20 Buck Spin proudly welcomes Portland’s brooding and diverse metal outfit, NIGHTFELL, to the label’s ranks, and is preparing to release the band’s crushing Darkness Evermore sophomore LP later this year.
Comprised of main members Todd Burdette (Tragedy, His Hero Is Gone, Warcry, etc) and Tim Call (Aldebaran, Mournful Congregation, Sempiternal Dusk, Saturnalia Temple, etc), in 2014, Portland’s NIGHTFELL stormed decisively onto the worldwide metal scene with their forceful debut album The Living Ever Mourn, which was released through a cooperation between Southern Lord and Parasitic Records. Now, having further fortified their ominous fusion of shadowed disharmony, the band now marches forward with Darkness Evermore, a commanding display of power, tension and dynamics.
Once more defying easy classification, Darkness Evermore seethes with NIGHTFELL‘s fiery, apocalyptic energy from the opening moments of ”At Last” until the final ”Collapse” and through the cycle of ”The Cleansing” and ”Rebirth” in between. Ranging from short respites to more than ten minute epic pieces, the album’s blackened guitar harmonies and bleak melodies provide a somber counterpoint to the massive, imposing riffs strewn about the record like bodies on a war torn field. Unsurprisingly considering the primary members’ other musical outlets, the immense ferocity of the vocals exact a heavy toll and agonizing dread. As on the debut LP great care has been taken on the production and mastering side of Darkness Evermore to ensure a brutally heavy mix with a punishing low end that maintains clarity throughout. As with their debut, the new album was recorded and mixed at Red Lantern Studios by Evan “Maus” Mersky and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Yob, Integrity, From Ashes Rise), both in Portland, and bears cover art paintings created by Carl Auge (His Hero Is Gone).
Darkness Evermore will see release via 20 Buck Spin on CD and digital on September 11th, followed by a 12” vinyl release in early November. The album’s art, track listing, samples of its brutalizing audio and more will be released in the immediate, bleak days ahead.
Poised to make the shift from studio project to live band in the coming months, NIGHTFELL’s second LP signals a new birth for a band only beginning to make its indelible mark.