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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Bio:

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!

Polish extreme metallers BEHEMOTH have released the official music video for the song “Sabbath Mater” from their latest album, “I Loved You At Your Darkest”. 

“We bring you the new video for ‘Sabbath Mater’,” the band said. “The energy and vibe was made for performance and that’s exactly what we accomplished in the video. Oh, and some ungodly imagery — it is a BEHEMOTH video after all. As always, we are fortunate to have the mighty Grupa 13helping us to manifest our nefarious visions. Enjoy it and we’ll see you very soon.”

“I Loved You At Your Darkest” was released last October via Metal Blade Records in North America and Nuclear Blast in Europe. 

Unlike “The Satanist”, which was primarily recorded in one studio, “I Loved You At Your Darkest” saw its production spread across Poland and the United States. It was produced by the bandmembers themselves, with drum co-production by Daniel Bergstrand (MESHUGGAH, IN FLAMES), mixing by Matt Hyde (SLAYER, CHILDREN OF BODOM) and mastering by Tom Baker (NINE INCH NAILS, MARILYN MANSON). Which is to say nothing of the 17-piece Polish orchestra arranged by Jan Stoklosa and engineered by Tomasz Budkiewicz.

BEHEMOTH will support SLIPKNOT on the “Knotfest Roadshow” headline tour of North America. Other special guests for the trek are VOLBEAT and GOJIRA. Produced by Live Nation, the 29-city outing will kick off July 26 in Mountain View, California at Shoreline Amphitheater and continue through September 8 where it will conclude with a performance at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, Texas.

Video Premiere: BEHEMOTH’s ‘Sabbath Mater’

FORMICARIUS – RENDING THE VEIL OF FLESH 
LABEL: SCHWARZDORN PRODUCTION
RELEASE DATE: 13 SEPTEMBER ’19

With the flames of their Black Mass Ritual now glimmering embers at the foot of the stake – the witch’s spirit embraced by her master, her body ashes in the wind – they step once more from the shadows, bringing devilment and wickedness… Formicarius have returned. The new nobility of British black metal have delved deeper into the darkness, scouring history’s blackest pages for tales of blood and terror. They have stared into the void between the stars and gazed into the abyss within us all, tasting the horrors that bestride the dimensions and those that crawl along the corridors of our minds. Raging at the hypocrisy of those who deem themselves pious and righteous, they have come to rend the veil of flesh!

“Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,
By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;” 
– Hebrews 10:19-25

Rending The Veil Of Flesh sees Formicarius cutting deep into the bloody centuries of Christianity and as they have spread their demon wings lyrically, so has their music become richer and darker, painted in a thousand layers, the many hued colours of twilight. To perfect their musical visions Formicarius have called upon fellow dwellers in perdition. The inversion of the divine that is ‘Early Will I Seek Thee’ is bookended by a dread invocation from Sakis Tolis (Rotting Christ) and the plaintive violin playing of Nicholas Miller of Aklash. Throughout the album the mighty drumming of Kevin Paradis (Benighted) propels each grand and glorious track forward like machines of war. To set the final seal upon this new tome of defiance, Formicarius turned to Parlour Studios (Dimmu Borgir, Samael, Venomous Concept etc) for the final mix and mastering. 

“O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;”
– Psalms 63:1

Formicarius’ decimation of David’s cry in the wilderness stands at the heart of Rending The Veil Of Flesh; ‘Early Will I Seek Thee’ epitomises the new found strength and confidence that the band have gathered since their debut album. All they have learnt through their experiences of playing with the likes of Hate, Hecate Enthroned, Noctem and Negura Bunget, through the success of their single ‘Lake Of The Dead’ which was featured by Sony on their Speed Kills VII compilation and their debut album Black Mass Ritual, released by Schwarzdorn Production in 2017, that propelled them from the shadows to the spotlight…it has all come to magnificent fruition here, on Rending The Veil Of Flesh.

Do not close your eyes in anticipation of blessed slumber, for they come to deliver a new truth, to right the wrongs of this dying world. The demons are on the wing and your flesh is but a veil for the rending.

Line-up:
Lord Saunders – Vocals/Guitar
Nazarkardeh – Lead Guitar
Hægtesse – Bass/Vocals
Morath – Keyboards
Drums on this album performed by – Kevin Paradis (Benighted)
Special guest appearances by Sakis Tolis (Rotting Christ) and Nicholas Miller (Aklash)

Genre: Black Metal
For fans of: Emperor | Cradle Of Filth | Dimmu Borgir | Immortal

Further Information: http://www.formicarius.co.uk | http://www.schwarzdorn.de

“…grandiose black metal of the highest order.” – POWERPLAY ROCK & METAL MAGAZINE

FORMICARIUS return from the darkness with their new album of epic black metal mastery for Schwarzdorn Production featuring Sakis of Rotting Christ – Rending The Veil Of Flesh!

TYRMFAR – RENEWAL THROUGH PURIFICATION
LABEL: MTAF RECORDS
RELEASE DATE: JUNE 22nd 2019

In an age of chaos, an age of grief, the lost and the broken remnants of humanity swarm beneath the condemning gaze of dark gods. A thousand individual tragedies are played out unseen in the mass of screaming, bleeding, desperate souls; each one insignificant to those who have come to judge and dispense justice. Collectively mankind has been found wanting and the sentence is annihilation. An unspoken moment arrives and the vast tableau falls silent, the last second of existence for a doomed species and then unimaginable power is unleashed…the purification has begun.

Those steps towards destruction, that last held breath and then the explosion of a soul-scorching firestorm is encapsulated perfectly in the opening two tracks of Tyrmfar’s gargantuan Renewal Through Purification. The grandiose, portentous notes of ‘The Arrival…’ bring the promise of stories to be told, of vast, black clouds gathering and filling the endless skies – and then, after a fraction of a second where utter terror floods the mind, ‘…Of The Legions Of Eternity’ is upon you! The endless thunder of the drums obliterates the silence and black majesty, wild power held within a steel grip, descends. Yet Tyrmfar are about so much more than simple domination, as remarkable emotion burns between the towering ramparts of brute force riffs. Melodies steeped in loss and pain weave their way through the overwhelming avalanche of destruction – holding you hypnotised, captivated even as your inevitable doom crashes towards you.  

Hailing from the mountains of Switzerland, Tyrmfar’s story began in 2013 and their ascent has been a rapid one. Their first release was the 2015 EP, In The Depths Of A Dark Spirit which was followed in 2017 by the superb Human Abomination album – hailed by Daily Rock as “bloody and invigorating”. The band were soon playing major European festivals like the massive Metal Days event and performing with giants of extreme music like Krisiun; nor were they out of place on such bills with Daily Rock naming them “artists who can shake the most seasoned headliners of extreme music festivals.” All that experience has now been poured into the creation of their game-changing second album, Renewal Through Purification. This collection of breathtaking songs, due out in June through MTAF Records is a magnificent fusion of the atmosphere of black metal and the power of death metal. This is Tyrmfar announcing themselves as true contenders on the world stage, ready to carve their bloody path to the throne.

Tyrmfar are coming…prepare to be judged. 

Line-up: 
Robin – Vocals
Mickael – Guitar
Kévin – Guitar
Julien – Bass
Quentin – Drums

Genre: Melodic Black/Death Metal
For fans of: Kataklysm | Immortal | God Seed | Nile
Further Information: https://tyrmfar.com

“…melodious, deadly black metal…” – METAL INSIDE

Tyrmfar – Renewal Through Purification

Written By Kimi Hall

Heres a list of favourite metal picks by yours truly.

This showed up in the mail and I have forgotten that I ordered it. One of the best demo’s of 2018. It makes me that much more excited for full lengths and has solidified pre-orders.

Cerebral Rot: Cessation Of Life

https://youtu.be/Sj2AIw1KwQ0

Stygian Obsession: Form Is Void

Riffs…

https://youtu.be/bigsR1Bitos

Necrot: Blood Offerings

Just like a lot of riffs

Pure Wrath: Ascetic Eventide

Sad black metal time.

https://youtu.be/kLJVYg0NBLg

Malthusiam: Across Deaths

https://youtu.be/GQ8tb9vV1F0

Misþyrming: Söngvar elds og óreiðu

https://youtu.be/M2zPTa5qSfY

Ripped To Shreds: 埋葬

I somehow missed this last year but this album gets it the fuck on. I had no idea it was a one man project which is even more dope. Its mutilatedmarvel. I utilize the genre tabs feature on Spotify and find a lot.

Acathexis: Self Titled Album

Its Beautiful, its heavy, its dark, its better than anything I could ever need or want from a black metal album.

https://youtu.be/qvqa0LW6zB4

Convulsing: Siberian Hellhounds

This just might be my favourite.

Barshasketh

First album of the year to grab my attention. Blackened, Atmospheric and really good.

Molested Divinity: Desilated Realms Through Iniquity

Missed this last year somehow. Irresponsibly heavy.

Haven’t done one of these in a while, its a weird one.

Rendered Helpless: Suffer Saraphim

I didn’t know this happened. Already iff to a bad start with releases this year.

Ossauriam: Living Tomb

Never got around to posting this one, but if anyone hasn’t listened to this yet its an absolute must. 20 Buck Spin bringing the heat 🔥

Imha Tarikat: Kara Ihlas

Fucking with this one heavily

Guðveiki: Vængför

This weeks “I forgot to post the new records I got” post. Surprise variants are my favourite, its even more gorgeous in person.

Abyssal: Denouement

Abyssal and chill

Lvcifyre: Svneater

Friday night riffs

Suffering Hour: In Passing Ascension

Current jams because SH is dope and I cant wait for more!

Swallowed: Lunarterial

This one has been getting a lot of attention lately.

Auroch: Mute Books

Also this one lately.

Ellende: Lebansnehmer

Most anticipated release of 2019 currently.

Mušmaḫḫū: Reign Of The Odius

Errand jams. Not even going to call them Aoty anymore.

Svartidauði: Flesh Cathedral

Morning commute jams

Ceremony Of Silence: Outis

Shaping up to be a favourite this year.

Outre: Hallow Earth

Late to the party on this but its a good one!

Army Of The Pharaohs: In Death Reborn

Friday gym jams.

Convulsing: Errata
Stoked to have these in my collection. 10/10 perfect split, 10/10 label line-up, 10/10 perfect album.

https://youtu.be/5nue-zJYdO0

Abyssal: A Beacon In The Husk

New Abyssal is sexy! Stoked!

https://youtu.be/Er6tM5ba8L4

Kaleikr: Heart Of Lead

Another one of my favourite releases so far this year.

The Metal Guru