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May 6, 2021, 3:27 am

 

THE SINNER AND THE SAINT

Band:LARRY MILLER
Album:THE SINNER AND THE SAINT
Label:BIG GUITAR
Format:DCD
Genre:BLUES ROCK

'The Sinner And The Saint' is the long awaited new album from Larry Miller. Larry was recording this album when he had a stroke 4 years ago. He has now managed to complete the album and it is a double CD. This is the first new album from Larry Miller in 4 years and is eagerly awaited by Larry's army of loyal fans. As on previous albums, Larry shows his skill as a high energy and also sensitive lead guitar player impressing with his fluid guitar lines. However, Larry is also an accomplished song writer, demonstrated by the mix of powerful riff based rock and blues songs such as 'The Woman And The Blues' and passionate blues ballads like ' I Want My Life Back'. He plays the ultimate blues rock combination of a Gibson Les Paul through a Marshall stack on this album but also shows off his acoustic guitar playing side using a 1931 National Duolian Resonator and on the joyous 'Your Tears Will Hit The Floor' plays mandolin.

 

 

PAYBACK

Band:POWER GLOVE
Album:PAYBACK
Label:ELECTRONIC PURIFICATION
Format:DLP
Genre:RETROWAVE

Holy smoke! Did Power Glove deliver. Not only were their soundtracks for several Ubisoft games like Far Cry 3 absolutely top-notch, but also very unique in their style. This new album however is radical & new, a shadowplay full of sound and fury, beginning as the sun goes down. Tracks abound in wailing siren sounds, nasty guitar licks, deep synth drums, stormy atmospheric sh*t you only hear when you ‘re in a dark alley with a leather jacket on & a whole can of mousse in your hair. This album went through the roof like a rocket and its bill board charts position is absolutely justified.

 

 

ARTIFACT

Band:WAVESHAPER
Album:ARTIFACT
Label:ELECTRONIC PURIFICATION
Format:LP
Genre:RETROWAVE

A great continuation of what can be called Waveshapers signature sound with Melancholic melodies, groovy beats and spacy vibes. That said, there are many new hints and twists in sound and structure that make this one a bit darker. Without a doubt another must have from Waveshaper again, a great entry for any new listener and a multitude of songs to move your mind and body.

 

 

DEPTHS

Band:DAV DRALLEON
Album:DEPTHS
Label:ELECTRONIC PURIFICATION
Format:LP
Genre:RETROWAVE

On cyberpunk horror-synth background, DAV DRALLEON is playing with its postapocalyptic side and, in some instance, cinematic one. The contrast between the organic keyboard with its abyssal notes, and the fast and mechanical sharpness of the bass and rhythmic fusion, are keeping the aesthetic on top without sacrificing the pace

 

 

III

Band:KALAX
Album:III
Label:ELECTRONIC PURIFICATION
Format:DLP
Genre:RETROWAVE

This new album by Kalax is a synthwaver's dream come true! Beautiful, crisp dreamwave sounds together with amazing vocal talents and stunning retrowave vibes make this one of the top releases of 2019! This would be the perfect album to introduce to someone who has not heard synthwave or retro synth yet as it reaffirms my belief that once a "synth addict", always a "synth addict"!

 

 

TURBULENCE

Band:MIAMI NIGHTS 84
Album:TURBULENCE
Label:ELECTRONIC PURIFICATION
Format:LP
Genre:RETROWAVE

Finally, Miami Nights 1984?s monumental synthwave classic on vinyl for the first time officially! This album is the true essence of what the Eighties sounded like and is considere THE milestone in outrun music.A must-have for every enthusiast of 80?s inspired electronic music.

 

 

PIXEL PASSION

Band:ARCADE HIGH
Album:PIXEL PASSION
Label:ELECTRONIC PURIFICATION
Format:LP
Genre:RETROWAVE

Pixel Passion is the album I've been wanting to create ever since I began writing electronic music. It's my love letter to 80s synth music and early 90s video game culture. I wanted to imprint an original sound that would be my own and create nostalgic imagery in the listener without any pretense. It's been a long and very rewarding 8 months. I hope you enjoy! Extras: cut-out sleeve with printed inner-sleeve, flood print

 

 

MANA

Band:IDLE HANDS
Album:MANA
Label:Eisenwald
Format:LP
Genre:US METAL/HEAVY ROCK/OCCULT ROCK

IDLE HANDS introduce their first full-length album, "Mana", to be released by Eisenwald. Rising out of ashes of traditional heavy metal quintet Spellcaster like a new wave phoenix, IDLE HANDS is bound to catch the attention of anyone who loves NWOBHM, occult rock or the sleaze of the 80s. Entering into the studio only 4 months after the release of their highly acclaimed EP “Don’t Waste Your Time”, "Mana" conjures up an emotive 40-minute ride into the realms of heavy metal, new wave, goth rock, and continues to solidify the bands unique brand of heavy music. Mana was recorded between the months of November 2018 to January 2019. Drum production executed at Sharkbite studios in Oakland, CA with producer Zack Ohren (Machine Head). Tracking of all guitars and vocals were completed at Falcon Studios in Portland, OR with Producer/Engineer Gabe Johnston, and followed by mixing by Gabe Johnston and Gabriel Franco. Brad Boatright gave the album it`s final touches at his esteemed Audiosiege mastering studio (Corrosion of Conformity, Yob, Poison Idea, Mantar). With the first EP and Album under their belt, the band is set to tour heavily in 2019 & 2020 across EUROPE, NORTH AMERICA and ASIA.

 

 

DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME

Band:IDLE HANDS
Album:DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME
Label:Eisenwald
Format:MLP
Genre:US METAL/HEAVY ROCK/OCCULT ROCK

Rising out of ashes of Prosthetic Records' traditional heavy metal quintet Spellcaster like a new wave phoenix, IDLE HANDS is bound to catch the attention of anyone who loves NWOBHM, occult rock or the sleaze of the 80s. Featuring five dark, moody and ballad-esque tracks, Don't Waste Your Time was recorded by Gabe Johnston (Spellcaster) and mastered by the illustrious Brad Boatright (Corrosion of Conformity, Yob). Formed in the heart of the Pacific Northwest in the fall of 2017, IDLE HANDS initially began solely as a creative outlet for former Spellcaster bassist Gabriel Franco, who now handles vocals and rhythm guitar in addition to being the band's sole songwriter. With the first EP and ALBUM (Mana) under their belt, the band is set to tour heavily in 2019/2020 across EUROPE, NORTH AMERICA, and ASIA.

 

 

HERE THERE AND NOWHERE

Band:HEAVENS CLUB
Album:HERE THERE AND NOWHERE
Label:Profound Lore
Format:CD
Genre:SHOEGAZE/SYNTH POP

Formed in Oakland, CA, HEAVEN’S CLUB began as the project of Shiv Mehra during downtime while off tour with his band Deafheaven. It then expanded to include Deafheaven drummer Dan Tracy, Nadia Kury, Chris Natividad, Ross Peacock and Luis Mayorga. Finding ground in introspective lyricism and progressive, ethereal sonics, HEAVEN’S CLUB achieves a careful balance between punching urgency and distant atmosphere. Recorded at Santo Studios in Oakland, CA, Heaven’s Club producer and engineer Andrew Oswald acts as a seventh member and brings rich texture and nuance to Mehra’s vision. Of the project, Mehra says: “Heaven’s Club is the fog of memory and insubstantial fantasy. The songs reside in the liminal space between love and the end of suffering. They reach toward an ambiguous desire for peace - a deeply felt longing.”

 

 

HERE THERE AND NOWHERE

Band:HEAVENS CLUB
Album:HERE THERE AND NOWHERE
Label:Profound Lore
Format:LP
Genre:SHOEGAZE/SYNTH POP

Formed in Oakland, CA, HEAVEN’S CLUB began as the project of Shiv Mehra during downtime while off tour with his band Deafheaven. It then expanded to include Deafheaven drummer Dan Tracy, Nadia Kury, Chris Natividad, Ross Peacock and Luis Mayorga. Finding ground in introspective lyricism and progressive, ethereal sonics, HEAVEN’S CLUB achieves a careful balance between punching urgency and distant atmosphere. Recorded at Santo Studios in Oakland, CA, Heaven’s Club producer and engineer Andrew Oswald acts as a seventh member and brings rich texture and nuance to Mehra’s vision. Of the project, Mehra says: “Heaven’s Club is the fog of memory and insubstantial fantasy. The songs reside in the liminal space between love and the end of suffering. They reach toward an ambiguous desire for peace - a deeply felt longing.”

 

 

LIVE AT ROADBURN

Band:ORANSSI PAZUZU
Album:LIVE AT ROADBURN
Label:ROADBURN
Format:CD
Genre:PSYCH DOOM

Not meant for genre purists, oranssi pazuzu are on a trip all their own; modern electric pioneers on an expedition to unlock the keys to the hidden spaces all around and inside us. from roadburn.com: in 2016, we introduced them as “a giant that stalks these mostly otherwise untrodden lands,” referring to the finnish extreme psych scene that invaded tilburg with such remarkable results, and called them “a true beacon of experimentalism and innovation,” and we mean it even more for 2017. the obelisk: “oranssi pazuzu, who released their fourth album, värähtelijä, in 2016, may have conjured the finest blackened psychedelia i’ve ever seen. it was so much of both, so chaotic and yet purposeful, that to consider it anything less than the work of masters would be completely underselling it. when i was done taking photos, i went out into the hallway to walk around to the other side of the room and i couldn’t believe it was still daytime. and more over, the sun had come out! something so cosmically abysmal just seemed like it should be swallowing any and all light around it, but so it goes. stately and ferocious, they cast their waves of of bleakness over a sea of nodding heads.” the sleeping shaman: “the finns are doing a comeback show, because last year they mesmerized everyone het patronaat. this time it is not much different as the band completely warps whatever you think black metal is, into something that is definitely spiced up with krautrock, prog and more strange spices. jazzing it up and down to calm passages, where the music just flutters all over, the band completely captures the crowd again with another tumultuous outbreak. psyching out, spinning long atmospheric parts and then just grabbing you by the throat once more. you can just not grasp oranssi pazuzu, simple. ”

 

 

LIVE AT ROADBURN

Band:ORANSSI PAZUZU
Album:LIVE AT ROADBURN
Label:ROADBURN
Format:2LP
Genre:PSYCH DOOM

Not meant for genre purists, oranssi pazuzu are on a trip all their own; modern electric pioneers on an expedition to unlock the keys to the hidden spaces all around and inside us. from roadburn.com: in 2016, we introduced them as “a giant that stalks these mostly otherwise untrodden lands,” referring to the finnish extreme psych scene that invaded tilburg with such remarkable results, and called them “a true beacon of experimentalism and innovation,” and we mean it even more for 2017. the obelisk: “oranssi pazuzu, who released their fourth album, värähtelijä, in 2016, may have conjured the finest blackened psychedelia i’ve ever seen. it was so much of both, so chaotic and yet purposeful, that to consider it anything less than the work of masters would be completely underselling it. when i was done taking photos, i went out into the hallway to walk around to the other side of the room and i couldn’t believe it was still daytime. and more over, the sun had come out! something so cosmically abysmal just seemed like it should be swallowing any and all light around it, but so it goes. stately and ferocious, they cast their waves of of bleakness over a sea of nodding heads.” the sleeping shaman: “the finns are doing a comeback show, because last year they mesmerized everyone het patronaat. this time it is not much different as the band completely warps whatever you think black metal is, into something that is definitely spiced up with krautrock, prog and more strange spices. jazzing it up and down to calm passages, where the music just flutters all over, the band completely captures the crowd again with another tumultuous outbreak. psyching out, spinning long atmospheric parts and then just grabbing you by the throat once more. you can just not grasp oranssi pazuzu, simple. ”

 

 

LIVE AT ROADBURN 2018

Band:HELL
Album:LIVE AT ROADBURN 2018
Label:ROADBURN
Format:LP + CD
Genre:BLACKENED DOOM

Some bands welcomed to the stage at Het Patronaat draw clear inspiration from texts like Dante’s Inferno. If anything, it makes perfect sense to have biblically heavy, soul crushing music performed in a space that was once a church. Few bands have upheld this notion as thoroughly as Oregonian blackened doom outfit Hell. Their 2016 performance featured a violinist and a performance touching upon much of their discography, including both tracks from the otherworldly devastating III album. With the recent release of Hell’s self-titled album, their first in five years, we’re thrilled to welcome them back to perform this new release in its entirety. They comment: “Roadburn is an incredible experience and Hell is honored to perform there once again.”

 

 

COLD WAR ON THE ROCKS - DISCO AND ELECTRONIC MUSIC FROM FINLAND 1980-1991

Band:VARIOUS ARTISTS
Album:COLD WAR ON THE ROCKS - DISCO AND ELECTRONIC MUSIC FROM FINLAND 1980-1991
Label:SVART
Format:CD
Genre:Synth Disco

The sequel to the compilation Satan in Love, Cold War On The Rocks presents 20 tracks from the history of Finnish disco and early electronic music. The journey goes from orchestral disco to experimental electronic sounds and back. It includes lone 7” singles from relatively unknown performers, interesting album cuts from artists who are better known in completely different musical genres, and also a few electronic artists whose work is rather underrated.

 

 

COLD WAR ON THE ROCKS - DISCO AND ELECTRONIC MUSIC FROM FINLAND 1980-1991

Band:VARIOUS ARTISTS
Album:COLD WAR ON THE ROCKS - DISCO AND ELECTRONIC MUSIC FROM FINLAND 1980-1991
Label:SVART
Format:2LP
Genre:Synth Disco

The sequel to the compilation Satan in Love, Cold War On The Rocks presents 20 tracks from the history of Finnish disco and early electronic music. The journey goes from orchestral disco to experimental electronic sounds and back. It includes lone 7” singles from relatively unknown performers, interesting album cuts from artists who are better known in completely different musical genres, and also a few electronic artists whose work is rather underrated.

 

 

MIREL WAGNER

Band:MIREL WAGNER
Album:MIREL WAGNER
Label:SVART
Format:LP
Genre:DEATH BLUES

Before Mirel Wagner's Sub Pop debut in 2014, this self titled LP (2011) kicked her domestic career off. Out of print for years and not previously available in North America, this LP repress is on grey vinyl and limited to 500 copies. TRACKLIST: 1: To The Bone 2: The Well 3: No Death 4: No Hands 5: Red 6: Despair 7: Joe 8: Dream 9: The Road

 

 

BLOOD AND WINE

Band:GOATESS
Album:BLOOD AND WINE
Label:SVART
Format:CD
Genre:DOOM METAL

Bacchus cult with their third, and highly anticipated new album Blood and Wine. Riffs of biblical, Cecil B. DeMille magnitude, part the Red Sea and chariot their way across the dunes like a relentless raging Roman legion. Expert songwriting by modern veterans of the scene, Sweden s Goatess take the traditional doom metal foundations of St Vitus, Trouble and early Cathedral out to the desert and mould it into a set of arid, hypnotic stoner grooves. Bringing to mind modern classics of desert rock like the catchier moments of Kyuss’s Sky Valley and Corrosion Of Conformity’s Blind album, Blood and Wine is a thirst quenching refreshment in a parched dust bowl. The revitalised lineup of Kenta Karlbom (drums) and Niklas Jones (guitar) with new initiates Karl Buhre (vocals) and Samuel Cornelsen (bass) have struck a mother lode of gold with their rich doom pedigree and a new found life‐blood in their chemistry. Having already tread the hallowed boards of sonic temples all over Europe several times, Blood and Wine will see the Goatess cult of doom enthusiasts drawn in anew and the Bacchanalia cult swelling in their hooded numbers. 9 doses of intoxicating mesmerism that showcase seasoned and masterful command of doom‐craft, this album marks Goatess finding a stride in their cloven hooves. Captivating and subtly epic songs steamroll a slow descent into the underworld deserts of your mind, providing a suitable companion to nights of group debauchery or solo excursions to the soul’s outer limits. Giving in to the Bacchanalia at the heart of this record induces a mythical orgy of sonic Sabbathian riff‐worship that’s impossible to deny. Once you pop the cork on this barrel‐fermented vintage cask, you will enjoy and savour every heavy gulp until the very last drop.

 

 

BLOOD AND WINE

Band:GOATESS
Album:BLOOD AND WINE
Label:SVART
Format:2LP
Genre:DOOM METAL

Bacchus cult with their third, and highly anticipated new album Blood and Wine. Riffs of biblical, Cecil B. DeMille magnitude, part the Red Sea and chariot their way across the dunes like a relentless raging Roman legion. Expert songwriting by modern veterans of the scene, Sweden s Goatess take the traditional doom metal foundations of St Vitus, Trouble and early Cathedral out to the desert and mould it into a set of arid, hypnotic stoner grooves. Bringing to mind modern classics of desert rock like the catchier moments of Kyuss’s Sky Valley and Corrosion Of Conformity’s Blind album, Blood and Wine is a thirst quenching refreshment in a parched dust bowl. The revitalised lineup of Kenta Karlbom (drums) and Niklas Jones (guitar) with new initiates Karl Buhre (vocals) and Samuel Cornelsen (bass) have struck a mother lode of gold with their rich doom pedigree and a new found life‐blood in their chemistry. Having already tread the hallowed boards of sonic temples all over Europe several times, Blood and Wine will see the Goatess cult of doom enthusiasts drawn in anew and the Bacchanalia cult swelling in their hooded numbers. 9 doses of intoxicating mesmerism that showcase seasoned and masterful command of doom‐craft, this album marks Goatess finding a stride in their cloven hooves. Captivating and subtly epic songs steamroll a slow descent into the underworld deserts of your mind, providing a suitable companion to nights of group debauchery or solo excursions to the soul’s outer limits. Giving in to the Bacchanalia at the heart of this record induces a mythical orgy of sonic Sabbathian riff‐worship that’s impossible to deny. Once you pop the cork on this barrel‐fermented vintage cask, you will enjoy and savour every heavy gulp until the very last drop.

 

 

REPULSIVE MORBIDITY - A BOXFUL OF FOETAL MUSH

Band:XYSMA
Album:REPULSIVE MORBIDITY - A BOXFUL OF FOETAL MUSH
Label:SVART
Format:5LP
Genre:Death Metal

Finland’s Xysma’s chameleon‐like career took them from primitive grindcore to stoner fuzz pop over the course of a decade. They are among the early Scandinavian pioneers of not only grinding death metal but death ‘n’ roll and stoner rock as well. The Repulsive Morbidity box set aims to paint a complete picture of Xysma’s first period between 1988 and 1991. The journey begins in 1988 with the debut demo when the band still used the name Repulse, and continues with another demo from around the point in early 1989 when the band were just about to become Xysma. The demo period finishes with the official demo Swarming of the Maggots. Disc two consists of Xysma’s EP and mini album releases Fata Morgana and Above the Mind of Morbidity while the third disc consists of the only album during this early period, Yeah. This limited box set also contains two additional records, with good quality mixing desk recorded live material from the early days and recently unearthed prestudio rehearsal material recorded before the sessions for Yeah and Above the Mind of Morbidity. These feature unheard versions and even some material left off the actual records. Repulsive Morbidity was compiled together with the band and comes with a lengthy new interview plus liner notes. Apart from the official records, most material on this set has never been available on vinyl or is completely unreleased.

 

 

BEAT SCENE '65

Band:VARIOUS ARTISTS
Album:BEAT SCENE '65
Label:ALLEY CLUB RECORDS
Format:CD
Genre:MOD/60S/GARAGE

Alley Club Records was set up in 2017 as an “offshoot” of The Alley Club Cambridge (Established 2000). We are delighted to announce the release of our debut cd compilation album “Beat Scene ‘65”. It’s a collection of 16 bands (one track each) mainly from the current Mod/60’s scene who have played live at The Alley.There are some exclusive tracks included, most notably the opening track and anthem by The Face, “Morning Time”. Formed in 1979, they gigged extensively till 1980, broke up and have now reformed. This is their first ever release!

 

 

THE BRITISH WAY OF LIFE 2019

Band:THE CHORDS UK
Album:THE BRITISH WAY OF LIFE 2019
Label:EPOP RECORDS
Format:CD
Genre:Alt Rock

An Updated re-visited EP of 4 chords Songs -40 years on By THE CHORDS UK. TRACK LISTING 1. BRITISH WAY OF LIFE 2. HAPPY FAMILIES 3. NOW IT’S GONE
4. I’M NOT SURE

 

 

OZ KNOZZ

Band:RUFF MIX
Album:OZ KNOZZ
Label:SHROOM ANGEL
Format:LP
Genre:HARD ROCK/STONER/PROG

Formed in 1969 in Houston, TX, Oz Knozz's original crew included multi-instrumentalists Jack Alford, Bill Massey and Duane Massey. Alford left the group in 1971 and was replaced by drummer Marty Naul, while the next year the trio was joined by guitarist Richard Heath. The band had also a three-man horn section, which was dropped quite fast, although horns remained a part of the band's sound, even on their rare and epochal 1975 private press debut ''Ruff Mix,” released on the band’s own Ozone label. “Ruff Mix” mainly grooves in Hard Rock territory—the second track 'Peanut Butter Yoni' sounds a bit like Judas Priest with a proto-Metal feeling. Yet the album also has elements of Progressive Rock, Horn Rock and Pomp Rock. Like most bands of the era, the idea may have been to take a shot at a few different styles to see if something would stick… the theory being that a major label might hear the private album by chance and sign said band so they could open for Led Zeppelin or Foghat's next US tour… or something like that. What separates Oz Knozz from other bands is a strong compositional component; they have plenty of original ideas and muster superb instrumentation. The guitar work ranges from hard and powerful to melodic and bluesy, and is supported by some great keyboard, including aweinspiring organ and synth waves. The three-part 15-minute 'Doodley Squat’ suite features heavy dual keyboard parts, crunchy guitars and expressive vocals; the result is a OZ KNOZZ "Ruff Mix” terrific hard prog track with lot of energy. Strange to say about a hard rock album, for many the standout track is the groovy and infectious horn rocker ‘Love Poem,' which sounds like it easily could have been from 1969. High energy and impressive songwriting. Love it.

 

 

LIVE ARCHIVE:VOL 2.THE BLACK SWAN, SHEFFIELD

Band:BRINSLEY SCHWARZ
Album:LIVE ARCHIVE:VOL 2.THE BLACK SWAN, SHEFFIELD
Label:Vogon
Format:CD
Genre:Rock

Widely regarded as one of the best live bands on the 1970s Pub Rock circuit, Brinsley Schwarz released a string of classic albums to critical, if not commercial, acclaim. Digging deep into his personal archive, Ian Gomm, the band’s guitarist and songwriter, has unearthed a wealth of live recordings that capture the Brinsleys at their best. Live Archive: Vol 2. The Black Swan, Sheffield was recorded on 1st September 1974 and captures Brinsley Schwarz playing an intimate pub venue to an enthusiastic audience. Recorded direct to tape with no mixing or post‐production, this recording captures the atmosphere of a great night out down the pub with music from one of the best live jukeboxes you could hope to see and hear. The fidelity may not be hi‐fi but that’s more than made up by the Brinsley incendiary performance.

 

 

PHANTOM LAKE: NORTHERN GOTHIC 3

Band:GREEN PAJAMAS, THE
Album:PHANTOM LAKE: NORTHERN GOTHIC 3
Label:SOUND EFFECT
Format:DLP
Genre:PSYCH-ROCK/INDIE

First ever vinyl edition for the Green Pajamas latest! Deluxe double vinyl issued in limited black and color run, courtesy of Sound Effect Records of Athens, Greece! Phantom Lake: Northern Gothic 3 is the final installment of the trilogy which began in 2002 with Northern Gothic (Camera Obscura). It was followed up by, Box of Secrets: Northern Gothic 2 (Hidden Agenda) in 2007. When Laura Weller and Jeff Kelly were thinking about where their next project might go, Laura introduced the idea of writing songs inspired by childhood. She had grown up in a neighborhood called Phantom Lake, memories of which eventually inspired four songs on this record. Jeff also drew from youth, remembering trips to Lost Lake, about twelve miles out of Shelton, Washington, where relatives had a cabin, as well as many vacations to the Washington coast over the years. Eric Lichter remembers a family from his past in the song, “The Rosebergs,” about a catastrophic tsunami roaring in off of the Pacific. These are the same landscapes that populated many of the songs on the two previous Northern Gothic albums. The grey skies, the endless evergreens, the “black and blue moon” and “a thousand crows” which hang over small lakeside or West Coast towns populated by the lonesome, the unlucky-in-loves and even a few slightly eerie children. This is a dark album. It is about obsession and sorrow and murder and too much whisky. The characters that permeate these songs exist in the shadows, often in the margins of society. These lost souls of the northern gothic world of Phantom Lake remind us of what it is to be human.

 

 

TA TJUREN VID HORNEN

Band:MAGNOLIA
Album:TA TJUREN VID HORNEN
Label:Transubstans
Format:CDD
Genre:BLUES ROCK/HEAVY

Three years passed since Swedish Transubstans Records veterans MAGNOLIA released their outstanding album “På Djupt Vatten”. In 2019, they return stronger than ever with the brand-new effort “Ta Tjuren Vid Hornen”. One of MAGNOLIA’s strongest traits as part of the Swedish hard rock scene is their incredible ability to tailor the sound, vibe and heaviness for each album. With “Ta Tjuren Vid Hornen”, their 7th ablum, MAGNOLIA has taken one step closer to the heavier part of the 70’s, while clear influences of the early 70’s progressive scene are clearly present. Fans of early MOUNTAIN, CREAM and even label mates ABRAMIS BRAMA are definitely recommended to let their record collection expand with the help of MAGNOLIA’s new album – it will fit right in.

 

 

SHINDIG! 94

Band:SHINDIG MAGAZINE
Album:SHINDIG! 94
Label:SILVERBACK PUBLISHING
Format:A4 Magazine
Genre:MAGAZINES

Features Lee Moses Lost Atlanta soul man Ray Davies The frustrated Kink’s 1974 TV spectacle Star Maker Brian Jones Part Two: expanding horizons and increasing mutiny Bert Sommer From The Left Banke, Hair and Woodstock to where? Tim Hardin The beauty and the fate of the Black Sheep Boy Badfinger End of the road for the legendary powerpop icons Sweet Beyond the glitter lies the story of a rock-solid band that could compete with the big hitters on every level Deep Cuts Mournful late ’60s and early ’70s orchestrated delights Shindiggin’ What’s hot on the Shindig! turntable Thoughts & Words Your letters, tweets and emails It’s A Happening Thing Temples, PP Arnold, Richard Hawley, Chris Cohen, The Bob Seger System, Johanna Samuels, Thee Oh Sees, Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, Anthony Reynolds Happening Right Now Brand new music from John Myrtle, The Cretins and The Trip Takers Deep Cuts Pseudonymous singles 20 Questions Mike McGear: the other brother

 

 

MAHANDINI

Band:DEWA BUDJANA
Album:MAHANDINI
Label:SIREENA
Format:LP
Genre:PROG ROCK/FUSION

We are very proud to release the new album of the exceptional Indonesian guitarist Dewa Budjana in a limited vinyl edition. As usual with the bustling guitar wizard, he has written all the compositions himself and in turn has collected a number of high-profile studio tracks for the recordings. Jordan Rudess is known by the prog band DREAM THEATER, Marco Minneman plays the drums with JOE SATRIANI and ADRIAN BELEW, and bassist Mohini Dey plays with STEVE VAI. Budjana also managed to win John Frusciante (ex- RED HOT CHILLI PEPPERS) for this album, not to mention guitar ace Mike Stern (MILES DAVIS, BLOOD SWEAT & TEARS, BILLY COBHAM). What a dream cast - and the colleagues make it playful to create such wonderful music that one thinks they have always played together. In fact, they only came together for these studio recordings. One bike makes the next - and the result is yet another peak in modern Progressive Jazz. No wonder if so much concentrated ability meets each other. With "Mahandini Acoustic" Dewa Budjana even donates a bonus track that only exists on this vinyl record!

 

 

TENDER

Band:ELECTRIC FAMILY, THE
Album:TENDER
Label:SIREENA
Format:CD + DVD
Genre:PROG/ALTERNATIVE/FOLK ROCK/PSYCH

"Tender" from 1999, the second and most successful album of the ELECTRIC FAMILY, is being re-released. The 20 Years Anniversary Set also includes the DVD "The Making Of Tender". In 1996 THE ELECTRIC FAMILY first came together for a gig at the Burg Herzberg Festival. With Volker Kahr's (ex-Grobschnitt), Dieter Serfas (Amon Düül II), Harry Payuta (Tav Falco), Jochen Schoberth and Torsten Glade band founder Tom 'The Perc' Redecker had an illustrious group on stage, which was also to find on the debut album" Family Show "in 1997. This album caused quite a stir, but the attention of the following second album "Tender" reached a new peak in 1999. Redecker had extended the band to other greats of the German rock scene, the former Ärzte-member Hagen Liebing contributed the bass, Tex Morton (Lolitas, Pseiko Lüde) met Willi Pape, formerly of Krautrock legend Thirsty Moon, and Uwe "The Voodoo" Knak of Philip Boa's Voodoo Club came into the studio as well as Jo Hielscher (end of the seventies with the Hagener Ramblers behind the drums) and Franz Powalla, well-known from Lokomotive Kreuzberg, accompanied by Peter Apel, Torsten Glade, Rolf Kirschbaum, Volker Kahrs, Harry Payuta, Jochen Schoberth and Tom "The Perc" Redecker. Evelyn Gramel was the first female voice on a Family album! So much concentrated musical experience just has to bring something big, and that's what happened when the extended family entered the two studios in Bremen and Berlin to record the 10 titles for "Tender". What already hinted at "Family Show" came to full bloom on "Tender": a wild mix of styles ranging from folk rock ("Telemark Landing", "More & More", "Danger Girl") to Progressive Rock ("Betancuria Part 1 - 3 ") and Psychedelia (" Bricks of Time ") to the dusty desert rock (" Candyman ", Left For Dead), held together by Redecker's abysmal voice.

 

 

THE BEST OF CAROLA

Band:PERC, THE
Album:THE BEST OF CAROLA
Label:SIREENA
Format:CD
Genre:MINIMAL/INDUSTRIAL/PSYCH

For the seventh time, Tom THE PERC Redecker opens his sound archive, in which many delicacies are slumbering from around 40 years of underground music "Made in Germany". "Electric Kindergarten" is the name of the evaluation, which is numbered in loose order and pulled into the light of day. Early shots with Gipsy Rover, Pissrinne, Kühe im Nebel, The Perc Meets The Hiddle Ghentleman, Taras Bulba and The Electric Famile - Tom meticulously captured and collected everything. The tapes are gently reworked but not digitally disfigured. It should be ensured that the respective indie sound of the seventies, eighties and nineties comes across authentically - a documentation of independent German rock music! Since it can already rustle and bruzeln! Vol. 7 is dedicated exclusively to the analogue keyboard Casiotone MT 400V, affectionately called Carola, which Tom bought in 1986 in Bremen. The sound of Carola is unique and not to be confused with other comparable keyboard instruments. Especially the drum pattern played a big role in the releases. Carola accompanies Tom to this day, however, she was particularly frequently used in THE PERC MEETS THE HIDDEN GENTLEMAN. With Carola, the indie radio hit "Rock The Widow" was recorded, and while every live performance from 1987 to 1990, she stood on the stage. But she was also used at the ELECTRIC FAMILY and most recently at SUN TEMPLE CIRCUS. This compilation presents a rich selection of titles coined by Carola. "Rock The Widow" is available in two versions (Studio & Live), but also rare songs can be found here, which are documented as usual in every Electric Kindergarten edition. Long live Carola!

 

 

INNERE MUSIK

Band:LORDS FAMILY
Album:INNERE MUSIK
Label:SIREENA
Format:LP
Genre:KRAUTROCK/PSYCH/FOLK

LORD'S FAMILY was a music community that was founded in Nuremberg in 1970 and existed from 1971 to 1974 in Beilngries in the Altmühltal in Bavaria. The group's mystical and ecological identity, which was one of the first bands to combine German-language lyrics with idiosyncratic music, made it a forerunner of the ecological, green movement. The family was inspired by their psychedelic experience, the influence of Christian mysticism and Eastern spirituality. From Munich to Heidelberg, from Erlangen to Berlin, LORD'S FAMILY won numerous fans through their live concerts, but never recorded an album. The musicians hardly cared about the music market and the musical mainstream. Her special feature was the combination of improvisation as a continuous spontaneous re-creation with composed choruses and narrative texts as well as the integration of Bavarian folklore. TV stations as Radio Bremen and, the Bavarian Radio and numerous print media had reported on the artistic, social and ecological experiment of the Bavarian commune, the "Monks in Jeans." The municipality even published its own newspaper "Family Press", to earn money for the "Schlössl", an old hunting lodge that LORD'S FAMILY rented in Beilngries until 1974. Although the band was not part of the record market, they already made forerunners of video clips of the improvised music. Many bands from the Krautrock era made station during their tours in the "Schlössl", which was followed by regular return visits of the music-making community. Musically, the musicians moved somewhere between Amon Düül II and Popl Vuh, but the improvisation experiments of the band were deeply independent. In 1974, the municipality dissolved. Sireena Records is proud to present this record. The music comes from tapes owned by Sepp Kuffer, who certainly do not have high end quality but are a real sound document - from a creative time, when so much was possible!

 

 

LIVE IM STAR-CLUB

Band:VARIOUS ARTISTS
Album:LIVE IM STAR-CLUB
Label:SIREENA
Format:2CD
Genre:ROCK N ROLL/ROCK/POP

Everyone knows: In Hamburg, the nights are long, exciting and varied. That was already in the age of Hans Albers, that has not changed until today. But sometimes the nights are a bit longer and more exciting. Whenever the famous spark between musicians and audiences ignites during a special music event. On February 8, 1980, the legendary STAR CLUB was shaken by a heavy musical explosion. HORST FASCHER, whose initiative turned the STAR-CLUB into a first-class rock site after eight years of deep sleep, together with the Hanseatic noble rocker VOLKER SPIELBERG, performed a top-class concert in which the sparks only sparked. ROCK'N'ROLL JUBILEE REVIVAL was the name of the Friday night event, in which the great English rock and beat bards of the 60s celebrated their return to Hamburg. Musicians and singers, who once in the STAR-CLUB of the sixties, at that time still in the heart of St. Pauli, made sure that the emergency had an end and the time of smalltown music was finally over. Now they rocked again. The call of Fascher was followed by noble rockers TONY SHERIDAN, CLIFF BENNETT, CHRIS ANDREWS, DAVID GARRICK, P.J. PROBY, JUTTA WEINHOLD, THE RATTLES and many others. The musical accompaniment for the stars was the Hamburg all-star ensemble ROCK CIRCUS under the direction of HERBERT HILDEBRANDT with i.a. DICKY TARRACH, PETER HESSLEIN, ADRIAN ASKEW, DIETER HORNS and RICK LEE. What a great collection of rock bands gathered that evening ?! Until the early morning hours, the musicians gave each other the instruments in the hands, a frenetically celebrating audience did the rest. It was indeed a big party, which was released in 1981 on a long-canceled double LP. Sireena Records is proud to release this event on CD for the very first time. Another piece of German music history, which is now preserved for posterity.

 

 

YEH RIGHT, YEAH!

Band:CHICKENBACKERS, THE
Album:YEH RIGHT, YEAH!
Label:SOUNDFLAT RECORDS
Format:LP
Genre:BEAT/SURF/GARAGE/ALTERNATIVE

THE CHICKENBACKERS nail that 60s Merseybeat‐sound perfectly with their catchy melodies, tight surfy guitars and great harmonies! These newcomers from Madrid certainly have a lot to offer. Their debut‐album “Yeh Right, Yeah!” released by SOUNDFLAT RECORDS consists of fourteen fabulous tunes with true hit potential! If it is their own compositions such as “Because I Was Blind” or “Hipsterboy” or their fantastic cover versions of the HIGH NUMBERS' mod‐anthem “Zoot Suit” or THE DIXIE CUPS' “I'm Gonna Get You Yet”, their sound will capture you and make you dance and shake right away ! You can hear it instantly, these boys just love 60’s music, Garage, R’n’R, Beat and Surf. They manage to mix all these genres playing old school beat music with their secret weapon: a combination of vocal harmonies with a huge instrumental base. THE CHICKENBACKERS will surely make you shake your hips with their rhythm and beat sound!

 

 

SOUNDFLAT RECORDS SUMMER BASH 2019 COMPILATION

Band:VARIOUS ARTISTS
Album:SOUNDFLAT RECORDS SUMMER BASH 2019 COMPILATION
Label:SOUNDFLAT RECORDS
Format:CD
Genre:GARAGE/PUNK/ROCK/BEAT/R&B

Here comes the 13th edition of the Soundflat Records compilation CD – the “soundtrack” of our legendary annual label festival. Like every year, this CD contains songs (‐ partly previously unreleased!) by each of the bands playing at this wild festival in Cologne. This year the compilation features songs by THE FUZZTONES, THE EMBROOKS, THE MERGERS, TOKYO BLUES BREAKERS, THE CHICKENBACKERS, LOS INFARTOS and the very first artist realeased by TOPSY‐TURVY RECORDS, THE BONESHAKERS. This CD is a fantastic item for your personal collection of Garage & Rock n Roll‐memorabilia and souvenirs, but also a great selection of today’s 60’s Garage‐ and Beat‐bands. A CD that shouldn’t be missing from your shelf!

 

 

SWEET SHIVERS

Band:ROCKET SUMMER, THE
Album:SWEET SHIVERS
Label:LAB RECORDS
Format:CD
Genre:INDIE/ALTERNATIVE

The Rocket Summer - aka Bryce Avery - returns with his new studio album, Sweet Shivers.
TRACK LISTING 1. Morning Light (3:20) 2. Shatter Us (3:12) 3. Blankets (4:18) 4. Gardens (3:10) 5. Peace Signs (3:28) 6. 5 4 3 2 1 Z (4:12) side b 7. Wannalife (1:15) 8. Slomo (3:31) 9. Apartment 413 (4:17) 10. Keep Going (3:42) 11. Together In TX (3:30) 12. World's Greatest (4:38) 13. m & m (2:57)

 

 

GLOBAL WARNING/THE GOOD EARTH

Band:TREAT, THE
Album:GLOBAL WARNING/THE GOOD EARTH
Label:ROCKULAR
Format:2CD
Genre:CLASSIC ROCK/PSYCH/PROG/FOLK

Global Warning/The Good Earth’ is THE TREAT’s fifth studio album and their most ambitious work to date. Taking in hard rock, prog, psychedelia, folk, free jazz, country rock and ethnic stylings, blended in the unique style of THE TREAT. The music displays not only band leader and songwriter, Mike Hyder’s ability to write successfully in a variety of styles and genres, but it also displays the band members’ mastery and ability to play in a wide range of musical styles. All for your listening pleasure.

 

 

#1

Band:GALANT TROOPERS
Album:#1
Label:JARRING EFFECTS
Format:CDD
Genre:HIP-HOP RAP

After RROBIN and Rhino, Galant Records keeps on exploring the huge areas of beat making, in plunging into hip-hop with the previously unseen duo Kuna Maze and Vax1, forming Galant Troopers. Even though french media laugh at defining french rap as “the new pop”, in Galant Records we prefer to keep on observing this constantly moving genre and give these artists the opportunity to show their differences. Far from being an Ouroboros (which is an ancient symbol representing the snake biting its tail), the rap borrows new forms and, such as Sangoku as the anime series go by, it keeps on surprising. Just as with new voices as with new beatmakers, you attend a plurality of sub-gender into hip-hop. For the first volume of this multifaceted project, we invited the main producer of L’Or du Commun: Vax1, along with Kuna Maze, the author of the mind-blowing album “2009” that came out last year at Cascade Records. As the real driving force for the lyricists, Galant Troopers has dug far beyond the explored areas to find its MC. Even though Double Ä is well-known for having produced Vax1, the rest of this track list offers several previously unseen collaborations: the Belgians Blu Samu and Jay MNG, the Australian Nelson Dialect and the Mancunian Black Josh. With this international casting, our duo offers an intense and singular album, which reveals an artistic coherence close to a nujazz atmosphere and the London electronic stage, despite the different flows and aspiration of the guests. Following this way far from pop, the hip-hop that this duo brings is only the first opus from an urban dynasty that still has everything to explore.

 

 

THE LEOPARD DILEMMA

Band:RHINO
Album:THE LEOPARD DILEMMA
Label:GALANT RECORDS
Format:EP
Genre:HIP HOP

RHINO's new EP "The Leopard Dilemma" sees the British born, French based producer returning more closely to his Hip Hop roots. Blues samples mix seamlessly with boom bap drums, heavy bass lines and touches of both electronic and trap music blur the lines between old and new school beats. This creates the setting for some of the best MC's around to flaunt their rhymes. The English duo Too Many T's, talk "Dreams" with their unique, high energy flows, France's best group of expats, ASM, Miscellaneous (Chill Bump) and Youthstar (Chinese Man Records), create an undeniable hip hop banger on Gaijins, Mattic and Justin Percival, become introspective on Cycle Complete and RHINO was even given permission to sample Ray Charles's vocals for the track "Going Down".

 

 

LAKE PEARL

Band:EUSTACHE MCQUEER
Album:LAKE PEARL
Label:JARRING EFFECTS
Format:CDD
Genre:ACID QUEER/ELECTRO

Joel Defrance and Laurent Dratler met in 2010 around the project of cabaret Tudansesmonchou, in which they shared and developed the taste and the experience of the stage during several years. They decided to create Eustache McQUEER in 2014 with Laurent aka DJ Poulet in producing electronic music, and with Joel Defrance in writing and vocal composition for the first tracks of the Volkino opus – in self-production and calling themselves do it yourself. Joel gives his figure fluorescent colors from his high heels, sharing to his partner Virilio his vision of intergalactic loves. As a regular in queers parties, the duo of performers is producing himself in LGBTQ and squats arty environment all around Europe.

 

 

ELEGIES OF THE STELLAR WIND

Band:EVILFEAST
Album:ELEGIES OF THE STELLAR WIND
Label:Eisenwald
Format:2LP
Genre:Black Metal

"Elegies of the Stellar Wind" marks the 5th full-length for Poland's epic one-man Black Metal outfit Evilfeast. On the successor to 2011`s lowded, 'Wintermoon Enchantment,' sole member GrimSpirit hasn`t changed much on the band`s majestic formula. Sprawling, epic keyboard arrangements paired with cold and harsh walls of guitars and dedicated vocals whispering of old times and solitarity. Unfolding its layers track by track, the album unlocks a dripping atmosphere. At times freezing in solitude, at others resolute melodic with choral pillars. Enhanced like never before, these elegies reach an almost monumental peak. But there is also something beyond the surface of a much dedicated 90`s black metal record. Over 60 almost time traveling minutes, the eerieness of a construction that seems to remove the listener from its usual aural sphere and what dwells around, away from the urban life and being. This new output seems to weave all elements and melodies together into a texture of essential black metal to surpass the longest of nights.

 

 

INTO THE VAST UNCHARTED

Band:NETHERBIRD
Album:INTO THE VAST UNCHARTED
Label:Eisenwald
Format:CD
Genre:SWEDISH DEATH/BLACK METAL

NETHERBIRD has blurred the boundaries between black, death and other extreme strains of heavy metal since 2004. The band was founded by like-minded individuals among the Swedish metal scene with the intentions of creating harsh metal while drawing inspiration from black and death metal without any regards, or limitations, to the structures surrounding each respective sub-genre. Their last album, 2016’s critically-acclaimed The Grander Voyage, catapulted the band into the higher echelon of extreme underground metal. Now, it is time for the next step with the release of "Into The Vast Uncharted”. As the band's first album to feature former Amon Amarth drummer Fredrik Andersson, 'Into The Vast Uncharted' is a straight ripper of an album. Produced by Hiili Hiilesmaa (HIM, Amorphis, Apocalyptica) and mastered by Dan Swanö (Asphyx, Incantation, Marduk), the album's seven tracks blaze a trail of Scandinavian fury by way of blistering tremolo, scorching solos and battle-ready percussion. Almost as important, Into The Vast Uncharted's breathtaking cover art is derived from Swedish painter August Malmström's 1866 oil on canvas 'Älvalek'.

 

 

INTO THE VAST UNCHARTED

Band:NETHERBIRD
Album:INTO THE VAST UNCHARTED
Label:Eisenwald
Format:LP
Genre:SWEDISH DEATH/BLACK METAL

NETHERBIRD has blurred the boundaries between black, death and other extreme strains of heavy metal since 2004. The band was founded by like-minded individuals among the Swedish metal scene with the intentions of creating harsh metal while drawing inspiration from black and death metal without any regards, or limitations, to the structures surrounding each respective sub-genre. Their last album, 2016’s critically-acclaimed The Grander Voyage, catapulted the band into the higher echelon of extreme underground metal. Now, it is time for the next step with the release of "Into The Vast Uncharted”. As the band's first album to feature former Amon Amarth drummer Fredrik Andersson, 'Into The Vast Uncharted' is a straight ripper of an album. Produced by Hiili Hiilesmaa (HIM, Amorphis, Apocalyptica) and mastered by Dan Swanö (Asphyx, Incantation, Marduk), the album's seven tracks blaze a trail of Scandinavian fury by way of blistering tremolo, scorching solos and battle-ready percussion. Almost as important, Into The Vast Uncharted's breathtaking cover art is derived from Swedish painter August Malmström's 1866 oil on canvas 'Älvalek'.

 

 

CLOVEN FIRES

Band:MOSAIC
Album:CLOVEN FIRES
Label:Eisenwald
Format:7”(ltd. black vinyl)
Genre:DARK METAL/AVANTGARDE/FOLK

In advance of MOSAIC's upcoming debut full-length 'Secret Ambrosian Fire', the band – directed by multi-instrumentalist Valkenstijn (Sun of the Sleepless, Empyrium) – opens a new circle with 'Cloven Fires'. Known for its long and complex atmospheric battery, the band's upcoming music offers an entirely different approach to what it calls "Supreme Thuringian Folklore." "Cloven Fires" was recorded in Valkenstijn's House of Inkantation, between MMXV and MMXVI, and features D.E. of Werian on drums and longtime collaborator Leshiyas (Vivus Humare) on bass. The song itself deals with the four alchemistic transformation stages in a rather deep and metaphorical fashion. The b-side of the vinyl includes an exclusive unreleased recording from the Inkantation vaults, titled "Ambrosia." Featuring former Secrets of the Moon drummer Heemann on percussion, and recorded between MMXIV and MMXV, the track is a disturbing call to reflect modern society's imminent collapse. All music was mixed and mastered at Klangschmiede Studio E by Markus Stock (Empyrium, Sun of the Sleepless).

 

 

TO BECOME THE GREAT BEAST

Band:ETERNITY
Album:TO BECOME THE GREAT BEAST
Label:SOULSELLER
Format:CD
Genre:Black Metal

Eternity (Norway) is the life work of frontman Evighet and the album "To Become the Great Beast" is the culmination of years of work. It's an attempt to create the ultimate black metal album and an effort to open a Gateway to Enlightenment through Blacklight Illumination. With Blasphemer (Vltimas, Aura Noir, ex‐Mayhem) on bass, Brynjard Tristan (ex‐Dimmu Borgir, ex‐Old Man's Child) and members of Nocturnal Breed and Den Saakaldte in the ranks, something truly magical was crafted and it shall be heard!

 

 

TO BECOME THE GREAT BEAST

Band:ETERNITY
Album:TO BECOME THE GREAT BEAST
Label:SOULSELLER
Format:LP
Genre:Black Metal

BLACK VINYL WITH DOUBLE SIDED INSERT LIMITED TO 300 UNITS WORLDWIDE! Eternity (Norway) is the life work of frontman Evighet and the album "To Become the Great Beast" is the culmination of years of work. It's an attempt to create the ultimate black metal album and an effort to open a Gateway to Enlightenment through Blacklight Illumination. With Blasphemer (Vltimas, Aura Noir, ex‐Mayhem) on bass, Brynjard Tristan (ex‐Dimmu Borgir, ex‐Old Man's Child) and members of Nocturnal Breed and Den Saakaldte in the ranks, something truly magical was crafted and it shall be heard!

 

 

GJENGANGERE I HJERTETS MORKE

Band:DOLD VORDE ENS NAVN
Album:GJENGANGERE I HJERTETS MORKE
Label:SOULSELLER
Format:MCDD
Genre:Black Metal

The new Oslo breed featuring Håvard Jørgensen (aka Haavard and Lemarchand, co‐founding member of Satyricon and early Ulver member), Vicotnik (Dødheimsgard, Ved Buens Ende), Cerberus (ex‐ Dødheimsgard) and Myrvoll (Nidingr) has risen to bring forth a fresh and unique Norwegian black metal sound often reminding of the early nineties and its purity. The debut ep Gjengangere i hjertets mørke” consists of 4 tracks bringing around 20 minutes of pure northern magic.

 

 

GJENGANGERE I HJERTETS MORKE

Band:DOLD VORDE ENS NAVN
Album:GJENGANGERE I HJERTETS MORKE
Label:SOULSELLER
Format:MLP
Genre:Black Metal

The new Oslo breed featuring Håvard Jørgensen (aka Haavard and Lemarchand, co‐founding member of Satyricon and early Ulver member), Vicotnik (Dødheimsgard, Ved Buens Ende), Cerberus (ex‐ Dødheimsgard) and Myrvoll (Nidingr) has risen to bring forth a fresh and unique Norwegian black metal sound often reminding of the early nineties and its purity. The debut ep “Gjengangere i hjertets mørke” consists of 4 tracks bringing around 20 minutes of pure northern magic.

 

 

LEGENDS

Band:ETHEREAL RIFFIAN
Album:LEGENDS
Label:Robustfellow Prods.
Format:LP
Genre:SPIRITUAL PSYCH ROCK

“Legends,” leaves behind the ritualism that pervaded the four longform tracks of Aeonian in favor of a more direct, grunge-influenced style. Their sense of melody still holds sway, but “Legends” works in a context of hooks that’s new for Ethereal Riffian. More riffian than ethereal, if you will.” [JJ, The Obelisk] "A path is laid by Ethereal Riffian that leads from the 5 sense prison to beyond the veil of illusion and reveals the hidden realms from where comes the source of all that we experience." [Al, Heavy Planet]

 

 

GHOST GUMS

Band:ED FRASER
Album:GHOST GUMS
Label:THIS CHARMING MAN
Format:LP
Genre:DOWNTEMPO INDIE/NOISE NOIR

Ed Fraser is the Singer and guitarplayer of berlins darknoise trio HEADS. Native Melbournian singer, guitarist and songwriter Ed Fraser relocated to Berlin from Australia in 2013, founding the Berlin-based post punk band Heads. with two native Germans in early 2014. Heads. released two critically acclaimed LPs - S/T (2015) and Collider (2018) - with label releases in Europe, Australia and the USA, extensively touring Europe and North America with bands the likes of Metz (Canada), Protomartyr (USA), Nothing (USA) and many more. Ed has now expanded his musical repertoire with his debut solo EP ‘Ghost Gums’, out via This Charming Man Records in 2019. Recorded over one week in Berlin with a dynamic band including Spike Rogers on drums and Rosa Mercedes on bass, plus guest musicians including Paul Seidel and Peter Voigtmann of seminal German band The Ocean, on Ghost Gums Ed explores a more personal side. Here Ed’s deep vocal expresses somber and direct lyricism amongst fluid, vibrant and at times more experimental instrumentation and vocal layers. From beginning to end Ghost Gums explores themes of loss and romance, and is an exploration of new and uncharted territory for Ed as a songwriter.

 

 

DAKHMA

Band:COUNCIL OF NINE
Album:DAKHMA
Label:Cryo Chamber
Format:CD
Genre:DARK AMBIENT

Council of Nine (California, USA) debuts with a carefully crafted and masterfully produced album that carries the listener to a place of ancient history, through death into the void beyond. Previously known for his celebrated work on the Tomb of Empires split album, he shows here what he can do when given free range to encapsulate the listener on a full album. The bowed reverberation echoes across time and space while the holy sub frequencies of the universe are used to great effect to create a textural backdrop to isolation.

 

 

DAVIDIAN

Band:COUNCIL OF NINE
Album:DAVIDIAN
Label:Cryo Chamber
Format:CD
Genre:DARK AMBIENT

"On the outskirts of texas a worn down man sick to death of the lies and deceit of this world stumbled into a ground breaking discovery. This man who was suddenly gifted with an ancient knowledge and armed with a direct link to god, convinced his followers to lead a simple path, a path of goodness, a path of true faith regardless of the judgement of man, because they knew that no man could judge a single one of them, the only judgement would come long after we shed our mortal coil. As long as his followers remained true and faithful to the information being given to them. This information was indeed coming from god and this god was not a kind one, he told us that those who wish to destroy evrything we have built would soon come for us, that they would take us all in a battle of heaven and hell. Riding in on their chariots armed with the lies and hatred of man, our father told us to take the sword And 1000 swords we took"

 

 

YOU DISAPPEARED

Band:BEYOND THE GHOST
Album:YOU DISAPPEARED
Label:Cryo Chamber
Format:CD
Genre:NEO-CLASSICAL/PIANO/DARK AMBIENT

Beyond The Ghost debut album on Cryo Chamber serves a piano heavy album of atmospheric ambience that pulls you into the city of fog. The world as you know it has fallen apart, it is but here in the afterlife you might find comfort, if you can find her, you have to. The city mourns with you as the fog rolls in over rusted docks. Shadows crawl across boarded up windows and dilapidated store fronts. Empty streets and frozen winds echo in the void and in your orphaned soul. You were loved once but now walk alone, drifting slowly with a heartache that shatters worlds.

 

 

WITHOUT BLOOD THE SUN DARKENS

Band:OJERUM
Album:WITHOUT BLOOD THE SUN DARKENS
Label:cyclic law
Format:CD
Genre:EXPERIMENTAL/AMBIENT

Surreal, mysterious and poetic is how one could define the work of Danish musician and collage artist Paw Grabowski. His latest album “Without Blood The Sun Darkens” exudes feelings of the simplicity of being present, in the absence of absolute existence, pervaded by memories, moods and emotions, neither sad nor happy, fulfilled. It is about watching time, from faded memories of ones childhood to that feeling just before laying down between wanderings and stillness, looking at the darkening room just before you disperse and disappear completely into nothingness. Soothing and engulfing melodies that seems to repeat yet always evolving, a profound venture through melancholy. Edition of 500 copies in 4 panel Digipak. 1 Track. Running Time 59:22

 

 

BOD

Band:MUUR
Album:BOD
Label:cyclic law
Format:CD
Genre:EXPERIMENTAL/AMBIENT

Ambient ritual soundscapes that are profound and resonating, the music, artwork and concept behind BOD serves as an exploration and instalment of a new tradition of ritual and occult arts sourced from various ancient foundations. For this, a new culture with its own history, including a new language was constructed. The meaning created by MUUR is but one interpretation of the new tradition; it is of great importance for every listener to construct their own meaning from their experience. Because of this, neither MUUR, nor BOD is affiliated with any form of traditional Left Hand Path. Edition of 500 copies in 4 panel Digisleeve. 1 Track. Running Time 51:16

 

 

NEW SEX SOCIETY

Band:INUTILI
Album:NEW SEX SOCIETY
Label:AAGOO RECORDS
Format:CD
Genre:ROCK/AVANT ROCK/PSYCH

Inutili from Teramo, Italy has been in constant progression over the last 7 years. Their latest move is the addition of saxophone player Luca Di Giammarco. His playing is smooth and soulful at times and aggressive as a hungry alligator when the band goes fast and hard. As a new edition to the band he plays on two of the songs, they each clock in at just under 20 minutes. Luca’s has a few solo parts, they make me think of “a love supreme”. Suddenly though the floor drops out and the band is on a tear, madness, songs within songs. The band's sixth album “New Sex Society” also has some long-form pop songs, “Singing Dogs” clocks in at 4:05, “Space Time Bubble” at 8: 39. Due out on September 20, 2019 on New Jersey’s Aagoo Records, “New Sex Society” will be available in CD in its entire version including 7 tracks and in LP including the 3 first tracks of the CD version.

 

 

NEW SEX SOCIETY

Band:INUTILI
Album:NEW SEX SOCIETY
Label:AAGOO RECORDS
Format:LP
Genre:ROCK/AVANT ROCK/PSYCH

Inutili from Teramo, Italy has been in constant progression over the last 7 years. Their latest move is the addition of saxophone player Luca Di Giammarco. His playing is smooth and soulful at times and aggressive as a hungry alligator when the band goes fast and hard. As a new edition to the band he plays on two of the songs, they each clock in at just under 20 minutes. Luca’s has a few solo parts, they make me think of “a love supreme”. Suddenly though the floor drops out and the band is on a tear, madness, songs within songs. The band's sixth album “New Sex Society” also has some long-form pop songs, “Singing Dogs” clocks in at 4:05, “Space Time Bubble” at 8: 39. Due out on September 20, 2019 on New Jersey’s Aagoo Records, “New Sex Society” will be available in CD in its entire version including 7 tracks and in LP including the 3 first tracks of the CD version.

 

 

WE ARE THE COURETTES

Band:COURETTES, THE
Album:WE ARE THE COURETTES
Label:SOUNDS OF SUBTERRANIA
Format:CD
Genre:Garage Punk

"Here are The Courettes " - The first sign of life from The Courettes struck like a bomb in 2014. The first edition was sold out within a month and had to be reprinted three times, so far. Their music led the brazilian-danish duo to tour throughout Europe. Invitations to all major Sixtiespunk festivals followed. The numerous shows prove the obvious - the two are made for the stage. Naming two of their legendary shows: for once their real loud and illegal balcony show during Reeperbahn Festival (including a roadblock by the police) or on the other hand - their performance less than 24 hours after their son Lennon was born. You just cannot deny, The Courettes are a born live band. Even greater, that they have taken their time recording the second album "We are the Courettes". Together with producer Kim Kix (known for his band Powersolo) they have thrown such a big bang into the pit that you have no choice but to get your Chelsea boots out of the closet and swing your legs in style. The Courettes have redefined their musical spectrum with some sixties Girl Pop and Soul, without losing their typical dirty fuzz sound. "We are the Courettes" wades so deep in the sixties sound, that even the Brazilian horror movie legend Coffin Joe cast a few spells for this album. As if that is not enough, on 17.03. with "Voodoo Doll", the first single from the album, will be a real sensation, rather a revolution. More on that later, so keep your eyes open.

 

 

WE ARE THE COURETTES

Band:COURETTES, THE
Album:WE ARE THE COURETTES
Label:SOUNDS OF SUBTERRANIA
Format:LP
Genre:Garage Punk

"Here are The Courettes " - The first sign of life from The Courettes struck like a bomb in 2014. The first edition was sold out within a month and had to be reprinted three times, so far. Their music led the brazilian-danish duo to tour throughout Europe. Invitations to all major Sixtiespunk festivals followed. The numerous shows prove the obvious - the two are made for the stage. Naming two of their legendary shows: for once their real loud and illegal balcony show during Reeperbahn Festival (including a roadblock by the police) or on the other hand - their performance less than 24 hours after their son Lennon was born. You just cannot deny, The Courettes are a born live band. Even greater, that they have taken their time recording the second album "We are the Courettes". Together with producer Kim Kix (known for his band Powersolo) they have thrown such a big bang into the pit that you have no choice but to get your Chelsea boots out of the closet and swing your legs in style. The Courettes have redefined their musical spectrum with some sixties Girl Pop and Soul, without losing their typical dirty fuzz sound. "We are the Courettes" wades so deep in the sixties sound, that even the Brazilian horror movie legend Coffin Joe cast a few spells for this album. As if that is not enough, on 17.03. with "Voodoo Doll", the first single from the album, will be a real sensation, rather a revolution. More on that later, so keep your eyes open.

 

 

SORRY TO DISAPPOINT ALL MUSIC LOVERS

Band:DREAM BOOGIE
Album:SORRY TO DISAPPOINT ALL MUSIC LOVERS
Label:SOUNDS OF SUBTERRANIA
Format:LP
Genre:Garage Punk

It's always fascinating to see what great pop songs can hide in the garb of garagepunk. Dream Boogie, with their singalong-garage-pop-punk-powerpop simply manage that. After two seconds your first leg starts moving, after three and a half second the other leg is moving and after five seconds you?ll find yourself dancing in your room or optionally at the headphone station of the preferred record store. You can call it magic what this foursome Gothenburg based band is doing or just be delighted to be talking about all those little pearls that lays between the pop of M.O.T.O. to the sunshine psychedelic of The Black Lips. All this hides on their debut album and you?ll not get bored even when you?ve flipped the record for the hundredth time on the turntable. I would say "Sorry to disappoint all music lovers" saves every party. So now, go back to your system and turn the music up, even louder this time.

 

 

SORRY TO DISAPPOINT ALL MUSIC LOVERS

Band:DREAM BOOGIE
Album:SORRY TO DISAPPOINT ALL MUSIC LOVERS
Label:SOUNDS OF SUBTERRANIA
Format:CD
Genre:Garage Punk

It's always fascinating to see what great pop songs can hide in the garb of garagepunk. Dream Boogie, with their singalong-garage-pop-punk-powerpop simply manage that. After two seconds your first leg starts moving, after three and a half second the other leg is moving and after five seconds you?ll find yourself dancing in your room or optionally at the headphone station of the preferred record store. You can call it magic what this foursome Gothenburg based band is doing or just be delighted to be talking about all those little pearls that lays between the pop of M.O.T.O. to the sunshine psychedelic of The Black Lips. All this hides on their debut album and you?ll not get bored even when you?ve flipped the record for the hundredth time on the turntable. I would say "Sorry to disappoint all music lovers" saves every party. So now, go back to your system and turn the music up, even louder this time.

 

 

TROPICAL DEPRESSION

Band:KALEB STEWART
Album:TROPICAL DEPRESSION
Label:SOUNDS OF SUBTERRANIA
Format:CD
Genre:SINGER SONGWRITER/FOLK

With Tropical Depression, Kaleb Stewart(AS FRIENDS RUST) has created a singersongwriter album for the hardcore kids of the 90s. The memories are present and yet, the world has changed, it is burning on all corners. Reasons that once led you to form a band and scream your displeasure into the world we still have many of them, even more than before, and yet the rebellion in paradise stagnates. And with her, its art. Lethargy spreads and spreads to depression. And that's where Tropical Depression begins. The album is about so much more than the transfiguration of the early years, it is about the reflection of the actual state, about articulations, the desire of change and the simultaneous persistence in the golden cage. Kaleb's medium of musical description is pop. One aspect of this is that the door of the cage is wide open and yet not passed through. The fact that the lyrics are supposed to encourage people to think about it and perhaps to dare to take the step out is another aspect and one could call this punk again in the historical conclusion But maybe that's not important anymore, because the world has moved on.

 

 

TROPICAL DEPRESSION

Band:KALEB STEWART
Album:TROPICAL DEPRESSION
Label:SOUNDS OF SUBTERRANIA
Format:LP
Genre:SINGER SONGWRITER/FOLK

With Tropical Depression, Kaleb Stewart(AS FRIENDS RUST) has created a singersongwriter album for the hardcore kids of the 90s. The memories are present and yet, the world has changed, it is burning on all corners. Reasons that once led you to form a band and scream your displeasure into the world we still have many of them, even more than before, and yet the rebellion in paradise stagnates. And with her, its art. Lethargy spreads and spreads to depression. And that's where Tropical Depression begins. The album is about so much more than the transfiguration of the early years, it is about the reflection of the actual state, about articulations, the desire of change and the simultaneous persistence in the golden cage. Kaleb's medium of musical description is pop. One aspect of this is that the door of the cage is wide open and yet not passed through. The fact that the lyrics are supposed to encourage people to think about it and perhaps to dare to take the step out is another aspect and one could call this punk again in the historical conclusion But maybe that's not important anymore, because the world has moved on.

 

 

WOODEN HEART

Band:LISTENER
Album:WOODEN HEART
Label:SOUNDS OF SUBTERRANIA
Format:CD
Genre:PUNK/TALKMUSIC/INDIE

Re-Press Second studio album from (then) talk-music duo, Listener; Wooden Heart is a concept album that loosely draws its framework from the popular childrens tale The Never Ending Story, with each song having an alternate title that corresponds with characters, places and things from the story. Overall a more delicate affair its predecessor, the album features 11 heartfelt songs that combine delicate and considered instrumentation with the trademark vocal delivery and vivid poetry of Dan Smith. Unlike anything you will have heard. * Listener creates one of the most impressive records of the year, and possibly their magnum opus. / sputnik music * Smiths frenetic vocals lie somewhere between rapping and spoken word, defying pigeonholing to any particular genre (that is unless you subscribe to his self-proclaimed label Ôtalk music). Its been a while since Ive listened to an album for the first time and immediately gone back for seconds... / various small flames

 

 

WOODEN HEART

Band:LISTENER
Album:WOODEN HEART
Label:SOUNDS OF SUBTERRANIA
Format:LP
Genre:PUNK/TALKMUSIC/INDIE

Re-Press Second studio album from (then) talk-music duo, Listener; Wooden Heart is a concept album that loosely draws its framework from the popular childrens tale The Never Ending Story, with each song having an alternate title that corresponds with characters, places and things from the story. Overall a more delicate affair its predecessor, the album features 11 heartfelt songs that combine delicate and considered instrumentation with the trademark vocal delivery and vivid poetry of Dan Smith. Unlike anything you will have heard. * Listener creates one of the most impressive records of the year, and possibly their magnum opus. / sputnik music * Smiths frenetic vocals lie somewhere between rapping and spoken word, defying pigeonholing to any particular genre (that is unless you subscribe to his self-proclaimed label Ôtalk music). Its been a while since Ive listened to an album for the first time and immediately gone back for seconds... / various small flames

 

 

TIME IS A MACHINE

Band:LISTENER
Album:TIME IS A MACHINE
Label:SOUNDS OF SUBTERRANIA
Format:CD
Genre:PUNK/TALKMUSIC/INDIE

Re-Press Third studio album from US three piece, Listener. As with their previous two records, Time Is A Machine marks a definite shift in Listener's sound, particularly evident with the introduction of Kris Rochelle on drums. Musically this is a more powerful rock and roll driven record, coupled with ambient post rock moments and carefully layered instrumentation. Dan Smith deliberates strong poems about our human emotional tendencies dealing with hopes, hurts, and fears in his distinctively unique vocal style. You can separate underground music fans into people who have heard of LISTENER and those who havent. LISTENER is releasing their third album, Time is a Machine, and people everywhere are crying on cliff edges and carving their ex-lovers names into tree trunks in anticipation. What started as Dan Smiths? solo hip-hop project in 1991 has morphed into a band that undertakes classic DIY-style tours, playing basements and private living rooms and bookstores, sending audience members running out in tears with their intensely personal lyrics. Once you hear this Fayeteville, Arkansas band, you will obsessively play songs, over-analyze lyrics and realize the words apply to all the frustrating, sad and mystifying areas of your life. You have been warned. Thrusting a particularly fervent and confrontational sound that Dan Smith, Christin Nelson and Kris Rochelle term ?talk music,? LISTENER is poetry over sound. Lyrics are laden with heartbreaking images: a wooden heart, wrecking balls, dams overflowing. This is Rainier Maria Rilke and Sylvia Plath by way of the American South. LISTENER?s second album, Wooden Heart (2010) brought them wider recognition, with the title track reminding us ?we only have what we remember? over a yearning pedal steel.

 

 

TIME IS A MACHINE

Band:LISTENER
Album:TIME IS A MACHINE
Label:SOUNDS OF SUBTERRANIA
Format:LP
Genre:PUNK/TALKMUSIC/INDIE

Re-Press Third studio album from US three piece, Listener. As with their previous two records, Time Is A Machine marks a definite shift in Listener's sound, particularly evident with the introduction of Kris Rochelle on drums. Musically this is a more powerful rock and roll driven record, coupled with ambient post rock moments and carefully layered instrumentation. Dan Smith deliberates strong poems about our human emotional tendencies dealing with hopes, hurts, and fears in his distinctively unique vocal style. You can separate underground music fans into people who have heard of LISTENER and those who havent. LISTENER is releasing their third album, Time is a Machine, and people everywhere are crying on cliff edges and carving their ex-lovers names into tree trunks in anticipation. What started as Dan Smiths? solo hip-hop project in 1991 has morphed into a band that undertakes classic DIY-style tours, playing basements and private living rooms and bookstores, sending audience members running out in tears with their intensely personal lyrics. Once you hear this Fayeteville, Arkansas band, you will obsessively play songs, over-analyze lyrics and realize the words apply to all the frustrating, sad and mystifying areas of your life. You have been warned. Thrusting a particularly fervent and confrontational sound that Dan Smith, Christin Nelson and Kris Rochelle term ?talk music,? LISTENER is poetry over sound. Lyrics are laden with heartbreaking images: a wooden heart, wrecking balls, dams overflowing. This is Rainier Maria Rilke and Sylvia Plath by way of the American South. LISTENER?s second album, Wooden Heart (2010) brought them wider recognition, with the title track reminding us ?we only have what we remember? over a yearning pedal steel.

 

 

THROUGH THE EYES OF THE EARTH

Band:BELONOGA
Album:THROUGH THE EYES OF THE EARTH
Label:CPL MUSIC
Format:CD
Genre:FOLK BULGARIA

Belonoga’s album ‘Through the Eyes of the Earth’ achieved 5th place on the March 2019 Transglobal World Music Chart. "From the source of the primary principle of Bulgarian folklore and our own roots, we follow a long and interesting road that has no end. In music we follow a limitless direction full of light. The interlacing of Bulgarian intonations with the musical sounds of other cultures makes us feel that we share the same ground and it is actually the element that connects us" - says Gergana. The start of the project dates back to 2009 when Gergana Dimitrova-Belonoga, singer at the Mystery of the Bulgarian Voices and Eva Quartet, together with Alex Noushev, composer and arranger, started working on the first album, ‘Through the Eyes of the Sun’.

 

 

NACHTLANDLEIN

Band:BUBE DAME KONIG
Album:NACHTLANDLEIN
Label:CPL MUSIC
Format:CD
Genre:FOLK GERMANY

With their third studio album “Nachtländlein”, their love of folk songs takes Bube Dame König (2015 German Record Critics' Award) deep into the treasure trove of traditional lullabies, treating their favourite tunes to original, new arrangements. Besides tender new versions of “Wer hat die schönsten Schäfchen“ and “Schlaf, Kindelein, süße“, the album also holds several unexpected surprises. Such as “Am Himmel steht der Mond so fahl“: hurdy-gurdy, acoustic and electric guitars carry the track, which is a tune of Afroamerican origin and with harrowing lyrics by Leipzig lyricist Thomas Kolitsch. Bube Dame König’s take on “Königskinder“ – a popular Dutch folk song – surprises the listener with an airy groove and catchy pop chorus. “Mittsommertraum“ takes its melody from an English folk song to tell a dreamy Celtic folklore-style fairytale.

 

 

ISLA MUSA

Band:ERMANNO PANTA & BANDA ZEITUN
Album:ISLA MUSA
Label:CPL MUSIC
Format:CD
Genre:WORLD JAZZ

The compositions of Ermanno Panta & Banda Zeitun transform Mediterranean soundscapes into an “islander muse” inspired jazz. The Sicilian singer and polyinstrumentalist sings with the soul of the immigrant in Spanish, Catalan, Sicilian, Arabic offering a symbolic commitment to diversity. That´s the origin of “Isla Musa”, the first album of the band released on 6th june 2019 (Narrator Records). But eclecticism joins deep respect for the musical roots (Sicilian music, flamenco, jazz) and all this transforms zeitun´s music into an authentic ritual.

 

 

ALLJ BELE A MELYBE - STAND INTO THE DEEP

Band:MESZECSINKA
Album:ALLJ BELE A MELYBE - STAND INTO THE DEEP
Label:CPL MUSIC
Format:CD
Genre:WORLDMUSIC

The last album of the band won the Fonogram Music Award (the Hungarian Grammy) for the best world music album of the year. The Songlines Magazine says about it: “…wild and messy, like the soundtrack to the rave at the end of the universe…” The new one, called „Stand into the deep” was released recently. First feedbacks from the audience: „Even more powerful and epic than their previous album, the magnificent Awake in a Dream”. Meszecsinka (pronounce: “Mesechinka”) is one of the 12 best Hungarian world music bands according to the WOMEX edition of Dal+Szerző magazine. The band’s name means „Little Moon” in Bulgarian. Meszecsinka tours frequently all around Europe. They visited the USA and Canada, recorded video on the Red Square in Moscow and a Balkan road movie. Their art video “Kinyílok (I open up) reached the sixth place on the videochart of World Music Network (UK) and fRoots Magazine (UK).

 

 

SOFA

Band:MIRAMUNDO
Album:SOFA
Label:CPL MUSIC
Format:CD
Genre:WORLDMUSIC

How many activities can you do during some quality “sofa time”? You can chill out and relax, chitchat with friends, binge, watch Netflix whilst devouring popcorn, or you can “simply” enjoy life listening to MiraMundo and their welltravelled music. The Barcelona-based quintet is back with their second album, fittingly titled “Sofá”, and once again you will go through a journey of sounds and emotions. In the past few years, the musicians have taken their music around the world, playing shows in Latin and South America, as well as Eastern, North and Mediterranean Europe. Each stopover is a new style and tradition to absorb and embrace. Beside their former members, Luiz Murá Brazil/Portugal/Japan/Italy), Ernesto Vargas (Mexico/Nicaragua), MarinaCurbelo (Catalunya/Canarian Islands), Agostino Aragno (Italy) and Jabu Morales (Brazil), each stopover is a new collaboration and musician to share the stage with. From Venezuelan Juan Pablo Rodríguez Berbín, Serbian Goran Milosevic to and Catalonian Gloria Maurel and Peruvian Jankely Aguila for example. That’s why Sofá sounds so variegated and flavourful. There’s the inspiriting passion of Forró and bittersweet intensity of Flamenco, there’s the melancholic scent of Cacharpaya and jazzy smoothness of Samba. There are the many souls of the intoxicating Catalonian city and open-minded and welcoming perspectives on the world of the band members. There’s some vibrant songwriting and bright musicianship, but first and foremost, there’s an album that never sounds ordinary, which is able to surprise and enrich you track after track. Turn on your speaker and sit by MiraMundo’s “Sofá”, and you’ll suddenly find yourself laying comfortably on your cozy multicultural sound and reveling in the heartwarming musical beats of life.

 

 

FOLK AND GREAT TUNES FROM NORWAY

Band:VARIOUS ARTISTS
Album:FOLK AND GREAT TUNES FROM NORWAY
Label:NORDIC NOTES
Format:2CD
Genre:FOLK NORWAY

Dear friends of interesting music, with the help of this new compilation, I would like to give you another short glimpse into the lively Norwegian folk music scene. Some of the artists have already been introduced on the former compilation "Nordic Notes Vol. 3: Folk from Norway". But of course I want to share the latest developments with you!
So there are lots of new things to discover: The Trio Raabygg, the Shootingstar Julietnorth or the "arctic fairy" Elin Kaven. But also wild tunes from the Sami lands with Vassvik, wonderful female voices with Eplemöya Songlag and many more. All these artists have been touring the world for a number of years now and are often performing at important festivals. After visiting the Norwegian "Folkelarm" festival several times now and after the exciting invitation to the first "Northern Expo 2018" in Svalbard on Spitsbergen, I just had to pass the impressions on to you! Unfortunately, all artists and bands could not be considered here. So there is only one thing that can be done: To release the next compilation "Nordic Notes: Folk from Norway" in two or three years! Christian Pliefke, Nordic Notes

 

 

SAZAROTI

Band:ZARI
Album:SAZAROTI
Label:CPL MUSIC
Format:CD
Genre:FOLKTRONIC LATVIA

'Z A R I' - 'branches' in English, 'zweige' in German The group itself says the following:an ensemble of psychedelic music through the prism of antiquity based in Liepaja - town on the west coast of Latvia. The group works about 5 years, bringing together six creative musicians from Liepaja with a variety of experiences in the musical
field. The 'ZARI' music have been based on Latvian folk-song tunes. The band gives an unusual sound to the already known ancient texts using a variety of electronic instruments, along with acoustic instruments. The important thing is not to lose the wisdom of all that ancestor roots and folk songs, so the musical group tries to combine the past, the present, and the future. The aim of the group is to create a ear and heart-pleasing musical fusion without losing the message and magical power of Latvian folk songs.

 

 

ROAD RAGE

Band:HYPNOTIC DRIVE
Album:ROAD RAGE
Label:M & O MUSIC
Format:CD
Genre:POWER STONER/BALLZ'N'ROLL

Hypnotic Drive is a journey back to the glorious Nineties when desert Rock was the big thing. Hypnotic Drive asserts its musical rage on stage to the Grail of Extreme Music with a fiery set at the HELLFEST in 2019. TRACK LISTING Warm Up ; Blackwood Child ; Night Hunters ; Who Am I ; La Belle Epoque ; The Curse ; Face in the Dirt ; Hell Me Out ; Promises ; Here and Now ; Valley of Fire ; Infinite Road.

 

 

SACRAMENTAL DEATH QUALIA

Band:HAUNTER
Album:SACRAMENTAL DEATH QUALIA
Label:I VOIDHANGER
Format:CDD
Genre:PROGRESSIVE DEATH METAL

Based in Texas and active since 2013, HAUNTER have diligently permeated their way into the metal underground due to their intense live activity and body of work. Their releases include the acclaimed full-length debut, “Thrinodίa” (2016) and splits with Crawl, Sovereign and Black Vice. Indomitable with a maturity, aggression and complexity, “Sacramental Death Qualia” is the expected step forward in terms of both expressivity and personality. This release is going to impose them on the same audience of bands like Gorguts, Immolation and early Opeth: bands that become reminiscent throughout the album. Mastered by Brendan Sloan (Convulsing), “Sacramental Death Qualia” is a true experience of conscience's awakening; a progressive album where the unrelenting violence of death metal and the obscurity of black metal are sewn together by mind-bending, complex arrangements that are the epitome of change. HAUNTER's compositions constantly morph and evolve with never ending creativity, chasing forms at the same time ferocious and elegant, destructive and gentle. Acoustic passages of ethereal beauty, where delicate guitars draw melancholic and autumnal melodies counterbalance the band's untamable fury during the most frenetic moments. Elijah Tamu's (Abyssal, Temple Nightside, Panegyrist) visionary cover painting enriches an album of great emotional power that impacts the eyes with the same intensity as “Sacramental Death Qualia.”

 

 

FALSE CONFESSION

Band:WEEPING SORES
Album:FALSE CONFESSION
Label:I VOIDHANGER
Format:CDD
Genre:DEATH/DOOM METAL

Recorded by Chris Grigg of WOE and mastered by Greg Chandler of ESOTERIC, “False Confession” is the debut album of WEEPING SORES, a doom/death project featuring the talents of Doug Moore (guitars, bass, vocals) and Steve Schwegler (drums) of PYRRHON and SEPUTUS, with Gina Eygenhuysen on violins, a role she has filled for the Oregon sludge band HELL. After a promising EP released in 2017, “False Confession” confirms WEEPING SORES' inspiration, at the same time outdistancing them from easy comparisons with Peaceville's Trimurti of death/doom. “The whole concept of doom/death with a violin can sound pretty cheesy coming from most bands that aren't My Dying Bride,” Doug Moore comments, “but it's a bit of an accident of fate that WEEPING SORES ended up with that combination of sounds. The original concept of the band was pretty different and didn't have a violin, but I happened to meet Gina around when I was starting to write for the project, and she was so gifted on the instrument that I felt compelled to ask if she was interested in collaborating.” After all, Moore and the other band members are only casual fans of the classic Peaceville style, which certainly helped WEEPING SORES get a more personal approach to doom/death. Their music is highly atmospheric, and yet never allowed to slide into melodrama and complacency. Always intense and densely layered with riffs and hooks, “False Confession” is as melancholic and soulwrenching during its most gloomy passages as it is twisted and suffocating during the impressive bursts of pure death metal. A dichotomy perfectly rendered in Caroline Harrison's cover painting: a rotting wound of the flesh, with sick and psychedelic colours which attract and repel at the same time.

 

 

MEMOIRS OF A RAT QUEEN

Band:NEPTUNE POWER FEDERATION, THE
Album:MEMOIRS OF A RAT QUEEN
Label:Cruz Del Sur
Format:CD
Genre:METAL/PROTO METAL/OCCULT ROCK

Infectious space rock and metal from Australia, delivered by the one and only Imperial Priestess. Bow to the Imperial Priestess! On ‘Memoirs of a Rat Queen’, Australian psychedelic rock and roll occultists The Neptune Power Federation have arrived to take you on a sonic journey like no other. She came from outer space, a celestial being with supernatural powers, namely, inhuman vocals and a godly stage presence. She is the only one who can make four leather-clad bike-rockers readily dedicate their lives in subservience, ready to serve her in the name of rock and roll. Tales of her existence have already been shared, but there is a new chronicle, one that will shine a light on her trans-dimensional travels and accomplishments. Its name is ‘Memoirs of a Rat Queen’. Its subject? The Imperial Priestess. Her band? The Neptune Power Federation. Formed in Australia in 2012, The Neptune Power Federation originally started as a studio project with a singer based in the United States. Their trajectory was forever changed when Imperial Priestess Screaming Loz Sutch joined the band in 2015. The Neptune Power Federation, who are rounded out by guitarists Inverted CruciFox and Search & DesTroy, bassist Jaytanic Ritual and drummer Mr. Styx, soon honed in on an image and sound that reflected progressive, metal and space rock, all with the goal of recreating music that was played from 1968 to 1978. Combined with an eye-catching stage presentation that finds the Imperial Priestess assuming the role of a time-traveling space witch, and what you have is one of the most distinctive bands to not only come out of Australia, but the world. ‘Memoirs of a Rat Queen’ is The Neptune Power Federation’s fourth studio album and first for Cruz Del Sur Music, and was tracked by Jaytanic Ritual at The Pet Food Factory in Marrkville, Sydney. The album is a mélange of various rock genres thrown into one rollicking set of songs that recalls the finer aspects of Queen, Motörhead and T-Rex. The album title is inspired by eight diary entries authored by the Imperial Priestess that detail everything she has lived through, from her role in the French Revolution, being falsely accused of manifesting the Black Plague in medieval Germany, all the way to the time she took a lover in the parking lot outside of a Judas Priest concert in 1986. ‘Memoirs of a Rat Queen’ is a rock and roll spectacle for the ages. The Imperial Priestess has arrived — bow to your knees and repent if you please!

 

 

NEATH A SHIN EI SUN

Band:NEPTUNE POWER FEDERATION, THE
Album:NEATH A SHIN EI SUN
Label:Cruz Del Sur
Format:LP
Genre:METAL/PROTO METAL/OCCULT ROCK

An epic mashup of classic rock influences and occult madness. Australian occult hard rockers breakthrough album blends classic hard rock, psychedelic jams and soaring harmonies to create a truly unique sonic trip. TRACKLIST 1. Neith A Shin Ei Sun 2. Edmunde 3. Opium Den 4. Electric Fairies 5. Burning 6. Sup Thy Potion 7. Way Of The Wizard 8. We Shall Triumph

 

 

LUCIFER'S UNIVERSE

Band:NEPTUNE POWER FEDERATION, THE
Album:LUCIFER'S UNIVERSE
Label:Cruz Del Sur
Format:LP
Genre:METAL/PROTO METAL/OCCULT ROCK

Wild time travelling space metal concept album from Australian rockers. New vocalist Screaming Loz Sutch completely reinvents this Australian retro metal act as her bewitching presence takes the band into uncharted psychedelic territory. TRACKLIST 1. Begone Sorcerer 2. Thirst For Blood 3. A Sound of Thunder 4. Lucifer’s Universe 5. Mind Voyager (Suites 1,2 & 3) 6. Witch’s Bitch 7. The Man From Tomorrow 8. Invisible Pill 9. Hellfire Boogie 10. Mothership

 

 

THEM WITCHES

Band:VORTEX
Album:THEM WITCHES
Label:GATES OF HELL
Format:LP
Genre:TRADITIONAL HEAVY METAL

Groundbreaking Dutch cult metallers celebrate 40th anniversary with ten songs of hard-hitting, anthemic metal! Dutch heavy metal originators Vortex has scratched and clawed their way through the underground, emerging with Them Witches, a collection of songs unearthed from 1987, brought to life in time for the band’s 40th anniversary One of the first practitioners of heavy metal in the Netherlands, Vortex formed in 1979, a time when the style was a blank canvas. Influenced by the likes of Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin, the early compositions of founding member and primary songwriter Martjo “Whirwolf” Brongers revealed a band capable of writing powerful, harmony-dominated metal that would quickly make Vortex a cult favorite in their home country. Since their appearance on 1982’s Holland Heavy Metal Vol. 2 - Live in Brouwershoeck, Vortex has steadfastly flown the Dutch metal flag, never chasing trends and always remaining true to themselves. Although mainstream and commercial acceptance has forever eluded the band, Vortex hasn’t lasted 40 years by sheer luck. Them Witches is a testament to the forever-burning flame of old-school metal. One of the first practitioners of heavy metal in the Netherlands, Vortex formed in 1979, a time when the style was a blank canvas. Influenced by the likes of Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin, the early compositions of founding member and primary songwriter Martjo “Whirwolf” Brongers revealed a band capable of writing powerful, harmony-dominated metal that would quickly make Vortex a cult favorite in their home country. Since their appearance on 1982’s Holland Heavy Metal Vol. 2 - Live in Brouwershoeck, Vortex has steadfastly flown the Dutch metal flag, never chasing trends and always remaining true to themselves. Although mainstream and commercial acceptance has forever eluded the band, Vortex hasn’t lasted 40 years by sheer luck. Them Witches is a testament to the forever-burning flame of old-school metal.

 

 

THEM WITCHES

Band:VORTEX
Album:THEM WITCHES
Label:GATES OF HELL
Format:CD
Genre:TRADITIONAL HEAVY METAL

Groundbreaking Dutch cult metallers celebrate 40th anniversary with ten songs of hard-hitting, anthemic metal! Dutch heavy metal originators Vortex has scratched and clawed their way through the underground, emerging with Them Witches, a collection of songs unearthed from 1987, brought to life in time for the band’s 40th anniversary One of the first practitioners of heavy metal in the Netherlands, Vortex formed in 1979, a time when the style was a blank canvas. Influenced by the likes of Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin, the early compositions of founding member and primary songwriter Martjo “Whirwolf” Brongers revealed a band capable of writing powerful, harmony-dominated metal that would quickly make Vortex a cult favorite in their home country. Since their appearance on 1982’s Holland Heavy Metal Vol. 2 - Live in Brouwershoeck, Vortex has steadfastly flown the Dutch metal flag, never chasing trends and always remaining true to themselves. Although mainstream and commercial acceptance has forever eluded the band, Vortex hasn’t lasted 40 years by sheer luck. Them Witches is a testament to the forever-burning flame of old-school metal. One of the first practitioners of heavy metal in the Netherlands, Vortex formed in 1979, a time when the style was a blank canvas. Influenced by the likes of Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin, the early compositions of founding member and primary songwriter Martjo “Whirwolf” Brongers revealed a band capable of writing powerful, harmony-dominated metal that would quickly make Vortex a cult favorite in their home country. Since their appearance on 1982’s Holland Heavy Metal Vol. 2 - Live in Brouwershoeck, Vortex has steadfastly flown the Dutch metal flag, never chasing trends and always remaining true to themselves. Although mainstream and commercial acceptance has forever eluded the band, Vortex hasn’t lasted 40 years by sheer luck. Them Witches is a testament to the forever-burning flame of old-school metal.

 

 

CHILLING SPREE

Band:CHEMICAL WAY
Album:CHILLING SPREE
Label:ROCK IT UP
Format:CD
Genre:THRASH METAL

Canadian-based thrash metal band CHEMICAL WAY will officially release their debut album "Chilling Spree" via Rock It Up Records. The band's self-produced album was polished by CRYPTOSY guitarist Chris Donaldson at the acclaimed The Grind Production Studio. Chris worked among others. also for WARDRUM, BEYOND CREATION and CRYPTOSY. The artwork is by Eldric Arpilleda. Musically, "Chilling Spree" offers a Thrash Metal mix for fans of bands like MUNICIPAL WASTE, GAMA BOMB, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, F.K.Ü. & ANTHRAX.

 

 

THE FAR STAR

Band:APOTHEUS
Album:THE FAR STAR
Label:BLACK LION RECORDS
Format:CD
Genre:MELODIC DEATH METAL

Portuguese Melodic Death Metal titans APOTHEUS will release their new album “The Far Star” on October 31st through Black Lion Records. The album presents a mature approach to their composition, catchy riffs and amazing clean vocals, all wrapped by a pristine production which will not disappoint any new comer. Its a conceptual album that touches the painful journey of survival in the majesty of cosmos, but also a delicate introspective about the human nature. When these two worlds collide, something new emerges. Hope, a mission and a destination: The Far Star.

 

 

NOMENCLATURE

Band:IATT
Album:NOMENCLATURE
Label:BLACK LION RECORDS
Format:CD
Genre:Death Metal

Blackened Progressive Extremists IATT usher in a new era with their 2019 full-length Nomenclature. Packing a pummeling 10 tracks of ink-black madness; Nomenclature delves into themes of mysticism and the dark nature surrounding primitive medicine circa 1700. Tales of horror surrounding ghastly practices, diseases mistaken for malevolent forces, and the terrors of crude medicine set the stage for an auditory onslaught, sculpted with scalpel-like precision. Nomenclature will cast you into a world of science and occult/superstitions; the horrors of primitive medicine and malpractice.

 

 

THE FACELESS DIVINE

Band:TOTENGEFLUSTER
Album:THE FACELESS DIVINE
Label:BLACK LION RECORDS
Format:CD
Genre:Black Metal

The unfolding eleven songs leads you through 50 Minutes of intense darkness and coldness that Totengeflüster is well known for. The whole album is produced completely by the band from the recording process till the artwork, the band took everything on their own hands. “We work hard to realize this album and give you the strongest Totengeflüster music we can deliver!” The Faceless Divine will definitely elevate Totengeflüster to a new level. The Album promises to be Darker and colder, faster and harder, more epic and still balanced. The Faceless Divine is exactly this, when compared to our previous albums. With our new album we do not change our style, we enhance it. We keep our unique sound using orchestral elements, precise rhythms, fleshed out guitars and of course the unique sound of our Singer to build unique atmospheres. The Songs reach from fast and knife cutting harsh songs to midtempo based hymns circling around our individual expression of emotions. For Totleben (Songwriter, Composer, Graphic and Video Artist) and Narbengrund (Singer & Lyrics) this album feels like a personal diary bursting out of its emotions. Like life, the songs contain ups and downs, surprises, drama, joy, brutality and last but not least balance. We have grown a lot over the past years and took all our collected experience into this album. For the first time the entire Album is produced by us. We are looking forward and feel thrilled to unleash it upon you.

 

 

HAVE A NICE TRIP

Band:PSYCHONAUT 4
Album:HAVE A NICE TRIP
Label:TALHEIM RECORDS
Format:CD
Genre:DEPRESSIVE BLACK METAL

TRACK LISTING 01. Intro 02. Parasite 03. Pseudo 04. Have A Nice Trip 05. Overdose Was The Best Way To Die 06. Intro 07. Lethargic Dialogue 08. Drop By Drop 09. Hate Parade 10. Antihuman [Drug=Друг] 11. ყლე (Yle) 12. Hero(N) Ft. Vodka Vtraiom

 

 

CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT

Band:PSYCHONAUT 4/NOCTURNAL DEPRESSION
Album:CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT
Label:TALHEIM RECORDS
Format:CD
Genre:DEPRESSIVE BLACK METAL

TRACK LISTING 01. Psychonaut 4 ‐ His right to remain silent 02. Psychonaut 4 ‐ #питьитанцевать 03. Psychonaut 4 ‐ Her Ghost Haunts These Walls (Nocturnal Depression Cover) 04. Nocturnal Depression ‐ Self‐Multilation 05. Nocturnal Depression ‐ Born In a Padded Cell 06. Nocturnal Depression ‐ Bad t.RIP (Psychonaut 4 Cover)

 

 

VOICES FOM THE DUST

Band:RISEN PROPHECY
Album:VOICES FOM THE DUST
Label:METAL ON METAL
Format:CD
Genre:METAL/THRASH POWER METAL

The latest offering of RISEN PROPHECY is a superbly crafted concept album that redefines epicness. This British band have always straddled a fine line between thrash and US style power metal, yet "Voices from the Dust" unites both sides of their respective influences and goes further. Bringing more extremity to their overall sound, there is also a stronger sense of melody within their songwriting. You will find here a wealth of brutal, crushingly heavy riffs, punishing rhythm section with some blistering blastbeats and truly inspired solos and interludes. Last but definitely not least, there are the commanding vocals with a theatrical flair, mostly deep and manly, but also some impressive high pitched ones, often supported by choirs. The lyrics tell a story of a traveller who finds himself upon a scorched plain where all he can see is destruction and smoke and is enabled to travel back through time to witness the cause of the conflagrated desolation. This monumental sounding album is something all fans of ICED EARTH, UNEARTHED (FL, USA), SINDROME, SABBAT (UK), ARTILLERY, TESTAMENT, DEMONS & WIZARDS, FALCONER and FORBIDDEN should love.

 

 

SAVAGE OVERKILL

Band:KOMMAND
Album:SAVAGE OVERKILL
Label:METAL ON METAL
Format:CD
Genre:METAL/BLACK/THRASH

Sometimes it's enough to look at the cover art, logo and band photo to know exactly what to expect. Add to this an album title like "Savage Overkill" and all is perfectly clear. KÖMMAND from Seattle play raw and uncompromising black/thrash in the old ways - the only right ways. The constant onslaught of atonal riffs and real drums is what it's all about. Awesomely ugly, gritty and snotty vocals interspersed with eardrums-piercing speed metal screams and just enough of "UGHs" are guaranteed to make any real old school metalhead grin in delight. The attitude seeps and pure filth spreads around with every note on this album. It's bound to rip some heads off and send wimps home crying! These US kömmandos stand for stubborn, ancient sounds and keeping metal dangerous and unwanted, just as it was meant to be, while sending a big "fuck off" to all the safe and sterile bands out there. They worship at the altar of DARKTHRONE, BATHORY, AURA NOIR, INFERNÖ, BEWITCHED and NOCTURNAL BREED, being boozebrothers in arms with BARBARIAN, BUNKER 66, SARKE, RUST, OMEGA and the like.

 

 

THE UNKNOWN WANTS YOU DEAD!

Band:SPACE GOD RITUAL
Album:THE UNKNOWN WANTS YOU DEAD!
Label:METAL ON METAL
Format:CD
Genre:METAL/DOOM METAL

Enthusiasts of all things doomy, weird and Lovecraftian... rejoice! The new album from Portland, Oregon's Victorian cultists SPACE GOD RITUAL is the perfect offering to the Ancient Ones, and they are pleased! "The Unknown Wants You Dead!" sees the trio take their proto-doom style and bring it to a whole new level of theatricality and heaviness. Their sound is familiar, but also very different mostly thanks to the orchestrations that wouldn't be out of place on an old horror movie soundtrack, courtesy of the band's sole instrumentalist, Mr Glamour. The vocals also contribute to their eerie and unique style. The main vocalist, Olaff, has a classic heavy metal voice, yet sounds quite quirky, often resembling Simon from ARKHAM WITCH, while second vocalist, known only as The Owl, is responsible for orations and sounds completely demented. They tell their eldritch tales of the macabre in a vaudevillian style. It's a real treat for all those who love their doom with a twist and with a ghoulish atmosphere. Fans of THE LAMP OF THOTH, ARKHAM WITCH, PENTAGRAM, BLACK SABBATH, HELL, LUCIFER'S FALL or BRITON RITES can't go wrong with it.

 

 

HOLD BACK THE DAWN

Band:GRAVEYARD
Album:HOLD BACK THE DAWN
Label:WAR ANTHEM
Format:CD
Genre:Death Metal

Following the release of their monumental third full-length album, …for Thine is the Darkness, in 2016, GRAVEYARD continued recording material and released a Minialbum called “Back to the Mausoleum” in 2018. With an evolved sound that resulted from these sessions, GRAVEYARD then refocused their attention on the writing, rehearsing, and recording of new original material, which has now culminated in their fourth full-length offering, Hold back the Dawn an album which confirms that the best musical product results from patient and diligent attention to detail. As with their prior releases, the 8 tracks on Hold back the Dawn are relentless, scorching examples of metal fire and blood influenced not singularly from one, but instead from several sub-categories of death/doom and even heavy metal.

 

 

HOLD BACK THE DAWN

Band:GRAVEYARD
Album:HOLD BACK THE DAWN
Label:WAR ANTHEM
Format:LP
Genre:Death Metal

Following the release of their monumental third full-length album, …for Thine is the Darkness, in 2016, GRAVEYARD continued recording material and released a Minialbum called “Back to the Mausoleum” in 2018. With an evolved sound that resulted from these sessions, GRAVEYARD then refocused their attention on the writing, rehearsing, and recording of new original material, which has now culminated in their fourth full-length offering, Hold back the Dawn an album which confirms that the best musical product results from patient and diligent attention to detail. As with their prior releases, the 8 tracks on Hold back the Dawn are relentless, scorching examples of metal fire and blood influenced not singularly from one, but instead from several sub-categories of death/doom and even heavy metal.

 

 

COME THE TIDE

Band:ETERNAL STORM
Album:COME THE TIDE
Label:TRANSCENDING OBSCURITY
Format:CDD
Genre:Death Metal

Spanish death metal band Eternal Storm have created a mesmerizing album full of elegant riffs and soul-piercing melodies. After releasing a very well received EP and a split release, they've come up with their debut full length which sets new standards for bands playing in this style. Everything is immaculately executed, right from the artwork to the production, ensuring that their much awaited release doesn't leave anything to be desired. The music is breathtaking and takes influences from several styles to create a sound that is at once emotive and striking. Most bands lean excessively towards either side but Eternal Storm exemplify the perfect balance of melody and heaviness in death metal music. Nothing on the album is forced but flows naturally, almost intuitively, and transports you to a tumultuous place where you take in the beauty as well as the wrath - a place akin to the one featured on the album cover.

 

 

SEVEN! SIRENS! TO A LOST ARCHETYPE

Band:TEMPLE KOLUDRA
Album:SEVEN! SIRENS! TO A LOST ARCHETYPE
Label:TRANSCENDING OBSCURITY
Format:CDD
Genre:Black Metal

German band Temple Koludra are merging their fascination with Indian spirituality with black/death metal music and the results are astounding. The fusion has happened on an intrinsic level, imbuing the music with extraordinary qualities that make their music stand out from the rest of the bands. The vision has remained fierce and the execution flawless, as members of this enigmatic band use all their experience in other bands to create something that will stand the test of time, warranting multiple listens and unearthing of multiple facets buried in their music. This is the band's first full length and easily their most accomplished material yet, encompassing various sounds and instruments in order to make the experience intense and haunting, and quite simply put, unforgettable. This is otherworldly, mystical black/death metal of the highest order.

 

 

ENTRANCE TO THE OTHERWHERE

Band:ROGGA JOHANSSON
Album:ENTRANCE TO THE OTHERWHERE
Label:TRANSCENDING OBSCURITY
Format:CDD
Genre:Death Metal

Rogga Johansson is the eponymous band of the unheralded death metal legend who's responsible for masterminding other bands such as Paganizer, Revolting, The Grotesquery, Necrogod and many others. This here is his solo project and he's created some of the best music you'll hear where classic Swedish death metal goes. He's found a way to incorporate searing melodies without compromising on the trademark heaviness, and it's a balance that few have managed to pull off in recent times. With a magnificent artwork by Mariusz Lewandowski (Eremit, Bell Witch, Jupiterian) bringing to life Rogga's glorious vision of pristine death metal that disregards all trends and pays homage to the genre's progenitors, 'Entrance to the Otherwhere' is immaculately put together and promises to linger in the minds of listeners long after the album is over. There is little doubt that this is Rogga Johansson's finest hour.

 

 

DAMNED IN ENDLESS NIGHT

Band:WARCRAB
Album:DAMNED IN ENDLESS NIGHT
Label:TRANSCENDING OBSCURITY
Format:CDD
Genre:Death Metal

Monolithic UK death/sludge metal band Warcrab return with a brand new release of unbelievable heaviness and groove. Carrying on where they last left with their unique blend of down-tuned sludge and ponderous death metal, 'Damned in Endless Night' is where they flesh it out and leave no room for doubt on the efficacy of this powerful and cohesive fusion of underground styles. Equipped with three guitarists emphasizing on mostly heaviness, the music is not only soul-crushing but also brilliantly composed and memorable. Each song adds its own value to the album and is irreplaceable and multiple listens, however devastating, will only attest to that fact. This long-awaited full length from the band is arguably the band's best release to date. The juggernaut is in motion and unstoppable.

 

 

DISEASED

Band:BONES
Album:DISEASED
Label:TRANSCENDING OBSCURITY
Format:CDD
Genre:Death Metal

Hailing from Chicago, US, Bones are creating some of the filthiest form of death metal/crust music ever created. Laden with riffs that will tear your head off, this is easily the band’s finest hour. The album is buzzing with this raw, visceral energy that’s impossible to replicate and is what makes this band stand out from the rest. There’s an innate sense of pulsating groove that is detrimental to your physical wellbeing and when coupled with the maniacal energy with which the band throws their music at you, it becomes the catalyst for widespread devastation. ‘Diseased’ is how you want your death metal to sound circa 2019 – raw, crusty and atavistic.

 

 

TRINITY OF DECEPTION

Band:BURIAL REMAINS
Album:TRINITY OF DECEPTION
Label:TRANSCENDING OBSCURITY
Format:CDD
Genre:Death Metal

One of the most promising old school death metal bands with members of Fleshcrawl, Grim Fate, etc. give us their debut full length titled 'Trinity of Deception'. Mixed and mastered by Jonny Pettersson of Wombbath, Heads For The Dead and more, with guest vocals by none other than Ralf Hauber of Revel In Flesh, Heads For The Dead, this is one death metal release that will send out shock waves in the underground. With phenomenal artwork from Mortuus Art of Sadistik Forest fame, every little aspect of this release has been taken care of by known professionals. Musically, this is a devastating slab of old school death metal that is worthy of being mentioned alongside the genre's greats such as Carnage, Dismember, Entombed and Grave, with the difference being that these guys are faster, hungrier, and play with maniacal energy. It's a breath of fresh air when most bands are trying to play safe and these guys are just rampaging through everything in their path.

 

 

THE RISE OF THE BLIND ONES

Band:COME BACK FROM THE DEAD
Album:THE RISE OF THE BLIND ONES
Label:TRANSCENDING OBSCURITY
Format:CDD
Genre:Death Metal

Spanish death metal masters Come Back From The Dead return to unleash their latest full length two years after their highly acclaimed EP on the same label. Playing a refreshing style of old school Swedish death metal meets dark American death metal, not too unlike Entombed covering Autopsy, this band is creating unforgettable music that begs for repeat listens. The riffs are some of the sickest you’ll hear, savage and yet tuneful, which you will be humming long after it’s over. There’s an undeniable crusty edge to the proceedings which is hardly surprising given that there are members of Nashgul and Machetazo in this band, and even the mighty Bokluk. Just when you thought that this kind of death metal music has lost its charm or flavour, you get an album like this that changes your perception completely by expertly using the best elements of classic styles to concoct a formidable sound, one that is both consistent and individualistic. ‘The Rise of the Blind Ones’ is undeniably one of the best and most well-thought death metal albums to come out in recent times while upholding the glory of the old school sound..

 

 

ESOGENESI

Band:ESOGENESI
Album:ESOGENESI
Label:TRANSCENDING OBSCURITY
Format:CDD
Genre:DEATH/DOOM METAL

Death/doom metal band Esogenesi have concocted a sublime blend that harnesses the power of death metal with the poignancy of doom metal, backed with an able, organic yet powerful sound that the band can call it their own. Even though this is only their debut, the quartet have outdone themselves in creating music with unfathomable depth and emotional poise. The five songs plod along with subtle but effective changes in mood, tempo and groove, and it often becomes imperative to revisit them to catch the brilliant nuances ensconced in the rumbling death metal-spiked parts. This is as good a debut as any to come out in the genre and it only solidifies the band's place in the increasing death/doom roster of Transcending Obscurity.

 

 


 
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