TÓMARÚM have premiered Condemned to a Life of Grief, the third single to be taken from their upcoming debut album Ash in Realms of Stone Icons, with an accompanying music video via Knotfest. The Atlanta, Georgia duo teamed up with Chariot of Black Moth for the track’s visual accompaniment – a stark black and white film of melancholic moving images set to Condemned to a Life of Grief’s emotive progressive black metal stylings.
Condemned to a Life of Grief is now available on all streaming platforms.
Speaking on the track premiere, Kyle Walburn (guitars, vocals, programming) comments: “Condemned to a Life of Grief was the first song written for the band, as well as my first real attempt writing music in general. Intended as an introductory track, the song makes use of buildup and repetition and gradually picks up the pace, ending triumphantly with a shred solo. Lyrically, the song describes the onset of my struggles with mental health, setting the story for our hour-long exercise in anguish.”
Formed in 2017, TÓMARÚM – which translates from Icelandic to “empty space” – cover topics such as depression, anxiety, loss, and worthlessness over songs inspired equally by atmospheric black metal and technical death metal. The band’s 2020 debut EP, Wounds Ever Expanding, quickly generated an online buzz and garnered praise for its effective fusion of atmospheric black metal and technical death metal – after which Kyle Walburn and Brandon Iacovella (guitars, vocals, contrabass) set to work on Ash in Realms of Stone Icons.
The seven tracks on Ash in Realms of Stone Icons feature session bass from Arran McSporran of VIRVUM, session drums from Spencer Moore of INFERI, and a beautiful cover painted by Mariusz Lewandowski, and display TÓMARÚM at their sharpest and most vulnerable to date with Ash in Realms of Stone Icons being the ultimate declaration of intent from a band with their sights set on breaking barriers.
Upcoming TÓMARÚM live show:
May 6 – Bogg’s Social & Supply – Atlanta, GA (Ash in Realms of Stone Icons release show)
Ash in Realms of Stone Icons tracklist:
- Introspection I
- Condemned to a Life of Grief
- In This Empty Space
- Introspection II
- Where No Warmth Is Found
- As Black Forms From Grey
- Awake Into Eternal Slumber