After three years of deathlike silence, Québécois death metal adepts Outre-Tombe return with Nécrovortex, their second album of grotesque graveyard anthems, through Temple of Mystery Records. The CD version shall be released internationally on October 17th, while the vinyl version shall follow in early December. And today, Decibel magazine streams the whole album in its entirety. Hear Outre-Tombe's Nécrovortex in its entirety exclusively HERE.
To the band’s credit, Outre-Tombe have not attempted to flood the underground with useless releases; over the course of their eight-year existence, the band has released a single demo and two albums, all of which are meticulously written, performed, and recorded. This methodical approach to their work is part of what sets Outre-Tombe apart from the majority of their peers.
With this album, Outre-Tombe continue to sharpen their sound, which faithfully captures the essence of late '80s and early '90s death metal. Outre-Tombe’s influences are no secret—they clearly draw inspiration from bands such as Grave, Nihilist, Asphyx, and Pestilence—but rattling off a list of classic death metal influences doesn’t do justice to the impact that Outre-Tombe achieve with their music, a sound that is as relentless as it is morbid.
The songs on Nécrovortex are generally aggressive and pummelling, leaving the listener with little or no respite from the assault, but even at breakneck speed, there’s a compositional intricacy on display. These songs reveal the aural machinations of horror and death through riffs that are coordinated, precisely carved and chiselled, and surgically sutured together, tightly, with no room for error. The production is just crisp enough to allow the instrumentation to stand out, permitting the listener to grasp the many memorable riffs around which each track is constructed.
The vocals are also unique. Bassist and vocalist Crachat captures the guttural essence of the French language with his vocals, disgorged and spewed across the tracks. Like every element of the band’s sound, the vocals are insistent, commanding attention. Lyrically, the band focuses on horror and the macabre, but with a rare degree of sophistication. For those capable of deciphering French, the imagery conjured by the lyrics is extraordinarily vivid and perfectly suited for the music.
Completing the overall presentation of Nécrovortex is cover art masterfully created by Matt “Putrid” Carr. It is, therefore, with tremendous honour that Temple of Mystery Records presents Outre-Tombe’s second offering on black vinyl, as well as a limited die-hard coloured vinyl edition. (description by Jason Campbell)
Japanese black metalpunks Sex Messiah stream the entirety of their highly anticipated debut album, Eastern Cult of Sodomy, at heavily trafficked web-portal CVLTNation.com. Set for international release on October 15th via Nuclear War Now! Productions for the vinyl LP format - the CD version is currently available - hear Sex Messiah's Eastern Cult of Sodomy in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Over the last decade, the Japanese underground metal/punk phenomenon Sex Messiah have produced a series of impressive demos and EPs, firmly establishing their wretched presence in the Japanese underground. In addition to the scattered releases they’ve left behind, Sex Messiah have also become well known for the savagery of their live performances. Following the 2016 vinyl release by Nuclear War Now! of a previously nearly impossible-to-obtain split tour CD with the band’s Brazilian confederates Impurity, Sex Messiah turned their attention to producing their debut full-length LP for NWN!
At last, after ten years of developing and refining their sound, Sex Messiah presents Eastern Cult of Sodomy. With this album, Sex Messiah have perfected their style, which defies easy categorization, but might be considered an amalgamation of Brazilian black/death such as Sextrash and Impurity, Japanese punk like GISM and Lip Cream, and the occasional riff that hints of evil thrash and early black metal like Sodom or Japan's Sabbat. One might be tempted to think that such a diverse array of influences would turn to mush when mixed; however, Sex Messiahhave proven themselves more than capable of weaving together disparate sounds in the service of something more powerful and thereby avoid sounding derivative and dull.
Indeed, Sex Messiah is undeniably pure in the violence of their intent—the songs are succinct, relentless, and abrasive but offer a broad spectrum of textural and atmospheric elements. The ability to simultaneously cultivate ominous atmosphere around the violent core of Sex Messiah’s songs lends the album a unique character, and the writing is diverse such that no riff feels forced or redundant.
One facet of the band that sets it apart from many of its contemporaries—although it may also be considered a nod to the aforementioned GISM—is the use of industrial noise intros and interludes. It, therefore, comes as no surprise that Moenos, guitarist and founding member of the band, also has a solo project for her “Satanic Blacknoise”—as she refers to it—which bears resemblance to the noisier passages on the album.
With this release, Sex Messiah has perfected their message and stands poised to extend the band’s influence, summoning more adherents to the Eastern cult. Hear all of it for yourself exclusively HERE, courtesy of CVLTNation.com.
Spanish metal band Lizzies have teamed up with PureGrainAudio.com to stream the entirety of On Thin Ice. The album is set to be released this Friday via The Sign Records. The release follows the group's critically acclaimed debut, Good Luck, which got up to #16 on the Spanish Charts. The new album was produced by Ola Ersfjord (Tribulation, Primordial, Night, Honeymoon Disease) and mastered by Magnus Lindberg (Cult of Luna).
Listen to the album here: https://puregrainaudio.com/audio/stream-the-new-lizzies-album-or-risk-finding-yourself-on-thin-ice-exclusive-premiere
Pre-order here: https://freighttrain.se/en/the-sign-record/lizzies/
Lizzies are a four piece heavy metal act from Madrid, Spain. Their impressive riffing, and most specially their strength and power onstage, has helped the band build an outstanding reputation that took them to play in Germany (Metalheadz Open Air & Headbangers Open Air), Sweden (Muskelrock) and England (Live Evil), and also to become one of the most promising bands of the underground scene in Europe. Lizzies are heading out on a European tour up on the release of On Thin Ice.
Elna - Vocals
Patricia - Guitar
Marina - Bass
Dani - Drums
Brazilian progressive death metal band Piah Mater are now streaming the entirety of their upcoming album The Wandering Daughter at Decibel Magazine. The album is being released this Friday via code666.
The band commented:-
"Although it's not a concept album per se, “The Wandering Daughter” does have a common theme throughout its entirety, a thread that connects its 6 songs into a sensorial unity. On a musical level, we aimed for that feeling of being taken on a journey, with its many pitfalls and climaxes along the record’s 56 minutes of play. Lyric-wise, that thread would be the relationship between man/ woman and nature. I understand that, at a ﬁrst glance, this is not exactly groundbreaking territory for a band to explore in their songs, plenty of artists have delved into this topic before. But I do believe that, when crafting lyrics, perspective is everything and that the way this subject is presented stems from a very genuine and intimate place. I hope that comes across to the listeners as well."
Stream the album in full here: https://www.decibelmagazine.com/2018/10/03/full-album-stream-piah-mater-the-wandering-daughter/
Pre-order the album here: http://www.auralwebstore.com/shop/index.php?id_product=983&controller=product&id_lang=1
Irish death metal mavericks Malthusian stream the entirety of their highly anticipated debut album, Across Deaths, at Decibel magazine's website. Set for international release on September 28th - Dark Descent will handle the album's North American release, while Invictus Productions will handle the rest of the world - hear Malthusian's Across Deaths in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Since their fateful first demo, MMXIII, in 2013, Malthusian have been a study in strident refinement and maverick poise. No move is ever out of place, nor any possibility unexplored; chaos may be waiting in the wings, but it is resisted and never fully/remotely sought. The hydra-headed quartet started on enviably firm footing from the very beginning - trace elements of bestial black metal, morbid death metal, and languorous doom, all mangled and minced with poetic ease - but what sprouted from that first demo and especially the subsequent Below the Hengiform EP two years later was something extraordinary indeed. This was black/death/doom ART taken to hallucinatory extremes...and Malthusian were only just beginning.
True, Across Deaths will be a "beginning" for many listeners otherwise new to Malthusian, but for those already well versed in the band's vortextural musings, the album-length format opens their world even wider. Peer inside and the visions of bottomless doom are writ large; obscene forms writhe and resist, each psychological tendril twisting to ever-beckoning infinity. That Malthusian can harness these sensations should be no surprise - both short-length predecessors seemed massive at the time (and still are) - but the sheer fact (not to mention the sheer audacity) that a band can so effortlessly take angular, largely atonal DEATH METAL and make it a seemingly cinematic experience should compel naysayers to finally investigate this malodorous of artforms. Naturally, for however adventurous their visions continue to be, Malthusian above all believe in the alternately damning/redemptive powers of heavy metal: diversity of expression comes from within, not without.
Further verbiage is simply wasted - the experience is all. No time like the present, then, to travel Across Deaths with Malthusian. Take the full, perilous journey exclusively HERE, courtesy of Decibel, North America's only monthly metal magazine.
Spanish Melodic Death Metal band Aeolian premieres Silent Witness album in full, released on September 12th by Snow Wave Records:
From the sunny island of Mallorca, Spain, this environmentally oriented melodic death metal group are releasing their debut album. Aeolian mix their blackened death metal with some death thrash and folk elements. Inspired by the beautiful nature on their home island, their lyrics address the fears of conserving natural diversity and the threat humans as a species pose to the habitat.
The debut album Silent Witness has been produced by Miguel A. Riutort (The Unity,Cryptopsy, The Agonist, Hirax).
The incredible cover artwork has been licensed from Kilian Eng (Concept artist for Disney, HBO, Marvel, Red Bull, Sony, The New York Times etc.)
The name Silent Witness takes its meaning from how nature cannot speak for itself. Every song on this album has been written from the point of view of nature.
Vocals - Daniel Perez
Guitars - Raúl Morán
Guitars - Gabi Escalas
Bass - Toni Mainez
Drums - Alberto Barrientos
Black / Death upstarts Goat Sperm stream the entirety of their striking debut EP, Voice in the Womb, at heavily trafficked web-portal NoCleanSinging.com. Set for international release on September 10th via Inferna Profundus Records, hear the entirety of Goat Sperm's Voice in the Womb exclusively HERE.
Hailing from Ukraine, Goat Sperm are a shadowy power-trio who play orthodox black/death metal exclusively. Theirs is a world-eating sound drawing equal influence from the realms of sepulchral death and morbid black, billowing obsidian smoke and weaving an almost ceremonial aspect, all whilst maintaining an intensely martial surge. Unremittingly physical and yet suffused with an atmosphere that's paradoxically wide-open and chokingly claustrophobic, Voice in the Womb is aptly titled: within its three-song/19-minute foundation lay myriad catacombs to get lost amongst, deeper mysteries at each turn to unravel.
Death metal mavericks Maligner stream the entirety of their highly anticipated debut album, Attraction to Annihilation, at heavily trafficked web-portal NoCleanSinging.com. Set for international release on August 31st via Blood Harvest Records and Helter Skelter Productions, hear Maligner's Attraction to Annihilation in its entirety exclusively HERE.
One of the most promising hordes Blood Harvest have come across in some time, Maligner are a deathrashing power-trio hailing from the label's home-town of Malmö, Sweden. To date, Maligner have a two-song digital promo released during the autumn of 2016 and then, a few months later, the five-song Demon EP, which Blood Harvest released on cassette tape and digital formats. Bolstered by the attention afforded Demon, the trio truly come into their own on Attraction to Annihilation.
For a debut album, Attraction to Annihilation is as fully formed as they come. Maligner may be only entering their third year of existence, but the attention to craft and class across this eight-song firestorm is seriously the work of veterans - but, of course, ones not yet complacent with their ideas and especially execution. Right from the very first notes of opener "Oath-bound," Maligner explode with a dazzling array of fleet-footed 'n' finesse death metal in a most late '80s mould, back when actual songwriting mattered most and bands like Death, Sadus, and Dark Angel ruled the underground. Indeed, even nomenclature like "deathrash" didn't really exist; it was simply all METAL, just darker and more deathly than what the aboveground was proffering. But, Maligner are no mere retro retread: their compositional prowess is in a league of its own, and their attention to the finer details of aggression bespeaks a maturity that thankfully isn't neutering. In fact, the longer this 31-minute maelstrom rolls on, the more dizzying it becomes, possessing both body and spirit in a grand celebration of destruction and death.
Try as you may, there's just no denying Maligner's Attraction to Annihilation! Stream it in its entirety exclusively HERE, courtesy of NoCleanSinging.com. Preorder info for the CD can be found HERE, and preorder for the vinyl can be found HERE.
Chilean black metal sorcerers Pyreficativm stream the entirety of their bold 'n' visionary debut album, संसार का पथ, at heavily trafficked web-portal IndyMetalVault.com. Set for international release on August 11th via Living Temple Records, hear Pyreficativm's संसार का पथ in its entirety exclusively HERE.
An mesmerizingly vast and deliriously dense work, Pyreficativm's संसार का पथ plunges the listener deeply into the Beyond - and then beyond even that. Totalling nine tracks in 76 time-evaporating minutes, this is black metal at its most ceremonial, stripped of ornamental excess yet suffused with a supernatural essence, of ritualism begetting transcendence, of sound utilized as a living weapon born of blood and steel, fire and brimstone. For those who dwell within the depths of the underground and heard Pyreficativm's two earlier demos, where the rawness was almost otherworldly, संसार का पथ casts the aesthetic of sole visionary Melek R. N. in a starker, more focused light, bringing forth a clarity that sacrifices none of the swirling sting on which he originally made his name. Here, the stretched-to-infinity canvas on which he paints is brushed with bold strokes, invoking a fever-dreaming sense of wonder and mania, as nebulous fog and vibrations from the abyss swirl into recognition to create an austere construction that ensnares the listener's very subconscious. It is very easy to get literally lost in Pyreficativm's संसार का पथ , but the question remains: why would you want to return?
A statement from Melek R. N. reads:
"I raise front of the great mysteries greater, spirits of the life and death. On this sacred night of blood together to you oneiric veil, the key to the eternal dream of the Dragon I invoke you...
This intricate work within this temple crowned Pyreficativm, संसार का पथ is a vehicle and ritualistic vessel. To express the sacred words and prayers of the ancient mysteries... the hidden faculty of the intellectual Man in this Era of iron, lets you embraces the true skin of the mystical arts. Dreaming freely through the intricate labyrinth of the consciousness. Experience exalted in the higher planes and sacred cosmic notes are the real material to examine various atavistic passages of this science and art. Through this new manifestation, this temple crowned with the internal fire of Man, speak directly to the inner void, a supra-mundane states, the connections between the Eastern esotericism and the Al-chemy of the higher. Exposes intricate examinations within the Gnostisism and Eastern esotericism. Amrita 181."
Aussie metal vanguard Mongrel's Cross stream the entirety of their highly anticipated second album, Psalter of the Royal Dragon Court, at heavily trafficked web-portal NoCleanSinging.com. Set for international release on August 3rd via Hells Headbangers, hear Mongrel's Cross's Psalter of the Royal Dragon Court in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Hailing from the extreme metal hotbed of Australia, Mongrel's Cross are one of the best-kept secrets Down Under. Mind you, the band - now pared down to a duo - have been quiet since the release of their Hells Headbangers debut album, The Sins of Aquarius, in 2012, but those years away from the prying eyes of the metal public have paid off in spades on Psalter of the Royal Dragon Court. Here, these hooligans take everything that made The Sins of Aquarius so grimly gratifying - the widescreen span of filthy thrashing, down-tempo war-marches, and epic metal grandeur alike - and render it all the more terrifying and triumphant through clear 'n' cutting production. It's the age-old axis of form meeting content, and rarely has a metal record this cleanly produced sounded so threatening, which simply underlines the powerful panache to the band's strong songwriting.
Taken another way, with Psalter of the Royal Dragon Court, Mongrel's Cross step deeper into territory that's entirely their own. Not for them the over-generalization of "Australia = war metal" nor the simplistic connotations associated with such; no, the duo are at the height of their compositional powers and are now truly a great extreme METAL entity. All the drama and danger, legendary and lawlessness, power and poison, and essential OTT abandon of this art-form otherwise known as heavy metal: everything is played out with a palpably physical poetry across Psalter of the Royal Dragon. Suitably, its lyrical themes range a rich panoply of occultism - among others, such titles as "Vessel of Shar On," "Neurian Transformation," and "Derkesthai - Initiation (to see clearly)" should suggest plenty - making this a thoroughly engrossing experience deserving of the band's elevated standards.
When so much metal aims so low, for such no-hope ghettoization, it's down to true mavericks like Mongrel's Cross to lead the intrepid to illumination. Hereby, open the Psalter of the Royal Dragon Court!
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