Mortiis - Perfectly Defect Re-Release 2018 - Review

Mortiis surprises (me) with this release as I've never heard these remixes and they were only sold at some shows around 2002 if I remeber correctly and was completeley sould out.
We luckily all can take a part of it now.

Anyway what you get here is industruial sounding techno, that's the first word I think of, noise,chaos,disharmony & cool basslines it's all here designed to fuck with your head and leave it behind in a "good" way if you like.

I can't find the 'press release' mail or section but I guess this is a bunch of remixes by known and unknown electronic artists and does that work with Mortiis tunes? Yes, just listen to his latest masterpiece of remixes.
Of course you may think this is some old shit why would I want that? As for me techno has always been timeless and I do not have one electronic record that actually says the year, I've always wondered why,now I see..
I think this is a good time to re-release this as a follow up to the remix vinyls released recently, especially for me as fan who had never heard this before this was a cool surprise and if you like artists like Orbital,Leftfield,The Prodigy,Chemical Brothers and the likes and maybe even more industrial, this one is for you.

Oldschool beats with breakbeats and cool bass/noise lines made with machines.. Not many people make this kinda music in todays commercial industry so it's really fun to step into this total electronic landscape and what it builds up to is all up to the listener.. I'm not gonna write a story here, techno freaks,industrial people and ravers and also people in general who like electronic rock/noise should give this a go as it entertains your head in a way that mostly jazz does, working with the mind and not leave it hanging for food without soul.
If you are a fan of Motiis industrial stuff you'll love this, if not give it a try , it won't hurt.


Cor Scorpii - Ruin - 15th June 2018 - Dark Essence Records

Label : Dark Essence
Release Date 15th. June

Step into a world where ruins are monuments, and where epic and soaring melodies blend seamlessly with the harshness of extreme metal with the release of the sophomore album from the Norwegian melodic extreme metal band Cor Scorpii.  «Ruin», the result of a lengthy, and at time arduous,  songwriting process, draws its inspiration from classical music, folk melodies and the soundscapes of Nordic extreme metal and is the follow up to the critically acclaimed debut “Monument". This time the band also introduces instruments atypical  in metal, such as the accordion and the mandolin, revealing hidden talents amongst the band members. Cor Scorpii was founded in 2004 as an offshoot from the legendary Windir, and during the 10 years since the release of their debut album, the band has seen the arrival of a new lead guitarist Erlend Nybø (Funeral).

"Ruin" was recorded at various locations over a period of three years. As with Cor Scorpii's debut album, Børge Finstad performed the mixing duties to perfection in his Toproom Studio. Mastering was done by Tom Kvålsvoll in the nefarious Kvalsonic Lab. The young and incredibly talented classical singer Annika Beinnes contributes guest vocals on three songs. The album also features the clean vocals and occasional growl of Mats Lerberg (I Swear Damnation, ex-Funeral) guesting on three songs. With this release, Cor Scorpii gives you an honest and unpretentious work of Norwegian metal.
The road to ruin begins with the building of monuments!

01. Svart Blod (Hovmod star for fall)
02. Hjarteorm
03. Skuggevandrar
04. Fotefar
05. Helveteskap
06. Ri di Mare
07. Ærelaus
08. Siste Dans

Erlend Nybø – Lead guitars
Gaute Refsnes – Keyboards
Inge Jonny Lomheim – Bass guitars, accordion, programming
Ole M. Nordsve – Drums
Rune Sjøthun – Rhythm guitars, mandolin, programming
Thomas S. Øvstedal - Vocals

Florida Based Melodic Death Metal Band BLOOD OF ANGELS Nominated In Two Categories For The 5th Annual International Music and Entertainment Awards

Florida Based Melodic Death Metal Band BLOOD OF ANGELS Nominated In Two Categories For The 5th Annual International Music and Entertainment Awards

Florida's Blood of Angels churned out an explosive-yet-memorable brand of melodic death metal EP "Rise of the Fallen Gods", laced with catchy riffs that will have listeners' head moving from the get-go. This Floridian four-piece combines a vicious death metal attack with the atmosphere of black metal, all with flourishes of melody and Viking-themed lyrics. Featuring experienced musicians of the Jacksonville scene, the project combines the talents of current and former members of Motograter, Foreshadow, Denied Til Death, and Leprosy.

The EP came out a year ago, and the coverage and the positive reviews from the metal media platforms reflect the band's forte to become a force to be reckoned with. Recently, "Odin's Wrath", a single from their debut EP has won an award at the 16th Annual Independent Music Awards  under the category of "Best Metal/Hardcore Song". 

Blood of Angels is currently nominated in two categories for the 5th
Annual International Music and Entertainment Awards, which will take place on Saturday June 16th in Ashland, KY. The categories Blood of Angels is nominated for are Metal Band of the Year and Best Metal Song for their debut single "Odin's Wrath"Fan voting will be counted as a portion of the award consideration. To Vote, you can visit at to be a part of the experience.

Guitarist & The Composer Aaron Robinson says"This has been a incredible year for our music. It is exciting to have been nominated for these categories for the International Music and Entertainment Awards.  We are just humbled, and thankful to all the fans. We wouldn't be receiving these fantastic honors if it weren't for you."

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Metal Hammer premieres official video of GAEREA

Metal Hammer premiered the official video of the Portuguese black metal Gaerea HERE. Dom Lawson had this to say about it -

"Stylishly monochrome and unnervingly bleak, it’s a tantalising way to enter Gaerea’s pitch-black realm of madness."

- "stunning" - Metal Hammer (UK)

- "your new favorite black metal band" - Metal Sucks (US)

"one of the best pieces of disturbing black metal for 2018" - NeKronos Promotion HELL (Portugal) 9.5/10

- "black metal of the highest quality" - The Sound Not The Word (UK)

- "could not have sounded any better" - Metal Exposure (US) 9/10

- "overpowering" - Echoes and Dust (UK) Interview

- "a riveting and multi-faceted experience" - No Clean Singing (US)

- "highly recommended" - Heavy Metal Tribune (Singapore)

- "an album that no black metal fan should pass up" - Head-Banger Reviews (US)

- "blackened majesty" - The Killchain (UK)

- "recklessly addictive" - Toilet ov Hell (US)

- "an impressive band" - Dioses Del Metal (Spain)

- "excellent" - Dissecting The Euphony (Malaysia)

- "do not fail in making their intentions known" - Taste Nation (US)

- "this should not be overlooked" - The Horror Dimension (Spain)

Gaerea (Portugal) - 'Unsettling Whispers' Gatefold LP / Silver-embossed Black Box Set / 8-Panel Digipak CD with 20 page booklet / Merch / Digital (June 22nd, 2018)

Genre - Black metal with sludge and hardcore influences
Release Date - June 22nd, 2018
Record Label - Transcending Obscurity Records (India)
For fans of - Jupiterian, Deathspell Omega, Schammash, Svartidaudi, Nigredo, Calligram, Mgla, Gorguts, Norse

Gaerea have turned the genre of black metal on its head. While most rehash the classic sound, this Portuguese band take it forward and seamlessly integrate influences from other genres like hardcore and sludge. Sonically defiant and cohesive, Gaerea smash preconceived notions and deliver music they can call their own. 'Unsettling Whispers' is the much awaited full length album coming after their universally lauded self-titled EP. Transcending Obscurity Records will be putting it out on multiple formats with excellent packaging that includes gatefold LP, alternate artwork box set and 8-panel digipak with a 20-page booklet. Artful, stirring and deeply immersive, Gaerea are a band to watch out for. Their treatment of the music is not only meticulous but also unforgettable.

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Track listing -
1. Svn
2. Absent
3. Whispers
4. Lifeless Immortality
5. Extension to Nothingness
6. Cycle of Decay
7. Catharsis

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Noen Hater Oss (Norway) S/T 2018 - Album Stream & Review

This is a totally new experience for me and I have no knowledge of the band exept that they hail from Stavanger a city in Norway. It is a project by Christer Amundsen.
Noen Hater Oss means 'Somebody Hates Us' in English. The rest of the lyrics would take too long to translate.

 First track is froom their 2016 release I didn't know existed, be sure to check that out to , some insanely good stuff here :

Bilderesultat for noen hater oss

It's starts off with an accoustic intro followed by what I call true norwegian black metal. The reason why I say that it's cause it has that genuine Norwegian melancholy and dakrness to it, very powerful and hateful black metal the way it's suppossed to be done. Still done in an majestetic an atmpshperic way which can only be captured by Norwegian bands that has this gloomy atmosphere surrounding us. Or the nothern part of Europe if you may like.

This is not any half hearted project, it takes you by storm, and as an Norwegian I can listen to the lyrics which helps but nowhere near essential cause the music speaks for itself, if you take Darkthrone's - Total Death album , Satyricon's DMT mixed with Urgehal anno 2006 you may get a sense of the rawness of this I dare to already call 'Noen Hater Oss' an underground masterpiece, as it's finally black metal with some fuckin attitude and probably doesen't give a fuck if they are being hated for their art. Which was what black metal was all about,, not giving a fuck and daring to state your opnions and be proud of it, and that is exactly what these guys do.

Stavanger has always been equal with quality for me with bands such as Gehenna,etc , do I need to say more? 
There are 7 tracks on this album an not one of 'em are bad, they provoke the proud and pure essence of Norwegian grimness that few bands capture and this is not something I'm just saying, I randomly discovered the band due to an aquntance and the band has no idea I'm writing this. I just couldn't let such a masterpiece go by unheard.
This is like a mind trip back to the glory days days of old times but blended with the hatre and aggression of today. A wonderful trip to the glorious days of Noregian black metal at it's best

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1) Det Var en Gang (intro)
2) Om Natt og Tåke 
 3) Vetter 
4) Blodslinjer 
5) For Fanden og Fedreland 
6) De Kalde de Døde 
7) Om Torner og Tro 
8) Hvil i Fred Norge

SOUL DISSOLUTION: PopMatters Debuts Video of "Stardust" — Title Track From Belgium Atmospheric Black Metal Unit's Sophomore Release

SOUL DISSOLUTION: PopMatters Debuts Video of "Stardust" — Title Track From Belgium Atmospheric Black Metal Unit's Sophomore Release

Belgium based atmospheric black metal band SOUL DISSOLUTION's second album, "Stardust", came out last month via Black Lion Records. The band has issued a music video of the title track.

Premiered by PopMatters, stream the video of "Stardust" AT THIS LOCATION

Soul Dissolution - Stardust (OFFICIAL VIDEO CLIP)
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SOUL DISSOLUTION is a black metal project from Belgium, formed in December 2012. After their first demo in 2014, the band released its debut full length in February 2016, entitled “Pale Distant Light”, the album defined the early sonic hallmark, a moody, mid-paced form of atmospheric / post black metal, influenced by the likes of Alcest, Agalloch, Raventale and early Katatonia. The debut album, released by Throats Productions on CD format and Heathen Tribes on cassette format, was openly embraced by the critics and the listeners.

It didn't take too long for the band to go back to the drawing board, and a bit more than a year after the debut's release, a new album was completed. The upcoming sophomore album “Stardust” was conceived with the intention to reshape the band’s compositional style, while preserving the key elements of their sound. The result is shorter and more straightforward album filled with catchy riffs, dynamic structures, faster paced riffs, and with an improved sound quality. This new effort is neither a drastic change of direction, nor a simple continuation of the debut; it shows the ambition of the band to evolve and transcend its beginnings. The newer materials take additional inspiration from bands such asImperium Dekadenz, Winterfylleth, Hate Forest and Forgotten Tomb. Far from being just a follow up album, Stardust redefines the band's style, having more straightforward compositions, catchy melodies, and heavier riffs.

The band has been expanded with the addition of a drummer, which brings them closer to performing live this year, to support the release of "Stardust".

BLACK LION RECORDS released this monumental album on digital and digipak CD formats on March 25, 2018. Appease your inner self within the enchanting sea of dark melodies.


Jabawock – Guitars, Bass, Arrangements, Vocals
Acharan – Vocals
Session drums by Forge Stone (Norse, Gods of Eden, ex: The Amenta)



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DEPRAVITY (Australia)
Evil Upheaval (Death Metal)
Transcending Obscurity Records
30 April 2018
Death metal was meant to be an assault on the senses but somewhere along the way bands started taking it easy, getting complacent. Enter Depravity from Australia. They show us how it's to be done, to play devastating death metal without straying from the genre's roots. This is what Morbid Angel should've sounded like today. There's no going back or forth. This is it. This is the fiercest expression of death metal while remaining relevant. Louis Rando (Impiety, The Furor) and his team of musicians conjure up a maelstrom of wicked death metal that lays waste to all else. Vile, twisted and deafeningly heavy, 'Evil Upheaval' is one of the most powerful albums you'll bear witness to this year. 
For fans of - Immolation, Morbid Angel, The Furor, Hour of Penance, Suffocation, Ingurgitating Oblivion, Drawn and Quartered, Incantation 

Mixed and mastered at Hertz Studios (BehemothVader
Artwork by Alex Tartsus (De ProfundisSinister)

- "it’s a ripper" - Stereogum (US) 
 - "smash sonic barriers" - Decibel Magazine (US)
- "totally insane" - Metal Injection (US) 8/10

- "10 Skulls out of 10" - Amnplify (Australia) 
- "should lead the lists from now" - Necromance Magazine (Spain) 10/10 
- "an incredibly strong contender for the top death metal record of this year" - Cadaver Garden (US) 

- "could this be my favourite release of the year? It might very well be" - Insert Review Here (Australia) 10/10

- "my absolute top album in 2018" - Slovak Metal Army (Slovakia) 666/666

- "You’d struggle to top this for pure death metal fury this year" - The Killchain (UK) 
- "death metal album of the year" - Return To My Blood (Spain) 

- "'Evil Upheaval' is an album that can compete with the big names in the genre and then undoubtedly do even better" - Lords of Metal (Netherlands) 90/100
- "higher quality than most" - Invisible Oranges (US)
- "I have not heard such a successful album in the genre of extreme death metal since King of All Kings from Hate Eternal" - Kvlt (Poland) 8.5/10

- "the best death metal" - Dioses Del Metal (Spain) 

- "a shock-and-awe onslaught" - No Clean Singing (US) 
- "a solid candidate for Album of The Year" - Overdrive Magazine (Australia) 
- "beautiful old-school Death Metal" - Hell Is Open (Germany) 9.5/10
- "some of the finest that is to be released this year" - Rock 'N' Load (UK) 9/10

- "unstoppable ride" - Metal Eyes (Italy) 8.3/10 
- "works brilliantly" - Dead Rhetoric (US) 8/10
- "badass death metal, straight up" - Metal Utopia (US) 
- "extremely impressive" - Ave Noctum (UK) 8/10 
- "an effortlessly brutal record" - Pure Grain Audio (US) 8/10 
- "a frontline Death Metal band" - Metal Brothers (Spain) 
- "a beatdown from start to finish" - Indy Metal Vault (US) 
- "insanely good" - Worldwide Underground (US) 
- "brilliant death metal album" - Brutalism (Netherlands) 4/5
- "absolute banger" - Heavy Blog Is Heavy (US)

- "just the thing that death metal has been needing" - Head-banger Reviews (US) 
- "no reprieve from getting your ass handed to you" - Toilet ov Hell (US) 

- "perfect" - Metal Na Lata (Brazil) 9/10 
- "Such music works better for me than an energy drink or strong coffee" - Kvlt (Poland) 8.5/10

- "a maelstrom of sounds" - Afterlife Zine (Australia) 
- "awe-inspiring" - Metal Obsession (Australia) 
- "blistering" - Grizzly Butts (US) 

- "excellent" - Eclectic Shadows (Greece) 8.5/10

- "damn impressive" - Worship Metal (UK) 8/10

- "without any defects" - Dissecting The Euphony (Malaysia) 

- "definitely not something for people with a weak heart" - Hard Rock Info (Sweden) 

Line up:
Drums - Louis Rando (Impiety, The Furor)
Guitar - Lynton Cessford (Entrails Eradicated)
Vocals - Jamie Kay (Inanimacy, ex-The Ritual Aura)
Bass - Ainsley Watkins (ex-Scourge)
The Blinding Light Of Faith (Death Metal)
Transcending Obscurity Records
10 May 2018
Long-running death metal band De Profundis have had an illustrious career. Over the years, they've kept perfecting their sound which incorporated progressive as well as melodic elements, and for their fifth full length, they've distilled only the best qualities into a massive death metal slab that's emotive yet powerful. 'The Blinding Light Of Faith' is a bold step forward for the band into heavier territories as they eschew long, winding songs and go straight for the jugular. With a new logo made by Gary Ronaldson (Misery Index, Benighted) and a gnarly album artwork by Alex Tartsus (Sinister, Depravity) depicting the band's anti-religious stance, De Profundis are confident of their direction and this promises to be their best album thus far. It's a quintessential death metal album that manages to showcase diversity without compromising on the heaviness.
For fans of - (early) Opeth, Dismember, Edge of Sanity, Hypocrisy, Vader, Pestilence, Ursinne, Bolt Thrower

Band's statement about their new album -

"The Blinding Light of Faith is an album about three of the most merciless and bloodthirsty institutions in human history. There is no nation or people on this earth who haven't suffered under the savagery of at least one of the Abrahamic religions and to reflect that suffering we have made the heaviest, most aggressive record of our career."

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- "a British death metal milestone" - Metal Hammer magazine (UK) 

- "incisive" - Rolling Stone (India)
- "the very best album of their career" - Zero Tolerance (UK)

- "skull-rattling" - Metal Injection (US)
- "scathing" - Decibel Magazine (US) Premiere 

- "has to be in many Top 10 lists of 2018, if not at the very top" - Rock'n'Load (UK) 10/10 
- "one of the highlights of the year" - Mosh Pit Nation (US) 5/5 

- "the best death metal you could hear this year" - The Killchain (UK)

- "sure to be a front runner for death metal record of the year" - Cadaver Garden (US)

- "gem" - Dutch Metal Maniac (Netherlands) 10/10 

- "‘The Blinding Light of Faith’ is a clear standout in 2018" - Grizzly Butts (US) 4/5
- "destined to become a cult classic" - Head-banger Reviews (US)

- "front of the current UK extreme metal scene" - The Moshville Times (UK)
- "Crisp, concise, and ever attacking" - Dead Rhetoric (US) 8/10

- "razor-sharp execution" - No Clean Singing (US)
- "masterpiece" - Worship Metal (UK) 9/10 
- "tick all the right boxes" - Amnplify (UK) 
- "bigger and bolder than ever" - Wonderbox Metal (UK) 
- "checked off the boxes of OSDM" - Glacially Music (UK) 

Line up -
Shoi Sen - Lead and Rhythm Guitars
Arran McSporran - Fretless Bass
Craig Land - Vocals
Paul Nazarkardeh - Lead and Rhythm Guitars
Tom Atherton - Drums and Percussion
Logo by Gary Ronaldson (Misery Index, Benighted)
Morbid Majesties (Death Metal)
Transcending Obscurity Records (India)
25 May 2018
Finnish death metal is known for its quality, and Sadistik Forest are another band to testify to that fact. They're gnarlier than their contemporaries and play a mix of death metal that not only pays homage to the genre's greats but also fuses the sound in a way that's refreshing and also powerful. Guttural vocals by ex-Hooded Menace member soar over the music that borrows elements from doom as well as black metal and yet remains distinctly death metal in its sonic output. Pulsating and heaving like an anguished monster, Sadistik Forest's music rampages over the course of 35 minutes, leaving you beaten down, sore, and asking for more.

For fans of - Funebre, Grave, Bolt Thrower, Demilich,  (early) Amorphis, (early) Cadaver, Xysma, Cannibal Corpse 

- "one of the apex death metal records" - Head-Banger Reviews (US)
- "downright badass" - Maximum Metal (UK) 4/5
- "intoxicatingly heavy" - The Killchain (UK)
- "It's like a bag of concrete on the back of the neck" - Kaaoszine (Finland) Exclusive Premiere
- "the perfect companion to an afternoon filled with eye gouging, spine snapping, and general evisceration and dismemberment"  - Toilet ov Hell (US) Exclusive Premiere
- "a record that shouldn’t be passed up or slept on whatsoever" - Cadaver Garden (US) 
- "faster, stronger, and more brutal compared to the past" - Disfactory (Italy) 


- "their absolute strongest" - Metal Crypt (Canada) 

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Line up -
Markus Makkonen - Vocals, Bass (ex-Hooded Menace
Antti Heikkinen - Guitar 
Matti Salo - Guitars 
Vesa Mutka - Drums 
Guest vocals on Destructive Art by Cris Pervertor (Satanika
Guest vocals on Zero Progress by Michael Dorrian (Anatomy Of I
Recorded by Samu Männikkö & Sadistik Forest 
Mixed by Samu Männikkö 
Mastered by Mikko Saastamoinen / Transistor Media (Hooded Menace, Solothus, etc) 
...And You Will Obey Me (Death Metal/Crust)
Transcending Obscurity Records (India)
15 June 2018
Death metal legends David Ingram (ex-Bolt Thrower, Ursinne, Echelon) and Rogga Johansson (Paganizer, Eye of Purgatory, Necrogod) team up to create a new chapter of the heaviest form of death metal/crust you'll hear. With both members being in top form following the resounding success of Ursinne and Paganizer on the common label, they do something outstanding for Down Among The Dead Men, taking the unique sound forward without betraying the roots. The third album is the best one in their acclaimed discography where bludgeoning death metal meets the spunk of crust and leaves something unforgettable in its wake. Immaculately produced and executed as a fully functioning band, 'And You Will Obey Me' will go down as one of the strongest albums of this period. 

For fans of - Paganizer, Bolt Thrower, Benediction, Ursinne, Echelon, Napalm Death, Extreme Noise Terror, Warcrab

- "is going to take the top spot in my albums of the year list" - (Netherlands) 5/5 
- "Nothing to complain about" - Zephyrs Odem (Germany) 10/10 

- "death metal contenders for record of the year" - The Killchain (UK) 
- "Flawlessly delivered, with a boot to the head" - Wonderbox Metal (UK) 
- "a lot of fun!" - (Germany) 8/10 
- "nothing that should be passed up for even a second" - Head-banger Reviews (US) 

- "top-quality, neck-wrecking tunage" - Worship Metal (UK) 8/10 

- "yet another winner for both men involved" - Third Eye Cinema (US) 

Line up - 
David Ingram - Vocals (ex-Bolt Thrower, Ursinne, Echelon, ex-Benediction, ex-Hail of Bullets)
Rogga Johansson - Guitars/Bass (Paganizer, Eye of Purgatory, Necrogod)
Kjetil Lynghaug - Session Leads (Paganizer, Echelon, Stass
Erik R. Bevenrud - Session Drums (Stass