VOID ROT: Minnesota Death/Doom Unit Unveil Grandiose Debut MLP - Track Premiered at Toilet Ov Hell.

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Sentient Ruin is proud to present to the world a new entity which we are sure will leave its mark in US underground extreme metal in years to come. 

Hailing from Minneapolis MN, Void Rot are devoted to constructing massive and soul-consuming dirges of monstrous death-doom that is influenced by the glorious progenitors of majestic, atmospheric, and slow moving death metal like Winter, Rippikoulu, Disembowelment, early Paradise Lost, Incantation, etc.

With their debut MLP Consumed by Oblivion Void Rot unravel 15+ minis of earth-shaking and telluric death-doom that erupts from the depths of hades and pulverizes into the cosmos, weaving ancestral death metal and atmospheric doom into a dismal and soul-crushing deluge of riffs to construct a sonic colossus of unseen enormity, which will be sure to please all fans of bands like Spectral Voice, Anhedonist, Inverloch, Indesinence, Krypts.

Within their imposing compositions Void Rot weave light and darkness seamlessly and with unseen mastery, evoking atmospheres of unparalleled vastness that alternate majestically between sidereal and contemplative psychedelia, and visceral and bludgeoning heaviness. Consumed by Oblivion is an iconic and proud example of true american death-doom as seen at its finest hour as it masterfully distills the void of space and the loneliness of the cosmos and bends them to impact the crushing misery of our earthly reality. The end result is a seismic monolith of spine-breaking riffs and warped atmospheres that while glorifying death-doom's most distinctive traits also elevates the genere to an entire new level.

Consumed by Oblivion officially drops August 3 2018 on tape + digital and on CD + digital on Sentient Ruin and Everlasting Spew Records respectfully, while both labels have an LP version in the works as well slated for the end of the year. You can now hear the title track from the monstrous LP over at Toilet Ov Hell, and pre-order tapes and detail products from Sentient Ruin at our store or Bandcamp.

ABSTRACTER: Californian Blackened Doom Unit Unveil Haunting and Crushing Third LP - Track Premiered at Invisible Oranges.

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Perhaps now assuming their ultimate and most ghastly form, Abstracter return with their most astonishingly telluric, bleak, and hopeless album to date. On their third and brand new LP Cinereus Incarnate the Oakland CA dark doom band unravel a blood-curdling sonic tale about a nightmarish world cursed to eternal twilight, where reality is torn to pieces and existence is reduced to the final stages of survival. Taking form through a deluge of suffocating distortion and dismal atmospheres that defies any categorization, Abstracter have created an hallucinatory and apocalyptic work that oozes with an immanent and oppressive sense of defeat and of unravelling hope, fusing together crust, black, doom, death metal, and cancerous strains of noise, drone, and dark ambient to summon a soul-crushing sonic cataclysm of utter misery and despair.

This brand new album sees Abstracter move further away from their origins and experiment even more with drone, dark ambient, (harsh) noise, black and death metal, while also vastly enhancing their primordial pool of influences centered around Corrupted’s slow-moving crushing doom nihilism, Amebix’s apocalyptic end-times crust, and Godflesh cold and dissonant crush-depth. At the core of the earth-shaking sonic annihilation of the album lies however an even vaster and intelligible plethora of influences ranging from Blut Aus Nord, Dystopia, Swans, Disembowelment, to Skullflower, Winter, Khanate and Celtic Frost which Abstracter have coerced together to erect an obsidian black wall of monstrous sound that levitates out of solid darkness crushing and devouring everything in its path. The end result is a terrifying listen and the absolute pinnacle in the band’s eight-year long sonic exploration. With its ghastly atmospheres choked by noisy dark ambience and its colossal progressions of shapeshifting black/death/doom, Cinereus Incarnate is a catastrophic listen - a sonic ordeal about a wretched world fallen to its knees in which the lines between life and hell, and reality and nightmare have been vaporized as existence sinks into a tormented shadowzone obscured by falling ash and nuclear fallout.

Invisible oranges have premiered the track Ashen Reign, calling Cinereus Incarnate "a sinister execution of doom, death, black, and sludge metal". You can checkout their article and stream the track HERE.

Recorded and mixed by Greg Wilkinson at Earhammer Studios (Vastum, Undergang, Acephalix, Autopsy, Graves At Sea, Noothgrush etc.) in Oakland CA, and mastered at Audiosiege in Portland OR by Brad Boatright (Nails, Wolfbrigade, Full of Hell, Vallenfyre etc), the monstrous album comes with an appallingly dense, layered, and oppressive production and features haunting dark ambient soundscapes and noise contributions by Sutekh Hexen’s own visual/noise luminary Kevin Gan Yuen (who also curated the album’s grandiose and apocalyptic art) and by San Francisco-based dark industrial musician Only Now - an unholy alliance which has yielded a sonic behemoth unlike anything else with an absolutely annihilating and otherworldly sound. Cinereus Incarnate is slated to be released on June 8 2018 through Sentient Ruin (tape/US LP), Vendetta Records (EU LP), Tartarus Records (EU tape), I Voidhanger Records (CD), and Daymare Recordings (Japanese enhanced CD with a cover of Amebix's  Fear of God as a bonus track) - pre-orders for all formats are live on the band's Bandcamp, or on our store or Bandcamp.

 

夢遊病者 (Sleepwalker): Enigmatic Psychedelic Black Metal Experimentalists Unveil Mind-Bending Sophomore LP - Track Premiered at Invisible Oranges.

We proudly bring you 一期一会 (Ichi-go ichi-e) the once again unparalleled sophomore LP from elusive multinational psychedelic/avantgarde black metal enigma 夢遊病者 (Sleepwalker) set to be officially released in the US by Sentient Ruin on cassette, digital, and and 12" vinyl on May 25 2018

一期一会 (Ichi-go ichi-e): "for this time only, never again". This japanese idiom is the central theme of the new, second, unbelievable album of the same name by the elusive psychedelic/avantgarde black metal enigma 夢遊病者 (Sleepwalker). Once again fusing drone, raw black metal, kraut/psychedelic rock, free-jazz, noise rock, and tribal ritualism to absolutely mind-melting effect, Sleepwalker's idea behind this new record was to take central superstitions that rule the rhetoric of eastern lore and funnel them through the prism of the modern world. The final result: the band's staple psychedelic black metal mind-fuck ritual gloriously preserved and burning brighter and more insanely than ever. Suspended between the visionary opposites of bands like Voivod, Zeni Geva, Oxbow, King Crimson, Oranssi Pazuzu, Lurker of Chalice, and Xasthur, with "一期一会" Sleepwalker have once again proven to be one of the most mind-expanding and visionary experimental black metal acts of our times.

Invisible Oranges has premiered the track Never Through a Threshold (you can read their feature and listen to the track HERE), calling 一期一会 an "instantaneous density of sound both aggressive and distant, airy and full of rage".

The essence of 夢遊病者, is to take cues from the improvisational school of jazz and the cathartic nature of ritual folk music and couple it with the raw energy of bands like Voivod, Zeni Geva, G.I.S.M., and the most wretched raw black metal. Thematically and conceptually the band's lyrics and much of the visuals focus on different cultural traditions, superstitions, ritualism, and ceremonies, as well as familial experiences. But at the same time, 夢遊病者 goes far beyond what is apparent and obvious... Artistic, cultural and musical influences of the band range as far and wide as Keiji Haino, Kazuki Tomokawa, as well as Vladimir Vysotsky, Justin Broderick, Erik Rutan, American noise rock like Unsane, bands like NoMeansNoand, Finnish Black Metal, and 70's psych and prog rock and soundtrack music... And beyond all that still. In the world of 夢遊病者 the sole objective is catharsis, and fusing all of these seeming disparities together into something that is completely unheard of, unsettling and violent, but also familiar and seducing.

As a band - 夢遊病 isn't really "based" out of anywhere, assuming immaterial form, and existing as ideas, concepts, and visions that cyclically coalesce into sound. With its members based as far apart as Osaka - Japan, Tver - Russia, and New York - USA, the band was formed after they became acquainted online, and everything is written sharing ideas and recordings over the internet and finally, when the moment seems right, the three members convene somewhere in person to record.

Pre-orders for all formats(tapes, digital, gold and black vinyl) are now available on our store and Bandcamp, while the release will be handled in the EU once again by the Annapurna label (also providing a CD release).

NOVAE MILITIAE: 2017 Crushing Sophomore Album by French Black Metal Miscreants Sees Tape and Vinyl Release.

We are proud to finally issue the vinyl and tape release of French black metal abomination Novae Militiae's 2017 sophomore album Gash’khalah originally released on CD by Goathorned Prods. The Gatefold 2LP (coreleased by Argento Records in the EU) and limited edition cassette tape are now available for purchase on our store and Bandcamp.

Evil, blasphemous, hideous, and utterly horrific, on their sophomore LP this mysterious French black metal entity summon total armageddon. In strict adherence to France's infamous tradition of birthing the most heinous and fucked black metal imaginable, Gash’khalah does not disappoint, spewing forth a wretched swarm of otherworldly aural annihilation that engulfs the listener like a blaze. In an attempt to harness complete and unadulterated ruin, on Gash’khalah Novae Militiae meticulously unravel almost an hour of vile and blasphemous sonic trauma that paints a picture of absolutely daunting horror. Through a sapient and unorthodox interweaving of unsettling atmospheres, deviant religious commentary, warped and disorienting instrumental passages, and an absolutely crushing delivery, Gash’khalah's hideous silhouette takes shape through the same realms of ruin and torment that have birthed masterpieces by other similar French black metal aberrations like Aosoth, Deathspell Omega, Antaeus, etc.

Mysterious, recluse, and hermetically obscure, as is in the proudest French black metal tradition, Novae Militiae are sonic miscreants of the most vile and unholy form. Nothing is known about the band, their origins, intents, nor the members that form it. As such Novae Militiae are one of those rare cases these days in which the music truly is the only thing that speaks, and indeed it does speak in a mysterious and ominous tongue, from a place of immeasurable malevolence. As in their peers like Deathspell Omega, Novae Militiae spew forth a chaotic deluge of utter destruction which obsessively deals with theological themes from a deconstructive standpoint, aiming at empirically tearing down every holy notion embraced by man and mocking it in blasphemous carnage. Through a sonic framework of apocalyptically violent compositions, otherworldly atmospheres, and surreal commentary about the mockery and utter ridicule that is the theological realm of men, Novae Militiae have created a blood-soaked sonic armageddon that is drenched in utmost hatred for the human race and all its false and empty idols.