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ORIGIN premiere lyric video for new track “Cascading Failures”


On June 30th, iconic death metallers ORIGIN will release their seventh studio album “Unparalleled Universe”. In anticipation, the band has revealed the second new single in a form of a lyric video. Listen to “Cascading Failures” here:

The new album “Unparalleled Universe” will be available on Agonia Records in Europe / ROW and Nuclear Blast Records in North America. Pre-orders are available at this link, while the first single, “Accident And Error”, can be listened to here.

For 20 years, ORIGIN has engaged a full-blown sensory assault of tight, taut, and technical death metal amplified by flashes of grindcore and groove. However, 2017’s “Unparalleled Universe” sees the quartet – Paul Ryan (guitar, vocals), John Longstreth (drums), Mike Flores (bass, vocals), and Jason Keyser (vocals) – strengthen that blueprint with a handful of surprises.

“It feels like an Origin album, but it’s unparalleled to what you might expect if you haven’t heard us for 10 or 15 years” says Ryan. “To me, it’s a true reflection of ourselves. I compare it to an action movie. Our earlier material is filled with action from beginning to end. Now, the idea is to add a little more depth and dynamics. You could say there are some twists in the plot musically”.

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DECREPIT BIRTH to release new album “Axis Mundi” in July; listen to first single “Epigenetic Triplicity” (360 VR lyric video)


 

Hailing from California, U.S., the esoteric techincal death metallers DECREPIT BIRTH are set to release their first new album in seven years, “Axis Mundi”, on July 21st via Agonia Records (Europe / ROW) and Nuclear Blast Records (North America). “Epigenic Triplicity” is the first single to be revealed from the record. Listen to the the track in the form of a 360 VR lyric video at this link:

Formed in 2001, DECREPIT BIRTH released three studio album’s to date, which got them a premiere spot on the death metal radar. Their music, infused with technical and progressive twists, managed to forge a very solid international fan base, and continues to forge their path into the future, as one of the genre’s finest bands. Awakening from a seven-year slumber, the Californians fourth offering is entwined with musical athleticism and characteristic esoteric themes. “Axis Mundi” is as crushing as it is cosmic.
“We’ve gone through an evolution throughout the years” says founding member and primary songwriter Matt Sotelo. “The last couple of albums we had, Diminishing Between Worlds and Polarity, were more progressive death metal. They were different from …And Time Begins, which is a different genre of death metal. It’s more brutal. I’m the type of guy who likes to experiment. …And Time Begins has no solos. It’s all really fast palm-muted riffs. The other albums breathed more with the guitars. I let chords ring out on Diminishing Between Worlds and Polarity. Axis Mundi is combination of all the stuff I’m into. I like it a lot right now. It’s more melodic. The riffs repeat intentionally. I want to have fun with these songs”.

With remarkable songs, an exceptional production, and high concept lyrics, DECREPIT BIRTH will re-shape death metal on “Axis Mundi”. They’re blasting the doors of convention wide open, paving the way for future generations to explore beyond death metal’s four proverbial corners. Much like the band’s influences from the early ‘90s, DECREPIT BIRTH have different optics on the genre and what has meant and continues to mean. Of course, Sotelo sees “Axis Mundi” from an entirely pragmatic viewpoint:

“I don’t know if we’re going to re-shape death metal” he counters. “We’re just a band. We’re doing this. We’re fans of the genre. We do our own thing with it. It’s our own paint job. What sounds cool to us. We don’t aspire to be the most technical band out there. The technicality isn’t our main goal. Technicality is part of what we are. When we were writing this album, we wanted the songs that had riffs that repeat. There’s more structure with our new stuff. We’re trying to write good music. We want to entertain people out there. Hopefully, everybody likes Axis Mundi”.

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SVARTSYN reveal second new single


Swedish black metallers SVARTSYN are streaming a new song taken from their upcoming album “In Death”, due out on June 9th via Agonia Records. Listen to “Black Thrones Of Death” here:

“Black Thrones Of Death” is the second revealed single. The first one, “Seven Headed Snake”, can be listened to here: https://youtu.be/2bn_RFA-yHI

SVARTSYN plays dark, grim and misanthropic black metal. The music operates from mid-paced to fast and sinister tempos, featuring a dynamic melodic range injected into an overall feeling of obscurity and brutality. Originally formed as Chalice in 1991, and renamed to SVARTSYN three years later, the band can be considered as a one man project led by Ornias. He sang and played all instruments on “In Death”, except for drums. Along its career, the band put out a number of albums celebrated in the underground black metal scene, including the 1998 debut “The True Legend”.

Ornias commented: “The new record completes and combaines the Black Testament and the Nightmarish Sleep albums. My revelations. My deathwork”.

“In Death” was recorded in the Belgian Mortsella Studio in March and December 2016, and in January 2017. Mixing and mastering took place at Clintworks Studio (Amon Amarth, 3 Inches Of Blood, Misery Index). The cover artwork was created by Chadwick St John (Arckanum, Horna, The Piper graphic novel).

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Tracklist:
1. Seven Headed Snake
2. Dark Prophet
3. With Death
4. Inside The White Mask
5. Wilderness Of The Soul
6. Black Thrones Of Death
7. Exile In Death

 

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RAGNAROK to kick off second leg of European tour on May 19th


Norwegian black metallers RAGNAROK have announced a second leg of their European tour, that will be taking place this May and focusing on the Eastern part of the continent.

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The band will be touring in support of their last year’s album “Psychopathology”, released on Agonia Records, together with fellow black metallers Cvinger (Slovenia), Infinityum (France) and Aeternum Vale (Ireland). The 9-date routing will go though five countries.

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“Psychopathology tour pt. 2”

19.05: Skullcrusher, Dresden (DE)
20.05: Red & Black, Chorzow (PL)
21.05: Hydrozagadka , Warsaw (PL)
23.05: Blue Hell, Budapest (HU)
24.05: Majestic Music Club, Bratislava (SK)
25.05: Nova Chmelnice, Prague (CZ)
26.05: From Hell, Erfurt (DE)
27.05: Backstage, Munich (DE)
28.05: Blackland, Berlin (DE)

05.08 – Oak Metal Festival (NO)
30.09: Sarpsborg Jern & Metal Festival (NO)

Formed in 1994 RAGNAROK‘s history spans well over two decades. As with any band that has lasted this long, there have been changes in the lineup along the way, not least of which was the decision by Jontho, one of the most recognisable and respected drummers on the Norwegian Black Metal scene, to expand his performing repertoire by laying down his drumsticks and taking over as vocalist. Aside from Jontho on vocals, the band’s lineup includes long-standing guitarist Bolverk (Images At Twilight), session bassist Viti (Images At Twilight, Hinsidig) and drummer Daniel Minge (Dauden).

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ORIGIN detail new album “Unparalleled Universe” and premiere first single “Accident And Error” (360 degree lyric video)


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The vaunted U.S. titans of extreme death metal, ORIGIN, have revealed details surrounding their forthcoming new album, “Unparalleled Universe”, set to be released on June 30th via Agonia Records (Europe / ROW) and Nuclear Blast Records (North America). Pre-orders for the album are available below. Listen to the first single “Accident And Error” in the form of a 360 degree lyric video at this link:

For 20 years, ORIGIN has engaged a full-blown sensory assault of tight, taut, and technical death metal amplified by flashes of grindcore and groove. However, 2017’s “Unparalleled Universe” sees the quartet – Paul Ryan (guitar, vocals), John Longstreth (drums), Mike Flores (bass, vocals), and Jason Keyser (vocals) – strengthen that blueprint with a handful of surprises.

“It feels like an Origin album, but it’s unparalleled to what you might expect if you haven’t heard us for 10 or 15 years” says Ryan. “To me, it’s a true reflection of ourselves. I compare it to an action movie. Our earlier material is filled with action from beginning to end. Now, the idea is to add a little more depth and dynamics. You could say there are some twists in the plot musically”.

ORIGIN began compiling ideas for what would become “Unparalleled Universe” while touring in support of their 2014 sixth offering, “Omnipresent”. Along the way, the record snatched their highest position on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart, bowing in the Top 10. Meanwhile, it garnered acclaim from metal press and successful tours with everyone from Aborted and Exhumed to Immolation and Marduk over the last three years. They’ve also shined on the Summer Slaughter Tour in 2009 & 2014. On the road with Belphegor last year, the members debuted a skeleton of the first single “Accident and Error” in front of packed crowds.

“We would ask the audience to give us title ideas, but we could never discern what they were actually saying” laughs Ryan. “Riffs typically start on tour, and I keep them in my back pocket. That’s the way it is. Ultimately, Unparalleled Universe begins another era for Origin. In the end, we’re still writing death metal songs, but we’re adding new dimensions. We’re still Origin”.

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Tracklist:
1. Infinitesimal to the Infinite
2. Accident and Error
3. Cascading Failures
4. Mithridatic
5. Truthslayer
6. Invariance Under Transformation
7. Dajjal
8. Burden of Prescience
9. Unequivocal
10. Revolucion

“Unparalleled Universe” album formats:
– Digipack CD.
– Limited BOX CD (including beer opener with album cover, flag with band logo and alternative CD version of the album).
– 12” gatefold LP (black).
– 12” gatefold LP (gray).
– 12” gatefold LP (splatter) – Agonia Records Webshop exclusive!
– 12”gatefold picture LP.
– Digital.

PRE-ORDERS are available at:
https://www.originofficial.com/

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