UK-based death metal titans Abhorrent Decimation released their new album The Pardoner on Friday via Prosthetic Records and are streaming it in full, online.
It’s been a real journey these last couple of years and while this record is totally a concept album, it is also the soundtrack to a somewhat troubling, testing and confusing part in all our lives. We persevered and came out the other side. And the result, we feel – is a cohesive and accomplished body of work.
Conceptually, the new album is an in-depth exploration into The Pardoner, English poet Geoffrey Chaucer’s most depraved and deceitful character from The Canterbury Tales. The Pardoner is a religious fraud and hypocrite who preaches against the love of greed, yet whose own love of wealth enabled him to profit off the sins of others. He claimed to work on behalf of the clergy, selling spiritual forgiveness for one’s sins in the form of his pardons, which included forged “official letters” from high ranking church officials absolving one of their sins and bones and crystals blessed with healing powers. In Chaucer’s story, “The Pardoner” tells a harrowing tale of three men whose materialism becomes the death of them.
The Pardoner was recorded, mixed and mastered by bassist David Archer at Audio Empire. The intricate artwork was created by German illustrator Karmazid, based on a visual concept by Vocalist Ashley Scott.
You can pick up or stream the album from loads of places, [amazon text=including Amazon&asin=B072M57VY2].
Catch them on their forthcoming tour:
- 29/07/17 LONDON The Unicorn (LAUNCH PARTY)
- 10/08/17 LONDON The Underworld (w/WHITECHAPEL)
- 12/08/17 BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR (check out our interview with the band)
- 23/09/17 LEEDS Temple Of Boom UK SLAM FEST
- 07/10/17 BRIGHTON Mammothfest
- 20/10/17 GLASGOW TBC
- 21/10/17 MANCHESTER TBC
- 31/10/17 YORK The Fulford Arms
- 05/11/17 LONDON Boston Music Rooms
- 17/02/18 CARDIFF ChaosFestival