Eight months have gone by since our last post, but rest assured we have been hard at work on the new album and we have some huge news in regards to the first album of our trilogy, Volume I: The Bonds of Servitude. Unfortunately, due to some unforeseen life circumstances, we have been set back a few months, as we would have liked to release right around March.
Right now we have our artist – Gragoth from Luciferium War Graphics – working on the artwork for this album and are very pleased with our concept and his ability to translate our ideas. He is also designing a full 12-page CD booklet, which means yes, we will have physical copies of this album, as well as a new T-shirt design. Due to monetary constraints, we were unable to release the last album, despite the fact we have Digipak art for the release of it. There is a strong possibility that we will have the opportunity to release limited edition copies of our debut album and will make sure that we will let all of our fans and media outlets know if we choose to do that.
As mentioned, being that artwork is being worked on, we are gearing up full force for release. Masters are in our hands now and once our artwork is finished, we will immediately begin the process of printing CDs and T-shirts. We will be doing a small first run, so make sure to keep an eye on our Bandcamp page, because we may have some special incentives for anyone who orders one of the first pressing CDs. Additionally, we will be printing both T-shirts that we have artwork for.
If you haven’t already, follow us on Facebook and/or Twitter and let your friends know we have a new album on the way. As always, we appreciate each and every one of you for staying up to date with us, and we know you’re going to love the new album.
Until next time!
Another significant stretch of time in between posts, but we definitely have a bit of news.
Before we get into that, we wanted to make sure we took the time to again thank everyone who has either review our album, …On the Precipice of the Ancient Abyss and/or featured one of our songs on their radio show. We are so humbled to have entered into the metal community at large and ecstatic about the exceptional reception we have received from a number of different sources. We received a few reviews that we weren’t expecting and were blown away by the level of detail and the positive feedback we received through them. Everything that happens as far as media and reception is better covered on our Facebook and Twitter pages, so if you haven’t already, give us a like or – even better – follow us. We post much more frequently on social media than we have been here.
Okay, so on to the news. Moloch and I have been hard at work on our sophomore release, Volume I: The Bonds of Servitude, and we have been increasingly pleased by the amount of progress we’ve made as musicians and artists. When the band was initially formed in 2008, I had a certain way of writing that I had become accustomed to. I would write the lyrics, section everything off and then we would insert guitars, bass and drums into those sections. This time, however, we wanted to try something new and decided to morph the lyrics around the guitar work. It has been different for us writing in this way, but we are both pleased to hear the results. This next album is also going to be much more lyrically dense than …On the Precipice of the Ancient Abyss, primarily due to wanting to really flesh out a full story arc, and because the lyrical content is much more dense, we want the guitar to follow that same tone and really create an atmosphere that amplifies the lyrical content.
With that being said, we are hoping that we will be beginning production sometime in November! Guitars are moving a lot quicker than we thought they would be, so the hope is that we can start tracking early November, but we will keep everyone posted.
As mentioned a few months ago, we are still considering the idea of sharing rough mixes, demo versions, maybe even copies of the lyric sheets with fans. The best way to know when things like that happen is to follow us on social media. We are almost for sure going to do videos of us in the studio, but we aren’t sure if we want to do YouTube or do a live stream of it. We’re hoping to hit the ground running with this next album and would love to hear our fans’ opinions and thoughts.
Until next time!
I cannot believe that it has been almost two months since we have updated the news page. Moloch and I have been hard at work writing The Bonds of Servitude, and we both can already tell it’s definitely a step above our last album. As we have both mentioned in recent interviews and discussions, our first full-length was definitely an homage to the early Norwegian scene (Burzum, Mayhem, Satyricon, Emperor and especially Darkthrone), and although our music will always in some way be reminiscent of that early style, we also want to move forward and into new territory with black metal, rather than forever living in the shadow of these and other infamous bands.
We both have had some discussions around how working our normal (non-music) jobs has constrained some of our time around writing new music, which may end up changing at some point in the near future. While the guitar work has been progressing at an impressive pace, the lyrical content has been moving slower than I would like. The last album took at least a few years to get right, and I’m still not happy with everything (looking at you, “Shadow of Death”). As has been mentioned before, the next few albums will be encompassed within a trilogy, of which The Bonds of Servitude will be the beginning, and getting all the themes together has been a bit of a struggle during the last month or so. Our goal has been to really have thought-provoking and deep lyrics, and we want to make sure we get it right.
We have been kicking around the idea of doing some rough recordings once we start the production and letting our fans listen to how things progress. Let us know what you think about that idea on Facebook or Twitter. We would also like to start getting our YouTube page up and running again, as it’s probably been about six or seven years since we posted anything there.
Once again, thank you to everyone involved in our PR campaign, especially Clawhammer PR, who did an excellent job of getting our work out there and drumming up some buzz around …On the Precipice of the Ancient Abyss. Thanks as well to all of the people and magazines that took the time to write reviews; we have heard all of the feedback, and we’re ready to bring the blasphemy forward on our next few albums.
Remember, if you aren’t, we have links all over the place for our social media outlets, so make sure to follow us to stay up-to-date on our news. Leave us a like, or even a comment; we respond relatively quickly and interact with everyone.
Until next time!
Got a long weekend to work on some music! We wanted to share the track listing for our upcoming album, Volume I: The Bonds of Servitude once we got it all nailed down. Before we get into that though, we’ve received quite a bit of positive reviews and various other news which we wanted to make sure we shared for anyone who may not be following us on Twitter or Facebook (hint: follow us on Facebook or Twitter for more up-to-date news).
We’ll start with our most recent review from Necromance Magazine, giving our most recent album a solid 7.5. You can read that review here.
We also got a very good review from Metal News (France)! Simony gave us a 71%, and his criticisms were fair. You can read that review here.
Finally, we got a short review over at Mosh Pit Radio! They said “Classic black metal. Cold guitars, shreiking vox and a dark evil quality. Decent production.”
To everyone who has taken the time to review our album, post news about our album, conduct interviews, and especially everyone who has taken the time to listen to our first full-length, we truly do appreciate it! It’s great to see that the underground is still alive and well and we are beyond glad that we can join you all.
Without further delay, the track listing for Volume I: The Bonds of Servitude:
- Intro: The Awakening of Forgotten Gods
- These Scars are Wounds Unhealed
- Withering Woods
- Whispers of Power Eternal
- Peering into the Flames of Enlightenment
- Noctis Maleficarum
- Baptized in the Majesty of Satan
Finally got back into the swing of things for guitar writing! We spent quite a few hours down at our studio space getting some more riffs written and things are sounding really good so far! Our track listing is pretty much nailed down for our next album, Volume I: The Bonds of Servitude, which we will be sharing in the coming weeks. Also, we are working on getting our YouTube page back up and running with a brand new lyric video, so stay tuned!
We just had a very successful interview with Craig over at Metal Devastation Radio! It was a very good experience for us and we’re so thrilled that he took the time to talk to us. We also have received a large amount of media coverage and we are very excited to see that people are enjoying and listening to our music. You can check out our Queens of Steel Review and Interview, check out our XS Rock Interview, and a Review and Interview from Occult Black Metal Webzine. Lots of great information and insight into our band and our music.
Things have been moving extremely quickly this week, thanks to our friends over at Clawhammer PR. We are so appreciative of all the work they’ve done getting our music out there and we are very excited to see what’s coming. Thanks to all of our fans – present and future – for the support and for making this album release as amazing as it has been. We’re committed to bringing more black metal to your ears in the near future so stay tuned!
Until next time!
Huge thanks to Columnist From The Abyss for taking a listen to our album and the kind words about our first full-length! You can check out what he said at http://columnistfromtheabyss.tumblr.com/tagged/…On-the-Precipice-of-the-Ancient-Abyss. This hit the nail on the head of what we were trying to do, and we appreciate the words on our release! Thanks again!
Our PR campaign with our friends over at Clawhammer PR is about to be underway, and we are very excited to have their representation on our side for this release. We are hoping to get some more interviews and reviews to get our music out there, and we think this is going to be huge for us to continue bringing our own brand of black metal to the scene. We will be updating much more frequently as our coverage increases, so stay tuned!
All hail friends, fans and followers!
We have some very exciting news to share with all of you. Initially, Unholy Baptism was planning on doing a CD release, and there was a bit of a question around how we would include the lyrics on a four-panel digipak. Being that we have decided to refrain from printing the CD immediately and instead focus on the digital release of our first album, …On the Precipice of the Ancient Abyss, we have decided to include all lyrics on our website. We do not want it living on our main page, but I will leave a link in this news post, as well as link to it in our discography section.
We have acknowledged that lyrics are very important for virtually any type of music and we want to make sure that everyone listening to our music has access to follow along and hopefully gain a better understanding of our music as a whole.
Until next time!
It is with great regret and sorrow that we have to announce we have decided to re-evaluate the crowd-funding efforts we had planned for our physical media. There were a lot of logistics that we didn’t know going into it and it has become rather unfeasible to move forward with it. We do still have artwork for it though, so we may end up running a limited edition version of it in the future.
With that being said, a lot of things have been moving very fast lately. We will be involved in a number of interviews in the near future – more on that once we get everything finalized. We’re hoping to continue getting interviews and reviews to really get our name out there. Make sure you tell anyone you know who likes metal in any capacity to check out our album; it’s still completely free on our Bandcamp page!
Also, we will be running a poll about a lyric video on our Facebook page. I still haven’t decided the best way to get the lyrics available just yet, and if you’re dying to know the words to a song, this is your chance to let us know which one!
Until next time!
Though it has been a rocky last couple of weeks, we are back to regularly writing new music again! The next album cycle is going to be a big one, and we are confident that we will be bringing a much more refined sound to the next couple albums. In fact, we have already determined the overarching theme for the next few.
We were very interested in creating a trilogy of albums that all tie in together, with clear beginning and end points, and we have been aggressively working towards making that a reality. The first album in the trilogy will be entitled The Bonds of Servitude. We have been working primarily on guitar parts, but lyrical concepts are also in the works as well. As this album develops, we will continue to give our fans information regarding the progress.
Also, we will be running our Kickstarter campaign for CD and T-Shirt printing the first week of May. In an effort to remain completely transparent – as well as acknowledging that our first album can be downloaded for free – we will strictly be looking at what it will cost to print merchandise and requesting a very fair amount for physical media. Not only do we want to get our music out there, but we want to make sure our fans that want physical merchandise have the opportunity to get it. There could potentially be stretch goals, and we are intending on having signed merchandise, so if that is something that you are interested in, it will be available.
We will also be timing our crowdfunding effort with a PR campaign in the hopes of getting reviews and interviews. All that information will be posted on our page, so stay tuned!
We just received the artwork for our T-Shirt designs and our Digipack layout! We’re going to keep it secret for now, but we will be running a Kickstarter within the next few weeks. If you want a first run of our CD or a first run of our T-Shirt, we will make sure to give everyone ample notice when it goes live.
Thanks to all our fans for making this release as successful as it has been. We hope that the word has been getting out there and that people have been sharing our music.
Until next time.
It’s official; Unholy Baptism now has their very own website!
We wanted to send a huge thank you to Gragoth from Luciferium War Graphics for all of the artwork he has done in support of our most recent release. We feel like his aesthetic and talents have really helped us get the right feel for our first album.
Don’t forget to head over to unholybaptism.bandcamp.com and download a free copy of our album. We urge you to share it with your friends, your grandma, your church group or whomever you know that loves or hates black metal. We appreciate everyone who has already given it a listen and are really excited to continue moving forward with our own brand of unholy, hateful black metal.
On that note, we have already begun working on our sophomore album. More on that in a future post.