Nov 172017


(In this post we present Andy Synn’s review of the new album by Italy’s The Clearing Path, set for release next month by I, Voidhanger Records, and the premiere of album track “Stargazer Monolith“.)


Way back in the hallowed era known as… 2015… a hitherto unknown artist by the name of Gabriele Gramaglia came out of nowhere to deliver what I still believe was one of the best Black Metal albums of the year, Watershed Between Earth and Firmament by The Clearing Path.

In the two years since its release …Firmament (and its similarly stellar companion EP Abyss Constellation) has remained in pretty much constant rotation in my daily/weekly/monthly listening habits, providing me with a regular dose of frenetic riffing, frenzied drum work, and tumultuous atmosphere that never fails to make the hairs on the back of my neck stand up.

So you can perhaps imagine how excited I was to hear that the band’s second album, Watershed Between Firmament and the Realm of Hyperborea was scheduled for the release at the end of the year (December 8th, to be exact) and even more excited when the promo for it suddenly appeared in my inbox.

Nov 162017


You’re about to hear a heavy dose of foul, festering death metal. The vocalist sounds like he’d like nothing better than to have your throat in his teeth. The riffs themselves resemble the cruel ripping and gnashing of demon teeth. The flickering leads are pure fiery derangement. The rhythm section seems hell-bent on beating your skull into a pulpy mush.

The thing is, strange as it might seem from what I just wrote, the song is also a romping, rollicking, battering joy ride. The tempos and drum rhythms change frequently — the music scampers, seethes, rampages, jackhammers, and staggers. And it’s boiling with vitality.

The song is an OSDM gem named “Vomits of A Demonic Infestation“, and it comes from a new EP named Caro Data Vermibus by the Spanish band Come Back From the Dead, which will be released digitally and on CD by Transcending Obscurity Records on November 30.

Nov 162017


The heavy Hungarian band Nadir’s roots extend back into the mid-90s. Inspired by such groups as Bolt Thrower, Entombed, and Crowbar, they’ve released five albums since 2005, along with a handful of shorter releases. And now their sixth full-length, The Sixth Extinction, is set for release on December 4 by GrimmDistribution (Belarus) and NGC Prod (Hungary). Two singles from the album have previously premiered, and now we bring a third one, in the form of a lyric video: “Fragmented“.

Nadir’s last album, 2015’s Ventum Iam Ad Finem Est, was a concept album, and the new one is as well, and could be considered a continuation of the themes developed in the last one, which itself concluded with a song called “The Sixth Extinction”. The new one addresses “the present massive, human induced wave of extinction of species on Earth”, citing “environmental destruction, pollution, diseases, invasive species and overhunting as its main causes”.

Nov 152017


Three years after their debut album, Aura of Suffering, and two years after their split with the Russian band Drama, the Finnish black metal band Perdition Winds are triumphantly returning with a new album named Transcendent Emptiness. It will be released by Hellthrasher Productions on December 8th, and today we present the second advance track from the album, “Saints of the Deathfields“.

Perdition Winds is a talented collective whose line-up includes members of Desolate Shrine, Sargeist, Lie in Ruins, and Corpsessed, among others, and this new album also includes the work of a new vocalist, J.I. (Grave Violator).

Nov 152017


Beginning on December 1, the Mexican label Throats Productions will release Endless Journey, an album-length split by a beautifully matched pair, two striking atmospheric black metal bands we’ve praised here in the past — Onirism from France, and Pure Wrath from Indonesia. Today we bring you the premiere of two substantial songs from the split, one by each band.


I first came upon Onirism in August of this year, through an advance track from a new EP named Sun, which was released by Naturmacht Productions the following month. That was the second EP released by this project, after The Well of Stars in 2016, a year that also saw Onirism’s release of a debut album, Cosmic Dream. The project is the work of a single creator, Antoine Guibert (aka Vrath), whose work is also present in the music of Catacombes, Hentgarm, KerIfern, and Belenos (with whom he has been a live performer).

When I heard the first music of Sun, I wrote: “Onirism isn’t the first band to combine utterly enthralling and transcendently beautiful sounds with the kind of savagery that makes you want to hide under your bed, but holy hell, they do it well.” And a similar kind of union occurs within this new song from the split, “Astral Forest“.

Nov 142017


Rotting Kingdom is a new band from Lexington, Kentucky, that features current and former members of Tombstalker, whose music we’ve covered several times in the past. They’ve recorded a self-titled EP that is being released today, digitally and on tape, via Morbid Records, and we’re helping spread the word through the premiere of a full music stream.

The EP consists of three songs that entwine melodic doom and death metal to produce staggeringly bleak but seductive results, featuring beautifully bereaved dual-guitar performances, a crushing bass-and-drum tandem, and a vocalist whose growls are lower than ocean trenches.

Nov 142017


I’m going to cut to the chase: Iperyt’sMindtaker” is indeed a mind-taker. Hugely destructive and hugely addictive, it’s a jet-fast main-lining of unadulterated adrenaline that earns the label this Polish band stamp upon their music: “Satanik Terror Metal”.

Mindtaker” is the 9th track on Iperyt’s new record, The Patchwork Gehinnom. It’s their third album and the first one in six years, and it will be upon us on December 15 through the infernal graces of Pagan Records.

Nov 132017


Almost one full year has passed since my roving eyes were struck motionless by the news that Jonny Pettersson (Wombbath, Just Before DawnAshcloudHenry Kane) and Dave Ingram (EchelonDown Among The Dead Men, ex-Hail Of Bullets/Bolt Thrower/Benediction) had joined forces in a new death metal band named Ursinne.

And now three months have passed since the release of their stupendous debut album, Swim With the Leviathan, through Transcending Obscurity Records. No true devotee of old school death metal should have missed that signal event, but now is a good time for a reminder for those who might have.

The reminder comes in the form of a music video that we’re premiering today for the album’s 10th track, “Something Wicked This Way Comes” — and yes, yes it does.

Nov 132017


There’s a kind of “fuck off” attitude conveyed by the name Pissboiler, a way of saying, this music isn’t your friend. It won’t buy you a beer, give you a hug, or kiss you on the neck. It also made me think the music might be crust or maybe grindcore. I was wrong about that latter guess, but not wrong about the first one.

I might have made a better guess about their new album, In the Lair of Lucid Nightmares, if I’d listened to this Swedish trio’s 2015 demo, but still not a completely accurate one, because there’ve been some changes in their sound since then. A better clue would have come from the 26-minute side of Pissboiler’s split release this year with Develkuth, a track aptly named “Monolith of Depression” (available here), but even that wouldn’t have been a complete forecast of the amalgam of funeral doom, drone, and sludge that lies in wait on the new album.

We have part of what lies in wait today, a track named “Cutters“, which will disturb your days between now and the album’s release on December 25 by Third I Rex. Christmas Day. These dudes clearly have a gallows sense of humor.

Nov 102017


In late September I learned of the first advance track from the album we’re about to premiere from starkweather, and still smile over his description of the music, which jammed together three references in saying it has “the Cult of NeurIsis sound”, though with even more unhinged vocals. But the music isn’t the kind that makes one smile, no matter how much you respect the band’s relentless dedication to their vision and their powerful skill in making it such an apocalyptic reality.

The album is This Fall Shall Cease, and it’s the debut full-length by the Belgian doom/sludge band Lethvm. We’re presenting a full album stream in advance of its November 24 release by Deadlight and a consortium of other labels.

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