Greek black metal legends, VARATHRON, are gearing up to release a new seven-track EP, called “The Confessional Of The Black Penitents”, this October 23rd on Agonia Records.
“The Confessional Of The Black Penitents” features three brand new tracks and four songs recorded live, with a total playing time of 40 minutes.
The live tracks were recorded in Larisa (Greece) on the 16th of May, 2015 and mastered by Achilleas Kalantzis (guitars). Tracks 2 & 3 have been recorded and mixed at Infinite Loop MusicStudio (Greece) and mastered by Tom Kvålsvoll at Strype Audio (1349, Arcturus, Darkthrone, Emperor, Code, Ulver) in Norway.
The front cover artwork and layout include paintings by Carlos Schwabe (July 21, 1866 – 22 January, 1926); a Swiss Symbolist painter and printmaker.
The band commented: “Infernal warriors we salute you! The Abyssic Black Cult strikes again! “The Confessional… ” is the closing chapter of “Untrodden..” era. Featuring 3 brand new tracks of amazing occult atmosphere. For the first time we also include 4 live tracks from our show in Greece in 2015. Classic masterpieces from the dark past like “Unholy Funeral” and “Cassiopeia’s Ode” will be unleashed upon you”!
The EP will be available in:
– limited eko-pack (1000 copies),
– gatefold black MLP,
– gatefold colour MLP with poster (limited to 166 copies), – digital formats,
– t-shirt and hsw.
01. The Confessional Of The Black Penitents
02. Sinister Recollections
03. Utter Blackness
04. Unholy Funeral*
05. Cassiopeia’s Ode*
06. Descent Of A Prophetic Vision*
07. Kabalistic Invocation Of Solomon*
* recorded live
VARATHRON‘s early albums are considered to be the cornerstones of the Hellenic black metal scene, alongside the releases of Necromantia and Rotting Christ, with whom the group shared members as well as similar fascination towards early style. Since their inception back in 1988, the band’s trademark are mid-paced riffs that have a classic, old-school feel strengthened by a progressive view, as well as epic atmospheres that only few can match.
Band’s last full-length album, “Untrodden Corridors Of Hades”, had its premiere in November 2014, after a five year break. More news on “The Confessional Of The Black Penitents” will follow shortly!
Black Flames of Blasphemy Festival, 13-14.11.2015 – Nosturi, Helsinki, Finland
I first went to a gig in 1981, Gillan at Leeds University. I've been a regular gig goer ever since. I haven't kept count of how many gigs I've been to over the intervening years, but it's a lot!
My favourite bands are AC/DC then, in no particular order, Anti-Nowhere League, Slaughter and the Dogs, Towers of London and Dirt Box Disco. I tend to like Glam/Punk and rude offensive lyrics, not sure what that says about me but as Animal would say 'So What!'
The question was recently put to me - did I write for any online publications? My reply - No, but I'd like to! Planetmosh was suggested and I found myself offering to review Aces High Festival. Easy peasy I thought! Well not quite, if a jobs worth doing it's worth doing well! I had sixteen bands to research. I found I actually enjoyed that and it kept me too busy to be making lunatic comments on Facebook! ;)
Then I felt a bit inadequately qualified. I mean, who am I to comment on others, when my musical expertise extends to being able to play a mean Greensleeves on the recorder and a passable Annie's song on the flute! Haven't picked up either instrument for years! What I do have, however, is over 30 years of experience as a gig goer, so I can comment on what I like and what I don't! It's only my opinion and, if I don't like a band it doesn't mean they are bad, just not to my own liking. I admire anyone who has the guts to get up on that stage and have a go!