April 7, 2023 sees neo-pagan death metal force HEATHEN FORAY release their forthcoming, new album, entitled Oathbreaker, through Massacre Records. Following the previously-shared singles “Leben” and “Ahnenreih”, today, the band unleashed a music video for the heavy as hell album title track!
HEATHEN FORAY comments:
“The opening song, and album title track, “Oathbreaker” summarizes our environmental message. The mix of English and German lyrics is a first for the band. Old-school In Flames/ Dark Tranquillity grooves meet the band’s own signature style of folk melodies and crushing low-end.
Humanity has broken its oath to protect and nourish the world they live in. They are the betrayers and must repent.”
HEATHEN FORAY began their journey with the ambition to blend the heaviness of death metal with lighthearted and catchy melodies that will stay in your mind long after you heard them. This authentic mix, seasoned with folk music elements, paid off as the band’s sing-along themes and skull splitting riffs earned them a following of underground metal fans and media taste-makers.
Whereas other bands in the general vicinity of this genre mix tend to dress up in medieval clothing or play Vikings on stage, HEATHEN FORAY made a clear statement that their kinship with the Pagan ways is a modern interpretation of them. What else is a modern Pagan than an activist for a cleaner environment, sustainable living, and social solidarity? This led to their music often being described as “neo pagan metal” and their songs being advocates against climate-change and oppression.
The band’s new album Oathbreaker embraces these ideas both lyrically and musically. The album sees the band return to their melodic and uplifting musical roots that will remind fans much more of earlier albums like “The Passage” and “Armored Bards” rather than the much darker “Weltenwandel” from 2020. Oathbreaker was produced by Jürgen Brüder & Adam Train, and was mixed/mastered by Adam Train. Slated for a release on April 7, 2023, the album pre-sale is available via Massacre Records at THIS LOCATION!
Oathbreaker track listing:
- Heimdalls Spross
- 1000 Years Of Human Flesh
- Covenant Of Swords
HEATHEN FORAY Live:
18.-19.05.2023 AT Wien – Viper Room (Heathen Gathering)
23.-24.06.2023 SI Trbovlje – Cahn Fest
HEATHEN FORAY is:
Robert Schroll – Vocals
Jürgen Brüder – Guitars
Alex Wildinger – Guitars
Max Wildinger – Bass
Markus “Puma” Kügerl – Drums