Ashen Horde Posts New Lyric Video “Profound Darkness” Online

Hailing from the cold, unforgiving wastelands of Hollywood, California, Ashen Horde is a two-piece band that strives to embrace a multitude of extreme metal sub-genres, without being bound to any one of them. Drawing influence from metal’s crème de le extreme, from Enslaved and Devin Townsend to Ihsahn and Opeth, Ashen Horde (aka Trevor Portz and Stevie Boiser (Vale of Phath, Inferi)), may have a sound rooted in death and black metal, but can’t truly be called either.

Originally launched as a one-man project in 2013 by writer and multi-instrumentalist Trevor Portz, Ashen Horde has released two albums, as well as several EPs, over the past three years. Beginning with the ambitious Sanguinum Vindicta trilogy, Portz has worked tirelessly to develop a sound that is both challenging and unique.

The band has just completed its third album, Fallen Cathedrals and has signed with Extreme Metal Music/Rockshots Records for its release on CD and vinyl in Europe and North America on March 22nd.

The duo has unleashed the concept album’s first single and video “Profound Darkness”.

The band explains the track:

“We slow things down a bit for this one, it is a song that is much grimmer and dark. The power has gone out across the entire poor part of the city, and the inhabitants—wary and distrusting of their wealthy neighbors—have decided that it must surely be the fault of the rich. Thus, they determine that the peace between the two sides is over and that they must get revenge.”

A concept album in the vein of J.G. Ballard’s dystopian novel High Rise, Fallen Cathedrals explores class warfare and a society’s descent into primitive, warring tribes. Musically, the album expands further on the complexities of the band’s earlier releases, but with even more emphasis on progressive and melodic elements, even incorporating clean vocals for the first time. It will appeal to fans of the more progressive side of extreme metal, from Ihsahn and Borknagar to Opeth and Enslaved.

Portz states: “The forthcoming album, Fallen Cathedrals, is the perfect illustration of what Ashen Horde is all about. Musically, it draws influence from across the metal spectrum. There is hyper speed, blast-beat-fueled black metal that runs alongside pummeling death metal riffs; clean-sung melodic passages juxtaposed against face-melting screams, and headbanging beats intermixed with progressive odd-time signatures.”

Tracklisting:

1. Parity Lost
2. Profound Darkness
3. Retaliation-Regret
4. The Vanishing
5. Atavism
6. Cages
7. Final Ascent
8. Face Of The Enmity
9. Primal (bonus track on CD only)

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New Song “Fragmentation And The Rapid Quicksand Of Concept” Availalble From Nekrasov

Australian one man black metal band Nekrasov issued the new single “Fragmentation and the Rapid Quicksand of Concept” and is streaming it over at Invisible Oranges at this location. The song is also very conveniently available in the player at the bottom.

The song appears on the forthcoming new full length release “The Mirror Void,” which will be available on November 10th via Prosthetic Records in CD, LP, and digital formats.

With “The Mirror Void,” founder NKSV continues to orbit between the two poles of power electronics and black metal, but the singular focus on otherworldliness remains consistent, and while the experience is challenging to the utmost, it is also ultimately rewarding.

Check out “Fragmentation and the Rapid Quicksand of Concept” here:

You may also want to check out the track “Whatever Pleases You, Keeps You Back,” which is available here:

The Mirror Void by NEKRASOV

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Vinny And Carmine Appice Unveil “Sinister” Album

For more than forty years, the two brothers Carmine and Vinny Appice have been among the most sought-after rock drummers worldwide. Carmine and Vinny can be heard on numerous legendary albums and have toured countless times with some of the world’s greatest acts.

Carmine embarked on his musical path in the 1960s with the unforgotten Vanilla Fudge, manning in the course of his illustrious career the drums for superstars such as Rod Stewart and Ozzy Osbourne, among others. His brother Vinny, who is eleven years his junior, has worked with acts such as Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell and Dio, among others.

With the exception of the live album “Drum Wars – Live!” (2014), there has been no direct collaboration between the two so far. That’s about to change! “Sinister” is the first joint studio album by Carmine and Vinny and was recorded with the support of a number of prestigious guests.

Vinny comments: “As Ringo said: with a little help from our friends” while Carmine adds, “We cannot wait to take the album on the road! Heavy drums and heavy songs. It will kill!”

“Sinister” will be released on October 27th, 2017 through SPV/Steamhammer as CD digipack, double gatefold vinyl, download and stream.

1. Sinister
2. Monsters And Heroes
3. Killing Floor
4. Danger
5. Drum Wars
6. Riot
7. Suddenly
8. In The Night
9. Future Past
10. You Got Me Running
11. Bros In Drums
12. War Cry
13. Sabbath Mash

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War From A Harlots Mouth Accuses Attila Of Stealing Song

The new Attila album “Chaos” is here, and War From A Harlots Mouth isn’t too pleased about it, accusing the band of blatantly lifting a segment from the track “If You Want To Blame Us For Something Wrong, Please Abuse This Song.”

War From A Harlots Mouth comments: “The undoubtedly most mentally challenged band on planet earth, Attila, blatantly ripped us off. Not that I’m surprised that these imbeciles can’t write music of their own, but unfortunately for them, they picked one of our most widely known songs: ‘If You Want to Blame Us…’ Losers.”

The two songs in question can be heard below, and while there are major differences, there is one segment in particular between the two songs that is intensely similar. What do you think – coincidence due to musical similarities, or blatant rip-off?

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“Metronomicon” Melds RPG and Rhythm Gaming Concepts

“Metronomicon” is a rhythm game that collided with the RPG genre to birth an union between the two that is out now through Steam here.

While much of the soundtrack is more on the electronic and poppy side, darkwave groups Perturbator (read our review of new album “The Uncanny Valley”) and Gost (which just released “Non Paradisi”) are featured in the track listing.

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Helion Prime Signs With Divebomb Records

Fast becoming home base for an elite squadron of U.S. heavy metal troops, Divebomb Records is proud to enlist science-centric Sacramento, CA power metallers Helion Prime to a growing roster that already includes such acts as Wulfhook, Zephaniah, Everthrone, Final Sign and Judicator. Helion Prime’s self-titled full length debut album will see release via Divebomb Records on August 12th.

First conceived through a common love of heavy metal and science, Helion Prime was born in 2014 when Dire Peril guitarist Jason Ashcraft joined forces with Graveshadow vocalist Heather Michele to forge a new project—between the two, résumés boasted work alongside such greats as Andy LaRocque (King Diamond, Death, etc.), Mark Briody (Jag Panzer), Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear, ex-Gamma Ray, etc.), Niklas Isfeldt (Dream Evil) and Brittney Slayes (Unleash the Archers). The name Helion Prime was borrowed from an alien planet featured in the 2004 film The Chronicles of Riddick. The concept? Power metal thematically based on actual scientific theories—with the occasional sci-fi tribute thrown in for good measure.

Their debut EP, “The Drake Equation,” followed in 2015, and Helion Prime’s lineup eventually solidified with the addition of Jeremy Steinhouse on bass and Axiom’s Justin Herzer behind the kit. Almost precisely one year later, the group returned with a self-titled 10-track full-length: independently released by the band in mid-February of 2016 and already out of print!

Divebomb Records has now stepped in to help Helion Prime expand upon the growing popularity by granting wider exposure to this epic album, packed with all of the fast-paced, high-energy guitar acrobatics one would expect from a power metal quartet—not to mention Heather’s uniquely soaring vocal harmonies—alongside a bounty of raging riffs that should appeal to fans of melodic Swedish death metal and traditional heavy metal fare alike… plus a few other surprise twists and turns to boot!

The track list for the album is:

1. Into the Alien Terrain
2. The Drake Equation
3. Life Finds a Way
4. Into the Black Hole
5. A Place I Thought I Knew
6. You Keep What You Kill
7. Ocean of Time
8. Moon-Watcher
9. Apollo (The Eagle Has Landed)
10. Live and Die on This Day

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Abyssic Releasing “A Winter’s Tale” Album

In 1997, Memnock (Susperia) founded Abyssic Dreams and recorded a two song demo together with drummer Athera (now vocalist in Susperia and Chrome Division). Not much happened after that as they focused on Susperia – a band they started together with Tjodalv (Dimmu Borgir) and guitarist Elvorn.

Abyssic Dreams went into hibernation and in 2012 Memnock wanted to give life to his old project again after coincidentally meeting Andre Aaslie, who just had finished the debut album of the orchestral extreme metal band Gromth. This was the beginning of a unique collaboration between the two, and within one and a half years they had material enough to start the recording of the album.

Memnock’s band mate in Susperia, Elvorn, was engaged as guitarist, and soon after Asgeir Mickelson (Borknagar, Ihsahn, Spiral Architect) came in to handle the drums.

The band changed names from Abyssic Dreams to just Abyssic and went into the reputable Toproom Studio to record the album during 2014. The mix & mastering took place at the very same place the winter of 2015. A release date is finally set for February 26, 2016 and the track listing is as follows:

1. A Funeral Elegy
2. A Winter’s Tale
3. Sombre Dreams
4. The Silent Shrine

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Night Viper Streaming New Song “The Hammer”

The heavy metal warlords from Night Viper today premiere new track “The Hammer” online. The track hails from the band’s self-titled debut album, set for international release on December 4, 2015 via Svart Records.

Plans are already underway for European tours and festival appearances throughout 2016, but in the meantime, hear the sound of “The Hammer” below.

“We love it,” says guitarist Tom Sutton of the album. “We recorded all the basic tracks live together, and I think you can really hear the excitement in the room. It’s very organic-sounding, and will remind people of the heavy metal classics they love, while still being very current and very unique. It’s not a tribute to any era in any way. There’s elements of ‘Kill ’em All’ era Metallica, Judas Priest, Entombed, and the more metal side of Motörhead, along with some Pentagram or Coven-type spookiness.

“This is just a pure and honest representation of how we sound. Each song really has its own personality, and the melodies are super-catchy. The differences in style and influences between the two guitarists, Emil and I, give the album a lot of texture, I think. If there’s a solo that sounds like cat with its tail on fire, that’s me, and if there’s something with a beautiful twirling melody to it, that’s probably Emil. Ruben sounds totally thumping on bass, and Jonna plays with a swing that isn’t heard in metal much these days. And for those who haven’t heard Sofie Lee sing yet, you really are in for a treat. We can’t wait for people to hear it. There will be bangovers!”

1. Night Viper
2. The Hammer
3. Curse of a Thousand Deaths
4. Run For Cover
5. Warrior Woman
6. Faces in the Mirror
7. Never Be Enslaved
8. Dagger In Hand
9. The Wolverine

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GODHUNTER vs. DESTROYER OF LIGHT: Endsville Cover Art Creation Feature Hosted By Gear Gods; East Coast Tour Info Revealed

    Nearing release this Summer is Endsville, the double-12″ vinyl EP release with Austin, Texas-based DESTROYER OF LIGHT and Tucson, Arizona/Vancouver, Washington-based GODHUNTER, a collection of brand new end-time material from both acts. The intense Endsville will see a cooperative release between the two bands, and the time invested into the creation of the […]

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Doom Snake Cult Re-Issuing “Love, Sorrow, Doom” On CD

In the late 1980s, Doom Snake Cult appeared like a hallucinatory vision in the same Nevada desert that almost simultaneously spawned the likes of psychotropic substance-consuming brethren, Goatlord. Although it is commonly believed that Doom Snake Cult began as a post-Goatlord project, the truth is that DSC was actually a separate entity that existed alongside Goatlord throughout its existence.

In fact, Doom Snake Cult recorded its first and only full-length album, “Love, Sorrow, Doom” in 1990, one year prior to Goatlord’s recording of “Reflections of the Solstice.” Obvious parallels and direct connections between the two bands exist, not only because of their common location and confessed fondness for psychedelia, but also due to their similar musical output and shared members.

Most notably, Ace Still’s immediately recognizable and distinctively harrowing vocals adorn both band’s albums. Additionally, Doom Snake Cult’s guitarist, Nelg, is confirmed to have performed in lieu of Joe Frankulin on Goatlord’s first-ever recorded version of “Sacrifice.”

In the same year and manner of release as the North American version of Goatlord’s first album, Doom Snake Cult’s “Love, Sorrow, Doom” album was first unleashed on CD and cassette by JL America in 1992, two years after it had been recorded. Originally, in 1990, the band had signed with Torrid Records, but those plans never came to fruition due to Torrid’s eventual dissolution, and thus JL America became the official label for the release of “LSD.”

In 2004, Nuclear War Now! sought to resurrect the album by reissuing “LSD” on vinyl LP format for the first time. Now, 11 years later, NWN! endeavors to further cement Doom Snake Cult’s oft-overlooked legacy. The cover artwork has been replaced for this new CD version due to drop on May 15th, and the track listing is as follows:

1. Enchanted Cerebral Forest
2. Fertility Rite
3. Tribal Se’ance
4. Love
5. Doom
6. Frozen Doll Land
7. Sorrow
8. Carnival Freak Show

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