Thursday, November 24, 2016

News: Crest of Darkness debut video from upcoming album on youtube

Norwegian Black Metal band Crest of Darkness are releasing a new album tomorrow, the 25th of November. This will be their 7th full-length album, and will be called Welcome the Dead.

In the meanwhile, the band released a video for the title track, and you can watch it here:

Founder and frontman of the band, Ingar Amlein has this to say about  it:
"We wanted to make a video that offers a glimpse into the dark world of CREST OF DARKNESS.  Perhaps we are just story tellers recounting a fairytale,  and the video can certainly be viewed and enjoyed at that level, but we are also  touching on aspects of Life itself and those eternal questions that people ask themselves about life and death and the meaning of it all.

"We might not have all the answers, and in all honesty we don't even want to pretend that we do, but what we do want is to make people think for themselves, and find their own answers .  Let's face it, we are all Gods.  Each of us builds their own universe, and it just happens that the world of CREST OF DARKNESS is my universe".

Welcome the Dead was recorded at the at MLP Studio by Nils H. Mæhlum, and mastered at the Kvålsonic Lab by Tom Kvålsvoll, and it will be released on My Kingdom Music in both CD and Digital formats, as well as a double LP format which will feature a special bonus track. 

artwork by Andrea Falaschi

1. Welcome The Dead
2. Chosen By The Devil
3. Scourged And Crucified
4. My Black Bride
5. Borrowed Life
6. The Almighty
7. Memento Mori
8. The Noble Art
9. Katharsis

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Review: Aborym's upcoming album "Shifting.negative"

As mostly of you know, Aborym, from Italy, are not a Black Metal band, but have been involved in Black Metal projects and bands in the past, and is always interesting to see what these musicians are up to.
Lachryma Christi has reviewed some of their stuff before and Shifting.negative is not going to be an exception. 
So, there was a big change in the line-up of the band, and at the moment the only member that remains from old members is singer Fabban.
There is a new album coming up, through Agonia Records.
Shifting.negative was reorded by Fabban, as mentioned, Dan V (multi-instrumentalist), RG Narchost (bassist and guitarist), Davide Tiso (guitarist), Stefano Anguilli (keyboardist) and many guest musicians.
The album is very varied, although industrial. Very experimental. You can find loads of influences, such as Nine Inch Nails or even Marilyn Manson, and even more strangely, Mike Patton. Seems strange but in fact it isn't, since it was mixed and mastered by Marc Urselli at Eastside Sound Studios (Lou Reed, John Zorn, Mike Patton), in New York.
If you're looking for catchy melodies, you probably won'd find as many, although there is a lot of musicality. 
You will certainly find acoustic bits, as well as very heavy guitar riffs that still remind us of the previous releases, but this one sounds very different. There are more exquisite songs, more of a healthy noise, more of a controlled confusion, it is good. Very good.
So if you are interested in some very heavy and sometimes a bit disturbing industrial music, give it a go. Coming out on the 25th of January, 2017, and will be available as Limite Box CD (which inclues jewelcase CD with two bonus tracks, rounded embroidered patch and wine coaster), Black vinyl (limited to 500 numbered copies), brown vinyl (limited to 100 handnumbered copies), or digital.

1. Unpleasantness
2. Precarious
3. Decadence in a nutshell
4. 10050 cielo drive
5. Slipping through the cracks
6. You can't handle the truth
7. For a better past
8. Tragedies for sales
9. Going new places
10. Big h

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Sunday, November 20, 2016

News: Sarkom reveal second track from upcoming album

Norwegian Black Metal band Sarkom are releasing a new album on the 2nd of December through Dark Essence Records and it will be called Anti-Cosmic Art.
They are releasing a second track called Previous associates, now as targets for the gun, and you can listen to it here:

Zero Tolerance Magazine
No Clean Singing
Friedhof Magazine
Shoot me Again Magazine
La Grosse Radio

Quite an impressive work of traditional old school Black Metal, with everything it implies, Anti-Cosmic Art count on appearances of guest musicians such as Peter Huss from Shining, Ronni Le Tekrø from TNT, and Sagstad from Roquefire and from Trollfest, as well as Perh Skjoldhammer from Alfahanne. 

(artwork by Spectrvm Lvsitani)


1.Previous associates, now as targets for the gun
3.Ruiners of our family tree
4.Seen through the eyes of a paedophile priest
5.Come, dear cancer
6.Black metal necrophilia
7.Sodomy and lust (Sodom cover)

To celebrate the release of the album, Sarkom will be playing the following date sin Norway:

03 Dec:  Good Omens, Trondheim
17 Dec:  Revolver, Oslo  

You can now pre-order Anti-Cosmic Art in CD format from:


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Review: Harrow's "Fragments of a Fallen Star" release now on CD

Harrow just re-released their album Fragments of a Fall Star, previously released in 2013. This album came out first digitally and on tape, and now just came out as a CD. You may find the artwork below.
The album has four tracks, all of them with a high atmospheric touch to them.
First track, Fragments of a Fallen Star, has an intro with acoustic and sort of spiritual sounds, if that makes sense. Soon slowly starts transforming into something different with delicate and spooky voices, which introduce you to the guitar filled strong and passionate melodies of the rest of the track and the album. Voice is quite powerful and the whole thing together takes you to a great journey where music merges with feelings and emotions.
However heavy and fast and proper Black Metalish music, this album is full or surprises, as sometimes there are some quite dark doom passages as well and then again more introspective parts. Very satisfying to listen to and some bits stay in your ear for quite a long time, for the best reasons.
Is a very energetic and vibrating release that everyone should have the pleasure to listen to and to feel.

News: Infernal War announce Polish tour with Vader

Polish black/death metal band Infernal War will be supporting Vader on a 12-day tour in Poland. The Imperium Poloniae tour will start in Poznań on the 22nd of November. 

Infernal War are promoting their latest album Axiom, released in 2015 through Agonia Records.

You may listen to a track of this album here:  


22.11.2016 - Poznań @ Blue Note, PL
23.11.2016 - Toruń @ Od Nowa, PL
24.11.2016 - Zabrze @ CK Wiatrak, PL
25.11.2016 - Wrocław @ Alibi Club, PL
26.11.2016 - Katowice @ Mega Club, PL
27.11.2016 - Rzeszów @ Life House, PL
29.11.2016 - Kraków @ Kwadrat, PL
30.11.2016 - Białystok @ Zmiana Klimatu, PL
01.12.2016 - Lublin @ Graffiti, PL
02.12.2016 - Warszawa @ Progresja, PL
03.12.2016 - Gdańsk @ B90, PL
04.12.2016 - Olsztyn @ Nowy Andergrant, PL

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Lachryma Christi relocated


After a while without posting (apologies!), Lachryma Christi has relocated. Still the same staff, same ideals, same everything, but now located in Portugal.

So if you Black Metal bands have gigs going on in Portugal, and would like to see a review on Lachryma Christi, please drop a line!

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Krigsgrav and Giant of the Mountain spring tour in April

Black Metal band Krigsgrav  and Death Metal band Giant of the Mountain just announced that they have teamed up with to sponsor their Spring 2016 East Coast U.S. tour. The tour will be in support of Krigsgrav's upcoming album Waves of Degradation and Giant of the Mountain's The Empty Quarter. CEO Chris Gonda said about the sponsorship: "PureGrainAudio is thrilled to be sponsoring this tour! We love to help gifted, up-and-coming artists and Krigsgrav and Giant of the Mountain are no exceptions. - Chris Gonda, Publisher

Giant of the Mountain said the following about the upcoming tour: "We are very excited to hit the road this spring in support of our upcoming release, The Empty Quarter, on Burning Dogma Records. We are venturing into new territories with new music and we can't wait to share it with you all."

Krigsgrav added: "This is our first ever tour, and we can't wait to spread our music to the masses of the eastern USA! We intend to show people that strong, diverse, passionate music can come from anywhere in this vast country of ours... even TX."

Krigsgrav/Giant of the Mountain Spring Tour Dates:

04/01 - Little Rock, AR @ Vino’s
04/02 - Chicago, IL @ LiveWire Lounge
04/03 - Cincinnati, OH @ Rake’s End
04/04 - Buffalo, NY @ The Lair
04/05 - Albany, NY @ The Fuze Box
04/06 - Burlington, VT @ TBA
04/07 - Manchester, NH @ Shaskeen Pub
04/08 - Portland, ME @ Space Gallery
04/09 - Belchertown, MA @ House Show
04/10 - Brooklyn, NY @ Black Bear Bar
04/11 - Philadelphia, PA @ TBA
04/12 - Baltimore, MD @ The Depot
04/13 - Richmond, VA @ 25 WATT
04/14 - Chapel Hill. NC @ Local 506
04/15 - Atlanta, GA @ TBA
04/16 - Jackson, MS @ Big Sleepy’s
04/17 - Dallas, TX @ Reno’s Chop Shop

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Rotting Christ released the first video of new album

Rotting Christ just released a video for the track For A Voice Like Thunder, from the new album called Rituals that came out in February through Season of Mist. The song features Nick Holmes (Paradise Lost) as guest vocals, and you can stream the video here:

Sakis Tolis comments: "Dear all, we present to you our first official lyric video in support of our latest album 'Rituals' with pride. This song has been inspired by the poetry of William Blake and contains long forgotten but nonetheless very meaningful words, which influenced us during our writing sessions. Hopefully you will enjoy 'For A Voice Like Thunder' as much as we do!"

Below you can see artwork and tracklist for Rituals:


1. In Nomine Dei Nostri
2. זה נגמר (Ze Nigmar)
3. Ἐλθὲ Κύριε (Elthe Kyrie)
4. Les Litanies De Satan (Les Fleurs Du Mal)
5. Ἄπαγε Σατανά (Apage Satana)
6. Του Θάνατου (Tou Thanatou)
7. For A Voice Like Thunder
8. Konx Om Pax
9. देवदेवं (Devadevam)
10. The Four Horsemen
11. Lok'tar Ogar [bonus track]

(Photo by Ester Segarra)

Sakis: vocals, guitars
Themis: drums
Van Ace: bass
George: guitars

Guest musicians (in order of appearance)
Magus (NECROMANTIA) - In Nomine Dei Nostri
Danai Katsameni (NATIONAL HELLENIC THEATER) -  Ἐλθὲ Κύριε (Elthe Kyrie)
Vorph (SAMAEL) - Les Litanies De Satan (Les Fleurs Du Mal)
Nick Holmes (PARADISE LOST) - For A Voice Like Thunder
Kathir (Rudra) - देवदेवं (Devadevam)

Available formats
Digibox CD with extras
Double Gatefold Vinyl LP in various colours

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Monday, March 21, 2016

Ragnarok stream new album "Psychopathology" ahead of release

Blackmetal band from norway Ragnarok are releasing a new album on the 25th of March called Psychopathology and you can already listen to it here:

This will be the first album of Ragnarok that doesn't feature founder Jontho on drums. As he took the place of frontman, the drum kit is taken over by Dauden drummer, Malignant, who joined the band in 2014.

Jontho says: "Your wait will finally come to an end in 2016 when we release "Psychopathology", our eighth full-length album. I can say with absolute certainty that this album will be the best in RAGNAROK's career to date. It is the result of dedication, hard work, and the musical skills of our lineup, and is the next stage in the band's development, both musically and lyrically. "Psychopathology" is about to unleash total chaos upon you as it invites you to dive deeper into the dark recesses of the human mind".

Guitarist Bolverk says: “The new Ragnarok album follows in the footsteps of its predecessor ‘Malediction’. A mix of old Ragnarok and newer inspiration. The title of the album is ‘Psychopathology’, a term which in short means to dissect someone’s mind. A couple of lines of text from the title track are: “I’m inside your mind. I dissect your soul,” and one of the points of the lyrics is that sometimes the cure is worse than the disease. This is by no means a concept album, but most of the lyrics can be associated with madness or deviation in some form or another. To make it very brief: ‘Dominance and Submission’ is about sadomasochism. ‘The Eighth of the Seven Plagues’ and ‘Heretic’ are about religion. ‘Where Dreams go to Die’ is about madness. ‘Lies’ and ‘I Hate’ are pretty self-explanatory. ‘Into the Abyss’ is about the dark path that most of us are on. ‘Infernal Majesty’ is a tribute to our master. ‘Blood’ is about sacrifice. ‘My Creator’ has some very personal lyrics written by Jontho, while the other lyrics are written by (myself) Bolverk”.

1. Dominance and Submission
2. I Hate
3. Psychopathology
4. My Creator
5. Infernal Majesty
6. Heretic
7. Into The Abyss
8. The Eighth Of The Seven Plagues
9. Lies
10. Blood
11. Where Dreams Come To Die

Psychopathology is available in the following formats:
- Jewelcase CD.
- Limited black vinyl.
- Limited to 133 handnumbrered copies transparent brown vinyl with red, yellow, white and blue splatter.
- Limited to 666 numbered copies CD BOX including the new album in CD format, a pin with a logo, poster, booklet with rare footage and old interview, and a bonus compilation CD "Chaos and insanity between 1994-2004" (featuring all of the band's early demos and EP's).
- T-shirt.
- Digital.

On March 25th Ragnarok will also release a special compilation album titled Chaos and insanity between 1994-2004, featuring a rare collection of the band's early demos and EPs.

Chaos and insanity between 1994-2004 tracklist:
I.Pagan Land demo 1994*
1. Intro
2. Pagan Land
3. From The Darkest Deep
4. Et Vinterland I Nord
5. Hammerens Slag
6. Ragnarok
II.Various Unreleased tracks:
7. Et Vinterland I Nord**
8 .Under The Wings of Satan (demo)***
9. Fainted Eyes****
10. Live 2004*****

*Recorded in Haga audio in October 1994;
**Recorded in Sarpsborg , September 1994 and taken from the compilation cd called Ørevox;
***Pre-production for the album In Nomine Satanas, recorded in Attic studio in Sarpsborg in 2001;
****Celtic Frost cover taken from the tribute album Order of The Tyrants 2003, Black Lotus Records;
*****Live is from the Blackdoor Miracle Tour in 2004 with Behemoth, Krisiun and Incantation somewhere in Europe. Included only in the CD version.

Chaos and insanity between 1994-2004 is available in the following formats:

- Limited to 666 copies CD BOX (including a pin with a logo, poster, booklet with rare footage and old interview, and the band's new album, "Psychopathology").
- Limited black vinyl.
- Limited to 133 handnumbered copies red vinyl.
- T-shirt.x

Ragnarok's next shows:
20-21.05.2016 - Steelfest Open Air, Finland
01-03.07.2016 - With Full Force Festival, Germany

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Numenorean sign with Season of Mist

Post-blackmetal from Canada Numenorean just signed with Season of Mist, and they will release their first full-length album through the same. 

The band comments: "We feel very privileged and honored to join the Season of Mist family. Moreover, we have no doubt that this partnership is the best possible step to take in order to fully realize not only the vision of our soon to be released full-length, but all future pieces of work as well."

The band started few years ago, was formed by the brothers Brandon and Byron Lemley who released a demo in 2014, Demo 2014, The reception was very good. In the meanwhile they recruited more members and all of them contributed for the debut album. They are trying that the album is ready by Summer.

Brandon Lemley: vocals
Byron Lemley: guitar, vocals
Roger Leblanc: guitar, vocals
Rhys Friesen: bass, vocals
David Horrocks: drums, vocals

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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Hecate Enthroned Latin America Tour 2016

Metal Recusants 5th Anniversary concert

Heavy Metal webzine and Colchester Arts Centre announced that the Metal Recusants 5th Anniversary show will be on the 14th May at the Colchester Arts Centre (UK) with the following bands: Winterfylleth, Fen, The King Is Blind and Terra.
Tickets are only £8 (£7 concessions) and may be purchased directly from the venue

There are two posters for this show. One was designed by Winterfylleth’s Simon Lucas and the other by Metal Recusants’ designer and writer, Ricardo Esparza. You may see them below:

Poster by Ricardo Esparza:

Poster by Simon Lucas:

For more information about the bands performing at the anniversary show, please visit their respective websites:

Glorior Belli reveal details of new album

Avant-garde blackmetal band from France Glorior Belli are releasing a new album on the 6th of May through Agonia Records. The album will be called Sundown (The Flock That Welcomes), and the band announced that they are returning to their roots.
You can listen to a song of the new album here:

"The production is by far one of the best that Glorior Belli ever had" - comments the band. "Drums & Bass are absolutely devilish and placed under the spotlight. Everything was recorded, mixed and mastered in our own studios, having an absolute control as usual over the sound. The guitar work overall will bring you back to the origins of Glorior Belli".

"Conceptually wise, Sundown (The Flock That Welcomes) will smother you with darkness and light, both stuffed down your throat with the same rage that could be heard on Glorior Belli's ealier records. When the Night is coming down on you, will you find a way through the dark? A record for the very few of us who truly embrace the desire to break from the cosmic prison". 

1. Lies-Strangled Skies
2. World So Spurious
3. Rebels In Disguise
4. Thrall Of Illusions
5. Sundown (The Flock That Welcomes)
6. Satanists Out of Cosmic Jail
7. Upheaval In Chaos Waters
8. We Whose Glory Was Despised

The album will be available on the following formats:
- Jewelcase CD.
- Regular black gatefold LP (limited to 200 handnumbered copies).
- Gold gatefold LP (limited to 100 handnumbered copies).
- T-shirt in two different designs.
- Digital.

You may pre-order the album here:

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Cretura's upcoming album release date and details

The Orchard and Aural Music just confirmed the release date for the upcoming album of Cretura, band from Norway. The album is called Fall of the Seventh Golden Star (Digital) and is scheduled to be released on the 8th of April. 

1. Past, Present & Future                     
2. Reign of Terror                                     
3. Grand Warfare Through Dark Ages     
4. Voices of Hunger                                   
5. Funeral Roses                                       
6. Northern Winds                                     
7. Pray For A Brighter Tomorrow             
8. Når Lyset Dør                                     
9. At The 11th Hour                                   
10. The Pale Horseman & The Hunter of The Sky
11. The Last Song of The Earth

Album Teaser:

The Cds will be available worldwide through Aural Music's mailorder and via your local distributor.

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Darkend reveal album details

Italian band Darkend are releasing a new album on the 25th of April through Non Serviam Records and will be called The Canticle Of Shadows.
This upcoming album features the exclusive performance of Niklas Kvarforth (Shining), Sakis Tolis (Rotting Christ), Labes C. Necrothytus (Abysmal Grief) and Attila Csihar (Mayhem).
A review will come up shortly.

1. Clavicula Salomonis
2. Of The Defunct
3. A Precipice Towards Abyssal Caves (Inmost Chasm, I)
4. Il Velo Delle Ombre
5. A Passage Through Abysmal Caverns (Inmost Chasm, II)
6. Sealed In Black Moon And Saturn
7. Congressus Cum Dæmone
8. Inno Alla Stagione Dell'Inverno (limited digipack edition bonus-track)

You can listen to the first track here:

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Friday, March 18, 2016

Svartelder reveal details of upcoming album

Blackmetal band from norway Svartelder have released details of new album, which will be called Pyres. It has six tracks and is scheduled to be released in April through Dusktone. Pyres will be available as Digipack CD, as well as a Limited Edition A5 Digi CD, limited to 100 copies, and a 300 copy Limited Edition vinyl. 

01 - Guds Helvete
02 - Ingen Vet Jeg Var...
03 - Stygian Macrocosmos Pt. I
04 - Stygian Macrocosmos Pt. II
05 - Realm of Breathing Eyes
06 - Devil Of The Flesh

The artwork is by Khaos Diktator.

Pyres was recorded in Norway at the Woodscave Studio. and mastered by WSL Studio in France.

The lineup of Svartelder comprises of frontman Doedsadmiral, Maletoth on bass and guitars, AK-47 on drums, and Kobold on keys. 

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Heathen Deity post rehearsal video

Heathen Deity, blackmetal band from UK are currently working on a new album. There is also a new lineup and a return to the live scene.
For those who don't know, this band has been around since 1998. They released two demos and one EP and took a break in 2004.
Dagon remains in the new lineup as well as the original member Azrael on guitars, and new addition Xjort will become the Heathen Deity's full-time drummer, both in the studio and live.  The band is currently looking at bringing in a rhythm guitar and bassist to play lives, ready for their stage comeback which will take place in October at the Blackwood Gathering, which takes place in the forest on the shores of Lake Windermere in Cumbria.

Dagon explains why he has decided to bring back the band after such a long time:  "I had been busy with day to day things  and with my solo project FROSTWORK, whilst Azrael was busy with ETHEREAL FOREST and his various projects, and although we'd been talking about it for a long time,  we could never find the time to get together to concentrate on HEATHEN DEITY until now" commented Dagon. 

"Would you believe that we started working on the new album in 2002 and didn't pick it up again until 2014.  As you can imagine, with the passage of time, we are looking at those songs from a completely different perspective now, and we have re-worked and updated them to reflect where we find ourselves both musically and philosophically at this moment in time.    We also intend to include newly written material, as well as some of the songs we performed live back in the day, songs that never appeared on any of our releases.  We  see these songs as marking the end of one chapter of HEATHEN DEITY, whilst the new material will herald a new beginning".

The album will be mixed and mastered by Jonny Maudling (Kull, ex Bal-Sagoth) at his Waylands Forge Studios in Sheffield.  Maudling and Dagon are long-time collaborators, having previously worked together.

You can watch the video of the band rehearsing here:

You can also watch a video of Heathen Deity performing the Karmageddon cover from the Official Nargaroth Tribute album here:

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