Hypnotic Dirge Records is an independent Black and Doom Metal record label and webshop based in Saskatoon, Canada.
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New arrivals: 10/10/2018
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Recent Hypnotic Dirge Releases
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OMGEVING - WIJDE WIJDTE
CD | DIGITAL

NONE - WHERE LIFE SHOULD BE
DIGITAL ONLY (SINGLE)

 

NORILSK - WEEPERS OF THE LAND
TRAILS OF DOOM BUNDLE | CD BUNDLE
CD | DIGITAL

ALTARS OF GRIEF - 
THIS SHAMEFUL BURDEN [RE-RELEASE]

CD | DIGITAL

 Upcoming Hypnotic Dirge Releases

IL VUOTO - VASTNESS
RELEASING: FEBRUARY 2019
PRE-ORDERS AVAILABLE SOON...

OBSIDIAN TONGUE - A NEST OF RAVENS IN THE THROAT OF TIME [RE-RELEASE]
RELEASING: EARLY 2019
PRE-ORDERS AVAILABLE SOON...

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NONE Beanies available now!
December 10, 2018

Embrace solitude, accept self-loathing. 
You are no one, nowhere, and NOTHING.

Warm up the existential void with this new embroidered NONE toque!!

Limited to 30 pieces. 
15 gray logo | 15 white logo.

Order Here

UPCOMING RELEASE: Il Vuoto - Vastness
December 10, 2018

Il Vuoto is the noise of sorrow and distress…a solo Funeral Doom / Drone project hailing from Piacenza, Italy, created by the same mastermind behind the excellent Black Metal project Chiral. In addition to some demo albums, Il Vuoto released a debut album, entitled “Weakness” in the summer of 2015, and we will soon present the second observation, entitled “Vastness”.

“Vastness” is an album about sorrow. Each song on the album discusses it from a different perspective and point of view. Universal sorrow, intimate sorrow, mental illness, suicide, and cleansing are ever-present themes on an album that accurately represents the complicated feelings of sorrow by being at once devastating and soul-crushing as well as melancholic and sublime.

"Vastness" will be released in February on a 4 panel digipack with a 12 page booklet through Hypnotic Dirge Records.

The first sneak peek from the album will be released next week. Stay tuned!

🎶ALBUM RELEASE 🎶: Omgeving - Wijde wijdte
December 6, 2018

Omgeving’s debut album “Wijde wijdte” is officially released today! “Wijde wijdte” is available in a 6 panel digipack alongside a 10cm x 10cm sticker of the cover art. You can also go to Bandcamp, where the album is now streaming in full. If you enjoy it, the album is available as a “name-your-price” digital download, just like the rest of HDR’s releases!

"The vibrant, glowing sheen of tremolo chords and a slow drum rhythm, layered with gleaming filaments of melody, seem to open the mind to a vista of stars, or perhaps the shimmering cascade of the aurora borealis."
-No Clean Singing

"Wijde Wijdte has a knack for pulling you in and submerging you under
its ever compelling and hypnotizing atmospheres never to let you leave
until your mind has been completely filled with darkened reveries and
dirges of doom."

-Cadaver Garden

“Wijde Wijdte” es un trabajo que invita a la reflexión y a la introspección por medio de ritmos lentos y una gran variedad de riffs; desde rabiosos trémolos, pasando por otros de carácter hipnótico y algunos pasajes de guitarras cristalinas, combinados con sonidos atmosféricos; recreando en
su conjunto un álbum que despertará los sentidos del oyente y lo transportará a un mundo etéreo, donde lo intangible se volverá tangible.

-Broken Tomb Magazine

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🎶 🎞MUSIC VIDEO PREMIERE!!! 🎶 🎞 : Norilsk premieres new music video “Weepers of the Land”!
December 3, 2018

Funeral rites and its iconography have a long history of weepers, or weeping figures – sad, heavy characters mourning the deceased. “Weepers of the Land” is a nod to the expression 'keepers of the land,' most often used in an indigenous and/or environment-related context, while referencing a less glorious side of history. The title song and concept is about what stays behind after someone vanishes.

The song was co-written with Joshua Cayer (Longhouse – bass/vocals), who is also guest vocalist on the song.

Joshua comments: “When we were developing the concept of the track, I had just finished listening to a podcast hosted by Indigenous journalist, Connie Walker, called Missing and Murdered: Who Killed Alberta Williams. Aside from the obvious painful subject matter, what really struck me was the guilt expressed, and carried for all these years, by those closest to Alberta Williams - What if I answered my phone that night? What if I turned around sooner? What if. As a father of two little girls, I couldn’t begin to imagine the deep sorrow that is carried by survivors of our Indigenous women and girls that go missing, or are murdered. I tried to give voice to just a fraction of what those feelings of pain, guilt and failure might feel like to a father or a mother, with the hope of creating better awareness and empathy for the issue of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls in our country.”


Weepers of the Land's dark and heavy atmosphere takes the shape of an epic, extreme doom metal song. Clocking in at 10min and 22secs, Weepers of the Land's monumental proportions and slow pace represented both a challenge and an opportunity to transfer onto the screen. Approaching it from the perspective of a short movie, Erik Labossiere of Wikked Twist Films was given artistic freedom to develop the concept behind the video.

Erik comments: “When creating the video concept for "Weepers" I wanted to create a narrative that could symbolize an array of current issues and motifs. With the core message of corruption and assimilation, I wanted to tell a story that could identify with any situation of oppression and abuse. I also wanted to create characters that each themselves expressed a reaction to these issues. Some see the plight of our world and react with indifference, with silence, with reinforcement, and some push to create hope. In my opinion, there is only one monster in this video, and everyone else exists within the grey, and its is up to the viewer to reflect on this and question which role they play.”

Credits:
This video was directed by Erik Labossiere and Kristin Wagner, costuming by Beki Stilborn, was shot at the Creative City Centre in Regina, SK (organized by Catherine Abenstein) and featured Ivy West and Violet Rayes (of The Pink Champagne Girls), Donny Pinay and Nate Cradock (of Altars of Grief), Beki Stilborn (Archaical), Josh DeCorby, Gabrielle Kyrylchuk, and Kaden Phillips. Masks created by Merimask.

Music by Norilsk. Lyrics by Nic Miquelon and Joshua Cayer.


🎶MUSIC VIDEO PREMIERE🎶: Omgeving - VI - Eenzaamheid in Extase
November 23, 2018

Omgeving has released their first music video for the track "VI - Eenzaamheid in Extase" from the
upcoming debut album 'Wijde wijdte", releasing December 6 on Hypnotic Dirge Records.

Omgeving is an experimental musical project from Dutch musician Franck Johanson (Distillator) where the listener is meant to interpret the sound as auditory landscapes, every texture part of a broader perception that has been created. The first Omgeving album crosses the boundaries of black metal, space rock, ambient, and doom. It is an entirely instrumental work based on conjuring imagery through soundscapes, through tones and frequencies that transport you through inner and outer space. This album should interest those who enjoy the slow buildup of layers, working with dynamics to build to a hypnotizing crescendo, shifting between subtle ambience to a piercing wall of sound.


PRE-ORDERS AVAILABLE: Omgeving - Wijde Wijdte
November 12, 2018

Pre-orders are now available at Hypnotic Dirge Records for Omgeving's debut album, entitled "Wijde wijdte"

“Omgeving” is an experimental musical project from Dutch musician Franck Johanson (Distillator) where the listener is meant to interpret the sound as auditory landscapes, every texture part of a broader perception that has been created. The first Omgeving album crosses the boundaries of black metal, space rock, ambient, and doom. It is an entirely instrumental work based on conjuring imagery through soundscapes, through tones and frequencies that transport you through inner and outer space. 

This album should interest those among you who enjoy the slow buildup of layers, working with dynamics 
to build to a hypnotizing crescendo, shifting between subtle ambience to a piercing wall of sound.

"Wijde wijdte" was sent to press last week and will be officially released on December 6, 2018. The release is presented
as a 6 panel digipack and also come with a 10cm x 10cm sticker of the cover art, designed by Kuba Kujawa! 
We are aiming to ship out pre-orders about one week prior to the official release date

Pre-order CD | Digital / Stream the track “VII - Stille vernietiging”

Wijde wijdte Tracklisting:
1 - Ouverture 2015
2 - Zwaartekracht bestaat hier niet
3 - Daar waar de tijd smelt
4 - De zon ontmoet de aarde
5 - Wijde wijdte
6 - Eenzaamheid in extase
7 - Stille vernietiging
8 - De weg naar het donker is nauwelijks verlicht
Playing time: 46:57



NEW MERCH: NONE BEANIES / TOQUES!! [Taking pre-orders now, shipping early December]
November 7, 2018

For the first time ever, we have decided to print some beanies / toques for this upcoming lifeless season. This will be our first foray into this type of merch so we're not quite sure what to expect but if there is sufficient interest,
this is something we'll continue to do.

To begin with, a black beanie with the NONE logo embroidered
with gray stitching is available to pre-order!

We are running pre-orders for these beanies during the month of
November and they will be shipped out at the beginning of December!

One-size-fits-all. 
Printed on ATC Beanies # C112

As the printed beanie with be embroidered, the mockup image is only a
very crude representation of the end result. Better photos to follow!

SINGLE RELEASE: NONE - "Where Life Should Be" available now!!
November 5, 2018

"Where Life Should Be" is an emotionally devastating journey, drenched in atmosphere and hopelessness from this mysterious project from the pacific northwest. This is an exclusive NONE song, a stand-alone release separate from the next full-length album scheduled for a release in spring 2019.

Stream / Download "Where Life Should Be"

SONG PREMIERE: Omgeving - VII - Stille vernietiging 
October 30, 2018

A couple of weeks ago, we announced Omgeving, the latest project to join our ranks for an album release later this year! Omgeving is an entirely instrumental project that blends elements of black metal, doom, drone, and ambient to create auditory landscapes that leads you on a journey through inner and outer space. And now today, No Clean Singing is hosting the premiere of the first-ever song to be released from the project. 

You can stream "VII - Stille vernietiging" (translating to "Silent Destruction" in Dutch) on NCS and read what they have to say about the song.
“Wijde Wijdte” will be released on digipack format through Hypnotic Dirge Records on December 6, 2018. Pre-orders will be available soon.

From No Clean Singing:
The quavering tones that begin the song (and reappear later, and again at the end) are strange but alluring, ghostly and mesmerizing. They’re joined by the low pensive hum of the bass, and then the music transports the listener to a different place. The vibrant, glowing sheen of tremolo chords and a slow drum rhythm, layered with gleaming filaments of melody, seem to open the mind to a vista of stars, or perhaps the shimmering cascade of the aurora borealis.

A silence falls, and those eerie quavering vibrations return, but when the wash of immersive sound swells again, there’s an aura of tension and turmoil in the music, and the rapid pulse of the bass drum and bass guitar lead to a flurry of blast-beats. The tremolo chords begin to resemble a haunting wail, as if massed phantasms are expressing loss and confusion. When these expressions of what might be torment subside, the song works its way toward a beautiful but moody and mystifying conclusion.


Wijde Wijdte Tracklisting:
I - Ouverture 2015
II - Zwaartekracht bestaat hier niet
III - Daar waar de tijd smelt
IV - De zon ontmoet de aarde
V - Wijde wijdte
VI - Eenzaamheid in extase
VII - Stille vernietiging
VIII - De weg naar het donker is nauwelijks verlicht

Omgeving Facebook

DIGITAL SINGLE: NONE - "Damp Chill of Life" coming soon...
October 25, 2018

BAND SIGNING: Experimental Project “Omgeving” to release debut album “Wijde Wijdte” on Hypnotic Dirge
October 16, 2018

“Omgeving” is an experimental musical project from the Netherlands where the listener is meant to interpret the sound as auditory landscapes, every texture part of a broader perception that has been created.

Omgeving is a solo project crafted by musician Franck Johanson (Distillator, Franck Johanson) Entitled  “Wijde Wijdte”, the first Omgeving album is a gush of creativity that crosses the boundaries of black metal, space rock, ambient, and doom. It is an entirely instrumental work based on conjuring imagery through soundscapes, through tones and frequencies that transport you through inner and outer space. Beautiful cover artwork on “Wijde Wijdte” was created by the Polish artist Kuba Kujawa.

“Wijde Wijdte” will be released on digipack format through Hypnotic Dirge Records in December 2018.

 

ALBUM RELEASE: Norilsk - Weepers of the Land
October 12, 2018

Norilsk’s new mini-album “Weepers of the Land” is now officially released! 

The album is available in digipack format with a bonus track exclusive to the CD version of the album.
You can also pick up a Trails of Doom pack which includes three CD's, a shirt, a patch, and a sticker.
The main bulk of the album is streaming in full on Bandcamp and available as a “Name-Your-Price” download. 

Coming off the heels of their latest full-length album, this fall the Canadian Death-Doom act Norilsk returns with a collection of new material linked in concept with its previous full-length while also showcasing Norilsk’s more collaborative and multi-faceted nature. The new mini-album, entitled “Weepers of the Land” is made up of four new compositions as well as a Mylene Farmer cover song with artwork from William Blair Bruce (1859-1906).

 

ALBUM NEWS: Obsidian Tongue - “A Nest of Ravens in the Throat of Time” to be re-released this winter!
September 28, 2018

Originally released through Hypnotic Dirge in the summer of 2013, Obsidian Tongue's stellar second opus “A Nest of Ravens in the Throat of Time” will finally be repressed again this winter. In what can only be considered a testament to the duo’s power and authenticity, the original pressing sold out within a year, and remained one of Hypnotic Dirge's most defining release.

“A Nest of Ravens in the Throat of Time” is an introspective journey through the collective unconscious of Man and the dark half of the emotional spectrum; a sonic depiction of the spiritual affirmation and personal evolution attainable only through sorrow, anger and disillusionment. The album comprises six songs and nearly one hour of raw and primal yet sacred and ethereal music of the highest caliber, easily ranking among the best atmospheric black metal albums coming from the American Northeast, and a praised jewel for fans of Enslaved, Wolves In The Throne Room, Agalloch, , Alda, Panopticon, Falls of Rauros, and Skagos. A noteworthy contribution to this musical odyssey has been made by John Haughm of the legendary dark metal outfit Agalloch, taking lead vocal duties for the album's climatic title track.


Of course, this would not be a proper re-release without a few upgrades: In order to refine the sound of the album and match it to Obsidian Tongue’s current production values, “A Nest of the Ravens in the Throat of Time” has been remastered at Studio Wormwood in Connecticut and beyond that, the new pressing of the album will be released in a 6 panel digipack rather than the standard jewel case the original press was released on.

Tracklisting:
1 - Brothers in the Stars (9:28)
2 - Black Hole in Human Form (8:41)
3 - My Hands Were Made to Hold the Wind (7:47)
4 - The Birth of Tragedy (8:51)
5 - Individuation (8:35)
6 - A Nest of Ravens in the Throat of Time (8:46)
Total Time: 52:08

PRE-ORDERS AVAILABLE: Norilsk - Weepers of the Land; Norilsk "Trails of Doom" Pack
September 24, 2018

We are now accepting pre-orders for the new Norilsk's mini-album, entitled “Weepers of the Land”, which will be released worldwide by Hypnotic Dirge Records on October 12, 2018. 

Norilsk’s new opus should be viewed as a companion to last fall’s “Le passage des glaciers” as the material was written and recorded during the same time period, but with that being said there is a different feeling - seemingly of a more abrasive and desperate nature - conjured on this album’s material. 

“Weepers of the Land” consists of four new compositions and a cover song (Mylene Farmer - Tomber 7 fois) which is exclusive to the CD version of the album for a total playing length of 32 minutes. The album will be presented in a 4 panel digipack with artwork from William Blair Bruce (with the kind permission of the Art Gallery of Hamilton).

Pre-orders options:

"Trails of Doom" - Norilsk Discography Pack [$C48 + shipping]:
PRE-ORDER HERE

"Weepers of the Land" Digipack: [$C9 + shipping]
PRE-ORDER HERE

"Weepers" | "Passage" CD Bundle: [$C18 + shipping]
PRE-ORDER HERE

"Weepers of the Land" Digital [Free / Name-your-price]
*$C5 charge during pre-orders.
Name-your-price upon Oct 12 release date
PRE-ORDER DIGITAL



Tracklist:

1 - No Sacred Ground (7:51)
2 - The Way (3:33)
3 - Toute la noirceur du monde (5:23)
4 - Tomber 7 fois (5:04) *
5 - Weepers of the Land (10:21)
Total:  32:12

* = Exclusive to the CD



Norilsk Links:

Norilsk Website | Norilsk Facebook | Norilsk Archive

VIDEO RELEASE: Hypnotic Dirge Records - A Black / Doom Metal Label; est. 2008
September 19, 2018

We have released a new trailer video of our history, intentions, and goals as we approach our second decade of activity. 
Soon enough, we will also make other announcements related to our ten year anniversary! 

 

VIDEO RELEASE: Norilsk releases music video “The Way”, off their forthcoming album
September 13, 2018

On October 12, doom-death entity Norilsk is set to release a brand new offering; an omen that autumn will be tuned down to doom and the bitter cold.
Weepers of the Land is the follow up mini-album to last year's full length Le passage des glaciers, presenting a more abrasive and visceral Norilsk
weaving stories of heritage, loss, and displacement through dynamic and atmospheric blackened death-doom metal.
Weepers of the Land will be Norilsk’s third installment on Hypnotic Dirge Records.

Vocalist/bassist Nic M. comments: “When we entered Wolf Lake Studio in 2017, we had enough new material to record nearly two albums.
We chose to record it all, working with producer Mike Bond once again to explore the spectrum of possibilities and see what this beast would look like before deciding on how we would separate and release the material. On last year's Le passage des glaciers, the songs represented a cold and solitary travel inward,
and we kept the more exploratory and collaborative songs for this year's follow up. Weepers of the Land could therefore be seen as the second half
of this recording session, one where Norilsk has been cycling inward and outward.”

“The Way” is the first excerpt of Norilsk's 2018 release Weepers of the Land. In a surprisingly short length for the genre, the band delivers the spirit of death and doom, while paying tribute to one of the earliest occult movies filmed on Canadian soil.

Credits: Video and audio excerpts taken from Secrets of Chinatown –
The black robe, Northern Films Ltd (1935).

Weepers of the Land tracklisting:
1. No Sacred Ground (7:51)
2. The Way (3:33)
3. Toute la noirceur du monde (5:23)
4. Tomber 7 fois (5:04) (Mylène Farmer cover, exclusive to CD)
5. Weepers of the Land (10:21)


Available October 12, 2018, on Hypnotic Dirge Records.
Pre-orders available soon.

Norilsk Links:
Norilsk Website | Norilsk Facebook | Norilsk Archive

ALBUM NEWS: Hypnotic Dirge Records to release new Norilsk album on October 12
August 29, 2018

Coming off the heels of their latest full-length album “Le passage des glaciers”, this fall the Canadian Death-Doom act Norilsk returns with a collection of new material linked in concept with its previous full-length while also showcasing Norilsk’s more collaborative and multi-faceted nature. It retains the band's signature sound developed on its two full-length albums, and brings forward further openness to an array of doom-related influences.


The new mini-album, entitled “Weepers of the Land”, will be released worldwide by Hypnotic Dirge Records on October 12, 2018 (pre-orders will start in a few weeks). The new album is made up of four new compositions as well as a Mylene Farmer cover song (Tomber 7 fois), previously released in Russia on a limited edition compilation CD, and completely remixed. The new compositions include collaborations with other Canadian musicians including Damian Smith (Altars of Grief), Joshua Cayer (Longhouse), Ben Forte (North East Bistro, TGRE), and long-time collaborator Mort Marion (Outrage AD, Blood Moon Knights).

“Weepers of the Land” should be viewed as a companion album to “Le passage des glaciers” as the songs were written and recorded during the same time period. The album will be presented in a 4 panel digipack with artwork from William Blair Bruce (Canadian painter, 1859-1906).

Norilsk Website | Norilsk Facebook | Norilsk Archive

 

ALBUM RELEASE: Altars of Grief - This Shameful Burden [Deluxe re-release]
June 16, 2018

Altars of Grief's debut album "This Shameful Burden", originally released independently in 2014
and sold out for quite some time is now officially re-released by Hypnotic Dirge.

Copies arrived from the plant yesterday afternoon and all pre-orders
were shipped last night and this morning! Altars of Grief are playing
back to back Alberta shows in Edmonton and Calgary this weekend
and will have copies with them on the road as well!

Prior to the release of “Iris”, prairie doom metal band Altars of Grief had already emerged on the Western Canadian doom metal scene with the release of their debut album “This Shameful Burden” in the summer of 2014, followed by a 10” vinyl split album “Of Ash and Dying Light” in the summer of 2015.

Originally self-released by the band, “This Shameful Burden” has been out of print for years, and alas it is finally time for this piece of Altars of Grief’s history to be made available once again. The 2018 edition of “This Shameful Burden” has been updated for a 6 panel digipack with an entirely different layout and design featuring artwork and photography from Necrographix, Wa’guna Wirya’wan, and Josh Langham to go alongside Sam Nelson’s original cover art. Bonus tracks from the “Of Ash and Dying Light” split, previously only available on vinyl, is also included on this release. Recorded by Justin Bender at Blue Door Recording in Regina, SK in April and November 2014.


ALBUM NEWS:  Altars of Grief to re-release debut album “This Shameful Burden” with updated art and bonus tracks
May 17, 2018

Hypnotic Dirge and Altars of Grief presents the re-release of Altars of Grief’s debut album “This Shameful Burden” with updated artwork and bonus material. Pre-orders are available now on the HDR webshop and bandcamp. Altars of Grief will also have copies available with them on tour this summer.

Prior to the release of “Iris”, prairie doom metal band Altars of Grief had already emerged on the Western Canadian doom metal scene with the release of their debut album “This Shameful Burden” in the summer of 2014, followed by a 10” vinyl split album “Of Ash and Dying Light” in the summer of 2015.

Originally self-released by the band, “This Shameful Burden” has been out of print for years, and alas it is finally time for this piece of Altars of Grief’s history to be made available once again. The 2018 edition of “This Shameful Burden” has been updated for a 6 panel digipack with an entirely different layout and design featuring artwork and photography from Necrographix, Wa’guna Wirya’wan, and Josh Langham to go alongside Sam Nelson’s original cover art. Bonus tracks from the “Of Ash and Dying Light” split, previously only available on vinyl, is also included on this release. Recorded by Justin Bender at Blue Door Recording in Regina, SK in April and November 2014.


Tracklist:
1 - This Shameful Burden (7:41)
2 - Only Our Scars (7:45)
3 - In Your Arms, In Ruin (4:58)
4 - The Plague that Haunts the Darkness (7:34)
5 - Her Shadow is the Night (6:37)
6 - Grey Skies (2:04)
7 - In Dying Light (7:02) [Bonus Track]
8 - Your Heaven (8:03) [Bonus Track]
Total Playing Time: 51:45

Limited to 300 copies.
Available June 16, 2018

 

VIDEO PREMIERE: Scholomance Webzine premieres Norilsk's new music video ‘La voie des morts’
April 19, 2018

French-Canadian doom act Norilsk unveils a new music video from their latest album Le passage des glaciers, released through Hypnotic Dirge Records. La voie des morts (The Way of the Dead) is a winter dirge, a black premonition accompanying the dead season. Without a doubt the fastest track on the album, it starts as a cold funeral march, before turning into a blackened procession.

Scholomance Webzine is premiering the music video at this link
(Version en français est dans le lien de Scholomance et aussi ici)

The video was co-directed by Wikked Twist Films, located nearby Regina, and 2700 km-away HVY One Productions, of Ottawa's area.

Erik Labossière of Wikked Twist Films brought his universe of the macabre and the morose to develop a short story revolving around a few characters. Erik comments: “Shooting only a portion of a video and working with footage shot across the country was a unique situation and combining two narratives to create one full story was even moreso. Norilsk is very good at both defining their concept and allowing room for creativity on my part, and I really enjoyed expanding the universe we created in 'La noirceur intérieure' with some references and correlations to that video. 


I feel that a music video is an opportunity to give a visual palate to an auditory experience, and creating a powerful or intriguing narrative to accent the
sound is a best of both worlds scenario.  
I love shooting this type of concept. A silent film narrated by only the music and message of the artist is such a rewarding and expansive collaboration.”

Nick Richer of Norilsk and HVY One adds: “We've known Erik for a few years now, as we toured with his bands Nachtterror and Altars of Grief,
and he directed our previous video 'La noirceur intérieure.' Co-shooting a video is quite a nice feel when you have no idea what the other
will come out with. I had high expectations from Erik after seeing his work, and he completely exceeded them.
Working with him was a pleasant experience and is looking great for the future.”


Credits:
Wikked Twist Films 2018
HVY One Productions 2018

The Wikked Twist Films segment of "La voie des morts" featured Amberyl Watson as the protagonist and Sarah Cameron as the "Ribbon-trap woman." Shooting was assisted by Kristin Wagner and filmed on a cold day in Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan.

The HVY One Productions segment features Nic Miquelon and Nick Richer, and filmed in the perpetual winter setting of various locations in the Gatineau Park, Quebec.

Links:
Norilsk CD / Merch Packs | "Le passage des glaciers" Digital
Norilsk Website | Norilsk Facebook | Wikked Twist Films

ALBUM RELEASE: NONE - Life Has Gone On Long Enough
April 11, 2018

NONE's new album "Life Has Gone On Long Enough" is officially released today! [Order Packs available here]

Written and recorded throughout the latter half of 2017, NONE's new album Life Has Gone On Long Enough takes its haunting shape through eight organic tracks of foggy mountainous atmosphere and bleak music. On this new chapter, NONE delves deeper into the blackest woods to find abandonment, and developing its tortured personality further. Moving in and out like the long shadows of an ancient forest, the harsh musical passages of Life Has Gone On Long Enough entertwine and die through forlorn atmospheres, devouring and nourishing a hopeless life.

The album will be presented in a 6 panel digipack with gorgeous panoramic photography.

For fans of Woods of Desolation, Coldworld, Shining, Gris, Sombres Forêts.


"Life Has Gone On Long Enough" Tracklist:
1 - Bleak, damp, and dead (2:51)
2 - A world, dead and gray (7:46)
3 - Bed the cold earth (7:44)
4 - Hypoxic (6:59)
5 - Corroded (5:17)
6 - Desiderate (7:52)
7 - Life is long enough (7:56)
8 - Illa Tiðandi (Burzum Cover) (6:03)
Total length: 52:30

Reviews:
"At times, Life Has Gone On Long Enough hurts the soul and
despite all the effort to beautify the music we are transported into this
world of dreams and fog."
Thonium Magazine

"The songs are well-written and impose their powerfully emotive
presence on the airwaves with ease. There are some genuinely
hauntingly beautiful moments on this release, and the songs are
immersive and compelling with their dark atmospheric grandeur."
Wonderbox Metal



SONG PREMIERE: Echoes and Dust streams 'Desiderate' from NONE's new album Life Has Gone On Long Enough
April 4, 2018

Oregon has become a hotbed for atmospheric black metal, and depressive black metal NONE is probably one of the most captivating new additions to the scene. The enigmatic outfit from Portland is scheduled to release the follow up to their self-titled album on April 11, on Hypnotic Dirge Records. Capturing the haunting spirit of the Cascade Range, NONE delves deeper into the blackest woods to find abandonment, and developing its tortured personality further.

One final song premiere from NONE’s upcoming album Life Has Gone On Long Enough before the official release is now streaming exclusively on
Echoes and Dust. Clocking in at 7:52, “Desiderate” portrays the various moods of the album with its slow-bleeding drums, its tortured screams,
and bleak music dying into 3+ minutes of thick foggy atmosphere.

Tracklist
1 - Bleak, damp, and dead (2:51)
2 - A world, dead and gray (7:46)
3 - Bed the cold earth (7:44)
4 - Hypoxic (6:59)
5 - Corroded (5:17)
6 - Desiderate (7:52)
7 - Life is long enough (7:56)
8 - Illa Tiðandi (Burzum Cover) (6:03)
Total length: 52:30

Album release: April 11, 2018
Format: 6 Panel Digipack

Order Packs | Digital

ALBUM RELEASE: Altars of Grief - Iris
March 21, 2018

Altars of Grief'’s new album “Iris” is officially released today.  [Order Packs available here]

Following the acclaimed Of Ash and Dying Light split album of 2015, Canadian Prairies doom metal juggernaut Altars of Grief is back with Iris, a second full length album of devastating proportions. This new blackened doom offering introduces new levels of dynamics and textures, and while it is the more accomplished work from the Saskatchewan band to date, it also carries the darkness and light personality that Altars of Grief developed since 2013. On Iris, melancholy and storytelling reaches new depths of beauty and sorrow. Containing equal appeal and oppression in its aesthetic, this new album will raise the bar for Canadian Doom-Death.

Iris will feature the art of Travis Smith [Seempieces] (Katatonia, Opeth, Anathema). The cover artwork brilliantly depicts Iris’ final moments as she kneels before the winter beset church and embraces her fate.

Iris tracklist:
1. Isolation (9:22)
2. Desolation (6:27)
3. Iris (6:19)
4. Broken Hymns (8:10)
5. Child of Light (6:59)
6. Voices of Winter (7:28)
7. Becoming Intangible (9:24)
8. Epilogue (2:06)
(Total length 55:59)

Reviews:
"Just as thoughts turn toward Spring and the coming of new life,
this should be enough to take the wind right out of those
seasonal sails. Death-doom indeed."
-The Obelisk

"Altars of Grief remind us that there is no sound heavier
than that of our own sorrow, and no art more powerful than
that which stirs a yearning in our very souls."
-Toilet Ov Hell

"Canada has not seen this caliber of blackened doom in many years,
and it’s inspiring to hear what was lost being reincarnated
in a new, yet familiar way."
-Kaje Music

"With this second album, Altars of Grief crown themselves, without a hint of arrogance, the lords of Canadian doom. "Iris" is so good."
-Ultraje

"Over eight tracks, the quartet melds the finer points of black and
doom into a truly stirring composition"

-Noisey

"For all its darkness, Iris also feels at times like a ray of light piercing the all-encompassing night; a small ray of hope in a world that is all-but devoid of such a concept. The emotional catharsis on offer is on par with the greats of doom and gothic metal, and it’s hard not to be swept along by the pull of Iris, embraced within its bleak, yet paradoxically comforting sounds. "
-The Sound Not the Word

 

 

Adjust the light. Fall into Iris. Follow the Canadian juggernaut into a new level of doom and despair.
Order packs for "Iris" - including new shirts and patches - are available in the Hypnotic Dirge shop.

ALBUM PREMIERE: "Altars of Grief - Iris" FULL album stream on Noisey
March 16, 2018

We are pleased to announce some exciting news today. The wait is over!
You can now listen to Altars of Grief's new album "Iris" in its entirety courtesy of Noisey.

"Over eight tracks, the quartet melds the finer points of black and doom into a truly stirring composition. Many moments on the record calls to late-era Woods of Ypres (R.I.P. David Gold) like the middle third “Voices of Winter.” There are other moments that showcase a dichotomy throughout Iris. Take the early instances of “Desolation” or the title track, wherein subdued, doomed instrumental passages give way piercing shrieks rip through black metal tremolo and blast beats.

Meanwhile, tracks like “Child of Light” and “Broken Hymn” exude Iris’ most tempered and methodical death and funeral doom. In a holistic sense, this collection of songs culminates into a wonderful testament to sadness, aided by the talents of guest cellist Raphael Weinroth-Browne (who has also contributed to Musk Ox, Woods of Ypres, The Visit, Thrawsunblat, and Leprous)."

You can order the "Iris" digipack on its own or as part of larger Iris packs on the Hypnotic Dirge Webshop.
The official release date for "Iris" is next Wednesday March 21, 2018.

PRE-ORDERS: "NONE - Life has gone on long enough" packages available
March 13, 2018

The new album from the enigmatic Depressive Black Metal band NONE is fast approaching. "Life Has Gone On Long Enough" is due for release on April 11.

We are now taking pre-orders for Life Has Gone on Long Enough as well a new limited long-sleeve NONE shirt, and some larger combo packs.

NONE's new album Life Has Gone On Long Enough takes its haunting shape through eight organic tracks of foggy mountainous atmosphere and bleak music. Moving in and out like the long shadows of an ancient forest, Life Has Gone On Long Enough entertwine and die through forlorn atmospheres, devouring and nourishing a hopeless life. The album will be presented in a 6 panel digipack with gorgeous panoramic photography.

Alongside the new album, a new long-sleeve shirt "A Coffin for a Bed" is available in limited quantity.
The shirt was designed by the band and is printed on Tultex style shirts in sizes Small through XXL.
Printing was handled by Forest Passage Printing

High-quality all-weather NONE logo sticker were also printed by Sticker guy. These 11cm x 11cm stickers should last for years on any surface!

Finally, you can also order an "Everything" pack which includes NONE's debut self-titled album, which was released last April in a 6 Panel Digipack

Option One: "Everything" NONE Bundle - $C40 + shipping
PRE-ORDER

-NONE - "Life Has Gone On Long Enough" CD [6 Panel Digipack; 2018]
-NONE - selftitled [6 Panel Digipack; 2017]
-NONE Long-sleeve Shirt ["A Coffin for a bed"; Available in sizes S - 2XL]
-NONE sticker [All-weather, 11cm x 11cm]

Option Two: "Long Enough" NONE Bundle - $C32 + shipping
PRE-ORDER

-NONE - "Life Has Gone On Long Enough" CD [6 Panel Digipack; 2018]
-NONE Long-sleeve Shirt ["A Coffin for a bed"; Available in sizes S - 2XL]
-NONE sticker [All-weather, 11cm x 11cm]

Option Three: "Audio" NONE Bundle - $C18 + shipping
PRE-ORDER

-NONE - "Life Has Gone On Long Enough" CD [6 Panel Digipack; 2018]
-NONE - selftitled [6 Panel Digipack; 2017]
-NONE sticker [All-weather, 11cm x 11cm]

Option Four: "A Coffin for a Bed" NONE Shirt
[Available in sizes S - 2XL] - $C22 + shipping
PRE-ORDER



"Life Has Gone On Long Enough" Tracklist:
1 - Bleak, damp, and dead (2:51)
2 - A world, dead and gray (7:46)
3 - Bed the cold earth (7:44)
4 - Hypoxic (6:59)
5 - Corroded (5:17)
6 - Desiderate (7:52)
7 - Life is long enough (7:56)
8 - Illa Tiðandi (Burzum Cover) (6:03)
Total length: 52:30

Option Five: "Life Has Gone On Long Enough" NONE CD
[6 Panel Digipack; 2018] - $C10 + shipping
PRE-ORDER

SONG PREMIERE: Altars of Grief reveal a third song "Broken Hymns" from the upcoming new album Iris
March 9, 2018

Over the course of the past few weeks, we have premiered the tracks "Voices of Winter" and "Desolation" from Prairie Blackened Doom Metallers Altars of Grief's upcoming new album "Iris."

Today, we present to you - in partnership with Toilet Ov Hell - the third and last song premiere from the album before the official release on March 21. The new track, available to stream now, is entitled "Broken Hymn" and is yet another example of the band's ability to craft emotionally wrenching and powerful songs. Moving at a slower pace than the previously released "Voices of Winter" and "Desolation", "Broken Hymn" also prominently features the string arrangements of acclaimed cellist Raphael Weinroth-Browne - known for his work on projects such as "The Visit", "Musk Ox" and "Woods of Ypres' final album "Grey Skies and Electric Light".

Vocalist Damian Smith comments: "Of all the tracks written for Iris, Broken Hymns is perhaps one of the most personal to me. We were working on this track at our jam space in November 2016, when I received a phone call saying that my grandmother had been taken to the hospital and was not expected to make it through the night. I finished up and drove two hours to the hospital and met there with my family.

My grandmother had struggled with cancer for many years, but this time she was terminal. We all knew that her health was declining, but to see what the cancer had reduced this woman who was still so vibrant in my memory was very difficult.

I don't know whether she even knew we were there with her, but we spent the next few hours in that room just spending whatever time we could together. As we were getting ready to leave, I said goodbye to my grandmother for the last time and within moments she was gone.

I wrote the lyrics for the entire middle section of Broken Hymns in a parking lot the next morning.

Thematically and musically, this is one of the darker tracks on the record. At one point, it was actually almost scrapped, but thankfully we decided to keep working on it."

From the Toilet Ov Hell article:
"It’s easy to forget in our endless quest for ever more challenging and brutal sounds how absolutely profound the weight of emotion can be. On “Broken Hymn,” Altars of Grief remind us that there is no sound heavier than that of our own sorrow, and no art more powerful than that which stirs a yearning in our very souls. This track alone sets Altars of Grief on the lofty pedestal occupied by the likes of Woods of Ypres, My Dying Bride, and Bereft where metal fully embraces a deeper spectrum of existence beyond hate and anger, and I honestly can’t wait for you to hear the rest of the album."


Iris tracklist:
1 - Isolation (9:22)
2 - Desolation (6:27)
3 - Iris (6:19)
4 - Broken Hymns (8:10)
5 - Child of Light (6:59)
6 - Voices of Winter (7:28)
7 - Becoming Intangible (9:24)
8 - Epilogue (2:06)
Total length 55:59

Album release: March 22, 2018
Format: 4 Panel Digipack

Stream "Voices of Winter" | Stream "Desolation" | Stream "Broken Hymns"

Adjust the light. Fall into Iris. Follow the Canadian juggernaut into a new level of doom and despair.


Pre-order packages for "Iris" - including new shirts and patches - are available now on the Hypnotic Dirge Webshop.


SONG/VIDEO PREMIERE: No Clean Singing streams 'Corroded' from NONE's new album Life Has Gone On Long Enough
March 7, 2018

NONE, the enigmatic atmospheric/depressive black metal entity from Oregon is scheduled to release its second album on Hypnotic Dirge Records in April 2018. Life Has Gone On Long Enough is a raw and intricate album that will haunt you like a forlorn shape of life. Its bleak music and layered atmospheric arrangements are bewitching and they creep under the skin like the shadows inhabiting the most ancient forests.

No Clean Singing is now streaming a music video for 'Corroded,' a new track from Life Has Gone On Long Enough. The song captures the riveting atmospheric arrangements and general spirit of the album, supported by a fitting visual filmed in the Cascadian mountains by the anonymous members. Through the lense of a zero-budget homemade video, the band invites us to experience an authentic, no-bullshit look into the heart of what NONE is about.

From No Clean Singing: “Corroded” has a minimalist feeling, and in part for that very reason it is spell-binding. Slow, haunting, and hypnotic, it mixes ethereal, shimmering ambient tones, deep bass notes, craggy chords, and primal drum booms. Soft, spectral melodies reverberate from the strings, coaxing wistfulness and regret from their hiding places. Shrouds of ominous sound move forward and dissipate, like the remembrance — or foreshadowing — of calamity. Strange voices can be heard in the distance of this shadowed place that the music reveals."

Life Has Gone On Long Enough will be released on Hypnotic Dirge Records on April 11, 2018.


Tracklist
1 - Bleak, damp, and dead (2:51)
2 - A world, dead and gray (7:46)
3 - Bed the cold earth (7:44)
4 - Hypoxic (6:59)
5 - Corroded (5:17)
6 - Desiderate (7:52)
7 - Life is long enough (7:56)
8 - Illa Tiðandi (Burzum Cover) (6:03)
Total length: 52:30

Album release: April 11, 2018
Format: 6 Panel Digipack

Stream "Corroded" | Stream "Bed the cold earth"

PRE-ORDERS: ALTARS OF GRIEF "Iris" pre-order packages available.
February 28, 2018

The new album from Prairie Doom-Death band Altars of Grief is fast approaching - due for official release on March 21.

We are now taking pre-orders for Iris as well a new limited Altars of Grief shirt, and some larger packs for the true doom fanatics.

Following the acclaimed Of Ash and Dying Light split album of 2015, Canadian Prairies doom metal juggernaut Altars of Grief is back with Iris, a second full length album of devastating proportions. This new blackened doom offering introduces new levels of dynamics and textures, and while it is the more accomplished work from the Saskatchewan band to date, it also carries the darkness and light personality that Altars of Grief developed since 2013. On Iris, melancholy and storytelling reaches new depths of beauty and sorrow. Containing equal appeal and oppression in its aesthetic, this new album will raise the bar for Canadian Doom-Death.

Alongside the new album Iris, a new shirt has been designed based on the Iris album artwork from Travis Smith [Seempieces].
The shirt is printed on Gildan brand shirts and is available in sizes Small through XXL. Printing was handled by Cursed Earth Apparel.

An unmerrowed logo patch has also been made in limited quantities for this album, available only as part of the larger Altars of Grief packs.

In addition to the Iris packs, you can also order a pack which includes Altars of Grief's split album with Saskatchewan black metal act Nachtterror, released on vinyl in the summer of 2015.

Option One: Ultimate Altars of Grief Pack - $C42 + shipping
PRE-ORDER

-Altars of Grief - Iris CD [4 Panel Digipack; Art by Travis Smith]
-Altars of Grief - split album [10in vinyl; art by Sam Nelson]
-Altars of Grief Shirt [Official Shirt for "Iris", Designed by Travis Smith]
-Altars of Grief Patch [Unmerrowed, apprx 14cm x 10cm]

Option Two: Iris Pack - $C32 + shipping
PRE-ORDER

-Altars of Grief - Iris CD [4 Panel Digipack / Art by Travis Smith]
-Altars of Grief Shirt [Official Shirt for "Iris", Designed by Travis Smith]
-Altars of Grief Patch [Unmerrowed, apprx 14cm x 10cm]

Option Three: Altars of Grief Music Pack - $C22 + shipping
PRE-ORDER

-Altars of Grief - Iris CD [4 Panel Digipack / Art by Travis Smith]
-Altars of Grief - split album [10in; Art by Sam Nelson]

Option Four: Altars of Grief Shirt- $C20 + shipping
PRE-ORDER

-Altars of Grief Shirt [Official Shirt for "Iris", Designed by Travis Smith]


Iris tracklist:
1. Isolation
2. Desolation
3. Iris
4. Child of Light
5. Broken Hymn
6. Voices of Winter
7. Becoming Intangible
8. Epilogue




Option Five: Iris CD - $C10 + shipping
PRE-ORDER

-Altars of Grief - Iris CD [4 Panel Digipack / 6 Page Inlay]

ALBUM RELEASE:: Eye of Solitude and Marche Funèbre Split album, and Marche Funèbre's re-release of "Into the Arms of Darkness"
February 22, 2018

Orders can now be placed for the following two albums:

The colossal split album between England's Eye of Solitude
and Belgium's Marche Funèbre.

This split album features one new song from each band, for a total of over 30 minutes of bleak funeral and doom-death metal. The album is available in a 6-panel digipack edition of 500 copies, and co-released with Cimmerian Shade Recordings.


Order 6 Panel Digipack | Digital [Name-your-price]

Tracklisting:
1 - Eye of Solitude - Collapse (16:14)
2 - Marche Funèbre - Darkness (14:11)

"I feel this is a very great sounding split and would recommend to all fans of blackened doom, funeral doom and atmospheric doom/death metal. 8/10" - Bringer of Death zine

"The split between these two bands contain two long tracks, both of which are very, very good. One of them just resonated with me more than the other; perhaps when you listen, it will be the other way around. Either way, the fact remains that Eye of Solitude and Marche Funébre have put out an incredible split that should be heard."
- Brutalitopia


Eye of Solitude | Marche Funèbre


Marche Funèbre - Into the Arms of Darkness

The re-release of Marche Funèbre's latest magnus opus
Into the Arms of Darkness.

This new and expanded edition includes the bonus track "Lost", previously available only on the selfreleased 2015 7", and presented in a 4-panel digipack. Co-release with Moscow Funeral League and Frozen Light.


Order Limited 4 Panel Digipack | Digital [Name-your-price]

Tracklisting:
1 - Deprived (Into Darkness) (9:31)|
2 - Capital of Rain (8:49)
3 - Uneven (12:36)
4 - Lullaby of Insanity (14:50)
5 - The Garden of All Things Wild (12:26)
6 - Lost (in the House of Doom) (*bonus track) (5:26)

"By turns stirring, turbulent, romantic, furious and thoughtful, Into The Arms of Darkness is a densely-packed and compelling album from one of the more distinctive-sounding bands in the genre, and it absolutely deserves to grab your attention."  - Doom-Metal.com

"Into The Arms Of Darkness shows Marche Funèbre having found their final sound and putting themselves midst the big names of doom/death metal."
- Doom Metal Front

"Into The Arms of Darkness is the bands third release and is going to satisfy and please the band's many fans as well as anyone who's curious about the whole genre of doom metal heavily influenced with a old death/black metal verve." - The Metal Gods Meltdown

"It is obvious: this happens to be the best album of Marche Funèbre so far (…)" - Lords of Metal

"Going for the grandiose segment of their sound, the band brings out plenty of familiar elements featured throughout here that make for a rather impressive outing." - The Metal Observer


 

SONG PREMIERE:Altars of Grief premieres new track "Desolation" from upcoming album "Iris"
February 13, 2018

Following the acclaimed Of Ash and Dying Light split album of 2015, Canadian Prairies doom metal juggernaut Altars of Grief is back with Iris, a second full length album of devastating proportions. This new blackened doom offering introduces new levels of dynamics and textures, and while it is the more accomplished work from the Saskatchewan band to date, it also carries the darkness and light personality that Altars of Grief developed since 2013. On Iris, melancholy and storytelling reaches new depths of beauty and sorrow. Containing equal appeal and oppression in its aesthetic, this new album will raise the bar for Canadian Doom-Death.

A few weeks ago, we premiered the track "Voices of Winter", a fitting representation of Altars of Grief's light and dark duality which has come to perfectly encapsulate this Prairie Doom Metal entity. Today, in partnership with No Clean Singing, we present the pernicious track "Desolation". With its unrelenting and cascading sound of unyielding anxiety and grief, "Desolation" captures the more Blackened sound in Altars of Grief's palette.

From No Clean Singing's article: As an emotional experience, desolation can take different forms, ranging from the kind of devastating collapse that leaves you hollowed out and numb, to a grief so severe that it’s wrenching and raging. In this Altars of Grief song, those experiences seem to be entwined. At the outset it builds to a swelling roar of sound, a combination of powerful blasting drums, rapid-fire spiraling bass notes, and throat-splitting vocal extremity. There is an edge of tension in the turmoil of the music — and then the tension suddenly breaks when clean vocals come in, and the mood of the music moves in a more soulful but still deeply sorrowful direction.

The song resumes its powerful surge, but then abruptly collapses into a slow, doomed stomp, while the vocalist shrieks the pain of anguish. And one more musical shade of sorrow lies ahead, one that will get heads moving from the darting riff and tumbling drum beats, but one that will also remind you, through a soulful dual-guitar solo, that this is a grief that won’t go away.


Iris will be presented in a gorgeous 4-panel digipack with artwork from the acclaimed artist Travis Smith [Seempieces] (Katatonia, Opeth, Anathema). The cover artwork brilliantly depicts Iris’ final moments as she kneels before the winter beset church and embraces her fate.

For fans of Woods of Ypres, Adora Vivos, October Tide, and Swallow the Sun.

Those who stare at the dying light will fall into Iris.

SONG PREMIERE: Invisible Oranges is streaming a first song from NONE's new album Life has gone on long enough
February 8, 2018

A first track from NONE’s upcoming album Life Has Gone On Long Enough is now streaming exclusively on Invisible Oranges. The track - entitled “Bed the cold earth” - captures the rotten marrow of the album. The album cover for Life has gone on long enough is now also live (in the article link) and the album’s tracklisting is posted below.

From the article: “There are few methods more effective in achieving music’s potential as an emotional conduit than knighting it as a protectorate of anonymity. An aptly named no-name act becomes the tabula rasa for all those who find themselves clicking through YouTube or Bandcamp alone in the dark. Combined with the strategic placement of atmospherics, a great emotional expulsion becomes possible for all listless listeners, regardless of where the roots of their goosebumps lie. This feat within the realm of atmospheric black metal is exactly what Hypnotic Dirge will call forth on April 11th: Life Has Gone On Long Enough, party of NONE.

Just a year after the release of their debut self-titled album, the Portland-based duo shows no sign of slowing down even as their signature somber sulking suggests otherwise. Such a characteristic is reflected in Life Has Gone On Long Enough itself. As tracks seamlessly plod along in their interwovenness in the face of emotionally delicate-but-jarring piano and synth, we are reminded that even though melancholy is often equated to stagnation, reality speaks to a more nuanced narrative. There’s no harsher condition than having to carry on when all you want to do is stand still. This affliction may plague an entire life trajectory, or just a single chapter, but it spares few nevertheless.”

Tracklist:
1 - Bleak, damp, and dead
2 - A world, dead and gray
3 - Bed the cold earth
4 - Hypoxic
5 - Corroded
6 - Desiderate
7 - Life is long enough
8 - Illa Tiðandi

Album release: April 11, 2018
Pre-orders: soon...(early March) | Format: 6 Panel Digipack


If you want, you can support us by pre-ordering the digital album on our Bandcamp page for $5.00
The cost is only set at $5.00 during pre-orders so you have the option to donate to us - sort of like a Patreon model.
Once the album is released, the digital download price will be set to $0.00 / Name-Your-Price as usual!

ALBUM NEWS: NONE to release second full-length album Life Has Gone On Long Enough on April 11
January 31, 2018

Last year, the enigmatic Depressive Black Metal duo NONE released their self-titled debut album, perfectly capturing the rain-soaked landscape of the Pacific Northwest and the feeling of despair.

On April 11, 2018, exactly one year to the date of their debut, a new full-length album entitled Life Has Gone On Long Enough will be released on Hypnotic Dirge Records. The album takes its haunting shape through eight organic tracks of foggy mountainous atmosphere and bleak music. On this new chapter, NONE delves deeper into the blackest woods to find abandonment, and developing its tortured personality further. Moving in and out like the long shadows of an ancient forest, the harsh musical passages of Life Has Gone On Long Enough intertwine and die through forlorn atmospheres, devouring and nourishing a hopeless life.

For fans of Woods of Desolation, Coldworld, Shining, Gris, Sombres Forêts.


PRE-ORDERS AVAILABLE: Eye of Solitude | Marche Funèbre Split album || Marche Funèbre's re-release of "Into the Arms of Darkness"
January 25, 2018

Pre-orders are now available at Hypnotic Dirge Records for the following two albums:

The colossal split album between England's Eye of Solitude and Belgium's Marche Funèbre.
This split album features one new song from each band, for a total of over 30 minutes of bleak funeral and doom-death metal. The album is available in a 6-panel digipack edition of 500 copies, and co-released with Cimmerian Shade Recordings.

Tracklisting:
1 - Eye of Solitude - Collapse (16:14)
2 - Marche Funèbre - Darkness (14:11)


The re-release of Marche Funèbre's latest magnus opus Into the Arms of Darkness.

This new and expanded edition will include the bonus track "Lost", previously available only on the selfreleased 2015 7", and will be presented in a 4-panel digipack. Co-release with Moscow Funeral League and Frozen Light.

Tracklisting:
1 - Deprived (Into Darkness) (9:31)
2 - Capital of Rain (8:49)
3 - Uneven (12:36)
4 - Lullaby of Insanity (14:50)
5 - The Garden of All Things Wild (12:26)
6 - Lost (in the House of Doom) (*bonus track) (5:26)


Pre-orders for both albums will be shipped prior to the release date of February 22, 2018. Grab a copy of each album and save on shipping.

ALBUM NEWS / SONG PREMIERE: Altars of Grief reveals cover artwork and releases a first song from the upcoming new album Iris
January 22, 2018

Following the acclaimed Of Ash and Dying Light split album of 2015, Canadian Prairies doom metal juggernaut Altars of Grief is back with Iris, a second full length album of devastating proportions. This new blackened doom offering introduces new levels of dynamics and textures, and while it is the more accomplished work from the Saskatchewan band to date, it also carries the darkness and light personality that Altars of Grief developed since 2013. On Iris, melancholy and storytelling reaches new depths of beauty and sorrow. Containing equal appeal and oppression in its aesthetic, this new album will raise the bar for Canadian Doom-Death.

Altars of Grief's singer Damian Smith comments: "The story of Iris is very much rooted in our prairie surroundings and deals with the struggles of addiction, sickness and religion. A father finds himself unable to connect with and care for his young daughter, Iris, who has fallen seriously ill. Spiralling deeper and deeper into his vices, and feeling rejected by Iris’ new found and unwavering faith, he gets into his car and decides to leave her behind. Somewhere along the icy road, he loses control of his vehicle and perishes. His purgatory is to watch helplessly as Iris slowly succumbs to her illness without him."

Iris will feature the art of Travis Smith [Seempieces] (Katatonia, Opeth, Anathema). The cover artwork brilliantly depicts Iris’ final moments as she kneels before the winter beset church and embraces her fate

"Voices of Winter", a first song from Iris, is now available for streaming.

Iris tracklist:
1. Isolation (9:22)
2. Desolation (6:27)
3. Iris (6:19)
4. Broken Hymns (8:10)
5. Child of Light (6:59)
6. Voices of Winter (7:28)
7. Becoming Intangible (9:24)
8. Epilogue (2:06)
(Total length 55:59)

For fans of Woods of Ypres, Adora Vivos, October Tide, and Swallow the Sun.

Those who stare at the dying light will fall into Iris.


ALBUM NEWS: Eye of Solitude and Marche Funèbre reveal tracklisting and cover art for upcoming split album
January 18, 2018

"Collapse" and "Darkness"; two facets of sorrow, two sides of extreme doom metal, two long songs combined into one monumental split album. England's Eye of Solitude offers"Collapse," a marching funeral doom track shrouded in a thick smoky atmosphere, and carrying the grandeur of the band's latest offerings. Of equal crushing proportion, Belgium's Marche Funèbre presents "Darkness," an epic doom-death track that combines their signature blend of riff and growl, along with powerful melodies and clean vocal passages. Clocking at approximately 30 minutes, this dual offering should please fans of extreme doom metal, and mark a new chapter in the lives of both bands as they embark on their first North American tour. 

This Eye of Solitude/Marche Funèbre split album will be released by Hypnotic Dirge Records and Cimmerian Shade Recordings, in a 6-panel digipack edition of 500 copies, on February 22, 2018. The bleak artwork was created by multi-instrumentalist Daniel Neagoe (Eye of Solitude, Clouds, Shape of Despair, Pantheist).

The cult of sorrow has never been so vivid.

 Tracklisting:
1 - Eye of Solitude - Collapse (16:14)
2 - Marche Funèbre - Darkness (14:11) 

Eye of Solitude:
Daniel Neagoe - Vocals
Chris Davies - Bass
Steffan Gough - Guitar
Remco Verhees - Drums  

Marche Funèbre:
Dennis Lefebvre - Drums
Peter Egberghs - Guitars (lead), Vocals (additional)
Kurt Blommé - Guitars (rhythm)
Arne Vandenhoeck - Vocals (lead)
Boris Iolis - Bass, Vocals (additional)
Lyrics by Lord Byron  

Marche Funèbre to re-release full-length album "Into the Arms of Darkness" on February 22, 2018
January 16, 2018

In conjunction with the new split album with Eye of Solitude, Hypnotic Dirge Records is proud to be re-releasing Marche Funèbre's magnus opus Into the Arms of Darkness, on February 22. Originally co-released almost one year to the day on BadMoodMan Music, Moscow Funeral League and Frozen Light, the album received praise among the doom metal scene for its mature songwriting and fine balance of traditional doom and doom-death elements, making it Marche Funèbre's best album to date, and a must-have within the genre. After selling out, Into the Arms of Darkness will see a noble second edition on 4-panel digipack, expanded with bonus track "Lost," from the same writing session and previously only available as a 7" self-released in 2015. The album will be co-released with Moscow Funeral League and Frozen Light, and Hypnotic Dirge Records will have a limited number of 100 copies.


"By turns stirring, turbulent, romantic, furious and thoughtful, Into The Arms of Darkness is a densely-packed and compelling album from one of the more distinctive-sounding bands in the genre, and it absolutely deserves to grab your attention." - Doom-Metal.com

"Into The Arms Of Darkness shows Marche Funèbre having found their final sound and putting themselves midst the big names of doom/death metal."
- Doom Metal Front

"Into The Arms of Darkness is the bands third release and is going to satisfy and please the band's many fans as well as anyone who's curious about the whole genre of doom metal heavily influenced with a old death/black metal verve." - The Metal Gods Meltdown

"It is obvious: this happens to be the best album of Marche Funèbre so far (…)" - Lords of Metal

"Going for the grandiose segment of their sound, the band brings out plenty of familiar elements featured throughout here that make for a rather impressive outing." - The Metal Observer

Altars of Grief to release new album Iris on March 21, on Hypnotic Dirge Records
January 11, 2018

Since its inception in the Winter months of 2013, Saskatchewan's Altars of Grief grew to become one of the most dominant doom metal bands from the Canadian Prairies. In its first five years, it played numerous festival and toured Western Canada on several occasions, developing a bold scenic presence and memorable visual identity. Along with its symphonic signature sound, the band is also known for weaving soaring choral arrangements with powerful, driving death metal; morose, gothic doom and uptempo black metal.

After selfreleasing its first full-length album This Shameful Burden in 2014, Altars of Grief joined forces with symphonic black metal entity Nachtterror to release the split album Of Ash and Dying Light in 2015 on Hypnotic Dirge Records. In 2018, the melancholic blackened doom juggernaut returns with Iris, a new full length album of devastating proportions. Introducing new levels of dynamics, along with more layers and textures to its songwriting, Iris is the frail beam of light coming through an ominous black sky, the beautiful yet desolate cry before a tragedy. Containing equal appeal and oppression in its aesthetic, this new album will raise the bar for Canadian Doom-Death.

This album will appeal to fans of doom and symphonic black metal. Recommended if you like Woods of Ypres, Adora Vivos, Swallow the Sun, and October Tide.

Adjust the light. Fall into Iris. Follow the Canadian juggernaut into a new level of doom and despair.


FROM  L TO R : DONNY PINAY - BASS, VOCALS | DAMIAN SMITH - VOCALS, LYRICS | ERIK LABOSSIERE - GUITAR, VOCALS | ZACK BELLINA - DRUMS, VOCALS
PHOTOS BY: KRISTIN WAGNER & ERIK LABOSSIERE

Eye of Solitude and Marche Funèbre to release split album on February 22, 2018
January 8, 2018

Two veteran doom-death bands - Eye of Solitude from England, and Marche Funèbre from Belgium - are set to release a very special split release on February 22, in partnership with Hypnotic Dirge Records and Cimmerian Shade Recordings. The split album, which will be released in a 6 panel digipack in an edition of 500 copies, will include one new song of epic length from each band, both of which were recorded in late 2017. The album will be available to order from both labels soon, as well as from the bands directly on tour.


Eye of Solitude
The Eye Of Solitude is the heart of forests where unsettled spirits dwell, it is the fear within, the carnal ripping of every thought when abandoned in despair, it is nightmare and enlightenment, a fearsome tide that carries the soul and mind onto dark realms of insanity.

The music is inspired by emotional distress, inner pain and a cruel combination of negativity and grief. Dark shapes that terrorize the soul and keep it captive on the altar of suffering, until when not being able to breathe any longer, it finds its end – a supreme escape towards peace and eternal rest.

Marche Funèbre
10 years have passed since 5 dark music lovers sealed a pact and formed Marche Funèbre, doom metal their game. With 3 full length albums and several small releases under their belt, the Belgian quintet has built a steady reputation of making a unique blend of eclectic doom death metal.

Marche Funèbre is a band that lives for and on the stage, so in their decade of existence 120+ gigs have been done in over 10 countries. We toured with some of the scene’s most prolific bands, think of Primordial, Novembers Doom, Ahab, Saturnus and the likes. All of this culminating in our first North American run of gigs, in March 2018.

ALBUM RELEASE: Melankolia - Vividarium Intervigilium Viator
December 12, 2017

Melankolia - Vividarium Intervigilium Viator is officially released!
You can order the Digipack CD or the digital version.
[Due to production delays, CD orders will begin shipping after January 2, 2018.]

Founded by musician Mike O’Brien, (Appalachian Winter, Veiled Monk, Ritual in Ash) Melankolia has been releasing introspective and thoughtful music since the project’s beginnings nearly 10 years ago. Three full-length albums have thus far been released - Nokturnum, Orpheus Down, and III - as well as many other collaborative efforts with artists ranging from Mortiis, Loell Duinn, and Immundus. In 2014, Melankolia began work on ‘Vividarium Intervigilium Viator’, which was to become a slow and arduous process. Now, at the end of the year, we will present this introspective work full of loss, mourning, and hope as the darkness of winter descends upon us all.

Regarding the release, composer Mike O'Brien has stated:
"This album bridged nearly 5 years of hardship and resurrection in my life.  Thematically, this album is a journey of OUROBOROS in my personal life; self-cannibalizing at one end, enigma of absolute perpetuality at the other.  It wasn't the project that changed, but me.  The music was always there, but I had to learn to extricate it from the ruins of a life that was no more.  In this way, the album is a study of personal catharsis"




PRE-ORDERS: Melankolia - Vividarium Intervigilium Viator
December 1, 2017

We are now accepting pre-orders for Melankolia's fourth full-length album ‘Vividarium Intervigilium Viator’, which will be officially released on December 12, 2017 and is presented in a 4 panel digipack with an accompanying booklet. [Order Here]

Founded by musician Mike O’Brien, (Appalachian Winter, Veiled Monk, Ritual in Ash) Melankolia has been releasing introspective and thoughtful music since the project’s beginnings nearly 10 years ago. Three full-length albums have thus far been released - Nokturnum, Orpheus Down, and III - as well as many other collaborative efforts with artists ranging from Mortiis, Loell Duinn, and Immundus. In 2014, Melankolia began work on ‘Vividarium Intervigilium Viator’, which was to become a slow and arduous process. Now, at the end of the year, we will present this introspective work full of loss, mourning, and hope as the darkness of winter descends upon us all.

Regarding the release, composer Mike O'Brien has stated:
"This album bridged nearly 5 years of hardship and resurrection in my life.  Thematically, this album is a journey of OUROBOROS in my personal life; self-cannibalizing at one end, enigma of absolute perpetuality at the other.  It wasn't the project that changed, but me.  The music was always there, but I had to learn to extricate it from the ruins of a life that was no more.  In this way, the album is a study of personal catharsis"

Watch the video for the track "Annie, Light in a Dying World" below:

Tracklist:
1 - Ambrosia
2 - Nyctophilia
3 - The Crowning of Autumn
4 - Between Heaven and Hell
5 - In the Garden Sleeps a Messenger
6 - Wellspring Labyrinth (Left Hand 'til Mourning)
7 - Requiem
8 - Melankolia
9 - The Murmur (Succour Midst Sorrow)
10 - Annie, Light in a Dying World




ALBUM RELEASE : Norilsk - Le passage des glaciers
November 24, 2017

Today is the official release of Norilsk's second full-length album "Le passage des glaciers" -
an album about mourning and departure and a perfect soundtrack to the cold winter ahead...

You can now stream the album in full on Bandcamp
If you enjoy it, the album is also available for donation-based download. (name-your-price)

For those who prefer something more tangible, the album is also presented as a 4 panel digipack with a 12 page booklet including the original french lyrics and their english translations.

An official album shirt designed by Misanthropic-Art is also available, as well as limited patches, and stickers.

You can find the various Norilsk packs in our shop.

Everyone who pre-ordered: The delivery of the shirts have been delayed by a couple of days. We're expecting everything here early next week and your order will be shipped out right away. 

Thanks a lot for your patience!!




VIDEO PREMIERE: The Sludgelord premieres Norilsk's new lyric video for “Noirceur intérieure”
November 20, 2017

French-Canadian band Norilsk is back with a captivating new album, as thick and heavy as permafrost. Le passage des glaciers follows in the footsteps of 2015's album The Idea of North, but expands the sound considerably. From a sludgy slab of doom-death, the band has carved further into the icy influences of dark metal, to emerge with a blackened doom-death album tainted with frozen melodies, misty atmospheres, and reflective lyrical passages.

The Sludgelord is premiering Norilsk's video for the new song “Noirceur intérieure”. A hybrid between a lyric video and a music video, it features a storyline developed jointly between the band and Erik Labossiere of Wikked Twist Films, and uses both French lyrics subtitles and their English translation.


The album speaks about the distance we are forced to develop with the people who left us. It uses North as a metaphor for death, which draws people into the offing and leaves others behind. The song “Noirceur intérieure” (Darkness Within) represents a search for the departed, an eerie walk between dream and reality. It was filmed on a cold November day in Saskatchewan, Canada.

In the words of Erik Labossiere: “I really wanted to tell this story, and to give it my "signature" framing and neo-Victorian/gothic feel but at the same time make sure it felt like a Norilsk video. I really wanted to use that frozen imagery at the start as it reminded me of the album art on previous records and the general feel that Norilsk gives me. Bright and cold.”


Hypnotic Dirge Records is set to release Norilsk's new album Le passage des glaciers on November 24.
[Order Norilsk packs here]

ALBUM NEWS: Melankolia presents album cover, and tracklist for new album ‘Vividarium Intervigilium Viator’. 
November 15, 2017

Ambient / Neo-classical artist Melankolia will release their fourth full-length album ‘Vividarium Intervigilium Viator' through Hypnotic Dirge Records on December 12. Founded by musician Mike O’Brien, (Appalachian Winter, Veiled Monk, Ritual in Ash) Melankolia has been releasing introspective and thoughtful music since the project’s beginnings nearly 10 years ago. 

The track “Wellspring Labyrith (Left Hand ‘til Mourning)” is now streaming on our Bandcamp page. This song is more representative of Melankolia’s neo-classical side and is one of the more hopeful songs on the album. A video for this track, created by Teddy Gibbin, has also been uploaded to our Youtube Channel.

We will release a second song from the album soon which represents another side of Melankolia.
‘Vividarium Intervigilium Viator will be presented in a 4 panel digipack with an accompanying booklet.

Tracklist:
1 - Ambrosia
2 - Nyctophilia
3 - The Crowning of Autumn
4 - Between Heaven and Hell
5 - In the Garden Sleeps a Messenger
6 - Wellspring Labyrinth (Left Hand 'til Mourning)
7 - Requiem
8 - Melankolia
9 - The Murmur (Succour Midst Sorrow)
10 - Annie, Light in a Dying World

Melankolia Bandcamp | Melankolia Facebook



DIGITAL ALBUM RELEASE: Mavradoxa / Deafest [Split]
November 12, 2017

Mavradoxa and Deafest present a new autumnal themed split album from two sides of North America!!

Mavradoxa is an atmospheric black metal band rooted in the Laurentian region of upstate New York. The music of Mavradoxa is expansive, atmospheric, and melancholic. Music made for dreary and rain-soaked days during solitary walks, or in any moment of introspection. Long progressive songs that flow with purpose where the atmosphere dictates and paints vivid stories in its movement and direction. 

Mavradoxa's second full-length album "Lethean Lament" was released just a few months ago on Hypnotic Dirge.

Deafest is a project founded by Chase Ambler in Denver, Colorado in 2006. Although Deafest has had additional members at times, Deafest is now once again a one-man project. Since the second full-length, Deafest plays an instrumental ode to the beauty and awe of nature (mostly Colorado nature). Black Metal is the base of the music.   

Numerous Deafest albums have been released in their history. Find them on their Bandcamp page for "name-your-price" download. 

Organizer of the Black Metal Alliance's Crushing Intolerance Anti-NSBM Charity Compilations.




PRE-ORDER: Norilsk - Le passage des glaciers album packs, shirts, and CD's available!
November 10, 2017

The new album from French-Canadian Doom-Death Band Norilsk is fast approaching - due for official release on November 24. We are now taking pre-orders for "Le passage des glaciers" as well a new limited Norilsk shirt, and some larger packs for the true doom fanatics.

"Le passage des glaciers" follows in the footsteps of 2015's The Idea of North, but expands the sound considerably. From a sludgy slab of doom-death, the band has carved further into the icy influences of dark metal, to emerge with a blackened doom-death album with frozen melodies, misty atmospheres, and reflective lyrical passages. This album is presented in a 4 panel digipack with a 12 page booklet including lyrics in French as well as English translations.

Alongside the new album "Le passage des glaciers", a new shirt has been commissioned and designed by Misanthropic Art. (Ultha, Uada, Pillorian, Hooded Menace, etc.) specifically for this album. The shirt is printed on standard Port & Co brand shirts and is available in sizes Small through XXL. Printing was handled by the always reliable and detailed Forest Passage Printing.

An unmerrowed 12.5cm x 7.5cm patch has also been made in limited quantities for this album. The patch is only available as part of the larger Norilsk packs and is limited to 50 copies at this time. 

Finally, some all-weather 6.25cm x 5.5cm Norilsk logo stickers have been printed, which will be shipped out with all Norilsk related orders while quantities last. These stickers were printed by StickerGuy who is known for its quality. These stickers will last for years!

You can also order a pack which includes Norilsk's debut album "The Idea of North", which we released in 2015. Much like the upcoming "Le passage des glaciers" album, the debut Norilsk album was also released in a 4 panel digipack with a 12 page booklet with lyrics in both French and English!


Option One: Ultimate Norilsk Pack - $C40 + shipping
PRE-ORDER

-Norilsk - Le passage des glaciers CD [4 Panel Digipack / 12 Page Booklet]
-Norilsk - The Idea of North CD [4 Panel Digipack / 12 Page Booklet]
-Norilsk Shirt [Official Shirt, Designed by Misanthropic Art]
-Norilsk Patch [Unmerrowed, 12.5cm x 7.5cm , Limited to 50 copies]
-Norilsk Sticker [All-weather, 6.25cm x 5.5cm, Colored]

Option Two: Le passage des glaciers Pack - $C32 + shipping
PRE-ORDER

-Norilsk - Le passage des glaciers CD [4 Panel Digipack / 12 Page Booklet]
-Norilsk Shirt [Official Shirt, Designed by Misanthropic Art]
-Norilsk Patch [Unmerrowed, 12.5cm x 7.5cm , Limited to 50 copies]
-Norilsk Sticker [All-weather, 6.25cm x 5.5cm, Colored]




Option Three: Norilsk CD Pack - $C18 + shipping
PRE-ORDER

-Norilsk - Le passage des glaciers CD [4 Panel Digipack / 12 Page Booklet]
-Norilsk - The Idea of North CD [4 Panel Digipack / 12 Page Booklet]
-Norilsk Sticker [All-weather, 6.25cm x 5.5cm, Colored]

Option Four: Norilsk Shirt- $C20 + shipping
PRE-ORDER

-Norilsk Shirt [Official Shirt, Designed by Misanthropic Art]


Tracklist:
1. Midnight Sun
2. Le puits de l'oubli
3. Namolennye
4. La voie des morts
5. Ghosts of Loss (Passage part I)
6. Noirceur intérieure
7. L'érosion (Passage part II)
8. Ellesmere 

Links:
Norilsk Website
Norilsk Facebook
Norilsk Bandcamp




Option Five: Le passage des glaciers CD - $C10 + shipping
PRE-ORDER

-Norilsk - Le passage des glaciers CD [4 Panel Digipack / 12 Page Booklet]


ALBUM RELEASE: Ah Ciliz / Chiral - Origins
November 6, 2017

The digital version of the Ah Ciliz / Chiral - Origins split album is available now on our Bandcamp page. 

If you missed the album premiere stream on No Clean Singing last week, take the time to listen to this great split album, with entirely new material from both bands.

Due to production delays, the 6 panel digipack will not be shipping until early-mid December. However, you can place your order anytime and we will ship your copy as soon as they arrive!

Order 6 Panel Digipack | Digital Album
Thank you for the support.


Tracklist:
1 - Ah Ciliz - Cascadia
2 - Ah Ciliz - Moonlight in Night Season
3 - Ah Ciliz - People of the Stars
4 - Chiral - A Feeble Glare of Autumn
5 - Chiral - Queen of the Setting Sun


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"Ah Ciliz are a violently calm sea of tremolo picking that builds the rough anarchy of evil within a beautiful and dark atmosphere. A lot of bands within Black Metal stick to doing this well but where Ah Ciliz really start to make their music their own is the layers to which song is told. Changing tempos and withdrawing to an icey wind. Sounding at times very progressive in their approach but certainly a faded atmosphere to an otherwise distorted violence. The melodic power to an atmosphere that forever remains interesting immediately grabs the band attention. 


Chiral are both the perfect companion and a complete change to Ah Ciliz. Coming in like a slow burning fire, the same atmospheric melodies and tremolo picking enables a fierceness that recalls Winterfylleth’s intensity and melody. Instead of breaking to a chilling air, Chiral bring forth interestingly tuned drums and sound effects that give a layer on top of their evil sounding melodies. Recalling the experimentation, you’d find in bands like Arcturus whilst bringing the melody of early Troll to blend it all together. Not many Black Metal bands can do this so masterfully. It is somehow more violent than Ah Ciliz whilst being just as atmospheric. Closing with an epic, ‘Queen of the Settling Sun’ just feels like a coup de grace for Chiral. They go all out, symphonic backing a haunting nature to build to a violent streak of raw Black Metal intensity."


Ah Ciliz Facebook | Chiral Facebook

ALBUM NEWS: Melankolia to release fourth full-length ‘Vividarium Intervigilium Viator’ on HDR
October 31, 2017

Ambient / Neo-classical composer Melankolia is set to release their fourth full-length album ‘Vividarium Intervigilium Viator’ on physical and digital formats through Hypnotic Dirge Records on December 12, 2017! 

Founded by musician Mike O’Brien, (Appalachian Winter, Veiled Monk, Ritual in Ash) Melankolia has been releasing introspective and thoughtful music since the project’s beginnings nearly 10 years ago. Three full-length albums have thus far been released - Nokturnum, Orpheus Down, and III - as well as many other collaborative efforts with artists ranging from Mortiis, Loell Duinn, and Immundus. In 2014, Melankolia began work on ‘Vividarium Intervigilium Viator’, which was to become a slow and arduous process. Now, at the end of the year, we will present this introspective work full of loss, mourning, and hope as the darkness of winter descends upon us all.



We will soon publish a song from  ‘Vividarium Intervigilium Viator’ through this page as well as reveal the album cover and tracklist. Vividarium Intervigilium Viator’ will be released in a 4 panel digipack with an accompanying booklet of photography from the composer Mike O’Brien and Silvana Massa.

Melankolia Facebook | Melankolia Bandcamp

PRE-ORDER: Ah Ciliz / Chiral - Origins Split available for pre-order
October 27, 2017

The new split album between Ah Ciliz and Chiral, entitled Origins is now available for pre-order through Hypnotic Dirge Records and Throats Productions. The album is set for an official release on November 6, so that is when the album will be streaming in full online and available for download. However, we have experienced some production delays so pre-orders and all subsequent orders will not be shipped until early - mid December.

When the album finally does ship to you, it will be presented in a 6 panel digipack with beautiful and fitting artwork designed by the bands, including all information and lyrics. 

Order Digipack CD | Digital

Ah Ciliz is an atmospheric Black Metal band founded by Elmer (Klär, Painful Depression, Wintersad) in 2008. The history of the project now includes four full-length albums, and a split with Griefthorn all released between 2011-2014. Three years later, Ah Ciliz returns with three excellent new songs for the "Origins" split focused on indigenous cultures, nature, and the cosmos. The songs from Ah Ciliz span between powerful, triumphant, beautiful, and spiritial throughout its duration which is aided by varied and interesting riffs, soaring leads, and an atmosphere that matches the lyrical themes perfectly.

Chiral is an Italian one-man band from the countryside near Piacenza, set up at the end of 2013. His compositions shine of a dim light dwelling through the branches, alternating solar as well as gloomy moments. Folkish instruments are used to guide the listener through contemplation, while gentle veils of synths are crafting a misty and mysterious aura. If the dreamy and hypnotic atmosphere of Lustre met with the breathless wonder of Falls of Rauros' melodies, and the wild raw guitar lines of Wolves in the Throne Room, that would be probably be what Chiral sounds like.

"Origins" will be presented as a 6 panel digipack limited to 500 copies and shared between labels and bands.

For fans of: Lustre, Agalloch, Mavradoxa, Windbruch, Falls of Rauros, Wolves in the Throne Room



ALBUM NEWS: HDR reveals artwork and details on Norilsk's new album Le passage des glaciers
October 25, 2017

Canadian doom-death band Norilsk is set to release their latest slab of music on November 24, on Hypnotic Dirge Records. Incorporating a greater amount of cold melodies and delving further into forward-thinking structures, this new album has equal amount of unorthodox conventions, dark mysteries, and deadly hooks. As lyricist Nic Miquelon mentions, “Anyone who has followed us so far and enjoyed our musical landscape might be carried away into the distance with Le passage des glaciers. There is something of a personal journey in there, something that had to be experienced and mourned, and something that swallowed us whole when creating this.” While Le passage des glaciers is not a concept album, this new musical chapter has been written around the theme of mourning and departure.

The artwork is signed by Sam Ford, who designed the artwork for the previous album The Idea of North. Sam worked closely with the band to develop an artistic continuity, yet a distinct visual atmosphere to the album, and integrating symbolism and referencing Canadian art.

The album includes eight tracks, mostly in French, for a total duration of 44 minutes.

Tracklist:
1. Midnight Sun
2. Le puits de l'oubli
3. Namolennye
4. La voie des morts
5. Ghosts of Loss (Passage part I)
6. Noirceur intérieure
7. L'érosion (Passage part II)
8. Ellesmere 


The track "Namolennye" is now streaming on Bandcamp.

Regarding the track, bassist / vocalst Nicolas Miquelon says:
“There is a slightly more intricate approach to this album, from a song structure to a stylistic point of view, as exemplified in 'Namolennye.' This song was composed on an 8-strings bass guitar, which brings a non-conventional colour, and allows different kind of arrangements than on the previous album. As for the song title, this unique Russian word ('намоленная'), roughly meaning 'imbued with prayers' and most often applied in the context of religious icons, happened to be surprisingly convenient to illustrate the notion of estrangement and an alternate state of reality. The song ends with a quote from Pushkin, translated in French, about dying where you feel you belong.”

Norilsk Facebook

ALBUM RELEASE: Odradek Room - A Man of Silt
October 12, 2017

The second album from the progressive doom metal band Odradek Room from Mariupol, Ukraine, entitled "A Man of Silt" is officially released today as a joint release between Hypnotic Dirge and Solitude Productions. 

The limited 6 Panel digipack is still available to order, and as of today, the regular jewel case edition is also available.  

Odradek Room is currently preparing for their performance at Doom Over Kiev on Sunday October 15, which will serve as their album release show at the monumental ten year anniversary of this great Doom Festival.


The "Man of Silt" album explores the nature of personality, and is based on approaches and conceptual understanding of buddhism, but utilizes a system of european symbolism This is a story about an abstract travel of a human from nothingness to nonexistence, during which he tries to see and understand himself. He sees his personality melting and rising, splitting and merging. He sees that his personality is nothing more than a combination of figures like on a chessboard in Herman Hesse's magic theatre. His personality is conditioned as everything else is in the world of forms. The human sinks in his own scaring, sick illusions and consciousness projections, and sees clear light and clear nature of reality. This story has neither a beginning nor an end, everyone who is born, who considers himself an individual, walks through this cycle...but in a new way each time. Everything is constantly changing...But in some way stays the same. Until one realizes this cycle. 

The album should appeal to fans of doom metal in general, but also listeners of prog metal bands such as late-Katatonia, mid-Opeth, Ihsahn, and Devin Townsend. 





RELEASE NEWS: Hypnotic Dirge Records to release second Norilsk album "Le passage des glaciers" on November 24, 2017
October 10, 2017

Deep, cold, and far away: Norilsk – the northernmost city, located in Siberia far above the arctic circle, evokes ideas of hardship, darkness, and doom. Despite its isolation, the name also brings images of nordic beauty, mystery, and a majestic reverence.

Capturing these contrasting notions into music, French-Canadian band Norilsk is back with a captivating new album, as thick and heavy as permafrost. Le passage des glaciers (The Passage of Glaciers) follows in the footsteps of 2015's album The Idea of North, but expands the sound considerably. From a sludgy slab of doom-death, the band has carved further into the icy influences of dark metal, to emerge with a blackened doom-death album tainted with frozen melodies, misty atmospheres, and reflective lyrical passages.


Death, like a magnetic North, is calling, and many are those who answer. It hypnotizes with its lullaby, carrying some into the distance, and leaving the others behind ...in the furrow left by the passing of glaciers.

To be released on digipack format on November 24, 2017.

Recommended for fans of Paradise Lost, (old) Katatonia, Morgion, Ufomammut, and Pallbearer

Norilsk Facebook






PRE-ORDERS: Odradek Room - A Man of Silt
September 25, 2017

The new album from the progressive doom metal band Odradek Room is now available to pre-order. A special edition of the "A Man of Silt" album, released as a 6 panel digipack with an album booklet has been made available during pre-orders and is limited to a total of 200 copies - 100 copies through Hypnotic Dirge, 100 through BadMoodMan Music.

An Odradek Room discography pack, where you can pick up both Odradek Room CD's for a discounted price is also available.
For an extra $C6, you can also order Odradek Room's debut album "Bardo. Relative Reality." released in 2013.

Pre-order "A Man of Silt" CD | Odradek Room Discography Pack | Digital

Briefly stated, Odradek Room (named after Franz Kafka's short story The Cares of a Family Man [1919]) is a band which uses doom metal as a base, but explores other musical genres to paint a rich palette of texture and atmosphere. Lyrically rooted in spiritual and philosophical themes, this is music that should appeal to introspective souls and deep thinkers.

Album release is set for October 12, and your order will be shipped on or near this date!

Odradek Room Page | Odradek Room Facebook




SONG PREMIERES:
Ah Ciliz - Cascadia
Chiral - A Feeble Glare of Autumn
September 22, 2017

Over the past couple of days, we have premiered the first tracks from the forthcoming "Origins" split album between Ah Ciliz and Chiral, which will be released on November 6, 2017 in a 6 panel digipack in conjunction with Throats Productions.

Thanks to the Black Metal Promotions Youtube Channel for hosting the premieres. Check out the songs below!



RELEASE NEWS: Ah Ciliz / Chiral - Origins Split to be released by Hypnotic Dirge / Throats Productions
September 11, 2017

Hypnotic Dirge and Throats Productions are pleased to announce the release of an intense nature-themed atmospheric Black Metal split record entitled "Origins" between two great atmospheric bands - Ah Ciliz and Chiral

Ah Ciliz started as a solo project in 2008 with original member Elmer handling all instruments and releasing the first demo in 2009. In 2009 session drummer Cadavre (Grimlair) joined the band to provide drums for 2 tracks on the first full-length album "Reawakening Ancient Sorrow" released in 2011 through Schattenkult Productions. 

Bon Vincent Fry (Lamentations of the Ashen, Jagged Mouth) joined the band in 2011 to become the first full time drummer in Ah Ciliz. In 2012, the second full-length album "Led Astray" was released through Le Crépuscule du Soir Productions. Bon was unable to continue with Ah Ciliz but Marco Ceccarelli (Deadly Carnage, Hanging Garden, Nostalgia) joined the band soon after and together Marco and Elmer recorded two full-length albums - "Umbra" (2014) and "Absurd Aspirations" (2014)

In 2016, Elmer decided to step down from vocal duties and enlisted Belgium vocalist Boris Iolis (L'Hiver en Deuil, Marche Funèbre, Soul Dissolution). Boris performs vocals on "Origins"



Chiral is an Italian one-man band from the countryside near Piacenza, set up at the end of 2013. Chiral incorporates musical elements of the North-West USA Cascadian Black Metal atmosphere as well as raw black metal influences with a special taste for acoustic instruments. Lyrical themes are mainly based on introspection, nature, solitude, pain, death, and love.

His compositions shine of a dim light dwelling through the branches, alternating solar as well as gloomy moments. Folkish instruments are used to guide the listener through contemplation, while gentle veils of synths are crafting a misty and mysterious aura. If the dreamy and hypnotic atmosphere of Lustre met with the breathless wonder of Falls of Rauros' melodies, and the wild raw guitar lines of Wolves in the Throne Room, that would be probably be what Chiral sounds like.

Ah Ciliz
Facebook | Bandcamp


The album will be released on Monday November 6 in a 6 panel digipack.
Song premieres and pre-orders to follow!

Ah Ciliz:
 1. Cascadia  6:52
2. Moonlight in Night Season  4:46
 3. People of The Stars  7:17

Chiral:
 4. A Feeble Glare of Autumn  3:48
 5. Queen of The Setting Sun  15:11

Total Running Time: 37:55

RELEASE NEWS: Odradek Room - A Man of Silt August 18, 2017 Odradek Room, a progressive metal band with doom elements returns this autumn with their follow-up to their mature and intelligent debut album “Bardo. Relative Reality.” released in 2013. A four piece located in Mariupol, Ukraine, Odradek Room (named after Franz Kafka's short story The Cares of a Family Man [1919]) uses doom metal as a base, but explores other musical genres to paint a rich palette of texture and atmosphere. Lyrically rooted in spiritual and philosophical themes, this is music that should appeal to introspective souls and deep thinkers.


Tracklist:
1 Arising in the void
2 Selfness
3 Texture of reality
4 Mirror labyrinth
5 Rain trip
6 Silt flower
7 divide
8 Conditional eternity


This album will be co-released by Hypnotic Dirge and BadMoodMan Music (side label of Solitude Productions).

Album release date, format, and other news soon.
Watch for a song premiere next week!

Update: August 29, 2017
Song Premiere on No Clean Singing



ALBUM RELEASE: Kval - Kval
July 27, 2017

Today we release the debut full-length from the Finnish Atmospheric Black Metal band Kval!! You can pick up the CD - presented in a 6 panel digipack, the limited white shirt - available in sizes S - XXL, and/or the Kval logo sticker in our webshop!

Here are some thoughts on this record courtesy of some early reviews:

"This one-man battalion has managed to unravel one of the most powerful and decadent Atmospheric Black Metal releases of 2017 and should be recognized. "
Infernal Masquerade Webzine

"Kval is a record where the atmosphere is absolutely right; where the riffs will pull the listener in and keep you held fast for the duration of the album, succeeding whether you choose to treat the album as an hypnotic exercise or actively engage with it."
The Sound Not The Word

"This album is cold, alienating and merciless in its delivery, making it impersonal and repetitious. Yet it has impressive power and has all the attributes of a proper black metal album."
Ave Noctum


Album notes:

As the broken wheel of life, emptiness, and chaos turns, the burden of sorrow can be so heavy that it brings any grown man to its knees. Kval, like a thick fog prevailing over an ancient forest, carries the last pangs of hope below this ominous landscape.

Cold guitars and tortured screams roll over slow-bleeding drum patterns like walls of icy wind, only interrupted from time to time by a short interlude. This 43-minute full-length album is articulated around four massive songs, ranging from 6 to over 10 minutes each, and rounded with three minimalistic ambient songs.

Originally released under the name Khaossos in 2015, this one-man project's debut album from Finland has been re-recorded, and was given a new artwork (courtesy Moonroot Art), thus carrying more than ever the purity and vacuity of atmospheric black metal. …Let yourself be carried away.

For fans of Burzum, Forgotten Woods, and Mortualia.

PRE-ORDERS: Kval - Kval
July 11, 2017

We are now taking pre-orders for the upcoming debut full-length from the Finnish Atmospheric Black Metal band Kval!

The album is also accompanied by a sleek white shirt (the first ever for HDR) printed by Forest Passage Printing in very limited quantities. The print is the new Kval logo on the front, with the original logo on the back. If you order the Kval pack, an all-weather 11cm x 7cm is also included!

Since we have everything in stock ahead of time with this release, your pre-orders will begin shipping next week, more than a week ahead of the July 27 release date!

If you haven't heard it yet, the track "Harhainen" from the album is streaming on Bandcamp. We will make another song available soon!

Option 1:
Kval Combo Pack: $C30 + shipping
PRE-ORDER
-Kval CD - presented in a 6 panel digipack
-Kval Shirt: - Printed on "Tultex" shirts, available in S- XXL
-Kval Sticker - 11cm x 7cm - all-weather, and
super-durable

Option 2: 
Kval Shirt: $C20 + shipping
PRE-ORDER
Printed on "Tultex" shirts by Forest Passage Printing.
Available in S- XXL

Option 3:
Kval CD: $C10 + shipping
PRE-ORDER
Presented in a 6 panel digipack



ALBUM RELEASE: Kassad - Faces Turn Away
July 6, 2017

As the unforgiving summer heat rolls on, we continue to fill the void with discordant and eclectic Black Metal. Our latest release - the debut album from the English project "Kassad" - is now officially released as of today! You can head over to our shop to pick up the CD - presented in a thin but very sturdy 4 panel sleeve, which comes with an 8 page booklet made of hardened cardboard-like material, or alternatively pick up the limited Kassad shirt that was designed for this release, or if you really like what you hear, there is also a Kassad pack available completed with the CD, shirt, and sticker.

As always, now that the release date has hit, the album is available on Bandcamp for free and unlimited streaming and download! Donations are not necessary but if you enjoy the music, a dollar or two would be very much appreciated and all funds go towards upcoming releases and merch items!


From the onset of “Faces Turn Away”, an all-encompassing sense of existential terror and claustrophobic anxiety hits you and builds to a crescendo before everything descends into dread and finally nothingness. An album about the misery, futility, and madness of modern urban life, related in some ways to releases by netra but foregoing much of the trip-hop influence for a more abrasive and gritty black metal root that feels both urgent and cavernous. Besides its Black Metal root, the album also knows when to slow to a crawling funeral dirge to convey total despair and the loss of hope. A modern take on classic black metal marked by unconventional and enigmatic twists that are both genuine and timely. 

Kassad first began with an EP entitled “Humans” in January 2016, A year later, Kassad released “Faces Turn Away”, the debut album independently on Bandcamp. Now, a few months later Kassad’s debut album will be released on Hypnotic Dirge in a 4 panel sleeve with a booklet and sticker. 



 Now, a few months later Kassad’s debut album will be released on Hypnotic Dirge in a 4 panel sleeve with a booklet and sticker. 

Album release is set for July 6, 2017 in a limitation of 300 copies. 
Recommended for fans of: netra, Burzum, Darkspace 

ALBUM RELEASE: Mavradoxa - Lethean Lament
June 22, 2017

Laurentian Black Metal band Mavradoxa releases their second full-length album today through Hypnotic Dirge!
We've been quite excited about this release for some time now. 

Head over to our shop to buy a copy of the digipack and / or the limited Lethean Lament Shirt - 
printed by Forest Passage Printing on Tultex shirts.

Or head to the Bandcamp page to stream the album in full or download the full album, which is available on a name-your-price donation basis! 

All orders will be shipped over the weekend. Monday at the latest. Thanks everyone for the continued support!

Here is a new review of the album from Metal Bandcamp

"I'm a sucker for bands that fall under the broad umbrella of "atmospheric black metal." I'll listen to it all day long with a smile on my face. It's my Kryptonite. So it's even more exciting when something truly remarkable raises itself above the rest of the field, and Mavradoxa's second album, Lethean Lament, does just that."


PRE-ORDERS : Kassad - Faces Turn Away
June 15, 2017

The upcoming Kassad album "Faces Turn Away" is now available to pre-order! CD's Shirts and Stickers available!

Option 1:
Faces Turn Away Combo Pack: $C30 + shipping
PRE-ORDER
-Faces Turn Away CD - presented in 4 panel digipack with an 8 page booklet (lyrics included)
-Kassad Shirt: - Printed on "Tultex" shirts, available in S- XXL
-Kassad Sticker - 11cm x 7cm - all-weather, and superdurable. Will last for years.

Option 2:
Kassad Shirt: $C20 + shipping
PRE-ORDER
Printed on "Tultex" shirts, available in S- XXL

Option 3:
Faces Turn Away CD: $C10 + shipping
PRE-ORDER
Presented in 4 panel sleeve with an 8 page booklet (lyrics included)


All pre-orders will be shipped on or around July 6

"From the onset of “Faces Turn Away”, an all-encompassing sense of existential terror and claustrophobic anxiety hits you and builds to a crescendo before everything descends into dread and finally nothingness. An album about the misery, futility, and madness of modern urban life"

Links:
Kassad Facebook | Kassad Page


PRE-ORDERS: Mavradoxa - Lethean Lament
June 6, 2017

The upcoming Mavradoxa album "Lethean Lament" is now available to pre-order! CD's Shirts and Stickers available!

Option 1: Lethean Lament Combo Pack: $C30 + shipping
PRE-ORDER
-Lethean Lament CD - presented in 4 panel digipack
with an 8 page booklet (lyrics included)
-Lethean Lament official shirt. Double-sided, red/white print on black shirt, printed on "Tultex" shirts, available in S- XXL
-Mavradoxa Sticker - 11cm x 7cm - all-weather, and
superdurable. Will last for years.

Option 2:  Lethean Lament Shirt: $C20 + shipping
PRE-ORDER
Double-sided, red/white print on black shirt, printed on "Tultex" shirts, available in S- XXL

Option 3: Lethean Lament CD: $C10 + shipping
PRE-ORDER
Presented in 4 panel digipack with an 8 page booklet (lyrics included)


All pre-orders will be shipped on or around June 22.

"Long progressive songs that flow with purpose where the atmosphere dictates and paints vivid stories in its movement and direction, the entire album encapsulates a whirlwind of emotion from raw carnal aggression, nature reverence, despair, longing, and bliss. “Lethean Lament” is honest genuine atmospheric Black Metal that carries on the tradition of bands like Agalloch - The Official Page, Alda, Waldgeflüster, Falls of Rauros, and Obsidian Tongue.

Links: 
Mavradoxa Facebook | Mavradoxa Page

UPCOMING RELEASE / SONG PREMIERE:
Self-titled album by Finnish Atmospheric Black Metal act "KVAL" to be released this summer!
June 2, 2017 

Hypnotic Dirge Records will be releasing the self-titled album Kval from the Finnish Black Metal act on July 27! Kval - translating to "anguish" in English - is a rebirth of the former project Khaossos active since 2012 and releasing two albums and two splits. The debut album under the moniker Kval is a re-recording and re-imagining of the Khaossos album "Kuolonkuu" originally released in 2015. Every instrument has been re-recorded with greater detail and there are vast improvements to the mix - creating a much richer and more atmospheric sound. The album will be presented in a 6 panel digipack and shirts and stickers will also be available. 

You can listen to the track "Harhainen" from the album right now courtesy of Apoch's Metal Review​ at the link below which also includes a brief interview with the band founder and main instrumentalist! 

Stream "Harhainen" / Interview

As the broken wheel of life, emptiness, and chaos turns, the burden of sorrow can be so heavy that it brings any grown man to its knees. Kval, like a thick fog prevailing over an ancient forest, carries the last pangs of hope below this ominous landscape. 

Cold guitars and tortured screams roll over slow-bleeding drum patterns like walls of icy wind, only interrupted from time to time by a short interlude. This 43-minute full-length album is articulated around four massive songs, ranging from 6 to over 10 minutes each, and rounded with three minimalistic ambient songs. 


Carrying more than ever the purity and vacuity of atmospheric black metal. …Let yourself be carried away.
For fans of Burzum, Forgotten Woods​, and Mortualia​.

ALBUM RELEASE: Vin de Mia Trix - Palimpsests [2CD]
May 31, 2017

Today is the day! The monumental, epic, and ambitious piece of Progressive Funeral Doom (and so many other genres) is now released. Presented in a 4 panel digipack with a luxurious 36 page booklet. Mastered by Damon Good of Mournful Congregation Official and co-released with Cimmerian Shade Recordings.

Thanks to everyone who was involved in this release, and most importantly to the band for their creativity and for trusting us to help bring this album to the masses.

Order CD | Digital Download

From the band:
"This 98-minute slab of Doom has taken us almost six years to compose and record, but we feel that the end result is worth every ounce of effort and every minute of time we have invested in it. Now we present it to you: if it touches your soul for at least one moment, then our work has not been in vain.

PALIMPSESTS is an album about archetypes, the stories and characters that exist deep inside our collective subconsciousness, stories so significant and influential that they appear in various peoples' and cultures' mythology. Concepts like rebirth through sacrifice, stealing knowledge from the gods, or the great cleansing flood can be found anywhere from Hinduism through Ancient Greek myths to Christianity, proving their importance in shaping societies and civilizations. These stories are told to this day, and the album tries to retell them once again, adding to the eternal cycle."


Reviews:
Whether you like the results or not, it's still a pretty bold and astonishing step up that maintains VdMT's highly-recognisable individuality, yet delivers something completely new and unexpectedly massive. Personally, I love the way it combines elements of many of my favourite bands (see above) into something distinct, unique and wholly absorbing. Will it appeal to everyone? I somehow doubt that. But it is, nonetheless, an outstanding piece of work, on every level.
Doom-metal.com - 10/10

The band have crafted songs that are multifaceted and rich in depth and substance. Sprawling compositions like these would fail very quickly if they were bereft of these latter elements, but it seems that Vin de Mia Trix have conspired together to ensure that this doesn’t happen. Every aspect of this release seems like it has been examined with studious care to make sure that the music presented to the world is as high-quality and richly evocative as it can be. Their hard work has paid off, as Palimpsests is a masterwork of doom metal.

I’ve opined before that some of the best albums are ones that take the listener on a journey, and Palimpsests takes you on a fully-fledged epic odyssey. What a stunning release. There’s not much more to say than this, really. Absolutely stunning.
Wonderbox Metal

PRE-ORDER: Vin de Mia Trix - Palimpsests
May 12, 2016

We're now taking pre-orders for Vin de Mia Trix's upcoming double-album "Palimpsests", officially released on May 31.

The new work brings together nearly 100 minutes of extreme progressive funeral doom presented as four lengthy tracks that each tell a story of a certain archetype - common stories that are in our collective consciousness. Stories so significant and influential that they appear in various people' and cultures' mythology. 

"Palimpsests" was mastered by Damon Good of Mournful Congregation and the album is presented in a 4 panel digipack with a beautiful 36 page transparent booklet designed by the Kyiv-based Seri.graf Studio - a detail which was fundamental to the way the album is meant to be presented.

We share this release with Cimmerian Shade Recordings so thanks to them for co-releasing the album with us and to guys in Vin de Mia Trix for wanting to work with us again a second time!

Pre-order 2CD Digipack | Pre-order Digital

DISTRIBUTION: Hypnotic Dirge now distributing new label catalogs!
May 11, 2017

We're launching a new "Distribution" section today. The intention behind this is to host a large amount of certain labels' catalogs much like we've been doing with Solitude Productions over the years.

We'll expand this idea to more labels as time allows! For now, we are distributing releases from the following:

UPCOMING RELEASE: Kassad - Faces Turn Away
SONG PREMIERE: "Void" premiering NOW on Echoes and Dust
May 4, 2017

We have another new release announcement today as we keep finding worthwhile albums to release!
The next release after Mavradoxa's "Lethean Lament" album in late June will be an excellent claustrophobic urban black metal solo project from London, England with the name "Kassad."

Once again we're drawn to bands that explore themes of disassociation and monotonous existence in our large cities, which are so populated but can paradoxically feel devoid of life and meaning.

Echoes and Dust is hosting the premiere of the track "Void". [ <- Link]

From the onset of “Faces Turn Away”, an all-encompassing sense of existential terror and claustrophobic anxiety hits you and builds to a crescendo before everything descends into dread and finally nothingness. An album about the misery, futility, and madness of modern urban life, related in some ways to releases by netra but foregoing much of the trip-hop influence for a more abrasive and gritty black metal root that feels both urgent and cavernous. Besides its Black Metal root, the album also knows when to slow to a crawling funeral dirge to convey total despair and the loss of hope. A modern take on classic black metal marked by unconventional and enigmatic twists that are both genuine and timely. 

Kassad first began with an EP entitled “Humans” in January 2016, A year later, Kassad released “Faces Turn Away”, the debut album independently on Bandcamp. Now, a few months later Kassad’s debut album will be released on Hypnotic Dirge in a 4 panel sleeve with a booklet and sticker. 



Album release is set for July 6, 2017 in a limitation of 300 copies.
Recommended for fans of: netra, Burzum, Darkspace

Links:
Kassad Page | Kassad Bandcamp | Kassad Facebook


UPCOMING RELEASE: Mavradoxa - Lethean Lament
SONG PREMIERE: Mavradoxa - Crimson Waves of Autumnal Flame
April 27, 2017

Laurentian Black Metal band Mavradoxa returns with their second album “Lethean Lament” - an introspective and majestic album that is expansive, atmospheric, and melancholic. 

The seventeen minute long track “Crimson Waves of Autumnal Flame” is premiering right now on Pure Grain Audio 

Releasing “Soujourners” last September, Mavradoxa’s two members Nival and Lux have quickly returned to Rotten Metal Recording Studio to record their follow-up “Lethean Lament.” The new album is perfect for dreary and rain-soaked days during solitary walks, or in any moment of introspection. Long progressive songs that flow with purpose where the atmosphere dictates and paints vivid stories in its movement and direction, the entire album encapsulates a whirlwind of emotion from raw carnal aggression, nature reverence, despair, longing, and bliss. “Lethean Lament” is honest genuine atmospheric Black Metal that carries on the tradition of bands like Agalloch, Alda, Waldgeflüster, Falls of Rauros, and Obsidian Tongue.

Recorded in the spring of 2017, this album is set for release on June 22 through Hypnotic Dirge in a 4 panel digipack with a booklet. Andy McGirr contributed violins on the tracks “Cicadan” and “Across the Nival Grove” and Makr Welden added guest vocals to “Crimson Waves of Autumnal Flame”.  


T-Shirts and stickers will also be printed and the designs will be unveiled soon!

Links:

Mavradoxa PageMavradoxa Bandcamp | Mavradoxa Instagram | Mavradoxa Facebook

UPCOMING RELEASE / SONG PREMIERE: Vin de Mia Trix unveil upcoming double concept album
April 19, 2017

Ukrainian progressive doom metal band Vin de Mia Trix is set to release their new album titled “Palimpsests” on May 31, 2017 through two North American labels - ourselves and Cimmerian Shades Recordings.

The twenty-one minute track "Pharmakos" is premiering on Invisible Oranges right now!

Following on the heels of their 2013 full-length “Once Hidden from Sight” and a 2016 split with Nethermost (USA), Vin de Mia Trix have truly raised the bar on this release, working for several years to create an ambitious piece of art, wide in scope and taking a multi-faceted approach. Mixing and mastering were handled by Damon Good of the mighty Mournful Congregation, making sure the production quality matches the music's ambitiousness.

The name “Palimpsests” summarizes the spectrum of themes the band aims to convey and embodies the concept of multi-layered meanings and symbols expressed through musical, lyrical, and visual content. “Palimpsests” consists of four lengthy tracks, spanning over 90 minutes of playtime. It is a concept album,with each song exploring a specific archetypal myth, from Scapegoat to the Flood. Musically, “Palimpsests” is rooted in Extreme Doom, venturing occasionally into the territories of Prog Rock and Post-Metal.

The double album will be released as a 4-panel digipak with an exclusive 36-page booklet designed by the Kyiv-based Seri/graf Studio.

"PHARMAKOS is that one track we usually play at the end of our shows because of its emotional intensity. After finishing the climactic choir we feel utterly exhausted both physically and morally.


In Greek tradition, pharmakós literally means a ‘scapegoat’. It is a sacrifice that ancient communities would offer their blood-thirsty gods to avert disasters. Pharmakoi would usually be chosen among the weakest: slaves, cripples, etc. A very doom metal kind of story! But that is only one layer of meaning.

On a deeper level, pharmakós is associated with the most primitive fertility rites and especially the ancient Minoan cult of Dionysus, centuries before he became a jolly god of wine. In that old, pre-Olympic mythology, Dionysus, or Zagreus, was the king of the underworld, both husband and son of Rhea, procreating his own self and thus embodying the ouroborosian cycle of life and death.

The archaic Dionysian Mysteries involved killing a sacrificial animal (pharmakós), associated with the god himself, and eating its raw flesh, celebrating life’s victory over death. In more civilized times, these ecstatic rites would evolve into theatrical performances, giving birth to tragedy. Many scholars believe that the idea of Jesus Christ’s sacrifice (and who is Jesus if not a scapegoat?) is derived from these older cults. This explains the Eucharist ceremony of eating the flesh and drinking the blood of Christ, celebrating his immortality.

So, PHARMAKOS encompasses a range of meanings, but in a nutshell, it is a hymn to eternal life through ecstasy and sacrifice. As such, it has an almost religious feel to it.
-Alex Vynogradoff, Vin de Mia Trix

Links:

Vin de Mia Trix FacebookVin de Mia Trix Bandcamp
Cimmerian Shades Recordings | Сері/граф Studio


ALBUM RELEASE: NONE - selftitled
April 11, 2017

Today officially marks the release of this despondent debut album from the Pacific Northwest entity known as NONE. Enjoy this first offering of the band, and prepare for more as a follow-up is already in process!

Order CD | Order CD+ Shirt | Digital | Album Reviews

Here is some clips of what reviewers have said about the album so far.

"There’s more than just harrowing bleakness on this album; this is where the atmospheric black metal influence comes in. The band’s clear depressive edge is augmented and mixed with an atmospheric one, which means that these tracks also sound spacious, otherworldly and full of dark exploratory promise." 
-Wonderbox Metal 

"Overall, we are amazed at None’s ability to craft methodically soul crushing tracks filled with heavy riffs and atmospheric brilliance. If you think you have heard all possible variants of DSBM or Atmospheric BM, you should definitely listen to this one. This self-titled release is totally recommended for fans of DSBM, Cascadian BM, and really any heavily atmospheric genre." 
-Infernal Masquerade

" Everything ultimately comes across as incredibly well structured and heartfelt and I keep being drawn back in to its folds, no doubt in part due to the perfect compact running time of the disc. ... A fantastic debut and a great cold journey into nothingness." 
-Ave Noctum


ALBUM RELEASE: Black Tremor / Sea Witch - Split CD
March 24, 2017

Today, together with Sunmask Records we are releasing the long-awaited split album between Black Tremor and Sea Witch. This release was initially planned for last fall through Sunmask. A couple months ago, they approached me and asked if HDR would want to be involved and indeed it was a pleasure to take part in this release!! Black Tremor and Sea Witch have both been bands in the radar for potential releases for a while, so agreeing to co-release this split was an easy decision to make!

As has been mentioned before, the album is released in a limited edition of 300 copies - 150 copies through Hypnotic Dirge - and is presented in a jewel case with reversible covers, so that each band has its own distinct cover with the appropriate imagery!

We worked hard on the artwork to make the imagery fit the music and I think it turned out quite nice.

Order CD | Digital

One piece of unfortunate news: In the chaos of trying to get a lot of albums and merch items released early this year, the production on this album got slightly delayed so we don't have the CD's here yet. They are expected to ship here late next week so all CD orders will be shipped in the first week of April, actually at a similar time as all of the NONE pre-orders!


 Black Tremor are a three piece stoner folk doom band from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Bass, drum and violin roil across the flatlands in advance of the coming storm... Melancholic violin swirls above the grit of fuzzed out slide bass and the beating drums; glimpses of Dirty Three, Earth and Godspeed You Black Emperor shimmer in the heat lines on the grasslands horizon. Their debut release 'Impending' was self-released by the band last year to glowing reviews and the band has just completed their first Canadian tour this summer.

Black Tremor Facebook 





And on the other end of the country, the port of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia has spawned the dual leviathan of JL and SJ that is Sea Witch. Dark things pound and echo in the depths, the guitar howls on the shoals and the cymbals break against the rocky shore... Oppressive and atmospheric funeral doom with a nautical bent. The band has released three highly praised independent cassettes (including one on Sunmask) in the past year and are currently recording their next full length.

Sea Witch Facebook





PRE-ORDERS : Debut album from Atmospheric / Depressive Black Metal band “NONE” available to pre-order
March 16, 2017

We are now taking pre-orders for NONE’s upcoming self-titled debut album due for release on April 11. NONE is a band that seemingly emerged out of nowhere, (as many do nowadays) lurking in obscurity somewhere in the pacific northwest and having managed to create a really visceral and chilling style of atmospheric and depressive black metal.

Along with the album, there is also a limited NONE shirt, available in sizes Medium through XX-Large. Pre-orders will ship out in the first few days of April!


NONE Packs
CD + Shirt - C$25 + s
Shirt - C$16 +s
CD - C$10 + s
Digital - C$0 or Donation*
*During pre-orders, the digital album is $2. 
When the album is released, the price will change to $0.




 ALBUM RELEASE : netra - Ingrats
March 9, 2017

The new album from netra is available now!

The third album full-length "Ingrats" is filled with raw and honest music that speaks to a common despair, internal psychosis, and the monotony of modern life. Mixing abrasive and claustrophobic depressive Black Metal, darkwave, trip-hop, and melancholic alternative rock, netra’s music has never been restricted by convention or tradition but on “Ingrats”, the hybridization of genres is perhaps more seamless than ever. The Black Metal feels urgent and sharp as ice, while the heavily distorted guitar tone is absolutely perfect as a contrast juxtaposed against the ominous darkwave melodies.

The perfect soundtrack for late-night walks in the city. The material on “Ingrats” is an all-out assault on the senses, a bitter pill that must be swallowed as an accompaniment for self-reflection. An album which can connect emotionally and leave you drained at the end.

netra packs are moving quick, but for now, they are still available in our shop.

Links:
Order CD | Order Shirt+CD+Sticker | Order Ultimate netra Pack  | Order "Urban Black Metal" Shirt | Digital
netra Facebook | netra Profile



 RELEASE NEWS: Sunmask and Hypnotic Dirge team up to release Black Tremor / Sea Witch split release February 24, 2017 Sunmask and Hypnotic Dirge present a split release from two of the best heavy instrumental bands out of Canada: The stoner folk doom of the prairies - Black Tremor, and the atmospheric nautical doom of the maritimes - Sea Witch. CD edition of the album will be released on March 24, 2017 in a jewel case with reversible covers. Sunmask will also release a limited edition cassette tape.

Black Tremor are a three piece stoner folk doom band from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Bass, drum and violin roil across the flatlands in advance of the coming storm... Melancholic violin swirls above the grit of fuzzed out slide bass and the beating drums; glimpses of Dirty Three, Earth and Godspeed You Black Emperor shimmer in the heat lines on the grasslands horizon. Their debut release 'Impending' was self-released by the band last year to glowing reviews and the band has just completed their first Canadian tour this summer. And on the other end of the country, the port of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia has spawned the dual leviathan of JL and SJ that is Sea Witch. Dark things pound and echo in the depths, the guitar howls on the shoals and the cymbals break against the rocky shore... Oppressive and atmospheric funeral doom with a nautical bent. The band has released three highly praised independent cassettes (including one on Sunmask) in the past year and are currently recording their next full length.


We will begin taking pre-orders for the CD version of this release in about 2 weeks time.

Tracklist:
1 - Black Tremor - Hexus Part One
2 - Black Tremor - Hexus Part Two
3 - Sea Witch - Green Tide
4 - Sea Witch - As the Crow Flies Part One
5 - Sea Witch - As the Crow Flies Part Two

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PRE-ORDERS : netra - “Ingrats” packages available now! February 22, 2017

The new album from netra, entitled “Ingrats” is due to be released on March 9. We are now offering some limited pre-order packs for “Ingrats” including some new netra shirts and stickers. A run of 50 shirts were printed so stock is limited.


Ingrats pack - $C25 + shipping

netra - Ingrats CD

netra - Urban Black Metal Shirt

netra Sticker (11cm x 7cm - all-weather vinyl)


Ultimate netra listener pack - $C40 + shipping

netra - Ingrats CD

netra - Urban Black Metal Shirt

netra Sticker (11cm x 7cm - all-weather vinyl)

netra - Sørbyen CD (2012)

netra - Mélancolie Urbaine CD (2010)

netra - Urban Black Metal Shirt - $C16 + shipping

netra - Ingrats CD - $C10 + shipping *Click on the titles above to link to the shop.






**Shipping rates on the "Ingrats pack" and the "Ultimate netra listener pack" is actually the same, so if you are still missing netra's first two full-lengths in physical copies, you can get both for $15 more.

All pre-orders will be shipped the week of March 6-10.

Thanks a lot for the support and interest!

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 ALBUM RELEASE: Obitus- Slaves of the Vast Machine

February 16, 2017

THE BOOT IS FIRMLY ON YOUR FACE NOW.

So, today's the day, the release of our first album of 2017. The first of many to come in this very busy time! Over the coming weeks, there will be a lot more revealed about our upcoming releases, but for today, the focus is on absolute hopelessness and dystopia.

"In a decaying society, art, if it is truthful, must also reflect decay."

Obitus packages available:

Shirt (M-XXL) + CD Combo - $C23 (+ shipping)
Shirt (M - XXL) - $C16 (+ shipping)
CD - $C10 (+ shipping)
Digital - Name Your Price

"A vision of our future dystopia is presented on 'Slaves of the Vast Machine", the new album from the Swedish Misanthropic Black Metal duo 'Obitus'. After their 2009 full-length "March of the Drones" and an EP in 2014 , they return with their most solid album yet! 

'Slaves of the Vast Machine' conveys human aimlessness and desperation amidst total social control with some brilliant icy riffs and dissonant tones. This is harsh progressive post-Black Metal that is relentless and chaotic from start to finish with some really solid tremolo-picking melodies, inexorable atmosphere, and a complete disregard for humanity. "


 RELEASE NEWS / SONG PREMIERE: NONE - selftitled [Atmospheric / Depressive Black Metal]
February 14, 2017

Atmospheric / DSBM band "NONE" will be releasing their debut self-titled album on Hypnotic Dirge on April 11, 2017 

Chilling and despondent music from the Pacific Northwest is what you’ll hear on NONE’s impressive debut album. The piercing guitar tone interwoven with haunting and depressing synth pads and piano melodies result in a sound that is constantly plodding forward, marching in despair towards an empty void. The solid blasting on this album provides a constant pulse and momentum while desperate shrieks, spoken words, and wails can be heard throughout. Make no mistake, this music is fucking cold and would serve as a perfect soundtrack to your death. An endless blizzard in a vast tundra. An album that will certainly appeal to Atmospheric Black Metal and DSBM listeners of such groups as Shining, Coldworld, and Woods of Desolation. 

Presented in a 6 panel digipack in a limitation of 300 copies. 
The track "Wither" is now streaming on Bandcamp


We will start taking pre-orders a couple weeks before the release and there will also be shirts and shirts + cd combo's available.


 
PRE-ORDERS: Obitus - Slaves of the Vast Machine CD, Merch, and Digital packages available!
January 25. 2017

The new album “Slaves of the Vast Machine” from the Swedish Dystopian Black Metal duo “Obitus” is now available to pre-order! “Slaves…” is the first new full-length from Obitus since 2009’s “March of the Drones” and should please the senses of all those who like dark and relentless Black Metal without a shred of hope.

Alongside the new album, a limited T-Shirt is also available, which you could order by itself or as a package with the CD for a reduced price! If you order the t-shirt or CD on Bandcamp, you will also receive the digital version of the album for free upon release on February 16.
Quantities are very limited - especially for XL and 2XL shirts so order quick to secure your copy!

All materials are expected to arrive from the production plants well ahead of the release date, so all those who pre-order will have their order shipped about a week prior to the release!

Finally - it should be mentioned that a second sample from “Slaves of the Vast Machine” has been posted on Bandcamp! If you would like to hear another part of this 45 minute track ahead of the album release, it is there. Unless you can restrict the temptation and remain patient until the full track is released on February 16!

RELEASE NEWS/SONG PREMIERE: netra premieres new track “Everything’s Fine” from upcoming “Ingrats” album!
January 18, 2017

The experimental and internationalist one-man project netra returns with the first new album since 2013 with perhaps his most focused work yet. After a number of years of silence from this project, the track “Everything’s Fine”, the first to be made available from netra’s upcoming album “Ingrats” is now premiering on Transcending Obscurity Webzine


Writing about the track "Everything's Fine", Chris Dahlberg had this to say:
Perhaps it’s appropriate that this early on in the album the instrumentals and vocals deliver some of their harshest and most depressive moments before delving into somber clean singing and experimental passages, as it serves as a good representation of the level of diversity the rest of the album is able to provide. The black metal sections are drenched in raw emotion, with the shrieking capable of sending shivers down your spine as the guitar leads twist and turn with jagged edges. But the further you get into Everything’s fine, the more it becomes clear that there’s a lot more to this piece. As the guitars and shrieks fade out, the tempo slows down and an eerie piano melody drives the song forward alongside some somber singing that has a gothic rock tinge to it. The sudden transitions between the mellower and chaotic sections are implemented perfectly, and just when you’ve started to wallow in the calmer melodies netra stabs you right in the throat with jagged edges.


The third full-length album“Ingrats”  (french for “ungrateful ones”)  is filled with raw and honest music that speaks to a common despair, internal psychosis, and the monotony of modern life. Mixing abrasive and claustrophobic depressive Black Metal, darkwave, trip-hop, and melancholic alternative rock, netra’s music has never been restricted by convention or tradition but on “Ingrats”, the hybridization of genres is perhaps more seamless than ever. The Black Metal feels urgent and sharp as ice, while the heavily distorted guitar tone is absolutely perfect as a contrast juxtaposed against the ominous darkwave melodies.

The perfect soundtrack for late-night walks in the city. The material on “Ingrats” is an all-out assault on the senses, a bitter pill that must be swallowed as an accompaniment for self-reflection. An album which can connect emotionally and leave you drained at the end.



Infectious. Claustrophobic. Intoxicating.
Take your soma and wander the streets for hours... 

“Ingrats” was mastered at Skansen Lydstudio (Manes, Atrox, Keep of Kallesin).
This is the critical next chapter for netra, the third installment and first new album in four years!


“Ingrats” will be released on Hypnotic Dirge Records on 
March 9, 2017.
Pre-order packages including new shirts and bundles will be made available soon!

netra - "Everything's Fine" premiere @ Transcending Obscurity Webzine
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RELEASE NEWS: Obitus to release new album "Slaves of the Vast Machine" in mid February!
January 4, 2017

"If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face — forever."

A vision of our future dystopia is presented on 'Slaves of the Vast Machine", the new album from the Swedish Misanthropic Black Metal duo 'Obitus'. After their 2009 full-length "March of the Drones" and an EP in 2014 , they return with their most solid album yet! 

'Slaves of the Vast Machine' conveys human aimlessness and desperation amidst total social control with some brilliant icy riffs and dissonant tones. This is harsh progressive post-Black Metal that is relentless and chaotic from start to finish with some really solid tremolo-picking melodies, inexorable atmosphere, and a complete disregard for humanity. 

This work is a single 45 minute track, a monolith without pause and as relentless as totalitarianism. 
This album will be co-released by Black Plague Records and Hypnotic Dirge Records on February 16, 2017.



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