Russian multi-instrumentalist Vaarwel, a.k.a. Frozen Ocean, has premiered his forthcoming record, The Prowess of Dormition, at Zero Tolerance Magazine. The album will officially be released on February 26 via Apocalyptic Witchcraft, and can be pre-ordered here. The album features four expansive black metal tracks that are simultaneously blistering cold and fantastical. It’s melodic, heavy and ludicrously catchy. Check out the album after the break.
Finnish death metallers Gloria Morti have premiered a new track from their upcoming album, Kuebiko, at Decibel. Titled “Josef Fritzl”, the new gut-wrenching tune barrels forth with pulverizing drumming, vile guttural vocals and gore-splattered guitar work. Drummer Kauko Kuusisalo comments on the track:
“’Josef Fritzl’ is one of the shorter songs on Kuebiko, and after short ‘intro’, it gets to the point right away. It is about three minutes of pure aggression with all the ‘classic Gloria Morti elements’ — fast blast beats, melodic chorus riff, and relentless vocals. The morbid story behind the lyrics is should also wake some unpleasant feelings in the listener. This song does not let the listener to rest until it is finished.”
Guitarist Juho Räihä adds:
“The idea for the song is lifted from a public debate on religion featuring the late great Christopher Hitchens. The premise of the lyrics being that there is a problem when trying to reconcile the existence of evil in the world with the (supposed) existence of an all-knowing, all-powerful and good god. The co-existence of evil and such a god is not logically valid. The Fritzl case is, to me, one of the most blatant underlinings of this in recent history.”
Check out the track after the break.
Kuebiko will be released on March 18 via Willowtip Records. Pre-order here.
The Black Dahlia Murder have announced a new U.S. headlining tour that will commence this April. The trek will begin on April 8 and run through May 28, with Fallujah and Disentomb to provide support. The band will be playing their 2003 album Unhallowed in its entirety, along with other songs from their discography. Vocalist Trevor Strnad comments:
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Canadian grinders Wake have premiered a new track from their upcoming album, Sowing the Seeds of a Worthless Tomorrow, at Decibel. Titled “Wretched Tongue”, the new track unleashes furious, filthy, flesh-ripping grind and sludgy marches in abundance. Who needs coffee when you have Wake to wake you up this morning? Check out the track now.
Sowing the Seeds of a Worthless Tomorrow will be released on February 26. Pre-orders can be found here (digital/cassette), here (LP), here (LP) and here (CD).
Check out the band’s upcoming tour dates below.
Scottish instrumental rock titans Mogwai recently released a new track from their upcoming album, Atomic, which is due out on April 1 via the band’s Rock Action Label, and on June 17 via Temporary Residence Ltd in North America. The new track is titled “Ether” and it is smooth and dreamlike, in true Mogwai fashion. Just like the rest of the record, “Ether” is a reworking of a composition that appeared on the band’s soundtrack to Mark Cousin’s acclaimed documentary, Atomic: Living In Dread and Promise. The track itself weaves together twinkling electronics, emotive piano leads, guitar-generated soundscapes and more into a tear-jerking tune. Check out the track after the break along with the previously-released tune, “U-235”.