AGE OF TAURUS To Release Desperate Souls Of Tortured Times Album In May; 'Embrace The Stone' Single Streaming
April 25, 2013, 2 years ago
London-based heavy/doom metallers AGE OF TAURUS will release their new album, Desperate Souls Of Tortured Times, on May 28th in North America via Metal Blade Records.
Welcome to the Taurean Empire; a decaying land where disease, war and corruption is rife. A wretched place of man and beast, where deception, fear and despair fills every dank alleyway and the stench of suffering drifts across endless, sun-scorched plains. As way of ensuring safe passage through this hellish hour, let us introduce your guides for the journey; four road-hardened mortals, brought together by luck, power and coincidence. Ladies and Gentlemen, take up arms and go safely as Age Of Taurus show you a world inhabited by the Desperate Souls Of Tortured Times…
The debut single, 'Embrace The Stone, from Desperate Souls Of Tortured Times is streaming below:
Formed in 2009 by vocalist/guitarist Toby Wright, Age Of Taurus was initially a one-man doom metal mission. Inspired by masters of the craft like CANDLEMASS, TROUBLE and REVELATION, the project was intended more as a studio affair rather than something more alive. However, after increasing interest in the band and a succession of glowing reviews of debut demo, In the Days Of The Taurean Empire, Toby decided that there was no turning back and duly put together a fully working line up; enter bassist Richard Bruce, lead guitarist Alastair Riddell and drummer Darius Claydon.
The band quickly began writing together and started to develop and define a sound that suited their combined musical direction. With their feet still firmly planted in the doom metal field, the group were able to explore other paths of influence, particularly bass-driven seventies hard rock and the oh-so-punishing twin guitar attacks that ruled the speakers during NWOBHM's golden years.
Produced by Jaime Gomez Arellano (ANGEL WITCH, HEXVESSEL, GHOST), Desperate Souls Of Tortured Times is a 42-minute collection of material written during their transition over the past three years. It's an unashamedly heavy voyage down a road less travelled, where each of the seven songs acts as a chapter from an altogether longer tale. Monstrous, mountain-shaking riffs are order of the day in the Empire, stepping aside only for Riddell's searing leads to take hold, whilst the lock-tight Bruce/Claydon rhythm section underpins all. Heading the charge from centre stage, Wright's lyrics act as a vivid narrative, painting pictures of ancient ritual and sprawling landscapes, somewhat reminiscent of MANILLA ROAD and BROCAS HELM in their prime. Some might assume that DSOTT is a concept album, however in reality, Age Of Taurus is more like a 'concept band', intent on delivering undiluted and intriguing heavy metal to all that will listen.
Age Of Taurus lineup:
Toby Wright - Vocals/Guitar
Alastair Riddell - Guitar
Richard Bruce - Bass
Darius Claydon - Drums
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