31 March 2014


ca. 1520
Oil on panel
Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, Lisbon, Portugal

28 March 2014


NUNSLAUGHTER and ACID WITCH are releasing a split 7" out on Hell´s Headbangers. The EP entitled "Spooky" is currently streaming in its entirety at this location. Tracklist:
Side A:  "Evil"  ACID WITCH  / "Spooky Tails"  NUNSLAUGHTER.
Side B: "A Sordid Past"  NUNSLAUGHTER / "Fiends Of Old" ACID WITCH

New Songs Streaming By Sadism and Autopsy!

SADISM is streaming the song "The Upper Echelon" from the album "The Ocularis Domination" at this location.

First advance track from AUTOPSY´s brand new album "Tourniquets, Hacksaws and Graves". Listen to "The Howling Dead" at this location

25 March 2014


Artwork for the upcoming MYSTIFIER/EX INFERIIS split 7" "Invocación de Opositores" soon to be released. Artwork by Nekronikon

OVERKILL - White Devil Armory!

OVERKILL reveals cover artwork and tracklist of their forthcoming 18th!!! full-lenght album "White Devil Armory"  to be released next july 18th via Nuclear Blast. Here is the treack listing:

Freedom Rings 
Where There's Smoke...
Down To The Bone
Bitter Pill
King Of The Rat Bastards 
Another Day To Die
It's All Yours
In The Name

LOUDBLAST - New Album "Burial Ground"

"Burial Ground" is the title of the new album of French death metal veterans LOUDBLAST and it will be released on April 28th in Europe and june 10th in U.S. via enable Records. The band unleash a brand new track "Ascending Stright In Circle",the song is currently streaming at this location.

23 March 2014

DARKTHRONE - "Black,Death and Beyond" Box-set!

"Black Death and Beyond" is the title of the upcoming release of a special collector’s box-set anthology featuring DARKTHRONE’s own choice cuts, presented on 3 vinyls [white, black & transparent vinyl] 

The set also essentially includes a book featuring extensive accounts of the band’s history & philosophy from both Gylve Fenris Nagell & Ted Nocturno Culto Skjellum, as well as bass player Dag Nilsen. Numerous other artists & friends along the way give their thoughts on the legends too, plus the book contains a large amount of personal photos from the band archive. 

This edition of ‘Black Death and Beyond’ will be released on 12th May via Peaceville and is strictly limited to a single vinyl pressing. Once it's sold out, it will not be re-pressed.

The tracklist reads like this:


Side 1:

1. Snowfall
2. Sunrise over Locus Mortis
3. Soulside Journey
4. Neptune Towers
5. Nor the Silent Whispers

Side 2:

1. Iconoclasm Sweeps Cappadocia (NRK version)
2. Sadomasochistic Rites
3. In his Lovely Kingdom
4. Black Daimon
5. Paragon Belial


Side 1:

1. In the Shadow of the Horns
2. Inn I De Dype Skogers Favn
3. Under a Funeral Moon
4. I en Hall Med Flesk og Mjod

Side 2:

1. The Hordes of Nebulah
2. The Claws of Time
3. Fucked Up & Ready to Die
4. Hate is the Law
5. The Cult of Goliath


Side 1:

1. Graveyard Slut
2. Forebyggende Krig
3. These Shores are Damned
4. Pervertor of the 7 Gates
5. Wisdom of the Dead

Side 2:

1. The Winds they called the Dungeon Shaker
2. Grizzly Trade
3. Those Treasures Will Never Befall You
4. Stylized Corpse
5. The Ones You Left Behind

22 March 2014

MASSACRE "Shield Of The Son"

MASSACRE reveals second single "Shield Of The Son" from  the album "Back From Beyond". 

21 March 2014

VADER - "Tibi Et Igni" Cover Art and Tracklist

VADER revealed the cover art for "Tibi Et Igni", designed by artist Joe Petagno. The band also released the tracklist:
Go To Hell
Where Angels Weep
Armada On Fire
Triumph Of Death
Abandon All Hope
Worms Of Eden
The Eye Of The Abyss
Light Reaper
The End
Digipak Bonus:
Necropolis [Re-recorded]
Des Satans Neue Kleider [DAS ICH cover]
Bonus 7“ Vinyl Version:
Side A:  Necropolis
Side B:  Przeklęty Na Wieki (Cursed Eternally)
“Tibi Ee Igni” will be available as standard Jewelcase-CD, Digipak [with 2 bonus tracks], as colored vinyl with a bonus “7 EP [incl. 2 bonus tracks], and exclusively at Nuclear Blast Mailorder as limited Digipak-Edition with a signed VADER-Tourbook.


AT THE GATES will be releasing a limited split 7″ with  DECAPITATED for this year’s Record Store Day on April 19th.  This split 7″ picture disc is limited to 1000 copies and features both bands contributing a Slayer cover track in honour of fallen Slayer guitarrist Jeff Hannemann.  AT THE GATES performs "Captor Of Sin" [from "Slaytanic Slaughter" Slayer tribute], whilst DECAPITATED cover "Mandatory Suicide" [from "Winds of Creation"] .

20 March 2014

MAYHEM - Esoteric Warfare!

Here is the cover artwork and tracklist of the forthcoming MAYHEM algum "Esoteric Warfare" coming out on may 23rd [may 27th in North America] through Season Of Mist. The tracklist reads like this:
Six Seconds
Throne of Time
Corpse of Care
Aion Suntalia

18 March 2014

VAMPIRE - Full Album Streaming!

VAMPIRE are streaming their self-titled debut album on the horror fan site Bloody Disgusting. The album will be available for streaming in its entirely during one week, starting today.  Listen to "Vampire" at this location 

16 March 2014


Listen to samples from the new IMPALED NAZARENE album "Vigorous and Liberating Death" coming out next April 14th via Osmose.  

15 March 2014

TRIPTYKON - Two Album Tracks Unveiled!

TRIPTYKON have revealed two songs from their upcoming album "Melana Chasmata". Listen to "Breathing" And "Boleskine House" Both songs are obscure and monumental... 


UPYR "Live at Mixtape V"

UPYR have launched through their bandcamp page a full live set recording of their performance "Live at Mixtape 5" and it is available for free download. Visit their bandcamp page at this location

NECRODEATH - '"Wrath'" New Single and Video

Italian veterans NECRODEATH revealed details of the new single "Wrath" from the upcoming album  "The 7 Deadly Sins", coming out on May 13th on Scarlet Records. The single will be available in a limited edition 7-inch vinyl format through  www.nightofthevinyldead.com
The band also launched a video for the song, and you can watch it here:

14 March 2014


Habsburg Kaisergruft
Habsburg Imperial Crypt
 Vienna, Austria

Sic Transit Gloria Mundi...

13 March 2014


Following the magnificent debut demo released in MMXII. This dark and Old-school beast named DEATHCULT from Switzerland are about to release a new EP “Pleading For Death...Chocking on Life”. Read the interview with O. Ketzer and M. Goathammer and worship the DEATHCULT  

How would you describe the origins of DEATHCULT?

The band was started by me (Goathammer) in 2010. I've been listening to Death Metal since 1992 so it was a natural process that I would one day start Deathcult. After some initial songwriting and recordings I decided to look out for other members. Soon the lineup was completed with O. Ketzer-Vocals and guitar, P. Nekros-Guitar, D. Virgin Killer (RIP)- Bass and me M. Goathammer- Drums. Sadly last year our brother and bassist Virgin Killer past away. Faced with if and how we should continue O. Diabolus was eventually recruited to join Deathcult.

Please tell us how were the days since the foundation till the recording of your debut demo? How often did you met to rehearse?

We met as often as possible to rehearse. But as each brother is also involved in other bands and projects it is not always easy. It taken a some time and patience but we now have a result that all of us are content with.

Do you think that the band has matured since the recording of the demo until now? On which things would you say that the band improved?

Definitely. We have above all secured more of our own sound within the newer songs and we are more confident in a live setting. The songwriting process seems to come more naturally as well. It's a like a never ending process that we all enjoy as musicians and people.

The brand-new track “Endless Ravenous Void” sound absolutely stunning! By now your new MLP “Pleading for death-choking on life” is about to be released. Please tell our readers a bit more about what to expect!

Danke! The songs for the EP were actually written in 2010. After rehearsing them with the band, the songs obtained more of an individual character and dynamic. You can expect an intensive, darkened piece of Death Metal with a lot of atmosphere.

How did you get linked up with Me saco un ojo for the release of the MLP?

Ketzer had known Jesus for some time and asked him if he would be interested in collaborating with Deathcult for a release.

I really like the cover art used on Pleading and the one used on the demo, How did the band decide for this concepts? What do they express on each release?

Thank you! The graphical theme for PFDCOL is based around the lyrical content of the second song 'The drunkard in the sky', revolving around god's inglorious fall from power, having become introverted with self loathing and guilt. The demo imagery was chosen to compliment the more direct biblical themes within the lyrics.

Lyrically, what are the topics that inspires you most… death, religion, darkness?… is there any defined ideology behind the concept of Deathcult?
I mainly focus on religious topics within Deathcult, or aberrations thereof. I do not limit myself in that sense, it is more about deciding what feels right for the songs.
Which bands would you generally name as your main inspiration / influence?

There are a lot of bands but I don't think that it is necessary to name them. If you listen to our music you may hear some influences and you can feel the 80s and early 90s atmosphere regardless. That's all I wish to say about influences. But it's also important for us not to be a 90's Death Metal cover band or something like that, so we create our own sound with a 80s, 90s touch.
What are your current favourite releases and the classics that you usually listen to?
Lots of old and new stuff. Almost only classics and newcomer bands. I'm always looking for new bands.
Do you think that Death Metal scene is strong nowadays, specially with so many good bands with an “Old School” sound and attitude?

Yes. There are lot of good new bands around. Death Metal in general is returning to it's origins within the last 10 years. I would even say nowadays Death Metal is Death Metal again. The only difference to the early 90s Death Metal is that nowadays there are strong references to the occult and satanism and it generally has more of an early 90s Black Metal attitude. Bands are more focused with their own music and concept than trying to be the fastest, most extreme or technical band on the planet like in the 90s. It's more serious than in the past.

Speaking about Oldschool, do you listen to Celtic Frost, Coroner, Samael, Messiah…? why do you think that there were always good and obscure metal bands coming from a small country like Switzerland?
Oh yeah! All uf us are into the influence of all those bands! Hard to say why "Switzerland", I don't know. Switzerland is not a metal export country but we always had these good influential bands and also lot of shitty bands as well. Maybe that's the reason why bands like those you named where formed...
How have your live shows been so far? What can one expect from DEATHCULT live performances?

Most People were surprised when they saw Deathcult the first time because they never expected the energy and intensity they got from our live shows. We also respond accordingly when we see the crowds reaction to our music and stage performance. That is what you get when you visit a Deathcult concert, pure Death Metal.
Ketzer is also involved with Bölzer and Witchrist, how is the relationship between the bands?
Well we all stand close to Bölzer. All our bands including Deathcult and Bölzer are involved in a circle by name C.H.A.O.S.. We work closely together and help each other outin any way we can. But that is only including the the Swiss connection…I don't know the Witchrist members but I enjoy their music.

If I´m not wrong you plan to release your debut LP via Invictus productions soon, can you give some details about it, some song titles…?

All this is as of yet unofficial so we would rather not go into details at this stage.

What is the strangest place and the most shocking one that you have been?
That would definitely be inside my own head after drinking a bottle of whiskey...things get very strange and shocking for myself and everyone unfortunate enough to be around me!
What will be the next step for DEATHCULT?

At the moment we are writing songs for the full length, with the hope to begin recording this year. We also intend to play some shows, an appearance at this year's Hells Pleasure being our first confirmed date.
Thanks for your answer..any last words to end this interview?
Thank you for your time and great questions!


TEITANBLOOD "Cadaver Synod"

TEITANBLOOD premieres song "Cadaver Synod" from the new album "Death" released today through Norma Evangelium Diaboli.

12 March 2014

VADER - New 7" details!

VADER - New 7" single details! 
Coming next April, the 7" Vinyl called "Go To Hell" and includes tracks "Where Angels Weep" and "Triumph Of Death".

MASSACRE - "Back From Beyond" Animated Video

Watch MASSACRE´s new animated video for "Back from Beyond". The band and Terrorizer mag delivered the title track along with a great new animated music video.


11 March 2014

SATURNINE - Debut full-length "Mors Vocat" soon to be released!

Italian Doom Metal band SATURNINE premiere new track "Bones and Regrets" from their upcoming debut full-length "Mors Vocat". There will be a CD version released through Razorback Recordings and an LP version through Avantgarde Records, [release date yet TBA]. The band introduced new singer Katrien, who will perform live with SATURNINE for the first time in Sardegna on 14 and 15th of March.


10 March 2014


Polish death metal legends VADER have finished recording the new album "TIBI ET IGNI".  The album contains 10 brand new songs plus 4 bonus tracks.  A 7" with two songs in special mix versions shall be released in April.  “TIBI ET IGNI” will be released May 30th, 2014 via Nuclear Blast.


Floga Records and Hell´s Fire Records will release next 06/06/2014 a Split 7" EP  with VARATHRON/DEN SAAKALDTE in limited copies [see flyer for details] featuring the tracks "Astrophobos" by VARATHRON and "Den Farlose" by DEN SAAKALDTE. 

ABSU Origin: War And Mgick

"Every great story has a prologue"... so begins the official post announcing the release of  a compilation  of pre-ABSU material entitled "Origin: War and Magick". Featuring recordings of the bands DOLMEN and MAGUS, described as "two occult metal manifestations...that together, helped to forge one of the the most well know acts in the underground today" .
The deluxe 12" vinyl editions of MAGUS - Ruminations of Debauchery [demo 1992] and DOLMEN - On the Eve of War [demo 1994].will be released soon [release date TBA] in  cooperation with  The Crypt Records and ABSU members Proscriptor and Equitant, 


Expulsion: Moon And Firelight
Thomas Cole
ca. 1828
Oil on canvas
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, Spain

6 March 2014

ZEMIAL - New album on the Horizon!

Archon Vorskaath posted the following news regarding ZEMIAL "I have been in the studio composing new music, much of which is written for the next Zemial release tentatively titled "Lurking". Archon revealed more details about the work completed..."So far, I have completed the main frames, melodies and arrangements for 4 new titles, that will make up the largest part of the new album, which once again, promises to be diverse.
"Storms of November"
A prog. instrumental inspired as the title implies, by the storms of this past November.
"Echoes of distant Moons"
A short soundscape using an ARP synth, a bow and cymbal.
"Aeon" (ΑΙΩΝ)"
One of my most ambitious compositions thus far.
A friend, Luciano Voidhanger, approached me to compose a piece of music based on a Tarot card from the tradition of Aleister Crowley. The card that was drawn for me - fittingly - was Aeon, also known as Judgement.
As I have taken a very particular approach for this piece, I will make a separate entry with details explaining the conceptual and theoretical approach.
This was written earlier than the pieces above.
An old-style Zemial song of old 80's thrash/black metal, with an infectious grooving momentum."
After reading this I´m really looking forward to the successor of NYKTA, which is in my opinion the best album released in 2013!


BLEEDING FIST are currently streaming the song "Brotherhood Of Chaos and Death" taken from their new compilation on Moribund Records, "Death's Old Stench The Deathcult Sessions", which features unreleased songs from 2011 - 2013. Listen to "brotherhood pfChaos and Death" via Cvlt Nation here:
SABBAT will release a new split 7" with Bestial Hordes from Malaysia. The 7" entitled "Sabbatical Bestial Slaughter" is set for release next April 14th through Apocalyptic Empire Records. 
Limited to 666 copies - the first 166 copies comes printed on red and white "color on color" vinyl with sticker and big fold out poster! The remaining 500 copies are on regular black vinyl without sticker and poster. All copies released with a thick quality jacket/ cover with spine and printed gatefold insert.

IMPALED NAZARENE reveals cover artwork and track listing of the album "Vigorous and Liberating Death" out on April 14th by Osmose Productions. The full tracklist reads like this:

1. King Reborn 2. Flaming Sword Of Satan 3. Pathological Hunger For Violence 4. Vestal Virgins 5. Martial Law 6. Riskiarvio 7. Apocalypse Principle 8. Kuoleman Varjot 9. Vigorous And Liberating Death 10. Drink Consultation 11. Dystopia A. S. 12. Sananvapaus 13. Hostis Humani Generis.

3 March 2014


El Aquelarre- El Gran Cabrón
[Witches Sabbath-The Great He-Goat]
Francisco de Goya
1819-1823 Mural
Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain