“Obscuration” is the devastating new single from Forest Lake, Minnesota-based blackened death metal trio SUFFERING HOUR. The track precedes the February release of the band’s second album, and first for Profound Lore Records, who has issued preorders for the album this week.
At forty-five minutes in length, the five songs captured on The Cyclic Reckoning showcases SUFFERING HOUR firing on all cylinders. The music on this album is more representative of the band’s core sound than on their previous material, with every member making their presence more known than ever. The new record also features the band sacrificing some of their technicality and chaos in favor of more atmospheric passages, as the band envisioned this record to be an unhindered display of negative emotion, seething or sombre. Based around themes of awakening, obsessions, and mental anguish, this is a natural continuation of everything that encompasses the band’s ideas on life, death and beyond. This is SUFFERING HOUR at their most honest and fierce.
Produced, mixed, and mastered by the band themselves, The Cyclic Reckoning features cover artwork by Artem Grigoryev and additional art by Timothy Greico, Lucas Ruggieri, and Cold Poison.
Profound Lore will release The Cyclic Reckoning on CD, LP, and digital formats on February 19th. Find physical EU/UK preorders HERE, physical preorders for North America and the rest of the world HERE, and preorders at Bandcamp where “Strongholds Of Awakening” is streaming HERE.
Watch for additional updates on SUFFERING HOUR surrounding the release of The Cyclic Reckoning.
After forming under a different name as a tech-thrash band in 2010, the members of SUFFERING HOUR carried their sense of manic chaos and old-school structure into the world of cosmic black death. Their unique sound garnered high acclaim with their 2017 debut record In Passing Ascension, a guitar-driven slab of nihilistic savagery. This sound was then further explored on their 2019 EP Dwell, a single eighteen-minute track proving their unrelenting songwriting prowess. The band has since played numerous shows and fests across the globe, most notably Maryland Deathfest, Covenant Montreal/Vancouver, and Killtown Deathfest, plus a European tour with Malthusian and a US run with Sinmara.