Johannesburg, South Africa: describing themselves as “symphonic groove metal”, Joburg’s Surdus have startled us with an edgy and dark sounding single to accompany an equally as sinister appearing artwork for their upcoming Tarnished By Decay album. The single, ‘Tulpa Effect’, features guest vocals by Mike Barker from Envious Despair, and captures the essence of what listeners can expect from the debut full length release.
“What does this album sound like? Well, it is very difficult to describe as it is quite unique. Some people will pick the melodic death metal influence and will label it such. Others will recognize elements of industrial metal, because of the crushing 7-string guitars. But one thing is for sure, there is tons of groove and with heavy orchestral foundation we have decided to label our brand of metal as Symphonic Groove Metal.” ~ Alec Larsen (guitar/vocals, Surdus)
Alec also describes the last ten months of work on Tarnished By Decay as having all of the band members’ love poured into it, with a specific focus on delivering the best possible quality results. Production was entrusted to Allen Purkiss of Dreamlab Studio (also produced albums by SacriFist, Spectral Realm, In Misery, Instrumetal, Gates of Aaru) for mixing and mastering. The delightful album art was delivered by Jason Modryc of Writhe Creations.
Surdus have been kind enough to also include the Tarnished By Decay track listing to provoke our imaginations:
1. Contritum Caelum
2. A New Kingdom (A New War)
3. Resemblance Is Dead
4. On March The Saints (featuring Klone Warz)
6. Beast Of The Sea
7. Void, Death And Snow
8. Silence Will Fall
9. Finis Crepusculum
10. Strip The Rot
11. Tulpa Effect (featuring Mike Barker)
12. Weather The Sun
Tarnished By Decay will be released in full sometime during October 2016. We wait with bated breath!
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