Warsaw, Poland based doom metal band Dopelord has unleashed a visualizer video for the second single »The Chosen One« off their fifth full-length album, »Songs For Satan«, set to release on October 6th, 2023 via Blues Funeral Recordings.
02. Night Of The Witch
03. The Chosen One
04. One Billion Skulls
05. Evil Spell
08. Return To The Night Of The Witch
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October 6, 2023 will see Poland’s doom metal giants Dopelord release their colossal fifth studio album »Songs For Satan« on Blues Funeral Recordings. Following the debut single »Night Of The Witch« and a recent tour as special guests of Vader, today the Warsaw-based four-piece is presenting their new single and video »The Chosen One«!
Having paved the way for Polish doom metal for over a decade by sticking to their strictly DIY ethos and hard work, mighty foursome Dopelord is about to open a new chapter of its history by joining the coveted ranks of US label Blues Funeral Recordings (Acid King, Dozer, Lowrider, Dead Meadow).
About this new single, the band reveals: “The song is about being delusional and thinking god/devil is speaking to you directly while you’re probably a highly disturbed person.”
Their fifth full-length »Songs For Satan« is a moment of critical mass for Dopelord. A blast of devil worship in the riffing realms is nothing new, and while they aren’t the first band to openly embrace the motif, their amplified heresy is uniquely triumphant, their fuzz-drenched apostasy genuine and glorious.
Photo by Michał Sobociński
Not only does »Songs For Satan« showcase the band’s equal mastery of lumbering plod and silvery hooks, but it also more importantly mines Polish Catholicism’s decades of oppression for lyrical fuel. Tracks like »Satan’s Call«, »The Chosen One«, »One Billion Skulls« and »Worms« are pointed in their defiance of the church’s cultural dominance, even while managing to be contagiously singable at the same time. Maybe the extremity of their position will lead a few listeners to question their own beliefs and examine the church’s role, religion’s role (whether in Polish society or elsewhere) like a strong push to open a door. The voice of rebellion is crucial, and Dopelord’s shout is unmistakable.
Calling to mind Electric Wizard, Windhand, Belzebong and Acid King, »Songs For Satan« is Dopelord’s apex, an iconoclastic milestone for stoner doom that rumbles the earth and shakes our figurative foundations. It will be available on October 6th in various vinyl editions, limited digipack CD and digital. The ultra-limited deluxe vinyl edition will be shipped a few weeks prior to PostWax subscribers. Also listen to the previous single »Night Of The Witch« at this location!
Rock and roll’s history with Satan goes back to before there even was rock and roll. A blast of devil-worship in the riffing realms is nothing new, and Warsaw, Poland’s Dopelord aren’t the first band to openly embrace the motif. Even so, their amplified heresy is uniquely triumphant, their fuzz-drenched apostasy genuine and glorious. The band coalesced in late 2010 in the city of Lublin, Poland, where three of the soon-to-be-band’s members attended university. Merging members from two previous groups and pulling inspiration from classic cult films, 70s rock, occult themes and magical herbs, the quartet set its sights on stoner doom before the style had taken much hold in their country.
Dopelord released their debut »Magick Rites« in 2012, a record that flaunted their love of vintage heavy rock and proto-metal, which The Sludgelord noted for its “huge unstoppable riffing in every song.” 2014’s »Black Arts, Riff Worship & Weed Cult« was a leap forward in songcraft, and as the band got serious, they began touring abroad in Western Europe, the members also completing a relocation to Polish capital city Warsaw. Critically-acclaimed 2017 album »Children Of The Haze« found their formula for drawn-out psych-sludge behemoths perfected, as confirmed by The Heavy Chronicles, which proclaimed, “Nothing will be the same again. There used to be doom, now there is Dopelord.”
As if heralding the actual end times, fourth LP »Sign Of The Devil« arrived on March 10, 2020, just as the covid-19 pandemic took terrifying hold of the planet and called the knowable future of humanity into question. Supremely confident in their infectious bludgeon and thematic overtness, Dopelord presented a record that stepped more fully than ever into both melody and rebellious iconoclasm. Naming »Sign Of The Devil« their album of the week, Worship Metal cheered it as, “a torrent of ear-pleasingly suffocating riffs which crush all in their path,” adding, “Satan would be pleased.”
Derailed from their aggressive live schedule for two years, Dopelord blasted out the »Reality Dagger« EP in 2021 before setting to work on their boldest statement yet. On October 6th, 2023, their fifth album »Songs For Satan« will induct the mighty foursome as one of Europe’s heaviest and most faithful doom purveyors of the new era, crushing everything on their path under the Blues Funeral Recordings banner.
Dopelord on tour:
Oct 12 CZ – Prague – Modra Vopice
Oct 13 DE – Cottbus – Muggefug
Oct 14 DE – Jena – KuBa
Oct 15 DE – Braunschweig – B58
Oct 16 DE – Hamburg – Hafenklang
Oct 17 SE – Malmö – Plan B
Oct 18 DK – Copenhagen – Loppen
Oct 19 DE – Kiel – Schaubude
Oct 20 NL – Groningen – Café de Walrus
Oct 21 NL – Nijmegen – Doornroosje
Oct 22 BE – Antwerpen – Trix – Desertfest Belgium
Oct 23 FR – Lille – La Bulle Café
Oct 24 DE – Osnabrück – Bastard Club
Oct 25 CH – Düdingen – Bad Bonn
Oct 26 DE – Düsseldorf – Pitcher
Oct 27 DE – Berlin – Lido – Heavy Psych Sounds Fest
Oct 28 DE – Dresden – Chemiefabrik – Heavy Psych Sounds Fest
About the PostWax series: The PostWax vinyl subscription series presents exclusive limited-edition records from some of the best stoner rock, doom and heavy psych bands on the planet. Benefiting from a spectacular success in 2018, PostWax Year One debuted monster releases to subscribers first – including Elder’s »The Gold & Silver Sessions« and Lowrider’s seminal comeback album »Refractions« – which were subsequently released in standard retail versions to the public several months later. PostWax II will unfold as a series of 9 deluxe releases on gorgeous vinyl, next-level sleeve design, hand-crafted art and illustrations, and behind-the-scenes liner notes, with releases from Dead Meadow, Acid King, Dozer, Josiah, Dopelord, Mammoth Volume, The Otolith, REZN & Vinnum Sabbathi, Lowrider & Elephant Tree.
Paweł Mioduchowski – Guitars and Vocals
Piotr Ochociński – Drums
Grzegorz Pawłowski – Guitars
Piotr Zin – Bass, Vocals and Mellotron