04/17/2024

“Zwielicht” is out now via Century Media Records

Zwielicht, the fourth full-length album from MENTAL CRUELTY, is now available via Century Media Records today!
 
Embark on a journey through the darkness as Zwielicht weave tales of forbidden realms. From the haunting depths of “Obsessis A Daemonio” to the chilling echoes of “Symphony of a Dying Star”. Enter a realm where “Forgotten Kings” rise, plagued by the curse of “Pest,” while the enigmatic “Nordlys” lights the path to redemption. Brace yourself for the raw intensity and brutality of “Mortal Shells” and surrender to the poem of “Zwielicht.” Prepare for a symphony of agony, where arrogance meets despair. This is the immersive and captivating world of Zwielicht.
 
Stream it now HERE; catch their full album stream today at 9AM PT/12PM ET/6PM CEST: https://youtu.be/20TG0LwKusU
Order Zwielicht here: https://mentalcruelty.lnk.to/Zwielicht
 
MENTAL CRUELTY comments on the album release: “Let us embrace a new era of darkness by bringing the “black” into blackened heavy music. Join us on the way down to infernal gates of hell to be rebirthed back to life. The album contains the most mind-bending variety of different heavy musical influences and sounds. Epic symphonic orchestras accompanied by slam breakdowns; this will have it all. Inspired from metaphors written by nature, death, and inner demons.

We can´t put into words the level of excitement we feel by releasing this album to you. We hope you feel the same way! Thank you for being with us and stay tuned for even more news!”
Across four releases, beginning with 2016’s Pereat Mundus EP, MENTAL CRUELTY has woven together a violent tapestry of black metal, death metal, deathcore, and a madness of their very own. With 2021’s landmark LP, A Hill To Die Upon (Unique Leader), the German quintet not only set a new standard for themselves, but also the genre as a whole.
 
Rising from the ashes of personal and professional chaos, MENTAL CRUELTY spent the first half of 2021 seeking out a voice to continue to cement them as an uncompromising force in the German metal scene. After locking in Lukas, the band (rounded out by guitarists Nahuel Lozano and Marvin Kessler, bassist Viktor Dick and drummer Danny Straßer) reemerged bloodied but unbowed, ready to continue on their path to becoming an international force.
 
Armed with new vocalist Lukas Nicolai, MENTAL CRUELTY usher in a new epoch of unlight and grim determination that’s at the heart of their upcoming album, Zwielicht (translated in English as “Twilight”). Once again working with producer and mixer Josh Schroeder (Lorna Shore, Ov Sulfur, Signs of the Swarm, The Browning), they’ve pushed their sound to new blacker intensities forged in emotional riffing, heavy “back to the roots” breakdowns, and epic orchestral arrangements that surpass the already elite standards that have become synonymous with their name.
 
Zwielicht has come. MENTAL CRUELTY’s reign of darkness has begun!
 
Watch the previously released videos below:

“Zwielicht/Symphony of a Dying Star”: https://youtu.be/rpxyHRIk5vM
“Forgotten Kings”: https://youtu.be/WXJwYl6L73w
“Nordlys”: https://youtu.be/nkt6e3bEDqc
Remember to catch MENTAL CRUELTY on their first shows this year:
 
25.-29.07.23 Tolminator Metal Fest
04.08.23 Köln – Live Music Hall**
05.08.23 Triple 6 Festival
19.08.23 Karlsruhe – Substage*
 
** w/ Heaven Shall Burn, Any Given Day and The Acacia Strain
*w/ Heaven Shall Burn and Any Given Day
 
MENTAL CRUELTY line-up:
Lukas Nicolai – Vocals
Nahuel Lozano – Guitars
Marvin Kessler – Guitars
Viktor Dick – Bass
Danny Straßer – Drums

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