Hailing from Bangladesh, the three-piece Serpent Spells is yet another band to get under the wings of Godz Ov War Productions. Owing to the collaboration, the debut EP entitled 'Mantras Within Ascending Fire' featuring nearly twenty minutes of unique Blackened Death Metal will be released as soon as on May 31.
Four tracks contained on the release closely follow the classics of extreme music and bring to mind the accomplishments of Sarcofago or Archgoat. Still, Serpent Spells' music is not only murderous tempos, wild vocal parts or thick and demoniacal riffs. The band takes you by surprise with their well thought-over rhythm arrangements, they are brave enough to bring in unusual melodies or incorporate oriental accents that make their music sound exotic. The whole thing, be it brutal and raw, sounds most lucid and contemporary.
The cover was created by Michael Capili, and the excellent layout was developed by Marckus.
1. Prism of Flesh (Entrance)
2. Piercing the Cervix of Nehemah
3. Scourge Heretic Consecration
4. Mantras Within Ascending Fire
Before the release, you can listen to 'Piercing the Cervix of Nehemah' on SoundCloud
Pre-sale of 'Mantras Within Ascending Fire' on standard CD has already started at www.store.godzovwar.com
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Rotting Christ are being honoured with a tribute CD entitled 'The Cryptic Path to Χ Ξ Σ - A Tribute Album to Rotting Christ!', which is crammed with cover versions of classic songs by the Hellenic legends in the current issue of Metal Hammer Greece (May #337). Several tracks are being streamed at the link below.
Frontman Sakis Tolis comments: "To receive a massive tribute such as this CD is a great honour for any musician! We cannot thank all the participating bands and Metal Hammer Greece enough for their amazing effort. This is surely one of the most fascinating Rotting Christ 'albums'. Make sure to check out these great covers versions!"
Cover art and a list of participating bands and songs of 'The Cryptic Path to Χ Ξ Σ - A Tribute Album to Rotting Christ!' can be viewed above.
Iron Bonehead Productions have set August 5th as the international release date for Temple Nightside's highly anticipated second album, "The Hecatomb". For the last five years, main man IV has been pursuing a bleak 'n' oblique vision of Death Metal. Although rooted in the vast and vibrant Australian Black Metal scene, the mysterious IV invested the blackest of arts into ancient Metal of Death, initially self-describing Temple Nightside as "Ritualistic Death Metal Necromancy." And indeed, that was the root - and result - of the then-duo's massive debut album, "Condemnation", in 2013. But with last year's coveted split LP with comrades Vassafor - released to critical acclaimed by Iron Bonehead, and the line-up now expanded to a trio - the sound of Temple Nightside subtly began to morph into more atmospheric and more deeply cavernous shapes.
Alas, with Temple Nightside's line-up now a functioning a quartet, those shapes have arisen in the form of "The Hecatomb". Ever so aptly titled, "The Hecatomb" is lumbering, lurking menace and miasmatic dread dragged to the Beyond and back. It's tangibly still death metal in nature, but there's a certain sinister sensation that eludes conventionally metallic definition; its hulking plod gives way to bestial pulse and then evaporates into a smokestack-dense fog of frightening, palpable evil. The manner in which these nine tracks - three of which are concertedly dark-ambient "Commune" soundscapes - burst forth and then billow away suggest ritualistic disintegration...or more accurately, transcendence.
"A slow descent into Hell" is an oft-misused / abused appellation for sepulchral death metal, but it truly is done justice here. Abyssal sound devoted to and driven by death worship: Temple Nightside's "The Hecatomb" shall stand as a new golden pillar of fathomless morbidity. Hear the first foundation of that pillar with the track "Adrift in Sepulchral Entropy" exclusively at Iron Bonehead's Soundcloud HERE. Cover and track-listing are as follows:
Necronaut (noun); derived from the Greek words nekros (νεκρός), meaning "corpse" or "dead", and nautes (ναύτης), meaning "sailor". A person who experiments with near-death experiences in order to explore the underworld.
Necronautical (adj); of or pertaining to Necronautics or Necronauts.
Necronautical (band); A cluster of musicians using the medium of extreme blackened metal in order to disconnect from reality and to espouse the thought that true freedom of the spirit is found beyond the monotony of modern human existence.
Fittingly wearing the crown of thorns as the fourth inductees to the resurrected Cacophonous coven, Misanthropic Black Metal 4-piece Necronautical blur the barriers between fantasy and reality. Voyaging the treacherous waters of the underworld, they explore notions of the afterlife with their pummelling, virtuoso musicianship. Their colossal sophomore album "The Endurance At Night" is set for release 15th July on Cacophonous, and showcases a new energy and strength for British extreme music.
"Necronautical are delighted to become part of the Cacophonous family. We are humbled to appear on the same heritage-rich label that brought the world such great and influential bands as Cradle of Filth and the legendary Bal-Sagoth, and proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our brothers in The Infernal Sea, The King is Blind and Old Corpse Road at the forefront of UK Black Metal.
Our upcoming album 'The Endurance at Night' will leave listeners battered and raw; awestruck by the brutality and power inherent in the universe, interpreted herein as a salvo of scathing blasts, screeching melodies and churning riffs. We're very excited to show the world what we've been working on, and can't wait to showcase the new album on stage in the Autumn this year.” - Anchorite, Bass
Infernal Diatribe, hailing from Kolkata, India, have taken the torch from Heathen Beast in further propagating the sound of black metal from the country. Along with significant albums released by Toxoid and Diabolus Arcanium, they're at the foremost where the black metal scene in India is currently poised. Playing vicious and ambitious occult black metal, this quintet is all set to unleash their underground assault on unsuspecting ears worldwide. The band have worked tremendously hard on making this debut, their dream, a reality and armed with a deal with Transcending Obscurity Distribution, one can expect the band moving out of their home base to play other cities, and hopefully, other countries as well. Nonetheless, there's little to stop their blackened spiritual attack. Superbly composed songs with an underlying dark Indian theme forms the crux of the band's music. The whole affair reeks of spiritual indulgences, the left hand path and its fatal implications this side of the world, as the band tells us about the 'aghori path of moksha' aka spiritual enlightenment.
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"the instrumentation was creative and original" - Transcending Obscurity (International)
Underground Polish label Via Nocturna has been around since 2004 and has been quietly putting out some stellar releases that are unfortunately going below the radar. Polish quintet Heretique's 2016 album 'De Non Existentia Dei' is no different. The band's worthy to be uttered in the same breath as their Polish counterparts Vader and Behemoth, and Heretique straddle death and black metal genres with impeccable poise and ease. The riffs are absolutely outstanding and the band prefer to keep it crisp and audible instead of obfuscating it with an impenetrable layer of chaos. It's probably due to this reason that the album is seriously addictive and catchy, not to mention memorable. The superb variations keep the album interesting and unpredictable throughout. Be it the album's recording, aesthetics or even the overall presentation, nothing here is half-hearted. There's full commitment to the passion for the style, both from the band and the label, and Heretique are a new force for all to discover - sounding fresh, powerful, and all-round impressive.
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New record label By Norse Music started up by Einar Selvik (Wardruna), Ivar Bjørnson (Enslaved) and Simon Fullemann (AISA)
It is with great pride and excitement that Einar, Ivar and Simon collectivity present their very own record label. Starting as an event project last year, launching our own beer ALU, we are finally ready to go official with part 3 - our own record label. With our network, experience and dedication in the music world, it made sense to just do it all ourselves and put our knowledge in the same pot. So we created By Norse Music!
"Whether or not it is booking a concert or releasing an album, my experience with Wardruna is that since it does not really fit into any defined genre or «fixed machinery», but branch out into a multifold of them, it demands special attention and effort to meet its potential and needs. So for many years now my wish and vision has been to, at some point, create a label for my own as well as other carefully selected music and art that would be flexible and also resourceful enough be able to handle each unique project on it´s own premises and adapt to its needs rather than squeeze everything into the same machinery. The time has come for realization and I feel very exited about venturing into this together with dedicated people I hold in high esteem both personally and professionally"
:- Einar, Wardruna
Wardruna "Runaljod - Ragnarok" out in October 2016!
This upcoming fall Wardruna will complete the circle and release the final part of the Runaljod trilogy. Runaljod - Ragnarok is the very much anticipated third part of the release, following Runaljold - Gap Var Ginnunga in 2009 and Runaljod - Yggdrasil in 2013. One of the songs from the upcoming album was recently released on our official sites and was met with great enthusiasm. The final album in the Runaljod Trilogy will be released this October on several different formats. The first release concert in Norway will be held in Oslo, January 2017. Tickets are up for sale since 13th of May! Get your ticket here:
Einar Selvik is currently nominated for the Norwegian Music Export by Spellemann, Norway's renowned award for musicians, for his work making Norway's heritage acclaimed internationally. Musicnorway.no and Vikings- creator Michael Hirst had this to say about his nomination: http://no.musicnorway.no/2016/05/10/eksportprisen-enorme-bidrag-vikings/
By Norse Music is located in Bergen, Norway and currently have Wardruna and selected back catalogue items of Enslaved in their stall. It is a platform supporting and building up Norwegian art, music, literature, film and culture to reinforce Norwegian heritage and traditions. By Norse was founded in 2015 by the three of us, Einar Selvik (Fimbuljod Productions, Wardruna), Ivar Bjørnson (Peersen Production AS, Enslaved, BardSpec) and Simon Füllemann (AISA - All Independent Service Alliance LLC, All Access Agency).
"In times where knowledge about diversification, market segments, consumer patterns, niche genres, commercialization and so forth is more important than ever to make a valid business case and build a successful career, it is vital to gather the right people to protect and nurture the rights owners interests the best we can. That is By Norse."
Sol Sistere is a Post / Atmospheric Black Metal act from Santiago, Chile formed in early 2013, but all members have gathered their experiences before joining their forces, in acts as Animus Mortis, Bauda and other underground names. So it is a new band, but an experienced force… Their music is a blend of strength, melancholic melodies and emotions, which gathers influences from 90’s classic black metal bands and modern atmospheric innovators in order to create such an atmosphere that will embrace most of black metal enthusiasts. And it is recorded raw enough, but still full of a lot of details!
Listen to the full album on bandcamp!
Poland's Above Aurora will release their menacing debut record Onwards Desolation via Pagan Records on the 27th of May. In anticipation of its arrival, the band are now streaming the first glimpse 'Open the Wounds' on No Clean Singing.
'Open the Wounds' is emblematic of the entire of 'Onwards Desolation'; just as the six tracks drift from atmospheric doom to propulsive black metal, building tension and releasing it in barrages, so too is 'Open the Wounds' a masterclass in tension and release. The ebb and flow of its darkness is hypnotic; it lulls the listener into a state where the band can cast their ominous imagery into the mind. The guitars create a loose, eery mistiness as the rhythm section commands driving counter-melodies and percussion, and amidst the intimidating mass of sound, vocals do not take center-stage, but blend with the darkness around. The presence of this human voice is not to bring comfort from the desolate instrumental; its rough-edged tones instead form the uncanny face of 'Onwards Desolation', just familiar enough for the listener to let its darkness deeper into their heart.
Stream the song here.
Italian Black Death metallers Grimness are streaming the reissue of their debut album here: https://soundcloud.com/user-563235565/sets/grimness-a-decade-of-disgust-full-album
"A Decade of Disgust", celebrating 10 years and more of activities with six bonus tracks, has been released by The Goatmancer Records on May 2nd, 2016 and available here via Amazon (IT):
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