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.
Ukrainian modern metal frontrunners Jinjer have returned with a vengeance! Today, Jinjer turns heads with a new music video for the gut-punching anthem “On The Top”. Never failing to deliver an unforgettable hook, “On The Top” slinks along a punishing groove before soaring into melodic passages – just another example of what listeners can expect to be met with on the band’s upcoming full-length album, Macro, out October 25, 2019 via Napalm Records.
“While one is climbing, the rest is falling down in the name of profit – Is it lonely on the top?”
Jinjer:- says about “On The Top”:
“Have you ever felt like a rat in a rat race? It seems like the world is spinning faster and faster every single day and everyone is going crazy searching for this thing called success. However, we tend to forget that real happiness has nothing to do with it- not a career, achievements, money etc. Is it really worth climbing up the ladder just to be ON to the TOP if there is nothing or no one there for you in the end? It's OK to want to be the best you can possibly be but just remember that success has its price but it's up to you to decide how much you are willing to pay for it. It’s your choice to make but your burden to bare …”
Watch “On The Top” HERE
In less than 10 years, the four-piece progressive groove metal wrecking machine known as Jinjer have carved their very own place in the heavy metal landscape and are poised to go even further in 2019 and beyond. Hailing from Donetsk, this Ukrainian musical oddity formed in 2009 but consider the official start of the band with the addition of the incredible vocalist and femme fatale, Tatiana Shmailyuk, in 2010. Since then, Jinjer have been nominated and won the Best Ukrainian Metal Act award for Best Ukrainian Metal Band multiple times.
This year’s Micro EP was received with open arms by fans and critics alike, climbed to the top of many industry charts and radio station lists worldwide and once again showcased the musical depth and songwriting talent of the band, as well as Tatiana's amazing vocal range. The band will build upon these successes with Macro.
Tatiana Shmailyuk - vocals
Roman Ibramkhalilov - guitars
Eugene Abdukhanov - bass
Vladislav Ulasevish - drums
Norwegian Black Metal veterans Crest Of Darkness have revealed a track from their upcoming ninth full-length album "The God Of Flesh", which is set for release on My Kingdom Music on the 6th December.
Crest Of Darkness founder Ingar Amlien has this to say about the track, which is titled "The Child With No Head":
"Here we are, yet another chapter written in the book of Crest Of Darkness, with a track that is probably one of the most violent and extreme we have ever written during our career. Turn up the f***ing volume and you'll be overwhelmed by its sense of loss and total lack of hope."
"The Child With No Head" can be heard at https://youtu.be/h48655yPThU
Although still filled with Crest Of Darkness' trademark Satanic themes "The God Of Flesh" marks a change to the feel, variety and depth of the music, showing the band's line-up of Amlien (Bass / Vocals), Rebo (Rhythm / Lead Guitars), and Berhard (Drums), to be as much at home with more progressive and melodic elements, as they are the with the aggressive and dark brutal side, for which they are known.
Amlien recently remarked that "The God Of Flesh", which will be the band's ninth full-length album, was "probably the darkest and most brutal album we've ever made! It's also the most honest work ever from my perspective"
With all lyrics by Amlien and music by Amlien, Rebo and Bernhard, except for the track "Forgotten" where Amlien joins forces with the album's session keyboardist Kristian Wentzel,
Seeking an outlet for his passion for sonic brutality and his interest in Vampirism and Satanic ideology, on which he is an acknowledged expert, Amlien formed Crest Of Darkness in the mid nineties and considers today's line-up to be the strongest in the band's history, as he explains:
"During the whole production of the album I was thinking that now, more than ever before, I wanted to make an album my way! And, as a result, we haven't made any compromises whatsoever, in any direction. And I'm very fortunate to be able to say that I was not alone during the whole process. With the help of my fantastic band mates Rebo and Bernhard, it became possible to bring my darkest fantasies and visions to life through "The God of Flesh"
"The God of Flesh" will be available in Digital, Digipak CD, Deluxe CD Box, and Vinyl formats, and is now available to pre-order at http://smarturl.it/CODFLESH
Crest Of Darkness will be live at Good Omens in Trondheim, Norway, on the 12th October
More information about Crest Of Darkness can be found here:
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
Portuguese Progressive / Alt Metallers Blame Zeus unveil their new single and lyric video "The Warden"
Portuguese Progressive / Alternative metallers Blame Zeus have unleashed the new single and lyric video "The Warden" off their upcoming full-length "Seethe", coming out next November 8th via Rockshots Records.
With influences that range from progressive metal to alternative rock, their music can be described as an intense and heavy rock, but also with intimate and nostalgic ballads.
The lyric video "The Warden" is available on YouTube: https://youtu.be/s0AFAGq4rds
Hailing from Cape Town, South Africa, Constellatia; the collaborative vision of Gideon Lamprecht and Keenan Oakes, founders of well-known acts Crow Black Sky and Wildernessking, are set to release their very own debut record 'The Language of Limbs' on November 15th via Isolation Records!
'The Language of Limbs' - essentially a post-metal record with black metal and progressive influences and a healthy dose of ambience and atmosphere; always deeply engaging with a flair for the romantic and nostalgic. Constellatia's hauntingly beautiful first single 'All Nights Belong To You' is now streaming at THIS LOCATION!
Australian death metal war-masters Ignivomous premiere the new track "Hieroglossia" through MetalBite.com. The track hails from the band's long-awaited third album, Hieroglossia, set for international release on November 15th via Nuclear War Now! Productions. Hear Ignivomous' "Hieroglossia" in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Seven long years after the release of their sophomore album, Contragenesis, Ignivomous return with their third full-length, Hieroglossia, unveiling eight tracks of organic, primal death metal — the kind the band has become synonymous with in its 13-year existence within the death metal underground.
Borne out of the members' desire to see a resurgence of a heavier, more dissonant style of death metal, Ignivomous were among the first wave of bands to reignite interest in the genre in the first decade of this century. Hieroglossia preserves the core membership of the band present throughout its tenure — Sean Hinds (guitar), Chris Broadway (drums), and Jael Edwards (vocals) — and presents the recording debut of Lewis Fischer on guitar (Altars) and Chris Jordon (Inverloch, Eskhaton) on bass, both of whom have cemented the band’s live assault for the previous few years in a campaign of high-profile shows in their native Australia. This lineup in its current form has secured and built upon the band’s unrelentingly legacy, oozing raw, sinister death metal pushed a step further into the void, creating an album which synthesizes the band's influences with a definitive and individual vision. While projecting a murky and atmospheric take on the death metal template, Heiroglossia avoids sacrificing the primacy of the riff for reverb-drenched formlessness or songwriting in favour of dissonance for its own sake.
Thematically, Heiroglossia continues Ignivomous’ investigation into topics of Philosophical pessimism, influenced by the works of Thomas Ligotti and E.M. Cioran, and Gnostic concepts of the fallen and hostile nature of the material world, presented throughout with a literary sensibility which should be accustomed to those familiar with their previous output.
In the meantime, hear the brand-new title track "Hieroglossia" exclusively HERE, courtesy of MetalBite.com. Also hear the previously revealed "Shackles of the Demiurge" exclusively HERE, courtesy of NoCleanSinging.com, as well as the first-revealed "Thalassophobia" HERE at Nuclear War Now's Bandcamp.
Black metal visionaries LvxCaelis premiere the new track "Throne of Doom" at heavily trafficked YouTube channel Black Metal Promotion. The track hails from the band's highly anticipated third album, Maher Shalal Hash Baz, set for international release on October 31st via Lamech Records. A symbiosis of spiritual black metal and its Bathorian antecedent, here LvxCaelis create a shimmering cavern of haunting splendour, of cosmic weight verily crushed with the tyranny of true masters. Mystical and mesmerizing, Maher Shalal Hash Baz is the sound of LvxCaelis at the very peak of their powers. Hear "Throne of Doom," the second track to be revealed from the new album, in its entirety exclusively HERE.
LvxCaelis was formed in the year 2004 in southern Chile by Irad and former drummer Etlidur. The band was rehearsing actively during their first years but faced many line-up changes. In early 2009, their first demo, Nigredo-The Dead Head, was recorded in the form of a rehearsal. This demo caught the attention of Lamech Records, which later released this recording on pro tape format limited to 300 copies. In the year 2011, LvxCaelis entered the studio and recorded their debut album, Mysteria Mystica Maxima 23, released one year later by Lamech Records. This album got a very good response from the black metal underground worldwide. Frater N. joins the band that year as their bass-player.
In 2012, LvxCaelis decided to perform live for the very first time. Their debut show was held in December 2012 in Santiago, Chile. In the beginning of 2014, the band recorded a new demo called Slaughtering of the Lamb, which was meant to be an advance for their upcoming full-length. This demo was released by Lamech Records on pro tape format and limited to 300 copies. All copies sold out very fast, and it got great response, as well. In the same year, Irad travelled to Sweden to record the new album and perform a few exclusive dates - this time, integrating members of Hetroertzen for the live performances. The Watchers, the band's second album, was then recorded by Irad and Deacon D. on drums and released by Lamech Records in 2014.
In 2015, LvxCaelis was invited to join Hetroertzen on their US mini-tour. This was the band’s first time performing on North American soil, and they got a great response there. Between 2017 and 2018, LvxCaelis focused on preparing material for a new album. During this time, the line-up was completed by the addition of drummer Frater B. Later in the autumn of 2018, LvxCaelis joined Hetroertzen and Sektarism for the "Lvx in Tenebris" European tour where they performed 10 dates over several cities of Europe. After the tour was over, the band travelled to Västerås, Sweden to record their third album, Maher Shalal Hash Baz. Recorded at Lamech Studios by Deacon D., Maher Shalal Hash Baz clearly shows LvxCaelis' musical refinement after 14 years of existence: a vast and visionary work that stays true to the band's original tenets whilst pushing its boundaries ever wider.
In the meantime, hear LvxCaelis' "Throne of Doom" - the second track to be revealed from their forthcoming third album, Maher Shalal Hash Baz - in its entirety exclusively HERE, courtesy of Black Metal Promotion. Also hear "The Beginning Was the End," the first track to be revealed from the new album, HERE.
French Prog metallers Mantra released a new single from their upcoming album "Medium", set to be released on October 18th via Finisterian Dead End.
Entitled "Mind", the single is a 17 minute long opus that together with its other half explores the body-mind duality along two epic 17 minutes tracks ("Body" and "Mind"), independent from each other but complementary. Superimposed, these two pieces give birth to a third one: the harmony of the body and the mind.
You can listen to "Mind" at this location: https://youtu.be/1qMN_wwdHpk
The new single was premiered in different countries:
The Netherlands: http://www.dutchmetalmaniac.com/2019/10/exclusive-dutch-premiere-mantra-mind/
Lithuania - http://hardrock.lt/vaizdo-klipai/mantra-mind-6581.php
Free spirit of the French metal scene, Mantra have been exploring the boundaries of progressive music for nearly 10 years. Ritual-like atmospheres on stage, shamanic or metaphysical concept-albums: the band cuts loose to give life to genuine shows, and goes as far as incorporating contemporary dance into its appearances on stage.
The quartet, now scattered around France, unveils in 2019 its third album, MEDIUM, a project that once again pushed its limits. Is the body inseparable from the mind? What remains of us after we die? With MEDIUM, Mantra questions the very meaning of life and touches on a form of total art, crystallizing the interactions between reason and spirituality.
As the underlying theme in MEDIUM's design, the complete superimposition of both sides of the vinyl prompted the group to innovate at every stage of its production: composition, arrangements, mixing and even mastering gave in to the exercise, turning this record into an extraordinary experience, where modern metal reconnects with the irresistible will to innovate of his ancestors.
With nearly a hundred shows behind them, including two appearances at Hellfest, Mantra has become in a few years one of the spearheads of the progressive scene. The album "Laniakea", published in 2016, had marked the spirits by its ability to blend violence and softness into a prehistoric tale. MEDIUM sees the band fully assume its role of precursor, offering a record without any compromise, forever insensitive to conventions and standards.
Bristling with an epically baroque life and energy, Finland’s multi-Platinum cello-rockers Apocalyptica have unveiled their brand new single ‘Ashes Of The Modern World.’ The song is taken from Cell-0, their upcoming ninth studio album, released on January 10th via Silver Lining Music.
The powerful video was directed by the award-winning Finnish photographer/videographer Ville Juurikkala who has worked with a wide variety of prominent artists from Guns N’ Roses and Aerosmith to opera singer Andrea Bocelli.
The recording of Cell-0 followed a four-year break between albums that gave the band - Eicca Toppinen, Perttu Kivilaakso, Paavo Lötjönen, and Mikko Sirén, all of whom are classically-trained musicians - a fresh perspective and affected the way they approached the new music. The album sees them return to their roots and is the quartet’s first instrumental album in 17 years, finding Apocalyptica challenging themselves to discover new flavours and colours in their respective instruments.
“It is tough to express without lyrics, but in Cell-0, we found particles of our universe previously unknown to us,” they explained. “Millions of notes combine to create music just as millions of cells combine to create life, and when you visualize the whole thing, similar patterns appear.”
Produced by Apocalyptica, mixed by Andrew Scheps (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lana Del Rey, Metallica and Black Sabbath), and recorded at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki, Cell-0 sees the band soaring into ethereal space on ‘Ashes Of The Modern World,’ while diving head-first into aggressive thrash cello-riffery during ‘En Route To Mayhem.’
Rather than put strategic attention on aspects like writing singles, the band approached Cell-0 as a fully-formed piece of art, connecting the right details and hues with the energy of being a real cello-metal band. By pushing themselves to find other places and levels in their music, Apocalyptica opened up to some seemingly unorthodox methods and emotions while travelling through that creative process.
“These new songs have so many layers and are so complex, and it’s not always easy to point exactly what they are about,” Toppinen expresses. “But I think that’s also the beauty of instrumental music, that the listener always can feel free to experience the same songs in very, very different ways. It’s also one reason why we don’t want to explain the songs before they’re experienced.”
In support of the release of Cell-0, Apocalyptica will Special Guest with Sabaton on a 15-country, 23-date European arenas tour, including an appearance at Wembley Arena on February 8th 2020. All confirmed dates are below.
17 Hallenstadion, Zurich, Switzerland
18 Schleyerhalle, Stuttgart, Germany
19 Olympiahalle, Munich, Germany
21 Gasometer, Vienna, Austria
22 Arena, Budapest, Hungary
24 Torwar, Warsaw, Poland
25 Max Schmeling Halle, Berlin, Germany
26 O2 Arena, Prague, Czech Republic
28 Alcatraz, Milan, Italy
30 Arena Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany
31 Festhalle, Frankfurt, Germany
1 König Pilsener Arena, Oberhausen, Germany
2 Sportpaleis, Antwerp, Belgium
4 Sant Jordi, Barcelona, Spain
5 Vistalegre, Madrid, Spain
7 Zenith, Paris, France
8 Wembley Arena, London, UK
9 Afas Live, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
11 Sporthalle, Hamburg, Germany
12 Forum Black Box, Copenhagen, Denmark
14 Scandinavium, Gothenburg, Sweden
15 Hovet, Stockholm, Sweden
16 Spektrum, Oslo, Norway
Cell-0 will be available in a variety of formats, including CD Mediabook, heavy-weight double vinyl and a variety of digital download options. Pre-order at www.apocalyptica.com.
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