Wednesday, November 25, 2015

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Diavolos - You Lived Now Die

Worshipping at the throne of 80's proto black/death metal this is the first wave in all it's filth and frenzied riffage. It calls to mind the beginnings of so many great bands without sounding old or jaded but rather a welcome breath of fresh metallic air for the headbanger in all of us. So you get a healthy dose of Show No Mercy and Scream Bloody Gore but with the rawness of black metal pioneers like Bulldozer along with early Sodom and Destrustion throwen in for good measure just in case proceedings weren't evil and dark enough. This is an air guitar, headbanging fist waving in the air kind of album which gets the blood pumpin'. I have to say the artwork is a great take on Exciter's "Heavy Metal Manic" which adds a nice touch along with song titles such as Baptized in Vomit which is clearly a homage to Death's classic Baptized in Blood. The album closes with the song "Death Metal" which would do Possessed themselves proud. Diavolos have capatured the dark spirit of 80's metal within You Lived You Die's insane burst of riff vomit.

Diavolos - Logo

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Monday, November 23, 2015

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Third Storm - Logo

THIRD STORM was formed in 1986 in Uppsala, Sweden by four people who shared the same passion for the
underground extreme music and at that time was very much influenced by acts like BATHORY, VENOM,
HELLHAMMER etc. The music scene in Sweden back then was very glam oriented (more than most European
countries) and extreme metal bands were seen as talentless bums. The band didn’t care and tried their best to be
the most extreme, the members were just kids in the 14-16 age range when they started, and how well you played
didn’t matter as long you could make noise with your instrument.

THIRD STORM performed about a dozen shows at that time, the overall crazy performance and the satanic image
was very over the top and therefore not taken seriously, so the band was laughed at for two years, ‘til they finally
split up in 1988. But the past decade or so people have seriously been taken interest in the past and found about
this obscure strange band who is more known for their name than their music.

The stuff the band has recorded in the 80s is rare as hell, a couple of recordings were made just for the band
themselves and very few copies were spread back in the old days of tape trading. The music back then was very
primitive and raw, like other black metal bands at that time the music was thrash influenced but with a very noisy
touch. The band used blast beats in 86 and not many could grasp that kind of noise back then. The vocals were
insane screams and lyrics were written in a way the south american bands were used to in the 80’s. They didn’t even
take any band photos and didn’t think or care in the terms of promotion, photos, flyers, studios etc. They just
wanted to bang their heads and make noise.

THIRD STORM’s new line up consists of two original members, vocalist Heval Bozarslan (SARCASM) and guitarist
Jimmy Eriksson. Guitarist David Eriksson (ANGUISH), bassist Daniel Ekeroth (USURPRESS/IRON LAMB) and drummer
Johan Ericsson joined forces to complete the black circle and set the tone for the black/doom metal the band just
presented as the “Tarîtîya Me” EP released in september this year on Dark Descent Records. The dark spirit of THIRD
STORM today is the same as in 1986, but the musical direction is breaking new grounds and new sinister elements
are added. The music is doomier, darker and ridden with an atmosphere that will scare the hell out of people. A 13
minutes music video was made for the song “Oath/Nava Agir” and the response has so far been more than great but
this EP is just a foretaste of what will come, the band just announced that their first full length (hopefully released
sometime 2016) will be a concept album and part one of a trilogy.

Third Storm - Tarîtîya Me

Third Storm - Photo
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Sadist - Hyaena

Label: Scarlet Records
Release Date: 16 October 2015
Genre: Progressive Death Metal Country: Italy

1. The Lonely Mountain
2. Pachycrocuta
3. Bouki
4. The Devil Riding the Evil Steed
5. Scavenger and Thief
6. Gadawan Kura
7. Eternal Enemies
8. African Devourers
9. Scratching Rocks
10. Genital Mask

Running Time: 45 minutes

Hyaena” is the new, long-waited album of Progressive Death Metal legends Sadist. Produced and mixed byTommy Talamanca at Nadir Music Studios in Genova, Italy, “Hyaena” is a compelling mix of the band's traditional Death Metal and Progressive influences with ethnic and tribal sounds, centered around an intriguing concept about one of Africa's most fascinating predators, whose legend says is ridden by the Devil. This is without any doubt the band's most mature, diverse and experimental album to date, in which every detail has been meticulously looked after, musically and visually (the beautiful front cover by painter Luca Orecchia and booklet design by Manuel Del Bono are both top notch). A videoclip for the first single “The Lonely Mountain” was launched with the album’s release. “Hyaena” features a very special guest appearance by percussionist Jean N’Diaye, who will also follow the band on stage on the next tour.

Some videos of the Band: (official 2015 promo videoteaser) (“One Thousand Memories” official videoclip taken from “Sadist” album, 2007. Recorded at Rome’s Olympic Stadium, supporting Maiden) (“Tearing Away” official videoclip, taken from “Sadist” album, 2007)
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Label: Breaking Wheel Productions
Release Date: 17 August 2015
Genre: Death Metal | Country: Finland

1. Voices From The Wheel (Intro)2. The Vengeance (From Beneath)
3. Into Oblivion
4. Torture Test
5. Cannibalizer
6. …As Your Flesh Rots
7. Remnants Of Claustrophobia

Running Time: 30 minutes

FACEBOOK »Necrodium is a Finnish Brutal Death Metal band founded 2006. The band started as a trio: Henkka (guitar), Wallu (bass & vocals) and Ake (drums). With that line-up, Necrodium recorded its first demo "Demo 07".

In 2008 Ake was kicked out and Kim joined in as a new drummer. The band rehearsed actively at that time, played some gigs and recorded three demo tapes: "Postmortal Vengeance" (2008), "Altar of Condemned" (2009) and "To Oblivion" (2012). For having more power and diversity to Necrodium's sound, Henkka started to do backing vocals after "Altar"-demo.

The line-up lasted until the end of the year 2012 when Wallu decided to leave the band and Linda joined in as a vocalist and Mika as a bass player. With Mika, Necrodium did few gigs and recorded its first album, Remnants (Breaking Wheel Productions, 2015). Mika left the band in january 2015 and Kaj replaced him right after.

Necrodium has done several gigs since 2009 with bands like Cerebral Bore, Tools of Torture, Desecration, Lithuria, Atretic Intestine, Cumbeast, Abhordium and Obscure Burial.

Necrodium is:
Lin Morbid - Visceral Vomiting
Henkka Disembowelment - Shredding and Screaming
K. Mutilator - Beating and Kicking
M. Putrefaction - Pulse of the Undead
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Label: Self-released
Release Date: 18 April 2015

Genre: Heavy Metal | Country: Brazil

1. Midnight Wild
2. Rock the Night 'Till I die
3. Runaway

Running Time: 14 minutes


Soulthern is an 80's heavy metal band, created in August 19, 2012 at Brusque SC Brazil.
Influenced by NWOBHM like Iron Maiden, Diamond Head, Judas Priest...

Flavio Cavilha - guitar, vocal
Lucas Foxx - bass
Erico Andriolli - battery
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Insision - Photo

Label: Sevared Records
Release Date: December / January
Genre: Death Metal Country: Sweden

1. Among Us
2. Ominous Spiral
2. Infected
3. Shapeshifting
4. Old Ways
5. Cold Air
7. Resist

Running Time: 35 minutes


Are you fed up with all the melodic crap that has emerged from Sweden during the last years? Have you given up the hope for the Swedish scene? Did you in fact think it was dead? Well, you were dead wrong - the blasting mayhem of INSISION will surely make you bang your head once again!

Brutal, relentless and direct...INSISION are not for the faint hearted.


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It's for guitar duos like this that the power of the riff was started because at the end of the day what it all boils down to is the basic riffs and whether they erupt from your speakers spewing forth molten metal or if they fall flat out and are weak in their execution. When it comes to Denner and Shermann we find ourselves with two veterans of metal who with Melissa and Don't Break the Oath alone knocked out more riffs than most bands manage in a lifetime and that's exactly what they do here with the aid of Sean Peck ( Death Dealer, Cage and Warrior) on demonic vocal wails. At time he appears to be a King clone however once the songs soak into your consciousness you can clearly hear that this man possess a voice all of his own. I could go on and on about Satan's Tomb but the mere fact is that it slays and crushes like one would expect, sure a Mercyful Fate album would be great but this takes care of any cravings, at least for the time being.

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Monday, November 16, 2015

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Endless Recovery - Revel in Demise

Label: Witches Brew
Release Date:  24 December 2015
Genre: Thrash Metal Country: Greece
01. Sinister Tales
02. Revel In Demise
03. Reaping Fire
04. Storming Death
05. Leather Militia
06. Trapped In A Vicious Circle
07. Blood Countess
08. Hypnos 
09. Evoke Perdition
10. Lurking Evil

Running Time: 41 minutes

Endless Recovery were formed in 2011 and since then spread their Thrashing Heavy Metal attack, counting various live sonic rituals as well as 3 official releases. After a year of silence, they are back with a force presenting their second aural horror entitled Revel In Demise . Heavily inspired by the European Speed/Thrash/Extreme Metal scene of the 80's this release marks a new era for the band , resulting in the perfect mix of mighty Heavy metal rythyms , Speed metal madness , Thrash metal sacrifices and early Black metal spooky atmosphere making this album a monument of TOTAL METAL.

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Archemoron - Sulphur and Fire

Label: Cryptia Productions
Release Date: 13 June 2015
Genre: Black Metal | Country: Greece

1. Across the seven seas of my soul
2. I, the black desert
3. Ancient callings
4. Aristomenes
5. Sailing to the black sea
6. Lemourian silence
7. Preachers of heaven, maggots of earth
8. Omnia movens
9. Blitz
10. Lacerate the mind

Running Time: 60 minutes


The purpose and the vision of Archemoron is to touch the dark chords of everyone, who‘s interested in black/epic metal and who seeks for the lost magic in this rotten world.
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Label: Self-Released
Release Date:  30 September 2015
Genre: Black Metal Country: Norway
1. …
2. My Soul Will Be Damned Forever
3. Akem Manah
4. With No Presence of God
5. God Did Not Create Us
6. Suicidal Seduction
7. Where Light Touches None
8. The Sign of The Goat

Running Time: 44 minutes

In the year 2007 the band starts. From that year the band have been making music and lyrics based on their dark sides. The words is performed both on Norwegian and English combined with the disharmonic sound.

In 2008 the band made their first demo: Byllepesten. With 6 tracks dedicated to the black plauge.
In 2011 they did a EP-CD (Re-released in 2013, with a new artwork). With songs like: Goatblessed, Forbannet Til Evig Jord, Foraktelse. 4 tracks with a more aggressive and speed up sound.
In 2012 and 2013 the band worked on their debut full-length album, and in desember 2013 Dauden entered Endarker Studio in Sweden to mix and master the album.
The album was released 30.09.15. Only on vinyl 12”.
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Riti Occulti - Eleanor Rigby

Italian group Riti Occulti showcase a new form of black metal - one that blends inextricably with doom and ritualistic music, and this five-piece from Rome is back with a new single!

Riti Occulti have partaken in time travel, not only to cover The Beatles' classic,"Eleanor Rigby", but also to add their Sabbath-esque touch, resulting in a very special doomy and exotic version of the song.

The single is now available for streaming on Spotify and you can watch the video below or at this location:
For this 5 mm production, the band worked once again with director Alessandro Pontillo. The actress' name is Sabrina Colicchia.

You can order the reissue of the band's debut full-length on Nordavind Records.
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KULT MOGIŁ: Premieres New Track “Serene Ponds” via No Clean Singing

Ghastly death metal act, Kult Mogił, have unveiled the first track off their upcoming debut full-length, Anxiety Never Descending. The new track, “Serene Ponds”, is streaming now via No Clean Singing. Listen to it now here.

Islander of No Clean Singing comments: "It’s a disturbing experience for sure, but there’s so much power, variety, and explosive exuberance in the song that it’s as gripping and charismatic as it is harrowing."

The CD version of Anxiety Never Descending will be released on 24 December 2015 via Pagan Records. Pre-order it via the record label’s webstore now. Limited vinyl and cassette versions are planned for next year.

Anxiety Never Descending track list:
1. Anxiety Never Descending
2. Threnody
3. Serene Ponds
4. Początek Wrażeń
5. The Width of a Forehead
6. Palliative Messiah


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Pagan Records online:
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There’s no rest for the wicked. While extreme metal reprobates
 Dendritic Arbor are out destroying venues in the US,
 they’re simultaneously announcing details of an upcoming EP, 
entitled Sentient Village, Obsolescent Garden.

The band have now developed far beyond their blackened roots 
and incorporate all manner of of noise, doom, tech-death and 
other extreme influences.

The tracklisting for the new EP follows:
1. Cotard Delusion
2. Failed Manifestations
3. Keratoconus
4. Latex

To give you a taster of this 20-minute intense ride through 
black metal, grind, noise and doom, Noisey are kindly 
premiering the song “Keratoconus”, which you can stream below.
 To quote their view, “The words summon chaos, as the
 Pittsburgh collective's thorny compositions reach out into 
every murky corner of extreme metal and sink their claws in deep.

Sentient Village, Obsolescent Garden will be 
self-released on December 20th.
Stream the track here:

Artwork is here:

Dendritic Arbor are:
Maxwell Beehner - guitars/vocals
Adam Henderson - guitars/vocals
Chris McCune - drums
Thomas Bittner - bass
Kyle Lambert - noise
Dendritic Arbor online:

Praise for Dendritic Arbor:
For our money, Dendritic Arbor’s Romantic Love is 
one of the year’s most original albums, the kind of 
mind-expanding, definition-defying album for which 
extreme music fans hope and pray.” - Metal Sucks

Dendritic Arbor's black metal/noise/grind fusion is 
like nothing you've ever heard before. The closest sonic equivalen
t I can parse is Knelt Rote, but I daresay Dendritic Arbor's more 
metallic approach slices even deeper.” - Noisey

If you pride yourself for your love of truly fucked-up metal records, 
the kind that reflect the depravity of both human nature and the
 world at large, you’re going to want to get your hands on
 Romantic Love.” - No Clean Singing

Albums like Romantic Love don’t come along nearly as 
often as they should, although perhaps it’s the infrequency of such 
gems that has allowed this album to become so instantly memorable.”
 - Black Metal And Brews

Monday, November 9, 2015

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Enter the rotten crypt of Brazil’s ESCARNIUM, a diabolical blackened shrine of decadent death worshiping mayhem! Brutal in its approach and uncompromisingly viscous in its savagery, this is the sound of true death fucking metal!! Taking cues from legendary acts like Vital Remains, Incantation, and Immolation, ESCARNIUM wish to drag you on a most unfortunate tour through the depravity of their never-ending death metal nightmare. Welcome to hell...
"Godless Shrine Of Decay", is a definitive collection of the bands previous efforts put together all on one disc with a new unreleased track, giving a glimpse of what is to come from the band in the next year! 
All tracks on "Godless Shrine of Decay" have been remastered by JB Van Der Wal (ABORTED). 


Godless Shrine Of Decay Tracklisting:
1. Radioactive Doom 
2. Genocide Ritual 
3. Human Waste 
4. Excruciating Existence 
5. Salvation Through Zyklon B 
6. Nuclear Burial 
7. Self Proclaimed Messiah 
8. 731 
9. Death Metal Terror 
10. Covered In Decadence 
11. Rex Verminorum 
12. Dark Clouds Above Hell´s Fire 
13. Slaves Of An Ending Fate 
14. His Final March 
15. Enfeeblement nd Iconoclasm 
16. Covered In Decadence (DEMO) 

Victor Elian (Guitars/Vocals)
Maurício Souza (Guitars) 
Vitor Giovanni (Bass)
Nestor Carrera (Drums)

A Little about ESCARNIUM:
ESCARNIUM was conceived in 2007 in Salvador, Brazil, with the sole mission to make simple classic Death Metal in the vein of Old School Death Metal of the 80's & 90's. In 2009, ESCARNIUM recorded and released the debut demo entitled "Covered in Decadence," which yielded good results and opened doors with Distros, Labels and Zines in Brazil and other countries. One of these was Polish Distro, Fukking Till You Bleed, which released the 2010 Split Tape "Celebrating the World of Decadence" with the band INSIDE HATRED. In 2011, ESCARNIUM recorded the EP called "Rex Verminorum" which was released by Polish label Hellthrasher. In May 2012 their first full length CD " Excrucianting Existence"  was released supported by a European Tour. Two other splits would follow in 2012 & 2014 on Imperial Doom and Misanthropic Records.
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Italian Fantasy Metal band THULNAR have released their debut EP "Nightfall In Theros" consisting of 3 amazing tracks filled with wonderful technical Guitar leads and solos, epic symphonic synth. Harsh and Clean vocals, with moments of Male and Female choir parts add to the already strong fantasy atmosphere. Thulnar manage to present a quite promising, versatile work.
If you are into Metal that is catchy, memorable and interesting, THULNAR's Nightfall In Theros EP is for you. Fans into epic Ambient, Symphonic, Folk, Black Metal or Death Metal, the EP will surely not disappoint you. However this EP will blow your mind away if you are fans of Wintersun, Equilibrium, Ensiferum, or any epic band of the sort.


Nightfall In Theros Tracklisting:
1. Wise Men of Hope
2. Nightfall in Theros
3. City of the Golden Halls
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REDEFINING DARKNESS RECORDS are proud to announce the reissue of XUL's debut album "Malignance" A whirlwind of extremity, ferocity, and mind altering textural insanity, British Columbia's XUL return to pummel and defile any and all in its path. Dark melodies converge with old school flavors and signature Canadian technical prowess in a beautifully chaotic sonic assault. Consider the bar raised.

XUL look to capitalize on the critical acclaim of their 2015 EP, "Extinction Necromance",  with their signature blend of intense technical Blackened Death Metal reminiscent of seminal acts such as Behemoth, Dissection, and Vehemence.


Malignance Tracklisting:
1. Battlestorm
2. Mastication of Putrescent Empyrean Remains
3. Porta Noctis
4. Vengeance
5. Winter's Reign
6. Hordes of Black
7. Incinerate the Earth
8. Tomb of Tyrants
9. Venomous Inquisition 

Monday, November 2, 2015

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! Completely re-mastered and re-mixed, also with completely new artwork!
KHORS' first album “The Flame Of Eternity's Decline”, originally released in 2005 celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2015. Album features amazing guitar solos by Wortherax (TWILIGHTFALL, ex-NOKTURNAL MORTUM) and keyboards by maestro Saturious (ex- NOKTURNAL MORTUM). Completely remixed and remastered in 2015, now the album is re- released by Svarga Music in a noble 6-panel digipak with new artwork. !

Band: Khors
Album: The Flame Of Eternity's Decline
Country: Ukraine
Style: Atmospheric Black metal
Label: Svarga Music
Release date: 06 November 2015

1. Wounds Of The Past
2. Eyes Of Eternal Loneliness
3. Throne Of Antiquity
4. Trees Are Remembers
5. Breath
6. Moan Of The Grief
7. Spirit Of Fury
8. Flame Of Eternity

Helg – vocals, guitars
Khorus – bass
Khaoth – drums


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Mastication Of Brutality Uncontrolled
Preemptive Space Warfare
Rotten Roll Rex
October 31, 2015
Preemptive Space Warfare cover art

Released this Halloween, Mastication Of Brutality Uncontrolled "Preemptive Space Warfare" contains 10 tracks of Brutal German/Swiss Death Metal, that burrow into your memory, ensuring that they vomit over most of the current competition from a great height.
With all the polish and studio gimmickry of many of today's extreme metal projects, one forgets what real metal is supposed to sound like: angry, raw, and ripping. "Preemptive Space Warfare" is all of those things and assaults the listener with tracks filled with shrieks of pain, technical Guitar riffage, and blasting double bass, that send chills down ones spine. A flesh ripping Brutal Death Metal Slam Alien Apocalypse attack!


Preemptive Space Warfare Tracklisting:
1. Preemptive Space Warfare   
2. Mother Earth Abortion          
3. Brutal Laser Devastation
4. Milkyway Mass Collision
5. Life-Form Adoption
6. Human Resources    
7. Prophecy Of The Apocalypse    
8. Orbital Corpses
9. Infrastructure Destruction
10. New Space Order

Mastication Of Brutality Uncontrolled are:  
Manuel (Vocals)
Basti S. (Bass)
Flo (Guitars)
Basti M. (Drums)
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In Twilight’s Embrace
The Grim Muse
Label: Arachnophobia Records
Release Date: 15 September 2015
Genre: Melodic Death Metal | Country: Poland
A decade is long enough for things to change. Some of them fall
 apart permanently,
others last. Ten years after being branded 
with the name
 In Twilight’s Embrace, 
the Polish dark Death Metal five-piece 
are ready to 
unleash their third opus, 
‘The Grim Muse’, on 15th September via 
Arachnophobia Records.

With its release planned for this summer’s
final days,
‘The Grim Muse’ contains
the band’s most introspective material to
 date. Gone 
are the days of youthful 
enthusiasm, now replaced by a sense of
 and cold distance towards 
the world. At the same time, the album 
In Twilight’s Embrace at the peak 
of ferocity and restlessness. Captured 
by bass
 player Marcin Rybicki at his own
 Left Hand Sound, the record showcases 
rabid take on Death Metal, a dismal
 sense of melody and advance into ever 
darker territories. Guest contributions 
to the album were made by 
Tomas Lindberg (At the Gates, Disfear), 
Paweł Bartulewicz (The Dead Goats) and 
Rambo (Bloodthirst).

Driven by bitterness, disillusion and doubt,
 ‘The Grim Muse’ is the
defining work of In Twilight’s Embrace. 
This recording will be available 
as a classic jewel-case compact disc.
 The venture is about to begin. 
Let the grand breach expand.

Leszek Szlenk – guitars
Piotr Steppa – guitars
Marcin Rybicki – bass
Cyprian Łakomy – vocals
Dawid Bytnar – drums

1. Postmodern Postmortem
2. Dystopian
3. Der Hellseher (I Have a Dream)
4. A Wolf I Remain
5. Liepaja
6. The Fullmoon Strain
7. Chainclad
8. No
9. The Grim Muse
10. Gravitate Towards the Unknown
11. The Becoming

Running Time: 49 minutes