Formicarius | Imperative Management:
It’s worth remembering, yet all too easy to forget, that Black Metal was spawned in Britain, in the industrial north of England, not in a forest by an icy fjord. But as the ‘80s faded away and the ‘90s began the Scandinavian hordes laid claim to the darkest of musical forms, asserting their dominance with unassailable might. Now, there comes to the fray a band whose breathtakingly bold intent is to recapture the throne...
Formicarius entwine blasting fury in coils of wicked melody, swathe monstrous power and velocity in cold shrouds of melancholic atmosphere, harness raw savagery with striking skill and musical dexterity. The name may be a new one, but the fiends that lurk behind it have plenty of experience to draw on and all that experience was made immediately apparent in the ferocious adrenaline rush of their first single, ‘Lake Of The Dead’ and in their heart-stopping live performances. Right from the start Formicarius planted their standard with reckless defiance and howled out a challenge to any who would dare defy them.
The live shows became more prestigious as their reputation grew and Formicarius found themselves performing alongside the likes of NEGURA BUNGET, NOCTEM and HATE. Then, in late 2016 the band took a huge step forward in their quest to claim the throne of British black metal, appearing on the compilation album SPEED KILLS VII that heralded the rebirth of the great Music For Nations label, now under the Sony umbrella. The original SPEED KILLS albums helped introduce a generation to the groundbreaking sounds of METALLICA, SLAYER, ANTHRAX, BATHORY, SODOM, MEGADETH and many more pioneers of metallic extremity. This latest instalment in the series shines a spotlight on the cream of British underground talent; featuring established names like ACID REIGN and AKERCOCKE alongside fierce new acts like VOICES, THE KING IS BLIND and of course, Formicarius themselves.
Their advance never slowed for a moment as 2016 became 2017 and the announcement soon came that German label Schwarzdorn Production had offered Formicarius a deal and would be releasing their debut full length album, entitled Black Mass Ritual. On the 21st of July 2017 Black Mass Ritual was released – an album that gathered up all that is great about black metal - the atmosphere, the intent, the velocity, the savagery, the dark beauty, the drama, the overwhelming power – and breathed new life into its decayed lungs, infusing it with a raging, unholy vigour. The reviews were suitably rapturous, with the likes of Powerplay Magazine and Legacy laying accolades at the band’s feet.
Throughout 2018 Formicarius worked feverishly on material for their second album, knowing that they had to somehow surpass their magnificent debut. By the dawning of 2019 that seemingly impossible goal had been achieved and the album was written and recorded. Schwarzdorn Production and Formicarius decided to continue their successful working relationship and in July a first taste of a new bitter poison was offered to the world in the form of lead single ‘Early Will I Seek Thee’. This stunning piece of atmospheric, symphonic darkness featured a guest appearance from Rotting Christ’s Sakis Tolis, underlying Formicarius’ ever-growing stature in the black metal scene. Now we await the unleashing of Formicarius’ second album, Rending The Veil Of Flesh, which will spread its dark wings on Friday 13th September. This tome of wickedness will set new standards for Formicarius and British black metal as a whole. That throne is within their grasp...
“...a tidal wave of bombastic black metal grandeur...”
- Zero Tolerance Magazine
“...wave upon wave of symphonic black metal...”
- Powerplay Magazine
Genre: Black Metal
For fans of: Emperor | Cradle Of Filth | Dimmu Borgir
Lord Saunders – Vocals/Guitar
Nazarkardeh – Lead Guitar
Hægtesse – Bass/Vocals
Morath – Keyboards
Valdr - Drums