Greek extreme metal horde Karma Violens have launched the premiere of the title track from Mount of the Congregation. "Mount of the Congregation" features guest vocals by Natasa Tsirou, from Greek progressive rock band The Mighty N. Stream it now at this location.
The band’s most straightforward release to date, "Mount of the Congregation" features 13 tracks of scathing blackened death/thrash. The album was recorded at Symbolic Π Studios, and produced and mixed by Costas Papadopoulos. Mastering was done at Hertz Studios.
Two additional tracks from the album are currently streaming. Listen at the links below:
Mount of the Congregation was recorded and mixed by Karma Violens at Symbolic Studios and mastered Hertz Studios (Behemoth, Decapitated). Artwork for the album was created by Remedy Art Design (Evergrey, Suffocation, Oceans of Slumber).
Mount of the Congregation will be out April 2. Pre-order the album here.
If you believe in karma then you have to believe that violence is something innate in every human or inhuman being. Karma in the old and now Indian religions is the concept of "action" understood which creates the entire cycle of cause and effect. Violence from the other hand, is inside in each one of us, some people can control it and others cannot, but in every occasion it is a part of human nature. Living in the modern world, all of us can witness violence on the streets and in every aspect of our everyday lives. The combination of Karma Violens describes the action and reaction of violence, as every action in these brutal days creates a violent response.
Karma Violens has been active in the Greek metal scene since 2002. The band has shared the stage with some of metal’s biggest names, including Judas Priest, Amon Amarth, Opeth, Fear Factory and Testament.
KARMA VIOLENS is:
Ukrainian Dark Metallers Thy Despair sign with Rockshots Records and stream new single "The Free One"
Rockshots Records announce their latest signing of Kiev, Ukraine's Thy Despair for the release of their forthcoming album "The Song Of Desolation" due out on May 8, 2020. The dark metal band blends black, gothic, doom, symphonic and melodic death elements into their sound along with vocals being sung in both English and Ukrainian. Today they are sharing with fans the first single off the full length 'Free One'.
Listen to 'Free One' at these links:
Thy Despair's new album "The Song of Desolation" follows the band's 2018 debut EP "Free One". Some of the album's lyrics are influenced by the war in eastern Ukraine.
"It is a great tragedy for the nation and the main idea of these songs is that you should always fight back and keep freedom in your heart and mind. Lyrics of other songs are inspired by local legends or life experience. Even when everything goes extremely bad, you should still stay strong, struggle and hope for the best, otherwise you won’t survive or will turn into a slave with no backbone." says band founder Nephilim.
The album as whole features 10 tracks each with its own tale to tell and a statement that unites all of them together.
Album Pre-order available at: http://bit.ly/TheSongOfDesolation_CD
Also, watch their Epic Game of Thrones Metal Lyrics Cover - https://youtu.be/j4Pvk76doO4
Elin - Vocals
Nephilim - Vocals / Guitar
Strike - Guitar
Navka - Keys
Alex - Drums
Anton - Bass
New Zealand-based death metal trio Ulcerate will unleash their anticipated sixth album, Stare Into Death And Be Still, on April 24th via new label home Debemur Morti Productions.
The unmistakeable sound of Ulcerate finds its emotional apex on Stare Into Death And Be Still, as the band emerges from the claustrophobia and dissonance of their recent past to present a next-level exploration of melody, harmony, and power. The band's signature, ultra-atmospheric blend of unorthodox death metal with the textures of futurist black metal is here pared-down with the consummate hand of experience, giving stunning credence to the riff, the song, and the meaning.
Embracing production clarity, Ulcerate uses these songs to fully showcase their otherworldly musicianship: a vocal performance from Paul Kelland of unadulterated authority, Michael Hoggard's guitar, and Jamie Saint Merat's percussion working in tandem with startling skill and originality, simultaneously skewed and heart-rending, often addictively succinct and revelling in strident motifs that hook, haunt, and transform the listener with their expressive honesty.
Thematically, the album explores the concept of "death reverence" - drawing on recent personal experience to confront the truism that death and tragedy aren't always sudden or violent, that people are often passive observers trapped "in the silent horror of observing death calmly and cleanly".
Stare Into Death And Be Still is the deepest, purest, and most meticulous form of Ulcerate: a soul-searching conflagration of atypical melodicism, immaculate virtuosic dexterity and sublimated psychological upheaval. A breathtaking new beginning for one of the most uniquely talented bands in extreme music.
Stream / Share ULCERATE's "Stare Into Death And Be Still" at THIS LOCATION
Stare Into Death And Be Still will be released on CD, LP, and digital formats. Find pre-order options below.
North America: http://bit.ly/ulcerateUS
Indonesian Atmospheric Black Metal project Pure Wrath drops new single; The Forlorn Soldier EP out in March
Invisible Oranges is currently streaming "Children Of The Homeland" from Indonesian atmospheric / symphonic black metal project Pure Wrath, spearheaded by multi-instrumentalist Januaryo Hardy. The track comes by way of Hardy's impending new EP, The Forlorn Soldier EP, set to drop March 6th via Debemur Morti Productions.
An emotive three-track, near-half-hour exploration of events behind a brutal incident during the '60s genocide in Indonesia where male members of a family were kidnapped and "vanished" by a tyrannical army in the name of "so-called nationalism," The Forlorn Soldier is darker and more expansive than previous works. With its powerful, melodic cascades, impassioned vocals, skilled guest drum work by Yurii Kononov (ex-White Ward), and piano contributions by Dice Midyanti (Victorian), the effort journeys to an all-encompassing realm where mythic dreamscapes meet bloody thematic realism.
Hear Pure Wrath's "Children Of The Homeland," alongside an interview with Hardy, at This location.
Pure Wrath's The Forlorn Soldier will be released worldwide on digipak MCD, 10" MLP, special edition 10" MLP, and digital formats. Find pre ordering options below:
North America: https://debemurmorti.aisamerch.com/band/pure-wrath
Pure Wrath initially began as a primitive black metal solo project in 2014 before Hardy shifted
focus a bit "to be more open and realistic to my real life and family history." In early 2017, Pure Wrath 's Ascetic Eventide was released via Indonesian label, Hitam Kelam Records. The record received an overwhelmingly positive response and sold out in just four months. Throats Productions in Mexico issued the record on vinyl later that year followed by a split release between Pure Wrath and French symphonic black metal project, Onirism, entitled Endless Journey. By 2018, Hardy unveiled his second full length, Sempiternal Wisdom, via a joint collaboration with Hitam Kelam and China's Pest Productions. This year's The Forlorn Soldier EP serves as a thematic bridge from Sempiternal Wisdom to Pure Wrath's as-yet-untitled third opus, to be released via Debemur Morti Productions.
Italian Symphonic Power Metallers Ravenword has unleashed “No More,” first single from their one-time studio album, Transcendence, out January 31 via Rockshots Records.
Vocalist Chiara Tricarico comments about the song: “This song is a classical power metal track with a beautiful piano part and a super-fast solo.” The track features Davide Lovecchio as special guest on the lead guitar.
“No More” is available as digital single at all major online stores, paired with an official audio track on YouTube.
Transcendence is now available for pre-order at the Rockshots Records' official store at http://bit.ly/Ravenword_CD.
Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s novel The Raven, the Milan, Italy, based band was originally formed in 2007 by keyboardist and composer Davide Scuteri (Choirs Of Veritas). After several years of activity, which included a self-titled demo, the band went on a brief hiatus, re-grouping in 2016 when singer Chiara Tricarico (Sound Storm, Moonlight Haze), drummer Michele Olmi (Chronosfear, Skeleeton) and bass/guitar player Cesare Ferrari (Choirs Of Veritas) joined the band, in order to create a one-time studio album that embodies the whole history of the band.
With Transcendence, RAVENWORD captures the romantic and decadent poetic themes typical of Edgar Allan Poe’s period, combined with an equally decadent symphonic metal sound. In line with RAVENWORD’s ode to poetry, the title Transcendence was chosen to symbolize the idea of always going beyond one’s perception of reality and seeking deeper meanings.
Finnish Blood Region released a new single and music video for a brand new track Warrior Heart. At the same time they announce a new singer Annika Jalkanen.
Watch the music video 'Warrior Heart' here: https://youtu.be/wisOQDDtqvU
Guitarist Mika says:-
"Warrior Heart is definately best from Blood Region music. With elements from Tales of the Backwoods album and new musical themes it offers amazing listening experience. Annika's voice gave a lot of fresh power and new page turns again in story. It's been great to work on this song with these wonderful and talented people. There is much good energy in this song, it's been fascinating to see this song grow from the start to this magical result."
"We're old friends with Mika and he asked to sing this song. I really like previous Blood Region songs and believed this new one to be awesome track, so I agreed to join and sing. I have not sing Blood Region style music before, so it gave good challenges to my singing. One can say, it's been really creative and productive experience being out of the comfort zone in some degrees in my singing."
Listen to the single on:
Apple Music: https://apple.co/3331FcB
Turkish black metal cult Zifir reveal the new track "Demoniac Ethics." The track is the first to be revealed from the band's highly anticipated fourth album, Demoniac Ethics, set for international release on January 24th, 2020 via Duplicate Records. Hear Zifir's title track "Demoniac Ethics" in its entirety HERE.
An Istanbul-based trio, Zifir strike back with Demoniac Ethics. Their second release for Duplicate, it ups the ante on 2017's Kingdom of Nothingness, with the aggressive parts growing harsher and the atmospheric elements ever expanding. Demoniac Ethics shows religion though a twisted kaleidoscope, exposing the imprisoning religious dogma and tyranny that has occurred throughout history - and does to this day. Whereas Kingdom Of Nothingness was a harrowing glimpse into the world of Zifir, Demoniac Ethics takes you right into the innermost sanctum of their anti-religious agenda, while delivering one of the strongest and most forward-thinking black metal releases of late.
Zifir was founded by O.Ö and O.S. in 2006. They released their debut album, You Must Come With Us, in 2007. This debut album reflected the concept of Zifir's black metal vision, and the whole content supports this vision with all its instruments, where everything - recording, mix, mastering, and artwork - was DIY and done by the band. By December 2007, Nursuz joined Zifir on drums, and the trio started working on a new album with their new lineup. The recording was finally completed by 2010, and the band signed with Dunkelkunst Productions for the upcoming album. Titled Protest Against Humanity, Zifir's second album was released in 2011. After the album, O.S. quit the band.
Come 2012, Zifir released a split CD with Belgium's Cult of Erinyes. After the split CD release, Zifir worked on songwriting between 2012 and 2016 for their third album. It was December 2016 when the band finished its recording and signed a deal with Duplicate Records. Finally, in September 2017, Kingdom of Nothingness was released by Duplicate on CD and vinyl LP formats, with the cover artwork created by Russian artist Vergvoktre.
By November 2018, Ilgar joined the band on bass guitar, and Zifir has become a trio once again. After a recording session between 2018 and 2019, Zifir announced their fourth full-length, Demoniac Ethics, which is scheduled to be released on January 24th, 2020 via Duplicate Records. With stark 'n' haunting cover art created again Vergvoktre, Zifir here have truly hit their apex in terms of fullness of vision and foulness of execution, its intensity always simmering with haunting tension. One could say Demoniac Ethics is ceremonial, given its ominously hovering aspect, but within this ghostly atmosphere lay razors forever circling one's flesh. Suitably, form fits concept, as a cursory read of the album's component song titles salaciously suggest: "Chaos Clouds," "Empire of Worms," "Chants for Execution," and the telltale "Insects as Messengers," among others. Behold the fullness & foulness of Zifir's coming with Demoniac Ethics!
Behold that first foulness with the brand-new title track "Demoniac Ethics" HERE at Duplicate Records' Bandcamp, where the album can also be pre-ordered. Become further tantalized & traumatized by a special trailer video HERE at Zifir's official YouTube channel.
Québecois black metal upstarts Trépas premiere the new track "Rivages Sombres" at Decibel magazine's website. The track hails from the band's striking debut album, L'héritage du monde, set for international release on December 5th via Sepulchral Productions. Hear Trépas' "Rivages Sombres" in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Founded by members and ex-members of Morgue and Outre-Tombe, Trépas is one of the more recent black metal bands emerging from Québec. The band journeys between harsher moments and more atmospheric passages, all complemented by acoustic guitars and just a dash of doomish sensibility, creating a sound that is their very own in the process. A newcomer that is sure to delight fans of the more brooding and melancholic side that this scene has been known for!
In the meantime, hear the brand-new track"Rivages Sombres" exclusively HERE, courtesy of Decibel, North America's only monthly metal magazine. Pre-order for the album can be found HERE.
Oradea based Decay release a new track taken off their upcoming full-length album, "ThORnMENThORn". Baalanar is a new raw piece of visceral, bestial and at the same time melodic Black Death Metal excellent for fans of Deicide, old Kataklysm, old Kreator, Sodom and can be streamed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIuA8k8BxSI
"ThORnMENThORn" was recorded at the local studio G-Rock (https://www.facebook.com/G-Rock-Music-Oradea-102958221047346/) and is scheduled for a Spring 2020 release via Loud Rage Music.
Csuvár “Goat” Hunor – Vocals
Barabás “Cölöp” Róbert (ex. IGFON/VADASZ) – Guitar
Francu “Franky” Tudor (ex. TENEBROS) – Bass Guitar
Gergely Zoltan – Drums
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.
Global Metal Apocalypse