Lyric Video For New Song “Anathema” Issued By Stillborn

Sweden’s Stillborn unleashed the second single “Anathema” from the comeback album “Nocturnals” today! The album drops via Black Lodge Records on October 27th!

With it comes a pitch-black lyric video, completely in line with the track’s theme: “Anathema is not about the everlasting burning fire. It is about a compelling dark state with the absence of all human community, trust and faith.”

Gothic metal was stillborn in the late 80’s. But some 28 years ago a band left unforgettable trails in the Swedish underground scene with a unique take on the doom genre. Stillborn combined a gloomy and darkened sound with the aesthetics of gothic rock, almost as straight out of an old horror movie.

Now the members got back together and recorded a new album in the same spirit as their legendary debut “Necrospirituals.” Ten songs were written for the album, aptly titled “Nocturnals” and it was recorded and mixed at Studio Juicy Halftone in Copenhagen by Henrik Stendahl.

With a refined sound, Stillborn will please their old fans that have been yearning for a new album as well as get new ones. In essence, this is Stillborn as we know them; sinister, eerie and with a subtle morbid twist.

The track listing is:

1. 1917
2. Dresden
3. Oblivion Reloaded
4. The Animal Within
5. They Forgive Nothing
6. Lorelei
7. Maaemo
8. Fata Morgana
9. Anathema
10. The Walking Dead

Check out “Anathema” here:

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Fornhem Posts New Song “Úrdjupets Svärta”

Primeval Swedish black metal duo Fornhem will release debut album “Ett Fjärran Kall” (“A Call From Afar”) this coming August 25th release via Trollmusic. Today, new track “Úrdjupets Svärta” comes online and can be heard below.

Fornhem was established in 2013 with a desire to conjure up the mysteries of nature. While members Vafthrudner (drums, vocals) and Solbane (guitars, bass, stringed instruments) undoubtedly owe a lot to the aesthetics originally crafted by the pioneers of Scandinavian black metal, they nevertheless create their own approach and style by interpreting influences from a broad spectrum of folk and rock music in a consciously minimal and almost hypnotizing way. The band’s lyrics are in Swedish and inspired by history, Norse mythology, nature and Swedish poetry.

“Our aim is to make music that moves forward, even if it’s minimal and repetitive, and we think that adding something or making slight alterations in a riff or chord progression makes it come alive and breathe, so to speak, which would be the whole meaning of music-making,” explains Vafthrudner. “Black metal in general is quite beautiful music behind all the layers of noise and we want to enhance that by using minimalism. Quieter moments or acoustic instruments create interesting dynamics that oppose the ‘wall of noise.'”

Reflecting on the folk aspect of Fornhem, Solbane adds: “I think folk music — as well as metal — has an inherent catchiness to it. It’s simple and direct music that comes from the heart. We are certainly influenced by a wide variety of Nordic folk and 70’s and 80’s classic hard rock and metal, but our main influence is old school black metal. Most notably Burzum, Darkthrone and Bathory.”

1. Ett Fjärran Kall
2. Kosmisk Dvala
3. Úrdjupets Svärta
4. Fornhem

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New Album “Nocturnals” Announced By Re-Grouped Stillborn

Gothic metal was ‘stillborn’ in the late 80’s. But some 28 years ago a band left unforgettable trails in the Swedish underground scene with a unique take on the doom genre. Stillborn combined a gloomy and darkened sound with the aesthetics of gothic rock, almost as straight out of an old horror movie.

Now the members have been drawn back together to record a new album in the same spirit as their legendary debut “Necrospirituals” (1989). Ten songs were written for the album, aptly titled “Nocturnals,” and it was recorded and mixed at Studio Juicy Halftone in Copenhagen by Henrik Stendahl.

With a refined sound, Stillborn will please the old fans that have been yearning for a new album, as well as garner new ones. In essence, this is Stillborn as we know them; sinister, eerie and with a subtile morbid twist.

The new offering is scheduled to be released on Black Lodge/Sound Pollution this fall and is preceded with the single “Lorelei,” which is available today as a new video clip which you can enjoy in the player below.

The band commented: “We thought this spark had burnt out but once again, the sun explodes. A new dawn is rising.”

The band also aims to conduct a tour in connection with the release. Expected further album details soon. Check out the video for “Lorelei” here:

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Ad Patres Releasing Album On Limited Edition Cassette

Kaotoxin Records has announced the release of Ad Patres’ debut full-length, “Scorn Aesthetics,” as a limited-edition -100 copies only – cassette tape. Specially mastered at the Ubik studio for this physical support and featuring a bonus track taken from the band’s 2010 promo, the cassette is set for release this quarter.

The bonus track, “To the Fathers,” is a demo version featuring both Axel Doussaud (the band’s current singer) and Julien Lemasson (ex-I.O.S.T., former Ad Patres singer and founding member) on vocals. Fully remastered, this version of the track differs from the one appearing on the band’s promo CD-R and split tape with USA’s Writhing; released in 2012 by Nihilistic Holocaust.

This third cassette tape release by Kaotoxin marks the starting point of a series of limited edition cassette tape re-releases of all of the label’s back-catalog of full-length albums. Expect more in the coming months by the likes of Antropofago, Dehuman, Drawers, Eye Of Solitude, Insain, Nephren-Ka, Nolentia, Savage Annihilation, We All Die (laughing) and more.

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Zud Posts “Blood And Twilight” Track Online

Zud has self-released “The Good, The Bad, and the Damned,” and now a track from the album is available online. Check out “Blood and Twilight” below. The following press release was also issued about the album:

“There are a few of them left out there. None are nearby. Most are dead anyway. The castle has been under a long siege and strange things go on behind walls when death is such a good old pal… In one sense four years in the making, yet in another thrown together in six months.

“And so, out of the dead end peninsula of Thompson’s Point in Portland, Maine, ZUD presents their debut full-length, The Good, The Bad And The Damned.

“Infectiously and seamlessly merging the aesthetics of black metal and classic rock, delivering tunes with an exceedingly organic delivery and live-for-now outlook, ZUD somehow does something vibrant and fresh while simultaneously paying homage to those who forged the paths the four members have traveled thus far in life. Recorded and mixed by Todd Hutchinson (Falls of Rauros, AOK Suicide Forest) at Acadia Recording Company in Portland, Maine and mastered by Tore Stjerna (Watain, Repugnant) at Necromorbus Studios in Stockholm, Sweden, The Good, The Bad And The Damned hits fucking hard with more than forty minutes of killer, free-form, high-octane metal perfect for those late Summer night parties full of suds and bud, while keeping you aware of the fact that no matter how good or bad life may be, death is always within spitting distance.

“Zud self-released The Good, The Bad And The Damned on the Summer Solstice in a limited run of 333 hand-numbered gatefold digipak CDs, available for order direct from the band right here.

“For those who lack imagination, ZUD plays old-school sleazy n’ cheesy blues-rockin’ black metal, like old Mayhem and older Bathory mixed with Roky Erickson, early Van Halen, Ash Ra Temple and a slew of other classic rock, psyche and various NWOBHM influences. It is harsh, it shreds, it kills and crushes, but it is also hypnotizing, trance-inducing and still catchy and fun as all fucking hell.

“This is music to die to, to cry to, to get high to, to bang your fucking head to. But most of all it is fuel for the souls of those true rock n’ roll outlaws who still wander around on their infinite journeys; be it on the iron dragons, an iron horse or on foot. Those who know that no friends or glory await at the end of the line, only death… and that there is nothing to do about it but to learn to enjoy the torture that is life in the bizarre but unique opportunities which it can present. To embrace the wastelands in the pouring rain. To smile at death. To wink back at the world when the time comes, knowing that the only thing left to say is ‘later twerps…'”

The album’s track listing is:

1. Portal To Infinity
2. Skull Shaped Hell
3. Blood And Twilight
4. The Junction
5. Dendrite Fumes

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Libria Signs With Wormholedeath To Release “Immortal Daughter Of Aesthetics”

Italian super group Libria – featuring Marianna Alfieri (Kirlian Camera, Spectra Paris, Dark Lunacy), Gregorio Ferrarese (The Modern Age Slavery), Elena Alice Fossi (Kirlian Camera, Spectra Paris), and Fabio Palombi (Nerve, Ritual of Rebirth) – has signed a publishing deal with Wormholedeath/Dreamcell11/Aural Music Group.

Wormholedeath/Dreamcell11 will release the group’s debut album titled “Immortal Daughter of Aesthetics” worldwide on a 2013 date still to be scheduled.

Marianna Alfieri stated: “This is the first album I composed by myself and I’m very pleased to collaborate with Wormholedeath for its release. I’m very excited about the chance to spread my music with the help of friends of Wormholedeath. The team is experienced and professional and I’m sure that joining our forces will give Libria many opportunities through the great Wormholedeath network.”

Wormholedeath A&R “Worm” stated: “Leaving apart the true respect and admiration I feel for Marianna as a person and musician, when I listened to this album I wanted to support her project mainly for the potential of the album and Libria as a project itself. Immortal daughter of aesthetics is a powerful mix of melodic death metal, with an outstanding guitar work and majestic symphonic passages, lacerated by the dramatic vocals of Fabio Palombi. Furthermore the album features the guest appearance of Elena Alice Fossi (Kirlian Camera) and Alessia Cavalieri (Spectra Paris) on vocals and Francesca Dardani on violin. Nowadays Libria also features my friend monster drummer Gregorio Ferrarese. Look away from the lighthouse, and follow the stars!””

The following press release was also issued about the band: The original idea of Libria was inspired by ‘Equilibrium,’ a Kurt Wimmer film (2002). Libria is a city-state based on a strong absolute power, controlling the mind of people by the mean of Prozium, a drug which suppresses emotions. The ‘peace’ and control obtained in this way is not so different from the way our society tries to keep us blind and deaf to the awareness of Truth. Our soul can be rescued by detaching from physical senses, and increasing the power of our mind, with strong discipline and will, without any drugs, just relying on our own mental forces. From these principles and ranging over reflections about death, life, spiritual growing and esoteric studies, the whole concept of Libria was born.”

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Ad Patres Streaming "Scorn Aesthetics"

Kaotoxin Records will be releasing the new album “Scorn Aesthetics” from French death metal band Ad Patres on September 3rd. The whole album is streaming in its entirety over at VS Webzine if you would like to listen to the ten tracks on the album. “Scorn Aesthetics” was produced at Gorod’s own Bud Studio. Ad Patres features ex-members of Withdrawn and I.O.S.T.

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Inhale Exhale Announces New Album "Movement" Details

Cleveland post-hardcore act Inhale Exhale are pleased to announce an October 9th release date for “Movement,” the band’s fourth album and first with new label Red Cord Records.

“Movement” marks the band’s first new material since a brief hiatus following the release of 2009’s “Bury Me Alive.” The following press release was also issued about the release: “It’s an album that finds the tightly knit quartet further perfecting the feral riffs and dynamic anthems they’ve become known for, one that shows the band haven’t ‘moved’ away from their signature sound. Which isn’t to say that Movement sounds rehashed or recycled, but rather like a band reinvigorated.”

“I think Movement comes from the same vein as Bury Me Alive, but it’s definitely a more aggressive and technical album all around,” says guitarist John LaRussa. “It has an old school feel to it. It doesn’t let up too much, but it’s really balanced with melody. Ultimately we’ve never tried to sound like anyone. We have always just wanted to make well crafted songs.”

Watch the teaser trailer for “Movement” at this location. The track listing is:

1) Aesthetics
2) Party Drama
3) A Poise for Poson
4) Mirage In The Middle of Summer
5) The Collectors
6) Low
7) Carpe Diem
8) Ain’t No Trip To Cleveland
9) See You Later
10) Under Sheets Stained In Blood

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Ad Patres Posts Split Release Song "The Lock"

French death metal act Ad Patres will be releasing new album “Scorn Aesthetics” this coming September 3rd, 2012 through Kaotoxin Records. To get a taste of that album, you can check out the exclusive premiere we are currently hosting of the song “Scars of Compromise” at this location.

Ad Patres has also now posted new track “The Lock” online, which comes off the band’s split release with Writhing. Check out the song in the player below.

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Karybdis To Release Debut Album "From The Depths"

Rising from the U.K. metal underground scene, London based Karybdis is set to release debut album “From The Depths” on July 2nd, 2012. The following press release was issued about the album:

“Showcasing breathtaking flair and finesse, this is forward-thinking heavy music that marries the savage riffing and percussive precision of death metal, groove metal and brutal hardcore to the epic sweep of ancient Greek myths and legends. A potent new hybrid driven by passion, power and the tireless pursuit of progress, ‘From The Depths’ is as fresh and invigorating as any metal album in recent memory.

“Exemplified by a genre-blending versatility and a devastating degree of sonic depth and muscle, songs like imperious album opener ‘Minotaur’ and the monumental ‘Demonstration’ exhibit an otherworldly quality that belies Karybdis’ burgeoning reputation as new metalcore figureheads. Completed by guitarists Pierre Dujardin and Harsha Dusari, bassist Jay Gladwin and recently-recruited frontman Rich O’Donnell, this international wrecking crew have evolved at a breathless pace since forming in 2008 and have struck upon a fizzing, ferocious inter-band chemistry that has led to a debut album that bulges with jaw-dropping dynamics and moments of exhilarating intensity. Named after a mythical sea creature that appears in Homer’s Odyssey, Karybdis are as ageless and epic as the ancient tales they tell on ‘From The Depths’.”

“We all have such different influences that we can’t be pinned down to a specific genre,” explains drummer Mitch McGugan. “The combination of all our ideas makes us unique. When we write we do it together and write what we want to hear. We never try to cater to a specific audience.”

“Karybdis created huge whirlpools from the depths of the ocean in order to engulf any passing sailors,” explains McGugan. “We want to exert that kind of power too. We wanted a link between the name of the band and album title, something that also represented the beginning of something new for us. The lyrics range from being about dreams and mythological creatures to notions of love, lust and grief. Rich is quite a recent addition to the band, but he really pulled out all the stops on this album, and surprised us all a few times during the recording process!”

The final piece of this jigsaw slotted into place when Karybdis joined forces with producer and sound wizard Russ Russel, recording “From the Depths” at Parlour Studios in Northamptonshire. Famed for his work with Napalm Death, Evile, Dimmu Borgir and many more, Russell has brought the band’s music to life like never before.

“Russ was fantastic to work with,” states McGugan. “He was patient and helpful with things we found difficult and a real taskmaster when he felt we weren’t doing the best we could! We had a huge amount to cram into the time we had and he worked incredibly hard to bring our dream to fruition: an album that sounds exactly as we wanted it to.”

The track listing is as follows:

1. Minotaur
2. From the Depths
3. Without Wings
4. Arson Aesthetics
5. Worth It
6. I Say
7. Medusa
8. Maelstrom
9. The Hourglass
10. Deathtoll

Minotaur by Karybdis

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