So our writers Julia Katrin and Tom Boatman barely had time to turn around before it is Tuesday once again, and rest assured they are back with a brand new installment of The Underground Updates!
So, let’s see what’s out there…
NON SERVIAM The unclassifiable French Electronic/Noise/Metal project have issued their first communique, “Manifesto for a Feral and Antifascist Metal” is ready for us to read over here, and remember to spread the word!
GAYLORD This coming 30th of September, Blackened Death will be releasing Crown of Joy, the new album, by one-man experimental Metal project Gaylord, and so for our pleasure the label plans to drop a new lyric video every Thursday. Four videos will therefore be comin up until then, starting with the track Ghost Me. Make sure you head over here to watch it now.
TRANSCENDING OBSCURITY RECORDS Just before the weekend, on September 3rd, we had a Bandcamp Friday and the preparation for the release of the new album Zenith from sci-fi black metal band Imperialist was in full hype. The previous album Cipher was widely acclaimed and so there is no surprise that fans are eager to get their hands on the new album, scheduled to be released at the end of November. A little sneak was released last friday however, and you can head over here to listen to Terminal Odyssey now!
SOL KIA Well let us start by saying that Zos Ethos, the new album by Belgian duo Sol Kia is probably not what you’ll be putting on in the background while you do the Sunday crosswords. This is an absolutely wild, nightmarish, jaring Extreme Metal odyssey. The kind of madness to be expected from I, Voidhanger Records. Listen to the album (at your peril) here, where you can also click a link to buy the album on vinyl.
SLIMELORD Oh my! There’s something absolutely rancid about Slimelord (in the best way). This Death/Doom outfit from Leeds, England have just released their latest album Moss Contamination on Sewer Rot Records. Head over to the band’s bandcamp page to give the album a listen. The album is available on digital, cassette, CD and vinyl.
A SECRET REVEALED October 29th will see the release of When the Day Yearns for Light, the second album by Germany’s Post Metal/Harcore group A Secret Revelead. The limited edition vinyl is already selling like the proverbial hotcakes. Head over to bandcamp to pre-order (there’s CDs, bundles and t-shirts too) and check out the preview track there.
PORTRAYAL OF GUILT Well well well someone’s been busy during the pandemic. Having already released one excellent album back in January of this year (We Are Always Alone), Austin, Texas’ Punk/Sludge Metal outfit Portrayal of Guilt have announced their second album to be released this year, with the subtly titled Christfucker due for release on November 5th (oh lordy!). The album is available to pre-order on CD, cassette and limited vinyl here, where you can also check out the raging preview track.
ARCHGOAT Debemur Morti Productions have just added a ton of merch for Finland’s Blackened Death group Archgoat. Head over to the merch page and feast on what you want from hoodies, patches and t-shirts to CDs and vinyl.
ABSU If you like Absu and you like merch, then well well well it’s your lucky day as Seasons of Mist have just added 70 new lines of the band’s merch to their bandcamp page. Head on over and check out what they’ve got.
Having to pay gigantic sums for international postage is a real gear grinder. While it’s our default setting to link bandcamp pages in the case of new and pre-releases, we thought it would be helpful to add some online stores that might provide a useful alternative. So if you see a release you fancy, but it’s being sold in a far off land and you don’t want to fork out on exorbitant shipping, see if any of the links below can remedy the situation.
Napalm Records (Germany)
Throne Records (World)
With the days becoming shorter each passing week it does appear as if they are darker than usually. Before long however we are sure we will get some snowfall to lighten up the environment. Until then we hope you continue to take advantage of offers and merch out there, or even an entertaining video or two.
By Julia Katrin and Tom Boatman
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