The partnership between heavy metal and the occult goes way back to the genre’s very origins, and Acid Communion, the new album from New Haven, Connecticut rockers Bone Church, makes heavy usage of this longstanding tradition. The album is a concept album with a vivid narrative surrounding a small community overrun by a Satanic cult. “When we started working on the songs for the album, I kept coming back to this idea that they’re all occurring in the same colonial-era New England village,” guitarist Dan Sefcik explains. “Each song is being told from a different character’s perspective as the village is under heavy oppression from an evil cult operating out of the local church.”
Today, Astral Noize is excited to bring you one chapter in this tale in the form of new single ‘Iron Temple’. “The character in ‘Iron Temple’ is aware of what’s happening,” the guitarist tells us. “He sees the church for what it really is and is trying to warn others.”
Whilst conceptually-speaking the band take things back to the murky occult vibes of early metal, their sound goes even further back, drawing from the heavy rock and proto-metal of the ’60s and ’70s. “As far as writing the song, it started with that main riff we keep returning to, which I had on the back-burner for a while,” Sefcik says. “The name was there very early on too. Every time we went to work on it, it just seemed like it needed to sound bigger and more epic, so that’s where we went with it. I never want to fight with a song. If it calls for a solo section that’s several minutes long, so be it.”
Acid Communion is out 13th March on Ripple Music and can be pre-ordered here.
Words: George Parr