When TIM SKOLD, producer and former member of Marilyn Manson’s band, ex-KMFDM member, Motionless In White producer, and co-founder of Swedish metal act Shotgun Messiah, titled his new album Dies Irae – a Latin phrase meaning “Day Of Wrath” – not even he could have imagined what the fates had in store for 2021. Between political upheavals and violent revolts to a myriad of allegations against established heroes and icons, it seems a day of reckoning may indeed be coming, like a “black cloud on a dirty horizon.” That’s the image painted by SKOLD in the lead-off track to Dies Irae, the fifth and most aggressive album to date, “Dirty Horizon,” a heavy-as-fu*k metal anthem that grabs you by the throat with its opening riff and doesn’t let up for the entirety of its 4-minute running time.
It’s a bold and powerful opening to the set, even as it suggests that this particular beginning is in fact the beginning of the end, “Goodbye and goodnight / Everything is alright / Blinded by starlight / Everything is fine / Just let it BURN.” And burn SKOLD does through nine more tracks of face-melting metal riffs, glorious keyboards and lyrical musings on death (“Terrified”), revolution (“The End Is Near”), romance (“Love Is A Disease”) and more.
SKOLD is also proud to announce a brand new video for “Dirty Horizon,” another collaboration between SKOLD and filmmaker/award-winning music video director Vicente Cordero.
The two had collaborated previously on the sweeping, cinematic video for “Small World” from SKOLD’s 2019 album Never Is Now as well as on two haunting videos for Not My God – SKOLD’s other project with Psyclon Nine’s Nero Bellum – “Fiction” and “Sowing Discord.” The “Dirty Horizon” video finds SKOLD paying homage to the legendary film by fellow Swede Ingmar Bergman, the 1957 epic “The Seventh Seal.” Shot in the stone dungeon of the stunning Abbey Arroyo, the video has SKOLD performing dual roles as both the medieval knight and the physical manifestation of Death to whom the knight confesses. The result is a visual masterpiece of religious imagery, dark foreboding and the ancient struggle for meaning and redemption in a wrathful, fallen world.
As for SKOLD himself, after 3 decades of making music, he is determined as ever to remain true to his vision and defy audience expectations, saying “I really don’t know what people expect but I think that is a good thing. The idea is that if I just stick to doing my thing I will somehow retain the original enthusiasm and it is actually working, I’m literally getting more inspired the further down the rabbit hole I go. It’s getting scary.”
Dies Irae features artwork from hugely talented German artist Sebastian Nabel ( https://sebastiannabel.com/) showcased beautifully on reverse-board digipak for CD plus a special limited edition vinyl edition with a reverse-board jacket and full-color inner sleeve housing a gorgeous CLEAR vinyl LP!
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