If you feel black metal’s been losing some of its unbidden, otherworldly lustre of late, if that Thing That Should Not Be actually has been hasn't actually been, due to over-production, by-rote albums or the awareness of the vast, baleful Void being replaced by an air of general wistfulness, then the emergence of UK’s Crimson Thone is a timely reminder that all is not lost.
Steeped in that all-important, soul-staining atmosphere, but without any sense that they wished all the clocks stopped on May 24, 1994, the shadowy unit’s debut album, Of Void & Solitude - due for release on October 19 via Apocalyptic Witchcraft - may have bitter ice running through its veins, but there’s an awareness of devastation-wreaking dynamics and willingness to lurch into expansive territories that both scratch an inflamed itch and suggest there are yet new realms in which to trespass.
If you want a taste of what’s in store, we have an exclusive preview in the hair-raising from of album track, Indignant Slumber, along with an accompanying… let’s say mystique-steeped video - the song itself is a pilgrimage into Hades whose claw-tightening riffs also carry an emotional charge and sense of awe you’ll only experience on the most left-hand of paths.
“Whilst the visual accompaniment is taken from filmed footage from the band’s tour with Coltsblood and From The Bogs Of Aughiska in August this year,” says a band spokebeast, “the track itself is based on and written about Opioids and the vast range of their effects and use spanning across mankind’s history – including conflicts such as the first and second Opium Wars, generalised abuse and their medical applications.”
Put that in your pipe and smoke it, and enter the foreboding yet spine-tingling realms of Indignant Slumber below!
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