Greek black metal legends Kawir stream the entirety of their highly anticipated eighth album, Adrasteia, at Decibel magazine's website. Set for international release on January 10th via Iron Bonehead Productions, hear Kawir's Adrasteia in its entirety exclusively HERE.
For over 25 years now, Kawir have been one of the unsung pillars of the classic Greek black metal sound. While the names Rotting Christ, Varathron, and Necromantia are incredibly important to that style's foundation, it was Kawir who kept the faith during the '90s and into the new millennium. In 1994, the then-young band released two pivotal 7"s, Eumenides and a split with Japan's Sigh - on the pivotal Cacophonous Records, no less - and then followed those up in 1996 with the To Cavirs MLP, which is the first truly pagan-oriented record to hail from the Greek black metal scene. With that mini-album, Kawir set about on a Hellenistic crusade to celebrate their native gods and mythology in their lyrics and sartorial presentation. From the late '90s onward, the band continued to remain prolific, perpetually committed to fine-tuning their idiosyncratic craft, culminating in underground classics Arai (2005) and Ophiolatreia (2008). Although 2012's Ισόθεος featured a cross-continental line-up, the album further solidified Kawir's status as unique icons in the black metal underground.
Come 2016, however, Kawir aligned with long-time fans Iron Bonehead and released their first album through the label, the massively acclaimed Father Sun Mother Moon. That album saw Kawir return to an all-Greek line-up and recast their classic sound in a whole new light, and continued that forward momentum the next year with the fiery Exilasmos. If the 64-minute Father Sun Mother Moon was the sound of Kawir indulging their most epic expanses - always with power and poignancy, it must be said - then the 42-minute Exilasmos was its punchier and more restless counterpart. Taken together, both these albums for Iron Bonehead formed an exciting new chapter in the ongoing Kawir saga, and suitably saw the band reach a whole new generation of fans, their fire seemingly inexhaustible and a veritable fountain of youth.
Perhaps not surprisingly, that fountain overfloweth with Kawir's eighth album, Adrasteia. Although three years separate this and its full-length predecessor, Adrasteia amazingly brims with an urgency that's simply startling for a band of such veteran status. Upon its first few resounding notes, Adrasteia is immediately and engagingly Kawir - and as the ceremonial slow-burn of opening track "Tydeus" builds, anticipation is set exceedingly high, these Greeks working a simmering spell of sumptuous splendour. The track segues into a heroic march by its latter third, with that ever-so-enticing Hellenic mysticism taking root, before the fury fully begins with the following "Atalanti." Indeed, that fury doesn't relent for the remainder of Adrasteia, but Kawir carefully keep their pacing nuanced and dynamic, with each of these six characteristically cascading tracks unveiling a breathtaking landscape of sonic peaks and valleys.
But, as ever with Kawir, the sonic portrait they paint is imbued with a deep lyricism hailing the Greek pantheon. In the case of Adrasteia, its namesake is the goddess of female revenge, and honourably does the album's lyrical concept focus on heroic women and the cruelty around them. For this unique and tasteful exploration, Kawir here have gathered together a whole host of incredible guests, including Macabre Omen main-man Alexandros on all clean vocals, the ethereal Norwegian voice of Lindy-Fay Hella on the stark 'n' haunting "Colchis," and Melechesh's Ashmedi giving a guitar solo on "Danaides."
Altogether, Adrasteia makes for Kawir's most quintessentially Greek album in many years - ever longer may their pantheon reign! Fully experience that reign exclusively HERE.
Italian Death Metallers Horrid stream new album via Friedhof-Magazine.com; special career-spanning re-recordings
Italian death metal institution Horrid stream the entirety of As We Forget Our Past, a special collection of re-recordings, via Friedhof-Magazine.com. Set for international release on December 31st via Dunkelheit Produktionen for the CD version - the vinyl LP version shall be released on February 18th, 2020 - stream Horrid 's As We Forget Our Past in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Italy's longest-running death metal band, Horrid have built an enviously dependable, unyielding body of work since 1989. Starting with more primitive influences but soon moving on to those of early Entombed and Dismember, the band spent the 1990s solidifying their sound over a clutch of demos and EPs. Eventually, come 2002, their debut album manifested itself as Reborn in Sin. From there, the name Horrid has continued to stand for the timeless upholding of classic death metal values.
Now, after two brand-new albums for Dunkelheit - 2014's Sacrilegious Fornication and 2017's Beyond the Dark Border, each one as critically acclaimed as the last - once again do Horrid align with Dunkelheit for a special anniversary record. Fittingly titled As We Forget Our Past, the 10-song/53-minute album features a slew of "greatest hits" re-recorded with Horrid's line-up that's been firm since 2015. As such, these ten tracks together form a sort of symbiosis with the preceding Beyond the Dark Border, given the massive crunch & crush of that career highpoint.
With the original songs stretching back to 1997's Blasphemic Creatures and ranging 2002's Reborn in Sin, 2006's Rising From the Hidden Spheres, 2011's The Final Massacre, and even Sacrilegious Fornication, here do Horrid put on a masterclass of pure 'n' proud DEATH METAL: melodic yet dark, dynamic yet devastating, the power-trio bring the past into the present with seemingly effortless aplomb. Despite the usually tawdry proposition of most re-recordings, truly does As We Forget Our Past both re-acclimate and re-animate, this line-up of Horrid's executing these old creations with a palpitating breathlessness and goosebump-inducing poignancy, especially where the lead-guitar work is concerned. Suitably, the band round out the record with a brand-new song, the title track "As We Forget Our Past," bringing that past into the present and setting their sights on the future.
Timeless yet fresh, and perfectly complemented by moody, awe-inspiring cover art courtesy of Matteo Autunno Di Domenico, Horrid breathe new, rotten life into the undead with As We Forget Our Past! Rise with undead and stream As We Forget Our Past in its entirety exclusively HERE, courtesy of Friedhof-Magazine.com. Preo-rder info for both formats can be found HERE at Dunkelheit's Bandcamp.
Belgian black metal enigmas Cult of Erinyes stream their highly anticipated fourth album, Æstivation, via InvisibleOranges.com. Set for international release on December 21st via Amor Fati Productions, hear Cult of Erinyes' Æstivation in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Drawing its energy from the darkest thoughts of its creators, this extreme and punitive outfit intends to evolve in the realms of black metal while pushing its limits ever further. Spawned with the intention to distill artistic audacity into respected traditions, Cult of Erinyes belong to the forbidden experience, where music is merely a symptom of a higher truth. Ritualistic hymns, vicious and twisted vocals, furious rhythmics, and ambient digressions are only a few weapons which have made Cult of Erinyes a band to be reckoned with.
Formed late 2009, Cult of Erinyes released their debut EP, Golgotha, early 2011 through Kunsthauch & Dunkelkunst, as well as a limited-edition tape through Caverna Abismal Records. Quickly after, their first full-length, A Place to Call My Unknown, was released by a very young Les Acteurs de l'Ombre Productions, gathering attention from all over the world. This got them signed to Code666 Records, who would end up releasing two more full-lengths (2013's Blessed Extinction and 2017's Tiberius), while the band kept self-financing smaller-scale releases like a split with Zifir and two EPs respectively titled Transcendence (2016) and Veneer (2018).
It was Veneer, however, that truly changed everything for Cult of Erinyes. After a drastic lineup change, including new drummer Ahephaïm (Sabathan, ex-Enthroned) and new vocalist/producer Déhà (Slow, Maladie), it was clear that the band needed something more. The answer was to be found in Amor Fati Productions, with whom the band have joined forces to unleash their fourth full-length, Æstivation. More tumultuous than ever, the band unveils its true potential to lift their music to the highest of spheres, delivering raw fury and haunting melodies.
With this new lineup, including members of esteemed acts like Wolvennest, LVTHN, Imber Luminis, and many more, Cult of Erinyes are ready to bring their enticing yet challenging music to the stage once more. Æstivation is thus both strident development and grand rebirth: bottomless immersion awaits! Full immersion can be found exclusively HERE, courtesy of InvisibleOranges.com.
Canadian Symphonic Black Metallers Astaroth Incarnate stream entirety of 'Ascendance' via Metal Injection
Toronto symphonic black metal band Astaroth Incarnate have teamed up with Metal Injection to stream the entirety of Ascendance via Metal Injection. The EP will be released tomorrow.
Listen to the entire EP here: https://metalinjection.net/av/extreme-of-the-extreme/extreme-of-the-extreme-astaroth-incarnate-rise-from-the-ashes-with-ascendance
Astaroth Incarnate are back and bolder than ever. The Canadian symphonic extreme metal band started down the left-hand path with their first official EP in 2017 titled Omnipotence – The Infinite Darkness which was the successor to an unreleased self-titled one back in 2015. Their first EP picked up a vast majority of music critics’ ears to their unique style. Now the quintet are back with a new EP entitled Ascendance, which raises the bar even higher.
Across the 11 minute epic split-tracked I am Fire / I am Death (alpha / omega), the band weave a tapestry of extremity, flirting with black metal at its core while seamlessly transitioning over to melodic, gothic, doom, symphonic & death metal with ease. Dynamic orchestral motifs soar over speedy riffs, while the titular Astaroth lays down a genre-defying vocal performance. His growls, shrieks, grunts and cleans easily rival those of the scene’s compadres, imbued with theatrical malice. The guitar work is also similarly stunning, such as at the close of “Omega” when Pablo Sagastume shreds over the thundering rhythm section.
The record closes out paying homage to one of their diverse influences - the classic Cradle of Filth number “Her Ghost In The Fog” - though naturally with the band’s own unique twist. A fitting ending to a short dive into the twisted world of Astaroth Incarnate. The band aptly name their style of music ‘Apocalyptic Metal’, and state that “we strived for years to create something we hadn’t heard or seen before. Our Avant-Garde approach to song writing eventually led us to perceive each new song with a completely different mindset. Welcome the beginning of the end and thrust towards your ensuing demise with true purpose.”
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Mexican death metal band CRS have teamed up with Metal Injection to stream the entirety of their new album The Collector of Truths. The album is set to be released This Friday via Concreto Records
Listen to the album in full here: https://metalinjection.net/av/full-album-stream/crs-bring-deathly-grooves-with-the-collector-of-truths
Mexican death metallers CRS prepare to release their second album, The Collector of Truths, this December. The Sonora-based band, formerly known as Cirrosis, originated in 1991 and released their debut LP Reciclando Desesperación in 1999. Now, twenty years after that first album and almost thirty years since the band's inception, CRS are back with a thirst for blood.
In the vein of Morbid Angel, Carcass, Fear Factory, and Cynic, CRS prides themselves on playing music that's both brutal and nuanced, with melodies that rise above the underlying chaos. Vocalist Sir Oz, guitarist/bassist Francisco “Chucky” Oroz, guitarist/bassist Joseph Lev, and drummer Tavo Ramirez were joined by two international guest musicians for this album: Kevin Talley (Dying Fetus, Suffocation, Chimaira) plays drums on “A Better Place to Hate,” “Tan Lejos de Dios (Nowhere.. But Here),” and “I’m the Universe," while Linus Klausenitzer of Obscura and Alkaloid lends his bass work to “The Art of Breathing. ”
The Collector of Truths will be available on December 6 2019 through Concreto Records.
Swedish black metal standard-bearers Avslut stream the entirety of their highly anticipated second album, Tyranni, at NoCleanSinging.com. Set for international release on November 29th via Osmose Productions, hear Avslut's Tyranni in its entirety exclusively HERE.
The highly anticipated second album from the Swedish black metal legion Avslut is finally ready to be unleashed upon the world. With nine vicious new songs, the band takes it to a whole new level with Tyranni.
Avslut depicts a deformed, decayed, and lost mankind. The group has its roots in the suburbs of Stockholm. With full force, following their well-received Deceptis debut album for Osmose last year, Avslut waste no time in continuing their reign of ice-cold, idiomatic Swedish black metal supremacy.
Now more than ever, Avslut is a weapon, an uncompromising passage to meet your fate. Prepare yourself for infernal war and even more intense and authentic material than ever before with Tyranni. LEGION, ARISE!
Fully arise by streaming Tyranni in its entirety exclusively HERE, courtesy of NoCleanSinging.com. Preorder info can be found HERE.
Progressive metal band The World Without Us are streaming their new album Incarnate over at Alternative Control. The album is set to be released tomorrow.
Listen to the album in full here: http://www.alternativecontrolct.com/music/exclusive-stream-incarnate-by-the-world-without-us/#.XbHw1OhKjIV
The World Without Us came into existence through the union of two old friends. After months of trials and tribulation, Chris Fenimore (Lead Guitar) and Mario Canavarro (Vocals) managed to piece together a line-up with guitarist James Sundwall, bassist Peter Baliira, and drummer Steve Campbell. With that, the band was off to the races. Since their first show in May of 2018 the band has accomplished a shocking amount in a relatively short time. The group has shared the stage with everyone, from local heavy hitters If Not For Me and Burial in the Sky to big names, including Metal legend Soulfly.
This West Chester, Pennsylvania five piece is based around the music store which employed multiple members, Taylor’s Music, a local institution for underground musicians. This has allowed their unique prog inspired sound to flourish as the members personal interactions inform long term growth. It has also instantly embedded them deeply into their local scene. This has paid off in getting them a chance to record with TribeSound Records and granted them opportunities to bring their thrilling live act to stages around the region.
Embracing their status as newcomers and approaching the scene with genuine and deep enthusiasm, The World Without Us is a veritable breath of fresh air for the heavy music community. Bringing in a deep variety of influences and placing a focus on giving back to the scene which they love, the band has quickly grown into a force to be reckoned with. Over the top and undeniably insane, these Southeast Pennsylvanian musicians have the world at their feet as they gaze, salivating into their starry future.
Turkish Black Metal cult Horrocious stream the entirety of their highly anticipated debut album, Depleted Light and the Death of Uniqueness, via MetalBite.com. Set for international release on October 25th via Osmose Productions, hear Horrocious' Depleted Light and the Death of Uniqueness in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Inexorable hatred occurred with the coming together of Godslaying Hellblast, Sarinvomit, and Persecutory members in early 2015. Horrocious started as a two-man black metal band to spread the infernal sounds that symbolize the destruction of the universe under the infinite chaos and eternal dominance of diabolic nothingness, and in this way, they recorded a four-track debut EP, Obscure Dominance Of Nothingness, which was released as limited-edition cassette in 2015 and CD edition in 2016. Later, three new members (C.G. on guitars, E.K. on bass, Alexey on drums) were added to the line-up to record an eight-track debut full-length in the first quarter of 2018.
On this debut full-length, Depleted Light and the Death of Uniqueness, Horrocious points the egoism and ambition of the divinity and his spatial prison in the the archia light of his orders when he wanted to be respected, and prepares the ground for an endless struggle. True power of the Lucipherian energy above the spiritual light and embraces infinite sinfulness by rebelling against the incomprehensible secret uniqueness trapped in sanctity. Would it be forgotten that the war of freedom given by the falling angels and the wrath of sealed old evil spirits? From the creation to the scarcity of information, the salvation of humiliated existence will be realized by the destruction of all the things mentioned as goodness, so the control of the worlds was only an embarrassing force, and the irresistible principles and authorities destroyed endless dissatisfaction and the system was designed in stages and the system of interdependence was inevitable. Because this was rebellious son Lucifer’s eternal war against the integrity of all worlds...
In the meantime, stream Depleted Light and the Death of Uniqueness in its entirety exclusively HERE, courtesy of MetalBite.com. Preorder info can be found HERE.
Birmingham's doom frontrunners Alunah return with a consuming fifth album "Violet Hour" this October 11th on Heavy Psych Sounds, streaming in full exclusively via Metal Insider.
This new album sees the energy of Alunah's dark, doom-tinged hard rock being cranked up with the arrival of guitarist Dean Ashton (Diamond Head) alongside the lush vocals of Siân Greenaway and rhythmic foundation of Dan Burchmore and Jake Mason. Recorded at the historic Welsh Foel Studio and produced by Chris Fielding (Conan, Electric Wizard, Primordial), these eight tracks display a searing combination of melodies, riffs and focused writing.
Darkened your world with ‘Violet Hour’ HERE
The band tells more about the album:
"The time is here to release our new LP “Violet Hour”. This album represents a period of focused creativity and we are proud to now share it with the world. Having it released on Heavy Psych Sounds Records also makes this a very special time for Alunah.”
Alunah - "Violet Hour" - out October 11th on Heavy Psych Sounds - Pre-order here
With their roots dating back to 2006 in "Sabbath City" of the UK and an evolution that has grown over four previous albums and numerous European tours and festival dates, the momentum now picks up the pace. A UK summer tour with The Obsessed and an appearance at this year's prestigious Damnation Festival have just been confirmed with many more live dates as well as album tunes to follow soon!
Siân Greenaway - Vocals
Daniel Burchmore - Bass
Jake Mason - Drums
Dean Ashton - Guitar
Québecois Black Metal elite Ossuaire stream the entirety of their highly anticipated second album, Derniers Chants, at Decibel magazine's website. Set for international release on October 15th via Sepulchral Productions, hear Ossuaire's Derniers Chants in its entirety exclusively HERE.
A mere six months after the release of their first, widely acclaimed album through Sepulchral Productions, Ossuaire is already back at it, with the stunning conclusion to their two-album concept on the downfall of Christianity. Derniers Chants features the characteristic vengeful-yet-melodic riffing that has helped the band quickly rise among the well-established Québec scene while also developing a more epic side, such as on the spectacular album closer. Another must for fans of the Québec black metal scene!
In the lead-up to its international release this weekend and their album-release show in Montreal, hear Ossuaire's Derniers Chants in its entirety exclusively HERE, courtesy of Decibel, North America's only monthly metal magazine. Pre-order for the album can be found HERE.
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