Thursday, 30 January 2014
In fact, the band's sound is like a combination of melodic death and black metal, with Lilith Astaroth providing all vocals, and Morte McAdaver providing lyrics and guitar. The band formed in 2009 with Lilith and Morte, and have had a varied selection of other musicians involved. It's not easy to piece together the timeline, but by the time the first double-disc album, The Exinction Prophecies, was released in 2011 they had been joined by numerous (and various) members.
If it wasn't obvious from the title, the band's lyrical themes revolve largely around armageddon, total obliteration of the human race, angry gods, death and annihilation. Each album follows a consistent story, although the lyrics might be required to understand some of the growls and shrieks.
The other album to come from The Exinction Prophecies is Descent Of The Scarab Prophet. This tale is of a man who leaves the material plane into the Outer Realm to discover the secrets of the cosmos. What he discovers there is that the Old Ones are on their way to wipe out humanity, and the album is his prophecy of the on-coming destruction. The album finale weighs in at over nine minutes long and features five distinct parts providing a suitably epic end to the universe as we know it.
After the split-up in 2011 and reformation in 2012 the band took on yet more new members, including such glorious names as Prometheus B. Subrick, Defiler Thane and Shadow Khayoss. They then started work in earnest on album number ... erm ... two?
This second album comes in the form of Nemesis Engine, another tale of death and destruction, this time courtesy of the Lich Queen and an huge and varied army of undead creatures and vile weapons of mass destruction. Once again Lilith Astaroth is on vocal duties with Morte McAdaver on lyrics and guitars, and everyone else apparently joining in for the "mummified choir" on Scourge Of The Hierophant.
Nemesis Engine was released on 31st October 2013, and features enough catchy riffs, growls, screeches, and mummified groaning for any fan of melodic death metal, especially if they're not too fond of humans.
All Sorrowseed's albums are available on Bandcamp and can be streamed, so give them a listen.