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Finnish Sludge/Death Masters BLACK ROYAL Release Their Second Offering With “13th Moon”

Finnish metal quartet BLACK ROYAL - whose blend of lurching sludge and groove-laden death metal is inflected with lyrics inspired by Scandinavian and Sami mythology - release the second video for new single "13th Moon" taken from the group's forthcoming full-length album. The video for "13th Moon" was created by Rafael Ortega (Ayreon, Subterranean Masquerade) and can be seen HERE.

"The song started as a rehearsal room jam between Toni and I. I had the main riff, and we were excited to do more of an uptempo rocker that would be fun to play live and get some heads moshing!" says bass player Pete. "When we played the song the first time with the whole band it seemed to click instantly and had a great groove to it. Naturally, as we couldn't resist doing a middle part that starts heavy and then takes the song into space."

"Half of the songs on the album (including '13th Moon') received final vintage keyboards performed by the fantastic Niko Saarinen, who also plays keyboards in Lasten Hautausmaa (pop/rock) and Vesilinka ('70s prog rock)," further explains Pete. "Lyrically the song is about a natural cycle of seasons. Modern time is thought of as linear time, where peasant life was cyclical with the beginning and the end coincide. The end of the spring harvest was the end of the year, and the new year started a bit later. To balance it evenly there was a twelve-day extra time to spend. It was a time for an annual cyclic rebirth where the earth reforms for better and donates plenty of crops. Nature was supposed to stay fertile like before, as well as people were fertile too."

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