Today, Living Temple Records, in conspiracy with LVX MorgenStern, announces May 21st as the international release date for Thanatomass‘ highly anticipated second album, Black Vitriol & Iron Fire.
Thanatomass are a power-trio hailing from Russia. Their date of origin is unknown, but the band made their first public recording in late 2018 with the demo MMXV-MMXVI, which perhaps reveals some hints as to their origins. Initially self-released through their own LVX MorgenStern enclave, MMXV-MMXVI was a strikingly accomplished first assault, brimming with lawless darkness and ravenous devotion: vibrant ‘n’ violent black metal imbued with the eldritch energies of early thrash.
Not surprisingly, that demo soon saw other physical editions, including the CD version released by current conspirators Living Temple. In the interim, Thanatomass released their debut album, Darkest Conjurations, via Living Temple in late 2019, which saw them further malform those thrash influences into something both more barbaric and atmospheric, sounding simultaneously older and fresher than its not-inconsiderable predecessor.
At last, Thanatomass deliver their grandest work yet with Black Vitriol & Iron Fire. Both aptly titled as statement of intent and apropros description of its contents, Black Vitriol & Iron Fire powerfully and poignantly pulls together both central elements of black metal – that is, both the BLACK and especially the METAL – without sacrificing one over the other. In fact, the trio’s sheer urgency, energy, and lustful, lawless verve vividly embody the mania of classic metal possession and the taboo/boundary-breaking quest into the unknown that is the true occult experience. As such, Black Vitriol & Iron Fire exists both above and below; Thanatomass are merely providing the vessel.
Overwhelming and unquenchable, Black Vitriol & Iron Fire is a conflagration of flesh and spirit, desire and demise. Will you take this torch from Thanatomass?
Take the first torch with the brand-new track “Deathmass Extasis” HERE at Living Temple‘s Bandcamp, where the album can also be preordered. Cover and tracklisting are as follows:
Tracklisting for Thanatomass’ Black Vitriol & Iron Fire
1. Funereal Ejaculation [6:46]
2. Deathmass Extasis [6:26]
3. Sulphureous Darkness [3:26]
4. Altars Of Nigromancy [6:07]
5. Phallvs Lvciferi [9:48]