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Hey everyone!

Thank you so much for your phenomenal support for our current releases of DEPRAVITY and DE PROFUNDIS. Please give them a shot if you haven't yet, and please don't miss out on the next two killer death metal releases of SADISTIK FOREST and DOWN AMONG THE DEAD MEN.

Cheers and thanks again!
Kunal Choksi

Label owner

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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."

Decibel Magazine Premiere

Metal Injection Premiere

No Clean Singing Premiere

- "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

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