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September 14, 2023

Swedish trio XORSIST has today shared a new single, titled Distorted Shapes. Distorted Shapes is the third and final pre-release track to be taken from the group’s forthcoming sophomore album, At the Somber Steps to Serenity, and showcases the band adding experimental production techniques to their Stockholm death metal sound. At the Somber Steps to Serenity is due for release via Prosthetic on October 6.

Stream Distorted Shapes via Apple Music, TIDAL, Deezer, Bandcamp and Spotify.
Pre-order At the Somber Steps to Serenity here.

Speaking on the single release, XORSIST‘s Alphonse Bouquelon (drums and backing vocals) comments: “For this final single we went slightly experimental with the production regarding the vocal department, which is mostly performed by Birk (Castenmalm, vocals and bass). Many recording takes that are in the final track were things that occurred either by chance or improvisation in the studio, such as atmospheric yells and backing vocals where Gustav (Ryderfelt, vocals and guitars) and I join forces, or voices, if you will.

“To us, this track is a representation of our new attitude toward the recording and the production of our music, which can be felt throughout the whole album.”

Following their self-released debut album Deadly Possession in 2022, XORSIST caught the attention of the Prosthetic Records with their old school approach to and affinity for Sweden’s death metal legacy and history. Founded by Gustav Ryderfelt (vocals and guitar) before cementing their line-up with both Birk Castenmalm (vocals and bass) and Alphonse Bouquelon (drums), XORSIST’s core sound is one rooted in deep reverence for the genre’s roots as much as it is a spirited progression of the raw and uncompromising Stockholm sound.

Seeking to continue their working relationship with the legendary Sunlight Studios (Dismember, At The Gates, Entombed, Grave and more), XORSIST once again opted to retain Tomas Skogsberg on co-production duties with Iñaki Marconi (Soen, Sepultura, Carcass). XORSIST’s proclivity for musical tradition is not mere homage so much as it is a graceful carrying of the genre’s torch. Having built up a glowing reputation in the Swedish underground by fans new and old, At the Somber Steps to Serenity sees the young band ensure the old school Swedish death metal torch continues to burn brighter than before for the fabled city in which they reside.