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Thursday, October 8, 2015

This Gift Is A Curse unleash new album in full


This Gift Is A Curse are now unleashing their forthcoming album 'All Hail The Swinelord', which has been scheduled for worldwide release on the 16th of October. The Swedish sludge black metal beasts are streaming their crushing new full-length exclusively via the official media partners below.

Metal Obsession (AU)
Metal Hammer (DE)
Rockzone (ES)
La Grosse Radio (FR)
Rocking (GR)
Lángoló Gitárok
Metal Wani (IN)
Andfari (IS)
Metalitalia (IT)
Lords of Metal (NL)
Ultraje (PT)
Metal Hammer (UK)

The band comments: "We feel that 'All Hail the Swinelord' is the band's best and most refined work yet. This concerns both our musical vision as well as its occult themes. The sharp violent chaos comes from the same black sludgy source as before. Yet this time, we are stabbing with more precision and aim, because we now know where to strike to deliver some real damage!"

This Gift Is A Curse have already unveiled the artwork for 'All Hail The Swinelord', which can be viewed together with the tracklist below.


Tracklisting
1. Swinelord
2. New Temples
3. Rites
4. XI: For I Am The Fire
5. Hanging Feet
6. Old Lies
7. We Use Your Dead As Vessels
8. Askrådare

Regarding their album, This Gift Is A Curse explain: "When entering the studio, we were determined not to repeat what was done on previous recordings - instead we wanted to broaden our spectra of sound, making it even more dark and vicious at the same time letting melodies have a place as well as suggestive drone soundscapes. To be able to push our boundaries even further, we borrowed hands from fellow musicians, whom we had gotten to know during the years. This album thus contains guest vocals by Lillie Lindahl (Promise and the Monster, Ştiu Nu Ştiu), Johan G. Winther (Scraps of Tape) and Christina lom (Agrimonia). Their talent added a new dimension to the songs and to the album as an entity. The name of the record is "All Hail the Swinelord", and the record itself is a thematic album about the self-inflicted process of dehumanization and the loss of all notions of what we consider existence. A metaphysical and ritual guideline for the crossing of the final threshold. Into the shadows, to touch His black crown… "


This Gift Is A Curse vomit forth a steady stream of pitch-black venomous hate. The Swedes passionately demonstrate that black metal remains fertile ground for new sounds. Combining elements of hardcore and sludge with influences from occult black metal as well as drone, 'All Hail The Swinelord' sets a new benchmark for vitriolic viciousness and massive sonic onslaught. The sophomore full-length of the band from Stockholm has turned out to be a vision of darkness that seeks its equal. This Gift Is A Curse were founded in Stockholm by a fateful chance meeting of vocalist Jonas A. Holmberg and drummer Johan Nordlund in late summer 2008. The duo soon recruited guitarist Patrik Andersson and Lars Gunnarsson on bass. In March 2010 the Swedish four-piece entered the legendary Sunlight Studios (Entombed, Katatonia, Tiamat, Dismember and many more) and recorded their self-titled debut EP with the aid of producer Tomas Skogsberg. 'This Gift Is A Curse' (2010) was well received in the underground and led to the band being invited to perform many shows in their homeland and Europe. During the second half of 2011, This Gift Is A Curse recorded their first full-length 'I, Gvilt Bearer' at a secret location north of Stockholm. Their producer Magbjork (Meleeh, Children Of Fall) moved his studio to this specific location to allow the band to unlimited record possibilities. Released in 2012, the album caused a buzz that reached beyond the underground and quickly sold out its first pressings. More touring followed during the next two years. In 2014, This Gift Is A Curse teamed up with Magbjork once again to record 'All Hail The Swinelord' in an abandoned house close to Stockholm. This monstrous black beast is now ready to be unleashed unto an already anticipating world. Brace for impact!

Line-up
Jonas A. Holmberg: vocals
Lars Gunnarsson: bass
Johan Nordlund: drums
Patrik Andersson: guitars & vocals

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