Long-standing Spanish avant-garde doom and drone outfit Orthodox have reverted to their three-piece roots as guitarist Ricardo Jiménez re-joins the duo of Borja Díaz (drums) and Marco Serrato (bass and vocals) for their crushing new album Proceed, which is set to be released on the 30th June through Alone Records.
Now today, just over two weeks prior to the official release date, The Shaman can bring you the third single from this colossal album in the form of the behemoth track Abendot, which drummer and founding member Borja Díaz explains…
‘Abendrot is one of Marco‘s compositions. He wrote a rhythm where the accents, triplets and silences make the music a bit tricky and technical, like a slowed Confessor, but with a lot of space to make it heavy and interesting and with some minimalist movement on the guitars and bass to add colour.’
He continues, ‘It’s another song where we tried to approach stuff we’ve done previously (the slow and crushing punishment from our first release and the free-openness and palm mutes of the music we did as a duo) but looking forward, and Billy Anderson‘s production helped a lot to sound like a destructive explosion. The vocals add a lot to the desperate feeling of the song, and lyrically it is a tribute to the late Paul Quinn. Enjoy your time on Earth and PLAY IT LOUD.’
More On Orthodox & ‘Proceed’
Orthodox was born as a trio in Seville, Spain at the end of 2004. Starting from doom metal and absorbing influences from drone, jazz, and extreme metal, Orthodox represents one of the most relevant but unpredictable bands of the Spanish metal underground. After breaking through the international underground with their Gran Poder debut LP in 2006, Orthodox has released another six studio albums, multiple EPs, splits, singles, and more, through respected labels like Southern Lord, Utech Records, God Unknown, and long-running allies, Alone Records.
The band has performed at international festivals such as Hellfest, Roadburn, Supersonic, Amplifest, Primavera Sound, plus many others, and have collaborated with artists as diverse as Julian Cope and flamenco dancer Israel Galván, along with opening for Voïvod, High On Fire, Corrosion Of Conformity, and countless more.
Since 2014, Orthodox has operated as a duo, with bassist/vocalist Marco Serrato and drummer Borja Díaz handling all recording and live performances. However, Proceed sees the return of guitarist Ricardo Jiménez to the lineup for the first time since 2011’s Baal. To capture this mammoth album, in November 2021, Billy Anderson (Sleep, Melvins, High On Fire, Om, Neurosis, EyeHateGod) was flown to La Mina Studios in Sevilla, Spain, and recorded the album with assistant engineers Raúl Pérez and Nacho García. Anderson mixed the record at his Everything Hz back in Portland, Oregon, after which it was sent to Justin Weiss at Trakworx in San Francisco, California for mastering. Proceed was completed with artwork and illustrations by Fernando Rivas and layout/design by José Postigo.
Proceed represents Orthodox‘s return to its original essence, but also a step forward as a band. After a multitude of different projects around the band and a long way traveled, they are back to reel off heavy riffs like a three-headed juggernaut.
01. Past Seers
03. Rabid God
05. The Son, The Sword, The Bread
06. The Long Defeat
Marco Serrato – Bass, Vocals
Borja Díaz – Drums
Ricardo Jiménez – Guitar
Proceed, the new crushing long-player from Orthodox is set to be released on 30th June through Alone Records, pre-orders for the vinyl and compact disc are available now over on the labels webstore.