Embrace of Thorns DLP and Yog Sothots LP Out Now!
Embrace of Thorns “Praying for Absolution” DLP
(Description by J. Campbell)
Embrace of Thorns is among the few bands that continue to successfully redefine and augment their sound. With each successive release, the band has come closer to achieving the apex of their particular darkness. With their new album, “Praying for Absolution,” Embrace of Thorns draw ever closer to perfect ascension. As on their monumental “Atonement Ritual” album, Embrace of Thorns once again employ repetition to enhance the hypnotic effect of the tracks. With this album, however, Embrace of Thorns take a more dynamic approach. All of the band’s constituent parts are perfectly aligned. The guitars are coordinated to unleash black torrents of desolation upon the percussive mania that forms the core of the tracks. The vocals, ominous and macabre, guide the forces conjured by the sonic rites taking place. Characterized by instantaneous transitions between harrowing Death Doom and frenzied Black/Death, “Praying for Absolution” evokes a sense of endless death and perpetual rebirth. The cycle of destruction and becoming. The nexus point of absolution and ecstatic depravity. Divine blood reawakens the senses in the service of darkness.
Regular version with reverseboard printed gatefold jacket, double transparent red vinyl with the 4th side silkscreened, and 24″x24″ poster printed on uncoated stock. Die Hard version with reverseboard printed gatefold jacket, double gray vinyl with the 4th side silkscreened, and 24″x24″ poster printed on uncoated stock, felt turntable mat and vinyl sticker.
Yog Sothots “Black Power Metal” LP
(Description by J. Campbell)
NWN! Continues to plumb the depths of the 1980’s Quebecois Speed Metal scene with the long awaited reissue of Yog Sothots’ demo recording from 1987. This release commits to vinyl this incredible LP length demo – the only recorded output of this seminal, yet often overlooked, pillar of the Quebecois scene. Born of youthful aggression and adrenal overdose, this recording contains some of the most venomous late 1980’s Speed Metal. During their brief existence, the band often referred to their music as “Black Power Metal,” an appropriate description given the band’s ability to deliver frantically melodic riffs with a sinister presentation. Like so many great young bands of that era, Yog Sothots play perilously close to the edge of their ability. So much so, at times, that the songs teeter on the brink, but never actually fall apart, the entropic energy instead pushing the intensity of the material further into the red. This much needed reissue follows on the heels of recent reissues of classic material by Voor, Damnation, and Soothsayer and provides greater insight into the fertile Quebecois scene of that era.
Regular version with black vinyl, jacket and zine booklet. Die Hard green vinyl with jacket, zine booklet, woven patch and vinyl sticker.