Friday, March 18, 2016

Heathen Deity post rehearsal video

Heathen Deity, blackmetal band from UK are currently working on a new album. There is also a new lineup and a return to the live scene.
For those who don't know, this band has been around since 1998. They released two demos and one EP and took a break in 2004.
Dagon remains in the new lineup as well as the original member Azrael on guitars, and new addition Xjort will become the Heathen Deity's full-time drummer, both in the studio and live.  The band is currently looking at bringing in a rhythm guitar and bassist to play lives, ready for their stage comeback which will take place in October at the Blackwood Gathering, which takes place in the forest on the shores of Lake Windermere in Cumbria.

Dagon explains why he has decided to bring back the band after such a long time:  "I had been busy with day to day things  and with my solo project FROSTWORK, whilst Azrael was busy with ETHEREAL FOREST and his various projects, and although we'd been talking about it for a long time,  we could never find the time to get together to concentrate on HEATHEN DEITY until now" commented Dagon. 

"Would you believe that we started working on the new album in 2002 and didn't pick it up again until 2014.  As you can imagine, with the passage of time, we are looking at those songs from a completely different perspective now, and we have re-worked and updated them to reflect where we find ourselves both musically and philosophically at this moment in time.    We also intend to include newly written material, as well as some of the songs we performed live back in the day, songs that never appeared on any of our releases.  We  see these songs as marking the end of one chapter of HEATHEN DEITY, whilst the new material will herald a new beginning".

The album will be mixed and mastered by Jonny Maudling (Kull, ex Bal-Sagoth) at his Waylands Forge Studios in Sheffield.  Maudling and Dagon are long-time collaborators, having previously worked together.

You can watch the video of the band rehearsing here:

You can also watch a video of Heathen Deity performing the Karmageddon cover from the Official Nargaroth Tribute album here:

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