Ukrainian black metal veterans Drudkh and Swedish underground one-man act Grift (out on Nordvis) are now premiering their new split 'Betrayed By The Sun / Hägringar' in full (wherever the EP is not complete yet due to technical issues, it will be updated as soon as possible). Betrayed By The Sun / Hägringar' has been scheduled for release on September 16 and is exclusively streaming via the official media partners listed below.
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The lyrics for "His Twenty-Fourth Spring" were penned by the Ukrainian poet Bohdan-Ihor Antonych (1909–1937), who died at the early age of 28 years from an infection of the lungs.
Drudkh have previously revealed the artwork of 'Betrayed By The Sun / Hägringar', which can be viewed together with the full track-list of the split below.
Alpha Omega Management are pleased to announce the signing of Cold Raven to its roster!
Melodic obscure black metal horde Cold Raven - formed in 2013 - released their debut full length album “Equilibrium & Chaos” in 2014, via Sliptrick Records. The band's sound is influenced by the Black Metal scene in the early ‘90s as well by the bands that followed and contributed to open the horizons of the genre. So far Cold Raven has shared the stage with important acts, such as Nargaroth, Infernal War, Necromass, Dark Funeral, God Dethroned, Belphegor, Unleashed, Mortuary Drape, Impaled Nazarene, etc, and has played in several European countries.
Comments the band:
"We are pleased to announce we have signed a deal with Alpha Omega Management. This is an important step forward for us. Horns up!"
Alpha Omega Management adds:
"We're so glad to welcome Cold Raven to our Family! Despite the relatively young age of the band, these guys have been around a lot playing with great names out there. We've no doubt to say that Cold Raven will take many important steps onwards and upwards, so stay tuned for next announcements!"
On October 14th Germany's own Waldgeflüster returns with their 4th full-length album. The single Weltenwanderer has it's premiere and is presented & streamed by German online outlet Metal.de.
Weltenwanderer premiere @ metal.de : http://tinyurl.com/jl6bwzw
In order to celebrate the upcoming album Waldgeflüster will perform two release shows this fall.
September 30th, Nordvis Höstfest - En Arena, Stockholm (Sweden)
With Panopticon & Grift
October 15th, Backstage - München (Germany)
With Negură Bunget
Ruinen (Ruins) is a heavy masterwork of emotive and moving metal, a gem that blends a vast variety of different genres within the metal spectrum. With Ruinen Waldgeflüster venture further away from their origin and the traces of more traditional black metal fades away and leave place for a more promising sound with no boundaries. It's certain that Ruinen is a wonderful melancholic journey that has allowed Waldgeflüster to reach another level. A level where the sounds of atmospheric folk metal of artists like Falls of Rauros and Panopticon merges with the older doom / post-metal sounds of artists such as Anathema & Katatonia. One of the most interesting metal releases of 2016, no doubt.
Cursed Records is proud to announce that Nephrolith have just signed with them for their upcoming album. The new opus will be called Paleness of the Bled World and will be released on the 11th of November 2016.
Below you can listen to the preview track "Moth" featuring Tim Yatras (Austere / Germ) and take a first look at the artwork! More to be announced soon!
01. Tkivo Svemira
02. Barutana "Pogavranjen"/Orsang
03. Ponoćni Lov
04. Jeziva Suša
06. Strigoi (The Karmakumulator remix)*
*CD bonus track
Croatian mavericks of the trance-like black craft are back with the reminder of what have become the cornerstone of their discography and easily one of the most unique extreme releases of the 2010s. Watch out for the re-release of their seminal second album on Arachnophobia Records.
With two EP releases, and three full-length albums that wiped the boundaries of the black metal genre and brought the band to a firm and clear position at the crossroads of avant-garde, psychedelia, primitive trance-inducing blackness, and a modern approach devoid of limitations under their belts, Pogavranjen, Croatia’s by far most prominent black metal band, are about to remind their audience about their second titanic escapade.
On “Sebi Jesi Meni Nisi”, the trademark sound of the band evolved into something truly terrifying. Its re-release will see the light of day and dead of night this fall.
Veterans of Croatian extreme music use primordial negativity and blackness of bleak modern existence to painfully stomp a 42 minute long march through wastelands of rancid psyche fuelled by complete lack of hope. Through disgust and bewildering bestiality, Pogavranjen present the dawn of a new era of originality by painting the blackest of landscapes.
While being endlessly negative, ugly and malevolent, “Sebi Jesi Meni Nisi” strikes with its progressive and meditative elements. It is an album which emanates a macabre deathly glow, as well as ambitious freshness. Its visionary construction and virtuoso musicianship echo through the avant-garde black metal underground.
Cradle Of Filth the UK’s most visionary and hellish outfit are very pleased to announce that they are currently writing new material. The band have been locked away for the past week in a studio in Brno, Czech Republic, working on the follow up to their 2015 opus ‘Hammer Of The Witches’.
The evening before embarking on their creative quest, rather vocal front man Dani Filth said the following:
"As a band we are very much looking forward to our writing session in Brno. It's going to be very inspirational to just bury ourselves away in a rehearsal room in the Czech Republic and knead our ammunition of razor sharp flesh-ripping sonic torments into sinister form. Hopefully when we emerge from our musical chrysalis one week later, something beautiful will be born. The new Cradle Of Filth album will be mostly written. Then will come the long Autumnal evenings bringing the monster further to life by dressing it in lyricism. I can hardly wait!"
“As a band, Cradle Of Filth have already written about fifty percent of the material towards the new album, which now requires collating and readdressing. We started writing shortly after returning from our highly successful tour of the U.S. and Canada back in March. We were 'adrenalised' by the whole reaction we received out there, having not been back to that part of the world for a fair few years. The camaraderie of playing to that many people across seven weeks really inspired us to start writing material again so soon after the release of our previous endeavour, 'Hammer Of The Witches'.”
“There are certainly a few songs completed already, though these will undoubtedly be scrutinised thoroughly when we hit the rehearsal studio. It'll just be awesome to play through it all creatively in the rehearsal room.”
“We can reveal that there is one song carried over from the previous album, a veritable lament entitled 'Achingly Beautiful'. We've worked some more on it, fleshing it out considerably. It is very old school Cradle Of Filth, featuring a haunting middle section full of soaring female vocals and choir very akin to 'A Gothic Romance' from the album 'Dusk... and Her Embrace'. It may not even make this album's grade in the end, as we're being extremely thorough with quality control, but it's definitely something that is being delivered to the proverbial butcher's block from the off.”
Cradle Of Filth chose Brno as a location for several reasons aside from the draw of its elegance and rich architecture; drummer Marthus and second guitarist Ashok live there, plus Brno is also home to Europe's second largest Ossuary, which is essentially a medieval charnel house filled with fifty thousand skeletons, second only in size to the catacombs in Paris.
More on ‘Hammer Of The Witches’
‘Blackest Magick In Practice’ Official Video
'Right Wing Of The Garden Triptych' Official Video Censored
'Right Wing Of The Garden Triptych' Official Video Uncensored
‘Deflowering The Maidenhead, Displeasuring The Goddess’ Lyric Video
‘Enshrined In Crematoria’ Official Track
Cradle Of Filth links;
Two years after the release of their seminal album, The Divination of Antiquity (2014), pioneers of contemporary UK Black Metal, Winterfylleth, return with their highly anticipated new release, The Dark Hereafter, confirmed for a September 30th release on Candlelight / Spinefarm Records.
Musically, we find the band progressing their ideas, moving into uncharted territories – exploring longer, more expansive songs and building on their signature sound with both style & intent. Thematically, The Dark Hereafter casts a light on how we are now seeing the negative, long-term effects of bad policy making and global oligarchy playing out in society; how we have learnt all of these lessons before and yet ignore the wisdom of the ages.
Featuring 5 brand new tracks, The Dark Hereafter finds Winterfylleth at their most musically focused and lyrical best. The band once again used the amazing production talents of Chris Fielding at Skyhammer Studio and Tim Turan at Turan Audio to make the record a reality.
Says guitarist Chris Naughton:
“After two years away, we are really pleased to share this new record with you all. We thought a lot about making it, what it has to say lyrically, what that means and how we progress along with that as a band approaching our 10th year of existence. In recent years, it feels like we’ve been living in an uncertain and unsettling world, and on ‘The Dark Hereafter’ we wanted to bring the issues surrounding that uncertainty to life within these new songs. They carry a lot of meaning and sentiment for us, and we hope they will also have that meaning for you. We look forward to seeing you all along the way in 2016/17!”
Fans can pre-order the physical album now in a variety of bundles at http://po.st/91Ry4B or pre-order the digital record and automatically received an instant download of “Ensigns of Victory” here.
German black metal stalwarts Imperium Dekadenz are now unleashing their forthcoming fifth full-length 'Dis Manibvs', which has been scheduled for release on August 26th.
'Dis Manibvs' is exclusively streaming via the official media partners listed below.
Metal As Fuck (AU)
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Musick Magazine (PL)
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Metal Hammer (UK)
Imperium Dekadenz comment regarding their new album: “We are proud that our fifth album ‘Dis Manibvs’ is now streaming in its entirety. In our opinion this album is our most diverse output so far. It carries the typical Imperium Dekadenz mark from the first note, but we have added a new energy. Its epic and melodic parts will carry you off to mysterious and unknown places – like ancient ruins over the vulnerable sides of our spirits. We put our very hearts and souls into these songs! We hope that you enjoy this new journey into the dark realms of ancient cultures and the night."
The artwork of 'Dis Manibvs' has been created by Francesco De Luca and can be viewed together with track-list above.
Signal Rex have set October 7th as the international release date for the debut demo of Endalok, Englaryk. Hailing from the currently-hot Icelandic black metal scene, Endalok bear many of the same immersive traits as their established countrymen, but on evidence of their opening Englaryk salvo, the secret-so-far entity exhibits a startling uniqueness that belies its young years as a band. There is a ghostly aspect at work across the four-song / 18-minute Englaryk that's as deceptive as it is swift. The four songs seemingly disintegrate under their immediately-lumbering weight, only to waft like vapour trails into soon-to-be-distinguishable shapes.
This shadowy dance continues throughout the demo's duration, as different beyond-the-shade textures come into focus, only to wither away again, instilling a sense of slow-motion vertigo within the listener. And it is at this largely sombre, ceremonial pace where Endalok are most engrossing, and where shattered shards of melody fall where they may. Desolate and yet majestic in a manner not usually associated with such an appellation, Englaryk is a penetrating first taste of Endalok, and one that will be later released on vinyl after its initial cassette run. Hear the first taste at the band's Bandcamp HERE with the demo's title track. Cover and track-listing are as follows:
Iron Bonehead Productions sets October 21st as the international release date for Verberis' highly anticipated debut album, Vexamen. In the spring of 2014, Iron Bonehead located this mysterious New Zealand entity and released its first demo, Vastitas. What started as an otherwise-quiet release from an unknown band soon became a conflagration of interest and acclaim: for those who heard it, Verberis' Vastitas was hailed as the grand birth of something special or at least unusually promising. Indeed, the demo was both special and unusual, solely existing to traverse the devastating terrain of ravenous death metal from the spaces in between. Obscure and doubly vitriolic, narrated with chants of ascending and descending through creation and desolation, Vastitas was imbued with a hideous energy brimming with the essence of DEATH.
But as much as the psychic terrain of that demo was vast and unknown, it is soundly trumped by Verberis' Vexamen. Whereas the band's demo lurked among the lonely landscape where early bestial metal splintered into more deathly shapes - think Finland's Belial and Mythos - here on their first album, Verberis aim for a more singular and idiosyncratic expression. Verily, this is DEATH METAL, ever blackened and always abyss-ward, but the four shadow-draped figures of Verberis finesse it into a feverishly flowing fount of highly dynamic and darkly memorable madness. There is a certain alchemy at work across Vexamen; call it clarity of thought and execution or something similar, but the cleaner, more-clanging textures found here ably elucidate a wealth of songwriting ideas otherwise rare (or even nonexistent) in the subgenres of cavernous death metal and bestial black/death. And yet, simple categorization such as that eludes Verberis during these 10 songs totaling nearly an hour - rather, it is a journey, restless and wild and wide-eyed and soberly awake, to realms both forgotten and remembered, both imagined and very fucking real. Not for nothing does the band reveal its first photo, much less start an official website: Vexamen is the beginning of a new era, both for the band and especially the wider consciousness of death metal.
Fitting for such a monumental release, Vexamen will be released on CD, cassette, and double-LP formats, all graced with majestic 'n' malevolent cover art by Artem Grigoryev. Aptly titled, "The Gaping Hollow of Divinity" is the first track to be revealed from Verberis' Vexamen, and can be heard exclusively HERE at Iron Bonehead's Soundcloud page. Cover and tracklisting are as follows:
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