Disquietude: Progressive Blackened Death Metal From Italy

 

Disquietude are from Civitavecchia, Italy and play their own blend of Death/Black/Progressive metal. 

They are currently working on their debut album ‘EXTERMINATION’ which is due in 2018. 

They subbed to our YouTube channel and I of course investigated and I’m glad I did! While this is a rough recording in many regards, the talent is clearly there to see and this band are very good at what they do! 

Taking into consideration this is band are very much in their beginnings, the potential is very much here to see and I’ll be following them as they develop. 

Check out their track ‘The Edge Of Time’ here and make up your own mind! 

One to watch! 

 

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Weed Priest Release New Video ‘Vampyr’ From Their Forthcoming Album ‘Consummate Darkness’ Released On Halloween Via Cursed Monk Records

 

 

Lo and behold! From the depths of the smoke filled dungeons, from the tops of the mountains of madness, the priest is coming back with the new opus. Four hymns depicting the unholy ceremonies of union with darkness, four sermons of crawling doom, four spits into the face of conformity and meekness.

Consummate Darkness is available to preorder now via the Cursed Monk Bandcamp, where you will also be able to stream Weed Priest‘s brand new track, “Vampyr”

Upon album preorders, fans will receive an instant download of new track Vampyr


Adam (guitar, vocals), Ragas (bass) and Adrian (drums) were brought together by 
the love of classic Black Sabbath sound, seventies psychedelic rock, doom/sludge metal and their interest in occultism in 2009. In 2011 Weed Priest released a well received demo CD. A grandiose debut self-titled full length album came out in 2013 and is now sold out. It was followed by “Worship” EP (2014). In 2014 the drum throne was taken over by Michael. Second guitar player Sean also joined. Two split releases followed: split single with Northern Irish doom brothers Astralnaut (February 2015) and split EP with Italian doomsters Black Capricorn (September 2016).
Weed Priest’s second much anticipated full length album “Consummate Darkness” is coming out on Samhain (31th of October) 2017 as vinyl, cd and digital via Cursed Monk Records.

Yesterday, they released their promotional video for the track ‘Vampyr’ and fully announced their long awaited return! 

We were sent on their album in advance, and I have to say it’s a truly excellent piece of work! The album contains four tracks in all at a running time of 39:02 in length. So despite a apparent shortage of tracks, it’s clearly a full length album! 

The album has many samples as example within and I won’t spoil the albums opening track ‘Witch’s Curse’ but an album doesn’t start any better in my opinion! 

This is truly an album you just sit back and let flow as a body of work. The tracks are excellent singular, but as an album it’s another level. There’s some excellent guitar playing on this album and all held together by fantastic Drumming and Bass. 

The previously mentioned ‘Witch’s Curse’ starts things off in excellent fashion followed by ‘Vampyr’ which is here for you to stream in full. ‘SkyDaddy’ is up next and concluded by ‘The Mass’. 

Personally, Witch’s Curse and The Mass are my favourite tracks. Both Vampyr and SkyDaddy as excellent so that speaks volumes of how highly I rate this album! 

In regards to this genre, Weed Priest have created the best of its kind released by an Irish band this year and without doubt one of the best Irish releases of 2017. 

Weed Priest have truly came of age with this release. An absolute classic! 

9.7/10 

 

WEED PRIEST:
Adamus de Sabbator – vocals, guitars
K.H. Rhaagulus – bass
Sean ‘The Tormentor’ Sullivan – guitars
Mígorr – drums

 

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BATUSHKA: Polish Black Metal Legion Joins The Metal Blade Records Roster; ‘Litourgiya’ Reissue To See Release On November 3rd

 

 

Polish black metal legion BATUSHKA is the latest addition to Metal Blade Records’ US roster.

 

Pronounced “Batjushka,” the band’s Cyrillic name Батюшка means “father” and is used to address an Eastern Orthodox priest. Despite their themes and imagery, they are not a Christian act. The identities of the members are unknown, but they are involved with other bands. Their live lineup contains eight members. 

Metal Blade will reissue BATUSHKA‘s Litourgiya full-length, initially released in 2015 in limited quantity via Witching Hour Productions, on November 3rd. Despite its relative cult status, the record earned critical accolades from journalists “in the know.” In a 4.5/5 rating, Sputnik Music championed the record noting, “Crushing intensity is a term bandied about with gleeful abandon nowadays, but it’s more than applicable when used to describe BATUSHKA‘s brand of Slavonic-influenced black metal. The mysterious nature of the band’s members only finishes off the creation of a truly intriguing entity, but in all honesty Litourgiya has done most of the hard work for them; a violent, devout, moving and sibylline affair, and one that will hopefully in time be revered as such.” No Clean Singing concurred, “The music is dark, heaving, and very heavy – with bombastic outbreaks of wildfire and thunder – and the bleak, majestic melodies are effective at getting under the skin. But what sets the music apart and makes the album especially memorable are the vocals. In addition to the incinerating shrieks that you might expect in a black metal album, you’ll hear reverberating liturgical chants in what I’m told is Church Slavonic – the language used in the Orthodox Church in such places as Poland, Russia, and Ukraine, as well as nations in the Balkan Peninsula.” Nine Circles wrote, “to say BATUSHKA is a band that is able to create layers is an understatement…Litourgiya is a combination of ancient rites and modern blasts; a work of shocking magnitude that has gone almost unnoticed by the metal community at large,” while Metal Bandcamp hailed, “an excellent piece of work, filled with incredible instrumentality that elevates black metal to new heights.”

 

Physical preorders for Litourgiya are currently available at metalblade.com/batushka 

 

 

Litourgiya Track Listing:

1. Yekteniya I – Ochishcheniye

2. Yekteniya II – Blagosloveniye

3. Yekteniya III – Premudrost

4. Yekteniya IV – Milost’

5. Yekteniya V – Svyatyy Vkhod

6. Yekteniya VI – Upovanie

7. Yekteniya VII – Istina

8. Yekteniya VIII – Spasenie

 

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Scour – Red EP Review, Red Set For Release Via Housecore Records On November 3rd

 

 

An extreme metal supergroup with a pedigree covered in viscera, SCOUR is the brainchild of Philip H. Anselmo (Pantera, Down), John Jarvis (Pig Destroyer, Agoraphobic Nosebleed), Derek Engemann (Cattle Decapitation), Chase Fraser (Animosity, Decrepit Birth), and Adam Jarvis (Pig Destroyer, Misery Index). Forged in 2015, the band’s punishing mix of black metal, grindcore, and thrash made its debut with the ferocious single “Dispatched.” The band’s debut EP, Grey, was released the following year via Anselmo’s own Housecore label. Just before a crushing performance at Hellfest Open Air, which featured a cover of the Pantera classic “Strength Beyond Strength,” the band recorded their Red EP at Nodferatu’s Lair with Steve Berrigan (Down, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Eyehategod, Haarp, Classhole, etc.) at the helm. The record was once again mixed and mastered by Dave Otero (Cephalic Carnage, Cattle Decapitation, Cobalt, Khemmis) at Flatline Audio.

Like the Grey EP, this is pure Filth! Which I say that in the best possible way! The tracks are all short and pack an instant punch. All bar one, which was strange to me at first but once I got my head around it all I was more than impressed! 

The EP kicks off with previously released title track ‘Red’ which we shall link below and the first thing I noticed is Phil’s vocal improvement in this release over ‘Grey’. He really has the pure Black/Death metal vocals down on this EP. The song kicks off and holds a relentless pace throughout! A superb way to start things off. 

Another previously released track ‘Piles’ which again we shall link below blasts in and again holds a relentless pace. Full of fantastic guitar and drumming with Phil’s vocals killed it yet again. 

‘Bleak’ is a lot slower in tempo to begin, but oozes atmosphere and moves throughout the gears throughout effortlessly. The lyrics are excellent in this song and maybe my favourite track on this EP. It’s a truly excellent black metal song! 

‘Barricades’ speeds it up again and blasts its way through until a slight tempo change in the second half of the song. It moves up the gears again with and finishes with a bang. Another excellent song! 

We now move to the EP’s penultimate track and the one that caught me off guard. While they had an atmospheric piece in Grey at the same point. This track ‘Sentenced’  is an evolution of that idea. To sum up. It’s the best theme from a Horror film yet to be used. It’s eerie, atmospheric and a truly haunting piece of music. Fantastic!  

The EP concludes with ‘Shank’, which is different from the rest of the EP in ways. It’s still a tour de force Black metal track but a lot more dynamics this time. There’s also some fantastic lead guitar work and Phil’s vocals are excellent throughout! 

In conclusion, this is an excellent EP. There’s no weaker track and a real improvement over the ‘Grey’ EP. This easily ranks up there with Phil and the rest of the bands better works. A flawless release in my humble opinion! 

9.8/10

 

Red

 

Piles

 

Red will see release on CD, digital, and vinyl formats on November 3rd. Physical preorders are currently available at this LOCATION. Desirers of the digital edition, go HERE.

 

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Pineal Gland Release Debut Album Brainwashed Societies

 

 

Pineal Gland are an extreme metal project formed in Dublin, Ireland by a guitarist Jan Cichos. The band’s style is a blend of thrash, death and groove metal based on irregular mathematical patterns. Lyrically it’s mainly focused on modern culture, political structures, 21st century social problems, conspiracies as well as ancient knowledge ( sacred geometry ) , forbidden chemicals ( DMT ), global mind control, human consciousness and their connection with pineal gland.
Since its formation in 2012 the project has had several members that contributed in creation of the debut album. ‘Brainwashed Societies’ was recorded by Guitarist Jan Cichos and the band itself in Dublin in 2016. The album, produced by Pineal Gland and Filip ‘Heinrich’ Halucha ( Vesania, Masachist ), mixed and mastered by the latter in Heinrich House Studio is set to be released in 2017. 

The album is now among us and I have to say this is an absolute work of art! Without doubt one of the best albums I’ve heard this year. It’s not your typical extreme metal release. Which makes it all the more appealing to me personally. It’s nice to listen to something with the variety this album offers. 

The album also has guest vocalists which add another dimension to the overall sound. Marcin Gąsiorowski ( Thy Worshiper ) provides vocals in ‘Nowhere’ and Carl King ( Two Tales Of Woe ) also provides vocals in ‘Me(n)tal Head’.

While this is a Death metal release so to speak, it very much reminds me of early MudVayne. The excellent technical aspect, time changes and just overall interesting music that personally kept me hooked start to finish. There’s some amazing guitar playing in here. Excellent Bass playing and drumming. The lyrics are also fantastic. It very much follows the album title and concept of ‘Brainwashed Societies’. 

Despite the fact this band doesn’t actually have an Irish born member, it’s without doubt one of the most interesting and best albums released by an Irish based band this year! It is truly something different from what we normally get so to speak. We have a very vibrant and varied scene here in this country, but this to me just stands out by a mile as it clearly has many influences and a truly original sound in regards to other bands based in this country. 

This will without doubt be in my list of best Irish based releases of 2017! It’s a very ambitious album that succeeds in every conceivable way. I’m also very eager to see this performed live! 

Pineal Gland have delivered something truly special with this release! 

We have the full album stream here for you to make your own mind up. I think you have gathered I really like this album… 

Without doubt the most interesting and varied album I’ve heard this year from an Irish based act! 

9/10

 

 

Pineal Gland are: 

Lukasz Szulczyk – Vocals
Jan Cichos – Guitars, Vocals
Sebastian Majka – Bass Guitars
Michal Tomczak – Drums

 

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Irish Sludge Metallers ZHORA Release Free Track Download From Forthcoming Album ‘Ethos Pathos Logos’ Ahead of Headline Tour

 

photo credit : Olga Kuzmenko

Irish sludge powerhouse zhOra have released the latest single ‘Infernal Liturgy’ for free download ahead of their headline tour which starts October 20th. The track is taken from forthcoming sophomore album Ethos, Pathos, Logos which is released on 27 October

Download ‘Infernal Liturgy’ for FREE here: https://zhora1.bandcamp.com/album/ethos-pathos-logos 

Vocalist Colin Bolger comments“Infernal Liturgy takes place right in the middle of the story. It deals with our main character “Riverchrist” and how he convinces a group of desperate tribespeople to resort to cannibalism and devour each other. We like to think of it as our demented death metal ballad. It’s slimy yet angular and features our drummer Tom spitting a glorious vocal rhythm with some genuine venom. We took director Zoe Kavanagh, her camera crew and a group of our oldest friends to the forest for a few days in September and shot a mad new video which will be debuting soon. We used fake limbs, fire and skulls, lots of mushrooms, not enough cans and 27 litres of fake blood. Things got weird and sticky just just the way we like it and the result is a real horror show.”

Over the span of six years zhOra have quickly become one of the most recognisable names in the burgeoning Irish metal scene. In this time the band has released one EP Feet Nailed to the Ground (2011) and their debut LP Almaz (2013), both releases garnering huge praise within the scene. Now in 2017, the band is set to undertake the next stage in their journey, Ethos, Pathos, Logos.

In the only predictable aspect of the band’s sonic trajectory, Ethos, Pathos, Logos finds the band once again putting themselves under their own microscope and refining their approach. With a lush cover designed by acclaimed Visionary Artist Jake Kobrin, the record is zhOra’s first back-to-back concept album, an hour long journey through past lives and cannibalism. 

Pre-orders for Ethos, Pathos, Logos are available now via Big CartelBandcampiTunes and all other digital outlets. 

Catch zhOra throughout October: 
 
October 20 – On The Rox, Dublin
October 21 – The Poor Relation, Cork
October 27 – Central Arts, Waterford
October 28 – Fozzys, Clonmel
October 29 – Siege of Limerick 

Find out more about the band
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Ethos, Pathos, Logos track listing:

1) The Stone
2) Riverchrist
3) Sin Eater
4) The Breach
5) Jettatura
6) Infernal Liturgy
7) Turmoil
8) Rubic(On) the Styx
9) Earth’d
10) Server, Seer, Soothsayer
11) Tabula Rasa

 

 

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