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ALBUM RELEASE: Inherus - Beholden

May 26, 2023
Today marks the release of Inherus' debut album Beholden - a monumental album featuring members of Lotus Thief, Forlesen, Botanist, and Witch Kiss spanning 60 minutes, seamlessly drifting between progressive doom, psyche-rock, and black metal!

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Due to an unexpected artwork delay last month, we're still awaiting the arrival of the CD's from the plant, but we spoke to the plant a couple days ago and the CD's are expected to arrive late next week, so please note that any pre-orders or subsequent orders in the coming days won't be shipped for another 1-2 weeks. Keep an eye on your email as you'll receive a shipping notification as soon as your order is on its way.

Album notes:
Crossing the realms of post-metal and heavy rock, Beholden is a 6 track, 60-minute album, that mixes black metal, psyche-rock-influenced solos and doomy riffs with male and female clean & harsh vocals. The record spans genres without living in any singular one and yields both a united heartbreaking and feral sound. Beholden will be released on May 26th, 2023.

"The overall theme is the power of relationships and connectivity. Life challenges us but ultimately we have to know our own strength. Like the Stag Priestess depicted on the cover of the album, there is an otherworldly part of each of us that tames the fire of the unpredictable and approaches the world in spite of it with kindness. She can walk the forest in the dark. The songs call upon that desire."

Greeted by the album's opener Forgotten Kingdom, this heavy, groove-fueled track twists and turns through gloom, doom-filled paths. Powerful harsh vocals enhance the intensity while stunning clean vocal harmonies introduce an ethereal edge. Exploring dynamics of power in relationships, and how so often control is yielded to another at the expense of self, Inherus aptly portray their lyrical concepts through musical performance. Venturing on a dynamic journey through textural landscapes, Beholden leads to the dramatic finale Lie to the Angels. Stepping into progressive lands, intricate lead guitars, thundering percussion and non-standard time signatures feed into the chaotic and dark mood of the track. With demonic harsh emerging through the shadows, Lie to the Angels unleashes the outfit's ominous side. However, the track is not without glimpses into the light, as soaring clean harmonies, delicate drum hits and soft atmospheres deliver a tranquil contrast.

1 - Forgotten Kingdom (9:40)
2 - One More Fire (11:30)
3 - The Dagger (13:47)
4 - Oh Brother (9:52)
5 - Obliterated in the Face of Gods (2:14)
6 - Lie To The Angels (13:16)

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ALBUM PREMIERE: Inherus - Beholden

May 24, 2023
Surprise! 2 days ahead of the official release, Decibel Magazine is premiering the new Inherus album "Beholden" in full

"Inherus formed in that setting in 2018, uniting Brian Harrigan (Grid, Swallow the Ocean), Andrew Vogt (Lotus Thief, Swallow the Ocean), and Anthony Diblasi (ex-Witchkiss). Once Beth Gladding (Forlesen, Lotus Thief) joined the Inherus coven, the project found their missing piece. The result is a stunning debut of cathartic doom metal and dirge rock called Beholden. Today we...

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ALBUM COVER : Claret Ash - Worldtorn: Anemoia

May 23, 2023
The new EP from Australian Progressive Black Metal band Claret Ash will soon be released through Hypnotic Dirge! Late last year, Claret Ash returned with a new single Gateways, commencing a new series that will develop over the coming years, and now a few months later comes Anemoia.

WORLDTORN: Anemoia - the second installment in the "Worldtorn" series features two new songs displaying the band at the pinnacle of their sound, delivering atmospheric and menacing black metal with equal parts unfo...

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UPCOMING RELEASE: Claret Ash - Worldtorn: Anemoia

May 18, 2023
Five years have passed since the release of Australian progressive metal band Claret Ash's double album The Great Adjudication. Claret Ash ended 2022 with the release of the Gateways single, the first track unveiled from the new WORLDTORN series of releases to come. 

The WORLDTORN series is a continuation of the themes and imagery that have carried throughout previous Claret Ash albums, painting a vivid canvas of the collapse of society and the near-eradication of humanity. WORLDTORN is set to...

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UPCOMING RELEASE: Subterranean Disposition - Individuation

May 16, 2023
Seven long years on from their sophomore release, Subterranean Disposition returns in 2023 with a new full-length work, Individuation.

Building on previous releases, a self-titled debut in 2012 and Contagiuum and the Landscapes of Failure in 2016, this third outing sees Dan Nahum return to the drum throne, as well as the addition of Justin Min, a live member of the group since 2018, on Bass. With a powerful rhythm section behind Terry’s compositions, the new music continues the Doom lineage ...

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ALBUM COVER: Urbain - A Soul Purged

May 11, 2023
Presenting the album cover from the forthcoming Urbain debut album A Soul Purged

Born from the fallout of the Covid pandemic and the despair riddled streets of the Southwest side of Houston, comes Urbain, an offering of urban black metal pulled from the furthest reaches of metropolitan suffering.

Urbain is a collaboration of dark energy among its five members. Featuring members of Father Rust, Golgothan, Ovnev, and Wills Dissolve, they seek to both channel and humanize the darkness within the l...

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UPCOMING RELEASE: Urbain - A Soul Purged

May 1, 2023
Hypnotic Dirge is pleased to announce its upcoming collaboration with the new Texas-based urban Black Metal collective Urbain.

Born from the fallout of the Covid pandemic and the despair riddled streets of the Southwest side of Houston, comes Urbain, an offering of urban black metal pulled from the furthest reaches of metropolitan suffering.

Urbain is a collaboration of dark energy among its five members. Featuring members of Father Rust, Golgothan, Ovnev, and Wills Dissolve, they seek to both ...

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ALBUM RELEASE: Orphans of Dusk - Spleen

April 28, 2023
Today we are pleased to present the new album from Orphans of Dusk in all its gloomy glory!

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Album Notes:
It has been ten years since the band’s inception in 2013, and nine since their last offering on Hypnotic Dirge Records. In 2014, Orphans of Dusk released Revenant, a brilliant 4-song EP that conjured the grandeur of goth and death-doom blackest of the black.

Described as a talented successor to Type O Negative and Woods of Ypres...

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SONG PREMIERE: Inherus - Lie To The Angels

April 24, 2023
Today we premiere another track from the forthcoming Inherus album "Beholden", this time the closing track "Lie to the Angels" and my personal favourite on the record!

"Lie to the Angels is a song about betrayal in its basest form, how it affects identity. Its perception is a lifelong human struggle that we've amplified into larger than life lore. To "lie to the angels" means to betray not just in deed but in self. Facing that within and around ourselves is an experience no one likes to have, ...

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PRE-ORDERS: NONE - Inevitable

April 11, 2023
Pre-orders are now available for the new NONE album Inevitable, due for release on June 30, 2023!

Main Shop: CD | DLP
EU Shop: CD | DLP

The album is available as a DLP Gatefold in three colour variants - "Ashen Sleep", "Redcedar Coffin", and classic black, limited to 1000 copies in total for the first pressing. You can also order the standard Digipack CD edition. The CD will be available and shipping upon the June 30 release date and DLP's will start shipping in late August / early Septem...

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