War of Shards debut single available for streaming

Russian Metal Opera “War of Shards” (Война Осколков) released their debut single from the upcoming album.

The band was formed in 2018 at Moscow by Anton Razdorov. The music was created and recorded by Roman Levin. “War of Shards” tell us the story of an alternative world where there are a fight for rule the galaxy.

DARCHAIC released new album

Slovakian Melodic Death Metal band DARCHAIC released their new album «Materia». The new album was recorded in Gila studio and mixed/mastered by Adam Gila Szabo. The album was released on "Slovak Metal Army Records".

Darchaic was formed in 2008 at Galanta, Slovakia as a project of Norbert "Sano" Sandor and Robert "Kuna" Zsille when he was still member of the Thrash Metal band "Dogma inc".

Nihility0 inked a worldwide management deal with GlobMetal Promotions

American Avant-garde Death Metal band Nihility0 has inked a worldwide management deal with GlobMetal Promotions.

Nihility0 was formed in 2007 at Los Angeles by Vin Isma. The band name is like a "typical internet username with numbers". For a while it was an internet one-man band, and all the songs on "The Nil EP" were created when Vin was a solo artist that wanted to hire musicians to help him play those songs live, and now the the band start to work on a new material with other band members.

An Interview with Motör Militia

Motör Militia are reputed to be the first ever thrash metal band in the Persian Gulf/Middle East area to record and release a full length album of original material. They are also reported to be the second ever local metal band in Bahrain over the last 20 or so years to record and release a full length album of original material on an independent label. This year the band released their new album, signed promo deal with GlobMetal Promotions, and released new video so our magazine talked with John Baker and Abdulla Muijrers about the band, the album and future plans.

Good mourning guys. Welcome to Metalhead Spotted Magazine. Lets start with something simple - what do you have for breakfast?
John Baker: Coffee coffee coffee.

Going back to 2001, how did Motör Militia originally start?
Abdulla Muijrers: The band started in high school in 2001. I began to jam with a couple of friends and as the chemistry grew so did our ambitions. We have had a lot of lineup changes over the years. The band is now the best it has ever been.

When was Motör’s first gig and who did you share the stage with?
Abdulla Muijrers: Wow that was probably a school talent show in 2002 LOL! This line up’s first show was a gig we had in early March this year. We’ve played many shows at home and a handful abroad over the years and we are working hard to take that track record forward.

As the new album, “World in Flames” was released 2 months ago. How can you describe the album and what does make it different from all the others you've made before
John Baker: For me it is like having the best orientation into the region. With a story line such as this for the whole album and in some very small sections having to learn some arabic words has made me very happy. I feel the chemistry of the band and the music is exactly fitting for the style and energy I have always loved most.

What about the people who download your albums on the Internet? Do you think is it good or bad?
John Baker: Downloading off the internet is always challenging to stop in a digital world. No doubt someone will buy the hard copy, love it and want to share it tot he world. Don’t worry I wanted to with this kick arse album ha ha ha ha. However recording, mastering, artwork, invested time really does cost a lot of money, and thats the side people dont understand. So bands really try to limit this as much as possible. Our band been no different.

What your fans should expect from the band in the second part of 2018?
John Baker: We are currently discussing some very exciting plans for new video releases, definitely some new material coming up, working hard to expose our music across some countries and hopefully look at some tour plans for late 2018/ early 2019.

And wrapping up the interview, any messages to your fans?
John Baker: Keep an eye on Motör Militia as we plan to set the world in flames with our aggressive style Thrash Metal.

Caesarius released debut EP

Russian Power Metal band Caesarius released their debut EP «Dreamland». The EP drums were recorded at "Blues Minus Studio" by Victor Farafontov, and all the other were recorded in the band home studio.

Caesarius was formed at Moscow by Vasi Lichtenberg in 2017, that wanna play old school power metal. Soon after Andrew Gluss (guitar), Slava Salinger (guitar), Sergius Harrington (bass) and Vitaly Virbul (drums) joined the band and the lineup was completed.

01. Werewolf 
02. Kingdom Of Fun 
03. Dragon 
04. Dreamland

Album Review :~ Ov Shadows - The Darkness Between Stars

This is a prism of unlight. A ruthless, demonic plunge into the cold arms of death, told by the blackest of scribes and channeled through an unhallowed wavelength that makes most black metal bands shiver in fear.The obsession with anything outre is not exactly a novelty in the metal scene, but occasionally it will assume a much more complex and nuanced dimension owing to musicians who insist on addressing such topics with utmost maturity and profundity. As caustic and demonic as anything released this, year The Darkness Between Stars is an unstoppable mass of swirling black carnage that is immediately haunting and intense. Numerous bands have created albums based around their own ideas that take insight from creative writing, but few bands will dedicate the entire span of an album to relevant interpretation of the belief With the emergence and escalation of the novel and notorious tendency. Spawning from the depths of Occultism, Philosophy, Chaos, Knowledge, Esoteric Literature is the newest record from orthodox black metal quartet Ov Shadows - The Darkness Between Stars. Ov Shadows this Gothenburg based Swedish group married the ritualistic fury of esoteric,occult black metal with a creeping dose of mystical,ominous,sinister madness. The atmosphere and tightly plotted albums were based on mystical, occult, incantation while still employing their own take on black metal.
On this year Gothenburg based Swedish black metallers Ov Shadows Unveiled their debut full length opus on this year entitled “The Darkness Between Stars” via Black Market Metal Label record label with 46:06 min running time along with hellish,skin-ripping, bleak, shadow-cloaked, blood-freezing artistry. This new album consist with 7 tracks . Ov Shadows was formed in 2016. This band consist with Waning member. They have developed into an independent mystical, occult and grand entity with their Monologues EP (2016). Now I am straight going to the point about this new album . 

When at first checked out their manifestation I was overwhelmed and track sounds so authentic,ferocious,mature from then I was clinched  that I have to check this whole material for sure and this would be savage beast. Ov Shadows delivers distinctly experimental, atmospherically evil,vivid,horrifying form of black metal.This bands each and every musician did fantastic job on this album in radiant way and It’s really great when your high hopes are not misplaced. This whole album reflects the grand diversity of sound brought together on this album . It is really not easy to describe their musical style . A natural synthesis of dissonant sounds and disparate styles all combined in one bold, enlightened display of unbound creativity Despite the often crushing,fast ,furious,cacophonous black metal assaults with a lots of segments of slower tempo too where Ov Shadows combines a atmospheric, mysterious, introspective passages with cavernous drum thrashes, melodic guitars and those effective rasps. The raw and obscure line is meticulously preserved while more current elements are inserted without compromising the quality and the old school line.
well,their latest incantations opening track is “The Darkness Between Stars” . This track starts with massive,fast paced, vivid black metal assaults. The layered tapestry of duo-tonal whirlwind of guitar noise laced with aggression,deliberate cadence and progression seasonings supporting the likewise vocals large voice drown a bit in the almost unhuman-like drumming, although this evolves to a more dynamic sound on the rest of the album. Their whole composition and musical style is impeccable also borrow great atmosphere with sour ,dissonant riffs work .When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done in a very  modern,  melodic  and  atmospheric  fashion  while  the  songs  includes great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing a great  amount  of  melody.

 This new albums whole compositions are extremely filthy and unsettling piece of sinister,grim euphoria and unearthly ambiance . “The Darkness Between Stars”  commences chronologically invigorating and destructive. Their distinct entity infused me by a lot . Their musical style have a quite soft and smooth edge in the synth playing which adds to the more atmospheric,unique kind of black metal but at the same time the vocals and other parts of the riffing is straight forward brutal,ferocious simultaneously . Honestly, after a multiple listen this album just blew me away with their ethereal abyss,multi-dimensional,the multi-layered,ominous musical style . Each musicians have exudes tremendous,cohesive effort on this album with excellent diligence and nailed it .Ov Shadows really does the trick for the atmosphere is the overall murky,mysterious, Juxtapositions of darkness and light, misty sound that comes from the music. I highly cite and embrace this album .
This album is filled with a slew of cadence, apocalyptic,pummeling, ominous,hellish, powerful riffs work . As well bass line up is whopping,intense,strong ,rumbling, slithering . Drumming,percussion line up is bleak, frantic,solid,clattering and powerful . The guitars are solely focused on creating a grandiose atmosphere, but predominantly rely on walls of sound and swerving rhythms.In each track morbidly delicious,macabre,soaring,dark eerie,ghastly riffs,bass lineups matched in well manner .This whole albums sound deliver a dissonant,grim feeling,sinister,melancholic,gruesome black metal with raw emotion and pure energy . “The Darkness Between Stars” endures beauty of black metal . This album indulge strong songwriting and brilliant musicianship . This album have a hypnotic effect on the listener . Vocals decently large voice that does well for Ov Shadows. Especially his menacing and hoarse voice are excellent . Vocals howling scream,immense,deep rasps voice emerged on this album in a well manner adds a thick murky sound and intertwined perfectly with their utterly spellbinding,obtuse,bizarrely arrogant, mysterious,fully blistering black metal,distant musical style with a lots of melodic,atmospheric accompaniment and embedded perfectly . Their sound,musicianship is absolute prime, with every song unleashing a seething torrent of scalding dissonance and insidious melody, scorching distortion, and barbaric, blasphemous invective, all of which combine to produce an overarching atmosphere of creeping, crippling dread. Overall you will get sinister,gloomy,desolate,mysterious ambient from this whole album .I really worship this band.

Each song have an energy ,fluency and draw a savage landscape .Stand out tracks are all of them .Every song, every hellish, skin-stripping riff and vile vocal incantation, is delivered with the righteous fury and unwavering conviction of the true believer.Vision of the album cover is Pretty neat,solid,atrocious,grisly, macabre, gorgeously hideous. Overall “The Darkness Between Stars” whole album is Spectacular,engrossing ,significant and goes all the way through with a relentless rage from the beginning. The sound has a depth to it, that with brief distortion. This album sounds so authentic and a truly remarkable sonic journey from beginning to end . Indeed this album is such an true gem of this year . The production is absolutely impeccable,capable of handling both the massive atmospheric and gargantuan heft.Outstanding another one release of this year so far .“The Darkness Between Stars” is shattering culmination in black metal evolution. The Swedish bruisers still possess all the necessary skills and hard-won experience to put younger,newcomer challengers in their place.With "The Darkness Between Stars", Ov Shadows writes another chapter in their book of successive masterpieces. If you looking for something different, epic this album will take you on a sophisticated and weighty black metal journey into another universe where music has the power to transcend the spoken word.

My Rating – 4.9/5   Review done by - Souvik Basu. Published on 18/03/2018

Album Review :~ Crescent - The Order Of Amenti

Ancient Egyptian mythology,history was always enigmatic,mysterious and ambiguous from centuries and obviously difficult to trace . Ancient Egyptians civilization was not a lapse through the ages because their civilization was unique regarding its civilized aspects, its enormous achievement. Cleansing ignorance and darkness Egypt enlightened their mysterious history through spreading knowledge and exposed to the world about ancient enormous fields of science.  Pertaining  their geographical position where ancient Egypt prevailed for centuries spreading knowledge and reaching higher levels of progression. I believe that the fascination over ancient Egypt will never end and for a good reason. Actually whenever I saw something related with Egyptian mythology,concept  that article or image or band whatever easily attracted me because of their epic history,magnificent theme,culture . In the matter of metal music nowadays the underground is full of newcomers who bring enthusiasm and fresh ideas . In this difficult,complex musical style there are some bands that simply exist outside of pre-existing molds.
 Well, after four years since the recording of their last sonic assailment oriental blackened death metal horde Crescent revealed their sophomore full length album entitled “The Order of Amenti” via Listenable Records with 56:42 min running time. This album consist with 8 tracks . Basically Crescent was formed in 1999 and in before they had released two EP entitled “Dreamland” in 1999 and “The Retribution” in 2009. Death Metal with Middle Eastern,Mesopotamian or otherwise unconventional influences enjoys indeed tend quite popular . Certain Egyptian mythological theme based bands were able to gain proper attention and Crescent appeared becoming a well established group of bands who can make a fully sound and creative and with a lot of poetry in his lyrics,with well crafted,distinct content . Already Nile,Coffin Texts,Melechesh, Scarab, Maat are undisputed kings of Middle eastern influenced musical style. Crescent deliver a very unique kind of death metal combining brutal,technical,melodic  and atmospheric musical style with Egyptian,Arabic folk elements.Their musical level of complexity, technicality  and obscurity is fantastic.

It’s really difficult to separate a band, their story, their legacy and their music from each other to glean some truth about the piece you presently get to witness. Crescent have triumphed musically to attain their own particular style,religious history and sound without sounding niche or trite.Blackened death metal colliding with Middle Eastern,Mesopotamian or otherwise unconventional influences enjoys indeed tend quite rare.Crescent  able to gain proper attention in this complex,unrelenting, disparate musical style.Crescent  is a well established group of bands who can make a fully sound and creative and with a lot of excellence in his lyrics,with well crafted,distinct content . 
At a first listen of “Beyond the Path of Amenti ” I was astounded and grab my attention.After a multiple listen their latest studio effort possessed me with their extreme,chromatic,multi-layered, powerful,blasting death metal musical style with technical riffs work , paradigm shift and melodic,folk vibe with sporadic middle eastern tunes , dark, sensual and mystical soundscapes and obviously their distinguishing musical composition ,grandiose concept just  blew me away .Ismaeel Attallah and his cohorts exudes tremendous effort in radiant way on this album with excellent diligence and nailed it .I really appreciate each and every single musicians unsurpassed ability,efficiency and skill. This new album is triumphant rich blackened death metal. This whole album reflects the grand diversity of sound brought together on this album . Their incredibly sensitive,slightly sandy,dusty antique and disparate musical styles all combined in one bold, enlightened display of unbound creativity Despite the often fast ,furious,cacophonous, heavy and extreme form of death metal assaults  with a lots of segments of  brutal,technical,melodic segments,tasteful Middle eastern,Arabic musical style involvement and without sacrificing the atmospheric aspect enhanced this new albums unique flavor and enriched this album that is very powerful,heavy and excellent all at the same time along with a good  balance  of technical death metal music,Middle Eastern music,melody and brutality with strangulated ,intricate riffs work and those effective rasps,harsh vocals simultaneously . Their music is both dark and ecstatic. I highly appreciate and applaud and cite this album because of their distinct style .This album contains with a strong dose of creative,memorable death metal with a trace of a modern taste,relentless rhythmic,technical,brutal and melodic that is simply outstanding.

well, their latest opus starts with a oriental track consist  with magical thoughts, ominous sound,camp fire and then whispering, chanting around the tones then suddenly the sound evolves into heavy,powerful,bestial grunt followed by intricate,fast,delicate riffs work,blast beating,fast soundscapes with onslaught of savage guitar and a wall of spectacular,relentless drums  . Including ritualistic hand percussion sounds and utilizes a majestic intro over heavy guitar leading into a slower-paced affair via drums and guitar chords made their whole composition and musical style impeccable. From this new album we get fast, oppressive,oriental black/death metal finest variety with just make enough melody . This album is filled with a slew of twisted , traversed ,chugging, groovy,intricate,apocalyptic,crushing riffs line ups with technical prowess . As well bass line up is shifting, chaotic, deeper,roving and bludgeoning. Drumming,percussion line up is thundering,dodgy,punishing,frantic,blast beating  and rabidly insane . There are a slew of individual riffs,solo sections which sound briefly something exotic . In each track intricate,spectacular  riffs,bass lineups matched in fantastic way with technical orientation . This album indulge strong songwriting,grandiose concept and brilliant musicianship . Tempo changes are excellent and complicated . Vocals harsh,snarling growls,deep rasps, aggressive, vigorous, crucial voice woven in a good manner with their utterly savage,merciless,onslaught, primal organic ,violent,uncanny black/death metal sound with a lots of technical prowess, brutal,melodic segments,Middle Eastern musical  accompaniment and embedded perfectly .

I really worship this band . Each song have an energy ,fluency and dominating power . Stand out tracks are all of em. Album artwork is atrocious,indelible. Album artwork showcased the flavor of Egyptian mythology . Overall  “The Order Of Amenti” whole album Sound extremely promising,prestigious, blistering , extremely lush ,ambitious, menacing, conceptual in all the right ways . Indeed this album is such an true gem of this year and this album will give you unyielding awesomeness from beginning  to the end . Their potential on this new album is appreciable .  “The Order Of Amenti”so presented as unshakable strong slabs of Egyptian mythology based blackened death metal .This is aesthetics of black/death metal . This album have a fantastic sense of exoticism without any sacrifice in intensity and will take you on a journey where myth, religion, mystery, the desert and the Egyptian bright night meet. outstanding another one release of this year so far . This is strongly recommend to add it in your collection.Crescent able to cultivate Middle eastern music with blackened death metal properly and garnished,presented this whole album as a masterpiece.Yet the subtle touches of Middle Eastern,Arabic musical style inspired flair and groove are enough to distinguish the band from the extreme metal pace and their sophomore album demonstrates it perfectly. These themes of primordial order through chaos are mirrored in the band’s own music.  There is a sense of regality permeating throughout as the chaos is articulated, defined, and embraced by native sons with a royal lineage as old as the sands of the Egyptian desert. This is strongly recommend to add it in your collection and this whole album perfectly orchestrated exercise of pure unadulterated mythological blackened death metal.

Rating: 5/5 - ‎Review by Souvik Basu. Published on 18/03/2018

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