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Smoulder Drop New Single Ahead of Upcoming Album


Smoulder just dropped the second single from their forthcoming album Violent Creed of Vengeance, “Victims of Fate.”

The album is the follow-up to their 2019 debut Times of Obscene Evil and Wild Daring, Michael Whelan (Cirith Ungol, Obituary, Sepultura) once again handled the cover art. The image depicts a theme of vengeance against the patriarchy and the evil powers that be. According to the press release:

“Whelan’s artwork helped shape the album’s theme of vengeance, particularly Sarah Ann’s very pointed lyrics about taking revenge on misogynists and rapists, their enablers and the indifference of those who excuse such behavior. The red tones of Whelan’s painting have a tremendous impact since red is historically associated with strong feelings: anger, violence, lust, sex, love, courage, vigor, danger, power and passion. There is also an infusion of sword, sorcery literature and films that inspired Times of Obscene Evil, including a very special guest appearance from The Eternal Champion author, Michael Moorcock.”

Violent Creed of Vengeance is a personal look at the anger experienced by the band, and so many others, over the past few years.

The record also represents a new chapter in terms of musical maturity.

“I used to loathe when bands used the word ‘mature,’” says vocalist Sarah Ann. “The same goes for when bands say, ‘This is our best album,’ but…. this album is mature and better than the debut.”

Violent Creed of Vengeance is out April 21 via Cruz Del Sur Music. Preorder the album here.

Track Listing:

1. Violent Creed of Vengeance
2. The Talisman and the Blade
3. Midnight in the Mirror World
4. Path Of Witchery
5. Victims Of Fate
6. Spellforger
7. Dragonslayer’s Doom

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