On June 17, Satanath Records (Russia) and Black Plague Records (USA) will jointly release The Carnal Sabbath, which is the debut album by Colorado’s Helleborus. The album has been a long time coming — we debuted a song from it (“Coils”) in March of last year, and other songs from the album have surfaced periodically since then. But now the full album release is nearly upon us, and we’re very happy to bring you the premiere of another new song — “Helleborus Black” — in the form of a drum cam video.
Helleborus — which is the scientific name for a genus of beautiful but poisonous flowers that bloom in winter — was created by the brothers Jerred and Wyatt Houseman. Last June, KevinP interviewed Wyatt for us and asked about the album that was then taking shape, drawing this response:
“The Carnal Sabbath is the title of the album and there will be 9 featured tracks…. My lyrics reflect aspects of sexual mysticism, death worship, and The Qabalah. With each track I have reached into the dark corners of my mind to reproduce some of my deepest introspection. My desire is to cast a shadow of my own on a lot of these areas. Each track harnesses a very potent and romantic force of energy. We do not demand contact from the other side but romanticize our own connections with it.”
As mentioned, the song you’ll hear in this new video is named “Helleborus Black”, and it’s the new album’s opening track. The video was filmed at a band rehearsal of the song, with the focus on the drum performance by Brent Boutté , who joined the band after the recording of The Carnal Sabbath (and details about the gear he uses can be found here).
While the spotlight is on the impressive drumming, the song’s dark, surging riffs; seething, swirling arpeggios; and pulsing bass all shine through. It’s a chaos swarm and a head-bending rocker, and yet another appealing window into this long-awaited album.
The Carnal Sabbath includes painted cover art by S. of Khaos Diktator Design. The album can be pre-ordered here:
Four other songs from The Carnal Sabbath have previously premiered (including the song we brought you last year), and I’ve included all of those below this new video. You can subscribe to Brent Boutté’s YouTube channel here.
I love drum cam videos, always so much fun to watch 🙂
As I often do, I loaded the page, scrolled down to the first track, clicked play, and then scrolled back up to read the review while I listened. At the end of the first paragraph it’s explains that the video is from a drum cam. I immediately scrolled back down thinking, hell yeah! I want to watch this thing from inside a god damn drum! I expected the cam to be bouncing around violently, enhancing the intensity of the track! Needless to say, the video was a huge letdown. Decent song.
Pretty cool. I’ll be seeing them on Friday at 71Grind, had never heard of them beforehand.
“The Carnal Sabbath is the title of the album and there will be 9 featured tracks…. My lyrics reflect aspects of sexual mysticism, death worship, and The Qabalah. With each track I have reached into the dark corners of my mind to reproduce some of my deepest introspection.”
Oh man, this and the picture are giving me heavy Metal David Brent vibe.
thanks for the great review. this will be out on vinyl via flesh vessel records before year’s end.