Berlin based blackened doom outfit PRAISE THE PLAGUE have revealed the 2nd single/ video for Beyond from their critically acclaimed forthcoming album The Obsidian Gate, which is set to be released on July 30th via Lifeforce Records.
Here’s how the band describes the themes that went into creating the album:“We shroud ourselves in denial and lament, we create a shell to endure life. No certainty, we grasp every hope of stability, only to see it fade before our eyes. The Obsidian Gate is the awakening, and the never ending dream of a cycle we can only break once.”
Music as catharsis. Songs as the equivalent of suffering, pain and torment. How else should PRAISE THE PLAGUE sound and act? Exactly! It is no coincidence that the somber musicality and design of the band’s previous releases – “Antagonist”, “Antagonist II” and “Live At Fall Of Man” – are conceptually related and leave this harsh, frightening impression both visually and in terms of the overall impression.
Active since 2017, PRAISE THE PLAGUE (former members of Earth Ship and Ånd) continue their path between black, doom and sludge metal on “The Obsidian Gate”. The group’s debut on LIFEFORCE RECORDS reveals a distinct awareness for the musical setting of depression and nihilism. The Berlin-based quintet’s third album is characterized by a profound density and urgency. The emerging wall-of-sound casts a spell. There is no escape, because the (negative) emotions set to music are transferred to the listener immediately.
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