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As John Peel once said of The Fall, “Always different, always the same,” so too one could say the same of DARKTHRONE. Things change, times change, people change, and yet even when sounding fresh and new and delivering just five tracks in 45 minutes on their 19th album, Eternal Hails, the Norwegian black metal legends remain defiantly and eternally DARKTHRONE. Since forming in 1986 as Black Death in Kolboton, Norway, DARKTHRONE have been masters of their art. Dropping the death metal of 1991’s Soulside Journey debut album in favour of a more primitive, black metal sound on the following year’s […]

PROPHECY PRODUCTIONS congratulates eight bands for reaping IMPALA Silver & Double Silver Awards

When PROPHECY PRODUCTIONS were originally founded in 1996, the declared aim of the label was to provide a dedicated home for dark stirring music and to offer long-term collaborations to artists signing into the family. At that time, hardly anybody would have expected that in its 25th anniversary year, 8 bands from label’s roster were to receive 10 IMPALA Silver and 3 Double Silver Awards. IMPALA is the European organisation for independent music companies and national associations. The non-profit trade association was established in 2000 to support European independent record labels and music. To receive an IMPALA Silver Award, an […]

American Metal Legends ATTACKER Join Cruz Del Sur Music, Vocalist BOBBY LUCAS Returns To The Fold

Cruz Del Sur Music is proud to announce the signing of American metal legends ATTACKER! The label will release the band’s next studio album sometime in 2022. Originally formed in 1983, ATTACKER burst onto the scene with their 1985 debut, Battle At Helm’s Deep, an LP many consider to be one of the first pure American power metal albums. The band released The Second Coming in 1988 before splitting the next year. ATTACKER returned in 2001 and has since released four additional studio albums and one EP, the latest being 2018’s Armor Of The Gods EP. ATTACKER made contact with […]

Alastor share ‘Dead Things In Jars’ single from forthcoming sophomore album

Swedish rock band Alastor share the first single from their forthcoming album Onwards And Downwards today via Heavy Blog Is Heavy. Hear and share ‘Dead Things In Jars’ HERE Metal Injection recently hosted the first single, the driving rocker ‘Death Cult’ HERE Excelsior! It’s the hail of yore that one should go ever onward and upward. And so, fittingly Onwards And Downwards is the occultist Swedish band ALASTOR’s clever call to arms… and also a reflection of our collective dark state of mind these days. “If our last album Slave To The Grave were about death, this record is more […]

WRECHE Stream New Single, ‘Mysterium’

The new album, All My Dreams Came True from the California-based project, is set to release on 14th May 2021 on Vinyl, CD and digital formats. Stream via Captured Howls Stream in Hungary via Kronos Mortus WRECHE, a high stakes challenger of the metal genre returns with a violent haymaker on All my dreams came true. A colossal masterpiece, this album sees John Steven Morgan working alone – more unhinged, personal, and varied than on WRECHE’s 2017 eponymous debut w/ drummer Barret Baumgart. At once horrifying and beautiful, All my dreams came true further binds genres like a particle accelerator […]

Z2 Comics partners with heavy metal legend King Diamond for the graphic novel adaptation of ‘Abigail’

Z2 Comics, the leading publisher of music-inspired graphic novels, reveals this fall’s jewel in the crown of the “king” of heavy metal himself: the first-ever comic written by the one and only KING DIAMOND. White Noise Studios scribe Dan Watters and October Faction artist Damien Worm team with The King himself for a chilling new version of the story of Miriam Natias and Jonathan LaFey and an inheritance far more terrifying than even the haunted mansion in which it’s discovered. To celebrate this unprecedented pairing, Z2 Comics will offer an exclusive brand new Abigail graphic novel picture disc edition of […]

Cruz Del Sur Music Re-Releasing ORODRUIN’s ‘Epicurean Mass’ on Vinyl / Fundraiser for Solstice Guitarist Rich Walker

Rochester (NY) – Cruz Del Sur Music have announced the vinyl re-release of ORODRUIN’s classic doom album Epicurean Mass on May 28. The re-release is part of a multi-faceted fundraiser for stricken Solstice guitarist Rich Walker. ORODRUIN’s 2003 Epicurean Mass debut was a harbinger of things to come. So formidable that it took the band 16 years to release its Ruins of Eternity follow-up, Epicurean Mass paved the way for a resurgence in mournful, riff-laden Black Sabbath and Saint Vitus-styled doom. Doom was taken back to its earnest, dark roots, casting aside the occasional pomp and image-first angle that was […]

MEPHITIC GRAVE: Hungarian Death Bringers To Release Into The Atrium Of Inhuman Morbidity Debut May 7th Via Carbonized Records; New Track Streaming + Preorders Available

Stream / Share MEPHITIC GRAVE’s ‘Chthonicon’ HERE Hungarian death bringers MEPHITIC GRAVE will unleash their Into The Atrium Of Inhuman Morbidity debut via Carbonized Records this May. Made of jagged riffs and grisly vocal incantations, MEPHITIC GRAVE’s sonic venom — influenced by Abhorrence, Funebre, and Autopsy among others — runs deep discharging eight maniacally putrid odes of lo-fi grimness. Tipping their scythes to the works of H.P. Lovecraft, the band’s visual and lyrical concepts revolve around the philosophy of cosmicism which denies the presence of a god or any such ideas of divinity and upholds that humans are insignificant in […]

Byzantine announces 21st anniversary USA tour

Formed in the summer of 2000, progressive groove metal band BYZANTINE will headline 15 performances this July and August, with local support acts TBA. Frontman and founding member Chris “OJ” Ojeda comments: “Maintaining a band with 4 members for this long has been one of the most difficult, yet rewarding tasks I’ve taken on. We formed the same year as Mastodon, The Ocean and Between The Buried And Me, and to be able to write and record music on a label such as Metal Blade Records at this point in our career is very rewarding. We look forward to performing […]

Cirith Ungol reveals details for new EP, Half Past Human; launches new single, ‘Brutish Manchild’

On May 28th, CIRITH UNGOL will release their new EP, Half Past Human, via Metal Blade Records. For a first preview, the new single, ‘Brutish Manchild’, can be heard at THIS LOCATION, where the EP can also be pre-ordered in the following formats: digipak-CD 180g black vinyl (EU exclusive) sheer violet marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 500 copies) orange aurora vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies) yellow marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies) picture disc (EU exclusive – limited to 500 copies) dark red marbled vinyl (US exclusive) The globe was ravaged by […]