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Spiritworld unveil final installment of their grim Western saga with “Relic of Damnation”

Posted by Ramon Gonzales in News on October 25, 2022

The Todd Hailstone-directed clip completes the trilogy of videos that conclude the bleak, bloody story depicted in “The Bringer of Light” and the title track, “Deathwestern”.

Arguably one of the most intriguing bands in the current landscape of heavy music, Sin City practitioners of shred Spiritworld have revealed yet another pummeling preview of their forthcoming sophomore epic, Deathwestern, due out via Century Media Records next month.

Showcasing the band’s grim western aesthetic along with the harsh reality of the desert frontier, director Todd Hailstone brilliantly balances the band’s unique motif and punishing delivery in the video for “Relic of Damnation”.

Spiritworld orchestrator Stu Folsom elaborated on how the track holds a special place for him personally on the new record – packed with the kind of potential to be a track with a timeless quality. “‘Relic of Damnation’ has been my favorite riff on the record but was the biggest m’fer to finish.  I knew I had a classic that brings back that Metallica, Slayer vibe I love so much, but I never liked the vocals and tried out three or four different rewrites after the demo. The very last night we worked on it, Theresa, Matt and I were fried and about to call it a night when I repurposed a verse from a country song I was writing and put it over the first verse. The vocals were done in one take and is my favorite vocal delivery on the album.  I also love the vocals that trade off at the end between Justin Fornof and I.  ‘Relic…’ is a banger and has been a staple of our live set since our first show!  I’m so excited for people to finally have the studio recording!”

Folsom also spoke about the concept and execution of the visual trilogy and brutal narrative that began back on “The Bringer of Light” from the band’s 2021 release, Pagan Rhythms, continued with the album’s title track of “Deathwestern” and is now complete with the arrival of “Relic of Damnation”.

“The video is the finale of our DeathWestern trilogy with director Todd Hailstone. Being able to work with my longtime friend, going all the way back to being high school punk rockers, has been incredible.  He took my vision of gunsmoke, gore and heavy metal and worked up three incredible videos. It was probably a little ambitious to do a film trilogy that spreads across two albums, but I think the performances Todd got from Derek and Voki to finish this bad boy off were amazing!”

Deathwestern from Spiritworld arrives November 25th via Century Media. Order the album – HERE


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