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
Dutch Black Metal warlords Carach Angren release new song from their forthcoming as-of-yet-untitled album
Carach Angren are unveiling the first new song taken from their as-of-yet-untitled forthcoming new album, which has a tentative release date of early 2015. The Dutch Black metallers have chosen the track "There Is No Place Like Home'" to serve as an appetiser for their forthcoming full-length and the following official media partners for the exclusive streaming:
Kronos Mortus (HU)
Metal Wani (IN)
Marunouchi Muzik (JP)
Lords of Metal (NL)
The band share their thoughts on the unveiling and are "proud to present to fans the opening track of our upcoming album", they go on to say that the track will offer a hint to what the album's story is all about, adding "it is definitely not for the faint hearted"
"There Is No Place Like Home" was recorded by Patrick Damiani and Carach Angren during June 2014. Both the song and album were mixed by Peter Tägtgren and mastered by Jonas Kjellgren.
Fresh-faced Devilment, fronted by veteran Black / Dark Metal vocalist Dani Filth (Cradle of Filth), took time out to record a music video for their forthcoming second single ''Even Your Blood Group Rejects Me', taken from the band's forthcoming debut "The Great And Secret Show". The video stills can be seen above.
Director Sam Scott-Hunter offered his thoughts on the new video, admitting that he "wanted to capture the intensity of the song, and then shove it in your face to get the heart pounding - the visual equivalent of listening to it loud on your headphones in a dark room".
In order to do this the band and Sam headed to Suffolk, locked themselves in and had fun with both the lights and volume. Ultimately he wanted to combine the darkness and sound together, so that whilst the brutality and visual-representation was present, he wanted an element of "mystery and mysticism in what the band are doing, and to capture that we enlisted an incredible dancer, NagaSita, who has a wonderfully different and exotic take on the track".
Similarly, Dani Filth had the same vision and acknowledged that they wanted to "create something very visually disturbing, yet stunning to look at, in a minimalistic monochrome context", bringing out phantasmagorical images via the usage of strobe-effects, fire, smoke, exotic dancing, silhouettes and Theban masks.
He feels that both Sam and his assistant for the day, Devilment photographer Dex Jezierski (formerly of Echoes Fall and Thames Burial), locked forces to conjure up a video of horrid artistic proportions. Moreover he admits that "we even enlisted the help of my wife Toni and daughter Luna for hair, angle-grinding, make-up and costume, all for the benefit of keeping our cinematic occult activities a closed secret from the unsuspecting human world"
"The Great And Secret Show" has a scheduled release date of November 3rd via Nuclear Blast.
The track list for "The Great And Secret Show":
01. Summer Arteries
02. Even Your Blood Group Rejects Me
03. Girl From Mystery Island
04. The Stake In My Heart
05. Living With The Fungus
06. Mother Kali
07. Staring At The Werewolf Corps
08. Sanity Hits A (Perfect) Zero
09. Laudanum Skull
10. The Great And Secret Show
11. Beds Are Burning (MIDNIGHT OIL cover)
12. Psycho Babble
13. Even Your Blood Group Rejects Me (Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Pre-order the album here
Pre-order the album on Limited Edition Double Blue Vinyl here
Devilment will be touring for the first time later this year and have announced a string of live dates with Lacuna Coil and Motionless In White:
31.10.14 UK Bristol - Anson Rooms
01.11.14 UK London - The Forum
02.11.14 UK Glasgow - 02 ABC
04.11.14 UK Manchester - The Ritz
05.11.14 UK Birmingham - The Institute
Buy tickets here
You have been warned....
Earlier this month Belgium's Saille revealed details of their forthcoming record ‘Eldritch’ which will be released on 10th November via Code666 Records.
Now they offer their teaser video for fans, covering all aspects of the forthcoming album, click here to watch it
Speaking about the new album, keyboardist Dries Gaerdelen admits that it "differs quite a bit from our two previous albums" in as far as they "wanted the new songs to be more guitar oriented and more edgy, so we worked on the songs in a different way than we used to".
He goes on to add that their guitarists "Reinier Schenk and Jonathan Vanderwal started writing the songs from a guitar perspective adding the keyboards and drums later on. On our two previous albums ‘Ritu’ and ‘Irreversible Decay’ the songs were created the other way around.”
Furthermore he admits that the band's "new drummer Kevin De Leener had a big impact on the creation of this album, as his input from a drummers perspective was higher than we're used to. These factors, songs being based on drums and guitars, form a solid base for haunting melodic black metal songs".
Saille vocalist Dennie Grondelaers was sole writer for all of the lyrics on the forthcoming album, this time they focus on the topics of horror literature from the turn-of-the-20th century and modern era, additionally they accidentally introduced a Lovecraft based album, although unintended it is "noticeable throughout the whole record, and can't be ignored. Even stronger, the source of every song, except for ‘Walpurgis’ (based on Goethe's Faust), can be considered as proto-, post- or pure Lovecraftian"
With respect to the limited digipak edition of the album, Saille went for gold and contacted " all currently living writers (or their heirs) of the books we based our lyrics upon", this lead to them gaining permission from writers such as Stephen King, thus allowing them to use any quote they wished from any of the books, the quotes that Dries are talking of "will be displayed next to our lyrics for our fans to compare / embrace"
Colin Marks, designer of the forthcoming album's artwork was giving his commandments on what the band wanted, but when this was done he was free to add in anything to the artwork itself.
He goes further into depth by saying that
“The band requested something quite dark, with hints of horror, so I wanted to give the image a fairly vast and ominous atmosphere. An initial suggestion referred to certain lyrical themes of an ancient library of sorts and / or occult characters, so I took this as a good starting point and constructed this huge dark old structure built into a large cave-like rock formation. It was important to keep the tone dark and mysterious, with a tiny barely noticeable figure within the entrance, which people can read into however they wish. The additional artwork in the layout ties in with the cover concept and further explores the surroundings. I wanted it to represent not only the music, but also the bands various influences, and hopefully we've achieved that quite accurately."
Mexican Black Metallers Funereus have unveiled a teaser video for their forthcoming album "Return of the Old Goat", which is set for international release on September 8th via Forever Plagued Records.
Since 2008 the band has been patiently perfecting their craft - bitterly grim and hateful Black Metal in the early '90s spirit - over the course of a couple demos, an EP, and a split release. In 2010, Funereus released their debut album, "Profane Rite of Morbid Glorification", and now, four years later, they strike back at all that's sacred with their second album, "Return of the Old Goat".
Aptly titled, "Return of the Old Goat" is an utterly cold but unremittingly furious slab of Black Metal: dead yet violent, trance-inducing yet diabolical, primitive yet memorable. It's a record that makes no apologies for its anachronisms, that it's mission is to celebrate the glory of Satan and white-light blasphemy, that Funereus are ghoulish coffin spirits dedicated to haunting your subconscious.
Seven glorification's of evil drenched in the vilest poison, Funereus' "Return of the Old Goat" is a nail in the heart of all that is holy. Hear/view the unholy evidence for yourself HERE.
Tracklisting for "Return of the Old Goat"
1. Unhallowed Tomb
3. Funeral Ghoul
4. Return Of The Old Goat
5. Below The Horns Of Blasphemy
6. Ascending The Throne Of Satan
7. Umbra Atrox
What a way to round off such an emphatic year. After unleashing 'The Satanist' into the world in February, Poland's blackened-death metal monster, Behemoth has quite literally achieved global domination, with rapturous admiration through vast amounts of countries.
This tour brings a chance for the UK to see 'The Satanist' performed in all its hellish glory, alongside two Nuclear Blast label mates - Decapitated and Grand Magus. Sweden's Grand Magus also released a killer album, 'Triumph & Power' earlier this year in March - receiving similar adulation! And Polish cousins, Decapitated, have just wrapped up in their studio recording their forthcoming new record. After their tour in January with Lamb Of God and the amazing live feedback they received, this whole line up, with the addition of Manchester's Winterfylleth makes for one hell of a tour.
Frontman Nergal had this to say;
"Finally. It took us years to finally put together a separate UK tour and we are eager to bring the magic of 'The Satanist' to our fans over there! We are counting days. Literally. With such a strong and diverse company from our friends in Grand Magus and Decapitated we are expecting nothing but a great metal feast!"
Get your tickets for this brilliantly unholy line-up at:
TUES 9TH DEC - LONDON FORUM
WED 10TH DEC - GLASGOW O2 ABC
THU 11TH DEC - DUBLIN ACADEMY
FRI 12TH DEC - BIRMINGHAM O2 ACADEMY
SAT 13TH DEC - MANCHESTER ACADEMY
After selling out The Forum - London, earlier this year for a one off show following their album release, we can expect nothing less than the finest tour 2014 has to offer!
One of Slovakia's long standing metal bands Mysterious Eclipse, has taken a unique turn in how to get your music out to the masses.... by CD trading.
Formed in 1996, the quintet have maintained a recognized brand image throughout their career within the underground metal scene. Since their inception they have release one demo (1998), one MCD (1999) and four other major releases (2005, 2008, 2010, 2013) including 2013's "Hell Of Pain".
Fronted by Peta Kity Siazikov, this Melodic Black / Death Metal outfit are a gem within the Central European nation and certainly are well worth trading with.
This idea may be in place already, but the whole idea of it is great for those bands who are separated by mountains, vast seas, you name it, the whole idea is a great way to get music out to overseas bands, sure the online sharing is obvious. But with this in mind, you can never lose the music on a CD (unless you snap it), whereas online if your site goes down, you've lost possible music sharing opportunities.
This idea certainly gives a new reason to why people should abandon the mp3 in favor of something more valuable and investment-worthy.
If you want to trade with Mysterious Eclipse you can get in touch via the following channels:
The first new video release from the eclectic ensemble in six years includes stunning live footage and extensive bonus features beginning with ChthoniC's full performance at the 2013 Formoz Festival in Taipei, Taiwan, where they were joined by the Chai Feng Traditional Orchestra, as well as renowned Taiwanese opera singer Tang Mei-yun for a collaborative rendition of the track "Defenders Of Bú-Tik Palace."
Additionally, the near-hour-long DVD offers up five spectacular music videos from their recently released Bú-tik full-length: "Defenders Of Bú-Tik Palace", "Supreme Pain For The Tyrant", "Sail Into The Sunset's Fire", "Set Fire To The Island" and "Next Republic". The music videos are an extraordinary blend of martial arts, combat fighting, dance and drama. ChthoniC members wire-fly through the air, bathe in water amid torrential downpours and travel through time to a party in the 1930's in an elaborate military alliance between Nazi Germany and the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) regime. The production truly highlights ChthoniC's irrefutable creativity both onstage and beyond. Other extras include behind-the-scenes footage from the video shoots as well as exclusive interviews with bassist Doris Yeh, director Vince Chuang and various backstage footage.
Full "Ián-Bú" Breakdown + Track Listing:
1. Intro: Arising Armament
3. Supreme Pain For The Tyrant
4. Next Republic
6. Broken Jade
7. Southern Cross
8. Sail Into The Sunset's Fire
9. Defenders Of Bú-tik Palace
10. Outro: Undying Rearmament
"Supreme Pain For The Tyrant"
"Sail into Sunset's Fire"
"Set Fire To The Island"
"Defenders Of Bú-tik Palace"
Behind-The-Scenes / Making-Of-Video
"Supreme Pain For The Tyrant"
"Sail Into Sunset's Fire"
"Defenders Of Bú-tik Palace"
Interview w/ bassist Doris Yeh and Director Vince Chuang
ChthoniC released their award winning, seventh studio recording, "Bú-Tik", via Spinefarm Records last year. Called "a masterful and elegant tradition served underneath soaring thrash-influenced guitars, pummeling drums and a vocal performance that is absolutely stellar from an overlooked vocalist," by About.com, the critically adored "Bú-Tik" is centered around the story of the 228 Massacre, the Bú-Tik Palace and the Mirror Of Retribution, and emphasizes what bassist Doris Yeh describes as "righteous violence, justifiable defense, and the armed spirits".
"Ián-Bú" will be available on DVD and Visual Digital Formats via Eagle Records on February 25, 2014.
Kent's most fabled Symphonic Black Metallers The Furious Horde are proud to announce the unveiling of their latest music video "For The Horde"
GMA spoke to Rachael Gater, guitarist of The Furious Horde to get the low down behind this sensational masterpiece:
"We at The Furious Horde are incredibly excited about "For The Horde", our new track and music video. The track / video is a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the band and the friendships surrounding it.
We filmed in two separate sessions; the first day, we filmed the band shots at the Red Lion in Gravesend. They have a bunker at the back of the beer garden which was perfect! There was water dripping from the ceiling and walls, and it was freezing. If you look hard at the video, you can see Ruptured_Souls' cold breath! (He wears the least out of the members, too!) The second day, we filmed with the incredible zombie (Colin Stubbs) and Ruptured_Souls in the basement of our friend Ryan Wigley (bassist / vocalist of Dark Theory - also another Kent band, who plays Symphonic Black / Gothic Metal). Filming was a lot of fun. There were a lot of shenanigans involved, but we worked very hard too!
Luke Foxwell (Alienated Films) was a pleasure to work with, and we are incredibly thankful to him for his great work. He captured our fabulous and sexy appeal superbly, haha! This new track is very special to us; a landmark of the distance we have travelled and a taster of what is to follow. We believe that our next album will be our strongest!
Thank you for taking the time to talk to us, GMA!"
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