Suffer Yourself will unleash their fourth full-length album, “Axis of Tortures”, on September 22nd via Aesthetic Death.
This death-doom metal institution unveils the first track taken from the album.
Following the success of their third album (“Rip Tide”, 2021) – Suffer Yourself took the opportunity to do tours of both Scandinavia and Belgium, once the global pandemic restrictions had lifted. A period of gigs which far exceeded what the band might normally undertake – with all gigs meeting to great success and the live set being a feature for the band into the future.
Within “Rip Tide” Suffer Yourself could be heard to tease out and develop the death metal edge to their music. In the proceeding months following that release the band have worked tirelessly writing and recording the new album “Axis Of Tortures”. This has culminated in a more aggressive approach and applied compositional ideas, incorporating death metal more prominently into their sound – meeting with doomed psychedelics and some interesting “twists”.
“Axis of Tortures” is based around a concept and representation of any perceived tortures as a 4-dimensional geometrical graph, where there are three real coordinate axis (Insanity, Despair and Pain) and one assumed – Time (a 4th dimension, as we know it). Thinking about it from pure geometrical, and metaphysical point – any point in the 3D space can be anywhere in the coordinates and have any values, for example, (0,0,0) – is a very centre of all planes whilst, moving away from the central fulcrum, brings any combination of the three aforementioned variables and subsequently different amounts of each torture within the axis. We all exist somewhere in within the spectrum of tortures.
Regardless of the concept, the funeral death metal on “Axis of Tortures” will appeal to most discerning death metal fans, especially those who enjoy their death metal with a doomed morose overtone and steeped in the sounds of the early 90s.
To finish, it is worth mentioning the cover art for the album, a piece from Austrian surrealist painter Otto Rapp. The artist himself approved the use of this particular work, entitled “Eye of the Dark Star” (1993) to adorn the album cover. In our opinion, this fantastic piece of artwork brilliantly reflects the musical vision.
|1. Enter the Axis (intro)
2. Axis Insanity
3. Axis Despair
4. Axis Pain
5. Axis Time
6. Serutrot fo Sixa