Greek extreme metal band, Karma Violens, have released a teaser video for 'Men Of Gibeah', taken from their third album ‘Serpent God‘. The new album contains 10 tracks and is set for release on April 13th via Growl Records (Inactive Messiah) a division of ROAR! Rock of Angels Records (Monument, Gods Of Silence, Mean Streak, Panorama, Oblivion).
The 'Men Of Gibeah' video teaser can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/7dB_onrZldw
‘Serpent God‘, was produced and mixed by Costas Papadopoulos and Karma Violens at Symbolic Studios. Recordings by Costas Papadopoulos at Symbolic Studios. Mastered by Andreas Karayiannis at Dysmorphia Studios. The artwork and layout created by Greek Design mastermind Giannis Nakos at Remedy Art Studios.
Karma Violens return with their 3rd album “Serpent God“. The album is an outcome of their new sound – an amalgam of extreme metal forms, with black metal influences prevailing. “Serpent God” is a conceptual album, mainly focusing on the transparency of today’s social standards and ideas. Freedom, or lack thereof today, is the main body of what the album conveys; man’s tendency to create social “musts” and “have-to’s” via religion, God and modern society. The Serpent God is the liberation from our modern way of life.
Greek extreme metal band, Karma Violens, has been hard at writing and recording the their third record 'Serpent God'. The new album contains 10 tracks and is set for release on April 13th through Growl Records (Inactive Messiah) a division of ROAR! Rock of Angels Records (Monument, Gods Of Silence, Mean Streak, Panorama, Oblivion).
'Serpent God', was produced and mixed by Costas Papadopoulos and Karma Violens at Symbolic Studios. Recordings by Costas Papadopoulos at Symbolic Studios. Mastered by Andreas Karayiannis at Dysmorphia Studios. The artwork and layout created by Greek Design mastermind Giannis Nakos at Remedy Art Studios.
Karma Violens returns with their 3rd album "Serpent God". The album is an outcome of their new sound – an amalgam of extreme metal forms, with black metal influences prevailing. “Serpent God” is a conceptual album, mainly focusing on the transparency of today's social standards and ideas. Freedom, or lack thereof today, is the main body of what the album conveys; man's tendency to create social "musts" and "have-to’s" via religion, God and modern society. The Serpent God is the liberation from our modern way of life.
Karma Violens are:-
Marios - Vocals
George - Guitars
Costas - Guitars
Steven - Bass
Rotting Christ are announcing the release of 'Their Greatest Spells'. This double-CD compilation features a best of selection approved by frontman Sakis Tolis as well as the new track "I Will Not Serve" and will hit the stores on March 23rd.
Artwork, track-list, and album details of 'Their Greatest Spells' can be viewed below.
Rotting Christ have reached another peak in their long career that now spans over more than three decades. The Greeks have literally stood the test of time. With a steady core line-up and their well-honed live delivery, Rotting Christ are filling concert halls and reap enthusiastic crowd reactions wherever they go. This demonstration of love from their followers is not just driven by nostalgia as the band has managed to evolve and grow, while staying relevant beyond the classics with their highly acclaimed latest albums such as 'Aealo' (2010), 'Κατά τον δαίμονα εαυτού’ (2013), and 'Rituals' (2016).
With more than 30 years, 12 studio albums, a dozen EPs, singles and split releases, as well as more than 1.250 shows under their belt, it is about high time to take a retrospective look at this band's fascinating musical development by picking a select choice of key tracks covering the many facets of Rotting Christ that have sparkled over the years. With such a massive catalogue such an undertaking will always lead to controversy about certain additions as well as omissions from the final list, but the involvement of frontman Sakis Tolis in this extremely difficult task ensures that the result is at least relevant.
Rotting Christ were founded by Sakis Tolis and his brother Themis in the year 1987. Starting out on a basis of death and grind, the Greeks had already embarked on a darker musical journey by the time their debut full-length ‘Thy Mighty Contract’ (1993) was revealed. On the following seven albums covering a ten-year period from 'Non Serviam' (1994) to 'Sanctus Diavolos' (2004), Rotting Christ steadily defined their own distinct style by experimenting with elements from death, heavy, and gothic metal without betraying their black roots. At the same time, the band went from underground heroes to headliner status. With the highly acclaimed ninth album, 'Theogonia' (2007), the Greek stalwarts added an unmistakable native element to their sound, which has remained with them as a signature trademark ever since. Exploring the mythical legacy of cultures around the globe let to Rotting Christ 's massively successful latest release, 'Rituals'. With 'Their Greatest Spells', the Greek metal icons musically revisit their exciting legacy and even contribute a brand new track entitled "I Will Not Serve" to connect their past with the present.
Sakis: vocals, guitars
Van Ace: bass
Polish extreme metallers Untervoid stream their highly anticipated self-titled debut EP at heavily trafficked web-portal NoCleanSinging.com.
Set for international release on January 26th via Osmose Productions, hear Untervoid's Untervoid in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Untervoid officially took form during the summer of 2015, after Destroyer (Kriegsmaschine, ex-Hate) and A. (Armageddon, ex-Lost Soul, Azarath-live) finally decided to work together and started to create music, without any compromises. It took almost a year to find a proper formula and prepare several songs.
Four of them have been selected and recorded in various locations, including Sound Division and No Solace studios. After the final mix and mastering at Satanic Audio in 2017, the debut mini-album is ready and self-titled. The duo is currently working on their new LP, which will also be released by Osmose Productions.
Says Destroyer: "I'm very proud to announce that the debut album of Untervoid is going to be released by Osmose Productions. I can just look forward to great things we're going to achieve working together."
In the meantime, hear the entirety of Untervoid exclusively HERE.
Osmose Productions proudly announces the label's impending release of The Incubus Of Karma, the massive fifth album by Australia's stone pillar of funereal dirge, Mournful Congregation. The label will unveil the double-LP in Europe and the UK on March 23rd, and advancing its release, the massive "Scripture Of Exaltation And Punishment" has been made available for streaming HERE.
More than six years have passed since the release of Mournful Congregation's regal fourth full-length, The Book Of Kings. Since that time, the band made several trips to Europe and the US and released a mini-album Conrcrescence Of The Sophia, increasing their reputation as the pinnacle of extreme/funeral doom and one of the most influential bands in the entire genre.
Throughout these intervening years, Mournful Congregation set to the task of meticulously crafting a new masterpiece, now presented in the form of the crown jewel titled The Incubus Of Karma. Everything that has made this band the unchallenged masters of this style since The Monad Of Creation is here: the agonizing weight of extreme doom riffs, bitterly sombre dissonance, a painterly attention to detail and arrangement, and the vocals summoned from the deepest hole. And as with each album before, the band expands upon their unique progressive tendencies, weaving beautifully constructed solos and lengthy virtuoso interludes into a bleak yet intricate tapestry of stately grandeur. The Incubus Of Karma also marks the band's first album with drummer Tim Call (Nightfell, Weregoat, Sempiternal Dusk, Aldebaran).
An incredible 25 years into their existence, Mournful Congregation persists in refining and perfecting their immortal art on The Incubus Of Karma. Reaching innovative new heights, within the bounds they have created for themselves, the bounds in which a multitude of newer bands now draw from like a wellspring, Mournful Congregation cast a giant shadow, steadfastly towering over the landscape like a monolithic obelisk.
The album's nearly 15-minute "Scripture Of Exaltation And Punishment" has been made available for streaming HERE at Osmose's official YouTube channel. More audio samples to follow shortly.
Damon Good - vocals/guitars
Justin Hartwig - guitars
Ben Newsome - bass
Tim Call - drums
Nuclear War Now! Productions has set March 15th as the international release date for Rites of Thy Degringolade's long-awaited comeback album, The Blade Philosophical, on CD and vinyl LP formats.
Anyone familiar with the history of extreme metal in Canada must acknowledge the importance of Edmonton veterans Rites of Thy Degringolade. Originally conceived in 1997 as a solo project by Paulus Kressman, known at that time for his phenomenal drumming and vocals for Sacramentary Abolishment (who would evolve into Axis of Advance following Kressman’s departure), the earliest Rites recordings were solitary, experimental endeavours. The self-titled 1999 demo and the debut album, The Carytid, from 2000, feature Kressman handling all instrumentation.
With the inclusion of guitarist J. Wroth in 2001, Rites became more powerful and precise. Over the next several years, the duo recorded and released the legendary Totality album, the follow-up Totality’s Kommand EP, and the split with Portal, entitled Our Dreadful Sphere. Kressman and Wroth then recruited Malevolus (Godless North, Gloria Dioboli) for the recording of the third album, An Ode to Sin, which the band elected to release on Nuclear War Now! just as the label was beginning to establish its own prominence in the underground.
That line-up wouldn’t last, however, and by 2006, the band was dormant, with Kressman focusing on other projects for the next decade, including Warmarch, Weapon, and Gloria Diaboli among others. It was, therefore, an unexpected and welcome development when, in 2015, Kressman and Wroth reunited to resurrect Rites of Thy Degringolade, along with new members, guitarist N.K.L.H. (Antediluvian, Weapon, Amphisbaena) and bassist C.W. to perform at the Covenant Fest in Vancouver. The band persisted and with this line-up—the fullest in the band’s history—Rites set about recording their first album in 13 years.
The Blade Philosophical is at once a recapitulation of the band’s earlier work and a continued expansion of the boundaries of extreme metal. It is, in the truest sense, a real album, with common sonic and thematic threads woven throughout, drawing the tracks together into something cohesive and whole. Conceptually, the album is an exposition of the themes that permeate the band’s entire body of work. While many details of the philosophy of Rites remain obscure, the overarching premise emerges: the exaltation of the self—the cultivation of the individual will—to disrupt, navigate, and ultimately control the ever-flowing streams of determinism. “The Blade Philosophical,” Kressman elaborates, “is the study and catharsis in the constant state of will—deterministic all, and the self as creator and destroyer.”
The sound of Rites has always been distinctive—the band is one of a handful that can be honestly characterized as unique. On this album, the full spectrum of the band’s sound is on violent display. Kressman’s frenetic percussion and the low-end guitars form a tangled and tense knot at the core, that is draped and gilded with shimmering contrapuntal melodies delivered by Wroth and N.K.L.H. The organic fibres of Rites’ sound remain in omnipresent tension with the grinding mechanistic and boldly physical elements.
The sprawling universe suspended in death-black paralysis. The misshapen spine of the cosmos dissected in the mind of man. The Blade Philosophical is a controlled descent into the orgiastic field of rape and disorder called the world and the corresponding ascendency of the individual from within.
The release of The Blade Philosophical signifies more than just the band’s return to recording: Rites is currently preparing to embark on its first major-scale European tour (24 dates), and will be playing various fests in 2018 and beyond. NWN! is supremely honoured to present this monumental return to form by one of the greatest bands of the last several decades. Hear for yourself the first new example of such with the track "The Final Laceration" HERE at Nuclear War Now!'s Bandcamp.
Finnish progressive extreme metal band Antipope has signed a deal for publication of their latest album “Denial / Survival” with Brazilian HMR Records. "Denial / Survival" will be released as a digipak CD edition in Brazil in April 2018.
"Denial / Survival", Antipope’s 4th full-length album, was originally published under Antipope’s own label in November 2017. So far, the album has gathered positive feedback from the metal media around the globe especially due to its no-conformist nature and bold combination of various moods and musical elements.
Official video of the opening track “Waters Below”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=po_TigtawCY
Antipope homepage: www.antipope.info
HMR Records: https://hmrock.com.br/
Italian Extreme metallers 5rand are proud to present their new video-clip "Erase", the last single taken from their debut album "Sacred/Scared"!
The video is filmed and edited by Martina L. McLean (Sanda Movies) and it's available on band's YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/ozIPtwRkdWo
Julia, front-woman of the band, says: "As you can see, it's not easy to leave your eyes from this video during the 5 minutes of the running time of the song. Through it Martina is succeeded to keep fully the sense of the song: the words that a psychopath says just before he kills his "beloved" victim. So prepare yourself to a devastating, noisy and claustrophobic experience”.
"Sacred / Scared" is available at http://smarturl.it/5RAND-SACRED
The 'Releases Of The Year' series are albums chosen by myself as the best release from each country / dependency known to have an official release in the year 2017. These are alphabetized in country order so are easy to navigate. Each award has national flag featured alongside the band name, Release Of The Year' and Facebook link (where provided)
Greek Symphonic Extreme Metal band, Caelestia, have released a new lyric video for the song ‘Initium Vitae Et Mortis‘. The track is taken from the new album ‘Thanatopsis‘, released on December 8th via EMP Label Group/SPV. The album was mixed and mastered at Fredman Studios (Gothenburg, Sweden) by Fredrik Nordström (Dream Evil). The lyric video was made by HK Visual Creations (Haris Kountouris) and can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/hzuwdGWlxMU
Dimitra Talamantes Vintsou – Vocals
Nikos Palivos – Vocals
Vassilis Thomas – Guitars
Socratis Panagouleas – Drums
Stelios Varotsakis – Bass
Vangelis Evangelou – Guitars
Caelestia is a Greek metal band, initially formed in April 2012 by singer / songwriter Dimitra Vintsou and bassist / composer Nikos Palivos.
Like in the first album, there were appearances of renowned guest artists of the international metal community, i.e. drummer Jason Bittner (Overkill, ex-Flotsam & Jetsam, Shadows Fall, and more).
The album’s cover and artwork was prepared by French artist Gogo Melone (GM+ Studio). The band’s official album photography was trusted to Nikos Mylonas and Cosmas Hiolos (Krieg-Design) completed the graphic designs.
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