DEATH. VOID. TERROR. set release date for IRON BONEHEAD debut

Iron Bonehead Productions sets May 4th as the international release date for Death. Void. Terror.’s striking debut album, To the Great Monolith I, on CD and vinyl LP formats.

NO ORIGIN. Received from the ominous, great monolith and expressed in pure sound. NO ORDER. The recordings presented by the entity Death. Void. Terror. transcend the conventions of “composition” and “performance” in modern music culture and instead reduce the creation to its essence, stripped of convolution and excess, until all that remains is a singularity of blackness, harvested from those who have engaged in its creation.

The recordings contained on To The Great Monolith I are not songs. This is not music that has been rehearsed, honed, and tailored to fit a preconceived notion of what is acceptable in humanist genre confines. Instead, the aim is to achieve the most pure expression of the “unconscious” and to confront the listener with authentic ritual experiences, captured directly as they were conducted by the practitioners involved. These are sounds completely hostile to man, an exploration of the surreal.

Like resonating cries of the void piercing through the air, as incandescent stone upon human skin. No origin. No order. Death. Void. Terror.

Tracklisting for Death. Void. Terror.’s To the Great Monolith I
1. (——-) [24:16]
2. (—-) [16:46]

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SINIESTRO: Swedish Arctic Black/Thrashers Unleash Trailer of The Music Video; EP “Arctic Blood”

With an EP and an LP in their arsenal, Swedish arctic black thrashing trio SINIESTRO has already marked their advent phenomenal in the extreme metal realm.

The diabolical troop is all set to excavate their sinistrous crypt further with the upcoming EP “Arcitc Blood”, to be unleashed this May 2018 through BLACK LION RECORDS.

Siniestro presents the first teaser of the forthcoming video “Arctic Blood”, the title track of the EP.

Siniestro

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Virvum announce European tour

VIRVUM have announced an extensive European tour in support of their label mates NE OBLIVISCARIS this spring, where they will also be joined by American tech death outfit ALLEGAEON.

The Swiss tech death shooting stars comment: “We’re extremely excited to be hitting the road with our good friends in NE OBLIVISCARIS, finally getting to tour the UK, and bringing ‘Illuminance’ to more countries that we’ve never played in before!”

See below for a list of all currently confirmed shows.

VIRVUM Live
+DODECAHEDRON +ZHRINE
17 Feb 18 Sint-Niklaas (BE) De Casino

VIRVUM Tour
+NE OBLIVISCARIS +ALLEGAEON
25 Mar 18 Dublin (IE) Voodoo Lounge
27 Mar 18 Glasgow (UK) Audio
28 Mar 18 Nottingham (UK) Rescue Rooms
29 Mar 18 Manchester (UK) Rebellion
30 Mar 18 London (UK) The Dome
31 Mar 18 Eindhoven (NL) Dynamo
01 Apr 18 Köln (DE) MTC
02 Apr 18 Wiesbaden (DE) Schlachthof
04 Apr 18 München (DE) Backstage
05 Apr 18 Leipzig (DE) Naumanns
06 Apr 18 Hamburg (DE) Headcrash
07 Apr 18 Aarhus (DK) Royal Metal Fest
08 Apr 18 Göteborg (SE) Sticky Fingers
09 Apr 18 Oslo (NO) Blå
10 Apr 18 Stockholm (SE) Fryhuset Klubben
12 Apr 18 Helsinki (FI) Nosturi
13 Apr 18 Tallinn (EE) Tapper
14 Apr 18 Vilnius (LT) Rock River Club
15 Apr 18 Poznan (PL) Pod Minoga
17 Apr 18 Bielsko Bia?a (PL) Rudeboy Club
18 Apr 18 Kosice (SK) Collosseum
19 Apr 18 Budapest (HU) Dürer Kert
20 Apr 18 Brno (CZ) Melodka
21 Apr 18 Wien (AT) Escape Metalcornen
22 Apr 18 Retorbido (IT) Dagda Club
23 Apr 18 Baden (CH) Kulturlokal Werkk
26 Apr 18 Barcelona (ES) Razzmatazz 2
27 Apr 18 Madrid (ES) Nazca
29 Apr 18 Nantes (FR) Ferrailleur
01 May 18 Paris (FR) Gibus
02 May 18 Nancy (FR) L’Autre Canal

On previous news, VIRVUM have released a bass play-through video featuring the track, “Tentacles of the Sun”.

Artwork, track-list, and further info on ‘Illuminance’ and VIRVUM can be viewed below.

Track-list
1. The Cypher Supreme (2:36)
2. Earthwork (4:31)
3. Illuminance (9:00)
4. Ad Rigorem (4:32)
5. Tentacles Of The Sun (4:55)
6. Elemental Shift (2:41)
7. I: A New Journey Awaits (1:43)
8. II: A Final Warming Shine: Ascension And Trespassing (10:28)
Total playing time: 40:26
When a relatively unknown Swiss band released their debut album ‘Illuminance’ in 2016, only insiders suspected the massive impact it would stir. Yet it was on the strength of this release that VIRVUM were offered to sign on Season of Mist. Now their new home is reissuing ‘Illuminance’, which is to be available on vinyl for the first time.

VIRVUM were founded by childhood friends in 2007 and since then the aspiring and hard-working musicians continuously fine-tuned and honed the tracks of their first full-length to match their burgeoning skills.

VIRVUM first got noticed when guitarist and main songwriter Nic Gruhn happily took the offer to join a European tour with California’s progressive death metal pioneers FALLUJAH while also opening for such renowned bands as SUFFOCATION and CEPHALIC CARNAGE in 2013. On the return of their guitarist, VIRVUM immediately set out to perform as many shows as possible in order to establish the band in Europe.

In 2015, a first single entitled ‘Internal Howl’ attracted immediate attention and, that same year, VIRVUM were picked to internationally support big names such as DYING FETUS, FLESHGOD APOCALPYSE, and DEFEATED SANITY among others.

In advance of their self-released debut full-length, VIRVUM received a massive response for the song premieres of “Ad Rigorem” and title track in 2016, while the album was highly acclaimed by critics and fans alike.

With their professional attitude, the exceptional technical prowess of each individual musician, and last but never least the outstanding collective songwriting skills, the Swiss are now ready for the next step. While VIRVUM create a new monstrous record in studio, their amazing debut ‘Illuminance’ is made available again.

Track-list
1. The Cypher Supreme (2:36)
2. Earthwork (4:31)
3. Illuminance (9:00)
4. Ad Rigorem (4:32)
5. Tentacles Of The Sun (4:55)
6. Elemental Shift (2:41)
7. I: A New Journey Awaits (1:43)
8. II: A Final Warming Shine: Ascension And Trespassing (10:28)
Total playing time: 40:26

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ASCENSION set release date for new W.T.C. album, reveal teaser video

W.T.C. Productions sets March 30th as the international release date for Ascension’s highly anticipated third album, Under Ether.

Beginning life in 2007, this German black metal cult have been a patient study in fire and faith, to paraphrase their 2010 EP. Every step of the way, Ascension’s move has been deliberate and decisive, with nothing left to chance; truly, their canon has developed organically, but with a steadfast trajectory in mind. The first full fruition of their fire and faith came with their debut album, Consolamentum. Released in 2010 under the auspices of W.T.C., Consolamentum quickly became a modern classic of orthodox black metal. They once again precluded an album with EP, as Deathless Light followed in 2014 before the successive second full-length, The Dead of the World. Here, Ascension took their already iron-willed orthodoxy to greater heights/depths with an ambition that betrayed their young years as a band. And once again, they rightfully reaped critical acclaim for it. There was no turning back…

Indeed, Ascension have crossed their own Rubicon on Under Ether. Still staunchly BLACK METAL to the bitter end, here, the band’s unbridled ambition takes them on a journey to the most haunting hinterlands of their pitch-black sound. Like gleaming obsidian, Under Ether reflects (and refracts) a kaleidoscopic array of hues, each darker than the next. It all coalesces into a hideous swarm – or, to reference an ever-apt song title, “Pulsating Nought” – that, despite its usually teeth-gnashing intensity, displays a cool/calm/collected knack for dynamics: space and shade are laid bare across this treacherous landscape.

After the suitably stage-setting intro, each of these seven sins rushes onward with an almost-disarming ease, Ascension within the churning maelstrom directing its every malevolent move and sulfurous shudder. Further, they’ve expanded their melodic arsenal here, with evocative leads often taking center stage; other times, riffs are colored by cleaner tones that nothing less than soul-searing. Completing the totality of Under Ether is stalwart production, courtesy of Michael Zech and V. Santura: warm and feverish and totally analog, but possessing a palatable clarity that allows every detail to ring true. Gleaming obsidian, indeed…

With a full decade under their belts now, Ascension are no longer plucky newcomers; with Under Ether, they’ve truly become masters. Prepare to go under, deeper than ever… Begin the descent with a special teaser video HERE.

Cover and tracklisting are as follows:

Tracklisting for Ascension’s Under Ether
1. Garmonbozia
2. Ever Staring Eyes
3. Dreaming In Death
4. Ecclesia
5. Pulsating Nought
6. Thalassophobia
7. Stars To Dust
8. Vela Dare

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Satanic speed metallers Hammr premiere the new track “Sadistic Poison”

Today, Satanic speed metallers Hammr premiere the new track “Sadistic Poison”. The track hails from the band’s highly anticipated debut album, Unholy Destruction, set for international release on February 23rd via Hells Headbangers. Hear Hammr’s “Sadistic Poison” in its entirety HERE.

Hammr was formed in Cleveland, Ohio by J. Hammer in 2013. As a strictly solo endeavor, Hammr recorded a full digital-only demos album, which caught the attention of several labels. From there, the band went on to release the Hammr EP in 2015, first digitally and then on cassette tape through Hota Rex, the latter of which quickly sold out. Other plans for releases were delayed due to label managers going to jail as well as the usual financial delays, which led J. Hammer to start releasing demo singles directly to the metal people. It was during this time that he met the folks behind Hells Headbangers and also Demona founder Tanza Speed, who both took a lot of interest in Hammr. Once he received the offer, J. Hammer decided to hold off on recordings for other labels, and use some of his demos and new material for the imminent debut album, Unholy Destruction.

Ever aptly titled, Unholy Destruction is the grand culmination of the Hammr aesthetic. Built on a proud foundation of early Bathory, Celtic Frost, Iron Angel, Discharge, early Slayer, Sodom, and Venom, Hammr lets loose a wild ‘n’ loose blast of what J. Hammer has dubbed “Satanic speed,” which, in his own words, “combines fast speed metal riffing with D-beat drums and relentless arrangements. This isn’t a quick-startup, Lemmy-worshiping metal/punk band that we see a lot of; Hammr goes for your throat and doesn’t give a fuck about that shit.” Indeed it does go for the throat – relentlessly and rabidly, possessing the listener’s very body and soul as each galloping charge detonates upon pressing “play.” The solos fly fast and free from Midnight’s Commandor Vanik, instilling that very lawlessness so often missing from heavy metal these days. It’s raw and rivetheaded to the very end, locating that elusive point between heavy metal glory and hardcore punk fury, and reveling in the moment while simultaneously clutching tightly to rock-solid songwriting. And, above all, it compels – nay, DEMANDS – repeat plays, so total is that possession.

No politics, no party, no drinks: Unholy Destruction is Hammr’s declaration of independence for all the fellow lone-wolves out there. With mixing done by Commandor Vanik and mastering by Toxic Holocaust maiman Joel Grind, Unholy Destruction is bound to be one of the hottest debut albums in recent memory!

Cover and tracklisting are as follows.

Tracklisting for Hammr’s Unholy Destruction
1. Intro
2. Satanic Raid
3. Under Black Command
4. Eternal Prey
5. Desecrator
6. Sadistic Poison
7. Death Reign
8. Unholy Destruction
9. Demonic Rites
10. Into the Pentagram
11. Final Sacrifice

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Ne Obliviscaris announce more European shows

NE OBLIVISCARIS are now updating their already announced European headlining tour with many more shows. The Australian progressive extremists will be joined by freshly signed label mates VIRVUM and directly supported by American tech death outfit ALLEGAEON.

NE OBLIVISCARIS comment: “For the first time, we are finally able to bring our full 90 minute show to Europe in the form of an extensive headline tour in support of our new album, ‘URN’. We are excited to be bringing our American tour buddies ALLEGAEON along for their European debut, and one of our favourite up and coming bands, the brilliant VIRVUM. Tickets are on sale now. See you all there!”

Before coming to Europe, NE OBLIVISCARIS will tour in their native Australia and also New Zealand.

See below for a list of all currently confirmed shows worldwide.

NE OBLIVISCARIS Europe
+VIRVUM +ALLEGAEON
25 Mar 18 Dublin (IE) Voodoo Lounge
27 Mar 18 Glasgow (UK) Audio
28 Mar 18 Nottingham (UK) Rescue Rooms
29 Mar 18 Manchester (UK) Rebellion
30 Mar 18 London (UK) The Dome
31 Mar 18 Eindhoven (NL) Dynamo
01 Apr 18 Köln (DE) MTC
02 Apr 18 Wiesbaden (DE) Schlachthof
04 Apr 18 München (DE) Backstage
05 Apr 18 Leipzig (DE) Naumanns
06 Apr 18 Hamburg (DE) Headcrash
07 Apr 18 Aarhus (DK) Royal Metal Fest
08 Apr 18 Göteborg (SE) Sticky Fingers
09 Apr 18 Oslo (NO) Blå
10 Apr 18 Stockholm (SE) Fryhuset Klubben
12 Apr 18 Helsinki (FI) Nosturi
13 Apr 18 Tallinn (EE) Tapper
14 Apr 18 Vilnius (LT) Rock River Club
15 Apr 18 Poznan (PL) Pod Minoga
17 Apr 18 Bielsko Bia?a (PL) Rudeboy Club
18 Apr 18 Kosice (SK) Collosseum
19 Apr 18 Budapest (HU) Dürer Kert
20 Apr 18 Brno (CZ) Melodka
21 Apr 18 Wien (AT) Escape Metalcornen
22 Apr 18 Retorbido (IT) Dagda Club
23 Apr 18 Baden (CH) Kulturlokal Werkk
26 Apr 18 Barcelona (ES) Razzmatazz 2
27 Apr 18 Madrid (ES) Nazca
29 Apr 18 Nantes (FR) Ferrailleur
01 May 18 Paris (FR) Gibus
02 May 18 Nancy (FR) L’Autre Canal

NE OBLIVISCARIS Down Under
09 Feb 18 Adelaide (AU) Fowler’s Live
10 Feb 18 Melbourne (AU) Max Watt’s
14 Feb 18 Canberra (AU) The Basement
15 Feb 18 Newcastle (AU) The Cambridge Hotel
16 Feb 18 Sydney (SU) Manning Bar
17 Feb 18 Brisbane (AU) The Triffid
21 Feb 18 Auckland (NZ) Kings Arms
22 Feb 18 Wellington (NZ) Valhalla
24 Feb 18 Perth (AU) Jack Rabbit Slim’s

NE OBLIVISCARIS will be touring in support of their latest masterpiece, ‘Urn’, which has been released on October 27th 2017.

NE OBLIVISCARIS Frontman Tim Charles commented: “Every time we head back into the studio it’s simply with the intention of being ourselves and challenging each of us in the band to continue to expand and enhance what we are capable of doing. On our new album, ‘URN’ it feels like the culmination of all of these years of hard work has come together in a way that is beyond anything we have done before and we are thrilled to present it to you today in full and look forward to sharing it with you live around the world over the coming months!”

1. Libera (Part I) – Saturnine Spheres (9:52)
2. Libera (Part II) – Ascent of Burning Moths (2:36)
3. Intra Venus (7:29)
4. Eyrie (11:51)
5. Urn (Part I) – And Within The Void We Are Breathless (7:30)
6. Urn (Part II) – As Embers Dance In Our Eyes (6:38)

Total playing time: 45:56
NE OBLIVISCARIS’ third album, ‘Urn’ is bound to be a career defining moment. The Australian extreme prog shooting stars have honed and re-balanced the key elements of their unique sound to a razor sharp musical edge. The dynamic entwining of fierce growls and emotive clean vocals, the contrast between devastating et intricate guitar riffs and thundering drums against an unleashed violin and gorgeous string parts as well as the perfect blending of epic progressive and intense extreme metal forms of expression are all marking a new peak in the steep rise of the band.

Founded in the beautiful Australian coastal city of Melbourne, Victoria in the year 2003, NE OBLIVISCARIS took the inspiration for their name from the proud motto of Clan Campbell based in Argyll, Scotland, which means “forget not”. From the start, this collective of exceptional musicians made it clear that they did not intend to follow any trends or walk on well-trodden paths. Their first demo, ‘The Aurora Veil’ (2007) had a massive impact in the metal underground far beyond the fifth continent and already their debut full-length ‘Portal of I’ (2012) reached mainstream music press, which praised a unique array of influences and the characteristic virtuoso violin.

NE OBLIVISCARIS immediately climbed remarkably higher on the ladder with sophomore opus ‘Citadel’ (2014) by adding avant-garde approaches including jazz, flamenco, progressive rock, and many other wide-ranged influences to their solid metal base.

Parallel to their success on a critical level and with an ever-growing host of die-hard fans, the Australians increased their reputation as an excellent live act with extensive touring literally around the globe. The financial base for this was laid by NE OBLIVISCARIS’ ground-breaking use of modern day crowd-funding campaigns. This includes an ongoing Patreon membership scheme under the moniker The Ne Obluminati, which is revolutionising the relationship between band and fans by using the ancient concept of patronage in today’s democratic setting.

‘Urn’ will lift NE OBLIVISCARIS to the next level. Outstanding musicianship meets excellent songwriting and a firework of brilliant ideas. Evening out the scales between extreme and progressive metal, the Aussies carve their own path. Spin ‘Urn’ on heavy rotation and NE OBLIVISCARIS will take you to a whole new dimension of musical delights.

Line-up
Xenoyr – harsh vocals
Tim Charles- violin and clean vocals
Benjamin Baret – lead and acoustic guitars
Matt Klavins – guitars
Dan Presland – drums

Guest musicians
Robin Zielhorst – bass (all tracks)
Emma Charles and Natalija May – additional violins (tracks 1, 4, and 6)
Tim Hennessy – cello (tracks 1, 3, 4, and 6)

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ADZALAAN set release date for INVICTUS / VRASUBATLAT debut, reveal first track

Today, Invictus Productions, in conspiracy with Vrasubatlat, sets April 20th as the international release date for Adzalaan’s highly anticipated debut album, Into Vermillion Mirrors. Invictus will be handling the CD version while Vrasubatlat will be handling the vinyl and cassette versions.

INFILTRATION PSYCHOSIS // MIRROR IMMERSION

Adzalaan’s debut LP, Into Vermilion Mirrors thrusts the project beyond a standalone solo working of R, but refocuses Vrasubatlat as a whole to accept the entity as one of the cabal’s core focuses. Into Vermilion Mirrors manages to meander across many different forms of black/death metal while maintaining a progressive edge and allowing one to delve deeper into the darkness of the sonic offering. As the 20th release of the Vrasubatlat collective, Into Vermilion Mirrors shows that the force of the group is shifting and growing stronger. Succumb to the reflection, and engage the depths.

IN THE MIRRORS, I CHANGE // VERMILION ADJOINS SKIN

In the meantime, hear “Paralysis Euphoria,” the first track to be revealed from Into Vermilion Mirrors, HERE.

Cover and tracklisting are as follows:

Tracklisting for Adzalaan’s Into Vermilion Mirrors
1. Haven to Flesh (Introduction)
2. Succumb and Vanquish
3. False Cleansing
4. Haven in Blood (Interlude)
5. Wretched Oaths Fall From Wicked Tongues
6. Paralysis Euphoria
7. Vermilion in Absentia

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MORBOSIDAD set release date for new NUCLEAR WAR NOW!  album, reveal first track

Nuclear War Now! Productions sets March 15th as the international release date for Morbosidad’s highly anticipated fifth album, Corona de Epidemia, on CD and vinyl LP formats.

For 25 years, Morbosidad has been a stoic pillar in the black/death metal underground. Guided by the relentless dedication of demonic mastermind and vocalist Tomas Stench, the band has maintained a level of consistency in its recordings and live performances that has not been rivaled by many over the course of such an extended tenure. Even more impressively, it has achieved this feat in the face of numerous lineup changes, including those resulting from the untimely deaths of two drummers and an ensuing three-year hiatus following the first of these tragic setbacks.

Throughout Morbosidad’s history, Nuclear War Now! has supported its nefarious cause by releasing all of the band’s full-length albums on vinyl, CD, or both, along with two EPs and a split EP. In fact, the seminal self-titled debut album was one of the very first that the label released, and it has been repressed a number of times, including in the limited “Onward//Ascendant” series of picture discs that NWN! made available in part to commemorate the most long-standing partnerships it has had with a select number of bands on its extensive roster.

This conspiracy continues anew with the release of Corona de Epidemia, the fifth album in Morbosidad’s unyielding discography and one which reaffirms the band’s revered status. Unlike many highly respected bands who release an acclaimed masterpiece along with an additional solid album or two before fading into the obscurity of forgettable later recordings, Corona de Epidemia maintains the same degree of songwriting, musicianship, and overall hostility that have characterized Morbosidad’s previous recordings.

The most unmistakable constant between this album and the others is Stench’s signature vitriolic vocal assault, which is as potent as ever. As always, his lyrics are written in Spanish, which is an appropriate vehicle for his venomous blasphemies, given the language’s history as a direct descendent of the Latin tongue spoken by the crucifiers of Jesus Christ. Joining him on this album is a lineup once again partially revamped since the Tortura EP, which is comprised of Joe Necro (guitars/bass), Matt Mayhem (drums), and Ded Ted (bass).

Like Tortura, this album was recorded by Irving Lopez at Imperial Mind Engineering in Dallas, Texas. The result is a production that, much like Tortura, is deeper and fuller than that of the preceding album, Muerte de Cristo en Golgota, and thus enhances the violent delivery of the vocals and drums in particular. Continuing a practice also established on the Tortura EP, on which the infamous Chris Reifert of Autopsy joined the band for guest vocals on the final track, Sodomatic Slaughter of Beherit was invited to record the drums on the closing track of Corona de Epidemia. These appearances by such honored guests are a testament to the respect that Morbosidad has earned from its peers and fans alike.

Originally released jointly by NWN! and Boris Records as a limited-edition LP with alternate cover to celebrate the band’s performance at the Mass Destruction Metal Fest in Atlanta in November of 2017, Corona de Epidemia is hereby released with a more comprehensive layout featuring yet another work of art from Chris Moyen, who has served as the illustrator-in-chief for many of the band’s recorded works and has once again perfectly captured in image the band’s doctrine of contempt for the Bastard Son and his meager flock.

In the meantime, stream the title track to Corona de Epidemia HERE.

Cover and tracklisting are as follows:

Tracklisting for Morbosidad’s Corona de Epidemia
1. Muerte Suicidio
2. Corona de Epidemia
3. Cordero de Cristo
4. Cristo en Desgracia
5. Transtorno Mental
6. Condena y Castigo
7. Difunto
8. Maldición
9. Sepulcro de Cristo
10. Crudeza
11. D.E.P.

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