BAZ Underground Updates XXVII

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Yes, article number 27 of the Underground Update has rolled around. It would be a shocker, had our writers Julia Katrin and Tom Boatman not worked hard all this time to gather information on live shows and special offers on merch and other goodies to make every Tuesday more predictable then the sunrise.

So, let’s see what’s out there…

Event: RazorCon2020

Something a little different for us to mention, however, this one we couldn’t resist. If you are a computer and gaming enthusiast, you might not want to miss out on this year’s RazorCon2020 coming your way this Saturday, the 10th of October. A full day of gaming goodness has been scheduled, packed with product launches, game reveals, and of course, metal concerts! At 9PM/4AM they lined up firstly DragonForce and Friends to perform at the online event, and following they got their good friends Sabaton performing at 10PM/5AM. All there is for you to do is head over to the Razer webpage and seek all the information you might ever need, and then just sit back and enjoy!

Band: Insomnium

However, if you are NOT a computer gaming enthusiast, nor a power metal fan but tend to lean more in the direction of Finnish melodies, we are happy to let you know that the Finnish melodic geniuses of Insomnium plan to have another live performance also coming this Saturday, starting at 19:00 CET. An Evening with Insomnium – Live from SF Sound Studio will offer us a chance to hear the group perform their latest album “Heart like a Grave” in full, which just two days ago celebrated its one year release anniversary, and following that will be a very special acoustic set and a chat session.
A pre-show is scheduled to start one hour before the show, at 18:00 CET, and a VIP ticket will give access to that gathering where the band will give a sneak peak to some new song ideas and riffs.
After the stream the show will be available for a full seven days, and we suggest you buy your tickets here in advance to avoid a last second rush. For even further information and differently located times visit the band’s Facebook page.

Band: Infesticide

Harking back to early Morbid Angel, Mexican death metal three-piece Infesticide have released their second album, the delightfully titled “Envenoming Wounds”, with Blood Harvest Records. Go to the label’s bandcamp page and check out the cassette, vinyl, CD and digital editions available. It’s raw and rabid, and as you’d hope from a power trio, the bass is meaty and stands alongside the furious guitar and drum attack. Feed your ears with this sample below:

Band: Heads for the Dead

Having received a 10/10 here at BAZ for their outstanding debut album “Serpent’s Curse”, the recently announced follow up from brutal death metal supergroup Heads for the Dead “Into the Red”, will undoubtedly earn itself a full-review in time. Given that the release date is a while away (December 11th), consider this due notice that you shouldn’t hang around, but go to Transcending Obscurity Records and feast like a gore hungry zombie on the awesome treasure trove of limited edition vinyl and related merch. Pre-order something today and give yourself a gruesomely awesome treat to look forward to before year’s end. And right now, click below for a good ol’ fashioned auditory hammer to the head.

Band: Sarcoptes

Sticking with Transcending Obscurity Records, but this time with a dose of black/ thrash metal, last Friday saw the release of “Plague Hymnes”, the blistering latest release from Sarcoptes. Following on from the band’s debut full-length, this 17min, 2 track EP should whet your appetite nicely for the band’s next full-length offering, currently worming its way through the pipeline. Strap yourself in for razor sharp riffing, relentless percussive batteries, ominous atmospherics and demonic howling. Sounds like a party to me. Go to the label’s bandcamp page for the host of special edition delights you would expect.

Band: Dawn of Solace

Originally released back in January of this year, “Waves” by Dawn of Solace (essentially a solo project by Finland’s Tuomas Saukkonen, once of Before The Dawn, amongst many other projects) is a lush and darkly beautiful melodic doom metal release. Now made available on a special limited edition splatter vinyl edition. The album is well worth checking out if you haven’t already and if you have, well now’s your chance to get your hands on this gorgeous special new edition. Go to Noble Demon Records to pick up a copy and listen to a sample below.

Band: Hell

The one-man extreme blackened funeral doom drone metal mystery that is Hell would already be elusively mysterious enough given how hard it is to correctly catalogue all the helpfully self-titled releases, but let’s talk about the music, oh good lord does Hell absolutely crush! “Hell III” originally released in 2012 and now remastered and available in several new vinyl editions (well some are already sold out), but get over quick-smart to Throne Records on bandcamp to be directed to what’s still available. And if you’re too late you can still pick up a digital copy at “name your price”, yes available for you at whatever price you wish to pay. Why? Because that’s what heroes do.

Band: Uthullun

From Wolves of Hades Records, the label responsible for the excellent Ainsoph project earlier this year, comes another release of otherworldly, ethereal metal, this time with a decided shade of the black about it. “Dirges For The Void” by Uthullun is officially released on November 13th, but already vinyl copies are selling out fast. Click here if you don’t want to miss out. And as there’s more than one hero in this world you can also pick up a digital copy of the album at “name your price”. WHY ON EARTH WOULD YOU NOT?? Check out this sample below.

For some, this time of the year can be extremely hard. The summer is pretty much gone, the trees are shedding their yellow leaf, and it’s quite dark. And now with our current situation it can easily be much more challenging then even normally. But remember, the metal community stands together and we are here for the artists, the workers, and of course one another. So, enjoy the activity options this week brings, let yourself indulge in the merchandise that is up for grabs, and of course don’t hesitate to reach out if you feel like you need someone to virtually lean on.

By Julia Katrin and Tom Boatman

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