New Hypnotic Dirge Records digital compilation albums available for free download now!
Presenting the latest edition(s) in the annual Hypnotic Dirge compilation albums which have always been (and always will be) available for free download. This year, due to the enormous size, we've decided to release two compilation albums simultaneously.
The compilations are divided into vaguely Black Metal and Doom Metal variations. It's not an exact science due to the diversity of bands and tracks included, but the idea was to try to have a similar "feeling" throughout and to make each compilation more digestible rather than a huge monolithic entity.
The Wild Haunts Us Still;
Decay and Atrophy
The Wild Haunts Us Still;
Disillusionment and Indifference
New Hypnotic Dirge Records Releases available to pre-order!
Today marks the start of pre-orders for the last Hypnotic Dirge releases of 2013. We are finishing off the year with new releases from two of our long standing artists which have both released previous albums through HDR! Presented is a special double-album re-release from stroszek of re-worked early material and the followup album of 2011's Conceptual Horizon from Ekove Efrits.
New tracks from both albums have been uploaded to Bandcamp for streaming and free download and of course the full albums will be uploaded on their respective release dates!
If you pre-order, the stroszek 2cd is $8.00 and the Ekove Efrits album is $6.00 - plus shipping for both. After release, the regular prices will be $10.00 and $8.00
All of the details and tracklist are on the pre-order pages.
netra ft. We'rewolves - Dreading Consciousness EP free download available now!
A strange and unexpected collaboration between the black metal/trip-hop hybrid netra and the unconventional rap duo We'rewolves has led to the creation and release of a new digital EP entitled "Dreading Consciousness." After releasing the previous two netra full-length albums on a physical medium, Hypnotic Dirge Records is pleased to release this experimental collaboration as a free digital download!
netra, the project of solo member Steven LeMoan has always written music that has pushed the limits of conventional black metal, but this will undoubtedly prove to be by far the biggest deviation from metal-based instrumentation to date! Always present to a certain degree, the trip-hop elements in netra's music are given full reigns on "Dreading Consciousness" and this is the first netra release almost totally void of black metal vocals, instead allowing rap vocals to take center stage. However, the dark undertones of urban life, boredom, and depression remain but are instead presented through a totally different approach.
We'rewolves - a rap duo from California - is comprised of veteran emcees Hockeymask and Konsept. Known for their above average knack for wordplay and innovative imaginations, the two have created quite a name for themselves in the Central California underground scene. With a love of all things dark and bizarre We'rewolves have frequently used samples in their previous releases from Occult Psychedelia, Crust Punk, and Black Metal while their lyrical themes have always focused on the struggles of life, depression, suicide, drug-abuse, and insanity.
Drug-fueled, mentally crippling claustrophobic horror rap with a totally depressing vibe and a contempt for humanity is what is presented in this short collaborative EP.
The stylistic instrumentation of trip-hop with the occasional foray into a black metal sound is surprisingly fitting with the lyrics and themes presented within. Though possibly unexpected, it can be said with a certain degree of confidence that you have not heard anything like this before. This EP has the potential to be totally polarizing but fans of music who explore various genres might very well consider this essential.
Hypnotic Dirge Records launches new Webstore
Hypnotic Dirge Records now has a brand new webstore with kinds of new features which were missing from the previous format.
It should be MUCH easier to navigate through everything now, there is finally an "Add-to"Cart" feature, quantities are listed directly on the store, and as well as this 50 new titles were just added to the distro for the launch of the webstore today! [DISTRO UPDATE]
A new (and much less confusing) price system is now taking effect as well. $8 for a regular CD, $10 for a digipack, and $6 for an EP. Shipping is then calculated on top of that depending on your location.
We are still working on a few additions and improvements at this point but all of the items are listed on the store and it is fully functioning. The little that remains is non-essential stuff which will be added in the coming weeks/months.
Use the discount code "HDR-SALE-2013" at the checkout to save 20% from the price before shipping! This sale will go on until next Friday November 22, 2013 as a way to launch the new store.
HYPNOTIC DIRGE RECORDS WEBSTORE
netra releases "crawling" music video!
For those who might remember, around the time of the Sørbyen release, we talked about releasing a netra music video. It became a reality much later on but here is the final result!
netra - crawling
Official Music Video, Filmed by Jason Caridi
Windbruch signs with Hypnotic Dirge Records;
Release of second full-length album"No stars, only full dark" in February 2014.
The atmospheric Black Metal project "Windbruch" has signed with Hypnotic Dirge Records for the release of their second full-length album "No stars, only full dark"
Cold and mesmerizing atmospheric black metal from the Siberian region of Yugra in the city of Nizhnevartovsk, Windbruch was formed by Mikhailov Rodion in 2009. It combines elements of post black metal, ambient and doom metal with the intention of creating a hypnotizing atmosphere.
In April 2013, Windbruch participated in a three way split release entitled "Silentium!" with the bands "Depicting Abysm" and "Gmork." which was released digitally through Hypnotic Dirge Records as a
Now, their second full-length album “No stars, only full dark” will be released on Hypnotic Dirge Records in CD edition on February 1, 2014, and the track "Only Full Dark" is now available for streaming and free download! Note the dialogue from the Russian film "Stalker" in this track.
Talking about the concept of the upcoming album, Rodion of Windbruch had this to say.
"The whole album is something like a message from silent space or another reality. It is а sonic message to humanity to stop the exploitation of our home planet. Hundreds of years of war and over-consumption of the gifts of nature can not last forever. The future is coming. The dark future without stars. This concept finds reflection in the novel “Nomads of the North” by J. O. Curwood in some chapters and the cover itself refers to the same novel”
Artwork for the second Windbruch's album was created by Viktoria Vlasenko from Krasnoyarsk, Russia. Viktoria is a talented young designer, painter and photographer. You can also see her presentation on her VK Profile
The next track following "Only Full Dark" on the album, "Neswa-Pawuk" will be released in a few weeks time on the upcoming annual free digital compilation album from Hypnotic Dirge Records.
The full tracklisting for the "No stars, only full dark" album is as follows:
1 - The Dance of Liquid Fire
2 - No More Entry, No More Exit
3 - No Stars
4 - A city on fire
5 - Only Full Dark
6 - Neswa-Pawuk
7 - Flashback to my Lake
Windbruch Profile | Windbruch Bandcamp
stroszek to re-release a compilation of first two albums and EP in December!
New Dick Curless cover "Bury the Bottle with Me" and "the unlucky ones" available for streaming/download now.
The dark folk/acoustic project stroszek is preparing to re-release their first two full-lengths and EP in a new compilation double-album aptly titled "wild years of remorse and failures" which will feature all 24 songs present in the "songs of remorse", "the wild hunt" and "life failures made music" albums as well as two additional new cover songs.
All of the music has been re-mastered and the vocals on the original "songs of remorse" album have been rerecorded as the vocals on the original recordings were one aspect that vocalist and songwriter c. felt were not up to par with stroszek's later recordings.
Two songs from the double-album are now available for streaming and download on the Band and Label's Bandcamp pages. "bury the bottle with me" - a Dick Curless Cover song originally released in 1968 which will appear on the "remorse" side (Disc I) and "the unlucky ones" the opening track from the "failures" side (Disc II).
The tracklist for the double-album is as follows:
remorse - disc I
With carefully strummed minor key acoustic guitars, deliberate yet restrained piano lines, bursts of heaviness added for texture and deep, lush clean sung vocals that relay a sense of dread lurking beneath the surface, "songs of remorse" is perhaps at once one of the most melancholic yet accessible albums of 2007.
1 - a nightwalk in partille
2 - color of the street
3 - the night porter
4 - the house told me
5 - stones in my throat
6 - bury the bottle with me (Dick Curless Cover)
7 - the railroad track
8 - not even the half
9 - slow sleep
10 - was it worth the wait
11 - wheels to rust
12 - sand
failures - disc II
stroszek returns with their second opus, the follow-up to 'songs of remorse', with the aptly titled 'life failures made music'; and with song titles like 'the unlucky ones', 'gone by the fall', and 'land of silence and darkness' its no secret that this album is filled with crushing sadness. Take equal parts Neofolk, the fatalist mentality of Black Metal, the darkness of older Alice in Chains, the beautiful acoustics of latter-day Antimatter and the painfully soft, whispered vocals of Tom Waits and it is easy to see precisely why this crushing sadness is what makes this record so damn special.
1 - the unlucky ones
2 - gone by the fall
3 - undead hotel
4 - turn the sky to winter
5 - nighthawks and underdogs
6 - I'll keep everything
7 - the devil's chair
8 - a life failure
9 - land of silence and darkness
10 - tecumseh valley (Townes Van Zandt Cover)
11 - secret of the earth
12 - from mound to mound
13 - green jade
14 - autumnal
In my Shiver signs with Hypnotic Dirge Records
New album "Delicate Poison" to be released in December 2013.
In my Shiver, an experimental black metal/shoegaze band from Camerino, Italy has signed with Hypnotic Dirge Records for the release of their upcoming second album "Delicate Poison" which is scheduled to be released in December 2013. The opening track from the album, "Closed View" is now available for free streaming and download on the label's Bandcamp, Soundcloud, and Youtube pages and is a nice representation of the band's overall sound and aura from the "Delicate Poison" album.
The conceptual themes of In My Shiver include the loneliness and sadness of modern life, cityscapes, and a critique of the dominant culture. In 2009 In my Shiver released their debut album “Black Seasons” through Solitude and Despair Music in South Korea and now they present their follow-up album “Delicate Poison.”
Combining oppressive and ferocious black metal with melancholic modern depressive rock, In My Shiver blends these sounds to create an unrelenting modern depressive classic with amazing riffs and melodies. In particular In my Shiver utilizes dissonant chord structures to create an uncomfortable and claustrophobic atmosphere and has a strong ability in using contrasts throughout the album which is only heightened by a professional sound quality, strong musicianship, and a diverse vocal performance. This album will appeal to fans of post-black metal, and 80’s rock/electronic music, and in particular fans of Katatonia, Solefald, and early-Ulver.
Another track from the album will be released in approximately a month's time on the upcoming annual free digital compilation album from Hypnotic Dirge Records.
In my Shiver Profile | In my Shiver Facebook
New track from Epitimia entitled "Delusion I - Escapism" from upcoming double album entitled "(Un)reality" online now!
A new track from the atmospheric black metal/post-rock band Epitimia from Saint-Petersburg, Russia is now available for free streaming and download! The track, entitled "Delusion I - Escapism" is from the forthcoming double album (Un)reality which will be released in January 2014 on Hypnotic Dirge Records in a luxurious 6 Panel digipack accompanied by a 12 page booklet.
Band members had the following to say specifically about this track:
"Delusion I - Escapism represents an illusory world of the main lyrical hero, where he tries to live the rest of his days with his own fantasies and hopes. But this world is fragile, and the objective reality that surrounds him starts to destroy it."
The new album "(Un)reality" is a culmination of over a year's hard work for the band which has been working on an expansive and ambitious follow-up to their last album "Faces of Insanity" which was released in the summer of 2012.
This new album, which has been the subject of lots of careful deliberation and attention to detail is now recorded and the design of the artwork is in its last stage. "(Un)reality" includes lots of new innovations and interesting ideas by this eclectic post-rock, atmospheric black metal band. Tortured black metal screams alongside a progressive and experimental cacophony of sounds, even including guest saxaphone across the album from D'arcy Molan. (Guest sax player of the Subterranean Disposition album as well, released on HDR in October 2012) Epitimia continues to show tremendous growth and maturity through their years and "(Un)reality" is certainly a plateau for them so far and their most accomplished effort yet!
Artwork on this release was created by Mayhem Design from Saint-Petersburg, Russia.
Mayhem Design has previously designed artwork for bands such as Paganland, The Sullen Route, Munruthel, Frozen Ocean, Aborted Fetus, and Atmosfear Magazine among many others.
You can also find them on VK.
The tracklist for (Un)reality is:
01 – Birth
02 - Delusion I – Escapism
03 - Delusion II – Ataraxia
04 - Delusion III – Frustration
05 - Delusion IV – Contemplation
06 - Delusion V - Post scriptum
07 - Delusion VI - Mors putativa
08 - Delusion VII – Elysium
09 – Metanoia
01 - A Flash Before Death
02 - Illusion I – Muse
03 - Illusion II – Oath
04 - Illusion III – Foretime
05 - Illusion IV – Reflection
06 - Illusion V – Far Away
07 - Illusion VI – Fracture
08 - Illusion VII – Catharsis
09 - Rebirth
New track "Public Theatre" from upcoming Ekove Efrits album "Nowhere" online now!
The first track from the upcoming Ekove Efrits album "Nowhere" is now online and available for free streaming and download! The track, entitled "Public Theatre" is the opening track on the new album and also features guest female vocals from Megan Tassaker of the gothic doom metal band, Lycanthia.
Ekove Efrits is an atmospheric black metal project from the musician and graphic designer Saman Nu from Tehran, Iran. The last Ekove Efrits album "Conceptual Horizon" was released on Hypnotic Dirge Records in the summer of 2011 and previous to that the digital album "Hypermnesia" was released digitally in 2010, following the debut full-length album "Suicidal Rebirth" on Possesion Records in 2008. The History of Ekove Efrits dates back to 2005.
With “Nowhere”, the fourth full-length album from Ekove Efrits, Saman shows a continual evolution in his songwriting and recording abilities, not deviating far from the sound and identity of previous Ekove Efrits albums but offering fifty-one minutes of twisted, dark, somber, and atmospheric music intertwined with harsh black metal stylistics, female vocals, and electronic/trip-hop elements, with an added cinematic and film-score like quality which has not been present to this degree in any previous Ekove Efrits album. Certainly a tour de force for this unique project, “Nowhere” will deliver a total trip for the mind and with its cinematic qualities promises to be a visual experience in addition to a sonic one!
"Nowhere" is slated for a release on Hypnotic Dirge Records in November 2013.
The full tracklisting for the new album "Nowhere" is:
01 - Intro
02 - Public Theatre
03 - Parallel Presence
04 - Blessed by Nature
05 - One Truth, One Confession
06 - Infinitesimal
07 - Metamorphosis
08 - Sword and Wound
09 - At the Gates of Oblivion
10 - Belong to Nowhere
Vin de Mia Trix - Once Hidden From Sight
Available now in CD edition or FREE digital download!
The debut album from the Ukrainian doom metal band Vin de Mia Trix entitled "Once Hidden From Sight" is now officially released and available in both CD format in a luxurious 12 page booklet with full lyrics and as a name-your-price (free) download from Bandcamp!!
"After numerous gigs (including Doom Over Kiev, Moscow Doom Fest, and supporting Saturnus, Mourning Beloveth and Autumnia among others), a self-released demo and an EP, Vin de Mia Trix comes up with their debut full-length “Once Hidden From Sight.” Blending together various doom sub-genres, the album from the Ukrainian band is a culmination of over 3 years of writing and perfecting their own sound. Lengthy mid-tempo opuses with crushing funeral riffs morphing into melancholic acoustic passages create a mysterious and dark atmosphere with songs rooted between Funeral and Death/Doom Metal, but incorporating bits of Black Metal, Post-Rock, Progressive Metal, Blues and some other genres. Co-released by Hypnotic Dirge Records and Solitude Productions with a 12-page booklet with lyrics included, “Once Hidden From Sight” offers every fan of dark music something for the soul!"
Our free access philosophy has been put into practice for this release! For many reasons, including the desire of the band and for the first time ever for a CD release, we are offering "Once Hidden in Sight" as a FREE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD in its entirety!! You can of course still show your support by donating something when you download or by buying the CD version.
Vin de Mia Trix put out a statement on the decision to release the album for free:
"As we’ve already announced, our album ‘Once Hidden From Sight’ will be available for FREE download in its entirety from our Bandcamp page upon its release on Monday, August 26.
And we’d like to note that it’s not only an experiment for us, showing if we manage to earn more this way. Obviously an underground band like ours doesn’t really expect to earn much with our music, anyway it’s not our raison d’être.
What matters is that the world we live in is changing very fast, and the music industry today is facing a tremendous shift of values. There is a very good book we’d recommend to all the young musicians around, which is called ‘Music in the Digital Age’. It can be found here. Note that the download policy obeys the same ‘name-your-price’ principle, which conforms perfectly to the views put forward in the book by Andrew Dubber.
Without retelling you the whole story (really, read the book – it’s not long at all), let us underline a few basic points that we stick to:
1. The rules assigned to the music industry by the Internet are quite different from those relevant in the previous period, the age of television and major labels. It is useless to try making time go backwards (e.g. forcing people to buy your CDs by suing hosting services).
2. Digital data cannot have any objective value, because it is, unlike printed stuff, perfectly replicable. Physical copies require resources to be produced and are always limited in number. Digital data, on the other hand, can be copied to infinity for free. It is therefore clear, that you cannot set a price for digital stuff the same way that you do in case of printed material.
3. Quoting Dubber, ‘You don’t have the right to make money from your music – only the opportunity.’ And ‘people aren’t giving you money for your music, but because of it (and because of everything that goes along with it that gives it richer and deeper meaning)’.
We respect the listener’s rights as much as the author’s. We are listeners ourselves. That’s why we give you choice. Support the band and/or our labels, if you can (be it half a buck). And if you can’t, please spread the word and share the album with your friends.
And of course we incite all of you to buy the physical copy for your collection, the artwork is worth it.
Thank you. Keep it doomed!"
You can order a copy of the CD edition HERE or download your copy by clicking on the bandcamp player below.
HYPNOTIC DIRGE COMPILATION ALBUMS 2013/14 [FREE DOWNLOADS]
HYPNOTIC DIRGE 2013/14 | THE WILD HAUNTS US STILL; DECAY AND ATROPHY
HYPNOTIC DIRGE 2013/14 | THE WILD HAUNTS US STILL; DISILLUSIONMENT AND INDIFFERENCE
HDR - 038 : EPITIMIA - (UN)REALITY
FEBRUARY 15, 2014
HDR - 037 : WINDBRUCH -
NO STARS, ONLY FULL DARK
FEBRUARY 1, 2014
HDR - 037 : IN MY SHIVER -
JANUARY 17, 2014
HDR - 034 : STROSZEK - WILD YEARS OF REMORSE AND FAILURES [2CD]
DECEMBER 7, 2013
PRE-ORDER | PREVIEW
HDR - 033 : VIN DE MIA TRIX - ONCE HIDDEN IN SIGHT
[CO-RELEASE WITH SOLITUDE PROD.]
AUGUST 26, 2013
BUY CD | STREAM/DOWNLOAD
HDR - 032 : OBSIDIAN TONGUE - A NEST OF RAVENS IN THE THROAT OF TIME
HDR - 031 : GALAKTIK CANCER SQUAD - GHOST LIGHT
HDR - 030 : NETHERMOST - ALPHA EP
HDR - 029 : FRIGORIS - WIND
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