The name of the debut album by the German band Annihilation Rite is World Below, and that is where it takes us — to a blood-freezing subterranean domain of merciless terrors, endless torment, and utter downfall. It’s a cold nightmare world where bones are smashed and minds are ruined, and also a summoning of the Lord of Darkness to ascend, and retaliate against life.
This new entity is the solo work of Entweider, who is also a member of Crypt Witch, Dark Fields, Necrochaos, Sinister Downfall, Urschmerz. The music is branded black metal, but draws from death and doom metal as well, in order to make its rendering of ferocity and fear even more apocalyptic. And Annihilation Rite has written its rites in long form, in ways that become hideously spellbinding.
As a tangible sign of all these qualities, we have for you today the premiere of an album track named “Damnation Crowns“, in advance of World Below‘s April 28 release by Satanath Records.
In this new song the frightening sound of a distant black whirlpool creates the backdrop for ringing peals of dismal and daunting tones, the heavy abrasion of tyrannical chords, and the slow and steady pace set by detonating drums. The entire amalgam chills right down to the bone, building fear like a wall, brick by brick. When the music begins to change, granite-heavy chugs slug like a sledgehammer, and the guitar whines in misery and clangs like an ancient funeral bell.
But this is all a prelude to madness — to blasting drums accented by maniacal fills, bestial snarls, and a storm of shrill, roiling guitars. The song also stomps like a lumbering behemoth and blankets the senses with sounds of cruelty and hopelessness, of howling ferocity and the ring of raking metal emanating from the void. Through near atonal hammer blows, the music inflicts a remorseless beating. It its finale, it rises up like a hideous monument, and wails in agony.
If there’s now anything left of your sanity or skeletal integrity, more work needs to be done. And so we also invite you to listen to the previously released song “Shrine of Obscurity“.
01. Shrine Of Obscurity
02. The Abyss
03. Damnation Crowns
04. World Below
Length – 38:39