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Check out the spectacular brand – new video to Mayhem’s previously released single “Falsified & Hated” HERE!

True Norwegian Black Metal legends MAYHEM will release their sixth studio album, entitled “Daemon” on October 25th. Last week they revealed the cover and track list of the standard version of the album, which you can see below.

However, as a special treat for fans, there will also be a Ltd. Deluxe 2LP Box set available featuring alternate cover artwork and a few special bonus songs on a separate one-sided LP, as well as some extra items for die-hard fans.

Here are all the details of the Ltd. Deluxe 2LP Box Set for “Daemon”, which comes in a noble box with linen optic and golden silk-screen print featuring the alternate artwork.

This is the first official music video we have released, so indeed some thought went into this. Instead of having us filmed at some dodgy location with instruments not even plugged in, we did something different, in the true tradition of the band. We hired Johan Bååth (Watain etc) as a director and we also were lucky enough to get the infamous Swedish graffiti Artist Ziggy Jonas Rasmusson to do his ritualistic paintings for the video. “

Producer Tore Stjerna states the following:

It’s a very strong track with tons of energy. It also stands out in an interesting way with its hints towards industrial music. The insanity of this roller-coaster ride of a song marries beautifully with the twisted art featured in the video.”

This is what director Johan Bååth has to say about this work of art:

When I was asked to do the very first Mayhem music video,  I thought I really had to do something more than just a plain Black Metal video, I wanted to take it one step further and do something different but stay true to the genre and of course Mayhem’s iconic legacy as a band. I thought of the artist Ziggy Jonas Rasmusson and his ritualistic paintings and I asked him if he wanted to participate. Together we came up with this idea of a ritualistic painted pentagon-shaped room, completely surrounded by five painted walls, facing a centered pentagram-painting with Ziggy´s ”hex-text” signs and symbols all over, each of the five point corners symbolizing human expiration.

In the middle we see an organic neoplasm tumor-like shaped form, all muddy and dirty with wooden branches ensnared around it. The surreal and scary-looking outgrowth is almost breathing with dark energy, attached to several plastic tubes connected to five cloaked characters symbolizing the five members of Mayhem. They´re completely occupied with different ritual tasks destroying all humanity and contributing matter and dark energy to the demon creation in the middle.”

Mayhem’s highly anticipated sixth studio album had been released digitally on October 25. Tomorrow marks the physical release of the album. The following formats are available:

  • Limited Deluxe LP Boxset (various colors)
  • Limited CD Mediabook in Slipcase
  • Standard CD Jewelcase
  • Limited Gatefold LP (various colors)
  • Digital album

Get your format of choice HERE!

Make sure to catch Mayhem on their current European tour on one of the following dates:

07.11. Lyon, France – CCD

08.11. Toulouse, France – Le Metronum

09.11. Barcelona, Spain – Salamandra

10.11. Madrid, Spain – Mon Madrid

12.11. Milano, Italy – Magazzini Generali

13.11. Génova, Switzerland – PTR

14.11. Vienna, Austria – Szene

15.11. Prague, Czech Republic – Meet Factory

16.11. Berlin, Germany – Astra

17.11. Lille, France – Tyrant Fest

19.11. Kassel, Germany – Musik Theater 130BPM

20.11. Wetzikon, Switzerland – Hall Of Fame

21.11. Mannheim, Germany – MS Connexion Complex

22.11. Oberhausen, Germany – Turbinehalle

23.11. Vosselaar, Belgium – Biebob

24.11. Copenhagen, Denmark – Pumpehuset

26.11. Tampere, Finland – Pakkahuone

27.11. Helsinki, Finland – Tavastia

29.11. Stockholm, Sweden – Fryshuset Klubben

30.11. Gothenburg, Sweden – Pustervik

MAYHEM are:

Necrobutcher – Bass

Hellhammer – Drums

Attila – Vocals

Teloch – Guitar

Ghul – Guitar

MAYHEM online:

Website

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Instagram 

True Norwegian Black Metal legends MAYHEM will release their sixth studio album, entitled “Daemon” on October 25th. Last week they revealed the cover and track list of the standard version of the album, which you can see below.

However, as a special treat for fans, there will also be a Ltd. Deluxe 2LP Box set available featuring alternate cover artwork and a few special bonus songs on a separate one-sided LP, as well as some extra items for die-hard fans.

Here are all the details of the Ltd. Deluxe 2LP Box Set for “Daemon”, which comes in a noble box with linen optic and golden silk-screen print featuring the alternate artwork.

Tracklist

Gatefold LP (colored /w 12 page booklet):

Here are all the details of the Ltd. Deluxe 2LP Box Set for “Daemon”, which comes in a noble box with linen optic and golden silk-screen print featuring the alternate artwork.

Tracklist

Gatefold LP (colored /w 12 page booklet):

1 The Dying False King

2 Agenda Ignis

3 Bad Blood

4 Malum

5 Falsified and Hated

6 Aeon Daemonium

7 Worthless Abominations Destroyed

8 Daemon Spawn

9 Of Worms and Ruins

10 Invoke the Oath

Bonus LP (in separate sleeve & with an etched D-side):

1 Everlasting Dying Flame (Bonus Track)

2 Black Glass Communion (Bonus Track)

3 Evil Dead (Death Cover)*

4 The Truth (Death Strike Cover)*

5 Disgusting Semla (Morbid Cover)*

(*) only available within the Ltd. Deluxe LP Box Set

CD (in mini Gatefold sleeve):

1 The Dying False King

2 Agenda Ignis

3 Bad Blood

4 Malum

5 Falsified and Hated

6 Aeon Daemonium

7 Worthless Abominations Destroyed

8 Daemon Spawn

9 Of Worms and Ruins

10 Invoke the Oath

11 Everlasting Dying Flame (Bonus Track)

12 Black Glass Communion (Bonus Track)

The Box Set also contains the following items:

  • two red candles with exclusive Mayhem print
  • a metallic sigil pin
  • three noble art prints 
  • a 90 x 60 poster of the original cover artwork

The box is strictly limited to 2.500 copies worldwide, split into five different colors of 500 units each.

Beside the LP Box Set there will also be a Ltd. CD Mediabook in a noble Slipcase featuring a similar alternate artwork, which also contains the 2 original bonus tracks.

MAYHEM: REVEAL COVER AND BONUS CONTENT OF LIMITED BOX SET FOR NEW ALBUM “DAEMON”

Mayhem and Abbath have been announced as the headliners for the 2020 Decibel Magazine tour. The black metal pair will tour North America for one month at the end if winter.

Norwegian black metal legends (and true) Mayhem have been making the rounds promoting their Daemon album, which will be released Nov. 8. As for former Immortal frontman Abbath, the newest album from his solo endeavor, Outstrider, was unveiled earlier this year.

The tour will begin March 13 in Denver, Colo. and conclude April 10 in Chicago, Ill. Supporting acts for the string of dates will be announced in December.

“[Euronymous] didn’t give me any room to grieve,” bassist Necrobutcher recently told Knot Wire about the suicide of vocalist Dead, which was documented by Euronymous in famously gruesome photos. “I was very mad at him, so when he was killed — he was my best friend for 10 years — I never cried over his death. Actually, I thought maybe the cops would think it was me who did it, because I had plans to kill him myself.”

See Mayhem and Abbath tour dates below.

03/13: Denver, Colo. @ The Ogden Theatre
03/14: Salt Lake City, Utah @ The Complex
03/16: Portland, Ore. @ Roseland Ballroom
03/17: Seattle, Wash. @ Showbox Market
03/18: Vancouver, British Columbia @ The Imperial
03/20: San Francisco, Calif. @ The Regency Ballroom
03/21: Santa Ana, Calif. @ The Observatory
03/22: San Diego, Calif. @ The Observatory NP
03/24: Phoenix, Ariz. @ The Pressroom
03/25: Albuquerque, N.M. @ Sunshine Theater
03/27: Austin, Texas @ Empire Garage
03/28: Dallas, Texas @ Gas Monkey Live
03/29: Houston, Texas @ White Oak Music Hall
03/31: Tampa, Fla. @ The Ritz
04/01: Atlanta, Ga. @ Masquerade
04/02: Charlotte, N.C. @ The Underground
04/03: Philadelphia, Pa @ The Fillmore (Decibel Metal & Beer Fest)
04/04: New York, N.Y. @ Webster Hall
04/06: Boston, Mass. @ The Paradise
04/07: Montreal, Quebec @ Corona Theater
04/08: Toronto, Ontario @ Danforth Music Hall
04/09: Pittsburgh, Pa. @ Mr. Smalls
04/10: Chicago, Ill. @ The Metro

MAYHEM + ABBATH ANNOUNCE 2020 CO-HEADLINING TOUR

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Black metal is perhaps the most bizarre, esoteric movement in modern music. The subgenre, a predominantly Scandinavian phenomenon, skyrocketing from the dingy basements of Norway to worldwide notoriety on the back of a series of disturbing offenses in the early ’90s. The music itself is abrasive and relentless with its iconography, lyrics, and harsh instrumentals. 

Surely some of this must be hyperbole? In some cases, yes. But in fact, the annals of black metal are filled with myriad creepy and bizarre things, like provoking distress with flying animal heads. It’s a rare instance of reality aligning with the imagery and culture projected by an art form, maybe because of which, black metal is experiencing something of a resurgence in the 2010s. With bands like Deafheaven gaining accolades from hipster taste makers such as Pitchfork and a 2019 feature film based on the book Lords of Chaos starring Sky Ferreira and Rory Culkin (described as Trainspotting for millennials), the subgenre is having a moment. 

Parents are understandably concerned about the social implications of the genre’s hype. Scientists with Macquarie University’s music lab set out to discover if such apprehensions were warranted by conducting an experiment to test whether black metal desensitizes listeners to violence. Their theoryessentially states, “Death metal fans are nice people.” By contrasting Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” with Bloodbath’s “Eaten,” researchers found that “the dominant emotional response to [black metal] is joy and empowerment” and fans are not, in fact, desensitized to disaster. Bloodbath’s frontman, Nick Holmes, described his band as the music equivalent of an ’80s horror film. There are, however, exceptions to this rule. 

Read on to learn about some of the most violent, infamous, and notorious crimes and figures in the history of black metal, and determine for yourself how deeply you want to delve into the dark forests of northern Europe. 

“Excuse All the Blood”

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Mayhem is the most notorious group in the annals of black metal, and rightfully so. Set to be the subject of the upcoming film Lords of Chaos, the band’s history is soaked in violence and extreme anti-social sentiment, an image the members of Mayhem cultivated for themselves in an effort to define what would eventually be known as True Norwegian Black Metal.

The wave of sordid violence involving Mayhem’s members kicked off in 1991, when lead singer Dead (real name Per Ohlin) slit his wrists and shot himself in the head with a shotgun. He left a very short suicide note: “Excuse all the blood.”

Mayhem’s Bassist Burned Churches And Murdered His Bandmate

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Varg Vikernes, Mayhem bassist, sole member of one-man band Burzum, and the most notorious man in black metal, was convicted of murder and burning three churches. In 1994, he was sentenced to 21 years in prison, the maximum sentence in Norway. He was released on parole in 2009, after serving 15 years. 

The year before his conviction, a confrontation between Varg, also known as Count Grishnackh (because black metal names), and Mayhem guitarist Euronymous ended with Varg stabbing Euronymous 23 times; the wounds proved fatal, and Varg’s motive remains unclear to this day.

If you’re connecting dots here, Euronymous took photos of Dead after his suicide, and collected brain and skull matter, and was then killed by another member of his band two years later. 

Satan’s Minister On Earth, Also A Rapist

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Founding Gorgoroth guitarist Infernus considers himself Satan’s minister on earth. A theistic Satanist (for more see Things You Never Knew About Satanism), Infernus is nothing it not true to the diabolical reputation he cultivates for himself. In 2005, he was convicted of rape. In 2006, Infernus appealed the decision, claiming he was so drunk he didn’t remember raping anyone.

Good for you, buddy. His charge was changed from rape to aggravated sexual assault, gross negligent rape. So, still a rapist. 

In the 2005 Canadian documentary Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey, then-Gorgoroth frontman Gaahl gave a very candid and bizarre interview that has since become the stuff of legend. He was immediately investigated by Norwegian police after the film premiered, as he advocated for more church burnings –

“Church burnings and all these things are, of course, things that I support 100 percent and it should have been done much more and will be done much more in the 

Gaahl also imparted some extremely bizarre nuggets of wisdom during his interviews, and is known to leave uncomfortably long pauses in conversation, a habit as funny as it is creepy.

Gorgoroth Hosted An Illegal Black Mass In The Pope’s Birthplace

Photo: Metal Mind

In 2004, Gorgoroth recorded a DVD at a show in Poland entitled Black Mass Krakow, and in the process, broke all kinds of laws. As it turns out, staunchly Catholic Poland, birthplace of the then-Pope, has laws against blasphemy (which has gotten Nergal, of Polish blackened death metal band Behemoth, in all kinds of trouble).

By including crucified nude models and countless Satanic icons in their show, Gorgoroth violated Poland’s anti-blasphemy laws. The use of severed sheep’s heads and about 20 gallons of sheep blood also violated Polish animal rights laws. However, because the band was unaware of these laws, and the show’s promoter neglected to mention them or to stop the show, they were cleared of all charges. 

You can watch the entire show on Youtube. 

The Saga Of Hendrik Möbus: Hatecore, Murder, and Nazis

n 1993, three members of German National Socialist (i.e., Nazi) black metal band Absurd murdered a 15-year-old boy. The band members were 17 years old at the time. In 2000, the band’s vocalist, Hendrik Möbus, one of those involved in the murder, was arrested in the United States for an outstanding warrant in Germany; he violated the terms of his parole by mocking the murder victim with a sieg heil salute (the salute itself is illegal in Germany).

If all that weren’t enough, upon his arrest, it was unveiled Möbus was in league with American Nazi William Pierce, hence his visit to the US. Together, they were internationally promoting a racist genre of music called hatecore, from which they made millions.

Varg Vikernes, Nazi Terrorist

In 2013, Burzum and Mayhem member Varg Vikernes was arrested in France on terrorist charges. Openly a right-wing extremist with strong anti-Jewish and anti-Muslim opinions, Vikernes, who objects to the term “Nazi,” was arrested on suspicion of planning a massacre. The arrest came four years after he was released from prison, having served 15 years of a 21-year sentence for murder a church burning.

Thai Black Metal Musician Avajee, Murdered For Tarnishing Satan

In January of 2014, Thai musician Avajee, bassist and vocalist for the band Surrender of Divinity, was found murdered in his home. In a detailed Facebook post, the murderer admitted to the crime, writing: 

I have intended to end my life since I was 25. Because I’ll die eventually, I want to drag down those who tarnish Satanism with me. But I refrained from killing women and children. In my view, I have more respect for devoted Buddhists, Christians, and Muslims than those who call themselves Satanists without knowing anything about it. If I did not kill him, I’m sure he would be murdered by someone else later.

“Death Is The Orgasm Of Life”: The Suicide Of Jon Nödtveidt

In 2006, Dissection frontman Jon Nödtveidt committed suicide. It was a carefully orchestrated act; he was surrounded by candles, deliberately arranged, and left a suicide note, a will, and letters for his father and girlfriend. An open Satanic grimoire, or book of magic and incantations, found by his body.  

Two years before killing himself, Nödtveidt was released from prison after serving a sentence for being an accessory to the murder of a gay man, which was deemed a hate crime. He felt great remorse about the crime, and spent his time in prison writing songs for a new Dissection album, Reinkaos, which, when released in 2005, was a huge success for the band.

Long before committing suicide,  Nödtveidtwas quoted as saying, “The Satanist decides over his own life and death and prefers to go with a smile on his lips when he has reached his peak in life, when he has accomplished everything… Death is the orgasm of life!”

Emperor Drummer Faust Murderd A Gay Man In Blatant Hate Crime

In 2003, drummer Faust triumphantly rejoined Norwegian black metal legends Emperor after a 10-year absence. What was he doing in that time? He was in prison for murdering a gay man in what is clearly a hate crime. The book Lords of Chaos details the crime. Said Faust,  “This man approached me—he was obviously drunk and obviously a faggot.”

Faust pretended to take the man up on his proposition for sex so he could take him to the woods and stab him to death.  “It’s not a big deal, at least not in my opinion,” he claimed. Faust also apparently admitted to burning down a church not long after the murder. So maybe think twice before shelling out money on Emperor merch. 

Bizarre Rumors Of Pig Hands And Ax Attacks

Bizarre rumors swirl around Nattramn, sole member of enigmatic the black metal project Silencer. In one creepy and obviously fictitious tale, Nattramn cut his hands off and sewed pig feet on his wrists (what was he sewing with if he didn’t have hands?). This rumor was fueled by a photo Nattramn released of himself, covered in bandages and blood, with pig’s feet instead of hands. 

In another tale, Nattramn attacked a little girl in a park with an ax, driving an ax into her skull, nearly killing her. When police arrived on the scene, he begged them to kill him. In a distrubing twist, it turns out the latter crime was committed by Nattramn’s brother, who suffered from schizophrenia. 

Mayhem’s Triumphant Return Was Thwarted By A Flying Sheep Head

After years of suicide, murder, and bizarre rumors of the band’s evil practices, Mayhem finally put its past in the past and got on with making and performing music. The band was in a good place in 2003, when vocalist Maniac, who replaced Dead, accidentally flung a dead sheep’s head into the audience during a macabre bit of performance art.

The projectile thwacked a concert goer’s noggin and landed him in the hospital. When interviewed about the incident, Per Kristian Hagen, the man who got head-bopped by the flying sheep skull, said  “My relationship to sheep is a bit ambivalent now. I like them, but not when they come flying through the air. I have a headache now.”

The Church Burnings

Church burnings began in Norway in 1992. By 1996, more than 50 churches had been set on fire, and many of them were burned to the ground. Some of the churches were hundreds of years old, important cultural landmarks. In every instance, those convicted of church burnings in this period were connected to the black metal scene.

The act was commonly associated with Satanism, but began as a protest against the Christian culture forced on Norse people at the expense of their indigenous beliefs and culture. 

Gaahl, Convicted Torturer, Invested In A Women’s Fashion Line

In 2008, Gorgoroth vocalist Gaahl spoke publicly about his sexuality—he is gay, and in a relationship with Dan DeVero, a Norwegian modeling agent. Together, the couple invested in Wynjo, a women’s fashion line designed by Sonia Wu of Bergen, Norway. Perhaps the strangest detail of all—wynjo means “happiness”.

The Lure Of The Forest

There’s something about the forest. Black metal bands can’t resist it. Be it a photo shoot or a music video, any occasion for imagery calls for a trip to the woods for a black metal band. This tendency has inspired some hilarious memes, as well as threads on sites like Reddit, where users ask questions like“Why is every [black metal] music video set in a forest?”

Choice responses include:

  • How do they even get electricity?
  • Because it’s free.
  • Because forests are metal as f*ck.

What’s In A Name?

Apparently a lot, if the painstaking lengths black metal musicians go to name themselves are any indication. A short list of some of the more ridiculous aliases used by prominent members of the scene includes:

  • Count Grishnackh
  • Nocturno Culto (he’s Latin, apparently)
  • Hellhammer
  • Demonaz Doom Occulta (also apparently Latin)
  • King ov Hell
  • Tormentor
  • Lemarchand (French?)
  • Mortiis
  • Necrobutcher
  • Kjetil-Vidar Haraldstad

Wait, no, that last one is an actual name. 

It’s Tough Being In A Black Metal Band

Speaking with the Guardian in 2005, Mayhem bassist Necrobutcher admitted it’s difficult being in a black metal band. Between the suicides, murders, police investigations, arson charges, and Satanic rituals, there’s hardly time to play music. Of the violence swirling around the band, Necrobutcher said, “We couldn’t really buy better publicity. But every time we lost a member, we had to find somebody else to replace them and start the whole rehearsing process again. We suffered in that way as a band.”

The Black Metal Sheep

Given black metal’s tempestuous history with sheep, and in particular sheep decapitation, it seems strangely appropriate that, in 2014, a lamb was born with a corpse paint pattern on its face. Care to guess where it was born? Norway, of course.

Sordid, Disturbing, Darkly Comedic Tales From The Murky Annals Black Metal

Winnipeg Cosmic Black Metal CELL Kick-Off USA/CAN Tour For New Album “Ancient Incantations Of Xarbos”

New Album ‘Ancient Incantations Of Xarbos’ Out October 4th

CELL – ‘Ancient Incantations Of Xarbos’ USA/Canada Tour
09/26/19 – Fargo, ND @ Red Raven Espresso Parlour
09/27/19 – Minneapolis, MN @ Mortimer’s Bar
09/28/19 – Milwaukee, WI @ Quarters
09/29/19 – Chicago, IL @ Live Wire Lounge
09/30/19 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Black Forge Coffee House
10/01/19 – Cleveland, OH @ Now That’s Class
10/04/19 – Providence, RI @ Koto PVD
10/05/19 – Charlotte, NC @ Skylark Social Club
10/07/19 – Raleigh, NC @ Slim’s Downtown
10/08/19 – Baltimore, MD @ The Sidebar
10/09/19 – Everett, MD @ Banshee Den
10/10/19 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bazaar
10/11/19 – Montreal, QC @ Piranha Bar
10/12/19 – Quebec City, QC @ La Source de La Martiniere
10/13/19 – Ottawa, ON @ Pour Boy
10/14/19 – Sudbury, ON @ The Asylum
10/19/19 – Winnipeg, MB @ The Goodwill Social Club

Winnipeg, MB cosmic black metal trio CELL are preparing to hit the road across the USA and Canada in support of their upcoming album “Ancient Incantations Of Xarbos”. The tour will kick off in Fargo, ND on September 27th and end in their hometown of Winnipeg, MB on October 19thopening for Immolation.

CELL
‘s new album “Ancient Incantations Of Xarbos” continues their dramatic and theatrical storytelling in their conceptual science fiction universe. Following up their debut 2016 album “The Frozen Moon Of Erebath”, the next chapter will be available on October 4, 2019.

Taking place on a planet called Xarbos, two races collide over different ways of life. The listener can expect to be pummelled with blast beats and speed and put into a hypnotic doomy trance while floating through an atmospheric and cosmic cleans. CELLgoes into the details of the story the album follows:

“Each track has its own story in the album that leads to one big ending which is the decimation of the Xarbonite hierarchy. In the story, there are two races of beings on this planet: one race chose to rise with power, tech, money and the lower race is actually the oldest of Xarbos and know the ways of the land and its magic. There are a few side stories within the album that trail off but still, stay within the main story.”

Following in the footsteps of classic bands like Emperor, Death, Morbid Angel, and Immortal, CELL have become weavers of the arcane adding a theatrical stage show to their modern take on black metal.

Song Streams:
‘God of The NetherRealm’ here.
‘The Wailing Sea Of Emptiness’ here.

Track Listing:
1. The Rise Of Gorthar (2:31)
2. Defiling The Ancient Hierarchy (7:16)
3. All I See Is Them (4:15)
4. The Wailing Sea Of Emptiness (5:59)
5. Ancient Incantations Of Xarbos (1:35)
6. God Of The NetherRealm (8:32)
7. Valley Of Assimilation (5:24)
8. Altering Matter In The Realm Of The Frost King (10:38)
Album Length: 46:12

Album Band Line Up: Hypnos (Drums), Hyperion (Guitar, Vocals), Demios (Bass, Vocals)

Live Band Line Up: Hyperion, Lowell Winters, and Brett Leier

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Cell is a three-piece conceptual black metal band that formed in 2014 reigning from Winnipeg, Canada. They blend elements of old school and modern black metal with hints of death metal, hardcore, thrash, and doom to create reality-altering unrelenting cosmic black metal. Their concept is based on a science fiction comic book idea that Hyperion (guitar/vocals) was working to bring to life, but decided instead to turn into music.

Each song starts with Hyperion taking the reins by writing the song structure, riffs, and lyrics; Deimos (bass/vocals) and Hypnos (drums) adding in their preferences for riffs, lyrics and other such things to alter the songs for the better. There is a lot of cathartic emotion put into each song that connects to each member on a personal level while keeping within the dark sci-fi concept and using metaphors of what we as humans do to this planet and the life on it. 

Using these topics, it’s easy for Cell to let everything out on stage every during every performance. They use a lot of art and theatre within the live show including using corpse paint, blood, armor, pro audio lights, and lasers. To see our show is to experience something emotional, aggressive, theatrical and cosmic.

Cell has toured across Canada multiple times and have been featured on several festivals including Black Mourning Light, Loud As Hell Metalfest, Armstrong Metalfest and Manitoba Metalfest sharing the stage with the likes of SkeletonwitchGoatwhore, DRI, Revocation, and Aggression. They released their debut album ‘The Frozen Moon Of Erebath’ in 2016 and follow it up in 2019 with ‘Ancient Incantations Of Xarbos’.

Cosmic Black Metal CELL Kick Off USA/CAN Tour For New Album “Ancient Incantations Of Xarbos”

New Album ‘Ancient Incantations Of Xarbos’ Out October 4th

Cosmic black metal trio CELL have prepared a new album “Ancient Incantations Of Xarbos” to continue their dramatic and theatrical storytelling in their conceptual science fiction universe. Following up their debut 2016 album ‘The Frozen Moon Of Erebath’ the next chapter will be available on October 4, 2019.

Taking place on a planet called Xarbos, two races collide over different ways of life. The listener can expect to be pummelled with blast beats and speed and put into a hypnotic doomy trance while floating through an atmospheric and cosmic cleans. CELLgoes into the details of the story the album follows:

“Each track has its own story in the album that leads to one big ending which is the decimation of the Xarbonite hierarchy. In the story, there are two races of beings on this planet: one race chose to rise with power, tech, money and the lower race is actually the oldest of Xarbos and know the ways of the land and its magic. There are a few side stories within the album that trail off but still, stay within the main story.”

Following in the footsteps of classic bands like Emperor, Death, Morbid Angel, and Immortal, CELL have become weavers of the arcane adding a theatrical stage show to their modern take on black metal. The single ‘The Wailing Sea Of Emptiness’ is a prime launching pad to travel through Xarbos on this audio journey. Cell explains the story of the track:

“This song is about the lower race crossing the wailing sea to get to the valley of Assimilation. Within the valley, there is a wormhole that can transport any being to the realm of the Frost King. Long ago before the higher race started taking over, everyone was in harmony and lived together as one. Over the years fewer people believed in the gods of the old world and the
god of gods grew tired of this and trapped all the souls of non-believers”

‘The Wailing Sea Of Emptiness’ can be experienced via its premiere on Anti Christ Magazine HERE.

CELL – ‘Ancient Incantations Of Xarbos’ USA/Canada Tour
09/26/19 – Fargo, ND @ Red Raven Espresso Parlour
09/27/19 – Minneapolis, MN @ Mortimer’s Bar
09/28/19 – Milwaukee, WI @ Quarters
09/29/19 – Chicago, IL @ Live Wire Lounge
09/30/19 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Black Forge Coffee House
10/01/19 – Cleveland, OH @ Now That’s Class
10/05/19 – Charlotte, NC @ Skylark Social Club
10/07/19 – Raleigh, NC @ Slim’s Downtown
10/08/19 – Baltimore, MD @ The Sidebar
10/09/19 – Everett, MD @ Banshee Den
10/10/19 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bazaar
10/11/19 – Montreal, QC @ Piranha Bar
10/12/19 – Quebec City, QC @ House Show
10/13/19 – Ottawa, ON @ Pour Boy
10/14/19 – Sudbury, ON @ The Asylum
10/19/19 – Winnipeg, MB @ The Goodwill Social Club

Track Listing:
1. The Rise Of Gorthar (2:31)
2. Defiling The Ancient Hierarchy (7:16)
3. All I See Is Them (4:15)
4. The Wailing Sea Of Emptiness (5:59)
5. Ancient Incantations Of Xarbos (1:35)
6. God Of The NetherRealm (8:32)
7. Valley Of Assimilation (5:24)
8. Altering Matter In The Realm Of The Frost King (10:38)
Album Length: 46:12

Album Band Line Up: Hypnos (Drums), Hyperion (Guitar, Vocals), Demios (Bass, Vocals)

Live Band Line Up: Hyperion, Lowell Winters, and Brett Leier

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Cell is a three-piece conceptual black metal band that formed in 2014 reigning from Winnipeg, Canada. They blend elements of old school and modern black metal with hints of death metal, hardcore, thrash, and doom to create reality-altering unrelenting cosmic black metal. Their concept is based on a science fiction comic book idea that Hyperion (guitar/vocals) was working to bring to life, but decided instead to turn into music.

Each song starts with Hyperion taking the reins by writing the song structure, riffs, and lyrics; Deimos (bass/vocals) and Hypnos (drums) adding in their preferences for riffs, lyrics and other such things to alter the songs for the better. There is a lot of cathartic emotion put into each song that connects to each member on a personal level while keeping within the dark sci-fi concept and using metaphors of what we as humans do to this planet and the life on it. 

Using these topics, it’s easy for Cell to let everything out on stage every during every performance. They use a lot of art and theatre within the live show including using corpse paint, blood, armor, pro audio lights, and lasers. To see our show is to experience something emotional, aggressive, theatrical and cosmic.

Cell has toured across Canada multiple times and have been featured on several festivals including Black Mourning Light, Loud As Hell Metalfest, Armstrong Metalfest and Manitoba Metalfest sharing the stage with the likes of SkeletonwitchGoatwhore, DRI, Revocation, and Aggression. They released their debut album ‘The Frozen Moon Of Erebath’ in 2016 and follow it up in 2019 with ‘Ancient Incantations Of Xarbos’.

Cosmic Black Metal CELL New Video ‘The Wailing Sea Of Emptiness’ Off Upcoming Album Out October 4th

Montreal’s premier blackened death metallers NECRONOMICON are back with “UNUS”, the crushing and cinematic follow up to 2016’s “Advent of the Human God”. With each record NECRONOMICON has created in the span of their 31-year career, the band has steadily evolved in both sound and power; ‘UNUS’ is no exception to this.

The latest single ‘Singularis Dominus’ is ready to be unleashed and can be heard HERE.   

Rob The Witch adds:

“For thousands of years, mankind has been believing in a murderous and treacherous false God that has done nothing because they doe not exist. I’m flabergasted that in 2019 some people still believe in this insanity. It is time for humans to become their own masters and reclaim their souls for their own.”

The track follows the band’s earlier released first single ‘Paradise Lost’ available to listen here.

‘UNUS’ is a searing cacophony of blistering riffs, machine-like drums, and a symphonic ambiance, culminating in a sound that calls to various metal icons such as DIMMU BORGIRSEPTICFLESH, BEHEMOTH, and DEICIDE. The record combines the furious elements of death metal with the orchestral prowess of black metal, creating the perfect synthesis of both genres. Standout tracks like ‘Paradise Lost’ and ‘Singularis Dominus’ only solidify NECRONOMICON’s ability to continuously produce high-quality metal that’s just as dark and brutal as it is elegant.

UNUS’ is due on October 18 via Season of Mistand can be pre-ordered here.

Track Listing:
1. From Ashes Into Flesh  (04:23)
2. Infinitum Continuum (05:27)
3. Paradise Lost (04:55)
4. The Price of A Soul (01:56)
5. Singularis Dominus (04:50)
6. The Thousand Masks (03:20)
7. Ascending The Throne of Baator (04:54)
8. Fhtagn (01:59)
9. Cursed MMXIX  (04:13)
10. Vox Draconis (04:13)
Album Length: 40:10

Recorded at Silver Wings studio, produced by Rob The WitchMixed and mastered at Darth Mader music studio by Logan Mader (Machinehead)Recording line-up:
Rob the Witch: Guitar/vocals/bass
Divider: drums
Special feature: Geirlioz (Dimmu Borgir) on Piano in ”From Ashes Into Flesh”.
Artwork: Dragon caduceus design by Nestor Avalos, layout and artwork by Simon BossertFor more info:
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About:
Inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s legendary grimoire, NECRONOMICON formed in 1988 by founding guitarist and singer Rob “The Witch” in the deep, northern part of Canadian province Quebec, Fjord of Saguenay. NECRONOMICON have a well-earned reputation for quality by releasing material only when ready and satisfied with the outcome ever since their demo entitled ‘Morbid Ritual’ (1992) firmly established their name within the underground. ‘The Silver Key”EP (1996) led to mainstream recognition on a national level, but their debut album ‘Pharaoh Of Gods” (1999) and the sophomore ‘The Sacred Medicines’ (2003) did even more to establish the band as a household name in Canada.

‘Return Of The Witch’ (2010) marked the international break-through for NECRONOMICON, and saw them performing at prestigious festivals such as Inferno (Norway), Ragnarok (Germany), and the Barge To Hell metal cruise among others, while sharing stages with acts such as CRADLE OF FILTHDIMMU BORGIR, BEHEMOTH, and MORBID ANGEL, to name but a few. Their steady advance around the globe grew considerably in impact by their next full-length “Rise Of The Elder Ones” (2013). By the time the band released ‘Advent Of The Human God’ (2016), they were met with international critical acclaim. Now, with ‘Unus’ out October 18, 2019, the band show that they aren’t slowing down and are ready to deliver another vicious strike! Prepare for the darkness to envelop you. In 2019, NECRONOMICON was presented with a certificate of honor for over 30 years of service via H.S. production/Tommy Tremblay, and the people of Saguenay Lac-St-Jean, making them the second band after VOIVOD to ever receive this honor.

“Best moments of BEHEMOTH and symphonic death à la GODFLESH APOCALYPSE while remaining entirely Necronomicon.” – Bravewords

“Advent of the Human God is a truly diverse album, perfectly balancing plenty of atmosphere with their iconic chugging riffs and pummelling blast beats.” – Exclaim!

“Advent of the Human God boasts both a Behemoth-like epic savage grace and Dimmu-esque orchestral pomp. But it also delivers a more primal ferocity and maintains the thematic air that has become Necronomicon’s forte” – Metal Rules

“”Their sound is akin to an Anti-Christ infant spawned from the blasphemous union of Dimmu Borgir and Behemoth.”” – Metal Underground

“The drums crash like Nordic avalanches on tracks like “Alchemy of the Avatar.” With its blazing jugular seeking guitar riffs and crazed piano breaks over top double kick drum insanity, this last song makes for a perfect ending to a blistering listen.” – Beatroute (AB)

“‘Necronomicon opened the show with a thoroughly impressive display of symphonic death metal… The best way to describe them would be a symphonic version of Winds of Creation-era Decapitated, with perhaps some Vital Remains mixed in. Lots of cool grooves and hair spinning moments!’” – Metal Injection (Live Review)

NECRONOMICON Release New Track ‘Singularis Dominus’ Off Upcoming Album “UNUS”

Is there anything more terrifying to the human mind than the void? The eternal night, the endless nothingness, the state of unbeing…  Is it not the emptiness that lies beyond our last shaking breath that props up all our dreams of heaven? Religions and empires have been built upon that terror, that desperation to simply be, to cling to some form of existence…anything but the never ending void. We bargain with non-existent entities, try to prove ourselves worthy to the gods of our imaginations, shower gold upon those who know how to exploit our weakness best. All to escape the inescapable, to stave off the darkness that draws closer with each fear shrouded moment…

While Sathamel slumbered in a self imposed hibernation, two long years away from the lights of the stage and the energising power of performance, guardians of the flame KVN and Kruk, felt the nearness of the void. They sensed the emptiness that gnaws at the threads of our reality and poured that dread into the creation of Horror Vacui – the full length debut album that would see Sathamel return from the realms of night, howling their hymns of war!

Horror Vacui – meaning ‘fear of empty space’ – is a seething cauldron of fire and blood. Each song carries that touch of darkness from beyond the world and feeds the primal fear that writhes in our souls. An overwhelming tumult of razor sharp riffs and wicked intent, an engulfing pitch black torrent of mountainous drums and a cold, cruel voice speaking incantations of despair. Black and death metal entwined and twisted into a soul-scarring abomination, Horror Vacui is all your fears unleashed, an unrelenting firestorm of terror.
 
Back from the brink and more powerful than ever before, Sathamel have returned with indisputable proof of their potency. Horror Vacui is a declaration of war, an edict of domination, a sentence of death. Let the pretenders cower, for the warlords have returned.
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Enter the ineffable darkness of SATHAMEL’s Horror Vacui – blood, fire and supreme black/death metal!