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Dødsengel – “Gloria in Excelsis Deo” (Song Premiere)

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How does a black metal band follow up a two-hour double album? Norwegian black metal outsiders Dødsengel certainly had many things to say with their 2012 masterpiece Imperator, but, though their psychedelic, experimental black metal expanse was enthralling across their last album’s length, finding the time to take it all in and appreciate their mastery in all its glory involved, well, making time for it.

So, naturally, progression involved compressing, and with compression comes a completely overwhelming wall of sound. Five years later, Interequinox is an unparalleled piece of liturgical art, with multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Kark’s many thoughts and sound designs reaching a new peak of passionate intensity. Though Dødsengel’s balance of melodious and expressive peaks with chaos and expressionism paved their long-form art on Imperator, Kark and drummer Malach Adonai (which roughly translates to King God in Hebrew) wipe the slate clean and finds a new footing in the indulgence of constant, maximal sound.

The Interequinox will be upon us on May 19th, handled by the excellent and adventurous Debemur Morti Productions. Listen to the liturgical “Gloria in Excelsis Deo” (a n inverted contextualization of the GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST hymn), complete with lyrics (provided by Kark), below.

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GLORIA IN EXCELSIS DEO

IO IO IAO
IO IO IAO

Encompassing life and death, and beyond them
Encompassing reason and chaos,
and beyond them.
A pillar is erected in the purple void
Ruby red and searing white,
Yet crowned in the color coiled in
the secret hearts of stars.

IO IO IAO
IO IO IAO

Once again, the wine and honey will flow
Once again, the blood and sulphur will flow
The four rivers of Eden flood the firmament.
Ruby, emerald, sapphire and diamond.
They rush through us and in us.

Gloria in excelsis
DEO

Past and future. Through us and in us.
Forever and never.
And beyond even this.

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