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Katatonia – Dead Air 2LP incoming

KATATONIA PERFORM AN EXTENSIVE AND MAJESTIC SET OF FAN FAVOURITES, CAPTURED DURING THEIR 2020 LOCKDOWN SESSION.

With a somewhat unforeseen global event transpiring this year which resulted in touring being made all but impossible for artists internationally, Katatonia conducted a more intimate ‘lockdown’ show which was streamed live from Studio Grondahl, Stockholm on May 9th. “Dead Air” offers fans a full 88-minute set containing 20 tracks from the band’s extensive and illustrious repertoire to date, with inclusions spanning two decades of dark progressive greatness, and essentially also debuting three of the “City Burials” album tracks in a live setting. 

The tracklisting itself contains a very literal selection of fan favourites overall, having being voted for exclusively by the band’s worldwide fanbase, flawlessly flirting between earlier singles such as metallic anthems ‘My Twin’ & ‘July’, to the stirring emotional grandeur of new song, “Lacquer”. 

The recording, mixing & engineering work was orchestrated by David Castillo, notable for his extensive body of work with Katatonia to date, and the performance itself was professionally filmed by Blackbox Video. 

Behind The Blood live from Dead Air

This version is truly improved from the studio version. Top notch!

Lacquer live from Dead Air

“Lacquer” from “Dead Air” is so bright, so tender, but yet so strong. Album version had an overall electronic feel, that is completely addressed in this excellent version.

Tracklisting

  1. Lethean (06:00)
  2. Teargas (03:17)
  3. Serein (04:47)
  4. Deliberation (03:57)
  5. The Winter Of Our Passing (03:08)
  6. Ghost Of The Sun (04:07)
  7. The Racing Heart (04:26)
  8. Soil`s Song (04:07)
  9. Old Heart Falls (04:25)
  10. Forsaker (04:10)
  11. Tonight`s Music (04:22)
  12. In The White (04:57)
  13. Leaders (04:17)
  14. Lacquer (04:51)
  15. Omerta (03:09)
  16. My Twin (03:38)
  17. Unfurl (04:52)
  18. July (04:48)
  19. Evidence (05:29)
  20. Behind The Blood (05:06)
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Hellenic black metal legends Varathron return with a brilliant live album – “Glorification under The Latin Moon”

“Glorification under The Latin Moon” was recorded in its entirety on August 4th, 2019 in São Paulo (Brazil) during the final show of Varathron‘s 30 Years Of Darkness Tour, the historic setlist boasts some of the bands finest compositions, from 1988 and beyond, most notably including the entirety of classic “His Majesty At The Swamp” from 1993, to most recent songs, taken from the acclaimed “Patriarchs Of Evil” album, which made it to an awful lot of year-end lists in 2018. We took the opportunity to catch up with Hellenic black metal legend Varathron‘s vocalist Stefan Necroabyssious…

Hello Stefan, please tell us about your new great live album “Glorification under The Latin Moon”.

Thank you for your great support to my band. Our first official live album and the whole situation is amazing. That album was recorded in Sao Paulo of Brazil, my second homeland as I said there, because we received so much love, passion and respect for our band. The sound was very good and the passion of the crowd awesome. We played the entire “His Majesty at the Swamp” album and some new tracks. Infernal night – I’ll never forget it!

Sounds amazing! It is great with represses and the live album! We’re wondering, is there possibly some new material round the corner?

Yes, we’re working on new material now! The new album will follow the path of “Patriarchs of Evil”, but even more abysmal and evil. I think it will be very good stuff!

Any other news about Varathron?

I hope the best for the near future and our musical community, and that we can start playing live shows and spread the words of evil… Soon I wish!

/Stefan Necroabyssious

We’re certainly looking forward to the follow-up to the successful “Patriarchs of Evil”. Meanwhile, we will enjoy “Glorification under The Latin Moon” – please check out the legendary “Son of The Moon” below.

Tracklist

A1Cultum Deus Aeternum (Ιntro)
A2Ouroboros Dweller
A3Cassiopeia’s Ode
A4Tenebrous
B1Saturnian Sect
B2His Majesty At The Swamp
B3Son Of The Moon
B4Unholy Funeral
C1Nightly Kingdoms
C2Lustful Father
C3Flowers Of My Youth
C4The River Of My Souls
D1The Tressrising Of Nyarlathotep
D2Genesis Of Apocryphal Desire
D3Sic Transit Gloria Mundi (Outro)
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French black metal label Les Acteurs De l’Ombre Productions added to our catalogue

We welcome the French underground label Les Acteurs De l’Ombre (LADLO) to our rooster. They release some of the finest black metal. We took the chance to catch up with label founder Gérald.

Read that LADLO started as a magazine and concert organizer. Could you elaborate on that and the philosophy and purpose?

“It all started back in 2001, when I decided to create the association LADLO, with two of my friends. At the beginning, it was a webzine for which 50 writers have worked. I had to leave the presidency of the association in 2008 due to a professional transfer, and that is when I requested the creation of the label for the association.

I had this idea in my mind since a few years, but I was lost in the downward spiral of the webzine and the organization of gigs, so I had no time to think about this…

It has been very exciting indeed. Because I always worked for the association as a volunteer, I had no risk of losing money, which allowed me to fully enjoy this new project. Pensées Nocturnes was the solo project of one member of our association that organized gigs : this way, we stayed ‘in family’ so to say – no pressure, only happiness and a burning desire to discover a new universe and meet new persons…

Before, I used to organize gigs all around Paris, among which three annual festivals: Black Metal, Pagan, and Doom Metal for 10 years. The team quickly got bigger; we organized more than 100 shows and more than 500 bands played for us.

Today the label has more than 20 volunteers, and we have no other desire than to have fun and do things the best we can. Making people discover our favorite bands is a main motivation for us.”

French black metal seems relatively big and we also get many orders from France. What do you think about the development of black metal in France?

“I think French scene always generated some interest abroad. It never was a reference, but since black metal was born, it has always offered qualitative bands starting with Mütiilation in 91, Nehëmah in 92 and others. Our bands never really exported themselves, but we got a critical success with a few avant-garde bands such as Blut Aus Nord, and Deathspell Omega, that stood out. While the traditional black metal scene has known its share of great bands, others wanted to try new things, with new inspirations, freeing themselves from their influences and rebelling against conventions. I’d say it’s kind of our trademark: we do what we like, here in France. I think our bands have improved, even if I feel like we were always slow on the uptake. Today, some think we have qualities and follow our flourishing scene very closely. But let’s not be mistaken, French scene remains anecdotal in black metal universe. World is full of so many great bands…”

Thanks a lot Gérald for your words and good luck with everything going forward!

Make sure to visit the homepage of LADLO, and below you’ll find the recently added titles from this fine label…

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Three albums by Swedish death/doom veterans In Mourning added

Swedish death and doom veterans In Mourning is a hidden gem for some. We got hold of some limited edition first pressing vinyls, which we wanted to offer to our more death/doom oriented customers.

Spotify playlist

Please, do check out our related Spotify playlist, doom and depressive metal Spotify playlist, to get in the right mood:

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Venom – The Singles 5 x 7″ (special order)

Five classic 7″ singles by black metal pioneers Venom, pressed on limited edition coloured vinyls and rolled into one slick package, now available as special order.

Tracklist

SIDE A
1.In League With Satan

SIDE B
2.Live Like An Angel (Die Like A Devil)

SIDE C
3.Bloodlust

SIDE D
4.In Nomine Satanas

SIDE E
5.Die Hard

SIDE F
6.Acid Queen

SIDE G
7.Warhead

SIDE H
8.Lady Lust

SIDE I
9.Manitou

SIDE J
10. Women

Colours

  • In League With Satan:  40g Solid White Vinyl W/ Classic Black Splatter
  • Bloodlust:  40g Ultra Clear Vinyl W/ Solid Red Splatter
  • Die Hard:  40g Transparent Yellow Vinyl W/ Solid Purple Splatter
  • Warhead:  40g Classic Black Vinyl W/ Solid White Splatter
  • Manitou:  40g Mustard Vinyl W/ Bronze Splatter
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New releases from Nebular Carcoma Records

We have added some new releases from fine Spanish label Nebular Carcoma Records below:

  1. Blood Stronghold – Spectres of Bloodshed LP
  2. Borda’s rope / El-Ahrairah – Split 10″
  3. Negativa – 01 LP
Nebular Carcoma Records

Blood Stronghold – Spectres of Bloodshed LP

This is a really fine piece of underground black metal. I love the sound and the song writing is great. Check it out for yourselves (note that the drum sound is (more) odd in the youtube video than on proper vinyl):

Borda’s rope / El-Ahrairah – Split 10″

Raw lo-fi primitive black metal from USA, sometimes on the border to industrial / noise. Extremely limited and now deleted. Check it out here:

Negativa – 01 LP

Negativa are a prolific and mysterious force hailing from Spain. The entity’s two central figures, multi-instrumentalist DB and vocalist D.R., respectively maintain the well-regarded Délirant (of the Mystískaos cabal) and Atrabilis. Together, as Negativa, do the duo create delirious, tortured, but credibly avant-garde black metal, worming deep within atonality and tension to find bittersweet resolution and maimed ‘n’ malformed melody.

Of the band’s prolific clutch of releases, arguably, Negativa’s 01 is the perfect distillation of their aesthetic, a shocking bolt-from-the-blue originally released in 2014 on super-limited cassette. The soundfield is sharp, almost crystal-clear, but somehow alien and unsettling. Their push & pulse takes on a folding-inward variety of shapes, vortex-like, building ever-denser and -taller walls around the listener. Suffocating yet emitting a paradoxical expanse of space, the four-song spell hypnotizes from there; each body/mind-fold sluices energy and happiness from the spirit, Negativa‘s obsidian metallics growing stronger with each passing, parasitic minute. By the end of 01, that listener is literally rendered a zero, a hollow shell of cursed corporeal garbage.

Seek the beginning of the end with this noble new vinyl edition of Negativa’s 01 and rue its rotten (re)discovery.

Single sided 12″LP limited to 120 copies.

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Black metal act Leviathan (SWE) are back with “Förmörkelse”

Back from the dead, Swedish black metal outfit Leviathan return after 18 (!) years of silence with the followup to their 2002 debut “Far Beyond The Light”. The new LP “Förmörkelse” is written by, and all instruments are played by, Roger “Phycon” Markström. He got some help with prominent guest appearances, by members from Dråpsnatt and Vintersorg. We caught up with Roger to get a comment about the new album…

Leviathan about “Förmörkelse”…

Hello Roger, please tell us about the new album, “Förmörkelse”.

The new album has taken quite some time to be completely finalized and that is really kind of bizarre and weird, but also fascinating… I have for a long time had an urge to continue the ‘Leviathan journey’ and from time to time I was contacted by labels giving lousy offers. I have also ‘from natural causes’ learnt that it is important to be able to trust each other, in the relation between the artist and the label. After finally finding a label to work with, I got up to speed with the writing which was performed by me and me only in utter lonelieness, except for my Gibson guitar. I took my ideas and created promos and then the real recording of the album took place in three different studios in Skellefteå, Sweden.

This all may sound like a walk in the park, but behind this is misery – the album is truly about personal experiences, from the last 18 years, in the form of violence, drugs, alcohol, knives, bloodshed, disgusting perversion and perfect purity – these dark and sometimes tragic happenings constitutes the fundament for “Förmörkelse”, and without them the album wouldn’t exist…

Nebular Carcoma press release

“One of the most cult names before the term “cult” began being bandied about with reckless abandon, Leviathan appeared out of nowhere in 2002 with one album, Far Beyond the Light, and then disappeared forever. Granted, the man behind this Leviathan was no newcomer: one Phycon, who concurrently drummed in Armagedda before their demise and the precursor Volkermord. As such, the breadth of ambition across Förmörkelse was startling if not completely unexpected. So pure, so cold, and yet so brimming with lifeless life – an intentional paradox, perhaps – here did Phycon ably bridge the ’90s wave of black metal which so informed his youth with the yet-to-burst wave beginning at the dawn of the new millennium. It was an invigorating experience for all who heard it, and has since become a collector’s item, released as it was by Shining‘s since-closed Selbstmord Services label.

But, just like how Far Beyond the Light appeared literally out of nowhere, so, too, does Leviathan’s comeback with Förmörkelse. Almost picking up right where the debut album left off, after a tense intro does Leviathan-the-man waste no time in establishing a splendorously grim atmosphere, roiling with the rippling physicality which so endeared that debut whilst maintaining a perversely invigorating melancholy. Each of the subsequent nine tracks build both with patience and urgency, each deliriously dark texture taking its time to wrap its black leathery wings around the listener. An ages-old sort of melodicism is intertwined throughout, often draped in haunting / shimmering shades of chorus pedal, which works as ghostly counterpoint to the gnashing pulse so central to the Leviathan aesthetic. And central to that is Phycon’s exquisitely deft and daresay-swinging drum-work, which even shines during the album’s moments of restraint and repose, allowing space and shade to work their magick as Förmörkelse moves on. And, by record’s end, the listener is left with catharsis and climax – so pure, so cold, and yet so vibrant.

Indeed, Leviathan’s brilliance radiates outward through the ages, across decades, and remains just as vital and timeless as when the band began. If it takes nearly another 20 years for the follow-up to Förmörkelse, so be it: we are only richer for experiencing Phycon’s vision when he so chooses to reveal it.”

Taster from the album

Leviathan – “Förmörkelse” track listing

  1. XVII
  2. Avgrundens Återsken
  3. Förmörkelse
  4. Svart
  5. Förbannelsen
  6. Verklighetens Väv
  7. En Tidlös Illvilja
  8. Melankolins Ävja
  9. Babylons Sand
  10. Pestens Sigill
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Added: Behexen – Nightside Emanations and My Soul for His Glory LPs

Very nice and spectacular represses, from 2020, of these Finnish black metal classics from Behexen were added to the store. The colours are spectacular, esp the “Nightside Emanations” release that comes in red, black and white multicoloured edition. “My Soul for His Glory” comes in a nice mixture of white, silver and gold.

If you don’t know these releases, just check them out below: