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Nothnegal

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Nothnegal Streaming "Rannamaari"

Maldivian melodic heavy metal band Nothnegal and Bloody-Disgusting.com have just unleashed a brand new track cut from the band’s upcoming self-titled EP, entitled "Rannamaari."

The track delves into the folklore theme of the EP, more specifically, sea demon folklore. Check out the song below.

Guitarist Hilarl comments: “This track is about a mythical sea serpent which seeks a virgin as a sacrifice every full moon. The people of the islands are led to believe this but the truth is that the king is the one seeking these virgins while making the people believe otherwise. Rannamaari is the name of this serpent."

Nothnegal will release band’s upcoming experimental self-titled EP in North America on August 6th, 2013. The EP is out today in all other territories. The EP was recorded at Vakaruge Studios in the Maldives with producer Shamheed, with additional production being handled by Matt Hyde (Slipknot, Bullet for My Valentine, As I Lay Dying) and Paul Reeve (Muse). More...

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Nothnegal Pushes Back EP Release

Maldivian melodic heavy metal band Nothnegal and label Season of Mist have issued an updated release date for the band’s experimental self-titled EP, which follows the band's debut album "Decadence" (reviewed here).

The new North American release date for the EP will be August 6th, 2013. The EP will droop in all other territories a week prior on July 29th. The track listing is:

1. Actuality
2. Rannamaari
3. Viha
4. Flux Plane More...

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Nothnegal Reveals New EP Details

Maldivian melodic heavy metal band Nothnegal will release a new self-titled EP on July 9th, 2013 via Season of Mist.

The EP was recorded at Vakaruge Studios in the Maldives with producer Shamheed, with additional production being handled by Matt Hyde (Slipknot, Bullet for My Valentine, As I Lay Dying) and Paul Reeve (Muse).

The "Nothnegal" EP will consist of four tracks and will be released exclusively through digital retailers in North America and other parts of the world.

This is Nothnegal’s first release with new vocalist Affan and new guitarist Chippe (Serenity Dies), who is currently filling in for longtime guitarist Fufu. The band describes the EP’s sound as “very raw and organic with minimal electronic effects.” Elements such as the “boduberu” (log drums used in the Maldives) and other ambient sounds from the Maldivian environment were gathered for the new album. The following press release was issued about the coming EP: More...

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Best Newcomers Of 2012 Explored: Part 2

There's a slew of new heavy metal bands popping up across the globe covering just about every imaginable sound, and plenty more appearing on the horizon. Thanks to easy access to digital tools and online methods of music distribution, the metal scene as a whole has an exploding population, and every year we try to keep up with the best new talent in our year-end “best of” awards.

To help get you acquainted with the best new metal out there, we’ll be briefly covering the bands nominated by our contributors for the “Best Newcomer” category of Metalunderground.com’s recent 2012 awards.

Writer OverkillExposure nominated the following acts for best newcomer of 2012: Western Massacre, Nothnegal, The River Neva, WrenchNeck, and Lahmia. You can also find yesterday's coverage of nominees at this location.

Western Massacre

While hardly the first band to which the term “Death Groove” could be applied, this Western Massachusetts five-piece lives it to the hilt. The slamming debut “Freedom Through Violence” injects death metal’s darkness and brutality with Pantera’s irresistible rhythms and riffs, and lead guitarist Kyle Leary is one of the most formidable Dimebag successors you’ve never heard of – yet.

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OpEd

Best Newcomers Of 2012 Explored

There are a slew of new heavy metal bands popping up across the globe covering just about every imaginable sound, and plenty more appearing on the horizon. Thanks to easy access to digital tools and online methods of music distribution the metal scene as a whole has an exploding population, and every year we try to keep up with the best new talent in our year-end “best of” awards.

To help get you acquainted with the best new metal out there, we’ll be briefly covering the bands nominated by our contributors for the “Best Newcomer” category of Metalunderground.com’s recent 2012 awards.

Content manager xFiruath nominated the following acts for best newcomer of 2012: Nothnegal, Dodecahedron, Ne Obliviscaris, Kuolemanlaakso, and Abiotic.

Nothnegal

Unless we’re talking about a newly created band consisting of already-established members of the scene or some form of supergroup, it isn’t often that a completely new act launches an absolutely stellar debut album. On its first full-length expedition, the Maldives act Nothnegal twisted together melodic death metal, industrial, and symphonic elements into something unique and refreshing. Even when throwing in a few tracks with clean singing the heaviness never lets up, and the story of man vs. machine works very well with the musical style.

Recognizing these rising stars of the metal scene, the members of the band were even given an award by their nation’s president. Luckily Nothnegal isn’t taking any down time and is already working on a new album, which will reportedly include traditional instruments from the Maldives. It’ll be interesting to see where the band goes with that sort of sound, as the “Decadence” album didn’t have even a trace of a folk metal vibe. There’s no doubt about it – this is a group to look out for in the coming year and beyond.

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Metalunderground.com's Best Of 2012 Awards

Metalunderground.com wishes all our regulars and newcomers a happy new year as we look forward to a 2013 full of improvements and hopefully even more awesome metal than the preceding year. The 2011 “best of the year” piece ended up so late it actually became an April Fool’s joke (with “Lulu” of course winning the top album spot), but this time around we’re going to dive right into a retrospective of the last 365 days of metal and how they impacted the scene at large.

Recent years have been fairly uneven for metal, punctuated by stellar releases surrounded by flops and mediocre albums from the big names. We’ve seen the continuing sad decline of some of the oldest and biggest names in metal in the past few years, but 2012 shook that up and was a year where the underground earned a greater focus.

2012 was a highly productive year for several prominent sub-genres (power, prog, and djent all saw a horde of releases from acts both known and unknown), but a little more sparse for others (there were only a handful of symphonic black metal releases by established bands.) Considering the sheer number of albums, EPs, singles, demos, etc. that see the light of day per year, we’re inevitably going to end up overlooking some that were definitely good releases, so please accept our apologies in advance if a band you dig didn’t get a nod. We love all forms of metal, and there’s just no way to cover everything that happened in 2012 in a single article.

While 2012 was an off-year on the release schedule for some of the highest profile acts, there were still plenty of bands in the upper echelons that dropped new material. Metaldom saw albums hit from the likes of Between the Buried and Me, Therion, The Sword, Dethklok, Cradle of Filth, Kamelot, Enslaved, Katatonia, Korpiklaani, Borknagar, and Lacuna Coil. Obviously that alone covers a huge range of sound, and we also got to hear some highly anticipated new material from God Seed, Ministry, Wintersun, Baroness, Meshuggah, Woods of Ypres, and Ex Deo. Some of those ended up being worth the hype, while others didn’t meet the high level of expectation, and below you’ll see how our contributors voted on last year’s releases.

Before we jump into the different categories and winners, I’d like to mention how this was such a good year for bands that mash up genres. Fans of different styles colliding were in for a treat as cross-genre experimentation seems to be becoming more of the norm these days. The Wretched End blended together death and thrash, Diablo Swing Orchestra worked swing music into metal, Kontrust melds pop and metal, Stealing Axion worked through just about every sub-genre that exists, and Nachtblut blurred the lines between industrial and symphonic black metal. It seems like this trend is running strong and cross pollination is going to widen metal fan’s musical horizons and introduce mainstream music enthusiasts into the more extreme stuff. More...

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Nothenegal Posts In-Studio Footage

Maldives act Nothenegal is currently recording the follow-up to the "Decadence" album (reviewed here), and now the band has released the first in a series of in-studio videos. Check out the clip below, and Nothenegal also commented: "We have compiled some video footage of the vocal recording sessions shot from our phones, we will upload an actual studio diary with more quality footage with everything later."

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Nothnegal Issues Recording Update

Less than a year after the release of debut album “Decadence” (reviewed here) Maldives’ very own Nothnegal has issued the following update about the recording process for a new album:

“We entered Vakaruge Studio in Male, Maldives last week. We have already recorded demos and will be working with producers Matt Hyde (known for his collaboration with Slipknot, Machine Head and Bullet For My Valentine among others) handling the overall production and Paul Reeve (who worked as a producer on most of Muse’s albums) dealing with the vocal and additional production.

"The idea is to incorporate environmental / ambient sounds and traditional instruments of the Maldives into the music, in order to create a unique blend. Our new singer Affan will perform vocals on all songs, this time."

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Nothnegal Checks In From The Studio

Nothnegal recently began recording the follow-up to the band's debut full-length "Decadence" (reviewed here), and now the group has checked in with the following recording update:

"Hello! Three days of work done! DAY 1 Matt and Shamheed listened to the demos which we have been working on for the past 2 months before entering Vakaruge Studios and we did the basic setup of the guitar rigs. We worked on the basic structures and arrangements of 2 of the songs and got a bit familiar with the sound we were looking for.

"DAY 2 we worked on 2 more songs which were slightly different from the previous songs we worked on (which were a bit heavier, the latter being slower).

"DAY 3 Affan (who was unable to join us in the previous 2 sessions) joined us for this session and we worked on 2 more songs, Affan tried a couple of vocal melodies on the songs we had already worked on just so we got some kind of an idea on how the end result might sound like. So after working for close to 6 hours today, time for a break!"

Photos from the new album's recording sessions can also be seen online at the Nothnegal website here.

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Nothnegal Recording New Album

Nothnegal has entered Vakaruge Studio to begin recording the band's as-yet-untitled second album, which follows the "Decadence" release (reviewed here). The band comments:

"The follow-up to 2012's 'Decadence' is being produced by Matt Hyde (Slipknot, Machine Head, As I Lay Dying) with vocal production duties being handled by Paul Reeve of 'Muse' fame. Additional production / engineering will be handled by longtime producer of Nothnegal, Mohamed Shamheed. Nothnegal's longtime guitarist Fufu will not be part of the recording of the new album and Chippe (Serenity Dies) will be filling in for Fufu who still remain as a member of Nothnegal. This would also be the first recording of Nothnegal since vocalist Affan joined the band as an official member, Affan did a guest appearance on the band's previous album Decadence.

"Its been almost a year since the release of our debut album 'Decadence' and we have already come up with enough demos for a new album. We have toured South Asia, South Asia and the Middle East since the release of Decadence, whenever we meet somebody who knows that we are from the Maldives and when we go through the reviews, we get the same question about why we sound like a European or American band and nothing like a band that's coming from these islands.

"The new music will be different and would feature ambient sounds and exotic instruments from the Maldives, we would also be doing a couple of songs entirely in our native language 'Dhivehi.' The songs would be heavier but far from our previous death metal sound.

"We will be launching a studio diary and update it by posting videos / photos of the recording sessions. We would also be travelling to different islands of the Maldives to capture the sounds and the exotic instruments we plan on using in our music."

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New Nothnegal Animated Video Posted Online

A new animated music video has been posted online for Nothnegal's "Sins of Our Creations," which comes off the "Decadence" album (reviewed here) and was created by Mohamed Sathom.

Check out the clip below. In other recent Nothnegal news, the band was presented a Nation Youth award by Maldives President Mohamed Waheed in the category of Performing Arts.

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Nothnegal Given Award By Maldives President

Maldives based melodic/industrial death metal act Nothnegal released new album "Decadence" (reviewed here) earlier this year, and now Nothnegal has been honored with a National Youth Award in the band's home country.

At the official function held to commemorate Youth Day, President Mohamed Waheed presented this year’s National Youth Award to Nothnegal in the category of Performing Arts. Awards were also presented for those notable individuals in the areas of sports, crafts, music, and social service. More...

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Nothnegal Streaming Entire New Album

Maldivian metal act Nothnegal is pleased to announce that AOL’s Noisecreep.com is streaming the band's new album, "Decadence," in full. Head to Noisecreep.com to stream the album now and make sure to pick up a copy at your local record store on Feburary 28th, 2012.

"Decadence" (reviewed here) was mixed by Greg Reely (Fear Factory, Machine Head, DevilDriver) and Ahti Kortelainen (Sentenced, Sonarta Arctica). Decadence marks the first official full-length release from Nothnegal.

Nothnegal also recently recruited a new vocalist. Affan, the vocalist featured on "Decadence" tracks "Sins of our Creations" and "Singularity," and began performing with the band on a recent tour of India. Nothnegal has since made him a permanent member of the band.

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Nothnegal Announces New Member

Maldives based melodic death metal act Nothnegal has checked in with the following announcement about officially recruiting a new member:

"Our first performance with the new lineup was on Summerstorm Festival in India...as you may have noticed we have new band member now! You have already heard his voice on our album on the songs 'Sins of Our Creations' and 'Singularity'...Guys, Affan is now an official member of Nothnegal!"

Photos from the band's performance at Summerstorm can be found online at this location. Nothnegal was performing in support of the new album "Decadence" (reviewed here).

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Nothnegal Posts New "Decadence" Trailer

Nothnegal is set to release the new album "Decadence" (reviewed here) in the U.S. on February 28th, 2012. The band has now posted another teaser trailer online for the release, which can be viewed below. Nothnegal also commented:

"Here is the second video trailer for 'Decadence' which shows footage from the upcoming animated music video Sins of Our Creations!"

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Nothnegal Pushes Back New Album Release

Melodic death metal powerhouse Nothengal has announced the release of the band's "Decadence" album (reviewed here) in the U.S. is being pushed back to February 28th, 2012. The international release is still slated for January 20th.

"Decadence: is mixed by Greg Reely (Fear Factory, Machine Head, DevilDriver) and Ahti Kortelainen (Sentenced, Sonarta Arctica) and marks the first official full-length release from Nothnegal.

The band is also pleased to announce a new contest created specifically for Facebook fans. Nothengal will offer a copy of "Decadence" to ten Facebook fans. All you need to do is go to the band’s Facebook page and “Like” it! The band will then pick ten fans randomly to win the new album.

Nothnegal also has the following upcoming live shows:

01 Feb 12 Pune (IN) Amanora Park Town w/ Poets of the Fall
03 Feb 12 Hyderabad (IN) One Flight Down
05 Feb 12 Bangalore (IN) Summerstorm Festival w/ Opeth
07 Feb 12 Male' (MV) Lecute Halha w/ Opeth

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Nothnegal Seeking Fan Remixes

Nothnegal is currently seeking fans to remix the song "Janus," which appears on the band's upcoming "Decadence" album. Here is how to proceed:

Go to Season of Mist’s Facebook page and listen to "Janus" in the media player, then download the instrumental stems of the song from Nothnegal’s website here. The band commented:

"To remix the song, you can use your favorite audio editing software (Pro-Tools, Cubase, Logic, Reason or whichever you prefer). You may add your own vocals, guitars, drums or whatever instrument you want, as long as you are creative! Please upload your remix to YouTube or Soundcloud and send the link to contests@nothnegal.net or post it on Nothnegal’s Facebook wall. More...

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Nothnegal Posts New Album Trailer

Maldives melodic death metal band Nothnegal has posted a trailer for the upcoming release of "Decadance," the band's debut release. The band features Poisonblack keyboardist Marco Sneck and Dååth/Six Feet Under drummer Kevin Talley. "Decadence" is scheduled for release on January 20, 2012 (EU) and January 24, 2012 (North America) through Season of Mist Records.

The track listing for "Decadence" is as follows:

1. Salvation
2. Claymore
3. Janus
4. Decadence
5. Armageddon
6. R.A.D.A.R
7. Sins Of Our Creations
8. Singularity

Check out the trailer here:

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Nothnegal Streaming "Janus" Track

Nothnegal will be releasing the "Decadence" album through Season of Mist on January 24th, 2012 in the U.S. In anticipation of the upcoming release, Nothnegal has teamed up with Metal Sucks to stream a track off the album titled "Janus." Give the song a listen by heading over to this location.

The "Decadence" track listing is as follows:

1. Salvation
2. Claymore
3. Janus
4. Decadence
5. Armageddon
6. R.A.D.A.R
7. Sins Of Our Creations
8. Singularity More...

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Nothnegal Comments On Upcoming Album

Melodic death metal act Nothnegal is pleased to announce the January 24th, 2012 United States release of the band's new album, "Decadence," through Season of Mist. The album is set to see release in other major international markets four days earlier on January 20th, 2012. The album was mixed by Greg Reely (Fear Factory, Machine Head, DevilDriver) and Ahti Kortelainen (Sentenced, Sonarta Arctica).

"Decadence" marks the first official full-length release from Nothnegal. You can listen to a snippet of a new song now at this location.

“Decadence is our first official studio release and the first release featuring the current lineup, the first time that Fufu handling the vocals, Marco on keyboards and Kevin on drums,” states guitarist Hilarl. “We began writing Decadence in Summer 2010. The record has been quite a challenge for us as we have taken time to do a lot of experimentation on the sound, shifting more towards thrash and progressive metal with industrial elements making it entirely different from the sound we had on our 2009 four-track demo, Antidote Of Realism. With a completely new and original sound and attitude, we feel like we’re starting again from scratch as we believe we’ve finally discovered our sound with Decadence.” More...

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