As previously announced, Australian funeral doom icons MOURNFUL CONGREGATION have signed with 20 Buck Spin for the North American release of two full-length releases. The first of the pair, a compilation of out-of-print tracks entitled The Unspoken Hymns, acts as a prologue for the band’s newly completed, monumental, brand new full-length album, The Book Of Kings.
20 Buck Spin has posted a full album stream of the The Unspoken Hymns compilation ahead of its September 20th release date. Fans can check out the oppressive five tracks at this location.
The label also this week confirms the details for MOURNFUL CONGREGATION‘s brand new full-length The Book Of Kings, now officially confirmed for North American release on November 8th. Undoubtedly serving not only as a pinnacle release for the band, dating back through their nearly 20-year history, it is also a landmark release in the extreme doom subgenre as a whole. The album consumes nearly 80 minutes, and takes the listener on a turbulent journey through both imperial nobility and crestfallen, tarnished hope.
This week the band have released the track listing for The Book Of Kings, as well as the cover art and a music sampler for the album. Check it all out at this location.
The Book Of Kings Track Listing:
I. The Catechism of Depression (XIX:XIX)
II. The Waterless Streams (XII:XVIII)
III. The Bitter Veils of Solemnity (XII:II)
IV. The Book of Kings (XXXIII:X)
In support of both of these new releases, MOURNFUL CONGREGATION will travel to the United States for the first time this Autumn, invading the West Coast on a two-week venture on their way to perform at the massive Rites Of Darkness III festival, where the band will hold one of the main headlining slots alongside Zemial, Demigod, Mortuary Drape, Sargeist, Urfaust and others.
MOURNFUL CONGREGATION U.S. Tour Dates:
11/30/2011 Highline Bar – Seattle, WA w/ Samothrace
12/01/2011 Plan B – Portland, OR w/ Merkstave
12/02/2011 Jumbalaya’s – Arcata, CA w/ Ash Borer
12/03/2011 The Metro – Oakland, CA w/ Brainoil, Laudanum, Lycus
12/04/2011 TBA – San Francisco, CA w/ Vastum
12/05/2011 TBA – Los Angeles, CA
12/06/2011 The Rouge – Scottsdale, AZ w/ Rituals
12/07/2011 Larry O’s Lounge – El Paso, TX w/ Impetuous Ritual, Grave Upheaval, Ritual Necromancy, Obeisance
12/08-11/2011 Rites of Darkness Festival – San Antonio, TX [info]
Promos of The Unspoken Hymns are available to North American journalists now, and promos of The Book Of Kings as well as interviews with MOURNFUL CONGREGATION will be available in the weeks ahead. In North America, contact Earsplit PR for all promotional requests.