It’s hard for us to imagine that there is anyone out there who doesn’t begin or end their day visiting our site. Still, perhaps the record-shattering heat that has afflicted much of the globe in recent weeks has produced a malaise that has led to inattention. And so it might be wise for us to repeat some of the news we broke about the Australian black metal band Deadspace exactly one week ago (here) — as a prelude to something new from them that we’re presenting today.
The principal news is that on on September 22nd Immortal Frost Productions will release the band’s seventh album, Unveiling the Palest Truth, which was very good news indeed, given that there was a time when it appeared Deadspace had ended its existence. The related news that we broke last week is that even before then Deadspace will release another record, an EP named Within Haunted Chambers that includes three tracks from two Deadspace albums, The Promise of Oblivion (independently released in 2015) and Dirge (released through Talheim Records in 2019), that the band re-recorded to showcase their evolution over the years in the live and studio arenas. As they explained to us:
This is part of us re-establishing ourselves and a much harsher and heavier entity, leaving behind the DSBM moniker. These tracks are how these songs are played live now in 2023 and are designed to sit well amongst our newer material that will be out in September.
The tracks on the new EP (which features cover art by Anett Gebauer, using a painting by Ukrainian artist Vlad Darkness666) are “I’ll Buy the Rope” from The Promise… and “The Malevolence I’ve Born unto Others” and “Rapture” from Dirge. Symphonic elements were contributed by Déhá, who also mixed and mastered the music at Opus Magnum Studios. Which brings us to the new experience we have for you today — the premiere stream of one of the re-recorded tracks from the forthcoming EP.
The track is “The Malevolence I’ve Born Unto Others“. In its updated form the song is a blazing ravager, almost immediately scorching the senses with vast waves of searing, sky-high sound, scalding screams, and turbo-driven drumming. Together, the synths and guitars brilliantly shine but also sear — and the song also suddenly shifts into a stalking cadence with bleak, slashing chords that sound cold and cruel.
The wide-ranging and thoroughly wrenching vocals, which descend into monstrous roars and elevate into terrifying howls and wails, add to the song’s frightening intensity. And the tormented intensity never relents, though it expands in its scale and sweep, creating a sonic vista of wondrous yet alarming (and malevolent) grandeur. Glittering keyboard tones add an aspect of mesmerizing elegance, but the song also menacingly swaggers and brutally jolts.
And so, in its new form, the music is elaborate but viscerally powerful, fearsome and a fuel for fear, afflicted in its roots but also awe-inspiring.
Within Haunted Chambers will be independently released by Deadspace on digital platforms on July 28th, one week from today. It’s available for pre-order now at Bandcamp and it’s streaming both there and on Spotify. And don’t forget about that forthcoming album — you’ll find lots of details about it, including a stream of its first single, via the links collected here.