Finnish speed metal cult Excuse premiere the new track "Blade of Antichrist" at Decibel magazine's website. The track hails from the band's highly anticipated debut album, Prophets From the Occultic Cosmos, set for international release on August 2nd via Shadow Kingdom Records. Hear Excuse's "Blade of Antichrist" in its entirety exclusively HERE.
One of Finland's hottest newcomers, Excuse began to make a name for themselves with their EP Goddess Injustice. Released to critical acclaim in 2016 by Shadow Kingdom, Goddess Injustice largely introduced the fierce foursome to the international metal underground - with a nuclear-powered bang! A finely honed missile of speed metal majesty, Excuse's sound on that EP in many ways recalled the classic Canadian gods Sacrifice and Razor, but there were hints of greater glories to come. And at last, they've arrived with the presciently titled Prophets From the Occultic Cosmos.
Whereas Goddess Injustice suggested some darkly melodic leanings, Excuse's first full-length expands that arsenal considerably. Here, the six songs comprising Prophets From the Occultic Cosmos stretch out to epic lengths - one even hitting double digits, the climactic 10-minute closer "Watchtower of the Trans-Dimensional Pathway" - and take the listener on a wild, winding ride. The evil 'n' sleazy surge on which Excuse made their name still exists, but has now been finesse into a wholly more dynamic beast, able to reflect haunting moodiness and spacey horror alike. Suitably, co-guitarist Oskar Lindström's vocals have a conspicuous amount of echo placed upon them, suggesting the inter-dimensional struggles of a narrator literally lost in space. Likewise, fellow guitarist Anselmi Ahopalo's leads take centre stage here and weave an almost storytelling aspect, much in the way that classic heavy metal songwriting should, evoking both triumph and tragedy but remaining equally hummable throughout. Completing the totality is album's production, which locates the perfect balance between grit and gleam.
So many young bands blow their proverbial wad during the demo/EP days and peter out by the time their debut album comes. Not so for Excuse, who have been able to transform their earlier youthful energy into enviably advanced maturity with Prophets From the Occultic Cosmos. Behold these Prophets' coming!
The next herald of that coming can be heard with the new track "Blade of Antichrist" exclusively HERE, courtesy of Decibel, North America's only monthly metal magazine. The first herald of that coming is the previously revealed video for "Sworn to the Crimson Oath" HERE. Also hear that track HERE at Shadow Kingdom's Bandcamp, where the album can also be pre-ordered.
Purity Through Fire sets August 19th as the international release date for Neptrecus' highly anticipated third album, Ars Gallica. The album shall be released on limited-edition digipack and normal jewelcase CD formats, with the vinyl LP version following during the winter.
One of the black metal underground's best-kept secrets, Neptrecus have been proudly flying the banner for traditional French black metal since 2011. During that time, they've patiently and studiously built a stellar canon of work that's reverently rooted in '90s classicism but not once smacks of regression or backwards-thinking complacency. If anything, Neptrecus staunchly set their sights on the horizon, and dutifully unfurl forward their attack with windswept grandeur and fiery passion. In short, timeless black metal imagination.
And now, under the auspices of Purity Through Fire do Neptrecus deliver their finest work to date with Ars Gallica. Simply by continuing to do what they do best is how the quartet deliver a master stroke with their third album. Robustly recorded - muscled leanly, metallic where so much black METAL forgets the latter aspect - whilst not losing their intrinsic mysticism, Ars Gallica displays a Neptrecus seemingly drunk on their own power, whipping forth an epic fury atop a breathtaking canvas of textures and emotions. This winding 'n' wily attack betrays an advanced grasp of songwriting that's multi-hued and malicious in equal measure, painting wide swathes of majesty and malevolence, wonder and wickedness. It's as much Olde Worlde as it is new, and makes for a mesmerizing 48-minute journey.
As the once-honorable idiom of French BM continues to be distorted with dissonance and obfuscation, all masking a wholesale lack of actual songwriting, here arises Neptrecus to raise their swords and carry the banner of the past into the present!
Raise the banners with the new track "Retour aux Sorces" HERE at Purity Through Fire's official YouTube channel.
Hamadría, present the music video for "Crepúsculo", taken from their first album "Reina Azul", recorded entirely in the historic centre of Lima, Peru.
Watch it here:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CIMutEdNfI&feature=youtu.be
Video directed by Hector F. Ilizarbe S. who is also a member of Hamadría.
Ingrid Castro (lead vocal)
Lesly Soto (keyboards, backing vocals)
Hector Ilizarbe (drums)
Miguel Cantuta (guitar)
Eduardo Pinto (bass guitar)
Cristian Gamboa (guitar, backing vocals)
Four years after releasing their monolithic "Cloak of Ash" on Relapse Records, Brisbane’s Hope Drone return with a new meditation on personal and existential despair in the form of "Void Lustre". Crafted with patience and restraint the album sees the band travel further down the textured and dynamic pathways forged by their previous work as they dance from austere atmospheres to crashing walls of sound through frenetic blasts and thunderous dirges. Blending the likes of black metal, sludge and post-rock with influences even further afield the band creates a rich sound that is as beautiful as it is devastating.
"Void Lustre had to be dragged into existence through loss, depression and doubt", the band comments. "Songs were crafted, reformed and discarded. Ultimately however this record is a continuation of our search for catharsis, comfort and hope found in walls of sound made only for ourselves and those like us."
Engineered and produced together with the band by long-time collaborator Christopher Brownbill (Underground Audio) and released by the capable MOMENT OF COLLAPSE RECORDS (Heaven in Her Arms, Suffocate for Fuck Sake, Hope Drone self-titled) the album is built on relationships forged over the years. Joining the production fold is mastering engineer Mell Dettmer (Earth, SunnO))), Wolves in the Throne Room) who, with her deft hand and experience, brought forth a master of dynamic and clarity.
Coming August 30th on 2xLP, CD and Digital via Moment Of Collapse Records, watch out for many more news plus album tunes to follow in the days ahead!
Hope Drone is:
Chris Rowden (Guitar, Vocals)
Karl Hartwig (Guitar, Noise)
Aaron Pickersgill (Bass)
Francis Keil (Drums)
Finnish melodic death/doom band Shadecrown released a second single "Rain's Edge" which is taken from the upcoming second album "Riven". The album is released later in 2019 by Inverse Records and it is mixed and mastered by keyboardist & songwriter Saku Tammelin at Painwood Studio, Viitasaari, Finland.
Watch Rain's Edge video : https://youtu.be/JzoERbAAkgU
Saku Tammelin comments:-
""Rain's Edge" is the second single off Shadecrown's upcoming second album "Riven". This song is much more heavier and faster than our first single "Incomplete", but still melodic as hell."
Listen to the single:
Janne Salmelin-Bass & Clean vocals
9-Piece melodic metal combo Gjöll are glad to announce that they have signed a deal with WormHoleDeath for the release of their EP "Residual".
"Residual" will be out on 10 July 2019 via Wormholedeath / The Orchard / Wormholedeath USA.
Gjöll are a 9-piece melodic metal band, fronted by clean vocalist Julia and death vocalist Tuhka, who is a founding member. Named after the river that flows near the gate to the underworld in Norse mythology, it comes as no surprise that Tuhka is heavily influenced by Scandinavian metal, which he tries to incorporate into the band's overall sound.
Following on from their debut release "Prologue" and drastic line-up change in 2016, the newly revitalized band aims to win over even more new fans with their second EP "Residual". With an array of songwriters in the band, the composition of all the tracks is astoundingly diverse without losing the cohesive Gjöll sound.
Instrumental progressive metal band Essence Of Datum have teamed up with No Clean Singing to premiere the music video for the song "Pendulum". The track has been taken from the band's upcoming record "Spellcrying Machine", to be released via Season of Mist on August 30th.
Check out the video at No Clean Singing at the link below:
Essence Of Datum comment:-
"One of the favourite buildings in our home town is Minsk city crematorium! The comprehension of the fact that there's a very high probability that our physical presence in this world will end up there and the bodies will be committed to flames, puts a veil of peculiar magic on this place. Walking in the halls of crematorium you cannot but notice giant pendulums that stand still symbolizing frozen time. It is the pendulum that gives more emphasis to the present before the inevitable end to come thus leaving us greedily gasping for the moments remaining. The pendulum in 'Spellcrying Machine' holds a special place and we'd like to set off a story with this composition. Until then, let the Pendulum swing!"
One does not always need words to convey a story. If there’s anything that instrumental progressive metal duo Essence Of Datum proves, it’s that the power of music can do just that. ‘Spellcrying Machine’, the band’s third full-length, is set for an August release on Season of Mist and is bound to open up their creation to a wider audience.
Essence Of Datum was formed by guitarist Dmitry Ramanouski in 2011 in Minsk, Belarus. After recording the first demos, the musician was joined by drummer Pavel Vilchytski who quickly became an irreplaceable part of the band as the man behind the machine-gun rhythm section.
From the very beginning, the project was meant to be purely instrumental, thus not giving the listener verbal or lexical means to comprehend or interpret the conceptual universe of the music. Providing fans with mere hints hidden in the artwork and track titles, the musicians challenge the listener to use their own imagination to explore the universe that Essence Of Datum created. Each album is part of a larger, fictional universe and ultimately, everything is bound together in one single story.
In 2013, the journey set off with the release of debut album 'Event Horizon.' the duo paint there a picture of a surrealistic world by means of soaring guitar melodies and groovy rhythms with an unbelievable technical precision. The second full-length 'Nevermore' (2017) opened a new chapter in which the Essence Of Datum universe was tainted by war, struggle, and fear, transformed by the band into powerful songs with melodic grace.
Set against the backdrop of a post-apocalyptic world, the band’s third record, 'Spellcrying Machine', synthesizes the best of extreme, modern metal into an elegant and articulate whole.Essence Of Datum invites you to explore their universe.
Iron Bonehead Productions sets September 6th as the international release date for Black Cilice's highly anticipated fifth album, Transfixion of Spirits, on CD, vinyl LP, and cassette tape formats.
By now, Black Cilice should need no introduction. For at least a decade (or perhaps longer), this ever-shadowy Portuguese enigma has built a monolithic body of work that has come to define and also defy the modern raw black metal idiom. And while he's gained a surprising amount of traction with a wide variety of listeners thanks to his most recent two albums with Iron Bonehead, 2015's Mysteries and 2017's Banished From Time, Black Cilice's vision has remained forever resolute.
In 2019, that vision - idiosyncratic, insatiable, intractable - is more resolute than ever. Witness the aptly titled Transfixion of Spirits. Once again, Black Cilice wields sound as its own weapon, but in a daresay elegant manner seemingly at odds with the stratifying frequencies that bombard and blanket the listener. Indeed, this is in-the-red rawness to a superlative degree, surging second-wave black metal to the bone, but underneath those layers of filth 'n' fatalism lies a melancholic majesty that's truly a splendour to behold. And whereas the preceding Banished From Time(intentionally) broke from the mould and portrayed a thicker, more strident violence, here on Transfixion of Spirits does Black Cilice fittingly find a more spectral expression: no less hysteric or harrowing, its melodic misery springs forth like a geyser of grey, oppressive in its omnipresence and older than many generations of black metal itself.
Above all, Black Cilice proves once again that "purism" need not be shorthand for a dearth of ideas: he twists the anachronisms of classic black metal into ageless, endlessly spellbinding forms, each undulating wave lapping back against the other to utterly hypnotizing effect. Entrance thyself to this Transifixion of Spirits.
Begin entrancing thyself with the new track "Outerbody Incarnation" HERE at Iron Bonehead's Soundcloud.
True Romanian Folk Metallers E-an-na release new song & video "Apele Îngheţate” and announce upcoming album
The band E-an-na has just released the new song „Apele Îngheţate” (The Frozen Waters) together with a video. With each release the band strays further away from the conventions of regular folk metal, trying to bring something new and fresh to the genre.
The song deals with depression and topics deriving from it, depicting an abstract place or being that functions for each of us as a shelter.
The song is part of the upcoming album „Nesfârşite”. Nesfârşite will be released on the 19th of july 2019. The album contains 13 songs and is graced by some internationally known guest musicians:
Michalina Malisz from Eluveitie
Archy Jay a.k.a. The Snake Charmer
Daniel Neagoe from Clouds, Eye of Solitude, Shape of Despair, Aeonian Sorrow
Robert Cotoros fom The Bipolar Disorder Project
Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REE5syj_5O4
Preorder the album: https://e-an-na.com/nesfarsite-preorder/
After four years since Dogbane’s last album When Karma Comes Calling, the North Carolina traditional heavy metal band has finally completed work on their much anticipated third full-length album entitled Idylls of Woe.
Since 2010 Dogbane have continued to stay active in the North Carolina metal scene, releasing two albums of solid doom laced traditional heavy metal. Dogbane stay faithful to the foundations of traditional heavy metal while forging a sound of their own.
Stream album track "The One I Was Warned Of" at youtu.be/xg3BjhIWEKg
Heaven and Hell Records will be release Idylls of Woe July 19 on both CD and vinyl in a very limited quantity. Pre-order the album at this location.
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