The race is on. The shadowed passages of the labyrinth stretch before you – corner after corner, steps down into impenetrable black, a thousand identical doors, walls that shift behind you creating new corridors and sealing off routes that were once options of escape. The grotesque faces in the walls watch with laughing eyes as your breath becomes ragged and your lungs burn in your chest. They whisper of all the things they would love to do to you, of all the things they have done to other hapless creatures that have passed this way. And behind in the darkness you hear the steady, relentless tread of the hunter and the unmistakeable sound of the lock and load…
To enter the sonic kingdom of In Asymmetry is to walk into a world of bewildering complexity and staggering power. On the surface the onslaught that confronts you is one of pure, unadulterated chaos but within the raging maelstrom is a precisely engineered order; a gleaming, oiled, infernal machine whose parts operate in devilish harmony, slotting into place and igniting, turning the air you breathe to fire. Their full length debut album, Ashes Of Dead Worlds, is a masterful display of technical, brutal death metal that challenges the listener on every level. The band dispense overwhelming track after overwhelming track with imperious ease, a bombardment beyond comprehension. From the ominous tones that summon in the full frontal assault of ‘Whom Prey On The Weak’ to the cataclysmic ending of the bonus track, a cover of the Deeds Of Flesh classic ‘Sense Of The Diabolic’ there is no escape. The path back to the light has been sealed and your time in the maze ends when In Asymmetry say it does.
Featuring the insane drumming dexterity of Darren Cesca (Deeds Of Flesh) and the vicious vocalisations of Taylor Wientjes (ex-The Faceless, ex-The Kennedy Veil, ex-Inanimate Existence) In Asymmetry are a unit with the experience to match their magnificent abilities. Now allied with Comatose Music everything has fallen into place for this most formidable of bands. The global assault begins on May 7th when Ashes Of Dead Worlds detonates and the extreme music scene explodes. Be prepared for the ride of your life!
Line-up: Darren Cesca – Drums Darren Joy – Bass Taylor Wientjes – Vocals Victor Araneda – Guitars
New exponents of brutality Focal Dystonia will release their debut album Descending (In)Human Flesh through Comatose Music on December 11th.
From out of nowhere comes one of the most devastating brutal death metal assaults you will ever hear! Focal Dystonia’s debut album, Descending (In)Human Flesh is a terrifying tsunami of raging riffs and an unrelenting drum battery of staggering speed and heaviness. This is the sound of rage beyond control, of vengeance unleashed and opposition pulverised into non-existence. No more holding back in the face of slights and disrespect, just absolute bloody and beautiful annihilation!Focal Dystonia was created by multi-instrumentalist Floor van Kuijk (Korpse/Carnifloor) and drummer Florent Duployer (Anachronism/Kakothanasy) in early 2020. Due to their innate understanding of the essence of brutal death metal, the project progressed at hellish speed. Soon they had ten songs that epitomised the genre, in all its gaudy, violent extremes and next set about assembling an incredible line-up of international vocalists to give voice to their macabre creations. In total, twelve of the underground’s most renowned proponents of throat-ruining vocal savagery contributed to the recording of Descending (In)Human Flesh – an unprecedented collective of demonic vocalizing. For now these bestial names are being kept secret, to be revealed as the days and weeks pass and the December 11th release of Descending (In)Human Flesh grows nearer.
It is, of course, Comatose Music that will be responsible for spreading the plague of Focal Dystonia worldwide – no other label being equipped to handle such a diabolical expulsion of frenzied barbarity. Descending (In)Human Flesh is not just a masterful display of domineering power, it is also a horrifying love letter to the brutal death metal scene; everything that a dedicated fan could wish for in their warped dreams. Expect no mercy when this beast is unleashed!
SOLITARY TAKE A STAND WITH NEW VIDEO – I WILL NOT TOLERATE!
Following hot on the heels of their punishing ‘Abominate‘ video, Solitarypresent another killer track from their forthcoming album for Metalville Records, The Truth Behind The Liesalong with another hard-hitting visual assault. ‘I Will Not Tolerate‘ is the furious opening track from the new album and an instant anthem for thrashers worldwide. Combining rapid fire riffs, a barrage of heavy artillery drumming, a spirit of uncontrollable rage and an instantly addictive chorus, ‘I Will Not Tolerate’ is the epitome of great thrash metal.
The first reviews for The Truth Behind The Lies are just starting to come in and they are unanimous in their praise…
” The key words here are talent and conviction, and Solitary have both in spades.” – SENTINEL DAILY “…powerful, technically adept hammering old school Thrash…” – FFM-ROCK “… impressively tight musicianship on an almost impossible level.” – METAL RIOT “… satisfying thrash that warms the inner beast.” – WORMWOOD CHRONICLES “… Solitary’s magnum opus; an undiluted thrash album with plenty to say and the songs to back it up!” – WORSHIP METAL
The Truth Behind The Lies will be unleashed on October 23rd and pre-orders are available now from all major on-line purveyors of metal, as well as CDand VINYL bundles with exclusive merch only at the Solitary store.
It has been twelve long years since the release of Darkness, the last full length release from Poland’s Hell-Born, but finally the silence is about to be broken! Now signed to Odium Records, Hell-Born are preparing to unleash Natas Liah; according to front man Baal “the best, the most mature, refined, atmospheric Hell-Born album we have ever recorded”. Featuring nine dark, venomous songs that blend the extreme arts of black, death and thrash metal in the traditional Hell-Born style, Natas Liah encompasses everything that this respected band have always stood for.
Co-founders and ever present members of Hell-Born, bassist/vocalist Baal Ravenlock and guitarist Les were both integral parts of the early years of Behemoth, with Baal helping to form the band. Both appeared on the Gromalbum and Les went on to play on the legendary Satanica as well. That being the case it seems only fitting that Behemoth’s Adam ‘Nergal’ Darskijoined them in Creme De La Cremestudios – as Baal explains…
“You will be able to hear the voice of Adam Nergal Darski on the song ′Blakk Metal‘. The composition is a clear and uncompromising tribute to the times when we created something very important, a celebration of our joint contribution to the shape of the Polish extreme metal scene.”
Another link in the chain of steel which binds the stories of Hell-Born and Behemoth, Natas Liah was mixed and mastered by Haldor Grunberg, who was engineer on the revered Behemoth album I Loved You At Your Darkest.
Natas Liah will be released by Odium Records on digi-pack CD and vinyl in the winter of 2020 – be ready!
For the last two years Foul Body Autopsy has been walking the dusty roads of a world in the rotting grip of the undead. Inspired by the classic zombie films of George E. Romero Tom Reynoldsbrought us the This Machine Kills Zombies album and follow up EP The Unquiet Dead, riff driven masterpieces of melodic death that took us from the first broken casket, through the screams and bloodshed , to the endless silence of a planet devoid of life. Now we reach the final page of this epic story, the concluding words before this volume of the Foul Body Autopsy saga is over.
Purified Ready To Reclaim originally appeared on the This Machine Kills Zombies album, but it has now been completely reworked and reimagined to create the perfect coda to Foul Body Autopsy’s years amongst the dead. This new single version features real drums, courtesy of Alex Micklewright, along with keyboards, synths, acoustic guitar and a wonderfully atmospheric final touch of piano from Aaron Bright. Tom Reynolds has also re-recorded all his vocals and guitar parts – the guitars benefitting from the added power of Blackstar amplification who now endorse Tom. Bringing that finishing touch of magic to this new single is Russ Russell, the noted producer applying his mixing and mastering skills to this lavish rebirth.
Purified Ready To Reclaim will be released on May 20th, a date that just so happens to coincide with Tom Reynolds birthday; a fitting gift to himself from the man labelled “a fucking riff machine” by Angry Metal Guy. So join us for a last walk through the kingdom of the dead, before we turn out the lights forever.
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Today Foetal Juice are proud to announce a prestigious US premiere for their latest lyric video, which accompanies the second single from their forthcoming album, Gluttony. Decibel Magazine present ‘Metamorphosis‘, a fiercely focussed assault that captures the astounding levels of power and speed that Foetal Juice have harnessed on their new album. As the band have said Gluttony is “a lot faster, heavier and much more aggressive, both musically and lyrically, than anything we have previously written” and nowhere is that more apparent than in the wake of the savage riffs of ‘Metamorphosis’.
You’ll also be able to read a little about the thoughts behind the riffs and the ideas that the band have explored in the track lyrically… “Essentially, it’s about anger boiling over when we see the selfishness of man.”
For fifteen years Foetal Juice have been carving their path through the underground, armed with black humour and sonic intensity, a death metal machine grinding the opposition into the mud, blood and bile – and they show no signs of stopping yet!
Enjoy ‘Metamorphosis’ at Decibel Magazine and prepare yourself for the colossal impact of Gluttony, released through Gore House Productionson June 12!
The vast kingdom of the solitary hunter lies within and without, a landscape of thick, soft darkness and mazes laid upon mazes, an ever-changing labyrinth. The shadows of this world lap like waves against the walls of our minds, slowly eroding our defences with timeless patience. For those with broken walls, trapped in cells, bound in restraints, their blood awash with poisons dressed as medicines, the tides of night soon flood in, like the sea over balustrades of sand. A blessing and a curse, the invasive dark brings freedom from confinement and the thorns of healing while stealing all hope of return to a world once loved. The broken are free to run for the hunter, dying a thousand times on the barbed points of his arrows, but always rising to run the maze once more, leaving their shell to the indignities of care and preservation…
Shadowflag have always stalked the hinterlands of black metal, striding with gritted teeth into the face of the storm. They bring rare imagination and a poetic spirit to their fearsome creations, walking hand in hand with accepted convention only when it happens to run parallel to their path. From the grand ambition of their self-titled debut to the cold terror of 2017s The Delusion Machine, Shadowflag have proven themselves to be a band without limitations, a band that stands alone. After three years of labour they are now ready to present their latest beast, carved from the essence of insanity, In Asylum Requiem. The fourth Shadowflag album is perhaps their most formidable and forbidding; each song resolute in purpose and relentless in delivery. Yet for all the freezing fury, the rush of blackness is punctuated with diamonds of unique cut, moments of that unmistakeable Shadowflag magic. Songs like ‘From Agony To Cold’ perfectly define everything that Shadowflag are. They have a sound and signature that is all their own and this has never been more apparent than when wandering the complex passageways of In Asylum Requiem.
On June 19th Clobber Records will open the floodgates and release the cold, deep waters of In Asylum Requiem to drown the world in dreams of madness. Drink deep from the deluge and open your minds to the numberless possibilities of Shadowflag.
The band unveil a brand new video for the track ‘Hold Of Winter‘, from their critically acclaimed recent album, The Solace Of Ancient Earth. The video is an epic performance piece, filmed and edited by GWE Media Production who also worked with Pythia on their ‘Spirits Of The Trees‘ video.
The band are also pleased to be able to announce three new UK shows to round off their activities for 2019. You can catch Pythia at: The Joiners – Southampton – November 26th – w/ Mask Of Judas, Phobetor and Elysian Divide For further information click here Facebar – Reading – December 8th – w/ Sister Shotgun, Novacrow and Synlakross For further information click here The Macbeth Of Hoxton – London – December 13th – w/ Blackhorse Road and The October Revolution For further information click here
If you’ve yet to check out Pythia’s incredible latest album, The Solace Of Ancient Earth, mixed by Jacob Hansen (The Black Dahlia Murder, U.D.O., Volbeat etc.), just take a look at this small selection of great reviews they’ve been receiving from the metal press…
“… riding in on a barrage of elvish thunder and atmosphere. An impressive return.” – METAL HAMMER
… a wonderful work of art.” – ROCK OUT STAND OUT
“… an absolute monster…” – AVE NOCTUM
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Formicarius to play in Malta at The Black Advent and release a new guitar playthrough video for ‘O, Dread Impaler’.
FORMICARIUS CELEBRATE BLACK ADVENT WITH THE IMPALER
2019 has been a remarkable year for Formicarius, with their second album Rending The Veil Of Flesh being released through Schwarzdorn Production to great critical acclaim. They have also played some storming live shows with the likes of Asagraum, Hecate Enthroned, Sidious and Aklash. However the year is still far from over for Formicarius and today they release a new guitar playthrough video for the track ‘O, Dread Impaler‘. There are few bands that can boast a guitar duo as talented as Nazarkardeh and Lord Saunders, so for all aspiring guitarists and lovers of six string dexterity, this is well worth a watch!
As well as unveiling this excellent new video, we’re also pleased to be able to announce that Formicarius will be venturing to foreign climes for the first time in their career on December 14th. The band will be appearing at The Black Advent in Malta, alongside Ekpyrosis and Carniverous Horde. Organised by the Malta Death Fest team, this is sure to be an incredible way for Formicarius to conclude their most successful year to date. For full details head to the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/422984025012135/
If you’ve somehow managed to miss the stunning Rending The Veil Of Flesh album – featuring the drumming talents of Kevin Paradis of Benighted and a guest vocal appearance from Sakis Tolisof Rotting Christ – then take a quick look at some of the press reactions to this work of virtuoso black metal…
“… Formicarius are fantastic and ridiculously skilled musicians .” – ETERNAL TERROR
“A must for fans of the genre!!! Just listen.” – METAL NA LATA
“…once again Formicarius slap the face of god. .” – MUSIPEDIA OF METAL
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Exploding from the darkness of the underground come Inverted Matter, a potent new force in death metal with a debut album of shocking intensity and monstrous power. Detach features nine finely crafted songs that bind together furious brutality, crushing heaviness, absorbing atmosphere and vicious, unforgettable hooks. This album will leave you dazed and disturbed, with the taste of death in your mouth.
More than just another new band on the scene, Inverted Matter are driven by the soul-shaking drum onslaught of Michael Smith, a true death metal legend. Smith provided the genre defining blasts behind Suffocation’s masterpieces Human Waste, Effigy Of The Forgotten, Breeding The Spawn, Souls To Deny and more. His unmistakeable beats now thunder beneath the staggering riffs, wicked solos and imperious vocals that characterise the superb songs that form Detach. Ruthlessly injecting their rampant creativity with the genetic matter of classic Morbid Angel, Immolation and Suffocation, Inverted Matter have created a monster that is driven to dominate and destroy.
When Lethal Scissor Records’ tireless search through the catacombs of the underground uncovered this slumbering beast, they knew they had found something beautifully twisted and infinitely dangerous. Prepare to welcome your new overlords and let the killing begin!
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