Everblack has been a long time coming, the announcement came in the earliest moments of the year leaving everyone and their mother on their toes. A couple of hoaxes later, I saw a video pop up late last night on a Facebook status from The Great Northern Blogkill and promptly reminded myself ‘fool me twice, shame on me’.
But it’s real and it’s here and it’s awesome.
Naturally, it’s some of the most slick and cohesive melodic death metal around, full of shredding leads and surprisingly catchy vocals. I’ve heard murmurs about it being different to the Ritual material but I can’t really hear that, it’s definitely got a slightly more traditional old-school vibe but it’s still the TBDM we’ve come to know and love and I’m digging it more and more with each and every listen. To top it all, the band have tapped artist Nick Keller to produce that wonderfully disgusting artwork you see above and, even better than that, the track contains the line ‘bladder and bowels into pants spent‘. Trevor Strnad is a beautiful poet.
Everblack will be released on the 11th of June through Metal Blade records.