The Old Ones today revealed the story behind their forthcoming new studio ‘Manfred’.

Black Pharaoh added, ‘Manfred is a wonderful dramatic poem, composed by Lord Byron in 1816-17. It contains supernatural elements, in keeping with the popularity of the ghost story in England at the time. It is a typical example of a Gothic fiction.

The character of Manfred is a nobleman living in the Alps, tormented by some unknown guilt involving his dead beloved, Astarte. He uses his supernatural powers to summon seven spirits and commands them to make him forget his unnamed sin.

The spirits, who rule the various components of the corporeal world, are unable to control past events and thus cannot grant Manfred’s plea. For some time, fate prevents him from escaping his guilt through suicide.

At the end, Manfred dies, defying religious temptations of redemption from sin. Throughout the poem he succeeds in challenging all of the authoritative powers he faces, and chooses death over submitting to the powerful spirits.’.

The Old Ones announce new studio album ‘Manfred’!

The Old Ones are pleased to announce that their forthcoming new studio album will be called Manfred, and is expected to be released late summer of this year.

‘Babylon Is Fallen’ cover revealed!

Single cover by John Martin (1789-1854) – The Fall of Babylon (1819)

Wicked Caravan announce new single ‘Babylon Is Fallen’!

Black Pharaoh added, ‘I’m pleased to announce that our forthcoming new single will be called ‘Babylon Is Fallen’, and is expected to be released in January 2024.’.

‘Eulalie’ cover revealed!

Single cover by Francesco Hayez (1791-1882) – The Kiss (1859)

Wicked Caravan announce new single ‘Eulalie’!

Black Pharaoh added, ‘I’m pleased to announce that our forthcoming new single will be called ‘Eulalie’, and is expected to be released in May 2022.’.

‘Escape from Freedom’ cover revealed!

Album cover by Jacek Malczewski (1854-1929) – The Prisoners (1883)

9 PRODUCTIONS announces the re-release of Providence’s “Escape from Freedom”.

Black Pharaoh added, ‘This still holds up amazingly well after 27 years. “Escape from Freedom” is a heavy, riffy exercise in classic Thrash Metal with the distinctive vocal at the helm, unleashed here for the first time on an unsuspecting world.’.

‘Witching Hour’ cover revealed!

Single cover by David Teniers the Younger (1610-1690) – The Witches Sabbath (Undated)

9 PRODUCTIONS announces the re-release of Denizens of Hell’s “Witching Hour”.

Black Pharaoh added, ‘This was the band that Chaoitus and I started and then left before I formed Providence, and the rest – as they say – is history. Denizens of Hell had one release, the sigle “Witching Hour” that was released in 1988.

We basically played a low-fi, simplistic style of Venom-worship, with simple but catchy riffs. This sounds pretty much like Hellhammer’s “Apocalyptic Raids” but with even rawer production and more inept playing.

Denizens of Hell, like Venom in the early days, were characterized by their inability to actually play their instruments, and I have to agree that this sort of simplicity and directness cannot be faked. Only a band of kids who are still learning to play could or would produce anything this raw and stripped-down. Artlessness, as the Japanese say, is the most difficult art.’.