Sacred Son will release their new album, The Foul Deth of Engelond, on 13 May 2022. The album is a Black Metal tale of the 1381 Peasant Revolt. “And what can they show or what reason can they give,” John Ball said in 1381, “why they should be more masters than ourselves?”
Le Blakheth is the first single released and is the third track from The Foul Deth of Engelond. “It chronicles the bloodiest and most violent chapter of the 1381 Great Rising,” Dane Cross says, “when corrupt and sycophantic ruling figures were beaten and beheaded whilst their obscenely lavish buildings burned around them.”
The revolt was a proto-revolutionary moment in English history that echoes loudly into our own toxic and fragmented present. The story is presented as inspiration and allegory, with principal songwriter, Dane Cross, describing it as his ode to righteous leftwing political violence.
The album marks a return to the expansive sound of their debut. Recorded in the winter of 2020 by tube-amp maestro Chris Fullard at the analogue-focused Holy Mountain Studios in London, the sessions were mixed by Randall Dunn at his Circular Ruin studio in NYC.
The result is a rich, physical, and enveloping sound of textural, layered guitar, propulsive rhythms, caustic voices, and Dunn’s signature spirit-conjuring atmospheres.
Their debut album was released in 2017, causing a significant stir in the Black Metal community. “I didn’t for a second think anyone would actually hear about this record,” Dane told Kerrang. “The split in opinion on the cover has been quite something – one person lauding it as ‘Andy Warhol levels of genius’, the next calling it ‘fucking hipster trash.'”
The follow-up, Arthurian Catacombs, was released in 2019 and was a second wave Black Metal inspired ode to medieval literature and the HM-2 distortion pedal. During the first lockdown of 2020, Cross temporarily returned the project to its one person roots with the 53 minute sprawling ambient piece Levania.
The Foul Deth of Engelond can be pre-ordered at https://sacredson.bandcamp.com/album/the-foul-deth-of-engelond