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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Static Tension Recordings celebrate 1st anniversary with free release

Static Tension Recordings is a label from Oregon and they are now celebrating their 1st anniversary by releasing Brain Damage, a free compilation. This label is somewhat versatile and the compilation contains tracks from the bands who worked with the label along this first year.

You can stream the whole compilation here:

Track listing for Brain Damage:
1.Sharp Weapons - Eat Another Chord
2.Reign Of Fury - Harbinger Of Decay
3.Curezum - The Top
4.The Wolf Council - The Day I Cleared The Debt
5.A Light Within - Between Shores
6.Curse of the North - Sleep While You Can
7.Dead River Runs Dry - Revenge Upon Fate
8.Biotoxic Warfare - Proclaim The Gospel Of Lies
9.Tormenter - Critical Stasis
10.War Curse - Severed Crosses
11.Biotoxic Warfare - Baptized In Blood
12.Allfather - Blood Red Sunset
13.Lucis Absentia - Colossus

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Niklas Kvarforth and former label Spinefarm Records reached an agreement

In a statement issued three days ago, Niklas Kvarforth confirmed that the band Shining had reached an agreement with former label, Spinefarm Records, for the re-releasing of three of Shining's recordings, which, according to Kvarforth, "have all been unavailable for a few years due to several "inconvenient" matters".

The frontman also says: "SHINING's seventh full-length album VII / Född Förlorare and the Lots Of Girls Gonna Get Hurt EP will both appear in CD and Limited Edition vinyl formats, with the vinyl formats having one additional track each.

"But the best news of all is that Redefining Darkness will once again be available to those who missed out on its short-lived presence on the record market.  The album will be available in both deluxe digipak and vinyl editions".

The deluxe digipak edition of Redefining Darkness, and the vinyl editions of all three of the re-releases, have been re-mastered by Andy La Rocque at the Sonic Train Studios, and are now available to pre-order, along with new merchandise and bundles from

Ten tracks from Shining can be heard at

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Review: Blakk Old Blood / Black Devotion Split 7"

As mentioned on the previews review of Blakk Old Blood, they are releasing a EP called Greed on the 13th of May. On the same day, they are releasing as well a split 7" with the band Black Devotion through Clavis Secretorvm. On side A there is a track of Blakk Old Blood called 7 Chants. Very different from Greed. Much more aggressive musically and in terms of sound quality as well. Sounds like it was taken from the depths of a trunk, as a tape you haven't heard in 20 years. This doesn't mean it is bad though. Specially in a time when some black metal bands and labels are trying to go back in time and sounding more rough than what we have been listening to in the last decade. It is quite tortured and screamy and fast and noisy as we are already accustomed to.
Side B is a track by Black Devotion called Prophets of the Black Arts. There is a big contrast here regarding the quality and the clarity of the music. Same style, same aggressiveness, but touching a bit the Death Metal singing and with more neatness. However, sounds like the perfect match. The two bands may be a bit different but it is a good combination. When you hear one track and then the other it gives sense to the split.

Review: Blakk Old Blood's upcoming EP "Greed"

Black Metal band Blakk Old Blood are releasing a EP on vinyl format on the 13th of May. This is a band that has very experienced members from bands as Asag, Deathcult, and Antiversum. They are from Switzerland and the EP will be called Greed. It has 4 tracks and is released through Clavis Secretorvm.
What a good surprise! Such good stuff is rare to find nowadays, if you like more traditional bands, that is. In fact, if you are expecting to find tortured voices, agonizing laments, long doomy riffs full of sadness and despair and fast drums, you will find all that in these short but very powerful release. The second track Intermezzo is full of painful screams and disturbing noise. On other tracks, at times the voice resembles Attila from Mayhem (which doesn't seem to be a problem at all) and sometimes the guitar sounds a tiny bit out of tune (especially in Seed of Greed), which is difficult to tell if it was on purpose or not. Anyway, it adds some more drama and atmosphere to the whole thing.

Review: Dead River Runs Dry's upcoming album "Hierophants of the Storm"

For the ones who don't know, Dead River Runs Dry are a band originally from Australia and are  releasing their debut album in vinyl. The album is called Hierophants of the Storm and is to be released on the 3rd of June.
Hierophants of the Storm is all about the storm phenomena and about all that is involved. It has 10 tracks of almost pure Black Metal. The sound is very Black Metal, but there are other influences as well, such as a softer heavy metal. You can hear the sincerity of the instruments with all their rhythms and melodies and in the way they combine with the voice. The voice is sometimes more bassy and other times more high pitched as we are traditionally used to listen in Black Metal bands.
Lachryma Christi's favorite track is Skull of the Wind. Has a mix of everything in there. The blast beats, the fast riffs, the agonizing voice, the weight of a thunderstorm, but also a very catchy melody at times, melodic and melancholic. Hyperic Vortex is also a very interesting track, but sometimes sounds like it is from a different band.
The artwork is by renowned artist Lucas Ruggieri and the album will be available through Static Tension Records (USA).
Good stuff.

Abbath released video clip for "Winterbane"

Abbath just released their new video for the debut album Abbath, which was released in January. You can now stream the video for Winterbane on the following pages:

Metal Hammer (DE)
Devilution (DK)
Rockzone (ES)
Inferno (FI)
VS-Webzine (FR)
Rocking (GR)
Lángoló Gitárok (HU)
Metal Wani (IN)
Andfari (IS)
Rock Hard (IT)
Ward Records (JP)
Lords of Metal (NL)
Metal Hammer (NO)
Musick Magazine (PL)
Loud! (PT)
Close-Up (SE)
Metal Hammer (UK)

The video has been created by Jon Simvonis:
Filming by Ragnvald Stokken and Francisco Munoz

01. To War!
02. Winterbane
03. Ashes of the Damned
04. Ocean of Wounds
05. Count the Dead
06. Fenrir Hunts
07. Root of the Mountain
08. Endless
09. Nebular Ravens Winter [bonus]

Abbath are now starting a tour through the US and have announced some festival shows as well. You may see the dates below.

ABBATH Decibel US Tour
17 Mar 16 Baltimore, MD (US) Baltimore Soundstage
18 Mar 16 Charlotte, NC (US) Amos' Southend
19 Mar 16 Atlanta, GA (US) The Masquerade
20 Mar 16 Ybor City, FL (US) The Ritz Ybor
22 Mar 16 Dallas, TX (US) Gas Monkey Live!
23 Mar 16 Austin, TX (US) Emo's
25 Mar 16 Scottsdale, AZ (US) Live Wire
26 Mar 16 San Diego, CA (US) The Observatory North Park
27 Mar 16 Santa Ana, CA (US) The Observatory
28 Mar 16 Los Angeles, CA (US) The Regent Theater DTLA
29 Mar 16 San Francisco, CA (US) The Regency Ballroom
31 Mar 16 Portland, OR (US) Roseland Theatre
01 Apr 16 Seattle, WA (US) El Corazon
02 Apr 16 Vancouver, BC (CA) Commodore Ballroom
05 Apr 16 Denver, CO (US) Gothic Theatre
06 Apr 16 Lawrence, KS (US) Granada Theater
07 Apr 16 Minneapolis, MN (US) Mill City Nights
08 Apr 16 Chicago, IL (US) Metro
09 Apr 16 Cleveland, OH (US) Agora Ballroom
10 Apr 16 Toronto, ON (CA) The Opera House
12 Apr 16 New York, NY (US) Webster Hall
14 Apr 16 Boston, MA (US) Royale
15 Apr 16 Philadelphia, PA (US) Union Transfer

Festival shows
05 Jun 16 Nijmegen (NL) Fortarock
17 Jun 16 Clisson (FR) Hellfest
18 Jun 16 Dessel (BE) Graspop
24 Jun 16 København (DK) Copenhell
09 Jul 16 Viveiro (ES) Resurrection
16 Jul 16 Gävle (SE) Gefle Metal Fest
18 Aug 16 Dinkelsbühl (DE ) Summer Breeze

As mostly of you know, Abbath left Immortal, which caused a great shock throush the metal scene. However he returns with a new band called Abbath.

Abbath: guitar & vocals
King: bass
Creature: drums

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Drudkh release the first song and details of split with Hades Almighty

Black Metal band from Ukraine Drudkh are premiering the first track from their new split One Who Talks With The Fog / Pyre Era, Black! with Norwegian band Hades Almighty. The split is scheduled to be released on the 3rd of June. You can stream the track Fiery Serpent on the following pages:

Andfari (IS)
Antichrist Magazine (UA)
Kaaoszine (FI)
Lords of Metal (NL)
Loud! (PT)
Metal Hammer (DE)
Metal Obsession (AU)
Metal Wani (IN)
Metalitalia (IT)
Musick Magazine (PL)
Pitchline (ES) (GR)
Terrorizer (UK)
Vs-Webzine (FR)

Fiery Serpent is based on a poem by Ukranian writer Volodymyr Svidzins'kyi (1885-1941), who was murdered by the Soviets after years of censorship and repression.

1. DRUDKH – Golden Horse
2. DRUDKH – Fiery Serpent
3. HADES ALMIGHTY – Pyre Era, Black!
4. HADES ALMIGHTY – Funeral Storm

Line-up DRUDKH
Roman Sayenko: guitars
Thurios: guitar, vocals
Krechet: bass
Vlad: drums, keyboards

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