The German masters of dark folk metal, EMPYRIUM, have their comeback album, The Turn of the Tides, set for a July 18, 2014 release. Notwithstanding their creative break, The Turn of the Tides is an EMPYRIUM-album par excellence, although it bears strong testimony to the artistic and personal growth Schwadorf and Helm have undergone since 2002.
More info can be found here. Check out the song, “Dead Winter Ways,” below. Pretty damn good.
With their album Dark Metal, BEHTLEHEM (founded in 1991) established the musical subgenre of the same name, and with their records Dictius Te Necare and S.U.i.Z.i.D., they are the founding fathers of Suicidal/Depressive Black Metal. More than ten years ago, they already cooperated with Prophecy to release their EP Profane Fetmilch lenzt elf krank (1999) as well as the album Schatten aus der Alexander Welt (2001). The group around Jürgen Bartsch now returns with a new contract Prophecy Productions.
The first mutual project of this newly forged alliance will be the release of BETHLEHEM‘s seventh studio album. The as yet untitled work will be recorded in August/September of 2013 in Klangschmiede Studio E under the aegis of Markus Stock: the first of four albums covered by the contract.
Jürgen Bartsch has this to say about the renewed contract formation: “Our choice of label is based on knowing the person mainly responsible for it for many years – a foundation of trust not to be undervalued these days. As a plus, you are experiencing an artistic freedom with Prophecy Productions that has no rival – they are backing you 100%, and they are serious about it. We are absolutely convinced that this cooperation on an equal footing is going to produce many strange blossoms, as Prophecy vs. BETHLEHEM are just like chalk and cheese together.”
Prophecy Productions proudly announce their collaboration with AMBER ASYLUM in order to re-release the band’s entire back catalogue as well as three further albums. The follow-up to 2009′s Bitter River is currently being recorded and will most probably be released in 2013 alongside the new editions of the earlier albums.
For more than 15 years now, San Francisco’s AMBER ASYLUM have been forging a style which is hard to pinpoint, described by multi-instrumentalist Kris Force, the artistic leader of a shifting pool of studio- and live-musicians, as a mixture between neoclassic and dark ambient with hints at neofolk, industrial and doom metal. Right from the beginning, sinister string-arrangements and female vocals in combination with dragging rhythms of the hypnotic kind have been the main characteristics of AMBER ASYLUM, which according to the band tackle the core of being and achieve a cathartic effect.
“I am very pleased to come aboard Prophecy with the entire back catalogue. It is AMBER ASYLUM‘s personal singularity and the end to a long journey home. I hope to devote more time to the craft of actual music making and production while trusting the amazing team at Prophecy Productions to bring it to the world. On behalf of the entire collective of AMBER ASYLUM we move forward with enthusiasm and gratitude.”
German record label, Prophecy Productions, have posted the majority of their back catalogue on youtube for fans to enjoy. Famous for their niche of eclectic folk, progressive, and dark metal, the label has released many classic albums, including releases by IN THE WOODS…, EMPYRIUM, GREEN CARNATION, TENHI, DRAWN, and BLAZING ETERNITY.
Check out their youtube channel, Prophecy Broadcast: http://www.youtube.com/user/prophecyBC
Fifteen years after the release of their debut album, A Wintersunset …, EMPYRIUM will perform the very first concert in the band’s history on Whitsuntide 2011 (June 10 until 13) at the Wave Gotik Treffen in Leipzig, Germany. Schwadorf proudly and expectantly confirms the performance:
“With great excitement and anticipation we hereby confirm that EMPYRIUM will play its first (and maybe last) live show ever on this year’s Wave Gotik Treffen. We are very busy preparing the show right now. Expect a very special line-up and a set-list featuring songs from all albums we released and even unreleased material. We hope to see as many of you EMPYRIUM maniacs as possible on this special event to make everybody happy and satisfied! More details will follow.”
Wave Gotik Treffen homepage: http://www.wave-gotik-treffen.de
Prophecy Productions are incredibly happy to announce that EMPYRIUM, the most renowned Prophecy act ever, has decided to reunite and to record new music. Here’s the official statement of Schwadorf on the reunion: “Since the rumours start to spread we think it’s about time to make this official: EMPYRIUM is alive again! Our first new sign of life will be the song ‘The Days Before The Fall‘ on the Prophecy Prod. compilation ‘Whom The Moon A Nightsong Sings‘ but we have plans for more! The spirit is back and it really feels right to us to start writing songs with EMPYRIUM again. We are not in a rush though so don’t expect a full lenght today or tomorrow but we have the patience and faith to make this new songs outstanding and unique. Just as EMPYRIUM ever was….”
To celebrate this remarkable news, you can order all EMPYRIUM albums from Prophecy‘s online shop for only 9,99 Euro incl. worldwide shipping here: http://shop.prophecy-productions.de/
Switzerland’s NUCLEUS TORN has signed a contract for four albums with Prophecy Productions. The first joint release will be the band’s debut album, Nihil. The album offers an organic blending of progressive rock with extreme metal, folk elements, and classical music. In spring 2006, the 500 copies of the band’s self-released CD were sold out after just a few months; now, Prophecy Productions will re-release the album in a reworked version on November 24th, 2006.
Check out an audio sample available here.