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"Innerstanding" is the debut full-length album by a
mysterious atmospheric black metal project from Cyprus:
TOME OF THE UNREPLENISHED. Sole member Hermes used to
play bass guitar with the satanic blackmetallers Necrosadist,
but with TOME OF THE UNREPLENISHED he explores the hidden
regions of the soul, abandoning himself and the listener to
an emotional rollercoaster of transcendental, cosmic beauty.
In Hermes' own words, TOME OF THE UNREPLENISHED is "An
artistic musical project created as a source of self
expression and visualization, combined with a soothing yet
dismal form of language and execution. The representation of
conceptual philosophy, progression, and elevation through
Mixed by A. Dictator (Necrosadist, Dictator, Lvcifyre) and
graced by an amazing cover painting by Brian Smith, "Innerstanding"
will be available on CD, with a full color 8-page booklet
complete with lyrics. Out March 30th, 2015.
1. Anima Mundi (2:52)
2. Take Me To The Stars (7:39)
3. Emanation Of The Purest Essence (5:33)
4. Transcended Body (5:52)
5. Planetary Transmissions (2:28)
6. A Monument In Time (6:16)
7. The Precessional March (9:16)
A full preview-song will be
available soon, in the meantime here's a promo video.
rockers THE ORDER OF THE SOLAR TEMPLE will return
this year with a new album, as well as with a split CD with
JOHN GALLOW, a conceptual release inspired by cult horror
movies and characters!
THE ORDER OF THE SOLAR TEMPLE have chosen the frightening
masterpiece "Alucarda, The Daughter Of Darkness", a 1978
Mexican horror film directed by Juan López Moctezuma.
Here's a rough-mix excerpt from one of the tracks, "Justine
Pt. II - For In Death, Great Beauty Lies".
news, on March 13th the band will aslo embark on their first
series of dastardly sermons across North America's west
coast with their friends SPELL on the road with them! Fall
under the sorcery and join in their mad dance!
Friday, March 6th - VANCOUVER, BC
Friday, March 13th - SEATTLE, WA w/ Skelator
Saturday, March 14th - PORTLAND, OR w/ Spellcaster
Monday, March 16h - EUGENE, OR w/ TBA
Tuesday, March 17th - SACRAMENTO, CA w/ TBA
Wednesday, March 18th - LAS VEGAS, NV w/ TBA
Thursday, March 19th - LONG BEACH, CA w/ Aeonic Impulse,
Friday, March 20th - LOS ANGELES, CA w/ Bury the Machines,
Saturday, March 21st - OAKLAND, CA w/ Druid
metal masters NAR MATTARU have completed works on
their long awaited sophomore full-length, "Ancient Atomic
The album will be available this Spring on both CD (I,
Voidhanger Records) and vinyl (Blood Harvest Records), with
cover art by Sergio Gonzales.
Below, the first
preview-track off the album, "Declaration Of Supremacy".
to offer you "Hunter of the Celestial Sea",
the first extract off MIDNIGHT ODYSSEY's forthcoming double-album
Of Silver Fade", to be released next Spring!
On these notes we salute the new year and we thank all those
who supported I, Voidhanger Records during 2014, all our
bands, and all the graphic artists we worked with.
has been great, 2015 will be amazing, with the return of
Midnight Odyssey, Howls Of Ebb, Goatcraft, Mare Cognitum,
Ysengrin, Inconcessus Lux Lucis, Nar Mattaru, John Gallo,
The Order Of The Solar Temple, Bloodway, Sartegos,
Ævangelist, Serpent Ascending... and many others, including
some new bands that will be announced soon.
All the best!
"Phobos Monolith" CD is temporarily sold out from our
mailorder and Bandcamp store. We sent a new supply out to
our distributors. But fear not: the CD will be available
again in a month or so!
COGNITUM's "Phobos Monolith", INCONCESSUS
LUX LUCIS' "Crux Lupus Corona" and TONGUES' "Thelésis
Ignis"are finally out!
orders through Bandcamp or at:
Click on the album covers
below for the
related Bandcamp pages, where you can stream the records and
buy their digital version:
INCONCESSUS LUX LUCIS' "Crux Lupus Corona" EP is also
available as a ultra-limited 4-panel digipack in red and
gold colors, hand-crafted by cover artist
Bethany White. It comes with a 12-page booklet glued inside, and
CD is housed in a die-cut pocket. Only 16 pieces exist, few
of which reserved to band members, label and artist. 10
copies available for sale, 1 x customer.
Special Version is sold out! Thanks to all that placed an
Last but not
least, the Store has been updated with lots of titles from
Bindrune, Daemon Worship, Nomos Dei, Death Knell, Those
Opposed and other fine underground metal labels.
our main distributors, November
3rd is the official release date for our new titles:
COGNITUM "Phobos Monolith" CD - INCONCESSUS
LUX LUCIS "Crux Lupus Corona" CD - TONGUES "Thelésis
CDs will be
in our hands a couple weeks before the official release
date. Pre-orders and digital sales will start early October.
SPEAKING IN TONGUES...
a bog of black and deathly fog hides a mysterious and
incredibly talented Danish band which is now part of the I,
Voidhanger Records' roster: TONGUES.
A duo comprised of Thorbjørn (guitar, vocals, bass
and organ) and Qvortrup (drums, vocals, lyrics),
TONGUES have reaped a portentous 35-minute long debut EP
titled “Thelésis Ignis”. This is a rumbling,
ferocious, and ill-omened musical journey that alternates
bursts of violence with meditative grooves, dissonant
melodies and wretched atmospheres all within the auspice of
a cohesive, apocalyptic and mystical dark aura.
In the band's
own words, "TONGUES is devoted to the exploration of mind
and soul, and how they relate to the flesh. Our music is as
heavy as the earthbound flesh; the lyrics and themes
constitute the soul that yearns for some kind of redemption,
eternally lost in the cloud of unknowing. The nature of the
synthesis between soul and body is drenched in obscurity,
which is why - by speaking in tongues - a path may be
eventually revealed, providing salvation for that fallen
race we call Humanity. Our debut EP, 'Thelésis Ignis' is the
first chapter of this doomed spiritual journey."
The Will Of Fire
Last Grip Of The Hand Of
Bloodline Of The Blind
Ignis" will come in October as a jewelcase CD with a 16-page
full colour booklet and cover art by
Antonius Lovmand and N.
Listen to the
EP's first track, "Void Meditation":
TONGUES is Thorbjørn (guitar, vocals, bass, organ)
and Qvortrup (drums, vocals,
ANNOUNCE THEIR NEW ALBUM!
We're happy to report
that Dis Pater has almost completed works on the new
MIDNIGHT ODYSSEY's double album, "Shards Of Silver Fade"
scheduled for a 2015 release!
If the band's previous work, 2011's "Funerals From The Astral Sphere"
has become a cult release and today is cherished as one of the
finest examples of atmospheric black metal, "Shards Of Silver Fade"
is certainly going to break new grounds and to impose the Australian
act on a wider audience, independently from metal sub-genres and
The funeral doom grandeur of Tempestuous Fall and the dark-wave vibe
of The Crevices Below - Dis Pater's past projects - have been
successfully injected into Midnight Odyssey's cosmic black metal
body, redoubling the emotional intensity and dark majesty of its
The result is nothing short of an epic masterpiece, a visionary
night voyage of approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes connecting our
ancient pagan past with the apocalyptic feelings of a cosmic death.
But as much as death chants, these are also songs of rebirth, hymns
to a new life and awareness for Humanity, under brighter stellar
lights. "It is exactly like finding a place in the universe, being
given a spiritual connection with everything around you, making you
feel alive and very much part of the existence around you," Dis
Pater explains. "But making you feel somewhat important too, and not
just another speck of dust."
"Shards Of Silver Fade" track list:
From A Frozen Wasteland
Hunter Of The Celestial Sea
Son Of Phoebus
A Ghost In Gleaming Stars
Asleep Is The Fire
Darker Skies Once Radiant
Shards Of Silver Fade
Above, the stunning cover art drawn for
INCONCESSUS LUX LUCIS' "Crux Lupus Corona" EP by UK artist
"The front cover depicts The Crowned
Lord of Death in all his magnificence," explains singer/guitarist W.
Malphas. "How it worked was that we gave Bethany the music and
lyrics to become absorbed in, and then interpret in her own way via
visual illustration. She had managed to find new levels of meaning
in our music that I hadn't even noticed while I was writing the
"Crux Lupus Corona" will be out in
October as a jewelcase CD with a 12-page full-color booklet
featuring all lyrics together with extra art from Bethany White. An
ultra-limited special edition has been taken into consideration.
INCONCESSUS LUX LUCIS have been featured
at the No Clean Singing metal zine, which premiered the song
"Crux" worldwide. You can read the article
The song is also available at our
Soundcloud page. Listen and share:
We're very pleased to
announce that INCONCESSUS LUX LUCIS, one of UK's rising metal
forces, have joined the ranks of I, Voidhanger Records.
A duo comprised of
W. Malphas (guitars, drums, vocals) and A. Baal (bass),
INCONCESSUS LUX LUCIS offer a very personal take on occult/satanic
black metal by embracing the fierce aggressiveness of 80's metal and
the formidable grooves of 70's hard rock. The
result is what the band calls Saturnian Black Magic; metal in its
purest and most creative form.
"In its spirit, I suppose this music is best defined as black metal
due to the intent behind it," says Malphas; "however, I curse anyone
who decides to scorn our work because it doesn't fit their worthless,
restrictive ideas of what black metal should sound like."
After a well received
debut titled "Disintegration: Psalms Of Veneration For The Nefarious
Elite" on Nomos Dei Productions, the band is working on their
full-length album, to be released next year by I, Voidhanger Records. But first it will be the time of an EP including what
INCONCESSUS LUX LUCIS consider their best material so far.
Inspired by the
eponymous constellations and the occult
significances they imply, the "Crux Lupus Corona" EP is
scheduled for an October release.
Cover art will be
revealed very soon, together with a preview song.
(Inconcessus Lux Lucis - from
left to right: W. Malphas and A. Baal)
third and boldest quest into the cosmic regions of black metal, "Phobos
Monolith" is scheduled for an October release. It will be
available as a jewelcase CD with a 12-page full color booklet and
graced by a stunning cover art by
Here's an album
teaser, for all the abysslookers out there... Enjoy!
NEW RELEASES OUT NOW:
- Violet Dreams
- € 9,00
+ shipping (US - Doom / Heavy Rock /
Psych / Prog) Jewelcase CD, 16-page full color booklet on
170g glossy coated paper, with lyrics and liner notes. Cover
art by Costin Chioreanu.
- Resurrection Extract
- € 9,00
+ shipping (US - Atmospheric Black
Metal) Jewelcase CD, 12-page full color booklet on 170g
glossy coated paper, with lyrics. Cover art and booklet
drawings by Derek Setzer.
THE ORDER OF THE
SOLAR TEMPLE- S/T
- € 9,00
+ shipping (CAN - Occult Rock / Doom /
Psych / Heavy Metal) Jewelcase CD, 16-page full color booklet on
170g glossy coated paper, with lyrics. Cover art and booklet
drawings by Luciana Lupe Vasconcelos.
releases ̶ CHAOS MOON's "Resurrection
Extract", THE ORDER OF THE SOLAR TEMPLE's eponymous
debut and JOHN GALLOW's "Violet Dreams" ̶
are now available at Bandcamp for streaming and digital
CDs will be here
in a couple of weeks, pre-orders are officially open!
Click on the album covers for the
related Bandcamp pages:
For CD orders,
write us at
with a huge mailorder update which includes the latest vinyl
releases from Ysengrin, Balmog, Beyond
Mortal Dreams; new CDs from Dead Congregation,
Domains, Wulkanaz, Agatus, Todesstoss,
and full restock of the Invictus Prod. and Nuclear
Winter Rec. catalogues.
Apologies to those who received spam emails from our usual
account in the last 2 days! It seems that our provider is
under attack since May 17 and things are getting worse.
From now on, please send all your inquiries and orders to
the email address below. Thanks.
grim and putrid Lazarus on the cover art above, drawn by
CHAOS MOON have come to life
and in July will release their long-awaited third album,
One I 2.
Dreams Scattered Over An
Hymn To Iniquity, Part
II - Exsequiae
Exordium Of Exile
for a total trip of psychedelic, transcendental black
metal as in the preview song below...
The stars are
finally alligned: Canadian occult doom rockers THE ORDER
OF THE SOLAR TEMPLE will release their eponymous debut
album in July! It will come as a jewelcase CD with a 16-page
full color booklet. Stunning cover art and booklet
2012 by singer/guitarist Matt "Macabre" Emery - once in the
ranks of Funeral Circle and other Vancouver's metal acts -
THE ORDER OF THE SOLAR TEMPLE 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.
Aeon Of Horus
The Cult (Of Rock
And Roll) 4.
Submission (Blue Öyster Cult cover)
"The Order," a new preview track off the album.
JOHN GALLOW "VIOLET DREAMS" COVER
We want to thank our dear friend
the sensational cover art shown above! Inspired by JOHN GALLOW's
twisted doom metal tunes, it will adorn his upcoming debut album,
"Violet Dreams" is a solitary,
introspective and mostly improvised music voyage; the observation of
an artist - John Gallo of ORODRUIN and BLIZARO fame - that has
internalized the gloomy riffs and sorrowful atmospheres of doom,
transforming them into mystic and bizarre mindscapes.
Entrance to the Unknown
Dark Traveller 3:09
of Consciousness 6:05
Rain Messenger 4:29
Purple Room 3:59
Turn Sides 3:43
Wall of Doom
Beam of Light
Dreams" will be out in July. In the meantime, here's an
example of JOHN GALLOW's violet art of doom:
NEW RELEASES AVAILABLE NOW:
- € 13,50 + Shipping (GR - Progressive Black Metal/Ambient)
2CD in deluxe 6-panel digipack, 20-page full color booklet on 170gr
- € 11,00 + Shipping (FR - Orthodox Black Metal)
Deluxe 4-panel digipack, 24-page full color booklet on
170g paper with special Pantone Gold ink
SPECTRAL LORE's "III" and MALHKEBRE's "Revelation"
are now available at Bandcamp for streaming and digital download.
CDs will be here in 10 days, pre-orders are open!
Click on the album covers for the
related Bandcamp pages:
VOYAGE TO PHOBOS...
We are very pleased to announce the
signing of MARE COGNITUM, one of the leading forces in the
progressive black metal field!
The band's sole member, Jacob Buczarski
has already proven his capabilities on his first two full-length
releases and the "Sol" split CD with Spectral Lore. Since then he
has refined his songwriting and production skills even more, and is
ready to offer his third voyage in the spaced-out realms of cosmic
Monolith," the album is scheduled for a September
Weaving the Thread of Transcendence (13:03)
2. Entropic Hallucinations (8:13)
3. Noumenon (13:07)
4. Ephemeral Eternities (15:54)
Above you can
admire the album cover art, courtesy of
Luciana Nedelea. A preview track will follow soon...
SPECTRAL LORE "III" 2-CD digipack and MALHKEBRE "Revelation"
CD digipack are expected to be in our hands around May 10.
May 2 it will be possible to pre-order them and to buy their
digital versions through our
THE VIOLET DREAMS OF JOHN GALLOW
We're very pleased to announce a new
collaboration with one of the most talented rock/metal artists of
our times, John Gallo! After the "Strange Doorways" double
anthology of eccentric doom, heavy-psych, and other assorted dark
extravagances released under the BLIZARO banner, we will soon
send to press the first full-length album of JOHN GALLOW, the
most recent alter-ego of our hero from Rochester, NY.
"After years I am finally opening a new
chapter in my doom journey," has commented Gallo himself. "JOHN
GALLOW's debut CD is called Violet Dreams and features 13
cuts of heavy riff madness. It's Black Hole, Paul Chain, and early
Candlemass all in one cocoon!"
As it was for the BLIZARO "Strange
Doorways" box-set, "Violet Dreams" will come with exclusive cover
artwork by the renowned Romanian artist
Chioreanu, while our art director
Gemelli has created the JG logo-symbol you see above, in homage
to Paul Chain.
A preview of the purple darkness
While waiting for
the Revelation to come, here's a new blasphemous
offering from MALHKEBRE, "In Pulverem Reverteris"...
Thanks to our
friend Lightfox, now we have a YouTube channel up and
running full force! Check it out:
MALHKEBRE "REVELATION": COVER ART AND
assembled during the years, MALHKEBRE's "Revelation"
is a manifestation of true Death worship in the shape of
dissonant, razor-like riffs, cryptic and convoluted
structures, tetanus-made melodies, and hysterical vocal
invocations preaching the arrival of a new era of
Transcendance, Devotion, Chaos, and Spirituality.
means true Satanic Resistance, the fist of the Devil in the
face of Modern Society.
Out on May
2nd, 2014 as a luxurious digipack with a 24-page booklet.
last piece of humanity, receive the Final Shape. Become...
IN LEAGUE WITH THE
APOSTLES OF IGNOMINY
pleased to announce our alliance with the French apostles of
religious black metal known as MALHKEBRE and the late
April release of their new psalm of death, the long-awaited
debut full-length album "Revelation."
Multi Sunt Vocati
Hystérie Révélatrice - Part
Révélatrice - Part II
To Become Or Die
Truth Must Be Doubted For Victory
Cover artwork will be
revealed soon, together with a preview song.
the messenger, His messenger. Since 2002, the word of the
Lord has been propagated by the sonic terrorism of four
militants totally devoted to His cause: members of the
sectarian organization “The Apostles of Ignominy.” Their
art, which could be described as Orthodox Black Metal, is a
profession of faith, an act of resistance to all forms of
morals and humanism. Here a pagan and bucolic Satanism is
out of the question. No snow-covered forests, only emaciated,
charred stumps; no white wolves, except as carcasses rotting
in the sun of a nuclear winter…
The group has distilled its venom sparingly, preferring to
bide its time rather than unleashing a flood of poor
productions. So far, a Cassette released privately for a
small number of initiates; the "Prostration" mini LP, first
in analog then digitally; a split with Aosoth in analog; and
now the first full-length album, "Revelation."
On the other
hand there have been numerous celebrations and a number of
groups/brothers have partaken in the liturgies: Antaeus,
Blacklodge, Alien Deviant Circus, Christicide, Destroyer
666, Embrace of Thorns, Hell Militia, Ofermod, Peste Noire…
these concerts are veritable rituals that make an impression
and never leave you indifferent.
Like a sonic mark, the message rests in your subconscious
whether you like the performance or not. MALHKEBRE spreads
His word and isn’t there to put you at ease, but to make you
accept your paltry human condition through submission to the
Only then can
you raise yourself in suffering… You deserve it.
- vocals, howls & samples Messiatanik
guitars Kristik A.K. -
bass Shamaanik B. -
Voyager And The Clandestine Horizon
CD-EP (RO - Post Black Metal)
Jewelcase CD, 16-page full color booklet on 170g matt coated paper
complete with lyrics. Cover art and booklet visual journey by
first official video created by Costin Chioreanu for the track "Free
Ends." Have a nice trip!
NEW RELEASES OUT NOW:
- The Blasphemer
- € 9,50 + Shipping (US - Necroclassical
/ Dark Ambient) Jewelcase CD, 32-page full color booklet on
135g glossy coated paper, with Willliam Blake's paintings,
liner notes and track-by-track commentaries.
HOWLS OF EBB
Vigils Of The 3rd Eye CD
- € 9,00 + Shipping (US - Limbonic Black
Death Metal) Jewelcase CD, 20-page full color booklet on
170g matt coated paper, with lyrics and paintings by Wiley
metallers NAR MATTARU are busy mixing their sophomore album,
"Ancient Atomic Warfare", to be released in the coming months
under the banner of I, Voidhanger Records! For a taste of what's to
come, listen to the YouTube advance-track "Funeral In Abzu" (not
NAR MATTARU is Bliol (vocals),
Francisco Bravo (bass, guitars), and Andrès Gonzàles (drums).
last preview track before the release of HOWLS OF EBB's
upcoming debut album "Vigils From The 3rd Eye." This
time we chose a shorter and extremely venomous song, "The
Arc. The Vine. The Blight."
Below, one of
the highlights from GOATCRAFT's sophomore album "The Blasphemer" is available for your listening
pleasure. The track is called "Satan In His Original Glory"
and has been inspired by the William Blake's painting of the
look at ‘Satan In His Original Glory’ and see what Blake
wanted to communicate," explains GOATCRAFT sole member
Lonegoat. "Blake was against the restrictive nature of
Christianity, so he presented nature on par with spiritual
energies. In the painting, you will see that the angels of
Satan are below him holding musical instruments to create
art, as well as books to obtain knowledge. Blake ultimately
wanted people to educate themselves so that they would be
liberated from religious ignorance."
Blasphemer" is scheduled for a March 3rd release in Europe,
but will be available for sale in our store even sooner...
Time to divulge another limbonic
black death metal sermon off HOWLS OF EBB's upcoming
debut album, "Vigils Of The 3rd Eye" out on March
Submit to the "Illucid
Illuminati of the Dark."
(click to enlarge)
ANNOUNCE THE NEW DOUBLE ALBUM "III"
announce their new epic, a double album of progressive black
metal titled "III", scheduled
for a late April release via I, Voidhanger Records.
The Veiled Garden
The Cold March To Eternal
Drifting Through Moss And
Ancient Stone (11:13)
The Spiral Fountain
A Rider In The
Lands Of An Infinite Dreamscape
"In the works
since 2008, lyrically and conceptually 'III' marks a passage
from the internal to the external, from the individual to
cosmic destiny," SPECTRAL LORE sole member Ayloss
explains. "It aspires for humans to discover the importance
of their own existence and the potential of their effect,
negating the pessimism and existential nihilism that are
ever-present in black metal. It aspires for Man to ask the
greatest questions and to come up with answers, even as
naive or limited as they might seem at the moment. The
deepest, most beautiful dream is that which is in tune with
– "Singularity" (tracks
1-4) and "Eternity" (tracks 5-7)
– "III" will come as a
luxurious 6-panel double digipack with a 16-page full color
booklet, and will be graced by the magnificent, visionary
art you can admire above, courtesy of the renowned symbolist
the album cover, the Greek black metal band has also unveiled
a new song off the album, "A Rider In The Lands Of An
Infinite Dreamscape." Enjoy.
will promote the release of their debut MCD, "Sunstone
Voyager And The Clandestine Horizon" by playing a
special live show on February 27th, at the Question Mark
Club in Bucharest, Romania.
The concert will start at 9:30pm and will be an intimate one,
having no opening acts and an extremely limited number of
tickets (only 70). The band kindly ask their guest not to
use any video or photo cameras during the performance, in
order to be focused on the show. Those attending the concert
will be the first metalheads to purchase BLOODWAY's debut
MCD at a special price. The musical background for the
entire evening will be selected by Costin Chioreanu.
February 27th is the CD release date for Romania only. The
official release date for the other European Countries and
the US will be announced soon.
ILLUMINATI OF THE DARK ARE COMING!
EBB play limbonic black death metal, conjured from the
nightmarish spheres of void existing between anguish and
fear. They are the
Illucid Illuminati of the Dark, the black conspirators of Decay, eaters of shadows, whirling dervishes of cinder and rust...
nothing else you need to know, except that HOWLS OF
EBB's debut album, "Vigils Of The 3rd Eye" will be
released in late February/early March 2014. Jewelcase CD,
20-page booklet. Paintings by
Wiley Trieff, art direction and layout by
Martian Terrors, Limbonic
Opulent Ghouls... Blessed Be
Thy End 3:04
The Arc. The Vine. The
Of Heel, Cyst And Lung
The Deep Well
Vigils Of The 3rd Eye
Illucid Illuminati Of The
The Devious Nectar -
Purgatory Reprisal 11:41
Many of our
releases are available there for your listening pleasure and
for your digital purchases, the rest of our catalogue will
be added soon. The merch section already features several
of our physical releases, but if you want to buy multiple
items please get in touch for discounts and exact shipping
Thanks to all those who have
supported I, Voidhanger Records through 2013, hoping you'll
keep on staying with us. We promise it will be another
BLOODWAY are gearing up for the release of their
debut EP, "Sunstone Voyager And The Clandestine Horizon",
through I, Voidhanger Records at the beginning of 2014.
1. I Am A Drop Of Water In An Ocean Of Stars (intro)
2. The Skeleton Key
3. Free Ends
4. Eye Service Collapse
5. Sunstone Voyager And The Clandestine Horizon
worldwide premiere, BLOODWAY offer the first track, for
streaming online, through our Soundcloud channel.
"This is the
first track we ever composed as a band, is the opening track
of our debut release, so we decided to start with the very
beginning. Ideologically speaking, "The Skeleton Key"
is the key capable of opening any lock regardless of make or
type. Its skeletal structure can bypass all locks. So, it's
a kind of invitation to go deeper and deeper inside yourself,
until you find the essence. As closer to the essence you get,
as pure the result is. And only that purity can act as the
skeleton key," says singer/guitarist Costin Chioreanu.
About studio time and recording BLOODWAY's "Sunstone Voyager
And The Clandestine Horizon", producer Marius Costache says:
"I have worked with Costin on numerous musical projects, but
I think BLOODWAY is the project that manages to comprise
everything he's done before in a single unified vision and
sound. Production side, there was no intention in sounding
like a certain something, but neither one of being like no
other before. The sound just served the music behind it. The
band came really prepared to the studio knowing what they
wanted, but we also experimented a bit for some creepy parts
and due to similar tastes for some particular esthetics, the
whole thing came together quite quickly."
"We grown up as a band in our private cellar, playing all
together and using a very basic setup. Once in the studio,
we recorded the drums without any clicktracks, in order to
keep the feeling of our music alive and even to develop it.
After that we recorded the rest of instruments over these
wild drums. It was crazy, but it was the only way we could
reach this level of musical expression," Costin Chioreanu
adds. Concerning the sound and production: "I knew Marius
can do exactly what we need. Seems like he just read our
Together with the first BLOODWAY song, the band reveals the
front cover of "Sunstone Voyager And The Clandestine Horizon".
The visual story kept inside the CD booklet will be the core
of the next art exhibition of Costin Chioreanu, entitled "Cladnestine
Horizons". The exhibition will have the vernissage on March
7th 2014, in Italy, Milano, at Santeria (Via Ettore Paladini
8) . More information here:
sophomore album "The Blasphemer" is now scheduled for
a February 2014 release. It will come as a jewelcase CD,
with a 32-page booklet assembled by our art director
Francesco Gemelli and filled with art, track-by-track
commentaries, and liner notes.
recorded from July to November 2013 under the influence of
William Blake's paintings and theological observations, the
album represents my quest to reconcile the mystical side of
GOATCRAFT with its nihilistic side," sole-member Lonegoat
Listen to a
new preview track themed around one of Blake's most famous
watercolours from "The Big Red Dragon" series:
performs Necroclassical Art exclusively!
born in July 2013, from the ideas of 3 musicians: drummer Alex Ghita,
bassist Mihai Andrei, and guitarist/singer
Chioreanu, one of
the most renowned and acclaimed artists and graphic designers in
today's metal field. The three merged
their past musical experiences, challenging themselves to reach new
borders of creativity, in order to shape a special band with an
extremely coherent speech. The name BLOODWAY comes from the idea of
experiences and paths that somebody can achieve and discover during
The reason why the band kept everything secret - from it's own
existence to any updates concerning creative progress - until this
very moment it is simply the band member's desire of presenting just
the results of their creativity, completely ignoring the nowadays
social aspects of having a band. "We were totally focused on
developing what we wanted to build together, so we just locked
ourselves in the cell and kept everything away from the world
outside. Our main goal was first to find our own path and to record
a debut material as concentrated as possible. We simply left outside
the door any possible influence from the people around us," Costin
Chioreanu explains. "Even our closest friends had zero information
on our existence as a band, until today... but our purpose demanded
In September 2013 BLOODWAY recorded a live demo and sent it only to
one label worldwide, I, Voidhanger Records from Italy, label that
signed the band on the spot.
"I worked with them in the past on some graphic projects," Costin
says, "I saw how much passion they put on their releases, and I knew
that was the right choice. This is the most important thing
concerning this band: everything we do and every person we work with
,must be 100% into our world, otherwise it means that something is
wrong and must be cut down immediately. The way to reach purity of
expression, is a very painful road, concerning mostly human
Together with producer Marius Costache, in November 2013 BLOODWAY
entered Next Dog Studio (Bucharest) and gave birth to their debut
recording "Sunstone Voyager and the Clandestine Horizon"
which will be released at the beginning of 2014 by I, Voidhanger
Expect some highly emotional dark metal, with twisted riffs and
strong roots in black metal but without being imprisoned in its
rules, going sometimes even further, to progressive or even
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:
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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.