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What do you get when you put Athenian-born, classically trained soprano Sanna Salou together with current and former members of Aborted, System Divide, and Abigail Williams? You get Oracles, a band whose debut album Miserycorde will be released by the French label Deadlight Entertainment on July 1. To give you an advance taste of what’s coming in July we bring you the premiere of a video for an album track called “Scorn“.

In addition to Ms. Salou, the Oracles line-up includes names that will be familiar to fans of extreme metal:

Sven De Caluwé (Aborted) – vocals
Sanna Salou (ex-Dimlight) – vocals
Mendel Bij de Leij (Aborted) – guitar
Steve Miller (ex-System Divide, Loculus) – guitar
Andrei Aframov (ex-System Divide) – bass
Ken Bedene (Aborted, ex-Abigail Williams) – drums


Oracles band


Together, these six artists have created a study in contrasts. “Scorn” is a mixture of the soaring and the savage, combining dark, mystical melodies with turbocharged blasts of ferocity. On the cutting edge of this machine, guitarists Miller and Mendel deliver viper strikes of rapid-fire riffing and a head-spinning solo, while the rhythm section of Aframov and Bedene discharge gut-punching bass lines and militaristic drum fusillades. Yet the song also segues into passages of dreamlike melody marked by Salou’s arcing voice.

And of course, the contrasts continue in the vocal department, as beauty dances with the beast. We’re talking, of course, about Sven De Caluwé’s distinctive, caustic howls and shrieks.

Miserycorde was mixed and mastered by Jacob Hansen (Epica, Volbeat) and features artwork by Colin Marks from Rain Song Design (Nevermore, Exodus). As noted, it is scheduled for release by Deadlight Entertainment on July 1st. For more information, check these pages:



  4 Responses to “AN NCS PREMIERE: ORACLES — “SCORN””

  1. This sounds pretty cool 🙂

  2. I want to like all of Sven’s bands, but I can never get past his thin and airy vocals 🙁

  3. Certainly an interesting collision of styles. i’m intrigued to hear more.

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