“Super groups” come and go, and more often than not they tend to go quickly, with the members pulling a “one off” stunt and then returning to their main projects. But sometimes the chemistry is so good, and the results so successful, that the groups live on. Such is the case (thankfully) with Heads for the Dead, who arrived on the scene with 2018’s Serpent’s Curse, made further hideous strides with 2020’s Into the Red, and are now running up to the September 2nd release of their third album, The Great Conjuration.
This new one continues the band’s gruesome addictions to supernatural horror in the trappings of chainsaw-powered death metal, and again unites the talents of Wombbath‘s Jonny Pettersson (guitar, bass, keys, FX) and vocalist/lyricist Ralf Hauber from Revel In Flesh, and this time they’re joined by Wombbath drummer Jon Rudin and by Matt Moliti from Sentient Horror, who performs guitar solos.
What we have for you today is the premiere of another song from the new album, to add to those which have already been scourging the ears and terrorizing the minds of the public. This one is called “The Breaking Wheel“.
Not many death metal vocalists out there possess a voice as monstrous as Ralf Hauber‘s, and it’s a spine-tingling presence in this new song, as it is throughout the album. But the song is monstrous in other ways as well, from the massive lumbering riffs to the skull-cracking drumwork and the oppressive, heaving melodies and eerie keyboard embellishments, which collectively smell of the crypt.
There’s an air of sadistic insanity in the music as well. The riffing becomes vicious and swarming, Hauber‘s voice soars in screams, the double-kicks erupt in frenzies, and the soloing swivels and swirls in a piercing manifestation of crazed ecstasy. But pay attention to the song title — on top of everything else, the song is also a brutal bludgeoner.
The Great Conjuration features a ghastly cover image created by Cory DeAn Cowley and further illustrational work and layout by The art of Badic Art.
That cover image adorns all the many formats in which Transcending Obscurity Records will be releasing the album, as well as the accompanying apparel, and that’s all up for pre-order now. The label recommends the record for fans of Wombbath and Revel In Flesh (of course), as well as Entombed, Grave, Bloodbath, Gatecreeper, Dismember, and Sentient Horror.
Please also feast your eyes and ears upon video streams for the three other songs from the album that are already out in the world, and installed below.
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