HORRENDOUS are now premiering their crushing second track of their forthcoming new album ‘Idol’, via Metal Hammer UK. The record is slated for release on September 28th, 2018.
“Idolater,” is the most direct expression of malaise on ‘Idol,’ lyrically honing in on the despotic political figure heads that seem to be coming to power in the Western world. While it is largely a reaction to the current political landscape of the U.S, I also wanted it to extend to past legacies of tyrannical control, whether from church or state, and the social climates that give birth to them. The ‘tyrant’ of the song, while applicable to our times, is also archetypal, reflecting the age old cycles of power gained through intimidation and fear, and personal agency traded for a (false) sense of security. It all falls in line with the larger theme of the album of relinquishing one’s power and self determination to the various Idols that surround us, and questioning our roles in sustaining them. Musically, the song is the most direct on the album, adhering to a more ‘traditional’ song structure with a verse and ‘chorus’ of sorts that anchor the song as it develops and briefly veers off in different musical directions. The music and lyrics are also closely intertwined, with complimentary changes in tone, tempo and dissonance as the lyrical narrative progresses. I always loved songs that are a perfect reflection of the lyrical landscapes within them, where the music is an integral part of the ‘story’ of a song, and I think this is one of our best examples of it to date.”
Horrendous – “The Idolater”
HORRENDOUS have previously revealed the artwork for ‘Idol’, which can be viewed together with the album details below.
1. …Prescience (1:18)
2. Soothsayer (4:53)
3. The Idolater 0:05:13
4. Golgothan Tongues (6:15)
5. Divine Anhedonia (5:04)
6. Devotion (Blood for Ink) (6:25)
7. Threnody… (2:20)
8. Obolus (8:37)
The brand new HORRENDOUS album ‘Idol’ represents a deity, to which worship is addressed with admiration, adoration and devotion. But most of all, it represents a new beginning for the death metal inspired members.When HORRENDOUS formed in 2009, the band’s three founding members attended the same university and were obsessed with old school death metal. Driven by a desire to capture and rekindle the mystique of an already bygone era in the history of metal, the Americans fused elements from both sides of the Atlantic into a cohesive sonic landscape, which resulted in the ‘Sweet Blasphemies’ demo.
The demo kindled a fire of early interest and the blaze swept fast beyond their home in South Carolina with HORRENDOUS being picked up by their first label, which led to the release of the band’s debut full-length ‘The Chills’ (2012).With growing confidence and progressing as musicians, HORRENDOUS began to expand upon the traditional death metal formula, conjuring a bolder, more sophisticated sound from disparate elements beyond the limitations of any genre. This lead to the albums ‘Ecdysis’ in (2014) and, after relocating to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, ‘Anareta’ (2015). The latter scored an impressive 24/50 in the Terrorizer Magazine (UK) “Album of the Year” list – as well as making it into the top-lists of US magazines such as Stereogum, Spin, Decibel, and many more. Each successive record marked a new step in the evolution of the band and carried them further on their adventurous journey of musical awakening.
HORRENDOUS are now ready to conquer the metal scene even further with their brand new release ‘Idol’.
Damian Herring – guitar, vocals
Jamie Knox – drums
Matt Knox – guitar, vocals
Alex Kulick – bass