Jun 102019


As you make your way through the new album by Nocturnal Breed, you might get flash after flash of past glories — memory bursts of Nuclear Assault and Accept, of vintage Metallica and Megadeth, of Celtic Frost and Black Sabbath, of Motörhead and Venom, of King Diamond and Iron Maiden. It’s as much a matter of spirit as of sound, the feeling of fire in the blood and steel in the hand, a dedication to metal domination that won’t be diverted or denied. The music rips and rages, and revels.

Of course there’s a difference between trying to clone the music of legendary bands such as those mentioned above and revealing the influences because it’s what you love, because it’s part of your DNA and thus works its way naturally into what you do, without calculation. That’s the feeling of this new record, We Only Came For the Violence, the sixth full-length by this Norwegian speed metal cult in a career that goes back to the mid-’90s. This is a hell-thrasher’s record, but one in which the backbone of thrash is fleshed out in other ways that channel the band-members’ inspirations and interests. The result is a record packed with killer riffs, razor-sharp rhythm-section work, and vocals that send chills down the spine.

It’s also the kind of dynamic experience that gives every song its own character, and we’ve got a prime example of that in the contrast between the first song revealed from the album and the one we’re premiering today. Continue reading »

Jun 092019


Abigorum began as the solo project of Russian musician Aleksey Korolyov, who is also the owner of Satanath Records. Operating on his own, and drawing upon traditions of doom, black metal, and dark ambient music, he recorded a sequence of releases that included a collaboration with Cryostasium (2016’s Unholy Ghost Liturgy) and a split with Striborg (2018’s Spectral Shadows). Since then he has expanded the line-up of Abigorum with the addition of two German musicians — guitarist/vocalist Tino Thiele (from Wulfgar and Metamorph) and bassist Sandra Batsch — and together they have completed a debut album named Exaltatus Mechanism.

The album, whose lyrics are in German, “tells the story of the fascination of the black and grey side of evil, the ridicule of vices and hatred for people who are accustomed to a normal life and do not understand that everything around them is just an illusion, and that they are slaves”. The album will be jointly released on June 14th by Satanath Records and the U.S. label Death Portal Studio, and what we have for you today is the second advance track from the album released so far — “Über Dich” (over you or above you). Continue reading »

Jun 072019


Lauxnos, the Russian atmospheric post-metal band who took their name from an old Prussian word that refers to the stars, the moon, and the dawn, have built a conceptual story line over the course of three albums that tells of escape from the hardships of daily life and immersion in the mysteries of dark ocean waters where peace might be found, but where raging storms also threaten a different kind of oblivion.

The third of those albums, Crushed By Waves, will be jointly released on June 11th by Symbol of Domination (a sub-label of Satanath Records) and The Ritual Productions. Today we present the debut of the album’s title track, which, like Poseidon’s domain itself, is immersive and multi-faceted. Continue reading »

Jun 072019


Treading Water is the new album by the Milwaukee grindcore duo LIFES. It includes 18 tracks, which range from 17 seconds to a high of 3:27. Half of them will maul your mind in less than a minute. “Tragic Procession“, the song we’re premiering today, is one of those.

So let’s do this a bit differently from usual. Rather than read about the band, the album, and our impressions of this track first — which might take longer than the song itself — just listen: Continue reading »

Jun 062019


We present the vast majority of our numerous premieres in advance of the records’ release dates. To the extent there is any net benefit to premieres (a subject about which there is debate in the minds of some labels), the logic seems to be that they help create anticipation, and contribute to building “presence of mind” about the release among potential consumers as the days roll forward to the specified moment on the calendar. Yet there is something to be said for springing a premiere full-blown on a record’s release date: If you like what you hear, you can grab it for your very own without delay. And that’s what we’re doing now.

What you’re about to hear is the debut release of a Minneapolis trio named Hurter. Entitled It Will Always Come Back, it’s a 10-track, 18 1/2-minute assault on the senses that in the band’s own formulation crashes together ingredients from grind, black metal, noise rock, and hardcore. On the whole, it is an expression of harrowing emotional intensity, like tortured rioters taking hammers to the familiar storefront windows in your mind, bent on leaving them as ruined as they feel. Continue reading »

Jun 052019


Located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, the black/death metal extremists Torture Ascendancy 1307 first came together in 2011, formed by vocalist Chrisom Infernium (also a member of Veilburner and Pyrrhic Salvation), drummer Isaiah (ex-Human Repugnance), bassist Jasin (ex-Tenth Circle), and guitarists Don and Tj. Although the quintet have made their mark in many live performances, sharing stages with such groups as Soulfly, Immortal Bird, Mortician, Vital Remains, and Krieg, they have only now reached the point of releasing their first recording. Entitled D.E.M.O.S., it’s a seven-track debut that will be released on July 17th. From this first demo, today we’re premiering the opening track, “Amon Morgue Matrix“.

As the title of the song may suggest, Chrisom Infernium has crafted lyrical themes for D.E.M.O.S. that derive from occult subjects such as Gnosticism and Jewish Kabbalah, and other topics relating to theosophy and philosophy, as well as tie-ins to the Veilburner universe. With respect to the song we’re presenting  today, both the lyrics and the music (the band tell us) are intended to “work on many levels and interpretations of mysticism, specifically ‘the four worlds’ to allow the listener to perceive the lyrics in a way that resonates to them”. Continue reading »

Jun 052019


On July 5th Transcending Obscurity Records will release the second album by the Spanish death/doom band Hex, the defiant title of which is God Has No Name, and today we present the premiere of the album’s second advance track, “All Those Lies That Dwells…

As you’ll discover from the song we’re bringing you today, as well as from the previously released opening song on the album (“Thy Kingdom Gone“), the musical approach of Hex is different from many bands who have been branded with the death/doom label. Rather than craggy, lumbering, and crushing, the music of Hex tends to be more animated, more exotic, and more surprising. This new song, for example, is downright ferocious, though the gloom of doom does rear its head, albeit in unexpected ways. Continue reading »

Jun 042019


This past February the North Carolina-based trio Oculum Dei released their debut album, Dreams of Desire and Torment, which delivered an unholy and eclectic mix of black and death metal that dynamically ranged from passages of haunting darkness to explosions of wrenching chaos. Today we present an official video for a track off the album that itself encapsulates much of the band’s musical range, a song named “Ghost In the Corridors“. which proves to be an intensely disturbing but very hard-to-forget experience.

The song begins with a moody and beguiling guitar and bass instrumental that seems to be a seductive invitation, but even then there are hints of deeper darkness to come. When the pounding drums and scalding vocals come in, soon joined by a cruel, boiling riff, the music begins to swell in power, soon shrouding the senses in an atmosphere that’s both venomous and dismal, both seething and desolate. Continue reading »

Jun 042019


If the (often fractious) community of metal were a nation, Rogga Johansson would be rightly regarded as a national treasure. The Bard of Gamleby has left his mark through a host of bands and personal projects extending back into the golden ’90s, too numerous to count even if you used all your fingers and toes. Attempting to group all of them under the unitary banner of “Swedish death metal” is tempting (because he is Swedish and does mainly indulge in death metal), but the permutations in sound and style can evade the genre characterizations that usually spring to mind when seeing that label.

Of all the many endeavors to which his name has been attached, only one actually bears his name, and now Rogga Johansson (the band) has a new album on the horizon. Entitled Entrance to the Otherwhere, it will be released on July 19th by Transcending Obscurity Records. We had the pleasure of premiering a song from the first Rogga Johnasson album, 2017’s Garpedans (which was conceptually connected to the last Demiurg album), and now we have the opportunity to premiere a song from the new one. But before we get to it, how ’bout that fucking cover art?!? Continue reading »

Jun 042019


Following a trio of short releases that have been highly regarded in the death metal underground, the Mexican band Infernal Conjuration have at last created a debut full-length now set for CD and vinyl release on June 7th by no less than Iron Bonehead Productions, whose attention to the album should be enough reason for you to dive all the way in. Little wonder that a label with such a proven track record would embrace Infernale Metallum Mortis, because the album is, in a word, spectacular.

We are fiendishly delighted to present a full stream of the album today, and it is indeed overflowing with fiendish delights. Feel free to skip right down to the bottom of this post and launch the player (after first taking some giant gulps of air), but if you’d like a further preview of what lies ahead, read on…. Continue reading »