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Stream Book Of Black Earth The Cold Testament (Stereogum Premiere)

Crusty Seattle blackened death quartet Book Of Black Earth have offered interesting moments in the past, but nothing as impressively sustained as The Cold Testament: The band’s third, strongest full-length carves out a darker, harsher, more memorable (almost sing-along) sound than what we’ve heard on past offerings. For starters, they dropped their keyboardist since 2008’s conceptual Horoskopus; as a result, these eight songs/36 minutes are more guitar driven, punk-feeling, raw, and plenty worthy the Phobia shirt in the below band photo. You’ll probably also note — after monster opener “Weight Of The World” and blistering second track “Cross Contamination” — that the overall feel’s looser, while remaining coiled, sharp-focused, tight (even on epic 7-minute closer “I See Demons”). The Cold Testament was tracked with Chris Common (Pelican, The Sword) at Seattle’s Red Room Studio and mixed/mastered by Dan Swano (Bloodbath, Nasum, Opeth) at Unisound in Sweden. Listen:

Book Of Black Earth – “Weight Of The World”
Book Of Black Earth – “Cross Contamination”
Book Of Black Earth – “Antarctica”
Book Of Black Earth – “Irritating Spectre”
Book Of Black Earth – “Termination”
Book Of Black Earth – “Research And Destroy”
Book Of Black Earth – “Road Dogs From Hell”
Book Of Black Earth – “I See Demons”

The Cold Testament is out 5/24 via Prosthetic.

Book Of Black Earth 2011