TCHORNOBOG announce a split-album with their British musical counterpart and brother-in-spirit ABYSSAL. Both bands contribute a single track of epic duration around 24 minutes each. The blackened US death doom outfit will release the split on November 25.
TCHORNOBOG comment: “In this chapter of 24 minutes inside Tchornobog’s maw communicating with the human body, you will find one of the most ambitious collaborations I’ve been a part of”, mastermind Markov Soroka writes. “I worked with an outstanding team of musicians and producers from all over the world to bring a deeply personal material alive within the black and death metal sound. Alongside Abyssal, a few talented Icelanders, and longtime collaborators, ‘The Vomiting Choir’ also features recorded samples of many willing individuals purging and vomiting, which were sent to us to make ‘The Vomiting Choir’ an aural reality. My goal in this, the longest Tchornobog song to date, was to make a thorough journey into the human body through an abstract lens and telekinetic speech guided by the Tchornobog. Whenever I work on something as dark sounding as this, my natural instinct is to add a significant amount of optimism and awareness to balance the moods, and whether or not I achieved this, or have the audio match any of the above descriptions is ultimately up to you, the listener. Fall into the new chapter of this universe and let your senses take over. Thank you so much to everyone listening!”
1. TCHORNOBOG ‘The Vomiting Choir’ (24:08)
2. ABYSSAL ‘Antechamber of the Wakeless Mind’ (23:47)
Any track opening with a multi-layered recording of a number of vomiting sessions is bound to continue on the darker side of the musical spectrum. The epic song ‘The Vomiting Choir’ delivers 24:08 minutes that form a descending spiral into a bottomless pit filled with a mostly dissonant sonic miasma of pure negativity and surprising complexity.
TCHORNOBOG continue down different paths that lead from their assumed position on the crossroads of death, doom, and black metal. Friends of DEATHSPELL OMEGA, THE RUINS OF BEVERAST, and ULCERATE will quite likely recognise the general direction, but the American outfit from Portland, Oregon is charting a course of their very own through these extremely dark musical waters. Those who sail in his wake, might also encounter the ghost of early MOTÖRPSYCHO among many other wondrous encounters.
TCHORNOBOG were called into existence by Ukrainian-born multi-instrumentalist Markov Soroka, who distilled the band out of another project under the name ETERNIUM (2011-2014) in the year 2014. Soroka is also known for other projects such as AUREOLE, DROWN, and KRUKH.
The Ukrainian name TCHORNOBOG is based on an assumed western Slavonic deity of whom there is little evidence beyond a note in the “Chronica Slavorum”, which was penned by the German chronicler Helmold von Bosau in the 12th century and later copied and embellished. Also spelled, among many other versions, Czarnobóg or Czorneboh with the meaning “Black God”, this supposed bringer of misfortune and ill-luck even made it as Czernobog into Neil Gaimans novel “American Gods” and its subsequent TV adaptation.
The self-titled debut full-length “Tchornobog” was finally released to critical acclaim in 2017 and later reissued worldwide by Lupus Lounge.
Currently, Markov Soroka is working on a sophomore TCHORNOBOG album. As a first taste of the sonic darkness ahead, we may all chime in with ‘The Vomiting Choir’ on the split with ABYSSAL.
Release date: December 2, 2022
Style: Blackened Doom Death
Markov Soroka – guitars, vocals, lyrics, tenor saxophone, percussion, vomiting
Ragnar Sverrisson – drums, percussion
Gina Hendrika Eygenhuysen – bass
Gia Hoi Nguyen – bass
Recording by Markov Soroka
Mix, Mastering, drum recording by Stephen Lockhart at Studio Emissary
Cover art by Adam Burke (Nightjar Illustration)
Layout by Łukasz Jaszak
The “Tchornobog & Abyssal Split” album is available as an LP on orange vinyl and on black vinyl, and as Digipak CD.