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Swiss avant-garde extreme metal band Triptykon are pleased to announce their highly anticipated release of Requiem (Live at Roadburn 2019) opus on May 15th, 2020 via Prowling Death Records / Century Media Records worldwide. The release will be available for pre-order in various formats starting March 20th, 2020.

Requiem (Live at Roadburn 2019) marks the bombastic conclusion of a project over 30 years in the making: The legendary Celtic Frost/Triptykon “Requiem” performed for the first time in its entirety and with full classical orchestration by the Dutch Metropole Orkest.

“We are truly, deeply delighted to be able to have been granted the opportunity to finish this unique project begun by Celtic Frost so many years ago, and to finally share the completed recording with the world,” Tom Gabriel Warrior states about the release. “This album is the result of two years of passionate work, and it marks the conclusion of a musical idea first considered over three decades ago. Moreover, this Requiem also represents drummer Hannes Grossmann’s first recording with Triptykon, and we are very proud to feature him in such an extraordinary context. It was an incredible honour to collaborate with the Metropole Orkest, conductor Jukka Iisakkila, guest vocalist Safa Heraghi, and the esteemed Roadburn festival. In fact, there couldn’t have been a better partner for the “Requiem” project than Roadburn. We are releasing this Requiem album in memoriam of our deeply missed friends and collaborators Martin Eric Ain and HR Giger.”

Requiem (46:00 min.) is composed of three chapters:
1. “Rex Irae” (06:34 min.) (First appeared on 1987’s “Into The Pandemonium” album by Celtic Frost)
2. “Grave Eternal” (32:28 min.) (Newly written middle part)
3. “Winter” (06:54 min.) (First appeared on 2006’s “Monotheist” album by Celtic Frost)

This unique and groundbreaking release is available in the following formats:

– Special Edition CD + DVD Mediabook
– Ltd. Gatefold LP + DVD (With LP-Booklet and 2x poster)
Unlimited black 180g. vinyl and selected ltd. coloured editions!
– Standard CD Jewelcase
– Ltd. Deluxe Artbook with coloured LP + CD + DVD + coloured 7Inch (With bonus track, score book of 60 pages, 3x poster, artprint and photocard)
– Digital album

Requiem’s main cover art (As can be seen above!) is titled “Blood Angel” and was created by Daniele Valeriani.

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1349 announce brief headlining US tour with Pulchra Morte

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 4:49 PM (PST)

Norwegian black metal formation 1349 have announced a small run of headlining U.S. dates, in which they will be supported by PULCHRA MORTE. The band will hit four U.S. cities this May, including Dark Lord Day Festival in Munster, IN; all dates can be found below. Tickets are on sale now!

1349 will be supporting their latest release, The Infernal Pathway,’which was released in October 2019 and can be ordered HERE.

1349 Headlining U.S. Dates (w/ PULCHRA MORTE):
05/13: Greenville, SC @ The Radio Room [TICKETS // EVENT LINK] *
05/14: Nashville, TN @ Little Harpeth Brewing *
05/15: Lexington, KY @ Cosmic Charlie’s *
05/16: Munster, IN @ Dark Lord Day Festival

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Blood Spore announce ‘Fungal Warfare Upon All Life’ release date

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, January 2, 2020 at 9:06 AM (PST)

Philadelphia extreme metallers Blood Spore have announced that they will release their new EP Fungal Warfare Upon All Life on February 28.

The EP will be released via Blood Harvest Records. Ahead of the release of Fungal Warfare Upon All Life Blood Spore have released the track “Hostile Fruiting Bodies.”

Stream “Hostile Fruiting Bodies” at Blood Harvest Records Bandcamp here or stream the whole EP over at Blood Spore’s Bandcamp here.

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Montecharge streaming ‘Demons Or Someone Else’

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, December 29, 2019 at 12:00 PM (PST)

Swiss metallers Montecharge are streaming their first full-length album Demons Or Someone Else now over at their Bandcamp.

Montecharge is ffo: Cortez, Converge, Knut, Old Man Gloom, Gorguts

Montecharge emerged in 2007 as a reunion between two members of Amok, a defunct grind/death outfit from Geneva, Switzerland. They rapidly wrote their first tracks with the intent to deliver aggressive music while aiming for a form of subtlety.

As a side-project, the band initially remained a guitar/drum duo. They self-produced a 5-track EP in 2012, which was released as a 10’’ vinyl limited to 100 copies.In 2013, Montecharge expanded to include a third member in order to reinforce its experimental inclinations with synthesizers, Theremin and various noise machines.

The trio then recorded three tracks in studio to answer the call of a Swedish multi-band project named Elemental Nightmares. One track was published on the compilation and two were released on a 7’’ with Hummus Records. After a second hiatus due to implications in other projects the band regrouped in 2016 with renewed strength to write their first album and search for a vocalist.

Both of which came to fruition early 2017: Montecharge took on the studio as a quartet tor ecord an album with Thierry Van Osselt (of Knut fame) in Geneva.

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WITHERED will be embarking on a European tour in January 2020 in support of label mates CANNABIS CORPSE. A full list of confirmed shows can be found below.  A big heads up to the metalheads across the pond, cuz you will not want to miss out on this disgustingly great package deal. Additionally, Withered  have released a pummeling and yet moody lyric video for their “Somnium Decay” track to mark the announcement.

WITHERED comment: “It’s been nearly a decade and a half since we’ve left the shores of North America. Withered has decided it is time again to get face to face with our fans & friends in the old countries of Europe. We are excited to share this massive effort with our friends in Cannabis Corpse and help celebrate the release of their new album. We have a very special set list planned that will undoubtedly dose our audiences with surrealism and a true darkened longing with music that spans our entire catalog to date. I’m excitedly nervous to reconnect so intimately with my roots and with friends we haven’t seen in nearly 15 years. It promises to be an awakening we cannot wait to share with everyone.”

“Somnium Decay” can be downloaded HERE.

 

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We will be joining our friends and label mates Cannabis Corpse this coming January for our first full European tour. Dates and ticket link below. https://bnds.us/5vmev7 03 Jan 20 Aalst (BE) Cinema 04 Jan 20 Utrecht (NL) DB’s 05 Jan 20 Bochum (DE) Die Trompete 06 Jan 20 Hamburg (DE) Monkey’s 07 Jan 20 Aalborg (DK) 1000Fryd 08 Jan 20 Copenhagen (DK) Vega 09 Jan 20 Stockholm (SE) Hus7 10 Jan 20 Oslo (NO) Vaterland 11 Jan 20 Malmo (SE) Plan B 12 Jan 20 Dresden (DE) Chemiefabrik 13 Jan 20 Prague (CZ) Underdogs 14 Jan 20 Bratilava (SK) Kulturak Klub 15 Jan 20 Munchen (DE) Backstage 16 Jan 20 Innsbruck (AT) P.M.K. 17 Jan 20 Bologna (IT) Freakout Club 18 Jan 20 Bolzano (IT) Pippo Stage 19 Jan 20 Zurich (CH) Werk21 20 Jan Aachen (DE) Musikbunker 21 Jan 20 London (UK) Boston Music Room 22 Jan 20 Birmingham (UK) Asylum2 23 Jan 20 Edinburgh (UK) Banneman’s 24 Jan 20 Bridgewater (UK) The Cobblestones 25 Jan 20 Leeds (UK) Temple of Boom @madtourbooking @seasonofmistofficial #cannabiscorpse #witheredmetal

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CARACH ANGREN from are currently in the studio recording the follow up to the exquisitely titled Dance and Laugh Amongst The Rotten release. This new effort will be the 6th horror infused black metal theatrical endeavor from the twisted act of geniuses from Netherlands.

The band comment: “After many incredible tours meeting our dedicated fans around the globe, we finally return to the studio! Over the past two years a lot of creativity and effort has already flown into preparing our sixth monstrous full length album. For recording drums, bass and guitars we return to familiar grounds, working with the talented Patrick Damiani at his Tidal Wave Studio in Germany while vocals and orchestral arrangements are being prepared in our own crypt. For the mix of the album we welcome a new force, namely Robert Carranza (MARILYN MANSON), who’s work up until now has impressed us very much. Get ready for another chapter of horror!”

More details as we get them. In the meantime…

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Daring Norwegian black metal horde 1349  have released the official music video for the song “Dødskamp.” The track was originally recorded in conjunction with the Edvard Munch museum and will appear on the band’s new record, The Infernal Pathway. The clip, which was filmed and edited by Carl Eek Torgersen / Necrolust Productions at Inferno Festival 2019 in Oslo, Norway, can be seen at below.

Earlier this year, “Dødskamp” was commissioned by Innovation Norway, Visit Norway, and the Munch Museum. Along with four Norwegian artists within four different genres of music, 1349 were asked to interpret their angle on a freely selected work by the famous painter Edvard Munch.

Since the release of the single, Visit Norway has shared a video in which 1349 gives detailed insight as to their inspiration behind the song and why they chose that particular piece. The video can be seen HERE.

The Infernal Pathway will be released worldwide on October 18 and can be pre-ordered HERE.

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FALSE announce a European tour alongside England’s DAWN RAY’D

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 3:20 PM (PST)

Minneapolis, MN black metal collective, FALSE announce a European tour alongside England’s black metal powerhouse, DAWN RAY’D (Prosthetic Records). The tour, which begins on the 7th of November in Kiel, Germany marks the bands first appearance in Europe.

Following the massive and internationally acclaimed, full-length release of Portent (Gilead Media, July 12, 2019), rising stars FALSE are poised to deliver their monumental new album worldwide.

About the tour, FALSE commented, “We have been looking forward to touring Europe for a long time now. We can’t wait to meet new folks and hear more emotive and unique music from a place full of enchantment. We are also very excited to share the stage with our rad friends in Dawn Ray’d”.

A full list of tour dates can be found below.

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Vorna release new single “Maa martona makaa”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, July 7, 2019 at 9:12 AM (PST)

Finnish metallers Vorna have released their latest single “Maa mortona makaa” off of their upcoming album Sateet palata saavat.

Sateet palata saavat is due out on September 27 via Lifeforce Records.

From the band:

“Maa martona makaa (transl. ”The Ground Lies Dead”) is undoubtedly the darkest offering we have put forth for you to hear. The lyrics deal with issues such as pessimism and fear of disappointment, and how those suck out the joy even from all the positive things. There simply couldn’t be a better time to release this song than in the middle of the most beautiful summer – this really helps underline the message the song carries.”

Check out “Maa mortona makaa,” “Syvyydet,” and some Vorna tour dates here.

Band Spotlight: False

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, July 1, 2019 at 8:57 PM (PST)

If you were only allowed to pick one black metal album to hear for the rest of 2019, I would strongly suggest you choose False‘s Portent. A dizzying leap forward from an already very talented and rightfully well regarded act, it does not take long into ten minute opener “A Victual to Our Dead Selves” for the song to grab your undivided attention and never let go. Dedicated to the memory of several friends, the record is professional, passionate, heartbreaking and exhilarating. “Rime On The Song Of Returning” is an exceptionally poetic ode to natural abandon that seems to question our size in the scope of the march of time. The band have never sounded more precise, empowered and fiery, like there is a fortune teller at band practice urging them to claim destiny’s heights. If this album holds significance of metal’s future it is one that honors the best of the past while boding very well for the genre’s horizons.

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Torche release “Admission” via Billboard

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, June 28, 2019 at 1:14 PM (PST)

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Miami rockers Torche released their newest track “Admission” earlier this week via Billboard.

“Admission” is the title track off the new album, due out July 12 via Relapse Records.

Guitarist Jon Nunez had this to say about the new track:

“This is a song where the music and the lyrics are a perfect match,” explains guitar player Jon Nunez in the accompanying Billboard article. “It’s as if they were meant to go together. What I was going through at the time really came through in the song, and the music I gave Steve definitely brought out some rather painful emotions for him [regarding] losing loved ones and the process you go through after. You could even hear a quiver in Steve’s voice, and it was like, ‘Wow, this is something we haven’t done before.’ Steve tends to be really secretive with his lyrics. He needed a little bit of a push, but I think deep down inside he wanted to get this off his chest.”

Torche will be heading out on tour with Baroness, Wear Your Wounds, Whores., and War On Women early next month. Check out those tour dates as well as “Slide” and “Times Missing” here.

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Ashbringer are streaming ‘Absolution’ via Brooklyn Vegan

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, June 28, 2019 at 10:57 AM (PST)

The Minnesota metallers in Ashbringer are today releasing their newest album Absolution via Prosthetic Records.

You can check it out over at Brooklyn VeganAbsolution was mixed by TKris Hilbert (All Hell, Between The Buried and Me) and mastered by Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Portrayal of Guilt).

Ashbringer will be heading out on tour next month, you can check out dates for that here.

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Ashbringer post ‘Absolution’ title track

Posted by longhairedpoet on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 4:11 PM (PST)

Minnesota metallers Ashbringer have posted the title track for their upcoming album Absolution.

Absolution is due out June 28 via Prosthetic Records. The album was mixed by Kris Hilbert (All Hell, Between The Buried and Me) and mastered by Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Portrayal of Guilt).

Check out “Absolution,” as well as Ashbringer tour dates and the Absolution tracklist and album art here.

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Brooding that Bork & Mindy was not greenlit by Studio Execs, Borknagar return to writing dark and majestic metal.

The upcoming album by Norway’s avant-garde metal band, BORKNAGAR, entitled True North (Editor’s Note: No connection to that excellent recent Bad Religion album as far as we know), will be released by Century Media Records/Sony Music
on September 27th. Following 2016’s acclaimed album Winter Thrice, the new BORKNAGAR effort has once again been mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios in Sweden.

“This has indeed been a thunderous ride, and we are truly excited to finally start revealing some news about our upcoming album,” states BORKNAGAR founder and guitarist Øystein G. Brun. “We have spent almost 2 years writing, recording and producing True North and are extremely proud of what we have achieved this time around. On behalf of the whole band, I can firmly say that we have pushed the limits of our musical exploration, while our musical roots have grown even deeper into the northern ground. This is the most diverse, powerful and grandiose BORKNAGAR album to date! Let there be no doubt!
 

Yet again, we have been working with Thor Erik Dullum and Marcelo Vasco for the cover and layout design. From the very beginning of the process, we wanted to have a very clear, crisp and organic cover that spearheads the cold and northern essence of the album. So what could be more natural than basing it on our very own Nordic surroundings? Furthermore, we are also very happy to also reveal that we have extended our deal with Century Media Records.
 
Onwards!”

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Friendship prepare to release ‘Undercurrent’

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 12:56 PM (PST)

Japanese metallers Friendship are preparing to release their newest album Undercurrent on vinyl via Southern Lord on June 14.

Undercurrent was released on CD earlier this year via Daymare Recordings.

Check out some of Friendship’s tracks off of Undercurrent as well as the entirety of 2017’s HATRED over at their Bandcamp.

Undercurrent Track Listing:
1. Demise
2. Vertigo
3. Punishment
4. Lack
5. Abandon
6. Fiend
7. Plague
8. Garbage
9. Wrecker
10. Hatred