We are proud to announce the signing of Polish one-man black metal project Ars Magna Umbrae for the release of his stunning debut EP „Through Lunar Gateways” in CD format.
Self-released digitally in February 2017, Through Lunar Gateways can be summed up as an occult maelstrom of ominous and atmospheric yet hostile black metal. Haunting wails paired with shrieking chants paint a soundscape of nightmarish visions while bleak melodies and acidic distortion slowly pull the listener into the infinite Void. Through Lunar Gateways shows no hesitation in delivering the malicious intent lurking beneath the veil of music and lyrics. A true manifestation of the Chthonic forces of Death and a sonic portal to the Nightside.
All music composed and produced by D.A Khthōn. Guest chants by Hekte Zaren of Adaestuo (W.T.C. Productions). Artwork by Nöt.
„The music relies heavily on dissonant and disorienting melodies with a spectral cast, creating chilling atmospheres of terror and torment. Nightmarish visions swirl about the music both when the band is in the throes of a bestial blood frenzy and when it simply feels like the music is sailing into a haunted void or on the brink of a mental breakdown. The variation in the vocals between deranged panther-like shrieks and unsettling wails (as well as operatic female vocals) is another strength in a staggeringly strong debut.” (NO CLEAN SINGING)
After a bit of delay, the CD version of Engulfed’s full-length is finally with us! The release date is set for this Wednesday, March 22nd. You can stream the entire album below via bandcamp.
„Engulfed is throwback to death metal supremacy, and their extremely heavy take on death metal is absolutely spellbinding with its sheer weight and intensity.” -CVLT Nation
The entire Gjendød album is available now for streaming/download via bandcamp, ahead of its February 24th release on CD. Check out this Norse black metal jewel in full below.
„The album reveals more facets of Gjendød’s obsidian grimness than last year’s EP, but there are certain constants, all of which are electrifying — the speed and intensity of the boiling riffs and the blasting drums; the bleak emotional force of the melodies; the prominence (and surprising warmth) of the very agile bass lines; and the utterly excruciating effects of the vocals — a range of abrasive snarls and shrieks, strangled growls, demented yells, and tyrannical proclamations that together embody terrible agony and maniacal rage.” -NO CLEAN SINGING
US-based black/doom one man band YITH will release a CD version of last year’s debut album „Dread” on February 10th through Hellthrasher Productions.
Following four well-received demos (self-released between 2011 and 2014), „dread,” the first full-length from yith, is a cold slab of hopeless black/doom that continues the project’s exploration of darkness, fear and grief. With haunting melodies and lyrical inspiration coming from the pages of M.R. James and H.P. Lovecraft, „dread” tries to pull the listener into a bleak abyss of endless horror.
After a sold-out cassette edition, the album finally gets a digipak CD release featuring different cover art plus slipcase.
1. time and loss
5. centuries of horror
6. upon dark shores
Norwegian black metal duo Gjendød just posted a new track titled „Nedstigning” – the longest and most monumental song from their upcoming full-length album of the same title. Check it out below.
As the group explains, „by the title track we try to express what we mean by descending towards another death, which also is the concept of the album. It shows how hopeless and air-gasping it all will become after this. There shouldn’t be more hope or optimism left afterwards. One should be really strong to keep the balance above this abyss.”
Nedstigning, the follow-up to the band’s ferocious debut demo, was recorded between April and August 2016 at Nord Stern Studios and features 7 masterful tracks of classic Norse black metal. The album will be released on February 24th as a jewel case CD with 8-page lyric booklet (no pre-orders). LP/MC to follow later via Darker Than Black Records.
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January 20th saw the CD release of the new ECFERUS EP Shamaniacal Essence. Available now as a jewel case version with previously unreleased bonus track „Lobotomization Portal Ascent”.
Shamaniacal Essence was recorded between August and October 2016 at Ghost Cave Studio and features artwork by Luciana Nedelea. Compared to the project’s latest full-length, Pangaea (I, Voidhanger), this EP takes a more raw approach, while maintaining a unique black metal songwriting with lots of twists and turns.
„Another blast of black metal aggression that proves the US can be just as keenly grim as their Scandinavian peers”
„..an instantly addictive psychedelic black metal gem..”