KULTIKA – CAPRICORN WOLVES
Long-awaited and highly-anticipated second full-length album by KULTIKA, one of the first Romanian Post Metal bands. Musically speaking, KULTIKA‘s horizon broadened into long instrumental passages, experimenting with a 70’s progressive and psychedelic infusion into the band’s classic roots of Post / Sludge / Black Metal, gathering in the end a strange and hermetic mix-up that has its own style.
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AKRAL NECROSIS – THE GREATER ABSENCE
The new album by the Romanian black metal band Akral Necrosis, their third overall and their first full-length in four years, is a narrative of more than an hour in length. Entitled The Greater Absence, it follows an ambitious, ignorant protagonist in his pathetic yet hazardous quest “to reveal the mysteries of the unseen and the afterlife”. Certain parts of the exposition were inspired by Ingmar Bergman’s 1968 legendary film Vargtimmen (“Hour of the Wolf”), and it further includes a guest appearance by the young Romanian poet David Topala, with an unpublished poem that is reproduced in fragments on three of the album’s tracks.
Listen online: https://loudragemusic.bandcamp.com/album/akral-necrosis-the-greater-absence
ORDINUL NEGRU – NEBUISA
New EP from one of the most important Romanian Black Metal bands, Nebuisa features 4 long tracks of unconventional and intricate Black Metal; inventive songwriting and superior musicianship collide towards a multi-faceted type of Black Metal Ordinul Negru used its followers with
Listen online: https://loudragemusic.bandcamp.com/album/ordinul-negru-nebuisa
THE WAKE – BORN IN 84, DIED IN THE 84TH YEAR
New EP from this mysterious International project featuring members from Night in Gales and Protest Urban, this time with a special guest for female vocals.
Listen online: https://loudragemusic.bandcamp.com/album/the-wake-born-in-84-died-in-the-84th-year
PARAGON ZERO – OMASS
OMASS is a more complex yet more solid effort compared to the band’s debut EP. It contains 4 tracks in 21 minutes with material written between 2012 and 2015.
All the songs are connected to Death in certain ways: Phosphorous Blaze is about a passed Hungarian practice, Remnants deals with the relation between nature and man, Greatest of All Shadows is crafted of an apocalyptic vision, The Grey Feast praises the Bacchian cult of Autumn.
Each piece is accompanied by a separate artwork, drawn by the Greek/German artist ikosidio, just as the front cover.
Listen online: https://pestrecords.bandcamp.com/album/paragon-zero-omass
PHOBOS MONOLITH – WHEN THE LIGHT WILL FADE
Phobos Monolith is a Cosmic Melodic Death Metal band that was started in 2018 by guitarist and primary song writer Pedro Vela in the Mexican border city of Nuevo Laredo, Tamulipas. Together with Victor Tellez and Willy Tovar on drums and lead guitar respectively, they pieced together a live band that draws influences from 90’s era melodic death doom metal. With the recruitment of Eliseo Lara on bass and vocal duty the lineup became a complete unit.
Phobos Monolith combines all of the vast musical elements that are reminiscent of bands such as Amorphis, Tiamat, Katatonia, Anathema, Edge of Sanity, Paradise Lost and many more, while the lyrical themes explore the natural phenomena of space-time and the multiverse through a collection of existentialist introspection.
Listen online: https://pestrecords.bandcamp.com/album/phobos-monolith-when-the-light-will-fade
VÁTHOS – UNDERWATER
Váthos started in the fall of 2017, based in Bucharest. The evolution period of their style with elements from atmospheric post black, melodic death metal with a diverse influence of sub-genres from the extreme side of music, resulting in a mixture of melody and aggression as they start to define their own sound in such a short time span. Music which caches the listener’s attention in the underground scene following by two years of concerns under their belt, in Romania.
The 8 tracks material was recorded at Studio148 (facebook.com/148studio) with Marius Costache.
COMMAND THE MACHYNE – COMMAND THE MACHYNE
Ex-Destillery vocalist Florian Reimann returns after a 15 years long hiatus with Command The Machyne.
Back in 2017 – after a 15 year hiatus – ex-Destillery golden throat Florian Reimann clashed together with the mighty Sasch Machyne (Saintsbleed, ex-Steelshock, Highway Killer), and together they found an unbelievable chemistry, both had the same passion and attitude.
Soon they teamed up with Highway Killer axeman Reaper Ulrich & Americayne‘s Vince Icopro on bass & drums and finally started the era of COMMAND THE MACHYNE!
Listen online: https://pestrecords.bandcamp.com/album/command-the-machyne-command-the-machyne
KATHAROS XIII – PALINDROME
KATHAROS XIII‘s third opus, Palindrome, is made of five long tracks that shifted from the traditional Depressive Black Metal into a more eclectic art form of expression with Dark Doom Metal and Post-Jazz elements, a certain evolution into a more personal unearthly ambiance that represent a new path in the journey that this band embarked more than twelve years ago. The same paranoia and weirdness but with different tools this time.
Listen online: https://loudragemusic.bandcamp.com/album/katharos-xiii-palindrome-2