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LO-RUHAMAH announce new album, out in May

Lo-Ruhamah “Anointing” A5-Digipack CD out May 19th, 2017 Initially based in Missouri, USA but now situated internationally, LO-RUHAMAH have been active since 2002 and debuted in 2005 with an eponymous EP, which was followed by 2007’s astounding full-length, “The Glory of God”, an influential album that focused on the tensions of opposites found within the spiritual and mystical life. The album left a lasting impression by incorporating textured instrumental and delayed, reverberated approaches into its sound. The ambitious depth and complexity of LO-RUHAMAH’s debut was timely in the underground, but its demanding themes and protracted length left it a polarizing album for some music critics and fans. In the 10 years of near silence since then, they have perfected a musical language that plunges into avant-garde and esoteric black metal, as well as into a frantic and gasping death metal, and this informs the band’s mesmerizing new work, “Anointing”. In this album, LO-RUHAMAH take threads from direct spiritual experiences involving the dissolution of reason and the human mind, enlightenment, desperation, self-destruction, will, visionary experiences, cosmic ruination, and the lines between humanity and divinity. These concepts are approached with often hallucinogenic imagery and language, echoing and refracting alternate states of consciousness. Graced by Elijah Gwhedhú Tamu‘s amazing cover painting, depicting a stark vision of spiritual volition and frenetic movement, “Anointing” removes the arbitrary line between death metal and black metal with uncommon creativity and passion, experimenting with the juxtaposition of mind-boggling bass lines, serpentine guitar riffs, and a vocal performance that alternates between growls and schizoid howls. A dance of religious ecstasy and hellish pain. LO-RUHAMAH is: Harry Pearson –... read more

NEPHILIM’S HOWL to release debut CD on May 19

Nephilim’s Howl “Through The Marrow Of Human Suffering” CD Out on May 19th, 2017 Spawned two years ago from the Finnish black metal underground, NEPHILIM’S HOWL is undoubtedly a unique entity. Mostly organized in long tracks, their mid-tempo black metal utilizes stark yet scorching riffs, with great emphasis on pernicious atmospheres, a viscous sound gloating on its hypnotic qualities, and an outstanding vocal performance based on anguished, natural howls that seem to have more in common with punk and blues than with the typical black metal screeches. At times melancholic, but never verging on depressive/suicidal black metal, the band’s debut “Through The Marrow Of Human Suffering” is heavy, hazy, bleak and profound. It embraces the listeners in its asphyxiating coils, slowly dragging them down towards unfathomably dark existential abysses. And yet, it is a majestic fall, a dramatic descent to death realms underlined by epic riffs, ripping melodies, gut-wrenching guitar solos, the effective use of a synth, and the oppressing pulse of doomy rhythms interspersed with eruptions of sheer black metal violence. “Lyrically, ‘Through The Marrow Of Human Suffering’ is about existential contemplation, manifested with intense imagery and a vivid language,” explains VJR, NEPHILIM’S HOWL guitarist. “It focuses on individual’s place among the ages, the sensation of withering away like the glory of times past, but also thriving on the strength to be found from all of it in reflection to our history, piercing through what keeps us from our potential. The name of the band was chosen to reflect the trinity of beasts, men and gods, notably the founding themes present in mythological tales throughout the ancient past,... read more

No Clean Singing premiering a new song by FELL RUIN

Today the always excellent NO CLEAN SINGING metal blog is premiering a song off FELL RUIN‘s upcoming full-length debut, “To The Concrete Drifts”, out on March 17th: http://www.nocleansinging.com/2017/02/09/an-ncs-premiere-fell-ruin-spy-fiction-folds-in-ready-streets/   Titled “Spy Fiction Folds In Ready Streets”, the track has been described as “a multifaceted, stylistically kaleidoscopic journey… and a very dark one (…) It builds from a strummed guitar melody and a mid-paced rhythm that’s introspective, brooding, and beguiling. But the the music soon takes a more aggressive and more desolate turn as the guitars begin to seethe and then jab, the vocals entering the fray with caustic proclamations of acid and blood, moving between ravenous shrieks and ugly growls.” CD out on March 17th via I, Voidhanger Records (tape via Graven Earth... read more

About our new releases

Today we were supposed to start shipping our 3 new releases (Todesstoss, Lorn and Tome of the Unreplenished), but according to the factory there’s been an issue with the Todesstoss CDs, and that is affecting the release of the other titles as well. The factory is trying to get back the parcel that was already on our way, then they will fix the problem quickly and will re-send everything to us. If it isn’t possible for them to get the parcels back, that means that we will get the it in next couple of days/early next week, and we will immediately start shipping the Lorn and Tome Of The Unreplenished CDs. We will keep you updated. In the meantime, we apologize for the inconvenience, and thank you all for your patience and support. Luciano / I, Voidhanger... read more

VERGE sign with I, Voidhanger Records and announce new album

We’re proud to announce the signing of one today’s finest Finnish black metal bands, Verge. Featuring musicians that play or have played with other esteemed underground acts like Charnel Winds, Saturnian Mist and Funerary Bell, VERGE have already released a couple of fascinating full-length albums. Their third and most mature release is titled “The Process of Self-Becoming” and will be out on I, Voidhanger Records this Spring. “The album concept is loosely based on philosopher Sören Kierkegaard´s theory of existence stages”, the band explains, “and each song has been written from a particular subjective existential stance and the crisis it inevitably faces.” Stay tuned for more details. (photo by Maija Lahtinen... read more

LOCUST LEAVES “A Subtler Kind Of Light” to be released March 17

LOCUST LEAVES “A Subtler Kind Of Light” CD/LP CD out March 17th Vinyl out late April Coming from Greece, LOCUST LEAVES have been an elusive entity for a very long time. “A Subtler Kind Of Light”, the band’s first full-length album to be released professionally, is just the pinnacle of an underground trajectory spent far from the spotlights, cultivating an ecumenical vision of metal that along the years has spawned many quality recordings. Each of them has contributed to cement the nature of a progressive and highly creative project, an entity more interested in exploring new ways of expression than passively adhering to genre conventions or bog-standard styles. Featuring a couple of illustrious guests, drummer Vorskaath (Zemial Official) and guitarist Ayloss (Spectral Lore), “A Subtler Kind Of Light” is graced by Nick K.’s passionate, spine-chilling vocal performance and by the astonishing talent of multi-instrumentalist/songwriter Helm, also author of the enigmatic album cover and inside artwork. This is the core of LOCUST LEAVES, a duo of alchemists at ease with filtering the savagery of black-thrash metal and the suffocating grip of doom through the emotional, dramatic crescendos of progressive metal and the atmospheric qualities of ambient music. The lyrical concept behind “A Subtler Kind Of Light” reflects the depth and complexity of the music, amounting to the difficult search for true identity and the necessity to confront society’s rules. “The album is about transmutation,” explains Helm, “it’s about becoming who you’ve always known you had to be – and running against the manifestation of Empyrean law in the process: The Creator, overseeing the Pillar of All Names on which we... read more

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