Dublin based true doom trio, DREAD SOVEREIGN, have unveiled details of their upcoming full length debut album. Following on from last year’s critically acclaimed 12″ release entitled Pray To The Devil In Man, the band headed to the studio last autumn to work on the follow up release. The resulting ten track beast of a record entitled All Hell’s Martyrs will be released by Ván Records in March 2014.
Vocalist and bass player, Nemtheanga commented: “Things come together fast on the surface but the DREAD SOVEREIGN album has been dwelling in my subconscious for years, playing riffs to myself over the years. It’s only in the last 15 months that I’ve put flesh on the bones with a proper band and here we are with an album ready for Ván Records to release. The aspirations are difficult to explain as it’s been a form of catharsis to finally get the demons out after all this time but here it is; some gnarled and evil old school doom/metal – a few surprises and different elements here and there – but nothing more and nothing less”
Recorded and mixed at Dublin’s Sun Studios in September 2013, All Hell’s Martyrs is a sepulchral trawl through the darkest recesses of heavy metal. The album artwork was created by Costin Chioreanu whose previous credits include Grave, Darkthrone, Aura Noir, Absu & Roadburn Festival.
All Hell’s Martyrs track listing:
1. Drink The Wine
2. Thirteen Clergy
3. Cthulu Opiate Haze
4. The Devil’s Venom
5.Pray To The Devil In Man
6. Scourging Iron
7. The Great Beast
8. We Wield The Spear Of Longinus
9. Cathars To Their Doom
10. All Hell’s Martyrs, Transmissions From The Devil Star
DREAD SOVEREIGN is Nemtheanga (vocals & bass), Dubh Sol (drums) and Bones (guitar); a triumvirate of old school attitude and arcane spirituality. Although retaining the rugged, epic drama of Primordial (in which Nemtheanga and Dubh Sol both perform), DREAD SOVEREIGN are distinctly different; blending influences of Venom, Saint Vitus and Cirith Ungol in the raw underground cult doom idiom.
Catch DREAD SOVEREIGN live:
28th February – Hell Over Hammaburg, Warm Up Night – Hamburg
1-4 May – Heavy Days In Doom Town – Copenhagen, DK [info]
In the meantime, watch the trailer for Thirteen Clergy below:
Source: Pioneer Music Press