Hypnotic Dirge Records is an independent non-profit record label and webshop based in Saskatoon, Canada. Our intention and raison d'être is to release quality expressive and eclectic art through aural manifestations. [Manifesto]

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Hypnotic Dirge Records releases are available on Bandcamp for streaming and download for free / by-donation.
You can also download our full digital discography (65+ albums) for $25.00 CDN.
Our philosophy is rooted in the principle of open-source media and unlimited access!
We depend on the community for support to fund future releases and believe in the efficacy of this model!


Hypnotic Dirge Records' full catalog is also on Discogs for those who like to browse and buy records on there!
We have over 1000 albums in the catalog including around 250 albums at a discounted rate.
Some albums with extremely low stock are only on Discogs.


Recent Hypnotic Dirge Releases
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KVAL - KVAL
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KASSAD - FACES TURN AWAY
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MAVRADOXA - LETHEAN LAMENT
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VIN DE MIA TRIX - PALIMPSESTS 
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Upcoming Hypnotic Dirge Releases

AH CILIZ / CHIRAL - ORIGINS
RELEASE DATE: NOVEMBER 6, 2017
CO-RELEASE WITH THROATS PRODUCTIONS
SONG PREMIERES COMING SOON...

ODRADEK ROOM - A MAN OF SILT
RELEASE DATE: OCTOBER 12, 2017
CO-RELEASED WITH BADMOODMAN MUSIC
SONG PREMIERE ON NO CLEAN SINGING



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KVAL - KVAL
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KASSAD - FACES TURN AWAY [TEASER VIDEO]

MAVRADOXA -
LETHEAN LAMENT
[TEASER VIDEO]

VIN DE MIA TRIX - 
PALIMPSESTS
[TEASER VIDEO]



Latest Webshop Additions

September 15, 2017
New arrivals from Doom-metal.com, Season of Mist, Dusktone
Crooked Mouth | A Lake of Ghosts | Thy Catafalque | Ghost Brigade | Shape of Despair | Skuggsjá  | Inquisition | Numenorean | Sólstafir | Enslaved | Deathspell Omega | Imperium Dekadenz | Svartelder | Cwealms | Until Death Overtakes Me | Cold Body Radiation | Anamnesi | Neige et Noirceur
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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 Facebook | Vin 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:
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 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

Black Tremor | Sea Witch | Sunmask Records

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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