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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Equipoise Premieres Pre-Release Full-Album Stream Of Upcoming New Album “Birthing Homunculi”

New tech-death super-group Equipoise premieres the pre-release full-album stream of the band’s upcoming new album “Birthing Homunculi”, which will be out in stores this Friday August 05 through Bandcamp.

Equipoise is:

Stevie Boiser – Vocals/lyrics (ex-Vale Of Pnath)
Nick Padovani – Composition, Rhythm/Lead Guitars
Zach Hohn – Rhythm/Lead Guitars
Hugo Doyon-Karout – Fretless bass (current Beyond Creation bassist)
Guyot Benoit -Drums (Brought by Pain, ex-Beyond Creation)
Jimmy Pitts – Keyboard (Pitts Minneman Project/guest on Spastic Ink and Hannes Grossman- The Radial Covenant)

Check out now “Birthing Homunculi” in its entirety below.

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Vale Of Pnath Parts With Vocalist, Seeking Replacement

U.S. outfit Vale Of Pnath has issued the following announcement about parting ways with front man Stevie Boiser:

“Vale Of Pnath is currently on the hunt for a new vocalist and frontman. Stevie, great guy that he is, unfortunately has stepped down due to recently acquired responsibilities and hardships. We wish him all the best, but we have a lot of work to do so we would like to keep moving forward as soon as possible.

“We have a 2 week tour next month that we plan on making and recording time booked in October that we plan on using. Ideally we are searching for a full-time member, so here’s the requirements for that:

– Must be awesome
– Must be 21+
– Must have valid US passport and clean criminal record for international travel
– Must be willing to write lyrics and contribute to the songwriting process
– Must be able to tour a few months out of the year (you’ll have plenty of notice, don’t worry)
– That’s pretty much all it takes to be a band member in general

“If you meet the above requirements, and ONLY if you meet the above requirements, please message us here or send an email to moneyofpnath[at]gmail with some info about yourself, past projects, and start sending us those audition videos!!!”

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Enemy Reign Posts New Song "Bathed In Flames" Online

Decibelmagazine.com is now hosting a stream of “Bathed In Flames” from Denver death metal overlords Enemy Reign. Listen to the track right here.

“Bathed In Flames” comes off the band’s self-issued “Between Hell And Oblivion” full-length, which was recorded at Flatline Audio under the watchful gaze of producer Dave Otero (Cattle Decapitation, Cephalic Carnage, Martriden, Cobalt et al). The record offers up 11 tracks of deathgrind viciousness as well as the debut of vocalist Stevie Boiser, who replaced former member Sherwood Webber (Skinless).

Comments guitarist Nick Guenther of the offering: “This album is made for the brutal few. It’s dark and unapologetic. During the writing process, we all drew from different influences, which helped keep the material fresh from song to song. We never restrict ourselves to any sub genre or current metal trend. While spirit breaking brutality was our main focus, we made sure to keep that classic and catchy Enemy Reign riff-age intact.”

Adds Boiser: “We set out to make something that we would want to listen to, and that’s exactly what we did. Between Hell And Oblivion is the next step in our evolution and the apotheosis of what Enemy Reign stands for; fast and brutal death metal. If that’s what you’re into check it out, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.”

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Enemy Reign Streaming New Song "Forged From Suffering"

Today GunShyAssassin unveils “Forged From Suffering,” from Denver death metal behemoths Enemy Reign. The tune comes off the band’s recently completed “Between Hell And Oblivion” long player, which was recorded at Flatline Audio by Dave Otero (Cattle Decapitation, Cephalic Carnage, Martriden, Cobalt et al) and offers up 11 tracks of mile-high deathgrind brutality as well as the debut of vocalist, Stevie Boiser who replace Sherwood Webber (Skinless) last Summer.

Savor the audio punishment at this location.

Comments drummer Andon Guenther of the song: “I think ‘Forged From Suffering’ is one of the songs that defines our sound and gives listeners and insight into our personal musical tastes. It’s got the d-beat/Discharge/Motorhead influence, coupled with our love for all things grindcore and just good, old fashioned, no-frills death metal.

“It’s also a song we wrote as a follow up to the song ‘Means To A Dead End,’ and the writing approach was very deliberate to incorporate those ideas and give listeners an updated version of that song. It just rocks and that’s all we really intended it to do. No more and no less. Moreover, it’s a song that blends many genres but doesn’t sound like it’s a forced issue, and I think that’s why it means so much to me on a personal level and that’s a skill that Enemy Reign has been honing since its inception.”

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