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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Dublin's experimental metal combo Svet Kant are thrilled to present their new official video for the track "Sea of Planets".
"Sea of Planets" is a track taken from "The Visage Unbiased", due for release on 31/05/2019. The album can be already pre-ordered.
Check it out here:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pI8ut1hah9g
The song, as well as the rest of the album, was composed by Santiago Kodela. Santiago Kodela holds a bachelors degree in music performance specialized in Classical guitar and decided it would be a good opportunity to present a different aspect of the band to the audience. For this piece, Santiago contacted Rebecca Rodgers, a good friend of him and colleague at the Institution where he studied classical music and composition (Royal Irish Academy of Music). The piece was inspired by Opeth's "Coil". Even though the aforementioned track doesn't combine male and female vocals singing together in harmonies, for "Sea of Planets", Santiago wanted to experiment with the idea of intertwining melodies carried by both singers. These melodies work independently, sometimes fusing together, and sometimes working in opposition.
The song speaks about how will we depart onto the next world. Will we leave being a legacy of bitterness and sourness? or will we let go of all our resentment and material possessions and do what's right both for us and for the world we leave behind? It is a song that talks about facing the inevitability of death in the best way possible, bringing only positive thoughts and memories while leaving behind everything that troubles our minds.
The track wraps-up the record and aims to close the crazy, experimental journey in a meditative and reflective state of mind. Almost like a much-sought rest after going back and forth onto the realms of chaos and unpredictability.
The song was supervised and coached by Judith Mokk, an international coaching legend who has taught the likes of Mick Jagger, Tom Yorke, Eddie Vedder, and many more international stars.
After two digital singles and months of hard work, French eclectic and abstract metallers Abstract Minded released a few weeks ago their debut EP called 'Seven' for limited release on Bandcamp with an official music video illustrating the title-track of the effort.
A 4 tracks EP available right now worldwide on the main legal platforms (iTunes, Spotify, Deezer...) and also up for full-streaming at the same location while the band is currently recordings new stuff for a digital single series coming soon.
Watch the official music video of "Seven" on YouTube | Stream / Buy your digital copy of the SEVEN EP on Bandcamp
Born around the Paris area in 2016 as an "abstract metal band" : "metal" for the violence, the energy, the brutality in their sound / "abstract" for the innovative vision of the songwriting, Abstract Minded wants to play borderless music.
From doom to world-music passing through jazz, funk or experimental djent/progressive metal, the recorded band its first demos between 2016 and 2017 before entering the studio and giving life to a first EP 'Seven', released during winter 2018/2019.
For fans of Periphery, Polyphia Tool, The Fall Of Troy, System Of A Down, Veil Of Maya...
Onydia shared now the first Lyric video for their brand new single The Unknown taken from the upcoming album Reflections out on February 1st (Revalve records).
Watch now at: https://youtu.be/f_up1VmM7vg and grab your copy now on pre-order!
Onydia is the new project born from the hands of the ex Elarmir musicians, Eleonora Buono, Daniele Amador, Luca Zamberti, After sharing the stage with bands like Arch Enemy, Epica, Sirenia and Amorphis, continued with their new chapter, Onydia, prog metal with mystical sounds.
The Onydia name was created from two greek words, oneiro (dream) and diafanìs (transparent),”the display of a surreal dream in the real world, a mystical dream, our emotions when creating art The band signed a record deal with Revalve Records for the releasing of the new single Dyaphany in autumn 2016 and the next debut album Reflections out on February 1st 2019.
Ohio's The World I Knew bring 'Trap Metal' to the fore with 'Piecefull' music video; trance-hip hop metalcore
Trap Metal Band The World I Knew Release New Music Video for "Piecefull" - WATCH IT HERE
Cincinnati-based The World I Knew bring a distinct and unapologetic vibe to the metalcore scene. Fusing together elements of electro, hip-hop and chest-pounding breakdowns, the quintet has released their latest single and music video "Piecefull."
"'Piecefull' is about pretenders," says vocalist Wesley Merritt. "Those that will pretend to be there for you and have your back as long as things are going well for them, and what happens to them once they've been exposed. We take loyalty very seriously, loyalty is everything."
"Piecefull" starts with Merritt acting as his own hype man before launching into a full-on lyrical beatdown. The video was directed by Josh Emerick and Ross Thiesen, shot in a Columbus, OH at The Continent.
The World I Knew have been striving to create music without boundaries or limitations since their formation in 2014 and the release of their debut single "Fuck a 9-5." The group's uncanny ability to seamlessly engage with audiences across the punk/metal/rap/rock scene makes them an attractive group to follow in 2019.
Listen to "Piecefull" now on Spotify.
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Indian Experimental / Groove Metallers Hostilian premiere their first track off their EP "Catalyst". The track titled 'Regressive Instincts' is packed with brutal grooves, devastating drums and monstrous vocals that hold a strong ground in what the song conveys as a message.
The band adds:-
“The EP is a study of the human condition. It's about how, deep down, we're actually like a virus, eating away the earth, even the other people and ourselves. All the good in people is just a face to show the world. There is a constant darkness in us just waiting for an opportunity to come out. This darkness is our most basic human instinct. Raping, killing, greed is all just a manifestation of what we really are deep inside. Each song talks about various aspects of this primary proclivity inside us. Everything we work for everyday is a lie. We are not meant for great things. We are only meant to end all cycles of life. A hard reboot to all life on Earth. We are a catalyst to the process that had begun long before we even stepped into this world.”
Hostilian - Regressive Instincts | Official Lyric Video - https://youtu.be/hx5oVTG-Pkw
Australia's One Step Beyond sign with Wormholedeath; announces "In the Shadow of the Beast" release date
Adelaide-based metal combo One Step Beyond have signed a deal with WormholeDeath for the worldwide release of their new album "In the Shadow of the Beast".
"In the Shadow of the Beast" will be released on 23 November 2018 via Wormholedeath / Wormholedeath USA / The Orchard / Aural Music Group.
Established in Adelaide, Australia, during the 2nd summer of 1997, One Step Beyond celebrate their 21st year with the release of their 4th full-length album: entitled “In the Shadow of the Beast” on WormHoleDeath records. Original members Justin Wood and Matt Spencer were joined by drummer Liam Weedall (Voros) for the recording, which the band were humbled to have mastered at Unisound by Dan Swano (Edge of Sanity, Witherscape). One Step Beyond strive for an eclectic blend of all things metal musically, and with this release pay an esoteric lyrical tribute to several arcade games of their youth, crafting stories from where there were none. The axis of their sound remains death metal, but is forever evolving.Be sure not to miss the band Silent Scream webzine said would be “Destined to amaze every sincere metal fan”.
Experimental death metal act Sanguine Glacialis have signed a distribution deal with Wormholedeath for the worldwide release of their album "Hadopelagic" (produced by Chris Donaldson of Cryptopsy).
Release date April 6th 2018.
Without darkness there can be no light, Sanguine Glacialis have stared into the very blackest pit, and, inspired by what they saw there, forged sonic masterpieces of the darkest beauty, it is not surprising their name means ‘frozen blood’ in Latin!
Hailing from Montreal, Quebec, Sanguine Glacialis have shared the stage with Dark Tranquility, Omnium Gatherum, Delain, Hammerfall, Unexpect, Necronomicon and many more. The dark heart of Sanguine Glacialis is vocalist/keyboardist Maude, the sole original member left in the band. She describes their sound as ‘unique, original, intense and dark’.
Maude is enthusiastic about their new songs. “We took a huge step forward with this album and fans will appreciate it much more than the previous one. Everything is better in this one in my opinion. We want to show the new direction of the band. We want to show how much we’ve grown and how much the band has changed between the two albums. This album is a very dark part of my life, and it's something that everybody lives in their own way, and I hope this album will help fans go through their own difficulties.” Lyrically, Maude avoids the usual metal clichés. “Most of the songs are personal experiences that I wrote in the form of stories and legends.”
The band released the official video for the song "Monsters", taken from the upcoming album "Hadopelagic".
Maude promises that Sanguine Glacialis offer a very different live experience. “What really makes this band special is the vast variety of influences we have. It goes from technical death metal to classical, through nu metal, rock, jazz, pop, rap, world music, and so much more.On stage, we bring our own theatrical style as well as a dark atmosphere that fits our songs. We have our own dynamic, and I play keyboards and sing at the same time during the show, which is also a change from the typical front-woman!”
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