BR009 BLACK EARTH
All songs on «Black Earth» result from a meticulous song-writing process developed over the last two years with the aim of building a sound landscape that reflects the album title, and where the lyrical themes are directly related to the presence and function of men in the planet and, particularly man himself. «Black Earth» builds upon five intense tracks, more scorching than anything Process of Guilt have ever done before. Steadily moving through dynamic rhythm changes, the band explores a more diverse vocal approach, mantra-like grooves, a crushing rhythm session, an everlasting love for feedback and more huge riffs than you can ask for in under 45 minutes.
BR008 THE ORPHIC
«The Orphic», an impressive EP designed by WELLS VALLEY that represent another step forward in their avantgardesludgedoompsychedelic Metal. The Orphic is available only in a glorious vinyl edition presenting 2 original songs + Pink Floyd's version "Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun". Coreleased together with Chaosphere Records and Raging Planet.
Our favorite black sludgechaoticdoom extremists are back! Based upon Antigone's epic tragedy, «CREON» represents a giant leap in the ever evolving musical expression of RORCAL! Recorded by Steph Kroug and mixed in Sweden by Daniel Bergstrand, «CREON» will be available in Portugal exclusively through Bleak Recordings, in both vinyl and CD limited deluxe editions, so expect nothing more than an astonishing and elegant design to go along with this soon to be masterpiece.
BR006 MATTER AS REGENT
WELLS VALLEY's «Matter as Regent» comprehends forty minutes long, 6-track album is an incredibly unpredictable and evocative release, blending the monolithic heaviness of sludge/doom with the intricacies and atmosphere of dark post-metal. The trio have crafted an organic, intriguing and crushingly heavy sound that falls somewhere between the suffocating atmospherics of Neurosis and Cult of Luna and the complexities of Voivod and Ved Buens Ende. The theme of the union of matter with transcendence and the overall genesis of the universe matches the album's dark and disturbing sound, making «Matter as Regent» even more of an intriguing listen.
After a first premonitory meeting at the first edition of Amplifest, PROCESSOFGUILT and RORCAL will finally join forces to present their most recent collaboration. PROCESSOFGUILT ’s side is comprised of one theme “Liar” divided under 3 movements (I, II e III), featuring the astonishing contribution of Kernal (the drone/noise/ambient project of RORCAL ’s guitar player JP). This almost 18 minutes of new music shows PROCESSOFGUILT evolving once again, capturing the organic and industrial vibes already present in FÆMIN and developing them further into the building of an hypnotic beast of mammoth proportions. RORCAL’s contribution to this 12” split sees them going further into their own brand of down-tuned black metal deeply rooted in an attitude still related with the doom and sludge that paved their origins. Few bands out there are able to combine such density and brutality in a non linear way as RORCAL.
Világvége, Armageddon, Fin du Monde, Weltuntergang, Apocalypse, Ragnarök... No matter the language or origin, the “end of the world” has always been a huge theme of discussion and discord among men since humanity was born. After llustrating the decadence of a Roman Emperor with «Heliogabalus» in 2010, Swiss masters of the obscure RORCAL are back with a third album whose guideline just appeared to be obvious. Like its source of inspiration, the music has no boundaries and «Vilagvege» is here to prove it once and for all. When doom turns into black, you can’t expect anything but chaos: 8 tracks straight to the point, nervous and furious like never before. Bone shatteringly heavy from the get go and with a ferocious attitude that doesn’t let up, this is a truly uncompromising listen with frantic intensity combined with a doomy magnitude
BR003 VICIOUS CONSOLATION/VIRTUOUS TOTALITY
Exploring the embodiment of seven vices and its seven opposite virtues as representative facets of Man, «Vicious Consolation / Virtuous Totality» includes 18 micro-discharges of a grindcore, crust and sludge hybrid, powerful enough to leave any extreme music lover with their jaw dropped. Sounding like Nasum playing Entombed covers in Iron Monkey’s rehearsal space, but with its own identity already developed over the past six years, UTOPIUM are much more than the simple sum of its influences. And they don’t even need half an hour to prove they have more than enough capacity to affirm themselves, once and for all, as one of the most explosive and compelling proposals out of the extreme underground of the XXI century.
Mixed by Andrew Schneider (at Translator Audio Studios in New York) and mastered by Collin Jordan (at The Boiler Room in Chicago), «FÆMIN» builds upon 5 concise tracks, shorter for the band standards, but overall more intense and scorching than anything they’ve done before. Steadily moving through dynamic rhythm changes, the band explores a more diverse vocal approach, mantra-like grooves, a crushing rhythm session, an everlasting love for feedback and more huge riffs than you can ask for in under 45 minutes. With «FÆMIN», PROCESSOFGUILT paint desolate sonic landscapes and dig their own place in the scene even deeper.
BR001 THE CIRCLE
«The Circle» presents five reinterpretations of the closing song on PROCESSOFGUILT's highly acclaimed sophomore album «Erosion». Bringing together the creative minds of Sanford Parker (of Minsk, Buried At Sea, Twilight, Circle Of Animals, The High Confessions and overall producer extraordinaire), Echoes Of Yul (the Polish creators of one of the most interesting ambient/industrial debuts in recent years), DJ Mofo (of Portuguese best kept secret Bizarra Locomotiva), Bosque (one of the leading forces of bleak drone/doom/black art) and Sons Of Bronson (featuring members of Spanish sludge masters Lords Of Bukkake), «The Circle» offers a deconstructive circle through an erosive world of calm versus chaos. Besides the five remixes, this abstract descent begins with a new prespective on Erosion's closing track, now (re)mastered – as all the other tracks – by the well known James Plotkin (of OLD, Khanate fame).