Transilvanian Pagan Metal Warriors Syn Ze Sase Tri are back with a new line-up, live shows and new album! after a short hiatus the band is proud to present the new line-up, including founder and mainman Corb (guitars and vocals), vocalist Șuier, Guitarist Moș and drummer Dor. The band just completed the recording of fourth album titled “ZĂUL MOȘ”, now the album is being mixed and mastered at Studio 73 in Ravenna, Italy by Producer Riccardo “Paso” Pasini. code666 will release the record on September 15th with artwork by Jan Yrlund of Darkgrove Studio.
Syn Ze Sase Tri will embark in a Romanian Tour in march and may to warm-up for the European Tour in September/October supporting the new album release.
Official Website: www.synzesasetri.ro
code666 is proud to announce the signing of Extreme Doom Maniacs WASTES.
Born after a drunken night in southern France, WASTES is a project led by Laurent (Mourning Dawn, Inborn Suffering, Funeralium) playing extreme doom metal in its heaviest way. Inspired by filth, scum and everything dirty-related, the project aims to bring the darkest and most painful music its creator could produce.
Composed during wasted moments, WASTES got some interest in the european doom metal scene and thats how David (Sordide, Year of no light), Kostas (Pantheist), Nadine (Ashtar), Fred and Julien (Ataraxie, Funeralium) joined the project to make it real. Debut Album “The Void of Human Vacuity” finally took form as a 45 min long unique song, like a trip to a dark hopeless nightmare without any compromises.
The mixing has been done by Kris (Funeralium, Huata, Abjvration). Original artwork by mexican graphic novel artist Tony Sandoval.
Ritualistic Black metallers CULT OF ERINYES are proud to present their new album, titled “Tiberivs” scheduled in May 2017 on code666.
commented mainman Corvus: “I always perceived Cult of Erinyes as a portal that allows my mind to connect with different universes. I had, from the very beginning of the creative process, to immerse myself in a definite time period: Ancient Roman Empire, Tiberius era. Each song, melody, riff, had to refer to a variation of emotions forgotten by Time itself. What sounded like a fantastic challenge ended as a nightmare where my subconscious get lost. Desperation, frustration and madness raised dangerously. This third album is our most progressive effort so far, but also contains radical and intense parts sublimed by Mastema’s urges for ferocity. We both went as far as we could on this album and were lucky to be helped in our task by long time devoted musicians Algol (bass, additional guitars), Baron (lead guitars, artwork) and Déhà, who handled the drums, some guitars/keys and the the mix/mastering process. Last but not least, Alex (Kall, Hypothermia, Craft) offered us a 5 stars bass line on the intro and Marc De Backer, my brother in Wolvennest, added some crystal clear guitar sounds on the end of the album. This album also marked the end of my long time musical and spiritual journey with Mastema. I can only but respect his decision and salute the energy he shared in Tiberivs. This concept album was his idea, and I’m glad we end our collaboration on this high and digressive note. He will be replaced for future live and record duties by the most extreme and mentally extreme singer I know, Déhà, who is known for his work with Yhdarl, Maladie, We All Die (Laughing) and shitloads of other good projects. For all those reasons, I will hate and cherish this album. For Centuries To Come.”
I. Archaea, 41 B.C.
II. Nero (Divine Providence)
III. Casvs Belli
IV. Bred For War
VII. First of Men
IX. For Centuries To Come
Atmospheric Black Metallers FEN have announced details of their fifth full-length album which is set to be released on Code666 on the 17th March. Titled “Winter”, and produced by of Jaime Gomez Arellano at the Orgone Studios in London (ULVER, ALTAR OF PLAGUES, GRAVE MIASMA, PRIMORDIAL, SOLSTAFIR), the six-track album promises to be a colossal piece of work for the English three-piece, at once rich in sound, beguilingly delicate, and yet laced with darkness.
Consisting of six songs that are thematically and compositionally linked, each piece on “Winter” flows into the next, and, ideally, the whole record is intended to be listened to in one sitting to allow the full journey to be absorbed. Musically, the band have sought to push themselves further than ever before and Fen’s trademark use of atmospheric Black Metal and delicate, spacious cleans, has been married with aspects of 70s progressive rock, shoegaze and doom metal, with the intention of rendering ‘Winter’ as involving and as immersive a listen as possible.
“Winter” will be available in Standard CD, Double Black Vinyl limited to 300 copies, and Digital formats. In addition there will also be available a Special Collectors Box limited to 199 copies which will include the standard CD, an additional bonus CD, the DLP with Side A/Side B in a smashed splatter effect of transparent aquamarine and opaque cream, an exclusive T-shirt and poster, and a certificate of authenticity signed by the band.
With artwork by Grungyn, tracklisting for “Winter” is as follows:
I. I (Pathway)
II. II (Penance)
III. III (Fear)
IV. IV (Interment)
V. V (Death)
VI. VI (Sight)
Bonus (available on all the Limited formats):
I. The Keening Soils
II. Sight (Reprise)
III. Penumbral Whispers
IV. Temples Beyond the Shoreline
Formed in early 2006 with the goal of producing Atmospheric Black Metal that incorporates elements of post-rock, FEN have, since then, found themselves at the vanguard of a resurgent UK Black Metal scene. With an EP, four full length albums, several splits and compilations, two European tours and numerous appearances at prestigious festivals under their belts, “Winter” is the band’s most ambitious, and yet most fundamental expression, yet.
It is an album in which, conceptually, FEN have returned to the roots of their ideology, seeking to embrace and distil all that inspired them when they first set out on this path over a decade ago – that is, to invoke the ambience of bleak reflection and ancient sorrow that permeates the mysterious landscapes of the fens of Eastern England.
Frontman The Watcher has summarised the album thus:
“With ‘Winter’ we wanted to ‘return to the roots’ of the band so to speak but not in the clichéd, nostalgic way many bands do – instead, we wanted this record to represent the ‘essence’ of Fen in terms of tone, atmosphere and above all concept. This album therefore very much describes a journey towards sanctity and redemption across a landscape steeped in mystery, hints of forgotten darkness and sorrows long since drowned in the distant past. It represents the culmination of over 18 months of writing and rehearsing, pushing ourselves harder and harder as musicians – it is a lengthy and self-indulgent record for which we make no apology for. Indeed, it is a fitting tribute to mark ten years of the existence of Fen.”
The scene is set. Cold. Empty. Desolate. A figure stares solemnly across a patchwork landscape of peat fields, the thin wisps of leaf-stripped trees swaying mournfully in the icy winds that bite through to a man’s very marrow. The sun’s light bleeds in sickly trails from the enveloping greyness of the skies that seem to yawn like an endless, oppressive canyon above. Compelled by this vision of unyielding bleakness, the figure moves, drawn inexorably to… something. Solace, penance, closure or oblivion, the pull is irresistible, a palpable sense of finality blossoming exponentially. And with each leaden footfall, the freezing breath of winter calls louder… louder… louder.
“Gnosis” contains 9 tracks of epic black metal. Song titles set to appear on the effort include “Benei ha’Elohim” (based on the Book of Enoch – Man mixes with fallen angels, who gift them with knowledge and children), “Pandaemonium Gathers” (inspired by Paradise Lost (Milton) – Satan convinces his fallen comrades to take revenge for being expelled out of heaven), and “1904 Era Vulgaris” (after The Book of the Law (Crowley) – A brief description of some of the basic concepts of Crowley’s Thelema).
Comments SAILLE guitarist Reinier Schenk: “Our previous cd “Eldritch” was a good album, but we felt it had to be darker, we had to bring SAILLE to another level. The logo has been modified as a statement; the ‘curls’ were removed, both in style and music. The listener can expect a more defined SAILLE, with an own identity. The tracks are more compact and powerful, meanwhile referring to the feel of our 2nd cd “Ritu”, but more intense and extreme this time.”
The new album also depicts SAILLE as a five-piece for the first time. Founding member Dries Gaerdelen decided to leave the band to focus on the bookings. Drummer Kevin De Leener states: “The orchestral part will remain an important part of SAILLE, but there will be no keyboard player on stage anymore.” Concerning the recording of the drums for this album he says: “Well, it is definitely faster, which I think is awesome, and finally I am very satisfied with the natural sound of the drums on this record.”
‘Gnosis’ is a concept album again. SAILLE frontman Dennie Grondelaers explains about the writing process and lyrics: “With ‘Gnosis’ (Greek for ‘knowledge’) we venture into the world of the Promethean ideal and its Luciferian counterpart. This album explores a multitude of historical, mythological and fictional sources that tell us about the strife for knowledge and its (potentially devastating) consequences. We also visit several creation myths and scratch the surface of Aleister Crowley’s Thelema. The concept was born during research into Russian composer Alexander Scriabin and his works. His ‘Prometheus: The Poem of Fire’ didn’t serve as a direct source for the lyrics, but it lit the fire that made us venture into above topics.”
“Gnosis” will be presented in Malta for the first time on March 10.
TERRA SIGN WITH CODE666
code666 is proud to announce the signing of UK Black Metal band Terra for a multi-album deal. Forming in 2014, Terra are an atmospheric black metal band from Cambridge, England, who have quickly left a lasting impression on the U.K. Black metal scene. Incorporating elements of Drone and Post-rock, Terra create a unique and intense form of obscure music with dark, brooding bass lines and terrific elemental drumming creating an experience that ebbs, flows, leaps and soars through a panoply of emotions, textures and moods.
their new album titled “Mors Secunda” will be released in Digipack CD, ltd edition color Vinyl, and Digital Format in December on code666, a sublabel of Aural Music Group.
Terra website: http://www.terra.band/
ASHENSPIRE SIGN WITH CODE666
code666 is happy to announce the signing of UK Avant-garde Metal band Ashenspire for a multi-album deal.
The band, formed in Glasgow during 2013, takes influence from the left-field approach to metal found in bands such as A Forest of Stars, Dødheimsgard, Vulture Industries and Pensées Nocturnes, along with a strong taste for theatrics in the vein of Devil Doll and Diamanda Galas.
their new album titled “Speak Not of the Laudanum Quandary” will be released in March 2017 on code666, a sublabel of Aural Music Group.
Ashenspire website: http://ashenspire.tumblr.com/
Greek progressive black metal horde Aenaon will release their third studio offering next month via Code666. Titled Hypnosophy, the seven track offering was captured at Crown Audio Conspiracies and is a work of vision and devotion. Dreamlike yet nightmarish, sensual yet dark, an extreme and progressive musical effort complemented by the unique art of Łukasz Wodyński. Hypnosophy is a portal to a glorious surrealistic journey.
Hypnosophy will be released via Aural Music sublabel Code666 on CD, double black vinyl, limited-edition double red vinyl with bonus cd, and digital formats on November 25 in Europe and December 9 in North America.
PREORDERS are now online at THIS LOCATION
Video sample first single “Oneirodynia” at THIS LOCATION.
“‘Oneirodynia’ is the opening track of our new album,” elaborates the band, “an progressive inferno that offers no compromise. From the stormy parts to the more tranquil movememnts, ‘Oneirodynia’ simulates all the pleasures and sufferings that an individual can experience in the state of dreaming.”
Adds No Clean Singing in an investigation of the track, “The song has a beautiful, mesmerizing beginning… but don’t get too comfortable, because it soon ignites in a fireball of intensity. As the blast front propagates, the music grows in its fascination, with the jolting attack accented by wonderful saxophone solos, neuron-twisting guitar machinations, a riveting performance by the rhythm section, and a stirring mix of harsh and clean vocals. The intensity abates in the song’s second half, making way for an intriguing instrumental section before the final surge of exuberance, led once again by an incendiary saxophone performance.”
Hypnosophy Track Listing:
Forged in 2006, AENAON takes its name from the Greek word “Αέναον,” the Eternal. Churching a distinctly atypical brand of experimental black metal, the band recorded their debut EP Phenomenon in 2007. It was released in 2009 via the Canadian Bleak Art Records and followed by a seven-inch split with Satanochio titled A Parallel Zoetrope in 2010. By 2011, the band had culled a solid underground following and united with Italian label Code666 who released their debut full-length, Cendres et Sang. The release marked the beginning of a new era for the band and a solid collaboration. In 2013, the Greeks released another seven-inch split with the Russia’s Stielas Storhett. However it was 2014’s Code666- issued Extance long player that earned them the most acclaim. immediately received fervent acceptance by the extreme metal scene. Continuing the tradition, in 2015 a third seven-inch split was released in alliance with their Greek comrades Virus Of Koch.
And now the world awaits Hypnosophy….
“AENAON is not a surprise anymore, probably one of the best progressive black metal bands on the planet, Hypnosophy will end in many top 2016 list for sure.”
“Extance was pure perfection and Hypnosophy is even better…”
previously released video teaser can be found at this location
Aenaon website: http://www.aenaon-band.com
British Black Metallers Hryre unveil the cover artwork of their debut album titled “From Mortality to Infinity”.
here’s what the band had to say:
“Our long awaited debut album “From Mortality to Infinity” will soon be available to share with you all and we are very excited after a lot of blood sweat and tears. We have taken our time in crafting what we feel is a true representation of our artistic intent and we are proud of what we have achieved.
We are thrilled to have worked with some amazing people on this project namely Steve Royston-Smith, Ben Hamin & Matthew Payne in our production team. We also had the pleasure of working creatively with Michael Blenkarn, Katie Stone, Kirstie Louise Barwick & Petula Jessica Hanson all of whom have certainly played their part in making the album what it is and we are delighted with the outcome.
We have worked with Daniel Owen at Nemesis Designs to create the album art and we are thoroughly delighted with how he has interpreted our musical idea in to an amazing illustration and we could not have asked for more, it truly is fantastic.
We are immensely proud to be welcomed in to the family at Aural Records and we cannot thank them enough for the patience and support they have kindly shown us. They are as passionate about our music as we are and together we hope to give our fan base an album that’s been well worth the wait.”
the album is scheduled in September on code666.