Season of Mist are proud to announce the signing of Foscor. The dark atmospheric metal innovators from Catalonia will release their next album on the label.
Regarding their signing, the band comments: "Long has been the path through darkness, but a new light shines and will accompany us on the most thrilling journey Foscor have ever undertaken. We are pleased to announce that we have signed a deal with Season of Mist, visionary home of pioneers all around the globe in the noble art of musical creation, and the best partner possible to unveil our new emotional act to the world. We feel delighted sharing label with brilliant bands from the most intricate and extreme language to the most subtle and beautiful dark sounds. It gives us a great opportunity to expand our musical language and outlook on life while learning from such an experienced team. We are eager to have you bear witness of this moment. Stay with us to see where this venture will lead. Expect more news very soon."
Foscor hail from Catalonia, which is still yet largely unwilling part of modern Spain. With Barcelona as its capital this region has a long artistic tradition with the fin de siècle style of Modernisme a parallel development to Art Noveau and Jugendstil among others forming one of its major achievements. Catalonia has also left its mark in the extreme music scene of Spain.
Foscor are attracted to and build upon these foundations, while taking inspiration from the morbid, decadent, and sick reflections on a rapidly changing society that shaped the artistic landscape at the end of the nineteenth century.
Based in Barcelona, the name Foscor translates as "darkness" from their native Catalan tongue, which the band often uses for their lyrics as a distinctive element and strong connection with their cultural reality.
The Catalans first three albums, 'Entrance to the Shadows' Village' (2004), 'The Smile of the Sad Ones' (2007), and 'Groans to the Guilty' (2009) were wrapping a shroud of classic second wave black metal around a melancholic yet vital core, while already showing a distinct individuality reaching out from the confines of any genre.
'Groans to the Guilty' witnessed Foscor setting out towards more progressive and avant-garde course, but it was their next full-length 'Those Horrors Wither' (2014), which marked a clear departure from the black metal waters as well as related clichés and self-imposed limitations. Darkness found an equally strong expression through the use of clean vocals, doom infused tempo reduction, and catchy heavy riffing.
Foscor have already finished recording their forthcoming fifth full-length, which will be released in the course of 2017. Expect something magical...
Dodecahedron are streaming the first track taken from their forthcoming album 'kwintessens', which has been scheduled for release March 17th.
The song "Hexahedron - Tilling The Human Soil" is now exclusively streaming via the official media partners below.
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Regarding their sophomore full-length, Dodecahedron previously commented: "We are very excited about our new material. The forthcoming album is more coherent and straight forward compared to the debut. It was written with a clear and cold concept in mind, whereas the first album is a collection of material composed over a five year period. Expect more of our dismal atmospheres and calculated madness."
Dodecahedron are simultaneously revealing the new artwork and the track-list of 'Kwintessens', which can both be viewed below.
There is a universe of possibilities to explore musical darkness. Yet metal seems to have a tendency for endlessly riding stereotypical riff-horses until they are flogged to death and beyond the point of any meaningful resurrection. Dodecahedron furiously destroy such notions and advance to new horizons.
This Dutch League of Extraordinary Musicians is harnessing the power of seething black chaos into a precisely aimed sonic assault. Expanding on the pioneering works of Mayhem in their 'Ordo Ad Chao' (2007) phase and French trailblazers Deathspell Omega, Dodecahedron push this stream of extreme consciousness forward into even more spine-chilling dimensions.
Their sophomore full-length 'Kwintessens' arrives with intensified focus. Those atonal and dissonant monstrosities created by ultimate technical mastery and spawned on the self-titled debut album 'Dodecahedron' (2012) are now directing their explosive fury with even more precision straight to the point. The balance between aggression and suspended states of icy shock has been re-calibrated.
Dodecahedron started out as Order Of The Source Below before embracing a clear vision of darkness reaching beyond black metal. Carving their own path into the cosmic dark musical matter with a stellar technical brilliance, 'kwintessens' delivers the spark to ignite the new flame. Expect a brutal blast!
M. Eikenaar: vocals
M. Nienhuis: guitar, composition
J. Bonis: guitar, sound synthesis
Y. Terwisscha van Scheltinga: bass
J. Barendregt: drums
Galactic Empire's self-titled album will be released on February 3 via Rise Records.
With a couple of music videos and singles that quickly captured the attention of metal and sci-fi fans alike, the announcement of the galaxy's foremost Star Wars cosplay band's highly anticipated debut album should be welcome news.
In a joint statement, the band says: “AT LONG LAST! Our preparations are com...plete. The mighty Galactic Empire will unleash our ultimate weapon in the battle to bring heavy metal to your galaxy. The puny humans at Velocity and Rise Records have succumbed to the crushing power of the Dark Side and will release our debut full-length album on which we pay tribute to Supreme Sith Overlord John Williams with 11 tracks of pure sonic devastation. Join us, and together, we can rule the galaxy!"
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.... actually fairly recently - a new heavy metal band was formed by some of the most infamous and feared villains in the galaxy. Introducing Galactic Empire.
The band performs classic pieces from the iconic soundtrack of the Star Wars films written by John Williams.
Dark Vader (guitar) had the following to say: "These instruments are crude but should be adequate to shred some faces as we journey across the galaxy. We have been doubling our efforts to complete our debut full-length album in time for the Emperor's arrival. If you are not part of the Rebel Alliance or a traitor, buy our singles on iTunes and prepare to succumb to the Dark Side upon our album’s release."
Galactic Empire is:
Boba Sett - drums
Bass Commander - bass
Dark Vader - lead guitar
Shadow Ranger - guitar
Red Guard - guitar
Ne Obliviscaris have revealed a live-video for the track "And Plague Flowers the Kaleidoscope", which is taken from their debut album 'Portal of I'. It can be viewed by clicking the video below.
This pro-shot with excellent mixing desk sound was created by Litty Productions.
Editors: Lili Brown, Aaron Saye
Cameras: Aaron Saye, Lili Brown
Theatre Sound: Joey Ciak
Post Production Sound Mixing: Marshall Wieczorek
Following their recent celebrated journey with Enslaved in Europe, Ne Obliviscaris are about to embark on the final and biggest Australia tour in support of their latest album 'Citadel' starting in Melbourne on November 25th. Please see below for a list of all confirmed dates.
NE OBLIVISCARIS Australia
+ THE OCEAN + JACK THE STRIPPER
25 Nov 16 Melbourne (AU) 170 Russell
26 Nov 16 Adelaide (AU) Fowler's Live
30 Nov 16 Canberra (AU) The Basement
01 Dec 16 Sydney (AU) Manning Bar
02 Dec 16 Newcastle (AU) The Cambridge Hotel
03 Dec 16 Brisbane (AU) The Brightside
04 Dec 16 Perth (AU) Capitol
Soon to be released on vinyl by Nero One Records which has put out the excellent Ruin album, Shambles are another fine revelation. Thailand isn't the kind of place where you would expect such filthy death metal to foster. And yet, here we have a stunning album that's well written and produced, with excellent imagery and intent. A veteran band, Shambles will have been around since exactly two decades in 2017, and 'Realm of Darkness Shrine' is their first ever full length album. The songs are reminiscent of 'Mortal Throne of Nazarene' era Incantation and other newer 'dark death metal' acts such as Blood Incantation, Necros Christos, Grave Miasma, Cruciamentum, etc. The sludgy music is interspersed with blasting moments a la Disembowelment, and the whole affair is murky, unsettling and dark as a starless night. Asian bands are rising to prominence, from newer countries that too, and Shambles are one among them.
Chainarong Meeprasert - Vocals
Thinnarat Poungmanee - Drums
Issara Panyang - Guitars
Thotsaphon Ayusuk - Bass
Release Date - November 15th, 2016
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Swiss Dark Metal band Xaon have released the official music video for "When the Everlasting Gardens Die Away," a song from forthcoming EP Face of Balaam. Check it out at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQDLZ6squDc
Xaon will release its debut EP Face of Balaam on October 16, 2016. The official video for first single "Discrowned," featuring vocals by Soilworks's Björn "Speed" Strid, can be viewed at this location.
Brilliant melodies combine with the aggression of Death Metal throughout Face of Balaam, yet that description doesn't quite do justice to the range of styles influencing the sound of Xaon. Consider the contributions of legendary acts like Anathema, Type O Negative, My Dying Bride, Soilwork, Demonical, Ulver, and even Finnish act Disgrace's early-to-mid 90s output, and you'll get the picture.
Face of Balaam was produced and arranged by band members Vinc and Flo, recorded between June and August 2015, mixed and mastered by Julian at Parallel Focus Studios. Vocals engineered by Rob Carson at Carsonian Sound Solutions. All vocals, except "Discrowned," by were performed by Franco-American singer Rob Carson. Samples on "How we become Ephemeral Birds" and "Discrowned" by J.-P. Lana. The album artwork was created by Californian artist and painter Erik Burton Kirchner.
In other news, Xaon be touring Europe with SIRENIA, TYR, UNLEASH THE ARCHERS, and RELICSEED in November. Tour dates below:
Nov 10 Berlin, Germany @ Postbahnhof
Nov 11 Rostock, Germany @ Alte Zuckerfrabrik
Nov 12 Aalborg, Denmark @ Aalborg Metal Fest
Nov 13 Bremem, Germany @ Tivoli
Nov 14 Gdansk, Poland @ B90
Nov 15 Erfurt, Germany @ From Hell
Nov 16 Prague, Czech Republic @ Nova Chmelnice
Nov 17 Wien, Austria @ Viper Room
Nov 18 Zug, Switzerland @ Galvanik
Nov 19 Monthey, Switzerland @ Pont Rouge
Nov 20 Weinheim, Germany @ Cafe Central
Nov 21 Cologne, Germany @ Essigfabrik
Nov 22 Leiden, Netherlands @ Gebr, de Nobel
Nov 23 Amstelveen, Netherlands @ P60
Nov 24 Arnhem, Netherlands @ Willemmen
Nov 25 Roeselare, Belgium @ De Verlichte Geest
Nov 26 TBA
Nov 27 London, United Kingdom @ O2 Academy Islington
Witch County nefarious frights Devilment – led by vehement frontman Dani Filth, are incredibly pleased to announce their forthcoming masterpiece ‘Devilment II: The Mephisto Waltzes’. The record, which is the follow up to 2014’s debut ‘The Great And Secret Show’, will be released by Nuclear Blast Entertainment on 18th November 2016.
Dani had this to say on the subject of the new record:
“Everybody in Devilment is very excited about the prospect of releasing our latest album, ‘II – The Mephisto Waltzes’, which we have worked extremely hard on. The album is definitely a step-up from our debut, featuring a more mature, dissonant presence coupled with a darker edge, yet at the same time utilising our better musical assets to deliver a unique metal hybrid. I don't even know what to classify it!”
Dani’s crew have meticulously pieced together a second blood-spattered batch of deranged anthems that brings vastly more colour, intensity and lyrical versatility to this band’s spectral palate. The second Devilment record makes no splintered bones about its nefarious intent, offering a bewildering torrent of disparate and demented ideas and delivering them with refined, ultra-gothic panache and several jolting doses of Dani’s trademark verbal subterfuge. Assisted by long-time collaborators Lauren Francis (keys and vocals), Colin Parks (guitar), Nick Johnson (bass) and new drummer Matt Alston, Dani has arrived at the telling moment where Devilment become a genuine force to be reckoned with.
Regarding the album’s artwork, Dani revealed:
“Winner of many international awards, the artist for the new Devilment album is Elena Vizerskayaaka Kassandra, whose photography and photo-manipulation perfectly complements the mysterious and magickal world of Devilment. Elena's work is sometimes compared to Dali and Magritte due to the complexity of artistic figures and the perceptible amount of layers, something to be felt and not necessarily understood, exotic dreams filled with reflections and allusion. I have been a fan of Elena's work for a long while now and had originally wanted to utilise it for the Cradle Of Filth album, 'The Manticore And Other Horrors' as far back as 2011, which only fell through when band politics intervened and an in-house label artist was used instead.”
“In conjunction with Elena, the booklet was compiled and further augmented with illustration by Dan Goldsworthy, who has also undertaken album artwork for the likes of Accept, Hell, Xentrix, Gloryhammer and Sylosis, amongst others. His contribution to the album has provided it with a minimalist dark uniformity, punctuated by slick and classily macabre imagery, the perfect balance to Elena's gorgeously vibrant photography.”
The album was produced, recorded, mixed and mastered at Grindstone Studios by close friend and long term collaborator Scott Atkins (Cradle Of Filth, Behemoth, Sylosis, Savage Messiah...), between March and July of this year.
“Scott has worked very closely with the band to share our vision and we are very proud of the finished result, especially the megalithic production values and the hammered-home emphasis on song writing.”
Devilment recently announced an extensive UK tour which will commence this December. The run will kick off on December 6th in Colchester, taking the band through 11 UK cities – before wrapping up at eminent Southampton venue, the Engine Rooms on December 19th.
Tickets are available to purchase here:
Dec 6th – Colchester, Arts Centre
Dec 7th – Nottingham, Rock City Basement
Dec 9th – Stoke, Sugarmill
Dec 10th – London, Boston Music Room
Dec 11th – Norwich, Waterfront
Dec 13th – Glasgow, Stereo
Dec 14th – Newcastle, Think Tank
Dec 15th – Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms
Dec 16th – Leeds, Key Club
Dec 18th – Reading, Sub 89
Dec 19th – Southampton, Engine Rooms
Barishi are unleashing their complete forthcoming full-length 'Blood from the Lion's Mouth' exclusively via the official media partners listed below. The gritty progressive metal outfit from Vermont, USA will release their second album on September 16.
Metal Obsession (AU)
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Kronos Mortus (HU)
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Lords of Metal (NL)
Metal Hammer (NO)
Musick Magazine (PL)
Antichrist Magazine (UA)
The band already presented the artwork of 'Blood from the Lion's Mouth', which has been created by Brian Mercer (Soundgarden, Eyehategod, Black Tusk) and can be viewed together with the track-list below.
In a scene that has become largely repetitive, nostalgia driven, and prone to navel gazing, few bands stand out as breaking new ground. With their sophomore full-length 'Blood from the Lion's Mouth', Barishi demonstrate that it is still possible to challenge the established formulas of the metal genre by recombining its musical DNA.
There is an undeniable progressive undertone in their modern approach to hard guitar based music, but at the same time, the Americans delve into the darker side of extreme sound that defies the happy fret-fingering all too often employed by their peers. This album will not give away its treasures at a superficial glance but demands to be given time to grow.
Cradle Of Filth the UK’s most visionary and hellish outfit are very pleased to announce that they are currently writing new material. The band have been locked away for the past week in a studio in Brno, Czech Republic, working on the follow up to their 2015 opus ‘Hammer Of The Witches’.
The evening before embarking on their creative quest, rather vocal front man Dani Filth said the following:
"As a band we are very much looking forward to our writing session in Brno. It's going to be very inspirational to just bury ourselves away in a rehearsal room in the Czech Republic and knead our ammunition of razor sharp flesh-ripping sonic torments into sinister form. Hopefully when we emerge from our musical chrysalis one week later, something beautiful will be born. The new Cradle Of Filth album will be mostly written. Then will come the long Autumnal evenings bringing the monster further to life by dressing it in lyricism. I can hardly wait!"
“As a band, Cradle Of Filth have already written about fifty percent of the material towards the new album, which now requires collating and readdressing. We started writing shortly after returning from our highly successful tour of the U.S. and Canada back in March. We were 'adrenalised' by the whole reaction we received out there, having not been back to that part of the world for a fair few years. The camaraderie of playing to that many people across seven weeks really inspired us to start writing material again so soon after the release of our previous endeavour, 'Hammer Of The Witches'.”
“There are certainly a few songs completed already, though these will undoubtedly be scrutinised thoroughly when we hit the rehearsal studio. It'll just be awesome to play through it all creatively in the rehearsal room.”
“We can reveal that there is one song carried over from the previous album, a veritable lament entitled 'Achingly Beautiful'. We've worked some more on it, fleshing it out considerably. It is very old school Cradle Of Filth, featuring a haunting middle section full of soaring female vocals and choir very akin to 'A Gothic Romance' from the album 'Dusk... and Her Embrace'. It may not even make this album's grade in the end, as we're being extremely thorough with quality control, but it's definitely something that is being delivered to the proverbial butcher's block from the off.”
Cradle Of Filth chose Brno as a location for several reasons aside from the draw of its elegance and rich architecture; drummer Marthus and second guitarist Ashok live there, plus Brno is also home to Europe's second largest Ossuary, which is essentially a medieval charnel house filled with fifty thousand skeletons, second only in size to the catacombs in Paris.
More on ‘Hammer Of The Witches’
‘Blackest Magick In Practice’ Official Video
'Right Wing Of The Garden Triptych' Official Video Censored
'Right Wing Of The Garden Triptych' Official Video Uncensored
‘Deflowering The Maidenhead, Displeasuring The Goddess’ Lyric Video
‘Enshrined In Crematoria’ Official Track
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Ne Obliviscaris' drummer Dan Presland has released a stunning drum play-through video of the epic track "Painters of the Tempest", taken from the Australian dark progressive band's latest full-length 'Citadel'. The clip is streaming at the official Dan Presland YouTube video channel below.
According to Dan, the video comes without any cuts or edits, and features an all natural drum sound.
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