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[2021-01-25]
OUT NOW AND SHIPPING!!!
DIPYGUS - Bushmeat CD [MEMENTO-C]
The long-awaited 2nd full-length by this U.S. band. Since the dawn of the Paleolithic age, mankind has recorded spectacular scenes of death, whether in scenes of cannibal feasts crudely etched on cave walls, massacres immortalized in glyphs adorning monuments of the ancient kingdoms, or in chance recordings of grisly accidents, compiled and sold on home video to those with a thirst for that which is denied to them by our "civilized" society. Spawned in the contaminated sewers of Santa Cruz, CA in 2013, Dipygus began as a 4-piece mutation performing rudimentary styles of Death Metal, a sonic evolution of the tradition continued from the time of Cro-Magnons. A 2015 demo recording, the earliest surviving documentation of the band, reveled in unexplained and bizarre events, including peculiar methods of whale carcass disposal and otherworldly monsters from on and off the silver-screen. After a lineup change in 2016, Dipygus recorded the "Long Pig Feast" EP, which featured terrifying rites, ritual mutilations, and ominous sightings of a Mesozoic relic in the heart of the Congo. The debut album, "Deathooze", slowly de-composed in the murky shallows of powerplant runoff in the Monterey Bay, ultimately being recorded in 2018. Though quickly banned in over 16 countries, the debut album -exhibited in North America by Expansion Abyss and Caligari Records- attracted immediate attention among slime fetishists and similarly deviant circles. Placed appropriately alongside the Fiji mermaids and other grotesque artefacts found in curio cabinets of modern-day antiquarians, "Deathooze" continued the band´s exploration of inexplicable incidents, mysterious beasts and shocking carnage, including genuine audio recovered from a fatal attack at the hands of an ape gone mad! Following their debut album, Dipygus was conjoined with an additional member, and began a new exploration in search of secrets hidden in the jungles of lost continents, where life is cheap. After successful initiation into the shadowy world of black-market cuisine, an agreement was reached with Memento Mori for the release of Dipygus´ 2nd full-length, "Bushmeat". Showcasing more exotic and repulsive themes of the supernatural and taboo, "Bushmeat" presents an uncensored and unrelenting spectacle, with each element of the previous work irresponsibly taken to a further extreme. A prime cut of raw and grueling terror, it is fit for consumption by headhunters, body-snatchers, toad-venom junkies, cargo cultists, aquatic ape theorists, disaster tourists, carriers of tropical disease, voodoo practitioners and orgone revivalists only. All others have been warned... Memento Mori recommends Dipygus for fans of Autopsy, Impetigo, Undergang, Asphyx and Nuclear Death. But why not enter the jungle in search of "Bushmeat" and find out for yourself? The album was tracked at Darker Corners Studios, the new venture of Matt Harvey (Exhumed, Pounder, Gruesome) and Alejandro Corredor (Nausea, Pounder), ensuring utterly crushing sound. And with mixing by Earhammer Studios and mastering by Mammoth Sound, not to mention form-fitting cover art courtesy of Doug Camp, Dipygus´ "Bushmeat" is guaranteed to be a grisly good time!

ALTERED DEAD - Returned to Life CD [MEMENTO-CI]
The highly anticipated 2nd full-length by this Canadian band. With beginnings in 2011, Altered Dead are a two-piece contributing to the tradition of early Death Metal with a simple and therefore genuine approach: no frills, filthy and raw, proudly influenced by the likes of Autopsy, Death Breath, Grave, Asphyx, Darkthrone, Unleashed, Exhumed and Carnage. Released in 2016, Altered Dead´s debut album, simply self-titled, was a cornucopia of darkness and utter death. Twisted and gross riffs ripped alongside warring treads of percussion, with the accompaniment of scalded and bellowing dual vocals mangling the listener´s mind. Similarly, lyrical themes revolved around physical and mental warfare, mutating human nature and imminent conflict and collapse. Currently residing in Esquimalt, on southern Vancouver Island, the duo have had numerous live performances and subsequently started work on their long-awaited 2nd full-length. At last it arrives, bearing the ever-fitting title "Returned to Life". Be forewarned, though, as there´s no "Life Metal" here: only utter death, once again, and darkness eternal, of course. The strikingly sick and psychedelic cover art by Matt Sidney should give some clues as to where Altered Dead are coming from here: tendrils of slimy and viscous riffage rising from the muck to ensnare martial mid-tempo gallops and frequent detours into doomed-out despair. The sum effect is infinitely headbanging as it is scabrously sewer-dredging, but rest assured that Altered Dead place a premium on stridently classic songwriting as their aforementioned forebears did at the dawn of the 90´s: hooks, line and sinking... into the primordial abyss! Thus, "Returned to Life" is both backwards-looking as well as inward-looking -as in inward into that very same abyss. And, it also bears re-emphasizing that Altered Dead are a duo; however, for only two people, the band create a world-eating sound far larger than their pared-down membership may convey on paper. Credit due to Loïc Fontaine for his clear and crushing mastering job at Krucyator Studio, France. Closing with a faithful cover of Celtic Frost´s "Into the Crypts of Rays", Altered Dead deliver traditional Death Metal perfection with "Returned to Life".

DEVOTION - The Harrowing CD [MEMENTO-CII]
The classy 2nd full-length by this Spanish band. Devotion was founded in the autumn of 2012 in some rehearsal rooms near Valencia, where some seasoned veterans of the local underground Death Metal scene were summoned by Julkarn (bass/vocals in Graveyard) to provide backing vocals on a track of their last opus to date. The recruited crew consisted of Sergio (Profundis Tenebrarum, Domains), David Agressor (Domains) and Vicent Riera (ex-Obscure / Nadir). When the recording sessions were over, they decided to start up a new band, featuring Julkarn on guitar, David Agressor on bass, Sergio on drums, and Vicent on vocal duties. After a number of lineup changes over the years, with Julkarn and Vicent remaining the core of the band, it´s the addition of David Garcia (ex-Obscure, Nadir) on drums and Txito (Visceral Damage, ex-Voice Of Hate) on bass that finally stabilize the band´s lineup. In 2016, Devotion recorded their debut album, "Necrophiliac Cults", only released on CD format through the Spanish labels The Horror Dimension and Pathologically Explicit Recordings. For this recording, the quartet counted on the priceless participation of Igor Mesmer (Circumcelion) on keyboards, who unfortunately passed away shortly after the release. Following the album´s release, Devotion played several shows with bands such as Interment, Dead Congregation, Graveyard, Korgull the Exterminator, Mercyless, Putrid Offal, Primigenium, Dead, Schirenc plays Pungent Stench, Oniricous, Balmog, Himura and Convulsions among others, and even despite the current Covid-19 pandemic, the band´s more than willing to continue spreading their Metal of Death anywhere possible. At long last, nearly 5 years later, Devotion deliver their 2nd full-length: "The Harrowing". Very aptly titled, "The Harrowing" sees the Spaniards taking their eldritch death in a darker and much-more-haunting direction. The throb is filthy and utterly crushing, and tastefully embellished with otherworldly synth; ghosts could very well linger underneath these megatons of sewer-reeking riffage. Likewise, the 13-track album is structured into "chants" and "dirges" -the former atmospheric interludes no less crucial to the experience, the latter lumbering Metal of Death par excellence. As ever, the ilk of Death Metal that Devotion display is not affiliated to any particular school, let alone any current trend, for it´s all about uncompromising, organic, putrid, crushing and timeless Death Metal as we knew it in the early/mid 90´s: eminently mid-paced and drenched in a rotting atmosphere, with a strong penchant for memorability and catchiness, which is a trait that seems to be lost in most of today´s Death Metal. Fans of über-classic acts such as Asphyx, Bolt Thrower, Morgoth, Benediction, Grave, "The Key"-era Nocturnus, and especially "Testimony of the Ancients"-era Pestilence, are wholeheartedly encouraged to witness "The Harrowing" and partake in Devotion´s masterful lurch and crunch. With mastering by Javier Felez at Moontower Studios, you´re guaranteed it´s crushing as fuck and hauntingly atmospheric, and this monument of madness is suitably completed by Diko Nursyahra´s regal cover art.

[2021-01-19]
PNEUMA HAGION (U.S.A.) - Voidgazer / Rituals of Extinction CD!!!
We´re stoked to announce that we´ll be putting out the CD version of "Voidgazer", the U.S. darkened Death/Doom Metal juggernaut PNEUMA HAGION´s debut full-length album that was previously only available on vinyl/digital since its November 2020 release.

Like the earlier recordings of this Texan based act, "Voidgazer" presents a starkly monolithic variety of Death Metal that reflects the emptiness personified in the title. The sound itself evokes the same stifling oppressiveness of Incantation and Immolation, as it alternates between fast tempos and bludgeoning doom passages, firmly aligning itself with one of the most revered schools of U.S. Death Metal. Perhaps most impressively, all instruments and vocals are performed by the lone member of Pneuma Hagion, unassumingly known as R., whose gnostic reflections pervade the lyrics that are animated by his own tortured voice. The sum of these nine tracks is certain to endear "Voidgazer" to any dedicated adherent to the worship of the bleakness of human existence, and massive, brooding and ominous Death/Doom Metal with a Lovecraftian atmosphere.

The CD version of "Voidgazer" will include the "Rituals of Extinction" EP (2017) as bonus, and will be unleashed upon mankind on April 26th, 2021.

Links:
https://pneumahagion.bandcamp.com/album/voidgazer
https://pneumahagion.bandcamp.com/album/rituals-of-extinction

[2021-01-13]
CONJURETH (U.S.A.) signed to Memento Mori!!!
In our endless quest to push and support current underground acts that perpetuate the odor of vintage Death Metal, we´re extremely thrilled to announce a new signing: CONJURETH, from U.S.A.

Conjureth formed in 2018 with the goal of continuing the traditions forged by the originators of Death Metal. Taking influence via everything from Florida to Finland, Conjureth steamrolls their way through late 80´s inspired filth. There was a short time when Death Metal wasn´t primarily full of blastbeats, caveman riffs, ultra low tuned guitars, and super guttural vocals. Sadly, this era was fairly short-lived. But we all know how it spawned some of the most classic material the genre has ever seen. Conjureth slots in that bygone age of 1986 to 1989 style Death Metal with a heaping portion of Thrash Metal riffing and a dash of the technical side of things that would be unearthed a few years later. This is a band that celebrates the past giving birth to the future.

Memento Mori will unleash the CD version of their debut full-length, whereas our friends in Rotted Life Records will take care of the LP version. Release date for both formats has been set for July 26th, 2021. Further details to follow in the coming months. Meanwhile, make sure to give the band a like on Facebook and listen to/buy their previous output (links below).

Discography:
"Foul Formations" demo (2020)
"The Levitation Manifest" demo (2020)
"Foul Formations / The Levitation Manifest" compilation (2020)

Links:
https://www.facebook.com/conjureth
https://conjureth.bandcamp.com

[2021-01-01]
STORE UPDATE!!!
This is the list of new items and restocks that arrived at the store over the course of the last month:

ACHERON - Rites of the Black Mass CD
ACROSTICHON - Return to Killburg CD
ANASARCA - Survival Mode CD
APOPLEXY - Monarchy of Damned CD
ASTRIFEROUS - Raise High the Scepter of Indulgence MCD
ATOMIC AGGRESSOR - Invoking the Primal Chaos MCD
BAPHOMET - Death in the Beginning CD
BASTARD PRIEST - Vengeance... of the Damned MCD (digipak)
BLOODSOAKED NECROVOID - The Apocryphal Paths of the Ancient 8th Vitriolic Transcendence CD
BLOODSOAKED NECROVOID - Expelled into the Unknown Depths of the Unfathomable CD
CHEMICAL BREATH - Beyond Reality / Brutal Violation CD
CHEMICAL BREATH - Fatal Exposure CD
COFFIN ROT - A Monument to the Dead CD
CONGENITAL DEFORMITY - Progenies of the Cemetery MCD
CONTAMINATED - Final Man CD
CRUCIAMENTUM - Convocation of Crawling Chaos MCD
CRUCIAMENTUM - Engulfed in Desolation MCD
CRYPTIC SHIFT - Visitations from Enceladus CD
CRYPTIC SHIFT / REPLICANT / INOCULATION / ASTRAL TOMB - Chasm of Aeons MCD
DEAD CONGREGATION - Purifying Consecrated Ground MCD
DEAD CONGREGATION - Promulgation of the Fall CD
DECONSECRATION - Demo MCD (digisleeve)
DECREPID - Endless Sea of Graves CD
DECREPITAPH - Forgotten Scriptures - The Collection CD
DENIAL - Obsequies of the Immemorial CD
EMBALMER - The Collection of Carnage 2CD
ENCOFFINATION - Ritual Ascension Beyond Flesh CD
ENCOFFINATION - O´ Hell, Shine in Thy Whited Sepulchres CD
ENCOFFINATION - III - Hear Me, O´ Death CD
ENCOFFINATION - Necros Obscuritas CD
ENCOFFINATION - We Proclaim Your Death, O´ Lord CD
EXCARNATED ENTITY - Stillborn in Ash MCD
FUMES OF DECAY - Ominous CD
GUTLESS - Mass Extinction MCD
GUTVOID - Astral Bestiary MCD
INANNA - Unearthed Relics CD
INFESTICIDE - Envenoming Wounds CD
KORPSESOTURI - Korpskrist CD
MACHETAZO - Ultratumba II CD (slipcase)
MALEVOLENT CREATION - The Demos 2CD
MALIGNANCY - Intrauterine Cannibalism 2CD
MEGASCAVENGER - Songs in the Key of Madness CD
NAPHOBIA - Of Hell CD
NUCLEAR DEATH - Bride of Insect CD
NUCLEAR DEATH - Carrion for Worm CD
OSSUARY ANEX - Mutilation Through Prayer CD
OSSUARY ANEX - Obscurantism Apogee CD
PLAGUE - Portraits of Mind CD
POLLUTED INHERITANCE - Ecocide CD
POLLUTED INHERITANCE - Betrayed CD
PUTRID PILE - Revel in Lunacy CD
PYRE - Human Hecatomb CD (digipak)
QUESTION - Reflections of the Void CD
RUIN - Plague Transmissions: Vol. 2 CD
RUIN / ANTHROPIC - Split MCD
RUIN / ROTTING GRAVE - Grave Slaughter CD
SEANCE - Levitised Spirit MCD
SERAPHIC ENTOMBMENT - Quelled MCD
SOULSKINNER - Seven Bowls of Wrath CD
SUMMONING DEATH - One Step Beyond CD
TOXODETH - Mysteries about Life and Death CD
TOXODETH - Morbidest Reality (An Observation) CD
TRANSCENDENCE - Hour of the Summoning MCD
TRANSCENDENCE - Towards Obscurities Beyond CD
VIOLENT SCUM - Ornaments of Bloodshed CD
VISCERAL MASS - Visceral Mass MCD
VOMIT REMNANTS / BLOOD OF CHRIST - Eastern Beast - Western Wolf CD
VULTUR - Vulture´s Beak MCD
VULTUR - Entangled in the Webs of Fear CD
WHARFLURCH - Lurking Doom + Demo 2019 CD
MEFITIS - Emberdawn CD
NEXWOMB - Exegesis of Nihility CD
CAPTOR - Lay It to Rest + Demos 2CD
DEFIANCE - Checkmate: The Demo Collection 2CD
HADES - Resisting Success + Demos 2CD
KORGULL THE EXTERMINATOR - Sharpen Your Spikes CD
POSSESSION - Disentombed Manifestations 2CD
TORR - Armageddon + 2 CD
TORR - Institut Klinické Smrti CD

[2020-12-24]
PUSTILENCE (Australia) signed to Memento Mori!!!
In our endless quest to push and support current underground acts that perpetuate the odor of vintage Death Metal, we´re extremely thrilled to announce a new signing: PUSTILENCE, from Australia.

Started in late 2018, the three-headed vermin known as Pustilence bring to the table some vicious, relentless and mind-warping Death Metal madness, chock full of leads, tempo changes and putrid vocals, and influenced by the glory days of old school Death Metal, when albums by bands such as Oppressor, Morta Skuld, Gutted and Psychic Pawn took the underground scene by the storm. Lyrics wise, Pustilence aim to bring a uniqueness to the art of extreme music in the form of fantastical and obscured themes.

Memento Mori will unleash the CD version of their debut full-length in 2021, whereas our friends in Rotted Life Records will take care of the LP and tape versions. Moreover, Rotted Life Records will soon put out the tape version of the band´s demo, so you better keep an eye out on their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/rottedlife). Further details to follow in the coming months. Meanwhile, make sure to give them a like on Facebook and listen to their demo (links below).

Discography:
"The Birth of the Beginning Before the Inception of the End" demo (2020)

Links:
https://www.facebook.com/PustilenceAus
https://pustilenceaus.bandcamp.com

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