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THARAPHITA • Blackened Pagan Metal
NEW TENANTS • Crossover Rapcore
MORTHUS • Blackened Melodic Death Metal

proudly presents:

Standalone class

In the year 2012 RUNNING DEATH for the first time managed to be heard and saluted outside of the THRASH METAL underground, thanks to their EP titled "The Call Of Extinction". Their search for style, flow of ideas and songwriting started taking extraordinarily unique shapes on their just as playful as original release.

A major factor why fans and music media alike received it with highest praise is the plethora of wonderfully fresh ideas, the bavarian Thrash Metal exception around singer and guitarist Simon bring to life.

We write 2015, the year RUNNING DEATH released their shining debut album "Overdrive". Inspired to a huge extend by their experience on the road, playing highly explosive and headcrushing shows wherever they can, "Overdrive" is one of the most original, interesting and rewarding releases of it's own demonstratively sophisticated Thrash genre, that has made it into our ears for a long time. This is due a lot to the extraordinary vocals by axeman Simon, whose voice couldn't be less conformant. While others constantly scream with all they got, the RUNNING DEATH frontman prefers giving in fully to his own individuality.

In an ever so solid and exciting team with co-six-stringer Julian the guitars keep screaming high intensity riffs to your ears, even when the songs dive into some of the more progressive areas. Drummer Jakob as well is no small deal, besides keeping it professional all the time he is giving those surprising accents that listeners desiring for precision and complex rhythms enjoy so much. And especially if you're a fan of MEGADETH or the good old INTRUDER you should find just what you're looking for in this masterful bavarian band.

Their elaborate mix of old school Metal, timeless art and finest melodies together with a huge portion of idealism gives the quickly moving band a huge space to work and develop in. If you first are put off by their individuality, this will soon be what brings you back to their music over and over again.

Last but not least, all of the above also applies to the artistically as well as meaningful front cover artwork of "Overdrive", which helps RUNNING DEATH set apart from the broad masses a lot.

The four men from Kaufbeuren celebrate a well working mixture of talent, intellect, class and innovation as well as having the greatest fun working on their material. And you will feel that, I promise. If you want to verify all the above for yourself, please go ahead and let yourself be taken away by the richly detailed and energetic songs that as a whole make "Overdrive". Thank you!


5 / 5
(Guitar Magazine)

9 / 10
"…full of juicy guitar work…"
(Metal Temple)

9 / 10
"…a really good album, well sung, well played and well produced…"
(Stu's Reviews)

9 / 10
"…one of the most original, interesting and rewarding releases…"

5.5 / 6
"This could be a hidden gem, unearth the diamond in the rough as "Overdrive" is a varied semi-technical thrash smash to these ears."
(Eternal Terror)

4 / 5

8,25 / 10
"'Overdrive' is a winner … they capture that precious novelty I felt as a teenager in the 80s, exploring hundreds of paper route-purchased thrash cassettes through the genre's prime…"

8 / 10
"…a lot of the new thrash bands should learn a thing or two from this release…"
(Deaf Forever)

8 / 10
"…a great listen because it isn’t something we’ve all heard 1.000 times…"
(Skull Fracturing Metal)

7 / 10
(Monkey Castle)

"It’s highly recommended for those followers of the genre who like new bands with original sound and interesting touches of modernity. As extra info, cover artwork was created by talented artist Gyula Havancsak…"
(Zombie Ritual)


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proudly presents:

Full speed ahead on the own route 666

Hey, also the muzzle full to the brim of the whole tasteless mass lining in the hard field? Then please open your ear canals very wide now:

Because of the wild roaring forcefully powersound this Bavarian four-cylinder engine clockes with damn lively individuality! Finally, the whole thing is driven by a sharp priming mix of sheer exclusivity. Yeah , DEATHLESS CREATION turn to a really fat THRASH'N'ROLL engine!

On September 25, the four kerosene-souls release their debut album "Thrash‘N‘Roll", which can be used as efficiently adrenaline booster.

On 4th of September the speed limiter will get provoked with the upper permeable single "King Of The Lonesome Riders".

The highly independently output of this contagious playful riff maniacs from Günzburg gets the idea-catalyst such highly glowing that it acts not rarely in musically enlightening manner. And it's truly no wonder, because there mixture sparks such good:
In the always brimming tank of these guys such delicious influences as Pantera, Machine Head, Metallica, Exodus, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Deep Purple and Whitesnake get stirred powerfully with blues and rock music out of the 60s and 70s.

Distinctive focus in the magnificently rugged street feeling of DEATHLESS CREATION is the concise voice of guitarist Benne Rommel, which is capable for much with its richly varied vocals: growls, high screams, regular vocals etc.

With its significant throat repertoire, Benne as an optimal herald for the heavy groove and the right mix of the band of melody, toughness and snotty Rock'n'Roll, holds the steering wheel firmly in his hands.

Inspiring and enthralling riffs are very important for the participants on "Thrash‘N‘Roll": DEATHLESS CREATION express their collective dislike for monotonous stereotyped thinking and show openness for an wholly no-limits attitude.

The originators see themselves in their eventful artistic journey rightly considered unique, and one also knows therefore no band could be stylistically compared to DEATHLESS CREATION.

Despite all of self-knowledge these Bavarian powerhouse is not about an image or subgenre-pomposity which is going more and more in Metal. They want primarily just making good music. Songs that come straight from the heart. And the band want to achieve all influences that come into their minds in its special Metal interpretation.

DEATHLESS CREATION love music, you can hear it on "Thrash‘N‘Roll" significantly. Their mixture includes something for everyone who stands on crisp fresh hardness and technically clean execution.

No matter therefore, whether you're standing on Thrash and Death Metal, Garage Rock or the Foo Fighters: With these you drive good!
(Markus Eck)


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proudly presents:

A heart for sound engineering

Founded: 2010
Rupert-Mayer-Straße 44
81379 München

Owner: Sebastian Moser
Services: Recording, Mixing, Mastering
Genre: Metal, Rock

Studio-owner Sebastian Moser is not just a passionate recording-enthusiast, but also an active musician in the metal scene for over 15 years now.
His current band GLOOMBALL just released their 2nd album "The Quiet Monster" in March 2015.

2010 he officially founded the GROTESQUE STUDIOS.
Since then bands like WOLVES DEN, SHAPESHIFT (feat. Hannes Großmann), CYNICISM, AGE OF CARNAGE, OVER YOUR THRESHOLD, CYRENCE, ENTERA, DEAD ALONE and many more got believed in Sebastian's skills.

Owner Sebastian Moser likes to look beyond one’s own nose:
„The GROTESQUE STUDIOS are my vision of a „One-Stop-Shop“ for artists. Because of the big network of creatives from many fields we are able to offer more than just an audio production. Be it Design, Songwriting or input on how to optimize your marketing - we can help you out. I have worked in the advertising business as a projectmanager and customer consultant for many years and soon realized that my marketing experiences can perfectly relate to the music business. And because I am an active musician for so long now it’s natural to help out with my experiences where ever I can.“

Basic Equipment Project Room:
Several Mac- and Windows systems (Mac Pro, MacBook Pro, Windows XP, Windows 7), equipped with Steinberg Cubase.

Flexible recording options through a variety of Mixing consoles/Interfaces:
Allen & Heath Focusrite Creamware Luna II

Wide range of Mikrophones:
AKG Audix Sennheiser Beyerdynamic Shure Diverse Amps from: Engl Peavy Mesa Line6 Hartke

Special Equipment requests can be met in the short term.

Favorite genres:
- all kinds of Metal
- Heavy Rock
- Rock

Price list: (Stem-) Mastering: 50,- € / Song
Mixing: 125,- € / Song
Daily rate Recording Engineer: 180,- €
Daily rent external Studio Rooms: on request, irrespective of the selected studio

All prices are net excluding VAT and guide values; individual arrangements or adjustments due to project scope are possible at any time.


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proudly presents:

Proven studio cooperative for the debut album

BLOODRED have recently started recording for the longed-for by many debut album. 

For this Ron Merz has teamed up with Alexander Krull (ATROCITY, LEAVES' EYES) in its Mastersound Studio in Germany from 17 July. For the two is to continue the successful cooperation from last year.

Recording master Krull produces the whole and overtakes mixing and mastering. 
After the critically acclaimed EP "The Lost Ones", which was released in August last year, the current co-operative represents the second collaboration of this team. 

[ Picture: Stefan Heilemann / Heilemania ]

In the technically well-equipped halls of the renowned Mastersound Studios releases of known acts like ATROCITY, LEAVES' EYES, BELPHEGOR and OBSCURA have already been provided with a great sound. The guitars get recorded by Thorsten Bauer (ATROCITY, LEAVES' EYES). 

Once more with the mystical BLACKENED DEATH METAL game in Swabian realms is also Joris Nijenhuis (ATROCITY, LEAVES' EYES), who overtakes the drums just as it did at last year's EP "The Lost Ones".

BLOODRED mastermind, singer and multi-instrumentalist Ron Merz comments:
"I am insanely blazed with great joy at the new recording sessions! In the Mastersound one can work as relaxed as fully focused. And Alex is always close with words and deeds." 

Equally important to the studious BLOODRED main actor is the competent and experienced Joris Nijenhuis who plays the drum parts for the upcoming longplay crusher:
"Joris is a world-class drummer, bringing in a whole new way ennobling, powerful dimension to my music with its style!".

The release of the debut album strike of BLOODRED, to date untitled, is scheduled for autumn 2015.

BLOODRED online:

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proudly presents:

Uprising heathen rage

Estonian Metal horde THARAPHITA has released their latest album titled "Ülestõus" ("Uprising") in summer 2014.

The new album’s music is a special mix of Black, Heavy and Thrash Metal: BLACKENED PAGAN METAL.

Lyrics are mostly inspired by Estonian history and our ancestors’ hard struggle for survival and the freedom of their homeland. According to legend, the mightiest Estonian fire god Tarapita landed at Estonia’s biggest island Saaremaa.

The album frontcover art depicts the main crater of lake Kaali, which was formed by a meteorite. It caused enormous damage and chaos but our ancestors starting to worship this mystical fire in the sky. The meteorites also contained iron ore, which made it possible to forge extremely strong weapons for the ancient times warriors and tools for farmers.

The new album release of THARAPHITA provides great contribution into Estonian Metal music but the lyrics also a call to reconsider the values dominant in our society. It was also nominated in the category of the best metal album at the Estonian Music Awards 2015.

The album was recorded at the Roundsound Studio and contains eight songs:

1. Ülestõus (Uprising)
2. Viimsepäeva Koidik (The Dawn Of Armageddon)
3. Luupainaja (The Nightmare)
4. Tuhandeaastase Orjaöö Tuhast (From The Ashes Of A Thousand Years Of Slavery)
5. Sõnad Sõlmedesse (Knotting The Words)
6. Surma-arbujad (Sorcerers Of Death)
7. Tuuled Rändavad ringi (Winds Wander)
8. Terasest taotud teel (On A Road Made Of Steel)

Two songs from the new album (“Ülestõus” and “Luupainaja”) can be listened at THARAPHITA Official Youtube Channel.


10 / 10
CONGRATS! Estonian Blackened Pagan Metal true-believers THARAPHITA's reviewed @ South Carolina based Taste Of Khaos! "…the kind that blow your ear's in after too many listen's…"
(Taste Of Khaos)

9,5 / 10
"If you’ve never heard a THARAPHITA release before, do yourself a favor and check out 'Ülestõus' right away, as it’s one of the best hidden gems 2014 had to offer."

9,2 / 10
"…great music…"

90 / 100

9 / 10
"…a very consistent high-energy and quality album that really deserves the opportunity to be brought to the attention of a wider audience … without a doubt a highlight in this year’s Pagan Metal battle and one that can stand its own amidst the better known acts!"
(Metal Observer)

9 / 10
"'Uprising' sounds like an interesting mix of SATYRICON and AMON AMARTH, blending various elements of extreme Metal with near Thrash structures … an epic and refined mixture…"
(Stu's Reviews)

9,5 / 10
"If you’ve never heard a THARAPHITA release before, do yourself a favor and check out 'Ülestõus' right away, as it’s one of the best hidden gems 2014 had to offer."

9,2 / 10
"…great music…"

4 / 5
(Harte Musik)

4 / 5
"This album contains a strong dose of Black Metal, with unsettling piece of sinister euphoria and unearthly ambiance… their whole composition and musical style reflects the grand diversity of sound brought together … their efforts whole ambiance and compositions are brilliant … their distinct style enthralled me totally…"
(Metalhead Spotted)

13 / 15

8,5 / 10
"2015 seems to be the time for THARAPHITA to unleash their special blend of black, pagan metal onto the unsuspecting masses."

8,5 / 10

84 / 100
"…just a decently composed and performed collection of paganized hymns … the members’ experience and knowledge are part of the whole hype I am currently wrestling through, but THARAPHITA really deserve to be overloaded with positive superlatives."
(Concrete Web)

17 / 20
"…great surprise and discovery we'd like to have more often"

8 / 10 "…a very great sounding pagan/black metal…"
(Occult Black Metal)

8 / 10
"Generally, although the influences from some big names in Pagan/Thrash scene can be seen, “Ülestõus” can be considered as a great achievement in the band’s career … if you are craving for that aggressive and straight-to-your-face approach, give this record a listen!"
(Melody Of The Soul)

8 / 10
"Very cool stuff!"

8 / 10
(Dark Factory)

8 / 10
(Des Kutschers Kunst)

8 / 10
(Global Metal Apocalypse)

8 / 10

76 / 100
"THARAPHITA sounds convincing and sincere, and in our opinion these Estonians deserve a larger audience for this reason alone"

3,5 / 5 - recommendable
(Deep Ground)

7 / 10
(Time For Metal)

7 / 10

"…all of 8 trax in this album are very much entertaining… its really good music which the most important parts to me is the vocals. I think the vocalist really enhanced the music and it could be different without his screaming voice…"

"On the strength of this latest release I’m definitely going to dig out some of their older material … it’s a shame that a band producing material as good as this hasn’t appeared on my radar before…"

"…made with really high quality, with matured and good tracks."
(Forgotten Path)

"… a very solid album … strengthened by the intense vocals, heavy ass guitars, and rhythmic drums … it’s what that style of metal should sound … “Ülestõus” is very well done and will be enjoyed by plenty of blackened Pagan Metal fans. Hell, I enjoyed it…"
(Metal Addicts)


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proudly presents:

With sovereign permeability

"Watch out, there‘s something really big headed your way!"
Oh, how many times one have heard that, read it or had that line thrown your way?
Well, in this case the followers of the Crossover and Rap Metal division can definitely feel welcome, to listen in to this, uh, so totally kick-ass music by singer Marcus, ,Jimmy‘ Nelson & Co!

Because when these Bavarian genre enthusiasts threw together their music style in October 2013 that was as colorful as well as determined, everything was immediately pointing towards quality. And so NEW TENANTS could be put in a straight forward and independent class of their own.

In record-breaking time the four members raised their exceptional CROSSOVER RAPCORE output to new heights, which in fact, can be heard very well in their debut album "Unity By Collision" which released in May 2015.

The refreshingly crisp produced jumper sound of this exceptional band from Bavaria scores with a wonderfully rich sound. The whole thing is made up of punchy Rock and whipping Metal elements, while working up a relentless sweat. What? Not enough? Alright, old school Hip-Hop is also present with NEW TENANTS! Due to the considerably professional production the impressive differentiated display of drumming just fits perfectly any time. Accents are definitely set to really leave an impression.

Fans of Rage Against The Machine, lovers of Limp Bizkit and freaks who go through the roof at Deez Nuts with the volume turned to full blast, might just have found a new favorite band: NEW TENANTS!

Apart from enthralling catchy beats and massive stomping riffs, of this 4-pack from Buchloe, especially the vocalist has a lot to offer. His american roots ensure him a superior linguistic performance. Jimmy, definitely born to be a front man, celebrates his kickstarting ejections in slick exquisite special class of it's own. And he does this, in a way rarely heard and seen in bands of this style from Germany. Fact is: he's not just been in the game since yesterday. He‘s been shouting his lines for more than a decade now which made him even better. His vocal captivating soulfulness and fervency comes from a troublesome life, which has made this guy into a true fighter. And you can hear that in every word Jimmy phrases. It just gets deep under your skin. And goes to your heart from there!

Already at the beginning of 2014 the wild live set of these productive talented boys was standing on sturdy legs. And immediately NEW TENANTS went on to playing their first gigs, in which they successfully even shared the stage with the famous band Dog Eat Dog.

It‘s clear that something massive like this pushes a band even more. And so, after several preliminary rounds, NEW TENANTS won the final of the "Rising Heroes Band Contest" in January 2015 in Munich and thereby leaving behind at least 40 (!) other competing bands.

Got curious?
Then get your hands on NEW TENANTS and "Unity By Collision"!
Along the lines of JUMP DA FUCK UP!
(Markus Eck)

MEDIA FEEDBACK for NEW TENANTS "Unity By Collision":

94 / 100

90 / 100

4 / 5
(Harte Musik)

8 / 10
"When I held the record in my hands for the first time, saw the title and listened to it, tears of (teenage) joy ran down my cheek … it is really back! It think this has nothing to do with new metal and the hollow trash can people call Limp Bizkit … no, this record, from start to finish, captures what I just friggin’ loved as a teenager: the somewhat political lyrics, nicely performed by singer Jimmy, paired with stomping and groovy Metal that just invites for some brutal stage-diving, pogo and all the stuff you did (I did) as a teenager when going to hardcore concerts…"

3,5 / 5
(Get Metal)

3,5 / 5 - empfehlenswert
(Deep Ground)

"'Unity By Collision' caught me off guard with a wicked left hook and by the time I came to my senses I suddenly realized that I was knee-deep in the groove and my face was completely covered up by the gravel of this street-legit four-piece! I can see fans of RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE really digging this…"
(Heavy Metal Time Machine)


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Infernal temptation

Their EP "Into Oblivion" was finally self-released on October 22nd in 2014.

"Into Oblivion" delivers a devilish well composed and technical demanding 4-track orgy, to which the band wants to invite lovers of NAGLFAR, DISSECTION and DARK FUNERAL.

Raised to serve the dark in fall 2011, the line-up of BLACKENED MELODIC DEATH METAL enthusiasts MORTHUS was unholy completed at the end of 2013. First gigs were celebrated, the style of the formation got optimized. 

The teutonic encouraged hell-horde from the eastern part of Germany decided to besiege a record studio for their first Demo EP in early 2014.

MORTHUS recorded four well chosen Satanic hymns at Nautilus Studio in Gera / Germany for "Into Oblivion".


9 / 10
"Dicho esto, no hay mucho más de dónde sacar pero considero que si eres fan de DISSECTION, NAGLFAR, FROZEN (ES) u ONHEIL este es un disco que fijo que deleitará tus tímpanos."

9 / 10

9 / 10
(Des Kutschers Kunst)

4 / 5
"… if you love the 90's era of melodic Swedish Black/Death Metal, I am very positive you won't be able to say "no" to MORTHUS … they have brought this style back to life on "Into Oblivion" and have done it very well … a killer band, absolutely worth checking out…"
(Metal Crypt)

88 / 100
"‘Into Oblivion’ is the best demo I could lay my hands on this year (so far). Fans of reference albums like ‘Storm At The Light’s Bane’, ‘Enter The Moonlight Gate’ and ‘The Secrets Of The Black Arts’ are obliged to give ‘Into Oblivion’ a try…"
(Lords Of Metal)

8,5 / 10
"…fantastic mixtures of technicality and memorable hooks, hints of atmosphere ranging from hot to creepy, fantastic drumming, an obvious dose of brutality, and a not-quite-sleek production value all work in favor of MORTHUS to not only give this recording a voice of it’s own, but leave it comparable to the power of many pioneers within the field like NAGLFAR and DISSECTION to name a few…"

81 / 100
"…does not disappoint … MORTHUS plays a combination of death and black metal, with a both melodic and aggressive edge … the biggest plus about this EP is the production … INTO OBLIVION however sounds exactly as you'd expect music like this to sound … the guitar riffing is cold, the vocals are dark and the drums are perfectly balanced out … these Germans can be proud of their debut…"
(Inside The Coffin)

8 / 10
"MORTHUS plays a musical style that mixes the 90's melodic styles of Swedish black and death metal together … the production sounds very professional for being a self released recording … a very great sounding melodic mixture of Black and Death Metal…"
(A Different Shade Of Black Metal)

8 / 10

11 / 15
(My Revelations)

7,5 / 10

4,3 / 5
"I can almost always tell I’m going to enjoy an album if the first measure woos my ears with metal deliciousness. Thick, heavy, blackened, and melodic, MORTHUS’s independent release is four songs of black metal goodness that you cannot do without."
(Metaljunkie Rocks)

"The whole music itself is beautiful I could listen to” Into Oblivion” all day without having to skip any track from it. On top of all this awesome musicianship going on, there’s the awesome vocals."
(Reviews From A Solitary Room)

"MORTHUS delivers some real hefty melodic extremity on Into Oblivion … the link to the originators, DISSECTION is "visible but not too obvious" to put it that way … these guys are good songwriters. It's quite amazing that this is actually their first offering … looking forward to following their carrier in the future…"
(Gorgers Metall)

"“Into Oblivion” brings the brutality in such a way that the melodic element isn’t overwhelming but you can definitely hear it especially out of the drums in a lot of areas and the guitars in others … they do more than enough justice with all the albums having the proper amount of death metal and black metal to make any fan of those genre satisfied beyond words…"
(Headbanger Reviews)

MORTHUS online:

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Musically Zeitgeist

In the 1930s it was stated, Blues would be the dangerous work of the Devil.
In the 1940s it was stated, Jazz & Swing were frightening excesses of the Devil.
In the 1950s it was stated, Rock'n'Roll would be the evil sound of the Devil.
In the 1960s it was stated, Beat would be the unpure music of the Devil.
In the 1970s it was stated, Rock music would be the corrupting sound of the Devil.
Well, and since the 1980s it was stated, Heavy Metal would be a diabolic spawn of the Devil.

What the much-reviled one heard in earlier centuries, is not officially known.
In any case, it seems clear that the ever pert bloke became really pretty musically, specifically over the last ten decades…
(Markus Eck)

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