Strigaskór nr 42 is a band with quite a long history, but sporatic activity through the years. Formed in the late eighties, Strigaskór nr. 42 came to be at the forefront of the vibrant Icelandic death-metal scene in the early nineties (3-way split with Sororicide and In Memoriam released back in 1992). The band’s only full album to date, ‘Blót’ (1994), veered away from traditional metal style into more avant-garde sound and received widespread critical acclaim and a cult status in Iceland’s music community, being considered by many as the best metal album ever released by an Icelandic band. Now, nearly twenty years later, the band is back with a new album, „Armadillo”, self-released digitally in September 2013, with the CD version out on March 27th 2015 via Hellthrasher Productions. The band’s current incarnation draws its influences from such acts such as Voivod, Primus, Madness and Wire, while remaining a unique and colorful fusion of various styles from industrial metal through noise rock to twisted punk.
The album comes in a 4-panel digipak with quite minimalistic layout featuring slightly re-designed cover art and – for the first time – brand new Hellthrasher logo. Limited to only 500 copies worldwide, this is a unique opportunity to hear this legendary Icelandic act on a physical format after 20-year hiatus.
“..a metal animal with big-band weight. The brass section air drones across chunky, martial riffing, and the drummer made me think of Tommy Ramone’s beats, hit with Lars Ulrich emphasis.” -Rolling Stone
„The music bounces, it hammers, it swirls, somersaults, and dances. Armadillo is an exuberant burst of creativity, and it often sounds like the inmates are in charge of the asylum. I don’t have much with which to compare it, but I’ve been fascinated by it.” -No Clean Singing
“Before long, it becomes quite clear that it is impossible to pigeonhole the music of this band. The only option is to compare them to ever changing artists like Frank Zappa, John Zorn and Mike Patton.” -Sky Magazine
We are excited to announce successful negotiations with Norway’s avantgarde black/doom metal act Manimalism, regarding the CD release of their critically acclaimed 2014s self titled debut opus, being a result of over 20-years of silent existence, conducted by Kim Sølve (most well known from his long-time collaboration as a graphic artist with Ulver, Darkthrone, Solefald etc.). Here’s an interesting story behind that project:
MANIMALISM was founded by Kim Sølve and three others back in 1992. An anomaly in their own time, Manimalism was a silent contributor to the first wave of Norwegian post-Black Metal weirdness when names like Ved Buens Ende and Fleurety, before they became legendary, were their only contemporaries. As TAARENES VAAR, they released two demos, one in 1996 and one in 1997, both to critical acclaim from local magazines. It was hard for conformists to make sense of Manimalism, there was not much there that adhered to the expectations of the already indoctrinated Black Metal scene. Too bizarre to get proper recognition in their own time, too weird to be picked up by the Black Metal demo re-release wave a decade or so back, their two demos stood as the only evidence of their artistic merit.
Last year, the band’s legacy has finally seen the light of day and the self-titled Manimalism, built from the demo tracks and two other songs—all written between 1993 and 1999—was released on november 17, 2014 through Adversum as a limited vinyl edition. Although recorded between 2002 and 2013, the music has been recorded with the utmost respect for the original compositions and the time and visions they were created for. Written by a teenager and executed by adult gentlemen in their finest age with a limitless well of talent, experience and mischief at hand, this album stands as a monument to and celebration of an era when darkness in Metal was real.
Manimalism is recorded like a Black Metal-inspired Doom band performing twisted 60’s crooner ballads. Here is a beast with a twisted smile, tap-dancing instead of headbanging, wearing a silk-lined tuxedo instead of leathers. From a place where chandeliers and necrophilia go hand in hand. This is nineties, avant-garde Metal. Dissonant to the bone, creeping, thrilling, dark Metal from a time when things were different and individuality still was in the lead.
After a 22-year birth, the time has come. From the dark past, we give you: MANIMALISM.
„Abhorred and mindblowing dark death metal terror. Curious and anxious to see where Dario (ex-Infester/Evoken/Drawn And Quartered etc.) goes next with this (if he even decides to do so!) since this is by far my favorite currently-active project he’s involved in.” (Chris Bruni / Profound Lore)
„Ritual Chamber ladles out dollops of murky, oppressive death metal in the grand old early Incantation tradition with splashes of Teitanblood and woozy, off-kilter melodies for seasoning; if they’re killing it this hard on a mere demo, imagine what they’ll dish out on an LP!” (Kim Kelly / Pitchfork)
Stay tuned for further details!
Polish death metallers Embrional have premiered a new song off their upcoming second full-length album „The Devil Inside”. The nightmarish, atonal waltz „Funeral March” can be streamed at this location: soundcloud.com/godzovwar/embrional-funeral-march
„The Devil Inside” is the follow-up to 2012’s „Absolutely Anti-Human Behaviors” and sees Embrional developing their sound into mysterious yet technically complex death metal monolith, where devastating blastbeats mix with hypnotizing slowdowns and nonroutine rhythms, roaring screams with whispering and moaning of the damned souls and sick harmonies with steady pillar of Death Metal tradition. The album is due out on February 28th 2015 via Old Temple (CD), with the vinyl and tape versions following early Spring through Hellthrasher and Third Eye Temple / Godz Ov War, respectively.
01 – The Devil Inside
02 – Evil’s Mucus
03 – Funeral March
04 – The Abyss
05 – Sadness
06 – In Darkness
07 – Behind The Mask Of Sanity
08 – 910
09 – Madman’s Curse
10 – Callousness
11 – Venom
12 – Whores, Drugs and Brain Dead
The album’s artwork was made by Mariusz Krajewski and mentalporn.com
Two years after an acclaimed „Absolutely Anti-Human Behaviors”, Polish death metal act Embrional returns with a refreshed line-up presenting a new full-length „The Devil Inside”. The album is due out on 28th February 2015 through the unholy triumvirate of Hellthrasher Productions (LP), Old Temple (CD), and Third Eye Temple/Godz ov War (MC).
„The Devil Inside” comprises of 12 monstrous death metal tracks, crafted with technical sohpistication, where devastating blastbeats mix with hypnotizing slowdowns and nonroutine rhythms, roaring screams with whispering and moaning of the damned souls and sick harmonies with steady pillar of Death Metal tradition.
The album was recorded, mixed and mastered between August 2013 and June 2014 at Warsaw’s Sound Division Studio, once again with the help of the sound engineer Arek ‚Malta’ Malczewski. Full tracklisting, cover art and actual release dates for all physical formats are to be unveiled shortly after the New Year. For now, the band has posted a first single off the new album called „In Darkness”. Listen to the song at this location:
Polish post-black metal quintet ENTROPIA will release a vinyl version of the debut album „Vesper” on October 22nd through Hellthrasher Productions.
Vesper is a result of almost a six-year process of the band’s development and sees Entropia detaching itself from its post-metal origins to explore the depths of black metal blasts accompanied with post-rock sensitivity and etherealness of shoegaze, creating a genuine, refreshing soundscape not unlike that of ALTAR OF PLAGUES, KRALLICE, AGALLOCH and WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM. Jakub Mańkowski, a Fryderyk prize nominee and producer of BEHEMOTH, BLINDEAD and OBSCURE SPHINX was the sound engineer responsible for the Vesper’s sound. The visuals were created by Marcin Gadomski from Upgrade Design Studio.
Originally self-released by the band on CD in February 2013, the album is now available on black vinyl in an edition of 300 copies, coming in a gatefold sleeve with a two-sided lyric insert. All songs were carefully re-mastered by Kuba Mańkowski to reach their full potential and sonic perfection. Let’s drown in this ocean of obscure beauty!
„This record takes you on one of those hour-long journeys through the rippling darkness of self and space that never gets mired in repetition.” -Decibel Magazine
„Entropia combines black metal with sludge and post-rock elements into a completely original album full of atmosphere. Sometimes aggressive and threatening, sometimes melancholic and subdued or dreamy, but always with a sense of purpose and urgency.” -Lords of Metal
„Vesper is an entirely engaging and unmissable effort that will serve as one of the crowning jewels of its genre’s output this year.” -Sputnik Music