Latest news: Mon, Apr 25 2016
Mon, Apr 25 2016: SONS OF BALAUR
Season of Mist are proud to announce the signing of SONS OF BALAUR. The notorious and much rumoured about black metal outfit from Oslo, Norway will release their debut full-length on the label later this year.
Regarding their signing, frontman Tomas comments 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!"
SONS OF BALAUR are a true kult black metal band based in Oslo, Norway. Formed in March, 1992, the band were part of the original first wave of Norwegian black metal – a notorious inner circle of underground artists who took music to extremes it had never previously reached. Started in secret, for obvious reasons, the band features some of Norwegian black metal's most dedicated and shadowy personalities: Tomas (vocals, guitar), Markus (bass), Kristoffer (guitar), and Lars (drums).
The band are true followers of the Dark Arts, and their songs are as much spells to the black forces of the underworld as they are music. The band’s recordings have been kept closely guarded within a tight-knit community of like-minded servants of the night, and remained unreleased in any official form until now. Their new album is an invocation of the dark vampiric overlord of chaos and death: Balaur.
The graphic novel 'Realm of the Damned' (out on May 13th) is currently rumoured to portray biographic events featuring the SONS OF BALAUR.
Tomas: vocals and guitar
Markus: bass guitar
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Mon, Apr 25 2016: GRAVE DESECRATOR
GRAVE DESECRATOR are unleashing the first crushing track taken from their forthcoming album 'Dust to Lust', which will hit stores worldwide on June 17th and can be pre-ordered here. The song "Temple of Abominations" is now exclusively streaming via the official media partners listed below.
Metal Obsession (AU)
Metal Hammer (DE)
Friedhof Magazine (ES)
Lángoló Gitárok (HU)
Metal Wani (IN)
Lords of Metal (NL)
Metal Hammer (NO)
Musick Magazine (PL)
Antichrist Magazine (UA)
No Clean Singing (US)
"El" Necrogoat comments this track on behalf of the band: "There is an intrinsic aura to 'Temple of Abominations'. This song can serve to bind the listener to our essence, cause and components of our sometimes crude and cruel environment. We have written our most subjective album so far, although the intense fight between the mundane and abstract that rules this work is stabbing us in the back. There are no laws or truths! Lies, lust, drugs, Satanism, darkness, vice, spirits, vanity, night, death, love, hate are the ailments regurgitated from this womb of chaos and perdition… For us, this is not just a fancy allegory, but the corrosive acid of reality!"
He furthermore states about the record: "Our new album 'Dust to Lust' is expressing what GRAVE DESECRATOR are about. It is aimed straight at the heart of religion, the misconception of 'god", salvation, peace, and all those elements, which provide the breeding ground for corrupted and twisted convictions. Of course, this is nothing new in the realm of black or death metal. Yet as Brazilians, we are nowadays witnessing a period of intense mission and conversion by radical evangelists spreading through our country. We give them a hard fistful of rejection as this is personal and happening right in front of our eyes!"
The artwork of 'Dust to Lust' has been created by renowned Polish artist Zbigniew M. Bielak (MAYHEM, WATAIN, GHOST, ZHRINE), who explains: "With all its contrasts, hostility, intolerance, corruption, Brazil has proven to be a time capsule for the mundane times of uniformity and facilitation, which nowadays render the western metal so tame and complacent. That being said, GRAVE DESECRATOR's story is no different from the ones of SARCÓFAGO, SEPULTURA or even SLAYER in their tough formative '80s. In rivers of rehearsal sweat and against all odds, album by album, they slowly polished their rough stone into a deadly blade. And now it is time to bleed. It is not easy to pinpoint the spirit of Brazilian extreme metal – it is a fine mixture of tanned sexuality and funerary sacrilege that only few could convey the way SARCÓFAGO or SEXTRASH did. These four derailed rovers of abomination and forbidden fun certainly can! It has been an honour to embark on this journey with them and for once illustrate a flawless 80's album. I praise the old Brazilian scene and SARCÓFAGO's 'Rotting' cover is among my favourite artworks of all time, so obviously the artwork for 'Dust to Lust' pays some homage here and there. The inner artwork is yet another tribute – to HR Giger, whose spirit strongly permeated the aesthetics 80's metal, and about whose passing I learnt, while staying with the guys in Rio."
Butcherazor: guitars & vocals
Black Sin and Damnation: guitars
Élson "El" Necrogoat: bass
Márcio Slaughterer: drums
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Mon, Apr 25 2016: DEFILED
Japanese cult death metal act DEFILED have unleashed the first new song taken from their forthcoming album 'Towards Inevitable Ruin', which is scheduled for worldwide release on July 8th and can be pre-ordered here. The brutally raw track "Force And Obedience" is now exclusively streaming via the official media partners listed below.
Mastermind Yusuke Sumita states: "Season of Mist is undoubtedly our home and they have been supporting us for years. This is why we were able to create our new album 'Towards Inevitable Ruin' with confidence and complete artistic freedom. Now you can hear the first track 'Force And Obedience'. We are looking forward to receive your reactions. Give it more than one spin!"
Artwork and tracklist of 'Towards Inevitable Ruin' can be viewed below.
On further news, DEFILED are announcing the first shows in Japan in support of 'Towards Inevitable Ruin'. See below for a list of all currently confirmed dates.
14 Jul 16 Osaka (JP) Hokage
15 Jul 16 Seoul (KR) Dream Hall
16 Jul 16 Tokyo (JP ) Merry Go Round
17 Jul 16 Yokohama (JP) El Puente
18 Jul 16 Nagoya (JP) Daytrive
Shinichiro Hamada: vocal, guitar
Yusuke Sumita: guitar
Hiroaki Sato: bass
Keisuke Hamada: drums
Mon, Apr 25 2016: ROTTEN SOUND
ROTTEN SOUND have announced US dates just before kicking off their European tour with ABIGAIL WILLIAMS and CULT LEADER. The Finnish grindcore legends are touring in support of their latest album 'Abuse to Suffer', which can be ordered here. See below for a list of all confirmed shows.
25 Apr 16 London (UK) Boston Music Room
26 Apr 16 Antwerp (BE) Kavka
27 Apr 16 Paris (FR) Glazart
28 Apr 16 Lausanne (CH) Le Romandie
29 Apr 16 Sion (CH) Le Port Franc
30 Apr 16 Brescia (IT) Circolo Colony
01 May 16 München (DE) Backstage
02 May 16 Wien (AT) Arena
03 May 16 Leipzig (DE) Conne Island
04 May 16 Berlin (DE) Cassiopeia
05 May 16 Hamburg (DE) Hafenklang
06 May 16 Rostock (DE) Alte Zuckerfabrik
07 May 16 Göteborg (SE) Truckstop Alaska
Furthermore, the band has also announced an extensive North American tour which will kick off May 25th in Brooklyn, New York. See below for all confirmed dates.
25 May 16 Brooklyn, NY (US) Acheron
26 May 16 Philadelphia, PA (US) Boot and Saddle
27 May 16 Baltimore, MD (US) Maryland Deathfest (Sound Stage)
30 May 16 Baltimore, MD (US) Maryland Deathfest (Post Party Ottobar)
31 May 16 Boston, MA (US) Middle East
01 Jun 16 Montreal, QC (CA) Sala Rosa
02 Jun 16 Toronto, ON (CA) Coalition
03 Jun 16 Vancouver, BC (CA) Funky Winkerbeans
04 Jun 16 Seattle, WA (US) Highline Bar
05 Jun 16 Portland, OR (US) Panic Room
06 Jun 16 Eureka. CA (US) Empire Lounge
07 Jun 16 San Francisco, CA (US) DNA Lounge
08 Jun 16 Los Angeles, CA (US) Complex
09 Jun 16 Monterrey, MX (US) Café Iguana
10 Jun 16 San Luis Potosí, MX (US) Loud Stage
11 Jun 16 México City, MX (US) Cosa Nostra
ROTTEN SOUND are touring in support of their latest album 'Abuse to Suffer', which has been released worldwide on March 18th. The album is streaming in full on Bandcamp. The album is also still available for purchase on the official Season of Mist E-store. Artwork and tracklist can be viewed below.
Mika Aalto: guitars
Sami Latva: drums
Kristian Toivainen: bass
Keijo Niinimaa: vocals
ROTTEN SOUND festival shows
25 Jun 16 Kauhajoki (FI) Nummirock Metal Festival (exact date tbc)
16 Jul 16 Trutnov (CZ) Obscene Extreme Festival (exact date tbc)
20 Aug 16 Dinkelsbühl (DE) Summer Breeze Open Air (exact date tbc)
Mon, Apr 25 2016: URGEHAL
URGEHAL, BEASTCRAFT and ENDEZZMA join forces with very special guests for "Trondr Nefas Memorial Concert"! The Vulkan Arena in Oslo, Norway will host a singular event entitled "Death Is Complete" on Friday the 13th of May. This night will honour the work and life of the late URGEHAL frontman Trondr Nefas, who sadly departed from life on the 13th of May 2012.
The concert will feature the unholy trinity of Trondr Nefas' bands, URGEHAL, BEASTCRAFT and ENDEZZMA, which will share stage for the first and last time.
The guest vocalists performing with URGEHAL on this night reads more than impressive and includes:
Hoest from TAAKE
Nag from TSJUDER
Nattefrost from CARPATHIAN FOREST
Niklas Kvarforth from SHINING
Sorath from BEASTCRAFT
Mannevond from KOLDBRANN
M Shax from ENDEZZMA
URGEHAL have previously released their swan song album 'Aeons in Sodom', which features some of the guest vocalists that will also perform at the memorial show in Oslo. For artwork, details, and tracklist, please read below.
Trondr Nefas: guitar solos
Enzifer: guitars, bass
Nocturno Culto (DARKTHRONE): vocals on track 2
M. Shax (ENDEZZMA): vocals and lyrics on track 3 and lyrics on track 5
Byron Braidwood (MONUMENTOMB): guitar solo on track 3
Hoest (TAAKE): vocals on track 4
Mannevond (KOLDBRANN): vocals on track 5, bass on track 12
Malphas (ENDEZZMA/HAGL): guitar solo on track 5 and 12
Niklas Kvarforth (SHINING): vocals on track 6
Sorath Northgrove (BEASTCRAFT/VULTURE LORD): vocals and lyrics on track 7
Nattefrost (CARPATHIAN FOREST): vocals and lyrics on track 8
Skyggen (TORTORUM): guitar solo track on track 8
Nag (TSJUDER): vocals on track 9
Diabolus (VULTURE LORD): guitar solos on track 9
L.F.F (ANGST SKVADRON/TUSMØRKE): keyboards on track 10
Bay Cortez (SADISTIC INTENT): vocals and bass on track 11
Rick Cortez (SADISTIC INTENT): guitar solo on track 11
R.M (ANGST SKVADRON): vocals on track 12
In memoriam Trondr Nefas (May 28th, 1977 - May 13th, 2012)
Mon, Apr 25 2016: ETHS
ETHS have just released their relentless new album 'Ankaa' worldwide. The new opus of the French modern metal stars can also be ordered directly from the Season of Mist shop and is available for streaming in full here. Continue reading for more details and tour dates!
ETHS guitarist Staif Bihl comments: "Here we are, the entire album! I'm really glad to finally share it with everybody. Each song has its own universe and I have built Ankaa as a walk through these different atmospheres, like a passage from the oppressive darkness to soothing clarity. I tried to keep the essence of the band but, in the same time, to bring it in places where we've never been. I injected a big part of myself in this opus and I hope you'll like it as much as we do! We want to warmly thank all those who participated in this album, a part of each of us is in here! Faustine Berardo, Sarah Layssac, Jon Howard & Björn Strid for all the additional vocals, Dirk Verbeuren for the drumming, Guillaume Dupré for the percussions, Nelson Leeroy for the mixing, Mobo (Conkrete Studio) for the mastering & Nicolas Senegas for the artwork. This album is dedicated to our friend Isilion..."
ETHS have already scheduled a string of shows in France. More international dates will follow soon. All currently confirmed concerts can be viewed below.
26 Apr 16 Grenoble (FR) Amperage
07 May 16 Gueret (FR) Chapelle de la Providence
16 Jul 16 Landresse-Ouvrans (FR) Festival La Guerre du Son
13 Aug 16 Hensies (BE) ParkRock Festival
14 Aug 16 Vareness Vauzelle (FR) Why Not Metal Fest
30 Sep 16 Montbeliard (FR) Atelier des Moles
01 Oct 16 Decines Charpieu (FR) Warm Audio
14 Oct 16 Istres (FR) L'Usine
04 Nov 16 Auch (FR) Le Cri'Art
Staif Bihl: guitars
Rachel Aspe: vocals
Damien Rivoal: bass
R.U.L: drums (live)
Dirk Verbeuren: drums (album)