STORMRULER releases Sacred Rites & Black Magick piece by piece, part 2; Video

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St. Louis-based black metal duo MO Stormruler – comprised of stalwarts of the Midwest scene Jason Asberry (vocals/guitars/bass) and Jesse Schobel (drums/vocals) – have released their new album, Sacred Rites & Black Magick, last month via Napalm Records. The group released the second track-by-track video in support of the album. Watch two segments below:

Produced, mixed and mastered by Gabe Usery at Encapsulated Studios and featuring stunning artwork by Giannis Nakos of Remedy Art Design, Sacred Rites & Black Magick blisters with more relentless intensity while maintaining a haunting and visceral aura older and ominous than never. As on Under A Burning Eclipse, between each Sacred Rites & Black Magick song is an intricate interlude that sets the mood and directs the thematic intensity of the album.

Stormruler says of Sacred Rites & Black Magick: “This album is on another level from our previous offering. It’s in the same vein of Under The Burning Eclipse’s second wave melodic black metal cult. , but with a more intense and darker sound. It has the high-speed circular saw attack that we love, crushing grooves, solid leads, atmosphere in the interludes and acoustic passages, and lyrics that tell a story.

Sacred Rites & Black Magick is available in the following formats:
– 4-page CD digipack
– 2LP Gatefold Black
– 2LP Marbled White/Black/Blue Gatefold – Napalm Mailorder only, limited to 300 worldwide
– Digipak & Shirt set – Napalm RoW Mailorder only
– Complete digital album

Order here.

Sacred Rites & Black Magick tracklist:

“Hymns of the Sleeping Race”
“Internal fulmination of the great deceivers”
“The Drifting Dark Halls of Vinheim”
“Wearing the Twin Faces of the Dragon”
“In the Light of Pale Blood”
“Entered the Presence of the Moon”
“Invocation of the Black Sacrament”
“Sacred Rites and Black Magic”
“Oath Pact”
“Ten Heralds, Ten Desolations”
“The Waters of Iolamita”
“In the Shady Forest of Vlasian”
“Amidst a Crimson Cloud”
“Appearances Across the Ravencrest”
“Sanguinare Vampiris”
“On Frozen Shores”
“Shadow of the Golden Eagle”
“Along the Appian Way”
“Through Winters Long Past”
“A Dead and Cold Malice”

“Upon Frozen Shores” Lyric Video:

Video “Internal Fulmination Of The Grand Deceivers”:

Video “Sacred Rites & Black Magick”:

Stormruler is:

Jason Asberry – vocals, guitars and bass
Jesse Schobel – Drums & Vocals

Stormruler recently announced their upcoming support of Cannibal Corpse, Dark Funeral and Ingested on their 2023 European Tour. United, April 23. Tickets are on sale now.

(Photo – J.T. Ibanez)


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