ALBUM RELEASE: Kassad - London Orbital

January 10, 2020
///emergency broadcast///
London Orbital has commenced. Citizens are advised to seek immediate shelter.

Physical copies are in stock and shipping now, as well as a limited white “London Orbital” shirt, and two bundle options including a Kassad sticker, photography from Brutal Colours, and Kassad’s 2017 album “Faces Turn Away” If you prefer digital, “London Orbital” is now available as a Name-your-price digital download on Bandcamp, and is also streaming on Youtube, Spotify, and other platforms.

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Album notes:
Combining abrasive and gritty black metal with hallucinatory ambience and spiralling postrock intricacy, Kassad’s name is synonymous with misery, futility, and madness of modern urban life.

"London Orbital", the new album, centers around modern urban living and looks to a near future of megacities where the city itself is a personified, malevolent being where human empathy and culture have been replaced by artificial intelligence. The artist adds: "I wanted to create music for an imagined, future London - one where the city’s monoliths of glass and concrete have come alive to assert their malevolent control over the millions of people that live and toil amongst them. Workers travel in the vast shadows of these buildings, in the tunnels and transport systems that snake below or in the briefest snatches of sun that are yet to be blacked out. If you tilt your head and look at the city just right, you can already see the light starting to turn to darkness."

1 - The Boundary (7:27)
2 - The Concrete (5:26)
3 - The Hope (8:14)
4 - The Hopeless (8:54)
5 - The Hollow (8:42)

Total: 38:46


"Deliciously cold, delectably dark, divinely twisted, this is an album of bleak blackness that haunts the memory long after it has ended."
-Games, Brrraaains, and a Head-banging Life

"The bleak darkness that radiates from London Orbital is one that fully submerses you. It’s not a happy album, and nor does it need to be. Instead, it fuels a sense of longing and misery that feels unnerving and still somehow, enjoyable. Kassad have found their niche with ‘urban black metal,’ and it offers the listener a glimpse into unflinching sorrow."
-Dead Rhetoric

"There’s an anguished, hopeless feeling that suffuses this album. The music reeks of despair and urban misery, a gloom that permeates every part of each of the songs."
-Wonderbox Metal

"London Orbital is fantastic album. It’s enjoyable and immersive, a modern take on Black Metal and has sprung from living in a city."
-Musipedia of Metal

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"The Boundary" Video Clip

"The Concrete" Video Clip:


VIDEO PREMIERE: Kassad - The Concrete

December 16, 2019
Kassad's new video clip for the track "The Concrete" is now streaming on our Youtube channel. 

Shot by: Brutal Colours

"The Concrete" is taken from the upcoming Kassad album "London Orbital" which is now available for pre-order on our official shop and on bandcamp.

empathy dies

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PRE-ORDER: Kassad - London Orbital

December 16, 2019
Hypnotic Dirge is pleased to launch pre-orders for our first release of 2020. As we enter a new decade, no album release could better encapsulate the disconnection, disassociation, and perpetual anxiety that defines the modern world. “London Orbital” is the soundtrack of urban decay, monolithic megacities, and the mass surveillance that seems to be a foregone conclusion despite the public’s unease.

In addition to the “London Orbital” CD - presented in an eco-pack with an accompanying...

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UPCOMING ALBUM: Kassad - London Orbital

November 23, 2019
Hypnotic Dirge Records will be releasing the new album from Kassad on January 10, 2020. Today, we are pleased to reveal the album cover and tracklist from the album!

1 - The Boundary (7:27)
2 - The Concrete (5:26)
3 - The Hope (8:14)
4 - The Hopeless (8:54)
5 - The Hollow (8:42)

Total: 38:46

Kassad conveys an all-encompassing sense of existential terror and claustrophobic anxiety that hits you and builds to a crescendo before everything descends into dread and finally nothingness. The misery, futili...

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VIDEO PREMIERE: Kassad - The Boundary

June 25, 2019
Kassad's new track "The Boundary" from their forthcoming (as-of-yet untitled) second full-length album now has an accompanying video, premiering now on Invisible Oranges!!

"We may marvel at our own ingenuity — skyscrapers edging toward kilometer (and even mile) heights, 16-lane highways feeding monstrous steel and glass jungles of capitalism, legions of city workers working 24/7 to maintain the whole system — but in doing so, we also forget one crucial thing: this is all at a cost. Not a f...

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Kassad - Faces Turn Away is #2 on an Invisible Oranges year-end list

December 20, 2017
It is the time of year-end lists and we will be sharing some lists that include HDR releases.
Andrew Rothmund - a writer for Invisible Oranges has posted his list and Kassad's "Faces Turn Away" album is #2 on his list.

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Here is what he wrote about the album:
"This album makes me think of how the city chokes people to death; urbanity can be killer. Faces Turn Away is claustrophobic like being stuck in a mega crowd, mechanical like the churn of traffic and pedestrians and various city-...

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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 y...

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SONG PREMIERE: Kassad - "Broken"

June 19, 2017
Transcending Obscurity is now streaming the track "Broken" from the upcoming Kassad album "Faces Turn Away" - available July 6 in a 4 panel sleeve / 8 page booklet (same materials as the recent netra release)


"Rather than going for the second wave chill or the atmospheric nature oriented variants of black metal, this project reflects the grime and grit of the modern city. This is achieved through an almost industrial feel to the drum work and a warlike cadence during the faster...

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PRE-ORDER: Kassad - Faces Turn Away

June 15, 2017

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

Option 1: Faces Turn Away Combo Pack: $C30 + shipping
-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
Printed on "Tultex" shirts, available ...

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UPCOMING RELEASE: Kassad - Faces Turn Away | SONG PREMIERE: "Void"

May 12, 2017
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 citi...

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