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Flight of a Dying Sun

Purified in Blood return with strongest album to date.

Two years after releasing ‘Under Black Skies’, Purified in Blood is now ready to unleash yet another monster; ‘Flight Of A Dying Sun’.

Having lost one of its two front-men, it is a focused and rejuvenated, hard-hitting outfit that now embarks on a hectic summer with gigs at home and abroad. ‘Flight Of A Dying Sun’ showcases a band that revisits its early roots, resulting in an album that is as hard-hitting as it is groovy, combining the raw aggression of their 2006 debut ‘Reaper Of Souls’ with the more organic feel of 2010’s Under Black Skies. Former vocalist Glenn Reaper contributes with his unmistakable voice on powerful anthem Iron Hands, while sole front-man Hallgeir S. Enoksen commands the mic for the remainder of the album.

In addition to Glenn Reaper, ‘Flight Of A Dying Sun’ features a top-tier list of contributors, including Kvelertak’s Erlend Hjelvik (featured on Mot Grav, the album’s first single), drone/jazz saxophonist Kjetil Møster (of Datarock, Ultralyd, Møster ), organ player Ådne Sæverud and double bassist Jens Borge (Skadne Krek), not to mention Siberian throat singer Albert Kuvezin, featured on the album’s haunting opening track. ‘Flight Of A Dying Sun’ is produced by Dane Jacob Bredahl (Hatesphere, The Kandidate) and mixed/mastered by metal legend Tue Madsen (Heaven Shall Burn, The Haunted, Sick Of It All).

Having shared stages with bands like Slayer, Mastodon, In Flames, Converge and Hatebreed, touring the US, Europe and Scandinavia multiple times have made them the tight and hard-hitting collective they are today.

Writes Metal Hammer in its 8/10 review of ‘Flight of a Dying Sun’: Two years on from the release of their breakthrough record, ‘Under Black Skies’, Norwegian metalcore mob Purified in Blood find themselves missing a member due to the departure of former co-singer Glenn Reaper. As a result, they’ve been forced to have a rethink when it comes to sound for album three, ‘Flight of a Dying Sun’. Luckily, it would seem like they thrive on chaos and adversity (the group split in 2007 only to re-emerge better than ever a year later) and their new eight-track effort is a monster. Mot Grav is a pit anthem and features some typically raging guest vocals from Kvelertak frontman Erlend Hjelvik, while the title track sees the band flex their musical muscles and deliver an epic fusion of Europe and death metal with a wheezing Hammond organ thrown in for the hell of it. Star of the show is sole vocalist Hallgeir S. Enoksen and his unhinged/inspired performances really make you wonder why they bothered with two frontmen in the first place. Edwin McFee

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