AGATHODAIMON‘s comeback, seven years after their release of “In Darkness,” is one not to miss: “The Seven,” the seventh studio album of the German frontrunners, will be released on March 18, 2022, via Napalm Records. AGATHODAIMON‘s brand new ten-track offering stays true to their old-school spirit hits with new vigor, one hard to pigeonhole due to its widespread musical styles, creating gloomy atmospheres with sharp growls and insane clear vocals. Prepare for an exceptional sonic universe!
Let yourself be consumed by AGATHODAIMON‘s obscure second single “Wolf Within,” released today with a gloomy lyric video. The song is drenched in a sense of pain and nostalgia, and with lyrics such as ‘Taste the sin and cross the horizon, the world goes gently up in flames,’ it’s impossible to overlook. An evocative guitar solo will guide to the peak of this doom-filled track and set the listener free from its spell with one last emotional chorus.
Founder, bandleader, and guitarist Sathonys on “Wolf Within”:
“We wanted to show a different side of the album with this song. While the first single sounded primarily aggressive and brute, ‘Wolf Within’ is just as dark, but a good bit more melodic and thanks to some quiet passages and Ashtrael‘s clear vocals also quite memorable. Enjoy this pre-taste of the upcoming album, and be sure to check out the lyric video, as it features some of the excellent artwork created to illustrate ‘THE SEVEN.'”
Formed in 1995 and entering the scene with their debut, “Blacken the Angel,” in 1998, bandleader Sathonys was temporarily forced to put AGATHODAIMON on hold in 2014 due to private circumstances. But the irrevocable fire of the band and their fans never went out, seeking a reawakening of this sonic, seething beast. The unit’s massive new outburst, “The Seven,” reveals extreme soundscapes amid a captivating concoction of evil, provoking, cutting dark metal and heroic symphonic black metal in the style of bands like CRADLE OF FILTH and CARACH AHGREN, but with their unique and very own multifaceted take. Thematically, as hinted by the album’s title, the full-length is centered around the momentous and symbolically powerful number seven and the seven deadly sins – sloth, greed, lust, gluttony, pride, wrath, envy – on ten tracks total, all addressed with religious themes that contrast with human beings and its original nature.
Sathonys about the album:
“Well, we took our time in creating this album. We had to make sure we (can) work together as a band after all these years, that the chemistry is there, that it feels organic to release another album after such a long break. To cut it short, we’re really looking forward to having ‘The Seven’ out, as we’re very satisfied with it. More than that, we’re proud of it. Typically, you can point a finger at one or two songs that really stand out from the rest, but here, you’ll feel the effort that was put into every song and every aspect. Not only in terms of songwriting but there’s also the artistic concept and visual artwork/realization delivered by the team of Credo Quia Absurdum, and excellent production under the supervision of our friend Kristian “Kohle” Kohlmannslehner (POWERWOLF, ABORTED, BENIGHTED, etc.). Usually, you have to be prepared to make compromises. ‘The Seven’ is far from that, as it is our most ambitious album to date.”
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Diving into this exciting construct with opener “La Haine,” the track lures the listener into the freezing, dark world of AGATHODAIMON, produced by long-time companion Kristian “Kohle” Bonifer (ABORTED, POWERWOLF, HÄMATOM amongst others), by building up a dense wall of thunderous sound, accented by a multifaceted vocal interpretation. Songs like massive first single “Ain’t Death Grand” and haunting “In my Dreams” roam between dense soundscapes, crushing instrumentals, and intense lyricism. “Kyrie / Gloria” on the other hand stomps more towards heavy doom metal, calling for a black mass with creeping darkness and desperate screams turning into harsh black metal parts, all topped by the guest appearance of BENIGHTED frontman Julien Truchan. Amid the tracklisting, there’s another special treat for fans lurking with epochal orchestration that paves the way for the remarkable performance of AGATHODAIMON‘s former vocalist, Romanian Vlad Dracul, on “Mother of all Gods.” It’s not only this very first collaboration since 1999 but “The Seven” as a whole, that showcases that AGATHODAIMON absolutely acing the balancing act of incorporating their past into a bright and exciting future.
“The Seven” tracklist:
1. La Haine
2. Ain’t Death Grand
3. Wolf Within
4. Ghosts of Greed
5. Mother of all Gods
7. In my Dreams (Part 1 – Prelude)
8. In my Dreams (Part 2 – In Bitterness)
9. Kyrie / Gloria
10. The Divine
“The Seven” will be available in the following formats:
1 – LP Gatefold Ocean Blue
1 – CD Digipak + T-Shirt Bundle (Napalm Records exclusive)
1 – CD Digipak
Sathonys – Guitar, clean vocals
Nakhateth – Guitar
Von Yanesh – Bass
Ashtrael – Vocals
Mortos – Drums