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DARK AFFLICTION together with Theogonia Records will release debut album "Five Stages of Grief"

Prepare to descend into the abyssal depths of the human soul as Theogonia Records proudly unveils its latest offering of sonic malevolence. Dark Affliction, the enigmatic Greek progenitors of atmospheric black metal, are set to release their debut album, “Five Stages of Grief“, on May 24, 2024, following their recent signing with the label.


In an age where conformity reigns supreme, Dark Affliction emerges as a beacon of defiance, crafting a meticulously orchestrated opus that transcends the boundaries of conventional metal. Led by the visionary Panagiotis Christias, Dark Affliction harnesses the primal energies of Hellenic Black Metal, weaving them into a tapestry of haunting melodies and visceral intensity.


Guest musicians lend their talents to this monumental undertaking, enriching Dark Affliction’s sonic tapestry with their own unique contributions. Joining Panagiotis Christias are the masterful Eleni Nota on drums, the virtuosic Nikos Mavridis on violin, the haunting vocals of Anastasia Kiritsi, and the melancholic piano melodies of Sakis Bastas, further elevating “Five Stages of Grief” to even greater heights of sonic transcendence.


Lyrics, wrought with profound emotion and introspection, are masterfully crafted by Anastasia Kalampalika, adding yet another layer of depth to this dark symphony.


At the helm of this sonic tempest lies “Five Stages of Grief” – a conceptual masterpiece that delves into the darkest recesses of the human condition. Each track serves as a visceral exploration of the five psychological stages of grief, inviting listeners on a harrowing journey through denial, hate, bargaining, depression, and ultimately, acceptance.


Recorded and mixed at NoiseBox studio in Patras during the second half of 2022, “Five Stages of Grief” was then mastered by the renowned John Milionis (Death Courier, Fuel Eater), ensuring that every note reverberates with unparalleled clarity and intensity.


The album’s visual identity is equally as compelling, with cover art crafted by the talented Khaos Diktator Design (Gaerea, Lock Up, Nordjevel). The layout and design, ensuring every aspect aligns seamlessly with the music’s essence, are meticulously crafted by Graphic no Jutsu (Gatekeeper, Nightrage). Capturing the essence of the band’s enigmatic presence, the haunting photography is provided by Stigmiotypo Studio.


This is not merely an album; it is a descent into the abyss, a communion with the shadows that dwell within us all. From the haunting strains of the introductory passage to the cathartic release of the closing notes, “Five Stages of Grief” immerses the listener in a realm of unbridled emotion and existential turmoil.


Join us as we unveil the next chapter in the annals of metal history. “Five Stages of Grief” beckons, a siren call amidst the chaos – heed its call, and immerse yourself in the enigma that is Dark Affliction.

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