A new atmospheric black metal/dungeon synth entity emerges out of eastern soil. The project is composed of a cult line-up from the Chinese underground, including members of Zuriaake｜葬尸湖 (atmospheric black metal), HolyArrow (epic black metal), Destruction of Redemption (primitive black metal), and mighty Demogorgon, who firstly introduced the concept of extreme metal to mainland China in a proper manner as the chief editor of “Extreme Music” magazine back to 90’s. The debut EP entitled “Dilemma. Revenge. Snow.” is completed as invigorated by the legendary martial arts novel “Fox Volant of the Snowy Mountain” written by Mr. Jin Yong. The two-track chapter vividly depicts the vast lands of northern China through the classic elements combined by black metal and dungeon synth. If you know what “Jiang Hu” is, exploratory nature of this MCD will be a fine representation that places a singular vision specifically on what martial artists confronted in the old times. HAIL THE SWORD! Limited MCD will see the snow and blood in winter 2016!
Ekstasis is a veritable “supergroup” of Cascadian folk and metal veterans. Containing six members, Johnny (Fauna, Echtra, Eigenlicht, Threnos, Fearthainne); Ray Hawes (Skagos, Eigenlicht, Iskra); Marit Schmidt (Sangre De Muerdago, Vradiazei); Michael Korchonoff (Alda, Novemthree); Mara Winter (Eigenlicht); Mae Kessler.
The 2nd album“The Adversary”is both a refinement and an evolution of their sound, adding more nuance and tenderness to their repertoire while maintaining the urgency and intimacy of the previous album. The songs are based more heavily on folk and improvisational styles, while retaining neo-classical influences. The addition of Marit Schmidt on viola further adds to the complexity and depth of the compositions. In addition to their devotees in the folk and metal underground, fans of European folk from Ireland to Romania will find a sound to celebrate in The Adversary, as well as those versed in medieval and Persian Classical traditions.
“The Adversary”digital edition out now @ Ekstais bandcamp: https://ekstasisfolk.bandcamp.com
Delux 8 panel digipack out in June 30 @ Pest Productions/Owltree, pre-order now: Click here
EKSTASIS EUROPE TOUR 2016
Ekstasis will be embarking on their first European tour next month – note there are a few dates which are still “up in the air.” If you are able to help the band, reach out to them via their Facebook page or Bandcamp page.
7/9: Tera Salvaria festival, northern Italy
7/11: Zurich CH @ Kernstrasse 14 *With Waul of the Weald
7/12: Bern CH @ Workshophus *With Waul of the Weald
7/14: Geneva CH @ Urgence Disc Records
7/15: Clermont Ferrand FR @ Raymond Bar
7/17: Paris FR *With Nebelung
7/18: Paris FR *With Nebelung
7/19: Liege BE @ le Hangar *With Nebelung
7/21: Bonn DE @ Grillplatz der Waldfreunde Duisdorf *With Nebelung
7/23: KIing festival Mansbach DE
7/24: Hamburg DE
7/26: Berlin DE
7/27: Leipzig DE @ KE28 Garden
7/28: Prague CZ
7/29: Brno CZ
7/30: Vienna AT
8/1: Koper Slovenia @ Inde
8:2: Venice IT
PLAGUE FEST 2016
We invited Avulsed (Spain) / Zuriaake / Be Persecuted / Dark Fount / UlulatE / Explosicum / Skeletal Augury / Hellfire / D.S.A.R.
Hope all of you guys can join in our Party.
June 10 Beijing @ Modernsky Lab 7:00 PM
June 12 Shanghai @ QSW Culture Center 7:00 PM
It's been quite an inconceivable decade since Pest was first founded. We're so honored having so many brilliant musicians all over the world work with us and so many fans support us. We hope that in the next 10 years we can continue to explore new bands and keep the style of this label.To celebrate the tenth anniversary we prepare lots of events and special releases.
We are happy to announced that we signed a amazing post atmospheric depressive Black Metal project UNREQVITED from Canda!
Facebook: www.facebook.com/unreqvited | Bandcamp: https://unreqvited.bandcamp.com
'Distance' is taken from the forthcoming self-titled record of Trautonist. Coming soon to be release in cd by Pest Productions
The visuals are taken from 'Meshes of the afternoon' by Maya Deren and Alexander Hammid (USA, 1943)
The video has been edited by Trautonist.