News: An Ending In Fire 2014

Posted in News with tags , , , on 08/28/2014 by Al Necro

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Invictus Productions and Iron Bonehead Productions have thrown down the gauntlet in the metal underground with their one day only event on September 13, 2014 called An Ending In Fire.

An Ending In Fire will take place in Helvete, Oberhausen, Germany, and will feature prominent acts from both labels.

Doors open at 4 pm and ceremonies begin at 5 pm.

Running order

Doors: 4:00pm

OBSCURE BURIAL: 5:00 pm – 5:35 pm

SHEOL: 6:00pm – 6:35 pm

MALTHUSIAN: 7:00 pm – 7:40 pm

POSSESSION: 8:10 pm – 8:50 pm

IRKALLIAN ORACLE: 9:20 pm – 10:00 pm

ZOM: 10:30 pm – 11:15 pm

BÖLZER: 11:45 pm – 12:45 am

You can find more information on the event here.

Also, you can stream samples of the aforementioned acts on both label’s Bandcamp pages here and here.

Bring your friends and enjoy the show. Spread the word!

- Al Necro

Analog Inquisition: Ryan Lipynsky (Serpentine Path, The Howling Wind & Force & Fire)

Posted in Features, Interviews with tags , , , , on 08/28/2014 by an_tiarna_dubh

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Why do you love cassettes and vinyl? Do you prefer one over the other?

I love them both because they are formats that I grew up listening to. Both tapes and vinyl were what I first started listening to music on. I remember when CDs actually came out! To me there is a warmth and comfort to both formats. I prefer vinyl for the size of the physical format and the sound. Sometimes rewinding tapes can be a drag, I’m not gotta lie and romanticize it that much. Vinyl is not technically better that CDs, digital or anything like that, I just prefer it. Unless its a real shitty pressed record. In that case, it actually ruins the experience.

What was the first cassette you bought? First record?

My very first cassette was Dokken’s Under The Lock and Key which I brought from Modell’s Shoppers World Store (before it became exclusively sports stores in the NY area). I was probably in the 5th grade. I actually bought most of my first cassettes from there when I was really young. I also got many of my cassettes from Tape World at the mall! My parents were totally cool with me getting into heavy metal at such an early age.

My first record was an Ace Frehley solo album that I got from the Flea Market (I think). I grew up with friends who had older metalhead brothers who had record players and stacks of vinyl. I thought it was the coolest thing. In the 80’s it wasn’t that common to want a record player as tapes were very much the cool thing to listen to in that era of Walkmans, boom boxes etc…

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News: Kill-Town Death Fest 2014

Posted in News with tags , , on 08/25/2014 by Al Necro

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On September 4th – 7th, Copenhagen, Denmark will be the venue for the all-out crushing Kill Town Death Fest 2014. It is the final instance of it, and will likely be by far the most memorable, as 28 international renowned acts in the underground will lay waste to the city of Copenhagen in four days of death metal worship and good company. Cheap beer is on hand, as well as hangout space, so grab your buddies and make this sendoff of Kill-Town end with a bang! A line-up like this rarely sees the light of day, so attend this celebration with your good vibes and listening ears. Some bands on-hand for the festival will include:

Cianide

God Macabre

Dead Congregation

Bölzer

Mitochondrion

Krypts

And much more!

See the flyer above for more information. Tickets are at 55 Euros for three days and 65 Euros for four days.

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EP Review: Incursus – Adaestuo

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , on 08/21/2014 by Kurt
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Label: Forever Plagued Records
Release Date: 9/9/13

Incursus, for those who do not know, is an American black metal project which was spearheaded by entities known as VJS and Horidus. Both musicians performed in a litany of well-renowned American black metal bands such as Demoncy, Kult ov Azazel, and Nightbringer until Horidus’ untimely death in late 2013. Incursus falls within the category of great bands who have never really achieved any sort of fame or recognition for its work. The band’s first and only full-length Eternal Funeral Trance was an exercise in raw, possessed black metal, but seemed to fall in the shadow of the members’ other contributions to the American scene. While unfortunate, this lack of recognition was not detrimental to the group’s passion as evident in the spewing forth of EP Adaestuo in 2013.

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Album Review: Serpentine Path – Emanations

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , , , on 08/18/2014 by teamfitton

Label: Relapse Records
Release Date: 5/27/14

The first full-length Serpentine Path record was so unrelenting in the heavy department that it was kind of like trying to dunk a medicine ball at the bottom of the Mariana Trench. Just as bleak too, one would wager. Void of anything even closely resembling light. Listening to it certainly doesn’t constitute ‘Miller time,’ that’s for sure. You gotta have some sack to digest that bad boy. Here’s hoping that for LP numero dos the NYC doom all-star cast can live up to the truly venomous (sorry) standards of its previous outing.

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Album Review: Enthroned – Sovereigns

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , on 08/13/2014 by teedeg

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Label: Agonia Records
Release Date: 4/15/14

Anyone who has read my writing on this site knows that I’m a big fan of the newer styles of black metal that have been coming out in recent years. I named The Ruins of Beverast my top album of last year and praised the efforts and ambitions of bands like Deafheaven and Vattnet Viskar. That said, it’s hard not to notice that bands who began in the 90s and have imposed upon themselves a sense of restraint, as far as experimentation is concerned, preferring to operate within the sonic boundaries of the classic sounds of early 90s black metal. That means, blast beats, frigid tremolo riffs played at lightning speed, blasphemous lyrical content, and a healthy dose of corpsepaint with little deviation off of any of these qualities. Belgium’s Enthroned is such a band that has been around since 1993 and has essentially served as Belgium’s answer to Marduk but with a slightly bigger ambition on the artistic ends of things. Like most other second-wave bands of the 90s, the band has continued to carry its blasphemous fire into the present and has released an album that continues to show that the black flame still burns hot in the hearts of these veterans, but not hot enough to distract from some of its more obvious flaws.

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Album Review: Sorcier des Glaces – Ritual of the End

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , , , on 08/12/2014 by Al Necro

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Label: Obscure Abhorrence Productions & Les Productions Hérétiques
Release Date: 1/31/14

Sorcier des Glaces’ latest release, Ritual of the End, is aptly titled. The band hails from Quebec, from a flourishing black metal scene, and this could be the band’s best effort yet. Catchy, melodic, and well-executed, Ritual of the End begs for repeat listens in spite of the lengthy run-time of each song, which lends an epic quality to the album.

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Album Review: Cult of Occult – Hic Est Domus Diaboli

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , , , , on 07/29/2014 by jemdoom

Label: Totalrust Music, Breathe Plastic Records & Dry Cough Records
Release Date:  5/3/14 | 6/25/13

Doomed souls take heed as Cult of Occult‘s second album Hic Est Domus Diaboli is now available via Breathe Plastic Records and Dry Cough Records. Limited to 100 copies.

For those not yet initiated, Cult of Occult is a four piece hailing from France. The band released its first album Cult of Occult in 2012 followed by Hic Est Domus Diaboli a year later. A band of few words, little is known other than that it is influenced only by Satan, fueled by “HATE BOOZE HELL SATAN” and that it wishes to be hated. Continuing on from its 2012 debut which was a rawer and more primitive, booze fueled sludge attack, Cult of Occult’s second offering, Hic Est Domus Diaboli meaning “Here is the House of Satan,” is the result of honing its craft for a further year. Now, there is a deadly sense of focus, majesty, atmosphere and a hellish purpose which flows from beginning to end.

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Analog Inquisition: Cory von Bohlen (Halo of Flies)

Posted in Features, Interviews with tags , , , on 07/28/2014 by an_tiarna_dubh

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Why do you love cassettes and vinyl? Do you prefer one over the other?

It was what I was brought up on. What we listened to as kids, records first. I would get blank tapes for my birthday/Christmas and my uncle would dub all his records onto tape for me. In 1983, he had the coolest record collection of anyone I knew. Then I started buying…

What was the first cassette you bought? First record?

First cassette? Maybe Iron Maiden’s Number of the Beast. First LP? Def Leppard’s Pyromania. First 7″? The Go-Go’s’ We Got the Beat. Stole my first CD, cause fuck CDs!

What were your most recent cassette and vinyl purchases?

Endstille’s Kapitulation LP and Within Temptation’s Hydra DLP.

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