Spanish death/doom band Sönambula have just inked a deal with Xtreem Music for the release of their second album to be entitled Bicéfalo, scheduled for international release on December 18th.
Sönambula was born in 2015, releasing an EP, Hilen Argia, that same year and a full-length album, Secuela, in 2016. The band spent the following years playing all over the country and gaining a good reputation, which caught the attention of Xtreem Music, who signed them for the release of their upcoming second album, Bicéfalo. Cover artwork was made by Igor Mugerza (Aposento, Famishgod, Ouija, Dormanth)
The style of Sönambula style can be defined as a raw, heavy, and dark blend of death, doom, and sludge, drawing influences from bands like Winter, Autopsy, early Asphyx, Celtic Frost, Nihilist, and Coffins.
Release date for Bicéfalo will be December 18th through Xtreem Music on CD format. In the meantime, hear the new track "Héroe Sangriento" HERE at Xtreem's official YouTube channel as well as at the label's Soundcloud HERE.
Jon Davis of legendary British doom metal band Conan is pleased to announce his new solo project Ungraven which showcases his love of 90's metal.
In Jon's own words:-
"I am a huge fan of Fudge Tunnel, Ministry, Godflesh, Sepultura and Nailbomb. I fell in love with ‘For All Those Who Died’ by Bathory on Headbangers Ball and also the ‘Speed Kills’ comp. Since then I have referenced these bands in some of Conan’s material. With Ungraven I pay homage to the industrial sounds emanating from Birmingham in the 90s with a few other influences that I’ve been obsessing over for a while. It’s super heavy but sightly different from what I have done so far.”
Ungraven's debut album will be released in spring of 2019, but to celebrate the announcement, Davis has released the track "Blackened Gates of Eternity" on Bandcamp.
Listen to the song here: https://ungraven.bandcamp.com/album/demos
More information on Ungraven will be coming soon.
Pune, India based sludgy doom outfit Dirge will release their debut album, Ah Puch, this October 19 on CD format.
Decibel Magazine premiered the 05th track, La Malinche, as the first snippet from the album. “The song explores the mindset of La Malinche, a woman who played a key role in orchestrating the genocide of the Aztec civilisation,” Dirge explain of the song’s lyrical concept. “The evil in her psyche is imagined as a physical manifestation of the ancient Mayan goddess of suicide, Ixtab.”, narrates the band on the track.
"The new song “La Malinche” moves at a funeral doom-like pace, dragging itself along on crawling riffs and the reverberating, howling vocals from singer Tabish Khidir. In addition to their sludgy influences, Dirge draw from more upbeat death/doom, offering brief respites from the lethargic pace of the song. It’s a welcome element that ultimately strengthens the song, which clocks in at over nine minutes."
– Vince Bellino, Decibel Magazine
Stream "La Malinche" At DECIBEL MAGAZINE, RIGHT HERE
DIRGE's debut offering "AH PUCH" is a concept album based on Mayan, Aztec Mythology mixed with historical events. The story revolves around the resurgence of the ancient Mayan God of Death - Ah Puch - during the conquest of Yucatan peninsula by Hernan Cortez. The music has been written to accentuate this theme, sending the listener through this fantastical world accompanied by a thick wall of sludge, and clouds of bong-smoke. Though this is the band's debut album, with an ambitious concept behind it, the band are no strangers to the world of metal.
Formed in 2014, DIRGE started out as a band in Pune, a city then brimming with several acts in the local metal scene. They were unique from their peers, marked by a sheer dark, moving intensity and gritty heaviness in their music. The band soon found itself a full lineup and trudged forward ever since, winning fans, supporters and accolades over the next four years as a band and releasing a single along the way in 2015. They have played shows in the Indian underground circuit alongside contemporary acts in similar styles, like Primitiv, Shepherd, Djinn & Miskatonic and have opened for international acts such as CHU (Kazakhstan), Defiled (Japan) and performed at festivals like Bangalore Open Air (2015).
With Candlemass, Eyehategod, Neurosis, Sleep, Crowbar & Acid Bath as their primary influences, the band naturally found itself crafting a sludgy, grim and morose sound that channelled equal parts death-doom, New Orleans sludge, atmospheric post-metal & the melodic sensibilities of contemporary bands like Paradise Lost, YOB & Pallbearer - literally an amalgamation of sounds spanning three decades of slow and heavy music.
Faroese doomsters Hamferð have released a live recorded video of "Stygd", the 2nd track from their new album, Tamsins likam, released on Metal Blade earlier this year. The song is part of the recorded album release show on March 17th, 2018 at the old Sjonleikarahusið theatre in Torshavn, Faroe Islands. To watch the clip, please visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLtwVGB7f60
Tamsins likam was played in its entirety, as well as a selection of older songs, including "Odn" - the band's very first song, which, although being a live staple, was never released.
Singer Jon Aldara comments:-
"This concert was a meticulous production in regards to performance, sound and lighting, and we felt it was the perfect opportunity to record it properly. It's a great feeling to have a live recording of Hamferð that does not come from an iPhone or from a festival production that we had little to no control over. We took everything in our own hands and went the whole nine yards with a brilliant crew, well-considered stage design and all the high-end equipment we could get our hands on. Luckily, I really think it shows!"
Hamferð will play a selection of shows in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands in October:
Oct. 2 - Stuttgart, Germany - Club Zentral (w. Egonaut)
Oct. 3 - Leipzig, Germany - Hellraiser (w. Egonaut)
Oct. 4 - Hamburg, Germany - Bambi Galore (w. Egonaut)
Oct. 5 - Paderborn, Germany - Metal Inferno Festival
Oct. 6 - Saint Georges, Belgium - From Dusk til Doom 4
Oct. 7 - Tilburg, Netherlands - Little Devil
Additionally, Hamferð will head out on a tour of Scandinavia in December, notably playing Sweden for the first time in their 10-year long career. See below for dates:
Hamferð tour dates w/ Svartmalm
Dec. 5 - Kobenhavn, Denmark - Beta 2300
Dec. 6 - Odense, Denmark - Posten
Dec. 7 - Goteborg, Sweden - Sticky Fingers
Dec. 8 - Oslo, Norway - Revolver
Dec. 9 - Trondheim, Norway - Hjorten Scene
To preview and purchase Tamsins likam, please visit: metalblade.com/hamferd
Jon Aldara - Vocals
John Egholm - Guitar
Theodor Kapnas - Guitar
Isak Petersen - Bass
Esmar Joensen - Keyboards
Remi Johannesen - Drums
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.
Denmark's Alkymist to release debut album via Indisciplinarian on October 5th; trailer and pre-orders posted
Danish progressive doom metal band Alkymist will release their self-titled debut album on October 5th via Indisciplinarian. The label has issued a trailer and pre-orders for the vinyl version of the record, as the band announces several fall dates.
See the trailer for Alkymists debut album HERE.
Alkymist is a new force in doom metal - a force which, in its own manner, seeks to bring the hope of change into a time of turmoil. The band was formed in 2016 by guitarist Stefan Krey (Gas Giant) and bass player Kaspar Luke (Düreforsög) with the intention of creating the heaviest possible music within a progressive and atmospheric universe. In 2017, the lineup was completed by singer Peter Bjørneg (Detest) and drummer Philip Kjær Morthorst (The Ritual) and, subsequently, the quartet recorded their debut EP, Element, which was released January 2018 to notable national buzz.
Now, Alkymist is ready to issue their eponymous debut album, which consists of six grandiose metal compositions over forty-four minutes produced by Lasse Ballade (Solbrud, Orm, Slægt). The music on Alkymist's debut album can be defined as progressive doom metal being both crushingly heavy as well as melodic and dynamic conjuring up a simultaneously strange, beautiful and terrifying expression. A general theme on Alkymist is an existence which is parallel, wrong and expelled, and an existence from which the suffering subject seeks to be delivered.
Alkymist will be released on October 5th via Indisciplinarian on LP and digital formats. The vinyl edition of the album, limited to 500 copies, can now be pre-ordered HERE.
Alkymist has recently announced a free release show on October 3rd on Loppen, Christiania in Copenhagen, where the band will perform the entire album, and will be joined by special guest Leila Abdul-Rauf (Vastum, Hammers of Misfortune) as part of her Scandinavian tour. Alkymist will also play a November show with epic metallers and labelmates Rising, with more dates to follow soon.
10/03/2018 Loppen - Copenhagen, DK [info]
11/24/2018 Kongebryg - Næstved, DK [info]
Alkymist Track Listing:
4. Black Egypt II
Tbilisi, Georgia based funeral doom unit Ennui have released their anticipated fourth album, "End of the Circle" through Non Serviam Records on CD format. Clocking in at around 73 minutes, the album offers three melody oriented mournful funerary doom death tracks.
"Rife with towering riffs and deep, earth-shaking bellows, Ennui taps into a well of existential madness and dread. It's a glacially-paced endeavor into the circle of life and it's inevitable end: death", notes Metal Injection on the full album stream feature.
Hear "END OF THE CIRCLE" in its full at METAL INJECTION RIGHT HERE
Album can also be streamed on SPOTIFY and all major DIGITAL PLATFORMS
Formed in 2012 by David Unsaved in the city of Tbilisi, Georgian duo Ennui explores a variety of styles within the genres of funeral doom and death Metal, and delivers a refined blend of dark melodies, crushing riffs and technical percussion together with the dramatic and poetic storytelling.
After years of intense work, headlining the Shadow Doom Festival in Russia, EnnuiI is proud to present their fourth album, “End of the Circle”, containing three epic songs, according different canons of genre, and sustaining mind blowing atmosphere of funeral doom/death metal madness. ENNUI is ready to unleash the album that will mark the zenith point in their discography. Indeed, it's the most dark, inventive and extreme music written by the band to date. This is the opus about the death and funeral of all being, existential madness, and final cycle in a whirl of life and death. Throughout the dismally lumbering pace prolonged songs, Ennui supremely showcases musical technicality in performance and composition without sacrificing melodic and dynamic proficiency.
Hailing from from Venezuela and now residing in The Netherlands; in a what could be described as a metal approach to a macabre symphony, Cultura Tres have created a gnarly video clip for 'La Cruz Del Seis' from their acclaimed La Secta album.
The song which is based on the power of symbolism, "explores how it rules the lives of so many who can’t look further than religion (including South American beliefs such as Brujeria). The song lures the listener in to gradually confront the big questions in life. It calls out the illusive relief given by spiritual practices which try to block the acceptance of death as a clear end. “La Voz Del Tiempo” which roughly translates as “The Voice of Time” refers to the only voice that actually has a a real saying in our lives: The inevitable passing of time..."
Watch 'La Cruz Del Seis' Here: https://youtu.be/o_nLSp6mDkE
The video was filmed in Venezuela, Luxembourg and The Netherlands directed and filmed by Juan De Ferrari with additional filming from Mailing Hoo and Alejandro Londono.
La Secta is an agnostic statement made into an album; a record filled with witchery, prophetic and even demonic figures who explore the different stages of religious madness. Cultura Tres has never been afraid to take chances and with La Secta this has led to a strange cocktail of Classic Rock, 90's Death Metal, Gloomy Grunge, Blues, and even South American Folk. A unique recipe for a new sound. The sludgy chants and heavy guitar bends are leading a journey to a dark, obscure place, passing along the way; moments filled with the beauty of melancholic instrumental parts... La Secta can go from straight forward South American thrash riffs to the emptiness and loneliness of an apocalyptic piano. Proving that this record is really not afraid to tell a different story."
Stream La Secta In Full
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Georgian funeral doomers Ennui are set to release their upcoming album, "End of the Circle", on September 05 via Dutch label Non Serviam Records. This three mammoth sized tracks carrying opus will be the fourth album of the band in their 06 years of time span.
No Clean Singing already debuted the track "The Withering Part I – of Hollow us" as the first single from this album (can be checked RIGHT HERE)
Doomed & Stoned debuts the final track "The Withering Part II – of Long-Dead Stars", the 20 minute epic composition that ends the mournful tale begun in the previous single.
The Band Narrate:-
"''The Withering Part II - Of Long-Dead Stars'' is the album's final track and the conceptual continuation of the ''The Withering Part I - Of Hollow Us'' (the second track from the End Of The Circle album). The ''Part I'' is about fading humanity under the empty and forever silent cosmic void, whereas ''The Withering Part II - Of Long-Dead Stars'' reflects concept about the stars upon us, the billions of stars which had faded down long time ago, but we are still able to observe their ghostly shine. By going through this 20 minute-long-track, a listener can forget about his life goals, sense of being and his presence in this world, but feel absolute loneliness, abandonment, void and uselessness, being on the edge of forgotten Universe."
Hear "THE WITHERING PART II – OF LONG-DEAD STARS" AT THIS LOCATION
Formed in 2012 by David Unsaved in the city of Tbilisi, Georgian duo ENNUI explores a variety of styles within the genres of funeral doom and death Metal, and delivers a refined blend of dark melodies, crushing riffs and technical percussion together with the dramatic and poetic storytelling.
After years of intense work, headlining the Shadow Doom Festival in Russia, ENNUI is proud to present their fourth album, “End of the Circle”, containing three epic songs, according different canons of genre, and sustaining mind blowing atmosphere of funeral doom/death metal madness. ENNUI is ready to unleash the album that will mark the zenith point in their discography. Indeed, it's the most dark, inventive and extreme music written by the band to date. This is the opus about the death and funeral of all being, existential madness, and final cycle in a whirl of life and death. Throughout the dismally lumbering pace prolonged songs, ENNUI supremely showcases musical technicality in performance and composition without sacrificing melodic and dynamic proficiency.
This album was mixed and mastered at the prestigious Grindhouse Studios Athens. Brilliant cover artwork created by high skilled W. Smerdulak.
“End of the Circle” will be out via NON SERVIAM RECORDS on digipak CD and digitally on September 05, 2018.
Barcelona-based Heavy & Epic Doom Metal band Black Lotus release the first single from the upcoming album 'Sons of Saturn'. The album is released in October 19th 2018 by Inverse Records.
Watch the music video 'Sons of Saturn' here: https://youtu.be/lay83_1GJ9w
Black Lotus is founded by Hug Ballesta in 2015. After finding a proper line-up they headed into the Moontower Studio at the end of 2017. The album is recorded and mixed by Javi Félez and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege, Portland, Oregon.
Hug Ballesta comments:
"We have chosen Sons of Saturn as the first single because it represents by itself the key sounds we search for as a band. We are lovers of both the classic bands and the new sounds and styles in metal: rawness, heavy-doomy-slow tempos, but at the same time catchy melodies that can equally transport the listener to apparently opposed moods. We are delighted that Inverse Records helps us spread our music... can't wait for the feedback!"
Black Lotus' sound is grounded in the diverse influences of the band members. Traditional Heavy Metal is the common factor and driving force of the band, but alternative sounds of the 90s, Stoner Rock, Doom Metal and post metal genres are also colours in their palette. Their compositions are embracing all those influences without limitations or dogmas. Likewise, lyrics are eminently symbolic, expressing a dystopic vision of society and their view of the world. Classic mythology, occultism, and personal experiences and visions are the sources for their compositions.
"Sons of Saturn" is available on all digital platforms worldwide.
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