British melodic black metallers Old Corpse Road have signed to the resurrected cult UK record company Cacophonous Records and have announced their sophomore album “Of Campfires and Evening Mists” for May 27th, 2016. Following 2012’s debut album “Tis Witching Hour“, which focused on the dark and Gothic, ”Of Campfires and Evening Mists” saw a natural progression to a more illuminating album. Initially inspired by a Wiccan gathering, Old Corpse Road use the principle of the druid rites to conjure images of gathering in the Autumnal wilderness, sharing old tales. The album, which is approximately 65 minutes long, is broken into 3 parts; “The Opening of the Circle“, where story tellers and listeners gather, “The Rite” where tales of legends, which were carefully selected by the band to suit the atmosphere of the album, are told, and lastly “The Closing of the Circle“, where storytellers bid farewell to those gathered. With their own creative twist on black metal, Old Corpse Road are pushing the boundaries in extreme music. Special edition boxsets are available from the band at their webshop. Old Corpse Road have already unveiled the cover artwork, the album tracklist and a short trailer that you can watch below.
And as The Dreamer (percussion and ambience) says: “Of Campfires and Evening Mists has been a long time project, and is a work of blood, sweat and determination. The band has worked tirelessly to make sure that every aspect of the album, from the artwork to the music, represents our darkened take on British folklore in its purest form. The music flows from fierce black metal through to powerful melodic passages and onto serene yet haunting moments. We have taken time to fully explore the moods and themes of each story, leading to long but enthralling songs“.
1. Opening the Circle – Of Campfires and Evening Mists
2. The Whispers of Long Meg through the Solstice
3. Herne of Windsor Forest
4. Pendle – Daughters of the Black Moon
5. Sorrow through Pendle Woods
6. The Great Thunderstorm
7. Peg Powler
8. Closing the Circle – Hail and Farewell
The Bearer – guitars, vocals
The Revenant – guitars, vocals
The Wanderer – bass, spoken word
The Dreamer – percussion and ambience
The Watcher – keyboards, vocals