Official press release:
New York death metal giants Immolation will release their new album Atonement on February 24th via Nuclear Blast Records. The band has launched the first single “Destructive Currents”, via a 360-degree video, here:
Atonement was recorded at Millbrook Sound Studios in Millbrook, NY with longtime producer Paul Orofino, and mixed and mastered once again by Zack Ohren (All Shall Perish, Decrepit Birth). Cover art was created by renowned artist Pär Olofsson (Immortal, The Faceless), along with additional artwork by the very talented Zbigniew Bielak (Ghost, Enslaved).
Comments vocalist/bassist Ross Dolan:
“We are excited that everyone will finally get a preview of what the new record has to offer. Atonement is a very dark and haunting album both musically and lyrically, commenting on the darker side of humanity and the world today. Each song on this album is unique in its own way, offering the listener a wide range of dark and sinister passages that I think really hone in on all the elements that make this band what it is.
The sound of this record is exactly what we were hoping for, and we feel the production really gives these songs that massive sound and dark sinister feel they needed. Zack and Paul really nailed it with this one and made our tenth album our best sounding record to date. We are all very proud of what we have created here, and we hope everyone else will enjoy these 11 songs as much as we think they will.
The song ‘Atonement’ is about that blind fury and destructiveness of religious extremism regardless of where it comes from and under what religious banner it flies. The cover piece was inspired by a passage of lyrics from this song, and Par managed to create a visual for those four lines that just blew us away. So needless to say, we are very pleased with the overall look and feel of the album, which also includes 4 amazing pieces of artwork done by the extremely talented Zbigniew Bielak.
We chose the song ‘Destructive Currents’ as the first song to leak to the fans because it’s a fast and aggressive song that gets right down to business. It’s just dark and powerful, and I think it gives everyone a sense of what’s in store for them with this release. Lyrically the song deals with the herd/mob mentality and how it gets fed, manipulated and exploited by outside forces. These are the currents of deception, misinformation and destruction, which are designed to mislead people. So that’s really the idea behind the song lyrically.”
Atonement track listing:
1. “The Distorting Light”
2. “When The Jackals Come”
3. “Fostering The Divide”
4. “Rise The Heretics”
5. “Thrown To The Fire”
6. “Destructive Currents”
9. “Above All”
10. “The Power Of Gods”
12. “Immolation” (re-recorded) [CD bonus track]