Invictus Productions has set December 15th as the international release date for Obscure Burial's highly anticipated debut album, fittingly self-titled.
Hailing from Finland, Obscure Burial are Death Metal incarnate. No memory, no past nor future, but the fertile blackness of One and Only, the Lawless King, son of the stillborn moment: Obscure Burial emerged from the lifeless womb in the year 2012. Not long after, their debut demo, God’s Abomination, is released by Invictus and the cult begins. Two years later came Epiphany, the band's second demo, again released by Invictus. Here, their ruthlessly eldritch death metal receives a more advance and dynamic approach, and the fever surrounding the name begins to build ever further. Now, after a minor line-up change, the time is at hand for the band's debut album: Obscure Burial.
Truly a magnum opus of all that's come before within their enviable arsenal, Obscure Burial don't so much alter their steadfast formula as simply perfect it. For true believers with ears and hearts wide open shall bear witness, upon one mere spin of Obscure Burial, that the ancient black/death magic is filthier than ever and effervescently captured in truly terrorizing 3D, raw and reckless and yet deadly fucking clear. The well of influence - the fuck-off-forever sounds of Necrovore, Profanatica, Sadistic Intent, and early Possessed - is still being supped from, but here, Obscure Burial put their own personal spin on it, piling on miles of malevolence and obscurity atop. These eight songs each explode into being, and from each spring endless detonations that reverberate hideously into the abyss. In its compact and coruscating 37 minutes, Obscure Burial accomplishes every inch of its title and moniker: this is an obscure burial, from which no listener can claw his way to the surface.
Timeless and taunting, Obscure Burial have delivered their first grand work. For all ends, for we are in Death - we stand eternal. Face the beginning of the end with the new track "Imago Mortis" at Invictus' Bandcamp HERE.
Iron Bonehead Productions has set January 5th, 2018 as the international release date for the striking debut EP of Vhorthax, Nether Darkness, on 12" MLP and CD formats.
Hailing from Russia, Vhorthax was formed by members of the band Abyssfire - Morkh (voices & psalms - also Sickrites and Serpentrance), Nicholas-N.A.-I.I. (drums), and M.P. (guitars & bass) - in 2016 during a night of black candle mass meditations in their rehearsal bunker. There's no other goal but the channelling of primitive and cavernous chants of the Devil in the rough form of morbid Black / Death echoing with the sounds of the altars of worship. After several gigs, Vhorthax locked themselves in the bunker and crafted the four foul songs branded as Nether Darkness.
Now bookended by a suitably haunting intro and outro, Nether Darkness indeed evokes its title: a plunge into the deepest, darkest recesses of the eternal abyss. Muscular yet atmospheric and travelling across all sorts of diabolical terrain, Vhorthax craft a sound that's both patient and potent, simmering with sinister energies before winding up and into a fiery fury. Moments of ritualism become full conflagrations, and the slipstreaming momentum becomes too much to bare. Truly, this is Nether Darkness, and Vhorthax are leading the way downward with torch in hand.
The first torch has been lit HERE at Iron Bonehead's Soundcloud, with the new track "Stabat Mater."
Californian black metallers Gloam stream the entirety of their highly anticipated new EP, Death is the Beginning, through CVLTNation.com. Set for international release on October 13th via Blood Harvest Records on CD and 12" vinyl formats, hear Gloam's Death is the Beginning in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Death is the Beginning is the Gloam's first new material since their malevolent Hex of Nine Heads debut album in 2015. Here, Gloam go from strength to strength, maximizing the acute attention to pacing that so marked Hex of Nine Heads and upping the dynamic details, marching forth with an epic, doom-drenched sort of black metal that's idiosyncratic to the last. Comprising three tracks in a taut 'n' terrifying 19 minutes, Death is the Beginning indeed is a journey, and works essentially like one unified piece, winding the listener through spiritually scabrous terrain. By turns equally mournful and majestic, resigned yet righteous, truly Death is the Beginning for Gloam!
March forward entirely HERE, courtesy of CVLTNation.com.
L'infinito Abisso Dell'anima is an obscure and depressive Black Metal duo coming from Italy and just joined Club Inferno Ent. which will release their debut album via the digital market on October 24th, 2017.
"In Viva Morte Morta Vita Vivo", this is the title of their debut album, presents five tracks of tormented, nihilist, elitistic and depressive Black Metal characterised by an inhuman ice cold brutal and suffering sound.
Here is the cover of their album created by Francesco Palumbo (My Kingdom Music label boss)
Canada's Death / Black military-inspired metallers Visions of the Night have revealed the artwork for their upcoming release 'Supreme Act of War'.
The album will feature the return of Todd Hansen (King Parrot, The Berzerker) on session drums and a guest appearance by a metal legend to be announced next week.
The album will be released at the start of their Asian tour in Seoul, South Korea on November 25.
Slovakian black metal alchemists Malokarpatan premiere the new track "V okresném rybníku hastrman už po stárocá vycína (In the provincial pond, a water goblin has been raging for centuries)" at Decibel magazine's website. The track hails from the band's highly anticipated second album, Nordkarpatenland, which shall be fittingly released on Halloween on both sides of the Atlantic: Invictus Productions shall be handling the album's release in Europe, while The Ajna Offensive will be handling North America. Hear Malokarpatan's "V okresném rybníku hastrman už po stárocá vycína" in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Just last year, Invictus brought Malokarpatan's debut album, Stridžie dni, to worldwide attention. Although originally released in limited editions in late 2015, the album's bewitching charm soon entranced all who heard it; some even consider it a modern classic. With its filthy-yet-atmospheric sound half steeped in primitivism and half steeped in a strange, sincere desire to push black metal in weirder, more personal directions, Malokarpatan were proudly carrying on the spiritual legacy of vanguard Eastern Bloc bands like Root and Master's Hammer - but, of course, with their own idiosyncratic touch. But as mighty 'n' mesmerizing as Stridžie dni may be, the now-quintet take the listener to the hinterlands of the grotesque and glorious here across Nordkarpatenland.
Truly a trip to the darkest corners of Eastern European folklore, Nordkarpatenland suitably stretches itself across more and weirder sonic landscapes. Whereas Stridžie dni steeped itself in the grit and grime of rural life, from witchcraft to drunkenness, there's a more stately and ominous aspect to Nordkarpatenland that suggests a none-more-tweaked ambition on the part of Malokarpatan, as they push the extremes latent to their witching metal further and further, wilder and more wanderlusting.
Not for nothing did they record the album at the very same studio the mighty Master's Hammer recorded their infamous The Mass demo: exuding space and shade as well as iron-fisted force, Nordkarpatenland sees Malokarpatan matching form with content in a most masterful fashion. Simultaneously more direct and more refined than its no-less-powerful predecessor, Nordkarpatenland drinks even more deeply from the ancient well of Heavy Metal Wisdom, pushing forward a masterclass in timeless metal songcraft and epic storytelling alike whilst never losing the delirium-inducing iconoclasm the band made its foundation from day one.
No retro, no future, "on the surface" vs. "far below that surface," and once again pulled off without the least bit of self-consciousness or cloying insincerity: simply, Malokarpatan are just being, and Nordkarpatenland simply EXISTS. Except, this is a world like no other. How far and free will you roam in Nordkarpatenland?
The next entrance can be found HERE, courtesy of Decibel, North America's only monthly metal magazine. Previously-revealed entrances can be found HERE, courtesy of Bardo Methodology, as well as at Invictus' Soundcloud HERE.
2. V okresném rybníku hastrman už po stáročá vyčína
3. Ked starého Bartolína ze šenku na táčkach zvážali
4. Ked svetlonosi započnú v močariskách nazeleno svícit
5. Nedlho po púlnoci opacha sa doplazila z dzíry
6. V hustej hore na stračích nohách striga chalupu svoju ukrýva
7. Ked gazdovi upeleší sa v chyži nezdoba zmok
8. V rujnovej samote pocichu dumá lovecký zámek zvlčilého grófa
9. Na horárni ve folvarku šafári rohatý jáger
10. Ve starém mlyne čerti po nocách mariáš hrávajú
German black metal cult Sacrilegious Rite premiere the new track "Nocturnal Blood Consecration" via NoCleanSinging.com. The track hails from the band's highly anticipated debut album, Summoned From Beyond, set for international release on November 13th via Dunkelheit Produktionen. Hear Sacrilegious Rite's "Nocturnal Blood Consecration" in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Although a seemingly brand-new name, Sacrilegious Rite's history stretches back to the '90s, when the band was formed following the breakup of Captis Damnare, who were active from 1999-2010. The remaining members Sumnor Amdis and E.I.-M. moved on to take a new path matching their interests and visions more than Captis Damnare ever did or could do. Their possibilities were limited, although there was inspiration, for sure. Infernal Beast, the drummer, left the band after a year. Throughout this timespan, some songs were recorded and a few gigs were played. This line-up recorded that songs that comprised the split releases with the German black metal legends Ungod and Bolivian cult Bestial Holocaust.
After Infernal Beast dropped out of the band, a lot of experiments with the line-up were undertaken - without any success. For a while, Sacrilegious Rite went on hiatus because E.I.M. lost interest in being a musician for a while and Sumnor Amdis went to work on his other projects. On the edge of disbanding, a new drummer was installed. Sitrom Rogir came at the right time, bringing just the right amount of passion and fanaticism to the table to get the band going again. Again, some concerts were played, and Angra Mainyu, former bassist of Captis Damnare, joined the band in the vacant position on bass. At last, the line-up was complete. The now-quartet eventually recorded the demo Black Curses of Death and the tracks for the split CD with Goatblood and Dethroned.
With their line-up solidified and a number of live gigs under their bullet-belts, Sacrilegious Rite hereby present their first full-length, aptly titled Summoned From Beyond. A work of both grimy physicality and mystical aura, Sacrilegious Rite fully embody the ancient spirit of black metal's yesteryears. By no means "retro"-minded nor completely against regressionism, the quartet conjure a pulsing bestiality cloaked in fog and sulphur, nodding as much to the early '90s Greek scene as they do South American wildness from the '80s. However, solid songwriting reigns supreme across Summoned From Beyond, and each of the eight central tracks (notwithstanding the mood-establishing intro and outro) patiently unfolds to envelop the listener in an orgy of vociferous violence and malignant majesty. Suitably, the recording balances robust rawness and lingering mystery alike, rivet-headed abandon and opaque splendour in equal measure. Further intensifying that orgiastic sensation, the album features a number of guest vocalists: Infernal Execrator's Lord Ashir on "Sacrilegious Rite," Adaestuo's Hekte Zaren on "Remains of the Deceased," and Bestial Holocaust's Sonia Sepulcral on "Strigoicia."
The past is alive, and it's been Summoned From Beyond by Sacrilegious Rite! Continue the summoning HERE, courtesy of NoCleanSinging.com. Begin the summoning with the previously-revealed track "Deathstalker" at Dunkelheit's Bandcamp HERE.
Black / Death dreadnoughts Vassafor premiere the new track "Illumination of the Sinister" vial NoCleanSinging.com. The track hails from the band's massively anticipated second album, Malediction, set for international release on October 13th via Iron Bonehead Productions for the vinyl LP and cassette tape formats; Debemur Morti Productions will be handling the CD version. Hear Vassafor's "Illumination of the Sinister" in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Vassafor should need no introduction. For the past decade and a half, since the band's reactivation with their Demo II in 2005, this New Zealand cult have patiently plied their idiosyncratic craft, pushing the boundaries of black and death metal ever further whilst driving deep into each's collective core. Although some will argue that they reached their apotheosis with 2012's debut album, Obsidian Complex - a true, two-disc double album - Vassafor played their most daring hand with respective split LPs with comrades Sinistrous Diabolus and Temple Nightside (both released by Iron Bonehead in 2014 and 2015, respectively). In miniature, these works amplified the simultaneously world-eating/ethereal textures that lay at the heart of the Vassafor aesthetic. Now, after an intense two years in the shadows, the band's grandest work is about to be revealed: Malediction.
Simply put, Malediction is a statement of intent. A purely Satanic album, in the band's eyes, and one which draws a line firmly in the sand, this is pure Southern Vassaforian Hell driven to the outer reaches of primitivism and transcendence. Here, Vassafor strip bare their most barbaric tendencies, down to their most unapologetic form, and build anew a temple of unimaginable might. The maw of chaos opens ever wide, beckoning the listener to submit and be devoured; meanwhile, tendrils of tension untether in a manner most ambient. If any of Vassafor's earlier work achieved a sense of vertigo - and it surely has - then Malediction is the band's most potent distillation/distortion of such yet. Across a time-evaporating/halting 50 minutes, each of the five tracks comprising Malediction work as mantra and spell simultaneously. Doom(ier) elements are largely traded for utter violence and virulence, which somehow makes the end result all the more stultifying and psychedelic in equal measure. Black Metal of Death: Southern Vassaforian HELL.
Armed with dreadnought decibels, Vassafor do the indoctrination - not the other way around. This is the Malediction you deserve. Continue the reckoning exclusively HERE, courtesy of NoCleanSinging.com. Begin the reckoning HERE at Iron Bonehead's Soundcloud with the aptly titled new track "Emergence (of an Unconquerable One)."
Denmark's Hexis have teamed up with Cvlt Nation and Legacy Magazine to stream the entirety of their new release XII which will be released tomorrow.
Stream XII via Cvlt Nation here: http://www.cvltnation.com/warpremiere-streaming-hexis-xii/
Spanish blackened extreme metal band Noctem released their 2016 full-length album, Haeresis, via Prosthetic Records to great buzz. Earlier this year, the band followed up with a separate digital single, "A Cruce Salus", giving fans a taste of what's soon to come. Now, the band is thrilled to reveal their brand new music video for the track, via Metal Injection. The video, which features blistering black & white live performance footage, can be viewed here: http://www.metalinjection.net/video/get-blackened-on-stage-with-noctems-new-video-for-a-cruce-salus
The live performance footage in the video was filmed by Metalovisión at three festivals in Spain this past summer - Rock Arena, Resurrection Fest, and Leyendas del Rock.
The band says, "'A Cruce Salus' is the last track we composed and a bridge between our latest full length Haeresis and our upcoming record. We decided to record some of the festivals where we performed this summer to capture the energy of the band in our live show, which is outstandingly fast, ravenous and full of anger."
The band's latest album, Haeresis, presents a haunting aural account of their home country's grotesque and obscene history during the Spanish Inquisition throughout 1500 A.C. stretched out over ten menacing tracks. Noctem self-recorded Haeresis in 2016 at Fireworks Studios (Valencia) before sending the album for mixing and mastering by Tore Stjerna (Watain, Valkyrja) at Sweden's Necromorbus Studios.
Order "A Cruce Salus":
Order Haeresis here:
Prosthetic Records store: store.prostheticrecords.com/b/noctem
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