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May 24, 2019, 8:28 am

 

THE KNIGHTLORE

Band:VULTURES VENGEANCE
Album:THE KNIGHTLORE
Label:GATES OF HELL
Format:CD
Genre:HEAVY EPIC METAL

From the Italian underground comes Vultures Vengeance, a heavy epic metal quartet that defends the realm of the obscure on their first full-length album, The Knightlore. The wait is over…ten years into their career, Italian heavy epic metallers Vultures Vengeance deliver on the promise shown on their Where the Time Dwelt In and Lyrids: Warning From the Reign of the Untold EPs with their first full-length The Knightlore. Tony T. Steele formed Vultures Vengeance in 2009 with rather earnest intentions. Simply put, he wanted to assemble a band of like-minded people who had the same passion for classic and somewhat obscure heavy metal as he. From there, they would write original material, record albums and play live shows in their native Italy and across Europe. However, Steele, who serves as the band’s vocalist and lead guitarist, encountered the usual lineup turnover the befall younger bands, making him even question whether Vultures Vengeance would have a career to call their own. Undeterred, Vultures Vengeance finally made their way into the studio in 2015 to record their debut demo, Rising.

 

 

ONKOS

Band:ONKOS
Album:ONKOS
Label:I VOIDHANGER
Format:CDD
Genre:AVANTGARDE DEATH METAL

One of the many projects of San Francisco Bay Area local Robert Woods-LaDue, ONKOS is an experimental metal project that leverages the sounds of chekeré and acoustic guitars for an unusual instrumentation, seeking to expand the palate of what could be interpreted as being “heavy”. Intentionally lacking the unison guitar riffs and blast beats of metal, ONKOS replace them with an abnormal instrumentation of 6 chekeré and a battery of acoustic guitars. Reverberant synths alternate between playing a supportive backdrop and taking over the melodic foreground, adding a slight touch of alienating psychedelia to the whole, while the growled vocals, a cavernous bass and the ultra-heavy patterns of chekeré keep the music firmly to the ground, dialoguing with the guitars, counterbalancing the complexity of the music and emphasizing its heaviest sections.

 

 

ASTRES

Band:EPECTASE
Album:ASTRES
Label:I VOIDHANGER
Format:CD
Genre:COSMIC BLACK METAL

Hailing from France, EPECTASE is the formidable duo of Vague and Avitus, talented musicians with a unique approach to the metal genre, true believers in the superiority of artistic vision and expression over stylistic boundaries. Despite being their first opus, “Astres” is a surprisingly mature effort. Revolving around the concepts of human mortality, space and out-of-body experiences, it lives up to the band's name (épectase means the moving of man towards god) and follows the journey of an individual dwelling into the depths of his own consciousness. Music-wise, EPECTASE skilfully alternates ominous, frantic black metal riffs with hypnotic and groovy mid-sections typical of 70's prog, often leading to epic finales where the intensity never ceases to rise up until it reaches an exploding breaking point. It's the case of the monumental “Enter the Domain of the Solar Sovereign”, which propels the listener into outer space, to face the mysteries of creation.

 

 

THE TELLURIC ASHES OF THE O VRTH IMMEMORIAL GODS

Band:ESOCTRILIHUM
Album:THE TELLURIC ASHES OF THE O VRTH IMMEMORIAL GODS
Label:I VOIDHANGER
Format:CDD
Genre:MYSTIC BLACK DEATH METAL

“The Telluric Ashes of the Ö Vrth Immemorial Gods” is the 4th, most epic and most annihilating album by France's ESOCTRILIHUM, a cryptic entity that is torching the black death metal scene to the ground at great speed. Governed by the even more mysterious Asthâghul, ESOCTRILIHUM have the rare ability to perceive otherworldly, grotesque dimensions of cosmic horror and represent them in a very concrete and convincing way. Their records are an immanence of the absurd: the divine breaks into our material world with a blind destructing frenzy, making it clear that mankind is a mere fading footnote in the highest schemes of existence, nothing more than the delirious idea of a sick god on its death bed. The music of ESOCTRILIHUM pushes the listener through dark tunnels and mystic portals that lead to arcane and hallucinatory places. Asthâghul holds their keys... and yet he's the sore prisoner of his own visions, a reluctant messenger of worlds beyond human comprehension. He's a sort of Abdul Alhazred of metal: like the mad poet of Lovecraftian memory, he has seen what shouldn't be seen, and pours his experiences into majestic compositions where the intricate geometries of riffs and rhythms conjure up chaos and darkness.

 

 

PURE

Band:ADRIFT
Album:PURE
Label:TEMPLE OF TORTUROUS
Format:LP
Genre:POST-METAL/DOOM

The wait is over, the Spanish sludgemetallers ADRIFT are back with their third full-length 'Pure' which will be released on 31st of May, 2019 via the Swedish label Temple of Torturous (Aluk Todolo, Imperial Triumphant, Valborg). The Madrid-based quartet continues mixing their personal blend of sludge, post metal and doom, but this time they are taking a more organic and deep approach, focusing on more atmospheric and immersive sounds and a lyrical concept inspired in the corruption of the purest things in life.

 

 

FIRST STRIKE

Band:KETOS
Album:FIRST STRIKE
Label:HOSTILE MEDIA
Format:CD
Genre:MELODIC DEATH METAL/METALCORE

Northern Irish metallers Ketos recently signed to Hostile Media and are now on the cusp of releasing their debut album, aptly entitled First Strike. “The title of the album is a reference to that of a nuclear attack”, states guitarist Keith HD. But it’s by no means a concept album, Keith adds that “each song can stand on its own, and each song has something different to say. The lyrics do not follow any formula, some are written metaphorically such as ‘Escape the Chains’ and ‘The Lost Ones’, and some tackle topics head on such as ‘Temptations’ and ‘Harmacist’. A variety of different topics are covered, from the religious oppression and covered up abuse, to addiction and the pharmaceutical industry.” Drawing influence from a broad spectrum of genres and bands such as Parkway Drive and Children of Bodom, Ketos have focused on creating catchy, heavy yet melody driven songs littered with slick and intricate lead guitar work.

 

 

INTO CASCADES OF BLOOD AND BURNING SOIL

Band:PROFANATION
Album:INTO CASCADES OF BLOOD AND BURNING SOIL
Label:HOSTILE MEDIA
Format:CD
Genre:Death Metal

Hostile Media are proud to welcome German death titans Profanation to the label and will unleash their fifth full-length album Into Cascades Of Blood And Burning Soil! Ten tracks of blistering brutal and groove laden death metal you’d have thought came out in the early 90’s, and recorded in much the same fashion at Soundlodge Studio in less than 1 week!

 

 

NOTHING BUT A BITTER TASTE

Band:RABID BITCH OF THE NORTH
Album:NOTHING BUT A BITTER TASTE
Label:HOSTILE MEDIA
Format:12" vinyl
Genre:HEAVY METAL

‘Nothing But A Bitter Taste’ is the debut album from Belfast, Northern Ireland, based heavy metal trio Rabid Bitch Of The North. Having previously released a number of demos, singles and a demo/singles compilation, ‘Nothing But A Bitter Taste’ is the first full length and encapsulates the energy of a now seasoned, fast, hard and heavy metal band inspired by genre pioneers such as Judas Priest, Iron Maiden & Motörhead. The band associate themselves with the NWOBHM, its descendants and have even paid tribute to the classic genre, bucking the trends, and creating a production reminiscent of that era. Previously released on CD, the album has now been given a new leash of life with a release on vinyl! Old school format for old school heavy metal!

 

 

THUS SPOKE THE ANTICHRIST

Band:NIHILITY
Album:THUS SPOKE THE ANTICHRIST
Label:BLACK LION RECORDS
Format:CD
Genre:BLACK METAL/DEATH METAL

Nihility is best described as a band that takes the best from both genres from groovy death metal to the more straightforward chilling sinister black metal riffs. The notoriously aggressive delivery of sound roots in death and black metal is the band's trademark. The lyrical content explores the definition of nihilism as a philosophy and a way of life, passing through the many different ways of nihilism, how it's understood and adjusts to everyday life and society as a whole. Nihility Will release their new album Thus Spoke The Antichrist in May 2019 CD/digital their debut album will surely spark nostalgia and please just about any extreme death black metal fan!

 

 

THE RISE OF NORN

Band:VAGRANT
Album:THE RISE OF NORN
Label:BLACK LION RECORDS
Format:CD
Genre:DEATH METAL SYMPHONIC MELODIC

Vagrant. Deep inside a raging storm there is a truth. Untold and forgotten and too silent to be heard. A truth that seeks to voiced. Founded in 2016, this Band steps into the depths of human volatility and despair and displays these untold stories in a versatile, refreshing way. The lyrics pierce the tissue of shallowness in order to reveal a fragile, vulnerable core. Composed by Stanley Robertson, the songs stand out through unique versatility enhanced by Dragnier´s rough singing style only to be completed by Arnaud's smooth bass play and backing vocals.

 

 


 
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