Far from another hokey holiday metal record, Christmas – Hellish Renditions Of Christmas Classics is an epic death metal composition first and a seasonal album second featuring updated arrangements, new themed lyrics and enough brutality to crush your joyousness for years to come. Since many of these original hymns were dark in nature, they were obvious concept choices. The lyrics have been altered to portray a possible future outcome to mankind’s current path and focus on Azrael, the angel of death in some Islam, Sikhism and Hebrew lore. The story follows a child (Azrael) born to a wealthy family heavily involved in politics throughout the generations. The child is not named Azrael but is infused with its spirit and is predestined by Abaddon (the Destroyer) to cleanse the earth of man.
Today Revolver brings you second track “Earthen Kings (We Three Kings).” Elaborates Hrubovcak, “At this point in the story, the kings of the world have already created regional unions to help them maintain a tighter grip over citizens and global policy. This was done at the behest of Azrael, under the guise of solving other smoke screen surface issues and has already caused suffering as a by-product of new policies. Little do they know, the greatest suffering is to come. The kings of the world are bringing alms to the new king (Azrael) and continually granting him more influence over policy until he is officially crowned (in public or behind the scenes) and turns on these kings.”
Get merry with “Earthen Kings (We Three Kings),” currently streaming courtesy of Revolver Magazine at THIS LOCATION.
Additionally, you can still check out opening number, “Unrest For Melancholy Men (God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen)” HERE. The intro to the diseased holiday tale centers itself on Azrael’s birth and foreshadows what’s to come.
J.J. Hrubovcak is the current bass player for Hate Eternal and can be heard on Phoenix Amongst the Ashes released on Metal Blade Records. Hrubovcak has performed in numerous capacities over the years on lead and rhythm guitars, bass and drums. Prior to joining Hate Eternal in 2008, Hrubovcak played lead and rhythm guitars in Divine Rapture and Vile, drums in Mourning, wrote the Metal Rules Radio theme song, played in black metal band ICE (Imperial Crystalline Entombment), and has performed with a host of other notable bands over the last two decades.
Mike Hrubovcak is current vocalist for Monstrosity and Vile and founder of avant-garde death metal act Azure Emote. He’s performed vocals and written lyrics in Abraxas and Divine Rapture and other acts over the years and is a renowned artist designing CD layouts, T-shirts, ads, etc for bands throughout the metal community including Pathology, Rumpelstiltskin Grinder and Grave. His work has been featured in galleries, published in hard cover art books and used in feature film Dream House.
Death Metal Christmas – Hellish Renditions Of Christmas Classics will be available for purchase on November 29, 2013, Black Friday. For further info, point your browser to THIS LOCATION.