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Legacy of Ruin

by Eight Bells

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pewpewpow The atmosphere of complete and utter doom on this album is just breathtaking. The soundtrack to humanity's downfall. Favorite track: Nadir.
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pinkytheent This record is a slow-burn grower. I often waffled on the fence about how much I was liking what I was hearing, but then something, most often the spine-tingling vocal harmonies and vista-like melodic turns, would pull me right back into the dark fairytale storybook of this work. This is a record that you really have to allow to take you down the mossy paths where it wants to take you, and you will appreciate the ride once it's done. I know I will find new things to like with each re-listen. Favorite track: Nadir.
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Hemroid The Leader A unique prog-doom alloy. 500 LPs pressed. stimulating textures that aren't played this way elsewhere
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chickenflakes Bright, lively, and unrelentingly melancholy all at the same time. Eight Bell have produced a great modern Doom classic. Favorite track: The Well.
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Obstacle of Affliction Pushing play on this release will initiate a sonic journey of meditation, inquiry, and passion. Such a wonderful experience this album is. Favorite track: The Well.
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⸸CoughCool⸸ Melancholic, stark, acclivitously eclectic doom...
Some of the more emotionally charged doom you will find. Discerning through divining spatial relations must be how Eight Bells have crafted such a winding, riff-heavy labyrinthian behemoth of experimental existentialism & dread...
Cinematic in scope, or intergalactic, rather, bc your feet will not remain on this plain, painful plain
🌑🌒🌓🌔🌕🌖🌗🌘🌑 Favorite track: The Well.
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Destroyer 08:14
I am death, destruction I am strife and struggle I am suffering, helpless I am hopeless, careless I am death, destruction I am doomed eternal I am wrath incarnate I am coming for you Brazen, battered Sullen, sinful Weak and woeful Wilted, willful
The Well 11:09
Water is corrupted, poisoned Blood of my kindred, tainted Legacy of ruin, blighted Colored by confusion, madness Finding no redemption, sentenced Say a prayer to no one, muted Cruelty becomes us, malice Leave them behind us, timeless We rise into the sun Will you be there when I die? Our well runs dry Lord hear our cry
Torpid dreamer, rest you enjoy Regret the fever day, purgatory of birds Torpid dreamer, your simple work complete Hope shares your bed Escape this winter’s bleak! Torpid dreamer, should you fail to wake Your struggle will have ended Without cause for pain!
Nadir 05:14
To my end, I am driven To consume, All I'm given Self-willed and dejected. I am sure, there's no heaven To adore, is my weapon Right now is All we have
The Crone 07:47
Our time is passed A sole shadow is cast Like whispers on the snow Caress oppress Beauty is titanic Soars to the edge Proclaiming all you wait Moments of rest Pause in the dark Lucid voices sing Winds make a bloody mark Our paths descend Witch! Crone! Bitch! Diviner! Retribution, fucking vengeance I’ll return
Premonition 09:28
All creation has lived and died for me What I thought was my world lay in ruins, my destiny Defended my plunder, assured entitlement Self-deception and foolish arrogance Precious gift Nothing left Husk of an empire Dormant There is no dawning light There is no morn There is no death of night The end reborn Last of the honor Left with the fall Last insurrection An omnipresent pall It haunts me to think Of truths we cast aside A darkness we shaped A consequential lie Without us, in time A new day will rise


With their third album, Portland metal experimentalists EIGHT BELLS have sharpened their songwriting approach to create a soundtrack for the end of the world. "Legacy of Ruin" again features the trio's trademark haunting vocal harmonies along with sometimes blistering, and sometimes impressionistic guitar riffing to create heady atmospheres of dark and light. Lyrically, "Legacy of Ruin" focuses on themes of the human condition, natural destruction, death, regret, loss, malice, and retribution.

EIGHT BELLS were conceived as the brainchild and songwriting project of Melynda Jackson in 2010. The guitarist and vocalist named the band after the final album of her previous act, SUBARACHNOID SPACE. While the trio evolved through several line-up changes in the beginning, Melynda is now supported by vocalist and bass player Matt Solis (CORMORANT, URSA) Brian Burke (NO SHORES, CAVE DWELLER) on drums.

Following the release of the "Isosceles" EP (2011), EIGHT BELLS gained international recognition for their debut album "The Captain's Daughter (2013)" and tour support for SUBROSA across North America. With their sophomore full-length "Landless" (2016), EIGHT BELLS consolidated their reputation as one of the up and coming acts, joined VOIVOD in the US and received an invitation to Psycho Las Vegas, which the trio gladly accepted.

Now EIGHT BELLS are poised to share their music with a wider audience. "Legacy of Ruin" was engineered and produced by the masterful Billy Anderson (AMENRA, BELL WITCH, LEVIATHAN, SWANS), and has enabled the trio to reach a new dimension of sound quality.

"Legacy of Ruin" is forceful confirmation that contemporary metal can be artistically impressive, and at the same time novel and expansive in its expression. Time to lean back, close your eyes and let EIGHT BELLS' haunting and beautiful swansong to a dying planet crash all over you in sonic waves.


released February 25, 2022

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Eight Bells Portland, Oregon

"Wraithlike vocals and numbed melodies hanging over pinprick prog fretwork... The pulse of ethereal '70s rock – from Pink Floyd to Hawkwind's more celestial moments... Dual vocal lines emanate from some unseen place, sometimes braided together in a conjoined plea for connection... Heartbreakingly beautiful."
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