Deathgrave Premiere New Song “Live Fast Die Slow” From Upcoming Debut Album “So Real, It’s Now”

San Jose deathgrind unit DEATHGRAVE — featuring members of Brainoil and Amber Asylum among others — will release its So Real, It’s Now debut full-length via Tankcrimes Records this June.

The fourteen-track ear-bleeder was captured at Earhammer Studios in Oakland (Necrot, Autopsy) by guitarist/renowned sound engineer Greg Wilkinson (Brainoil, ex-Laudanum, ex-Graves At Sea).

So Real, It’s Now will see release on CD, vinyl, and digital formats via Tankcrimes on June 22nd.

Sample the vile sounds of “Live Fast Die Slow” below:

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Cormorant Reveals “Diaspora” Album Cover

“Diaspora” is the impending new full-length album from progressive black/death practitioners Cormorant. Slated to drop this August 11th, the consuming follow-up to 2014’s “Earth Diver” sees Cormorant take progressive metal in expansive and exploratory new directions.

Recorded and mixed by Greg Wilkinson (Vastum, Graves At Sea, Noothgrush, Brainoil) at Earhammer Studios in Oakland, California, the sixty-one-minute offering features the band’s longest, most detail-oriented compositions to date.

“Diaspora” also features performances from renowned cellist Jackie Perez Gratz (Grayceon, Giant Squid, ex-Amber Asylum) and was mastered by Brad Boatright (Sleep, YOB, Gatecreeper). Additionally, Utah-based visionary artist Jeff Christensen created the album’s vivid and stunning four-panel artwork, revealed for the first time today.

Issues Christensen, “The idea was to create four panels of artwork based on a migration theme. I thought it would be interesting to have the panels run consecutively to form an expansive, evolving image where the eyes can just roam. We wanted each painting to be able to hold its own as a standalone image but also be a link to the wider image of the migratory theme. The original artwork was done with oil paints on four 16″ x 16″ panels. The entire process was a challenge, and the finished images are really different than anything I’ve done before. I was given a lot of reign to just do my thing and I’m very happy with the way it turned out.”

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Cormorant Unveils New Album “Diaspora”

Cormorant is readying to release the band’s long-awaited fourth LP “Diaspora” this August. Recorded and mixed by Greg Wilkinson at Earhammer Studios in Oakland throughout late 2016, “Diaspora” serves as the follow-up to 2014’s “Earth Diver” full-length and sees Cormorant take a unique style of progressive metal in an expansive and adventurous new direction.

With four songs that total sixty-one minutes, the album features the band’s longest, most detail-oriented compositions to date — the collective result of two years of collaborative writing. “Diaspora” also includes a performance from cellist Jackie Perez Gratz (Grayceon, Giant Squid, ex-Amber Asylum) while Utah-based artist Jeff Christensen created the album’s vivid, four-panel artwork.

“Diaspora” will be available on 2xLP, CD, and digital formats this coming August 11th with U.S. and European distribution through War Crime Recordings. Check out a teaser trailer below.

1. Preserved In Ash
2. Sentinel
3. The Devourer
4. Migration

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Cardinal Wyrm Releasing New Album “Cast Away Souls”

Following the 2015 album “Black Hole Gods,” California doom trio Cardinal Wyrm returns with new full-length release “Cast Away Souls,” to be released internationally by Svart Records on October 14th.

With a sound described as “dense and riff-laden” by Terrorizer and “theatrical and grandiose” by Decibel, Cardinal Wyrm’s latest full-length continues the band’s hypnotic wandering through the borderlands of reality and myth.

Taking further leaps with the style and songwriting, guitarist Nathan Verrill and vocalist/drummer Pranjal Tiwari are joined in this genre-bending release by new addition to the Cardinal Wyrm family Leila Abdul-Rauf (Vastum, Hammers of Misfortune, ex-Amber Asylum).

A gatefold and booklet of fantastical, full-color artwork by Kim Holm (Solstafir, Vreid) serves as the only map for listeners as they drift on a river of riffs.

1. Silver Eminence
2. The Resonant Dead
3. Lost Orison
4. Grave Passage
5. After The Dry Years
6. Soul Devouring Fog

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Volur Signs Deal With Prophecy Productions

Toronto-based experimental doom trio Volur has signed to Prophecy Productions (Alcest, Amber Asylum, Arcturus). Formed in 2013 by Lucas Gadke (Blood Ceremony) and Laura C. Bates (Fresh Snow), Volur aims to “re-awaken the ancient trance,” producing music that combines ambient folk and doom metal, while drawing on folk melodies and heathen spirituality.

The band’s debut album, “Disir,” originally released in limited cassette pressings, will be reissued by Prophecy on June 24th with expanded packaging.

With a name derived from “völva,” a powerful seeress in Norse folklore, the group builds its sound and slant upon its fascination with by European history, delving deep into the wide array of Germanic myth.

“We are extremely honored and excited to be working with Prophecy Productions as we have been a fan of the label for many years,” comments Volur’s Gadke. “We could not have found a more perfect match; a supportive, experimental label that has a real connection to its audience. We look forward to recording our first album in the coming months and having our first performance in Europe at the 2016 Prophecy Fest.”

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Vhol Releasing New Album “Deeper Than Sky”

West Coast psychedelic thrash collective Vhol – which features vocalist Mike Scheidt (YOB), guitarist John Cobbett (Hammers Of Misfortune, ex-Ludicra), bassist Sigrid Sheie (Hammers Of Misfortune, ex-Amber Asylum) and drummer Aesop Dekker (Agalloch, Worm Ouroboros, ex-Ludicra) – will unleash a sophomore full-length this fall via Profound Lore.

Titled “Deeper Than Sky,” the follow up to 2013’s self-titled debut was recorded at Light Rail Studios in San Francisco and mastered at Trakworx Studio (also in San Francisco).

Issues the band of the forthcoming release: “VHÖL continues to explore unbridled, high energy metal with very little digital processing, and lots of sounds, riffs and ideas flying around. This music is all about the ascending side of the manic curve.”

New album “Deeper Than Sky” will be released via Profound Lore on October 23rd, 2015 with artwork, track listing and teasers to be revealed in the coming weeks.

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Amber Asylum Signs With Prophecy Productions To Release Back Catalog And New Album

Prophecy Productions has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with Amber Asylum:

“For more than 15 years now, Amber Asylum from San Francisco have been forging a style which is hard to pinpoint, described by multi-instrumentalist Kris Force, the artistic leader of a shifting pool of studio- and live-musicians, as a mixture between Neoclassic and Dark Ambient with hints at Neofolk, Industrial and Doom Metal. Right from the beginning, sinister string-arrangements and female vocals in combination with dragging rhythms of the hypnotic kind have been the main characteristics of Amber Asylum, which according to the band tackle the core of being and achieve a cathartic effect.

“Today, Prophecy Productions proudly announce their collaboration with Amber Asylum in order to re-release the band’s entire back catalogue as well as three further albums. The follow-up to 2009’s ‘Bitter River’ is currently being recorded and will most probably be released in 2013 alongside the new editions of the earlier albums.”

The band also stated, “I am very pleased to come aboard Prophecy with the entire back catalogue. It is Amber Asylum’s personal singularity and the end to a long journey home. I hope to devote more time to the craft of actual music making and production while trusting the amazing team at Prophecy Productions to bring it to the world. On behalf of the entire collective of Amber Asylum we move forward with enthusiasm and gratitude.”

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Mournful Congregation Announces New U.S. Tour Dates

Following a tour of the West Coast of the United States at the end of 2011, including a devastating performance at Rites of Darkness III, Australia’s epic doom sorcerers Mournful Congregation will return to The States in the weeks ahead.

The new tour will see Mournful Congregation returning to the U.S. on an eleven-date trek erupting out of Seattle on September 14th and surging its way down the West Coast, and ending in Denver on September 28th. The Adelaide-based Mournful Congregation will be joined by Colorado blackened doom act Velnias as direct support for all dates, and Tim Call from Aldebaran will be sitting in on drums for MC on this tour. Additionally, a limited edition screen-printed tour poster with exclusive art by illustrator David D’Andrea will only be available at these eleven dates.

This new burst of touring precedes a series of Mournful Congregation reissues, as the band’s current stateside label home 20 Buck Spin will be reissuing “Tears From A Grieving Heart,” “The Monad Of Creation” and “The June Frost” full-lengths exclusively to North America. All three of these back catalog releases will be released on October 16th on CD and digital download.

9/14/2012 The Highline – Seattle, WA w/ Anhedonist
9/15/2012 The Backspace – Portland, OR w/ Anhedonist, Hail
9/16/2012 WOW Hall – Eugene, OR w/ Anhedonist, Rye Wolves
9/17/2012 The Alibi – Arcata, CA
9/18/2012 The Stonehouse – Nevada City, CA
9/19/2012 The Elbo Room – San Francisco, CA w/ Amber Asylum, Wreck & Reference
9/21-23/2012 Stella Natura – Soda Springs, CA [info]
9/24/2012 The Oakland Metro Backroom – Oakland, CA w/ Pendulous, Lycus
9/25/2012 5 Star Bar – Los Angeles, CA w/ Pendulous, Destroy Judas
9/27/2012 Burt’s Tiki Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT w/ Visigoth, Odiom Totus
9/28/2012 Aqualungs – Denver, CO w/ The Flight of Sleipnir

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