By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty
Crossover thrash metal/punk/hardcore group High Command has announced a new two-track EP, Everlasting Torment, arriving Friday 4th December on digital format via Southern Lord, with the 7′ to follow early next year on Triple B Records.
In keeping with their fantasy storytelling style, the band offers, “in an age of mystery where knowledge is shared through steel, Everlasting Torment offers two fables of esoteric savagery. Gaze upon the sanguine dawn where ancient lands were carved by ice & stone. Scream for mercy as you bare witness to an arcane god’s unquenchable thirst for bloodshed. Ride the frost winds north to the fantastical lands of Secartha. See where the madness began…”
High Command recently performed live as a Samhain special broadcast by CVLT Nation, fans can revisit the streaming event here, and also another Halloween special broadcast with Triple B which can be viewed here.
The brainchild of guitarist Ryan McArdle and vocalist Kevin Fitzgerald, High Command originally began as a way to deal with the endless winter boredom that plagues Massachusetts for half of the year. Quickly evolving into the perfect opportunity for these friends to pay homage to bands they cherished, and present their song lyrics as a cohesive original sword and sorcery story, drawing inspiration from their love of authors like Robert E Howard and Michael Moorcock.
Following the crushing Secartha Demo and The Primordial Void 7″(both on Haftvad Records) High Command released their debut full length, Beyond The Wall Of Desolation through Southern Lord in 2019. Revisit the official video for “Merciless Steel“.
Additional notes on the new EP: Everlasting Torment was engineered/produced by Seth Manchester at Machines With Magnets in September, and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege in October. Seth Manchester and Bill Shaner also play synth with additional guitar playing from Matt Marcel.
Everlasting Torment shall arrive digitally through Southern Lord on Friday 4th December as part of bandcamp Friday.