2021, The Penance

#BAZUndergroundUpdates XCIV

Of course, with a brand, new week comes a brand new installment of The Underground Updates, brought to you by our ever relentless writers Julia Katrin and Tom Osman!

So let’s see what’s out there…

VOYAGER Last year, Perth´s electro power prog sensation Voyager were bestowed the distinct honour of taking part in the prestigious song contest Eurovision – Australia Decides! Now premiering the single that has been selected to compete you can head over here to listen to, and watch Dreamer which is indeed West Australia´s first hope for Eurovision supremacy!

TRANSCENDING OBSCURITY RECORDS The first release announcement of 2022 has come from Transcending Obscurity Records and this year’s first is the french Viande coming soon with L’abime dévore les âmes. Pre-order it over here, and get two tracks right away streaming via the free Bandcamp app as well as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more! If you can´t wait, you can also watch some great music videos over here and here!

NEUROT RECORDINGS Although we covered this last week, we do feel the need to remind your readers of this one. Pay what You Want continues with Neurot Recordings, and this week the selected album is In a Dark Tongue by Harvestman, a project featuring Steve von Till of the label’s founders, Neurosis. Head over here to claim your copy and name your own price!

DARK ESSENCE RECORDS If you happen to be a fan of great metal and the harder and more experimental musical expression, you might want to take a look over here where the launch of Dark Essence Records Bandcamp profile is being celebrated with no less than a whopping 20% discount off on all products until the end of this month! And since January is almost over we urge you to have quick hands!

PENSEES NOCTURNES Showcasing some of the jazzy, operatic, metallic flair of a Mike Patton project, France’s Pensees Nocturnes have just released their latest explosive offering, Douce Fange on Les Acteurs de L’Ombre Productions. You can listen to the album in full here where you’ll also find links to purchasing a physical copy should your heart so desire.

CHAOS PERVERSION Continuing their strong line of releases that sound like they were spewed out of an infernal, sulphurous pit, Sentient Ruin Laboratories have just released Petrified Against the Emanation, by Chilean black/death metal group Chaos Perversion. Such a description, the striking artwork and both the band and album names should give you a good indication of what to expect from this release. You can listen to the album in full here, where you can also pick up a copy in several formats, including 10” vinyl.

MASAKRE Indonesian Deathcrust you ask? Why indeed. Pulverised Records have announced the forthcoming release of Morbid Extinction by Masakre due on February the 18th and judging by the preview track (listen here) it’s going to be a big, grimey, overdriven delight. The album will be available in several limited colour vinyl options.

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)

January appears to have flown by without as much as a hiccup, well, perhaps apart from Meat Loaf´s departure from this world. Of course we can’t do much about that, although we can take good care of ourselves, continue to wash those horns and enjoy the offers and entertainment that is out there!

By Julia Katrin and Tom Osman

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