Manzer return with their second full length album of their illustrious career this year, honing their special craft and establishing their brand of 'Pictavian black metal' around the world even more firmly. The album clearly is a tour de force, an outstanding effort which sees the band playing with the concept of black metal and giving it a new classic twist but keeping it within the fringes of the style. It's first wave black metal elaborated upon with heavy metal elements. It's rendered extremely potent and effective, not to mention downright refreshing. The French band are setting new standards and changing perceptions of the style, and it's easy to see how - their music is virtually the antithesis of something that's supposed to be extremely raw and minimalist. Manzer, who are vaguely comparable to a black metal counterpart of Deceased, eschew the typical trappings of the genre and go for the classic method of writing anthemic, semi-melodic, structured and immaculately concocted compositions replete with blazing solos, harmonies, tons of tempo changes, backed with a vigorous drum performance and unique vocals provided by the main man Shaxul.
Solitude Productions reveals another fascinating band, this time from Sweden. When Nothing Remains play soothing, melodic and wistful doom metal, not too unlike Doom:VS, Officium Triste, Mourning Beloveth, and Shape of Despair. The music ever so elegantly balances melodies with heaviness, but the atmosphere is never overpowering. It simply ushers the listener into a fanciful world, one rife with painful reminders of life but solace is around every nook and cranny of this record. The heart beats cautiously, emotions are manipulated, catharsis alternates with freezing grips. Simply put, it's as beautiful as life - or what you make of it. When Nothing Remains' third epic is as palpable as it can get, but allows for multiple shafts of light and hope to permeate your being, at least while you're listening to this album. It's a breathtaking affair that has to be experienced to be believed.
Black/Death Metal outfit from Slovenia Cvinger finished the recording process of their upcoming album at Endarker Studio (Sweden) and now is time to reveal the cover artwork of this new album that will be entitled "Embodied in Incense".
"Embodied in Incense" tracklist is composed by the following tracks:
Ingurgitating Oblivion will release their third album this year via Willowtip Records.
New Ingurgitating Oblivion out in the second half of 2016 on Willowtip Records. With the upcoming album Ingurgitating Oblivion will explore progressive and complex sonic shores. The new material will include tons of unexpected, yet perfectly thought-through and higly elaborate elements such as piano, vibraphones, jazz guitars, musical saw, opera singing etc. Still, however, Ingurgitating Oblivion will further dwell on their passion for the most brutal, complex and dark material you can possibly imagine.
Ingurgitating Oblivion has undergone substantial and pretty invigorating personnel changes which is awesome and has resulted in a mindboggling, highly musical and professional line-up (amongst others Lille of Defeated Sanity). The 2016 release will represent an even more mature and refined level of musical literacy which is due to the laid-back atmosphere in which the band currently records the new material, but first and foremost owing to the sublime personnel involved in Ingurgitating Oblivion at the moment. So we are looking forward to releasing this new observation and sharing it with you guys out there
Belgian Brutal Deathmetallers FRACTURED INSANITY have finished the recording process of their 3rd album "Man Made Hell" and have just unveiled its cover artwork, tracklist and advance track.
Mixed and mastered af famous polish Hertz Studios, "Man Made Hell" is a fucking intense yet technical slab of Brutal Death Metal that follows the same line of label mates like KRONOS and HOUR OF PENANCE and will for sure please every fan of stuff like NILE, IMMOLATION, SEVERE TORTURE, early DECAPITATED...
Cirith Gorgor and Hammerheart Records are setting up for the release of their new album "Visions Of Exalted Lucifer"! Respect Cirith Gorgors legacy & past, but keep a fresh mind, Cirith Gorgor A.D. is all together an entity of a different kind! Cirith Gorgor is the Phoenix, risen and reborn from its proud ashes of the past, reborn in a much stronger form, reborn to take all true followers of the dark black metal cult by ultimate surprise!
You can now listen exclusively and one week before its official release date, the new album by ukrainian Brutal Deathmetallers FLESHGORE "Denial of the Scriptures" through Xtreem Music!! You can even do a digital pre-order and physical CD!!
Brazilian Black Metal one-man band GOAT WORSHIP who have recently inked a deal with Xtreem Music for the release of their debut album.
Hades is currently working on new songs for GOAT WORSHIP's debut album tentatively entitled "Blood and Steel" and planned for a recording during summer 2016. The band uses session members for its live performances, but still Hades remains as the only steady member.
Deus Est Mortuus, the debut full length effort by American Raw Black / Death Metal band KUU is out now through London-based Merdumgiriz Records.
Emerging from the depths of Los Angeles hellish underground, this is a one man Satanic Black Metal project in the most primal form! Travel through the deepest and darkest realms of Hell by immersing yourself in evil, hatred, darkness, and pure blasphemy as the sounds of this terrifying release consumes and devours the world around you. A truly hypnotic and brutal Black Metal release that incorporates elements of ritualistic and torturous ambient as well as bombastic and down-tuned minimalist Black Metal! Definitely a release for fans of VON, ARCHGOAT, BEHERIT, and ABRUPTUM.
As with all his work on Merdumgiriz Records, Emir Toğrul's grand vision, each copy of Deus Est Mortuus CD, Tape, t-shirt and patch will be made by hand in the artisanal style. Emir paints the discs, cuts and inserts the prints for the jewel case and jacket, making all non-machined parts from scratch.
MITHIRDATIC, the new (other) band by and with drummer extraordinaire Kevin Paradis of SVART CROWN (also Melechesh, Agressor, etc.) has just unleashed a new preview video of its debut full-length, "Miserable Miracle" to be unleashed through Kaotoxin on March 11th, 2016
Southern German Black Metallers NARVIK have finished the recordings for their upcoming album "Ascension to Apotheosis". At the moment, the album is in the mix and mastering process. The release is planned for April 2016 via Folter Records.
Acclaimed melodic Doom/Death Metal experts, OCTOBER TIDE, have announced details regarding their forthcoming 5th studio album, titled "Winged Waltz". Set to be released on April 22nd via Agonia Records, the record will feature eight brand new tracks and cover artwork prepared by Albin Högbom.