Originally released in 2011 on the Tour de Garde label, DEPARTURE CHANDELIER’s demo recording, The Black Crest of Death, the Gold Wreath of War, was recorded in 2010, a year after Antichrist Rise To Power, the band’s recently released debut full-length completed in 2009. With slightly heavier production than the album—an intentional act by the band—this demo nevertheless achieves the same atmosphere, one defined by the inherent discord between the visceral body of the songs and the ornate melodies reflected in the poignant interplay of guitars and keyboards, in which one hears the influence of O.T.A.L. and Strid. Musically and conceptually, Departure Chandelier explore the dichotomous relationship connecting unbridled freedom and the concomitant lust for power with tyranny and despotism. The Black Crest of Death, the Gold Wreath of War forms an essential piece of the Departure Chandelier discography, and, as such, is made widely available again with this reissue.

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