Mar 172023

Our fidelity to the Greek band Burial Hordes is of long standing — not as long as the band’s own existence, which stretches back roughly 22 years, because they were practicing their black craft well before our site came into being in 2009, but we’ve been steadily writing about their music for a decade. And for good reason. Over the course of four albums (with a fifth one on the way) and a handful of shorter releases, they’ve established themselves as premiere purveyors of hellish musical visions, while refusing to just keep doing the same thing over and over again.

The band’s pronounced tendency to use their music as a vehicle for continuing exploration of dark subjects is one reason for our eagerness and sense of intrigue every time they release something new. What’s new now, as mentioned above, is Burial Hordes‘ fifth full-length, Ruins, which is set for release on June 9th by Transcending Obscurity Records. That feels like a long way off, but we already have exciting signs of what the album presents — two songs that have already debuted, and the third one we’re presenting today.

The subject of today’s premiere is “Infinite Sea of Nothingness“, the fifth of eight songs in the album’s running order. Like the album as a whole, it’s a multi-faceted excursion, one that runs hot and cold. It includes slow waves of dismal and diseased riffing that chill the blood, but also maddened frenzies and hyper-blasting drums.

It presents big ritualized pounding and dissonant chords that peal like wails of misery, but also head-moving back-beats, savage swaths of imperious fretwork, and soloing that sounds like spasms of pain. The words come in haughty and hateful growls, even when the music around those beastly utterances convulses in berserk conflagrations.

And so the entire experience is calamitous in different and dynamic ways, both viscerally furious and frighteningly atmospheric, and altogether gripping.

The talented recording lineup for Ruins is:

T.K. (Dead Congregation) – Guitars, Bass
D.D. (Enshadowed, Anticreation) – Guitars, Bass
D.T. (ex-Ravencult) – Vocals/Lyrics
Eugene Ryabchenko (Fleshgod Apocalypse) – Session Drums

The attention-seizing cover art for Ruins was created by Khaos Diktator Design. Transcending Obscurity will release the album on CD and digital formats, with lots of apparel options and other merch. The label recommends it for fans of Decipher, Bølzer, Incantation, Dead Congregation, Grave Miasma, Deathspell Omega, Suffering Hour, and Enshadowed.

We mentioned that there are two previous singles out in the world — “Insubstantial” and “Purgation” — and we’ve included streams of both right after the following links. Do listen to them as well!

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  1. The artwork on this is phenomenal, so grand yet bleak, love it

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