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
The Swedish band, Desolator, was originally going in a doom/death direction, but changed into an old school death metal band after some full band rehearsals. After many long and hard considerations, the name Desolator was approved.
Black Lion Records are pleased to inform that Swedish Old schoolers Desolator's debut EP "Spawn of Misanthropy" was re-issued by the label on CD early this month.
Jonas Bergkvist - Bass, Vocals ( Ending Quest, Soliloquium, Wolfcross)
Stefan Nordström - Guitars, Vocals ( Ending Quest, Soliloquium)
Joakim Rudemyr - Guitars, Vocals ( Within the Fall)
Victor Parri Drums - ( Eosphorus, Hadriel, Isole, The Curse, Valkyrja, ex-Dark Forest of North, ex-One Hour Hell, ex-Kraanium (live), ex-Mephorash (live), ex-Skitarg (live), ex-Sterbhaus (live), ex-Within the Fall (live) )
Check Out the lyric video for Illusions of Grandeur: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQLIAQFhi9o
CD is available for sale here: https://desolatorblacklion.bandcamp.com
Lux Tenebris, the first new material from Italy's The Secret in six years, will see release next week through Southern Lord, and Invisible Oranges is now streaming the scathing EP in its entirety
The Secret ends the extensive period of decay since their 2012-released Agnus Dei LP with Lux Tenebris, the EP delivering the most oppressive, blackened scourge from the band yet. Following three years without communication between members, the band regrouped under the same roof for the first time since 2015 to record this three-song act in sonic exploration of the theme of the sepulchre.
With their advance stream of the EP, Invisible Oranges offers in part, "The three songs on Lux Tenebris are the first from the band since 2012's Agnus Dei and as such they serve as more of a reintroduction to The Secret than a continuation of their previous releases... The Secret are a more patient band in 2018, but only in their willingness to let parts develop at a steadier pace. If anything, their raw speed has increased."
Stream The Secret's Lux Tenebris EP at Invisible Oranges RIGHT HERE.
Southern Lord will issue The Secret's Lux Tenebris as part of the label's special twentieth anniversary subscription series on August 31st with a small portion of the pressing to be available via label direct mail-order. The 12" vinyl pressing bears the three tracks on the A-side, with a silk-screened B-side; the EP will also be released on all digital platforms. Find pre-orders at the label web-store HERE, European store HERE, and Bandcamp HERE.
The twenty-minute Lux Tenebris EP sees The Secret abandoning the minimalistic approach of the previous two albums, the band expanding its sound by adding more layered and textural guitar work to the primordial destructive aggression that distinguished the Solve Et Coagula and Agnus Dei LPs. While still physical and confrontational, these songs show no concern for mortality and forget time and deterioration, creating new room for resonation and atmosphere. Lux Tenebris is an ode to the eternal night suspended beyond life and death. The signature sound of the band is pushed to its extreme by further developing the black metal and doom influences reminiscent of Southern Lord mid-2000s catalog, showcasing The Secret as one of Italy's undeniably darkest bands in existence once again. Lux Tenebris was recorded by Steve Scanu and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege and completed with a cover illustration and layout by View From The Coffin.
Swedish panzer group Siniestro present artwork and track-list for their upcoming EP 'Arctic Blood' out December 10th on CD and digital.
The EP was recorded in Radionika Studios, Sweden 2018 mixed by Dino Medanhodzic and mastered by Jens Bogren.
Arctic Blood features 4 uncompromising relentless and brutal tracks that are bound to stick with you until doomsday!
Check out the latest video for the title track 'Arctic Blood' on link below!
Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5d7RU4dF_A
Active since 2015, Sacremento, California-based progressive melodic death metal outfit The Odious Construct are a young band relatively speaking. Yet in their brief existence, they've moved at blinding speeds to continually refine their craft live and in the studio in order to reach the next level. After hashing out two single song demos in 2015, the band quickly released their well-received self-titled EP in July of 2016. 2016's "The Odious Construct" was additionally praised by outlets such as Dead Rhetoric who called it "Straight-forward death metal with enough technical zest and melodic underpinnings to keep it interesting."
Now in 2018, The Odious Construct have evolved as musicians and songwriters and are primed to release their strongest music to date on Shrine of the Obscene. Recently signed to The Artisan Era, Shrine of the Obscene will be The Odious Construct's first effort on the label and is set for release on Friday, October 12th through The Artisan Era.
Throughout the five swift and deadly songs on Shrine of the Obscene, The Odious Construct carves out a path beyond the typical "complex for complexities sake" approach with a focus built upon catchy guitar melodies, straightforward brutality, and enhanced by orchestral flair to ensure the songs remain stuck in your head. The Odious Construct - Shrine of the Obscene will strongly appeal to fans of groups such as Alterbeast, The Black Dahlia Murder, Irreversible Mechanism, Virvum, and The Faceless.
*You can listen to an extended early teaser video for Shrine of the Obscene HERE
The Odious Construct had the following to say about the upcoming release of Shrine of the Obscene
"This upcoming EP is a progression from the previous self-titled EP. While still melodic, there is more speed and technicality involved, and there is more experimentation with orchestra instruments. Thematically, the writing is still dark. The lyrics revolve around psychological disorders, horror, suicide, etc. The goal of this EP was to include more dynamics musically and more diverse instrumentation. We are still a melodic death metal band but we are incorporating more modern elements to the music stylistically."
The Odious Construct is:
Casey Ryle - vocals
Wesley Yee - guitar
Ben Jackson - guitar
Sam Datu - bass
KC Brand - drums (The Ritual Aura)
Horror Pain Gore Death Productions are set to release the new EP from Japan's Retortion Terror entitled "Retortion Terror" September 14th on CD and Digital formats. Below is the official description:
Legendary Grindcore guitarist Takafumi Matsubara (Gridlink, Mortalized Grindcore) returns to Horror Pain Gore Death Productions with the crushing new self-titled EP "Retortion Terror"! Following up on the punishing split with Invidiosus on HPGD, Retortion Terror are back and more intense than ever before. Vicious, raw, sick blistering Grindcore from Kyoto, Japan featuring vocalist Kiyo from World End Man... kill the poser Grinders! For fans of Assuck, Discordance Axis, Gridlink, Insect Warfare, Mortalized Grindcore, Noisear and Wormrot
Pre-order the CD for only $8 with free shipping at http://www.horrorpaingoredeath.com/store/hpgd177.html
Pre-order the Digital Download for only $4.44 at https://hpgd.bandcamp.com/album/retortion-terror
Pre-order the T-Shirt for only $15 on Bandcamp at https://hpgd.bandcamp.com/merch/retortion-terror-retortion-terror-t-shirt
Listen to the track "Choke Pear" at https://youtu.be/WaNh8JJ-qEI
Coventry Metal 2 The Masses winners Pelugion will release their debut EP in readiness for their appearance at Bloodstock Festival. The EP titled I is aptly named; Not only is it their first ever CD but it is to be a full collection of all recordings to date!
Pelugion were announced the winners of Metal 2 The Masses Coventry back in April, securing them a slot on the New Blood Stage at Bloodstock Festival. In the run up to Bloodstock, they have released a single & video for ‘Bane Of Humanity’ taken from the EP.
To carry on their Bloodstock celebrations, they now announce the release of I which will be released on both CD and in digital format on August 4th
I is a collection of all Pelugions’ recordings to date & will be released on 04.08.18
Some of the tracks have been released previously in digital format only, other recordings haven’t been heard before, but none of these tracks have ever made it to CD until now!
Track 1. Monster Recorded in 2016 Produced, mixed and mastered by Mike Exeter and Barry Bayliss at Gospel Oak Studios
Track 2. Bide My Time Recorded in 2015 Produced, mixed and mastered by Mike Exeter, Stuart Jones and Clint Murphy at Woodworm Studios
Track 3. Desire Recorded in 2017 Produced, mixed and mastered by Dan Willett at Univibe Studios
Track 4. Bane Of Humanity Recorded in 2018 Produced, mixed and mastered by Dan Willett at Univibe Studios
Track 5. Remedy Recorded in 2017 Produced, mixed and mastered by Dan Willett at Univibe Studios
Track 6. Bury me Recorded in 2015 Produced, mixed and mastered by Dan Willett at Univibe Studios
Track 7. Serpent’s mistress Recorded in 2015 Produced, mixed and mastered by Dan Willett at Univibe Studios
Track 8. Believe Recorded in 2015 Produced, mixed and mastered by Dan Willett at Univibe Studios
Pelugion have commented:-
“We are so excited. This will be our first proper release and it’s been such a long time coming! Fans are constantly asking us for CD’s at every gig we play, and now we have not only got a new CD to give them, but anyone owning a copy of I can say that they have every Pelugion recording ever made so far! The CD sounds bad-ass and we really hope everyone enjoys it. We would like to thank everyone who has put the time and effort into the EP over the years, it means a lot to the three of us. Thank you all! We look forward to Bloodstock now, still can’t believe we’re playing it really. See you in the pit!”
You can catch Pelugion on the New Blood Stage at Bloodstock Open Air Festival on Friday August 10thI
John Pittaway – Guitars
Brandon Balou – Drums
Andy Sweeney - Bass / Vocals
Perth groove metal act Bayview Suspect recently announced their new EP "Survival Or Ruin" earlier this month with the first single "Until Dusk" receiving rave reviews and positive feedback from fans and press alike including Hysteria Magazine stating "This EP has everything you could want from truly imaginative melodic groove metal–vicious vocals, machine gun drum lines, killer guitar and bass runs that tickle the ears like ants on speed".
The band capitalise on the success of the first single by releasing a second track titled "Laced With Deception", together with a cool new lyric video depicting the post-apocalyptic artwork found on the EP release. Watch and listen to the track below.
WATCH LYRIC VIDEO FOR 'LACED WITH DECEPTION' HERE
"Survival Or Ruin" will be released on September 14th through Rockpit Records. Pre-order is now available and comes in various options including digital download, physical CD and an exclusive bundle pack comprised of CD, digital download, t-shirt, 2 stickers and a limited edition banner style poster featuring the EP artwork available at a special pre-order price for a limited time. Order now at www.bayviewsuspect.com/store.
Perth groove metal act Bayview Suspect are ready to shake things up and get some heads banging again with the release of their new EP "Survival Or Ruin" due out September 14th through Rockpit Records. Produced by drummer Luke Specter and guitarist Brody Lawrence, the EP was recorded in Perth at Bayview Studios and Superfreak Studios with engineering and mixing duties handled by Daniel Thabet and Johnny Sohl. All tracks were mixed and mastered at Liquid Studios in Merrick, New York.
"Survival Or Ruin" is a brilliant and natural follow up to their debut EP "To Whom It May Concern" which was released in 2016. Where the band started with a heavy groove that takes influences from bands such as Lamb Of God and Whitechapel, this new release sees the band incorporate more melody and a hint of a more European metal sound that shows progression and a willingness to keep things fresh.
"From hook to breakdown, we’re proud of how Survival or Ruin showcases our evolution and song writing progression", says the band. "This EP is a testament to our need to experiment sonically and allows us to write tunes that’ll stay with you."
The band also recently announced a new member into the fold, Kristian Climo who takes over on guitar duties. The band comments: "Already being friends with Kristian and knowing how well he plays, we knew he would be a solid fit into Bayview."
Hometown Heavies at Vision Studios (All Ages)
Featuring Xenobiotic, Bayview Suspect, Aviscerus & Planetary
Saturday August 18th at 1pm
Vision Studios, Victoria Park, WA
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Shortly after their first album "Waves of Steel" was released, Mandragora parted ways with their singer Fatima Natthammer - which was a shock for most of the band fans. Inferno Records can reveal the identity of their new singer! Make sure she's gonna push the band further, her vocal abilities are not to be proved any more, since she's known for being the singer of the Peruvian all-female band STROGENA. Please welcome Miss Maria Orithya in the ranks of Mandragora!
Since Maria joined the band, Mandragora have been very busy rehearsing a lot playing a lot of new gigs/festivals but also writing new songs and is now planning the release of a new 7"EP on Inkas Noize Records (same label that released the "First Attack" EP in 2014) as soon as possible ! Stay tuned !
Brisbane's high-flying metal outfit Flynn Effect's EP Monument is out today!
Surfacing as a live band in August 2014 and releasing their first album Skin just a few months later, Flynn Effect quickly established themselves within their scene as a force to be reckoned with – delivering a refreshing take on alternative rock and a theatrical live show featuring the band’s own self-created automatic lighting system, CO2 and pyrotechnics.
Flynn Effect's ambitious live performances have seen the band share the stage with rock and metal royalty, including Lacuna Coil, Wednesday 13, Davey Suicide and Seether, as well as perform alongside Australian heavyweights Orpheus Omega, Osaka Punch and Darkcell. In 2018, Flynn Effect are embarking on a new journey with the release of a new EP and a national tour in its support.
Flynn Effect's Monument EP is out now. All Singles are also available now in Spotify and Apple Music.
More details at flynneffectmusic.com
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