ORODRUIN Ink Deal With Cruz Del Sur Music; New Album Due In October

Veteran Rochester, New York doomsters ORODRUIN have signed with Cruz Del Sur Music for the release of their second full-length album, “Ruins Of Eternity”. The album — the band’s first in 16 years — will see the light of day this October. 

Originally formed in 1998 by John Gallo (guitar), Mike Puleo (bass/vocals), Nick Tydelski (guitar) and Mike Waske (drums), ORODRUIN broke onto the American metal scene with 2003’s “Epicurean Mass”, which remains their lone full-length album to date. From the vintage school of BLACK SABBATH and SAINT VITUS doom with a European twist, ORODRUIN’s penchant for churning riffs and atmospheric passages instantly put them on the global doom metal map. The band issued a split, compilation, demo and EP in ensuing years, all building up to the eventual release of their sophomore album.

According to Gallo, ORODRUIN wrote nine new songs from 2016 to 2018, with a tenth song, “Letter Of Life’s Regret” coming from 2005. The album was tracked throughout 2018 at Wicked Squid Studio and is currently being mixed with the mastering process right around the corner.

“Stylistically, the songs are in the epic doom realm like the master titans of the 1970s, SABBATH and JUDAS PRIEST,” says Gallo. “The songs are a long-awaiting evolution in our writing and chemistry among brothers on a treacherous journey that will finally be unleashed to the masses.  We hope it translates well to the hearts and souls of our fans worldwide.” 

In preparation for the band’s triumphant return to European shores for this fall’s Hammer Of Doom festival, ORODRUIN have enlisted drummer Kevin Latchaw of labelmates ARGUS, who is temporarily manning the drum spot while the band searches for a replacement for Waske, who left ORODRUIN in April of 2018. 

Gallo: “We are extremely honored to be playing the same night as Uli Jon Roth and TROUBLE alongside our classic doom brothers MIRROR OF DECEPTION, SKALD and ATLANTEAN KODEX on the next day, to mention only a few!  We can’t express how amazing it will be to be playing a substantial doom metal festival in Germany again. We hope people enjoy the new material as much as we do playing it.”

ORODRUIN’s addition to Cruz Del Sur adds to an ever-growing stable of excellent doom metal bands. Not only will the partnership expose ORODRUIN to new audiences, it will put them in close company with many bands who they consider contemporaries. “We have been aware of Cruz Del Sur for a while and it seemed like the perfect home for us as we have a more European audience that appreciates our style of doom metal. Plus, it will be great to be alongside our fellow doom friends in WHILE HEAVEN WEPT, SLOUGH FEG and ARGUS.”

LETHEAN presents “Idylls Of The King”: pre-orders of “The Waters Of Death” open!

 

 

We’re glad to be finally able to present you LETHEAN’s “Idylls Of The King” off their debut album “The Waters Of Death”.

 

To be released on Nov 9, “The Waters Of Death” is an epic doom monolith that will appeal to fans of the genre especially those into Solstice or Atlantean Kodex’s atmospheres.

Accompanied by atmospheric cover art courtesy of German artist Stefan Bleyl, “The Waters of Death” is an album that details themes of decline, departure and the passage of time, reinforced by diverse imagery drawn from mythology, literature and the elements. Ambitious in scope and rich in the fundamental traits of epic heavy metal, “The Waters of Death” firmly places Lethean into their own category where class, intelligence and a taste for the bold reign supreme.

“The Waters Of Death” will be released on compact disc, vinyl and digital. Pre-order your copy here:

Compact disc: https://www.cruzdelsurmusic.com/store/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=1858

LP (limited 400 copies, black vinyl, includes insert & download card):

https://www.cruzdelsurmusic.com/store/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=1859

SEPTAGON To Release ‘Apocalyptic Rhymes’ In November

SEPTAGON (who are rounded out by vocalist Markus Becker, bassist Alexander Palma and drummer Jürgen “General” Schrank) are arguably neither a true thrash nor power metal band, rather, a seamless blend of the two, whereupon punchy, but anthemic songs are born. With the powerful throat of Becker (also of ATLANTEAN KODEX) out front, SEPTAGON presents a fresh take on two of metal’s most familiar genres. According to Ullrich, SEPTAGON thrives off of this balance.

 

German power-thrash hybrid SEPTAGON will release their sophomore album, “Apocalyptic Rhymes” on November 9 via Cruz Del Sur Music. The follow-up to 2016’s “Deadhead Syndicate” was recorded across a variety of studios with the band opting to produce the album themselves.

Songwriting for “Apocalyptic Rhymes” began shortly after SEPTAGON started playing shows in support of “Deadhead Syndicate”. The result, as guitarist Markus “Ulle” Ullrich (also of LANFEAR and THEM) tells it, is a more focused and catchier album: “When the music for the debut was written, there was no band at all. This time, it was more of a collective work. Except for one track, I wrote all the music for the last album while our second guitarist Stef [Binnig-Gollub] now also brought in some ideas and songs. The production for the album took a bit longer than we expected, otherwise we would have released it sooner. But, we are very pleased with the results.”

SEPTAGON (who are rounded out by vocalist Markus Becker, bassist Alexander Palma and drummer Jürgen “General” Schrank) are arguably neither a true thrash nor power metal band, rather, a seamless blend of the two, whereupon punchy, but anthemic songs are born. With the powerful throat of Becker (also of ATLANTEAN KODEX) out front, SEPTAGON presents a fresh take on two of metal’s most familiar genres. According to Ullrich, SEPTAGON thrives off of this balance.
“When SEPTAGON started, I really wanted to keep it old-school with a nice mixture of speed and thrash and some U.S. vibes in the riffing,” he says. “Markus is a singer with a very melodic voice and I always thought that this is a nice combination. Some songs musically are pure thrash, but since we listen to all kinds of music, it happens from time to time that we come up with some ideas that lead us into a different direction. On the one hand we want to keep our roots, but there’s always room for some experiments.”

Conceptually, “Apocalyptic Rhymes” presents a wide variety of topics, including literature (John Knittel’s “Via Mala” on lead single “Home, Sweet Hell”) while venturing into social commentary on “Make A Stand”, “Cosmic Outrage” and “The Weight Of The World”. However, given the current perilous nature of politics on an international scale, “P.O.T.U.S.A” is sure to raise some eyebrows.

Comments Ullrich: “It’s obvious what ‘P.O.T.U.S.A.’ is about and simply because Markus lived in the U.S. for more than five years, it was something he just had to do. Some people will agree, some will probably say ‘Shut your mouth and mind your own business, you fuckin’ Germans.’ I don’t really care since it more and more became also ‘our’ business.”

Armed with a fresh batch of vertical, melodic and biting melodic metal, Ullrich and SEPTAGON are gearing up for another round of shows with an eye toward the future. “We’re going to take this step-by-step,” he concludes. “We want to play more shows, sell some albums and honestly, I can’t wait to write more songs for album number three.”

“Apocalyptic Rhymes” track listing:

The End
The Weight Of The World
Home, Sweet Hell
Apocalyptic Rhymes
Make A Stand
The Unfathomable Evil
P.O.T.U.S.A.
Cosmic Outrage
Nothingness Awaits
Sunset Blood