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Exclusive: UK Black Metallers Sacred Son Announce New Album, Premiere Monstrous First Single

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In case you forgot, UK black metal outfit Sacred Son pissed off the whole scene by releasing several absolutely crushing albums whose covers depicted frontman Dane Cross on holiday (their self-titled debut, which featured Cross grinning before a beautiful landscape, especially angered frumpy cultists). But now, the band have announced their return, and have an absolutely gruesome first single — and a metal-as-fuck album cover — to show for it.

Sacred Son’s third full-length album will be titled The Foul Deth of Engelond, and comes out May 13th. According to Cross, the album, a sonic chronicle of the 1381 Peasant’s Revolt, is “his ode to righteous leftwing political violence.”

The record’s first single, “Le Blakheth,” illustrates exactly why those disgusted by the band’s laid-back album covers still found themselves enamored by Sacred Son. The track is sweeping yet resolute, equal parts the towering shadow of Death and the feet on the ground hauling the corpse-barrow. Cross’ vocals sound absolutely grisly, like an ancient Greek chorus leading a swaying choir of fed-up villagers in a blood-streak bacchanal. The entire time, the track never devolves into noise or chaos, its melody and narrative guiding it inevitably forward.

Here’s Cross’ breakdown:

‘Le Blakheth is the third track from Sacred Son’s new album ‘The Foul Deth of Engelond’. It chronicles the bloodiest and most violent chapter of the 1381 Great Rising; when corrupt and sycophantic ruling figures were beaten and beheaded whilst their obscenely lavish buildings burned around them.’

Listen to “Le Blakheth” below, and then scroll down for the cover art. Sacred Son’s The Foul Deth of Engelond is out May 13h, and is available for preorder.

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