Today, long-running Mexican black-doom cult Hagel
premiere the new track "Blindness"
at heavily trafficked web-portal MetalBite.com
. The track is the second to be revealed
from the band's long-awaited debut album, Veneration of the Black Light
, set for international release on May 21st via Personal Records
. Hear Hagel
's "Blindness" in its entirety exclusively HERE
Formed back in 1995, Hagel
are an atmospheric black-doom band hailing from Monterrey, Mexico. The original lineup comprised Carlos Velázquez (Ulveheim, Sacratus, Noctambulism) on guitar, Luis Galindo on keyboards and vocals, Fernando Galindo on bass, and David Benavides on drums. Due to personal reasons, the band went on hiatus in the year 2000. While recordings are rumored to exist, Hagel
never publicly revealed any demos during this period.
In 2014, Carlos decided to re-form the band and started recruiting musicians to form the new lineup; not too long after, the new Hagel
was reborn. The new lineup consisted of Juan Reyes (Buzrael) on drums, Elizabeth Castillo (S.O.Y.G) on bass, and Ivan Saldaña (Alpha Hydrae, Hiborym) on guitar and vocals. In 2017, one of the founding members, keyboardist Luis Galindo, rejoined the band.
In 2019, Hagel
entered the studio to record their first full-length, in a professional way. Bearing the title Veneration of the Black Light
, the record was finished, mixed, and mastered on December 2019, all before the world fell into chaos. In May 2020, the band gave their first preview with the single "Decalogue of Misery," an all-too- apropos
title for the times.
At long last, the full strength of Hagel
is revealed with Veneration of the Black Light
Refreshingly retro or at least traditional, Hagel
remain true to their original '90s vision with a sound favorably comparable to early Mortuary Drape, The Gathering circa Always...
, Switzerland's Sadness, 1992/93-era Katatonia, old Rotting Christ, Ophthalamia, Bethlehem circa Dark Metal
, and Moonspell's classic Under the Moonspell
. In other words, when everything was dark and foggy and shrouded in obscurity and mysticism, those glorious '90s...and Hagel
resurrects that, with power and authenticity, across Veneration of the Black Light -
because they were THERE. Reborn...undead!
Hear the next sounds of that undead rebirth with the brand-new track "Blindness" exclusively HERE
, courtesy of MetalBite.com. Hear the first sounds of that undead rebirth with the previously revealed "Decalogue of Misery" HERE
at Personal Records
' official YouTube channel. Cover and tracklisting are as follows: