Hailing from Greece, experimental / progressive black metal outfit Aenaon, comprising members of Varathron and Katavasia, has inked a record deal with Agonia Records. The band plans to end the five-year hiatus that followed 2016's "Hypnosophy", by putting out a new album of "heavily textured black metal".
Aenaon's Achilleas C. comments:-
"Through our 15 years of bizarre existence, we have collaborated with great musicians, amazing visual artists and passionate underground labels. We feel like this album marks a different chapter after a long hiatus and what a better way to start than signing with one of the best extreme metal record labels out there. Agonia Records has an amazing diverse roaster of well known and respected dark artists and we are very proud to become part of the family."
Serving as the mastermind behind Aenaon, guitarist / bassist Achilleas C holds ties to noteworthy Varathron - alongside drummer Haris - and Katavasia - together with vocalist Astrous. The line-up is completed by saxophonist Orestis Zyrinis.
The name Aenaon derives from the Greek word "Αέναον," which translates to "the Eternal". The band's history dates back to 2006 and encompasses, on top of several smaller releases, three studio albums; the debut, "Cendres et Sang" (2011), the lauded, "Extance" (2014) and the most recent, "Hypnosophy" (2016).
Season of Mist are proud to announce the signing of Japanese music collective VAMPILLIA. More details about the new record will follow in due time.
The band comments: “It's a great honor for us to join the Season of Mist legion with so many great other bands. We will work hard like gladiolus flowers with secret chords and inaudible lyrics to be the greatest of the corps.”
Check out the discography of VAMPILLIA on Bandcamp HERE.
Experimental Death Metal quartet Brain Stem have released a lyric video for "Digitally Enshrined," from their upcoming new EP Symptoms of Annihilation - Stage 2. The concept EP serves as the second chapter of a journey that began with of 2018's Symptoms of Annihilation - Stage 1.
Sterokiller.com is hosting the exclusive premiere of "Digitally Enshrined." Watch the video at this location.
EP track "Dawn of Rot" is streaming now at youtu.be/2dz2XpI7C_U
Symptoms of Annihilation - Stage 2 will be on March 20. Pre-order at brainstemmetal.bandcamp.com/album/symptoms-of-annihilation-stage-2
Established in 2016, Brain Stem isn't the easiest to define with an exact subgenre. Noted to be groovy at times, but also technical when need be, they've made sure that their sound is not limited by one train of thought, moulding metal the way they see fit. With their second Symptoms of Annihilation, Brain Stem is an outstanding example of what experimental death metal has to offer.
Recorded, Mixed & Mastered by: Terry Paholek at Physics Lab, Edmonton, Alberta, AB
Album artwork by: Eka Saputra at Pzychopart
Produced by: Brain Stem & Terry Paholek
All music written by: Brain Stem
All lyrics written by: Jessy Leduc, Brain Stem
Stage 2 is not only a lyrical and musical continuation of the Symptoms of Annihilation concept introduced on the Stage 1 EP, but a visual one too.
Brain Stem is:
Logan Magnuson - Guitar
Alex Mcintosh - Drum
Brad Fife - Bass
Jessy Leduc - Vocals
Norwegian Experimental Prog Metallers Green Carnation reveal new album details; launch interview series
Norwegian progressive metal act Green Carnation are now revealing the album details for 'Leaves of Yesteryear'. The new record is the first release by the band in 14 years and will be out on May 8th, via Season of Mist. The cover artwork was created by Niklas Sundin and can be found below together with the tracklist.
"The cover contains elements from the lyrics on the album, affected by the music and expressed through the cover artist Niklas Sundin’s pencil. Niklas put a lot of effort into going deep into this album, and came up with a few different sketches. We immediately fell for this one. It is rich in detail, is eye catching and of course has Niklas’ signature, which we very fond of", singer Kjetil Nordhus says.
The band has also launched a small interview series about the new full length, which can be viewed at the Season of Mist Youtube Channel HERE.
After almost 10 years of total silence, Norwegian Prog / Avant-garde metal act Green Carnation announced their comeback to the international metal scene for the 15th anniversary of their cult classic 'Light of Day, Day of Darkness' in 2016. After a successful comeback year with festival appearances and special shows both in Europe and North America, the Norwegians are now preparing to release their first album release in 14 years.
Green Carnation from Kristiansand, Norway, was founded as early as 1990. After founding member Tchort joined legends-to-be Emperor and continued in Satyricon and Einherjer, the band was laid to rest until their debut album, 'A Journey To The End Of The Night' came out in 2000. Following a period with line-up changes, 2001 marked the release of the bands epic 'Light of Day, Day of Darkness'.
With their albums 'A Blessing in Disguise' (2003) and 'The Quiet Offspring' (2005), Green Carnation shifted towards a more rock orientated style, before they surprised everyone with the stripped-down record 'Acoustic Verses' in 2006. What followed in the same year is perhaps one of the most spectacular DVD recordings metal history. The band played a show in the mountains, under a 30-meter-high dam. Only a year later, Green Carnation disbanded.
After the successful return in 2016, the band continued to play shows in 2017 and 2018. In September 2019, the progressive metal act announced that they were going to record their first album in 14 years, in DUB Studio, with producer Endre Kirkesola (ABBATH, IN VAIN and SOLEFALD), who also produced their classic, 'Light of Day, Day of Darkness'. The new album is expected to be released in the first half of 2020 via Season of Mist.
Kjetil Nordhus - vocals
Tchort - guitars
Bjørn Harstad - guitars
Stein Roger Sordal - bass
Kenneth Silden - keys
Jonathan Alejandro Perez - drums
Bloodstock is delighted to share that New Delhi’s BLOODYWOOD will headline the Sophie Lancaster stage on Friday, in a UK festival exclusive. Blending Indian folk instruments and heavy metal, this is sure to be a unique set you won’t want to miss! Check out their most recent single (closing on 1.4 million views), ‘Machi Bhasad (Expect A Riot)’ at https://youtu.be/Gsy5sJy5_34.
Saturday’s Sophie Lancaster stage headliners are none other than extreme metal miscreants CATTLE DECAPITATION. Hailing from California, the Metal Blade signed group release their crushing new album ‘Death Atlas’ this Friday, November 29th! Not familiar? Listen to ‘Bring Back The Plague’ from the new LP at https://youtu.be/BBy4gn8VBMo. Head here to pre-order all manner of cool formats.
Birmingham death metal brutes MEMORIAM will be Saturday’s special guests on the Sophie Lancaster stage. The band’s third album, ‘Requiem For Mankind’ was released by Nuclear Blast in June. Watch the video for ‘The Veteran’, taken from that album, at https://youtu.be/_uTsdsc3cys.
Also joining the Sophie bill on Saturday, are Edinburgh-based prog experimentalists RAMAGE INC. With five albums under their belt now, they’ve plenty of songs to choose from! You can explore their latest record, ‘Under The Skin’, in its entirety over on their Bandcamp page at: https://ramageinc.bandcamp.com/.
Have you discovered London’s psych-doom crew GREEN LUNG yet? Appearing on the Sophie stage on Sunday, Metal Hammer described them as, “a fantastic mix of stoner rock, hard rock, and psychedelic rock laden with harmonies,” with further praise heaped on them by Kerrang!, The Guardian, and BBC Radio 1 Rock Show host Daniel P. Carter. Play their latest album, ‘Woodland Rites’ on Bandcamp at https://greenlung.bandcamp.com/.
BLOODSTOCK is pleased to welcome back post-metal squad BOSSK, joining the Sophie stage line-up on Friday. Following on from 2016’s well received ‘Audio Noir’ album, the band’s Facebook page was recently teasing new music is coming in 2020. Here’s hoping it’s out in time for BLOODSTOCK! Watch the full set of their 2017 performance at https://youtu.be/PLNpbvyUzQw.
Filled with questions about BLOODSTOCK? Put them to festival directors ADAM GREGORY and VICKY HUNGERFORD in a Facebook Live Q&A tonight! Head over to BLOODSTOCK’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/bloodstock/ for a 7pm start! Can’t make it? Don’t worry, you’ll be able to replay it later on the page too.
In other BLOODSTOCK fun, as 2020 marks 20 years of BLOODSTOCK, instead of ‘12 Days Of Christmas’ competitions, BLOODSTOCK is going to have 20! Be sure to check Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/bloodstock/ every morning from December 5th for details of each one-day-only competition, and be in with a chance to win all sorts of prizes from BLOODSTOCK bands past and present, festival sponsors, and of course BLOODSTOCK!
BLOODSTOCK’s 2020 main stage headliners are DEVIN TOWNSEND (Friday), BEHEMOTH (Saturday), and JUDAS PRIEST (Sunday). The festival also welcomes PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS, SKINDRED, PARADISE LOST, LIFE OF AGONY, BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, DIAMOND HEAD, JINJER, VIO-LENCE, SACRED REICH, GLORYHAMMER, DARK TRANQUILITY, and BUTCHER BABIES so far. Many more bands performing over the weekend will be announced in due course.
Discounted Early Bird tickets, VIP tickets, child tickets, and car parking tickets for 2020’s event are available now at the ticket store. Be quick though, the early bird discount ends on December 15th (or sooner if the early bird allocation sells out) and weekend tickets then revert to the standard price of £145 (+ fees)! Campervan tickets for 2020 are already sold out.
BLOODSTOCK 2020 takes place at Catton Park, Derbyshire from 6th-9th August 2020. For more info, click to www.bloodstock.uk.com.
Indian Progressive / Experimental Metal quartet Dymbur are now officially releasing their much-anticipated debut full length - ‘The Legend of Thraat’ has officially released worldwide on November 5th, 2019.
'The Legend of Thraat' is a fine record that explores the Heavy side of Metal with Modern, Progressive Elements that appeal to fans of bands such as Monuments, Twelve Foot Ninja, Aliases, Allegaeon. Consisting of 10 tracks the album traces the evolutionary journey of DYMBUR stretching from the band's roots to the future direction being taken.
This album has been recorded by Cornelius Kharsyntiew, at Legato Recording Studios in Shillong and mixed and mastered by Brandon Scurlark at Eltar Studios in North Carolina, United States of America. The Music Video of the same was shot & edited by Embor Sayo of Fishy Photography, Shillong.
The band released two brand new videos from the album.
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Indian Prog / Experimentalists Dymbur release first single 'Capital Vices' from new album via Metal Injection
Indian Progressive / Experimental Metal band Dymbur have released their first single 'Capital Vices' on behalf of their new album ‘The Legend of Thraat’.
The guitarist, Cornelius adds:-
“Dymbur are excited to announce the release of their first single & music video ‘Capital Vices’ from their upcoming concept debut-album.”
“This song speaks about the greatest sins of mankind i.e. The Seven Deadly Sins - Lust, Envy, Gluttony, Wrath, Vanity, Greed and Sloth. As much as metal prefers to be about condemning the wicked ways of the world and often, being introspective of our worse fears, there is also a lesson about human nature and its negativity. This is something that we want to tell you about through this new song.”
This song has been recorded by Cornelius Kharsyntiew, at Legato Recording Studios in Shillong and mixed and mastered by Brandon Scurlark at Eltar Studios in North Carolina (USA). The Music Video of the same was shot & edited by Embor Sayo of Fishy Photography, Shillong.
'The Legend of Thraat' release date to be announced soon!
Watch here:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1eGEQqFnZs
US Premiere on Metal Injection
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Katharos XIII have finished their third opus entitled “Palindrome”; five long tracks that shifted from the traditional depressive black metal into a more eclectic art form of expression with dark doom metal and post-jazz elements, a certain evolution into a more personal unearthly ambiance that represent a new path in the journey that this band embarked more than twelve years ago. The same paranoia and weirdness but with different tools this time.
The new incarnation of Katharos XIII:
Manuela Marchis - vocals
F. - guitars, keyboards, vocals
Sabat - drums
Alex Iovan - saxophone
Hanos-Puskai Péter - bass
New members come from different non-metal environments like Thy Veils, Exit Oz or Dara Project and this created new different layers of expression during the recording sessions that evolved into an alienated and rather strange form in opposition with the conventional music scene of now days because most of the recordings were done by each member alone in their own universe without any connection with the rest of the band; in some cases only Attila Lukinich was there in DSPro studios to capture the sounds and drummer Sabat was responsible for mixing and mastering the whole album.
“Palindrome” will be available in early autumn through Loud Rage Music on a CD format with a special visual concept designed by Alexandru Das.
Slovenian black metal duo Snøgg embodies a perpetual experimental journey through the otherworldly creative thoughts. After a few Eastern European tours and EP releases, the duo has finally unleashed the debut album, Chhinnamasta, today on CD format.
"Chhinnamasta is forty-two minutes of time-devouring, mind-expanding experimental blackened post-metal that requires several deep listens to fully understand," comments Decibel Magazine on their advance full album stream feature.
Ulv, guitarist, bassist, keyboardist and vocalist explains:
"‘Chhinnamasta’ is the next step in ever evolving journey of Snøgg. This time our experiments took us into more post-metal sphere, while lyrics discuss the lust and power of modern human beings, their ability to overcome difficulties that they face on a regular basis, and the way they internalize self-restrictions to move forward. The title ‘Chinnamasta does not depict the story of the self-decapitated Hindu goddess, but we borrowed concepts from other religions and stories outside Hinduism to illustrate Chhinnamasta."
Stream Chhinnamasta in its full via Decibel Magazine RIGHT HERE
Crawled out of Velenje in the late 2013, Snøgg categorizes its style as “Freeride Black Metal” that incorporates various dark, extreme and unusual sonic elements. Each of the releases was followed by a supporting Eastern European tour. The band, led by Ulv and Mørke, has so far appeared in more than a total of 60 local and international concerts all together. Snøgg’s aesthetic live shows and records both feature guest members who partake in experimentation and improvisation on stage and studio. Every live performance of Snøgg differs from the previous shows, and not even two shows of the band can be placed under the same category.
After churning out a demo and three short releases, the ever surprising Snøgg's debut full length, Chhinnamasta, is finally available. Replacing the previously used Norwegian black metal elements with more powerful, hammer-wielding riffs (in the vein of Ulv’s former band Entheogen), the duo bends mostly towards melody oriented post-black metal direction in this record. Nevertheless, Snøgg recycled its idiosyncratic weird noisescapes and dirty vibes form the previous releases.
The songwriting process of Chhinnamasta was originally begun around the time when Qivitoq (2ndEP) was released, but was interrupted due to the creation and the recording of Abeloth (3rd EP), so the songs had the time to develop in the minds of the band members. The recording crew got a little smaller this time, comprising only of Ulv, Mørke and Azbuka. This time, Rok Kugonič took the wand as the main producer.
Chinnamasta is the Hindu goddess who cut her own head to control her lust. The album does not include any original Hindu story about the self-decapitated nude goddess, merely portrays the band members’ vision of what Chhinnamasta represents, focusing on the problems of ever-repeating life circles that try to direct us on the wrong path by manipulating and enslaving us. However, the band borrowed ideas from other religions and stories outside Hinduism to illustrate Chhinnamasta.
Order: - https://snogg.bandcamp.com/album/chhinnamasta
England's The Meads Of Asphodel return after 6 years with a new album - 'Running Out Of Time Doing Nothing'
t has been six years since The Meads Of Asphodel released a full length album, in the grim form of the chilling Sonderkommando. While a flurry of EPs, split releases and compilations have kept the fans’ hunger sated, it is only now that the brightly garbed, harlequin jesters in the court of the black metal kings have set loose their creative spirits across a complete lexicon of new songs. Taunting and provoking, teasing and tormenting the worshippers of rules, the champions of freedom have returned. More sinuous and serpentine, more riotous and raging, more challenging of all preconceptions than ever...The Meads Of Asphodel are here to lead you a merry dance through endless labyrinths of word and sound.
Running Out Of Time Doing Nothing is an album of staggering diversity that somehow hangs together in a perfectly seamless whole; an unbroken flow of shining creativity. This is a breathless ride on a torrent of ideas, racing through a cascade of music of many hues; folk, punk, dance, ambient, metal...they’re all here, wilful and wild. From harsh, vicious electronics to smooth swathes of sound, stirring melodies and swinging piano to savage, hate-encrusted extremity, Running Out Of Time... is all of this and more. In the words of the band, these songs “leap across the world, feeding on the idiocy of humanity”. The Meads have no time for your ‘sacred’ traditions, no respect for your holiest of holies and not the slightest concern for the laws of god or man.
With an array of guests, including Alan Davey (Hawkwind, Gunslinger), adding their unique talents to its incomparable blend of magics, Running Out Of Time... is an album of passion, drama, dark humour and uncompromising views. It spits venom at the bloated bodies of religion, conformity and control, scorns the blinkered and the foolish and sings long and loud with the free of spirit. On June 21st Godreah Records will unveil this new chapter in an ongoing tale of magnificent madness. Running Out Of Time Doing Nothing will be revealed...The Meads Of Asphodel as they have always been - and yet as they have never been before.
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