We will be announcing one band a day from January 10th until the the entire line-up has been announced. We will be announcing 40 bands in total.
Here are the bands that have been announced so far in alphabetical order:
-TOMB MOLD (can)
With strange aeons, even death may die – and a cult death metal band come back to life.
Abhorrence, the pioneers of Finnish death metal are back after almost thirty years. Abhorrence’s comeback ep “Megalohydrothalassophobic” was released in 2018 to an unsuspecting audience. It received high praise around the world and ended up on Decibel magazine’s top 40 albums of the year -list.
Originally the band lived for a single intense year of brutal old school death. In 1989-1990 the teenagers released one demo and one ep, disbanded, and left a permanent mark in the history of extreme metal. Guitarist Tomi Koivusaari went on to make a different kind of impact in the history of metal music with Amorphis.
In 2012 Svart Records released the old Abhorrence material as a compilation titled Completely Vulgar, re-igniting the band’s heritage and cult status. The following year Abhorrence reformed to play live again. The unapologetic shows were extremely well received. Svart recorded one and released it as the live album “Totally Vulgar – Live at Tuska Open Air 2013”.
The old lineup was joined by the young drummer Waltteri Väyrynen of Paradise Lost fame in 2016. Abhorrence in its present form was ready and the result is recorded on “Megalohydrothalassophobic”. Musically it is a deep dive into psychedelic death metal and lyrically an exploration of philosophical horror at the age of the ecological catastrophe.
2019 marks the thirty year anniversary of the band and sees Abhorrence as vital as ever.
Abhorrence is yet to release a full length album. But stranger things have happened than a classic Finnish death metal band to be working on their first album after thirty decades, full of energy and vision.
Known for an uncompromisingly unique aesthetic, Canadian experimental Black Death outfit Antediluvian exemplifies the true ethos of Satanic expression through original and creative song writing and visual presentation. Their style incorporates baffling time signatures, dissonant riffing, woven in intricately structured rhythmic chaos. The music is a fitting compliment to the adversarial ideologies presented by accompanying lyrics and art. These themes encompass existential terror, transgression, and death worship, to create entheogenic nightmares of spiritual disturbance. With two full lengths and a slew of EPs behind them, Antediluvian look forward to the release of their third album as well as a new split and EP in the coming year. Dormant from the gigging circuit since 2015, they return with their strongest live presentation yet, appearing in 2018 in Europe at Killtown Death Fest September 5 – 8 and in North America at Covenant Festival, July 4 – 6.
Coffins is a Japanese doom-death band, formed in 1996, that has scavenged the depths of evil and darkness throughout their decade-plus existence as they slowly work toward a flawless refinement of all the things we love about the genre. According to Exclaim!, Coffins might not innovate but instead “reanimate one of the darkest, most oppressive chapters of metal with consummate style and punishing panache.” Band members have displayed their immense talent and power since their debut full-length, Mortuary in Darkness, released on Razorback Recordings in 2005. A year later, they followed up with their sophomore release, The Other Side of Blasphemy, released through Imperium Productions. This album managed to somehow increase the heaviness of Mortuary, but it wasn’t until 2008’s Buried Death that the band truly reached the sonic nirvana they had been aiming at since their beginnings.
Buried Death, which Metal Reviews referred to as “satisfyingly heavy” as well as “raw and nasty,” was released through 20 Buck Spin and would be the band’s final full-length before signing to Relapse Records in early 2011. Before the signing, Coffins spread their sound across an enormous amount of split-releases with such acclaimed acts as Warhammer, StormCrow, and Hooded Menace. Additionally, the band has performed shows with bands such as Yob and Kylesa, and has made appearances at Roadburn Afterburner and Los Angeles Murder Fest. Coffins also just finished a massive European tour, following thorough excursions in the east and west coasts as well as a successful tour in Australia.
In 2013, Coffins released their fourth full-length and Relapse Records debut The Fleshland. A refreshing and mind-bending amalgamation of doom and death metal’s greatest moments, the LP shows Coffins smashing down everything in their path with nine grisly tracks. Since then they have released no less than 6 splits, 2 EP´s and one compilation.
Ignivomous (aus) – Nuclear War Now! Productions
Borne out of the members desire to see a resurgence of a heavier, more dissonant style of death metal, Ignivomous were among the first bands in what has since become a recognized movement (and revival) of murky, dense death metal.
Formed in 2006, Australians Ignivomous quickly issued a cassette version of their Path of Attrition demo which soon after sold out. The band then signed to cult US label Nuclear War Now! who re-issued Path of Attrition on vinyl, followed by their debut full-length album Death Transmutation in 2008 and sophomore Contragenesis in 2011.
Heiroglossia, their third full-length opus, is scheduled for production in 2019, featuring — in addition to founding members Chris Volcano, Sean Hinds and Jael Edwards — Lewis Fischer (Altars) and Chris Jordon (Inverloch). Anticipate a churning maelstrom of blast beat laden savagery and harrowing doom passages. Raw death metal building firmly from their own legacy and pushing further into the void. Hostile, sinister and spiteful, as the name translates: vomiting fire.
This will be only the third international onslaught in Ignivomous’s tenure — a decade since their last incursion upon European soil. A rare opportunity to bare witness.
Obliteration is a Death metal band from Kolbotn, Norway – home of Darkthrone, Aura Noir, Lamented Souls among others. The band started out in 2001 and have ever since left a trail of destruction behind them with hellblazing gigs and rock solid releases. After a rehearsal demo in 2006 Obliteration were asked to sign with cult label Tyrant Syndicate, a sub-label of Peaceville Records, which is run by Nocturno Culto of Darkthrone. Obliteration released the debut album “Perpetual Decay” in May 2007 which got great reviews worldwide, and a UK tour with doomsters Ramesses followed.
In 2009 Obliteration unleashed upon this earth their second album, “Nekrospalms” through the Norwegian label Fysisk Format. Nekropsalms was recorded by the band themselves in their own studio at Kolbotn in one week, DIY style. Nekropsalms is a cosmic blend of old school death metal mixed with the best elements from doom, punk, thrash and old school black metal, and after 8 years, Obliteration have finally found their own repulsive style. The album got rave reviews world wide, both in the underground and in more mainstreem circuits. Nekropsalms was awarded “album of the year” in Norwegian magazine “Natt og Dag” in 2009, and won Osloprisen for best album in 2009. “Well well well, what we have here is the second album of the Kolbotn maniacs, and they have with this recording succeeded at what we in Darkthrone attempted on our “Soulside Journey” and “Goatlord” albums – a death metal masterpiece” – Fenriz of Darkthrone.
After the release of Nekropsalms, Obliteration spread their dark message throughout the earth, touring USA and the UK and had several festival apperances at Maryland Death Fest, Hole in the Sky, Øya Festivalen, Live Evil, Kill-Town Death Fest, several one-off shows and so forth.
In 2013 Obliteration returned after a three year hiatus with another devastating monument of death. Recorded once again in their own DIY studio at Kolbotn, to capture the band’s fire on tape, “Black Death Horizon” delivered seven sepulchral tracks of haunting death metal.
2018 saw the release of the fourth album “Cenotaph Obscure” further expanding on the quartet’s trademark sound; lead heavy old-school death metal with distinct flavours of both doom and black metal. Inventive yet never difficult to grasp, technical without wankery and obscure without being diffuse, Obliteration are masters at their craft. Cenotaph Obscure was recorded in Studio Cobra, Stockholm with Martin “Konie” Ehrencrona at the helm, lending the album an organic yet in your face production. In perfect keeping with the music, the lyrics deal with dystopic, apocalyptic themes, extinct civilizations and interdimensional portals etc. With Cenotaph Obscure, Obliteration cement their status as leaders in the Norwegian death metal scene, delivering a grizzly yet flawless monument to Death metal the way it was meant to be; obscure, ominous and unpredictable.
TOMB MOLD (can) – 20 Buck Spin
Toronto death metal band Tomb Mold started in 2016 as a 2 person project. Having played music together over numerous years, Derrick and Max knew exactly how they wanted to approach this, both from a sound and visual perspective. The goal was simply recording one or two demo tapes and then calling it a day. So much for that. Due to an overwhelming response to “The Bottomless Perdition”, they decided to work with Blood Harvest on “Primordial Malignity” to continue building their sound using the foundation of Finnish style death metal, their first full length. After the 2nd tape “The Moulting”, they turned Tomb Mold into a 4 piece touring band adding long-time friends and former band-mates Steve and Payson on bass and guitar respectively. Their 2nd full length was released with 20 Buck Spin, and “Manor of Infinite Forms” showcases their departure from playing a specific style of death metal and just writing anything they feel comfortable with. As the label puts it, “Constructing monumental towers of obscure shape, jarring yet coherent, Tomb Mold compositions evoke a distorted world alongside our own where all manner of oddity and peculiarity are permitted.” It also continued to build on the cosmic, insectoid infected universe they have been building through their music with the help of Brad Moore’s legendary artwork. Since then they have started touring and playing fests and have had the opportunity to tour with top tier bands like Horrendous and Of Feather and Bone. Continuing on with this momentum, expect to see more music released in 2019.
https://youtu.be/3HNXW-XlORM (Live at Saint Vitus)
VASTUM (us) – 20 Buck Spin
Vastum is a Death Metal band from Oakland that have released 3 albums since 2011 via 20 Buck Spin. The current lineup consists of bassist Luca Indrio (Necrot, Acephalix), guitarist/vocalist Leila Abdul-Rauf (Hammers of Misfortune, Cardinal Wyrm), vocalist Daniel Butler (Acephalix), guitarist Shelby Lermo (Ulthar, Extremity) and drummer Chad Gailey (Necrot, Mortuous).
Vastum’s uniquely crushing brutality is enhanced via lyrical prowess on the subjects of sexuality, eroticism, psychoanalysis and the writings of George Bataille among others. If not the for the extremely debased barbarity of the music one might rightly consider Vastum a thinking man’s Death Metal band. Instead the band is an avalanche of punishment, bodily fluids, caved in skulls and naked violence.
The band is noted for its energetic live performance which hits you hard straight in the face. Musically, the band’s releases feature death metal and dark atmospheres based on slow to mid-tempo, grinding grooves, interspersed with up-tempo shifts, and a bellowing, enunciated growl. The band’s third studio album, Hole Below, was listed as number 19 on Pitchfork’s list of “The Best Metal Albums of 2015”. A fourth full length is slated to be released on 20 Buck Spin in late 2019.
Check out Vastum live at The Elbo Room (San Francisco) here: