Grethor announce Jan 26th release of 'DAMNATIO MEMORIAE'
Virginia's GRETHOR has recently wrapped up production on their first full length album, DAMNATIO MEMORIAE, the follow up to 2015's well-received EP CLOAKED IN DECAY. The album will be released January 26th, 2018 on CD and digital formats. The album is an onslaught of extreme metal that draws influence from multiple genres with a focus on acuminous lyricism and three-dimensional songwriting.
The phrase Damnatio Memoriae is Latin for "condemnation of memory." The Roman Senate adopted this as a form of dishonorable punishment against traitors and criminals who brought shame to the Empire. This punishment, stipulating that a person must not be remembered, was regarded as a fate worse than death. The central lyrical themes of the album are dehumanization, authoritarianism, and the decline of critical thinking. Damnatio Memorae's artwork was created by surrealist Anton Semenov.
Regarding the themes of the album, vocalist Marcus Lawrence commented, “Religion has always been a tool of oligarchy; it had always been the most effective. Whenever it seemed that we were going to transcend it, the shamanistic class would always be amplified by the oligarchs who needed a compliant labor force…The endless wars, the raping of ecosystems, the genocides all in the name of the benevolence of the ‘Christian Nation.’ If we are allowed to denigrate into whatever our tribal instincts desire, if we insist on only existing in only the reality we choose, then the violence that will follow will be inevitable.”
The album was completed in September 2017; tracking, mixing and mastering took place at guitarist Tony Petrocelly's Trepan Studios in Woodbridge, VA, with lead guitars being tracked at StarAudio studios in Chicago, IL.