Wednesday, December 7, 2016

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The Polish cold winter has created a new beast. The name of this beast is UR and its primal sounds have been put together under the moniker of Hail Death. The debut EP, Hail Death, will be released via Arachnophobia Records on 15 December 2016 and the first track “Total Inertia” is available now through YouTube.

Stream “Total Inertia” here: https://youtu.be/YLOtn3Geoyo

Hail Death track listing:
1. A Dying Star
2. The Tongue of Fire
3. Let the Darkness Come
4. Total Inertia
5. Only Bones Stay Here
6. Infinity



Death is always the end, though it may also be the beginning. This is exactly what is happening in Hail Death. The first strikes of winter frost create the perfect aura for the debut release from UR. Clocking in at nearly 20 minutes, the record thrusts the listener straight into death's cold embrace – a power equally primal, complex and intriguing. This contrast also defines the musical content of Hail Death. The songs which have found their way onto the release are a manifestation of raw and instinct-driven black metal which does not refrain from occasional twists.

UR’s mastermind, Gregor, comments:
In fact, UR is exactly what all of us have been willing to do for a major part of our nearly 15-year-long musical quest, yet for some reason had been unable to put into effect. UR is a beast, an animal – free, untamed and unpredictable. When we meet at rehearsals, we grab our instruments, fill the glasses with vodka and just play. We do not need any philosophy for something this simple. Neither do we obey any particular stylistic framework, nor limit ourselves to it. The music on “Hail Death” came up quickly and naturally; it is minimalistic, yet thoroughly prepared; full of contrast, yet cohesive.

UR is composed of members who have contributed in their musical journey to acts such as Bloodthirst or Bloodstained among others. This debut release, however, is the beginning of an entirely new chapter in their careers, as well as their first individual outing. The material was recorded and mixed at Left Hand Sounds studio by Marcin Rybicki (known also for his work at In Twilight’s Embrace and Bloodthirst). The cover art was painted by Krzysztof Sikorski.

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Co-release Satanath Records with Abstruse Eerie Radiance: new collaboration album "Unholy Ghost Liturgy" of psychedelic black metal/ambient bands Abigorum (Russia) and Cryostasium (USA) out on September 29th!

Unholy Ghost Liturgy - collaboration album of Russian ambient/black/doom metal project Abigorum with American black metal/ambient formation Cryostasium. Every song composed together by musicians, bringing something new into his own, something similar and at the same time different, creative. The long-awaited album, which was announced back in 2014, finally come to light! Monster on the background of the mysterious matter imprinted on the cover (made by Mosa Eye), can be very useful passes overall psychedelic atmosphere of a mysterious and unsolved space - the result of the symbiosis of two minds. Collaboration's length time is about 70 minutes, which is enough for a full immersion in the abyss of the unknown and frightening world that Abigorum and Cryostasium created on this CD, and may actually existing...

Line-up:
Abigorum - Aleksey Korolyov (everything)
Cryostasium - Cody Maillet (everything)





Track-list:
01. Monsoon Release
02. Unholy Ghosts
03. Liturgia
04. Forgotten Lines
05. Last Galaxy
06. Negative Soul
07. Frozen Perspectives
08. Spruce And Cedarwood
09. Systematic Apocalypse
10. Monsoon Dreams
11. Essential Death
12. Santalum
13. Realization Of Regress
14. Reflexes Program
15. The Quiet Room
16. Infinite Colonization
17. Mysore's Cocoon
18. Bioengineering Collapse
19. None (CME cover)
20. Outro
 Length - 69:27

 Available for pre-order!
 Co-release Satanath Records (Russia) with label:
Catalog number:
SAT160 | AER015
Contacts:





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Balance Interruption - Experimental Black Metal band from Kiev (Ukraine). Founded in 2005. Have in discography: Formula (EP) 2006, Nuclear War for Rescue (CD) 2007, Deserts of Ashes (EP) 2009, Era II: Deserts of Ashes (CD) 2011, Morbid Soul Shelter (EP) 2015. New album "Door 218" - a portal, the threshold between the dark worlds of consciousness, the border of illusions... Those who crosses that line, chooses the path of satanic self-destruction, with no way back...


Line-up:
NK-47 - vocals, guitars, keys
Lucifer - vocals, bass
Kim - drums

 Track-list:
01. Last Sunset Without Sun
02. Door 218
03. Not Survived To The Sentencing
04. D.U.S.T
05. Suicidealer
06. Incubatum Conveyor
07. Morbid Soul Shelter
08. Hypnotik Eye Kvlt Terror
 Length - 39:00

Available for pre-order!
Co-release Satanath Records (Russia) with label:
Catalog number:
SAT159 | AER014
 Official sites:
Электронная почта / Band e-mail:




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Dark Age Productions, the cult 1990s US label releasing medieval, dark ambient, atmospheric music, (known today as dungeon synth) has returned in 2016. Dark Age Productions was known for releasing atmospheric side-projects by artists such as Equitant (Absu), Proscriptor (Absu), Akhkharu, ...The Soil Bleeds Black (Fetid Zombie), Akrabu (Crimson Moon) and many others in extremely limited cassette editions between 1994 - 1997.
The first release from the resurrected Dark Age Productions is CERNUNNOS WOODS “Forest Anthology” a remastered compilation of early material and rare compilation tracks. Written and recorded by label curator Bard Algol Eriboas between 1994 & 1998. Including the full audio track “Into Glory Ride” which appeared on ABSU's “Mythological Occult Metal” Best Of album, under the title of "The Great Battle Moving from Ideal to Actual". CERNUNNOS WOODS is considered one of the essential first age acts of the dungeon synth movement. Forest Anthology is available now as a Digipak CD and Cassette Tape (limited to 100 copies) as well as a Die-Hard collectors bundle with CD, cassette, T-shirt, woven patch, sticker & exclusive pin.

The album may be streamed in full  at: http://darkageproductions.bandcamp.com/album/forest-anthology
The new incarnation of Dark Age Productions is a side-label of Metal Hell Records and will have the benefit of a wider distribution network for CD & Digital release to sites such as iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and others. While limited edition cassette releases will still be sold exclusively from the labels own website. Dark Age Productions is gearing up for an exciting 2017 releasing unique, high quality artists with several exciting new artists releases already in progress.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

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THE RIFF WHICH MADE YOU WANT TO PLAY THE GUITAR IS?
Dirty Deeds by AC/DC of course.

WHAT IS THE FIRST RIFF YOU LEARNED TO PLAY?
Dirty Deeds by AC/DC of course.

YOUR TOP THREE METAL RIFFERS ARE?
Ludvig Bong Beertoven - This guy took Broseph Highgain’s contrapuntal 5/4 no-peak noodle-shop and added tits and ass

Dirtytree Shockacoldish - Every riff this guy played was with his Adam’s apple. He only played one because it killed him, but what a riff

Ike Turner - Big wheels keep on Turner

WHO IS THE MASTER OF THE RIFF?
Nobody master-bates like Curious George

THE RIFF WHICH IS THE SOUNDTRACK TO YOUR LIFE IS?
It goes dun—dun-dun—dundundundundun-dumb-DAH

THE RIFF YOU WISH YOU WROTE IS?
I Don’t Own Anything by Svlphvrvs

THE WORST METAL RIFF EVER IS?
I Don’t Own Anything by Svlphvrvs

RIFF FOR RIFF YOUR FIVE FAVOURITE ALBUMS ARE?

I’ve Fallen And I Can’t Get Up, the not-yet-released Burzum record written from his cell in the prison retirement home in which he’ll be living in 2035. It’ll pop your inflatable hemorrhoid cushion.

Richard Marx self-titled debut record is packed full of awesome riffage. Later albums of his get a bit too experimental for my tastes, but this one is raw and viscous.

Two Dicks Walk Into A Bar That Is Your Mother’s Lower Orifices by The Dong Tribe

Billy Squire knows his was around a guitar it’s no secret. Don’t Say No is one of the most original albums of the last decade everyone knows that.

I can’t leave out a riff for riff list without mentioning the record Riff For Riff by Buddy Jolly and the Riff Listers

A NON METALHEAD ASKS YOU WHAT DOES METAL SOUND LIKE, THE RIFF YOU PLAY THEM IS?
Usually I play them When A Man Loves A Woman by Michael Bolton with my mouth-guitar.

THE RIFF YOU WANT PLAYED AT YOUR FUNERAL IS?
Whitesnake’s Here I Go Again on bagpipes goddammit

WHAT'S SO GREAT ABOUT RIFFS ANYWAY?

I like how they don’t get stuck in your teeth. 

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On the verge of greatness is the reoccurring feeling I get from Soijl on the this their debut album. A doom death album that emits a melancholy aura of endless magnitude but yet somehow seems to be searching for the perfect accumilation of sorrow and emotion. Doom death at its best is a genre of metal which cuts to the core and goes straight to heart speaking directly to the soul and this is what "Endless Elysian Fields" sets out to do. When it comes to doom death there are basically two camps. There are those who rely more on the death apect and those who rely more on the doom, however I prefer those who go for the middle ground and strike a perfect balance between the two, just like Soijl do here. As a reference point I am going to use the peaceville trinty of death doom namely Anathema, My Dying Bride and Paradise Lost who all went on to achieve greatness but started from more humble beginnings as do Soijl. If you compare those bands debut efforts with this then you can put Soijl's debut into perspective .Each of the aforementioned bands debuts while showing promise did in no way show what those bands would eventually go on to achieve. And that is exactly the case with Soijl that although this album is promising and wholly satisfying it also feels that this is the calm before the strom. Soijl will in no doubt go on to release even greater material as soon as the storm builds. "Endless Elysian Fields" in no doubt to find a welcome palce in the collection of all those who hold doom death close to their metallic hearts.


https://www.facebook.com/soijl
http://soijl.bandcamp.com/releases
http://soijl.blogspot.se/
https://soundcloud.com/soijl-1/
https://vk.com/soijl
http://www.soijl.com/

Monday, December 5, 2016

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Co-release Satanath Records with Murdher Records: new album "Aenigmata" of Hungarian death metal band Sin Of God out on September 23rd!

Sin Of God was founded in 2004, Ambrózfalva, Hungary. The intention was always to create forceful and fierce death metal music. Played many concerts within the hungarian borders and did it’s first European tour in 2016 with portugese Holocausto Canibal. IGNE NATURA RENOVATUR INTEGRA. Aenigmata is the band’s latest release which is a merciless death metal destruction in it’s finest form. Inspired by the occult writings of Alchemy and the dissection of the faith in mankind. Hail Holy Death!



Line-up:
Balázs Botyánszki – drums
Csaba Sándor – bass
László Páll – guitars
Zoltán Borka – guitars
M.Z. aka Lupus Canis - vocals


Info about album:
Guitars recorded by Gábor Drótos.
Recorded/Mixed/Mastered by István Simon.
No Silence Sound Studio.
Artwork by Bvll Art & Anvil Kvlt.
 Track-list:
01. The Emerald Tablet
02. Phosphorus
03. Ignis Infernalis... Illuminate Us
04. Loss Leads Into Impiety
05. Aenigmata
06. Altered States Of Chaos
07. Deus Metamorphosis
08. The Great Lion Devours The Sun
09. The Human Worm
 Length - 38:10

 Available for pre-order!
Co-release Satanath Records (Russia) with label:
 Catalog number:
номер / SAT158 | MURDHER 016
 Official sites:
 Band e-mail:



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It seem greatness comes quick to some as the black flame burns bright on this debut album from Ukraine's Nordwitch who after only forming last year present their debut offering in all its dark glory. Having not released any demos but rarther going for the grand debut offering to present themselves upon the metal scene at large and making their bid for the throne. It was a good decision not to release any demos, judging by the sheer quality of the music on offer here, there is little doubt that they are seasoned musicians who know their craft and have a very clear vision of what they are doing. The album boasts eight songs which is perfect for a metal album, think of all those classic albums in your collection, part of their greatness was quaility over quantity and Nordwitch know this all to well and good because not a single note is wasted on this album, everything has its place and nothing is their for the sake of it which pissess me off nowadays when albums are packed full of songs half of which are throwaway, take the new Metallica album as a case in point. It seems the underground knows where it's at. Starting with a short intro "Mork Profeti" which sets the mood with its ominious and slow picked chords with quitar harmonies layered on top which creates an epic build up leading into the first track proper "Dominion" which kicks in with some go for the throat black thrash and the guttural vocals of female vocalist Masha which in this day and age has become something of a cliche perhaps because I feel Arch Enemy used it over time as a gimmick and rarther than she just happened to be a singer in the band, but the case here could not be futher from the truth as this is simply about the music and the fact that Masha can growl better than most somethimes reminding me of those deep and guttural growls of Chris Barnes form his Cannibal Corpse days. The songs are very dynamic with a lot of great parts incorporated and the lead work is phenoninal and really enhances the music and expresses a lot of emotion which is sometimes missing in extreme music. "Lady Evil" shows how extreme metal can break out of the underground into the mainstream of metal simply by writing great songs. "To the Nord Gods" is an epic homeage and is grandiose in its execution. The album mixes every form of extreme metal, there is a bit of death, thrash and a healthy dose of black atmosphere but you get the sense in the songwriting department that the band listen to a lot of classic metal bands. If the band can build and develop upon this momentous debut then they will become one of the most talked about extreme metal bands of recents times. It is hard to even find any flaws as there really are none. One of the albums of the year and the best newcomers on the scene for 2016, the underground is alive and strong and Nordwitch are the proof.



https://www.facebook.com/NordWitch
https://www.reverbnation.com/nordwitch
https://vk.com/clubnordwitch
http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/NordWitch/3540417429