Latest Releases From Tour De Garde – Support The Underground!

PAGAN HELLFIRE “On the Path to Triumph” 12″LP

Pagan Hellfire is one of the best and oldest Canadian black metal hordes. Their fifth album is no different than all their previous efforts, a restless, powerful and epic black metal journey. A spark from the now forgotten genuine days of the 90s, Pagan Hellfire is staying true to the original black metal sound and ideal. Tour de Garde is proud to collaborate on the vinyl version of another Pagan Hellfire masterpiece.

Stream: http://paganhellfire.bandcamp.com/album/on-the-path-to-triumph
Order: http://t-d-g.net/products/pagan-hellfire-on-the-path-to-triumph-12lp

 

 

AMESTIGON “Through the Ages we preserve / Mysterious Realms” Pro-MC

A glorious relic from the forgotten times of Austrian black metal underground…. The first two demos from Amestigon, “Through the Ages we preserve…” (1995) and “Mysterious Realms” (1995), are now gathered on a single pro-cassette release including the rare “Moon turning red” track which originally appeared “The first Battle Cry” (1994). Amestigon were sailing the same waters as Abigor and Summoning, signed a contract with Napalm Records back in the day, and were having everything in hand to become as known as their country mates. Tour de Garde is honored to finally make these rare recordings available again on cassette format. If you were not lucky enough to obtain a copy of these demos back then or if you simply weren’t there, it’s your chance to grab a parcel of what you missed… The pure essence of the true black metal underground.

Stream:http://amestigon.bandcamp.com/album/and-the-dark-were-unleashed-demos-94-95
Order:http://t-d-g.net/products/amestigon-through-the-ages-we-preserve-mysterious-realms-pro-mc

 

AMESTIGON “Remembering Ancient Origins” Pro-MC

Originally released as an highly limited CD-R and available for the first time on cassette, “Remembering Ancient Origins” is a monument of supreme Austrian black metal art. Four epic, glorious and frightening sinister hymns and an intro, all recorded back in 1999. It’s now your chance to hold in your hands one of the purest and rarest artifacts of the almighty Austrian black metal underground.

Stream:http://amestigon.bandcamp.com/album/remembering-ancient-origins
Order:http://t-d-g.net/products/amestigon-remembering-ancient-origins-pro-mc

 

DIAPSIQUIR “180°” Pro-MC

There are people who love, there are people who hate. Diapsiquir is an installment that divides, welcome to “180°” and if you don’t like it please leave now… A chaotic, poetic and realistic voyage into Damien and Pascal’s reality. Diapsiquir escapes the nostalgic fantasies of the metal underground to create a profound analysis of their life and the modern world that surrounds them. Musically somewhere in between Fantomas, Assassin and Jacques Brel, Diapsiquir provides a new kind of music for a new kind of listener. It’s now time to leave the past behind… Be warned that understanding French is a must to enjoy the poetry behind this masterpiece.

Stream: http://youtu.be/7w0psjMZvic
Order: http://t-d-g.net/products/diapsiquir-diapsiquir-180-pro-mc

 

SAPAUDIA “Sainte nuit” Pro-MC

The relatively unknown Sapaudia might be a whisper from the depths of the French black metal underground but a recent addition to this French unit’s lineup has made a very interesting case for exploring. Re-introducing Swedish black metal vocalist and weirdo extraordinaire Ravenlord, formerly of Woods of Infinity fame, the powerful, morose atmospheric black metal defined in Sapaudia’s debut, which is actually featured in a subsequent section, Sapaudia’s sonic depression takes on a much more sinister, desperate persona. Youngster Duc de Sapaudia’s traditional take on a more depressive black metal sound which wouldn’t sound out of place on a shelf with Shining and Drudkh, pairs perfectly with Ravenlord’s over-the-top shrieks and wails. Though this ultimately leaves us with an unquenchable thirst for more Woods of Infinity, Sapaudia fills the void left in their absence surprisingly well.

Stream: http://youtu.be/QpPZsnagNTo
Order: http://t-d-g.net/products/sapaudia-sainte-nuit-pro-mc

 

COFFINSHADE “Songs for the Sleeping Dead” Pro-MC

Gloomy, mysterious and depressive black metal created by darkened souls from the U.S. (Lord Psychosis) and Poland (Cmentarna Dusza). Coffinshade’s “Songs for the Sleeping Dead” is a revival of forgotten sorrow and of living nightmares. Raw, atmospheric and yet progressive underground black metal to its best… A magnificient release to listen to on rainy days or solitary nights.

Stream:http://coffinshade.bandcamp.com/album/songs-for-the-sleeping-dead
Order:http://t-d-g.net/products/coffinshade-songs-for-the-sleeping-dead-pro-mc

 

Coming sooner or later under the Tour de Garde banner:

A:S: “Necroveneto” MC
BLACK WITCHERY “Desecration of the Holy Kingdom ” Pro-MC
BLOOD TYRANT “Aristocracy of Twilight” Pro-MC
BLOOD TYRANT / WARDEN “Duvonde Skerfe” MC
CURVED BLADE “Coiled Together” 7″EP
OLD TOWER “The Rise of the Specter” Pro-MC
PAGAN HELLFIRE “Distant Winds Returns” Pro-MC
SACRED DOMINIONS “Sacred Dominions” MC
WĘDROWCY~TUŁACZE~ZBIEGI “Światu jest wszystko jedno” CD
WOODS OF INFINITY “Skog” Pro-MC

Fist Of Satan 666 Podcast – Episode 006 – Calgary Metal

Calgary, while a fairly sparsely populated when compared to parts of Europe and Asia, boasts a very robust metal scene.

While our strengths are firmly rooted in the technical death metal genre Calgary has produced some top notch bands in pretty much every metal sub-genre.

Calgary is a prime example of quality of quantity.

Those familiar with the Calgary metal scene will surely be asking “Where’s Operation Winter Mist?” and “How could you leave out Divinity?”.

While researching for this podcast I was pretty overwhelmed by how many amazing bands are in Calgary. I’ve tried to balance with the roots of our scene, the heavy weights and some of the new blood. Had I not made the hard choices this would easily have been a five hour podcast.

0:00 – Black Pestilence – Carry On The Black Flame

From the album ‘Carry On The Black Flame’ released by independently in 2016.
Formed in 2008
Genre: Black Metal with Punk/Noise Influences
Lyrical themes: Satanism, Social issues

http://blackpestilence.bandcamp.com/
http://www.facebook.com/blackpestilenceband

2:44 – Ye Goat – Herd Gods – Beneath the Trees

From the album ‘Becoming Flesh’ released independently in 2012.
Formed in 2010
Genre: Black Metal
Lyrical themes: War, Death, Destruction, Disease

https://yghg.bandcamp.com/releases
https://www.facebook.com/YeGoatHerdGods

7:31 – Eldensky – Breaking of the Sky

From the album ‘From Forgotten Pagan Realms’ released by Sounds of the Land Records in 2011.
Formed in 2007
Genre: Folk/Black Metal
Lyrical themes: Folklore, Nature, Heathen Legends, Norse Mythology

http://eldensky.bandcamp.com/
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Eldensky/129184263792921

12:26 – Beyond Possession – Vengeance

From the album ‘Tell Tale Heart’ release independently in 1985
Formed in 1985
Genre: Thrash Metal/Crossover
Lyrical themes: Frustration, Surrounding pressures, Social Issues

15:06 – Hellborn Death Engines – Bridge of no Return

From the album ‘Welcome To The Hellmouth’ released independently in 2014.
Formed in 2011
Genre: Thrash Metal
Lyrical themes: Video games, Movies, Comic books, Pop culture

http://hellborndeathengines.bandcamp.com/releases

20:28 – Meggido – Evolution Outlawed

From the album ‘Evolution Outlawed’ released independently in 2016.
Formed in 2015
Genre: Death/Thrash Metal

http://meggido.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/meggidomusic/

24:09 – Ravenous – Into The Abyss

From the album ‘Eternal Hunger’ released independently in 2016.
Formed in 2016
Genre: Power Metal
Lyrical themes: Battle, Victory

https://ravenouseternalhunger.bandcamp.com/releases
https://www.facebook.com/RavenousEternalHunger/

28:08 – Hrom – Hellbound

From the album ‘Legends of Powerheart Part I’ released independently in 2015.
Formed in 2008
Genre: Power/Speed Metal
Lyrical themes: Space, Fantasy, Reality

https://hromcan.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Hromcanada/

33:02 – Viathyn – Frail Titan

From the album ‘The Peregrine Way’ released independently in 2010.
Formed in 2016
Genre: Progressive/Power Metal
Lyrical themes: Personal Struggles, Nature, Cosmicism

https://www.facebook.com/VIATHYN/
https://viathyn.bandcamp.com/

39:25 – Exit Strategy – The Duality of Man

From the album ‘United State of Amnesia’ released independently in 2008.
Formed in 2006
Genre: Death Metal/Grindcore
Lyrical themes: Anti-War

https://www.facebook.com/exitstrategycalgary
https://exitstrategycalgary.bandcamp.com/music

43:05 – DayOne – Spawned Of Murder

From the album ‘DayOne’ released independently in 2015.
Formed in 2010
Genre: Technical Death Metal
Lyrical themes: Murder, Revenge, Killing

http://dayoneofficial.bandcamp.com/album/dayone
https://www.facebook.com/OfficialDayOne/timeline

46:18 – Akakor – Psychotropic

From the album ‘Human Sacrifice’ released independently in 2010.
Formed in 2008
Genre: Technical Death Metal/Grindcore

http://akakormetal.bandcamp.com/album/human-sacrifice-ep
https://www.facebook.com/AKAKORMETAL

48:42 – Breaker – Satan’s Lyre

From the album ‘In Days Of Heavy Metal’ released by Iron Head in 1982.
Formed in 1982
Genre: Heavy Metal
Lyrical themes: Freedom, Metal, Satan

52:50 – Touchdown – On The Run

From the album ‘Tricks Of A Trade’ released by Woolfe Records in 1985.
Formed in 1983
Genre: Heavy Metal

56:46 – Reverend Kill – 666 Conspiracy

From the album ‘His Blood, Our Victory’ release by MercyKill in 2008.
Formed in 2004
Genre: Melodic Death Metal
Lyrical themes: Death, Satan

https://www.facebook.com/Reverend-Kill-126718806103/

1:00:32 – Okazaki Fragments – As The Planet Falls

From the album ‘Abandoned’ released independently in 2015.
Formed in 2014
Genre: Death Metal/Grindcore
Lyrical themes: Science, Misanthropy, Society, Darkness, Hate, Space

https://okazakideath.bandcamp.com/releases
https://www.facebook.com/OkazakiFragmentsband

1:03:34 – Cultist – Incessant Overuse

From the album ‘Demo 2016’ released independently in 2016.
Formed in 2015
Genre: Death Metal
Lyrical themes: Sci-fi, Mythology/Legends, Society, Mental Illness

https://cultistcanada.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/cultistcanada

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Review- Blatta- Ghast

Layers upon Layers

A one-man Atmospheric, Depressive Black Metal project straight from the heart of Münster, Germany, Blatta has progressed a long way and re-defined what it means to be a German Black Metal band. Blatta’s most recent effort, an independently released demo entitled “Ghast”, takes its music to another level, in terms of atmosphere.

Arisas, the sole member, is dedicated to writing massively-layered compositions that fans will even find comparable to those of the great Nortt. In fact, I contacted him recently and asked what some of his influences were and how his songs come to be, and he cited Xasthur, Leviathan, I Shalt Become, Mutiilation, and a relatively new band named Byyrth as his major inspirations. But it did not stop there.

He reflected, “not just music inspires me… I live in a very small town and… it’s really depressing here. The people, the atmosphere… the streets in general,” showing that even his every-day surroundings are fuel for his creativity. He continued, saying “The songwriting process begins with a basic idea, [it] could be a riff or a vocal melody,” and from there he “layers a lot of guitars [in order to] make it feel like the sound is buried underground”.

This said process yields tremendous results, which are ostensible throughout “Ghast”, from its pensive, ambient stages to its roaring, atmospheric riffs, exposing the listener to a miasma of deep, dark depression. Blatta will likely not tour this year, but Arisas plans to build further upon the musical accomplishments of “Ghast” and will independently release a split album with Putrescence in the near future. This album will feature even more layers of guitars than ever before, as well as some Burzum-inspired riffs, so stay tuned!

 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/officialblatta/

Bandcamp: https://blatta.bandcamp.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Blatta-1300526236656326/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChqI95RIv3dJEbQ8vpAdRug

Transcending Obscurity Records – Label Sampler 2016

Transcending Obscurity Records label sampler 2016. A metric butt-ton of amazing music! A hell of a lot of bands I’ve not been exposed to yet! Check them out!