The album will be available in the following versions:
Ltd. CD 6-Panel Digipak
Ltd. Gatefold Black 1LP Vinyl
Ltd. Gatefold White 1LP Vinyl – Limited to only 500 copies worldwide
Ltd. Gatefold Bright Gold 1LP Vinyl – Limited to only 300 copies worldwide (Band Edition)
Across four releases, beginning with 2016’s Pereat Mundus EP, Mental Cruelty has woven together a violent tapestry of black metal, death metal, deathcore, and a madness of their very own. With 2021’s landmark LP, A Hill To Die Upon (Unique Leader), the German quintet not only set a new standard for themselves, but also the genre as a whole.
Rising from the ashes of personal and professional chaos, Mental Cruelty spent the first half of 2021 seeking out a voice to continue to cement them an as uncompromising force in the German metal scene. After locking in Lukas, the band (rounded out by guitarists Nahuel Lozano and Marvin Kessler, bassist Viktor Dick and drummer Danny Straßer) reemerged bloodied but unbowed, ready to continue on their path to becoming an international force.
Armed with new vocalist Lukas Nicolai, Mental Cruelty usher in a new epoch of unlight and grim determination that’s at the heart of their upcoming album, Zwielicht (translated in English as “Twilight”). Once again working with producer and mixer Josh Schroeder (Lorna Shore, Ov Sulfur, Signs of the Swarm The Browning), they’ve pushed their sound to new blacker intensities forged in emotional riffing, heavy “back to the roots” breakdowns, and epic orchestral arrangements that surpass the already elite standards that have become synonymous with their name.
Zwielicht is coming. Mental Cruelty’s reign of darkness is just getting started.
Photo credit: Kriss Jakob
Remember to catch Mental Cruelty on their first shows this year:
25.-29.07.23 Tolminator Metal Fest
w/ Heaven Shall Burn, Any Given Day and The Acacia Strain:
04.08.23 Köln – Live Music Hall
19.08.23 Karlsruhe – Substage
Mental Cruelty line-up:
Lukas Nicolai – vocals
Nahuel Lozano – guitars
Marvin Kessler – guitars
Viktor Dick – bass
Danny Straßer – drums