The first week of July is already upon us! What better way to celebrate than to check out what our writers Julia Katrin and Tom Osman have gathered for this week’s instalment of The Underground Updates?
So, let’s see what’s out there…
IN SLUMBER The long awaited fourth full length album by Austrian death metal group In Slumber was finally released last Friday titled While We Sleep, and if you haven’t checked it out yet you can head straight over here for the official video for the third track of the album Parasomnia! Should you like what you hear, you can head over here to place your order!
KEN MODE Should you find yourself in ever lovely Canada in September this year, heading over here might be a good idea because KEN mode announced four shows with Vile Creature and Mares of Thrace before they tackle the US in October and November! Get your ticket now while they are hot!
CELESTIAL SANCTUARY And even more show announcements, just in case you missed it Celestial Sanctuary will be supporting Portrayal of Guilt in Norwich on the 13th of july, as well as performing at the Church Road 5th Anniversary show in Manchester on the 7th of August with Inhuman Nature, Cruelty, Outlander and Wallowing! Head over here for tickets and further info!
TOC 666 From the label whose mission statement is to bring you “cold and hateful black metal and other negative artistic expressions”, Self Mutilation Services, comes a suitably icy blast of depressive suicidal black metal that’s rich in atmospherics and all round raw grimness. Worthlessness Of My Existence by Toc 666 is as bleak as the title suggests. Subject your ears to emotional brutality here where you can also pick up a copy of the album.
EXALTATION Any release coming via Sentient Ruin Laboratories is bound to be hellish and judging from the preview track Under Blind Reasoning by New Zealand’s Exaltation — due for release on July 29th — will be no exception. Those looking for bludgeoning, demonic death metal in the vein of Immolation may well get happily brutalised by this. Check out the preview track here and pre-order a copy.
POWER FROM HELL São Paulo, Brazil’s black metal lifers Power From Hell will unleash their latest album Shadows Devouring Light through Debemur Morti Productions. Strap in for some vicious, demonic nastiness. You can listen to the powerful preview track Silence here, where you can also pre-order the alum.
GAEREA Portugal’s black metal group Gaerea made quite a splash two years ago with their second album Limbo. Now the band is returning, on Season of Mist, with their latest burst of extreme metal intensity Mirage. The album will be released on September 23rd. Vinyl is already selling out, so if you want a copy you better pre-order a copy here quick smart, and listen to the preview track while you’re at it.
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.
Direct Merch (Australia)
Napalm Records (Germany)
Throne Records (World)
Filled with activities, offers and fabulous merch it looks like this week will be doing us some good, and from all our writers at BAZ we hope you are enjoying your summertime to the fullest and as always wash those horns!
By Julia Katrin and Tom Osman
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