HANDS OF ORLAC / THE WANDERING MIDGET: Split Release out in September

The worlds of occult metal and colossal doom collide on the HANDS OF ORLAC and THE WANDERING MIDGET split, set for a September 8 release via Cruz Del Sur Music.

Featuring four contributions from Italian/Swedish occult metal troupe HANDS OF ORLAC and one 18-minute epic from Finnish doomsters THE WANDERING MIDGET, the split finds two disparate, unique bands offering a glimpse into their dark and mysterious worlds.

Formed in 2009, HANDS OF ORLAC has gradually evolved from its early doom forays into a horror soundtrack-infused outfit, heavily inspired by the works of BALLETTO DI BRONZO, GOBLIN, BIGLIETTO PER L’INFERNO and ALPHATAURUS. The band’s four offerings on the split were recorded by veteran producer Berno Paulsson at the renowned Berno Studio in Malmö, Sweden. With the mystical vocal and exotic flute work of G. leading the way, HANDS OF ORLAC offer up an invigorating take on occult metal, with both the progressive “Curse Of The Human Skull” and straightforward “From Beyond The Stars” displaying a degree of balance that is emblematic of a band capable of pushing boundaries without falling prey to genre clichés.

 

THE WANDERING MIDGET hail from Lappeenranta, Finland and were formed in 2005. The band’s 2008 “The Serpent Coven” and 2012 “From The Meadows Of Opium Dreams” LPs were riff-intense bodies of work, channeling the true spirit of doom forerunners BLACK SABBATH and CANDLEMASS. THE WANDERING MIDGET’s contribution to the split, “Where We March The Vultures Follow”, is their first sonic offering in over five years, and is a true stroke of monolithic doom, laced with anguished, slow-churned melodies and the animated vocals of Samuel Wormius.

 

The split is the first release on Cruz Del Sur Music for HANDS OF ORLAC and THE WANDERING MIDGET, representing the label’s continued focus on unearthing the underground’s most challenging bands. The sounds of occult metal and epic doom joined together have never sounded so foreboding.


SPLIT TRACK LISTING:

HANDS OF ORLAC – Curse Of The Human Skull

HANDS OF ORLAC – Per Aspera

HANDS OF ORLAC – From Beyond The Stars

HANDS OF ORLAC – Ad Astra

THE WANDERING MIDGET – Where We March The Vultures Follow

HANDS OF ORLAC line-up:

G. – Vocals / Flute

A. – Guitars

F. – Bass

J.– Drums

HANDS OF ORLAC discography:

Hands Of Orlac (2011, Horror Records)

Resurrection Of The Dead 7” split (2013, Horror Records)

Figli Del Crepuscolo ( 2014, Terror From Hell / Horror Records)

THE WANDERING MIDGET line-up:

Samuel Wormius – Fire Lungs & Tornados

Thomas Grenier – Storm of Locusts

Jonathan Sprenger – Earthquake Sorcery

THE WANDERING MIDGET discography:

I Am The Gate (2007 – Eyes Like Snow)

The Serpent Coven (2008 – Eyes Like Snow)

From The Meadows of Opium Dreams (2012, Eyes Like Snow)

KING HEAVY’s European tour starts today!

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After six successful shows in their homeland, Chile, the band featuring Luce Vee of Hooded Priest’s fame on vocals and former Procession bass-player Daniel Perez Saa will start tonight the second leg of their tour in Leipzig touching later two of the most important doom-related festival in Europe, Malta Doom Fest and Dutch Doom Days.

Tour schedule includes:

16 OCT – Leipzig, DE
17 OCT – Vienna, AT w/ Boozehounds Of Hell – Avem
23 OCT – Malta Doom Fest, MT
24 OCT – Barcelona, ES
25 OCT – Madrid, ES w/ Predicador
28 OCT – Birmingham, UK w/ Iron Void
29 OCT – London, UK w/ Iron Void – Brule
30 OCT – Lille, FR w/ The Losts – Bloody Hours
31 OCT – Vosselaar, BE
01 NOV – Rotterdam, Dutch Doom Days, NL

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KING HEAVY stream “Thirteen Chosen Ones” from forthcoming album!

As release-date approaches, it’s time for  Chilean / Belgian epic doom metallers KING HEAVY to stream a new song from upcoming self-titled release.

Check “Thirteen Chosen Ones” from our Soundcloud player:

“King Heavy” will be released on Compact Disc, Limited Vinyl and Digital. Confirmed release-date for Compact Disc and Digital is Sept 4 (Europe) and Sept 19 (USA & Rest of the World). Vinyl-release has unfortunately been postponed to Oct 2.

We are already taking pre-orders for the CD version with immediate shipping!
Click  HERE!

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The band’s debut is heavy and epic Doom Metal led by the multifaceted vocals of Luce Vee (Hooded Priest / Witchsmeller Pursuivant), melting into twisted and obscure melodies in the vein of Celtic Frost’s masterpiece Into the Pandemonium.

Recommended for fans of Black Sabbath‘s “Born Again”era, Celtic Frost‘s “Into The Pandemonium”, Candlemass, early Danzig.

 

“Dramatic Doom Metal – huge riffs and great emotions!” – Deaf Forever (GER), 7,5/10

“‘King Heavy’ is one of the best Doom albums of the year for sure!” – Metal Invaders (GR), 4,5/6

“Doom Metal with heavy riffs and brilliant moments!” – Queens Of Steel (E)

“Recommended for you next Doom trip!” – Kalle-Rock (GER)

“Doom Metal with an epic angle! A fine debut!” – White Room Reviews (NL)