ACEPHALIX: San Francisco Death Horde Announce New Album - New Song Revealed.

We could not be happier to work with 20 Buck Spin to release Acephalix's new crushing album Decreation on September 22 2017. While the Northwest label will be handling the CD/LP/Digital versions, Sentient Ruin will bring you a cassette version of the album, as has been in the case of "sister" band Vastum, with whom Acephalix shares two members (down from three).

Nothing is left to be said about Acephalix that hasn't been said before. We're talking about one of the most barbaric, involved, and blatantly ignorant death metal bands to have ever appeared in America. Having gotten their start around 2006 as a primitive and heavy crust band influenced by Wolfpack, Anticimex, and Discharge, the band eventually steered its sound toward the realm of the most demented and regressed death metal, soon ascending to role of kingpins among the Bay Area's most revered, feared, and gruesome extreme metal acts.

After having released albums on famed San Francisco crust label Prank Records, and then signing to Southern Lord in their "death metal" era for two albums, and sharing the stage with bands like Autopsy, Pentagram, Winter, Undergang, and beyond, the band dissolved in 2011, only to make a glorious return in 2015 with the writing of new material. Since their Southern Lord debut (2011's punishing Interminable Night) and for most of their recent history the band has been formed by core and founding members Dan Butler (also vocalist of Vastum), David Benson (also drummer Depressor), guitarist Kyle House (also in Serpents of Dawn, and ex-Poison Idea and ex-Vastum) and bassist Luca Indrio (also in Vastum, and Necrot).

Interminable Night also marked the mutation from Acephalix's early crust punk leanings into a blood-thirsty old school death metal war machine, as (while still retaining a solid crust-punk framework) they began to embrace the style and aesthetics of ancient Scandinavian death metal bands like Dismember, Grave, Demigod, Nihilist, etc, assaulting the listener with a maelstrom of buzz sawing riff madness, dark and perverted atmospheres, and punishing caveman rhythms. On top of their neaderthalian and feral musical approach, Acephalix have been known for Dan Butler's intimidating presence and revolting lyrics dealing with death, violence, and perversions of the most unnamable kind, and with his unpredictable stage presence which has seen Acephalix shows quickly escalate into chaos, with heaps of staked bodies, and people flying all over the place.

Today we're honored and excited to be a part of the continuation of this legacy from one of America's most praised, revered, and feared death metal hordes, as they prepare the release of Decreation - their most involved, bestial, and gruesome release to date, splendidly enhanced by Greg Wilkinson of Earhammer Studios' staggering low end production and Brad Boatright of Audiosiege's crisp and aggressive mastering. The coronation of the work is the incredible cover art done for the band by luminary Adam Burke.

You can already hear the song Suffer (Life in Fragments) right here, while cassette pre-orders are already live on our store and Bandcamp. Stay tuned for more songs to surface soon and for further announcements.

HELL: Oregon-Based Sludge-Doom Destroyers To Unleash Absurdly Crushing New Album - Track Streaming at CVLT Nation.

LOWER YOUR HEAD. It is with overwhelming excitement that we present to you the imminent release of the new, fourth, self-titled album by Salem, OR-based sludge-doom behemoths HELL. Coming initially as a limited edition cassette + digital product, this new and otherworldly colossus of absolutely implausible heaviness is set to once again shatter every record known to man of sheer musical tonnage. HELL are no mistery when it comes to unbelievably-sized riffs, rather they are a legend of extreme doom, but no one would have ever imagined that they could have outsized them selves, to create something of such hideously astonishing proportions. Simply put, this new self-titled opus of theirs will leave the listener scrambling for dear life as the shadow of this monster is cast for miles as it collapses upon them like an endless crumbling monolith. 

HELL is, and likely will forever be, the brainchild of sole mastermind M.S.W., a Salem, Oregon-based musician who's been the sole and constant driving force behind the project. M.S.W. writes, and, records every single HELL album on his own, working constantly in near complete seclusion and letting his imagination and emotions run free. What is created is a monolithic chasm of despair and dread that is boundless in its astounding enormity. With tunings so low to resemble complete collapse, speeds that  reach a state of hallucinating coma, and atmopsheres of unparalleled dread and misery, HELL's music has always been more a sort of mystical experience than mere listening one. M.S.W.'s music is one that touches emotional levels that barely seem real they are so deep, all while dwelling in an atonality, destructiveness, and immanent level of chaos and devastation that barely seem plausible they are so extreme and exaggerated.

Once again as by tradition completely written, performed, and recorded in every instrument by M.S.W. alone and in total isolation over a span of three years, this new self-titled HELL monster is the reaffirmation and consecration of one of modern doom's most harrowing, demoralizing, and imaginative prospects, and the final seal on their status of absolute legends in American underground extreme metal. Spanning seven inhumanly crushing songs, for over forty-five minutes of colossal and earth-shaking audial torture - HELL's new album is already a classic, and a tyrannically iconic masterpiece that shall forever be remembered as one of the most awe-inducing turning points in extreme doom, having raised the bar of what "heavy" is to implausible heights, and redefined the concept of musical oppression through a new realm of extremism.

Get a first incredible glimpse into the living underworld that is this monstrous record courtesy of CVLT Nation who are now streaming the skull-crushing track Wandering Soul HERE - calling HELL's new album a "hellacious" work from "a fucking evil sounding" band.

HELL's new album will drop on August 11 2017 as a digital product + limited edition cassette tape featuring unbelievable art by surreal horror artist Blial Cabal, and both versions can be now pre-ordered on our store and Bandcamp. An LP version of the album is in the works to be released sometime in the near future. 

AVERSIO HUMANITATIS: Sentient Ruin Releases Vinyl and Cassette Versions of "Longing for the Untold" Mini album - The Latest Masterpiece from Mysterious Spanish Black/Death Horde.

After a debut full-length album in 2011, and two splits in the following years, 2017 was the year that the visions and hallucinations germinating within the realm of Madrid, Spain's Aversio Humananitas really started to coalesce into otherworldly and godlike form. One can not deny the deeply "mental" and transcendental nature of this band's monstrous and gargantuan black metal, as upon first encounter the listener's senses are literally pulverized by a boundless chasm of cascading and devouring sound. Formed in the late 00s in Madrid Spain by a core and unchanged trio of mysterious locals, over the following years Aversio Humananitas' spell of conquest has seen the band slowly morph into a beast of implausible proportions and of ungraspable intents as they began to expand upon their black metal roots by embracing the ferality of the most mutated and cursed death metal. This transcendental and abhorrent metamorphosis into otherworldly sonic tyrant fully sublimated in their 2017 mini album Longing for the Untold, in which Aversio Humanitatis went from being a purely methodical and vaguely technical black metal band in the vein of Emperor, Satyricon or Abigor, to becoming something completely undefinable - shaped by the ever so apparent lineaments of an unquenchable black hole. A beast  capable of sonically harnessing the power of collapsing stars and of the very depths of hades.

Originally released on CD in early 2017, Aversio Humanitatis' tyrannical and majestic masterpiece Longing for the Untold now endures an inevitable second skin molt transforming into the true beast it was meant to become and assuming its final harrowing form as we bring you and enhanced re-release on vinyl and tape of this staggering and monumental black metal opus, now re-packaged with three bonus tracks from past splits and EPs as the B side and with new incredible artwork.

With Longing for the Untold this Spanish band has created a colossal behemoth of technically intimidating and sonically imposing progressive black metal that lunges forth toward the listener with crushing force, levitating out of solid darkness - its mass and shape monstrous and awe-inducing as it projects its monstrous silhouette against total darkness, resembling the stygian singularity of an inescapable black hole. Reminescent in style and execution to the darkened and cerebral craft of Icelandic black metal bandslike Zhrine, Svartidauði, Misþyrming, and similarly wretched black metal anomalies like Skáphe, and Deathspell Omega, and enhanced by the muscular build of dark death metal bands like Ulcerate, Abyssal, and Gorguts, Longing for the Untold more than a thing, is a place and time where the power of sound literally devours the senses turning perception into a smoldering and swarming void of sensorial awe and of transcendental sonic disintegration.

Vinyl and tapes now shipping worldwide and can be purchased on our store and Bandcamp along with digital products included.

FRIENDSHIP: "I&II" By Japanese Powerviolence Devastators Finally Available on Vinyl.

We are extremely proud and honored to announce the release of "I&II" on white, 180 gr, 45RPM vinyl - the full-length release from elusive and mysterious experimental powerviolence terrorists Friendship (also known as the Friendship Collective).  "I&II" is a compilation of tracks previously self-released by the band as two separate CD EPs (the I EP and the II EP) now both condensed by Sentient Ruin into a single castigating long player of maximum auditive torture. The I&II compilation masterfully showcases the full extent of the band’s absurd formula: a maelstrom of bleak and punishing powerviolence/grind ferocity colliding with the suffocating weight of the most abject sludge-doom, and further enhanced by the iconic and completely mindless approach to extreme metal and punk which has always characterized Japanese bands as being the most absurd and unpredictable out there.

Hailing from the Chiba prefecture of western Japan, Friendship are one of the most vile, antagonist, and visionary grind/powerviolence acts to have ever emerged from The Land of the Rising Sun. Their absurdly devastating music comes together as a collapsing black hole that devours everything with maniacal ferocity, sparing nothing from the plain of existence. In perfect adherence to the tradition of Japanese extreme music where everything is always taken to ridiculous and mindless extremes, Friendship's music is like a chain reaction that can not be stopped - the devastating consequence of an uncontrolled nuclear fission of Japan's most praised and iconic musical extremities: the mindless chaos of bands like Endon and Zeni Geva, the pulverizing blunt force trauma of bands like Unholy Grave and Death Side, and the cataclysmic sludge-doom aberrance of bands like Corrupted and Congenital Hell. Of course this hell on earth envisioned by the band far from stops to their sole Japanese roots. Instead their sound goes beyond, encompassing and embracing the full scale auditive terror of legendary American powerviolence bands like NailsColumn of Heaven, Man Is The BastardIron Lung, and Hatred Surge, and the tormented sludge dirges of masters like Swans, Godflesh, Noothgrush, and Dystopia

Originally released on February 17 2017 by SR as a ltd. ed. cassette which sold out in record time and left outlets like CVLT Nation, No Clean Singing, Metal Injection, Metalsucks and beyond gasping in complete awe at the band's horrifying heaviness, Friendship's I&II now assumes its ultimate form as an inhumanly heavy sounding white vinyl record comprised again of twelve tracks of absolutely unfathomable violence, that will plunge the listener nt an authentic plight for survival, as they desperately try to survive the utterly senseless chaos unleashed upon them by these Japanese masters of complete sonic terror. 

Released in the EU by Danwbreed Records and in the US in collaboration with King of the Monsters Records, pre-orders for I&II vinyl records and digital products are now live on our store and on our Bandcamp.