As you know, Dark Essence Records released recently the new album of Sarkom called Doomsday Elite. Well, now they are also releasing the first two albums of the band Aggravation of Mind and Bestial Supremacy. In fact it happened two days ago, on the 28th of October.
Originally released through Twilight Vertrieb label (which doesn't exist anymore), these albums are now almost impossible to get and will initially be available digitally, before an eventual release in CD format at an as yet unspecified date. Both will come with revised artwork, and are available from all the
usual digital retailers as well as direct from Dark Essence Records at: http://shop.klicktrack.com/karismadarkessencerecords.
AGGRAVATION OF MIND 01. Bloodstains on the Horns 02. Embraced You Shall Be 03. Alpha – Omega 04. The Chosen One 05. Aggravation of Mind’s Syndrome 06. Inside the Memories 07. Passion for Suicide 08. Cryptic Void
1. Inferior Bleeding
2. I Call Your Name
3. Bestial Supremacy
5. Parallel to a Wall of Fire
6. Symbolic Revulsion
8. Revival of Torment
9. Crushing the Retrospective Dominions
10. Finalizing Sovereignty
And for those who don't know, Sarkom was the first band to be confirmed for the next year’s Hammerslag Festival in February.
Black Metal band from Norway Urgehal issued the following statement:
“Trondr Nefas left us all in May 2012. For URGEHAL
this meant the loss of our great friend and brother in arms. Therefore
it is a very special announcement for us remaining members to tell you
that the final URGEHAL album is now being recorded.
“We have decided to finish this last album in
honor of our dear friend and to mark the end of URGEHAL. Trondr was
looking much forward to enter the studio once again and we had already
done all demo recordings for the whole album before his death.
“Nothing else remains to be done but to finish
what Trondr and we had already started together. We owe this to him and
“Drums and guitars were recorded earlier this year
and in October we entered the studio for the first vocal session of
many. The songs will be sung by several close friends of Trondr Nefas
and the band. We will reveal those names in due time.”
French Black/Death Metal band Temple of Baal will release a new album tomorrow, the 29th of October (12th november North America), called Verses Of Fire through Agonia Records. You can stream it here: http://www.vs-webzine.com/METAL.php?page=INTERVIEW&id_news=1620&droite=
As probably mostly of you already know, Swedish band Shining released a new album in September, through Dark Essence Records. The album is called 8 ½ - Feberdrömmar I Vaket Tillstånd and is a very special one. 8 ½ - Feberdrömmar I Vaket Tillstånd has 6 tracks. Why is it special? Because it has re-issues that are not simply re-issues, but different versions and also because this album has guest appearances of varied vocals such as Famine, Attila Csihar, Pehr Larsson, Gaahl, Maniac and Kvarforth himself. 8 ½ - Feberdrömmar I Vaket Tillstånd is like a retrospective on Shining stuff which kind of brings a new perspective and a new life to the songs. It is really aggressive, dragged, suffered, dark, even obscure.
If you are a fan of Shining, get this masterpiece, it is really inspiring and introspective, makes you think. A lot. Really impressive, very good. Lachryma Christi got speechless after listening to it. It is incredibly strong and passionate. Full of emotions and anger and pain. Honestly, get it now!
Last August, British Black Metal band Ewigkeit released a new album. After waiting 8 years for a new album, we can now feel delighted with this new album called Back to Beyond. It has 8 tracks and is one of the best albums for 2013 for Lachryma Christi. It is really full, really emotional, goosebumps everywhere really. It is really melodic, has a throaty and dragged voice but also a clean voice singing amazing beautiful catchy melodies. Really, in two words: very good! It's not everyday that Lachryma Christi is surprised by amazing stuff like this, it is really good to know that Britain still has good artists like Ewigkeit. For those who don't know, Ewigkeit is a one man band. Well, Mr. Fog should be proud of what he did here, because this is truly amazing. If you like experimental Black Metal with melodies and pretty stuff, this is for you. No regrets, that's a promise. So go for it, it deserves to be heard, loved and shared. Artwork cover is great, really "hot" and full of feelings.
Canadian band Revenge signed a deal with Season of Mist and will be recording a new album in 2014.
Revenge have been loved by some and hated by others, and in the end, for both sides, remains the curiosity to see what they will present us in this album.
Ephel Duath premiere a lyric video for the song Shaped By Darkness from the upcoming album Hemmed By Light, Shaped By Darkness (to be released on the 19th of November in Europe and 26th of November in North America, through Agonia Records). You can watch it here: http://lambgoat.com/features/102/Ephel-Duath-Shaped-By-Darkness-song-premiere
You can find a review for Hemmed By Light, Shaped By Darkness, by Lachryma Christi, here:
Swedish Death/Black Metal band Necrophobic just released a new track from the upcoming album Womb of Lilithu, to be released on the 25th of October through Season of Mist. The song is called The Necromancer and you can listen to it on the following websites: Metal.de (DE) Rock Hard (GR) Rockerilla (IT) Terrorizer (UK)
Womb of Lilithu tracklist:
01. Womb of Lilithu 02. Splendour Nigri Solis 03. Astaroth 04. Furfur 05. Black Night Raven 06. The Necromancer 07. Marquis Phenex 08. Asmodee 09. Marchosias 10. Matanbuchus 11. Paimon 12. Opium Black 13. Infinite Infernalis 14. Amdusias
of Lilithu will be released as a Digipak CD, black
double LP with white splatters (limited to 150 copies),
clear double LP (limited to 400 copies), and regular
black double LP, and you can pre-order it here:
Niklas Kvarforth book called When Prozac No Longer Helps which was published in last December sold out in a very short time, meaning a second edition just came out on the 23rd of Semptember.
You can find on it some minor corrections, and two additional lyrics, one being those for the
song Through Corridors of Oppression which was previously omitted, and
lyrics which Kvarforth wrote for Norwegian Black Metallers URGEHAL six
months before the death of their frontman Trondr Nefas.
The second edition of the book will also feature Swedish and English lyrics and will be limited to 500 copies signed by Niklas Kvarforth.
You can (if there are any copies left yet, that is) buy it from the band's webshop:
This is not properly new, but only now Lachryma Christi had the opportunity to share this with you. Italian post Black Metal band Australasia just released a video produced by Tim Van Helsdingen.
The song in the video is called Antenna and you can watch it here:
Danish Black Metal band Blodarv uploaded a fan-filmed video featuring six songs from the show at the Danish island of Bornholm, which took place in June this year. The video is called The Island Ceremony and you can watch it here: http://youtu.be/NKExOKXQtHc Tracklist: 01.Where theBeast Dwell (intro) 02.Blood Red Rocks 03.Civitas Diaboli 04.A Snowy Night In November 05.Korset Paa Baalet 06. Beyond Life
Temple of Baal just revealed a second track from the upcoming album called Verses Of Fire, and you can listen to it here: http://www.decibelmagazine.com/featured/enter-the-temple-of-baal/
Verses Of Fire is scheduled to be released through Agonia Records on the 29th of October in Europe and on the 11th of November in North America. It will be available in digipack CD, limited double LP and
extra limited gold LP (66 copies only).
Other ENDSTILLE tour dates: 25 Oct 13 Plzen (CZ)
Phantoms Of Pilsen Festival 26 Oct 13 Erfurt (DE) Club From Hell (+
Koldbrann) 15 Nov 13 Rostock (DE) Alte Zuckerfabrik 16 Nov 13 Aachen (DE)
Bunker 22 Feb 14 Braunschweig (DE) B 58 14 Jun 14 Weismain (DE) Legacy
Being off for a whole month in Summer brought some prejudice to Lachryma Christi, even though it was necessary by then for personal reasons.
Finally today Lachryma Christi managed to catch up with all the e-mails, replying to everyone that was awaiting for a reply for a while now. So you should expect loads of news and reviews to be published in the next few days.
Lachryma Christi apologizes for any inconvenience caused to the bands and labels etc, but everything is under control now.
This is also a good opportunity to let you know that there won't be no playlist next Monday, but after that it will get back to normal, and also the radio broadcast is coming up soon.
Doom/ Black Metal band from USA Welter in Thy Blood released this Summer an album called Todestrieb through Dusktone. For those who don't know, Welter in Thy Blood formed in 2006 and their concept is all around misanthropy and death and suicide. Human extinction.
Todestrieb is their third album and is just amazing. Really atmospheric and experimental, a bit hard to get into but once you do, you will love it.
It is just so strong and emotional, making your skin crawl and making all your feelings come to surface.
If you are a fan of Doom or Black Metal or both, this is just perfect.
Really good and experienced musicians, acting as a whole where nothing sounds random. Unexpected sounds and melancholic melodies that will leave you out of words, really really good work.
Lachryma Christi hopes everyone has the chance to listen to this album. It is a bit depressive as of course it should be because it is made to be depressive and angry, but so good! The artwork cover is very interesting too.
Let's hope Welter in Thy Blood keep up the good work and present us with much more good stuff in the future.
Sadly only now Lachryma Christi had the chance to listen to the album Rzeczpospolita Czartowska by polish Experimental Black Metal band Túrin Turambar. It was released in the beginning of this year. It was self-released and reached Lachryma Christi inbox through Godz of War Productions.
This is actually a great album if you are in a mood for something different. It is quite dark and heavy and bassy, voice is not very Black Metalish and there a lot of Death Metal influences in the riffs and rhythms, but is a good album. Very different from anything we have been listening to, and it is a shame if it doesn't become known, because it is good.
Musicians are good and very creative, exploring the instruments the best way possible, it is really good and also entertaining if we can put it this way.
There are some calm doomish parts, really really heavy and full.
So if you are looking for something different, not very fast, not very screamy (but throaty anyway), not traditional at all, go for it. These guys deserve it.
Pioneers of black/dark metal in Eastern Europe, the band Root just released on the 24th of September a special anniversary recording through Agonia Records. It marks the 25 years of band's existence and it consists of exclusive live material. Was recorded between 2007 and 2012. The audio disc (and LP version) features the full show recorded at Melodka Music
Club (Brno, Czech Republic) on 19th of November 2011, and the additional DVD
includes road documentaries full of backstage, bonus and exclusive material as
well as live songs filmed at Hammer Open Air (Lieto, Finland
2012), Noctis Fest (Calgary, Canada 2010), Brutal
Assault Festival (Josefov, Czech Republic 2007+2012), No Mercy
European Tour 2007 and a bunch of other shows.
French Death/Black Metal band Temple of Baal revealed details of their upcoming album, which should be released on the 22nd of October in Europe and on the 12th of November in North America through Agonia Records. It will be called Verses Of Fire, and will be availableas digipack CD, limited double LP and extra limited gold LP (66 copies only).
Verses Of Fire tracklist: 01. το αστέρι 418 02. Bloodangel 03. Arcana Silentium 04. The 10th Aethyr 05. Gates Of Death 06. Gnosis Of Fire 07. Golden Wings Of Azazel 08. Lord Of The Raging Seas 09. Serpens Luminis
10. Walls Of Fire The band will be playing in the Wolfthrone Festival.
Swedish band Shining will be headlining Razors Over Europe 2013 tour which will take place over 17 dates during November and December of this year. Crest of Darkness and Sterbhaus will be supporting the tour. Dates already announced: NOVEMBER
22 - Tiyatrom, Berlin, Germany
23 - Skullcrusher, Dresden, Germany
24 - Viper Room, Vienna, Austria
25 - Gala Hala, Ljubljana, Slovenia
26 – Freak Out Club, Bologna, Italy
27 – TBA, Switzerland
28 – Ninkasi Kao, Lyon, France
29 – Secret Place, Montpellier, France
30 – Nouveau Casino, Paris, France
01 – Effenaar, Eindhoven
02 – Magasin 4, Brussels, Belgium
03 – Electrowerkz, London, England
04 – Lomax, Liverpool, England
05 – Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton, England
06 – The Pint, Dublin, Eire
07 – TBA, UK
08 – Ivory Blacks, Glasgow, Scotland
Rotting Christ and Twilight of the Gods will be on tour together, having bands like Negura Bunget as support. There are some dates announced: 16 Oct 13 Hamburg (DE) Markthalle 18 Oct 13 Oberhausen (DE) Helvette 19 Oct 13 Straubing (DE) Metal Invasion Festival 22 Oct 13 Pratteln (CH) Z7 24 Oct 13 Eindhoven (NL) Effenaar 25 Oct 13 Vosselaar (BE) Biebob 26 Oct 13 Rennes (FR) Liberté / L'Etage 29 Oct 13 Rotterdam (NL) Baroeg 01 Nov 13 Glasgow (UK) Audio 02 Nov 13 Leeds (UK) Damnation Festival 03 Nov 13 Dublin (IE) The Pint 05 Nov 13 London (UK) Electrowerkz More dates to be announced.
Black Metal band Handful of Hate will be releasing a new album through Code666 called To Perdition. It is supposed to come out on the 12th of November. Beyond the usual Digipack CD and Digital
Download, the album will be available in a deluxe Handmade Torture BOX
CD, which will feature one bonus track, several torture items and
To Perdition tracklist: 01. To Perdition 02. Far Beyond All Scourges 03. Swines Graced Gods 04. Cursed be your Breast 05. Caro Data Vermibus 06. Larvae 07. Ornaments for Derision 08. Ex Abrupto 09. Words like
Worms 10. Feeding Suggerings 11. Damnatio Ad Bestias (bonus track ltd
edition) Read more in: https://www.facebook.com/handfulofhateofficial
Norwegian Black/Folk Metal band Galar are working on their third album which will be called De Gjenlevende (The Bereaved) and is supposed to be released in early 2014. You can watch a video for the drum sessions here: http://youtu.be/bbNDHGFtoiY
Read more in: http://www.galar.no/ https://www.facebook.com/galarofficial
So 8 years later Norwegian Black Metal band Gehenna are finally releasing a new album. It will come out in the next few days, October 14th worldwide (October 11th G/A and Norway).
The album is called Unravel and is full of hate. Really aggressive. It has 8 tracks, all of them really strong and angry, even doomish at times, really dragged and furious.
Even though this is a Black Metal album, don't expect any extremely fast rhythms or catchy guitar riffs full of melancholic melodies, that is just not going to happen all the time. Unravel is much more dark and heavy and if you are expecting something really traditional you won't probably understand this album. It is really powerful and full of blackness in every detail of each song.
So basically, this Gehenna were a great acquisition for Indie Recordings and this is a great album from a great band. If you are one of those who have been waiting since 2005, just go for it, it is good and you will certainly like it. Hopefully next time Gehenna won't leave us waiting for such a long time and more works like this will come!
Also important to mention, the artwork cover. It is simply amazing, have a look at it below!
Code just revealed a song from the upcoming album Augur Nox. The song is called Glimlight Tourist and you can listen to it here: http://youtu.be/MfLfg94OCE0 Please find a review for Augur Nox by Lachryma Christi here: http://lachrymachristizine.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/review-codes-upcoming-album-augur-nox.html
Augur Nox tracklist: 01. Black Rumination 02. Becoming Host 03. Ecdysis 04. Glimlight Tourist - Dx. (interlude) 05. Garden Chancery 06. The Lazarus Cord 07. The Shrike Screw - Rx. (interlude) 08. Trace of God 09. Harmonies in Cloud 10. White Tryptych Watch the album trailer here: http://youtu.be/Wu8PIyrcriQ Read more in: https://www.facebook.com/codeblackmetal