Thrall Announces New Album "Aokigahara Jukai"
Thrall's new album "Aokigahara Jukai" will be available worldwide on October 22nd, 2013. The following press release was issued about the album:
"From Australia’s cold dark island of exile, inspired by Japan’s shadowy secret suicide forest, via the fertile black/thrash scene of Melbourne, Australia, Moribund Cult Records is proud to present 'Aokigahara Jukai,' black metal band Thrall’s third studio album.
"Thrall emerged from Tasmania in 2005, the brainchild of Tom Void, songwriter and illustrator for Thrall, to become one of Australia’s most savage, rocking black metal bands.
"Aokigahara Jukai is a conceptual exploration of the eponymous suicide forest, situated in the foothills of Mt Fuji, Japan. Aokigahara Jukai is rich with history and mythology, and is the site of over 50 suicides a year.
"On Aokigahara Jukai, Thrall successfully articulates misanthropy without hypocrisy. By blending traditional black metal elements, with doom, death metal and crust influences, Thrall creates unique, memorable music. The trajectory of the album takes the listener on an unrelenting furious void-ward journey from the opening track to the final deathlike strains of emptiness. Coupled with the artwork’s aesthetic qualities of smothering detail, Aokigahara Jukai is an immensely compelling document of unrivalled intensity and intent."
The band's vocalist and guitarist Tom states: “The geographical proximity of Aokigahara Jukai to Mount Fuji seemed to eloquently encapsulate the duality of Japan. The sublime and the abject intermingled. National landmark and national skeleton in the closet."
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