New Music Roundup: Thanatos, Cult of Fire, Hierophant, Cretin & more


It’s that time of week where we round up a bunch of new music and get shit for missing your favorites!

I try my best though, guys. Let’s get to it, shall we? Let’s do some Thanatos trivia. Thanatos:

  1. is Greek for “death” (θάνατος).
  2. was the very first death metal band from the Netherlands.
  3. has been releasing killer death/thrash since 1984’s Emerging from the Netherworlds.
  4. features members of Asphyx and Hail of Bullets.
  5. rules.

Now that’s information you can use. About a month ago, they released the first single from their upcoming album, Global Purification. If you missed “Feeding the War Machine,” stream it here. This week, they unleashed the title track, a slew serrated riffs aimed roughly at your brain stem/skull. That general region. Check it out:

Global Purification drops on November 17th via Century Media. The label says this:

“With Stephan Gebédi’s (guitar, vocals) and Paul Baayens’ (guitars) duties with their other bands – Hail of Bullets and Asphyx – it has become a bit quiet around Netherland’s longest running extreme metal band. But 2014 marks Thantaos’ 30th anniversary and their return to full power. And what would be better than to celebrate this event with the release of Thanatos’ fiercest, most merciless and mature album to date? Global Purification contains 10 tracks of exterminating death/thrash that bring back memories of the days when metal was about breaking rules– instead of creating them.”

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Need more reasons to worship at the altar of Iron Bonehead Productions this year? Here’s one. They’re set to release Cult of Fire‘s new 7″ on December 8th. It’s called “Čtvrtá Symfonie Ohně,” which is actually less frustrating than what they called their last album: मृत्यु का तापसी अनुध्यान. In it’s defense, it was really great record. And somehow it managed to make sitar work in the context of black metal. Anyway, the band just released the first single from the EP, called “Vltava.”

After almost two minutes of mesmerizing-but-still-headbangable build-up, “Vltava” bursts into a cascade of wandering, sinuous tremolo riffs, and the remainder of the song is a seriously transcendent experience. I don’t really know what transcending entails, but I’m pretty sure I did that shit. This song is beautiful. Stream it below and try not to become the universe or something.

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Less than an hour after last week’s roundup, Hierophant released a new song from their upcoming and highly anticipated new album Peste. As you may well know, Hierophant like to get in, crush your soul into dust, snort lethal doses of it, and get out. “Inganno” is 1 minute and 39 seconds of pure, distilled Hate. For the safety of your co-workers, do not listen at work. If you must, for the love of God stop it before it gets to 1:10. Peste is out on November 25 on Bridge Nine Records. Here‘s what they want you to know:

It was hard to fathom Hierophant harnessing the potential to create a record heavier and more malicious than Great Mother : Holy Monster, an already pummeling whiplash of American D-beat-inflected metallic hardcore. Lo and behold: Peste manages just that as a superior, succinctly crushing assault, its tendencies largely erring on the side of European death metal. Hierophant spell out the desolation and desperation leveled by a war amid the id, ego and super-ego, all torturous, violent imagery and morbid, damning assertions that make it a pleasantly grim nightmare to suffer through.

Stream this monster below:

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Cretin plan to release their new album Stranger via Relapse Records on December 5th. It’s been 8 years since their full-length debut. In a total dick move, they released their first single one day after last week’s roundup. It is called “It.” It destroys. “It” destroys. It took approximately 11 seconds for “It” to win me over. Most of you have probably heard “It,” but if you haven’t, listen to this deadly deathgrind grind below.

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Last-minute update: UK ambient/black metal project Halo of the Sun just released a digital EP called 850MA for free. Apparently it contains tracks from their upcoming full-length, Cryogenian. The band says:

The album is concept piece inspired by the Cryogenian geological period from 850-635 million years ago when the Earth experienced some of the most severe glaciations in it’s history. Imagine 215 million years of a winter so harsh even the equator was frozen and primitive life struggled to survive in isolated refuges beneath cold, dark oceans.The EP is available now as a free/pay what you want download and Cryogenian will be out as soon as it’s finished but hopefully before the next glaciation.*

*we make no guarantees.”


I don’t know shit about what happened 850-635 million years ago or if this sounds even remotely similar to it, but I do know that I think that I like it. I also know that it’s free. Which means I can still afford to buy milk, flour and vitamins and boil them down into energy balls to sustain me.

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  • W.

    What a nasty round-up. I really enjoyed Cult of Fire’s latest.

  • Edward Meehan

    “… that bring back memories of the days when metal was about breaking rules– instead of creating them.”

    I have been reading a lot lately about the paradox of heavy metal orthodoxy, and how metal musicians, writers, and fans are often strictly conservative about labels and rules.

    “The album is concept piece inspired by the Cryogenian geological period
    from 850-635 million years ago when the Earth experienced some of the
    most severe glaciations in it’s history. Imagine 215 million years of a
    winter so harsh even the equator was frozen and primitive life struggled
    to survive in isolated refuges beneath cold, dark oceans”.

    Ha. That is an awesome concept.

    • W.

      The comments from Veilburner’s singer had me thinking about this too. I think he makes a good point that metal fans are often deeply religious about their music.

      • Religious Hymns over Metal…let’s do it.

        • W.

          I really dig a lot of old hymns. Slap some Gregorian chants and moody black metal in the background, and you’ve got yourself a deal.

          • Howard Dean

            Agreed. See: DsO, Malign, Funeral Mist, etc. My personal favorite right here. Conjures some extra creepy. Sidenote: I’ve always thought the chants in this sound like skipping back masked Edith Piaf songs.


          • Keegan Lavern Still

            Pffft. Gregorian chants. How plebishly droll! Polyphony’s where it’s at, bruh.


          • W.

            Consider me thoroughly lambasted!

        • Edward Meehan

          I feel like that’s a thing that has to have been done… at some point.

        • Cock ov Steele

          Let’s make Priests of metal an actual thing.

      • Edward Meehan

        From my observations, many metal fans are very stringent about rules. In a way, it does strike me as similar to some of the more forceful and vocal religious types.

  • W.

    Also, lol at energy balls.

    • It’s all you need, man.

    • Howard Dean

      I read this comment quickly and read it as “energy bills,” and that made me shiver. If there is one thing worse than the cold of winter itself, it’s paying to heat your house. I wish we could make an exchange with you folks in Tejas: we’ll send you some cooler weather and precipitation in the summer if you heat us in the winter. I’d sign that deal today.

      • I’d be 100% with you.

      • W.

        I’m down. My electricity bill is outrageously high in the summer just from running the AC.

        • Scrimm

          Same here. I hate AZ.

  • Antonius Block, A Knight

    I believe I can enjoy this Cult of Fire more now when it has not a concept so strickt. This massages my nerves in a very pleasurable way.

    (The last one should have used more indian scales in composition, not just sitar.
    That, as they say, is my beef with it.)

  • HessianHunter

    Holy fuck all of this rules

  • Stockhausen

    Cretin and Cult of Fire are killing it in the artwork department. It also helps that they’re awesome.

    • Cock ov Steele

      “Recent medical studies have concluded that being awesome, only makes you more awesome”-New England Journal of Lolbuttz.

      • Stockhausen

        The most trusted and reliable medical journal out there. Anyone who disagrees is a gosh darn commie.

  • RustyShackleford

    Slow down hoss! Dale’s Dead Bug can’t keep up with all this new music!

  • Rocking some upgraded headphones in the office today. Can confirm: Hierophant goes bananas hard.

    • Stockhausen

      Hard like bananas?

      • Yeah… like really under-ripe bananas. Not the super squishy overripe black ones.

        • Stockhausen

          I sense a banana rating system in the future.

          • W.

            Rate my banana.

          • Stockhausen

            On a scale from one to banana, I’d say Cretin.

          • Guacamole Jim

            That shit would be bananas. B. A. N. A. Yanna. Yannas.

    • Howard Dean

      I’m rocking some tinnitus in the office today. Not fun.

      • You’re an old man, Howard. You gotta wear ear plugs!

        • Edward Meehan

          I wish I had learned that lesson a little earlier in life tbh.

        • Howard Dean

          Very trve. No earplugs + ridiculously loud old school buzzsaw guitar tone = persistent inner ear buzzing today. I feel like I’m in Scanners.

          Luckily, this is the first time I’ve ever had this happen. I think I’ve been pretty good about protecting my ears (relatively speaking) in the past. Will never forget earplugs again!

  • Thanatos, Thank you

  • This just in: Black metal legends Taake have announced a new album called Stridens hus, and just debuted the first single. Check out “Det fins en Prins” right now!

  • There was also a new JFAC song that dropped yesterday. This band’s progression is ridiculous.

    • Man, this album is shaping up to be pretty damn good.

      • TrickleDownTacoRiff


      • Spear

        That goddamn tongue wiggle

    • This sounds surprisingly good. That cover art is still just fucking despicable though. Fire that guy. From everything.

      • Right? Why couldn’t they just use Par Olofsson like everyone else?

        • Hahaha, I guess he’s busy with every other release this year.

    • JWG

      I repeat. Needed more green to cover the whole spectrum.
      It doesn’t even have to be a(n un)happy little tree.

    • Tyree

      He had to spill the beans.

  • Cock ov Steele

    My parents are getting on me about how I just constantly buy more and more albums. It’s like “FUCKIN DUH it’s the damn toilet I’m discovering more and more riffs from the toilet.”

  • Xan

    Love the new Thanatos. Shit hits like a truck.

  • Gurp

    And now new Thanatos? It really is a renaissance.

  • Tyree

    Great round up London! Looking forward to listening to some of these, especially TAAKE!!!

  • JWG

    All the new – and old-but-new-to-me – recommendations I’ve found on ToH (in articles or even comments thereupon) have led me to spend several times my usual monthly entertainment budget this month. Most of it just this last weekend (I was in Vancouver so of course I went to Scrape Records).

    My life is definitely enriched, but at a literal cost.

    I’d lay the ‘blame’ entirely on 2014 being just such a good year, but a lot of it had more to do with wanting to fill in discographies for artists I had discovered through you guys and/or your pre-ToH comments – from both 2014 and beforehand.

    • Same here, I literally had add music to my budget. It used to just fall under the “fun stuff” category haha.

  • Scrimm

    About time. Thanatos.

  • Leif Bearikson

    I heard you guys like death metal. Here’s Decaying’s newest

  • The Flying Scotsman

    Cult of Fire slay me. Their last album was sensational and the new one will be picked up ASAP.