Thursday, April 2, 2015

Cyclone Empire - Coming in April: new albums by THE GROTESQUERY, EREB ALTOR and SHAKHTYOR

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THE GROTESQUERY – Curse Of The Skinless Bride – CD/LP/digital
Releasedate: 10.04.2015

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The longawaited third album of Kam Lee´s (ex MASSACRE) and Rogga J.´s (PAGANIZER, RIBSPREADER) Occult Horror Death Metal band...and the final part of the awesome "Coffin Born Trilogy"!

Available as:
CD:                                                   Order-Nr. 87098
Ltd.LP:                                            Order-Nr. 87099
Digital on:                            Spotify, iTunes, Amazon,Google Play, etc.

Get it here:

Check out the brilliant “Downfall - It´s All Gone To Hell”
on Soundcloud:
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On Bandcamp:
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Some statements on the album:
David Ingram (DOWN AMONG THE DEAD MEN, ex BENEDICTION, ex BOLT THROWER)
"THE GROTESQUERY brings another solid slice of assassination - the old school way! This is an album that first makes your skin crawl, then deftly flays it off your carcass…ears first!"

Thomas Wouters (BODYFARM)
"Horrifying Old School Death Metal done right! A creepy and haunting ending to a briliant trilogy of morbid storytelling!"

Stephan Gebédi (HAIL OF BULLETS, THANATOS)
"These are great Death Metal sons with catchy riffs, a dark atmosphere and the unmistakable voice of master grunter Kam Lee!"

Aardschok (NL): 83/100 points
Stormbringer (AT): 4/5 points
Queens Of Metal (ESP): 8,5/10 points
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Sales Arguments:
- Long awaited third album by this Death Metal Supergroup feat. Kam Lee (Ex-MASSACRE, DEATH/MANTAS, BONE GNAWER) and Rogga J. (PAGANIZER, RIBSPREADER, BONE GNAWER, Ex-EDGE OF SANITY…) on guitar.
- The songs tell once more an outstanding, gloomy and morbid Horror-Concept-story influenced by H.P. Lovecraft and E.A. Poe
- This is the final missing part of the “Coffin Born Trilogy”
- Musically it´s a perfect mash up of the first two albums
- The fantastic artistic skills of Grand Master Turkka Rantanen are used for the entire dark & ominous atmosphere to the outer and inner layers of the album design. Bringing to life the lunatic happenings and insane witnessings of Matthew Ward and Detective Alexander Salem
- The brutal, clear and transparent sound was mixed and mastered by Ronnie Björnström at Enhanced Audio Prod.
- for fans of: BOLT THROWER, MASSACRE, early GOREFEST, H.P. Lovecraft, E.A. Poe, Ambroce Bierce




EREB ALTOR – Nattramn – CD/LP/digital
Releasedate: 24.04.2015

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The 5th album of these Swedish Vikings is once more a majestic, epic and grim masterpiece…all hail to the norse kings!!!

Available as:
CD:                                                   Order-Nr. 87100
Ltd.LP - black vinyl (ltd.200):  Order-Nr. 87101
Ltd.LP - blue vinyl (ltd.300):    Order-Nr. 87102
Digital on:                            Spotify, iTunes, Amazon,Google Play, etc.

Get it here:

Check out the fantastic new Lyric-Clip for “Nattramn”:
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or just listen to the track here
on Soundcloud:
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On Bandcamp:
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Some statements on the album:
Dennis Ekdahl (THYRFING)
"This album contains melodies that everybody will croon and heavy parts that will make the gods tremble! Another strong release from EREB ALTOR that you have to check out!"

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Sales Arguments:
- 5th epic masterpiece by those Gävle Vikings !!!
- ‘Nattramn’ was recorded and mixed by Jonas Lindström at Studio Apocalypse and mastered by Jens Bogren at famous Fascination Street Studios (OPETH, DEVIN TOWNSEND, KREATOR, DARK TRANQUILLITY, PARADISE LOST, AMON AMARTH)
- the brilliant cover artwork was done by Gustavo Sazes of Abstrata Design (MORBID ANGEL, ARCH ENEMY, MANOWAR, SODOM, ISOLE, SEPULTURA) and the layout once more by Robban Kanto who already did the debut ‘By Honour’ and ‘Fire Meets Ice’
- EREB ALTOR played at festivals like SUMMER BREEZE, PARTY.SAN, DOOM SHALL RISE, UP THE HAMMERS or HAMMER OF DOOM and toured together with FORGOTTEN TOMB, BORKNAGAR,  MÅNEGARM and ISOLE in Europe!
- Ragnar and Mats are also the mainmen behind Swedish Doom-masters ISOLE and formerly played in bands like WITHERED BEAUTY, FORLORN, WINDWALKER, THEORY IN PRACTICE or FEBRUARI 93!
- Drummer Tord also plays in JULIE LAUGHS NO MORE and UNDIVINE, and formerly was active with WITHERED BEAUTY and live-wise with DEMONICAL!
- for fans of: BATHORY !!! and ISOLE, ENSLAVED, BORKNAGAR, THYRFING

EREB ALTOR live:
02.05.2015 SWE – Stockholm, Göta Källare / THYRFING-Releasegig
12.-14.06.2015 GER – Hauptmannsgrün, Mühlteich / CHRONICAL MOSHERS OPEN AIR w/ IMPALED NAZARENE, GOD DETHRONED…
29.07.2015 SLK – GOTHOOM FESTIVAL





SHAKHTYOR – Tunguska – CD/LP/digital
Releasedate: 24.04.2015

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Long awaited and highly acclaimed second album of this instrumental wall-of-sound force from Hamburg!!!

Available as:
CD:                                                   Order-Nr. 87103
Ltd.LP:                                            Order-Nr. 87104
Digital on:                            Spotify, iTunes, Amazon,Google Play, etc.

Get it here:

Check out the monstrous wall-of-sound-killer “Schlagwetter”
on Soundcloud:
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On Bandcamp:
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Some statements on the album:
Ercü (ex TEPHRA, ex GENERAL CHAOS)
"Meine Fresse,was ein instrumentales Schlaggewitter! Ein Monolith von Sludge/Doom walzt sich durch Tunguska und plättet erneut die Landschaft!!!! Braucht ihr beim nächsten Album Gastgesang? Ich bin dabei!!!"
(Translation: "Holy shit, what an instrumental thunderstorm!
A monolith of Sludge/Doom steamrolls its path through Tunguska and destroys all whats left!!! In case you need a guest singer on the next album, I´ll be there!!!")

Dino Mifsud Lepre (VICTIMS OF CREATION)
"Well...being a musician myself and a big fan of SHAKHTYOR´s previous album, I can say that I know how  hard it is to make another good record after such an amazing debut, but 'Tunguska' is undoubtedly a mammoth!!! I think there are also more Doom touches in this one and that of course satisfies even more my palate!"

Tom Jentsch (UNDERTOW)
""In der Ruhe liegt die Kraft!“, diese Lektion haben sich die Hanseaten Shakhtyor wohl schon bei ihrer Gründung 2009 auf die Fahnen geschrieben. Ihr wohlüberlegtes zweites Album „Tunguska“ ist ein frühes Genre-Highlight 2015 und steht mit seiner schieren instrumentalen Wucht und seiner packenden Atmosphäre auf Augenhöhe mit Acts wie Neurosis oder Cult Of Luna."
(Translation: „“Patience is a virtue!”, this seems to be the dictum of those Hanseats SHAKHTYOR since their foundation in 2009. Their well-thought-out second album “Tunguska” is already a genre highlight for 2015 and its sheer instrumental impact and haunting atmosphere shows this band at eye level with bands like Neurosis or Cult Of Luna!”

Queens Of Metal (ESP): 8,5/10 points


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Sales Arguments:
- Second album of this Instrumental Sludge-Doom-Post-Metal monolith!
- Recorded, mixed and mastered at famous Tonmeisterei Studio in Oldenburg by Roland Wiegener (e.g. TEPHRA, OMEGA MASSIF, KODIAK, LONG DISTANCE CALLING)
- Brilliant artwork by Alexander “Zeichentier” von Wieding (e.g. MONSTER MAGNET, JAG PANZER, KARMA TO BURN, ABRAHAM, INFERNAL OVERDRIVE, FREEDOM HAWK, NUCLEAR ASSAULT, RAZOR, TROUBLE)
- SHAKHTYOR already played loads of shows e.g. together with MONO, CONAN, RODHA, THE MOTH, DY:SE, OBELYSKKH, MONKEY3, SAMSARA BLUES EXPERIMENT, KODIAK, BODYFARM, NIGHTSLUG, UR and BLCKWVS!!!
- for fans of: OMEGA MASSIF, NEUROSIS, BLACK SABBATH, UFOMAMMUT, ENTOMBED, CONAN, CULT OF LUNA

SHAKHTYOR live:
16.04.2015 GER – Berlin, SO36 / Droneberg I w/ CELESTE, YEAR OF NO LIGHT, UR, THE MOTH, MONARCH!
17.04.2015 GER – Hamburg, Hafenklang / Droneburg V w/ CELESTE, YEAR OF NO LIGHT, UR, THE MOTH, MONARCH!
24.04.2015 GER – Lärz, Fusion-Area / Anchor Down in Kotzow Festival

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