BrooklynVegan is pleased to debut “The Serpent’s Choir,” the latest single from death/doom unit PULCHRA MORTE. The track, which features guest vocals provided by dozens of contributors including members of 1349, Immolation, Exhumed, Black Tusk, Mondo Generator, and more, appears on the band’s second full-length, Ex Rosa Ceremonia, set for release November 6th via Transcending Records
Notes vocalist Adam Clemans (Skeletonwitch, Wolvhammer) of the ambitious track, “‘The Serpent’s Choir’ is the result of us forging a new chapter for PULCHRA MORTE. Lyrically, it deals with the power of the written word and how beautiful and sometimes destructive amassing many voices behind those words can be. We decided it might be an interesting idea to mirror that sentiment physically by adding as many voices to the song as possible. We are honored to have had as many people participate as we did. The result is of pure power.”
Adds guitarist/producer Jarrett Pritchard, “Assembling ‘The Serpent’s Choir’ was really gratifying but challenging. I have had the privilege of working with so many fantastic people over the years, so I feel really lucky to have been able to reach out to people, one by one, that I wanted to participate, as well as my normal friends who of course are always there, ready to go. We got people from all over, and not all ‘metal people.’ The Choir sees the return of Jason Avery (Eulogy, Monstrosity) to the microphone, backing up Adam with Andrew Gerrity (Wolvhammer, No Fraud) on the line, ‘a lifeless corpse of a world.’ And I had Blaine Accüsed (The Accüsed, Toe Tag) and Nick Oliveri (Mondo Generator, Queens Of The Stone Age) sing the line, ‘what music we shall make.’ It was really exciting. There were very unique sounds in the mix as well: Jake (Uada) gave me some fantastic texture that is blended together with Ravn (1349), which is more of a howl, that you can hear a little more distinctly at the end of the track.
Writes BrooklynVegan, “It’s another very promising taste of this album, thick and heavy and with a perfect balance between melody and aggression, and PULCHRA MORTE really nailed it on assembling that choir.”
Stream PULCHRA MORTE’s “The Serpent’s Choir,” now playing at BrooklynVegan, at THIS LOCATION.
Find the full choir listing HERE.
With drums recorded to tape in the analog environment of Earth Analog Studios, and guitars, bass, vocals, and cellos captured at New Constellation RPM, the nine-track Ex Rosa Ceremonia carries on where the band’s Divina Autem Et Aniles debut left off conjuring often alarmingly weighty psalms focused on atmosphere, feeling, and flow.
Ex Rosa Ceremonia was produced, engineered, and mixed by the band’s own Jarrett Pritchard at New Constellation, mastered by Maor Appelbaum (Faith No More, Halford, Sepultura) at Maor Appelbaum Mastering, and features cover art by Brian Sheehan, a guest lead from Jay Fernandez (Brutality), guest vocals from Heather Dykstra, and cello courtesy of Naarah Strokosch.
PULCHRA MORTE’s Ex Rosa Ceremonia will be released on CD, limited LP, and digitally. For physical preorders in North America, go to THIS LOCATION and for Europe go HERE. For digital preorders, go to THIS LOCATION where the record’s closing title track can be streamed.
PULCHRA MORTE (ˈpul.kʰra / ˈmɔr.te) – comprised of Adam Clemans (Skeletonwitch, Wolvhammer), John Porada (Wolvhammer, Abigail Williams), Jarrett Pritchard (Eulogy), Clayton Gore (Eulogy, Harkonin), and Jeffrey Breden (Leagues Below) – began in 2017 with the intent to recapture the purpose of greats from the late-‘80s through early-‘90s doom-laden death metal scene, a point where feeling superseded technicality.
The band released their debut full-length Divina Autem Et Aniles in 2019. The record reaped critical accolades both Stateside and abroad. Decibel Magazine wrote, “With Pritchard behind the knobs… the record’s in capable hands to conjure the somber serenades of early Anathema. But with PULCHRA MORTE, Pritchard takes melodic death-doom oddities like Visceral Evisceration’s Incessant Desire For Palatable Flesh or Pyogenesis’ Ignis Creato and polishes their rough casket wood.” Brutalism hailed the band’s, “Brilliant riffs, beautiful melodies, and haunting atmosphere” while Grizzly Butts gushed, “I did not merely collapse under its striking invocations of sorrow or the plodding, romanesque strings of melodic lead that highlight each track, PULCHRA MORTE’s sourly dire debut pressed life’s most troubling concerns as a rifle against my temples.”
The band played various shows throughout the US in support of Divina Autem Et Aniles, including the Full Terror Assault Open Air V festival, as well as several sold-out shows in support 1349’s North American tour with Uada and Cloak before entering the studio in September of that year to record their next chapter: Ex Rosa Ceremonia.