Official press release:
Just over a year since the Abyss Of Longing Throats full-length was released, Dutch experimental/black metal act Gnaw Their Tongues — the work of frontman and demon channeler Maurice “Mories” De Jong, also of Aderlating, Cloak Of Altering, De Magia Veterum, among others — has declared the December release of the band’s latest LP, Hymns For The Broken, Swollen And Silent.
Hymns For The Broken, Swollen And Silent shows Gnaw Their Tongues at the top of its game. The band started out as a studio project, but has recently started performing live, and it feels like this carefully found its way into the music. Yet, “oppressive,” “bleak,” and “claustrophobic” remain the key words when describing the unique output of this drone/noise/black metal infused miscreant of De Jong. The music grabs you by the throat and sucks all the air out of the room. Although it leaves little more than an anaerobe environment, the music itself feels likes it has been breathing and organically growing into this true beast of an album. Fully performed and recorded by Mories at the Bejaarde II, Drachten, the artist also mixing and mastering the album, Hymns For The Broken, Swollen And Silent also features guest vocals on “Our Mouths Ridden With Worms” by Hekte Zaren.
Hear the LP’s tormented opening track “Hold High The Banners Of Truth Among The Swollen Dead” below:
Hymns For The Broken, Swollen And Silent will see December 9th release on LP through Consouling Sounds, the cassette by Tartarus Records, and the digital through the Gnaw Their Tongues’ Bandcamp. Preorders for the vinyl are available HERE and the tape HERE. A CD version will follow on a label to be confirmed.
Hymns For The Broken, Swollen And Silent track listing:
1. “Hold High The Banners Of Truth Among The Swollen Dead”
2. “The Speared Promises”
3. “Frail As The Stalking Lions”
4. “Your Kingdom Shrouded In Blood”
5. “Silent Burned Atrocities”
6. “Hymn For The Broken, Swollen And Silent”
7. “I Have Clad The Pillar In The Flayed Skins”
8. “Our Mouths Ridden With Worms”