Blackened sludge band EXDESTRIER are now streaming their song “To Glorious Oblivion” which is the first single from their upcoming EP Glorious Barbarism.
The band comments “ ‘To Glorious Oblivion’ is a song which musically channels the sludge / punk crossover of Surrounded by Theives era High on Fire whilst taking inspiration from the progressive death metal arrangements of Blackwater Park era Opeth. Lyrically, To ‘Glorious Oblivion’ is about terrible warriors charging into certain death and exulting in the demise and the havoc they will wreak.”
The creative process behind the EP involved a journey of discovery into what EXDESTRIER’s sound should be. Each member draws from a different musical background ranging from doom, to extreme metal and punk / hardcore. Together a common ground was found in progressive structures and combining elements of predominantly black metal and sludge. The band’s lyrical themes emerge from dark fantasy realms – tales of medieval landscapes, gruesome warriors and a looming gloom. From “To Glorious Oblivion” about terrible warriors charging into certain death and exulting in their demise, to “The Place of Grim Reckoning” – the aftermath of a forgotten war, frozen in ice, EXDESTRIER produce dark and heavy soundscapes.
Pounding percussion, powerful rhythms and technical riffs manifest an ominous mood across the tracks on Glorious Barbarism. The band showcase a distinctive style concocted from an array of genres which is enhanced with their own thematic twist.
Chris Smith – Bass and Vocals
Tommy Concrete (ex-THE EXPLOITED) – Guitar and Vocals
Didier Almouzni (ex-DRAGONFORCE, ex-RAZOR OF OCCAM) – Drums
Recorded by the band themselves in Edinburgh.
Mixed and mastered by Gwen Kerjan at Slab Sound Studio, France.
2. To Glorious Oblivion
3. The King and the Void
4. Mine Enemy the Sun
5. The Place of Grim Reckoning
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