ABHORIA have premiered Sunless – the third single to be taken from their upcoming self-titled debut album – and its accompanying music video via Decibel Magazine. Sunless‘ visual was produced by Chariot of Black Moth, setting ABHORIA‘s dystopian black metal to disquieting black and white footage of barren wastelands and forlorn figures.
Sunless will be available to stream via all platforms on January 14. Abhoria is due out on February 4 via Prosthetic Records – pre-order the album here.
Speaking on the premiere, Vor (guitars) comments: “While the majority of our debut album is primarily rooted in aggressive black metal, Sunless closes things on a more epic note. This track was written to evoke the hopelessness of the dystopian landscape on which the album is built. I feel like Sunless goes hand in hand with Adam Burke’s cover art: you can imagine desperate people slogging through an unrelenting wasteland in the vain hope that they’ll find salvation.”
ABHORIA recorded their debut album remotely, with each member contributing their elements from afar. In fact, the band only met up – and played together – after the album had been recorded. The record was engineered, mixed and mastered by Shane Howard (Martriden, Helleborus) at Sawn & Quartered Studios; Shane was able to capture the raw brutality of the band, but with a layer of slick, modern metal production. A final visual flourish came courtesy of the distinctive cover artwork by fan-favorite Adam Burke.
ABHORIA’s modern take on a classic genre relies less on traditional black metal tropes and leans toward capturing the bleak landscape of an unforgiving world in sonic form. Through their lyrical storytelling, the band explores the darkest corners of the human psyche across the album’s unrelenting eight tracks. First single, Mountebank, focuses on a con artist offering the promise of a better life for only a “small sacrifice…”. Unevangelized looks at a despondent group fighting back against those offering “salvation” through religion. Grave Expectations explores a mysterious benefactor who lures people in only to hunt them for game.
ABHORIA invite you to discard your preconceptions of the genre, and embrace a take on black metal that reflects the relentless bleakness of a world not far from our own.
1. False Idols
3. The Thorn
4. Byzantine Promises
5. Grave Expectations