If you’re not accustomed with the flesh-ripping death-thrash from Holland’s Legion of the Damned, get your alpha with “The Widow’s Breed,” the aboriginal song off the band’s accessible record, Slaves of the Shadow Realm, premiering actuality at Loudwire.
It’s been bristles years aback we’ve heard from the group, who aftermost delivered Ravenous Plague in 2014. “The Widow’s Breed” is according genitalia batter and afterlife metal, walking the tightrope that separates the two worlds. Dark, adapted overtones adjure a adverse activity and the denticulate riffage begin actuality would amuse any old academy Kreator and Sodom fan.
Slaves of the Shadow Realm, the seventh anthology from Legion of the Damned aback alteration their name from Occult in 2005, will access on Jan. 4 through Napalm Records. Pre-orders for the anthology can be placed here.
Check out the artwork and clue advertisement beneath and to apprehend our account with Maurice Swinkels, arch added bottomward the page.
Legion of the Damned, Slaves of the Shadow Realm Artwork Clue Listing
01. “The Widow’s Breed” 02.”Nocturnal Commando” 03.”Charnel Confession” 04.”Slaves of the Southern Cross” 05.”Warhounds of Hades” 06.”Black Banners in Flames” 07.”Shadow Realm of the Demonic Mind” 08. “Palace of Sin” 09.”Priest Hunt” 10.”Azazels Crown” 11.”Dark Coronation”
Interview With Legion of the Damned Frontman Maurice Swinkels
It’s been bristles years aback Legion of the Damned appear an album. What acquired the delay?
In 2006, we afflicted our name from Occult to Legion of the Damned and until the aftermost record, 2014’s Ravenous Plague, things were appealing turbulent. Absolution afterwards release, bout afterwards tour, anniversary afterwards festival… accumulated with a lot of pressure, we absitively that afterwards Ravenous it was time to air-conditioned off and not comedy the archetypal areas in Europe.
We started autograph boring for our aing almanac and in the concurrently acclimation ‘fun’ tours and places to play. We did shows in Dubai and Beirut, in Lebanon and a baby bout in Latin America area we played in Panama, Costa Rica, Colombia and Mexico again. We additionally did a baby bout in Asia: Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Philippines. It acquainted absolutely acceptable to accept this affectionate of ‘rest’; it recharges your batteries to the fullest and with the new record, Slaves of the Shadow Realm, we are better than ever!
In an era area the bazaar is oversaturated with new music, is there a account to demography some continued time off, maybe to body greater appeal for a new record?
Right! I capital admirers to be aflame afresh to see Legion of the Damned. Sometimes it’s acceptable to lay low and appear aback with a bang. It can be catchy though, because the movement goes fast — new bands are advancing in, new metalheads who never heard of you before… so you can be abandoned bound too. Of course, if your name is Slayer or Metallica you can be abroad for 10-15 years and appear back, but for a abate ability band, you accept to acquisition the antithesis really.
What was the aboriginal batter bandage you anytime heard and how did it change what you looked for in abundant metal?
The aboriginal bands I heard was in ’86 or ’87: Kreator, Destruction, Sodom and Whiplash. My accessory was 17 or 18 years old at the time and I was 12 or 13 years old. I consistently saw him activity to bedrock cafes in his village, cutting these black/white striped stretcher pants, continued beard and shirts with abhorrence images. I admired the insubordinate abstraction in that, abnormally at that time area I was cutting clothes that my parents bought for me.
I got tapes from him that he recorded for me which included Yngwie Malmsteen, Iron Maiden, Possessed, Kreator, Venom, Dio, Metallica and Destruction. It was raw, adamantine and it set you afar from the masses. That’s area I started to accept to metal on my headphones while additionally arena with Technic Lego at the aforementioned time (laughs). Back I was 17 I started one of Holland’s aboriginal atramentous metal bands, Bestial Summoning, and anon afterwards in 1990, Occult. It absolutely afflicted my activity and I could absolutely not brainstorm not alert to metal anymore.
I’ve apprehend that you’re complex in the bells business recording videos. How continued accept you been accomplishing this for and what led to alive in this industry?
[laughs] Yeah that ability be a shock to some of Legion’s fans! I started my video assembly aggregation in 2003 accomplishing mainly music videos. I did two Exodus videos in San Francisco, a Kataklysm video in Canada, Immolation in New York… I’ve additionally done videos for Wintersun, Gorefest, Masterplan, Imperanon, Primal Fear, Asphyx, Suicidal Angels, Endstille, Aborted and bags more. I did a DVD for Behemoth, Edguy and Agent Steel and alive recordings for Testament, Anthrax and Laaz Rockit.
Being a filmmaker, my brother asked me to almanac his bells and after his acquaintance asked me to almanac his. Back budgets at labels became beneath and less along with the charge for filmmakers, because nowadays everybody owns a abundant camera (even iPhones are 4K) — jobs advancing in for music videos were additionally less. I additionally capital to do jobs that were afterpiece to home because best of the videos I did were alfresco of Holland which complex actuality abroad weekends and flying.
I boring came into the bells business back couples started allurement me added and added based on the videos I did. I absitively to do added bells videos because it was acceptable and fast money and I’ve been accomplishing this now for 10 to 12 years. Sometimes I get accustomed at weddings area guests apperceive that I am the accompanist of Legion of the Damned and they bulletin their friends, “You won’t accept who is absolutely filming at this bells here!”
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