Monday, August 26, 2013

... Worth a few bucks : MANTRA / SYNSOPHONY / A GOD OR AN OTHER / MASADA...

A few days after its official release on CD/Digital through Finisterian Dead End record label (Bagheera), "Into the light", the debut album from the French psychedelic/progressive metal entity MANTRA, is available right now for entire streaming.
Born in 2009 with the aim to create innovating, complex and powerful music in the footsteps of bands such as Tool, Mastodon and fellow french monsters Gojira, for a deep dive in a personnal universe made of overwhelming riffs, convoluted rythms and bewitching atmospheres, Mantra is the sum of three artistical personalities. The voice of Pierre is leading the crew, followed by Matthieu’s bass and Gabriel’s drums who put the rythm section at the center of Mantra‘s music. Guitarist Simon is also responsible for the mind-blowing sound on the band’s recordings, rocking you along unpredictable paths you will never forget.

9th Meridian Records has released a split CD entitled “Triarchy” featuring the Danish acts PICTURE ANN, SAGNTID and VORNOFF. The album consists of 22 melancholic tunes that were composed and recorded between 2000 and 2013, most of which were unreleased until now. “Triarchy” contains haunting, lo-fi music inspired by the likes of Vond, Wongraven, Mortiis, and Ulver. The CD is limited to 100 copies and is available from 9th Meridian Records NOW!

Hailing from the UK, SYNSOPHONY formed early in 2013, when Ollie Borgstein joined Tom Pryce in a strive to produce music which is as scary as it is psychedelic. Drawing on industrial acts like Lustmord and Flint Glass, black metal acts like Nachtmystium and Watain, with a healthy slice of stoner/doom such as Sleep and Bongripper thrown in, Synsophony's brand of experimental post-metal aims to paint a sonic landscape which will draw the listener in, warping sense and mind. 

Synsophony's debut EP - Karmic Existence - stands at 23 minutes long, and was recorded March-April in the depths of Cambridge. Put on your headphones, crank up the bass, and enjoy!


Experimental black metal band, A God or an Other, will debut their album 'Towers of Silence' on a limited CD run through Seattle's Alive & Breathing Records. The full-length is a collection of the group's first two EPs, re-recorded as a full three-piece outfit with proper production, including new songs never before released. The record showcases the group's ability to blend their unique style of psychedelic black metal, atmospheric post-rock and crushing doom. Drawing comparisons to groups such as Altar of Plagues, Deathspell Omega, and Thou.

The current line-up, formed in spring of 2012, has performed alongside peers such as Velnias, Abigail Williams, SubRosa, Lycus, Ceremonial Castings and Hull. The new record has already sold-out of self-released cassettes and seen reviews on numerous music sites around the world, specifically garnering high interest in Europe and Latin America.

'Hideous Rot' from Philadelphia's MASADA is a 5-track MCD of unpolished underground death metal brought to you by current/former members of IMMOLATION, GOREAPHOBIA, CRUCIFIER and RELLIK. Also features of bizarre contribution from Clive Jones of legendary 70's occult rock band BLACK WIDOW!


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