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Doom-death vets DUSK release new track & music video “Beacon Obscured”

Wisconsin, US-based doom-death masters Dusk have unveiled a brand new track, “Beacon Obscured”, which opens the forthcoming album, “Dissolve Into Ash”. This will be the band’s first full-length album in 28 years, following on from the debut “...Majestic Thou in Ruin” which was originally released in 1995. 

Steve Crane, Dusk vocalist and bassist, described the new song and video: “Musically “Beacon Obscured” is the opening track on our forthcoming album “Dissolve into Ash”. It starts with a doom-laden mournful lamentation. The song has multiple dynamics including a middle interlude which includes a haunting original rendition of the funeral dirge, “Dies Irae.” 

“In the video, our female vocalist, Dana, performing “Dies Irae” symbolically embodies an extension of creation- dwelling, waiting. During this performance, she is telling the trees, flowers and butterflies that the day of wrath is coming. That day will dissolve the world in ashes.

“By the end, there is a reprise in which Dana is crying out a lament at the thought of complete destruction of everything living, beautiful and pure. This vocalization finishes the video with an almost intercessory cry, knowing this impending doom.” 

“Dissolve Into Ash” will be released on 8 December 2023 via Dark Symphonies / The Crypt Vinyl on CD and on tape via Dread Records. The vinyl version will follow in early 2024. The release will be distributed through Dark Descent Records. The album was produced by David Pietila at SourceTrack Studio. 

Pre-orders for the tape version are available now via Dread Records, while CD pre-orders via Dark Symphonies/The Crypt Vinyl will be available soon. 

With “Dissolve Into Ash”, Dusk tried to stay true to their old-school death-doom roots, since not having recorded a full-length since 1995, and at the same time ushering in a new modern version of the band. Fans of old school and new fans who never heard of Dusk should be pleased with the result.

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