“‘Shadows From The Cross’ is granite-heavy and gruesome, physically arresting and yet atmospheric — drenched in the sensations of pestilence and fleshly rot.” — No Clean Singing
Divina Autem Et Aniles is the imminent debut full-length from death/doom collective PULCHRA MORTE, featuring current and former members of Wolvhammer, Eulogy, Harkonin, Withered, and more.
In advance of its official unveiling next month, No Clean Singing is offering up an exclusive premiere of “Shadows From The Cross” issuing of the track: “‘Shadows From The Cross’ is granite-heavy and gruesome, physically arresting and yet atmospheric — drenched in the sensations of pestilence and fleshly rot. With a mid-paced gait that seems to lurch, the track is anchored by an ominous, heavy riff and hard-slugging, rapidly rattling drum beats. Jagged guttural growls, which elevate into ghastly howls, lend fury and fearsomeness to this dark and deathly ode, which is further embellished by an eerie darting riff and by leads that flicker and also ooze misery. And on top of all that, the music proves to be chillingly memorable and insidiously addictive.”
Notes vocalist Jason Barron, “This song is an interesting one for me, lyrically. It’s really a story of both the godly abandonment of people, but also people abandoning and sacrificing their gods. People realizing their own divinity, no need for any other gods.”
“It’s one of the more organic songs on the record,” adds guitarist Jeff Breden. “The composition came very naturally. Things that were going on in my life at the time were channeled into the song very naturally. I love the flow on this one.”
Stream “Shadows From The Cross” exclusively at No Clean Singing at THIS LOCATION.
Witness PULCHRA MORTE’s previously released videos for “Thrown To The Wolves” at “Soulstench” below.
Divina Autem Et Aniles was captured by PULCHRA MORTE guitarist/renowned producer/engineer Jarrett Pritchard (1349, Goatwhore, Wolvhammer, Gruesome, Exhumed, Brutality, etc.) at his own New Constellation Studios in Orlando, Florida, mastered by Chris Common (Tribulation, Primordial, Exhumed, Gruesome), and features the vocal talents of former Eulogy co-conspirator Heather Dykstra and cellist Naarah Strokosch as well as additional backing vocals by Tor Stavenes, AKA Seidemann of 1349 and Svart Lotus. It all comes swathed in the striking cover art of Jordan Barlow (Goatwhore, Haarp, Psychon Vex).
Divina Autem Et Aniles will be released on February 1st on CD and digitally via Ceremonial Records and is available for licensing in various territories. For physical preorders visit the official PULCHRA MORTE bandcamp page at THIS LOCATION.
Additionally, PULCHRA MORTE’s limited-edition seven-inch single featuring “Soulstench” on Side A and a rendition of Paradise Lost’s “The Painless” on Side B is still available in three color variants HERE.
PULCHRA MORTE began with an idea to recapture a feeling that has become increasingly scarce in the dense landscape of extreme music today: the manifestation of songs containing weight, atmosphere, and feeling. Forged by drummer/backing vocalist Clayton Gore and vocalist Jason Barron, formerly of St. Louis staple Harkonin, with guitarist Jeffrey Breden in 2017, the trio began writing songs with the intention of recapturing the purpose of greats from the late-‘80s through early-‘90s doom-laden death metal scene, a point where feeling superseded technicality. During this process, Gore contacted long-time friend and cocreator, producer/engineer Jarrett Pritchard, the two of them enjoying a thirty-year friendship and collaboration from the days of the seminal Tampa, Florida-based death metal band Eulogy.
Joining forces, the band completed the recording of their debut album Divina Autem Et Aniles with Pritchard taking on bass and auxiliary guitar duties as well as producing and engineering the album. Full rehearsals took place in Chicago over the summer of 2018, with Dylan Kilgore of Withered being recruited to play bass while Pritchard moved to full-time guitar. Band intact, the rehearsals yielded excellent results, and from these sessions a proper video for first single “Soulstench” was generated. In its wake, PULCHRA MORTE unleashed a limited edition seven-inch of “Soulstench” with a beautiful tribute to Paradise Lost — a cover of Gothic classic “The Painless” — occupying its B-side as an exclusive.
PULCHRA MORTE is planning a number of appearances throughout 2019 in support of Divina Autem Et Aniles and are already hard at work on the follow-up album.
“Breaking from expectation’s mold, the quintet eschews fast and furious death metal for the sort of elegant doom/death first oozed out by the Peaceville three…” — Decibel