Metal News for May 28, 2013
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36 news articles posted on this day.
Ex-Masterplan vocalist Jørn Lande posted a new music video for the song "Traveller." The song is the title track to the new release due out on June 11th (North America) and June 14th (EU) via Frontiers Records.
The track list for "Traveller" is:
2. Cancer Demon
4. Window Maker
5. Make Your Engine Scream
6. Legend Man
7. Carry The Black
8. Rev On
10. The Man Who Was King
Check out "Traveller" here: More...
German viking death act Thrudvangar is streaming the new track "Sonnenwende." The song will appear on the band's forthcoming new LP "Tiwaz," the fifth album and first since 2010's "Durch Blut Und Eis." "Tiwaz" is targeted for release on July 26, 2013 via Massacre Records.
Check out "Sonnenwende" here:
International melodic metal band Masterplan posted a new music video for the track "Keep Your Dream Alive." The song will appear on the band's new LP "Novum Initium," which is due out June 14th via AFM Records.
"Nova Initium" marks the first to feature new members: vocalist Rick Altzi (At Vance/Thunderstone), Ex-Stratovarius bassist Jari Kainulainen (Cain's Offering) and Cradle of Filth drummer Marthus Skaroupka (Inner Fear).
The track listing for "Novum Initium" is:
1. Per Aspera Ad Astra
2. The Game (see lyric video)
3. Keep Your Dream Alive
4. Black Night Of Magic
6. No Escape
7. Pray On My Soul
8. Earth Is Going Down
9. Return From Avalon
10. Through Your Eyes
11. Novum Initium
12. 1492 (Bonus Track) (Digipak Only) (Digipak Only)
13. Fear The Silence (Bonus track) (Digipak Only)
Check out "Keep Your Dream Alive" here: More...
After announcing plans to regroup for live shows, a brand new Nine Inch Nails album is now finished, and it's coming out later this year on Columbia Records. Trent Reznor comments:
“I’ve been less than honest about what I’ve really been up to lately. For the last year I’ve been secretly working non-stop with Atticus Ross and Alan Moulder on a new, full-length Nine Inch Nails record, which I am happy to say is finished and frankly fucking great.
"This is the real impetus and motivation behind the decision to assemble a new band and tour again. My forays into film, HTDA and other projects really stimulated me creatively and I decided to focus that energy on taking Nine Inch Nails to a new place. Here we go!”
Further details will be announced as they are made available.
An enigma in the metal scene, Israeli act Orphaned Land offers up a progressive take on heavy music that preaches a message of unity among disparate religions, countries, and political parties.
Continuing with that message, the band will release latest full-length "All Is One" on June 24th in Europe and June 25th in North America via Century Media Records. This release follows previous album "The Never Ending Way of ORwarriOR" (reviewed here).
Orphand Land front man Kobi Farhi recently chatted with Metalunderground.com to discuss the upcoming album and explain the changes in style and presentation this time around - including the decision to ditch all harsh vocals. Read on for Kobi's thoughts on Turkey's place in the Muslim world, the band's current label situation, and the large number of players involved in the creation of this new album. More...
French metal act Dagoba has signed a North American licensing deal with eOne Music for the release of new LP "Post Mortem Nihil Est," due out June 18th in the U.S.
"Post Mortem Nihil Est" will be the band's follow up to "Poseidon," which was released in 2010 and included the single "The Things Within."
Dagoba has been making its mark in Europe for years, opening for the likes of Machine Head, Metallica, In Flames and Sepultura. The band plans to make a U.S. landfall sometime this summer. More...
Kylesa is a force in metal. Not only have they commanded the attention of most die-hard metal heads, they have garnered fans from all corners of the musical spectrum with their unique blend of metal, rock, psychedelic, prog, and about everything else you can imagine. Today ,their latest masterpiece "Ultraviolet" is released to the world, and it is sure to rock it to it's core. I caught up with guitarists Laura Pleasents and Philip Cope to talk about the album, influences, and gothic makeup. More...
Orchid's Curse has revealed the new music video for the song "If We're Divine" off the recently released album "Words." The video was shot by Colin MacDonald (Foster Avenue Productions) over two days in and around Halifax in April. Check it out below. The album's track listing is as follows:
2. For Those Who Grovel
3. Lie to Live the Lie
4. If We're Divine
7. Provisions for a Journey
8. Through the Hourglass
9. We Sigh
10. His Servants
11. The Masquerade of Sin More...
Reactivated Los Angeles metallers Resistance have just released their new single “VLAD” and are offering it to fans here for free download via Reverbnation. You can also check out the track below.
The track was recorded at Di Carlo Studios in Rancho Cucamonga, CA and mixed by producer Neil Kernon (Queensryche, Nevermore, Nile) at Rax Trax Studio in Chicago, IL. The track is to be included on the band's forthcoming EP, scheduled for release later this year. More...
Witherscape, the new atmospheric and progressive dark metal outfit formed by Dan Swanö together with fellow Swedish multi-instrumentalist Ragnar Widerberg, has confirmed the release of debut album, "The Inheritance."
The album is due out July 29th in Europe and August 6th in North America via Century Media Records. Check out the new song "Astrid Falls" below. Dan Swanö comments about the track:
"'Astrid Falls' is one of my many favourite songs on the album. It represents the Witherscape sound in a good way. It's showcasing the clean and growling vocal interplay and the overall 'vibe' of my and Ragnar's playing as well as the dynamics of our songwriting."
The following press release was also issued about the band:
"Witherscape marks the long overdue return for Dan Swanö as an active composer and recording artist in the world of extreme metal, after having mostly been involved with mixing in the studio during these past years. While The Inheritance is not purely a death metal release, it showcases both the heavier and mellower sides of Swanö's creativity, and should consequently not only please fans of his earlier efforts like Moontower or the Edge of Sanity catalogue, but also attract fans of progressively atmospheric contemporary metal in the vein of Opeth, Katatonia, or Amorphis. More...
Terrorizer Magazine has premiered the second CD of Aborym's new double album "Dirty." While the first CD contains original material only, the second CD is made up o two completely re-recorded tracks from the “Fire Walk With Us” and “Kali Yuga Bizarre” albums, covers of Iron Maiden, Pink Floyd, and Nine Inch Nails tracks, as well as a special album closing track, preformed together with fans of the band.
Stream the second disc via Terrorizer here or in the player below. "Dirty" is out now in Europe and will be available in North America on the 11th of June. You can also stream the full first disc of original material at this location. The full double-disc track listing is as follows:
1. Irreversible Crisis
2. Across the Universe
5. Raped by Daddy
6. I don’t Know
7. The Factory of Death
8. Helter Skelter Youth
9. Face the Reptile
10. The Day the Sun Stopped Shining
11. Fire Walk With Us (new version originally released on “Fire Walk With Us”)
12. Roma Divina Urbs (new version originally released on “Kali Yuga Bizarre”)
13. Hallowed Be Thy Name (Iron Maiden Cover)
14. Comfortably Numb (Pink Floyd Cover)
15. Hurt (Nine Inch Nails Cover)
16. Need for limited loss (new track) More...
Next July, experimental metallers Ephel Duath will return to Mana Recording Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida. Together with producer Erik Rutan (Cannibal Corpse, Goathwhore, Hate Eternal) the band will complete the recording sessions for this new album, which started last February. Alan Douches will master the songs at his West West Side Studios, NY.
Ephel Duath's new album will once again feature Marco Minnemann (The Aristocrats, Kreator, Necorphagist) on drums, joined this time by his band mate Bryan Beller (The Aristocrats, Dethklok, Joe Satriani) on bass. The recording line-up is as follow:
Davide Tiso - guitars
Karyn Crisis - vocals
Marco Minnemnn - drums
Bryan Beller - bass
Featuring 8 new songs and reaching over 55 minutes of total length, Ephel Duath's new album is a multilayered hybrid of death metal, jazz, and post rock, blended together with a strong will to experiment and with no boundaries in sight. More...
Apostate has checked in with the following announcement about about calling it quits:
"I think most of you have already found out or guessed this by now. Apostate is officially over. I don't think it is necessary to describe how much these 5 years meant to us.
"We are proud of everything we accomplished and we are thankful to everyone who has been with us during this time. Big love goes out to our manager Damian Ekman, who showed the world to us and, hopefully, showed us to at least a tiny part of it.
"However, this end is the beginning of something new. Something bigger. Fedor & Nikki are working on a new project at the moment, that is currently in its final stage before the launch.
"We are currently preparing a video for the first single of the project, however we are in a difficult financial situation and cannot afford to pull this off completely by ourselves. That’s why we are selling these exclusive limited edition Apostate wooden boxes that includes our last EP 'A A O’, t-shirt and flash drive with every release in our history..."
New York City's mightiest power trio Gaggle of Cocks (featuring former Slunt, Quite Riot, and Widowmaker members) has signed with Sliptrick Records for the worldwide digital release of sophomore CD, "Low Class Trendsetter." The label comments:
"GOC features a stellar line-up of pedigree musicians. Former Slunt members Pat Harrington (guitar & vocals) and Charles Ruggiero (drums), along with bassist Freddy Villano (formerly with Quiet Riot, Widowmaker and Awaken), are the rock solid foundation of the power trio line-up. They are occasionally joined by former Kelly Osbourne, Queen V and X’s guitarist Chris Goercke.
"In 2008, upon the release of debut CD, American Trash (Screaming Ferret/Locomotive), renowned bravewords.com journalist Martin Popoff proclaimed, 'Not since Melvins, Antiseen, Dwarves, Butthole Surfers and Agony Column has a band sounded so incendiary. GOC's music has also been featured on the A&E television show Dog the Bounty Hunter three times—a monumental achievement for a band that has defied the odds since its inception."
You can also check out our review of "American Trash" at this location.
German thrash titans Kreator are currently working on the release of their upcoming DVD/Blu Ray "Dying Alive." The band is seeking your photos of fans attending a Kreator live show and comments:
"KREATOR NEEDS YOU! Be part of the upcoming Kreator live release 'Dying Alive!' E-Mail us your coolest picture showing you and your friends at a Kreator live show or simply you wearing a Kreator shirt, vest or anything. We count on YOU!"
The deadline for your submissions is next Monday, June 3rd, 2013. Surf to this location and become a part of Kreator history by submitting your photos.
After signing to Nuclear Blast Entertainment, Brazilian act Soulfly has announced a run of European summer tour dates.
Commented metal icon Max Cavalera: “Super fired up to bring Soulfly and Maximum Cavalera to Europe! We will be playing a new song off the upcoming Soulfly CD, which will be titled 'Savages.' See you in the moshpit!”
21.06. D Loreley - Metalfest
22.06. D Dischingen - Rock Am Härtsfeldsee
23.06. D Osnabrück - Bastard Club
24.06. D Lübeck - Rider's Café
27.06. DK Copenhagen - Vega
28.06. B Dessel - Graspop Metal Meeting
30.06. NL Leeuwarden - Romein
03.07. F Montepellier - Secret Place
04.07. E Barcelona - Salmandra 1
05.07. E Madrid - Arena
06.07. E Huesca - Bullding
07.07. F Biarritz - L'atabal
09.07. F Nantes - Le Ferrailleur
10.07. I Milan - Caaroponte
11.07. CH Lucerne - Konzerthaus Schuur
12.07. D Ballenstedt - Rock Harz Open Air
16.07. D Aschaffenburg - Colos-Saal
17.07. D Karlsruhe - Substage
18.07. D Burglengenfeld - VAZ
19.07. D Dresden - Reithalle
20.07. D Berlin - C-Club
21.07. PL Jarocin - Jarocin Festival
Today Amon Amarth unveils the first of a special three-part mini documentary titled "Forging Mjölnir."
Filmed and directed by Luke Daley, the up close and personal clip - which includes stunning black and white nature footage and Norse artwork - celebrates the imminent release of the band's ninth studio offering, "Deceiver of the Gods." Watch the segment at this location (Facebook account for login required).
"Deceiver of the Gods" was recorded at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire, UK, and produced, mixed, and mastered by Andy Sneap (Opeth, Megadeth, Exodus, Arch Enemy, Killswitch Engage).
Following a run of European festival dates next month, Amon Amarth will be opening the main stage of this year's edition of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Fest set to commence June 29th in San Bernardino. See confirmed dates below. More...
Tesseract has released new album "Altered State" (reviewed here) today via Century Media Records.
The band has been working with Horsie In The Hedge / Pari Passu Films on the video for "Singularity." The video features Emmy Award winning director of photography, Mark Wolf, as well as the practical effects team that worked on Sky Fall and Prometheus. Today in conjunction with the album's release, the band is pleased to present the video for "Singularity." Check it out below.
Massachusetts-based All Pigs Must Die this week declares the details for the band's imminently destructive second LP "Nothing Violates This Nature," pending release this Summer via Southern Lord. The following press release was issued about the album:
"After a stretch of silence since the Winter recording sessions of the anticipated follow-up to their enraged 2011-released God Is War, months of planning and plotting on every front of the All Pigs Must Die camp have gone into the creation of this quartet’s newest and most damaging new works yet; a ten-anthem declaration of disdain the band has dubbed Nothing Violates This Nature.
"While holding true to what the band is known for, on the new album APMD has obviously honed some new methods to their attack, merging some more calmly delivered protocols of execution with some of their most oppositely unhinged and violent rampages yet on this album. As with God Is War, the crushing Nothing Violates This Nature was recorded at Godcity with Kurt Ballou (Converge) and mastered at Audiosiege by Brad Boatright (From Ashes Rise), maximizing All Pigs Must Die's deafening aggression, and the appropriately grim packaging illustrated by Aaron Turner (Isis, Old Man Gloom), viewable below.
"A hateful unification of musicians from notable acts The Hope Conspiracy, Converge, Bloodhorse and more, as All Pigs Must Die these assassins fuse some of the most straightforward metal/hardcore elements into anthems as instantly infectious as they are incendiary. Live they’ve stormed venues alongside Integrity, Enabler, Ringworm, Black Breath, Eyehategod, Repulsion, Down, Sleep, Exodus, Church Of Misery and tons of others as part of The Power Of The Riff events, Southern Lord label showcases, Scion Rock Fest, SXSW and more, including a U.S. tour with Narrows. 2013 will see APMD touring in support of Nothing Violates This Nature; stay tuned for updates including new music, live actions, an official street date and more over the coming weeks."
The track listing is as follows:
1. Chaos Arise
3. Primitive Fear
5. Of Suffering
6. Holy Plague
7. Aqim Siege
8. Sacred Nothing
9. Faith Eater
10. Articles Of Human Weakness More...
Norwegian prog metallers Leprous have released their new album "Coal" today in North America via InsideOut Music. The second and final in-studio clip from the making of "Coal" can be viewed below.
You can also check out the band's new music video for "The Cloak" over at this location.
You can also catch Leprous live: More...
The Black Dahlia Murder has partnered with LoudWire.com to stream a brand new song from new upcoming album "Everblack." Fans can listen to "Goat of Departure" at LoudWire.com or via the player below.
Vocalist Trevor Strnad reveals the concept behind the track: "This song is about how the goat came to represent Christian evil and the origins of the infamous 'horns' metal hand sign."
The Black Dahlia Murder's sixth full-length album, "Everblack," will be released on June 11th in North America and on June 7th/10th in Europe. A listing of upcoming tour dates is also available after the jump. More...
Season of Mist is proud to welcome Scandinavian progressive act Cronian to its roster. The band is none other than the union of Borknagar mastermind Øystein G. Brun with Mr. V, also known as Vintersorg.
“I am so excited and honoured to join forces with Season of Mist for future albums with Cronian!” Øystein comments. “We have just finished up the third album and I don't even slightly blush when arguing out loud that it is the very pinnacle of my fairly long musical career. Musically and production-wise, it almost feels like a leap up and into another division. Mr. V and I have been working intensely and fully isolated over the last six months with this bastard of an album and we firmly regard this as our most catchy, aggressive, atmospheric and darken flavoured effort to date. I am pretty sure this album will blow the socks off of all those who liked our previous releases, as well as fans of Borkngar, Vintersorg and likewise. So being able to work with one of the most credible, passionate and professional labels around makes my day - and make us proud! So excited to get this album out! Cheers!”
Mr V adds: “A new album has left our 'systems' and is now finding its path throughout the musical world. It has surely been a great journey to write, record and complete this third album in the Cronian chronicle. The music finally matches our vision is and it’s been an intense period for me and Øystein to really get there. We’re also very pleased to now enter the relationship with Season of Mist to get this album out. Even if the music has been taking its path out of our bodies, it is still lingering in our minds… It’s stuck… And it feels just great. We’re so proud of this album and it’s just a pleasure to be reminded all the time of what a trip this has been.”
As Baroness thunders through the first week of North American tour dates since the release of "Yellow & Green" (reviewed here), the band sets its sights on Europe with the announcement of a four-week trek across the continent and an EP release from the 2012 BBC Session titled "Live At Maida Vale."
The EP is due out July 22nd in the UK, July 19th in Germany/Benelux, and July 23rd in North America via Relapse Records. The four songs were culled from Baroness’ July 12th, 2012 performance at Studio 4 (Maida Vale) on BBC Radio 1’s Rock Show and will be available digitally and as a highly limited edition 12” with a B-side featuring a silkscreen of John Baizley’s iconic swan image. The track listing is:
1. Take My Bones Away
2. March To The Sea
4. The Line Between
Catch the band live: More...
Engraved Disillusion has checked in with the following announcement about parting ways with three of the band's members:
"As some people may already be aware Box, Matt and Chris are leaving Engraved Disillusion. This is because all parties felt it was the right time to move in different directions, we want to wish them the best of luck and thank them for a memorable five years and some incredible performances which led to our debut album Embers of Existence.
"Engraved Disillusion is absolutely not stopping though, in fact its the furthest thing from our minds. We are nearing the completion of the writing process for our next album and have some huge plans for recording and releasing the album coupled with UK and European dates to support the release.
"We will have a full press release tomorrow regarding this announcement and also details on the application process will follow!"
For more info on the band, head over to the Engraved Disillusion Facebook profile here.
Not Your Scene Magazine has posted footage online of Anciients performing "Overthrone" from new album "Heart Of Oak" (reviewed here). The footage comes from the band's album release party on May 11th in Vancouver, BC and can be viewed below.
Downfall of Gaia will be hitting the road across the states, with dates beginning on August 16th. The confirmed dates can be found below, as well as at the band's Facebook profile here. More dates are still TBA, and will be made available online as soon as they are confirmed.
Antigama has released new album "Meteor" today (May 28th), and now the full release is available for streaming through the player below. The track listing is as follows:
2. The Key
5. Fed by the Feeling
6. Crystal Tune
8. The Signal
10. Perfect Silence
11. Untruth More...
South Florida's Abiotic has a busy summer schedule ahead. In addition to previously announced dates with The Faceless, as well as being confirmed to open the July 29th Summer Slaughter show, Abiotic will join up with Within the Ruins for a string of dates this June. Fans can catch the bands together June 21-29 beginning in Henderson, NV and wrapping up at the Pennsylvania Deathbed Festival.
06/08 Columbus, GA Summer Side Show Festival
06/09 Johnson City, TN Mecca
06/11 Steger, IL Another Hole In The Wall
w/ The Faceless, Within the Ruins, Rings of Saturn
06/12 Columbus, OH Kobo Live *no Within the Ruins
06/13 Milwaukee, WI The Rave
06/15 Peoria, IL The Brass Rail
06/16 Oklahoma City, OK The Chameleon
06/17 Odessa, TX Far West Event Center
06/19 Tucson, AZ The Rock
w/ Within the Ruins
06/21 Henderson, NV Eagle Aerie Hall
06/22 Mesa, AZ The Nile Theatre
06/23 Amarillo, TX The Wreckroom
06/24 Abilene, TX The Backroom w/ Impending Doom
06/25 Houston, TX Walters
06/26 Tupelo, MS Good Time Charlies
Pennsylvania Deathbed Festival w/ Impending Doom, Texas In July, Within The Ruins
06/29 Allentown, PA Maingate Nightclub
The Summer Slaughter Tour special appearance
07/29 Lake Buena Vista, FL House of Blues More...
Modesto, California's Better Left Unsaid is gearing up for the release of a new self-titled album, to officially drop on June 18th, 2013.
As the band gears up for this new album, today we have the pleasure to unveil the opening track from "Better Left Unsaid."
Check out the melodic mix of rock and metal in "Mr. Dark" through the player available below. The band also describes its sound by saying:
"BLU combine influences ranging from the thrash of Testament, the grooves of Pantera, and the sheer attack of Machine Head into a modern metal whole that stands tall beside the likes of Threat Signal, Soilwork, and Meshuggah."
The full track listing for "Better Left Unsaid" is as follows:
1. Mr. Dark
2. The Butcher
3. She Needs Violence
4. My Wounds
5. Threat of Truth
6. Exile the Righteous
8. Snake Oil
9. Death's Reflection
10. For You
You can also hear more from the band, and find out about upcoming live activity, at the Better Left Unsaid Facebook profile here.
San Francisco occult act Cardinal Wyrm recently issued its album "Another Holy Trinity" and is streaming all five tracks from it on bandcamp. The album artwork was done by the band's bassist/vocalist Marcelle Marais. She is joined in the trio by Pranjal Tiwari on drums/vocals and Natan Vee on guitar/vocals. The Soggy Bog podcast 126 features this "Another Holy Trinity" release, along with several other doom artists.
Israel's Orphaned Land has now teamed up with Metal.de to debut the atmospheric video for the band's latest single, "Brother." This track is taken from Orphaned Land's upcoming 6th studio album, "All Is One," which is due out June 24th in Europe and June 25th in North America via Century Media Records.
Check out the clip at Metal.de or in the player below. Kobi Farhi (vocals) comments about the track:
"This is a song that Itshak is singing to his brother Ishmael. According to the bible, they were both the sons of Abraham from two different mothers. Today, Itshak is known as the father of the Israeli nation while Ishmael is known as the father of the Arab nation. Historically, that means of course that it's a historical fact that Israelis and Arabs are brothers and we believe that the deepest source for our actual conflict still lies there, between the two brothers.
"Both sides today are so focused on being right in the conflict and fill themselves with hate. Every side is so busy with being the victim, and today it doesn't make sense to either one of the sides that we are historically brothers. People forgot it, forgot that our language is alike, as well as our names and history. More...
DevilDriver has confirmed that the title of the band's new album is "Winter Kills." The album will be released worldwide on August 27th. The band recorded the album in Florida at Audio Hammer Studios and vocals in Los Angeles, CA at Dez's home studio with Mark Lewis (Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel, All That Remains) handling production duties.
The artwork for Winter Kills features a photograph by Dean Karr. The layout was done by Ryan Clark/Invisible Creature. Dez FaFara comments:
"This is by far Devildriver's most cohesive, powerful, groove laden record to date! We delivered our signature California Groove sound alongside a Raw and Biting guitar tone, mixed it with massive hooks, added in thunderous drums to rethink, and reshape another different sounding unique piece of Rock-N-Roll! Cutting our own path is something to be proud of.
"Devildriver has always and will forever be about thinking outside the box and delivering on something different from record to record, we cannot be assimilated into any scene or even genre of Metal and we will continue to do things our own way with a massive middle finger in the air to the status quo!" More...
Chico, California downtempo sludge act Cold Blue Mountain has released the 12" vinyl treatment of its recent self-titled album on Gogmagogical records. The nine-song outing has been streaming over at bandcamp and can be listened to below. Cold Blue Mountain has a gig at the Café Coda in Chico on June 22nd, along with the bands Baby Gurl and Yaktooth.
Hailing from Michigan's capital Lansing comes Infectonator, a blackened old-school thrash trio that has out the new six-song release "Brainfuckers." The band is streaming it over on bandcamp. Infectonator features guitarist Matt Preston, who you may know from the doom band Ghost Tower. The sixth song, which is not streaming, is a cover of Darkthrone’s "In the Shadow of the Horns."
The U.K. dirge combo Ghold is streaming its entire four-song outing "Judas Ghoat" over on bandcamp and below in the player. Referred to as a weight and grunt power duo whose weapons of musical destruction are comprised of bass and drums, Ghold also released this album via Gnostic/Mystic records as a limited 100 unit cassette pressing. Ghold has a gig scheduled at the Unicorn Camden on June 22nd with Sea Bastard, Earthmass and Torpor on the roster.
Lima, Peru-based death/doom act Mirthless has allied themselves with MetalRecusants.com for the exclusive premier of their new track "Prelude to Doomsday." The track comes from the band's debut full-length entitled "A Dirge For Your Suicide," which is set for a June 1st release on Dunkelheit Produktionen. Stream the track at this location. This analogue-recorded album is given a 3-panel-digipack including a colored poster (24 x 24 cm) by Dunkelheit Produktionen. The artwork was made by Erick Neyra (Goat Semen) and matches the sound of the occult hellish elegies. The debut marks the first recording from the band since the 2004 "Remembrances" EP.
Mirthless emerged in 2003 with the gathering of two sinister souls: Mirthless (Suicide Voice of Doom Kult) and Satyricon (Senile Dementia in Drums), who were inspired to create music filled with despair and darkness. A few months later another fallen soul appeared: Soulless (Mournful Sound of Anguish and Pain), with whom the band composed two sad poems and recorded a rehearsal tape during November and December of 2004 called Rehearsal I. Satyricon quit the band for personal reasons and was replaced by Schizophrenic (Disturbed Mind in Drums) in 2011. He had been living in a mental hospital for a long period.