2021, The Penance

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Last week something was missing; you guessed it! The Underground Update took its first week off after around two years of weekly appearance, but now not only is it a new week but also a whole new year and our writers Julia Katrin and Tom Boatman are locked and loaded once again, ready with a brand-new instalment of The Underground Updates!

So let’s see what’s out there!

DER WEG EINER FREIHEIT After months of hard work and going through countless hours of footage, Der Weg Einer Freiheit is finally sharing with us the studio documentary titled Making of Noktvrn. The 45 minute long documentary is filled with footage of the group´s live record approach, gear, preparation routines and random behind the scene moments, so hurry and head over here to watch and make sure to head over here to order the album Noktvrn, out via Season of Mist on November 19th 2021!

HPGD Is there a better way of celebrating a new year than getting a 35% discount off of all orders? We think not! HPGD Productions is offering precisely that right now, so make sure to head over here to check out the selection and use the discount code Christmasevil2021!

BLACK LION RECORDS Now this label is a real regular with our updates, and now it continues into the year 2022 with a massive clearance sale! All back catalogue is 4.99 or 8.99 from 2016-2021, and on top of that the label is offering a 25% discount off of everything throughout January! Check the selection out here and use the code blacklion25!

LACERATED ENEMY RECORDS And we continue with the labels! This next one is a whopper, and while starting out with the first 5 orders under 50 euros being accompanied by a free CD of the buyer’s choice and a free t-shirt with the first 5 orders over 50 euros, the label is in addition sending worldwide for free orders that amount to over 150 euros. If you happen to be shopping for some goodies over here, we urge you to take advantage and use the code shippingfree!

MIDNARTIIS Coming right at the end of 2021, Finland’s Naturmacht Productions have released Sinew of Sol by Midnartiis, a folk-infused black metal project. You can listen to the album in full here where you can also pick up the album digitally or on CD. While your at it, check out what else the label has going on.

VILE RITUAL The first thing you may notice about Tongues of the Examinate, the forthcoming album by Vile Ritual on Sentient Ruin Laboratories is the brutally deep and heavy old school death metal tone. This blackened death metal packs a big whalop. Due for release on 22 January, you can listen to two preview tracks here and pre-order a copy on limited vinyl and cassette.

PULVERISED RECORDS Singapore’s Pulverised Records have added a batch of limited metal t-shirts with very cool designs to their merch page on bandcamp. Check them out here.

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.

Dark Essence (Norway) Dark Essence (US)

Deathwish (EU) Deathwish (US)

eOne Heavy (EU) eOne Heavy (UK) eOne Heavy (US)

Ipecac (EU) Ipecac (US)

Napalm Records (Germany)

Prophecy Productions (Germany) Prophecy Productions (US)

Rough Trade (UK) Rough Trade (US)

Season of Mist (EU) Season of Mist (US)

Southern Lord (EU) Southern Lord (US)

Throne Records (World)

Transcending Obscurity (EU) Transcending Obscurity (US)

Well, we suppose there is nothing else to do but to wish all of our writers a happy New Year as we head into 2022 with our horns held high and clean!

By Julia Katrin and Tom Boatman

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