Joining the ranks at Sliptrick Records this week are Mexican Symphonic / Folk Metallers Cabrakaän
Cabrakaän was formed in Toluca, Mexico in 2012 and have been calling Canada home since first performing in the country at the 2017 Metalocalypstick Fest in Lone Butte, BC, where the beauty of the North won them over and encouraged them to make the grand decision to relocate.
Their debut EP, Songs From Anahuac, was unleashed in 2014 and displayed a mix of death, folk, and symphonic European influences with Pre-hispanic instruments, along with the storytelling of Mesoamerican mythologies (Aztec, Mayan, Tlaxcaltecan, Olmecan) plus Mexican folklore such as La llorona, La Bruja and Day of The Dead.
Wasting no time in Canada, Cabrakaän are currently completing production on their follow up album entitled Cem Anahuac My Home to be released via Sliptrick Records in 2019. The album will be an expression of pride for their roots, history and traditions along with their love for metal and traditional music from their home country of Mexico.
The band go on:-
“We are proud of our roots and our culture and we want to share it with the world through our music. When we are on stage, we try to give our fans a great experience by creating an atmosphere from the time of the Aztecs, using costumes and make up. The purpose of our live sets is to give fans more of our culture visually and musically so they can connect with us and enjoy the performance even more.”
Circle Of Witches are:
Pat Cuikani – Vocals
Marko Cipaktli – Drums
Alejandro Navarro – Guitar
Paolo Belmar – Guitar
Rex Darr – Bass Guitar
Sebastián Yankopek – Keyboards
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In their endless quest to push and support current underground acts that perpetuate the odor of vintage death metal, on January 21st, 2019, Memento Mori is proud to present Ravenous Death's striking debut album, Chapters of an Evil Transition.
Hailing from the vast death metal hotbed of Mexico, Ravenous Death feature current members of such other bands as Remains, Demonic Manifestation, and Death's Forsaken. The band's embryo was brought forth in 2016 during the recording of Remains' third album in Mexico City, when vocalist/guitar player Miguel Angel and drummer Esteban Salcedo toyed with the idea of creating a death metal band influenced by Vomitory, Torture Division, and the likes. Later on, both musicians shared their vision with lead guitarist Enrique Fray, and the three of them agreed to push the idea forward and carry it out as a side-project due to the commitments they all had with their main bands. Soon after, Enrique and Miguel Angel began writing songs for the newborn abomination, and the three members decided to name the band after a Vomitory song titled "The Ravenous Dead."
Fast forward to October 2016: the recording of Ravenous Death's debut demo/EP, Ominous Deathcult, is finalized (although not released as a Bandcamp download until March 2017), including five songs chock full of rotting maliciousness that show great poise in combining blasting brutality, crushing heaviness, sombre ambience, and fierce intensity, with the lyrical themes revolving about death, occultism, blasphemy, and other classic topics of the olden Metal of Death. On May 13th, 2017, the band make their first live performance in the city of Guadalajara. For this occasion two new members were recruited - namely, bass player Alejandro Mendez and guitarist Diego Gomez - leaving Miguel Angel on vocal duties alone. After the excellent crowd response, both Alejandro and Diego join the band as official members.
Emboldened by this patient momentum, at last arrives Ravenous Death's full-length debut, aptly titled Chapters of an Evil Transition. Indeed displaying the band's transition into an evil death metal juggernaut, the album absolutely bleeds the molten-yet-mildewed essence of '90s Metal of Death. Fucking fashion and trends and especially fickle tastes, Chapters of an Evil Transition is a time-warp to the days when death metal was supposedly "dead," lost in favour of black metal or power metal or (worse) ill-fated sell-out fantasies. In this landscape did many a raw 'n' righteous mini-classic get birthed, and suitably do Ravenous Death continue the proud legacy of Vomitory and Mexican forebears Shub Niggurath, but also especially Sadistic Intent, Seance, old Grave, '90s Immolation, '90s Vader, and Finland's Demigod. No more but definitely no less, this is DEATH METAL by and for death metal MANIACS: no bullshit, and no sell-out!
Completed by stark artwork courtesy of Mörtuus and mastering by the esteemed Javier Felez at Moontower Studios, allow Ravenous Death to read you Chapters of an Evil Transition! Begin reading with the new track "Harvesting Hate" HERE at Memento Mori's official YouTube channel.
Mexico's Forbidden Rites release debut album "Pantheon Arcanum" via GrimmDistribution; streaming in its full at Legacy Magazine
Born in 1996 in Mexico, Forbidden Rites play black/death metal, charged with grim melodies. After remaining dormant for nearly two decades, they have finally released the debut album, Pantheon Arcanum, via GrimmDistribution. The band is currently having members located in both Mexico and Cyprus.
Legacy Magazine is streaming the album in its full AT THIS LOCATION
Forbidden Rites is a black/death metal band, having members located in Mexico and Cyprus. The band was established in 1996 by Juan Carlos Martinez (Guitar), Raúl Campos (Guitar) and Hugo Olivos (drums) under a different name but they did not release anything officially till now. After 20 years of silence, the band decided to unleash the unconcluded chapter by creating new dark hymns of death. With the addition of Vlad Marin on vocals and bass, the line-up was fully completed. Forbidden Rites musically resembles early ‘90s Scandinavian black/death acts such as Necrophobic, Dissection, Sacramentum, Mork Gryning, Old Man´s Child, Vinterland, and Dawn. Lyrically, the band takes their nihilist black texts from the letters of Alonso Guzman (a well-known Mexican writer and a long-time friend of the band) and Sergio Campos.
Forbidden Rites finally delivers the awaited debut album, Pantheon Arcanum, portraying the dark essence of the magic early ‘90s. Through demonic vocals, obscure and heavy sonic elements, alongside the help of some melodic passages that do not entomb the destructive and sharpened sound characteristic, they evoke the ancient rituals that have remained silent over the years.
The album was recorded in two different locations: drums were recorded at Steel Fortress Studioin Nicosia, Cyprus, and guitars, bass and vocals were recorded at Sound Village Studio in Toluca Mexico. Mastered in Germany by Andy Classen (Rotting Christ, Asphyx, Krisiun) at Stage One Studios in 2018. Art work by Riaj Gragoth at Luciferium War Graphics. The band features members of Xiuhtehcutli, Ardra Ill and Vomitile.
"Pantheon Arcanum" is out worldwide on November 07, 2018 on CD via GrimmDistribution.
Hellnite is a heavy metal project which was founded in Mexico City in 2010 playing local shows and covering songs of some of the most influential bands of the metal scene around the world. As time went by, the band began taking its own shape and sound. Paolo Belmar is the vocalist, composer and guitar player of the band and one of the three founders of the project. In 2013 after playing a bunch of local shows and maintaining the same line-up for three years Hellnite released their first EP, Manipulator, recorded, produced and released independently by the band members.
After the release of Manipulator, the band went through various line-up changes with Paolo always at the core but due to the issues of finding a stable line-up, the groups activity decreased. So at the beginning of 2017, Paolo decided to leave Mexico in order to look for better opportunities in Canada, taking the Hellnite project with him.
Arriving in Canada, Paolo started working with Canadian musicians to keep the project alive, and in 2018, things started to come together with the signing to Sliptrick Records. Finally the new full-length album Midnight Terrors is ready for release early next year and Hellnite hope to create an impact with their music around the world.
Midnight Terrors | Released February 12th, 2019 via Sliptrick Records
Paolo Belmar – Guitars/Vocals
Ryan Payne – Drums
Konnor Miskiman – Bass
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Nuclear War Now! Productions sets December 15th as the international release date for Xibalba Itzaes' highly anticipated second album, Ah Tza Xibalba Itzaes, on vinyl LP format. The CD version shall be released earlier on October 31st.
It has been over 24 years since the original Xibalba released its first album, Ah Dzam Poop Ek, in 1994. Since then, this unique cult of Mayan black metal has survived an extended period of inactivity and has more recently released a series of shorter recordings that merely served to whet its audience’s appetite for something more complete.
Throughout this time, Nuclear War Now! has demonstrated its admiration and offered its support by reissuing the aforementioned debut full-length and Ancients demos compilation on vinyl, in addition to releasing the band’s Demo 2010 cassette and Ah Tza! EP from 2015. However, it has taken nearly a quarter century to release its second full-length, Ah Tza Xibalba Itzaes, which is hereby also presented by NWN!, albeit under the revised band moniker of Xibalba Itzaes.
This change in name, although potentially misleading, was deemed necessary to distinguish itself from another band who had either callously or ignorantly assumed the same title in recent years. As with previous recordings, Ah Tza Xibalba Itzaes combines the more commonly-recognized elements of black metal pioneered by the band’s early influences, such as Bathory, with others inspired by the pre-Hispanic traditions of the members’ Mayan ancestors. The resulting sound is one that has made the band one of the most unique black metal bands to have hailed from present-day Mexico.
Ah Tza Xibalba Itzaes is comprised of a total of 12 tracks, of which eight are completely new and four are re-recorded songs that originally appeared on the preceding EPs and 2010 demo. The album’s production is sharp and cutting with only relatively light usage of varying effects (other than distortion), which is a refreshing contrast to those who rely on a shroud of reverb and delay to create an atmosphere that obscures the instruments themselves.
Xibalba Itzaes’ connection to their cultural heritage is evident in the themes explored throughout, which include regular references to Mayan deities and related apocalyptic folklore. As such, Ah Tza Xibalba Itzaes hails the return of the warriors of the Mesoamerican black metal underworld and the Mayan death gods who spawned them and whose spirit they revere.
In the meantime, hear the new track "Throughout the Equinox" HERE at Nuclear War Now!'s Bandcamp.
In their endless quest to push and support current underground acts that perpetuate the odor of vintage death metal, Memento Mori are proud to announce the signing of Mexico's Infesticide.
Dwelling in the festering depths of the state of Morelos since 2013, Infesticide exemplify the ilk of primeval death metal that drew its influences from the rawest, most rabid, most uncompromising thrash metal, and relentlessly took the underground scene by storm back in the mid-to-late '80s. Devoid of sterile and polished muscle, and abounding in unbridled fierceness in all departments - from the riffing to the lyrics, and through the vocal delivery - Infesticide fully embody the vision of death metal being ultimately dark, abhorrent, invidious, yelling, filthy, violent, sinister...a total celebration of death.
Infesticide are highly recommended for maniacs of old Morbid Angel, Necrovore, Possessed, Necrosanct, Mortem, Sadistic Intent, Mantas/Death, Blood Spill, Incubus, Desexult, and Insanity.
Memento Mori will unleash the CD version of their debut full-length album by late 2019. Further details to follow in the coming months. For more info, consult the links below.
In their endless quest to push and support current underground acts that perpetuate the odour of vintage death metal, on October 22nd, Memento Mori is proud to present Morbid Messiah's highly anticipated debut album, Demoniac Paroxysm. Memento Mori will be handling the album's CD release, while Unholy Prophecies shall be handling the vinyl version (release date TBA).
Hailing from Mexico, Morbid Messiah was formed in 2015 after Anubis Sandoval (drums) moved from Cancun to Guadalajara, and teamed up with Roberto Trejo (guitar) and Jose Rivas (vocals). All three young musicians shared a burning passion for the authentic sound of underground death metal that blossomed during the late '80s and early '90s, and felt compelled to give shape to a brand-new, iniquitous entity that would follow in the gods of yore's footsteps. Morbid Messiahplayed their first live show a few months later and then proceeded to record their debut EP, suitably titled In the Name of True Death Metal, which was self-released in October 2016 on CD format. Guillermo Lopez (bass) had already joined their ranks by then, solidifying the line-up for depraved endeavours yet to come. Fast forward to April 2017 and the Polish label Godz ov War Productions gave the EP the tape treatment, and all 100 copies sold out shortly after.
To depict Morbid Messiah's approach to the Metal of Death is no laborious chore, for it is nothing more - but certainly nothing less - than a dank, impenetrable, lightless, decimating, and unadorned concoction of the finest, heaviest and vilest elements of bands such as Sadistic Intent, Possessed, Incantation, Grotesque, Mortem, Death and Imprecation, as well as those prevalent in the early works of their country-mates Cenotaph and Shub Niggurath. Thus girded with such proud 'n' powerful influences, Demoniac Paroxysm thus invokes its very title, whipping the listener into a fury of rotten, sewer-dwelling possession. Rubbed raw and blasted about like a boom-box from the bowels of Hell, this is DEATH METAL in all caps, and forever be it so: Morbid Messiah are not recommended for trendy ears nor those with weak stomachs. But if the flame burns true within you, by all means, take this torch NOW!
Naturally, for a record so foul and filthy, it's only fitting that Demoniac Paroxysm is gracelessly graced with classic cover artwork courtesy of the esteemed Mark Riddick. Bow down and pray to Morbid Messiah!
Begin praying with the new track "Howling From the Grave" HERE at Memento Mori's official YouTube channel.
Mexican death metal cult Zombiefication stream their highly anticipated fourth album, Below the Grief, at Decibel magazine's website. Set for international release on July 15th via Doomentia Records, hear Zombiefication's Below the Grief in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Zombiefication – or more specifically, its core duo of Mr Hitchcock on vocals and Mr Jacko (also of Majestic Downfall) on guitars and bass – are back, and while they’re still following the same (left-hand) path initially carved by their debut Midnight Stench as far back as in 2010, they’ve once again decided to take step away from the rest of the cattle and do their own thing. Yes, the original goal was to pay homage to the early Swedeath gods, but after their second album, At the Caves of Eternal, it was clear that rehashing what Dismember and Entombed had done over a decade ago wasn’t satisfying enough for those restless minds always on the outlook for new and more arcane ways of describing the growing darkness around us.
Four years after their last album, and three since their last release (a split EP with Revel in Flesh), they’re finally back with Below the Grief, one beast of an album and probably, by far, their darkest and most evil-sounding yet. They’ve incorporated even more black metal influences yet have adorned it with a twisted and truly unique sense of melody. Staccato riffing has booted out the few D-beat parts they had left, resulting in a more majestic and dissonant ceremony. Still, there is plenty of brutality at display here, as Zombiefication have always been about creating a suffocating and occult atmosphere. No wonder this more subtle and complex work asks you to look "below the grief" to find what truly lies within our blackened hearts. And behold…
Full the full beholding exclusively HERE, courtesy of Decibel, North America's only monthly metal magazine.
Unleashing their eighth and latest release "Daño Colateral" digitally this past April, Mexican thrashers Centauro will be making the new album available on CD as of June 30, 2018 through Bandcamp and distributor Ablaze Productions.
Leading up to the "Daño Colateral" physical release, Centauro have teamed up with PureGrainAudio.com for the premiere of their new lyric video "Colmando un Oscuro Vacío" at the following link: http://puregrainaudio.com/videos/mexican-thrashers-centauro-light-up-with-their-colmando-un-oscuro-vacio-lyric-video-exclusive-premiere
"Daño Colateral" is Centauro's third full-length adding to their existing repertoire of well worked classic thrash intertwined with hearty samples of elements from several metal sub-genres, most notably black and death, resulting in a recognizable, deep and unique sound.
"Daño Colateral" is a concept album focused on the turbulent story of a person that was born into awful situations and throughout their life, continues to experience numerous setbacks even through effort and good will; a subjective message to decadence of society and modern system thoughts.
Drummer Mario Rivera further explains:
“The album is a story about a person that has been born from rape, that’s why this newborn is unwanted; So he and his brother work their way through the struggles of life until his brother dies. He gets angry with life and his resentment burns until he gets into prison for vandalism. In prison, he learns how to be a real criminal, and when he is released, he begins a path of violent crimes and killing until his madness makes him commit suicide.”
The band purposely takes the listener through torrid moments to create atmospheres of deep anxiety, fear, anger, joy and depression. It’s a journey through emotions that evolve from one to another. This intense story that can be both heart wrenching and uplifting can be heard in full stream and downloaded on Spotify, Bandcamp, Amazon, iTunes, and Google Play.
Blood Harvest Records and Helter Skelter Productions set August 10th as the international release date for Hacavitz's cult fifth album, Nex Nihil, on vinyl LP format.
One of the underground's best-kept secrets, Mexico's Hacavitz have been pursuing an intense and challenging vision of death metal for nearly 15 years now. Having released albums on such labels as Moribund and Dark Descent, they returned to more underground-rooted auspices last year with Nex Nihil, which is now seeing its first release on vinyl. Here, the power-trio explore supremely blackened textures and more epic song structures, culminating in the unforgettable 11-minute whirlwind "Relentless Sleep." Where so many cheap carbon-copies get so much attention under the banner of "death metal," it is often that the true mavericks get unjustly overlooked, and Blood Harvest endeavors to rectify this with the vinyl release of Hacavitz's gargantuan Nex Nihil!
In the lead up to its vinyl release, the entirety of Nex Nihil is currently streaming HERE at Blood Harvest's Bandcamp. Pre-order info can be found HERE.
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