Japanese black metalpunks Sex Messiah stream the entirety of their highly anticipated debut album, Eastern Cult of Sodomy, at heavily trafficked web-portal CVLTNation.com. Set for international release on October 15th via Nuclear War Now! Productions for the vinyl LP format - the CD version is currently available - hear Sex Messiah's Eastern Cult of Sodomy in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Over the last decade, the Japanese underground metal/punk phenomenon Sex Messiah have produced a series of impressive demos and EPs, firmly establishing their wretched presence in the Japanese underground. In addition to the scattered releases they’ve left behind, Sex Messiah have also become well known for the savagery of their live performances. Following the 2016 vinyl release by Nuclear War Now! of a previously nearly impossible-to-obtain split tour CD with the band’s Brazilian confederates Impurity, Sex Messiah turned their attention to producing their debut full-length LP for NWN!
At last, after ten years of developing and refining their sound, Sex Messiah presents Eastern Cult of Sodomy. With this album, Sex Messiah have perfected their style, which defies easy categorization, but might be considered an amalgamation of Brazilian black/death such as Sextrash and Impurity, Japanese punk like GISM and Lip Cream, and the occasional riff that hints of evil thrash and early black metal like Sodom or Japan's Sabbat. One might be tempted to think that such a diverse array of influences would turn to mush when mixed; however, Sex Messiahhave proven themselves more than capable of weaving together disparate sounds in the service of something more powerful and thereby avoid sounding derivative and dull.
Indeed, Sex Messiah is undeniably pure in the violence of their intent—the songs are succinct, relentless, and abrasive but offer a broad spectrum of textural and atmospheric elements. The ability to simultaneously cultivate ominous atmosphere around the violent core of Sex Messiah’s songs lends the album a unique character, and the writing is diverse such that no riff feels forced or redundant.
One facet of the band that sets it apart from many of its contemporaries—although it may also be considered a nod to the aforementioned GISM—is the use of industrial noise intros and interludes. It, therefore, comes as no surprise that Moenos, guitarist and founding member of the band, also has a solo project for her “Satanic Blacknoise”—as she refers to it—which bears resemblance to the noisier passages on the album.
With this release, Sex Messiah has perfected their message and stands poised to extend the band’s influence, summoning more adherents to the Eastern cult. Hear all of it for yourself exclusively HERE, courtesy of CVLTNation.com.
Reanimated Australian black metal cult Ichor stream the entirety of their long-awaited debut album, God of Thunder God of War, at heavily trafficked web-portal NoCleanSinging.com. Set for international release on October 5th via Seance Records, hear Ichor's God of Thunder God of War in its entirety exclusively HERE.
If the name Ichor isn't immediately familiar, it's for good reason: this extremely cult black metal band formed in 1993 and disbanded later that year. During that time, the band recorded and released a self-titled four-track demo tape. But, its disbanding was also for good reason: Ichor's two members, Wraith and Diablore, wanted to focus on their other band, the now-legendary Nazxul. Thus, in the grand context of Australian black metal, Ichor served as an oft-unknown yet crucial puzzle piece.
Late in 2017, the decision was made by Wraith and Diablore to re-form Ichor, and the duo promptly recorded the band's first full-length. Aptly titled God of Thunder God of War, Ichor's debut album thematically focuses on Slavic paganism. In fact, the moniker Ichor itself the ancient Greek word for the fluid that runs in the gods' veins; the concept behind using that word was that the only difference between humanity and the gods is a physical substance or principal, thusly meaning that humanity can rise to the ranks of gods.
With that foundation at hand, Ichor's God of Thunder God of War indeed soars to the heights - and likewise depths - through a sinuous surge of stout, atmospherically inclined black metal. In many ways, the album's a culmination and consolidation of the paradigmatic Australian black metal sound pioneered by Nazxul - and, by proxy, Ichor - as it wends and wends through the sturm und drang, the tragedy and triumph, for which OZBM has become so renown for nearly two decades. Suitably, here is a sound both timeless and current, breathing the essence of ancient days and charging forward across the present simultaneously: grim majesty and bittersweet melodicism commingle, their tendrils locking together as the almost-levitational thrust of Ichor's palpable physicality takes flight. It all makes for high drama, suggestive of a narrative arc, and its remarkably compact six-song/37-minute runtime feels far more epic than it has any right to be. Understandably, the album contains a rerecording of one of the original demo tracks, titled "Daughters Of Wrath" - a song about the cunning folk and practitioners of the Slavonic native faith, witches.
Let it be known, however, that God of Thunder God of War is no mere "retro" gesture: Ichor are currently working on new material, and will be an ongoing band. In the meantime, hail the old gods - God of Thunder God of War! Hail them fully exclusively HERE, courtesy of NoCleanSinging.com.
Barbarian metal kings Kull featuring the renown Bal Sagoth and Dysgraphia members joins Black Lion Records new album coming 2019.
Kull was forged by four members of Bal-Sagoth (all except for Byron), together with Dyscaphia’s guitarist and composer Tarkan (vocals in Kull). The bands debut was recorded at Wayland’s Forge Studio. Everything is composed by Jonny and Chris Maudling, so fans of Bal-Sagoth will not be disappointed.
Building on the musical tradition already established in Maudling's back-catalogue.
Their debut album ‘Exile’ will be released on CD/LP/Digital in 2019 vi Black Lion Records
Tarkan Alp – Vocals
Chris Maudling – Guitars
Jonny Maudling – Keyboards/synths
Alistair MacLatchy – Bass
Paul “Wak” Jackson – Drums
Stay tuned for more info.
Night Crowned is the degenerated infant of the current and the past members of The Crown, Dark Funeral, Nightrage and Cipher System. Their debut mini CD is slated for the worldwide release on November 30, 2018 via Black Lion Records.
"“Nocturnal Pulse” is a dynamic affair, in which elements of black metal and death metal play a role, in which raw, howling yells, cold roars, and skin-splitting shrieks share the vocals, and in which the changing patterns of the music conjure feelings of both grievous melancholy and blood-rushing glory", No Clean Singing is currently streaming the second track, Nocturnal Pulse, from the album.
Hear "Nocturnal Pulse" AT THIS LOCATION; Courtesy of No Clean Singing
In the frozen part of Europe's northernmost realm, a new slithering seed is festering at the heart of the Swedish scene — known as Night Crowned. A spawn formed from an unholy communion between the current and the previous members of the underground elite such as The Crown, Dark Funeral, Nightrage and Cipher System, this infestation is set to grow from a rumoured disease into a full-scale pandemic.
Night Crowned's musical vision is as clear as it is haunting and putrid; a reawakening of the sounds dormant from the most influential acts and masterpieces of the Scandinavian ‘90s, despite having advantages of a cutting edge, surgically precise production.
Despite hatching a combined catalogue of over twenty full-length albums, the seasoned and battle-hardened veterans of Night Crowned are still hungry like a gluttonous monster to procreate the dire melody charged blackened death music.
“Humanity Will Echo Out” is the first taste of Night Crowned’s sonic benefaction. This three-track-filled EP will be out on CD and in digital format through Black Lion Records on November 30, 2018.
Saturnal Records has set November 16th as the international release date for Sacrificium Carmen's highly anticipated second album, Hermetica. If the band's critically acclaimed Ikuisen Tulen Kammiossa debut displayed the band as a serious contender to be reckoned with in years to come, then the follow-up Hermetica shall prove that Sacrificium Carmen are ready to be spoken of amongst esteemed countrymen like Horna, Baptism, Sargeist, Kadotus, and Behexen.
Hailing from the ever-fertile Finnish black metal scene, Sacrificium Carmen both embody their home country's prevailing underground idiom and offer a unique, diabolical twist to it. Founded in 2009 by vocalist Hoath Cambion and guitarist Advorsvs, the band draws their inspiration from the areas of occultism and Satanism exclusively. Sacrificium Carmen became active in 2012 with a full line-up, and soon released their debut demo, Sanansaattaja, in 2013 via Finnish underground label Spread Evil Productions. After the demo’s release, the band excelled in the areas of live shows and split releases, which all spread well around the underground scene. In 2014, Sacrificium Carmen started working on a debut full-length album, and the demo recordings led into a signing of a record deal with Saturnal Records for the debut album Ikuisen Tulen Kammiossa.
Following its release during the autumn of 2015, Ikuisen Tulen Kammiossa reaped widespread acclaim, and opinion was nearly unanimous: Sacrificium Carmen was a definite contender. Now, the band has further intensified and refined their sound with LP#2, Hermetica. Here you will find the same approach black metal with a melodic and atmospheric touch where all tendencies have been directed into very aggressive and sinister output, where Finnish black metal sound meets murky death metal sound as witnessed with orthodox black metal acts - but more vibrantly expressed, suggestive of the band's onstage confidence. Like its full-length predecessor, Hermetica presents eight equally dynamic tracks, dragging the listener to the sulphurous depths, with characteristic vapour trails of hypnotizing melody lingering above the tar-thick sewage. One could even say Sacrificium Carmen are more "rocking" here, and even more melodic simultaneously - but let it be known that the band are still exquisitely filthy and exceptionally well-recorded.
The more things change, the more they stay the same, or so the saying goes. Sacrificium Carmen keep the fires of Finnish black metal burning and hold high the torch with Hermetica! Feel the first burn with the new track "Kaitselmuksen Tähti" HERE, courtesy of Black Metal Promotion.
Black metal band Carpe Noctem have returned with their new song "Hér hvílir bölvun" which is streaming right now via Cvlt Nation.
The site commented:-
"This Icelandic horde has done it again and created a collection of songs that transcends genres and stabs the listener in the heart with each listen. The level of emotion and passion that makes up these tunes is otherworldly and makes me respect this band even more."
Listen to the song here: https://www.cvltnation.com/raw-chaotic-apocalyptic-carpe-noctems-hvilir-bolvun/
Pre-order the album here: http://www.auralwebstore.com/shop/index.php?controller=search&orderby=position&orderway=desc&search_query=vitrun&submit_search=
Alexander - Vocals & lyrics
Andri - Guitars
Árni - Bass (also in Árstíðir lífsins)
Helgi - Drums (also in Misþyrming and Naðra)
Tómas - Guitars (also in Misþyrming and Naðra)
H.V. Lyngdal-band picture
Black metal force Xalpen was initiated by Alvaro Lillo (Execrator, Kako Daimon, Undercroft, Watain - live) & Juan Pablo Nuñez. Their debut offering "Black Rites" was embraced with deep reverence in the black metal circle. Two years later, Xalpen has come up with their sophomore EP "Wowk Otrr" , which is out today through Morbid Skull Records on CD, Vinyl and Cassette formats.
Stream "Wowk Otrr" in its entirety AT THIS LOCATION
Xalpen is a raw Black Metal manifestation which emerges with real conviction and complete devotion by channelling ritualistic vibrations within the black arts and the spiritual development. Guided by ancestral traditions of ancient occult knowledge. Euphoria, ecstasy, trance and satanic commitment have taken form between the different hemispheres of the planet. Two Chilean demons Juan Pablo Nuñez (guitars & vocals) and Alvaro Lillo (bass & vocals) manifest and complete the endeavour (all music & lyrics) they started back in 2014.
To begin: A spiritual and conceptual mini album called "Black Rites" was assembled and released in 2016 under the banner of Morbid Skull Recs (El Salvador-Central America) and jointly distributed through Chamber of Horns (Europe).
To continue on the dark path: A second mini album was spawned in 2017 far down at the Deep South. “Wowk Otrr”, the seven audio tracks charged opus supremely emits the refurbished form of imperishable ‘90s spirit, both sonority and aesthetic wise. Morbid Skull Records is again taking care of the release and the EP is out on CD, Tape and 12" MLP from September 13, 2018.
More to come: A third MLP, with 3 new songs, is on the way to be out of the silent chambers of the Xalpen`s lair in a very short time, it will contain some interesting release details, soon to be announced. Also a few other plans and ideas will be appearing in the dark path, like a split album, videos, live performances, more new releases, merchandise, etc.
Central America: http://www.morbidskullrecords.com/sv/?s=Wowk+Otrr
Nuclear War Now! Productions sets December 15th as the international release date for Xibalba Itzaes' highly anticipated second album, Ah Tza Xibalba Itzaes, on vinyl LP format. The CD version shall be released earlier on October 31st.
It has been over 24 years since the original Xibalba released its first album, Ah Dzam Poop Ek, in 1994. Since then, this unique cult of Mayan black metal has survived an extended period of inactivity and has more recently released a series of shorter recordings that merely served to whet its audience’s appetite for something more complete.
Throughout this time, Nuclear War Now! has demonstrated its admiration and offered its support by reissuing the aforementioned debut full-length and Ancients demos compilation on vinyl, in addition to releasing the band’s Demo 2010 cassette and Ah Tza! EP from 2015. However, it has taken nearly a quarter century to release its second full-length, Ah Tza Xibalba Itzaes, which is hereby also presented by NWN!, albeit under the revised band moniker of Xibalba Itzaes.
This change in name, although potentially misleading, was deemed necessary to distinguish itself from another band who had either callously or ignorantly assumed the same title in recent years. As with previous recordings, Ah Tza Xibalba Itzaes combines the more commonly-recognized elements of black metal pioneered by the band’s early influences, such as Bathory, with others inspired by the pre-Hispanic traditions of the members’ Mayan ancestors. The resulting sound is one that has made the band one of the most unique black metal bands to have hailed from present-day Mexico.
Ah Tza Xibalba Itzaes is comprised of a total of 12 tracks, of which eight are completely new and four are re-recorded songs that originally appeared on the preceding EPs and 2010 demo. The album’s production is sharp and cutting with only relatively light usage of varying effects (other than distortion), which is a refreshing contrast to those who rely on a shroud of reverb and delay to create an atmosphere that obscures the instruments themselves.
Xibalba Itzaes’ connection to their cultural heritage is evident in the themes explored throughout, which include regular references to Mayan deities and related apocalyptic folklore. As such, Ah Tza Xibalba Itzaes hails the return of the warriors of the Mesoamerican black metal underworld and the Mayan death gods who spawned them and whose spirit they revere.
In the meantime, hear the new track "Throughout the Equinox" HERE at Nuclear War Now!'s Bandcamp.
French Blackened Post-Core band Demande À La Poussière, who recently unveiled some hotly anticipated details about their upcoming and self-titled debut album, has just unleashed a brand new song! Set for an album release on September 28th 2018 via Argonauta Records, with their solid and eclectic attitude Demande À La Poussière deliver an impressive hypnotic yet aggressive sound which move from Blackened Post Metal to Sludge and Doom, with an apocalyptic vibe of ambient bleakness. Dive into the dark sound of Demande À La Poussière and stream their brand new song 'Le Parfum Des Cites Perdues' right HERE!
Says the band:
“Le parfum des cités perdues is a track about remembrance and anger against our haunted past. This is a part of rage and heaviness about the strangeness of sad feedback. Music lower and louder than a nightmare. Follow the dark side of our memory...“
Demande À La Poussière is a Blackened Post-Core band founded in 2017 by members of The Great Old Ones, Wurm or Omrade. Members are: Jeff (vocals and guitar - The Great Old Ones / Spectrale), Edgard Chevallier (machine - ex Würm / Gloomy Hellium Bath), Vincent Baglin (Moshi-Moshi-battery), Krys (chant-Nerv / Omrade) and Jiu (Bass -ex No return), the band quickly recorded a first album at Lower Tones Place Studio in September 2017. The band has diverse influences to offer a unique style: Combining the heaviness of Sludge and Doom, the blackness of Black Metal, the intensity of Post Hardcore tinged post rock atmosphere. This music is impacting, encompassing and intense. The name of the band is taken from a book by John Fante, but there is no connection to see it as the deep darkness of the music leads to other feelings.
Black / Death upstarts Goat Sperm stream the entirety of their striking debut EP, Voice in the Womb, at heavily trafficked web-portal NoCleanSinging.com. Set for international release on September 10th via Inferna Profundus Records, hear the entirety of Goat Sperm's Voice in the Womb exclusively HERE.
Hailing from Ukraine, Goat Sperm are a shadowy power-trio who play orthodox black/death metal exclusively. Theirs is a world-eating sound drawing equal influence from the realms of sepulchral death and morbid black, billowing obsidian smoke and weaving an almost ceremonial aspect, all whilst maintaining an intensely martial surge. Unremittingly physical and yet suffused with an atmosphere that's paradoxically wide-open and chokingly claustrophobic, Voice in the Womb is aptly titled: within its three-song/19-minute foundation lay myriad catacombs to get lost amongst, deeper mysteries at each turn to unravel.
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