One of the most accomplished newcomers Signal Rex has come across in recent years, the shadowy entity of Valais burst from the voidal womb fully formed in the middle of 2021 with their self-titled debut album. Despite existing in the vast (and vastly inconsistent) wilderness of Bandcamp, Valais in fact imparted a power and poignancy that takes most bands at least a couple records to reach, if at all. Both classically composed and forward-thinking, Valais understood right from the start the core tenets of true black metal, but equally understood how to inject their own personality and poise into such to create something that adds to the language of BLACK METAL rather than mimics its speech patterns (and sloppily so).
No, Valais as a work is a towering monument of tension and release, skillful contours and subtle dynamics, richly malevolent melody and slipstreaming violence. Aesthetic touchstones include the likes of Slidhr, latter-day Leviathan, and even Blut Aus Nord at their wiliest, but Valais also exhibit an understated sense of the pagan – perhaps stemming from their native Ireland, or perhaps from some strange cosmos far beyond our comprehension… Either way, all of this coalesces into a whilrlwinding five-song/37-minute experience that feels far vaster than that succinct runtime otherwise suggests. As such, Signal Rex is honored to rightfully release this tome in all physical formats.
Originally released as cassette by Mahamvantara Arts Records earlier this year, RÜNDGARD’s first public recording is one literally out of time. Mainman Lord Valtgryftåk is a prolific veteran of Chile’s increasingly potent black metal underground, concurrently handling the likes of Pyreficativm, 13th Temple, Gryftigæn, and Winterstorm among others. And while a number of those bands and satellite entities belonging to the Pure Raw Underground Black Metal Plague are indeed the rawest of the raw, with RÜNDGARD does he delve into ancient times, medieval majesty, and grim splendor somewhere between the earliest Nordic works and contemporaneous Polish ones.
Recorded during two periods over the course of MMXX/MMXXI and now featuring a mix & master by Rudrah Studios, Stronghold of Majestic Ruins suitably evokes its namesake both sonically and thematically. Empirically, the recording evokes the ancient passages and memories of a distant land submerged in mist and an interesting story behind ruins. As Lord Valtgryftåk explains, “Originally, this entity is directly related to those archaic dimensional Valdivian forces that still inhabit our realms, those forces from the past written in blood and guarded by solemn towers and fortresses that still remain alive.” And truly, that past comes alive across the album’s succinct-yet-expansive 25-minute runtime, maintaining a faithful respect for the old traditions and the sound of glorious times with an interesting melodic register at the same time very organic. No record-collector-nerd “raw black metal” here: only authentic ancient vintage!
For those nostalgic for forgotten realms and archaic ages, RÜNDGARD returns from a deep slumber with the fortifying Stronghold of Majestic Ruins!
16 years after its original appearance, the “cornerstone” of the whole NSBM scene, a masterpiece of National Socialism put into music, finally sees the light of a day in a stunning vinyl format.
Several improvements have been made:
The artwork has been completely re-designed by Pastor David J. Miner
The audio has been fully remastered
In addition, there are 4 bonus tracks including the song Norseman that was originally available in the compilation Night and Fog Part III, 2 covers of Vaginal Jesus “Million Monkey March” and “Hooknose” and to conclude an exclusive UNRELEASED track called “Only Hate”.
The release is embellished with the second number of the historical HateMonger War Zine, edited by Rev. Warhead Jewgrinder that you all already know.
44 pages that crystallize a significant historical document.
Interviews with personalities such as Rob Darken of Graveland (2002 era), Gelal of GBK, Pissed Criss of Angry Aryans and way more.
Released in a limited run of 360 copies split in 3 colours
The complete early works; the 1992 demo, 1993 demo, 1994 7″ep and 1994 pre-prod. All the recordings are the raw versions from the demos, with no re-mastering or editing done. We chose to keep the recordings in their pure form, to keep the old raw feeling they had back in the days. These recordings were the very roots of Ancient, what got them noticed in the underground scene worldwide back in 1993/ 1994. Includes early images and liner notes by Aphazel & Grimm.
Available as cd digipack + booklet and on various limited gatefold double vinyls including 2 double sided inner sleeves.
Producto de conspiración con el nuevo sello chileno Templo del Sol Muerto, traemos ante ustedes el trabajo debut de este joven proyecto del sur de Chile.
Caracterizado por ejecutar un Black Metal con sonido un tanto diferente a lo acostumbrado por estos lados del orbe: ritmos a medio tiempo, voces desgarradas, atmósfera medieval, cruda y melancólica, Kerasfóra nace desde los místicos vientos del sur para entregarnos cuatro tracks llenos de solemne oscuridad.
Dejamos el track promocional ‘Night’s Symbol’, para que se sumergan bajo el manto de la noche y esperen la llegada a este plano de esta nueva banda que de seguro nos seguirá hipnotizando.
RUTTOKOSMOS are one of the great “what if?”s of Finnish black metal. The band formed sometime in 2003 and released the five-song Ja minä näin kuoleman demo in 2006 and then the six-song Kärsimys demo a year later. Afterward, nothing was heard from RUTTOKOSMOS ever again. Only one member concurrently played in Divina Inferis, and the other two members either disappeared and played pseudonymously in other bands.