HAIDUK, the Calgary, AB one man thrashing black and death metal project fronted by Luka Milojica is proud to announce his return to the studio to record a nine track follow up album to 2012's break through debut full length 'Spellbook', which received international acclaim including a mention on Hellbound's Top Canadian Albums of 2012. The forthcoming release will be another concept 'book' album with a strong underlying theme to each song plus will see the creation and inclusion of a map based on a fantasy world of Haiduk's themes. The mixing and mastering will be done by Robert Kukla (Arbitrator) plus album artwork done by Gragoth, both whom previously worked on 'Spellbook'. The album is set for a tentative release date during summer 2015.
Swedish thrash metallers DIE HARD will embark on a European tour together with Finnish thrashes Axegressor. The "Hellish Easter Whatever It Takes tour 2015" will include local support and will kick off on April 3rd in Greifswald (Germany).
April 03 (GER) Greifswald - Klex
April 04 (POL) Poznan - U Bazyla
April 05 (POL) Katowice - Korba
April 06 (GER) Dresden - Chemiefabrik
April 08 (BEL) Mechele
April 09 (NL) Eindhoven - The Jackn - Club Kamikaze
Now EXHUMATIONs second opus is ready, and it is colder and more pitiless than the first release. Still it relies on its Eastern Asian roots; but now they are buried underneath a thick layer of classical Death Metal which has an uncanny resemblance to the Black Metal of the late 80s.
In little more than one month CORPUS CHRISTII will release their new album. "PaleMoon" will be available from March 30th 2015 on Folter Records. To give you another insight in the newest work of the Portugese Black Metallers, they have now unleashed another track called "Night Of Flaming Hatred"
Finnish occult black metal band Funerary Bell releases new EP four years after their debut album The Coven (2011). EP titled Graveyard Séance will be released on May 4th 2015 by Saturnal Records which marks the first release spawned from the bands recent signing to the labels roster. The band is already working on with their second full-length which will be also released by Saturnal Records later on. Expect nothing but relentless occult black metal from Finland which ethos draws from horror, mysticism and 90s black metal.
Polish extreme black/death metallers INFERNAL WAR premiere a brand new track titled "Into Dead Soil". It is the first song to be released from the band's upcoming full-length album "Axiom". The track is available for listenening at this link:
Written by Lukasz Dunaj, the gorgeous, meticulously-designed 490-page, hardcover tome takes an in-depth look at the history of the events that materially influenced the band, their music, their ultimate rise to the upper echelon of metal and becoming a household name in their native homeland of Poland. "Behemoth: Devil's Conquistadors" includes quotes and anecdotes from current and former BEHEMOTH members as well as interviews with Tomas Krajewski, Rob Darken, Graal, Havok, vintage, never-before-seen photos, flyers, lyric sheets and so much more.
Said vocalist/guitarist Nergal, "BEHEMOTH's biography is out next week on Metal Blade Records! It took us years to complete this project. It includes hundreds of rare photos and has 'The Satanist' chapter too! Beautifully packaged with a thick cover! Hope you will all dig it It's a crucial part of my life here written in 500 pages!"
Following last week's teaser from Revolver Magazine, today Loudwire revels in the book's release with additional excerpts, this time revisiting the " From The Pagan Vastlands" demo photo shoot where Nergal nearly burned his face off. Read all about it HERE!
Pre-order the book now at either http://www.emp.de or our ebay-store.
There's also a book/shirt bundle available at both stores!
Darkness Within announced that the amazing debut EP of this incredible project of raw and fucking true Black Metal called Svartden, is out now.
A really highly recommended work for all of you who miss the lost essence of the original Black Metal in the early nineties, the one who played Gorgoroth, Zyklon-B, Immortal or Mayhem... six tracks that are a sonic steamroller full of sickly hate and bad mood, six tracks than be easily described with an only word, the one who entitles the EP, Black...
Black comes in our exclusive A5 sized deluxe digifile with the CD on shining black polycarbonate, in one and only print-run limited to only 66 hand-numbered copies although more than the half of these gone on preorder, and its completed with two Fruit of the Loom t-shirt short-runs with different designs, the cover of the EP and the bands logotype with the EPs title, limited in both cases to only 15 copies per design, that you can get individually or in a pack at special price...
ZØRORMR's 3rd black metal abomination is now available! You can order this from Ragnarok webstore.
The follow-up to the 2013 highly acclaimed black metal effort IHS is entitled Corpus Hermeticum and consists of 9 tracks with total play time over 45 minutes. The album is available in standard jewelcase format with 12 page booklet & the first official merch from ZORORMR - The Kybalion T-Shirt!
Needless to say that two tracks from the album have spectacular guest appearances. The legendary guitarist of Mercyful Fate & King Diamond, The GRAMMYs Award Nominee, Mike Wead recorded an exciting guitar lead for the title track Corpus Hermeticum. Also, Hal (Vader, has contributed with some really hellish vocals to In The Mouth Of Madness.
The album was recorded at Red Dragon Studio (guitars, bass, vocals and ambient), Hertz Studio (drums by Icanraz of DEVILISH IMPRESSIONS) and Icaros Studio (guitar leads by Quazarre of Devilish Impressions). The record was mixed and mastered at Sound Division Studio by Arek Malta Malczewski (BEHEMOTH!, HATEOFFICIAL).
"Svartkonst" has been recorded with the intention of giving more depth to the music itself, and allowing the listener to engage with the album's escalating atmosphere on a more personal level.
The offering has been divided over five compositions and features a guest appearance of the violinist, E.B.
01 - Invokation
02 - Svartkonst
03 - Efterglöd
04 - Regnvals
05 - Vy
The new album will be released in: regular jewelcase CD, ekopack CD (limited to 1000 copies), gatefold black LP, gatefold picture disc LP (limited to 200 hand-numbered copies), green/black haze LP (limited to 150 hand-numbered copies) and in digital formats.
Unstoppable Swedish death metal unit DEMONICAL, return this spring with a brand new EP. Titled "Black Flesh Redemption", the release is scheduled for April 24th in Europe and May 5th in North America via Agonia Records. The cover artwork created by Kontamination Design is available for viewing now.
Produced and mastered by vocalist Sverker Widgren, the four-track new EP was recorded in two studios: Amplified (drums) and Wing (rest of the instruments) between January and February, 2015.
In the twilight zone between doom and post metal resides Oceanwake, a broad-minded group of musicians from the small Finnish coastal town of Luvia. They are now set to release their sophomore album Sunless, which will be out on March 13 via Swedish label ViciSolum Productions. Oceanwake's debut album Kingdom already gathered positive reviews, but it's fair to say that Sunless is on a wholly different level in terms of songwriting. Its four lengthy tracks form a coherent album while still retaining the sense of adventure and also pushing the envelope of what can be considered metal. The album was co-produced by the Korpiklaani mainman Jonne Järvelä. He brought in the missing ingredient with his crystal clear mixing that really appreciates the organic and dynamic sound of Oceanwake.
The chief song architect of Oceanwake, Ville-Veikko Laaksonen, explains the story of Sunless:
"On 'Kingdom' the main character was under water, figuratively speaking, with his hopes and demons. This time around he finally reaches the surface, but only to realize that all hope and images of salvation are a sunless space and escapism gone wrong. Even though he really wants to see a glimpse of something better, his own mind keeps drawing him back to the dark depths.
To celebrate the release of Sunless, Oceanwake will perform the album in its entirety at Bar Kino, Pori on March 13. Prior to this, Oceanwake appears as a special guest of Moonsorrow at Klubi, Lutakko, Jyväskylä (Feb 28).
Voices about Oceanwake:
"Oceanwake skillfully capitalizes on dynamics, dramatics and mood shifts. One moment their music is heavy as lead, the next it's hovering above the stratosphere. Whatever they do, it's always executed with a sense of style. 'Sunless' rewards those who enjoy long, slow and meandering songs. If you're into instant radio hits, don't bother. - Markus Laakso/Kuolemanlaakso
"Oceanwake know the soundscapes like they know their hometown. The balance between atmospheric and aggressive is quite right. It definitely would not make them any justice to squeeze them into post-this and post-that categories. I'd say this is first-rate buzzing! - Ville Sorvali/Moonsorrow
"Hell yes! Great and versatile doomy riffings with post-elements. Sunless is definitely a strong album which keeps you inside the world of Oceanwake!" - Jarno Salomaa/Shape of Despair
2013 saw UK death thrashers make waves with the release of their second album At First Light but with things slowing down late last year the band have struck again out of the blue with a premiere of a brand new music video, 'The Storm', taken from At First Light.
French experimental/post-black metal band DECLINE OF THE I have revealed a new taste of their upcoming "Rebellion" album, today premiering a new song "Le rouge, le vide et le tordu" (eng. "The red, the emptiness, the twisted one"). "Rebellion", band's second studio album, will be available on February 27th in Europe and March 10th in North America via Agonia Records.
"Rebellion" features seven new tracks maintained in an imaginative post-black metal environment; tracks that are multifaceted, and full of motion. The album was recorded in Studio de Chine with Khatchik Hovikian (Lodeur du Tchaman), while Xort (Seth, Alcest, Vorkreist, Anorexia Nervosa) took care of the mastering. Layout and artwork were created by the French photographer and filmmaker David Fitt (Aosoth, Secrets of the Moon, Svart Crown). "Rebellion" includes guest appearance by Olivier from Eros Necrospique.
The follow-up to 2012's "Inhibition" album will be available in: digipack CD, 12" black vinyl, limited 12" red vinyl and digitally.
Norwegian Black Metallers ISVIND are still working on their new album "Gud". The successor of Daumyra will include nine songs with a running time of about 45 minutes. In April, ISVIND will start recording the songs. The release is set for July 2nd 2015 via Folter Records. Since ISVIND are going to play on the Under The Black Sun festival on the same weekend, you can expect the live premiere for the new songs there, deep in the dark woods right outside Berlin!