Four years after As the Darkness Enters, Finland’s Baptism comes roaring back with its fifth full-length assault. Entitled V: The Devil’s Fire, the new work features eight hellish sacraments and is scheduled for release on July 22 by Baptism’s new label partner Season of Mist. Today we bring you the premiere of the album’s title track: “Devil’s Fire“.
On this new album, Baptism’s central force Lord Sargofagian and his four bandmates for this release are joined by three prominent guests (and long-time friends) who have made their own indelible marks on the landscape of Finnish metal:
Antti Boman (DEMILICH) on “Buried With Him”
Mikko Kotamäki (SWALLOW THE SUN) on “The Sacrament Of Blood And Ash”
Mynni Luukkainen (HORNA) on “Satananda”
The song you’re about to hear merits the term “anthemic”. It also fully merits perhaps over-used adjectives like “grim”, “bleak”, and “savage”. The song heaves and pulses with deep, resonating strength, with panoramic waves of dark melody that roil and rush like storm clouds — and rocking rhythms that will get heads moving.
The song’s surging intensity is bolstered by a deep, thrumming bass lines and gripping drum work, as well as the ferocity of Lord S.’s serrated vocal tirades and a striking guitar solo that’s worth waiting for all by itself.
But for this listener, what makes the song truly stand out is the dark majesty and melancholy emotional sweep of the song’s central melody — it has pulled me back to this devilish fire repeatedly. Hope you enjoy this memorable piece as much as I have. And to give you a further taste of this gripping new album, I’m also including the lyric video for one more song stream below from a previous premiere (“The Sacrament of Blood and Ash”).
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Here’s the album’s track list and the line-up:
1. Natus Ex Ignis
3. The Sacrament Of Blood & Ash
4. Devil’s fire
6. Cold Eternity
7. Malignant Shadows
8. Buried With Him
Lord S.: vocals, guitar, songwriting
TG: lead guitar
Liked the two songs. Will need to pick this album once it’s released
Definitely liking what I’m hearing from these advance tracks – can’t wait to hear more.