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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Austria's DEATHSTORM premiere new track at

Today, Austrian deathrashers Deathstorm premiere the new track "Human Individual Metamorphosis" at heavily trafficked web-portal The track hails from the band's highly anticipated fourth album, For Dread Shall Reign, set for international release on July 31st via Dying Victims ProductionsHear Deathstorm's "Human Individual Metamorphosis" in its entirety exclusively HERE.

A veritable institution by now, Deathstorm have been flying the flag of hate for a decade now, releasing albums on such well-regarded labels as I Hate and High Roller. Deathstorm delivered a swift ‘n’ sweet EP for Dying Victims titled The Gallows in 2015, and now the power-trio return to the label for their most intense and varied recording yet, For Dread Shall Reign.

Without doubt, the spectre of classic Kreator looms large over Deathstorm still - and why should it not, when you’re doing deathtrash this devastating? – but with For Dread Shall Reign, the band bring forth a whole host of equally classic contours. From very old Metallica to equally old Slayer on to ‘80s Death and especially Demolition Hammer, Deathstorm here hammer out riffs, riffs, RIFFS! But, unlike so much thrash that haphazardly seeks to simply catalog riffs in disservice of the song, these Austrian veterans thread their enviable arsenal into hard-charging, headbanging juggernauts of immediately memorable metal-mania manna. There’s nothing fancy here, no concessions toward “maturity” or “crossover” or other euphemisms for watering-down their already-heady brew; for Deathstorm, heavy metal is the law, and For Dread Shall Reign honors this noble ideal pairing strong songwriting with a tight ‘n’ brutal production favorably reminiscent of the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. Because Deathstorm aren’t broken – so don’ fix ‘em!

Social criticism, serial killers, cults, anti-religion, war…all this is grist for Deathstorm’s lyrical mill. What they spit out is supreme DEATH-fucking-THRASH of the highest order, because in these troubled times, For Dread Shall Reign!

Continue reigning in dread with the brand-new track "Human Individual Metamorphosis" exclusively HERE, courtesy of Further reign in dread with the previously revealed "Sulphuric Scents" exclusively HERE, courtesy of, as well as the previously revealed "Funereal Depths" exclusively HERE, courtesy of Deaf Forever magazine. Cover and tracklisting are as follows:

Tracklisting for Deathstorm (Austria)'s For Dread Shall Reign
1. Unforgotten Wounds
2. Blades of Delusion
3. Bloodlusted
4. Ripping and Tearing
5. Sulphuric Scents
6. The Mourning / Funereal Depths
7. Toxic Devotion
8. Stygian Black
9. Human Individual Metamorphosis


ROPE SECT premiere new track at

Today, sonic iconoclasts Rope Sect premiere the new track "Lava" at heavily trafficked web-portal The track is a stand-alone digital release, but comes in lieu of the band's highly anticipated debut album, The Great Flood, set for international release on August 12th via Iron Bonehead Productions. HeaRope Sect's "Lava" in its entirety exclusively HERE.

Germany's Rope Sect quietly but auspiciously debuted in 2017 with their first EP, Personae Ingratae, released by Iron Bonehead. While something of a "dark horse" for the label, Rope Sect's disarmingly Spartan style of deathrock soon found fervent followers around the globe, and word-of-mouth momentum built from there. Further proving that there were yet further twists to the trio's idiosyncratic sound, the Proselytes 7" followed later in 2017 for Iron Bonehead. Rope Sect also took the stage thereafter, supporting the esteemed likes of Grave Pleasures and King Dude among others.

With almost graceful ease, Rope Sect deliver their stunning debut album, aptly titled The Great Flood. Indeed, this first full-length floods the listener with a vast array of sounds and textures, paradoxically pulled tighter and in a more monochromatic manner. It is a record of stark contrasts, subtly drawn together: more delicate vs. more driving, more melody vs. more motorik, shimmering atmosphere vs. clanging minimalism, sharp stabs vs. smooth caresses. Each of these ten songs feels like something old - an old song, an old feeling, an old friend - brought back to life and revamped into a ghost of itself, perversely inviting but portending great gloom 'n' doom. And while there might've been trace elements of black metal across Rope Sect's prior short-lengths, here on The Great Flood, that's all excised in favor of simply BLACK - and the boundless colors absorbed (and reconstituted) therein. The sum emphasis is on the SONGS, and these are all anti-anthems worth singing...or not. Rope Sect, now more ever, are existing in their own bleak and brilliantly rarefied world.

And birds of a dark (and rarefied) feather flock together: Mat "Kvohst" McNerney (Hexvessel/Grave Pleasures) contributes lyrics and guest vocals on two tracks. Completed by icy-yet-warm mastering courtesy of Horrendous' Damian Herring, Rope Sect's The Great Flood will for sure be a debut album for the (dark) ages.

Continue the lonely trudge into those dark ages with the special stand-alone track "Lava" exclusively HERE, courtesy of Begin the lonely trudge into those dark ages with a video for the previously revealed The Great Flood track "Hiraeth" HERE at Iron Bonehead's official YouTube channel. Cover and tracklisting are as follows:
Tracklisting for Rope Sect's The Great Flood
1. Divide et Impera
2. Rope of the Just
3. Eleutheria
4. Prison of You
5. The Underground Paradise
6. Hiraeth
7. Flood Flower
8. Non Serviemus
9. Issohadores
10. Dilluvian Darkness


KATAVASIA reveal first track from new FLOGA album - features members of VARATHRON, HAIL SPIRIT NOIR, AENAON, MELAN SELAS, AGNES VEIN

oday, Greek black metal supergroup Katavasia reveal the new track "Chthonic Oracle." The track is the first to be revealed from the band's highly anticipated second album, Magnus Venator, set for international release on September 4th via Floga Records. Hear Katavasia's "Chthonic Oracle" in its entirety HERE at the band's official YouTube channel.

Katavasia is a Greek black metal band formed in 2014 by members of well-known Greek metal acts such as Varathron, Hail Spirit Noir, Aenaon, Melan Selas, and Agnes Vein. The goal of the alliance was to compose and perform Greek black metal at its finest.

In 2015, Katavasia released their debut album, Sacrilegious Testament, which was highly praised by both media and fans for its dedication to the original Greek BM sound but at the same time offering originality. A 7" EP titled Daemonic Offering followed in 2017 to prove, once again, the band's aptitude and hunger for more devilish riffs and engrossing atmosphere.

At long last, Katavasia return with their sophomore album, Magnus Venator. Translated into English as "The Great Hunter," indeed does Magnus Venator provide fuel for a frenzy of utterly classic Hellenic black metal, done by the originals (Varathron's Stefan Necroabyssious is again on vocals) and their reverent acolytes alike. Together, Katavasia are in their mightiest form here, offering a nine-track/42-minute experience that's equal parts triumph and tragedy, bloodlust and bathos: in short, everything that's so enveloping and eternal about the early '90s Greek black metal wave, but given a refreshingly epic twist. Further underlining those roots, George Emmanuel (Lucifer's Child, ex-Rotting Christ) contributes a guest guitar solo on "Hordes of Oblivion."

Wrathful riffing, bombastic drumming, tons of classic heavy metal influences, and the trademark demonic screams of Stefan Necroabyssious - Katavasia have delivered a new "old' classic with Magnus Venator!

Hear for yourself with the brand-new track "Chthonic Oracle" HERE at Katavasia's official YouTube channel. Preorder info to be revealed shortly. Cover and tracklisting are as follows:

Tracklisting for Katavasia's Magnus Venator
1. Daughters Of Darkness
2. The Tyrant
3. Blood Be My Crown
4. Chthonic Oracle
5. Saturnalia Magnus Cult
6. Triumphant Fate
7. Sinistral Covenant
8. Hordes Of Oblivion
9. Babylon (Sammu-Rawat)


Monday, July 6, 2020

ALEYNMORD set release date for AOP RECORDS debut - reveal first video, cover art, tracklisting

[C. Nihil - vocals/bass]

Today, AOP Records sets August 28th as the international release date for Aleynmord’s striking debut album, The Blinding Light, on CD and vinyl LP formats. In lieu of this news, a brand-new video for the track "Wounded Monolith" has been revealed HERE at AOP Records' official YouTube channel. See & hear Aleynmord’s "Wounded Monolith" video in its entirety HERE.

One of the most powerful things about the landscape of Oregon is the Columbia Gorge: enveloped on both sides by two major mountains, barred from each other by a mighty river and a vast expanse of virtually overgrown wilderness. Finding solace from this landscape away from the metropolitan world, Aleynmord set out to explain the many different feelings one can experience in a self-imposed isolation.

[JS - guitar]
With a range of vocals from a shrill cry, yells, cleans, and even Americana-esque whistles enshrouded by a fog of thick guitars and a walking bass, The Blinding Light is a concise collection of tracks which convey this powerful emotion that can only be attempted to describe. Across its four-song/36-minute runtime, peaks of concentrated musicianship are then cut apart by various valleys of acoustic works resembling Death in June nostalgia and forest worship, culminating in a crescendo of domineering solos. The duo of Aleynmord know no boundaries in their enigmatic expression.
A contrast of pain and beauty, Aleynmord makes use of every way to describe the emotional poetry of isolation in the wilderness. What results is a plaintive, poignant journey ably bearing the title The Blinding Light, and beautifully adorned with cover art courtesy of the esteemed Jef Whitehead (Leviathan, Lurker of Chalice).
In the meantime, see & hear the brand-new video for "Wounded Monolith" HERE at AOP Records' official YouTube channel. Aforementioned cover art and tracklisting are as follows:

Tracklisting for Aleynmord's The Blinding Light
1. Spores of Possession [8:01]
2. Wounded Monolith [10:22]
3. The Blinding Light [6:08]
4. Poetry of Marrow and Rot [10:55]