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Date Set For International Release Of New Album From Nocturnes Mist

Today, Seance Records sets September 15th as the international release date for Nocturnes Mist's highly anticipated third album, "Diabolical Baptism."

Following quickly on the heels of last year's scorching second album, "March to Perdition," "Diabolical Baptism" completes an unholy trinity of albums that forever establishes Nocturnes Mist as one of the darkest and most uncompromising antipodean forces. More savage, more immediate, and more engaging, the band goes from strength to strength here, heralding a new era for their characteristically Aussie black metal.

Nocturnes Mist's "Diabolical Baptism" is a work of traditional black metal inspired by the occult and Satan. After watching The Omen trilogy, the band was inspired to write a song based upon the iconic film score, "Ave Satani," and in doing so, this song influenced the tone of the album. "Diabolical Baptism" is a work inspired by high Satanism, both its medieval origins as well as the presence of Satan and the occult in the contemporary world: from The Omen trilogy to Ken Russel’s classic The Devils (from which a sample is used on the song "Barbs of Sadism) to the illustrations from the works of Lord of De Lancre, the infamous French witch-finder and demonologist of the 17th Century. His image of the Black Mass, the witches Sabbath in addition to horror, both fictional demonic terror and the real life terrors of the medieval age and inquisition, coupled with a fascination for clandestine ceremonies of the left-hand path - all come together with each song representing another page of Nocturnes Mist’s musical grimoire, a tale written in homage to Satan and the vivid imagery that he has inspired throughout the ages.

The lavish artwork throughout "Diabolical Baptism" was created by the hand of modern master Jenglot Hitam, a re-imagining of Lord of De Lancre’s Black Mass and Witches Sabbath - and here, from Satanic inspiration emerges a new level of primal energy and brutality for Nocturnes Mist. Harsh compositions and raw fury have engulfed symphonic elements, with keyboards only momentarily emerging to highlight mood and atmosphere. The transition of style was not intentional; rather, it's a subconscious evolution reflecting the band’s collective energy whilst writing the album.

As a result, "Diabolical Baptism" is a natural manifestation of evil and hatred, a return to the raw, unadulterated energy of early '90s black metal and a vehement outpouring sparked by frustration with the continued dilution of the genre. Diabolical Baptism is a rekindling of Nocturnes Mist's devotion to black metal, its roots, the feeling and conviction stemming back to the origins of the band, their influences, and the energy that originally galvanized them in the '90s.

1. Hammers of Hatred
2. Barbs of Sadism
3. Tears of Misery
4. Temple of Malevolence
5. Pale Face Cold Heart
6. Obscure Reaches
7. Upon The Beast Rode a Whore
8. Shadow of the Flame
9. Domina Noctus
10. Ave Satani

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