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Demonical announce new vocalist Alexander Högbom

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 2:00 PM (PST)

Swedish death metal band Demonical  have announced a change of vocalists.

DEMONICAL commented:

“We have parted with vocalist Sverker Widgren due to various time- and priority related matters. As there are always two sides to every story and answers might differ depending on who you ask, we prefer to keep the more detailed reasons amongst the ones involved and not publically go into further explanations. However, in order to avoid any speculations we can inform you that there is no bad blood between any of us, we want to thank Sverker for all the years in the band and we wish him the very best of luck for the future.

As the band has always operated under the motto “only the best is good enough”, we are thrilled to announce that one of Sweden’s premium death metal vocalists, Alexander Högbom (known from acts such as October Tide and Centinex) has joined us as our new permanent commander.

In order to raise the flames even higher, we can hereby also reveal that after more than two years in Demonical on a session basis, guitarist Eki Kumpulainen and drummer Kennet Englund have both become full-time members of the band.

With this determined and solid line-up we are very much looking forward to the upcoming Finnish shows next week, the summer tour across Eastern Europe during July as well as the album recording in the autumn.

Yes that’s right, during the fall we will (finally) record our fifth full-length album for an early 2018 release. We have tapped an award-winning Swedish producer for the task and we are confident that the album – which summons bits and pieces from all our previous releases – will become an improved quality-related chapter for Demonical and push our Swedish Death Metal Darkness to a new level.

The future looks more than victorious!”.     

Alexander Högbom added:

“It is with excitement and great honor I will shoulder Sverker Widgren’s position in Demonical. I have known the band for almost 10 years now and we have toured together all over the globe with my other bands both as support and vice versa. This is one more step for me into the chasm of Swedish Death Metal Darkness”.

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Album Review: Aborym – “Shifting.negative”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, March 27, 2017 at 10:48 AM (PST)

Aborym always do something interesting, even if they will never be the type of project that will please everyone. That’s certainly never been the point of the band. That said, some people will never get over that they don’t sound like Fire Walk With Us anymore, an admittedly exceptional moment for the group. Still, Fabban has never been content to let the band become a repetitive copy of itself. Anyone with ears should try and trust that while the direction may shift, it will always be somewhat negative (haha, see what I did there?).

Dirty was more of a nihilistic party record, as shock rock as they have been in some ways. Shifting.negative has an all new line up backing Fabban, a very 90’s industrial type record that has some of the projects most dense textural layering yet. There is a lot to unpack here but the listener will find so much new ground with every listen. It is both organic and very electronic, a garden for the ears.

This is Aborym’s best SOUNDING record by far. Engineered by Emiliano Natali  and Luciano Lamanna,  mixed and mastered by Grammy-award winning Marc Urselli with post-production work from Guido Elmi, this album has some serious juice. Fabban has always had an amazing ear himself and has also gotten an insane array of cool guests for this one, from Ministry’s Sin Quirin to Youko Heidy and many more.

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Glorior Belli are streaming “Lies-Strangled Skies” from excellent new Agonia Release Sundown (The Flock That Welcomes). The record is out May 6th but you can stream the newest dark single at Bandcamp HERE.

The album is killer, more black metal and speed leaning than the last record but with one real epic avant garde stomper as well, the highly recommended bass heavy “Rebels In Disguise”. “Upheaval In Chaos Waters” is another highlight, guitars positively gleaming with malice over roared, pained vocals and precision drumming. “World So Spurious” even has a bad ass Celtic Frost-esque death grunt that any metalhead will get pumped hearing.

“Lies-Strangled” skies is the opening track from this anticipated release, the perfect soundtrack to a reading of Paradise Lost or for burning down the house. The stage is set with a military beat building up faster and faster under a commanding guitar line before the album pulls you into a grand majesty of no return.

“The production is by far one of the best that Glorior Belli ever had” – comments the band. “Drums & Bass are absolutely devilish and placed under the spotlight. Everything was recorded, mixed and mastered in our own studios, having an absolute control as usual over the sound. The guitar work overall will bring you back to the origins of Glorior Belli. Conceptually wise, Sundown (The Flock That Welcomes) will smother you with darkness and light, both stuffed down your throat with the same rage that could be heard on Glorior Belli’s ealier records. When the Night is coming down on you, will you find a way through the dark? A record for the very few of us who truly embrace the desire to break from the cosmic prison”.

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October Tide release “Nursed By The Cold”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 4:05 PM (PST)

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Swedish melo-death-doomers October Tide have released their newest song “Nursed By The Cold”.

“Nursed By The Cold” comes from the band’s upcoming album Winged Waltz which will come out April 22 via Agonia Records.

October Tide will also be co-headlining a European tour with Demonical.

Check out “Nursed By The Cold” and October Tide tour dates here.

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Swedish black metal/post-rock wanderers, HYPOTHERMIA, are entering 2016 with fresh blood and touring plans. The group has officially welcomed bassist Phil A. Cirone (Craft, Kall, ex-Shining) into its ranks, and announced a headlining European mini-tour to take place this spring, in celebration of their latest album “Svartkonst” and new things on the horizon.

Phil had this to say about becoming a member of the band: “I consider it a great honor to have been granted the opportunity to add my weapon of choice to the Hypothermia arsenal. I will wield it with the utmost respect for this great art”.

 

HYPOTHERMIA will play selected shows in France, Germany and Belgium, along with a stop at Finland’s Turku Saatanalle IV Festival (the latter also including Mgła, Archgoat, Ondskapt and more). Their spring trek will feature support from Georgian black metal/progressive rock outfit, Psychonaut 4.

Upcoming shows BELOW.

Threat Signal sign with Agonia Records

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 9:13 PM (PST)

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Threat Signal have been a favorite here at Metal Riot since the site started. Definitely one of the first bands I interviewed for this site and they are always releasing awesome stuff. Now the band have signed with the tastemaking Agonia Records (Aosoth, The Moth Gatherer, Demonical) for a new release, Disconnect.

Frontman Jon Howard commented on the signing:
“We are very excited to have inked a deal with Agonia records. We strongly believe that Agonia will be a great partnership, and together we will push Threat Signal’s music to more listeners than ever before. Our new album ‘Disconnect’ in my opinion is the strongest album we’ve recorded to date. Thank you Agonia for making this happen for us, and we look forward to the road ahead!”.

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Album Review: Temple Of Baal – “Mysterium”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 4:12 PM (PST)

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Mysterium is my favorite Temple Of Baal release since their more death-centric
Lightslaying Rituals (when I first discovered the band). And this might be their actual best.

This new release from the French deathened BM horde is full of snarled and commanding vocals,
cool arrangements and a great mix that balances things well. The drums are
somewhat subservient to the guitars as is often the style of some French BM
traditions, but the snare sound is cutting and great. The whirlpool of guitars
that often represents this band at their finest and most furious retain their
seat at the front of the mix, with the vocals audible but adding to the
overall texture as well.

I love Temple of Baal’s whiplash inducing solos, which climb and writhe like
snakes and are often over before you can blink. The screams as well,
particularly on opener “Lord of Knowledge and Death” are full of dedication to
the dark artistry of this music. I’ve listened to this record a lot in a short
amount of time and while it is fairly relentless, you don’t (or at least I
don’t) get fatigued by it like some of their past albums. The performances are all killer and delivered with bullseye intention.

In particular mad props to (I believe) current drummer Scvm (ex-Order of Apollyon) who is insane on this.

The 8 tracks offer just enough of a battle scarred landscape to
escape your dull day in full and create a severe, furrowed brow mental picture
of determination, despondency and a sort of warlike longing for more. Fans of
mid period Behemoth or recent Mayhem will really dig “Magna Gloria Tua”, which hits as hard as anything on Evangelion or Esoteric Warfare yet has a seriously creepy onslaught of an atmospheric laced bridge full of tremelo, chanted background vocals and excursions into serpentine, cavernous dissonance. Certainly one of the band’s greatest moments on record to date.

This is a rock solid record that finds the band striking a great balance between their newer atmospheric tendencies (which I love) and the ferocity they have always had no shortage of. The songwriting is also more memorable. It wasn’t bad in the past but whereas before they got by a bit more on classic aesthetics (ala Italy’s Malfeitor who were relentless and great but not the most original), attack and one of the cooler names in BM, now you will find yourself headbanging and yelling along to ToB’s “Holy Art Thou” like it is second nature.

“Your name is carved within our hearts as the deepest initiation scar…” I believe one of the cooler lines goes. I wonder who they are talking about, hahaha.

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So, I’m sort of postponing watching The Walking Dead this morning on cable catch up because (spoiler alert) I already heard that they brought Glenn back in a really implausible way. Just read Kim Kelly’s awesome new road article on C.O.C. for Noisey (and sort of wishing they’d still play recent non-Pepper gem “Tarquinius Superbus” live in this formation) and then browsed some new Riding Easy patches. Bitching to myself about the inconsistent self-centeredness of humanity or people I’ve dated. Walked the dog. Thinking of ways to make more money to move West eventually. So in other words, it was a usual day.

Until I checked out the new jam from The Moth Gatherer via the fine label Agonia, purveyors of numerous killer metal slabs of darkness, usually on the blacker end of the metal spectrum like Aosoth or really soul splitting and barren stuff like the rad new Hypothermia record. I had heard of the band but the name sort of reminded me of Ashton Kutcher and The Butterfly Effect and I already love The Atlas Moth way too much, so did I have room for another “moth” band in my steel heart? Well, I never should’ve put off listening to them because the band revitalized a dull day with a nine minute new banger called “Attacus Atlas” that melts collective minds like the most ritualistic Cult Of Luna or Ghost Brigade side was melded to even heavier guitar passages that are nearly as doomy as they are post-metal. The song comes from new album The Earth Is The Sky, which you may pre-order here. These Swedes are now firmly on my radar and I am stoked.

Commented  the band: “The Earth Is The Sky is an album where we tried to take everything as far as we could. There where points during the recording where we honestly spoke about giving up and calling it a day, it felt like we would crumble under the album. But we suffered through. The result is a desperation about how humanity drags it all to the end. Where A Bright Celestial Light was an introvert journey into decay, The Earth Is The Sky is a journey to the highest point on Earth where you sit down and contemplate about our existence while watching the flames from the burning world”.

Aosoth to release new 2 song EP

Posted by Metal Riot on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at 6:20 AM (PST)

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Aosoth are set to release a new EP!

After critically acclaimed “IV: Arrow In Heart” record took its toll on black metallers in 2013 and left an imprint on a great deal of year-end lists (inc. CVLT Nation, Stereogum, Popmatters, Heavy Magazine or Examiner.com), the French sowers of intelligent dark art, Aosoth, are coming back with a new EP, “IV”, slated for an October 23rd release on Agonia Records!

Recoded, mixed and mastered at BST Studio, the two-track EP will feature one new song and a remix from the last album, IV: Arrow In Heart.

On the new material, the band commented: “Third and last of three appendixes, serving as bridges between our fourth full-length record and the next”.

Cover artwork has been created by Somnyum.

The EP will be available in: black 10″ MLP, gold 10″ MLP (limited to 177 copies) and picture 10″ MLP (limited to 333 copies) only.

Tracklist:
Side A: “Broken Dialogue”
Side B: “Appendix C”

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Song of the Week: Temple of Baal’s “Divine Scythe”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 8:37 AM (PST)

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Especially the last few years, Paris black metal terrors Temple Of Baal have arguably been one of the most fiery and inspired bands in black metal. New single “Divine Scythe” showcases so much of the darkness in this band that I love, from varied yet intoxicating guitars to war cries from a place of deep contemplation. And the solo over the slow plodding bridge is magnificent. “Divine Scythe” should be cranked by any self respecting metal head.

Mysterium is the title of their next full-length album, due on October 2nd via Agonia Records, and “Divine Scythe” is the first single to be released. The song, which features guest vocals by Georges Balafas (Drowning, Eibon, Decline Of The I) can be heard BELOW.

 

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Swedish trio HYPOTHERMIA, comprising a member of Lifelover and Kall fame, are streaming their brand new album, Svartkonst, ahead of release date, which is set for May 15th in Europe and May 19th in North America via Agonia RecordsSvartkonst is an instrumental fusion of black metal, post-rock and shoegaze, and can be listened to exclusively via the following magazines:

Zero Tolerance Magazine (UK)
http://www.ztmag.com/blog/news/?p=24033

No Clean Singing (North America)
http://www.nocleansinging.com/2015/05/12/an-ncs-album-premiere-hypothermia-svartkonst/

RIYL Grayceon, Agalloch, Scorn, Pelican, Mogwai

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Agonia are one of the sickest labels around the underground and Forgotten Tomb are a strong act for fans of moribund blackened Italian doom. The band will lead a headlining European tour this fall, so even USA fans have time to get a plane ticket.

Supporting their latest record Hurt Yourself And The Ones You Love, released by Agonia Records in April 2015. The band will perform a brand-new set of songs, including material from all their discography that hasn’t been played in a while (or never before). Interested promoters can get in touch here (as all dates are not filled, it seems): nihil_management@live.it

Hailing from France, NOCTURNAL DEPRESSION will team up as support for the whole tour, promoting their new album Spleen Black Metal (Avantgarde Music).

The tour dates will be announced soon. In meantime Forgotten Tomb revealed tour lead up dates for the summer BELOW.

Hypothermia and Agonia Records reveal “Svartkonst”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 9:54 AM (PST)

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The first song from Hypothermia‘s new album is available to consume HERE. This initial title track from pending record “Svartkonst” is an ocean of guitars, a controlled and intelligent drum performance and verbed out trancy power. The Swedes newest track is so good it is impossible as background music, if you get my drift. You’ll be pulled adjacent to the beachfront of cold waves before your gaze inexorably goes to the soul’s within. Yes, I was impressed by this song. Thanks, Agonia Records!

RIYL Sonic Youth, Wolves In The Throne Room, Red Sparowes

The track features on the band’s upcoming new album under the same title, set to be released on May 15th in Europe and May 19th in North America. Pre-order here.

Ephel Duath’s Davide Tiso ends the project

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 12:01 PM (PST)

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Ephel Duath are no more, according to virtuoso/mastermind Davide Tiso in a long Facebook post (reprinted after the jump). The band went through various incarnations and styles but was always compelling (understatement). There is no word yet if this means Tiso will be devoting his creative energy full time into wife Karyn Crisis’ Gospel Of The Witches endeavor, who recently signed with Century Media. Best of wishes to Davide with whatever the future holds.

Read the at times rather cryptic statement here.

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Electro-industrial metal titans ABORYM have announced the addition of guitarist Giulio Moschini (Hour of Penance) to the group’s ranks. Giulio brings a wealth of experience to Fabban’s band, having performed with ABORYM during their last live shows and after a very long career with Hour of Penance.

At the same time the band announced an amicable parting of the ways with their drummer, Bard “Faust” Eithun, who has been with the band since 2005.

“After the Emperor-gigs this summer it is my intention to calm down the band activities” – comments Bard. “Basically because I have reached a point where it is difficult to combine being in a band with family and other commitments and I am slightly fed up “being in a band” as such. Sadly this also involves Aborym so it is with a sad heart I have decided to leave the band with immediate effect. Next year I would have been a part of the band for 10 years and I appreciate the three albums we made together. However, it is time to leave the drum chair for someone who are actually able to provide the time and effort the band requires. I wish both Fabban and Paolo Pieri the best of luck with their future endeavours”.

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