Death metal trio STENCH will release its sophomore album entitled Venture on the 26th of September in Europe and 7th of October in North America via Agonia Records. The follow-up to the band’s debut opus In Putrescence has been in the making since 2010 and along with the artwork, “has accumulated enough power to swing ones senses to the sky” comments STENCH. The artwork – which is an important factor to the trio’s music – was crafted by Necromantic Art (Tribulation, Necrovation, Venenum, Decomposed) and can be seen below.
Venture features seven brand-new songs reminiscent of horror-infected old-school death metal, but with a otherworldly vibe which prudently creeps into the music and makes it even more adventurous. At times harmonious and melodic, at times dreadful and rowdy, the Swedes play their own game, picturing fear, anxiety, and risk with their instruments.
Jonathan Hultén (guitars) comments:
“Venture is a journey from the rawest, most monotonous cellar-darkness up to a desolate mountaintop, from which you are thrown into the abyss below in a castanedian manner. If only but for a moment or even throughout the whole 38 minutes, be prepared to enter the other world.
“For four years, we have been boiling down our material to the bone in pursuit of the essence of this type of music. Our conclusion is that the simple and repetitive riffing is holding the key, and is enhanced by more or less subtle choirs and sound textures. Primitive, yet atmospheric.”
The album was recorded in Necromorbus Studio (Watain, Portrait) in Stockholm, Sweden. It will be available in a digipack CD, digitally and in a 12″ vinyl (black, limited picture disc and a special colour version).
2. The Vast
4. Small Death
Mikael Pettersson – vocals
Jonathan Hultén – guitars
Johannes Andersson – drums
STENCH’s music is “fast, up-tempo and with a bit of a crossover vibe” (About.com). While Decibel Magazine pointed out band’s ability in crafting “haunting melodies,” One Metal wrote in a review that: “Stench bill themselves as blackened death, but they lean much more heavily towards the death side of things. There’s definitely a blackened influence, but if I may use a cooking metaphor, black metal is the herb garnish atop the smooth, creamy, progressive death risotto.”
The doors to band’s second full-length were opened by a self-titled 7″ EP, released earlier this year in a black and limited-to-100-copies blue vinyl, and featuring three new songs.
STENCH is recommended for fans of Autopsy, Repugnant, Tribulation, Kaamos, Entombed, Master’s Hammer and Watain.
Follow the band at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Stench-official/213520935347849