Monday, October 5, 2015

VASTUM: Cassette Tape Version of Crushing New Album "Hole Below" Coming November 6th.

Vastum should be news to no one at this point. The Bay Area’s infamous doomed-out death metal heathens have been destroying ear drums since 2009, wrecking havoc up and down the west Coast with their barbaric live sets, and releasing two of US-death metal’s most acclaimed records of the last five years: 2011’s merciless Carnal Law and 2013’s tenebrous Patricidal Lust, both released on cult Portland-based shape-shifting metal label 20 Buck Spin. Today we’re proud to announce that we’ve been given the honor to release the cassette version of their brand new album, the monstrous full-length opus Hole Below, thirty-eight minutes of punishing and diabolical old school death metal that are surely going to become one of the crowning achievements in 2015 death metal.

Vastum were formed in San Francisco in 2009 by three members of death-crust heathens Acephalix: vocalist Dan Butler, bassist Luca Indrio and guitarist Kyle House. The lineup was completed by Leila Abdul-Rauf (of Hammers of Misfortune, Saros and Amber Asylum) on second guitar, and R.D. Davies of Gehenna on drums. Their blastbeat-less brand of slow and sludgy old school death metal became immediately recognizable and attracted much attention in the underground almost from the start. Initially similar in sound to Acephalix’s crusty death metal rudeness, Vastum soon started to morph and mutate into something completely new and different, until they had laid the foundation for what would be destined to become one of the Bay Area’s most infamous and barbaric death metal aesthetics, a place where ominous perversions, sinister morbidity and visions of violence wandered off into a hellish dirge of punishing death metal riffs and bone-crushing doom metal heaviness. Today Vastum’s lineup is completed by Shelby Lermo on guitars (ex-Apocryphon - replacing Kyle House) and Adam Perry on drums (replacing Davies), but their primitive and ruthless sound has remained untouched, if not even further steered towards the most vile possible heaviness and the most tormented form of complete aural disgust. Destined to be an absolute highlight in 2015 death metal Hole Below is an opus of mesmerizing violence and of fathomless heaviness, and a work which will surely captivate fans of Dead Congregation, Immolation, Incantation, Acephalix, Cruciamentum, Autopsy and Bolt Thrower.

Recorded by Greg Wilkinson at Earhammer Studios here in Oakland CA and mastered at Audiosiege Mastering Studios in Portland OR by Brad Boatright, Hole Below will be jointly released by Sentient Ruin and 20 Buck Spin on November 6th 2015, with the Portland label handling the LP, CD and digital version, and the cassette tape version being released by us.

Read the full press release from Earsplit PR HERE.

Friday, September 11, 2015

ALTARAGE: Debut Demo Tape from Mysterious Spanish Avantgarde Blackened Death Metal Monstrosity To Be Released on September 27th.

Altarage is a terrifying enigma... The only known fact about this band is that they come from Bilbao, Spain, and that their music is some of the most fucked, hallucinating and surreal death metal you will hear all year. Other than that, nothing about this band is really known. Even us here at Sentient Ruin tried to understand through the sparse email correspondence with them, who Altarage are formed by and who is concealed behind the moniker... to no avail. When asked to explain the origin and members of the band, whatever entity was replying to our emails, politely declined to comment. Regardless, in front of Altarage's sonic immensity, you realize that their music speaks for it self at many different levels, and that anything aside from what your sorry ears must endure upon encountering their wicked craft, falls in second place. When you hear this band's savage and hellish music you realize that nothing else matters other than the music itself. You realize that existence is futile and that nothingness and emptiness permeate everything. You get sucked into a void of aural destruction that is impossible to escape...

Altarage's music seems to do just that: it opens voids... Portals to other dimensions, revealing worlds of fathomless wretchedness and of unimaginable horror. In a similar way as seen in bands like PortalÆvangelist, Mitochondrion, Antediluvian, Abyssal, and Teitanblood, Altarage also are forgers of death metal of the most twisted and hallucinated craft - of extreme metal of the highest technical and visionary order. Their unbelievable technicality and musicianship are a mere conduit, a medium to the immense aural devastation this band can summon. A simple vessel that can carry the listener from the safety of reality to the nightmarish musical hell that lies beyond Altarage's sonic vision, and to which the band wants to drag you with their insane pandemonium of coiled and tangled riffs.

MMXV Demo is Altarage's debut offering, the first statement of an artistic power so great that one is left to wonder what will come next - what could ever follow such a wretched spawn of musical madness. Coming in a limited edition cassette tape co-relesed in collaboration with Sol Y Nieve RecordsMMXV Demo will also see a digital release, with both versions dropping on September 27th 2015.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

CVLT Nation Bizarre.

Should be obvious at this point that CVLT Nation have become a force to reckon in te underground and somewhat of our brothers in arms. We love what they do, and they (seem to) love what we do. So, when we offered to join their new online marked - the CVLT Nation Bizarre - we joined with out hesitation, as this is a place that reflects our ethics and vision 100%. On the CVLT Nation Bizarre you can find about anything dark, weird, and unique your quirky heard could wish for: jewelry, clothing, tapes, vinyl, band merch, appliances, art, and much more. Of course everything on sale is 100% DIY and coming straight from the underground. Some fantastic labels like Grimoire Cassette Cvlture, Relapse, Breathe Plastic, Calgari RecordsConsouling Sounds and many others have joined and this means that you can shop from a ton of different labels, artists and vendors of the dark crafts all in one place and checkout with just one click. Keep in mind though that everyone ships from a different part of the globe, so shipping costs add up. So, take a stroll though the Bizzarre, come over to the dark side, and support the underground.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

ATRAMENT: Debut Demo Tape by Oakland Blackened D-Beat Horde Coming On August 21 - Streaming in Full at CVLT Nation.

Birthed in the gutters of West Oakland in the fall of 2014, Atrament is blackened d-beat/crust band that features current and former members of Moral Void, Black September, Abstracter, Necrot, Caffa and Vastum. The band coalesced around a shared love of its members for bands like Doom, Wolfpack, Amebix, Bolt Thrower, Discharge, Axegrinder, Napalm Death, Emperor and Darkthrone, and from this groundwork has then evolved to become a conduit for some of the most negative, war-injected, bestial and barbaric punk-metal hybrids to ever see the light of day on Californian soil. Atrament are purveyors of absolute sonic filth and of total aural desecration, and are depicters of a completely wretched sonic world, in which humanity is rejected as a whole and a tomb of ash and radioactive fallout is summoned to encase it and devour it forever.

From these premises comes Atrament’s debut offering, a two-song demo that in a mere five minutes showcases with unmistakeable intensity all the band’s crude and inhuman ferocity. In this release the band rips through their two songs with harrowing aggression, summoning an utter warzone of aural devastation. Bridging gaps between D-Beat Crust and Black Metal, and showcasing obvious death metal striations in their sound, Atrament have created a debut offering that will surely please all fans of belligerent and embittered D-Beat Crust bands like Skitsystem, Tragedy, From Ashes Rise, Wolfpack/Wolfbrigade, while also pleasantly challenging the senses of all fans of blackened metal and punk-metal hybrids and of old school death metal ri-elaborations.

CVLT Nation who has dubbed Atrament as "a new and unapologetic threat in sonic form, with an immeasurable pile of violence and darkness" and Demo MMXV  as "two blasts of fathomless sonic ferocity calling for the end of mankind" is now streaming the release in its entirety.  We have set up a pre-order in collaboration with the band for both a digital version and an extremely limited edition cassette tape of Demo MMXV over at the band's Bandcamp page.


1. Consumed
2. World of Ash

What sets Atrament apart in the world of D-Beat Crust is their atonal, grim, dissonant and malefic-sounding riffing and their hateful and spiteful atmospheres. The black metal influences that slash their sound are as obvious as they are ominous, and as the band tears through these two tracks not only will you hear the sound of a lawless war being set off but also the malignant and forbidding sounds of the bleakest and grimmest Scandinavian black metal and of the slimiest death metal coalescing into daunting apocalyptic visions...