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May 4, 2020

Decibel Magazine premieres MONAD from western black metal act Devil with No Name, debut LP nears release through New Density


Stream DEVIL WITH NO NAME's "Monad" HERE

As Western US black metal trio DEVIL WITH NO NAME - founded by members of Lord Mantis, Void Omnia, Sovereign, and others - prepares to release their eponymous debut via New Density in May, the album's new single "Monad" has been premiered through Decibel Magazine.
 
Comprised of Andrew Markuszewski (Lord Mantis, Avichi, Sonoran Rebel Black Magick) on guitars and vocals, Michał Juśko (Sovereign) on bass and vocals, and Cody Stein (Void Omnia) on drums, DEVIL WITH NO NAME began when Markuszewski left Chicago for the deserts of Arizona a few years back and connected with Juśko.

The pair began writing blistering black metal influenced by the lifestyle and culture of the Southwest.
 
The band's eponymous maiden release, Devil With No Name was mixed and mastered by Ken Sorceron (Abigail Williams, Lord Mantis) and features artwork by Rodrigo Pereira Salvatierra. 
Jusko said, "'Monad' is a vessel in itself, shrouded in mysticism and aggression. Herculean groove-heavy sections lead to an enigmatic and intoxicating spiritual climax. DEVIL WITH NO NAME is an amalgamation of traditional black metal and old western attitude. No bullshit, straightforward, and truculent in nature." 
Markuszewski said, "The last song on this EP, 'Monad' deals with the first rebellion of heaven and a fallen angel that gives an eternal middle finger to fate. 'Monad' is the triumph of the self eternal through the fires of self reliance and by sheer will."
Decibel writes, "...evil comes in many forms, as do bands, like USBM newcomers DEVIL WITH NO NAME. Formed by members of Lord Mantis, Void Omnia and Sovereign, the trio specialize in groovy, mid-paced black metal."
 
Stream DEVIL WITH NO NAME's "Monad" only at Decibel Magazine RIGHT HERE.
 
Devil With No Name will be released on May 22 on all digital platforms and a limited pressing on 180-gram black vinyl LP in a gatefold sleeve. Find preorders at Bandcamp HERE and the New Density label webshop HERE.
 
Inspired by the surrounding vast harsh landscapes, DEVIL WITH NO NAME is proof that black metal is no longer a genre requiring blistering snow and white mountain tops.

Combining the attitudes of a cut-throat Western past and those of the great beast of rebellion, DEVIL WITH NO NAME is the pariah that stands apart from hordes with names, the fallen angel once buried in chains beneath the sun, now left to wander with pistol revolver in hand.
 
As a huge fan of old Westerns, and particularly the works of Sergio Leone, who is credited with the creation of the Spaghetti Western genre, Markuszewski was largely inspired by Leone's Dollars Trilogy featuring Clint Eastwood as the iconic character known as "The Man With No Name."

Drawing upon that influence and paying homage to the rebellious nature of the black metal they were writing, Markuszewski took heed and decided to call the group DEVIL WITH NO NAME.

After recruiting drummer Cody Stein, they would work on and self-produce an EP which became a huge trial by fire.

In the end, they came out with an epic result on this debut release.

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