Swedish black metallers MARDUK released their new album, "Frontschwein", in Europe on January 19 via Century Media Records.
The official video for the "Frontschwein" title track can be seen below.
On "Frontschwein" — MARDUK's first completely war-themed album since 1999's legendary "Panzer Division Marduk" — 25 years of black metal history collide with eons of devastation and destruction amongst human beings. The result is an ugly, furious album true to MARDUK's sinister legacy and true to the essence of black metal.
"Frontschwein" track listing:
02. The Blond Beast
05. Rope Of Regret
06. Between The Wolf-Packs
08. Falaise: Cauldron Of Blood
09. Doomsday Elite
11. Thousand-Fold Death
In a January 2014 interview with Metal Blast, MARDUK guitarist Morgan Steinmeyer Håkansson stated about the band's songwriting process: "I find it ridiculous when all the people talk about needing to go some desolated location to work on their lyrics. It's kind of a cheap 'artist' thing to do. I remember reading about bands that needed to travel out into the countryside to connect and write together. For me, it comes naturally. I can write or play guitar in the middle of the night or whenever; it just comes to me."
Speaking about MARDUK's decision to stop using producer Peter Tägtgren more than a decade ago, Morgan told Metal-Rules.com in December 2013: "We don't really need a producer. He wasn't really a producer, he was more the studio engineer, but, I mean, we recorded so many albums in his studio up there and we did it for so many years, we thought it was time for a change. Now we're recording more or less the same amount of albums in another studio, but the same studio for 'Plague Angel' , 'Rom 5:12' , 'Wormwood'  and 'Serpent Sermon' . In that studio we're actually going to do the next album as well, because our bass player owns it. For me, it's perfect to work from your hometown instead of travelling away, and we have full control and we produce everything ourselves and we get it the way we want."
MARDUK's 12th studio CD, "Serpent Sermon", was issued in May 2012 via Blooddawn Productions/Century Media.