THE ASCENDANT's debut EP was finally unleashed in April 2012 through Daemon Worship Prod, after countless delays. "The Spiritual Death EP" gathers 13 minutes of Transcendental Black Metal composed and performed by Daniel (EXCESSUM) and Lars (MARDUK) with the aid of K.W. (AD HOMINEM) on vocals. Conceptually dealing with Transmutation and Spiritual Death, it is somewhat ironic that this EP was recorded already back in 2007 and only now, half a decade of semi-constant movement and transformation later, it is ready to manifest. Beware! Black Metal shall not be reborn this time either. Released first as a 7'', to be followed by an MCD version at a later date.
Portuguese extreme progressive metallers MALEVOLENCE have set ANTITHETICAL as the title of their forthcoming third album.
The main theme of the album illustrates a razor-sharp concept inspired from Ancient Greek Etymology (1580s, from Gk. ANTITHETIKOS) that reflects the diametrical opposition to a number of propositions consisting in the revelation of a divergent thought. Pertaining to ANTITHETICAL, the Anti (against) + Thesis (position), as a figure of speech (mainly used by the authors of the Baroque period; style of the epoch known as the art of conflict) acknowledge opposition towards the relative thesis expressed.
MALEVOLENCE singer/guitarist/songwriter Carlos Cariano detaching a slight sparkle on the title and its significance, said:
ANTITHETICAL is loaded with intoxicatingly corrosive contrasts whilst the album represents pure rebellion, a pure nonconformist extension towards the current situation of the globe,
an upheaval towards the current language that has no force of expression and no meaning, due to the predictability of words and counterfeit actions that have become commonplace worldwide.
Inner strength and living values nowadays are negatively base underneath relative truths and we are expressing ourselves precisely antithetically whilst insisting on critical thinking.
Music and lyrics are far beyond the average practice and ANTITHETICAL is a very unnatural progressive slab of extreme sonic amalgamation creating parallelisms to simplify extremes whilst apprehending both the positive and the negative perspectives of existence, in order to erect with the synthesis that transcends both.
As Hope is ANTITHETICAL to Despair, the contrasts established within the album serve in effect to give tension to the broad-spectrum body of work consisting of 7 songs.
ANTITHETICAL includes the most epic material (longest song clocking at 9:27m), plus the heaviest proportional songwriting ever accomplished on the eighteenth year of existence of the collective.
Exploring experimental yet instrumental mind bending extreme metal structures, the album is a pure heavy mammoth demonstration on extreme progressive metal territory.
The final track listing and further details shall be revealed soon.
The Italian/Brazilian AMASSADO announce the deal with TO REACT RECORDS for the release of their new job.
The successor of Coracao Enterrado entitled "ESCRAVIDAO SUBLIMINAL" is a six-track EP of aggressive grind/hardcore contaminated by industrial/noise parts.Coming soon will be announced the release date.
Click here to listen a Sepultura's cover for the song "Biotech is Godzilla".
The ten years of Brazilian death/black metal band GRAVE DESECRATOR are being celebrated with the release of Deathspells Rising via Depise the Sun Records in Italy. This CD contains the debut and unique demo tape from 2001, tracks from the first EP, rehearsals, cover version and one live track. The album features artwork by Chris Moyen (BEHERIT, INCANTATION, ARCHGOAT).
The French Ambient / Post Black Metal band THE GREAT OLD ONES will release his incredible debut album Al Azif on 27th April 2012 on Les Acteurs De LOmbre productions. Expect a ritualistic, slow-paced black metal in the vein of ALTAR OF PLAGUES, WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM, FEN. Recorded and mixed by Cyrille Gachet from France (Year of No Light, ...) and mastered by Alan Douches from New York (Tombs, Dillinger Escape Plan, ...).
Theory tells that tragedy is a form of drama based on human suffering that invokes in its audience an accompanying catharsis or pleasure in listening. MISERATIONs newest album "Tragedy Has Spoken" follows this path musically and lyrically.
The theme of the third album of these Scandinavians can be described as sum of the major tragedies of mankinds history. Lyrics for Tragedy Has Spoken have been written by Pär Johansson (Satariel, Torchbearer, The Few Against Many) and bands lead singer Christian Älvestam (also in Solution.45, Torchbearer, ex-Scar Symmetry), and address the diversity of tragedies. Some of which have taken the guise of accidents or natural disasters, while others were carried out with human hands and intent. Behind all this there is to find an imaginary architect, a fictive entity something powerful, aware, far above the manmade concepts of good or evil: the nature of tragedy itself.
Musically MISERATION expand their view on forward-thinking, vicious Death Metal by integrating new instruments to the mix. There still is to find what caused the quality and sustainability of Your Demons, Their Angels (2008) and The Mirroring Shadow (2009), but in 2012 there is more than technical, intricate Death Metal with a good dose of melody. Tragedy Has Spoken was recorded using 8-string guitars, which gives the wall of distortion a certain distinctive flair. In addition MISERATION are incorporating folk instruments such as the Indian harp Esraj, the Persian hammered dulcimer Santur, sawblade, organ, mandolin and piano, as well as Mongolian throatsinging. Music and lyrics are globally and far beyond standard practice, so there is a lot to discover!
The cover artwork for Tragedy Has Spoken has been created by well-reputed artist Pär Olofsson (Immortal, Abysmal Dawn, Immolation, The Faceless).
A first track taken from the new album will be revealed on May 9th!
German thrashers DEW-SCENTED have finished recording their new album at Soundlodge Studio in the deepest heart of Northern Germany with Jörg Uken (GOD DETHRONED, SUICIDAL ANGELS, NIGHTFALL) as producer.
The band states, "We have worked withJörg already on 'Incinerate' for the recordings and then on the previous album, 'Invocation', for recordings and mix. It was an absolute pleasure to be able to team up with him again and the time we worked on the new music together in his halls pretty much went flying by! The best part however is: The final mix turned out really, really HEAVY, so much we can tell you already!!! Some songtitles off the new album are: 'Sworn To Obey', 'Reawakening', 'Storm Within' and 'Gleaming Like Silver'."
The group adds, "The new album will be released by late July 2012 via our good partners Metal Blade Records in Europe and Prosthetic Records in North America. The artwork was once again created by our buddie Björn Goosses / Killustrations, who we have actually partnered with since 2003's 'Impact' release, so it's been almost a full decade! Wow! The new album's artwork looks totally stunning and we can't wait to share it with all of you soon! We are right now finishing off the work on the layouts and just did a promo photo session this past weekend, so all things are rolling forwards "
On the live front, DEW-SCENTED was forced to cancel its previously announced appearance at Chronical Moshers open air festival on June 9 "due to logistical complications on our end." The band will also support Metal Blade labelmates SIX FEET UNDER on a run of shows in August.
The reigning king of technical, historically-themed brutality, NILE, has announced a July 3rd release date for its upcoming studio album, At The Gate Of Sethu. The follow-up to Niles latest state-of-the-death-metal-art release, Those Whom the Gods Detest (2009), will once again be released via Nuclear Blast Records. Neil Kernon (Cannibal Corpse, Macabre) handled production duties for Niles seventh full-length.
Nile recently wrapped up a U.S. tour in support of Detroit, Michigan's melodic death metal outfit, The Black Dahlia Murder, which concluded with a performance at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival on Friday night.
Swedish Deathcrust Metallers BOMBS OF HADES have revealed the album artwork cover and album tracklisting for the upcoming brand new second full-length album entitled "The Serpent's Redemption".
The album cover for "The Serpent's Redemption" was conceptualized by Polish illustrator Rafal Kruszyk, whom had previously worked with bands such as Interment, Hooded Menace, Machetazo, Cianide, etc to name a few.
ust one month after the departure of ex-drummer Riky, AVULSED is proud to announce the joining of a new drummer to their ranks.
After testing three excellent drummers, the decision was taken in favour of Osckar (Oscar Bravo) which proved to be not only the best drummer, but also, and very important as well, great qualities as a person as well as the necessary dedication for the band, which will undoubtely inject fresh and renewed hopes.
Osckar is one of the best drummers on the Spanish Metal scene which also plays in the legendary Heavy Metal band SOBREDOSIS and also on NIGHTFEAR as well as recently departed from melodic Death Metallers ATMOSPHERE GREY.
Here you can see a short video taken during our first official rehearsal with Osckar where he already played the first 5 songs he learned for the test.
After one year and half of profitable cooperation with Norwegian artist Tiril Skardal, both The Way Of Purity and the singer decided to part ways. The split has been amicable and it's only due to different goals and directions in respective artistic visions.
Bass player xWithout Namex stated: "We had great time with Tiril and we thank her for the great job that she has done for The Way Of Purity. We wish her the best for her artistic career, but now we have to turn page and go ahead with our incredible new singer Marja Panic".
Marja Panic already started working on some new songs and will be part of the creation of TWOP's third album including the promotion of "Equate" as well.
Marja Panic stated:
"My name is Marja and I live with the death in the heart.
My deepest roots are in nature. No matter who I am, where I live, or what kind of life I lead, I will remain irrevocably linked with the rest of creation.
Nature, give me one chance and every action will be for you.
You are my reality, I will be your gold.
I will summon Tsunami and Earthquke cause I fell like you, with the death in my heart, since that dirty scap of meat surfaced from the Sea and screamed at you " I am humanity".
This is what pushed our hearts to death.
My God, withness what I can do. I can scream the illness away and make them new."
The Law from ANTIGAMA's upcoming Stop The Chaos MCD, has today been made available to the public. Check it out below:The band recorded Stop The Chaos at Warsaw's Progresja Studio with sound engineer Pawel Janos Grabowski, and commissioned the mixing and mastering duties to longtime friend and prominent Polish music producer Szymon Czech (Nyia, Third Degree). Featuring six tracks of the band's monolithic crushing power and cutting-edge grindcore tactics, Stop The Chaos will be released on May 18th through Selfmadegod Records. The album will be available in a standard CD pressing as well as a limited edition CD in special screen-printed jewel case box with patch and pin (limited to 100 pieces), and via digital download, with a vinyl version coming later this year.
ANTIGAMA have already began confirming live attacks throughout Poland to promote the mini-album, beginning with a three-day killing spree in mid-May including a record release party in Warsaw on May 18th, followed directly by shows in Turek and Poznan.
Guitarist Sebastian Rokicki comments:
"We are totally stoked about new recordings and can't wait to get them released. So far feedback has been more than great. We look forward to promoting Stop The Chaos on stage this May!"
01. E Conspectu
02. The Law
03. Stop The Chaos
04. Find The Function
05. Intricate Trap
06. The End
ANTIGAMA May Tour Dates:
5/18/2012 Progresja Music Club - Warsaw, Poland w/ Reality Check, Soul Snatched
5/19/2012 Pub21 - Turek, Poland w/ Mad Lice
5/20/2012 Blue Note - Poznan, Poland w/ Hate, Anthem, Theriotes, Final Sacrifice
This year ANTIGAMA will also be releasing a 3-way split with Noisear and The Kill, as well a new full-length is set to be recorded later in the year. Stay tuned as the action unfolds throughout 2012.
Noisehead Records announced the signing with Austrian death metal band GODHATECODE, Wolfgang Rothbauer (Disbelief, Zombie Inc., Eisblut, In Slumber, Thirdmoon), Armin Schweiger (Afgrund, Distaste), Pelle Ekegren from Sweden (ex-Coercion, ex-Grave), Lukas Haidinger (Ultrawurscht) and Philippe Seil (Distaste) with Catapult Promotion, Austria
By the way, their brandnew album "Weltenschmerz" will be released on Noisehead Records on 04/05/2012.