Abbath Cracks Open “The Book of Breath” On New Single


Earlier this month, badger-painted black metal foil Abbath dropped the title track from his upcoming album Dread Reaver. Now, the former Immortal frontman has released a new track from the record, and this one’s a lot of fun.

The track, titled “The Book of Breath” (woof, hell of a smell memory that evokes), is a solidly-galloping black thrash song that definitely roils a bit harder than “Dread Reaver” did, especially with that soaring guitar lead over the central parts of it. It proves what we’ve been led to believe: that Abbath knows what he’s doing with this shit, and that he’s here to make metal that’s super fucking entertaining first and foremost. Sure, some of the grim and frostbitten will be chapped by that, but, you know, fuck ’em.

Check out the track below, followed by the cover art and tracklisting. Abbath’s Dread Reaver drops March 25th via Season of Mist, and is available for preorder. The record was produced by Endre Kirkesola, Abbath, and Dag Erik Nygaard, mixed by Abbath and Kirkesola, and mastered by Maor Appelbaum (Mayhem, Faith No More, William Shatner, etc.). The album art was created by Bjørn Stian Bjoarvik.

Meanwhile, European fans can catch the band on their co-headlining tour with Watain at one of the tour dates listed below:

09/15: Paris (FR) @ Elysee Montmartre 
09/16: Oberhausen (DE) @ Turbinenhalle 
09/17: Munich (DE) @ Backstage  
09/18: Milan (IT) @ Live Club 
09/20: Toulouse (FR) @ Le Bikini  
09/22: Lisbon (PT) @ Lisboa Ao Vivo 
09/23: Madrid (ES) @ La Riviera 
09/24: Barcelona (ES) @ Apolo  
09/25: Lyon (FR) @ Transbordeur  
09/27: Zurich (CH) @ Komplex 457 
09/28: Filderstadt (DE) @ Filharmonie 
09/29: Tilburg (NL) @ 013  
09/30: London (UK) @ Earth 
10/02: Antwerp (BE) @ Trix 
10/04: Hamburg (DE) @ Markthalle  
10/05: Copenhagen (DK) @ Amager Bio 
10/06: Oslo (NO) @ Rockefeller 
10/07: Stockholm (SE) @ Fallan 
10/09: Helsinki (FI) @ Vanha

Here are the tracklisting and cover art for the record:

1. Acid Haze
2. Scarred Core
3. Dream Cull
4. Myrmidon
5. The Deep Unbound
6. Septentrion
7. Trapped Under Ice
8. The Book of Breath
9. Dread Reaver

Abbath Cracks Open “The Book of Breath” On New Single
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