Revolver Magazine is now streaming "The Sorrowful Void," the first song to be revealed from The Secret's scathing EP, Lux Tenebris, their first new material in six years, due out in August via Southern Lord.
The Secret ends the extensive period of decay since their 2012-released Agnus Dei LP, emerging with their first studio material in almost six years. Following three years without communication between members, the band regrouped under the same roof for the first time since 2015 to record Lux Tenebris, a three-song act in sonic exploration of the theme of the sepulchre.
The band offers with the new song's debut:-
"The Sorrowful Void' is a song that develops from the obsession for a riff and its repetition. It's the very first riff that has been written for this new EP and that single riff constitutes the majority of the song. This type of density and repetition makes the riff turn almost into a texture that my mind visualizes as a sort of vortex or a magmatic eruption. It's a riff that is meant to get lost into. The writing process for this song influenced the overall sound of the rest of the EP."
Expose The Secret's "The Sorrowful Void" at Revolver 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 webstore HERE, European store HERE, and Bandcamp HERE.
THE SECRET Tour Dates:
8/12/2018 Cudi Purci Festival - Budapest, HU w/ High On Fire, Pillorian
8/18/2018 Frantic Festival - Francavilla al Mare, IT w/ Sadistic Intent, Bolzer, Enslaved
Chilean Thrashers Hellish have joined forces with Indy Metal Vault for the premiere of "The Screams Come from Inside," a track from forthcoming Unspeakable Axe Records album The Spectre of Lonely Souls. Stream the song and check out an interview with the band at this location.
Hellishwill 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). Stream another new track, "The Walker of Shadows." at the following link: youtu.be/cnvUnSiH6xg
Pre-orders are available now 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.
British death/doom band Dygora have teamed up with Invisible Oranges to stream their new song "Lucy". The song is taken from their upcoming EP Chamber of Reflections.
Listen to the song here: http://www.invisibleoranges.com/lucy-is-dygoras-brutal-missing-link/
The Death/Doom metal legion Dygora came to life in 2016 with the initial collaboration of vocalist Omar Swaby & guitarist Reece Beasley in London. To complete this early incarnation, the band rounded out their sound with a second guitarist Mark Cross and Kieran Heraghty on drums, and a year later solidified the line up with the addition of Archie Farrer on bass guitar.
Dygora set out early on to hit as much of the UK as possible, playing live to showcase their unique blend of metal, with evil throaty vocals that could curdle blood, non-stop pummelling drums and blistering guitar riffs that go from articulate death metal picking to some of the heaviest doom-laden progressions that this planet has ever heard.
2018 sees a new year for Dygora with the unveiling of their latest EP titled “Chambers of Reflections”. This follow up to their previously released demo is slated to come out in July to an eagerly anticipating audience of metal heads. This also marks the year that Dygora will play their first international show when they head out to Tokyo this September. Dygora have been writing, touring and recording for almost two years now, and making a prominent mark in the local scene, and delivering an auditory message that reflects upon their turmoil. They are ready to bring their interpretation of extremity and perseverance around the world.
"Blessed are the hearts that can bend; they shall never be broken".
Portuguese black metal titans Black Howling premiere the new track "Celestial Syntropy" at Decibel magazine's website. The track hails from the band's highly anticipated sixth album, Return of Primordial Stillness, set for international release on July 27th via Signal Rex. Hear Black Howling's "Celestial Syntropy" in its entirety exclusively HERE.
One of the oldest and most prolific bands in the Portuguese black metal underground, Black Howling have built up a staggering body of work of unparalleled anguish and misery. By no means strictly "depressive suicidal black metal," the duo's aesthetic often runs parallel to DSBM but fortunately evades all the usual cliches of such. More importantly, Black Howling's commitment to an unapologetically raw sound-field yet suffusing that misery 'n' anguish with a remarkably accomplished melodicism has largely shaped the modern Portuguese black metal paradigm that has received so much international fervour in recent years.
Now, after three years of silence, Black Howling return with Return of Primordial Stillness, a compact-yet-massive distillation of their enduring aesthetic. Comprising four tracks in an epic 40 minutes, Return of Primordial Stillness indeed sounds primordial and indeed invokes a crypt-like stillness, but there's so much more going on here. The record is bookended by two mostly instrumental tracks, with the two central compositions - "Celestial Syntropy" and "Celestial Entropy," which are 14 minutes and 16 minutes, respectively - canvassing a wide sonic landscape, howling and desperate and yet strangely triumphant and even perversely soothing, such is their catharsis sought. However, this is all BLACK METAL through and through, undiluted and uncompromising; it's just that Black Howling possess a profound understanding of it and are thusly able to shape it in dazzling(ly malodorous) ways. Simply put, if you aren't mesmerized by the conjuring's contained within, then perhaps black metal isn't for you...
Though their output has slowed in recent years, each Black Howling recording is a stained treasure unto itself. When their next recording shall reveal itself, no one knows but then, but hereby witness their Return of Primordial Stillness. In the meantime, hear the massive 14-minute "Celestial Syntropy" in its entirety exclusively HERE, courtesy of Decibel, North America's only monthly metal magazine. Pre-order info can be found HERE.
Extreme metal mavericks Firtan premiere the new track "Tag Verweil" at Legacy magazine's website. The track hails from the band's highly anticipated second album, Okeanos, set for international release on July 13th via AOP Records. Hear Firtan's "Tag Verweil" in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Firtan are one of Germany's most uprising extreme metal acts, delivering their very own mixture of styles to fans all over Europe since 2010. Having supported Rotting Christ, Imperium Dekadenz, and Der Weg einer Freiheit and played festivals like Summer Breeze and Metaldays, their sound originates from black metal involving atmospheric and progressive elements alongside intense vocal performances and accentuating ambient sounds. Firtan known for their intensive live shows, which, to date, they have delivered to ten European countries.
Now, after two EPs and one full-length, Firtan hereby present their strongest work, Okeanos. Inspired by avant-garde intellectuals like Nietzsche and Lovecraft, Okeanos is a dazzling display of epic black metal grandeur, suffused with autumnal atmosphere and winding-yet-captivating compositions. But, although deeply rooted in black metal, the overt muscle Firtan display here - not to mention the panoramic approach to songwriting, daring and boundless - helps Okeanos elude easy categorization. It's an immediately captivating experience, expanding the listener's consciousness whilst whisking the listener away to worlds yet unexplored. And its sound field is as robust as it is majestic, which is no surprise considering it was recorded at the esteemed studio Klangschmiede E with Markus Stock of The Vision Bleak/Empyrium. At six songs in 40 breathtaking minutes, Okeanos is the album by which Firtan enter into the elite.
Hear for yourself with the new track "Tag Verweil" exclusively HERE, courtesy of Legacy, Germany's premier extreme metal authority. Also hear the previously revealed "Seegang" exclusively HERE, courtesy of NoCleanSinging.com. In the lead up to the album's release, Firtan will be playing a number of shows/festivals over the coming months (dates after the jump).
Witch Mountain, who recently announced the May 25 release of their self-titled album via Svart, stream "Mechanical World" (https://soundcloud.com/nathan-carson-783351518/mechanical-world-a-spirit), a cover of Spirit's 1968 single.
"As my Spirit LP collection grew, I played this song for Rob Wrong," explains Nate Carson. "He recognized the riff because it had been sampled in the Brother Ali song, ‘Sleepwalker’. That was cool because it meant we each had a connection to the song, from different angles. We both thought 'Mechanical World' was classic, unique. So we played it for Justin and Kayla in the tour van, and they both latched onto it immediately. We especially liked hearing a woman sing these lyrics without changing the pronouns. That always freshens things up. Our arrangement is the same as the original but tuned down a few steps to make it heavier."
Witch Mountain pre-orders are available via https://witchmountain.bandcamp.com/album/witch-mountain.
Witch Mountain tour dates:
May 31 Seattle, WA North West Terror Fest
June 23 Portland, OR Star Theater #
July 11 Sacramento, CA Blue Lamp
July 12 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill
July 13 San Diego, CA Til Two
July 14 Los Angles, CA Lexington
July 15 Phoenix, AZ Club Red
July 16 Albuquerque, NM Launchpad
July 18 Austin, TX Lost Well
July 19 Denton, TX Dan’s Silverleaf
July 20 Memphis, TN HiTone
July 21 Knoxville, TN Pilot Light
July 22 Atlanta, GA The Earl
July 23 Asheville, NC Mothlight
July 25 Chapel Hill, NC Cat’s Cradle
July 26 Richmond, VA Strange Matter
July 27 Baltimore, MD Metro
July 28 Philadelphia, PA Kung Fu Necktie
July 29 Brooklyn, NY Saint Vitus
July 31 Boston, MA Great Scott
August 1 Portland, ME Geno’s
August 2 Montreal, QC Vitrola
August 3 Ottawa, ON House of Targ
August 4 Toronto, ON Garrison
August 5 Buffalo, NY Mohawk
August 7 Lexington, KY Cosmic Charlie’s
August 8 Chicago, IL Reggie’s
August 9 Omaha, NE Lookout Lounge
August 10 Denver, CO Hi-Dive
August 11 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge
Switzerland's Stortregn stream opening track from their new album "Emptiness Fills The Void" via Legacy Magazine
Swiss blackened death force Stortregn is in league with German Legacy Magazine for streaming the opening track "Through The Dark Gates" from their upcoming album. Their fourth album "Emptiness Fills The Void" to be released on May 25 through Non Serviam Records. The band has recently finished their European tour with Immolation & Full Of Hell.
Stream "Through The Dark Gates" AT THIS LOCATION
Stortregn is a blackened death metal band, formed in Switzerland in 2005. Initially influenced by the Nordic black metal scene, they have expanded their vision and sound into a more contemporary era. They are greatly appreciated for their music and even more so for their live shows. With a relentless energy, they deliver a mix of charging riffs, blast beats and brutality that leaves the audience with a lasting impression and begging for more. After a deluge of gigs, including Wacken, Metal Days, and 4 international tours, Stortregn has become inevitable in the Blackened Death metal scene.
After many changes, the formation has stabilized and the current line-up consists of Romain Negro on vocals, Johan Smith and Duran Bathija on guitars, Manuel Barrios on bass guitar and Samuel Jakubec on drums.
After recording three albums, toured in three different continents and worked with various records labels, they are proud to present the fourth album, “Emptiness Fills the Void”. To give the album the aura it deserves, they hired the revered Daniel Seagrave to create the artwork, and recorded the album at the prestigious Conatus Studio with Vladimir Cochet (Mirrorthrone, Weeping Birth). The album will be released by Non Serviam Records on May 25th, 2018.
Moreover, with the recent signing with Alpha-Omega Management Agency, Stortregn are now planning to tour the world intensely. A European Tour is already scheduled with Immolation & Full Of Hell in March and April 2018, and there is far more to come. Expressing this album through live performances with violence, blast beats, and killer riffs is what the band is about. At each of their thunderous live appearances, Stortregn ravage the place until the smallest shred of human skin is marked. The five members, tight as a hungry wolf-pack, energetically release their inner storm to transform every show into a dark and metallic mass of death, with precision, quality and professionalism.
“Emptiness Fills the Void” will be released on May 25 on digipak format under the flag of Non Serviam Records. The first 50 pre-orders will receive a free patch.
Death metal mavericks Taphos premiere the new track "Ocular Blackness" at heavily trafficked web-portal InvisibleOranges.com. The track hails from the band's highly anticipated debut album, Come Ethereal Somberness, set for international release on June 8th via Blood Harvest Records and Helter Skelter Productions. Hear Taphos' "Ocular Blackness" in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Hot on the heels of Blood Harvest's compilation of the band's first two recordings as Demo MMXVI & 7" EP MMXVII, garnering widespread acclaim and heightening anticipation for their first full-length, at last arrives Taphos' Come Ethereal Somberness. As a debut LP, Come Ethereal Somberness does everything it should: stay consistent to a band's sound established on their demos whilst pointing toward new avenues. Here, Taphos do both, and then some.
Hailing from the same Danish scene as Undergang and Phrenelith, Taphos create a classic - and classically gutted - style of Metal of Death. Their first recording, Demo MMXVI, possessed a darkly thrashing sound highly reminiscent of turn-of-the-'90s death metal on both sides of the Atlantic, as resolutely Scandinavian as it was American, its filthy propulsion as palatably fresh as it was authentically ancient. On the subsequent two-song EP, Taphos' sound becomes more world-eating, their songwriting aims more epic whilst not losing the raw fury of their beginnings.
Now, with Come Ethereal Somberness, they synthesize the two stylistic shifts into something both berzerker and epic, manic and finessed in equal measures. Indeed, Taphos are firing on all songwriting cylinders here, as the energy literally bursts off the charts but retains a sense of composure and daresay class rarely scene in full-blooded death metal. Hammering and hideous yet nevertheless invoking a clarity that never castrates their attack, the quartet render each of these seven central compositions (bookended by moody instrumentals) a story unto itself. Hell, the titles themselves tell that story - "Ocular Blackness," "Insidious Gyres," and the equally telltale "Thrive in Upheaval" and "Impending Peril" among them - and that story is horrific.
New nightmares are here, then, and Taphos will be taking them on the road with a full European tour this month alongside Swedish comrades Degial (dates after the jump). Thus, as its title ominously proclaims, Come Ethereal Somberness! Hear the new, aforementioned track "Ocular Blackness" exclusively HERE, courtesy of InvisibleOranges.com. Hear the previously revealed (and aforementioned) "Thrive in Upheaval" and "Impending Peril" HERE at Blood Harvest's Bandcamp. Pre-order info can be found HERE.
"The Preditorial Siege of Europa" tour dates with Degial
Wednesday 2nd May: Oslo, Norway - Revolver *just Degial
Thursday 3rd May: Gothenburg, Sweden - The Abyss *just Degial
Friday 4th May: Hamburg, Germany - Bambi Galore
Saturday 5th May: Oberhausen, Germany - Helvete
Sunday 6th May: Arnhem, The Netherlands - Willemeen
Monday 7th May: London, UK - Boston Music Room w/ Aura Noir (n)
Tuesday 8th May: Paris, France – Le Klub
Wednesday 9th May: Toulouse, France - Les Pavillions Sauvages
Thursday 10th May: Bilbao, Spain – Pub Mendigo
Friday 11th May: Porto, Portugal - Metal Point
Saturday 12th May: Madrid, Spain – Studios Rock & Pop
Sunday 13th May: Barcelona, Spain – Sala Monesterio
Monday 14th May: Nice, France – Atherax Music
Tuesday 15th May: Milan, Italy – Circolo Svolta
Wednesday 16th: Abtenau, Austria - Temple Neudegg Alm
Thursday 17th May: Dresden, Germany - Chemiefabrik
Friday 18th May: Wroclaw, Poland - Ciemna Stromna Miasta
Saturday 19th May: Berlin, Germany - Urban Spree
Cult Portuguese metallers Filii Nigrantium Infernalium premiere the new track "Pó" at heavily trafficked web-portal Ultraje.pt. The track hails from the band's highly anticipated third album, Hóstia, set for international release on May 25th via Osmose Productions. Also on that date, Osmose Productions shall release a totally re-recorded version of Filii Nigrantium Infernalium's 2005 debut album, Fellatrix, as well as a reissue of 2013's Pornokrates: Deo Gratias. Hear Filii Nigrantium Infernalium's brand-new "Pó" in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Five years after their last album, Pornokrates: Deo Gratias, Filii Nigrantium Infernalium are once again risen from the infernal depths to deliver a new offering onto the altar of sacrifice, their best and most impressive work to date: Hóstia. This elusive band which has, so far, seldom left its hellish pit, despite a lengthy history, brewed or, shall we say, baked the most blasphemous communion bread never to have been shared in the holy mass. Hóstia, like the band, is a sardonic, acid, Heavy Black Metal offering brought from a time in which Metal was Black and Black was Metal, savage and iconoclastic. Osmose Productions retrieves from the near-forgotten past a band whose roots run deep into early times. And nearly three decades after the band's inception, Filii Nigrantium Infernalium still have much to say, as Hóstia makes plain.
This is a new definition of classic Heavy and Black Metal, sung in one of the most widespread languages in the Catholic world, Portuguese, to poison your soul with the venomous charm of funerary carnivalesque Necrotheoholocaust! Featuring awesome and unforgettable prayer words by world-infamous necro-poet N.ª S.ª Perpétua and adorned with cover artwork by outrageous classical avant-garde metalhead painter Paolo Girardi, inspired by Rome’s Vatican baroque century frescoes. It pays, simultaneously, homage to the great Heavy Metal cover art tradition.
Come take the sacrament of Black Heavy Metal while you linger in wait for the afterlife. The first sacrament can be found exclusively HERE, courtesy of Ultraje.pt.
Canadian thrashers Infrared are "All In Favour" with Metal-Rules track premiere; new album out May 25
L-R = Alain Groulx (Drums, Backing Vocals) | Mike Forbes (Bass, Backing Vocals) | Armin Kamal (Vocal, Guitar) | Kirk Gidley (Guitar, Backing Vocals)
Set to unleash their new album "Saviours" on May 25th, Ottawa thrashers Infrared are "All In Favour" of premiering their first single with Metal Rules.com.
“Anyone who likes a more classic thrash sound, and longs for those days, just like we do, will dig this album. Since we are from that era, we are not trying to bring back that style of music, we are simply continuing what we know and do best!” comments vocalist / guitarist Armin Kamal.
Check out "All In Favour" and thrash for yourself at the following link: http://www.metal-rules.com/2018/04/24/ottawa-thrashers-infrared-are-all-in-favour-with-metal-rules-track-premiere-new-album-saviours-due-out-may-25th-post-teaser-launch-pre-order/
Making an impact on the Canadian's 80s thrash scene, Ottawa legends INFRARED have returned to cement and carry on their own legacy, with their new album "Saviours" featuring all new music to follow their EP "No Peace", which featured tracks all written in the 80's and only recently heard by fans in 2016. "Saviours" features eight tracks that are thrashy, aggressive, melodic, heavy, and tight.
Vocalist / guitarist Armin Kamal adds:
“The Big Four will stand out as we have been described as a band with a bay area sound…But our influences are truly rooted in 70s and early 80s metal. Accept, Scorpions, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, and Judas Priest are all bands that laid the foundation and the love of metal for us!”
“Saviours” is available for pre-order on iTunes here.
Album teaser - https://youtu.be/jeM0gQkqX4I
May 30 - Arnprior, ON - The St, John Pub - info - w/ Flotsam and Jetsam
June 29 - Ottawa, ON - House of Targ - info w/ Black Mass, Mortor
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