Music

Haavard - Haavard >>> 11.11.2022
Haavard - Haavard
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If anybody else were to release an album that sounded as remarkably close as "Haavard" to ULVER's magical acoustic masterpiece "Kveldssanger", which stunned the Norwegians' followers with its radiant beauty in 1996 and that also contained a track entitled 'Kveldssang II' – that musician would be accused of blatant plagiarism.




Disillusion - Ayam >>> 04.11.2022
Disillusion - Ayam
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Who are we? Where do we go? These are the kind of existential questions that have arisen for many of us during these last years and that have also been haunting DISILLUSION during the process of creating their fourth full-length "Ayam". Without a chance to perform live and their personal lives also being affected by many restrictions the focus of the German avant-gardists shifted fully towards their band and the creation of new songs as well as recording.




Ruby the Hatchet - Fear is a cruel Master >>> 21.10.2022
Ruby the Hatchet - Fear is a cruel Master
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With "Fear Is a Cruel Master", RUBY THE HATCHET deliver exactly the brain-frying, catchy yet full of raw energy thriller of an album that the American trailblazers' acclaimed predecessor "Planetary Space Child" (2017) promised it could be."The reflection in the mirror is nice and clear now", guitarist Johnny Scarps nods. "This is the record we've been working towards." Five long years have passed since the heavy rock quintet dropped their last album, but the wait is finally over. "We have reached a new peak of writing music as a collective", vocalist Jillian Taylor adds. "We all sacrifice for this, like any band or artist. We would not continue doing so if we weren't reaching new levels."




Gospelheim - Ritual and Repetion >>> 21.10.2022
Cavernous Gate - Voices from a Fathomless Realm
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Lo and behold! 'Tis a wondrous beast that GOSPELHEIM have conceived with "Ritual & Repetition": Its glittering skin is made from catchy dark rock melodies. Its bones are carved from solid gothic metal. Its forked tongue sings with both a beautiful female and a male voice. Its fiery eyes reflect deep melancholia, yet its sharp teeth bite hard without remorse.




Cavernous Gate - Voices from a Fathomless Realm >>> 14.10.2022
Cavernous Gate - Voices from a Fathomless Realm
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Voices from a Fathomless Realm" is the first full-length from CAVERNOUS GATE. The German death doom outfit is a solo-project of multi-instrumentalist Sebastian "S.K." Käkemeier. Sebastian has co-founded HELRUNAR under the alias Alsvartr and he also supports Markus "Schwadorf" Stock's black metal project SUN OF THE SLEEPLESS as well as EMPYRIUM live.





Crone - Gotta Light >>> 04.10.2022
Crone - Gotta Light
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With their sophomore full-length "Gotta Light?", dark rock innovators CRONE are cruising in a high octane fuelled hotrod. Channelling their personal musical inspirations that range from ALICE IN CHAINS, via KILLING JOKE, NEW MODEL ARMY, and JOY DIVISION to PINK FLOYD among many others, the Germans leave their very own and personal mark on the genre that has been brought back to the forefront of interest by acts such as GHOST in recent years.





Valborg - der Alte >>> 09.09.2022
Valborg - der Alte
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Some bands prosper largely in a space that is mostly visited by connoisseurs and insiders for a large part of their career. Critically acclaimed German outfit VALBORG can clearly lay claim to such a fate until now. Beloved by many of their peers, knowing journalists, and a die-hard fanbase, the trio from the City of Bonn is long overdue for the "big breakthrough" despite a discography of outstanding quality that already includes eight albums.





Moirai - Blood Treasure, Woven Fates >>> 05.09.2022
Moirai - Blood Treasure, Woven Fates
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MOIRAI specialise in the musical treasures of the middle ages with a focus on what has been lost in time, long before current notation systems came into use and of which only tantalising glimpses remain. The unique trio use original written sources and oral traditions, which they artistically interpret and respectfully recombine.





Pencey Sloe - Neglect >>> 21.08.2022
Pencey Sloe - Neglect
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Who am I? This is the essential question that PENCEY SLOE explore on their sophomore full-length "Neglect". The Parisian dreamgaze rockers have dedicated their entire new album to the theme of identity. What is making humans into who they think they are and at the same time also how they project or hide their self-image to and from others. Are we shaped by our genetic code, or do we become what we are told to be by our family and peers. Is it our language, the country or the society that we live in, or the culture that we grow up with?





Arthur Brown - Long Long Road >>> 24.06.2022
Arthur Brown - Long Long Road
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WER IST ARTHUR BROWN?

Wer sich für Rockmusik interessiert, ist schon ARTHUR BROWN begegnet. Wem sein Name nicht auf Anhieb vertraut vorkommt, der wird sicherlich bei der THE WHO Rockoper "Tommy" oder dem THE ALAN PARSONS PROJECT Klassiker "Tales of Mystery and Imagination" hellhörig.





Venus Principle - Stand in your Light >>> 27.05.2022
Venus Principle - Stand in your Light
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Stand in Your Light" is a work of love. Passion drips out of every note from the bitter-sweet honeycomb of solemn melodies that VENUS PRINCIPLE have created for their debut album. Although this is the first record from the British-Swedish collective, these hymns for the burdened and broken come audibly with the profound maturity of hard earned experience from all the veteran musicians involved.





Ruby The Hatchet - Live at Earthquaker >>> 22.04.2022
Ruby The Hatchet - Live at Earthquaker
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With sultry, honey-smoked vocals, lush yet crisp guitars and spirit of rock 'n roll organ heroics, it takes just a few seconds for luxuriant opening track '1000 Years' from RUBY THE HATCHET's hot-blooded new EP to firmly sink its hooks into ears and hearts.





Darkher - The buried Storm >>> 15.04.2022
Darkher - The buried Storm
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Darkness treads light as a feather. The voice of despair gently wafts through the air. Delicate pain wrapped in radiant beauty pierces the heart slowly yet without hesitation. The sinister yet beguiling images that DARKHER aka Jayn Maiven paints with her ethereal vocals, guitars, and added strings conjure iridescent cinematic scenes in which it becomes hard to tell whether there lies beauty in darkness or if it is the other way around.





E-L-R - Vexier >>> 11.03.2022
E-L-R - Vexier
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ARD - Take Up My Bones >>> 22.02.2022
ARD - Take Up My Bones
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ARD are of Northumbria. Teh bandnamee is taken from an Old English word meaning "native land" in the dialect of the Anglian Kingdom of Northumbria. The concept behind the debut album "Take Up My Bones" from this insular doom metal solo project revolves around the legendary relics of the famous Northumbrian saint Cuthbert (634-687) and their long journey.





Negura Bunget - Zau >>> 30.11.2021
Negura Bunget - Zau
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NEGURĂ BUNGET present their breath-taking swansong "Zău" to the world. This captivating, deep, and multi-layered final part of the Romanian's "Transylvanian trilogy" was hanging by a thread.





Altareht - Blood >>> 06.11.2021
Altareht - Blood
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On their debut full-length "Blood", ALTARETH serve their sludgy guitars low and slow, with a slab of fuzz and a side of doom in massive portions. The Swedes from Gothenburg have built their musical foundation on a melding of heavy riffs and memorable melodies that is carried on four pillars of soaring vocals, fuzzy guitars, pounding drums, and fat, resonating bass.



Kayo Dot - Moss Grew on the Swords and Plowshares Alike >>> 29.10.2021
Kayo Dot - Moss Grew on the Swords and Plowshares Alikeb
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Death, whether in stealth or striking upon its bell, stalks us from the womb onward. The life of the ascetic and the life of the voluptuary are one life, and will dissolve with the drunkard and the saint", writes Jason Byron, whose words are a primary force of the creation of the musical universe charted by KAYO DOT mastermind Toby Driver.



Illudium - Ash of the womb >>> 15.10.2021
Illudium - Ash of the womb
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"Ash of the Womb", the sophomore full-length from California's ILLUDIUM was born in the fiery pandemonium of the burning season of 2020 when huge tracts of the usually sunshine-filled state went up in flames and skies glowed orange at night.



Kaelan Mikla - Undir köldum noroeumljósum >>> 15.10.2021
Kaelan Mikla - Undir köldum noroeumljósum
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Das renommierte Artoffact-Label aus Kanada hat wieder eine echte Perle im Angebot. Kaelan Mikla wurden 2013 im Rahmen eines Poesiewettbewerbs in Reykjavik gegründet und haben sich seitdem von einem DIY-Punk-Projekt zu einer etablierten Gruppe entwickelt, die fester Bestandteil der aktuellen Musikszene ist.



THIEF - The 16 Deaths of My Master >>> 27.08.2021
THIEF - The 16 Deaths of My Master
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THIEF have already gained cult status among the initiated, which might be taken quite literally considering that the backbone of their sound has been formed by manipulated sacred chant and choral samples. Although the project of American multi-instrumentalist Dylan Neal from Los Angeles, California continues along this path, his third album "The 16 Deaths of My Master" surprises with a much heavier use of original instrumentation such as strings, organ, harpsichord, bass, guitar, and other hardware synths.



Botanist and Thief- Cicatrix/Diamond Brush >>> 27.08.2021
BOTANIST and THIEF - Cicatrix/Diamond Brush
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The pairing of San Francisco post-black metal outfit BOTANIST and Los Angeles based electronic project THIEF might seem somewhat of a misfit on the surface. Yet on closer inspection there is much to connect the two acts despite their stylistic differences that explains their split-album "Cicatrix/Diamond Brush". Both bands were conceived and record mostly recording as solo-projects run by a single mastermind, and both multi-instrumentalists recruit live members to bring their music on the stage.



Unreqvited - Beautiful Ghosts >>> 13.08.2021
Unreqvited - Beautiful Ghosts
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Pop music basically has one universal topic: love. Although the theme is presented in many variants about love being desired, lost love, the act of loving and so on, pop is generally all about love. This constitutes probably the main reason why metal bands generally shy away from that subject – as their musical genre defines itself partly as the very antithesis to all things pop. This rule of thumb applies the more, the darker a particular subgenre presents itself.



Lantlos - Wildhund >>> 30.07.2021
Lantlos - Wildhund
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Some bands are highly regarded by their fans as they keep delivering great albums in the same style over and over. LANTLOS are clearly not one of those. The followers of this outstanding metal entity lead by instigator and mastermind Markus Siegenhort rather value the ever changing nature and constant evolution of his bubbling musical creativity.



Xasthur - Victims of the Times >>> 09.07.2021
Xasthur - Victims of the Times
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With "Victims of the Times", XASTHUR deliver an acid folk road trip through the dark underbelly of the American dream.



Heavy Temple - Lupi Amoris >>> 18.06.2021
Heavy Temple - Lupi Amoris
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HEAVY TEMPLE crash forth like a roaring mastodon in a thunderstorm with their first official full-length, "Lupi Amoris," and it has all the markings of a landmark record



Dornenreich - Du wilde Liebe sei >>> 11.06.2021
Dornenreich - Du wilde Liebe sein
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DORNENREICH offer a veritable cornucopia of wonderful surprises on their ninth full-length "Du wilde Liebe sei" ("You Wild Love Be"). The Tyrolean trio has used the more than seven years that have passed since the release of their latest masterpiece "Freiheit" (2014) well to create a new dimension of sound.



T-TOPS - Staring at a Static Screen >>> 28.05.2021
T-TOPS - Staring at a Static Screen
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Sophomore T-TOPS full-length "Staring at a Static Screen" is as gritty and soaked with urban detritus as it gets.



Kirlian Camera - Cold Pills >>> 14.05.2021
Kirlian Camera - Cold Pills
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Cold Pills (Scarlet Gate of Toxic Daybreak)", KIRLIAN CAMERA deliver their darkest music yet.



Noeta - Elm >>> 23.04.2021
Noeta - Elm
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The sound of a teardrop falling onto a moss covered stone. The sound of a heart breaking. The sound of a rosebud opening at dawn.



Byrdi - Birjing >>> 05.03.2021
Byrdi - Birjing
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With their third full-length "Byrjing" ("Beginning"), BYRDI are taking the important step from a highly respected underground act to an established force within the realm of Nordic folk. (DE)



Empyrium - Über den Sternen >>> 27.02.2021
Empyrium - Ueber den Sternen
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"Album of the Month" in Metal Hammer (DE) and Sonic Seducer (DE)
Mountain vistas of sombre forests stretching towards the horizon, majestic ruins of medieval castles still standing proud on ragged cliffs, water spirits lurking in dark moorlands beckoning unwary wanderer to the depths – the very same motifs that inspired the painters and poets of German Romanticism have also given rise to EMPYRIUM in 1994.


Fortid - World Serpent >>> 11.12.2020
Fortid - World Serpent
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"Album of the Month" in Metal Hammer (DE) and Sonic Seducer (DE)
In the pagan mind, every end also marks a beginning. The Norse gods perish in a final battle of a chain of apocalyptic events called Ragnaroek that witnesses the old world die in flames.


Katla - Allt Petta Helvitis Myrkur >>> 13.11.2020
Katla - Allt Petta Helvitis Myrkur
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The infamous Icelandic low is defined as a large and persistent atmospheric low-pressure centre that forms between Iceland and Greenland and is often the cause of strong winter winds over the North Atlantic. KATLA artistically translate this meteorological depression into dark doom-infused metal and deep musical emotion.


Völur - Death Cult >>> 13.11.2020
Völur - Death Cult
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To the casual listener, Völur might 'just' appear to write great doom songs with an avant-garde approach using elements from folk, classical music and free jazz.


Various Artists - Vol. 4 >>> 31.10.2020
Various Artists - Vol. 4e
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Magnetic Eye bows at the Birmingham altar to celebrate BLACK SABBATH’s 50th anniversary with an offering of an end-to-end re-imagining of Vol. 4, which still remains as one of the most acclaimed albums in the canon of these godfathers of heavy metal


Secrets of the Moon - Black House >>> 08.05.2020
Secrets of the Moon - Black House
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On their seventh full-length Black House, Secrets Of The Moon offer us a re-invented version of their pristinely sinister rock music. Reunited with founding member Lars Plegge (Daevas), the Germans further explore the path taken on critically acclaimed predecessor Sun (ranked by opinion-forming German magazine Rock Hard among the key albums of the new millennium), serving nothing and no one, only their songs.


Vuur and Zijde - Impavida >>> 08.05.2020
Vuur and Zijde - Impavida
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In advance of their forthcoming debut album via Prophecy Productions / Lupus Lounge, newly formed black metal trio Vuur & Zijde ("fire and silk") - featuring members of Laster, Nusquama and Terzij de Horde - will introduce themselves on a split-release alongside the similarly enigmatic Impavida.


The Mystery Of the Bulgarian Voices feat. Lisa Gerrard - Shandai Ya Stanka >>> 17.04.2020
The Mystery Of the Bulgarian Voices feat. Lisa Gerrard - Shandai Ya Stanka
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Otherworldly female vocals from extraordinary performers have always been the trademark of world-famous choir ensemble The Mystery Of The Bulgarian Voices (formerly known as "Les Mystères Des Voix Bulgares")


Perchta - Ufang >>> 01.04.2020
Perchta - Ufang
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Atmospheric black metal and Tyrolean folk - the lore of the Austrian Alps is alive