For the many fans of Hades Almighty the long wait is finally over as the band is set to release a new EP, the first studio release from the band since 2001. The three-track Digi EP, titled Pyre Era, Black! will hit the streets on Dark Essence Records on October 23 and serves as an introduction to a new era for the legendary Norwegian band, as well as a taste of what to expect from what will be the band’s fifth full-length album which is due for release next year.
Photography for the artwork for Pyre Era, Black! is by Christian Misje. Track listing as follows:
1. Pyre Era, Black!
2. Funeral Storm
Originally formed in 1992 as Hades, the band changed their name to Hades Almighty the in 1998 due to the pre-existence of a US band of the same name. Things on the recording front have been quiet in the fourteen years since the release of Hades Almighty’s fourth full-length album, The Pulse of Decay, but the band itself has not let the grass grow too long under their feet by being relatively active on the live scene. Nor, it would seem, have they lost any of their studio skills as Pyre Era, Black! amply demonstrates.
Hades Almighty's first live appearance with the new lineup will take place in the Netherlands at the Aurora Infernalis festival in Arnhem on the 24th October, followed by an appearance at Bergen’s Black Metal and Tattoo festival BlekkMetal in Bergen on the 13th November.
Here is the official video for the track “Submission Equals Suicide” from Hades Almighty's The Pulse of Decay (2001).