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...
Slovakian metal monks Malokarpatan reveal the cover art to their highly anticipated third album, Krupinské ohne (The Fires of Krupina). The album will be released on March 20th, 2020 on CD, vinyl LP, and cassette tape formats via Invictus Productions once again in conjunction with their US allies at The Ajna Offensive. The band will be performing a release show with Cult of Fire on March 21st in Prague. In conjunction with the international release of Krupinské ohne, vinyl reissues of both Stridzie Dni and Nordkarpatenland will also be available.
The artwork for Krupinské ohne (The Fires of Krupina) was created by Matúš S. Ďurčík, AKA Svjatogor, a graphic designer and artist from Slovakia who was chosen to represent the historical themes throughout the new album. Says guitarist Adam of the artist and artwork, "I wanted to work with Svjatogor already when having the album concept set, as his personal style works wonderfully with the historical topic of the record and gives it a feeling of an old book rediscovered after gathering dust somewhere within lost archives. He perfectly understood the tension between the dreamy idyll of a pastoral world and the sinister, nightside elements of folklore that always lies at the heart of our work." Svatogor's artwork can be viewed HERE as well as HERE.
Malokarpatan's new album will be available on gatefold LP (on regular black vinyl and limited dark-orange vinyl), jewel-case CD, and cassette along with represses of the first two albums and will be available for pre-order at midday (CET) on Friday, December 6th along with an exclusive, limited-edition wooden box-set titled Trilógia ludového desu, which features all three full-length albums on vinyl with a metal pin, patch, and t-shirt. There are 85 color-vinyl box-sets and 85 black-vinyl boxsets available only from Invictus, shipping worldwide. Boxsets and Krupinské ohne (The Fires of Krupina) will ship to customers in early March in time for the new album's release. A track from the album will be published shortly to satiate your hunger for more Malokarpatan!
Swedish Melodic Folk / Black Metallers Wormwood nominated for 'Best metal album of the year' at P3 Guld
The Swedish melodic folk/black metal-band Wormwood has been nominated in the best metal/rock album-category of the year by P3 Guld. The gala will be held in Gothenburg in January 2020.
Vote for ’Nattarvet‘ now: https://www.p3guld.se
P3 Guld is an award ceremony that was established in 2003 by the national Swedish radio station P3 and is being held in the beginning of every new year. The P3 Guld award has been given out to outstanding artists in the music field and consists of nine different categories.
This year‘s gala will take place on January 18, 2020 and broadcasted live on national television. The jury consists of music experts as well as the vote of the Swedish people. Past winners include huge global artists such as Avicci, The Hives and Robyn and in the metal category you‘ll find Sweden‘s finest metal exports Opeth, In Flames and the ever so popular shock rock band Ghost.
The Swedish melodic folk/black metal-band Wormwood raised critical acclaim among the global music press with their sophomore full length “Nattarvet”. A concept album about the Swedish winter landscape and the famine in the end of the 19th century.
French Thrash / Black Metal crew Hellixxir release brand new music video for "Oxymoronic Way Of Life"
French Thrash-Black Metal band Hellixxir release brand new music video for "Oxymoronic Way of Life" from the new album "The Black Fortress" whose duality is the central question in human reflection.
Watch it here:- https://youtu.be/kBu9kl4rOuQ
Hellixxir is a band founded twenty years ago, originally from Grenoble. After the first three albums received by the specialized press in France and a pause following the departure of one of the founding members, Hellixxir returned with a live & unreleased album to celebrate the birthday of the band "A Dull Light Around". This album traces the band's career through unpublished live and song sessions. "A Dull Light Around" allows Hellixxir to come back with a new studio album "The Black Fortress" of which two videos are extracted: "The Black Fortress" & "Oxymoronic Way of Life" The band shared the stage with European and even international bands. "Oxymoronic Way of Life" from the new album "The Black Fortress" whose duality is the central question in human reflection.
Russia's post black metallers L'Homme Absurde have published a video for their latest single "Belong". This single will be available on the band's upcoming album "Belong".
Watch the video for "Belong" at this location: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YV2xW1xym20
L'Homme Absurde's new album will be released on January 17th 2020.
Over the past few years since 2015 when L'Homme Absurde started as a one-man band it has become one of the best known post black metal acts in Russia. The sound of the band can be described as a fusion of modern black metal vibe with metalcore and catchy melodies. Two albums released since the start, Monsters (2016) and Sleepless (2018), received positive reviews in international press and the critics themselves pointed out band's own style.
Swedish black metal standard-bearers Avslut stream the entirety of their highly anticipated second album, Tyranni, at NoCleanSinging.com. Set for international release on November 29th via Osmose Productions, hear Avslut's Tyranni in its entirety exclusively HERE.
The highly anticipated second album from the Swedish black metal legion Avslut is finally ready to be unleashed upon the world. With nine vicious new songs, the band takes it to a whole new level with Tyranni.
Avslut depicts a deformed, decayed, and lost mankind. The group has its roots in the suburbs of Stockholm. With full force, following their well-received Deceptis debut album for Osmose last year, Avslut waste no time in continuing their reign of ice-cold, idiomatic Swedish black metal supremacy.
Now more than ever, Avslut is a weapon, an uncompromising passage to meet your fate. Prepare yourself for infernal war and even more intense and authentic material than ever before with Tyranni. LEGION, ARISE!
Fully arise by streaming Tyranni in its entirety exclusively HERE, courtesy of NoCleanSinging.com. Preorder info can be found HERE.
Dark Essence Records have announced today that they have welcomed Nyrst onto their roster and will be releasing the debut full-length album from the Icelandic Black Metallers in 2020.
Formed in the winter of 2013, Nyrst released their first demo in 2016. The demo garnered praise for the band's use of diverse vocals and chilling atmosphere, whilst Nyrst's mystic and haunting stage performances have gained them respect as a live band in the metal scene of their native Iceland
Today's line-up of Snæbjörn on vocals, guitarists Eysteinn and Davíð, Egill on bass and Sveinbjörn on drums, pays homage to the bands grim and icy Icelandic heritage by delivering a debut album that promises to be filled with a soundscape that is incredibly cold, stark and barren, whilst its lyrics come straight from old horror literature, laced with cosmic undertones.
Nyrst had this to say about their upcoming collaboration with Dark Essence Records:
"Nyrst are thrilled to announce that we have joined the Dark Essence Records roster to debut our first album. We draw huge inspiration from various artists on the label so we are extremely honoured to be able to work with this revered label."
Our trust lies with Dark Essence Records and we believe they are the perfect platform for us to grow and expand our music.
Turkish black metal cult Zifir reveal the new track "Demoniac Ethics." The track is the first to be revealed from the band's highly anticipated fourth album, Demoniac Ethics, set for international release on January 24th, 2020 via Duplicate Records. Hear Zifir's title track "Demoniac Ethics" in its entirety HERE.
An Istanbul-based trio, Zifir strike back with Demoniac Ethics. Their second release for Duplicate, it ups the ante on 2017's Kingdom of Nothingness, with the aggressive parts growing harsher and the atmospheric elements ever expanding. Demoniac Ethics shows religion though a twisted kaleidoscope, exposing the imprisoning religious dogma and tyranny that has occurred throughout history - and does to this day. Whereas Kingdom Of Nothingness was a harrowing glimpse into the world of Zifir, Demoniac Ethics takes you right into the innermost sanctum of their anti-religious agenda, while delivering one of the strongest and most forward-thinking black metal releases of late.
Zifir was founded by O.Ö and O.S. in 2006. They released their debut album, You Must Come With Us, in 2007. This debut album reflected the concept of Zifir's black metal vision, and the whole content supports this vision with all its instruments, where everything - recording, mix, mastering, and artwork - was DIY and done by the band. By December 2007, Nursuz joined Zifir on drums, and the trio started working on a new album with their new lineup. The recording was finally completed by 2010, and the band signed with Dunkelkunst Productions for the upcoming album. Titled Protest Against Humanity, Zifir's second album was released in 2011. After the album, O.S. quit the band.
Come 2012, Zifir released a split CD with Belgium's Cult of Erinyes. After the split CD release, Zifir worked on songwriting between 2012 and 2016 for their third album. It was December 2016 when the band finished its recording and signed a deal with Duplicate Records. Finally, in September 2017, Kingdom of Nothingness was released by Duplicate on CD and vinyl LP formats, with the cover artwork created by Russian artist Vergvoktre.
By November 2018, Ilgar joined the band on bass guitar, and Zifir has become a trio once again. After a recording session between 2018 and 2019, Zifir announced their fourth full-length, Demoniac Ethics, which is scheduled to be released on January 24th, 2020 via Duplicate Records. With stark 'n' haunting cover art created again Vergvoktre, Zifir here have truly hit their apex in terms of fullness of vision and foulness of execution, its intensity always simmering with haunting tension. One could say Demoniac Ethics is ceremonial, given its ominously hovering aspect, but within this ghostly atmosphere lay razors forever circling one's flesh. Suitably, form fits concept, as a cursory read of the album's component song titles salaciously suggest: "Chaos Clouds," "Empire of Worms," "Chants for Execution," and the telltale "Insects as Messengers," among others. Behold the fullness & foulness of Zifir's coming with Demoniac Ethics!
Behold that first foulness with the brand-new title track "Demoniac Ethics" HERE at Duplicate Records' Bandcamp, where the album can also be pre-ordered. Become further tantalized & traumatized by a special trailer video HERE at Zifir's official YouTube channel.
Québecois black metal upstarts Trépas premiere the new track "Rivages Sombres" at Decibel magazine's website. The track hails from the band's striking debut album, L'héritage du monde, set for international release on December 5th via Sepulchral Productions. Hear Trépas' "Rivages Sombres" in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Founded by members and ex-members of Morgue and Outre-Tombe, Trépas is one of the more recent black metal bands emerging from Québec. The band journeys between harsher moments and more atmospheric passages, all complemented by acoustic guitars and just a dash of doomish sensibility, creating a sound that is their very own in the process. A newcomer that is sure to delight fans of the more brooding and melancholic side that this scene has been known for!
In the meantime, hear the brand-new track"Rivages Sombres" exclusively HERE, courtesy of Decibel, North America's only monthly metal magazine. Pre-order for the album can be found HERE.
Nuclear War Now! Productions sets February 28th, 2020 as the international release date for vinyl LP reissues of Loits' first two albums, Ei kahetse midagi (2001) and Vere kutse kohustab (2004).
For more than two decades, Loits has been producing some of the most meticulously crafted and unique black metal. Hailing from the tiny nation of Estonia in northeastern Europe, Loits draw upon the history of their proud people for inspiration, particularly the Estonian underground guerilla resistance movement—often referred to as “the Forest Brothers”—that struggled against Soviet occupation during and after WWII.
With its 2001 debut full-length, Ei kahetse midagi, Loits carved out a distinct, idiosyncratic niche. Though originally self-released as a cassette, Ei kahetse midagi has gained greater attention through the years as the band’s stature has risen, resulting in more than 10 additional reissues on various formats. And for good reason: From the first track, this album is captivating, rich in texture and atmosphere, and operating with an intellectual depth and emotional valence far beyond many of the band’s peers. The eight tracks on this album are compositionally dynamic and epic in scope. Loits demonstrate a penchant for seamless shifts in mood—furious blastbeat-driven riffs suffused with lilting melodies deftly adjoined with folkish passages and atmospheric segues.
On this debut album, Loits draw influence from Norwegian pioneers like Satyricon, Ulver, and In The Woods, but add to that concoction eccentric elements of Masters Hammer and Ved Buens End. But Loits’ sound cannot be captured or described simply by comparison to other bands; there is something very singular about Loits, something deviant and peculiarly Estonian in their sound.
Complementing the musical complexity on Ei kahetse midagi are the lyrics, laden with poetic expressions of the pride and sorrow of life and war. The band characterized the conceptual intent of the album as “reviving the bonds between modern-day man's courage and the ancient events that defined Estonian identity as an ethnos.” Indeed, though delivered in the band’s native Estonian language, the English translations provided in the liner notes demonstrate a remarkably literate and evocative approach to lyrical content that adds further depth to the profound impact of this album.
With their second album, Vere kutse kohustab, released in 2004, Loits further defined their musical identity, which the band describes as “Militant Flak ‘N’ Roll”—a hybrid of black metal and rock ‘n’ roll with reference to anti-aircraft artillery fire, evoking the band’s historical and military interests. The photo accompanying the album depicts the five members of the band completely dressed in WWII-era Estonian military uniforms. (The only exception is female keyboardist Karje, who wears a military nurse’s uniform.) Though the uniforms may appear similar to those worn by the Germans, this was because, in an effort to preserve their independence from the Soviet Union, the Estonian resistance was briefly aligned with Germany. An explanation of this complex and tortured history is provided in the liner notes. As the band has said, this album “is dedicated to those young men who might have been wearing a wrong uniform but fought against the right enemy.”
More conceptually focused than the band’s esoteric debut album, Vere kutse kohustab is steeped in the odour of blood and gunpowder, capturing the essence of battle beneath the soot-stained skies of Estonia. Loits’ influences on this album are less obvious. The early Norwegian sound forms a foundation—comparisons to Enslaved, Satyricon, and Fluerty are justifiable—but Loits’ expansive palette and advanced musicianship allow for radical deviations from any formula. At times, Loits incorporate a more raw, elemental approach, drawing upon the influence of Motörhead and Estonian punk pioneers J.M.K.E., while at other points on the album, the band’s approach is abstract and atmospheric.
Vere kutse kohustab is a finely tuned expression of Loits’ intentions. Musically and lyrically, the album is visionary, summoning with every song the spirit of fallen warriors fighting for their homeland. The drama of war—the glory of conquest, the horror and sorrow, all of the adrenaline-drenched sensations of combat—find complete expression on Vere kutse kohustab in a way that few, if any, bands have managed to achieve.
In the meantime, both albums can be streamed in their entirety at Nuclear War Now!'s Bandcamp: Ei kahetse midagi can be heard HERE, while Vere kutse kohustab can be heard HERE.
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