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Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Ancient Settlers release new single and video “Cerement”

Ancient Settlers release new single and video “Cerements”, out now, new album “Our Last Eclipse” out on 1st April on Crusader Records.

In the lead-up to their debut full-length album release on Friday, April 1st, Ancient Settlers have delivered fans another taste of what they can expect from “Our Last Eclipse” by releasing another stunning single and video clip, “Cerements”.

A sentimental song, “Cerements” describes the sadness we have all felt for departed ones. Musically, the track implements clean-fuzzy guitars and driving bass lines to set a pop-oriented pace, before the synth section, inspired by film scores, drives the song into a faster, more powerful verse.

Available on CD and digital, Ancient Settlers’ debut album takes you from fast-paced, powerful melodic death metal to 80’s synth-wave, and even all the way to catchy post-metal riffs, all bound together by a nostalgic Gothenburg influence. Lyrically, Our Last Eclipse is an invitation to walk alongside Ancient Settlers in their journey of facing the odds of leaving one’s motherland for a new unknown soil.

International technical modern melodic death metal outfit Ancient Settlers were founded in 2020 by Carlos Chiesa-Estomba & Herman Riera (Ex- Haboryn), Rene González (Ex- Aesthesis), Emmy Reyes (Blackbeer, Ex- Gamalyel), and Antony Hämäläinen (Meridian Dawn, Ex- Nightrage & Armageddon), a group of musicians with more than fifteen-years of experience in the European and American metal circuit. 

The band started their journey with the intention to explore the frontiers of modern melodic death metal, including catchy guitar riffs, the use of synths & keyboards and a variety of different sounds and rhythms, trying to develop their own music personality.

From a lyrical point, the band gets inspired by recent tragedies that affect the earth and human race. They try to spread their message over all who want to listen.

Despite this, the band needed to modify their starting plans, due to the pandemic outbreak. They pushed ahead and in January of 2021, the band released their first single ‘Diamond Eyes’ digitally, alongside a limited edition 7″ vinyl. The following February, the band released their debut EP, Autumnus, recorded in Portugal, France, Spain and the USA and requested the service of Daniel Cardoso (Anathema, Anneke Van Grisbergen) to mix and master the album, as well as Gus “Perkele” Sazes (Angra, Kamelot, Gus G, Firewind, Arch Enemy) to design the artworks.

In April 2021, Miguel Herrera joined the band as the full-time bass player. The band started to develop a live-session tour including venues throughout Portugal, France and Spain. They recently signed to Crusader Records to release their killer 10 track album, produced by worldwide Grammy awarded Fredrik Nordstrom.