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Tulus Wants You To Go To “Hel”

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The early Norwegian black metal masters return after an eight-year gap. Tulus has always been known for their cutthroat, skeletal approach to black metal, something they’ve curated since their impetus in the early 1990s. Upcoming album Old Old Death is no different, if a little stranger. Listen to an exclusive premiere of album opener “Hel” below.

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Maximizing on the space between each of their triadic pieces, Tulus’s powerful, punchy approach to black metal concentrates less on black metal’s atmospherics in favor of raw, sinewy might. However eerie the music found within Old Old Death is, that is simply a by-product — Tulus simply wants to ruin. Even so, each member gets a chance to really flourish, be it Crowbel’s wonderfully unexpected, complex bass work, Sarke’s pummeling backbone percussion, or Blodstrup’s spine-chilling, fist-raising riffwork. Some of the strangeness of this trio’s other band Khold makes its way into the fold, as well, manifesting as a bizarre sub-atmosphere or undercurrent to the music — something doesn’t feel quite right here, but it works to their benefit. Old Old Death resembles the classic Tulus works, but this newfound oddity sets this particular album apart in their discography. Raise your fist, stomp your feet, Tulus is back.

Old Old Death releases March 6th via Soulseller Records. Preorders are available here (US) and here (non-US).

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