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ALBUM RELEASE: Swampborn - Beyond Ratio

June 17, 2022
Today, we release the debut album of Russian Post-Black Metal band SWAMPBORN, entitled "Beyond Ratio".


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Combining assertive (post) black metal with a powerful and solid, at times almost death metal sound, its music comes as a massive flow of energy, consisting of a flurry of drums, multi-layered guitar canvases, piercing melodies and expressive vocals, rusty and ominous like an apocalyptic sermon.

While at the core the band's music is based on modern black metal, it uses many unexpected infusions, embodied through the use of additional instruments, such as keyboards, synths, brass, violin and cello, and even accordion. Being a concept work, "Beyond Ratio" is full of various mood changes and unconventional moves, such as post-industrial backgrounds and atmospheric breakdowns, which don't sound like from deathcore or modern metal, but rather like parts of twisted obscure metal structures.

The visual design of this release is also conceptional, filled with metaphysical hints and allusions. Illustrations for each track reflect and deepen their themes, while the cover and inner art reveal reflections on everyday and beyond, transient and eternal, passed through the prisms of micro- and macrocosm. Enigmatic titles of songs unfold the lyrical themes of "Beyond Ratio" - existential horror, decay of urban life and metaphysical death of the soul.

Endowed with all the features described above, Swampborn's music is able to penetrate into the most hidden depths of the human soul, exposing its bleeding wounds and cleansing it in the merciless flame of the Absolute.

"Beyond Ratio" is presented in a 4 panel digipack with an accompanying 16 page booklet. Additionally, we also have two separate shirts available designed by Yag Mort, as well as some larger bundles.

Unfortunately, while the shirts are already here, there has been a delay in the CD production, so we're expecting all orders of CD's and bundles to ship out in early July.

Despite the delay in the shipment of CD's, we hope you'll check out this album, as I genuinely believe it is something unique, intriguing, and worthy of your time. As we continue to wind down Hypnotic Dirge activity, this is likely to also be the last HDR album released while the label remains active in Canada. All good things must come to an end.

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PRE-ORDERS: Swampborn - Beyond Ratio

June 2, 2022
We are now taking pre-orders for the release of SWAMPBORN's debut album "Beyond Ratio"!!



You can find two tracks streaming from the album now to give yourself a taste of what the album brings. If you are intrigued by what you hear, we are offering the album presented in digipack format with an accompanying 16 page booklet, as well as two distinct shirt designs, and various bundle options. 

Combining assertive (post) black metal with a powerful and solid, at times almost death metal sound, its m...

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ALBUM RELEASE: Tishina - Uvod...

May 30, 2022
Our latest release is available today! TISHINA - for those who don't know - is the melodic death-doom project from Serbian-Canadian musician Branislav Panić - known for his work in the death/black metal band BANE.



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Unfortunately, the production of the CD's have been slightly delayed so CD orders are expected to ship out around mid-June.

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Tishina (Тишина) is best described as a Melodic Doom/Death Metal project which was initially born as a side-project to...

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SONG PREMIERE: Tishina - Jutro Poslednjeg Dana

May 20, 2022
No Clean Singing is hosting a premiere of the second single from the upcoming Tishina album "Uvod...", this time for the track "Jutro Poslednjeg Dana" (The Morning of the Last Day)

"The song creates a feeling of fiery splendor from the beginning, with big jolting grooves and a high-flying melody that darts and swirls, but shadows fall across the music when Panić‘s massive growl enters the fray. There’s still a darting and shining quality to the melody, but it begins to sound forlorn and b...

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ALBUM RELEASE: Norilsk - Beyond the Mountains

May 13, 2022
The new Norilsk EP "Beyond the Mountains" is now available to stream and download on Bandcamp, and as always, it is set as "name-your-price", so you can choose to donate as little or as much as you want, or even nothing at all! The album is also streaming on most major platforms (Spotify, iTunes, etc)



Besides that, in celebration of this release, all previous Norilsk albums and merch are 30% off until the end of May! Simply use the code NORILSK_DOOM upon checkout

Released on the tipping point a...

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ALBUM RELEASE: Notturno - Obsessions

April 29, 2022
"Obsessions" is the debut album of the newest project of multi-instrumentalist Vittorio Sabelli (Dawn of a Dark Age, Suici.De.Pression) called NOTTURNO. A melancholic trip into the obsessive compulsions that take shape within our lives, the psychological torment, and the scourge of madness that takes hold inside the ancient walls of the human psyche, peering around the dark corners within all of us.



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NOTTURNO develops its atmosphe...

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UPCOMING RELEASE: Norilsk - Beyond the Mountains

April 28, 2022
On May 13, Hypnotic Dirge Records will release a brand new doom-death offering from Norilsk, entitled Beyond the Mountains. Released on the tipping point at the end of the world, this new EP speaks to the fragile overlap between the nostalgic old world and a dark new chapter in history. It will include a brand new song, “Beyond the Horizon,” along with a cover of Officium Triste’s “Intro Officium Triste (Pt II / Mountains of Depressiveness.” The artwork by Timur Khabirov is a tribut...

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SONG PREMIERE: Swampborn - Sleepingstatic

April 27, 2022
Finally, after having mentioned Swampborn and its forthcoming album "Beyond Ratio" numerous times over the preceding months, the first taste of that record is now online for your delectation!

Presenting the track "Sleepingstatic", rich in texture, unique in its approach, and including many of the avantgarde flourishes that are found throughout the record. That said, do not consider this track to necessarily be representative of the album as a whole, as every track carries its own distinctive f...

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Russian Post-Black Metal band SWAMPBORN reveals “Beyond Ratio” album cover!

April 22, 2022
The release of "Beyond Ratio", the debut album of Russian band Swampborn draws ever closer! Combining assertive (post) black metal with a powerful and solid, at times almost death metal sound, its music comes as a massive flow of energy, consisting of a flurry of drums, multi-layered guitar canvases, piercing melodies and expressive vocals, rusty and ominous like an apocalyptic sermon.

Today, we are pleased to be sharing the "Beyond Ratio" album cover, illustrated by Yag Mort and further refin...

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PRE-ORDERS : Tishina - Uvod…

April 15, 2022
We are now taking pre-orders for the release of Tishina - Uvod… [Тишина - Увод…]




Founded by Serbian musician Branislav Panić (known best for the Blackened Death Metal band Bane), Tishina (Тишина) is a new project preparing to release its debut album Uvod... (Увод...) this spring.

Tishina (Тишина) is best described as a Melodic Doom/Death Metal project which was initially born as a side-project to explore slower, deeper and more emotional s...

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