Today we have the honor and privilege of sharing an early stream of “A Wandering Stream of Wind” a mid-album font of despair and insidious Zephyrous gusts from indomitable Greek death/black metal band BURIAL HORDES. In keeping with their tradition of expansive search for meaning and rich exploration of the black/death connection this fifth full-length from these folks, ‘Ruins‘, releases Friday, June 9th on Compact Disc and digitally by way of cult label Transcending Obscurity Records. Vinyl/cassette edition announcements will come at a later date.
As “A Wandering Stream of Wind” hits mid-album it is a bridge between the monumental carnage of the first third of the album and the nihilistic despair Burial Hordes begin to present steadily as the middle portion of the record sprawls and spasms with inventive riffcraft, desolate moods, and their signature brutal yet thoughtfully attacked work. Each song on the album reveals an even more distressing chapter than the last and here on the fourth piece we reach a point of harrowing enlightenment by way of cold atmospheric build, damning exposition and one of my favorite riffs on the album which introduces itself ~3:05 minutes into the piece and develops its potency throughout the rest of the song. Expect a very enthusiastic review for this brilliant record in early June.
Thanks goes out to the artist, their label and representation for the opportunity to share this song early. Scroll down to the YouTube embed below to finalize your descent. As always do your best to support the extreme metal underground and grab a physical copy from Transcending Obscurity Records on June 9th:
- Transcending Obscurity Records: transcendingobscurity.bandcamp.com
- Burial Hordes Facebook: @BurialHordesOfficial
Per the Press Release:
Emerging after a gap of five years, Greece’s best kept secret Burial Hordes bring forth an outstanding slab of blackened death metal that harnesses both chaos and atmosphere in equal parts. A fearsome album right off the bat, it sees the band slipping into different dimensions only to come back with renewed anger. There is a sense of barely restrained outrage that is all too palpable in the forceful delivery but is almost invariably mitigated by dissonant atmospheric passages, occasionally even bearing shades of melancholy. Ruins is a beautifully balanced album with intuitive songwriting that never feels abrupt, and with their skillful, inextricable blend of black and death metal influences, they convey a wider range of emotions for an album this intense. It’s easily one of the best albums of late in this blackened death metal spectrum.
FFO: Decipher, Bølzer, Incantation, Dead Congregation, Grave Miasma, Deathspell Omega, Suffering Hour, Enshadowed
Line up –
T.K. (Dead Congregation) – Guitars, Bass
D.D. (Enshadowed, Anticreation) – Guitars, Bass
D.T. (ex-Ravencult) – Vocals/Lyrics
Eugene Ryabchenko (Fleshgod Apocalypse) – Session Drums
Artwork by Khaos Diktator Design
Track listing –
1. In the Midst of a Vast Solitude
3. Perish view
4. A Wandering Stream of Wind
5. Infinite Sea of Nothingness
6. Isotropic Eradication
8. …To the Threshold of Silence
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