“The Conqueror’s Return” is the name of the song by the California black metal duo Indesiderium that we bring you today. The music’s mid-paced momentum and the almost stately cruelty of the riffs is consistent with the august occasion suggested by the song’s title, but you also powerfully sense in the music that there is blood on this conqueror’s hands that won’t wash off, and a smell of death in his nostrils that won’t go away.
“The Conqueror’s Return” comes from Indesiderium’s new album Of Twilight And Evenfall..., which will be released by Satanath Records on October 30th. On this album, the core duo of vocalist/guitarist/bassist Atrum Lorde and drummer/keyboardist Mattias are joined by guest lead guitarist Hell Messiah from the US death metal band Gravehill.
This is a song that seeps more and more deeply under the skin as it unfolds. It seems to embody memories both horrible and glorious, the cries of battle captured in Atrum’s terrifying and utterly vicious shrieks, vistas of corpses made manifest in the coldness of the riffs, and the excitement of victory in the soaring voices and shimmering, fire-bright leads. The raking chords grow even more gloomy, and a reverberating solo conveys a bleak, cobra-like melody that seems to recall distant and exotic lands.
Near the end, the music flares with a scintillating lead followed by an extended solo that’s even more incandescent and grand than the one before, which brings the song to a close, leaving the listener with dark but persistent and haunting memories.
To put my cards on the table, I don’t know what kind of story the band intended to convey through this song. You might imagine something very different, perhaps something more occult, more evil. The music could easily stand that interpretation. But whatever imagery might spring to mind, it’s definitely the kind of music that inspires imagination, and that’s a very good thing.
Satanath will release the album in a jewel-box CD edition limited to 500 copies, with official distribution assistance through the U.S. labels The True Plague and Black Metal Records.
Check out “The Conqueror’s Return”, along with “Ascending the Serpent Throne”, a previously released track that’s available as a free download at Bandcamp
01. Ascending The Serpent Throne
02. Upon The Shores Of Acheron
03. Fallen Into Shadow
04. The Conqueror’s Return
05. Lightless Star: Transcending The Chasm
06. Wrathcrown: One Final Victory
07. The Knell And The World (Dawn cover)
Length – 40:22