Details Of New Album “Nagual Sun” Issued By I Klatus

Chicago doom/sludge eclectics I Klatus will release the new album “Nagual Sun” October 13th via digital download and analog (cassette) formats. The highly anticipated follow-up to 2012’s “Kether” is the band’s third full-length album (and fifth release overall). An official video for album track “Sorcerer’s Gaze” is available in the player below.

The overall sound of “Nagual Sun” maintains the gritty roots for which I Klatus is known, while at the same time launches the group into new and more fully fleshed-out dimensions of weirdness. Tom Denney is the primary soothsayer behind I Klatus. Denney, whose background is steeped in the visual arts, has provided artwork and monsters for a laundry list of signed metal acts in the community (Kylesa, Black Cobra, Samothrace, Cannibal Corpse, Cephalic Carnage and Rwake just to name a few). His guitar squalls hard against the shores of this stoner metal effort, but also manages to rise above the storm in melodic hymns. Denney trades growling vocals with bass player, John E. Bomher, Jr. (Bury The Machines, Yakuza), who keeps things grinding nicely, while also providing some sweeter tones when they let songs open up and sweep across more ethereal planes.

Bomher doubles as the band’s producer with his extensive experience in the studio; his work on the album sets this release head and shoulders above their previous efforts in terms of production quality. The drums are championed by Chris Wozniak (Lair of the Minotaur, Earthen Grave, Serpent Crown) who metes out doom in guttural timing. Wozniak just pounds and pounds, hitting that sonic-pocket, which gives the stoner/doom genre its feeling of lift and expansiveness. Some noises and textures by former member, Robert Bauwens, are also tucked into the nooks and crannies of these tracks.

The track listing for the album is:

Side A:
1. Beneath the Waves
2. Serpent Cults
3. Sorcerer’s Gaze
4. Moment of Devastation

Side B:
1. The Alivist
2. Jaws of the Shark
3. Father John Thomas (The Penitent)
4. Final Communion

Check out “Sorcerer’s Gaze” here:

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Bones Posts Album Track “Maggots”

Chicago trio Bones is back with twelve freshly-severed slabs of death metal in the form of “Sons of Sleaze,” the follow up to its 2011 self-titled release. Recorded with famed producer Sanford Parker (Lair of the Minotaur, Nachtmystium), “Sons of Sleaze” will be out November 8th on Planet Metal.

Check out album track “Maggots” below. Bones will also be holding its record release gig with Witchtrap, Funeral Nation and Perversion on November 17th at Reggie’s in its hometown of Chicago.

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Earthen Grave Signs With Ripple Music, Re-Releasing Self-Titled Album

Nominated as one the best newcomers of 2012 in our annual year-end awards, Chicago’s Earthen Grave is thrilled to announce its signing to Ripple Music for the worldwide release of the band’s debut self-titled album (reviewed here).

The album will be available on CD and double vinyl on July 9th via Ripple Music. The label also comments:

“Formed in 2008, Earthen Grave is a five-piece Chicago metal band that marries the sounds of metal past and future with a sweaty, pummeling live show. Earthen Grave boasts an undeniable collective metal and musical pedigree. Each member is an accomplished musician and a veteran of the metal scene, including Ron Holzner who was a member of the seminal and seismic doom pioneers Trouble – a band widely regarded as one of the most important unsung American metal bands of all time.

“In addition, Earthen Grave has that ‘extra something special’ with occasional guest 6th member live and boasting a Full collaboration on the new release with Rachel Barton Pine. Rachel, a world-renowned classical violinist brings her frightening classical chops to a relatively new instrument, the Viper.

“Now to be reissued through Ripple Music, the new edition of the album, produced by Ron Holzner, has been completely remastered with four bonus tracks including the new song, ‘Death is Another Word….’ with new drummer Chris Wozniak (Lair of the Minotaur) and the epic live Stargazer (Rainbow) with string section and virtuoso violinist Rachel Barton Pine.

“And now the album will finally see a vinyl release! Double gatefold vinyl to be precise, featuring the 10 song remastered debut with the new song ‘Death is Another Word….’ plus three bonus live tracks. One of the live tracks, ‘Death March Intro – End of my Daze,’ features Trouble guitarist Bruce Franklin. That’s a whole new side of vinyl featuring the epic live Stargazer (Rainbow), plus three more live, never-before-released tracks.”

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Nekromantheon Streaming Song From Upcoming Album "Rise, Vulcan Spectre"

Norwegian act Nekromantheon has teamed up with Decibel Magazine to release a new song online titled “Blood Wisdom.” You can give the song a listen by heading over to this location.

“Blood Wisdom” is taken off the upcoming “Rise, Vulcan Spectre” album, which has the following track listing:

1. Cast Down to the Void
2. Blood Wisdom
3. Embrace the Oracle
4. Coven of the Minotaur
5. The Usurper Command
6. Rise, Vulcan Spectre
7. Twelve Depths of Hades
8. Raised by Dogs

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Woods of Ypres Drops Off Goregrowler’s Ball, Replaced By Dehumanized

Due to contract obligations with their record label, Woods of Ypres is forced to cancel their appearance at this year’s Goregrowler’s Ball. The band will be writing and recording a new album instead and apologizes to their fans for this cancellation and promised to make it up.

Replacing Woods of Ypres on this festival will be Dehumanized, who has not played a live show in nearly ten years.

Tickets for the fifth annual Goregrowler’s Ball are on sale now. The event is set to take place in San Antonio, Texas on November 18-20, 2011.

The latest bands confirmed are as follows:

Internal Bleeding
Lair of the Minotaur
Putrid Pile
Dreaming Dead
Viral Load
Insidious Decrepancy
Atrocious Abnormality
Cardiac Arrest
Sacrificial Slaughter
The Evil Amidst
Face of Oblivion
The Meatfuckers
Face of Ruin
Infernal Damnation
Extremely Rotten
Engaged in Mutilating
Baring Teeth
Vaginal Bear Trap
Grotesque Formation
Malignant Christ
Despise The Sun
Funeral Rites
Emperial Massacre
Blowtorch Sodomy

Bloodsoaked will perform as a 3 piece band this year: Peter Hasselbrack (Bloodsoaked, Guitar/Vocals), Mike De Leon (Disfigured/Prolicide, Guitar), Seth Van De Loo (Severe Torture/Nox, Drums). This is a one time only performance of this line-up.

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