Latest news: Tue, Aug 25 2015
Tue, Aug 25 2015: REVENGE
REVENGE have completed work on their highly anticipated fifth full-length. The Canadian black metal chaos extremists have chosen the title 'Behold.Total.Rejection' for this album, which will be released worldwide by Season of Mist on the 13th of November.
'Behold.Total.Rejection' will include the tracks "Desolation Insignia", "Hate Nomad", "Wolf Slave Protocol (Choose Your Side)", "Scum Defection (Outsider Neutralized)", among others. Artwork and the complete official track list will be revealed in September.
"With 'Behold.Total.Rejection', REVENGE maintain a lone-wolf approach despite joining Season of Mist’s venerable roster of bands. Although history has repeatedly proven that a transition to a higher profile label tends to yield a watering down of the content and intensity of most bands’ music, in the case of REVENGE, 'Behold.Total.Rejection' reflects the exact opposite effect. This album is a manifesto of rejection – rejection of the groundswell of mediocrity within the scene, rejection of compromise as a means of embracing of a wider audience, rejection of the dogma and strictures of religion and the trappings of the feeble social slave. Since the band’s inception, each album has explored and refined the philosophical and ideological core that drives the band's music and imagery. REVENGE extol the virtues of the uncompromising self at war with the banality of complacent existence and the common man: debased and docile, living on his knees feeding at the trough of inferiority.
“'Behold.Total.Rejection' is arguably the most fervent release in the band’s catalogue since its earliest material. Those who have foolishly questioned if this unorthodox combination of band and record label would produce anything less than total confrontational, sonic annihilation need only to listen to the extremity of 'Behold.Total.Rejection' to recognize that REVENGE has once again chosen to turn its back on all and forge ahead alone. No scene. No brotherhood. No remorse." - J. Campbell
Formed in 2000 by J. Read (BLOOD REVOLT, ex-CONQUEROR), REVENGE has become one of the most respected bands in the worldwide black metal underground.
Using militant imagery, and behind the force of savage live shows, the band has built a die-hard following amongst the extreme factions of the black and death metal scenes.
REVENGE have performed live as part of select festivals such as Maryland Deathfest, Nuclear War Now! Fest, and Black Flames of Blasphemy as well as toured alongside renowned bands such as MAYHEM, WATAIN, INQUISITION, DESTRÖYER 666, BEHEMOTH, and DEICIDE among many others.
Tue, Aug 25 2015: THIS GIFT IS A CURSE
THIS GIFT IS A CURSE are streaming the first new track from their forthcoming album 'All Hail The Swinelord', which has been scheduled for worldwide release on the 16th of October and can be pre-ordered here. The Swedish sludge black metal beasts are premiering their ripping track "Swinelord" exclusively via the official media partners below.
"The song 'Swinelord' represents our album as a whole particularly well”, the band comments. “The lyrical theme dwells on a self-inflicted processes of dehumanization. A ritual guide to renouncing (killing) all that makes us human to become something else, a 'beast', free of all notion and boundaries - the ability to go further into the mist of the metaphysical. Embrace the dark, become the demon."
THIS GIFT IS A CURSE have simultaneously unveiling the artwork for 'All Hail The Swinelord', which can be viewed together with the tracklist below.
Regarding their album, THIS GIFT IS A CURSE explained: "When entering the studio, we were determined not to repeat what was done on previous recordings - instead we wanted to broaden our spectra of sound, making it even more dark and vicious at the same time letting melodies have a place as well as suggestive drone soundscapes. To be able to push our boundaries even further, we borrowed hands from fellow musicians, whom we had gotten to know during the years. This album thus contains guest vocals by Lillie Lindahl (Promise and the Monster, Ştiu Nu Ştiu), Johan G. Winther (Scraps of Tape) and Christina lom (Agrimonia). Their talent added a new dimension to the songs and to the album as an entity. The name of the record is "All Hail the Swinelord", and the record itself is a thematic album about the self-inflicted process of dehumanization and the loss of all notions of what we consider existence. A metaphysical and ritual guideline for the crossing of the final threshold. Into the shadows, to touch His black crown… "
Jonas A. Holmberg: vocals
Lars Gunnarsson: bass
Johan Nordlund: drums
Patrik Andersson: guitars & vocals
Tue, Aug 25 2015: THY CATAFALQUE
THY CATAFALQUE are currently streaming the first new track from their forthcoming album 'Sgùrr', which has been scheduled for worldwide release on October 16th and can be pre-ordered here. The Hungarian avant-garde metal project assembled by mastermind Tamás Kátai are premiering their atmospheric track "Alföldi Kozmosz" exclusively via the official media partners below.
Tamás Kátai comments on “Alföldi Kozmosz": "This is a quite spontaneous song, recorded in my childhood room with my old, 10 dollar classical guitar while on a visit at home in Hungary. The violin comes similarly off-handed, played by my Greek friend, Dimitris Papageorgiou. There are no vocals, only music depicting my love towards the great Hungarian plain where I was born and raised. Or home. Hence this song title, which translates as 'Lowland Cosmos'."
The artwork and track listing of 'Sgùrr' are as follows:
"The title of this album derives from Scottish Gaelic and means 'the top of a mountain'," Tamás Kátai explains. "Yet most of the songs are equally about water, mountains, their interrelationship and the symbols attached to them - inspired by the Scottish Highlands and weird enough the Hungarian Lowlands. There are not many vocal lines at all, but when there occur, they are not pleasant. Compare to previous albums this music is mostly unfriendly, bristling and cold compared to the previous albums. I guess everything is more metal this time."
Tamás Kátai: vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards, programming
Dimitris Papageorgiou: violin
Balázs Hermann: double bass
Zoltán Kónya: additional vocals
Ágnes Sipos: soprano
Viktória Varga: narration
Tue, Aug 25 2015: WATAIN
Upcoming release: "Satanic Deathnoise From The Beyond"
Release date: Fri, Oct 16 2015, US Fri, Oct 16 2015
Season of Mist will release the first four WATAIN albums in a special priced 4-CD jewel box entitled 'Satanic Deathnoise from the Beyond' with bonus tracks. The box will hit the stores worldwide on October 16th and can already be pre-ordered from the Season of Mist shop.
WATAIN have stormed from the hellish pits of the underground onto the covers of the biggest Metal magazines worldwide. From 2000 to 2010, their first four albums have been praised by critics and fans alike, ‘Sworn to the Dark’ (2007) and ‘Lawless Darkness’ (2010) even scoring a massive number of highest grades and collecting many “album of the year” titles and top list entries. To celebrate a band that critics have called “the most important Black Metal act of the decade”, Season of Mist is re-releasing the Swedes’ first 10 years full-length catalogue in one 4-CD set sold at special price. Combining severe blackness with an uncanny knack for capturing melodies and beauty of the darkest kind, WATAIN keep the raw underground spirit and truthfulness, yet still left their heavy mark in major press and won a Swedish Grammy award. Hell is here!
The 'Satanic Deathnoise from the Beyond' 4-CD box is available for pre-order via the Season of Mist shop.
Tue, Aug 25 2015: HATE ETERNAL
The highly anticipated new HATE ETERNAL full-length 'Infernus' has hit the stores worldwide last Friday, 21st of August. The album can also be ordered in various formats directly from the Season of Mist shop. To celebrate their release, the US death metal legends are streaming 'Infernus' in full via the official media partners below.
Metal Obsession (AU)
Metal Hammer (DE)
Lángoló Gitárok (HU)
Metal Wani (IN)
Lords of Metal (NL)
Metal Hammer (NO)
Musick Magazine (PL)
Metal Hammer (UK)
The spectacular artwork for 'Infernus' was created by renowned artist Eliran Kantor (TESTAMENT, ICED EARTH, SODOM). His cover painting as well as the tracklist of the new album can both be viewed below.
'Infernus' was recorded in Erik Rutan's Mana Recording Studio. Regarding the recording bassist/vocalist commented: "We are ecstatic about how the recording for our new album has been coming out. We have worked very hard on crafting these songs to reflect our path, from our past to the present, and the journey of HATE ETERNAL and its members. Writing this album was a long and arduous process. It took a tremendous amount of determination, blood, and sweat to bring this all to fruition. We're super proud of what we've accomplished creatively, and excited at the prospect of releasing what we feel is our most powerful HATE ETERNAL material to date. Now it is time to bring this all to life! This will be an album our listeners and supporters will truly appreciate. It represents an important milestone for me personally since 15 years ago both HATE ETERNAL began recording its first album and Mana Recording Studios was born. We cannot wait for you to hear this album!"
'Infernus' is available in various formats including limited collector’s editions from the Season of Mist shop.
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Tue, Aug 25 2015: WILDLIGHTS
The highly praised self-titled album debut of WILDLIGHTS is out in the shops worldwide since last Friday, August 21st. 'Wildlights' can also be ordered in various formats directly from the Season of Mist shop. The full-length is still streaming via the official media partners below.
The American band from Wilmington, North Carolina featuring ASG vocalist and guitarist Jason Shi as well as THUNDERLIP! drummer Johnny Collins collaborated with renowned sound-engineer Matt Hyde (SLAYER, MONSTER MAGNET, FU MANCHU, PORNO FOR PYROS) on the production of their debut album.
The stunning artwork of 'Wildlights' is the work of Brian Mercer (LAMB OF GOD, EYEHATEGOD, BLACK TUSK) and can be viewed together with the tracklist below.
'Wildlights' is available in various formats through the Season of Mist shop.
Jason Shi - guitars, vocals
Johnny Collins - drums
Tue, Aug 25 2015: DER WEG EINER FREIHEIT
DER WEG EINER FREIHEIT have announced North American tour dates in support of their latest album 'Stellar'. The German black metal innovators will be joined by recently signed label mates BARISHI! A list of all confirmed shows can be viewed below.
DER WEG EINER FREIHEIT / BARISHI tour dates:
9/24 Allentown, PA @ Good Weekend
9/25 Chesapeake, VA @ Riffhouse Pub
9/26 Raleigh, NC @ The Maywood
9/27 Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
9/28 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
9/29 Nashville, TN @ The End
9/30 St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
10/01 Madison, WI @ Willy Street Bar and Grill
10/02 Chicago, IL @ Reggie's Rock Club
10/03 Detroit, MI @ Corktown Tavern
10/04 Rochester, NY @ Bug Jar
10/05 Burlington, VT @ Nectar's
10/06 Allston, MA @ O'Brien's Pub
10/07 Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus Bar
DER WEG EINER FREIHEIT previously released a lyric video created by Emanuel Oropesa with artwork and illustration from Max Löffler for the new song "Einkehr", which can be viewed here.
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DER WEG EINER FREIHEIT are furthermore performing at the following European dates.
Shows with SHINING in Benelux
16 Oct 15 Venlo (NL) Grenswerk 17 Oct 15 Hasselt (BE) Muziekodroom
Festival and headlining shows
19 Sep 15 St. Pölten (AT) STP Metalweekend
06 Nov 15 Aalen (DE) Rock in Aalen (+Delirium)
07 Nov 15 Erfurt (DE) Club From Hell (+Waldschrat)
Shows with SHINING and IMPERIUM DEKADENZ in Germany
12 Nov 15 München (DE) Backstage
13 Nov 15 Stuttgart (DE) Keller Klub
14 Nov 15 Essen (DE) Turock
15 Nov 15 Köln (DE) Underground
17 Nov 15 Wiesbaden (DE) Schlachthof
18 Nov 15 Berlin (DE) Magnet
19 Nov 15 Hamburg (DE) Logo
BARISHI are touring in support of their 'Endless Howl' EP, which has been called "Short, sharp, and savage" (No Clean Singing), "a brilliant mix of progressive metal dynamics and inventive hardcore harshness that is at once creative, melodic, and captivating" (Ghost Cult Magazine), and "weird, intense, and fascinating" (Sea of Tranquility), is available for free download here.
Established in 2010 in Southern Vermont by guitarist Graham Brooks, bassist Jon Kelley and drummer Dylan Blake, BARISHI have performed their unique take on metal throughout the east coast of the United States. Within two years of their formation, vocalist Sascha Simms joined the band and completed the line-up that would release a self-titled LP in 2013 to critical acclaim. BARISHI followed the release of their self-titled record with a national tour in support of guitarist Felix Martin.
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