UK drone doom metal act Catafalque is gearing up to release their new album »Dybbuk« on October 13th, 2023 via Aural Music / Code666.
Catafalque is a collaboration between Thomas Ott (Gnarl), Dan Dolby and Mike Shepherd (Mastiff) and Frenchie (ex-Hundred Year Old Man) born out their shared attraction to all things noise, drone and metal.
Courtesy of C Squared Music:
Inspired by a malicious spirit from ancient folklore, »Dybbuk« is an album that is overwhelming and crushing, embodying a deeply layered swamp of percussion, atmospheric noise, and loud, bassy frequencies. »Dybbuk« is an extreme and abrasive album that marries the exhaustive and overwhelming qualities of old school doom metal with the harsh textures and frequencies found in noise and industrial. »Dybbuk« will appeal greatly to fans of established acts such as Khanate, The Body, Thou, Merzbow, Godflesh and Prurient.
Formed in 2019, Catafalque began as a studio project of disparate bodies nestled in different parts of the UK, trading recordings online. This served as the basis for their self-titled 2019 debut record; the first release on UK label Trepanation Recordings, which quickly sold out on CD and cassette. The project quickly amassed enough material to release a split EP, »Memento Mori« with US dark ambient outfit Clawing. After receiving positive reviews in the underground metal press, as well as word of mouth fandom, the demand for Catafalque to meet up and become a functioning live band was met in early 2020, adding live drums to their sound. Catafalque soon embarked on their very first headlining UK tour as a trio just before the pandemic took hold of the world. This coincided with the recording and release of their mammoth double album »We Will Always Suffer«, which was joint released by Trepanation and Cursed Monk Records.
Dan Dolby – Bass, Synth, Vocals
Thomas Ott – Guitar, Noise, Vocals
Michael Shepherd – Drums, Percussion
Frenchie – Vocals, Synth
Written and performed by Catafalque.
Additional vocals and synth by Tanya Byrne.
Recorded, engineered and mixed by Joe Clayton at No Studio, Manchester.
Mastered by James Plotkin at Plotkinworks.
Artwork by Arjen Kunnen.