As Seattle avant metal outfit BLACKQUEEN prepares to release their new LP, The Destructive Cycle, this Friday, the album is now streaming early exclusively through Kerrang! Magazine, alongside an interview with the band.
Founded by life-long punk/metal scene veterans having played with Florida grindcore outfit Assück and avant sludge outfit Wormwood, among others, BLACKQUEEN unleashes a haunting and intriguing amalgam of metal infused with a wide array of elements. The Destructive Cycle features both guest vocals and artwork contributions from Paul Pavlovich of Assück and Wrest of Leviathan and Lurker Of Chalice.
Kerrang! writes in part within their feature, “The album is still full of cavernous moments of ritualistic chanting and echoing guitars… the band charges in a stampede blackened arch-thrash that feels like a spiked gauntlet around their esoteric spiritual moments. Songs like ‘Feed The Worm’ and ‘Infinitesimal’ show off their range, giving fans an example of something richer than black metal, more sepulchral than thrash, and sharper than doom — a perfect taste of that sweet spot right in the middle.”
Stream BLACKQUEEN’s The Destructive Cycle LP early only at Kerrang! RIGHT HERE.
The Destructive Cycle will see release this Friday, November 22nd digitally via the band and on CD via Super Sargasso. The vinyl version will see release through Roman Numeral Records in January. Find preorders for all formats at Bandcamp HERE.
The Destructive Cycle was recorded and mixed by Brandon Fitzsimons at Airport Grocery, and mastered by Scott Craggs at Old Colony Mastering with additional engineering by Jeremy Davis, the record features guest vocals from Paul Pavlovich (Assück) on “Needle Grinding Well,” “Infinitesimal,” and “Calefactorum Occulta,” and Wrest (Leviathan, Lurker Of Chalice) on “The Sorcerer’s Jian.” The album is completed with cover art by Wrest and the LP version features design by Pavlovich, who will release the vinyl on his own Roman Numeral Records, the CD to see release by Super Sargasso, and the digital via handled by BLACKQUEEN.
The Destructive Cycle is written based on Taoist five element theory. The band always strives to write music that creates dark and powerful soundscapes while at the same time embracing the deep esoteric knowledge of many cultures, from the powers of the known universe, into the unknown beyond; a musical representation of the powers of nature being channeled through a human host, and of the fear born from its misunderstood creative and destructive elements.