We’re always trying to expand our repertoire and it’s a rare thrill to come across exceptional bands that push the sound in their own twisted ways. We had a different category altogether for such bands in our 2018 label sampler where even P.H.O.B.O.S. contributed a track along with other luminaries such as Veilburner, 0N0, Project Omega, etc. It’s time to reveal the album artwork and other information pertaining to their upcoming release titled ‘Phlogiston Catharsis’.
Label owner Kunal Choksi states, “I’m ecstatic and overwhelmed to work with a band of the calibre of P.H.O.B.O.S. It’s extremely rare to find relentless and overlooked projects with that originality. Once a one-man operation for almost twenty years, this now multifaceted entity of perfectionists is back with a vengeance, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. If in the past years we put out releases of Drug Honkey, then this year it will be P.H.O.B.O.S. that will keep high the torch of industrial black/doom metal, with their slab of sick atmospheres. Watch out for their upcoming release on Transcending Obscurity, which will for sure end up on several best of the year lists.”
Designed by Frederic Sacri, Mani Ann-Sitar and Magnus Larssen Recorded and mixed by Frederic Sacri at Sapel Lomor Mastered by Greg Chandler at Priory Recording Studios, Birmingham, UK (Esoteric, Cruciamentum, Grave Miasma)
Artwork by Synckop (Merzbow, Deafhaven, Neurosis, Isis)
It’s a constant effort to spread our wings so to speak, with our base being in Mumbai, India. A couple of years back, we achieved a breakthrough of sorts, being the only label from the sub-continent to get full European distribution from Plastic Head (UK). Since then we have been endeavouring to acquire US distribution as most of our customers are from there. This will definitely solidify our presence in that region, and in the foreseeable future, there might be an exclusive US store for Transcending Obscurity Records via AISA Music which is a rapidly growing entity having ties with Sony-Red distribution too for the same. They’re working with several notable bands and labels and you can check out their site HERE.
Very soon all our latest products will be available through their US store which will definitely slash the shipping time for those based in that country. All customer service for the same will be handled by AISA Music directly.
In addition to the above two big entities, we have distribution worldwide through independent labels and distros, as well as worldwide shipping facilities from our official store and official Bandcamp page.
Master are one of the earliest proponents of death metal and are veritable legends in the line, having been around for over three decades and releasing over a dozen records. It’s phenomenal to get a chance to work with a band of their repute and we can only be grateful to be given a chance to work with them for a brand new full length this year if not more. Master‘s latest album ‘Vindictive Miscreant’ will not only please their old fans but will also turn many new listeners into one. It’s their best album in years.
Transcending Obscurity Records label owner Kunal Choksi says, “It’s truly a dream come true to work with a legendary band in Master. Paul Speckmann proved to be a man of rare integrity and signed the contract within two hours of bringing up the topic. Needless to say, I will be doing my utmost best not to let him down and do greater things for his band, now and in the future. This is a very fortuitous signing for the label and I couldn’t be happier. Hard work does pay off, it seems, when there was little respite. Thanks to Rogga Johansson of Paganizer for highly recommending my label to the band. Here’s hoping for a strong partnership with the legends Master.”
Master’s founder Paul Speckmann comments, “Of course it’s an honor and a privilege in these days to sign to a reputable label which comes highly recommended by many excellent musicians! The future of Master carries on and we will fight until the end!”
Track listing – 1. Vindictive Miscreant 2. Actions Speak Louder Than Words 3. Replaced 4. The Inner Strength Of The Demon 5. The Book 6. Engulfed In Paranoia 7. The Impossible Of Dreams 8. Stand Up And Be Counted
Band lineup – Paul Speckmann – Vocals, Bass Zdenek Pradlovsky – Drums Aleš Nejezchleba – Guitars and solos
Dødsferd have to be one of the most underrated bands in the style. They’ve toiled hard for years and haven’t yet received the attention they’re due. Their music has rare poignancy of late and it’s something that is relatable too, especially in these times, more now than ever before. The way they infuse melodies against a harsh, minimalistic backdrop is stunning. It’s atmospheric black metal and DSBM going hand-in-hand, with the emotions being all too palpable and real.
Transcending Obscurity Records owner Kunal Choksi states, “It’s an honour to work with a long-running and respected band such as Dødsferd. Their music always had this magical, haunting quality and I ended up revisiting it often. Their new album has the same quality. There’s a level of sincerity and depth that’s unparalleled and hope people come to understand that. It’s a magnificent album and will see the light of day on various formats this year. Wrath is a man of integrity and here’s hoping for a great partnership with him and his band.”
Dødsferd add, “My new album is the darkest and most soul-destroying albums I have ever written through all these 17 years of existence. ‘Diseased Remnants of a Dying World’ incipits the destruction of man and all the weak theories that kept him hypnotized all these years, sacrificing his will and strength to useless and unknown “higher” powers and incompetent shepherds. I never followed trends; I never compromised with the sayings and preferences of the masses. My new album is also my reply to nowadays black metal scene. I am still following my own path, like I did all these years and I am truly honored that I have found a trustworthy and respected ally such Transcending Obscurity Records to spread the word for my new album. A new era for my band is rising!!!! Nothing is external!!!”
With expectations for doom metal being sky high this year, having put out extremely well-received releases of Jupiterian, Mindkult, Drug Honkey, Altar of Betelgeuze, Illimitable Dolor and Warcrab last year on our label, we’re glad to reveal information on our latest doom metal signing in Eremit from Germany. Their style is unique and demanding, and their debut full length release hopefully will go down as one of the most memorable ones of this year.
Transcending Obscurity Records owner Kunal Choksi states, “I’m thrilled to come across a supremely talented new band in Eremit from Germany. Their debut album is absolutely crushing while also being progressive and adventurous in its own way. It’s almost impossible to find such a combination in sludge/doom bands, one that will keep you rivetted as it goes about destroying just about everything in its path. It’s only fitting that they have an artwork by none other than Mariusz Lewandowski (Bell Witch) for their album cover. This is a monstrous release and I hope the doom fans of the label will appreciate it.”
Eremit add, “We are glad to have found a label which supports our vision. By releasing our debut record Transcending Obscurity is enabling us to show our music to the community of extreme music fans and also start telling a tale which with this record is just beginning. We can’t wait to bring this record to life – DOOM!”
Gaerea released a stunning debut in 2016 that received widespread acclaim. It was in the form of a sensational EP that showcased their superior songwriting skills and outstanding aesthetic sense. This year the Portuguese black metal band will release their highly awaited full length album that takes forward their sound to new extremes.
After the demise of Affliction Gate, two of their members collaborated with those from the legendary French death metal band Catacomb, and the result is Nox Irae – a crushing entity playing old school death/thrash metal. With artwork made by none other than Chris Moyen, this release will see the light of day on multiple formats in addition to the standard ones on Transcending Obscurity Records.
Death metal legion Depravity join forces with Transcending Obscurity Records to propagate the infernal sounds contained on their much awaited debut full length album titled ‘Evil Upheaval’. With members of acclaimed bands such as Impiety, The Furor, Entrails Eradication and more, we’re looking at an experienced group of musicians who know how to pull things off. Their first song was unearthed via last month’s 2018 Label Sampler and it has now been made available for streaming on the label’s official channel and Bandcamp.
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.