SACRED LEATHER - Signing with Cruz Del Sur Music / Debut album announement
CRUZ DEL SUR MUSIC announces to have inked a recording deal with Indianapolis’ SACRED LEATHER for the release of their debut album “Ultimate Force”!
With influences being self-evident to any heavy metal purist, SACRED LEATHER’s music seems to emerge directly from the early 80s, mixing late elegant and nostalgic hard rock/ proto metal, with the most belligerent side of the traditional NWOBHM’s sound.
The recording of “Ultimate Force” will start in early September for an expected February 2018 release.
SACRED LEATHER was created out of necessity, to summon the spirit of the HEAVY METAL forefathers - into an age mired in apostasies. Make sure to keep an eye out for the legion of leather as they are slated to deliver their sonic and visual assault unto you in the coming months.
A video clip is available at this location: https://youtu.be/6cW9L8GmiNM
DECREPIT BIRTH - New album "Axis Mundi" in July - First single available
Hailing from California, U.S., the esoteric techincal death metallers DECREPIT BIRTH are set to release their first new album in seven years, "Axis Mundi", on July 21st via Agonia Records (Europe / ROW) and Nuclear Blast Records (North America). "Epigenic Triplicity" is the first single to be revealed from the record. Listen to the the track in the form of a 360 VR lyric video at this link:
Formed in 2001, DECREPIT BIRTH released three studio album's to date, which got them a premiere spot on the death metal radar. Their music, infused with technical and progressive twists, managed to forge a very solid international fan base, and continues to forge their path into the future, as one of the genre's finest bands. Awakening from a seven-year slumber, the Californians fourth offering is entwined with musical athleticism and characteristic esoteric themes. "Axis Mundi" is as crushing as it is cosmic.
The album was recorded at three different studios over the course of a year. The clarity, the power, the musicianship, and the brutality aren’t vying for attention. They’re in absolute harmony. The guitars (tracked by founder Matt Sotelo at his home studio) are razor sharp yet spine-snappingly heavy. The drums (tracked by Ryan Forsyth at Private Ear Studios in Winnipeg, Canada) are genre-defining, recalling what Sean Reinert, Gene Hoglan, and Steve Flynn did for Death and Atheist, respectively. And the bass (tracked by Sean Martinez, also at his home studio) has a great deep-end against the ceaselessly wicked rhythms. Tracks like "Hieroglyphic", "Spirit Guide", and "The Sacred Geometry" wouldn’t have crushed skulls and blown minds if it wasn’t for the accomplished mixing and mastering of Stefano Morabito at 16th Cellar Studios. The icing on the cacke is the astonishing cover artwork that was made by renowned fantasy artist Dan Seagrave (Morbid Angel, Entombed, The Devil Wears Prada).
1. Vortex of Infinity…Axis Mundi
2. Spirit Guide
3. The Sacred Geometry
5. Transcendental Paradox
6. Mirror of Humanity
8. Epigenetic Triplicity
11. Desprate Cry
12. Infecting the Crypts
BLACK MESSIAH – New album ‘Walls Of Vanaheim’ – Details revealed
German Pagan Metallers BLACK MESSIAH will release their new album, “Walls Of Vanaheim”, on 30th June 2017 via Trollzorn.
On this seventh full-length, the six-headed formation celebrates all their known characteristics and, above all, the virtues of its very own, atmospherically style. Be prepared for classic, highly epic Pagan sounds with a Power Metal flair crowned with exceptionally sublime songwriting, pure power, biting endurance and many original ideas.
Thematically, “Walls Of Vanaheim” is all about the second war of the mythological vanir tribe and marks the second part of the story, which was first told with the 2009 longplayer “First War Of The World”.
1. Prologue - A New Threat
2. Mimir's Head
3. Father's Magic
4. Mime's Tod
5. Call To Battle
6. Die Bürde des Njörd
7. Satisfaction And Revenge
8. The March
9. The Walls Of Vanaheim
11. Mit Blitz Und Donner
12. The Ritual
14. A Feast Of Unity
15. Epilogue: Farewell
DREAD SOVEREIGN - new videoclip available
Just a few days after their special appearance at Acherontic Arts Festival Irish Doom Metallers DREAD SOVEREIGN unleash a video clip for the song "The Spines Of Saturn"!
It was premiered by Germany's Deaf Forever Magazine: https://www.deaf-forever.de/videopremiere-dread-sovereign
Singer/bassist Alan Averill comments: "Spines of Saturn is a strange trip……partly inspired by a DMT trip that took me through space to Saturn to gaze upon DNA strands hidden in the rings partly inspired by a trip to Chernobyl and the decaying and dead school rooms filled with the drawings, dials and test machines of the old Soviet space programme. The quest for knowledge of the cosmos crippled by a massive nuclear disaster that nearly wiped out much of Western Europe and the fall of communism. Somehow it all made sense to tie them together and here we are…..Spines came together the day before recording FOR DOOM THE BELL TOLLS…..and marries the spirit of Hawkwind with maybe what we could call some form of ‘space rock’?……and hey you can dance to it too……take the trip."
The video was made by Costin Chioreanu and contains footage that Nemtheanga shot at Chernobyl.
The band's new album "For Doom The Bell Tolls" was released in March 2017 via Ván Records.
DESULTORY - New and final album "Through Aching Aeons" - Details revealed
The Stockholm Death Metal mammoths DESULTORY have returned once again for their fifth and swansong full-length album "Through Aching Aeons" - to be released on 23rd June 2017 via Pulverised Records.
DESULTORY spent the last year writing and recording "Through Aching Aeons" together with Necromorbus Studio's Tore Stjerna (Watain, Repugnant, Portrait, Tribulation, etc) and the result is a far more vicious and aggressive effort than any of their previous albums.
The cover artwork for "Through Aching Aeons" was designed by French graphic artist Pierre-Alain D at 3mmi Design (Kamelot, Necrodeath, etc).
The new track entilted 'In This Embrace' is now available for streaming at these following locations: https://soundcloud.com/pulverised/desultory-in-this-embrace & https://pulverised.bandcamp.com/track/in-this-embrace
1. Silent Rapture
2. Spineless Kingdom
3. Through Aching Aeons
4. In This Embrace
5. Beneath The Bleeding Sky
7. Divine Blindness
8. Breathing The Ashes
9. Our Departure
SVARTSYN - Second new single revealed
Swedish black metallers SVARTSYN are streaming a new song taken from their upcoming album "In Death", due out on June 9th via Agonia Records. Listen to "Black Thrones Of Death" here:
"In Death" was recorded in the Belgian Mortsella Studio in March and December 2016, and in January 2017. Mixing and mastering took place at Clintworks Studio (Amon Amarth, 3 Inches Of Blood, Misery Index). The cover artwork was created by Chadwick St John (Arckanum, Horna, The Piper graphic novel).
ORIGIN - New album "Unparalleled Universe" in June - Details and first single revealed
The vaunted U.S. titans of extreme death metal, ORIGIN, have revealed details surrounding their forthcoming new album, "Unparalleled Universe", set to be released on June 30th via Agonia Records (Europe / ROW) and Nuclear Blast Records (North America). Pre-orders for the album are available below. Listen to the first single "Accident And Error" in the form of a 360 degree lyric video at this link:
For 20 years, ORIGIN has engaged a full-blown sensory assault of tight, taut, and technical death metal amplified by flashes of grindcore and groove. However, 2017’s "Unparalleled Universe" sees the quartet - Paul Ryan (guitar, vocals), John Longstreth (drums), Mike Flores (bass, vocals), and Jason Keyser (vocals) - strengthen that blueprint with a handful of surprises.
"It feels like an Origin album, but it’s unparalleled to what you might expect if you haven’t heard us for 10 or 15 years" says Ryan. "To me, it’s a true reflection of ourselves. I compare it to an action movie. Our earlier material is filled with action from beginning to end. Now, the idea is to add a little more depth and dynamics. You could say there are some twists in the plot musically".
ORIGIN began compiling ideas for what would become "Unparalleled Universe" while touring in support of their 2014 sixth offering, "Omnipresent". Along the way, the record snatched their highest position on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart, bowing in the Top 10. Meanwhile, it garnered acclaim from metal press and successful tours with everyone from Aborted and Exhumed to Immolation and Marduk over the last three years. They’ve also shined on the Summer Slaughter Tour in 2009 & 2014. On the road with Belphegor last year, the members debuted a skeleton of the first single "Accident and Error" in front of packed crowds.
"We would ask the audience to give us title ideas, but we could never discern what they were actually saying" laughs Ryan. "Riffs typically start on tour, and I keep them in my back pocket. That’s the way it is. Ultimately, Unparalleled Universe begins another era for Origin. In the end, we’re still writing death metal songs, but we’re adding new dimensions. We’re still Origin".
"Unparalleled Universe" was recorded and mixed at Chapman Studios in February 2017 alongside longtime collaborator and engineer Robert Rebeck (Tech N9ne). The band emerged with ten new songs including a cover of Brujeria's "Revolución", that were mastered in March 2017 by Colin Marston at Menegroth - The Thousand Caves (Altar of Plagues, Jarobe, Krallice) and wrapped in a cover prepared by Filip Ivanovic (Dismember, Cryptopsy, Heavy Montreal, Gorguts).
1. Infinitesimal to the Infinite
2. Accident and Error
3. Cascading Failures
6. Invariance Under Transformation
8. Burden of Prescience
ROSAE CRUCIS - Deal with Cruz Del Sur Music
Italian Metallers ROSAE CRUCIS have started working on new songs for their next album that will be out on Cruz Del Sur Music!
Named after an ancient, esoteric order, this band from Rome is well known to Italian metalheads.ROSAE CRUCIS in fact have been active since 1989 and always followed their own artistic path, playing epic heavy metal during the 90s, a decade plagued by fashions, composing a very personal style of music and, last but not least, singing in Italian language.
Courage and coherence usually pay off: throughout the years ROSAE CRUCIS have been constantly improving their song writing. They gained a wide fan base, also thanks to their outstanding live performances. And kept the flame of Heavy Metal burning in Italy, a country usually pretty cold towards this style of music.
ANCIENT - Confirmed for Into Darkness Festival IV (NL) / Additional dates announced
The Norwegian cult returns to the Netherlands for 2 exclusive gigs in December 2017:
December 02: Into Darkness Festival IV (Leeuwarden)
December 03: Baroeg (Rotterdam)
In addition ANCIENT have been confirmed for next year's Under the banner of black light fest in Graz, Austria, which will take place May 12 2018.
The first upcoming live performance of Ancient will be at Gothoom Festival Ostrý Grúň - Slovakia, which will take place this July, 20th 2017.
The band's comeback album "Back To The Land Of The Dead" was released in September 2016 via Soulseller Records.
DISTILLATOR - Full album stream available
Germany's Deaf Forever magazine proudly presents the full stream of DISTILLATOR's second album “Summoning The Malicious“.
Check out the premiere at this location: https://www.deaf-forever.de/albumstream-distillator
It's time to THRASH! "Summoning The Malicious" will be released on 1st May 2017 via Empire Records.