New Album ‘Ancient Incantations Of Xarbos’ Out October 4th
Cosmic black metal trio CELL have prepared a new album “Ancient Incantations Of Xarbos” to continue their dramatic and theatrical storytelling in their conceptual science fiction universe. Following up their debut 2016 album ‘The Frozen Moon Of Erebath’ the next chapter will be available on October 4, 2019.
Taking place on a planet called Xarbos, two races collide over different ways of life. The listener can expect to be pummelled with blast beats and speed and put into a hypnotic doomy trance while floating through an atmospheric and cosmic cleans. CELLgoes into the details of the story the album follows:
“Each track has its own story in the album that leads to one big ending which is the decimation of the Xarbonite hierarchy. In the story, there are two races of beings on this planet: one race chose to rise with power, tech, money and the lower race is actually the oldest of Xarbos and know the ways of the land and its magic. There are a few side stories within the album that trail off but still, stay within the main story.”
Following in the footsteps of classic bands like Emperor, Death, Morbid Angel, and Immortal, CELL have become weavers of the arcane adding a theatrical stage show to their modern take on black metal. The single ‘The Wailing Sea Of Emptiness’ is a prime launching pad to travel through Xarbos on this audio journey. Cell explains the story of the track:
“This song is about the lower race crossing the wailing sea to get to the valley of Assimilation. Within the valley, there is a wormhole that can transport any being to the realm of the Frost King. Long ago before the higher race started taking over, everyone was in harmony and lived together as one. Over the years fewer people believed in the gods of the old world and the
god of gods grew tired of this and trapped all the souls of non-believers”
‘The Wailing Sea Of Emptiness’ can be experienced via its premiere on Anti Christ Magazine HERE.
CELL – ‘Ancient Incantations Of Xarbos’ USA/Canada Tour
09/26/19 – Fargo, ND @ Red Raven Espresso Parlour
09/27/19 – Minneapolis, MN @ Mortimer’s Bar
09/28/19 – Milwaukee, WI @ Quarters
09/29/19 – Chicago, IL @ Live Wire Lounge
09/30/19 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Black Forge Coffee House
10/01/19 – Cleveland, OH @ Now That’s Class
10/05/19 – Charlotte, NC @ Skylark Social Club
10/07/19 – Raleigh, NC @ Slim’s Downtown
10/08/19 – Baltimore, MD @ The Sidebar
10/09/19 – Everett, MD @ Banshee Den
10/10/19 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bazaar
10/11/19 – Montreal, QC @ Piranha Bar
10/12/19 – Quebec City, QC @ House Show
10/13/19 – Ottawa, ON @ Pour Boy
10/14/19 – Sudbury, ON @ The Asylum
10/19/19 – Winnipeg, MB @ The Goodwill Social Club
1. The Rise Of Gorthar (2:31)
2. Defiling The Ancient Hierarchy (7:16)
3. All I See Is Them (4:15)
4. The Wailing Sea Of Emptiness (5:59)
5. Ancient Incantations Of Xarbos (1:35)
6. God Of The NetherRealm (8:32)
7. Valley Of Assimilation (5:24)
8. Altering Matter In The Realm Of The Frost King (10:38)
Album Length: 46:12
Album Band Line Up: Hypnos (Drums), Hyperion (Guitar, Vocals), Demios (Bass, Vocals)
Live Band Line Up: Hyperion, Lowell Winters, and Brett Leier
Cell is a three-piece conceptual black metal band that formed in 2014 reigning from Winnipeg, Canada. They blend elements of old school and modern black metal with hints of death metal, hardcore, thrash, and doom to create reality-altering unrelenting cosmic black metal. Their concept is based on a science fiction comic book idea that Hyperion (guitar/vocals) was working to bring to life, but decided instead to turn into music.
Each song starts with Hyperion taking the reins by writing the song structure, riffs, and lyrics; Deimos (bass/vocals) and Hypnos (drums) adding in their preferences for riffs, lyrics and other such things to alter the songs for the better. There is a lot of cathartic emotion put into each song that connects to each member on a personal level while keeping within the dark sci-fi concept and using metaphors of what we as humans do to this planet and the life on it.
Using these topics, it’s easy for Cell to let everything out on stage every during every performance. They use a lot of art and theatre within the live show including using corpse paint, blood, armor, pro audio lights, and lasers. To see our show is to experience something emotional, aggressive, theatrical and cosmic.
Cell has toured across Canada multiple times and have been featured on several festivals including Black Mourning Light, Loud As Hell Metalfest, Armstrong Metalfest and Manitoba Metalfest sharing the stage with the likes of Skeletonwitch, Goatwhore, DRI, Revocation, and Aggression. They released their debut album ‘The Frozen Moon Of Erebath’ in 2016 and follow it up in 2019 with ‘Ancient Incantations Of Xarbos’.