Cynic Posts New Single, “Humanoid” Online

American progressive death metal legends Cynic has posted a new song online entitled, “Humanoid.” You can check it out below. The song marks the first output of new material since drummer Sean Reinert parted company with frontman Paul Masvidal, with the former’s place being taken by Matt Lynch.

Frontman Paul Masvidal comments: “‘Humanoid’ is a portrait of contrasts, like those between struggle and stillness, or the immediate against the limitless. Our Stargate is planet Earth — consciousness, the transmitter. We, sentient creatures of light, are alive now — on a sphere, floating in a galaxy fixed amidst the infinite. It’s quite miraculous to be aware of this, and it invokes a sense of urgency and empowerment that is unlike anything else.”

The artwork for “Humanoid” features a detail from the painting “Ayahuasca Dream” by Robert Venosa, Cynic’s longtime collaborator and celebrated artist who passed away in 2011.

“Humanoid” was recorded by Masvidal and longtime Cynic bassist Sean Malone and marks the debut of the band’s new drummer, Matt Lynch, who brings a renewed sense of energy to the Cynic rhythm section.

To mix “Humanoid”, Cynic partnered with renowned engineer Adam “Nolly” Getgood. Malone comments: “Nolly’s approach is equal parts expertise and intuition. Working with him was quick, clear, but most of all, musical.”

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First Single “Her Feet Upon The Earth, Blooming The Fruits Of Blood” Posted By Aosoth

French black metal devotees Aosoth premiered the first single from the fifith studio album “V: The Inside Scriptures,” which is due out on November 17th via Agonia Records. Listen to “Her Feet Upon The Earth, Blooming The Fruits Of Blood” in the player below.

Aosoth is the second project of vocalist & lyricist MkM (the founder of Antaeus) evolving in the black/death metal genre. While Antaeus sets boundaries for violent, grinding black metal, Aosoth delivers more dissonant and 90’s death metal elements combined with the work of guitarist & producer Bst (The Order Of Apollyon, VI), who composed the music on the album. The duo is accompanied by bassist INRVI (the founder & mastermind of VI) and Saroth (Hell Militia, Temple of Baal) on second guitar.

“V: The Inside Scriptures” is a closing chapter of AOSOTH’s musical and lyrical concept. Distinctive and downright suffocating, the album shows many differences to “III” & “IV: Arrow In Heart”, the two previous full-length releases, especially in terms of atmosphere. The recordings took nearly three years and were interrupted by many events in the personal lives of MkM & Bst. At some point, the album was about to be abandoned and never released.

The drums for “V: The Inside Scriptures” were recorded by T. at Hybreed Studios (Temple Of Baal, Glorior Belli, VI). All other instruments were recorded at BST Studios. Mixing & mastering were done at BST Studios as well, while the painting adorning the album cover (shown below) was created by Benjamin A. Vierling (Nightbringer, Weapon). Layout and additional photography was done by Somnyum. AOSOTH’s logo was prepared by Erik Danielsson of Watain.

The track listing for the album is:

1. A Heart To Judge
2. Her Feet Upon The Earth, Blooming The Fruits Of Blood
3. The Inside Scriptures
4. Premises Of A Miracle
5. Contaminating All Tongues
6. Silver Dagger And The Breathless Smile

Check out “Her Feet Upon The Earth, Blooming The Fruits Of Blood” here:

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Surrealist VINCENT CASTIGLIA Memorializes GREGG ALLMAN in Portrait Painted with Late Musician’s Own Blood

Striking Art Included in Southern Blood Deluxe Package/Vinyl First Edition  Watch an Exclusive Time-Lapse Painting Video Now via Yahoo Music  GREGG ALLMAN’s Southern Blood out this Friday, September 8 Rounder Records will release late music legend GREGG ALLMAN‘s final studio album, Southern Blood, this Friday, September 8. The deluxe package and first run of the vinyl will include a visually stunning, heartfelt painting that […]

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Surrealist VINCENT CASTIGLIA Memorializes GREGG ALLMAN in Portrait Painted with Late Musician’s Own Blood

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Sepultura Announces New Album “Machine Messiah”

Brazilian heavy metal outfit Sepultura just revealed the title of upcoming studio album, “Machine Messiah.” Inspired by the robotisation of our society, the album will be released on January 13th, 2017 via Nuclear Blast Records.

The album was produced by the band and Jens Borgen of Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden. Album artwork was created by Filipino artist Camille Della Rosa. Andreas Kisser states:

“I found the work of Camille Della Rosa during some research I was doing to look for alternative artists to work on the cover of our new album. I had the concept in my mind and the name of the album, Machine Messiah, but that didn’t matter much since I was looking for different styles and ideas, different artists. When I saw her paintings I was really impressed by her style, full of colours and meaning, very unique and alive! She comes from the Philippines, a place where we performed some years ago and we could feel the intensity of their culture, very powerful! She has that power in her paintings and drawings!

“The main inspiration around Machine Messiah is the robotisation of our society nowadays. The concept of a God Machine who created humanity and now it seems that this cycle is closing itself, returning to the starting point. We came from machines and we are going back to where we came from. The messiah, when he returns, will be a robot, or an humanoid, our bio-mechanical savior.

“The painting ‘Deus Ex-Machina’ is a masterpiece! I was really shocked to see how her concept of the painting was a perfect fit to our concept! The cover was done 6 years ago for our new album and she didn’t know it! Neither did I but I’m glad we crossed each others paths. Camille’s work is intense and in your face. We are lucky to have such a great artist working with us, she’s kind and very talented. She brings something new and exciting to a career of 32 years during which amazing artists have created memorable and iconic album covers.

“I’m very happy with everything about ‘Machine Messiah,’ it is a Sepultura album but with a new direction and intensity, a new musical challenge, a step forward! Can’t wait to show the world our music for the new Messiah coming.”

1. Machine Messiah
2. I Am The Enemy
3. Phantom Self
4. Alethea
5. Iceberg Dances
6. Sworn Oath
7. Resistant Parasites
8. Silent Violence
9. Vandals Nest
10. Cyber God

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Vincent Castiglia Announces "Resurrection" Art Exhibition

New York City native, surrealist, and metal artist Vincent Castiglia recently announced his upcoming solo art exhibition entitled “Resurrection,” taking place from October 4th – 31st at Sacred Gallery NYC (located at 424 Broadway 2nd Floor between Canal and Howard, NYC). Vincent handled the artwork for Triptykon’s “Eparistera Daimones.” The gallery will host an opening reception on October 4th from 8-11pm. “Resurrection” will include collection of Vincent’s paintings, which are created exclusively in his own human blood.

In the privacy of his studio, Vincent practices a kind of modern-day phlebotomy, siphoning the life force which he believes contains his own psychic energy, while giving it an outlet and form. In doing so, he dissolves the barrier between artist and art in a most literal and immediate sense. This retrospective encompasses all of Vincent’s available work from the beginning of his career and aims to examine the congruency of life and death.

Vincent recently took the time to explain his two favorite pieces in the exhibition, “Feeding” and “Stings of the Lash,” which are displayed below.

“Feeding” depicts the archetypal mother of humanity, a fleeting organism which struggles to nurture itself in spite of the self-evident frailties that are innately threaded into its existence – namely sickness and death. Her transience burdens her more deeply to propagate. Yet hope runs through the composition; among the ruins of a physical shell, the background envelops the figures, like a promise, that like the child, they are being held together by something vaster

“Stings of the Lash” marks significant events in my life, people, places and things – the ‘stings’ of my own ‘lashes’. This painting also deals with the unique nature of the human will. There is a “consciousness between impulses”, the space between actions. The figure stands between two neurons attempting to communicate; only the message is diffused in the space between them by this willful phenomenon. Behind him are three dimensions, which the figure penetrates, physically as well as allegorically, the terrestrial, the celestial, and beyond this the collective unconscious.

For more information on Sacred Gallery NYC, please visit this location or contact Kevin@SacredGalleryNYC.com.

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Odradek Room Streaming "Bardot Relative Reality"

Ukranian ambient doom band Odradek Room is streaming all seven songs from its upcoming album “Bardot Relative Reality” over on Bandcamp, or you may listen to the tracks in the player below. Odradek Room first came to prominence with the track “The Painting (Deepening into the Canvas with the Oil)” on the compilation “Doom-Art 2009.” Odradek Room describes this as its first conceptual album, the lyrics of which are partly built on the ideas of the Tibetan Book of the Dead and surreal images of the subliminal consciousness.

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Vengeful Posts New Album Progress Update

Canada’s Vengeful has checked in with the following update about the band’s upcoming album:

“Greetings! Time to let the outside in on what’s been happening in our world…..

“We’ve just started mixing our new album for which we actually have a title but we’ll save it for another post. Hugues Deslauriers (Augury) is now back on board to assure that this offering is as in-your-face as can be. We would also like to take this opportunity to announce the return of Olivier Pinard (Neuraxis) in our ranks. Is presence was definately missing during is time apart from Vengeful.

“There has been a few hickups with the painting that will become the album’s cover but our long time illustrator Martin Lacroix is putting the finishing touches to the masterpiece in his vast body of work to this date. Needless to say everything is looking pretty fuckin’ sick. The album should be released at the end of November/begining of December. An official date will follow.

“Death keeps on striking hard lately.”

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