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    Eonian (Bone & Black Swirl Vinyl)

    Eerie shadows are lurking in the dark corners of spring 2018; the spirit that denies, a force able to distort our conception of space and time. Over seven years, deathlike silence has filled the halls of the world's biggest black metal forge, DIMMU BORGIR, whilst powers have been gathering to resurrect the band right in time for their 25th anniversary. Now they finally mark their return with a vicious work of art that can be defined as timeless in the truest sense of the word: »Eonian«.


    Conceived in the heart of the Norwegian black metal scene in 1993, DIMMU BORGIR quickly broke free from the boundaries of the genre, daring to combine a traditional raven black sound with opulent symphonic orchestration. Soon they turned into pioneers of their field, forging groundbreaking albums such as »Enthrone Darkness Triumphant« (1997), »Spiritual Black Dimensions« (1999), or »Death Cult Armageddon« (2003), invading the entire world with headline tours and eventually turning into the most influential act of their genre after nine full-length studio releases. Seven years have passed since their latest manifesto »Abrahadabra«, they are now returning to rip apart the space-time continuum with »Eonian«.


    From a musical point of view, the band explores their boundaries in every direction with this new record, with the black metal parts even rougher and darker than before, and the epic, orchestral moments pushed to their ultimate limits. This time DIMMU BORGIR were aiming for a more organic sound for their devilish offerings, and reached out to Jens Bogren, who engineered the 10 new tracks inside his Fascination Street studios. The cover artwork was designed in fascinating detail by Zbigniew M. Bielak.


    The songwriting core of DIMMU BORGIR furthermore consists of charismatic vocalist Shagrath, as well as the string wizards Silenoz and Galder, but other familiar faces also emerge from the darkness: Drummer Daray and keyboarder Gerlioz are still part of the team, and Gaute Storaas helped with the choral arrangements for the majestic voices of the Schola Cantrum Choir.


    The lyrical theme of the Norwegians' tenth studio work follows a philosophical concept, dealing with the illusion of time and Luciferian codes:


    "Time, when not approaching it from the construct we're used to can't be defined and thus it is illusory", explains axemaster Silenoz. "There's only an 'eternal now', which the album title is already hinting at. When we travel between the worlds seen and unseen, the perception of time ceases to exist, it has no function. Our energy is our torch and our compass when we make rifts and pierce through our the veil - when we go beyond." Silenoz refuses to grant more information than that, hence why DIMMU BORGIR's albums have always been open for interpretation and felt somewhat like a dark room in which every listener believes to see something different in front of their light seeking eyes.


    "»Eonian« represents the illusion of time, everything that is and always has been. For us, it also marks the 25th anniversary of DIMMU BORGIR and the album itself is a tribute to our own history and the Norwegian black metal history", adds Shagrath.


    Since their debut album »For All Tid« from 1994, DIMMU BORGIR have always released their epic new works in regular intervals, but this time around, the Norwegians couldn't tame the beast of their creativity that quickly, and therefore they took the time it needed to slowly weave their collective ideas into these nine new tracks:


    "Some of the songs on this album were written in 2012. All of us have our own pre-production studios and just write separately, without too much communication at first. Over a time period of one or two years we collect our ideas and then get together and try to get the best out of the material", says Shagrath. "Sometimes this can be quite challenging, because we have different tastes and opinions - but that makes it also more interesting for the listener, since we want to create music that makes you feel as if you don't know what's behind the next corner."


    Silenoz agrees: "The main challenge is to hold back the beast. You're so into what you're doing that sometimes it's easy to forget that you have to approach the beast without waking it up right away, because you know you won't be able to control it. It's actually pointless to trick yourself to believe you can ever control art... It's like going into a lion's den with a rope tied around your waist in case you need to be pulled out real quick. Being our own producers also mean we have to step out of our own egos and look at our material from an 'outside' perspective. This is another challenging part of the songwriting process because you put so much of yourself into it - and then to start shaving off things, trim things down instead of adding - is a tough process. Letting go can sometimes be really hard but when we step out of ourselves and look into the mouth of the beast, only then we're able to distinguish what to feed it next."


    Thus, both classic black metal invasions such as 'Lightbringer', but also highly symphonic charged anthems like 'Interdimensional Summit' gather on »Eonian«, with one of the band's personal favourites being the experimental, folkloristic 'Council of Wolves And Snakes'. Risking a look far beyond the horizon, this song proves that the band follows 'no formula, no absolute', as Silenoz vows, and shows that the path sometimes guides them to places they would have never expected to end up when they started their journey.


    On the previous album, »Abrahadabra«, the Norwegians irritated some militant black metal elitists by appearing in opulent white / gray costumes. And although they chose a different appearance for »Eonian«, DIMMU BORGIR always keep new surprises in store:


    "We're definitely a band that does not follow any set of 'rules', if any; we're out to break them - for sure. Not that it's a goal per se, it's just who we are. We knew the white/grey look would raise a few eyebrows but whatever we do, or not do, we'll end up raising eyebrows", Silenoz states and Shagrath adds: "The album feels like a rebirth, but also like a logical continuation. Our music comes naturally. We're not sitting down in a circle, thinking about what we could do next - it has to come with a flow and with whatever is in your mind at that time, it needs to be spontaneous and is exactly what we could do at that time. Each one of our releases was linked to a certain time period of our life."


    After having released the live DVD »Forces Of The Northern Night« in spring 2017 which provided a monumental overview of the shows that DIMMU BORGIR had performed with a big orchestra and choir, the time is over in which fans needed to watch the band members on screen - hence now they are ready to storm the stages of the world again. The first headline slots at Europe's major festivals, such as Wacken and Hellfest, have already been confirmed, and further live plans are currently being forged for the second half of this year. The Lightbringers are back - and they've come to split apart the heavens:


    "We obviously rely on our fans, if a band says they don't care - they're lying. We're definitely ready to work hard to convince the 'doubters', the 'dwellers ready to strike', that what we have to offer is still very much valid. A new generation of fans and listeners who come from a different 'time' than we do are out there now, not shy to let artists hear it! And we're not shy to let them hear what we've been up to!"

    1. The Unveiling
    2. Interdimensional Summit
    3. Ætheric
    4. Council of Wolves and Snakes
    5. The Empyrean Phoenix
    6. Lightbringer
    7. I Am Sovereign
    8. Archaic Correspondence
    9. Alpha Aeon Omega
    10. Rite of Passage
    Dimmu Borgir
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    Codex Omega

    Primordial, menacing and majestic; SEPTICFLESH - the gods of orchestral extreme metal - return with their new album, Codex Omega, set for release via Prosthetic Records.

    Codex Omega was produced by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Dimmu Borgir) and features 10 tracks of their trademark blend of mystical atmosphere, relentless death guitar riffing and pale melodies. Lyrically and musically, Codex Omega is by far the most infernal release from SEPTICFLESH to date.

    1. Dante's Inferno
    2. 3rd Testament (Codex Omega)
    3. Portrait of a Headless Man
    4. Martyr
    5. Enemy of Truth
    6. Dark Art
    7. Our Church, Below the Sea
    8. Faceless Queen
    9. The Gospels of Fear
    10. Trinity
    Septicflesh
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    Hegemony

    SAMAEL have returned, with heavy ammunition wallowing to the darkest fronts. Industrial Black Metal armed with wind sections passes through shivering synthesizers. The stomping bass loses its sense of decency and no grain of dust remains still. On point and frighteningly brutal, fiery whirlwinds of hypnotic hammering riff forces overlay gruesomely gurgling vocals driving you over the edge. Thirty years of the band's history flows into their brilliant eleventh record Hegemony, combining everything that SAMAEL have learned the hard way spanning the decades of their decadence. A colourless bouquet from the withered flowers of BEHEMOTH and DIMMU BORGIR, not for the faint-hearted!
    LP 1
    1. Hegemony
    2. Samael
    3. Angel of Wrath
    4. Rite of Renewal
    5. Red Planet
    6. Black Supremacy
    7. Murder or Suicide


    LP 2
    1. This World
    2. Against All Enemies
    3. Land of the Living
    4. Dictate of Transparency
    5. Helter Skelter
    6. Storm of Fire (Bonus Track)

    Samael
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  • To Drink From The Night Itself (Red Vinyl) To Drink From The Night Itself (Red Vinyl) Quick View

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    To Drink From The Night Itself (Red Vinyl)

    Pressed On 180-Gram Red Colored Vinyl


    Housed In A Gatefold Jacket


    The pioneers of the Gothenburg-style melodic death metal return with their follow-up album to 2014's acclaimed comeback release At War With Reality. Produced by Russ Russell (Napalm Death, Dimmu Borgir, The Haunted) and packaged in striking conceptual artwork by Costin Chioreanu (Arch Enemy, Grave, Primordial), who already illustrated At War With Reality, the new album is entitled To Drink From The Night Itself and showcases AT THE GATES in purest and finest form. The much-anticipated release does not only stress and further explore the group's outstanding trademark style but also provides a highly versatile and atmospheric soundtrack across its 12 tracks.

    1. Der Widerstand
    2. To Drink From The Night Itself
    3. A Stare Bound In Stone
    4. Palace Of Lepers
    5. Daggers Of Black Haze
    6. The Chasm
    7. In Nameless Sleep
    8. The Colours Of The Beast
    9. A Labyrinth Of Tombs
    10. Seas Of Starvation
    11. In Death They Shall Burn
    12. The Mirror Black
    At The Gates
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    To Drink From The Night Itself

    Pressed On 180-Gram Vinyl


    Housed In A Gatefold Jacket


    The pioneers of the Gothenburg-style melodic death metal return with their follow-up album to 2014's acclaimed comeback release At War With Reality. Produced by Russ Russell (Napalm Death, Dimmu Borgir, The Haunted) and packaged in striking conceptual artwork by Costin Chioreanu (Arch Enemy, Grave, Primordial), who already illustrated At War With Reality, the new album is entitled To Drink From The Night Itself and showcases AT THE GATES in purest and finest form. The much-anticipated release does not only stress and further explore the group's outstanding trademark style but also provides a highly versatile and atmospheric soundtrack across its 12 tracks.

    1. Der Widerstand
    2. To Drink From The Night Itself
    3. A Stare Bound In Stone
    4. Palace Of Lepers
    5. Daggers Of Black Haze
    6. The Chasm
    7. In Nameless Sleep
    8. The Colours Of The Beast
    9. A Labyrinth Of Tombs
    10. Seas Of Starvation
    11. In Death They Shall Burn
    12. The Mirror Black
    At The Gates
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    Quintessence

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    With their debut, self-titled album, the band began as a melodic Viking/Black metal outfit, but with The Olden Domain and all subsequent albums the band evolved into a more progressive Viking-themed metal act.
    Recorded at The Abyss Studios in January 2000, and mixed by Peter TÄgtgren. According to interviews, this album was meant to be a strictly straight-forward black metal album, as shown on the production quality and the fact that ICS Vortex's vocals are more of the traditional black metal screams and growls, with less clean singing. This album marks bassist Kai K Lie's departure from the band, with vocalist ICS Vortex taking over bass duties. It also marks the departure of keyboardist Ivar Bjørnson (being replaced with Lars A. Nedland) and drummer Grim (being replaced with Asgeir Mickelson), who incidentally committed suicide a few months before the album's release. This would also be Vortex's last album as vocalist of Borknagar before quitting the band to join Dimmu Borgir (reportedly due to an ultimatum on Øystein Brun's part).

    Side A:


    1. Rivalry Of Phantoms
    2. The Presence Is Ominous
    3. The Ruins Of Future
    4. Colossus
    5. Inner Landscape


    Side B:


    6. Invincible
    7. Icon Dreams
    8. Genesis Torn
    9. Embers
    10. Revolt

    Borknagar
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    Vanitas (Discontinued)

    Brand new album from Birmingham's Anaal Nathrakh


    Extensive print & internet advertising. Features in Metal Hammer, Terrorizer, Rocksound, etc Anaal Nathrakh was created for one purpose - to be the soundtrack for Armageddon, the audial essence of evil, hatred and violence, the true spirit of necro taken to its musical extremes.


    Since being founded in 1998, the band has gained a reputation for embodying precisely these things, with a history including not only the release of seven albums and an EP to rapturous acclaim, but collaborations with such legendary figures as Attila Csihar (Mayhem), Shane Embury and Danny Herrera (Napalm Death), Nick Barker (Testament, Dimmu Borgir), Joe Horvath (Circle of Dead Children), Sethlans Teitan (Watain) and so on.


    This, alongside appearing on BBC Radio 1 at the personal behest of sadly missed icon John Peel, headlining a stage at the renowned cult Inferno Festival in Norway as their debut international live appearance, countless placings in best album of the year polls and album of the month awards in the press and cover appearances on leading magazines such as Terrorizer.


    Anaal Nathrakhs status as one of the leading lights in extreme metal is undeniable.

    Side A

    1. The Blood-Dimmed Tide

    2. Forging Towards The Sunset

    3. To Spite The Face

    4. Todos Somos Humanos

    5. In Coelo Quies, Tout Finis Ici Bas


    Side B

    6. You Can't Save Me, So Stop Fucking Trying

    7. Make Glorious The Embrace Of Saturn

    8. Feeding The Beast

    9. Of Fire, And Fucking Pigs

    10. A Metaphor For The Dead

    Anaal Nathrakh
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    Passion (Discontinued)

    STUNNING 180 GRAM CLEAR VINYL LP VERSION OF THE NEW ANAAL NATHRAKH ALBUM


    Anaal Nathrakh was created for one purpose - to be the soundtrack for armageddon, the audial essence of evil, hatred and violence, the true spirit of necro taken to its musical extremes. Since being founded in 1999, the band has gained a reputation for embodying precisely these things, with a history including not only the release of five albums and an EP to rapturous acclaim, but collaborations with such legendary figures as Attila Csihar (Mayhem), Shane Embury and Danny Herrera (Napalm Death), Nick Barker (Testament, Dimmu Borgir), Joe Horvath (Circle of Dead Children), Sethlans Teitan (Watain) and so on. This, alongside appearing on BBC Radio 1 at the personal behest of sadly missed icon John Peel, headlining a stage at the renowned cult Inferno Festival in Norway as their debut international live appearance, countless placings in best album of the year polls and album of the month awards in the press and cover appearances on leading magazines such as Terrorizer Anaal Nathrakhs status as one of the leading lights in extreme metal is undeniable. Hallmarked by breathtaking musical ferocity, inventiveness and breadth, married with a mercurial, intensely misanthropic and sharp intelligence, Anaal Nathrakhs sound is imbued with a palpable sense of menace that is virtually unmatched in metal. For 2011, the band present the digested and re-vomited results of an 18-month journey through slings, arrows and outrageous misfortune. Intended in the most scourging sense of the word, Passion is an encoded vision of agony; desolation taken as the inspiration for incalculable rage. This is only abetted by contributions of twisted misanthropy from Rainer Landfermann (Pavor, Bethlehem), Alan Dubin (Khanate, Gnaw etc) and the utter blackness of Gnaw Their Tongues. Glorying in their Pyrrhic epiphanies, Anaal Nathrakh have developed a deeper understanding of horror and Passion is the focused, distilled and above all bleakly triumphant result. Passion will be released in Europe on the 23rd of May through Candlelight Records

    1. Volenti Non Fit Iniuria

    2. Drug-Fucking Abomination
    3. Post Traumatic Stress Euphoria
    4. Le Diabolique Est L'ami Du Simple
    5. Locus Of Damnation
    6. Tod Huetet Uebel
    7. Paragon Pariah
    8. Who Thinks Of The Executioner
    9. Ashes Screaming Silence
    10. Portrait Of The Artist
    Anaal Nathrakh
    $29.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Aspera Hiems Symfonia (Out Of Stock) Aspera Hiems Symfonia (Out Of Stock) Quick View

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    Aspera Hiems Symfonia (Out Of Stock)


    • 180 Gram Blue Vinyl


    • 1000 Only Limited Edition


    Aspera Hiems Symfonia is the debut studio album by Norwegian avant-garde metal band Arcturus


    Arcturus was one of the first Norwegian black metal bands to incorporate a large dose of symphonic keyboards to their music, leaving behind the rawness and brutality of their contemporaries at an early stage of their career (there are four re-recorded songs from 1994's Constellation EP in here). In fact, their approach to the newly-born (by that date) symphonic black metal sound is less aggressive and more melodic than the one of Emperor, Dimmu Borgir, Limbonic Art and similar bands, having some similarities with atmospheric black metal instead.


    The music is mostly mid-paced, with blast-beats only being present briefly on the first track. The keyboards are at the forefront of the music, using symphonic arrangements and/or atmospheric effects. The guitar work is varied enough, playing melodic lines along with the keyboard ones, sometimes being more of a rhythmic instrument, playing either mid-tempo riffs or tremolo-picked ones, and with many songs featuring neoclassical-influenced guitar leads and blistering solos (like the ones on 'To Thou Who Dwellest in the Night' or 'Fall of Man'), where the guitars have their moments to shine.


    The drumming is technical and precise, and even though the rhythms are quite basic, Hellhammer spices them up with his characteristic use of cymbals and double bass (to prevent the songs from sounding plodding and slow). Garm hadn't quite developed his charismatic baritone vocal style, and for most of the time in here, he goes for full-on harsh vocals. Actually, his best harsh vocal performance ever is on this record, surpassing (by little) even the one on Ulver's Nattens Madrigal. His screams sound passionate yet spiteful and angry, like the one on 'Raudt og svart', or the THROUGH THE WOOOOOAAAAADDDSSSSS!!!!!!!!!! section of 'Wintry Grey', to name a few. Nevertheless, his clean vocals are still present, but on choral, spoken or whispered sections, and doesn't sound as strong as the ones of posterior works.


    Other feature of the record that makes it different from its contemporaries is the progressive approach to songwriting, something that can be evidenced in the frequent time signature shifts and the frequent changes in the structure of the songs, as well as some unusual sounds (like the reversed vocals of 'Whence & Whither Goest the Wind') and odd, quirky (yet not blatantly carnivalesque like the ones on 'La masquerade infernale') melodies, which give it an experimental edge that would be explored with more depth in the subsequent releases of the band.


    The thin production (with the airy keyboards, the razor-blade guitars, the metallic, thumping drums, and the echoey vocals) gives the record a cold feeling, and it has this sort of winternight-esque atmosphere, like being in a forest while snowing, contemplating the northern lights (yes, like the ones on the cover) and the stars. This cosmic winter atmosphere gives the music a contemplative, calm and mellow feeling.


    The glorious symphonic arrangements, the soaring guitar lines, the emotional but not straightforward or standard songwriting, and the atmosphere are the things that make Aspera Hiems Symfonia so special and one of the most remarkable achievements in the realm of symphonic black metal, an album that manages to be accessible enough to draw new listeners to the genre, but at the same time is one of their most forward-thinking and intriguing works.


    - greywanderer7 (The Metal Archives)

    LP 1
    1. To Thou Who Dwellest In The Night
    2. Wintry Grey
    3. Whence And Whither Goest The Wind
    4. RaudtOgSvart
    5. The Bodkin & The Quietus
    6. Du Nordavnid

    7. Fall Of Man
    8. NaarKulda Tar (FrostnettenesProlog)


    LP 2
    1. The Deep Is The Skies (bonus track)
    2. Cosmojam (bonus track)
    3. RaudtOgSvart (taken from Constellation promo CD)

    4. Icebound Streams And Vapours Grey (taken from Constellation promo CD)
    5. NaarKulda Tar (taken from Constellation promo CD)
    6. Du Nordavind (taken from Constellation promo CD)
    7. My Angel (taken from My Angel 7 EP)
    8. Morax (taken from My Angel 7 EP)

    Arcturus
    $35.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Temporarily out of stock
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