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Ashtar - Ilmasaari
Ashtar is a duo from Basel, Switzerland, formed in 2012 by the drummer of Phased and the ex-bassist/vocalist from shEver. They create a haunting, magic blend of Black Metal, Sludge and Doom ? an intuitive, intense hybrid of down-tuned archaic riffing, heavy bass and desperately sick vocals with layered, eerie-saturnine melodies, telling about abyss and beauty, melancholy and chaos.

Ashtar’s debut album «Ilmasaari» was recorded between December 2013 and April 2014 at OSA Crypt in Greifensee, Switzerland. It has been mixed and mastered by Greg Chandler (Esoteric, Lychgate) at Priory Recording Studios in Birmingham, UK. Czar Of Bullets is proud to release «Ilmasaari» today. Along with this CD release there will be a limited tape edition via the French label Antiq. The vinyl version is going to see the light of day in early autumn through Throne Records.

Ashtar on the web:
http://www.facebook.com/ashtarband
https://ashtar1.bandcamp.com/

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Designs Of Chaos – The Darkest Storm EP

LABEL: SELF RELEASE

RELEASE DATE: 28-06-15

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The Designs Of Chaos story began back in 2007 and since then they have been refining their sound, developing their skills and growing into a savage metal outfit of outstanding power and potency. They have become a fearsome live proposition and for the first time they have managed to capture that live intensity in the studio. The Darkest Storm comprises three tracks of solid steel, forged in the fires of tragedy and its very existence is testament to Designs Of Chaos’ strength and determination.

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The Darkest Storm was written and partially recorded in early 2014 but in June of that year the band were stopped in their tracks by the devastating loss of their man mountain drummer, Chris Crammond. Chris lost his life in an accident at work, leaving the rest of the band shocked, broken and unsure how to carry on. Slowly they pulled together, and lent each other the strength to finish what they started. Friend of the band, drummer Andy Bramley stepped into the breach and at last Designs Of Chaos are back and The Darkest Storm can be unleashed on the world. The three songs that make up this stunning EP combine monstrously heavy riffs, searing solos and rabid vocals with fantastic musical dexterity and melodic awareness. This is modern metal with its roots in the past and its eyes firmly fixed on the future.

Genre: Modern thrash metal

For fans of: Lamb Of God | Slayer | As I Lay Dying

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Line-up:

Jay Shields – Vocals
Scarthee – Bass
Andy Bramley – Drums
Dean Robson – Guitars
Javier Gedeon – Guitars

Track Listing:
1 – The Darkest Storm
2 – Social Phantom
3 – Strength In Numbers