New Music and News Hustle: Ævangelist, Mare Cognitum, Kaeck, Manii, Arkaik, and More!

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Get caught up on all the blasphemy, filth, etc. dropped over the last week. Respect the hustle.

Let’s get things started on the spooky foot with a double dose of Ævangelist news. These prime purveyors of eldritch horror recently unveiled the art and track listing for their next album, Enthrall to the Void of Bliss. This esoteric emanation will be expulsed by new label home 20 Buck Spin. Keep your eye on their blog for updates as the October 9th (in the US) drop date approaches. You can also stream a devilish new song over at No Clean Singing. This tune, “Levitating Stones”, sounds closer to Writhes in the Murk than Omen Ex Simulacra, again utilizing a more riff-based approach than the atmospheric assault of the latter. I’m curious to see how this, their fourth album, will continue to project the band further into the void. However, if your salivation for the sinister remains unsatisfied, you can stream and purchase two long tracks that have been difficult to run down over at Bandcamp. Check out “Abstract Catharsis” below.

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Excellent Italian label I, Voidhanger blew up my email inbox the other night with the announcement of three new releases. Todesstoß has been doing weird things to my brain for a few weeks now, and you’ll be seeing a mini-review for them shortly. Instead, let’s chop about the other two releases. I’ve seen a number of you clamoring about Mare Cognitum‘s 2012 masterwork, An Extraconscious Lucidity, and for good reason. An Extraconscious Lucidity is a subconscious voyage through the cosmos on a rocket made of killer tremolo riffs. Well fans of the band are in luck, but this opus is getting a re-release. What I most enjoy about the songs I’ve heard is that feeling of spaciness; judicious scrapes, ghastly squeals, and thoughtful pauses in the brutality litter the cold, empty void like colorful but dead planets, giving the listener the feeling that he gets a front-row seat to witness the heat death of the universe.

The third I, Voidhanger track is a bizarre portrait of avant-garde surrealism. Discordant elements from seemingly incompatible subgenres of metal are blended together on Mapping the Moment with the Logic of Dreams by Bloodway in a mottled, disorienting landscape painted by mastermind Costin Chioreanu. The music ranges from more traditional metal song structures to more progressive epics, accented by happy little trees of black or death metal to add just that extra amount of flavor. The real highlight (or lowlight for some) on this album, though, are Chioreanu’s over-the-top vocals. His theatrics may be off-putting to some, but they seem to lend an air of immediacy and aplomb to the whole endeavor. I’m not convinced that I love this, but it is interesting enough to at least demand my attention for a little while.

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Our new pal 365 Chaos Ridden Days informed me that the Deciblog is streaming Dutch black metal coven Kaeck‘s debut album Stormkult. The band may be familiar to fans of Sammath or Kjeld. At the time of writing, I’ve only gotten a chance to listen to one song, so all I can really tell you is that this sucker is raw, much like my butt that time I woke up too early on Christmas morning as a child and ran out of toilet paper and was expressly forbidden from waking anyone else up so I had to use the cardboard roll to wipe. It hurts, but there’s also a lingering warmth and glow about the whole affair, the kind of engrossing atmosphere that only Christmas morning or a solid black metal album can bring to a child or to a metalhead, respectively. You can check out “De Heerser Wederkeert” below.

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In addition to the news about I, Voidhanger, the email fairy also left another glittery stool of joy in my mailbox in the form of a new release from Debemur Morti. Old Norwegian black metal stalwarts Manes will soon be resurfacing with a new album under the guise of Manii. Cernunnus and Sargatanas are dropping a new 7″ of re-recorded Manes’ tracks under the title Skuggeheimen. Grandiose, frigid, and epic, this 7″ is a throwback to the glory-days of second-wave black metal and should appeal to the corpsepainted folk among you. You can order the 7″ here and stream the songs below.

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Tech death fans, fret not, because I have something for you to celebrate as well. Heavy as balls spiritualists Arkaik are returning with a brand new album called Lucid Dawn. The band promises the second installment in their conceptual framework telling the story of Cyrix will be a meta-narrative with references to Joseph Campbell, author of The Hero of a Thousand Faces, likely posturing on the many roles of heroes in human myth in a distinctly death metal fashion. Truthfully, I don’t know much about this band, but I dig the song “Opus Brahmanic”, as it presents one of the closest approximations of religious incantations you’ll find in death metal. You can check out the track listing for Lucid Dawn over at Earsplit Compound. You can also see the band soon at a city near you!

10/16/15 On The Y – Sacramento, CA *
10/17/15 The Third Street Pub – Bend, OR
10/18/15 El Corazon (Funhouse) – Seattle, WA
10/19/15 The Pin! – Spokane, WA
10/20/15 The Shredder – Boise, ID
10/21/15 Karmikazees – Salt Lake City, UT
10/22/15 Trailside Saloon – Denver, CO
10/23/15 Thunder Alley – Oklahoma City, OK
10/24/15 Walters – Houston, TX
10/25/15 The Korova – San Antonio, TX
10/26/15 House of Rock – Corpus Christi, TX
10/27/15 Dirty Dog Bar Austin, TX
10/28/15 Tomcats West – Fort Worth, TX
10/29/15 YaYas – San Angelo, TX
10/30/15 Blu Phoenix – Albuquerque, NM
10/31/15 The Quarry Bisbee – Bisbee, AZ
11/01/15 The Rogue – Scottsdale, AZ
11/02/15 Doll Hut – Anaheim, CA
11/03/15 Elks Lodge – San Bernardino, CA
11/04/15 Five Star Bar – Los Angeles, CA
11/05/15 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
11/06/15 Chinatown Youth Center – Fresno, CA
11/07/15 Whiskey Dicks – South Lake Tahoe, CA
11/08/15 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
*ARKAIK and Enfold Darkness only

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Other jive for you turkeys to suck:

  • Debemur Morti have released Carpathia Symphonia from Wallachia
  • Interdimensional Extinction, the new EP from Blood Incantation will be out later this week courtesy of Dark Descent. You can stream it in full at Invisible Oranges
  • Hells Headbangers is streaming Violence and War by Evil Army
  • Metal Blade Records just signed Greek black metal group Ravencult
  • Gilead Media just announced Sick with Bloom by Yellow Eyes for a November release
  • If you’re in Makebelieveland, you should go to Finnish Death Metal Maniacs Fest

That’s it for me. Stay on that grind.

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  • The Haunting Presence of Tyree

    Varg has a Christmas gift for you Doc. I hope it’s more toilet paper.

    http://i1297.photobucket.com/albums/ag37/maddeku/santi-varg_zps49a61fbb.jpeg

  • Didn’t knew Costin Chioreanu had a project. Will hear it. He is quickly becoming one of my favorite merol artists.

    • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

      Samesies!

  • Archgoat, Convulse, Depravity, hey looks good and OH MY GOD DEMILICH PLEASE TAKE ME, FINLAND

    • The Haunting Presence of Tyree

      Yeah, that line-up is tits. I get to see Archgoat this Sunday. Should be tits as well.

      • Vote for Jeb

        I’ve never heard Pestigore. Worth checking?

        • The Haunting Presence of Tyree

          YES! Nasty and raw death metal. They didn’t put out much but it’s good. It’s sick to see that they are playing gigs still. Especially since their last release was from 1992.

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            They reunited this year, so we might live to see some new stuff as well.

          • The Haunting Presence of Tyree

            That would be most excellent.

  • Copious amounts of purple in that Arkaik album cover. Wonder what stlyle of music they play. New wave synth pop maybe?

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Tech death?

    • Culinary Cunilengus

      Nah, synth pop would have either a lot more black, blue or white. #ToiletSynthPopExpert

    • Lacertilian

      Gotta be that they’re a Baroness clone.

  • Vote for Jeb
    • The Haunting Presence of Tyree

      From Hellboy?

      • Vote for Jeb

        Yah, the second one.

        • The Haunting Presence of Tyree

          Ok, I prefer that one more I think.

          • Culinary Cunilengus

            Both definitely have that Del Toro trademark. It would’ve been interesting if he would’ve done The Hobbit, as originally planned.

        • I liked both movies, but I the second one have better character design and the vampires and that angel looked so cool in the screen.

    • Culinary Cunilengus

      Oh, how I love Del Toro! Pan’s Labyrinth (I know that pic is from Hellboy and not PL) is in my top 20 favorite films. Seeing that in theaters was an experience to be had, and my friend and I spent the rest of the night drinking and talking about that film.

      • KJM

        Thanks to Del Toro vampires are cool again.

        • Culinary Cunilengus

          Ever seen Cronos?

          • KJM

            Yes.

          • Culinary Cunilengus

            Sweet! Only film of his I didn’t like was Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark.

          • KJM

            I don’t tend to see remakes anyways.

          • Culinary Cunilengus

            Same. Usually it’s a sure sign that Hollywood has run out of ideas. The Conan remake, anyone? Or the Get Smart movie?

      • xengineofdeathx

        I second this. Dude, Crimson peak looks fucking amazing. It’s a goddamn shame he’s not doing the new Silent Hill game anymore.

  • Hubert

    Lot’s of Black Metal today. Yay 🙂

  • BEARD OV GREAT DAWKINS

    Glad to see Mare Cognitum getting that rerelease. His material is brilliant.

    • Vote for Jeb

      Fantastic stuff.

    • Lacertilian

      The one from last year didn’t hit me right away but now after Dubz shared this one on the FB group I’m gonna revisit it.

      • BEARD OV GREAT DAWKINS

        I highly advise this course of action

  • JJM

    @BasedTapir:disqus, come here… is this Manii based on the band Manes that you got me interested in??

    • Sir Tapir The Based :]

      Ye, Manes quit in 2011 and Manii was founded by the two founding members.

      • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

        They’re both supposedly active now, or so I heard at least.
        One for blackness, one for weirdness.

        • Sir Tapir The Based :]

          Indeedilydoo

  • JJM

    mmm, looks like Arkaik shares my interest in vintage x86 processors!
    http://cdn.cpu-world.com/CPUs/6×86/S_Cyrix-6x86MX-PR200%20(66MHz%202.9V).jpg

    • KJM

      My first PC had a Cyrix CPU, a whole 180Mhz!

  • CyberneticOrganism
  • Culinary Cunilengus

    Listened to the new Iron Maiden, and……………. it’s pretty fucking good (except for the cowbell fever of Speed Of Light)! Especially ‘The Red And The Black’.

    • JJM

      cosigned, The Red and The Black and Tears of a Clown really rip. the version i heard didn’t have Empire of the Clouds, so still anxious to hear that one

      • KJM

        I found both the new Maiden and Uncle Acid discs to be quite underwhelming, especially Maiden.

        • Culinary Cunilengus

          The new Maiden wasn’t groundbreaking by any means, but it’s definitely better than Dance Of Death or the Blaze era stuff, or No Prayer For The Dying. And it beats ten shades of shit out the new Slayer stuff.

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            Dance of Death is great. Fite me.

          • Sir Tapir The Based :]

            Goddammit! At first I thought you said “fist me” and I got excited.

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            I’d like that.

          • JJM

            only good thing about that album is the artwork

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            Top kek.

        • JJM

          that’s cuz you’re young and require short bursts of fast-paced punk rock… get off my lawn!!!

          • KJM

            Don’t use that reverse psychology on me!

      • Culinary Cunilengus

        It really could’ve done without that 18 minute piano track though.

        • JJM

          it heats up in the middle

          • Culinary Cunilengus

            Bleh.

      • “The Red and The Black” is amazering!!!! But “Empire of the Clouds” is a masterpiece.

    • Sir Tapir The Based :]

      I doubt it.

  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    Didn’t even know Costin Chioreanu played in a band too :/ Def will check.

    Also, jive-ass turkey is probably in the all-time top 5 of phrases.

    • Vote for Jeb

      It’s weird, but if I know you like I think I do, I think you’ll dig it.

  • Waynecro

    That Mare Cognitum slew my nuts. Arkaik kills, and I’m jazzed about the new CD. Seeing Arkaik and Enfold Darkness would be super, but they’re playing on a work night. Staying out past my bedtime is increasingly difficult.

    • Vote for Jeb

      Last night, well after I had written this, I realized that I was in fact wearing an Arkaik shirt. I then remembered that I bought said shirt years ago after seeing them open for Cannibal Corpse.

      • Waynecro

        That’s awesome. About a year ago, I was leaving my office, and a guy stopped me to compliment my shirt (it was a Cannibal Corpse shirt). He asked if I had ever heard of Arkaik, to which I replied, “Fuck yes! They rule!” He then told me that Arkaik’s drummer is a good buddy of his. I couldn’t really do anything with that information, but it was a neat encounter nonetheless.

    • xengineofdeathx

      Their newest album fucking rules too!

      • Waynecro

        It’s on my list of awesome shit to buy.

  • xengineofdeathx

    I fuckin love me some Mare Cognitum son!

    • Vote for Jeb

      That album blew me away. It would probably be on AOTY top ten list if it wasn’t a re-release.