Candlelight Records announced the signing of Ukrainian Heathen Black Metal masters KHORS.
KHORS began their career in 2004 as a trio of skilled musicians already known within the Ukrainian Heathen Black Metal scene. Inspired by the spiritual ancient world of the elder ancestors, the band recorded their debut album The Flame of Eternitys Decline in 2005 (released via Oriana Music in the same year). Having strengthened the bands line-up with the addition of a rhythm guitarist, KHORS then began to play live shows. The second album, released the following year and entitled Cold, had a more mid-tempo approach, in general having shifted the emphasis to melody and the atmospherics of keyboards and leads. On this second album the band departed from many of the stereotypes of black metal.
Further musical evolution saw the release of their third album, Mysticism the most progressive record in the bands discography so far, offering a cloak of atmosphere and moods to the listener, incorporating elements of dark metal. This third album saw Khors move to American label Paragon Records and the band began to receive increasing resonance in the world of underground metal.
The fourth album, Return To Abandoned, released in 2010, garnered further support from metal fans worldwide. Continuing the creative and ideological concept of the previous album, Return To Abandoned also absorbed the spirit of the earlier records as the band gained strength, spirit and wisdom from the years that had passed. The sound had become more complex, full of aggression and atmosphere.
The new album, Khors fifth full length, is a real revelation and definitely another milestone in the bands creativity. The recording of Wisdom of Centuries was finished at the beginning of 2012. The dense sound of the album is harmoniously complemented with the addition of ethnic instruments, shrouded with a bewitching atmosphere of shamanic mysticism. This album is also the first in the bands history to be performed in their native language. "It has been a long and difficult way for us to finally reach this opportunity to show the world who we are and what we are stand for. We thank the Candlelight crew for giving us such an opportunity and we're really very excited to be a part of the Candlelight roster" comments the bands bassist, Khorus.
Wisdom of Centuries will be released in September.
The Chicago-based death metal band BLACK SEPTEMBER have started recording their sophomore album, Into The Darkness Into The Void, due out this fall. The album is being tracked in the bands hometown with Andy Nelson at Bricktop Recording (Weekend Nachos, Veil of Maya), the same studio where they recorded their debut full-length, The Forbidden Gates Beyond, which Decibel praised for its savage riffing and elemental leads.
According to guitarist C.M., This record enters the depths of our past while retaining the fire from The Forbidden Gates Beyond. One step beyond our previous efforts into a realm of untamed energy. Ravenous and pure.
Spawned by hellish visions of the unlife, SVARTIDAUÐI spreads the delirious word of the Lord through the prism of drugs-induced noise terror. The bloom of the universe reversed back into the womb of Death.... Building the Cathedral of Flesh, raised upon the ruins of the manifest world. Where mould grows upon the remains of the brighter future, there he rises as the King of what is and is not. The twilight has arrived and the sun is fading into the void.... Yet, a new Sun is rising in the absence of life. And this is its Gospel! Raw and aggressive Black Death Metal with psychedelic overtones and disturbing dissonances, SVARTIDAUÐI's first full-length is finally at hand. "Flesh Cathedral" shall be revealed soon! TBR in conspiracy with our Norwegian friends Terratur Possessions.
Daemon Worship Productions announced the incorporate NEFANDUS into its fold! As always surrounded by controversies, the co-called founders of "Orthodox Black Metal" are ready to unleash their third (or fourth, if we count the demo) offering upon the world. After the highly influential "The Nightwinds Carried Our Names" and "Death Holy Death", their new MCD "Your God is a Ghost" is expected to be released in 2012 by the hands of DWP. The agenda is still the same: to spread the Light of Lucifer and the satanic legacy that has been chosen to the band by the gods and goddesses of Sitra Ahra, proclaiming the lunacy of "God's" creation, like a fist in the faces of those who deny the wonders and pleasures of the chthonic Lords of Divine "Madness". May the blessing of Satan be with you all, and may the abominations of hell guide your ways beyond all morals.
One of their new songs, "This One Is For God", is available for streaming at Soundcloud.
Created beyond the threshold of consciousness and inspired by ancient teachings of the Infernal metaphysical Qlippothic regions, ISRATHOUM is the compendium of misanthropic conspiracy, cold forged in disused mineshafts as sharp-edged bottomless Black Metal.... The invisible spear.... An obscure and limitless supernatural barrier.... A weapon to His Will.
The trio of Arvath, VxInfr and W.uR delivers a devastating blow with this crushing recording! Three years after "Monument of Brimstone", ISRATHOUM is back, venomous and corrupt. An attack against all, that is holy. A rebellious hymn of the possessed. Violently revolting mass of poisonous black hatred.... Black Metal refined to perfection.
"Black Poison & Shared Wounds" is out now through Daemon Worship Productions!
Swedish Black Metal legends DARK FUNERAL and Century Media Records are announced the signing of a worldwide deal for the next 3 albums.
Guitarist and founding member Lord Ahriman comments: "Our bad luck with labels in the past has for sure been very frustrating. So it is with great pleasure to finally be able to turn the page, move on and start a new dark chapter in the DARK FUNERAL saga, as we join the great Century Media family. Century Media has more than enough proven to be a stable and highly professional label. And we are totally looking forward to this new cooperation, which I'm sure will prove to be very satisfying and successful for both parts. Hail the goat!"
Jens Prueter, Head Of A&R at Century Media Records Europe, comments: I always respected DARK FUNERAL for their endurance and integrity. Theyve gone through some hard times, but never gave up and also never gave in to compromise on their musical and aesthetic vision. Almost 20 years after their formation its still the same powerhouse of unmerciful Black Metal and the new line-up is stronger and more focused than in the past. Thanks to Lord Ahriman and the whole band! Looking forward to their 20th anniversary in 2013 with a new album In The Sign Of The Horns!
His fellow bandmates Uruz and Enzifer issued the following statement:
The greatest is gone. Trondr Nefas, our dearest friend and companion for more than 20 years, suddenly passed away last week. He died a peaceful and natural death at one of his favourite places, surrounded by woods and crystal lakes. Thanks for all the years with friendship, music and madness. For the good times and the bad times. Through your dark devotion for black metal, you have inspired so many. You were a true pioneer. We will miss you, but never forget you, because your legacy will live on. Our deepest sympathy goes to Tronds fiancée Octavia, and both of their families. We appreciate all of the condolences and support given to us after his tragic death.
Swedish death metallers SARGATANAS REIGN have announced that Tomas Lindberg (AT THE GATES, SKITSYSTEM, THE CROWN, LOCK UP) will guest on their upcoming album, "Godwork". The band states, "This man has been around for many years and is still going strong! He has done so much in his career and made important contributions. And what an amazing job he did for us! His voice is like a rusty chainsaw which leaves no one untouched!"
Also making guest appearances on "Godwork" are Joakim Göthberg, the former frontman for DIMENSION ZERO and MARDUK; Mathias Lillmåns, the vocalist of FINNTROLL, THE INIQUITY DECENT and MAGENTA HARVEST; and SCAR SYMMETRY singer Roberth Karlsson.
According to Naviny.by, the Prosecutor General's Office has banned Swedish black metal band MARDUK from playing a show in Minsk, Belarus.
Pavel Radzivonaw, a departmental head at the Prosecutor General's Office, told reporters on Monday that MARDUK's concert, scheduled for May 22, would not take place.
"The band preaches Satanism, which has nothing to do with art. This is an affront to Christian values, they preach the ideas of death, of the Third Reich," he said, describing the band's songs as "destructive".
Four other groups that were scheduled to appear with MARDUK at the Re:Public club including KATAKLYSM and VADER will be allowed to perform. However, Radzivonaw warned, their concerts may be stopped if they involve violations of laws.
German thrash metal heroes TANKARD will release their 30th anniversary release, entitled A Girl Called Cerveza, on July 27th via Nuclear Blast. The band have released a trailer, which covers the pre-listening session held at the famous Studio 23 in Frankfurt, Germany in late April, and also features various statements from national media.
A Girl Called Cerveza was jointly produced with Michael Mainx (BÖHSE ONKELZ, DER W, DISBELIEF, D-A-D) and features the following tracklisting:
Stockholm, Sweden-based label Threeman Recordings, which is owned and run by members of ENTOMBED, recently launched a new collaboration with Ninetone Records. The first release under this arrangement will be a single for the re-recorded version of the song "Amok" from ENTOMBED's 2007 album, "Serpent Saints - The Ten Amendments", produced by Patrik Frisk (CORRODED). A May 23 release is expected.
"Serpent Saints - The Ten Amendments" was released in the U.S. on July 31, 2007 via Candlelight/Threeman Recordings. The 10-song effort marked the group's first release with drummer Olle Dahlstedt (ALPHA SAFARI, ex-MISERY LOVES CO.), who replaced Peter Stjärnvind in 2006. Mastering duties were handled by Soren Elofsson at Cosmos Mastering in Stockholm, Sweden.
"Serpent Saints - The Ten Amendments" entered the Swedish national chart at position No. 3. This was the highest chart position in the band's career.
The current lineup of ENTOMBED features Victor Brandt (TOTALT JÄVLA MÖRKER, AEON, SATYRICON) and second guitarist Nico Elgstrand (who previously played bass for the group).
German thrashers DEW-SCENTED have announced their new lineup. It is as follows (pictured from left to right in photo below):
Rory Hansen - Guitar
Marvin Vriesde - Guitar
Leif Jensen - Vocals
Joost van der Graaf - Bass
Koen Herfst - Drums
Commented DEW-SCENTED vocalist Leif Jensen: "I'm more than proud to be able to present you a new chapter in the history of DEW-SCENTED!
"By early 2011, after four weeks of European touring with NILE, it showed clearly that our previous 'Invocation' lineup was collapsing and one member after another left the fold for different reasons. We decided to play some final festival shows together in the summer and then after Party.San Open Air and Brutal Assault festival, DEW-SCENTED went away from the spotlight in order to re-group and regain new focus. And here we finally are again, back with an improved line-up and a really strong new album coming up in July: 'Icarus'!"
The new lineup re-introduces Marvin Vriesde (SEVERE TORTURE, BLO.TORCH) as main guitarist and songwriter. Not a stranger to DEW-SCENTED's path of life, Vriesde's ties with the band go as far as back as 1996, when he played lead guitars for DEW-SCENTED on the band's first-ever proper tour (with EDGE OF SANITY, LAKE OF TEARS and SADIST), as well as for some additional shows supporting MORBID ANGEL. He later returned as the session guitarist for a European tour with CANNIBAL CORPSE in 2002 or also for various other dates in Europe, Japan and North America all throughout 2005, as well as to appear as a guest guitarist on the "Issue VI" album and in the "Turn To Ash" video.
Added Jensen: "I'm truly happy to have finally managed to team up with my buddy Marvin in DEW-SCENTED. Being one of my closest friends in music and the band's 'longest-running companion,' it's amazing to be able to finally put the band's musical present and future in his hands, giving our music a new safe home with his talent and dedication. I can't wait for you all to hear the great start-up results we achieved with 'Icarus'!"
Commented Vriesde: "Me and DEW-SCENTED have a long history together. I helped the band out on several occasions in the past, studio as well as live situations. So when Leif suggested joining forces for real on the new record, I was thrilled! This allowed me to write DEW-SCENTED songs that I would really want to hear from the band, from a fan's point of view."
Drummer Koen Herfst (I CHAOS, EPICA) and bassist Joost van der Graaf (I CHAOS, CREEPMIME) rounded off the "Icarus" lineup organically, as Vriesde explains in regards to the pre-production process for the new album: "The writing process went really smooth and focused. Me and Leif were bouncing all these awesome ideas around. We realized that these songs deserved to be recorded in the best form possible. That's why I asked a good local friend of mine, Koen Herfst, to handle the drums. On his turn he brought in Joost van der Graaf to handle the bass duties for the album. Both are amazing musicians and that's what sets 'Icarus' apart for me. I think everyone brought something extra to the table, which really took the album to a higher level. 'Icarus' is a really heavy album, but it somehow has a darker feel to it in comparison to the previous DEW-SCENTED albums."
Last but not least, guitarist Rory Hansen (I CHAOS, BLO.TORCH) was added to the band's ranks as second guitarist shortly after the album recordings. On recommendation of all the other three new members, his presence paves the way for a really skilled and menacing dual-guitar-team.
The new DEW-SCENTED lineup will make their debut shows on July 20 at Metalsplash festival and July 21st at Queens Of Metal festival.
Jensen previously described the "Icarus" main theme as "a modern-times, very apocalyptic adaption of elements of the Icarus myth, using a lot of its symbolism while interlinking with several other personal or observant subjects in true DEW-SCENTED fashion." While the album recorded at Soundlodge Studio and produced by Jörg Uken (NIGHTFALL, SUICIDAL ANGELS, GOD DETHRONED) is not quite a concept album per se, Jensen says "Icarus" "has a pretty coherent lyrical flow, and that helps to enhance and also to intentionally enlarge the atmosphere and vibe created by the music." The "Icarus" cover artwork was once created by Björn Goosses of Killustrations.
"Icarus" will be released on July 31 in North America via Prosthetic Records (one day earlier internationally through Metal Blade Records).