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ALBUM NEWS: Wills Dissolve unveils cover art for upcoming release “Echoes”
July 2, 2020
Following on the comet tail of their debut album "The Heavens Are Not On Fire...", Wills Dissolve direct their gaze upon the cosmos once again in “Echoes”, their sophomore album presented as a single track, 32-minute exploration of the loneliness and sacrifice of astro-technological advancement. Though once again rooted in progressive metal, “Echoes” incorporates a wide range of styles to tell the tale of an astronaut on a dangerous and vital deep space expedition. Allow yourself to be transported through the empty vacuum of space exploring the cosmos as the last vestiges of humanity search for another planet to inhabit, as human short-sightedness and hubris has rendered earth uninhabitable. Musically, you will hear everything from Progressive Metal, Death Metal, Ambient, Prog-rock, and Black Metal on this journey through the stars, allowing the narrative to develop naturally and letting the musical style shift as appropriate.
Today, we are excited to reveal the captivating album cover crafted by artist Adam Burke
(Nightjar Illustration). Here is what Adam had to say about the vision for the cover art and the challenges of capturing scale with space imagery:
"For this painting I was trying to meet several parameters. Wills Dissolve asked me to capture the scene of a spaceship just entering a black hole, to go with the narrative of the record. I very much enjoy doing vast space scenes, but it comes with some challenges. The greatest challenge is to accomplish a sense of scale. In reality the size and scale of objects and spans is so great that it's difficult to depict a scene without bending reality. So we tried to portray the black hole as a tunnel of gases and stars being pulled in by massive gravity. I try to capture the chaos and incredible detail of a scene like this, so the trick is to avoid symmetry. I'm happy with how it came out - I think it has a good sense of scale and movement."
ALBUM NEWS: Marche Funèbre unveils cover art for upcoming album "Einderlicht"
June 26, 2020
Right on time to make the best out of the weekend, we can now give you more details on the next Marche Funebre album “Einderlicht”, and see with rapt attention the magnificent cover artwork, once again delivered by Brooke Shaden Photography.
In this fourth album, without relinquishing their doom/death metal background, and never becoming complacent when trying to find new approaches to extreme metal, Marche Funèbre gives us a collection of powerful solid riffs and catchy tunes (yes!), “Einderlicht” is not only MF's most varied album to date but quite possibly their best!
1 - Scarred (9:56)
2 - The Eye of the End (7:11)
3 - When All is Said (11:25)
4 - The Maelstrom Mute (7:03)
5 - Deformed (9:56)
6 - Einderlicht (10:53)
UPCOMING RELEASE: Wills Dissolve - “Echoes” to be released Friday August 28, 2020
June 19, 2020
Wills Dissolve is a four-piece progressive blackened death metal band irrevocably tied to Houston and its history and legacy of astronomical science and exploration. Formed in 2015 by guitarist/vocalists Nick Block and Andrew Caruana, the lineup was quickly expanded to include Bassist Shaun Weller and Drummer Branson Heinz.
Since its inception, Wills Dissolve have always aimed to create albums centered around a cohesive narrative drawing from progressive predecessors Pink Floyd, Rush, and Yes, while also being inspired by modern acts such as Opeth, Isis, Ihsahn, and Darkspace. This narrative focus was already apparent on Wills Dissolve’ debut album “The Heavens Are Not On Fire…”, a concept album which transported the listener to The Great Meteor Storm of 1833, an event erroneously interpreted by North American Christians as the biblical apocalypse and later recognized as the beginning of a critical shift towards a secular understanding of celestial phenomena.
Wills Dissolve direct their gaze upon the cosmos once again in “Echoes”, their sophomore album presented as a 32 minute exploration of the loneliness and sacrifice of astro-technological advancement. Though once again rooted in progressive metal, “Echoes” incorporates a wide range of styles to tell the tale of an astronaut on a dangerous and vital deep space expedition. Allow yourself to be transported through the empty vacuum of space exploring the cosmos as the last vestiges of humanity search for another planet to inhabit, as human short-sightedness and hubris has rendered earth uninhabitable. Musically, you will hear everything from Progressive Metal, Death Metal, Ambient, Prog-rock, and Black Metal on this journey through the stars, allowing the narrative to develop naturally and letting the musical style shift as appropriate.
Mixed by Guitarist Andrew Caruana and mastered by Brad Boatright at AudioSiege, “Echoes” is scheduled for release on Friday August 28 through Hypnotic Dirge Records. The captivating album cover crafted by artist Adam Burke (Nightjar Illustration) as well as the new merch designs will be revealed soon. Resonating deeply with a possible prospective future, “Echoes” is a cinematic and fantastic tale with ominous and cautionary undertones.
Hail the endless void!
DIGITAL RELEASE: Moonworshipper - 13 Fullmoon Nights of Loneliness
June 13, 2020
Truly avantgarde and genre-bending releases are still a somewhat rare phenomenon, especially those few who are able to retain a strong narrative and cohesion despite the confluence of various sounds and influences.
We believe that the French act "Moonworshipper" is one such act, blending together lo-fi suicidal black metal, with trip-hop, soundtrack music, doom, depressive pop, and jazz. The debut EP of Moonworshippers, entitled "13 Fullmoon Nights of Loneliness" is the start of a planned conceptual trilogy which will be resolved over the coming months.
The seamless blend of genres wash over the running time of this EP, with vocals shifting between anguished screams of despair and hauntingly soulful female vocals as the musical diversity is on full display throughout allowing the story to take shape and presenting a vivid and genuine convergence of sounds. Fans and listeners of Lana Del Rey, Shining, netra, Ulver, White Ward and Manes will likely find a lot of value in "13 Fullmoon Nights of Loneliness" and eagerly await the next chapter of this tale.
UPCOMING RELEASE: Ov Shadows - "I Djävulens Avbild" to be released August 14, 2020
June 12, 2020
Ov Shadows is a Black Metal band from Gothenberg, Sweden. Rising from the ashes of "Waning", a band that all four members previously played in, Ov Shadows introduced their sound with the 2016 self-released EP "Monologues" before releasing its first full-length album "The Darkness Between Stars" in 2018.
This summer, Ov Shadows returns with their second full-length and first release on Hypnotic Dirge Records. Entitled "I Djävulens Avbild" (In the Devil's Image), the new record presents Ov Shadows at an unprecedented ferocity and forward-momentum, and apparently very intent on proving that to their listeners immediately, as pummeling drums and a heavy galloping riff fill the speakers within seconds of the opening track "Den Eld Som Tär Och Förvrider."
Throughout "I Djävulens Avbild, the pace hardly ever lets up, instead taking you on an all-out sensory assault. The combination of infectious riffs, recurring hooks, blastbeats, and tortured vocals create an enveloping claustrophobic and dark dissonance, as if a shroud has covered your face and defined forms have turned to shadows. Despite its unrelenting nature, the details really shine through on "I Djävulens Avbild" thanks to its clear production, precise musicianship, and deliberate flow. The few times where the record does slow down become quite memorable due to the contrast. The use of powerful percussion and austere bass create a trance-inducing atmosphere while discordant tremolo-picked melodies soar overhead creating a wonderful juxtaposition that crescendos into catharsis.
"Ov shadows is about exploring and embracing the dark aspects that dwell within us all – your ‘shadows-self’ as Carl Jung expressed it. Our vision is to create an atmospheric Black Metal guided by chaos and darkness."
"I Djävulens Avbild" will be released on Hypnotic Dirge Records on Friday August 14 on CD/Digital format. An official "I Djävulens Avbild" shirt will also be available as well as a merch bundle.
UPCOMING RELEASE: Marche Funèbre to release fourth
full-length album “Einderlicht” on September 25
June 5, 2020
The Belgian quintet Marche Funèbre will be releasing their fourth full-length album “Einderlicht” (which translates as the light at/of the end) this fall. The new album brings all the elements
known from Marche Funèbre: death, black, and doom metal in a unique mix,
with strong melodies and a wide vocal approach.
Thematically, “Einderlicht” focuses on the strange ability of
mankind to deliberately decide to end one’s life.
Never change a winning team as they say, so the new album was recorded with Markus Stock once again, known for his productions with such bands as Empyrium, the Vision Bleak, Alcest, Secrets of the Moon, and countless more. As with all previous Marche Funèbre full-lengths, Brooke Shaden created another magical creation for the cover art.
“Einderlicht” will be released on CD through Hypnotic Dirge Records and Solitude Productions while vinyl will be released through The Vinyl Division with distribution through Hypnotic Dirge and Solitude Prod. Additionally, a bundle will be available through Hypnotic Dirge with a new shirt and other merch.
To celebrate the release, Marche Funèbre will be performing dual release shows on September 25 and 26. More details on the particulars of the available merchandise and shows will follow!
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Ov Shadows - I Djävulens Avbild
[Black Metal || Gothenberg, Sweden]
ALBUM COVER REVEAL SOON
Wills Dissolve - Echoes
[Progressive Death Metal || Houston, TX]
Marche Funèbre - Einderlicht
[Death/Doom Metal || Belgium]
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