“Abyssal Ascendant’s death metal is inspired by the Cthulhu mythos. Some bands who claim a similar Lovecraftian muse create music that’s turgid and murky, but Abyssal Ascendant fly like turbocharged bats, lacing the music with speedy riffs, writhing creepy melodies, and an abundance of machine-gun drumming. The vocals, as you might expect, are convincingly ravenous.”
Those are among the words we wrote here five years ago after encountering music from this French band’s debut album, Chronicles of the Doomed Worlds – Part. I: Enlightenment from Beyond, which was released by Dolorem Records with album art by Daniele Lupidi. And now, at last, Abyssal Ascendant are returning to our world from the realms of The Great Old Ones with their second album.
The new record is named Chronicles of the Doomed Worlds – Part. II : Deacons of Abhorrence, and it will be released by the same Dolorem Records on October 9th, again accompanied by the striking artistic handiwork of Daniele Lupidi. From that album, it’s our ghoulish pleasure to premiere a track named “Martyrs of Mordiggian“.
Once again, Abyssal Ascendant have drawn their inspirations from the Lovecraftian mythos of The Ancient Ones and the ’90s death metal of such greats as Morbid Angel, Cannibal Corpse, Immolation, and Obituary. The subject of the song we’re presenting today is Mordiggian, a Great Old One worshiped by several human cults and cults of ghouls as a kind of symbol of Death.
As the song begins, the snare chops at your neck like a blood-stained ax. The kick drum and the bass rumble like an earthquake. The riffing boils like a mass of giant hornets in a killing swarm. The vocalist bellows his guttural growls with monstrous ferocity. And having set the stage in such malignant and marauding fashion, the band proceed to continually switch things up in an electrifying firestorm of sound.
Kicking the speed into high gear, the drums gallop and clobber in a battering frenzy, the riffing maniacally darts, jabs, and swirls. Briefly, the pace slows and the music becomes a gruesome moaning misery, and the soloing wails like tortured spirits in a fever. Throughout, the band segment the onslaught with spine-smashing grooves.
It really is a savage and slaughtering piece of work, the kind of experience that will give your pulse rate a big punch into overdrive. And, for your morbid delight, there are 8 more tracks of ghastly old death metal included within the new album.
Chronicles of the Doomed Worlds – Part. II was recorded and mixed by Steph Tanker at Disvlar Studio (Blockheads), and it was mastered by Mobo at Conkrete Studio (Mercyless, Gorod, Ad Patres). As mentioned, the artwork was again made by the Italian artist Daniele Lupidi.
Dolorem Records will release the record on CD with a 12-page booklet that includes all the lyrics.
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