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VOID RITUAL “Holodomor” EP – Is Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

Posted in Black Metal, metal music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on June 11, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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5 Out Of 5 METAL Fists!


Void Ritual is a one man project of Daniel Jackson (Also of Ancestral Oath), from Albuquerque, New Mexico.  The EP’s name, Holodomor refers to a man-made famine and extermination by hunger; which resulted in the deaths of millions of people from the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic. This incredibly tragic chapter in history took place during 1932 and 1933.

Tridroid Records will be releasing Void Ritual’s Holodomor on cassette, this coming August. While the album has been available as a digital download for some time, Holodomor’s physical release will include the previously unreleased track Mourning the Dawn. After I’ve listened to Holodomor several times, it is very apparent that Void Ritual boasts a superb multi-instrumentalist and vocalist.

There is no denying, to my ears, that the Black Metal created by Void Ritual is a standout among underground Metal I’ve listened to thus far, this year. This 4 song EP as a whole is a fascinating listen, into just how grand Black Metal can be represented from the USA. There are blackened melodic moments to savor, with Mourning The Dawn; while the fiercely extreme side of Void Ritual’s blackened sound is served up with the opening track: Cold. The title track is nothing short of amazing and delivers on its terrifying theme, at an epic 6:23.

The totality of blackened sensations that overtook me after listening to Holodomor had me running to my front office window; peering to see if a sinkhole leading to the fiery depths of hell formed in the middle of the street. Yes, Void Ritual is that good. Metal be thy name. – Stone


Cassette pre-orders for Holodomor are expected to ship in August 2014 and can be obtained for $4 from this location:

Support VOID RITUAL. ‘Nuff Said.


Holodomor – Track Listing:


Void Ritual


Mourning The Dawn


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GOATS OF DOOM “Ashes From The Past” EP – Streaming Now At

Posted in Black Metal, metal music, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on June 5, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Goats Of Doom - promo band pic - 2014 - #6876 and Against PR have teamed up to present an exclusive stream of the brand new Goats of Doom EP – Ashes from the Past, a recording that the site owner himself claims is “blurring the lines between traditional Black Metal and that of largely melodic riffs”! In cooperation with Ewiges Eis Records, all three tracks from the mysterious Finnish four-piece are available to stream right now! But don’t let this opportunity slip by as it’s only here for a very limited time!

Check out “Ashes from the Past” here:

“Ashes from the Past” can be ordered here:—Lost-in-Time-and-Void-CD.html

Goats of Doom hails from Nivala, Finland. “Ashes from the Past” is the follow-up to the band’s 2012 debut full-length album Lost in Time and Void. It was released March 18th, 2014 through Ewiges Eis Records.



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LYSURA “II” – Midwest Black Metal Band’s EP Is: Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

Posted in Black Metal, metal music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on June 5, 2014 by Metal Odyssey


LYSURA – Formed by ex-Acheron guitarist Max Othworth, LYSURA originally premiered in 2012 with the release of their EP Malignancy. A Black Metal band from Indianapolis, LYSURA takes no shortcuts in delivering their blackened lyrical rage and ultra-impressive song crafting with their newest EP II. The two songs on II each carry the identical running time of 8:41 and are epics to be savored.

Seasons In Exile and Tome Of Surreption both accentuate LYSURA’s conscientious approach to experimenting with time signatures and doing so very effectively; making both songs radiate on a technical and melodic level, while not vacating the Black Metal experience for one nanosecond. Guitarist Max Otworth’s vocals are convincingly demonic and true to the genre. I applaud each musician in LYSURA for their stellar musicianship; which I can listen to all day.

I can pinpoint moments of Death Metal riffage in Tome Of Surreption, along with some Iron Maiden(ish) guitar licks, however, LYSURA has entered into the Black Metal realm with outstanding originality and I wouldn’t want to see them stray from the Blackened musical path they’ve taken thus far. I absolutely cannot wait for a full-length album from LYSURA. Metal be thy name. – Stone

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Max Otworth – Guitars/Vocals

Sam Jackson -Bass

Jordan Smith – Guitars

Brandon Howe – Drums


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Posted in Black Metal, Heavy Metal, metal bands, metal music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on May 15, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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Minnesota’s Astral Blood are excited to announce that they will unleash their highly anticipated self-titled debut EP with Tridroid Records. Projected to be released in the summer of 2014 “Astral Blood” will feature 3 tracks of haunting atmospheric Black Metal.

Initially formed in early 2013 by Andrew Rasmussen (Also drummer of Noble Beast), Astral Blood quickly built a buzz for themselves in the underground scene of Minneapolis. By their second show, the band found themselves as opening act for Tesseract and soon after signed with Tridroid Records.

After a couple of line up changes, Rasmussen has now solidified Astral Blood’s lineup by recruiting members of Sept of Memnon and Suffering Hour to fill out the band.

“Our minds and bodies are desperate, languishing shackled in the land of North America, but nothing will ever imprison our souls. We stare out at you from Saturn’s rings. Contained within our hearts, our hearts of winter’s chill, there rages cosmos more violent, erotic, and mysterious than the pitiful world mankind calls home.” – Andrew Rasmussen

Band members:

Andrew Rasmussen – Vocals
Joe Waller – Drums
Tommy Curry – Guitar
Alex Mahaffey – Guitar
Jason Oberuc – Live drums


(Source: Dewar PR)

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“Terrorizer’s Secret History Of Norway” – Special Issue Dedicated To History Of 1990’s Black Metal Scene Is Out Now!

Posted in Black Metal, metal bands, metal music, music news, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , , on May 7, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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As reported on the Terrorizer Facebook page:

Terrorizer’s Secret History of Norway is out now! We bring you the history of all that transpired in that famous black metal scene of the early 1990s – the music, the mayhem, the murders and the controversy. We get the oral history on what it was actually like to be a part of that scene, as told by key players like The True Mayhem‘s Necrobutcher, Darkthrone‘s Fenriz and Satyricon‘s Satyr, to name but a few.

But don’t think black metal is all that Norway has to offer, as we also explore everything from avant-garde weirdness to death metal destruction and the fury of Oslo punk, as well as bringing you our list of essential Norwegian albums.

Click here to get your copy!


Stone Says: Whoa! I came across this whiz-bang magazine from Terrorizer and now I MUST get myself a copy! This looks to be a grand source for the history of 90’s Black Metal! Barnes & Noble… here I come! Metal be thy name.


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COUNTESS – Dutch Black Metal Legends Announce New Album; Release New Video

Posted in Black Metal, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, music videos, news, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , , , on March 6, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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On April 9th, Dutch Black Metal legends COUNTESS will release their long-awaited new full-length album, entitled ‘Ancient Lies And Battle Cries’ through the band’s long-time label Barbarian Wrath.

‘Ancient Lies And Battle Cries’, the band’s fourteenth full-length, features ten tracks of uncompromising METAL, blending first wave Black Metal and traditional Heavy Metal in a way only COUNTESS can. The result of almost three years of writing and recording, ‘Ancient Lies’ will surely satisfy all those who long for the days when Black Metal was still METAL.

Fans can get a first taste of the new record as of today. A video has been released for the song ‘Call Of The Ancient Pantheon’ through the band’s official YT channel:

COUNTESS – Call Of The Ancient Pantheon:

The album’s full track list:

1. Battle Sky

2. Call Of The Ancient Pantheon

3. By Hammer And Blood

4. Vengeance Of The Slain

5. Beneath The Eye Of Wisdom

6. Confessions Of A Polytheist

7. Pray For The Cult

8. Cursed Seed Of Aten

9. Burn The Throne

10. The Last Temple


(Source: COUNTESS)

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BEHEMOTH “The Satanist” – A Remarkable Album And Fan Loyalty = Album Chart Success

Posted in Black Metal, Death Metal, Extreme Metal, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, news, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , , , , on February 20, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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BEHEMOTH – There’s no question that the tenth studio album, The Satanist, from Poland’s BEHEMOTH has made a lasting Metal impact upon the Metal masses. I see this current album/digital chart success as a telling reminder to the status-quo mainstream: that quality Metal exists and will never say die! Both the commendable Metal and artwork of The Satanist, coupled with BEHEMOTH’s (ever-growing) loyal fan base have made a profound Metal statement during this month of February.

Album chart success for an Extreme Metal band is not an example of selling-out; instead it’s an example of the Metal cream rising to the top. Hard work and dedication to one’s craft shall pay dividends; in the case of BEHEMOTH, the Metal dividends are (in my opinion) well-earned. This recent chart success for BEHEMOTH also means that their fans have spoken and spent their hard-earned money on The Satanist, while any illegal downloaders can march straight into the douche-bag posers lounge and drink stale prune juice.

The Satanist was released in North America, via Metal Blade Records on February 4th. Below you will see the chart numbers for both the U.S. and Canada. This information was posted on the BEHEMOTH! Facebook page, on February 12th. – Stone

BEHEMOTH – The Satanist U.S. Chart Numbers:

Billboard Top 200 – #34
Top Overall Albums – #34
Independent Albums – #6
Current Hard Music – #4
Overall Hard Music – #4
Overall Core Rock – #8
Top Current Rock – #9
iTunes Metal – #3
iTunes Rock – #4
iTunes Top Albums – #24

BEHEMOTH – The Satanist Canadian Chart Numbers:

Top 200 Current Albums – #46
Current Digital Albums – #36
Hard Music Chart – #5
iTunes Metal – #1
iTunes Rock – #2
iTunes Top Albums – #19


YOU can purchase BEHEMOTH’s The Satanist on iTunes, by clicking the link below! Whoa!


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BEHEMOTH – “The Satanist” Is Out Now, Sparking Current Numerous Cover Stories; Boasting Dazzling Album Cover/Liner Notes Art – An In-Depth Look!

Posted in Black Metal, Death Metal, Extreme Metal, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, news, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , , , , on February 9, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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Widespread Critical Acclaim For The Legendary Behemoth’s New Studio Album – The Satanist


BEHEMOTH – The legendary Nergal and Behemoth have received a quantum amount of Metal attention in recent weeks, due to the release of their tenth studio album: The Satanist. From all corners of the Metal community, the reviews for The Satanist have been pouring in, from favorable to perfect. The largely circulated Metal magazines have been featuring Nergal and Behemoth as their respective cover stories, from Terrorizer to Metal Hammer and many, many in-between.

The Satanist was released on February 4th, in both North America and in Behemoth’s home country of Poland, via Metal Blade Records. A February 3rd release date happened for Europe, via Nuclear Blast. I bought my copy of The Satanist (CD/DVD edition) at Best Buy for $9.99 (U.S.) on release day and the cover art differs from the art that has been more widely shown and marketed for the CD:

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This silver cover version (above, with band logo and upside down album title) is a tremendous piece of art unto itself! Truthfully, the black band logo and upside down album title, atop the silver background, speaks for itself. This is, in my Metal opinion, a perfect example of less is more, in the world of art.

The liner notes for the CD/DVD edition are done with graphic design elegance, featuring pages dedicated for the words of Nergal pertaining to the lyrics and development of every song, with an added overlay page of vellum for each. The loyalty that Nergal has towards Satan is very forthright, within these pages of liner notes. The DVD contains The Satanist: Oblivion – Live Barbarossa. An incredible package of liner notes, and additional artwork; simply stunning!

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Denis Forkas Kostromitin is the artist for The Satanist cover (above). A Russian painter and occultist, Denis Forkas Kostromitin is world-renowned and created a brilliant, haunting and nightmarish dark work of art, in my Metal opinion. This painting even included the added medium of Nergal’s own blood. That is a fascinating way to become a personal part of your own artistic and spiritual vision and Nergal has done just that!

I will soon write a review for The Satanist and will (as always) be non-biased when it comes to the lyrical content based on spiritual beliefs. Metal music is an art form that I cherish, therefore my already instilled belief systems on spirituality, morality and ethics can never be swayed at this point in my Metal life. However, I’ve never been bashful to critique a bad album cover. Perhaps it’s due to my past college experience I’ve had with all of my fine art classes.

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As a past student of the fine arts, I took a beating from critiques and was commended as well. With that said, I’ve always believed the Metal genre to be the crème de la crème of artistic vision when album cover and liner notes art are discussed; and The Satanist visual art is a radiant gem. Nergal, Behemoth and Denis Forkas Kostromitin should deservedly be proud about the visual side of The Satanist.

For me, the music of Metal and its corresponding visual art is what I gravitate towards; while the personal and/or theological beliefs, ideals and lyrics of any respective band falls under individual liberties and free speech. These freedoms none of us should take for granted. The Satanist raises the bar for Metal visual art, for many, many years to come. Metal be thy name. – Stone

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The Satanist is available on

You can also purchase The Satanist on iTunes, by clicking that cool link below! Whoa!


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DEAD IN THE MANGER – 20 Buck Spin Confirms Numerous Releases By Insidious Blackened Grind Entity

Posted in Black Metal, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, news, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , , , , on February 6, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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Olympia, Washington-based 20 Buck Spin continuously defies all extreme music genre boundaries, the label’s vast juggernaut of a roster containing top-tier acts from all realms and scenes of the underground, and now continues this tradition with the new induction of mysterious entity, DEAD IN THE MANGER.

Very little information was provided to 20 Buck Spin regarding DEAD IN THE MANGER when the label was initially contacted about a release, only that the band delivers a mix of depressive black metal and grind (which seemed on paper an impossible combination) and that the intention is to leave a feeling of unease and despondency in the listener. Nonetheless, a cursory listen to the outfit’s debut MLP, Transience, leaves no doubt that DEAD IN THE MANGER succeeds handily in creating music both brutally violent and coldly agonizing.


Transience begins with an atmospheric repetitive motive conjuring a bleak sadness that sets the stage for an urgent right turn to scalpel-sharp, maximum BPM aggression and multiple stab wounds of hate-driven malcontent. Filled with ill will and revulsion, DEAD IN THE MANGER walks a fine line between all out sensory violence and post trauma exhaustion.

With just six songs in less than twenty minutes — succinctly named Parts I-VI — Transience destroys the listener with a calculated premeditation in a short time, and is intended as a first glimpse at what DEAD IN THE MANGER is preparing for, as a debut full-length album is currently in the works.

Transience will be unleashed on MLP and digital formats in North America on April 29th and in Europe on May 2nd. DEAD IN THE MANGER’s LP debut will follow later in 2014, also on 20 Buck Spin.

Transience – Track Listing:

1. Part I

2. Part II

3. Part III

4. Part IV

5. Part V

6. Part VI


(Source: Earsplit PR)

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BEHEMOTH – To Headline Metal Alliance Tour 2014

Posted in Black Metal, Death Metal, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, news, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , , , on January 31, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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BEHEMOTH is proud to announce that they will be returning to North America this Spring as part of the Metal Alliance Tour 2014! This will be the band’s first North American tour in support of their new album, The Satanist. Joining BEHEMOTH on this tour will be Metal Blade label mates, Goatwhore, along with additional support from 1349, Inquisition, and Black Crown Initiate. The Metal Alliance tour will begin April 4th in Tempe, AZ and runs through May 3rd.

Behemoth front man, Nergal, articulates the band’s excitement: “We are immensely proud to be headlining Metal Alliance tour in North America. It’s a privilege and we’re going to make sure that with this tour and The Satanist that BEHEMOTH is making an ultimate statement! It has been a long trek from when we landed in US for the first time in 2003. It took us a decade to get to this place we are now. We are coming back, more determined and hungrier than ever, ready to reclaim the throne!”

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Behemoth – The Satanist (album cover)

BEHEMOTH has posted a brand new behind the scenes video for The Satanist. This video is the first in a series of four that chronicles a selection of the creative and technical processes behind the album that Albert Mudrian of Decibel Magazine heralds as “simply the best BEHEMOTH record ever.” Watch the making of video now at, where pre-order bundles for “The Satanist” are also available.

The Satanist was produced by Behemoth, Wojtek and Slawek Wieslawscy and Daniel Bergstrand in Hertz Studio. The album was mixed by Matt Hyde (Slayer) and mastered by Ted Jensen (Metallica, AC/DC) at Sterling Sound. The cover art for The Satanist was painted by renowned Russian painter and occultist, Denis Forkas ( The paint used included some of Nergal’s own blood! Additional art and design was completed by Metastazis (Paradise Lost, etc.) and Zbigniew Bielak (Watain, Ghost).

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The Metal Alliance Tour w/ 1349, Goatwhore, Inquisition, Black Crown Initiate

4/04/2014 Club Owl/ Club Red – Tempe, AZ

4/05/2014 House Of Blues – West Hollywood, CA

4/06/2014 Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA

4/08/2014 Gothic Theatre – Englewood, CO

4/11/2014 House Of Blues – Cambridge Room – Dallas, TX

4/12/2014 Emo’s East – Austin, TX

4/13/2014 House Of Blues – Houston, TX

4/15/2014 Beacham Theatre – Orlando, FL

4/16/2014 Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC

4/17/2014 Theatre Of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA

4/18/2014 The Palladium – Worcester, MA

4/19/2014 Irving Plaza – New York, NY

4/22/2014 Club Soda – Montreal, QC

4/23/2014 The Opera House – Toronto, ON

4/24/2014 Agora Theatre – Cleveland, OH

4/25/2014 House Of Blues- Chicago, IL

4/26/2014 Skyway Theater – Studio B – Minneapolis, MN

4/27/2014 The Garrick – Winnipeg, MB

4/29/2014 MacEwan Hall – Calgary, AB

4/30/2014 Union Hall – Edmonton, AB

5/02/2014 Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, AB

5/03/2014 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA


(Source: Earsplit PR)

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WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM – Reveal Details On New Recordings

Posted in Black Metal, black metal bands, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, news, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , , on January 29, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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Following the November release of their BBC Session 2011 Anno Domini two-track live 12″ via Southern Lord, new recordings from WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM have been confirmed for a 2014 release. Following several months of anticipation, the Cascadian Black Metal clan comprised of brothers Aaron and Nathan Weaver now humbly unveil their impending full-length release, Celestite.

Taking a different approach than their previous LPs, Celestite is a completely newly envisioned, parallel-universe version of Celestial Lineagethe beautifully blackened fourth studio full-length epic WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM released via Southern Lord in 2011. Celestite arises with a whole new, ethereal approach. There are no drums and no vocals. Rather, deep, heavy crystalline synthesizer journeying, Eno-inspired analog processing and arcane acoustic instrumentation expand upon dimensions folded within the universe of Celestial Lineage.


The Weavers tell us: “To make Celestite, we delved into the subterranean sonics that are buried in the mix of Celestial Lineage. We isolated them, processed them and took this unearthed soundscape as our starting point. Upon this base we recorded an entirely new album. Some melodies from Celestial Lineage are recognizable, but these familiar sounds appear as ghosts, barely tethered to the original compositions. This new album is an unorthodox foray; a fully instrumental, experimental companion record to Celestial Lineage. We left some work undone with Celestial Lineage. The recording of that album in the Winter of 2011 was a monumental project for us personally, and the creative fire from those recording sessions was still burning. This recording process was an opportunity to journey into our own inner universe to complete that which needed to be completed.”

Paired once again with producer Randall Dunn (Earth, Sunn O))), Master Musicians Of Bukkake), Celestite came to fruition at Avast Studios and WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM’s own Olympia-based studio Owl Lodge. While cloistered during the recording sessions they made use of a mammoth arsenal of crumbling vintage equipment including a Serge Modular System, Korg Poly6, Korg MS20, Korg Mono/Poly, Roland Juno 106, Roland Jupiter 6, Roland Super jx10, Jomox Airbase 99, Access Virus and more. The album also features a guest wind ensemble including friends Josiah Boothby on French Horn, Steve Moore (Earth, Sunn O))), Stebmo) on Trombone, and both Mara Winter and Veronica Dye on flute.


The upcoming release of Celestite is doubly exciting for WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM as it will mark another new venture for the duo; the inaugural release on their own new label, Diadem Records. The band states, “Diadem Records is the imprint we created to release Celestite and future albums. Most importantly for us, working on this album has revealed a whole new vein of creative energy for WITTR. Now that the long trip of creating this album is finished, our appetite is whetted for future projects, thus we feel it necessary to pre-empt the inevitable chatter that will accompany the release of this record. WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM has not permanently abandoned the guitar and drums! We sense that one day, perhaps sooner, perhaps later, we will be inspired to return to our stacks of amplifiers and cabinets to create new music.”


(Source: Earsplit PR)

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LVCIFYRE – “Svn Eater” Album Out Now On Dark Descent Records

Posted in Black Metal, Death Metal, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, news, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , , on January 29, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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Svn Eater, the new long player from London Blackened Death Metal outfit LVCIFYRE, is now available worldwide through Dark Descent Records. The follow-up to 2011’s The Calling Depths has been met with enthusiastic praise from reviewers, with CvltNation calling the album “a forceful battering ram of Death Metal.”

Svn Eater is available on CD, red vinyl and black vinyl. Two different t-shirt designs are also being offered to commemorate the album’s release. To order, visit

The album is also available as a digital download at

Artwork for Svn Eater comes courtesy of Timo Ketola ( Svn Eater was recorded and mixed at Blackout Multimedia Studio in Belgium.

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LVCIFYRE is a flesh of Liberation in Honour of the Ancient…

T.Kaos – guitars/vocals

Menthor – drums and percussion

A. Dictator – guitar

Cultus – bass


Critical Praise:

“With their 2nd full-length album, Svn Eater, England’s Lvcifyre have sent a blistering statement in the form of 9 crushing death anthems, convoluted by a minor black metal atmosphere sonically and augmented further by a pure darkness and endlessly tormented intensity that laps at the heavens with vengeful flames.” – Worm Gear ‘Zine

“This might be the darkest, most oppressive piece of Death Metal barbarity to be unleashed upon this world in 2014!” – Voices from the Darkside



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HORTUS ANIMAE Return With “Secular Music” – Releasing On March 24th, Via Flicknife Records

Posted in Black Metal, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, news, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , , , on January 24, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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Important news from the Hortus Animae front: The band has inked a deal with the historic British label Flicknife Records for the worldwide release of their comeback album “Secular Music” that will start hitting the roads on March 24, 2014. The band also now reveals the frontcover of the album and a teaser video can be seen below:

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TWILIGHT “III: Beneath Trident’s Tomb” – Releasing On March 18th In North America; 1st Track “Lungs” Streaming Online Now

Posted in Black Metal, black metal bands, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, news, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , , on January 19, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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Experimental Black Metal band TWILIGHT will release their new album III: Beneath Trident’s Tomb on March 17th in Europe and March 18th in North America. Be sure to check out the first track “Lungs” here:


1. Lungs (Whitehead/Jameson)

2. Oh Wretched Son (Giannopoulos/Whitehead/Jameson)

3. Swarming Funereal Mass (Whitehead/Jameson)

4. Seek No Shelter Fevered Ones (Giannopoulos/Whitehead/Jameson)

5. A Flood of Eyes (Giannopoulos/Moore/Whitehead/Jameson)

6. Below Lights (Parker/Jameson)

Line Up:

N. Imperial – vocals

Wrest – drums/bass/vocals

Stavros Giannopoulos – guitars/vocals

Sanford Parker – synths/electronics/production

Thurston Moore – guitar/vocals


(Source: Century Media Records)

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* TWILIGHT are from Chicago, Illinois.

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OMNIZIDE – “Death Metal Holocaust” Coming January 31st On Carnal Records

Posted in Black Metal, Death Metal, death metal bands, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, news, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , , on January 17, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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Carnal Records is set to release Death Metal Holocaust from Swedish Black/Death Unit OMNIZIDE on January 31. Featuring lead vocals from CRAFT throat Mikael Nox and music written by AE from AVSKY, the album follows the highly celebrated EP Pleasure from Death (the tracks from which are included as bonus material), the decibel assault reaches a new level of pain to ensure maximum aural decimation. Death Metal Holocaust was mastered by Joakim from CRAFT. Prepare for the unleashing of the demon spawn.

Stream album track “Rotting Flesh Parade” below:

Death Metal Holocaust – Track Listing:

Rotting Flesh Parade

No Remorse


The Eternally Damned

Crystals of Death

Dead Planet

Damnatio Ad Bestias

Nuclear Strike

Pleasure from Death (bonus track)

Desecration Art (bonus track)

Band Bio:

The story of OMNIZIDE goes back to 1995 when Nox and Anders formed the black metal band BELZEN together. A few years later BELZEN split up. Nox joined CRAFT and Anders started the band AVSKY. When Nox did some guest vocals on AVSKY’s album Scorn, Anders and Nox decided to start BELZEN again. They changed the name to OMNIZIDE and recruited drummer Gaddur from the band KAFZIEL. In 2011 the Pleasure from Death EP was released. Later, guitarist Jesper joined the band and Death Metal Holocaust was recorded. After the recording was complete, bass player B-Force (DARK FUNERAL) joined the fold.

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Mikael Nox – Vocals

Anders/AE – Guitar/Bass on this album

Jesper – Guitar

Gaddur – Drums

B-Force – Bass (not on the album)



* For more info on OMNIZIDE:


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Distribution by Sound Pollution:

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Terrorizer Magazine Presents Svart Crown, Diabolical & Guests UK Tour

Posted in Black Metal, Death Metal, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, news, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , , , on January 10, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Svartcrown - Diabolical - promo tour flyer - 2014

Chaotic Tapestry presents French blackened death metal outfit Svart Crown will be returning to the UK for a headline tour in association with Terrorizer Magazine after a successful run last year with Nile.

Svart Crown frontman JB Lebail comments, “We are extremely pleased to come back to the UK after a successful run supporting Nile. The UK has always been a blast for us, so make sure and attend these new shows and witness a full set of pure evil!”

Listen to ‘In Utero A Place Of Hatred And Threat’. Taken from the latest Svart Crown record ‘Profane’ released last year via Listenable Records: 

Supporting will be Sweden’s Diabolical as well as the UK’s Ascaris. Diabolical guitarist Carl Stjärnlöv speaks of the announcement, “We’re really looking forward to playing in the UK along with Svart Crown and Ascaris! Expect a lot of material from our new album ‘Neogenesis’ and some really intense shows. UK, we’re excited to see you all soon!”

The latest Diabolical album ‘Neogenesis’ was released September 2013 via ViciSolum Productions. Watch the bands latest video ‘Metamorphosis’ here:

Gig Listings:

28/02/14 – London, Black Heart

01/03/14 – Plymouth, White Rabbit

02/03/14 – Brighton, Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar

03/03/14 – Birmingham, The Flapper

04/03/14 – Glasgow, Ivory Blacks

05/03/14 – Leeds, Fox and Newt

 * Click links below for more info!


(Source: FUTURE PR)

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SATYRICON – Nominated For 2013 Norwegian (Grammy) Spellemann Award

Posted in Black Metal, Heavy Metal, heavy metal bands, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on December 26, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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As reported on the SATYRICON Facebook page:

Congratulations to all those who contributed to the album in one way or another! It has been announced that the album “Satyricon” that went number 1 on the Norwegian Album Charts has been nominated for a Norwegian Grammy.


The 42nd Annual Spellemann Awards (Norway’s equivalent to America’s Grammy Awards) will be handed out on January 18th, 2014, at Konserthus in Stavanger, Norway, with the event being broadcast live on the NRK1 channel.

Also nominated in the Metal category are:


OBLITERATION – Black Death Horizon

SHINING – One One One

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* For more info on SATYRICON:

Facebook: Satyricon


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EMBLAZONED – Wisconsin Blackened Death Metal Machine Enters Studio

Posted in Black Metal, Death Metal, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on December 3, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

Emblazoned - Promo Band Pic - #1 - 2013 - B&W

Wisconsin Blackened Death Metal machine EMBLAZONED has returned to Belle City Sound in Racine, Wisc., to record the band’s as-of-yet untitled full-length album. The album will be the follow-up to the critically acclaimed EP, The Living Magisterium, which was released September 3 via Deepsend Records.

Tracking for the album is almost complete, with mixing and mastering getting underway next month. Production duties are being handled by Chris Wisco (Jungle Rot, Gorgasm, Nachtmystium, Broken Hope). Fans of the EP will not be disappointed in what is shaping up to be the bands most intense offering to date. No official release date had been set yet.

The Living Magisterium is available as a digital download and jewel case CD through Deepsend Records. Preview and purchase the album at

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Critical Praise:

“Emblazoned demand your obedience, and even when they have it will still hold your head down and repeatedly curb stomp it.” [9.5/10] – Apoch’s Metal Review

“These guys kill from beginning to end…” [4/5] – New Noise Magazine


Kevin Forsythe (ex Jungle Rot) – Guitar

A.J. Lewandowski (Decrepit Birth, ex Enfold Darkness) – Bass

Jeff Plewa (ex Micawber) – Vocals

Alex “Pulverizer” Pulvermacher (ex Decrescent) – Drums



* For more info on EMBLAZONED:

Facebook: Emblazoned

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LYFTHRASYR – Present Songs From Their New Album “The Engineered Flesh” And From Their Live DVD!

Posted in Black Metal, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on November 18, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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German postmodern Black Metal band LYFTHRASYR will release their new album “The Engineered Flesh” on November 29th 2013 via ALIVE Vertrieb.

After the first new song “Evolution”, the second new song “Technological Singularity” has just been released as Lyric Video:

Furthermore, the song “Rage Towards Apathy” from the upcoming Live DVD which is part of the new album’s special edition and contains the whole concert at the Global East Rock Festival 2011 in Kiev/Ukraine is now available:

Finally, the “Making of ‘The Engineered Flesh'” can be watched here:



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VALDUR – Long-Running Alpine Black/Death Conjurors Confirm Details Of Imminent New Full-Length

Posted in Black Metal, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on November 16, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

Valdur - At War With - promo cover pic - 2013

Alpine Black/Death conjurors, VALDUR, have confirmed preliminary details of their impending new full-length. Dubbed At War With, the follow-up to the band’s 2010-released Raven Gods Among Us, was recorded at Earhammer Studio with Greg Wilkinson at the helm and is currently being mastered by Michael Z. (Secrets of the Moon, Ascension) at Source Studios and boasts ten psalms of sonic repugnance.

States drummer Matthew bluntly, “I’m not very comfortable trying to put VALDUR’s music into words, but I think that what is important is that we have the luxury of doing what we want, when we want… and in the end, it will be our music and artwork that will do all the talking.”

Feel the infernal enormity of a rough version of the title track at THIS LOCATION.

Crowned “the best black metal band in the United States that you’ve probably never heard of,” by and featuring past and current members of Weverin, Endless Blizzard and Plutocracy, VALDUR was forged at the turn of the century in a small mountain town located in the pulsating heart of the Sierra Mountain Range near the Nevada border. It is where desert (Death Valley) meets mountain (Mt. Whitney) and where the unholy trio celebrate the freedom and space to dwell without interference of fashionable “scenes” or “rulebooks.”

At War With will rise on December 17, 2013 via BloodyMountain Records. Additional details to be unveiled in due time.

VALDUR Personnel:

Matthew – Drums

William – Bass

Samuel – Guitar/Vocals


(Source: Earsplit PR)

* For more info on VALDUR:

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