Swedish doom metallers Avatarium release their highly-praised new dark gospel The Fire I Long For today via Nuclear Blast. To mark the occasion, the band has unveiled an official lyric video for the song 'Lay Me Down', which features guest appearances by Leif Sundin (backing vocals) and Michael Blair (percussion). Watch now: youtu.be/wMXrWN4D8P4
Guitarist Marcus Jidell comments:-
"'Lay Me Down' is maybe one of the best songs we've written thus far. It contains so many elements I think a good song should have: great and moving lyrics, soulful musical performances and psychedelic elements that might be a way of trying to understand and feel connected with other dimensions and spiritual energies."
The Fire I Long For is available to order here: nblast.de/Avatarium-TheFire
★ Limited digipak
★ Black Vinyl
★ White Vinyl (NB mail-order and wholesale exclusive)
★ Gold Vinyl (NB mail-order exclusive)
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Founded in 2012 by Leif Edling of Candlemass, Avatarium soon saw the arrival of Marcus Jidell (producer Candlemass) and Jennie-Ann Smith who brought an air of charisma with her soulful grace. The band has become an entity of its own and while Leif still contributed three songs for the new album, the band’s current line-up consists of Marcus and Jennie-Ann, who are accompanied on this record by organist Rickard Nilsson and new drummer Andreas ‘Habo’ Johansson (The Doomsday Kingdom). Together, this open-minded, yet doom-laden collective draws elements of folk, jazz and psychedelic brilliance into a grandiose amalgamation that manages to maintain an almost pop-like elegance. Recorded at Studio DeepWell in Stockholm, the album was produced by Marcus Jidell, mixed by Grammy Award winner Niklas Flyckt and mastered by Svante Forsback (Rammstein).
Jennie-Ann Smith | Vocals
Marcus Jidell | Guitar
Andreas ‘Habo’ Johansson | Drums
Rickard Nilsson | Organ
Mats Rydström | Live Bass
The four Danish women of Konvent may conjure up a deserved revival for the whole death doom genre when they release their hotly anticipated album, Puritan Masochism, on January 24th 2020 via Napalm Records. Formed in 2015, the Copenhagen collective stoically trudges through the blackest mires – guttural vocals and tenacious riffing combined with menacingly heavy production make Puritan Masochism an irresistible highlight of early 2020! Today, Konvent unleashes a brand new single for the doomy-as-hell track Trust. Listen and watch the band's new lyric video HERE!
Guitarist Sara says:-
“Our second single, Trust, is written based on the opening riff, with sudden breaks to create a contrast between the heavy bass and the guitar. The lyrics are about how some groups can manipulate fragile people into opening up and sharing deep secrets, giving the group an immense power over them.“
Following their 2017 demo and highly acclaimed appearances at festivals such as Aalborg Metal Festival, Metal Magic Festival and Copenhell Freezes Over in 2018, Konvent not only inked a worldwide deal with powerhouse label Napalm Records, but their mesmerizing mix of death and doom also led them to the big Danish stages, allowing them to perform at Copenhell and Roskilde Festival.
While rapidly stepping out as one of Europe's best kept death and doom metal secrets, January 2020 will finally see Konvent release their first full-length, Puritan Masochism, which was recorded live in Lasse Ballade’s studio in Copenhagen over a period of two weeks.
The band recently stated that:-
“During the process of the songwriting, we were inspired musically by both death, black and doom metal, as we aimed to give this album a broader sound than our demo back in 2017. The lyrics are inspired by the fight of regaining control when surrounded by chaos of different forms, which everyone may be affected by at some point in your life.”
A video to the album title track was also recently released. Watch it HERE!
Coming January 24th as LP, CD and Digital formats via Napalm Records, the pre-sale is available at THIS LOCATION!
Rikke Emilie List – Vocals
Sara Helena Nørregaard – Guitar
Heidi Withington Brink – Bass
Julie Simonsen – Drums
This winter is set to be filled with a new gloomy soundtrack when Italy's doom metallers Doomraiser will release their new album.
Today, the band launch the third and final part of the album trailer: check it out HERE.
Trailer #1 and #2 are still available HERE and HERE respectively.
After several successful albums and an ever-increasing fan base, doom metallers Doomraiser have recently announced that they have signed to Italian label Time To Kill Records for the release of their next album in early 2020.
Formed in 2004, the Rome-based band have evolved into an instantly recognisable figurehead for those pushing doom metal into crushing new directions. Through the years the band have shared the stage with acts such as Electric Wizard, Reverend Bizarre, The Gates of Slumber and Orange Goblin and have been experimenting and contaminating their music with raw heavy metal, psychedelia and other influences.
Watch for more details on the new album release, new tour updates, and more news on other upcoming Doomraiser activities to be posted shortly.
Nicola Rossi – Vocals/Synth
Marco Montagna – Guitars
Giuseppe Nantini – Guitars
Andrea Caminiti – Bass
Daniele Amatori – Drums
Timisoara, Romania based Dark Doom Jazz quintet Katharos XIII present their new video for the track Vidma, taken off the band's most recent album, Palindrome released on October 14th: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAgeZzczfrM
This video directed by Alexandru Das, is intended to be a meditative capture of our place in the universe, as a non-existential experience interacting with primary elements. During the whole journey we are observers and we sink more and more into our anxieties hallucinating with the unknown discovering that we are not the centre of everything as we want to believe. Like a shadow spirit, Vidma impersonates the flow of life as flashes of light in the void of the universe where questions of what is simulated and what is real around us are painful for the seeker, but maybe the key is at the end of the journey where you will find a dream that sets reality to be what we want to believe it is and the rest is lost in the dark like life itself.
Katharos XIII's new studio album Palindrome is available for streaming and orders here:
Brazilian Doom ritualists Pombajira premiere the new track "Vital Lucifer" at heavily trafficked web-portal NoCleanSinging.com. The track hails from the band's striking debut album, simply self-titled Pombajira, set for international release on November 29th via Helldprod Records. Hear Pombajira's "Vital Lucifer" in its entirety exclusively HERE.
There's nothing much to say about Pombajira! Or so the band claims, but we at Helldprod feel differently: Pombajira is a six-song excavation of deathly doom draped in darkness and dirtiness! In fact, after the record's 30 minutes of pulsing, punishing filth, it'll take you at least a week just to feel clean again! Or, imagine Pentagram's most earth-shaking doom moments integrated into the atmosphere of Celtic Frost's Into the Pandemonium, creating a ritualistic and ecstatic trance... Truly, Pombajira's debut album is a bolt from the blue - a dark horse ready to run you over!
Formed in late 2017, Pombajira was created by ex-Grave Desecrator Hellson Röcha. Soon enough, he roped in a drummer and also his old guitar-playing friend Blizzard. After a year of wasting time with this drummer, T. Splatter (Velho, Lápide, Poem's Death etc) took up the drum duties.
A few rehearsals were enough for Pombajira to record an entire album, and finally, it emerges as Pombajira! Directly influenced by bands like Black Sabbath, Hellhammer, Venom, Pentagram, as well as others of a similar dark ilk, the power-trio have successfully reached their goal in sounding heavy, basic, sombre, and uncompromised. And no fucking religious proselytism nor a cocky arrogance with the lyrical content!
Pombajira's moniker derives from their Afro-Brazilian cultural roots and serves as a foundation to flirt with the enigmatic spiritual imagery and sometimes superstitious atmosphere which is around them. In addition to their personal experiences, the band is influenced by magick, rebellion, sarcasm, and darkness. What results is uniquely Pombajira, and what the band brand HEAVY ROCK INFERNO! Are you ready to be consumed by their flames?
Become consumed by the flames of the brand-new track "Vital Lucifer" exclusively HERE, courtesy of NoCleanSinging.com. Also become consumed by the flames of the previously revealed "In Reverence" HERE at Hellprod's Soundcloud as well as HERE at the label's Bandcamp. Ordering info can be found HERE.
Lifeforce Records are very happy to welcome well established Greek Melodic Doom/ Death Metal outfit On Thorns I Lay to their roster. Their Lifeforce Records debut entitled "Threnos" (mixed and mastered by the mighty Dan Swanö) is set to be released in early 2020.
On Thorns I Lay started as a death metal band, under the name of Paralysis in the early 90’s in Greece. Together with other cult bands such as Rotting Christ, Septic Flesh, Necromantia, Nightfall started to spread their name in the local and global underground scene.
In 1993 they changed their name to Phlebotomy and released the EP “Dawn Of Grief”. The year after they recorded the “Voluptuous” demo which draw attention of Holy Records (Fr).
In 1994, the band changed their name to On Thorns I Lay and released their first album which was closer to death/doom style. Through the years the band evolved their music to gothic metal.
They have released 7 albums and have played in Greece and in Europe together with great bands such as Dream Theater, In Flames, Anathema, Amorphis, Katatonia, Tiamat, The Gathering, Satyricon, Septicflesh and many more.
The band after a hiatus of 14 years has just returned with their 8th full-length album "Aegean Sorrow", which was released by Alone Recs / the Stone Circle Spain and The Vinyl Division recorded at Devasoundz Studios (Rotting Christ, Septicflesh), mixed and mastered by legendary Dan Swanö at Unisound.
Visit and "like" the band’s Facebook page and stay tuned about latest news and live shows.
Black Lion is pleased to welcome Austin Texas based Funeral Doom group In Oblivion. Spawned from Austin TX around 2009, In Oblivion bring you home the Southern Atmospheric Funeral Doom Metal deep from the abysmal depths of depression, their debut album "Memories Engraved In Stone" was a truly remarkable debut and hit every right spot from first to last track it was a one of a kind debut album that truly sparked something. In Oblivion is currently in the studio recording their new album set for release in 2020, live shows for 2020 are being planned. In Oblivion's music delivers funeral doom in the vain of its ancestors Evoken, Mournful Congregation, Ahab, etc.
In Oblivion comments:
"Our future as part of the Black Lion roster is something to look forward to in an otherwise despondent existence. We are greatly impressed with the professionalism of the label and believe that this will be a highly beneficial partnership for all parties involved. Brace yourselves -- Oblivion beckons!"
In Oblivion are:
Ciaran McCloskey, - guitars/lead
Jake Holmes - bass
Justin Buller - guitars, vocals, keys
Ryoko Minowa - keyboards
Venezuelan blackened raw death-doom abomination Cthonica premiere the new track "Act II: The Lantern" at heavily trafficked web-portal InvisibleOranges.com. The track hails from the band's horrific debut album, Typhomanteia: Sacred Triarchy of Spiritual Putrefaction, which will be released internationally on October 25th by Clavis Secretorvm in conspiracy with both Sentient Ruin and Caligari Records: Clavis Secretorvm will handle the European CD, double-vinyl, and digital formats; Sentient Ruin will handle the North American double-vinyl and digital formats, while Caligari Records will handle the cassette tape version. Hear Cthonica's "Act II: The Lantern" in its entirety exclusively HERE.
On Typhomanteia: Sacred Triarchy of Spiritual Putrefaction, Cthonica unravel almost an hour of blood-curling and slithering ritualistic aural terror the hideousness and repulsiveness of which has rarely been seen on this earth. Converging somewhere in the middle between the agonizing and pummelling death-doom of Incantation and Disembowelment and the twisted and serpentine blackened chaos of bands like Beherit, Blasphemy, Portal, and Teitanblood and adding hazy layers of purulent noise and sepulchral dark ambient murk to further disfigure their abhorrent creation, Cthonica have crossed a new threshold in extreme metal horror, setting an entirely new standard of sonic inversion with their raw and decaying sound, and taking the glorification and worship of death and perversion to an entire new realm of conceptual and audial atrocity.
Raw blackened death-doom plague Cthonica began in Caracas, Venezuela, back in 2016 (formed by D.V. on guitars, bass, and drums, and H.K. handling vocals, noise, and electronics, lyrics, and concepts), rising from the ashes of a previous incarnation of the project called Okkvlt. Cthonica is, and likely always will be, a proudly home-recorded project: both for necessity due to the precarious access to resources in the tumultuous Venezuelan society and general lack of most things out there, and for the complete refusal by the core duo behind the project to compromise or embrace standardized and commonly acceptable creation processes. As such, Cthonica's existence will likely always be one of near-complete lack and isolation, a state and condition which has perhaps made certain aspects of their art even more violent, defiant, and abominable. That of Cthonica appears to be an existence of evolved regression, where a state of isolation, lack, and primitivism has evolved aberrantly, and created fertile conditions for the development of deviant and feral art forms. Regarding this aspect of their creation process, the band has stated that "we are a home-made recording project because we are oblivious to so-called professional hi-fi techniques and firmly believe that the approach of basic and primitive resources keeps us on the line of what we want."
Lyrically, musically, and conceptually, Cthonica are focused on expressing the abyss within every human life, not (only) through the classic but overused Nietzschean cliché, but also and mostly as a Tehomic-Typhonian metamorphosis of every man's reason through what they call "spiritual putrefaction," or the progressive human corruption through the guidelines of opprobrious disciplines and their teachings, a concept which has shaped and defined the band’s abhorrent debut album, Typhomanteia: Sacred Triarchy of Spiritual Putrefaction.
Witness the next abhorrence with "Act II: The Lantern" exclusively HERE, courtesy of InvisibleOranges.com. Also witness the previously revealed abhorrences "Act VI: …not as those who served and preached in obeisance" HERE, courtesy of NoCleanSinging.com, and "Act I: The Chalice" HERE, courtesy of MetalInjection.net.
Northern Irish Doom / Death merchants The Crawling to release 'Wolves & The Hideous White' on cassette
As the one-year anniversary of their sophomore album Wolves and the Hideous White draws near, Northern Ireland's The Crawling is preparing a special cassette release of the album. Says the band,
“The album is approaching one-year-old, we have a home town show coming up, and wanted to do something special. We don’t do as many Belfast gigs as we used to, so it’s always cool to add something, to make it an ‘event’ of sorts. We’re from the era of cassettes, Walkman and tape trading, so we thought we would release a limited edition cassette version of the album. It’s proper old school, single J card, black tape with on body printing. It looks absolutely brilliant, and it was cool to re-visit the artwork and adjust for the new format. It’s for a limited listening audience of course, but people have already expressed an interest from a collector’s point of view as well. We’re super excited to release it!”
The release show will be at The Limelight in Belfast on Saturday, October 19th with support from Stahlsarg, Strangle Wire, and Nomadus.
Watch the cassette promo video here: https://youtu.be/TRPMlAfO74U
Pre-order the cassette online: https://thecrawlingband.bandcamp.com/album/wolves-and-the-hideous-white
Formed in the winter of 2014 against the bleak concrete backdrop of 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 single "Choking On Concrete," which put the band on the scene, followed in October by the highly successful EP In Light of Dark Days. The debut album Anatomy Of Loss was released in April 2017 via Grindscene Records, accompanied by five music videos; it received excellent reviews worldwide and was streamed exclusively by Metal Hammer UK.
2018 was the year for the sophomore release, Wolves and the Hideous White featuring six brand new tracks. The album reflects upon the human desire to belong, the sacrifices made to be part of someone, disillusion from loss of self, and the final inability to escape.
The Crawling have established their live performance with support from a loyal fan base, appearing at Inferno Metal Festival (Norway), Bloodstock Open Air (UK), Seige of Limerick (IRE), and many more festivals across Europe. With continued support from Grindscene Records and Blackskull Music Management, The Crawling brings their austere musical message further and further from home.
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Italian Blackened Doom monster Naga is ready to make their comeback in November with a new obscure effort called ‘Void Cult Rising’ following up the fortunate ‘Hen’ and ‘Inanimate’. Using the words of frontman Lorenzo De Stefano“Void Cult Rising is a meditation on death from a personal perspective, like for example losing someone dear, but also a global one like the end of all things”.
Naga's brand new nihilistic doom anthem "Only A God Can't Save Us" streaming now at THIS LOCATION
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