Polish black/death metal tyrants AZARATH have signed a new record deal with Agonia Records in 2017. Their last release with the label was the 2009 offering "Praise The Beast". The band is excpected to release a new album, successor to "Blasphemers' Maledictions" from six years ago, in April.
Described by Blabbermouth.com as a "demonic mutation of Krisiun and Behemoth with shades of Immolation", AZARATH stand up to their wicked name. The band's death metal is crisp, black, and while it possesses the charm of their American counterparts, it remains open-minded and organic. This should not come as a surprise, considering the band's impressive line-up and cemented position as one the the best Polish acts of the genre.
AZARATH crept from the shadows almost two decades ago, by the will of Inferno (of longtime Behemoth fame) and then-members Bruno and D. Six albums later, the band's line-up is shaped by the said Behemoth drummer, together with Bart (Armageddon, Damnation) on guitars, Necrosodom (Anima Damnata, Deus Mortem, ex-Infernal War) on vocals and guitars, as well as Peter (ex-Lost Soul) on bass.
Both the debut album "Demon Seed" (2001) as well as its follow-up "Infernal Blasting" (2003) have established AZARATH as a medium for ungodly sonic terror. The group caught momentum right away, setting several Polish cities aflame while accompanying Vader on their "Revelations 2002" tour and by playing selected headline shows. The year 2006 saw the release of another sulphurous whip, "Diabolic Impious Evil". The album was followed by the "Blitzkrieg IV" and "Legions of Death Attack" tours with Vader, Trauma, Stillborn and Deception respectively. AZARATH's notoriety continued to rise.
2009 was a breakthrough time for AZARATH. In May, the fourth full-length, "Praise the Beast" was unleashed upon the world via Agonia Records. The group has decimated the audiences at such events as Inferno Festival (Norway), Devilstone Fest (Lithuania) and Party.San Metal Open Air (Germany). In October, the horde was part of the "Nowa Ewangelia" tour on which it spread terror with Behemoth inter alia.
The congregation recorded the "Holy Possession" single and the fifth album entitled "Blasphemers' Maledictions" in 2011. The latter can easily be perceived as AZARATH's most sophisticated work to date. While maintaining the sense of venomous blasphemy, the record adds a multitude of new qualities to the band's sound such as sinister atmosphere and eerie melodies. The Poles supported this effort on the domestic tour with the legendary Bulldozer, Witchmaster and Deus Mortem, as well as Hatefest 2011 featuring Triptykon, Marduk and Kataklysm, and numerous European festivals.
In 2017 AZARATH released "In Extremis". Meaning "at the point of death" or "under extreme circumstances" in Latin, the album is yet another apex reached by AZARATH. Offering a vehement ride through the netherworlds, the effort arrives six long years after its predecessor, "Blasphemers' Maledictions" (2011), and places the band back at the fore of the genre, with strong ties to the group's early cult albums. Black as a night and dense as tar, "In Extremis" offers a whirlwind of chaotic currents ready to overwhelm. Recorded in various locations between March and November 2016, the opus was mixed and mastered by Haldor Grunberg at Satanic Audio. Graphic design and layout were done by Mentalporn (Behemoth, Origin, Decapitated) with calligraphy provided by Ihasan Art and additional work by Holy Poison Design. The eerie painting that adorns the album's cover was made by Marta Promińska (Hypnagogic Painting).
2020 marked the coming of "Saint Desecration" - the band's third album of the decade and seventh to date. The album was once again recorded and mixed at Tall Pine Records with Haldor Grundberg (Satanic Audio) at helm, but this time round the band handed over mastering duities to Brad Boatright at Audiosiege Studio in Portland, Orgeon (USA). Marta Promińska of Hypnagogic Painting crafted the cover artwork and Aleksander Ikaniewicz shot new band photos. Skullripper stepped in as the band's new full-time vocalist, replacing Necrosodom.
The November release of "Saint Desecration" coincided with the surfeacing of AZARATH's first ever music video for monumental album closer "Beyond The Gates Of Burning Ghats", filmed by the renowned G13 production house.
Inferno - drums
Bart - guitars
Skullripper - vocals
Peter - bass
- Blasphemers' Malediction slipcase CD
- Blasphemers' Maledictions 12''LP (black)
- Blasphemers' Maledictions 12''LP (ox blood)
- Blasphemers' Maledictions 12''LP (silver)
- Blasphemers' Maledictions T-shirt + digital download
- In Extremis digipack CD w/ 36 pages booklet
- In Extremis hooded sweatshirt with zipper
- In Extremis hooded sweatshirt
- In Extremis 12''LP (black) w/ 20 pages booklet
- In Extremis 12'' gatefold LP (red) w/ 20 pages booklet
- In Extremis 12'' gatefold LP (white) w/ 20 pages booklet
- In Extremis 12'' gatefold PD w/ 20 pages booklet
- In Extremis T-shirt (model II )
- In Extremis T-shirt
- Praise the beast CD
- Praise the beast T-shirt
- Saint Desecration CD
- Saint Desecration Limited digipak CD
- Saint Desecration HSW w/ zipper + digital download
- Saint Desecration 12\'' gatefold LP (black)
- Saint Desecration Sweatshirt + digital download
- Saint Desecration T-shirt + digital download
- Saint Desecration CD + t-shirt I bundle
- Saint Desecration CD + t-shirt II bundle
- Saint Desecration Limited digipak CD + t-shirt I bundle
- Saint Desecration Limited digipak CD + t-shirt II bundle
- Saint Desecration Limited digipak CD + HSW w/zip bundle
- Saint Desecration Limited digipak CD + sweatshirt bundle
- Saint Desecration 12'' gatefold LP + HSW w/zip bundle
- Saint Desecration 12'' gatefold LP + sweatshirt bundle
- Saint Desecration - Reigning over the Death
T-shirt + digital download