Neoclassical Melodic Death Metal quintet Burned In Effigy from Chicago have announced the seeds of change with the news of a follow up to 2017’s all instrumental 2017 debut EP “Terrestrial“. That will come in the form of half an hour of power in full length “Rex Mortem” set for 28th January 2022 which will see not only new guitarists Mike Hisson and Steve Bacakos on the line-up, but also witness vocalist Mark “Smedy” Smedbron joining co-founding members and rhythm section Eddie Dec and Matt Watkins. While the original line up enjoyed shows opening for the likes of Scale the Summit, Oh, Sleeper and Mushroomhead, the new one is an entirely different beast that can be heard for the first time with new single “Nightfall“.
The band comment: “We are psyched to present our debut album, Rex Mortem, a catalog of the first chapter of the band. This has been in the works for a long time and we couldn’t be more pleased with how it has turned out. The songs vary in complexity and intensity and demonstrate our growth as a band since its inception. Listeners will hear influences such as The Black Dahlia Murder and The Human Abstract, combining our love for death metal and progressive/neo-classical metal. The vocals are gritty and tense and the lyrics emphasize this with dark tales inspired by mythology, history, and classic literature. Many of the songs follow the story of a tyrannical king aiming to expand his power and influence, who ends up being brought down by his closest allies. We believe our album has something for all metal fans, regardless of preferred subgenre.”
Bassist Matt Watkins: “Nightfall is a song we’ve been playing since the inception of the band and we felt it needed to be re-recorded for this album with vocals. Though we’ve progressed our songwriting and technicality since writing it and first recording it in 2017, this song has been a cornerstone of our sound. We experimented with multiple different styles with some songs that were written after Nightfall, but kept coming back to that neo-classical, dark sound. The lyrical themes of Dracula along with Smedy’s vocals fit right in with the mood of the song and inspired us to do a lyric video incorporating scenes from Nosferatu.”