Gurthang is a blackened doom metal band from Poland created in 2010 by A.Z.V., its lyricist and main composer. The group immerses itself in the black depths of doom, using this unique atmosphere. A bewitching alliance of sharp guitars, the atmospheric keyboard and released, depressive vocals. Highly atmospheric and desolate dark journey to the inner world of your own, desecrated and shattered soul…
A.Z.V. – throat, whispers, clean & distorted guitars, all music & lyrics
Stormalv – bass guitars
G.H. – ambience & effects
Vojfrost – keys & effects
Turenn – drums & percussion
Gurthang was founded by A.Z.V. on the 8th of January 2010 as one-man death/doom project. Its style later evolved into blackened doom metal with some death metal touches. In 2011 bassist Stormalv and keyboardist Sam joined the band. With this lineup the band released their first EP and debut album ‘Desolated in Darkness’. At that time, Gurthang’s music turned into darker, more desolate regions of doom. The year 2012 brought another lineup change: keyboardist Demon ov Darkness joined the band to release their second long-play entitled ‘Infinite Void’ and another EP ‘Forgotten Deity’. The third album, released in 2013 marked leaving funeral style and going deeper into blacker spaces. However not for long, because the band’s fourth release entitled ‘I Will Not Serve’ brought music more powerful, full of anger, yet still in the blackened doom vein. A B-side from the album has been released on 7” vinyl split with Moloch in 2016. Gurthang returns in early 2017 with their newest album entitled ‘Shattered Echoes’ to be released by Cimmerian Shade Recordings.
‘Shattered Echoes’ is a big step forward from Gurthang’s previous material, yet still has the feeling of previous releases making it a natural progression in the band’s evolution. Haunting keyboard passages, powerful guitars and drums with Luciferian vocals create a unique atmosphere of Hell and devastation. The album introduces both Polish and English lyrics, more usage of lead guitars and for the first time clean vocals. It also has the most powerful and polished production in the band’s history.
The scheduled release date for the 6-panel digipak with booklet and slip cover is January 20 2017.