Chilean traditional metallers Hemisferio premiere the new track "Hasta Encontrarte" at Legacy magazine's website. The track hails from the band's highly anticipated debut album, Anacronía, set for international release on July 8th via Dying Victims Productions. Hear Hemisferio's "Hasta Encontrarte" in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Hailing from the cult metal hotbed of Chile, Hemisferio have been prodigiously perfecting their iron-clad craft since 2015. A couple singles kicked off their heavy metal march, soon followed by a split tape with Chilean comrades Asedio in 2016. With momentum building, those early singles found their way onto 7" vinyl format, that same year, and then capped off by rough 'n' rowdy live album. Afterwards, vocalist Pedro Antonio departed and was replaced by Carlos Contador.
With that lineup firmly in place, Hemisferio make their grand entrance onto the worldwide stage with Anacronía. Suitably, this debut album encapsulates all the magic, mystery, and might of their aesthetic thus far, except rendered in rich, era-authentic analog. Indeed, Hemisferio create a truly ancient sound that encompasses many early '80s metals: the NWOBHM taking creative flight, the first rustic rumblings of the contemporaneous US power metal scene, Teutonic metal burning brightly in the night before revving into thrash overdrive, and even Scandinavia's oft-overlooked contribution to the heavy metal lexicon during this era. However, even in their native tongue, Hemisferio's passion pours forth across each of these nine anthems in the making, with moody-yet-majestic solos flying fast and free, underpinned by a subtle yet no less dynamic rhythm section. And as prefaced by the preceding single from last year, Carlos Contador proves to be a commanding frontman, his tone and delivery bleeding the hard-fought/wrought pathos intrinsic to early, working-class metal.
Gaze into the crystal ball, raise thy sword, and rev that motorcycle, for Hemisferio have arrived with Anacronía! Hear the next sound of that arrival with the new track "Hasta Encontrarte" exclusively HERE, courtesy of Legacy, Germany's defenders of the true. And hear the first sound of that arrival with the previously revealed "Tres Sombras" HERE at Dying Victims' official YouTube channel.
Chilean speed metallers Sins of the Damned stream the entirety of their highly anticipated debut album, Striking the Bell of Death, at Legacy magazine's website. Set for international release on May 3rd via Shadow Kingdom Records, hear Sins of the Damned's Striking the Bell of Death in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Formed in 2013 in the city of Santiago, Sins of the Damned have become a cult institution in their homeland of Chile, itself a hotbed of heavy metal mania. The band self-released their first couple of demos, totally DIY but 100% professional, and prodigiously perfected their craft with subsequent short-length releases every year since. And now, at last arrives the full distillation of Sins of the Damned's eternal, unyielding aesthetic: the full-length Striking the Bell of Death!
For a debut album, Striking the Bell of Death does everything it should: consolidate all of Sins of the Damned's strengths, unveil previously hinted-at elements, and deliver them in a powerful production. The beauty (or is that ugliness?) of Sins of the Damned is that the quartet maintain such a classic sound, drinking deeply of metal's rich history, and yet exude a freshness of approach that results in something legitimately, respectably modern. Striking the Bell of Death is full, furious proof of that, exhibiting absolutely masterful songwriting - hooks, energy, passion, EVERYTHING - while roughening it up in a manner almost blackened (but not too much!). As such, the record comes highly recommended to maniacs of classic Razor, Whiplash, Exciter, and Deathrow (Germany) as well as current torch-bearers like Desaster, Gospel of the Horns, Deathhammer, and Italy's Barbarian.
Hark! Do you hear that sound? It's Sins of the Damned Striking the Bell of Death - and they're coming for YOU! The full tolling bell of doom can be heard exclusively HERE, courtesy of Legacy, Germany's defenders of the true. Pre-order info can be found HERE at Shadow Kingdom's Bandcamp.
Thrash or be thrashed! Chilean heshers Critical Defiance are set to release their debut full-length, Misconception.
Critical Defiance goes straight for the jugular with their relentless and intricate brand of old-school thrash metal. Though spawned in the depths of Chile's underground, Critical Defiance bear all the markings of a band that came straight from the 80s Bay Area scene.
Following two demos and a limited-edition split with Santiago's Parkcrest, Critical Defiance signed with Unspeakable Axe Records for the release of Misconception. This eight-track album is an aggressive assault of violent riffs, shredding, yet melodic leads and shouted group vocals.
Black metal force Xalpen was initiated by Alvaro Lillo (Execrator, Kako Daimon, Undercroft, Watain - live) & Juan Pablo Nuñez. Their debut offering "Black Rites" was embraced with deep reverence in the black metal circle. Two years later, Xalpen has come up with their sophomore EP "Wowk Otrr" , which is out today through Morbid Skull Records on CD, Vinyl and Cassette formats.
Stream "Wowk Otrr" in its entirety AT THIS LOCATION
Xalpen is a raw Black Metal manifestation which emerges with real conviction and complete devotion by channelling ritualistic vibrations within the black arts and the spiritual development. Guided by ancestral traditions of ancient occult knowledge. Euphoria, ecstasy, trance and satanic commitment have taken form between the different hemispheres of the planet. Two Chilean demons Juan Pablo Nuñez (guitars & vocals) and Alvaro Lillo (bass & vocals) manifest and complete the endeavour (all music & lyrics) they started back in 2014.
To begin: A spiritual and conceptual mini album called "Black Rites" was assembled and released in 2016 under the banner of Morbid Skull Recs (El Salvador-Central America) and jointly distributed through Chamber of Horns (Europe).
To continue on the dark path: A second mini album was spawned in 2017 far down at the Deep South. “Wowk Otrr”, the seven audio tracks charged opus supremely emits the refurbished form of imperishable ‘90s spirit, both sonority and aesthetic wise. Morbid Skull Records is again taking care of the release and the EP is out on CD, Tape and 12" MLP from September 13, 2018.
More to come: A third MLP, with 3 new songs, is on the way to be out of the silent chambers of the Xalpen`s lair in a very short time, it will contain some interesting release details, soon to be announced. Also a few other plans and ideas will be appearing in the dark path, like a split album, videos, live performances, more new releases, merchandise, etc.
Central America: http://www.morbidskullrecords.com/sv/?s=Wowk+Otrr
"It is crazy to think it's been ten years since we released this album," exclaims guitarist Francisco Haussmann. "I remember we just wanted to play as fast as possible and make a record without any overproduction or too much editing. We just wanted to bring the stench of the rehearsal room into the speakers and it turned out great. No metronome, no pre-recorded guitar tracks, just 1-2-3-4 go!"
Released May 2008 Ten Broken Codes hit the thrash scene with an almighty thud! A violent, cutting edge thrash attack well-received by both fans and critics and which ultimately landed the band their first foray outside South America. "This may not seem like a big thing to some," says Haussmann, "but for small band from Chile back then... it really was a big deal for us." Later the band would sign to Candlelight Records, record with legendary producers such as Russ Russell, release another two studio albums, two live albums, a live DVD, tour Europe, grace festival stages across the world... and as they say... the rest is history.
To mark the 10 year anniversary of the records release the band have teamed up with Sick Bangers to re-issue the album in vinyl format, strictly limited to 300 copies. This vinyl edition comes with a new layout, renewed artwork, never before seen pictures and a special vinyl mastering. "I'm pretty sure everyone will enjoy the new thick and warm sound of it; Audio Custom Studio did a great job and we are pretty excited and cannot wait for this vinyl to come out!"
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Chile's Pulverized stream "Devoción" Via No Clean Singing; debut album "Monuments of Misanthropy" out this October
Chilean death metal horde Pulverized is coming up with their debut full length via Krucyator Productions in both digital and jewel-case CD editions. The album, aptly titled as "Monuments of Misanthropy", is slated for worldwide release on October 13, 2018.
"Devoción", the opening track of the album is currently streaming over at No Clean Singing.
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Chilean cadavers Pulverized awoke in the city of Santiago in 2006. They perform death metal with a strong American influence from the early '90s, without leaving aside the essences of the glorious South American extreme metal scene. Their lyrical themes touch the thoughts about life, death, Christianity and its moral decadence in Western Society. Having two demo releases in their discography, they have already illustrated the sign of miasmic assault, that is uncontrollably fierce and absolutely petrifying.
“Monuments of Misanthropy”, the impending debut album, will lay the cornerstone of a new epoch in the band’s history. Featuring lyrics in both Spanish and English, Pulverized deploy unholy feelings in veins throughout the six abominably composed furious songs. In terms of sonic landscape, this album stands in a supreme point where viciousness, profanity and primitiveness are in poise.
This striking debut album will see the worldwide release on October 13, 2018 via Krucyator Prods. on Jewel Case CD and digitally. The album was recorded, mixed and mastered at DM6 Studio by Pablo Clares. Santiago, Chile.
Chilean black metal sorcerers Pyreficativm stream the entirety of their bold 'n' visionary debut album, संसार का पथ, at heavily trafficked web-portal IndyMetalVault.com. Set for international release on August 11th via Living Temple Records, hear Pyreficativm's संसार का पथ in its entirety exclusively HERE.
An mesmerizingly vast and deliriously dense work, Pyreficativm's संसार का पथ plunges the listener deeply into the Beyond - and then beyond even that. Totalling nine tracks in 76 time-evaporating minutes, this is black metal at its most ceremonial, stripped of ornamental excess yet suffused with a supernatural essence, of ritualism begetting transcendence, of sound utilized as a living weapon born of blood and steel, fire and brimstone. For those who dwell within the depths of the underground and heard Pyreficativm's two earlier demos, where the rawness was almost otherworldly, संसार का पथ casts the aesthetic of sole visionary Melek R. N. in a starker, more focused light, bringing forth a clarity that sacrifices none of the swirling sting on which he originally made his name. Here, the stretched-to-infinity canvas on which he paints is brushed with bold strokes, invoking a fever-dreaming sense of wonder and mania, as nebulous fog and vibrations from the abyss swirl into recognition to create an austere construction that ensnares the listener's very subconscious. It is very easy to get literally lost in Pyreficativm's संसार का पथ , but the question remains: why would you want to return?
A statement from Melek R. N. reads:
"I raise front of the great mysteries greater, spirits of the life and death. On this sacred night of blood together to you oneiric veil, the key to the eternal dream of the Dragon I invoke you...
This intricate work within this temple crowned Pyreficativm, संसार का पथ is a vehicle and ritualistic vessel. To express the sacred words and prayers of the ancient mysteries... the hidden faculty of the intellectual Man in this Era of iron, lets you embraces the true skin of the mystical arts. Dreaming freely through the intricate labyrinth of the consciousness. Experience exalted in the higher planes and sacred cosmic notes are the real material to examine various atavistic passages of this science and art. Through this new manifestation, this temple crowned with the internal fire of Man, speak directly to the inner void, a supra-mundane states, the connections between the Eastern esotericism and the Al-chemy of the higher. Exposes intricate examinations within the Gnostisism and Eastern esotericism. Amrita 181."
Chilean ultra-cult Invocation Spells stream the entirety of their highly anticipated fourth album, Spread Cruelty in the Abyss, at heavily trafficked web-portal CVLTNation.com. Set for international release on July 27th via Hells Headbangers, hear Invocation Spells' Spread Cruelty in the Abyss in its entirety exclusively HERE.
There's simply no stopping Invocation Spells. One of the hottest bands in the shit-hot Chilean black/death scene, this diabolical duo continues to unleash one punishing slab of filth 'n' fury after another, each one more concise and crushing than the next. Spread Cruelty in the Abyss follows hot on the heels of the critically acclaimed The Flame of Hate, released internationally last year by Hells Headbangers. Like that predecessor, Spread Cruelty in the Abyss wastes absolutely no time in igniting a sulphurous conflagration from the first few notes...except this time, it's more quickly apparent how daresay catchy Invocation Spells have become.
Lest anyone accuse the band of softening or selling out, be aware that Spread Cruelty in the Abyssis simply and 100% Invocation Spells through and through: no compromise, and no quarter. Like The Flame of Hate before it and Descendent the Black Throne before that, Spreads Cruelty in the Abyss possesses a special magic that eludes easy "blackthrash" categorization - namely, through an acute balance between the bestial and more classically speed metal tropes - but the molten, even martial pulse the duo develop further here turns these more deliberately hypnotic spells of possession into veritable anthems of minimalism, spilling poison and black blood in equal measure, and even more endlessly headbanging than before. And with this unselfconscious, even-more-pronounced emphasis on "catchiness" comes an even swifter and stricter sense of economy: Spread Cruelty in the Abyss clangs 'n' bangs with absolute authority in a mere 26 minutes. Get in, get out, get fucked.
And just like they have with their songwriting nous, Invocation Spells have all about perfected their production style, once again locating that ever-so-sweet middle-ground between fuck-off raw and clear/cutting, with each incensed-yet-impassioned note ringing out through the humid haze before mangling the mind with quintessentially Chilean diabolism. This summer's gonna be a hot one, then, so no better time to Spread Cruelty in the Abyss!
Hear all of it for yourself exclusively HERE, courtesy of CVLTNation.com. Pre-order info can be found HERE at Hells Headbangers' Bandcamp.
Invisible Oranges has premiered a new song from forthcoming Hellish album The Spectre of Lonely Souls.
Stream "The Night" at invisibleoranges.com/hellish-bring-forth-the-night/
Hellish will release sophomore album The Spectre of Lonely Souls July 27 on Unspeakable Axe Records (the album will be available through international distribution channels on August 31). Pre-orders are available now at this location.
Stream another album track, "The Screams Come from Inside," at this location.
Many continents can lay claim to being formative breeding grounds for various pieces of the extreme metal puzzle, but perhaps none were such a melting pot as South America in the 1980s. Bands in Brazil, Chile, and other countries pushed thrash metal to its limits until it blurred into what would later be known as black and death metal, and dressed the whole thing in extreme expressions of occultism and hellfire. With that bed of influence bubbling beneath them, modern-day thrashers Hellish make perfect sense: tightened and refined (but only barely), without diminishing any of the speed-freak tendencies or punkish intensity of their predecessors, and certainly no less devoted to the left hand path.
Coming out of Santiago, Chile in the 2010s, Hellish previously made believers out of thrash fans worldwide with their Unspeakable Axe-released debut, Grimoire. Only two years later, the follow-up album manages to out-pace and out-riff what came before. Classic speed metal-style riffs cut through an atmosphere of evil worthy of Bathory or Possessed - this is formative stuff, once again splashing around in the dark murk between thrash and black metal, and even straight-up heavy metal in the occasional, surprisingly melodic lead parts. But make no mistake: Hellish worship at the twin altars of evil and velocity, and The Spectre of Lonely Souls is a sermon strictly for the already-converted.
Chilean ultra-cult Invocation Spells premiere the new track "Torment of Obsessor" at IndyMetalVault.com. The track hails from the band's highly anticipated fourth album, Spread Cruelty in the Abyss, set for international release on July 27th via Hells Headbangers. Hear Invocation Spells' "Torment of Obsessor" in its entirety exclusively HERE.
There's simply no stopping Invocation Spells. One of the hottest bands in the shit-hot Chilean black/death scene, this diabolical duo continues to unleash one punishing slab of filth 'n' fury after another, each one more concise and crushing than the next. Spread Cruelty in the Abyss follows hot on the heels of the critically acclaimed The Flame of Hate, released internationally last year by Hells Headbangers. Like that predecessor, Spread Cruelty in the Abyss wastes absolutely no time in igniting a sulfurous conflagration from the first few notes...except this time, it's more quickly apparent how daresay catchy Invocation Spells have become.
Lest anyone accuse the band of softening or selling out, be aware that Spread Cruelty in the Abyssis simply and 100% Invocation Spells through and through: no compromise, and no quarter. Like The Flame of Hate before it and Descendent the Black Throne before that, Spreads Cruelty in the Abyss possesses a special magick that eludes easy "blackthrash" categorization - namely, through an acute balance between the bestial and more classically speed metal tropes - but the molten, even martial pulse the duo develop further here turns these more deliberately hypnotic spells of possession into veritable anthems of minimalism, spilling poison and black blood in equal measure, and even more endlessly headbanging than before. And with this unselfconscious, even-more-pronounced emphasis on "catchiness" comes an even swifter and stricter sense of economy: Spread Cruelty in the Abyss clangs 'n' bangs with absolute authority in a mere 26 minutes. Get in, get out, get fucked.
And just like they have with their songwriting nous, Invocation Spells have all about perfected their production style, once again locating that ever-so-sweet middle-ground between fuck-off raw and clear/cutting, with each incensed-yet-impassioned note ringing out through the humid haze before mangling the mind with quintessentially Chilean diabolism. And now, North America will be able to witness that diabolism in the flesh, as Invocation Spells will be heading out on an 11-date tour alongside fellow Hells Headbangers speed metallers Outline; the CD and tape versions of Spread Cruelty in the Abyss will be available for early sale during the tour (dates after the jump). This summer's gonna be a hot one, then, so no better time to Spread Cruelty in the Abyss!
Hear for yourself with the new track "Torment of Obsessor" exclusively HERE, courtesy of IndyMetalVault.com. Also hear the album's previously revealed opening track, "Ruins of Cemetery," HERE at Hells Headbangers' Bandcamp, where the album can be preordered.
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