The 4th of April, 2017, will see an official re-issue of Grand Belial's Key's demo recordings on CD. This piece of US Black Metal History comes as a Hardcover Digibook 2CD, with a 34 pages’ booklet that features an exclusive interview, lyrics, old pictures of the Band etc.
CD 1 features a remastered version of “Goat of a Thousand Young” and “Triumph of the Hordes”, an alternative intro and the first demo recording of the track “Goat of a Thousand Young“(instrumental). CD2 holds a raw live recording of GBK, live at the Bayou / Washington DC, 25/06/1995.
A vinyl version is in the works as well and can be expected within the near future. More details in due time…
"It is not very often that an active local band is able to capture the attention of Nuclear War Now! in such a way that the label feels compelled to offer to release one or more of its recordings. Hailing from just around the bay in San Mateo, CA, Howls of Ebb (HoB) is one notable exception.
The band’s history and innovative tendencies, however, may help explain the label’s attraction, given that HoB’s multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Zee-Luuuvft-Huund grew up in the same close-knit Kansas City metal scene that spawned Order From Chaos, one of NWN!’s most unabashed all-time favorites. Although Howls of Ebb and Order From Chaos may not share the most perceptible qualities of music that typically would lead one to draw a direct comparison between them, the two bands derive a connection from the fact that both have strived to and have succeeded in expanding the boundaries within which extreme metal defines itself.
Nuclear War Now! first worked with Howls of Ebb in 2016 on the vinyl release of the band’s second album, “Cursus Impasse: The Pendlomic Vows.” Now it is the label’s great pleasure to retroactively release the first vinyl LP edition of the band’s debut full-length, “Vigils of the 3rd Eye,” originally released on CD by I, Voidhanger Records in 2014. Much like its second album, “Vigils…” realizes its potency through a combination of countlessly-varied riffs, tempo changes, and layered musical textures.
Each song is marked by notably unorthodox and unpredictable progressions that can have a very disquieting effect on the listener. The guitars often move in a schizophrenic fashion from rapid-fire, galloping riffs to darkly serene but disturbing passages and back, without the slightest hint of a disconnect in the song’s composition. The riffs are often executed with a staccato-like picking technique which combines perfectly with the drums, thus accentuating the percussive element of the higher-tempo portions of the music.
Moreover, in comparison to most death metal bands, Howls of Ebb relies somewhat less on effects like distortion and reverb, which serves to create a starker contrast between the notes/chords and the open spaces between them, which further augments the disorienting effect of the song structures and progressions.
The synthesis of these traits makes “Vigils of the 3rd Eye,” like its successor, a product of a band who defies the conventions of its subgenre and thus earns its recognition as a modern-day innovator of death metal. "
- C. Conrad
Polish death/black metal tyrants AZARATH have unveiled a new song from their forthcoming album 'In Extremis', which is set to be released on April 7th via Agonia Records.
Touted as a "demonic mutation of Krisiun and Behemoth with shades of Immolation", AZARATH stand up to their wicked name. The band's death metal is crisp, black, and while it possesses the charm of their American counterparts, it remains open-minded and organic. This should not come as a surprise, considering the AZARATH's impressive line-up and cemented position as one the the best Polish acts of the genre. The band was formed in 1998 by drummer Inferno (of Behemoth fame). He's accompanied by Bart (Armagedon, Damnation) on guitars, Necrosodom (Anima Damnata, Deus Mortem, ex-Infernal War) on vocals and guitars, as well as Peter (ex-Lost Soul) on bass.
Meaning "at the point of death" or "under extreme circumstances" in Latin, 'In Extremis' is yet another apex reached by AZARATH. Offering a vehement ride through the netherworlds, the effort places the band back at the fore of the genre, with strong ties to the group's early cult albums. The eerie painting that adorns the album's cover was made by Marta Promińska (Hypnagogic Painting).
Recorded in various locations between March and November 2016, 'In Extremis' was mixed and mastered by Haldor Grunberg at Satanic Audio. Graphic design and layout were done by Mentalporn (Behemoth, Origin, Decapitated) with calligraphy provided by Ihasan Art and additional work by Holy Poison Design.
1. The Triumph of Ascending Majesty
2. Let My Blood Become His Flesh
3. Annihilation (Smite All the Illusions)
4. The Slain God
5. At the Gates of Understanding
6. Parasu Blade
7. Sign of Apophis
8. Into the Nameless Night
9. Venomous Tears (Mourn of the Unholy Mother)
The 8th Opus of the hermetic coven of Acherontas is hereby revealed, under the title and haruspex of 'Amarta'.
A web of visionary vibrations, consisting of the revolting force of overcoming the bounds and the powerful spark of creation, continuing the Formulas of Reptilian Unification as a second part. We are proud to have Among Us the Great Individuals Naas Alcameth & Indra Breathing a Fiery Essence in our New Work.The fire burns higher now, as the omens are set to become reality.
The philosophy of Empiricism that has been forged throughout the Coven of Acherontas history is now more radiant than ever. Withstanding a duration of 45 minutes and a unique meditative yet dynamic atmosphere, the new revelation is set to uphold the standards of the past and open wide the artistic horizons to the future. A strong return to the roots of Acherontas and the legendary sound waves of the 90's era, blend with an innovative orchestration that signifies the magical Work of 'Amarta'.
After several magical journeys during the last decade, having led the innovation to the genre by using many meditative ritualistic parts, this time the Devil's Art is summoned by the Coven within the creation of a straight Black Metal album, rejecting the trend of an oversaturated scene that blindly joined the line of ritual ambient Genre to attract the sheep with hollow visions. This is a revolt against the Modern Genre of extreme music, an artistic Extremity to shutter every disbelief, a new Oracle.
Tracklist of 'Amarta' अमर्त (Formulas of Reptilian Unification II)
1. Tablets of Mercury
2. Schism of Worlds
3. I-AM Ness-The tradition of EYE
4. Sopdet Denudata
5. Yesod Inversum
6. Rosa andromeda
7. Savikalpa Samadhi
Release Date shall be announced shortly.
Paintings in Artwork/Layout by Karl NE/Nachzehrer(Ex-Nastrond/Shibalba).
Keep the Fires of burning Skulls High!
The mighty DØDSENGEL, or simply one of the best Black Metal band in the world, are finally about to release the highly anticipated successor of the monstrous 'Imperator' (2012). This brand new album, entitled 'Interequinox', will be released by the French label Debemur Morti Productions on May 19th on Digipack CD, Gatefold 2x12" LP and Digital formats.
The magnificent front cover drawing was executed by brilliant artist Anders Røkkum.
This cathartic new offering contains 11 glorious pieces of truly Esoteric Black Metal :
2 Prince Of Ashes
3 Værens Korsvei
4 Emerald Earth
8 Ved Alltings Ende
10 Gloria In Excelsis Deo
Be prepared because it's coming !
'Interequinox' is an immersive Occult Opera and an unmissable sonic experience this year...
From the beyond comes Prosternatur, a sonic journey through old ritualistic landscapes, trancelike atmospheres varying from obscure chanting and ambient interludes to riff based Black Metal. Topped off with inhuman, bone chilling vocals, all elements are dynamically tied together making 'Abyssus Abyssum Invocat' truly a stellar debut. LP released by Terratur Possessions exclusively.
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