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.
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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
Italian Black / Doom metallers Forgotten Tomb are currently working on a new studio album. Songwriting and pre-production are in full effect. The band will hit the studio between December and January, while the album is tentatively slated for a April 2020 release on Agonia Records. This will be the band's tenth instalment and follow-up to "We Owe You Nothing" from 2017. More details will be revealed soon.
Birmingham's doom frontrunners Alunah return with a consuming fifth album "Violet Hour" this October 11th on Heavy Psych Sounds, streaming in full exclusively via Metal Insider.
This new album sees the energy of Alunah's dark, doom-tinged hard rock being cranked up with the arrival of guitarist Dean Ashton (Diamond Head) alongside the lush vocals of Siân Greenaway and rhythmic foundation of Dan Burchmore and Jake Mason. Recorded at the historic Welsh Foel Studio and produced by Chris Fielding (Conan, Electric Wizard, Primordial), these eight tracks display a searing combination of melodies, riffs and focused writing.
Darkened your world with ‘Violet Hour’ HERE
The band tells more about the album:
"The time is here to release our new LP “Violet Hour”. This album represents a period of focused creativity and we are proud to now share it with the world. Having it released on Heavy Psych Sounds Records also makes this a very special time for Alunah.”
Alunah - "Violet Hour" - out October 11th on Heavy Psych Sounds - Pre-order here
With their roots dating back to 2006 in "Sabbath City" of the UK and an evolution that has grown over four previous albums and numerous European tours and festival dates, the momentum now picks up the pace. A UK summer tour with The Obsessed and an appearance at this year's prestigious Damnation Festival have just been confirmed with many more live dates as well as album tunes to follow soon!
Siân Greenaway - Vocals
Daniel Burchmore - Bass
Jake Mason - Drums
Dean Ashton - Guitar
Riding the momentum of the past several years, spellbinding San Francisco doom trio Brume are preparing to release their new album, Rabbits, coming November 22nd from Magnetic Eye Records. Their first for the label, it follows the band's critically-acclaimed Donkey and Rooster releases, as well as their split with Seattle's Witch Ripper earlier this year, indicating that BRUME are pushing forward as fast as their creativity allows.
Sabbathian sensibility is a must for any band worth their weight in doom, but when combined with a strong penchant for acts like Portishead and Bjork, Brume are a graceful leader among the skull-crushing pack.
In 2014, they made their mark with debut EP Donkey, a sorrowful slow-burner drenched in reverb and wrought with patient mourning. Rooster saw them plunge deeper into the study of duality between harsh distortion and the soaring refrains of frontwoman Susie McMullan’s stunning vocals. “Our music is non-fiction; a time stamped truth,” she said, but the band’s creative drive contains a timelessness not quickly forgotten among the sea of contenders in doom metal.
Growth is no stranger to the band, as noted by The Ripple Effect, who in 2018 named Rooster Album of the Year, calling it “plainly and simply a giant leap forward."
New album Rabbits continues this theme, exposing a tight-knit crew at their most creatively expansive who’ve erected a monumental piece to capture and soothe the mind during this tumultuous cultural era. Tracks like “Lament” showcase a masterful grasp on tension-building and release; it’s a hypnotic lullaby and explosion in one, stretched over a singular sonic experience.
Brume have absorbed the experience of playing prestigious stages at Desertfest London and opening for High On Fire in Europe, and are now ready to take on a bigger role than ever in the heavy underground with the release of Rabbits.
Jamie McCathie - Guitar
Susie McMullan - Vox/Bass
Jordan Perkins-Lewis - Drums
Rabbits will be released on digital, CD and LP from Magnetic Eye Records on November 22nd.
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Watch Konvent's new video for the album title track HERE!
Could Copenhagen become the new death doom capital? If so, one of the main reasons would be Konvent! Founded in 2015, the collective 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 wouldn`t come as a surprise if their upcoming album, Puritan Masochism, conjures up a deserved revival for the whole death doom genre! Set for release on January 24, 2020 via leading rock and metal label Napalm Records, today Konvent are serving up a brutal appetizer with their first single and music video for the album title track, “Puritan Masochism”. Watch it right HERE!
“Puritan Masochism was the first song written for our debut album.” The band explains. “It’s about how humans have the tendency of working against ourselves, negatively comparing ourselves to others and setting unattainable goals, sometimes without even realizing it.”
“Our debut album, Puritan Masochism, is the result of two years of hard work. 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.”
Following their 2017 demo and highly acclaimed festival appearances at such as Aalborg Metal Festival, Metal Magic Festival and Copenhell Freezes Over in 2018, Konvent not only inked a worldwide deal with Napalm Records, but their mesmerizing mix of death and doom also led them to the big Danish stages, when they played both Copenhell and Roskilde Festival. While rapidly stepping out as one of Europe's best kept death and doom secrets, 2020 will finally see Konvent release their hotly anticipated debut album, Puritan Masochism, which was recorded live in Lasse Ballade’s studio in Copenhagen over a period of two weeks.
Coming January 24 via LP, CD and Digital formats through Napalm Records, the pre-sale has just begun at THIS LOCATION!
Rikke Emilie List – Vocals
Sara Helena Nørregaard – Guitar
Heidi Withington Brink – Bass
Julie Simonsen – Drums
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Byzanthian Neckbeard are now streaming the entirety of their new EP Extinction via Doomed and Stoned. The EP is set to be released this Friday.
Listen to the EP here: https://doomedandstoned.com/post/187942400263/byzanthianneckbeard
Some bands quite simply embody their name in every shape and form, and when it comes to Byzanthian Neckbeard... you get the picture quickly. Riff-laden doom is on offer on this follow-up EP, after their début From the Clutches of Oblivion took them out of their native Guernsey and straight onto the New Blood Stage at UK’s Bloodstock Festival.
Extinction takes a while to limber up, but once “Coffin Bomb” gets into the swing of things, the trio put on a no-punches-pulled performance across each of the three tracks. Phil Skyrme’s guttural vocals match up to the rough-and-fuzzy riffing, matched perfectly to Dan Robilliard’s muscular bass playing and Paul Etasse’s precise and groove-driven drumming. “Extinction” takes us out with a seven-minute stomper.
Thus the EP ends, ready to be looped again until more material emerges from the island-bound miscreants who go by the name of Byzanthian Neckbeard.
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