Lamp of Murmuur, a one-man black metal project that prefers to be shrouded in as much mystery as possible (and seems to unintentionally generate all the more hype for it), released their sophomore album Submission and Slavery today with little advance warning. There's no physical media listed yet for the album, but if you want one, I suggest paying very close attention.

Raw in spirit and sound, Submission and Slavery packs the expected creative, melodically-infused riffing and out-of-genre nods that distinguish Lamp of Murmuur against so many similar acts—note the absolutely amazing, not metal at all, solos on "Deformed Erotic Visage," and the Christian Death cover that closes it out. The record also includes some dungeon synth-esque interludes to break up the pacing. Having only three original 'metal' songs on the record might seem slim, but I'd note that those three songs still account for 25 minutes—and I'm comfortable with a focus on quality over quantity.

The album is out now on Bandcamp, with more details to come on further formats.

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Update (9/17/2021): Doubling down on the surprise release approach, Lamp of Murmuur has also released a new Punishment and Devotion EP featuring two tracks "received and interpreted during the same sessions as Submission And Slavery, but due to conceptual reasons were left out of the record."

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