One-man horror themed project Temple of Demigod was formed in Yerevan, Armenia to play symphonic black/death metal. In late 2014, Mark Erskine, a guitarist/songwriter of Ghoulchapel, decided to create his own project; after coming up with a name and style, highly influenced by bands such as Behemoth, Emperor, Dark Funeral, The Wicked, Crionics and Vesania, maybe not lyrically, but definitely musically.
Moving from standard "anti-religious", "satanic" themes to more conceptual, mystical and horror inspired lyrics, Mark has found his inspiration in Lovecraftian stories, and the next desire was to write and record new stuff for the first full-length album, and make it "conceptual" from the beginning to an end.“The Great Old Ones”, an absolute journey into the realm of supernatural horrifying beings crafted by Lovecraft. The eight dark symphonic anthems will evoke a sense of horror inside the listeners, and no wonder if the listeners discover themselves in a world filled with paranormal beings.
Mark shared his thoughts on the title track "The Great Old Ones":
"It's about all the horrifying creatures from Lovecraft's stories upon the whole. You can not understand them, they are beyond our comprehension. Basically the song tells you that you're helpless before Them, The Great Old Ones are worse than your nightmares, creatures of cosmos, chaotic and disturbing, they are going to destroy every living form on this planet, to claim the throne, only few will survive in that bloodbath, the ones who believe and worship them."
1. Labyrinth 2. Ominous King 3. The Awakening Of A Mighty One 4. Azathoth Supreme Chaos 5. Mountains Of Madness 6. Lurking In The Treeshold 7. Embodiment Of Chaos 04:36 8. The Great Old Ones
Yesterday marked the release of thrash-influenced alt-metal group Blackmore's new album "Neo". The primarily Armenian-American band, featuring Greek lead vocalist K'noup of global rock artists Viza, have the album available for purchase now via their website here. There, you can also purchase official merchandise. You can also stream the album today via Spotify.
As depicted in the video, guitarist Vahan Aslanyan performs with a PRS CE 24 with a bolt on neck, maple neck and rosewood fret board with 85/15 pickups. Guitarist Shaunt Sulahian performs with an Ibanez JS Series Satriani Signature with a Floyd Rose bridge, maple neck and rosewood fretboard.
Blackmore began introducing fans to Neo last summer by releasing one new track from the album per month. Neo was produced by Yury Anisonyan and mastered by Maor Appelbaum at Maor Appelbaum Mastering (Faith No More, Sepultura, Halford, Cynic).