photo by Andrew Markuszewski
Western US black metal trio DEVIL WITH NO NAME – founded by members of Lord Mantis, Void Omnia, Sovereign, and others – prepares their eponymous debut LP for release this Friday via New Density. In advance of its official unveiling, the entire record is now streaming at No Clean Singing.
Devil With No Name was mixed and mastered by Ken Sorceron (Abigail Williams, Lord Mantis) and features artwork by Rodrigo Pereira Salvatierra.
With the album’s release upon us, Markuszewski offers, “We are a blaze on the western ground.”
No Clean Singing writes in part, “Unlike most black metal bands, DEVIL WITH NO NAME take their inspiration not from the chilling heart of winter but from the burning heat of the Arizona desert, whose desiccated desolation is, in its own way, just as bleak and inimical to human life as the icy vastness of the frozen wastes.”
Stream DEVIL WITH NO NAME’s full debut album at No Clean Singing RIGHT HERE.
Devil With No Name will be released this Friday, May 22nd on all digital platforms and a limited pressing on 180-gram black vinyl LP in a gatefold sleeve. Find preorders at Bandcamp HERE and the New Density webshop HERE.
Comprised of guitarist/vocalist Andrew Markuszewski (Lord Mantis, Avichi, Sonoran Rebel Black Magick), bassist/vocalist Michał Juśko (Sovereign), and drummer Cody Stein (Void Omnia), DEVIL WITH NO NAME began when Markuszewski left Chicago for the deserts of Arizona a few years back and connected with Juśko. The pair began writing blistering black metal influenced by the lifestyle and culture of the Southwest. Inspired by the surrounding vast harsh landscapes, DEVIL WITH NO NAME is proof that black metal is no longer a genre requiring blistering snow and white mountain tops. Combining the attitudes of a cut-throat Western past and those of the great beast of rebellion, DEVIL WITH NO NAME is the pariah that stands apart from hordes with names, the fallen angel once buried in chains beneath the sun, now left to wander with pistol revolver in hand.
As a huge fan of old Westerns, and particularly the works of Sergio Leone, who is credited with the creation of the Spaghetti Western genre, Markuszewski was largely inspired by Leone’s Dollars Trilogy featuring Clint Eastwood as the iconic character known as “The Man With No Name.” Drawing upon that influence and paying homage to the rebellious nature of the black metal they were writing, Markuszewski took heed and decided to call the group DEVIL WITH NO NAME. After recruiting drummer Cody Stein, they would work on and self-produce an EP which became a huge trial by fire. In the end, they came out with an epic result on this debut release.