American gothic/doom metallers URN have completed work on their third album, "Scribings of a Forgotten Soul", for a July 21 release via Rotting Corpse Records. The artwork was created by Corvis Nocturnum, who runs The Ninth Gate magazine, and the layout was designed by Connie Bergmann of DarkWind Studios.
"Scribings of a Forgotten Soul" was once again mixed and mastered by Dan Precision at Bombshelter Studios (RISE AGAINST, NAKED RAYGUN) in Chicago, Illinois and it features a guest appearance by Rev. Thomas Thorn of the ELECTRIC HELLFIRE CLUB on the song "Hero Worship". (URN frontman Dominic St. Charles had played guitar and did backing vocals with the ELECTRIC HELLFIRE CLUB back in late 1999 to 2000 around the "Witness of the Millennium" album and its subsequent touring cycle and the two have remained very close over the years.) Jape Peratalo, formerly of Finland's melancholy rock outfit TO/DIE/FOR, was also scheduled to appear on the album, but with TO/DIE/FOR's recent disbanding, schedules didn't coincide and both sides have mutually agreed to reschedule for him to appear on a future URN release.
"Scribings of a Forgotten Soul" track listing:
02. Voices of Reason
04. Hero Worship
05. Reckoning Hour
06. In My Mind's Eye
07. Dancing on the Day of the Dead
09. No Man's Land
11. Final Kiss Goodnight
12. Solemn in a Prostrate Pose
According to St. Charles, "Scribings of a Forgotten Soul" is a concept album based on a true story of several individuals that were in his life that were directly involved in a prison riot at state correctional facility in a nearby town from where he attended high school. "Think of it as a 'Law & Order' approach to the story we are telling here," he said. "Of course, all of the characters are completely fictitious and do not represent any person living or dead. It was a major event that shook my community at the time and my best friend's father was the night shift supervisor. So a couple of months before it happened he took a group of me and my friends on tour of the prison at 2:30 a.m. (we thought it would be interesting to do). The experience of seeing all that was going on from the inside from many perspectives, the prisoners, the guards, etc., ended up being highly enlightening for me. So when the riot broke out it was hitting very close to home and I had been doing a good bit of writing at the time and decided to chronicle these events. So in essence, that is what this album is about a fictional depiction of this event."
URN recently supported former NIGHTWISH singer Tarja Turunen on the "Storm Returns to America" tour alongside THE ETERNAL from Australia.