Colombian black metal circle Kvlt Of Eblis will offer their debut album "Templo de la Serpiente Negra" on August 31, 2018 via Morbid Skull Records.
As the first excerpt from this opus, Legacy Magazine from Germany is streaming the third track "Vudú" AT THIS LOCATION
Declares the band: “This aggressive music reveals a direct attack to the enemies and it is an opus with a lot of hatred and destruction!"
The manifestation of Kvlt Of Eblis took shape in the ancient city of Bogota (Colombia) in the year of 2014 by Metzli and Sargon. The moniker was taken from the Opposer Cult of all Luminous Doctrine. The next year, the sect changed its location to Marinilla (Antioquia), near to Medellin City, and recruited new members to complete the circle.
Exploring the mystic paths through fire and faith, Kvlt Of Eblis chooses raw energy filled black metal as the medium to demonstrate the black side of Magick. After unerringly reaping the supernatural seeds for over three years, the coven is finally set to conjure up their first opus, “Templo de la Serpiente Negra”, this August 31st. Morbid Skull Records will be unleashing it on jewel case and limited-edition digipak CDs.
Kvlt Of Eblis invites you to explore the deepest abyss of esoteric ocean through “Templo de la Serpiente Negra”.
El Salvador: https://www.morbidskullrecords.com/sv/?s=kvlt+of+eblis
Death metal mavericks Maligner premiere the new track "Lust for Fire" at Decibel magazine's website. The track hails from the band's highly anticipated debut album, Attraction to Annihilation, set for international release on August 31st via Blood Harvest Records and Helter Skelter Productions. Hear Maligner's "Lust for Fire" in its entirety exclusively HERE.
One of the most promising hordes Blood Harvest have come across in some time, Maligner are a deathrashing power-trio hailing from the label's home town of Malmö, Sweden. To date, Maligner have a two-song digital promo released during the autumn of 2016 and then, a few months later, the five-song Demon EP, which Blood Harvest released on cassette tape and digital formats. Bolstered by the attention afforded Demon, the trio truly come into their own on Attraction to Annihilation.
For a debut album, Attraction to Annihilation is as fully formed as they come. Maligner may be only entering their third year of existence, but the attention to craft and class across this eight-song firestorm is seriously the work of veterans - but, of course, ones not yet complacent with their ideas and especially execution. Right from the very first notes of opener "Oath-bound," Maligner explode with a dazzling array of fleet-footed 'n' finesse death metal in a most late '80s mold, back when actual songwriting mattered most and bands like Death, Sadus, and Dark Angel ruled the underground. Indeed, even nomenclature like "deathrash" didn't really exist; it was simply all METAL, just darker and more deathly than what the aboveground was proffering. But, Maligner are no mere retro retread: their compositional prowess is in a league of its own, and their attention to the finer details of aggression bespeaks a maturity that thankfully isn't neutering. In fact, the longer this 31-minute maelstrom rolls on, the more dizzying it becomes, possessing both body and spirit in a grand celebration of destruction and death.
Try as you may, there's just no denying Maligner's Attraction to Annihilation! Continue trying with the new track "Lust for Fire" exclusively HERE, courtesy of Decibel, North America's only monthly metal magazine. Begin trying with the aforementioned "Oath-bound" HERE at Blood Harvest's Bandcamp. Pre-order info for the CD can be found HERE, and pre-order for the vinyl can be found HERE.
Invisible Oranges has premiered a new song from forthcoming Hellish album The Spectre of Lonely Souls.
Stream "The Night" at invisibleoranges.com/hellish-bring-forth-the-night/
Hellish will release sophomore album The Spectre of Lonely Souls July 27 on Unspeakable Axe Records (the album will be available through international distribution channels on August 31). Pre-orders are available now at this location.
Stream another album track, "The Screams Come from Inside," at this location.
Many continents can lay claim to being formative breeding grounds for various pieces of the extreme metal puzzle, but perhaps none were such a melting pot as South America in the 1980s. Bands in Brazil, Chile, and other countries pushed thrash metal to its limits until it blurred into what would later be known as black and death metal, and dressed the whole thing in extreme expressions of occultism and hellfire. With that bed of influence bubbling beneath them, modern-day thrashers Hellish make perfect sense: tightened and refined (but only barely), without diminishing any of the speed-freak tendencies or punkish intensity of their predecessors, and certainly no less devoted to the left hand path.
Coming out of Santiago, Chile in the 2010s, Hellish previously made believers out of thrash fans worldwide with their Unspeakable Axe-released debut, Grimoire. Only two years later, the follow-up album manages to out-pace and out-riff what came before. Classic speed metal-style riffs cut through an atmosphere of evil worthy of Bathory or Possessed - this is formative stuff, once again splashing around in the dark murk between thrash and black metal, and even straight-up heavy metal in the occasional, surprisingly melodic lead parts. But make no mistake: Hellish worship at the twin altars of evil and velocity, and The Spectre of Lonely Souls is a sermon strictly for the already-converted.
Death metal barbarians Cemetery Urn premiere the new track "Down the Path of the Dead" at Decibel magazine's website. The track hails from the band's highly anticipated fourth album, Barbaric Retribution, set for international release on August 17th via Hells Headbangers. Hear Cemetery Urn's "Down the Path of the Dead" in its entirety exclusively HERE.
By now, Cemetery Urn should need no introduction. A staple of the Australian extreme metal scene, for over a decade now, the band have been a study in staunch self-reliance, self-booking two highly successful tours across the United States as well as releasing their first two albums on their own Cemetery Recordings. Although Hells Headbangers would release those first two albums - 2008's Urn of Blood and 2010's The Conquered Are Burned - on vinyl in 2011, Cemetery Urn's spirit is fiercely independent. Not to mention that they've a deep history in that Australian extreme metal scene: founding guitarist and songwriter Andrew Gillon also hails from reactivated Aussie barbarians Abominator, and previously played in the final lineup of Bestial Warlust; original vocalist Damon Bloodstorm was renowned as the frontman for Bestial Warlust and for Abominator from 1996-2001; and drummer Matt Crossingham, who's played with such bands as Belligerent Intent, Scars of Sodom, and Draconis Infernum.
Following up the momentum created by last year's poised 'n' powerful Cemetery Urn, Cemetery Urn strike with arguably their most vicious record yet. Ever aptly titled, Barbaric Retribution indeed makes good on the band's self-branded "Australian Barbaric Death Metal" tag, taking the martial foundation of their earlier work and locating a blood-red-raw humidity which makes their incendiary maelstrom all the more overwhelming. Cemetery Urn have never been short on powerful production - always, a balance between crush and clarity is sought - but Barbaric Retribution, perhaps due to its take-no-prisoners title, pushes the intensity to near-suffocating levels. But within that unremitting savagery lurks a greater number of doomed-out down-tempo twists and some truly demonic soloing, all ever suggestive of the very literal Armageddon at the heart of their aesthetic. Above all, Barbaric Retribution truly proves that unrelenting intensity and top-shelf songwriting need not be mutually exclusive terms - or, more to the point, that Barbaric Retribution is indeed BARBARIC RETRIBUTION!
Now scaled back to a lean 'n' mean quartet, Gillon handled bass in addition to his guitar duties on Barbaric Retribution, but the record sees the arrival of new vocalist S. Geoffery, who'll also be handling bass for live performances.
"I’d worked with S. Geoffery in Abominator live, so I knew he was capable of total unchained barbaric hatred, but the vocals recorded on the new album went beyond our most brutal expectations. There’s definitely some continuity from the Bloodstorm era of Cemetery Urn to the new era of Barbaric Retribution! The decision to continue as a four-piece will enable Cemetery Urn to get back on the road again and continue to brutalize metal maniacs worldwide! Barbaric Retribution is our manifesto to the stench of existence through this final stage of global decay."
Indeed, Cemetery Urn will be back on the road this fall touring Europe with Necrowretch - dates below. In the meantime, hear the new track "Down the Path of the Dead" exclusively HERE, courtesy of Decibel, North America's only monthly metal magazine. Also hear the album's title track HERE at Hells Headbangers' Bandcamp, where the album can be pre-ordered.
Soon, Cemetery Urn will be touring as part of the Burial Procession of Evropa, where they will be joined by France's esteemed Necrowretch. Presented by Killtown Bookings, the tour kicks off in September and will see both bands razing a dozen cities across eight countries. Burial Procession of Evropa will also be Cemetery Urn's first full tour in support of Barbaric Retribution. Confirmed dates and venues, as well as poster art by Misanthropic-Art, are as follows:
06.09 COPENHAGUE, DK – Killtown Death Fest
07.09 HAMBURG, DE – Bambi Galore
08.09 CHEMNITZ, DE – Nikola Tesla
09.09 MLADA BOLESLAV, CZ - Farářova Sluj
11.09 MILAN (ROZZANO), IT – Circolo Svolta
12.09 BASEL, CH – Hirscheneck
13.09 WOLFSBURG, DE – s.v. Jugendhaus Ost
14.09 KRAKOW, POL – Ze Pe Te
15.09 BERLIN, DE – Swamp Fest
18.09 PARIS, FR – Le Klub
19.09 ANTWERP, BE – Music City
21.09 WERMELSKIRCHEN, DE – NRW Death Fest
Georgia's Ennui streams first single from new album "End Of The Circle"; set for release in September
Georgian death infused funeral doom ensemble Ennui will release their fourth full-length album "End Of The Circle" on September 5, 2018 through Non Serviam Records.
No Clean Singing debuts the track, "The Withering Part I – Of Hollow Us", as the first extract from Ennui's upcoming album.
The band issues this statement: ““None of us will ever see the gleams of light in silent dawn. None of us will even know, that our shadow was already gone.”
Hear the twenty-plus-minute long funeral doom/death number RIGHT HERE
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.
Missouri thrash band Degrave have teamed up with New Noise Magazine to reveal "All You Need", which is the first single from their upcoming self-titled album.
You can listen to the song here: https://newnoisemagazine.com/stream-degrave-all-you-need/
Degrave will be released on July 27th 2018.
Jordan Roedel - Bass, Vocals (backing)
Clyde Daniels - Guitars, Vocals (backing)
Dylan Volmert - Guitars, Vocals (lead)
Jeff Kearney - Drums (2017-present)
South Korean thrash metal band Sahon play aggressive thrash metal with the heart in the right place. I'm sure you won't find many such bands, especially from that part of the world. Decibel Magazine premiered a ripping track HERE, with the following words by writer Vince Bellino -
"If you like your thrash relentless and fast as hell, Sahon have what you seek. The South Korean thrashers have been tearing it up for nearly two decades in their hometown of Seoul, releasing six albums since 2002."
South Korean thrash metal band Sahon have been waging a war against stereotypes since the late '90s and forging a sound that distils the best elements of extreme metal into a form of thrash metal that holds its own when pitted against the rest. Their latest release encapsulates the struggle over the years and showcases their affinity for their culture and music. From the quaint painting to the very structuring of these aggressive songs, Sahon are proud of their Korean heritage and that is what makes them unique today.
Transcending Obscurity Asia Site
Sweden's Axis Of Despair premiere "Lockdown" via Metal Injection; debut album "Contempt For Man Debut" out soon
Metal Injection is hosting a premiere of "Lockdown," the new single by Swedish grindcore kingpins Axis Of Despair. The band - formed by current and former members of Nasum, Coldworker, Infanticide, Volturyon, Livet Som Insats, Nervgift, Overtorture, and more - is preparing for their Contempt For Man debut full-length to see release through Southern Lord at the end of July.
Contempt For Man dispatches twenty super-charged tracks of Axis Of Despair's brutalizing but hook-laden grindcore attack. The album surges with blasting percussion delivered with savage force, yet every hit finding its target with pinpoint accuracy. The blazing riffs leave charred scars in their path, while lyrically the band unloads their noncompliance with humanity's declining ways.
Of "Lockdown" the band offers:-
"While the title is a nod to fellow grinders Lock-Up, the music centres around an idea of doing a chorus riff with clear notes that moves around, thus creating a hook that makes 'Lockdown' stand out on the album. This is a quite good slice of Axis Of Despair's type of grindcore: while 'Lockdown' has its share of drive and aggression, it also has catchiness and a certain groove that we really like."
Experience Axis Of Despair's "Lockdown" at Metal Injection RIGHT HERE.
Contempt For Man was recorded by drummer Anders Jakobson at Soundlab Studios and in the band's rehearsal room Summer 2017, mixed at Studio Ülgnor by Johan Berglund, and is completed with artwork by Paul Romano (Mastodon, Circle, Hate Eternal).
Southern Lord will release Contempt For Man on LP, CD, and digital formats July 27th; find pre-orders at the label webshop HERE and at Bandcamp where the tracks "A Life Of Ceaseless Grind," "Crush The Empire," and "The Wolven Law" are streaming HERE.
Axis Of Despair will perform at Obscene Extreme 2018 in Czech Republic on July 19th with more live actions to follow. Watch for additional tour dates, audio samples, and further album updates in the weeks ahead.
Axis Of Despair was formed in late 2013 by former Coldworker members Joel Fornbrant (vocals), Oskar Pålsson (bass), and Anders Jakobson (drums). The lineup was completed by guitarist Kristofer Jankarls (also in Livet Som Insats) a few months later and the quartet focused on songwriting. The first recording took place in the spring of 2015 and the twelve tracks were released on the two 7" EPs -- Time And Again, released via Selfmadegod Records, and Mankind Crawls, a co-release through Give Praise Records and Spela Snabbare Records. Following both EPs and several live shows, Axis Of Despair set to work on new material, striving to create a striking grindcore album with an aggressive, yet diverse selection of strong songs. The writing process was spread out over a year until the band went into the studio and begun the recordings in the summer of 2017, now set to arrive in the form of their debut album, Contempt For Man.
British goth metal band Her Despair have just released their new track "Valentine's Mourning". The song is taken from their upcoming release Mournography, which will be released later this month.
The band commented:-
“Valentine’s Mourning” is as much a display of adoration to the punk rock of the 2000’s as to the gothic music of the 1980’s. Veering more towards romance than repentance, we wanted to showcase a song which is more upbeat than usual. A faint light in the approaching dark."
Listen to the song here: https://distortedsoundmag.com/premiere-valentines-mourning-her-despair/
Her Despair, formed in 2015, began as a solo project with the release of debut album “Hymns For the Hopeless.” Showcasing the melodramatic sound and aesthetic of gothic music with the accessibility of punk and the stylings of heavy metal, the solo studio project has subsequently evolved into the current full line-up. With nods toward fellow countrymen The Sisters of Mercy and Paradise Lost, to bands such as HIM and Rammstein, the band create their own unique twist on the styles that they are influenced by.
“Mournography,” the brand new follow-up EP and first as a full-fledged band, was recently completed by the band with Matt Bew at Whitehouse Studios (Reading, UK), and is described as such:
“Mournography is an exploration into the mysteries of tragedy, blasphemy, death, and love; both literally and figuratively. The mourning of some, the lust of others. These songs praise and pervert the Word of God simultaneously: providing a deeply unsettling spiritual experience set to a bleak backdrop of melancholia.”
From their location in Berkshire UK, the band is set to unleash new convocations upon locations which have included London, Oxford, Bournemouth and Reading. Continuing to expand their fan base throughout live performances, clouds of smoke and lights theatrically immerse the audience, providing a perfect setting to experience the compelling material.
French death metal upstarts Atavisma premiere the new track "Ashen Ascetic" at Decibel magazine's website. The track hails from the band's highly anticipated debut album, The Chthonic Rituals, set for international release on July 23rd via Memento Mori. Hear Atavisma's "Ashen Ascetic" in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Hailing from the new breed of exquisite French death metal darkness, Atavisma formed in late 2013 and promptly set to work perfecting their assiduously doomed-out craft. Founders G. (guitar) and L. (vocals) wanted to create a band devoted to old-school death metal, and with the addition of C. (drums) and W. (bass) shortly thereafter, the quartet's compositions progressively shifted towards a death-doom approach with a penchant for lyrics that mainly deal with the relationship between man and nature, ancient cultures and spirituality. Wisely prizing quality over quantity, Atavisma's sparse discography comprises a debut single in 2014 and a four-song demo that same year, a split 7" with Maur in 2015, and a two-song 7" last year on the esteemed Blood Harvest. During all this, the band took their craft to the stage alongside such bands as Archgoat, Merrimack, Inferno, Ritualization, Ataraxie, Mercyless, and Mourning Dawn, and as recently as February/March 2017, they embarked on their first French tour and supported Blood Incantation and Cruciamentum during their European tour.
With their chops finely honed in the studio and on the live front, at last comes the time for Atavisma's momentous debut album: The Chthonic Rituals. The album's title not-so-subtly serves as a clarion call for the quartet's aesthetic to date, and where that aesthetic can fully go when given a long-form format. Ridiculously filthy and yet exuding a startling sense of clarity, Atavisma here conjure a forever-roiling, fatally-swirling whirlpool of murk and total 'n' utter DARKNESS. Riffs are doled out like sick 'n' slithering creatures that soon overtake their master, devouring both body and soul with salacious delight. Thus armed, compositions take on obscene forms, utilizing both über-heavy hooks and labyrinthine detours, hackle-raising tension and hypnotic quasi-melodicism, winding the listener down caverns most foul, warping any sense of sanity. And although the band's attack has gotten progressively doomier, there's never a moment of inertia; all is forward momentum, and it all leads toward an abyss with literally no end. The 11-minute closer says everything in its title: "A Subterranean Life."
As with all Memento Mori releases, totality is reached in both cover art (courtesy of E. Muskie), mixing by Johan Bijaoui at Mannaz Records, and mastering, by the elite Javier Felez at Moontower Studios. Maniacs of Incantation, Cianide, Grave, Disma, Winter, Funebre, Encoffination, and classic Convulse, hereby meet your new masters: Atavisma! Let The Chthonic Rituals begin...
"Ashen Ascetic," the next ritual, can be found exclusively HERE, courtesy of Decibel, North America's only monthly metal magazine. Another ritual, the previously revealed "Invocation of Archaic Deities," can be found HERE courtesy of NoCleanSinging.com. And the first ritual can be found HERE at Memento Mori's official YouTube channel, with the previously revealed "Sacrifice Unto Babalon."
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