Death/doom unit PULCHRA MORTE — featuring within its ranks current and former members of Wolvhammer, Eulogy, Harkonin, Withered, and more — will release its debut full-length this February via Ceremonial Records. Titled Divina Autem Et Aniles, the ten-track offering was captured by PULCHRA MORTE guitarist/renowned producer/engineer Jarrett Pritchard (1349, Goatwhore, Wolvhammer, Gruesome, Exhumed, etc.) at his own New Constellation Studios in Orlando, Florida, mastered by Chris Common (Tribulation, Primordial, Exhumed, Gruesome), and features the vocal talents of former Eulogy co-conspirator Heather Dykstra and cellist Naarah Strokosch as well as additional backing vocals by Tor Stavenes, AKA Seidemann of 1349 and Svart Lotus. It all comes swathed in the striking cover art of Jordan Barlow (Goatwhore, Haarp, Psychon Vex).
Divina Autem Et Aniles carries its listeners back to an era where unabridged heaviness and darkness reigned supreme. Of the record’s weighty themes, vocalist Jason Barron notes, “I was going through an extremely dark time in my personal life. I had the perfect dark cloud for proper inspiration for a ’90s-style doom/death metal band with a name meaning ‘beautiful death:’ Tasting a small portion of bliss and having it taken away forever, severe depression, madness, relationships, complete and total loss – all the formulæ for life itself. ‘Give No More,’ for example, was the first song I wrote for PULCHRA MORTE. It’s about an individual suffering from major disease, depression, and utter madness, composing his own epitaph, completely accepting his failure, and giving up, happily ending his life. The album is filled with stories of embracing death and the end, and also the new beginnings that death brings.”
Adds Pritchard, “As we move forward, the subject matter will broaden, not only with darkness but in ways, certain levels of empowerment; perhaps the shift where a person goes from being the pawn to the hand. Not by ignoring it, but by embracing what is. We are all interested in a vast number of topics that are applied in everyday life, ranging from Hermetic philosophy to Crowley and Austin Spare, writings by everyone from Israel Regardie to Terence McKenna, traversing dimensional barriers, hallucinogenic communication, ritual Magick, conspiracy… The world is a dark place. There is no shortage of such topics to reflect on all around us.”
PULCHRA MORTE is planning a number of appearances throughout 2019 in support of Divina Autem Et Aniles and are already hard at work on the follow-up album.
This is their first single titled “Soulstentch” from the new album that can be PRE-ORDERED HERE!