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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Wells Valley Signs With Bleak Recordings, Releasing New Album

Bleak Recordings is extremely proud to welcome Portuguese post-metal/sludge trio Wells Valley into the label’s roster. Bleak Recordings comments:

“Featuring guitarist/vocalist Filipe Correia (Concealment), bassist Pedro Lopes and drummer Pedro Mau (Kneel), the group formed in late 2011 and recently completed the recordings of debut album ‘Matter as Regent,’ which will be released on February 7th, the day the band will play live for the first time ever at Burning Live Fest in Lisbon.

“Meanwhile, the band recently released a music video for the song ‘Star Over a Wheel.’ The video was shot by André Godinho for StopWorking&GoOutside and you can view it below.

“The forty minutes long, 6-track album is an incredibly unpredictable and evocative release, blending the monolithic heaviness of sludge/doom with the intricacies and atmosphere of dark post-metal. The trio have crafted an organic, intriguing and crushingly heavy sound that falls somewhere between the suffocating atmospherics of Neurosis and Cult of Luna and the complexities of Voivod and Ved Buens Ende.

“Co-released by Raging Planet and Chaosphere Records, ‘Matter as Regent’ is a fascinating release that sets Wells Valley as one of the most promising and innovate bands emerging from Portugal in the last couple of years.”

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Wells Valley Signs With Bleak Recordings, Releasing New Album

Bleak Recordings is extremely proud to welcome Portuguese post-metal/sludge trio Wells Valley into the label’s roster. Bleak Recordings comments:

“Featuring guitarist/vocalist Filipe Correia (Concealment), bassist Pedro Lopes and drummer Pedro Mau (Kneel), the group formed in late 2011 and recently completed the recordings of debut album ‘Matter as Regent,’ which will be released on February 7th, the day the band will play live for the first time ever at Burning Live Fest in Lisbon.

“Meanwhile, the band recently released a music video for the song ‘Star Over a Wheel.’ The video was shot by André Godinho for StopWorking&GoOutside and you can view it below.

“The forty minutes long, 6-track album is an incredibly unpredictable and evocative release, blending the monolithic heaviness of sludge/doom with the intricacies and atmosphere of dark post-metal. The trio have crafted an organic, intriguing and crushingly heavy sound that falls somewhere between the suffocating atmospherics of Neurosis and Cult of Luna and the complexities of Voivod and Ved Buens Ende.

“Co-released by Raging Planet and Chaosphere Records, ‘Matter as Regent’ is a fascinating release that sets Wells Valley as one of the most promising and innovate bands emerging from Portugal in the last couple of years.”

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Famous Underground Signs With Dust On The Tracks To Release Self-Titled Album

Canadian metallic hard rockers Famous Underground have just inked a worldwide two album deal with German label Dust on the Tracks Records. The next album is slated for an April, 2013 release.

Vocalist/guitarist Nicholas Walsh says, “It’s great to know that our music can reach many people. We had multiple labels interested in the band, and ultimately went with DOTT due to their understanding of our music and how and where it needs to be exposed.”

Bassist Laurie-Anne also states, “Under the stable of Rock ‘n’ Growl Management and DOTT Records we feel that we have a great team to propel us forward into the New Year.”

Famous Undergroun d’s’s self-titled studio release produced by Nick Walsh, and mixed by Darius Szczepaniak (Sum 41, Black Crowes, Big Sugar, Sacrifice) at Rouge Valley Studio in Toronto. The new recording takes Walsh’s writing to a more defined state where the lyrics delve more into the complexities of the real world.

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Mortal Sin Signs To NoiseArt Records In Europe

Australian thrash metal veterans Mortal Sin has announced that they have signed a new European record deal with NoiseArt Records, who will release the group’s brand new studio album, “Psychology Of Death” on November 18th. The album will be available as a special edition digipak which will include Mortal Sin’s debut album, “Mayhemic Destruction” has a bonus disc. A message from the band reads as follows:

“Mortal Sin are proud to announce we have signed to NoiseArt/Rock The Nation for the release of our new album Psychology of Death! What we wanted to do was a simple thrash album, sometimes you can get so caught up in the complexities of everything that you forget about what thrash is all about. This time around we said we wanted to go back to our roots, we we’re going to write an album like Mayhemic Destruction, simple old school thrash! This is by far our fastest and heaviest album to date. We really wanted to grab people by the balls with this one!”

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