NEWS: Devangelic premier “Udug-Hul Incantation”!

Italian Brutal Death Metal purveyors Devangelic¬†are set to return with their new highly anticipated fourth album “Xul” on 7th April via Willowtip Records. The second single has landed on Planet Metal in “Udug-Hul Incantation” with the main concept of the record being Evil, the title from the Sumerian word for it.¬† Basically an introspective journey in which the human being, since his appearance on Earth, is forced to face his own inner demons; evil seen as a representation of the “darkness” and the duality of man, who tries to exorcise his own negative emotions. But, as history teaches us, the negative almost always prevails in a battle against human weakness. Pre-orders are of course available over at bandcamp.

Guitarist and Composer Mario Di Giambattista had this to say about the new single: ““Udug-Hul Incantation” is the slowest song on the album with many creepy dissonances and catchy riffs. It was the second song that I wrote in 2020 for Xul and I think it’s one of the best songs I’ve ever written for Devangelic.

The symbolism of the number 3 has always fascinated me, so I kept that position in the tracklist reserved for a slow song. I used the same formula on our second album, Phlegethon, where track #3 (“Of Maggots ..”) is the album’s slow track.

I love the lyrics of this song. They are evil, brutal and evocative. The text is inspired by the book Healing Magic and Evil Demons by Markham J. Geller. It details an ancient exorcism that ends in the worst way, one in which all the participants end up possessed by the spirit of Evil Udug, rather than being released from possession.

With this epilogue I wanted to give a representation of man’s perfidy, which has characterized human beings since Earth’s beginnings. Man is faced with his own inner demons: evil as a representation of ‘darkness’ and the duality of man, as one tries to exorcise negative emotions. But as history teaches us, the negative almost always prevails over human efforts to the contrary. It is an evil that still emerges today, as numerous recent events demonstrate.

When I started to compose the first riffs and dissonances for ‘Udug-Hul,’ I already had in mind to write a song that dealt with an ancient exorcism, and I started to imagine the evolution of the whole story. So let’s say it is a song that was born and evolved almost spontaneously, both as a slow progression and as disturbing and dissonant melodies. There are in fact some compositional solutions that I had never used on any other tracks.”

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