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Quarantine Rants: The Thing, Acherontas, Enshadowed news items

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, April 9, 2020 at 8:04 AM (PST)

Hello my quarantined darlings. RIP to the great Honor Blackman of Pussy Galore and Avengers (not Marvel, ya dimwits) fame. Pour one out for an icon of lesbian cement mixer criminal networks and judo adept lady aviators. Honor was also in Jason and the Argonauts.  Very cool.

It is raining outside and I am reeling from Bernie dropping out, which feels like a crappy hangover times 10,000. This situation sucks. Thankfully even during the pandemic I have somehow been sober since New Years and haven’t even had a cigarette all year, so things are going very well on the self care front – praise the gods. Last year was really rough for me and I did not want to repeat that in 2020. Some things we can try to manage, even when the world is chaos.

Hoping to do a lot of blogging on here since I have lost 5 fucking jobs in this pandemic. What else is there to do besides watch El Camino on Netflix because it somehow feels LESS crazy than reality? No, I will not watch that racist animal cruelty adept mullet motherfucker in Tiger King.

In DOPE movie and music related news, Sacred Bones (one of the best labels on Earth) is releasing a new collection in honor of horror classic The Thing.

In collaboration with our friends at Waxwork Records, we’re offering the all-new Lost Cues: The Thing by John Carpenter on Sacred Bones mailorder-exclusive “Ice Tomb” vinyl, their reissue of Ennio Morricone’s soundtrack for the film on Sacred Bones mailorder-exclusive “Snowfall” vinyl, and both of those releases bundled together in a deluxe slipcase. – Sacred Bones

On to some metal news!

Acherontas have a new record due from mighty Agonia this year called, fittingly, Psychic Death – The Shattering Of Perceptions. Hell yeah! Due the virus outbreak, the release date of the album has been postponed to June 26th.

“The Shattering of Perceptions” is a pretty ideal song name right now as people can’t believe they can see the Himalayas for the first time in 30 years in some places due to air pollution lifting or here in America the veil is fully lifted on how far people will go to protect the wealth class over the poor who need medicare for all during a pandemic. Obviously this is my own reflection on what the title made me feel and nothing to do with Greek occult black metal. I’m pretty effin’ pissed about Bernie not being the candidate right now in the USA. Anyway, here is the band of mystical Hellenic daddies in their own words.

ACHERONTAS commented on the new album: “Two years after the release of Faustian Ethos the coven of Acherontas returns with a monumental album, delivering the most mature, potent and diverse offering throughout a vibrant discography of 23 years up to date, fulfilling the promises left abound with closure of the triptych Psychic Death. The shattering of Perceptions and the unfolding of the Psyche. A manifest of sound, spirit and matter, blending across the ancient routes of divination. Across all the cardinal directions, the core elements of the Psychic structure detonate and flourish, risen and aflame as a newborn supernova, embedding axioms and attributes on the vital points of existence, on the ethers as in the depths. The uncharted map of man’s subtle anatomy becomes flooded with the governing universal force of Vitae, the arrows of Life, the nectars of Death and the flames of Rebirth. The crystal halls of the Psyche reverberate, once more, with a monumental milestone to glorify the Ascension to Godhood, the Devil and the Inner Demon. Expect a fierce return deep into the roots of the 90s that we had grown up and evolved through the Black Arts… No more words… Actions define Men and the Brave Spirits”.

Wow, that sounds a lot more deep than the average conversation in sewer online discourse these days. The new song below is thrilling and very mind opening, layer upon layer of dynamics revealed in a journey of bleakly inspiring Greek songwriting. Loved the little bell at the end as well or chime or whatever with the rushing wind. Really intriguing and I look forward into delving into the band’s extensive back catalogue, which I dot know as well as -say- Rotting Christ or Varathron.

Flushing humanity into a vortex , 2020 Karma

In more Greek metal news, Enshadowed have a razor sharp new single of death dancing black metal fury and a blend of Hellenic and Scandinavian influences for your ears today. Stare Into The Abyss, indeed. It is over in a raw and fiery blink of the eye, but not before shredding you to bone bits in a friction of evil like a fiberglass tornado of baby devil teeth! Order the 6 panel digipack HERE.

Hear “The Great Animist” below and don’t forget to wear PPE.

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Today we are reporting still (thankfully) alive from quarantine on a very unfunny April Fool’s. Happy belated TDoV to our trans readers and hope everyone is ok out there and holding it together through this Hell. I am glad the Empire State Building has been flashing red and looks like Gozer is coming, because we dumb ass Americans need to check our cocky privilege and realize this shit is no joke. Get the fuck inside.

I just finished reading Catalyst, an excellent novel that details events leading up to one of my top favorite Star Wars films – Rogue One. The book gives you a lot more background on Jyn’s parents and the machinations that led up to their manipulation at the hands of Krennick as well as plenty of colorful connect the dots moments in the subterfuge that surrounded the construction process of the Death Star. Very good read for you fellow nerds out there who haven’t ever read that one.

Let’s get to to the metal. Today we have some new Forgotten Tomb! I love this band. They have done a wide variety of edgy material over the years from the bleak and suicidal sounds of my favorite Springtime Depression to the bold and big We Owe You Nothing where the band really did whatever they wanted regardless of “cult” status rules (check out “Longing For Decay” on that one, a beast). The new track stream from pending “Nihilistic Estrangement” is a promising direction that almost sounds like post metal and black metal married to a huge sense of space. It feels like black metal Mogwai at some points, which is super fucking rad. Good on them. Pre order the Italian band’s latest HERE via Agonia. The cover art has more trad nature BM vibes than they have rocked on their art pretty much ever as well. They always keep it interesting.

The album’s cover artwork is a painting, specifically drawn for this release by acclaimed artist Paolo Girardi (Essence Of Datum, Drug Honkey, Manilla Road) .

In a comment that encompasses everything from working on the album, to musical expectations and lyrical themes, the band had this to say: “Nihilistic Estrangement is our tenth album and it opens a new chapter of the band and possibly a new trilogy, therefore it sounds different from our previous release, which closed the past trilogy. The whole idea and concept behind the album was to make something detached from all the current trends in terms of style and production so that it would feel timeless and not chained to a particular frame in time. I chose specific vintage microphones from the 60s/70s for the studio sessions and mostly played on early 80s instruments, as well as using both analog tapes and mixing desk. It was pretty much recorded like an old album from 40 years ago or such. I pretty much wanted to make something that was removed from the current state of music and the standardized productions that get churned out daily. Musically speaking there are references to all of the band’s eras but it sounds very refreshing and extremely personal; it’s 100% Forgotten Tomb. The lyrics deal with several different themes but the main focus is about reaching a mental estrangement from the modern world; it’s about refusing to partake in the current state of things and finding solace in a inner world of my own where no one can enter. I’d say the lyrics and concepts on this album are extremely misanthropic, even if it’s a term that got thrown around so much over the years that it kinda lost its real meaning”.

Exciting shit!!! I am so on board!!

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It’s no secret we have been stoked for Garden Of Storms from epic metallic songcraft masters In Mourning around these parts. If you still have the will to go on living after the Trump/Nickelback circle of Hell, we strongly suggest that you check out the in depth documentary on the new record and the FULL album stream from Agonia below. Few records this year will come even close to the majesty and metallic poignancy of this beast. They have yet again created a world worth diving into, shadow and light at war for control.

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In Mourning release ‘Yields of Sand’ official lyric video

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 3:17 PM (PST)

Garden of Storms is sure to be one of the finest offerings of 2019. Let’s just say I have been anticipating it a lot more than releases by way bigger bands. IN MOURNING are one of my favorite metal bands operating currently, so talented and able to squeeze real emotion and innovation out of some familiar forms. They just write tremendously cohesive albums and songs and have never disappointed. Loving the new tune ‘Yields of Sand’ which charms and challenges with emotional battle filled allegory and paints vivid pictures of reflections over music that showcases proggy, death and super intricate melodic elements; many of the aspects of the group that fans enjoy.

Press release for the new album follows:

Sweden’s melodic, progressive death/doom metal masters IN MOURNING, will release a new studio album titled “Garden Of Storms” on October 4th worldwide via Agonia Records. Shortly following the album’s release, the band will embark on a European tour with Omnium Gatherum.

Hailed by many as the heir to Opeth’s melodeath throne, IN MOURNING was formed in the Swedish woods in the year 2000. Since then, the band has evolved, striving to refine its sound to what it is today. Musically, the group blends a broad spectrum of influences into a foundation of melodic death metal. Thrusting from doomy metal-riffs, blasting drumbeats and deep growling vocals, to calm breezes of clean flowing melodies and harmonies.

“Garden Of Storms” features seven new tracks replete with artwork from Kristian Wåhlin (Bathory, At The Gates, King Diamond).

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In Mourning prepare to release new album

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, June 28, 2019 at 10:41 AM (PST)

Swedish metallers In Mourning are preparing to release their latest album Garden of Storms.

Garden of Storms is due out October 4 via Agonia Records and will be the follow up to 2016’s Afterglow.

The band commented on the new album:

“We made a new album! It’s called The Garden of Storms ans it is the final piece in a trilogy which started with The Weight of Oceans. We’ve headed back.. and forward, at the same time. We’re back recording with Jonas Kjellgren who made the sound of our earlier albums, yet we have a lot of things that are new with this album. The band constellation is new with Sebastian and Jocke, we’ve worked in ways we’ve never done before, new vibes and new songs even if we planted the seeds to some of them a long time ago. In times where things kind of seem to scatter and change a lot around us, this still feels like our most solid, honest and complete album to date.”

In Mourning will be heading out on tour in October in support of the album. Check out those tour dates plus album art here.

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Beheaded premiere “The Charlatan’s Enunciation” lyric video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 2:05 PM (PST)

Malta’s own Beheaded have released a new lyric video for their song “The Charlatan’s Enunciation.”

“The Charlatan’s Enunciation” comes from the band’s upcoming album Only Death Can Save You due out on June 14 via Agonia Records.

The track, coming in at just under four and a half minutes, is a lyrically dense tomb laid over a driving instrumental.

Check out the lyric video for “The Charlatan’s Enunciation” here.

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October Tide to start work on new record

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 4:57 PM (PST)

OCTOBER TIDE‘s Fredrik Norrman (ex-Katatonia), co-founder and guitarist of the Swedish, melodic death metal group, reports that the band has been writing songs for their sixth studio album, follow-up to “Winged Waltz” from 2016, and has booked a studio for the end of November, to start the recording process.

Norrman commented: “We haven’t made much noise about this so far, but we have written a bunch of songs lately. In fact, we have almost a whole album more or less finished”.

The plans are to have the album – whose mixing and mastering duties will be handeled by Karl Daniel Liden (Bloodbath, Katatonia, Cult Of Luna) – completed by late January, and released on Agonia Records in spring 2019.

OCTOBER TIDE‘s last live appearance took place in Dubai (United Arab Emirates) on October 26th. Shortly before the recording sessions, the band will travel south to Bucharest (Romania), where they’ll perform at the Metal Gates Festival with Rotting Christ, Shining and Draconian. Whilst recording the album, they’ll play a show at December Doom Festival in Vantaa (Finland), with plans to do a special  setlist from their debut release,“Rain Without End”.

Formed in 1995 by Katatonia members, Jonas Renkse and Fred Norrman, OCTOBER TIDE spawned two, now-cult releases, “Rain Without End” (1997) and “Grey Dawn” (1999), before going on hiatus for over eleven years. Reunited in 2009, the Swedes released three studio albums: “A Thin Shell” (2010), “Tunnel Of No Light” (2013) and “Winged Waltz” (2016), all of which featured exceptional guitar work, on top of the band’s emotional touch on death metal.

Upcoming shows:
2018-11-17: Bucharest @ Metal Gates Festival, ROM
2018-12-01: Vantaa @ December Doom Festival, FIN
2018-12-07: Göteborg @ Sticky Fingers, SWE

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Agonia Records, one of our favorite extreme labels around here, are working with the Greek band Lucifer’s Child. If you haven’t heard of them the group consists of vocalist Marios Dupont (Karma Violens) and drummer Nick Vell (Chaostar), George Emmanuel (ex-Chaostar), Stathis Ridis (a member of another long-running Hellenic metal unit, Nightfall).

Now they’ve released new single “The Order” in the form of a music video directed by George Koimisis and the band themselves. It’s the title track from the band’s fothrcoming album, set to be released on November 9th via Agonia Records. Watch the video HERE.

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Demonical announce three-country European tour with Lik, Of Fire

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 2:55 PM (PST)

Swedish death metal act DEMONICAL have teamed up with their countrymen Lik (Stockholm-based death metal) for a tour of Europe including Poland, Germany and Czech Republic this November. The band will hit the road in support of their fifth studio album “Chaos Manifesto”, released in March on Agonia Records. The opening act will be Of Fire, a death ‘n’ roll  performer also from Sweden.

The new album from the band deserves more attention. So much good stuff has come out this year, but this is not one to miss. I am particularly fond of “Towards Greater Gods”, a full bore upper mid tempo thrill ride of all the things that make this band great.

DEMONICAL commented: “We are very much looking forward to November and our return to mainland Europe under the “Carnage Manifesto” banner. As we will be joined by our Swedish brothers in LIK and OF FIRE this tour-package will be something special, a total slap of Stockholm-style old-school death metal and a wet dream for every worshipper of the buzzsaw HM-2 sound! Death metal darkness prevails… and then some!”.

DEMONICAL + LIK + OF FIRE – Carnage Manifesto tour 2018
06.11 PL Poznan, Klub U Bazyla
07.11 CZ Praha, Modra Vopice
08.11 DE Mannheim, MS Connexion Complex
09.11 DE Bitterfeld, Festung
10.11 DE Hamburg, Bambi Galore
11.11 DE Osnabrück, Bastard Club

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Arsis rage forth with ‘Tricking The Gods’ music video

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, September 9, 2018 at 3:12 PM (PST)

Tech death tyrants Arsis have thankfully returned this year with Visitant, a much anticipated new release out in Nov. from the consistently dope labels Agonia Records and Nuclear Blast. The new video for ‘Tricking The Gods’ has some Satan invades star trek borderline moments, but is that a bad thing? Hell no.

Love the lead tones (is that a George Lynch tiger spirit infused guitar or what?) and psycho-charged arrangement in this tune, powered by some serious chops and guttural evil from James Malone. Expect this record should make quite a big red splash. This band always seemed more sincere about their craft than some others, so I am looking forward to this. My punk friends Nightmares For A Week also have an album out this late 2018 which , like Arsis, marks 5 years between releases and y’know, sometimes it really is worth the wait for career milestone material. Kudos to all.

“We had a pretty strong touring cycle for the last album, Unwelcome,” says Malone. “Then, I got involved in Necromancing the Stone. It wasn’t taking up too much time since I wasn’t the main songwriter. It was more of a fun outlet for me, a chance for me to get on stage and play without having to do both guitar and vocals. I didn’t expect Necromancing the Stone to get signed and to go on tour, but all of that ended up happening. That took time obviously, but then Brandon [Ellis] ended up joining The Black Dahlia Murder. It took me awhile to get my wits about me to the point where I wanted to concentrate on a new Arsis record. The time it took to regroup was very much needed.”

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Majestic Phenomenon: Cast The Stone, Euringer, Black Tusk news

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, August 13, 2018 at 3:24 PM (PST)

Little Jimmy got lost in the arcade on the way to New Zealand!

Hey y’all. Monday blues here and am thankful for the good stuff in life but also feeling a little burnt out and it is only the first day of the week. Man, been watching The 100 and I am about ready to take the chip and join A.L.I.E.’S Cult.

Before we head to the City Of Light y’all we gotta get deep into some cray cray music news.

Cast The Stone (Misery Index, ex-Cattle Decapitation, Scour) have released the “A Plague Of Light” lyric video. The song is taken from the new album Empyrean Atrophy. This and some more new Void Ritual (we’re not worthy!) oughta be enough to shake out or encourage all the demons you need to deal with to kick start your week or the Apocalypse. Everything from this release has been monstrously ass crushing so far and we are here for it!

Mindless Self Indulgence ringmaster Jimmy Urine is a great dude. He’s always been very cool in person and a fun guy to talk to or of course see demolish a crowd. The satirical yet actually deeper than you would think on the surface message of MSI is sorely needed in the current climate of lack of critical thinking out there. Now Jimmy is back with a new record under the name EURINGER. The record is due Oct. 19th via the great Metropolis Records and features guest spots from Grimes, Gerard Way, Serj Tankian and Chantel Claret. Jimmy even finds time to cover Kate Bush and The Doobie Brothers. Doobies…underrated style icons. And Kate! Jimmy, have you been reading my mind? I was just super stoned and driving Globelamp’s car last night listening to “Wuthering Heights” at 11pm trying to remember to auto deposit a check to go pay my storage space bill. Probably a coincidence.

”Mathematically speaking I am breaking time into pieces of distance and moving through them diagonally at a rapid rate,” says Jimmy. “Naaaahh, I am just fucking with you. I just drank a whole bottle of Southern Comfort and wrote this album. A hallucination, a proclamation, a degradation? Or maybe its all just all a pile of bullshit I made up to stay relevant. Either way, I am right behind you.“

The surviving heroes of Black Tusk have a new record and even deeper sense of purpose. The Savannah riff pirates are streaming another new track off their forthcoming album ‘T.C.B.T.’ The ripper titled “Closed Eye” is streaming now via Blabbermouth. 

BLACK TUSK have kicked off their previously announced North American headline tour. The first ‘TCBT’ dates includes stops at Heavy Mountain Festival, RPM Fest, and more. BLACK TUSK are joined by WHORES and WHITE NAILS on select dates. A full list of confirmed shows can be found below.

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Cast The Stone prepare to release ‘Empyrean Atrophy’ EP

Posted by longhairedpoet on Monday, June 4, 2018 at 2:21 AM (PST)

St. Louis metallers Cast The Stone are preparing to release their latest EP Empyrean Atrophy.

Empyrean Atrophy will be released on August 31 via Agonia Records.

Cast The Stone is Mark Kloeppel (Misery Index, Scour), Derek Engemann (ex-Cattle Decapitation, Scour), Jesse Schobel (Legend, ex-Scour) and vocalist Andy Huskey.

The cover art for Empyrean Atrophy was done by Gary Ronaldson of Bite Radius Designs (Primordial, Kreator, Napalm Death).

Guitarist Mark Kloeppel commented:

“The band’s sound is a testament to an enduring spirit thats driven us to return to our most organic influences, merge them together, incorporate disparate elements, and forge our own sound. Each person has a distinct sound unto themselves, so it’s really cool how smooth and cohesive this stuff comes across. You can immediately hear how different this is from the other things we’ve been involved in, yet it’s still very true to our individual styles. Our bassist Derek progressively weaves my guitars and Jesse’s uber-creative drumming style together in a way that only he can. This is all crowned off by Andy Huskey’s crazy death metal vocals which are… well, just listen.”

The first single for Empyrean Atrophy is due June 7.

Check out the tracklist for Empyrean Atrophy here.

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Threat Signal stream new album ‘Disconnect’ in full

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 9:33 AM (PST)

Threat Signal have returned with their near impervious new smasher Disconnect. You can order the bruising new futuristic groove metal album from Agonia HERE in lots of format options  (we’re kinda digging the lifesaver looking red and blue vinyl). Props to the dudes on a fearsome return. This record really enhances their overall discography and unifies a lot of elements. Some exciting moments, to be sure. RIYL Fear Factory, Soilwork, Linkin Park.

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Forgotten Tomb’s 360 video for new song ‘Second Chances’

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 12:33 PM (PST)

Another new Forgotten Tomb song, this one an 8 minute inspired dirge called “Second Chances”, is now online. The  new song is from their upcoming studio album We Owe You Nothing, due out on October 27th in Europe and November 10th in North America via Agonia Records.

FORGOTTEN TOMB commented: “Our discography has always been divided by trilogies. ‘We Owe You Nothing’ closes the third trilogy which started with ‘…And Don’t Deliver Us From Evil’ followed by ‘Hurt Yourself And The Ones You Love’ and it’s the heaviest among the 3 albums, with an emphasis on slower/mid tempos and a sludgier approach while retaining also our trademark melodies and dissonant arpeggios, plus some twists which open new doors to the next era of the band. Due to circumstances surrounding it, it’s been an extremely painful album to make and therefore it’s one of our darkest, while being also filled with raw energy”.

 

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King Parrot announce UK headliner

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, September 29, 2017 at 1:00 PM (PST)

Was listening to Locrian’s bleakly comforting “The Future Of Death” when some fresh thrashy news hit my inbox. The UK is cooler than we are in America and thus Australian rage-a-holics King Parrot can probably do a better proper headliner there. Let’s face it, a lot of Americans listen to hot garbage when not believing steaming horseshit.

“We’re excited to announce a headlining UK tour this November, in support of our new album, Ugly Produce”, states KING PARROT’s vocalist, Matt Young. The Australian thrash metal / grindcore band offered a positive update after the cancellation of their autumn European tour with Decapitated. KING PARROT will start the tour in Norwich, UK, on November 7th, shortly after the completion of their ongoing North American run with Superjoint and Devildriver.

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