Greek black/death cult Αιμα (Aima) stream the entirety of their highly anticipated debut album, τράγος (Tragos), at heavily trafficked web-portal CVLTNation.com. Set for international release on June 15th via Nuclear War Now! Productions on vinyl LP format, hear Aima's Tragos in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Although it was established in Athens, Greece in 2011, Aima has to this point not garnered a level of attention that is commensurate with the quality of its music. This is almost certainly due to the fact that its recorded output to date has been somewhat sparse, and that it has opted not to play live shows. Additionally, its members have been simultaneously involved in other cults of similarly irreverent purposes, such as Wargoat and Goat Synagogue, whose endeavours have also occupied their attention. With the release of Tragos (“Goat”), however, Aima is poised to make its formidable presence known on a much wider scale.
The Greek moniker Αιμα, or “blood,” appropriately distils the band’s essence into the basic element of life and death. Similarly, and in a practice continued with this album, each of Aima’s previous solo releases, including its 2012 self-titled demo and ensuing 7” EP from 2014, σάρκα (“flesh”), has been branded unassumingly, allowing instead for the recording itself to deliver its potent message in greater splendour.
Since the beginning, and continuing through the aforementioned releases and the more recent 2017 split with Supremative, the goal has been to continue the tradition of black metal first espoused by pioneers like Sarcófago, Beherit, and Blasphemy. Like these bands, Aima has infused a healthy dose of death metal influence into its craft, resulting in a sound that is not unlike that of its fellow Greek contemporaries and long-time NWN! stalwarts Embrace of Thorns. This parallel is also exemplified by the fact that the σάρκα EP was released on Archfiend Devilpig’s own Kill Yourself Productions, which serves as a testament to their mutual admiration.
By Aima’s own admission, Tragos accentuates the death metal element even more so than previous releases. This shift was not made by conscious decision, but instead represents a natural progression in the band’s style. All eight tracks on the album were written in 2017 and 2018, subsequent to the release of the split with Supremative, which lends the recording a notable cohesion in its devastating, monolithic effect. Finally, credit is due to sound engineer Sotiris Laskaris, who was responsible for the production, mixing, and mastering that perfectly enhances this voluminous recording, a feat even more impressive considering it was captured in the band’s rehearsal room.
With Tragos, Aima has clearly established itself as a worthy present-day torch-bearer in the tradition of the most blasphemous of dark arts. Hear all of it for yourself exclusively HERE, courtesy of CVLTNation.com.
, Iron Bonehead Productions sets August 23rd as the international release date for Pa Vesh En's highly anticipated second album, Pyrefication, on CD and vinyl LP formats.
In little more than two years, this Belarusian enigma has built a sizeable (and starkly terrifying) catalog, culminating in last year's critically acclaimed Church of Bones debut album and, earlier this year, the Cryptic Rites of Necromancy EP, all under the aegis of Iron Bonehead. Thus far, Pa Vesh En has exhibited a stark 'n' unsettling style of black metal: from stifled-violence miserabilism to seemingly formless drift, from bent-askew melodicism to echo-chamber murk, always with a tortured soul guiding everything, he's almost effortlessly created a sound-world beyond compare - and has done so with the restlessness of a lost spectre.
Restless as ever, Pa Vesh En prodigiously keeps apace with his tortured vision of black metal with a brand-new second album, Pyrefication. Ever aptly titled, Pyrefication is total spiritual meltdown: this is the veritable sound of the soul collapsing inward and dying a most exquisite death. To that, Pa Vesh En draws inspiration from within, and here locates a wobbly, ever-so-delicate balance between Cryptic Rites of Necromancy's ultra-violent hysteria and the murkier mystery of his earliest work, all done with spellbinding alchemy that makes for a miasmic 40-minute labyrinth. If anything, Pa Vesh En seems unsettlingly comfortable taking his muse wherever he wishes on Pyrefication, malforming and maiming any atmosphere he wishes whilst maintaining that beckoning-abyssward style of melodicism he's made his own since his auspicious start.
Once again, Pa Vesh En hands you the matches for self-immolation - will you provide the kindling for Pyrefication? The first fire can be felt with the new track "Call of the Dead" HERE at Iron Bonehead's Soundcloud.
Portuguese melodic death metal titans Apotheus will release their new album “The Far Star” on October 31st, 2019 through Black Lion Records.
The band comments: «This is the untold story of our ancestry. A painful journey of survival in the majesty of cosmos, but also a delicate introspective about the human nature. When these two worlds collide, something new emerges. Hope, a mission and a destination: The Far Star.» The album will be available as CD Digipak / Digital and will be distributed worldwide via Sound Pollution / Plastic Head UK, and through the North American web-store Indiemerch.
On June 7th, Robustfellow Prods. has released the new album from Azerbaijan's hypnotic stoner / doom metal unit, Pyraweed.
The band has toured Europe for several times, having already performed at Germany's Wacken Open Air.
Their album "Green Jinn" is now released for the first time on CD format with an exclusive bonus track.
Order your copy here: - https://robustfellow.bandcamp.com/album/green-jinn-1
Portuguese Melodic Death Metal titans Apotheus will release their new album “The Far Star” on October 31st through Black Lion Records.
This is the untold story of our ancestry. A painful journey of survival in the majesty of cosmos, but also a delicate introspective about the human nature. When these two worlds collide, something new emerges. Hope, a mission and a destination: The Far Star. The album will be distributed worldwide via Sound Pollution / Plastic head UK, along our North American web-store Indiemerch, The Far Star will be available as CD Digipak / Download
American Symphonic Metallers Beyond Forgiveness release new official video & announce album release date
US symphonic metal Beyond Forgiveness have released the first full official video taken from their upcoming album Live To Tell The Story. The track is called Echoes and is about how music can transcend time and encompasses all of human experience. The group have also confirmed the release date of Live To Tell The Story which will be available on September 23rd worldwide via Sliptrick Records.
Check it out here:- https://youtu.be/5H4yPFXYTW0
Beyond Forgiveness – Echoes [Official Video]
Taken from the album: Live To Tell The Story | 2019
Video by: Red Peak Films
Director: Donnie Ray
Live To Tell The Story | Released on September 23rd, 2019 on Sliptrick Records
Beyond Forgiveness are:
Talia Hoit – Vocals/Orchestration
Greg Witwer – Lead Guitar/Backing Vocals
Richard Marcus – Rhythm Guitar/Backing Vocals
Sean Rogers – Drums/Percussion
Jim Lasselle – Bass
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Ukraine's Doom/Death metal band Polynove Pole unveil a song from the upcoming album! Enjoy "Deceptive Reflections" right now:- https://youtu.be/Iu-N3lKOv9Y
Mix and mastering by "Morton Studio" (Kyiv, Ukraine).
Polynove Pole (eng. Wormwood Field) was formed in the fall of 2004 in Lviv, Ukraine.
After the first demo recordings in 2005, the band started to perform at local concerts, and then on rock festivals of western Ukraine and capital city Kyiv. In the beginning of 2008, the first EP “Pure Souls” was officially released, and at the end of the same year a full-length album “On Seven Winds” as well.
Due to active concert activity and selection of musician line-up, the band came to prominence as one of the leading groups of Western Ukraine. New songs of PolynovePole were represented in tribute-albums and collections of Ukrainian rock music. The band’s next EP, “Under the Cold Stone”, was released in 2009 and became the heaviest and the most melodic at that time in the discography.
Since 2010, a long pause has taken place in the history of the band. After taking time off, the band joined forces with new members and resumed work on new material. The band resurgence started in November 2017, with a new release, “On The Edge Of The Abyss”. Re-released on April 2018 by Moon records.
Polynove Pole delivered the record with lyrics that appeared in Ukrainian and English for the first time. At the moment band working on new album, Deceptive Reflections song from the coming album streaming now!
More extreme, more melodic, more exciting and simply larger than life: The Agonist are back!
Following their critically acclaimed album Five, released in 2016, the extreme metal juggernaut from Montreal, Canada, has released a first single and announced the first and hotly anticipated details of their brand new record, due out September 20th 2019 on Rodeostar Records.
Says vocalist Vicky Psarakis:
"When I heard the first instrumentals for "Orphans" I was a bit shocked and confused. The music was really dark and heavier than anything we've done in previous albums and I wasn't quite sure how I'd be able to match that emotion. But then you know all it took was writing one full song to get the ball rolling and 2-3 months later everything was done!
With every new album, we love to experiment and dip our toes into new territory, but there's also a lot of elements here that are reminiscent of the earlier days. You can expect a lot of hard hitting, fast-paced madness and many many blast beats! Vocally, there's a wide range of styles, some of which I tried out for the first time, and the lyrics are mostly inspired from horror stories and real-life tragedies. Events that I felt a lot of people can relate to.
"Orphans" is my third album with The Agonist and I can't wait to show the world what we created! We're excited to finally share the first taste with all of you... Get ready for In Vertigo!"
Listen to opening track and first single “In Vertigo” and watch the video HERE!
Since the band's formation in 2004, The Agonist quickly established themselves as the torchbearers of a new generation in extreme modern metal. On their sixth studio album, Orphans, The Agonist have unleashed a true monster feeding on melodic death metal and almost rocking moments. In between beautifully anthemic metal sound walls, pounding grooves and fierce riffs, charismatic front vocalist Vicky Psarakis showcases her impressive range that covers everything from rock diva all the way to sick death metal growls. The result is a flickering, iridescent and varied masterpiece nestled in between sheer brutality and melodic frailty – simply incomparable!
Coming September 20th as Deluxe Box, LP, CD and Digital formats on Rodeostar Records. Orphans is now available to pre-order at THIS LOCATION!
Colombian black metal cult Daemoni stream the entirety of their long-awaited second album, Black Tyrant, at heavily trafficked web-portal CVLTNation.com. Set for international release on the symbolic date of June 6th via Goathorned Productions, hear Daemoni's Black Tyrant in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Hailing from Bogotá, Daemoni formed in 2009 and feature members who've cut a wide path in the Colombian extreme metal scene, including such bands as Horncrowned, Nosferatu, Divine Prophanity, Inoculation, and Disenterror among others. Biding their time patiently, the band made their first public recording with their debut album, Stillborn Redeemer, in 2011. No need for a demo, Daemoni burst into the underground with cold, iron-fisted malice here: Stillborn Redeemer tellingly featured a cover of Dark Funeral's "Shadows Over Transylvania," used with permission from Lord Ahriman, and suitably did the album brim with an ancient fire.
Years would pass, but Daemoni continued to be a force on the live front, supporting Colombian shows by such luminaries as Mayhem, Suffocation, Dark Funeral, Krisiun, and Vader among others, with 2018 bringing the band's first European show in Madrid, Spain. Alas, the time to strike again is upon us and Daemoni eclipse the freezing fire of their debut with Black Tyrant. A more finesse 'n' focused work, Black Tyrant exudes an air of professionalism and daresay "maturity" that thankfully never threaten to neuter the primeval fury at the heart of Daemoni's aesthetic. Indeed, the album is aptly titled, for the band's songwriting has reached a masterful level, wholly matching the more muscular aspect that guides these eight underworld hymns. Each instrument is clearly heard, robust but blood-red; the quintet are in the throes of demonical possession, but still retain a tightness of execution. And after 40 furious, fiery minutes, the listener shall likewise reach a state of demonic possession with Black Tyrant.
Graced with masterful artwork by Jenglot Hitam, at long last does Black Tyrant arrive, for black and tyrannical is Daemoni's reign!
Hear the full march of that reign exclusively HERE, courtesy of CVLTNation.com. Pre-order info can be found HERE.
Slovenian black metal duo Snøgg embodies a perpetual experimental journey through the otherworldly creative thoughts. After a few Eastern European tours and EP releases, the duo has finally unleashed the debut album, Chhinnamasta, today on CD format.
"Chhinnamasta is forty-two minutes of time-devouring, mind-expanding experimental blackened post-metal that requires several deep listens to fully understand," comments Decibel Magazine on their advance full album stream feature.
Ulv, guitarist, bassist, keyboardist and vocalist explains:
"‘Chhinnamasta’ is the next step in ever evolving journey of Snøgg. This time our experiments took us into more post-metal sphere, while lyrics discuss the lust and power of modern human beings, their ability to overcome difficulties that they face on a regular basis, and the way they internalize self-restrictions to move forward. The title ‘Chinnamasta does not depict the story of the self-decapitated Hindu goddess, but we borrowed concepts from other religions and stories outside Hinduism to illustrate Chhinnamasta."
Stream Chhinnamasta in its full via Decibel Magazine RIGHT HERE
Crawled out of Velenje in the late 2013, Snøgg categorizes its style as “Freeride Black Metal” that incorporates various dark, extreme and unusual sonic elements. Each of the releases was followed by a supporting Eastern European tour. The band, led by Ulv and Mørke, has so far appeared in more than a total of 60 local and international concerts all together. Snøgg’s aesthetic live shows and records both feature guest members who partake in experimentation and improvisation on stage and studio. Every live performance of Snøgg differs from the previous shows, and not even two shows of the band can be placed under the same category.
After churning out a demo and three short releases, the ever surprising Snøgg's debut full length, Chhinnamasta, is finally available. Replacing the previously used Norwegian black metal elements with more powerful, hammer-wielding riffs (in the vein of Ulv’s former band Entheogen), the duo bends mostly towards melody oriented post-black metal direction in this record. Nevertheless, Snøgg recycled its idiosyncratic weird noisescapes and dirty vibes form the previous releases.
The songwriting process of Chhinnamasta was originally begun around the time when Qivitoq (2ndEP) was released, but was interrupted due to the creation and the recording of Abeloth (3rd EP), so the songs had the time to develop in the minds of the band members. The recording crew got a little smaller this time, comprising only of Ulv, Mørke and Azbuka. This time, Rok Kugonič took the wand as the main producer.
Chinnamasta is the Hindu goddess who cut her own head to control her lust. The album does not include any original Hindu story about the self-decapitated nude goddess, merely portrays the band members’ vision of what Chhinnamasta represents, focusing on the problems of ever-repeating life circles that try to direct us on the wrong path by manipulating and enslaving us. However, the band borrowed ideas from other religions and stories outside Hinduism to illustrate Chhinnamasta.
Order: - https://snogg.bandcamp.com/album/chhinnamasta
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