Tombs have announced their new album Under Sullen Skies with the new single “Barren.”
The news comes six months after Tombs’ last release, the EP Monarchy of Shadows. Under Sullen Skies will be the Brooklyn band’s first full-length album to follow 2017’s The Grand Annihilation.
“Barren,” to put it simply, is frantic: black metal guitars speed along to keep up with the incessant pace of the drums while vocalist Mike Hill exudes malice in every growl. As expected from Tombs, “Barren” only slows for short moments before returning to full-throttle evisceration.
“The album’s title came during all this and the sort of post-apocalyptic world we’re living in,” Hill explained in a statement of Under Sullen Skies. “It encapsulates an overall feeling of gloom and depression which is pretty much how we’ve been living for most of this year. The title was the last piece to fall into place. I remember standing on the roof of the building I was living in at the time on a grey day and it was raining—actually, it wasn’t even raining; it was a half-assed attempt at rain!—and depressing and I just thought, ‘What a sullen sky’ and it just stuck with me.”
Under Sullen Skies features a slew of guests contributing guitar solos and vocals, including Intregrity’s Dwid Hellion, Six Feet Under’s Ray Suhy and Black Anvil’s Paul Delaney, just to name a few.
Tombs’ new album will drop via Season of Mist on November 20. Listen to “Barren” below: