New Noise Magazine is currently streaming A Path To Fire, the debut full-length from Baroque-influenced, post-black metal duo MORTAL THRALL in its entirety! The premiere arrives on the eve of the record’s official release May 20th via Trepanation Recordings.
Influenced by the likes of Blut Aus Nord, Bathory, Liturgy, Katatonia, Kauan, and Alcest as well as post-rock acts like Shiner, Hum, and Dead Now, and featuring a sterling drum performance by Jack Blackburn (Chaos Moon, Skáphe, Gardsghastr), A Path To Fire is a strikingly elaborate, richly-layered debut. The eight-track offering was recorded in Seattle, Washington, Houston, Texas, and Murfreesboro/Nashville, Tennessee, mixed by Mike Low (Inferi, Oubliette, Arkaik, Enfold Darkness), and mastered by Zak Denham at One By One Studios. The record comes cloaked in the outstanding cover art of Caelan Stokkermans.
Thematically set in the last days of the Spanish Inquisition, the album tells the story of one of the final victims – Maria de los Dolores Lopez – murdered by the church for “heresy” and whose story was buried by the Vatican until the early 1990s. Founding vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Todd Harris (ex-Oubliette, Battle Path) felt compelled to pay tribute to her horrendous fate, seeing disturbing parallels in the still-pervading influence and authority of religious power in the modern world which has been a personal point of contention throughout his life as a gay man.
Read more and stream MORTAL THRALL’s A Path To Fire at THIS LOCATION.
View the band’s previously released video for the record’s title track HERE.
A Path To Fire will be released on CD, cassette, and digital formats. Find preorders at THIS LOCATION.
MORTAL THRALL was forged in September 2020 by Harris with Christopher Scott Davis (synth, keyboards). Spontaneously conceptualised, written, and recorded over lockdown, A Path To Fire is an emotive fresco of intertwining guitar lines, stunning chord progressions, passionate vocals, textural synth, and martial drumming which evolved from Harris’ obsession with Renaissance paintings.
Todd Harris – guitar, bass, vocals, composition, lyrics
Christopher Scott Davis – synth, keyboards
Jack Blackburn – session drums
Mike Low – guest guitar on “A Path To Fire”
Emily Low – guest vocals on “One Soul, One Life”
Dylan Hawes-Glynn – Baroque guitar on “Flames (Interpolation)”
“[MORTAL THRALL] takes the post-black elements we’re familiar with and wraps them in far-ranging layers, whether it be classical harmonies from the Baroque period or modern electronic synth to add tonal punctuations to their fierce sound…” — Nine Circles