The Finnish quartet’s third studio album will be released later this year through M-Theory Audio. First single and title track streaming now!
Following the success of their sophomore album Firebride in 2020, Finnish sludge metal savants Black Royal emerged as one of the Scandinavian underground’s most talked about bands.
Formed in 2013 in Tampere, Finland, Black Royal’s infectious brew of metal has garnered praise from the likes of Metal Injection, MetalSucks and CVLT Nation, while drawing hordes of followers with their creed crushing choruses and beguiling riffs, pitched perfectly between the dramaturgy of Ghost and brutality of Behemoth.
This month, the band make an almighty return to the fold. Newly signed to M-Theory Audio, Earthbound, the band’s third full-length album will be released later this year, but you can experience the fire and fury it’s title-track right here.
“What started out as more of a tribute to one of our favourite bands, Crowbar, quickly took a turn into something with a slightly more epic direction,” explains the band. “The lyrical story line was inspired by the ancient Scandinavian/Sami myths of the netherworld. Stories of things like ‘northern fire beliefs’, which have long been associated with perceptions of the afterlife. The aurora borealis were considered as the lives of those who died by the sword, those who fell in the war, or those who were violently killed. Their constant fighting and the blood flowing from their wounds were reflected in the northern sky as northern lights.”
Written and recorded at Studio Watercastle in August 2021, mixed by Oskari Hakala Rahko and mastered by Jaakko Viitalähde (Convulse, Oranssi Pazuzu, Dark Buddha Rising), Earthbound will deliver the band’s heaviest collection of lurching sludge and groove-laden death metal songs yet. Packed with thunderous guitars and drums that trade blows at the gates of Valhalla, all deftly balanced on a psychedelic knife-edge, the band also takes to the road this summer with a tour across Finland (see dates below).
More info on Earthbound will be released in the coming weeks (along with pre-order details) but for now, kick back and enjoy their new video and single here.
4th June – Varjobarri – Tampere, Finland
10th June – Hard Rock House – Helsinki, Finland
17th June – Dog’s Home – Tampere, Finland
9th July – BarBar Feast 2022 – Tallinn, Estonia
23rd July – Vahantarock 2022 – Ylöjärvi, Finland
“Black Royal make some pretty gnarly sludge n’ roll. It’s reminiscent of Entombed, a combination of roaring death metal with a Motorhead groove.”
“Serious riffage and some of the catchiest vocal passages of the year define every moment of Firebride. Blues and death sludge go together like peanut butter and jelly, and Black Royal know exactly how to smash them together.”
ANGRY METAL GUY
“Are you ready to give props to Black Royal for bringing a storm of heavy riffs? You should be because this is a sonic volcanic eruption of molten sludge.”