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PARADISE LOST & Ex-EXTREME NOISE TERROR Members Launch STRIGOI

Not a typo. That's their name.

Paradise Lost guitarist Greg Mackintosh ended Vallenfyre in 2018 after eight years and three full-length albums. Mackintosh has since teamed up Vallenfyre live bassist Chris Casket (ex-Extreme Noise Terror, Devilment) for a brand new band called Strigoi, which is named after the troubled spirits in Romanian mythology who could rise from the grave and assume an entirely different form.

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Strigoi is rounded out by Paradise Lost drummer Waltteri Väyrynen in the studio, though he's not a full-time member of the band and will not be performing live. Strigoi recently recorded their 12-song debut album Abandon All Faith with Väyrynen at his Black Planet studio. Nuclear Blast describes the debut album as "old-school death metal, grindcore and punk for a visceral, but cinematic offering of extreme metal."

Here's what Mackintosh had to say.

“With Vallenfyre, we went down this path where it got more and more crusty. I thought we couldn’t take it any further, so I needed to put in some new elements. With Strigoi, there’s a bit of spookiness, even some subtle elements of industrial and even black metal. The goal was to switch it up a bit. I was perfectly content with what I was doing in Vallenfyre, but for Strigoi to stand on its own, I wanted to try new things to separate ourselves from the pack.”

Stay tuned for release info soon.

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