Finnish rock metallers Zarthas has signed a worldwide deal with WormHoleDeath for the release of their third album "Reflections".
The band stated:
"Scouting for labels started already before the recordings, and WormHoleDeath was one of the first labels we sent our promotion to. In time, WormHoleDeath was also recommended by European promotion agencies, and we got convinced that we are now dealing with a label that is not only independent, down to earth, and artist-friendly, but has also grown to be quite a big player in the fields of international music business. As negotiations went on, pieces started to fall in place pretty quickly. We honestly believe that this is the beginning of solid co-operation, that suites the interests of both parties.
Zarthas has received lot of feedback that we need to get our music to European markets, so clearly WormHoleDeath became our number one target as a label to co-operate with. "Reflections" was not an easy album to record. Our studio gear started to fall apart piece by piece right from the beginning. All and all recording and mixing process went on one step forward and two steps back because of that. So after bunch of misfortune, we were extremely happy to hear that WormHoleDeath liked the stuff, and wanted to release it. It feels like all the hard work and countless hours are finally paying off, and that feels really good. Whole band is very excited and happy for this opportunity."
Iron Bonehead Productions have set August 4th as the international release date for Blooming Carrions' debut demo, Sparkling Rotten Dreams, on cassette tape format. Hailing from Finland, Blooming Carrions were formed in 2014 by EvM, with the aim to create dark and twisted death metal. And indeed, that's exactly the band does on the aptly titled Sparkling Rotten Dreams. Its mildew and rot can be felt upon first whiff, and its stench twists and malforms the further the demo goes on. In fact, the twisted 'n' idiosyncratic cover art perfectly encapsulates this first exposure to Blooming Carrions: lysergic and laconic one moment, bestial and bilious another, all wrapped together in a sort of illogical logic, bleeding fever dreams into the listener's psyche. As a first recording, Sparkling Rotten Dreams is both stand-alone statement and suggestion of further fathomless depths to come. Three decaying hymns of etheric visions about death and destruction: this is Blooming Carrions' Sparkling Rotten Dreams. Hear its opening track, "Crystalized Disembowelment," at Iron Bonehead's Soundcloud HERE.
Final Void, a band that hails from Tampere, Finland combining melodic rock and metal in their own unique style, releases their debut album 'Sounds Of Absence'.
Final Void was founded in 2012, but instead of hurrying to the studio, they decided to let their sound grow and mature. In 2015, as the band reached its final ensemble, it was time to start working on their debut album. This powerful album takes the listener on a melodic journey through strong emotions and emotional landscapes.
Watch 'Thoreau' video on YouTube: http://youtu.be/28KJ0Wrr0Hc
Albert Hyrönen, a solo artist and a finalist of a national guitarist competition 'Kitarasankari' (Guitar Hero), starts on the track Thoreau.
”Final Void asked me if I wanted to play a solo on their upcoming album. I listened the song and immediately decided I wanted to be a part of this project! The song kicks ass and the overall feeling of the debut album is just amazing and so versatile!” -Albert Hyrönen
The album is released in all popular digital services (Spotify, Itunes, Deezer, Tidal, Apple Music, Google Play etc.) and the physical CD-version is sold via Finnish Record Shop X.
Listen to the just released Sounds Of Absence album on Spotify: http://open.spotify.com/album/79zPzdtSBRwcxZH6HZF5YV
YOUTUBE CHANNEL: http://bit.ly/2rgqaEU
US pressings of Oranssi Pazuzu releases Kosmonument 2xLP, Farmakologinen MLP, and Muukalainen Puhuu LP/CD out now via 20 Buck Spin
20 Buck Spin have issued three back-catalog titles from Finnish cosmic black metal alchemists Oranssi Pazuzu, releasing the band's Muukalainen Puhuu LP/CD, Farmakologinen MLP, and Kosmonument 2xLP on US soil for the first time. The reissues see release as ORANSSI PAZUZU is currently out on the extensive Mental Possession MMXVIII European tour, which includes the band's maiden voyage to the US for a one-off performance at Maryland Deathfest.
Oranssi Pazuzu's Kosmonument, Farmakologinen, and Muukalainen Puhuu are all available here.
Since 2013, Finland's Oranssi Pazuzu has released two critically lauded full-length albums via 20 Buck Spin in North America, 2013's Valonielu and 2016's Värähtelijä. Both albums showed the boundless enormity and remarkable uniqueness that Oranssi Pazuzu alone create. Are they a psych influenced black metal band or a black metal influenced psych band? No one knows for sure and it doesn't matter anyway. No other band can bend these genres into such an extraordinarily cohesive whole. For most in North America the Oranssi Pazuzu black hole only came into focus with the latest two albums. However, the band had previously recorded and released two full-length albums and a split LP. With their growing reputation, the band's early releases have become increasingly high in demand. 20 Buck Spin now presents the band's back catalogue on various formats domestically for the first time.
Muukalainen Puhuu is where the Oranssi Pazuzu story begins. The 2009 debut album already reveals a band with a firm conceptual and musical mission. For most bands this album would be a seasoned, mature display of musical prowess only reached well into their life as a band, and yet for Oranssi Pazuzu it's merely the first foray into the limitless expanse that they would come to command. Muukalainen Puhuu will now be made available domestically for the first time on CD, gatefold LP, and digital formats.
The Farmakologinen MLP contains Oranssi Pazuzu's songs from a split album they did with Candy Cane in 2010 between the time of their first and second full-lengths. Four tracks and nearly twenty-seven minutes in length, even on a split album the band showcased their growing immensity and burning cold bleakness, now released as a standalone Oranssi Pazuzu release with all new artwork on 12" vinyl and digital formats.
The Kosmonument 2xLP from 2012 was another huge leap forward for Oranssi Pazuzu, both musically and in terms of exposure. The band signed to UMG owned Spinefarm Records which the album still calls home today, however the vinyl edition, a sprawling triple gatefold double album with some of the most incredible artwork in the band's history, was only released in a small quantity in Europe with very few copies arriving in North America. Kosmonument will now see its first domestic vinyl release in the same deluxe format.
Melodic death metal band Noumena, hailing from Finland, released their new album ”Myrrys” yesterday. The band celebrated the release with an intriguing music video of the doomy and gloomy track “Kirouksen kantaja” (“The Bearer of the Curse”). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcC2zO_D4T8
"In "Kirouksen kantaja" dreamlike, slow melodies weave landscape over the melancholic, down-tempo song. Musical themes are given time to develop - in contrast to this hectic world where people's worth is measured by their ability to perform", analyses guitarist Ville Lamminaho, the writer of the song
Lyrically the song is about overcoming obstacles and gathering strength, "finding the flame inside", to battle the curses that most people carry, in a form or another.
The music video reveals what kind of duties and incidents a Finnish park ranger faces, when searching for a lost metal band in the woods. The story carries the audience into the heart of Finnish wilderness and mystery. The video manages to capture and visualize the themes and the atmosphere of “Myrrys”.
Jack of all trades, Jyrki Muromäki came up with the idea, directed, filmed and edited the video. He has collaborated with Noumena before with the music video ”Sleep”.
”Myrrys” (old Finnish, ruckus, tumult or uproar) is the 5th album from Noumena. Previously the band has used English. The album themes, including Finnish nature and cultural heritage, and intimate stories required the use of Finnish this time. The new album has received warm welcome already in the reviews. During the autumn 2017 Noumena is hitting the stage in Finland and abroad.
“Myrrys” is released by Haunted Zoo Productions, which is an independent record label established by Noumena members. Distribution by Playground Music and Inverse Records. Released in Russia by FONO under the license from Haunted Zoo Productions. Album is released in CD/LP/DIGI.
Finnish metal patrol Torchia are currently recording their debut album. The album will be produced by Finnish producer legend Hiili Hiilesmaa (HIM, Apocalyptica, Ensiferum, Amorphis), who will create sounds to match the infernal essence of Torchia.
The lead guitarist and artistic leader of Torchia, Ville Riitamaa states:
"All the bands sound the same nowadays! I wouldn't care even if we had a crappy sound, as long as it's something different!"
Recording started in May at Sound Supreme Studios in Hämeenlinna, Finland. Audience can expect the same frantic death assault heard on promotional releases, but with more filth and danger.
Comment on making the debut album from vocalist Eetu Hentunen:
“We agreed with Hiili that we'll make this the hardest hitting metal album to come out of Finland this year! Master Riitamaa has laid down solid riffs to guide the listener through the gutters of existential agony and the hordes of war. Totally fucking classic material!”
The record will be released later this year.
Finnish epic metallers Wintersun proudly present their new second guitarist - 27-year old Asim Searah. Asim was born in Pakistan and moved to Finland at the age of 18 to pursue a career in music and has been playing in several bands and projects since then.
Jari Mäenpää commented:
"We've known him for a long time and we knew he is a great singer, but we didn't realise how talented and skilful a guitar player he is. Asim was actually the first one who sent us an audition video, which surprised us very positively. After the video auditions and two rounds of live auditions we realised he was exactly what we were looking for. He is very motivated and passionate with a good heavy metal attitude - a great guitar player and vocalist to improve the live sound of Wintersun even further!"
"It's an honour to be a part of a band that I have looked up to for many years. It's definitely a dream come true and I'm super excited to share the stage with Wintersun!"
You can follow Asim on his social media channels:
Check out Wintersun's crowdfunding trailer (incl. song snippets):
Due to high demand, you can still support the band at their IndieGoGo campaign until April 30th: www.indiegogo.com/projects/wintersun-crowdfunding
Wintersun's third studio album 'The Forest Seasons', will also be released physically though Nuclear Blast in July.
Nighon released a second single "The Dirge" from their upcoming album "The Somme" which is released May 5th 2017 by Inverse Records.
"We have released a new video with a strong message. The song "The Dirge" raises the question: "Why do we have wars?”. They are horrible and the majority of mankind seems to despise it. The song was inspired by the annexation of Crimea, the Vietnam war and the Korean war. Björn: "The lyrics I wrote tells us about the consequences of letting our hate spin out of control, and when governments twist lies into truths to justify war!"
Video is available here: https://youtu.be/yOCVbTngMyQ and the single is also released on all essential digital stores like Spotify, Deezer, iTunes, etc.
Their first single/music video “The Greatest of Catastrophes” is a blend of the outbreak of World War I and the Ukraine crisis. The music video was filmed during the winter 2016 by Kasper Dalkarl, David Viklund and Stephanie Blomqvist. Listen to it on Spotify.
Finnish epic melodic death metal masters Wintersun have launched their crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for their own headquarter studio. You will have time until March 31st to pre-order the “Forest Package” for 50€ directly from the band, which includes the digital high quality files of the new album 'The Forest Seasons' as well as the instrumental version of the release, a version with isolated tracks and both their last two albums with a remastered sound. In addition you will also receive the audio of the band’s impressive show “Live At Tuska 2013”.
Watch the campaign video of Wintersun including snippets of new song material here:
Support the band and help them reach their crowdfunding goal by contributing here at IndieGoGo: www.indiegogo.com/projects/wintersun-crowdfunding
Front man Jari Mäenpää states:
“Here it is guys!!! We welcome you to change the future of Wintersun and the Wintersun fans for the better! We are doing this crowdfunding campaign by working directly with you guys to take Wintersun together to the next level. We are offering you an amazing crowdfunding package called the 'Forest Package', which has a lot of epic content including our 3rd full length album "The Forest Seasons". Please go to our IndieGoGo page to check out our crowdfunding video to learn more about our vision for the future, about our new album and all the great stuff we are offering! And remember, this deal and the crowdfunding will last only this month, ending on March 31st 2017! Make sure to watch the whole video! Music from the new album throughout the video! TURN UP THE VOLUME AND ENJOY!“
In July, Nuclear Blast will release the physical formats of 'The Forest Seasons' (the pre-order will start soon) and on the same day, you will receive the download link for “The Forest Package” if you purchased the album directly from the band.
In the meantime you can witness the band's return to the stage at the following festivals:
07. - 10.06. S Sölvesborg - Sweden Rock Festival
30.06. - 02.07. FIN Helsinki - Tuska Open Air
11. - 13.08. P Vagos - Vagos Metal Fest
10. - 13.08. UK Derby - Bloodstock Open Air
16. - 19.08. D Dinkelsbühl - Summer Breeze
18. - 19.08. SK Zvolenská Slatina - More Than Fest
Saturnal Records has set April 28th as the international release date for Barathrum's highly anticipated ninth album, Fanatiko.
Formed in 1990, Barathrum are one of the founding fathers of Finnish black metal. The band's early '90s demos, and especially their first two albums - Hailstorm and Eerie, both released in 1995 - were foundational in establishing the filthy sound for which Finnish black metal is now known worldwide, and also for featuring a unique and sinister setup of two bass guitars. Barathrum would continue to be prolific during the rest of the 1990s and into the early 2000s, before quietly going on hiatus. And although posthumous collections kept the name fresh for a while, only three new songs would arrive on a split 10" in 2010, and thus flowed rumours about the state of Barathrum and whether the band was truly RIP.
Alas, the rumours have been silenced and Barathrum returns with their strongest album in nearly 20 years, Fanatiko. The band's first album in 12 years, needless to say, Fanatiko has been long in the making, but more importantly, it marks a new start for this cult. Led, as ever, by frontman Demonos Sova, the demonic pack of Barathrum have brewed eight brand-new incantations here which span the entire spectrum of the band's canon. On Fanatiko can be found traces of the shit-thick lava of their earliest albums and also the rowdy, almost-tribal heavy metal of their later years, all bound together by a truly devilish and gleefully infectious charisma that only Barathrum can deliver.
Like the proverbial phoenix, not for nothing did Barathrum record Fanatiko at Blackvox Studio, entirely on analogue just like their pioneering early albums. Duly bolstered by blistering, full-bodied production which highlights their characteristically bass-heavy churn, the band sound truly re-energized here, pounding forth with an utterly raw and untamed energy that authentically harks back to their breakout albums. The trudging doom of their earliest, eeriest work benefits as much by this production choice as does the more rocking fare of latter-day albums like Legions of Perkele and Infernal. Altogether, it's a zealous whirlwind which can only spell Barathrum.
Fans old and new, expect nothing but old-school black metal mixed with hellfire and demonic ichor, now spilled out by a solidified six-piece orchestra of Hell. As on their earlier works, the trademark Barathrum sound is executed with two bass guitars, which was almost unheard of back in the day - but today, on Fanatiko, Barathrum are even more dangerous and blasphemous than EVER!
The album shall be released on both CD and vinyl LP formats, along with new merchandise sure to please all old worshippers of Barathrum. Witness the triumphant return of the beast! And it can be witnessed in visual form at Finland's esteemed Inferno magazine HERE with the brand-new video for "Hellstorm."
Barathrum lineup 2017
Demonos Sova - vocals
Raakalainen - guitars
Pelceboop - lead guitars
Ruttokieli - bass/backing vocals
Nuclear Tormentörr - lead bass/backing vocals
Vendetta - drums/backing vocals
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