM tunes. The band was introduced earlier in September with a single track 'Deliverance' and it got a lot of positive feedback. The album includes seven own tracks and a cover version from David Hasselhoff's "True Survivor".
Listen to the album on Spotify: http://spoti.fi/2zK2aOu
Guitarist Anssi Kinnunen comments:
"Finally! Making Repressed has been a really outstanding and rewarding experience to us. 2018 will be busy, and we're looking to play a ton of shows to promote Repressed. We're really excited to finally share our debut with you all, hope to see you in shows!"
Vocals: Henry Hämäläinen
Guitar: Anssi Kinnunen
Guitar: Sami Hynynen
Synths: Sami Partanen
Bass: Tatu Heikkinen
Drums: Pasi Moilanen
Onirica is an ardent work by a heavy metal sound with symphonic touches and vague gothic atmospheres.
The album intents to bring the listener through an amazing journey into the dream world, hence the title "Onirica", in the dreams and fears of the human soul.
Heavy riffs hold up catchy and dreamy melodies.
The voice ranges from lyric to modern with aggressive and soft interpretations and in two songs ("Kill Your Pain" and "Luceafarul") is completed by the precious collaboration of Fabio Dessi, the voice of Arthemis.
Tower Jp http://tower.jp/item/4624787/Onirica
As part of an onslaught of new short-length assaults, on February 16th, 2018, Blood Harvest Records is proud to present VoidCeremony's Foul Origins of Humanity on digipack CD and 12" vinyl formats.
On the back of two hotly received demos - 2014's Dystheism, which Blood Harvest later released on 7" vinyl, and 2015's Cyclical Descent of Causality - California's VoidCeremony have been patiently perfecting their craft. Although both demos were suitably rough in production, the execution was flawless - and fierce. Now, with the release of Foul Origins of Humanity, VoidCeremony have at last fully capitalized on their mesmerizing, mind-bending potential. Everything that made those two demos special have been taken to extremes here, and with extreme focus and finesse: blackened death metal sprawling with labyrinthine technicality and endless corridors of unexplored realms. Foul Origins of Humanity is just as much a dizzying, bilious beast, VoidCeremony's songs here twisting and contorting in ever-more-obscene ways, but now captured with a clarity that's absolutely blanching to behold.
The Foul Origins of Humanity are here, and VoidCeremony have thrown down the gauntlet...that is, until their forthcoming debut album for Blood Harvest arrives. In the meantime, hear the new track "Through the Woe of the Dismal Pandemonium" HERE at Blood Harvest's Bandcamp. Preorder info can be found HERE.
Dutch death metal bruisers Apophys have been making waves since their surfacing in 2012, slowly carving their path in the modern death metal scene. Featuring members from God Dethroned and Toxocara this is a band with experience and a clear vision and approach to their writing, song structure above technicality. Their debut album was testament to that and seen the band tour internationally with acts such as Vader, Hate Eternal, Dying Fetus, Misery Index, Cattle Decapitation and many others as well as several festival appearances including Eindhoven Metal Meeting and Deathfeast Open Air among others. Building on their growing reputation 2017 has seen Apophys complete their second full length, a sci-fi epic entitled Devoratis, set for release January 22nd via Ultimate Massacre Productions.
Listen To The First Single ‘Retaliate’ Here!
The album is based on a science fiction story written by vocalist Kevin Quilligan. “We wanted to do a concept album but we couldn’t find a fitting concept,” Quilligan shares. “So we decided to write it ourselves. Together with all the members we fashioned our own tale to tell which has given a whole new meaning to our music.”
Read the full story below…
The story of an unlikely union of two forces against an intergalactic race led by a zealous leader known as Consul…
It all starts with an Operator called Zohm, an engineer with remarkable skills. His task is to demolish planets, entire galaxies of them, to cast out all the elements within. “To make sure the Universe keeps developing as it should.” At least, that’s what his superiors told him. Zohn could care less for the ideology and secret plans of his superiors. It was the technology behind the devices used that he was most interested in. As long as he could keep working on those, he would believe whatever Consul came up with.
One day, a day like any other, everything went wrong. A device failed to go off, a device operated by Zohm. He didn’t know why, there was nothing out of the ordinary. He knew he did everything right. He also knew he would be the one held accountable (which meant a trial before Consul and his peers). Everything went so fast that he could hardly remember it all, but he did remember the verdict:
You must return to right your wrong
To find a way
Cast down into solitude
An exile from this day
Ultimately you will meet your end
When your task is complete
Eternally alone you will stay
And now we will proceed.
Zohm was exiled to the planet he was supposed to destroy. To fix the device and let it carry out its task. This wasn’t just exile; this was a death sentence. While trying to find out what went wrong he comes across a creature called Xiux. Xiux is an ancient being unlike anything else, more a consciousness then an organism. He is the planet and the planet is him. He stopped the device, to some personal damage. Zohm, unaware of the vastness that is Xiux, tried to trap him. The two collide and instead of taking each other down they merge. The resourceful engineer and the living planet form an entity of unparalleled power.
Consul, outraged at the news that Zohm has not fulfilled his sentence, sends the entire fleet back to show everyone that disobedience will not be tolerated. He is met by Zohm and Xiux, eagerly awaiting them, hungry for a challenge.
The stage has been set
All pieces in place
Their end is our beginning
Devoratis is out January 22nd via Ultimate Massacre Productions.
Hungarian black metallers Nocrul have released their fourth full-length "Eye Of Terror" via Bandcamp. It contains seven new heroic black metal songs and a cover from the band Heaven And Hell.
The band comments: "The Eye of Terror is a realm of madness and despair, where skies weep blood, ancient stars burn in multi-coloured flares and the whims of the Dark Gods of Chaos hold sway. The weak and foolish bands like to say the new record is their very best - we think this kind of statement is pure humiliating of the previous releases and the listeners who enjoyed them. Nocrul's new material is just as good as any others before! The only but slightly differences is that the songs have more variety through the album than before - not to be better, but because this was the requirement of the Chaos Gods!"
Apart from Bandcamp you can find the first lyric video on Youtube!
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