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ENCOFFINATION, the most wretched and abysmal death metal band of the last decade, return with their third full length record. "III - Hear Me, O' Death" is 60 minutes of abysmal, funereal death metal; the most destructive recorings of their career.
A must have for fans of INCANTATION, RIPPIKOULU, MORPHEUS DESCENDS, dISEMBOWELMENT.
VINYL VERSION (GATEFOLD 2XLP) will be available late November. Pre-orders launch October 30th 2014
Conspiracy is a name of a concept album by King Diamond, being the second part of a story that begun on the album "Them". It was released in 1989. The song "Cremation" appears in the 2009 video game game Brütal Legend.
Conspiracy was the last album to feature original drummer Mikkey Dee (however, he was only a studio musician at that time). (wikipedia)
"Them" is the third studio album by King Diamond released in 1988 on Roadrunner Records.
It is the first of two fictional concept albums about King and his mentally ill grandmother, the second of these being Conspiracy. King falls into a harrowing descent into madness via his grandmother and the voices in the House of Amon, known to the listener only as "Them". This album has sold over 200,000 copies in North America alone. (wikipedia)
Fatal Portrait is the debut album by the heavy metal band King Diamond. The album was released in 1986 on Roadrunner Records. It is the only King Diamond album to date in which guitarist Andy LaRocque does not receive writing credits. Fatal Portrait was produced by Rune Hoyer. Along with The Spider's Lullabye, this is one of the band's only albums which is not a whole concept album. This album has sold over 100,000 copies in North America alone. (wikipedia)
Summon the tortures, start to scream, burn in deviation and... Rise up from Ashes
The Great Executioner from the worst nightmare... comes!
The highly anticipated 3rd full-lenght album of one of Polish Ultra Brutal Death Metal band is ready...
to smash your head!
Let the drill your mind...
Sometimes a band comes along that truly break the mould....AS THEY BURN are such a band. Taking influence from the likes of Gojira, War From A Harlots Mouth, Despised Icon, 36 Crazyfists, Dimmu Borgir, Pink Floyd and everything in between, they have created an absolute monster with their debut album AEONS WAR. Every song is a twist and turn into new territory whilst always relentlessly bludgeoning the listener with some of the most immediately impacting riffs and chops you will hear all year. These eclectic Frenchman are bringing a whole new wave of noise for the modern age
Debut full lenght of England's CHAOS BLOOD playing brutal and technical death metal/deathcore mixed with grindcore.
For fans of NAPALM DEATH and THE RED CHORD.
Battalion warcommanders AXIS POWERS charges forth with a brand new full-length “Marching Towards Destruction”. Taking real-life adaptations of the horrific incidents of the cruel war and militaristic concepts throughout the whole album, this is an excellent marriage between the chainsaw-grind harshness of the old Swedish Death Metal sound gelling perfectly with the vile environment of war!
“Marching Towards Destruction” is a simple yet effective approach and totally reminiscent of the early Swedish bands that conquered the Extreme Metal scene in the early nineties.
With members from the Swedish Deathrashers Suicidal Winds, this is just simply the most straight-up War Metal there is today, no one should miss this! Stunning artwork and layout by Romanian artist Costin Chioreanu at Twilight13Media (Grave, Demonical, etc) and with the entire album produced at Studio Evocation by Vesa Kenttäkumpu (Suicidal Winds, Evocation, Lake Of Tears, etc).
Pete Flesh (Thrown, Deceiver, ex-Maze Of Torment) once again unleashes FLESH’s latest creation with “Worship The Soul Of Disgust”, a truly morbid and darkened taste of old school Death Metal. Sticking to the traditional old Death Metal sound, but at the same time with an unorthodox yet unique formula, “Worship The Soul Of Disgust” is sure to leave the listener with a horrific and bitter aftermath. This is definitely FLESH’s most accomplished and vengeful album to date!
The sick debut from the insane mastermind Pete Flesh; ‘Dodsangest’ is a frightening quest into the darkest realms of oblivion, where old school Death Metal reigns supreme. This is an album that will elate those who crave how real Death Metal used to be; raw, brutal and relentless!
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Tommy Tägtgren at the legendary Abyss Studio (Hypocrisy, Dimmu Borgir, Dark Funeral, etc) and also featuring morbid artwork and layout by Erik Sahlström (Maze Of Torment).
London chaos-horde LVCIFYRE unleashes the debut Death Metal beast entitled “The Calling Depths”, reigning supreme as possibly one of 2011's sickest album of the year. Featuring current and ex-members of Adorior, Corpus Christii and Necrosadist, LVCIFYRE is without doubt a manifestation of pure evil permeated with demonic, dissonant Death Metal sophistication at best!
Recorded, mixed and mastered at Poland's Factory Studio and with the album artwork and layout by fiendish art illustrator Alexander L. Brown (MITOCHONDRION, CORPSESSED, WITCHRIST, WODENSTHRONE), “The Calling Depths” displays a healthy slab of unfeeling riff-decimation and tastefully deformed the Death Metal genre into the most horrific and spine-tingling euphonic assault to the ears. The diabolical occult of the Ancient Ones is once again omnipotent!
Swedish reckless rockers IRON LAMB unleashes a barrage of smoldering, easily digestible and boisterous Rock 'N Roll with heavy doses of punk rebellion flavour on the debut full-length "The Original Sin". Featuring veterans from the evergreen Swedish Extreme Metal community such as Johan Wallin (General Surgery, ex-Repugnant, etc), Thomas Daun (Dismember, ex-Insision, etc), Daniel Ekeroth (ex-Dellamorte, author of "Swedish Death Metal" book) and Grga Lindström (Ghost, ex-Repugnant); these bunch of discordant gentlemen have proven themselves to pave the way for a whole new generation of those whom firmly grasp and educate the true meaning of what "Punk 'N Roll" means to be antagonistic!
Also featuring a prominent cover song “Poison” by the legendary Motörhead!
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Hannah Sahlberg at Hannah Sahlberg Productions and with artwork cover and layout designed by prolific Watain frontman Erik Danielsson (Trident Arts), “The Original Sin” is a non-conformist, heart-warming and driven album for those who worship the temple of free-spirited Hard Rock 'N Roll. Born To Be Wild!
The good old filthy Death Metal worship is once again glorified by Spanish sordid Death Metallers GRAVEYARD, with their latest blitz “The Altar Of Sculpted Skulls” Mini-CD. Three years after the debut full-length album “One With The Dead”, the band gathered enough material for an EP; thus capturing the perfect essence of festering Death Metal on “The Altar Of Sculpted Skulls”.
Fronting the album cover features the breathtaking and intricate artwork by Matt 'Putrid' Carr (Autopsy, Impetigo, Coffins, Hooded Menace, etc). With four never-before-released tracks in tandem with two older remixed and re-mastered tracks, “The Altar Of Sculpted Skulls” is an ugly bloodbath of down-tuned buzzsaw guitars, Swe-beats and the undeniable bone-chilling hellish vibe that is reminiscent of the early incarnation of Swedish Death Metal insanity!
Recording an album with a band is hard enough; recording one by yourself is exponentially harder. Thus, it's noteworthy when a one-man project like Flesh puts out an album like Temple of Whores that easily matches the scope and power of full bands. Pete Flesh has put in serious time in Sweden's metal underground, having played with Maze of Torment, Deceiver, and Thrown. As Flesh, he cranks out old-school Swedish death metal in the vein of early Entombed, Unleashed, and so on.
This style seems to be enjoying a mini-revival lately, with Flesh being one of its better exponents. Not only does he nail the riffs, he conjures up the vibe – raw, dirty, electric. Old-school Swedish death metal was nowhere near as technical as its American counterpart, and thus you won't find fancy blastbeat exhibitions here. But you'll hear plenty of double-time thrash beats, nasty riffs with Slayer and Kreator in their blood, and strong, if faceless, death growls. Flesh keeps soloing to a minimum, but when he lets loose, the leads are fluent and memorable. A few dissonant harmonies and key modulations, such as in "Baptised on the Demon's Throne," help add flavor throughout.
One salient aspect of this album is its headbang-ability. It mostly alternates between thrash beats and chugging midpaced parts, and thus never gets too fast for headbanging. This may seem quaint given today's speed-obsessed technicality. But the results are undeniable. Heads will nod; hair will fly. With strong Abyss Studio production, this is one heavy album. Flesh is evidently becoming a live act with additional members, so keep an eye out for that.
A new malevolent chapter beholds as veteran US Black Thrashers SATHANAS spews forth their latest creation “Crowned Infernal”, once again offering the underworld a slab of pure and raw Metal filled with epic filth and grime. None will be able to defy the killer hooks evident on this album and a lavish spread of old-school Death / Thrash riffs like it was in 1986 again. “Crowned Infernal” is probably the strongest and the most defined material released under their belt of discography in years!
Mixed and mastered by Tore Stjerna at the unholy Necromorbus Studios (Watain, Nominon, In Battle, etc). Featuring the spectacularly diabolic artwork by Kristian Wahlin aka Necrolord (Emperor, Dissection, At The Gates, etc).
Swedish Metal have always been known for spewing out massive amounts of melodic Death / Thrash Metal, but SANCTIFICATION broke away from the cliché to offer us an American-style of uncompromising Death Metal wreckage! “Black Reign” is a master class album filled with catchy hooks and top-notch musicianship done with deadly precision. Also featuring Hypocrisy’s Peter Tägtgren and Dark Funeral frontman Emperor Magus Caligula on guest vocals!
Recorded at the Abyss Studio (Children Of Bodom, Destruction, Dark Funeral, etc) by Tommy Tägtgren and further utilizing the mixing and mastering services of Hypocrisy / Pain frontman Peter Tägtgren, this is probably the album that will set the ethics of modern Death Metal into a blinding raze of sheer intensity.
All right! The Batallion was founded in Bergen, Norway in the summer of 2006. All members are well established metalhead musicians who have played in some of the most legendary bands from Norway, like Old Funeral, Grimfist, Taake, Borknagar, St. Satan, Deathcon, Bombers etc. The reason for starting The Batallion was the pure hunger for the spirit of the old metal feel. They possess the guts, the rebellion and the authenticity it takes to perform this music. In December of 2006 they had 4 tracks ready and entered Conclave Studio in Bergen to record their debut EP. After considering offers from a few labels, they decided to release it under their own label, Masculin Records. It resulted in being booked at the Hole In The Sky Festival and the Inferno Festival. The Batallion entered Conclave Studio with producer Bart Schlagermeister (Bjørnar E. Nilsen) again in November 2007, and proceeded to record their first full length album. The quality of the material lead to a record contract with the Bergen based label Dark Essence Records. The album is entitled "Stronghold Of Men" and contains 11 tracks of no compromise shredding toughness! The Batallion means business. Once you've experienced them, there is no return. This is the real deal. BEWARE THE ATTACK!!!
SECOND ALBUM FROM NORWEGIAN THRASHERS THE BATALLION
All right…again! The Batallion was founded in Bergen, Norway in the summer of 2006. All members are well established metal head musicians who have played in some of the most legendary bands from Norway, like Old Funeral, Grimfist, Taake, Borknagar, St. Satan, Deathcon, Bombers etc. The reason for starting The Batallion was the pure hunger for the spirit of the old metal feel. They possess the guts, the rebellion and the authenticity it takes to perform this music. In December of 2006 they had 4 tracks ready and entered Conclave Studio in Bergen to record their debut EP. It resulted in being booked at the Hole In The Sky Festival and the Inferno Festival. The Batallion entered Conclave Studio with producer Bart Schlagermeister (Bjørnar E. Nilsen) again in November 2007, and proceeded to record their first full length album. The quality of the material lead to a record contract with the Bergen based label Dark Essence Records. After the success with their debut entitled "Stronghold Of Men" they’ve kept their heads up high and are now ready with yet again a hard hitting straight on your nose thrash metal attack only The Batallion knows how to perform! Also this time it’s recorded in Conclave Studio with Bart Schlagermeister as producer. Again The Batallion means business. Once you've experienced them, there is no return. This is the real deal. BEWARE THE ATTACK!!!
After being hailed as ‘The Best New Band in Death Metal’ by KERRANG! after the release of their phenomenally well received debut EP ‘Infernal Rise’ back in 2007, Diskreet are back with one of the most technically brutal albums to emerge this year. ‘Engage The Mechanicality’ takes every pulverising aspect of ‘Infernal Rise’ to a higher level of intensity- from the face melting drumming, to the furious fretwork, to Steve Babcock’s inhuman bark and bellow; this is an album that shows no mercy. Having successfully toured the US solidly sharing the stage with the likes of Deicide, Dying Fetus, Cattle Decapitation, Cellador, and many more, anticipation is running high to see how the new material translates live...Diskreet also toured Europe for the first time back in 2007 with Necrophagist, Origin and Misery Index, and are set to be back over this Summer for a full Euro tour to lay the Euro mignions to waste! Production for this album has been handled entirely by Michael Keene of THE FACELESS. Artwork has been handled by Par Ollofsson (Cult Of Luna, Psycroptic, Martriden), with the booklet and inlay designs being handled by Colin Marks (Aborted, Whitechapel, (the) Plasmarifle).
Nippon demented Thrash schizoids FASTKILL brews up yet another ultra-blazing Thrash Metal at hurricane speed!
Utterly repulsive and dangerously fast, "Bestial Thrashing Bulldozer" is the group's first full-length album in four years since the equally deranged "Nuclear Thrashing Attack"; FASTKILL is indeed the first-class act in unmerciful rapid-fire Thrash-anity! Includes a cover song from Japanese cult Thrash band Nigarobo's _Endless Game?.
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Keisuke Okada (Disconformity, Gridlink, etc) at Sound Studio NOAH, Tokyo and with the macabre artwork cover by Kei Gomi, "Bestial Thrashing Bulldozer" will literally cleave your head off with fiendish machine-gun riffs, nasty pounding drums and hellish morbid screams!
The vibrant history of Swedish Death Metal is now re-written once again with reunited Death Metal veterans DESULTORY creating one of the most anticipated and long-overdue releases of 2010.
14 years later and thronged with venomous hunger, “Counting Our Scars” is a tour de force of majestic soaring melodies and an incessant trauma of skull-hammer riffs that will crush and pulverize all imitators; an absolute reek of DESULTORY’s stench as we know it!
Artwork and layout meticulously conceptualized by world-renowned introspect artist maestro Travis Smith (Nevermore, Opeth, Amorphis, King Diamond, etc). Recorded, mixed and mastered by Tore Stjerna at the acclaimed Necromorbus Studio (Watain, Deströyer 666, Demonical, etc).
"Desultory are a throwback to that split second before melodic death metal became a distinct and defined beast in itself… 'Counting Our Scars' is kinetic, exhilarating, life-affirming stuff." - Terrorizer Magazine (UK)
"Counting Our Scars is sure to see many Top 10 lists before the close of the year. A masterpiece!" - Metal Maniacs (USA)
Good old-fashion Thrash Metal will always prevail; Hungarian Thrash outfit MORBID CARNAGE unleashes a superlative effort of Thrash insanity that is best accompanied by ice-chilled beer and the wild, reckless abandon of the straight in-your-face slab of classick Thrash Metal bludgeoning repeatedly is exactly the point of the band’s latest effort entitled “Night Assassins”.
Seven tracks of razor-sharp cutting Thrash-o-dom at its most primitive and the sheer raw energy of “Night Assassins” is without any doubt one of the most genuine and conscientious album in 2010. Hail the blood, sweat and the beers!
One of the longest running battle-scarred veterans of Extreme Metal MASTER returns with their most influentially outspoken album on "The Human Machine". Ingenuous yet uncouth Metal is somewhat sporadic in recent times of the development of brutal music, but Paul Speckmann & Co. seamlessly delivers a bombardment of unpretentious, merciless audio assault in what should be sanctioned as 'Speck Metal'.
"The Human Machine" is an inexorable train-ride of old-fashioned jarring Death / Thrash riffs; with the inseparable Crust inspiration for good measure and the razor-blade gargling vocals of Paul Speckmann is truly magnificent. The end-result is a devastating brew of incessant head-banging mayhem!
Returning back to the trusty Shaark Studios (Root, Fleshless, etc), reinforced with a thicker and even more powerful organic production, 'The Human Machine' is a true paradigm of MASTER at their peak with absolutely no regard for any form of trends and rules. Also featuring one of the most sought-after artist Eliran Kantor (Testament, Sigh, Anacrusis, etc) providing probably the most creatively stunning artwork the band has ever had.
On your knees for MASTER!
"Dragging its venomous old school intent like a caveman with his club, Master are proudly living up to their name and taking their place among death metal's founding fathers." - Terrorizer Magazine (UK)
"For all those who like their daily dose of Death Metal raw and without frills - here's your breakfast. Paul Speckmann and his boys deliver once more a good portion of straight forward Death Metal, stripped to the bone, without any fripperies. Well done!" - Rock Hard Magazine (Germany)
The true legend continues on with a newfound demon under the moniker CRUCIFYRE! With an astounding “Thessalonian Death Cult” demo under their belt, the debut full-length album “Infernal Earthly Divine” perfectly integrates the raw and unhinged sound from where they left off, proving once again old-school Swedish Death Metal’s authenticity at best.
With members comprising of the legendary Morbid, Afflicted, Crematory and General Surgery, “Infernal Earthly Divine” is undoubtedly the most stripped-down, terrorizing Death Metal in its purest essence!
ARMED FOR APOCALYPSE came from nowhere and nothing. The sludgy four-piece from the small Northern California college town of Chico have worked relentlessly to leave their imprint on metal. Through tours across Europe, around the states and up and down the West Coast, they’ve continued to spread their name in the best way possible: word of mouth. They don’t play dress-up and don’t turn down. They just play crushing songs that go from slow to slower, from muck to mire, from mosh to circle-pit. And sometimes they’ll make a left turn and end up at epic. Simply put, it’s rock ‘n’ roll music tuned way down and pissed way off.
Hailing from one of the modern Meccas of death metal, Montreal, BENEATH THE MASSACRE have secured their place atop of the heap of their Canadian brethren, along with Kataklysm, Crytopsy, Despised Icon, Ion Dissonance and Neuraxis. Over the past half a decade, several releases and many tours throughout North America and Europe, these Quebecois crushes have built a loyal, blood thirsty worldwide following by delivering a vicious brand of skull-crushing, brutally technical death metal. Whether it’s been on the road with Necrophagist or the annual Summer Slaughter tour, the band has brought buckets of brutality to the masses.
That fan base will most certainly not be disappointed with the band’s latest material, the five song EP, "Marée Noire." BENEATH THE MASSACRE recorded this time around with Chris Donaldson, known for his work with Cryptosy, and the album was mastered by Alan Douches (Hatebreed, Unearth). The band returned to artist Felix Rancourt for more of his disturbing, signature artwork. "Marée Noir" is a MORE than suitable follow up to 2008’s tour de force, "Dystopia."
"Marée Noire" will be available in a limited edition digipack CD and as a limited edition seven inch record. The band will be doing an extensive Canadian tour around this release, before they prep to hit the studio for their next full length. "Marée Noire" should whet the appetite of any previous fan of the band and to tantalize any fans of extreme, gut wrenching, double-bass pounding, guitar shredding, earthquake-inducing metal.
Beneath the Massacre, Tech grind death metal Quebecers are releasing a new EP for all you tech death heads out there. This 5 song ep called Maree Noire which translated into English is oil spil. I never thought of BTM as a political band but they clearly have issues with the BP oil spill judging from the song titles of this latest technical wizardry. “Drill Baby Drill” “Anomic” “Black Tide” clearly have oil, social and political overtones. While I applaud them for making a statement who the fuck knows what their saying, I didn’t have a lyric sheet so I am just going to assume they were against the oil spill.
Musically this album doesn’t deviate from the standard computer like sound of BTM past works. It has everything you would expect, ridiculously fast double kick, guitar licks like a robot was playing the 6 stringer and vocals guttural and abrasive enough to use on paint you need removed. The EP starts with “The
Casket You Slept In” it has a good grove in the break along with the chug a lug chug of any BTM song. “Black Tide” starts out with a ferocious little diddy of single notes strung together from there it is back and forth, scales to chug with vocalist Elliot laying waste to lyrics like it’s a nuclear apocalypse. Next up is “Drill Baby Drill” a short 43 second scales to chug fest with a voice over. Following the little break is “Designed to Strangle” and “Anomic” both are BTM songs through and through. Definitely some head bobbing moments throughout this album and if you like or love BTM you won’t be disappointed in picking up this little special edition EP, also coming out on 7” inch. If the proceeds go to the seagulls covered in oil that would be even heavier.
In sinister co-operation with Konqueror Records, one of Sweden's oldest Death Metal demons ALTAR is now resurrected with “Dark Domains”, spanning their short-lived but impactful career in the Swedish underground Death Metal scene.
Remastered by none other than the Lord of Swedeath Metal Dan Swanö at Unisound Studio, Sweden and finally packaged in a professional CD format, “Dark Domains” features entirely remastered tracks together with rare and never-before-seen band photos carefully hand-picked by the band, “Dark Domains” is the ultimate ALTAR collector's gem that every old-school Death Metal fans!!!
Back with a Vengeance only to assert full-scale power and domination, IMPIETY bombards the world with their 8th full-length album “Ravage & Conquer”. 8 songs in total, recorded this Jan-Feb 2012 at Studio 47, Singapore. This masterpiece is not only just one of their best endeavours but the strongest one thus far!
Savagely innovative, technical, creative and lethally charged with more death, speed and ferocity. Uncompromising and living up to its name, IMPIETY's covenant of chaos, lead by frontbeast Shyaithan never ceases to deliver only the harshest and most brutal Blackened Death Metal the world has seen, time and again.