Monday, April 29, 2013

Lachryma Christi's playlist for the week

After a very busy weekend, time to share with you the playlist for this week:

Burzum - Filosofem
Thaw - Thaw
Nahar - The Strange Inconvenience
Furia - W melancholii
Arcturus - Aspera Hiems Symfonia
Tartaros - The Grand Psychotic Castle
Hecate Enthroned - The Slaughter of Innocence: A Requiem for the Mighty
Fen - Dustwalker
Demonic Slaughter - Downfall
Marduk - Panzer Division Marduk

Gig: Arcturus @ o2 Islington Academy in London, UK on the 13th December 2013

Arcturus will be playing in London after 8 long years. Yeah that's true, so come one, join the party, surely it will be an amazing gig! And don't worry, Lachryma Christi will remind you of it many times more, until the big day comes. In the meanwhile, feel free to spread the word!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

News: Aborym

Italian Industrial Black Metal band Aborym will release a new album called Dirty on the 28th of May through Agonia Records, as you know.
The band just made available a track from the new album, which is a cover of Hallowed Be Thy Name (originally by Iron Maiden). You can listen to it here:

The band has also made available the second video teaser for the album Dirty, here:

Dirty is now available for retail pre-orders in all formats at:

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Saturday, April 27, 2013

News: Arckanum

Swedish Black Metal band Arckanum will be releasing a new album called Fenris Kindir in May through Season of Mist, as you know, and they just made available two new songs from the same, called Dolgrinn and Hatarnir.

You can stream Dolgrinn here:

and Hatarnir here:

Fenris Kindir tracklist:

01. Fenris Kindir Grúa 

02. Tungls Tjúgari 
03. Dólgrinn 
04. Hatarnir 
05. Hamrami 
06. Fenris Gangr 
07. Vargøld 
08. Angrboða 
09. Úskepna 
10. Spell 
11. Sólbøls Sigr
12. Lycanthropia [Necromantia cover, bonus track on digital and LP editions]

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News: Cadaveria

Goth/Black Metal band Cadaveria from Italy will be releasing a special edition of the album Horror Metal (which was originally released in 2012 and was a huge success) on the 7th of May and it will feature two bonus tracks: Whispers Of Sin (Ancestral Remix) and Hypnotic Psychosis (Chaotic Remix).

Horror Metal – Undead Edition tracklist:

01. Flowers In Fire
02. The Night’s Theatre
03. Death Vision
04. Whispers Of Sin
05. Assassin
06. The Days Of The After And Behind
07. Apocalypse
08. The Oracle (Of The Fog)
09. Requiem
10. This Is Not The Silence
11. Hypnotic Psychosis
12. Whispers Of Sin (Ancestral Remix)
13. Hypnotic Psychosis (Chaotic Remix)

You can pre-order it here:

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Review: Asofy's upcoming album "Percezione"

Italian Doom/Black Metal band Asofy will be releasing a new album on the 30th of April through Avantgarde Music called Percezione.
Thankfully we don't hear the voice a lot, because it really doesn't match anything here. The music is simply amazing, full of ambient and atmosphere, really good stuff, slow, relaxed, very post Black Metalish. But the voice is just indescribable. Very weird almost like just yelling at times and not doing any effort to follow the music.
Anyway, if you can be put up with that, then just go for it.
The album has only four tracks but making a total time of 48 minutes, since as like any other Doom Metal band the songs here are longer than 10 minutes, each of them.
Musically it could really be great, as all instruments are perfectly played and there are really catchy and memorable riffs and melodies at times, but need some more originality and less obvious and predictable stuff.
This may be the shortest review ever done by Lachryma Christi but seriously there is not much more to say.

Review: Progenie Terrestre Pura's upcoming album "U.M.A."

U.M.A. (Uomini, Macchine, Anime) is the new album of the Atmospheric Black Metal band from Italy, Progenie Terrestre Pura - q[T]p - which will be released in the 30th of April through Avantgarde Music.
The band formed in 2009 and this is their debut album.
The album has five tracks and is a very different thing, mixing Black Metal with Atmospheric sounds and progressive techniques.
The voice is not heard all the time, but when it is, it is really good, really strong and tortured, really very intense and deep.
This is not a random Black Metal album, it is really peculiar, has really different sounds touching the electronic at times. It sounds more like a Post Black Metal band mostly of the times. So if you are a fan of this "new" Black Metal wave you are just three days away from an amazing release that will not disappoint you for sure. It is really depressive at times, really introspective and melancholic. A good journey though.
Great ambient sounds and also noises, very calm and relaxed and feeling almost like a different dimension. Very "spacy" thing, all those blip blip sounds that make you feel as if you were really in a spaceship travelling to somewhere unknown. Again, good journey.

Review: Aborym's upcoming album "Dirty"

Italian Industrial Black Metal band Aborym will be releasing a new album through Agonia Records on the 28t of May. The album is called Dirty.
It contains two CDs. The first one consists of new material. The second one consists of re-releases, covers and a previously unreleased track performed by a host of guest-musicians along with fans of the band. This second CD will be available only on digipack, double gatefold LP and prior to release date only via Agonia Records on-line services.
Aborym are one of the most respected and acclaimed Industrial Black Metal bands, also a pioneer. This album is very awaited by the fans and surely they won't be disappointed as it is in fact a masterpiece. We all have been waiting for this album for three years now, and it is worth the wait.
The album combines the best of the Black Metal with the best of Industrial Metal. There is a very well done mix of these two styles.
Dirty offers you an splendid journey. It is really magnificent, superb, one can only find good words to describe it. It is weird, that is true, but once you start listening to it you get really hooked.
So to describe a bit more in detail what you can hear in Dirty, Lachryma Christi can tell you will be able to find lots of amazing details, an amazing combination of Black Metal riffs with Industrial and sometimes electronic sounds. The keyboards are simply amazing made of old school musical scales and really majestic and symphonic sounds and melodies such as the ones played with piano sound.
The voice is exceptional, there is the proper throaty Black Metal voice, and the clean voice, really touching and polished, so catchy and strong.
Everything is so full, so filled up with details and little changes and pieces that make you think how brainy all the compositions are, how clever, how special.

Review: Svartsyn's upcoming album "Black Testament"

As many of you surely know, Swedish Black Metal band Svartsyn will be releasing a new album called Black Testament on the 28th of May, through Agonia Records. 
Svartsyn are quite a respected and well known band, and this album is not much different from what Svartsyn usually present us with.
It is a very good Black Metal, they really work well, they really are good and they really know what they are doing, but this album doesn't have much to offer in terms of new and different stuff.
Black Testament is the typical Black Metal album, with the perfect blast beats, fast rhythms, fast and very well played guitar riffs, typical voice. If you are into this kind of Black Metal, you will love this album, it has the proper expected moves and sounds and changes that typical Black Metal does. If you are looking for something new you will not find it here.
There is nothing of catchy about Black Testament, but a very furious set that is what any Black Metal fan would expect at first.
Black Testament has eight tracks, all of them following the same line, so whenever you start listening to the album you have an idea of how it is going to end, easy to say if you like it or hate it from the beginning. 
Always important to add that the sound quality is really good, really easy to understand everything.

Review: Nahar's recent album "The Strange Inconvenience"

French Doom/Black Metal band Nahar released a few days ago through Avantgarde Music a new album called The Strange Inconvenience. It is a very strange album and even spooky at times with very scary voices and whispers. 
The album has six tracks, all of them very atmospheric and haunting, really making you feel goosebumps at times. 
The Strange Inconvenience really is a mix of Black Metal and Doom Metal. It is really heavy and fast but at parts really doomy, really slow and even more heavy with a very dragged voice which seems to be a tortured voice full of pain, and really powerful tracks. Still, there is something more than that in this album, as it is really beautiful with very melodic riffs that keep playing in your head forever. Really emotive, intense, majestic stuff.
Just some breaks in the middle of some tracks make you get out of the trance and wake up and then it becomes hard to get into it again. It is really the only negative point in the album.
There are acoustic very interesting parts in almost every song, it is very hard to chose a remarkable song as they are not very different from each other, the whole album keeps the same line.
It is good, even if you don't know the band or the album, maybe go for it, give it a go. It's strange but good.

Review: THAW's debut album "THAW"

Polish Experimental Black Metal band THAW just released few days ago their debut album called THAW through Avantgarde Music.
Well, Lachryma Christi has to confess that this is an AWESOME album, even though the expectations were not that high as "experimental" always makes one think "spooky, let's see". But this is really really good. Album has seven tracks, and it is a strange one, but really good. Let's say, it has a good dose of Experimentalism but not the noisy kind. Well, there is the noise, there has to be in the experimental music always, the healthy noise, the hugely distorted sounds and repetitive riffs and rhythms, but it is not the kind of thing that after a couple of songs makes you think "really can't listen to this anymore". The songs are good, the initiative is good, everything is very welcome to the ears and very pleasant to hear, to make it redundant on purpose so everyone gets it. Unexpected things happen and appear through the album, but they are pleasant surprises.
However, this is not only experimental, there is also of course the proper Black Metal side of the thing, which is also very good, let's say the vocals has an amazing voice, really perfect in every way in every song. Really nice release for a debut album of a band many of you maybe have never heard of before, unless you are Polish as in their country they are a respected and also well known band already. 
After so many compliments, maybe you will think this is an exaggeration of a review, but it is not. If you don't believe it, get the album and listen to it yourself.

News: Massemord

You can now stream the new album of Massemord called A Life-giving Power of Devastation that just came out through Pagan Records on the 12th of April on the following link:,massemord---a-life-giving-power-of-devastation,687.html

Please find a review by Lachryma Christi for the same here:

A Life-giving Power of Devastation tracklist:

01. A Devastation Giving Power of Life
02. The Deity of Ferocity
03. Towards Divine Anticlimax
04. Trophy of Wasted Breath
05. Piercing Ailing Heart of Humanity
06. We All Shall Die Miserable Death
07. A Horror To Come
08. The Stoning Malignant
09. Water of Life

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Review: Vreid gig in London (UK) @ Barfly (4th April 2013)

Lachryma Christi went recenlty to see Vreid at the Barfly in London (UK). For technical reasons there are no pictures on this review as there won't be pictures on the review of Endstille gig, unless you readers had taken some and want to see them posted here. 
Vreid were being supported by In Vain and Solefald, all Norwegian bands. 
Just to make clear that In Vain and Solefald have not gone unnoticed, even though the main focus of this post  is Vreid, Lachryma Christi would like to add in short words that In Vain were really nice to see live, very lively, catchy songs, old stuff and new stuff, everything very pleasant to hear even if you are not a fan, nice melodies, and sound was really good not noisy or confusing or anything like that. Solefald were even more lively than In Vain, completely different kind of thing, even "funny", but seemed to be a bit out of place compared to In Vain and Vreid styles, even though many people were there on purpose to see Solefald only really. 
Vreid were really good, much better than the previous gig in the end of 2012 at the Underworld in Camden, even though that gig was remarkable as it was a really special one. There was now at the Barfly a better choice of songs, the band seemed to be more solid and sober and strong. Maybe Welcome Farewell is actually one of the best albums to see played live, it works really well! It was really one of the best gigs Lachryma Christi has seen in the last times, very cheerful, full of good moments, just felt a bit short. When they finished playing it felt like it was just too soon and a too short gig. The only negative thing about this gig, which has nothing to do with the band performance, is that it was on a weekday, which was the reason why the venue wasn't packed maybe. Barfly is not a bad venue, it's easy to get there, so this is the only reason to justify why there were not more people to see Vreid, as they are a really good band, a gig of Vreid is always a very rocky and heavy and powerful one, and they had had much more public in other gigs before in London. 
Well, to make a summary, Lachryma Christi brought good memories and thoughts home in the end of the night. Good times!

As said before, if you want to see your pics (or even videos) of this gig posted here, just send an e-mail to 

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

News: The book "Black Metal: Evolution of the Cult" by Dayal Patterson is available to pre-order at Amazon

So yeah, there is a new book about Black Metal coming out. It is called Black Metal: Evolution of the Cult and the author is Dayal Patterson, best known best known as a writer/photographer for Metal Hammer UK, and who has also contributed to Record Collector and Terrorizer. 
Black Metal: Evolution of the Cult will finally see the light in November 2013, and you can already pre-order it at Amazon, on the following link:

The book has 600 pages (yes, 600), and it will be published by Feral House.

The level of detail in Black Metal: Evolution of the Cult is just impressive, and it also includes plenty of images, some of them previously unreleased.

You will be able to read about bands like:
Venom, Mercyful Fate, Bathory, Hellhammer, Celtic Frost, Sodom, Slayer, Kreator, Destruction, Vulcano, Sarcofago, Blasphemy, Samael, Rotting Christ, Necromantia, VON, Tormentor, Master’s Hammer, Beherit, Mayhem, Vomit, Thorns, Darkthrone, Burzum, Thou Shalt Suffer and Emperor, Gehenna, Gorgoroth, Trelldom, Cradle of Filth, Dimmu Borgir, Mütiilation, Vlad Tepes, Belketre and the Black Legions, Dissection, Watain, Marduk and Funeral Mist, Shining, Graveland, Infernum, Behemoth, Enslaved, Satryricon, Isengard/Storm, Ulver, Windir, Negura Bunget, Hades, Primordial, Arcturus, Manes, In the Woods..., Ved Buens Ende, Fleurety, Sigh, Dødheimsgard, Mysticum, Aborym, Blacklodge, Amesoeurs/Alcest, Fen, Wolves in the Throne Room, Lifelover

And there will also be interviews with:
Adam ‘Nergal’ Darski (Behemoth)
Alan ‘AA Nemtheanga’ Averill (Primordial)
Attila Csihar (Mayhem / Tormentor)
Benny ‘Cerastes’ (Mysticum)
Christophe Szpajdel (Designer for Emperor, Graveland etc)
Conrad ‘Cronos’ Lant (Venom)
Dani Filth (Cradle Of Filth)
Edmond ‘Hupogrammos’ Karban (Negura Bunget)
Eirik ‘Pytten’ Hundvin (Producer for Emperor, Gorgoroth, Mayhem)
Fabban ‘Malfeitor’ (Aborym)
Frank ‘The Watcher’ Allain (Fen)
František Štorm (Master’s Hammer)
George ‘Magus Daoloth’ Zacharopoulos (Rotting Christ / Necromantia)
Gerald ‘Black Winds’ (Blasphemy)
Greg ‘Damien’ Moffit (Cradle Of Filth)
Gylve ‘Fenriz’ Nagell (Darkthrone / Dødheimsgard / Isengard / Storm)
Hans ‘Mortuus’ Rostén (Marduk / Funeral Mist)
Håvard ‘Mortiis’ Ellefsen(Emperor)
Ian ‘Tjodalv’ Åkesson (Dimmu Borgir)
Ivar Bjørnson (Enslaved)
Jarle ‘Hvall’ Kvåle (Windir / Vreid)
Jason ‘Venien’ Ventura (VON)
Jon ‘Metallion’ Kristiansen (Slayer Mag / Head Not Found Records)
Jonas ‘B’ Bergqvist (Lifelover)
Jonas Åkerlund (Bathory)
Jørn ‘Necrobutcher’ Stubberud (Mayhem / Kvikksølvguttene)
Jorn Tunsberg (Old Funeral / Immortal / Hades)
Kai ‘Trym’ Mosaker (Emperor / Enslaved)
Kim ‘( )’ Carlsson(Lifelover)
Kim ‘King Diamond’ Petersen (Mercyful Fate)
Kjetil ‘Manheim’ (Mayhem)
Kjetil Grutle (Enslaved)
Kristian ‘Gaahl’ Espedal (Trelldom / Gorgoroth / Gaahlskag)
Kristoffer ‘Garm’ Rygg (Arcturus / Ulver)
Lee Barrett (Candlelight Records)
Marko ‘Holocausto’ Laiho (Beherit)
Michael ‘Vorph’ Locher (Samael)
Mikko Aspa (Clandestine Blaze)
Mirai Kawashima (Sigh)
Morgan ‘Evil’ Hakkansson (Marduk / Abruptum)
Niklas Kvarforth (Shining)
Ole ‘Apollyon’ Moe (Aura Noir / Dødheimsgard / Immortal)
Paul Ryan (Cradle Of Filth)
Peter Tagtgren (Producer for Dimmu Borgir, Marduk)
Preben ‘Prime Evil’ (Mysticum, Aborym)
Rob ‘Darken’ Fudali (Graveland / Infernum)
Robin ‘Graves’ Eaglestone (Cradle Of Filth)
Robin ‘Mean’ Malmberg (Mysticum)
Roger ‘Infernus’ Tiegs (Gorgoroth / Borknagar)
Rune ‘Blasphemer’ Eriksen (Mayhem / Aura Noir)
Saint Vincent (Blacklodge)
Sakis Tolis (Rotting Christ)
Shawn ‘Goat’ Calizo (VON)
Simen ‘ICS Vortex’ Hestnæs (Arcturus / Dimmu Borgir)
Snorre Ruch (Stigma Diabolicum / Thorns / Mayhem)
Steffen ‘Dolgar’ Simestad (Gehenna)
Svein Egil Hatlevik (Fleurety / Dødheimsgard)
Sven ‘Silenoz’ Kopperud (Dimmu Borgir)
Sven-Erik ‘Maniac’ Kristiansen (Mayhem)
Terje ‘Tchort’ Vik Schei (Emperor / Carpathian Forest)
Thomas ‘Pest’ Kronenes (Gorgoroth)
Tom ‘King’ Visnes (Gorgoroth / Ov Hell)
Tom ‘Warrior’ Fischer (Hellhammer / Celtic Frost)
Tomas ‘Samoth’ Haugen (Thou Shalt Suffer / Emperor)
Tor-Helge ‘Cernunnus’ Skei (Manes)
Vegard ‘Ihsahn’ Tveiten (Emperor / Thou Shalt Suffer)
Ville ‘Shatraug’ Pystynen (Horna / Behexen)
Willy ‘Meyhna'ch’ Rousell (Mutiilation)
Yusaf ‘Vicotnik’ Parvez (Dødheimsgard)
Zhema Rodero (Vulcano)

You can find more information about Black Metal: Evolution of the Cult here:

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Lachryma Christi's playlist for the week

Ok, here we go, another playlist:

Demonic Slaughter - Downfall
Furia - W melancholii 
Massemord - A Life-giving Power of Devastation
Marduk - Serpent Sermon
Riul Doamnei - A Christmas Carol
Wrong - Memories of Sorrow
Tsjuder - Desert Northern Hell
Vreid - Forever Farewell
Cradle of Filth - Cruelty and the Beast
Dimmu Borgir - Stormblåst

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Review: Massemord's new release "A Life-giving Power of Devastation"

Massemord are a Black Metal band from Poland formed in 2000. A week ago they just released a new album called A Life-giving Power of Devastation, through Pagan Records.
This is not a traditional blast beat Black Metal thing release, it has much more variety than that. The album has 9 tracks, all very different of each other, but belonging to the same universe, it it makes sense. You recognize the music as being part of a whole, but they all have their individuality. 
All songs are quite Black Metal but with a touch of doom at times, and there is also a lot of anger and aggressiveness in the voice, even drama at times. Everything sounds very great, majestic even, really strong stuff. Not the emotional kind, but the powerful kind. Just not very musical, more experimental than musical in fact.
This has been one of the hardest reviews to do, because it is all so full of varied things coming from everywhere, that makes you feel kinda punched by so many details, it is actually hard to just define it, to describe it in words.
If you just listen to it, it ends, and it plays again, and it ends and it plays again and you feel like a hurricane has passed and you need to sit and think what was it all about. In a good way. In fact, that feeling matches the title of the album!
Give it a go, you will probably like it.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Review: Furia's latest mini-album "W melancholii"

Polish Black Metal band released in March a new album called W melancholii through Pagan Records. It is a mini-album as it consists in two songs. All together makes around 18 minutes.
It is very special, very introspective, very atmospheric and doom. You can even hear accordion at parts, which gives an even more special touch to it all. It is very relaxing, almost post Black Metal in fact, if we can put it that way.
Both songs are very "Furia style", if you know their previous releases. But W melancholii is so sober and at the same time so experimental, it's hard to come to one only word about it. It is very groovy, very modern, which is a weird word to use. Very obscure as well.
If you heard their previous stuff, you can expect this to be automatically recognizable as Furia, but very special and different, not as fast or furious or heavy as for example the previous album called Marzannie, Królowej Polski.
The only negative point about W melancholii: It will not cheer you up if you are down, or make you have happy thoughts if you are depressed. It will make you think deeply about what you are going through instead, so chose the best time to listen to it, but definitely do it.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Review: Demonic Slaughter's latest album "Downfall"

Polish Black Metal band Demonic Slaughter released a few days ago a new album called Downfall through Pagan Records.
The album has 8 tracks, all of them very traditional as Black Metal music. It is raw, but not the raw a.k.a. of really bad quality. This has very good quality indeed, but doesn't have any extras to make it "pretty". It is what it is and it is good for that.
There is a song which is really very catchy and melodic, which is the fifth track, called Martwa cisza. Very touching melody in fact.
All the release is very similar to what was being done in the 90's. At times it is not only aggressive and fast and furious, but also depressing and cavernous. Not a bad thing, on the opposite, makes the whole album very intense and emotional.
If you like the proper Black Metal music, very traditional and inspired in the old stuff, you should definitely listen to this. There is no female voice, there are no keyboards, there is melody, catchy riffs, fast drums, not the exaggerated ultra fast rhythms and imperceptible guitars in very high pitched tones that makes you think: what the hell is this?
So yes, this is a good album, brings good memories from old Black Metal, such is the resemblance, and also brings hope for the future.

Review: Control Human Delete's upcoming album "The Prime Mover"

Dutch Industrial Black Metal band Control Human Delete are releasing a new album called The Prime Mover on the 6th of May, through Code666. This will be the second album of the band and it contains 7 tracks.
This album has been labeled as post Black Metal but for Lachryma Christi there is not much of post in there. it is properly Black Metal, with a great touch of industrial and electronic sounds. Sometimes it gets noisy, but it's a healthy noise, it's not something that bothers you, it is something that completes the songs, it's part of it and actually fits very well.
Guitars distortion couldn't sound better, it is really full and strong. 
Every song is replete of details, very interesting ones in fact. When you are listening to the album you really can notice all the little things that make the whole sound, it is really very complete.
There are two songs that are a bit different from the rest of the album, One of them is called Shapeshifting and is a lot more electronic and industrial than the others. The other one is the following track, called Earth-like Behavior, which is all more doomish and heavy. 
However, all songs have atmospheric elements, it is a very intense album, very good really. Not catchy but powerful and very emotional.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

News: Aeternus

Black Metal band from Norway Aeternus just announced that Frode Kilvik, bassist of Krakow, who had recently played with the band at Inferno Metal Festival in Norway, will be their full time bassist.
For those who don't know, Aeternus formed in 1993 in Norway and just released a new album called ...and the Seventh His Soul Detesteth. 
You can find a review to the same here:

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Review: Natblot's demo "Fredløs"

Sadly, only now it is possible to publish this review. Some time ago, Lachryma Christi was contacted by Natblot, regarding their demo called Fredløs, released last year.
Natblot is a one member Black Metal band from Denmark formed in 2005. 
It's hard to believe that such a good project is only now coming out. It is really good, proper Black Metal old school in everything, literally. Fast and melodic guitar riffs, very groovy at times, fast and heavy drums, perfect dragged voice, bassy stuff at times, really really nice.
The demo Fredløs contains three tracks, all of them very engaging, the kind of music that keeps playing in your head after you stop listening to it.
You can find many influences of old bands in there, some Burzum, also some Bathory, it is a really good work, everyone should give a listen to it.
Everything is on the right place at the right time. It's not an imitation of anything, it's not boring, it is really good and pleasant to hear. 
Hopefully Natblot will bring us more good music in the (near) future.
You can find two of the songs of the demo on the band's myspace (, so don't be shy and go for it!

Fredløs tracklist:

01. (Dødsvals) Væk fra lyset
02. Fjendsk
03. Fredløs

Monday, April 15, 2013

Lachryma Christi's playlist for the week

And because it is Monday, here is another playlist:

Death - The Sound of Perseverance
Covenant - Nexus Polaris
Koldbrann - Vertigo
Ragnarok - Malediction
Ghost - Infestissumam
Fen - Dustwalker
Vreid - Welcome Farewell
Cradle of Filth - The Principle of Evil Made Flesh
Endstille - Infektion 1813
Saille - Ritu

Sunday, April 14, 2013

News: Hecate Enthroned

British Black Metal band Hecate Enthroned just announced who their new vocals is, and his name is Elliott. For those who don't know, Elliott is the vocals of British Death/Black Metal band Aeternum, and used to be the vocals at Phyrexia as well, both interviewed by Lachryma Christi a while ago. You can still read those interviews here:

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News: Svartsyn

Black Metal from Sweden Svartsyn will be releasing a new album in May called Black Testament through Agonia Records, and they just revealed a song from it called Demoness With Seven Names which you can stream here:

Black Testament will consist of 7 tracks and will be available on CD, LP and digital. First 100 LP copies available on a coloured vinyl.

Retail pre-orders can be done here:

Black Testament tracklist:

01. Revelation in the waters
02. Venom of the underworld
03. Demoness with seven names
04. Carving a temple
05. Eyes of the earth
06. Rising beast
07. Black testament

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News: Aborym

Industrial Black Metal band from Italy Aborym just made available a song of the album Dirty which will be released in May through Agonia Records. The song is called Irreversible Crisis and you can stream it here:

And you can pre-order the album here:

Dirty tracklist:

CD 1
01. Irreversible Crisis
02. Across the Universe
03. Dirty
04. Bleedthrough
05. Raped by Daddy
06. I don’t Know
07. The Factory of Death
08. Helter Skelter Youth
09. Face the Reptile
10. The Day the Sun Stopped Shining

01. Fire Walk With Us (new version originally released on “Fire Walk With Us”)
02. Roma Divina Urbs  (new version originally released on “Kali Yuga Bizarre”)
03. Hallowed Be Thy Name (Iron Maiden Cover)
04. Comfortably Numb (Pink Floyd Cover)
05. Hurt (Nine Inch Nails Cover)
06. Need for limited loss (new track)

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News: Shining

Swedish Black Metal band Shining just revealed the artwork for the upcoming split with Mortuary Drape. The split is titled In the Eerie Cold Where All the Witches Dance and set for release on Primitive Art Records. The 7” vinyl will contain an exclusive track from each of the bands. The two tracks will only be released on the split and will not appear on any album.

There is also a teaser, which you can hear here:

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News: Voidhanger

Polish Black/Death/Thrash band Voidhanger just signed with Pagan Records. For those who don't know, The band was formed in 2010 by Zyklon (Infernal War, Iperyt), Warcrimer (Infernal War, Iperyt) and Priest (Massemord, Medico Peste) and they just entered studio to record their second full length which will be called Working Class Misanthropy.

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News: Koldbrann

Norwegian Black Metal band Koldbrann released a new album through Season of Mist in January called Vertigo. Now they just released a video for one of the songs of the album, called Drammen, and you can stream it here:

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News: Arckanum

Swedish Black Metal band Arckanum will release a new album called Fenris Kindir through Season of Mist on the 10th of May.
You can now stream one of the songs of the album called Tungls Tjugari on the link bellow:

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News: Aosoth

As you know, French Black Metal band Aosoth witll be releasing a new album on the 16th of April, called IV: Arrow In Heart through Agonia Records. You can now stream a video for a song from the upcoming album, called Ritual Marks Of Penitence here:

IV: Arrow In Heart tracklist:

01. An Arrow in Heart
02. One With The Prince With A Thousand Enemies
03. Temple of Knowledge
04. Under The Nails and Fingertips
05. Broken Dialogue 1
05. Broken Dialogue 2
06. Ritual Marks of Penitence

Band's upcoming shows:
May 9th: La Boule Noire (Paris, France)

May 10th: Ubu (Rennes, France)
May 25th: Maryland Death Fest (USA)

November 17th/18th: Black Flames of Blasphemy (Helsinki, Finland)

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News: Fen

Atmospheric Black Metal band from UK, Fen will re-issue the album The Malediction Fields originally released by Code666 in 2009 and it will feature two exclusive bonus tracks and will have a new artwork and layout by bassist Grungyn.
The Malediction Fields will be available as a gatefold double LP limited to 500 copies, of which 300 will be on classic black vinyl and 200 on copper-coloured vinyl. it is supposed to come out in late April, when the band will start a Europear tour with Agalloch.

Fen just played last night in Moscow and will be touring with Agalloch as you can check bellow:

21.04.2013 DE - Berlin / K17
22.04.2013 BE - Aalter / Kadans
23.04.2013 FR - Nantes / Le Ferrailleur
24.04.2013 ES - Bilbao / Sala Rockstar
25.04.2013 PO - Barroselas / SWR-Fest
26.04.2013 ES - Madrid / Sala Caracol
27.04.2013 ES - Barcelona / Sala Apolo 2
28.04.2013 FR - Luynes / Le Korigan

29.04.2013 DE - Die Stadtmitte / Karlsruhe
30.04.2013 DE - Stuttgart / Club Zentral SOLD OUT
01.05.2013 DE - Leipzig / Moritzbastei
02.05.2013 PL - Wroclaw / Asymmetry-Fest (AGALLOCH only)
03.05.2013 LT - Vilnius / New York Club
04.05.2013 EE - Tallinn / Tapper
05.05.2013 FI - Tampere / Klubi
06.05.2013 FI - Helsinki / Korjaamo
07.05.2013 FI - Oulu / Nuclear Nightclub
08.05.2013 SW - Umea / Scharinska Villan
09.05.2013 NO - Trondheim / Familien
10.05.2013 NO - Oslo / Parkteatret
11.05.2013 SW - Göteborg / Sticky Fingers
12.05.2013 NL - Arnhem / Willemeen SOLD OUT
13.05.2013 DE - Köln / Werkstatt
14.05.2013 DE - München / Backstage
15.05.2013 SL - Nova Gorica / Mostovna
16.05.2013 IT - Roma / Traffic Club
17.05.2013 IT - Travagliato / Circolo Colony
18.05.2013 AT - Vienna / Viper Room
19.05.2013 CZ - Ostrava / Barrak

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