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.
Czech avantgarde doom metal band Et Moriemur are trying to do things differently on each album and this time it's no different. Earlier it was symphonic/orchestral doom metal influenced by the Greek culture, and this time around it's completely Japanese-themed with a host of guest musicians playing various instruments including some folk ones. They've blended such influences beautifully into their sound and none of it seems forced. It's just seamlessly integrated and the album flows uninterruptedly too. While it's recommended that you listen to it from start to finish, you can get a taste of their music by checking out their music on Bandcamp and YouTube.
Et Moriemur set new standards for themselves with their previous Greek-themed album 'Epigrammata' which borrowed elements of death and black metal and flawlessly integrated them in their unique brand of atmospheric doom metal. This time they're exploring Japanese themes and have frankly outdone themselves. It's rare to come across bands that are constantly reinventing themselves without losing their core sound and Et Moriemur are doing just that and taking the sound ahead in ways previously unimagined.
An album to be heard from start to finish, it makes you experience various moods and sounds, having employed the services of several musicians in addition to their own, playing traditional instruments such as shakuhachi and others like cello, harp, violin and more. For the next quarter of an hour, you're transported to a different land, imagining a different era, and you remain mesmerized by the seamlessly transitioning music with plenty of variations and fascinating new elements.
The blend of genres is immaculate and none of it feels even remotely forced or out of place. Truly, Et Moriemur may have created a new sound which they've only perfected over here. They remain in a league of their own, in competition with only themselves.
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Norwegian doom metal pioneers Funeral are now premiering a new playthrough video for the song "Erindring I - Hovmod". The track is taken from their new record 'Praesentialis in Aeternum', which will be released via Season of Mist on December 10, 2021.
Watch the video HERE.
"The third and final single from the upcoming album have been performed live once or twice. We chose to record a playthrough-video for this, with both our eminent guitar players showing their skills. It's a song that has all the Funeral-elements, both in pace and harmonies, as well as a bit more in-your-face feel to it."
Pre-orders for 'Praesentialis in Aeternum' are now live HERE.
The cover art was created by Christopher Rådlund and can be found below, together with the track-list.
The beast did sleep less than two years though as the following year singer Sindre Nedland, who had joined Funeral for ‘Oratorium’, “woke up from his slumber and told me he was ready to focus music again. I had the whole music demoed and ready, so it quickly snowballed from there.” For the first time ever, not only are the lyrics fully in Norwegian but they were also written by an outside collaborator, a “personal friend” of Anders who happens to be a psychologist. “He’s both a close friend and a fan of the band.
So, he knows exactly how I roll and what the band is all about. I knew he was writing on the side so one day about five years ago, I asked him as a joke almost ‘hey, why don’t you write lyrics for my band instead?’ and within five months, he did! His lyrics are more or less his take on philosopher Emmanuel Kant’s work. Initially, I thought about maybe translating them to English, but it would have meant redoing them so in the end, we choose to keep them as they were. The booklet will include a little text explaining what they’re all about for those who don’t speak Norwegian.”
Musically, Anders describes ‘Praesentialis in Aeternum’ (something along the line of “here eternally”) as a “natural progression. I know we have some fans who are only into the first albums and those who discovered us in the early 00’s but this new opus has a little bit of everything for everybody. The symphonic elements are far more bombastic yet much well more done, thanks to the evolution of technology since ‘Oratorium’. It’s in a way a mixture of our three last albums yet our most diverse work yet, with both quite concise and very epic pieces.
As a matter of fact, we recorded something like ten songs but vowed to choose only the six best to get the best album possible.” Among them you’ll find one originally written during their third album |From These Sounds’ session, one co-written with former founding member Thomas Angell (who left in 2000) and, in the deluxe version, a CANDLEMASS (‘Samarithan’) cover version originally recorded back in 2005 with their then singer Frode Forsmo, thus linking ‘Praesentialis in Aeternum’ with the band’s past history. Also guesting on ‘Ånd,’ the first single off the record, is Lars Nedland, Sindre’s own brother of BORKNAGAR and SOLEFALD fame. It’s also the first album for their new partner, Season of Mist.
Since the album was completed, the now septet has welcomed for the first time ever a full-time violin player “to perform live most of the strings you can hear on our albums as soon as we’ll be able to go back on stage.” In the meantime, Anders confesses the next album is more or less “finished. ‘Praesentialis’ could have been released earlier if we hadn’t to face all those COVID-related problems. We couldn’t meet in person, let alone rehearse or even just take promo pictures… But now we have a new label, a new line-up and a totally renewed sense of energy so why stop there? FUNERAL started thirty years ago be truth be told, it’s never been stronger. So, doom on!”
Ukrainian blackened death/doom metal visionaries 1914 continue to reflect the gruesome tales of World War I, its soldiers’ fate, their death, fear and feats to be never forgotten on their sinister third epos, Where Fear and Weapons Meet, out this Friday, October 22, 2021 via Napalm Records. After smashing their massive first treat “...And a Cross Now Marks His Place”, feat. none other than Paradise Lost icon Nick Holmes, followed by scorching “Pillars of Fire (The Battle of Messines)”, the Ukrainian WWI experts now reveal the secret of their third single “FN .380 ACP#19074”, alongside a thrilling lyric video.
The track breaks in with a majestic yet intimidating orchestra, heavy guitar lines, thunderous black metal drumming like a blaze of gunfire and raw vocal power. It reflects the assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife 1914 in Sarajevo, an event that caused the outbreak of World War I.
Ditmar Kumarberg comments:
“This track marks the beginning of the entire conflict - the assassination of Franz Ferdinand - the event that triggered the conflict that had been brewing for the last 10 years. The royal houses of Europe wanted this war, it was inevitable - technical progress, territorial claims and dissatisfaction of people led to this. And so, the Yugoslav nationalist Gavrilo Princip fired the shots that launched the process. Two shots from a .380 ACP FN Model 1910 pistol numbered 19074, which changed the world forever, collapsed large empires and killed tens of millions of people.”
1914 break into their third offering with the intro “War In”, summed up by final “War Out”, and immediately build a common thread to the previous records. “War In” is the original of the most famous Serbian song of the Great War period, “Tamo Daleko”. Like World War I, the album begins in Serbia and continues on the first track from the prospective of Gavrilo Princip, who assassinated Franz Ferdinand and his wife on June 28, 1914.
What happens next is an intense, in-depth analysis of historical events. For example – Battle of Vimy Ridge, shameful pages of the British Empire history in the track “Coward” featuring Sasha Boole (Me And That Man), The Battle of Messines on “Pillars of Fire” or the infantry regiment, the Harlem Hellfighters, on “Don’t Tread On Me”. Authentic forces like ambient sonic war samplings transport these stories even further into the present and make Where Fear and Weapons Meet another heavily intense and deep-reaching output that will grant 1914 even higher appreciation than the five-piece is already credited with.
1914 on the album:
“Where Fear and Weapons Meet continues the theme we started on The Blind Leading the Blind - with one major difference: these are the stories about hope where most of our characters are staying alive, becoming heroes, and returning back to their homes. Yes, it is still about fear, death, and senselessness of war, but the hope is the only thing the soldier holds on to. And a good portion of luck as well. Even the album cover reflects this - the man lays wounded, bleeding in the trench, reaching his hand to Death begging for relieve, and Death declines to take him. He deserves to live.
The album starts with the assassination in Sarajevo, leads you through the bloodiest moments of the Great War, and ends up with the monologue on a grave of a young man killed in his first battle. This time we did have even more hard digging into the historical background while making the tracks. We are not singing the songs, we are telling the stories!”
Venezuelan atmospheric death / doom metallers Stratuz have signed with Sliptrick Records. Stratuz formed in 1984, released their first demo in 1993 and their debut album "In Nomine…" in 1995, helping them to quickly become the most recognized metal band in Venezuela and cementing their place as one of the pioneer bands of extreme metal.
In 1999, Stratuz finished recording the album "The Last Angel" upon their return from a European tour. That same year, they signed with the Belgian label LSP-Company for a new album entitled "Spirit Seduction".
The group decided to disband in 2006, but in 2019 the group reformed and began to record a new album, entitled Osculum Pacis, which will be released worldwide via Sliptrick Records in the coming months.
Swedish epic doom crew Sorcerer release cover single & music video for Rainbow's classic "Gates Of B"
Swedish epic doom metallers Sorcerer have released a new single - their tribute version of Rainbow's 1978 classic "Gates Of Babylon" - through Metal Blade Records! Watch the video for this cover song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njPeQpBRmUk
Since Sorcerer's latest release, Lamenting Of The Innocent (2020), the pandemic restrictions have impacted the whole music scene and interfered with promotional aspirations and touring. While Sorcerer's main focus lies on creating new material for a fourth record with Metal Blade and moving forward, the vacuum of the pandemic offered the band some spare time for a fun side project.
Sorcerer had been playing with the idea to do a tribute cover for quite some time. But finding time to make an arrangement, record and even choosing a song always seemed challenging; many epic tracks appealing to the members had also already been covered. To bridge the period to their new album and also to shine some light in these dark days, Sorcerer felt the time was now to put that idea into action. Once they committed to it, the song choice was actually a no-brainer. Rainbow had always been a huge inspiration for all and influenced Sorcerer since the beginning, so it felt like an obvious choice to go for their anthem "Gates Of Babylon" - a track that hasn't lost its magic decades after its release.
Regarding this cover project, Sorcerer guitarist Kristian Niemann says:
"When trying to come up with a way to arrange 'Gates Of Babylon' and give it a different spin, I tried to imagine what it would've sounded like if Tony Iommi wrote it instead of Ritchie Blackmore. It probably would've been slower and heavier, possibly down-tuned a bit. We skipped the keyboard intro because it would be impossible to capture the magic of the original. We had a great time recording this single at SolnaSound Studios, and overall we are very happy with how it turned out. We hope our fans will dig it too."
Sorcerer's "Gates Of Babylon" is now streaming on all digital platforms: www.metalblade.com/sorcerer
Czech post doom metallers Indrid Cold have released their new music video "Číše Života" (directed and edited by: Luboš Stručovský), watch it here:-https://youtu.be/JPJf_eMzdKM
"Číše Života" (Goblet Of Life) is the second song from Indrid Cold’s recent album "Monument Prázdnoty" (released on June 1st via Sliptrick Records). The track is set to a music poem from the collection ‘Transformations of the Demon’ by Michail Lermontov 1831. It’s a dark melancholic anthem describing the illusory nature of this world.
"Monument Prázdnoty" (Eng: Monument of Emptiness) is the debut album from Czech post doom metal band Indrid Cold. The word emptiness means: “The field of boundless emptiness is what exists from the very beginning. You must purify, cure, grind down, or brush away all the tendencies you have fabricated into apparent habits. Then you can reside in a clear circle of brightness. Utter emptiness has no image. Upright independence does not rely on anything. Just expand and illuminate the original truth unconcerned by external conditions. Read more …here
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Czech post-doom metallers Indrid Cold have signed with Sliptrick Records. The band formed during the fall of 2015 from ex members of the band Born Again. All the members of Indrid Cold were active in various other bands from the local metal and punk scene. The band’s name comes from the movie The Mothman Prophecies, based on the 1975 book of the same name. In the first years of their existence, the band recorded several singles and played many successful concerts in the Czech Republic.
At the end of 2019, the original singer left the band and so 2020 was a new beginning for Indrid Cold. With new found force, the band continues in a four-member line-up and wrote songs for their debut album Monument Prázdnoty.
In autumn of 2020, Monument Prázdnoty was recorded and produced by the band and masterd by Cult Of Lunas’s Magnus Lindberg at Redmount Studios in Stockholm. The album will be released worldwide via Sliptrick Records.
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Northern Irish death / doom trio, The Crawling, have released their new single "Sparrow," and accompanying live action lyric video. The song tells a haunting tale of isolation, misery, and the emotional outcome of living a pointless life; amplified by the fact so many 'spectate' a chain of events, without offering support.
The lyric video was written, created and filmed entirely alone by vocalist/guitarist Andy Clarke; solely due to lockdown restrictions, and the inability to use a professional studio. The single is accompanied in physical format by digipak CD, cassette, and a new exclusive t-shirt design (created by Serpent Tusk).
Vocalist / guitarist Andy Clarke commented:
“Lockdown restrictions in Northern Ireland didn't allow for the band to even be in the same room together, let alone film a music video. I really hated the thought of releasing a new track without a video, as it's something I really enjoy; so, my hand was forced to film something on my own. It's not like our normal performance style videos, but more of a live action lyric video. It works well, emphasising the lyrics, whilst also creating the haunting imagery of the song."
Formed in the winter of 2014 in Lisburn city, Northern Ireland, The Crawling use a guttural vocal to combine melancholy with weight, churning out a heavy, doom/death ensemble.
January 2015 saw the debut single ‘Choking On Concrete,’ followed in October 2015 by the critically acclaimed In ‘Light of Dark Days' EP. April 2017 the bands debut album 'Anatomy Of Loss' was released via Grindscene Records, accompanied by five music videos, receiving excellent reviews worldwide, and was streamed exclusively by Metal Hammer UK. November 2018, ‘Wolves and the Hideous White’ features six tracks, building on the sound of their debut. The album did well with media and fans alike, increasing the fan base.
With live music on hold, and gatherings being kept to a minimum, and rehearsals being limited; The Crawling concentrated efforts on their most depressive track to date - “Sparrow,” coupled with an interpretation of the Bjork track “Play Dead.”
The Crawling have spread the misery drenched album through a strong live performance, with support from a loyal fan base; most notably appearing at Inferno Metal Festival (Norway), Bloodstock Open Air (UK), Seige of Limerick (IRE), Metal Days (SLO), Shellshockfest (Malta), Uprising (UK), Incinerationfest (UK), Mammothfest (UK) and Full Metal Mensa (GER).
The Crawling are highly active on all social media platforms, and have continued support from Grindscene Records.
Buy and listen from THE CRAWLING Bandcamp now
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