Momentous, enthralling, churning blackened death that shrouds you in its visceral groove riddled post mortem atmosphere…scythe sweeping majesty top tier 2022 release
Favorite track: Horror Sacred Torture Divine.
Rich, warm and fully enveloping like a storm of Greek fire. The guitar tone is doomy, fuzzy, and thick like a cozy heavy hygge blanket that keeps you warm by the martyr’s fireplace while reading the Necronomicon Times. This is comfort food death metal ear candy. This is a pint of stout or an old fashioned with a cigar, or like Port and Stilton, like an Haut Brion with fillet mignon. Classic and classy masculine blackened death with spices of doom and heavy metal. Loving it! 10/10 masterpiece!
Danish extreme metal veterans STRYCHNOS reveal their long-awaited debut ‘A Mother’s Curse’ on Colorado Springs’ Dark Descent Records.
Formed in 1997 by Martin Leth Andersen (also of Undergang fame), STRYCHNOS might just be the Danish underground’s best kept secret. ‘A Mother’s Curse’ is the product of a craft perfected over 25-years of toil, a true celebration of extreme metal mastery that surpasses all genre limitations.
“We are proud to finally present eight tracks of pitch-black death metal tragedy as it was always intended to be: Dark, atmospheric, brutal, and tragic!” exclaims Andersen.
The intricately sculpted compositions shift seamlessly between moods of terror, hope, and tragedy, building a momentous atmosphere rarely achieved in this day and age. Add to this the inventive riffing and bone-shattering vocals of the highest order and the result is ‘A Mother’s Curse’.
The truly complete work is wrapped in stunning cover by the inimitable Daniel Corcuera: “The chilling motif is based on Danish sculptor Niels Hansen Jacobsen’s statue ‘Death and the Mother’ from 1892, depicting a young woman in the moment of ultimate tragedy. Jacobsen was inspired by the ending of ‘The tale of a Mother’, a story written in 1847 by famous author Hans Christian Andersen: “And Death walked with her child into the unknown land.”
released November 4, 2022
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Lasse Ballade at Ballade Studios.
Drums recorded with Anders Lundemark at Starstruck studios.
Cover artwork by Daniel Corcuera Urzùa