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Tue, Jul 26 2016: ESBEN AND THE WITCH

Season of Mist are proud to announce the signing of ESBEN AND THE WITCH. The dark atmospheric rockers will release their fourth full-length on the label this autumn.

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Regarding their signing, ESBEN AND THE WITCH comment: "We are delighted to announce that we have signed with Season of Mist. The next ESBEN AND THE WITCH record will be released on Season of Mist in collaboration with our own Nostromo Records. It has been quite the journey so far, always learning, always growing and 2016 finds us settled here in Berlin. Now as we embark towards the glowing horizon, we do so in good company. Season of Mist will help us blaze new pathways and find more like-minded souls as we go. We think this collaboration will be a great thing for Nostromo as well, enabling us to release more music by ourselves and others in time. We are excited to see where this will lead, come with us. More news coming very soon and with that... Onwards!"

ESBEN AND THE WITCH were formed in Brighton, a windswept English seaside resort, when drummer and electronic musician Daniel Copeman hooked up with guitarist Thomas Fisher in 2008. After a number of failed auditions for a vocalist, Fisher had a chance meeting with longtime friend Rachel Davies, who proved to be the perfect fit as singer for the newly created three-piece. A band name was found in the foreboding Danish fairy-tale "Esben and the Witch".

The self-released '33 EP' (2009) and a 7" single entitled 'Lucia, at the Precipice' (2010) caused a vibrant buzz that led to a first record deal. With the single 'Marching Song' (2010), ESBEN AND THE WITCH heralded their debut full-length 'Violet Cries', a Gothic post-rock nightmare that hit the stores in January 2011. The album was immediately picked up by critics and fans alike, managing to climb to #13 in the UK Indie Chart. Two singles, 'Warpath' and 'Chorea' and the digital 'Hexagons' EP followed in the same year.

2012 saw the trio commence work on their sophomore album 'Wash the Sins Not Only the Face' which was released in early 2013 and again scored critical praise. Its lyrics, this time written by Davies alone, document an expedition, a journey that begins with a rallying cry in gleaming sunlight and ends deep in the still of the night.

ESBEN AND THE WITCH decided to take matters into their own hands again, meaning that the third full-length 'A New Nature' (2014) was released on the their own imprint, 'Nostromo Records'. The band travelled to Chicago to record with Steve Albini and the result was an intense, sprawling creation inspired by the trio's increasingly heavy live show.

Having established themselves as a highly individual act and an excellent reputation as an outstanding live force, ESBEN AND THE WITCH found themselves invited by now label mates SÓLSTAFIR as special guests on the Icelander's autumn tour, where Season of Mist CEO Michael Berberian witnesses a highly impressive performance and offered a deal. With the contract signed and work in the studio finished, ESBEN AND THE WITCH are now getting ready to unleash their fourth album this autumn. Watch this space...

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Rachel Davies: vocals, bass
Thomas Fisher: guitar
Daniel Copeman: drums, synths

15/10/16 Mannheim (DE) Wir Sind Die Toten Fest 2016 - JUZ Mannheim

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Tue, Jul 26 2016: THY CATAFALQUE

Upcoming release: "Meta"

Release date: Fri, Sep 16 2016, US Fri, Sep 16 2016

Hungarian avant-garde metal outfit THY CATAFALQUE have unveiled the first stunning song taken from their forthcoming seventh album 'Meta', which can be pre-ordered here (out September 16th). The track "Mezolit" is now exclusively streaming via the official media partners listed below.

Metal Roos (AU)
Metal Hammer (DE)
Friedhof Magazine (ES)
Kaaoszine (FI)
La Grosse Radio (FR)
Rocking (GR)
Lángoló Gitárok (HU)
Metaljesus Magazine (IN)
Andfari (IS)
Metalitalia (IT)
Zware Metalen (NL)
Metal Hammer (NO)
Ultraje (PT)
Terrorizer (UK)
No Clean Singing (USA)

Regarding "Meta", mastermind Tamás Kátai comments: "The track 'Mezolit' ('Mesolithic') features two vocalists taking my place – my old friend, Lambert Lédeczy from AHRIMAN, MÖRBID CARNAGE, and TYRANT GOATGALDRAKONA and Gyula Vasvári from PERIHELION delivering the clean vocals. The song itself is set in prehistoric times, we cannot fully comprehend and at least for me it breathes a feeling of timelessness, like existing through aeons."



  1. Uránia
  2. Sirály
  3. 10^(-20) Ångström
  4. Ixión Düün
  5. Osszel otthon
  6. Malmok járnak
  7. Vonatút az éjszakában
  8. Mezolit
  9. Fehérvasárnap

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Tamás Kátai: vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards, programming, lyrics

Guest musicians
Attila Bakos: clean vocals on "Uránia"
Judit Csere: cello on "Sirály"
Ágnes Tóth: soprano on "Sirály"
Balázs Tóth: lead guitar on "Ixión Düün"
Orsolya Fogarasi: female vocals on "Malmok járnak"
Zoltán Kónya: vocals on "Malmok járnak"
Luci Holland: oboe on "Malmok járnak"
Gyula Vasvári : clean vocals on "Vonatút az éjszakában" and "Mezolit"
Lambert Lédeczy: vocals on "Mezolit"

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Tue, Jul 26 2016: SAINT VITUS

Upcoming release: "Live Vol. 2"

Release date: Fri, Sep 23 2016, US Fri, Sep 23 2016

The godfathers of American doom, SAINT VITUS have unveiled the first raw track taken from their forthcoming live album 'Live Vol. 2', which can be pre-ordered here incl. exclusive limited editions with bonus album (out September 23). The classic "War Is Our Destiny" is now exclusively streaming via the official media partners below.

Metal Obsession (AU)
Spark (CZ)
Metal Hammer (DE)
Devilution (DK)
Rockzone (ES)
Inferno (FI)
Radio Metal (FR)
Rock Overdose (GR)
Lángoló Gitárok (HU)
Rock Hard (IT)
Lords of Metal (NL)
Metal Hammer (NO)
Musick Magazine (PL)
Loud (PT)
Terrorizer (UK)
The Obelisk (US)

SAINT VITUS are simultaneously revealing the artwork and track-list of 'Live Vol. 2', which can both be viewed below.



  1. War Is Our Destiny
  2. Look Behind You
  3. Let Them Fall
  4. The Bleeding Ground
  5. Patra (Petra)
  6. The Troll
  7. The Waste Of Time
  8. White Stallions
  9. Thirsty And Miserable
  10. Dying Inside
  11. Born Too Late

'Live Vol. 2' will also be released as a special digipak edition containing a digisleeve as well as a triple gatefold vinyl, which are both strictly limited and will contain 'Marbles in the Moshpit'. This live recording from Ontario, Canada in December 1984 was previously available as a bootleg and on limited vinyl, and features the line-up Dave Chandler, Mark Adams, original singer Scott Reagers, and late drummer Armando Acosta, who sadly passed away in 2000.

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Recording line-up
Dave Chandler: guitar
Scott "Wino" Weinrich: vocals
Mark Adams: bass
Henry Vasquez: drums

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Tue, Jul 26 2016: DÉPARTE

Upcoming release: "Failure, Subside"

Release date: Fri, Oct 14 2016, US Fri, Oct 14 2016

Australian post-black metal extremists DÉPARTE are unleashing the first vitriolic song taken from their forthcoming full-length 'Failure, Subside', which can be pre-ordered here (out 14th of October). The song 'Vessel' is now exclusively streaming via the official media partners listed below.

Metal Obsession (AU)
Metal Hammer (DE)
Friedhof Magazine (ES)
Kaaoszine (FI)
Radio Metal (FR)
Rocking (GR)
Lángolá Gitárok (HU)
Andfari (IS)
Metalitalia (IT)
Zware Metalen (NL)
Metal Hammer (NO)
Antichrist Magazine (UA)
Terrorizer (UK)
No Clean Singing (US)

Frontman Sam Dishington comments on behalf of DÉPARTE: "Our new track 'Vessel' is a reaction to deeply entrenched feelings of isolation and futility. It deals with the despair of being stranded in that place, that void, and even still finding peace, stillness, and victory, drawing you out into the light. From a musical standpoint, 'Vessel' is quite broad, touching on many of the elements you can expect to hear throughout the rest of the album. Dark, crushing and dissonant, yet in the same breath powerful and emotive."

The Australian post-black metal extremists have previously revealed the cover art of 'Failure, Subside', which is based on a photograph by Alistair Davis of Zac Blain that has been edited by Sam Dishington and Michael Rankine. Artwork and track-list can be viewed below.



  1. Seas of Glass
  2. Ashes in Bloom
  3. Wither
  4. Grief Echoes (Golden Scars)
  5. Mara's Choir
  6. Vessel
  7. Ruin

On previous news, DÉPARTE have announced Australian live dates in support of their debut full-length. Except for Brisbane and Perth, the underground shooting stars will be joined by special guests NO HAVEN.

Regarding the tour, DÉPARTE commented: "After more than a year since our last live performance, we are set to tour Australia this Spring in support of our debut album, 'Failure, Subside'. The stage is where we feel the most at home, where we can truly express ourselves and create a deeply engaging, visceral experience for our audience. To say we are excited about this would be an understatement. Joining us across the country will be our good friends NO HAVEN, fresh off the release of their debut EP 'Colours of Nothing'."

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29 Oct 16 Brisbane (AU) Crowbar
04 Nov 16 Launceston (AU) Club 54 (+No Haven)
05 Nov 16 Hobart (AU) The Brisbane Hotel (+No Haven)
18 Nov 16 Sydney (AU) The Bald Faced Stag (+No Haven)
19 Nov 16 Melbourne (AU) The Bendigo Hotel (+No Haven)
25 Nov 16 Perth (AU) Amplifier
03 Dec 16 Adelaide (AU) Enigma Bar (+No Haven)

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Sam Dishington: guitar, vocals
Michael Rankine: drums
Mitchell Golding: guitar
Jarrod Sorbian: bass

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Tue, Jul 26 2016: GORGUTS

Latest release: "Pleiades' Dust"

Release date: Fri, May 13 2016, US Fri, May 13 2016

GORGUTS have announced a North American tour alongside INTRONAUT. The trek begins on Oct. 3 in Brighton, MA and continues over the rest of the month. The critically-acclaimed death metal pioneers will be touring in support of their latest EP 'Pleiades' Dust'. A full list of confirmed dates can be found below.

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03 Oct 16 Brighton, MA (US) Brighton Music Hall
04 Oct 16 Montreal, QC (CA) Theatre Fairmont
05 Oct 16 Ottawa, ON (CA) Maverick's
06 Oct 16 Toronto, ON (CA) Hard Luck
07 Oct 16 Cleveland, OH (US) Agora Ballroom
08 Oct 16 Chicago, IL (US) Subterranean
09 Oct 16 Minneapolis, MN (US) Cabooze
10 Oct 16 Winnipeg, MB (CA) The Park Theatre
11 Oct 16 Regina, SK (CA) The Exchange
12 Oct 16 Edmonton, AB (CA) The Starlite Room
14 Oct 16 Vancouver, BC (CA) Rickshaw Theater
15 Oct 16 Seattle, WA (US) Studio 7
16 Oct 16 Portland, OR (US) Panic Room
19 Oct 16 San Francisco, CA (US) DNA Lounge
20 Oct 16 W. Hollywood, CA (US) The Roxy
21 Oct 16 San Diego, CA (US) Brick By Brick
22 Oct 16 Mesa, AZ (US) Club Red
24 Oct 16 Fort Worth, TX (US) The Rail Club
25 Oct 16 Austin, TX (US) Dirty Dog Bar
27 Oct 16 Atlanta, GA (US) Masquerade
28 Oct 16 Baltimore, MD (US) Metro Gallery
29 Oct 16 Philadelphia, PA (US) Voltage Lounge
30 Oct 16 New York, NY (US) Le Poisson Rouge

Canadian death metal pioneers GORGUTS are touring in support of their mind-blowing EP 'Pleiades' Dust'. The new masterpiece is available at the Season of Mist store and streaming in full here. Cover artwork and tracklist are shown below.



  1. Pleiades' Dust

Gorguts bandpicture

Luc Lemay: Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Kevin Hufnagel: Rhythm & Lead Guitar
Colin Marston: Bass
Patrice Hamelin: Drums

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Tue, Jul 26 2016: SINISTRO

Latest release: "Semente"

Release date: Fri, Apr 08 2016, US Fri, Apr 08 2016

SINISTRO have announced a string of European dates in support of SUBROSA. The Portuguese Fado rockers will join the acclaimed violin doom stoner act on the continent; starting at the Urban Spree in Germany's capital Berlin on September 22 and continuing until the concert at Espace B in Paris, France on the 10th of October. All currently confirmed SINISTRO shows can be viewed below.


22 Sep 16 Berlin (DE) Urban Spree
23 Sep 16 Wroclaw (PL) Asymmetry Festival
24 Sep 16 Praha (CZ) Modra Vopice
25 Sep 16 Wien (AT) Viper Room
26 Sep 16 München (DE) Feierwerk
28 Sep 16 Milano (IT) Lo-Fi
29 Sep 16 Bologna (IT) Freak Out
01 Oct 16 Nijmegen (NL) Merleyn
03 Oct 16 Hamburg (DE) Hafenklang
05 Oct 16 Oslo (NO) Blå
09 Oct 16 Köln (DE) Underground
10 Oct 16 Paris (FR) Espace B

SINISTRO festival dates
20 Aug 16 Porto (PT) Amplifest  (+Neurosis et al.)
05 Jul 17 Neskaupstaður (IS) Eistnaflug (exact date tbc)


Dutch major media network VPRO is still streaming audio streaming the celebrated SINISTRO concert at this year's edition of the seminal Roadburn Festival via its cult show 3VOOR12. You can listen to the performance of the Portuguese ambient doom rockers here.

SINISTRO have released their latest dark melancholic masterpiece 'Semente' on April 8th. The album continues to be available in various formats from the Season of Mist shop.

Artwork and tracklist of 'Semente' can be viewed below.



  1. Partida
  2. Estrada
  3. Corpo Presente
  4. Semente
  5. Relíquia
  6. A Visita
  7. Fragmento

Sinistro bandpic

Patricia Andrade – vocals
Y – guitar
F - bass, keys
R – guitar
P – drums

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Tue, Jul 26 2016: ABBATH

Latest release: "Abbath"

Release date: Fri, Jan 22 2016, US Fri, Jan 22 2016

ABBATH has been nominated by Metal Hammer Germany for the Metal Hammer Awards 2016 in the category "Best Debut". The winner of this award is elected by jury decision. Season of Mist congratulates the Norwegian legend and wishes him the best of luck! If you want to check out all nominations, click here and scroll through the gallery using the small arrows.

Abbath's self-titled debut album is still available in various formats on the Season of Mist E-shop and is streaming in full on Bandcamp. Cover artwork and tracklist are shown below.



  1. To War
  2. Winter Bane
  3. Ashes Of The Damned
  4. Ocean Of Wounds
  5. Count The Dead
  6. Fenrir Hunts
  7. Root Of The Mountain
  8. Eternal

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Tue, Jul 26 2016: SONS OF BALAUR

SONS OF BALAUR have been featured in the 'Realm Of The Damned' graphic novel. The forces behind the book have now announced an animated motion version of 'Realm Of The Damned' that will feature the dark and disturbed voices of David Vincent (ex-MORBID ANGEL), Dani Filth (CRADLE OF FLITH), Jill Janus (HUNTRESS), and many more. A first trailer can be viewed here.

The animated motion version is being directed by Tom Paton, whose sci-fi debut set the world alight with his post apocalyptical vision, 'Pandorica'. Tom now takes on the world of animation by bringing 'Realm Of The Damned' to life.

This is a fresh new world for fans of anime, horror, vampires and Metal. Feast your depraved souls on this rare spectacle if you dare!

A 3 Wolves Production
Starring: David Vincent, Dani Filth, and Jill Janus
Directed by Tom Paton
Animation by Craig Hinde & Reece Saunders
Produced by Tom Lind & Steve Beatty
Executive Producer: Jeremy Davis
Soundtrack by Sons Of Balaur & Max Weiry
Original story written by Alec Worley
Art bye Pye Parr
Creative CEO: Steve Beatty
Additional colours by Steven Denton and Luke Preece
Copyright 2016 Werewolf Press Ltd

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Regarding their recent signing, frontman Tomas commented on behalf of SONS OF BALAUR: "For years we have kept to the shadowy underworld of the Balaur Kvlt, secretively committing our visceral incantations to limited release for only the trvely worthy, calling for our great Lord Balaur's return. Now he has risen and the new world order is at hand, through blood lust, orgiastic sex and unimaginable vampiric terror this Realm Of The Damned is now a reality. With the release of the Realm Of The Damned graphic novel and the forces of good now vanquished, our debut album, a trve black metal gospel of praise to the Lord Balaur is set for release though Season of Mist Records later this year. Let the chaos begin! Screaming Blood And Pussy, Hail Lord Balaur!"

Tomas: vocals and guitar
Markus: bass guitar
Kristoffer: guitar
Lars: drums

Join SONS OF BALAUR on their official Facebook page!

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