Welcome to ON THE HORIZON, our relentlessly infrequent feature wherein we discuss upcoming albums that have caught our sleep-encrusted eyes. Always on the lookout for the next best thing to wake us from slumber.
Well. Look how easily we cast aside the tired past and gaze longingly into the future. I, for one, am getting mighty excited about the music that awaits just beyond that year-end horizon, and Scarab's forthcoming third effort is certainly the cause of some of said excitement.
Egyptian death metal is always a good time. One of the first bands to emerge from this ill-populated scene (ignoring Nile, who lay claim to Egyptian heritage in name only) was Scarab, who subsequently won Global Metal Apocalypses’ "Breakthrough African Band" award in 2017. Despite some recognition, they really haven't made a deservedly massive splash. A shame, because as it turns out, both Blinding the Masses (2007) and Serpents of the Nile (2015) kick some serious ass. I liked the former and loved the latter, so one can only hope the positive growth has continued in the past 5 years. Fingers crossed.
Notably, Scarab have brought some high-profile friends along for the ride: the album features a number of artists including Joe Haley (Psycroptic), Karl Sanders (Nile), and Paul Nazarkardeh (De Profundis). Color me psyched.
1. Martyrs Of The Storm
3. Kingdom Of Chaos
4. Blood Moon Shadows
5. Circles Of Verminejya
6. The Dwellers Beneath
7. Oblivious Sanctum
8. Coffin Texts
10. Upon The Pagan Lands
Scarab - Martyrs of the Storm will be released March 6th 2020 from ViciSolum Productions.
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