Inspired by the tragic events of his home country Indonesia during the 1960s, composer Januaryo Hardy captured the existential feeling of loss and suffering in his latest work of Art. On “Hymn To The Woeful Hearts“, PURE WRATH skillfully unite thundering drum lines, sharp and tension-ridden riffing and emotional screams with calmer neoclassic arrangements as well as epic clear vocals. With their creativity, drummer Yurii Kononov (ex-WHITE WARD) as well as Dice Midyanti (piano, cello) and Nick Kushnir (additional guitar elements) further enrich “The Forlorn Soldier” (2020) successor.
“Hymn To The Woeful Hearts” is officially released and available on CD, vinyl and digitally via Debemur Morti Production‘s EU, US and Bandcamp shops. A second pressing of the sold-out vinyl version is already in preparation and will be ready for shipping in May.
Listen to the album via Bandcamp or on the label’s YouTube channel:
International press rewarded the album with high praise:
“The third long player “Hymn To The Woeful Hearts” might be the biggest surprise for all fans of Black Metal this February!” (Metal.de)
“A wonderful album to start the year with – 8,5/10 points!” (Rock Tribune)
“People who are into the kind of atmospheric black metal like for instance WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM simply have to check this release out. It brings a similar kind of captivating and epic atmosphere while featuring lyrics that could easily stir up some emotions, singing about the atrocities that the people of his country had to sit through during the 1965 Indonesian genocide.” (GRIMMGent)
Indonesian PURE WRATH began in mid-2014 as a primitive black metal solo project of multi-instrumentalist Ryo. Starting in 2016, Ryo began to shift the lyrical and thematic content of PURE WRATH to be more in line with his own life and family history. This paradigm shift resulted in the debut record, “Ascetic Eventide,”released in 2017 through the Indonesian label Hitam Kelam Records, selling out within four months.
Following the success and positive feedback of the debut, Ryo was contacted by the Mexican label Throats Productions to arrange a vinyl rerelease of “Ascetic Eventide.” Not long after, the split release “Endless Journey” between PURE WRATH and French symphonic black metal project ONIRISM was released through Throats Productions at the end of 2017.
In mid-2018, Ryo began writing what would become the second PURE WRATH record, “Sempiternal Wisdom.” It was released in October 2018 through Pest Productions in China and Hitam Kelam Records in Indonesia.
As of 2019, Ryo is ready to bring PURE WRATH to a live setting and created a follow up EP to “Sempiternal Wisdom.” Proudly released via Debemur Morti Productions in 2020, the EP “The Forlorn Soldier” served as a bridge to the upcoming PURE WRATH full length record, and featured Yurii Kononov (ex-WHITE WARD) as a session drummer. With “Hymn To The Woeful Hearts”, PURE WRATH will unleash their third album on February 18th, 2022.
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