#BAZUndergroundUpdates CXLIII

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It’s the first week of a new year! 2023 has finally rolled around and we are starting it off with a brand-new instalment of The Underground Updates!

So, let’s see what’s out there…

AZAGHAL Not long ago the first official music video was premiered, and just recently the second official music video Kaaos was premiered from the Finnish Black Metal group Azaghal taken from their upcoming 12th full length album Alttarimme on Luista Tehty via Immortal Frost Productions! Head over here to check out the video, and of course here to place your order!

CENTURY Making their way to the US this upcoming spring, Century will be on The Conquest of America tour and to mark this occasion the band will have an exclusive colour of The Conquest on Time LP for this tour, and all shows this entire yet, while supplies last! Keep your eyes open for local listings for more info, including ticket links!

SAMMALE Looking for something dark, but not too brutal to start the new year? You may care to sample the folk-infused Atmospheric Black Metal of Sammale and the self-titled release by the one-man act—available now on Naturmacht Productions. Check out the available versions here and listen to the album in full for a dark start to 2023.

M.S.W. Bringing together old and new recordings over the past few years M​.​S​.​W. Cloud : Diversus Ambitibus shows the more reflective (but still emotionally powerful side) of the artist often going by the name Hell. Check out this mournful collection of piano based instrumentals recorded between Oregon and Texas. You can listen in full and buy a copy here.

GOLDEN CAT PAGODA How about some Chinese Experimental Black Metal? Well, check out 弥弥 Mí Mí, the newly released album by Golden Cat Pagoda on Pest Productions. Though the record starts with a pretty familiar slice of raw Black Metal, it isn’t long before the record takes some novel twists. There’s plenty here to intrigue the listener. Check out the album in full here and order a copy.

FESTERDECAY Aiming to channel the classic Goregrind of early Carcass, Japan’s FesterDecay will release their debut album Reality Rotten To The Core on Italy’s Everlasting Spew Records on the 24th of February. In the meantime you can listen to the album’s opening track here and pre-order a copy.

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)

Direct Merch (Australia)

eOne Heavy (EU) eOne Heavy (UK) eOne Heavy (US)

Ipecac (EU) Ipecac (US)

Metal Odyssey (EU) Metal Odyssey (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)

It looks like we are starting the year out slow and steady, which is often the best way to start new things!

By Julia Katrin and Tom Osman

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