Italian Death Metal band Hierophant have released a second single and video from upcoming album Death Siege arriving via Season of Mist on August 26th, 2022 in digital and physical formats. The single “Crypt of Existence” continues their “war metaphors” and other questioning directions we’ll find on the new album.
Guitarist and vocalist Lorenzo Gulminelli recently commented that “controlled chaos” is something that “sums up pretty much what they stand for. Chaos with a sense, if you will”.
Since their previous album, Mass Grave in 2016, they released a two-track EP called Spawned Abortions which started suggesting their current direction aware from Hardcore roots and towards Metal influences. The band’s fourth full-length Death Siege was written during the first months of the pandemic, from March 2020 until May 2021, a dark period described by Gulminelli as:
…a long fucking long process but it was worth it. Until then, we were maybe missing a bit proper song structures and arrangements. In retrospect, Mass Grave is more grind-ish whereas the new is far more metal and riff-oriented. The songs are longer and have more things happening in them, the album is overall far more ambitious and more, well, musical.
Death Siege is full of war metaphors, lyrics about complete annihilation (‘Seeds Of Vengeance’, ‘Devils Incarnate’, Bloodbath Compendium’ etc.) and “fire, hatred and endless void”.
The sub-title for it could have been ‘impending doom’, it’s like you know something awful it’s going to happen and sweep the plate clean but no matter how hard you try, you won’t be able to stop it. That’s how I want the listeners to feel when they listen to this record. One could say that the album general state-of-mind is ‘no mercy, kill everybody’. Yep, that sums it up about right.