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On March 31st, 2023 Melodic Doom outfit Sermon will release their sophomore album, Of Golden Verse, via Prosthetic Records. For a first preview of this record, the new single, “Golden,” is out now, along with a visualizer video.
Sermon’s Him comments:
‘Golden’ is as close to a political song as I think Sermon will ever get to. A song that tells the tale about a reign, weighing down on those under it, until they are bound by it. It’s an important song to the record semantically and musically. It’s a pulsating build, that ascends to a ferocious musical climax.
‘Golden’ is the almost-title-track on of ‘Of Golden Verse’, an album themed on abuses of power; from an individual, cultural, religious and political level, with each song a fragment of that.
It’s been a long time coming and we can’t wait for the world to listen.
Sermon released their debut album, Birth of the Marvellous, back in 2019, led by the shadowy figurehead known only as Him. In the years between then and now, they say, “The world has become a darker, nastier place.”
Recorded at Grindstone Studios under the supervision of Producer Scott Atkins, Of Golden Verse was entirely written by Him, but the new songs reached their final state through a team effort.
James is the other side of this. I’ll give him the demo of a whole album and the drums will be written, and he likes me to do that, but when we get in the studio, he makes his suggestions and it often becomes this whole other thing. It wouldn’t sound remotely the same with another drummer. Meanwhile, Scott is the George Martin of the piece. So really Sermon is a trio. I give them something that’s fairly well formed, it’s almost there, and they add into it because they’re far more skilled than I am.