SETH are now announcing new dates for their ‘La Morsure du Christ’ ceremonies in 2023. Together with label mates …AND OCEANS and supporting acts ATTILA & BLOODPHEMY, the French black metal pioneers will bring the ‘Of Martyrs & Scars’ tour to 11 countries in September.
A full list of confirmed dates can be found below.
SETH comment on the trek: “Last time we hit the road in a whole European tour was 10 years ago so needless to say we are all very excited to go on board. This is also a great package as we share a common history with some of these bands, pioneering Majestic Black Metal back in the genuine days, a genre we are today reviving. As a new Seth album is currently in the making, this tour is a great opportunity for us to play La Morsure du Christ across Europe on the eve of a new full-length, soon to be revealed!“
…AND OCEANS add: “We are more than ready to finally go on tour after 22 years since the last, No Mercy festival tour in 2001. After the tour cancellation last year, this upcoming tour is something we really look forward to more than ever and can’t wait to play new songs live, not forgetting the old ones either. Recent gig in France showed that the time is right. We hope to see our old and new fans there!“
+…And Oceans +Attila +Bloodphemy*
01 Sep 23 Erfurt (DE) From Hell
02 Sep 23 Oberhausen (DE) Resonanswerk*
03 Sep 23 Zwolle (NL) Hedon*
05 Sep 23 Antwerp (BE) Kavka
06 Sep 23 Kassel (DE) Goldgrube
07 Sep 23 Berlin (DE) Orwo Haus*
08 Sep 23 Suchdol nad Luznici (CZ) KD Suchdol*
09 Sep 23 Aleksandrow lodzki (PL) Summer Dying Loud Festival
10 Sep 23 Kosice (SK) Collosseum*
11 Sep 23 Budapest (HU) Analog Music Hall*
12 Sep 23 Kranj (SI) Subart*
13 Sep 23 Bologna (IT) Alchemica Music Club*
14 Sep 23 Aarburg (CH) Musigburg*
15 Sep 23 L.A. (DE) Cham*
16 Sep 23 Mohrlenbach (AT) Live Music Hall Weiher*
SETH 2023 & 2024
29 Apr 23 Aarburg (CH) Black Hole Fest IV
21 Jul 23 Mulfingen (DE) Boarstream Open Air
09 Feb 24 Fredericia (DK) Eksercerhuset
10 Feb 24 Roskilde (DK) Gimle
‘La Morsure du Christ’ is still available HERE.
For a glimpse of things to come, SETH previously released a live version of ‘La Morsure du Christ’. Check the video via the official Season of Mist YouTube channel HERE.
The track is taken from the album ‘La Morsure du Christ’, which was released on May7, 2021. The artwork, which was created by Leoncio Harmr, and track list can be found below.
1. La Morsure du Christ (05:54)
2. Métal Noir (04:55)
3. Sacrifice de Sang (06:25)
4. Ex-Cathédrale (06:49)
5. Hymne au Vampire (Acte III) (07:25)
6. Les Océans du Vide (07:05)
7. Le Triomphe de Lucifer (05:57)
8. Les Océans du Vide – Synth Version (04:25)
9. Sacrifice de Sang – Synth Version (03:14)
The history of black metal formation SETH and Season of Mist spans back to the early days of the French metal scene. The band’s debut ‘Les Blessures de L’Ame’ (1998) was one of the first releases on the label. This album is now regarded as a cornerstone in French black metal, pioneering the usage of their native tongue on a black metal record. SETH has lit up the flame of those early days again with ‘La Morsure du Christ’, which can be seen as sequel to the highly acclaimed debut.
The release of ‘Les Blessures de L’Ame’ quickly gained international attention and SETH built a solid fanbase. The French blasphemers signed a two-release deal with Osmose Productions and participated on the MAYHEM cult tribute album ‘Originators of the Northern Darkness’ alongside IMMORTAL and BEHEMOTH. The second full-length ‘The Excellence’ came out in 2000 and featured a contribution from none other than Fenriz (DARKTHRONE), who wrote the lyrics for the song ‘Let Me Be The Salt In Your Wound’.
Shortly after, the group recorded their third album ‘Divine-X’ (2002) at the Excess Studios in Rotterdam (EPICA, AFTER FOREVER, SINISTER). This record demonstrated the ability of the band to mix gloomy and violent atmospheres and received extensive coverage from the international metal press at the time.
Returning to the Netherlands to record the fourth album ‘Era-Decay’ (2004), two new members joined the ranks of SETH: vocalist Black Messiah and guitarist Cyriex. Afterwards, the band was invited to play at the prestigious Inferno festival in Norway in 2005.
A long hiatus followed, until the band returned in 2011 to play an exclusive show in Germany with the German cult act BETHLEHEM. The band re-joined the ranks of Season of Mist, eventually releasing ‘The Howling Spirit’ (2013) and embarking on a European tour with PESTILENCE. Several appearances at major festivals followed, including Hellfest and Graspop Metal Meeting, concluded by a Canadian headliner tour with new vocalist Saint Vincent (BLACKLODGE).
Celebrating the 20th anniversary of ‘Les Blessures de L’Ame’ in 2018, SETH exclusively performed the entire album at festivals in Switzerland, Canada (Messe de Morts) and Belgium (Thronefest). The French label Les Acteurs de l’Ombre productions released a live recording of these shows, called ‘20 ans de Blasphème’. The band’s new line-up featured members of LOUDBLAST, ARKHON INFAUSTUS and MELTED SPACE.
With the flame of SETH burning strong again, the French black metallers started writing new material. On the new record ‘La Morsure du Christ’ (a double meaning title: literally « The Bite of Christ » and phonetically « Christ’s death is certain »), they return to their original sound, employ French alexandrine verse in their lyrics and choose a striking image as an album art. The blazing inferno of the Notre-Dame de Paris is depicted on the cover, an event that shuddered the world on April 15, 2019. The release of the record marks the 2nd anniversary of the event.
It’s a powerful picture that conveys the very essence of ‘La Morsure du Christ.’ In a world moving further away from religion and spirituality, the demise of this landmark symbolizes the end of the Christian reign and the ultimate betrayal of God. From the ashes of the cathedral, a godless world will come into being.
Guitar – Heimoth (Sinsaenum)
Drums – Alsvid (ex-Enthroned, AdPatres)
Vocals – Saint Vincent (BlackLodge, Vorkreist)
Bass – Esx Vnr (Arkhon Infaustus, ex-Merrimack, ex-Glorior Belli)
Guitar – Drakhian (ex-Loudblast, Griffar)
Keys – Pierre Le Pape (Melted Space)
Genre: Black Metal
Recording studio: Studio Sainte Marthe, Paris (Regarde les Hommes Tomber, Sinsaenum, Loudblast, Hangman’s Chair)
Producer / sound engineer, mixing and mastering: Studio Sainte Marthe, Francis Caste