Today, mysterious Portuguese black metal cult Ancient Burial stream the entirety of their highly anticipated debut album, Beyond the Watchtowers, at heavily trafficked web-portal Black Metal Daily. Set for international release on May 1st via Signal Rex, hear Ancient Burial‘s Beyond the Watchtowers in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Ancient Burial hail from the darkest underbelly of Portugal’s forever-thriving raw black metal scene. Although a new entity, with no prior public recordings existing, the band mysteriously may or may not include members of other high-profile hordes. Nevertheless, what they’ve created with their debut album stands for serious reckoning.
Ominously titled Beyond the Watchtowers, Ancient Burial‘s first full-length indeed goes BEYOND: a hysteric, hellacious black (w)hole of horrific frequencies, each smothering the senses with hypnotic magick and almost avant-garde crudity. In one sense, the album slots complementarily alongside so much paradigmatic Portuguese black metal, particularly from the Black Circle, instilling a similar sense of possession and otherworldly intent; but in another, more accurate sense, Ancient Burial bury themselves more deeply into trance states that delicately walk the line between improvisational meltdown and motorik catatonia, carrying over that beyond-obsidian embrace right into the very heart of the listener. Or, more accurately, those who would go Beyond the Watchtowers…
Mystery or none, Ancient Burial will be performing at this year’s Invicta Reqviem Mass VI, curated by Signal Rex and set to take place on December 4th and 5th in Porto, Portugal.
In the meantime, stream Beyond the Watchtowers in its entirety exclusively HERE, courtesy of Black Metal Daily. Cover and tracklisting are as follows:
Tracklisting for Ancient Burial’s Beyond the Watchtowers
1. Intro + Nighthunt
2. Wolferian Woods of Belial
3. Into the Land of Death
4. Ritualistic Trinity of Evil
5. Dark Path Disciples
6. Hunger for Desecration
7. Eclipse de Almas