Finnish dark metallers Mustan Kuun Lapset reveal details of their "Suruntuoja" expanded 20th-anniversary reissue
Finnish legendary dark metal band Mustan Kuun Lapset is set to release remastered 20th-anniversary edition with bonus tracks on their Suruntuoja album. The release date is on June 10th 2022 and it's out via Inverse Records. The album is remastered by Teemu Liekkala and it includes some live tracks from 2016 and rehearsal demos from early 00's.
The booklet of upcoming CD version includes a chronicle of phases of album production written by music journalist Natalie Humphries. The album is also released first time on digital streaming services and as a preview the single "Toisten laskettua seppeleet" is unleashed now.
Track list / ISRC:
1. Ajaton (FI3FC2241901)
2. Seremonia (FI3FC2241902)
3. Suruntuoja (FI3FC2241903)
4. Ennen unta (FI3FC2241904)
5. Köysi (FI3FC2241905)
6. Sodoman ilmestys (FI3FC2241906)
7. Toisten laskettua seppeleet (FI3FC2241907)
8. Taivaan takana (FI3FC2241908)
9. Suruntuoja live 2016 (FI3FC2241909)
10. Sodoman ilmestys live 2016 (FI3FC2241910)
11. Seremonia rehearsal tape 2000 (FI3FC2241911)
12. Köysi rehearsal tape 2000 (FI3FC2241912)
13. Ajaton rehearsal tape 2000 (FI3FC2241913)
Listen to the single on streaming services: https://push.fm/fl/pm836zfh
CD pre-order now available on Bandcamp.
KATHAROS XIII‘s new album will be titled “Chthonian Transmissions” and released in collaboration with Loud Rage Music on jewel-case CD format and collectors edition picture Digipak disc this May 23rd. Pre-orders are now open here: https://loudragemusic.bandcamp.com/album/katharos-xiii-chthonian-transmissions
Two years after the release of their sensational "Palindrome" album, Timisoara, Romania based Katharos XIII announce the release of their fourth opus this Spring, a new collaboration with Loud Rage Music. The first single Neurastenia is now online below.
Emilian Matlak, the band's founding member, spoke about the new single and album:
"Neurastenia was filmed and directed by Alexandru Das and represents only a frame of a certain piece of emotion transmitted to us in a universal frequency by a group of dead cosmonauts from the future.
They still float through the cosmos and send signals with life experiences, hopes, tragedies as a part of a chthonian collective conscience. In this case the first transmission - Neurastenia - is about seclusion, alienation, spleen feelings and the difficulty of finding a daily reason for existence. The new album will encapsulate six different dreams delivered from the times when the itinerant cosmonauts had a telluric existence. We like the words of Kurt Vonnegut and the imagery of Andrei Tarkovski, so we tried to embed this in our aesthetics and in every word or expression to resonate with our own personal philosophy."
More details about the concept, recording process and the release date of the full-length will follow in the near future.
Hailing from Poland, transgressive dark rock / metal band Asgaard are glad to announce the signing with Wormholedeath for their new album "What if…" due for release in 2022.
"Ladies and gents, we’re proud to announce that we’ve teamed up with Szataniec and Wormholedeath for the release of Asgaard’s newest, 7th full-length record titled “What if…”. While Szataniec is taking care of the album’s physical formats, Wormholdeath will be marketing the album worldwide and will handle its digital release via The Orchard Inc. / Sony Music Ent.
We are so much looking forward to working with both labels on the release of "What if..." album. It's been a really loooong, bumpy road not only for all of us in the band but also for all the people engaged into this project in this way or another, and despite the fact that we've been forced to keep on postponing many issues related with this new record, we are truly happy to be able to finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. We can't wait to bring it up to you!"
Carlo / WHD statement:
“I am proud to be able to work with such a cult band with long term experience and career. Since the release of their beautiful album "Stairs to nowhere" the band has been working hard for their epic comeback. Here we are with this new masterpiece ready for release via Wormholedeath
(Digital) and available in other formats thanx to our collegues at Szataniec Records. Publishing will be handled by Wormholedeath via Warner Chappell Music as usual. We can't wait to spread their music all over the world working with this amazing team."
Metamorphosis, constant evolution and stylistic unpredictability – amalgamation of these three phrases has become signature quality of Asgaard’s body of work. The band exists and has been present in the scene for 25 years. Due to bold and widely controversial records the band is often considered as one of the most visionary in Poland’s entire gothic / rock / metal genre.
“What if…” is the brand new, seventh album in the band’s career and a follow-up to a critically acclaimed “Stairs To Nowhere”. This time around, Asgaard reinvents its formula and the album is the first ever of their releases to feature more rock-oriented sound, rather that straight-up metal one. “What if…” is the very first record in band’s discography with songs composed in more traditional way, full of beautiful melodies and grand, epic choruses.
Band enters another novel territory – two out of eight songs on the album are sung in Polish, which language native to the members of the group. Additionally, Asgaard included stylistic features of the broad genre of electronic music in the intricately structured new songs. New album still retains characteristic sense of romance and nostalgia, present in the band’s outputs since the beginning. Such emotional load brings to mind bands like Katatonia, Amorphis, Moonspell, Opeth, Anathema. “What if…” is a triumphant return of Poland’s rock / metal avant-garde.
Israeli dark rock / metal band Fatum Aeternum released a few weeks ago their first single "Spiders", taken from their upcoming album “Goth’n’Jazz”.
You can listen at this location: https://open.spotify.com/album/7sR6E28rGtqhp283VbZamA
For fans of Diablo Swing Orchestra, Primus, Charles Mingus, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
Spiders was recorded/mixed/mastered in A.G. Studio (Tel Aviv, Israel) by Alex Zvulun, who previously worked with such known Israeli bands like The Fading and Desert
Israeli dark rock / metal band Fatum Aeternum have released their first single "Spiders", taken from their upcoming album “Goth’n’Jazz”.
You can listen at this location: https://open.spotify.com/album/7sR6E28rGtqhp283VbZamA
For fans of Diablo Swing Orchestra, Primus, Charles Mingus, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum. "Spiders" was recorded / mixed / mastered in A.G. Studio (Tel Aviv, Israel) by Alex Zvulun, who previously worked with such known Israeli bands like The Fading and DesertFollow:
Swedish dark sleaze metallers ToxicRose recently released their latest single ‘Domination’ in March 2021. Now, they're following it up with a brand new single ‘Outta Time’, set for release on June 28th via Crusader Records.
‘Outta Time’, the fourth single from Swedish metal band ToxicRose, is a heavy track filled with melodic hooks that thematically dives into the darkness inside a person’s mind.
Watch 'Domination' HERE
ToxicRose delivers that classic Swedish trash glam metal sound that they have become a world leader in. ToxicRose heavily appeals to fans of fellow Swedes Crazy Lixx, Hardcore Superstar, Crashdiet, and bands like Wildstreet, Black Veil Brides and Escape The Fate.
Pre-Save/Pre-Order to 'Outta Time' HERE
ToxicRose was formed in 2010, in Stockholm, Sweden. They instantly made a huge impression around the metal community. With their unique look and mix of dark sleaze and metal, ToxicRose has become one of the biggest names of their generation.
With hit songs like ‘A Song For The Weak’, 'Reckless Society’ and ‘World Of Confusion’, the band has made noise all over the world. Their self-titled EP and their first full-length album Total Tranquillity both became a huge sensation and received ravishing reviews worldwide.
In 2018 the band announced a new bass player, Johannes Sandberg, along with a brand new single. The band signed a deal with Crusader Records (part of Golden Robot Global Entertainment) to release their sophomore album, scheduled for release 2021. The album contains the recent singles ‘Blood On Blood’ and ‘Remedy’ which proves once again ToxicRose’s passion for big and epic songs with classic anthem like choruses.
With their mind set out to bring back the big shows again, ToxicRose will always promise you a wild night filled with energy!
Portuguese dark heavy metallers King Baal sign with Wormholedeath and release official video to "Immortality"
Portuguese heavy metal combo King Baal signed a deal with Wormholedeath for the release of their debut album "Conjurements", due for digital release on 29 01 2021 worldwide.
"Somewhere between Doom, Symphonic and pure Heavy Metal, King Baal hail from Portugal with a very personal approach to metal, blending powerful and intense patterns with occasional dreamy musical landscapes."
"We are thrilled to be part of the Wormholedeath team and join such a fantastic and talented artist roster, as we believe this is the perfect partnership for releasing our debut album."
Somewhere between Doom, Symphonic and pure Heavy Metal, King Baal hail from Portugal with a very personal approach to metal, blending powerful and intense patterns with occasional dreamy musical landscapes. This emotion filled energy is topped with a mix of sung, spoken and screaming vocals, thus adding even more depth to the band’s dark mood.
All these elements are present in King Baal’s first effort “Conjurements”, an eight track album inspired by King Solomon’s writings and set for release by WormHoleDeath, on 29-01-2021. Recorded and produced by Narciso Monteiro at Interstellar Cloud Studios, the album features a rich lineup with members that have played and recorded with bands like Heylel, Nihility, Sotz and Lyfordeath.
Joana Carvalho : Vocals
Narciso Monteiro : Guitars, Vocals
João Amorim : Bass
Luis Moreira : Drums
Dark metal institution Agathodaimon have officially signed a worldwide record deal with Napalm Records. Formed by Sathonys (guitar) and Matthias Rodig (drums) the German five-piece quickly evolved, performed at major European festivals and released six studio albums throughout their vast career.
Seven years after their highly praised full length In Darkness, Agathodaimon reunited in February 2020 and are currently working on new material! More to be announced soon!
Guitarist Sathonys states:
"We’re proud to announce that we have signed a deal with Napalm Records! As some of you know, Agathodaimon was put on hold for years. We've been working on a reunion for many months though, to get back in shape- and when we finally felt ready and announced the comeback in February, we were hoping to find a good partner soon, to release our next album. Yet, I didn't expect that we would be contacted by Napalm right away, a label that has developed in such an impressive way over the course of the last decades. Not only being able to sign lots of excellent bands, but who also managed to gather an impressive team of specialists over the course of time, all fully dedicated to and passionate about metal. So, here we are, and we couldn't be more excited to be part of their artist roster. We're absolutely looking forward to working with these guys!"
Napalm Records A&R Sebastian Muench adds:
"In 1998, Agathodaimon released Blacken The Angel an absolute masterpiece! As many, back in the good old days, I heard first about the band when I bought Metal Hammer Germany magazine and listened to the sampler CD that came with it. The song "Tristetea Vehementa" on the Off Road Tracks Vol. 10 Metal Hammer compilation made me fan for life. Agathodaimon was able to perfectly combine the best elements from Symphonic Metal, Gothic Metal and Black Metal. The song "Body of Clay" is arguably even one of the best Doom Metal songs. All five album releases followed that recipe and resulted in some very unique and timeless classic albums. We are super excited to work with Agathodaimon in the future!"
Ashtrael - vocals
Sathonys - guitar and vocals
Nakhateth - guitar
Von Yanesh - bass
Mortos - drums
Top-charting dark groove metal originators Devildriver recently announced the highly-anticipated release of their upcoming double album, Dealing With Demons. The first volume – entitled Dealing With Demons I – drops on October 9, 2020 via Napalm Records and marks the band’s first release of new, original material since 2016’s acclaimed Trust No One. Representing the onset of a final purging of the themes that have long possessed frontman Dez Fafara and Devildriver’s music, each track on Dealing With Demons I illustrates a different demon to be dealt with, or released.
Today, the band is following up on the release of their burgeoning latest single “Keep Away From Me” and its thought-provoking video with yet another unforgettable anthem – the menacing, mosh-ready second single "Iona". From the ominous siren at its start to its grooving verses, the track pulls no punches. The hair-raising, anthemic chorus line, “She carries a black rose…” beckons the listener again and again into a chilling ghost story! Travel the dark road into Iona's clutches via the heart-gripping music video, directed by Vicente Cordero, below.
Watch the chilling official music video for “Iona” HERE
Frontman Dez Fafara says about “Iona” and the demons that inspired the track:
"Iona is unlike any other Devildriver song we’ve put out. From the frantic verses to the haunting chorus, this song is another move forward to push our sound and the listener's ears into the fray! The chorus, “she carries a black rose, effigy from a story closed", tells the story of the long dead ghost of Iona and her obsession with death represented by the black roses in her hands – each one the soul of someone she’s taken from this life on a lonely dark road, assimilating their souls into black roses, which she carries for eternity.
This theme relates to myself and “Dealing With Demons” in that, often times, we as people have a hard time “letting go” of things. This can be applied to relationships, death, and so on. Iona carrying the black roses symbolizes her inability to move on – always seeking revenge. The past is exactly that – the past – it’s important to let go and not be stuck in a perpetual loop of living in it."
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