Cover photo by Vinny Vlemmix.
Next month, Turia is set to release their third full-length «Degen van Licht», whose title track can be heard below. According to its press release, the album will once again have a firm footing on the band’s distinguishable black metal sound whilst further developing its psychedelic leanings, with the band explicitly mentioning influences ranging from mid-era Bathory to early Hawkwind. Thematically, «Degen van Licht» is presented as
an ode to the ageless lure of the unyielding mountains, and an exploration of the sweltering warmth which encompasses these heights every summer. Crackling green pastures full of life morph into scorching fields of withered grass and decaying alpine herbs. Shrieks of lammergeiers prowling for the bones of decomposing creatures reverberate throughout the high summits. The purgatory potential of the massif is revealed when death prevails. Witnessing these changes and enduring the delirious heat formed the basis for «Degen van Licht».
«Degen van Licht» is set for release through Eisenwald (cd and vinyl formats) and Haeresis Noviomagi (cassette and digital) on February 14. It was recorded, produced, and mixed by the band with assistance from M. Koops, whilst mastering duties were handled by Greg Chandler at the Priory Recording Studios.
Two release shows have now been announced. One on February 14, in Antwerp, with Laster, Invunche, and Witch Trail (more information here) and one on February 15, in Utrecht, with Defacement and Disequilibrium (more information here). Moreover, the end of February and beginning of March will see the band embark on an European tour with Iffernet, whose dates can be seen below.