Northern Irish black metallers Imperial Demonica sign worldwide deal with Black Lion Records
Imperial Demonic are a melodic black metal band from Belfast, Northern Ireland paying homage to the more polished black metal sound of the late 90’s and early 2000’s. For fans of Dark Funeral, Dissection and Dimmu Borgir, Imperial Demonic delivers the classic Swedish black metal sound with their debut release "Beneath The Crimson Eclipse". With relentless blast beats, melodic hooks and visceral lyrics, Imperial Demonic are bringing the fire and brimstone back to the modern black metal scene.
Imperial Demonic are set to release their debut EP "Beneath The Crimson Eclipse" worldwide on April 7th. Expect nothing but pure crushing pestilence, paying homage to the polished black metal sound of the late 90s
Polish pagan group Varmia – who pay tribute to their Baltic roots by combining black metal with traditional instruments such as the goat horn and the tagelharpa – have revealed their first new music since 2021’s ‘bal Lada’ album. The new song “Oddal” is presented as a standalone video (no digital single at this time) and comes as an introduction for the intriguing and unique group’s next chapter. The music video can be viewed at https://youtu.be/OEYpZyj1ANU
“In the near future we will share our three new pieces. A musical and visual triptych, which in fact is a prologue to what’s next to come,” further explains vocalist/guitarist Lasota. “For the first time in our history, we’ve felt that the album needs some sort of introduction, an opening. So, here’s the first lift of the veil. ‘Oddal’ is a Polish word for seclusion, distance and isolation. We invite you there.”
“Oddal” opens the band’s new EP, ‘Prolog,’ that will be released January 6th across all digital platforms. You can pre-save or pre-order ‘Prolog’ now at www.smarturl.com/varmiapresave
Varmia was formed in 2016 by composer Lasota with a mission of fusing black metal with musical influences that pay tribute to the ancient Baltic tribes of the historical Warmia region of northern Poland. Vocally, harsh growls shroud the band's music and native Polish lyrics in a visceral aura, the only breaks occurring when using the traditional, ancient technique of “whitevoice” clean singing as utilized during ancient East-Central European rituals, rites of passage and festivals. Meanwhile, the power of the band's metal influences are enhanced by traditional ethnic instrumentation of the Baltic Rites via sounds of tagelharpa, goat horn, wood tuba and krivula. The final result is a compelling mix of dark metallic sounds that channel the spirit of early Enslaved, Satyricon and Wolves in the Throne Room and folk elements that drive acts such as Wardruna and Heilung.
Varmia has released three albums to date – 2017's ‘Z mar twych,’ 2018's ‘W ciele nie’ and 2021’s international release, ‘bal Lada,’ their first collaborating with M-Theory Audio. The group records all of their music in culturally significant remote locations throughout their native Poland.
More information on Varmia and the upcoming release of the ‘Prolog’ EP will be unveiled by M-Theory Audio in the weeks to come, and by Varmia.
Australian blackened thrash / death metallers Idle Ruin release single / lyric video for "Delta Hexatoxin"
Brisbane blackened thrash / death metal act Idle Ruin have dropped a brand new single titled "Delta Hexatoxin". Which was premiered by Metal.de & Heavy Blog Is Heavy. Check out the single on digital platforms and the video here: https://youtu.be/nZUKXLTD7XY. The track comes off an upcoming full-length album which the band have been busy working on through out 2022 with Brendan "Pip" Auld at Black Blood Audio who also recorded their first EP and the split release "Malefactors" with Germany's Boundless Chaos.
On the concept of the song, the band states:
"The song's about the bad apple spoiling the bunch, how one individual's actions can potentially ruin a larger group from the inside out. "Delta Hexatoxin" is the compound within the venom of funnel-web spiders, which can impair one's nervous system once infused."
2022 has been a busy year for Idle Ruin. The Brisbane heavy hitters released a split EP with Germany's Boundless Chaos titled "Malefactors" and performed at Adelaide's New Dead Festival alongside Psycroptic, Lo!, In Malice's Wake and more.
"Now with gigs returning full-time we've been spending October doing a tour of Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, and a return to Adelaide" comments the band. "It's been great finally getting to play to these crowds who've been calling for us to come and play since we started the band.
As soon as the tour is done, our main priority will be getting the album out."
Idle Ruin was formed by Liam Anthony, who for several years has played drums for numerous Australian thrash and death metal bands (Malakyte, Spektre, Decapitated Mum). While Australia’s live metal scene was halted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Liam made use of the lockdown time to write songs for his own studio project Idle Ruin. In 2021, Idle Ruin evolved into a fully fledged band with guitarist Kaleb Doherty (Feculent, When Death Replaces Life) and bassist Tim Maastricht (Wartooth, Kaustic Attack).
Turkish death / black metallers Serpent Of Old sign with Transcending Obscurity
Turkish death / black metal band Serpent of Old have signed with Transcending Obscurity. I've been looking forward to their release most eagerly and this debut showcases a brilliant blend of various styles. Their music could loosely be described as Ulcerate covering The Chasm and it's clear that they're on to something special. You can listen to one of the songs from the album titled 'Ensemble Under The Dark Sun' AT THIS LINK.
The band states:
"We are relieved to be able to finally present to you our debut album. A lot of thought, time and effort were put into this one. It really brings out the fire in each member as it intertwines compositional elements of black metal with structures of death metal that is unique to our breed. Truly a special album for us with a lot behind. That is why we are glad to be a part of this very talented Transcending Obscurity Records roster where the spirit is made flesh and alive."
Serpent of Old will be part of the prestigious upcoming 2023 Transcending Obscurity label sampler along with several new signings.
Finnish melodic death / black metallers Arctora present "I Am Human" official music video
From the cold north, the storm arrives. "I Am Human" is a track taken from the band's album "The Storm Is Over", out via Wormholedeath worldwide.
"We wanted the music video for "I Am Human" to be aggressive, simple, and straight to the point. Nothing too fancy about the story elements. Close to how you would see us play live. We had an absolute blast filming and all credit for how the video turned out goes to Juho Jokimies. We can't thank him enough!" Enjoy the video!"
Combining all genres of northern metal, Arctora will take you on a journey through a landscape of the soul. Through summer storms and raging blizzards, from the quiet woodlands to vast forests of snow. A promise of hope and the inevitable feeling of melancholy. Arctora tells stories of personal struggles with introspective and vivid lyrics, hoping to offer solace to the listener in their own troubles. The feeling of catharsis through music. "Let not your heart be turned to stone, By all manner of earthly woes"
Bahrain Metal band Ryth have set November 11th, 2022 as international release date for their debut full-length album Deceptor Creator! Album was recorded by the band themselves and mixed at Studio77-Bahrain, and mastered by Alan Douches.
"Deceptor Creator tells a story of creation, sacrifice and overcoming self, becoming something higher by drive of love and hate, but everything created is fated for destruction... a greater darkness (or light) exists beyond us. We are very excited to release our first-ever album which means a lot to us. We hope for everyone to enjoy it and to reach a new crowd with it."
Ryth is the 4-piece band formerly known as Rain In Hell formed in 2008 and have been very active in the Bahrain scene since then, concentrating on their live shows in local metal fests while playing originals that were never released. This is the first time they shifted efforts to releasing said originals. Playing blackened death metal with a technical and progressive edge, their innovative structure and style incorporates clean and aggressive vocals with more progressive elements.
English black metallers Abduction release snarling new single / video "A Psylacybic Death" ft Revenant Marquis
English Black metallers Abduction have released a snarling bleak new single / video for 'A Psylacybic Death' featuring Revenant Marquis. 'A Psylacybic Death' is the second visceral single to be released from Abduction's new album, Black Blood, which is set for release on 21st October via Candlelight Records.
"'A Psylacybic Death' speaks, obtusely, of wisdom lost through time. The song entails a drug induced death ritual inspired by the Eleusinian Mysteries whereby the subject hallucinates and is visited by creatures of the cosmic realm, before dissolving from tangible terra firma into the ether. The illusive RM of Revenant Marquis performed a particularly heinous ritual across this track, at my request. I am very pleased to have collaborated with him. 'I wish no ill, but all to death.'"
Formed in 2016 as a shadowy single-man entity, Abduction have made astonishingly fast progress, carving a fearsome reputation for themselves as a standout act in an increasingly crowded extreme metal scene. Performing alone in the early years – a rare sight, despite the many one-man bands in the genre – Abduction’s central protagonist A|V then expanded the band into a full live outfit, to better create intense, ritualistic and immersive performances, both at underground shows and larger festivals.
The forthcoming release of Black Blood sees Abduction’s most ambitious and rewarding album to date. Recorded – like its predecessor, 2019’s All Pain As Penance – by Ian Boult at Stuck on a Name Studios in Nottingham, this nightmarish yet entrancing listen pushes Abduction into new territories without straying from their core sound. From the hypnotically earnest and haunting opener ‘In Exaltation of the Supreme Being’, to the expansive 11-minute epic ‘Plutonian Gate’, with its marked progressive and psychedelic overtones, to the blend of uncompromising, stripped-down black metal and slower, almost post-metal textures of ‘A Psylacybic Death’, it is an intense and dynamic experience.
Black Blood draws both from the band’s roots and new inspirations. The fact that members of British black metal bands The Sun’s Journey Through the Night and Revenant Marquis appear is a welcome nod to where Abduction come from, yet the fact that the band are atypical for a UKBM act – no rousing odes to England or 90s Scandinavian formulas here – is perhaps their most precious attribute. Their distinctive qualities have also earnt them a place on the roster of one of extreme metal’s most famous labels, Candlelight Records, a definite milestone.
“Before this album was recorded, I knew I wanted to step things up a few notches in terms of taking this vision to a wider audience,” A|V states. “Candlelight approached me – indirectly, as they didn’t know who I was behind the mask – and offered a deal that more than meets where I want to take this project. Rather than continue to exist in the well-established sphere I’ve grown comfortable in, I decided that now is the time to take a leap into the unknown. Much like the narratives of the songs, there is both trepidation and elation. Time will be the judge…”
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Polish black metallers Funeral Mass signs with Marquee Records; first single released
Polish Black Metal band Funeral Mass signs with Marquee Records to release their third full-length album Shadow of the Raventhrone. Album will be released on December 2, 2022.
In the meantime you can listen to the album opener "With Sinister Spell" on Black Metal Promotion YouTube channel here: https://youtu.be/Rqyrhwe5kY0
The track is also available on band's official Bandcamp here: https://funeralmass.bandcamp.com/track/with-sinister-spell
"With Sinister Spell" - is a pure ode to the black magic and evil spirits enchanted in a forceful opener for our upcoming album.
Formed in June 2018 Funeral Mass represents melodic black metal with influences both of modern, ambitious metal style and old-school Scandinavian melodic scene. From the very beginning, the band quickly developed its sound which results in the first recording released on October 31st, 2018 - "Cold Winds of Desolation EP". In 2019, Funeral Mass, by the hand of Mara Production, releases its first full album called "At the Crossroads of Dark Paths". In July 2020 the second album shows up - "Forgotten Kingdoms of the North" - released by the band itself. Currently, Funeral Mass is preparing to reveal its newest album: "Shadow of the Raventhrone".
Kamil Żerański - Guitars and vocals
Dmytro Kvashnin - Guitars
Jerzy Wieliński - Bass
Ignacy Macikowski - Drums
Polish blackened thrashers Witchmaster unveil music video for new album's title track
Poland's black / thrash dealers Witchmaster preview their new album "Kaźń" with a music video for the title song and lead single, first to be released in advance of the the album's street date of November 25th on Agonia Records
The uncensored version of the video is available on the band's website at kazn.org.
Witchmaster ends its seven-year slumber to bring more chaos and clamour through the art of blackened thrash metal. Since 1996, the band descends deeper and deeper into an absurd theatre of cruelty, pursuing the cold embrace of aural depravity and darkness. "Sipping blood from skulls and gnawing the bones of old gods, we hope to let you down once again," comments the band perversely.
"Kaźń" was recorded at Satanic Audio (Blaze of Perdition, Behemoth) by Haldor Grunberg and mixed and mastered at the same studio by Haldor Grunberg and Inferno. Cover artwork by Durda.
Witchmaster comprises bassist and vocalist Reyash (Azarath (live), ex-Vader, Supremer Lord), guitarist and vocalist Kali (Five the Hierophant, ex-Profanum), drummer and guitarist Inferno (Azarath, Behemoth) and vocalist Bastis (ex-Profanum).
Swedish black metallers Nazghor to release 7th album - "Seventh Secular Crusade"
Nazghor’s seventh album - Seventh Secular Crusade - will be released 25th of November 2022. Seventh Secular Crusade is the band’s best production this far. The album is mixed and mastered by Pentagram Studios (Rotting Christ, Acherontas, Lucifer's Child).
" “Seventh Secular Crusade” is a massive experience of darkness and light. This is our best record to date, and we could not be more ready to share the result with you. It has everything that people expect from Nazghor, excellent melodies, dark atmosphere and raw power. We have raised the bar in both song writing and production. We believe in this album, and we want to make sure that no one miss the opportunity to witness our greatest opus."
Nazghor emerged on a dark winter night in November 2012 from the unholy city of Uppsala. Since then, Nazghor has released six albums bringing a pure, and still melodic, black metal of death. The band has toured and played at several festivals across Europe as well as acting as support band for Batushka and Uada.
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