UK blackened death doom group Strigoi premiere a music video for the first single »Hollow« taken from their upcoming studio album, »Viscera«, set to release on September 30th, 2022 via Season Of Mist.
01.United In Viscera
02. King Of All Terror
03. An Ocean Of Blood
04. Napalm Frost
06. A Begotten Son
07. Bathed In A Black Sun
08. Byzantine Tragedy
10. Iron Lung
From Season Of Mist:
Blackened death doom outfit Strigoi are now proudly releasing their brand new single »Hollow«, which is taken from the band’s upcoming album »Viscera«. The track, which comes in the form of an official music video, can now be viewed HERE. The link may be freely spread throughout your channels. The album is set for worldwide release on September 30, 2022 via Season Of Mist and can already be pre-saved HERE.
Strigoi comment: “We chose »Hollow« as the first video single as it lends itself perfectly to giving the listener a broad overview of »Viscera«. It’s dark, brooding yet violent cinematic qualities allude to the delightful misery contained within the new album. A scathing commentary on human weakness, we feel »Hollow« typifies the evolution of Strigoi, as a band and as a concept. It was also a perfect fit for the amazing videography work of Dehn Sora, who has presented a remarkable visual interpretation of the track.”
From death comes rebirth, as is such with Strigoi. Formed in the ashes of Vallenfyre by guitarist/vocalist Gregor Mackintosh (Paradise Lost) and bassist Chris Casket, the experimental death metal formation is now unleashing their sophomore effort, »Viscera«. This devastating brand of death metal pulls sludge and crust elements while lyrically, the album explores themes of both real and conceptual horror, coalescing into what can only be described as the ultimate mixtape of misery.
Photo by Hal Sinden
When Paradise Lost guitarist Greg Mackintosh put to rest his Vallenfyre side project in 2018, he closed a difficult, but ultimately cathartic period in his life. Created as a tribute to his father John, who passed away in 2009, Vallenfyre originally served as a sounding board for Greg’s grief, but then delved into his nihilistic take on the world. Vallenfyre’s brief existence was intentional – the band always knew they could go no further than the three studio albums that bore their name.
A mere few days after Vallenfyre played its last live show in September 2018, Mackintosh announced the formation of a brand-new band with Vallenfyre bassist Chris Casket (ex-Extreme Noise Terror), Strigoi. The English twosome released their debut album »Abandon All Faith« on 22nd November 2019 which was met by widespread critical acclaim and support. From this success, the band began preproduction to take the project live, recruiting to the line-up drummer Guido Zima (ex-Implore, The Secret) and live guitarist Sam Kelly-Wallace (ex-Vallenfyre) to begin spreading their foreboding gospel throughout the European festival circuit.
Unfortunately, due to the global pandemic that hit Spring 2020 Strigoi were unable to perform live as planned, and realising this situation was going to be a long-term constraint Greg and Chris decided to begin writing for a second album. This 18-month process culminated in Strigoi signing to Season Of Mist Records, then heading to Orgone Studios UK to track 14 brand new songs under the watchful eye of award winning producer Jamie Gomez Arellano.
The bands line up, now set with the addition of guitarist Ben Ash (Satyricon, ex-Carcass) completed the recording of the album »Viscera« in October 2021, subsequently mixed by Kurt Ballou at GodCity Studios and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege Studios. »Viscera« represents the further evolution of Strigoi as a band, a concept fully realised as a statement of terror, malaise, and ultimately a record representing what Greg and Chris wanted to achieve from the band’s inception.
Greg Mackintosh – Vocals
Chris Casket – Bass
Guido Zima – Drums
Ben Ash – Guitar
Sam Kelly-Wallace – Guitar (live)