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Urgehal – Aeons in Sodom

Urgehal - Aeons in Sodom

Urgehal [Norway]
Aeons in Sodom
Full Length
Season of Mist
Black Metal

After the unfortunate demise of Trondr Nefas, I thought that Endezzma‘s Erotik Nekrosis would be the last that I hear of his works. But Urgehal and Season of Mist this year surprised me with a brand new Urgehal record. Despite having lost much touch with the extreme metal genres, I decided to just have a listen to Aeons in Sodom without putting much thought into the background of the album.

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Heavy Metal News – April 09, 2013

SKELETONWITCH Begins Recording New Album

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

Ohio metallers SKELETONWITCH have entered GodCity Studios in Salem, Massachusetts in April with producer Kurt Ballou (CONVERGE,KVELERTAKBLACK BREATH) to begin recording their fifth album for a fall release via Prosthetic Records.

Last month, SKELETONWITCH headlined Pitchfork’s “Show No Mercy”showcase at South By Southwest in Austin, Texas, where they debuted a brand new song. You can view their entire performance below.

The band, which spent most of 2012 touring (including a rigorous 10-week headlining run during which they played 63 shows in 65 days), will headline the Calgary Metal Fest in June.

SKELETONWITCH recently completed the “U.S. Abomination”headlining tour with support from MUTILATION RITES and HAVOK.

The follow-up to 2009’s “Breathing The Fire”SKELETONWITCH’s latest album, “Forever Abomination”, was recorded at a Los Angeles studio with producer Matt Hyde (SLAYERMACHINE HEADKREATOR). The effort included the track “The Infernal Resurrection”, the demo version of which appears as the B-side on the final seven-inch of a limited-edition vinyl trilogy. This marked SKELETONWITCH’s first recording with the group’s new drummer, former DEMIRICOUS skin-pounder Dustin Boltjes.

The vinyl reissues of the SKELETONWITCH’s breakthrough releases“Breathing The Fire” and “Beyond The Permafrost” are now available from the Prosthetic store. Both are available in three variants — splatter, half-and-half and 180-gram black wax — and feature gatefold Stoughton “tip-on” record jackets. The black vinyl versions of both albums were made available in select retail stores in April 2012.


Norway’s SHINING Releases ‘I Won’t Forget’ Video

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

Norwegian jazz-metal band SHINING have unveiled a video for “I Won’t Forget”, the first single from their upcoming album “One One One”, which can be viewed at this location. The clip’s science-fiction-inspired look gels naturally with the futuristic production of the audio track and creates a music video that perfectly portrays the unique aesthetics of the Blackjazz Rebels.

“We are extremely happy and excited to finally be able to show you our new video,” says SHINING frontman Jørgen Munkeby. “The song ‘I Won’t Forget’ is my absolute favorite of all the tracks we’ve ever made, and to be able to top this track off with such a beautiful, crisp and clean science fiction video is a dream come true.”

Director Kyrre Larsen, from the Blæst production company, comments: “Since I first heard [SHINING’s 2010 album] ‘Blackjazz’. I’ve somehow associated the sound of SHINING’s music with science-fiction. I tried to create a sense of this in the video for ‘Fisheye’ in 2012. ‘I Won’t Forget’builds on that video, but I wanted to take things one step further — and also avoid the style of imagery usually associated with heavier music.”

SHINING — whose unique “blackjazz” hybrid of extreme progressive metal, experimental jazz-fusion and industrial precision has earned extensive international acclaim — will release “One One One”, its first studio album in three years, this spring. The CD, which is available now for pre-order, will be released by Prosthetic Records in North America digitally on April 23, with physical releases on CD and gatefold LP to follow soon after. A teaser for the forthcoming music video for first single“I Won’t Forget” can be seen below.

Mixed and co-produced by Sean Beaven (NINE INCH NAILSMARILYN MANSONSLAYER) and mastered by Tom Baker at Precision Mastering (AVENGED SEVENFOLDDEFTONESMINISTRY), “One One One” sees SHINING expanding on the musical palettes introduced on 2010’s landmark “Blackjazz”. That album — hailed by the New York Times as “a radioactive alloy of jazz and black metal” — scored a Norwegian Spellemann nomination (the Norwegian equivalent to theGrammy Awards), cracked the Norwegian Top 10 and saw the group tour around the globe, from high-profile U.S. events like South By Southwest and CMJ to the large stages of European summer festivals. One such performance was captured on “Live Blackjazz”, an ambitious CD/DVD released on 11.11.11 that saw the group perform the album in full before a sold-out crowd in their home country.

SHINING has already performed “One One One” live in its entirety in Norway, after which they were awarded the prestigious Statoilscholarship — essentially a grant to be used toward international touring. Accordingly, the band is already making plans to return to America, where their 2012 South By Southwest performance earned rave reviews (“SHINING are true rock stars…the best thing about the entire festival up until that point,” wrote MetalSucks).

It will be the latest step on an unorthodox career path that began with two acoustic jazz albums released at the turn of the century. From there,SHINING began to incorporate progressive rock and experimental metal influences on their next two releases, after which they famously collaborated with progressive black metal Vikings ENSLAVED on a concerto commissioned by a top European jazz festival. That union helped to influence the musical direction of “Blackjazz”, which in turn begat“One One One”.

“While ‘One One One’ is meant to complete the ‘Blackjazz Trilogy,’ it’s also definitely the catchiest and most immediate music we’ve ever recorded, thereby paving the way for another bright and brand new version of ourselves,” says SHINING frontman Jørgen Munkeby. “The idea this time around was to make a series of jazz-metal hits with no fillers, hence the name of the album, and I believe we’ve managed to do just that. I have never been as proud of an album as I am with this one.”

“One One One” track listing:

01. I Won’t Forget
02. The One Inside
03. My Dying Drive
04. Off The Hook
05. Blackjazz Rebels
06. How Your Story Ends
07. The Hurting Game
08. Walk Away
09. Paint The Sky Black


MASTERPLAN: ‘Novum Initium’ Teaser Video Available

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

“Novum Initium”, the new album from multinational melodic metallersMASTERPLAN, will be released on May 17 via AFM Records.

The first trailer for the CD can be seen at this location.

“Novum Initium” track listing:

01. Per Aspera Ad Astra
02. The Game
03. Keep Your Dream Alive
04. Black Night Of Magic
05. Betrayal
06. No Escape
07. Pray On My Soul
08. Earth Is Going Down
09. Return From Avalon
10. Through Your Eyes
11. Novum Initium
12. 1492 (digipack bonus track)
13. Fear The Silence (digipack bonus track)

The “Novum Initium” digipack cover artwork can be seen below.

The band in February filmed a video for the song ” Keep Your Dream Alive” in the Luftverteidigungsbunker Erndtebrück, also called “Bunker Erich.”

A photo of MASTERPLAN’s new lineup can be seen below. Joining drummer Martin “Marthus” Skaroupka (CRADLE OF FILTH) are vocalist Rick Altzi (AT VANCESANDALINASTHUNDERSTONE), who replaces Jorn Lande, and bassist Jari Kainulainen (STRATOVARIUS,SYMFONIADEVIL’S TRAIN).

In a recent interview with Metal Shock FinlandMASTERPLANguitarist/leader Roland Grapow stated about the band’s new CD: “We are not leaving the MASTERPLAN path too much, but everything we have — the melodic part and a little bit progressive — I would say we’re a little bit more powerful and I’m also mixing the album this time. I want to get a little bit more modern, as the sound we have was created ten years ago. We’re still having the typical sound with melodies, but the drummer is amazing and plays a lot of crazy shit!”

MASTERPLAN’s new lineup:

Rick Altzi – vocals
Roland Grapow – guitars
Axel Mackenrott – keyboards
Jari Kainulainen – bass
Martin “Marthus” Skaroupka – drums

In an August 2011 interview with the Czech web portal Kultura21.cz,Grapow stated about MASTERPLAN’s numerous lineup changes: “I think it’s always difficult in this band, I guess. If you see, the first album just came out after a big turbulence — leaving HELLOWEENUli [Kusch, drums] and me. I think this band always needs some very bad moments to some great songs. [laughs] And it looks like MASTERPLAN, basically, is my main band, and whoever will sing and whoever will play in the band, I’m happy with. But, basically, at the moment, I’m thinking the main songwriters are Axel now and me. So whatever happens, this band will continue. It’s very important for me to show that we still have the power and the ability to write beautiful melodies and some aggression and rock and metal songs. Whatever we do, we want just to make good-quality stuff.”

MASTERPLAN’s last CD, “Time To Be King”, was released on May 21, 2010 through AFM Records. The CD’s first single, “Far From The End Of The World”, was issued on April 16, 2010.


GHOST: New Song Available For Streaming

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

“Monstrance Clock”, a brand new song from the mysterious Swedish buzz band GHOST, can be streamed using the SoundCloud widget at this location. The track comes off the group’s sophomore album, “Infestissumam”, which will be released on April 16 via Loma Vista Recordings, the new record label founded by Tom Whalley in partnership with Republic Records, a division of Universal Music Group.

According to SPIN.com, the release date of “Infestissumam” was pushed back a week after four compact disc manufacturers allegedly refused to print a piece of artwork that was meant for the deluxe version of the new CD. The manufacturers all took issue with the sacrilegious imagery, inspired by the work of Gustave Dore, which showcases what looks like a forest nymph orgy.

“We kept on getting turned down because of the CD art, which is basically a 16th century illustration of an orgy,” a source close to the band toldSPIN.com. “[The bandmembers] weren’t surprised. The comment was ‘Well, I thought this would have happened sooner.’ The artwork was meant to provoke some sort of thought, but it’s been one obstacle after another.”

The controversial art can still be found on both the vinyl and European copies of the “Infestissuman” CD. “Vinyl manufacturers don’t have a problem with the artwork. Neither does Europe,” the source toldSPIN.com.

“Infestissumam” track listing:

01. Infestissumam
02. Per Aspera Ad Inferi
03. Secular Haze
04. Jigolo Har Megiddo
05. Ghuleh / Zombie Queen
06. Year Zero
07. Idolatrine
08. Body And Blood
09. Depth Of Satans Eyes
10. Monstrance Clock

GHOST was forced to modify its name in the U.S. to GHOST B.C. for “legal reasons.”

The band’s debut album, “Opus Eponymous”, was released in late 2010 in Europe and in early 2011 in North America via Rise Above Records.


KOLDBRANN: ‘Drammen’ Video Released

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

“Drammen”, the new video from the the “true” Norwegian black metal act KOLDBRANN, can be seen at this location. Filmed and edited by Effektor, the clip features a guest solo by Destructhor (a.k.a. Thor Anders Myhren;MORBID ANGELZYKLONMYRKSKOG).

“Drammen” comes off KOLDBRANN’s third full-length album,“Vertigo”, which entered the official chart in the band’s home country at position No. 20. The CD was released on January 22 in North America and January 25 in Europe via Season Of Mist’s Underground Division.

On November 16, 2012, KOLDBRANN unleashed “Totalt Sjelelig Bankerott”, a seven-inch single strictly limited to 300 copies worldwide, including a song from “Vertigo” and an exclusive B-side entitled“Kasjtjeijs Svøpe”. The single is also available digitally.

KOLDBRANN’s first two albums, “Nekrotisk Inkvisition” and“Moribund”, and 2008’s “Stigma: På Kant Med Livet” EP, were reissued via Season Of Mist.


NEWSTED Completes Recording Debut Album

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

NEWSTED, the new band led by former METALLICAVOIVOD andFLOTSAM AND JETSAM bassist Jason Newsted, has completed recording its first full-length album, to be released later this year.NEWSTED is scheduled to begin mixing the effort later this week, with more details to be announced soon.

NEWSTED will kick off its first-ever U.S. tour on April 19 in Walnut Creek, California. The 14-date trek will conclude on May 23 in Asbury Park, New Jersey and will lead into a number of European festival appearances for the band, which is completed by STAIND guitarist Mike Mushok, drummer Jesus Mendez Jr. and guitarist Jessie Farnsworth.

“It was obvious from the word go that Mike is one of us,” Jason said about Mushok’s addition to the group. “Professional, focused, happy and grateful to be able to make our beautiful noise together!”

“I loved the old-school vibe of [NEWSTED’s] ‘Metal’ EP, and when we got together to jam, it really felt great,” added Mushok.

STAIND is taking a break for a while, so when Jason asked if I was interested in joining them to record an album and play on the upcoming tour, it was perfect timing. All I could say was, ‘Hell yeah! I’m totally down for this.’”

“Metal”, the debut EP from NEWSTED, sold around 6,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 62 on The Billboard 200 chart.

“Metal” was released on January 8 exclusively via iTunes. The EP was made available as a physical CD on January 15.

“Metal” contains the following tracks:

King Of The Underdogs

“Soldierhead”, the first video from NEWSTED, can be seen at this location. Directed by Leon Melas, the clip was filmed on December 15, 2012 in an abandoned factory in California.


Jason Newsted – Bass, Lead Vocals
Jessie Farnsworth – Guitar, Backing Voice
Mike Mushok (STAIND) – Guitar

A photo of the current NEWSTED lineup can be seen below.


SVARTSYN Debuts New Track

Swedish black metal band SVARTSYN has revealed the first track off the upcoming full-length album entitled “Black Testament”. The album is coming to shops on the 28th of May in Europe and 11th of June in North America on Agonia Records.

The song “Demoness With Seven Names” can be streamed here: http://youtu.be/RDQlVdexn8Q

According to the band founder and mastermind – Ornias –  “Black Testament” can be described as a “sinister mix between Destruction Of Man(2003) and Timeless Reign (2007) releases.” He also added: “it’s a journey through my spiritual darkness and death.”

The album was recorded at Mortsella Studio, Sweden. A short series of video clips* documenting the recording process (vocals, guitars and drums) can be viewed at the links below:

(*videos listed in chronological order)

Drums: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yxTQBzPQbwA
Guitars: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7hifxMFep8
Vocals: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zR_VTUqmc1k

“Black Testament” will consist of 7 original tracks and will be available on CD, LP and digital. First 100 LP copies available on a coloured vinyl.

1. Revelation in the waters
2. Venom of the underworld
3. Demoness with seven names
4. Carving a temple
5. Eyes of the earth
6. Rising beast
7. Black testament


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Heavy Metal Tribune #008 (March 2013)

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With the band’s third full length album finally released, Koldbrann talks to us about their brand new effort Vertigo and the numerous shifts in musical style that the band has displayed over the course of their career. Old school Finnish death metal band Desolate Shrine is the Sounds of the Underground band of the month, and band instrumentalist/artist LL tells us about the bleak outlook of their new album, The Sanctum of Human Darkness. Indian death/thrash metal band Devoid returns years after their full length with The Invasion EP, taking a more brutal approach on their new concept release. Arun tells us about the music, and the band’s future. Finally, we have Dark Descent Records on our special Label Spotlight column, with label owner Matt telling us more about the challenges of running one of the best underground labels in recent years.

Read it all over here:

Singaporean friends of Heavy Metal Tribune can now grab your copy of #008 from Inokii and Roxy! Foreign friends of Heavy Metal Tribune, as usual, can contact us for a copy of issue #008 (P+H of USD2.00 applies).

Album Review: Koldbrann – Vertigo

Koldbrann - Vertigo

Koldbrann [Norway]
Full Length
Season of Mist
Black Metal

Koldbrann has come a long way indeed since their formation in 2001, with each of their full length releases so far presenting a continuous expansion and exploration of the black metal genre. Their debut Nekrotisk Inkvisition was a slab of pure second wave black metal, while the 2006 follow-up Moribund showed the band expanding their sound, resulting in a more varied listen. 6 years after the release of MoribundKoldbrann finally released a preview to what they have been up to with the Totalt Sjelelig Bankerott single, presenting a slightly modern, and yet another evolution in their music. Fans of the band can now know what to expect on their third full length release, and their first in almost 7 years, Vertigo.

As one would come to realise right from the start there is a whole lot of stuff going on in Vertigo, the first of which is the much more polished production quality compared previous Koldbrann releases. But what is intriguing over here is the musicality of the band, as the band presents a whole range of influences in their songwriting. While the second-wave Norwegian black metal sound of the band is still crystal clear, there are numerous other elements that the band has put into their music to ensure that Vertigo is a one of a kind listening experience. For instance,  there are quite a number of moments where the band wanders into some slight avant-garde territory, bringing in some French influences in their music, such as the moments towards the end of the opening track IntroVertigo, and some Swedish sounds at times. There’s even some slight psychedelic feel that the band has infused with the keyboards on closing track Inertia Corridors, with the track itself presenting a style that is rather unique for Koldbrann. The black and roll sound that the band brings in at times like the riffing on Totalt Sjelelig Bankerott also reek of sounds of bands like Urgehal or the recent Endezzma release.

Another thing that stood out on the record is also the increased usage of lead guitars on the album, something that wasn’t of high emphasis on previous outputs of Koldbrann. While the lead guitars that are layered on top of the rhythm segment stick to the Norwegian sounds of bands like Mayhem, often the guitar solos are chaotic and lack any specific form, somewhat reminiscent of the lead guitar playing style of bands such as Revenge especially the intro of Stolichnaya Smert, helping to add to the overall sounds of destruction that the band has created on Vertigo, though there are slower and more melancholic moments like on Goat Lodge.

The atmospheric aspect has been quite a crucial part of Koldbrann‘s sound as well, and the band certainly has not abandoned this aspect. The Norwegian riffs may be cold as fuck, but it is the ambient tracks on the album like Hjertets Holodomor that provide, and re-emphasise the dark backdrop for the aural onslaught. When the band is not blasting away, the mid-paced songs like Drammen help to build up the tension in the air as well.

And like mentioned, the production here is also stellar, and the band does not shy away from making use of the production to ensure that the listening experience is as satisfying as possible, helping the music on Vertigo to sound even more powerful.

Too many bands of late have stuck to tried and tested formulae in their releases, resulting in a lack of fresh or interesting ideas and rather dry-sounding releases. But it is bands like Koldbrann, with their continuous innovation in their craft that makes them such an interesting band to look out for, and makes Vertigo an album that is well worth the 7 year wait since 2006’s Moribund.

Koldbrann on the internet:
Official website
Season of Mist

Heavy Metal News – October 16, 2012

YNGWIE MALMSTEEN: New Album Title Revealed

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

Legendary Swedish guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen has set “Spell Bound” as the title of his new album, tentatively due in early 2013.

Acclaimed heavy metal singer Tim “Ripper” Owens (BEYOND FEAR, ex-JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH), who has been fronting Yngwie’s band both live and in the studio since February 2008, was unable to join Malmsteen at the Getaway Rock in July due to scheduling conflicts with Tim’s official Ronnie James Dio tribute band DIO DISCIPLES. Handling most of the lead vocals during Yngwie’s set at the Getaway Rock Festival was bassist Ralph Ciavolino.

Released on November 22, 2010 via Malmsteen’s own Rising Force Records, Yngwie’s most recent album, “Relentless”, features striking vocals from Owens, who first collaborated with Malmsteen on “Perpetual Flame” (Malmsteen’s first album for the Rising Force Records label).

Of the latest CD, Malmsteen said, “The album title really says it all. The drive to surpass my own accomplishments can best be described with one word — relentless. After all these years of composing and playing music, I still am passionate about pushing myself to the limit — to the highest, most demanding level of playing possible.”

Yngwie is working on his autobiography. Described as “the only real and true story written by Malmsteen himself,” “Relentless”, will be released in early 2013. Yngwie has also launched an instructional web site, RelentlessShred.com.


CRADLE OF FILTH: Official ‘Manticore’ Lyric Video Released

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

The official lyric video for the song “Manticore”, taken from CRADLE OF FILTH’s forthcoming tenth studio album, “The Manticore And Other Horrors”, can be seen below.

“The Manticore And Other Horrors” will be released in North America on October 30 via Nuclear Blast Records.

The track listing for the CD is as follows:

01. The Unveiling Of O
02. The Abhorrent
03. For Your Vulgar Delectation
04. Illicitus
05. Manticore
06. Frost On Her Pillow
07. Huge Onyx Wings Behind Despair
08. Pallid Reflection
09. Siding With The Titans
10. Succumb To This
11. Nightmares Of An Ether Drinker
12. Death, The Great Adventure (deluxe edition digipak)
13. Sinfonia (deluxe edition digipak)


KOLDBRANN: New Album Title, Release Date Announced

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

“True” Norwegian black metal act KOLDBRANN will release its third full-length album, “Vertigo”, on January 22 in North America and January 25 in Europe via Season Of Mist’s Underground Division.

On November 16, KOLDBRANN will unleash “Totalt Sjelelig Bankerott”, a seven-inch single strictly limited to 300 copies worldwide, including a song from “Vertigo” and an exclusive B-side entitled “Kasjtjeijs Svøpe”. The single will also be available digitally.

The video for “Totalt Sjelelig Bankerott”, directed by Effektor and featuring guest vocals by Erlend Hjelvik from KVELERTAK, can be seen below.

KOLDBRANN’s first two albums, “Nekrotisk Inkvisition” and “Moribund”, and 2008’s “Stigma: På Kant Med Livet” EP, will be reissued via Season Of Mist.


SEPTICFLESH Catalog To Be Reissued

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

Season Of Mist will re-release the first five album from re Greek extreme metallers SEPTICFLESH: “Mystic Places Of Dawn” (1994), “Esoptron” (1994), “Ophidian Wheel” (1997), “A Fallen Temple” (1998) and “Revolution DNA” (1999). Each reissue will come as a digipak with brand new cover artwork designed by Seth Siro Anton and bonus material. A vinyl edition will also be released for all five albums.

The first in the series of reissues, 1994’s “Mystic Places Of Dawn”, is due on January 25 (January 22 in North America).

SEPTICFLESH’s latest album, the critically acclaimed “The Great Mass”, was released in April 2011 by the Season Of Mist and was produced by Peter Tägtgren (IMMORTAL, HYPOCRISY). The CD, which featured a full orchestra and choir, captured the band much attention, including placement on several “Album Of The Year” lists from notable publications worldwide.

SEPTICFLESH’s current lineup consists of Seth Siro Anton (bass, vocals), Sotiris Anunnaki V (guitar, clean vocals), Christos Antoniou (guitar, orchestral), and Fotis Benardo (drums).


FORGOTTEN TOMB Streaming New Album In Its Entirety

The 6th full-length album from Black/Rock/Doom metal band FORGOTTEN TOMB is streaming in its entirety via Agonia Records SoundCloud player. To listen to the album entitled …And Don’t Devliver Us From Evil… follow the link below:


…And Don’t Devliver Us From Evil… will be released on the 30th of October in Europe and on the 6th of November in North America. It will be available as a regular jewel-case CD, limited to 1000 copies digipack CD with exclusive bonus track, digital download and double 12”LP with an alternative bonus track. First 66 copies will be available on a multicolour splatter vinyl.

The album was recorded in Elfo Studio (Italy) by Daniele Mandelli (Love’s Burial Ground, Negative Megalomania, Songs To Leave, etc.) and mastered at Finnvox Studios (Impaled Nazarene, Amorphis, Children Of Bodom, Finntroll, HIM). According to the leader and songwriter Ferdinando ‘Herr Morbid’ Marchisio, this new album is the most personal one he has written since 2004’s Love’s Burial Ground and it explores the darkest corners of his mind like never before, making it without any doubt one of the band’s more tortured and twisted offerings.


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Heavy Metal News – September 19, 2012


Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

Season Of Mist has announced the signing of the “true” Norwegian black metal act KOLDBRANN. The band’s third full-length album will be released in early 2013 through Season Of Mist’s Underground Division.

KOLDBRANN will debut “Totalt Sjelelig Bankerott”, a seven-inch single including a song from the forthcoming album (title pending) and an exclusive B-side entitled “Kasjtjeijs Svøpe”, on November 16. The single will also be available digitally.

KOLDBRANN’s first two albums, “Nekrotisk Inkvisition” and “Moribund”, and 2008’s “Stigma: På Kant Med Livet” EP, will be reissued via Season Of Mist.

Commented KOLDBRANN vocalist Mannevond: “KOLDBRANN are pleased to announce that from this moment on, Season Of Mist will be handling our nekrotic business. As one of the leading dealers of aural blasphemy, we are confident that they will serve as the tool needed to spread our gospel of oppression. We have kept you waiting, but rest assured, we have been striving in our cellars, slowly and persistently chiseling out our utmost arrogant and depraved work to date. Sordid details will follow. The time is ripe, let the end times roll!”

THE SWORD’s ‘Apocryphon’ To Be Made Available On Limited-Edition Cassette

Reposted from Blabbermouth.net

“Apocryphon”, the fourth album from Austin, Texas metal luminaries THE SWORD, will be released on October 22 via Razor & Tie.

To celebrate the release, the band has partnered with independent record stores nationwide for a special promotion: when fans buy “Apocryphon” on CD or vinyl, they will receive a free, limited-edition, hand-numbered version of the album on cassette tape (while supplies last).

For a list of participating stores, go to this location.

“Apocryphon” was produced and engineered by J. Robbins (CLUTCH, JAWBOX) at Magpie Cage Studios and features cover art by famed comic book artist J.H. Williams III (Batwoman, Promethea).

THE SECRET Premiere New Noise Via BrooklynVegan; Nihilistic Italian Unit’s Fourth LP Nears Release Via Southern Lord

If one ever needs a prompt that Apocalypse is near, a session with Italy’s most destructive musical force will certainly reinforce the thought.

Since 2003 THE SECRET has waged musical warfare with their incendiary brew of blasting, metallic hatred, their songs growing sonically more caustic and lyrically more impatient with the human race with each studio offering. The band combines elements of crust/grind, primitive black metal, dark soundscapes and monolithic riffs to take the listener by the hand through a hallucinated trip towards a foggy and yet invisible tomorrow. So as the end of the world is supposedly upon us in 2012, what more appropriate time would there be than now to attack the planet with a new LP from this hateful act?

THE SECRET’s attack is more corrosive and convincing than ever on the newly completed Agnus Dei. As with their third album Solve Et Coagula, the new opus was recorded by Kurt Ballou (High on Fire, Converge, Black Breath) at Godcity Studios, resulting in a blasphemous titan that is without question their heaviest, and most filthy crust-ridden recording to date. Swelling with thirteen unstoppable new anthems in under forty-five minutes, Angus Dei will prove itself to be the most hateful release from this killing machine to date, as every album in their discography has.

With a North American street date of October 23rd now confirmed for the release of Agnus Dei, today the heavy supporters of THE SECRET over at BrooklynVegan have hosted an exclusive premiere of the album’s opening title track.

Experience the collapse of the planet with “Angus Dei” Via BrooklynVeganRIGHT HERE.

Check out the cover art for Angus Dei by English illustrator Sin Eater, live footage of THE SECRET from their recent US tour and more below.


Angus Dei Track Listing:

1. Agnus Dei
2. May God Damn All Of Us
3. Violent Infection
4. Geometric Power
5. Post Mortem Nihil Est
6. Daily Lies
7. Love Your Enemy
8. Vermin Of Dust
9. Darkness I Became
10. Heretic Temple
11. The Bottomless Pit
12. Obscure Dogma
13. Seven Billion Graves

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