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
Spanish death metal band Neter has been around since 2004, making a name for themselves through the release of two full length albums and prominent tours throughout their home country. This year the group is preparing for the release of album number three, which they’ve titled ‘Inferus’. The material continues to find Neter offering up bottom heavy, lumbering death metal that’s focused on grooves and just the right amount of atmosphere. With ‘Inferus’ set to come out January 15th as a collaboration between Satanath Records, Cimmerian Shade Recordings, MurdHer Records, and Black Plague Records, today we’re premiering the final song The Eye of Sirius.
Colombian black metal band Evil Nerfal has been lurking in the underground for close to a decade now, but it wasn’t until 2016 that the group released their debut full length ‘Hail Black Metal... Vobiscum Buer...’. With their roots in European and South American black metal, the group delivered a dose of scorching material that emphasized blistering riffing and speed. Close to two years have passed since then and now the band is prepping their sophomore effort ‘Bellum Est Pater Omnium’, due out January 9th on GrimmDistribution and Morbid Skull Records. With this effort Evil Nerfal has let some death metal influences seep into their black metal and tightened up their production values without losing that unhinged and chaotic feeling from before. Today we’re premiering the song Foedus Versus Deus (Against the Great Drone of History) so you can hear what these Colombian maniacs have to offer.
It’s not uncommon for albums that have hit the ten year mark to get a re-release of some type, especially if it has been out of print for a few years. But what’s a little more unusual is a band making significant tweaks to that release. This is what Poland’s Manipulation has done with the re-release of their debut full length from 2007 ‘The Future of Immortality’, as not only is the recording remastered but the vocals have been completely redone by the group’s new vocalist Kret. While these guys may be a death metal band you hadn’t come across before, they’ve put out an EP and two full lengths since ‘The Future of Immortality’ came out originally, and with another album on the horizon this new version of their debut is a great way to discover what they’re all about. With the December 24th release on GrimmDistribution fast approaching, today we’re premiering the track Loading The Language.
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.
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
Formed last year by ex-Manilla Road bassist Mark Anderson alongside his bandmate Chris Johnson from Sanctus Infernum, Bestialord offers up their version of occult/horror themed doom on their debut full length ‘Law of the Burning’. While there have been plenty of bands that have fallen into that category in recent years, where Bestialord differs is in their ability to pull in riffs that recall death metal’s earlier days just as much as doom. It’s a combination that’s drenched in an ominous, gritty atmosphere that feels appropriately old-school without treading too closely to any one particular band. With ‘Law of the Burning’ due out on January 1st courtesy of Cimmerian Shade Recordings and Symbol of Domination Productions, today we’re premiering the track All Fall Down.
In the past year, foreign bands have started touring across India not only playing one off shows. The first was Australian technical death metal band Psycroptic and this weekend French death metal band Benighted will embark on a tour across the country.
Benighted are one of the well known metal bands from France. The band have released 7 albums over the past 2 decades. Earlier this year, they released a concept album, Necrobreed through Season of Mist. The album continues in the death metal vein of their previous albums and is a ferocious listen.
I spoke to vocalist Julien Truchan about Necrobreed, their tour of India and also their upcoming plans.
Transcending Obscurity (Peter K): It has been 20 years since the band first started out. How does it feel looking back?
Benighted (Julien): It’s a huge pride for me that we went so far with what was just a funny project with friends rehearsing in my father’s garage at the beginning. We have now the opportunity to tour around the whole world, meet always more people and share our music on stage with a bigger mass, which is absolutely awesome! We have recorded 8 albums, toured with so many great bands that I admired so much when I was a teenager and that now became friends… I really live a dream with Benighted and we will continue to go farer in our music to give all people who support us what they deserve and unleash our rage on stage during the tours.
TO: You are performing in India for the first time. How did the tour come about?
Benighted: Yes, and I am so excited about that! Actually our manager got contacted by an Indian booker who appeared to be very motivated to organize this tour, which seemed to be a huge thing to settle because a lot of offers from local bookers when he announced we will tour Asia. He had to make choices and already think about a second tour next time to play in the countries we can’t for this one. That’s how was born the Necrobreed indian:Asian Tour.
TO: You are the only member from the original line up. What has kept you going despite all the lineup changes?
Benighted: Yes, I am. And trust me; it costs a lot of energy to assume all the line-up changes. But Benighted is in my blood and I can’t give up on it just because of fatigue or too many changes in the band. The passion still burns in me and I will give everything I have in my guts to keep this machine going on. Being on stage is such a unique sensation and our first purpose is to share the energy we have with the crowd.
TO: Necrobreed, your 8th full length album is a ferocious listen. Tell us a bit more about the album?
Benighted: Yes, it was out in February this year and it received and amazing welcome from everywhere. This album is actually the most vicious and brutal offering we ever made, it’s exactly like a horror movie that you watch with your ears. I work as a nurse in a psychiatric hospital in “normal life”, and all the lyrics and concepts in our albums come from my professional experience. For Necrobreed, it’s about a schizophrenic man who wants to build his own-family with dead animals he finds on the side of the road. Once at home, he stitches them to his belly to simulate like an “extra-abdominal” pregnancy, and once the infection gets his tissues, he feels like the animal is alive again so he cuts the stitches off and give him birth. The concept fits perfectly with the very insane parts of the music that you will find between very brutal and fast ones and breakdowns which are perfect to break your neck on it! Ah ha!
TO: What have you been listening to lately (metal and non-metal)? Are there any acts that have inspired you of late?
Benighted: I discovered recently the German band Der Weg Einer Freiheit which inspired me a lot of emotions listening to their music, and those guys are amazing musicians and such great dudes, I love them! Concerning my personal influences, the bands that inspire me the most are for sure Napalm Death, Dying Fetus, Aborted, Anaal Nathrakh and Shining.
TO: What are your thoughts on the current state of death metal?
Benighted: You can find now so many good bands from every country, it’s amazing! Each time I play at some festivals, I discover new ones with a very personal and effective way to play death metal! My crush recently would go to the Swedish band Cut Up whose music is so effective with this typical Swedish sound!
TO: Do you have any shows/tour planned next year?
Benighted: Absolutely, we will play the legendary 70 000 Tons of Metal on the big boat in February, then lots of festivals like mighty Obscene Extreme (Czech Rep), Party San (Germany). Also a US tour in July, and a European one in autumn 2018 with one of my favorite bands that will be announced soon…
TO: What has been your favourite city/venue to perform in so far?
Benighted: I always love to play in Paris in France, and also Tilburg in Netherlands. But there are too many I love to play every time to tell them all.
TO: What are you looking forward to at your shows in India?
Benighted: I am very very impatient to see how crazy the crowds can be in India, I only heard great stuff about metal fans here and I can’t wait to be on stage and also meet our fans here, it will be fantastic!
TO: Do you have any pre show rituals?
Benighted: Actually I don’t, we just talk a bit between us and I try every vocal style for fun with one of my guitarists, it’s a joke between us! Ah ah! He counts until five and I try each of my vocal styles.
TO: What can fans expect from your set?
Benighted: They can wait for a huge blast of energy and savagery on stage. Stage is the place where we express ourselves the best, we move a lot and we love to share this with the crowd! For example, I try to make people scream with me the chorus, etc. Our gigs are like a huge party where the crowd reactions are as important as the band on stage!
TO: Thanks for answering all our questions. Do you have any final words?
Benighted: Thank you very much for this interview, we live in 2 days now and I can’t wait to discover your country, culture and what metal is made of in India! It will be unforgettable for sure! Stay sick!
Check out all the dates of Benighted’s India tour below
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.