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terça-feira, 29 de agosto de 2017

Sick Feel - Sick Society (Full-Length Album - 2016) - Soundcloud Stream

Foto de Banda Sick Feel.

Caracas based band, "Sick Feel"  continue to promote their full-length "Sick Society" released physicaly in a year ago (2016). Now the Groove/Melodic Death Metal band shared their full algum on their soundcloud account. 

On May 31, 2016 Sick Feel with great enthusiasm announced his signing with the Venezuelan record label Cepa Records, which was in charge of giving to light his first official album in physical under the name "Sick Society" and was as also dedicated to its distribution nationwide.

After 8 years of freelancing by the band, which has resulted in his musical career: 2 demos (2008-2011), an EP (2013), several official videos, collaborations compiled nationally and internationally and countless concerts and tours throughout the country level, Sick Feel becomes 1st official signing young label Cepa Records, which will begin to give support and encouragement to their national movement committed to the homemade talent.

Currently the band Sick Feel went on a promotional tour that took them once again by several states of their national geography playing live the new material of the first long length entitled "Sick Society".

Formed in: 2006
Status: Active
Year Active: 2006-Present

Joel Miranda - Vocals
Adrian De Abreu - Bass
Siro Tagliaferro - Lead Guitar
Daniel Nuñez - Rhythm Guitar 
Kenny Burmistrov - Drums

Country of origin: Venezuela
Location: Caracas
Genre: Groove / Melodic Death Metal

Current Label: Cepa Records
Press Contact: Osmar Ruiz (Cerebros Exprimidos)
Agent: Joel Miranda / Osmar Ruiz (Cerebros Exprimidos)
Telphone: 0416-9209173

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Sick Society (Full-Length Album - 2016)

Foredoomed - Ordeal (Full-Length Album - 2017) - Bandcamp Stream

Foredoomed began as a garage band in 2009. With various lineups between 2009 and 2015, the band released three different demo EPs. Atte and Asmo have been consistent forces of the band throughout the years.

At the end of 2015 the band started working on their first full-length album. After a lot of composing and preproduction, recording started in early 2017. The album was released 18th of August, 2017. During the album production, Eetu and Joel joined in the band.

On August 18, 2017 Foredoomed released its debut full-length album 'ORDEAL'. It brings together progressive metal and melodic death metal from the early 2000. To listeners this combination connotes Opeth, Wintersun, and Edge of Sanity among others.

Formed In: 2009
Status: Active
Years Active: 2009-Present

Joel Henrik Kaplas - Drums
Asmo Jurvanen - Guitars
Atte Kymäläinen - Vocals & Guitars
Eetu Kovapohja - Bass

Country of Origin: Finland
Location: Joensuu
Genre: Melodic Death Metal

Current Label: Unsigned/Independent
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Ordeal (Full-Length Album - 2017)
Released August 18, 2017 

All music & lyrics by Atte Kymäläinen. 
Arrangements & production by Foredoomed. 
Recorded from February to April 2017 in Joensuu, Finland. 
Keyboard & orchestral arrangements by Atte Kymäläinen. 
Drum production, arrangement, and sample recording by Foredoomed and Jere Jolkkonen from band Ruoja. 
Album mixed by Atte Kymäläinen, and mastered by Stefan Pommerin at Illusia Studio. 
Cover art by Rumyana Zarkova. 

Female vocals in track 1 by Mia Rouvinen. 
Additional growl vocals in track 9 by Joni Laihosola.

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sexta-feira, 25 de agosto de 2017

Empyrean Throne - Chaosborne (Full-Length Album - 2017) - Bandcamp Stream

Empyrean Throne is a Clandestine Order of chaos gnostic Black Metal practitioners, an endeavor stoked in the fires of inspiration and forged with the hammer of hard experience. While indisputably an American band, the initial spark was in fact ignited by two travelers in Scandinavia, from where it journeyed south and west to the sweltering heat of Lake Forest, California, where in 2011, the first manifestation of the band that would eventually become Empyrean Throne was founded.

Empyrean Throne’s very first recorded music took the form of the ravenous “Demonseed” EP in 2013, with a sound described by OC Weekly as “a vicious mix of raw black metal and traditional death metal” coupled with the haunting strains of a real, organic cello choir, signifying the birth of the band’s trademark approach to composition. With the spoils reaped from this first offering; coupled with favorable reviews from, The Kosher Metal Blog, and, the Order of Empyrean Throne was still hardly content to stand still, as still so much lay in wait on the road ahead.

In the years that followed, the members of the Order underwent various ordeals that tested their merit as artists and human beings. Grueling punishment, loss, facing one’s darkest fears, and even encounters with that which some may venture to call divine proved necessary to shape Empyrean Throne into what it was to become: a sonic conduit for Chaos. Indeed a gateway leading inwards and backwards, elevenfold, towards that great intangible place and power. Ave Magnum Chaos.

Empyrean Throne’s  first full-length release, “Chaosborne”, is a testament to this new unfolding, lurching deeper into the infernal depths of Black Metal and higher unto the celestial realm of orchestral concert music. Telling the story of a hapless Templar knight in medieval Europe and his subsequent decent into the realm of Chaos, the album offers eleven solemn hymns to unbecoming, with the searing Black Flame of illumination and wrath burning brighter than ever before in the hearts of those who have crafted it, the members of the Order themselves.

Empyrean Throne have been privileged to fly their banners and leave their mark on the live front alongside many of the esteemed acts in extreme music, including Nile, Kataklysm, Aborted, and Cattle Decapitation, among others. The Order has also carved its sphere of influence from the sweat and grime of the road, with two west coast tours under their belts and an appearance at Central Oregon Metalfest in 2016. Apart from that and a smattering of singles, which include a vast rendition of the Behemoth classic “Ov Fire and the Void”, Empyrean Throne have been quite occupied indeed preparing the ground for “Chaosborne”, and for whatever may lie beyond…"

Media Praise

"Chaosborne is a pretty amazing example of what can be done with this genre here in North America. The cover art is totally badass, and I may include it as one of my top 10 favorites of 2017. The music inside tears through you like banshees with sneering vocals backed by stalagmite-sharp guitar playing and bombastic drumming. It’s definitely one of those records that records that leave you breathless while listening." - (Ratings: Musicianship  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐; Lyrics ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐; Heaviness ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐; Overall Impression ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐).

“Empyrean Throne blend the weights and harsh roars of death metal, the throat-tearing snarls and slashing riffs of black metal, and symphonic accents that lend the music an element of dark majesty” – No Clean Singing

"A compelling album from beginning to end, Chaosborne uses the symphonic aspects of black metal but keeps a more snarling tone present to give themselves some distance from other like-minded acts. There’s just as many gripping riffs as there is orchestral atmosphere, which should bring in an audience that might otherwise avoid an album like this. Cinematic yet occasionally caustic." - Dead Rhetoric (Rating: 8/10).

 "Chaosborne is really well-produced too, making it far more impactful as you can hear all the cool things Empyrean Throne is doing over the course of a song. It still has that raw energy needed for black/death and nothing is squeaky clean but everything is clear. All told, Empyrean Throne have put together a stellar debut that is hopefully a sign of even greater things to come." - Metal Observer (Rating: 9/10).

"Chaosborne is an album of multiple layers, demanding several listens to fully experience what Empyrean Throne are trying to convey with their otherworldly sounds. The band have released a superb example of the genre and have created something unique; a take on black metal that has yet to be explored by other bands within the genre." - Moshville 

Formed In: 2011
Status: Active
Years Active: ?-2011 (as Of Legions), 2011- Present

Mike Brennan - Guitars
Andrew Knudsen - Vocals
Leviathan - Drums
Spencer Strange - Guitars
Grey - Bass

Country of Origin: United States
Location: Lake Forest, California
Genre: Technical Black/Death Metal

Current Label: M-Theory
Press Contact High Road Publicity
Tom George//
Christian Bankes//

Booking Agent: Mark Muller//

Official Website:

Chaosborne (Full-Length Album - 2017)

Released August 11, 2017 

Produced, Mixed, & Mastered by Mick Kenney (Anaal Nathrakh)

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segunda-feira, 14 de agosto de 2017

Shrouded - Ominous Divinity (EP - 2017) - Bandcamp Stream

Formed in 2014, Shrouded are a 4 piece Melodic Death Metal band based in Belfast, Northern Ireland featuring Dani Kansanaho and Shane Hughes on guitar and vocals, with Scott Neill on drums and Jordy Thompson on bass. .

Shrouded played their first show alongside Zombified, Scimitar and Rabid Bitch Of The North. Following this show, the band began the recording process for their debut EP.

The band independently released their first EP "Inception of Inhumanity" in March 2015 and went on to play numerous gigs throughout Northern Ireland to promote the EP.

In late 2015, Shrouded began recording a single entitled "Ascension". The single was released in August 2016 at Voodoo, Belfast and was made available for digital download on the band's Bandcamp page.

Upon release, Shrouded embarked on a 3 date Irish tour, playing in Belfast, Dublin and ending at the 96/1 festival in Cork. In October 2016, Shrouded made their first appearance at Ireland's famed Siege of Limerick festival.

Shrouded remerged in 2017 at Metal to the Masses, Belfast having finished the writing process of their next release and shortly after embarked on an Irish tour with Zombified and Scimitar. Following this tour Shrouded proceeded to win the Belfast leg of Metal to the Masses, paving their way to Bloodstock 2017.

Shrouded released their second EP entitled "Ominous Divinity" on 1st of August 2017 featuring 5 sinister new tracks packed full of shredding guitars and relentless blast beats. 
Formed In: 2014
Status: Active
Years Active: 2014-Present

Dani Kansanaho - Guitar & Vocals
Shane Hughes - Guitar & Vocals
Scott Neill - Drums
Jordan Thompson - Bass & Vocals

Location: Belfast, United Kingdom
Genre: Melodic Death Metal/Death Metal

Current Label: Unsigned/Independent

Ominous Divinity (EP - 2017)
Released August 1, 2017 

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Josh Robinson of JSR Audio at Bearcat Studios, Belfast. 

Artwork designed by Tata Kumislizer Art. 

All photography by Kerri Clarke of Exposing Shadows Photography 

All music & lyrics arranged by Shrouded 
All samples arranged by Dani Kansanaho 

The Wise Man's Fear - The Lost City (Full-Length Album - 2017) - Bandcamp Stream

The Wise Man's Fear is a 5-piece Fantasycore band from central Indiana, USA. Their name stems from a fantasy novel of the same title written by Patrick Rothfuss that chronicles the adventures of the greatest arcanist of the age. The name itself is a statement against the destructive power of pridetruly wise men are almost unfailingly so humble that they seem to fear pride and the damage it causes). The series the book is part of explores the challenges and triumphs of its main character as he works his way through the world looking for answers and ultimately his place in life. His challenges force him to grow and develop as a person and an intellectual. For our own purposes we readapted the name to be a statement against the destructive power of pride. They believe that truly wise men are almost always humble to the extent that they seem to be fearful of pride. So the name really is a caution against becoming prideful no matter who you are or what you do.

The Wise Man’s Fear consists of Paul Lierman on drums, Joe Dennis on vocals, Cody Chambers on lead guitar, Tyler Eads on bass guitar/vocals, and Nathan Kane on rhythm guitar. A sound somewhere between Pierce the Veil and The Fall of Troy, these guys definitely fall into the metalcore genre, but have also expanded beyond the clichés present in a majority of those bands.

Before they all started playing together Joe used to be in a band with some friends from high school called Alias. It was through the fallout of that group that he met our old guitarist and connected with the rest of them. Even before Alias, Tyler and Joe were in a band called Dreamers and Creators together (they’ve known each other for a pretty long while now). Codi used to be in a band called Skies of Auburn in Massachusetts while he was living there. As for The Wise Man’s Fear, they’ve been around for a little over three years now! They formed in the spring of 2013.

On July 9th 2015 they released of their debut full-length album, Castle in the Clouds. Castle in the Clouds was recorded with producer Johnny Franck (ex-Attack Attack!, The March Ahead) and can, according to the band, they "took a very conceptual approach to writing the record...which follows the journey of the album's protagonist, a nameless knight, as he searches for an end to his quest and, allegorically, answers to some of life's enduring questions."

From the first track, the listener is invited to join in an adventure of questions, trials, victories, and discovery alongside the album's protagonist, a nameless knight who is representative of mankind. The knight awakens in a foreign field without any landmarks aside from a massive megalithic stone that is covered in strange markings standing alone in middle of the field.

After awakening in a strange land, a knight takes up the ultimate quest and embarks on an allegorical journey that explores some of life's enduring questions as he searches for the fabled Castle in the Clouds. Throughout all of the joys and hardships represented in each of the tracks, the knight continues to move steadily closer to his ultimate goal: the Castle in the Clouds.

Intrigued by his discovery, the knight becomes engrossed with the stone and obsessed with understanding what its strange markings mean. He becomes so resolved to understand its Secret that he vows to set out on a quest and not return until he has found the answers he seeks. As he is preparing to embark on his quest, he is visited by an ancient man shrouded by a cloak. The man warns him not to leave and tells him that if he goes he will have to travel alone, and that knowing the answers to his questions may destroy him. The knight resolves to leave even in the face of this danger.

The Wise Man's Fear has redesigned their sound with the production of their first full-length album. They put much effort and careful consideration into developing a sonic blend of blistering guitar riffing and powerful vocals to facilitate their all-new approach to songwriting and fantasy-themed conceptual subject matter.

The album suffers from the fault that most metalcore albums have: they’re too damn short. Being a fan of progressive rock music and concept albums, I’m used to fewer songs and hour-plus long albums that delve deep into the lyrics. Containing 11 songs lasting roughly 37 minutes, I crave more every time I listen to this album, and hope they can add an extra ten or so minutes to their next album.

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On  August 10 they released their second album called "Lost City" that  is a great mixture of the elements in Castle, and shows quite a bit of progression into the  album.

The Wise Man's Fear has been methodically producing thematic, conceptual music since their debut full-length release Castle in the Clouds in July of 2015. Their material threads together to deliver a compelling narrative following a cast of characters representative of symbols and themes greater than themselves.

Formed In: 2013
Status: Active
Years Active: 2013-Present

Joe Dennis – Harsh Vocals
Tyler Eads – Clean Vocals
Codi Chambers – Lead Guitar
Nathan Kane – Rhythm Guitar/Backing Vocals
Paul Lierman – Drums
Thomas Barham - Bass Guitar

Location: Central Indiana, USA
Genre: Fantasycore

Current Label: Unsigned/Independent
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The Lost City (Full-Length Album - 2017)
Released August 10, 2017

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Hitwood - Detriti (EP - 2017) - Bandcamp Stream

The Hitwood project was founded in 2007, it's based in the North of Italy and is intended as a solo project of Antonio Boccellari. 10 Years ago, an old wise man appears in his dreams and guide him into an astral journey every night. In these “travels” there’s an old man, called Hitwood, who explains that he’s trapped in that dreamworld from a long time and his real alter-ego it’s probably already alive in the real world but it’s stuck in an perpetual sleep.

The old man discover in the dreamworld the dark future of the earth and do its best to communicate this to people in their dreams through its celestial music, because he can’t dialogue in another way. There are thousands of Hitwood messengers around the world but when they wake up probably didn’t remember what these melodies are about and ends up to forget them. The founder of Hitwood project is one of these Messengers and has the gift to remember the dreamy melodies despite he didn’t know what they really means.

His purpose was to make songs with fragments of these melodies adapted in a Melodic Death/Post Metal style in the hope to find someone who could remember something from Hitwood dreams and help him to communicate his visions of the future to humanity.

The first album "When Youngness... Flies Away..." was released in October 2016 after 9 years of composition necessary to elaborate all the melodies dreamed in the past years and trying to commutate them into a Metal approach and give them a logic song structure.
After this important milestone, was released another EP called "As a Season Bloom". Short album with only four songs where every track describe through music the vibe of every season to make a testament of how the season where before what would happen in the future. Nothing will be the same...

Antonio, the hitwood messenger, was working urgently on new material because the dreams becomes more and more frequent in the last times and the old wise want to find the other messengers to save the world from an imminent dark omen.

On August 13, 2017  DETRITI was released, the album was recorded between April and July 2017 suddently after the predecessor "As a Season Bloom", DETRITI signs a new path for Hitwood sound, this time no more instrumental but pure Melodic Death Metal with all that celestial sounds that you've always loved from our past songs and celebrate the 10th anniversary of the band founded in September 2007. 

DETRITI, it's the italian word for "debris". With this term I define the fragments of sounds that I remember I have experienced in my dreams. The concept behind the album is the background life of Hitwood, an old man that appears from 10 years in my dreams. The old man fall in a coma many years ago and find himself trapped in a dream experiencing visions from the future. He appears in dreams of us called "Messengers" and guide us in a dreamy journey night after night to give us the mission of save the mankind from a dark future. Because he couldn't, we are the only ones that could spread in the real world his message and we choose to do it with music... 


"As Far as I Can Remember": The meaning behind the track represents my feeling when I experience music in dreams, another dimension, a bright world with vibrant colors, and I want you to feel exactly what I hear in these "dream trips" that I experience from 10 years. Another meaning of the track regards The old wise Hitwood and memories about his past life before he ends up to lose himself in a perpetual dream.. 

"My path to nowhere": this song is about Hitwood and his thoughts since it find himself trapped in a dream. Tired of his tragedies he begin to wander searching the purpose of life and his recurrent question is if only him was the one that feel that insurmontable weight on his shoulders; if he's the only one that sees that loss of morals of the society and the only one that couldn't experience happiness he begins to think that if no one feel the same way, he could probably descend from holy gods.."as I wish to descend from holy gods, amen" 

"Years of sadness": As the previous song, these lyrics focus one more time on the Hitwood life and his desperation for the loss of someone and for the distance from his land of origin. As the song say "years of sadness I've carried along my way, tell my story when I'm dead", this is the last song about Hitwood life in the real world, before his coma. He says to "tell his story" when he will die and challenge you to "try to follow his footsteps", if you think you could do better of him, like if he passed an entire life judged by others. 

"More Winters to face": an instrumental moment of peace, like a transition from real life to the dream dimension. With this song Hitwood find himself trapped in a fully colored dream, represented by the artwork of the album. 

"Chromatic": After years of judgements, Hitwood feels that he haven't convinced the others of his potential, he feels like an "uncolored massive planet" but he constantly fight to became as bright as the sun and steal his place in the space. 

"Venus of my dreams": directly from our debut album "When youngness.. Flies Away.." this is a remake of one of my favorite song in this record called Her Red Air. The lyrics was written during the debut album recording sessions and the background story is about a call from Hitwood to lady godiva to save the world from a catastrophic future war that could write the word "end" to our existence.

Formed In: 2007
Status: Active
Years Active: 2007-Present

Antonio Boccellari  (All instruments and Songwriting)

Country: Italy
Location: Milan, Lombardy
Genre: Melodic Death Metal/Instrumental

Current Label: Independent/Unsigned
Booking/Press Conntact:

Released August 13, 2017 

Guest Musicians
Carlos Timaure (Vocals) 
Eveline Schmidiger (Vocals)

quarta-feira, 9 de agosto de 2017

Psy:code - MØRKE (Full-Length Album - 2017) - Bandcamp Stream

Danish technical metal outfit Psy:code released their third studio album, entitled "Mørke", through Pavement Entertainment/Sony BMG on August 04th on a release party at KB18 on the same day. The evening  involved a screening of videos from the past 10 years of the band's career as well as a concert featuring a mix of old and new material, with more information available in the official Facebook event.

Psy:code is a band driven by a desire to reach beyond its own boundaries. The band's first two releases, Delusion and Cause and Neglect, were met with critical acclaim by critics worldwide. The praise was not met with complacency and Psy:code set the bar higher when writing their third album. MØRKE is a natural progression, but remains grounded in the roots planted by its predecessors.

Over the years Psy:code has supported several major acts, including Slayer, Mastodon, Amon Amarth, Trivium, Gorefest, Illdisposed and Artillery. The band has toured extensively in their native Denmark and throughout Europe. Psy:code has a series of videos planned in the months following the release of MØRKE. Tour dates in support of the album will be announced soon.

Formed In: 2007
Status: Active
Years Active: 2007-Present

Schou - Vocals
SteiN - Guitar
JezpR - Guitar
Dag - Bass
Gøtsche - Drums

Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Genre: Harcore

Current Label: Pavement Entertainment
Press Contact:
Phone: +45 20 67 85 96

Official Website:

MØRKE (Full-Length Album - 2017)
Released July 29, 2017

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KING - Reclaim The Darkness (Full-Length Album - 2016) - Bandcamp Stream

KING, an unfaltering and melancholic blackened metal force - keeping the spirit of old while carving a new path, epic while remaining raw, majestic while retaining a primitive atmosphere. Within the debut album “Reclaim The Darkness”, KING creates the perfect soundtrack to tell tales of an old world, a world forged by the gods and walked by giants. Tales of dark and bleak battles, never ending winters and the wonders of time and space.

KING was formed in 2013 by David Hill (guitar) and Tony Forde (vocals) who had worked together previously on grind core and death metal projects but shared the same drive to create something with more depth and space to express their musical ideas and concepts. David Haley joined on drums in 2014, his drum arrangements perfectly captured the atmosphere of KING taking the compositions to the next level. Drawing from shared musical influences like Immortal, Moonsorrow, In Flames, Satyricon, Dissection and Soilwork, the underlying focus during the writing process was on strong song structures to allow the arrangements to effortlessly transition between raw black metal and epic, soaring layered melodies.

Life, death, our existence within and as part of the universe are lyrical themes throughout the album. Gaining equal inspiration from turning towards the heavens, wondering at the stars and the infinity of time and space, to the thought of a new life being born and contemplating our short time on earth as humans. The music was composed with the same concepts in mind with great influence drawn from spending time in nature in astonishing landscapes, listening & feeling the stories that the landscapes told.
Walking through forests filled with 1000-year-old trees, travelling across vast landscapes, over mountains and marvelling at their beauty, staying in ancient cities and sensing the history of empires that had come and gone. These environments create a sense of wonder and brings to the surface the thoughts and concepts of our existence and our part in everything. The goal for the music of KING is about taking the listener on a journey to recreate that feeling of wonder and thoughtfulness, not to show what is already known, but to awaken what has always has been inside.

The debut album was written and recorded over an intense 2-year period, with pre-production completed in their own studio KING entered Crawl Space studios February 2015 for recordings and mixing, with the final product being completed on the Autumn equinox. All music was recorded and engineered by Joseph Haley at Crawl Space Studio and mastered by Thomas Eberger at Stockholm Mastering (Gorgoroth, Darkane, I and Symphony X). The result is a timeless offering unleashed.

KING signed with Norwegian label Indie Recordings who released Reclaim The Darkness on August 26th 2016. To support the release KING toured throughout Australia and New Zealand performing with Inquisition, Enslaved as well as a string of headlining shows late 2016 and early 2017.

Speaking about the album, the band said:

“Mankind has always turned towards the heavens and wondered, looked for answers, reminisced about past times and planned for the future based on what the night sky reveals to them. Our debut album ‘Reclaim The Darkness’ touches on these themes and was created with these themes in mind both musically and lyrically. With the aim to take the listener on a journey to contemplate our existence and purpose in the universe as humans have done throughout time. "We are excited the time has come and “Reclaim The Darkness” will see the cold light of day. After the first glimpses of KING's music over the past months, we're now eager for the album to be heard as a whole. The journey has been begun".

Media Praise

""Reclaim the Darkness" makes for an enjoyable listen. It is catchy, mostly melodic, but nevertheless heavy and diverse. It melds the two genres effortlessly and naturally and never sounds forced. Any fan of the genre will find joy in this excellent album by a promising band that both talks the talk and walks the walk." - Metal Temple (Ratings: Songwriting: 9; Originality: 9; Memorability: 9; Production: 10).

"Reclaim the Darkness is a perfect example of an album that requires full dynamics to be completely understood. The landscape is so rich from beginning to end that it’s a shame that the compression is so high. Regardless of these mastering issues and the typical-ness of “Night Sky Abyss” and “The Journey Begins,” this a fantastic debut. One that will leave me in anticipation for their sophomore outing." - Angry Metal Guy (Rating: Very Good!).

"All in all Reclaim the Darkness is a belter of an album and given it’s the bands debut its particularly impressive. Only time will tell whether KING can reach the heights of Blood Duster and Psycroptic, but I get the feeling that the strength of this band’s material can propel them to similar heights. One of, if not the best Australian releases you will hear in 2016." - Metal Obssession

Formed In: 2013
Status: Active
Years Active: 2013-Present

Tony Forde - Vocals
David Hill - Guitars, Bass
David Haley - Drums

Country of Origin: Australia
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Genre: Melodic Black/Death Metal

Current Label: Indie Recordings
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Official website:

Reclaim The Darkness (Full-Lrngth Album - 2016)
Released August 26, 2016

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Reclaim The Darkness is out now on CD/LP via Indie Recordings (world) and EVP Recordings (Australia)

terça-feira, 8 de agosto de 2017

Neverending Winter - Хиус (Full-Length Album - 2017) - Bandcamp Stream

The band was formed in winter of 2010 after disbanding of local punk/hardcore act "Louder than words". Within first few years we were trying to find out our unique Siberian sound by mixing punky riffs with different varieties of both metal and folk/ethnic music.

Neverending Winter are located in Tomsk in Siberian Russia. They lack the visibility that a substantial label or professional PR representation might provide. Because of their remote location and low public profile, it’s unlikely they would be able to mount tours across Europe, much less North America, and that in turn will likely make it even more difficult for them to attract the backing of organizations that could help expand the global reach of their music — although I have no idea whether they even have such ambitions.

This is the second album from Neverending Winter, a Russian black metal band. Here we have 27 minutes of interesting black metal, with punk, progressive, and folk elements mixed in. This album recording started at the end of 2016 and was completed by 2017. Lyrics again are inspired by both Siberian nature and the sense of life among these endless landscapes, indescribable views and constant colds in the hearts of people here.

The music is well-recorded and extremely enjoyable. There’s a creative passion implied here that makes itself strongly known through the music, and it’s equally apparent that not only does this album show a band that have many good ideas, but that they also have the skill to execute them effectively too.

The songs are well-composed examples of black metal infected with different influences and allowed to bloom magnificently. There’s some impressive instrumentation and textured atmospherics on these songs, in addition to the furious aggression that you’d probably also expect. There’s a diversity of delivery here that’s enough to give every song its own identity, but not so much as to give the impression of a disjointed release.

In contrast to the rich and layered music, the vocals have a firm one-track mind; harsh screams are what we get, performed very well and suiting the music down to the ground. It’s a traditional approach that works nicely with both the orthodox aspects of the music as well as the more adventurous ones.

Those outward visual aspects of the band’s persona, coupled with their location in Siberian Russia, might suggest to some people that the music will be a variant of atmospherically cold and depressive black metal, perhaps lo-fi in its sound, or perhaps heavily laden with drifting melancholy synthesizer ambience. Yet, to my ears, it’s one of the most vibrant and dazzling albums I’ve encountered this year.

There’s a wonderful, organic sense of flow as the music unfolds over the course of the album, moving through differing shades of darkness and light, and ranging from loud, barbarically aggressive attacks to soft and completely mesmerizing interludes.

There are thundering gallops and rocking rhythms in the music, with riffs that jolt and swarm. Slashing storms of tremolo chords and bursts of blasting or somersaulting percussion get the blood rushing very effectively. But you’re just as likely to encounter beautiful instrumental digressions that are meditative or buoyantly playful.

While the music often has a primal, surging energy, it’s also often quite intricate, and the technical skill of the performers is revealed to be very impressive. Wisely, the band chose to give this music a very clean and clear production, facilitating the listener’s appreciation for every grinding bass note, every flight of darting and swirling fret acrobatics, and the force of every hammering riff.

There are two more important ingredients in this fascinating musical tapestry that should be mentioned. The first is that folk music (or at least folk-ish music) also plays a role in these songs. It’s far from dominant, but it provides pleasing surprises and adds to the album’s overall dynamic.

I can’t help but feel that Neverending Winter would make a much larger splash in the black metal pond if they were from the US, for example. Which is a real shame, as this is a superlative work, and I heavily advise you give this a listen.

"The album is so creative and so captivating that it caused me to reflect again on the happenstance of location as it affects the global reach of a band or an album. As their name suggests, long and frigid winters may have inspired this band, but they have found grace and beauty, as well as darkness and tumult, in their conditions. This is an album that will stay with me for years. I hope it strikes a chord with you, too. And if it does, help spread the word."  - NO CLEAN SINGING

Formed In: 2010
Status: Active
Years Active: 2010-Present

Sledge - Bass, vocals
Vanya - Guitar, vocals
Lecha - Drums

Location: Tomsk, Russia
Genre: Progressive Black Metal with Punk and Folk elements

Current Label: Unsigned/Independent
Booking/Press Contact:


Хиус (Full-Length Album -  2017)
Released July 15, 2017

Art - Mr. Finn 
Whistle at 3-rd track - Basile Faun 
Mixing - Sergey Alekseev 
Mastering - Will Killingsworth (Dead Air studio) 
Samples & layers - Konstantin Rusanov

Descend into Despair - Synaptic Veil (Full-Length Album - 2017) - Bandcamp Stream

Our roots go back to 2010 -and even a bit before, but we were only a bit more than a beer talk project - when we begun as a duo of young aspiring musicians. Things started picking up speed (maybe not the best wording for a doom band) soon afterwards, with increasingly more ambitious yearly releases - such as Wings of Solitude (our 2010 demo), Vanity Devotion (2011 EP), Hierophant of the Night (2012) and, finally, our first (even longer than) full-length, Bearer of All Storms.

We take pride in keeping a steady and focused set on motifs and concepts at the center of our work; regardless of the lineup changes and - at times chaotic - growth, we were always lucky to find likeminded people and develop our music around a sense of weltschmerz, a brooding and ever-looming feeling that physical reality can never fully satisfy the demands of the mind. When conflicted with the obtuseness of this world, our response became increasingly nuanced, ranging from the chronic, almost surreal scream of anguish of our earlier works to a more stoic, almost blissful in a masochistic sense, realisation of the freedom one can find in embracing pain.

Synaptic Veil - our latest effort to date, is also our most articulate endeavour so far. The veil here is ambiguous and double-sided: “objective” reality imposes a layer of limitations onto our mental landscape; but our inner, “subjective” reality lays a veil of concepts on top of the physical reality as a coping mechanism.

We are finally able to fully transpose these concepts into music thanks to our broadened line-up; each member bringing forth their vision and dedication. Today, we are Xander, Florentin, Cosmin, Luca, Alex, Flaviu and Dragoș. We are fiercely proud to call ourselves Descend into Despair - and equally eager to see what tomorrow has in store.

Formed In: 2010
Status: Active
Years Active: 2010-Present

Dragoș - Guitars
Xander - Guitars, Vocals 
Cosmin - Guitars
Florentin - Keyboards, Lyrics
Luca - Drums
Flaviu - Keyboards 

Country of Origin: Romania
Location: Cluj-Napoca
Genre: Funeral Doom Metal

Current Label: Loud Rage Music


Synaptic Veil (Full-Length Album - 2017)
Released June 5, 2017 

Synaptic Veil was mixed and mastered in London by Daniel Neagoe, known from his work in bands like Eye of Solitude, Clouds, and recently also Shape of Despair, and features the special guest appearance of Kostas Panagiotou from Pantheist. 

The cover artwork for Synaptic Veil is signed by talented local artist Maria Elisabeta Cucu.


segunda-feira, 7 de agosto de 2017

SpellBounD - Among Death's Shadow (Full-Length Album - 2017) - Bandcamp

Spellbound is a Melodeath band from Thessaloniki. Created in July 2012 by Stefanos Gkogkos (vocals / lead guitar) and Anastasis Zarogoulidis (keyboards). Then Nestoras Kouroumanis (drums), John Kiriakou (bass) and Chris Bonos (lead guitar) joined because of an live performance emerged. From the day that the crew was made it was followed by many successful performances where people including guitarist of Ozzy Osbourne, Gus G, was in the audience. Furthermore, they have played with Suicidal Angels in Thessaloniki while preparing performing support for other major bands. 

Reviews are done by foreign internet pages (Metal underground bands, etc.) and Greek newspaper Athens Voice. In this phase they are in the studio recording the tracks for their first Demo and outgoing their Ep. So far, two unofficial demos have been released consisting of a total of 5 tracks. The band has participated in many live shows, and has also had the chance to support great bands such as Suicidal Angels, Wolfheart, Ravencult and Septicflesh.

Spellbound have completed the recordings of their debut album,entitled "Among Death's Shadow" which took place at Infected Studios (Livadia,Greece).

Media Praise
"In summary, the “Among Death’s Shadow” album may not contest for an innovation award – I don’t think that the band has that purpose – but for sure hides some very nice ideas within." - Metal Invader (Rating: 3,5/6).

Formed In: 2012
Status: Active
Years Active: 2011-2012 (as By the Fall of Light), 2012-Present

Stefos Gkogkos: Lead Guitar/Vocals
Miltos Lampropoulos: Rhythm Guitar
Nestoras Axel : Drums
Giannis Kiriakou : Bass
Argy Kalimeris : Keyboards

Country of Origin: Greece
Location: Thessaloniki, Central Macedonia
Genre: Melodic Death Metal

Current Label: Unsigned/Independent
Booking/Press Contact:


Among Death's Shadow (Full-Length Album - 2017)
Released August 25, 2016

Recorded, mixed and mastered by George Infected at "Infected studios" in Livadeia, Greece.
Logo: Riaj Gragoth

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Sons Ov Omega - REIGN (Full-Length Album - 2017) - Bandcamp Stream

Sons Ov Omega is a a Swedish apocalyptic occult metal legion as they call themselves, from the mental depths of creative process by Tiamat Invictuz and Lord Arktos that promptly attracted Mors and Anthropos.

From 2012 until 2015, the year in which the band entered the studio to finally record their first full length album, a lot of work was done. Although they were born in the cradle of black metal scene, the differences and musical influences among them were immense. But with the maturity of ideas and concepts formulated through their musical experiences with other groups, they finally seem to have come to a common point.

In 2015 he began to do the vocals and guitar in Wormlight alongside his friend the bassist, Lord Arktos. But all this time they have worked tirelessly, refining their sound, writing lyrics, looking for a lyric theme that represented the band as a whole but also the individuality of each.

In 2016 the band signed with Black Lion Records and months later was the official release of the album named Reign. The lyric theme of the album is based on excerpts from world mythology. The album consists of 11 divergent tracks. REIGN was released on CD/digital worldwide February 18th via Black Lion Records. The album was Mixed and Mastered by Ronnie Björnström in Sweden. All of them elegantly orchestrated by the combination of elements of the most diverse dark and obscure styles. Black metal and melodic death metal are the basis of everything here, but intermingling the harmonic construction, you will find a bit of folk metal, dark indie, tons of progressive metal and unusual avant-garde musical constructions. This work certainly brings all the maturity acquired by the main members over the years.

Media Praise 

"Overall, I find that the album does an excellent job of creating a sound that you probably haven’t heard before. The thematic elements work very well with the music, and the mystery that surrounds their identity is married with the sound of the music as well. It’s a very intriguing album that should awaken your senses." - Metal Temple (Ratings: Songwriting: 8; Originality: 9; Memorability: 8; Production: 8).

"Sons ov Omega created a delicate and – I daresay – intricate piece of blackened Melodic Death Metal. On top of that, they freely mix progressive with ambient, growls with clear voice vocals to this motley menu of metal styles. The album ends up in a slightly epic, complex, but still finely chiseled conflation of tracks. And it is this out-of-the box and sometimes out of this world way of writing music that is the main allure of the album. And so it should be. After all they go a-chasing of any number of mystical and mythical figures. Well done, cool record." - Rock Music Raider ( Rating: 7/10).

"Sons Ov Omega is a newcomer band, even though they exist since 2012, the members are mostly young but very talented and interested in doing something different and great. And after the release of Reign, undoubtedly the legion of the sons from the god of the Apocalypse will increase, not only in Sweden, but across the planet. Permaneas habet Longam vitam "Sons Ov Omega"!" - Terra Relicta (Rating: 8/10).

"With great variation and lots of different styles blended together in a surprisingly coherent amalgam. As I’ve said, the band take notes from several different genres, including black, death, thrash and progressive metal, but the biggest replay value lies in the catchy-but-never-cheesy choruses that are so prominent in every song." - Metalopsy (Rating: 4.0/5).

"Sons Ov Omega have crafted a daring, even thrilling debut that drinks deep from the wells of metal’s storied history and legion subgenres to deliver a welcome progressive tale of doom and destruction. If you like Perihelion Ship, Dark Tranquillity, Cult of Fire, and Therion, you’re sure to find much to love here." - Toilet ov Hell.

"Much to enjoy about the start of Sons ov Omega’s debut Reign. Melodic black and death fans will surely find the more classical approach (not a hint of modern trappings here) to be a refreshing change of pace from the norm even if it stays within the confines of what may be expected. A grower of an album that sets the band on a path towards bigger and better things." - Dead Rhetoric (Rating: 8/10).

Formed In: 2012
Status: Active
Years Active: 2012-Present

Country of Origin: Sweden
Location: Umeå
Genre: Melodic Black/Death Metal

Malocchio – Bass
Arktos – Drums
Mors – Guitars
Invictuz – Guitars, Backing Vocals
Anthropos – Vocals

Current Label: Black Lion Records
Booking/ Contact:

REIGN (Full-Length Album - 2017)
Released February 18, 2017