Black / Death alchemists Vhorthax premiere the new track "Thy Foul Graal" at heavily trafficked web-portal CVLTNation.com. The track hails from the band's striking debut EP, Nether Darkness, set for international release on January 5th, 2018 via Iron Bonehead Productions. Hear Vhorthax's "Thy Foul Graal" in its entirety exclusively HERE.
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 channeling 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 next torch has been lit exclusively HERE, courtesy of CVLTNation.com. The first torch has been lit HERE at Iron Bonehead's Soundcloud, with the previously revealed track "Stabat Mater".
Blackened metal band Grethor have teamed up with No Clean Singing to reveal "Embracing Oblivion". The track is taken from their upcoming album Damnatio Memoriae.
The band commented "Embracing Oblivion was written right after Trump’s RNC nomination speech. It is about his supporters, their obsession with security, and his obliging of their fears.
Listen to "Embracing Oblivion" here: http://www.nocleansinging.com/2017/11/27/an-ncs-premiere-grethor-embracing-oblivion
Pre-order Damnatio Memoriae here: https://grethor.bandcamp.com/album/damnatio-memoriae
Today, black metal mavericks Ignis Haereticum stream the entirety of their highly anticipated second album, Autocognition of Light, at Decibel magazine's website. Released this past Friday via Goathorned Productions, hear Ignis Haereticum's Autocognition of Light in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Riding high on the towering immensity of their Luciferian Gnosis debut album in 2014, these Colombian occultists now aim for more transcendent heights and fathomless depths with a six-song/41-minute record that serves as one, unified work. Arguably even more towering than its no-less-considerable predecessor, Autocognition of Light dazzles and defies with an eerily seamless ease, its iteration of orthodox black metal soundly trumping the hapless throngs of Deathspell Omega worship. For this creation is imbued with true belief and solemn reverence: Ignis Haereticum are sonic mages weaving spells both terrible and trance-inducing, their descent into the abyss assured but surely not the final destination.
Ignis Haereticum's new opus was conceived and written as an entire piece instead of just a bunch of songs. It is an illuminative treatise of the band's gnosis, which is manifested through two ways: the purgative way and the illuminative way. The purgative way deals with the active purification of the internal and external senses, the passions, the understanding and the will, through mortification and meditation. Here, the spiritual is nourished by the physical, reminding us all of our imminent mortality. At the end of this first part begins the infused contemplation, whereby the soul rises towards the illumination. It is here where we are aware of our divine condition and we leave behind the attachments of the flesh and the limitations of this material world. Bringing for us, the next path: the illuminative way, which is the recognition of ourselves, our nature, the state in which we are aware of our spirituality free of dogmas. Here, our humanity loses all value and only remains our divine communion with the light of knowledge, which is none other than the reflection of our own light that dwells in the depths of our consciousness. Fiat Lvx!
The full testament to the Autocognition of Light can be witnessed exclusively HERE, courtesy of Decibel, North America's only monthly metal magazine. Order info can be found HERE.
The Ukraine's Three Eyes of the Void unveil "The Eyes to See"; taken from upcoming "The Moment Of Storm" EP
Ukrainian Black metal project Three Eyes of the Void launched official premiere of the song "The Eyes to See" from upcoming EP "The Moment Of Storm", which will be released digitally on December 4, 2017!
Project was founded by Dmytro Kvashnin (ex Balfor https://www.facebook.com/balforofficial/) in the autumn of 2016.
The first demo was recorded in the winter of 2017 at the home studio in Kyiv, Ukraine. After coming up with the general music concept, it was decided to produce a record in a form of EP.
Alexander Kasiarum (Joncofy https://www.facebook.com/Joncofy/) took part as a session musician to record the drums at his own studio in Kyiv, Ukraine.
Other instruments and vocals were performed by Dmytro Kvashnin and mixed at MuzProduction recording studio by Oleg Olgerd Rubanov in Lviv, Ukraine.
Lyrics theme has a deep personal but still rational expression of a frivolous interaction between individuals in a global social environment, which dramatically reflects in lost self identification as a living being.
"The Moment of Storm" is a collection of flowing thoughts which came to mind of one during observation of a nature and a dialogue with a friend about the issue above.
The form of expression was borrowed from such works as "Human, All Too Human: A Book for Free Spirits" (Friedrich Nietzsche) and Republic (Plato).
Music expression is still fluid and has a definite influences of metal and classical composers as well.
Chilean black/death cult Communion set January 26th, 2018 as the international release date for TWO albums to released simultaneously: their debut album, At the Announcement, to be released by the Sinister Flame but with distribution by Hells Headbangers; and the band's second album, The Communion, to be released exclusively by Hells Headbangers. Both albums shall be released on CD, vinyl LP, and cassette tape formats.
One of the most cult bands in the shit-hot South American black/death scene, for nearly a decade now, Communion have been cultivating a mystique and work ethic like no other. Staunchly DIY and largely rejecting the gross machinations of the European "metal" industry, Communion have built up a sparse yet strangely vast body of work comprising myriad short-length releases - sometimes, true "singles" in that the release will feature only one track - that are either self-released or released through vocalist/bassist Deathmessiah's Proselytism label, which has become ground zero for the very best in nowadays South American black/death. Despite their often-short run-times, each Communion release is its own special world, ranging the rich history of South American metal, from its blackest, most sulphurous depths to its most traditional, headbanging heights. That one band can encompass a relatively expansive swath of sounds whilst remaining uniquely rigid and focused in their attack has endeared the band to legions the world over, all of whom await each Communion release with bated breath and cherish it as a true artefact.
Recorded with an expanded four-piece line-up (lead guitarist Spirit of the Tyrant then left the band but shall return for LP#3), At the Announcement is the grand culmination of the classic Communion archetype firmly established during the EP/demo era. Here, you shall find their WITCHING METAL in its rawest and wildest state, rearranging their unapologetic influences - Venom, Sodom, Sarcofago, Samael, Slayer, Mayhem, Treblinka, Agressor (France), Pentagram (Chile), Mortem (Perú) - into a swirling, cacophonous cauldron that sounds quite like none of them but only as Communion. All the stink of the dungeon, all the sulphur of the ritual lair, all the moss and mildew of realms long forgotten, the diabolism and debauchery and decadence of ancient devil worship: they are all laid bare across At the Announcement. Within its quick-hitting runtime of 28 minutes, Communion explode with a fury like no other, bewitched into being and utterly possessed by each of these 11 conjuring's. And yet, for however overwhelming all this fury may get, ghastly and gibbering and forever in thrall, there's an acutely clear-headed vision at play At the Announcement; Communion are certainly no strangers to the studio nor the stage, where their performances in legendary regard.
Whereas At the Announcement serves as the definitive debut album - that is, the culmination of all that's come before in the Communion canon - then The Communion is the fever-dreaming intensification of those wild hinterlands within the band's signature sound. Totalling nine tracks in a concise yet continually exciting 33 minutes, The Communion works mostly as one massive piece, firing off one diabolic angle after another that's simply engrossing (and often overwhelming, favourably) in its devilish intensity. With the poise and patience of a true power-trio, Communion build each component track with the delicate-yet-confident hand of sonic sorcerers, conjuring a clandestine mood that soon explodes into gibbering, ghastly mania. And yet, for however white-hot and forever-throttling that intensity gets, just teasing the very corners of chaos, Communion reign it all in with a mastery rarely seen in black/death metal - and, daresay, a touch of class. For above all, this is HEAVY METAL, deathly dedicated to the occult and supernatural energies of the beyond. Not for nothing are the band absolutely hypnotic live, weaving their spells and entrancing throngs of diehards baying for blood on every stage Communion stand.
Pre-order info for At the Announcement can be found HERE at Hells Headbangers' Bandcamp, where the previously revealed track "Secret Rites" can also be heard. Pre-order info for The Communion can be found HERE, also at Hells Headbangers' Bandcamp, where the previously revealed track "Witching Thrust" can also be heard.
German Black Metallers Schrat have grown quickly within the last two years. Due to several memorable shows, they established themselves more and more in the Black Metal underground. After two full-length records and their latest EP “Artefakt” (2015), the three members decided to take the next step and signed a deal with the well-known Extreme Metal label Folter Records. Founded in 2003, the band looks back to an exciting time including several line up changes. A new album is already scheduled for 2018. Schrat will also play live at, among others, Under The Black Sun a in the next year.
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Invisible Oranges has premiered Ödelagt, the forthcoming new album from legendary Swedish Black Metal group Domgård. Stream it in all its nefarious glory below!
Domgård are set to release their highly anticipated third album Ödelagt December 1 on Carnal Records Five long years since the release of sophomore album Myrkviðr, the Gothenburg band has returned with 12 tracks of fierce Black Metal in the finest Swedish tradition with a thematic focus on the dark and enlightening aspects of Germanic mythology, magic and custom.
Domgård was founded in 1997 by Vindkall, Orm & Trollheim. The following years Ulv joined as a drummer and Illbrand as a vocalist. Some unofficial rehearsal demos were recorded. In 2000 three of four members were imprisoned for several years. Four years later Vindkall and Ulv recorded the demo Blodskald before Vindkall continued on his own until 2008 when the drummer Hrimner and the bass player Hraegelmir (Panphage) joined. In 2009 Domgård recorded five tracks for a split with Cursed 13 which was released on the winter solstice the same year. The following year Heljarmadr (Cursed 13, Grá, Dark Funeral) joined the trio and contributed on two full-length albums, I Nifelhels Skygd (2010) and Myrkviðr (2012). Askr joined as the new bass player in 2013 and Mardröm as a second guitarist in 2014.
Polish black metallers Cień present the full streaming of their new full-length album "Fate", planned for release on 01/12/2017. It will be distributed by Old Temple. The material production took place at the Studio Czyściec under the watchful eye of Nihil (Furia). Bart Kurzok Illustrations and NathanArt - Fotografia are responsible for graphic design. Additional electronics were done by Ashgan (Exurge).
Japanese black metal mystics Anguis Dei stream the entirety of their highly anticipated debut EP, Ad Portas Serpentium, at heavily trafficked web-portal InvisibleOranges.com. Set for international release on November 24th via Svart Records, hear Anguis Dei's Ad Portas Serpentium in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Anguis Dei represents True Satanik Black Metal. It represents the extremity of hellish orchestral black metal: harsh, majestic, and spectral soundscape based on Satanism, demonology, and the true primordial black metal tradition.
The formation of this sect occurred back in MMXIV anno bastardi. Since then, its devotees have been the following four entities: Adeptus Juno - hæretical strings & darkestrations (Juno Bloodlust); Adeptus Summum Algor - blasting rituals (Adversam, Juno Bloodlust, Natassievila, etc); Adeptus Hakuja - serpentine strings (Hakuja, Cataplexy, etc); and Adeptus U.:È.:Œ.: - séance & magitation (Arkha Sva, Avsolutized…, Ahpdegma, etc). Now, in early Novembre MMXIV, Anguis Dei’s first EP Ad Portas Serpentium shall proudly be unleashed by Svart Records. It shall feature the following three sonic ceremonies on the circular laminas. I. "Maythorns Over Uroboros," II. "Angela Krudeliis Ambitiosa Nokturniis," III. "Origin ~ The Lionel." And, in addition, Ad Portas Serpentium shall shortly be followed by the first full-length entitled Angeist.
Anguis Dei is an audible form of black magick for Satan and Satanists rather than other flooding commercialised music products. It shall provide something invisible affecting your invisible world. Prepare for entering the gates and taking a dark journey into the malign realms of Satanik Magick.
The entire realm can be entered exclusively HERE, courtesy of InvisibleOranges.com.
Out on 22 December 2017 via Arachnophobia Records. Pre-orders are available now.
Polish folk-influenced black/prog metal act Jarun unveil a new track from their third album, “Sporysz".
The track "Malowany Ogień" (translates to "Painted Fire") is streaming exclusively via No Clean Singing and Musick Magazine.
Stream the new track -
No Clean Singing: http://www.nocleansinging.com/2017/11/23/an-ncs-premiere-jarun-malowany-ogien/
Musick Magazine: http://www.musickmagazine.pl/archiwa/6519#more-6519
The band comments that "Sporysz" is a story about death and madness, humans and nature, and the transformation of seasons. It's a kaleidoscope of thoughts and words, and memories based on deep and serious life experiences.
Musically, it's a journey from black metal through traditional acoustic sounds, and reaching out to alternative and prog rock. On the one hand the material is experimental and unconventional, while on the other, it is full of melancholy with Jarun’s “folk” atmosphere which they have been creating for the past decade.
“Sporysz” is the next step in the band's evolution with a new direction and sound, while at the same time keeping the atmosphere of their previous work.
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