Blackened Death Metal Band KAOTEON to Release New Album “Damnatio
Memoriae” in February
Featuring Members of Obscura, Marduk & More | Mixed by Daniel Bergstrand
Listen to Title Track “Damnatio Memoriae” Now via Metal Injection
Damnatio Memoriae Worldwide Release Date: February 23, 2018 | Pre-Order Now via Bandcamp
As a species, humanity has plunged itself into an abyss of displacement, greed, tension, and paranoia. Out of the hellish darkness emerges Lebanese extreme death metal band KAOTEON with a savage blackened attack in the form of their new full-length album, Damnatio Memoriae. The album is due for release on February 23, 2018, and pre-orders are available now via https://kaoteon.bandcamp.com.
KAOTEON is an unusual east-west international extreme metal collaboration, originally hailing from theMiddle East but now based in Amsterdam. For Damnatio Memoriae, full-time members AnthonyKaoteon (Death Drive) on guitar and vocalist Walid Wolflust (Ordum, ex-Gothmog) tapped thedistinctive talents of bass wizard Linus Klausenitzer of Obscura and drum master Fredrik Widigs ofMarduk as guests. After performing with them live for the first time in Beirut in April at the Beirut MetalFest, Klausenitzer described KAOTEON as, “legends of the Lebanese metal scene”.Take a listen to the band’s blackened, blistering new single, the title track “Damnatio Memoriae”, now viaMetal Injection: http://www.metalinjection.net/av/song-premiere/kaoteon-marduk-obscura–streams–blackened-massive–new–song–damnatio–memoriaeAs a band, KAOTEON has faced censorship at the highest levels in their home country – they have beenput in jail for devil worshipping, attacked by religious groups, and raided several times by police trying touse them as scapegoats to mask political and religious problems in the region. It’s a terrifying butenthrallingly honest story of a metal band trying to exist, succeed and break out of the Middle East.In a group statement, KAOTEON says: “Lebanese metalheads are some of the friendliest and mostamazing people to hang out with. It is sad to see great potential in this world gone to waste becausesomeone somewhere decided to label people at birth and imprison them into their borders. The sceneitself is thirsty for metal, so international bands should expect amazing interaction from the crowd. TheDutch scene – where we exist now – shows strong support for local talent, unlike the Lebanese scene. TheDutch scene love their bands above all, while we feel that the Lebanese metal scene favors theinternational bands.”Damnatio Memoriae succeeds at portraying the band’s justified “f*ck-the-world” outlook with ninepoisonous tracks that brim with exhilarating magnetism and needle-sharp riffing. Beginning at track onewith “Damnatio Memoriae” – which describes the ancient Latin punishment of eradicating a person orfigure from all memory and mention – KAOTEON unleash an all-out ferocious aural assault, attackingthe very foundations of their genre with absolute conviction.Referring to the inclusion of Linus Klausenitzer and Fredrik Widigs on this album, the band adds: “Linusand Fredrik are extraordinary musicians playing with state of the art bands each in their respectivegenres. Linus is a melodic bass maestro and Fredrik has an amazing delivery that does not lose groovewhile still being as aggressive as it can get. The best thing about them being a part of this project is thatLinus has become a very close friend to us, and that’s what really matters at the end of the day.”Damnatio Memoriae was self-recorded by KAOTEON, with mixing and mastering credited to renownedSwedish producer Daniel Bergstrand, who is recognized for his celebrated work with bands such asBehemoth, Dark Funeral, Dimmu Borgir and many more of today’s top metal artists.Damnatio Memoriae is explosive metal at its finest, and is sure to be one of the most buzzed aboutextreme metal releases of the year.Damnatio Memoriae track listing:1. Damnatio Memoriae2. Barren Lands3. Raging HellFire4. Venom of Exalt5. The Will6. Non Serviam7. Light of Compassion8. Into the Mouth of Kaos9. A Breat