White Stones (Opeth) To Release New Album “Dancing Into Oblivion” In August, Premiere “Chain Of Command” Video

White Stones, the death metal project featuring Opeth bassist Martin Mendez, have announced that their new album “Dancing Into Oblivion” will be released on August 27. A video for the effort’s first single, “Chain Of Command,” can be found below, along with the cover art and track listing.

“Dancing Into Oblivion” Track Listing:

01. “La Menace”
02. “New Age Of Dark”
03. “Chain Of Command”
04. “Iron Titans”
05. “Woven Dream”
06. “To Lie Or To Die”
07. “Freedom In Captivity”
08. “Acacia”

Mendez said the following about the new record:

“It’s a mix of feelings during the lockdown, feelings that go from fear to uncertainty as well as going through the confusion when you don’t know about the future and you feel almost as if time has stopped. Musicians might be the last who will be back to work and we don’t have any signs of a sooner return, which makes for a huge uncertainty.

I have a family and I have to take care of them. This situation creates a feeling of discomfort which you can feel on the album. Otherwise it’s been nice having so much time at home with the family and those small and peaceful moments are also in the music.

I’ve chosen to include some interludes between the songs so there is a higher contrast and it makes it easier to appreciate the different feelings throughout.”

He also added:

“It’s difficult to define the style of this album. I don’t like to tag the music. This is metal for me. It has elements of my interpretation of death metal but it has other, conscious influences from other genres too. It shows me as musician and displays my music taste within the restlessness of trying to do something different.

The first one I wrote was ‘Chain Of Command‘, where I had the idea of writing more daring songs than on the previous record where I restricted myself and didn’t want to play anything too technical, I just wanted to create something that was easier on the ear. In this one I wanted to do something slightly more elaborate and technical, musically, to add some color.

The first influence I had for ‘Chain Of Command‘ was from a John Coltrane & Wilbur Harden album, while in ‘New Age Of Dark‘ the influence came listening to Deicide, so the influences are really quite varied across this record.”

White Stones (Opeth) Premiere “Drowned In Time” Lyric Video

White Stones, the death metal project featuring Opeth bassist Martin Mendez, have premiered a lyric video for their new song “Drowned In Time.” This track is from the band’s new album “Kuarahy,” which will be released on March 13.

White Stones (Opeth) Premiere “Worms” Music Video

White Stones, the death metal project featuring Opeth bassist Martin Mendez, have premiered a new video for their new song “Worms.” This track is from the band’s new album “Kuarahy,” which will be released on March 13. Mendez commented:

“Finally it’s time to release a piece from the album, we are feeling very excited about sharing this song with you all! hope you dig it! Cheers!”

White Stones Sign With Nuclear Blast, Reveal Details For New Album “Kuarahy”

White Stones, the death metal project featuring Opeth’s Martin Mendez, have signed a new deal with Nuclear Blast Records. The band’s debut album “Kuarahy” will be released through the label on March 20.

“Kuarahy” Track Listing:

01. “Kuarahy”
02. “Rusty Shell”
03. “Worms”
04. “Drowned In Time”
05. “The One”
06. “Guyra”
07. “Ashes”
08. “Infected Soul”
09. “Taste Of Blood”
10. “Jasy”

Mendez commented:

“I’ve always written music at home but never had the confidence to do anything like this. I never wrote a song, never presented something I wrote for Mikael [Åkerfeldt, Opeth]. I didn’t have any direction, I came up with the first song for fun. White Stones has nothing to do with Opeth; I see no relation between the two.

I played ‘Kuarahy‘ to Mikael a few months ago. He really liked it and was happy for me. Everyone in the band has side projects; it’s important. We tour so much you can become consumed by it. It has been really nice to do something different. White Stones has renewed my strength and energy.”

He also added the following about the album’s connections to his Uruguayan roots:

“I feel strongly connected to Uruguay still. I wanted to write music related to that — the sun on the Uruguayan flag I transformed into the White Stones logo; there are a lot of small things that connect the record to that place. ‘Kuarahy’ is the native Uruguayan people’s word for ‘Sun.’”