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Double Colored vinyl
For fans of THE RUINS OF BEVERAST, URFAUST, BLUT AUS NORD, EVOKEN, and the likes...
Originally released in 2017 on cassette but selling out each edition three times over, ITERU's Ars Moriendi has quickly become a highly considered & essential piece of modern underground doom-death. And listening to the expansive 34 minutes of this debut recording, it's easy to hear why: ITERU craft a crushing-yet-spacious experience of damnation and depression, almost effortlessly moving from spiraling suicidal melody to earth-shaking heft, and smothering the listener every step of the way. Even the vocals themselves seem to be world-eating, a force of nature (or even the supernatural) intent on utter oblivion. But, unlike so much doom-death past and especially present, Ars Moriendi always conveys a sense of movement - no sludge for its own sake here - and an expert grasp of dynamics; down every labyrinth, there is both light and shade, and all is DOOMED.
A fair proportion of atmospheric black metal bands create said atmosphere through the building of a wall of tremolo picked, high treble noise (have no fear, there’s still plenty of that to be had – see the middle bridge on “Gaian Mind” for example), but on tracks like “Holy Dread” and “Shroud of Horns”, Tempestarii add clean acoustic passages: the folk-like, gentle nature of these provide unexpected relief from their otherwise punishing music.
The five-track album (which nevertheless comes in at just less than an hour) is everything you could hope for from an atmospheric black metal release: unsettling, dynamic and ritualistic.
"Era one" is the 2006 album by Swiss metal act SAMAEL. This edition sees the album paired with ''Lesson in magic #1'', which consists of nine instrumental songs of electro/ambient music, making this a very interesting and unique release. Now available on limited edition coloured vinyl exclusivley for Record Store Day 2019.
CLEAR/RED/BLACK SPLATTER VINYL
"The hunt" is the sixth studio album by Swedish heavy metal three-piece GRAND MAGUS. Originally released in 2012 by Nuclear Blast Records and now reissued on delexe splatter vinyl courtesy of Back On Black. "The hunt" is a record that with no weak spots. It is both heavy and emotional, epic and powerful. The band is solid as rock and execute riffs one after another with killer precision.
Only 100 copies pressed on oxbloodvinyl
WITCHING HOUR move from sepulchral blackthrash magick towards ancient metal mysticism. The transition is an enviously fluid one, as the characteristically high songwriting standards the band have held from the beginning are now transposed onto more nuanced, dynamic, and timelessly HEAVY METAL creations. It all sounds as old as time itself, yet breathes and heaves with a positively invigorating freshness. Glorious and gloomy melodies gallop forward into the fog-choaked night, instilling an atmosphere that's simply impossible to shake, but also latching their claws into the deepest, most emotional corners of the soul
This glorious debut album by California's best heavy/power metal band TYRANT is as dark and thunderous as the cover. Burning guitar licks and crushing Iron Maiden-esque beats, mixed in with catchy hooks makes this album one hell of a ride! An album to discover (or re-discover) in the darkness!
Splatter purple white, 2lp gatefold, reissue