Onism Productions was founded in rural England in 2020 with the purpose of helping to manifest unique and worthwhile music to the world, and with the belief that art is the principal reason for being.
We aim to encapsulate any music that comes from places beyond and within; that of the unusual or unreal, and with a penchant for nature, the dark and obscure. Whilst we often find these qualities in familiar genres rooted in black metal and neo-folk; we expect and indeed strive to find them anywhere. And so, of particular interest are those that blur the borders and reveal new paths.
We believe in quality over quantity, and seek to give releases the attention and promotion they deserve. Whilst we are underground and independent, we wish to impose no limits on our artists and place utmost importance on openness and honesty between all involved.
LP/CD/Digital PRE-ORDER for release on 7th May.
Hailing from Utrecht in The Netherlands, Grey Aura create a liquid form of atmospheric black metal which shifts between forms like quicksilver, flowing over the boundaries of genres, slipping between cracks in the restrictive walls that surround them. Their second album, Zwart Vierkant, is breathtaking in its breadth and independence, dazzling in its ambition and utterly enthralling and all consuming in its complexity of vision. The collision of raging fury and romance within songs like ‘Sierlijke Schaduwmond’ is bewitching, the sweet, smoky jazz of ‘Parijs Is Een Portal’ is, as suggested, a doorway to another time, another world, another reality. The album is bound tightly to a novel written by Grey Aura’s Ruben Wijlacker which tells the story of an early 20th century painter who becomes obsessed with the Russian art movement, Suprematism, which idealises the abstract and rejects traditional artistic concepts. It follows his journey through Europe, his metamorphosis of soul and spirit, his dreams, awakenings, loves and temptations as he reaches out to the ungovernable maelstrom of the void. Each song on Zwart Vierkant is imbued with the sensuality of the tale, rife with its mysteries and laden with its ambiguities and suggestive power. It is an album like no other from a band that reach further, look deeper and explore beyond the limits of imagination.
Grey Aura have never dealt in simple concepts; their debut album Waerachtighe Beschryvinghe Van Drie Seylagien, Ter Werelt Noyt Soo Vreemt Ghehoort, which was released by Blood Music in 2016, told the tale of Willem Barentsz’ third and final journey to find a north-eastern passage to Asia in 1596. However, with Zwart Vierkant they have created a piece of art which will astound even those who have previously followed them on that epic voyage. To be released on CD and vinyl by Onism Productions on May 7th, Zwart Vierkant is an unforgettable collection of music, possessed of a truly enthralling magic.
PRE-ORDER for release on 4th April.
In conspiracy with Satanath Records, we proudly introduce Phreneticum, a new found force of German black metal!
Winter is the time of darkness, depression and madness. In these dark days, the screams of Leichenfresse and distorted guitar sound of Fluch (Abigorum, Trond, Wulfgar) thunder through the silent night of Großthiemig. Phreneticum, named after the mental illness, is a project from the deepest part of East Germany. The members met in 2015 for the first rehearsals and evolved through several lineups whilst the first recordings were made. These productions continuously developed over time and ultimately shaped the sound of today. Finally, the debut album "Der Stille Zerfall" is ready! Be prepared for 45 minutes of traditional German black metal for fans of Sarkrista, Imperium Dekadandz and Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult.
Artwork by Luciana Nedelea.
PRE-ORDER for release on 30th March.
Onism Productions proudly releases the new album from PURE on cassette tape only! Raw black metal mastery for fans of Horna, Sargeist and Judas Iscariot!
Limited to 50 hand-numbered copies. Black cassettes, clear cases, 4-page J-card inserts and printed outer O-card.
PRE-ORDER for release on 26th March.
With the surging power of their progressively minded black metal, Thermohaline summon up the secrets of the hidden depths and ride upon the cold winds that rage across the seas. They celebrate the ancient halls beyond the faintest glimpse of light and revel in the terrors that stalk the tales of babbling madmen and old sailors who have long forgotten the feel of earth beneath their feet. Bringing together the exceptional talents of Lennart Janssen (Druon Antigon), Ignacio Elias Rosner (IER, Uroboros) and Nuno Lourenço (Salqiu, 0-NUN) this unique project captures moments of beauty, moments of sanity-shaking fear and the essence of the incredible might of the oceans that encircle our planet. Myths, mystery and overwhelming science collide in an enthralling, consuming, atmospheric creation. Thermohaline preserve the cold heart of black metal whilst crashing against its banks and flooding its many tributaries, dragging strange debris and unexpected treasures back into its chill waters. The results are both stunning and utterly remarkable, a new vision for black metal which the musicians themselves refer to as ‘nautical dementia’. Infused with emotion, rife with melody, yearningly familiar and yet shockingly alien...the waters of the Maelström await you.
Both the chilling realisation of humankind’s utter insignificance and the calm acceptance of that truth are explored within the vast scope of Druon Antigon’s debut of cosmic black metal, Desontstijging. From harsh, unflinching diatribes against self deception, to awe filled wanderings amongst the impossible vastness of the celestial bodies and the cold, black eternities that lie between the stars; this is an album like no other. Furious blast beats and riffs of ice break upon steel spikes of electronics, dissipating into visionary soundscapes. Raging, howling vocals tear through endless skies before being slowly frozen into silence and left tumbling through the limitless expanses of space. Far from hopeless, the music of Druon Antigon guides us from delusions of grandeur to the understanding of true possibilities. These songs that balance soul-shredding fear and exhilarating discovery, explore alien extremes and human emotion and walk the hinterlands of both perfect peace and endless war are striving to encompass so much more than we ever stumble across in our blinkered day-to-day existence. Desontstijging is ambitious, challenging, confrontational and also incredibly rewarding.
Epitimia have carved out their own niche within the black metal scene. Their music is riven with heartache, instilled with a sense of separation and isolation. The guitars ascend mountains of longing, fall hopelessly into ravines of despair and the desperate vocals howl against a backdrop of ice and shadows. Epitimia’s sixth album, Allusion, entwines you in emotions so powerful they are inescapable and when its final echoes fade away a sense of otherness persists, holding you apart from the life that was once so comfortable.
Allusion is a pivotal release in Epitimia’s career, with each of the songs being a complete re-imagining of themes from the band’s past. It represents a doorway to their future and a revealing of the true power that has always flowed like a hidden, underground stream through their previous albums.
Over the course of one year, 2019, the man behind the shroud that is Misertus, Tomas, poured out his conflicts and his agonies, his dreams and redemptions and the battlegrounds and common grounds that lie amidst them all, in three glorious, tumultuous, visionary albums. Daydream, Coil and Outland each possess their own characters and stories, their own sounds and textures, but they are inextricably linked, undeniably born from the same post black metal flame. Daydream brings us the hooks, the spaces, the light and shade of ‘Fragility’, the brittle fury of ‘Waterfalls’...and ‘Outward’, like standing in a rainfall of broken dreams, their shards tumbling from the heavens. Coil opens in an uplifting, shimmering sunrise over snow capped mountains, with ice in the air. Beautiful, natural melodies flow over underlying currents of melancholy, a juxtaposition of hope and sadness forming perfect harmonies, magical counterpoints. The gentle peace of ‘Pause’ a beautiful moment when the howling banshee voice is silent, left screaming within the heart of the maelstrom. With Outland we dive wholly into the world of dreams, our mind and soul laid bare, all our triumphs and adversities captured in the swelling of sound, the glorious thunder and power of ‘Blue Spirits’ and the intensely emotional, transforming finale of ‘Aether (A Distant Ember)’. Together these stunning albums are more than the sum of their parts. Together is how they always should have been. Together is how they are.
Never before available in any physical format, Onism Productions have made Daydream, Coil and Outland one; in a matte finish, eight panel, three CD digi-pack. Including for the first time the three poems which were adapted to create the lyrics of this trilogy, this is the ultimate representation of Misertus’ year of supreme creativity. Overpowering yet intimate, celebratory yet heart rending, this is the music of the universe, the sound of wishes and anguish entwined.
With Conquering The Infinite Void, Lord Orots invites us into his dreams and we accompany him as he wanders an endless world of hope, promise, fear and danger. The visions of Lord Orot’s dreams are brought to stunning, vivid life through four epic tracks that entwine atmospheric black metal, immersive ambient textures and the cold illusions of dungeon synth. Harsher and more dynamic than the Latzineko Erresumaren Itzulera album, in which Lord Orots revealed to us the cursed world of Latzine, Conquering The Infinite Void expands the boundaries of this remarkable recording project. However the two albums remain inextricably linked, as on the fourth and final track of Conquering The Infinite Void, ‘The Lord Rises From His Throne’, Lord Orots returns to the waking world once more, with percussive echoes of Latzineko Erresumaren Itzulera. This is a grand, musical fantasy but one which creates an intimate connection with the character of Lord Orots, drawing the listener into the mysterious existence of this solitary figure.
Presented in the evocative artwork of Joan Llopis Doménech (Sojourner, Lustre, Ruadh), Conquering The Infinite Void possesses its own unique character that will delight existing fans of Lord Orots and his slumbers, while opening up this magical world to new listeners as well. Onism Productions will reveal the gateway to Lord Orots’ realm on August 7th and an unforgettable journey awaits.
Amherawdr formed in Devon with the intention of writing heartfelt black metal music inspired by the bleak romance and mysticism of ancient Britain. A handful of songs known as The Hidden Valley sessions were composed that most likely will not see the light of day, but this creative period culminated in 2010 with the writing of 'Adorned with the Figures of Snakes', the definitive statement of that original potent intent. Recording of this album was almost completed the following year, but internal differences resulted in an amicable decline that left the band moribund. Winds change, seasons turn, dust gathers.
After a decade in the shadows, this sonic portrait of the heart of old Dumnonia is now given the release it so thoroughly deserves. 'Adorned with the Figures of Snakes' is available for pre-order on limited edition 6-panel digipack and through all digital channels now.
The band 'as was' is certainly dead and buried, but none can say whether Amherawdr may not one day give voice again.