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Altars of Grief and Nachtterror to release split 10" vinyl "Of Ash and Dying Light" on Hypnotic Dirge Records!
April 22, 2015

This summer, Altars of Grief and Nachtterror - two Saskatchewan-based Blackened Doom bands will collaborate on a new split vinyl with new material from each band. The vinyl split, entitled "Of Ash and Dying Light" is set to be released worldwide in a limited edition 10" vinyl, as well as digital, on Hypnotic Dirge Records on July 10, 2015! 

The album was recorded by Justin Bender (Third Ion / ex-Into Eternity) at Blue Door Studio in Regina, SK, and cover artwork for each band designed by Sam Nelson.

Both bands will also tour extensively in support of the split, and have the new split and new merch available for sale during the tour. Altars of Grief and Nachtterror will tour Western Canada with Calgary-based atmospheric black metal band Numenorean this summer, as well as participating in festivals such as Calgary Metal Fest, and Farmageddon Open Air! 


 Altars of Grief 

Hailing from Regina, Saskatchewan, Altars of Grief was conceived in the frigid, winter months of 2013. The band draws from an eclectic musical background, weaving soaring choral arrangements with powerful, driving death metal; morose, gothic doom and frantic, uptempo black metal passages. In 2014, the band released its debut album, This Shameful Burden and followed up with a tour of central Canada in its support. 

Altars of Grief's material on "Of Ash and Dying Light" is an incredible step for the band, delivering some of the best melancholic blackened doom in Canada and following in the footsteps of greats such as Woods of Ypres! Reflective, sombre, and personal lyrics and music drenched in atmosphere, this is definitely a band to watch that has arisen from the Central Prairie Plains! 

Altars of Grief Website
Altars of Grief Facebook
Altars of Grief HDR Profile

Altars of Grief - This Shameful Burden CD
Altars of Grief - This Shameful Burden Digital


Nachtterror is a Canadian Blackened Doom project established in 2004. Focused on creating an epic soundscape with an intense concentration on storytelling, Nachtterror aims to create acaptivating and emotionally engaging doom metal experience.

Nachtterror's music reflects emotional states more so than concepts and ideas. From the violent, agony of anger and suffering to the numb discontent of depression, all states of being are experimented and explored.

As well as the upcoming "Of Ash and Dying Light" split with Altars of Grief, Nachtterror is also currently in works to release a full length album entitled "Judgement".

Nachtterror Website
Nachtterror Facebook
Nachtterror Bandcamp

 PRE-ORDER: Orphans of Dusk - Revenant April 15, 2015

The debut Orphans of Dusk album “Revenant” will finally be released on CD soon! Initially, the band self-released their debut EP digitally this past summer, and it got really positive reactions from doom listeners and reviewers alike. A CD version will be released on May 4 by Hypnotic Dirge Records and Solitude Productions and will retain all of the original artwork which was specifically created for the eventual physical release. The first 100 from each webshop will receive a free 11cm x 7cm Orphans of Dusk sticker with their order!

 Orphans of Dusk is a gothic death/doom band being projected into the stars from the South Pacific Ocean, New Zealand/Australia. As the decade turned, the orphan was born - a crystallised idea of epic gothic doom music meshed with death/doom. Casting out the traditional second guitar line in favour of synth and producing several demos, Orphans brought on crushing death metal vocal talent from Sydney, Australia and solidified the line-up that unleashed the Orphans of Dusk vast debut EP, "Revenant" Immense, powerful, and atmospheric doom riffs coalescing with soft melodic textures and melancholy is what you can expect on this debut recording from Orphans of Dusk! For fans of Type O Negative, Woods of Ypres, Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride, The Foreshadowing, Swallow the Sun, etc. Pre-order Revenant CD | Pre-order / Stream Digital

Verlies signs with Hypnotic Dirge / Throats Productions; 
Digipack CD release of “Le Domaine des Hommes” coming on May 28, 2015
April 9, 2015

Avant-garde Black Metal band Verlies’s debut album “Le Domaine des Hommes” will be released on May 28, 2015 in a digipack CD and digitally through Hypnotic Dirge Records and Throats Productions

Based out of the French city Lille, Verlies is an avant-garde Black Metal band playing dark, strange, and experimental music. Without restrictions of conventional song structure, Verlies is all about creating dark and claustrophobic music with a strong emphasis on atmosphere. Ranging from piercing and uncompromising Black Metal, to experimental jazz melodies, to post-rock sensibilities, and everything in between, the music is raw, bold, and truly exceptional. Songs change pace and vibe frequently through their lengthy playing time, using many different techniques and methods to tell their story. Vocally, founding member N. mixes ferocious and tortured screams with enchanting and morose clean vocals that truly draw you in providing some uplifting moments alongside the raw hatred and despondency. Verlies’ debut album “Le Domaine des Hommes” is full of surprises but remains raw and never leaves the Black Metal vibe too far behind, instead using it as a base for their other sounds to draw from. Many bands these days try their hand at an unconventional approach to the Black Metal sound but only a few can pull it off genuinely and Verlies is one of those bands. Too often, the term “Black Metal Art” is thrown out haphazardly, but we humbly believe that it fits in this case!

 Headed by founding member N., the project of Verlies started as a one-man project, but now has a full live lineup to spread their unconventional hatred throughout Northern France. Their debut album “Le Domaine des Hommes” was previously released digitally through their Bandcamp page, but now the album will get an official release in a noble and carefully designed 4 panel digipack, including a 12 page booklet and a bonus sticker while supplies last. The first cooperative release by Hypnotic Dirge Records and Throats Productions!

Verlies - “Marcher Sur la vide” Stream
Verlies Page | Verlies Facebook

From left to right: T. - Bass guitar | N. - Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, Compositions, Programming | Psycho - Drums | V. - Lead Guitar

Free digital compilation album "Subarctic Nocturnes: Within the Ice" [Volume II] released now!
April 2, 2015 

A few weeks ago, we released a Doom Metal collection under the Subarctic Nocturnes banner. As we stated at that time, it was meant to be the first of a three-part trilogy series of compilation albums that we would be releasing. Now, we present to you "Subarctic Nocturnes: Within the Ice[Volume II]", a collection of Black Metal and associated genres!

Within this volume, a few different variations of Black Metal is included. The start of the album includes more fast-paced, and aggressive Black Metal, while the end of the album includes more introspective and melancholic Post-Black Metal. It is not a perfect science to be sure, but an effort was made to make the songs flow as best as possible, which can be a challenge when including twelve different visions! 

There is equal measures of new and old material included within, with a nice mixture of Hypnotic Dirge artists and associated guests. A french rendition of Celtic Frost`s 'A Dying God Coming into Human Flesh' is included from the French band Verlies, new material from netra presenting one of the most straight-forward Black Metal songs in the project's history, new demo material from Galaktik Cancer Squad, a reworked track from Epitimia, a track from Immortal Bird (ex. Woods of Ypres Drummer Rae's band), a track from Quebecois legends Sorcier des Glaces, introspective blackened metal from Harrow, and the album closer "Let me in" from the fantastic new Post-Black Metal band from Calgary, Numonerean. These, among others, are some of the pieces included in this collection.

1 - Sorcier des Glaces - Morbid Ritual
2 - Grieving Mirth - Optio
3 - Immortal Bird - Spitting Teeth
4 - Galaktik Cancer Squad - Ghost Crypt System (Demo)
5 - Verlies - Un Dieu Mourant Devenant Chair Humaine
6 - netra - Don’t keep me waiting
7 - Veldes - Woe Eater
8 - Windbruch - No Stars 
9 - Obsidian Tongue - Brothers in the Stars  
10 - Epitimia - Chapter V - Jamais Vu
11 - Harrow - Stream-Enterer
12 - Numenorean - Let me in 

Artwork by: Coby O'Brien 
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Artwork editing by: Alexander Machtakov 

Thanks to all the bands and artists for participating!


Orphans of Dusk signs with Hypnotic Dirge Records / Solitude Productions!
March 20, 2015

Orphans of Dusk has come to an agreement with Hypnotic Dirge Records and Solitude Productions to release their debut EP ‘Revenant’ cooperatively in early May! The album will be released in a jewel case CD, alongside a free 11cm x 7cm logo sticker!

Orphans of Dusk is a gothic death/doom band being projected into the stars from the South Pacific Ocean, New Zealand/Australia. One of the few bands from this region attempting to break boundaries in depressive doom it aims to keep pushing the genre from where bands such as Shape of Despair and Type O Negative left such devastating marks.

Some HDR followers might recall Orphans of Dusk’s name due to their track “Nibelheim” being included in the Hypnotic Dirge Records Doom Metal free digital compilation album "Subarctic Nocturnes" Doomed to Be" released a few weeks ago!


 ALBUM RELEASE: Norilsk - The Idea of North

March 10, 2015

Norilsk's "The Idea of North" is now released! Hopefully it is still cold and miserable wherever you are! 

"Remote is the North and long are its nights.
Solitude is every man's friend and doom is his lullaby"

The digipack CD is available from us, alongside some remaining copies of a beautiful 43cm x 28cm full-color Norilsk poster, as well as a Norilsk sticker. Alternatively, a limited run of 50 tapes are available from Dwyer Records, and if you prefer you can stream or download, (and if you can, donate a $1 or 2) from the Hypnotic Dirge, Dwyer, or Norilsk Bandcamp pages!


 "Named after Siberia’s northernmost city, home of a famous heavy metal smelting complex, Norilsk is a doom-death band from Gatineau (Québec), Canada. After releasing an EP, Japetus, in July 2014, Norilsk now unveils their debut album - “The Idea of North” in a glorious digipack edition on Hypnotic Dirge Records and on speical limited tape by Dwyer Records!!

“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.

Inspired by the multi-faceted Canadian experience of the North, and assembled into a cold yet dynamic sequence of eight individual songs, the album explores themes of darkness, isolation, identity, archaism and persistence—thus delivering a fresh perspective over the cliché Nordic imagery in metal in general. 

“The Idea of North” was recorded at Studio En-Phase in Montreal by Jean-Philippe Latour (Paroxysm, Fuck the Facts, Talamyus), and mixed at Pebble Studios in Ottawa by Mike Bond (Dissentient, Endemise, Loviatar, Signs of Chaos), while the artwork was designed by professional artist Sam Ford, who also designed album artworks for Black Cobra, Witch Mountain and Monarch, among others.

Aside from the gorgeous two-panel cover and interior art pieces, the splendid digipak also contains all lyrics and translations (English and French), for worldwide fans of death-doom to enjoy the bitter taste of the Great White North. Unique to the CD version, the bonus ninth track “Coeur de Loup” (Heart of the Wolf), is an ironic doom rendering of a song originally composed by the Belgian pop artist Philippe Lafontaine.

The first 150 copies of the album sold comes with an 11cm x 7cm Norilsk sticker, and the first 40 copies of the album come with a full-color 43cm x 28cm Norilsk poster - a commissioned depiction of the doomed Franklin ship, which was lost at sea in 1845 searching for a Northwest passage to the pacific ocean and was finally discovered 169 years later in 2014 by a team of Canadian archaeologists.



 ALBUM RELEASE: Atten Ash - The Hourglass

February 19, 2015

The official worldwide release of the Atten Ash - The Hourglass album is upon us! 

The album is available in a gorgeous physical digipack CD, with a 12 page booket including all lyrics and liner notes for $10.00 + shipping, together with a free 11cm x 7cm Atten Ash sticker. The album is also available for free and unlimited streaming / download on the official Hypnotic Dirge Bandcamp page, so if you've been awaiting the re-release for a while, and first heard of the album through the Hypnotic Dirge re-release, you can finally hear it in its entirely!


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. 


Free digital compilation album "Subarctic Nocturnes: Doomed to Be" [Volume I] released now!
February 13, 2015

Presenting the latest Hypnotic Dirge Records free digital download compilation album!, "Subarctic Nocturnes: Doomed to Be [Volume 1]"

This year, we are releasing something more comprehensive than ever before, with a compilation trilogy series which will have a different genre focus on each volume and which we will release over the course of the next few months. We are extremely pleased to unveil the first album in this series now, with a focus on all things doom!

  Within this volume, you will find a collection of amazing artists at the forefront of the global doom scene, both Hypnotic Dirge bands and guests from other bands around the world. The selections on this release were carefully chosen to show some of our favourite bands including doom veterans and newcomers alike. Melodic Death-Doom, Gothic Doom, and Sludge Doom can all be found within this compilation so it is quite diverse and hopefully shows a careful balance between all these sounds.

1 - Altars of Grief - The Plague that Haunts the Darkness 
2 - Orphans of Dusk - Nibelheim 
3 - Norilsk - Planète heurt 
4 - Psychotic Gardening - Searing Cital
5 - Lavagoat - Ageless Nonsense 
6 - Nethermost - Weald Reams 
7 - Lycanthia - The Harbinger 
8 - Evadne - Colossal
9 - Human Collapse - Deep
10 - Enshine - Above Us 
11 - Atten Ash - The Hourglass
12 - Woccon - Wandering

Artwork by: Coby O'Brien

Artwork editing by: Alexander Machtakov 

Thanks to all the bands and artists for participating!


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]

Other Links:
Lycanthia Profile | Lycanthia Facebook | Atten Ash Profile | Atten Ash Facebook


[Hypnotic Dirge Records Releases - Index

- Includes links to the Webshop, Bandcamp, and Reviews Archive


HDR - 041 : Orphans of Dusk - Revenant [Pre-order CD]
HDR - 042 : Verlies - Le Domaine des Hommes

HDR - 040 : Norilsk - The Idea of North
HDR - 039 : Atten Ash - The Hourglass
HDR - V - 001 : Lycanthia / Atten Ash [Split 7" Vinyl]
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


 [Webshop - Latest Additions Link] Updated monthly
April 2015; Ten new albums

Highlights: Way to End, Suffer Yourself, Aethyr


April 16-30, 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. 

se the code "AURAL-EMINENCE upon checkout to apply the discount!

VII - Draken [Order / Listen / Info]
The Undergrave Experience - Macabre - Il Richiamo Delle Ombre [Order / Listen / Info]
Murkrat - Drudging the Mire[Order / Listen / Info]
shEver - rituals [Order / Listen / Info]

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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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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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