Russian Slavic folk metal band Sieta have just released their debut album "Novgorod". It is a historical concept album about the uprising of the ancient city of Novgorod against the baptism of Rus.
The best way to experience it is to watch this video:
Link to major platforms: https://band.link/5Tzo1
Agonia Records is pleased to announce the signing of Australian black / death metallers,
Denouncement Pyre. The band is currently working on its fourth album, follow-up to "Black Sun Unbound" from 2016.
Denouncement Pyre was established in 2003 in Melbourne, Australia, as an underground black / death metal act. Prior to signing with Agonia Records, the band released a string of various EPs & 7”s, and conjured three full-length albums through Hells Headbangers Records; "World Cremation" (2010), "Almighty Arcanum" (2013) and "Black Sun Unbound" (2016). Amidst extensively touring throughout their native Australia, they brought their live show to New Zealand and USA, during Maryland Deathfest in 2016.
D (guitar & vocals) comments:-
"Denouncement Pyre stands for the destruction of the limitations of man. Drawing inspiration from the darkness that lurks beyond the boundaries of flesh and mind. Through doorways to Daath. Forever unbound!". On the new record deal, D adds: "We are stoked to be joining forces with Agonia Records for our forthcoming album. So far the recording sessions for the new record have been the most intense yet. With ever burning hunger we look forward to unleashing this beast upon you all soon!"
Denouncement Pyre on-line:
After more than two decades of silence, Finnish cult black/epic metallers and pioneers of the scene Darkwoods My Betrothed carve their long-awaited comeback in stone by signing a worldwide record deal with Napalm Records!
In 2020, the old horde from the original line-up rejoined forces, now augmented by former session keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen as a full member of the band, bringing a significant contribution to the creative process, and Kai Hahto (both Nightwish) as session drummer.
Founded in 1993 in Kitee, Finland, Darkwoods My Betrothed quickly gained a cult status in the black metal underground. In 1995, they released their debut album, Heirs of the Northstar, followed by second album, Autumn Roars Thunder (1996), and Witch-Hunts (1998). Shortly after, the pagan flame of Darkwoods My Betrothed became but a fleeting glimpse in the nocturnal darkness of Eastern Finland. But it never faded away completely.
Be prepared for an onslaught of melodic black metal and epic majesty!
Darkwoods My Betrothed is:
Darkwoods My Betrothed online:
Black Ceremonial Kult, Chilean gods of the dark abyss, are back. The band, which is deeply rooted in the underground, has released two demos and three splits so far. With these releases, band gained the respect of fans who love sincere devotion to blasphemous art. This time we proudly present a new release, which, although it is an EP, may surprise with its length. 'Crowned in Chaos' will be released on June 14th and will be available on CD, LP, tape and in Digital formats.
Nietzsche once said: '...when you gaze long into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.'. Wise words when it comes to the new Black Ceremonial Kult material. It is like a dark hole, that awaits you. You cannot expect mercy, forgiveness or pity. It is like this cosmic force that swallows all. It is brutal, it is dangerous, it is tense. You can call it death metal, black metal, the abyss of sounds, whatever. We call it apocalypse. And this particular apocalypse lasts for nearly forty minutes and contains nine compositions (including intro and outro). Lose yourself in the abyss and join the Kult!
'Crowned in Chaos' was recorded and mixed by Maot under the influence of secret poisons at the Order Temple of the Dead Studios in 2019, Santiago - Chile. Mastered by Seba Puente at Audiocustom Studio 2020. Intros & keyboards by Maot.
All the artwork by Igor Datkiewicz & WS Artworks.
French brutal black thrash metal band Conquerors have signed with Music Records for the release of their new album "Stormbringer" which will be released on May 21, 2021. Now they have released their new single "Dawn Of War"; taken from the new album. Listen now on Music Records official YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/mHxu8cR-l4s
At the same time, Conquerors will reissue the album "Dawn of War" with a new mix.
The mixing and mastering of "Dawn Of War" and "Strombringer" will be done at the Track Down Music studio; Music-Records own recording studio. "Stormbringer" will be distributed in France, Europe, USA, Canada, Asia & Oceania as well as on more than 250 digital platforms.
Conquerors was founded on July 13th, 2013 by Morty (guitar and vocals), Hordos (drums) and Ottar (bass). The band's first self-produced EP, “Deceptive Condolences” was released in March 2014.
With the release of the first album "Conqueror" in April 2015, Conquerors takes a turn that will direct him to his current style. Ottar left the band at the same time and Conquerors played for several years as a duo.
Anfauglith joined the project in May 2018 on bass and then on drums from December 2018. The band's second album "Dawn Of War" was released in February 2019 and definitely marks the style of Conquerors: 'Brutal Black Thrash Metal'.
Xalpen inks a record deal with Black Lodge Records. The Chilean black metallers are working on new material to be released in a not too distant future. But first up is the remastered album ’Sawken Xo´on‘ set for release on the 30th of July 2021 on both vinyl, CD and digital.
“We are sincerely honored and very motivated about this alliance, it is and we know, much more to unveil in our path to approach the respectful listeners, hungry daemons, thirsty witches, psychotic entities and all the spiritual voyagers of this black trip, to the mysteries of the ancient era of pan-dimensional shamans and Dark Gods, building the strong bridges that transgressive music and chaotic forces creates, to fulfill the secret and obscure essence of Xalpen.
We also, with no doubts, will support expectations and goals the band and Label will have for the upcoming time. For now, It´s a good start for more concrete plans, to set some live performances, possible further shows and / or even organize some tours dates for the uncertain future of this world”.
Taiwanese extreme metal masters Chthonic reveal “Oceanquake” video from upcoming "Chthonic Megaport 2021" release
Chthonic has revealed a second clip, “Oceanquake,” from symphonic extreme metal masters’ upcoming live album and video, Chthonic Megaport 2021, scheduled for release on May 19.
Watch “Oceanquake” today, exclusively via Consequence of Sound at https://consequence.net/2021/05/heavy-culture-chthonic-freddy-lim-oceanquake-video-premiere/.
“Oceanquake” features an appearance by Audrey Tang, a long-time Chthonic fan who currently holds the seat of Digital Minister in Taiwan's cabinet. “Audrey’s voice has been added with Machine Effect,” explains frontman Freddy Lim. “I’ve never known anybody’s voice that fit in so well with this kind of effect. It makes this Chthonic DrumNBass remix so unique!”
Chthonic Megaport 2021 documents Chthonic’s return to the stage to headline Taiwan’s massive Megaport Festival. The release will be available digitally and as a special limited “anti-epidemic bundle” including a physical CD, Chthonic medical-quality mask, a Chthonic mask lanyard, large and small Chthonic mask containers and a small Chthonic spray can for sanitizer will be available. Pre-orders are available at https://ciongzo.com/en/product_detail.php?id=602.
After making history by successfully managing the COVID-19 pandemic, Taiwan was able to move forward with the Megaport Festival, the first large-scale rock festival since the unprecedented global lockdown. Taking place March 27-28 in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, the festival featured more than 100 artists on 10 stages. Founded in 2006 by Chthonic’s Freddy Lim, who left the organizing team after being elected as a member of Taiwanese Parliament in 2016, Megaport Festival attracts tens of thousands of people every year, with this year’s festival selling out its 20,000 tickets within five minutes.
While Taiwan is considered home of Austronesian peoples and a mystic island nation in the Orient, advanced technologies, modern cities, and upholding human rights and progressive values are also part of the image of Taiwan, and Chthonic gives the best interpretation of the contrasting images of the country. Chthonic's lyrics are inspired by Taiwanese mythology, folk stories and history, and the music incorporates elements of traditional Taiwanese folk music, enka and sorrowful melody from Taiwanese opera, accompanied by traditional Taiwanese musical instruments, such as hena, zheng - also known as "box zither"- and pgaku flute. Contemporary symphonic black metal, melodic death metal, blood-boiling riffs and solos are also integral parts of Chthonic's music.
Several of Chthonic's albums have entered the In Taiwanese pop-music charts, and the band has been awarded the Golden Melody Award, the Taiwanese version of the Grammy Award. With exception of its earlier works, Chthonic's albums include Seediq Bale (2007), Mirror of Retribution (2009), Takasago Army (2011) and Bú-Tik (2013) were all released worldwide, with positive feedback from music critics. The band took on a lower profile with a reduced number of performances after Lim’s election into the Parliament in 2016, but they still released the album Battlefields of Asura in 2018, which won the Golden Melody Award for Best Band, as well as a number of other nominations. In 2019, Chthonic held a concert with a symphony orchestra in the square in front of Taiwan’s Presidential Office. It attracted 50,000 people, and its live video and audio was digitally released in 2020.
From Fuji Rock and Summer Sonic in Japan to Ozzfest in the US, Bloodstock in the UK and WOA in Germany, Chthonic has performed at major music festivals around the world, and has had toured hundreds of shows in Europe, North America and Asia. The group has also worked with many internationally renowned artists, including Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe, Trivium’s Matt Heafy, guitarist Marty Friedman, Japanese folk singer Hajime Chitose, and Hong Kong diva Dennise Ho.
Ever since bursting onto the scene in 2000, Budapest’s Bornholm has been an unstoppable force in the black and pagan metal scene. Touring with household names like Ex Deo, Varg, Arkona and many more, the Hungarian four-piece powerhouse has made a name for themselves with spectacular live shows and four tremendous studio albums. Now, Bornholm are ready to take their career to another level with leading Austrian metal label Napalm Records as a strong partner by their side!
Listen to Bornholm’s Primaeval Pantheons in full HERE
Bornholm singer and guitarist Sahsnot about signing to Napalm Records:
“The time has come to bring you some great news. We spent the last two years working harder than ever. In the meantime, the world changed completely, but it had no influence on us at all. We began to work on our next record - we have the toughest, longest and most unforgettable work period behind us. As a result, we have signed with Napalm Records, currently one of the best and strongest record labels. It means huge progress for us and we hope the new record will live up to its hopes. We are really grateful for them as they put their trust in the record and the band. A new era begins in our lives and I think we’ve found our place.”
New music from Bornholm’s upcoming fifth studio album via Napalm Records will be announced soon!
Swedish black metal horde Burning Darkness sign with Non Serviam Records; new album “Dödens Makt” out July
Swedish black metal powerhouse Burning Darkness has joined the Dutch extreme metal label Non Serviam Records and will release their sophomore full-length album, “Dödens Makt” in July.
The band states:
“We are very happy to announce that we've signed to Non Serviam Records who will be releasing our new album Dödens Makt. The collaboration of NSR and Burning Darkness have the makings of becoming a mutually advantageous one. The label has proved to have an eye for digging up great upcoming bands and putting them in their spotlight. We have been making our relentless Swedish black metal for a long time and we think our new album is our absolutely strongest work yet. It is with great confidence we release it via NSR. Our old supporters are sure to be pleased and we're certain we'll gain many new fans with this new release. NSR's prior work with other bands tells us the album will get the exposure it deserves. Furthermore, the integrity of picking bands for their roster should ensure metal fans of the quality of our music”.
Ricardo Gelok, Non Serviam Records owner, adds:
“I have known Burning Darkness for years. The drummer and me were talking a while ago, and he told me that the band was recording a new album. So I asked him to send me a promo when all was recorded. After receiving the new songs the label offered the band a deal. It’s a real pleasure to work with a band like Burning Darkness, they are eager to get their fans hear this new opus”.
Founded in late 1999, Burning Darkness released several demos and played in their country, becoming a tenacious live act. They recorded the debut album “The Angel of Light” in 2014, which was released 3 years later, getting amazing reviews worldwide. Recently they finished their sophomore album “Dödens Makt” (The Power of Death) which will be released in July via Non Serviam Records. More details will follow soon.
Burning Darkness are:
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Belarusian black metal band Khandra have released the second brand-new track of their upcoming album 'All Occupied by Sole Death'. The new record will be out on Season of Mist Underground Activists on May 28, 2021. Listen to the band's title-track 'All Occupied by Sole Death' via the official Season of Mist YouTube channel HERE.
'All Occupied by Sole Death' is available for pre-orders at the Season of Mist shop HERE.
Khandra have furthermore unveiled the cover artwork and tracklist for 'All Occupied by Sole Death'. The artwork was made by Chris Kiesling (Misantropic Art).
Shrouded in a veil of mystery and death, Belarussian black metal act Khandra are soon to release their new offering ‘All occupied by sole Death’ upon mankind. Characterized by aggressiveness, dissonance and by creating a strong sense of atmosphere, the band’s third assault seamlessly fits in with the wave of black metal fronted by MGŁA and Blaze Of Perdition.
Khandra’s first revelations were perpetrated in October 2017 under the banner ‘All is of no avail’ which subsequently merged with its successor ‘There’s no division outside existence’ in October 2018. These seeds sprouted even more fatal progression of metastases which transformed into ‘All occupied by sole Death’.
Khandra [xɐnˈdra] is a term to describe deathly ennui over the nothing. With that in mind, one can expect ‘All occupied by sole Death’ to be a dark and cold work of art. The musical vessel here is a result of expression that has no bonds with any personal emotion of social nature.
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