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Finnish death/doom metal outfit Asphodelus premiere new full-length album »Sculpting From Time« ahead of its release this Friday via Hammerheart Records!

Finnish death/doom metal outfit Asphodelus premiere their sophomore full-length album »Sculpting From Time« ahead of its release this Friday, August 25th, 2023 via Hammerheart Records.

01. Waterside
02. Fallen Dreamer
03. Life Painted Vermilion
04. Monuments Of Deception
05. World Of Hollow
06. Where Sirens Wept
07. The Moon In Pisces
08. Sculpting The Time

Courtesy of Hammerheart Records:

»Sculpting From Time«, the upcoming album from Finnish doom/death metal outfit Asphodelus, can be streamed in its entirety on YouTube! Set for a release date on tomorrow via Hammerheart Records. Get ready for monumental expressions inspired by the ocean’s roar!

Monumental expressions inspired by the ocean’s roar! Atmospheric death/doom metal! Gothic death/doom metal for the lost souls inspired by the gloominess of UK death/doom, mysticism of Ancient Greek cult and depression of 90’s Finnish death metal!

The core of Asphodelus’s sound is primarily death/doom metal with a small hint of ancient Greek black metal piping in on a few moments. There is a jagged early 90’s feeling to the work and none of it is performed with any gloss or need for perfect takes, this absolutely helps crack the ‘code’ of what made the earliest work from their 90’s inspirations feel special and earnest. If you are a fan of this type of music no doubt you are already swimming to this new utopian island to brood and droop under its majesty, it is a niche so rarely fed with a tasteful entry.

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»Sculpting From Time« is an album lovingly crafted and passionately executed. Asphodelus is the brainchild of three Finnish gentlemen, of whom Jari Filppu bore the largest burden in the recording process, taking on vocals, bass, and some guitar duties. »Sculpting From Time« is attended with a sense of unfathomable, philosophical sorrow; spaciously melodic guitars.

The lushness of the opener »Waterside« is exquisite and constitutes a very fine opening to a death/doom metal album. The other songs are crafted in the same way, attention to detail overpowering notions of their influences, as the early ‘90s sound is brought to life in all its crawling, complex glory. Asphodelus achieves a high level of diversity and ingenuity without either straying from their chosen paradigm or indulging in lengthy songs.

What will truly bring listeners back time and again to »Sculpting From Time« is the sprawling atmosphere of the album, created and maintained by each element fitting together into a seamless display. With as much care as Asphodelus have put into their second album, appreciating the end result feels instinctive.

»Sculpting From Time« releases August 25, 2023 on CD, LP and digital at Hammerheart Records!
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Asphodelus is:
Jari Filppu – Bass, Guitars, Vocals
Jussi Väyrynen – Bass
Joonas Rantala – Guitars
Ilkka Narinen – Drums

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

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