Sarcasm sign with Hammerheart Records and a new album is in the plans for the end of 2020 of early 2021!
Sarcasm got started during the Golden Age of Swedish Death, in the year 1990. After 4 years of releasing demos Sarcasm disappeared, but returned to form by 2015. Aside from several compilations Sarcasm has released three critically acclaimed albums since then, with a crowning achievement in 2019 with the release of “Esoteric Tales Of The Unserene”, an album that appeared on a lot of year lists. Said album is a highlight within the Scandinavian tradition of high-intensity melodic Death Metal and got Sarcasm noticed more than ever before.
Copenhagen's rising death doom outfit, Konvent, is set to release their highly anticipated debut album, Puritan Masochism, on January 24 via Napalm Records. Only a few days ahead of its official release, the band has just premiered another brutal-sounding appetizer with a brand new video!
The Danish collective, founded in 2015, stoically trudges through the blackest mires – following in the footsteps of Mythic, Paradise Lost, Skepticism and Winter, who all unleashed the bleakest horror on mankind in the early 90s. Rikke Emilie List`s guttural vocals and tenacious riffing combined with menacingly heavy production make the debut by these four Danish women a massive, extreme metal highlight of early 2020 – and it would not come as a surprise if their upcoming album, Puritan Masochism, conjures up a deserved revival for the whole death doom genre!
Following the premiere of the band's latest music video to the album title track (watch HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdR24AURUwU), today we witness a final single before the album drops later this month. Better get doomed and fix your eyes on Konvent's brand new video for the blistering track 'Ropes pt. II' : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBkwHWoKQKA
The band comments:-
“Ropes pt. II was the last song we wrote for the album. Our deadline was getting closer and we isolated ourselves in our rehearsal space during the weekend before going into the studio. We spent hours jamming to the main riff while the Danish Summer sun was baking outside, and in the end we managed to complete the song.
It was actually inspired by our other song Ropes pt. I which, at that time, didn't have a title. Ropes pt. I is about knowing someone who is going through a bad time and the powerlessness that comes with it. We thought it could be interesting to write a song from the other person‘s point of view and connect the songs and their protagonists. We chose to incorporate ropes in the titles because in these situations they can be a mean of help to climb out of the darkness or a means of suicide; we leave it up to the listener‘s imagination.
Regarding the video, we were all quite tired of the same old “metal music video recipe”. Actually, we didn't really care for being in the video ourselves but found it way more interesting to play with smoke, lights and shadows. We got in touch with photographer Nicky de Silva via a common friend and he was very interested in diving into a darker side of the arts. We had a meeting with him and our visions clicked. He found the models for the video as well and we couldn't be happier with the result!“
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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.
Polish death metal veterans Trauma have completed working on the newest full length. “Ominous Black” is the 8th studio album and will be released on Selfmadegod Records. All tracks have been recorded by the band themselves in person of Mister who has also composed entire material.
This is what Mister says about the new material:
"All songs have been recorded in our very own TRAUMAtic Sound Studio in Elbląg, Poland where we used to make pre-productions of the previous albums. Whole thing has been mixed and mastered by Wiesławscy Bros at famous Hertz Studio (Behemoth, Vader, Hour Of Penance, Beheaded). The new album includes nine brand-new songs and it’s entitled “Ominous Black”."
Check out official teaser of the album on Selfmadegod Records YouTube profile here: https://youtu.be/GbPlY0DH124
First song will be premiered mid January.
“Ominous Black” is set for March 6th 2020 release date in the following formats: CD / limited edition CD BOX / 12”LP / digital download as well as apparel. Pre-order will be launched shortly.
Trauma is one of the most experienced and oldest Polish death metal bands. The band started in the late 80’s known as Thanatos. Under the moniker two demo tapes have been recorded. Thanks to that the band became known as one of the most interesting and musically advanced bands from Polish metal scene. In December 1992 they decided to change the name to Trauma and few months later recorded its debut full length “Invisible Reality”. Since then the death metal squad have been around continuously for nearly 30 years! The 2020 brings the long-awaited premiere of the 8th studio album "Ominous Black" featuring nine new songs. The album will be released by Selfmadegod Records in March 2020.
Artur „Chudy” Chudewniak – vocals
Jarosław „Mister” Misterkiewicz – all guitars and bass, samples, backing vocals
Arkadiusz „Mały” Sinica - drums
Canadian death metal band Atrae Bilis have signed to our label and will be unleashing their debut full length titled 'Divinihility' this year. The official announcement link can be found HERE.
The band states:-
“Atrae Bilis is pleased to contribute to the dynamic soundscape of Transcending Obscurity. Future plans set by both the label and band are exciting ones, and we’re thrilled to push Atrae Bilis into the underground under their banner.”
Label owner Kunal Choksi comments:-
“I’m thrilled to work with a promising new band like Atrae Bilis who show great ambition and drive. Their music is hard-hitting and contemporary in addition to being unpredictable which is hugely impressive these days. Moreover, they’ve nailed the aesthetics securing a fitting artwork by Adam Burke (Coexistence, Lurk, Imperialist) and also getting the sound right. I can’t wait to put out their debut full length as soon as possible.”
The band released their official video for the song Ectopian which will be featured on the upcoming 2020 label sampler to be released on January 5th, 2020.
Band line-up -
Jordan Berglund - Vocals
David Stepanavicius - Guitar
Brendan Campbell - Bass Guitar
Luka Govednik - Drums
Artwork by Adam Burke (Imperialist, Lurk)
Logo by Christophe Szpajdel (Rogga Johansson)
Italian Death Metallers Horrid stream new album via Friedhof-Magazine.com; special career-spanning re-recordings
Italian death metal institution Horrid stream the entirety of As We Forget Our Past, a special collection of re-recordings, via Friedhof-Magazine.com. Set for international release on December 31st via Dunkelheit Produktionen for the CD version - the vinyl LP version shall be released on February 18th, 2020 - stream Horrid 's As We Forget Our Past in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Italy's longest-running death metal band, Horrid have built an enviously dependable, unyielding body of work since 1989. Starting with more primitive influences but soon moving on to those of early Entombed and Dismember, the band spent the 1990s solidifying their sound over a clutch of demos and EPs. Eventually, come 2002, their debut album manifested itself as Reborn in Sin. From there, the name Horrid has continued to stand for the timeless upholding of classic death metal values.
Now, after two brand-new albums for Dunkelheit - 2014's Sacrilegious Fornication and 2017's Beyond the Dark Border, each one as critically acclaimed as the last - once again do Horrid align with Dunkelheit for a special anniversary record. Fittingly titled As We Forget Our Past, the 10-song/53-minute album features a slew of "greatest hits" re-recorded with Horrid's line-up that's been firm since 2015. As such, these ten tracks together form a sort of symbiosis with the preceding Beyond the Dark Border, given the massive crunch & crush of that career highpoint.
With the original songs stretching back to 1997's Blasphemic Creatures and ranging 2002's Reborn in Sin, 2006's Rising From the Hidden Spheres, 2011's The Final Massacre, and even Sacrilegious Fornication, here do Horrid put on a masterclass of pure 'n' proud DEATH METAL: melodic yet dark, dynamic yet devastating, the power-trio bring the past into the present with seemingly effortless aplomb. Despite the usually tawdry proposition of most re-recordings, truly does As We Forget Our Past both re-acclimate and re-animate, this line-up of Horrid's executing these old creations with a palpitating breathlessness and goosebump-inducing poignancy, especially where the lead-guitar work is concerned. Suitably, the band round out the record with a brand-new song, the title track "As We Forget Our Past," bringing that past into the present and setting their sights on the future.
Timeless yet fresh, and perfectly complemented by moody, awe-inspiring cover art courtesy of Matteo Autunno Di Domenico, Horrid breathe new, rotten life into the undead with As We Forget Our Past! Rise with undead and stream As We Forget Our Past in its entirety exclusively HERE, courtesy of Friedhof-Magazine.com. Preo-rder info for both formats can be found HERE at Dunkelheit's Bandcamp.
In their endless quest to push and support current underground acts that perpetuate the odour of vintage death metal, Memento Mori are extremely thrilled to announce a new signing: Inanna, from Chile.
In a weird and horrific hallucination, guitarist/songwriter Diego Ilabaca received the revelation to create new music. Still in his teen years, he came up with the idea of fusing his favourite albums, Morbid Visions and Altars of Madness, with the mysticism and transcendence of the long and amazingly structured compositions of his '70s prog-rock heroes. It took a long time to find the right musicians to realize that vision. Once he did, and like the powerful gods of the Sumerian pantheon, Inanna came to life from the netherworld in 2000, obsessed with such early technical death metal acts as Atheist, Cynic, Death, and Pestilence, and plagued with the evil brutality of Suffocation, Deicide, Morbid Angel, Immolation, and Gorguts. Even though inspired by those acts, this four-piece entity walk a path of uniqueness through their own spheres and interdimensional portals. Unlike other ridiculously over-the-top, ultra-complex, soulless bands, Inanna seek inspiration in the outer worlds and the obscure abysses of the unknown, via demented growls, the nightmarish writings of H.P. Lovecraft, mythology, and ancient lore. Malice, death, and insanity, the human mind, and Cthulhu spells also lurk deep within the band's concept, like eerie sea tales from a distant century that one can only whisper in fear.
After two albums and many a stage hit by Diego Ilabaca (guitars), Max Neira (bass/vocals), Carlos Fuentes (drums/guitars), and Cristobal Gonzalez (guitars) over the band's years of existence, Inanna are now ready to start creating their third full-length opus, whose CD version will be released by Memento Mori in 2021. Further details to follow in the coming months. For more info, consult the links below.
Finnish Death Metallers Necropsy have just released a lyric video for the track "206 Motives". This is the second advance single of their EP "Exitus", scheduled to be released on January 21st through Xtreem Music on CD format.
You can watch the video here: https://youtu.be/lEa3n7ZoQQU
This new single showcases a more doomy side compared with the usual Necropsy style. For this EP the band has decided to try slower sounds entering purely doom realms.
The legendary Spanish Death Metal band Aposento is finishing recording what will be their 3rd full length at Trackstereo Studios in Logroño (Spain) with Dan Díez, same technician who has already worked on their previous works.
This new Aposento album will be titled "Conjuring the New Apocalypse" and will contain 10 new tracks in their usual style of the brutal and crushing old school classic Death Metal. The cover art is being made by artist Naroa Etxebarría and this new work is expected to be released next April 2020 through Xtreem Music.
As soon as the recording and the cover art are finished, we will reveal a first advance single, so stay tuned! Meanwhile, you can visit the official website of Aposento at http://b.link/aposento and also watch the video-clip belonging to their previous album in the following link: https://youtu.be/iwRwMSh732I
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
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