When PARADISE LOST guitarist Greg Mackintosh put to rest his VALLENFYRE side project in 2018, he closed a difficult, but an ultimately cathartic period in his life. Created as a tribute to his father John, who passed away in 2009, VALLENFYRE originally served as a sounding board for GregÆs grief, but then delved into his nihilistic take on the world. VALLENFYREÆs brief existence was intentional ù the band always knew they could go no further than the three studio albums that bore their name. A mere few days after VALLENFYRE played its last live show in September 2018, Mackintosh announced the formation of a brand-new band, STRIGOI. Named after the troubled spirits in Romanian mythology who could rise from the grave and assume an entirely different form, STRIGOIÆs lineup is rounded out by former EXTREME NOISE TERROR and VALLENFYRE bass player Chris Casket. (PARADISE LOST drummer Waltteri Võyrynen provided studio drums but will not be a full-time member.) Recorded at his Black Planet studio between January and March 2019, the resultant 12-song ôAbandon All Faithö debut finds Mackintosh culling from his love of old-school death metal, grindcore and punk for a visceral, but cinematic offering of extreme metal. Whereas VALLENFYRE was down-and-dirty, crusty and often ôin the gutter,ö STRIGOI conjures feelings of both dread and hostility, laced with MackintoshÆs trademark lead guitar lines and biting death metal roar. ôAbandon All Faithö boasts a wide dichotomy of tracks, from less-than-two-minute d-beat grinders (æNocturnal VerminÆ, æThrone of DisgraceÆ), disharmonic death metal heaves (æPhantomsÆ, æParasiteÆ) to its arguable standout numbers, æCarved into the SkinÆ and the title track. Both cuts incorporate oppressive melodies, and in the case of the closing title track, minor strokes of orchestration. æCarved into the SkinÆ was the first song Mackintosh wrote for STRIGOI, providing him with an early signpost of where to take the project.
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Packaging: CD Regular
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