Dark post-punk trio Fotocrime have announced the release of their debut full-length album. The upcoming effort, which follows last year’s Always Hell and Always Night EPs, will be titled Principle of Pain and will be released on May 18 via Auxiliary Records and Golden Antenna Records. The album’s artwork and track listing can be found after the break, along with a stream of the opening track “Nadia (Last Year’s Men)” and the band’s upcoming tour dates.
They’re at it again.
In my opinion, Drudkh is by far the most consistent and prolific black metal band of recent times. Beginning with 2003’s Forgotten Legends, the Ukranian band led by the genius that is Roman Saenko has carved their own niche in atmospheric black metal. Often imitated, they have loomed large in the scene despite their utter lack of live appearances. The members of Drudkh have side projects (Blood of Kingu, Precambrian, Windswept) that have left a bigger impression on me than some people’s “masterwork”. While many will debate their mid era’s quality (Anything after Blood In Our Wells until A Furrow Cut Short), it is hard for anyone to debate that as a whole, Drudkh is a genre main stay, bordering on legendary. They’ve gone from doing small runs of CDs on obscure labels, to as “mainstream” as an underground black metal band gets doing large pressings on Season of Mist. Their records are in common circulation. Their merch is easy to get. You would be hard pressed to find a true fan of the genre completely unfamiliar with their work. While none of this necessarily speaks to quality, all of these characteristics of Drudkh are well deserved.
TOTALSELFHATRED is a Finnish band that, you guessed it, writes melancholic and depressing music. Their style lies on the black metal side of things which truly brings out the darkness in their content. The grim atmospheres on their new album, Solitude, portray their sorrows and self destruction, even without the vocals to convey these messages, the music itself is truly hopeless and heavy. Their 3rd full length release is a strong one and fans of this genre will enjoy this album quite a bit.
Blackened melodic death metal Unleash released a slew of info on their upcoming new album titled, Savior, as well as releasing a teaser trailer of what to expect on this album. What I hear is high energy, ripping metal and I cannot wait to check this one out! More info and the trailer after the jump.