Danish sludge trio RISING have confirmed the details of their forthcoming debut album, To Solemn Ash, set to be released through Exile On Mainstream Records this Autumn.
A seemingly out-of-place signing for the generally avant/stoner rock-based German imprint, RISING‘s honed, organic metal style caught the ear of Exile On Mainstream heads when the metal trio opened for label artist Celan in Copenhagen in 2009. Based on their devastating performance, RISING were subsequently invited to take part in the label’s massive annual South Of Mainstream Festival in 2010. That year they also played two full European tours, the second one with now-labelmates, Beehoover. Following further talks, RISING have been confirmed as the “first official metal band” to be signed to the label, who are now preparing to release the band’s massive To Solemn Ash debut.
Boasting over 48 minutes of pure thunder, the ten tracks of To Solemn Ash showcase the members of RISING bowing to metal gods Thin Lizzy, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, backed with the aggression born of thrash founders Mercyful Fate, Metallica and Celtic Frost, the whole time being fueled by a more modern, sludge-laden style of riffage devout fans of High On Fire, Kylesa and Mastodon will be instantly attached to. To Solemn Ash will be released on CD, 180-gram LP and digital formats, in Europe on October 24, 2011, and in North America sometime in November, with an official release date via the label’s stateside distribution by E1 Entertainment to be announced in the coming weeks. The album was produced by new producer talent Jakob Reichert Nielsen, mastered by Alan Douches (Converge, Mastodon, High on Fire) and features artwork of renowned Danish artist and music video director Jakob Printzlau aka Plastic Kid (Volbeat, lBMTH, Lack, Kashmir).
To Solemn Ash Track Listing:
2. Sea of Basalt
3. The Vault
4. Cohorts Rise
5. Hunter’s Crown
6. Through the Eyes of Catalysis
7. Under Callous Wings
9. Heir to the Flames
10. Seven Riders
More info on To Solemn Ash will be available in the coming weeks. Stay tuned on more updates on RISING‘s upcoming live activities through the remainder of the year and into 2012.