One of the joys that comes with reviewing music is from time to time you come across bands and music you may not have heard of as promptly were it not for the promotional email hitting your inbox. In today’s digital age, which also happens to be an age of relevant austerity, physical promo copies are few and far between but now and again I’ll be contacted by a label or band looking to send physical CD's or vinyl for review. It’s happened a few times so far and I’m extremely grateful to every label that has ever sent me any form of their music. This happened recently when Russian label Aesthetics of Devastation got in touch to see if they could send me their most recent release, “Black Wisdom” by Grey Heaven Fall who come from the Podolsk region of Moscow.
Iron Bonehead Productions has set August 19th as the international release date for Entropy, the highly anticipated debut album of Australia's Spire. Shrouded in a mystique as shadowy and ominous as their moniker, Spire have seen a slow 'n' steady evolution since their formation in 2007, releasing a self-titled EP in 2010 and then the murky 'n' majestic Metamorph EP in 2011. So enthralled by the fathomless expanses of the latter, Iron Bonehead saw fit to release Metamorph on 12" vinyl before the close of 2014. The stage was thus set for Spire's inevitable debut album...and at last, it arrives in Entropy.
Having been a fan of Ævangelist and Blut Aus Nord for a while the recent announcement from Debemur Morti Productions stating they will release a split album featuring new tracks from both artists in June more than piqued my interest. Blut Aus Nord and Ævangelist are two of our world’s most intriguing artists and a release showcasing both is nothing short of sublime. The release which is entitled Codex Obscura Nomina will be available on CD and digital formats from the 17th of June and will feature four tracks from Blut Aus Nord along with a twenty two minute track from Ævangelist.
It has been a long time in coming, to US shores, but at last the Eli Roth produced Clown (directed by Jon Watts) will be getting a US release. Set to hit theaters and VOD on June 17th, from Anchor Bay Entertainment and Dimension Films, Clown is sure to be another film that coulrophobics will avoid! Check out a new clip from the movie, below, as well as the official trailer!
This June Iron Bonehead Productions is set to unleash the highly anticipated debut album from Finnish band Front. The band formed during 2015 and was quick to release their debut demo which was simply titled “Demo 2015,” also released by Iron Bonehead Productions. The demo features three tracks across a mere twelve minutes and is a quality slab of devastating violence which generated the band some deserved attention within the underground. Front will keep this momentum going at the end of June when they are set to release their first full length album, “Iron Overkill.”
During May Iron Bonehead Productions is set to bring us two highly anticipated 7” releases. On the first Australia’s Ill Omen join forces with Chile’s Slaughtbbath to release an exclusive and new track each and the second 7” is a re-issue of an extremely rare and sought after gem from our underground’s past – Seventh Xul’s Qliphothic Rites of Death 7” EP – both are set for release at the end of the month.
May will see Sweden's exemplary label, Blood Harvest, bolster it's high standard release roster with two excellent releases from two of the underground's up-coming bands - Maleficence and Cadaveric Fumes.