This is probably the darkest and most brutal album we’ve ever made! It’s also the most honest work ever from my perspective.
So says CREST OF DARKNESS founder Ingar Amlien about “The God of Flesh“, the ninth full-length album from the Norwegian Black Metal veterans.
Set for release on the 25th October on My Kingdom Music, “The God of Flesh” promises nine tracks filled with CREST OF DARKNESS‘ trademark Satanic themes. But this time the band has expanded the feel, variety and depth of their music, showing them to be as much at home with more progressive and melodic elements, as they are the with the aggressive and dark brutal side, for which they are known.
Recorded and mixed at the MLP Studio and Engineered by Nils H. Mæhlum, with guitars being recorded at Attic 43 and engineered by Rebo, “The God of Flesh” was produced by Crest of Darkness and mastered at the Kvålsonic Lab by Tom Kvålsvoll.
With all lyrics by Amlien and music by Amlien, Rebo and Bernhard, except for the track “Forgotten” where Amlien joins forces with the album’s session keyboardist Kristian Wentzel, and with cover art by Marius Engli Andersson, track listing for “The God of Flesh” is as follows:
1. The God of Flesh
2. The Child with no Head
3. Endless Night
4. The Spawn of Seth
8. Godless Evil Eyes
9. Salvation in Hell
Seeking an outlet for his passion for sonic brutality and his interest in Vampirism and Satanic ideology, on which he is an acknowledged expert, Amlien formed CREST OF DARKNESS in the mid nineties. The band today, which Amlien considers to be the strongest lineup to date, consists of Amlien (CONCEPTION, ROQUEFIRE, AMLIEN’s INFERNO) on Bass and Vocals, Rebo on Rhythm and Lead Guitars, and Berhard (ex- PALE FOREST) on drums.
Of the new album and the contribution made by his band mates, Amlien had this to say:
During the whole production of the album I was thinking that now, more than ever before, I wanted to make an album my way! And, as a result, we haven’t made any compromises whatsoever, in any direction. And I’m very fortunate to be able to say that I was not alone during the whole process. With the help of my fantastic band mates Rebo and Bernhard, it became possible to bring my darkest fantasies and visions to life through “The God of Flesh”
“The God of Flesh” will be available in Digital, Digipak CD, Deluxe CD Box, and Vinyl formats, and is now available to pre-order from the following:
CREST OF DARKNESS are set to play the following three dates in the UK with STAHLSARG:
Fri 6th Sep: Retribution Alive, The Black Heart, London
Sat 7th Sep: The Wheatsheaf, Banbury
Sun 8th Sep: The Soundhouse, Colchester
Whilst on the 12th October they will be at Good Omens, in Trondheim, Norway.
A video directed by Anders Børresen for MONITOR meda for the title track from CREST OF DARKNESS’ 2017 album “Welcome the Dead” can be seen at https://youtu.be/4jxLXUPRLyI