With the release of The Palms Of Sorrowed Kings, the third LP by cherished Minnesota medieval metal act OBSEQUIAE, nearing release later this month through 20 Buck Spin, the title track to the album has been posted.
For the third time in a decade, a new dawn rises over the castle ruins. OBSEQUIAE once more lowers the gates and emerge from the keep, to regale the townsfolk with tales of another age via heroic hymns of majesty and high adventure on The Palms Of Sorrowed Kings.
The most immersive and hyper-focused album from OBSEQUIAE to date, The Palms Of Sorrowed Kings features a heightened sense of rhythmic definition, greater care in the depth of layers and a shimmering clarity that elevates the uniquely realized character of a band unlike any other. Sweeping and vast, the otherworldly scope of the guitars, the anachronistic harp interludes, the percussive precision and the range of ancient melodic beauty open portals to the immemorial.
The Palms Of Sorrowed Kings is an album singularly concerned with creating a captivating world to become willfully lost in, setting itself on a path that few now trod but a realm that OBSEQUIAE towers over like the noblest kings. Fans of Bathory, Eucharist, Varathron, Dawn, Macabre Omen, Summoning, Rotting Christ, early In Flames, Opeth, and Abigor take note.
The Palms Of Sorrowed Kings will see CD, LP, and digital release via 20 Buck Spin on November 22nd. Preorders can be preordered at the label webshop HERE and at Bandcamp HERE where “L’autrier M’en Aloie,” “Ceres In Emerald Streams,” “In The Garden Of Hyacinths” and the title track are playing.
OBSEQUIAE will perform live including at several festivals in 2020. Watch for additional audio samples from the record and more to be issued over the weeks ahead.
“Anderson has an uncanny ability to write and perform music that is at once delicate and muscular, somehow binding together rabid extremity and trad-metal melodies that feel positively ancient into cohesive creations… this year’s third chapter is as gratifying and as compellingly listenable as the band has ever been.” – Decibel Magazine
“A swarm of interlocking leads instantly evokes the unreal, an idealized past drawn from myth more than history – and I’m left with an intense sense of displaced longing, a sense of loss tied only to my own dwindling imagination. It’s a feeling worth chasing.” – Stereogum
“…physical low-end pulse and occasionally rampant blasting are potent, but it’s those glorious rippling and winding melodies that have the starring role, rooting the music in that same lost age as Vicente’s harp, and sending the heart soaring along with them.” – No Clean Singing
“…for all the band’s folk-metal trappings, the Minneapolis-based band know their way around classic heavy metal hooks and riffs, and pack this epic, soaring piece of music full of them…” – Treble
“…an absolute monster of a release… A mesmerizing listen and a record that will continually leave you in awe…” – Two Guys Metal Reviews