New videos online!
Busy times for some Hypnotic Dirge artists currently.
Lycanthia has recently returned from their first ever Japanese tour supporting Eluveitiie, while Obsidian Tongue is back after supporting Agalloch on their Serpens in Culmination North American Tour. New videos have surfaced from both tours, and in the case of Lycanthia, a music video was created using tour and rehearsal footage.
Vin de Mia Trix played the Spring Solitude Evening Festival in Kyiv, Ukraine back in April but we were late getting a video uploaded. However, the track in question is entitled "φαρμακός" and is a first glimpse into their as-of-yet untitled second album!
Check out the links below to watch the videos!
Lycanthia - The Harbinger [Music Video]
Obsidian Tongue - A Nest of Ravens in the Throat of Time [ft. J. Haughm of Agalloch] [Live Video]
Vin de Mia Trix - φαρμακός (pharmakos) [Live Video]
Hypnotic Dirge will be at Metal Wizard Open Air 2014
Hypnotic Dirge Records will once again be present for the second annual Metal Wizard Open Air Festival on Saturday July 12, 2014. We will have a merch stand set up with a fine selection of CD's and shirts from our own releases and from the distro including a box of 50 dedicated to Black Metal, a box of 50 dedicated to Doom Metal, and 50 of our specific recommendations!
This year, all CD's will be $5.00 and all shirts will be $10.00, a very special low price for Metal Wizard only!
You can also browse through our webshop anytime before July 12 and send an "order list" to email@example.com with the subject line "Metal Wizard" and we can bring out the exact CD's you want. Any CD's picked up during Metal Wizard will be $5.00 only! Over 700 titles to choose from, so have a look if you're interested.
Altogether, we're really excited for this day to arrive. Last year's show was great and I suspect this year will be even greater with the planning that seems to have occured, a really interesting festival lineup, and the awesome atmosphere that events like these bring. If you are from the area, make sure you come out to this!
After the event, we'll surely upload photos and maybe give a bit of a recap.
Here is some info from the Metal Wizard Website:
"Saturday July 12th, 12 bands will lay waste to Saskatchewan on Valhalla Acres, just outside of Saskatoon. Saskatchewan's one and only outdoor Metal festival, Metal Wizard is proud to bring you some of Western Canada's very best heavy acts, as well as a fine selection of the Metal that Saskatchewan has to offer."
Distro Update: 24 New Titles, 2 New Shirts
Lots of really nice additions to the webshop including six Skepticism albums, a couple Frostmoon Eclipse albums, the Kamera Obskur album (side project of Lunar Aurora) an Ulver shirt, a Thy Catafalque shirt, and more!
You can view the full list HERE or go directly to the LATEST ADDITIONS on the webshop.
All digital downloads on Bandcamp now set to free download!
All digital albums on Bandcamp are now available for free download / by-donation!!
This means you don't need to pay $5.00 for the digital download of our releases anymore, but rather can pay whatever you want, or download the album(s) for free!!
Enjoy the music, and please spread the word about this.
If we're going to have the downloads available for free, we want as many people as possible to gain access to this music!
Our philosophy is rooted in the principle of open-source and unlimited access!
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Solitude Productions Update: 5 new titles!
Just added now are five of the latest albums from Solitude Productions! All from the main label this time, not the side-labels. All good albums of course, but especially recommended is the debut album from the young Russian band "Restless Oblivion" which really impressed me!
As usual, you can browse through the new additions in the Solitude Productions section of the webstore.
All of the albums are also available for full streaming so make sure you check them out at the very least!
SP - 082 : Woe Unto Me - A Step into the Waters of Forgetfulness
SP - 083 : Wijlen Wij – Coronachs Of The Ω
SP - 084 : Shattered Hope – Waters Of Lethe
SP - 085 : Crypt Of Silence – Beyond Shades
SP - 086 : Restless Oblivion – Sands Of Time
Webstore: Solitude Productions
Distro Update: 46 new titles!
Lo and behold, there is finally a new batch of CD's added to the webshop after a pretty sizable time has passed since the last update. A wide variety of albums from across the sonic spectrum to be sure, but this update seems to include a lot of doom, from atmospheric death-doom, to sludgy stoner metal, ambient drone-doom, black/doom metal and everything else as well! Some highlights include the latest Mourning Dawn double-album "Les sacrifiés", the new offering from ritualistic stoner drone-doom band Riti Occulti in limited digipack, some unrelenting stoner doom courtesy of the mighty Wizard's Beard, the experimental sound textures of Drug Honkey, along with albums from Trees, Theologian, Weedeater, and a lot more!
You can view the full list HERE or go directly to the LATEST ADDITIONS on the webshop.
New Epitimia - "(Un)reality" double-album 6 panel digipack available now!
Epitimia's new double-album "(Un)reality" is a culmination of over a year's hard work for the Saint-Petersburg based band which has been working on an expansive and ambitious follow-up to their last album "Faces of Insanity" released in the summer of 2012. "(Un)reality" includes lots of new innovations and interesting ideas on both the musical and conceptual sides and could easily be considered their most accomplished effort to date. Tortured black metal screams alongside a progressive and experimental cacophony of sounds combine to create a truly memorable and complex album taking various elements from many genres including post-rock, black metal, blackgaze, ambient, and jazz to create the sonic palette for this conceptual story. Female vocalist “M.” is also present on the album once again as well as very interesting session work from the saxophonist D’arcy Molan (from the debut Subterranean Disposition album) whose contributions appears throughout the album. Released in a deluxe 6 panel digipack with an additional 12 page booklet and augmented with artwork from Mayhem Design in Russia, this is certainly Epitimia’s magnum opus!
The album is certainly Hypnotic Dirge's most ambitious release to date in scope and presentation to this date and will serve as our last release for a while before we take a bit of a break (more on this soon!)
(Un)reality can be ordered for $12.00 + shipping in the HDR Webstore.
Epitimia describes the (Un)reality album:
“(Un)reality is like limbo, the world where the hero lingers. His day life here is infinite and artificial, but his dreams fill his mind with bright new images, odd flashbacks, and the reminiscence of his other lives. These visions are the keys to understanding what is happening to him, and may be the only chance to escape. “Delusion” contains the dark images of objective reality while “Illusions” is a moment in which all his dreams merge: hope, love and most importantly – the desire for truth, by which he will be free forever.”
All of the details on the album, including tracklisting can be found on the Order page
New Windbruch album - "No Stars, Only Full Dark" available now!
After releasing a debut album entitled "Collision of the Worlds" on the last day of 2009 on Sun and Moon Records, and a digital split album with Depicting Abysm and Gmork entitled "Silentium!" through Hypnotic Dirge in April 2013, Windbruch presents their second full-length album "No Stars, Only Full Dark" on February 1, 2014 in a physical CD edition as well as a digital download. Previously self-released in early 2013, this album is now available on CD for the first time!
Cold and mesmerizing atmospheric black metal from the Siberian region of Yugra in the city of Nizhnevartovsk, Windbruch presents their second full-length album “No stars, only full dark.” With their new effort, Windbruch succeeds in creating a delicate and emotional soundtrack for the heart of winter with a genuine sound rooted firmly in the original aura and atmosphere of black metal but with a distinct Siberian twist. “No stars, only full dark” has a strong cinematic component to it turning the album into a journey. Dialogue from the Russian film “Stalker” is included in the track “Only Full Dark”, and “Neswa-Pawuk” is based on the novel “Nomads of the North” from the american writer James Oliver Curwood who wrote about two fugitives escaping to the Canadian tundra. An ode to all things cold, bleak, and distressing, “No stars, only full dark” is the perfect soundtrack for lonely cold winter nights.
Rodion, the sole musician behind Windbruch had this to say about the new album:
“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”
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In my Shiver - 'Delicate Poison' available now!
The new album from In my Shiver is now officially released! "Delicate Poison" is available in a CD version, or as a digital download for $5.00. As usual, you can stream the full album on Bandcamp!
In my Shiver is an experimental black metal/shoegaze band from Camerino, Italy with conceptual themes about 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.
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In my Shiver - Delicate Poison / Windbruch - No Stars, Only Full Dark
Available to pre-order now!
Two new albums from Hypnotic Dirge Records are now available to pre-order for a lowered price of $6.00 plus shipping until their release dates, which is January 17 for In my Shiver, and February 1 for Windbruch at which point the price will go back to its regular $8.00 plus shippping, and the full albums will be uploaded online. For the time being, two tracks from each album is available online!
All of the details and tracklist are on the Pre-order and Bandcamp pages.
Ekove Efrits - 'Nowhere' available now!
The new album from Ekove Efrits entitled "Nowhere" is now released and available for free download, $5.00 download, and in CD version for $8.00 plus shipping. The CD version comes with a thick sixteen page booklet including information and lyrics.
Ekove Efrits, the atmospheric project of Saman N. hailing from Tehran, Iran returns with a follow-up to the 2011 album “Conceptual Horizon.”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, sombre, 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 promises to be a visual experience as well as a sonic one! This will certainly appeal to fans of Ulver, Manes, and netra, among others.
Another interesting element on this album is the collaboration with Megan Tassaker, vocalist of the Australian Gothic Doom band Lycanthia whose vocals appear throughout the album and really add to the ethereal and melancholic sound. Mastered by Barry Gardner in the UK and with contributions on the album art front from surrealist Norwegian artist Jessica Enneby Eldenstjärna in addition to Saman who is a graphic artist by trade, this album aims to be a complete immersive experience.
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NO STARS, ONLY FULL DARK
COLD AND MESMERIZING ATMOSPHERIC BLACK METAL FROM THE SIBERIAN REGION OF YUGRA IN THE CITY OF NIZHNEVARTOVSK, WINDBRUCH PRESENTS THEIR SECOND FULL-LENGTH ALBUM “NO STARS, ONLY FULL DARK.” WITH THEIR NEW EFFORT, WINDBRUCH SUCCEEDS IN CREATING A DELICATE AND EMOTIONAL SOUNDTRACK FOR THE HEART OF WINTER WITH A GENUINE SOUND ROOTED FIRMLY IN THE ORIGINAL AURA AND ATMOSPHERE OF BLACK METAL BUT WITH A DISTINCT SIBERIAN TWIST. “NO STARS, ONLY FULL DARK” HAS A STRONG CINEMATIC COMPONENT TO IT TURNING THE ALBUM INTO A JOURNEY. AN ODE TO ALL THINGS COLD, BLEAK, AND DISTRESSING, “NO STARS, ONLY FULL DARK” IS THE PERFECT SOUNDTRACK FOR LONELY COLD WINTER NIGHTS.
LOTUS CIRCLE’S SOUND EXPRESSION IS BASED ON AN EXPERIMENTAL KARMA OF GENRES SUCH AS DOOM, DRONE, BLACK METAL, NOISE/ELECTRONIC MUSIC ALWAYS UNDER THE SIGN OF A SPIRITUAL INNER RITUALISM. “CAVES” IS A TRULY MONSTER OF WARM AND ENVELOPING DRONE BRINGING THE LISTENER TO AN UNKNOWN AND SOMEWHAT PSYCHEDELIC LEVEL. AFTER FIVE YEARS FROM THE PREVIOUS PRAISED ”BOTTOMLESS VALES AND BOUNDLESS FLOODS” ALBUM, LOTUS CIRCLE ARE BACK FOR A NEW SPIRITUAL CATHARSIS.
CONCEPTUAL ALBUM “INTAGLIO”, IS A FRUIT OF IMAGINATION OF MUSICIANS FROM BANDS “S.C.A.L.P”. AND “YACHUR”, IT IS FILLED WITH A UNIQUE, DEPRESSIVE ATMOSPHERE OF COLD AND GLOOM, DEVELOPING THE BEST FUNERAL DOOM IN ITS GENRE (EVOKEN, MOURNFUL CONGREGATION), FOLLOWING THE TRADITIONS. CD CONTAINS THE EIGHT-PAGE BOOKLET WITH PHOTOS AND TEXTS. “INTAGLIO” – IS THE FIRST RUSSIAN FUNERAL BAND WHICH HAS BEEN OFFICIALLY ISSUED!
HYMNES DE LA MONTAGNE NOIRE SEES NEIGE ET NOIRCEUR’S MASTERMIND SPIRITUS RETURN WITH WHAT IS, WITHOUT A DOUBT, HIS DARKEST AND MOST AGGRESSIVE EFFORT TO DATE. LARGELY FORSAKING THE AMBIENT SIDE THAT MADE UP A GOOD PART OF THE OUTFIT’S PREVIOUS OFFERINGS IN FAVOUR OF MORE GUITAR-DRIVEN SONGS, THE OPUS NONETHELESS OFFERS THE SAME EERIE VIBE FANS OF THE BAND HAVE COME TO EXPECT OVER THE YEARS. A SUFFOCATING JOURNEY INTO COLD AND DESOLATE LANDSCAPES.
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HDR - 033 : VIN DE MIA TRIX - ONCE HIDDEN IN SIGHT
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AUGUST 26, 2013
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stroszek - 'wild years of remorse and failures' double-album available now!
The new compilation double-album from the dark folk/acoustic project stroszek aptly titled "wild years of remorse and failures" is now available to stream in its entirety for free, download for $5.00, and is also available as a double-CD release with an extensive 16 page booklet complete with all the lyrics and brand new artwork! Within this new release, you will find all 24 songs present in the "songs of remorse", "the wild hunt" and "life failures made music" albums released between 2007-2009 as well as two additional new cover songs originally from Dick Curless and Townes Van Zandt!
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.
The album is technically released now and available online but due to a manufacturing delay, the CD version will not be shipping until December 22. Because of these unfortunate circumstances, we've decided to keep the CD available for the pre-order price of $8.00 + shipping up until that point, after which it will change to $10.00 + shipping.
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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.
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.
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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
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