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UK blackened death doom band Strigoi stream their sophomore full-length album »Viscera«, out today via Season Of Mist

UK blackened death doom band Strigoi feat. current and former members of Paradise Lost, Vallenfyre, Satyricon, Carcass and Extreme Noise Terror stream their sophomore full-length album, »Viscera«, out this Friday, September 30th, 2022 via Season Of Mist.

01.United In Viscera
02. King Of All Terror
03. An Ocean Of Blood
04. Napalm Frost
05. Hollow
06. A Begotten Son
07. Bathed In A Black Sun
08. Byzantine Tragedy
09. Redeemer
10. Iron Lung

Courtesy of Season Of Mist:

Unsettling: it’s a word which can be used to describe a good swathe of the music which has come from the mind of Greg Mackintosh (Paradise Lost) over the years, but in the context of Strigoi, it feels particularly apt. Formed immediately after previous side project Vallenfyre had run its course, Strigoi found Greg and Vallenfyre bassist Chris Casket reconfiguring the aesthetics of that band. Their 2019 debut, »Abandon All Faith«, was a notable transition, taking the crust punk, death metal and grind influences which had defined Vallenfyre and deriving from those an extreme music amalgam which was altogether more…well, unsettling. But if »Abandon All Faith« was a record where the memory of Vallenfyre exerted an inevitable, but important, influence, then second album »Viscera« is where Strigoi define and express themselves on their own terms.

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.

Photo by Hal Sinden

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.

The album is set for worldwide release on September 30, 2022 via Season Of Mist.

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Strigoi is:
Greg Mackintosh – Vocals
Chris Casket – Bass
Guido Zima – Drums
Ben Ash – Guitar
Sam Kelly-Wallace – Guitar (live)

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

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