For their first new music since the 2021 album Natural Selection, the New York band Viserion (who took their name from Game of Thrones‘ resurrected ice dragon) chose to tell a narrative inspired by the the video game Destiny. They explain the choice in these words:
“Reborn in Darkness” is a story about rebirth, inspired by the character Oryx from Destiny. Oryx goes through transformations and becomes more powerful with each. This motif stood out to us particularly due to our own lineup changes. The instrumentation of the song was very raw and brutal as well, mirroring Oryx‘s campaign of destruction against the light.
With the influence of new members in the fold, this new song which we’re premiering today portrays the malice and heinous ferocity of its protagonist through a fusion of death metal, black metal, and hints of grindcore, and the combination yields an immersive and nightmarish experience that stays with you.
In “Reborn in Darkness” the snare drum clacks like a punchy metronome, grabbing hold of your own pulse very quickly. But behind that methodical beat the riffage is dense, heavy, and grinding, and the vocals are an unmitigated screaming fury.
The wall of fleet, cruel-sounding fretwork rises, becoming more feverish. Gruesome bellows intrude. The drums erupt in manic bursts. The lead guitar flickers in spasms. As the viciously vibrating chords rise and fall, the music cycles in a way that brings in feelings of terror and pain. Bleakness trades places with violence, and there is no reprieve.
VISERION, in its current manifestation, is:
Benedetto “Slaughter” Marvilli – Guitar and vocals
Matthew “Durden” Marvilli – Drums and backing vocals
Cris V – Lead Guitar
Tasso Diakov – Bass
A promising sign of more to come, this new stand-alone single will be released on August 26th, but it’s available for pre-order now: