More Bands Added to Mammothfest UK 2017 Line-up!

Having recently made the first Mammothfest 2017 announcement, which included one of the headliner acts, Rotting Christ from Greece to play a UK exclusive show at the festival, with main support from Norwegian band, Tsjuder. Other acts added in the first reveal were Meta-stasis, Bleed Again, Lagerstein and OHHMS. The festival add another wave of acts to the bill, including Hole In The Sky who make their return after their 2014 appearance. The bands frontman, Rik Moskera sadly lost his life to brain cancer and the festival paid tribute by naming a stage in his honour the Rikstock stage, a platform for upcoming emerging artists. The festival has always prided itself for supporting local and underground acts, giving them the chance to play amongst heavyweights such as Rotting Christ and in the past, Textures, Venom Inc, Sylosis, Onslaught and many more.
Other bands added are Materia, Kill All The Gentlemen, Synaptik, Heathen Deity, Necronautical, Negative Measures, Rotten Foxes and Guttural Carnage.
Many more acts are to be announced including two headliners.

Mammothfest will take place on October 6-8th 2017 at The Arch, Brighton.

Tickets for Mammothfest are available now with a variety of options, including day tickets and VIP weekend tickets:


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EPHEMERALD Signed with Rockshots Records! First Lyric Video ” I bear Fire”

New Finnish Metal Phenomenon EPHEMERALD has signed a deal with Rockshots Records regarding the release of their debut single “I Bear Fire”.
EPHEMERALD is a metal band from Finland, formed in the autumn 2016 by Joni Snoro (ex-Frosttide), Lauri Myllylä (ex-Frosttide), Vesa Salovaara (Vorna) and Juho Suomi (Apocryfal & Prayed and Betrayed). Their music can be described as straightforward, fast-paced, epic and melodic metal music accompanied by huge orchestrations and both clean and harsh vocals.
“I Bear Fire” is available NOW on digital download and streaming:
The band is currently writing song material to complete their full length album, tentatively scheduled to be released in 2018.


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SECTLINEFOR – “Anorexic Insect” Stream


 Label:  Self-Released
 Release Date:  February 1st, 2017
 Genre:  Cinematic, Neo-metal
 Country:  UK
 Running Time:  42 min

Jared – Vocals, lyrics
Piton – Guitars, composer.
Aal – Bass

Trawling through the freezing swamps and slicing his legs open on poisonous shrubbery, Piton realised he was about to die. Hungry parasites were suckling upon his organs and mosquitos the size of his fist were devouring his blood until no quantity of food or water could sustain his survival. For a whole he could no longer remember why he had embarked on this mission in the first place, but as his bones withered into twigs, none of these things mattered anymore. He was so lost and worn that his knees began to betray him, and he fell into the muddy ground, disinterested in the life he once treasured so preciously, ready to surrender his person into death. But what he didn’t know, was that he was being watched.

An external force by the name of Hypno-frog had been keeping an eye on Piton for quite some time now, admiring the man’s ambition whilst waiting for the perfect moment to introduce himself. That moment came when Piton stumbled a few feet away from a dusty cabin, and crawled inside to find warmth and shelter from the elements. There, Hypno-frog revealed himself to Piton, complementing the boy on making it this far and then delivering a proposition. He handed Piton a guitar and requested that the two of them lived together in that very cabin without speaking, giving up their voices to communicate only via the means of music, the epitome of expression. Piton eagerly agreed, happy to abandon the cold in favour of his bloody fingers using strings to represent the soul he had trapped inside for so long. And for a while, life was good again, the translation of spirit into an extrinsic audio force building health to both parties, each finding a mutual love (and hate) in the technical aggression of metal structures and cosmic atmospheres.

However, all things must pass, and eventually Hypno-frog instructed Piton to step back and witness what he had created. For before them was a full length album, written and arranged, almost fleshy enough to be released beyond the constraints of the cabin. At first, Piton was confused as he did not know how to approach this discharge, but once again it was Hypno-frog who offered a solution. He suggested they should build a small army, one which could help sharpen these sounds into a more direct spike in order to pierce virgin ears with more precision. Piton not only understood the benefit of such an idea, but also knew exactly the right soldiers to do it. Enter Aal, a beast who explored bass frets like he was reading brail. Piton knew all too well that these passionate creatures were each born with their own unique sets of powerful skills, as together they had fought many wars in the past, formulating a chemistry they had named YGODEH, a separate audio project created from a consistency so potent that any sorcerer would shudder at the smell. They were already a team, and as soon as they assembled, they knew they were almost ready to charge into battle. Except they were missing one crucial piece to complete the message. They needed a voice.

After a tiresome search, they stumbled upon an abandoned child by the name of Jared. Depressed and confused, this boy was known to shout at the heavens in great anger, with no place to focus his elaborate tales of the earthly horrors he had witnessed. Recognising his dire need for adoption, the group presented Jared to Hypno-frog, and received his blessing, just like the scripture had foretold all those centuries ago. And with that, Sectlinefor was conceived like a baby in the womb, ready to be cut out and dismembered, a small piece for every person in the world.

Every fairytale needs a hero, and every fairy tale needs a villain. And at this early hour in our story, not even SECTLINEFOR know which side they are fighting for.
To be continued.

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HierophantTour Dates Announced

Following two warming-up show earlier this year, HIEROPHANT will be kicking off their full string of Italian dates at the Paniere Il Circolo in Crema tonight in support of their latest release ‘Mass Grave’. The Italians will continue on to ravage their home country with one strike across the border towards Fribourg, Switzerland at the Nouveau Monde on the 12th of February.

HIEROPHANT commented: “We are very stoked to hit the road again. We are starting with a run of Italian shows and another in the UK will follow right after that. We can be nothing but grateful for all the support we got lately. Mark your date in the calendar and see you in the grave!”


HIEROPHANT Italy & Switzerland
10 Feb 17 Crema (IT) Paniere Il Circolo
11 Feb 17 Calenzano (IT) Cycle Club
12 Feb 17 Fribourg (CH) Nouveau Monde
17 Feb 17 Santeramo in Colle (IT) Mocambo
18 Feb 17 Squinzano (IT) Istanbul Café
19 Feb 17 Pescara (IT) Scumm

HIEROPHANT UK & Netherlands
16 Mar 17 Dordrecht (NL) Bibelot
17 Mar 17 London (UK) The Lounge 666
18 Mar 17 Leeds (UK) Temple of Boom
19 Mar 17 Bristol (UK) The Stag and Hounds
20 Mar 17 Hull (UK) Gorilla Studio
21 Mar 17 Canterbury (UK) The Westcoast Bar


HIEROPHANT will be touring in support of their current album ‘Mass Grave’, which was released on November 4th 2016. The artwork of ‘Mass Grave’ can be viewed together with the track-list below.


  1. Hymn of Perdition
  2. Execution of Mankind
  3. Forever Crucified
  4. Mass Grave
  5. Crematorium
  6. In Decay
  7. Sentenced to Death
  8. The Great Hoax
  9. Trauma
  10. Eternal Void

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Benighted Kick Off their

BENIGHTED will kick off their massive French tour at L’Ampérage in Grenoble tonight in support of their forthcoming album ‘Necrobreed’. The brutal death extremists will continue to wreck havoc in their native homeland throughout February and March with a final show at the MJC in Limours on April 1st.



10 Feb 17 Grenoble (FR) L’Ampérage
11 Feb 17 Puget-Sur-Argens (FR) Le Rat’s
17 Feb 17 Saint Étienne (FR) Le FIL
18 Feb 17 Montbeliard (FR) L’atelier des miles
21 Feb 17 Nantes (FR) Le Ferailleur
22 Feb 17 Joue Les Tours (FR) Le Temps Machine
23 Feb 17 Paris (FR) Le Petit Bain
25 Feb 17 Rouen (FR) Le 106
03 Mar 17 Toulouse (FR) Le Metronum
18 Mar 17 Nancy (FR) Le Hublot
31 Mar 17 Dijon (FR) Le Consortium
01 Apr 17 Limours (FR) MJC

15 Apr 17 Essen (DE) Turock
16 Apr 17 Arnhem (NL) Willemeen
17 Apr 17 Arlon (BE) L’entrepot
18 Apr 17 Weinheim (DE) Cafe Central
19 Apr 17 Praha (CZ) Modrá Vopice
21 Apr 17 Zug (CH) Industrie 45
23 Apr 17 Vienna (AT) Viper Room
24 Apr 17 Budapest (HU) Dürer Kert
25 Apr 17 Bucharest (RO) Fabrica
26 Apr 17 Cluj-Napoca (RO) Flying Circus
27 Apr 17 Ljubljana (SI) Orto Bar
28 Apr 17 Brescia (IT) Circolo Colony
29 Apr 17 Innsbruck (AT) PMK

11 May 17 Horní Libchava (CZ) Zámek Horní Libchava
13 May 17 Zamek (CZ) Nice To Eat You Fest 2017
20 May 17 Saint-Omer (FR) Dreamer Fest 2017
03 Jun 17 Saint-Riquier (FR) Abbaye Metal Fest 2017
06 Jul 17 Viveiro (ES) Resurrection Festival 2017 (Exact date TBA)
29 Jul 17 Steenwijk (NL) Stonehenge Festival 2017
24 Aug 17 Spital Am Semmering (AT) Kaltenbach Open Air Festival 2017

BENIGHTED will be touring in support of their highly anticipated forthcoming album ‘Necrobreed’, which will hit the stores on February 17th. Artwork and track-list can be viewed below.


  1. Hush Little Baby
  2. Reptilian
  3. Psychosilencer
  4. Forgive Me Father
  5. Leatherface
  6. Der Doppelgaenger
  7. Necrobreed
  8. Monsters Make Monsters
  9. Cum With Disgust
  10. Versipellis
  11. Reeks Of Darkened Zoopsia
  12. Mass Grave
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REVIEW: Insanity Cult – of Despair and Self-Destruction

Insanity Cult – of Despair and Self-Destruction  

Review by Ekaterina K. / Dark Art Conspiracy 

Insanity Cult were created back in 2011 by Έκπτωτος (Lead Guitar) and Sacrilegious (Vocals) as a means of deeper inner expression and exploration. In 2012, Beleth (Drums) and Buer (Bass) joined the line up, while Vohamon (Rhythm Guitar) joined a year later in 2013.

Throughout the years the band experimented intensely with their sound and ripened both musically and ideologically, thus new elements were added while some others were removed. The general sound however, was always based around melodies and feelings of melancholy, nihilism, hatred and despair. The first EP “Insanity Be My Kvlt“, which was a raw rehearsal recording, was released in January of 2014, followed by the release of the debut full-length album “As My End Unfolds…” in April of 2015. Now, the band’s second opus is to be released in 11th february of 2017.

To characterize this album can be one word – it’s color of grey, which pretty matches the cover. Grey, addictive melancholy begins with a prologue – “The Light That Drowned Itself” and it felt throughout the album. Tremolos, blast beats and high, hysterical scream are the main elements characterizing this album. However, in some places main carcass is diluted by interesting combinations, as for instance, in the “IX”, clean guitar and scream made a good combination, which add more atmosphere “Interlude-The Bitter Wind of Remembrance” divides album on two parts by its monotonous melody which, however, fits well and doesn’t sound out of place. On the contrary, it aggravates melancholic and fatigue mood of the album. The second part, which consists from three songs is more measured and slow. Band has been progressed in songwriting and composition, releasing an album with good mixing of atmosphere of despair and frozen carcass of black metal riffs.

Score: 4/5

Tracklist :
Prologue – The Light That Drowned Itself
Seeds of Lesser Gods
All Now Are Wounds
Interlude – The Bitter Wind of Remembrance
In My Abysmal Dreams
Birth of Eos
Sinister Lights and Manic-Depression
Line-up :
Έκπτωτος (Lead Guitar)
Sacrilegious (Vocals)
Buer (Bass)
Vohamon (Rhythm Guitar)
Beleth (Drums, Programmation)
Genre : Black Metal (Traditional)
Label : Ogmios Underground (
Release date : February 11th, 2017 (Digipak CD, 6 panels, 8-pages booklet)
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