While blackened death metal force, THULCANDRA, is currently gearing up for the release of their forthcoming studio album, Hail The Abyss, today, the German four-piece has unleashed a visualizer video for brand new single “Blood Of Slaves”! Hail The Abyss, the band’s fifth offering, will be out on May 19, 2023 via powerhouse label Napalm Records.
The record proves yet again why THULCANDRA are atop death metal’s malefic vedette. It showcases their affinity for dark, aggressive and mellifluous metal while the entire album rips and terrorizes with the intensity of hell. As always, THULCANDRA‘s about a vibe – there’s always a unique “feel” that’s distinctly old-school, but without the tired trappings of it.
After previously-released singles, “As I Walk Through The Gateway” and the album’s blistering title track, the band just returned from their first US-tour ever alongside FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE, OBSCURA & WOLFHEART. Guitarist/vocalist Steffen Kummerer on the new single: “‘Blood Of Slaves’ might be one of the fastest and most aggressive songs on our new album “Hail The Abyss“. With sharp riffing and sheer endless aggression, the song pushes relentlessly.“
“With ‘Hail The Abyss’, we count the 5th album within 20 years of Thulcandra“, Kummerer recently said. “A banger, and a diverse record that shows a unique blend of black and death metal, combined with classic heavy metal twin guitars. The album turned out excellent and Dan Swanö delivered a splendid mix – raw, natural and showcasing each individual musician on the record. ‘Hail The Abyss’ undoubtedly turned into a highlight of our long lasting career.“
THULCANDRA’s rise to power ignited when the band unleashed their debut album, Fallen Angel’s Dominion, upon metaldom in 2010. The group, fronted by founding member and visionary, Steffen Kummerer (also of Obscura fame), have since tightened their hibernal grip on blackened death metal. The desolate melodic emanations in follow-up studio records Under a Frozen Sun (2011), Ascension Lost (2015), and the chart-topping, 2021-album A Dying Wish, dedicated to late bassist Chris Kratzer, solidified THULCANDRA as a superior force, expertly thrusting the magic and mystery of mid-’90s melodic black-death metal into the modern era.
Hail the Abyss is slated for release on May 19, 2023 via Napalm Records. Cooperation with renowned producer Dan Swanö (Dissection, Opeth, Katatonia) was compulsory, as was the re-invitation to cover-master Lochner.
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Hail The Abyss track listing:
01. In The Eye Of Heaven
02. Hail The Abyss
03. At Night
04. Velvet Damnation
05. On The Wings Of Cosmic Fire
06. Acheronian Cult
07. As I Walk Through The Gateway
08. Blood Of Slaves
09. In Darkness We Descend
10. The Final Closure
11. The Second Fall – Live (CD Bonus Track)
12. Deliverance In Sin And Death – Live (CD Bonus Track)
Hail The Abyss will be available in the following formats:
– 1CD Digipak, incl. Bonustracks
– 1LP Gatefold Black
– 1LP Gatefold Silver
– Ltd. Die Hard Vinyl Boxset (contains several highly collectable items, all packed in a wooden box)
– Digital Album
– CD Digipak + Shirt Bundle
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