More than 10000 people signed a petition last year for the authorities to grant Doch Chkae the necessary visa to allow the young Cambodian band to perform at the Wacken Open Air 2018. Despite intense public campaigning and strong political efforts their application was unfortunately turned down in the end.
Yet the band, Swiss social worker Timon Seibel, and the Wacken Open Air endured and their persistence was finally rewarded. Last week, Doch Chkae were informed that their visa application has been approved and the band will be allowed to enter Germany to perform at the Wacken Open Air 2019!
Holger Hübner comments:-
"We are stoked that we will finally be able to welcome Doch Chkae in Wacken this year," says the festival organiser. "We sincerely thank all authorities involved, private individuals, and our crew, who have paved the way for this young Cambodian band to come to Germany. Music and particularly metal is an international language that connects people across all borders, cultures, and religions in friendship."
The band adds:-
"Last year's problems with our visa unfortunately made it impossible for us to come to Germany", Doch Chkae relate happily. "We are all the more pleased to have been invited again and to get the chance to play at the world's biggest metal festival! This is our biggest dream coming true! We are totally thrilled! Thank you, Wacken! Thank you, Germany!"
Doch Chkae translates as "dog life" – in which many of the inhabitants of the big slums in Cambodia are trapped. The three band members grew up in what was once the country's biggest waste dump. According to UNICEF, more than 10,000 children live on and off the streets in Cambodia's capital Phnom Penh alone. The kids catch dogs for restaurants, prostitute themselves, trade in drugs, look for recyclables in garbage or try to survive in other ways.
Theara, Vichey, Pic, and Hing were lucky - three of the homeless kids were not only lodged in an orphanage run by Moms Against Poverty, but their social worker Timon also happened to find the right valve for the angry teenagers: Heavy Metal. After visiting a concert of the deathcore act SLITEN6IX, the original trio quickly formed their own band. Doch Chkae play angry death metal – and are probably the first to use their native language Khmer.
Doch Chkae have become a role model that has long been encouraging other children and young people in Cambodia to use music as a means to gain some control over their lives. The band plays concerts for their community, has founded its own label, and even appeared on television.
Before their show at the Wacken Open Air, DOCH CHKAE will be joined by Lebanese girl band SLAVE TO SIRENS, TRAINWRECK from Bangladesh, and VALLEY OF CHROME from the Philippines to play a warm-up gig at Hamburg's Kaiserkeller under the banner of "United Metal Nations" on July 27th.
The official festival trailer for the Wacken Open Air 2019 can be viewed here:-
Filipino Black Metallers Omenfilth premiere "Summon The Beast Of Damnation"; 'Devourer Of The Seven Moons' nears release via Eternal Death
Decibel Magazine is currently streaming "Summon The Beast Of Damnation," the latest psalm from Philippines-based black metal practitioners Omenfilth. The punishing new tune comes by way of the band's impending Devourer Of The Seven Moons full-length, slated to drop later this month via eternal death.
"This track is one of most aggressive and musically adventurous songs we've ever written," notes the band of the track. "It's fast, ravaging, dark, angry, moody, and slapped with a very impious lyrical bent that we'll leave to the listener to come up with their own conclusions. And yet it's got two different dissonant riffs that strangely harmonize on the verses and a melodic mid-section. It's got everything, from bestial rhythms to the melodic mid-section and the thrashy guitar solo. It spans a wide array of extreme metal sub-genres and blends them together flawlessly and still sounds identifiably Omenfilth without losing any character."
Hear Omenfilth "Summon The Beast Of Damnation," only at Decibel Magazine, at THIS LOCATION.
Omenfilth's Devourer Of The Seven Moons will be released on CD, cassette, and digital formats on April 12th via Eternal Death. The ten-track offering includes three bonus tracks: a cover of Vulcano's "Bloody Vengeance" and live recordings of "Equinox Of Evil" and "Fading Embers Of A Dying Era," both from the band's 2016 Opus Sanguinarium offering. For preorders, visit the Eternal Death Bandcamp page at THIS LOCATION where "The Embrace Of Solitude" can also be streamed.
Following the path of traditional black metal rather than the war metal influences often associated with their place of origin, Omenfilth's Devourer Of The Seven Moons showcases the strengths of the band - eerie melodies ("The Embrace Of Solitude"), headbanging fury ("Summon The Beast Of Damnation," "Seared By The Flames Of Bawo"), and violent upsurges ("Bakuana Ex Inferis"). Appealing more to fans of bands like Varathron or Darkthrone than Blasphemy or Von, Devourer Of The Seven Moons shows that South-East Asian black metal is more than just sleazy goat-worship and mini-guns. Following the lyrical themes of the album, the artwork of Dave Fogg is based on the ancient Filipino mythological entity Bakunawa aka "The Devourer Of The Seven Moons."
Filipino Black Metallers Omenfilth release "Hymns Of Diabolical Treachery" limited edition cassette and stream via Eternal Death
San Pablo City-based black metal collective Omenfilth is pleased to unveil a limited cassette edition of their Hymns Of Diabolical Treachery full-length today via Eternal Death Records!
Self-produced and initially released on CD via Nero One Records, Omenfilth's Hymns Of Diabolical Treachery showcases the band's curious duality with Side A highlighting their classic, maniacal nastiness and Side B offering up one twenty-plus minute track of chilling ambience.
Hymns Of Diabolical Treachery is out now on cassette and digital formats via Eternal Death Records.
Orders are currently available at THIS LOCATION where the record can be streamed in full.
Featuring members of long-running death metal behemoths Pathogen, Omenfilth was spawned from the abyssal crypts of the Philippines and vomits forth vehement black metal terror reminiscent of early Rotting Christ, Varathron, Necromantia, and Samael. Standing apart from the throngs of bestial black/death metal clones, Omenfilth chooses to take a path less travelled, harnessing the external darkness of the world and the internal feelings of misanthropy, apathy, desolation, and the urge for heretical wisdom and occultic esoterica, and fusing it all to create blackened death/thrash of the highest quality.
Legendary black metal band Deiphago - arguably the most violent band on the planet, as well as one of the most envelope-pushing - have completed recording for their highly anticipated fifth album, to be titled I, The Devil. Set for international release later this year via Hells Headbangers, I, The Devil was recorded May 13-18 at Godcity Studios with esteemed producer Kurt Ballou (Converge). Mastering will be done by Brad Boatright (Audiosiege), and the legendary Joe Petago returns to do the album's cover art.
Featuring eight songs in approximately 38 minutes, I, The Devil sees Deiphago taking their ever-singular "Experimental Hyper-speed Satanic Bestial Metal" down avenues both more violent and more angular. No other nowadays metal band sounds this extreme - extreme violence, extreme progressiveness, extreme EXTREMITY - and I, The Devil shall prove, once again, that Deiphago are truly in a league all their own. If the Colin Marston-produced predecessor Into the Eye of Satan displayed a band aiming for the most atonal and challenging ends of the black/death spectrum, then I, The Devil will prove that Deiphago have crossed their Rubicon - and they've left everyone behind, cowering in their conservatism.
Says founding vocalist/bassist V.666:-
"This album is a celebration of our 30 years of existence, a cultivation of all our experiences since the band started in 1989. We have worked hard on this album and is the best music we have ever released, filled with dark moods and reeking of destruction. We present to you the essence of pure black metal as it was meant to be like in the early '90s, when bands didn't sound the same. This is our magnum opus that will be revered right next to the groundbreaking black metal albums of the early '90s."
Continuing, V.666 promises:-
"This will surpass everything not just in the bestial black/death genre, but the whole black metal scene as a whole. This album stands on its own as diverse and unconventional, filled with monstrous dissonances and intolerable cacophony. It is perfecting the uncontrolled chaos. Kurt Ballou has done a great job as producer, engineer, and mixer, capturing our evil intensity. Normal people will not understand the music, as we have put such a high standard over all the typical trends of today. Beware the release of I, The Devil."
The 'Releases Of The Year' series are albums chosen by myself as the best release from each country / dependency known to have an official release in the year 2017. These are alphabetized in country order so are easy to navigate. Each award has national flag featured alongside the band name, Release Of The Year' and Facebook link (where provided)
The unrelenting artillery barrage continues as Pathogen treads the bloody left hand path of musical atrocities that grinds and detonates its way into oblivion. After nearly four years in the making, "Ashes Of Eternity" is Pathogen's most furious and aggressive outing to date! Delivering nine fatal munitions of multi-megaton death metal mayhem from the hellish shores of the Philippines, Pathogen once again brings to you death-whether you want it or not!
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