Swedish death metal overlords, AEON, are pleased to unveil the details of their fourth studio offering, Aeons Black. Set to drop via Metal Blade Records on November 20, 2012, the mammoth 15-track Aeons Black was recorded at Empire Studio in Östersund, Sweden, engineered, mixed and mastered by Ronnie Björnström (Garageland Studios) and features cover art by Kristian Necrolord Wåhlin (Bathory, At The Gates, Dissection, Emperor et al).
Notes founding guitarist Zeb Nilsson of their latest offering of irreverence: This is definitely our most varied albums to date; it has heavier songs yet it also has lots of fast blastbeats and double bass drumming. Its groovier this time, which I think we lacked on our last album, Path of Fire, which was fast paced almost all the way through. That and the amazing mix by Ronnie Björnström makes me feel pretty confident that this album will appeal to more people than our previous albums. And no, we have not gone softer in any aspect; its just easier to catch with all this grooviness. Its metal right up your ass!
First single, title track Aeons Black, premieres today via the bands official landing page. Comments guitarist Daniel Dlimi of the tune: "Aeons Black is the first song that I started to work on as we begun writing for this album, and it's also one of the very last to get finished. My goal was to create a somewhat heavier, odder, not-so-typical AEON song. Once happy with the musical arrangement, I handed it over to [vocalist] Tommy [Dahlstöm] to let him write some lyrics and vocal patterns for it. He managed to get it even darker and more eerie. The lyrics are all about how everything living eventually must face the inevitable, which is death. There will be no savior, no heaven nor hell... just a pitch black, silent empty void."
Infernal deathrashers ALTAR OF SIN have recruited a permanent 2nd guitarist named "Neura" who already played in old Metal bands BRAMS & XUQUER and is now contributing to build that massive wall of sound for ALTAR OF SIN on their already famous devastating live performances.
At the same time, the band has recorded an official video-clip of the song "Voodoo Hell (Blessed by the Devil)" from their acclaimed 2nd album "Tales of Carnage First Class" and can be watched below.
"Epidemia", the sixth full-length album from New Jersey/New York's ILL NIÑO, is scheduled for release on October 22 via Victory Records. The recording sessions for the CD took place in Hoboken, New Jersey; Austin, Texas; and Denver, Colorado.
The Ukrainian atmospheric death-doom band Odradek Room has signed a deal with Hypnotic Dirge Records to release their upcoming debut full-length album Бардо. Относительная реальность (English translation: Bardo Relative Reality) in early 2013 in digipack format.
Odradek Room was formed initally under the name Осколки Тишины / Shards of Silence in 2008. In 2010, Odradek Room made their first apperance on a release participating in the doom-metal.ru compilation project.
Their first full-length album, Бардо. Относительная реальность was initially recorded in early 2012 and self-released in digital format. However, it was later decided that the album would be re-recorded to fix up a few issues in the recordings, and that process is now complete. The upcoming album, based on the ideas of the Tibetan Book of the Dead and surreal images of the subliminal consciousness is now prepared for a release in early 2013, but in the meantime, the track Театр форм (English translation: Theatre of Forms), the opening track from the new album has been made available for streaming and download on bandcamp, soundcloud, and youtube. This track is a perfect representation of Odradek Room's ability to incorporate both the agressive and melancholic sides of death-doom combining slow plodding riffs, soaring melodies, post-rock leanings, and a progressive touch.
Alpine black/death occultists VALDUR recently completed composing their upcoming, as-yet, untitled new full-length. Official recording sessions will commence on November 12th at Earhammer Studios. Additionally, VALDUR recently unleashed an ultra limited two-song EP entitled The Hammer Pit containing a rough version of two new songs. Taste the blood of track one, Conjuring The Fire Plagues, at the bands Official BandCamp Page.
When asked to talk about the upcoming new material, the band said in a collective statement: We wish not to elaborate too much and allow the music that we will be putting out in the near future to do the talking."
Mythological occult metal discoverers ABSU announce the release of their new video, produced for the anthem Hall Of The Masters, courtesy of this year's Adult Swim Singles Program. Once again, the band has showcased their signature style of occult black/thrash mythology to dark, new, calculating territories. The audio was recorded earlier this year at Nomad Recording Studios in Carrollton, Texas and mixed by J.T. Longoria. (King Diamond, Solitude Aeternus), the video for the song then filmed by director Daniel Garcia.
Stated ABSU vocalist/drummer Proscriptor on the creation of the visual magnum opus: Hall Of The Masters is a conceptual video concerning the wedlock between a speculum of apparitions and the rite of transfiguration. The mortality featured in the video is unexpectedly visited by the Elder Ones and swept from Earth by the form of the Master. Every dream of man and woman is superlatively coiled by the Lamia!
A debut full-length album by Greek Black/Death Metal band Disolvo Animus titled Aphesis was released 31 August by Darknagar Records.
01. Unorthodox Lament
02. Archetypal Liars
05. Penitential Psalm
06. Holy Virtues
07. Words of Regression
08. Particle of God
8 blasphemies, 40 minutes of ravaging madness A fierceful, warmongering Blackened Death Metal attack, sacrilegious within its lyrical manifestation, Recorded at Sound Symmetry Studios (Bob Katsionis), mixed and mastered at Devasoundz Studios (Fotis Bernardo, Ntinos Prasas). Layout designs by RA Design.
The anticipated new album from Norwegian Black Metallers RAGNAROK will be released on the 30th of October in Europe and on the 6th of November in North America.
Malediction is the title of RAGNAROK's brand new album. When it comes to Norwegian Black Metal, RAGNAROK is one of the outstanding examples of what integrity and perseverance can bring to the genre. Since their inception at the beginning of 1994, the band has outlasted a multitude of variations and trends within the metal community that sought to influence the Black Metal genre. Eschewing avant-garde, nu-metal and even hardcore influences, the band remained true to themselves and to the traditions of Black Metal, whilst at the same time growing as writers and performers and refusing to become stale. Today, after 18 years in the business, RAGNAROK still play Black Metal in the classical style, and continue to significantly increase their fan base, having become internationally recognised exponents of the genre with six albums and high profile festivals and tours under their belts. With their seventh full-length album the group deliver the best there is in terms of dark and aggressive music. RAGNAROK does not need to re-invent the wheel they just improve it.
Malediction was recorded, mixed and mastered by Devo of Marduk's fame at Endarker Studios.
Full scale European, US and South American tours are planned for late 2012 and early 2013, including festival appearances. The band has already confirmed to play at Metal Legacy Festival (Saturday 27 October, Stromstad, Sweden) and to headline Messe des Morts Festival (Saturday 24 November, Montreal, Canada; first North American appearance of the band). More news to be announced shortly.
The debut album of spanish melodic Death Metallers THE DESCENT is ready and will be released in October 1st through XTREEM MUSIC. With an excellent artwork design by Auryn Digital and a great production by Carlos Creator at RockStudios being later mastered at swedish Fredman Studios by Fredrik Nördstrom, "Dimensional Matters" is a magnific album which will sure please any fan of melodic yet aggressive Death Metal the swedish way a la AT THE GATES, DIMENSION ZERO, early SOILWORK, EUCHARIST...
01. The Web of Lies
02. Sacred War
03. Winter Hell
04. Rejected by the Sun
05. The Day After
07. Wraith (Tied to Reality)
08. No One Cares
10. Guilty Conscience
THE DESCENT recorded an official video-clip with a song from the album entitled "Rejected by the Sun"which perfectly shows their ability to blend melody, catchy riffs and killer grooves with heavier and more aggressive passages combined a varied vocal department, which makes of this album a very dynamic and enjoyable work.
Pulverised Records announced the signing of Malaysian old-school Death Metallers LAVATORY!
With this Death Metall hellspawn in existence since 2010, LAVATORY recently released a five song EP entitled "Transgression" which firmly showcased the band's penchant for raw and disgusting Death Metal in the veins of Entombed, Carcass and Dismember, etc. Plans are already underway to work on the LAVATORY's debut full-length album, promising to be the band's most defining piece of retch-crushing Death Metal yet.
States LAVATORY throat-slasher Muntah Ke Darah on the signing: "Well it's a dream come true for LAVATORY to sign with Pulverised as we are the first Malaysian band offered with this opportunity. Our next step after releasing a full-length with Pulverised Record is to plant the Malaysia and the Asia map into Europe and America territories. We hope our debut will open up the worldwide Metalheads' eyes on Asia."
Pulverised Records label manager Roy Yeo further commented: "LAVATORY caught us by complete surprise when we first heard them, and truth be told that there really isn't much bands in the South East Asia region paying tribute to the elder statesmen of Swedish Death Metal such as Entombed and Dismember! This sinister alliance between LAVATORY and Pulverised Records will prove to be an interesting yet lethal one indeed. We cannot wait to hear how they will pick up from where they left off with the "Transgression" EP, but something tells me that the new full-length album is going to be a mixture of sick, crushing and rotten Death Metal coming our way!"
The Slovenian Bay area thrash metal maniacs Panikk just finished the recording of their upcoming album which is scheduled to be released in early 2013 on Metal Tank Records under the name of Unbearable Conditions.
The band comment: "we finally finished the recording of Unbearable Conditions. The overall recording went smoothly, in fast mood and with no dramatic issues. We already heard the very final result and the entire crew is both excited and thrilled about what months of recording gave birth to: a lethal dose of fast, old school and untamed thrash metal. We are pretty sure that all of you enjoying tunes from legendary acts such as VIO-LENCE, EVILDEAD, SEPULTURA, DEMOLITION HAMMER, FORCED ENTRY and ACID REIGN will dig our latest effort at 100%."
Below you can preview "Panic Attack", the first single taken from the album.