After working several Australian bands, it made sense to also look into New Zealand, and having worked with Exordium Mors for promotional purposes, it was imperative to reach out and have our first band in the black/thrash style. Their ferocity coupled with their superior songwriting skills make them a band to watch out for.
Kunal Choksi states, “I’m a sucker for black/thrash like early Destroyer 666 but just when I thought those days were gone, I came across Exordium Mors from New Zealand and was astonished not only at their potency but also their progressive leanings. They manage to weave together excellent song structures without diminishing the intensity. The awesome attitude doesn’t hurt either. I’m thrilled to work with this band, my first from New Zealand, for their upcoming full length which promises to be a gnarly affair. One of their songs will also be part of the 2016 label sampler.”
Exordium Mors comment, “We are very pleased to be on Transcending Obscurity Records’ roster, who in our opinion, represents what underground metal should be about. No bullshit, no compromises – just passion for the music and spreading the noise like a virulent disease!
Our debut with Transcending Obscurity Records will be our second full-length, and although it will have the same foundation of frenetic guitar-work, ripping basslines, destructive war-drums and manic vocals; the sound has progressed to a more triumphant and epic sound akin to a great warrior’s death march.
Long time followers of the band will hear new things musically, vocally and lyrically in this album. Simply put, we are very excited for our followers to witness our death-hymns, and believe Transcending Obscurity is the right label for this piece of black art to manifest into physical form. Hail Kunal! Hail Transcending Obscurity! Hail Death!”
Following a recent visit to Australia, or the way things have panned out, we seem to be partial to the Australian bands but that’s hardly a surprise considering the immense talent found over there and very passionate and easygoing people to deal with. It started with The Dead and Norse, but along the way we’ve signed up bands like The Furor, The Slow Death, Illimitable Dolor, and now Somnium Nox.
Transcending Obscurity Records owner Kunal Choksi says, “I’ve been in touch with SomniumNox members since a few years now and they’re among the most talented bunch of individuals I know. What’s more, they now have Robin Stone of Norse (another band signed to Transcending Obscurity) as their drummer. I’m certain the band’s new material will be outstanding in the realm of atmospheric black metal and it’s great to finally get a chance to work with SomniumNox. They’re sheer professionals and sticklers for quality and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Expect the new album, their first, to be out some time in 2017.”
Somnium Nox member Nocturnal adds, “We are thrilled to announce that the next Somnium Nox album will be released through Transcending Obscurity in early 2017. Label owner Kunal Choksi has been investing a lot into Australian metal this year and we are very excited to be a part of this. More updates coming soon.”
Here’s a very interesting one. I thought Soothsayer (Ireland) and Altar of Betelgeuze (Finland) were remarkably unique (not to mention Drug Honkey), but Mindkult are inducing a different kind of nostalgia and vibe, merging elements of doom, stoner and even shoegaze. The music has a refreshing quality to it and also irresistible repeat value. We’re glad to be putting out the band’s upcoming full length which is scheduled for release in mid-2017.
Transcending Obscurity Records owner Kunal Choksi says, “Mindkult wrote to me regarding a review and upon checking out their music, I found it to have a very special quality to it. It’s got this irrepressible charm and an honest old school appeal that extremely hard to come by. It’s oozing with passion and seems to the heart in the right place. Since its inception, Transcending Obscurity has always been about diversity and I’m thrilled to have Mindkult on the label, playing their special brand of doom.”
Mindkult’s founder Fowst comments, “Mindkult’s main purpose is to release heartfelt, evil doom rock with a touch of shoegaze and heavy metal. There’s nothing complicated about it. When the songs come to me in the middle of the night, I pour glasses of whiskey and beer and get straight to work. Signing with Transcending Obscurity is an amazing opportunity to share Mindkult to a broader audience. Mindkult’s debut full length album picks up where my basement tape (‘Witch’s Oath’) left off, but with even more doom, gloom, and accessible Satanic bliss.”
Follow FlightOfIcarus into another live show, this time featuring the crown jewel of New Zealand metal. Arguably one of the most technical metal bands out there takes the stage along with a few new favorites. Hear about the venue and acts, check out pictures, and listen to streams.
In an endeavour to work with more and more deserving bands, I’m fortunate to come across Illimitable Dolor, which has members of The Slow Death, who have also recently signed to our label. This only solidifies our work with Australian bands in particular, and with this signing, we’ll be working with about half a dozen of them now.
Label owner Kunal Choksi comments, “I’m a huge fan of atmospheric doom and Illimitable Dolor are stunning, backed with immense talent and experience from band members. It’s about the finest I’ve heard in recent times and any fans of this kind of death/doom music are in for a treat. Stuart has shown much faith and I can only hope not to let him down and do my best to propagate music of this ilk. The song they have streaming is but a glimpse into the beauty this album holds. It’s scheduled for release in early 2017, followed by The Slow Death‘s release.”
Band founder Stuart Prickett adds, ”Illimitable Dolor is a band that means a lot to me personally so I’m happy that we will be releasing our debut album through Transcending Obscurity Records. I turned down a few offers to release this but working with Kunal and Transcending Obscurity feels right. I am extremely proud of our first album. I believe it’s the heaviest thing I’ve ever recorded, crushing funeral doom, heavy as fuck without giving up all melody, taking influences from my favourite mid 90s doom bands. Together with Dan and Yonn, I believe we have made a very strong album that will stand out. ‘The funeral is about to begin’.”
Illimitable Dolor lineup: Stuart Prickett – Guitars/Vocals/Keys Dan Garcia – Guitars John McLaughlin – Drums Guy Moore – Keyboards Peter O’Donohue – Guitars Daniel Finney – Bass
One of the most exciting bands from the country, The Minerva Conduct, are on the verge of releasing their debut full length and it gives us pleasure to offer a unique deal to put it out officially worldwide. Moreover, all logistics and products which are a part of the band’s crowdfunding campaign, will be taken care of by the sub-label of Transcending Obscurity Records, meant specifically for the region, called Transcending Obscurity India.
Extended album artwork which will be used for a 4-panel digipak in matt finish –
About the announcement, owner Kunal Choksi states, “Everyone knows that The Minerva Conduct is virtually a supergroup playing experimental/progressive metal like no other here. After witnessing several performances by this highly ambitious band, it made sense to offer them a deal that would take their music to new territories especially outside the country and also look into the logistics aspect in a way that would go hand-in-hand with their crowdfunding campaign to cover their enormous recording/production costs. Their new album will come in a lustrous digipak format and will also be distributed throughout Europe via Plastic Head Distribution (UK). The release date is most likely to be early 2017.”
The Minerva Conduct founder/guitarist Prateek Rajagopal adds, “Everyone associated with the Indian metal circuit knows of Transcending Obscurity India and Kunal Choksi – dude has helped a bunch of old and new artists distribute and market music world over. We’ve cut a great PR+distribution deal, and are on the same wavelength with regards to quality. We’re glad to have him on board and help us take our music further!”
Pre-order links and official date of the album will be revealed shortly. The tentative release date is early 2017.
Our first band from Brazil happens to be a special one. Jupiterian, an obscure entity playing a commendable yet intriguing form of sludge/doom, join the label to be alongside many doom bands such as Officium Triste (Netherlands), Algoma (Canada), The Slow Death (Australia), Soothsayer (Ireland), Swampcult (Netherlands), The Whorehouse Massacre (Canada), Drug Honkey (US) and lastly Altar of Betelgeuze (Finland). Their new full length is highly awaited and will see a vinyl edition as well, in addition to CD and digital.
Label owner Kunal Choksi states, “It’s my utmost pleasure to work with a band as talented as Jupiterian, from Brazil of all places, and plot the next epic release together. Their brand of sludge/doom music is absolutely mesmerizing while being crushing at the same time. Moreover, their seriousness, their attention to every detail which I found out, is extremely commendable and I’m sure their new full length album, which will be out on multiple formats, will be stupendous. Thanks to V. and the rest of the band mates for giving me this opportunity.”
Jupiterian vocalist/guitarist V. responds, “We are happy this partnership with Transcending Obscurity happened in a moment we are working on new material. The songs are coming so much better than anything we’ve ever done before and it will need a pro label to make it see the light in a proper way.”
Our first signing was of an Australian band, The Dead, and we’re happy to still get good support from that country. Other Australian releases that are scheduled currently for an early/mid 2017 include ones by The Furor (Perth) and Norse (Sydney). While other signings are yet to be revealed, we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to put out The Slow Death‘s new album.
Band lineup: Stuart Prickett (Illimitable Dolor, Horrisonous) – Lead & Rhythm Guitars, keyboards Brett Campbell (Pallbearer) – Lead Guitar Mandy Andresen (Murkrat, Crone) – Vocals & Keyboards Yonn McLaughlin (Nazxul) – Drums Dan Garcia (Charting The Depths Of Despair) – Bass Gamaliel (Oracle Of The Void) – Vocals
Kunal Choksi states, “I’ve been a fan of The Slow Death since their self-titled debut. It reminded me of a more morbid version of Mournful Congregation and Mandy’s trademark vocals only added a sickening, gloomy air to the funeral-esque proceedings. The Slow Death have matured terrifically over the years and have become even more emotionally expressive and atmospheric. I’ve been in touch with Stuart since a while now and it’s an honour to work with him for the release of The Slow Death‘s upcoming full length.”
Stuart Prickett adds, “I am happy that we will be releasing our next album through Transcending Obscurity Records. I have been in contact with Kunal for while now and have been impressed by his drive and dedication to the label and by the impressive acts he has been signing and it is an honour to become part of that. Our fourth full length is nearing completion for an early 2017 release and is another concept album of epic, heav, atmospheric doom. It shall be the first album to feature our new vocalist Gamaliel, who joins Mandy, Yonn, Dan, Brett and myself after the tragic passing of our previous vocalist and good friend Gregg Williamson. It has elements of all our previous releases and i’m sure fans of The Slow Death will also love this new material! I am very proud of what we have accomplished.”