Friday, May 26, 2017

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The latest The Power of the Riff podcast featuring the underground sounds of HellripperApostate ViaticumVELD - Blackened Death MetalBrüdny SkürwielWar-sawThe SarcophagusSkeletal, listen and download for free, spread it like a disease and most importantly support the bands and support the underground!


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The new album of the Italian Occult Doom/Heavy Metal Band MALAMORTE „Satan Goes To Heaven To Destroy The Kingdom Of God" is now available in our webshop. Safe 1 Euro during the pre-order time. The official releasedate of the album is the 9th of June 2017.


Occult Doom/Heavy Metal from Italy, 2017 Album, PREORDER, Releasedate: 9th June 2017
Tracks:
1. Intro
2. Thorn in the flesh
3. Waiting for the end of Christianity
4. Unholy Cult
5. Satan goes to heaven to destroy the kingdom of god
6. Intramezzo
7. Blasphemies for the Horned God
8. Ode to Damnation
9. Aut Satan aut Nihil
10. Outro
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Opus Diaboli was born in Montevideo, Uruguay in 2005. It all started in the mind of guitarist L.W.Alexander and soon he recruited Samiel (bass), Abbadon (vocals) and S.Blood (drums). Not long after the band started to play live they recorded their first demo "The Past Is Alive". In 2006 the band's first album entitled "Black Metal War" was released. After gigging in support of the album and some differences arose between Abbadon and LW Alexander, Abbadon left the band as a result and LWA started to do vocals. From this point on LW Alexander took overOpus Diaboli as his solo project. In 2007 "Under a Pagan Sky" was recorded and Opus Diaboli started to play live with some of the biggest names in black metal such as Gorgoroth, Mayhem, Dark Funeral, Nocturnal Depression, Taake e.t.c. In 2010 "Better to be a mortal than a crucified whore" was recorded.


The latest album "BLACK LIGHT OF DESTRUCTION" is pure Black Metal from beggining to end, it is the synthesis of 12 years within the scene, and the end of an era for Opus Diaboli. Songs were written from 2005 to 2016 but each of them have a common concept... To destroy the veils of what is shown in order to seek and find truth! Artwork and font done by Paint-It-Black Design.
Track-list:
01. Ilmarinen
02. Glory In Steel
03. Luciferian Black Light
04. Red Battlefield
05. In Flames
06. Better To Be A Mortal Than A Crucified Whore
07. Rivers Of Blood
08. Hymn Of Ragnarok
Length - 45:58
Line-up:
L.W. Alexander - everything


Available for pre-order!
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Catalog number:
SAT172 | FNL009
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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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CUSTARD has released a new video for the song "Queen Of Snow". That song is on the album "A Realm Of Tales", which was released on May 19th, 2017 via PURE STEEL RECORDS.
Since the beginning CUSTARD were a phenomena in Teutonic Steel. From 0 to 100 they bursted into the scene with great old school Heavy Metal songs. Of course a lot of bands play that style, but CUSTARD always made the "more" in songwriting, power and melody.
Fortunately nothing has changed for CUSTARD these days. Vocalist Olli Strasser and his two guitarists Stefan Absorber and Carsten Reichart still find their own way to create great riffings and melodies based on the concrete of Chris Klapper and Markus Berghammer. The lyric themes vary from catchy to extraordinary and with small -yet precious- ingredients like folky tunes along other little enrichements the songs get this special "thing" to make it a must for fans of HELLOWEEN to JUDAS PRIEST. "A Realm of Tales" leave an overall statement: The masters are back! 


LINE-UP:
Oliver Strasser – vocals
Carsten „Oscar“ Reichart – guitars
Markus Berghammer – bass
Chris Klapper – drums
Stefan Absorber – guitars
Reamped, Mixed & Mastered by OGrego https://www.facebook.com/ogregomixmaster
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The British heavy metal veterans Mythra, that last month released a brand new studio album entitled "Still Burning", released a video clip to one of the new songs, entitled "A Call To All". The video has been directed by Oliver Fowler, and can be seen below



"Still Burning" is available as a vinyl LP, CD, and digital download, and was released via High Roller Records. "It’s the first time the band has gone into the studio and recorded a complete album all in one go. We flew out to Poland in October 2016 to work with Bart Gabriel as producer. It was a superb experience and we all had a great time working with him. We were totally blown away when High Roller Records signed us to record the album and cannot thank them enough. Their support has been incredible!" says Mythra vocalist, Vince High. "We intended to stay true to ourNWoBHM roots and achieved our goal. The eleven tracks have tons of power and energy, twin lead guitar breaks, driving bass, thunderous drums and big choruses. Everything fans would expect from a Mythra album", he adds.

The album’s cover artwork was painted by Roberto Toderico, an Italian artist known for his previous collaboration with Mythra, as well as with other notable NWoBHM acts such as Tygers Of Pan Tang and Quartz.

Mythra‘s reunion was a major event for many NWoBHM fans around the globe. Their legendary first recording from 1979, entitled "The Death And Destiny EP", has cult status and stands alongside Iron Maiden‘s "The Soundhouse Tapes" released in the same year. The band has a great legacy, which has inspired and continues to inspire Metal bands across the world - including Metallica, whose members have cited Mythra as one of the influences on their early recordings. Two years ago Mythra released the "Warriors Of Time: The Anthology" album, which featured a collection of classic tracks recorded between 1979 and 1982 along with five songs written and recorded in 2015 following the band’s reunion performances at Brofest UK and the Keep It True festival in Germany, both of which attracted fans from across Europe, the USA and South America.

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Slovenia's Pyroxene formed back in 2012 and played as Crimson Harvest for 3 years before that and now here we have their debut EP, excluding the stand alone single 'Helium 3', from 2015 which is included here. So what we get is three new songs along with a cover of Black Sabbath's 'Electric Funeral', and the aforementioned 'Helium 3'. They seem to have put all of their focus into making these songs count and they are great tracks of classic, traditional, heavy metal. Think Nwobhm in a similar vein to a band like Angel Witch with a slight touch of Wicthfinder General but only a hint, this is in no way a doom metal album. The original tracks are all good with memorbale riffs, however the Sabbath cover is a bit pointless. Now don't get me wrong, Sabbath are my all time favourite band and Pyroxene do the song justice but this cover does nothing for me, probably because I know this song inside out. That would be my only complaint and it is only because I would like to hear more tracks from the band themselves. I get the feeling and I hope this is only the start. A promising debut.

http://www.pyroxene.eu/
https://www.facebook.com/smrt.in.razdejanje/
http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Pyroxene/
https://deathdestruction.bandcamp.com/releases

Rating system:

0 - complete garbage
1 - not worth your time
2 - go listen to some old school metal albums and see how it's done
3 - bad
4 - mediocre
5 - not essential
6 - decent
7 - good
8 - metalheads the world over will be banging their heads to this
9 - essential
10 - masterpiece


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

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We released a protion trailer for the upcoming album "Decibel Casualties". The pre-oder phaste starts on 26th May 2017. The new album will official released on 9th June 2017 via PURE STEEL RECORDS.
The two Metal titans Dave Overkill (v/g) and Matt Flammalbe (d) from the Ohio legend DESTRUCTOR have returned with sharpened steel! After the 2016 release, "Back in Bondage", now the brand new album is ready!!
Via Pure Steel Records this year the flaming inferno "Decibel Casualties" will come and you have many reasons to be extremely excited about waiting for it. High Speed and energy like in their early twenties is the one and only basis for the guys. Nick Annihilator (g) and Tim Hammer (b) joined the legends and you can be sure that DESTRUCTOR sound more fresh than ever before.
In 2017 DESTRUCTORs "Decibel casualties" will bring the fire of true old school metal they have kept burning for more than 30 years! HEAVY METAL FOR LIFE, HEAVY METAL TIL DEATH!
LINE-UP:
Dave Overkill – vocals, guitars
Tim Hammer – bass
Matt Flammable – drums
Nick Annihilator – guitars



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The release date of the WIDOW album „Carved In Stone“ on limited vinyl edition is June 30th, 2017. The pre-order phase will start on June 16th, 2017 in our webshop. The Album will release in a limited Edition of 300 black copies and insert on vinyl.
North Carolina’s beauties WIDOW present a album that will leave no one indifferent. Carved In Stone is a fifth album released over the last thirteen years. This album marks the arrival of a new drummer, who joined the already established singers/guitarists John E. Wooten IV and Cristof Bennett. The band still plays a wonderful mix of traditional American-rooted hard rock and fine old-school metal. When listening to the songs, one cannot help but notice the qualities one would traditionally find in classics like OZZY OSBOURNE, ALICE COOPER, VAN HALEN or even hints of LION, in a metal style that the band fully masters and even brings to new grounds. WIDOW will dazzle the listener with strong titles like “Another Time and Place” or “And We Are One”. Headbanging and fist pumping tracks like “Wisdom” and “Of the Blood We bind” could even awake a dead body from its torpor. Then, like a rollercoaster, WIDOW slows the pace down with “Time On Your Side”, but soon sets all engines on again with songs like “Borrowed Time” and “Live by the Flame”. This album is definitely a must.
After the CD release in June 2016 follows the album “Craved In Stone” in a limited edition of 300 black copies with insert on vinyl.
TRACKLIST:
Side A
1. Burning Star
2. Carved In Stone
3. Another Time and Place
4. Wisdom
5. Time on Your Side
6. Borrowed Time
Side B
1. And We Are One
2. Anomaly
3. Live By The Flame
4. Of The Blood, We Bind
5. Nighttime Turn
6. Let It Burn
Total Playing Time: 49:53 min
LINE-UP:
John E. Wooten IV – lead vocals, bass
Chris Bennett – lead guitars, bass
Robbie Mercer – drums

Monday, May 22, 2017

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It is clearly apparent even from the first listen that this album is a well crafted gem of undergroud metal proving as I have said, time and time again that the underground is alive and well. All you need to do is to dig deep. So metalheads get your shovel out and unearth some Skeletal. The bands classic old scool approach to death metal with tasteful use of tremelo picked riffage gives the album a feeling of epicness. Riffs fly by at a thrashing pace. From the offset 'Dreadful Life', spews forth a heavy dose of convincing brutallity. Opening track  Death Works Overtime”, says it all with its foot firmly planted in the death thrash scene which was prevalent towards the late 80's and early 90's as death metal took its hold over the metal underground. The band however do keep the dynamics in check with the introduction of a short instrumental ''Life and Dread'', which works to highten the punch and impact of ''Downward Spiral', as it rears it ugly infested head. By the time closing track ''Return to the Grave'', shows up the band have already executed a materclass in how to do this style right.






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http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Skeletal/3540337514
https://skeletal.bandcamp.com/releases


Rating system:

0 - complete garbage
1 - not worth your time
2 - go listen to some old school metal albums and see how it's done
3 - bad
4 - mediocre
5 - not essential
6 - decent
7 - good
8 - metalheads the world over will be banging their heads to this
9 - essential
10 - masterpiece

Sunday, May 21, 2017

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Formed in 2000, RESISTANCE are a Los Angeles based Heavy Metal band delivering a full on Metal assault from a broad range of influences. The band signed with Finland's Lion Music in 2004 and released two critically acclaimed albums: "Lies In Black" (2004) and the conceptual Metal masterpiece "Patents Of Control" (2007). In 2015 the band returned with the "Battle Scars" EP, and most recently inked a deal with No Remorse Records, which will release their brand new studio album, "Metal Machine". First reviews describe the album as "US Power Metal for fans of Metal Church and Liege Lord".

"Metal Machine" was produced and engineered by Dan Luna, Bill Metoyer and Resistance, and was is mixed and mastered by Neil Kernon. Album's cover artwork was painted by Dusan Markovic. "Metal Machine" will hit the streets on June 27, 2017, and will include 8 songs, including cover version of the Scorpions classic "Blackout".

"Metal Machine" track listing:
01. The Metal Machine
02. Hail To The Horns
03. Rise And Defend
04. Some Gave All
05. Time Machine
06. Dirty Side Down
07. Heroes
08. Blackout




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Saturday, May 20, 2017

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One of Turkey's oldest black metal bands The Sarcophagus was formed by Burak Sümer in 1996. At the beginning of 1998 the band released their first demo “Pagan Storm” which was a brilliant sample of classical black metal. The demo was distributed by distros/labels such as Moribund Records (USA), Folter Records (DE), Pussy God Records (CZ) and Lynch Distro (TR). In 2000 the band entered the studio to record their self released promo album “Infernal Hordes of The Ancient Times”. This promo highligted the success of the demo and drew the attention of BM fans from all around the world. “Infernal Hordes of The Ancient Times” was to be the last work of Sarcophagus showcasing a more melodic black metal style. During that period the band played a number gigs and festivals. In 2009 Niklas Kvarforth from The Shining and Ozan Yıldırım from Raven Woods joined the band and The Sarcophagus signed with Osmose Productions for a 7'' ep “Hate Cult” and the debut album “Towards The Eternal Chaos” was released, The new style showed a great progression away from their early sound. The Sarcophagus became more aggressive and raw with during the participation of Niklas Kvarforth. A couple of years later Niklas eventually decide to quit to focus on The Shining. With this desicion, Morkbeast from Russian black metal band Todestriebe joined the band as the new vocalist, the band then recorded a new album called “,” in 2016 9 tracks of fury to keep spreading the disease!


Line-up:
Mørkbeast - vocals
Burak Sümer - guitars, synth
Ozan Yıldırım - bass
Oktay Fıstık - drums (session)




Now we have the new full-length album from The Sarcophagus "Beyond This World’s Illusion" 2017. Mastered at Necromorbus Studio in Sweden. Cover art made by Paolo Girardi. 9 tracks of raw blasphemy!
Track-list:
01. Reign Of Chaos
02. Ain Sof
03. Dymadiel
04. The Profanity Rites
05. Sapremia Of Earthly Creatures
06. Triumphant Divine Terror
07. Armoured Death
08. Flaming Key To Divine Wisdom
09. Apocalyptic Beast
 Length - 45:51
Available for pre-order!
 Co-release Satanath Records (Russia) with labels:
Catalog number:
SAT169 | DPS005 | FS003 | SNR CD-019
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Founded by Vorh in 2011 from the damp east coast of England, Nordland emerged. The original intent of the project was for the sole personal gratification of its creator and the enjoyment of writing the music, never thinking it would become anything else. The concept of Nordand was for the listener to be taken out of the current world of meaningless ego and to pull them into a place where they could return to the cold damp earth. Nordland crawled out of the earth in 2012 with the eponymous debut LP on Glorious North Productions in UK. Followed one year later by 'The True Cult of the Earth'. After a short break Vorh returned in 2015 with 'Songs of Regression' this time on Black Plague Records and Metallic Media in the US continuing to push the progression of the material in both writing and concept. The Idea for each Nordland album was to try to create something other than a group of unrelated songs grouped together, but to build on this theme of a 'place' - not a physical place but one of imagination. Telling tales of Heathen Heritage and our Pagan Past. Being obviously inspired by metal Nordland is also inspired by early 70's progressive rock. Bands like Van Der Graff Generator and Magma etc. Many of these classic albums would take the listener out of themselves for a while and that is something Nordland tries to emulate. At times, being a one man band is not easy, you have to rely on your own instincts to do everything from writing all the music and lyrics, recording, mixing, art and layouts for the CDs with no help from anyone. This is a great challenge and accomplishment when it is finally finished and released.




 Line-up:
Vorh - everything


Now on the mighty Satanath Records the latest work is ready to be unleashed! European Paganism marks the triumphant return of Nordland. The 4th heathenistic opus from the fevered mind of one man act Vorh. European Paganism is a concept album, weaving its twisted allegory through a landscape of old souls long forgotten. Come and take the first step onto the path towards the mountain... It is the most ambitious album to date, with 27 minute album opener 'The Mountain' echoing the epic progressive albums from which it was inspired. Nordland continues to push the writing of the material while staying true to the original intent.
 Track-list:
01. The Mountain
02. A Burning Of Idols
03. Rites At Dawn
  Length - 42:04

Available for pre-order!
Co-release Satanath Records (Russia) with label:
Catalog number:
SAT167 | MHP 17-216
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