Sacrocurse has been writing some grimy, hellish black/death metal for the past five years, becoming a regular name associated with both Hells Headbangers and Iron Bonehead Productions. The latter recently released the group’s second full length album ‘Gnostic Holocaust’, which takes the warlike attack of last year’s ‘Destroying Chapels’ EP and takes things to the next level. With crushing production values and songs that straddle the line between Canadian and South American black/death metal, Sacrocurse’s latest leaves behind nothing but scorched earth.
Over the past year, Swedish label The Sign Records has been exposing listeners to a number of promising bands from their home country. Rather than sticking with one particular genre, they’ve put out releases from almost every sub-genre of metal. One of their more recent signings is black/thrash group Nekrokraft, whose debut full length ‘Will o’ Wisp’ originally saw release in November of last year. With the end of year timing this one may have slipped under your radar, but with an official North American release of the album set for July 7th now is a great time to fix that. Today we’re streaming ‘Will o’ Wisp’ in its entirety so you can hear for yourself how well these guys have this style down.
Tridroid Records has been busy this year, and they’re not done yet. December 23rd will see the release of a vinyl re-issue of Tyrants Blood third full length ‘Into the Kingdom of Graves’. The Canadian black/death metal band originally released this album in 2013, and this vinyl edition will come with new liner notes from guitarist Marco Banco and a download code for the band’s compilation album ‘Coven’ (released a year later in 2014). I was all about ‘Into the Kingdom of Graves’ when it originally came out, and with the re-issue fast approaching I’m happy to have the opportunity to present you with a stream of the entire release. Which gives me another chance to tell you just how destructive of a force Tyrants Blood is, as they’ve gone under the radar for a good number of people despite having been around for a decade and that should definitely change.
A melodic black metal album focusing on the concept of organized crime (the mafia, specifically) in late 1940’s / 1950’s America? Well color me interested! The music through which Misanthropia channel this concept is equally intriguing. This is not surprising considering that this is not exactly a new band (they’ve been around for since the dawn of the millennium) and that ‘Omerta’ is the band’s third full length effort. A good way to imagine Misanthropia’s music is like old Dimmu Borgir, had they not been overtly obsessed with making their music symphonic and rather focused on guitar based melodies with the assistance of keyboards that are not too overwhelming. Then again, why imagine all that when you can just stream the entire album below?
Italy’s Falaise is a fairly new band, having formed only about a year ago. The post/atmospheric black metal group released their debut full length ‘As Time Goes By’ independently in April of 2015 as a digital download. Aeternitas Tenebrarum Musicae Fundamentum added to the band in their roster through their A Sad Sadness Song imprint, and is giving the album its first physical release in early September with new artwork. A specific date that the CD will be available should be announced in the year future, but earlier in the week ATMF made the material available digitally once again and we’re pleased to have the opportunity to present you with a full stream of ‘As Time Goes By’ below.
Australian black / death trio Vahrzaw have been around for about 32 year now. Their two full length releases ‘Defiant’ (2009) and ‘Twin Suns & Wolves’ Tongues’ (2014) exhibit some face melting extreme metal replete with venomous vocals and screaming guitar solos. The band’s second full length has now been picked up by Blood Harvest records for a reissue, thus adding yet another ungodly act to their stellar roster. The band is currently getting ready to record their third full length and while you wait for the new record, you can check out ‘Twin Suns & Wolves’ Tongues’ in it’s entirety below.
Also included is an interview we conducted with Vahrzaw, where the band talks about the new album, their evolution over the years, the Australian scene and much more.
Since releasing ‘Temples of Doom’ in 2013, Beneath the Storm has maintained a frantic pace and put out an album every single year. The solo work of Slovenian musician/vocalist Shimon, Beneath the Storm’s previous three albums have skirted the line between traditional doom, funeral doom, and sludge, with tense bottom heavy riffing and harsh lower pitched screams supplemented by horror movie sound clips. Each one has taken a slightly different approach while keeping these core elements, which is why ‘Lucid Nightmare’ might take anyone who has heard his previous material by surprise. Due out on July 4th in Italy and August 1st worldwide on Argonauta Records, there are still plenty of abrasive, sludgy riffs to be found on the album but the vocals represent a significant departure from Shimon’s prior work. Gone are the distorted screams and growls, with gruff clean singing that has a distinctive grunge influence.
Coffin Lust may be a new name to some, but the Australian death metal band is comprised of members whose other projects you’ve likely come across before. The duo of J.R. (Nocturnal Graves, Impious Baptism) and P.W. (ex-Denouncement Pyre) first came together in 2010 and released a demo titled ‘Beyond the Dark’ in 2012. While the other groups these two are known for have skewed towards the black/thrash and black/death sides of the spectrum, Coffin Lust is a bit more straightforward in their exploration of a dark, mysterious death metal sound.
It has been nearly four years since ‘Beyond the Dark’ originally came out, but it should be evident the first time through the band’s debut full length ‘Manifestation of Inner Darkness’ that this span of time has been put to good use. Today we’re excited to offer you a stream of the entire record, so you can soak in the dark, ugly tonality and mysterious atmosphere that makes it feel like you’re hearing emanations from beyond the grave. It’s another strong showing from Hells Headbangers, who continue to be one of the main labels releasing material from the Australian underground.
What makes ‘Manifestation of Inner Darkness’ so appealing is Coffin Lust’s ability to channel that raw, otherworldly death metal style without falling too closely into either the Swedish or American sound. You’ll often see bands mention being influenced by the late 80s/early 90s time period and then proceed to write songs that fall just a bit too closely to the sound of one particular group. But this is avoided throughout each of the eight songs, with the instrumentals channeling elements of both and weaving them together in a way that doesn’t feel like a mere rehash of the past.
Coffin Lust likes to stretch their ideas out, with quite a few of the eight songs running past the six minute mark. With this emphasis on longer song lengths comes songwriting that’s able to sustain it, as the band has a tendency to slow things down and build a thick, mysterious layer of atmosphere while saving the attacks for key moments. The title track is a perfect example of this, as it begins with a slower, lumbering riff that is drenched in filth and darkness before hitting the listener with a well-timed blast of aggression. Production wise there’s a bit more clarity when compared to some of the demos and albums the group is clearly influenced by, but this clarity hasn’t sacrificed any of the rawness or gnarly tonality.
Alongside the grittier tonality of the guitar and bass, the vocals help to fill out the bottom end of the sound with a lower growl that reverberates over the rest of the sound. This isn’t one of those albums where the vocals have been buried in the mix and have to force their way through, as Coffin Lust has instead chosen to given them plenty of breathing room. It’s an element that works to their advantage, as the screams and growls benefit from the thick tonality and seem to tower over them, getting deeper and fuller as each song move forward.
‘Manifestation of Inner Darkness’ showcases a devotion to the grittier, dark sound of death metal from decades past without falling into a pattern too close to that of one particular band. Coffin Lust has showcased themselves as a group capable of delivering longer, drawn out pieces with the songwriting to sustain it, and their devotion to the core tenets of death metal shows.
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Wolfpack 44’s album ‘The Scourge’ might have taken its time to get here, but it sounds as psychotic and demented as one would hope from this supergroup. Composed primarily of Ricktor Ravensbruk (The Electric Hellfire Club) and Julian Xes (Kult ov Azazel), Wolfpack 44 deliver a mind bending black / industrial hybrid that manages to transcend genre barriers. Listening to ‘The Scourge’ might not be recommended for the weak of heart. The band manages to conjure some of the most evil and demonic sounds I’ve heard in recent months and at times the music manages to send shivers down my spine.