Wednesday, December 4, 2013


James/Horus here...everyone else is doing this so why don't I?

2013 was a fantastic year for metal releases, so many good ones that it was difficult to narrow it down. So here they are in (almost) no particular order, along with my 2 sentence reviews of each:

VOIVOD – Target Earth
Amazing and refreshing return from my all-time favorite band, full of creativity and soul. It instantly claimed a spot next to my favorite VOIVOD records.

The murkiest and cavernousiest death metal record of all-time. Makes “Onward to Golgotha” sound like power metal.

INQUISITION – Obscure Verses For the Multiverse
The perfect culmination of form and a graceful step forwards for this Satanic duo. Glorious riffs from master craftsman Dagon.

Insanely unique Swiss band, it’s rare to have a band burst forth with this much personality and style. To me they sound like old NEUROSIS playing atmospheric death metal.

CLOUD RAT – Moksha
Shoegaze grindcore, emo power-violence, whatever you call it I absolutely love this band and this record. The Neil Young cover chills me to the bone.

BEYOND – Fatal Power of Death
Excellent German death metal, hard hitting with a great atmosphere. This one grew on me big time and now it’s been playing on repeat for weeks.

DARKTHRONE – The Underground Resistance
These guys aren’t just paying homage to the great sounds of the 80’s…they are taking those styles and aesthetics and writing some truly great and well-crafted songs. My favorite is “Valkyrie”.

JESU – Everyday I Get Closer To the Light From Which I Came
If you like the previous JESU material this will not disappoint. The prolific Mr. Broadrick always delivers and this is some of his best material thus far.

MORTIFERA – Bleüu de Morte
A great new album from this French depressive/atmospheric black metal band. Slower tempos than previous releases but still totally raw and creative.

KNELT ROTE – Trespass
Pitch black terror! KNELT ROTE crafts a horrifying amalgamation of black/death metal and bestial grindcore into the most fearsome and intimidating release of the year.

Monday, May 6, 2013


RBR014 - Rising Beast proudly presents this split 7" release of depressive black metal. The ever-prolific MOLOCH from Ukraine delivers a new song titled "Die letzten Strahlen der Sonne verblassen in der Kalte der Apathie" that continues the great tradition of cold, raw and angular despair you have come to expect from the tortured artist Sergiy Fjordsson. MOONKNIGHT returns with "Night Creature", a bleak, depressive dirge which is the first new song since 2012's "Ligeia" and the first material to feature live drums courtesy of Andorkappen aka LORD TIME. Cover art on the MOONKNIGHT side courtesy of artist Johnny Ryan, MOLOCH cover art and overall layout by Sergiy Fjordsson.

Limited pressing of 250 copies on black vinyl. Heavy stock pro-printed folding covers with black inner sleeves. Released by Rising Beast Recordings. Labels and distros please get in touch for wholesale/trade.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

THE BUNNY GAME Original Soundtrack Preview

Rising Beast Recordings presents THE BUNNY GAME Original Soundtrack, coming January 31st 2013 - RBR012 - THE BUNNY GAME is an indie horror film and the debut of writer/director Adam Rehmeier. This brilliant but controversial film has been banned in the UK but just saw a wide release on DVD and Blu-ray after premiering at numerous festivals and screenings around the world. The film stars Rodleen Getsic (who also co-wrote the film) as a down-and-out prostitute turning tricks in downtown LA. Her daily routine is depicted with an unflinching and unwavering starkness, a detached yet voyeuristic glimpse into a brutal form of existence. Despair turns into savagery and madness once she is picked up by a trucker (Jeff Renfro), who takes her captive and subjects her to series of increasingly bizarre forms of physical and emotional torture.

Rising Beast Recordings is proud to present the official soundtrack release of THE BUNNY GAME. This all-new auditory experience was arranged, edited and sequenced by director Adam Rehmeier just for this release. 60 minutes of music from the film, expanded and seamlessly blended for a sonic journey that is cinematic in scope. Score by Adam Rehmeier. Includes songs by HARASSOR and additional score by James Brown III.
Limited edition of 200 copies. Pro-duplicated cassettes with pro-printed folding j-card inserts.