Already out in Europe since late January 2012, PILGRIM's debut album, ‘Misery Wizard’, has become available in North America yesterday, February 14th, 2012 via Metal Blade Records. The album was recorded and mixed at Emandee Studios in Brooklyn, New York, produced and mixed by Henry Yuan (and co-mixed by Mark Ospovat and PILGRIM's The Wizard), engineered by Mark Ospovat and mastered by Jamie Gomez at Orgone Studios. The album's artwork was created by Paul McCarol for Unginged Art. Download yourselves the tune ‘Astaroth’ free of charge here after you listen to it below, where you'll find its companion, the title-track, as well and visit Brooklyn Vegan here, to hear the album's third track ‘Quest’.
“ ‘Misery Wizard’ is a sonic journey through a strange and mystical legend. Hidden within are the twisted tales of the evil demons, ancient aliens and powerful sorcerers that once inhabited the dark realms of our fable. We wanted to make a record that harnessed the foreboding sounds of classic doom metal and mesh it with our tales of high-fantasy. We’re influenced by dark, heavy music, BLACK SABBATH, SAINT VITUS, REVEREND BIZZARE, DARKTHRONE, BURZUM and the like. Unlike a lot of modern musicians, we wanted to pay tribute to these bands without being them, so to speak. I think originality and individuality is a staple of this record. No two songs are too similar. Each is a unique gem revealing an unsung tale of old. Each song is a portal into a different scene of the overarching mythos that is PILGRIM,” [stated PILGRIM]:
Depending on your perception of things, you can either think of PILGRIM as a three-piece doom metal band from Rhode Island, USA, or believe them to be “an ancient fellowship from the hallowed halls of ancient tombs/shimmering slopes of frozen mountain peaks” who reportedly long ago “harvested the power of sonic amplification through arcane wizardry and dark bargainings with powerful demons” which they used to create a band (of all things!), in the year of wonders 2010.
PILGRIM features: Krolg, Slayer of Men – drums, Count Elric the Soothsayer – bass and The Wizard - guitar and vocals