NEWS 13.4 2024
Über100 Heftchen unserer aktuellen „Klolektüre“ haben mittlerweile ein neues Zuhause gefunden. Besten Dank an der Stelle schon mal an all die Leutchen, welche unsere Arbeit immer noch zu schätzen wissen. Wer bisher den „Anschluss“ verpasst hat, kann sich aber immer noch unter fatalunderground_leo@freenet.de so`n Teil ordern, bevor wir dann mit unserer Miniauflage vergriffen sind. 
Mittlerweile haben wir uns auch schon wieder rangemacht, um die nächste Ausgabe in Angriff zu nehmen. Als allererster Interviewpartner konnten wir jetzt schon mal Lukas vom NUCLEAR WINTER ZINE davon überzeugen, sich in unserer nächsten Ausgabe mal unserer nervigen Fragerunde zu widmen .Da wir Euch natürlich auch in Sachen aktueller Veröffentlichungen auf dem neuesten Stand halten wollen ,gibts hier schon mal wieder den ersten kleinen metallischen Rundumschlag .
Kanada, 8. April 2024. Ein besonderer Tag für NECHT, die bekennenden Anhänger des B’ahn-Kultes aus der prähistorischen Kultur der Enkari! Und dies sogar in vielerlei Hinsicht, denn an diesem Tag werden die eigenwilligen Außenseiter sich den vielen Nordamerikanern und den astrologisch interessierten Besuchern dort anschließen und angesichts einer teilweisen bis totalen Sonnenfinsternis die Augen gebannt auf den Himmel richten.
Für Zenith Maharg (Gebet) und dessen Aszendenten Vlasfimos (Gebetstrommel), Zhargor (Hochfrequenz) und Aemoh (Tieffrequenz), ist es ein Tag von höchster Ambivalenz, an dem nach altem Glauben der Drache Karnifor als Bringer der Apokalypse ihnen die wütende Präsenz ihres Sonnengottes B’ahn stiehlt. Die in eine ewige Kriegerkaste hineingeborenen werfen sich diesem Bann mit einer passenden Hymne entgegen – “Into Bondage Born”: “BRÜDERINNEN UND BRÜDER! Heute ist eine totale Sonnenfinsternis. Für die alten Enkari wäre dies ein göttliches Vorzeichen der kommenden Apokalypse gewesen, da der Schatten von Karnifor den Zorn von B'ahns Licht zu überwinden schien.  Ein Tag zum Verzweifeln oder ein Tag zum Freuen. Heute ist darum ein glücklicher Tag, um diesen Sermon zu veröffentlichen, in dem wir an die Generationen von Lashmiri-Bürgern erinnern, die in einen lebenslangen Krieg im Dienste des B'ahn-Kultes hineingeboren wurden. RUHM UND EHRE DER SONNE!”
13.4.2024 News NECHT“INTO BONDAGE BORN” aus der schon am 17. Mai erscheinenden Langmeditation “THE PROPHECY OF KARNIFOR” ist ab sofort überall digital erhältlich. Der Sermon bewegt sich so ambivalent wie das kosmische Ereignis, dem NECHT ihn gewidmet haben, in der finsteren Grauzone zwischen schwarzmetallischer Feierlichkeit und der tiefsitzenden Melancholie, die ein normalisierter Krieg den Enkari in die kulturelle Seele gebrannt hat.
Über NECHT
Die Geschichte von NECHT begann im pandemischen Jahr 2022 mit einem kanadischen Black-Metal-Trio, das recht schnell zum Quartett anwuchs. Im Jahr 2024 treten nun Zenith Maharg und seine Aszendanten Vlasfimos, Zhargor und Aemoh aus den Schatten der Vergangenheit, um die Kunde ihrer bald erscheinenden Langmeditation “The Prophecy of Karnifor” zu verbreiten. Einen kleinen Einblick in das, was bis dahin im Verborgenen geschah, geben uns die befremdlichen Kultisten selbst: “Zenith Maharg und Ascendant Vlasfimos sind langjährige Weggefährten und hatten sich vorgenommen, ein Black-Metal-Projekt zu starten. Etwa zur gleichen Zeit stieß Zenith Maharg in einem Antiquariat in Calgary auf ein Exemplar der obskuren und umstrittenen Geschichte ‘Translating the Enkari-B'ahn Scrolls: Words from the People of the End Times’, geschrieben von der schwedischen Archäologin Dr. Birgitta Olsson auf Basis der Funde des Philosophen und Entdeckers Dr. Karl von Mecklenburg aus dem 19. Jhd. und veröffentlicht im Jahr 2015. Während er mehr über die faszinierende und weitgehend unbekannte Geschichte der Enkari las und lernte, wuchs der Entschluss, den NECHT-Tempel zu gründen, um unseren ältesten Vorfahren zu huldigen. Seitdem führen wir mit rasant wachsenden Teilnehmerzahlen öffentliche Rituale auf, bei denen – erleuchtet durch unsere vielschichtigen Sermone – immer mehr Menschen dem Kult des B’ahn, unseres Sonnengottes, beitreten.”
Eines der zentralen Themen in der Geschichte der Enkari war die gesellschaftliche Spaltung in zwei Stadtstaaten, Lashmir und Ishpan, die sich bis zum Ende der Aufzeichnungen in einem immerwährenden Krieg befanden. B’ahn war dabei der Gott der städtischen Krieger von Lashmir, denen auch NECHT sich zuordnen. Nun führen die Nachfahren der Lashmiren erstmals ausgewählte Sermone aus der schon am 17. Mai in voller Länge bereitgestellten Meditation “The Prophecy of Karnifor” teils im Rahmen visueller Offenbarungen auf, so etwa “For Violence Was Wrought Upon Me ” und “Into Bondage Born”.
Meditation durch Repetition: Ziehe dir jetzt “Into Bondage Born” als Opfergabe an B’ahn auf deine althistorische Playlist: https://linktr.ee/nechtblackmetal
Die Langmeditation “The Prophecy Of Karnifor” wird am 17. Mai 2024 enthüllt. Anhänger des Kultes und solche, die es werden wollen, können sie bereits heute hier vorbestellen: https://necht.bandcamp.com/album/the-prophecy-of-karnifor
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PAINFUL treten noch ein drittes und letztes Mal vor der baldigen Veröffentlichung ihres Konzeptalbums “NEFARIOUS MONARCHY” mit einer Single aus den finsteren Abgründen des Menschseins an. Wie von den Black-/Death-Metallern gewohnt, bildet auch das im 20. Jahr der Bandgeschichte (genauer: am 25. Mai 2024) erscheinende Werk einen geschlossenen erzählerischen Rahmen. Ohne den Filter einer religiösen oder politischen Ideologie nimmt das Quartett eine Beobachterrolle ein und präsentiert uns diesmal das grausige Geschehen zwischen den Zeilen der Kapitel zur Französischen Revolution unserer Geschichtsbücher.
Die nun vorliegende Single “Reign of Terror” widmet sich dabei La Terreur, der Zeit vom Herbst 1793 bis zum Frühjahr 1794, in der per Konventsbeschluss die Jakobiner um Robespierre bis zu 40.000 Menschen foltern und töten konnten. Im Song behandeln PAINFUL eine Revolutionsphase, in der blutige Grausamkeit derart blind und zerstörerisch mit dem Zeitgeist der Aufklärung rang, dass wir noch heute tiefgreifenden Veränderungen mit einer Warnung begegnen, die dort ihren traurigen Ursprung hat: Die Revolution frisst ihre Kinder.
Die Single “Reign of Terror” präsentiert sich ganz angemessen als morbide schlürfende Midtempowalze mit einem leicht psychedelisch anmutenden Intro. Vorhang auf für den finsteren Groove:
Link zum Video auf YouTube: https://youtu.be/MWqszO3i9J8
Die Single anhören: https://orcd.co/reignofterror
PAINFUL  erläutern den Ansatz, dieses Blutbad – das zugleich einen zentralen Meilenstein der Revolution darstellte – musikalisch zu behandeln, so: "Zu jenem bestimmten Zeitpunkt der Französischen Revolution herrschten Mord und Chaos, da jeder jeden abschlachtete – unabhängig davon, ob sie einst Verbündete waren oder nicht!
Wir haben versucht, diese Ambivalenz darzustellen, indem wir auch gegensätzlich konnotierte Wörter wie ‘Freiheit’ und ‘Terror’ oder ‘Horror’ und ‘Wahrheit’ verwendet haben. Der ganze Song setzt sich dabei ebenso aus verschiedenen Teilen und Rhythmen zusammen. Es sind die Schwere und der Wirbel der Leichtigkeit, die sich kontrastierend in schweren Gitarren, stampfenden Trommeln und hüpfenden Orchestern widerspiegeln."
Mit den drei Singles "Liberty (Dies)", "Remaining Shadows" und nun auch "Reign of Terror", die sich zwischen Raserei, Opulenz und morbidem Groove bewegen, können PAINFUL einen breit gefächerten Vorgeschmack auf das kommende Album bieten. Noch in diesem Frühjahr,  am 25. Mai, erscheint “Nefarious Monarchy” und kann selbstverständlich bereits physisch vorbestellt werden. Einen Pre-Save des Albums auf allen relevanten Plattformen gibt es hier: https://orcd.co/painful. Wer gleich beides – das 20-jährige Jubiläum der Band und die neue Scheibe – live feiern will, findet sich am 25. Mai 2024 im CRASH in Freiburg ein und holt sich dort die volle Dröhnung ab.
"Bürger, es steht zu befürchten, dass die Revolution wie Saturn nach und nach all ihre Kinder verschlingt und am Ende den Despotismus mit allem seinem Unheil gebiert."
Pierre Vergniaud vor seiner Hinrichtung am 31. Oktober 1793
13.4.2024 News PAINFULTracklist "Nefarious Monarchy":
1. A World of Kings
2. Liberty (Dies)
3. Growing Rage
4. Reign of Terror
5. History Repeats
6. United in Blood
7. Heart of Darkness
8. We are not equal
9. Remaining Shadows
10. Fallen Hierarchies
( + Bonustrack "United in Blood" feat. Alexander Krull)
Über PAINFUL
Seit ihrer Gründung im Jahr 2004 stehen PAINFUL getreu ihrem eigenen Namen für rohen, blutigen Schmerz. Als dreckig-brutaler Bastard aus Black und Death Metal vor 20 Jahren vorgestellt, begann die Band schon sehr bald, die inhaltsgebende Melancholie der Abgründe zu etwas ganz Eigenem zu machen. So entstanden druckvolle Symphonien, mit denen sich PAINFUL auf unzähligen Gigs – darunter solche mit Acts wie Belphegor, Behemoth, Atrocity oder Amon Amarth, aber auch viele eigene Headliner-Shows – eine stetig wachsende Fangemeinde erspielen konnten.
Drei Alben später, und das vierte bereits im Ofen, konnten sie auch kultige Festivals wie etwa das MetalDays, Metalfest oder gar die 70000TONS OF METAL Cruise erfolgreich von der Checkliste streichen. Da wundert es nicht, dass auch die Genregröße Alexander Krull (ATROCITY, LEAVES EYES) aufmerksam wurde und nun bereits zum zweiten Mal in Folge die Produktion eines PAINFUL-Album in einem der angesehen Mastersound Entertainment Studios übernahm.
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Black metal horde LANZERRATH will make an epic contribution to a split EP coming this spring on Northern Spire Productions with the 20-minute journey into darkness titled "NEBULAR COLLAPSE: THE DISSOLUTION OF ORDER AND MEANING."

In 2018, founding members "I" and "II" created LanzerRath. A grassroots vision that pays homage to pioneers of black metal through four albums of pure energy and raw emotion. Now in 2024, LanzerRath brings us their magnum opus on cosmic nihilism.
Using their signature metal maelstrom to convey the insignificance of human life among the vast vacuum, ensorcelled by chaos, LanzerRath delivers it all. Compelling atmospherics, aggressive riffing, blast beats, and scathing vocals produce a uniquely dynamic soundscape. With themes of madness, misery, and mystery propagating their almost Lovecraftian universe. If that wasn't enough, they’ve also paired up with the northern black metal act Shroud of Despondency to round out the split.
The split will be out on May 10 on CD and digital formats.
Pre-order now at https://lanzerrath.bandcamp.com/album/shroud-of-despondency-lanzerrath-split
Shroud Of Despondency/LanzerRath Split Tracklist:
Shroud Of Despondency:
1. The Source of Multiversal Degradation
2. Celestial Venom
LanzerRath
3. Nebular Collapse: The Dissolution of Order and Meaning
LanzerRath is:
I - Lyrics, Vocals
II - Music, Vocals, Production
III - Vocals
III I - Vocals
III II - Art, Design
III III – Vocals, Mellotron
III III I – Vocals
https://nsp.neocities.org/
https://lanzerrath.bandcamp.com/

Rude Awakening Records is thrilled to announce the long-awaited reissue of AYDRA'S debut EP, "PSYCHO PAIN CONTROL." Originally released in 1996, this seminal work marked the beginning of AYDRA's journey into the realm of Technical Death Metal. Now, after decades of anticipation, "Psycho Pain Control" is set to return in a stunning new format, reissued on vinyl with exciting enhancements for fans both old and new.
The reissue of "Psycho Pain Control" offers a host of exciting features for collectors and enthusiasts. The EP has been meticulously remastered by the band itself, ensuring that it captures the essence of AYDRA's early sound with unparalleled clarity and intensity. Additionally, this reissue boasts a striking new artwork design, breathing fresh life into the visual representation of this iconic release.
One of the most exciting aspects of this reissue is the inclusion of bonus tracks taken directly from the band's early demos. These rare recordings offer a unique glimpse into AYDRA's formative years, showcasing the raw talent and creativity that would ultimately define their sound. Coupled with the remastered EP tracks, these bonus additions make the reissue of "Psycho Pain Control" a truly essential addition to any collector's library.

To further commemorate this momentous occasion, the LP version of "Psycho Pain Control" will be released on May 6th, 2024, in a limited edition colored vinyl format. Limited to just 200 hand-numbered copies, this exclusive release is sure to become a coveted item among fans of Technical Death Metal.
13.4.2024 News AYDRATracklist
1. Psycho Pain Control

2. Dream’s Door
3. Revenge
4. Carnage
5. Penance Stare
6. Say Your Prayers (demo)
7. Revenge (demo)
8. Dream’s Door (demo)
In anticipation of the reissue, AYDRA has unveiled a lyric video for the track "Penance Stare," providing fans with a taste of what to expect from this definitive release.

Watch the lyric video here: https://youtu.be/T2Swsy3QPfY
For those eager to revisit the EP or discover it for the first time, "Psycho Pain Control" is already available for streaming on major platforms.

Listen now: https://sptfy.com/QmbZ
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13.4.2024 News Unborn Generation Finnish grind-crust band UNBORN GENERATION has released their 7th album titled “…AND ALL WE FORGET”

It includes 10 songs of brutally frost-bound grind/crust. The lyrics describe a world long after an apocalypse; rebuilding has begun. Yet the post-apocalypse generations have learnt nothing, and remain ignorant as the sins of the fathers are repeated all over again.
The band's singer/guitarist Herkko Huttunen was responsible for the album's production (recording, mixing and mastering), excluding the drum recording, which was handled by Tuomas Kokko (Electric Fox Studios). The album is published by Inverse Records
Listen to the album on music services (Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Deezer etc): https://push.fm/fl/ug-aawf
Unborn Generation has been blasting their dirty grindcrust since 2002. Their intense sound can be described as fight-or-flight response inducing, yet at the same time tingling the backsides of melancholics with northern melodies.

The Finnish trio consists of Herkko Huttunen (vocals/guitar), Eetu Huttunen (drums) and Arto Kettunen (bass).
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BOLESKINE HOUSE - "MISERABILIST BLUES"
Genre : Atmospheric Black/Doom Metal
FFO: Katatonia, Aquilus, Alcest, Agalloch, old-era Opeth, Paradise Lost.
Label : Masked Dead Records / Sulphur Music | May 17th 2024

"Boleskine House is a place where anyone can find refuge from their ruined lives, an immaterial space where they can bask in their fantasies of nostalgia before they vanish forever without a trace. A dwelling that inevitably changes depending on the listener’s personal experiences."
Miserabilist Blues is the first work of Boleskine House (IT). It is about a poignant and elusive, yet seemingly endless moment, without a horizon. Time, beloved places, people known, people lost, fragile promises in the golden days of youth, broken dreams and impossible desires are amalgamated into an undying fog. These are the main themes the duo faces with black metal influenced by atmospheric sounds, full of personality and drama that deal with 90s doom and gothic, but also with outside genres such as shoegaze.
Sale points:
Atmospheric Black Metal, 90's gothic Doom and Shoegaze melodies;
Miserabilist Blues it's dramatic, tragic and nostalgic;
A unique visual cocept;
To be released by Masked Dead Records but also together with Sulphur Fanzine special issue "Deep Dark Blue"!
13.4.2024 News BOLESKINE HOUSETracklist
1) Black House Painters
2) Need
3) A Place To Mourn Forever
4) When You Sleep (My Bloody Valentine cover)

(40:58 min)
Line-up:
Raven Borsi - Vocals & lyrics
Niccolò Misrachi - Songwriting & instruments
Visual concept by Raven, Niccolò and Giulia Frump.
Mix and master by Nicolò Brambilla (Aphotic, Fuoco Fatuo, Blasphemophager).

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WEREWOLVES formed in 2019 with the express purpose of releasing ten albums in ten years. 2024 sees them hit the halfway mark with DIE FOR US, yet another barrage of completely moronic death-metal due out 19th July.
To prepare you for this fifth assault on the senses, which sounds "like a school bus getting fed into a metal shredder", the band have unleashed a video for the track 'Beaten Back To Life'.
13.4.2024 News WerewolvesBassist/vocalist Sam Bean describes the track:
"Well, reaching the halfway point of our ten album goal was cause for us to pause and indulge in some introspection. I mean, we've been making some really childish, obnoxious, Jurassic death metal for five years now. If ever we were going to pivot to a new direction more befitting our skills and maturity, it would be now."

He continues:
"Of course we didn't. This album is even worse than before, and our first video is about how anyone who got into metal after 1992 is weak and worthless. It's all about vinyl, cassette tapes, and wanton violence at shows, not this stupid warm-fuzzy 'support our scene' non-sense."
Speaking about the Die For Us album, Sam says:
"Mixing and Mastering was done by none other than Joe Haley (PSYCROPTIC), who we’ll use until either he dies, we quit, or Erik Rutan becomes an affordable option. The artwork was done by Mitchell Nolte, not an AI because we’re not fuckwits, and is guaranteed to horrify as many people as all the previous albums. He basically took the album title and ran with it, focusing his artistic genius on cramming as much blood and gore onto an album cover as humanly possible."

Die For Us is set for release 19th July 2024, available worldwide streaming on everything.
Get yourself 'Beaten Back To Life' at the WEREWOLVES YouTube channel now!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oi4LwvivlU4
Pre-order Die For Us on vinyl, CD and digital formats : http://www.werewolvesdeathmetal.com/
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13.4.2024 News WerewolvesToday British heavy metal battalion WAR GRAVE set loose the second single from their upcoming self-titled debut EP. 'War Graves' opens in a hi-octane assault of lightning riffs, thunderous rhythms and stunning vocals, going on to incorporate an array of glorious, metallic solos, superb harmonies and masterfully orchestrated shifts in mood and tempo - it's an anthemic metal classic to be! In keeping with the song's sombre subject matter the video shifts between superbly shot performance footage and powerful clips from the battlefield. As the band explain...
"'War Graves' is about a patriotic young man who is conscripted into the army only to lose his life early on in his deployment. As he goes from training to the battleground, he notes the manipulative psychological tactics of both sides, as he dies, his soul reflects on whether his and his fallen friends’ sacrifices were worth it."
Watch the 'War Graves' video now at the War Grave YouTube Channel    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbiUisy9b00

The War Grave EP, which was recorded at London’s Monolith Studios with producer Charlie Wilson Jnr. (Torchbearer, Graven Image etc) features five magnificent songs that fire the imagination and unleash a torrent of adrenaline. The world class vocals of singer Roman Kantoch (ex-More) lead the charge, backed by the immaculately crafted riffs and breathtaking solos of guitar team Trent Powell and Stuart Layne (ex-Virus), while drummer Steve Brill and bassist Charlie Gossett supply the heavy artillery. Together this incredible team have forged a superb set of songs, built upon their instinctive understanding of great heavy metal.
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If, like me, you like your death metal to be challenging and innovative, this is it. It's in fact the definitive progressive/technical death metal split release which sees two like-minded label mates, Diskord and Atvm, coming together and contributing their latest songs. A ton of effort has been gone into this release in all ways, as you can probably make out, and we can only hope you all dig it despite/because of the eccentricities. Preview the music of both the bands on Bandcamp https://diskordband.bandcamp.com/album/bipolarities
DISKORD /ATVM – “BIPOLARITIES”
13.4.2024 News DISKORDFor fans of - Demilich, Defect Designer, Xenosis, Disharmonic Orchestra, Carcass, The Chasm
Norwegian band Diskord show us why they're masters when it comes to this kind of twisted, convoluted, and quite frankly timeless death metal. They're inexorably pushing their sound forward in their own way and even after a couple of decades of existence, they manage to keep their music refreshing and unpredictable. The four new songs that are a part of this split are even more erratic and out-of-the-box. Indeed, there are about a hundred variations in them but how each of the songs progress will still leave you guessing. It's just ingenious songwriting that reaches out and grabs your attention despite the unnatural complexity and compels you to listen to the songs again and again to fully wrap your head around them. They're an absolute delight for any fan of progressive, technical or even dissonant death metal, regardless of his old school or contemporary stylistic inclination.
UK progressive death trailblazers Atvm left an indelible mark with their groundbreaking full length and they return with some of their longest and best songs for this special split release. The music may not be as technical as that of their label mates on this split but it's every bit as engrossing and they even throw some nasty curveballs of their own - the longish playing time only allows them to shape-shift multiple times with ease and they do that with conviction. There's an inherent sickness to their music and their progression feels visceral. They have their own way of doing things and it's definitely a thrill to follow the sinuous patterns and eccentricities that they throw along the way. These songs are yet another testament to the raw talent of this relative newcomer and their pairing with Diskord on this split only brings out the quirky appeal of their music some more.

Diskord line up:
Hans Jørgen - Drums and vocals
Eyvind - Bass and vocals
Dmitry - Guitar and vocals

Atvm line up:
Tom - Guitars
Fran - Drums and percussion
Luke - Bass and percussion
H - Vocals

Mixed and mastered by Colin Marston
Artwork by Will Sweeney
Track listing:
1. Diskord - Onward! To Nowhere 
2. Diskord - Pass The Baton 
3. Diskord - Shivering, As We Shed Our Hides 
4. Diskord - Cogged Pother 
5. Atvm - Cancer 
6. Atvm - Morphine 
Official release date - July 12th, 2024

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Thank you so much for your time! Kunal Choksi Label owner Transcending Obscurity Mumbai, India


New lyric video from DISTORTED FORCE ("HELLBROTH" out from "ANGELIC BLOODSHED" album) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMjRvdu-8ec

Distorted Force is a band with a very weird approach to composition. Being in the substance of progressive metal implies long length tracks, unstable structure, and a lot of changes in a song's general atmosphere. In recent years the band moves musically in the heavy/progressive area. They started in Thessaloniki, Greece in 2008.
In the beginning of 2010 Distorted Force started their discography with a homonymous EP. A year later they released "A Dead Man's Dream" showing obvious influences from Porcupine Tree and Anathema.
The line-up changed and "Depersonalization" was out in 2012 with much heavier sound, that keeps up to date. In January 2013, "Fields in Desolation" was released, characterized by progressive metal elements which were about to increase over the next years. In December of 2014, the album "Taken by Force" paved the same progressive metal course that was carved in their previous albums. The next full-length album “Curves of Sidereal Cosmos” was the band's first concept album and was released in May 2018, followed by flattering reviews from the music press all over the world.
Distorted Force have been performing live shows all over Greece and Europe since 2008.
On June 10th, 2023, the band released their seventh album “Angelic
Bloodshed” via French Soman Records. This is considered to be the heaviest so far.
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MY SILENT WAKE – “LOST IN MEMORIES, LOST IN GRIEF”

13.4.2024 News My Silent WakeLabel: Ardua Music
Release date: may 3rd 2024
Genre: Epic/Doom Metal
For fans of: Paradise Lost | Novembers Doom | My Dying Bride | Atlantean Kodex
Even in the soft, surrounding darkness behind the walls of sleep, my memories consume me. A tableau of frozen moments, flickering images upon the lightless screen behind my eyes. Each one is perfect in its terrible, aching beauty; the pain honed again to a gleaming, cutting edge that the forgetful hours of daylight had just begun to dull. Here in dreams I break once more, but in that breaking I see past, precious days as new and I would not trade that bittersweet agony for a thousand years of peaceful, silent slumber…
It has been four years since My Silent Wake gifted us with a full length album, but with Lost In Memories, Lost In Grief, their twelfth such endeavour, they have offered up treasures enough for every day of those intervening years and many more to come. There is a sense of homecoming, of acquaintance renewed in the melancholy chord progressions that touch the heart with such honesty and openness, but there is also a fresh excitement to be found in vibrant songs like opener ‘The Liar And The Fool’. There is a new energy bubbling beneath the wistful guitar lines and the haunting atmosphere, a sense that My Silent Wake are exploring new territories and beginning new chapters in their storied career. In the past the band have walked two separate paths, their albums being either dark, towering edifices of powerful doom/death metal or more experimental creations – ambient, acoustic and touched by folklore and history. With Lost In Memories, Lost In Grief there seems to have been a magical blurring of boundaries between the two worlds, with ghosts slipping across the thresholds. While songs like ‘Wolf’, with its twisting guitar motifs, ‘The Last Lullaby’ – rife with the dark radiance and emotional power that characterises My Silent Wake’s music – and the staggering ‘No Time’, it’s notes held like dying breaths with time stretching out between them, are undeniably, magnificently heavy, they also possess an earthy majesty, a regal nature not bound to finery or fripperies but to the ancient spirit of the forest and the soil, a sense of history that links them to the fragile enchantments of albums like 2020s Damnum Per Saeculorum. With its telling keyboard presence, emotive vocals steeped in sorrow and tinged with desperation, windswept riffs and singing guitar melodies, Lost In Memories, Lost In Grief may well be the most vibrant, beautifully realised, complete My Silent Wake album to date.
Recorded, mixed and mastered predominately at Priory Recording Studios by Greg Chandler (Ungfell, Indesinence, Esoteric etc) with additional work being completed at Hollow Hearth by the band’s own Simon Bibby, Lost In Memories… is blessed with a sound rich in texture, that captures the palpable emotion and unquestionable integrity which shines from every note. In the track ‘The Liar And The Fool’ you will hear the words “I cannot see this ending well…escape while you can”, but when Ardua Music release Lost In Memories, Lost In Grief on May 3rd, adorned in the evocative artwork of Matthew Vickerstaff (Cradle Of Filth, My Dying Bride, Mayhem etc), you will never want to leave My Silent Wake’s kingdom of twilight shadows and star dusted skies.
Line-up:
Ian Arkley – Guitar/Ebow/Growled and semi spoken-word vox
Addam Westlake - Bass Guitar
Gareth Arlett – Drums
Simon Bibby – Yamaha Reface YC organ / Clean vox / Whispers
https://www.arduamusic.com/
www.facebook.com/MySilentWake/

Hungarian Black/Death Metal outfit EXODIKON dives deep into the abyss with their new music video, "Untermensch," from their critically acclaimed album "CHAOSOPHILIA," out now via Wormholedeath (International) and H-Music (Hungary).
"Chaosophilia" is a sonic exploration of the darkest corners of the human mind, traversing themes of existential struggle, bipolarity, and the inherent absurdity of life. The album is not a concept record in the traditional sense, but rather an anthology, a journey through the chaos that resides within us all, brilliantly captured by the album's cover art by Bence Száraz.
13.4.2024 News ExodikonFor those who have ever grappled with the weight of being and dared to contemplate the possibility of nothingness, "Chaosophilia" is a record that speaks directly to your soul. Prepare to drown in the depths of your despair, witness the hedonistic oblivion of others, and embrace the restless yearning for meaning. Feel the flames of existence consume you, witness the agonizing birth pangs of an incomplete soul, and surrender to the intoxicating allure of freedom. Let go of the fleeting nature of existence and shed a tear for the suffering of your fellow man. This is "Chaosophilia" - eight songs woven into a single tapestry of sonic chaos.
"Chaosophilia" (English Version) available here: https://orcd.co/chaosophilia
Line-up:
Attila István Hekele - Drums
Ferenc Pósfai - Guitar
Gábor Dávid Borhidi - Guitar/vocals
József Pósfai - Bass/vocals
www.exodikon.com
www.facebook.com/exodikon

13.4.2024 News Golgotha We are delighted to announce that Spain's revered monarchs of melodic doom/death metal, GOLGOTHA, have joined forces with dread dealers in darkness, Ardua Music for the release of their forthcoming sixth full length studio album, entitled Spreading THE WINGS OF HOPE...

Featuring eight momentous tracks, laden with portent and powerful emotion and mixed and mastered to perfection by Javier Fernández (Avulsed, Holycide, TodoMal), Spreading The Wings Of Hope will be released on CD and cassette formats by Ardua Music on June 14th, adorned in vivid, compelling artwork. This album sees Golgotha scaling new peaks of creative endeavour and weaving some of the most captivating musical spells of their career to date. Fans of the very finest heart-rending heaviness should prepare to experience absolute melancholic, melodic magnificence!
https://www.facebook.com/ArduaMusicLabel
https://www.facebook.com/GolgothaOfficialBand

ANTHROPOPHAGUS DEPRAVITY – “DEMONIC PARADISE”

13.4.2024 News Anthropophagus DepravityLabel: Comatose Music
Release date: june 21st 2024
Genre: Brutal Death Metal
For fans of: Devangelic | Immolation | Cryptopsy | Incantation
Beneath the burning skies the moment of victory arrives. As endless squadrons of spiralling devils, the infernal legions upon the wing, tear through the clouds of flame and sulphur, the last angel, his face a mask of agonised bewilderment, gasps out a final prayer, a final plea to the absent Father. Golden ichor cascades over the jagged brimstone outcrop on which he lies with broken wings in brilliant, golden streams. The light fades from his eyes and a cacophony of screams rends the ash filled air, a billion blistered throats howl in bestial triumph and the Fallen turn their collective gaze upwards towards heights so long unseen. Far above, the gates of the Silver City stand open and unguarded. The conflict of aeons is over, the scales of balance toppled forever and the infinite realms of reality are become a Demonic Paradise!
Following on from the pulverising attack of their debut album Apocalypto, Indonesia’s Athropophagus Depravity have returned with a new collection of terror inducing hymns of horror - Demonic Paradise! The band have taken the chilling atmosphere and bludgeoning violence of Apocalypto and elevated it to new levels of intricate performance and accomplished brutality. Beginning with the shocking, instantaneous assault of ‘The Obscure Realm’- frenzied and frantic, yet delivered with a wicked precision - Demonic Paradise takes the listener on a thrilling gore-ride of total devastation. This album is a tour de force of brutal death metal, an absolute master class in sonic savagery. From the lurching malevolence of ‘Malicious Catastrophe’, a staggering animated corpse made sound, formed from rotten flesh, insatiable hunger and devilish intent to the ogre-march of ‘Preaching Above Depravity’ and the titanic title track - a towering pinnacle amongst mighty monoliths of destruction - Demonic Paradise is a veritable flailing machine of a thousand blades, dicing, dissecting and devouring. Even fans that immersed themselves neck deep  in the blood and entrails of Apocalypto will be shocked by everything that Anthropophagus Depravity have achieved with Demonic Paradise. With its awesome array of riffs, violently expressive vocals and torrents of rhythmic annihilation this album is truly a monstrous edifice to behold!
For a second time Anthropophagus Depravity will march shoulder to shoulder with the princes of perversity, the barons of brutality - Comatose Music. Together they will bring Demonic Paradise to a trembling world on June 21st. Complete with the dark and glorious artwork of Timbul Cahyono (Massacre, Nocturnus AD, Terrorizer etc) and blessed again with the unholy mixing and mastering necromancy of Indra Cahya, whose poisonous spells infused Apocalypto with such horrendous hostility. Prepare to offer your souls upon the altar of Anthropophagus Depravity once again and celebrate with them the birth of a new kingdom, a new principality of torment - a Demonic Paradise!
Line-up:
Pandu Herlambang - Vocals
Eko Aryo Widodo - Guitar
Yohanes Widiasmoro - Bass
Sahrul Ramadhan - Drums
https://www.comatosemusic.com/
https://www.facebook.com/AnthropophagusDepravity

Polish pagan black death metal veterans NORTH announce their return with a brand new EP, "WE ARE, WE REMAIN…”, set for release on 29 April 2024 via Pagan Records in standard jewel case CD and Digital versions.
Pre-orders for "We Are, We Remain…" are available now: https://tinyurl.com/rb7swu6m
This highly anticipated release marks North's triumphant return after a recording break, and the beginning of a prolific new chapter for the band. "We are happy to cooperate with Pagan Records again," says the band. "After a long break, we're excited to finally unleash a torrent of new material we've been working on relentlessly."
North haven't been idle during their time away. They've been composing, rehearsing, and delivering electrifying live performances, all while crafting a full-length album and stockpiling enough songs for future releases. 
"We Are, We Remain…" serves as a potent reintroduction for North. This 32-minute-long EP, featuring a mix of brand new tracks, a re-recorded classic “Hymn to Winter” (from the debut ‘92 demo) and a Bathory cover, showcases the band's signature sound – a blend of pagan black metal and death metal fury, delivered with powerful Polish lyrics. Thematically, the EP delves into pagan lore and history, drawing inspiration from the works of 19th-century Polish poet Roman Zmorski, a figurehead of the "black romanticism" movement.
Established in 1992, North are veterans of the Polish black and extreme metal scene with five full-lengths under their belts - they're known to be one of the co-creators of the Polish Black Metal wave of the early 1990s.
With "We Are, We Remain…" North promises a ferocious and evocative return to form. This is just the beginning – stay tuned for more punishing new music from North.
13.4.2024 News NORTHNorth is:
Sirkis - Guitars, Vocals
Helldriver - Drums 
Marth - Guitars
Greg - Bass
Track Listing:
1. Czas By Powstali / It”s Time For Them Arise
2. Stulecia We Krw / Centuries In Blood
3. Horda Duchów / Horde Of Ghosts
4. Hymn to Winter 
5. A Fine Day To Die (Bathory cover)
https://www.pagan-records.com
https://www.facebook.com/paganrecords
https://www.facebook.com/pages/North/125872960816335

Horror Pain Gore Death Productions are set to release the new album from Virginia's blistering old school Death Metal destroyers HUMAN INFECTIONGRAVESITE is now up for pre-order and will be released May 3rd on CD and Digital formats along with merch.

For fans of : Cannibal Corpse, Suffocation, Morbid Angel, Hate Eternal, Krisiun, Obituary, Skeletal Remains, Vader and Deicide.
Horror Pain Gore Death Productions welcome Human Infection to the roster with a deluxe edition of their third album Gravesight! Human Infection were formed in Roanoke, Virginia in 2009 and play classic Death Metal with a modern twist. This revamped edition of Gravesight features a brand new remaster courtesy of guitarist Jeremiah Tuck, giving the album a fuller and more powerful sound. Human Infection also have comissioned legendary Spanish artist Juanjo Castellano (Coffins, Ribspreader, Rottrevore) for breath-taking new artwork, as well as all four tracks from the band's 2016 promo are included as bonus material. Spread the infection!
13.4.2024 News HUMAN INFECTIONTrack Listing:
1. Exalted Through Suffering
2. In Crypts Of Holiness
3. Wounds Devour You
4. Artificial Abyss
5. Embrace Perfection
6. Beckoned From The Grieving Sun
7. Laserskull Suicide (Gravesight)
8. The Weavers Of Lunacy
9. In The Dreaming Eye
10. My Barren Soul
11. Enrapturing The Divine
12. The Fractured Light
13. Sovereign To Obscurity
14. In The Dreaming Eye (2016 Promo)
15. The Fractured Light (2016 Promo)
16. Artificial Abyss (2016 Promo)
17. Enrapturing The Divine (2016 Promo)
www.youtube.com/user/horrorpaingoredeath/videos
www.facebook.com/horrorpaingoredeath

Seattle (WA) - Melodic Death Metal quartet VERITERAS has joined forces with No Clean Singing for the exclusive premiere of forthcoming album, THE DARK HORIZON! Stream the album at the link below!

https://www.nocleansinging.com/2024/04/08/an-ncs-album-premiere-and-a-review-veriteras-the-dark-horizon/
VERITERAS is set to release its sophomore full-length album, The Dark Horizon, on April 11.
Pre-order: https://veriteras.bandcamp.com/album/the-dark-horizon
In support of the album VERITERAS will be hitting the road with Finland's Event Relentless for the nine-city "PNW U.S. Tour!" Dates are as follows:
4/18 Bellingham, WA @ The Shakedown
4/19 Bremerton, WA @ The Charleston
4/20 Spokane, WA @ Jackson Street Bar
4/21 Richland, WA @ Ray's Golden Lion
4/23 Boise, ID @ The Shredder
4/24 Bend, OR @ Silver Moon Brewery
4/25 Portland, OR @ Mano Occulta
4/26 Olympia, WA @ The Crypt
4/27 Seattle, WA @ The Funhouse
13.4.2024 News VERITERASTrack Listing:
1 - Certainty
2 - Celestial Darkness
3 - Abyss
4 - Last Rites
5 - Sanctuary
6 - Manufactured Dreams
7 - Blinding
8 - Retrograde
9 - Light in the Darkness
"The Dark Horizon really leans in on our old school melodic death metal roots, and as a result has a more blackened melodic death metal sound compared to our previous release, Shadow of Death. There's more tremelo picking, more blast beats, but still holding on to a very melodic core. We're very happy with how the album ended up, and we grew a ton through the process. The songwriting is more mature, the lyrics are stronger because Sean wrote most of them instead of me, the musicianship is better, and the mix is fantastic. We're all super excited to be sharing this album with the world, and hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed making it!"- Santtu Winter (Veriteras)
Album Credits:
Music written and arranged by Santtu Winter and Veriteras. 
Songs "Retrograde" and "Blinding" written and arranged by Sean Osterberg and Santtu Winter.
Lyrics by Sean Osterberg and Santtu Winter. Bass written and recorded by Matthew Kirkwold at Meow Sounds. 
Solos written and recorded by Major Bruno (first solo on "Sanctuary"), Eligio Tapia (second solo on "Sanctuary"), and Adonis Reed-Boulos ("Blinding"). 
Vocals on "Light in the Darkness" by Maria Mannisto. Tambourine performed by Jeff Smith (bassist emeritus and first-chair tambourinist).
Recorded by Don Gunn at The Office Studio in Seattle in July 2023.
Mixed and Mastered by Dan Swanö at Unisound Studio in Germany between August and November 2023.
Album artwork by Sean Osterberg.
Bio:
Veriteras is an old-school melodic death metal band based in Seattle, Washington (U.S.). Formed in 2018, they are inspired by the Scandinavian melodic death scene (early-era In Flames, Dark Tranquillity, Kalmah, etc.), and strive to write heavy songs with powerful and memorable melodies. After releasing two EPs in 2020 (Banished) and 2021 (Citadel), they debuted their first LP Shadow of Death in 2022, and toured Finland in support of the album. Now they are proud to present their follow-up LP, The Dark Horizon, in April 2024.
Line-up:
Santtu Winter: Guitar
Sean Osterberg: Guitar and Vocals
Jason Gooselaw: Drums
Major Bruno: Bass
https://www.facebook.com/VeriterasMetal

13.4.2024 News GHOST ON MARSRome (IT) - Italian Progressive Metal quintet GHOST ON MARS has released the official video for "They," the second single from forthcoming album, Out of Time and Space. Check it out at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHLS8ifUDhE
FFO: Pain of Salvation, Leprous, Katatonia, Evergrey, The Contortionist,and Soen
"They" is also available on the following platform: https://ghostonmars.bandcamp.com/track/they
Ghost on Mars is set to release its full-length debut album, Out of Time and Space, on CD and digital formats on May 3 via Willowtip Records!
Ghost on Mars combines dark and melancholic atmospheres with metal traditions, recreating their personal approach to prog metal..
The songs are inspired by films, books and stories belonging to the science fiction and horror cultures: The Mist, They Live, The Revenant, I Robot, Dylan Dog, Rec, Arrival...
Pre-order:
https://ghostonmars.bandcamp.com/album/out-of-time-and-space
https://www.willowtip.com/releases/details/ghost-on-mars-out-of-time-and-space.aspx
Track Listing:
1. Beyond the Mist
2. Quarantine
3. They
4. Carbon Skin
5. Nocturnal
6. That Time I Saw The Moon
7. Under a Crescent Moon
8. Back from the Dead
9. Back to Life
10. Lost Signal
Credits:
Out of Time and Space was produced by Ghost on Mars.
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Alex Di Nunzio (Francesco Di Giacomo, Astra) at NMG Recording Studios in 2022 and 2023.
Album art by Simon Bossert
Line-up:
Moreno Sangermano: Lead and backing vocals.
Fabio Valentini: Rhythm, clean and classic guitars.
Andrea Mataloni: Rhythm, lead and clean guitars.
Valerio Lippera: Bass.
Andrea Alberati: Drums.
https://www.willowtip.com/home.aspx
https://www.facebook.com/ghostonmars/

Malconfort, with members of Sea Mosquito and Amaltheia, have created a refreshing form of music which will make you sit up and wonder about it. It bears influences of black metal but clearly it's so much more than that. It's best to experience it for yourself. There's an official video which can be found https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zA9GtZp4xsg and another song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kplaMhWVQDU to satisfy your curiosity some more.
MALCONFORT – “HUMANISM”
13.4.2024 News MALCONFORTFor fans of - Virus, Ved Buens Ende, Oranssi Pazuzu, Sea Mosquito, Gruzja, Deathspell Omega
With a name inspired by a Deathspell Omega song, it would only be right to expect something out of the ordinary from this UK based experimental black metal band, but Malconfort have dismantled the very fabric of the genre on their debut album. They've rendered it almost irrelevant with their take on it. With members of Sea Mosquito and Amaltheia in their lineup, they're able to navigate around the music and seem to have a fair idea of what they are doing. And yet, they have managed to do something altogether different, something refreshing and liberating, perhaps even far removed from the core values of the genre itself. But that is exactly what makes it so special. They've seamlessly infused elements of free-form jazz, progressive and atmospheric music and changed the very composition of it. The music flows unhindered, finding its own pace, tone and direction, leaving the listener in suspense and awe. There is nothing quite like it. The music wafts along assuming varying different styles while remaining largely coherent and the album comes to an end before it can get pigeonholed. Even though 'Humanism' is not your typical black metal release or a very extreme one for that matter, its character is alluring if mystifying and deserves every bit of your attention simply because of its staggering uniqueness.
Line up:
Vocals - Nuun, Kopczak
Guitars and Bass - Fas
Synths - Kopczak, Fas
Drums - Kopczak
Album artwork by Nuun Studio
Track listing:
1. Compulsion (Ecstasy)
2. Cruelty (Elation)
3. Stain (Fantasy)
4. Rage (Indulgence)
5. Carnivore (God)
6. Inertia (Condense)
Official release date - July 5th, 2024
https://www.facebook.com/transcendingobscurityrecords
https://www.facebook.com/malconfortband
Thank you so much for your time! Kunal Choksi Label owner Transcending Obscurity Mumbai, India

A new force is awakening. Stretching the boundaries of consciousness. Devouring everything in its path.
Ushering in the “REAPERDAWN”, that is scheduled for a release August 9th, 2024. IN APHELION could be the ultimate extreme metal adrenalin rush. It is the euphoric, black metal brainchild of guitarist/vocalist Sebastian Ramstedt (best known as guitarist and songwriter with Necrophobic). Darker, stranger, more epic and progressive than admirers of his work were expecting, this new outlet for dark, artistic expression emerged firmly tethered to the white-knuckle viciousness of benchmark, Northern European black metal, while also exhibiting a profound affiliation with both classic, traditional heavy metal and the black magic of psychedelic repetition.
Based around a core line-up of Ramstedt (guitar/vocals), drummer Marco Prij (also Cryptosis), rhythm guitarist Johan Bergebäck (Necrophobic) and bassist Tobias Cristiansson (Necrophobic, ex-Grave…), IN APHELION have taken the uncompromising DIY route to their current status as new Century Media signees.
Stream the new single here: https://InAphelion.lnk.to/WhenAllStellarLightIsLost-SingleNe
Watch the music video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vs9iMBml6Do
“This was the first song to be written after the last album”, says Ramstedt. “It's a quite chaotic beast where the music matches the lyrics (written by former Necrophobic member Martin Halvdan) perfectly. Even though it's a short track for IN APHELION it gives the listener a taste of where the album is going. It is a first glance at a truly epic and violent album.”
The atmosphere of “Reaperdawn” is a swirling maelstrom of obsidian sparkle and iridescent grime.
Stay tuned to watch it arise!

DESASTER – “ BRINGING THE STORM TO ROTTERDAM “
13.4.2024 News DesasterA new release from the German masters of Teutonic Black/Thrash Metal is heading your way!
We have managed to unbury a fantastic live recording from Desaster’s older days: 1997, just when their groundbreaking MCD “Stormbringer” had been released! 
What you get here are live tracks from that MCD and from their debut full-length masterpiece “A Touch of Medieval Darkness”: eight tracks of boiling steel to pump into your veins!
You can now relive those magnificent times under the Teutonic banner and with great sound quality!!
This is a limited and exclusive release on vinyl only: 100 copies black vinyl and 200 on super marble silver/black vinyl.
It includes a double-sided A2 poster and a full-colour gatefold insert featuring exclusive band-pictures from that specific ’97 tour and an extensive interview done especially for this occasion!
NOW IT IS TIME TO BANG... OR BE BANGED!!!!
Please note that all our releases are exclusively distributed in the U.S. by Nuclear War Now! Productions. We urge all our U.S. customers to contact NWN! directly to obtain our products (also regarding wholesales)!
Next up on Nomad Snakepit Productions:
Alpha Omega (Swe) – “kAOs” tape 
Goatlord Corp. (Fra) – “Temple of Serpent Whores” LP/CD/tape
https://www.facebook.com/NomadSnakepit/

Seattle (WA) - Cosmic Tech-Death/Black Metallers XOTH have announced the GALATIC GORE '24 TOUR with Atoll and Atrae Bilis! The tour launches April 17 in Eureka, CA and wraps up May 5 in Eugene, OR.

"We are excited to finally bring EXOGALACTIC to the masses as part of the Galactic Gore Tour '24 with Atoll and Atrae Bilis! Join us and bear witness as the cosmic shred turns the Western U.S. into slime! Special thanks to Continental Touring for their hard work and support in arranging this odyssey." - Xoth
Tour Dates:
4/17 - Eureka, CA @ Savage Henry**
4/18 - Nevada City, CA @ The Fern**
4/19 - Las Vegas, NV @ Sinwave**
4/20 - Kingman, AZ @ Black Bridge Brewery
4/21 - Los Angeles, CA @ Knucklehead
4/22 - Santa Cruz, CA @ The Blue Lagoon
4/23 - San Luis Obispo, CA @ Humdinger Brewing
4/25 - Portland, OR @ Twilight Cafe & Bar
4/26 - Seattle, WA @ The Funhouse
4/27 - Spokane, WA @ The Big Dipper
4/28 - Boise, ID @ The Shredder
4/29 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Aces High Saloon
4/30 - Denver, CO @ Trailside Saloon*
5/02 - El Paso, TX @ RockHouse*
5/03 - Scottsdale, AZ @ Pub Rock*
5/04 - San Francisco, CA @ Neck of the Woods**
5/05 - Eugene, OR @ John Henry’s**
* w/ Angelic Desolation
** No Atoll 
Ticketing and Info: https://www.bandsintown.com/a/10525078-xoth
13.4.2024 News XOTHDawnbreed Records released Exogalactic on November 3.
CD/Digital: https://xoth.bandcamp.com/album/exogalactic
CD (EU Version): https://www.dawnbreed.com/nl/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=3503
In partnership with Dawnbreed Records, XOTH's third triumph, Exogalactic, is an ambitious leap forward. It’s as if they've excavated musical relics from Earth's core and melded them with sounds from the far reaches of the universe. Each song is an event horizon, stirring subgenres into a timewarp of past and future sonic chaos.
Amidst the vortex of sound, the mixing sorcery of Joe Cincotta at Full Force Studio (Obituary, Suffocation) manifests an auditory odyssey and the artwork of Shindy Reehal at Shindy Design sets the tone for the voyage. Xoth is not just music; it's a journey across the celestial landscape led by
interstellar luminaries.
Since bursting forth from the cosmic ether in 2014, Seattle’s XOTH has evoked fan and critical acclaim for their innovative approach to extreme metal. 2019’s Interdimensional Invocations has become a cult classic, blending technical death metal, modern black metal, and thrash in a novel synthesis that eludes categorization.
Line-up:
Tyler Sturgill: Guitar & Vocals
Woody Adler: Guitar
Ben Bennett: Bass
Jeremy Salvo: Drums
https://www.dawnbreed.com/
https://www.facebook.com/beholdxoth

BETWEEN THE KILLINGS – “THE KILLING QUARTET VOL. 2: OMNIPOTENCE”
13.4.2024 News Between The KillingsLabel: Comatose Music
Release date: june 7th 2024
Genre: Brutal Death Metal
For fans of: Cannibal Corpse | Gorgasm | Desecration | Lividity
“…for no man shall see Me, and live.”– Exodus 33:20
A door opened in my mind and I tumbled through it, falling into a raging, black storm. The darkness poured into my mouth, filling the emptiness inside me and infusing me with purpose. Everything that had existed before that moment became meaningless; reduced to a set of fading photographs of forgotten places and faceless people. There in that room was everything that mattered…and I was transformed. I was god-like, their life held in my hands, their every desperate breath my gift to them. I was their alpha and omega. Their blood, their bone, their agony…all mine. Omnipotent in that perfect moment, my power absolute…I was not a merciful god.
The story continues, as Indiana’s Between The Killings return to their voyage through the mind of a killer and unveil The Killing Quartet Vol. 2: Omnipotence! Such is the level of aural violence that permeates every second of this new chapter that the listener is left shocked and breathless, within trembling touching distance of the chilling, soulless void that broods at the heart of those empty creatures that kill without remorse. This is death metal at its most pitiless and savage, the cascading riffs falling like knives puncturing skin, the drums an onslaught of blunt force trauma, the solos like desperate, dying screams, the bestial vocals tearing at the desecrated flesh, hungry for blood. ‘Details Of Sadistic Killings’ is an utterly frenzied assault, while the vicious precision of ‘Satisfaction Of Suffocation’ drills into your consciousness with pernicious sadism. Between The Killings tap into the original warped spirit of death metal and then drag it ever downwards into the dankest cellars, the foulest sewers, charnel pits and slaughterhouses where innocent victims depart this world, lonely, lost and afraid. Following faithfully in the gore-spattered footprints of 2022s The Killing Quartet Vol. 1: Reflections Of Murder, Omnipotence is merciless, malevolent and never meant for the light of day.
Adorned, like its predecessor, in the twisted comic artwork of Karl Dahmer (Exhumed, Gutulax, Nunslaughter etc) and mixed and mastered by Tony Tipton (Kraanium, Reap, Necrotic Disgorgement etc) at The Metal Foundry, every excoriating element of Omnipotence has been carefully, cruelly constructed to deliver the maximum damage. When Comatose Music let loose this ravening beast on June 7th the walls of sanity will be breached and the bastions of morality overrun. Horror beyond imagining awaits.
Line-up:
Braxton Keyser - Vocals
Ian Dygulski – Bass
Miles Ellegood – Lead Guitars
Von Young – Guitars
Justin Wallisch - Drums
https://www.comatosemusic.com/
https://www.facebook.com/BetweenthekillingsBTK/

Right before embarking on their first ever Europe tour, US dissonant/technical death metal band Replicant unleashed their official video via Toilet ov Hell. The premiere can be found https://toiletovhell.com/exclusive-track-premiere-replicant-nekrotunnel/
Their new album, which expands upon their unique sound in all ways, drops this Friday - don't miss out on their masterpiece!
REPLICANT  - “INFINITE MORTALITY”
13.4.2024 News ReplicantFor fans of: Gorguts, Norse, Demilich, Negativa, Diskord, Wormed, Resin Tomb, Ulcerate, Terra Builder
After having smashed prevailing standards for the style with their unique approach on their highly lauded previous release, Replicant take things further still with their new full length, finding ways to make their music even more convoluted and impactful while retaining their trademark dissonant and catchy sound. They've found ways to add new aspects to it without hampering the momentum, constantly changing things up with the listener's body still lashing uncontrollably. The songs veer off in their own unexpected, thrilling directions while upholding the inherent semblance of groove, only to reconnect later with greater force. Things seem to add up and make sense as the album progresses, an ostensibly innocuous mechanical contraption getting constant upgrades to become potentially world-ending. There's fire in the songwriting, the members refusing to succumb to the lull of complacency and working furiously, constantly on the songs to elevate them to a rarefied category. It sees the stature of the band rising, the sound evolving methodically and convincingly, the album giving more than what could be expected from them having already established their identity, and in turn setting new standards for others yet again.
Line up
Mike Gonçalves - Vocals, Bass, Guitars
Pete Lloyd - Guitars, Synths, High-Frequency Transmissions
Itay Keren - Guitars, Vocals, Void Channels
Drums performed by James Applegate
Drum engineering, mixing, and mastering by AJ Viana at AJ Viana Productions
Additional drum editing by Tiago "Canadas" Carvalho
Cover art by Alli Tuttle
Track listing
1. Acid Mirror
2. Shrine to the Incomprehensible
3. Orgasm of Bereavement
4. Reciprocal Abandonment
5. SCN9A
6. Pain Enduring
7. Nekrotunnel
8. Dwelling on the Threshold
9. Planet of Skin
Official release date - April 12th, 2024
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Thank you so much for your time! Kunal Choksi Label owner Transcending Obscurity Mumbai, India


NEWS 6.4 2024

Die Death Doom Punks sind zurück! Seit 2008 hat die Band ihren ganz eigenen Stil und Sound entwickelt: Von rau und aggressiv bis düster und atmosphärisch, von wütenden Blast-Parts und D-Beats bis hin zu obskuren Doom-Passagen – ARROGANZ liefern. Für ihre Kompromisslosigkeit wird die Band von manchen gefeiert, von anderen gehasst. Dem Trio ist das scheißegal.
ARROGANZ stehen für sich selbst.
6.4.2024News ARROGANZ Die Band spielt in Sachen Musikalität, Groove und Feeling ganz oben mit und absolvierte Tourneen, Clubshows und Festivals in ganz Europa.
Mit ihrem letzten Album „Morsus“ (2020) manifestierte die Band ihr ganz eigenes musikalisches Universum.
Mit ihrem neuen Album „QUINTESSENZ“ erweitern ARROGANZ ihren musikalischen Horizont ein weiteres Mal, und schaffen es gleichzeitig ihre Essenz zu unterstreichen – sie schaffen es, ihre Old-School-Death-Metal-Wurzeln zu würdigen und fallen gleichzeitig nicht in eine eindeutige eine Kategorie.
QUINTESSENZ ist sowohl für Fans von Celtic Frost, Asphyx oder Darkthrone, als auch für Liebhaber von Napalm Death, Totenmond oder Wolfbrigade.
Poser, lasst die Finger von diesem Material! Das ist authentische Musik!
Das sind ARROGANZ – Death Doom Punks!
Die erste Single „Dungeon Soul“ ab sofort online!
Hier geht’s zum Video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kx0ZT-Q38M
Die Band über den Song:
„Lasst uns mit DUNGEON SOUL, dem kürzesten Song auf QUINTESSENZ beginnen! Auf musikalischer Ebene zeigt er unsere Liebe zur Musik von Bands wie ASPHYX genauso, wie unsere Vorliebe für D-Beat-Geballer von Bands wie WOLFBRIGADE oder ähnlichen – kombiniert mit langsamen Thrash-Metal-Riffs und einem epischen Bass-Solo am Ende. Und nun ja, die Texte? Lest sie selbst, liebt sie oder verzweifelt dran! Nur eine Sache dazu: Grüße gehen an EYEHATEGOD, denn ‘I hate god, too!’. Dreht diesen Bastard so laut auf, wie ihr könnt!“
„Quintessenz“ wird am 24ten Mai 2024 via SUPREME CHAOS RECORDS erscheinen und kann ab sofort hier vorbestellt werden: https://arroganz.supremechaos.com/

AORYST- "RELICS OF TIME"
erscheint am 02. Mai! Das Thrash Metal Gewitter, welches sich seit geraumen im Raum Osnabrück zusammenbraut nimmt weiter Form an! Am 02. Mai wird das Debut Album von AORYST, welches den Titel "Relics Of Time" trägt, erscheinen! Enthalten sind über die Spielzeit von knapp 45 Minuten 8 einzigartige und fesselnde Songs auf der Basis von schnellem Thrash Metal mit einer kleinen Dosis Death und Classic Metal. Aufgenommen und produziert wurde das Album von Jörg Uken im Soundlodge Recordings, welcher zudem auch noch die Drums eingespielt hat. Mittlerweile wurde das Line-Up auf dieser Position durch Dominik Schlüter (Mourning Caress) komplettiert. Wer auf technisch versierten Thrash mit harschem Gesang steht, sollte Augen und Ohren offen halten.
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6.4.2024News Cultus SanbguineCULTUS SANGUINE
 and My Kingdom Music will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the band's first release with the vinyl reissue of their 3 full-length albums "SHADOWS' BLOOD""THE SUM OF ALL FEARS" and "DUST ONCE ALIVE".
But that's not all: we will release the celebration box "THROUGH THE YEARS OF SOMBRE (XXX ANNIVERSARY)" which will include the 3 vinyl albums in special format and a live album titled "Live At Midnight Club" recorded in Milan in 2021 in digipak format as well as extra stuff (t-shirt, biography, bag, poster).
 CULTUS SANGUINE have lived these 3 decades in an always original and personal way representing a cult act for many Doom, Gothic and Black Metal fans all over the world. 
Now we release a true musical manifesto, a sound testimony of the history of Italian Extreme music, 3 albums, a box that will contain the 3 vinyls as in a treasure chest as well as extra musical and non-musical material, a unique work worthy of the band in question, CULTUS SANGUINE!
The LP's can be ordered at: https://t.ly/kTGf1
while the box "Through The Years Of Sombre (XXX Anniversary)" at: https://shorturl.at/dFGH0
https://linktr.ee/mykingdommusic

TALES OF WOE, the album from Dutch black metal band CODEX MORTIS, tells about an evil spirit that tortures a man through demonic possession and mind control. With horrific visions of its previous victims, the evil spirit tries to turn the man into a murderer. The man escapes its hold by taking his own life, as a desperate attempt to end the circle of terror...
CODEX MORTIS has unveiled part of this chilling narrative with the album's first single, "Capricious Disembodied Villain." Watch the lyric video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gI4nDC1Y3F8
Black Lion Records will release Tales of Woe on June 21. Pre-order/pre-save the album at https://snd.click/Codexmortis
In Tales of Woe, a harrowing history filled with injustice, agony, violence, and death unfolds as a tortured soul, the antagonist of the story, finds itself in an undying state, compelled to inflict suffering and death upon others trying to undo its own misery. It describes the troubles of its latest victim, the protagonist, as he is possessed and haunted by horrid visions.
6.4.2024News CODEX MORTISTracklist:
1. Forsaken
2. Capricious Disembodied Villain
3. Chosen
4. Trenched in Blood
5. Fire Screams and Death
6. It Dies with Me
The album was mixed and mastered by Björnström Ljud & Produktion. Artwork by Vladimir 'Smerdulak' Chebakov.
CODEX MORTIS is a Dutch Black Death Metal band with explosive and hypnotic skull-crushing music that will haunt you into the afterlife.
Incorporating the influences of the 90s, CODEX MORTIS crafts a sonic landscape characterized by ferocious speed and an abyssal depth, with each arrangement a relentless devouring sound.
Stream CODEX MORTIS on Spotify and Apple Music.
CODEX MORTIS is:
Vocals by Dirk Willems
Lyrics by Jos Schilder
Drums by Michiel van der Plicht
Guitars by Arjan van Dune
Bass by Mathieu Westerveld
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OSDM thrashers ASSIMILATOR will hit the road this summer in preparation for the release of their newest EP, EXPELLED INTO SUFFERING. The band will be joined by blackened death metallers THRONE for this 8-date US tour.
Tour dates are as follows:
6/1 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Green Beacon Gallery
6/2 - Philadelphia, PA @ Century
6/3 - Brooklyn, NY @ Kingsland
6/4 - Buffalo, NY @ Amy's Place
6/5 - Cleveland, OH @ No Class
6/6 - Cincinnati, OH @ Legends
6/7 - Louisville, KY @ Never Say Die
6/8 - Indianapolis, IN @ Black Circle
6.4.2024News ASSIMILATORThe band recently signed with Horror Pain Gore Death Productions for the release of Expelled into Suffering. The EP marks a return to the band's death metal roots and delivers a focused old-school attack drawing inspiration from the established pillars of extreme metal while enhancing their signature edge with a dirtier brand of the New Wave of American Death Metal.
ASSIMILATOR is unafraid to push the beyond and unapologetic for striving further. The band invites you to indulge in this raw and intense experience as they pursue the dark and the heavy.
EXPELLED INTO SUFFERING is set for release on June 21. The EP will be available for pre-order on May 21 via Horror Pain Gore Death Productions.
Tracklisting:
1) Expelled into Suffering
2) Nocturnal Forge
3) Changeling
4) I Am
Artwork for Expelled into Suffering by Karl Dahmer (Dahmer Art).
Stream ASSIMILATOR's self-titled debut album at https://assimilatormetal.bandcamp.com/album/assimilator
"Blend of Gothenberg melodeath with a dirtier breed of US thrash metal" - Decibel Magazine 
Hard-hitting and unrelenting, ASSIMILATOR comes storming out of Indiana with a powerful sound and a taste for touring the underground metal scene. The band is rapidly building a name for themselves as road warriors grinding across the country in the name of the next sick show.
ASSIMILATOR is comprised of veterans from the Midwest death metal scene and, are from a different sonic ancestry from many of their contemporaries. Calling back to a time when speed and brutality went hand in hand, offering blackened riffs to the metal gods.
ASSIMILATOR has completed three tours across 14 states, played Full Terror Assault, and opened for the likes of Deicide, Obituary, and Suicide Silence to name a few. This is a band who are striving to deliver the complete package with the drive to achieve what they desire.
ASSIMILATOR is:
Tim Kenefic: guitar and vocals
David Sueoka: bass and vocals 
Tyler Witte: drums
Noah Werner: guitar
https://www.horrorpaingoredeath.com/
https://www.facebook.com/assimilatormetal

PARACRONA – “SUN GOD”
PARACRONA, born from the chance meeting of Ringo Christiaan Van Droffelaar and Øystein Hansen at Wacken Open Air in 2007, melds artistic vision with melodic intensity. Hailing from the Netherlands and Norway, these diverse talents, bonded by a love for metal music, embarked on a musical journey that redefined their artistry.
Their collaboration ignited in Oslo a few months later, intertwined Øystein's seasoned guitar expertise, honed in bands like Fortid, with Ringo's fervor for expression and songwriting finesse. The recording odyssey for "Sun God" began in the fall of 2016, resulting in a sonic exploration traversing metal styles, termed affectionately as "Titanium" or "Quantum Realism Metal."
Themes of spiritual growth and societal struggle infuse their lyrics, encapsulating real-life chapters within each track. Despite hurdles, including Ringo's battle with cancer in 2021, collaborations with professionals like Baard Kolstad and Fredrik Nordstrøm added finesse to their sound.
Live performances feature a talented roster, enhancing the experience. PARACRONA's album release concert at Cosmopolite Scene in Oslo, featuring Blood Red Throne and Omnia Moritur, epitomized dedication to an unforgettable scene experience.
PARACRONA transcends being just a band; it's a collective embodiment of resilience, passion, and artistic innovation. Join their journey, witness their sonic tapestry, and immerse yourself in the power of their music.
6.4.2024News PARACRONATracklist
1. New Impurity
2. Carry the Cross
3. Thriller
4. Sun God
5. Mendacious
6. River of Pain
7. Therefore I Move the Time
8. Gates of Immortality
9. Reasons 

Line up:
Ringo Christiaan Van Droffelaar - vocals
Øystein Hansen - lead guitar
Audun Melby - rhythm guitar
Laszlo Juhos - drums
Gregg Roland Schneider - bass

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New Jersey-based doom project DRIFT INTO BLACK is set to release their fifth full-length album, VOICES BENEATH THE RUBBLE. This highly anticipated album follows the band's 2022 release, Earthtorn.
After two years dedicated to writing and recording, the band is ready to unveil their eagerly awaited new creation. This monumental offering serves as a concept album, showcasing the band's evolution as musicians and storytellers. With Voices Beneath the Rubble, DRIFT INTO BLACK delivers a sonic journey that traverses a range of emotions.
The band is celebrating their forthcoming magnum opus by sharing the captivating music video for the album's title track. Stream "Voices Beneath the Rubble" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=072Tuy1AhSA
The song is also streaming on Spotify and Apple Music.
Black Lion Records will release Voices Beneath the Rubble on June 28. Pre-order/pre-save the album at https://orcd.co/voices-beneath-the-rubble
Drawing inspiration from the likes of Candlemass, My Dying Bride, Paradise Lost, and Amorphis, DRIFT INTO BLACK's sound is a fusion of gothic doom, traditional heavy metal, and some progressive elements, all imbued with emotional depth. With Voices Beneath the Rubble, DRIFT INTO BLACK has created their most immersive album to date.
6.4.2024News DRIFT INTO BLACKTracklist:
1. The Horns of Despair
2. In Turmoil
3. The Great Machine
4. Voices Beneath the Rubble
5. Last Hope
6. Forever King
7. Blood Storm
8. What's Left In The Fire
9. Turning Of The Tide
10. December
Originally from Sayreville New Jersey, DRIFTED INTO BLACK started their journey into doom metal in 2018 as a one-man band masterminded by Craig Rossi (ex-Grey Skies Fallen). Bassist/guitarist Paul Laplaca and drummer Klemen Markelj joined as official members after the band's third release. With each release, DRIFT INTO BLACK continues to evolve sonically by touching on many different metal genres while still holding on to their doom roots.
DRIFT INTO BLACK is:
Craig Rossi–  Vocals, guitars, keyboards
Paul LaPlaca - Bass, guitars, keyboards
Klemen Markelj - Drums
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SHAMASH – “DONE WITH MISERY (NOS PERGAMOS IN DOMINE SALUTEUM)”
6.4.2024News ShamashLabel: Rottweiler Records
Release date: june 14th 2024

Genre: Melodic Death Metal/Metalcore
For fans of: Darkest Hour | In Flames | Shadows Fall | Dvne

The new album from Malaysia’s Shamash has been hovering on the horizon in tantalising fashion since late 2021. Whispers and rumours of its release have circulated on social media and several songs have dropped, heightening the anticipation for the album to nigh on unbearable levels for the band’s loyal fans. Well, now the interminable wait is nearly over and the follow up to the critically acclaimed Suffering Servant EP - described by HM Magazine as ‘a beautiful, melodic progressive metal record’ – is finally upon us! Featuring ten tracks of sublime melodic metal, that masterfully blend abrasive aggression and soaring melody with an array of imaginative, inventive musical influences, Done With Misery (Nos Pergamos In Domine Saluteum) is the proverbial gift that was well worth waiting for…
There are many bands on the modern metal scene that juxtapose shuddering heaviness and heart lifting melody, but few, if any, that do it in the utterly accomplished, breathtaking fashion of Shamash. From Done With Misery…’s first track, the triumphant metal anthem that is ‘Not By My Heart’, Shamash’s deft and dextrous weaving of musical elements is immediately apparent. And yet that outstanding opening barrage is just the first step on a path that is littered with sonic treasures, as Done With Misery… grows and develops with each passing minute, revealing more and more of the band’s adventurous song writing and passionate performances. The album’s title track is vibrant, infused with life and encompasses the overwhelming feeling that Shamash’s music is a bulwark against the trials and tribulations of life – that this band will walk with you through the darkness, holding your head up as the flood waters rise, stand with you, braced for impact, as each tragedy on our journey through this vale of tears hits. ‘The Missionary’ delivers full on metallic fury, with guest appearances from Pathos and Asaph of Symphony Of Heaven and Bryce Maopolski of Brotality, while single ‘Take Me As I Am’ ignites with a fantastic, driving rhythm that is instantly addictive. ‘In Memoriam’ blends power and aching melody in a manner that is simply beautiful and the dramatic concluding pairing of ‘War For Jerusalem’ and ‘The Return Of Al Masih’ bind their bludgeoning brutality in silver threads of exotic musicality and unfettered creativity. There are so many highlights on Done With Misery (Nos Pergamos In Domine Saluteum), so much to discover. This is an album of stunning scope and depth that unveils something new with each successive listen.
When Rottweiler Records release the glorious technicolour explosion of vivid, vital strength and defiance that is Done With Misery… on June 14th, complete with a vibrant, energised final mix and master, courtesy of Derek Corzine (Symphony Of Heaven, Testimony Of Apocalypse, Scarlet Oath etc) and some outstanding, evocative artwork, then every moment of the years of its creation will be justified. For those who find their way to its door, Done With Misery… will become a special album that will travel with them as the years pass. This is contemporary, melodic, aggressive metal at its very, very best.
Line-up:
Andre Chiang – Vocals/Guitar
Darren Teh – Vocals/Bass
Alexaander J. Martin – Lead Guitar

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In 2022 GUTRECTOMY released their latest album "MANIFESTATION OF HUMAN SUFFERING" via Blood Blast Distribution (Believe/Nuclear Blast) and Amputated Vein Records.

The sheer intensity and musical finesse of the album established the band as a
band as a permanent fixture in the scene.

They graced prestigious European stages and entertained audiences at festivals such as Summer Breeze Open Air, Party.San Metal Open Air and Deathfeast Open Air (all in Germany) and the Nice To Eat You Festival (Czech  Republic), Fall In The Brawl (UK) and the Herrie Festival (Netherlands).
Furthermore they have also played countless unforgettable gigs in clubs all over Europe, most recently with their successful "Echoes Of Brutality" headlining tour in January 2024. Gutrectomy's unstoppable energy and cross-genre virtuosity continue to cement their position a dominant force in the world of extreme music.
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DYING VICTIMS PRODUCTIONS is proud to present the highly anticipated sxith album of Germany’s LUCIFUGEHEXENSABBAT, on CD and vinyl LP formats.
6.4.2024News LUCIFUGESince 2016, LUCIFUGE have been steadily perfecting an addicting style of blackened speed metalpunk, all guided by the iron fist of mainman Equinox. Come 2021’s fourth full-length Infernal Power, Equinox expanded LUCIFUGE to a full lineup, and it paid off in spades: the band’s first album under the banner of DYING VICTIMS capped this signature sound with power and aplomb, exuding a new professionalism that somehow sounded dirtier than ever.
However, it was 2023’s Monoliths of Wrath where LUCIFUGE further spit-shined their sound and took it in a newer but no-less-parallel direction: classic, ripping-FAST thrash of ‘80s gods Sodom, Kreator, Exodus, and of course Slayer. Thankfully, LUCIFUGE keep that sonic shift going with their sixth full-length, Hexensabbat. Ditching more its predecessor’s complex song structures, Hexensabbat heaves toward the gates of Hell with a greasy gallop that brings back a bit of the black while honoring the nether-realms of still-stuck-in-the-‘80s thrash and speed metal. True, those aforementioned gods still hold a place in LUCIFUGE’s current sound, but more so can one detect the likes of Exciter, Razor, Iron Angel, and even later ‘80s Gang Green, the Exploited, and Crumbsuckers. Put another way, if Monoliths of Wrath was spiritually akin to a Combat Records release, then Hexensabbat would definitely come out on Combat Core, so straightforward and rancorous is its all-pistons-pumping surge. Plus, more than a bit of LUCIFUGE’s old-school grit is back in full force, which makes the album’s slightly melodic-yet-malevolent riffing sound majestic – and, most importantly, not render Hexensabbat a total retro retread.
Leaner, meaner, and keeping the 1987 faith alive, LUCIFUGE command you to honor the Hexensabbat!
Line-up:
Equinox - everything
From Bremen, Germany
Artwork: Kerbcrawlerghost
Release date: 24th May2024
Release info:
Regular edition on black vinyl, with noble embossed cover sleeve, insert, poster, sticker, postcard and download code.
Special edition on ultra clear vinyl, with noble embossed cover sleeve, insert, poster, sticker, postcard download code and patch.
CD edition with sticker, obi

www.dyingvictims.com
https://dyingvictimsproductions.bandcamp.com/

MOISSON LIVIDE - "SENT EMPÈRI GASCON"
Release date : 03 Mai 2024
Genre : True Gascon Heavy Black Metal
Origin : Gascony
Label: Antiq Label
Tracklist:
1 - La sèrp d’Isavit
2 - Sus l’arròda
3 - L’òmi xens passat
4 - Sent Empèri Gascon
5 - Passejada dolorosa
6 - A.C.A.B. (Armanhaqués Comandò Anti-Borgesòts)
7 - Caçaire d’eternitat
Duration: 44min20
MOISSON LIVIDE is a musical project from Gascony (South-west of France), blending Black, Folk, Heavy and Power Metal, created in 2022 by Darkagnan, aka Baptiste Labenne from the band Boisson Divine*.
An ideal son-in-law who took out the rubbish and said hello to the neighbours, he gradually turned to the dark side when Black Metal bands asked him to collaborate with them. His discovery of the French melodic Black Metal scene with its medieval tendencies (Véhémence, Aorlhac, Paydretz, Abduction...) ended up turning him completely inside out, so much so that his compositions naturally turned towards this style.
The result is an album called 'Sent Empèri Gascon' (Holy Gascon Empire), combining the aggression and harshness of Black Metal, the melodic quality and luminosity of Heavy/Power Metal and the folk touches of local instruments.
The long, epic tracks are never too scattered, thanks to solid structures and a cult for big choruses, despite the somewhat bizarre and contradictory musical elements (punk, military music, hunting music...).
Sung entirely in the Gascon language, the lyrics oscillate between reality and fiction, everyday life and old legends, the past and the future, the serious and the zany, with a strong rural flavour, reflecting the life and imagination of its author.
Halfway between Dissection and Rhapsody, on the road between Bas-Armagnac and Proxima Centauri, at the crossroads of medieval archaism and techno-modernist futurism, MOISSON LIVIDE is a project that condemns itself to divide listeners, in the purest Coubertin spirit, for the simple beauty of the gesture.
 "What are you saying? It's useless? I know it is! But you don't fight in the hope of success! No! No, it's much more beautiful when it's pointless! » Cyrano de Bergerac.
*Boisson Divine are a Heavy/Folk Metal band from Riscle (32400), who have released three albums to date.
Pre-orders: https://antiqofficial.bandcamp.com/album/sent-emp-ri-gascon

THE LIFTED VEIL – “GENOCIDAL BLISS OF HEAVEN”
6.4.2024News The Lifted VeilThe Lifted Veil emerged from the shadows of Mikkeli, Finland, in 2014, forging their path in the realm of Blackened Death metal. With a sonic arsenal that merges the ferocity of death metal with the obscure atmospheres of black metal, the band quickly gained recognition for their hauntingly intense sound.
Formed by a collective of musicians driven by a shared passion for the darker realms of metal, The Lifted Veil embarked on a journey to explore the boundaries of sonic extremity. Their music, characterized by blistering guitar riffs, relentless drumming, and guttural vocals, casts a haunting veil that transports listeners to the abyss.
As the years unfolded, The Lifted Veil honed their craft through numerous live performances and studio endeavors, solidifying their presence in the Finnish metal scene. Their lyrical themes delve into the macabre, weaving tales of existential dread, cosmic horror, and the shadows that dwell within the human psyche.
The band's discography, marked by albums such as "The Wicked Shall Inherit the Earth" and "Grand Design of the Apocalypse" showcases their evolution as artists pushing the boundaries of extreme metal. The Lifted Veil's commitment to atmospheric intricacies and unrelenting brutality has garnered them a dedicated fanbase both in Finland and beyond.
In the heart of Mikkeli, The Lifted Veil continues to be a force in the blackened death metal scene, with each performance an invocation of sonic darkness that leaves an indelible mark on those who dare to journey into their realm.
The bands are available for interviews. Need a Bandcamp code for past and future releases or got any questions just email me. Physical copies can be sent to selected few as they are limited releases. Full albums are linked in the post below. Thanks for your time.

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Los Angeles-based death metal squad MORTAL WOUND is set to unleash their debut full-length album, ANUS OF THE WORLD.
Dark Descent Records will release Anus of the World on CD, cassette and digital formats, with Me Saco un Ojo Records handling vinyl treatment and additional cassette orders.
The band is now streaming the album's opening track, "Found Dead in a Bush." Listen now at https://darkdescentrecords.bandcamp.com/album/the-anus-of-the-world
Pre-order Anus of the World at:
https://darkdescentrecords.bandcamp.com/album/the-anus-of-the-world
https://www.darkdescentrecords.com/shop/
https://www.mesacounojo.com/(vinyl orders)
6.4.2024News MORTAL WOUNDTracklisting:
1. Found Dead in a Bush
2. Tunnel Rat
3. The Surf is Gonna Be Bitchin'
4. Drug Filled Cadaver
5. One Who Kills & One Who Loves
6. Born Again Hard
7. Engulfed in Liquid Hellfire
8. The Worm Has Turned for You
9. Spirit of the Bayonet
10. Even the Jungle Wanted Him Dead
11. Royally Fucked Forever
Artwork for Anus of the World by *Karina* (@tatchupitchu).
From the start of the sampled introduction to the sadistic battering that follows, this record is a masterclass in well-produced Death Metal that reeks of the 90s brutality while keeping things totally organic. The first minute of this album will churn you into a slime-like ichor with its pulverizing intensity and crushingly tight instrumental hooks. These are topped with gargantuan vocals that will regurgitate any bone matter from your corpse. With a real void in the underground for bands such as this, it seems many are afraid to even try and give such an unforgiving take on extremity, or MORTAL WOUND intimidate the competition. With atmospherics but nothing short of total carnage at any given moment, you will constantly be in grotesque ecstasy at this abhorrent masterpiece.
This is one of those releases where any lover of Death Metal will definitely be satisfied. Unsavory soundscapes delivered with a totally incredible production showcases some of the best songwriting chops you will hear combined with an unfathomable lust for desecration of all things, living or dead. Monstrous grooves contort with a technical proficiency that is not a pretentious show of skill as much as sonic laceration fired forth with unmistakable excellence. Not only does this harken back to some of the genre's most punishing acts, Mortal Wound show they have more than enough personality and songwriting to stand on their own feet as one of the strongest death metal bands of the current day. Hammering furiously until the end, do you think you can withstand this record? Prove it, blast it at full volume and give yourself to this morbid offering…
Stream MORTAL WOUND's 2019 EP Forms of Unreasoning Fear and the band's 2021 split with Gutless on Spotify and Apple Music.
MORTAL WOUND is:
Sam Shriver - Giutar, Vocals and Samples.
Mathias Hofmeister - Bass
Peter King - Guitar
Devlin Baldwin - Drums
www.darkdescentrecords.com
www.mesacounojo.com
https://mortalwound.bandcamp.com/album/split-with-gutless

6.4.2024News HÄSSLIGWe’re proud to announce the May 2024 release of HÄSSLIG'S wretched debut full-length Disfigurement. A lurid audial assault conceived by enigmatic Spanish recluse D.B. (also mastermind of Negativa and Délirant), "APEX PREDATOR" vomits forth thirty six minutes of atavistic, demented and necrotic raw black metal/punk filth conjured through the eyes of all criminals, serial killers, and of the absolute scum of this earth. A sickening and cruelty-worshipping audial delirium inspired by iconic punk-infused black metal bands like Bone Awl and Ildjarn, with subtle touches of Oi! punk, hardcore and post-punk thrown in the mix to metastasize a disorienting and trance-like defilement of triumphant sonic squalor.
The nefarious debut offering has been introduced by the black metal specialized YouTube channel Transmissions From the Dark, who’ve premiered the second track from the album, “Slaves”, which can be witnessed https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZ-DbXTGbqY
"Apex Predator" is slated for worldwide release on LP, cassette and digital formats via Sentient Ruin on May 3 2024, and all formats can be now pre-ordered via all our channels.
Sincerely, Sentient Ruin
https://sentientruin.com/releases/hasslig-apex-predator
https://sentientruin.com/bands#/hasslig

Norwegian black psych metal act FURZE and the sole member behind the project, Woe J. Reaper, unleash Furze’s eighth album, “CAW ENTRANCE”. Under license to Devoted Art Propaganda, “Caw Entrance” is out now  in CD, LP, cassette and digital formats. The release is accompanied by a new T-shirt design.
 Stream the album: Bandcamp | Spotify and all other streaming platforms
6.4.2024News FURZE "Caw Entrance" marks Furze's eighth studio album and a continuation of the signature "Furze penetration" — a relentless assault of black metal fury intertwined with psychedelic exploration.  Woe J. Reaper, the band's mastermind, delivers his trademark shrieking vocals, weaving blasphemous poetry into a tapestry of sonic chaos.
"Caw Entrance" demands an immersive listening experience. Woe J. Reaper himself recommends diving into the album with a good pair of headphones, emphasising the intricate details woven into the left and right channels.
Furze was established in 1998 in Trondheim, Norway out of the dust of the Woe J. Reaper project. Under the Furze name, seven full-length albums were released: Trident Autocrat (2000, Apocalyptic Empire Records), Necromanzee Cogent (2003, Apocalyptic Empire Records), UTD (2007, Candlelight Records), Reaper Subconscious Guide (2010, Agonia Records), Psych Minus Space Control (2012, Fysisk Format), Baphomet Wade (2015, Freshtea) and The Presence… (2018, Polytriad Fingerprints). On top of that Furze/Woe J. Reaper’s discography also consists of multiple demos, EPs and compilations. The early demos were released in a time in the pre-2000s when there was little originality in black/old school metal – Furze is probably Norway's (or the underground in general) most influential music to arrive in the late 1990s/2000s when talking about black metal newcomers. Fenriz of Darkthrone fame praised Furze and even featured it as his “band of the week” and played tracks on his Fenriz Radio.

https://furze.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Furzebook
https://d-a-p.org/


CLEARxCUT
reveal third single "PUTREFACTION" from new album "AGE OF GRIEF" .Putrefaction is the 3rd and final pre-album single  from the band’s forthcoming new album Age of Grief, which is set to be released on April 26th!

CLEARxCUT is out there to spread the message of total liberation. (Former) Members of HEAVEN SHALL BURN, IMPLORE, and KING APATHY/THRÄNENKIND started this collective, because they are dedicated to the vegan straight edge (XVX) and want to confront listeners with inconvenient thruths and todays harsh reality. The German band addresses their songs and convictions to all people who are prepared to stand up for a better, fairer future - but especially to all anarchists, anti-fascists, feminists, primitivists and indigenous peoples of the world. Or to put it brief: to all defenders of our earth. The stylistic choice of means falls on metallic hardcore, which is rooted in a strong DIY ethic.
Having released their first two albums “For The Wild At Heart Kept In Cages” (2019) and “Songs of Desire Armed” (2022) for Catalyst X Records (Gather, Nueva Ethica, Abnegation, Birthright, Maroon, Point Of No Return, Forward To Eden), “Age Of Grief” now marks CLEARxCUTs debut for LIFEFORCE RECORDS. Started in the mid-1990ies as label with mainly vegan and straight edge bands, the German Label has an impressive history with XVX bands such as ARKANGEL, DAY OF SUFFERING, RANCOR, UNCONQUERED, UNBORN, FAULT, or DEADLOCK and THRÄNENKIND/ KING APATHY. Being a collective that is outspoken in its message and keeps the vegan straight edge banner high, CLEARxCUT continue this tradition.
6.4.2024News CLEARxCUT Also besides having switched their label, “Age Of Grief” marks a fresh start for CLEARxCUT. After a big shift in their ranks, before the global pandemic hit, the band moved from two (female) vocalists to one (male) frontman, Gabriel Dubko (former IMPLORE vocalist). This is accompanyed by a change of sound. On their third full lenght album, the German band is diving into the realms of metallic hardcore, leaving behind their early hardcore punk influences. Noone should be surprised by this move, as CLEARxCUT was conceived as a collective where members, names, or styles wouldn’t matter, but one and only the final goal of spreading a positive message in defense of animal rights and sober living. “Age Of Grief”, in this respect, is extremely consistent.

Tracklist :
The Seventh Seal  4:22
Burial Shroud  3:22
Against Leviathan  3:37
Unwritten  4:50
Collecting Scars  2:46
Privilege  2:16
Putrefaction  4:08
Ghosts of the Past  2:40
The Eternal Demise  2:08
https://clearxcutlfr.bandcamp.com/album/age-of-grief
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100062936964876

The new album from Canadian tech-death crew PROTOSEQUENCE is now streaming in its entirety. BESTIARY comes out Friday April 5 on Lacerated Enemy Records.

Get an early taste of this seven-track auditory expedition through the complex realms of technical death metal courtesy of Heavy Blog is Heavy.
Stream Bestiary now at:  https://www.heavyblogisheavy.com/2024/04/03/exclusive-premiere-protosequence/
The band's relentless pursuit of tech death excellence is evident in each track, with precision and dexterity that defy the constraints of traditional metal. From the mind-bending complexity of the instrumentation to the intricate interplay of melody and aggression, Bestiary stands as a testament to their mastery of the craft.
Order Bestiary at:
https://laceratedenemy.bigcartel.com/artist/protosequence
https://laceratedenemyrecords.bandcamp.com/
Hear more PROTOSEQUENCE on Spotify and Apple Music.
6.4.2024News PROTOSEQUENCEBestiary track listing
1. Sam
2. Baroness, Pt.1: A Falling Knife
3. Baroness, Pt.2: The Handles We Reach For
4. Imlerith
5. The Caveat
6. Neither Fair Nor Equal
7. Twelve Ropes
PROTOSEQUENCE is:
Josh Hahn - Vocals 
Dylan Parker - Guitar/ Vocals
Jacob Teeple - Bass 
Logan Vars - Drums 
https://www.facebook.com/laceratedenemyrecords
www.facebook.com/protosequence

BA’AL – “SOFT EYES”

6.4.2024News Ba'alLabel: Ripcord Records
Release date: may 3rd 2024
Genre: Blackened Post Metal
For fans of: Conjurer | Oathbreaker | Inter Arma | The Ocean
I surrender control and let my grip relax, my focus drift…and the darkness that hangs behind you, that surrounds your haunted face like a fractured halo, swims forward in my awareness. I see the movement in the overlapping shadows, the devils of memory that dance about you and plague you with whispered cruelties and lullabies of doubt. I see the margin walkers that carry your burdens like pilgrims on dusty, night time roads. I see the outliers who guard your dreams in the frayed places on the very edge of remembrance. I see what has shaped you and broken you, what has painted you in the colours of old blood and pain, when I gaze upon you with softer eyes...
Soft Eyes is a tome of stories, a path between shadows, the moment the sun slips below the horizon encapsulated in sound …it is the long awaited return of Ba’al. Nearly four years on from the release of their beautiful, gruelling debut album, Ellipsism, Sheffield’s darkest sons are ready to unveil their most powerful, emotive and inspiring work to date. Comprising of three gargantuan tracks that carry the listener through doors of perception, over seas of emotion to storm-ravaged, distant shores of revelation - Soft Eyes is an EP that can leave you changed by its visitation. The music exists in the twilight realms between definitions, where doom and sludge meet beneath the cold moon of ambient and noise, where gothic touches brush lightly against the skin of blackened post metal. Pulsing rhythms and fragile cascades of introspective melody collide with riffs like towering black stone monoliths and impassioned, agony-infused vocals howl like storms arising from the bleakest corners of the earth. All encompassing melancholy, scarring grief and a hollowing sense of loss swirl in a seemingly inescapable vortex of sound, yet, almost invisible, a pale grey light of hope flickers at the edge of the darkness… The breadth, depth and fierce intensity of Ba’al’s sound is breathtaking and Soft Eyes represents the perfect distillation of everything they have to offer. It is a sacrifice, an offering and between the raging walls of chaos, a silent assurance of understanding.
Recorded and mixed by Joe Clayton (Conjurer, Dawn Walker, Mountain Caller, Ithaca etc) at No Studio in Manchester and mastered by the in demand Brad Boatright (Kylesa, Vastum, Obituary, Night Demon etc) at Audiosiege, Soft Eyes sounds simply incredible; overwhelming, richly textured, crushingly heavy and wonderfully dynamic. The EP will hit the streets on May 3rd through Ba’al’s new label, Ripcord Records and the impact will be seismic. With Soft Eyes Ba’al have created a game changing record that will capture the hearts of all who wander into its dark embrace.
Line-up:
Joe Stamps - Vocals
Richard Spencer - Bass
Nick Gosling - Guitar
Chris Mole - Guitar
Luke Rutter - Drums
https://ripcordrecords.limitedrun.com
www.facebook.com/baalbanduk


On May 3rd, New York's IMPERIAL TRIUMPHANT will release a new version of 2018's "VILE LUXURY" - remixed & remastered by longtime contributor Colin Marston (Krallice,  Gorguts). Upon its initial release, the album set a new standard for the possibilities of extreme music; now, the trio returns with a fresh approach to this seminal record—often considered Imperial Triumphant at their most accessible—allowing stygian dimensions and monolithic intents to seep through.
Stream the new single here: https://ImperialTriumphant.lnk.to/VileLuxury-Redux1924Ne
Watch the visualizer video here: https://youtu.be/91fJUmRy3EQ
Zachary Ezrin (vocals, guitar) comments: "Cosmopolis, great melting pot. New York, the city of molten grandeur. Everything gold and grey, ash and emerald, eventually joins the giant crucible. All is sacrificed in the name of convenience. Wait in line and your turn will come. Welcome to the Cosmopolis."
Steve Blanco (bass, keyboards) adds: "In the symphony of steel and shadows, echoes of a silent voice transcend the Art Deco facade, revealing the intricate dance of evil, chaos, and order in the Cosmopolis." 
Since 2018, Imperial Triumphant has taken their signature sound, equally rooted in eclectic black metal, the most claustrophobic notions of free jazz, and the concept of urban cityscapes as canyons of horror, and cemented their status with tours alongside the likes of Behemoth, Zeal & Ardor, and Voivod.

https://www.facebook.com/imperialtriumphant

6.4.2024 News Skulldozer Death metal phenomenon SKULLDOZER presents the live video for the track "KINGDOM OSSUARIUM", taken from the band's album "NON STOP RUTHLESS CRUSHING" due for re-release on May 3rd, 2024 via Wormholedeath.

Shot during the chaos of the "Hell Awaits New Orleans Extreme Metal Fest" at Siberia on July 8th, 2023, this montage captures Skulldozer's live energy in all its glory. With Gene Broome from Spade Images behind the camera, expect nothing less than visual perfection.
Describing Skulldozer's sound as "Crushing Death Metal," the band's sonic identity is a mix of traditional death metal aesthetics and modern melodic sludge. Drawing inspiration from the titans of the genre, Skulldozer's music resonates with a primal intensity that leaves an indelible mark on the listener's psyche.
For fans of extreme metal, Skulldozer represents a beacon of unadulterated sonic brutality. Fans of Morbid Angel, Crowbar, Vader, Cannibal Corpse, Amon Amarth, Belphegor, and Frozen Soul are set to embrace the relentless fury of Skulldozer's auditory assault.
www.youtube.com/@deathbyskulldozer
www.facebook.com/xSKULLDOZERx

American theatrical symphonic extreme metal band SUMMONER'S CIRCLE has unveiled their latest single in the form of a hauntingly mesmerizing music video for the song "CULT OF THE DEAD SON."

Watch the official music video for “Cult Of The Dead Son” at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stwi2ahRa8A
SUMMONER'S CIRCLE has also joined forces with Sick Drummer Magazine for a play-through video of the album's first single, "Irreverence of the Cross." Watch drummer Brandin Henize shred through the track at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13uj61JA04M
Cult is a step away from the traditional cosmic horror themes of previous albums and stands as a reaction to the myriad vitriol the band has received from religious people over the past few years. It’s an indictment of religious groups and theocracies around the world and calls them all out for what they are - cults.
Cult is set for worldwide release on May 24 on Black Lion Records.
Pre-save/pre-order Cult at:
https://orcd.co/summoners-circle-cult
https://storeblacklion.bigcartel.com/category/summoner-s-circle
Stream previous SUMMONER'S CIRCLE releases on Spotify and Apple Music.
6.4.2024News SUMMONER'S CIRCLETracklist
1. Apostle's Dogma 
2. Cult Of The Dead 
3. Shroud Of Humanity 
4. Irreverence of the Cross 
5. Thirst of the Vulture 
6. Profit Of Death 
7. Dogmatic Defilings
Let The Summoning Begin…
SUMMONER'S CIRCLE is a six-piece theatrical metal band that blends elements of black, death, doom, and progressive metal into their own flavor of, what they refer to as, Epic metal. For the band, every song in an incantation, every live performance is a Summoning, and everything they do is tied intrinsically to the mythology they have created and continue to evolve.
The band recently concluded their first European tour, with tremendous fan response, as a part of Batushka’s 2023 European Pilgrimage tour along with blackened death metal legends HATE and Brazil’s Paradise in Flames. Always looking to spread the word and grow their fan base, upon
return to the US, they immediately hit the road again, concluding 2023 with more than 80 dates in 14 different countries.
Currently, The Summoners have wrapped up recording their third full-length album which will be released by Black Lion Records in May of 2024. The band is extremely excited to be working with Black Lion and intends to get back out on the road to support the new album as quickly as possible.
SUMMONER'S CIRCLE is:
Blind - Lead Vocals
Gog - Guitar
Omnus - Guitar
Y'takt - Bass and Vocals
Nadir - Keys/Synth and Vocals
Invictus – Drums
www.facebook.com/blacklionrecordsswe
https://www.facebook.com/summonerscircle

ANCST – “CULTURE OF BRUTALITY”
6.4.2024News ANCSTRelease date: may 3rd, 2024
With 12 years of mayhem under their belt, ANCST returns to the basics on their 4th album “CULTURE OF BRUTALITY”. While their last effort “Zorn” took them into trve black metal territory, “culture of brutality” strips that away and sucker punches you right in the throat with its very own brand of grindcore and death metal infused metallic HC, with pieces of crust, scramz and sludge thrown into the mix. 20 songs, delivered in under 34 minutes about gentrification, wage slavery & capitalism, sexism, mental health and the issues of modern western society. if its rage that you wanted, “culture of brutality” will deliver.

ANCST on tour:
01.03. - Peter Weiss Haus, Rostock, Germany
23.03. - AJZ, Erfurt, Germany
13.04. - Kombi, Nünchritz, Germany
26.04. - Rosenkeller, Jena, Germany
27.04. - Emil, Zittau, Germany
04.05. - Neue Zukunft, Berlin, Germany
08.05. - Goldgrube, Kassel, Germany
09.05. - Zeckentempel, Leipzig, Germany
10.05. - Immerhin, Würzburg, Germany
11.05. - AK40, Suhl, Germany
14.05. - EKH, Wien, Austria
15.05. - Dopamin, Budapest, Hungary
16.05. - AKC Attack, Zagreb, Croatia
17.05. - Astro Club, Fontanafredda, Italy
18.05. - Live Stage, Innsbruck, Austria
19.05. - Rössli Bar, Bern, Switzerland
21.05. - Ebrietas, Zürich, Switzerland
22.05. - Juha West, Stuttgart, Germany
23.05. - P8, Karlsruhe, Germany
24.05. - Halle am Rhein, Köln, Germany
25.05. - B58, Braunschweig, Germany
https://www.facebook.com/angstnoise/
 
Yonkers (NY) - Brutal Tech-Death stalwarts MALIGNANCY are set to unleash ...DISCONTINUED, their first full-length album in five years!
Toilet ov Hell has premiered the album's first single, "Purity of Purpose," which will be available April 5 on all digital platforms. Click below to stream "Purity of Purpose" now!  https://toiletovhell.com/premiere-malignancy-purity-of-purpose/
"Malignancy's new album, ...Discontinued, is a post-apocalyptic auditory assault on the listener from beginning to end. ...Discontinued captures all the ingredients of what makes a great extreme metal album. It's Thrashy, Grindy, Techy, and Brutal, all in one! Mixed and mastered by one of the best, Lasse Lammert (Abigail Williams, Raven, Alestorm, Acranius, among others), this is one for the books!"- Malignancy
...Discontinued will be released on CD, vinyl, and digital forms on June 14 via Willowtip Records. Album pre-orders will be available on April 5.
6.4.2024News MALIGNANCYTrack Listing:
1. Existential Dread
2. Binary Paradigm
3. Irradiated Miscreation
4. Purity of Purpose
5. Ancillary Biorhythms
6. Haunted Symmetry
7. Decomposing Divinity
8. Oppositional Defiance
9. Biological Absurdity
Album Credits:
Drums/Bass Tracking: Heaven and Heller Studios
Guitars Tracking: Tom Tulotta/Coney Productions
Vocals Tracking: Mike Usifer/Aural Assault Studio
Mixed/Mastered: Lasse Lammert/LSD-Studio/lasselammert.com
Music: Malignancy
Lyrics: Danny Nelson
Cover, Disc, and Tray Artwork: Tony Cosgrove / thehorrorsection_studio
Layout: Malignant Designs
Bass duties on ...Discontinued are by Jacob Schmidt of Defeated Sanity.
Line up:
Ron Kachnic - Guitars
Mike Heller - Drums
Danny Nelson - Vocals
Alex Webber - Bass*
*Jacob Schmidt (Defeated Sanity) played sesson bass on the album.
https://www.facebook.com/willowtip
https://www.facebook.com/MalignancyOfficial

(UN)WORTHY – “THIS PRESENT DARKNESS”
6.4.2024News (Un)WorthyLabel: Rottweiler Records
Release date: may 17th 2024
Genre: Deathcore
For fans of: Desolate Tomb | Osiah | Voluntary Mortification | Oceano
Hailing from Southern California, (Un)Worthy are a two piece band who summon up some of the heaviest and most uncompromising deathcore that has ever screamed out its rage at the world. Driven by their passionately held beliefs, vocalist Dennis and multi-instrumentalist Jordan have built their reputation upon releases like their 2021 debut album In The Face Of Death and 2023s monstrous EP, Where Light Divides - one of the fastest selling releases in label Rottweiler Records’ illustrious history! Now in 2024, those who thought they understood the magnitude of (Un)Worthy’s unflinching dedication and intensity, the extent of their devastating sonic fire power, are about to realise the error of their ways…
“Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani - my God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”- Mark 15:34
(Un)Worthy’s second album for Rottweiler Records, This Present Darkness, opens with first single, ‘Forsaken By God’ - and suffocating clouds of unnerving darkness gather like carrion crows, as the agonised words of Christ upon the cross are howled out in a desperate repeated mantra; the pressure building, the fear, the sense of disquiet constantly escalating, winding the nerves tighter and tighter before the punishing heaviness is unleashed in an all-consuming tidal wave of searing agony and despair. Blow after bone-breaking blow lands with bludgeoning force while an exotic melody winds its way through the darknesses in between. Complete with additional violent vocal exhortations from Voluntary Mortification’s Conner Luttig, ‘Forsaken By God’ flings wide the gates upon the implacable storm of brutality that is This Present Darkness. The light of salvation is hard to see as the seething sludge-ridden force of the album’s title track rains down upon you like burning magma, before the jagged leads of ‘Satan Whispers’ wound and scar. The moribund, mournful jeremiad of ‘Psalm Of Lament’ explodes into the absolute annihilation of ‘This Too Shall Pass’, featuring Holy Name guitarist Joe Holt and there is no respite as the album rampages on, no slackening in the fearsome pace or shattering heaviness…and when silence finally returns you will be left in a state of shock - stunned and brutalized. This Present Darkness sets new limits in terms of just how impactful and affecting deathcore can be.
Adorned in unsettling, monochromatic artwork - a vision of fear and solitude, a soul beset by nightmares - This Present Darkness will be released by Rottweiler Records on May 17th and nothing will stand in its way. A simply staggering collection of songs, steeped in atmosphere, built upon surging, rhythmic riffs and utterly colossal drums and shaped by a supremely caustic sound, This Present Darkness will smash through the opposition, tearing down boundaries and barricades, propelling the defiant deathcore of (Un)Worthy into the hearts and minds of advocates of absolute extremity worldwide.
Line-up:
Dennis - All Vocals
Jordan - All Instruments
https://www.rottweilerrecords.com/
https://www.facebook.com/unworthyband.ca


SAHON – „BLOOD SHALL BE PAID“

6.4.2024News SAHONSouth Korean thrash veterans SAHON, will be released their seventh LP Blood Shall Be Paid via the American label Brutal Records on March 8th, 2024
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Brutal Records is thrilled to announce their exciting new partnership with South Korea Thrash Metal group trio SAHON, signed a worldwide distribution deal for Digital and Physical with the label.
SAHON's upcoming album, "Blood Shall Be Paid" is a nine-track blitzkrieg of thrash metal that hits like a sonic avalanche. This album doesn't just start strong; it explodes with an unrelenting ferocity and a speed that feels like a sonic assault from start to finish. It's a relentless onslaught that showcases SAHON's mastery honed over decades. 
Prepare for an onslaught of unparalleled aggression as South Korean thrash metal trio SAHON unleash ‘Blood Shall Be Paid’, a relentless barrage of power that epitomizes the essence of thrash metal. The track explodes with the full-throttle fury of thrash, propelled by bone-crushing riffs and thunderous drumwork that harkens back to the old school metal roots. As the vocals unleash their savage fury, the music's brutality reaches unprecedented levels.
But that's just the beginning of the sonic assault: The scorching, swarm-like riffs, reminiscent of classic thrash metal, trade blows with pneumatic force, evoking an unhinged intensity that surges through the veins like wildfire.
And as if that wasn't enough, brace yourself for the solo—an unexpected delight that slithers and shrieks with demonic fervor, infused with hints of the band's Korean heritage. ‘Blood Shall Be Paid’ is not just a album—it's a declaration of war, a testament to the unyielding power of thrash metal in its most extreme form.
The Sahon trio:
Chang Myeong Lee: The merciless ax-wielder, unleashing sonic devastation through his guitar.
Kyoung Hong Kim: The thunderous force behind the kit, delivering bone-shattering beats with unrelenting ferocity.
Yong Ho Lee: The savage voice and driving bass, commanding authority with guttural roars and earth-shaking rhythms.
Unleashes their latest creation, "Blood Shall Be Paid." 
Single "Total Aggression"  https://orcd.co/brut89656s

https://linktr.ee/brutalrecords.official


6.4.2024News 72 Legions72 LEGIONS – „WHAT A GOD COULD BE”
What A God Could Be is the debut full length album from 72 Legions. 10 tracks of beautiful intensity and melodic death metal. From the crushing dissonance of "What a God Could Be" to black metal blast beats of "I am the Swarm" 72 Legions is able to put their own stamp on a brutal and classic death metal genre. What a God Could Be is a brilliant example for melting several styles of death metal, thrash metal, black metal into one cohesive auditory attack.
72 Legions is:
Dan Gates - vox
Curran Murphy - guitars
Robert Quade - guitars
Colton Zeitler - drums
https://www.facebook.com/72Legions

Florida melo-death act THE ABSENCErelease their self-titled album through Listenable Insanity Records and stream it in its entirety via Metal Injection. The feature can be found here: https://metalinjection.net/av/full-album-stream/the-absence-provides-your-melo-death-fix-with-their-new-self-titled-album?mibextid=NOb6eG
The album is available on all major platforms and the bands Bandcamp page.

https://theabsenceofficial.bandcamp.com/album/the-absence?mibextid=NOb6eG
https://www.facebook.com/theabsenceofficial?mibextid=ZbWKwL

ONCE UPON THE END – “ARCHIVE 200”
6.4.2024News ONCE UPON THE ENDLabel: Independent Release
Release date: april 5th 2024

Genre: Melodic Death Metal
For fans of: Arch Enemy | In Flames | Dark Tranquillity | Soilwork
“We knew the world would not be the same. A few people laughed, a few people cried, most people were silent.”– J. Robert Oppenheimer
They walk the wastelands of a world laid low by climate catastrophe, greed and humanity’s insatiable lust for power. Five bards of a dystopian near-future they carry their bandolier of songs through a broken landscape, bringing tales of hope, tragedy and dire lessons that must never be forgotten to the isolated and alone. And all of their ballads of an age forsaken, a once great civilisation brought down, begin with the same portentous words…Once Upon the End...
Hailing from Paris, the city of lights, Once Upon the End are a melodic death metal band that look beyond those fabled lights and into the hungry darkness that waits at the end of mankind’s calamitous path. Their songs are set in the last days of the world as we know it and in the shattered kingdom of nightmares that lies on the other side of our self-inflicted doom. Their impending EP, Archive 200, features a blend of new songs and past classics, completely re-worked and re-recorded with the stunning vocals of recent recruit Ezalyr. Ezalyr’s voice possesses a magnificent duality, blending towering melodic strength with a raw, impassioned, caustic rasp that rides upon the surging waves of power generated by the band’s momentous riffs. ‘We Are The Dead’ – an ode to the survivors of Once Upon the End’s conceptual apocalypse – is a perfect illustration of everything this exceptional band has to offer;  beginning with a haunting melodic introduction that explodes into a ravenous swarm of guitars. Elsewhere solos spiral into the heavens while a roaming bass presence weaves an underlying layer of sonorous, unspoken words. The drums provide an unflinching intensity and unstoppable momentum throughout every subtle shift in tempo and that fierce, blazing vocal seizes your attention in an unbreakable grip. Yet for all its magnificence ‘We Are The Dead’ does not stand alone on the landscape of ruin that is Archive 200 – ‘Dying Concrete’ bears witness to the collapse of human society with a fizzing energy and majestic choruses, ‘Moon Scavengers’ boasts some of the finest riffs you will ever hear as it shifts between moods and rhythms with an effortless, accomplished poise, while ‘The Old Ones’ provides a breathtaking, multi-faceted conclusion to a truly remarkable melodic death metal collection.
It’s been eight years since Once Upon the End began the exploration of their dark, fantastical world and the journey is becoming more enthralling and exciting with every release. Their 2021 debut album, The Next Chapter, was an impressive piece of work, but with Archive 200 this French band have really thrust their standard into the torn soil of the melodic death metal battlefield and issued a daunting challenge to all. Mastered by Frédéric Gervais (Pensées Nocturnes, Glorior Belli, In The Woods etc) Archive 200 sounds crisp and clear, yet richly textured, making the most of every nuance and detail in these fine songs. On April 5th step across the threshold into a chilling vision of the future and embrace the incredible song craft, musicianship and sheer power of Once Upon the End.
Line-up:
Ezalyr - Vocals
Groly - Bass
Loerk - Guitar
Koal – Guitar
Tentrom - Drums
www.facebook.com/Onceupontheend.Metalband/


Canada's blistering, serpentine three-piece ADVERSARIAL has announced its forthcoming third album, SOLITUDE WITH THE ETERNAL. The band's first album in nearly 10 years will be out May 31 on CD, vinyl, cassette, and digital formats via Dark Descent Records.
ADVERSARIAL has posted a stream of album track "Merging Within the Destroyer." Listen now at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEUk0oxq35M
Pre-order Solitude with the Eternal at:
https://darkdescentrecords.bandcamp.com/album/solitude-with-the-eternal
https://www.darkdescentrecords.com/shop/
6.4.2024News ADVERSARIALTracklisting:
1. Beware the Howling Darkness on Thine Left Shoulder
2. Hatred Kiln of Vengeance
3. Witness to the Eternal Light
4. Death is an Advisor in the Woods of the Devil
5. Crushed Into the Kingdom of Darkness
6. Merging Within the Destroyer
7. Fanes at the Engur
8. Endless Maze of Blackest Dominion
Artwork for Solitude with the Eternal was done by Nekronikon. The album was recorded and mixed by Vadim Balanyuk, and mastered by Damian Herring at Subterranean Watchtower Studios.
Razor sharp. Slithering. Dual chasms yawn. A Janus-faced entity blinks, looking back and forward through the uncanny gloom. Dual tongues chase each other, slithering past cavities in the broken teeth. Licking against the neck, pulling more offal toward the trough. Each face has a black hole in the iris of each eye. As photons evaporate against the retina on the other side of the event horizon, memory fades. A new knowledge, imbued from the excrement of microorganisms trickles through the throaty slough. Yes, we’ve been here before. Yes, we’ll be here again. 
The entity known as ADVERSARIAL has opened the portal to a timeless realm of suffocation and agony once more. As Leviathan doubles back on itself, sulfur rises from the point of crossing, a bouquet of putrid yolk. This foul chemical will sustain nigredo, as metal black as midnight is tempered under atom smashing might.
Stream previous ADVERSARIAL releases on Spotify and Apple Music.
ADVERSARIAL is:
M.M. - Bass
E.K. - Drums
C.S. - Guitars/Vocals
www.darkdescentrecords.com
https://www.facebook.com/AdversarialOfficial

Bulgarian/Guatemalan thrashers THREAT promote their debut album with “THE PATH OF EVIL” lyric video
Threat originated from a jam session between the drummer Aleksandar Georgiev and the guitarist Pablo Diaz, both of them were involved in other musical projects and dedicated the jam sessions to playing covers of bands they listen to.
It wasn't long until the need to write their own music arose and they began to write the band's first songs realizing that there were still elements that need to be added. They posted an ad on a Facebook page and began looking for a bass player and a singer. To this responded Bassist Borislav Tsankov who joined the band and added his own feel to the sound of the band. Still the band had no singer, and yet we were already writing lyrics. Using his past experience, Pablo Diaz then decided to give it a go learning the lyrics and developing the sound the band was pursuing.
Several shows followed, playing their debut at a club called "The Point", and immediately being contacted by local producers and club owners for upcoming events. The band continued writing songs and playing shows, recording four songs that would be published and released individually; Madhouse, Forced to Obey, Incineration and Warped Reality. 
Not long after that the band came in contact with Valentin Nikitov, an eager guitarist who wanted to not only join the ranks, but also develop the band's sound. Something that was more than welcomed by the other 3 members. This consolidated the 4 piece thrash metal machine you know today. 
It wasn't long before there were enough songs for a full length production, the album "Warped Reality" written in the context of self worth, determination and other related topics. Going to a Threat show is a sure good time and a quality show that will drive your senses to levels you haven't experienced before. 
In late 2023 there was a change in the lineup bringing Bassist Georgi Gerenov to the ranks. With his passion for groove, rhythm and fast riffs the band began a new era. They are THREAT, and they play Thrash!
https://www.facebook.com/ThreatThrash

Polish thrashers NEUTRINA release “FRESH FLESH” EP to the world . Were there awards for consistency, this Bydgoszcz-based band would be granted one for sure. Even working in remote countries hasn’t stopped them from finalizing their first official release. The EP “Fresh Flesh” was just released.
The band was formed in 2013 by the guitarists Miko and Zukier, who met on their way to Metalfest. Moraw sat behind the drums, and Spawacz grabbed the bass and microphone. With this lineup, the first single was released. After a short time they recorded an EP, which never saw daylight. They played a few concerts, visited a couple of cities, and in the meantime Eryk replaced Zukier, and Młody sat behind the drumkit. It stayed that way until the hell swallowed them up.
With the same lineup, they broke through the hordes of evil, screwed million of demons and returned to the world of the living. Their rage is reaching its peak, so they're eager to smash a few places where they can!
EP - Fresh Flesh
1. Dethocracy
2. Just Thrash
3. Fresh Flesh
4. IT
5. Neutrina (Bonus)
Recorded at YacobRecords Studio (NOT recommended though)
Line up :
Mateusz ,,Spawacz” Cieslik - vocals, bass
Miko Kuczynski - guitar
Eryk Borys - guitar
Damian ,,Młody" Czyżewski - drums
https://www.youtube.com/@NeutrinaOfficial
https://www.facebook.com/neutrina.band



NEWS 29.3 2024

NECHT und die Enthüllungen aus den "Enkari-B’ahn"-Schriften: Black Metal wird von Kriegern geschrieben!
Es ist unleugbar: Wir Menschen sind und waren von jeher getrieben von unserer eigenen Vorstellungskraft. Der eine stolpert in seiner Kindheit über ein altes Buch und bestreitet ab da sein Leben im Glauben an die Auferstehung eines auf grausame Weise Verblichenen, es entsteht White Metal als Bewegung. Der andere, genervt von den Lehren des Ersten, findet Zuflucht in deren Umkehr und trägt zum Fortbestand des Black Metal bei. 
Ein Dritter folgt dem verrückten Araber mit dem Necronomicon unterm Arm in die Berge des Wahnsinns, von wo aus er über den Herrn der Ringe lacht, der in seinem Audi Blind Guardian hört und Tolkien singt. Ja, wir Menschen – und ganz besonders wir Leseratten, Moviebuffs und Metalheads – sind schon ein kauziges, aber irgendwie auch geniales Völkchen.
29.3.2024 News NECHT Am schönsten wird unser Hobby jedoch immer dann, wenn inmitten einer der vielen kreativen Todesspiralen aus Aufgüssen und Franchise-Verlängerungen jemand einfach mal auf “Pause” drückt, um sich die Zeit für einen neuen Mythos zu nehmen. Und genau das geschah, als Ende 2022 drei kanadische Mucker begannen, sich aus der in ihrer post-pandemischen Selbstzerfleischung immer wahnsinniger werdenden Welt zurückzuziehen…
…und die nun vierköpfig als NECHT, genauer als Zenith Maharg und dessen Aszendanten Vlasfimos, Zhargor und Aemoh, wieder hervortreten, im Gepäck die bald erscheinende Langmeditation “THE PROPHECY OF KARNIFOR”.
Einen kleinen Einblick in das, was seitdem im Verborgenen geschah, gibt uns das befremdliche Quartett selbst: “Zenith Maharg und Ascendant Vlasfimos sind langjährige Weggefährten und hatten sich vorgenommen, ein Black-Metal-Projekt zu starten. Etwa zur gleichen Zeit stieß Zenith Maharg in einem Antiquariat in Calgary auf ein Exemplar der obskuren und umstrittenen Geschichte ‘Translating the Enkari-B'ahn Scrolls: Words from the People of the End Times’, geschrieben von der schwedischen Archäologin Dr. Birgitta Olsson auf Basis der Funde des Philosophen und Entdeckers Dr. Karl von Mecklenburg aus dem 19. Jhd. und veröffentlicht im Jahr 2015. Während er mehr über die faszinierende und weitgehend unbekannte Geschichte der Enkari las und lernte, wuchs der Entschluss, den NECHT-Tempel zu gründen, um unseren ältesten Vorfahren zu huldigen. Seitdem führen wir mit rasant wachsenden Teilnehmerzahlen öffentliche Rituale auf, bei denen – erleuchtet durch unsere vielschichtigen Sermone – immer mehr Menschen dem Kult des B’ahn, unseres Sonnengottes, beitreten.”
Eines der zentralen Themen in der Geschichte der Enkari war die gesellschaftliche Spaltung in zwei Stadtstaaten, Lashmir und Ishpan, die sich bis zum Ende der Aufzeichnungen in einem immerwährenden Krieg befanden. B’ahn war dabei der Gott der städtischen Krieger von Lashmir, denen auch NECHT sich zuordnen. Nun führen die Nachfahren der Lashmiren erstmals einen Sermon aus der schon am 17. Mai in voller Länge bereitgestellten Meditation “The Prophecy of Karnifor” im Rahmen einer visuellen Offenbarung auf – “For Violence Was Wrought Upon Me”:
Link zur visuellen Offenbarung auf YouTube: https://youtu.be/gB98By7Tavo
Zenith Maharg fasst die Geschichte des Sermons “For Violence Was Wrought Upon Me” für uns zusammen: “Im Kult hatte man keine Angst vor dem Tod. Vielmehr fürchtete man, zu den Gescheiterten zu gehören – zu den Kriegern, die so gebrochen waren, dass sie nicht mehr für B'ahn kämpfen konnten. Schwerverletzte Kultisten waren daher immer an vorderster Front im Kampf zu finden und strebten nach einem heiligen Ende. Dieser Sermon erzählt von einem alternden Kultisten, der sich an seine vielen Verletzungen erinnert, während er sich auf die dritte Belagerung von Ishpan vorbereitet.”
Meditation durch Repetition: Ziehe dir jetzt “For Violence Was Wrought Upon Me” als Opfergabe an B’ahn auf deine althistorische Spotify-Playlist oder folge der Künstlerseite direkt: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5Wb4y2UcuDY48xH8ftksFu 
Die Langmeditation “The Prophecy Of Karnifor” wird am 17. Mai 2024 enthüllt. Anhänger des Kultes und solche, die es werden wollen, können sie bereits heute hier vorbestellen: https://necht.bandcamp.com/album/the-prophecy-of-karnifor oder digital hier für später vormerken: https://show.co/acYyzxf.
Erfahre mehr über den Tempel der NECHT:
https://www.youtube.com/@NechtBlackMetal
https://necht.bandcamp.com/album/the-prophecy-of-karnifor
https://www.facebook.com/people/Necht/61550493020359/

PAINFUL – „NEFARIOUS MONARCHY“

29.3.2024 News PainfulNoch dieses Frühjahr soll es erscheinen, das neue Album der Black-/Death-Metaller PAINFUL, die 2024 ihr 20-jähriges Jubiläum feiern. Um den Fans die Wartezeit bis zu “Nefarious Monarchy” am 25. Mai noch etwas zu verkürzen, gibt es jetzt vorab eine weitere Albumsingle – diesmal zusammen mit einem Lyric-Video. Bekamen wir bei der ersten Single “Liberty (Dies)” mit dem schnellsten Song des Albums einen Rückgriff auf die Wurzeln der Band zu hören, präsentieren sich PAINFUL nun erneut schwarzmetallisch, wenn auch in einer eher getragenen, opulenteren Façon: “Remaining Shadows” ist eine wuchtige Mid-Tempo-Walze, die zuweilen an eines der großen frühen Vorbilder PAINFULS – SATYRICON – erinnert.
Der Song ist fest in den Kontext des Konzeptalbums eingebettet, das sich inhaltlich der düsteren Seite der Französischen Revolution und den menschlichen Abgründen widmet, die sich auch dort zeigten. So kam es in unmittelbarer Folge der Revolution zu kriegerischen Auseinandersetzungen Frankreichs mit mehreren Nachbarstaaten.
Was als Zeit der Koalitionskriege in die Geschichtsbücher einging, barg zwischen deren blutigen Zeilen unfassbares menschliches Leid.
Die Band selbst über “Remaining Shadows”: “Wir wollten das brutale und verheerende Gesicht des Krieges zeigen. Nach jedem Krieg, der ausgefochten wurde, bleibt Finsternis zurück. Wir sollten die Konsequenzen unseres Handelns nicht missachten.”
PAINFULs neues Album “Nefarious Monarchy” ist ab 25. Mai überall erhältlich und ab sofort hier vorbestellbar: https://linktr.ee/painfulmetalofficial.
Ein Pre-Save des Albums ist hier möglichhttps://orcd.co/painful
Über PAINFUL
Seit ihrer Gründung im Jahr 2004 stehen PAINFUL getreu ihrem eigenen Namen für rohen, blutigen Schmerz. Als dreckig-brutaler Bastard aus Black und Death Metal vor 20 Jahren vorgestellt, begann die Band schon sehr bald, die inhaltsgebende Melancholie der Abgründe zu etwas ganz Eigenem zu machen. So entstanden druckvolle Symphonien, mit denen sich PAINFUL auf unzähligen Gigs – darunter solche mit Acts wie Belphegor, Behemoth, Atrocity oder Amon Amarth, aber auch viele eigene Headliner-Shows – eine stetig wachsende Fangemeinde erspielen konnten.
Drei Alben später, und das vierte bereits im Ofen, konnten sie auch kultige Festivals wie etwa das MetalDays, Metalfest oder gar die 70000TONS OF METAL Cruise erfolgreich von der Checkliste streichen. Da wundert es nicht, dass auch die Genregröße Alexander Krull (ATROCITY, LEAVES EYES) aufmerksam wurde und nun bereits zum zweiten Mal in Folge die Produktion eines PAINFUL-Albums in einem der angesehen Mastersound Entertainment Studios übernahm.

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialPainful/

29.3.2024 News Festival Noctum InfernumNOCTUM INFERNUM FESTIVAL
9.+10. August 2024 „TV Club“ Leipzig
Andabata / Death Metal
Lunatic Man´s Dream / Thrash Metal
Totenlegion / Melodic Black Metal
July 15th / Melodic Groove Death Metal
LXO / Post Prog. Metal
Decreate / Modern Death Metal
Indeatherence / Melodic Death Metal
Oath of a Traitor / Death Metal
Psycrotted / Death - Thrash Metal
Mind Carnage / Death Metal
..... ( Headliner Fr.)
..... ( Headliner Sa)

https://www.facebook.com/events/1332501230769922

Norwegian gothic metal pioneers TRAIL OF TEARS are back after more than a decade of silence. Their triumphant return kicks off with the title track, "WINDS OF DISDAIN," from their upcoming EP of the same name, set for release on 24 May 2024 via The Circle Music.
Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StMyuCZI_L8
Grab the single via digital platforms:
 https://thecirclemusic.lnk.to/wod2024
29.3.2024 News TRAIL OF TEARSThe single "Winds of Disdain" is a powerful and emotional exploration of the frustrations and negativity that have gripped the world in recent years. The song channels the darkness of the pandemic and the bleak outlook of today's society, all delivered with Trail of Tears' signature dark gothic metal sound. 
The song features the haunting vocals of Ailyn Giménez García, formerly of symphonic metal band Sirenia. Alongside García's soaring voice, founding member Ronny Thorsen delivers his distinct growls. The rest of the band features a solid foundation with Runar Hansen on guitars, Nicolay Jørni Johnsen on guitars and programming, and Endre Moe on bass. This lineup promises to deliver Trail of Tears' signature brand of gothic metal with a fresh and dynamic sound.
"Winds of Disdain" marks the band's first release in over 10 years and signifies a new chapter for Trail of Tears. They have signed a multifaceted deal with The Circle Music, which will see the release of the "Winds of Disdain" EP, a full-length album, and vinyl reissues of all seven of their previous albums, starting with their iconic 1998 debut "Disclosure in Red."
“We are finally ready to share the results of our work since first announcing our return back in 2020,” says Ronny Thorsen, Trail of Tears founder and vocalist.  “We're excited to share our first new single and lyric video with you - and hopefully seeing you out there in concert, soon!”
Formed in 1997, Norwegian gothic metallers Trail of Tears quickly gained acclaim with their debut album "Disclosure in Red" and relentless touring alongside bands like Tristania and Cradle of Filth. Over the next decade, they released a string of successful albums, each showcasing their blend of dark melodies, soaring vocals, and heavy riffs. The band also saw lineup changes, with founding member Ronny Thorsen remaining a constant.
Despite critical and commercial success, Trail of Tears went on hiatus in 2013. However, 2020 saw a resurgence for the band. Thorsen spearheaded a reformation, bringing together both original members and long-time collaborators, completed by Ailyn Giménez García (Sirenia). 
Pre-order “Winds of Disdain”: https://bit.ly/TrailofTearsWindsofDisdain
Tracklist:
 
1. Winds of Disdain 
2. Take These Tears 
3. No Colours Left 
4. Blood Red Halo
Trail of Tears on “Winds of Disdain”: 
Ronny Thorsen - vocals
Ailyn Giménez García - vocals
Runar Hansen - guitars
Nicolay Jørni Johnsen - guitars and programming
Endre Moe - bass 
 “Winds of Disdain” artwork by Gogo Melone
https://thecirclemusic.gr/
https://www.facebook.com/trailoftearsofficial


Seattle (WA) - Melodic Death Metal quartet VERITERAS has released "CELESTIAL DARKNESS," the second single from forthcoming album, THE DARK HORIZON. Stream it at the following locations:

https://veriteras.bandcamp.com/track/celestial-darkness
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlaXS5T6poY
VERITERAS is set to release its sophomore full-length album, The Dark Horizon, on April 11.
"The Dark Horizon really leans in on our old school melodic death metal roots, and as a result has a more blackened melodic death metal sound compared to our previous release, Shadow of Death. There's more tremelo picking, more blast beats, but still holding on to a very melodic core. We're very happy with how the album ended up, and we grew a ton through the process. The songwriting is more mature, the lyrics are stronger because Sean wrote most of them instead of me, the musicianship is better, and the mix is fantastic. We're all super excited to be sharing this album with the world, and hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed making it!"- Santtu Winter (Veriteras)
In support of the album VERITERAS will be hitting the road with Finland's Event Relentless for the nine-city PNW U.S. Tour!"
29.3.2024 News VERITERASPre-order: https://veriteras.bandcamp.com/album/the-dark-horizon
Track Listing:
1 - Certainty
2 - Celestial Darkness
3 - Abyss
4 - Last Rites
5 - Sanctuary
6 - Manufactured Dreams
7 - Blinding
8 - Retrograde
9 - Light in the Darkness
Album Credits:
Music written and arranged by Santtu Winter and Veriteras. 
Songs "Retrograde" and "Blinding" written and arranged by Sean Osterberg and Santtu Winter.
Lyrics by Sean Osterberg and Santtu Winter. Bass written and recorded by Matthew Kirkwold at Meow Sounds. 
Solos written and recorded by Major Bruno (first solo on "Sanctuary"), Eligio Tapia (second solo on "Sanctuary"), and Adonis Reed-Boulos ("Blinding"). 
Vocals on "Light in the Darkness" by Maria Mannisto. Tambourine performed by Jeff Smith (bassist emeritus and first-chair tambourinist).
Recorded by Don Gunn at The Office Studio in Seattle in July 2023.
Mixed and Mastered by Dan Swanö at Unisound Studio in Germany between August and November 2023.
Album artwork by Sean Osterberg.
Bio:
Veriteras is an old-school melodic death metal band based in Seattle, Washington (U.S.). Formed in 2018, they are inspired by the Scandinavian melodic death scene (early-era In Flames, Dark Tranquillity, Kalmah, etc.), and strive to write heavy songs with powerful and memorable melodies. After releasing two EPs in 2020 (Banished) and 2021 (Citadel), they debuted their first LP Shadow of Death in 2022, and toured Finland in support of the album. Now they are proud to present their follow-up LP, The Dark Horizon, in April 2024.
Line-up:
Santtu Winter: Guitar
Sean Osterberg: Guitar and Vocals
Jason Gooselaw: Drums
Major Bruno: Bass
https://www.facebook.com/VeriterasMetal

29.3.2024 News TRAILS OF ANGUISHMontreal (QC) - Hessian Firm is proud to announce the May 17 release of Scathed Gaping Misery, a compilation of the only two EPs ever released from defunct Canadian Black Metal duo TRAILS OF ANGUISH. The compilation consists of all tracks from 2001's Relentless Abhorrence of Misery's Grievance and 2003's Scarred Memento.
FFO: Dawn, Dissection, Immortal, At the Gates, Satryicon
Scathed Gaping Misery is streaming in its entirety at: https://trailsofanguish.bandcamp.com/album/scathed-gaping-misery
The official video for album track "Spectral Life Scars" is available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99VJ0NeHM9A
While many black metal bands appear and disappear without ever recording a full length. Few ever come close to the quality offered by Trails of Anguish. Unrepentantly emotional and honest, but balanced by sheer aggression and belligerence against the world. Hessian Firm is extremely proud to share the entirety of this band's output on Scathed Gaping Misery. Trails of Anguish is a unique band that definitely deserves a listen.
Pre-order:
https://trailsofanguish.bandcamp.com/album/scathed-gaping-misery
https://hessianfirm.bigcartel.com/product/trails-of-anguish-scathed-gaping-misery-pre-order
Track Listing:
1. Beyond Charismatic Sickness
2. The Scythe Of Engrieved Melancholia
3. Laments of Martyrised Innocence
4. Reaping Life's Frailty
5. ...And Desolated Trails Of Anguish
6. Useless (The Final Soliloquy)
7. Haunting
8. Spectral Life Scars
9. Scathed, Gaping Misery
10. Rebirth
Album Art by Dischord
Line-Up:
Dischord: Guitars, Bass
Scythrawl: Drums, Vocals
Bio:
Formed in Quebec in 2000 by Dishcord and Scythrawl (Ether, Unquintessence) after the dissolution of their previous project, Through Sombre Sorrowfield, Trails of Anguish were an aggressive yet melodic black metal band that sought to express their emotions in the most cathartic way possible.
In 2001 the band released their first EP, Relentless Abhorrence of Misery's Grievance, before reissuing it in 2002 through Grind It! Records with the bonus song "Beyond Charismatic Sickness." During this period, Trails of Anguish were known across Quebec for their violent live shows and unique brand of brutal black metal.
In 2003 the band pressed 100 CDs for Scarred Memento,
with 50 sent out to various labels and 50 given out at shows to fans. While the future was looking bright for Trails of Anguish, the explosive energy that permeated throughout their live shows and studio sessions had fizzled out, so the band unceremoniously faded away. Twenty-one years later, the emotions of anger, misery, shame and reclusion have all been compiled under the name Scathed Gaping Misery.
https://linktr.ee/HessianFirm
https://linktr.ee/trailsofanguish

Finnish death metal trio INBORN TENDENCY has been working at a fast pace on new material and will release a new, even tighter and more tough provoking song on March 29th, which addresses the topic of domestic violence.
"This song really challenged us with it's content, but the theme deserves to be brought to light. Musically we are super pleased with the results!", comments the singer Ville Herranen.
The song has been developed in collaboration with producer Juho Koskinen (Fried Music), who was also responsible for the song's mixing and mastering. The cover art was created by Henri Tervapuro.
Listen to the single "DEATH DO US PART" on music services (Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, Tidal etc): https://push.fm/fl/inborntendency-ddup
Inborn Tendency is a Finnish death metal band hailing from the Savonian region, established in 2017 following the conclusion of its members' prior musical endeavors. Over recent years, the band has consistently released new material. However, their collaboration with producer Juho Koskinen on "Heritage" in the previous year marked a significant turning point, propelling them towards a broader audience and larger concert venues. The band strives to create high-quality, thought-provoking metal music distinguished by their unique sound.
Inborn Tendency is
Hugo Tiitinen, drums
Mika Hänninen, Guitar
Ville Herranen, Vocals

Credits
Mixing and mastering: Juho Koskinen
Artwork: Henri Tervapuro

https://lnk.bio/Inborntendency

ALKHEMIA – „ABRAXAS“
Alkhemia will captivate fans of Mgla, Groza, or Naglfar, merging heavy blast beats with infuriated, melodic, and harrowing guitar riffs.
Alkhemia is a French Black Metal entity crafted in Lille by James Spar, enriched with the prowess of "Le Prince" (En Finir) - Guitars, A.S.A (Azziard, Redsphere, ex The Negation...) - Bass, Marbas (Malcuidant, Nirnaeth, Lord Ketil...) - Guitars and Alex Josien - Drums.
The band's inaugural album “ABRAXAS”, recorded at the renowned Nebiros Studio and mastered at Studio La Crypte by Clément Flandrois,that will be released in March 2023 on Malpermesita Records, echoes with the oppressive modernity. It intertwines the theory of the two wolves and George Orwell's '1984'. “ABRAXAS”' addresses the contemporary vision of man and the most sinister industrialization.
https://www.malpermesita.com/


"You will be a snowflake that falls nowhere" . With these words, FALISTRA, Ada and Onanet, pay homage to the memory of a friend, Ida G., a free spirit who remains imprinted in their souls.
29.3.2024 News FALISTRA The video of the song "NEL CERULEO ABBRACCIO DEL CIELO (A IDA G.)" wants to make that memory unique by ensuring that the moments lived are always alive and magical.
It is available at https://youtu.be/SDCo_tC8f0Y
The song is taken from "DI LIMPIDE TEMPESTE", FALISTRA's first album released a few months ago on My Kingdom Music and still available at https://album.link/FALISTRA

FALISTRA's music is intimate and introspective, graced by heartfelt moody soundscapes, delicate flute melodies and female vocals and conceived as an artistic path through suffering and melancholy towards light and healing.
A mandatory listening for you who love the Art of Sopor Aeternus, Ataraxia, Monteverdi, Mortiis, Loreena McKennitt.
https://linktr.ee/mykingdommusic
https://www.facebook.com/falistra23

Sioux Falls (SD) - Death Metal trio SUFFER, in collaboration with Decibel Magazine, are proud to present the pre-release stream of new album, GRAND CANVAS OF THE AESTHETE! Stream it now, ahead of Friday's release at:
https://www.decibelmagazine.com/2024/03/27/full-album-stream-suffer-grand-canvas-of-the-aesthete/
29.3.2024 News SUFFERFFO: Carcass, Asphyx, Undeath, Immolation, and Exhumed
Suffer will release Grand Canvas of the Aesthete on CD, vinyl, and digital formats on March 29 via Wise Blood Records.
Back in 1989, Suffer formed at the dawn of death metal’s Midwestern rise. Teenagers at the time, they were one of the first extreme metal bands in South Dakota. In December, they closed 2023 with their first new music in eight years. Mere months later, they chase their Gristle, Bruised Spots & Trimmed Fat EP with a brutal and brilliant comeback record, Grand Canvas of the Aesthete.
“This new material is absolute proof that you don't have to “age out” of Death Metal,” comments vocalist/guitarist C.R. Petit. “Suffer was formed in 1989, and 2024 will mark 35 years for us. There is no doubt that this album is the absolute best material we have done together.”
“This is the first Suffer material that was not written by hashing things out in a rehearsal room as a group,” Petit adds. “There was far more scrutiny in riff, structure and transition as well as lyrics and production. We didn't settle for what was close. We all wanted this to surpass everything we have done in the past.”
Suffer’s collision of elevated gore and old school brutality will appeal to fans of Carcass, Asphyx, Exhumed, and Undeath. C.R. Petit and bassist Jason Ellsworth are also both members of Angerot (Redefining Darkness Records) as well as Empty Throne (Wise Blood Records). After releasing outstanding music from both of those bands the last few years, new music from Suffer was hopeful, but never guaranteed.
“To be honest, I really didn't think we would [release another album],” Petit admits. “Most of us have moved on with other bands and projects, family and careers. But, there is something incredibly special to each of us when it comes to Suffer. Something that makes it nearly impossible to just walk away from.”
“Initially, it was preconceived that this was the swan song,” Petit reveals. “We wanted to have one last chance to make a Suffer album that sounded the way every Suffer recording should have sounded. But, this entire process has been absolutely fantastic and I am not sure that we could simply walk away. I am pretty sure that we all have more Suffer in the tank.”
Pre-order: https://suffersd.bandcamp.com/album/grand-canvas-of-the-aesthete
Track Listing:
1. Grand Canvas Of The Aesthete
2. Ashened Frolic; The Exquisite Promenade
3. Plentiful • Copious • Bountiful
4. Inhalent Caustic Foray
5. The Fetching Cranley Gardens
6. Carnal Flesh Parade
7. Pernicious Precarious Mess
8. Human Primal Cuts
Album Credits:
All songs written by C.R. Petit & J. Aeschliman
All lyrics by C.R. Petit
Recorded at Underground Sound by Eddie G
Mixed and Mastered by Andreas Linnemann at Hop House Studio
Art layout by Carrion Design
Suffer is:
C.R. Petit - Vocals & Guitar
Justin Aeschliman - Guitar
Jason Ellsworth - Bass0
Daron Petit - Lead Guitar
Rene Gerbrandij - Drums
https://suffersd.bandcamp.com/album/grand-canvas-of-the-aesthete
https://www.facebook.com/SufferSD/


On the eve of their sophomore album's release, Vorga have released their professionally shot official video via the Transcending Obscurity channel which can be found AT THIS LINK. 'Beyond the Palest Star' has already received a slew of outstanding reviews, some of which can be found below. Please don't miss out on this album which is already being hailed as among the best this year! 

VORGA – “BEYOND THE PALEST STAR”
29.3.2024 News VORGAFor fans of: Imperialist, Dissection, Vektor, Emperor, Satyricon, Mare Cognitum
Scaling astronomical heights with their previous full length, sci-fi themed black metal band Vorga return with another illuminating album. The German band, wiser from their experiences, have adopted a more direct approach with a sound that is comparatively more stripped down but its emotive appeal and stirring quality has only been enhanced. In addition to being far more nuanced, the songs are beautifully structured too, each narrating its own otherworldly tale. Finding better expression, the music is more relatable and heartfelt than ever before, with the numerous glistening melodies lingering on for much longer than expected. The music almost has a gentle, haunting quality to it. The band understands that when the music is so emotionally rich and evocative, the expression need not be forceful anymore. There's pure understated elegance on display here which is unparalleled; it's sheer class. Vorga have fully mastered their art on this release and multiple listens will only attest to the fact that they've come up with yet another gem of an album.
Album line up
Atlas - Rhythm Guitar
Спейса - Lead Guitar, Bass + Vocals
Hymir - Drums
Artwork by Adam Burke (Imperialist)

Track listing:
1. Voideath
2. The Sophist
3. Magical Thinking
4. The Cataclysm
5. Tragic Humanity
6. Fractal Cascade
7. Terminal
Official release date - March 29th, 2024

Thank you so much for your time! Kunal Choksi Label owner Transcending Obscurity Mumbai, India
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Portuguese symphonic metal band ENCHANTYA released their third studio album CERBERUS earlier last year via Finnish record label Inverse Records. To celebrate the success they're now releasing the whole album as Orchestral version. The release date for 'Symphony of Cerberus' album is set to be 26th April 2024.  
The first single Rising Star (Orchestral version) is released today and the music video is available here: https://youtu.be/9VzdKW4zMzk
29.3.2024 News EnchantyaPedro Antunes comments: 
" “Cerberus” was EnChanTya’s most symphonic and bombastic album to date. When people’s reactions to this direction of the band were so positive and gave us the honor of receiving the Album of the Year award by the most famous Metal Magazine in our country, Caminhos Metalicos, we decided to strip the songs down to its orchestral elements and give ourselves and our listeners a sister version of them, a more classical and symphonic approach to the world we explored in “Cerberus”. It is a celebration of the album’s success and also a more experimental vision like the band has always been happy to take.
 We found that “Rising Star” should be the first gateway into this new project because of its cosmic and relaxing nature, standing in contrast to the heaviness of the original song, which represents  the vision for this side-album so well.

 We hope that you enjoy this take on “Rising Star”, and that it entices you to check out “Symphony of Cerberus” on April 26th!" 
Listen Rising Star (Orchestral version) on streaming services: https://push.fm/fl/enchantya-rising-star 
Biography:
Enchantya was born in 2004 when vocalist Rute Fevereiro took a break from her classic band Black Widows and started exploring music for a new project. In 2005, the band recorded their first EP, Moonlighting the Dreamer, out in 2006. Having witnessed a great reception, the band started to work on their first album, releasing 'Dark Rising’ through Massacre Records in 2012 to very positive reviews. After some time touring and promoting the album,the band began composing. However, artistic and creative differences about the new music's direction and sound would lead to the departure of members and the band split up.
Rute was alone with her project again and having to start all over. Fortunately, this did not stop Rute's motivation and a few months later, by March of 2016, she had chosen a whole new team of talented musicians to take Enchantya through the next step. After a year of rehearsing with amazing creative chemistry, the band created "On Light and Wrath" , Enchantya’s second album. Like in their debut album, the band booked a few months of studio recordings in 2018 with Fernando Matias at the Pentagon Audio Manufacturers, to bring the new album to life with eleven tracks, entitled "On Light and Wrath" , also taking one step further by adding violin, a whole choir of singers and the guest appearance of the vocalist from D E S I R E , Nuno Caldas, creating a very refreshed and even more epic sound for the band. Finnish label Inverse Records released Enchantya’s album in 2019.
In the middle of their second album's promo tour, the pandemic hit and the band spent the following two years composing and recording their new opus in the midst of all the chaos. The result was the band's third album "CERBERUS", a heavy and symphonic effort born of the songwriting through the world's conflicted times, and also Enchantya's most ambitious record to date. "Cerberus" was out on April 28th of 2023 to critical acclaim, considered Portugal's best metal album of the year, and nominating Enchantya for the Adamastor Award for best portuguese bands of 2023, alongside Moonspell and Seventh Storm. 
Celebrating the success of "Cerberus", before all the awards the band was already preparing to announce "Symphony of Cerberus", the orchestral version of their acclaimed album. Now, on April 26th 2024, marking a year after the release of "Cerberus", Enchantya will release  "Symphony of Cerberus", consisting of the 12 original tracks revamped for orchestra and choir, allowing the symphonic parts of "Cerberus" to shine and be heard in all its glory, with a few surprises including solo violins arranged and performed by violinist and composer Miguel Berkemeier, who has been accompanying the band on live shows throughout this era's tour.  

Line-Up:
Rute Fevereiro: Singing and Growls
Fernando Campos: Lead Guitar
Fernando Barroso: Bass
Pedro Antunes: Piano, Keys and Orchestration
Bruno Guilherme: Drums
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UNEXTINCT, the latest full-length album from HIDEOUS DIVINITY, is out now! Situated in Rome and comprised of members from Aborted, Hideous Divinity sound is firmly grounded in the old school yet possesses technical elements, coupled with a touch of blackened atmosphere.
Their newest visual offering for More Than Many, Never One explores the schism of blood, the mocking of the infinite number, and the embodiment of crime.
The video (produced by Dema Novakova) can be watched here: https://youtu.be/4UcO2yPGVI0
Stream Unextinct here: https://HideousDivinity.lnk.to/UnextinctNe
Hideous Divinity comments on the new video: "Everything you see in this video is real. Made with chemistry, physics and blood by Dema Novakova at Eclypso Studio. No Artificial intelligence, no bullshit."
They also add to the album release: Unextinct  sets a new milestone for Hideous Divinity, another step towards musical unspoken terror and frenzy. Every song has become a world with its own dissonances and rules made to be broken. The soundtrack of a shipwreck with the best sound production we've ever had: our brother Stefano "Saul" Morabito at 16th Cellar Studios really outdid himself."
29.3.2024 News HIDEOUS DIVINITYTracklist:
1. Dust Settles on Humanity
2. The Numinous One
3. Against the Sovereignty of Mankind
4. Atto Quarto: The Horror Paradox
5. Quasi-Sentient
6. Hair, Dirt, Mud
7. More Than Many, Never One 
8. Der Verlorene Sohn
9. Mysterium Tremendum
10. Leben Ohne Feuer
The album is available in the following versions:
Ltd. CD Digipak
Ltd. CD Jewelcase (US Edition)
Ltd. Gatefold Transparent Sun Yellow 1LP 180g Vinyl – Limited to only 1200 copies worldwide
Digital Album
Stream the new album now! https://HideousDivinity.lnk.to/UnextinctNe

FINAL CRY – “ZOMBIQUE”
Re-Release: 25. April 2024
The reissue of the completely sold-out 2018 album by the german melodic death/thrashers. With "Zombique", the band made an impressive comeback after 11 years of silence and released the rawest and heaviest album in their history to date. The album is characterized by the deep growls (rather unusual for Final Cry up to this point) by guitarrist Eiko which contributes a lot to the fact that the content concept, which revolves around voodoo cults and zombie stories among the Caribbean slaves with partly historically documented protagonists and their influence up to the Haitian revolution, also unfolds musically in full brutality.
"Zombique" was a prime example of how a band should come back after a long break: With a punch right in the face! 
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Operatic black metal rising stars FOLTERKAMMER have unveiled an in-studio performance video for their brand new song, ALGOLAGNIA.
The clip showcases the searing and remarkable talents of each member, while also giving a glimpse of guitarist Zac Ezrin's (IMPERIAL TRIUMPHANT) versatility as a guitarist as he displays his chops with some straight-forward black metal riffing! The clip was once again created by Folterkammer drummer Brendan McGowan and can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8NptaSUhus
29.3.2024 News FOLTERKAMMER The song is taken from the band's sophomore full-length, WEIBERMACHT, which is due on April 19, 2024.
Pre-order your copy of the album here: https://Folterkammer.lnk.to/WeibermachtNe
Guitarist Zachary Ezrin comments, "Algolagnia is a special song because it's the first and only song that we wrote together in the studio. It's a really raw and brutal piece that I'm very proud of."
Bassist Laurent David adds, “Finally, a black metal track that starts with a bassline!”
Vocalist Andromeda Anarchia further explains, "Musically, I would say that despite all its rawness, this piece also has a somewhat modern character. It is very unusual. This contrasts with the more traditional, dramatic-romantic operatic singing that floats over the raw music at certain points. My main inspirations for interpreting Algolagnia as a singer were Rob Halford, Nina Hagen, Nova Twins, and Joan Sutherland.
“When it comes to lyrics, one of the main inspirations for 'Algolagnia' was the opera ELEKTRA by Richard Strauss, which is one of my all-time favorite operas. It portrays strong women with strong voices, and that's exactly what I want for our music. For Algolagnia, I paraphrase a passage of the aria: 'Wie stark bist du!' ('How strong you are!'). (A personal note: This opera is so bloody and brutal, a must-see for all metal fans who want to venture into the world of opera. It's heavy! You shouldn't expect overly romantic melodies and sweet voices in this opera; it is written for women with strong voices from the so-called dramatic vocal fach. It's incredibly demanding to sing! Badass!) 
"In addition, I also paraphrase a passage from a spicy comic-mythological operetta called 'DIE SCHÖNE GALATHEE' ('The Beautiful Galatea') by the Austrian composer Franz von Suppé. The operetta is about the beautiful nymph Galathee, who, to Pygmalion's dismay, turns out to be a very capricious lady. This theme also plays wonderfully into our hands when it comes to the concept of 'Weibermacht' (the term that refers to an art and cultural-historical motif that describes the triumph of erotic, cunning and/or brutal women over powerful, strong, and wise men).
"'Algolagnia,' from Greek /ælɡəˈlæɡniə/: ἄλγος, álgos, 'pain,' λαγνεία, lagneía, 'pleasure.' Lyrically, as the song title suggests, it is about the phenomenon of sexual pleasure and stimulation through physical pain. The woman depicted in the song is the source of pleasurable pain, described as a kind of sun, warming, life-giving and sustaining, but also dangerous, life-threatening hot if you get too close to her. The descriptions are based on the legend of Icarus and the sun."
'Weibermacht' serves as a counterpart to the band's 2020 debut, 'Die Lederpredigt.' The new record is another searing blend of modern black metal and classical music elements, lending to its Avant Garde sound. The music itself is elevated by frontwoman and vocalist Andromeda Anarchia's dynamic vocal work as she juxtaposes her classical training as an opera singer with her hellfire screams, summoning a maelstrom of ethereal chaos.
Stream the new single now! https://folterkammer.lnk.to/WeibermachtNe

Costa Rican industrial black metal project DUSK announces the impending release of INDUSTRIE. The band's newest album is comprised of six conceptually linked chapters and ends with a scathing revisioning of Mahyem's "Freezing Moon."
DUSK has launched a stream of the album's first single "INDUSTRIE II." The song is a mechanized black metal anthem which transitions from a post-apocalyptic burial doom into a war blackened chaos. Listen now at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSQ_2BgbNOM
Industrie is set for release on May 31.
Industrie brings a new concept never explored by the band, this forthcoming release is more experimental and way more digestive than the previous releases, incorporating some groove-paced riffs into the grisly aggression and the apocalyptic landscapes.
29.3.2024 News DUSKTracklisting:
1) Industrie I
2) Industrie II
3) Industrie III
4) Industrie IV
5) Industrie V
6) Industrie VI
7) Freezing Moon
Stream previous DUSK releases at https://duskvt.bandcamp.com/
DUSK is an atmospheric industrial black metal project formed as an official band in 2016 in San Jose, Costa Rica.
DUSK is known to incorporate industrial with some atmospheric black metal overtones. The overall sound approaches a mixture of hard bass with dark landscapes, full of relenting uncaring pounding blast beats and slow, powerful doom patterns, mixed with inhuman growling vocals and modern electronic influences. The band shared the stage with Samael in Costa Rica during their 2019 Latin American Tour.
DUSK is:
Dusk - programming synthesizers and effects
Shaman - vocals
Implacable - guitar
Pàlak - bass
https://linktr.ee/dusk27

Since their formation in early 2013, BEWITCHER has seen their signature “Black Magick Metal” sound go from humble beginnings to new heights of creativity and wild anthemic fervor. A small collection of long out-of-print demo tapes kicked off what has proven to be an enduring line of ripping studio albums, singles and EPs.
BEWITCHER proudly present the Official Music Video for Our Lady Of Speed (directed and edited by Nate Souza), taken from their latest release, DEEP CUTS & SHALLOW GRAVES: TEN YEARS OF BLACK LEATHER, BLACK MAGIC & WHITE HOT FUCKING STEEL.
Shot in front of a SOLD OUT hometown crowd, Our Lady of Speed captures the raw energy and unholy rock fury one can expect from a Bewitcher performance: https://youtu.be/Q_bWVn8ZlFI 
29.3.2024 News BEWITCHER A. Magus (bass guitar & backing vox) adds: “Have ya missed us yet? After taking a much needed break, we're fucking stoked to return from crypt and lay waste to the stages of Europe and North America this spring. We've been sharpening our knives and preparing a very special evening for those in attendance...see you all very soon."
BEWITCHER have become notorious as one of the hardest working touring acts around, bringing their volcanic, high energy stage shows to every corner of North America and parts abroad.
Now, as the band reaches another crucial milestone, they are taking a moment to look back on a decade of diabolic speed and sorcery. Their latest offering, Deep Cuts & Shallow Graves: Ten Years of Black Leather, Black Magic & White Hot Fucking Steel, is a massive 17-track compilation of BEWITCHER’s original demo recordings and rare and previously unreleased material that was all remastered, as well as two brand new studio tracks.
Released on November 17th  in all formats including a stacked double LP version, it is an homage and testament to the history of a new rising force in the heavy metal universe.
Watch the new music video now!  https://Bewitcher.lnk.to/DeepCutsAndShallowGravesNe


NEWS 23.3 2024

CHOTZÄ – “PÄCHSCHWARZ”
23.3.2024News CHOTZÄGenre: Black 'n' Roll
Label: Folter Records
Vertrieb: Alive
VÖ: 29.04.2024
CHOTZÄ, die Formation aus Bern, der Bundesstadt der Schweiz, ist längst kein unbeschriebenes Blatt mehr, wenn es darum geht, ranzigen und treibenden Black 'n' Roll zu produzieren. Wir von Folter Records haben die Ehre, "Pächschwarz", das 4. Album der Berner, präsentieren zu können.
Wer sich in den letzten Jahren bereits mit der Formation rund um Frontmann Szivilizs auseinandergesetzt hat, weiß, dass CHOTZÄ sich über ihre bisherigen drei Alben hinweg von einer anfangs rumplig-aggressive Gassenhauer fabrizierenden Black-Metal-Band mit Punk-Einflüssen ("Plump u Primitiv", 2014 und 2021) zu einer technisch versierten und durchweg komplex strukturierten Band entwickelt haben ("Tüüfuswärk", 2020).
Nun erscheint mit einem Abstand von gut 4 Jahren zu "Tüüfuswärk" ihr nächster Kotzbrocken, welcher sich stark an die Songstrukturen von "Plump u Primitiv" anlehnt, dessen neu eingespielte Version ebenfalls bei Folter Records im Jahre 2021 erschien.
Fans der Band dürfen also gespannt sein, welche Mitgrölhymnen CHOTZÄ für sie auf ihrem Neuling bereithalten. Doch CHOTZÄ wäre nicht die Band, die sie ist, wenn nicht auch "Pächschwarz" eine beeindruckende Entwicklung ihrer Musik dokumentieren würde ...
Wer sich erneut in die düsteren Ecken Berns versetzen lassen möchte und sich von Szivilizs wie gewohnt im Berner Dialekt ins Gesicht spucken lassen will, der sollte sich auf jeden Fall den Termin der Veröffentlichung fett in die Agenda schreiben.
Das Album wurde in den Iguana Studios von Christoph Brandes gemixt und gemastert, welcher der Truppe einen durchaus passenden Sound für ihr aktuelles Album verpasst hat.
"Pächschwarz" erscheint als CD- und Vinyl-Version bei Folter Records und ist auch auf allen gängigen Streaming-Portalen erhältlich.
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23.3.2024News Factory of artLiebe Freunde & Medienpartner, nach etwa anderthalb Jahren ist unser neues Opus Magnum tatsächlich so gut wie fertig und wir wollen euch unser neues Album „BACK TO LIFE“ auf unserer Record Release Party am Donnerstag, den 06.06.2024 ab 19.00 Uhr standesgemäß im Hellraiser Leipzig in einer exklusiven und aufwändigen Show präsentieren.
Neben uns werden unter anderem AMARCORD auf der Bühne stehen, welche zwei Songs des neuen Albums mit uns performen werden!
Pre-Order Tickets: https://factory-of-art.band/shop/ticket-foa-back-to-life
Pre-Order CD: https://factory-of-art.band/shop/cd-foa-back-to-life
Am 07.06.2024 fahren wir dann nach Berlin zum  METAL GODs V OPEN AIR 2024
Abonniert bitte unsere Kanäle unten, um auf dem Laufenden zu bleiben und um uns zu unterstützen, vielen Dank!
Metallische Grüße, Factory of Art

MANUS MORTIS
, das Death Metal Urgestein aus Backnang, macht seit über 20 Jahren die Bühnen dieser Welt unsicher. Im Zyklus ihrer Veröffentlichungen ist das neue Album „SHORES OF HELL“ (Vö: 23.03.2024) ein weiterer Meilenstein, der jeden old school Fan umhauen wird.
„Shores of hell“ wurde live aufgenommen und quasi in Echtzeit auf Vinyl geschnitten.  
Das ist Death Metal in seiner reinsten und brutalsten Form. Fernab vom Mainstream, wurde auf dem Album alles darangesetzt, so authentisch wie möglich zu klingen.
Wer MANUS MORTIS live kennt, wird dieses Album lieben. Und noch besser - mit „Shores of hell“ holt man sich ein Livekonzert der Band in Studioqualität direkt ins Wohnzimmer!
Die erste Single „Dark corners“ gibt es hier zu hören: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xnywint75ts
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Announcing the Resounding Return Melodic Death Band SCREAMS OF TRANQUILITY: Brace for Impact with 'WHISPERS UNFOLD'!
Driven by unwavering passion and honed in the serenity of the alpine wilderness, Marc Pro, the mastermind behind Screams Of Tranquility, returns with yet another seismic creation!
"Whispers Unfold" offers a tantalizing preview of the forthcoming album. Unlike previous releases, this track dispenses with pretense. It immerses you in a relentless tempest of thunderous drums, blistering guitars, and leads that cut through like the harsh truths of existence. And let's not forget Marc's fierce vocals, channeling raw emotion and fury like a symphony of anger.
While Marc charts new territories with Screams Of Tranquility, he remains true to his core vision. His signature dramatic flair and infectious orchestrations, meticulously crafted in his own studio to industry-leading standards, remain unmistakable.
Biography
"Screams Of Tranquility" stands as the dynamic brainchild led by the gifted Marc P. Prohaska, a 29-year-old musician based in the idyllic foothills of the Austrian Alps in Upper Austria. This captivating project delves deep into the narratives of a society marred by excess, laying bare its hypocrisies, collective folly, and the gradual erosion of humanity.
Marc's musical palette is a vibrant fusion of influences, melding Scandinavian melodic death, American thrash, and hints of black metal. With deft craftsmanship, he intertwines pulsating rhythms and intricate orchestrations, weaving a spellbinding tapestry of sound.
From his beginnings as a musician at the age of 18, Marc has explored diverse musical avenues, ranging from pop-punk to rock and metal cover bands. However, it was through the emergence of Screams Of Tranquility that his artistic vision truly blossomed. In 2019, Marc graduated as a recording, mixing, and mastering engineer from HOFA College, now operating his own successful mixing and mastering business as a freelancer.
While Screams Of Tranquility is a solo endeavor, questions about the absence of additional band members only underscore Marc's proficiency and the effectiveness of his approach to "running SOT as if it were a fully occupied band." His unwavering dedication and skill shine through in every aspect of his work.
For those in search of authentic, meticulously crafted music that transcends the confines of mainstream melodic death metal, replete with searing leads, impassioned vocals, and profound thematic depth, Screams Of Tranquility stands as a beacon of artistic excellence worthy of exploration.
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Norwegian black psych metal force FURZE unleashes its new album, "CAW ENTRANCE", for a pre-release stream today via Invisible Oranges. "Caw Entrance"  arrives in all formats (CD, LP, cassette, digital) on 5 April 2024.
Experience "Caw Entrance" in its entirety ahead of its official release by visitinghttps://www.invisibleoranges.com/furze-caw-entrance/
"Caw Entrance" marks Furze's eighth studio album and a continuation of the signature "Furze penetration" — a relentless assault of black metal fury intertwined with psychedelic exploration.  Woe J. Reaper, the band's mastermind, delivers his trademark shrieking vocals, weaving blasphemous poetry into a tapestry of sonic chaos.
"Caw Entrance" demands an immersive listening experience. Woe J. Reaper himself recommends diving into the album with a good pair of headphones, emphasising the intricate details woven into the left and right channels.
The single, "Post Mortem Trippin'", exemplifies this meticulous production.  Featuring guitars playing entirely different lines in each ear, "Post Mortem Trippin'" coalesces only when experienced through headphones.
"Caw Entrance" also features a re-recorded version of the track "Avail the Autocrat of Evil"—heavier and more ferocious than the original.
23.3.2024News FURZEWoe J. Reaper says:

“Furze’s CAW ENTRANCE is again breaking new ground in terms of feeling, songwriting and of course…BLACK PSYCH METAL! Which doesn't mean “stoner-drug black metal”. Did anyone out there actually think that was all there is to it? Are you so brainless???!!??”
"Caw Entrance" is available for pre-order now via Devoted Art Propaganda, Furze's Bandcamp page and Polytriad Fingerprints. The album will be available on CD, LP, cassette, and digital formats, accompanied by a new T-shirt design and an exclusive A2 poster included with pre-orders.
Formed in Trondheim, Norway in 1998, Furze emerged from the ashes of the Woe J. Reaper project. Over the past two decades, Furze established itself as a vital force in the black metal scene, releasing seven full-length albums and a vast collection of demos, EPs, and compilations.
Furze's early works arrived during a period of stagnation within black metal. With its unique blend of aggression and psychedelia, Furze breathed new life into the genre, influencing countless underground acts.  Even Fenriz of black metal legends Darkthrone lauded Furze, featuring as his "band of the week" on his Fenriz Radio show.
Furze and Woe J. Reaper recently celebrated their 25th anniversary with the release of a limited and special edition cassette box set (available via Devoted Art Propaganda). The box set includes the original Woe J. Reaper “Necromanzee” demo from 1998 on one tape, while the second tape consists of unreleased material from 1992-1998. Limited to only 100 copies, it comes in two cassettes with two separate artworks in a common box. The first tape comes with the original 1998 demo art.  The other comes with a newly assembled 1992-1998 "Drinking the Blood of Metal" artwork with unseen photos and extensive liner notes describing that period of Furze’s history and the local scene. It will not be available on streaming services. 
Previously Furze released the tracks “Post Mortem Trippin’” and “Foresee His Infernal Rites” which will be a part of “Caw Entrance” and can be streamed now via all major streaming services.
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MÒR - "HEAR THE HOUR NEARING !"

23.3.2024News MÒR.jpgRelease date : April 12th 2024
Genre : Black Metal
Origin : France
Label: Les Acteurs de L’Ombre Productions
Network distributor: Season of Mist / Plastic Head
Digital distributor: The Orchard
Immerse yourself in the world of MÒR with this first extract from their first studio album “Hear The Hour Nearing” which will be released on April 12th on Les Acteurs de l'Ombre Productions.
For the release of ‘Hark! Hear the Hour Nearing!’ Mòr will embark on an first european tour.
Tracklist:
1 -The Vanishing of Matter
2 - Eden
3 - Third Path
4 - The Apprentice
5 - Cave of Shadows
6 - The Letter of Loss
7 - Sulfur
8 - Sutcivni Los
9 - Smaragdina
Duration: 43min47
Preorders: https://lesacteursdelombre.net/product-category/bands/m%d0%ber/
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EXTINCT – “INCITEMENT OF VIOLENCE”
Release: 18. April 2024
The northern German thrashers from Extinct have been making their mark on the German metal scene since 2003. From the very beginning, the quartet has indulged in a mixture of old school thrash and modern death/thrash, with musical roots in both German and American thrash metal of the 80s.
With "Incitement Of Violence", they pick up exactly where they left off with their predecessors and put 12 grenades in the player that are guaranteed to make your neck ache. 
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Death metal band Construct of Lethe have come up with the kind of album that we don't get to hear very often. It's supposed to be a single 44-min track. The concept and intention is best explained by the band member Tony Petrocelly in own words - 
"This album is meant to be taken as a single track. There are 12 relatively clear sections that it can be broken into, but this album feels like more than the sum of its parts, if that makes sense.
I wrote the lyrics this time around. They're very personal and describe periods of depression and self-hatred I've gone through over the last 5 years. The lyrics are told from the point of view of a person's inner voice, but that inner voice hates the person it belongs to. Over the course of the album it lets its feelings be known in an attempt to make the person kill themself, which ultimately it does. The title A Kindness Dealt in Venom signifies that the inner voice thinks it's doing the world a favor by poisoning its person's mind and getting them to remove themself from the world."
You can listen to a couple of back to back tracks on Bandcamp https://constructoflethedm.bandcamp.com/album/a-kindness-dealt-in-venom

CONSTRUCT OF LETHE – “A KINDNESS DEALT IN VENOM”
23.3.2024News CONSTRUCT OF LETHEFor fans of - Morbid Angel, Mithras, Near Death Condition, Hate Eternal, Nile, Pan Thy Monium, The Bleeding Light
Construct of Lethe have created a deeply personal, autobiographical concept album dealing with suicidal depression which is meant to be listened to seamlessly as a single song. They've transcended the death metal confines on this album to achieve the kind of expression that encompasses a wide range of emotions and to that extent they've borrowed influences of other styles such as industrial, black metal, doom metal, ambient, etc. and even used synth and electronics to achieve that. The album traverses various dimensions while remaining coherent as well as cohesive, with the writing always coming off as intuitive, flowing naturally and never forced. As the battle rages on with the inner voice coming to terms with the persisting life, one can experience the undulating highs and lows via the music, and more often than not, following moments of bleakness, there's an epic, cathartic outcome as if by way of an epiphany. The upbeat sections replete with the Morbid Angel-esque riffing make an appearance too along with the flurry of leads which the band have perfected over the years. All in all, it's a rich, varied and unique album that needs to be treated differently. It's meant not just to be heard but to be experienced.
Line up:
Kishor Haulenbeek (Black Harvest) - Vocals
Tony Petrocelly (Near Death Condition) - Guitar, bass, synth
Patrick Bonvin (Near Death Condition) - Lead guitar
Kevin Paradis (Benighted) - Drums, percussion
Artwork by Kishor Haulenbeek

Track listing:
1. Artifice
2. Bete Noir
3. Contempt
4. Denial in Abstraction
5. Flickering
6. I am the Lionkiller
7. Labyrinthine Terror
8. Monument to Failure
9. Paroxysm as Pragmatism
10. Raw Nerve, Iron Will
11. Sacrosanct
12. Tension - There is Nothing for You Here

Official release date - June 21st, 2024
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Thank you so much for your time! Kunal Choksi  Label owner Transcending Obscurity Mumbai, India

SATURDAY NIGHT SATAN – „ALL THINGS BLACK”
Emerging like a shadow from the underground, Saturday Night Satan is an occult doom heavy metal band hailing from Greece, a country infamous for its dark metal tradition.
Based on the artistic endeavors of a core duo—Kate Soulthorn on vocals and Jim Kotsis on bass, guitars, and backing vocals, who is also a member of the traditional heavy metal band Black Soul Horde—Saturday Night Satan began as a studio project.
Now, it also boasts a live show incarnation consisting of experienced and long-time members of the Greek underground scene.
The Athenian collective draws inspiration from the masterpiece albums of their favorite decades in heavy music, offering 70s proto-metal vibes, 80s metal grooves and riffage, and 90s heavy rock heaviness. Influenced by the occult rock movement, horror cinema, and all things dark and gloomy, Saturday Night Satan, with the release of their debut endeavor "All Things Black," is intricately carving out its niche in the world of heavy metal.

23.3.2024News Saturday Night Satan-1Credits:
Music by Jim Kotsis and Kate Soulthorn.
Lyrics by Jim Kotsis.
Produced by John Tsiakopoulos and Jim Kotsis.
Recorded at Mothstudio Productions, Athens, Greece, between the summer of 2022 and the spring of 2023.
Mixed by John Tsiakopoulos at Mothstudio Productions.
Mastered by Brian Lucey (Ghost, The Black Keys, Arctic Monkeys, Liam Gallagher, Green Day, Marilyn Manson, Depeche Mode) at Magic Garden Mastering, Los Angeles, USA.
Theremin on "Witches' Dance" by Andrea Marras.
Flute on "Of Love And The Void" by Joel Sempere.
Band photos and cover photo by Petros Poulopoulos.
Cover artwork by Nun Other Visuals.
Sigil by Jinx Dawson (Coven).
Logo by Tas Danazoglou (ex-Electric Wizard, Satan's Wrath, Mirror, Friends of Hell and more).
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23.3.2024News DEIMOS DEIMOS - "INSANE", a Romanian Death Metal classic to be reissued on CD! Initially released in April 1997 by Bestial Records on tape format, DEIMOS - "Insane" will be re-released for the first time on CD format on Loud Rage Music this April 8th, 2024!
Awarded by the readers of the Romanian Rock/Metal magazine of the time, Heavy Metal Magazine, with the title Best Album of the Year, "Insane" can now be pre-ordered here:
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Here's what Corina Elena, one of the founders of the band, had to say about the re-issue: "After all these years playing in Vorus and Putred, many people often ask about Deimos old material, wishing to have, especially the first album "Insane" on CD, since Bestial Records released it on cassette only in 1997. I realized that will be great to finally put it out on CD with the collaboration of Loud Rage Music as the executive producer.
Glad to witness the recent re-editions of some old classic Romanian death / thrash albums on CD format for the first time. I feel it is the right moment to do it and in some way to contribute to enrich the Romanian rock / metal archives,  adding our little piece of history in the local metal scene."

The CD version comes with an enhanced sound and as bonus the three tracks of the band's demo from 1996 with their original sound.
Here's the track "Paranoia" taken off the re-issue of "Insomnia": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdLUpean9dk
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DYING VICTIMS PRODUCTIONS is proud to present CRITICAL DEFIANCE’S highly anticipated third album, THE SEARCH WON’T FALL… , on vinyl LP format. Unspeakable Axe Records is taking care of the CD edition.
The Chilean metal force known as Critical Defiance has something for every thrash fan out there. Not in the sense of being homogenized and generic, but in their alchemical and nearly magical melding of blitzkrieg tempos, dizzying technicality, aggressive shouts and gang vocals, and--rarest of all for a post-1990 thrash act--a healthy dose of actual, memorable melody. Now about to drop their third full-length like a bomb from a warplane, they have added a new element to the mix: just a taste of the eerie melancholy and harsh melodrama of black metal.
Their release schedule has been nearly as fast as their music, with the debut (Misconception) coming in 2019, and its follow-up (No Life Forms) in 2022. They have let even less time elapse from then until this new platter's arrival, taking line-up changes in stride and pushing forward relentlessly regardless. The addition of Mauricio Toledo on guitar (just prior to their previous album) has pushed their music in new directions. That black metal aspect--some tremelo riffing, some blastbeats, bits of a distinctly new melodic sensibility--lends the album an updated feeling that sets it apart from its predecessors, while by no means abandoning the thrash foundation that has served them so well. All of this ambition is well-served by a terrific production job that balances just the right amount of rawness and polish. Three albums in, Critical Defiance are poised to deliver their most ferocious work yet. Angry yet uplifting, full of the spirit of true metal both old and new, it's a record that only these guys could make.
23.3.2024News CRITICAL DEFIANCELine-up:
Felipe Alvarado - Vocals, Guitars
Ignacio Arévalo - Bass
Rodrigo Poblete - Drums
Mauricio Toledo - Guitars
Nicolás Young - Guitars

From Villa Alemana, Chile
Artwork: Julián Mora
Release date: 24th May2024
Release info:
- Regular edition on black vinyl, with insert, poster, sticker, postcard and download code.
- Special edition on bone colored vinyl, with insert, poster, sticker, postcard download code and patch.´
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MEISTER LEONHARDT – “THANATOPOEIA”
23.3.2024News Meister LeonhardtLabel: Purity Through Fire
Release date: march 21st 2024
Genre: Black Metal
For fans of: Carpathian Forest | Taake | Darkthrone | Craft
“Phase transition from a fleshbag to dirt, scars of passage on the face of the earth
Foam of loss solidifies as soil, maggots swirl in loathsome lace that’s never to uncoil…”- Tomb Ore – Meister Leonhardt
This dream began so long ago I fear it may never end. I will walk this path of ice forever, a gleaming bridge through the impenetrable darkness, flickering diamonds in the torchlight. It leads me through the dark, but only further into the endless black. The voices of ghosts, spirits capricious and malicious my only companions, as I stumble on through the soul-searing cold, through the night country, through this world of death…
Thanatopoeia, the debut full length album from Meister Leonhardt, is as raw as frostbite, as cold as death…there is no comfort to be found here; only a howling blizzard of choking darkness, an unbearable emptiness that can never be filled. This is black metal pared to the bone, leaving only its chilling, hopeless essence. Perfectly formed from ashes, decay, ice and spite, these eight arias to despair are shattering hammer blows to the illusions we hide behind on our bitter stagger from womb to tomb. The jarring melodies of ‘Fulcrum’ are like a carousel possessed, broken nails tearing skin as its rotting hands caress your spine. ‘The Imago Paradigm’ leads a tribe of mouldering skeletons in a rattling dance as they revel in their oblivion; a morbid celebration of death and dying, of endings and the nothingness that lies at the end of our road of tears. Strident riffs and merciless rhythms, skin flaying blasts and twists of gothic ritual…Thanatopoeia is glorious in its nihilistic onslaught. From the opening chimes of ‘Bliss Of Impermanence’ that summon visions of the vast, eternal void to the wounding, unreasoning wickedness of ‘Taphotaxis’, that accompanies your final surrender to this melancholy draught, laced with gut-eating poison. Drawing on all their collective experience within the deepest pits of the underground, the members of Meister Leonhardt have carved out an obsidian monolith of sound – implacable, remorseless and unfathomable.
“A filth to be born, a failure to grow, a misery to live through…”- The Imago Paradigm – Meister Leonhardt
In the three years that have passed since Meister Leonhardt released their first, self-titled mini-album there have been changes in the make-up of this darkest of entities – a new rhythm section has been initiated into the cult – but the dedication to the dark has only increased. Thanatopoeia leads the listener into previously unexplored depths, confronting them with the harshest truths and the most unbearable of realities. This masterpiece of bleakness and horror will be unveiled by Purity Through Fire on March 21st – and from then there will be no way back to the light
“We’re all in the night country now…”- Otis Heiss (True Detective)
Line-up:
Vaarwel – Voice/Text
RDSL – Guitar/Music
M - Guitar
I. Rex - Bass
D. - Drums
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SYMAKYA - "PROJECT 11"

In "Project Eleven," the band embarks on an inner adventure, delving into the quest for signs and evidence to explain human evolution, complexities, and the pursuit of truth. Their music, influenced by the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) and the robust '90s power metal scene, integrates diverse orchestral elements, creating a distinctive blend with a touch of progressive metal. Inspired by iconic bands like Iron Maiden, Tool, Shadow Gallery, Tourniquet, Pain of Salvation, Judas Priest, Symphony X, Kamelot, and more, Symakya's sound encapsulates a fusion of these influences, offering a compelling sonic journey.
Symakya's debut album, "Majestic 12: Open Files," received widespread acclaim upon its 2011 release. Now, after 13 years, the eagerly awaited successor, "Project 11," is set to release in April 2024. Produced by  Symakya, and mastered by Mika Jussila from the Finnvox studio, this album promises to continue the band's legacy of excellence.
The album's digital release date is April 5th, 2024.
23.3.2024News Symakya-1Tracklist
01 The Observer
02 The Height of Endymion
03 Phenomenon
04 Lunar Obsession
05 Eleven
06 Horses of Apollo
07 The Oath
08 Land
09 Full Moon
10 Sea of Silence

Symakya, formed in October 2008 by Matthieu Morand, Kevin Kazek, and Thomas Das Neves, merges diverse musical backgrounds to create a powerful blend of prog, melody, and intensity. With bass virtuoso Julien Kuhn now on board, the band leverages their extensive musical experience.
Matthieu Morand, the frontman of Elvaron and guitarist-composer for Akroma and Dusk Of Delusion, brings a wealth of experience, having released 5 albums since 1997 and performing alongside notable acts like Iron Maiden and Helloween. Kevin Kazek, frontman of Seyminhol, boasts a rich history with 5 albums since 2002 and collaborations with artists like Lord Siggi and Alexander Landenburg (Annihilator). Thomas Das Neves, known for his drumming prowess in Deficiency, Seyminhol, and Heavenly, adds his expertise to Symakya, with a track record that includes recording the album "Virus" and performing at major festivals. Bassist Julien Kuhn, recognized for his contributions to bands like Diamond Dust and Surtr, showcases his skills honed at the Music Academy International and the Conservatoire de Metz.
Symakya's project is rooted in the exploration of ancient astronaut theory, drawing inspiration from the holy bible, classical literature, and the works of Greek and Roman writers. The band has crafted a unique universe of conquest, beliefs, and mythology that reflects metaphysical and ufological themes throughout human history.
Line up:
Kevin Alexandre Stanislas Kazek: Vocals
Matthieu Morand: Guitars, Keys & Orchestrations
Thomas Das Neves: Drums
Julien Kuhn: Bass & Fretless Bass

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DAUÐARÓ – “EYÐIMÖRKIN”
23.3.2024News DauðaróLabel : The Way of the Hermit (Darkwoods)
Format : CD / Digital
Release Date: 23/04/2024
Genre : Ritualistic Black Funeral Doom Metal from Iceland
Dauðaró is, undoubtedly, one of the bands poised to lead the new revolutionary generation of Icelandic extreme metal musicians, a project that, beyond the initial layer of suffocating and monolithic funeral doom metal, is capable of spawning a surprising captivating universe, with touches of the obscurest black metal and truly unique atmospheres, in a few words, one of the few bands that objectively possesses a personal, distinctive and unmistakable sound...
What Dauðaró suggests with Eyðimörkin is a profound initiatory experience, introspective and transformative, a shamanic journey to our innermost selves through an atavistic desert in pursuit of what some call redemption, a colossal theme of deeply personal and emotional funeral doom overloaded with signals, ancient voices recognizable only to the soul, imbued with ritualistic sounds and shrouded in a deeply dark and enigmatic aura...
Released as a unique limited edition, Eyðimörkin is presented in a lavish oversized digifile with an exclusive soft-touch matte laminate, printed cardboard sleeve to protect the CD and a free digital download card... all the material has been completely remastered exclusively for this edition, elevating its sound quality far beyond the original, a brillant find for fans of bands like Dolorian, Hipoxia, Skepticism, The Ruins of Beverast, Esoteric or Thergothon...
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Prepare for an otherworldly journey as the outstanding black/death metal force PARACRONA unveils the lyric video for "SUN GOD," the eponymous track from their highly anticipated album due for re-release on April 12, 2024, via Wormholedeath. Delving deep into the mysteries of ancient Egypt, PARACRONA invites fans to embark on an epic journey through sound and symbolism.

23.3.2024News PARACRONA-1PARACRONA, born from the chance meeting of Ringo Christiaan Van Droffelaar and Øystein Hansen at Wacken Open Air in 2007, melds artistic vision with melodic intensity. Hailing from the Netherlands and Norway, these diverse talents, bonded by a love for metal music, embarked on a musical journey that redefined their artistry.
Their collaboration ignited in Oslo a few months later, intertwined Øystein's seasoned guitar expertise, honed in bands like Fortid, with Ringo's fervor for expression and songwriting finesse. The recording odyssey for "Sun God" began in the fall of 2016, resulting in a sonic exploration traversing metal styles, termed affectionately as "Titanium" or "Quantum Realism Metal."
Themes of spiritual growth and societal struggle infuse their lyrics, encapsulating real-life chapters within each track. Despite hurdles, including Ringo's battle with cancer in 2021, collaborations with professionals like Baard Kolstad and Fredrik Nordstrøm added finesse to their sound.
Live performances feature a talented roster, enhancing the experience. PARACRONA's album release concert at Cosmopolite Scene in Oslo, featuring Blood Red Throne and Omnia Moritur, epitomized dedication to an unforgettable scene experience.
PARACRONA transcends being just a band; it's a collective embodiment of resilience, passion, and artistic innovation. Join their journey, witness their sonic tapestry, and immerse yourself in the power of their music.
Line up:
Ringo Christiaan Van Droffelaar - vocals
Øystein Hansen - lead guitar
Audun Melby - rhythm guitar
Laszlo Juhos - drums
Gregg Roland Schneider - bass
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ONCE UPON THE END – “ARCHIVE 200”
23.3.2024News Once Upon the End-1Label Independent Release
Release date: april 5th 2024
Genre: Melodic Death Metal
For fans of: Arch Enemy | In Flames | Dark Tranquillity | Soilwork
“We knew the world would not be the same. A few people laughed, a few people cried, most people were silent.”– J. Robert Oppenheimer
They walk the wastelands of a world laid low by climate catastrophe, greed and humanity’s insatiable lust for power. Five bards of a dystopian near-future they carry their bandolier of songs through a broken landscape, bringing tales of hope, tragedy and dire lessons that must never be forgotten to the isolated and alone. And all of their ballads of an age forsaken, a once great civilisation brought down, begin with the same portentous words…Once Upon the End...
Hailing from Paris, the city of lights, Once Upon the End are a melodic death metal band that look beyond those fabled lights and into the hungry darkness that waits at the end of mankind’s calamitous path. Their songs are set in the last days of the world as we know it and in the shattered kingdom of nightmares that lies on the other side of our self-inflicted doom. Their impending EP, Archive 200, features a blend of new songs and past classics, completely re-worked and re-recorded with the stunning vocals of recent recruit Ezalyr. Ezalyr’s voice possesses a magnificent duality, blending towering melodic strength with a raw, impassioned, caustic rasp that rides upon the surging waves of power generated by the band’s momentous riffs. ‘We Are The Dead’ – an ode to the survivors of Once Upon the End’s conceptual apocalypse – is a perfect illustration of everything this exceptional band has to offer;  beginning with a haunting melodic introduction that explodes into a ravenous swarm of guitars. Elsewhere solos spiral into the heavens while a roaming bass presence weaves an underlying layer of sonorous, unspoken words. The drums provide an unflinching intensity and unstoppable momentum throughout every subtle shift in tempo and that fierce, blazing vocal seizes your attention in an unbreakable grip. Yet for all its magnificence ‘We Are The Dead’ does not stand alone on the landscape of ruin that is Archive 200 – ‘Dying Concrete’ bears witness to the collapse of human society with a fizzing energy and majestic choruses, ‘Moon Scavengers’ boasts some of the finest riffs you will ever hear as it shifts between moods and rhythms with an effortless, accomplished poise, while ‘The Old Ones’ provides a breathtaking, multi-faceted conclusion to a truly remarkable melodic death metal collection.
It’s been eight years since Once Upon the End began the exploration of their dark, fantastical world and the journey is becoming more enthralling and exciting with every release. Their 2021 debut album, The Next Chapter, was an impressive piece of work, but with Archive 200 this French band have really thrust their standard into the torn soil of the melodic death metal battlefield and issued a daunting challenge to all. Mastered by Frédéric Gervais (Pensées Nocturnes, Glorior Belli, In The Woods etc) Archive 200 sounds crisp and clear, yet richly textured, making the most of every nuance and detail in these fine songs. On April 5th step across the threshold into a chilling vision of the future and embrace the incredible song craft, musicianship and sheer power of Once Upon the End.
Line-up:
Ezalyr - Vocals
Groly - Bass
Loerk - Guitar
Koal – Guitar
Tentrom - Drums
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POST PULSE will release their latest creation, 'RETURN TO THE HALLS,' through Inverse Records on May 31, 2024. Watch the brand new music video for 'Taste of Freedom', out now worldwide.
Listen to the single on music services (Spotify, Tidal, apple Music, Deezer etc): https://push.fm/fl/postpulse-tasteoffreedom
About 'Return to the Halls'
'Return to the Halls' represents a bold leap for modern death metal, blending its signature intensity with diverse musical influences in all the right ways.
'Return to the Halls' is a testament to Post Pulse's evolutionary journey. It marries aggression and beauty in a way that challenges and captivates listeners.
"Antti [Karhu] 's vision for this record was so inspiring that we decided to break away from seven years of releasing singles and EPs to ensure it would come to life. The music on Return to the Halls is different from anything you may have heard from Post Pulse over the years. Hell, one listen through the new single Taste of Freedom will show you that we've got much more to offer the world." -Sam Roon, Bass & Synths
About The 'Taste of Freedom' Music Video
'Taste of Freedom' is an intense song that discusses the contrast between social norms and the natural human desire to break them. The music video for 'Taste of Freedom' reflects that contrast with high-impact lighting that showcases this contrast visually. The video's director, Joona Mäki, pushed the band to its limit, demanding every ounce of energy from each performance. The result is a powerful visual statement that compliments the song's purpose.
Watch 'Taste of Freedom' by Post Pulse on YouTube: https://youtu.be/gh3gZJ5laoE
Inside 'Return to the Halls'
At the heart of this album lies "Taste of Freedom," a song that epitomizes the band's push towards a more expansive sound.
"Even the writing process for this album was unorthodox. The main ideas were written on guitar, and later arranged for various instruments, parts and sounds. The focus isn't on individual parts, allowing the songs to present the energy and emphasis. We had a clear vision of what we wanted the songs on this album to be. For example, we wanted a two and a half minute song, so we wrote it." -Antti Karhu, Guitar & Programming
The album's creation was a shared journey of exploration, drawing from the band's eclectic tastes to forge something unprecedented.
From the sheer power of death metal to the nuanced touches of EDM and ambient jazz, 'Return to the Halls' celebrates musical curiosity and innovation.
This collaborative effort highlights the limitless possibilities of music when approached with openness and creativity.
Cultural Impact of 'Return to the Halls'
23.3.2024News Post Pulse-1With 'Return to the Halls,' Post Pulse ignites a dialogue on the role of music within our culture. It asserts that music transcends mere sound to become a collective experience that brings people together in a time when we are so easily divided.
"This world is a relentless, overflowing cesspool of political and religious vomit that successfully divides and pits us against one another. Post Pulse aims to counter that by standing side-by-side with those who understand that there's more to life than what divisive influencers sell us. We have music. Post Pulse doesn't care if you love country music, rap, black metal or iskelmä. Your love of music is why we welcome you with open arms." -Sam Roon
The album embodies the band's ethos of defiance and unity, championing music as a force for communal values and personal liberation.
'Return to the Halls' serves as a call to action for listeners to embrace curiosity and tell their own stories without fear of judgment.
Join the Movement
Post Pulse invites listeners to be part of this transformative musical journey. Pre-order your copy of 'Return to the Halls' on the band's website or Bandcamp.
For further details on 'Return to the Halls', visit https://www.postpulsefinland.com/.
Pre-order' Return to the Halls': Pre-order the album today to ensure you're among the first to experience the full force of Post Pulse's latest work. Visit https://www.postpulsefinland.com/ to secure your copy and get exclusive pre-order benefits.
Watch the "Taste of Freedom" Music Video: Immerse yourself in the visual representation of Post Pulse's anthem to explore curiosity: watch the official music video for 'Taste of Freedom': https://youtu.be/gh3gZJ5laoE
By experiencing 'Return to the Halls', you won't just listen to an album; you'll become part of a movement that values music as a force for cultural enrichment and connection.
Join Post Pulse on this journey and make 'Return to the Halls' a beacon for hope in difficult times.
About Post Pulse
Post Pulse is a Helsinki-based metal band motivated by a deep-rooted connection to the culture and unifying force of music.
After more than seven years of releasing singles and EPs, May 31, 2024, marks the release of Post Pulse's second full-length album, 'Return to the Halls'; a Death Metal album inspired by atypical genres like Pop, EDM, and Ambient Jazz.
Post Pulse (Est. 2015) consists of its four founding members:
Antti Karhu - Guitars, backing vocals, programming, and primary songwriter (Shining [Nor]
Diablerie, ex-The Man-Eating Tree)
Sam Roon - Bass, synths (ex-HUNG [USA], ex-Indestructible Noise Command [USA])
Tapani Rantanen - Lead vocals (Sigyn, ex-Code Unknown)
Anttoni Välimaa - Drums (Abstrakt, ex-Stygian Creations)
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Suggested writing topics
The Evolution of Post Pulse: Explore the band's journey from their debut album 'The Halls of the Damned' to the innovative sounds of 'Return to the Halls.'
Behind 'Taste of Freedom': Delve into the creation of the lead single, its themes, and why it's more than just a song—it's a statement.
Breaking Genre Boundaries: Analyze how 'Return to the Halls' challenges traditional death metal conventions by incorporating diverse musical influences.
The Role of Music in Cultural Unity: Reflect on Post Pulse's belief in music as a unifying force and how 'Return to the Halls' embodies this philosophy.
The Visual Aesthetics of 'Taste of Freedom': A look at the conceptualization and execution of the music video, and how it complements the song's message.
Fan Reactions and Community Impact: Gauge initial reactions to 'Return to the Halls' and its effect on the metal community and beyond.
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Embrace the Abyss: Massachusetts' VOIDKEEPER'S newest single, 'HOLLOW' a cathartic outlet for pent-up emotions!
VoidKeeper unveils their latest single from their newest album with "Hollow," a profound exploration of the deteriorating essence of humanity. Delving into the façade worn by ordinary individuals, the song is a poignant reflection on the breakdown of the human form. Drawing inspiration from the aftermath of anger, depression, and mental decay, "Hollow" serves as a cathartic outlet for the pent-up emotions accumulated over a lifetime.
With its haunting melody, the track invites listeners to immerse themselves in its depths, allowing suppressed feelings of rage, despair, and existential anguish to surface. As the song progresses, a tumultuous breakdown ensues, marked by a crescendo of pure fury. Fronted by a visceral scream, VoidKeeper channels a sense of profound desolation through raw, unbridled release.
Driven by relentless bass lines and punctuated by thunderous drumming, "Hollow" emanates an ominous atmosphere synonymous with the band's signature chaos. Through its evocative lyrics and visceral instrumentation, the song confronts the darkest aspects of human nature—the internal turmoil that has plagued generations, the stifling of emotions, and the culmination of a lifetime of suppressed rage.
Originating from Boston, Massachusetts, USA, VoidKeeper epitomizes the enduring spirit of heavy metal, delivering a visceral sonic experience that resonates with audiences on a visceral level. "Hollow" stands as a testament to the band's ability to capture the essence of human vulnerability and transcendence through the power of music.
Biography:
From the depths of New England's heart, VOIDKEEPER emerges as a formidable force within the realm of Blackened Doom Metal. Hailing from Massachusetts, this metallic entity is primed to unleash a tempest that sculpts faces, wreaks havoc, and ignites a furious storm amidst the void we navigate as life.
Rooted in the rich tapestry of traditional heavy metal and doom metal, VOIDKEEPER interlaces these foundations with the distinct gravitas of black metal vocals and the ferocious riffage reminiscent of death metal. A symphony of brutality melds the classic essences of death, black, and doom metal, fusing together into an explosive amalgamation.
Their sonic arsenal encompasses captivating grooves that seize the listener, entwined with blackened melodies that cast an entrancing spell. Amidst this maelstrom, punishing death riffs serve as the arsenal's edge, cutting through the very fabric of sound. On June 15th, 2022, they unfurled their inaugural EP titled "Eternal Decay," gifting the world a glimpse into their cataclysmic artistry.
VOIDKEEPER is:
Alexander Gunn - Guitarist
Mark Cerundolo - Drums
Bowen Staines - Bassist
Garreth Colm Byrne - Vocalist
https://www.facebook.com/VOIDKEEPER666/

OSDM thrashers ASSIMILATOR have signed with Horror Pain Gore Death Productions for the release of EXPELLED INTO SUFFERING.
The band's newest EP is a return to the band's death metal roots and delivers a focused old-school attack drawing inspiration from the established pillars of extreme metal while enhancing their signature edge with a dirtier brand of the New Wave of American Death Metal. ASSIMILATOR is unafraid to push the beyond and unapologetic for striving further. The band invites you to indulge in this raw and intense experience as they pursue the dark and the heavy.
Expelled into Suffering is set for release on June 21. The EP will be available for pre-order on May 21 via Horror Pain Gore Death Productions.
23.3.2024News ASSIMILATORTracklisting:
1) Expelled into Suffering
2) Nocturnal Forge
3) Changeling
4) I Am
Artwork for Expelled into Suffering by Karl Dahmer (Dahmer Art).
Stream ASSIMILATOR's self-titled debut album at https://assimilatormetal.bandcamp.com/album/assimilator or on Spotify
"Blend of Gothenberg melodeath with a dirtier breed of US thrash metal" - Decibel Magazine 
Hard-hitting and unrelenting, ASSIMILATOR comes storming out of Indiana with a powerful sound and a taste for touring the underground metal scene. The band is rapidly building a name for themselves as road warriors grinding across the country in the name of the next sick show.
ASSIMILATOR is comprised of veterans from the Midwest death metal scene and, are from a different sonic ancestry from many of their contemporaries. Calling back to a time when speed and brutality went hand in hand, offering blackened riffs to the metal gods.
ASSIMILATOR has completed three tours across 14 states, played Full Terror Assault, and opened for the likes of Deicide, Obituary, and Suicide Silence to name a few. This is a band who are striving to deliver the complete package with the drive to achieve what they desire.
ASSIMILATOR is:
Tim Kenefic: guitar and vocals
David Sueoka: bass and vocals 
Tyler Witte: drums
Noah Werner: guitar
https://www.horrorpaingoredeath.com/
https://www.facebook.com/assimilatormetal

After a couple of releases, German death metal band Mære which have multiple former members of Ingurgitating Oblivion, have finally come up with a new full length album which is just as good as you would expect and then some. It's delectably dark, claustrophobic, dissonant and strangely addictive. Everything is Noise premiered a brand new track off the album with a brilliant write-up which can be found https://everythingisnoise.net/premieres/the-universe-keeps-silent-and-maere-brings-the-noise/
Excerpt - "an old school sound drawing comparisons to Gorguts, Immolation, Morbid Angel, and Neurosis. Their abrasive focus on pain and anguish invokes feelings of unsettling isolation resulting in a bleak take on death metal"
MÆRE –“ ...AND THE UNIVERSE KEEPS SILENT “
23.3.2024News MÆREFor fans of: Gorguts, Incantation, Morbid Angel, Immolation, Replicant, Phobocosm, Saevus Finis
Enveloping the listener in darkness and thereby heightening the auditory perception, the music Mære create feels too personal and impactful, and lingers around in the human psyche longer than it should. The atmosphere in this pitch black, vacuum-like environment is all too palpable, nearly deafening even in its silence or the slower, pensive, heart-bursting parts, and the spoken words, when chanted or whispered, are bound to get imprinted deep into the consciousness. The music, through repetition, causes a state of trance which is next to impossible to snap out of. The gargantuan riffs writhing, swirling around with purpose in the vast nothingness are far too compelling, and standing in the middle of the vortex, the listener, only gets sucked deeper into the void. It is clear that '...And the Universe Keeps Silent' is an outstanding, highly immersive debut full length from this German band having experienced members, and it's an album whose music will infiltrate and haunt the deepest and darkest recesses of the mind.
Line up:
III - Guitars
IV (ex-Ingurgitating Oblivion) - Bass
V (ex-Ingurgitating Oblivion, Fetocide) - Drums, guitars
Mastered by Colin Marston
Artwork by Ingo Neugebauer
Track listing:
1. All Those Things We've Never Been (The Grandeur of Nihilism)
2. Traumlande (Ascending The Abyss)
3. The Darkness Is Your Mother
4. Zdrowas Mario (Building The Temple)
5. Think Of Me As Fire
Official release date - April 19th, 2023
https://www.facebook.com/transcendingobscurityrecords
https://www.facebook.com/MaereOfficial
Thank you so much for your time! Kunal Choksi  Label owner Transcending Obscurity Mumbai, India

Dear media partners, I thought you might be interested in reviewing EXODIKON'S album "CHAOSOPHILIA"
"Chaosophilia" delves into the depths of the human psyche, exploring the thorny realms of numbness and existential futility. The album's lyrical narrative encapsulates the struggle, bipolarity, and acceptance of life's absurdity. The band's sonic concoction blends black and death metal, enriched with thrash and melodic death metal elements, creating a musical canvas that mirrors the internal chaos and cosmic void.
Formed in 2004 in the small village of Úny, Hungary, Exodikon initially embraced melodic death metal influences. After a hiatus and a relocation to Budapest, the band reinvented itself, incorporating black metal into their sound. Their debut album, "Árnyam útján," garnered acclaim, leading to opportunities to share stages with iconic bands like The True Mayhem and I Am Morbid.
The band’s second full-length album, “Chaosophilia”, contains eight songs in English and is expected to help them reach a wider audience who can resonate with their reflections on frustrated numbness
23.3.2024News ExodikonTracklist
01 Intro
02 The Awakening Depth-The Psychics of the Manipulated
03 Life Weight Loss-The Aesthetics of Contempt
04 The Nature of Descent
05 The Lord of Wounds–The Incubation of Pain
06 Uninverse-The Logic of Zeitgeist
07 Collapse-The Semantics of Liberty
08 Imago Dei–The Syntax of Deity
09 Untermensch-The Psychics of Deceivers
Line-up:
Attila István Hekele - Drums
Ferenc Pósfai - Guitar
Gábor Dávid Borhidi - Guitar/vocals
József Pósfai - Bass/vocals
www.exodikon.com
www.facebook.com/exodikon

Finnish melodic metal band DEAD END Finland released the first single 'INNOCENT' from the upcoming sixth studio album. However, an as-yet-unnamed album will be released by Inverse Records at a later date.
WATCH Innocent lyric video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fefopRvoWAs
23.3.2024News Dead EndThe band comments:
"Innocent" tells a sensitive story about the encounter between two people. In the song, you can also hear what Dead End Finland is basically about.
The song starts with just a piano and during its duration of just under four minutes, it grows towards the end to such proportions that you rarely hear anymore in contemporary music. The hundred-track song with choirs and orchestrations is, in its epicness, Dead End Finland's most impressive production ever. Nina Kuronen features as a guest in the song."
LISTEN Innocent on steaming services: https://push.fm/fl/def-innocent
Biography:
Dead End Finland is a melodic metal band from Helsinki founded in 2007. The lineup, which has remained unchanged since the beginning, has enabled the band's sound to develop into its current rich form. Dead End Finland is difficult to place into any specific genre, and in the songs you can hear tones from classical music to death metal. During the years, the band's style has become even more bombastic and melodic. The compositions have gained more depth and insight. The upcoming sixth album takes the band in a more modern direction, although Dead End Finland's recognizable sound and basic elements are still easily heard.
Line-up:
Mikko Virtanen - Vocals
Santtu Rosén - Guitars & Bass
Miska Rajasuo - Drums
Jarno Hänninen – Keys
http://www.deadendfinland.com
http://facebook.com/deadendfinland

Denver (CO) - VALE OF PNATH will release highly anticipated new album BETWEEN THE WORLDS OF LIFE AND DEATH on CD, vinyl, and digital formats May 24 via Willowtip Records.
The official video for first single "Burning Light" has been premiered by Metal Injection. Check it out below!
https://metalinjection.net/video/vale-of-pnath-returns-after-five-years-with-a-new-single-new-album-announcement
"Burning Light" will be available on all platforms this coming Friday, March 22.
The band released the following statement concerning the new album:
"It’s been 5 years since our last release, Accursed. The EP really was a new avenue for the band as we leaned further toward a more blackened approach stylistically. Having more of a tech death background, this EP was a way to lead our fans into the next era. Between The Worlds of Life and Death is an album that really is just a continuation of what we started with Accursed. It captures the band's core sound, but also brings a newer and bold take on this brand of metal. We want this to be the most approachable album we have made for metal fans. We want people to put this on and be sucked in immediately, yet keep coming back for more.” 
23.3.2024News VALE OF PNATH-1Track Listing:
1. The Forgotten Path (Intro)
2. Silent Prayer
3. Soul Offering
4. Shadow
5. Uncertain Tomorrow
6. Beneath Ashen Skies
7. No Return, No Regret
8. Echoes Of The Past (Interlude)
9. Burning Light 
Vale of Pnath will hit the road in May with co-headliners Abigail Williams and special guests Summoning The Lich for a U.S. tour! Tickets are available at https://linktr.ee/valeofpnath
Line-up:
Ken Scorceron - Vocals / Guitar 
Vance Valenzuela - Guitar 
Gabe Seeber - Drums 
Austin Rolla - Bass 
Guest Appearances:
Michael Wilson - Guest solo in “No Return, No Regret.”
Donny Burbage (Cradle of Filth, Aether Realm) - Guest solo (#2) in “Shadow” and in “Soul Offering.”  
Miles Dimitri Baker (Interloper) - Guest solo in “Beneath Ashen Skies.” 
Matthew Brown (Demon King) - Guest solo (#1) in “Shadow.”
Christian Muenzner (Necrophagist, Obscura, Alkaloid) - Guest solo in "Uncertain Tomorrow."
Album Credits:
Bass on all tracks performed by Ken Scorceron.
“The Forgotten Path” & “Echoes of the Past” composed by Wayne Ingram (Wilderun).
Cello performed by Christopher Edward Brown,  
Drum tracking By Robert Velazquez Swanson / Mayhemness Recording Studio.
All music composed by Vance Valenzuela, Ken Sarafin and Ken Scorceron. 
Produced by Ken Scorceron.
Mixed and Mastered by Ken Scorceron.
Additional editing: Samuel Bassani, Tom Connolly.
Album Cover: Zac Shiffer
https://www.facebook.com/ValeOfPnathCO
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American death metal juggernaut SKULLDOZER proudly announces their partnership with Wormholedeath for the reissue of their debut album, "NON STOP RUTHLESS CRUSHING." Set to detonate on May 3rd, 2024, this collaboration promises a cataclysmic eruption of pure metal fury.
23.3.2024News Skulldozer-1Tracklist
1. Non Stop Ruthless Crushing
2. Thy Enemies Driven Before Me
3. Kingdom Ossuarium
4. Hatesworn Shitstorm
5. Scum Beneath the Skin
6. Wolves Amongst Sheeple
7. Bastards of Zeus
8. Bow to None
9. Deathblessed
10. Skullfucking Domination
With thunderous grooves and a relentless onslaught of old-school death metal, "Non-Stop Ruthless Crushing" is a testament to Skulldozer's uncompromising sonic assault. Originally unleashed in 2023, this reissue breathes new life into a classic, delivering groovy hooks and traditional death metal punch with a heavy dose of southern sludge.
In a statement from the band, the members express profound gratitude for the opportunity to work with Wormholedeath: "Skulldozer is eternally grateful and honored to sign with WormholeDeath Records for the release of our debut album "Non-Stop Ruthless Crushing". We are so excited to work with such a great label that will help us make 2024 a grand slam year. Huge thanks to Max, Carlo, and all at WormholeDeath for this amazing opportunity. Huge thanks to our manager Paul Andrejack of (EMG) Extreme Management Group. Huge thanks to all of our fans and supporters who continue to be a positive driving force. We love you all. Looking forward to crush your town in 2024."
Skulldozer was formed in Texas in January 2020 by Jason Ramsay-Guitarist/Vocalist. After relocating to Mississippi in 2021, Ramsay quickly hired legendary Gulf Coast talents to fill out the new lineup with Keith Dobson- Lead Guitar, Mike Spurlock- Bass, and Joel Stepp- Drums. Combining elements of traditional death metal and modern, melodic sludge, Skulldozer has truly captured a unique take on an old-school sound that stands out in the current stream of death metal
www.youtube.com/@deathbyskulldozer
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DYING VICTIMS PRODUCTIONS is proud to present HEXTAR’S highly anticipated debut album, DOOMSAYER, on CD and vinyl LP formats.
Hailing from the trad-metal hotbed of Italy, HEXTAR were formed in November 2018 by the hands of Marco Scattolin (guitar), Emiliano Zinà (bass, then also backing vocals), and Andrea Feltrin (drums). Shortly after, Edoardo Loreggian joined and sang on the self-titled debut EP, released in April 2020 amidst the first Covid lockdowns. Edoardo left during the summer of 2020 due to stylistic differences, and with Emiliano now on vocals, the band released the single “Keep Our Flame Alive” during February of 2021. The title would prove prescient, as HEXTAR the band kept working on writing their first full-length, the then-to-be-titled Doomsayer, which would begin production during September 2022. Shortly after the drum recordings, the band had to part ways with Andrea due to personal issues. They then decided to keep working on the album behind the scenes while looking for a replacement, which came in the form of Amedeo Paolini, who joined in March 2023. The production of the album finally came to a close in October 2023, when HEXTAR were also joined by a long-sought second guitarist, Niccolò Giacometti.
At last here, Doomsayer is a big & boisterous blast of classic metal heroism. Ever since their inception, HEXTAR aimed at writing a style of power metal reminiscent of the genre’s early days. From early Helloween to likewise-early Blind Guardian, the inspirations can be heard aplenty across Doomsayer, but HEXTAR are nothing if not true heavy metal maniacs, and thus will one find plenty more traditional metal-oriented elements across the album. For those whose hearts similarly beat true, this debut album will tread some familiar territory, but territory that’s explored with power and personality, charisma and catchiness. Influences aside, which can’t be cataloged as easily as naming a couple foundational names of the genre, HEXTAR’s ultimate goal is to craft songs which can be simultaneously anthemic and laced with just enough complexity, pushing and pounding forward to song structures that are unexpected and varied but never nonsensical. Similarly, Zinà’s vocals display a wide range of note choices and timbres whilst remaining focused on heavy metal heroism; indeed, a great deal of the magic and machismo of Doomsayer comes down to his going-for-it throat. Nevertheless, HEXTAR are truly a full unit here, playing their hearts out together like a band of brothers, a brigade of warriors who wield fantastical guitar solos like dread swords.
A veritable blast from the past that’s thankfully set to slay the present, HEXTAR arrive on a plume of dragon fire with Doomsayer!
23.3.2024News HEXTARLine-up:
Emiliano Zinà - Bass, Vocals
Marco Scattolin - Guitars
Amedeo Paolini - Drums
Niccolò Giacometti - Guitar
From Venice, Italy
Artwork: Simone Faggian a.k.a. thegarbagekid_
Release date: 24th May2024
Release info:
- Regular edition on black vinyl, with insert, poster, sticker, postcard and download code.
- Special edition on orange vinyl, with insert, poster, sticker, postcard download code and patch.
- CD edition with sticker, obi
www.dyingvictims.com
https://dyingvictimsproductions.bandcamp.com/


23.3.2024News OF DARKNESS-1We're proud to announce an imminent reissue of OF DARKNESS' colossal 2023 debut album "MISSA TRIDENTINA". Formed by veteran members of the Spanish extreme metal underground coming from bands like Graveyard, Teitanblood and Emanation (among others), Barcelona's abysmal black funeral doom miserists Of Darkness finally bring us their 2023 light-devouring full-length abomination on vinyl format for the first time ever.

A colossal, subsonic deluge of agonizing misery churned from the wretched depths of a lightless abyss, “Missa Tridentina” stands regal and imposing as an absolute beast of 2023 extreme doom, possibly its greatest moment, beautifully adorned with atypical elements of neoclassical composition, chamber music, dark ambient, and ritualistic electronics to underline an impenetrable genesis of divergence. An experimental approach that has exalted the work's suffocating aura of surrealism and which embodies as a sentence of absolute oblivion, condemning the listener to a horrific disembodiment of perpetual aeonian torment. Few bands in recent times have had the vision and skill to harness the same realms of crushing, slow-moving terror we've seen masterfully captured in previous decades by the works of bands like Evoken, Nortt and particularly Tyranny, the former a band whom Of Darkness most resemble due to the unremitting darkness that burdens their aphotic craft. Yet the Spanish abyss-shapers seem to have taken this dismal, subterranean audial nightmare of theirs to an entire new realm of majesty, using experimental and improvisational ornaments assembled from unconventional approaches and instrumentations quite unprecedented for the style, to push their abysmal sonic magma into an even more blighted niche of extremity, rarely - if ever before - witnessed at such a terrifying and otherworldly state.
"Missa Tridentina" pre-orders are now available both for vinyl and digital formats via all our channels, with a global release date set for March 29 2024.
Thank you as always for your time and attention given to our releases.
Sincerely, Sentient Ruin
https://sentientruin.com/releases/of-darkness-missa-tridentina
https://sentientruin.com/bands#/of-darkness

CONCRETE AGE – “MOTHERLAND”
23.3.2024News Concrete AgeLabel: Soundage Productions
Release date: april 4th 2024
Genre: Ethnic Metal
For fans of: Tengger Cavalry | Sepultura | Moonsorrow | Eluveitie
I walk beneath the mountains, beside the tumbling streams of crystal water, over sand and stone and through the ages. I pass the ruins of fortresses and watchtowers that have guarded these passes from time immemorial, silently watching through the ever turning seasons. My measured steps upon the path kick up clouds of dust that rise like ghosts from the pages of history. Above me the golden eagles ride the air currents, screaming out their kingship, their dominance over this wild and beautiful kingdom. This is my home, the place that has shaped me; my blood is her blood – my Motherland.
Motherland is the ninth album from Concrete Age; an album like no other by a band like no other. A hymn to their birthplace, every song, every note, every word on this remarkable album is imbued with the spirit of the Caucasus, that incomparable region – birthplace of empires, steeped in blood and wonder – that lies between the Black and Caspian seas. From its very beginning, with the brilliant a cappella chant that ushers in opening track ‘Raida Rada’, Motherland transports the listener, across the miles and through the centuries, to stand below the towering peak of Mount Elbrus, to slip beneath the still waters of Lake Kara Kol, to stride upon the battlements of Narikala fortress and embrace the ancient stone of Geghard Monastery. ‘Battle For The Caucasus’ is powerful, aggressive, extreme metal that explodes in a dazzling display of ethnic colours and flavours and shamanistic magic. The haunting cry of ‘Nomads’ speaks to the soul, to our primal wanderlust and like the proverbial piper leads us far from hearth and home. From the thrilling, thrashing rage of ‘Cossack’s Pride’ to the dancing rhythms of ‘Mestizo’, the exotic melodies, intricate guitar lines and vital, vigorous drums of ‘Shalaho’ to the heart-lifting choruses and shimmering solo of the multi-faceted jewel that is ‘Adeghag’…there is so much to discover on this journey through the Motherland. When you listen to the strange majesty of this inspired collection of songs, you are hearing the sound of a band coming into the full realisation of their powers. With Concrete Age’s last album, the acclaimed Bardo Thodol, it seemed as if that was the ultimate expression of the band’s unique art. Yet with Motherland they have found another path that has led them even higher into the mountains, to lofty places previously unimagined.
Motherland feels vibrant and alive, with every single element of Concrete Age’s multitudinous sonic palette, each voice and instrument singing with a rich and vital clarity. The band have also employed the services of Nargathrond’s Sergey "Lazar" (Panzerfaust, Imperial Age etc) for a specific vinyl master – a further example of the care and attention to detail that can be felt radiating from every aspect of Motherland. When it is unveiled by SoundAge Productions on April 4th this album will captivate and enchant all who hear it. Those already familiar with the music of Concrete Age will be spellbound and thrilled by what the band have achieved. And those who are new to their magic will have their ears opened to a world of imagination, passion and creativity that stretches far beyond the accepted horizons of metal.
Line-up:
Ilia Morozov - Vocals/Guitars/Zurna/Baglama
Boris Zahariev  - Guitars
Giovanni M Ruiu - Bass
Davide Marini - Drums
www.concreteage.co.uk/

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Mitsingen oder headbangen? Die schwedischen Mosher von LEACH stellen uns mit ihrem neuen Lyric-Video zur Single “SLICE OF LIFE” vor eine schwierige Wahl!

Die nördlichen Teile Europas leben in ihrem eigenen – aus der Sicht Außenstehender manchmal seltsam anmutenden – Zyklus von Licht und Dunkelheit. Und das gilt insbesondere für die skandinavischen Völker. Hin- und hergerissen zwischen der nie untergehenden Sonne einerseits und den Dämonen einer scheinbar endlosen Dunkelheit andererseits, ist es kein Wunder, dass sie jene Vielzahl von Mythen, Legenden und Märchen entwickeln konnten, für die sie bekannt sind. Ein reiches Erbe, das auch mit dem Siegeszug des elektrischen Lichts nicht untergegangen ist, denn eine Legion von E-Gitarren, streitlustigen Trommeln und fesselnden Stimmen oder, kurz gesagt, Heavy Metal hat es bewahrt, wiederbelebt und auch selbst aus ihm geschöpft. Ein Ergebnis all dessen ist das unglaubliche Scandi-Gespür für alle Arten von Hymnen, unabhängig vom tatsächlichen Genre.
Und wie schon die Schöpfungen der Mythologie seit vielen Jahrhunderten, ist Metal ein Heilmittel, das unsere Dämonen vertreibt und sie uns für einen Moment vergessen lässt. "Willst du abschütteln, was heute so an dir nagt? Nur zu", fordert das schwedische Moshbattalion LEACH auf: "Komm, brich deine Dunkelheit auf und packe dieses kostbare Stückchen Leben (Anm.: ‘Slice Of Life’) aus!"
17.3.2024 News LeachLink zum Video auf YouTube: https://youtu.be/nDhfJRDZtm4
"Slice Of Life" für deine persönliche Playlist: https://orcd.co/sliceoflife
Siehst du? Das war gar nicht so übel, oder? Jetzt sollte es weg sein, dieses nervenaufreibende Kitzeln in deinem Hinterkopf. Dieses Gefühl der Unerfülltheit, dass man etwas verpasst hat, ohne jemals eine Ahnung davon gehabt zu haben, was das überhaupt gewesen sein könnte. Sollte es jemals wiederkommen, bist du mit diesem Gefühl nicht allein: "Ich hasse dieses Gefühl, es ist, als hätte man einen Schatten, den ein Licht wirft, das man nie sieht", versucht LEACH-Sänger und Gitarrist Markus es zu ergründen, wenn er über die Bedeutung hinter der brandneuen Single “Slice Of Life” der Band spricht. "Aber das ist nichts, was ein punkiger, geradliniger Four-Beat-Rock, gemixt mit einem ordentlichen Schlag Metal, nicht heilen könnte, oder?" – Genau! Und jetzt nochmal von vorne, aber diesmal mitshouten, bitte!
“Slice Of Life” ist die dritte Singleauskopplung aus LEACHs vierten Album “NEW MODEL OF DISBELIEF”, das am 19. April 2024 digital sowie auf CD und LP erscheinen wird. Christian Silver von Studiomega (Sepultura, Kreator, Soilwork), der sich schon um das Vorgängeralbum “Lovely Light of Life” gekümmert hat, fungierte erneut als treibende Kraft in Sachen Recording, Mixing und Mastering.
Checke hier unbedingt den Pre-Save des Albums aus: https://orcd.co/leach und vergiss nicht, die aktuellen Singles "Gone To Waste" (https://orcd.co/gonetowaste) und "All Rise" (https://orcd.co/leachallrise) direkt auf die Playlist(en) deiner Wahl zu werfen.
Über LEACH
Mit drei Full-Length-Releases und einer EP im Rücken konnten sich LEACH längst einen festen Platz in der skandinavischen Musikszene sichern. Sie haben den international geschätzten schwedischen Sound neu definiert, indem sie Elemente der kultigen Göteborger Szene mit der besonderen Aggressivität des nordischen Hardcore verschmolzen und dabei eine gute Portion Stockholmer Death der alten Schule einfließen ließen. Ihr Markenzeichen sind elektrisierende und aufregende Smash-Songs mit groovigen Wendungen – man stelle sich einfach ein blutrünstiges, melodiehungriges Bastardkind von Entombed und Exodus vor, zwei der größten langjährigen Einflüsse der Band.
Diese Gang – Markus Wikander am Gesang und an den Gitarren, Robert Karlsson an den Gitarren, Anders Nordlander (sowie sein Nachfolger Tobias Oja) am Bass und Joachim Dahlström am Schlagzeug – weiß genau, wie sie ihre Stilmischung einzusetzen hat, und viele der wichtigsten Playlist-Redakteure auf der ganzen Welt haben den Jungs im Laufe der Jahre immer wieder recht gegeben. Die Vocals haben Biss, die Riffs treiben zum Moshen an und die Melodien öffnen sich zu leidenschaftlichen großen Lebensfragen. Der thematische Spannungsbogen zwischen Revolution, sozialer Ungerechtigkeit und innerer Zerrissenheit in den Texten der Band bietet ein herrlich dynamisches Druckventil für aufgestaute Emotionen jeglicher Art.
Und auch in der Touring-Abteilung sind die Schweden nicht zu verachten: In ihrer beachtlichen Live-Historie haben LEACH die Bühne schon mit prominenten Bands wie Unearth, Misery Index, Belphegor und Kampfar geteilt. Dadurch hat sich in den letzten Jahren eine begeisterte Fangemeinde um die Band gebildet, die das Ganze beispielhaft anhand eines typischen LEACH-Live-Erlebnisses beschreibt: "Energie bis zum Anschlag – die Menge spürt, dass wir alles geben und gibt uns Energie zurück."
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UNDER THE BLACK SUN 2024
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Das Under The Black Sun Festival hat sich in über zwei Jahrzehnten bewegender Geschichte zu einem der größten Events für Black Metal in Deutschland entwickelt
2024 steht ein Jubiläum an. Denn das Under The Black Sun feiert seine 25. Ausgabe und Besucher dürfen sich einmal mehr auf ein erlesenes Billing aus internationalen Black-Metal-Größen und spannenden Newcomern freuen.
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Bis auf eine Ausnahme erwarten Festivalbesucher ausschließlich Bands, die noch nie beim Under The Black Sun auf der Bühne standen.
Das Festival findet vom 04.07 – 06.07.2023 auf der Freilichtbühne in Friesack (nähe Berlin) statt.
Bands 2024
AEON WINDS (Slovakia)
BLACK ALTAR (Poland)
BLUTSTURM (Germany)
DELETERE (Canada)
ENISUM (Italy)
FROSTED UNDERGROWTH (Germany)
HAPPY DAYS (USA)
HEIMDALLS WACHT (Germany)
KHOLD (Norway)
KILATUS (Malaysia)
KROLOK    (Slovakia)
OFERMOD (Sweden)
ORTUS (Germany)
OSSUAIRE (Canada)
OWLS WOODS GRAVES (Poland)
PECHSTEIN (Switzerland)
SAD (Greece)
SARGEIST (Finland )
TEMPLE OF EVIL (Cyprus)
TULUS (Norway)
UNHALLOWED (Germany)
VALOSTA VARJOON(Germany)
VERMILIA (Finland)
WARMOON LORD (Finland)
WOLVES OF PERDITION (Finland)
ZWIELICHT (Germany)

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Vereinigung aus Thrash und Doom: Die Jersey Devils MIDNITE HELLION präsentieren ihre brandneue Video-Single “ARMY OF THE DEAD” . Hast du dich schon mal gefragt, wie es wohl klingen würde, wenn sich die britische Legende Witchfinder General im Pilzrausch in die herrlich schräge Thrash-Metal-Szene von New Jersey verirrt hätte? Keine Sorge, du bist damit nicht allein: Die US-Thrasher MIDNITE HELLION scheinen eines Tages mit genau der gleichen Frage aufgewacht zu sein.
Und während Psilos nicht auf ihrem Speiseplan stehen, so doch definitivNWOBHM – und zwar von Blitzkrieg-schnell bis schwer und langsam! Eine mögliche Antwort auf deine Frage könnte damit etwa “Army Of The Dead” des (außerhalb der USA) bald kommenden Album “KINGDOM IMMORTAL” sein.
Am düsteren Ende eines Intros, das sich so langsam und behaglich präsentiert wie ein guter alter Doom-Metal-Trauermarsch, zu dem sich eine Batterie Kampftrommeln gesellt, läutet ein einziger Glockenschlag sie ein, die massive Wand aus Mid-Tempo-Mosh, die den für das Funktionieren einer echten Metal-Hymne so grundlegenden infektiös-griffigen Refrain in sich trägt.
Und wie es begonnen hat, so soll es auch enden: mehr vom langsam brodelnden Groove, mehr Melodien in einem cremigen Gitarrensolo, und sogar noch mehr Totenglocken, die das Ende der Show einläuten – es sei denn, man achtet auf den Replay-Button und drückt ihn. In diesem Fall geht es direkt wieder zur Sache, mit Thrash, schwer wie die Sau, und dieser gewissen Rock'n'Roll-Attitüde, zu der sich die faszinierende Verspieltheit gesellt, die so viele von uns im NWOBHM finden und lieben. Und tatsächlich ist der Song ein Liebesbrief, eine Hommage, die da über den großen Teich zu uns geflogen kommt:

Link zum Song auf YouTube: https://youtu.be/TC9RUsG4UgU
Playlistfutter: https://orcd.co/aotd
Nach der Veröffentlichung auf dem US-Markt im Jahr 2022 stieg MIDNITE HELLIONs Album “Kingdom Immortal” sofort bei Metal Contraband und NACC Radio in die Charts ein. Und bald  wird die verrückte zeitreisende Riffmaschine auch für europäische Fans des klassischen Nackenschredders erhältlich sein. Der Titel leitet sich vom Rock'n'Roll-Himmel ab, in den jeder verstorbene Musiker oder jede Band kommt, nachdem es zu Ende geht. Mit acht denkwürdigen Tracks versehen, wird "Kingdom Immortal" ab 12. April digital und auf CD, MC und LP erstmals auch außerhalb der Vereinigten Staaten erhältlich sein.
“Kingdom Immortal” ab sofort als Pre-Order und Pre-Save: https://orcd.co/kingdomimmortal
17.3.2024 News Midnite HellionTrackliste :
1. H.M.O
2. She-Demon
3. Phantomland
4. Rapscallion
5. Speed Demon
6. Resurrected
7. Army Of The Dead
8. In Sickness And In Hell

Über MIDNITE HELLION
MIDNITE HELLION wurden 2011 von Schlagzeuger Drew Rizzo gegründet und nahmen 2016 mit dem Bassisten und Sänger Rich Kubik Gestalt an. Ihr unverwechselbarer Stil – klassischer, schnörkelloser Heavy Metal, der unglaublich ansteckende Thrash-Riffs mit einer geradlinigen, spaßigen Bühnen-Attitüde serviert – machte die Jungs zu einer Top-Auswahl für Weltklasse-Acts, um ihr jeweiliges Publikum anzuheizen. Von ihrer starken lokalen und regionalen Fangemeinde befeuert, teilten MIDNITE HELLION die Bühnen bereits mit Overkill, Dirkschneider, Grim Reaper, Flotsam & Jetsam, Obituary, Diamond Head, Raven, Exodus, Yngwie Malmsteen und vielen anderen. 
Ihr elektrisierendes Debütalbum “Condemned to Hell” (2017) erwies sich als genau die Art von Abrissbirne, die die Band brauchte. Das Album, vom mehrfachen Marconi-Preisträger WSOU 89.5 FM aufgegriffen und großflächig verbreitet, bahnte der Band erfolgreich einen sicheren Weg in die breitere US-Metal-Szene. In weniger als einem Jahr wurde “Condemned to Hell” zu einem nationalen Phänomen – analog zu MIDNITE HELLION als Tournee-Act, der überall intensive Moshpits auslöste. Der Tourzyklus zum Album erreichte Ende 2018 seinen Höhepunkt, als die Band die Bühnen mit OTEP und THE WORLD OVER im Mittleren Westen und in den Bergregionen der USA teilte.
Beflügelt von der Unbändigkeit ihrer Fans sowie der Energie, die sie von diesem Publikum zurückerhalten hatten, und getrieben von einem Sack voller neuer Songs und Ideen, die sie mit nach Hause brachten, betraten MIDNITE HELLION im August 2019 die Pyramid Sound Studios in Ithaca, NY.
Für die Aufnahme ihres zweiten Albums “Kingdom Immortal” benötigten sie nur sechs Tage mit der Hilfe des Kult-Produzenten Alex Perialas, der in der Vergangenheit dazu beigetragen hatte, den charakteristischen Thrash-Sound von Anthrax/S.O.D, Overkill oder Testament zu formen und auch Joe Bonamassas Musik das eine oder andere Pfund hinzufügen konnte.
Das Mixing fand im März und das Mastering im Mai 2021 statt, bevor der Vinyl-Cut bei Infrasonic Sound durch Daniel Bacigalupi (Barry Gibb, Dolly Parton, Stray Cats, Willie Nelson) erfolgte.
“Kingdom Immortal” war bei den Radiosendern in den Vereinigten Staaten von Anfang an erfolgreich und landete landesweit unter den Top 5 der meistgehörten Alben im Radio.
Infolgedessen tourten MIDNITE HELLION im Sommer 2022 mit Anvil für 39 Konzerte durch die USA, um das Album zu unterstützen, gefolgt von einer zweiten US-Tour mit Anvil für weitere 25 Auftritte im Frühjahr 2023.
Auf dem Weg zur ersten weltweiten Veröffentlichung, einschließlich Europa, werden MIDNITE HELLION später im Jahr 2024 eine ausgedehnte USA-Kanada-Tour mit der deutschen Metal-Maschine U.D.O. absolvieren.
Der Sturm aus der Vergangenheit ist noch lange nicht vorbei.
http://www.youtube.com/midnitehellion
http://www.midnitehellion.com
http://www.facebook.com/midnitehellion


17.3.2024 News MANUS MORTIS MANUS MORTIS
, das Death Metal Urgestein aus Backnang, macht seit über 20 Jahren die Bühnen dieser Welt unsicher. Im Zyklus ihrer Veröffentlichungen ist das neue Album „SHORES OF HELL“ (Vö: 23.03.2024) ein weiterer Meilenstein, der jeden old school Fan umhauen wird.
„Shores of hell“ wurde live aufgenommen und quasi in Echtzeit auf Vinyl geschnitten.  
Das ist Death Metal in seiner reinsten und brutalsten Form. Fernab vom Mainstream, wurde auf dem Album alles darangesetzt, so authentisch wie möglich zu klingen.
Wer MANUS MORTIS live kennt, wird dieses Album lieben. Und noch besser - mit „Shores of hell“ holt man sich ein Livekonzert der Band in Studioqualität direkt ins Wohnzimmer!
Einen ersten Vorgeschmack auf das, was die Death Metal Welt zu erwarten hat, gibt es mit dem Song „Dark corners“ ab sofort hier zu hören und sehen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xnywint75ts
„Shores of hell“ Album Release-Party: 23.03.2024 Stuttgart, Club Zentral
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17.3.2024 News SICK OF SOCIETY,Seit über 30 Jahren tragen SICK OF SOCIETY, DIE SIFFER und B-WARE zum Kulturbild im Untergrund der deutschsprachigen Musiklandschaft bei. Nach unzähligen gemeinsamen Konzerten in den letzten 12 Jahren in Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz erscheint nun die erste gemeinsame Veröffentlichung. Die gelebte und gepflegte Bandfreundschaft spiegelt sich in der Split-EP „SCHAFE IM WOLFSPELZ“ (VÖ: 15.03.2024) auf 7“ Vinyl und CD, sowie natürlich auf allen gängigen Streaming-Portalen wider. 
Neben bisher unveröffentlichten Beiträgen der jeweiligen Musikgruppe, sind die Höhepunkte dieses Tonträgers zweifelsohne die Neuinterpretationen eines älteren Songs durch die jeweils andere Band. Wobei die jeweiligen Versionen weit über das klassische Covern hinausgeht. Die Schallplatten in farbigem Vinyl mit ansprechendem Artwork zeigen die Professionalität und die Energie, mit welcher hier geklotzt und nicht gekleckert wurde und offenbaren, dass auch nach 30 Jahren gemeinsamen Vergießens von Blut, Schweiß und Tränen im Proberaum oder auf den Bühnen Europas genügend Herzblut, Kraft und Energie in den Bands steckt.
https://www.instagram.com/sickofsociety_punkrock
https://www.instagram.com/diesiffer


When they first got together in 2012, Tor-Helge Skei (MANES, MANII etc.) and Anna Murphy (CELLAR DARLING, ex-ELUVEITIE) had it in mind that LETHE would act as a home for their musical and artistic aspirations.  Which is precisely what happened.  And now, two much-admired albums later, the Swiss/Norwegian duo are ready with  their third full-length album "ALIENATION".
Ahead of its release on Dark Essence Records on the 26th April, a second track from "Alienation" has been released.  Titled "Éternel" the single can be downloaded or streamed from a variety of services at: https://orcd.co/eternel
Introducing the single, LETHE had this to say:

The album is pretty varied, and it's difficult to select a few songs to represent it as a whole.. but, trying to show some different sides of it, here's a slightly 'sharper' and more energetic song this time, featuring the usual suspects - Eivind Fjøseide on guitars, Tor Arne Helgesen on drums, plus Pierre Ripka on vocals... enjoy! Become Alienated!
Named after one of the five rivers of Hades in Greek mythology, LETHE was built on the premise that the music created by the duo would follow only one rule, and that is that there would be no rules, no expectations and no compromises, thus allowing the band to experiment with their sound at every possible level.
LETHE's music is therefore quite unique and very personal.  A melting pot of dark rock, pop, electronic, experimentation and metal, filled with an atmosphere that is cold and harsh and interwoven with beautiful melodies and mesmerizing grooves. 
It is a sound that has variously been described as "genre-bending", "style-bastardization", "eclectic", and even "just plain weird", resulting in LETHE being able to straddle a variety of disciplines, without having to fit themselves into any one in particular.  Something that has drawn fans of all kinds of genres to the band.
"Alienation" itself took longer to appear given the circumstances that affected so much new music over the past few years,  and it continues to explore LETHE's  idiosyncratic soundscapes, whilst at the same time giving Tor-Helge and Anna the freedom to explore new avenues, as they explain:
The 3rd chapter of the Lethe saga is, as always, an eclectic blend of expressions and atmospheres and moods, and not many defined borders, styles or rules.. Lyrically it's about being outsiders, outcasts, and alienated in various forms, mentally, physically,  ideologic(ally).. and musically.. (hence the album title).. So, join us on another journey, a personal and alternate one..
17.3.2024 News Lethe Track listing on "Alienation", which features guest appearances by members of ATROX, MANES, THE 3RD and THE MORTAL, and artwork by Tom Korsvold. is as follows:
Anhedonia

Brighter
When it’s Over
Éternel
Crossroads
Sedator
Erosion
Worm
"Alienation" will be released in CD, Digital and Limited Edition Purple Vinyl formats, and is now available to pre-order from:
https://darkessencerecords.no/shop/
https://lethemetal.bandcamp.com/album/alienation

A video for the previously released single "Erosion", comprised of clips taken from  'Point of Return' (University of Oklahoma), can be seen at https://youtu.be/PGzLIT3K8DE
More information about LETHE can be found on the band's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/LetheProject or on their website at https://torhelgeskei.com/lethe/


WAR GRAVE – “WAR GRAVE” ( EP )
17.3.2024 News WAR GRAVELabel: Independent Release
Release date: april 26th 2024
Genre: Heavy Metal
For fans of: Megadeth | Judas Priest | Symphony X | Iron Maiden
In a world of mundanity and small, frightened lives lived in shades of grey and whispers, where we carry our chains uncomplaining through drudgery seasoned with deception, there are still a precious few who paint their path in an explosion of dramatic colour and stand before the titanic waves of triumph and tragedy, arms outstretched. They will not bend the knee or accept the inevitability of our fall into decline and decay. They are the heroes of the dreams we used to dream and they are waiting for us to remember who we are...
With their exhilarating metal anthems the UK’s War Grave cast towering visions across the canvas of the sky, grand spectacles of witches and warfare brought to life through the brushstrokes of anthemic choruses, irresistible hooks and solos that spiral to the heavens, then fall back to earth in cascading showers of notes. They confront oppression and manipulation, conflict and revenge through sharp, powerful metal which is both classic in form and adventurous in spirit. Elements of thrash entwine with the irrepressible energy of power metal and lead guitars sing like avenging battle angels. From the crisp, incisive riffing of opener ‘War Graves’, to the climactic metal thunder of ‘Price To Pay’, this exuberant debut EP encompasses everything that is great about heavy metal – both its rich history and vibrant, vital present. The first single to be released from the EP is the magnificent vocal duel of ‘Witch’, where War Grave’s Roman Kantoch (ex-More) crosses swords with the legendary Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens (KK’s Priest, ex-Judas Priest, ex-Iced Earth etc). With its earthshaking drums and enthralling storytelling this release highlight is sure to capture the hearts of true metalheads everywhere.
Produced by Charlie Wilson Jnr. (Torchbearer, Graven Image etc) at London’s Monolith Studios, War Grave sounds fresh, exciting and unstoppable. Available from April 26th on CD and digital formats and in exclusive bundles including the new War Grave patch and ‘Witch’ t-shirt, this EP is destined to be an important addition to the canon of British heavy metal.  Cast off your chains and reach for the sky with War Grave!
War Grave EP pre-save link: https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/wargrave1/war-grave-self-titled
‘Witch’ single pre-save link: https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/wargrave1/witch-feat-tim-ripper-owens
EP/Bundles pre-order link:
 https://wargraveofficial.bandcamp.com/album/war-grave

Line-up:
Roman Kantoch - Vocals
Charlie Gossett - Bass
Trent Powell - Guitar
Stuart Layne – Guitar/Backing Vocals
Steve Brill - Drums
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Kiwi thrash titans JUST ONE FIX have unleashed the second single from the forthcoming EP, ‘SUBMIT OR DEATH’, “YOUR OWN GOD NOW”.
The song is a blistering aural barrage that poses questions about Immortality and explores the reality of the burden of being alive.
“Human beings weren’t meant to go around for more than a hundred years, the thought of centuries of existence to me is mortifying and that’s what we are talking about here,” states vocalist Riccardo Ball.
“Your Own God Now” also brings to the fore the riff writing and frenetic playing of guitarist Sharne Scarborough, “The fretwork is a display of technical prowess, with blistering speed and intricate phrasing that adds a melodic touch” is how freelance studio musician and sound engineer Andre Avanessian described it.
Add the engine room of Ant Ward and Ross Curtain in the rhythm section “Your Own God Now” is the follow up that fans of “Gods & Devils deserve.
https://www.youtube.com/@JoFOfficial
https://www.facebook.com/justonefixnz

It's not often that you find innovation in death metal and that alone should warrant your attention. Defect Designer have delivered a thrilling new album that's quirky, colourful and wildly unpredictable.  It's streaming in full now. Please check it out on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQVjl54SxH0
or on https://defectdesignerband.bandcamp.com/album/chitin  and give it a chance if you haven't yet!
DEFECT DESIGNER  - “CHITIN”
17.3.2024 News DEFECT DESIGNERFor fans of - Diskord, Atvm, Februus, Demilich, Contrastic, Swelling Repulsion, Disharmonic Orchestra
Norwegian death metal band Defect Designer have taken things to another level with their hugely anticipated new full length album. It comes on the heels of their well-received EP release where they showcased their skills most recently, playing in their own trademark weird style with a sense of vibrancy that was unmatched. The grind urgency has since been supplanted with more of a thrashy influence and sees the death metal part of their sound getting more pronounced along with their innate, irrepressible flair for progressive experimentation. The music is just as wild, imaginative and colourful as you would expect from them, and much like their Ian Miller artwork, it has mind-boggling intricate details. Each song seems to offer something unique to the release, even adding a dimension or two in some cases, and despite all the infinite intricacies, there's a sense of rhythmic catchiness and cohesiveness. In simple words, this is a refreshing death metal record of the kind that you don't get too often. It has an unhinged, free-spirited quality to it which is impossible to recreate and the sheer delight derived in creatively putting together this record is palpable, nay, infectious, to say the least. Suitably challenging and outrageously boisterous, 'Chitin' will set your head on fire while putting a smile on your face.
Line up
Dmitry Sukhinin (Diskord) - Guitars, vocals, music, lyrics
Martin Storm-Olsen - Bass, vocals, lyrics, sound engineering
Eugene Ryabchenko (Fleshgod Apocalypse) - Drums
Guest vocals by Björn Strid (Soilwork) on Shine Shine
Artwork by Ian Miller (Ulthar)

Track listing:
1. Uglification Spell
2. To Ziggurat
3. Simulacrum
4. We Will Need Your Chitin
5. We Prescribe
6. Certainty After The Kafkaesque Twist
7. Gaudy Colors From Your Plastic Bag
8. Shine Shine
9. Story Of A Styrofoam
10. Insomnia
11. Nu, Pogodi!
12. Orgone Accumulator
Official release date - March 14th, 2024

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https://www.facebook.com/defectdesigner1
Thank you so much for your time! Kunal Choksi Label owner Transcending Obscurity Mumbai, India

17.3.2024 News THE SHEPHERD Loud Rage Music presents the debut album of the Romanian one-man project THE SHEPHERD, the frontman of death’n’roll band Blacksheep. "THE BEGUILING MIND GAMES" is set to be released on April 15th, 2024 in digital format on Bandcamp and all digital platforms. 
Technical but expressive, fast and slow, brutal yet melodic, "The Beguiling Mind Games" is a dark pilgrimage through the most hidden places of the human mind. It deals with gaslighting, depression, anxiety, betrayal, fear, manipulation and suicide. It is the bare and ugly truth about human interactions and their consequences. A complex journey in nine chapters developing a strange and original soundtrack for those who are keen to bands like Hypocrisy, Edge of Sanity, Yearning, Phlebotomized (weird enough, ha ?) and why not, Blacksheep.

The artwork of the album was made by the well known graphic artist Costin Chioreanu.
"Freedom Is The Absence Of Fear", the first single taken off "The Beguiling Mind Games" is available here: https://youtu.be/X8398xKXgHY
BLACKSHEEP released their latest full-length album "Bloodties" in collaboration with Loud Rage Music last year, and it is available here: https://loudragemusic.bandcamp.com/album/blacksheep-bloodties
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Vorga have come up with an exquisite follow-up album that many are regarding to be their finest yet. They've fleshed out aspects of their sound and it sounds even more impactful than before. The songwriting has definitely matured on this one. No Clean Singing premiered one of the faster songs from the album https://www.nocleansinging.com/2024/03/11/an-ncs-premiere-vorga-the-cataclysm/
Excerpt - "a gloriously exhilarating experience that keeps the adrenaline flowing even as the atmosphere darkens"
VORGA – “BEYOND THE PALEST STAR”
17.3.2024 News VORGAFor fans of: Imperialist, Dissection, Vektor, Emperor, Satyricon, Mare Cognitum
Scaling astronomical heights with their previous full length, sci-fi themed black metal band Vorga return with
another illuminating album. The German band, wiser from their experiences, have adopted a more direct approach with a sound that is comparatively more stripped down but its emotive appeal and stirring quality has only been enhanced. In addition to being far more nuanced, the songs are beautifully structured too, each narrating its own otherworldly tale. Finding better expression, the music is more relatable and heartfelt than ever before, with the numerous glistening melodies lingering on for much longer than expected. The music almost has a gentle, haunting quality to it. The band understands that when the music is so emotionally rich and evocative, the expression need not be forceful anymore. There's pure understated elegance on display here which is unparalleled; it's sheer class. Vorga have fully mastered their art on this release and multiple listens will only attest to the fact that they've come up with yet another gem of an album.
Album line up
Atlas - Rhythm Guitar
Спейса - Lead Guitar, Bass + Vocals
Hymir - Drums

Artwork by Adam Burke (Imperialist)
Track listing:
1. Voideath
2. The Sophist
3. Magical Thinking
4. The Cataclysm
5. Tragic Humanity
6. Fractal Cascade
7. Terminal
Official release date - March 29th, 2024

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Thank you so much for your time! Kunal Choksi  Label owner Transcending Obscurity  Mumbai, India

17.3.2024 News Brutal RecordsALL METAL GENRES… LOOKING TO SIGN NEW ARTISTS : BRUTAL RECORDS is on the prowl for the sonic revolutionaries set to detonate the music scene and propel our label roster to unparalleled heights . Only the raw, unapologetic, and unreleased material should hit our radar. Send us a bio that screams your essence and links to your current Social and Streaming battlegrounds. Hold tight, because not every artist will face the same battle spoils.
All Metal Music Genres, from the ferocious to the untamed, are welcome. What we hunger for is a sound so savage it grips the listener, leaving them hungry for more.
Prepare for a musical uprising as we eagerly await your submissions, ready to forge an alliance with the most relentless!
info@brutalrecords.com
www.brutalrecords.com
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Blackened Death Metal band RAVENOIR released new full-length album „CULTUS INFERI“  under the banner of Czech label Black Barn Music.
The cover artwork for RAVENOIR's third studio album was created by Mexican artist Nestor Avalos who is also known for his cooperation with such bands like Moonspell, Rotting Christ or Deicide.
Track listing:
1. Glorification of Godlessness
2. Black Luna
3. Crows´ Call
4. Confession to the Darkness
5. Requiem
6. Belial's Realm
7. Orgiastic Ceremony
8. Kingdom of Amnesia
Line-up:
AD – guitar, vocals
Igor – bass
Háb – guitar
Zbyňa – drums
https://www.facebook.com/RavenoirOfficial

Finnish Sludge-Doom metal band EARTHBLOOD is set to release their second EP titled 'WITCHBURNER' on April 18th 2024 via Inverse Records. The Finns seem to be quite productive while it's been only half a year since their critically acclaimed debut EP 'Primal Fury'.  

The first single "Sons of Heavy Rain" taken from the upcoming second EP is more melodic than its predecessor, but the soundscape remains the same. The fuzz guitar rumbles, the dirty bass growls and the drums beat like thunder. 
17.3.2024 News EarthbloodWATCH Sons of Heavy Rain music video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pv-tsnc5rSs 
The band comments: 
"The song tells tales of band life, alcohol and the madness of one's aspirations to greatness.
“Sons of Heavy Rain 
The drums echo now
Too long have you slumbered
It’s time to make a stand” " 
Listen to Sons of Heavy Rain single: https://push.fm/fl/earthblood-sons
Biography: 
Earthblood was founded in the spring of 2023 by a group of friends, fusing elements of dirty and gritty Sludge with the fast tempos and riffing of genres such as Thrash and Death metal. They humorously describe this sonic wall of sound as Thunder Ape metal.
Earthbloods first EP titled “Primal Fury” was released by Inverse records in the September of 2023.
Their sophomore EP bearing the name “Witchburner” will be branded upon the world on April 18th 2024 via Inverse Records.
Apes together strong!
Line-Up:
Niko Kauhanen: Drums
Jere Halonen: Guitar & Vocals
Joel Notkonen: Bass & Vocals
Tuure Suomalainen: Guitar & Backing Vocals
https://earthbloodfinland.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/band.EARTHBLOOD

BATTLECREEK – “MAZE OF THE MIND”
Release: 11. April 2024
With their third album "Maze of the Mind", the four thrashers from Battlecreek combine the unmistakable sound of German thrash metal with their Bay Area roots and transport it powerfully into the present. Since their formation in 2004, the four Bavarians have also tirelessly made a name for themselves in the national metal scene through countless live activities, which is why the quartet was also included in the documentary "Total Thrash" (2022) as a representative of the New Wave Of German Thrash Metal.
"Maze Of The Mind" impressively demonstrates the sheer indomitable joy with which the guys go about their work and gives an idea that the quartet is also capable of bringing this energy to the stage.
https://mdd-shop.de/
https://www.facebook.com/BattlecreekThrash/

Horror Pain Gore Death Productions are set to release the debut album from Tokyo Japan's blistering Deathgrind act KOSUKE HASHIDAJUSTIFIABLE HOMICIDE is up now for pre-order and will be released on April 5th on CD and Digital formats along with merch.
For fans of : Brutal Truth, Lock Up, Napalm Death, Nasum, No/Más, Pig Destroyer, Repulsion, Rotten Sound, Terrorizer and Wormrot.
Hailing from Tokyo Japan, Kosuke Hashida previously played guitar for the Japanese band World End Man, as well as performing live guitar duties in Abysmal Dawn. Justifiable Homicide presents 10 brutal tracks blending Death Metal, Thrash, Grindcore and Hardcore/Punk styles, showcasing skillful extreme aggression and vicious calculated speed on this monstrous slab of sickness.
Listen to the single "Nakano Grind City" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0f9MOiHj5jo
17.3.2024 News KOSUKE HASHIDATrack Listing:
1. Justifiable Homicide
2. Massive Hemorrhage
3. Spurt Of Blood
4. Suicide Again
5. Think Twice
6. Psychotic Depression
7. Killing Is Your Business
8. The Last Word
9. Dehumanized
10. Nakano Grind City
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Hailing from Gothenburg, iconic melodic death metal pioneers, DARK TRANQUILLITY, are thrilled to ring in a new chapter of their musical journey: The band has finished their 13th studio album, "ENDTIME SIGNALS", to be released on August 16th.
In addition, the band provides a sneak peek into the album’s thematic depth with the release of the first single "The Last Imagination", which offers a first glimpse into the profound journey through the existential depth that is "Endtime Signals".
17.3.2024 News DARK TRANQUILLITYListen to "The Last Imagination" here: https://darktranquillity.lnk.to/EndtimeSignalsNe
Watch the visualizer for "The Last Imagination" here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KDDVdJuI2E
Notably, "Endtime Signals" not only marks the 13th studio album of the band, but also their 10th album collaboration with Century Media Records. Building on the success of previous releases such as "Atoma" (2016), which climbed up to #2 in the Swedish album charts, and "Moment" (2020), which earned the band a Swedish Grammis award, the band is set to continue to redefine and deliver a top-tier musical experience with Endtime Signals.
The band shares about the album:
"Welcome to the world of Dark Tranquillity once again. It's been a while since "Moment" and we've gone through quite a lot in order to end up where we find ourselves today. But as we can reveal the first single from the upcoming 'Endtime Signals' the feeling is that of pride, accomplishment and a fair bit of relief. 'The Last Imagination' showcases one of many facets of what we feel is our most diverse album to date.
Going back to what we fundamentally feel is the core of Dark Tranquillity, with a partly new line-up, has been a tremendous experience. It gave us the opportunity to re-evaluate and view what we have built from a new and exciting perspective. This resulted in a focused and intense writing period where we have discovered aspects of our music anew and taken certain elements of it further than before.
Joakim Strandberg Nilson has delivered above and beyond in terms of drumming with Christian Jansson following through in fierce and precise fashion. This has driven the writing and recording process to feel challenging, different and inspiring in the best way possible. Thematically the album deals with where we are heading, what has truly and fundamentally changed in us and how we find ways to cope with it. It has been hard finding that spark of positivity lately and there is a sense of grief running through the course of the album. Not only in the sense of mourning what we have lost on a personal level but also where our sacrifices have taken us.
'The Last Imagination' in particular takes this to its logical conclusion and talks of what we leave behind and how hard it is for us to grasp that our significance might not be what we imagined. The breadth of the album is something we have worked hard at and we believe that this first song gives an indication if not a full picture of what is in store. There is ferocious speed, grinding brutality and haunting melodies of devastating loss to come. This is us making good on our promise to ourselves and our continuing mission.”
Stay tuned for more information!
The first single "The Last Imagination" stands as a beacon of Dark Tranquillity's unparalleled artistry: The band delves into the depths of the human experience and reflects on the impermanence of life, with a profound lyrical narrative and captivating melodies. This single challenges listeners to confront the finality of their stories, unheard and untold.
Accompanying the release, Niklas Sundin, former guitarist and longstanding collaborator of the band, has crafted captivating visual elements, including the visualizer for "The Last Imagination". The album release date, August 16th, was strategically chosen: It is no coincidence that the album reveal collides with the infamous Summer Breeze Open Air in Dinkelsbühl, Germany and Dark Tranquillity’s performance at the festival.
As a special celebration for the reveal of their new album, the band will give a burning live performance, playing and partying into the release of "Endtime Signals" live on stage.   
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SAHON – „ BLOOD SHALL BE PAID”
17.3.2024 News SAHONSouth Korean thrash veterans SAHON, will be released their seventh LP Blood Shall Be Paid via the American label Brutal Records on March 8th, 2024
Brutal Records is thrilled to announce their exciting new partnership with South Korea Thrash Metal group trio SAHON, signed a worldwide distribution deal for Digital and Physical with the label.
SAHON's upcoming album, "Blood Shall Be Paid" is a nine-track blitzkrieg of thrash metal that hits like a sonic avalanche. This album doesn't just start strong; it explodes with an unrelenting ferocity and a speed that feels like a sonic assault from start to finish. It's a relentless onslaught that showcases SAHON's mastery honed over decades. 
Prepare for an ons17.3.2024 News DARK TRANQUILLITYlaught of unparalleled aggression as South Korean thrash metal trio SAHON unleash ‘Blood Shall Be Paid’, a relentless barrage of power that epitomizes the essence of thrash metal. The track explodes with the full-throttle fury of thrash, propelled by bone-crushing riffs and thunderous drumwork that harkens back to the old school metal roots. As the vocals unleash their savage fury, the music's brutality reaches unprecedented levels.
But that's just the beginning of the sonic assault: The scorching, swarm-like riffs, reminiscent of classic thrash metal, trade blows with pneumatic force, evoking an unhinged intensity that surges through the veins like wildfire.
And as if that wasn't enough, brace yourself for the solo—an unexpected delight that slithers and shrieks with demonic fervor, infused with hints of the band's Korean heritage. ‘Blood Shall Be Paid’ is not just a album—it's a declaration of war, a testament to the unyielding power of thrash metal in its most extreme form.
The Sahon trio:
Chang Myeong Lee: The merciless ax-wielder, unleashing sonic devastation through his guitar.
Kyoung Hong Kim: The thunderous force behind the kit, delivering bone-shattering beats with unrelenting ferocity.
Yong Ho Lee: The savage voice and driving bass, commanding authority with guttural roars and earth-shaking rhythms.
Unleashes their latest creation, "Blood Shall Be Paid." 
Single "Total Aggression"  https://orcd.co/brut89656s
Album "Blood Shall Be Paid"  March 8th, 2024  https://orcd.co/brut89656
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Symphonic black metal ensemble VESPERIAN SORROW has has posted a new song off their highly-anticipated fifth studio album, AWAKEN THE GREYLIGHT.
"They Beheld the Chainbreaker's Crowning Defiance" marks the fourth track released from the band's first album in 12 years. The song is now streaming on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t15wyDzOGIo
The song will be available on streaming services Friday, March 15. Pre-save "They Beheld the Chainbreaker's Crowning Defiance" at https://orcd.co/chainbreakers-crowning
Awaken the Greylight marks the band's triumphant return after a 12-year hiatus and showcases their evolution and artistic maturity. Awaken the Greylight is a captivating blend of atmospheric black metal and symphonic elements, delivering a haunting and immersive sonic experience. Fans can expect an intense and atmospheric journey, filled with intricate melodies, powerful symphonies, and the signature raw energy that defines VESPERIAN SORROW's sound.
This long-awaited release demonstrates the band's unwavering commitment to their craft and their passion for pushing the boundaries of the genre. VESPERIAN SORROW has meticulously crafted each track, pouring their hearts and souls into the music, resulting in a profound and captivating listening experience.
Awaken the Greylight is set to release on April 26th, and will be available on all major streaming platforms and for physical purchase through Black Lion Records.
Pre-order the album at https://orcd.co/awaken-the-greylights
VESPERIAN SORROW, hailing from Austin, Texas, is a symphonic black metal ensemble with roots tracing back to 1994 when they initially formed under the name Unholy Descent. In the early stages of 1999, the band transformed, adopting the name VESPERIAN SORROW. Unlike many black metal groups that delve into themes of Satanism and anti-Christianity, VESPERIAN SORROW takes a distinctive approach in their lyrical content, exploring realms of the cosmos, sorrow, sadness, and darkness.
The band's name itself, VESPERIAN SORROW, poetically alludes to their thematic focus, translating to "sadness or sorrow in the evening hours.
17.3.2024 News VESPERIAN SORROWTracklisting:
1. As The Pillars Were Raised
2. Antediluvian - Proceeding The Unshaping
3. An Epistle To The Prime Vivified
4. Traverse The Vorthonian Passage
5. A Dire Flight for the Black Fragment
6. Seek the Last Priestess of Tyyk
7. They Beheld the Chainbreaker's Crowning Defiance
8. Who Dwells Whithin The Blight Moon
9. The Excillion Ontogenesis
10. Awaken the Greylight
VESPERIAN SORROW is:
Christopher Nunez - Drums / Keys
Will Rohirrim - Guitars
Orlando Logan Olivero - vocals
Gabe Reyes - bass
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Celebrating the release of “FRAGMENTS OF THE AGELESS”, SKELETAL REMAINS are making a special treat available:
Watch the official instrumental playthrough for “Verminous Embodiment” here: https://youtu.be/lmjCnWr5gHw
The instrumental version is going back to the original idea of the song: “With ‘Verminous Embodiment’ we originally wanted to do something a little more chaotic and over the top with the original intentions for the song to be an instrumental. But, as the writing process continued, we kept hearing a vocal pattern being sung over the groovy verse riff, so the inspiration for lyrics soon followed after. Heavily inspired by an episode of The X-Files entitled ‘Home’”, say the band.
17.3.2024 News SKELETAL REMAINS As of now “Fragments of the Ageless” is available in the following formats:
Ltd. CD Digipak
Ltd. Gatefold transp. magenta LP
Ltd. Gatefold lemon colored LP (300x) available at cmdistro.de and Evil Greed
Ltd. Gatefold transp. light blue LP (300x) available at cmdistro.de and various other retailers
Ltd. Gatefold Opaque Spring Green LP (US version)
Ltd. Gatefold Sunspot LP (500x) available from US Indie outlets and SKELETAL REMAINS
Digital album
Click here for options to buy the album: https://skeletalremains.lnk.to/FragmentsOfTheAgeless
Rather than topics and themes inspiring the cover art, Dan Seagrave’s (Suffocation, Entombed, et al.) famously atramentous detail conversely informed the lyrics and album title. “Seagrave completed the cover art before we had a title,” Monroy says. “That was kind of different, but it worked in our favor. The cover art directly inspired a few of the lyrics and musical themes, tying multiple pieces together, which is a first for us.”
SKELETAL REMAINS recorded “Fragments of the Ageless” at various home and professional studios. Most of the guitars, bass, and solos were tracked DIY. The band wanted the drums to sound as imposing as possible, so they booked Trench Studios (Intronaut, Hirax) with John Haddad, while the vocals were cut at Birdcage Studios with Allen Falcon (Pestilent Death). Once the album’s core had been recorded, Monroy and the team sent their sick slab to Swedish studio ace Dan Swanö (Asphyx, Incantation) for mixing and mastering.
Monroy says the band’s goal with "Fragments of the Ageless" is to continue death metal’s lineage—to honor the past and present. The future, however, is lined with more touring and festivals. Having just come off a stateside run with Suffocation and Incantation late last year, SKELETAL REMAINS are poised to ravage more of the world, with high-profile slots at Wacken (Germany) and Alcatraz (Belgium) festivals already secured.
Death… Is just the beginning with SKELETAL REMAINS’ "Fragments of the Ageless".  
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72 LEGIONS  -"WHAT A GOD COULD BE" 
17.3.2024 News 72 LegionsWhat a God Could Be is the debut full length album from 72 Legions. 10 tracks of beautiful intensity and melodic death metal. From the crushing dissonance of "What a God Could Be" to black metal blast beats of "I am the Swarm" 72 Legions is able to put their own stamp on a brutal and classic death metal genre. What a God Could Be is a brilliant example for melting several styles of death metal, thrash metal, black metal into one cohesive auditory attack.
What a God Could Be is out now on all major platforms and can be purchased through the bands Bandcamp page. 
72 Legions is:
Dan Gates - vox
Curran Murphy - guitars
Robert Quade - guitars
Colton Zeitler - drums
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SUNSHINE signs with Wormholedeath & announces explosive new Single "BREAKCORE BEATS" .
17.3.2024 News SUNSHINEGerman melodic death grind band SUNSHINE is thrilled to announce the release of their latest single, "Breakcore Beats," set to drop on April 1st, 2024. This explosive track marks the band's collaboration with Wormholedeath and promises to redefine the boundaries of heavy music. Get ready for a sonic storm that will shake you to the core!
Recorded, mixed, and mastered at the prestigious Vyrah Studios under the expert guidance of Michael Streckbein, "Breakcore Beats" is a whirlwind of intensity and innovation, delivering a relentless fusion of melodic death grind.
"Sunshine – as honest as the Ruhr area, sounds like a game night with As I Lay Dying and Mörser," describes the band's unique sound, encapsulating the essence of their music in a single phrase.
SUNSHINE
"Many bands write really good biographies, we prefer to write really good songs." Says the band. And indeed, their music speaks volumes, transcending language barriers and connecting with audiences on a primal level.
The band has only been around for a year or two. However, it's worth looking at their history to understand who they are and what makes their music unique.
The journey started in 2019 as a vague concept brewing in a cozy corner bar in Essen, accompanied by the refreshing taste of Stauder beer. That rainy spring evening brought together three young men, each boasting decades of musical expertise. Sunshine's roots trace back to the early 1990s when some of its members, along with their previous band, secured their first record deal with the German label, "Alveran Records," making a name for themselves in the underground scene. Over the years, various members of Sunshine and their bands landed contracts with well-known industry names and toured Europe with acts like As I Lay Dying, Heaven Shall Burn, Napalm Death, and Burry Tomorrow.
From the remnants of these underground bands emerged something new and exciting. After just a few jam sessions, it became evident that Sunshine was on the brink of creating something extraordinary. However, the pandemic-induced slowdowns delayed Sunshine's full realization until 2022. From the beginning, Sunshine has been all about honest and uncompromising melodic death grind. Their sound is a vibrant amalgamation of diverse subgenres, infused with hardcore and punk influences, evident in their music's dynamic range. Whether intricate and harmonious or raw and aggressive, Sunshine's songs always reflect the emotions that shape their identity.
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Seattle (WA) - Melodic Death Metal quartet VERITERAS has released a lyric video for "ABYSS," courtesy of The Circle Pit. "Abyss" is the first single from forthcoming album, THE DARK HORIZON, and will be available March 14 on all major digital platforms. Dive in at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqbQ1qIPFM0

VERITERAS is set to release its sophomore full-length album, The Dark Horizon, on April 11.
"The Dark Horizon really leans in on our old school melodic death metal roots, and as a result has a more blackened melodic death metal sound compared to our previous release, Shadow of Death. There's more tremelo picking, more blast beats, but still holding on to a very melodic core. We're very happy with how the album ended up, and we grew a ton through the process. The songwriting is more mature, the lyrics are stronger because Sean wrote most of them instead of me, the musicianship is better, and the mix is fantastic. We're all super excited to be sharing this album with the world, and hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed making it!"- Santtu Winter (Veriteras)
In support of the album VERITERAS will be hitting the road with Finland's Event Relentless for the nine-city PNW U.S. Tour!"
Pre-order: https://veriteras.bandcamp.com/album/the-dark-horizon
17.3.2024 News VERITERASTrack Listing:
1 - Certainty
2 - Celestial Darkness
3 - Abyss
4 - Last Rites
5 - Sanctuary
6 - Manufactured Dreams
7 - Blinding
8 - Retrograde
9 - Light in the Darkness
Album Credits:
Music written and arranged by Santtu Winter and Veriteras. 
Songs "Retrograde" and "Blinding" written and arranged by Sean Osterberg and Santtu Winter.
Lyrics by Sean Osterberg and Santtu Winter. Bass written and recorded by Matthew Kirkwold at Meow Sounds. 
Solos written and recorded by Major Bruno (first solo on "Sanctuary"), Eligio Tapia (second solo on "Sanctuary"), and Adonis Reed-Boulos ("Blinding"). 
Vocals on "Light in the Darkness" by Maria Mannisto. Tambourine performed by Jeff Smith (bassist emeritus and first-chair tambourinist).
Recorded by Don Gunn at The Office Studio in Seattle in July 2023.
Mixed and Mastered by Dan Swanö at Unisound Studio in Germany between August and November 2023.
Album artwork by Sean Osterberg.
BIO:
Veriteras is an old-school melodic death metal band based in Seattle, Washington (U.S.). Formed in 2018, they are inspired by the Scandinavian melodic death scene (early-era In Flames, Dark Tranquillity, Kalmah, etc.), and strive to write heavy songs with powerful and memorable melodies. After releasing two EPs in 2020 (Banished) and 2021 (Citadel), they debuted their first LP Shadow of Death in 2022, and toured Finland in support of the album. Now they are proud to present their follow-up LP, The Dark Horizon, in April 2024.
Line-up:
Santtu Winter: Guitar
Sean Osterberg: Guitar and Vocals
Jason Gooselaw: Drums
Major Bruno: Bass
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We're excited to work with Swelling Repulsion who are carving their own path with their kind of death metal music. It's a mix of various death metal styles but in spite of that it's astounding how coherent and catchy it sounds. While busy, listening to the music never feels like a chore. All in all, it's a fascinating release from a band that definitely needs more attention. Please check them out on Bandcamp https://swellingrepulsiondm.bandcamp.com/album/fatally-misguided
SWELLING REPULSION – “FATALLY MISGUIDED”
17.3.2024 News SWELLING REPULSIONFor fans of : Afflicted, early Adramelech, Defect Designer, Ænigmatum, Disharmonic Orchestra, Horrendous, Atvm
Swelling Repulsion have crafted their own style of death metal imbibing elements of various styles within the genre and giving it a refreshing expression. It's technical, progressive, even psychedelic and dissonant in parts and the way they've put it together is not only remarkably coherent, but also extremely catchy. This is busy, indulgent death metal music that is fun to listen to for a change and isn't as self-absorbed to come off as sounding too mechanical, premeditated or detached. There's an intuitive flow to the songs which do enough to maintain interest while always sustaining that undercurrent of groove that keeps things upbeat and enjoyable. It's an album the listener would want to willingly bury himself in and slowly unspool the intricate layers of riffing that have him cocooned in. 'Fatally Misguided' is a sprightly, delectable release with a quality of its own and it's one that compels the listener to revisit over and over without causing fatigue. This is one of those quirky hidden gems from the death metal underground that side-steps all trends and waves and simply oozes raw appeal.
Line up:
Bage - Vocals, Drums, FX
Donovan - Vocals, Guitars
Kristian Jablonicky - Bass
Artwork by The Masked Observer
Track listing:
1. Vanquished
2. Basking In Fumes Of Failure
3. Fatally Misguided
4. Sacred Doom
5. Cesspool of Dismembered Memory
6. Drug Induced Anti-Logic
7. Failure
8. Sullen Light of Expired Stars
Official release date - June 7th, 2024
Thank you so much for your time! Kunal Choksi Label owner Transcending Obscurity Mumbai, India
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17.3.2024 News SarkomUnleash the True Norwegian Black Metal Fury with Sarkom's Demo 2004! Dive into the infernal abyss of SARKOM, the legendary Norwegian Black Metal entity hailing from the dark heart of Oslo. Formed in 2002, Sarkom has been a relentless force in the underground metal scene, carving their path with uncompromising ferocity.
STRIPPED OF THEATRIC(K)S, Sarkom's Demo 2004 is a must-have for any true fan of second-wave Black Metal. But act fast, for this release is a one-time pressing! No digital release and no represses!
In 2004, Sarkom unleashed their debut demo, a savage proclamation that True Norwegian Black Metal is not only alive but thriving! With crispy, strangulating strings, relentless skin-pounding, and devilish lyrical formulations, Sarkom's Demo 2004 delivers an auditory assault like no other.
Drawing inspiration from the raw violence of Gorgoroth's Pentagram and infusing it with the epicene essence of early Kampfar, Sarkom crafts a unique, dark, and crushing sonic landscape. Polypus Records, recognizing the sheer brilliance of this masterpiece, seizes the opportunity to release it in a limited vinyl edition.
Get your hands on Sarkom's Demo 2004 on black vinyl (250 hand-numbered copies), picture disc (100 copies), or CD (250 hand-numbered copies) before it vanishes into the abyss of obscurity.
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NEWS 9.3 2024

9.3.2024 News ANDABATADas Death Metal Duo ANDABATA veröffentlicht im März die fünfte CD. Das Werk wird "HIRNFRESSER" heißen.
Auf der EP werden insgesamt 5 Songs zu hören sein inklusive einem Bonus-Song auf saarländisch. Sabine
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„LESSON IN VIOLENCE“ veröffentlichen am 30. März 2024 ihr zweites Studioalbum „NO NEED FOR DEATH“. Wie auch das Erstlingswerk “The Thrashfall Of Mankind” erscheint der Nachfolger beim Label “Iron Shield Records” aus Berlin. Auf der Platte befinden sich 11 feinste Thrash-Stücke, die keinen Vergleich scheuen müssen.
Am 1. März 2024 wird vorab die Single „War against hypocrisy“ bei allen gängigen Streamingdiensten veröffentlicht. Dazu wurde auch ein Musikvideo produziert. Es wäre der Hammer, wenn ihr diese News bei euch posten könntet.
Link zum Musikvideo:  https://youtu.be/g5WiZlyNe10
Termin VÖ: 30.03.2024
Label: Iron Shield Records
9.3.2024  News LESSON IN VIOLENCETracklist:                     
1. Natural Born Thrasher
2. Massive Aggressive
3. The world is mine
4. No need for death
5. War against hypocrisy
6. Flesh from bones
7. Living dead
8. Salvation
9. Thrash is life
10. Men kill men
11. To die for  
Metallische Grüße Roland von LESSON IN VIOLENCE  https://www.facebook.com/lessoninviolencebandofficial/


Noch dieses Frühjahr soll es erscheinen, das neue Album der Black-/Death-Metaller PAINFUL, die 2024 ihr 20-jähriges Jubiläum feiern. Um den Fans die Wartezeit bis zu “NEFARIOUS MONARCHY” am 25. Mai noch etwas zu verkürzen, gibt es jetzt vorab eine weitere Albumsingle – diesmal zusammen mit einem Lyric-Video. Bekamen wir bei der ersten Single “Liberty (Dies)” mit dem schnellsten Song des Albums einen Rückgriff auf die Wurzeln der Band zu hören, präsentieren sich PAINFUL nun erneut schwarzmetallisch, wenn auch in einer eher getragenen, opulenteren Façon: “Remaining Shadows” ist eine wuchtige Mid-Tempo-Walze, die zuweilen an eines der großen frühen Vorbilder PAINFULS – SATYRICON – erinnert:
Link zum Video auf YouTube: https://youtu.be/ITH6fbMAwGk
Der Song ist fest in den Kontext des Konzeptalbums eingebettet, das sich inhaltlich der düsteren Seite der Französischen Revolution und den menschlichen Abgründen widmet, die sich auch dort zeigten. So kam es in unmittelbarer Folge der Revolution zu kriegerischen Auseinandersetzungen Frankreichs mit mehreren Nachbarstaaten.
Was als Zeit der Koalitionskriege in die Geschichtsbücher einging, barg zwischen deren blutigen Zeilen unfassbares menschliches Leid.
Die Band selbst über “Remaining Shadows”: “Wir wollten das brutale und verheerende Gesicht des Krieges zeigen. Nach jedem Krieg, der ausgefochten wurde, bleibt Finsternis zurück. Wir sollten die Konsequenzen unseres Handelns nicht missachten.”
PAINFULs neues Album “Nefarious Monarchy” ist ab 25. Mai überall erhältlich und ab sofort hier vorbestellbar: https://linktr.ee/painfulmetalofficial.
Ein Pre-Save des Albums ist hier möglich: https://orcd.co/painful
Eine offizielle Album-Release-Party mit Live-Show wird ebenfalls am VÖ-Tag stattfinden. Und: Vergiss nicht, "Remaining Shadows" schon mal auf einer deiner Playlisten zu parken!
9.3.2024  News PAINFULTitelliste
1. A World of Kings
2. Liberty (Dies)
3. Growing Rage
4. Reign of Terror
5. History Repeats
6. United in Blood
7. Heart of Darkness
8. We are not equal
9. Remaining Shadows
10. Fallen Hierarchies
( + Bonustrack "United in Blood" feat. Alexander Krull)

Über PAINFUL
Seit ihrer Gründung im Jahr 2004 stehen PAINFUL getreu ihrem eigenen Namen für rohen, blutigen Schmerz. Als dreckig-brutaler Bastard aus Black und Death Metal vor 20 Jahren vorgestellt, begann die Band schon sehr bald, die inhaltsgebende Melancholie der Abgründe zu etwas ganz Eigenem zu machen. So entstanden druckvolle Symphonien, mit denen sich PAINFUL auf unzähligen Gigs – darunter solche mit Acts wie Belphegor, Behemoth, Atrocity oder Amon Amarth, aber auch viele eigene Headliner-Shows – eine stetig wachsende Fangemeinde erspielen konnten.
Drei Alben später, und das vierte bereits im Ofen, konnten sie auch kultige Festivals wie etwa das MetalDays, Metalfest oder gar die 70000TONS OF METAL Cruise erfolgreich von der Checkliste streichen. Da wundert es nicht, dass auch die Genregröße Alexander Krull (ATROCITY, LEAVES EYES) aufmerksam wurde und nun bereits zum zweiten Mal in Folge die Produktion eines PAINFUL-Albums in einem der angesehen Mastersound Entertainment Studios übernahm.

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HORRESQUE
- Video zu „A Mendacious Myth“ online! Nach der ersten Single „HERMANN´S END“ vor ein paar Wochen, gibt es nun endlich die zweite Single „A MENDACIOUS MYTH“ in Form eines sehenswerten Lyricvideos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7cFKCE3mwo
Es sind die Abgründe des menschlichen Geistes; es ist die grausame und abscheuliche Natur des Menschen, die alles antreibt, wofür HORRESQUE steht. Grimmiger und kraftvoller, hochenergetischer, tiefschwarzer Death Metal mit einem einzigartigen Twist aus Doppel-Gitarren-Melodien, unerbittlichem und kraftvollem Schlagzeugspiel und manischem Gesang - Horresque klingen nicht wie alle anderen. Die Lyrics sind einzigartig - authentische Geschichten, die die Abgründe der menschlichen Psyche ungeschminkt zur Schau stellen.
9.3.2024 News HORRESQUEHORRESQUE‘s Gitarrist S. D. ist Mitglied der deutschen Black Metal Legende ‚Nocte Obducta‘, des ägyptischen Death Metal Acts ‚Crescent‘, ‚Slidhr‘, und arbeitet als Live- Musiker für Bands wie ‚Los Males del Mundo‘ oder ‚Heretoir‘. Sänger M.R. hat seine Stimmbänder schon für die deutsche Death Metal Institution ‚Discreation‘ gequält.
Nach der Veröffentlichung eines Drei-Song-Demos im Jahr 2016 wurde das Debütalbum der Band ‚Chasms Pt. I - Avarice and Retribution‘ im Februar 2020 von The Crawling Chaos Records aus Köln veröffentlicht. Während Covid19 drehte die Band ein 30-minütiges DIY- Livevideo namens ‚Live Chasms‘, das in Zusammenarbeit mit Metal Injection veröffentlicht wurde und Teil des Finales der ‚Slay at home‘-Serie war.
HORRESQUE haben sich einen Namen als unerbittlicher und kraftvoller Liveact gemacht. Gigs im Vorprogramm von Bands wie Afsky, Desaster, Deserted Fear, Downfall of Gaia, Fleshcrawl, Gaerea, Grima, Imperium Dekadenz, Kanonenfieber, Thron, Thulcandra und Uada konnten sie schon für sich verbuchen. Horresque wurden auch für das Heidelberg Death Fest, die Partysan Herbstoffensive und das De Mortem et Diabolum angeheuert.
Das zweite Album ‚CHASMS PT. II - THE DEVOURING EXORBITANCE‘ wurde in den Woodshed Studios in Landshut unter den meisterhaften Händen von Victor Santura aufgenommen. Coverart und Layouting wurden von Irrwisch Artdesign erstellt.
Wie schon auf dem Debüt deutet das lyrische Konzept auf die sieben Todsünden hin - Chasms Pt. II - wird sich auf Völlerei, Lust und die sehr weltliche Eigenschaft des Machtmissbrauchs konzentrieren.
Das neue Album „Chasms Pt. II – The Devouring Exorbitance“ kann ab sofort hier vorbestellt werden: https://supremechaos.de/artists/horresque/

Die Band über das neue Album:
"Für diese Platte haben wir uns im kreativen Prozess selbst neu erfunden, uns diesen Songs mit Haut und Haaren verschrieben, und unsere Interpretation von Blackened Death Metal neu definiert.“ 
“Chasms Pt. II - The Devouring Exorbitance” erscheint am 22.03.2024 bei Supreme Chaos Records!
https://link.supremechaos.de/horresque/

https://www.horresque.de/
https://www.facebook.com/Horresque


9.3.2024 News HELLFIRE OVER ILSENBURG Pt. II Da ist der 2. Teil... und #eswirdlautamfußedesbrockens . Auch in diesem Jahr wird es im schönen Ilsenburg wieder ein HELLFIRE OVER ILSENBURG geben.

Das ganze wird dann wieder im Haus der Vereine zu Ilsenburg stattfinden. Es sind auch wieder 3 hochklassige Bands am Start.
Bands:
Abglanz aus Goslar
Cock Pit aus Quedlinburg
Akantophis aus Ilsenburg
Veranstaltet und präsentiert von:  HELLFIRE OVER ILSENBURG - https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=61555875188452
Die Daten & Fakten :
"HELLFIRE OVER ILSENBURG Pt. II"
Wann - Samstag, 16. März 2024 - https://www.facebook.com/events/1315346262697327
Wo - Haus der Vereine, Mühlenstraße 14, 38871 Ilsenburg (Harz), Deutschland
Beginn - 19Uhr (Einlass) / 20Uhr (Showbeginn)
Bands
ABGLANZ aus Goslar

Die sich im Herbst 2020 gegründete Harzer Black Metal Band ABGLANZ aus Goslar beschäftigt sich thematisch mit der mystischen Seite der Natur und dessen Einfluss auf das menschliche Individuum. Inspiration schöpft das Quartett dabei aus den tiefen, dunklen Wäldern und der schroffen Gebirgswelt ihrer harzer Heimat, sowie aus dessen Mythen und Sagen. Aber auch die Schattenseiten der verdarbten, kranken Seele des Menschen selbst kommt große Bedeutung ihrer Inhalte zu.
So schaffen Abglanz mit ihrer Musik sphärische, dunkle Klänge die ihre Einflüsse teils treibend atmosphärisch, teils aggressiv rasend widerspiegeln und untermalen.
Bereits ein halbes Jahr nach Gründung trieben ABGLANZ ihr Unwesen auf diversen Bühnen, um ihren Black Metal live auf Festivals und Venues wie: Schlachtnacht Open Air, Hellraiser, Goldgrube, Fimbul Festival, Exil, Bunker Rostock, oder als Headliner beim Metal Feast zu verbreiten und teilten sich dabei die Bühne unter anderen zusammen mit Bands wie: ROTTING CHRIST, GRIMA, KANONENFIEBER, SEAR BLISS, FIRTAN, WALDGEFLÜSTER, DRUDENSANG, STILLBIRTH, BOÖTES VOID und einigen mehr…
https://www.facebook.com/abglanz.official

COCK PIT aus Quedlinburg
Das schreiben Cock Pit über sich selbst: „Aus der fixen Idee wird schnell mit Hilfe von „Holgore“ am Schlagzeug und „Satti“ an der Gitarre „Cock Pit“ aus Quedlinburg.
Seither machen wir Groovy MemeGrind mit bekloppten Texten, einer Prise Witz und getreu dem Grünungsmotto: ordentlich Party. Musikalisch verwursten „Cock Pit“ eine Mischung aus der Musik die wir alle gern hören: Grind, Hardcore, tiefes Grooviges und dazu eine Prise Beatdown. Seither haben wir vielen Bands wie Spasm, Gutalax, Voliére, Mike Litoris Complot, Deep Dirty, UxLxCxM, 5 Stabbed 4 Corpses, Bowel Evacuation, Pighead, Sperm of Mankind, Brutal Sphincter, Cerebral Enema, Terrible Sickness und Disminded die Bühne und den Backstage.“
https://www.facebook.com/cockpitmemegore/

AKANTOPHIS aus Ilsenburg
Blackened Extreme Metal aus dem Harz
Akantophis gründeten sich 1998 und nach einer Schaffenspause gab es 2017 das Comeback der Ilsenburg, die mittlerweile auch mit einer neuen Scheibe am Start sind.
Wir freuen uns auf die lokale Größe!

https://www.instagram.com/akantophis/
Tickets: bis zum 08.03.2024 im VVK – Regelung über Paypal à hellfireoverilsenburg@gmail.com   
Abendkasse: 15€
Viele Grüße aus Magdeburg David Siegmund -TORTURIZED

Chilean Thrashers CRITICAL DEFIANCE have released "ABSOLÜT," the third single from forthcoming album THE SEARCH WON'T FALL... on the Dying Victims Productions YouTube Channel. Check it out at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXraBa9FeG8
Critical Defiance are set to release new album The Search Won't Fall... March 22 on CD via Unspeakable Axe Records and vinyl LP via Dying Victims Productions. The album will also be available digitally.
9.3.2024 News CRITICAL DEFIANCEThe Chilean metal force known as Critical Defiance has something for every thrash fan out there. Not in the sense of being homogenized and generic, but in their alchemical and nearly magical melding of blitzkrieg tempos, dizzying technicality, aggressive shouts and gang vocals, and--rarest of all for a post-1990 thrash act--a healthy dose of actual, memorable melody. Now about to drop their third full-length like a bomb from a warplane, they have added a new element to the mix: just a taste of the eerie melancholy and harsh melodrama of black metal.
Their release schedule has been nearly as fast as their music, with the debut (Misconception) coming in 2019, and its follow-up (No Life Forms) in 2022. They have let even less time elapse from then until this new platter's arrival, taking line-up changes in stride and pushing forward relentlessly regardless. The addition of Mauricio Toledo on guitar (just prior to their previous album) has pushed their music in new directions. That black metal aspect--some tremelo riffing, some blastbeats, bits of a distinctly new melodic sensibility--lends the album an updated feeling that sets it apart from its predecessors, while by no means abandoning the thrash foundation that has served them so well. All of this ambition is well-served by a terrific production job that balances just the right amount of rawness and polish. Three albums in, Critical Defiance are poised to deliver their most ferocious work yet. Angry yet uplifting, full of the spirit of true metal both old and new, it's a record that only these guys could make.
Pre-order:
https://unspeakableaxerecords.bandcamp.com/album/the-search-wont-fall
https://dyingvictims.com/index.php [Vinyl]
Track Listing:
1. The Search Won't Fall 
2. Long Distance (The What's To Come)
3. Helpless World
4. 44 Minds
5. The Blind Divine
6. Absolüt
7. All the Powers
8. Full Paranoia
9. Margarita
10. Bulldog
11. Critical Defiance
Line-Up:
Felipe Alvarado - Vocals, Lead Guitar
Mauricio Toledo - Backing Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
Ignacio Arévalo - Bass
Rodrigo Poblete - Drums
https://www.facebook.com/UnspeakableAxeRecords/
https://www.facebook.com/criticaldefiance

In the eerie symphony of decay, the Death Metal powerhouse MAGEFA unveils their latest masterpiece, "ROTTING AWAY." This composition delves into the macabre corridors of mortality, vividly portraying the journey of murderers and cannibals as they navigate the relentless path towards decay. The shed is stained with the foul red aftermath of slaughtered humans, a visceral testament to the remorseless butcher's unyielding pursuit of flesh, even as he acknowledges his own impending demise. MAGEFA's relentless sound transcends conventional boundaries, offering a sonic exploration of existential themes within the brutal landscape of Death Metal. This composition stands as a testament to the band's ability to craft a chilling narrative through their music, pushing the boundaries of the genre and immersing listeners in a dark and haunting experience.

9.3.2024  News MAGEFABiography
MAGEFA, a formidable Death Metal band hailing from Frankfurt, Germany, derives its name (pronounced with a hard G) from the Hebrew word for "Plague." Drawn from influences such as Carcass, Cannibal Corpse, and Death, the band embarked on its musical journey in 2014. In 2016, MAGEFA unleashed a powerful 3-track Demo titled "A Peek Into Human Bodies," offering a glimpse into their dark and ferocious sound. The release laid the foundation for their future endeavors. The following year, in 2019, the band delivered their EP "New Era Of Darkness," which further solidified their place in the extreme metal scene. This release allowed their compositions to reach a wider audience, establishing MAGEFA's presence in the metal community. Their momentum only intensified with the release of "Instrument Inside" in 2020, captivating fans with its relentless and intricate brutality. This album quickly gained recognition as a fan favorite, solidifying MAGEFA's position as a force to be reckoned with. In 2021, MAGEFA continued their sonic onslaught with the release of their EP "Exenteration." The intense and unyielding tracks on this release garnered over 240K streams on Spotify alone, solidifying their growing fanbase and leaving a lasting impact on listeners. On March 12, 2022, the band released the single "Back To The Front," available on all digital platforms.
This release served as a gesture of support to Ukraine in their war against Russia, showcasing MAGEFA's dedication to using their music for meaningful causes. Continuing their relentless output, MAGEFA unleashed the single "Overdose" on July 27, 2022, further cementing their reputation for delivering visceral and uncompromising metal. January 6, 2023, marked the release of their third single from the upcoming EP "Pathology Calls," showcasing their unyielding dedication to pushing the boundaries of their genre.
MAGEFA are:
Kevin Grams – Guitars / Vocals 
Andreas Muttscheler -Bass 
Nico Perez -Guitars
Kai Or -Drums 
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Phoenix-based trio DEVIL MOON RISEN is set to release their debut full-length, FISSURES OF MEN, this summer.
The album blends punk-informed desert rock with stoner doom for 9 groove-laden tracks of raw intensity and sonic exploration. DEVIL MOON RISEN takes listeners on a captivating journey, weaving together powerful riffs, gritty vocals, and infectious rhythms that echo the vast landscapes of the Arizona desert.
The band has posted a video for album track "Bad Sketch of a Killer." Check it out at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pt18QUwNsCA
Fissures of Men is due out June 6. DEVIL MOON RISEN has released three additional singles from the album - "Russian Man," "The Rim," and "Rabbit Hole (A Q-Anon Tail)." Stream the songs on Spotify and Apple Music.
The album was mixed and mastered by Jalipaz Nelson. Artwork by Hilary Martin Art.
9.3.2024 News DEVIL MOON RISENTracklist:
1) Bad Sketch of a Killer
2) Russian Man
3) The Rim
4) Conscious Spring
5) Mungo Gringo
6) Rabbit Hole (A Q-Anon Tail)
7) Shaun Powell
8) The Crick Cycle
9) D.T.T.B.O.W.T.B
What happens when a schoolteacher meets two veterans in a desert amidst a global pandemic? What happens when a guitarist who loves doom collides with a bassist who believes his instrument should be at the forefront of the ensemble? You get DEVIL MOON RISEN. Founded in 2020, the band immediately put out a 4-song EP, and began playing shows in the Phoenix metro area. Since then, they have honed their skills and are on the verge of releasing their debut album, Fissures of Men.
DEVIL MOON RISEN is:
Chihuahua Chad - Bass Guitar/Upright Bass/Vocals
Rocky Destructo - Guitar/Backing Vocals
Everett Jones - Drums/Keyboards/Backing Vocals
https://www.facebook.com/DevilMoonRisen

THE LIFTED VEIL - GENOCIDAL BLISS OF HEAVEN from GRIND TO DEATH RECORDS.
9.3.2024 News The Lifted VeilThe Lifted Veil emerged from the shadows of Mikkeli, Finland, in 2014, forging their path in the realm of Blackened Death metal. With a sonic arsenal that merges the ferocity of death metal with the obscure atmospheres of black metal, the band quickly gained recognition for their hauntingly intense sound.
Formed by a collective of musicians driven by a shared passion for the darker realms of metal, The Lifted Veil embarked on a journey to explore the boundaries of sonic extremity. Their music, characterized by blistering guitar riffs, relentless drumming, and guttural vocals, casts a haunting veil that transports listeners to the abyss.
As the years unfolded, The Lifted Veil honed their craft through numerous live performances and studio endeavors, solidifying their presence in the Finnish metal scene. Their lyrical themes delve into the macabre, weaving tales of existential dread, cosmic horror, and the shadows that dwell within the human psyche.
The band's discography, marked by albums such as "The Wicked Shall Inherit the Earth" and "Grand Design of the Apocalypse" showcases their evolution as artists pushing the boundaries of extreme metal. The Lifted Veil's commitment to atmospheric intricacies and unrelenting brutality has garnered them a dedicated fanbase both in Finland and beyond.
In the heart of Mikkeli, The Lifted Veil continues to be a force in the blackened death metal scene, with each performance an invocation of sonic darkness that leaves an indelible mark on those who dare to journey into their realm.
The bands are available for interviews. Need a Bandcamp code for past and future releases or got any questions just email me. Physical copies can be sent to selected few as they are limited releases. Full albums are linked in the post below. Thanks for your time.

Release date: April 8th, 2024
https://www.facebook.com/GrindtoDeathRecords
https://www.facebook.com/theliftedveilband

Israeli-based Gothic Doom Metal band INNER MISSING released their 10th studio album 'THE DIARY' via Finnish Inverse Records on March 7th 2024. 
LISTEN The Diary album on streaming services: https://push.fm/fl/innermissing-diary
Sigmund comments: 
"I always valued music above everything because for me it is a perfect means of expression, and, which is more important, exploration of any phenomenon imaginable. Every time I started to write a song I entered a quest with an unpredictable finale which could be (and often was) surprising and even disappointing. There were times to explore the inner cosmos, the realms of subconscious and the events that took place long before I was born – and now came the time to experience and explore the depths of homesickness, solitude and loss. The journey is still far from over, and even while being fired upon I continue to do the only thing I consider meaningful – creating music." 

9.3.2024  News Inner MissingTracklist:
1. Premonitions
2. The Onset
3. Departure
4. Letters From The Past
5. Hiraeth
6. Null
Composed and lyrics by Pavel Krasnov

Album cover by Olga Kann
Line-up:
Sigmund - voice and guitars
Melaer - keyboards
Kublai Kapsalis - guitar, bass, drums

https://www.facebook.com/InnerMissing

GRIEFGOD release new single "ANGUISH". Griefgod, the emerging death metal band from Lithuania, have just released their second single called “Anguish”, from their upcoming album “DETERIORATION”. The album is set to release in early April.
“Anguish” is an homage to old-school, groovy mid-tempo death metal, combined with a modern approach to the genre and production standards. With a tight composition, blast beats, and enough room for both moshing and grooving to catchy riffs, the song is a good representation of what Griefgod sets out to achieve with the whole album.
The upcoming album “Deterioration” comprises 7 songs, featuring both already released singles (“Anguish” and “45 Years of Tremor”). As the band’s debut full-length release, it represents the culmination of an extensive exploration of sound, theme, and identity. “Deterioration” aims to make a statement, showcasing Griefgod’s fusion of the old and the new, groove and chaos, complexity and directness.
Join Griefgod in savoring some intense death metal and give “Anguish” a listen!
https://www.facebook.com/Griefgod

Wormholedeath is thrilled to announce the signing of the Hungarian death/black metal band, EXODIKON. Their highly anticipated album, “CHAOSOPHILIA”, is set to be released on March 29, 2024.
9.3.2024 News EXODIKONExodikon expressed their excitement about the partnership, stating, “We are delighted to announce that our second full-length album will be released via WormHoleDeath Records! We couldn’t have asked for a better guide to help us navigate international waters. We are eagerly looking forward to this collaboration and can’t wait to finally unleash our songs of void encapsulated in our album called Chaosophilia.”
"Chaosophilia" delves into the depths of the human psyche, exploring the thorny realms of numbness and existential futility. The album's lyrical narrative encapsulates the struggle, bipolarity, and acceptance of life's absurdity. The band's sonic concoction blends black and death metal, enriched with thrash and melodic death metal elements, creating a musical canvas that mirrors the internal chaos and cosmic void.
Formed in 2004 in the small village of Úny, Hungary, Exodikon initially embraced melodic death metal influences. After a hiatus and a relocation to Budapest, the band reinvented itself, incorporating black metal into their sound. Their debut album, "Árnyam útján," garnered acclaim, leading to opportunities to share stages with iconic bands like The True Mayhem and I Am Morbid.
The band’s second full-length album, “Chaosophilia”, contains eight songs in English and is expected to help them reach a wider audience who can resonate with their reflections on frustrated numbness.
Tracklist
01 Intro
02 The Awakening Depth-The Psychics of the Manipulated
03 Life Weight Loss-The Aesthetics of Contempt
04 The Nature of Descent
05 The Lord of Wounds–The Incubation of Pain
06 Uninverse-The Logic of Zeitgeist
07 Collapse-The Semantics of Liberty
08 Imago Dei–The Syntax of Deity
09 Untermensch-The Psychics of Deceivers

Line-up:
Attila István Hekele - Drums
Ferenc Pósfai - Guitar
Gábor Dávid Borhidi - Guitar/vocals
József Pósfai - Bass/vocals

www.exodikon.com
www.facebook.com/exodikon

With a trademark sound that is an uncompromising mix of sludgy riffs and psychedelic nuances, BISMARCK's lineup of Torstein Tveiten on Vocals, Leif Herland on Guitar and Backing Vocals, Eirik Goksøyr on Guitar, Tomas Osland on Bass and Tore Lyngstad on Drums, have earned themselves a reputation as one of the heaviest bands in Norway.
9.3.2024 News BISMARCKWith the band having completed their latest album, Dark Essence Records have today announced details of what will be BISMARCK's third full-length release.  Slated to hit the streets on the 3rd May, "VOURUKASHA" promises to be an amp melting form of stoner doom, combined with atmospheric post-rock, and  with a hint of Middle Eastern folk music and the Norwegian black metal the band grew up listening to.
As a hint of what to expect, Dark Essence have today released a single from the album.  Titled "SKY FATHER", the single can be downloaded or streamed from a variety of services at: https://link.darkessencerecords.no/Bismarck_Sky-Father
This is what BISMARCK had to say about the single:
“Sky Father" is the divine wrath, the flood to come, and the fall of man. Its aggressive nature and ferocity coming to life with the help of Aslak (Ondt Blod), as he summons the unavoidable calamity.

"Vourukasha" is an album that amply showcases BISMARCK's music. With its exploration of western esotericism, altered states of consciousness and a mystical apocalypse, "Vourukasha's" lyrical content acts as the perfect foil to the band's sound, which alternates between intense, fuzzed-out heaviness, and clean, atmospheric drones. 
As the band explained
“Vourukasha" is a work born from curiosity, hard work, and sheer determination.  It will take you on a metaphysical journey through space and time. From the darkest depths of the sea to the endless cosmic void. Join us, and dive into the Heavenly Sea.
With artwork by Vaderetro,  track listing for "Vourukasha" is as follows:

Sky Father
Echoes
Kigal
The Tree of All Seeds
Vourukasha
Ocean Dweller
"Vourukasha" will be available in CD, Digital and Limited Edition Splatter Vinyl formats and can now be pre-ordered from: https://darkessencerecords.no/shop/
BISMARCK has been confirmed to appear at Oslo's Desertfest and the Valo Rock Festival in May 2024.
More information about BISMARCK can be found at https://www.facebook.com/Bismarckdoom
A video of BISMARCK live at the Vill Vill Vest festival at USF Verftet, Bergen,  Norway, in 2020 can be seen at https://youtu.be/jdTpWV43g0s?si=EyikFAW0lg290qBx

Canadian death metal band Fathomless Ritual's debut full length has been unleashed and is now streaming in full on all platforms. It's heartening to see widespread acclaim for this underground band despite the music being quite extreme and coarse-sounding (albeit fitting for what they're playing). Vinyl and cassettes have now been offered for this release as well. 
You can listen to it on Bandcamp https://fathomlessritual.bandcamp.com/album/hymns-for-the-lesser-gods

FATHOMLESS RITUAL – “HYMNS FOR THE LESSER GODS”
9.3.2024 News FATHOMLESS RITUALFor fans of: Demilich, Chthe'ilist, Dead and Dripping, Mortiferum, Dead, Adramelech, Cryptworm 
With manic glee, Fathomless Ritual recreate the maddening, unhinged kind of death metal created by the likes of Demilich and give their own ugly, grime-ridden twist to it. The music has a darker, murkier, cavernous sound but all the same has a denser quality and a sense of modern urgency about it which livens up the proceedings. There's nary a dull moment on the album with there being a constant barrage of riffs all wriggling their way into your brain but it's done in such a boisterous manner that it doesn't feel at all life-threatening. Having the experience of bands such as Gutvoid, Fumes, Pukewraith, the sole mastermind behind the band, B. Dean, knows his way around death metal and how best to compound this particular style without destroying its essence or appeal for that matter. Without attempting to dethrone the gods, he's made a conscientious effort to make the sound more extreme and relevant in his own way and to that extent it works amazingly well. This is an album that should delight any fan of underground death metal music.
Track listing:
1. Hecatomb for an Unending Madness 02:31
2. Exiled to the Lower Catacombs 04:54
3. Gorge of the Nameless 04:15
4. Grafted to the Chambers of Mirth 06:11
5. Wielding the Bone Wand 04:44
6. Cosmic Reflections from the Basin of Blood 04:00
7. Gelatinous Being of Countless Forms 04:57
8. Gift for Aranaktu 06:54
Official release date - March 1st, 2024

Thank you so much for your time! Kunal Choksi Label owner Transcending Obscurity  Mumbai, India
https://www.facebook.com/transcendingobscurityrecords/
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An Israeli Thrash Metal machine, STRIDENT is heavily armed with old school riffs and the 80s vibe, having been influenced by the German Thrash scene (Sodom, Destruction and Tankard), as well as the American scene (Slayer, Megadeth and Exodus) while also having its roots deep in the high-energy rock-and-roll of Motorhead.
Since its inception in 2005, Strident has had three full-length studio albums and a huge number of live performances. The band's debut LP entitled "On the Aim" came out in 2010 after which the band went on a semi-hiatus for almost a decade due to numerous lineup changes, but nevertheless Strident remained an active band playing big shows: opening for Overkill and Nervosa, to name a few. The second record, “March of Plague”, was released in 2019 through the Italian label "Punishment 18 Records". It has a solid modern sound and it has been selling all over the world.
In 2020, the line-up changed again, this time the original guitarist Michael Shlyapochny became also the frontman while Yaniv Alkalay, Andrey Galchevski, Artyom Apekishev took over lead guitar, drums and bass respectively. With this line-up, the band went on 3 European tours (with Necronomicon, Archaic and Jet Jaguar) and released the third album, "PARANOIA OF THE TYRANT", which has received great praise both in live shows and in media spheres.
Strident has its own crushing energy, authentic style and tight live performance, exactly what people are looking for in this style of music.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMgz7_nUJ-bDnI9HhrHWx2A
https://www.facebook.com/stridentthrash

9.3.2024 News EMASCULATORBrutal death band EMASCULATOR has signed a deal with New Standard Elite. The deal will see the all-female band with members from Czechia and the United States release their debut EP, THE DISFIGURED AND THE DIVINE, later this year.
The EP follows the band's 2022 demo, Depraved Disfigurement. Stream and download the demo at https://emasculatorbdm.bandcamp.com/album/depraved-disfigurement
EMASCULATOR features Mallika Sundaramurthy (Nidorous-NSE, Unfathomable Ruination, ex-Abnormality). Morgehenna (PoonTickler), Teresa Wallace (Cartilage, Muldrotha, Feast) and newest member Cierra White (Harboured, Oak, Ash & Thorn).
The band is set to appear at this year’s Texas Domination Fest, scheduled to take place September 26-28 in Dallas / Ft. Worth, TX.
https://www.facebook.com/Emasculator

Wormholedeath is excited to announce the signing of the melodic death metal band, AZIMUT19. The collaboration sets the stage for the release of their debut album, "BY HORIZON," slated to hit the global music scene on April 12, 2024.
9.3.2024 News AZIMUT19AZIMUT19, a musical force born out of the minds of Sigurd and Ainar, former founders of the renowned Viking metal formation Nomans Land, brings a fresh perspective to the melodic metal genre. The duo, with over 25 years of musical exploration, decided to embark on a new journey with AZIMUT19 in response to the challenges of our times.
The band's debut album, "By Horizon," serves as a powerful expression of their collective vision. Addressing societal issues and reflecting on the harsh realities of the world, AZIMUT19's music blends melodic metal with elements of death, creating a unique sonic language that hooks the audiences.
Influenced by iconic bands like Slayer, Iron Maiden, Metallica, and AC/DC, AZIMUT19's music carries a rich heritage while forging a distinctive path in the melodic death metal realm.
The band's lineup features Sergei Zhurov on guitars, Alexey Magin handling vocals and drums, and Vitalii Mikulich on bass. 
With the release of the debut album, AZIMUT19 aims to amplify their message globally. The band's profound lyrics, penned with the assistance of Ria April Avalon and Maria Leonova, delve into the darker facets of society, sparking introspection among listeners.
Tracklist
1. Anger Plague
2. Chasing Money
3. Fiery Wall of Lies
4. Hi-tech War
5. Pave Your Way
6. Hiding from Yourself
7. The Virus
8. Heirs of Enmity

As AZIMUT19 embarks on this exciting chapter with Wormholedeath, "By Horizon" promises to be just the beginning of an epic musical journey that will echo across the global metal landscape. Stay tuned for the release on April 12, 2024, and witness the emergence of AZIMUT19 into the forefront of melodic death metal.
www.youtube.com/@azimut19metalband
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The wait for the first song from DEMANDE À LA POUSSIÈRE new album "KINTSUGI" is over. Studio Matière Noire created the official video for the first single, the title-track "Kintsugi", a song with which the French act introduces us to their world at the crossroads of Black Metal, Doom and Sludge, a song of pure darkness, apocalyptic atmospheres and tormented voices.
First album to see Simon Perrin's presence behind the microphones, "Kintsugi" is an intimate introspective trip within the wounds of the human being, a dark and melancholic album of acid Black Metal with melodic lights emerging from a gloomy sludge scenery.
The Parisian combo paints a macabre grey horizon following in the footsteps of bands like Neurosis, Mayhem, Cult Of Luna, Akhlys, Regarde Les Hommes Tomber.
Titled "Kintsugi", the new release features an amazing artwork created by Vaderetro and will see the light on May 3rd, 2024 via My Kingdom Music on digipakCD, LP (2 versions) and digital and you can pre-order at https://shorturl.at/ejUV5
9.3.2024 News DEMANDE À LA POUSSIÈRETracklist:

1. Inapte
2. Kintsugi
3. La Parabole Des Aveugles
4. Ichinawa
5. Le Sens Du Vent
6. Vulnerant Omnes, Ultima Necat
7. Attrition - 8. Fragmenté
9. Miserere
10. Brisé
11. Partie
https://linktr.ee/mykingdommusic
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Following the resounding success of their EP, "Solitude," unveiled to the world in 2022 under the Wormholedeath banner, NASTERGAL continues their sonic saga with their debut full-length album. A dark and enigmatic opus, "THE UNTOLD WAR" emerges as an ode to existential turmoil, drawing inspiration from the profound wisdom encapsulated within Friedrich Nietzsche's seminal work, "Thus Spoke Zarathustra."
Nastergal is an international black metal band formed by Jacques Valentyn (guitars) and Riaan Coertze (drums), that expanded their lineup with Marco Toba (bass) and Evgen Zoidze (vocals). Their music, inspired by various extreme metal acts, offers a distinctive approach to the Black Metal genre. Their latest album, “The Untold War,” follows their EP “Solitude,” delving into Zarathustra's internal battles, exploring self-realization and the conflicts of a world filled with deception and ignorance. Inspired by Friedrich Nietzsche's "Thus Spoke Zarathustra," the album challenges the concept that human values stem from divine or natural sources, focusing on the hidden internal struggles we keep concealed.
The album's digital release date is March 15, 2023.
9.3.2024 News NastergalTracklist
1. Brothers in War
2. The Stillest Hour
3. Redemption
4. Involuntary Bliss
5. The Underworld
6. Will to Power
7. My Wandering Soul
8. The Vision
9. Immaculate Perception
10. The Three Evils

www.youtube.com/@nastergal155
www.facebook.com/Nastergal


Designer are doing something refreshing in the death metal world and that alone warrants attention. The fact that they're an experienced band with several releases under their belt and have at least a member in common with the mighty Diskord proves that they've got the chops to pull it off too. Of course, listening to it for yourself works too. It's probably best to check out the latest song that was premiered by No Clean Singing recently. Here's an excerpt from it - "There’s no good way of guessing how this song unfolds. The tempos and moods switch in unexpected ways, and so do the manifold instrumental maneuvers that occur across the channels."

DEFECT DESIGNER  - “CHITIN”
9.3.2024 News DEFECT DESIGNERFor fans of - Diskord, Atvm, Februus, Demilich, Contrastic, Swelling Repulsion, Disharmonic Orchestra
Norwegian death metal band Defect Designer have taken things to another level with their hugely anticipated new full length album. It comes on the heels of their well-received EP release where they showcased their skills most recently, playing in their own trademark weird style with a sense of vibrancy that was unmatched. The grind urgency has since been supplanted with more of a thrashy influence and sees the death metal part of their sound getting more pronounced along with their innate, irrepressible flair for progressive experimentation. The music is just as wild, imaginative and colourful as you would expect from them, and much like their Ian Miller artwork, it has mind-boggling intricate details. Each song seems to offer something unique to the release, even adding a dimension or two in some cases, and despite all the infinite intricacies, there's a sense of rhythmic catchiness and cohesiveness. In simple words, this is a refreshing death metal record of the kind that you don't get too often. It has an unhinged, free-spirited quality to it which is impossible to recreate and the sheer delight derived in creatively putting together this record is palpable, nay, infectious, to say the least. Suitably challenging and outrageously boisterous, 'Chitin' will set your head on fire while putting a smile on your face.
Line up
Dmitry Sukhinin (Diskord) - Guitars, vocals, music, lyrics
Martin Storm-Olsen - Bass, vocals, lyrics, sound engineering
Eugene Ryabchenko (Fleshgod Apocalypse) - Drums
Guest vocals by Björn Strid (Soilwork) on Shine Shine
Artwork by Ian Miller (Ulthar)
Track listing:
1. Uglification Spell
2. To Ziggurat
3. Simulacrum
4. We Will Need Your Chitin
5. We Prescribe
6. Certainty After The Kafkaesque Twist
7. Gaudy Colors From Your Plastic Bag
8. Shine Shine
9. Story Of A Styrofoam
10. Insomnia
11. Nu, Pogodi!
12. Orgone Accumulator
Official release date - March 14th, 2024
Thank you so much for your time! Kunal Choksi Label owner Transcending Obscurity Mumbai, India
https://www.facebook.com/transcendingobscurityrecords/
https://www.facebook.com/defectdesigner1

REVELATION, the long awaited new album from Belgian black metal force SERPENTS OATH has been garnering incredible critical acclaim over the last few months - and today, March 5th, it is finally unleashed by Odium Records! Available on deluxe Wooden Box, Die hard LP,  Black LP and digi pack cd formats, you can order Revelation from https://www.odiumrecords.bandcamp.com or https://www.odiumrex.com/webshop
And you can experience the black flame of Revelation now, in full, at the Odium Records YouTube channel:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Nicfn3A4xI
Head to the Odium Records YouTube channel and immerse yourself in the black magic of Revelation NOW!
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We’re proud to announce that the abysmal alchemists of lysergic black/death abominations DIABOLIC OATH are about to return with "ORACULAR HEXATIONS", their most warped and devastating work to date.

9.3.2024 News DIABOLIC OATHThe brand new sophomore full-length uncreation is slated for an early April 2024 release, and has been teased by Toilet Ov Hell via an avance track stream of the song “Winged Ouroboros Mutating Unto Gold”, with the iconic extreme metal blog stating that with the track “the listener is ripped out of the relative safety and comfort of the opening riff and sent through a dizzying assemblage of frightening, unhinged, enigmatic, and unconventional passages, each one stacking on the last to produce a tenuously towering and vertiginous effect”, and elaborating further that “once the original riff returns, the band has lost all patience with its straight-forwardness, instead opting for more malleability, mutating it into an almost unrecognizable version of itself.“ - you can check out the song and feature https://toiletovhell.com/track-premiere-diabolic-oaths-winged-ouroboros-mutating-unto-gold/
On their new sophomore full-length uncreation "Oracular Hexations", Diabolic Oath’s staple approach of using completely fretless stringed instruments and a triple simultaneous vocal attack to depredate the listener's psyche, reaches truly majestic and catastrophic forms. Their technically daring and transformative approach to the usually dogmatic "war metal" craft has metastasized as a highly divergent and enigmatic mutation within the genre itself, where the crushing heaviness of the riffs concocted to their unconventional creation has resulted in an alternate reality of bestial black metal unbound with truly unseen and unthinkable auditory monstrosities. Shapeless, formless and free of any boundaries, the six lengthy spells contained within "Oracular Hexations" assume an almost globulous, chimeric form, appearing horrendous and misshapen to the listener as they morph and four-dimensionally sprawl like a sensorially annihilating mass devouring the psyche.
The gnarled and grotesque nature of chords and musical structures created evoke a sense of disorienting and otherworldly disembodiment, becoming a fertile ground for degenerate forms of ritualism and esotericism that weave an unsettling conceptual canvas rife for the propagation of the absurd. Unbound with cryptic and abstruse mutterings about cosmological, multi-dimensional and impossible states of being, "Oracular Hexations" is an hallucinatory convergence between technical, crushing and flesh-scouring musical genius and truly grotesque forms of composition and storytelling. An indissoluble dualism between primeval destruction and inscrutable bewilderment which will test the psyche and flesh of those subjected to the album's surrealistic destructive force. 
"Oracular Hexations" is slated for an April 5 2024 release on LP, CD, cassette tape and digital formats worldwide, and can be now pre-ordered via all our channels.
Thank you as always for your time and attention given to our releases.Sincerely, Sentient Ruin
https://sentientruin.com/releases/diabolic-oath-oracular-hexations
https://sentientruin.com/bands#/diabolic-oath

BRUTALISM – “SOLACE IN ABSURDITY”
9.3.2024 News BrutalismLabel: Comatose Music
Release date: April 5th 2024
Genre: Brutal/Technical Death Metal
For fans of: Morbid Angel | Immolation | Defeated Sanity | Suffocation
…a seething mass of chaos, of endless gaping maws, slathering tongues and thrashing limbs, chattering teeth and sibilant whispers of lunacy and obscenity. There is no silence, there is no peace, there is no sense or order. With all laws of structure and reason obliterated and swirling like dust in the ever-moving eddies that spin across the oceans of blood and tears, all is undone, all is lost… Dragged beneath the surface we drink deep of madness and find our only salvation, our only solace in absurdity…
Welcome to a kingdom of the obscene and absurd, where reason is dissected and destroyed and reality is warped into nightmare – welcome to the world of Brutalism! Hailing from Boise, Idaho, these exponents of the extreme have created an album that draws together two horrors, two powers from beyond the light. Solace In Absurdity, Brutalism’s debut full length release, is a fusing of vile bodies, melding the dark, imperious death metal of the original gods with the twisted technicality of the most brutal monstrosities imaginable. The results are shocking, bewildering and glorious! Disjointed and improbable, songs like ‘Astrocytomic Hemorrhaging’ set about disassembling your sanity like frenzied, robotic worker ants, while ‘Accelerated Decreptitude’ jolts and judders like a broken engine reanimated by chaotic essence and malign, meddling spirits of gleeful wickedness. While ‘Asphyxiating On Vomitous Excretion’ stalks the shadows within the chapel of ghouls, ‘Flesh Pyramid’ sounds the war trumpets of hell across the unimagined planes of infernal conflict. Utterly inhuman vocals tear through forests of spine-mangling riffs and howling solos dive and twist through a rain of blazing, blasting beats. This is the essence of death metal, sent spinning into a dominion of torture beyond understanding.
Embracing a raw, organic sound, where every screaming, raging element of sonic malevolence entwines in magnificent cacophony, Brutalism have fashioned a collection of psychotic litanies that will tear your soul apart. Swathed in the grotesque artwork of Moon Ring Design (Opprobrium, Nocturnal Serpent, Ascensions Fall etc), Solace In Absurdity will be set free from its restraints on April 5th by Comatose Music. Hold tight to your sanity, because madness is about to descend!
Line-up:
Cameron Bass - Vocals
Ian Dodd - Bass
Jason Taylor - Guitar
London Howell - Guitar
Dante Haas - Drums
www.comatosemusic.com
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3.3.2024 News FlyerJetzt ist es mal wieder soweit, das wir Euch mit der Nr. 58 unserer FATAL UNDERGROUND Klolektüre „das Geld aus der Tasche ziehen „wollen. Wie gehabt, könnt ihr eure hart erarbeiteten Kohle -3,50€ (all incl . ) - dann unter  fatalunderground_leo@freenet.de  loswerden . Auf den 82 Seiten s./w. kopierten Seiten werdet ihr auch diesmal wieder so einiges an Metalstoff vorfinden, welches Euch hoffentlich auch in irgendeiner Form anmacht.
Interviews:
RANZER (100% Metal. 100% Punk. 100% Ranzig)
MORGOTH (Death Metal )
AALRIDE OPEN AIR (Festival)
IN DEMONI (Death Metal )
PANZERKREUZER (Death Metal )
XSPIG ( Grindcore/ Powerviolence )
SATANINCHEN (Panda Metal )
VON METALFAN ZU METALFAN (Heiko aus Magdeburg)
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+ TERROR AUS DEM UNDERGROUND
+ DER ULTIMATIVE LAUSCHANGRIFF
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Mit VAULT OF TORMENT veröffentlicht die NRW Death Metal Band HOUNDS OF DAMNATION am 10.05.2024 ihr Debüt über das Label Unholy Fire Records.

Die Band, die sich 2022 gegründet hat, besteht aus Axel Müller (Battlesword) – Vocals, Marcel Schiborr (u.a. Symbiontic, The Witches´ Dream, Hraun) – Lead Guitars, Florian Oesterling (Symbiontic, Utter Silence) – Guitars und Kai Bracht (Hatred Inherit, I Despise) – Drums.
Sie selber beschreibt ihren Stil als Mischung irgendwo zwischen Morbid Angel, Bolt Thrower und Unleashed. Über die Facebook Seite der Band und der Homepage des Labels wird es in den Wochen bis zur VÖ Infos und Videos zum Release geben.
Die Scheibe erscheint als Digipak und als auf jeweils 100 Stück limitierte LP in schwarz, transparent-rot und orange. Der Vorverkauf startet am 08.03.2024 über die Homepage des Labels.
Pünktlich zur Veröffentlichung plant die Band auch einige Clubgigs, die Termine gibt es auch auf den Seiten.
www.unholyfire-records.com
www.facebook.com/HoundsOfDamnation

Czech band Cutterred Flesh are mixing things around without compromising on their ultra-gratifying beefy sound and getting some great results. They're surprisingly versatile and add depth to a genre that's usually associated with barbaric brutality. Please check out a couple of tracks on Bandcamp https://cutterredfleshband.bandcamp.com/album/love-at-first-bite
CUTTERRED FLESH – “LOVE AT FIRST BITE”
3.3.2024 News CUTTERRED FLESHFor fans of: Benighted, Aborted, Cattle Decapitation, Monument of Misanthropy, Devourment, Enragement
Cutterred Flesh have evolved to play what’s beginning to resemble a progressive form of brutal death metal. Without reducing the wholesome girth, they are able to pull off amazing feats that will stop the listener in his tracks and have him mentally slot them in a higher category than what he had originally pegged them at. While not as slick as some of their contemporaries skittishly moving about with hardly any impact, Cutterred Flesh’s music carries real weight and boasts of similar diversity if not more and is littered with unpredictable parts. Each of the songs on their sixth full length have a special thing going on and close listens only reveal the intricate structuring and even traces of emotive facets. It’s rare to come across a brutal death metal album that scratches the bludgeoning heaviness itch and also leaves a lasting impact that’s not purely external. Cutterred Flesh have clearly mastered their craft at this stage and come up with an album that is unfathomably heavy yet versatile and engaging which easily stands out from the one-dimensional ones languishing in the narrow confines of the brutal death metal realm.
Line up:
Jiri Krs - Vocals
Vitali Novak - Guitar
David Krombholz - Guitar
Ondrej Klaban - Bass
Jakub Bayer - Drums
Artwork by Par Olofsson
Track listing:
1. Xenomorphic Annihilation: Earth Ravaged
2. Human Protein Concentrate
3. Repeated Intersexual Misunderstanding
4. Code of Zuurith
5. The Symptoms of Parasite
6. Descent Into Torment Of Abyssal Whispers
7. Sarkam's Wrath Unleashed
8. Amanda
9. The Last Supper
10. Spawn of Vathus
Official release date - May 24th, 2024
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https://www.facebook.com/CutterredFlesh
Thank you so much for your time! Kunal Choksi Label owner Transcending Obscurity Mumbai, India

Deva, Romania based Death Metal squad VORUS released their third full-length album "DESOLATE ETERNITIES” on CD format in collaboration with Loud Rage Music, following the band's tradition of releasing a new album every 3 years!
"Desolate Eternities” features 10 tracks of "classic death metal with a faster, more brutal tempo and slow mid-paced sections to ear-bleeding grinding / thrashy solid tunes" as described by the band founder Uriel.
Play / order "Desolate Eternities" here:
https://loudragemusic.bandcamp.com/album/vorus-desolate-eternities
https://loudragemusic.limitedrun.com/products/764551-vorus-desolate-eternities
3.3.2024 News VORUSTracklist:
1. Desolate in Eternity
2. The Phantom Fear
3. Moribund's Hollow Gaze
4. Deathly Cycle of Existence
5. Blood-Sucking Leech
6. Dormant Malignancy
7. Obscure Delusional Chasms
8. Escape from Beyond
9. Aether of the Abyss
10. Dragged into Oblivion
About VORUS:
Established in 2017 as a solo project of the American death metal musician Uriel (Morbicus, Necrorite, Reveler, Putred, ex-Gutwrench, ex-Cryptic Realms etc) active since 1989 and relocated to Romania back in 2014. Vorus first release “Chamber of Laments” demo tape as solo formula was released by the fall, 2017.
Uriel‘s wife, Corina (ex-Deimos, ex-Atys, Reveler, Putred etc.) joined the band in September, 2017 on the bass guitar.
As a duo, Vorus recorded their debut full-length album “The Wretched Path” in December 2017, released on CD and tape in April. 2018 also the split with the band Necrorite in May 2018, then in October 2018 the “Inflicted Sufferance” EP was released in both formats as well. In April 2019 following a 4 way split with RotheadsEngrossed and Eruptive released in both formats.
In August 2019, Doru (Malpraxis, Evergreed, ex-Necrovile, etc) drummer from Cluj-Napoca joined the band permanently, 2020 is the year that marks the live debut of Vorus band on a mini tour in Transylvania with the bands Oncology and Left Hand Path.
In May 2021, the band released their second full-length album entitled “Traversing the Non-Existence“. Shortly after the album, Vorus welcomed a new member, Filip (Necrotum, Demoted, Putred, etc) a very young guitarist from Brasov joined the band on the rhythm guitar position. With this formula, “The Crypt of Shadows” EP was recorded in October, 2021 on tape only. In 2022, Vorus performed in a mini tour with MalpraxisInvader and Omnitrocy in several towns around the country, then the band participated in Death Madness Fest 1 (Sibiu) and a few more concerts.
This year Vorus participated in Bucharest Death Fest. Currently the band is working on the songs for the third full-length album entitled “Desolate Eternities” scheduled to be recorded in the fall of 2023 and released by the spring of 2024 by the record label Loud Rage Music from Romania on CD format.
VORUS current line up:
Uriel – Lead & Rhythm Guitar / Vocals
Filip – Rhythm Guitar
Corina – Bass Guitar
Doru – Drums / Percussion
https://linktr.ee/loudragemusic
https://www.facebook.com/vorusdeath/

ACROSTICHON – „ENGRAVED IN BLACK „

Acrostichon is one of the earliest and still existing death metals band from The Netherlands. Acrostichon was formed in August 1989. In March 1990 they recorded their debut demo which gained the band a lot of label attention. In March 1992 they recorded their debut album, called “Engraved in Black”, with producer Colin Richardson (Bolt Thrower, Carcass, Cradle of Filth). The booklet and inlays contain several outstanding artworks, old posters, pictures,  flyers and liner notes from guitar player Richard (Master, Massacre, Napalm Death). Engineered by Oscar Holleman (Gorefest, The Gathering, Within Temptation). Six live tracks (track 10 - 15)) what woule be the tracks for their never to be re-issued second album Sentnced from 1996..
https://www.vicrecords.com/

DIABOLIC – „BLASTMASTERS, TWISTED METAL“
Florida death metal at its best! Diabolic is an American death metal band from Tampa Bay, Florida, founded in 1996 by bassist/vocalist Paul Ouellette, drummer Aantar Lee Coates and guitarist Brian Malone.
‘Blastmasters, Twisted Metal’ is the ‘lost’ Diabolic album, recorded in the brief era the band split up (2004 – 2006). Bonus to the album is the 2004 three track demo. Vocals and bass by Jesse Jolly (Paths of Possession, ex Amon). Cover art by Mattias Norén (Jag Panzer, Stratovarius, Sabaton). Produced by Juan "Punchy" Gonzalez (Morbid Angel, Nile, Terrorrizer). Extensive liner notes with drummer Aantar, plus old and rare pictures, posters and flyers in a 16 page booklet.
https://www.vicrecords.com/

DIABOLIC – “MAUSOLEUM OF THE UNHOLY GHOST”
Florida death metal at its best! Diabolic is an American death metal band from Tampa Bay, Florida, founded in 1996 by bassist/vocalist Paul Ouellette, drummer Aantar Lee Coates and guitarist Brian Malone.
‘Mausoleum of the Unholy Ghost’ is Diabolic’s sixth full length album from 2020, by now totally sold out.
Featuring Matt Barnes Monstrosity) on guitars, and on bass and vocals Diabolic’s veteran and founding member Paul Ouellette. And of course on drums Aantar ‘blastmaster’ Coates.
Cover art by Zbigniew Bielak (Behemoth, Darkthrone, Ghost). Produced by Juan "Punchy" Gonzalez (Morbid Angel, Nile, Terrorrizer). First time on jewel case format.
https://www.vicrecords.com/

Rome (IT) - Italian Progressive Metal quintet GHOST ON MARS is set to release its full-length debut album, OUT OF TIME AND SPACE, on CD and digital formats on May 3 via Willowtip Records!
The official video for for the album's first single, "Carbon Skin," is available now at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcd3ZFwSIf0
The single is also available on SpotifyBandcamp, and Apple Music.
FFO: Pain of Salvation, Leprous, Katatonia, Evergrey, The Contortionist
Ghost on Mars combines dark and melancholic atmospheres with metal traditions, recreating their personal approach to prog metal..
The songs are inspired by films, books and stories belonging to the science fiction and horror cultures: The Mist, They Live, The Revenant, I Robot, Dylan Dog, Rec, Arrival...
Pre-order: https://ghostonmars.bandcamp.com/album/out-of-time-and-space
3.3.2024 News GHOST ON MARSTrack Listing:
1. Beyond the Mist
2. Quarantine
3. They
4. Carbon Skin
5. Nocturnal
6. That Time I Saw The Moon
7. Under a Crescent Moon
8. Back from the Dead
9. Back to Life
10. Lost Signal
Credits:
Out of Time and Space was produced by Ghost on Mars.
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Alex Di Nunzio (Francesco Di Giacomo, Astra) at NMG Recording Studios in 2022 and 2023.
Album art by Simon Bossert
Line-up:
Moreno Sangermano: Lead and backing vocals.
Fabio Valentini: Rhythm, clean and classic guitars.
Andrea Mataloni: Rhythm, lead and clean guitars.
Valerio Lippera: Bass.
Andrea Alberati: Drums.
https://www.willowtip.com/home.aspx
https://www.facebook.com/ghostonmars/

Black Lion Records has unveiled its newest label sampler - AFTERLIFE IN DARKNESS PART 4. This compilation showcases fresh, unreleased material from emerging artists of 2023-2024, offering an immersive journey into a diverse array of sounds.
Afterlife in Darkness Part 4 is available as a free download, ensuring accessibility for all music enthusiasts
The artwork for this compilation carries a unique history. Originally intended for a funeral doom/doom solo project, it adds a hauntingly beautiful touch to this collection, despite the project never taking off and the recordings being scrapped, created by Marcos Cerutti.
Additionally, the album cover pays homage to the incredible funeral doom, doom, and death bands I've had the privilege to work with, as well as the remarkable artists who continue to release captivating albums. For those who know me personally, my deep affection for funeral doom, doom, and death music is unmistakable, making this project particularly meaningful.
The music and tracks featured in this compilation are a blend of previously released and unreleased material from our bands, offering listeners a sneak peek into their upcoming albums.
Stream and download Afterlife in Darkness Part 4 at https://blacklionrecords.bandcamp.com/album/afterlife-in-darkness-part-iv
3.3.2024 News Afterlife in Darkness Part 4Tracklist
1.An Epistle to the Prime, Vivified - Vesperian Sorrow
2.Irreverence of the Cross - Summoner's Circle
3.The Black Pope - Disloyal
4.Capricious Disembodied Villain - Codex Mortis
5.Paradiset - Ondfodt
6.Crippled At The Core - Duskwalker
7.Homo Deus - Ephialtes
8.Hominis Obscura - Aeolian
9.Shape And Geometry - Apotheus
10.The Fear Campaign - Demonstealer
11.Death My Becoming - Silva
12.The Furnace - Imperial Demonic
13.A Blinding Trust In Chosen Kings - The Arcane Order
14.Nothingness - Farsoth
15.Father From The Flame - Solemn Vision
16.Dead Lights Beckon Me - Blood Stained Dusk
17.Fire At Will - Fäust
18.Greed And Lies - Blackning
19.The Dark Age - Shūnyatā
20.Night Terror - Onheil
21.Stab The Lamb - Gyrdleah
22.Nothing But Death - Daemonicus
23.Reborn - Kozoria
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Extreme Management Group, (EMG) Senior Artist Manager Damien Mitchell, would like to introduce and welcome, hailing from, Thessalonikis Greece, melodic groove & death metal master, PSYANIDE, to his roster!!
Having just released their critically acclaimed full-length sophomore effort, ‘’VERTIGO,’’ on their new home with record label Wormholedeath, in February 2024, alongside a crushing video for the single ‘Future Tense,’ Psyanide, delivers epic groovy melodic death metal to their dedicated legion of fans. Psyanide released the first video and single off of ‘Vertigo,’ the album's self-titled song, ‘Vertigo,’ in June of 2023, and blew away their fans with the bombastic sonic delivery Pysaninde is known for and was viewed over 5000 times on YouTube in just a few short weeks...
Commenting on the partnership, the band states:
“Psyanide” is super stoked to join forces with Extreme Management Group! We are a five-piece melodic groove death metal band that has set the Greek Metal Scene on fire with our latest album, ‘VERTIGO!’ Now we have partnered with Extreme Management Group who will work tirelessly in their endeavor to help spread our ferocious & fiery sound across the world!”
EMG Senior Artist Manager Damien Mitchell states:
“I’m super psyched to begin working with, Psyanide, these humble guys offer up a great example of quality songwriting, barking mad vocals, insane guitar riff-rage, face-ripping double-bass gallops, coupled with catchy melodies and hum-along riffs that stick in your head all day! I can’t wait to share what we are able to accomplish, ‘It’s time to give the world a lethal dose of Psyanide!’”
Psyanide is an absolute must for fans of Lamb of God, Amon Amarth, Gojira, and Testament! Get ready to have a dose of Psyanide coursing through your veins as the band hits the road in 2024. Check out the videos for ‘Vertigo,’ and ‘Future Tense,’ below: “It’s time to get your dose of Psyanide!”
Future Tense: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tuZF2CBJoPU
Vertigo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOH-fLmkHjw
www.youtube.com/@psyanideofficial
www.facebook.com/PsyanideOfficialBand

Today, March 1st 2024, Dutch thrashers GRINDPAD are releasing the official lyric video for Yakuza Finger Collector Crew. This song is taken from their highly acclaimed EP FINGER COLLECTOR CREW that was released on September 30th 2023 through Iron Shield Records.
Grindpad, hailing from the Netherlands, keeps blowing people away with their high energy thrash metal, grooves and hardcore vibes and this song is no different. So, turn it up to 11 and bang your head.
The lyric video for “Yakuza Finger Collector Crew” can be found here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZt1J-ZR8O0
https://ironshieldrecords.de/releases
https://www.facebook.com/Grindpad/

ONCE UPON THE END – “ARCHIVE 200”
3.3.2024 News ONCE UPON THE ENDLabel: Independent Release
Release date: April 5th 2024
Genre: Melodic Death Metal
For fans of: Arch Enemy | In Flames | Dark Tranquillity | Soilwork
“We knew the world would not be the same. A few people laughed, a few people cried, most people were silent.”– J. Robert Oppenheimer
They walk the wastelands of a world laid low by climate catastrophe, greed and humanity’s insatiable lust for power. Five bards of a dystopian near-future they carry their bandolier of songs through a broken landscape, bringing tales of hope, tragedy and dire lessons that must never be forgotten to the isolated and alone. And all of their ballads of an age forsaken, a once great civilisation brought down, begin with the same portentous words…Once Upon the End...
Hailing from Paris, the city of lights, Once Upon the End are a melodic death metal band that look beyond those fabled lights and into the hungry darkness that waits at the end of mankind’s calamitous path. Their songs are set in the last days of the world as we know it and in the shattered kingdom of nightmares that lies on the other side of our self-inflicted doom. Their impending EP, Archive 200, features a blend of new songs and past classics, completely re-worked and re-recorded with the stunning vocals of recent recruit Ezalyr. Ezalyr’s voice possesses a magnificent duality, blending towering melodic strength with a raw, impassioned, caustic rasp that rides upon the surging waves of power generated by the band’s momentous riffs. ‘We Are The Dead’ – an ode to the survivors of Once Upon the End’s conceptual apocalypse – is a perfect illustration of everything this exceptional band has to offer;  beginning with a haunting melodic introduction that explodes into a ravenous swarm of guitars. Elsewhere solos spiral into the heavens while a roaming bass presence weaves an underlying layer of sonorous, unspoken words. The drums provide an unflinching intensity and unstoppable momentum throughout every subtle shift in tempo and that fierce, blazing vocal seizes your attention in an unbreakable grip. Yet for all its magnificence ‘We Are The Dead’ does not stand alone on the landscape of ruin that is Archive 200 – ‘Dying Concrete’ bears witness to the collapse of human society with a fizzing energy and majestic choruses, ‘Moon Scavengers’ boasts some of the finest riffs you will ever hear as it shifts between moods and rhythms with an effortless, accomplished poise, while ‘The Old Ones’ provides a breathtaking, multi-faceted conclusion to a truly remarkable melodic death metal collection.
It’s been eight years since Once Upon the End began the exploration of their dark, fantastical world and the journey is becoming more enthralling and exciting with every release. Their 2021 debut album, The Next Chapter, was an impressive piece of work, but with Archive 200 this French band have really thrust their standard into the torn soil of the melodic death metal battlefield and issued a daunting challenge to all. Mastered by Frédéric Gervais (Pensées Nocturnes, Glorior Belli, In The Woods etc) Archive 200 sounds crisp and clear, yet richly textured, making the most of every nuance and detail in these fine songs. On April 5th step across the threshold into a chilling vision of the future and embrace the incredible song craft, musicianship and sheer power of Once Upon the End.
Line-up:
Ezalyr - Vocals
Groly - Bass
Loerk - Guitar
Koal – Guitar
Tentrom - Drums
www.facebook.com/Onceupontheend.Metalband/

Sioux Falls (SD) - Death Metal trio SUFFER have partnered with Toilet ov Hell for the premiere of "Inhalent Caustic Foray," a track from forthcoming album GRAND CANVAS OF THE AESTHETE. Click below to stream! https://toiletovhell.com/premiere-suffer-inhalent-caustic-foray/
3.3.2024 News SUFFERFFO: Carcass, Asphyx, Undeath, Immolation, and Exhumed
Suffer will release Grand Canvas of the Aesthete on CD, vinyl, and digital formats on March 29 via Wise Blood Records.
Back in 1989, Suffer formed at the dawn of death metal’s Midwestern rise. Teenagers at the time, they were one of the first extreme metal bands in South Dakota. In December, they closed 2023 with their first new music in eight years. Mere months later, they chase their Gristle, Bruised Spots & Trimmed Fat EP with a brutal and brilliant comeback record, Grand Canvas
of the Aesthete.
“This new material is absolute proof that you don't have to “age out” of Death Metal,” comments vocalist/guitarist C.R. Petit. “Suffer was formed in 1989, and 2024 will mark 35 years for us. There is no doubt that this album is the absolute best material we have done together.”
“This is the first Suffer material that was not written by hashing things out in a rehearsal room as a group,” Petit adds. “There was far more scrutiny in riff, structure and transition as well as lyrics and production. We didn't settle for what was close. We all wanted this to surpass everything we have
done in the past.”
Suffer’s collision of elevated gore and old school brutality will appeal to fans of Carcass, Asphyx, Exhumed, and Undeath. C.R. Petit and bassist Jason Ellsworth are also both members of Angerot (Redefining Darkness Records) as well as Empty Throne (Wise Blood Records). After releasing outstanding music from both of those bands the last few years, new music from
Suffer was hopeful, but never guaranteed.
“To be honest, I really didn't think we would [release another album],” Petit admits. “Most of us have moved on with other bands and projects, family and careers. But, there is something incredibly special to each of us when it comes to Suffer. Something that makes it nearly impossible to just
walk away from.”
“Initially, it was preconceived that this was the swan song,” Petit reveals. “We wanted to have one last chance to make a Suffer album that sounded the way every Suffer recording should have sounded. But, this entire process has been absolutely fantastic and I am not sure that we could simply walk away. I am pretty sure that we all have more Suffer in the tank.”
Pre-order: https://suffersd.bandcamp.com/album/grand-canvas-of-the-aesthete
Track Listing:
1. Grand Canvas Of The Aesthete
2. Ashened Frolic; The Exquisite Promenade
3. Plentiful • Copious • Bountiful
4. Inhalent Caustic Foray
5. The Fetching Cranley Gardens
6. Carnal Flesh Parade
7. Pernicious Precarious Mess
8. Human Primal Cuts
Album Credits:
All songs written by C.R. Petit & J. Aeschliman
All lyrics by C.R. Petit
Recorded at Underground Sound by Eddie G
Mixed and Mastered by Andreas Linnemann at Hop House Studio
Art layout by Carrion Design
Suffer is:
C.R. Petit - Vocals & Guitar
Justin Aeschliman - Guitar
Jason Ellsworth - Bass0
Daron Petit - Lead Guitar
Rene Gerbrandij - Drums
https://wisebloodrecords.com/
https://www.facebook.com/SufferSD/

Finnish modern melodic metal band NORTHERN GENOCIDE released their second studio album THE POINT OF NO RETURN on March 1st 2024 via Inverse Records
LISTEN the album on streaming services: https://push.fm/fl/ng-album
3.3.2024 News Northern GenocideComments from the band:
"We are proud and honored to finally present this thematical melodic sledgehammer to our listeners. Great pools of sweat and tears were spilled during the making of this album and we couldn’t be happier with the outcome. We always push for something new when making music and to us this album is a milestone in our lives.
The lyrical themes are more relevant than ever and reflect this age of uncertainty and turmoil. We encourage everyone to dive deep into the songs and try to find the meaning of words or sentences. This is the point of no return. 
We’d like to thank everyone who has supported us and listened to our music during the past years! See you on one of our live gigs!"
The video of fourth single Our Final Hour is available here: https://youtu.be/JA1Orvw-iNg
The third single 'To Serve The Pestilence' with a music video available here: https://youtu.be/h0TyPoejvQE 
The second single Necropolis which features Tommy Tuovinen from MyGrain is available herehttps://youtu.be/NOQDWPmP1Eg
Music video of the first single, Harbingers of Genocide, is available here: https://youtu.be/s0kFWzEoDX0
BIOGRAPHY:
Northern Genocide was established in 2010 in Helsinki, Finland. It all started with a meeting of old high school friends, guitar player Pyry Pohjanpalo and producer Rainer Pekkinen, after Pyry had discovered Rainer's interest in programming and computer music. They both had a history of playing in various metal bands, but now they wanted to try something different by bringing electronic influences to metal. The very same year they started recording demos in their home studio.
In 2012 a crew was put together for gigs and new demos. In december 2013 the band began recording a new 3-track demo. After some changes to the initial line-up of the band, the demo was recorded with Markku Tuuri in drums, Toni Jokiranta in bass, Pyry in guitars and Tommi Salonen as vocalist. The demo "Atlantis" was finished in October 2014. Shortly after work began towards a 5-track EP ”Planet Asylum” which was released in 2015.
2019 the debut album "Genesis vol. 666" was released through Inverse Records. The release was a success, and the only song written in Finnish, called Ikiruoste, proved to be a guiding star of the album. The style of NG's music had already started to evolve away from the industrial metal influenced sound towards more modern melodic metal. Genesis, Vol. 666 album recently reached 1 Million streams on Spotify.
In 2020 began the work towards releasing another full length album. During the long cold winter a few band members moved aside, resulting in Jussi Pulliainen taking the 2nd guitar role and Arto Viitanen picking up the bass guitar. An epic discovery was Leo Korhonen to play the drums. With just 1 month of practice he mastered his parts ready to be recorded for the album.
The new album ”The Point of No Return” was finally finished in the summer of 2023. The process of making the new album was long but it surely paid off. This time no compromises were accepted in the production process and the album surely presents the best of NG to date. The new ideas and the combined effort of the whole band resulted in a solid, banging and rich album. The album picks up where ”Genesis vol. 666” left off featuring even more aggressive guitar riffs and massive orchestrations. The contribution from various featuring vocalists (Stephanie Mazor, Tommy Tuovinen) and instrumentalists adds depth to the songs throughout the album. Lyrics written by Tommi criticize world overpopulation, corruption, abuse of power and describe the dark side of the human mind.
The album is released on March 1st 2024 through Inverse Records and CD version is available here. https://inverse-records.myshopify.com/products/northern-genocide-the-point-of-no-return-pre-order
Track list:
01. To Serve The Pestilence
02. Kaamos
03. Harbingers of Genocide
04. Icaros
05. Luonnonsurma
06. My Fortress 
07. Our Final Hour
08. Para Bellum
09. The Engram
10. Necropolis feat. Tommy Tuovinen
Album cover by Petri Lampela
Line-up:
Vocals – Tommi Salonen
Lead guitar – Pyry Pohjanpalo
Rhythm guitar – Jussi Pulliainen
Bass – Arto Viitanen
Drums – Leo Korhonen
Producer – Rainer Pekkinen
https://www.northerngenocide.com
https://www.facebook.com/northerngenocide

German crossover thrashers FATAL COLLAPSE herald their upcoming full-length with “MENTAL ANNIHILATION” single
Fatal Collapse is a new thrash/crossover attack from Hamburg, Germany, that was formed in 2022.
Influenced by old and new thrash bands like Vio-lence, Sacred Reich, Suicidal Tendencies, Iron Reagan..., their shredding riffs and chunky screams create their thrash/HC crossover Sound.
In May ´23 they released the first 4-track EP „Hell Is Here“ on tape ...and so far they got nice reviews and reactions from the underground. After this foretaste and several gigs, they are almost ready to give you our first full lengh album – a short painful impact.
The single „Mental Annihilation“ is released on 01.03.24.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6m2OjcxnBM
FATAL COLLAPSE are:
Marco – Drums
Flo - Bass
Niklas - Voice
Buddy – Guitar
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100088634251247

Alternative German Thrashers MONOGON promote their self-titled debut with „ALONE” live video
The Alternative-Thrash-Metalband MONOGON was founded in 2020 by Sanjay Kliche (26;Vocals/Guitar), Timo Kuhnert (25;Guitar/Synths) and Leo Riepert (18;Drums) in Gütersloh, Germany.
MONOGON just released their first record and played multiple live shows in their local area. Their music breathes an energy that is barely seen in more modern metal music mixed with an unexpected experimental side to create a mix that feels familiar but new at the same time.
The bass was replaced by a synth, the drummer shows you how hard one can play without needing a trigger and samples, the guitar riffs are old-school and the vocals scream until the voice is gone.
Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=og5x-KCK-44
https://www.facebook.com/monogon.band/

Polish/Mexican crossover thrashers TECHNOPHOBIA ink a deal with OSSUARY RECORDS, preorders start today!
The CD version of the EP comes out on March 15th, right in time for HELICON METAL FEST IV, held in Warsaw then. The preorders start today at https://ossuaryrecords.com It is going to be issued in an oldschool jewelcase.
Technophobia started in April 2023 as a side project for Kajetan (guitars) and Barto (bass) when they were still playing in local death/blacksters Buddah. After acquainting Piotr (drums), from their love for Carnivore and beer, the band was founded. So far they played many rehearsals last year and in September Oz (Eteritus, ex-Painkiller) joined as a vocalist. With him aboard they played more rehearsals and finally recorded and released the debut EP. The reviews have been very positive so Technophobia marches on!
https://linktr.ee/technophobiathrash

Guten Tag, first release on LYCANTHROPIC CHANTS in 2023 is an awesome one: two bands from the land of the rising sun pay tribute to one of the biggest bands in death metal from Sweden. And this on one piece of wax:
COFFINS / GRAVAVGRAV - "TRIBUTE TO GRAVE" SPLIT-7" out now!!!
Full stream at www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGnhsQpObyg
Buy: https://lycanthropic.de/shop/coffins-gravavgrav-tribute-to-grave-split-7
Artwork by Ragnar Persson.
Layout by Certain Death Design.
All versions have a 300gsm fold out cover, poly-lined black inner-sleeves plus download code:
150x blue 7” vinyl
150x yellow 7″ vinyl
Release date: 01.03.2024
Another highlight is the release of the first EP “THE PYRE OF EQUIVALENCE” from our Belgian friends HEAD OF THE BAPTIST. Lycanthropic Chants is distributing this record in Germany, get your hands on it here: https://lycanthropic.de/shop/head-of-the-baptist-the-pyre-of-equivalence-mlp
Listen here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRhrjXiSlKw
HEAD OF THE BAPTIST is an enigmatic fusion of heavy genres, weaving together crushing Black and Death metal influences, while embracing the fistful rage of D-Beat/Crust and the chaos of Grindcore.
Next to their previous demo release in 2018, their debut EP “The Pyre Of Equivalence” was released digitally earlier this year and is available on black and green vinyl now.
We also have a lot of shows coming up in our hometown Wolfsburg. Due to the number of shows, please find further info via the links provided:
08.03.2024 at s.v. Jugendhaus Ost, Wolfsburg: RATTENBURCHT (BEL) + SADISTIC GOATMESSIAH (GER) + DUNGEON KEEPER (GER)  www.facebook.com/events/884058440389433/
16.03.2024 at s.v. Jugendhaus Ost, Wolfsburg: PHIZ (GER) + WONDERFUL WORLD (GER) + PLACID (GER) + WASTED TIMES (GER)  www.facebook.com/events/316526071299041
01.04.2024 at s.v. Jugendhaus Ost, Wolfsburg: RAWSIDE (GER) + tba
16.04.2024 at s.v. Jugendhaus Ost, Wolfsburg: FACEPALM NATION (GER) + POSSIBLE DAMAGE (GER)
www.facebook.com/events/925682366036904/
26.04.2024 at s.v. Jugendhaus Ost, Wolfsburg: WOJCZECH (GER) + KRUPSKAYA (GBR) + SHEEVA YOGA (CZE) + GVILLOTINE (GER)  www.facebook.com/events/1956235371438500/
03.05.2024 at Sauna-Klub, Wolfsburg: GUYOĐ (AUT) + THOSAR (AUT) + GREH (GER)
www.facebook.com/events/915902813394591
13.06.2024 at s.v. Jugendhaus Ost, Wolfsburg: MASTER (USA/CZE) + ARROGANZ (GER) + ZEIT (GER)
Thanks for your attention! Cheers Steffen
www.lycanthropic.de


FURZE
will release its eighth album "CAW ENTRANCE" on 5 April via Devoted Art Propaganda / Polytriad Fingertips.

With “Caw Entrance”, the “Furze penetration” is again at full display and shows a hostile development of songwriting. The album goes even further into the psyche to find creative portals of new kick-ass and old-school black metal! With true fire, Woe J. Reaper demonstrates to the world his shrieking lines of blasphemous poetry, and sometimes you don't know if the way out of the grip is “strength” or “death”. 
The way “blasphemy” enters here - it goes so much further than just attacking or mocking religions. In the Furze universe, you’ll be forced to think thrice and hopefully experience the songs with a touch of different power each time you approach them. The rules disappear, questions about mankind enter and your mind penetrates new territory! All Furze albums share this universal spirit of opposites.
3.3.2024 News FURZEWoe J. Reaper says: “You don't like the production? Oh, luck gently off! Coherently we advise all listeners to grab a nice pair of headphones and listen to this album that way. No background listening sessions will work and not even your stereo for that sake. It's strange but true: special details were impossible to secure into both ways of listening. Don't worry: Lots of work was laid down with mastering too, and what’s closer to a simple level adjustment from the mix worked like a superhorse so the result is clear: Headphone listening sessions are the only way to enter one’s Caw Entrance.”
“Post Mortem Trippin’ is the most obvious example where the guitars are playing different things, totally mono in each left/right side. The balance is only possible to reach if going for headphones!  As Cezary from Devoted Art Propaganda himself experienced, this album needs time and then it prevails.”
“Speaking about avails…The old track “Avail the Autocrat of Evil” has been re-recorded for this album and the result is heavier than the original, improved vocals, etc. Furze’s CAW ENTRANCE is again breaking new ground in terms of feeling, songwriting and of course…BLACK PSYCH METAL! Which doesn't mean “stoner-drug black metal”. Did anyone out there actually think that was all there is to it? Are you so brainless???!!??”
Furze was established in 1998 in Trondheim, Norway out of the dust of the Woe J. Reaper project. Under the Furze name, seven full-length albums were released: Trident Autocrat (2000, Apocalyptic Empire Records), Necromanzee Cogent (2003, Apocalyptic Empire Records), UTD (2007, Candlelight Records), Reaper Subconscious Guide (2010, Agonia Records), Psych Minus Space Control (2012, Fysisk Format), Baphomet Wade (2015, Freshtea) and The Presence… (2018, Polytriad Fingerprints). On top of that Furze/Woe J. Reaper’s discography also consists of multiple demos, EPs and compilations. The early demos were released in a time in the pre-2000s when there was little originality in black/old school metal – Furze is probably Norway's (or the underground in general) most influential music to arrive in the late 1990s/2000 when talking about black metal newcomers. Fenriz of Darkthrone fame praised Furze and even featured it as his “band of the week” and played tracks on his Fenriz Radio. 
Furze and Woe J. Reaper recently celebrated their 25th anniversary with the release of a limited and special edition cassette box set (available via Devoted Art Propaganda). The box set includes the original Woe J. Reaper “Necromanzee” demo from 1998 on one tape, while the second tape consists of unreleased material from 1992-1998. Limited to only 100 copies, it comes in two cassettes with two separate artworks in a common box. The first tape comes with the original 1998 demo art.  The other comes with a newly assembled 1992-1998 "Drinking the Blood of Metal" artwork with unseen photos and extensive liner notes describing that period of Furze’s history and the local scene. It will not be available on streaming services. 
https://www.facebook.com/Furzebook

Renowned Norwegian black/death metal outfit PARACRONA has joined forces with Wormholedeath to reissue their highly praised debut album, "SUN GOD", due for re-release on April 12, 2024.
In an official statement, the band expressed their excitement, stating,
"Dear Fans and Music Lovers, We are thrilled to share some incredible news with you all! Paracrona is ecstatic to announce the re-release of our debut album "Sun God," now in partnership with the esteemed record company, Wormholedeath. This partnership marks an exciting chapter for us as a band. Collaborating with Wormholedeath allows us to reintroduce "Sun God, giving it a new lease of life and a chance to reach a wider audience.
Wormholedeath's passion for fostering unique musical journeys resonates deeply with our artistic vision. Together, we aim to bring "Sun God" to music enthusiasts around the world. To all our incredible supporters who have been our guiding light on this musical voyage, we extend our deepest gratitude. Your unwavering belief in our music fuels our passion, and we're thrilled to embark on this exciting journey with you once again.
Stay tuned for more updates, exclusive content, and details about the re-released "Sun God" album with Wormholedeath. Your continued support means everything to us, and we can't wait to take this musical adventure together!
Thank you for being a part of our story."
"Sun God"
Embark on an evocative journey through "Sun God: an album that unearths the enigmatic tapestry of ancient Egypt and the unsettling parallels with our contemporary world. This musical odyssey traverses the duality between ancient mysticism and the clandestine forces that conceal our reality. Drawing inspiration from the mystique of ancient Egypt, "Sun God" immerses listeners in a sonic landscape resonating with echoes of forgotten civilizations. Within this melodic expedition, dark forces and arcane powers collide with the furtive maneuvers of modern-day entities—media deception and governmental manipulation. Mixed and mastered by Fredrik Nordström and revamped by Fredrik Nordström at Studio Fredman Experience the extraordinary album with an exclusive look at the captivating music video "Carry the Cross" featuring Baard Kolstad.
3.3.2024 News PARACRONATracklist
1. New Impurity
2. Carry the Cross
3. Thriller
4. Sun God
5. Mendacious
6. River of Pain
7. Therefore I Move the Time
8. Gates of Immortality
9. Reasons 
"Carry The Cross," released in 2023 and crafted by Vjus, encapsulates the band's ethos, delving into societal struggles and the call for individual awakening amidst corrupt systems.
PARACRONA, born from the chance meeting of Ringo Christiaan Van Droffelaar and Øystein Hansen at Wacken Open Air in 2007, melds artistic vision with melodic intensity. Hailing from the Netherlands and Norway, these diverse talents, bonded by a love for metal music, embarked on a musical journey that redefined their artistry.
Their collaboration ignited in Oslo a few months later, intertwined Øystein's seasoned guitar expertise, honed in bands like Fortid, with Ringo's fervor for expression and songwriting finesse. The recording odyssey for "Sun God" began in the fall of 2016, resulting in a sonic exploration traversing metal styles, termed affectionately as "Titanium" or "Quantum Realism Metal."
Themes of spiritual growth and societal struggle infuse their lyrics, encapsulating real-life chapters within each track. Despite hurdles, including Ringo's battle with cancer in 2021, collaborations with professionals like Baard Kolstad and Fredrik Nordstrøm added finesse to their sound.
Live performances feature a talented roster, enhancing the experience. PARACRONA's album release concert at Cosmopolite Scene in Oslo, featuring Blood Red Throne and Omnia Moritur, epitomized dedication to an unforgettable scene experience.
PARACRONA transcends being just a band; it's a collective embodiment of resilience, passion, and artistic innovation. Join their journey, witness their sonic tapestry, and immerse yourself in the power of their music.
Line up:
Ringo Christiaan Van Droffelaar - vocals
Øystein Hansen - lead guitar
Audun Melby - rhythm guitar
Laszlo Juhos - drums
Gregg Roland Schneider - bass
www.facebook.com/Paracrona

DYING VICTIMS PRODUCTIONS is proud to reissue LADY BEAST’s cult second album, LADY BEAST II, on vinyl LP format.
Since 2009, LADY BEAST have been flying the flag for refined HEAVY METAL. The band hail from the Steel City of Pittsburgh, forming with firm influences ranging from Motörhead, Dio, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, and Mercyful Fate. From there, LADY BEAST have weaved their own unique style of metal with silky-yet-sharp harmonizing guitars and the soaring, rally-the-warriors vocals of frontwoman Deborah Levine. All the while, they’ve retained their blue-collar roots but have never forgotten the majesty of metal in its earliest, most classic form: fantasy, magic, epic adventure, and of course ANTHEMS!
While the quintet have released four full-lengths to date, it was LADY BEAST’s second album, 2015’s Lady Beast II, which could be viewed as their “breakout” moment. Released like their self-titled debut on their own Cobra Cabana Records, the original version of Lady Beast II was a vinyl edition limited to only 250 copies; the CD version followed later on Infernö Records, which closed a couple years ago. Thus, Lady Beast II has been criminally out of print, and DYING VICTIMS will now rectify that with a new vinyl version featuring remastered sound and updated cover art. Whatever year you experience it, LADY BEAST’s second album is a stormer, strutting and galloping with equal might, as instantly-hummable riffs prop up all these anthems-to-be whilst evincing a narrative flow that’s the quintessence of swords & sorcery. Of course, Levine’s vocals exude passion and power, pure & total EMOTION, and her performance here helped put LADY BEAST atop of the keep-it-true pack. Raise your sword again or for the first time with this new vinyl version of Lady Beast II
3.3.2024 News LADY BEASTLine-up today:
Adam Ramage - Drums
Chris Tritschler - Guitars
Deborah Levine - Vocals
Andy Ramage - Guitars
Amy Bianco - Bass
From Pittsburgh, USA
Artwork: subhuman_being_ inspired by Mark Cooper's original
Release date: April 26th April 2024
Release info:
- Regular edition on black vinyl, with insert, poster, sticker, postcard and download code.
- Special edition on cyan blue splatter vinyl, with insert, poster, sticker, postcard download code and patch.
- CD edition with sticker, obi
www.dyingvictims.com
https://dyingvictimsproductions.bandcamp.com/

Swedish melodic death metal band SAILOR HUNTER is set to release a new EP 'EVOLUTION' on May 24th 2024 via Finnish Inverse Records. The first official single 'Ashes' is released today and music video can be seen here: https://youtu.be/am63pcq1Xes
Sebastian Fingal comments: 
"The song is about the triumph over adversity and the ability to rebuild after destruction and hardship. It was the first song that we did together with me as a new singer. The song has a lot of energy and I felt that the lyrics needed to be epic and empowering."
LISTEN Ashes on streaming services: https://push.fm/fl/shr-ashes
Line-up:
Kutte Gashi - Drums
Al Rinald - Guitars / Orchestral Arrangements
Sebastian Fingal – Vocals
Filip Jovanov – Bass Guitar / Backing Vocals
https://instabio.cc/sailorhunter
https://www.facebook.com/sailorhunterband

MY SILENT WAKE – “LOST IN MEMORIES, LOST IN GRIEF”
3.3.2024 News MY SILENT WAKELabel: Ardua Music
Release date: May 3RD 2024
Genre: Epic/Doom Metal
For fans of: Paradise Lost | Novembers Doom | My Dying Bride | Atlantean Kodex
Even in the soft, surrounding darkness behind the walls of sleep, my memories consume me. A tableau of frozen moments, flickering images upon the lightless screen behind my eyes. Each one is perfect in its terrible, aching beauty; the pain honed again to a gleaming, cutting edge that the forgetful hours of daylight had just begun to dull. Here in dreams I break once more, but in that breaking I see past, precious days as new and I would not trade that bittersweet agony for a thousand years of peaceful, silent slumber…
It has been four years since My Silent Wake gifted us with a full length album, but with Lost In Memories, Lost In Grief, their twelfth such endeavour, they have offered up treasures enough for every day of those intervening years and many more to come. There is a sense of homecoming, of acquaintance renewed in the melancholy chord progressions that touch the heart with such honesty and openness, but there is also a fresh excitement to be found in vibrant songs like opener ‘The Liar And The Fool’. There is a new energy bubbling beneath the wistful guitar lines and the haunting atmosphere, a sense that My Silent Wake are exploring new territories and beginning new chapters in their storied career. In the past the band have walked two separate paths, their albums being either dark, towering edifices of powerful doom/death metal or more experimental creations – ambient, acoustic and touched by folklore and history. With Lost In Memories, Lost In Grief there seems to have been a magical blurring of boundaries between the two worlds, with ghosts slipping across the thresholds. While songs like ‘Wolf’, with its twisting guitar motifs, ‘The Last Lullaby’ – rife with the dark radiance and emotional power that characterises My Silent Wake’s music – and the staggering ‘No Time’, it’s notes held like dying breaths with time stretching out between them, are undeniably, magnificently heavy, they also possess an earthy majesty, a regal nature not bound to finery or fripperies but to the ancient spirit of the forest and the soil, a sense of history that links them to the fragile enchantments of albums like 2020s Damnum Per Saeculorum. With its telling keyboard presence, emotive vocals steeped in sorrow and tinged with desperation, windswept riffs and singing guitar melodies, Lost In Memories, Lost In Grief may well be the most vibrant, beautifully realised, complete My Silent Wake album to date.
Recorded, mixed and mastered predominately at Priory Recording Studios by Greg Chandler (Ungfell, Indesinence, Esoteric etc) with additional work being completed at Hollow Hearth by the band’s own Simon Bibby, Lost In Memories… is blessed with a sound rich in texture, that captures the palpable emotion and unquestionable integrity which shines from every note. In the track ‘The Liar And The Fool’ you will hear the words “I cannot see this ending well…escape while you can”, but when Ardua Music release Lost In Memories, Lost In Grief on May 3rd, adorned in the evocative artwork of Matthew Vickerstaff (Cradle Of Filth, My Dying Bride, Mayhem etc), you will never want to leave My Silent Wake’s kingdom of twilight shadows and star dusted skies.
Line-up:
Ian Arkley – Guitar/Ebow/Growled and semi spoken-word vox
Addam Westlake - Bass Guitar
Gareth Arlett – Drums
Simon Bibby – Yamaha Reface YC organ / Clean vox / Whispers
https://www.arduamusic.com/
www.facebook.com/MySilentWake/

REN MARABOU AND THE BERSERKERS, revered for their captivating blend of metal and myth, have unveiled their latest creation: the lyric video for "HOLY MOUNTAIN (HELGAFJELL)."
3.3.2024 News Ren Marabou and The Berserkers UnveilNow available for viewing on YouTube, this video offers a visual interpretation of the band's powerful new track.
"Holy Mountain (Helgafjell)" is a compelling track extracted from the band's highly anticipated forthcoming album, aptly titled "Holy Mountain." Scheduled for release via Wormholedeath label, this album promises to be an epic saga of musical storytelling.
In this newest offering, Ren Marabou and The Berserkers pay homage to a fallen warrior, laid to rest in the mythical realm of Helgafjell. Through haunting melodies and thunderous rhythms, the band explores themes of reverence, sorrow, and the enduring legacy of valiant souls. Drawing inspiration from Norse mythology, they weave a tapestry of sound that transports listeners to realms where heroes transcend mortality to become eternal legends.
For enthusiasts of mythology and adrenaline-fueled Norse sagas set to the backdrop of thunderous rock-metal symphonies, Ren Marabou and The Berserkers offer an unparalleled musical odyssey.
Hailing from the Emerald Isle and based in the hills of Co.Donegal these Irish Viking Metal/Norse Pagan Rockers, REN MARABOU AND THE BERSERKERS, deliver their take on this powerful genre with a high-energy stage show and anthemic, contemporary stylings. Endorsed by Cassidy Guitars, Skull Strings, Iron Age Guitar Accessories, and Blackstar. The band is also an Ambassadors for Ulster Mead Co. Based on Convoy Co.Donegal.
Managed by Split Screen Management. They Signed to Florida-based label United Music Mafia in 2021 and released the band's latest full-length album ‘Tales Of Rune’ with them on July 1st, 2022. In September 2022 REN MARABOU AND THE BERSERKERS joined the "Final Declaration: Northern Tour 2022" with Polish titans VADER and HATE all across Scandinavia!
In November 2023 RMATB signed with Italian-based label Wormholedeath. The band is currently working on their new full-length album ‘"Helgafjell" which will be released with WHD. The album is dedicated to Ren’s Father Micka who passed away in September 2022. 2023 was a very busy year for the Norse Gael Warriors as they began recording their new album and played headline and support shows as well as festivals all across Ireland, notably supporting the Mighty Night Demon in Tyrone, playing Siege of Limerick, Sligo Whiplash, Burning Metal Ireland Fest Dublin, Ulster Mead Factory, Demolition Fest Derry, Supporting Words That Burn in Mchugh's Drogheda, Headline shows in Belfast, Derry, Dublin, Donegal, Dundalk. 2024 will see RMATB back out on the road in the UK and Europe to promote the release of their new album. Keep an eye on the band's social media for dates.
REN MARABOU AND THE BERSERKERS are:
Ren Marabou (Vocals and Guitar)
Terence McCann (Drums)
Michael Casserly (Bass)
www.splitscreenproduction.com
www.facebook.com/renmarabou

French Post Black Metallers ECR.LINF are rapidly approaching the release of their debut album "BELLUAIRES". Today we release their second single "Le Désespoir Du 3.3.2024 News ECR.LINFProphète" with a stunning video directed by Dorian Lairson, which can be seen here: https://youtu.be/k7bjIa96RxQ

ECR.LINF's guitarist and video director Dorian Lairson commented as follows about the video and its meaning:
"De mon seul être dont je suis maintenant l’unique Roi".
Of my only being of which I am now the only King.
In the music video "Le Désespoir du Prophète" three young monks wander from hut to hut in a damp and cold forest. The eldest embodies the prophet himself on his spiritual journey, while the two younger ones represent his faithful companions who support and blindly follow him in his quest. Eventually, they reach a tall stone structure, symbolizing the crystallization of the spiritual path. Here, the sacrifice is solely assumed by the prophet, illustrating his transition to individual enlightenment while embodying his environment and the people around him. Finally, in the night of the soul, the symbol of the group "Ecr.linf" burns and falls to signify the death of our own idols, constructions, and inner beliefs, marking the end of an era and the beginning of a new stage on the spiritual path. It is the spiritual phase shift that exists between a prophet and his followers that fosters misunderstandings, conflicts, and divisions, corroding religious beliefs from within".
ECR.LINF present a song that is absolutely a manifesto of their devastating Post Black Metal able to meet Hardcore music and the most dissonant Noise atmospheres with great hellish melodies.
Their debut album "Belluaires" will be released on March 22nd, on digipakCD and LP format and will surely destroy your mental stability and your insane vision of music.
This is ECR.LINF, the desperate cry of a rotten humanity.
"Belluaires" CD/LP is available for pre-order here: https://shorturl.at/fyJOZ
Tracklist:
1. Le Désespoir Du Prophète
2. Tribunal De L'âme
3. La Danse Des Crânes
4. Missive
5. Le Royaume Du Vide
6. Ultime Projection
7. Valetaille
8. Feu Pâle.
https://linktr.ee/mykingdommusic
https://www.facebook.com/Ecr.LinfOfficiel

CORPUS DIAVOLIS - "ELIXIRIA EKSTASIS"

Release date : March 15th 2024
Style : Esoteric Satanic Black Metal
Origin : France
Label: Les Acteurs de L’Ombre Productions
Network Distributor: Season of Mist / Plastic Head
Digital Distributor: The Orchard
It was in anno 2008 in the south of France when Daemonicreator & Lord Khaos formed the core of what is now called CORPUS DIAVOLIS. The name stands for The Body of The Devil. The pleasures of the flesh. The aim is to satisfy one’s hunger for perverted and orgiastic distortion of time and space through extreme metal soaked in mystical ambience. To attain those vibrations of the soul that make us experience a higher state of existence. 
Soon joined by guitarist Analyser and drummer King Had, Corpus Diavolis unleashed the “Nightsky Orgia” EP followed by their first full-length album “Revolucia” and a split with underground French black metallers Total Satan. Initially inspired by the Scandinavian black metal scene, the band shifts its musical direction towards more esoteric, atmospheric and progressive planes of creation which suite better the occult lyrical lore.
Enriched by new blood, namely IX on drums and progressive bassist Funeral, the second full-length “Entheogenesis” brandishes the flags of the aforementioned evolution. Taking the perilous path of originality, the material uncompromisingly carries the savage winds of destruction.
Slowly erupting from the underground, Corpus Diavolis found themselves opening for cult acts such as Inquisition, Loudblast, Belphegor and Nightbringer. Recorded and mixed by Greg Chandler (Esoteric, Lychgate), the third full-length album “Atra Lumen” is a journey through the obscure unexplored galleries of esoteric metal. A ritualistic and ceremonial approach to Satanic syncretism unveiling hidden paths to illumination and spiritual consciousness. The music is more organic; slow doomy parts and avantgarde details enrich the primordial brutality of the band’s past.
Anno 2020 saw the construction of “Apocatastase,” recorded and mixed by George Emanuel (Rotting Christ, Lucifer’s Child) with cover artwork from Khaos Diktator Design, is the band’s most ambitious and grandiose project to date. The nakedness of black metal reflected in the mirror of the Devil. The ritual is undressed in the intense sophistication of a journey outside the reality of appearances.  The material immediately caught the attention of dedicated French label Les Acteurs de L’Ombre Productions and was released in 2021 in a beyond-luxury box containing all paraphernalia needed for the ultimate esoteric listening experience.
2022-2023: Former drummer King Had is back behind the kit and a new opus has been invoked in the ritual chambers of Daemonicreation studio, mixed and mastered once again by George Emanuel in Pentagram Studio, Athens, Greece.  The quintessence of this work is drawn from the divine feminine sexuality, the liberated woman as a initiatress, in Mystical Union with Chaos. She raises high her Chalice and offers her blood, the Elixir of Ecstasy. Bestiality, pushed to the limit, manifests itself in its pure glory, then metamorphoses into psychedelic layers of ambience, progressive low frequencies and sacerdotal chants, to form the scrolls on which are inscribed the visions and complex formulas of a Satanic Charnel Esotericism. The visual manifestation of the concept is materialized perfectly by Chilean artist Kerbcrawlerghost. The pact with the label Les Acteurs de L’Ombre Productions has been renewed and the release date set for march 2024.
Tracklist:
1 - His Wine Be Death
2 - Key To Luciferian Joy
3 - Carnal Hymnody
4 - Cyclopean Adoration
5 - Vessel Of Abysmal Luxury
6 - The Golden Chamber
7 - Menstruum Congressus
8 - Enfleshed In Silence
9 - Chalice of Fornication
Duration: 58min03
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MEISTER LEONHARDT – “THANATOPOEIA”
3.3.2024 News Meister LeonhardtLabel: Purity Through Fire
Release date: March 21st 2024
Genre: Black Metal
For fans of: Carpathian Forest | Taake | Darkthrone | Craft
“Phase transition from a fleshbag to dirt, scars of passage on the face of the earth
Foam of loss solidifies as soil, maggots swirl in loathsome lace that’s never to uncoil…”- Tomb Ore – Meister Leonhardt
This dream began so long ago I fear it may never end. I will walk this path of ice forever, a gleaming bridge through the impenetrable darkness, flickering diamonds in the torchlight. It leads me through the dark, but only further into the endless black. The voices of ghosts, spirits capricious and malicious my only companions, as I stumble on through the soul-searing cold, through the night country, through this world of death…
Thanatopoeia, the debut full length album from Meister Leonhardt, is as raw as frostbite, as cold as death…there is no comfort to be found here; only a howling blizzard of choking darkness, an unbearable emptiness that can never be filled. This is black metal pared to the bone, leaving only its chilling, hopeless essence. Perfectly formed from ashes, decay, ice and spite, these eight arias to despair are shattering hammer blows to the illusions we hide behind on our bitter stagger from womb to tomb. The jarring melodies of ‘Fulcrum’ are like a carousel possessed, broken nails tearing skin as its rotting hands caress your spine. ‘The Imago Paradigm’ leads a tribe of mouldering skeletons in a rattling dance as they revel in their oblivion; a morbid celebration of death and dying, of endings and the nothingness that lies at the end of our road of tears. Strident riffs and merciless rhythms, skin flaying blasts and twists of gothic ritual…Thanatopoeia is glorious in its nihilistic onslaught. From the opening chimes of ‘Bliss Of Impermanence’ that summon visions of the vast, eternal void to the wounding, unreasoning wickedness of ‘Taphotaxis’, that accompanies your final surrender to this melancholy draught, laced with gut-eating poison. Drawing on all their collective experience within the deepest pits of the underground, the members of Meister Leonhardt have carved out an obsidian monolith of sound – implacable, remorseless and unfathomable.
“A filth to be born, a failure to grow, a misery to live through…”- The Imago Paradigm – Meister Leonhardt
In the three years that have passed since Meister Leonhardt released their first, self-titled mini-album there have been changes in the make-up of this darkest of entities – a new rhythm section has been initiated into the cult – but the dedication to the dark has only increased. Thanatopoeia leads the listener into previously unexplored depths, confronting them with the harshest truths and the most unbearable of realities. This masterpiece of bleakness and horror will be unveiled by Purity Through Fire on March 21st – and from then there will be no way back to the light
“We’re all in the night country now…”- Otis Heiss (True Detective)
Line-up:
Vaarwel – Voice/Text
RDSL – Guitar/Music
M - Guitar
I. Rex - Bass
D. - Drums
https://shop.purity-through-fire.com/en/
www.facebook.com/meisterleonhardt

Chicago-based, one-man melodic death/doom band DREAMS OF GRAY has launched a brand new song, titled "A Beginning." The single comes on the heels of the 2023 EP, THE WORLD AFTER.
3.3.2024 News DREAMS OF GRAYThe exclusive world premiere of "A Beginning" comes via DeadRhetoric.com. Stream the song now at https://deadrhetoric.com/randomness/song-premier-dreams-of-grays-a-beginning/
"A Beginning" will be available on streaming platforms on March 1. The song was mixed and mastered by Josh Middleton (SYLOSIS).
Order The World After at https://dreamsofgray.bandcamp.com/ . The EP is streaming on Spotify.
DREAMS OF GRAY is Luis Rivera (Vocals/Guitars). The band began a bit by accident, at first it was a way of putting together ideas during a time when Rivera was unable to actively perform and record music. When Rivera was ready to record in 2022, he enlisted the help of friends and guest musicians to play drums and bass to bring his vision to life.
 Luis Rivera is also the vocalist/Guitarist for the Chicago area band Abolisher. Abolisher has been inactive over the last decade but is planning a new album soon. Abolisher was active in the Chicago area recording and gigging from 1995-2007 and received many positive reviews including in Metal Maniacs and Brave Words and Bloody Knuckles. Abolisher is where Rivera initially honed his skills as a vocalist and guitarist. Years later in Dreams of Gray, he continues to grow as a musician and songwriter.
 DREAMS OF GRAY seeks to express Rivera’s musical ideas at this point in time. The music draws from many influences. It can best be described as a blend of melodic thrash, death, and doom as well as traditional heavy metal. Each song has a unique flavor but also has a signature sound. They are both heavy and memorable with many creative ideas woven in between. The lyrical content is deeply personal and deals with contemporary issues as well as grief, loss, and acceptance. This first EP The World After released in 2023 was met with significant critical acclaim receiving many positive reviews in multiple US and European publications. The song “A Beginning” is the self-titled first single from the follow-up EP slated for release in mid-2024.
https://dreamsofgray.bandcamp.com/


DYING VICTIMS PRODUCTIONS
is proud to reissue PAGAN ALTAR’S cult releases, JUDGEMENT OF THE DEAD AND THE TIME LORD, on CD and vinyl LP formats.
While the band is working hard on the upcoming new album, these reissues kick off the collaboration between the British Doom Metal pioneers PAGAN ALTAR and Dying Victims Productions. Based on the beautifully crafted releases on Canada’s Temple of Mystery, these important recordings will finally return into circulation.
Originally recorded back in 1978-79, "The Time Lord" features Pagan Altar’s earliest recordings. Two of these flawlessly executed tracks are from a 24-track recording session, and the rest of the album are early, atmospheric versions of songs that were later re-recorded on Judgement of the Dead. This LP includes a long-lost, never-heard before version of "Night Rider", from the same era as the other songs! This is pure doom metal sorcery.
Originally recorded in 1982 during the NWOBHM movement, Pagan Altar’s debut album, Judgement of the Dead, is a timeless classic of macabre heavy/doom metal centered around magic, witchcraft, and the occult. This holy grail album is one of the purest, most magical records that were ever written, and had a tremendous influence on the heavy/doom metal scene.
3.3.2024 News PAGAN ALTARLine-up today:
Alan Jones - Guitars
Brendan Radigan - Vocals
Diccon Harper - Bass
Andy Green - Drums
Andres Arango - Guitars (Live)
Denis Schneider - Guitars (Live)
From London, UK
Release date: April 26th April 2024
Release info:
DVP 289 Pagan Altar - Judgement of the Dead LP/CD (2024)
- Regular edition on black vinyl, with 32 pages booklet, poster, sticker, postcard and download code.
- Special edition on bone colored vinyl, with 32 pages booklet, poster, sticker, postcard download code and patch.
- CD edition with sticker, obi
DVP 290 Pagan Altar - The Time Lord LP/CD (2024)
- Regular edition on black vinyl, with insert, poster, sticker, postcard and download code.
- Special edition on olive colored vinyl, with insert, poster, sticker, postcard download code and patch.
- CD edition with sticker, obi
www.dyingvictims.com
https://dyingvictimsproductions.bandcamp.com/

FALL OF SERENITY –“OPEN WIDE, O HELL” 
Good things come to those who wait. FALL OF SERENITY are back with a new album ten years after their reunion. Their split lasted from 2009 to 2012. For the last five-four, the quintet has been preparing the release of "Open Wide, O Hell".
With the new record, the musicians continue where they left off in 2009. "Open Wide, O Hell" - after "Bloodred Salvation" (2006) and "The Crossfire" (2007) the third album of the group for LIFEFORCE RECORDS - convinces with raw aggression and threatening darkness. FALL OF SERENITY succeeds not only to meet expectations surrounding their comeback, but to exceed them!
https://www.facebook.com/fallofserenity

FATAL FIRE – “ARSON”
Release: 28. March 2024
With Fatal Fire, one of Germany's most promising power metal newcomers is preparing to leave a clear mark on the metal landscape with an extremely successful debut.
This album is bursting with enthusiasm. The 8 power metal songs, with some thrash and a lot of speed metal leanings, are instrumentally dominated by two-voiced leads and distinctive solos. Svenja's unique voice gives the whole thing an extra dose of dynamism, as she is able to cover both melodic and rocky tones.
https://www.facebook.com/MDDShop
https://www.facebook.com/FatalFireMetal

DYING VICTIMS PRODUCTIONS is proud to present the highly anticipated second album of Canada’s FREEWAYSDARK SKY SANCTUARY, on CD and vinyl LP formats.
3.3.2024 News FREEWAYSFREEWAYS are comprised of four old friends from the peripheral fringes of the greater Toronto area who decided to channel their shared love of dollar-bin Canadian hard rock records and poorly ripped recordings of NWOBHM they’ll never afford into a nearly decades-long pursuit of seeing how far they can play from home and how many drink tickets they can accumulate at a single gig. So far, that plan has produced a handful thrilling of short-lengths (on both tape and 7” format) and an absolutely stunning debut album, True Bearings, released in 2020 by the late/great Temple of Mystery Records.
And True Bearings was presciently titled: this was the sound of FREEWAYS hitting a fever pitch of hard rock glory, plaintive and poignant and positively bleeding pathos every step of the rough, wild way. That widely celebrated debut LP took the band overseas again that spring, where they were even-more-warmly received by rivetheads old and young. With the untimely closing of said label and their growing throng of fans in Europe, DYING VICTIMS stepped in to reissue True Bearings last year, setting the stage for their hotly anticipated follow-up.
At last, it’s here in the form of Dark Sky Sanctuary. Whereas the debut’s cover art (partly) forecasted its contents – cold and cutting on the surface, with a wealth of warmth lurking within that figurative RV – so does the cover art of Dark Sky Sanctuary similarly suggest its sonic arc. The effervescent elan of FREEWAYS is in full force here, except that that’s daubed in hues darker for the band and perhaps a bit thornier as a result. On Dark Sky Sanctuary, the quartet’s fueled by a fire here that sees them both exploring their busier & more aggressive side as equally as their stripped-back & pensive one. It’s difficult to truly qualify the latter as “poppier,” but it’s not impossible to view the moodier side of turn-of-the-‘80s radio rock through FREEWAYS’ unique, ever-engaging lens.
Somehow rougher and more polished, Dark Sky Sanctuary is a sonic safe haven for those who still hold hope for heavy rock as an authentically emotional artform. FREEWAYS are fully recommended for fans of Blue Öyster Cult, Wishbone Ash, Praying Mantis…and FREEWAYS
Line-up:
Domenic Innocente - Guitars
Matt Avenins - Drums
Jacob Montgomery - Vocals, Guitars
Amarjot Amrith - Bass
From Brampton, Canada
Release date: April 26th April 2024
Release info:
- Regular edition on black vinyl, with insert, poster, sticker, postcard and download code.
- Special edition on golden vinyl, with insert, poster, sticker, postcard download code and patch.
- CD edition with sticker, obi
www.dyingvictims.com
https://dyingvictimsproductions.bandcamp.com/


The mastermind behind the Canadian death metal band Fathomless Ritual, also known for his work with bands like Gutvoid, Fumes, Pukewraith, has come up with his own exciting grotesque vision of death metal inspired by the old Finnish gods Demilich and other greats. Toilet ov Hell premiered a song that's as groovy as it is gnarly, which can be found at https://toiletovhell.com/track-premiere-fathomless-ritual-gorge-of-the-nameless/

Do not sleep on this fine release dropping this Friday! 
"play the kind of demented and calamitous death metal made so famous by Demilich, damn near perfected by Chthe’ilist, and guiding the murky light of 2023 favourites Dead and Dripping"
FATHOMLESS RITUAL  - “HYMNS FOR THE LESSER GODS”
3.3.2024 News FATHOMLESS RITUALFor fans of: Demilich, Chthe'ilist, Dead and Dripping, Mortiferum, Dead, Adramelech, Cryptworm
With manic glee, Fathomless Ritual recreate the maddening, unhinged kind of death metal created by the likes of Demilich and give their own ugly, grime-ridden twist to it. The music has a darker, murkier, cavernous sound but all the same has a denser quality and a sense of modern urgency about it which livens up the proceedings. There's nary a dull moment on the album with there being a constant barrage of riffs all wriggling their way into your brain but it's done in such a boisterous manner that it doesn't feel at all life-threatening. Having the experience of bands such as Gutvoid, Fumes, Pukewraith, the sole mastermind behind the band, B. Dean, knows his way around death metal and how best to compound this particular style without destroying its essence or appeal for that matter. Without attempting to dethrone the gods, he's made a conscientious effort to make the sound more extreme and relevant in his own way and to that extent it works amazingly well. This is an album that should delight any fan of underground death metal music.
Line up
B. Dean (Gutvoid, Fumes, Pukewraith) - Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Drum Programming
Gouache paintings by Marcio Blasphemator (Autophagy)
Track listing:
1. Hecatomb for an Unending Madness 02:31
2. Exiled to the Lower Catacombs 04:54
3. Gorge of the Nameless 04:15
4. Grafted to the Chambers of Mirth 06:11