Here comes the next band signing announcement: ALBERT BELL'S SACRO SANCTUS has joined our roster! Even though in this case a "project" would be probably a more appropriate word, as this Maltese scene veteran (known from the Doom Metal institutions FORSAKEN and NOMAD SON) took over all instruments apart from drums here. We are chuffed to be working again with Albert, who's not only an accomplished songwriter and musician, an active supporter of the scene but also a personal friend. Some fans of FORSAKEN and NOMAD SON will be for sure surprised upon hearing his solo project. Not only because it will be the first time they'd hear him sing, but also because of the style: instead of epic or traditional Doom, Albert's darker inspirations come to the fore, from early '80s bands mixing Black, Thrash and Doom, to the '90s Mediterranean Black Metal and more epic and arcane Metal. Imagine early TÖRR, NEMESIS, CELTIC FROST, later ZEMIAL, early DEATH SS and PAUL CHAIN, MORTUARY DRAPE, ROOT, VENOM, THE BLACK (Italy), later BATHORY and DEMONAZ, all put into one cauldron, and you'll get an idea what the music on "Deus Volt" sounds like. One song off this concept album, "The Tears of Ishtar" was released on our new compilation "Compendium of Metal Vol. 7" - you can listen to it also online, from our Bandcamp page.

Albert Bell commented:
"I'm delighted to be joining forces with Metal on Metal Records again for this new project. Jowita and Simone leave no stone unturned when it comes to promoting their bands... and moreover, and equally importantly, they are total worshippers of the arcane path of the old school. So I didn't have any doubts about working with them with Sacro Sanctus... in fact, I didn't even think of approaching another record label! haha. All Hail, MOMR!"

Watch for ALBERT BELL'S SACRO SANCTUS debut full-length this autumn, as it's set to be released at the Swordbrothers festival on September 13th. In the meantime, Albert has already started the basics for the pre-production of his 2nd album, so who knows what the future will bring... perhaps it will evolve into a full-fledged band playing shows.

You can find out much more not only about Albert's new project but also about his metal trajectory so far (starting from Speed/Thrash Metal bands he was in in the '80s) on the ALBERT BELL'S SACRO SANCTUS page.

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