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December 13, 2019

If you’d still like to participate in our BEST RELEASES OF 2019 readers poll please go here and send us a list of your personal 10 BEST RELEASES OF THE YEAR (doesn’t matter if it’s a demo, EP or full length). The deadline is December 30, 2019. The results will be published in early 2020. Spread the word

On March 15, 2020 Nuclear War Now! Productions will release the debut full length from Swedish Doom / Death two-piece SALTAS, “Mors Salis: Opus I”, on vinyl LP format. You can already check out the track ‘Dimensional Seismic Waves’ here. The complete tracklist reads as follows: ‘Metaspiritual Redisintegration’, ‘Tremors’, ‘Astral Funeral March’, ‘Dimensional Seismic Waves’, ‘This Is the Death’, ‘The Rotting Resonance’, ‘…The Liberation’ and ‘Reversed Atom(b)’. More about SALTAS at www.saltas.net or www.facebook.com/saltasband

Greek Black Metallers KAWIR have just premiered the new track ‘Tydeus’ at this location. It will appear on the band’s upcoming eighth album “Adrasteia”, which will be released on January 10, 2020 via Iron Bonehead Productions. The following tracks will appear on it: ‘Tydeus’, ‘Atalanti’, ‘Danaides’, ‘Limniades’, ‘Colchis’ and ‘Medea’. MACABRE OMEN mainman Alexandros contributed all clean vocals, Norwegian vocalist Lindy-Fay Hella additionally guests on ‘Colchis’ and MELECHESH’s Ashmedi played a guitar solo on ‘Danaides’. For all additional KAWIR information please visit www.facebook.com/kawirblackmetal

French Speed Metallers SACRIFIZER are streaming their debut mini album “La Mort Triomphante” in its entirety over here now. It will be released via Dying Victims Productions on vinyl LP format today. All additional SACRIFIZER info you will find at www.facebook.com/sacrifizer-194593791286396

Spanish Thrashers HOLYCIDE have just released a first advance single of their upcoming second album “Fist To Face”. You can listen to the title track at this location. The album will be released on February 14, 2020 through Xtreem Music on CD, 12″ LP and cassette formats (also through MDD Records in Germany, Austria, Switzerland) and Spiritual Beast Records in Japan (February 12, 2020). It has been recorded again in Cadillac Blood Studios with Andy C. and the cover art was created by Akirant Illustration. For more HOLYCIDE info check out www.facebook.com/holycide

Norwegian Black Metallers SVARTTJERN have just released a second track of their upcoming fifth full-length “Shame Is Just A Word”. You can listen to ‘Melodies Of Lust’ over here. The successor to “Dødsskrik” (2016) will be released on January 17, 2020 via Soulseller Records on CD, LP and digitally. It features the following tracks: ‘Prince Of Disgust’, ‘Ment Til Å Tjene’, ‘Melodies Of Lust’, ‘Ta Dets Drakt’, ‘Frost Embalmed Abyss’, ‘Ravish Me’, ‘Bonded By Blood’ and ‘Shame Is Just A Word’. All further band information you will find at www.facebook.com/svarttjern

December 12, 2019

German Black Metallers PORTA NIGRA have released another track from their upcoming third full-length “Schöpfungswut”. ‘Das Rad Des Ixion’ is now streaming at this location. The album, that was produced by Markus Stock, will be released on January 17, 2020 via Soulseller Records. Here’s the complete tracklist: ‘Die Kosmiker’, ‘Das Rad Des Ixion’, ‘Die Augen Des Basilisken’, ‘Die Entweihung Von Freya’, ‘Unser Weg Nach Elysium’ und ‘Schöpfungswut’. More about PORTA NIGRA at www.facebook.com/portanigraband

Italian Black Metallers COMANDO PRAETORIO are streaming their debut album “Ignee Sacertà Ctonie” in its entirety over here now. It will be released on December 13, 2019 via Aeternitas Tenebrarum Music Foundation (ATMF). All additional information you will find at www.facebook.com/comandopraetorio

Greek Black Metallers EMPIRE OF THE MOON have just premiered a lyric video for ‘Devi Maha Devi’ at this location. The track will appear on the band’s upcoming second album “ΕΚΛΕΙΨΙΣ”, which will be released on January 10, 2020 via Iron Bonehead Productions. The tracklisting reads as follows: ‘Arrival’, ‘Imperium Tridentis’, ‘Per Aspera Ad Lunae – I. The Resonance Within’, ‘Per Aspera Ad Lunae – II. Two Queens Appear’, ‘Per Aspera Ad Lunae – III. Descending’, ‘Devi Maha Devi’ and ‘Per Aspera Ad Lunae – IV. Son Of Fire’. More EMPIRE OF THE MOON info at www.facebook.com/empireofthemoonofficial

On February 02, 2020 Antiq will release a special three-way split album from BANNWALD, URUK-HAI and DRUADAN FOREST. It is entitled “Kingdoms Long Gone” and will be released on digipak CD and cassette tape formats. The front cover was created by Marine Février (Arsule). More info you will find at www.antiqrecords.com or www.facebook.com/antiq.label

December 11, 2019

On February 14, 2020 Invictus Productions in co-operation with Dark Descent Records will release “Inimicus Generis Humani”, the second full length from Swedish Death Metallers ENSNARED. It was recorded at Black Path Studios and the artwork and layout was done by Heresie Graphics. The following tracks will appear on it: ‘Spiritual Necrosis’, ‘Interlude I’, ‘The Throne Of Transformation’, ‘Interlude II’, ‘Disciples Of The Whip’, ‘Interlude III’, ‘Katharsis Through Terror’ and ‘Black Hole Acolytes’. A stream of ‘Disciples Of The Whip’ is already available here. More about ENSNARED at www.facebook.com/nsnrdgbg

French blackened Death Metallers NECROWRETCH have just revealed a second track from their forthcoming new full length “The Ones From Hell”. You can stream the title track over here now. The album will be released on February 14, 2020 via Season Of Mist. The band commented on the track as follows: “I am of flames and of flames I’m not… With this satanic incantation from another time we invite you to enter to the realm of The Ones From Hell. As the title track is meant to be the keystone of an album, ‘The Ones From Hell’ stands here as the highest pillar of our gateway to the abyss. Surrender now to these messengers and recite their psalms with dedication.” More about NECROWRETCH at www.necrowretch.net or www.facebook.com/necrowretch

Chilean Death Metal duo COFFIN CURSE have just premiered the new track ‘Chopped Clean Off’ at this location. It will appear on the band’s debut album “Ceased To Be”, which will be out on January 27, 2020 via Memento Mori. The following tracks will appear on it: ‘Gathered Unto Death’, ‘Where Sickness Thrives’, ‘Chopped Clean Off’, ‘Descend Into Abhorrence’, ‘Feeding On Perpetual Disgrace’, ‘Extinct’, ‘Grave Offender’ and ‘Deep In Streams Of Purifying Dirt’. For all additional COFFIN CURSE information please visit www.facebook.com/coffincurse

“Sickness Called Mankind”, the new EP from Polish Black Metallers CIEŃ, is now streaming in its entirety over here. It includes two brand new tracks, a RÖYKSOPPS cover and two remixes by Exurge. The artwork was created by Bart Kurzok Illustrations and NathanArt. “Sickness Called Mankind” was released through Old Temple on hand numbered golden CDs at the end of November. More CIEŃ info at www.facebook.com/cienofficial

December 10, 2019

If you’d still like to participate in our BEST RELEASES OF 2019 readers poll please go here and send us a list of your personal 10 BEST RELEASES OF THE YEAR (doesn’t matter if it’s a demo, EP or full length). The deadline is December 30, 2019. The results will be published in early 2020. Spread the word

Dutch Black Metallers ISRATHOUM are now streaming their upcoming fourth full length “Arrows From Below” at this location. It will be released on December 13, 2019 via New Era Productions. The tracklist reads as follows: ‘Litany Of Spite’, ‘Bracu Magistrïs’, ‘Ascetic Temples’, ‘Laetetur Cor’, ‘Adlivun’ and ‘Tuam Vocavit’. More band info you will find at www.facebook.com/israthoum-official-108606202562464

Montreal, Canada based blackened Death Metallers NECRONOMICON have premiered a music video for the song ‘The Thousand Masks’ over here. The track is taken from the band’s latest album “Unus” which was released via Season Of Mist in October. The band’s guitarist / vocalist Rob “The Witch” commented on it as follows: “Over 30 years ago we started a project called NECRONOMICON writing about H.P. Lovecraft mythos and with time passing, we decided to pay homage to the origin of our name and fully embrace it. The stars are aligned the time is right to reveal the many forms under “The Thousand masks”. More about NECRONOMICON at www.facebook.com/necronomiconmetal

Italian Pagan Black Metallers NOVA are streaming their third album “Veniamo Dal Cielo” at this location now. It will be released on December 13, 2019 via Aeternitas Tenebrarum Music Foundation (ATMF). The following tracks will appear on it: ‘Durezza E Ascetismo’, ‘Veniamo Dal Cielo’, ‘In Lotta Elevata’, ‘Fregata Covadonga’, ‘Noi Mai Vinti’, ‘La Guerra Delle Ombre’, ‘Crudele Alba’, ‘Dio Del Ghiaccio E Del Lampo’ and ‘Trovare Chiuso’. For all further NOVA info please visit www.facebook.com/novaentia

December 06, 2019

Brazilian Satanic War Metallers SEGES FINDERE and Indonesian War Black / Death Metallers SEREIGNOS will release a split CD entitled “Atomicidal Harvesters” via Deathcamp Records on January 01, 2020. More about the two bands at https://segesfindere.bandcamp.com and www.facebook.com/sereignos.bdm

Australian blackened Death Metallers EARTH ROT will release their new album “Black Tides Of Obscurity” on March 06, 2020 via Season Of Mist. The following tracks will appear on it: ‘Dread Rebirth’, ‘New Horns’, ‘Towards A Godless Shrine’, ‘Unparalleled Gateways To Higher Obliteration’, ‘Ancestral Vengeance’, ‘The Cape Of Storms’, ‘Serpent’s Ocean’, ‘Mind Killer’, ‘Unravelling Vapour Of Sanity’ and ‘Out In The Cold’. More band info you will find at www.facebook.com/earthrotband

Hammerheart Records have just re-released the self-titled compilation from Finnish Death / Grinders XYSMA. It was originally released via Spikefarm Records in December 2004 and features the two full length albums “Yeah” (1991) and “First & Magical” (1993), the “Swarming Of The Maggots” demo (1989), the “Fata Morgana” single (1990) and the “Above The Mind Of Morbidity” EP (1990). The entire material was remastered at Finnvox Studios in Helsinki, Finland. For all further information please check out www.facebook.com/xysma

Portland, Oregon based Satanic Speed Metal three piece BEWITCHER have just premiered a video for the titletrack of their latest full length “Under The Witching Cross” at this location. The album was released last May via Shadow Kingdom Records. The previously revealed video for ‘Too Fast For The Flames’ can still be watched here. More about BEWITCHER at www.facebook.com/bewitcherofficial

On December 13, 2019 Norma Evangelium Diaboli will release the self-titled debut album of NEDXXX. A full stream can be found at NoEvDia’s Bandcamp site. For all further details visit www.noevdia.com

December 05, 2019

“Attunement To Death”, the new mini album of Chile’s Black / Death Metallers INVOCATION, will be released via Iron Bonehead Productions on February 21, 2020 on CD and 12″ vinyl formats. The track ‘Flying Ointments’ is already streaming at the label’s Bandcamp site. The full tracklist reads as follows: ‘Oppression’, ‘Flying Ointments’, ‘Divine Transition’, ‘The First Mirror’, ‘The Officiants’ and ‘Secret Tongues’. More about INVOCATION at www.facebook.com/invocationchile

Norwegian / Danish Black Metallers BLOT & BOD are streaming their upcoming second full length “Ormekongens Argelist” at this location now. The album will be released on December 06, 2019 via Iron Bonehead Productions. The complete tracklist reads as follows: ‘Skred’, ‘Hug’, ‘Åråd’, ‘Tæft’, ‘Hævd’, ‘Slid’, ‘Hob’, ‘Tet’, ‘Snok’ and ‘Arg’. More BLOT & BOD info at www.facebook.com/blotogblod

On December 28, 2019 Goatowarex will release a Black Metal split album between Australian KOMMODUS and American GRÓGALDR. It is entitled “Howling Sanguine Triumph” and will be available on metallic gold cassette and six-panel digipak CD formats (the 180g gold vinyl version is expected to arrive in late January 2020). Both bands will also release full-length albums through the label in the near future. KOMMODUS’ half of the split can be streamed here, while GRÓGALDR’s half can be streamed here. For all additional band information check out www.facebook.com/grógaldr-2187342367991365 or https://kommodus.bandcamp.com. For ordering details go to www.facebook.com/plogtwrx

California based Black / Death Metallers XANTAM are currently streaming their debut mini album “Altered State” over here. It will be released on December 13, 2019 via Blood Harvest Records on CD and cassette tape formats. The 12″ vinyl version will follow on January 31, 2020. The following tracks will appear on it: ‘Starlight Oblivion’, ‘Pseudogods’, ‘Altered State’ and ‘Devolution’. For all additional XANTAM information please visit www.facebook.com/xantamdeathmetal

December 04, 2019

Temple Of Mystery Records have re-released remastered editions of “Mythical & Magical” and “The Time Lord” from UK’s Heavy / Doom Metallers PAGAN ALTAR on CD, deluxe vinyl editions (regular black and limited colors, 250 copies each) and cassette today. Each CD version comes with complete new layout, rare photos and exclusive liner notes by journalist Sarah Kitteringham. Each vinyl version has a deluxe gatefold cover and new layout. “Mythical & Magical” furthermore includes an etch on side D and “The Time Lord” includes a recently unearthed version of ‘Night Rider’ from the same sessions as the other recordings. The cassette version is pressed on Chromium Dioxide audiophile tapes. To celebrate these reissues PAGAN ALTAR will play selected shows around Europe and North America next summer. These performances will include founding member Alan Jones (lead guitar), Diccon Harper (bass), Andres Arango (rhythm guitar), Andy Green (drums) and Brendan Radigan (vocals). The vinyl, CD and cassette versions of “Judgement Of The Dead” and “Lords Of Hypocrisy” were released in April 2019 and are still available on the label’s website. More about PAGAN ALTAR at www.paganaltar.com or www.facebook.com/paganaltarofficial

On February 21, 2020 Iron Bonehead Productions will release “Sob O Feitiço Do Necrobode”, the debut full length from Portuguese Black / Death Metal duo NECROBODE, on CD and vinyl LP formats. A first track (‘Satanás Governa’) is already streaming here. This is the complete tracklist: ‘Tumba Universal’, ‘Santo Santuário Do Ódio’, ‘Satanás Governa’, ‘Algol’, ‘Culto Da Intolerância’, ‘Penetração Diabólica’, ‘Possuido’, ‘Sangue Da Virgem’, ‘Capela Heretica’ and ‘Liturgica Profanação’. More info at www.facebook.com/ironboneheadproductions

“Mind Upheaval, Unclear Signs”, the second EP from Polish Doom / Deathers IMPURE DECLARATION, has just been released via Old Temple on handnumbered gold MCDs. The track ‘Shrines Of Blood And Slime’ can be streamed over here. For all further details and ordering information please visit www.oldtemple.com

Portland, Oregon’s Black / Deathers WITCHBONES are streaming their upcoming second full length “The Seas Of Draugen” at this location now. The following tracks will appear on it: ‘The Nun Collector’, ‘Whispering Martyr’, ‘The Seas Of Draugen’, ‘Nebulous Ghost Ship’, ‘The Ritual Continues (We Haunt Ourselves)’, ‘At The Shores (Draugen’s Revenge)’ and ‘The Candle Burns Alone (Dead Sailors)’. The album will be released on December 06, 2019 via Iron Bonehead Productions. More WITCHBONES at www.witchbvnes.bandcamp.com

Spanish Death Metallers UNBOUNDED TERROR have just released a lyric video for ‘Insidious’ right here. The track will appear on their new album “Faith In Chaos”, which will be released on January 02, 2020 through Xtreem Music on CD and 12″ LP formats. The album was recorded with producer Nico Beninato at Kimera Recordings in Palma de Mallorca and mastered in Germany by Dan Swanö at Unisound Studios. The cover art was created Juanjo Castellano. The full “Faith In Chaos” tracklist reads as follows: ‘Faith In Chaos’ (Intro), ‘Hiding From The Light’, ‘Silent Soul’, ‘Insidious’, ‘Destroyed From Within’, ‘They Will Come From The Pain’, ‘Hated In Hell’, ‘The Destroyers Of Hope’, ‘Engulfed By The Gods’ and ‘Through The Flesh We Will Reach Hell’. For all further information please visit www.unboundedterror.com

Portugal’s Black Metallers IRAE will release a new 7″ EP entitled “The Old Ways” through Purodium Rekords on December 25, 2019. The following tracks will appear on it: ‘Initiation’, ‘Above The Stars Of God’, ‘Adoração Ao Fogo’, ‘Martyr’, ‘Night At The Graveyard’ and ‘Open Tombs’. More about IRAE at www.facebook.com/irae666

Mexican Death Metallers IN OBSCURITY are streaming their debut full length “Glorious Impurity” at this location now. It will be released on December 13, 2019 via Blood Harvest Records on CD and cassette tape formats (the vinyl edition will follow on January 31, 2020). All additional band information you will find at www.facebook.com/in-obscurity-revealed-899863460054768

On January 24, 2020 The Sinister Flame will release “Gnosis”, the second album from Finnish Black Metal duo AETHYRICK, on CD and vinyl LP formats. The album track ‘Oneiric Portals’ can already be streamed over here. The following tracks will appear on “Gnosis”: ‘Will Embodied’, ‘Oneiric Portals’, ‘Stellar Flesh’, ‘Your Mysteries’, ‘Blood Acre’, ‘Anointed Bones’ and ‘Golden Suffering’. More about AETHYRICK at www.aethyrick.com

Selfmadegod Records have signed Polish Death Metallers BANISHER. The band’s fourth full length “Degrees Of Isolation” will be released on February 29, 2020 on CD, limited box and digitally. The album was recorded by members and ex – members of DECAPITATED, BELPHEGOR, VITAL REMAINS, HATE, REDEMPTOR and SHODAN at Invent-Sound Studio in Bydgoszcz. The cover art was created by Łukasz Jaszak (DECAPITATED, BLOOD RED THRONE, VOMITORY, VOLTURYON). “Degrees Of Isolation” will feature the following tracks: ‘Actors And Accomplices’, ‘Devil In ISO 5’, ‘Extradition’, ‘Illusory Enslavement’, ‘Sacred Rules’, ‘Lockdown’, ‘Apotheosis’ and ‘Echoes’. More BANISHER information you will find at www.facebook.com/banisherofficial

December 03, 2019

On December 21, 2019 Amor Fati Productions will release “Æstivation”, the fourth full length from Belgian Black Metallers CULT OF ERINYES, on digipak CD and vinyl LP formats. The album track ‘Corruption’ is already available for streaming here. The complete “Æstivation” tracklist reads as follows: ‘Death As Reward’, ‘Corruption’, ‘Broken Conclave’, ‘Healer – Fever’, ‘Nothing Is Owed To The Void’ and ‘Nihil Sacrum Est’. More about CULT OF ERINYES at www.facebook.com/cult.erinyes

Japanese Death Metallers DEFILED are premiering a second new track from their forthcoming album “Infinite Regress”. You can check out ‘Centuries’ at this location. The album will be released on January 24, 2020 via Season Of Mist. The band commented on the new track as follows: “Here is another oddball from our new album for you to chew on while waiting for the official release! This song represents pretty much our own “out-there” style, if you know what we mean! We hope you enjoy! You guys rock, Cheers!!” For all additional DEFILED info please visit www.facebook.com/defiled

Dutch Black Metallers HELLEHOND are streaming their debut album “Verslonden” in its entirety over here now. It will be released on December 06, 2019 via Iron Bonehead Productions. The following tracks will appear on it: ‘Kardoes’, ‘Verslonden’, ‘Rattenmantel’, ‘Onbegraafbaar’, ‘Hamerslagen’, ‘Over De Kling’ and ‘Kerkerlust’. HELLEHOND features members from ASPHYX, WEDERGANGER and RECTAL SMEGA. More band info at www.facebook.com/hellehond-1993876777544200

Québec, Canada based Black Metallers TRÉPAS are now streaming their debut full length “L’héritage Du Monde” at this location. It will be released on December 05, 2019 via Sepulchral Productions. More about TRÉPAS at www.facebook.com/trepasblackmetal

The upcoming MALOKARPATAN album “Krupinské Ohne” will be released on March 21, 2020 via Invictus Productions on gatefold LP, regular black vinyl, limited dark orange vinyl, jewel case CD and cassette. The artwork was created by Matúš S. Ďurčík (aka Svjatogor). A limited edition wooden boxset entitled “Trilógia Ludového Desu” (which includes all three full length albums on vinyl with a metal pin, patch and t-shirt) will be released as well. It will be available with coloured and black vinyl (85 copies each). More about these Slovakian Heavy / Black Metallers at www.facebook.com/malokarpatan

The POSSESSION / SPITE split MLP “Passio Christi Part I / Witch’s Spell” is out now on black vinyl and digipak CD via Invictus Productions. Part II (the POSSESSION / VENEFIXION split “Passio Christi Part II / Necrophagous Abandon”) was just released through Iron Bonehead. For all further POSSESSION information please visit www.facebook.com/hisbestdeceit

“Putrescence Of Calvary”, the debut album from Canadian bestial Black / Death Metallers HUMAN AGONY, is out now on Invictus Productions. The cover artwork was created by Finnish artist Heidi Kettunen. A full album stream is available at https://humanagony.bandcamp.com

December 02, 2019

Turkish Black / Death Metallers HELLSODOMY are streaming their upcoming second full length “Morbid Cult” in its entirety at this location now. It will be released on December 06, 2019 via Saturnal Records. Here’s the full tracklist of the album: ‘Into Perversion’, ‘Endless Demise’, ‘Pestilence Of Black Blood’, ‘Charged To Kill’, ‘From The Seed To The Grave’, ‘Hateclan’, ‘Divided Souls’, ‘Mortem In Comfort’, ‘Dazed Victims’, ‘Furious Chants’ and ‘Souls Devoured’. More about HELLSODOMY at www.facebook.com/hllsdmy666

On January 27, 2020 Memento Mori will release “Llagas Y Estigmas”, the debut full length from Spanish Doom / Death three-piece PROSCRITO. It was recorded at Moontower Studios (ATARAXY, GRAVEYARD, ONIRICOUS, TEITANBLOOD) with producer Javier Felez and will feature the following tracks: ‘Persistiendo’, ‘Tronos De Oprobio’, ‘Exequias’, ‘Marcado Por La Pezuña’ and ‘Pantalgia’. The opener ‘Persistiendo’ can already be checked out here. More band information you will find at www.facebook.com/proscritoyolvidado

The tape version of the new CRYPTIC BROOD album “Outcome Of Obnoxious Science” is available via Lycanthropic Chants now. 66 copies come in a clear shell with a 300 g/m² recycling paper slipcase, 66 copies come in a green shell and 66 copies in a yellow shell (only available on the “In The Grip Of Death” Europen tour and already sold out). All tapes are hand-numbered, have a 3 panel J-card, lyric sheet and a free digital download. A video for the album’s title track can be watched here. A CRYPTIC BROOD / EKPYROSIS split tape for the “In The Grip Of Death” European tour was furthermore released via Necrotheism Productions. It features two exclusive tracks by both bands and introduces the new line-up of EKPYROSIS. More about CRYPTIC BROOD at www.crypticbrood.de or www.facebook.com/crypticbrood

A few copies of “The Dissolution Of Flesh”, the special tape edition of the new EP by GRAVEYARD GHOUL, is still available from the Lycanthropic Chants shop. It is on sale as a regular edition (111 copies) and 44 copies are housed in a craft paper coffin and come with a sticker. All tapes are hand-numbered and include a free digital download. You can listen to the track ‘Stack The Graves’ at this location. All additional GRAVEYARD GHOUL information you will find at www.facebook.com/graveyardghoul