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Limited edition Digipak including bonus track and patch.
“Téras” doubtlessly marks another milestone in the band’s career, delivering the most sophisticated, most elaborate and most vicious Black Metal ever to be disgorged from the pits of hell. The album combines NAGLFAR’s sheer savageness and rabid malevolence with majestic riffs, multifaceted song structures and epic melodies.
Directly inspired by the aesthetics and approach of the print fanzines of the pre-internet era, the Cult Never Dies: The Mega Zine series expands the focus from Cult Never Dies’ previous black metal books to more fully document the metal underground. The fourth full-length work by Dayal Patterson (Black Metal: Evolution Of The Cult, Cult Never Dies Vol. One and Into The Abyss), featuring guest writing from the talented Frank Allain, this tome comprises of huge, candid and definitive interviews with: MYSTICUM, BAL-SAGOTH, IN THE WOODS…, REVEREND BIZARRE, INDESINENCE, NAHTRUNAR, SLEGEST, SCYTHIAN, LYCHGATE, MORK, ANCIENT, JON KRISTIANSEN and the story of HEAD NOT FOUND records, black metal photographer ESTER SEGARRA and illustrator GARETH ELLIOTT.
All orders will include a full-length Odium Records 20th anniversary CD compilation, featuring tracks from respected bands such as Mephorash, Varathron, Black Altar and Beastcraft, and including several previously unheard tracks.
The Sinister Flame Issue V – Aristocracy of Wolves Summer 2016 e.v.
To the beautiful sound of cracking skulls, The Sinister Flame proudly presents its fifth issue, further exploring the abyss with ABIGOR, MARE, MORDOR, NÅSTROND, HIEROPHANT’S DESCENT, Temple of Them, XANTOTOL and Jarl Flagg Nidhögg of Darker Than Black (ex-Absurd).
Aside from interviews, the issue also includes review sections and a special article by Northern Heritage that focuses on the connection of nature and Black Metal. DEAD REPTILE SHRINE, SATANIC WARMASTER, MUSTA KAPPELI, PHLEGEIN and VORDR all discuss the relevance of natural surroundings to themselves and their artistic work.
With its 56/A4, designed by Briandvp and professionally printed in full colour, TSF serves you once more a unique insight into the black, esoteric undercurrent that flows at the core of genuine Black Metal while pouring scorn on the politically correct, entertainment-seeking, fools who try to tame its sinister spirit.
Official Tape-Release of the “The Oath of an Iron Ritual” Album of mighty DESASTER!
The Tyrants have returned! Stronger and majestic as never before, Desaster are striking once again with ten powerful hymns of blackened steel to hail the ancient spirit of true Metal Might!… what makes “The Oath of an Iron Ritual” to an absolute confluence of their strength and wisdom!
– Limited on 300 hand-numbered copies
– All pro-done Cassettes
– 6-page cover with lyrics and golden-ink
The Burning was the pre-Lustre project. Some of you may wrongfully consider the same as a rough version of the Swedish acclaimed project but are really missing the target. The Burning is like watching the majesty of the nightsky, a large and even more dreaming version of the darker and more depressive declination that Lustre took later on.
The 2cd edition is a comprehensive collection of all material released by the The Burning, nothing missed. Atmospheric Black Metal at the state of art, where a deeply emotional keyboard layer is like shred by the abrasive primeval guitar sound.
The edition is a limited to 600 copies Gatefold Digipak version.
AT THE GATES are innovators. From debut album, The Red In The Sky Is Ours, through comeback stunner, At War With Reality, the Gothenburg-based death metal act have always traversed the left-hand path on their own terms. The Swedes are keenly aware of who they are, where they come from, and how they got to where they are today. In the ‘90s, AT THE GATES spearheaded The New Wave of Swedish Death Metal. In the aughts, then-swansong album, Slaughter Of The Soul, served as a feature-rich treasure chest for a host of upstarts to plunder. When AT THE GATES returned in 2008—a full 12 years after they disbanded—their return was celebrated and the follow-up to Slaughter Of The Soul—now placing handsomely on Top Metal Album Lists—hotly anticipated. Now, four years after At War with Reality, the Swedes are ready to show their indomitable spirit, ceaseless ingenuity, and raw power on new album, To Drink From The Night Itself.
Five years after the grandiose “Imperator”, the Norwegian Angel Of Death returns with a truly outstanding new full length album “Interequinox” – a monstrous maelstrom of eclectic, theatrical Black Metal mixed with hints of ecstatic horror, psychedelia and pure beauty.
Meticulously composed with passion and devotion, this cathartic offering is a powerful torrent of immersive melodies, hypnotic riffing and, above all, an array of spectacular vocals – harsh, clean, male, female, sensual and frightening – the narrative is both complex and wonderfully captivating.
With “Interequinox” DØDSENGEL have conjured an astonishing piece of Esoteric Black Metal, a dark, immersive Occult Opera and an unmissable sonic experience this year!
Dissonance Productions re-issue the classic albums of Austrian death metal band Pungent Stench.
“Been Caught Buttering” is Pungent Stench's second album, originally released in 1991 on Nuclear Blast. The album art, which depicted two severed, partially decomposed heads kissing (in fact, it is one head which had been sawed in half by photographer Joel-Peter Witkin), had to be changed for the Australian release. The controversy alone caused global interest in the band. “Been Caught Buttering”, garnered the group considerable attention in the morbid death metal/grindcore underground, because of their perversities as well as their style of music.
THE WAKEDEAD GATHERING's third full-length album, “Fuscus: Strings of The Black Lyre” presents the story of a witch hunt that turns hunter into prey and the children of those so-called “righteous” perpetrators into something… not entirely human! Visually accompanied by the terrifying artwork of Karmazid, the sounds and screams on this album portray the anguish of victim and aggressor alike.
Hailing from Italy, TALV started in early 2012 under the name of Trees In The Fog. Their purpose has always been to merge dissonant and melancholic black metal with a touch of ambient music.
Like painting a dismal scenario, TALV’s new effort is drowned into the darkest north-Italian naturalistic black metal inspiration. The cold and freezing guitar sound reminds of Tenebrae in Perpetuum and Beatrik’s classics, while the prevailing desperate feelings position the band within the groove of depressive black metal.
What makes of Talv a personal and unique project is the wise equilibrium between a hateful, cold hunger and a fragile background soundscape. The ColdWorld cover further emphasizes the strong visionary ambient perspective and inspiration of this raising underground project.
Hailing from USA, ELEGIAC inhabit the realms of the most traditional and genuine Black Metal. They ride with a vengeance those same old battlefields illuminated by the glorious black metal blazes of the past, evoking memories of the Walpurgisnacht and – more prosaically – of Finnish/Scandinavian or USBM early underground metal marvels like Satanic Warmaster, early Gorgoroth, Horna, Sargeist & Judas Iscariot.
Raw and abrasive sounding, yet characterized by magnificent melodic guitar lines crashing against walls of primeval hate, “Black Clouds of War” is permeated by a dark mysticism deeply rooted in the collective consciousness of the werewolf’s myth, with all its deriving metaphysical metaphors and spiritual implications. An overwhelming enthusiasm will conquer the most nostalgic black metal hearts in the scene.
“Backwater” is an enveloping and suffocating funeral death doom opus, the distressing awareness of the nothingness, transcending in the oblivion, and feeding on the black void. The relationship between state of mind and nature, the desolation and vast sense of distance are the main themes. An introspective, mournful journey, deeply rooted into the unknown. Like a flood of impenetrable black magma.
Taken deep from a tomb of a german graveyard… Doom bringing Death Metal with member of GOATBLOOD. Limited to 200 red cassettes with black print (includes a download code)
BLASPHEMOUS PUTREFACTION walk the paths of long forgotten, Doom rotten Death Metal in the vein of the ancient… The GOATBLOOD-member Satanic Death Vulva (vocals, guitars) teams up with Tar Morion (drums): This first demo, “Abominable Premonition”, is bloodcurdling. It is an unbelievably rotten studio recording, which has also been mixed by Deathroned Production (Germany) and put into tape format, on red cassettes with black print, limited to 200 copies. The artwork, done by Grasenstyle Blood Artwork is a glimpse of what is waiting inside….!
”Den Förstfödde” is Arckanum’s 9th studio album after 25 years of existence.
The album ”Den Förstfödde” is a dedication to Loki’s and Gullveig’s firstborn, Jörmungandr.
The songs are invocations, prayers and magical formulas, and they are designed to enkindle the black flames of Thursian Powers, its followers and Ragnarök. “Blow your venom and stretch your wings oh Mighty Dragon!”
The sole definition of Depressive Black Metal doesn’t fit anymore to Falaise.
With their second effort the italian duo is ready to further cross the boundries of this genre to involve the expanding vision of post-rock and indie tunes.
This defragmented vanishing flux of emotions is well shifted on the cover, the mind and the feelings are like swallowed into the infinity of cosmos.
A tribute to Amesoeurs is performed with the cover song “Les Ruches Malades” providing a possible chance of comparision. If “As Time Goes Bye” was already an impressive and coherent collection of emotionally heart wrenching songs maturity has been achieved with “My Endless Immensity”, where the different chapters seems like part of a bigger scenario.
THE LURKING FEAR is no longer just the title of a classic H.P. Lovecraft horror story. It now represents a new five-piece death metal band featuring some of the finest musicians to come out of Sweden. Consisting of Tomas Lindberg (At The Gates/Disfear) on vocals, guitarists Jonas Stålhammar (God Macabre/Bombs Of Hades) and Fredrik Wallenberg (Skitsystem), bassist Andreas Axelson (Tormented/Disfear)and Adrian Erlandsson (At The Gates/The Haunted) on drums, the “supergroup” tag might come to mind, but as Tompa explains that is far from reality: “We want to steer away from the project / supergroup label. THE LURKING FEAR just happens to be five guys that are in or have been in other bands for a long period of time. We've all known each other since 1989 – me and Jonas were writing letters back and forth and tape trading – so I have no idea why it took so long for us to get together and do this.” And everyone who appreciates pure, timeless death metal inspired by Autopsy, (early) Death, Morbid Angel, Possessed or Repulsion will be beyond happy that they finally did as “Out Of The Voiceless Grave” is one hell of an album. Written within a mere two months, it strikes with an authentic, furious intensity and successfully avoids a retrospective, ancient sound by purpose: “We don't want to try and recreate something that we've done in our other bands,” says Lindberg. “And we know what we don't want. There are bands that try too hard to recreate that old school sound, and they make it too dirty and too raw just for the sake of it. We want to make good recordings that sound heavy as fuck and are well produced, but at the same time we want to expose that raw nerve that is missing in some of the more modern stuff.” Songs like “Vortex Spawn”, “The Infernal Dread”, “Upon Black Winds”, “Winged Death” or “The Starving Gods Of Old” are best proof that THE LURKING FEAR accomplished this goal. A must-have for any death metal maniac out there!
THE HAUNTED are back with their 9th studio album “Strength In Numbers” and it turns out to be an aggressive, versatile and uncompromising sonic assault that is even more intense as its 2014 predecessor “Exit Wounds”, which marked the first album with Marco Aro on vocals since 2003. Next to Aro, THE HAUNTED consist of Jensen (Guitars), Ola Englund (Lead Guitars), Jonas Björler (Bass) and Adrian Erlandsson (Drums) and by tapping Russ Russell (Napalm Death, The Exploited, etc.) for production duties, “Strength In Numbers” sports a rawer, darker vibe resulting in an authentic, unrelenting monster of an album. A song like the merciless thrasher “Brute Force” lives totally up to its title, “Tighten The Noose” is another no-holds-barred attack, whereas “Preachers Of Death” offers a Pantera-like mid paced fury and “Spark” or “Means To An End” successfully unite thrash riffs with a gloomy atmosphere. To sum it up: A damn strong, f**king pissed off opus!
Swedish extreme metal icons ARCH ENEMY present their most versatile album to date with 2017’s “Will To Power”! Marking the second opus with Alissa White-Gluz on vocals, it bears all elements of ARCH ENEMY’s trademark melodic yet crushingly heavy sound, but also offers some stunning sonic surprises. After the astonishing success of 2014’s “War Eternal” and 2016’s massive live release “As The Stages Burn!”, Gluz, Amott, Loomis, D’Angelo, and Erlandsson now deliver an album which is more than ready to top that! “Will To Power” was mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Kreator) and its powerful cover artwork was created by exceptionally talented painter Alex Reisfar. From start to finish, “Will To Power” is another milestone in ARCH ENEMY's career and its brilliance is based on one simple formula as Michael Amott explains: “What I've always believed to be important is to stay true to yourself and the reasons why you started. Why you love music must always be at the forefront. I'm pretty good at keeping the 15-year-old Michael Amott alive in my heart!”