...On the Precipice of the Ancient Abyss, UNHOLY BAPTISM's debut album, is heavily influenced by the early Norwegian black metal scene. Though the band has incorporated elements of doom, depressive and ambient black metal, this album was an homage to the pioneers of a genre - MAYHEM, BURZUM, SATYRICON, DARKTHRONE - and was intentionally written to be reminiscent of those early records. Lyrically, the album includes themes such as theistic Satanism, H.P. Lovecraft, depression and death.
...On the Precipice of the Ancient Abyss Lyrics:
1. Bitter Winds (So Cold)
2. Wall of Silence
3. Descent of Eternal Sorrow
4. Staring into the Black
5. Bathed in the Unholy Fire
6. Return to the Fields of Eternity
7. For the Glory of Satan
8. Four Lords
9. Shadow of Death
10. Upon the Shadow Throne
11. Outro: The Oceans are Never Silent
Mantus (Vocals, Bass, Guitar, Drum Programming)
Moloch (Guitar, Drum Programming)
Formed in the winter of 2008 in the frigid northern woodlands of Arizona, UNHOLY BAPTISM was originally a guitar/drums black metal project. The goal was to blend mid 2000’s new wave black metal with the grim tone of the early Norwegian scene. The band eventually became a three-piece, as Moloch agreed to contribute lead guitar in 2009. A five track EP was recorded early in 2010 and was subsequently followed by multiple shows in Flagstaff, AZ. Later in 2010 the band went on hiatus due to a variety of circumstances, but was reformed in 2012. Mantus and Moloch decided that the project would be recording-only and began the arduous process of re-evaluating both the band’s sound and tone. While the tone has taken multiple turns, it was eventually decided to blend the ambient, haunting melodies commonly found in both black and doom metal, with the mid-tempo riffing reminiscent of the early Norwegian black metal scene.