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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!


Hypnotic Dirge Records' full catalog is also on Discogs for those who like to browse and buy records on there!
We have almost 1000 albums in the catalog including around 250 albums for only $5.50.
Our webstore will always remain open but this provides another option.


 Recent Hypnotic Dirge Releases
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FRIGORIS - 
NUR EIN MOMENT...

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FRIGORIS PAGE

 SUBTERRANEAN DISPOSITION -  CONTAGIUUM AND THE LANDSCAPES OF FAILURE
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SUBTERRANEAN DISPOSITION PAGE

NEGATIVE VOICE - COLD REDRAFTED
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NEGATIVE VOICE PAGE

 IMMENSTY - THE ISOLATION SPLENDOUR
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IMMENSITY PAGE

 
Upcoming Hypnotic Dirge Releases

 

HARROW -  FRAGMENTS OF A FALLEN STAR
[Release: November 9, 2016]


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HDR VIDEO SERIES:
APPROACHING THE ALTAR
[ALTARS OF GRIEF INTRODUCTION]

SUBTERRANEAN DISPOSITION - ALL ROADS LEAD TO PERDITION
[MUSIC VIDEO] 

 IMMENSITY - THE SULLEN [MUSIC VIDEO]

 VERLIES - MALADIE 
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Latest Webshop Additions

September 2016; Eighteen new albums
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[Akral Necrosis / Marchosias, Tragacanth, Ashaena, Ankhagram, Abysskvlt, The Extinct Dreams / Unsaved, Funerium, Suffer, In Paradise, Nagaarum, Fornace, Aetherius Obscuritas, Tormentium, Nevertanezra, Black Tremor, Haiku Funeral, Goatpsalm, ThrOes]

Browse the latest additions to the webshop, updated monthly and imported from around the world! 

 
 

 

 
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Harrow to release “Fragments of a Fallen Star” on CD through Hypnotic Dirge Records
September 21, 2016

Harrow, an excellent and underrated band from Victoria, BC will be re-releasing their second album, “Fragments of a Fallen Star” on digipack CD through Hypnotic Dirge Records this November! 

Crafting a cathartic experience through introspective yet raw music, “Fragments of a Fallen Star” explores space by combining psychedelic drone, acoustic passages, and energetic atmospheric black metal to form what Daniel Vanderberg of Cult Nation called:” "the aural equivalent of a DMT trip, rocketing from the moons of Jupiter through a dimensional portal to frosty northern forests, pagan rituals and medieval battlegrounds.” A genuine spirit can be heard all throughout “Fragments…” an album of visceral energy and ritualistic capacity, an album rooted in claustrophobic and raw, yet atmospheric and infectious black metal, interlaced with haunting synth, and transcendent folk melodies. 

“Fragments of a Fallen Star”, is at times sombre, othertimes haunting, sometimes spiritual, and still at other points abbrasive. It succeeds because it is able to paint a picture through patient and purposeful songwriting, revealing crescendos and cathartic peaks throughout.


 This album was originally self-released on cassette by Harrow in the summer of 2013. Now, more than three years later this underrated Blackened Folk album will be released in a digipack CD by Hypnotic Dirge Records on November 9. Fans and listeners of Alda, Skagos, Falls of Rauros, Obsidian Tongue, Panopticon, Blood of the Black Owl, Agalloch, and Wolves in the Throne Room will appreciate Harrow!

ALBUM RELEASE: Frigoris - Nur ein Moment…
August 25, 2016

Well, today marks the official release date of the new Frigoris album "Nur ein Moment".
Thanks to everybody for the support and interest in the new album so far! If you pre-ordered the album fairly early, you might already have the CD in your hands, and if you pre-ordered just recently, the album is on its way to you as all pending orders are now shipped!

Of course, you can order the album in our webshop for $10 CDN + shipping like usual. "Nur ein Moment..." is released in a digipack which includes a 12 page booklet. Limited quantities of Frigoris stickers and cards are also available and will be included in your order until we run out. 

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During the pre-order period, the digital version of the album was available to pre-order for $2. Now that the album is released, it is available for free download - like usual for our releases. If you wish, you can include a small donation (split 50/50 with the band once costs are recovered.) Regardless, we will always keep on with our "free access" philosophy and our digital albums will always remain free. 

It should also be mentioned, for those who are interested, that Frigoris' previous album "Wind" which was released in 2013 is nearly sold out. As of this writing, there are only 8 copies remaining. If you would like to own one of these last copies of Wind, the order link is above.

Finally, some reviews of "Nur ein Moment..." have begun to roll in.  
More are expected soon, but if you are interested, you can read the reviews which have already been published at the link above. Here is an excerpt from one such review below:

“Slow, shimmering, wistful guitar arpeggios and soulful violin solos create feelings of isolation and introspection that are grief-stricken yet bewitching. In the mind’s eye, the music calls up cascades of misting rain, glistening under dark skies, a manifestation of loss and remembrance.”

Again, thank you for all your support. It is always appreciated!
We are now working on some upcoming releases which we will begin to unveil in September.



PRE-ORDER / STREAM / INTERVIEW:
New Frigoris album “Nur ein Moment…” available to pre-order!
Track premiere of “Himeros” / Interview at Transcending Obscurity Webzine!
August 3, 2016

Frigoris’ new album “Nur ein Moment…” is almost upon us!
After the release of “Wind” in 2013, Atmospheric Post-Black Metal band Frigoris began to work on an ambitious concept album which was originally planned for one album, but had to be extended into two albums, the first of which - “Nur ein Moment…” is being released on August 25 on Hypnotic Dirge Records!

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EXCLUSIVE STREAM OF "HIMEROS" / INTERVIEW @ TRANSCENDING OBSCURITY WEBZINE

You can now pre-order the album on our webshop for the usual $10 CDN + shipping.

The album is presented in a 4 panel digipack with a 12 page booklet which includes the lyrics (in German) and an introduction (in both German and English). A Frigoris sticker is also included for the first 150 orders or so! The albums arrived here last week so therefore your pre-order will ship around August 10-15 and you should receive the album on or before the release date!

For those who prefer it, there is also a digital pre-order option on Bandcamp.

Those who may still want a copy of Frigoris’ previous album “Wind” on CD should know that as of today, there are only 11 copies left in stock.

A few weeks ago, we released the track “Trúwen” from the new album, the track which follows the encounter with trust in the mind of the protagonist. Now, streaming on Transcending Obscurity Webzine is the track “Himeros”, the track that in the lyrical concept of the album follows the encounter with yearning for our protagonist. If you want to take in a glimpse of the album’s theme you should actually listen to Himeros first and then Trúwen which together encompass Chapter 1 in the story. 


Transcending Obscurity Webzine also has an interview with Frigoris published together with the Himeros stream, which goes a little deeper on the album’s theme, the song titles’ connection with personifications of distinct feelings and morals, the recording process, album art, possible vinyl releases, among other topics!

TRACK PREMIERE: Frigoris debuts new track “Trúwen” from upcoming album “Nur ein moment…”
to be released on Hypnotic Dirge Records in late August

June 20, 2016

Atmospheric Post-Black Metal band Frigoris  has spent the better part of the past two years preparing their follow-up album to the well-received “Wind” album from 2013. The new album is entitled “Nur ein moment…” (Just one moment…), the first album in a two part concept series, and we are now premiering a track from the album, entitled “Trúwen.” You can head to the Hypnotic Dirge Records Bandcamp page to stream and download the first new Frigoris track in three years!

Frigoris is a post black metal band rooted in the heart of the ruhr-area, Germany. The combination between Black Metal riffing and craftsmanship as well as a postmodern approach towards atmosphere and lyrics form a synthesis that results in long, atmospheric but melodious songs. The isolation and depression in modern society, the beauty of nature and a last pure shimmer of hope left are all tropes you can feel and read in the tracks. The trampled and narrow paths of Black Metal are left to find a new identity at the end of Parnassus. 

The third album “Nur ein Moment…” (Just one moment…) is the current peak of this development. A combination of the typical Frigoris sound, established in the highly praised predecessor “Wind”, with extensive elements of Post Rock and Doom form six epic and atmospheric pieces that are supported by the lyrical concept leading us on the tracks of a protagonist who faces the consequences of suicide in an interior journey. The more than 52 minutes work was given the perfect mixture between modern and natural sound by Daniel Heyn (live mixer of Primordial, Secrets of the Moon, Ruins of Beverast, etc.) who caught the atmosphere of the album at the perfect spot.  

 
“Nur ein moment…” will be released on Hypnotic Dirge Records in late August in a beautifully designed 4 panel digipack, with a 12 page booklet. The official release date will be revealed soon.

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ALBUM RELEASE: Subterranean Disposition - Contagiuum and the Landscapes of Failure
June 13, 2016

Today's the day! The second album from the eclectic apocalyptic doom band Subterranean Disposition is officially released through Hypnotic Dirge Records / Solitude Productions!

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Nearly four years after releasing the debut self-titled album, Melbourne based Experimental Death-Doom band Subterranean Disposition returns with a massive new full-length album entitled “Contagiuum and the Landscapes of Failure.” With over two decades of experience in various projects, (including in bands such as Cryptic Darkness, The Eternal, and Insomnium Dei among others), Subterranean Disposition founder Terry Vainoras brings with him a plethora of writing and recording experience, and has used that to his advantage, in crafting an unmistakably bold, creative, and forward-thinking album that incorporates as many elements and techniques outside the doom metal genre as within it.

Asides from a wide variety of guitars, bass, and vocal styles, Terry also plays saxophone on the album, and enlisted the help of Dan Nahum (Bleakwood, The Veil, Dead River Runs Dry) on Drums, Gelareh Pour on Kemancheh, Qeychak Alto and voice, and Daniel Lucas on guest vocals. All-in-all, a wide variety of sound textures, dynamics, and emotion are incorporated into this album, ultimately crafting an album drenched in atmosphere and post-apocalyptic fervor with subtle and careful deliberation in every aspect of its writing and recording. 

“Contagiuum and the Landscapes of Failure” was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Adam Calaitzis at Toyland studio in Melbourne Australia, and the album cover was crafted by acclaimed New York artist Coby O’Brien (whose cover art also appears on past HDR compilations). This album is available around the world now!

 RECORDING DOCUMENTARY: Subterranean Disposition - The Making of..."Contagiuum and the Landscapes of Failure"
June 1, 2016

Subterranean Disposition's second album "Contagiuum and the Landscapes of Failure" is due to be released on June 13, 2016.

Watch this mini-documentary about the recording process and creation of this album including a lot of behind the scenes footage, and an interview with SD founded Terry Vainoras!


 VIDEO PREMIERE: Subterranean Disposition premieres video for “All Roads lead to Perdition” on No Clean Singing; Pre-orders of "Contagiuum and the Landscapes of Failure" album being accepted! May 17, 2016

Subterranean Disposition’s new album, entitled “Contagiuum and the Landscapes of Failure” is less than a month away! Thus we - with the help of No Clean Singing who is hosting the premiere - are releasing a new video clip for the track “All Roads Lead to Perdition” a song and video which conjures up images of collapse and apocalypse.


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"ALL ROADS LEAD TO PERDITION" VIDEO CLIP 

 Terry Vainoras comments: “ All roads lead to perdition” touches lyrically on many facets of our decline as a species that could attribute to an extinction event or apocalypse in our lifetimes. To me the tone of the music invokes a similar feeling when reading Cormac Macarthy’s “The Road”- a post apocalyptic journey down that road to hell, so I have tried to combine that feeling with the lyric concepts in an open to interpretation way, following the dynamics of the music very close visually on its long trip, from ignorance to disorder, death and beyond.

No Clean Signing also provides some thoughts on the song and video on their article: "From the rising sun over a desolate landscape that accompanies the song’s opening, bereft notes to the scenes of a bleak and crumbling urban wasteland that soon follow, the imagery in the video begins to unfold in a rapidly changing montage of sights that provides a creative match for the haunting music.

 
The music’s desolate, anguished intensity returns soon enough, but the back half of the song also includes a sublime guitar solo that oozes pain like sap from a felled tree. The discordant sounds that flicker across the drifting ambience of the song’s finale seem a fitting way to conclude this hopeless but hypnotic journey."

Besides this, we’re now also accepting pre-orders for anyone interested in the CD version of the album, which includes full lyrics and artwork by Coby O’Brien. $10 + shipping for the new album, or $15 + shipping to include Subterranean Disposition’s 2012 debut self-titled album.


New Subterranean Disposition album “Contagiuum and the Landscapes of Failure” to be released in June 2016!
The track "Wooden Kimono Fixative" available for streaming and download now!

April 20, 2016

Melbourne based Experimental Death-Doom band Subterranean Disposition reveals the track “Wooden Kimono Fixative” from their upcoming sophomore album “Contagiuum and the Landscapes of Failure” which will be released on Hypnotic Dirge Records / Solitude Productions on June 13, 2016!

Taking the name from a Tom Waits coined phrase – ( Wooden Kimono being slang for a casket ) the track is a meditation on the human obsession with death and folklore of the end time.

With over two decades of experience in various projects, (including in bands such as Cryptic Darkness, The Eternal, and Insomnium Dei among others), Subterranean Disposition founder Terry Vainoras brings with him a plethora of writing and recording experience, and has used that to his advantage, in crafting an unmistakably bold, creative, and forward-thinking album that incorporates as many elements and techniques outside the doom metal genre as within it. 
 
Asides from a wide variety of guitars, bass, and vocal styles, Terry also plays saxophone on the album, and enlisted the help of Dan Nahum (Bleakwood, The Veil, Dead River Runs Dry) on Drums, Gelareh Pour on Kemancheh, Qeychak Alto and voice, and Daniel Lucas on guest vocals. All-in-all, a wide variety of sound textures, dynamics, and emotion are incorporated into this album, ultimately crafting an album drenched in atmosphere and post-apocalyptic fervor with subtle and careful deliberation in every aspect of its writing and recording. 

 “Contagiuum and the Landscapes of Failure” was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Adam Calaitzis at Toyland studio in Melbourne Australia, and the album cover was crafted by acclaimed New York artist Coby O’Brien (whose cover art also appears on past HDR compilations). This album will be jointly released by Hypnotic Dirge Records and Solitude Productions on June 13, 2016.

The tracklisting for “Contagiuum and the Landscapes of Failure” is as follows:
1 - Hungry Ghosts on Rotten Soil
2 - Wooden Kimono Fixative
3 - Embittered
4 - All Roads Lead to Perdition
5 - A lifelong Slumber
6 - Aggressors Clothed as Victims

Subterranean Disposition Website
  |  Subterranean Disposition Facebook



 ALBUM RELEASE: Negative Voice - Cold Redrafted

April 11, 2016

Today marks the release of the Negative Voice's new album "Cold Redrafted" on Hypnotic Dirge Records / BadMoodMan Music!
Much has already been said about the album in previous posts, so to avoid repeating ourselves, I will simply say that this album should appeal to fans of Blackened Doom Metal, as well as prog, and post-rock listeners as it includes elements from a wide variety of genres.

 This past weekend, ahead of the album release, the knowledgeable and dedicated blog "No Clean Singing" premiered the album on their website and had the following the say about Cold Redrafted:

"The skill with which the band dynamically integrate the stylistic elements of doom, progressive metal, post-metal, death metal, and black metal is impressive. They spin out spellbinding melodies with the same sure hand that they use to unleash barbaric fusillades of raking tremolo riffs or rain down boulders of pavement-cracking doom. The end result is music that’s mentally engrossing and memorable, yet completely galvanizing and pulverizing in its heaviness. And all the songs are winners — there are no weak links in this mighty chain.

 The vocals display a similar variety, moving from very good clean, clear vocals to bestial growls and sulphuric blackened shrieks. The instrumental performers are all obviously quite talented and creative, and the music is beautifully produced in a way that provides both clarity and immense physical impact."

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 ALBUM RELEASE : Immensity - The Isolation Splendour
March 21, 2016

After years of preparation, today marks the release of the debut album from this Greek Doom Band on Hypnotic Dirge Records and BadMoodMan Music! Almost 80 minutes of music is included on the album including their original 2012 Demo "The Lonely Aquarelle."

Intricate, melancholic, and melodic doom that will appeal to listeners of My Dying Bride, Paradise Lost, early-Anathema. and Draconian among others is what you should expect to find on this album, so if you are a fan of early 90's doom, or gothic death-doom, check out the full stream on the Bandcamp link.

Those who pre-ordered the album will have their album shipped around April 1. The manufacturing and shipping of the album took a little bit longer than expected, but they should arrive here within a week! Sorry for the delay. (If it's any consolation, the Negative Voice pre-orders will ship earlier than its release date since both albums were manufactured together)

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