Today esteemed music portal, Pitchfork, unveils the first single from I Begin, the long-awaited new full-length from Norwegian black metal legion, GOD SEED. Entitled “This From The Past,” the second track from the record burns deep with unhinged viciousness and infernal majesty.
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I Begin is scheduled for North American release on October 22nd (October 26th in Norway and October 30th worldwide). For preorder info, point your browserHERE. A vinyl version will also be available through Back On Black.
Additionally, the band will march through Europe beginning November 7th on the Creatures From The Black Abyss Tour 2012 alongside Cradle Of Filth! See confirmed dates below.
GOD SEED – Creatures From The Black Abyss European Tour 2012 w/ Cradle Of Filth:
11/07/2012 Patronaat – Haarlem, Holland
11/08/2012 Romeein – Leeuwarden, Holland
11/09/2012 Hyde Park – Osnabrück, Germany
11/10/2012 Train – Aarhus, Denmark
11/12/2012 Trädgarn – Gothenburg, Sweden
11/13/2012 Klubben – Stockholm, Sweden
11/15/2012 Klubbi – Tampere, Finland
11/16/2012 Nosturi – Helsinki, Finland
11/17/2012 Rock Cafe – Tallinn, Estonia
11/19/2012 Re:Public – Minsk, Belarus
11/20/2012 Bingo – Kiev, Ukraine
11/22/2012 Progressja – Warsaw, Poland
11/23/2012 Kwadrat – Krakow, Poland
11/24/2012 Winter Masters Of Rock – Zlin, Czech Republic
11/26/2012 Estragon – Bologna, Italy
11/27/2012 Alcatraz (Small Hall) – Milan, Italy
11/29/2012 Rockstore – Montpellier, France
11/30/2012 Santana 27 – Bilbao, Spain
12/01/2012 Capitol – Santiago De Compostela, Spain
12/02/2012 Hard Club – Porto, Portugal
12/04/2012 La Riviera – Madrid, Spain
12/05/2012 Salamandra – Barcelona, Spain
12/07/2012 Musichall – Geiselwind, Germany
2/08/2012 Matrix – Bochum, Germany
12/09/2012 Z-7 – Pratteln, Switzerland
12/11/2012 Meet Factory – Prague, Czech Republic
12/13/2012 Majestic Music Club – Bratislava, Slovakia
12/14/2012 Theaterfabrik – Munich, Germany
12/15/2012 Schlachthof – Wels, Austria
12/16/2012 C-Club – Berlin, Germany
12/19/2012 Forum – London, UK
For nearly a decade, King ov Hell and Gaahl were key members of the legendary Norwegian black metal legion Gorgoroth, with whom they parted ways in 2007. When the pair decided to continue creating music together, they chose the band GOD SEED in honor of a track on the last Gorgoroth album on which they both appeared, 2006’s Ad Majorem Satanhas Gloriam.
In 2009, however, just as Gaahl was set to record vocals for the debut GOD SEED release, he abruptly announced his retirement from metal. With an album’s worth of music already recorded, King quickly regrouped and recruited Dimmu Borgir vocalist Shagrath — but instead of releasing 2010’s acclaimed The Underworld Regime under the GOD SEED moniker, King felt it more fitting to give the reconfigured group its own name: Ov Hell.
Earlier this year, though, Gaahl ended his metal hiatus, and GOD SEED was resurrected. To whet fans’ appetites, the group released a well-received live CD/DVD of their headlining performance at the 2008 Wacken Open Air festival, which became the first-ever release under the GOD SEED name. Still, fans began counting the days until the pair would unite to write and record new material together.
Finally, that day has arrived. Featuring King and Gaahl firing on all cylinders, GOD SEED‘s debut studio album, I Begin, is one of the most anticipated black metal releases in recent memory. Several years in the making, it harnesses the viciousness of the musicians’ pasts while also pointing toward a hellfire-bright future ahead.