Originally, SOULBURN emerged after the demise of Dutch death metal legends ASPHYX in the mid 90’s, when founding members Eric Daniels (guitars) and Bob Bagchus (drums) looked for a separate outlet to unleash their mutual obsession of BATHORY, VENOM, CELTIC FROST and unite it with a dark, doomy and primal death metallic twist. After a demo and the cult Feeding On Angels debut album via Century Media Records in 1998, which featured Wannes Gubbels (PENTACLE) on vocals/bass, SOULBURN were put to rest and seemed to be a mere transitional act before ASPHYX achieved a short-lived return for On The Wings Of Inferno (2000) with the same line-up.
SOULBURN was dead, buried, but not forgotten…
And now, 16 years after their debut album, the blackened death metal merchants return to the surface by signing a new worldwide recording agreement with Century Media Records in their new line-up shape that again features the core of Eric Daniels (guitars) and Bob Bagchus (drums), teaming up with Twan van Geel (FLESH MADE SIN, LEGION OF THE DAMNED) as vocalist/bassist and Remco Kreft (GRAND SUPREME BLOOD COURT, NAILGUN MASSACRE, XENOMORPH) as second guitarist.
SOULBURN’s drummer and founder Bob Bagchus checked in with the following comment about their return: “Bringing SOULBURN back to life was a natural thing to do since the inspiration was huge, more than ever before. Playing the old songs as well as the new incantations is a blessing. The riffs and thus the songs kept coming and coming and we knew we were on the right track. The new deal with our longtime label Century Media Records was the next logical step…”
SOULBURN’s sophomore album, The Suffocating Darkness, will be released on November 17th in Europe and November 18th in North America (digital only) via Century Media Records. The album was recorded with Harry Wijering (Harrow Productions), mix/mastering duties were taken over by Dan Swanö (Unisound Recordings) and the artwork was designed by Timo Ketola as well as Roberto Toderico.
SOULBURN will also be debuting on stages in their new incarnation as of this very weekend, when they perform at three special and long sold-old shows together with old school death metal comrades BOLT THROWER and MORGOTH in Germany. A next appearance at 2015’s edition of Neurotic Deathfest has been already announced as well. See below for all SOULBURN dates:
SOULBURN live + BOLT THROWER & MORGOTH:
21.09.2014 – Bremen (Germany) – Schlachthof *sold out*
22.09.2014 – Essen (Germany) – Weststadthalle *sold out*
23.09.2014 – Berlin (Germany) – SO36 *sold out*
SOULBURN live 2015:
17.-19.04.2015 – Tilburg (The Netherlands) – 013 / Neurotic Deathfest
+ BLOODBATH, IMMOLATION, BENIGHTED, TRIBULATION and many more.
Twan van Geel – vocals/bass
Remco Kreft – guitar
Eric Daniels – guitar
Bob Bagchus – drums
Soulburn (Demo) – 1996
Feeding On Angels – 1998
The Suffocating Darkness – 2014