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Hot off chart-smashing full-length Delirium and ground-breaking, widely-applauded The 119 Show, Italy-based gothfathers Lacuna Coil return with stunning new full-length Black Anima. Both a paradigm shift and a respectful look back to the early days, Black Anima spreads its wings and flies high above the rest of the pack. Lacuna Coil's ninth full-length is epic, atmospheric, groovy, heavy yet forward-thinking. Vocalist Cristina Scabbia is transcendent throughout. Her vocal partner Andrea Ferro has viciously transformed into a beast, while the rest of Lacuna Coil including new drummer Richard Meiz give the performance of their lifetimes. Just as Comalies, Shallow Life, and Delirium were pivotal moments for the Italians and their global network of fans, Black Anima takes Lacuna Coil's greatness to the next-level! Certainly, fans will recognize Black Anima as Lacuna Coil but there's so much to discover in songs like "Layers of Time," "Under the Surface," "Veneficium," and "The End is All I Can See." Expertly produced at BRX Studio in Milan, Italy by band producer/bassist Marco Coti-Zelati, engineered by Michele Adani and Marco Barusso, and mastered by MarcoD'Agostino for 96KHZ.IT Mastering, Black Anima sounds massive yet is dynamic enough to capture s all of Lacuna Coil's beautifully dark subtleties. Says Ferro: "Like Delirium, we wanted to be freer. If the music called for a heavier arrangement like double bass drums, deeper growls, or having Cristina go epic then we went for it. We didn't really think about songs that would be for the radio or songs that would be singles. We had to stir things up a little bit." Black Anima is the next chapter in Lacuna Coil's incredibly story. Join them!
Norway's avantgarde Black Metal pioneers and innovators BORKNAGAR arise at their most spirited and resplendend on their 11th studio album, "True North". Succeeding 2016's acclaimed "Winter Thrice" release and 25 years into the band's existence, BORKNAGAR's characteristically varied fusion of musical styles and inimitable layered vocal arrangements elevates the hour-long array of these 9 new tracks to a sonic spectacle of epic proportions and undisputable grandeur. "True North" was once again mixed by Jens Bogren / Fascination Street Studios (Opeth, Amon Amarth, Kreator)and is made available as limited first-pressing Gatefold 2-LP on 180gr. vinyl.
Formed in 1991 Norway's Enslaved have released 14 full length records over their nearly 30 year career. The band's 2020 album Utgard is a record brimful with northern magic and shows them at a stage where simply everything they touch turns to gold. Icy black metal anthems walk hand in hand with refined prog rock gems and primordial, dark folk sorcery
Three years after their initial debut, ME AND THAT MAN – Nergal’s dark folk/blues solo project – have returned with their sophomore release, New Man, New Songs, Same Shit Vol. 1, set to be released on March 27, 2020 via Napalm Records. Upon release, ME AND THAT MAN’s debut album, Songs of Love and Death, cast a spell on the world. Now, the mysterious collective has surpassed themselves with their bewitching new offer – consisting of menacing lyrics atop unfiltered blues, gothic-laced folk, outlaw country and Americana-influenced anthems. The enthralling album visits a completely new spectrum of dark desert vibes and sees notable heavy music icons such as Corey Taylor (Slipknot), Brent Hinds (Mastodon), Matt Heafy (Trivium) and Siver Høyem (Madrugada) join the pact with the devil. Jørgen Munkeby’s (Shining NO) distinctive vocals and saxophone contributions weave throughout the first single, “Run With The Devil”, a foot-stomping blues-rock anthem with an upbeat tempo and indelible hook. Songs like the outlaw-infused “Burning Churches”, featuring the raspy voice of Mat McNerney (Grave Pleasures), the gloomy, soulful “Surrender”, featuring Anders Landelius (Dead Soul), and the mournful country ballad “Confession”, performed with Niklas Kvarforth (Shining SE), make this standout album a surefire repeat listen. New Man, New Songs, Same Shit Vol. 1 is a diversified, dynamic masterpiece that presents Nergal in a completely new light, providing a strong contrast to the heavier sounds of Behemoth. Evil has truly never sounded so good.
Double vinyl LP pressing. 2020 release. German symphonic metal institution Beyond the Black emerges from their cocoon and reaches the next level with the album Hørizøns. Led by vocalist Jennifer Haben, the band unbolts their unequalled, differentiated spectra of symphonic and melodic rock spiced with sonorous melodious metal soundscapes in 13 manifold songs. The album kicks off with a heavy, yet atmospheric title track, spanning the range of intumescent soundscapes and Haben's crystal clear, striking vocals. Followed by their first single, "Misery", Beyond the Black prepares a powerful manifesto of self-confidence and draws it's listeners into a wide melodic range between symphonic mellifluousness and uncompromising energetic metal fragments. Dark subliminal grooves coalesce with harmonizing guitar lines and form the prevailing nexus of "Human" and it's unmistakably catchy chorus. Another facet rises with "You Are Not Alone", which is dominated by electronic influences as well as symphonic sounding violins. Hørizøns' atmospherically dark harshness creates the stylistic bow over the distinctive melodic rock meets pop sound in symbiosis with fragile yet strong fragments. The charismatic outfit persuades with a rousing, emotional clout and their strong, confident message off self-assertion. This is a multi-layered, metallic offer proving Beyond the Black's standing in the scene!
Ever since the band's founding in late 2004, AHAB have been exploring the deep dark sea, while becoming the true masters of solemn melancholy. Not only did the four-piece create their very own sub-genre, Nautic Funeral Doom, but never has pessimism sounded so beautiful. AHAB's impressive live show at Death Row Fest 2017 in Jena, Germany was recorded by the festival's in-house sound engineer, who handed the band their footage on a USB-stick after their intense and memorable gig. Now, and as a special highlight in the band's history mastered by Role Wiegener at Tonmeisterei, AHAB have chosen a finest selection of live tracks, originally released on their pathbreaking, 2006 album, The Call of the Wretched Sea! Live Prey, the first live release by the nautical doom heavyweights, is gracefully nestled in between slow-motion grooves, big riffs, and haunting melodies accented by the angelic but guttural vocals of Daniel Droste, in an apocalyptic live sound as you would experience it only from the front row at an AHAB show. Featuring five blackened doom anthems such as “Below the Sun”, the majestic beast “Old Thunder”, or the almost 17-minute long magnum opus “The Hunt”, Live Prey is the ultimate live record by the undisputed sailors of slow heaviness! An indispensable must-have album that belongs in every well-sorted Doom, Black Metal, and especially AHAB record collection. Side D of release has special etching.
2019 marked the 15th anniversary of the currently most successful modern heavy metal band in Germany: 15 years of POWERWOLF, 15 years of the one and only metal mass! Of course, the ultimate high priests of heavy metal are celebrating their triumphant history in glorious style. Best Of The Blessed isn't just another Best Of album. Featuring 16 metal anthems the band is known and loved for, Best Of The Blessed will include several brand new versions of hits such as We Drink Your Blood, Werewolves of Armenia, Sanctified with Dynamite, and the most celebrated festival hymn of all time, Resurrection by Erection. And while speaking of live: If you cannot get enough of POWERWOLF's captivating live sound, this MUST-HAVE magnum opus will also include 14 Live tracks; the available Earbook and LP Box Edition will even get you more of POWERWOLF's incredible live sound. Timeless classics by the band shrouded in a brand new shape, Best Of The Blessed is the ultimate metal soundtrack to explore POWERWOLF as fans have never heard them before!
Vinyl LP pressing. 2020 release from the metal band. Verminous is The Black Dahlia Murder's most dynamic, rousing and emotional release to date, and it achieves this without compromising one iota of heaviness. "I think this is the biggest evolutionary leap we've ever taken from one album to the next. We stoked the creative fires with 2017′s Nightbringers and it's gone much further now in Verminous," states vocalist Trevor Strnad. "It's a very colorful, moody, and charismatic album that experiments with new sounds and ideas without losing the cutthroat Black Dahlia edge. There is a lot of minutiae to digest. Plenty of delicious little Easter eggs woven into the fabric of each song. Each one is a living, breathing entity that will stand on it's own as some of the best music this band has ever created."
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Celebrating 40 years of Rush's Permanent Waves, deemed the poignant moment the band reinvented themselves and their sound. The 3LP Deluxe Edition features original vinyl packaging with a newly designed gatefold jacket for the two discs of live bonus tracks (from the 1980 World Tour). With a 20-page booklet of reimagined artwork by original designer Hugh Syme & unreleased band archive photos. Housed in a slipcase. Features hits like "The Spirit Of Radio" and the cinematic "Jacob's Ladder".
Australia's Aversions Crown are back with their 4th full length album "Hell Will Come For Us All". Produced by Will Putney (Fit for an Autopsy, Thy Art is Murder etc), the band's new album separates them from the rest of the blackened deathcore genre with a technically onerous sound they have developed over the last decade
Limited double vinyl LP pressing includes bonus tracks. 2020 release. For the better part of the past five years, top-charting masked metal machine Mushroomhead have been crafting the epic follow up to their monumental 2014 full-length album, The Righteous & The Butterfly - waiting patiently to drop their next collection of anthems. Mushroomhead make their prodigious return with A Wonderful Life, the Cleveland collective's eighth release of their benchmark career. The band shifts into high gear with introductory track "A Requiem For Tomorrow", beginning with an ominous Latin choral piece and juxtaposing heavy industrial-inspired grooves with melodic synths. Mushroomhead attacks track after track with a refreshed focus, delivering a carefully-curated selection of certified future hits. A Wonderful Life re-cements the band's position as one of the most consistently impactful heavy bands of our generation.
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Limited black/white colored vinyl LP pressing. Includes digital download. Reissue. Nuns Have No Fun - AKA Mercyful Fate - is the first official release from Danish black metal band Mercyful Fate. It is a four track, 45rpm effort and was recorded and mixed at Stone Studio in Roosendaal, Netherlands, in two days in September 1982. The album was produced and mixed by Jac Hustinx and engineered by Willem Steetjes.
Polish death metal legends VADER have returned with their 16th studio album, Solitude in Madness. Never one to rest or relax, VADER have done it all over the course of their 37-year history. From playing super-aggressive thrash under the watchful eye of Communist Poland, signing a worldwide deal with popular UK indie Earache Records to touring the globe—after the dissolution of the Warsaw Pact in 1991, of course—and enjoying a near-maniacal fanbase, there’s no stopping the Piotr “Peter” Wiwczarek-led outfit. Proof of that lies in the exceptionally great Solitude in Madness, where speed and power are back as the driving factors in VADER’s fiendish yet proficient death metal.
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Vinyl LP pressing. Includes digital download. 2020 release, the 10th studio album by heavy metal band Lamb of God. Tis self-titled release is the first studio album of all-new material by the band since 2015's VII: Sturm und Drang and the first to feature Art Cruz as the replacement for original drummer Chris Adler, who left Lamb of God in July 2019. The album features guest appearances by Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed and Chuck Billy of Testament.
2020 album from British gothic metal pioneers Paradise Lost. Obsidian, the group's 16th studio album, was recorded with producer Jaime Gomez Arellano, eschews it's immediate predecessors' gruesome, myopic approach in favor of a richer and more dynamic deluge of black shades. From the deceptive elegance and dual atmospheres of opener "Darker Thoughts" through to the crushing, baroque doom of war-torn closer "Ravenghast", Obsidian reveals a band in masterful control of a broad array of vital ideas.
ABBATH comment on the album: "Abbath, honed sharp by trial and terror, proudly present 'Outstrider' - our latest catharsis wrung from the guts of darkness. Forged in fiery furnace of adversity, hammered on an anvil of rage, this album is conjured from conflagration coughed from rift of Chaos, rising like a Phoenix from the Pit, to infect our Spitegeist with shamaniacal reflections sheathed in metal compositions, hooked and riffed by razor wire licks impaling bass-lines pulsed on drumbeats dredged from thunderous abyss, by a hive-mind wed to one whole emission: To boldly go where no band has gone before and one step further!"
The coverartwork, which is created by Kim Holm and Olav Iversen, and the track-list for 'Outstrider' can be found below.
Formed in 1991 by Jonas Renkse & Anders Nyström, and transitioning from early pioneers of the rising black/death/doom movement, to powerhouses of the progressive metallic rock genre, the Swedish connoisseurs of melancholy return with their stellar new opus, City Burials - the band’s eleventh studio album, & first since 2016’s haunting The Fall of Hearts was brought before the world.
With the winds of a new direction steering the band on their latest journey, City Burials stands as Katatonia’s new triumph of deep & enigmatic progressive rock – the fruits of a rejuvenating and profound chapter in the band’s legacy; a catalyst for its creators, with a collection of moments constructed out of the fragments of an ever-evolving life. Compiled into one of their most important modern works and statements to date, the finely-honed instrumentation provides a multi-textured backdrop with the voice of Jonas Renkse guiding us through these latest trials of loss and ruin.
Beyond their core creative duo, Katatonia are very much a full-blown band, and the chemistry between Jonas, Anders and their band mates – bassist Niklas Sandin, drummer Daniel Moilanen and most recent recruit, guitarist Roger Öjersson – has never sounded more potent, with City Burials being the first album Katatonia have made since Öjersson became a full-time member.
Inspired by an injection of fresh blood into Katatonia’s creative brew, City Burials is an album that sees the band reclaim part of their heavy metal roots, via several moments of exuberant, old school classicism, deftly woven into these new songs’ kaleidoscopic fabric. Resulting in an album that looks certain to push the band ever further into the spotlight.
City Burials was produced by Nyström/Renkse and recorded at Soundtrade Studios, Tri-Lamb Studios & The City Of Glass, throughout October & November 2019, with engineering work handled by Karl Daniel Lidén with mixing and mastering by Jacob Hansen. The album also features a guest appearance by Anni Bernhard, the voice behind Stockholm based act Full of Keys. Artwork appears courtesy of Lasse Hoile, the image itself representing the ongoing era of the Dead End King.
The band will be supporting the release with festivals and touring planned throughout 2020 and 2021 including an appearance at 2020’s Psycho Festival.
The most notorious black metal band of all times is back! By the power of darkness and the might of black-hearted will no two Mayhem albums have been or will be the same. Thus, the newest offering "Daemon" is unto itself. It's not the next chapter but rather the next tome in Mayhem's authoritative oeuvre. Composed and decomposed with the same lineup Necrobutcher (bass), Hellhammer (drums), Attila Csihar (vocals), Teloch (guitars), and Ghul (guitars) that handled "Esoteric Warfare" and performed "De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas" in its entirety over the last few years, "Daemon" also isn't a retrofit of classic songs like "Freezing Moon," "Pagan Fears," or "Buried by Time and Dust." That's what the live album, "De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas Alive" (2016), was for. "Daemon" is a chance for change, for new hells to be envisioned and offered.
Vinyl LP pressing. West coast metal veterans Metal Church will release From the Vault via Rat Pak Records on April 10, 2020. From the Vault is a special edition compilation album that features 14 previously unreleased tracks from the Mike Howe era, which include four newly recorded studio tracks including a redux of the band's fan favorite classic "Conductor." The remaining tracks are compiled from various recordings in the band's history and include five tracks from 2018's Damned if You Do recording sessions, three cover songs and two live tracks "Agent Green" and "Anthem to the Estranged" which was recorded at the famous Club Citta, Kawasaki, Japan on the Damned If You Do world tour. Tracks 1 through 4 were mixed and mastered by Chris "The Wizard Collier" (KXM, Whitesnake, Prong, Korn) and Tracks 5 through 14 were mixed & mastered by Kurdt Vanderhoof.
enerated black metal specialists DARK FORTRESS return with a new album, Spectres from the Old World ! After a six-year gap, Germany s darkest sons continue where Venereal Dawn (2014) left off conceptually the birth-death lifecycle of the universe as told by spacetime but are expanding DARK FORTRESS musical horizons by descending faster and with spiteful intent into the cosmic abyss. Indeed, Spectres from the Old World is more direct, more aggressive than its predecessors. These musical themes play out fiercely in Coalescence, The Spider in the Web, Pazuzu, and the pivotal title track. Here, DARK FORTRESS prove that they remain committed to black metal s netherworld spark. The malignant sounds that inspired DARK FORTRESS on Tales from Eternal Dusk (2001), Seance (2006), and Ylem (2010) are still very much part of the DNA that makes up the band s finest hour on Spectres from the Old World. But as DARK FORTRESS find themselves in good black-hearted company, their destiny calls for venturing beyond the confines of the genre. Pali Aike, named after an actual Chilean hellscape, finds vocalist Morean marshalling his bandmates to very center of time-worn volcanoes to an epic thrum. Isa, in many ways the opposite of Pali Aike, feels very cold, its dissonance and grooves inspired by antediluvian ice storms. The triumvirate is complete with the limpid black expanse of Swan Song. At no time in DARK FORTRESS history have they reached so far out into the darkness, only to find the domine of astronomy non-existent, the end merely an end. Recorded, engineered, mixed, and mastered by V. Santura at Woodshed Studios throughout 2019, Spectres from the Old World marks an important milestone in DARK FORTRESS journey along actual and spiritual left-hand paths. Glimpse into the endless black of the universe on Spectres from the Old World.