Greek metal masters Nightfall are now streaming their brand new opus 'At Night We Prey' in full in advance of the release date. The new offering is set for release on March 05, 2021. The album can now be streamed via the official Season of Mist YouTube channel HERE. The link may be freely spread throughout your channels.
The album can be ordered in various formats HERE.
Vocalist Efthimis comments on the stream:
"This album is made of anger and hope. Anger about all those stereotypes built around serious subjects affecting all, like depression; and hope for things to change for the better. We sing for younger generations to break down old misconceptions about mental disorders. Music in this album is not following a linear pattern, but rather tries to catch the entire spectrum of mood swings one is experiencing, while in this state. It is a blend of fast and slow parts, heavy and heavier passages, in a natural progress from start to end. Enjoy it and let its message root in you."
It has been seven long years since the world was last blessed with new music from the melodic blackened death metal stalwarts of Nightfall. While the band has been absent from the scene since the release of 2013’s Cassiopeia, their legacy has not been forgotten. Comprising the holy trinity of Greek metal – along with Rotting Christ and Septicflesh – Nightfall was the first extreme act in the country to sign an international deal, introducing the world to the burgeoning Mediterranean scene in the early 90s. Now, the band is plotting a triumphant return with At Night We Prey, the darkest and latest chapter of Nightfall’s already storied career.
During the first decade of Nightfall’s lifespan, the band headlined stages across Europe. Thereafter, went on to dominate international festivals such as Brutal Assault, Sonisphere, and Wacken, the latter of which the band solidified their legacy as the first ever Greek band to earn an envied spot at the renowned festival. The band eventually made the decision to switch to a studio act before they went completely silent. When reflecting upon the sudden disappearance after a steady rise from the underground, vocalist and founding member Efthimis Karadimas explained that it was due to an all too familiar beast – depression:-
“It's because of depression that kicked in as early as mid-00s. I can write for hours and get into details about stuff gone wrong or mistreated situations, but the basis of all discouragement to move on has been depression and the effort required to get over it.”
Despite the dark days, Karadimas did not abandon music entirely, moving on to form The Slayerking, a gothic doom metal band that has released two agonizing full-length records between 2016-2019.
Alas, the abrupt departure of the band was not the final “goodbye” as Nightfall has been reinvigorated with a new line-up and coveted deal with Season of Mist. Karadimas has reunited with original Nightfall guitarist Mike Galiatsos, who helped define the band’s sound during the early years. With the addition of drummer and producer Fotis Benardo (ex-Septicflesh) as well as guitarist Kostas Kyriakopoulos (The Slayerking), the band is finally ready to release the tenth studio album At Night We Prey. In addition to the long-awaited new music, Season of Mist will also be re-issuing the band’s original albums that were produced by Holy Records back in the 90s. This is not the only news the band has to share as Nightfall has also vowed to finally perform again. “We are gonna play these live, including stuff never played live before,” says Karadimas.
"‘At Night We Prey' is a very dark and personal effort, tackling the topic of Karadimas’s battle with depression. “A beast I have experienced its teeth deep into my soul, I decided to come out and share that experience with metalheads. This is the least I can offer now to the big fight against depression. If we do not stop this, it will eat us all alive. Share your pain, speak openly about it. This is the only way to kill the demons in your mind.”
Efthimis Karadimas : Bass, vocals
Mike Galiatsos : Guitar
Kostas Kyriakopoulos : Guitar
Fotis Benardo : Drum
Salvadoran death / thrash metallers Apes Of God announce third full length album "En El Recinto De La Tempestad"
Salvadoran death / thrash metallers Apes Of God have announced their new album “En El Recinto De La Tempestad” is to be released on April 28th, in light of this news they are presenting the cover artwork which was designed by Ukraine's Kali Macabre.
The new album will be released in limited numbers on both CD (300 copies - slipcase) which is to be released via Death In Pieces Records, and on tape (100 copies) via Deathrockersorrow Records / Morbid Skull Records.
"En El Recinto De La Tempestad" is the band's third full length recording, and certainly captures the rage in these guys. There is no compromises here, only fast death / thrash metal songs that will punch your soul, with poisonous music and violent lyrics.
"This album is dedicated to the memory of Cesar Canales (ex-vocalist) R.I.P. 1991-2019"
Apes Of God are:
Indian metal artist Demonstealer collaborates with jazz / fusion drummer Gino Banks and bass prodigy Mohini Dey for new single 'Sic Semper Tyrannis'
After dropping a well received EP 'And This Too Shall Pass' in December 2020 Indian metal veteran, Demonstealer is back with a new single. The song titled 'Sic Semper Tyrannis' which means 'And thus always to tyrants' sees an unusual collaboration with jazz / fusion drummer Gino Banks and bass prodigy Mohini Dey. The track itself is an old school death metal song and both guest musicians given it a unique twist bringing in their own flair and style.
The artwork for the song has been done by well known artist and drummer of Indian metal band Gutslit, Aaron Pinto aka The Art of Kidsquidy. While ex-Demonic Resurrection guitar player Daniel Kenneth Rego has mixed and mastered the song.
An official play-through style video has been released for the song as well here: https://youtu.be/49nsECqqbOQ
'I've known Gino for years through my old day job as artist relations manager for Furtados Music and I've always wanted to jam or work with him so when he posted a tweet saying he was accepting songs to drum to I knew I had to send him something, I asked if he was up to play on a metal song and he said yes. He really smashed it on the track and I knew I wanted Mohini to play on it because they do a lot of gigs together but I didn't know how to ask her, thankfully Gino played her the song and she agreed to play on it. I couldn't be happier with the end result it's been a blast working with these stellar musicians'.
The song is out now on all digital platforms and can be purchased and streamed at:- https://demonstealer.bandcamp.com/track/sic-semper-tyrannis
Dutch avant-garde death metal Kaiju's The Monolith Deathcult are releasing a brand new album entitled 'V3 - Vernedering' (“Humiliation”), on May 14th. The follow-up to 2018's 'Vergelding' represents the final instalment of the V-Trilogy.
The Monolith Deathcult comment:
‘Vernedering' is a blood-chilling super-spectacle and the ominous last sorry chapter in the once-proud franchise of the V-trilogy. Despite being nominated countless times for the honourable Covid-escape. The Monolith Deathcult stays relevant (as fuck) and reinvented itself musically countless times like the most advanced shape-shifter. V3 aka Vernedering is the soundtrack of The Great Rese(n)t and what we will built back better is a new artistic empire of shocking embarrassment. Our message is as blunt and brutal as a lead pipe: We, The Monolith Deathcult, are the new invincible gods and the best is yet to come.'
The Monolith Deathcult are also releasing the official video for the track 'Gone Sour, Doomed', which can be viewed here. On 'Gone Sour, Doomed', the band comments:
"This is the fist in the face of those who thought we had become 'soft' and 'radio-friendly'. 'Gone Sour, Doomed’ is a ruthless blast beat salvo hounded by bitter gritty D-beats and an irresistible groove that will bring the juvenile arenas to a manic boiling scenery”.
The album was mixed by Guido Aalbers (Giesound) and mastered by Pier Durk Hogeterp. The production was in the hands of The Monolith Deathcult and the cover artwork came courtesy of the band's own Carsten Altena.
Season of Mist are pleased to announce the signing of Icelandic Tech Death outfit Ophidian I. The band, containing members of Icelandic label mates Helfró, will release their brand new album 'Desolate' via Season of Mist in the summer of 2021.
Ophidian I comment on the signing:
"We are ecstatic to announce that we’ve partnered with Season of Mist for the release of our album 'Desolate' in 2021. The new album is a product of relentless dedication and we could not imagine a more fitting home than with the incredible team at Season of Mist. Through the years we have been inspired by many artists from their roster and now we humbly take our place amongst them."
Season of Mist CEO Michael Berberian comments on the signing:
"It all started by a mail from an old partner in crime, known to many in the industry; Ula Gehret. I quote : “Am I nuts, or is this really good?” Two emails later: “I’ve really fallen for this album (it’s my new “Unquestionable Presence”)”. And my god, was he right. It’s my most played album of the last two months. There is something extra to this one, in my mind there is no doubt that this is a future classic. So a few weeks later, we signed the band, and he’s managing them. Two music industry veterans falling for an album like we were teens. We, at SOM were lucky to release with Archspire and Beyond Creation the two cornerstones of the last decade in the “Tech Death” world. Here is the first one of 2021."
For a glimpse of things to come and updates, follow the band on Faceook.
With a clear goal of reaching the apex of technical metal in terms of proficiency, arrangements and sound, Ophidian I has produced the destructive full-length album 'Desolate'.
Emerging from Iceland; the barren island in the north, home to apocalyptic weather, eruptions and storms. The breeding intensity, blazing speed and ferocity of Ophidian I reflects the chaos it hails from as well as the inherent beauty and complex harmony.
With various influences ranging from all styles, the unique melt of technical death metal - with immersive melody and hooks at every corner - 'Desolate' will appeal to all those who seek peak militant musicianship on all fronts.
Crypts of Despair from Lithuania are playing an evolved form of death metal that's rooted in the old school style but are surprisingly dark, dissonant and blackened sounding on this one. The way they went about incorporating these elements is astounding and it's seamlessly done. Sink your teeth into this fantastic slab of death metal that's likely to be a contender for the best death metal album this year. Two songs are currently streaming that you can check out on Bandcamp and YouTube.
Death metal band Crypts of Despair have made a quantum leap from their well-received debut full length to the new one. The progression is not merely aesthetic but intrinsic; it's as if they've unlocked some inner beast by channelling diabolical forces through them. The music is at once ferocious, rife with unearthly and dissonant sounds, punctuated by hair-raising, eerie ambience. It embodies the perfect combination of face-melting aggression and electrifying atmosphere, with song structures remaining unpredictable and yet strangely coherent. The sound is absolutely pristine, able to express the band's penchant for playing fast, devastating music as well as doing justice to the myriad variations that they incorporate. This is the perfect death metal album of the times, without any dilution of the raw appeal of the genre. The execution is next level and it's an album that you will keep coming back to just because it has so much to offer in a refreshing manner. Delve deep into this one and the experience will be unforgettable.
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Indonesian Death Metal Gang Kaligula have released the official video for "Retorika Elite," a track from new album Doctrination of Atisamdha.
"Retorika Elite" (Official Video) - youtu.be/TjR2ewVO-yU
Brutal Mind released debut album Doctrination of Atisamdha on November 10. Those looking for a catchy, heavy, Indonesian Death Metal sound would do well to check out these rising stars!
The album can be streamed and/or purchased at the links below.
Mexican raw black / death metal band Heretic Ritual signs with Death In Pieces Records!
The trio will be releasing their debut album “War - Desecration - Genocide / Passages Of Infinite Hatred” on the 10th November on CD, with the slipcase edition being released in a limited run of 500 copies.
"War - Desecration – Genocide - Passages Of Infinite Hatred" is the debut album of the raw black / death metal band Heretic Ritual. The band features members from Rotting Grave and ex-members from Necroccultus.
The album features nine tracks of unrelenting chaos, bestiality and darkness, with possessed vocals and profane hatred. This is an imperative release for fans of Sarcofago, Blasphemy, Bestial Warlust, Archgoat, Angelcorpse and the like.
HERETIC RITUAL is:
Bestial Profaner: Guitar and vocal abominations (Rotting Grave, ex Necroccultus)
Gothmog: Drums and hammer destroyer (ex Necroccultus)
Kulto Macabro: Bass from the abyss and howls
From the sewers of Copenhagen emerge Undergang! The filthy bastards in Undergang are preparing to unleash their fifth full-length album of sewer death metal, "Aldrig I Livet".
The first taste of "Aldrig I Livet" comes with the official music video for album track "Menneskeæder." Watch the video at this location.
"Aldrig I Livet" will be out on Dark Descent Records/Me Saco Un Ojo Records December 4 on digital, CD, cassette and vinyl. Pre-order the album at darkdescentrecords.bandcamp.com/album/aldrig-i-livet
Since 2008, Denmark’s Undergang have been pursuing the deepest, darkest depths of total death metal. Steeped in the classics, the quartet aren’t so much “old school” like so many HM-2 worshippers nowadays as they are simply old-sounding, brazenly brandishing a sound that nods to early Finnish death metal, slimy doom-death as equally as timeless goregrind. It’s a sound that’s garnered the band a legion of devotees across the world, and justifiably so.
And while it’s been three interminably long years since their last album, Misantropologi, at long last do Undergang arrive with their long-awaited fifth full-length: "Aldrig I Livet". Simply put, this is Undergang at their very best, subtly striving for new twists on their characteristic sound whilst making that sound more engaging than ever before. Graced with utterly crushing production, "Aldrig I Livet" is undoubtedly the band’s most ominous record to date, rooting among the ruins of the most desolate doom-death committed to tape and warping that wreckage with slithering solos that seem to creep like tendrils across an inter-dimensional portal.
It’s a sick and sickening slog through the sewers of the subconscious – forecasted by the cover art, once again courtesy of vocalist/guitarist David Mikkelsen – and Undergang effortlessly lumber forth with a swagger that’s startling to behold. Even this many years into their celebrated catalog, the quartet show no signs of relinquishing their crown as Denmark’s premier death metal champions, and "Aldrig I Livet" is disgusting proof.
Cover art for "Aldrig I Livet" by D. Torturdød. The video for Menneskeæder was filmed and edited by Martin Goltermann/Muskedonner Medier.
A. Dødshjælp- Drums
D. Torturdød - Vocals/Guitars
Mads Haarløv - Guitars/Backing vocals
Martin Leth Andersen - Bass
Finland's Lie In Ruins have premiered a brand new track off their forthcoming album, Floating in Timeless Streams. The song, "(Becoming) One with the Aether," is streaming now at this location.
Dark Descent Records will release Floating in Timeless Streams November 20 on CD, digital and vinyl. Pre-order the album HERE.
Lie In Ruins will unleash their most intense release to date with Floating in Timeless Streams. Throughout these 8 hellish tracks, Lie In Ruins twists their cavernous sound into new, more violent forms.
"(Becoming) One with the Aether" is the second track released off of Floating in Timeless Streams. The album's first single, “Spectral Realms of Fornication” is streaming at this location.
Six years after Lie In Ruin's last full-length (2014's Towards Divine Death), Floating in Timeless Streams sees a more streamlined approach from the band. A departure from the 70+ minute onslaught of Towards Divine Death, Floating in Timeless Streams delivers a more calculated attack, clocking in at 41 lethal minutes.
Floating in Timeless Streams continues to highlight the tremendous guitar work of Roni Ärling and Tuomas Kulmala, their mastery backed by new addition of Corpsessed drummer Jussi-Pekka Manner. The album is rounded out by the tormented and guttural vocals of Roni Sahari (Desolate Shrine).
Lie In Ruin’s magnum opus, Floating in Timeless Streams is arguably the most brutal album of 2020. Finnish death metal's finest!
Roni Ärling- Guitars
Tuomas Kulmala - Guitars / Vocals
Roni Sahari - Bass/Vocals
Jussi-Pekka Manner - Drums / Backing vocals
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