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 SUBTERRANEAN DISPOSITION - 
CONTAGIUUM AND THE LANDSCAPES OF FAILURE
JUNE 13, 2016

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Recent Releases

NEGATIVE VOICE - COLD REDRAFTED
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 IMMENSTY - THE ISOLATION SPLENDOUR
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WOMB - DECEPTION THROUGH YOUR LIES 
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NACHTTTERROR / ALTARS OF GRIEF - OF ASH AND DYING LIGHT 
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April 2016; Four new albums
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LATEST NEWS

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

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 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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 PRE-ORDERS: Negative Voice - Cold Redrafted
March 15, 2016

We are now taking pre-orders for our next release to follow Immensity's "The Isolation Splendour" release on March 21, 2016.
The album in question is the second album of Moscow-based Blackened Melodic Doom Metal band "Negative Voice" another collaboration between Hypnotic Dirge Records and BadMoodMan Music (Solitude Productions' side label).
The album is set for release on
April 11 and pre-orders will be shipped at the beginning of April!

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 Based in Moscow, Negative Voice have been in existence since 2000. After an independently released EP in 2010, they released their debut album “Infinite Dissonance” in 2013 on Inverse Records which received a lot of favourable reviews and comparisons to old-Katatonia, October Tide, and Daylight Dies. It was with this album that Negative Voice drew our attention as well and we featured them on Hypnotic Dirge’s 2013 compilation release. Since then, Negative Voice has been busy writing a follow-up album to a solid debut, with the result being an album entitled “Cold, Redrafted” ready for release in March 2016 on Hypnotic Dirge Records and BadMoodMan Music.

“Cold, Redrafted” builds upon what is found on the debut and adds a lot of new elements as well. At its core, the album is still Blackened Doom in the vein of the genre giants, but on this album Negative Voice expands on that, adding clean vocals, experimenting with song structure and textures, and including influences from other genres, enthralling melodies and a progressive sound to an album drenched in darkness. Creative melodies and riffs as well as a masterful command of song flow aid in making this an extremely solid album filled with instantly memorable songs.



 

 PRE-ORDERS: Immensity - The Isolation Splendour
February 25, 2016

Finally, our new release has been sent for production and we are now accepting pre-orders for said album, Immensity - The Isolation Splendour. The album is set for official release on March 21, 2016 alongside our partners at Solitude Productions in Moscow! As always, the album is available in physical CD format and in digital format, and a new track from the album - “The Sullen” is also now streaming!

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 “A mature sound emanates from the memorable melodies and captivating atmosphere present in “The Isolation Splendour” combining the essential feeling of early 90’s doom metal such as early-Paradise Lost, and My Dying Bride while also providing the melancholic gothic-tinge of bands such as Draconian or The Foreshadowing. filling a thick wall of sound soaked in melancholy and grief. Immensity’s genius is not necessarily in incorporating sludgy, slow, or depressive elements but more in crafting grandiose and memorable hooks contrasted by relatively heavy and deep doom.

“The Isolation Splendour” features five brand new monolithic tracks, and also includes the two tracks from “The Lonely Aquarelle” demo so that the entire Immensity discography will be represented together. With a massive total runtime of approximately 68 minutes, the album can be described as a comprehensive yet intricate journey into atmospheric and melodic death-doom.”


 

 BAND SIGNING : Negative Voice to release new album “Cold Redrafted” on Hypnotic Dirge / BadMoodMan Music this Spring
January 19, 2016

Negative Voice has come to an agreement with Hypnotic Dirge Records / BadMoodMan Music to release their second full-length album entitled “Cold Redrafted” this spring! Recorded throughout 2014 / 2015 by the Wiesławski brothers in Hertz Recording Studio, in Bialystok, Poland, Negative Voice has prepared a solid and cohesive melodic blackened doom metal album.You can stream the opening track - Limitation - on the Bandcamp player below!

 Based in Moscow, Negative Voice have been in existence since 2000. After an independently released EP in 2010, they released their debut album “Infinite Dissonance” in 2013 on Inverse Records which received a lot of favourable reviews and comparisons to old-Katatonia, October Tide, and Daylight Dies. It was with this album that Negative Voice drew our attention as well and we featured them on Hypnotic Dirge’s 2013 compilation release. Since then, Negative Voice has been busy writing a follow-up album to a solid debut.

 “Cold, Redrafted” builds upon what is found on the debut and adds a lot of new elements as well. At its core, the album is still Blackened Doom in the vein of the genre giants, but on this album Negative Voice expands on that, adding clean vocals, experimenting with song structure and textures, and including influences from other genres, enthralling melodies and a progressive sound to an album drenched in darkness. Creative melodies and riffs as well as a masterful command of song flow aid in making this an extremely solid album filled with instantly memorable songs. A potential classic!

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ALBUM RELEASE: "Womb - Deception Through Your Lies"
November 30, 2015

The debut album from the Spanish Funeral Doom band "Womb" is available on CD for the first time as of today from Hypnotic Dirge Records and Solitude Productions! 200 copies are available for sale from each label.

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RELEASE NEWS: “Womb - Deception Through Your Lies” album to be released on November 30! November 21, 2015

Hypnotic Dirge Records and Solitude Productions will be releasing the debut album from the Spanish doom-death band “Womb” on November 30, 2015. This will be the first of a trilogy of new co-releases between Hypnotic Dirge and Solitude Productions. Womb’s debut album, entitled “Deception Through Your Lies” was released digitally by the band earlier this year and now it will be released in physical format for the first time!

 In “Deception Through Your Lies” musicians move towards enrichment of atmospheric doom death metal by different techniques and methods, making the composition diverse and rich. Heavy but melancholic music filled with endless melody will appeal to anyone who appreciates not only the outer side of doom death metal consisting of catchy riffs and dense guitar sound, but also its sensual side awakening thoughts and feelings.

The album will be made available to order from anywhere in the world from both Hypnotic Dirge Records, and Solitude Productions on the November 30 release date. There will be no pre-order period. Womb Facebook



 

 BAND SIGNING / RELEASE NEWS: Greek doomsters “Immensity” signs with Hypnotic Dirge Records / Solitude Productions for release of debut album “The Isolation Splendour”
October 21, 2015


Hypnotic Dirge Records and Solitude Productions has come to an agreement with the Greek doomsters “Immensity” to release their debut album “The Isolation Splendour” on CD format in early 2016! Active since 2009, Immensity is a six-piece atmospheric death-doom band from Athens founded by Andreas Kelekis, and rounded out by five other highly competent musicians. Since their founding, they have played many shows and in 2012 released the demo “The Lonely Aquarelle” which received favourable feedback including the honour of being named #1 new band in the Clandestine Cut of the Year in Metal Storm Webzine.

Since that time, they have been busy perfecting their debut full-length “The Isolation Splendour” for an official release. Advance promotional copies were distributed in the spring of 2015 to labels and webzines, but since then, the album has been re-mixed to further improve the sound and within months it will finally be officially released!

“The Isolation Splendour” will feature five brand new lengthy tracks for a runtime of around 48 minutes, and will also include the two tracks from “The Lonely Aquarelle” demo so that the entire band discography will be included. In total, the runtime will be approximately 68 minutes so expect a comprehensive slab of atmospheric and melodic death-doom that will appeal to fans of old school and traditional death-doom in the vein of My Dying Bride, and early-Paradise Lost as well as The Gathering, Novembers Doom, Daylight Dies, and Ahab.
 


Regarding the signing, the band comments:
"Finally after a long period of “Splendid Isolation”, focusing and working on nothing but our debut album, we are overjoyed and delighted that the wait is over. We hope the listener will enjoy above all, for us this would be the ultimate reward and stepping stone for what is yet to come. Huge thanks to Hypnotic Dirge Records and Solitude Productions for believing in Immensity...embrace the Doom!”

The track “Irradiance (For the Unlight)” is now available for streaming and download on the Hypnotic Dirge Bandcamp. Be sure to check it out to get properly acquainted with Immensity!

 UPDATE: Hypnotic Dirge Records' Future Plans
September 21, 2015

Hello everyone, it's been a while.

We've been quietly working in the background and now have three new releases planned between December 2015 - February 2016, all of which will be doom releases co-released between Hypnotic Dirge and Solitude Productions! We will announce these releases in October! This is the way of the future now and it's simply become unaffordable for us to continue on making releases alone with abysmally low sales and ever-increasing expenses.

I can say with confidence that doom fans will really appreciate these three upcoming albums, all of which present a different side of what doom can offer, so we're looking forward to these releases and sharing them with you.

Now for the uncomfortable part. I would really like to continue on with Hypnotic Dirge beyond these three releases, but the trends do not look promising at all. Making trades to bring in outside labels' releases is seeming more and more like a lost cause as even bringing in 3 or 4 copies of an album means they will sit on my shelves here for years, unsold. Despite posting a new album from the shop almost every day on facebook this month, there have literally been 4 orders in all of September overall! It's becoming truly pathetic, despite having over 800 albums available from bands around the world, all of the CD's being brand new, and available at cheap prices!

These next few months will be the final litmus test. I will see how sales go until the spring and honestly if things don't improve that will likely be the end of Hypnotic Dirge. A lot of obligations, a lot of debt, and very little chance of even coming close to breaking even which is a shame. I'm not trying to guilt anyone. If HDR disappears there will still be countless labels releasing this sort of music which will easily fill the void. We won't really be missed or remembered in the grand scheme of things, that's for sure. However, I am just being honest about the situation. I would love to keep releasing new albums from the great talented musicians we have worked with in the past, but if the support from the metal community is no longer there, we're not going to push a 500 kg boulder up a steep hill anymore.


 ALBUM RELEASE: Nachtterror / Altars of Grief - Of Ash and Dying Light

July 10, 2015

Today is the official release date of the Blackened Doom Metal masterpiece split album "Of Ash and Dying Light" from Nachtterror and Altars of Grief! Head over to our Bandcamp page now to hear the split in its entirety, and be sure to also download it to receive the digital-only bonus songs that are not streaming on the page!

Those who pre-ordered the vinyl should also head over to the Bandcamp page to download the album in order to receive the bonus tracks! As stated before, all vinyls will be shipped by airmail on August 10! If you like what you hear on the Bandcamp page, go to our Webshop and place an order for the record

As soon as the records arrive from the pressing plant, we will let you know and take some photos of what should be a fantastic looking release! Thanks for the support everyone and enjoy the album! Further details can be found in the posts below and on the order page.


Limited 10" Vinyl Version:
Side A : Nachtterror
1 - Breath of the World Abalze
2 - Upon Ashen Shores

Side B : Altars of Grief
1 - In Dying Light
2 - Your Heaven

Download Version:
1 - Nachtterror - Breath of the World Ablaze
2 - Nachtterror - Upon Ashen Shores
3 - Nachtterror - Fall of the Sabbath (bonus)
4 - Nachtterror - Belial (bonus)
5 - Altars of Grief - In Dying Light
6 - Altars of Grief - Your Heaven
7 - Altars of Grief - Room of Angel (bonus)

-Download the album from Bandcamp to receive the digitally exclusive bonus tracks.



 

 SIDE A COVER: NACHTTERROR

 SIDE B COVER: ALTARS OF GRIEF

 
SONG PREMIERE: Altars of Grief - In Dying Light

June 25, 2015

Last week, No Clean Singing premiered a track from Nachtterror's side of the "Of Ash and Dying Light" split record and now this week it's Altars of Grief's turn! No Clean Singing is premiering the track "In Dying Light" from Altars of Grief' side of the record, giving you an opportunity to finally hear a track from both bands on this split album! 

ALTARS OF GRIEF COVER ART [SIDE B]

No Clean Singing comments: “In Dying Light” is a thoroughly engrossing piece of music, from the isolated opening guitar notes to the huge wave of sound that soon follows it, from the sweeping, exalted melody to the rippling, finger-tapped bass notes and gunshot drum beats, from the anguished snarls to the sombre clean vocals.

The music is a hymn to the beauty found in loss, and it pierces straight and true, with gripping emotional resonance. It hits hard with weighty doom riffs and a building atmosphere of sorrow and wistful remembrance, but there’s a transcendent quality to the music as well — the kind of song that leads you to hit “play” again and again, without even thinking about it. It leaves a haunting memory that won’t let go — but the memory alone isn’t sufficiently satisfying. At least in my case, it’s merely the lure that brings me back to the song, which I think will never wear out its welcome.


 I hate to be obnoxious, but I’ll risk it: Unlike most of you, I’ve heard this entire split, and man, it’s tremendously good. Whatever is in the air in the prairies of Saskatchewan, it’s producing some striking music. Spread the word about these two bands — they certainly deserve to have these songs heard far and wide."

 

We are currently accepting pre-orders for the limited 10" split record between Nachtterror and Altars of Grief.
"Of Ash and Dying Light" is being released in an edition of 300 copies, 100 of which will be available from the Hypnotic Dirge webshop!
During pre-orders, the album is available for a discounted price of $12CDN + shipping, and the record also comes with download-only bonus songs, and two 11cm x 7cm Nachtterror and Altars of Grief logo stickers!


PRE-ORDER: Nachtterror / Altars of Grief - “Of Ash and Dying Light” available to pre-order!
SONG PREMIERE: No Clean Singing premiering Nachtterror track “The Breath of the World Ablaze”
June 18, 2015

The long-awaited split release between two eclectic southern-Saskatchewan metal acts - Nachtterror and Altars of Grief - is now available to pre-order! Beginning with a Blackened Doom foundation, both Nachtterror and Altars of Grief branch from there and incorporate various other influences into their sound, including death-doom, symphonic black metal, and soundtracks music to create fresh and genuine music rooted in atmosphere and emotion! The album was recorded by Justin Bender (Third Ion / ex-Into Eternity)earlier this year at Blue Door Studio in Regina, SK. If the music itself wasn’t a reason enough to pick up this release, artist Sam Nelson has also drawn two amazing and distinct cover images for this release, presented in all its glory and detail on both sides of the record. 

PRE-ORDER LIMITED 10" RECORD 
100 copies only through Hypnotic Dirge Webshop!; Records will ship out in early August!

Limited 10" Vinyl Version:
Side A : Nachtterror
1 - Breath of the World Abalze
2 - Upon Ashen Shores

Side B : Altars of Grief
1 - In Dying Light
2 - Your Heaven

Download Version:
1 - Nachtterror - Breath of the World Ablaze
2 - Nachtterror - Upon Ashen Shores
3 - Nachtterror - Fall of the Sabbath (bonus)
4 - Nachtterror - Belial (bonus)
5 - Altars of Grief - In Dying Light
6 - Altars of Grief - Your Heaven
7 - Altars of Grief - Room of Angel (bonus)

*All vinyl orders will receive an automatic email with the bonus tracks!

 NACHTTERROR COVER ART [SIDE A]

 
“Of Ash and Dying Light” is being release on a 10” record, and is strictly limited to 300 copies, only 100 of which will be available from the Hypnotic Dirge Webshop!! We are expecting them to sell fairly quickly so best order your copy before they are gone. While supplies last, the record also comes with two 11cm x 7cm Nachtterror and Altars of Grief logo stickers! 

During pre-orders, the record is being sold for $12CDN + shipping, which will raise to the regular $15CDN + shipping on the release date of July 10. It should also be mentioned that though the release of this album is July 10, vinyl pre-orders will not ship until early August due to delays at the pressing plant! 

This week, No Clean Singing premieres the first full track from the album, the opening Nachtterror track “Breath of the World Ablaze”:

 
“The Breath of the World Ablaze” is a dynamic soundscape that reflects a variety of musical textures. The song greets you with monstrous vocals, both agonized and bestial, and a slow, dismal melody. Soon enough, the music erupts in a spasm of blasting drums and raking guitars, but then it begins to pound, transforming into a slow, beautiful drift, with sombre, clean vocals, booming bass chords, a melancholy keyboard melody, and a memorable lead guitar motif.

But there’s still more to come as the song builds again in intensity, the swelling torrent of sound accented by the appearance of an Eastern sounding keyboard melody.


 
ALBUM RELEASE: Verlies - Le Domaine des Hommes
May 28, 2015

The worldwide digipack CD release of Verlies' debut album "Le Domaine des Hommes" has arrived and the album is available through a multiple of sources: Hypnotic Dirge Records, Throats Productions, and directly from the band. Hypnotic Dirge Records is selling the album worldwide with an emphasis on North America and Europe, Throats Productions is selling the album worldwide with an emphasis on Mexico, Central America, and South America, and Verlies will have the album available at their shows! Black Metal fans who have waited patiently through a slew of Doom related releases from Hypnotic Dirge Records will certainly be satisfied with this album, especially if you like your Black Metal eclectic, progressive, and avant-garde and have come to expect that sound from Hypnotic Dirge.


The digipack CD is a beautiful package, together with original drawn artwork and the original French lyrics. The lyrics for this album will not be available online, so the CD booklet will be the only place to find them. This album was released online by the band last year, but this is the first physical release of this wonderful debut album, and continues our tradition and interest in finding hidden gems that were released online, but not on physical media and with minimal promotion. The first 80 CD's from each webshop will receive a free 11cm x 7cm Verlies sticker with their order! Buy "Le Domaine des Hommes" CD | Digital Download "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!" 


 

 PRE-ORDER: Verlies - Le Domaine des Hommes
May 12, 2015

 We are now accepting pre-orders for Verlies’s debut album “Le Domaine des Hommes” which will be officially released on May 28, 2015 in digipack format with a carefully designed 12 page booklet and 11cm x 7cm sticker! Pre-order the album to receive a discount on the regular price! Alternatively, you may also pre-order the digital version for and receive the album in your email address on the release date.

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Heavy Blog is Heavy is premiering the track "Maladie", the third track on the album and one that simultaneously explores the many elements within Verlies' music!


Along with the song premiere, Heavy Blog is Heavy's writer commented on the album:
"Hailing from France, this band brings forth a brooding and atmospheric style of music that combines elements of traditional black metal, avant-garde metal, and post-rock into a emotively powerful fusion. By bringing in some traits of experimental jazz and other various genres to expand their sound, the group diversifies their music and puts forth a blend of influences that will leave listeners craving more.

Their sound twists and turns, churning through disparate sections and weaving many different threads and ideas into a climactic and powerful ending. Verlies is the opposite of an easy listen: it’s heady, hard to follow, and emotionally raw. At the end, though, the cathartic nature of the music wins out and the listener is left feeling cleansed."

 ALBUM RELEASE: Orphans of Dusk - Revenant May 4, 2015

The CD edition of the Orphans of Dusk - Revenant album is finally available through Hypnotic Dirge Records and Solitude Productions! Initially, the band self-released their debut EP digitally in the summer of 2014 but after some really positive reactions from doom listeners and the press, and some demand for a physical version, it became clear that it was well worth it to give this album a physical CD release while we wait for the Orphans to be reborn and to bring forth new music. For now, this fantastic debut album will have to suffice! The first 100 from each webshop will receive a free 11cm x 7cm Orphans of Dusk sticker with their order! Buy "Revenant" CD | Digital Download



 

Feedback:

"The great Pete Steele would definitely approve. Orphans Of Dusk deliver enormous, powerful goth-doom riffs that are infused with both delight and derision.”
- DoomMetalHeaven 


"Holy hell! You know that feeling you get when you have come across something that rocks you back on your heels? [...] Well, listening to ‘Revenant’ left my awesome-metal-sense tingling."
- MetalDisciple.com 


"Orphans of Dusk are clearly a band with heaps of talent, a lot on their minds, and the urge to pack 'Revenant' to the brim with content."
- Doom-Metal.com 


"Orphans Of Dusk is a duo with limitless potential.” 

-SorrowEternal 


‘Revenant’ is a great-sounding and great-looking release that is presented with great care and attention to detail. It skilfully balances ferocity and melancholy, varying between complexity and simplicity, first caressing and then pummelling. Perhaps most tellingly of all, when it’s over, you’re left wanting more." 

-DoomMetalHeaven


Other Links:

Orphans of Dusk Website Orphans of Dusk Profile Orphans of Dusk Facebook

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

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

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!
 

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 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!

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 "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!

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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!

 


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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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