Transcending Obscurity Records is proud to welcome the ambitious death metal band of Ralf Hauber (Revel In Flesh) and Jonny Pettersson (Wombbath, Henry Kane, Ursinne) called Heads for the Dead to its family. Expect crushing old school death metal inspired by horror movies and having a great sound and atmosphere to boot. They join the roster having death metal bands such as Paganizer, Down Among The Dead Men, Ursinne, Feral, De Profundis, Echelon, Rogga Johansson, Come Back From The Dead and many more.
The debut full length ‘Serpents Curse’ will soon be scheduled for release this year on multiple formats. The title track will be revealed via the 2018 label sampler next week.
Transcending Obscurity Records label owner Kunal Choksi states, “I’m absolutely honoured to work with Ralf Hauber of Revel In Flesh in a special project that involves my friend Jonny Pettersson of Henry Kane, Ursinne, Wombbath, Pale King, etc. The moment I heard Heads for the Dead, I knew this was world class death metal – it eschews any particular style of the music and in fact uses influences from a few to meld a form of death metal that’s powerful as well as atmospheric. The album will have an ambitious multiple format release and you all will get to listen to their first track via the coming 2018 label sampler.”
Ralf Hauber comments: “The Heads For The Dead debut album has grown in an over two years long working process! Countless hours of work on vocal lines, the concept, arts and most of all the absolutely refreshing experience in working for the first time with Jonny Pettersson as main composer and producer on a project! On the one hand it felt like running free, since there was no expectation, no limitation, although on the other hand everybody knows that you can never deny your roots! The complete album has musically many faces, many raging influences, many depths and extremes sides, too. The vocals belong to my most extreme and challenging works thus far! The exciting moment of unveiling this trip to the everflowing spheres of horror is soon to come! We are looking forward to the co-operation with the rising and ambitious new label Transcending Obscurity Records! The “Serpent’s Curse” is unbound!!!”
Jonny Pettersson adds, “When we started working on the songs for Heads for the Dead, I knew that we had something special brewing. Our own take on old school extreme metal, where our obsession with old horror movies shines through in everything from the music to the visual aspects. Knowing that we had something good going on, I knew that we needed a label that could do the album justice, and I am proud that say that Kunal and his label Transcending Obscurity Records accepted our offer.”
Heads for the Dead are –
Hauber – Chants from the Krypts (Revel In Flesh)
Pettersson – Symphonies of the Curse (Wombbath, Henry Kane, Ursinne, Pale King)
E. Bevenrud – Battery (Stass, Down Among The Dead Men)
Artwork and layout by Branca Studio (Paradise Lost)
Logo by Mark Riddick (Fetid Zombie)
‘Serpent’s Curse’ tracklisting:
1. Serpent’s Curse
2. Heads for the Dead
3. Deep Below
4. Post Mortem Suffering
5. The Awakening
6. Death Calls
7. Of Wrath & Vengeance
8. Gate Creeper
9. The Return to Fathomless Darkness
10. In Darkness I Feel No Regrets
UK band DE PROFUNDIS are on the verge of releasing their fifth full length album and have signed to our label for that. The band have decided to play a more direct and hard-hitting form of death metal that doesn’t betray their sound but makes it more effective. They have revamped their aesthetics and have adopted a new logo to suit their improved direction. The album should be slated for release sometime in early 2018 and more info on that will be revealed soon.
Transcending Obscurity Records owner Kunal Choksi states, “I’ve seen the band grow closely and as fate would have it, got the chance to work with them. They’re evidently a very serious and professional band, and after listening to their new album which is more death metal and powerful than before, I feel this will be a great partnership. I can’t wait to work towards giving it a worldwide release in early 2018.”
DE PROFUNDIS add, “We are excited to sign with Transcending Obscurity as over the last few years we have seen their profile rise and rise with the signing of top quality extreme bands – including the legendary PAGANIZER. We were looking for a label to push DE PROFUNDIS into our next decade of existence and in Kunal we have found someone who shares our enthusiasm, professionalism and work ethic. Now that we have joined forces with Transcending Obscurity we cannot wait to unveil details of our fifth album which will be our heaviest to date. We promise you 2018 will the year of DE PROFUNDIS!”
A brand new DE PROFUNDIS song will be revealed in the upcoming label sampler that will be up for free download in January 2018.
Appearing from the swirling mists of pre-history like monolithic giants of ancient myth, (or something), this mysterious doom/sludge four piece seem to have appeared from nowhere and released a colossally heavy album of occult magnificence. Combining atmospheric sludge metal with death/doom intensity and post-metal texture, Terraforming is an expansive and emotive blend of good songwriting and exceptional delivery. With no wasted opportunities or substandard moments, the lack of filler on this release is gratifying, as is the resultant concise playing time of under 40 minutes. This makes for a satisfying listen without it becoming overly drawn out. Having said that, of course, I could easily have taken another song or two, such is the quality of Jupiterian’s material. A heady listen. ~ Nigel Holloway
Converge (United States) – The Dusk in Us (Epitaph Records)
What can you say about a new release from this mighty band? I mean, it’s Converge; anything they put out is pretty much essential. This is the band’s ninth album and their first in five years. Has it been worth the wait? Well of course it has, how could it not be? I mean, I believe we have established that this is Converge, after all! In all seriousness, no band’s new release should be judged on anything other than its own merits, but even after a single listen to The Dusk in Us it’s clear that the usual high standards of the Converge Quality Control Department have been strictly upheld. There’s 13 tracks on this release and there’s not a dud among them. This is a violent, atypical, intricate mix of hardcore, punk, and metal. With the usual intoxicating mix of savagery and beauty, The Dusk in Us is an album that just demands your attention. ~ Nigel Holloway
Cryptodira – The Devil’s Despair (Metal, Good Fight Music)
Just when I thought I wouldn’t get any more truly original material this year, The Devil’s Despair came crashing down. These guys not only possess impressive abilities within a number of styles, but also the knowhow to arrange them seamlessly a la Between The Buried and Me mixed with Opeth and The Dillinger Escape Plan. There are certainly recurring themes and an overarching architecture, but one can never anticipate what will happen next. And that’s only beginning to scratch the surface. Cryptodira just get patience. They are willing to show restraint on the very next song with a beautiful and atmospheric instrumental interlude, waiting until the very last minute to erupt with djenty destruction. This mastery of listener anticipation makes every moment pop that much more. Suffice it to say that The Devil’s Despair is an album that you need to hear for yourself asap. ~ John Man
Chepang (United States) – Dadhelo – A Tale of Wildfire (Grindcore, Nerve Altar Records)
The US-based “immigrant core” band, Chepang, sent ripples in the underground last year with the release of their EP, Lathi Charge. The impressive debut release was hailed by webzines around the world including this one. Dadhelo, their first full length album is a more complex and intense listen compared to Lathi Charge. The dual vocals and angular riffs ensure that it is definitely not your run-of-the-mill grindcore release. Easily one of the albums of the year for me. ~ Peter Kotikalapudi
Ayat (Lebanon) – Carry On, Carrion (Black Metal, Moribund Records)
Billing themselves as the #1 Arabic metal band, Ayat make a case for being just that! They also play what is simultaneously the filthiest and most engaging black metal I’ve heard in a long time. Unrepentantly anti-religion of all sorts, Ayat put the phenomenal in blasphemous. If you are offended easily (or basically at all), don’t read the lyrics. Instead, pay attention to the ripping thrashy riffs, bang your head, start a pit by the water cooler, or do whatever else it is you do to celebrate killer music. Only a duo, Ayat plays fast and loose with vocals that sound like a demon vomiting, guitar lines that shred like a cheese grater, bass lines that thump like a mallet to the kneecap, and drums that pepper you with sonic shrapnel. May this, their second full length, not be their last! ~ Rick Jackson
Coscradh (Ireland) – Of Death and Delirium (Black/Death Metal, Invictus Productions)
With a different take on filthy extreme metal, let me take you to Ireland and the Invictus Productions signee, Coscradh. Following up their initial full length with a three song EP of brutal violence, the Irish quartet have sunk even deeper into the pits to excavate the nastiness they present here. Of Death and Delirium spends three tracks creating a dense, chaotic, down tuned hell in which the listener resides for twenty or so minutes. Really the EP feels longer than that. The riffs are slow to mid-paced, but violently brutal. The atmosphere created is probably reminiscent of the inner mental turmoil of a serial killer. Never pretty, this horrific soundtrack is utterly engaging. ~ Rick Jackson
The Last of Lucy (USA) – Ashvattha (Tech Death/Mathcore, Independent)
I either love this thing or I hate it. I don’t think there’s an in-between. Ashvattha is so damn tech-y (definitely not my usual style). How do you headbang to this? You just start getting into a good groove and then the band takes a wild left turn, or you get hit by a freight train of completely out-of-the-blue sonic madness. The Last of Lucy have created something truly bizarre by way of a traditional metal band set-up, but also saxophone in parts and some serious synth work. Sometimes light and breezy, sometimes full of shred, sometimes heavy as an anvil, Ashvattha is hard to pin down. Alright, I admit it. As much as I generally like to just lie in the musical grit and filth of those bands that focus on passion and atmosphere, The Last of Lucy has created something special here. Against my better judgment, I love it. ~ Rick Jackson
Daeva aren’t doing anything special, but they are doing so in a special way. This sort of black thrash combination has been around for decades. The Philly trio absolutely hit the nail on the head though, as far as what it should sound like. The guitar work absolutely rips with riff after riff of filthy madness. The drums pummel with the pleasure of chaotic madness. The bass hums like a high voltage undercurrent. The vocals are attacked with a destructive pomposity. Pulsing Dark Absorptions is all around violent fun for the whole family. Get you some! ~ Rick Jackson
Lady Beast (USA) – Vicious Breed (Heavy Metal, Cruz Del Sur Music)
My generation of metal is definitely the 80’s. Those are the years where I discovered heavy music through my tween and teen years. Though my tastes have evolved significantly (as has metal), there still something about that sound that still moves me (often literally…head banging…fist pumping). Lady Beast, hailing from Pittsburgh in the United States, absolutely nails the sound. They could easily have shared a stage with classic era Judas Priest, for example. With dueling guitars, a solid driving rhythm section, and a vocalist who can really sing, they have it all. Pushing the line between heavy and speed metal, as many of my favorites do (or did), Vicious Breed really moves along, keeping the energy high. Raise those fists and prepare to sing along to the chorus! ~ Rick Jackson
Tetragrammacide (India) – Primal Incinerators of Moral Matrix (Iron Bonehead Productions)
Recommended to me by my good friend Rick Jackson, I had to have a chuckle when I read the name of this band. Needless to say with my usual rambling style and utter disdain for doing things the normal way he suggested that I try not to commit Grammacide on this one. Ha-ha he knows me well, Love it. Anyhoo, these three dudes from India certainly have no regard for grammar either if you read the song titles. Some of them sound like fucking technical manuals, I kid you not. The music itself starts off sounding like ‘Fear Factory’ took some bad acid, and then becomes pure fucking chaos. My advice would be to not even attempt to put this on if you have a headache, and it should possibly also carry an epilepsy warning. The funny thing is though that once your brain gets over the initial shock and stops saying ‘what the fuck’ it starts to make sense. I have no idea what I would label these fine fellows but it’s bordering on the extreme side of an extremely huge extremity to put it bluntly. Coming across like some sort dystopian nightmare, Tetragammacide possess enough grunt to put a giant wild boar to shame, and make his family shun him for all eternity. They also exhibit enough weirdness to make you question your own sanity. I’m already insane so it didn’t hurt me a bit. I like this, just be prepared to have your ear canals shoved up your backside folks. Hearty stuff indeed. I do believe I probably have committed Grammacide on this one but to hell with it I say, enjoy the ride! ~ Andrew Cook
Svartidauði (Iceland)- Untitled (Self Released)
It is no secret that Iceland is currently a hot bed for the metal scene, spewing out music like lava flow from a volcano. It has been quite sometime since Svartidauði has released new music and while this is not a full length ‘Untitled’ is a two song EP that is filled to the brim with that familiar psychedelic tinged Black Metal. It immediately transports the listener on a twisted journey through the realms of madness.. Everything you could possibly want to descent in the void. From the reverb of the guitars to the shrieks of the vocals this comes highly recommended! ~ Ashley Gould
Poland’s self-described “cybergrind” aficionados have returned with an EP of killer material. Their sound hasn’t changed much since 2015’s The Insolent, as they still sling a style of incredibly tightly wound and intense technical deathgrind. True to form, their riffs often seem so precise that they could be spat out of a computer. They are also catchy, propulsive, and memorable. The band starts out at the redline with the one-two punch of Empty Paths and Anchors blasting the earwax out of the unprepared listener. The midsection of the album sees them incorporate more of the head-nodding grooves and unexpected twists that have defined their unusual sound. Title track Depressant is an atmospheric, doomy crawl that creates an uncanny sense of disorientation before blistering closer ‘Shut Up’ brings back the pyrotechnics. A short, rampaging release by a band with a finely honed sound. ~ Wyeth Holman
Chaos Moon (USA)- Eschaton Mémoire (Blood Music)
After listening to this album I found myself at a stand still. This is one of those releases that resonates deep, and I was instantly drawn to replay the whole thing over again. This is meant to be listened to in one sitting as the songs flow together with dark fluidity. Combining all the elements familiar with Atmospheric/Avantgarde Black Metal Eschaton Mémoire portrays it in a way that is fraught with emotion. The mixture of the music and the prominent vocals gives off a desolate vibe that grapples with inner turmoil. There is a lot that can be said about this release and I cannot recommend it enough. Prepare to be taken on a trip! ~ Ashley Gould
UR (Germany) – Grey Wanderer (Doom/Drone/Post Metal)
With their second album “Grey Wanderer” UR from Leipzig/Germany not only demonstrate again their skills in creating atmospheric soundscapes, they also improved in everything and elaborated their personal style.
They combine Drone, Doom, Sludge heaviness with Post/Black Metal elegance in four songs and an overall playing time of about 44 minutes.
Melodies of cold bleakness, and paralyzing fear permeate massive walls of heavy droney Doom. The growled vocals are sparsely used, but to great effect. They set structural accents and provide time and space for the lyrics they convey to unfold their metaphorical powers.
Everything is layered carefully in climactic build ups and evolves into dense and emotional atmospheres to get lost in. ~ Ulla Roschat
Throne of Heresy (Sweden) – Decameron (Blackened Death Metal, The Sign Records)
Sweden. Fuck it I’m moving there tomorrow. Not only do they produce some of the finest Death Metal in the fucking world, they also produce so many other wondrous acts that one cannot help but want to go and bask in their glory. Throne of Heresy bring us a tale on this release of plague and despair based on a book titled The Decameron that for want of not giving you a lesson in historical literature, is basically a bunch of stories about the Black Plague and those affected by it in the 1300’s. This is some seriously heavy shit, reminding me in parts of an certain Irish band named Primordial (whom I happen to love so much I have their entire collection), and with similar subject matter to boot. The difference between the two can be easily explained by their geographical location, being that these fuckers come from Sweden. I find it hard to believe that a land that had a potato famine could ever be beaten by a bunch of dudes that live in a country renowned for the happiness of it’s people, but there it is. These people also survived the Black Death, and have been churning out Death and Black so well done that I feel charred by their very existence. This album is so fucking good, and contains all the right elements to keep you free from disease for all of eternity. it’ll practically flay the germs from your very soul. No heresy here, and they deserve a throne indeed. Now please excuse me while I go and adjust my end of year fuck that was awesome list yet again Rick Jackson. Why do you hate me so, aaaarrrggghhhhh! Superb. ~ Andrew Cook
In an attempt to strengthen our death metal roster, we’re thrilled to come across and sign SADISTIK FOREST who play hard-hitting, relevant death metal while mixing things up. Their new album ‘Morbid Majesties’ will be up for pre-orders in early 2018. One of their new songs will be revealed shortly via the highly anticipated 2018 label sampler.
Transcending Obscurity Records owner Kunal Choksi states, “It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Finnish death metal and even though the music of SADISTIK FOREST isn’t relegated to the same old sound, it offers something reinvigorating for the style. I love the power and execution that they have and I believe they hold a lot of promise. It’s great to have another Finnish band on the roster, alongside ALTAR OF BETELGEUZE and SEPULCHRAL CURSE. ‘Morbid Majesties’, their new full length album, can be expected early next year.”
SADISTIK FOREST comment, “We are excited to bring this record to public. This album has been in the making for a while now and it is not only ending the four year silence with recorded material, but it is also a fresh chapter for us. This is the album we have always wanted to record and it will be fantastic to finally get it out to extreme metal fans to hear. This is the sharpest and most dynamic set of songs we have ever written. More brutal, but also less generic in the same time. Transcending Obscurity Records will be an amazing partner for us in reaching out to extreme metal fans of the globe with our best album to date.”
SADISTIK FOREST (featuring former HOODED MENACE live-vocalist/bass player Markus Makkonen) will be playing a set of selected 10-year anniversary shows in Finland in November/December. The tour spanning from Helsinki to Arctic Circle will see most of the new album performed live already. Support on the tour comes in form of death/grind unit DIPHTERIA and brutal Arctic death metallers RAVAGE MACHINERY.
Sadistik Forest 10-year anniversary dates are:
30th of November, Helsinki, Bar Loose
1st of December, Tampere, Varjobaari
2nd of December, Jyväskylä, Ilokivi
5th of December, Vantaa, Bar Rock Bear
6th of December, Iisalmi, Graceville
7th of December, Kuopio, Henry’s Pub
8th of December, Oulu, Hevimesta
9th of December, Rovaniemi, Grande
We’re thankful to get support for all genres where it comes to our label, and the addition of NIGREDO to our roster couldn’t have come at a better time. 2017 has been great with very well received releases of all kinds of black metal bands like SOMNIUM NOX, NORSE, THE FUROR, MRTVI, ARALLU and even AFFLIKTOR, and 2018 looks even better with NIGREDO‘s new full length leading the way. One of their songs is streaming already and will also be a part of the upcoming Transcending Obscurity label sampler due in January 2018.
Transcending Obscurity Records owner Kunal Choksi states, “I’m extremely fortunate to come across some excellent bands and NIGREDO are definitely right up there. Their style of black/death metal is not only hard-hitting but also superbly concocted with the right sound and atmosphere. I feel it will go down as one of the highlights of 2018, when the album is scheduled for release. It’s been a breeze to work with A. thus far, who’s also in the reputed band RAVENCULT, and I can only hope that the band can get the attention they rightfully deserve by working with our international label.”
NIGREDO member A. comments, “For the release of the first full-length album of NIGREDO we were given the chance to work with Kunal and Transcending Obscurity Records. The label has already become a considerable force within the underground extreme metal scene in the recent years and is still growing with a constant stream of high quality releases. So let Saturn’s light of demise reach every obscure corner with the release of our album ‘Flesh Torn – Spirit Pierced’ in 2018!”
A. – Guitars, Vocals, Bass (RAVENCULT)
Maelstrom – Drums (RAVENCULT, EMBRACE OF THORNS, DEPHOSPHORUS)
‘Flesh Torn – Spirit Pierced’ tracklisting:
1. Ten Repellent Antiforces
3. Choronzon Possession
4. Mental Glimpses At Cosmic Horrors
5. Saturnian Death Cult
6. Sons Of Worthlessness
7. Towards The Monolith
8. Raging Tides Of Time
The album is scheduled for release early next year. Watch out for this one.
We’re huge fans of doom metal as is evidenced by our recent releases in the style of bands such as Jupiterian, Drug Honkey, Mindkult, Illimitable Dolor, Altar of Betelgeuze and Warcrab, and we’re proud to work with a fantastic band in Et Moriemur who create captivating music with an epic atmosphere and even borrow influences from other genres to break the mould. Their third full length album will be up for pre-orders late this year.
Label owner Kunal Choksi comments, “As soon as I heard Et Moriemur‘s latest album ‘Epigrammata’, I knew I had something very special to work with. It’s a rare blend of atmospheric, orchestral, death, black and doom metal music. It’s absolutely captivating from start to finish and I believe the genre needs more albums like these. It’s my first time working with a band from Czech Republic and I hope there’s more to come. The album will be unleashed in early 2018, right after Towards Atlantis Lights‘ much awaited release.”
Et Moriemur add, “We are really excited to work with Kunal. We heard lots of praise regarding Transcending Obscurity Records and we are sure our cooperation will benefit both sides. The release of our third album will mark the beginning of a new and thrilling phase for Et Moriemur – and the strong support of a respectable label is just what we need right now”
Teasers for the new album will be revealed shortly. The track listing of ‘Epigrammata’ is as follows –
2. Requiem Aeternam
3. Agnus Dei
4. Dies Irae
7. Libera Me
8. Absolve Domine
10. In Paradisum
Band lineup –
Zdeněk Nevělík – Vocals, Piano
Aleš Vilingr – Guitar
Pavel Janouškovec – Guitar
Karel Kovařík – Bass
Michal „Datel“ Rak – Drums
There is a host of special guests on the ambitious album that include Kostas Panagiotou of Pantheist, Towards Atlantis Lights, Clouds, composer Vangelis Mertzanis (author of the intro and outro) and his wife Labrini Karousou,and the third is Nikos Vlachakis, the singer of death/doom act Shattered Hope. In addition to these three, there are even more musicians that are employed to fulfill the vision of the record who are –
Choir – Jaroslav Klvaňa, Karel Russ, Lukáš Pavlovský
Cello – Andrea Michálková
Violin – Zuzana Králová
Trombone – Jindřich Bešťák
Acoustic guitar – Honza Kapák
Subscribe to the official Transcending Obscurity Records channel HERE to not miss out on the upcoming teaser.
Death metal juggernaut Down Among The Dead Men have assembled a new album that’s filthier and crustier than ever before. Sounding massive, Rogga Johansson has created his best music for the band yet, with Dave Ingram being in absolute top form throughout. Both members have put out highly successful albums in Paganizer and Ursinne respectively this year, not to mention the sensational Echelon release where they joined forces again.
Transcending Obscurity Records owner Kunal Choksi states, “It’s a continued honour to work with legends Rogga Johansson and David Ingram. Down Among The Dead Men have been one of my favourites and I was blown away after listening to their new album. It’s crusty as fuck and crushing as they’ve ever been. I’m sure this will be very well received and it’s great to have the support of both the gentlemen who have been very kind and cooperative all along. Both have been in phenomenal form too, what with their new albums of Paganizer and Ursinne (even Echelon) receiving an overwhelming response. This has been a great signing for the label so far and their new album will definitely be one of the highlights of 2018.”
Dave Ingram comments, “Getting Down Among The Dead Men signed to Transcending Obscurity Records was the ideal move for myself and Rogga, since we both have bands already with this great label (Ursinne for me, Paganizer for Rogga, and Echelon jointly.) This is yet another notch in our respective bullet belts, and we are proud to bring the third Down Among The Dead Men album ‘…And You Will Obey Me’ to the world via Transcending Obscurity Records, one of the most hardworking labels on the scene.”
Rogga Johansson adds, “I just wanna riff, and riffing is what Down Among The Dead Men is all about. Riffing and the immense vocals of the legend himself David Ingram. So we did a new album, and its gonna blow you away, as its a really, really good one! And who better to release it than proven media mogul Kunal Choksi with his Transcending Obscurity? Well no one else at all. I’m utterly proud of this album, and how we release it, and I hope that anyone that needs some dirty deathly crust in their lives will agree to just that too.”
Album lineup –
Rogga Johansson – Guitars/Bass (Also in Paganizer, Echelon, Necrogod, Rogga Johansson)
Dave Ingram – Vocals (Also in Echelon, Ursinne and ex-Benediction, ex-Bolt Thrower, ex-Hail of Bullets)
Kjetil Lynghaug – Session Leads (Also in Paganizer, Echelon, Stass)
Erik R. Bevenrud – Session Drums (Also in Stass)
Artwork by Turkka G. Rantanen (Demilich, Demigod, Darkrypt)
Track listing –
1. Destroy The Infinite
2. Axis Of Insanity
3. …And You Will Obey Me
4. The End Of Time
6. House Of Blue Fire
7. The Age Of Steel
8. Eye Of Harmony
9. Darkness Of Glass
The full length is scheduled for release in early 2018 and a new song will be unveiled very soon via the upcoming Transcending Obscurity Records 2018 Label Sampler.
Australian bands have been kind to us. We’ve been fortunate to put out releases already of ones like The Dead, The Furor, Illimitable Dolor, Somnium Nox and Norse, and with more coming up soon such as Arkheth and The Slow Death, things look more than satisfying and we’re pleased to announce another Australian metal band to our roster, Greytomb.
Transcending Obscurity Records owner states, “I’m thrilled to work with Greytomb from Australia which has the drummer of Norse. In fact, he was the one to tell me about the band and their upcoming, much stronger material and he was right – it definitely deserves a wider audience. Greytomb‘s music is atmospheric black metal with experimental touches and it fits snugly alongside their label mates, Norse and SomniumNox. Pre-orders for this release will be up in the first week of October. Keep your eyes peeled.”
Greytomb vocalist N. Magur adds, “We are proud to announce that we have signed a two release deal with Transcending Obscurity Records who deal with some of the underground’s finest black, death and doom metal bands worldwide including our comrades in Somnium Nox and Norse! The first of these releases will be our upcoming ‘Monumental Microcosm’ EP which marks a serious transition from the music we were creating to what we will be creating. A new era of dark, cosmic and nihilistic art!”
Swedish black metal band Mist of Misery are on a roll – this will be their third release in two years, and they’re getting better with each one. They rose to prominence after getting signed to their local label Black Lion Records, starting with their well-received full length ‘Absence’. They released an EP titled ‘Shackles of Life’ last month and I’m a bit surprised to see another release scheduled for late this year titled ‘Fields of Isolation’. Nonetheless, more good music never hurts and we’re pleased to be the first to premiere a song, nay a video, from that release.
It’s the title track and even has Paolo Bruno of the Brazilian black metal band Thy Light doing a guest appearance. It begins in an impressive manner, the subtle piano tunes breaking the silence with the keyboards joining in creating a grand atmosphere. It’s virtually atmospheric black metal but has its base in delicate melodies. It’s not often that a video complements the music, but in this case it not only does that but even goes on to enhance the music by its beautifully shaded visuals. There’s nothing jarring or drastic in the song – it’s just a gentle progression throughout, punctuated by the vocals shrieking from within the mist so to speak, instead of sticking out like a sore thumb. It’s beautifully produced, even better than before, and could possibly be their best material yet. The emphasis on atmosphere is the key and it seems the band have done everything right here. Without further ado then, here’s the exclusive video of this very promising band: