Death/doom group PULCHRA MORTE have released a limited-edition single featuring the haunting sounds of “Soulstench” on Side A and a rendition of Paradise Lost’s “The Painless” on Side B. Previously released in its demo form, “Soulstench” will appear on the band’s upcoming full-length while the cover track is exclusive to this release.
Drummer Clayton Gore says, “When it came time to decide what song we should release first, we had a difficult decision. While all of the songs on this record fit into a cohesive palette, they are all very different from one another and no single song is representative of everything we do. But we all agreed that ‘Soulstench’ serves as a great introduction to what PULCHRA MORTE is about and the corner of the musical world in which we exist.”
Adds guitarist Jarrett Pritchard on the Paradise Lost cover, “We very proudly wear our inspirations on our collective sleeves and really wanted to give a nod to Paradise Lost, particularly from the Gothic-era of their career. It is personally my favorite song on that album, and in general I’m still impressed at how all of their songs from that record are just feeling and dark melody. It was a really big influence on us at the time. It showed that all things heavy didn’t really have rules. It wasn’t all about speed and technicality. It still isn’t. Feeling and intention are still everything.”
THE VERDICT – This is epic death/doom full of cascading twin guitar riffs, raucous vocals, and additional operatic backing vocals. Excellent ear scorching metal!
Soulstench/The Painless is available digitally now via the band’s official Bandcamp page . A limited vinyl edition will be available in three color variants — 100 metallic silver opaque, 100 smoke (clear with heavy black swirl), and 100 black. Preorders are available now at the Bandcamp page and ship in November.
PULCHRA MORTE features guitarist Jarrett Pritchard, best known for his time in Eulogy as well as his production work with the likes of Goatwhore, Gruesome, 1349, and Wolvhammer. Together with drummer Clayton Gore (Eulogy, Harkonin), vocalist Jason Barron (Sidirial, Harkonin, Bastard), guitarist Jeffrey Breden, and bassist Dylan Kilgore (Withered, Waited), PULCHRA MORTE evokes a style reminiscent of the early waves of death/doom metal.
Both tracks will be featured on the September edition of Sonic Attack Aftermath via Mixcloud.