DEBUT ALBUM ‘OUR BODIES BURNED BRIGHT ON RE-ENTRY’ RELEASED 30TH JULY
After forming in 2015, Nottingham based black metallers Underdark are finally ready to present their debut album to the world. Following their recent ‘Plainsong/With Bruised & Bloodied Feet’ single release in 2020, ‘Our Bodies Burned Bright on Re-Entry’ is the sound of a new chapter of Underdark, set for release on 30th July via Surviving Sounds (UK), Through Love Records (EU) and Tridroid Records (US/CAN).
While still utilising a dreamlike and heavy mixture of black-metal, post-metal and shoegaze, Underdark’s debut album also packs a renewed punch alongside a ferocity and intensity matched only by the innovative and engaging song structures.
Recorded & mixed with Misha Herring at Holy Mountain Studio (40 Watt Sun, Inhuman Nature, Idles, Spiritualised, Puppy) & mastered by Adam Gonsalves at Telegraph Mastering (Emma Ruth Rundle, Southern Lord Records, Power Trip, Mizmor), the album captures five tracks of intense & emotional progressive compositions, not limited by genre to create a tidal wave of sound; that shift in emotions, drowning you between sections of crushing blast beats and ear splitting vocals to blissful, atmospheric soundscapes that engulf you within them.
Lyrically the album covers personal issues such as addiction & psychosis, to inhumane border control & the shameless exploitation of the lower classes at the hands of landlords such as on latest single ‘With Ashen Hands Around Our Throats’.Commenting on the video for the track vocalist Abi states,
“I wrote this about Grenfell like two years after the fire, and it’s been another two since and it’s fucking disgusting that there’s been no justice for it. The song is also about how landlords under the Tories have been given free rein to take the piss. We filmed the video with Morgan Tedd (Erase Creative) it was fun as fuck but I had to do a bunch of takes falling on my face which sucked.“
Watch the video for ‘With Ashen Hands Around Our Throats’
Since forming, Underdark have played countless shows up and down the country following their debut EP Mourning Cloak and their follow up split release with fellow Nottingham black metallers Antre, to uproarious responses. With the arrival of new vocalist Abi Vasquez joining the band in late 2019, Underdark released a cover of The Cure’s ‘Plainsong’ & ‘With Brusied & Bloodied Feet’ in October 2020. Seeing a sold out press of the single on Surviving Sounds (UK) & Red Nebula (US/CAN).
Underdark’s uncompromising sound has taken them from European tours to Bloodstock Festival, as well as performing shows with the likes of Dawn Ray’d, Svalbard, Inter Arma, Celeste, Leeched, Hundred Year Old Man and many more.
‘Our Bodies Burned Bright on Re-Entry’ will be available on vinyl, cassette, CD and digitally. Pre-order now:
Press for Underdark:
‘Make no mistake; they’re not atmospheric as in pretty, they’re atmospheric as in fuck you’ – Noisey
‘a thundering wall of plaintive rage’ – Invisible Oranges
‘Fuses the aesthetics of black metal with the atmospherics of shoegaze to create a style that is unique enough to allow them to stand above the litany of atmospheric black metal currently in rotation’ – Astral Noize
‘Overwhelming and truly absorbing’ – Idioteq
23rd July (Fri) – The Angel, Nottingham, w/ Conan, Bismuth & Moloch
24th July (Sat) – 229, London w/ Earth Moves, Hidden Mothers
28th August (Sat) – The Chameleon, Nottingham – ANTE-INFERNO w/ Ninkharsag, Antre
25th September (Sat) – Black Heart, London – Epic Fest w/ Bismuth Agnosy, TORPOR
9th October (Sat) – Goth City Festival, Leeds
Abi – vocals
Adam – guitar
Dan – drums
Ollie – guitar
Stephen – bass