New Album “A Ruined Oak” Streaming In Full From Omotai

Houston-based riff dealers Omotai present their latest album, the conceptual and crushing “A Ruined Oak” – the album a meditation on the lost colony at Roanoke, centered on abandonment and responsibility, the lyrics haunted by loss and violence – which will be issued this Friday through Tofu Carnage Records. Advancing its official release, Cvlt Nation is streaming the album in its entirety, while the band tours across the western half of the country. Stream “A Ruined Oak” either at Cvlt Nation over at this location, or simply in the player at the bottom.

Recorded by Chris Ryan at Dead City Sound and mastered by James Plotkin, “A Ruined Oak” delivers an unrelenting dose of charged riff dynamics, pummeling low-end thunder, and infectious hooks. This sprawling, diverse work shows a greater range than anything Omotai has done before, with songs drawing from thrash, doom, sludge, extreme metal, hardcore punk, and post-rock.

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New Album “A Ruined Oak” Streaming In Full From Omotai

Houston-based riff dealers Omotai present their latest album, the conceptual and crushing “A Ruined Oak” – the album a meditation on the lost colony at Roanoke, centered on abandonment and responsibility, the lyrics haunted by loss and violence – which will be issued this Friday through Tofu Carnage Records. Advancing its official release, Cvlt Nation is streaming the album in its entirety, while the band tours across the western half of the country. Stream “A Ruined Oak” either at Cvlt Nation over at this location, or simply in the player at the bottom.

Recorded by Chris Ryan at Dead City Sound and mastered by James Plotkin, “A Ruined Oak” delivers an unrelenting dose of charged riff dynamics, pummeling low-end thunder, and infectious hooks. This sprawling, diverse work shows a greater range than anything Omotai has done before, with songs drawing from thrash, doom, sludge, extreme metal, hardcore punk, and post-rock.

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Debut EP “Pillars” Announced By Apologoethia

Today, Invictus Productions set November 24th as the international release date for Apologoethia’s highly anticipated debut mini-album, “Pillars.”

Apologoethia was spawned way back in 2012 as a side-project of J.B. in order to develop some ideas that didn’t fit both musical and stylistically with his main band, Spain’s Graveyard. After an intense period of composition, the style that now exists as Apologoethia was born. Sometime in 2014, J.B. asked J.F. to lay down some drum patterns that would fit with the riffs, the tempos, and complement the overall feel, atmosphere, and vibe that the songs needed and demanded. With all the material already prepared, shaped, and sharpened, it was time to develop the conceptual side of the band, creating some lyrics that would fit with Apologoethia’s atmosphere and dark ‘n’ macabre approach. After a meticulous search, L.O. was brought into the band, knowing that his writing and conceptual skills would work perfectly with the band’s aesthetics and purposes.

Alas, what results is a hysteric-yet-nuanced plunge into the realms of madness. Exploring the dark side of human knowledge, an introspection through different cultural, ascetic, and religious approaches mankind explored throughout centuries past, Apologoethia here construct ceaselessly roiling monoliths of diabolical metal mania. Comprised of four equally treacherous labyrinths/songs, Pillars unfurls its mysteries with a perversely restless ease, pitching headlong from lumbering doom chunder into frothing, ferocious South American-styled chaos and often back again (or in reverse, or both), all of it betraying a boundless vision heeding the darkest energies coursing through heavy metal. Within, stretches of clean-toned tension crop up, deliriously setting the stage for further onslaught to commence.

Rounded out by rich ‘n’ robust production, Pillars marks a none-more-auspicious debut for a name that shall soon be spoken of far and wide: behold the birth of Apologoethia. The first Pillar to be revealed is “De Aeterno Praesentia,” which can be heard in the player below.

The cover and track listing are as follows:

1. Pillar I (De Fundamenta Spiritus)
2. Pillar II (De Humanae Natura)
3. Pillar III (De Absentiae Vitae)
4. Pillar IV (De Aeterno Praesentia)

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Debut EP “Pillars” Announced By Apologoethia

Today, Invictus Productions set November 24th as the international release date for Apologoethia’s highly anticipated debut mini-album, “Pillars.”

Apologoethia was spawned way back in 2012 as a side-project of J.B. in order to develop some ideas that didn’t fit both musical and stylistically with his main band, Spain’s Graveyard. After an intense period of composition, the style that now exists as Apologoethia was born. Sometime in 2014, J.B. asked J.F. to lay down some drum patterns that would fit with the riffs, the tempos, and complement the overall feel, atmosphere, and vibe that the songs needed and demanded. With all the material already prepared, shaped, and sharpened, it was time to develop the conceptual side of the band, creating some lyrics that would fit with Apologoethia’s atmosphere and dark ‘n’ macabre approach. After a meticulous search, L.O. was brought into the band, knowing that his writing and conceptual skills would work perfectly with the band’s aesthetics and purposes.

Alas, what results is a hysteric-yet-nuanced plunge into the realms of madness. Exploring the dark side of human knowledge, an introspection through different cultural, ascetic, and religious approaches mankind explored throughout centuries past, Apologoethia here construct ceaselessly roiling monoliths of diabolical metal mania. Comprised of four equally treacherous labyrinths/songs, Pillars unfurls its mysteries with a perversely restless ease, pitching headlong from lumbering doom chunder into frothing, ferocious South American-styled chaos and often back again (or in reverse, or both), all of it betraying a boundless vision heeding the darkest energies coursing through heavy metal. Within, stretches of clean-toned tension crop up, deliriously setting the stage for further onslaught to commence.

Rounded out by rich ‘n’ robust production, Pillars marks a none-more-auspicious debut for a name that shall soon be spoken of far and wide: behold the birth of Apologoethia. The first Pillar to be revealed is “De Aeterno Praesentia,” which can be heard in the player below.

The cover and track listing are as follows:

1. Pillar I (De Fundamenta Spiritus)
2. Pillar II (De Humanae Natura)
3. Pillar III (De Absentiae Vitae)
4. Pillar IV (De Aeterno Praesentia)

Check out “Pillar IV (De Aeterno Praesentia)” here:

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Arkaik Releases “Futile State” Video

Advancing the September release of Arkaik’s fifth full-length album “Nemethia,” the brutal tech-death metal outfit today releases an official video for the record’s “Futile State” track.

Produced and directed by Nikko DeLuna, with effects by Trevor “No One” Turner and makeup by Sherra Dixon and Jenn Jones, the new “Futile State” video visually delivers some of the album’s sci-fi influence.

A continuation on the conceptual saga of Arkaik’s two previous releases, on “Nemethia” the journey of Cyrix expands into new landscapes, as does the band’s technical prowess and creativity.

Vocalist Jared Christianson commments: “The song is about the feeling of existential futility and the catharsis it can create. The video is a blend of ideas. I took inspiration from Plato’s Allegory Of The Cave, mixed with neo-shamanism and put a transhumanist spin on it. Nikko DeLuna is great at taking my ideas and bringing them to life. It was a pleasure to work with him again, and the rest of our team. Enjoy!”

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Arkaik Releases “Futile State” Video

Advancing the September release of Arkaik’s fifth full-length album “Nemethia,” the brutal tech-death metal outfit today releases an official video for the record’s “Futile State” track.

Produced and directed by Nikko DeLuna, with effects by Trevor “No One” Turner and makeup by Sherra Dixon and Jenn Jones, the new “Futile State” video visually delivers some of the album’s sci-fi influence.

A continuation on the conceptual saga of Arkaik’s two previous releases, on “Nemethia” the journey of Cyrix expands into new landscapes, as does the band’s technical prowess and creativity.

Vocalist Jared Christianson commments: “The song is about the feeling of existential futility and the catharsis it can create. The video is a blend of ideas. I took inspiration from Plato’s Allegory Of The Cave, mixed with neo-shamanism and put a transhumanist spin on it. Nikko DeLuna is great at taking my ideas and bringing them to life. It was a pleasure to work with him again, and the rest of our team. Enjoy!”

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ARKAIK: Progressive Tech Death Collective To Release Nemethia Full-Length & Tour

Progressive tech death collective ARKAIK will unleash the anticipated Nemethia, this fall via Unique Leader Records. A continuation on the conceptual saga of the two previous releases, on Nemethia the journey of Cyrix expands into new landscapes, as does the band’s technical prowess and creativity. Their fourth full length for Unique Leader and most ambitious […]

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Arkaik Reveals New Album “Nemethia”

Progressive tech death collective Arkaik will unleash “Nemethia” on September 29th via Unique Leader Records. A continuation on the conceptual saga of the two previous releases, on “Nemethia” the journey of Cyrix expands into new landscapes.

The band’s fourth full-length offering for Unique Leader was produced, engineered, and mixed by Zack Ohren at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, California, and features guest appearances by Joe Haley of Psycroptic, Arde Ostowari formerly of Burning The Masses, Stephen Paulson of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, former Arkaik guitarist Craig Peters, as well as Gabe Seeber from The Kennedy Veil performing drums for the entire album.

The cover art and booklet was designed by artist Tyler Space, who worked with the band on previous release, “Lucid Dawn.” Said founding vocalist Jared Christianson of the record’s concept:

“This album fully sets the stage and builds on the story we started developing two albums ago with Cyrix and Metamorphignition. We’ve begun weaving together our own mythos of synchronicity and symbolism to encapsulate and distill the journey of the alchemist through the gnostic dream. It attempts to reveal through storytelling and allegory that we can experience real freedom and discover the inner treasures that guide us to who, what, and where we want to be, if we are willing to pull back the veil of lies blinding us from the truth of our nature.

“If I could sum up everything we’ve done so far, my personal journey and our message as a band in three words it would be the lyric ‘pain to power’ from the song ‘Telegnosis.’ To me, it’s about transmuting your struggles into strengths and refining your personal power and will. I really enjoyed making this album and hope people dig it!”

Nemethia by Arkaik

Adds guitarist Greg Paulson of the sound and songwriting process, “This is the most involved I’ve been on an Arkaik record so far. The songs are more thought out and meticulously crafted. I wanted to retain the sonic brutality Arkaik is known for, while introducing new elements to further expand on the band’s sound. I incorporated greater symphonic instrumentation throughout the record and utilized my classical background to add more depth and dynamics to the arrangements. The album is overall more complex, I even added some harmonized vocals to blend with Jared’s voice, making for some interesting layered textures. This is sure to be the most unique Arkaik album to date. I’m really proud of what we created and hope people enjoy it.”

1. Occultivation
2. Of Violence And Pestilence Born
3. Order Of The Hierogon
4. Dweller On The Threshold
5. Futile State
6. The Eupnean Relic
7. Lifting Amnesia
8. Telegnosis
9. Nexion Stargate

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Risk Relay Posts Full Album “As We Descend”

“As We Descend,” the conceptual and eclectic fourth LP from New Jersey-based Risk Relay, is out this Friday through Nefarious Industries. Advancing the album’s street date, a full stream of the sprawling release has come online.

The theme of “As We Descend” is inspired by the late nineteenth-century science fiction novel by John Uri Lloyd, “Etidorhpa,” which depicts the story of a man banished to an alternate world within the center of the Earth.

Risk Relay will be supporting “As We Descend: live, including a show the day after its release this Saturday, November 19th in Highland Park. The band has booked a live radio performance on Rutgers’ WRSU’s Overnight Sensations on December 9th, a record release show in Jersey City on December 10th, and a show January 14th in Philadelphia, with more live actions in the planning stages.

11/19/2016 Pino’s – Highland Park, NJ w/ Black Wine, Secretary Legs
12/09/2016 WRSU FM – New Brunswick, NJ *Overnight Sensations live set
12/10/2016 The Hive – Jersey City, NJ *record release show w/ Twin God
1/14/2017 HH Ranch – Philadelphia, PA

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Skuggsja Posts Full “A Piece For Mind & Mirror” Album Online

Norway’s Skuggsja, the new band led by Ivar Bjørnson (Enslaved) and Vikings’ score composer Einar Selvik (Wardruna), today streams debut album “A Piece for Mind & Mirror” in full.

Regarding “A Piece for Mind & Mirror,” Einar “Kvitrafn” Selvik comments: “So here it is in its entirety! There are many things I could say about the album and its diverse material, but in the end I think it is best to let the music speak for itself. Writing these songs together with Ivar has truly been a highly inspirational and fruitful journey for me and I can only hope that it comes across and is notably reflected in the music also.”

Ivar Bjørnson adds: “Turning the live piece Skuggsjá into an album has been an amazing journey. I am privileged to have made it alongside Einar and the team that has helped us fulfill our common vision. I am immensely proud of the conceptual and musical story we have made. It has become something more than the sum of the pieces added together; that alone feels like an achievement. Cheers!””

New album “A Piece for Mind & Mirror” will be released by Season of Mist worldwide on March 11th and the track listing is as follows:

1. Ull Kjem
2. Skuggsjá
3. Makta Og Vanæra (I All Tid)
4. Tore Hund
5. Rop Frå Røynda – Mælt Frå Minne
6. Skuggeslåtten
7. Kvervandi
8. Vitkispá
9. Bøn Om Ending – Bøn Om Byrjing
10. Ull Gjekk

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