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It is the last Tuesday before Christmas! This is the last chance you have to take advantage of all of the goodies out there so there is no time to lose and our writers Julia Katrin and Tom Osman are back at it once again with this Christmas-y version of The Underground Updates!

So, let’s see what’s out there…

OCEANS OF SLUMBER This group has, since signing with Season of Mist this year, embraced the powerful force of change while recording their new album! Head over here right now and be enthralled by the piano medley Poem of Fire which collects the themes from the group´s upcoming sixth album into a single, solitary movement!

ARCHAIC SOUND This label here just made their full digital discography available on Bandcamp with a 90% discount! Head over here to claim all 55 releases for $232.62 USD!

NEUROT RECORDINGS Our weekly favourite never misses! Over at Neurot Recordings they have for this week chosen the album Amigos de la Guitarra by ¡M.G.R. Y DESTRUCTO SWARMBOTS for their Pay What You Can segment, so head over here right now to claim your copy right now

and simply pay what you can!

SUNN O))) As of right now SUNN O))) has announced a series of live dates in spring 2024 as a part of their Shoshin Duo Tour! Anderson and O´Malley will perform as a pair, pure and primaeval riff of temporality, massively heavy structures of sound pressure! Head over here to check out the tour dates and tickets!

DEMONCY Seattle’s Demoncy may very well love their mothers, but they sure do sound demonic. Having gone through many a lineup, the black metal veteran’s latest iteration have now released Diabolica Blasphemiae, their latest five-track mini-album, on Hells Headbangers. The release is available on CD, cassette and vinyl. Click here to buy, listen to the album and for all links.

SULFURIC HATRED Those lovely people at Sentient Ruin Laboratories sure know how to curate some of the nastiest extreme metal out there. Described as “chaos-mongering warnoise terrorists” in the album’s notes, Sulfuric Hatred most certainly give such an impression on their debut self-titled album. Whether or not the universe is collapsing in on itself is unclear, but listening to this record it sure sounds like it. This is extreme noise metal nastiness. Check it out in full here where you can pick up CD, cassette and vinyl copies.

PESTILENGTH Christmas is coming, so what better time for some remorselessly pummeling death metal that sounds like it was dug out of cursed crypt? Spain’s Pestilength will be releasing just such a gift in the form of their third album Solar Clorex (out Feb 26th on Debemur Morti Productions). You can get a sample of what’s inside here, where you can also pre-order the album on CD or vinyl, plus there’s some there too to go with 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.

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)

Now that the holidays are literally just around the corner we do hope that you take this last chance to get your hands on those metal goodies to stuff them into a christmas present for someone you love…or just yourself! And from all of us at BAZ we wish you all happy holidays!

By Julia Katrin and Tom Boatman

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