US-based death doom unit Dusk will release their first new album in 28 years Dissolve Into Ash come December 8. Much like their 1995 debut …Majestic Thou in Ruin, Dusk offers only the most miserable doom-laden death metal they could possibly conjure.
“Birthed out of the Covid pandemic, the inspiration of the material for this release was an overall sadness,” said Dusk of the album. “The purpose of this album is to somehow musically equate the overall demise of mankind; an almost apocalyptic/end days atmosphere. The title Dissolve Into Ash was derived from an ancient Latin funeral dirge entitled ‘Dies Irae’.
“The section of the chant focused on is translated into English as: ‘The Day of Wrath, that Day Will Dissolve the World in Ashes / How great will be the Quaking / When the Judge is about to Come.’ This verse contains the overall feeling of being overwhelmed by this life and the mental torment that exists during these times. This is the darkest album that Dusk has ever recorded. Exploring the deepest depressive depths of the soul.
“The opening track ‘Beacon Obscured’ embraces the entire inspiration for the release. The song opens with a doom-laden intercessory moan that encompasses the full desolation of mankind, then progresses toward a hauntingly original rendition of ‘Dies Irae’ performed by Dana Ignarski.
“The other tracks feature raw and brutal vocals mixed that seem to have found new life. Musically this album contains the obvious death/doom riffs, and progresses to some slight black metal influences.
“The band worked tirelessly to try to make the sound as massive as possible without sounding overproduced. Dusk also tried to stay true to their old school death doom roots, since not having recorded a full length since 1995, and at the same time ushering in a new modern version of the band. Fans of old school and new fans who never heard of Dusk should be pleased with the result.”
Dissolve Into Ash produced by David Pietila at SourceTrack Studio. Pre-orders are available here.
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