After their return after nine years of silence with the EP "The Lunatic Creature" of 2018, a new EP with two new black metal tracks of powerful and deep sound with ancient mystical influences.
"Balkarnin" is a new offering from North African band, Ayyur.
Hailing from Sousse, Tunisia, Ayyur (Avant-Garde/Atmospheric Black Metal) have joined forces with Dead Red Queen Records (US) and Bad Moon Rising (TW) to bring forth their latest hex of atmospheric Black Metal. In addition to their new EP, the b-side of the cassette contain 4 unreleased bonus tracks from 2013 - 2010 - 2008 that are exclusive to this limited edition tape with only 100 copies worldwide and comes on 3 separate shell variants.
Norwegian Experimental Prog Metallers Green Carnation reveal new album details; launch interview series
Norwegian progressive metal act Green Carnation are now revealing the album details for 'Leaves of Yesteryear'. The new record is the first release by the band in 14 years and will be out on May 8th, via Season of Mist. The cover artwork was created by Niklas Sundin and can be found below together with the tracklist.
"The cover contains elements from the lyrics on the album, affected by the music and expressed through the cover artist Niklas Sundin’s pencil. Niklas put a lot of effort into going deep into this album, and came up with a few different sketches. We immediately fell for this one. It is rich in detail, is eye catching and of course has Niklas’ signature, which we very fond of", singer Kjetil Nordhus says.
The band has also launched a small interview series about the new full length, which can be viewed at the Season of Mist Youtube Channel HERE.
After almost 10 years of total silence, Norwegian Prog / Avant-garde metal act Green Carnation announced their comeback to the international metal scene for the 15th anniversary of their cult classic 'Light of Day, Day of Darkness' in 2016. After a successful comeback year with festival appearances and special shows both in Europe and North America, the Norwegians are now preparing to release their first album release in 14 years.
Green Carnation from Kristiansand, Norway, was founded as early as 1990. After founding member Tchort joined legends-to-be Emperor and continued in Satyricon and Einherjer, the band was laid to rest until their debut album, 'A Journey To The End Of The Night' came out in 2000. Following a period with line-up changes, 2001 marked the release of the bands epic 'Light of Day, Day of Darkness'.
With their albums 'A Blessing in Disguise' (2003) and 'The Quiet Offspring' (2005), Green Carnation shifted towards a more rock orientated style, before they surprised everyone with the stripped-down record 'Acoustic Verses' in 2006. What followed in the same year is perhaps one of the most spectacular DVD recordings metal history. The band played a show in the mountains, under a 30-meter-high dam. Only a year later, Green Carnation disbanded.
After the successful return in 2016, the band continued to play shows in 2017 and 2018. In September 2019, the progressive metal act announced that they were going to record their first album in 14 years, in DUB Studio, with producer Endre Kirkesola (ABBATH, IN VAIN and SOLEFALD), who also produced their classic, 'Light of Day, Day of Darkness'. The new album is expected to be released in the first half of 2020 via Season of Mist.
Kjetil Nordhus - vocals
Tchort - guitars
Bjørn Harstad - guitars
Stein Roger Sordal - bass
Kenneth Silden - keys
Jonathan Alejandro Perez - drums
Joining the ranks at Sliptrick Records this week are Russian Instrumental Folk Metal / Progressive Hard Rock trio Helena Aleksandre’s (we prefer Avant-Garde Folk Metal).
The group is led by Helena who was born in Kostroma, Russia. She started playing guitar at 15 and took the next 5 years learning to understand her music and discover the talent to create music in her own style. Helena is joined by vocalist Vera Moore who also writes the text for the songs and Stasy Short who plays classical guitar and is also fond of playing bass guitar and synthesizer.
Helena Aleksandre’s music combines several styles. There is no framework for the compositions and the music specifically tries to avoid copying anyone. In any song, you may find a lot of non-recurring moments, which makes each song interesting and makes you want to listen to it several times. Influences include Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow and Kipelov while the sound has elements of folk, metal and progressive hard rock.
The all female line-up was created a year ago in 2018 with the band accumulated tracks ready for their debut album due to be released worldwide via Sliptrick Records.
Helena Aleksandre’s are:
Helena Aleksandre – Composer/Lyrics/Guitarist
Vera Moore – Vocals/Lyrics
Stasy Short – Guitarist
Band links: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | On Sliptrick
Orchid is one of Bangalore’s (India) better known band from the live music scene and are well known for their unique music that blends the abstractness of Avant-Garde Music with Progressive elements combined with the intensity of Metal and Mathcore that makes them stand ground.
The band is now officially gearing up to release their album - Miasama this January 10, 2019. The band states:-
“The album was mixed by the Mumbai-based Apurv Agrawal (Shepherd, Death by Fungi, False Flag) and mastered by Colin Marston (Gorguts, Atheist, Origin, Krallice, Dysrhythmia) at Menegroth, The Thousand Caves studio in New York. The artwork was done by the band’s drummer and contains elements from every song the song on the album. Unlike their previous EP which touched upon themes of techno-surrealism, this album is more straightforward with sociopolitical themes.”
Kaushal: Vocals, lyrics
Mayur: Drums, percussion
For fans of: Converge, Botch, Dillinger Escape Plan, Atheist, Dysrhythmia, Blotted Science, Martyr, Spastic Ink, Gorguts, Cardiacs, Watchtower, Behold... The Arctopus!, Frank Zappa, Ron Jarzombek
Signs Of Human Race is a progressive, avant-garde metal band formed in 2017 in Brescia, Italy. After a few line-up changes, the band found its own style at the beginning of 2018, during which time, they also started performing live. Influenced by many bands such as Opeth, Tool, Gojira, Dream Theater, Dir En Grey and Pink Floyd, the band is now getting ready to release their first album, Inner Struggle Of Self-Acceptance.
The band’s name expresses and encompasses the topics that the members want to deal with in their songs: human psychology and feelings. The main features that make the band’s sound recognizable are sudden and unexpected changes, both musically and vocally, between harsh, heavy, death metal riffs and calm, atmospheric, melodic lounge parts with meaningful lyrics.
One of the band’s main objectives is actually to overcome borders between music genres, creating music in a new perspective which aims to communicate the right feelings in every transition rather than following rules bound to standard genres.
Signs Of Human Race are:
Remek James Robertson – Vocals
Diego Lorenzi – Guitars
Davide Brighenti – Bass
Samuele Leonard Sereno – Drums
Facebook | Youtube | Instagram | On Sliptrick
Chaostar are now streaming their complete forthcoming album, 'The Undivided Light'. The Greek avant-garde explorers will release their fascinating fifth full-length on March 23rd, 2018.
'The Undivided Light' is now premiering at the link below, which can be published immediately.
Chaostar vocalist Androniki Skoula comments:
"The human being as an individual and as a master of his own destiny appears again as the central core around which our forthcoming album, 'The Undivided Light' revolves. We have always been attracted to the investigation of the womb in which our secretive and most tiring battles take place. There is no blood there, no human casualties, no weapons, but only arsenals of strength and belief, waiting for us to prove that we deserve the feasts that life has provided us unconditionally. Silent soldiers confronting their lethal decisions, an ancient conspiracy in the subconscious, memories, and intentions merging into a crystal magic ball, a two-sided coin.
Life and death, this price has to be paid. The light that leads cannot be divided, its flame sprung from the opened doors of knowledge and wandered in silent yards, confronting the eternal circle of yin and yang. Its flame asks from each of us to be remembered. Its flames demand to be protected and kept alive, either to light the way or to burn down. 'The Undivided Light' is an album that does not just 'comment' on someone's ability to defend certain values, but it is mostly a statement of the band's contributors that outlines the secretive 'liaison' between memory and conscience.
The extent of conscience in our actions defends the real value of any kind of memory that we inherit towards others and also towards ourselves. In the end, the level of self-redemption does not only relate to our actions, but mostly to the pretext into which we include them. Remembrance has become a struggle, it is not an easy medal to gain, an undivided flame that burns on the soil of our soul. May we be remembered."
'The Undivided Light' comes as an invitation to a fascinating musical journey around the globe, which is equally true for space as well as time. Chaostar is far more than just a side-project of Septicflesh guitarist Christos Antoniou.
Chaostar was conceived out of Christos' longing to create music that reflects more on his aspect as an academy trained composer and go beyond the possibilities that his orchestral arrangements for Septicflesh offer. After all, the guitarist finished his studies of classical composition in London with honours and distinction.
When Septicflesh released their single, "The Eldest Cosmonaut" in 1998, the Greek band took a step towards classical music, which in turn inspired Christos to create Chaostar to pursue this course even further.
Out of a timeless confrontation of different sounds and styles rose an avant-garde concept for emotional music to which vocalist Natalie Rassoulis added a feminine voice. After a first statement of intent via a demo entitled 'The Underworld' in 2000, Chaostar released the albums 'Chaostar' (2000), 'Threnody' (2001), and 'The Scarlet Queen' (2004), as well as the 'Underworld' compilation in 2007.
After a self-imposed hiatus of both Chaostar and Septicflesh, Christos decided to revive his project as well when the latter reunited. The former returned with their fourth full-length, which was based on a Greek word roughly translating as "sin". 'Anomima' featured the celestial vocals of new singer Androniki Skoula, who also contributed most of the lyrics.
'Anomima' brilliantly combined rich, classical orchestration with lush soundscapes and modern textures, and even some elements of extreme music. Chaostar easily adopted a global musical language that induced the listener into a dreamlike trance with geographically unchained sounds.
With the 'The Undivided Light', Chaostar take their experimentation another step further. Classic orchestration, traditional instruments, electronica, rock, and more are deconstructed by Christos only to be reassembled into something fresh and exciting. 'The Undivided Light' gives new meaning to the term world music.
In the run-up to the release of the debut album "Eternal Bloodcult" by Wound Collector May 24th 2018 the band releases its first official video for the song "Divine Music, Unholy Flesh" in high definition (HD).
The album can be pre-ordered, just follow the link below...
Pre-Order "Eternal Bloodcult" HERE...
Wound Collector: Divine Music, Unholy Flesh (Official video) https://youtu.be/dte8ePmwMtM
According to Peter: "The song depicts Italian Renaissance composer Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina as a devote Catholic composer. According to the Council of Trento his music was to be considered the highest and purest form of Catholic music. However the 12 popes he served during his lifetime were all engaged in nepotism, the Inquisition, anti-Semitism and indulged in luxury."
Belgium’s epic saxophonised death metallers Wound Collector, are ready to release their full length debut ‘Eternal Bloodcult’ on the masses. The foursome of Peter Verdonck (vocals / saxophone), Kurt Hermans (bass / vocals), Guy Van Campenhout (guitars / vocals) and Ben Van Peteghem (drums) mix an old school death metal vibe with modern accents, a hefty dose of saxophone, triple vocal attacks and progressively brutal songs into a whirlwind of death, negativity and hopelessness.
The music is diverse and challenging while maintaining that catchy vibe. Lyrically, the band centres their songs around moments in history that are often forgotten or neglected, thus unearthing them to a wider audience. The saxophone assaults are more than filler, as Wound Collector uses this instrument to its full potential, therefore becoming a necessary mainstay in all songs, be it in melody, rhythm or lead-shape.
'Black Somnia' is the impending new album from Seattle-based avant doom conjurors Eye Of Nix. Slated to drop on December 15th via newly-launched Scry Recordings, the stunning new offering was captured by legendary producer Billy Anderson (Neurosis, Om, Pallbearer) at The Hallowed Halls in Portland, Oregon and mastered by Brad Boatwright (Gatecreeper, Necrot).
In advance of its release, Decibel Magazine offers up the punishing sounds of "Wound And Scar" for public consumption. Issues Eye Of Nix vocalist Joy Von Spain of the track:-
"In the song 'Wound And Scar,' we strove to evoke finality and resolution through repetitive bass-heavy rhythms accentuated with piano and distorted gong. The lyrics came from a dream about a woman brutally intent upon ending a cycle of fear imprinted on ancestors and passed down through DNA, halting a lineage of misery at any cost. I had been reading about an experiment in which two generations of mice were shown to react with anxiety when exposed to a new and innocuous scent (cherry blossoms), simply because their predecessors had been made to fear it."
Hear "Wound And Scar," courtesy of Decibel Magazine, at THIS LOCATION.
And if you missed it, hear excerpts of "A Curse" and "Fear's Ascent" RIGHT HERE.
Black Somnia will be available digitally and in a full colour gatefold LP presentation with 180-gram black vinyl, limited to 250 copies. Pre-order Black Somnia at THIS LOCATION.
Eye Of Nix's 'Black Somnia' centres itself on themes of fear, control, and anxiety while shape-shifting through a lens of blackened psychedelia and doom. "Black Somnia includes five new pieces and a re-imagining of 'A Curse.' Our goal for the recording was to frame the songs' turbulence and tension with layers of atmosphere," relays Vin Spain. "We also worked intensively with occult artist/photographer Anima Nocturna (Carlos Melgoza) and an international group of Butoh performers to create the album's ritual-based visual element."
Eye Of Nix first began to create abrasive yet kaleidoscopic sounds together in 2012. Current members vocalist Joy Von Spain, guitarist Nicholas Martinez, new bassist Zach Wise (Hissing), and noise/sound collage artist Masaaki Masao strive to conjure music that's threatening, beautiful, and harsh. Eye Of Nix toured the west coast with noise veterans Blue Sabbath Black Cheer in 2013, then chose an expanded route including the rockies and south-west in 2015. Since their inception, Eye Of Nix has shared the stage with diverse notable acts such as Voivod, Jarboe, SubRosa, Sea of Bones, King Dude, Lesbian, Worm Ouroboros, Eight Bells, Tengger Cavalry, and more.
Moros, their first LP, was released in 2015 via Eugene-based imprint Belief Mower (Muscle And Marrow, Hungers). The album was captured by the hands of accomplished Seattle-based engineer Brandon Fitzsimons (Bell Witch, Anhedonist) at Airport Grocery in Seattle and mastered by Justin Weis at Trakworx in San Francisco. The record was reissued digitally with two bonus studio tracks: "Blood In The Fire," and "Rome Burned."
True avant-garde Norwegians Enslaved have announced the release of their epic new studio album for October 13th 2017. This 14th full-length masterpiece sets the musical mind-twisters free from genre boundaries and offers an unprecedented mix of prog, extreme metal and shoegaze on 8 tracks with a playing time of more than an hour. Elegantly titled ‘E’, the album was once again written by the unholy alliance of guitarist Ivar Bjørnson (music, lyrics) and singer/bassist Grutle Kjellson (lyrics) and marks the introduction of their new keyboard master and clean vocalist Håkon Vinje. Mixed and mastered at the Fascination Street Studios by the renowned Jens Bogren, ‘E’ heralds a new era for Enslaved. Its cover artwork was once again hand-painted by the Norwegian artist Truls Espedal. As support for their brave sound journey, the quintet brought several guest musicians on board for the songs 'Hiindsiight' and 'Feathers Of Eolh', including Warduna's Einar Kvitrafn Selvik, flutist Daniel Mage and jazz saxophonist Kjetil Møster.
You can now pre-order physical editions of the album here:
Limited Edition Brown or NB Anniversary Green Vinyl, Limited Edition Digipack CD + Tote bag (all inc signed insert)
Limited Edition Digipack CD (inc signed insert)
Limited Edition Double Gatefold Etched Vinyl (inc signed insert)
Or the digital version here:
Digital Album via iTunes
Enslaved recently announced that they will supporting label mates Opeth on their autumn UK and Ireland tour dates, as well as playing a headline show at London’s Islington Assembly Hall plus a string of headline European tour dates. Their upcoming UK and EU tour dates read as follows:
10th Nov – (DE) Hamburg - Logo
11th Nov – (DE) Berlin - Nuke
12th Nov – (DE) Cologne - Underground
13th Nov – (NL) Utrecht - Tivoli de Helling
15th Nov – Manchester - O2 Ritz *Nov 16th – Glasgow - Barrowlands *
17th Nov – Belfast - Limelight *
18th Nov – Dublin - Academy *
19th Nov – Nottingham - Rock City *
21st Nov – Bristol - O2 Academy *
22nd Nov – Birmingham - O2 Institute *
24th Nov – London - Islington Assembly Hall
25th Nov – (FR) Paris - Trabendo
26th Nov – (BE) Vosselaar - Biebob
28th Nov – (FR) Rezé - Barakason
29th Nov – (FR) Lyon - CCO Villeurbanne
30th Nov – (FR) Brescia - Circolo Colony
1st Dec – (CH) Pratteln - Z7
2nd Dec – (DE) Frankfurt - Das Bett
3rd Dec – (CZ) Prague - Chelmnice
16th Dec – (RU) Moscow - Volta
17th Dec – (RU) St. Petersburg - Club Val
Enslaved will also be playing some exclusive release shows in Norway, where you can meet the band at the merch stand and receive two unique gig posters for free:
12th Oct (Norway) Oslo - Blå
13th Oct (Norway) Bergen – Garage
You can also see Enslaved at the following festival shows:
13th Aug (BE) Kortrijk - Alcatraz Festival
24th Aug (NO) Bergen - Beyond the Gates
25th Aug (NO) Moss - Festivalen Sin
16th Sept (BR) Sao Paulo - Overload Music Fest
28th Sept (CAN) Quebec – Nordicq Festival
26TH Oct (SWE) Stockholm - Close-Up Baten 21
1st-5th Feb 2018 (US) Miami – 70,000 Tons Of Metal
www.enslaved.no | www.facebook.com/enslaved
Scottish avant-garde blackened metal band Ashenspire have teamed up with Heavy Blog is Heavy to reveal their lyric video for "Restless Giants". The video features images of Glasgow while the harrowing track plays in the background. The track is taken from their new album Speak Not of the Laudanum Quandary which will be released on January 20th.
The band commented: "Drawing particularly relevant parallels to scenes of today, Restless Giants is an observation focusing on the displaced, or refugees. Scottish history is no stranger to this concept (the Highland Clearances come to mind) but the uprooting and vilification of common peoples has long been a tool used by oppressors and imperialists the world over to justify subjugation and indifference. We leave the listener to draw their own conclusions on the associated images."
Stream "Restless Giants" here: http://www.heavyblogisheavy.com/2017/01/16/exclusive-premiere-ashenspire-are-restless-giants/
Pre-order the album here: http://www.auralwebstore.com/shop/index.php?id_product=869&controller=product&id_lang=1
Speak Not Of The Laudanum Quandary will be released on January 20th 2017 via Code666
Recorded and Mixed by Greg Chandler (Esoteric, Fen)
Mastered by Brad Boatright (Sunn O))), Bell WItch, Yob, Converge)
Artwork by Ryan Mutter, logo by View from The Coffin
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