Featurelust: Agios O Baphomet- Hvile I Kaos

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Kakophonix the mastermind behind Hvile I Kaos has been unwavering in his effort to deliver his own brand of Cellistic Black Metal to the masses. October 13th will see the release of the first full length album entitled Agios O Fotiá which translates to “Oh Holy Fire” in Greek. A small label that specializes in the Occult entitled Deathwave Nexion is going to see the release of the album, which has its well deserved spot on the labels roster.  Thereafter on October 14th a release show will be held at The 5 Star Bar in Los Angeles where Hvile I Kaos will perform with Ruins ov Abbadon, Imperialist, Solar Haze, and Morphesia. This show is being put together by Church of the 8th Day and The Elegy Ensemble and is sure to please, as it is rounding up some very prominent musicians in the scene. 

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Now if you have kept up with The Metal Wanderlust in the past Hvile I Kaos may be a familiar name and this is not the first time we have featured this unique and talented artist, and hopefully not the last. The single Agios O Baphomet is nothing short of another momentous offering, which is an adaptation of an esoteric chant attributed to the Order of the Nine Angles. Slow brooding layered cello work mingled with guitar draws the listener into an arcane journey, masterful and beautiful. Black Metal riffs transport the being into the fires evoking a presence portrayed in the notes and movements of the song. Quoting Kakophonix himself he states that the tracks on Agios O Fotiá each carry their own esoteric spiritual meaning. If that is an indication as to what there is to expect, this album will be nothing short of spectacular as Kakophonix is a master at portraying emotion and feeling through his music. Open your mind and ears once again, there is a fire burning on the horizon and it’s insatiable flame is to not be quelled. 

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Review: Iceland’s Nexion Delves into the Void

Iceland continues to prove their worth in todays metal scene. The country has become a driving force, spewing forth talent like a volcanic eruption. Nexion out of Reykjavík are just one of many sure to cause a stir within the underground, combining elements of Death and Black Metal tinged with that special Icelandic finesse Nexion are already at tier level with their peers. Their self titled debut EP released on April 14, 2017 is a 4 track powerhouse of angry and desolate sounds. 

I. Of Genesis rings chaos as the first notes blast through, immediately enveloping darkness mingled with dissonance. The vocals of Josh Rood shine ranging from pain staking screams to low guttural chants. This is a great opening track, it immediately hooks the listener to the bands sound as a whole. Waking from a dream II. Of the Coiling Void is reminiscent of a crumbling dreamscape, futile and evil. If walking through a desolate nightmarish setting had a theme song this would be it. It is so catchy and fun but that still does not take away from the ideologies. Jump into a concoction of death and pestilence, with a melody that hooks you right in, III. Of the Pestwielder culmimates the art of this beast, full of headbanging passages and evil melodies that embody the bands sound. Crossing the bridge into new beginnings IV. Of the Final Throes of Creation has a sound that will rip through your ears. Violent drums and swift ominous guitar riffs make for a painful angry birth into oblivion. Nexion has released a stellar debut EP and fans of Blackened Death Metal are sure to get their fill while leaving room for more. These fine gentleman are doing it right, a very promising EP and hopefully more to come in the near future. 

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Jóhannes Smári Smárason-Guitar

Óskar Rúnarsson- Guitar

Josh Rood- Vocals

Kári Pálsson- Bass

Tumi Snær Gíslason- Drums

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Eneferens Needs Your Help


Jori the Mastermind from the band Eneferens has suffered a loss and had his gear stolen after moving, he has set up a Go Fund Me Campaign. Please see the details below.

Hi everyone, as a lot of you know, a lot of my musical equipment was stolen a couple days ago. I have a deal for you. If you throw a dollar or two at me to help me replace my gear, I will give you a 4-song album that I just recorded. If that sounds like an alright deal, then click the Gofundme link and check it out. It’s also available on Bandcamp for $3 or more: https://eneferens.bandcamp.com/album/eventide-acoustic-ep

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Being the stubborn person that I am, I very much dislike asking for it, but I could really use your help at this time. Please share this as you are able to. Anything helps! Thank you.

Anything you can do to help would be greatly appreciated, Jori is a very talented musician and it is a shame that this has happened.

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ONE MASTER: Lycanthropic Burrowing Full-Length From Occult Black Metal Collective Streaming In Full At Invisible Oranges; Record Drops Friday + Band To Kick Off US Tour This Weekend


“Lycanthropic Burrowing
 is harrowing, all-encompassing, unrelenting, and malignant. Tracks are built on triangle waveforms, jarring between swaths of high-bpm blast beats (featuring extra crash) and doomy, depressive retreats. Hard-charging thrash riffs (with punky drum twists) act as connective tissue and add a welcome ‘let’s fuckin’ rock!’ juxtaposition to an otherwise inward, claustrophobic listening experience.” – Invisible Oranges

Friday marks the official unveiling of Lycanthropic Burrowing, the latest full-length from occult black metal collective ONE MASTER. Set for release via Eternal Death Records, the rabid offering was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Will Killingsworth at Dead Air Studios, comes shrouded in the commanding artwork of Dave Fogg of Fog Palace, and delivers thirty-five unrepentant minutes of cursed and dismal fury.

Today Invisible Oranges is streaming the record in full at THIS LOCATION alongside an in-depth investigation of the unhallowed offering.

Writes the esteemed blog, “[Lycanthropic Burrowing] sadistically delights by inflicting its pain. Catchy guitarwork offers hooks aplenty for those not (initially) into the pain-as-pleasure thing. Once reeled in, the brain scramble courtesy of the… production aesthetics becomes welcome relief from the onslaught’s tumult. Lycanthropic Burrowing is harrowing, all-encompassing, unrelenting, and malignant. Tracks are built on triangle waveforms, jarring between swaths of high-bpm blast beats (featuring extra crash) and doomy, depressive retreats. Hard-charging thrash riffs (with punky drum twists) act as connective tissue and add a welcome ‘let’s fuckin’ rock!’ juxtaposition to an otherwise inward, claustrophobic listening experience.”

Lycanthropic Burrowing will drop on July 14th on CD, digital, and limited vinyl formats. Preorders are currently available at the official Eternal Death Bandcamp page at THIS LOCATION.

In conjunction with the release, ONE MASTER will take on a West Coast mini-tour from July 15th through July 22nd. The band will also appear at the Red River Family Fest in Austin this September alongside Panzergod, Yellow Eyes, and more with future live abrasions in the conspiring stages. See confirmed dates below.

ONE MASTER [events page]:
7/15/2017 5 Star Bar – Los Angeles, CA
7/16/2017 The Bancroft – Spring Valley, CA [info]
7/17/2017 Los Compadres – Oxnard, CA
7/18/2017 Elbo Room – San Francisco, CA [info]
7/19/2017 The Bamboo Room At King Wah’s – Medford, OR [info]
7/20/2017 Old Nick’s Pub – Eugene, OR
7/21/2017 Twilight Café And Bar -Portland, OR [info]
7/22/2017 Highline Bar – Seattle, WA [info]
9/22-23/2017 Red River Family Fest @ Barracuda – Austin, TX [info]

For the past fifteen years, ONE MASTER has been conjuring raw and aggressive black metal in the dark corners of the US underground. Lycanthropic Burrowing serves as the follow-up to the band’s acclaimed Reclusive Blasphemy offering, which ranked among the best metal records of 2015 by Loudwire, MetalSucks, and Metal Insider. From the militaristic oppression of “Will Of The Shadow” to the haunting ritualism of the closing title track, the expertly-produced Lycanthropic Burrowing is an audio document of a band ascending towards the elite tier of US black metal occupied by bands such as Nightbringer and Leviathan.

“Utilizing cacophonous production and unrelenting instrumentals, ONE MASTER harness a piercing auditory assault on the title track of their new record, Lycanthropic Burrowing.”  – Decibel

“…a powerful crescendo. Piercing tremolo rings across the length of the track, soaring high above a punishing barrage of drums and low-end that stretches for over seven minutes. The fervent intensity of ‘Death Resurrection’ is an ideal example of what has made ONE MASTER so ruthless over the last 15 years.” – Metal Injection on the track “Death Resurrection”

“…catchy, empowering, and solid from start to finish.” – Echoes And Dust

“…truly one the elite bands in the USBM scene.” – Indy Metal Vault

“Lycanthropic Burrowing pays homage in a way that’s as natural as the waxing and waning of the moon. Don’t resist it – submit to your baser instincts. Embrace your true, wild, unfettered potential, and free yourself from the restriction of modern music – you don’t need them. Shed your skin, and let ONE MASTER in.” – Transcending Obscurity

“The songs are raw and aggressive, played in the classic, orthodox style. It’s as misanthropic and furious as you would expect, delivering scathing black metal that is not for the weak or unwary… A triumphant return for ONE MASTER; long may they reign.” – Wonderbox Metal

 “As far as I can recall, this is my first encounter with the band’s music, despite the fact that this is their fourth album, but clearly won’t be the last – because ‘Will Of The Shadow’ is a real grabber. The intro is marked by a majestic, ritualistic kind of ominous grace, but the music becomes a cyclonic fury, laced with bursts of pulse-pounding thrash riffing.” – No Clean Singing on “Will Of The Shadow”

“As dark and unsettling as the album can be, Lycanthropic Burrowing is a distinctly rewarding listen (enjoyable is not quite the right word for something this dark). There is more than enough here to keep listeners coming back for more, and if this album is not recognized as one of 2017’s best, it would be a genuine shame.” – The Sound Not The Word

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Cloak of Skies: Drug Honkey

Imagine reaching into the dark crevices of the mind and mulling through every emotion that drives an individual into oblivion Cloak of Skies by Drug Honkey would be the soundtrack. Combining elements of Doom, Death, and Atmospheric Black Metal with darkened synth infused industrial passages the band has created a plethora of feeling proving the point that Drug Honkey is the only drug you need. 

Dabbling in various territories Drug Honkey does not give in to the typical sound you would expect with the different genres, instead they encompass each one breathing in the atmosphere of a sickening trip and this is most definitely not a bad thing. Pool of Failure fills the ears with synthesized doom ladened riffs transporting the listener into the ruins of the mind, and throws in a psychedelic brew of unforgiving vocals. This song acts as a great introduction, paving the way for the rest of the album. Apocalyptic synths give Sickening Wasteoid an almost haunting presence and opens up the door to an industrial wasteland. 

While this album stays true to the vision it does not tread lightly, there are aspects of pain and unforgiveness here. There is no safe space and Outlet of Hatred serves that purpose. The distorted vocals mingled with the swelling sounds feed into a feeling of catharsis. In a true psychedelic fashion (It’s Not) The Way seperates itself from the other songs leaning more heavily into the noise aspect while not straying too far from the curve. The title track Cloak of Skies feature impressive saxaphone work by Bruce Lamont of Yakuza which add more depth and mystery to this album. If “psychedelic doom jazz” was a real thing Drug Honkey have made it so. Normally remixed songs are something that are casually listened to in passing but Pool of Failure remixed by Justin K. Broadrick give the salutary nod to early Godflesh material which is definitely a big factor within this band. Drug Honkey transcends the genres presented making their unique sound an escapism from reality. If music is to be experienced it can be done with Cloak of Skies, but not only that it can be felt. Within the realm of metal there are plenty of bands that stand out but Drug Honkey are in a league of their own, pushing boundaries and bringing emotions forth to break barriers… highly recommended. 

CORMORANT: Decibel Premieres “Preserved In Ash” From Progressive Blackened Death Unit As Diaspora Full-Length Nears Release

CORMORANT: Decibel Premieres “Preserved In Ash” From Progressive Blackened Death Unit As Diaspora Full-Length Nears Release
 


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Slated to drop this August, Diaspora is the imminent new full-length from progressive blackened death collective CORMORANT. Recorded and mixed by Greg Wilkinson (Vastum, Graves At Sea, Noothgrush, Brainoil) at Earhammer Studios in Oakland, California, the expansive four-track, sixty-one-minute offering features the band’s longest, most detail-oriented compositions to date – the result of two years of collaborative writing.
 
In advance of its release, today Decibel Magazine offers up first single, opening track “Preserved In Ash,” for public feasting at THIS LOCATION.
 
“‘Preserved In Ash’ is the last song we wrote for the album,” elaborates guitarist/vocalist Matt Solis, “but as it was coming together it became clear that it fit perfectly as a lead-off track. Lyrically, it’s about the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79, which buried the city of Pompeii in volcanic ash. There’s a lot of psychedelic black metal and funeral doom stuff going on in this song, and Greg Wilkinson’s crushing production allowed us to establish a good balance between those two tonalities.”
 
Diaspora will be released independently on 2xLP, CD, and digital formats on August 11th with US and European distribution through War Crime Recordings. Preorders are currently available at THIS LOCATION.
 
Musically, CORMORANT‘s Diaspora features familiar elements of black, death, prog, and folk metal, but pronounced psychedelic and funeral doom influences can be heard throughout as well, particularly on the twenty-six-minute closing epic, “Migration.” Diaspora also features dynamic performances from renowned cellist Jackie Perez Gratz (Grayceon, Giant Squid, ex-Amber Asylum). Mastered by Brad Boatright (Sleep, YOB, Gatecreeper) at Audiosiege, the album is a crushing statement from one of the Bay Area’s most consistent extreme metal bands.
 
Additionally, Utah-based visionary artist Jeff Christensen created the album’s vivid four-panel artwork. Issues Christensen, “The idea was to create four panels of artwork based on a migration theme. I thought it would be interesting to have the panels run consecutively to form an expansive, evolving image where the eyes can just roam. We wanted each painting to be able to hold its own as a standalone image but also be a link to the wider image of the migratory theme. The original artwork was done with oil paints on four 16″ x 16″ panels. The entire process was a challenge, and the finished images are really different than anything I’ve done before. I was given a lot of reign to just do my thing and I’m very happy with the way it turned out.”
 
Oakland dwellers can catch CORMORANT live this August. Future CORMORANT performances are in the plotting stages.
 
CORMORANT:
8/11/2017 Oakland Metro Operahouse – Oakland, CA w/ Inanimate Existence, Wrvth, Logistic Slaughter
 
CORMORANT is a progressive black/death metal band from Petaluma, California. Forged in 2007, the group consists of bassist/vocalist Marcus Luscombe, guitarist Nick Cohon, guitarist/vocalist Matt Solis, and drummer Brennan Kunkel. In addition to performing numerous shows throughout the Bay Area with notable acts like At The Gates, Wolves In The Throne Room, Ne Obliviscaris, and Pallbearer, CORMORANT has completed full US tours with Primordial, While Heaven Wept, YOB, Norska, and others.
 
 

Label Watch: Ascension Monuments Media Release Fresh Nachtymystium Merchandise

New Label based in Southern California have released a run of new Nachtmystium merchandise. After some silence the band is back and are currently set to headline Festum Carnis in Wilseyville California on July 8th. AMM can be found on Facebook and Bandcamp and are currently taking orders. Listed below is what is available 

Nachtmystium – “Reaper” back patches.

Nachtmystium – “Reaper” grey-on-black 18×24″ screen prints

Nachtmystium – “Eulogy IV” cassettes (ltd. to 100)

Hate Meditation – “Condemned To Death” demo 2003 reissue cassettes (ltd to 100 – side project of Nachtmystium)

And announced today is the official release of Nachtmystium Live Decay: Roadburn Rites 2012 details below:

Our first CD release is scheduled to be arriving this afternoon!  Nachtmystium’s previously unreleased live album, “Live Decay: Roadburn Rites 2012″ (in which they performed their entire 3rd LP, American black metal classic ”Instinct: Decay” in it’s entirety for the first time ever!  Includes five additional tracks beyond the album material as well! 13 tracks all together clocking in at 55 minutes!)  Soundboard, multi-tracked recording that was later mixed at a studio.  Quality is as good or better than the Nachtmystium “Live at Roadburn 2010” album (Roadburn Records / Diabolus Templum Sanus, 2011) and this mini-gatefold style digipak is strictly limited to 500 units only!  We will not be repressing this.  This is a special release, out just in time for the bands first performances in nearly 5 years that occur in Los Angeles on July 7th and Wilseyville, CA on July 8th (headlining Festum Carnis Open Air), where they will again perform this classic album (at these two shows only) for the first time on American soil after five years in the shadows.  Nachtmystium are back and this totally unreleased gem is now available for you fans.  $10 + s/h!

Please give this new label your support and help boost them up, also be sure to check out Nachtmystium Live at Festum Carnis.

For European orders Nachtymstium is working with House of Inkantation and they have the following in stock

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 Nachtmystium – “Doomsday Derelicts” cassettes (ltd. to 100)

Nachtmystium – “The Demon Has Awoken Once Again” ltd.tshirt (purple & grey print on black tshirts)

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