By now, CEMETERY URN should need no introduction. A staple of the Australian extreme metal scene, for over a decade now, the band have been a study in staunch self-reliance, self-booking two highly successful tours across the United States as well as releasing their first two albums on their own Cemetery Recordings.
Following up the momentum created by last year’s poised ‘n’ powerful Cemetery Urn, CEMETERY URN strike with arguably their most vicious record yet. Ever aptly titled, Barbaric Retribution indeed makes good on the band’s self-branded “Australian Barbaric Death Metal” tag, taking the martial foundation of their earlier work and locating a blood-red-raw humidity which makes their incendiary maelstrom all the more overwhelming. CEMETERY URN have never been short on powerful production – always, a balance between crush and clarity is sought – but Barbaric Retribution, perhaps due to its take-no-prisoners title, pushes the intensity to near-suffocating levels. But within that unremitting savagery lurks a greater number of doomed-out down-tempo twists and some truly demonic soloing, all ever suggestive of the very literal Armageddon at the heart of their aesthetic.
Now scaled back to a lean ‘n’ mean quartet, Gillon handled bass in addition to his guitar duties on Barbaric Retribution, but the record sees the arrival of new vocalist S. Geoffery, who’ll also be handling bass for live performances. Says Gillon, “I’d worked with S. Geoffery in ABOMINATOR live, so I knew he was capable of total unchained barbaric hatred, but the vocals recorded on the new album went beyond our most brutal expectations. There’s definitely some continuity from the Bloodstorm era of CEMETERY URN to the new era of Barbaric Retribution! The decision to continue as a four-piece will enable CEMETERY URN to get back on the road again and continue to brutalize metal maniacs worldwide! Barbaric Retribution is our manifesto to the stench of existence through this final stage of global decay.”
Next month, Cemetery Urn will be touring as part of the Burial Procession of Evropa, where they will be joined by France’s esteemed Necrowretch. Presented by Killtown Bookings, the tour kicks off on September 6th at Killtown Death Fest and will see both bands razing a dozen cities across eight countries. Burial Procession of Evropa will also be Cemetery Urn‘s first full tour in support of Barbaric Retribution. Confirmed dates and venues, as well as poster art by Misanthropic-Art, are as follows:
06.09 COPENHAGUE, DK – Killtown Death Fest
07.09 HAMBURG, DE – Bambi Galore
08.09 CHEMNITZ, DE – Nikola Tesla
09.09 MLADA BOLESLAV, CZ – Farářova Sluj
11.09 MILAN (ROZZANO), IT – Circolo Svolta
12.09 BASEL, CH – Hirscheneck
13.09 WOLFSBURG, DE – s.v. Jugendhaus Ost
14.09 KRAKOW, POL – Ze Pe Te
15.09 BERLIN, DE – Swamp Fest
18.09 PARIS, FR – Le Klub
19.09 ANTWERP, BE – Music City
21.09 WERMELSKIRCHEN, DE – NRW Death Fest
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