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A Flourishing Scourge Forges Alliance with Wormholedeath: A New Era of Sonic Darkness Begins!

Dark progressive metal force A Flourishing Scourge has officially joined forces with Wormholedeath for the re-release of their album, "Sickened Seed." Set to unveil its twisted tendrils on May 17, 2024, this collaboration marks a pivotal moment in the band's musical journey.

Reflecting on the collaboration, the band shared their excitement, stating,

"We had just finished our latest album, pouring many months(years) of time and energy into it, but still didn't have a clear vision on how to release it and were exhausted from the process. Max Enix from WormHoleDeath reached out to us at the perfect time, with a genuine interest in the music. We will admit we didn't know much about them at the time, but it didn't take us long to realize what a great fit this would be. We're very excited and grateful to be working with Wormholedeath. We've been going at it alone for years and it feels good to finally have a partner that appreciates our work and aligns so well with us. Everyone has been great and it feels more like collaboration than business. We can't wait to see what the future holds."

"The Sickened Seed"

The Sickened "Seed" was planted many years ago. After finishing our first LP, we immediately wanted to up our game and see what else we were capable of. We're all fans of concept albums and decided we wanted to take a stab at making one ourselves.

Musically, we wanted to create a soundscape that fit the concept, but we already had some riffs and material written by the time we decided what it would be. So the first challenge was to arrange some existing ideas to fit the idea without compromising or forcing it. After a few iterations things finally started snapping into place and the rest of the album revealed itself... but still had to be written... and recorded...

Fast-forward through a few years of personal and global events and we arrive on the other side displaced and a couple of members lighter, but still intact and nearing completion of the writing and recording. We took a big swing and hit a home run recruiting Hannes Grossemann to perform drums, and Jens Bogren to mix and master. After a bit more grinding, we finally reached the finish line. I can personally say, after this album I have a renewed appreciation for concept albums and their writers.

Lyrically, it shares a common thematic thread with our previous works, but it has been woven into a much more detailed overarching concept which, although concise, is not spelled out so literally. I always enjoy interpreting the meaning behind albums, concepts especially, so we want to leave that for the listeners. Maybe someday we can exchange notes.

We didn't set out to fit it into any specific style or genre. It's within the realm of "metal", but we wanted to let the music go in whatever direction felt right. So, we tried some new things on this album and we're very happy with how it turned out.

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