Crocell

CROCELL

It was five experienced gentlemen from the Aarhus metal scene who formed Crocell in early 2007, and the pace was high from the start. Thus, the debut album, “The God We Drowned,” was recorded the same year, and almost simultaneously with its release in 2008, Crocell was named “metal talent of the year” at the Danish Metal Awards. 

It was the beginning of a respectful underground career for the Danish collective, featuring members that are and were active in other bands such as Illdisposed, Urkraft, The Petulant, Mordax and Demolition Inc., among many others. The following years were spent playing sweat-soaked gigs, travelling the Danish roads and abroad and releasing five full-length albums and two EPs.

Danish metal has seen one band after another flare up and die out, but after 17 years, Crocell continues undeterred, having long established itself as an indispensable player in the Danish metal scene with almost seven releases under its belt and over 100 concerts in over ten countries. 

“Of Frost, Of Flame, Of Flesh” will be released on Gatefold LP (black vinyl, limited to 300 copies), 8-panel digipack CD and digital formats on June 28th, 2024 via Emanzipation Productions. 

Lineup:
Asbjørn Steffensen – vocals 
Tommy Christensen – guitar
Mads B. H. Gath – guitar
Uffe Laustsen-Jensen – bass
Andreas Posselt – drums

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PERRACIDE

PERRACIDE

Anyone that’s kept half an ear to the extreme metal underground during the past three decades should be familiar with drumming phantom lord Perra Karlsson. From his humble beginnings in Wortox/Altar via early standout bands like Suffer and Nasum to showcasing his unique drumming in legendary acts like Nominon, In Aeternum, Benediction and Deströyer 666 and also lending his blasting skills to newer acts like Kvaen, Devil’s Force and AngelBlast the list of his contributions to metal seems almost endless.

After a lifetime spent in the underground with a never fading dedication to the craft of metal his name has become synonymous with hard work and a true love for all things metal. Frustrated over the lack of activity in his current regular bands at the time, Perra used his discontent to fuel the fire of creativity and as a result “Underdog” was born.

To realise this monster of an album the drum-lord extraordinaire issued a call to arms that was answered by a squadron of legends from the metal underground seldom gathered on one record. With stand-out performances from the likes of Marc Grewe (Morgoth, Insidious Disease), Hellbutcher (Nifelheim), John Zwetsloot (Dissection, Cardinal Sin), Anders Jacobsson (Nasum, Necrony, Axis of Despair), Dave Hunt (Benediction, Anaal Nathrakh), Jörgen Sandström (Grave, Entombed, Torture Division), Simon Wizén (Valkyrja, Die Hard), K.K. Warslut (Deströyer 666, Bestial Warlust) and Gord Olson (Darkened) this beast will not be denied nor disappoint.

The album consists of fourteen slabs of undeniable metal magic. Five of the tracks being new and original songs showcasing the versatility and extremity of Perra and his chosen brothers in arms. Perra initially wrote and demoed the songs on drums only, so that the involved musicians could write guitar riffs and add leads and finally the guests vocalists and bassists could complete them with their parts. The remaining tracks are fresh renditions of Perra’s favorite tracks from the myriad of legendary acts he’s been a part of that really drives the point home. This is 45 minutes of crushing metal that nobody should miss out on!

Brace yourselves and prepare to suffer the PERRACIDE!

“Underdog” is out now on CD, LP (180gr black vinyl, limited to 300) and digital formats. 


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Maceration

Maceration

Maceration started as a project of two Invocator members (Jakob Schultz and Jacob Hansen), joined by Rune Hansen and Lars Bangsholt. They are regarded as the first band playing death metal in Denmark and their debut live gig, opening for Darkthrone (still playing death metal back then) in 1990 is a piece of the Scandinavian genre, that went straight to tape (“Official Live Tape 1990”) and was heavily traded by avid death metal fans since then.

On their debut album A Serenade of Agony” Dan Swanö (Edge Of Sanity, Bloodbath) did the vocals using his famous pseudonym Day Disyraah. Dan Swanö and Jacob Hansen left the band after the CD was released. Lars Bangsholt and Jakob Schultz got a new line-up and played several shows in Denmark and Holland with acts such as Gorguts, Blasphemy, Dominus, Deadhead, Konkhra etc., until the band eventually split up in 1993. 

In 2021, however, there were some signs of life for Maceration again. Their mythical 1990 live gig opening for Darkthrone was the subject of a book (“Incombustible Remains (Dengang Darkthrone Spillede Koncert I Esbjerg I 1990”, written by Danish author Benni Bødker), that was released together with a CD featuring the live recordings of that night, remastered by Marco Angioni at Angioni Studios. Shortly after, a limited vinyl reissue of the live recordings, titled “Live Disfigurements”, was also released. A new studio album is confirmed to be released in 2022 as well, with original members Jakob Schultz and Lars Bangsholt featured in the recording line-up.

Shortly, after a reissue of their only album so far, “A Serenade Of Agony”, was also announced. It was be released on CD, limited vinyl and digital formats, with the CD including some amazing 11 bonus tracks, from the band’s unofficial 1990 rehearsal tape tracks, the 1990 demo tracks and two unreleased live songs.

In September 2022 the news spread like a wildfire: Maceration has recorded a new studio album, featuring again the mighty Dan Swanö as a singer, and was fully back to action. “It Never Ends…” is out now, released on 25.11.2022. 

The live Maceration lineup is comprised of original Maceration members, lead guitarist Jakob Schultz (ex-Invocator) and rhythm guitarist Lars Bangsholt. The new line-up features also bass player Robert Tengs, drummer Rasmus Schmidt (Illdisposed, ex- Myrkur) and singer Jan Bergmann Jepsen (ex-Cor Vacante), who also sings on the album, on the title track and on the song “Tender Twigs Of Innocence”, together with Swanö. 

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INTROTYL

INTROTYL

“Introtyl” is composed of the words “In” & “trotyl” (Trinitrotoluene, TNT) meaning “To be inside dynamite”. Composed only by women, the Mexican band started to performing shows in 2010 with a little set of four original songs and three covers (“Bolt Thrower’s “Cenotaph”, Hypocrisy’s “Killin’Art” & Napalm Death’s “Unnecessary Evil). While composing and recording their first demo, the girls began to play concerts through Mexico in many cities in late 2011, all of them crowded and from then on- sharing the stage with many Mexican bands but also international bands such as Severe Torture, Unleash The Archers, Gorguts, Nervosa, Jungle Rot, Cattle Decapitation Suffocation, etc. In 2011 the first demo was released while the girls were already working on new songs and finally, in 2013, a debut album (“Several Sates Of Violence”) was recorded and released.

Even if Introtyl had several lineup changes, causing some delays in their next releases (two EPs released in 2014 and 2017), in 2018 the band worked hard focusing on the international market. In January 2018, their second album “Creation of Insanity” was recorded and released in Mexico City in July with a sold-out show. The band was invited to the Canadian fest“Trois Rivieres Metal Fest” and, once again, shared the stage with international bands, having a great acceptance and consolidated as a “Revelation band of the fest 2018”, according to TRMF press and fans.

Since August 2018 Introtyl covered tour dates between Mexico, United States (Chicago & New York) and toured once again in November to Canada with Exotoxic, having around 11 tour dates from Ontario to New Scotland with big success because of the fan base they have reached.

During the pandemic, Introtyl continued to play festivals in Mexico whenever it was possible, consolidating their strong presence in the Mexican death metal scene due their long path, music and quality performs. Now, a new chapter for the Mexican girls opens, with a new record deal signed with Danish underground extreme metal label Emanzipation Productions. The next album, titled “Adfectus”, will be released on April 29th, 2022.

Line-up:
Aniela Rodriguez – drums
Kary Ramos – vocals
Rose Contreras – guitar
Sariux Rivera – bass

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PANZERCHRIST

PANZERCHRIST

Panzerchrist was formed in 1993 by Michael Enevoldsen, which by that time was leaving his role as Illdisposed drummer. Precise as a clock, the band released their first two albums every three years- in 1996 and 1999 – until they hit gold with a record deal signed with Mighty Music and two of their most successful albums ever: “Soul Collector” in 2000 and “Room Service” in 2003.

Amidst a constant lineup change (which saw Enevoldsen himself switch from drums to keyboards and later to bass) and which transformed Panzerchrist in a global stage for the best musicians in the Danish metal scene, the band released their fifth opus, “Batallion Beast”, in 2006, before signing to French label Listenable Records, through which they released two studio albums.

In the Autumn of 2021, the band re-released the cult album “Soul Collector” on CD and – for the first time ever – on vinyl, in a limited collectors edition. Three different vinyls colours – red, yellow and black – each limited to 100 units. The sound was remastered at Angioni Studios.

In early 2023, the band welcomed back guitar player Frederik O’Carroll (he was in the band between 2002 and 2006) and presented a new vocalist: Sonja Rosenlund Ahl (Arsenic Addict), introduced to Panzerchrist by Emanzipation owner Michael Hvolgaard Andersen. Later, the new axeman Danny Bo (Arsenic Addict) and the drummer Danni Jelsgaard (Detest, Vansind) were also added to the fold, making up for the strongest Panzerchrist lineup in over a decade and making the band ready for a new era of evil brutality. At the same time that “Room Service” got the vinyl treatment in a deluxe reissue, the new album “Last Of A Kind” was released in July 2023 and brought back the Danish group to the forefront of the Scandinavian extreme metal scene, where they rightfully belong. 

Come January 2024, and the Scandinavian extreme metal combo is ready to strike once again with the digital four-track EP “All Witches Shall Burn”, witch completes and closes the concept behind the latest album “Last Of A Kind”.

“All Witches Shall Burn” will be released on all digital platforms ​on January 5th, 2024.

Line-up:
Michael Enevoldsen: bass
Frederik O’Carroll: guitars
Danni Jelsgaard: drums
Sonja Rosenlund Ahl: vocals
Danny Bo – guitars

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VULCANO

VULCANO

Brazilian black/death/thrash metal legends VULCANO is now a part of the Emanzipation cult crew. The band from São Paulo released their latest album “Eye In Hell” in early 2020 worldwide on the Danish label Mighty Music and is now working on a worthy successor. 

Vulcano is a part of the Brazilian Unholy Trinity (together with Sarcófago and Sepultura). In fact, it was the first of the three bands to release a studio album, back in 1986. Ever since then, the group has released 10 full-length albums, toured the world, and kept the South-American extreme metal alive.

In 2022 they announced “Stone Orange” as their new studio album, which was released on April 29th. Expect nothing less than a timeless speed/black metal attack, done the Vulcano way. 

Stone Orange brings the early ‘80s atmosphere closer to the band’s maturing without being bored or seasick”, Zhema declares. “It’s really a storm of common riffs laid out in a brilliant way”, Zhema states. Vulcano is a band that, by now, doesn’t need any introductions to any metal fan. It’s enough to say they got together in a middle of a turbulent socio-economical turmoil in Brazil, in 1982, in the city of Santos. Thus it’s a 40-year career, 13 studio albums, four live records, and two 7” EPs, that just couldn’t be summed up in a few lines. 

Line-up
Zhema Rodero: guitars
Luiz Carlos Louzada: vocals
Carlos Diaz: bass
Gerson Fajardo: guitars
Bruno: drums

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NERVOCHAOS

NERVOCHAOS

Fed-up with the entire trend flooding the scene, Nervochaos was born in São Paulo – Brazil in the spring of 1996, with the idea of creating aggressive and chaotic extreme music.

Nervochaos gained cult status in the music scene due to their hard work over the past 25 years, offering a sonic extravaganza in their unique way. The group has eight full-length studio albums out and is constantly touring worldwide to support their releases, doing around 100 concerts per year – from clubs to festivals.

In 2021 the band signed a record deal with EMZ and announced a new studio album, titled “All Colours Of Darkness”, which was released on February 11th, 2022.

As soon as the world opened up from Covid-19 restrictions, NervoChaos jumped to the road again, touring extensively in Europe, North and South America. Still, the band had time to write and record a new full-length album, titled “Chthonic Wrath”, produced by Addasi Adassi and Adriano Daga (Angra, Almah, Torture Squad, etc) and mixed/mastered by Brendan Duffey, which worked previously with Nervosa, Angra and Andre Matos – to name just a few. “Chthonic Wrath” was released on March 31st 2023.

Line-up:
Vic Ferreira – vocal
Hareton Salvanini – baixo
Allan Marcus – guitarra
Rodrigo Augusto – guitarra
Edu Lane – bateria

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Speckmann Project

SPECKMANN PROJECT

Paul Speckmann has been synonymous for “Metal” ever since 1982, since helping put together his first professional Doom Metal band War Cry. In 1983 he started Master as a thrash metal band. Due to internal problems, it was put on hold and Speckmann started another band, called Death Strike in 1984 for which he recorded one demo, which was later released on Nuclear Blast with different tracks recorded later in 1991, as an album.

After obtaining a deal for Abomination in 1989 on Nuclear Blast, Master was approached a week later, and Master re-surfaced to record a full-length album as well. The band subsequently broke up in its original form two days after the recording.

The previous two original members were replaced shortly afterward by Aaron Nickeas, from Abomination on drums, and Jim Martinelli from Burnt Offering on guitars. This period was followed by the Fleische tour with Master as headliner, Abomination as support, and Pungent Stench in the middle of both acts. Nickeas and Speckmann played in both groups for 26 dates on this tour.

Speckmann also re-recorded the self-titled debut album with some different track as well, which was really some of the Master songs re-recorded with Martinelli and Nickeas. Nuclear Blast turned this down, and decided to remix the original previous recording with Schmidt and Mittelbrun. The recording with Martinelli and Nickeas was then released as the Speckmann Project. Speckmann also played, and wrote all the songs for Abomination and recorded two albums with them.

He also played in the Master-Krabathor side-project Martyr and released one album with the troops! Speckmann and the band Krabathor, with which he played four years also recorded two albums together. In 2013, the American musician (currently living in the Czech Republic) also started a death metal project with hyperactive Swedish guitar player Rogga Johansson (Paganizer, Ribsbreader, Down Among The Dead Men, etc).

Now, the Speckmann Project resurfaces to continue the legend. A new album, titled “Fiends Of Emptiness”, was recorded in 2021, with the aid of longtime partner Rogga Johansson, as well as guitar player Kjetil Lynghaug (Paganizer, Ribspreader, Stass, Those Who Bring The Torture) and drummer Jon Rudin (Those Who Bring The Torture, Just Before The Dawn). The album was released on April 22nd, 2022, via Emanzipation. Expect nothing but old-school death metal, the way it was meant to be made, by one of its original purveyors.

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SON OF A SHOTGUN

SON OF A SHOTGUN

Son Of A Shotgun started in 2015 in Norway, Kristiansand, by the mind & hand of the guitar player Ivan Meathook Gujic of Norway’s meanest death metal band Blood Red Throne. SOAS started as a one-man band, with Meathook serving as the songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. The debut album “Mexican Standoff”, released in 2017, featured Jan Axel Blomberg “Hellhammer” (Mayhem, Acturus), Damege Karlsen (Breed, Chrome Division), and Maurice Adams (Breed, Motorfinger).

After the release of “The Mexican Standoff” Meathook kicked off a Norwegian tour, covering all the biggest cities and headlining the Southern Discomfort festival. In their touring, SOAS even played with Cannibal Corpse and made a documentary of it. 2018 was the year of the SOAS zombie squad. The project turned to a full line-up, with some of the best extreme musicians in Norway. The mind-blowing debut of the band happened in Oslo in 2019. Fully uniformed, war-painted. A military precision gig.

In 2021 the band signed to Emanzipation Productions and released a new album, “Be For Oss Alle”, on September 11th.

Line-up:
Kriss “The Fuze”: drums
Stian “Gundownyourson”: bass
Henrik “Nomansland”: vocal cords
Lennart von Essen: guitar
Ivan Meathook Gujic: guitars, vocals

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HELLSWORD

HELLSWORD

Slovenia’s answer to the first wave of black metal, HELLSWORD’s goal has always been to exhume the most ancient blackened speed metal out of the crypt it had been unrightfully interred into. Formed in 2009, the band has developed a cult following after the release of their demo ”Blasphemy Unchained”.

Drawing influence from early black metal pioneers such as Venom, Bathory, and Hellhammer as well as newer bands like Destroyer 666 and Nifelheim with an added touch of heavy metal, the trio comprised of Mark Massakre, Mike Manslaughter, and Ironfist now returns with their first full-length album, “Cold Is The Grave” to be released in September via Emanzipation Productions. It builds upon the band’s previous work with nine tracks ranging from face-melting speed to slower paces and dealing with topics such as devil worship, the end of the world, death, desolation, mortality, and the absurdity of human existence.

Ever since its formation, the trio has been dedicating themselves to the pursuit of bringing back the sound, feel, and atmosphere of the first wave of black metal. The band has, besides the now cult demo “Blasphemy Unchained” also released the “Sounding the Seventh Bell” EP and has played numerous shows both in Slovenia and abroad.

In September, the debut full-length album “Cold Is The Grave” was unleashed to an unprepared world. Nine songs of pure blasphemy that will soon be upon you, when the band resumes touring.

Lineup:
Mike Manslaughter: bass
Mark Massakre: drums
Ironfist: guitars, vocals

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