The Brazilian hellraisers in Grave Desecrator had their beginning in 1998 and since then have released two albums, a couple of EPs, and splits with the likes of Archgoat and Black Witchery. Last fall they signed a pact with Season of Mist for the release of their new third album, Dust To Lust, which has now been scheduled for detonation on July 1.
Even those of you who have been brutalized by the band’s music in the past may be curious about what Grave Desecrator have wrought in the five and a half years since their last album, and today we bring you a sign as we premiere a track named “Temple of Abominations“.
The band have previewed the music themselves in these words about the song from bassist Élson “El” Necrogoat:
“‘Temple of Abominations‘ is a typical GD expression. Straight through the breast of religions and misconception of ‘god’, salvation, peace and all the elements which provide the breeding of a corrupted and twisted conviction. Of course that´s nothing new into the universe of Black or Death Metal, but we, Brazilians, have been nowadays witnessing a period of intense process of evangelical wide-spreading in our country! So, that´s absolutely a fistful of rejection towards it, but this time too much personal as we have been facing it in front of our eyes!”
“There’s an intrinsic aura in Dust to Lust! It could bind the listener to our specific essence and components of our, sometimes, crude and cruel environment. We´re really praised that´s the most subjective album we could write so far, even that we can be back stabbed by the intense fight between the mundane and abstract that rules on this work. There´re no laws or truths! Lies, lust, drugs, satanism, darkness, vice, spirits, vanity, night, death, love, hate are the elements regurgitated by this womb of chaos and perdition… And for us, it´s not a fancy allegory, but an acid reality!”
The ghostly occult emanations at the beginning of “Temple of Abominations” may make you think you’re in for an offering of classic retro doom — and then the assault begins, with blasting drums, vicious grinding riffs, and filthy vocal bestiality. It’s a morbid and malignant swarming of black and death metal — but one that holds a slow, funereal melody within its spiked grasp, as well as an extended guitar solo that spreads a viper-like poison.
Lots of very cool old-school flavors in this potion, and much more to come from Dust To Lust. The album’s track list is as follows:
1. Intro (Dust To Lust)
2. Temple Of Abominations
3. Funeral Mist
4. Gods Of Death
5. A Witching Whore
6. Host Desecration
7. Anathema Bloodlust
8. Bleed For Worship
9. Memento Mori
10. One More Soul
11. Mephistophallus In Occultopussy
12. Perpetual Oath
The cover art for the album was created by the amazing Zbigniew Bielak II, whose works we have featured countless times at our site. We share his words about the album and what lies behind his creation for it:
“With all its contrasts, hostility, intolerance, corruption, Brazil has proven to be a time capsule for the mundane times of uniformity and facilitation, which nowadays render the western metal so tame and complacent. That being said, GRAVE DESECRATOR’s story is no different from the ones of SARCÓFAGO, SEPULTURA or even SLAYER in their tough formative ’80s. In rivers of rehearsal sweat and against all odds, album by album, they slowly polished their rough stone into a deadly blade. And now it is time to bleed.
It is not easy to pinpoint the spirit of Brazilian extreme metal – it is a fine mixture of tanned sexuality and funerary sacrilege that only few could convey the way SARCÓFAGO or SEXTRASH did. These four derailed rovers of abomination and forbidden fun certainly can! It has been an honour to embark on this journey with them and for once illustrate a flawless 80’s album. I praise the old Brazilian scene and SARCÓFAGO’s ‘Rotting’ cover is among my favourite artworks of all time, so obviously the artwork for ‘Dust to Lust’ pays some homage here and there. The inner artwork is yet another tribute – to HR Giger, whose spirit strongly permeated the aesthetics 80’s metal, and about whose passing I learnt, while staying with the guys in Rio.”
To pre-order the album, visit this location.