Today, black metal mavericks Ignis Haereticum stream the entirety of their highly anticipated second album, Autocognition of Light, at Decibel magazine's website. Released this past Friday via Goathorned Productions, hear Ignis Haereticum's Autocognition of Light in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Riding high on the towering immensity of their Luciferian Gnosis debut album in 2014, these Colombian occultists now aim for more transcendent heights and fathomless depths with a six-song/41-minute record that serves as one, unified work. Arguably even more towering than its no-less-considerable predecessor, Autocognition of Light dazzles and defies with an eerily seamless ease, its iteration of orthodox black metal soundly trumping the hapless throngs of Deathspell Omega worship. For this creation is imbued with true belief and solemn reverence: Ignis Haereticum are sonic mages weaving spells both terrible and trance-inducing, their descent into the abyss assured but surely not the final destination.
Ignis Haereticum's new opus was conceived and written as an entire piece instead of just a bunch of songs. It is an illuminative treatise of the band's gnosis, which is manifested through two ways: the purgative way and the illuminative way. The purgative way deals with the active purification of the internal and external senses, the passions, the understanding and the will, through mortification and meditation. Here, the spiritual is nourished by the physical, reminding us all of our imminent mortality. At the end of this first part begins the infused contemplation, whereby the soul rises towards the illumination. It is here where we are aware of our divine condition and we leave behind the attachments of the flesh and the limitations of this material world. Bringing for us, the next path: the illuminative way, which is the recognition of ourselves, our nature, the state in which we are aware of our spirituality free of dogmas. Here, our humanity loses all value and only remains our divine communion with the light of knowledge, which is none other than the reflection of our own light that dwells in the depths of our consciousness. Fiat Lvx!
The full testament to the Autocognition of Light can be witnessed exclusively HERE, courtesy of Decibel, North America's only monthly metal magazine. Order info can be found HERE.
Invisible Oranges has premiered Ödelagt, the forthcoming new album from legendary Swedish Black Metal group Domgård. Stream it in all its nefarious glory below!
Domgård are set to release their highly anticipated third album Ödelagt December 1 on Carnal Records Five long years since the release of sophomore album Myrkviðr, the Gothenburg band has returned with 12 tracks of fierce Black Metal in the finest Swedish tradition with a thematic focus on the dark and enlightening aspects of Germanic mythology, magic and custom.
Domgård was founded in 1997 by Vindkall, Orm & Trollheim. The following years Ulv joined as a drummer and Illbrand as a vocalist. Some unofficial rehearsal demos were recorded. In 2000 three of four members were imprisoned for several years. Four years later Vindkall and Ulv recorded the demo Blodskald before Vindkall continued on his own until 2008 when the drummer Hrimner and the bass player Hraegelmir (Panphage) joined. In 2009 Domgård recorded five tracks for a split with Cursed 13 which was released on the winter solstice the same year. The following year Heljarmadr (Cursed 13, Grá, Dark Funeral) joined the trio and contributed on two full-length albums, I Nifelhels Skygd (2010) and Myrkviðr (2012). Askr joined as the new bass player in 2013 and Mardröm as a second guitarist in 2014.
Dutch death metallers Neocaesar - a band formed by all ex-Sinister members like Mike van Mastrigt (vocals), Bart van Wallenberg (guitars), Michel Alderliefsten (bass), and Eric de Windt (drums) - stream the entirety of their highly anticipated debut album, 11:11, at Decibel magazine's website. Self-released a few months ago but now seeing official release & distribution through Xtreem Music on December 5th, hear Neocaesar's 11:11 in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Formed back in fall 2014 by these four '90s ex-Sinister former members, Neocaesar wrote their debut album during 2015 and recorded it during 2016 while playing shows through Holland, Germany, Denmark, and Czech Republic. 11:11 was released in early 2017 as a limited self-financed pressing just to get the band out and playing around, but it's now when this album will get the promotion and distribution it deserves with the help of Xtreem Music.
Every good fan of the true Sinister sound of the early '90s will for sure love Neocaesar's debut since this is probably one of the best European death metal albums of the year! Hear for yourself, as the album streams in its entirety exclusively HERE, courtesy of Decibel, North America's only monthly metal magazine.
Polish black metallers Cień present the full streaming of their new full-length album "Fate", planned for release on 01/12/2017. It will be distributed by Old Temple. The material production took place at the Studio Czyściec under the watchful eye of Nihil (Furia). Bart Kurzok Illustrations and NathanArt - Fotografia are responsible for graphic design. Additional electronics were done by Ashgan (Exurge).
Greek black metal institution Kawir stream the entirety of their highly anticipated seventh album, Exilasmos, via NoCleanSinging.com. Set for international release today via Iron Bonehead Productions, hear Kawir's Exilasmos in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Since 1993, Kawir have been one of the unsung pillars of the classic Greek black metal sound. While the names Rotting Christ, Varathron, and Necromantia are incredibly important to that style's foundation, it was Kawir who kept the faith during the '90s and into the new millennium. In 1994, the then-young band released two pivotal 7"s, Eumenides and a split with Japan's Sigh - on the pivotal Cacophonous Records, no less - and then followed those up in 1996 with the To Cavirs MLP, which is the first truly pagan-oriented record to hail from the Greek black metal scene. With that mini-album, Kawir set about on a Hellenistic crusade to celebrate their native gods and mythology in their lyrics and sartorial presentation. From the late '90s onward, the band continued to remain prolific, perpetually committed to fine-tuning their idiosyncratic craft, culminating in underground classics Arai (2005) and Ophiolatreia (2008). Although 2012's Ισόθεος featured a cross-continental line-up, the album further solidified Kawir's status as unique icons in the black metal underground.
Then, just last year, Iron Bonehead released the massively acclaimed Father Sun Mother Moon, which saw Kawir return to an all-Greek line-up and recast their classic sound in a whole new light, and now they continue that forward momentum with the fiery Exilasmos. If the 64-minute Father Sun Mother Moon was the sound of Kawir indulging their most epic expanses - always with power and poignancy, it must be said - then the 42-minute Exilasmos is its punchier and more restless counterpart. Across its six characteristically cascading tracks, Kawir take a decidedly darker and more aggressive turn, racing into the fray in a manner most mid '90s (or To Cavirs, as it were) but never losing the inherently heroic aspect so crucial - and so engaging, after all these years - to their Hellenic sound. Supplementing that dark heroism is the addition of a fulltime keyboardist in Aristomache, who lends mystical light and shade to the band's surge 'n' swell. Further coloring the windswept wildness of Exilasmos are an endless supply of dramatic solos from guitarists Melanaegis and founder Therthonax.
But, as ever with Kawir, the sonic portrait they paint is imbued with a deep lyricism hailing the Greek pantheon. In the case of Exilasmos, the record is conceptually about the tragic dynasties of the house of Lavdakides (Oedipus Tyrannus) and the house of Atreus. Both dynasties nearly exterminated themselves, and all these violent and inhuman acts brought forth the wrath of Zeus and the curses were consequently laid upon the whole bloodline. "Exilasmos" in Ancient Hellenic Language means calming down the gods' wrath, so it perfectly describes the tragic events featured in the namesake album.
Recorded at Esoteron Studio in Athens and mixed and mastered by Esoteric's Greg Chandler at Priory Studio, Exilasmos is yet another gleaming jewel in the rich Kawir canon. Long may they ascend Mount Olympus! Take the entire ascent with them exclusively HERE, courtesy of NoCleanSinging.com.
Therthonax - rhythm and lead guitars
Melanaegis - rhythm, lead guitars, solos, and 12-string acoustic guitar
Porphyrion - vocals
Echetleos - bass
Hyperion - drums and ercussions
Pandion - bagpipes, wind instruments, and psaltere
Aristomache - keyboards
Indian noise terrorists Tetragrammacide stream the entirety of their massively anticipated debut album, Primal Incinerators of Moral Matrix, at esteemed cultural journal TheQuietus.com. Set for international release on November 3rd via Iron Bonehead Productions, hear Tetragrammacide's Primal Incinerators of Moral Matrix in its entirety exclusively HERE.
One of the most genuinely threatening and overwhelmingly violent metal bands of modern times, Tetragrammacide truly began their explosive reign with the Typhonian Wormholes: Indecipherable Anti-Structural Formulæ mini-album, released in late 2015 by Iron Bonehead. Then a duo, this Indian cult quickly reaped widespread acclaim (or general awe, at least) for how shockingly savage and unremittingly noisy Typhonian Wormholes was. And yet, underneath all that blown-out barbarism and in-the-red frequencies lay an accomplished black/death band who were simply waiting for an opportune time to reveal a clearer portrait of their sonic holocaust. And now, that time has arrived with Primal Incinerators of Moral Matrix.
Now a power-trio, on Primal Incinerators of Moral Matrix, Tetragrammacide immediately lay bare their mission to decimate all contenders and pretenders left in the wake of Typhonian Wormholes' mushroom cloud. And indeed, after the unsettling intro, Primal Incinerators of Moral Matrix soon establishes a more sonically lucid style for the band: far clearer, stripped of noise both intentional and incidental, but swirling more severely and savagely into a fever dream of palpably physical heft, the trade-off works in the band's favour, and establishes a new paradigm for Tetragrammacide whilst not abandoning their initial foundation entirely. As the album plays and slays on, it quickly becomes apparent that Tetragrammacide have a dexterous songwriting ability in their already-bursting arsenal; from gutted ultra-grind to world-eating doom, all extremes are explored here, making the sensory overload all the more expansive.
Early on, references to Tetragrammacide's progenitors could be made - early Nyogthaeblisz, earlier Goatpenis, later Nuclearhammer, any Intolitarian - but now, the Indian trio can stand alongside them as contemporaries, as they've now firmly established a genocidal aura all their own. And despite the concessions toward sonic clarity, they still don't belong to the "black metal" scene, nor especially the "death metal" one; "war metal" is still an apt appellation, but not as most understand it. Which is all to say nothing of Tetragrammacide's crypto-scientific/occultic lyricism, which is taken to the furthest extremes on Primal Incinerators of Moral Matrix. Deciphering the codes behind titles like "Meontological Marga of Misanthropic Computation & Extensive Backwards Physics," "Radicalized Matrikavyeda Operation: Militarized Cosmogrids Destabilization (Heralding Absolute Contraction)," and "Intra-Dimensional Vessel of Were-Robotics, N-Logics and Assorted Lattice Intelligences," among six others, is much like wandering amidst the hyperspatial audial vortex of the album itself.
More martial, more miasmic, and more fully serving the powers of chaos, Tetragrammacide have once again created a soundworld - this time, bigger and more OTT - where there is no hope, no mercy, NO FUN: no "scenes" exist because they've been obliterated by undulating, uncompromising waves of sonic hatred. When faced with Primal Incinerators of Moral Matrix, survival was never an option, for submission begins the second you press "play."
Full submission to the Primal Incinerators of Moral Matrix can be found exclusively HERE, courtesy of TheQuietus.com.
Spanish heavy metal warriors Vhäldemar stream the entirety of their forthcoming brand-new album, Against All Kings, at Legacy magazine's website. Set for international release on November 7th via Fighter Records, hear Vhäldemar's Against All Kings in its entirety exclusively HERE.
True heavy metal full of catchy riffs and great choruses, Fighter Records assures everyone that the whole album is a fucking masterpiece, and that every song is a gem just like their previous EP, Old King's Visions. Hear for yourself exclusively HERE, courtesy of Legacy, Germany's defenders of the faith.
Mysterious Portuguese black metallers Voëmmr stream the entirety of their shocking debut album, Nox Maledictvs, at heavily trafficked web-portal NoCleanSinging.com. Set for international release today via Harvest of Death - a division of Signal Rex - hear Voëmmr's Nox Maledictvs in its entirety exclusively HERE.
A so-far-shadowy entity, Voëmmr hail from the currently-hot Portuguese raw black metal scene. Specifically, the band is a part of the clandestine Aldebaran Circle, which includes Ordem Satânica, Trono Além Morte, and Occelenbriig. Like those contemporaries, Voëmmr eschew any sort of social-media presence - or any internet presence at all, for that matter - preferring instead to work on their bewitching black metal conjurations far away from any sort of ego-enhancing public awareness; their means and methods are, rather, rooted in the ancient ways of the '90s, like their massively prolific (and massively fuck-off) forebears in the French Black Legions.
Nevertheless, what Voëmmr accomplish across Nox Maledictvs defies comparison - or, at times, comprehension. The Portuguese entity's first public recording, Nox Maledictvs is a work of shimmeringly ugly magical frequencies, sick and rotten and malnourished yet somehow strangely beautiful in their malodorous malaise. Unapologetically raw (and often impenetrably so), Voëmmr create a sound that's immediately identifiable as "black metal," but swim deeper into their naked and ripped-raw waters and one will find a particularly peculiar execution of such.
Each of these eight tracks crawl into being like a witch being tortured, with piercing screams and adroit riffs reverberating around in a vacuum that could only be likened to an empty 'n' cobwebbed cathedral - or dungeon, or both - with drums pounding primitively and ghostly organ floating to the fore. Suicidal aggression ensues, and yet Voëmmr exude a keen awareness of dynamics, often allowing the soundfield space and heightening the tension further. Amidst all this is a malformed sort of melodicism that's simply haunting, hearkening at times to classic deathrock. Not for nothing, then, was Nox Maledictvs recorded during two nights in a abandoned farm on the countryside.
While the raw Portuguese scene continues to assert its dominance in the black metal underground, we hereby present its strangest new standard: Voëmmr's Nox Maledictvs. Exaltation in its entirety can be brought to bear exclusively HERE, courtesy of NoCleanSinging.com.
1755 marks the year of the horror when a giant earthquake destroyed the city of Lisbon. Almost 100.000 souls lost their lives, and this tragic event still belongs to one of the disastrous catastrophes in European history and nature. 2017 and in remembrance of the victims and the band's home town, will mark the year of Moonspell's new album titled '1755', the 13rd studio record by the Portuguese Dark Metal pioneers, which will see the light of day on November 3rd with Napalm Records.
From the first second, the conceptual dramaturgy of Moonspell's new album feels like a detonation of the mind. Playful and mean-spirited. '1755' is their magnum opus, a musical masterpiece and the dark adventure into medieval times. Produced by Tue Madsen (Meshuggah, The Haunted, Dark Tranquility, Dir En Grey, Die Apokalyptischen Reiter), naturally this album is sang completely in Portuguese and will outclass all standards you have ever heard from Moonspell before!
Says the band:
“So, the day is almost here. Nobody expected we would release an album so soon but 1755 gripped us to the point where we changed everything and dedicated ourselves into telling this amazing story on our new album. Our job is done, now we will take it upon the road as headliners in Portugal and Spain in October and November and a special guest to our fiends Cradle of Filth next year. Festivals are also being booked. Now it’s turn to listen with an open mind to our new opus and decide if you want to take the travel into a dark day that brought our country, Portugal a brighter future.”
Only a few days before its official release, the band is now streaming their upcoming album in FULL! Get your ears on it and check out '1755' exclusively HERE!
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)
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! )
07.1217 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
On October 27th, Ordo MCM is proud to present the third and final album of Thy Serpent's Cult, Supremacy of Chaos. Webzine Transcending Obscurity streams the whole album in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Hailing from the cult metal hotbed of Chile, Thy Serpent's Cult have been a veritable force of nature for nearly 10 years. Forming in 2008 and now gracefully bowing out on a high note, the quartet have skilfully crafted a scorching firestorm of a sound lo these many years, marrying the sulphurous atmosphere of ancient South American black metal to the jackhammering militancy of classic Krisiun, Deicide, and Angelcorpse. Thy Serpent's Cult released their second album in 2014 under the banner of Ordo MCM. Fittingly titled Sedition, Sorcery and Blasphemy, it was a whirlwind of darkness and dread, and was suitably hailed in the underground.
But now, sensing the end was nigh, Thy Serpent's Cult unleash their foulest and most dread energies with Supremacy of Chaos. Once again fittingly titled, Supremacy of Chaos reaps a hellish harvest of tornado-torn death metal, deeply and diabolically suffused with a tangibly occult aura. Here, Thy Serpent's Cult span all their trademark traits - martial surge, swirling vortex, boiling pressure - and send them deeper into the bowels of Hell. The title Supremacy of Chaos is telling, in that the band do indeed hail the supreme powers of chaos; and yet, in other ways, their songwriting is strict and finesse and hardly a chaotic thing. Nevertheless, with a production that ably balances the blood-red raw and robustly professional, Thy Serpent's Cult smother the senses with their overwhelming onslaught, thereby instilling a sensation of imminent chaos.
And as its last notes ring out, Supremacy of Chaos seals the coffin on Thy Serpent's Cult and preserves a legacy that will remain untarnished. Hail the old gods! They can be hailed in their entirety exclusively HERE, courtesy of Transcending Obscurity webzine.
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