EXCLUSIVE ALBUM PREMIERE: Tuscoma – “Discourse”

New Zealand’s Blackened Crust Punks Tuscoma will release their new album, Discourse, tomorrow, April 24th, 2020. The album is the follow-up to their well-regarded 2018 release Arkhitecturenominus. The two-piece band creates bruising, bleak musical tomes of a punished existence, and Discourse is the next chapter in their story. Recorded at Studio 11b Mount Maunganui, NZ and Engineered and Produced by Chris Johnson, who also performed bass guitar on the album. The record was Mixed and Mastered by the great Jack Shirley at The Atomic Garden Oakland California, USA. Stream the full album now at their Bandcamp page.

https://tuscoma.bandcamp.com/album/discourse-2

Tuscoma is:

Joe Wright – Drums

Kurt Williams – Vox-Guitar

Additional:

Chris Johnson plays Bass on Discourse

 

Abbath Has Been Nominated For Two Independent Music Awards

 

Abbath has announced that the band has been nominated for two awards in the 18th annual Independent Music Awards for the 2019 album Outstrider, out now via Season of Mist. They are nominated for Outstrider in the category of Best Metal / Hardcore album and for

‘Harvest Pyre’ in the Best Metal / Hardcore song category. Abbath had their North American co-headline tour with fellow legends Mayhem, The Decibel Magazine Tour, canceled due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), pandemic. Check out this message from Abbath and vote for the band to win!

A small bit of news in the chaos of the times… Abbath has received 2 nominations in the 18th annual Independent Music Awards in a few categories. They are as follows:

* Outstrider in the category of Best Metal / Hardcore album

* Harvest Pyre in the Best Metal / Hardcore song category

Voting is allowed in the song category, and if you’d like to you can do so here – https://fans.independentmusicawards.com/song_category/metalhardcore

Voting does require a sign-up however.

Work continues behind the scenes. We look forward to sharing more news soon,

Be safe,

Abbath had previously sent a message to fans thanking them for their support and about his excitement for a 2020 full of tour dates.

Outstrider is out now and can be purchased here from the Season of Mist Shop: http://smarturl.it/AbbathOutstrider

Available formats:

Digipak

Clamshell box + extra’s

LP in various colours

Casette

The coverartwork, which is created by Kim Holm and Olav Iversen, and the track-list for Outstrider can be found below.

Track listing:

1. Calm in Ire (Of Hurricane) (04:32)

2. Bridge of Spasms (03:49)

3. The Artifex (04:09)

4. Harvest Pyre (04:12)

5. Land of Khem (04:08)

6. Outstrider (05:39)

7. Scythewinder (04:17)

8. Hecate (04:25)

9. Pace till Death (BATHORY cover) (03:41)

Total: 38:52

 

Abbath is:

Abbath – Vocals & guitars

Ole Andre Farstad -Guitars

Ukri Suviletho – Drums

Rusty Cornell – Bass

 

Abbath online:

http://www.abbath.net/

https://www.facebook.com/abbathband

https://www.instagram.com/abbath_official

ALBUM REVIEW: Omega Infinity – Solar Spectre

If a band consists of members from Ne Obliviscaris and Todtgelichter, it’s a fair bet that the results will be 1) bloody dark, 2) as mad as a sheep in a tree. Sure enough, Omega Infinity provides all of this, with the frosted vocal of the Aussies’ mystical Xenoyr tangling with the musical machinations of ‘lichter drummer and keyboardist Tentakel P for debut album Solar Spectre (Season of Mist). Continue reading

PODCAST: Episode #84 – Wolfheart’s Tuomas Saukkonen on “Wolves of Karelia”

We caught up with Wolfheart leader Tuomas Saukkonen recently for a new interview. The band has unleashed its amazing new album (review here) Wolves of Karelia, out now via Napalm Records. The follow up to the acclaimed 2018 release Constellation Of The Black Light, Wolves… is a sprawling conceptual masterpiece about the “Winter War” between Finland and Russia. Tuomas spoke at length about the research that went into the album, his view of concept albums in general, how the band continues to be so prolific over time, the travails of making their excellent ‘Hail of Steel’ music video, and how the band plans to stay active and connected to fans during the coronavirus quarantine. Interview by Keefy. Purchase Wolves of Karelia here: Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Myrkur – Folkesange

Amalie Brunn is a chameleon of the most striking, variant shades, which makes the English transalation of her of her alter-ego Myrkur (‘Darkness’) something of a paradox. That darkness, of course, comes from the Dane’s lyrical content, and frequent Black Metal incursions into the Folk-based music she peddles with wondrous feeling. New album Folkesange (Relapse Records), however, eschews the usual harsh accompaniment: focusing purely on her Scandinavian Folk roots and delivering a set of softened, heartfelt songs. Continue reading

PODCAST: Episode 82: Jun-Hiss of Oranssi Pazuzu on “Mestarin Kynsi”

Ghost Cult caught up with Jun-Hiss of Finland’s incredible Psychedelic Black Metal group Oranssi Pazuzu recently to discuss their new album Mestarin Kynsi, due out this Friday, April 17th, 2020 via Nuclear Blast. He spoke about the concept of the album, lyrical influences, the writing process that created the album, their new music video for ‘Uusi Teknokratia’, the ways that their other band Waste of Space Orchestra and their main group differ and affect each other, thoughts on the impact Roadburn Festival and its organizers has had on the avant-garde black metal world, and much more. Listen to our interview below and pre-order the album here Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Igorrr – Spirituality and Distortion – Metal Blade

Igorrr is the brainchild of the French musical genius, Gautier Serre and he made it to destroy the limitations of music. Originally a solo project, Serre dug into a variety of contrasting genres to proclaim palatable pieces of art that shouldn’t work, but do. In 2017, he broke barriers when the project gained more members and they released Savage Sinusoid (Metal Blade Records). Now, this bizarre band is back with the full-length album, Spirituality and Distortion (Metal Blade Records) where Serre and the other players are embellishing on the already oddball invention that is Igorrr. Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Wolfheart – Wolves of Karelia

Finland is a country that holds a considerable amount of mystery, melancholy, and magic. The band Wolfheart hails from this special nation and assists their listeners in grasping the greatness of their wintery world. The leader of the pack, Tuomas Saukkonen has been delivering foolproof Melodic Death Metal in several different projects for a substantial amount of years. When Wolfheart released their first album, Winterborn in 2013, it was clear that this act was establishing themselves as a powerful force in the scene. Now the group is releasing their fifth full-length record, Wolves of Karelia (Napalm Records). This new album is expanding the stately, sullen sound of their coined term, “Winter Metal” to new creative crests. Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Velnias – Scion of Aether

This is a really interesting release to say the least. Velnias have been crafting what they call, ‘Oppressive Rocky Mountain Dirge’ for well over a decade and have had a continual place on my radar. This upcoming release though, Scion Of Aether (Eisenwald) seems to be something else, something greater. The band has managed to fuse their progressive tendencies with post-black metal in order to craft something transcendent and powerful. This record leaps from peak to peak and seems to continually prove that this band is one of a kind. Continue reading