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[2021-04-01]
STORE UPDATE!!!
This is the list of new items and restocks that arrived at the store over the course of the last month:

ABORTED FETUS - Fetal Embalmed Existence CD
ABYTHIC - Dominion of the Wicked CD
AGE OF AGONY - Death Metal Artillery CD
AGE OF AGONY - For the Forgotten CD
AGE OF WOE - An Ill Wind Blowing CD
AVERNAL - Tzompantli CD
BEAST OF REVELATION - The Ancient Ritual of Death CD
BONESTORM - The Emptiness of Life and Death CD
CADAVER PUTREFACTO - Ritual de Exsanguinacion CD
CARNAL RUIN - Gnosis of Immortal Domain CD
CATACOMB - The Lurker at the Threshold / In the Maze of Kadath CD
CATHARTIC - Ceremonial Resurrection MCD (digisleeve)
CENOTAPH - The gloomy reflection of our hidden sorrows + EP´S / Demo 2CD
CENOTAPH - Epic Rites (9 Epic Tales and Death Rites) CD
CONCEIVED BY HATE - Death & Beyond CD
CONCEIVED BY HATE - Putrid Realms of the Occult CD
CURSED BLOOD - Taker of Life MCD (digipak)
DEATHSPAWN - Reverendus CD
DECAYING PURITY - Mass Extinction of the Providential Ones CD
DESULTORY - Into Eternity CD (super jewel)
DESULTORY - Bitterness CD (super jewel)
DISINTER - As We Burn CD
DISRUPTED (Mexico) - The Procrastination of Being CD (slipcase)
DOOM SNAKE CULT - Love Sorrow Doom CD
ENCOFFINIZED - Chambers of Deprivation CD
FLUIDS - Exploitative Practices CD
FLUIDS - Little Village CD
GORIFIED - It´s Not Fear That Tears You´ll Apart... It´s Us CD
GRAVEYARD - One with the Dead CD
GRAVEYARD - The Coffin Years CD
GRAVEYARD - ...for Thine Is the Darkness CD (slipcase)
GRAVEYARD - Back to the Mausoleum MCD
GRAVEYARD / KORGULL THE EXTERMINATOR - La Germandat de la Nit Profunda CD
GROTESQUE DEITY - At the Blackest Way to Death CD
ILLDISPOSED - Four Depressive Seasons CD
IMMORTALIS - Indicium de Mortuis + Demos 2CD
INFER - Anti-Human CD
INFER - Aeon of Deathless Blight CD
INHUMAN - Conquerors of the New World CD
INHUMAN - Unseen Dead CD
INSEPULTO - Morbid Spawn of Resurrection CD
ISCARIOTA - Cosmic Paradox CD
KARRAS - La Cultura del Hambre CD
KHROPHUS - Presages / Eyes of Madness CD
LIVIDITY - To Desecrate and Defile CD + DVD (digipak)
LUSTRATION - Urges + Divine deception CD
MORTEM - Demon Tales CD
MORTEM - The Devil Speaks in Tongues CD
MORTEM - Deinós Nekrómantis CD
MUSMAHHU - Reign of the Odious CD
MYTHIC - Anthology CD
NEXUL - Paradigm of Chaos CD
NEXUL - Scythed Wings of Poisonous Decay CD (digipak)
NUCLEAR DEATH - Bride of Insect CD
NUCLEAR DEATH - Carrion for Worm CD
NYCTOPHOBIC - War Criminal Views CD
ORGANIC INFEST - Penitence CD
PURGATORY - Ωmega Void Tribvnal CD
PUSTILENCE - The Birth of the Beginning Before the Inception of the End MCD
PUTRID PILE - Paraphiliac Perversions CD
PUTRID PILE - Revel in Lunacy CD
REGREDIOR - Born in the Coffin CD
REVEL IN FLESH - Relics of the Deathkult CD (slipcase)
REVEL IN FLESH - The Hour of the Avenger CD (digipak)
ROGASH - Supremacy Undone CD (digipak)
ROGASH - Malevolence CD (digipak)
SANDBREAKER - Worm Master CD
SEVERANCE - The Truth in Question CD
SEVERANCE - The Concession Continuum CD
SEVERANCE - Transmigration Reincarnation CD
SIEGE COLUMN - Inferno Deathpassion CD
SLOUGH OF DESPAIR - Catacombs of Terror CD
SOULROT - Nameless Hideous Manifestations CD
SPHERE - Mindless Mass CD
SPORAE AUTEM YUGGOTH - The Plague of Aeons CD
SURGERY - Anthems of Sacrilege CD
BALMOG - Vacvvm CD
BALMOG - Pillars of Salt MCD
BLASPHAMAGOATACHRIST - Bastardizing the Purity CD
DARKENED NOCTURN SLAUGHTERCULT - Saldorian Spell CD
DARKENED NOCTURN SLAUGHTERCULT - Necrovision CD
DARKENED NOCTURN SLAUGHTERCULT - Mardom CD
DEPARTURE CHANDELIER - Antichrist Rise to Power CD
DISHARMONY - Vade Retro Satana CD
ERESHKIGAL - The Erevos Arisen CD
GOATPENIS - Decapitation Philosophy CD
HACAVITZ - Hacavitz MCD
HACAVITZ - Darkness Beyond CD
HACAVITZ - Nex Nihil CD
HULDER - Godslastering: Hymns of a Forlorn Peasantry CD (digipak)
ILL OMEN - Ae.Thy.Rift CD
KATAVASIA - Magnus Venator CD
KAWIR - Αδράστεια CD (digipak)
LORD BELIAL - Wrath of Belial CD
LORD BELIAL - Enter the Moonlight Gate CD (digipak)
LORD BELIAL - Unholy Crusade CD (digipak)
MALAKHIM - Theion CD
PROCLAMATION - Advent of the Black Omen CD
PROCLAMATION - Messiah of Darkness and Impurity CD
PROCLAMATION - Execration of Cruel Bestiality CD
PROCLAMATION - Nether Tombs of Abaddon CD
RITES OF THY DEGRINGOLADE - The Blade Philosophical CD
SADISTIC NOISE - 11A 666 CD
SERPENTS - The Brimstone Clergy MCD (digipak)
STARGAZER - Psychic Secretions CD
TEMPLE NIGHTSIDE - Pillars of Damnation CD
THE SUFFERING - Death Holds No Dreams CD
THOU ART LORD - Eosforos CD
VESICANT - Shadows of Cleansing Iron CD (digipak)
VOIDWOMB - Altars of Cosmic Devotion MCD (digipak)
ARES KINGDOM - Incendiary CD
ARES KINGDOM - The Unburiable Dead CD
ARES KINGDOM - By the Light of Their Destruction CD
BITCHEATER - Worship of Satan CD
CHAOS SYNOPSIS - Kvlt ov Dementia CD
CHAOS SYNOPSIS - Gods of Chaos CD
DARKSTORM - The Oath of Fire CD
DESASTER - A Touch of Medieval Darkness CD
ENTRENCH - Violent Procreation CD
EVIL - Possessed by Evil CD
FLAMES - Summon the Dead CD
FLAMES - Last Prophecy CD
LEPROSY - Wicked Reich CD
MANDATOR - Initial Velocity CD
PRIME EVIL - Underground Origins CD
RIOTOR - Cursed Throne CD
SAVAGE GRACE - The Dominatress + Demo 1982 CD
SAVAGE GRACE - Master of Disguise CD
SAVAGE GRACE - After the Fall from Grace CD
SAVAGE GRACE - Ride into the Night + Demo 1983 CD
SKULL FIST - Heavier than Metal MCD
SODOM - Demonized CD
URN - The Burning CD
ABYSSAL - Anchored CD
ABYSSAL - MMVIII-MMXIV CD
ABYSSAL - Misanthrope CD
CAUCHEMAR - Chapelle Ardente CD
FELGRAVE - A Waning Light CD
MOURNERS - Act I: Tragedies CD (digipak)

[2021-03-01]
STORE UPDATE!!!
This is the list of new items and restocks that arrived at the store over the course of the last month:

AGRETATOR - Delusions + Bonus Tracks CD
AGRETATOR - Distorted Logic + Demos CD
ANNIHILATION VORTEX - Nihilistic Spheres CD
APOCALYPTIC FEAR - Dawn of the Ritual + Decayed Existence CD
ASSATUR - Where Chaos Reigned CD (digipak)
ASTRIFEROUS - Raise High the Scepter of Indulgence MCD
ASTRIFEROUS - The Lower Levels of Sentience MCD
BLASPHEREION - Rest in Peace CD
BLIGHTMASS - Severed from Your Soul CD
BLOOD MORTIZED - Blood Mortized CD
BURIAL - Frigid Cold MCD
BURIAL REMAINS - Spawn of Chaos CD
CONCRETE ICON - Rancid Harmony CD
CRYPTWORM - Reeking Gunk of Abhorrence MCD
CRYPT OF KERBEROS - Cyclone of Insanity / Visions Beyond Darkness + Demos CD
DAMNABLE - Inperdition CD
DEATH SQUAD - Into the Crypt / Dying Alone CD
DETEST - Dorval + DeathBreed Demo / Live Tracks 2CD
DIPYGUS - Deathooze CD
EPITAPH - Seeming Salvation (Original 1992 Sound Version) CD
EXSUL - Exsul MCD (digipak)
FETID ZOMBIE - Epicedia CD
FUNERAL LEECH - Death Meditation CD
FUNERUS - Reduced to Sludge CD (slipcase)
GRACELESS - Where Vultures Know Your Name CD
GROND - Howling from the Deep CD
GROND - Cosmic Devonian MCD
HAEMORRHAGE - The Forensic Files / Grotesque Embryopathology CD
HAEMORRHAGE - Emetic Cult CD
INCINERATOR (Poland) - Rotten Flesh Macabre MCD
INCINERATOR (Poland) / VILE APPARITION - Split MCD
INTELLECT DEVOURER - Demons of the Skull CD
INTERMENT - Into the Crypts of Blasphemy CD
INTERMENT - Scent of the Buried CD
IRON FLESH - Summoning the Putrid CD (digipak)
JUST BEFORE DAWN - On the History of Destruction CD
JUST BEFORE DAWN - An Army at Dawn CD
LUSTRATION - Urges + Divine Deception CD
MOLESTED - Blod Draum Remix + Original Mix CD
MORBID STENCH - Doom & Putrefaction CD
NAR MATTARU - The Underground Chapel of Deformation CD
NECROBIOSIS - The Pile of Decayed Entrails CD
NEKRO DRUNKZ - Terminal Perversion CD
NOCTURNAL HOLLOW - A Whisper of an Horrendous Soul CD
NOXIS - Expanse of Hellish Black Mire MCD
PARUSIE - ...In Silence CD
PHARMACIST - Forensic Pathology Jurisprudence [Extended Jurisdiction] CD
PHARMACIST - Medical Renditions of Grinding Decomposition CD
PHARMACIST / OOZING - Forbidden Exhumation / Thanatological Reflections on Necroticism CD
PUTRID COFFIN - Desecrated Tombs MCD
RIBSPREADER - Bolted to the Cross CD (slipcase)
RIBSPREADER - The Van Murders - Part 2 CD
ROTHADAS - Rothadás MCD
ROTTING KINGDOM - A Deeper Shade of Sorrow CD
SEPTAGE - Septic Decadence MCD
SEPULCHRAL - Back from the Dead CD
SHAMBLES / TRIANGLE OF FLAMES - A Gathering of Evil CD (DVD case)
SHAMBLES - Realm of Darkness Shrine CD
SHRAPNEL STORM - Mother War CD
SHRAPNEL STORM - Shrapnel Storm CD (digipak)
SKULLCRUSH - Visions of the Firestorm Eclipse MCD
SKULLCRUSH - Archaic Towers of Annihilation CD
TRANSGRESSOR - Defiled Crosses - Demo(n)s CD
UERBEROS - Tormented by Faith CD (digipak)
UERBEROS - Stand Over Your Grave CD
UNDERCROFT - Twisted Souls CD
UNDERCROFT - The Seventh Hex CD
VOMIT - Invoker of the Past CD
VOORHEES - Chapter Two CD (digipak)
WORM - Gloomlord CD
WRATHRONE - Reflections of Torment CD
WRATHRONE - Eve of Infliction CD (digipak)
BESTIAL WARFARE - Desecrating Goat Assault MCD
CADAVERIC POSSESSION - The Malevolent Predestination CD
CADAVERIC POSSESSION - Sephirothic Desiccation MCD
DECIUS - Prepare to Die CD
EMPTINESS - Error CD (digipak)
EVIL SORCERY - Death Meditation MCD
LJOSAZABOJSTWA - Głoryja Śmierci CD
LORD BELIAL - Wrath of Belial CD
ODRAZA - Esperalem Tkane CD
ODRAZA - Rzeczom CD
OLDEATH - Rise from Majestic Darkness CD
ONDSKAPT - Grimoire Ordo Devus CD
PHALANX INFERNO - The Age of Anti-Aquarius MCD
PRIMIGENIUM - For the Children of This World MCD (digisleeve)
SAMAEL - Blood Ritual CD
TRUP - Ecce Satanas MCD
UPON THE ALTAR - Absid ab Ordine Luminis CD
WARKVLT - Deathymn CD
ABSU - The Sun of Tiphareth CD
ABSU - The Third Storm of Cythraul CD
ABSU - In the Eyes of Ioldánach CD
ABSU - Tara CD
AFFLICTION - The Damnation of Humanization + Peace Through Violence CD
AGRESSOR - Satan´s Sodomy of Death (Demos) CD
ALLAGASH - The Allagash Encounters CD
BEWITCHED - Diabolical Desecration CD
BEWITCHED - Pentagram Prayer CD
BEZERKER - Lost CD
CORRUPTED SAINT - Mutilated Before the Masses MCD
EVOKE - Seeds of Death CD
MAGNUS - Scarlet Slaughterer CD
MAGNUS - Acceptance of Death CD (digipak)
SPIRALSEA - Essence CD
TORR - Armageddon + 2 CD
TORR - Institut Klinické Smrti CD
WARGASM - Rumours of War: The Complete Demo Anthology CD
WARGASM - Why Play Around? CD
WAROATH - Infernal Tortures Blades CD
HALTER - The Principles of Human Being CD
KRIEF DE SOLI - Requiem: Missa pro Defunctis in F-Moll CD (digipak)
MARCHE FUNEBRE - Into the Arms of Darkness CD
QUERCUS - Verferum CD

[2021-02-27]
NOTHINGNESS (U.S.A.) - The Hollow Gaze of Death CD!!!
We´re stoked to announce that we´ll be reissuing "The Hollow Gaze of Death", the debut album by the U.S. band NOTHINGNESS.

Based in Minneapolis, NOTHINGNESS spew forth a brand of Death Metal that features crushing Death/Doom Metal sections that help build up a tense atmosphere, with a permanent focus on -and reverence to- the riff, and including a wide array of influences, such as Morbid Angel, Spectral Voice, Justin Broadrick, Rippikoulu, Incantation, Convulsing, Winterfylleth, Primitive Man, Suffocation and Profanatica. Aiming for universal heaviness filtered through the lens of Death Metal, and performed with respect for the history of extreme music, NOTHINGNESS are on a mission to forge a sound rooted in the ancient ways, yet also embracing more recent takes and experimentations; a sound that doesn´t need to be defined by rigid genres, whose only goal is to be honest and heavy, and honestly just heavy. If anything, NOTHINGNESS is Death.

"The Hollow Gaze of Death" was originally self-released as digital, CD (limited to 100 copies) and tape (limited to 50 copies) in mid-to-late 2019, plus a repress on tape (limited to 100 copies) through Barbaric Brutality a few months ago, and will be given a proper CD treatment by Memento Mori on July 26th, 2021.

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

[2021-02-01]
STORE UPDATE!!!
This is the list of new items and restocks that arrived at the store over the course of the last month:

ABHORRENCE - Totally Vulgar: Live at Tuska Open Air 2013 CD (digipak)
ABHORRENCE - Megalohydrothalassophobic MCD
ALTERED DEAD - Returned to Life CD
CASKET - Upright Decay Resurrected CD (digipak)
CASKET - Undead Soil CD (digipak)
CASKET - Unearthed CD (digipak)
CEREMONIAL OATH - The Book of Truth 2CD (slipcase)
CEREMONIAL OATH - Carpet CD
CHAMBER OF TORTURE - Cadaverous Omen CD
CHAMBER OF TORTURE - Necrodomain CD
CIANIDE - Divide and Conquer 2CD
CIANIDE - Unhumanized MCD
COFFINS / DEPRESSION - Split CD
CONSUMPTION - Recursive Definitions of Suppuration CD (digipak)
CONVULSE - Inner Evil MCD
CRYPTICUS / SCAREMAKER - Dare to Enter, Die to Leave CD
CRYPTICUS - The Recluse MCD
DEHYDRATED - Ideas CD (digipak)
DEHYDRATED - And Death Shall Have No Dominion MCD (slimcase)
DEVOTION - The Harrowing CD
DIABHAL - M M X X CD
DIPYGUS - Bushmeat CD
DRAWN AND QUARTERED - To Kill Is Human CD
DRAWN AND QUARTERED - Proliferation of Disease CD
FUMES / THORN - Split MCD
FUNERUS - Reduced to Sludge CD (slipcase)
MIASMAL - Cursed Redeemer CD
MIASMAL - Tides of Omniscience CD (digipak)
MORBID ILLUSION - In the Crypt of the Stifled CD
MORBIDITY (Finland) - Death from the Past CD
MORGOTH - Cursed CD (slipcase)
NECROSANCT - Legacy CD
NECROSANCT - Incarnate CD
NECROSANCT - Desolate CD
ORION - Mysterivm Cosmographicvm CD
PAGANIZER - Promoting Total Death CD
PAGANIZER - Carnage Junkie CD (digipak)
REVOLTING - Dreadful Pleasures CD
SHED THE SKIN - Harrowing Faith CD
SHED THE SKIN - We of Scorn CD
SHED THE SKIN - The Forbidden Arts CD
SKELETHAL - Of the Depths… CD
SKELETHAL - Unveiling the Threshold CD
SKINNING - Homicidal Experimentations CD
THOSE WHO BRING THE TORTURE - Piling Up CD
THOSE WHO BRING THE TORTURE - Necromancer CD
THOSE WHO BRING THE TORTURE - Dark Chapters CD
UNNATURAL - The Afflicted Path to Cursed Putrefaction CD
VAINAJA - Kadotetut CD (digipak)
VAINAJA - Verenvalaja CD (digipak)
VIOLENT HAMMER - Riders of the Wasteland CD
VRENTH - Baptism Death CD
BLACK GOAT - Magia Posthuma: The Inmost Darkness - Second Phenomenon CD
BLACK GOAT - Dominion of Fire CD (digipak)
EGGS OF GOMORRH - Rot Prophet CD
EGGS OF GOMORRH / SARINVOMIT - Encomium of Depraved Instincts CD
GEHENNA - First Spell CD (slipcase)
HEGEMONY - Enthroned by Persecution CD
HERESIARCH - Incursions CD
IMPIETY - Versus All Gods CD
PLAGUE BEARER - Winds of Pestilence CD
PRIMORDIAL - Imrama CD
PRIMORDIAL - The Gathering Wilderness CD
PRIMORDIAL - To the Nameless Dead CD
PROFANATICA - Thy Kingdom Cum CD
PROFANATICA - Altar of the Virgin Whore MCD
PROFANE ORDER - Tightened Noose of Sanctimony CD
UNANIMATED - Ancient God of Evil CD (slipcase)
AGGRESSIVE PERFECTOR - Satan´s Heavy Metal MCD
AGGRESSIVE PERFECTOR - Havoc at the Midnight Hour CD
BLACKEVIL - Forever Baptised in Eternal Fire CD
CHILDREN OF TECHNOLOGY - Apocalyptic Compendium - 10 Years in Chaos, Noise and Warfare CD
CHILDREN OF TECHNOLOGY - Written Destiny CD
DEATHSTORM - Reaping What Is Left CD
DEATHSTORM - For Dread Shall Reign CD
DECEASED - Ghostly White CD
DESPISED - Twisted + Demos CD
GUERRA TOTAL - Nihilistic Malthusian Manifesto (The Ouroboros Cosmic Indifferentism) CD (slipcase)
GUERRA TOTAL - War Is the Pursuit of Death: A Hymnal for the Misanthrope CD
HEXECUTOR - Hangmen of Roazhon MCD
HEXECUTOR - Beyond Any Human Conception of Knowledge… CD
HYDRA VEIN - Rather Death than False of Faith / The Reptiliad CD
HYDRA VEIN - After the Dream CD
MATTERHORN - Crass Cleansing CD
MONGREL´S CROSS - Arcana, Scrying and Revelation CD
TORONTO - Under Siege CD
VOIVOD - The Wake CD
WARDANCE - Heaven Is for Sale CD
WARLUST - Unearthing Shattered Philosophies CD
ACID WITCH - Witchtanic Hellucinations CD (digipak)
ACID WITCH - Stoned CD (digipak)
ACID WITCH - Evil Sound Screamers CD (digipak)
DEATH SS - ...In Death of Steve Sylvester CD (digipak)
DEATH SS - Black Mass CD (digipak)
DEATH SS - Heavy Demons CD (digipak)
THE FUNERAL ORCHESTRA - Feeding the Abyss / Apocalyptic Plague Ritual MMXX 2CD

[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.

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