Photo by: João Fitas
Official press release:
20 Buck Spin and Osmose Productions present the debut LP by harrowing Portuguese death metal sect, The Ominous Circle, having slated Appalling Ascension for release in January. As an early glimpse into the album’s top-level musicianship and decimating delivery, a stream the track “From Endless Chasms” has been hosted through CVLT Nation.
Comprised of membership from the blinding light regions of Portugal, The Ominous Circle is a burning black sphere of sinuous torment taking shape over their native land. Appalling Ascension is their initiation into this upper physical world, undulating like a prophesied curse into the increasing chaos of modern “life.” While the reverent tropes of nowadays death metal will be recognizable to ‘Cricle adherents, the cauldron is mixed in myriad conjurations that stray from the retreating safety inferior forces are prone to linger in. Moments of oppressive death doom, grinding blasts of mania, rancid melodies and mid-tempo dynamic necromancy on tracks like “From Endless Chasms” and “As The Worm Descends” canonize these odious psalms into timeless lore. The late obsession of some to ignore songwriting in favor of cavernous ambient suffocating “evil” doesn’t play on Appalling Ascension – here instead, and most welcome, are crushing and barbarous dark death metal songs for initiates to devote themselves to, and to enter the pantheon of most memorable debut recordings. And in the fashion of the most auspicious horror, this is only the beginning…
The portentous artwork for Appalling Ascension by Timo Ketola (Dead Congregation, SUNN O))), Teitanblood) and track listing have been revealed alongside the new track premiere. Devotees to the works of Dead Congregation, Teitanblood, Triumvir Foul, Immolation, Irkallian Oracle, Aevangelist, Sulphur Aeon, and similar devastation should make the album a priority for the start of the year.
Appalling Ascension will be released on CD, 2xLP, cassette, and digital formats January 27th, in North America through 20 Buck Spin and in Europe through Osmose Productions. Additional audio samples, preorder info, and much more on the album will be issued in the weeks ahead.
The Ominous Circle is now confirming the outfit’s first live actions preceding the release of the LP and into 2017, their first live ritual to take place in Porto on November 19th. Further performances will be conformed throughout the rest of the year.
11/19 – Porto, PT | Cave 45 w/ Balmog, Ocerco
5/27 – Lisbon, PT | RCA Club w/ Asphyx
Appalling Ascension track listing:
1. “Heart Girt With A Serpent”
2. “From Endless Chasms”
3. “Poison Fumes”
4. “Ateg Gibor Le-Olam Adonai”
5. “A Gray Outcast”
6. “to En”
7. “As The Worm Descends”
8. “Consecrating His Mark”