Finland’s Jumalhämärä released an album last year called Resitaali but that hasn’t slowed them from coming up with a new project, this one called Songless Shores, with its focus being the 18-minute title track. You can click an MP3 excerpt of the piece by clicking here. The CD for Songless Shores will be packaged as a digipak and will be released on April 18th.
Lee Buford and Chip King call themselves The Body because they felt it was right to do so, and it is. With some nice feedback for their previous album Christs, Redeemers they are ready to hit people over the head again with a brand new one called I Shall Die Here (RVNG), which apparently will be “wholly experimental”. For a hint of how out there they get, check out “Hail To Thee, Everlasting Pain” below.
The 6-song I Shall Die Here will be released on April Fool’s Day in the U.S., and a day before in the UK. Pre-orders for the LP or CD version can be purchased directly from RVNG, or from Bandcamp below, where you’ll be able to pre-order it digitally.
Nikola Tesla died 71 years ago on January 7, 1943. Two metal bands from Serbia have decided to unite and record two songs in honor of his contributions to the world. Titled Electric Wizard, each band share a “digital side” of the EP, with Hazarder going for close to six minutes while Hesperian Death Horse take things for close to nine.
The EP was released by Serbian label PMK Records
Hemmed by Light, Shaped by Darkness (Agonia) is the Ephel Duath album that is ready to be heard by all with November 19th (November 29th in North America) still set as its release date. You may now listen to a track premiered this week at MetalSucks.net, have a listen to “When Mind Escapes Flesh”.
The vinyl pressing will be available in both
Last month I had posted a small bit of information about this project and less than three weeks later, there’s much more to report. Agonia Records are set to release Hemmed By Light, Shaped By Darkness, the latest effort from Ephel Duath, described as being “a multi-layered hybrid of death metal, jazz and post rock”. Scheduled for release on November 19th in Europe and November 26th in North America, this release brings together Karyn Crisis, Marco Minnemann, Bryan Beller, and Davide Tiso in a way that will make their fans insane. More insanity. Cannibal Corpse producer and Hate Eternal vocalist Erik Rutan joins them for two of the eight tracks, “Within This Soil” and “Feathers Under My Skin”, the latter of which you may preview in full below.
Here is the full track listing:
1. Feathers Under My Skin
2. Tracing The Path Of Blood
3. When Mind Escapes Flesh
4. Within This Soil
5. Those Gates To Nothing
6. Through Flames I Shield
7. Hemmed By Light
8. Shaped by Darkness
Outside of his vocal contributions, Rutan also produced the entire album in St. Petersburg, Florida at Mana Recording Studios, with mastering done at West West Side Studios in NYC by Alan Douches.
The vinyl pressing will be available in two different color variations:
The gold vinyl pressings will be hand-numbered. Both pressings will come in gatefold covers and printed inner jackets. You may pre-order both through the links above.
According to the band, the plan was for their performance at Hellfest in 2004 to be released on DVD. That didn’t happen. Now, that video has made itself known online. This show was done on the weekend following the release of their 2004 album Miss Machine (Relapse).
Italy’s Ephel Duath enjoy getting experimental with their heavy metal and have done so for years. The group will be releasing their first album in five years called Hemmed By Light, Shaped By Darkness (Agonia), the cover of which reveals a lot to where the small graphic above doesn’t do it justice. It’s multi-dimensional, it’s hard to say where one room begins and one ends, and the significance of the man in the middle who appears to not have genitals. Europe will get the album first on November 19th, while North America audiences can have it on November 26th. The video trailer for the album features artwork from Dehn Sora and Aeron Alfrey, who designed the cover art. Consider this a nice video press kit of sorts, but it also allows you to have a preview of the music, the most important thing, which was produced by Erik Rutan and mastered by Alan Douches.
“The hell you fear is the hell that’s in your mind.” That might be a good way of describing the artwork for Loss Of Self’s EP, Twelve Minutes (The Flenser). The band’s 3-song demo released last year will be remastered as bonus tracks for the release, which will feature six new songs from the group who embrace the black metal and post rock genres and tear it up senselessly.
The album was mastered by James Plotkin, known for his audio expertise with such bands as Isis, Nadja, and Sunn 0))), so Twelve Minutes should be a great listen. The band, who also had a hand in the cover artwork, have posted two tracks from the album, which you may stream and listen to below.
The compact disc version can be pre-ordered now, but vinyl pre-orders will be established soon through TheFlenser.com.
Here’s an interesting project for metal fans. Year Of No Light composed this piece specifically to be performed while Carl Dreyer’s silent film from 1932, Vampyr, was to be their backdrop. They did this at the Roadburn Festival two years ago and the project worked. They decided to head into the studio in 2012 to record the piece, and now it can be purchased on vinyl. Vampyr (Music Fear Satan) consists of one solid 72 minute songs, but divided as individual songs for the vinyl pressing so the listener can tell where they are in the program. It still has the heaviness that the band are known for, but also features experimental and drone elements, perhaps a sign that they may use that again in future projects. You can listen to the album in full below via Bandcamp.
The double LP also comes packaged with the compact disc so if you wish to zone out and immerse yourself in Vampyr non-stop, you can do so. 1000 copies of the record have been pressed, with 700 on black vinyl, 150 on whtie vinyl, 150 on grey splatter, but the grey splattered pressings are now sold out. The album was released on May 7th, and you can now order the black pressing here or the white pressing there. The Music Fear Satan label is based in Paris, France, so postage will be adjusted accordingly to your country.
With roots in Texas, Eight Bells are a trio that now call Portland, Oregon home, and perhaps the new setting is fitting for what they do. Their brand of metal is along the lines of being progressive and experimental, doing the kind of things that you would not expect to hear on a metal album but by listening to it, you may hear other textures.
Melynda Jackson (guitars, contact mic, vocals), Haley Westeiner (bass, vocals), and Christopher VanHuffel (drummist) make up the band, and they will be releasing the 4-song album The Captain’s Daughter (Tartarus) in July. You may stream it in full over at Bandcamp, where you’ll also be able to pre-order the cassette version, which will be pressed in a limited edition of 100 copies.
Each tape will be packaged in a screen-printed black velvet pouch. Now have a listen.