Australian blackened death metal outfit Earth Rot are now unveiling the very first track of their upcoming opus 'Black Tides of Obscurity', which will be released on March 06, 2020 via Season of Mist. The music video for the single 'Dread Rebirth' is now streaming via the official Season of Mist YouTube channel HERE. The link may be freely spread throughout your channels.
Earth Rot comment: "Dread Rebirth, our first single from Black Tides Of Obscurity is the opening of the void. The simultaneous unlocked and unhinging of mind, both visually and musically. We're excited to begin the year with our opening track that we will be playing live this month and on tour in March."
The album can be pre-ordered HERE.
Finnish Symphonic Black Metallers ...And Oceans announce new album 'Cosmic World Mother' and reveal cover artwork
Symphonic black metal formation ...And Oceans have revealed the album details of their upcoming full length, 'Cosmic World Mother'. The record is set for worldwide release via Season of Mist on 8th May, 2020.
Guitarist Timo comments:-
"The new era of ...And Oceans has been a long time coming. We've already had a taste of how it would be: the band played a few selected gigs and festivals last year and it was great to see old and new fans welcoming ...And Oceans back with open arms. It feels like the right time to come back with this new album. 'Cosmic World Mother' is ready, the release date is set, shows are booked and we have a strong, new line-up. Let's celebrate the new skin!"
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.
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.
Hailing from the northern part of Denmark, Chronicle is the bastard child of old-school thrash metal, melodic death metal & black metal, with a sprinkling of Finnish melody thrown in for good measure. Technical riffs and lightning fast drums are par for the course, when it comes to Chronicles music.
And now the Danish band is ready to release their new album “Demonology"!
“We've always strived towards a high level of technicality and musicianship in the music we write, and "Demonology" represents to us a big step into a heavier and more extreme direction, while maintaining our brand of catchy melodic death metal. We can't wait to share more info with you all in the coming months!" - Chronicle
The new album was produced, mixed and mastered by Tue Madsen (Meshuggah, The Haunted) at Antfarm Studios and will be released on March 27th 2020 on CD, vinyl and digital formats. It can be pre-ordered here:
Lars Bo Nepper: guitar/vocals
Jari Sielemann Holopainen: drums
Sebastian Skousgaard: guitar
Jacob Wammen: bass
Norwegian Black & Roll veterans Vreid have announced their participation in the "Songs That Changed the World" project by the Nobel Peace Center and Inferno Metal Festival. The band will be commissioned to interpret and cover a song about freedom of expression. The song is yet to be determined. Vreid will perform this special song and their own material during a show at the Nobel Peace Center on April 7, 2020.
Founder and bass player Hváll comments:
"In Vreid we have always been up for new challenges. It was therefore with huge excitement we took on this task when Inferno Metal Festival and Nobel Peace Center challenged us to do our interpretation of a song that changed the world. Freedom of speech has been relevant since the very beginning of rock, and is just as relevant and important today. A lot has changed since rock 'n' roll was new and rebellious in the 60s, but still today the freedom of speech are controversial and debated, so maybe the world has been at a stand still over the last 60 years. We are thankful for the engagement. Vreid looks forward to dig deep into the rock history of many fantastic songs, and will be ready to perform our song at the Nobel Peace Center in April."
More information on the Nobel Peace Center can be found HERE. Inferno Metal Festival will take place on April 9 - 12, in Oslo, Norway. Find more information on the festival HERE.
Veteran Brazilian Blackened Thrashers Vulcano to release new album "Eye In Hell" in March, pre-orders available
On Friday 13th March 2020, Mighty Music will release a new studio album from one of the most influential bands in South America: Vulcano. This will be the second important Friday the 13th event for the Brazilian veterans lately, after having released their new single and video, off the track "Bride Of Satan", on Friday the 13th of December. But then again, what else can we expect from a band with the charisma, history and aura of Vulcano?
"Eye In Hell", the new Vulcano album, will be their 11th in a career spawn of 38 years, and their first in four years. It will be released in CD, LP and digital formats and can be pre-ordered in the following links:
In a time when new bands are born at every minute and meaningless albums are spit forth and back, the simple existence of an entity with the historical depth, aura and attitude of Vulcano is nothing short of amazing. The Brazilian Black / Thrash metal masters are now back to studio album titled “Eye In Hell”, to be released worldwide by Mighty Music on the first quarter of 2020. “Eye In Hell” was produced by Zhema Rodero and Ivan Pelliciotti in O Beco studios, in Curitiba, Brazil, between April and August 2019 and has artwork drawn by Roberto Toderico (Paganizer, Pestilence, Sodom, Tygers Of Pan Tang).
Vulcano were one of Brazil's first heavy metal bands of note. Coming into existence some time before (and having no small influence upon) that country's most famous metal export, Sepultura, Vulcano's albums were far too inaccessible to surface above the heavy metal underground with any regularity; and yet, alongside fellow Brazilians Sarcofago, Mutilator, and others, their primal, astoundingly violent blend of black and thrash metal has attained a worldwide cult legend among some of the genre's most extreme practitioners - notably, Norway's feared black metal inner circle of the early '90s.
Zhema states that:-
“Vulcano has always been a DIY band in essence, since it’s very first album. But for the first time in our almost 39-year career, we signed a record deal with a label with name and focus on Metal. We’re very proud to be now in a roster with renamed artists - some of them created in the same era we did - like Tygers of Pan Tang and Artillery. This union gave us extra motivation and energy to keep going and I believe we still have a lot of albums and shows ahead”.
Zhema Rodero - guitar
Luiz Carlos Louzada - vocals
Carlos Diaz - bass
Gerson Fajardo - guitar
Bruno Conrado – drums
Dutch Black / Death Metallers God Dethroned unveil details for new album, 'Illuminati'; dates announced
The immutable power of the Netherlands' greatest blackened death metal band, God Dethroned, rings true on new album, Illuminati - their most varied material to date. With a cover by Polish master Michał 'Xaay' Loranc (Nile, Evocation), Illuminati is conversant in the tenets of death metal - experimental where it needs to be, and indomitable in spirit. It's the kind of album that will bestow the Dutch heroes with accolades and push them across Europe (first with Obscura - see dates below) and then the rest of the globe (planning for North and South America is under way) throughout 2020.
God Dethroned's Henri Sattler checked in with the following comment about Illuminati:
"Freemasons, occultists and conspiracy theory enthusiasts pay attention! God Dethroned is back to smack you in the face with our new album called 'Illuminati'. After finishing the World War One trilogy, it was about time to go back to dark side with songs about religion, freemasonry and the occult. Song titles like 'Spirit of Beelzebub', 'Broken Halo', 'Book of Lies' and 'Satan Spawn' leave very little to the imagination as to what to expect from us from a lyrical point of view.
But those of you who expected us to go back into a raging frenzy of endless blastbeats and buzzsaw blade guitar sounds better beware. 'Illuminati' is our most varied album to date with a heavy, yet in-your-face type of production. We managed to make our sound bigger and more orchestral than ever before with the use of both atmospheric keyboard parts and many additional vocal parts such as choirs and grunt-on-tone type of vocals. There is a lot to be discovered in the songs of this album because of the many details hidden in the music that will only reveal itself after many listens, and at the same time the tunes on 'Illuminati' are catchier than ever before.
Lovers of Rhandy Roads-meets-Marty Friedman type of melodic guitar solos should definitely give Dave Meester's spectacular leads a listen. Dave was welcomed to the band's line-up during the European tour with Belphegor and Suffocation and stayed within our ranks ever since. Former guitar player Mike Ferguson however contributed greatly to 'Illuminati' by writing several stunning songs and riffs as well as recording half of all the rhythm tracks on the album. We wish him all the best in his future endeavours."
On February 7th, God Dethroned will release their new full-length, Illuminati, via Metal Blade Records. For a preview of Illuminati, a clip for the album's title track (a first of three interconnected short movies) can be viewed at: metalblade.com/goddethroned - where the record can also be pre-ordered in the following formats:
On the live-front, God Dethroned have just confirmed three special Illuminati album-release shows in Lingen (Germany), Hoogeveen and Rotterdam (The Netherlands), before the start of their European tour with fellow deathsters Obscura, Thulcandra and label-mates Fractal Universe. This tour will cover central and eastern Europe, the Baltic states, Scandinavia as well as Germany, to be followed by another tour across the western part of Europe. Afterwards, the Americas are on God Dethroned's agenda and several festival appearances, of which the first ones have been announced now too. Confirmed God Dethroned live shows so far are as follows:
God Dethroned tour dates 2020:
'Illuminati' release shows
Feb. 7 - Lingen (Germany) - Alter Schlachthof
Feb. 8 - Hoogeveen (The Netherlands) - Het Podium
Feb. 9 - Rotterdam (The Netherlands) - Baroeg
w/ Obscura, Thulcandra, Fractal Universe
Feb. 15 - Zug (Switzerland) - Galvanik
Feb. 16 - Bologna (Italy) - Locomotiv
Feb. 17 - Ljubljana (Slovenia) - Orto Bar
Feb. 18 - Graz (Austria) - Explosiv
Feb. 19 - Tuzla (Bosnia-Herzegovina) - Palma
Feb. 20 - Sofia (Bulgaria) - Mixtape5
Feb. 21 - Bucharest (Romania) - Quantic Club
Feb. 22 - Belgrade (Serbia) - Bozidarac
Feb. 23 - Budapest (Hungary) - Dürer Kert
Feb. 24 - Bratislava (Slovakia) - Randal
Feb. 25 - Prague (Czech Rep.) - Futurum
Feb. 26 - Krakow (Poland) - Kwadrat
Feb. 27 - Warsaw (Poland) - Proxima
Feb. 28 - Riga (Latvia) - Melna Piektdiena
Feb. 29 - Tallinn (Estonia) - Tapper Club
Mar. 1 - Helsinki (Finland) - Tavastia
Mar. 3 - Stockholm (Sweden) - Klubben
Mar. 4 - Oslo (Norway) - John Dee
Mar. 5 - Aarhus (Denmark) - Voxhall
Mar. 6 - Essen (Germany) - Turock
Mar. 7 - Landshut (Germany) - Rocket Club
Mar. 28 - Hirschaid (Germany) - Braincrusher Festival
Apr. 17 - Lichtenfels (Germany) - Ragnarok Festival
May 2 - Erica (The Netherlands) - Pitfest
Jun. 5 - Montagny (France) - Lions Metal Fest
Jul. 24 - Freissenbüttel (Germany) - Burning Q Festival
Jul. 25 - Ottobeuren (Germany) - Schlichtenfest
And more shows to be announced soon…
God Dethroned line-up
Henri Sattler - vocals, guitars
Michiel van der Plicht - drums
Jeroen Pomper - bass, vocals
Dave Meester - guitars
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.”
FFO: Emperor, Behemoth, Dimmu Borgir
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Australian blackened death metal outfit Earth Rot are now unveiling the cover artwork and album details of their upcoming opus 'Black Tides of Obscurity' which will be released on March 06, 2020 via Season of Mist.
Earth Rot comment:-
"A morbid hallucination of the inevitable end. Heralded by titanic black waves, monstrous tentacles spill forth from the abyss, accompanied by a total fracturing of the mind. Hanging black in the heavens, an all-seeing spectre of the adversary confirms our darkest fear: doom is coming for us all. It is with much excitement we reveal the title and artwork for our upcoming Season of Mist debut release, Black Tides of Obscurity with artwork by the exceptional Khaos Diktator Design. To celebrate the album release, we've hand-picked line-ups of the best that Australia's underground metal scene has to offer. Direct support comes from South Australia's most blasphemous sons: Christ Dismembered."
It's not all prog that comes from the land down under! Earth Rot; Australia's blackened death metal machine, with an old-school undercurrent and a sense of grim relentless groove. It is hateful, harmful, sinister and melancholy noise shaped by the world around you.
Since the inception in 2014, Earth Rot have pulled no punches, recording, releasing and touring heavily across Australia, Asia and Europe with no intent of settling for anything less. Their debut album 'Follow The Black Smoke' was released in the same year, quickly followed by the 'Chthonian Virtues' EP (2016) and the second full length 'Renascentia' in 2017.
Cultivating their sound in direct support of legends in the realms of black metal and death metal, around the world. The band embarked on heavy tours together with acts like FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE, PSYCROPTIC, VADER and MARDUK.
The past five years has seen Earth Rot quickly develop into a complex beast, dwelling in the deepest of pits. And this beast is ready to be released upon the masses...
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