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DEVILISH IMPRESSIONS Hailing from Poland, the epic black / death metallers of DEVILISH IMPRESSIONS will release their new album, “The I”, on September 22nd, 2017 via Lifeforce Records. The album will be available as CD digipak, limited vinyl LP and digital download.

Recorded at various studios, including Dobra12 (drums) and Icaros Studio (guitars) the disc was mixed and mastered at Impressive Art Studio by Przemyslaw Nowak who also handled vocals recording sessions and guitars’ re-amping. The album’s artwork, design and layout were created by Infected Minds.

The album features special guest appearances by MERCYFUL FATE / KING DIAMOND’s guitarist Mike Wead and by Norway’s dark metal masters AETERNUS’ vocalist / guitarist Ares. Other artists who also contributed to the record are shamanic ritual meditative experimental act BÖN and Impressive Art Studio’s owner PRZEMYSLAW NOWAK who came up with interludes, additional background tunes and effects.
“It’s been a really long way to be finally able to wrap it all up, countless nights spent on writing the music and lyrics first, then working on the album’s pre-production, followed by what seemed to be never-ending, proper recording sessions, and tones of work that had to be done for the band afterwards. We really wanted this new album to become something really special and therefore, to avoid any haphazard decisions, we let them come out of us smoothly, without putting ourselves under any external tension and stuff. Did it pay off? Well, we’ll see… We surely worked our asses off, pushed things back and forth to get the best out of it. As a result we’ve got something we are damn proud of, something that we believe surpasses on all possible levels everything we’ve done in the past. I simply believe we’d outdone ourselves and recorded something that will cause your hearts beat faster…” – comments Quazarre, the band’s composer, vocalist and guitarist.

“When entering the studio we thought we had a clearly defined idea on how the new record was supposed to sound like… After a while, in spite of looking in the same direction, it turned out we were kind of acting in a contradictory manner. And it wasn’t about us fighting over which instrument should play the key role here or e.g. which one should get louder, no! Not at all! At some point we even got stuck, to a certain extent, because of an enormous accumulation of visions that were so different from each other it was impossible to make them work together. Luckily enough we had finally found the sound we thought was best for the new tunes, the sound one would describe as a mixture of what was coming out in the middle of the 90s with a modern touch to it. ” – continues Quazarre.

“Thanks to the commitment of both Piotr Polak at Dobra 12 Studio and Przemyslaw Nowak at Impressive Art Studio we have achieved an utterly tremendous and full-bodied sound. The present path on which the band stomps leaves much more room for musicianship to shine through in the rhythm department which, as a consequence, has led our music towards yet new dimensions... It had been exceedingly tough and demanding but I have a genuinely constructive impression that it had absolutely put me through the hoops. After all, it’s the record of my life so far! No triggers, no samples, no compressors, no compromise! Fully acoustic sound of the drums perfectly fits the aura of the new tracks” – adds the band’s drummer, Icanraz.

“To accompany the fierce and powerful lyrical content of “The I”, we developed an equally strong-minded visual concept resembling the appearance of medieval scriptures. It refers to the intense religious critique omnipresent in each song and depicts the ancient spirit of rebellion at the same time.
The cover illustration reflects the general notions of the album – centrality, elucidation and guidance. In the center of the image, the Devilish Impressions’ sigil represents the band’s everlasting propaganda of the aforementioned philosophy. The morning star on top of the sigil radiates enlightenment and wisdom upon and through the darkness of religion and blind belief.
Each lyric is coupled with an old engraving modified in a certain way to create a stronger bond with the text. The carefully crafted typography and layout reinforce the antique and authentic look of the artwork.” – comments Ruslan Kamolov of Infected Minds responsible for the album’s cover art and its entire artwork.

CD digipak tracklisting:
01. The I
02. The Dove and the Serpent
03. Eosphoros
04. Blood Imprinted Stigma
05. Ipse philosophvs, daemon, Devs et omnia
06. Czern i Biel
07. The Fatal Messiah

Vinyl tracklisting:
01. The I
02. The Dove and the Serpent
03. Blood Imprinted Stigma
04. Eosphoros
05. Ipse philosophvs, daemon, Devs et omnia
06. The Fatal Messiah

The title chosen, “The I”, for the record is not only a phonetic acronym of the band’s name, but above all it reflects the manifesto they stand for since the Horde’s inception in the year 2000 – the notion of freedom of choice and will. A supremacy of an individual over any external factors being imposed on us by others, with special emphasis on religion and its convictions, dogmas and paradigms. “The I” is a rebellious manifesto targeted against all those who stand opposed to anything that drives us towards individual perfection.


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    September 20, 2017

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