Danish metal phenomenon Myrkur has just shared a new track from her forthcoming acoustic / live EP Mausoleum (out this August 19). "Song To Hall Up High," originally by Bathory, has been re-worked and wholly transformed by MYRKUR and has premiered at Metal Hammer, who called the rendition "a gauntlet thrown down to the foes, but one wrapped in finest gossamer, and more true to the transcendent, spirit-channelling nature of black metal than any number of self-appointed grimness-wardens bashing away at their keyboards."
Hear Myrkur's take on "Song To Hall Up High" now at this location.
On the one-year anniversary of her critically-acclaimed, masterful debut full-length, M, Danish black metal artist Myrkur unveils a captivating live recording from the historic Emanuel Vigeland Mausoleum in Oslo, Norway. Aptly titled Mausoleum, the album features beautifully dramatic & stripped-down acoustic reinventions of seven songs from M plus one brand new song and a Bathory cover; all accompanied by the Norwegian Girls Choir and Håvard (ex-Ulver) on guitar. Captured in a cold, dimly-lit tomb covered in morbid frescos that depict the circle of human life from conception til death, Mausoleum is an incredible showcase of Myrkur's sublime yet haunting voice in a truly chilling, unrivalled atmosphere.
Mausoleum is due out this August 19 on CD / LP / Digital via Relapse. Physical pre-orders are available at this location, and digital versions can be pre-ordered via Myrkur's Bandcamp here.
Nuclear War Now! Productions has announced August 15th as the international release date for the CD version of Abigail's highly anticipated fifth album, The Final Damnation, with the vinyl LP release slated for September 30th. Abigail and Nuclear War Now! have been the closest of allies since they first agreed to release the band’s seminal debut album, Intercourse and Lust, on vinyl in 2002, which was shortly thereafter followed by the band’s first mini-tour of the U.S., also under the sponsorship of NWN! Over the next nine years, the label released two subsequent Abigail full-lengths as well as several EPs and, most recently, the Lord of Satan compilation of some of the band’s earliest recordings.
During this time, Abigail’s sound and themes have morphed to some degree, but their ability to successfully incorporate a consistent core of different influences has always remained. Whereas their earliest output afforded them status as one of the archetypal Japanese black metal bands, along with others like Sabbat and Sigh, later recordings exhibited a greater degree of speed metal, gritty street punk, and lyrics littered with sleazy sexual depravity.
With their fifth studio album, The Final Damnation, hereby released once again under the banner of Nuclear War Now!, Abigail has returned to a noticeable extent to the evil sound of their earliest recordings by increasing the black metal dosage in their Satanic vaginal worship cocktail, all the while managing to maintain the rawness of later recordings that has endeared them to a new legion of gutter-dwelling deviants. Recorded at Ikebukuro Studio PENTA Tokyo between November 2015 and May 2016, The Final Damnation reintroduces mastermind Yasuyuki’s songwriting, throttling bass assault, trademark vocal braying, and morally corrupt lyrics, which alternate between the primal evil of songs like “Open the Gates of Hell” and the crude debauchery of others like “Whisky Coke and Bitch.” As always, Abigail’s rhythmic foundation is cemented by Youhei’s unrelenting percussive onslaught, and it is accompanied by guitarist Jero’s venomous riffs and searing leads.
The decision to commission veteran black metal artist Chris Moyen for the album’s cover art further exemplifies the band’s shift back to its roots, successfully conjuring the spirit of Bulldozer in the process and confirming that the original Black Metal Yakuza have not lost a step
Finnish black metal underground veterans Baptism are teaming up with District 19 for exclusive bookings in Europe. The fifth album of the band has been recorded at Fantom Studio and the release date scheduled to the 22nd of July via Season of Mist. Get in touch for more information!
The new album 'V: The Devil's Fire' is now streaming in full via Invisible Oranges.
Baptism's Lord S. comments on the signing: "We're ready to step into future with our new team District 19! We're really looking forward to new live ceremonies with our new concert management! Stay tuned!"
Melodic Black Metallers Withering Soul have partnered with Brave Words for the exclusive premiere of the official music video for "Hour of Obstinacy." Check it out at:
The song is taken from 2015 Mortal Music release Adverse Portrait. Order the album from Amazon, iTunes, and other digital retailers.
Adverse Portrait was engineered and mixed by Chris Wisco at Belle City Sound, and mastered by Dennis Israel at Clintworks Audio. Cover art is by Pierre-Alain D of 3mmi Design.
"The terrifying atmosphere that shrouds each song in horror and the lethal sound the guitars and drums create, Adverse Portrait is an album melodic black metal fans should not miss."
- Metal Reviews
"There is nothing withering about this band what so ever, they are steadfast and forthright and capture with a contagious melodic soul that simply cannot be ignored!" 5/5
- RAM Zine
"The band play Melodic Black Metal that has speed and melody in abundance yet knows the value of restraint."
- Wonderbox Metal
Southern Lord's CD version of Iskra's "Ruins" is out now, as the Victoria, British Columbia-based anarchist black metal collective is currently embarked on their widespread Canadian tour.
With nearly forty cities on the itinerary between July 5th and August 12th,'the Anarchy Attack... Canadian Destruction Tour' 2016 marks Iskra's first full coast-to-coast tour of the country and includes five days in the maritime provinces, and their first major tour of their native country since 2004. The tour also features appearances at Spider Fest (formerly Spider Acres) in Meyersburg, Ontario and Evil Fest in Sainte-Angele-de-Merici, Quebec.
Iskra''s 'Anarchy Attack... Canadian Destruction Tour' 2016 comes in conjunction with the CD release of their latest album, "Ruins", out now through Southern Lord. Following the band's independently-released vinyl version, the new CD will feature a digipak layout with a twenty-page booklet featuring all lyrics and liner notes.
Southern Lord's CD issue of Iskra's Ruins is now available HERE.
ISKRA On Tour Now:
7/08/2016 Emmedia Gallery - Calgary, AB
7/09/2016 Clints Haus - Edmonton, AB
7/10/2016 Amigos Cantina - Saskatoon, SK
7/11/2016 Grimwood Forest - Wellman Lake, MB
7/12/2016 The Handsome Daughter - Winnipeg, MB
7/13/2016 TBA - Thunder Bay, ON
7/14/2016 The Moose Lodge - Sault St. Marie, ON
7/15/2016 The Asylum - Sudbury, ON
7/16/2016 Spiderfest 2016 - Meyersburg, ON
7/17/2016 The Doors Pub - Hamilton, ON
7/18/2016 Coalition - Toronto, ON
7/19/2016 The Spill - Peterborough, ON
7/20/2016 Funeral Home - Ottawa, ON
7/22/2016 Evil Fest - Sainte-Angèle-de-Mérici, QC
7/23/2016 Maniac Mansion - Fredericton, NB
7/24/2016 The Esquire - Moncton, NB
7/25/2016 Baba's Lounge - Charlotte Town, PE
7/26/2016 The Rawdawg House - Truro, NS
7/27/2016 The Khyber - Halifax, NS
7/29/2016 The Temple - St. Catherines, ON
7/30/2016 EVAC - London, ON
7/31/2016 Dominion House - Windsor, ON
8/01/2016 Dbeatstro - Toronto, ON
8/02/2016 The New American - Sault Ste Marie, ON
8/03/2016 TBA - Thunder Bay, ON
8/04/2016 Peak Community Center - Brandon, MB
8/05/2016 The Handsome Daughter - Winnipeg, MB
8/06/2016 The Mercury - Regina, SK
8/07/2016 TBA - Lethbridge, AB
8/08/2016 Vern's - Calgary, AB
8/09/2016 Clints Haus - Edmonton. AB
8/10/2016 Record City - Vernon, BC
8/11/2016 38 The ALF House - Vancouver, BC
8/12/2016 TBA - Victoria, BC
US black metal giants Inquisition are now revealing the second amazing track taken from their forthcoming full-length 'Bloodshed Across The Empyrean Altar Beyond The Celestial Zenith'. The new album has been scheduled for release on the 26th of August.
The song "Power From the Center of the Cosmic Black Spiral" is exclusively streaming via the official media partners listed below.
Metal Obsession (AU)
Metal Hammer (DE)
Friedhof Magazine (ES)
Radio Metal (FR)
Lángoló Gitárok (HU)
Metal Wani (IN)
Metal Italia (IT)
Eternal Terror (NO)
Musick Magazine (PL)
Antichrist Magazine (UA)
Regarding "Power From the Center of the Cosmic Black Spiral", Frontman Dagon comments on behalf of the duo: "This is Inquisition in its mid paced, heavy and hypnotic form; classic Inquisition. Here we have tight neck breaking riffs and percussive rhythms while mixed with an open and wide atmospheric segment that comes later in the song opening an entire new dimension; this contrasting works with the song's theme of: death and destruction from chaos, perfection and creation from order all from within the center of the galactic battlefield where the gods of creation and the mechanics of the universe are one, working as destroyer and creator enabling cosmic evolution. In short, this is tribute to the center of galaxies and their law as an all consuming force, a great Satan."
Artwork and track-list of 'Bloodshed Across The Empyrean Altar Beyond The Celestial Zenith' are shown below.
1. Intro: The Force Before Darkness
2. From Chaos They Came
3. Wings Of Anu
4. Vortex From The Celestial Flying Throne Of Storms
5. A Black Aeon Shall Cleanse
6. The Flames Of Infinite Blackness Before Creation
7. Mystical Blood
8. Through The Divine Spirit Of Satan A Glorious Universe Is Known
9. Bloodshed Across The Empyrean Altar Beyond The Celestial Zenith
10. Power From The Center Of The Cosmic Black Spiral
11. A Magnificent Crypt Of Stars
12. Outro: The Invocation Of The Absolute, The All, The Satan
13. Coda: Hymn To The Cosmic Zenith
Down Under elite Denouncement Pyre are premiering their new track "Wounds of Golgotha" via Legacy magazine's website. The track hails from the band's highly anticipated third album, "Black Sun Unbound", set for international release on July 22nd via Hells Headbangers. Three years have passed since the release of their critically acclaimed "Almighty Arcanum", which saw these long-running Aussie tyrants evolving well beyond their black-thrashing beginnings and locate a near-perfect balance between aggression and atmosphere. With "Black Sun Unbound", Denouncement Pyre have perhaps found the balance - between not only aggression and atmosphere, but passion and poison, power and patience, sheer vengeful violence and spiralling night-sky melodicism - in the process delivering a potently black metal record which emphasizes both titular elements of that genre.
In fact, the album title itself bespeaks the brilliance brimming from the quartet here, as each of these ten tracks spills forth a blinding sensation of absolute occult energy, each distinct track distilled into a greater, wholly diabolical totality. Further evidence of such is compounded by the song titles, as well: among them, "World Encircler," "Transform The Aether," "Deathless Dreaming," and the telltale "Revere The Pyre." Fittingly, the production is clear and cutting without sacrificing an ounce of grit on which Denouncement Pyre have built their throne these past 13 years. Returning from a triumphant first North American performance at Maryland Deathfest last month, there's no better time to behold Black Sun Unbound! Hear for yourself the next sounds of triumph exclusively here, courtesy of Legacy, Germany's premier extreme metal authority.
A band statement reads: "Black Sun Unbound is the most challenging album we have created so far, and we have certainly ventured further into the inner darkness with the new material, through a long and demanding creative process. The writing and recording of this album involved a lot of experimentation, and we have seen a vast range of ideas included, more so than past releases; it is a different album to the first two. Expect new doors to be unlocked and old gods to be awakened!" A couple doors have already been unlocked - "Scars Adorn the Whore in Red" and "World Encircler" - and can be found HERE at Hells Headbangers' Bandcamp, where the album can also be pre-ordered. Cover, which was created by David Herrerias, and track-listing are above.
Promoting their latest album, 'Testimonio de Bautismo', the death metal profaners from Stillborn, along the legendary Christ Agony, headlined the Black Blood Tour. During the gigs, they recorded lots of material to be featured in their official live video of the track titled 'Obłęd', taken from the last record. Recording and production duties were handled by DR Silesia.
They have now started work on their new material for a new mini album to be recorded at the end of the year. The release will contain three premiere tracks and a cover. In October, Stillborn will support Angelcoprse during their only gig to be held in Poland.
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The time has come for the band to call it a day. Heathen Beast are perhaps the only band from the country playing black metal and employing Indian classical / traditional / folk instruments despite an acerbic content. 'Carvaka Samkhya', the only point of contact, has ended the band under mysterious circumstances and all evidence of their anti-racist government stance has been removed. Whether they have been threatened by unlawful elements is unknown but is a strong probability. The band would want the music to remain alive and here's a last chance at reaching out, hoping that their unique music is heard far and wide.
"this is Heathen Beast’s attempt to relentlessly question a system that’s coming apart at the seams" - MTV Indies
"Everything slays." - Metal Sucks (US)
"scathing, fiery, empowered and empowering." - Decibel Magazine (US)
"trademark Heathen Beast rager" - Rolling Stone India
"the band’s most cohesive and cataclysmic release to date" - The Metal Observer (Canada)
"terrific!" - XXL Rock (Germany)
"a black metal conflagration of ripping riffs, blazing percussion, and searing shrieks" - No Clean Singing (US)
"top of the pile." - Global Metal Apocalypse (UK)
Heathen Beast, India's leading black metal band, return with yet another scandalous EP containing their strongest material thus far. Delving into the current political scenario in the country, especially the extremist ring-wing agenda of 'Hindutva', this band comprising of anonymous members, feel the need to express themselves using the vicious power of black metal. Traditional instruments are once again employed to give it the topical flavour, from 'Tabla' (Indian drums) and 'Sitar' (Indian stringed instrument) to 'Carnatic violin' (Indian classical instrument) and 'Shankh' (Conch), and the music is charged with a vibe that can be called hair-raising. This is the boldest effort from the whole region, bar none. Heathen Beast may have outdone themselves here, and also put their band members in even more danger with this release. A specially commissioned artwork from legendary US artist Mark Riddick has been made to cover the original band-provided artwork of this release with a slipcase packaging. The original content however remains untouched underneath.
Heathen Beast Bandcamp
Transcending Obscurity Official Site
Transcending Obscurity Facebook
Heathen Beast Facebook
Iberian Extreme Metallers Noctem have just finished recording their new album with Enrique Mompo and Tore Stjema (Watain, Tribulation, Valkyrja) at Valencia's Firework Studios. The yet-to-be-titled album is expected to be released later this year via Prosthetic Records (N.America & UK/EU) and Art Gates Records (Spain) - stay tuned!
Just recently Noctem slayed at Metal Lorca Fest, check out the fan-filmed live footage of their brutal set here:
Also watch the Drum cam footage from Noctem's show in Bratislava (Slovakia) on tour with Nargaroth:
After spending the past two years diligently trekking across Europe with acts including Taake, Valkyrja, Marduk, Anaal Nathrakh, and Nargaroth, as well as making the first-ever trip outside Europe on a headlining jaunt across China in support of “Exilium“ album, Noctem will continue to broadcast their darkened assault this summer as well as they will tour across Spain in late Fall with Romania's Negura Bunget
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