UK black metal band Ashes has just released its fourth full-length album “Hrēow” (old English for grief, sadness) via the legendary label Candlelight Records. Ashes was formed in Devon, England, in 2003 by its sole member Davidian. After a couple of demos and 3 full-length albums, Davidian quit the band in 2010. He passed the band to another musician, Abrecan, who released the EP “Forest Psalms” in the end of 2010! Davidian returned in early 2011 and took Ashes back. He soon began writing new material, burrowing deeper into the darkness. Finally “Hrēow” was released on September 22, 2014 in various digital formats.
1. Shifting Mountains – 07:30
2. Stone Spiral – 07:20
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Russian atmospheric pagan black metal band Сивый Яр (Sivyj Yar) has just released its new album, entitled “Из Тьмы Вымерших Деревень – From the Dead Villages’ Darkness“. Сивый Яр is the personal project of Vladimir from Vyritsa, Leningrad, who formed them back in 2006. “From the Dead Villages’ Darkness” is the fourth full-length album of the band and it will be released on CD via the Italian label Avantgarde Music on October 2014. It is already available for digital download in their label’s official Bandcamp page, where you can also listen it for free. The atmospheric cover artwork is by Sir Gorgoroth (Drudkh, Khors, Hate Forest e.t.c.).
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Danish one-woman black metal project Myrkur has just launched its first official video for the song “Nattens Barn” from the debut EP “Myrkur” released via Relapse Records on September 16th 2014.
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Myrkur @ Bandcamp
Genre: Symphonic Black Metal
Label: Red Rivet Records
Claymore seems to be a quite popular name among metal bands, since many have chosen it as their name. This particular Claymore, comes from Ruse, Bulgaria and plays finest symphonic black metal! They were formed back in 1999 and after several demos and gigs they became quite popular to the local fans with their unique melodic death/black metal. Finally, in 2008, the time for the debut full-length album did come, with the release of “Prolonged Active Antagonism” via the Bulgarian label Distributor of Pain. Five years later, the band signed to the Japanese label Red Rivet Records and released their second full-length “Vengeance Is Near” in 2014. Read more
Ethnic death doom Gothic progressive metal band Vihmana from Spain, the personal project of Nacho Hernández, presents the official video for the song “Al Alba Inhumana” taken from his debut full-length album “Un Ocaso Trascendente” released via Nooirax Producciones in 2013.
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Vihmana @ Bandcamp
Nervengeist is a new melodic black metal project created by Thomas Hornstein (Sviatibor) and Axel Plantade (Cernunnos) in 2014 that just released its debut demo single “Path to Suffocation“. Mainly influenced by their respective worlds, Thomas and Axel created a true symbiosis between their styles. Axel and Thomas met about three years ago in their music school club, where Axel was teaching keyboard and piano, and Thomas was learning bass. They quickly started to sympathize because of their musical tastes, they were both fans of black metal and melodic metal, even if their universes are pretty different, and this is what makes Nervengeist unique. After a concert of the music club, they decided to mix their universes and to create Read more
The recording of the new album of Italian pagan lack metal band Hesperia entitled “Metallvm Italicvm – Aeneidos Metalli Apotheosis pars IV” is done. The album mixing and mastering at DPF Studios will be finished by the end of October 2014. It will be released via the Greek label Sleaszy Rider Records hopefully at the first months of 2015. The album, that closes the tetralogy about the Holy Roman Poem “Eneide” (P.M. Virgilio), is divided into 10 tracks. The duration time is about 43 minutes and the album has a particular “composite” structure, built and conceived on 3 levels, to be listened in Read more
From the Nordic coolness of Iceland, Skalmöld dash again with a fiery Viking metal style that defies every winter and even brings the thickest ice floes to melt. Their upcoming album “Með Vaettum” connects seamlessly with the previous efforts “Baldur” from 2010 and “Börn Loka” from 2012. On “Með Vaettum“, Skalmöld celebrate and perfect Viking metal with the whole body and pull fans with heroic, mythic texts, epic stories and tangible instrument technology into the spell. Clearly visible, as on the cover artwork, these weather-beaten Vikings can neither harm wind nor weather. The evocative artwork was done by Ásgeir Jón Ásgeirsson (Asgeir Jon Art), who also did the artwork for “Börn Loka“. The album will be released via Napalm Records on Read more