Black/death stronghold Embrace of Thorns stream the entirety of their highly anticipated fifth album, Scorn Aesthetics, at heavily trafficked web-portal IndyMetalVault.com. Set for international release on June 22nd via Iron Bonehead Productions, hear Embrace of Thorns' Scorn Aesthetics in its entirety exclusively HERE.
For nearly 20 years now, Embrace of Thorns have built a prolific-yet-patient catalog that defies easy categorization. Deeply rooted in ancient black metal and death metal to be sure, these Greek iconoclasts' sound nevertheless has often been "too black metal" for most death metallers and "too death metal" for most black metallers - likewise, they pre-empted the bestial metal by at least four years, and later on solidified songwriting finesse far "too clean" for most bestial worshippers - and sadly, wider acclaim in the underground has eluded them. For those KNOW, though, the name Embrace of Thorns has come to mean a gold standard in black/death METAL, and while "acclaim" has never been in their lexicon, long-time supporters Iron Bonehead welcomes the band with the riveting Scorn Aesthetics.
Whereas earlier Embrace of Thorns recordings - particularly their cult earliest albums, 2007's ...for I See Death in Their Eyes... and 2009's classic Atonement Ritual - melded the swarming, gibbering chaos of bestial black metal with the molten muscle of the most sepulchral death metal, with 2014's largely overlooked Darkness Impenetrable did the band cross a Rubicon, of sorts, into more streamlined and martial territory. It's a move that might've alienated the more underground-dwelling of Embrace of Thorns' potential fan-base, but one that made their name ever more unique, and they continue that upward/onward trajectory with Scorn Aesthetics.
Encased in their most powerful and punishing production to date, which amplifies the band's growing clarity without sacrificing an ounce of grit, Scorn Aesthetics sees Embrace of Thorns firing on all cylinders...and then crushing them underfoot. Across the album's generous-yet-concise 43 minutes, each of these seven tracks builds with patience and poise, but somehow elusively convey a sense of explosion, detonation, immolation. The effect is one of vortextural churn 'n' spun, slipstreaming the listener into a roiling, ceaselessly humid mass but offering no hope nor reprieve. More generally, Scorn Aesthetics is built upon walls of RIFFS - be they "death metal," "black metal," or just pure METAL - all coalescing into an occult fury, immediately engaging every step of the way and memorable to the very end.
Italian Southern Metallers The Red Coil teamed-up with Outlaws Of The Sun for the official streaming of their sophomore album.
Listen to “Himalayan Demons” at this address: https://outlawsofthesun.blogspot.com/2018/06/the-red-coil-himalayan-demons-album.html
Formed in 2008, The Red Coil is today a band author of a stunning and aggressive sound, blending elements from Sludge, Stoner and Southern/Groove Metal. The name The Red Coil is related to the concept of Kundalini, the energy that resides in the subtle body traditionally represented as a sleeping serpent coiled at the base of the spine.
The band released their very new single “Opium Smokers Room” during May 2018 and available here: https://youtu.be/7xGi5T2L4UI
The Red Coil “Himalayan Demons” will be out via Argonauta Records on June 22nd, 2018 and available here: https://bit.ly/2liPe9h
www.argonautarecords.com / www.facebook.com/theredcoil
7th, the new album by Brazilian Heavy / Thrash / Death Metallers Drowned is out now on Greyhaze Records, under license from Brazil's Cogumelo Records. The album is streaming in its entirety at drownedmetal.bandcamp.com/album/7th.
The band's almost 20-year career is synthesized on the album's 11 tracks, which showcase a varied and unique style of Heavy Metal that recalls the different styles of bands like Amorphis, Nevermore, Anthrax and Bolt Thrower.
On 7th, which as the title implies is the band's seventh release, Drowned seeks new horizons, while preserving and refining the band's most treasured musical essence of traditional Heavy Metal songs built into a Death/Thrash Metal twin-guitar attack! The musical onslaught serves as backdrop to lyrics that lay bare thoughts of sickened and deranged visions, injustice and gratuitous violence. In other words: notions that are unfortunately a reality of life in South America's biggest nation.
Shadow Kingdom Records sets October 26th as the worldwide release date for Alms' highly anticipated debut album, Act One, on CD, vinyl LP, and cassette tape formats.
Hailing from Baltimore, Alms honours Maryland's rich heritage of doom metal with a swaggering, soulful sound that unselfconsciously spans decades and idioms. They made their first, grand steps with a two-song demo released at the beginning of 2017. Having already made waves in their local scene, this demo would soon spread like wildfire amongst doom fanatics, and soon the Alms name was on many a tongue. But alas, with the full-length Act One, that name will be on tongues worldwide.
Stomping forward across six BIG songs in a judiciously concise 34 minutes, Alms quickly establish a mood of both merriment and portent. Theirs is a sound which culls the bluesy ruminations of classic Deep Purple, the wild excursions of equally classic Uriah Heep, and the dark thunder of Maryland forebears The Obsessed. And yet, that aforementioned soul and swagger soon take centre stage, both allowing the doom chunder to loosely lumber whilst putting a particularly pleading-for-deliverance aspect upon proceedings. It's that eternal fire of the greatest rock music, especially in that pre-metal era of the 1970s, where fire and brimstone often coursed through rock 'n' roll, but near-equally pays homage to the heavy developments at the turn of the '80s. But all of this would be for naught if Alms didn't have the songs to back it up, and indeed does Act One have SONGS.
Head to the void or to the pub, or both: Alms will take you there (and back) with Act One! Hear all of it for yourself HERE at Shadow Kingdom's Bandcamp, where the album can be pre-ordered.
Exactly 3 months after the release of their highly-acclaimed debut album, "Neural Correlates of Hate", Romanian Progressive Technical Death Metal formation Spectral offer all 9 album tracks for free streaming as a thank you to all who have supported them so far:
Neural Correlates of Hate is now available for orders here:
– jewel-case CD: http://shop.loudragemusic.com/spectral-neural-correlates-of-hate
– digital: http://www.spectralmetal.ro/#/merch
New Hampshire's Begat The Nephilim have teamed up with Decibel to stream their entire new album Begat the Nephilim I: The Surreptitious Prophecy / Mother of the Blasphemy which will be released on June 15th via Unholy Anarchy.
Listen to the album here: https://www.decibelmagazine.com/2018/06/12/full-album-stream-begat-the-nephilim-i-the-surreptitious-prophecy-mother-of-the-blasphemy/
In addition, the band have announced a number of shows to coincide with the release. Check out all dates below.
15th - Bungalow - Manchester, NH
16th - Cooks Cafe - Naugatuck, CT
29th - The Tank - Agawam, MA
30th - 212 - Westbrook, ME
12th - Century Bar - Philadelphia, PA
13th - Lakeside Tavern - Richmond, VA
14th - Grove - Knoxville, TN
15th - Springwater Supper Club - Nashville, TN
16th - Highlands Taproom - Louisville, KY
17th - The Estate - Columbus, GA
18th - Verona - Port Richey, FL
19th - Warrior on the river - Tallahassee, FL
20th - Slims - Raleigh, NC
21st - The Palladium - Worcester, MA (W/ Summer Slaughter)
Pre-order the album here: https://unholyanarchy.aisamerch.com
Begat The Nephilim is an American blackened melodic death metal band based out of Southern New Hampshire that has a sound comparable to acts such as The Black Dahlia Murder, Behemoth, Cattle Decapitation and Fleshgod Apocalypse.
Since the bands inception in August 2012 Begat The Nephilim have shared the stage with high profile acts such as Soulfly, Suicide Silence, Napalm Death, Suffocation, Dying Fetus, Morbid Angel, Job For A Cowboy, Dillinger Escape Plan and many more as well as participating in tours/festivals across the US such as Summer Slaughter and the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival.
Begat The Nephilim have a heavy yet melodic sound and bring a frenetic and chaotic live performance to the stage which has left a lasting impression on crowds across the US with the band undertaking several nationwide tours and resulted in them being picked up by Unholy Anarchy Records.
Indian heavy metal group Falcun has released their debut full length "Kingdom Come" via Greek label Eat Metal Records. The band has played a vital role to build up the current Kolkata metal scene.
Legacy Magazine (Germany) is streaming the full album in its entirely at their website.
HEAR IT AT THIS LOCATION
States the band:-
“We are honoured and humbled to sign up with the dedicated and glorious record label, Eat Metal Records to release our debut album “Kingdom Come”. We have conjured sheer passion and musicality in the upcoming album. which will take you back to the 80s, the age of denim and leather and the sound of glorious steel and thunder.”
Indian metal bands have steadily been setting their feet across the globe for the last two decades. Bands from Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal state, are somehow late to join in the league with their compatriots as they have recently started to partake in this glorious invasion. Within its three decades of existence, the Indian metal scene has witnessed less than a handful of traditional heavy metal bands. Suffice it to say that the primeval style of heavy metal music is scarcer than hen's teeth in India.
Hailing from Kolkata, Falcun, being one of those Indian heavy metal bands, embodies the spirits of the elder gods of the NWOBHM and the 80s power metal scenes. Falcun has already received accolades over time, and the heavy metal hungry audience of the country took them with open arms and thus the band continues to sparkle vividly. They have played all over the country and have delivered unadulterated form of traditional heavy metal for the Indian audience, which made them yearn for more. The steel-hearted quintet is now offering their debut album “Kingdom Come” to all the heavy metal enthusiasts around the world. The nine anthems of the album individually uphold every hallmark of a classic heavy metal number. There are abundances of stellar solos, razor shaped riffs, and diversified and exhilarating vocals.
CD is out via Greek label Eat Metal Records. The album is slated to be released digitally (bandcamp) on June 11, 2018.
Lineup / Credit:
Abhishek Dasgupta (Vocals)
Anirban Dasroy (Guitars)
Debarshi ‘Bob’ Chakraborty (Drums)
Nilavro ‘Rony’ Ghosh (Bass)
Samrat Daas (Guitars)
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered in Blue Monk Studios Inc.
Artwork by Shindy Design
Blood Harvest Records and Helter Skelter Productions set August 10th as the international release date for Hacavitz's cult fifth album, Nex Nihil, on vinyl LP format.
One of the underground's best-kept secrets, Mexico's Hacavitz have been pursuing an intense and challenging vision of death metal for nearly 15 years now. Having released albums on such labels as Moribund and Dark Descent, they returned to more underground-rooted auspices last year with Nex Nihil, which is now seeing its first release on vinyl. Here, the power-trio explore supremely blackened textures and more epic song structures, culminating in the unforgettable 11-minute whirlwind "Relentless Sleep." Where so many cheap carbon-copies get so much attention under the banner of "death metal," it is often that the true mavericks get unjustly overlooked, and Blood Harvest endeavors to rectify this with the vinyl release of Hacavitz's gargantuan Nex Nihil!
In the lead up to its vinyl release, the entirety of Nex Nihil is currently streaming HERE at Blood Harvest's Bandcamp. Pre-order info can be found HERE.
Death metal mavericks Taphos stream the entirety of their highly anticipated debut album, Come Ethereal Somberness, at Decibel magazine's website. Set for international release on June 8th via Blood Harvest Records and Helter Skelter Productions, hear Taphos' Come Ethereal Somberness in its entirety exclusively HERE.
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 - thus, as its title ominously proclaims, Come Ethereal Somberness! Hear the whole nightmare exclusively HERE, courtesy of Decibel, North America's only monthly metal magazine. Pre-order info can be found HERE.
Indonesian progressive death metal band Goddess Of Fate are streaming their new album Spiral Orchard Part 1 at Echoes and Dust. The album will be released this Friday.
Listen to the album here: https://www.echoesanddust.com/2018/05/exclusive-album-stream-goddess-of-fate-spiral-orchard-pt-1/
Pre-order the album here: https://goddessoffate.bandcamp.com/album/spiral-orchard-pt-1
Goddess of Fate is a Prog / Melodic Death Metal band from Yogyakarta, Indonesia that initially formed in 2009 as a Technical Death Metal band. The band released their first EP A Reversal of Civilization in 2012 and were instantly met with critical acclaim by the Indonesian press due to its combination of brutality and adventurous arrangements in the vein of Nobuo Uematsu and Yoko Shimamura.
Now in 2018, they are back with the first part of the Spiral Orchard saga, called Spiral Orchard pt. 1 which takes Influences from Opeth, Steven Wilson, Between The Buried and Me and Japanese composers.
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