Southern German Black Metallers NARVIK have finished the recordings for their upcoming album "Ascension to Apotheosis". At the moment, the album is in the mix and mastering process. The release is planned for April 2016 via Folter Records.
Urgehal are now premiering their complete forthcoming full-length 'Aeons in Sodom', which has been scheduled for worldwide release on February 12th. The new album is exclusively streaming via the official media partners below.
Metal Hammer (DE)
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Lángoló Gitárok (HU)
Metal Wani (IN)
Lords of Metal (NL)
Metal Hammer (NO)
Musick Magazine (PL)
Metal Hammer (UK)
Artwork and track list of 'Aeons in Sodom' can be viewed below and above.
2. The Iron Children
3. Blood of the Legion
4. The Sulphur Black Haze
5. Lord of Horns
6. Norwegian Blood and Crystal Lakes
7. Thy Daemon Incarnate
9. Psychedelic Evil
11. Funeral Rites (Sepultura cover)
12. Twisted Mass of Burnt Decay (Autopsy cover)
When Trondr Nefas sadly passed away of natural causes at the age of 34 on May 13th in 2012 this also sealed the end of Urgehal. Out of friendship, respect and as a tribute to their late singer and guitarist, the Norwegians decided to go ahead with producing a final album. Half of the material on 'Aeons in Sodom' was written by Trondr with the other half contributed by guitarist Enzifer. Urgehal invited close friend and band mates from other projects of Nefas to contribute and those honoured in this way all joined to pay homage.
'Aeons in Sodom' is therefore a very special record – a work coming from the heart that is truly keeping the faith and spirit of original Norwegian black metal. This album is adhering to the principles that Trondr Nefas demanded to be followed such as a strict policy of using satanic and misanthropic lyrics as well as a dirty and harsh sound.
Urgehal emerged onto the scene with a massive brutality and onslaught of fierceness that challenged even the underground of Norwegian extreme music. Their vitriolic viciousness became apparent already during the band's demo days with 'Ferd' (1994) and 'Rise of the Monument' (1995). This raw impression was further enhanced by the release of their debut album 'Arma Christi' (1997). With the crushing second full-length 'Massive Terrestrial Strike' (1998), Urgehal finally established their name among the most aggressive black metal hordes.
While the Norwegians remained true in their traditional approach to this style during the follwoing albums 'Atomkinder' (2001), 'Through Thick Fog Till Death' (2003), 'Goatcraft Torment' (2006) and also their latest 'Ikonoklast' (2009) there were always slight but effective changes that added dynamics and an unholy groove.
Urgehal have reached the end of their road with 'Aeons in Sodom', but the black metal icons are going out with a massive strike more than worthy of this occasion.
In memoriam Trondr Nefas (May 28th, 1977 - May 13th, 2012)
Trondr Nefas: guitar solos
Enzifer: guitars, bass
Nocturno Culto (DARKTHRONE): vocals on track 2
M. Shax (ENDEZZMA): vocals and lyrics on track 3 and lyrics on track 5
Byron Braidwood (MONUMENTOMB): guitar solo on track 3
Hoest (TAAKE): vocals on track 4
Mannevond (KOLDBRANN): vocals on track 5, bass on track 12
Malphas (ENDEZZMA/HAGL): guitar solo on track 5 and 12
Niklas Kvarforth (SHINING): vocals on track 6
Sorath Northgrove (BEASTCRAFT/VULTURE LORD): vocals and lyrics on track 7
Nattefrost (CARPATHIAN FOREST): vocals and lyrics on track 8
Skyggen (TORTORUM): guitar solo track on track 8
Nag (TSJUDER): vocals on track 9
Diabolus (VULTURE LORD): guitar solos on track 9
L.F.F (ANGST SKVADRON/TUSMØRKE): keyboards on track 10
Bay Cortez (SADISTIC INTENT): vocals and bass on track 11
Rick Cortez (SADISTIC INTENT): guitar solo on track 11
R.M (ANGST SKVADRON): vocals on track 12
Abbath have entered national, independent, and metal charts all over Europe with their eponymous debut album. 'Abbath' has been released worldwide on January 22nd. All current chart entries are listed below.
Sweden #3 - Hard Rock and Metal Chart
UK #14 - Top 40 Rock and Metal Chart
Norway #17 (higher than last Immortal album)
UK #33 - Top 50 Independent Chart
'Abbath' is still already available from the Season of Mist shop in several formats including a limited edition box with extras and Gatefold vinyl in various colours:
Artwork and track-list of 'Abbath'., which can both be viewed above and below.
01. To War!
03. Ashes of the Damned
04. Ocean of Wounds
05. Count the Dead
06. Fenrir Hunts
07. Root of the Mountain
09. Nebular Ravens Winter [bonus]
2. Live And Burn
3. Artiglio Del Diavolo
4. Hounds At Ya Back
5. Hymn To Dionysus
7. White Line Fever
8. Die You Fucking Pig!
9. Tamam Shud
DESTRÖYER 666 are streaming a video featuring the title-track of their forthcoming full-length 'Wildfire', which has been slated for worldwide release on February 26th. The clip is now exclusively streaming via the official media partners below.
Metal Obsession (AUS)
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Langolo Gitarok (HU)
Metal Wani (IN)
Rock Hard (IT)
Lords of Metal (NL)
Metal Hammer (NO)
Musick Magazine (PL)
Antichrist Magazine (UA)
Zero Tolerance (UK)
DESTRÖYER 666 previously unveiled the artwork and track-list of 'Wildfire', which can both be viewed above.
The original ink drawing was created by Zbigniew M. Bielak. The Polish artist has won applause and recognition in the metal scene through his works for bands such as Ghost, Mayhem, and Watain among many more.
French Black / Death metal masters The Order Of Apollyon, also referred to as TOOA, have inked a record deal with Agonia Records, with plans to record a new EP in 2016.
Formed in 2008 by BST (Aosoth, ex-Aborted) and then-drummer Daniel Wilding (Carcass), The Order Of Apollyon is an artistic and spiritual concept. With lyrics based on "the Divine nature of Death, and the prophecy carried on by Death's ultimate servant, man, and a music between death metal and black metal, with martial ambient influences" (as commented by the band themselves), TOOA have developed their personal sound through two full length albums: "The Flesh" (2010) and "The Sword And The Dagger" (2015).
Accompanied by a line-up consisting of members of the elite of the French Black Metal scene (Hell Militia, Aosoth, Temple of Baal), and starting a new international collaboration with Agonia Records, the band is now focusing on their next release, to be recorded at the infamous Bst Studios.
March 5th 2016 - Venom Fest III - Nantes, France
Atmospheric Extreme Metal outfit MartYriuM unleashes the new video for "Necropendulum", extracted from the upcoming opus "Destiny Wore A Bondage Mask".
The video has been directed and produced by Maltese director Patrick Vella and Frank Psaila and premiered through Blank TV.
Martyrium already confirmed the first shows of their European Tour presenting the album:
DESTINY WORE A BONDAGE MASK WINTER TOUR 2016
20/02 - Malta - Shellshock Metal Fest
03/03 - Cologne, Germany -MTC
04/03 - Lille, France, Le Midland
05/03 - Mons, Belgium - Female Fronted Extreme
18-19/03 - Malta -Metal Over Malta
Europe & Worldwide: 28/03/2016
Pre-Order "Destiny Wore A Bondage Mask" on AGR Online!
The track-list of the album
1. How The Mighty Have Fallen
2. An Unforgiving Truth
3. When The Hope Withers And Dies
4. This Burden Is Mine
5. Frail Fallible
6. The Failures Of Man
7. Where Worlds End
8. The Last Jester Dance
9. From Rubble And Ruin
Front-man of Mumbai based band Demonic Resurrection, Demonstealer, has revealed the cover artwork for his sophomore solo album titled 'This Burden Is Mine'. The album features George Kollias taking over the drum duties and playing on all 9 tracks of the album. The artwork has been done by Michal 'Xaay' Loranc who has worked with metal giants like Behemoth, Vader and Nile. He has also done the last 2 Demonic Resurrection album artworks.
The album is being released independently and is available for pre-order on his bandcamp page: https://demonstealer.bandcamp.com/album/this-burden-is-mine
A single has also been released which can be listened to here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQ4QMaHtka4&list=PL3NnyfhQbUe24Y32HQ4c1XyD-GCPCDRRK&index=10
It took over 20 years of digging in the bile and muck of the underground for Kampfar to carve its name onto every black-metallers tongues. With the release of their latest epic “Profan”, the dark battalion have been nominated for a Norwegian Grammy in the metal category. We raise our glasses and hail the veterans for rising out of the underground with brute force!
The album received nothing praise from critics and fans alike:
14 of 15 – Legacy (Nr. 2 - Soundcheck)
10/10 – Time For Metal
10/10 - Heavymetal.dk
95/100 - Lords Of Metal
87/100 - Ragherrie
8/10 - Metal Hammer UK
9/9 - RCN
85/100 - Metal Exposure
9/10 - Evil Rocks Hard
8/10 - KVLT
8/10 – Distorted Sounds Mag
8/10 - Musikknyheter
Album Of The Month – Scream Magazine
"A must have!" - Legacy
"When it comes right down to it, I can think of no better standard bearers for the true spirit of Norwegian Black Metal than these four mighty warriors…" - No Clean Singing
Get the monstrosity here!
Ukrainian black metal pioneers Drudkh have revealed the title of their next full-length, which will march under the flag of 'A Furrow Cut Short'. The album has been scheduled for release on the 20th April 2015. Pre-sale will commence in late February, which will also mark the revealing of the album's cover art and track-list.
Drudkh maintain their strict policy of no interviews, no pictures, no live performance, and no statements. Yet everybody following the career and art of the band's mastermind Roman Sayenko will be aware that 'A Furrow Cut Short' cannot have been conceived without the dire situation of his Ukrainian homeland under military attack of a nuclear power playing a role in its inspiration.
With 'A Furrow Cut Short', Drudkh follow-up on their latest album 'Eternal Turn of the Wheel', which witnessed the band returning to their black roots. In an ever evolving metamorphosis the Ukrainians took several steps back with their previous effort from the sound of their previous release 'Handful of Stars' (2010), which advanced in a more progressive and lighter direction. 'Eternal Turn of the Wheel' owed deeply to their early legacy from the Nordic Black Metal inspired debut 'Forgotten Legends' (2003) via the cinematic soundscapes of 'Autumn Aurora' (2004) to the traditional influences rising on 'The Swan Road' (2005).
Instead of re-discovering Ukrainian poets, mastermind Roman Sayenko relied on self-penned lyrics again with each song representing a season. To their dedicated following this turn did not come as a surprise as Drudkh took many turns in their career since their inception in 2002. On “Blood in Our Wells” (2006), progressive elements surfaced, while after the instrumental and partly acoustic 'Songs of Grief and Solitude' (2006) a sharp contrast was delivered by the harshly black 'Estrangement' (2007). Their 2009 masterpiece 'Microcosmos' seemed to tie up the different strands of Drudkh previous works, before embarking on a quest to more outlying realms with 'Handful of Stars' that led to the founding of OLD SILVER KEY joined by vocalist Neige (ALCEST). 'Eternal Turn of the Wheel' returned to the dark melancholy that permeates all of Drudkh's music, which is often dubbed Slavonic Heathen Metal as a perfect soundtrack for a harsh winter will.
"Suffering is the Seed", the sophomore album from Colombian Death / Black Metallers Nepente will get the vinyl treatment from Cimmerian Shade Recordings. The RingMaster Review called the album "a savage and sonically scurrilous violation, a torment of intensity and unbridled devastation". Targeted for later this year, Suffering is the Seed will be the first vinyl release for the U.S. label.
In the meantime fans can look forward to new Nepente EP "I Will Get Your Soul", which will be released through Cimmerian Shade Recordings on March 31. And this time the temperature is raised to "face-melt!" "I Will Get Your Soul" was recorded at Manizales Studio (Manizales Colombia), and mixed/mastered at Hertz Recording Studio (Bialystock, Poland) by Slawomir Wieslawski and Wojciech Wieslawski.
1. I Will Get Your Soul
2. Show me that You are Suffering
3. Gray Land
4. Last Rites
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