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Stygian Dreams


Terror From Hell Records
15. Feb. 2019


“There asphodels are scattered through the night, like ghosts of young beseeching hands.” (W. Faulkner)

'Stygian Dreams', the new album of Finland’s ASPHODELUS, contains seven songs of sorrowful Gothic Doom/Death Metal of the gloomiest kind. This forlorn manifesto showcases the band as one of the most interesting acts in the genre today. The trio’s music formula comprises influences of early Katatonia, Anathema, My Dying Bride and Tiamat, yet keeping a distinctive feature in their sound. Don't be fooled by the somewhat clean riffage and melodic solos, they are just a wishful thinking before the whole thing sink down again in the gloomy pit. Harsh and melancholic screams enhance the hopelessness of the whole thing, throwing tuneful keyboards in their desperate sonic cauldron, heightened by a good hint of Finnish renowned “masennus” (read, depression).

The album was analogically recorded in Finland and definitely mixed at The Devil's Mark Studio in Rome (Demonomancy, Destroyer 666). Listen to this will give you the feeling to sail between Styx's waters, as well as being in the sight of Persephone, crowned with a garland of asphodels.

* Recorded during April & May 2018 at the Chamber studio in Hamina by Tomi Pekkola

* Mixed & mastered at the Devil’s Mark studio in Rome

* All photography by Emma Grönqvist

* Cover art: Les Océanides (Les naiades de la mer) by Gustave Doré / Used with kind permission of The Leicester Galleries

"The Hourglass Infernal" - Official Track Stream: https://youtu.be/p82li9j3zFo


1. Les Océanides (Intro)
2. Lamentation of the Lost Soul
3. Scent of Venus
4. The Hourglass Infernal
5. Delusions Ad Astra
6. Stygian Dreaming
7. Sleep of Eternity
8. Where Freezing Spirits Fall


J. Filppu - Vocals, Guitars
J. Väyrynen - Guitars
V. Kettunen - Drums

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