In their endless quest to push and support current underground acts that perpetuate the odour of vintage death metal, on October 31st, Memento Mori is proud to present the highly anticipated second album of Greece's Vultur, Drowned in Gangrenous Blood.
Spawned from the sick brain cells of several past and current members of other deadly Hellenic entities (Ectoplasma, Resurgency et. al.) back in 2013, Vultur have been exhibiting an unquenchable thirst for sanguine death metal fluids ever since, revealed in all its putrid and vicious glory both in their Vulture's Beak demo (2016) and their Entangled in the Webs of Fear debut album (2018). Theirs is a timeless ilk of bludgeoning death metal that's stuffed with assorted tempos that go from relentless eruptions of savagery to torturous and doomed-out passages replete with morbid harmonies and through mid-paced onslaughts of sheer heaviness, influenced by the likes of Morbid Angel, Gorguts, Monstrosity, Immolation, Brutality, Suffocation, Morpheus Descends, and Incantation.
Salaciously titled Drowned in Gangrenous Blood, Vultur's sophomore strike sees them sticking to that crushing course - and indeed drowning the hapless listener in gangrenous blood! No compromise, no quarter, no progression: Drowned in Gangrenous Blood is 100% undiluted DEATH METAL spawned from the most righteous of eras, the very beginning of the '90s. Even down to its bassy, shit-thick production - courtesy of Haris Vougiantzis, of Embrace Of Thorns fame, who also handles the mixing & mastering here - Vultur's second album reeks of totally thorough authenticity. Its songwriting is creepy, lurking, and most definitely SICK, spewed by diseased minds who LIVE FOR THIS. And it's also further proof that Greece's death metal underground is criminally unsung, but soon shall devour unbelievers...
And what better way to garnish utter sickness than the literally viscous cover art courtesy of Gargoylekelly? Vultur have wasted no time in eclipsing their cult debut album - drink up! Take the first sip with the new track "Groans of Excruciating Terror" HERE at Memento Mori's official YouTube channel.
Spanish death metal pioneers Necrophiliac have just signed to Xtreem Music for the release of their long-awaited sophomore album, which comes 27 years after their legendary debut "Chaopula - Citadel of Mirrors", released back in 1992 by the pre-Xtreem Music label, Drowned Productions. This new album is being recorded and is set to be finished by the end of the year. Release date is planned for February 2020.
Necrophiliac emerged in 1988 and recorded 5 demos before releasing their classic debut album "Chaopula - Citadel of Mirrors" in 1992, becoming a genre milestone within the Spanish death metal scene. The band dissolved a year later, and returned in 2016 coinciding with the Xtreem Music re-issue of their album in a 2-CD set with all their demos, under the title of "Maze of Forking Paths". Since then, the band has been offering selected shows within the Spanish territory and writing new songs for what will be their second full-length, which is being recorded by Jesús "Punti" Montilla in the Sonic Banana Studios and will be mastered by Dan Swanö at Unisound Studios. The cover art will be a conceptual work created by the artist Artem Grigoryev.
The current line-up of Necrophiliac has four of the original members:
Plus the newly incorporated bassist Ramón. The new album will be available in CD and 12 "LP.
Watch a live video from 2017: https://youtu.be/GH9l6obbbGI
More details to be announced soon. In the meantime, you can visit the band's official Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/necrophiliacdeathmetal
The most relevant Turkish thrash metal band of today, Thrashfire, have just revealed the cover art, tracklist and the first advance single from their sophomore album entitled "Into the Armageddon", which is set to be released via Xtreem Music on October 10th in CD format.
Listen to the single "Wisdom of Sacrilegious" at this location: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=viLENDpuJ7E&feature=youtu.be
Thrashfire emerged in 2006, releasing their first demo in 2007, a promo EP in 2010 and their debut album "Thrash Burned the Hell" in 2011. In 2015, the band signed to Xtreem Music and released a new EP entitled "Vengeance of Fire". Thrashfire have played with bands such as Destruction, Artillery, Rumble Militia, Venom Inc, as well as numerous shows within Turkey and a mini tour in Germany in 2017, where they will return in November 2019 to play at the True Thrash Fest Hamburg.
"Into the Armageddon", with magnific artwork by Ozan Yildirim (Deadhouse Studio), is undoubtedly their best work to date; an intense and infernal thrash metal opus that will surely be the delight of lovers of bands like KREATOR, DARK ANGEL, SLAYER, SODOM...
In their endless quest to push and support current underground acts that perpetuate the odor of vintage death metal, on October 31st, Memento Mori is proud to present Ectoplasma's highly anticipated third album, White-Eyed Trance, on CD format. Repulsive Echo Records will be handling the vinyl LP version, which will follow later in the year.
Hailing from Greece, the band was initiated by Giannis Grim (Carnal Dread, Humanity Zero, Death Trap, Vultur) and George Wolf (Forced In, Dismal Chant, Vultur) when Carnal Dread and Forced In shared the bill at a local show back in the grip of winter of 2012. Both musicians being real zealots of what death metal was known for back in the late '80s and the early '90s - in other words, no tech wankery and no crystal-clear production - they rapidly entered the studio just to start jamming, and ultimately gave birth to Ectoplasma.
Shortly after, the Everlasting Deathreign demo was discharged upon mankind, granting the band some following among diehard fans of unpolished death metal. On subsequent releases (the Spitting Coffins debut album and the split tape with Hatevomit), the band kept on perfecting their craft and obtaining more adherents of their underground creed, reaching a more mature sound by the time the Skeletal Lifeforms EP was released in late 2016 (tape format) / early 2017 (CD format), in which Ectoplasma shamelessly manifested their devotion to muddy, organic, disgusting, bone-breaking, and rotten-to-the-core DEATH METAL influenced by the early offerings of bands such as Autopsy, Baphomet, Asphyx, Morta Skuld, Grave, Demigod, Gutted, Death, and Judecca, only with their own personal twist.
With the addition of Dion K. Alastor (Vultur) on guitars and Giannis Botsis (Embrace of Thorns, Thou Art Lord) on drums, it was with 2017's Cavern of Foul Unbeings - released to international acclaim by Memento Mori, the band's current label home - that Ectoplasma kicked their crusade against inane, overproduced "death metal" into overdrive. Reeking of the same characteristic grime and decrepitude of that album, the band's third, absolutely gutsfucking full-length, White-Eyed Trance, sees Ectoplasma entering concept-album territory. Say what?! Rest easy, diehards: the same punishing 'n' pustulent, proudly DEATH METAL sound is presented and accounted for here, only that the "concept" is a lyrical theme threaded through their now-signature world-eating sound. Just as aptly titled as its predecessor, White-Eyed Trance is an unabashed statement of classic death metal songwriting, hearkening back to a time ("long, long ago"!) when bands wrote actual SONGS rather than tossing a bunch of haphazard riffs into a blender and seeing what came out. As such, Ectoplasma patiently build their towers of lurching dread and lace them with well-timed bouts of blasting, but always in the service of the song. If anything, their crunch 'n' crush is a bit clearer now, thanks in no small part to powerful mixing & mastering by Robbert Kok (of Disavowed fame).
Finished off by awesomely retro, luridly coloured cover art by the masterful Mörtuus and a well-chosen cover of Devastation's "Souls of Sacrifice," White-Eyed Trance is yet another timely reminder from Ectoplasma that the past is alive - and it's more horrific than ever! Hear for yourself with the new track "Psychomanteum Immolation" HERE at Memento Mori's official YouTube channel.
Swedish Black Metallers Myronath sign to Non Serviam Records; debut album "Into the Qliphoth" out in Fall 2019
Swedish black metallers Myronath, with the special participation of Lars Broddesson (MARDUK) as session studio and live drummer, are ready to present their debut album to the world. For this special occasion the band have inked a deal with Non Serviam Records.
Ricardo Gelok, Non Serviam Records’ boss comments about the signing:-
“After receiving some demo songs, I was eager to hear more. When the band entered the studio we kept in touch, so I could follow the process of the creation of this new album. After listening to the final recordings I was blown away. I’m proud of our new collaboration and we’re ready to work hard on this new great project.”
“We are proud to announce that Myronath has just signed a contract with Dutch record label - Non Serviam Records for our debut album "Into the Qliphoth". A new chapter has begun now for us with this alliance, and we are all looking forward to work with NSR for future projects! Respect to Ricardo at NSR for believing in Myronath! The journey in the Abyss continues…"
The debut album "Into the Qliphoth”, mixed by Lars Broddesson at Twisting Serpent Studios and mastered by Devo Andersson (Marduk) at Endarker Studio, will be out in fall 2019. Stay tuned for more details in the upcoming weeks.
On October 11th internationally, Saturnal Records is proud to present Aegrus' highly anticipated third album, In Manus Satanus.
Hailing from Kouvola, Aegrus is a Finnish black metal band formed in 2005 by vocalist Darkseer Incuta and guitarist Lux Tenebris to act as a vision about Satanic devotion and mockery against Christianity - a vision that, over the years, has grown deeper and more holistic with its misanthrophic outlook about Lucifer/Satan, with light and darkness acting as a guiding force behind the members' passionate interest towards darkness, occult, self-development, and transcendental knowledge.
Aegrus operated the first ten years of its existence deep in the underground, steadily keeping the black flame growing by forging a series of demos and the Luciferian Engravings in 2011. The pact with Satan finally started to manifest when it gave birth to their debut album, Devotion for the Devil, in 2015, released by France's cult Drakkar Productions. A year later, Finnish label Hammer of Hate released their EP Conjuring the Old Echoes as a celebration of the past decade. This eventually led to the deal with another Finnish label, Saturnal Records, and the bond with Devil grew even stronger as their even-stronger second album, Thy Numinous Darkness, came out in October 2017.
During this time, Aegrus have justly earned a reputation for their powerful live shows and have now morphed into a four-man group, as long-time session live members Serpentifer (drums) and Praestigiator (guitars) joined their ranks. And now, in 2019, the band are prepared to unleash their mightiest Satanic strike with the third album, ominously titled In Manus Satanas. A grand culmination of Aegrus' journey so far, through both fathomless darkness and blinding enlightenment, In Manus Satanas represents an unapologetic statement of pure, cold, and raw Finnish black metal - harsh and hysteric as ever, but never forgetting the burning black fire of majestic melodicism. It's Aegrus at their most immediate and mostly immediately engaging, exuding a catchiness that's unforgettable whilst draping that darkness in an atmosphere recognizably their own.
Traditional Finnish black metal is arguably more prolific - and widely known, quite justifiably - than ever. Still, its fires ever need stoking, and Aegrus have stepped to the forefront, austere torches in hand, with In Manus Satanus.
Following the release of their acclaimed second full-length, Experiment of Existence, Chile's premier thrash band Ripper are back with their first new material in three years. Sensory Stagnation feels like a continuation and evolution of the band's established sound.
Album track "The Unreal" is now streaming at this location.
The high-speed thrashing and intricate riffs are still there, as well as the philosophical lyrics and incomprehensibly good bass work. But the band has leaned a little further into their progressive influences, with a more pronounced presence of Atheist riding shotgun with their usual Teutonic and South American thrash forerunners. The result is an outing that feels rich despite a run time of roughly 20 minutes, loaded with some of the band's best playing and most fascinating ideas to date.
Sensory Stagnation is coming September 30th on CD, cassette and digital platforms from Unspeakable Axe Records, with a vinyl release to follow from Dark Descent Records.
American Symphonic / Melodeath unit Crepuscle joins Creator-Destructor Records; new album out in Autumn and touring now
Creator-Destructor Records welcomes Redwood City, California symphonic/melodic death metal quintet Crepuscle. The label is preparing the band's second LP, Heavenly Skies, for release this fall. Additionally, Crepuscle will support new labelmates Light This City on their tour through the Southwest US this week.
Following their initial demo in 2013, Crepuscle - a reference to the time of day immediately following sunset - independently released their debut full-length, Draconian Winter, the following year to critical acclaim, including a sponsorship from ESP Guitars. The band's epic and intense songs blend elements of melodic death metal and symphonic, orchestral finesse, delivering excellent songwriting and instantly infectious movements in the vein of Wintersun, Hypocrisy, Kalmah, and Insomnium. After a five-year wait, the band is now ready to unveil their long-awaited second album, Heavenly Skies.
The members of Crepuscle proclaim of the signing:-
"We could not be more thrilled to join forces with Creator-Destructor Records and contribute our symphonic metal stylings to their incredibly diverse roster. We have admired mastermind Ben Murray's work with the label and Light This City for years, so we are honoured to be working with a seasoned veteran who believes in our vision and is as eager to help us spread our music as far as possible. We are ready to unleash Heavenly Skies to the world and could not have asked for better allies to help us in this endeavour."
The track listing for Crepuscle's Heavenly Skies and its cover art by German artist Aerroscape have been posted. Creator-Destructor will release the album on October 11th. Watch for new updates including audio premieres, pre-orders, and more to be posted in the days ahead.
In the meantime, stream the band's Draconian Winter debut album at Bandcamp HERE and see the dual-guitar play-through video for "In All Its Majesty" from that album at ESP's website HERE.
This week, fans in the Southwest US can catch Crepuscle performing material from the impending album as they support Light This City on a tour through the region.
CREPUSCLE w/ Light This City:
7/31/2019 Rebel Lounge - Phoenix, AZ
8/01/2019 Rock House - El Paso, TX
8/02/2019 Vibes Underground - San Antonio, TX
8/03/2019 Boozers Rock Bar - Corpus Christi, TX
8/04/2019 Dirty Dog Bar - Austin, TX
8/05/2019 The White Swan Live - Houston, TX
Crepuscle first came to fruition in the spring of 2006 under the name Draconian Winter in Redwood City, California. The members during that era, aged fourteen through eighteen, began writing rudimentary songs while trying to find their sound. The intent was always to write honest metal that they themselves wanted to listen to. As a result, the Silent Reverie EP was self-released and the band began playing live regularly, while also experiencing various hiatuses, setbacks, and drastic line-up changes.
Through much trial and error, founding member Eligio Tapia gradually honed-in on what would become the sound of Crepuscle. The lineup changed so much over time until Tapia was the only founding member that remained. He decided that the Draconian Winter title no longer seemed appropriate. It was time for a new chapter, so the remaining members of the band all agreed that the best way to do that would be by changing the name. In order to pay tribute to the previous era, it was decided that the debut album would be called Draconian Winter.
The recording process for their debut album began in the autumn of 2010. The songs written during the Draconian Winter-era were refined and, in some cases, rewritten to showcase the more mature sound that had been developed. Crepuscle turned to Ryan Alvarado to produce the album. Over the next four years, the band and Alvarado worked tirelessly on the album. Despite scheduling conflicts, technical difficulties, and personal struggles, everyone forged ahead with a common goal: to create the best album they possibly could, unwilling to compromise until this goal was achieved.
Backed by Gavin DeVaughn on bass, Aaron Robitsch on Keyboards, JB Schuler on drums, and Cameron Stucky on guitar, Tapia and the rest of Crepuscle are ready to spread their music to every corner of the world.
Eligio Tapia - guitar, vocals
Cameron Stucky - guitar
Aaron Robitsch - keyboard, backing vocals
Gavin DeVaughn - bass
JB Schuler - drums
Finnish speed metal cult Excuse stream the entirety of their highly anticipated debut album, Prophets From the Occultic Cosmos, at heavily trafficked web-portal CVLTNation.com. Set for international release on August 2nd via Shadow Kingdom Records, hear Excuse's Prophets From the Occultic Cosmos in its entirety exclusively HERE.
One of Finland's hottest newcomers, Excuse began to make a name for themselves with their EP Goddess Injustice. Released to critical acclaim in 2016 by Shadow Kingdom, Goddess Injustice largely introduced the fierce foursome to the international metal underground - with a nuclear-powered bang! A finely honed missile of speed metal majesty, Excuse's sound on that EP in many ways recalled the classic Canadian gods Sacrifice and Razor, but there were hints of greater glories to come. And at last, they've arrived with the presciently titled Prophets From the Occultic Cosmos.
Whereas Goddess Injustice suggested some darkly melodic leanings, Excuse's first full-length expands that arsenal considerably. Here, the six songs comprising Prophets From the Occultic Cosmos stretch out to epic lengths - one even hitting double digits, the climactic 10-minute closer "Watchtower of the Trans-Dimensional Pathway" - and take the listener on a wild, winding ride. The evil 'n' sleazy surge on which Excuse made their name still exists, but has now been tuned into a wholly more dynamic beast, able to reflect haunting moodiness and spacey horror alike. Suitably, co-guitarist Oskar Lindström's vocals have a conspicuous amount of echo placed upon them, suggesting the inter-dimensional struggles of a narrator literally lost in space. Likewise, fellow guitarist Anselmi Ahopalo's leads take centre stage here and weave an almost storytelling aspect, much in the way that classic heavy metal songwriting should, evoking both triumph and tragedy but remaining equally hummable throughout. Completing the totality is album's production, which locates the perfect balance between grit and gleam.
So many young bands blow their proverbial wad during the demo/EP days and peter out by the time their debut album comes. Not so for Excuse, who have been able to transform their earlier youthful energy into enviably advanced maturity with Prophets From the Occultic Cosmos. Behold these Prophets' coming!
The full herald of that coming can be heard exclusively HERE, courtesy of CVLTNation.com. Preorder info can be found HERE at Shadow Kingdom's Bandcamp.
Italian Black Metallers ShadowThrone sign with Non Serviam Records; new album “Elements’ Blackest Legacy” out Sept 27th 2019
Italian black metal masters, ShadowThrone, have signed to Non Serviam Records.
Blackened metallers ShadowThrone state:-
“We are honoured to begin this brand new cooperation with Non Serviam Records. We have been working diligently for almost one year on this new album and we are sure that this contract will add even more value to it” After listening to the promo of ‘Elements’ Blackest Legacy’ Non Serviam Records were keen to produce the whole album. I think this approach has been really positive because it established a warm welcoming environment of smooth cooperation."
Dutch label’s owner Ricardo Gelok adds:-
“Some time ago we received the promo of ShadowThrone, after just listening a few seconds to the first song, I was eager to hear more. The music has so many layers in it that I had to discover. After hearing the whole album there was only one thing we could do, and that was offering ShadowThrone a record deal. It is a real pleasure to work with the band, they are professional in their music and friendly in communication”.
ShadowThrone will release their sophomore album “Elements’ Blackest Legacy” on September 27th 2019.
“Elements’ Blackest Legacy” is the follow up album to “Demiurge Of Shadow”, released in 2017. More details will be unveiled soon.
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