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Black Totem stream a music video for the new single »Warlock« taken from forthcoming album, »II: Shapeshifting«

Finnish deathrock outfit Black Totem stream a music video for the new single »Warlock« taken from forthcoming album, »II: Shapeshifting«, set to release on February 26th, 2021 via Svart Records.


Side A:
A1. Begone Vampire
A2. The Devil
A3. 1990’s
A4. Black Nekro Gloves
A5. Bloodstained Owl

Side B:
B1. Ghoul of Crow Swamp
B2. Dead Meat
B3. Backyard Corpse Blues
B4. Welcome Lucifer
B5. Warlock

From Svart Records:

Blackened blues with doom and punk influences, Black Totem’s deathrock is overflowing with superstition, vice and horror. Up to no good since 2008, Black Totem are notorious road-dogs of the Finnish underground, cutting their teeth and scraping their raw knuckles in a slew of live shows through the years. The band has shown promise since the early days releasing two EP’s and a self-titled debut album, which won an award for Best Rock Album at the Turku Music Awards in 2016.

With their new album »II: Shapeshifting«, Black Totem are downright lycanthropic, breaking out of their enigmatic origins and taking on a much more unadulterated form. Their catchy, raucous blues songs, with wild, untamed backing vocals and horror-soundtrack keys, give a distinctly Finnish lizard-disco hysteria to their fortified sound, coming across like a blood-bath in a moonshine distillery. Howling at the moon, with lungs of bile, Danzig/Misfits/Samhain influences are fleshed out with the Doom-laden riff-war of Celtic Frost, Venom and Darkthrone. Together with the catchier urban song-craft of the Black Keys, this cauldron of Black Totem’s magic formula makes »II: Shapeshifting« a familiar, yet heavily enjoyable natural genre-clash of their own.

Probably the meanest set of ill-natured radio-friendly hits you will have heard out of the Finnish subterranea in years, »II: Shapeshifting« is rabble rousing. Citing “Deranged people, sleazy films, uncomfortable art and northern predatory animals” along with “Finnish nature” as part of their lyrical influences, Black Totem are a biker bar-fight in a feral zombie Giallo film. All brawn, with splattered brains, and swamp-hut southern bawl, Black Totem are too bad-ass to be a horror punk band and too rocking to be Black Metal. If you like your deathrock to be dangerous, with a large swig of something illegal, then bow down before Black Totem and prepare to be abducted into their werewolf coven.

Black Totem is:
Spit Poison – Lead Vocals
Wera Wolf – Bass, Vocals
Sam Hate – Guitar, Backing Vocals
Tony Cash – Drums, Backing Vocals

Bojan Bidovc // music enthusiast, promoter, misanthrop and sometimes a journalist as well

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