UK-based BULL ELEPHANT will release The Long War, the third (and final?) instalment of its crazed story about a nazi-fighting pachyderm on 17 November 2023 via Eat Lead and Die Music.
The album’s opening track, “Expansion from Perceived Reality,” is streaming now at: bullelephant.bandcamp.com/track/expansion-from-perceived-reality
The mission statement on the mood board at BE headquarters remains “Raiders of the Lost Ark set to a progressive doom soundtrack where Judeo-Christian mythology is replaced by the even more sinister universe hinted at in the writings of H. P. Lovecraft…. with nazi assault wolves, a bionic orangutan and Vril-powered supersoldiers.”
The Long War picks up some years after the second part Created from Death left us at the beginning of a world war. It is now 1945 and the Bull Elephant creature enters the fray once again, initially to defend the exhausted populace of Berlin from an invading red horde. Wait…what?? Witness Himmler’s last stand at the SS stronghold of Castle Wewelsburg, go in pursuit of Germany’s darkest secrets fleeing to Imperial Japan’s infamous Unit 731 and face the final showdown laid out in the 13 minute closing track.
The album was heroically recorded by Jamie Masters at Echo Studios in Buckingham, mixed anonymously by a local church mouse and mastered by Dan “The Man” Swanö at Unisound, Sweden. Cover art by Kishor Haulenbeek.
Consumption is recommended via 24-bit full dynamic range download, but for those that just have to hold something in their hands, the accompanying physical release is a 210x210mm (8.5” sq.), 36-page lyric and artwork booklet bringing together the three parts of the story in one place to give more insight into the narrative, and including a CD insert of The Long War album.
1. Expansion From Perceived Reality
2. Blackened Chaos Horizon
3. Berlin Falling
4. Zentrum der neuen Welt view
5. Severing the Last Strands of Self view
6. The Long War view
Press quotes from Parts 1 and 2:
“Now, as I wrap up my thirteenth listen, I know it’s silly, but in a very addicting way. These guys are so over the top that they land on both feet on the other side of excess, and somehow end up delivering a killer progressive doom album with plenty of side dishes of death and thrash.”
– Angry Metal Guy
“The whole thing has been put together superbly, whoever it is doing the singing and playing. Tracks move in and out of the consciousness seamlessly, giving the album a very cohesive feel whatever style is being employed. Equal parts beguiling, affecting, and effective, Bull Elephant is a must-listen for anyone with an ear for quirky themes and bang-on musicianship.”
– Sentinel Daily
“Created From Death sees the band maintain high levels of hilarity, songwriting, and enthusiasm, delivering another off-kilter breath of rancidly fresh air that brought more than one grin to my face over the last few weeks. At this pace, we can all look forward to the final chapter of this trilogy next year: let’s hope so.”
– Angry Metal Guy
“From icy, post-rock drift to strident mid-paced thump, [Wayfarer is] another song with a robust melodic core, but lashings of the strangeness and charm that BULL ELEPHANT have at their disposal.”
“….this is a concept record and each song tells a linear story so I can’t really pick out a song that stands out as they are all part of a (barely) coherent whole. All you need to know is that I fucking LOVE Bull Elephant and their batshit craziness, and so should you. “