Originally established in 1992, extreme metal label Cacophonous has relaunched. The first signing of the label is East Anglian act The King Is Blind who will release their debut full-length, Our Father, in early 2016.
Cacophonous initially released a series of seven inch singles in 1993 from the likes of Monolith and Psychic Pawn. It was with the signing of black metal giants Cradle of Filth that catapulted the label to the forefront of the underground – unleashing the band and label’s first full-length album, The Principle of Evil Made Flesh, in early 1994. Since those initial years Cacophonous has grown into a byword for extreme metal, responsible for the burgeoning careers of Dimmu Borgir, Bal-Sagoth and Sigh.
Stephen John Tovey, vocalist of The King Is Blind, comments:
Cacophonous has always had a reputation for uncovering some truly remarkable new talent, and we’re delighted to continue the legacy not just of the label, but of British metal. Bands like Napalm Death, Cathedral, Paradise Lost, and My Dying Bride et al exploded out of the UK closely followed Cradle of Filth’s debut. No British band has seized the mantle for twenty years since then, has dared to be different and challenging, and to stand out and add to a glorious legacy. That is the full intention of The King Is Blind, for ‘Our Father’ to be an album that enhances the heritage of British metal
Neil Harding, the label head of Cacophonous, adds:
I’ve been friends with The King Is Blind (TKIB) guitarist Paul since 1992, from his early days in Cradle of Filth. He played me some material when TKIB were in their infant stages, and I was blown away. The songs were immense; listening to them was like stepping back into the halcyon days of the death metal scene. When the opportunity arose to relaunch Cacophonous they were the first band I thought of in terms of a release; they’re angry, visceral and brutal, everything you’d want in a death metal band. They’re everything the label showcases
The King Is Blind boast an impressive heritage, with members drawing from a wealth of experience in Cradle of Filth, New Model Army, The Blood Divine, and Entwined. With an impressive set of notches on the touring post, including Bloodstock, HammerFest and Temples festivals, alongside support to Fen and their recent UK run with Winterfylleth, there’s no sign of rest as the band gear up to perform at Damnation Festival in November, with further dates for 2016 to be announced.
Paul Alan Ryan-Reader, lead & rhythm guitarist, comments:
It feels good to blast out some death metal riffs again, and I’m delighted Cacophonous, in their ‘resurrection’, want to put the record out. It married with the concept of Our Father, of the beast re-emerging, and it’s a great closing of the circle for me. I couldn’t think of a more fitting choice for such ungodly worship