Nightrage – Abyss Rising – Gatefold LP
Greek/Swedish melodic death metal stars Nightrage return with their latest creatin ‘Abyss Rising’. The final part in the trilogy of albums (starting with 2017’s ‘The Venomous’ continuing with 2019’s ‘Wolf to Man’), ‘Abyss Rising’ is Nightrage’s vision where man has finally reached their own hell on Earth. Inspired in part by Dante’s ‘Inferno’, the album explores man’s continual destruction of the world we live in until the abyss opens up to consume all before it. The artwork for the album (created by the phenomenal Jon Tousas) features seven arrows that represent the seven deadly sins, seen killing the three birds of innocence, highlighting the downfall of humankind.
Musically the band have embraced a harder, faster, and brutal approach, still rich in melodic intent but characteristically heavy and aggressive. Mixed and mastered by Fredrik Nordstrom at Studio Fredman (Architects, In Flames, Opeth, etc.) ‘Abyss Rising’ is a formidable sonic masterpiece.