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Lycanthia / Atten Ash Split 7" Vinyl Available!
January 22, 2015
Today - January 22 - marks the official release of the Lycanthia / Atten Ash Band Split 7" Vinyl!!
The vinyl is limited to 140 copies through HDR, and is available for $7.00 + shipping in our webshop. As a special bonus, those who order the vinyl will also receive three high-quality 11cm x 7cm stickers of Hypnotic Dirge, Lycanthia, and Atten Ash!
For those who prefer digital (or wants to listen / download in the meantime) can find the split on our Bandcamp page, available for free / "name-your-price" streaming/download! You'll also notice that "City in the Sea" stream / download has been added to the Atten Ash full-length "The Hourglass" - due out on February 19.
Side A: Lycanthia is a six-piece gothic death-doom metal band from Sydney, Australia. Their music can be described as dark, aggressive and emotional soundscapes fused with classical and rock elements. Consisting of grim male and dual female vocals, violins, keyboards, guitars and drums, Lycanthia continue that "golden age" traditional-doom sound with influences such as My Dying Bride & Theatre of Tragedy while also adding a more aggressive, complex and sophisticated sound, incorporating the likes of Draconian, Primordial, Shape of Despair & Virgin Black while still maintaining their own unique sound. Having now been a couple of years since the release of their latest full-length "Oligarchy", Lycanthia has been preparing new material that will comprise their next album, and in the meantime have managed to record a new track entitled "The Harbinger" which was released digitally and on a video clip earlier this year but was always planned and intended for a vinyl release.
Side B: A three-piece atmospheric/melodic death-doom band from North Carolina, Atten Ash is the creation of founding member James Greene whose intention with the project was to create something heavier and more colorful with attention to nuance and emotion. Being a multi-instrumentalist, James was able to record the foundations of the songs, giving a clear picture of the powerful nature of the music. Demos slowly took form. In 2011 James began collaborating with Barre Gambling (founding guitarist of Daylight Dies) and Archie Hunt (vocalist/guitarist of Legion of the Fallen) and the trio continued the musical work: arranging songs, establishing vocal patterns, writing lyrics and guitar solos. "The Hourglass" - a full-length album - was completed in 2012 and released digitally by the band in obscurity. Now in 2015, the full-length will be given its first proper physical release, while this special limited split 7" with doomsters Lycanthia will be the band's first ever release and precursor to the forthcoming full-length available on February 19. [Pre-order "The Hourglass" full-length]
'Norilsk' unveils cover artwork and title of forthcoming album
The song 'Japetus' is now available for streaming/download!
January 15, 2015
“The Idea of North” is a doom-death album crafted for the winter season: it has slow and crushing riffs, death growls, and atmospheric arrangements. An evocation of an ominous presence over a vast wasteland, “The Idea of North” is a massive offering that triggers the imagination. Its music draws comparison with doom-death bands such as My Dying Bride, Morgion and Ablaze in Hatred, but it also has a few atmospheric sludge/post metal elements reminiscent of Isis and Morne.
The artwork was created by talented artist Sam Ford, who designed covers for many bands including Black Cobra, Witch Mountain, Monarch and Barrowlands.
Bassist and vocalist Nicolas Miquelon comments: “We wanted graphic art for this album cover, but we also wanted continuity with the visual theme developed on the EP. I knew about Sam Ford from his involvement with the Portland doom metal scene, and I had no doubt that his twisted imagination would be the perfect catalyst to re-interpret and expand Norilsk’s initial concept. As this is Norilsk’s first full length, we couldn’t be happier to have Sam’s signature on the album, as well as to have the support of two truly dedicated Canadian labels, Hypnotic Dirge Records and Dwyer Records.”
“The Idea of North” will be available in digipack CD, cassette, and digital.
Hypnotic Dirge Records will be releasing a digipack CD edition, while a limited cassette edition will be released through the Ottawa-based sludge, hardcore and post-metal etiquette Dwyer Records. The album will be available digitally through both labels.
"Atten Ash - The Hourglass" release date revealed; Accepting pre-orders now!
The song "Born" from the album is now available for streaming/download!
January 8, 2015
Hypnotic Dirge Records is pleased to announce the official release date of the forthcoming 'Atten Ash - The Hourglass' album - an album which has been awaiting release for a long time, as well as the label's first full-length release in a calender year! “The Hourglass” will be released on February 19, 2015 in a 4 panel digipack with a 12 page booklet and the first 100 orders of the CD will come with a free 11cm x 7cm Atten Ash sticker!
[Pre-order album here]
Until February 19, the album will be available for $8.00 (+shipping) instead of $10.00 (+shipping)!
"A three-piece atmospheric/melodic death-doom band from North Carolina, Atten Ash is the creation of founding member James Greene who wrote the foundations of the songs which would later become “The Hourglass.” In 2011 James began collaborating with Barre Gambling (founding guitarist of Daylight Dies) and Archie Hunt (vocalist/guitarist of Legion of the Fallen) and the trio continued the musical work: arranging songs, establishing vocal patterns, writing lyrics and guitar solos.
Recorded in 2012, an intricate and encapsulating death-doom portrait permeates Atten Ash’s first full-length recording. Rich in atmosphere, swaying through infectious melodies and razorsharp solos while displaying both melancholy and aggression with conviction and force, “The Hourglass” is the result of a band with considerable maturity and experience, already at the top of their craft, and with a defined vision for their sound placing them among the classic death-doom giants of the genre.
Those pining for genuine melodic/atmospheric death-doom for the dark and cold days ahead, and especially fans and listeners of bands such as Daylight Dies, Slumber, Katatonia, Woccon, Doom:vs, October Tide, and Helevorn (among others) would be wise to heed attention."
You can also stream and download the track "Born" from the "The Hourglass" album on our official Bandcamp page.
Of course, the full album will be available for free / "name-your-price" format as usual upon its release date!
Atten Ash Profile | Atten Ash Facebook
Norilsk announces signing with Hypnotic Dirge Records for the release of its debut full-length album!
December 12, 2014
Named after Siberia’s northernmost city, home of a famous heavy metal smelting complex, Norilsk is a doom-death band from Gatineau (Québec), Canada, who self-released their debut EP “Japetus” this past summer. Characterized by slow and crushing riffs, death growls, and atmospheric arrangements, its music draws comparison with doom-death bands such as My Dying Bride, Morgion and Ablaze in Hatred, but it also has a few sludge/post metal elements reminiscent of Isis and Morne. The two core band members include Nicolas Miquelon (bass, guitars, vocals, lyrics) and Nick Richer (drums, backing vocals), whose names are associated with various groups including Outrage AD, Damnus, Doll and Kintra.
The aforementioned introductory EP “Japetus” was always meant as a precursor to the eventual debut full-length album which was recorded at the same time and will be released through Hypnotic Dirge Records in early 2015.
More news soon....
NICOLAS MIQUELON - MUSIC, VOCALS AND TEXTS | NICK RICHER - DRUMS AND BACKING VOCALS
PHOTO THEME: NICK RICHER
HYPNOTIC DIRGE RECORDS RELEASES
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HDR - V - 001 : Lycanthia / Atten Ash Split 7" Vinyl [Order Vinyl]
HDR - 039 : Atten Ash - The Hourglass [Pre-order CD]
HDR - 040 : Norilsk - The Idea of North [Pre-order soon]
HDR - 038 : Epitimia - (Un)reality [2CD]
HDR - 037 : Windbruch - No Stars, Only Full Dark
HDR - 036 : In my Shiver - Delicate Poison
HDR - 035 : Ekove Efrits - Nowhere
HDR - 034 : stroszek - wild years of remorse and failures... [2CD]
HDR - 033 : Vin de Mia Trix - Once Hidden From Sight
HDR - 032 : Obsidian Tongue - A Nest of Ravens in the Throat of Time
HDR : 031 : Galaktik Cancer Squad - Ghost Light
HDR - 030 : Nethermost - Alpha
HDR - 029 : Frigoris - Wind
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[Webshop - Latest Additions Link] Updated monthly
January 2015; Twenty-six new albums & one new shirt!
Highlights: Vin de Mia Trix Shirt, Epitimia, As Light Dies, ColdWorld, Beyond Light, White Ward, культура курения, Happy Days, Gnome, Juno Bloodlust, Somnia, Moloch
January 16-31, 2015
Twice monthly, we choose four different albums to highlight in our Aural Eminence section where the albums listed are 25% off. A lot of brand new and sought-after releases rotate through here so keep an eye out on the 1st and 16th of every month for great albums available for cheap.
Use the code "AURAL-EMINENCE upon checkout to apply the discount!
Judas Iscariot - To Embrace the Corpses Bleeding [Order / Listen / Info]
Moloch - Verwüstung [Order / Listen / Info]
ColdWorld - The Stars Are Dead Now [Order / Listen / Info]
Preludium - Redemption [Order / Listen / Info]
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VIN DE MIA TRIX - TRANQUILIZED
LYCANTHIA - THE HARBINGER
OBSIDIAN TONGUE - A NEST OF RAVENS IN THE THROAT
OF TIME [FT. J. HAUGHM OF AGALLOCH]
VIN DE MIA TRIX - φαρμακός (PHARMAKOS)
[LIVE VIDEO; SPRING SOLITUDE EVENING II]
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Hypnotic Dirge Records releases are available on bandcamp for streaming and unrestricted digital download for free / by-donation because our philosophy is rooted in the principle of open-source and unlimited access.
These releases are free for people to enjoy because art in the digital age should not be treated as a commodity, especially when it comes to digital copies which cost nothing to duplicate. We appreciate this approach because we feel that it leaves the choice whether to donate or not to the listener instead of forcing a payment.
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Manifesto - Open-source and unlimited access
Hypnotic Dirge Records is the official North American distributor of the prominent Russian Doom Label Solitude Productions. All of the available (ie. not sold out) Solitude Productions releases as well their releases under the banner of BadMoodMan Music (focused more on Death-doom, Gothic Doom, and Depressive Black Metal) and Slow Burn Records (focused on post-rock , post-metal, and sludge) are available through Hypnotic Dirge, including all upcoming releases!
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