This Friday, Dutch epic death/black metallers BLEEDING GODS will finally release their new concept album Dodekathlon via Nuclear Blast! At the end of December, the band already unveiled the first part of three track-by-track trailers, in which guitarist Ramon Ploeg sheds some light on the background stories and Greek myths behind the album songs. Today, the band presents part 2, covering the tracks ‘Inhuman Humiliation’, ‘Birds Of Hate’, ‘Saviour Of Crete’ and ‘Tyrannical Blood’. Watch the video here:
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Digital album from iTunes: http://nblast.de/BleedingGodsDodeIT
The album title Dodekathlon is referring to the Greek myth of the twelve labours of Hercules, the greatest of the ancient Greek heroes. Driven mad by Hera (queen of the gods), Hercules slew his son, daughter and wife Megara. After recovering his sanity, Hercules deeply regretted his actions. He was purified by king Thespius, then travelled to Delphi to inquire how he could atone for his actions. Pythia, the oracle of Delphi, advised him to go to Tiryns and to serve his cousin king Eurystheus for twelve years, performing whatever labors Eurystheus might set him. In return, he would be rewarded with immortality. During these twelve years, Hercules is sent to perform twelve difficult labours, which has resulted in twelve album tracks: Every labour is a track, so the complete album tells the whole ancient story.
The album was recorded at Pitch Note Productions and Hal 5 Studio; mixed and mastered at Soundlodge Studio. The cover artwork (see above) was created by Dimitris Tzortzis from Immensa Artis.
The band was founded in 2012 when guitarist Ramon Ploeg started to write an album after he had left the Dutch death metal band HOUWITSER. In 2013, BLEEDING GODS recorded their 4-track promo entitled Blood Symphony. The lyrical theme was about ancient gods and history like the Mayans, ancient Egypt and Greek gods. In 2014, BLEEDING GODS signed for their debut album Shepherd Of Souls with Punishment 18 Records and got worldwide awesome reviews, even today!
One year later, the turning point was there: New line up, new songs, new concept, new album! BLEEDING GODS renewed their line up and are now stronger than ever! After their debut Shepherd Of Souls, the band knows exactly which band they want to be and consequently Ramon Ploeg (Guitars), Mark Huisman (Vocals), Rutger Van Noordenburg (Guitars), Gea Mulder (Bass & Backing Vocals) and Daan Klemann (Drums) created a brand-new concept. Let’s get ready for Dodekathlon!