High Command set out on the warpath to create their debut full length and the heaviest work they have produced yet. Beyond The Wall Of Desolation, incoming via Southern Lord on 27th September is in the band’s own words, “five friends coming together to create the sonic equivalent of a barbarian horde.”
High Command’s lyrical world, created by vocalist Kevin Fitzgerald, is steeped in lore and savagery, heavily inspired by fantasy based warfare, and in the band’s own words “boundless quests frozen in the aeons of time and space hacked out of ice and transcribed in lightning. Beyond the thin vail of sanity lies the forgotten age of mysticism and heroes”.
Their studio choice for such proceedings was the legendary Machines with Magnets in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, constantly challenging the boundaries of what is possible in the realm of recorded media. From hearing previous projects recorded there (Daughters, The Body, LINGUA IGNOTA, Churchburn to name a few) it was apparent to the band that this was a studio that had a focus on the unique and the organic. Seth Manchester, the head engineer, worked tirelessly for the week High Command were there, sculpting a record with a healthy respect to the Old Gods of Metal they admire while at the same time, sonically speaking, also carving a realm of its own.
The eight bludgeoning tracks on Beyond The Wall Of Desolation cleave the tender cranium of the listener asunder across their 43 minute running time. Bringing forth the undeniable heft in their self proclaimed New Wave of Worcester Heavy Metal, the heaviest of armament is advised against the flail