PAROXSIHZEM Debut Out Now on Dark Descent Records

The self-titled debut from Toronto-based Blackened Death Metal four-piece PAROXSIHZEM is now available through Dark Descent Records.

Formed in 2007, PAROXSIHZEM puts forth a harsh, dark, demented, and atmospheric form of Black/Death metal. Their debut CD offers production that gives a very suffocating and nauseating feeling to their music which is only appropriate for the type of themes and inspiration used. There is no specific area of interest as history, philosophy, psychology and suicide are all touched upon as inspirational elements. The relation between all these is to reach the darkest, non-fictional embodiment of humanity, no spiritual, fictional or delusional inspirations used, only tangible events that convey a much more brutal and contorted view of humanity allowing for a closer association to the reality of existence. Each song in and of itself is unique, ranging from doomy and atmospheric, to chaotic and hateful, this is to help convey the insanity within humanity by utilizing a variety of powerful elements within the music. Mixed/Mastered by V.K.

“…those who enjoy bizarre Canadian Black Metal should keep an eye on this band.”
– Vorefeed.net

“It’s dense, destructive, mangling mayhem, a blackened death metal juggernaut that effectively evokes a doomed, apocalyptic atmosphere.”
– No Clean Singing

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STRANGE FACTS IN THE SCALPEL CASE interview

Something strange happened earlier this year. I was handed something that looked quite obscure to review for Voices From The Darkside, as no one else wanted to touch it without a contamination kit. After the first couple of spins I started to curse the editor of said ‘zine to My Little Pony land, as the music didn’t speak to me. The release was put away, though as the whip started to crack over my head as the deadline was crossed, I had to play the abomination again. After some spins, the music opened up and let me into the obscure and wicked universe of STRANGE FACTS IN THE SCALPEL CASE and gave me a roller coaster ride I’m not likely to forget. The dark and atmospheric Death Metal contains a lot of twists and breaks, dark seances and utter horrifying moments, damn, how could I have missed out on this at first? I tracked down one of the main men of the Belgian duo, Fynnbrenn Ó Torcklàn who handles the drums, to hear what STRANGE FACTS IN THE SCALPEL CASE are about!

As you, yourself said when I asked to do an interview: “You might wanna know the story behind our bandname” And indeed I do, how did you end up with STRANGE FACTS IN THE SCALPEL CASE?

Hehe, I knew this was going to be your first question, it always is. When we first came up with the idea of forming the band, we started off with plain SCALPEL. Strangely enough this wasn’t used by any metal band at the time… imagine that! The word seemed a fine ‘tool of the trade’ but… as more and more lyrics started to flow, merely ‘Scalpel’ didn’t quite cover the package. I’m a huge fan of Victorian age fiction, ghost- and detective stories (say Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes or Blackwood’s John Silence series). The SCALPEL project shifted towards a darker concept and became known as STRANGE FACTS IN THE SCALPEL CASE. Not the easiest choice from a commercial point of view – then again, we tend to shape things our way and that includes the band name and lyrical concept.
I can hear some inspiration from old NECROPHAGIA and CARCASS, is that completely off? Which bands do ou see as the masters of Death Metal and what bands have inspired you to create the sound and ambience you have?

Skullator (guitars & live bass/vocals) is a Killjoy-fan, no doubts there. I think you can’t ignore CARCASS’ influence either so you do have a point. People usually throw in INCANTATION, BLOOD or ASPHYX as well. Personally I’m not that influenced by Death Metal at all. I write drumpatterns and arrangements after (or usually during) seeing a 70’s Eurotrash movie (both Skullator and I are die-hard VHS collectors, so if you want to get rid of those old horror tapes, don’t hesitate to contact us!) or reading a Lovecraft dreamcycle short story. As for Death Metal, I always considered CELTIC FROST to be my kind of ‘Death’ Metal. I guess if there are any bands or individuals that influence my playing it would be MANILLA ROAD’s Randy Foxe, Neil Peart, NOCTURNUS’ Mike Browning and for example the 70’s rockdrums on speed the way ABSU’s Proscriptor does it. Soundwise – I’m very much into DEATH, BRUTALITY, MASSACRA, LOUDBLAST and IMMOLATION. I’m avoiding the cliché-bands here, you all know who they are and to some extend they all have an influence.

When did STRANGE FACTS IN THE SCALPEL CASE start its venture into Death Metal and how did you end up playing the exact style of music that you do?

Actually, this is a though question. I think at some point, me and Skullator needed a project alongside our other bands to be able to play exactly what we wanted without having to compromise with others. I was t(h)rashing the drumkit in WAELCYRGE & went on to do live and studio drums for DARK AGES, URZAMOTH, TARANIS and CLOCKWORK BLACK, while Skullator made his hands dirty with his very own horror metal project called BURIAL GROUND (yes, it is taken from the Bianchi-movie). Ideas for STRANGE FACTS IN THE SCALPEL CASE go back as far as 2005 but I consider the official starting point to be around late 2009. We didn’t set out to ‘play Death Metal’ pur sang – I’m not a fan of Metal-classification. A Metal band to me is either good, or sucks.


How do you want the listeners to perceive your music?

Simply as good Metal. We create a darker concept, but it’s a setting we draw for ourselves. I think our material needs a few spins to digest and open up, you’ve already mentioned this in your review for Voices From The Darkside ‘zine and I believe you’re right. The material we are working on right now is equally complex. I’ve heard all sorts of descriptions for the kind of Metal we put together, if it sounds like overwhelming spine tingling graveyard business to you – I guess it is then.
How do you work when writing music and where do you find inspiration?

Basically, me and Skullator start by laying the foundations of a song. I tend to have a few keywords in mind which inspire me to certain drumpatterns and vocal sounds, Skullator adds his riffing and we put it all together in what seems a solid base for us. These raw versions are finished by session guitar-player Frederik who provides us with a second guitar track and lead guitars. Some of our work isn’t ‘your average Metal track’ but explores the boundaries of what is possible when it comes to patterns, rhythms, mood and atmosphere. I like to think of it as if order and chaos are constantly being altered, sometimes resulting in a creation that isn’t easy-listening nor typical ‘old school Death Metal’ as we are being categorized. Not every band labeled as old school needs to be an ENTOMBED-copy!
Do you have to be in a special mood to create music or does it just flow?

I can speak for myself as well as for Skullator if I say ideas just flow. No lack of inspiration here. ‘Music’ is all around you all day long, everyday. I pick up rhythms in the strangest places, speed them up and mold them into drumpatterns I can use for the band.
What do your lyrics deal with and how do you come up with them?

Death, added with themes of forbidden knowledge, hauntings and weird fiction. I take care of the lyrical concept in the band, again this is ‘an everflowing stream’ of ideas. I had an obituary-collection as a kid (NOT the band ;-)) so you can say the subject has always fascinated me. Combine this interest with all of the influences mentioned above and you get a KING DIAMOND-inspired approach to writing lyrics. The typical splatterconcept as used by CANNIBAL CORPSE or EXHUMED isn’t really my thing – I like to keep my coffin tales darker, more Ashton Smith-orientated.
How has your first release “Unearthed” been received?

Very well. In the UK, Germany and Eastern Europe reviews are really good. The first offers and interviews are coming in. The title track of the EP is playing on online streaming radio-shows in Portugal, Australia and in October on Kam Lee’s ‘From The Crypt’ podcast show on Brutal Existence Radio.com. The same track will appear on a compilation for the Polish ‘Antichrist magazine’, as well as on the Belgian ‘Face Your Underground’ sampler. Sales are as high as can be expected and the EP is distributed in both North America and Europe so there’s absolutely no reason to complain.


What do you hope to accomplish with the release?

We don’t hope, we stick to the plan. Next month we start promoting “Unearthed” with live shows. We are given the chance to open the Belgian date for MASTER’s ‘The New Elite European tour 2012’ so we’re off to a great start!
When will we see a label pick you up for a nice vinyl release of “Unearthed”? and more material from your hands?

That would be very much appreciated. I rarely buy CD’s and am a vinyl addict so I’d like to see this EP get a proper release on black gold! Until then we keep on recording & releasing our material ourselves. After the live promotion this year we will hit the studio again to record a full-length CD. We are always in writing mode so there’s a lot of (un)finished material yet to be released. We are quite busy rehearsing. This way, we can focus on live shows without having to endanger the writing process for new material.
The band is consisting of 2 members, do you plan to assemble an army and do some live gigs, or is it a studio project?

A band is not a band if it’s only a studio project. Playing live has always been our goal and we will take any chance to do so with both hands. We’ve done so for the past 10 years with other bands, now we’re taking this strange case to the stage. The ‘official’ line-up consists of myself and Skullator, live and in studio we rely on two extra guitar-players Frederik and Jonas. As said, Frederik writes the lead guitar tracks and helps out both in studio and on live gigs. Jonas is our session-rhythm guitar player and is also active on bass in the brutal Death Metal band PUTRID INBRED.
How is the Death Metal scene in Belgium, it isn’t something we hear a lot from up here in the cold North, we get some Black Metal and Grindcore/Hard Core, too be honest I can think of other Death Metal bands from Belgium than BLASPHEREION, what have I missed out on?

I don’t think many people remember BLASPHEREION. In today’s Belgian (Death-)Metalscene, people tend to panic if they see a Death Metal band WITH bullets & studs and WITHOUT caps and baggy shorts. Bullets & studs are associated with a ‘Black Metal’ image… fuck that. In-your-face necro-styled metal is our thing, it doesn’t matter if you like a scream or grunts. I guess every scene has it’s trends which come and go but quality Metal (with studs!) always floats to the surface. I’ll skip the Grind(core) scene but certainly worth mentioning if it comes to haunting Death Metal are EMPTINESS! Also, FRACTURED INSANITY, CADUCITY and LEPTOTRICHIA are doing well, the brutal way! You can check out the rest of the Belgian Death Metal scene on www.deathmetal.be, though I don’t think their style can be compared to ours.

What five albums have changed your life?

Too many to mention, but if I have to narrow it down:
GUNS ‘N ROSES – Appetite For Destruction
ABSU – The Sun Of Tiphareth
W.A.S.P. – The Last Command
MOTÖRHEAD – Ace Of Spades
Also the works of KING DIAMOND, RUSH and JOHNNY CASH are of great influence.

Thanks a ton for answering my questions and to make some good music, please close the interview with manner!

That would be with shameless self-promotion! The “Unearthed” EP is still available for 5,00€ excl. postage through unearthed@hotmail.nl and we have released a limited quantity of ‘Other temptations than those of the Devil’-shirts as well. Check out our official website on www.strangefactsinthescalpelcase.com and read all about death & the undead. Learn how to crack coffins and loot graves. Want to see what we are grinning about? Well… we have a keg of what passes for Amontillado, and we have our doubts…

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BLOOD HARVEST to release SERPENT ASCENDING’s “The Enigma Unsettled” 12″ Vinyl LP

With “The Enigma Unsettled” the Finnish occult Death Metal band SERPENT ASCENDING offers a supremely dark experiment in satanic and mesmerizing music conducted on a primitive Metal matter by Jarno Nurmi of SLUGATHOR, DESECRESY, and NERLICH fame. The album collects both the “Serpent Ascending” and “The Mournful Pilgrimage” recordings from 2009 and 2010 on one record, together with a brand new song.

“The Enigma Unsettled” vinyl LP comes in a luxurious full color gatefold format with an insert that includes lyrics and stunning paintings by sensational new American artist Wiley Trieff. Visit the Blood Harvest Records store to purchase “The Enigma Unsettled”.

Stream “The Enigma Unsettled” in its entirety at this location.

1. The Mournful Pilgrimage (Part 1)
2. Saturnal
3. The Human Ladders
4. The Mournful Pilgrimage (Part 2)
5. The Entwinement
6. World of Flesh On Bone
7. Serpent Ascending
8. The Enigma Unsettled
9. Endless Initiations

Coming from Helsinki, Finland, SERPENT ASCENDING is the dark projection of Jarno Nurmi, appreciated bass/guitar player and singer in bands like SLUGATHOR, DESECRESY, NERLICH, NIGHT MUST FALL, and NOWEN. Firmly rooted in the old school of Death Metal, but far from being another sterile revival of the late 80’s/early 90’s, SERPENT ASCENDING started a peculiar creative process that allocates Death Metal into an inner – yet still nightmarish – dimension of the soul, where cavernous growls lay down on nervous and slanted guitar riffs, vertiginous bass grooves, sudden bursts of speed, and swampy slowdowns.

Apparently simple and straight to the point, SERPENT ASCENDING’s music hides a remarkable work on subtle harmonies and flowing songwriting, with atmospheric nuances and intriguing details that crawl unseen into each song as well as in the listener’s subconscious, bringing forth a hallucinating, twisted and occult vibe. SERPENT ASCENDING is the feverish, solipsistic delirium of an artist that renovates the true spirit and typical dark heaviness of Finnish Death Metal in his own, personal way.

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PRIMIGENIUM “Faith Through Anguish”

PRIMIGENIUM – Faith Through Anguish (BlackSeed Productions)

Spanish Black Metal has always been a funny size, not that many bands making a lot of noise, though a good deal trying to. The ones getting through the loop at the labels and getting released have usually been mediocre copies of Scandinavian styled furious and melodic Black Metal, where the dirty and mean, with a touch of their own, underground never really have risen. PRIMIGENIUM has some of their own, they’ve been around since 1994 and have had time to built their own identity and on ”Faith Through Anguish” they’re delivering some good and solid Metal with a good atmosphere and feel. The riffing is dark with a good melodic touch that drives the music forward and captures the listener. The rhythm section is quite effective, blasting one moment in a furious chaos, to calm down the next to create a dooming dawn. PRIMIGENIUM is playing really well on the atmospheric part of the release and showcases some great and working songwriting.

Read the rest of the review at Voices From The Darkside

TYRANT GOATGALDRAKONA’s Sign of Moloch 12″ Vinyl MLP Out now on BLOOD HARVEST

The album was originally released on CD by Stygian Shadows Productions in 2010. Now two years later BLOOD HARVEST has the honor of unleashing this recording on a one-sided 12″ vinyl MLP, limited to 300 copies. The MLP has been released in collaboration with another Swedish label, Temple of Abomination, which previously released, among others, the 7″ vinyl EP of WRATHPRAYER’s 2009 demo, “In Utter Darkness”.

“Sign of Moloch” was recorded, mixed and mastered by Dávid Fehér at Noise Lab Studio, April 3-4, 2010, in Szeged, Hungary. TYRANT GOATGALDRAKONA’s first full length record, “Horns in the Dark”, is set to be released on 12″ vinyl through BLOOD HARVEST
in 2013. “Sign of Moloch” is available via the Blood Harvest Records store.

The album is streaming in its entirety at this location.

1. The Sign of Moloch
2. Lords of Catharsis
3. The Born of Hatred
4. Whip of Lucifer
5. Tyrant Goatgaldrakona

Formed in Szeged, Hungary in 2009, TYRANT GOATGALDRAKONA rose from the abyss to create dark and brooding Death Metal. Consisting only of two members, Hellfire Commander of Eternal War and Pain (drums/vocals), and Grave Desecration and Necrosodomy (guitars/bass), the band manages to produce a sound that pummels and crushes anything in its path. Both members are active in various other Death, Thrash, and Black Metal acts such as MÖRBID CARNAGE, NECROSODOMY, AHRIMAN, FAGYHAMU, HEXENWOOD etc. The band has just finished their first full length record, “Horns in the Dark”, to be released on BLOOD HARVEST on 12″ vinyl in 2013. Worth checking out for fans of CEMETERY URN or FUNEBRARUM as well as VASAELETH, MEFITIC, PSEUDOGOD and the likes.

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IVORY MOON – Apocalypse video

I don’t venture that much into Power Metal these days, those something about the Italian band IVORY MOON caught me, the beginning of the track with the modern IRON MAIDEN-like singing and dual guitar leads to kick the song of in a good manner. The video and rest of the tune is decent as well, there are some hope for these guys and girl. The track is of the band’s new album “Dark Time”.

DEHUMANIZED To Release “Controlled Elite” on 11/27 Via Comatose Music

New York vets DEHUMANIZED have set November 27th as the release date for their long-awaited return to action, “Controlled Elite”.

After reforming last year, DEHUMANIZED inked a multi-album contract with Comatose Music and have since been bulldozing their way back onto the US Death Metal scene.

Pre-orders for “Controlled Elite” are now being taken at www.comatosemusic.com.

The history of DEHUMANIZED dates back to the mid-90s, an era that saw the rise of several legendary New York Death Metal acts, not the least of which included SUFFOCATION, INTERNAL BLEEDING, and PYREXIA. In 1998 DEHUMANIZED released their debut album “Prophecies Foretold”. The album was a savage crash course into the classic style of New York slam Death Metal. As a result of this impressive release they are now considered by many as one of the bands who helped define and shape the undeniable sound and feel of New York Death Metal. “Controlled Elite” was recorded at Full Force Studio in Long Island, NY and engineered by Joe Cincotta.

1. Bloodties
2. Body Colonizers
3. Soiled
4. Set in Stone
5. Controlled Elite
6. Immorally Reborn
7. His Burden
8. Root of Evil
9. None Shall Remain
10. Man vs. Man
11. Condemned (bonus track)

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