"Many centuries ago, when the world was slightly younger and a little less ravaged by time's unrelenting grasp, there existed a sprawling empire of unrivaled power. Yet, whilst its might and influence stretched across great oceans and through vast mountain ranges, its immense dominion was born not out of prosperity and industry, but from rampant fear and blind obedience..."
So begins the arcane tale behind "The Colony Slain," the second full-length album from doom metal diehards Age Of Taurus. The album is set for release May 18th via Rise Above Records. Today the first single "In Dreams We Die" is being exclusively premiered via Decibel Magazine over here, or you can just check it out in the player above.
Nearly five years on from the release of acclaimed debut "Desperate Souls Of Tortured Times," singer/guitarist and conceptual mastermind Toby W. Wright is ready to unveil a new, ultra-dramatic chapter in the turbulent saga of the Taurean Empire. Showcasing a new line-up featuring new bassist Leo Smee (With The Dead/ex-Cathedral) alongside Wright, drummer Darius Claydon and most recent recruit, guitarist Daniel Knight, "The Colony Slain" is the sound of a great band reborn in heavy metal glory.
Formed in 2009, Age Of Taurus has already established themselves as a doggedly unique force within the modern world of doom. Ever the stubborn mavericks, they have once again conjured a collection of songs that defy lazy notions of doom metal as a one-dimensional creative cul-de-sac. Still rooted in the rumbling sonic bedrock of Trouble, Candlemass and Sabbath but increasingly steeped in the gritty swagger of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal and in thrall to numerous left-field, progressive ideas, songs like fiery opener "Taken To The Tower" and the rampaging "In Dream We Die" eschew the languorous repetition of much modern doom in favor of subtly elaborate song structures that proudly salute the spirit of old school heavy metal. With nods to everything from radio-friendly hard rock to gritty crossover thrash, "The Colony Slain" is a flat-out celebration of the metal code.
Rejuvenated and refocused, Age Of Taurus has returned from the wilderness bearing the most potent of gifts. Living, breathing, thunderous proof of doom's timeless allure and the inspirational power of the riff, "The Colony Slain" brings past, present and future together in a riot of heartfelt heaviness and, as the story says, unrivaled power. A new age is dawning and this story never ends...
The track listing and artwork can be found here:
1. From the Hills to the Halls
2. Taken to the Tower
3. The Trial of Blackwynn Chaise
4. In Dreams We Die
5. The Lost Garrison
6. Beyond the Westward Path
7. For Treason We Rise
8. The Walls Have Ears
9. To Seal a Mountain
10. As Ice Into Blood
11. The Colony Slain