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Black metal, in this grander arc of all heavy metal, doesn't seem to be letting up in the slightest -- everywhere we look, there are bands cutting sharp edges into black metal's already storied history of atmospherics, noise, and emotion. And the more bands tear apart, reconstruct, and rethink the style, the more diversity and potential for engagement the subgenre can enjoy.

Portland's Drouth has been honing their sound for the better part of the last decade, infusing their onslaught with a tinge of death metal for an extra dose of intensity on top of the blackened blasts that cornerstone their work. The band's upcoming second full-length Excerpts From a Dread Liturgy feels hell-bent on perfecting the interpretation and execution of something familiar, but in doing so, ends up feeling entirely fresh and crisp.

Check out a stream of the album's closing song below.

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Excerpts From a Dread Liturgy releases July 31st via Translation Loss Records.

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