ICHOR - New Album 'Hadal Ascending' - Details revealed
Ghouls and Gorgons! Sirens are calling!
German Death Metallers ICHOR return with their fourth full-length entitled "Hadal Ascending"! The album will be released on 7th December 2018 via Unholy Conspiracy Deathwork (CD, digital) and Wooaaargh Records (vinyl).
"Hadal Ascending" delivers ICHOR’s known blend of US Death Metal influenced guitar work and freezing cold Black Metal parts, yet offers more variation and dynamics then ever before.
Thematically it links to the band’s previous albums "Benthic Horizon" and "Depths" as the fictional story of a devastated and hate-filled deep-sea world full of creatures and mystical beings continues.
"Hadal Ascending" was recorded, mixed and mastered in Hertz Studio / Poland (Behemoth, Hate, Decapitated, Vader). The cover artwork was painted by Par Olofsson (Aborted, The Faceless, Immortal) and Mentalporn (Origin, Immolation, Hate, Behemoth) graced the album with an elaborate layout.
Check out the first track "In Ecstasy" at this location: https://youtu.be/OGji3WUhWWE
1. Paradise Or Perdition
2. Tales From The Depths
3. Black Incantation
4. In Ecstasy
5. A Glowing In The Dark
6. Black Dragons
7. Architect Of The Portal
8. The March
9. Children Of The Sea
10. Conquering The Stars
www.facebook.com/ichorofficial / www.ucdeath.com / www.wooaaargh.com
DEMONBREED - New Mini Album 'Hunting Heretics' announced for December 2018
German old school death metal force DEMONBREED strikes back with a vengeance!
The band will release a mini album entitled "Hunting Heretics" on 14th December 2018 via Testimony Records.
The follow-up to the debut full-length "Where Gods Come To Die" (2016) features five bonecrushing new tunes and was recorded and produced by guitarist Fernando Thielmann who also plays drums on this new release. The lyrical concept deals with the era of the inquisition and the persecution of heretics.
The title track is streaming at these locations: https://youtu.be/7YczS3yRFxw & https://testimonyrecords.bandcamp.com/album/demonbreed-hunting-heretics
1. Fear The Verdict
2. Deadly Superstition
3. Confessions In Fire
5. Hunting Heretics
+ Ltd. Purple Vinyl (100)
+ Ltd. Green Vinyl (100)
+ Black Vinyl (100)
www.facebook.com/demonbreedofficial / www.facebook.com/testimonyrecords
LUNAR SHADOW - New Album "The Smokeless Fire" announced for early 2019
German metallers LUNAR SHADOW will enter Glooven Studios in Leipzig to begin work on their sophomore album, “The Smokeless Fires”, which will see the light of day in early 2019 via Cruz Del Sur Music.
The follow-up to 2017’s “Far From Light” will mark the first LUNAR SHADOW album to feature new singer Robert Roettig, who replaces Alex Vornam. After a couple of live appearances with DESASTER, SPELL, TOKYO BLADE and VISIGOTH and a much-needed break away from the guitar, lead guitarist Max ‘Savage’ Birbaum started assembling new songs, which, as he explains, will take LUNAR SHADOW in a new, but also familiar direction.
“Robert sounds different — his vocals are a bit more high-pitched than before, yet he still has this obscure-Valusian touch to it,” says Birbaum. “I’d say that the album sounds a lot like LUNAR SHADOW, yet with some new elements. I guess you could say that there are more black metal-influences this time, more DISSECTION riffs and even some blast-beats, but still held together by twin guitar leads. Yet, as always, I just do what I want to do, so there will also be a piano ballad plus a song with New Wave-influences. The album sounds like if WISHBONE ASH played ‘Far Away From the Sun’ by SACRAMENTUM back in 1976 while having sex with a dryad.”
Whereas “Far From Light” tackled lyrical topics about death, “The Smokeless Fires” will be about another crucial element of the human spectrum: passion. “‘The Smokeless Fires’ are our passions, the things that drive us on, keep us going, prevent us from death, things that break us down, shatter us, make us vanish,” notes Birbaum. “[New song] ‘Laurelindórenan’ is inspired by the writings of Tolkien, ‘Red Nails (For The Pillar Of Death)’ and ‘Conajohara No More’ are based upon stories by Robert E. Howard. The lyrical themes haven’t changed that much, I still write about life, death, lost love, depression, ancient cities, broken swords and ghastly spells.”
The album’s artwork was created by Portland, Oregon-based artist Adam Burke, who previously handled the band’s 2015 “Triumphator” EP. Depicting a storm of fire lingering around two lovers, the album cover, like most of Burke’s work, is visually-appealing and fits the album’s themes perfectly. “The combination of two, forming something strange and beautiful,” says Birbaum. “Love is maybe one of our strongest passions. We long for it, we lose it, we starve ourselves to get it, we throw it away, when we weary. Love is important. And a good reason to die for.”
1. Catch Fire
2. Conajohara No More
6. Red Nails (For The Pillar Of Death)
7. Hawk Of The Hills
CHAPEL OF DISEASE – New Album in November – Details & First Track available
After some silent months that have went over to silent years, German Metallers CHAPEL OF DISEASE now present their newest work entitled “...And As We Have Seen The Storm, We Have Embraced The Eye”!
The album will be released on 23rd November 2018 via Vàn Records, followed by several live activities 2019.
A first track entitled “Null” is available here: https://soundcloud.com/v-n-records/chapel-of-disease-null/s-xNRla
Starting in 2008 as a band dwelling in the raw death metal sounds from the late 80s, CHAPEL OF DISEASE released their debut “Summoning Black Gods” in 2012. Three years later it would soon become obvious that strictly following a certain genre would eventually lose its attraction to the band. With their 2015 full-length “The Mysterious Ways Of Repetitive Art” the band would find their way of mixing up sounds to create something unique. With “...And As We Have Seen The Storm, We Have Embraced The Eye” CHAPEL OF DISEASE follow that path, yet disregarding any genre specific expectations even more and putting all the effort in simply making diversified, enthralling heavy music. The outcome is a record somewhere between the atmosphere of black and death metal, with riffing from the golden days of the 70s and soundscapes of the synthie 80s.
RELEASE SHOW (with Sulphur Aeon): 22.12. Club Volta / Köln (GER)
1. Void Of Words
2. Oblivious – Obnoxious – Defiant
3. Song Of The Gods
5. 1.000 Different Paths
6. The Sound Of Shallow Grey
https:www.facebook.com/ChapelOfDisease / www.van-records.de
OBLITERATION - New Album ’Cenotaph Obscure’ - Details Revealed
Norwegian Death Metallers OBLITERATION will release their fourth studio album titled “Cenotaph Obscure” on November 23rd via Indie Recordings!
The record’s first single “Detestation Rite” is already available today – listen here: https://youtu.be/yo_FJpFgjsk + https://believemusic.lnk.to/DetestationRite
The band will also hit European roads this Fall, together with The Ugliest Band in the World, Aura Noir, and Norwegian thrash force Vorbid.
Following their now classic Nekropsalms (2009) and the harrowing Black Death Horizon (2013), the latest offering further expands on the quartet's trademark sound; lead heavy oldschool death metal with distinct flavours of both doom and black metal. Inventive yet never difficult to grasp, technical without wankery and obscure without being diffuse, OBLITERATION are masters at their craft. Cenotaph Obscure was recorded in Studio Cobra, Stockholm with Martin "Konie" Ehrencrona at the helm, lending the album an organic yet in your face production. In perfect keeping with the music, the lyrics deal with dystopic, apocalyptic themes, extinct civilizations and interdimensional portals etc. With Cenotaph Obscure, OBLITERATION cement their status as leaders in the Norwegian death metal scene, delivering a grizzly yet flawless monument to Death metal the way it was meant to be; obscure, ominous and unpredictable."- Einar Sjursø ( Virus, Infernö. Duplicate Records).
1. Cenotaph Obscure
2. Tumulus of Ancient Bones
4. Eldritch Summoning
5. Detestation Rite
6. Onto Damnation
7. Charnel Plains
www.indierecordings.no/news / www.facebook.com/obliterationofficial
SACRAL RAGE - New Video "Samsara (L.C.E.)"
Promising Greek speedsters SACRAL RAGE will release their highly anticipated sophomore full-length, “Beyond Celestial Echoes”, on October 19th via Cruz Del Sur Music!
A video clip for the track "Samsara (L.C.E.)" is available at this location: https://youtu.be/Dl6ZJYggEHU
The follow-up to 2015’s “Illusions In Infinite Void” was recorded between Ignite Studios (drums, rhythm guitars) and White Socks Studios (vocals, bass, lead guitars and keyboards) with mixing and mastering being handled by Stamos Koliousis. The album’s cover art was created by Dimitar Nikolov.
Another new song, “Necropia”, is streaming here: https://sacralrage.bandcamp.com/album/beyond-celestial-echoes
Pre-orders (CD + different vinyl versions) are possible at Cruz Del Sur Music's online shop!
2. Eternal Solstice
3. Vaguely Decoded
4. Suspended Privileges
5. Samsara (L.C.E.)
7. Onwards to Nucleus
8. The Glass
www.facebook.com/SacralRage / www.cruzdelsurmusic.com
HAMMER KING - Track Premiere of 'Poseidon Will Carry Us Home’
German true metal ensemble HAMMER KING will release their third full-length, “Poseidon Will Carry Us Home”, on October 5th 2018 via Cruz Del Sur Music. Recorded at Studio Greywolf with POWERWOLF bassist Charles Greywolf at the helm, “Poseidon Will Carry Us Home” is an unabashed bow to classic, anthemic, hook-laden metal, proving HAMMER KING was more than up to the task of meeting the often-high expectations that come with a band’s third album.
A first track entitled "The King Is A Deadly Machine" is available now at this location: https://hammerking.bandcamp.com/track/the-king-is-a-deadly-machine-2
Formats: Compact Disc / LP Black Vinyl (300) / LP Blue Vinyl (200) / Digital
1. Poseidon Will Carry Us Home
2. The King Is A Deadly Machine
3. Battle Of Wars
4. 7 Days And 7 Kings
5. Warriors Of Angelhill
6. Where The Hammer Hangs
7. Last Rites
8. Glorious Night Of Glory
9. Locust Plague
10. At The Mercy Of The Waves
11. We Sail Cape Horn
12. Meatus Majestatis
www.facebook.com/thehammerking / www.cruzdelsurmusic.com
SLAEGT - New Album "The Wheel" - Details & Track Premiere
Ván Records proudly presents “The Wheel” – the new full-length of Denmark’s SLAEGT and follow-up to the critically acclaimed “Domus Mysterium” from 2017!
"The Wheel" will be released on the 5th of October 2018 as digipack compact disc, gatefold vinyl record and digitally via the known channels.
And here is the first song premiere: "Perfume and Steel" - https://youtu.be/a6ghAqe-ayE
Since their foundation in 2011, SLAEGT have found a very own, unique style of playing heavy metal. Stylistically influences are drawn from a broad spectrum of such diverse movements as the NWOBHM, the black metal scene(s) of the 80’s and 90’s and everything in between and beyond. SLAEGT plays an epic blackened heavy metal but without any kind of limitation when approaching the style.
“The Wheel” is an album that showcases a band that has grown without forgetting, where it came from. A band that is hungrier than ever before, and who knows, that more is to come. A band that is called SLAEGT, who is way more concerned with personal expression and writing the best songs possible, than adhering to fashions and mundane attractions.
1. Being Born (Is Going Blind)
3. Perfume and Steel
6. Gauntlet of Lovers
7. The Wheel
www.facebook.com/Slaegt / www.van-records.de
SENTIENT HORROR - European Tour - October 2018
New Jersey / USA based Death Metallers SENTIENT HORROR will soon embark on their first ever trip to the old continent!
Don’t miss the European live premiere of their highly acclaimed releases "The Crypts Below" (EP, 2018) and "Ungodly Forms" (Full-Length, 2016) on the following dates, supported by CARNAL TOMB.
SENTIENT HORROR (USA) & CARNAL TOMB (GER) / "Tombs Of Horror Tour"
03.10.18 - Augsburg (Ger) – Ballonfabrik
04.10.18 - Prague (Cze) - Modra Vopice
05.10.18 - Nitra (Slk) - Mariatchi Club
06.10.18 - Milan (Ita) - Circolo Svolta
07.10.18 - Erba (Ita) - Rock Pub Centrale
09.10.18 - Bellinzona (Swi) - Peter Pan Pub
10.10.18 - Tba. (Fra)
11.10.18 - Poitiers (Fra) - Le Zinc
12.10.18 - Kaiserslautern (Ger) – JUZ
13.10.18 - Hamburg (Ger) - Bambi Galore
14.10.18 - Berlin (Ger) – Linse Club
www.facebook.com/sentienthorrorofficial / www.facebook.com/testimonyrecords
THE ORDER OF APOLLYON - New music video "Trident Of Flesh"
French black/death metal band THE ORDER OF APOLLYON premiere a music video for the track "Trident Of Flesh", taken from the upcoming album "Moriah", due out October 26th via Agonia Records. The video was directed by Sylvain Lécuyer and is available for viewing at this link: https://youtu.be/JqxyBgJzaeA
Co-founder, guitarist, vocalist and producer, BST, commented: "This third full-length release is without a doubt the most coherent and mature work we've ever put out. The fact that we have had for the first time in the band's history a stable line-up of devoted individuals with similar goals made this possible, and filled the production process with powerful creative energy".
THE ORDER OF APOLLYON was formed in 2008 by then Aborted members, guitarist BST (ex-Aosoth, VI) and drummer Dan Wilding (Carcass). Over the course of two studio albums, "The Flesh" (2010) and "The Sword And The Dagger" (2015), the band forged themselves a distinct path through death and black metal soundscapes, that evoke of Behemoth or Mgła, but with and edge towards French black metal in the vein of Aosoth or VI. After a line-up reconfiguration, forced by Wilding's transition to Carcass and conflicting schedules amongst remaining members, the band's French roots gained the upper hand. BST started off new and recruited veterans of his native black metal scene, including members of Temple Of Baal, Hell Militia and Merrimack. The new album "Moriah" is a testament to the new line-up, which introduced stability and evoked deeper levels of teamwork within the band. It is, without a doubt, the most coherent, mature and creative work the band ever put out.
"Moriah" was recorded, mixed and mastered at BST Studio, except for drums which were recorded at Studio de Saint-Loup. The cover artwork was created by Vincent Lécuyer.
1. The Lies Of Moriah
2. Rites Of The Immolator
3. Grey Father
4. The Cradle
5. The Original Cries Of Jerusalem
6. Trident Of Flesh
8. A Monument
www.facebook.com/theorderofapollyon / www.agoniarecords.com