DESOLATE SHRINE’s debut available on vinyl

Hellthrasher Productions is proud to present the long-awaited vinyl release of Desolate Shrine’s debut masterpiece „Tenebrous Towers” (licensed from KVLT).

With a steady output of three full-length albums throughout the first half of the 2010s (the latest two on Dark Descent Records), Finland’s purveyors of chaos and wrath, Desolate Shrine, proved to be one of the most consistently crushing death metal acts, that appeared in the underground scene during the past five years. Originally released in 2011 through Hammer Of Hate, 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 oppressive slow tunes accompanied with atmospheric acoustic sections. The demonic inhuman growlings/screamings of two 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!

Pressing details:
-Heavyweight 180g vinyl
-350g glossy pocket sleeve
-2-page full color lyric insert
-Limited to 500 copies (400 x black + 100 x orange crush)

You can purchase it here: hellthrasher.com/shop/ or here: hellthrasherproductions.bandcamp.com/album/tenebrous-towers 

Broader distribution is on its way.

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New ECFERUS EP to be released on CD

One of our first CD releases of 2017 will be the excellent new EP by US black metal project Ecferus  (currently signed to I, Voidhanger Records).

Hailing from Indiana, USA, and influenced by evolutionary anthropology and primitive myth, ECFERUS explores the psyche of early humans through a vehicle of exciting and unpredictable black metal. Producing seven releases in under two years, ECFERUS’ sole member, Alp, has kept a prolific pace while exploring different musical approaches each time. Self-released digitally earlier this month, his latest opus „Shamaniacal Essence” is the destruction of knowing; an induced psychosis purposed as the mental devolution into animal primality. Recorded from August to October 2016 at Ghost Cave Studio, the EP features artwork by Luciana Nedelea and cover layout by Alp.

Full stream and name-your-price download available at the bandcamp link below. CD version will contain one extra track.

HANDS OF THIEVES sign with Hellthrasher

We are excited to announce that we will be releasing a CD version of the debut offering from Portland-based destroyers Hands of Thieves.

After a handful of shows with the likes of Pallbearer, Bell Witch, Dragged Into Sunlight, PRIMITIVE MAN and UADA, the group released its first EP digitally in August 2016, followed by a tape version in September. Titled „Feasting On Dark Intentions”, the EP channels black, death and doom metal into a twisted and original whole, full of incredible riffs. The opening track “Wrath Weaver” was recently featured in Stereogum’s The Black Market:
http://www.stereogum.com/…/the…/franchises/the-black-market/

The band comments: „This debut for Hands of Thieves marks the start to a darker and more violent era of writing music for us. We are excited to share it with the underground scene. People that seek out the left hand path and heavier realms of music will find solace with this record. Drown with us.”

Feasting On Dark Intentions MC is available now via Transylvanian Tapes. CD and vinyl out next year on Hellthrasher Productions and Baneful Genesis Records, respectively.

Stream the full EP here:

ENGULFED announces debut full-length „Engulfed in Obscurity”

The arts of Death Worship and Devilry are being executed once more in the madness-filled streets of Kadıköy. Engulfed, the notorious Death Metal quartet known for their putrid smelling 2012 EP, „Through The Eternal Damnation” are back with their first full-length „Engulfed in Obscurity”. Containing members from other honourable Turkish Metal desecrators such as Decaying Purity, Burial Invocation and Diabolizer, this manifestation of infernal perversions and glorification of death itself will be unleashed in February 2017 by Hellthrasher Productions on CD format, followed by vinyl version to be released by Blood Harvest Records in April/May 2017.

„Engulfed in Obscurity” will feature 9 songs of over 45 minutes, adorned with a sick artwork crafted by Nick Keller. Further details including sample songs, tracklist and final release dates to follow in December.

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YITH signs with Hellthrasher

We are proud to announce that we will be releasing Yith’s (US) debut album in digipak CD format. 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.

No Clean Singing described it in the following way:

„…there is an ancient-music quality to some of the songs on dread.The atmosphere is often dismal and desolate, the pacing often as slow and stately as a funeral procession, with chilling doom chords bringing the weight and frightfulness of death to the doorstep. But the high, trilling guitar melodies and haunting acoustic passages are also often beautiful, and the black metal sections are explosive (..) it has become one of the year’s highlights for me”

The album is currently available on tape and digital download via Bandcamp. Further details about the CD version will be revealed soon.

ENDALOK releases debut demo on CD. Full stream posted.

Hellthrasher Productions is proud to present the debut demo of ENDALOK in digipak CD format (out October 21st). Hailing from the currently-hot Icelandic black metal scene, ENDALOK bear many of the same immersive traits as their established countrymen, but on evidence of their opening Englaryk salvo, the secret-so-far entity exhibits a startling uniqueness that belies its young years as a band. Desolate and yet majestic in a manner not usually associated with such an appellation, Englaryk is a penetrating first taste of ENDALOK.

„All in all, Endalok have put out one of the best demos with Englaryk that I have heard all year. This is everything you could love about Icelandic black metal. In addition it features many elements that might surprise you. If you’re looking for something new from their neck of the woods, this is the album for you.”Nine Circles

„Unlike many of their peers, Endalok’s take on black metal is far removed from the knotty complexities we’ve come to expect from that particular scene. Instead, they’re heavy on gloomy, doomy tempos, shapeless howls, and thoroughly steeped in whispery midnight atmosphere. Englaryk is a tense, sprawling, utterly unholy melange of depressive black metal, mournful doom, and the darkest ambient, and marks yet another intriguing issuance from Iceland’s blackened core.”Noisey

“Englaryk is an enveloping storm of unearthly sounds — deep, powerful, and unsettling, yet also possessed of an ominous grandeur. The multi-textured, mystical, esoteric nature of the music is matched by a multi-colored vocal canvass that includes both horrifying howls and ritualistic choral voices. Chilling but enthralling music, it seems to emanate from alien spheres and nightmare realms.”NO CLEAN SINGING

GESPENST releasing Forfald CD edition

Denmark-based black metal band Gespenst will release a CD version of the debut album Forfald on October 14th via Hellthrasher Productions and Duplicate Records.

Gespenst (translated as „Phantom”) is a new Danish two piece act featuring (ex) members of Glorior Belli, Woebegone Obscured, and Horned Almighty. On their debut album Forfald, they create an otherworldly atmosphere by fusing Scandinavian black metal with funeral doom and touches of dark ambient. The record was tracked, mixed and mastered at Sol Ater studio in 2015 with session drums performed by Andreas Joen.

Originally issued on vinyl in August 2016 via Duplicate Records, Forfald will be re-released in a limited digipak CD edition with a bonus track „L’Appel du vide” (a tribute song to Stephanie „Deathanie” Allouche, previously featured on a vinyl-only compilation, showcasing emerging bands from the Danish city of Aarhus).

Tracklisting:

“Sorgens Taage”
“Revelation Of Maggots”
“Min Sjæl Raadner”
“Life Drained To The Black Abyss”
“L’Appel Du Vide”