November 12, 2017

Antichrist, Disembowel + Horn - Triple Track Reveal + Release Information.

Press Releases by Nathan T Birk.

Article by Trevor Proctor.

As the end of an extremely productive 2017 draws ever closer many labels are starting to reveal details about their planned release schedules for 2018. One such label is Iron Bonehead Productions who earlier this week revealed details around three planned releases for 2018 along with an exclusive new track from each band. Read on for details about three essential releases that will be available in early 2018.

Antichrist - Pax Moriendi.

Today, Iron Bonehead Productions sets March 9th, 2018 as the international release date for the highly anticipated debut album of Peru's Antichrist, 'Pax Moriendi,' on CD and vinyl LP formats.

Formed in 2004 but not really kicking into recorded gear until a decade later, Antichrist soon released a steady stream of demos between 2014 and 2016. Through this requisite underground graft, the trio studiously perfected their craft, shaping its huge 'n' haunting foundation - the doom-death trinity of Thergothon, Unholy, and Winter - into something qualitatively their own. 
And indeed, across the five-song / 45-minute 'Pax Moriendi,' the listener is taken down into sewers a mile deep (or more), tweaking that immortal doom-death schematic into something righteously foul and filthy but still well within the range of melancholic human experience.
Crushing-yet-ethereal chords reverberate through the forlorn night, and ever deeper into one's worst corners of their subconscious; the attack is slow yet insistent early on, with the foulness and filth flung liberally, to either alienate part-timers or beckon the most intrepid of souls. Then, as the album plays on, 'Pax Moriendi' reveals a wounded sort of slo-mo melody, a blanching vulnerability, shedding its layers of metaphysical/spiritual garbage for the laid-bare/laid-to-rest epiphany of climactic closer "You Will Never See Sun Light."

No, indeed you won't when faced with the enormity of Antichrist's Pax Moriendi. Here is your funeral: welcome the end. Walk forth to the commencement of that funeral with the new track 'In the Dark and Mournful Corner of Memory.'

Disembowel - Plagues and Ancient Rites.

Today, Iron Bonehead Productions sets March 2nd, 2018 as the international release date for Disembowel's highly anticipated debut album, 'Plagues and Ancient Rites,' on vinyl LP format.

Hailing from the cult-metal hotbed of Chile, Disembowel are very much a summation of their homeland's ancient death metal and black metal traditions. That much was violently portrayed across their 'Act of Invocation' MCD released in early 2017 by Iron Bonehead Productions - gnarly, ghastly, grinding, gross - but here on their full-length debut, the power-trio extend further all the extremes which made that EP such a sulfurous blast. 
Draped in an ominous cloud of utter doom, 'Plagues and Ancient Rites' soon approximates its very title: scabrous and hysteric energy coursing the pitch-blackest of metals, foul and fetid textures from death metal's deepest sewers, and a subtly ceremonial, spell-like seamlessness uniting the two. 
Its nine tracks compactly exude all the diabolism and devilishness for which Chilean black/death is known, and after 35 minutes, Disembowel emerge as the true Lovecraftian horrors they are.

Disembowel have opened the portals, and their Plagues and Ancient Rites are about to commence... The first manifestation of these dread rites is 'IA! IA! Nyarlathotep!,' which is available to stream below.

The Iron Bonehead Productions re-issue of Disembowel's debut release, 'Act of Invocation,' is still available by following this link.

1 - Intro - Innsmouth Evocation
2 - Lord Of Shadows
3 - IA! IA! Nyarlathotep!
4 - The Pact With The Sect Of The Sea
5 - Los Antiguos Eran....Los Antiguos
6 - Plagues Of The Ancient Rites
7 - The Ancient Cult Of Cthulhu
8 - En el Abismo
9 - Antra Gnomorum.

Horn - Retrograd.

Today, Iron Bonehead Productions sets March 9th, 2018 as the international release date for a special mini-album from Germany's Horn, entitled 'Retrograd,' on CD and 12" vinyl formats.

Riding high on the critical acclaim afforded its seventh album, 'Turm Am Hang' - released in early 2017 on vinyl LP by Iron Bonehead Productions - the one-man Horn returns with a six-song / 27 minute strike of pure pagan epicness. 
Since 2002, mainman Nerrath has been steadily perfecting a classicist, almost-medieval style of black metal bound to pagan roots. Staunchly solitary to the present day, the initial drive behind Horn was to create nature-themed black metal, focusing on the relation of man and nature in a regional context. The band's old material, being mainly concerned with detailed descriptions of nature and incorporating rather upbeat, folk-influenced riffing, has made way for more sinister themes and soundscapes over the years. What has remained throughout the course of seven studio albums is the distinct "Horn sound," featuring siren-like lead guitars, classic black metal-styled vocals as well as clean chorals, and a serious folkloristic approach far from the jolly drunken Viking tunes celebrated these days.

But, with the momentous release of 'Turm Am Hang,' Horn entered a new, intensely poignant period, where the 'Feldpost' material was carried ever forward by with clean and harsh vocals taking turns in conveying largely mid-tempo songs that stirred both raging bloodlust solemn pride. 
In many ways, the brand-new 'Retrograd' mini-album serves as an ancillary chapter to 'Turm Am Hang,' stylistically set within the same, uniquely Horn landscape and expanding upon the thematics and textures of that towering album. 
Although comparatively shorter in length, 'Retrograd' is no less vast and no less epic, emitting a widescreen, wanderlusting splendor that's especially magical given its tight 'n' truncated runtime. It's Horn through and through, mightier and more majestic than ever, and once again breathes fresh air into the ancient spirit of the '90s, and likewise further cements Iron Bonehead's grounding in (and continued support of) black metal's distant past, whether it be Nocternity, Kawir, Front Beast, Disharmony, Blood Tyrant, Runespell, Ithaqua, Naudiz, or the almighty Moonblood

Taste the German steel of Horn's 'Retrograd!'

01 - Retrograd - Einleitung
02 - Retrograd
03 - Bocksfuß - Einleitung
04 - Bocksfuß
05 - Garant
06 - De Einder.

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