French occult doom rock act Deathbell stream their sophomore album »A Nocturnal Crossing«, out now via Svart Records
French occult doom rockers Deathbell stream their sophomore album, »A Nocturnal Crossing«, which was just released this Friday, February 25th, 2022 via Svart Records.
01. The Stronghold And The Archer
02. Devoured On The Peak
03. The Ladder
04. Silent She Comes
05. Shifting Sands
06. A Nocturnal Crossing
Says the band: “Release day! We are blissful to announce that today we release our second album »A Nocturnal Crossing« in its entirety!
The stunning vinyl front painting was commissioned to the talented painter Adam Burke at Nightjar Illustration!
We made two T-Shirts designs for the occasion. The first one, “Beast” is taken from the costume of the beast that can be found on our music video »The Ladder« and was made by Bast from Deathbell.
The second one, “Archer” is inspired by the front cover of the vinyl and was commissioned and drawn by Lilas Dupont and adapted by Bast.
Listen on your favorite streaming platform. Order a copy on Bandcamp!”
From Svart Records:
Deathbell is a five-piece band from Toulouse/France, that create eerie and heavy fuzz-laden Doom. Having released their debut album »With The Beyond« in 2018 that garnered underground attention, Deathbell have been lying in wait, taking their time to craft and hone their new juggernaut »A Nocturnal Crossing«. Incanting her melancholic and haunting vocals, Lauren Gaynor calls through cavernous walls of funeral organ and distorted slabs of riff-witchery to shepherd »A Nocturnal Crossing« into a hypnotic otherworld. With morbid clanging trips of psychedelic rhythms and shadowy atmospheres, Deathbell’s brand of mystical doom is both transcendent and sombre.
Written and recorded between 2018 and 2021 in the French Pyrenees, »A Nocturnal Crossing«’s lyrics reflect on the metaphysical forces of life and spiritual introspection. Recorded live in April 2021, Deathbell have summoned a demon of occult rock to rival the classic greats of Coven and Pentagram and modern legends such as Jex Thoth and The Devil’s Blood. For inner journeys alone, or live group ritual worship, Deathbell’s »A Nocturnal Crossing« works as a gateway or ticket into a wider initiation of Doom Rock’s inherent ancient power of black magic. Songs like »Silent She Comes« and »The Ladder« are anthemic, and wistful, beautiful gravestones of heavy incantation that deliver the listener into a blissful sonic salvation, with the guitar duo of Bolzan and Commelongue riffing as though oblivion depended on it. A band to watch out for, surely on the tongues and minds of those who seek out doom rock’s ever evolving devilish secrets, on »A Nocturnal Crossing«, Deathbell have concocted a very strong brew.
»A Nocturnal Crossing« is available now on vinyl and CD.
Get your copy here: svartrecords.com.
Recorded by Ayumu Matsuo at Studio La Vache.
Mixed by Jeremie Mazan.
Mastered by Justin Weis at Trakworx Studio.
Produced by Bastien.
Cover painting by Adam Burke at Nightjar Illustration.
Logo and sigil by Patrick Zoeller at Karmazid.
Artwork and photography by Bastien.
Specials: Elise Aranguren, Simon Evangelista, Vincent Eyer, Marian Gaynor, Robin Levet
Lauren Gaynor – Vocals, Keyboards
Bastien Commelongue – Guitars, Keyboards
Fredrik Bolzann – Guitars
Valentin Troï – Bass
Robin Draye – Drums
Bojan Bidovc // music enthusiast, promoter, misanthrop and sometimes a journalist as well