Death doom collective PULCHRA MORTE – featuring within their ranks past/current members of Skeletonwitch, Wolvhammer, Eulogy, and more – will unleash their anticipated Ex Rosa Ceremonia full-length next month via Transcending Records. In advance of the record’s release, Decibel Magazine is pleased to unveil “The Archer & The Noose,” featuring the stunning guest vocals of returning collaborator Heather Dykstra and cellist Naarah Strokosch, for public feasting.
Notes vocalist Adam Clemans of the track, “‘The Archer & The Noose’ is easily one of my favorite pieces on the record. Collaborating with Heather was very enjoyable as well. She’s a properly trained singer and I thought it was very interesting that, without talking directly, we ended up writing the same melody for the clean sung section. It was meant to be.”
Adds Decibel, “On their debut full-length album the stateside procession brought brutal melody back to the death-doom genre, simultaneously breaking the rules of modern death-doom while invoking a spirit long-absent from the scene…Today we have the pleasure of presenting our readers with another single from [upcoming full-length] Ex Rosa Ceremonia. Guest vocalist Heather Dykstra and guest cellist Naarah Strokosch return to help PULCHRA MORTE crush breath-taking death-doom to move even the most callus hearts…”
Stream “The Archer & The Noose,” now playing at Decibel Magazine, at THIS LOCATION.
Stream previously released track “Knife Of The Will,” Ex Rosa Ceremonia‘s title track, and “The Serpent’s Choir,” which includes guest vocals provided by dozens of contributors including members of 1349, Immolation, Exhumed, Black Tusk, Mondo Generator, Scour, Exhorder, and more, HERE.
With drums recorded to tape in the analog environment of Earth Analog Studios, and guitars, bass, vocals, and cellos captured at New Constellation RPM, the nine-track Ex Rosa Ceremonia carries on where the band’s Divina Autem Et Aniles debut left off conjuring often alarmingly weighty psalms focused on atmosphere, feeling, and flow. The record was produced, engineered, and mixed by the band’s own Jarrett Pritchard at New Constellation, mastered by Maor Appelbaum (Faith No More, Halford, Sepultura) at Maor Appelbaum Mastering, and features cover art by Brian Sheehan, as well as a guest lead from Jay Fernandez (Brutality).
PULCHRA MORTE’s Ex Rosa Ceremonia will be released on CD, limited LP, and digitally. For physical preorders in North America, go to THIS LOCATION and for Europe go HERE. For digital preorders, go to THIS LOCATION.
PULCHRA MORTE – comprised of Adam Clemans (Skeletonwitch, Wolvhammer), John Porada (Wolvhammer, Abigail Williams), Jarrett Pritchard (Eulogy), Clayton Gore (Eulogy, Harkonin), and Jeffrey Breden (Leagues Below) – began in 2017 with the intent to recapture the purpose of greats from the late-’80s through early-’90s doom-laden death metal scene, a point where feeling superseded technicality. The band released their debut full-length Divina Autem Et Aniles in 2019. The record reaped the praise of media outletsboth Stateside and abroad with Decibel Magazine noting, “With Pritchard behind the knobs… the record’s in capable hands to conjure the somber serenades of early Anathema. But with PULCHRA MORTE, Pritchard takes melodic death-doom oddities like Visceral Evisceration’s Incessant Desire For Palatable Flesh or Pyogenesis’ Ignis Creato and polishes their rough casket wood.” Brutalism lauded the band’s, “Brilliant riffs, beautiful melodies, and haunting atmosphere” while Grizzly Butts proclaimed, “I did not merely collapse under its striking invocations of sorrow or the plodding, romanesque strings of melodic lead that highlight each track, PULCHRA MORTE‘s sourly dire debut pressed life’s most troubling concerns as a rifle against my temples.”
The band played various shows throughout the US in support of Divina Autem Et Aniles, including the Full Terror Assault Open Air V festival, as well as several sold-out shows in support 1349’s North American tour with Uada and Cloak before entering the studio in September of that year to record their next chapter: Ex Rosa Ceremonia.
“…another very promising taste of this album, thick and heavy and with a perfect balance between melody and aggression, and PULCHRA MORTE really nailed it on assembling that choir.” – BrooklynVegan on “The Serpent’s Choir”
“…the title track roars, broods, slithers and grinds about its cemeterial ritual. Vocalist Adam Clemens’ range really shines here, kicking between blackened abandon and aggressive death/doom apropos weight.” – Grizzly Butts on “Ex Rosa Ceremonia”