Black/death stronghold Embrace of Thorns stream the entirety of their highly anticipated fifth album, Scorn Aesthetics, at heavily trafficked web-portal IndyMetalVault.com. Set for international release on June 22nd via Iron Bonehead Productions, hear Embrace of Thorns' Scorn Aesthetics in its entirety exclusively HERE.
For nearly 20 years now, Embrace of Thorns have built a prolific-yet-patient catalog that defies easy categorization. Deeply rooted in ancient black metal and death metal to be sure, these Greek iconoclasts' sound nevertheless has often been "too black metal" for most death metallers and "too death metal" for most black metallers - likewise, they pre-empted the bestial metal by at least four years, and later on solidified songwriting finesse far "too clean" for most bestial worshippers - and sadly, wider acclaim in the underground has eluded them. For those KNOW, though, the name Embrace of Thorns has come to mean a gold standard in black/death METAL, and while "acclaim" has never been in their lexicon, long-time supporters Iron Bonehead welcomes the band with the riveting Scorn Aesthetics.
Whereas earlier Embrace of Thorns recordings - particularly their cult earliest albums, 2007's ...for I See Death in Their Eyes... and 2009's classic Atonement Ritual - melded the swarming, gibbering chaos of bestial black metal with the molten muscle of the most sepulchral death metal, with 2014's largely overlooked Darkness Impenetrable did the band cross a Rubicon, of sorts, into more streamlined and martial territory. It's a move that might've alienated the more underground-dwelling of Embrace of Thorns' potential fan-base, but one that made their name ever more unique, and they continue that upward/onward trajectory with Scorn Aesthetics.
Encased in their most powerful and punishing production to date, which amplifies the band's growing clarity without sacrificing an ounce of grit, Scorn Aesthetics sees Embrace of Thorns firing on all cylinders...and then crushing them underfoot. Across the album's generous-yet-concise 43 minutes, each of these seven tracks builds with patience and poise, but somehow elusively convey a sense of explosion, detonation, immolation. The effect is one of vortextural churn 'n' spun, slipstreaming the listener into a roiling, ceaselessly humid mass but offering no hope nor reprieve. More generally, Scorn Aesthetics is built upon walls of RIFFS - be they "death metal," "black metal," or just pure METAL - all coalescing into an occult fury, immediately engaging every step of the way and memorable to the very end.
Canadian black metal band Finnr's Cane have released their new song "Willow" via Toilet ov Hell. The song is taken from their upcoming album Elegy which will be released via Prophecy Productions this July.
The site commented:-
"With a doomy approach to atmospheric black metal, the trio shows a few of their many sides in these short five minutes. It highlights the soft tremolo, cello that occasionally pops its head up from laying the foundation to lead, and of course, a dark and moody tone. After a great long intro, the vocals kick in low in the mix with a blackened folk riff over the top."
The band further commented:-
"“Willow” was one of the first songs that was composed for Elegy. The majority of the track is instrumental, however clean and harsh vocals make an appearance in the final movement. The lyrics were written to reflect the juxtaposition of sadness and joy that one feels when they are seemingly the only person that is awake in the early hours of the morning. These quiet hours, and the slow sway of willow branches under dim light, were the primary sources of inspiration for this song.""
Listen to the song here: http://www.toiletovhell.com/premiere-finnrs-cane-willow/
Pre-order the album here: https://prophecy.lnk.to/finnrs-cane-elegy
Hells Headbangers reveals the cover and track-listing for Apokalyptic Raids' highly anticipated fifth album, The Pentagram. The album will be released this autumn on CD, vinyl LP, and cassette tape formats.
A veritable underground institution, Apokalyptic Raids have become a hallowed name among diehards the world over for one simple-but-special fact: they started as an unapologetic Hellhammer-worship band (and very early Celtic Frost, too) but have transcended their obvious influences into something that actually adds to that legendary canon rather than merely ripping it off. And, as of this year, they've been gloriously succeeding for 20 years now.
Although these Brazilian bastards have released a half-dozen EPs the last five years, it's been a far-too-long eight years since the last Apokalyptic Raids album, Vol. 4 - Phonocopia, so to say that The Pentagram is long overdue is quite the understatement. And of course, they DELIVER, which is not surprising given that they've gone back to the classic 2004-2007 line-up of Leon Manssur "Necromaniac" on guitars and vocals, Vinicius Canabarro "Hellpreacher" on the bass, and Pedro Moraes Rocha "Skullkrusher" on the drums.
"The last 10 years have been a blast here," explains Manssur. "We did extensive touring -Brazil three times, Europe twice, South America also twice, many one-off gigs - yet we stayed behind in renewing our discography. Don't get me wrong - composition went on frantically. We took notes and demoed many ideas. Sincerely, this album is just a (new) beginning, and the next one is already on the make..."
Adorned with characteristically iconic artwork courtesy of close comrade Umberto, The Pentagram is indeed a new beginning, but one that reverently adheres to Apokalyptic Raids' iron-clad past. Perhaps not surprisingly, the album's compositions span a good decade and a half - "There are songs from last year, and there are songs that were composed 10+ years ago," Manssur reveals - but as always, it sounds 666% like Apokalyptic Raids. Tons of galloping hard-chargers, lots of dirtiness, more metal attitude than is healthy, and even a moody epic in closer "The Story of Pope Joan": no fucking sell-out, and no quarter given.
"With all the things that happened inside and outside the band, the idea of starting anew has grown up," Manssur continues. "We hate those albums when the band thinks they have become more 'mature' and then...wimp out. Wimping out is a consequence of ego shit. No, not again in this scene today, not in 2018. Meanwhile, many bands of the 2000s generation went on to greatness, and that raised the ante in a way that pushed us forward."
Within their now-sizable catalogue, especially one so rich with rottenness, it's both comforting and refreshing that Apokalyptic Raids would make their long-awaited return to the full-length front one that's purely "back to basics." And it's not just idly titled, either, as Manssur explains: "The new album being simply called The Pentagram is a statement of simplicity, less is more, keep it simple, rustic - whatever you call it. And yes, still tuned to E flat, so it's safe to hear and being able to get the riffs. It's all about the riff - old as fuck and fresh as fuck!"
He adds, "Of course we have took risks. There is an epic heavy metal song, like some pieces we did before, but with new twists. The planning was long, the execution was quick, and that's it. We always try to get a good balance of 'quick gratification,' though not instant, and 'risk.'"
Lastly, there are the lyrics to The Pentagram. Concludes Manssur:-
"Fenriz [Darkthrone etc] once wrote we were doing more personal lyrics. And that is true, given we are old metalheads full of shit, except that we don't want to get stuck there and to preach too much. So, on this album, you will find statement after statement of 'upward' feelings - the words 'victory' and 'triumph' are recurring. Not that it could ever spoil the anger! Strange in a Hellhammer-worshiping band? Maybe, maybe not. And I love/hate playing a nameless style. It is and it is not black, death, heavy, speed, thrash, etc. It's HELL. It's HELL Music. Find that out, love it or hate it - danger is a good part of the fun."
Release date, first track, and preorder info to be announced shortly.
Portuguese black metal titans Black Howling premiere the new track "Celestial Syntropy" at Decibel magazine's website. The track hails from the band's highly anticipated sixth album, Return of Primordial Stillness, set for international release on July 27th via Signal Rex. Hear Black Howling's "Celestial Syntropy" in its entirety exclusively HERE.
One of the oldest and most prolific bands in the Portuguese black metal underground, Black Howling have built up a staggering body of work of unparalleled anguish and misery. By no means strictly "depressive suicidal black metal," the duo's aesthetic often runs parallel to DSBM but fortunately evades all the usual cliches of such. More importantly, Black Howling's commitment to an unapologetically raw sound-field yet suffusing that misery 'n' anguish with a remarkably accomplished melodicism has largely shaped the modern Portuguese black metal paradigm that has received so much international fervour in recent years.
Now, after three years of silence, Black Howling return with Return of Primordial Stillness, a compact-yet-massive distillation of their enduring aesthetic. Comprising four tracks in an epic 40 minutes, Return of Primordial Stillness indeed sounds primordial and indeed invokes a crypt-like stillness, but there's so much more going on here. The record is bookended by two mostly instrumental tracks, with the two central compositions - "Celestial Syntropy" and "Celestial Entropy," which are 14 minutes and 16 minutes, respectively - canvassing a wide sonic landscape, howling and desperate and yet strangely triumphant and even perversely soothing, such is their catharsis sought. However, this is all BLACK METAL through and through, undiluted and uncompromising; it's just that Black Howling possess a profound understanding of it and are thusly able to shape it in dazzling(ly malodorous) ways. Simply put, if you aren't mesmerized by the conjuring's contained within, then perhaps black metal isn't for you...
Though their output has slowed in recent years, each Black Howling recording is a stained treasure unto itself. When their next recording shall reveal itself, no one knows but then, but hereby witness their Return of Primordial Stillness. In the meantime, hear the massive 14-minute "Celestial Syntropy" in its entirety exclusively HERE, courtesy of Decibel, North America's only monthly metal magazine. Pre-order info can be found HERE.
Hellenic black metal masters Varathron have teamed up with Decibel Magazine to premiere a music video for the track "Remnants Of The Dark Testament", taken from their new album "Patriarchs Of Evil", out now Agonia Records. The video was filmed by Sotiris Benekos. Watch the uncensored version of the video at this link:
Co-founded in 1988 by Stefan Necroabyssious, the band's vocalist and sole original member, Varathron has been on a steady release schedule since 2004's "Crowsreign". The latter album introduced Haris (drums) and Achilleas C. (guitars) to the band, who were later joined by Sotiris (guitars) and Stratos (bass). Together, they established a new, well-bonded line-up of an already established Hellenic black metal act, considered as one of the forefathers of the genre, next to Rotting Christ and Necromantia.
Having previously described "Patriarchs Of Evil" as "heavy, dark and full of melodies that will revive past memories", Varathron elaborates on the successor to "Untrodden Corridors Of Hades" (2014):
"The time has come to deliver our new opus 'Patriarchs of Evil'. A sinful sip of this unholy communion will lure you into an astral journey of absurd dimensions - with an awakening smell of the old era. This album is one of the finest pieces Varathron has ever unleashed. We promise a true heavy, blasphemous and unique masterpiece with Necroabyssious delivering his best performance ever. With glorious riffs, profound melodies and a solid rhythm section, this dark testament is to delve into. The time of the rejuvenation has come!! WE ARE FOREVER IMMORTAL!!".
"Varathron are proudly spreading the Mediterranean plague since 1988! 30 years have passed and we continue to worship darkness and preach the unholy word! 'Patriarchs of Evil' is not just a new album, it is a celebration and one of our greatest creations. Behold the 8 hymns!".
"Patriarchs Of Evil" was recorded, mixed and mastered over the course of 2017 by Achilleas Kalantzis (aka Achilleas C.) at Crown Audio Conspiracies, except for drums which were recorded at Infinite Loop Music Studio. Both studios are based in Varathron's home town of Ioannina, Greece. The album's artwork and layout were designed by Juanjo Castellano. New band photos were taken by Evi Savva.
Finnish Symphonic Black Metal outfit Bofo Kwo sign with Sliptrick Records.
The eccentrically named, Bofo Kwo is a symphonic blackened metal Band from Helsinki, Finland. Founded in 2014, their music is produced by Kimmo Lindhom (Wamufo) and based on old black, dark and symphonic metal with influences of traditional rock. The name “Bofo Kwo” is taken from a novel by main man Ted Egger, that follows Bofo Kwo, a Cannibal King, on his adventures to take over the Universe.
The groups lyrics are selected and based on the chapters of the novel and their original stylised graphics were especially made for Bofo Kwo by English artist Richard Hadfield. Several pieces of artwork have since been made by Kimmo Lindholm.
Bofo Kwo is a band that can’t be mistaken, ploughing a wholly original groove through the black metal genre. To add a mystic flair to the sound, Janne Winther (Bomari) offers specialized backing vocals to the songs. The band promise that this is “a project that will be a force of the Universe for years to come!”
Bofo Kwo are:
Ted Egger (Bofo Kwo) – Vocals
Janne Winther (Bomari) – Backing Vocals
Kimmo Lindholm (Wamufo) – Lead Guitar
Facebook | Youtube | On Sliptrick
New Hampshire's Begat The Nephilim have teamed up with Decibel to stream their entire new album Begat the Nephilim I: The Surreptitious Prophecy / Mother of the Blasphemy which will be released on June 15th via Unholy Anarchy.
Listen to the album here: https://www.decibelmagazine.com/2018/06/12/full-album-stream-begat-the-nephilim-i-the-surreptitious-prophecy-mother-of-the-blasphemy/
In addition, the band have announced a number of shows to coincide with the release. Check out all dates below.
15th - Bungalow - Manchester, NH
16th - Cooks Cafe - Naugatuck, CT
29th - The Tank - Agawam, MA
30th - 212 - Westbrook, ME
12th - Century Bar - Philadelphia, PA
13th - Lakeside Tavern - Richmond, VA
14th - Grove - Knoxville, TN
15th - Springwater Supper Club - Nashville, TN
16th - Highlands Taproom - Louisville, KY
17th - The Estate - Columbus, GA
18th - Verona - Port Richey, FL
19th - Warrior on the river - Tallahassee, FL
20th - Slims - Raleigh, NC
21st - The Palladium - Worcester, MA (W/ Summer Slaughter)
Pre-order the album here: https://unholyanarchy.aisamerch.com
Begat The Nephilim is an American blackened melodic death metal band based out of Southern New Hampshire that has a sound comparable to acts such as The Black Dahlia Murder, Behemoth, Cattle Decapitation and Fleshgod Apocalypse.
Since the bands inception in August 2012 Begat The Nephilim have shared the stage with high profile acts such as Soulfly, Suicide Silence, Napalm Death, Suffocation, Dying Fetus, Morbid Angel, Job For A Cowboy, Dillinger Escape Plan and many more as well as participating in tours/festivals across the US such as Summer Slaughter and the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival.
Begat The Nephilim have a heavy yet melodic sound and bring a frenetic and chaotic live performance to the stage which has left a lasting impression on crowds across the US with the band undertaking several nationwide tours and resulted in them being picked up by Unholy Anarchy Records.
Helldprod Records announces August 7th as the international release date for a special EP from Japan's legendary Abigail, Far East Black Metal Onslaught, on 7" vinyl format.
The ancient hordes of Abigail are back to raise the flag of eternal blasphemy upon the rising sun. Far East Black Metal Onslaught stands for the apocalypse soundtrack yet to come in order to become the unholy nation for these antichrist warriors of doom. Side to side with the hellish beast, they spread chaos, war, and desecration throughout the chaste and pure once again. Get ready to praise and bow to the Abigail knights swallowing darkness and furious thrashing madness while the impious celebrate the alcohol from Satan's chalice!
Begin drinking from that chalice with the new track "Nuclear Hammer" HERE at Helldprod's Soundcloud. Pre-order info can be found HERE.
The most (unbeknown) anticipated album of 2018 for True Black Metal...today, Forever Plagued Records sets July 27th as the international release date for Dis Orcus' debut album, Somnambulistic Visions.
In these days, where black metal has lost its essence, replaced by dialogue from those who have no intrinsic affinity, Forever Plagued presents to you the debut album of Ukraine's Dis Orcus. Bringing the very core of what has been lost, against the trends that have turned this genre into subjugated ruins, once again feel the reverberation of chaos and darkness with soulless certainty. Known in the underground for his work in Primogenorum, Haruspex has muted the defiance and created sounds that we call worthy to be defined as “true,” and Lucifug with his haunting vocals were conceived through servitude and pain to the chaos within!
Hear for yourself with the new track "Alone in the Empty Space" HERE, as well as a promo medley HERE at Forever Plagued's Soundcloud.
Danish blackened death metallers Crocell have released a lyric video for the song “Black Death Redemption”. Check it out here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEnz6ssaUc
“Black Death Redemption” is the opening track from the band’s fifth album, “Relics”, which was released by LongLife Records on March 16th 2018.
The album is available on CD, white vinyl and digital download from the band’s Bandcamp profile: www.crocelldk.bandcamp.com
"Relics" was recorded and produced by Jacob Olsen at JBO Sound, and it features hand-drawn cover artwork by BF.B, who has previously worked with Metal Magic Festival, Vomit Angel, Ligfaerd, and Departed Souls among others.
Crocell was founded in Aarhus, Denmark in 2007 and features members known from Illdisposed, Panzerchrist, Compos Mentis, The Petulant, etc.
Asbjørn Steffensen – vocals
Tommy Christensen – guitar
Rasmus Hexen Henriksen – guitar
Onkel K. Jensen – bass
Andreas Posselt – drums
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