Next week, North Carolina-grown blackened thrash trio ALL HELL will drop the molten fruits of the The Grave Alchemist full-length,a twelve-track, narrative-driven, horror-based concept album that weaves a tale of alchemy, necromancy, and vampirism over the span of three centuries. As a precursor to its release, today BrooklynVegan premieres the band's "Laid To Unrest" video.
"As The Grave Alchemist is essentially an album in two parts, we felt that Side A (Side Solve) needed to end with what felt like an album closer, thus the nature of 'Laid To Unrest,'" elaborates vocalist/guitarist Jacob Curwen. "Conceptually, this song represents the dissolution of the Alchemist; a temporary state of 'death' analogous to the 'dark night of the soul,' linked to the alchemical processes of Putrefactio and Fermentatio. The Alchemist is struck down for his crimes and buried alive as he utters the Words of his Return. . .The video takes cues from German Expressionists, particularly Wiene and Murnau, whose silent works, infused with dark and powerful symbolism, have now haunted viewers for nearly a century."
Adds BrooklynVegan, "Part sludgy punk, part speed metal, and part gnarly black metal, it defies easy categorization and sounds very natural doing so. If Motörhead and The Stooges ever recorded a song together, and then Bathory covered it, it might sound something like this."
View "Laid To Unrest," now playing at BrooklynVegan at THIS LOCATION.
And if you missed it, check out "I Am The Mist," courtesy of Decibel Magazine, at THIS LOCATION and "Vampiric Lust," still streaming at No Clean Singing, at THIS LOCATION.
ALL HELL's The Grave Alchemist is a potent blend of violence, mysticism, psychology, and the occult, distilled into an aural elixir of Blood and Gold. Captured by Kris Hilbert (The Body) and mastered by Joel Grind (Toxic Holocaust), the record will see worldwide release via Prosthetic Records April 14th on CD, LP, and digital formats. For preorders, visit THIS LOCATION.
ALL HELL will bring their odes of odium to the stage for a short run of live dates this Spring with additional live incursions in the plotting stages.
4/27/2017 The Nick - Birmingham, AL w/ New Masters Of Evil
4/28/2017 529 - Atlanta, GA w/ New Masters of Evil
4/29/2017 Drkmttr - Nashville, TN
4/30/2017 The Pilot Light - Knoxville, TN
5/04/2017 Slim's Downtown - Raleigh, NC
5/05/2017 Raw Ink Live - Gaithersburg, MD
5/06/2017 Century Bar - Philadelphia, PA
5/07/2017 Gallery 5 - Richmond, VA
Spawned in the dark hills of Asheville, North Carolina in 2013 and influenced by a wide array of genres from punk to thrash to "first wave" black metal to '80s deathrock and beyond, ALL HELL has relentlessly churned out their stygian works while spreading their volatile live show to eager audiences.
ALL HELL self-released their debut, The Devil's Work, in 2014 and played with bands such as 1349, Black Tusk, Ghoul, and labelmates, Skeletonwitch. A year later, ALL HELL released their second offering, The Red Sect, which was released through HPGD Productions. Prosthetic Records soon signed the band and reissued the album on LP and CD worldwide. ALL HELL hit the road in support of that album, sharing the stage with the likes of Venom Inc., Toxic Holocaust, Lord Dying, Ramming Speed, Horrendous, and many more.
With the release of The Grave Alchemist, ALL HELL has expanded their sound while infusing different elements to create a unique blend all their own. Fans of Bathory, Celtic Frost, Samhain, Satyricon, Skeletonwitch, Goatwhore, Toxic Holocaust and the like, pay heed.
"...meaner than a famished wolf pack who've just caught the scent of prey." - No Clean Singing