Germany SEASON OF MIST
France CODE 7 / PHD
Italy THE END
Canada NON-STOP MUSIC
OBSCURE METAL UNDERGROUND RECORD LABEL _______________________________________________________________________
GATHERING "The Gate And The Key"
WOEBEGONE OBSCURED "Marrow Of Dreams"
GOATCRAFT has completed works on
"The Blasphemer", the new chapter in Lonegoat's
necroclassical/dark ambient quest. The trackinglist:
02. Temptation And Fall
House Of Death
04. The Blasphemer
In The Arms Of Pity
The Great Red Dragon:
08. Part I -
The Woman Clothed With The Sun
09. Part II -
The Woman Clothed In The Sun
10. Part III - The Beast From The Sea
11. Part IV -
The Number Of The
Eternal Prayer Of Urizen
13. Satan In His Original Glory
The album is divided in four
sections, each one with a central theme based on William
Blake's art and theological interpretations. The first part
(tracks 1-4) is dedicated to the cruelty and iniquity of God
like he appears in the Old Testament.
The second part (tracks 5-7) explores some of Blake's
sources, like the myths from the past and the ancient
religions, with their dark and mysterious gods (Hecate), and
tragic characters (Nebuchadnezzar). The 7th track is
inspired by a few wonderful verses from Shakespeare's
The third part (tracks 8-11) is dedicated to Blake's 'The
Great Red Dragon' series of paintings. The conceptual source
for all of them is the Book of Revelation (Apocalypse),
chapters 12 and 13 in chronological order.
The fourth part (tracks 12-14) puts together two figures,
Urizen (from Blake's own religious system) and Lucifer/Satan,
similar and antithetical at the same time. Like the
different faces of a medal, but with a common destiny: that
of failing and falling from grace.
"The Blasphemer" is scheduled for an early 2014 release. We'll
soon unveil the album cover together with a new sample track.
In the meantime, listen again to the "House Of Death,"
premiered thru Deathmetal.org a while ago.
"The Great Red Dragon And
The Beast From The Sea"
(1805-1810), by William Blake
OBSCURED "MARROW OF DREAMS" COVER ART REVEALED!
After a six-year
hiatus from their debut release, Danish blackened funeral death/doom
masters WOEBEGONE OBSCURED
return with their long-awaited, majestic, sophomore album "Marrow Of Dreams",
which will see its official release on December 13th in Europe, and
on January 13th in UK/USA.
the definitive tracklist and a new sample-track:
Waters of Mount Woe (13:24) 2.
Vacuum Ocean (16:00) 3.
Crystal Void (16:58) 4.
In Suffering Darkness Dwell
Into the Mindcloud
"Marrow Of Dreams" will be available
as a jewelcase CD with a 20-page full-color booklet complete with
lyrics and liner notes.
LUSTRE / AUS DER TRANSZENDENZ"Vixerunt" Split 7"
Side A AUS DER TRANSZENDENZ - ”Vixerunt” 6:36
Side B LUSTRE - ”Like Flowers Of Gold” 5:26
300g Jacket with Matte Finish 140g Black Vinyl 7″ Insert on 150g Gloss Paper Strictly Limited to 250 Copies
"Funerals From The Astral Sphere" 2-CD is now temporarily
But no worries, a
reissue will be available in a couple of weeks. You can keep
on buying this title and the 2CD + Shirt bundle as well, and
we'll ship your order once we get the records from the
SARTEGOS"As Fontes Do Negrume"
12" MLP BLIZARO"Strange Doorways"
2-CD VV.AA."Converge, Rivers Of Hell"
CD (feat. Midnight Odyssey, The Crevices Below, Tempestuous
Fall) LORN"Subconscious Metamorphosis"
ALSO AVAILABLE FOR ORDER:
BLIZARO "Strange Doorwas"
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with full-color design by Costin Chioreanu
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...and by popular demand:
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I, Voidhanger Records is pleased
to announce the signing of one of the most beloved US
underground black metal sons, the revived CHAOS MOON!
After a couple of EPs and 2
well-received albums released in 2007 ("Origin Of Apparition"
and the stunning "Languor Into Echoes, Beyond"), in 2011
singer/guitarist Alex Poole decided to put CHAOS MOON
forever. Later he joined KRIEG and gave birth to ESOTERICA and LITHOTOME,
two of the most exciting metal projects of today. Then in
2013 Poole realized it was time to wake his oldest creature
up, and is now ready to teach a new lesson in atmospheric,
transcendental black metal.
titled "Resurrection Extract", CHAOS MOON's
long-awaited third album will be
released early next year via I, Voidhanger. Expect an
astonishing eruption of violent black metal riffs and
enchanting melodies wrapped in a shroud of dark psychedelia,
as testified by the following preview-song, "Bloodfall":
Do not miss Alex Poole's
other black metal project, ESOTERICA, which has just debuted
via Forever Plagued Records with the surprising "Aseity"
CD, available for sale in our
We have the pleasure to unveil
Pete Hamilton's cover art for the upcoming new album of
US death metal band THE WAKEDEAD GATHERING!
Scheduled for a December release,
"The Gate And The Key"
will come as a jewelcase CD with a 16-page full-colour booklet
featuring other stunning paintings from Pete Hamilton, and
exquisite layout by our own
To whet your appetite, here's a
new preview song, "Hypgnosis."
LORE's sole member Ayloss is perfecting a new album that
explores the most extreme progressive black metal offshoots
of the band's style. Titled "III", the new work has
been writing itself for 5 years now, and must be perceived
as the continuation of "II" (2007), being actually the
predecessor of the "Sentinel" album (2012).
In "III" SPECTRAL LORE bridge microcosm and macrocosm, the
psychological and the cosmic, fighting against the elements
that hinder human expansion and immortality. And in the
process, attempt to answer the greatest question of all...
scheduled for an early 2014 release and will be graced by a
beautiful cover painting by renowed artist
Benjamin Vierling directly inspired by one of the album
highlights, "The Spiral Fountain", which we're proud
to offer here in its un-mastered version for your listening
And here it
is, the last sample track before the release of
"CONVERGE, RIVERS OF HELL", a concept-album centered on
the dark streams of Hades, with exclusive songs by
MIDNIGHT ODYSSEY, THE CREVICES BELOW and
This is "Lethe
(Through The Lair Of Hypnos)" by MIDNIGHT ODYSSEY...
message from Dis Pater:
"I feel it is
now the appropriate time to mention that this release will
mark the death of both The Crevices Below and Tempestuous
Fall. Hell seems like a suitable place to leave these more 'earthy
and subterranean' projects. Like the rivers of hell that
converge into one another, growing wave upon wave, so must
my musical endeavours merge to allow for the growth of
RIVERS OF HELL" will be out before the end of October.
Introducing THE ORDER
OF THE SOLAR
There was a
time in the History of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal when the
boundaries of those genres were blurry and it was natural
for them to flow together into powerful musical expressions,
very often under the flag of occultism and esoterism.
Today, those times of great ardour and creativity revive in
the arcane melodies of THE ORDER OF THE SOLAR TEMPLE,
a wicked congregation performing strange rituals in the
ancient magik of rock and roll.
Conceived in 2012 by Canadian singer/guitarist Matt
"Macabre" Emery - once in the ranks of Funeral Circle
and other Vancouver's metal acts - THE ORDER plaits the
occult-tinged proto-metal of Blue Öyster Cult with the dark,
introvert visions of Paul Chain; the doom arabesques of
Pagan Altar with the dreadful metal outbursts of Demon and
Mercyful Fate; the teachings of Aleister Crowley with the
denim-and-leather philosophy of the first metal era.
THE ORDER OF THE SOLAR TEMPLE will debut early next year on
I, Voidhanger Records with a spectacular eponymous album
available on both CD and LP. While waiting for the cover art
to be revealed, the band has decided to baptize you all with
one of their magic rituals, a doom epic titled "Æon Of
A mass of overdrive, grandiose chants and pulsing sonic
frequencies beckons you. Discard your robes and close your
We are pleased to announce the signing
of PHANTOM, a band from Denmark devoted to ancient black/doom
metal sounds filled with decadent melodies of death and cryptic
PHANTOM was born in 2005 to the howling
of dying animals and the deranged ramblings of exorcised spirits.
The resulting paranormal black metal is haunted by the ghosts of
influences past, yet reaches beyond the confines of the material
world to heed the enigmatic call of the others.
PHANTOM is the sound of the buried
lifting the headstones off of long-forgotten tombs; of muffled cries
barely escaping through cellar doors securely locked for centuries;
of footsteps across the rotting floorboards of abandoned mansions.
Through PHANTOM, the dead are given a voice - and they have dire
tales to tell.
The band's debut album is titled "Incendiary
Serum" and is scheduled for a late 2013 release. This is its
opening number, "Ghostly"...
SS - Vocals, guitars
AP - Drums, keyboards, cello
CT - Bass
TA - Guitars
layout for WOEBEGONE OBSCURED's sophomore 2-CD
release, "Marrow Of Dreams" is almost completed and
we will soon unveil the album cover, together with a new
sample track! We hope to have this out in December.
Out in October: LORN "Subconscious
Born in 2002
as a traditional black metal act, the Italian band LORN has
forged a new and personal metal language, better suited to
the ambitious concept behind its long-awaited sophomore
album, "Subconscious Metamorphosis".
austere solitude on the Dolomites mountains, immersed in a
portentous amalgam of trance-inducing black metal and
menacing cosmic ambient, "Subconscious Metamorphosis" is a
long mental voyage through cold dark tunnels, a continuous
and violent hammering on the joints of reality, to unhinge
them and open new vistas on interior landscapes.
In its brave
rejection of the most obvious metal schemes and norms,
LORN's music propitiates the definitive conjunction between
mind and spirit, microcosm and macrocosm, to win the fear of
unknown and be triumphantly reborn in the blinding black light of
a new awareness.
Fears - Pt. I 4:49
Fears - Pt. II 3:44
Aeon Fears - Pt. III (Cleaving
The Diaphragm) 9:13
Cover art by
Kati Astraeir. Lorn logo by Francesco Gemelli
Here are two stages of
Out in October: LUSTRE
AND AUS DER TRANSZENDENZ
our brethren at ATMF, we're pleased to announce the imminent
release of a co-produced split 7" testifying the meeting of
two kindred black metal spirits, different in style but
similar in scope: LUSTRE and AUS DER TRANSZENDENZ.
You all are
invited to explore the mysteries of Transcendence through
the romantic, nocturnal visions of LUSTRE's "Like Flowers
Of Gold", and the rapturous speed-of-sound of AUS DER
next month as a 140g black vinyl, housed in a 300g sleeve
with Matte finish plus insert, strictly limited to 250
copies. Stylish artwork by
that our store has been updated with a massive stock of
Nuclear War Now titles, on CD and LP. Limited quantities,
promotional pages for some of the next releases are now
online, complete with info and sounds.
vs I, Voidhanger Records!
As you can
read on the excellent
Deathmetal.org page, during a recent live radio
appearance Lonegoat - sole member of necroclassical/dark
ambient rising star GOATCRAFT - has announced the
release of "The Blasphemer", a conceptual work that
I, Voidhanger Records will have the pleasure to release
early next year.
GOATCRAFT's sophomore album will be themed around the work
of William Blake, the famous English theologian,
painter and poet.
More than a simple tribute to the great master of
Pre-Romantic and Romantic movements, "The Blasphemer" wants
to be a musical probe to reveal and explore the mystical,
occult undercurrents in Blake's paintings. "A bridge between
esoteric Art and Music," as Lonegoat himself has explained.
Deathmetal.org for a GOATCRAFT mindblowing live
performance and to listen to a preview track off "The
Blasphemer": "The House Of Death", inspired by the William
Blake's eponymous painting.
"The House Of Death"
(1795/c. 1805), by William Blake
We are very
pleased to announce that the black/death metal cult known as
SARTEGOS has joined our family!
conjured in late 2008 by Galician guitarist/singer Rou in
order to perform a bastardized mixture of black and death
metal inspired by old masters like Demoncy, Mystifier,
Mayhem, early Rotting Christ, Mortuary Drape, Archgoat,
Varathron and Profanatica.
ritual, "A Serpe do Escarnio", was self-released in
March 2010 as an edition of 100 pro-tapes, part of which
were sold together with issue #2 of the Spanish zine "Apokatastasis." In May 2011 Vindok joined on drums and the band started
rehearsing as a duo. The alchemy between the two musicians
spawned the "Mortualha" demo, released that same year
in pro-tape format by the French label Chalice Of Blood
SARTEGOS return with their official debut entitled "As
Fontes Do Negrume" ("The Origin Of Darkness") to
sanctify Death and to celebrate the unspeakable mysteries of
the Great Serpent. Recently released as a MCD by Bloody Productions, this
rotten and venomous host is made of the best SARTEGOS songs
to date, 5 hymns plus intro and outro performed under a dim
necromantical light. A step forward into the morbid and
macabre path the band is following since birth.
plan to compile both SARTEGOS' demos on one CD to be
released next year, but first we
want to pay homage to the band by giving
"As Fontes Do Negrume" the vinyl treatment! The album will
be available as a 12" black vinyl (ltd. 200) housed in
a 300g sleeve with matte finish, and will come with an 12"-size insert on 150g paper.
Névoa e Negrume (Mist and Darkness)
Lostregos sob as Tumbas (Lightnings under the Tombs)
Meianoite no Jardim de Deus (Midnight in God's Garden)
Deitam Sangue os Muros (The Walls Shed Blood)
O Dragom (The Dragon) 6.
Coroado Seja (Trono Aureo) (Crowned Be - Golden Throne)
O Abismo (The Abyss)
Total time: 29
Listen to the
sample track "Meianoite
no Jardim de Deus":
notice that the MCD version of "As Fontes Do Negrume" is now
available in our store!
Out in October: "CONVERGE,
RIVERS OF HELL" CD
An observation on the dark streams of Hades by
MIDNIGHT ODYSSEY, THE CREVICES BELOW and TEMPESTUOUS
The Crevices Below –
Charon - Upon the Winds of Lamentation
Tempestuous Fall –
Pyriphlegethon - In Death’s Gaping Jaws
Midnight Odyssey –
Lethe - Through the Lair of Hypnos
The Crevices Below –
Acheron - Deflecting Heaven’s Will
Tempestuou Fall –
Cocytus - Shades of Phantom Souls
Midnight Odyssey –
Styx - Converge, Rivers of Hell
RIVERS OF HELL" is a monumental concept-album dedicated
to the classical rivers of Hades as narrated in Greek and
Latin Literature and Mythology, featuring exclusive
contributions from all of Dis Pater's projects!
Over 1 hour
in length, the CD will be accompanied by a luxurious 24-page
full-colour booklet with all lyrics, Dis Pater's notes, and
the superb paintings by the Flemish visionary artist Erik
Heyninck, a true master of Surrealism. Please visit his
soundtrack (together with a booklet sample page) is here
below: "Pyriphlegethon - In Death's Gaping Jaws," by
(click to enlarge)
A year after the "Dark
Circles" EP release, THE WAKEDEAD GATHERING have completed works on their sophomore full-length,
a fantastic piece of dark death metal and a step forward in TWG's natural evolution,
once again in accordance with the genre's noblest tradition.
"The Gate And The Key"
is a horror/sci-fi concept-album telling the story of a
group of dimensional travellers passing through a black hole.
The dark portal will precipitate them into an alien realm,
where they are abducted, studied, and painfully morphed into
a race of Lovecraftian entities inhabiting that dimension.
They will become the first seed of a new breed, the "key"
that will open the "gate" for the Ancients Ones to penetrate
Music-wise, the album is filled with
twisted riffs, doom decelerations, rapacious vocals, and
menacing atmospheres of Cosmic Horror, in a perfect equilibrium between the
crypt-sounds of early Incantation and the
dissonant, slanted death metal of early Morbid Angel, Demilich and Timeghoul.
"The Gate And The Key" is
scheduled for an October release. While waiting for the
cover art to be revealed, listen to the second track off the album, "Autochton":
October: BLIZARO "Strange Doorways"
Among our rock/metal
heroes of today, there's a guy from Rochester (NY), USA,
considered by many a true genius: John Gallo.
Known mainly as the founder
of superb doomsters ORODRUIN and now-defunct black metallers
CRUCIFIST, John Gallo has many alter egos
and exciting musical incarnations, though BLIZARO is
certainly the most adventurous and
unpredictable of all! BLIZARO's songs are like
dark portals leading to mysterious and macabre dimensions populated by mutants, ghosts, ghouls,
and other unearthly presences. Like the Crypt Keeper from
the infamous Tales From The Crypts comics, John Gallo
tells us their stories of horror and madness using his own peculiar doom rock
language, assisted by the unquestionable talents of Mike
Waske (drums) and Mark Rapone (bass).
Musically, the band shortens
the distances between the American
way of doom and the school of Paul Chain and Black
Hole, at the same time combining the so called "dark sound"
and the heavy-psych/prog
rock styles of the Seventies with the frightening synth-driven soundtracks
composed by Goblin and Fabio Frizzi for Italian horror
movies like Suspiria and The Beyond.
Next Autumn/Winter BLIZARO
are going to
release their highly-anticipated sophomore album, "Cornucopia della Morte" on CD, once again
under the banner of the excellent horror metal label
Razorback Recordings. A vinyl version shall
follow next year on I, Voidhanger Records, but first we will celebrate BLIZARO's first
decade of life by releasing a monumental 2-CD anthology that will
offer a complete pan on the band's doom eccentricities.
Aptly titled "Strange
Doorways" and wrapped in the stunning,
visionary artwork conceived by Costin
Chioreanu, the box-set will feature all the
BLIZARO demo recordings, as mind-blowing as their main
releases: "Horror Rock" (2006), "Blue Tape"
(2008, with a
cameo from Peter Vicar of Reverend
Bizarre fame!), an expanded version of "The Old Wizard Of
Winter" (2009), and the amazing "Blak Majicians"
(2012). Plus lots of rare,
unreleased and never-heard-before tracks directly from John
The 2-CD release will come with
a luxurious 20-page full-colour booklet featuring
extra artwork by Costin Chioreanu (who has drawn new covers for
each demo!), rare band photos, plentiful liner notes
by John Brenner of REVELATION, and
track-by-track commentaries provided by John Gallo himself!
Below, a taste of BLIZARO
for you all:
"Voyage Beyond Space" is an heavy number off the "Blak
Majicians" recording, while the unreleased track "Beyond Mystery" is a
clear homage to Paul
Chain's violet art of doom shattered by John Gallo's virtuoso
guitar playing. Enjoy!
For your listening pleasure,
the SPECTRAL LORE / MARE COGNITUM split album "Sol" is now available in its entirety at the bands'
respective Bandcamp pages:
dealing with the dark depths of the cosmos here, the
brief for both acts clearly to describe a journey
through the blackest galactic voids – a realm bereft of
humanity, graced only by the macroscopic machinations of
the primordial elements of the universe."
AVE NOCTUM [8/10]
'Sol' is a very powerful and effective release. Both
bands showcase their skills with monolithic tracks that
never seem to get dull or old. If you like intelligent
Atmospheric Black Metal, look no further and check this
three-track flight through black metal asteroid fields
and the endless void that spreads maddening and infinite
in their wake."
of those rare splits that is worth your money for the
amount of music contained and is the perfect fit where
both acts are inherently linked by sound and concept as
well as brilliant at delivering both."
TEETH OF THE DIVINE
epic beautiful and depressive and trust me when I say
that this record is an hour well and truly well spent!"
SPECTRAL LORE / MARE COGNITUM"Sol" CD
Embark on a
70-minute cosmic black metal journey with SPETRAL LORE and
MARE COGNITUM! "Sol" is available as a noble 4-panel
digipack with an 8-page full-colour booklet containing all
lyrics and Josef Barton's amazing spacey art.
release page for songs' excerpts and reviews.
For your listening pleasure, here's a pre-production
track from MOSAIC's upcoming
debut full-length "...Of The Fallen One",
to be released later this year. The song is called "Salt And Rain",
check it at
MOSAIC is Inkantator Kovra (Alchemyst, Seremoni), here supported by
Leshiyas on drums.
The SPECTRAL LORE / MARE COGNITUM
"Sol" split CD will be out in a couple of weeks. To wet your
appetite, read these two enthusiastic reviews:
Thanks to all those who bought the YSENGRIN and ÆVANGELIST vinyls so
far, all the orders have been shipped!
ÆVANGELIST"Nightmare Flesh Offering" EP 7"
latest release is a 7" EP
on black vinyl, strictly limited to 250 copies and never to be repressed.
Comes housed in a luxurious gatefold sleeve with Seeming Watcher's
artwork, shown above in all its terrifying splendour.
YSENGRIN's most brilliant jewel is finally
available on black vinyl, limited to 100 copies only! Comes
with a beatiful A3 poster, with new art on one side and lyrics on the
other side. Specifically mastered for vinyl by Daniel Lowndes at
Resonance Studio, UK.
"...a sprawling, single track
of an album with a sound that has been billed as 'hermetic dark metal',
but in real terms is a more technical cross between early Paradise Lost,
Disembowelment, the occult edge of Death SS, and early Rotting Christ.
There is so much to admire..." ZERO TOLERANCE
"A slow to mid-paced heavy metal backbone is complemented by half-muffled
growls that add a certain wretched quality to the music, which is, in
essence, very melodic, exercising captivating waves of simple riffs
coupled with minimal keyboard work and sparse acoustic guitar interludes
to which the aforementioned death-like deep vocals add another dimension
of mystical left-hand practice." CHRONICLES OF CHAOS
"...the Frenchmen also incorporate variation in the form of pure old
school death and black metal breaks, not to mention some wicked,
straight heavy/doom riffs that erupt into sheer headbanging pleasure.
Beyond that, there are beautiful passages of classically-inflected clean
guitars, backing synthesizers and organs set up sparsely at just the
right joints in the album's framework to intensify its exotic, morbid
and soul sucking affectations (...) A spellbinding,
atmospheric success for I, Voidhanger." FROM THE DUST RETURNED
We're pleased to announce that the
LORE / MARE COGNITUM concept-album is currently at the pressing
plant, scheduled for a late June release!Titled "Sol", it offers
3 majestic tracks of cosmic ambient/black metal. The tracking list:
MARE COGNITUM - Sol Ouroboros (29:10) 2.
SPECTRAL LORE - Sol Medius (25:53) 3.
MARE COGNITUM / SPECTRAL LORE - Red Giant (14:24)
"Sol" will be
available as a noble 4-panel digipack, with a 8-page booklet
complete with lyrics.
exists a pantheon of 'great' split recordings throughout the
expanded metalverse, but normally the format presents me with a bit
of a quandary. Are these just two or more bands of the same genre
being haphazardly slapped together? Because they are friends? Pen
pals? Are they covering one another? Was this just a label's idea
with a few favors being called in? It's not really my favorite means
of ingesting music, but once in a while there will come a team-up
which seeks to further the medium by providing a cohesive and
consistent experience that feels more like a direct collaboration,
and Sol is just such an experience, a dramatic and
emotionally ebullient immersion into cosmic, atmospheric black metal
that persists for 70 fucking minutes...
I was actually familiar going into this recording with both of the
constituent artists. Spectral Lore's latest full-length Sentinel was a game changer among Greek black metal works, and
though my reaction to Mare Cognitum's sophomore An
Extraconscious Lucidity was more reserved, I still appreciated
the potential here for a usurper to the ambient/black throne of
fellow Californians Leviathan and Xasthur. Both are
one man acts, which might have helped them ease this into a singular
experience; for while you'll pick up a few of the distinct traits of
each artist, they've done a superb job here of unifying their
songwriting into a seamless expression of otherworldly resonance
interjected with spurts of incendiary metallic techniques like blast
beats, wretched star-extinguishing snarls and roiling, tremolo
picked rhythm guitars which do not belie their Scandinavian
influences (Emperor, etc). Synthesizers and soundscapes are
in abundance, as one might have predicted, and they're used for both
melodic lines to enhance the other instruments, and cosmic waves of
careening harmony that thrive on their lonesome.
What I found interesting was the sequence here, with each act
contributing a nearly 30 minute track, and then pairing up for
shorter, purely ambient finale "Red Giant" which is structurally the
simplest of the three, but no less poignant or brilliant. "Ouroboros"
and "Medius" each have a lot more dynamic architecture to them, and
are quite intimidating, but it was this last, soothing track that
truly gelled over the experience. That said, both Jacob and Ayloss
prove themselves independent forces with myriad instrumental skills,
shifting riff formations that mirror their respective solo works. "Ouroboros"
is slightly more substantial, with wider contrasts of calm and
intensity that fluctuate between black and death metal progressions;
while "Medius" has a lot more of that harmonic discharge and raw
intensity to the guitars which is redolent of Sentinel,
though undeniable a more ambitious format. The production felt a
little cleaner for the first tune, but apart from that it would be
impossible to choose a favorite, since they complement one another
so well...like stars streaking in tandem through a nebula of loss
Admittedly, not all of the individual riffs were that inspirational,
which is why it is so crucial that they balanced in the clouds of
murk and void atmosphere; but there were certainly some uplifting
moments in which the guitars, vocals and arrangements erupted into a
glorious crescendo like an astral leviathan rising out of some
spiral galaxy. Star-whales striding the space-lanes, mother fucker!
The compositions aren't quite so nihilistic as something like Darkspace, instead balancing a brightness or celestial bodies
against the suffocating vacuum between them, but that's exactly why
I enjoyed this so much, because at each intersection I could never
guess precisely where the floods of notes were going, and its held
up for over four full listens as of this review, a laborious love
letter to a universe which will has birthed us as surely as it will
crush us. [8,75 out of 10]
Above, Seeming Watcher's cover art2for the
upcoming ÆVANGELIST's 7" EP, "Nightmare Flesh Offering",
featuring 2 brand new tracks exclusive to this release:
Nightmare Flesh Offering
(5:37) Side B:
Glyph Of Immeasurable Darkness (5:09)
The "Nightmare Flesh Offering" 7" will come in
a gatefold sleeve with expanded inside artwork. Strictly limited to 250
copies. Out in late June/early July 2013.
We are extremely proud to announce the signing
of MOSAIC, an experimental black metal vision of the sole member
Inkantator Koura (ALCHEMYST, SEREMONI).
Guided by his interest in Magick, Universe,
Stars, Surrealism, Art, Khaos and Mythology, Inkantator Koura
estabilished MOSAIC in 2004-2006, and since then he has composed 4 hours
of music for private use and personal satisfaction. Over the years, only
part of those recordings filtered through Koura's archives, taking the
shape of two split 7" EPs with Alchemyst and Anti, released by Iron
Bonehead and Amor Fati respectively. Now, MOSAIC's amazing music is
going to be perfected, re-recorded and compiled in an album, "...Of
The Fallen One", that we will have the pleasure to release on CD
format in the coming months.
Take notice that both
MOSAIC and ALCHEMYST are currently working on exclusive songs to be featured on
a concept compilation-album to be announced later. For now, we can only
anticipate that our project involve other IVR artists like ÆVANGELIST,
SERPENT ASCENDING and YSENGRIN, as well as some of the
best death/black metal bands out there... Stay tuned for more info.
In the meantime, check
MOSAIC's Facebook page and get a copy of "Landscapes", the beautiful
ANTI/MOSAIC split gatefold 7" EP recently released by our friends at
ÆVANGELIST on their
recent signing with Debemur Morti Productions. The band will however
keep on working with our label. In May we will reveal the cover art for
the upcoming "Nightmare Flesh Offering" 7" EP, once again
provided by Seeming Watcher. We have also hired the mighty
Wechterowicz to create an original piece of art for the first
official ÆVANGELIST tshirt! Rafal is a very talented artist and has
already worked with bands like Mastodon, Slayer, Down, Metallica, Iron
Maiden, and many others. Both 7" and shirt are planned for an early June
In case you wonder, there's going to be some
delay in the vinyl release of YSENGRIN's "To Endotaton". We are
still waiting for the factory to send us the test pressings. Once they
are approved, this cult dark metal gem will see the light of day once
NAR MATTARU are putting the final
touches on their next album, out later this year. An interview (short
and to the point) with bassist/guitarist Francisco Bravo is now
available at the
Damned By Light webzine.
At last, the long awaited preview from
"CONVERGE, RIVERS OF HELL",
the monumental concept album dedicated to the cursed water streams of Hades,
featuring MIDNIGHT ODYSSEY, THE CREVICES BELOW and TEMPESTUOUS FALL!
Here's the opening track,
"Charon", THE CREVICES BELOW's homage to the hellish ferryman who carries the
souls of the deceased across the rivers Styx and Acheron...
We're pleased to offer you a preview-track off
Of Dreams", the forthcoming album by Denmark's funeral death/doomsters
WOEBEGONE OBSCURED. The song is called "Vacuum Ocean".
"This was an attempt to make kind of a funeral ballad
with lots of atmosphere and some intense heartfelt vocals to back it
up," says D. Woe, "and I really think we achieved our goal. I kind of
had the formula and melodies for this particular song in my head before
we started making the music. The epic ending with both M and K Woe
playing some twin guitar melodies in a classical inspired sense works
With great pride we announce the signing of
Greece's sensational ambient black metal band SPECTRAL LORE. The
project was founded in 2005 by the sole member Ayloss, and released 3
albums acclaimed as some of the most intense, atmospheric and majestic
black metal works of the past 10 years.
Ayloss is busily working on
successor of the last year's record "Sentinel", but the first step of
our collaboration with SPECTRAL LORE is going to be a (yet untitled)
concept-album equally shared with the US one-man band MARE COGNITUM, to our ears the most surprising black metal band of
Don't expect a typical split album, but a
collaboration on many levels, starting from the conceptual and moving on
to the musical. As the bands declare, "Themes and riffs have been cross-referenced and
transfigured, structures have been put in proportion, lyrics have been
written in parallel.
Conceptually, it is an attempt at a kind of
cosmological philosophy; searching the vast, cold expanses of the
universe(-s) for traces of meaning and purpose. What it is out there
that is fundamental, absolute and shared? What can we learn about
ourselves by looking outward, to the void and the inanimate?"
Search for your own answers by getting lost in the music of SPECTRAL LORE and MARE COGNITUM,
which offer here 2 very long tracks (25-28 minutes each!) to be reckoned
as their best material so far.
As you read,
hermetic dark metal opus "To Endotaton" is receiving the vinyl
treatment! This release is dedicated to the cult followers of the band,
and will be limited to 100 copies on black vinyl, housed in a
single sleevewith reverse board printing. Each LP will come with
a luxurious poster on high-quality 150gr. paper, featuring the amazing
artwork of Francesco Gemelli shown above! The posters have been printed
by our friends at Nomos Dei Productions.