Swedish doom metallers Serpent Omega recently released the second single from their upcoming album, II, due for release September 4 via Icons Creating Evil Art. This second single, “Land Of Darkness,” can be heard below.

About this single, vocalist Urskogr explains:

“Land Of Darkness” basically sums up the essence of Serpent Omega with its brutal energy and simple-yet-complex sound. The lyrics were written by me and Jonsson while we were recording the song. Like most of the stuff Serpent Omega does, we do it together, and everyone contributes with a lot of passion.

That is usually a really time-consuming process, since we rarely agree about stuff in the band, but “Land Of Darkness” was more like binge-drinking with Lemmy in comparison to our usual way of working. The riffs were written a while before the lyrics but when they merged together; it was a perfect fit. The song was just there. “Land Of Darkness” needed to be unleashed, and it basically wrote itself.

The video for “Land Of Darkness” feels like a natural extensions of the song. Visually, it’s a grim experience, where I make an homage to the death goddess Hel empowered by the energy from the band. The set is reminiscent our live performances with skulls, bones, horns, and feathers which form a subtitle hint to animism, destruction, death, ancient rituals, and mythological entities.

The symbols, both hidden and obvious, connect to the lyrics of the song and call to the long-forgotten power that hides in the dark, waiting to be awakened.

II is due for release September 4 via Icons Creating Evil Art, with pre-order details being unveiled in the weeks to come.To keep you sated, check out the lead single, “Orog Nuur” below.

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