LOINCLOTH SHARES “BESTIAL INFERNAL” VIDEO;
FINAL LP PSALM OF THE MORBID WHORE OUT NOW THROUGH SOUTHERN LORD
Virginia/North Carolina-based instrumental metal ministers Loincloth have shared an official video for “Bestial Infernal” the track hailing from their final LP Psalm Of The Morbid Whore, which was issued last week through Southern Lord.
PSALM OF THE MORBID WHORE IS STREAMING IN ITS ENTIRETY
Packing nine new instrumental passages of white-knuckled twists, and by-the-throat percussion, into a half-hour on Psalm Of The Morbid Whore. As with their 2012-released Southern Lord debut LP, Iron Balls Of Steel, Loincloth returned to Pershing Hill Sound in Raleigh, North Carolina to record with Greg Elkins. Mastering by Brad Boatright (Sleep, Corrosion Of Conformity, Sunn O))), Obituary) at Audiosiege.
Loincloth is a culmination of years of worshiping at the altar of the riff and Psalm Of The Morbid Whore arrives with the promise of absolute pummel! Guitarist Tannon Penland and drummer Steve Shelton (Confessor) return with their twisted brand of instrumental metal on the forthcoming LP, this time around also enlisting the infernal hands of Tomas Phillips on bass, who collaborated with Penland in experimental outfit Gauchiste for their self-titled 2012’s release through Little Black Cloud Records. Penland, Shelton, and Phillips were joined by guitarist Craig Hilton who contributed towards the composition and on tour with Sunn O))) and more.
Psalm Of The Morbid Whore is out now through Southern Lord; find the vinyl and merch bundles via the Southern Lord webshop and Bandcamp .
Join Loincloth in their final hour of worship…
“the Southern Lord-backed instrumental quartet who specializes in impenetrably dense acrobatics marked by sinew, economy, and hypercomplex time signatures that consistently avoid baroque frills and cartoonish machismo.” – NOISEY
“The track is unusual for Loincloth because not only is it of epic length (just short of eight minutes on an album where the bulk of tracks never get past three), but it also finds the band experimenting with atmospheric vistas along with their pneumatic tightness.” – ALTERNATIVE PRESS
“Loincloth possess a sound all their own…The band’s sound on this record is a lot less frantic and opts for a more suffocating, rhythmically-jarring approach that locks listeners into a corner and strategically batters them with each and every note. It’s not quite as spastic, but it’s a great deal heavier.” – SVBTERRANEAN
“Confessor was great because it sounded like doom metal falling down a flight of stairs, but performed in a calculated manner. Loincloth takes that and ups the speed.”
– INVISBLE ORANGES
Today, former Mutiilation founder Meyhnach reveals the new track “In My Nightmares Circus.” The track hails from his highly anticipated solo debut, Non Omnis Moriar, set for international release on November 24th via Osmose Productions. Hear Meyhnach’s “In My Nightmares Circus” in its entirety below.
Meyhnach is the selfsame new project of the former leader and frontman of France’s legendary Mutiilation, and his first creation under his own name is entitled Non Omnis Moriar. After years of practicing raw black metal with his one-man project Mutiilation, later with the gang of Hell Militia, and after a long absence from the scene, Meyhnach decided to explore some new musical horizons.
One can recognize Meyhnach’s specific identity and primal musical influences but freed from the chains of black metal clichés. His new album is more experimental and will send you on a trip into his own suffocating world, so keep in mind that it’s not Mutiilation’s seventh album – far from that…
Hear for yourself with the first track to be revealed, “In My Nightmares Circus,”
Cover and tracklisting are as follows:
Tracklisting for Meyhnach’s Non Omnis Moriar
1. Alcohonaut Diary
2. Tarred Orchid
3. Psy Low
4. In My Nightmares Circus
5. The Gutters Underneath
7. On the Eternal Sea
8. Nocturnal Caravan
9. Moonshine Beam
10. Non Omnis Moriar
Hells Headbangers sets December 15th as the international release date for Midnight’s highly anticipated third album, Sweet Death and Ecstasy. The album will be released on 2CD, vinyl LP, and cassette tape formats.
By now, Midnight need no introduction. Guided by the twisted muse of mainman Athenar since 2003, this Cleveland cult have been slaying the metal/punk underground with their own, highly addictive brand of lust, filth, and sleaze, subsequently building up a sizable catalog and garnering a rabid fanbase. While there’s certainly fanatics for the band’s early EP work, it was Midnight’s debut album, Satanic Royalty – released to international fanfare in 2011 by Hells Headbangers – that entered the band’s name into the annals of “classic.” Never one to rush things (nor drop an EP along the way), Midnight continued their underground dominance with No Mercy for Mayhem in 2014, further perfecting their signature sound. Now, with their massively anticipated third album, Sweet Death and Ecstasy, Athenar and co. return with their darkest and most daring effort yet.
Granted, upon the first detonating chords of opener “Crushed by Demons,” it would be fair to assume that Sweet Death and Ecstasy is simply classic Midnight…until the tracktime nearly doubles what a characteristic track of theirs would be. This is no mere bloat, though: bookended by two of the band’s longest songs to date, Sweet Death and Ecstasy lays bare a more anguished ‘n’ aggravated Midnight, forever in thrall to the usual subjects (LUST, FILTH, SLEAZE) but speaking a slightly different, altogether-more-poisonous tongue. It both charges harder than ever – even harder than the band’s early EP work, arguably – and also puts on the brakes to bang ‘n’ clang in a manner most foul. Indeed, Midnight truly deliver Sweet Death and Ecstasy in a swift 32 minutes, and it’s absolutely addicting. What’s more, the CD version will feature a bonus disc that’s a 12-song live rehearsal recorded in 2015 by Commandor Vanik. There’s no dawn for Midnight…ever!
In the meantime, hear the new track “Penetratal Ecstasy”
Cover and tracklisting are as follows:
Tracklisting for Midnight’s Sweet Death and Ecstasy
1. Crushed by Demons
2. Penetratal Ecstasy
3. Here Comes Sweet Death
4. Melting Brain
6. Bitch Mongrel
7. Poison Trash
8. Before My Time in Hell
Additionally, Midnight will be playing a FREE pre-release show in Cleveland, Ohio at the Agora. Joining them will be labelmates Shitfucker and Embalmer. Event info can be found HERE, and poster for the event is thus:
Today, dreadnought deathcult Antiversum premiere the new track “Cosmos Comedenti”. The track hails from the band’s highly anticipated debut album of the same name, Cosmos Comedenti, now set for international release on October 20th via Invictus Productions.
Formed in 2010 by dedicated and experienced musicians in the Swiss metal scene, Antiversum is a nihilistic entity which creates a disturbing and storming amalgamation of black, doom, and death metal, manifesting the end of the universe and the dawn of nothingness in audial waves. They began that journey into the void in the spring of 2015, when Invictus released the band’s debut demo, Total Vacuum, to international acclaim. As a title, Total Vacuum indeed served as the foundation on which Antiversum would create their idiosyncratic vortex of violence.
However, as mighty as Total Vacuum was (and still is), now arrives Cosmos Comedenti to give a more vast ‘n’ virulent vision of that vortex. While the four tracks comprising Total Vacuum were towering in their own right, they are dwarfed by the four tracks that comprise the 38-minute Cosmos Comedenti. Here, Antiversum stretch the spaces in between the void further, lurking within with a menace that’s truly unsettling. As such, compositions seemingly surge and then disintegrate at will – and yet, the quintet wield an iron will toward every nuance, every texture, every single detail. It’s a swarming swell of sound, one that could be deemed “cavernous” or “sepulchral” and other buzzwords in popular underground parlance, but the differentiating factor to Antiversum in general and Cosmos Comedenti in particular is that there’s a clearly articulated, deathly focused finesse to everything that happens; nothing is left to chance nor masked in absurd levels of reverb. Further, this swell cannot be conveniently slotted as strictly “death metal” or “black metal” or “doom”: it simply IS.
Cover and tracklisting are as follows:
Tracklisting for Antiversum’s Cosmos Comedenti
2. Creatio e Chao orta est
3. Cosmos Comedenti
4. Nihil ad Probandum
Nuclear War Now! Productions sets October 15th as the international release date for Goatpenis’ highly anticipated sixth album, Anesthetic Vapor, on CD and vinyl LP formats.
Through its output over the past 25 years, Goatpenis has rightfully earned its reputation as one of the most venerable black metal bands in existence. Hailing from the Santa Catalina region of southern Brazil, and following a relatively brief stint as the death metal act Suppurated Fetus, this cult resumed its homeland’s legacy of bestiality first established by Sarcófago, the band’s ancestral compatriots from the Minas Gerais region to the north, with its earliest demos, htaeD no tabbaS, Blessed by War, and Jesus Coward, in the early 1990s. After a period of several years of lineup changes and intermittent hiatuses, Goatpenis redefined its sound and aesthetic with the release of its debut full-length, Inhumanization, in 2004, and the band subsequently released four more albums over the next decade and a half.
Beginning most obviously with the 1993 demo, Blessed by War, and continuing on through to its newest, sixth album, Anesthetic Vapor, hereby fittingly offered under the auspices of Nuclear War Now!, Goatpenis has championed the inevitable reality of human self-annihilation, thus earning its place among the few atop the mantle of black war metal. Whereas the term “war metal” is often used as a misnomer in reference to any generic bestial black metal band, Goatpenis is one among a scarce number of acts who actually embody the spirit of the label in all aspects of the music’s thematic content, songwriting, and execution. Anesthetic Vapor, the current culmination of the band’s violent trajectory, reaffirms the application of the war metal badge throughout. Rife with the militaristic cadences of tracks like “Carnivorous Ability” and the anthemic-yet-destructive progressions written into songs such as “Humanatomy Grinder Chatter Studies” and “Machiavelli Reputation – Chapter XVII,” the album both perfectly foretells and welcomes our own orchestrated demise. Of course, present throughout are the characteristically sadistic vocals of Sabbaoth, who is joined on guest vocals by Nocturnal Grave Desecrator and Black Winds of the Blasphemy cult, one of the original Gods of War.
In this day and age, as global political tensions rise daily and exponentially, and threaten to result in the self-induced extinction of humankind, Anesthetic Vapor heeds the call for war and celebrates it. Heed the first call with the new track “Machiavelli Reputation – Chapter XVII”
Cover and tracklisting are as follows:
Tracklisting for Goatpenis’ Anesthetic Vapor
1. Intro – Tambours Géants
2. Anesthetic Vapors
3. Humanatomy Grinder Chatter Studies
4. Machiavelli Reputation – Chapter XVII
5. Excrementory Genocide
6. Carnivorous Ability
7. Krieg Und Frieden
8. Front Toward Enemy
9. Hallucinatory Sirens
10. Oppressive Ferric Noise
11. Pleasant Atrocities March
In advance of their forthcoming tour, FOSCOR are now streaming a drum play-through for the track “De Marges I Matinades”, which is taken from the band’s fifth full-length, ‘Les Irreals Visions’ (out since June 9th).
FOSCOR vocalist Fiar comments: “The song title refers to life’s opportunities when we are taken to our limits. The image of a new dawn at the edge of the world speaks of a personal struggle, and how after suffering we should be able to see a door to open at the corner. There is also a sort of challenge for the drums… well, the result speaks for itself about our privilege of having Jordi F. taking care of them.”
Drummer Jordi F. adds: “A song, which from a personal and technical standpoint, required an extra effort in order to create a rhythmic base that could fit the in-crescendo dynamics of the song. On an almost constant syncopated leitmotiv, placing the right amount of strength and cymbal hits to make them commune with the music was almost fully improvised – and hence an interesting exercise. Every time, I listen to or play this song, I feel like adding something new.”
Drums by Jordi F. (CRUCIAMENTUM, SHEIDIM, ERED)
Filmed during the recording of the album ‘Les Irreals Visions’.
Recorded at Moontower Studios in Barcelona, Catalonia on October 2016.
Images by FOSCOR
Video edition by Falke
FOSCOR will start touring in support of their current album, ‘Les Irreals Visions’ in October. The Catalans will be joining Norwegian progressive act VULTURE INDUSTRIES for a string of events as well as performing headliner and other shows. See below for a full list of all currently confirmed dates.
05 Oct 17 Hoofdorp (NL) Duyker
07 Oct 17 Lübeck (DE) Treibsand
08 Oct 17 Erfurt (DE) From Hell
09 Oct 17 München (DE) Backstage
10 Oct 17 Köln (DE) Jungle Club
11 Oct 17 Paris (FR) Backstage
12 Oct 17 Gent (BE) Asgaard
06 Oct 17 Oldenburg i.O. (DE) MTS Record Store
(+RIOT IN THE ATTIC +MY HOME ON TREES)
13 Oct 17 Oberhausen (DE) Helvete
(+HARAKIRI FOR THE SKY +SYLVAINE +SHORES OF NULL)
27 Oct 17 Santander (ES) Rockbeer Thenew (Infest IV)
28 Oct 17 Barcelona (ES) La Nau (+DEJADEATH)
01 Dec 17 Madrid (ES) Sala But (Madrid Is The Dark Fest)
04 Dec 17 Barcelona (ES) Razz 3 (+GOLD)
FOSCOR commented on ‘Les Irreals Visions’: “This is the most ambitious project, we have ever faced, and we have tried to dress it with magic. But before that, please travel by your own through the eight passages composing those visions in a final but still partial introduction. And remember what this journey hides. Common things must acquire a new meaning. Visual things, a new secret appearance. The already known, the dignity of the unknown. Thanks to every individual that has taken part in this album and enriched its meaning, and to all of you ready to cross the unreal door. Hope to see you all in the road within the next months… May darkness be tragic…”
Artwork and track-list of ‘Les Irreals Visions’ can be viewed below.
1. Instants (5:19)
2. Ciutat Tràgica (5:28)
3. Altars (4:43)
4. Encenalls De Mort (4:58)
5. Malfiança (4:49)
6. Espectres Al Cau (6:06)
7. De Marges I Matinades (6:19)
8. Les Irreals Visions (5:59)
FOSCOR have promised “something magical” for their forthcoming fifth full-length. The Catalans have kept word and carved a multi-faceted jewel out of deep longing, their country’s characteristic melancholy, and dark foreboding heaviness, which they descriptively named ‘Les Irreals Visions’. This album invites the listener onto a cinematic journey through dream landscapes created by carefully arranged sonic delights and unexpected aural twists.
FOSCOR hail from Catalonia, which is still yet largely unwilling part of modern Spain. With Barcelona as its capital, this region has a long artistic tradition with the fin de siècle style of Modernisme – a parallel development to Art Nouveau and Jugendstil among others – forming one of its major achievements. Catalonia has also left an audible mark in the extreme music scene of Spain in recent years.
FOSCOR are attracted to and build upon these foundations, while taking inspiration from the morbid, decadent, and sick reflections on a rapidly changing society that shaped the artistic landscape at the end of the nineteenth century.
The name FOSCOR translates as “darkness” in their native Catalan tongue, which the band from Barcelona often uses for their lyrics as a distinctive element and strong connection with their cultural reality.
The Catalans’ first three albums, ‘Entrance to the Shadows’ Village’ (2004), ‘The Smile of the Sad Ones’ (2007), and ‘Groans to the Guilty’ (2009) were wrapping a shroud of classic second wave black metal around a melancholic yet vital core, while already showing a distinct individuality reaching out from the confines of any genre. ‘Groans to the Guilty’ witnessed FOSCOR setting out towards more progressive and avant-garde course, but it was next full-length ‘Those Horrors Wither’ (2014) which marked a clear departure from the black metal waters as well as related clichés and self-imposed limitations. Darkness found an equally strong expression through the use of clean vocals, doom infused tempo reduction, and catchy heavy riffing.
FOSCOR have now taken another step in their constantly changing and shifting evolution. ‘Les Irreals Visions’ is easily drawing its eager audience in, only to lure the unwary listener into a dark labyrinth of unexpected complexity filled with beauty and sorrow, which they might find much harder to leave than anticipated. Enjoy charting your course through the glittering facets of this musical gem.