German black metal cult Entartung are streaming the entirety of their highly anticipated third album, Baptised into the Faith of Lust, via EchoesAndDust.com. Released last week via W.T.C. Productions, Baptised into the Faith of Lust is a work of timeless black metal traditionalism given flight by flawless songwriting and emotive execution: THE album where Entartung ascend the throne and rule over all they survey, in a kingdom where the genre's aesthetics have become diluted by modernity (or worse) but one which will be righted by their righteous conviction. Hear Entartung's Baptised into the Faith of Lust in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Entartung was founded in 2011 by Lykormas and Vulfolaic. As veterans of the old-school black metal scene, they set out to make music true to the original vibe of the genre, void of commercialism and modern trends. The duo skipped the usual demo phase and independently wrote and recorded their debut album, Krypteia. Entartung immediately got signed by W.T.C. Productions, who released Krypteia in the spring of 2012 on compact disc.
One year later, Entartung started writing and recording their sophomore album. The internal tensions and conflicts that arose during this process were successfully channelled into violent and aggressive renditions of the actual material. Contrary to the previous album, which exclusively featured German lyrics, Peccata Mortalia predominantly focuses on English as the main language. Peccata Mortalia was again released by World Terror Committee in May 2014, this time on both compact disc and vinyl. Simultaneously, Krypteia also saw a vinyl release.
In late 2014, Entartung was invited to play an exclusive show at the 2015 edition of the Veneration of the Dead festival in the Netherlands. For the purpose of this festival, Entartung recruited skinsman Haistulf and started working on a set consisting of both Krypteia and Peccata Mortalia material.
Continuing as a three-piece, Entartung then recorded their third album, Baptised into the Faith of Lust, throughout the winter of 2015-2016. The new compositions build further upon the style which was established on both Krypteia and Peccata Mortalia and successfully push the boundaries of the genre, focusing on both feel and detail as well as atmosphere and aggression. Lyrically, Baptised into the Faith of Lust explores the more obscure side of history, religious mass delusions, and the writings of Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Selma Lagerlöf, Charles Baudelaire, and Hermann Löns.
Baptised into the Faith of Lust was mixed by Entartung and was subsequently mastered by Patrick W. Engel at Temple of Disharmony. Once again, the band entrusts World Terror Committee with the release of the third Entartung opus, both on compact disc and vinyl. The album's artwork is a twisted and bizarre take on orthodox iconography, further elucidated by its musical/lyrical contents. Become Baptised into the Faith of Lust with Entartung entirely HERE, courtesy of EchoesAndDust.com!
Progressive metal band from Dubai are going to blow people's minds with their contemporary and energetic music. 'Terraform' is Kaihon's debut release and it's a multi-layered yet catchy affair spanning four songs. It's impressive to see a Dubai-based band collaborating with musicians from India - the album has guest appearances from SKYHARBOR's Keshav Dhar, who has also produced the album, and even Shashank Bhatnagar of UNDYING INC. It's as good as it gets, topped off with amazing artwork from Visual Amnesia (DEMONIC RESURRECTION, CHAOS). Meticulously concocted and executed, this is a contemporary gem in the style, and taking into account that such music is being crafted from this part of the world, it's no mean feat. Fans of forward-thinking, progressive, even atmospheric metal must check this out.
ROLLING STONE (India) is streaming the album in full over HERE.
Hailing from Turin, Italy, 8-member Symphonic metallers Aevum are streaming their brand new album "Dischronia" on the band's Youtube Channel! The album was released March 17th, via Maple Metal Records. Stream the album here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tispGqeq8wQ&t=36s
Comments the band:
"We are glad and completely committed to share our music through the free streaming. Thanks to Maple Metal Records that supports our project. Thanks to Alpha Omega Management that help us to spread our music and show around the world"
You can download the Dischronia Complete edition (13 songs in wave quality), or obtain your Dischronia Digipack Special Edition here: https://aevumopera.bandcamp.com/album/dischronia
As part of the deal Maple Metal Records will re-distribute the band’s 2014 debut album ‘Impressions’, plus previously released material from the band’s two EPs “Celestial Angels” (2008) and “Nova Vita” (2012).
‘Dischronia’ was recorded and produced at Aurora Recording Studio by Hannodamalj Production. The album was mixed and mastered by Simone Mularoni (Vision Divine, Ancient Bards, ElvenKing) at Domination Studio, in the Republic of San Marino. Cover art by Erick Vaghi (OneBlindEye Design).
Formed in 2008, Aevum‘s music is in perpetual inclination towards the union between the human being and the divine, between opposites, male and female, positive and negative, in a genre that is a bond between the neo-classical and gothic metal worlds. Aevum are known for their theatrical live Shows, and have toured all over Europe with Haggard, Vision Divine, Blaze Bayley (ex-Iron Maiden), and performed at various Metal Festivals in Italy, since their inception in 2007. Aevum also performed at last years Metalhead Meeting Festival in Bucharest, Romania, that included such bands as Eluveitie, Delain, Dragonforce, Rotting Christ and Kreator.
Check out the lyric video “The Vitruvian Condition”, taken from their new album ‘Dischronia’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tzlbFolZjI
Today, death metal tyrants Ritualization stream the entirety of their highly anticipated debut album, Sacraments to the Sons of the Abyss, at heavily trafficked webzine Transcending Obscurity. Released on February 3rd by Iron Bonehead Productions, stream Ritualization's Sacraments to the Sons of the Abyss exclusively HERE.
Hailing from the now-fertile French death metal underground, Ritualization have been patiently fine-tuning their fiery craft for a decade now. Although diehards are familiar with the band's name, Ritualization strike upon the international scene with Sacraments to the Sons of the Abyss, a 10-track/44-minute firestorm of malicious and iron-fisted DEATH METAL.
Ritualization are the gathering of four individuals who share the same ideas about the way death metal must be played. Manning the six six six wires of hatred, Infamist’s initial purpose was to bring another musical incarnation to the light of darkness. He began to jam with Blastum (warhammers) in late 2005 to early 2006 until Warchangel joined the fold in September 2006 to take care of vocal duties, soon followed by Krig (pulse of the dead + ghouls vomit). Four tracks were recorded in April 2007 in their ritual chamber; this rehearsal tape was meant to spread the name of the band.
In March 2008, Ritualization performed their very first ritual in Colmar, France with fellow death metal maniacs Bloody Sign and Necros. Then the band recorded The Abduction Mass that spring. This tape contained four tracks of brutal and obscure death metal, plus a cover of the mighty Finnish gods Archgoat's "Black Messiah." This demo was unleashed through Blood Harvest's brother label Zombie Ritual Tapes, and it remains sold out to this day.
In 2009, Ritualization focused on gigs and played in Lille (with Terminal War and Disgust), in Lyon (with Proclamation, Blasphemophagher, Vortex of End, and Deadly Sins), and finally Paris (with Vorkreist, Purge, and old comrades Bloody Sign). Meanwhile, the band still worked on new material in order to hit the studio the following year to record material for their upcoming releases.
An alliance was sealed with French black/death cult Temple of Baal to create a split album through Agonia Records. Titled The Vision of Fading Mankind and released in late November 2011, this critically acclaimed split introduced Ritualization to their widest audience yet. Meanwhile, during summer 2011, Set enters the band as second guitarist to increase the audial impact and live aggression, performing his first live rituals at the Surrender to Death gig in Clermont Ferrand and the Ritual for the Dead in Berlin. Then, in 2013, a 7" EP entitled Beyond the Shrine of Shattered Bones is released through Blood Harvest Records.
Now, with Sacraments to the Sons of the Abyss, Ritualization bring forth an unadulterated vision of death metal and a tribute to bestial legions such as Angelcorpse, Incantation, Archgoat, Immolation, Centurian/Nox, Ravager/Hacavitz, Naked Whipper, and many more minions of audial darkness. Channeling obscure death metal onstage and unleashing releases forged in the faithful tradition of what death metal must be - that is Ritualization's purpose. Hear the entire sacrament exclusively HERE, courtesy of Transcending Obscurity webzine, as well as read an in-depth interview with the band.
The world needs heroes now more than ever. In the shape of Montreal’s larger-than-life metal warriors Valfreya, it has them! And in their striking vocalist Crook, they have their own Valkyrie!. In 2009, vocalist Crook wanted to play something akin to folk metal, but even more aggressive and fast paced. Combining Valhalla and the Norse goddess Freya, the band has been creating music and lyrics to revolve around stories inspired by Norse mythology.
Orchestral and death metal with a hint of folk music, the prolific Valfreya have released two well-received EP's (‘First Chronicles’ and ‘Acoustic Chronicles’), an impressive 2012 debut album entitled ‘Path To Eternity’ via Maple Metal Records and have just unleashed their second ‘Promised Land’ independently on January 13, 2017.
“The album is a journey through a lot of emotions and situations, giving life to a host of varied songs, each with a different sound and personality. The story behind the album is about Eric The Red discovering America and how he defies the Gods, but pays a hefty price for that defiance. ” says Valfreya about the release. “It’s a step-up in sound quality and has more intricate guitar parts and better-written music that with every listen you can discover parts you hadn’t noticed before. On top of that we have an original sound and songs! We want to give more to people that enjoy good riffs!”
Just as you hear on record, Valfreya promises the fans a unique live experience. What you hear on the album is what you get on stage. All vocals, whether clean or screams, are done by the band members both in studio and live. They dress in a fantasy-like Viking fashion to go with their story-telling, which gives an interesting visual aspect, while delivering the instrument-playing with precision. Valfreya has shared the stage with Arkona, Dark Tranquility, Nekrogoblikon, Necronomicon, Koorpiklaani, Moonsorrow, Tyr and Insomnium.
‘Promised Land’ is now streaming in full at the following links:
Available on iTunes, CD Baby, Bandcamp and all online major retailers.
Appalling Ascension, the tumultuous debut album by Portuguese death metal sect The Ominous Circle, will see a cooperative release through Osmose Productions and 20 Buck Spin this Friday, January 27th. On the verge of its public infiltration, the entire album has been unleashed through an exclusive stream hosted by Noisey.
With the early stream, Noisey offers of the album, "Throughout its eight tracks, Appalling Ascension devotes its time to roiling riffs, apocalyptic percussion, an impossibly heavy low end, and echoing growls-classic modern dark death metal, really, with perhaps even more of a ghoulish doom edge and some truly nasty guitar work. Unlike many of its cave-dwelling peers, the band obviously pours real effort in crafting songs, not just song fragments sandwiched between swaths of spooky atmosphere..."
The first onstage ceremonies for The Ominous Circle have been initiated, the band having made their live debut in November 2016, with more live actions being slated for 2017.
THE OMINOUS CIRCLE live:
5/27/2017 RCA Club - Lisbon, PT w/ Asphyx
Beast Incarnate, the impending new long player from Malta-based brutal death metal merchants Beheaded, will see release tomorrow via Unique Leader. In advance of its release today No Clean Singing is streaming the infernal, eight-track offering in full noting:-
"the obliterating effects of Beast Incarnate will be the big draw for most fans. It's the kind of music that fuels metaphorical rhetoric: Most of the time it's a rocket ride through a mechanized slaughterhouse, in an active war zone, during an earthquake. This is what Beheaded do. And they do it very well, with dedication, veteran skill, and self-assurance. If you enjoy death metal that rushes at your head with megawatt energy, dizzying percussive pummelling, dark pulsating melodies, and an insatiable blood lust, this is your fix."
Read more and hear Beast Incarnate in full RIGHT HERE.
Beast Incarnate will be released on January 27th, 2017 via Unique Leader Records. Pre-order options are currently available HERE.
Recorded at MKII Recording Studio (Italy) and mixed and mastered by Ronnie Björnström (Teadeat, Bone Gnawer, Aeon, Those Who Bring The Torture etc.) at Enhanced Audio Productions Sweden, Beast Incarnate comes shrouded in the cover art of Gabriel Alegria Sabogal, welcomes the addition of new recruits - drummer Davide Billia and guitarist Simone Brigo - and truly stretches the boundaries of Beheaded's signature sound to meet new extremes.
Brazil's Life In Black have unleashed their debut album 'Broken Ego' and are now streaming in full at the following links:
Featuring nine tracks, ‘Broken Ego’ was recorded and mixed at Sign of Sanity Studio in São Paulo plus mastered at the giant Absolute Master.
Life In Black just announced their new line-up. The group now consists of veterans Daniel Monfil and Ricardo Oliveira along with debut guitarist Marcus Lara (formerly Temblor), bassist Marco Guerra (formerly Darkland) and drummer Richard Brandelik (formerly Lost Dogs and Shadows of Dream).
Icelandic black metal upstarts Draugsol stream the entirety of their highly anticipated debut album, Volaða Land, at Legacy magazine's website. Set for international release on January 13th via Signal Rex, hear Draugsol's Volaða Land in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Hailing from Reykjavík, the heart of Iceland's currently hot black metal scene, Draugsól are a unique proposition amongst their distinguished stylistic countrymen. While those same contemporaries take an austere and varyingly atmospheric approach to orthodox black metal, Draugsól break from the norm with a sound that's far more kaleidoscopic and even a bit celebratory. But let it be known that Volaða Land is not "fun" music or party-time "black metal" or anything falling under the rubric of rock 'n' roll; rather, there is a strive toward the truly EPIC, a search for superiority of a world apart, a roaming of the hinterlands well beyond the borders of the imagination.
At the album's emotional centre is an existential crisis in a seemingly futile and careless world, the demented self-attempts to claw one's way towards meaning and the enlightenment of self. Succumb to the void or be the maker of your own purpose: the process of a single person's mental anguish and the hopelessness of being are writ large across Draugsól's opening statement. Volaða Land starts with the uprising, a search for self-empowerment and purpose. The struggle to keep one's humanity continues as the album progresses, dealing with the mental anguish of being and the absurdity of life in a seemingly careless existence and the struggle in a cruel world. The delusional individual who is the creator and destroyer of his own being/existence rises forth as the record continues, with the realization that to find meaning and purpose is one's own responsibility. Will you rise to the occasion or will you fade disgracefully?
The world may change, values and morality may fluctuate, yet everything stays the same. Draugsól fight against this with Volaða Land, knowing that the human being has to - and will always have to - deal with the primal fear of the unknown. Dive deeply into their debut album, for there is nothing certain but the uncertain. Let there be no hope of pardon, nothing but the certainty of death... Face the entirety of that certainty exclusively HERE, courtesy of Legacy, Germany's premier extreme metal authority.
Lavadome productions are proud to announce another outburst of massive Death Metal destruction in the form of Execration Diatribes, the debut album from Portuguese trio Pestifer. The album contains nine raging compositions of the finest Death Metal havoc and will be released on February 14, 2016. New song "Mars Exult" is now streaming at the following location: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UJqmOHKS7A
The legacy of albums like Hell Awaits, Morbid Visions, I.N.R.I., Black Force Domain has been channelled through Execration Diatribes in the purest form and at ultimate intensity.
Death Metal has been waiting for an album like Pestifer's Execration Diatribes since the beginning of the century. The wait is almost over. Wrathful legions of the apocalypse will rise again and destroy!
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