We’ve been fans of God Dethroned for a while, but were late-comers to the wonders of the band’s 2009 release, Passiondale. Late or not, we splashed our admiration for that unusual album all over these pages in January (here). But you can be damned sure we won’t be late again when God Dethroned releases its next album on November 23.
It will be called Under the Sign of the Iron Cross, and like Passiondale, it will be another concept album about World War I. Singer/guitarist Henri Sattler has explained that the fires of his continuing interest in that conflict were stoked by his reading of In Stahlgewittern (Storm of Steel), Ernst Juenger‘s journal of his daily experiences in the trenches during the war.
Today, Metal Blade began streaming the first song from Under the Sign of the Iron Cross. The song is the title track, and holy hell, is it heavy as fuck. It’s fitting that we put it up here for your listening pleasure today, on the heels of our post about Autopsy, because it’s a bludgeoning piece of blackened death metal, as extreme as anything God Dethroned has done in many moons.
But . . . it’s also beautiful. (more after the jump, including that song to stream . . .)
A clear guitar lead spins out a melody in the opening seconds of the song, and the music will return to that theme eventually, but in the meantime the band inflicts a barrage of downtuned, distorted, blast-beat-ridden, tremolo-picked awesomeness — accented by a blistering guitar solo and some barely audible clean singing. At the end, the distinctive opening guitar melody returns, and then gives way to a symphonic recasting of that melody with a piano taking the lead.
It’s a helluva song. Listen for yourself:
The original location for this stream is a Metal Blade page about Under the Sign of the Iron Cross, which also includes options for pre-ordering the album, and you can get to that page via this link.