Rites of Thy Degringolade – The Universe in Three Parts TAPE – Nuclear War Now! Productions

One-song demo to rule all.

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The Canadian cult does the work with just one song!

The black/death band Rites of Thy Degringolade recorded and released this demo originally in 2016 but now it’s being re-released by NWN! In tape.

The only song is a 7-minute muddy track with the same name where some instruments are deliberately put in the background, while others (the drum rides for example) have a crystal clear sound.

The rule here is of a chaotic nature, but the first 100 seconds are made of mid-tempo “intro” varying the tones, causing an ominous confusion until it flares up to an uncontrolled sound comprised of fast drums and topsy-turvy bellows (albeit with some pattern along the way if listened with attention)

This tape is an essential item to all die-hards and followers of ROTD.

The Universe in Three Parts is out now in tape on Nuclear war Now!


(Daniel “Roderick Totentanz” Death)

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Sangrena: new 2017 album?

The technical gods from South America finally announce a new work.

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Sangrena one of the most classic and underrated brutal death metal bands from Brazilian land (arguably they were the first ones who tried in this style) seems to be back after a long time since their last album Blessed Black Spirit from 2009.

It’s been a long way ever since and they are talking about a new album for some years now.

But finally, they announced in a very vague advertisement about a “2007” album giving no certain date. The working title is Hunter All that is known by the fans so far is that the album is already recorded, but in which phase of process (mixing, mastering, manufacturing) is unknown.

Since the beginning of times Sangrena had endured a great deal of line-up changings being Luciano Fedel (vocals, bass) and Fábio Ferreira (guitars, also a renowned producer) the only constant members. But the line-up has been stable for the last couple of years with Gustavo Bonfá (guitars) and Alan Marques (drums).

Once the date of release of Hunter is revealed, Dark Souls United readers will be the first to know!

 


 

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Hell’s Punch (w/ Overdose guitarist on vocals) releases new video.

New video clip of the Brazilian band is finally available.

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Thrash metal behemoths Hell’s Punch have just released a video on Youtube for the song Hate (available on digital version of Burn It Down on Spotify). A big deal of the footage was captured during the show with Sepultura at 53HC MUSIC FEST (November 6th, 2016) in Brazil.  The band counts with Wesley Ribeiro (ex-Drowned), André Bastos (Pleiades, Serenity in Fire), Márcio Monteiro and Sergio Ferreira (aka Sérgio CichoviczOverdose, classic Brazilian heavy metal band)

You can watch the new video below in 720p or 1080p.


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Torqverem participates in Kaziklu Bey tribute

The underground entity will take part in Carpathian Tepes homage.

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Torqverem is announcing that it will take part in the Kaziklu Bey tribute with a bunch of underground alumni, like Herege, Mausoleum, Bestymator, Wodanaz, Ayperos, Black Achemoth, Malediction, among others to pay eulogy to the late Carpathian Tepes who died in a workplace accident on January 12th, 2013. 

Back in the day, the band decided to play one last show in homage to Tepes in December of the same year, then called it quits.

Now Brazilian Ritual Records is going to release this tribute, fully entitled: Odes to Tepes, Tributo (sic) to Kaziklu Bey

However according to Eduardo Beherit, the owner of Brazilian Ritual Records, the tribute is set to be available in the second semester with no certain date of release. 

Coincidently, Fernando Iser, who is a full member of Torqverem, played in Kaziklu Bey as well.


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Laster – Ons vrije fatum – Dunkelheit Produktionen

Is atmospheric BM an oxymoron?

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By playing the newest album of Laster from Netherlands one question imposes: where does the black metal ends and another style commences?

The problem of the so called atmospheric black metal (mainly in North America, not exactly a problem here) and the similar blackgaze in Europe is that people ty to reinvent the steel (which cannot be reinvented). Of course, I’m not a stubborn who cannot live with changes but this is a subject for an article.

The thing here is that, differently from other bands, Laster is a pretty decent group, with pretty decent music. What one would call a flaw they would say they made on purpose, so it’s not a flaw.

For example, the album opens up with the title track with vitriolic black metal, no-compromise, Darkthrone style (with a better production, of course) but for those who expected pure black metal it is kind of anticlimactic, the layers start to wear off rather than come in, phrase by phrase the song starts to become bland until a full rocker, almost a brit pop, appears to the ears. It’s kind of a negative catharsis.

Second track Binnenstebuiten follows suit with the same MO, but although the third one Bitterzoet promises the same approach of take it or leave it, there appears an ultra-elegant sax to give a somewhat simple formula a lush treatment, merging the simple black metal bases with at least a complex layer of jazz.

But after the fail to convince the listener that this is indeed a black metal album although its pitfalls, the album suddenly starts to grow inside the audience with a cohesive factor, that doesn’t deviate from THEIR norm. That’s a bonus because, they do draw a frame for themselves and manage to keep inside this frame, which starts to make sense as some VERY repetitive phrases inside songs like Helemaal naar hui and Er wordt op mij gewacht appear.

This a 50/50 deal: to some this is heaven (woops) as music, to others this may not even sound interesting, and never before the perspective (as well as the mood) of the listener could decide if an album is ace or not. For me, at the end of the day, it worked very well.


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Nile – Departure of Dallas Toler-Wade and tour with Overkill

The show must go on.

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Dallas Toler-Wade is not a member of Nile anymore and it seems to be a while since they announced his departure just now. Toler-Wade stayed with Nile for almost 20 years which made him a key member of the band and he’ll be missed by fans. He started his contribution in the album Black Seeds of Vengeance and stayed in the band in every record ever since.

16640564_10154238514441016_5494101280085642621_nDallas Toler-Wade “has decided to leave the band to focus on his own plans and recordings”, according to their Facebook page. This project may or may not be his other band Narcotic Wasteland.

Their newest member is Brian Kingsland (Guitars, Vocals, also from the South Carolina technical death/black band Enthean.

Today they embark in a tour with almighty Overkill covering 24 cities across USA.

Say Karl Sanders and George Kollias on their Facebook page:

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“I would like to personally thank Dallas Toler Wade for his many years with the band, and sincerely wish him well with his music .

All of us in Nile are truly happy and thankful to be working with Brian . Not only is he a seriously talented Extreme Metal Guitar Shredder, but he has a great Brutal Metal voice , with a very versatile range . Brian is also a genuine , down-to-earth hard -working and motivated guy who has helped reignite and re-establish a sense of team work back into Nile. With the addition of Brian on guitar and vocals, The band right now seems to me a lot more like the early years of Nile– the Classic Nile era when we were all functioning as a cohesive unit , in viciously brutal Triple Vocal attack mode . The mood in the Nile rehearsal room for the last 3 months has been focused and relaxed ; with 4 positive , energized , hard working people all on the same Metal page. We simply can’t wait to share what we have been working on with Metal Fans on the upcoming Overkill Tour. Between the addition of Brian , and Bassist / Vocalist Brad Parris now in his 2nd year in the band , this line-up is going to Crush Skulls. Seriously, the last time I felt this strongly about a Nile Line-up – was when George Kollias joined the band.”

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“I want to thank Dallas for everything he did for Nile all these years, its been some amazing years and i wish him the best with his new project!

Also, I want to say a big “welcome to Nile” to Brian Kingsland! Brian is an amazing guitar player/vocalist and he has brought a very fresh vibe to the band, we are so looking forward to get out there and deliver the best metal you ever heard from us! See you all on the road !!”

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Holocausto – War Metal Massacre LP/CD – Nuclear War Now! Productions

The intransigence is back.

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For those who still ignore the influence of this band: Holocausto had its beginnings in the Brazilian scene alongside with Sarcófago and Sepultura (among others). Although not commercially successful, the band gained a notorious cult following over the years due to the imagery and lasting influence of their first effort: Campo De Extermínio which dealt a big deal with Nazism although the band always sustained it was for shock values only.

The fact is, after subsequent thrash and experimental albums (1980’s and mid 1990’s) and a coming back effort back in 2000’s, the band is candidly back to their 1987 intolerant war-metal form of Campo de Extermínio.

War Metal Massacre is an EP that carries an even fouler production than the 1980’s, which is, for the war metal standards, always a bonus!

First 3 tracks are re-recordings of obscure tracks: Massacre was originally released on The Lost Tapes of Cogumelo compilation (originally a single demo track from 1985) while Destruição Nuclear and Escarro Napalm were released on the rare metal compilation Warfare Noise. Here the tracks don’t deviate from their original forms, adding more insulting to injury in their new renditions…

The other tracks are originals: Eu Sou a Guerra is hardcore-driven terror black war metal, with inaudible bellows spewed in Portuguese, hissing guitars, and an all-out-war approach.

Corpo Seco follows suit with the political incorrectness that makes this band be so great in the underground cult.

Title track closes this really dissonant release with riffs that are awkward, but repetitive and hard-line at the same time.

Not for the faint of heart their perceptible rhetoric of war and extermination cannot be taken seriously: As aforementioned is all for shock, a sound for obstinate headbangers and not for boneheads.

War Metal Massacre will be out in March 1st in LP/CD formats on Nuclear War Now! Productions 


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