Long-running Greek black metal legends, VARATHRON, have teamed up with Noisey to premiere a live version of the band’s classic song, ‘Unholy Funeral’, taken from their upcoming EP, “The Confessional Of The Black Penitents”, set to be released on October 23rd through Agonia Records. Stream the song at this location.
The track ‘Unholy Funeral’ has been recorded live in Larisa (Greece) on the 16th of May, 2015, amongst three other classic VARATHRON anthems; the four live songs along with three brand new tracks (with a total playling time of 40 minutes) make up “The Confessional Of The Black Penitents” EP.
The EP has been recorded and mixed at Infinite Loop Music Studio (Greece) and mastered by Tom Kvålsvoll at Strype Audio (1349, Arcturus, Darkthrone, Emperor, Code, Ulver) in Norway (except the live tracks, which were mastered by VARATHRON‘s guitarist, Achilleas Kalantzis).
The front cover artwork and layout include paintings by Carlos Schwabe (July 21, 1866 – 22 January, 1926); a Swiss Symbolist painter and printmaker.
The band commented: “Infernal warriors we salute you! The Abyssic Black Cult strikes again! “The Confessional… ” is the closing chapter of “Untrodden..” era. Featuring 3 brand new tracks of amazing occult atmosphere. For the first time we also include 4 live tracks from our show in Greece in 2015. Classic masterpieces from the dark past like “Unholy Funeral” and “Cassiopeia’s Ode” will be unleashed upon you!”
The EP will be available in:
– limited eko-pack (1000 copies),
– gatefold black MLP,
– gatefold colour MLP with poster (limited to 166 copies),
– digital formats,
– t-shirt and hsw.
01. The Confessional Of The Black Penitents
02. Sinister Recollections
03. Utter Blackness
04. Unholy Funeral*
05. Cassiopeia’s Ode*
06. Descent Of A Prophetic Vision*
07. Kabalistic Invocation Of Solomon*
* recorded live
VARATHRON‘s early albums are considered to be the cornerstones of the Hellenic black metal scene, alongside the releases of Necromantia and Rotting Christ, with whom the group shared members as well as similar fascination towards early style. Since their inception back in 1988, the band’s trademark are mid-paced riffs that have a classic, old-school feel strengthened by a progressive view, as well as epic atmospheres that only few can match.
The band’s last full-length album, “Untrodden Corridors Of Hades”, had its premiere in November 2014, after a five year break. More news on “The Confessional Of The Black Penitents” will follow shortly!
Black Flames of Blasphemy Festival, 13-14.11.2015 – Nosturi, Helsinki, Finland
Listen to the first released song, “Sinister Recollections”, at: