Strigoi, the band featuring Greg Mackintosh (Paradise Lost) and his former Vallenfyre bandmate Chris Casket, have signed a new deal with Nuclear Blast Records and are planning to release their debut album “Abandon All Faith” through the label on November 22. The effort was recorded at Mackintosh‘s Black Planet Studio and it features guest drummer Waltteri Väyrynen (Paradise Lost).
Mackintosh said the following about the new project:
“With Vallenfyre, we went down this path where it got more and more crusty. I thought we couldn’t take it any further, so I needed to put in some new elements. With Strigoi, there’s a bit of spookiness, even some subtle elements of industrial and even black metal. The goal was to switch it up a bit. I was perfectly content with what I was doing in Vallenfyre, but for Strigoi to stand on its own, I wanted to try new things to separate ourselves from the pack.”
A press release also added that the band’s name was taken from “the troubled spirits in Romanian mythology who could rise from the grave and assume an entirely different form.”