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December 05, 2020

We have almost reached the end of 2020, so in the good old VOICES FROM THE DARKSIDE tradition, it’s time for our readers poll again. We would like to know from you, which have been your 10 FAVORITE RELEASES OF THE YEAR? It doesn’t matter if it was a demo, an EP, a split release or a full length album. Just put together your personal top-ten list and send it over to us right here. Your lists should be here until December 30, 2020 the latest! The results will be published in early January 2021. Spread the word!

“Anthropophagy”, the debut full length from Finnish Death Metallers SADISTIC DRIVE, will be released on February 26, 2021 via Blood Harvest Records on vinyl LP format (300 copies on black vinyl and 100 copies on gross green vinyl). A full album stream is already available at this location. More SADISTIC DRIVE info can be found at www.facebook.com/censoreddrive

Northern California based technical Death Metallers OMINOUS RUIN will release their new album “Amidst Voices That Echo In Stone” on February 26, 2021 on CD, vinyl and digital formats via Willowtip Records. The following tracks will appear on it: ‘Ritual’, ‘Attuned To The Chasm’, ‘Deception’, ‘Chrysalis Of Flesh’, ‘A Feast For Shadows’, ‘Labyrinthine Torment’, ‘Consumed’, ‘Simulacra’ and ‘Amidst Voices That Echo In Stone’. The album’s first single ‘Ritual’ is already streaming over here. For all further info check out www.facebook.com/ominousruin

December 04, 2020

It’s our 20th online anniversary today! Twenty years ago, exactly on this day, VOICES FROM THE DARKSIDE returned to the scene as an online zine. What originally started out as a column in the German Metal magazine Horror Infernal (1991 – 1993) finally ended up becoming a print zine on its own in 1993, with 10 issues released until 1997. After that we needed a three year break in which we released the first 4 issues of Snakepit zine, with a focus on traditional Metal. But already in mid 2000 we were hungry enough again to return to the more brutal types of Metal, so on December 04, 2000 our first online interviews popped up at the already defunct members.tripod.com/vftd domain. It didn’t take long until we switched that to www.voicesfromthedarkside.de and have stayed there ever since.

On February 12, 2021 Signal Rex will release “Beinarúga”, the debut EP from international Funeral Doom Metallers NATHR, on CD and cassette tape formats. It will feature the following tracks: ‘Beinahrúga’, ‘Tenebra Mundi’, ‘Into The Void’ and ‘Vado Mori’. You can already check out ‘Tenebra Mundi’ over here. The band’s international line-up consists of Northr (Dutch) – guitars, bass, synths and soundscapes, Nathas (Italian) – vocals and lyrics and Ond (Norwegian) – drums. More about NATHR at www.nathrdoom.com or https://nathr.bandcamp.com

French Death Metallers AGRESSOR have just released three new live videos in support of their “The Order Of Chaos” boxset, which will be out via Season Of Mist today. The live performances of ‘When Darkness’, ‘Deathreat’ and ‘Warrior Heart’ have been shot at Le Splendid in Lile in 2007 and can now be viewed at this location. The boxset contains the releases “Medieval Rites” (1999), “The Spirit Of Evil” (2001) and “Deathreat” (2006) with new bonus material and a 24-page booklet with previously unpublished pictures and live photos. For all additional information please visit www.facebook.com/agressor.fr

December 03, 2020

Danish Death Metallers UNDERGANG have just released a track from their forthcoming new album “Aldrig I Livet” at this location. The track stream also features an in-depth interview with UNDERGANG frontman D. Torturdød (David Mikkelsen), who discusses the new album, the current state of Death Metal and the band’s activities during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Aldrig I Livet” will be out on Dark Descent Records / Me Saco Un Ojo Records on December 04, 2020 on CD, vinyl, cassette and digitally. The following tracks will appear on it: ‘Præfluidum’, ‘Spontan Bakteriel Selvantændelse’, ‘Indtørret’, ‘Menneskeæder’, ‘Ufrivillig Donation Af Vitale Organer’, ‘Sygelige Nydelser (Del 3) Emetofili’, ‘Usømmelig Omgang Med Lig’, ‘Aldrig I Livet’, ‘Rødt Dødt Kød’ and ‘Man Binder Ikke Et Dødt Menneske’. More about UNDERGANG at www.facebook.com/undergangktdm

Finnish Black Metallers VALRAVN are streaming their upcoming debut full length “Prey” in its entirety over here now. It will be released on December 04, 2020 via Primitive Reaction. For all additional band information check out www.facebook.com/valravnfin

Polish Death Metallers DIRA MORTIS will release their third full length “Ancient Breath Of Forgotten Misanthropy” on December 25, 2020 via Selfmadegod Records. The album was recorded, mixed and mastered at Roslyn Studios with producer Krzysztof Godycki and the cover art and layout was supplied by Bartłomiej Kurzok. ‘Sepulchral Maniac’, the first single from “Ancient Breath Of Forgotten Misanthropy”, can already be streamed at this location. The complete tracklist reads like this: ‘Legions Heading For Eternity’, ‘Worship The Terror Of Madness’, ‘Sepulchral Maniac’, ‘Twilight Of Divine Purgatory’, ‘The Falling Majesty Of Abomination’, ‘Forward To The Abyss Of Misanthropy’ and ‘The Altars Fall’. All further DIRA MORTIS info you will find at www.facebook.com/diramortis

On February 19, 2021 Iron Bonehead Productions will release “Altars Of Cosmic Devotion”, the debut EP from Portuguese Black / Death Metal five-piece VØIDWOMB, on CD and 12″ vinyl formats. Here’s the full tracklist: ‘Intro’, ‘Summon Of Utu-Shamash’, ‘Descent To Ersetu’, ‘Architects Of World Demise’ and ‘Altars Of Cosmic Devotion’. The title track can already be checked out here. More VØIDWOMB info at www.facebook.com/voidwombband

Austrian Black Metallers TRANSILVANIA have just premiered the new track ‘Mortpetten’ at this location. It will appear on the band’s second full length “Of Sleep And Death”, which will be released on January 01, 2021 via Invictus Productions. The following tracks will appear on the album: ‘Opus Morbi’, ‘Hekateion’, ‘Of Sleep And Death’, ‘Lycanthropic Chant’, ‘Vault Of Evening’, ‘Heart Harvest’, ‘Mortpetten’ and ‘Underneath Dying Stars’. The previously revealed album track ‘Hekateion’ can still be streamed right here. More TRANSILVANIA info you will find at www.facebook.com/transilvaniaaustria

On January 22, 2021, The Sinister Flame will release “Apotheosis”, the third album from Finnish Black Metal duo AETHYRICK, on CD and vinyl LP formats. The tracklist reads as follows: ‘The Starlit Altar’, ‘Rosary Of Midnights’, ‘Flesh Once Divided’, ‘In Blood Wisdom’, ‘With Determined Steps’ and ‘Path Of Ordeal’. For all further information check out www.aethyrick.com.

December 02, 2020

On January 07, 2021 Caligari Records will release the self-titled debut EP from Tucson, Arizona based Death Metallers EXSUL on CD format. It was originally self-released on November 13, 2020. A full EP stream is available at this location. More about EXSUL at www.facebook.com/exsuldeath

Indonesian Death Metal trio DISINTEGRATION has just released a bass guitar playthrough video for ‘Kehancuran’, a song from the band’s debut album “Prahara”. The video can be viewed right here. “Prahara” was released via Brutal Mind on September 30, 2020. For all additional information please visit www.facebook.com/disintegration-549326705241809

On February 26, 2021 KREATOR will release a boxset entitled “Under The Guillotine”. It covers the band’s Noise Records years and includes the albums “Endless Pain” (swirl vinyl), “Pleasure To Kill” (splatter vinyl), “Terrible Certainty” (splatter vinyl), “Extreme Aggression” (half / half vinyl), “Coma Of Souls” (splatter vinyl) and “Renewal” (swirl vinyl). All albums come with original artwork and innersleeve. The boxset will also include the “Some Pain Will Last” DVD, which features the “From The Vault” mini documentary, plus two previously unreleased audio live shows and an Andy Sneap remix from “Live In East Berlin 1990”. A 40 pages photo book, a re-release of the “End Of The World” demo cassette and an USB stick with the complete audio-content in form of the KREATOR demon. An 18-track double vinyl and a 30 track double CD complete the package. You can follow KREATOR at www.facebook.com/kreatorofficial

Turkish Death Metallers ENGULFED are streaming their new mini album “Vengeance Of The Fallen” in its entirety at this location now. It will be released on December 07, 2020 via Me Saco Un Ojo Records and Dark Descent Records on 12″ vinyl and CD formats, respectively. A cassette tape version will be released by Extremely Rotten Productions. More about ENGULFED at www.facebook.com/engulfedtr

“Doctrination Of Atisamdha”, the debut full length from Indonesia based Death Metallers KALIGULA, was released via Brutal Mind on November 10, 2020. The album can be streamed and / or purchased over here. All additional KALIGULA info you will find at www.facebook.com/kaligula-208713572482680

El Paso, Texas based blackened Death Metallers NEXUL are streaming their new EP “Scythed Wings Of Poisonous Decay” in its entirety at this location now. It will be released on December 04, 2020 via Iron Bonehead Productions. More about NEXUL at www.facebook.com/nexul-364297183771475

On February 15, 2021 Nuclear War Now! Productions will release the second album of Japan’s Black / Thrash Metallers EVIL, “Possessed By Evil”, on vinyl LP format. The CD and cassette tape versions will already be released on December 25, 2020. A full album stream is available over here. For all further info please check out www.facebook.com/eviljapan

December 01, 2020

On December 30, 2020 Hells Headbangers will release a split album between Japan’s COFFINS and Germany’s DEPRESSION on CD and vinyl LP formats. The split will feature the following all-new, exclusive material: COFFINS – ‘Things Infestation’, ‘Born From Fear’ and ‘Morbid Way To Die’ (GRAVE cover). DEPRESSION – ‘The Neutron Hammer’, ‘One Last Smile’, ‘Mass Extinction Of The Parasite Race’, ‘The 2nd Messiah’, ‘Altars In Gore’ (COFFINS cover) and ‘Zerfall’. Two of the tracks have already been revealed at this location. The cover artwork was supplied by Chris Moyen. More band info you will find at www.facebook.com/intothecoffin and www.facebook.com/depressiongrind

On January 15, 2021 Werewolf Records will release “Mastvrbations Malveillantes MMXVII”, the debut full length from Canadian Extreme Metal solo project RVBBER VVITCH, on CD format. It was previously only released digitally via Bandcamp. You can check out the track ‘Sous L’oeil Du Maitre Infernal’ at this location. The complete tracklist reads as follows: ‘Sous L’oeil Du Maître Infernal’, ‘Gloire Maufait!’, ‘Adoration De Satan’, ‘Majesté Divine’, ‘Marquis Du Sombre Empire’ and ‘La Fiancée Du Diable’. More RVBBER VVITCH at https://rvbbervvitch.bandcamp.com

Italian Speed Metal Punks CHILDREN OF TECHNOLOGY have just premiered the track ‘Warpainted Nightcreatures’ over here. It will appear on the band’s third album “Written Destiny”, which will be released on December 18, 2020 via Hells Headbangers. For all further band information please visit www.facebook.com/cotofficial

DEATHORCHESTRA (a collaboration by Russian Death Metal band BUICIDE and the Olympic Symphony Orchestra, performing covers of songs by DEATH) have just released a live video for the track ‘Pull The Plug’ at this location. It is taken from their forthcoming live album “Symphony Of Death”. All additional information is available at www.facebook.com/deathorchestra

On December 02, 2020, Amor Fati Productions will release “Conjuring Subterranean Vortex”, a split album between the two German Black / Death Metal acts HADOPELAGYAL and THORYBOS, on CD and vinyl LP formats. A full stream of the release is already available right here. “Conjuring Subterranean Vortex” will be released on December 02, 2020. For more band information check out https://hadopelagyal.bandcamp.com or https://thorybos666.bandcamp.com