Third exciting announcement in a row – a UK ambient death metal duo Vorage has joined our roster for the CD release of its 2014 self-titled debut demo, that was previously issued on tape via Exitium Prods.
Vorage is a mysterious death metal entity, created and solely instrumentally performed by SHEOL’s drummer A.H.S. with vocals provided by Al Xul. This is chaotic, churning maelstrom of Death Metal darkness that will surely appeal to those who appreciate the sound of Portal, Mitochondrion, Impetuous Ritual, Antediluvian and Abyssal.
Let it get you through the infinite spheres of death’s black womb…
We are proud to announce that we will be releasing the CD version of the upcoming new Vacivus EP ‚Rite of Ascension’.
Vacivus is a UK Death Metal band, formed in 2013 by members and ex-members of Wodensthrone, Horrified, Plague Rider and Warbastard, among many others. Since its formation, the band has shared the stage with the likes of Cruciamentum and Sheol, making a name for itself as one of the most promising acts of UK’s new wave of dark, chaotic death metal.
The ‚Rite of Ascension’ EP will be released in July 2015 on tape via Goatprayer Records and later this year on CD through our label. Expect 5 tracks of absolute void worship, dealing with Occult, Death & Transcendence. Recommended for fans of Immolation, Morbid Angel, Grave Miasma and Dead Congregation.
Check out the opening track at this location:
It’s a great pleasure for us to announce that we will be handling the official LP & CD reissues of Desolate Shrine’s debut album „Tenebrous Towers”, originally released on CD in 2011 through Hammer Of Hate Records (and licensed by us from the current owner of its catalogue – KVLT). Both formats should be available for purchase later this year. Further info will be shared once all details are worked out!
Desolate Shrine is one of the finest contemporary underground death metal acts, with a relatively small yet strong output of three amazing full-length albums to date, the latest two on Dark Descent Records. Their debut effort, Tenebrous Towers opened up the crushing mysticism of DESOLATE SHRINE with a truly remarkable form of possessed, blackened death metal. Executed with skill and worship, the heaviness of Tenebrous Towers comes not only from speed but the crushing mid-tempo and oppressing slow tunes accompanied with atmospheric acoustic sections. The demonic inhuman growlings/screamings of the 2 vocalists not only interpret the in-depth lyrics but add more hell to the overwhelming atmosphere. Properly expressed with dynamic sounds, the debut album of Desolate Shrine is not to be missed!
US-based one-man death metal act Ritual Chamber released the CD version of its debut demonstration The Pits Of Tentacled Screams on April 11th 2015 through Hellthrasher Productions.
Ritual Chamber is the most recent project of the prolific Dario J. Derna (aka Numinas), most well-known for his work with the legendary trio Infester, among the many other entries on his résumé (Krohm, Evoken, Funebrarum, Drawn and Quartered). The Pits Of Tentacled Screams features five brand new tracks of dark and cavernous death metal that conjures a melancholic aura while retaining the intensity and focused precision of classic death metal.
Originally self-released digitally in November 2013 (and re-released on tape in 2014 via NWN!), the album is now available in a limited jewel-case CD edition.
“The Dawning Of A New Inversion”
“Glorious Curse Of Almighty Death”
“A Thermonuclear Fate”
“Black Rites Of Conjuration”
Stream the entire release at this location: ritualchamber.bandcamp.com
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!