2017 has been a momentous year for De Profundis, as they have celebrated their tenth anniversary as a recording band with exciting tours across the UK and Europe with the likes of Taake, Necrophagia and David Vincent's I Am Morbid. They also released the Decayed: 2007 – 2017 career retrospective collection, 10,000 copies of which were distributed with news-stand copies of the UK’s extreme music magazine, Zero Tolerance. The celebrations of the past concluded with a stunning show at the Unicorn in London, the venue where the band played their first gig all those years ago. Now the time has come to look to the future once more...
We are delighted to announce that De Profundis have signed a worldwide deal with Transcending Obscurity Records. Based in India, Transcending Obscurity is one of the fastest growing and most well respected labels in the world of underground music and De Profundis will be joining a roster than can already boast the likes of Paganizer, Officium Triste, Echelon and other renowned extreme metal names from around the globe.
Speaking about their new label, the band have issued the following statement:-
“We are excited to sign with Transcending Obscurity as over the last few years we have seen their profile rise and rise with the signing of top quality extreme metal bands - including the legendary Paganizer. We were looking for a label to push De Profundis into our next decade of existence and in Kunal we have found someone who shares our enthusiasm, professionalism and work ethic. Now that we have joined forces with Transcending Obscurity we cannot wait to unveil details of our fifth album which will be our heaviest to date. We promise you 2018 will the year of De Profundis!”
Meanwhile label boss Kunal Choksi commented:-
“I've seen the band grow closely and as fate would have it, got the chance to work with them. They're evidently a very serious and professional band, and after listening to their new album which is more death metal and powerful than before, I feel this will be a great partnership. I can't wait to work towards giving it a worldwide release in early 2018."
As both statements make clear the new album from De Profundis is set to be released in early 2018 and it is undoubtedly the heaviest, most intense album of the band’s career so far. To mark this new beginning De Profundis have unveiled a new band logo, designed for them by Gary Ronaldson of Bite Radius Design (Kreator, Misery Index, Pig Destroyer etc), which reflects the savage new twist to their trademark style.
Details of pre-orders and the various formats will follow shortly, as well as the reveal of the awesome album artwork – watch this space!
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Australia's death metal collective Eternal Torment have released a new video for the track "Depose" from their latest album "Blind To Reality".
You can watch to the official video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XW3x9_S0YwQ&feature=youtu.be
Death metal classicists Ectoplasma premiere the new track "Primeval Haunting" at Decibel magazine's website. The track hails from the band's highly anticipated second album, Cavern of Foul Unbeings, set for international release on January 22nd, 2018 via Memento Mori. Hear Ectoplasma's "Primeval Haunting" in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Hailing from Greece, the band was initiated by Giannis Grim (Carnal Dread, Humanity Zero, Death Trap, Vultur) and George Wolf (Forced In, Dismal Chant, Vultur) when Carnal Dread and Forced In shared the bill at a local show back in the grip of winter of 2012. Both musicians being real zealots of what death metal was known for back in the late 80's and the early 90's - in other words, no tech wankery and no crystal-clear production - they rapidly entered the studio just to start jamming, and ultimately gave birth to Ectoplasma.
Shortly after, the Everlasting Deathreign demo was discharged upon mankind, granting the band some following among diehard fans of unpolished death metal. On subsequent releases (the Spitting Coffins debut album and the split tape with Hatevomit), the band kept on perfecting their craft and obtaining more adherents of their underground creed, reaching a more mature sound by the time the Skeletal Lifeforms EP was released in late 2016 (tape format) / early 2017 (CD format), in which Ectoplasma shamelessly manifested their devotion to muddy, organic, disgusting, bone-breaking, and rotten-to-the-core death metal influenced by the early offerings of bands such as Autopsy, Baphomet, Asphyx, Morta Skuld, Grave, Demigod, Gutted, Death, and Judecca, only with their own personal twist.
With the recent addition of Dion K. Alastor (Vultur) on guitars and Giannis Botsis (Embrace of Thorns, Thou Art Lord) on drums, Ectoplasma are ready to continue their foul crusade against inane, overproduced "death metal" and take it to the next level of grime and decrepitude. And indeed, they accomplish that - and much more - with their absolutely gutsfucking second album, Cavern of Foul Unbeings. So accurately titled, it's almost ridiculous, Cavern of Foul Unbeings is a sickening plunge into ancient death metal's darkest and most disgusting depths. Here, Ectoplasma take all the mangled 'n' mangling elements of their most recent work and simply perfect them in a most punishing 'n' pustulent way. If one were to close his eyes, Cavern of Foul Unbeings could easily be mistaken for a stalwart album release in that grand year of 1992 - but open your eyes and the nightmare continues, decades later and disregarding all shameful and softening trends under the banner of death ever since. But, beyond the band's slavish devotion to the almighty Metal of Death, what really puts Cavern of Foul Unbeings over is the strength of its songwriting; each song is as solid and seamless as the one prior, and each one offers its own personality and surprises. That they conclude the album with a cover of the legendary Unleashed's "The Immortals" speaks to Ectoplasma's grounding and undying belief in actual SONGwriting.
Featuring era-accurate cover artwork courtesy of Raul Fuentes and clear 'n' crushing mastering by The Crypt's Ted Tringo, Cavern of Foul Unbeings proves that the past is truly alive - and deader than ever! Hear for yourself exclusively HERE, courtesy of Decibel, North America's only monthly metal magazine. Also hear the previously revealed track "Amorphous Atrocity (intro) / Entranced in Blood" HERE at Memento Mori's official YouTube channel.
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".
Indian death metal band Chronic Xorn have announced their new release and it holds a lot of promise. They've got a series of shows lined up in North India and even Bhutan in support of the upcoming album.
Indian band Chronic Xorn have worked hard over the years to build a tremendous following in the nation and have now announced their third release titled 'For These Sins Who Must Die'. It's an adrenaline rush of crushing riffage and mammoth breakdowns. The passion is palpable and as a D.I.Y effort, it's right up there with the rest. Moreover, the album is dedicated to a close deceased friend Abhishek Bhattacharya who penned the lyrics for all the songs on it. The vocalist Saptadip Chakrabarty has this to say about it -
"History reveals that in every religion, community and caste, there has always been a major race of common people, those who suffer and rot under the reign of a corrupted helm. Unwillingly their blood spills as the ever deceitful leader smiles away to glory. This album speaks about all those commoners, who are helplessly handcuffed by societal pressure. Their voices choke under the smoke of fraudulence."
Austrian Death / thrash metallers Darkfall have released a brand new lyric video for the track "The Way Of Victory", which is taken off from the band's current album "At The End Of times", released last September via Black Sunset / MDD.
The footage of the battles was provided by the association "Neustadt-Support", which organizes the Burgfest Neustadt-Glewe.
You can watch the video at this location: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAuGAGhEtIM&feature=youtu.be
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
US Prog Death Metallers Xenosis premiere "Army of Darkness" at Toilet Ov Hell. Album Out January 19th.
New Haven, Connecticut Progressive Death Metal legion Xenosis recently announced their forthcoming 3rd full-length, Devour and Birth. Set for release on January 19th, 2018. The group has a keen knack for creating progressive / technical death metal that blurs the lines and draws from the past and present equally.
Today the group partnered with Toilet Ov Hell to launch "Army of Darkness". The first single from Devour and Birth thus far. The song is an eclectic journey that shows off much of the bands multi-faceted nature in one compact killer package.
*You can listen to "Army of Darkness" HERE
Toilet Ov Hell had this to say regarding today's "Army of Darkness" premiere
"Xenosis’ tone and songwriting are decidedly modern, but the mercurial nature of their music feels like something that could have emerged in the 90’s. They play with the refinement of newer bands and the adventurousness of the old guard, creating a truly unique sound in the progressive death metal landscape. Next year is already shaping up to be a banner year for the genre, and Devour and Birth looks like it’s going to be its standard bearer."
Pre-orders for Devour and Birth are now live
Horror Pain Gore Death Productions will release the debut EP from Indy-based death metal outfit Obscene in early 2018.
Obscene self-released Sermon to the Snake in October, 2017 as a limited-edition cassette. The four-track EP quickly made it to the ears of HPGD owner Mike Juliano, who inked a deal with the band for the January 18 digital release of Sermon to the Snake.
Cassette orders and track streams are online at obscenedeathmetal.bandcamp.com.
Obscene formed in 2016 in the crypts of Indianapolis via drummer Brandon Howe (also of Acheron infamy) and vocalist Kyle Shaw. The band came together with the intent to forge hymns of death, doom and destruction with influences running the gamut of classics from the UK, Scandinavia and the US.
"We wanted songs that are memorable with triumphant guitar harmonies and acidic vocals (ala Asphyx, Morgoth, Obituary), both woefully under utilized in a lot of newer death metal bands," said Shaw.
Obscene plans to strike out in support of Sermon to the Snake in 2018. Work is underway on a follow-up to the EP.
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Watch "Animal Farm" live at Metal Gates Festival here:- https://youtu.be/WTLUyylFJAE
Eufobia was founded in the city of Sofia by Niki (Guitar & Vocals) and a couple of friends, Steff (Bass & Vocals) and Blago (Drums). They invited later their friend Ivan (Guitar) to join the band and since then no band member has ever been replaced. The first album of Eufobia, called "Insemination", was released in January 2010 by the Romanian label AxaValaha Productions. At the beginning of the following year 2011 the second album "Cup of Mud" was released by the biggest Bulgarian metal label, Wizard LTD, and distributed worldwide by the German company Twilight Vertrieb, which was one of the biggest distributors of metal music in the world.
Eufobia tours regularly across Europe. So far the the band has given more than 200 concerts and has shared the stage with well known bans such as Arch Enemy, Dark Tranquillity, Rotting Christ, Kreator, Vader, Immolation, Onslaught, Malevolent Creation, Pyogenesis, Christ Agony, Gorgoroth, Sinister, Broken Hope, Dragonforce, Eluveitie, Keep of Kalessin, E-force, Agathocles, Negura Bunget and Suicidal Angels and many more.
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