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June 19, 2019, 4:15 pm

 

THE TIES THAT BIND

Band:MORASS OF MOLASSES
Album:THE TIES THAT BIND
Label:WASTED STATE
Format:LP
Genre:SLUDGE/METAL

Second full length from established UK act Morass of Molasses. Swamp master generals of the Reading scene MORASS OF MOLASSES create the kind of lumbering heavy blues riffs which induce involuntary head nodding and a deep stirring of the loins. Today the UK-based low tuned trio announced their signing to underground powerhouse label Wasted State Records. TRACK LISTING 1. The Darkening 2. Woe Betide 3. Death Of All 4. Estranger 5. Legend of the Five Sons 6. As Leaves Fall 7. Persona Non Grata 8. In Our Sacred Skin 9. The Deepest Roots

 

 

THE TIES THAT BIND

Band:MORASS OF MOLASSES
Album:THE TIES THAT BIND
Label:WASTED STATE
Format:CD
Genre:SLUDGE/METAL

TRACK LISTING 1. The Darkening 2. Woe Betide 3. Death Of All 4. Estranger 5. Legend of the Five Sons 6. As Leaves Fall 7. Persona Non Grata 8. In Our Sacred Skin 9. The Deepest Roots Second full length from established UK act Morass of Molasses. Swamp master generals of the Reading scene MORASS OF MOLASSES create the kind of lumbering heavy blues riffs which induce involuntary head nodding and a deep stirring of the loins. Today the UK-based low tuned trio announced their signing to underground powerhouse label Wasted State Records.

 

 

NEW ORGANON

Band:LORD WEIRD SLOUGH FEG
Album:NEW ORGANON
Label:Cruz Del Sur
Format:CD
Genre:HEAVY METAL

Highly anticipated 10th album from San Francisco true metal troubadours! The tenth album from San Francisco metal bastions Slough Feg, New Organon combines raw, primitive metal with Mike Scalzi s philosophical lyrical exploits for a trip through history like no other! When Mike Scalzi decided to trim The Lord Weird Slough Feg down to simply Slough Feg in 2005, it coincided with their new deal with Italian metal label Cruz Del Sur Music. The actual shortening of their name could have backfired metal fans can, of course, be resistant to change, but none of that seemed to matter once the Atavism album was released. Rife with dueling guitar harmonies, proto-thrash movements and the elaborate storytelling of Scalzi, Atavism effectively plotted the course for Slough Feg going forward. Since then, the band has released four additional studio albums and trekked through Europe multiple times, cementing their status as one of the underground s most unique and respected bands. Five years removed from their last effort Digital Resistance, Slough Feg has returned with their tenth studio album, New Organon. Inspired by the 1620 book of the same name written by Francis Bacon, New Organon finds Slough Feg (who are rounded out by second guitarist Angel Tringali, bassist Adrian Maestas and new drummer Jeff Griffin, who split studio duties with John Dust) returning to the rustic, raw sound found on their early Twilight of the Idols and Down Among the Deadmen albums. The songs in true Slough Feg fashion are heavy, spun with melodic interplay and Scalzi s imitable vocals, with lyrics taken directly from his lecture notes as a philosophy professor where he discusses (in mostly chronological order) the pre-Socrates-era, Plato, Aristotle, medieval catholic theology and enlightenment. The songwriting for New Organon found Slough Feg willingly discarding songwriting ideas that didn t fit the overall picture, leaving several songs on the cutting room floor in the process. Scalzi admits that some of his best songs have written themselves, something that applies on New Organon several of the cuts here came from songwriting breakthroughs where he was about ready to put the guitar down, only for inspiration to strike. The album s cover is a lesson in simplicity: Scalzi took the color from the Cambridge 2000 pressing of the book and added simple lettering in the fashion of Black Sabbath s Master of Reality and AC/DC s Back in Black. Slough Feg formed in 1990 (as The Lord Weird Slough Feg) in Central Pennsylvania from the ashes of Scalzi s previous band, Bonemeal. Their original premise was simple: play old-school heavy metal at a time when the style was passé and largely forgotten. Nearly three decades later, Scalzi, along with long-time members Tringali and Maestas (Scalzi: They are lifers. So am I. ), has navigated through an assortment of pitfalls that would wreck lesser bands, guided by the principle that heavy metal is a way of life. In fact, ten studio albums have done little to quell Scalzi s thirst for more: I m just as into Slough Feg as I was the day I started it. TRACKLIST 1. Headhunter 2. Discourse on Equality 3. The Apology 4. Being And Nothingness 5. New Organon 6. Sword of Machiavelli 7. Uncanny 8. Coming of Age in the Milky Way 9. Exegesis / Tragic Hooligan 10. The Cynic

 

 

NEW ORGANON

Band:LORD WEIRD SLOUGH FEG
Album:NEW ORGANON
Label:Cruz Del Sur
Format:LP
Genre:HEAVY METAL

TRACKLIST 1. Headhunter 2. Discourse on Equality 3. The Apology 4. Being And Nothingness 5. New Organon 6. Sword of Machiavelli 7. Uncanny 8. Coming of Age in the Milky Way 9. Exegesis / Tragic Hooligan 10. The Cynic

 

 

A STONE ENGRAVED IN RED

Band:RAVENSIRE
Album:A STONE ENGRAVED IN RED
Label:Cruz Del Sur
Format:LP
Genre:EPIC HEAVY METAL

Timeless traditional metal from the heart of Portugal including a memorable tribute to fallen Manilla Road leader Mark The Shark Shelton. Ravensire s quest for global metal prominence continues on their third full-length effort, A Stone Engraved in Red, an album of might, spirit and will dedicated to Mark The Shark Shelton and Hartmuth Barbarian Wrath Schindler. Geographic isolation even during the Internet age can be a prime deterrent for a band looking to make their presence known on an international scale. The obstacles are many, in particular, lack of funds to travel in order to build a global fanbase. But, nothing worth having is ever easy, just ask one of Portugal s leading metal exports, Ravensire. Since their 2011 formation, the band has steadily been putting a dent into continental Europe, including spots at the Riddle of Steel and Up the Hammers festivals. The proof is in the response: Ravensire is regularly hounded by concertgoers to return a sign that their brand of epic traditional metal is connecting with audiences. Now with two full-lengths, two EPs and two splits under their belts, Ravensire takes the next logical step forward with their third album, A Stone Engraved in Red. Recorded at Studio 13 in Lisbon with engineer Paulo Paulão Vieira at the helm, A Stone Engraved in Red finds Ravensire expanding upon the songwriting prowess found on their acclaimed 2016 The Cycle Never Ends full-length. Traditional Ravensire elements like charging guitar riffs, mountainous lead segments and the impassioned delivery of bassist/vocalist Rick are present, but this time, the band (who are rounded out by the guitar team of Nuno and Mário and drummer Alex) has added new moods and dimensions to their songs. Acoustic passages, complex arrangements and a new degree of melody and flair in the guitar solo department from Mário has enhanced cuts like Procession of the Dead and A Stone Engraved in Red, capitalizing upon the album s theme of perpetuity that was driven by Rick s background as an archeologist. The album s most triumphant moment comes in the form of After the Battle, Ravensire s tribute to fallen Manilla Road leader Mark The Shark Shelton. Shelton passed away in July 2018, leaving behind an unmatched legacy of epic metal, ultimately paving the way for bands like Ravensire. After the Battle is a fitting tribute to Shelton, complete with a guest vocal spot from Terminus s James Beattie and a chorus that will surely make Shelton smile down from Valhalla: After the battle - all is lost/After the battle - I have died/After the battle - longing for/ After the battle - a wild horse to ride. A Stone Engraved in Red is also dedicated to Hartmuth Barbarian Wrath Schindler a longtime friend and supporter of Ravensire who is currently in a vegetative state with very slim hopes of ever recovering. While it would appear Ravensire carried a heavy heart into the making of the album, their ingrained perseverance and dedication to metal rises above all. The band had one goal when recording A Stone Engraved in Red: Create music that will stand the test of time. Mission accomplished.

 

 

A STONE ENGRAVED IN RED

Band:RAVENSIRE
Album:A STONE ENGRAVED IN RED
Label:Cruz Del Sur
Format:CD
Genre:EPIC HEAVY METAL

Timeless traditional metal from the heart of Portugal including a memorable tribute to fallen Manilla Road leader Mark The Shark Shelton. Ravensire s quest for global metal prominence continues on their third full-length effort, A Stone Engraved in Red, an album of might, spirit and will dedicated to Mark The Shark Shelton and Hartmuth Barbarian Wrath Schindler. Geographic isolation even during the Internet age can be a prime deterrent for a band looking to make their presence known on an international scale. The obstacles are many, in particular, lack of funds to travel in order to build a global fanbase. But, nothing worth having is ever easy, just ask one of Portugal s leading metal exports, Ravensire. Since their 2011 formation, the band has steadily been putting a dent into continental Europe, including spots at the Riddle of Steel and Up the Hammers festivals. The proof is in the response: Ravensire is regularly hounded by concertgoers to return a sign that their brand of epic traditional metal is connecting with audiences. Now with two full-lengths, two EPs and two splits under their belts, Ravensire takes the next logical step forward with their third album, A Stone Engraved in Red. Recorded at Studio 13 in Lisbon with engineer Paulo Paulão Vieira at the helm, A Stone Engraved in Red finds Ravensire expanding upon the songwriting prowess found on their acclaimed 2016 The Cycle Never Ends full-length. Traditional Ravensire elements like charging guitar riffs, mountainous lead segments and the impassioned delivery of bassist/vocalist Rick are present, but this time, the band (who are rounded out by the guitar team of Nuno and Mário and drummer Alex) has added new moods and dimensions to their songs. Acoustic passages, complex arrangements and a new degree of melody and flair in the guitar solo department from Mário has enhanced cuts like Procession of the Dead and A Stone Engraved in Red, capitalizing upon the album s theme of perpetuity that was driven by Rick s background as an archeologist. The album s most triumphant moment comes in the form of After the Battle, Ravensire s tribute to fallen Manilla Road leader Mark The Shark Shelton. Shelton passed away in July 2018, leaving behind an unmatched legacy of epic metal, ultimately paving the way for bands like Ravensire. After the Battle is a fitting tribute to Shelton, complete with a guest vocal spot from Terminus s James Beattie and a chorus that will surely make Shelton smile down from Valhalla: After the battle - all is lost/After the battle - I have died/After the battle - longing for/ After the battle - a wild horse to ride. A Stone Engraved in Red is also dedicated to Hartmuth Barbarian Wrath Schindler a longtime friend and supporter of Ravensire who is currently in a vegetative state with very slim hopes of ever recovering. While it would appear Ravensire carried a heavy heart into the making of the album, their ingrained perseverance and dedication to metal rises above all. The band had one goal when recording A Stone Engraved in Red: Create music that will stand the test of time. Mission accomplished.

 

 

THE SMOKELESS FIRES

Band:LUNAR SHADOW
Album:THE SMOKELESS FIRES
Label:Cruz Del Sur
Format:CD
Genre:EPIC CLASSIC METAL

Epic classic metal goes head-to-head with blazing Scandinavian black metal on Lunar Shadow s firebrand sophomore effort, The Smokeless Fires. From the explorative mind of Max Birbaum comes The Smokeless Fires, the second full-length from Lunar Shadow, a band pushing the boundaries of classic metal with an album that explores themes of passion and the human condition. The period after the release of Lunar Shadow s 2017 Far from Light studio album was turbulent for the young German quintet. The band changed vocalists, but more intrinsically, band leader, guitarist and main songwriter Max Birbaum was going through a series of personal problems that made him question his own mortality: Why do humans get up after they fall? What are the things that keep us going in a world filled with greed and deceit? Above all else, what keeps his own fire burning when circumstances suggest otherwise? Birbaum eventually zeroed-in on the word passion and made it the lyrical foundation for the band s second full-length, The Smokeless Fires. Recorded with Max Herrmann at Glooven Studios in Leipzig between November 2018 and January 2019 and featuring cover art courtesy of Adam Burke, the man responsible for Lunar Shadow s debut Triumphator EP, The Smokeless Fires marks the introduction of vocalist Robert Röttig, who replaced Alex Vornam last year. Since Röttig hails from the same region of Germany as Lunar Shadow (who are rounded out by second guitarist K. Hamacher, bassist S. Hamacher and drummer J. Zehner), his entrance into the band was seamless. Röttig s easy-going nature, not to mention sterling vocal capabilities, has added a new dimension to Lunar Shadow s sound, one that now includes moments of post-punk to go along with the band s pronounced, if not very unique classic metal-meets-Scandinavian black metal sound. The seven cuts on The Smokeless Fires are the result of Birbaum s ceaseless work ethic and commitment to producing an album that would not only complement Far from Light, but present new elements to sit alongside their firebrand twin guitar harmonies and labyrinthine song arrangements. Birbaum oversaw every note, lyric and drum beat, often burning the candle at both ends during marathon studio sessions that he could not drag himself away from. And whereas Far from Light was a noticeably dark and foreboding album that Birbaum often noted as having no hope, The Smokeless Fires presents a more humanistic touch, glancing upon subjects of sorrow, love, loneliness, sex, perseverance and power. In a scene that occasionally prides itself on uniformity and towing the line, Lunar Shadow present an affront to some of metal s current norms on The Smokeless Fires. An album born from moments of long introspection, The Smokeless Fires is a testament to human perseverance and an unbowed, unbending will. TRACKLIST 1. Catch Fire 2. Conajohara No MOre 3. Roses 4. Pretend 5. Laurelindórenan 6. Red Nails (For The Pillars Of Death) 7. Hawk Of The Hills

 

 

THE SMOKELESS FIRES

Band:LUNAR SHADOW
Album:THE SMOKELESS FIRES
Label:Cruz Del Sur
Format:LP
Genre:EPIC CLASSIC METAL

TRACKLIST 1. Catch Fire 2. Conajohara No MOre 3. Roses 4. Pretend 5. Laurelindórenan 6. Red Nails (For The Pillars Of Death) 7. Hawk Of The Hills

 

 

TRANSIENT LUNAR PHENOMENON

Band:SPHARE SECHS
Album:TRANSIENT LUNAR PHENOMENON
Label:Cryo Chamber
Format:CD
Genre:DARK AMBIENT/SPACE AMBIENT

The fourth Sphäre Sechs album was recorded during improvised studio sessions. Using a selected set of analog instruments Christian Stritzel and Martin Stürtzer have put together a mystic, slowly evolving ambient sound. A warm cocoon in cold space longing for the enigmas of the solar system and beyond. Transient Lunar Phenomena are changes in appearance on the lunar surface of unknown origin. Light signals and color changes have been observed since the 6th century. The lunar events were officially cataloged in NASA technical report TR R-277 in 1968. Recommended for fans of dark space ambient and analog drone Track Listing: 1. Report R-277 08:44 2. Meteor 07:10 3. The Castle Anomaly 10:13 4. Aristarchus Plateau 09:05 5. Regolith 08:17 6. Lunar Volcano 07:24

 

 

THE MIST BETWEEN MIRRORS

Band:God Body Disconnect
Album:THE MIST BETWEEN MIRRORS
Label:Cryo Chamber
Format:CD
Genre:DARK AMBIENT/POST-ROCK

God Body Disconnect presents us his third album on Cryo Chamber. An atmospheric journey dealing with loneliness and solitude. A desperate dream shaped by loneliness. A dwelling place behind the world, disconnected from oneself. The cycle of becoming and unbecoming the wrong person. It is only when forced to question mortality, that everything begins to change. The beginning comes with an end. Layered guitar builds walls of sound on top of textured field recordings and spoken word. Recommended for fans of film soundtracks and cinematic ambient. Track Listing: 1. Grief of the Living 08:16 2. Blinding years 10:40 3. The Longer I Dream, the More Disconnected I Become 07:02 4. Where our ghosts disappear 08:19 5. The Existence of Stars 06:19 6. Old Feelings Always Return 05:18 7. Another Lullaby from the Abyss 08:37

 

 


 
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