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UNHOLY BAPTISM - Releases Debut Album, Available For Streaming

Arizona (USA) based black metal duo Unholy Baptism recently released their debut album ...On The Precipice Of The Ancient Abyss. The album is heavily influenced by the early Norwegian black metal scene. Though the band has incorporated elements of doom, depressive and ambient black metal, this album was an homage to the pioneers of a genre - Mayhem, Burzum, Satyricon, Darkthrone - and was intentionally written to be reminiscent of those early records. Lyrically, the album includes themes such as theistic Satanism, H.P. Lovecraft, depression and death.
Formed in the winter of 2008 in the frigid northern woodlands of Arizona, Unholy Baptism was originally a guitar/drums black metal project. The goal was to blend mid 2000's new wave black metal with the grim tone of the early Norwegian scene. The band eventually became a three-piece, as Moloch agreed to contribute lead guitar in 2009. A five track EP was recorded early in 2010 and was subsequently followed by multiple shows in Flagstaff, AZ. Later in 2010 the band went on hiatus due to a variety of circumstances, but was reformed in 2012. Mantus and Moloch decided that the project would be recording-only and began the arduous process of re-evaluating both the band's sound and tone. While the tone has taken multiple turns, it was eventually decided to blend the ambient, haunting melodies commonly found in both black and doom metal, with the mid-tempo riffing reminiscent of the early Norwegian black metal scene. Their debut, ...On The Precipice Of The Ancient Abyss, can be heard in its entirety in the player below, but it's also available as "name your price" digital download on Bandcamp. Link