German death metal veterans MORGOTH will release their new studio album, "Ungod", on March 30 in Europe and April 7 in North America via Century Media. The CD will contain 11 tracks of dark and dismal death metal, combining the untamed ferocity of MORGOTH’s infamous EPs with the atmospheric density of the band’s two legendary full-length efforts, "Cursed" and "Odium".
The atmosphere of "Ungod" was perfectly captured by Greek cover designer Seth Siro Anton (PARADISE LOST, SOILWORK, MOONSPELL), who transformed it into an eerie piece of delusion and despair.
Comments MORGOTH on the collaboration: "We are very happy to have worked with Seth for the cover artwork of the album.
"We knew it wouldn't be very easy to put the title 'Ungod' into a design that is vivid, brutal and aesthetic at the same time.
"We had received a couple of good different suggestions for the artwork, but Seth's simply was the one who pictured exactly what was already in our minds. It can roughly be described as God drowning in the void, killing its own creation and becoming the 'Ungod' — the dawn of the Antichrist."
A new track titled "Black Enemy" can be streamed using the SoundCloud widget below.
Comments MORGOTH: "After 18 years, we can finally present a first glimpse at our new full-length album, 'Ungod'!
"We started with the songwriting in January 2013 and finished the recording process by the end of December 2014.
"It was an awesome experience to go through the sometimes very complex and challenging process of writing and recording an album again.
"Our goal was to present some real MORGOTH-style death metal, which closes the gap between 'Cursed' and 'Odium'. We hope that we have achieved this goal and our supporters and friends will like the final outcome.
"The idea behind the song 'Black Enemy' is that this evil force rests within all of us and all we can do is trying to keep that beast under control. The 'Black Enemy' represents the dark and destroying part inside of us and the lyrics deal with someone who is not able to control it anymore, committing a murder in the end."
"Ungod" was recorded, mixed and mastered in November and December 2014 by Jörn Michutta and Matthias Klinkmann at Sound Division Tonstudio in the band’s initial home area of Sauerland, Germany, after having already successfully tested the studio for the "God Is Evil" EP.
MORGOTH recently recruited singer Karsten "Jagger" Jäger (DISBELIEF) to replace the band's longtime vocalist Marc Grewe.
MORGOTH released its first-ever live album and DVD, "Cursed To Live", on June 25, 2012 via Century Media Records. The audio tracks were mixed at Unisound Studio in Sweden with Dan Swanö (OPETH, KATATONIA, DISSECTION).
"Cursed To Live" was a documentation of MORGOTH's 20th-anniversary celebration of the band's all-time classic album "Cursed" (released by Century Media Records in 1991). It was released on CD, a limited DVD+2CD as well as a limited deluxe 2LP. The live show featured on the album was recorded at the band's triumphant show headlining Way Of Darkness festival 2011, at which MORGOTH performed an extensive set of 15 songs, with the main focus on the songs off "Cursed". The cover artwork — with an intentional nod to the original "Cursed" art — was designed by the renowned artist Dirk Rudolph (RAMMSTEIN, IN EXTREMO, APOCALYPTICA), who had also created the original artwork for "Cursed".