New song: THIS GIFT IS A CURSE – We use your dead as Wessels

New song: THIS GIFT IS A CURSE – We use your dead as Wessels


Proudly presents the premiere of



"We use your dead as Wessels"


From the forthcoming new album

"All Hail the Swinelord"


Release date: Oktober 16, 2015


Pre-order the album here:

THIS GIFT IS A CURSE vomit forth a steady stream of pitch-black venomous hate. The Swedes passionately demonstrate that black metal remains fertile ground for new sounds. Combining elements of hardcore and sludge with influences from occult black metal as well as drone, ‘All Hail The Swinelord’ sets a new benchmark for vitriolic viciousness and massive sonic onslaught. The sophomore full-length of the band from Stockholm has turned out to be a vision of darkness that seeks its equal. THIS GIFT IS A CURSE were founded in Stockholm by a fateful chance meeting of vocalist Jonas A. Holmberg and drummer Johan Nordlund in late summer 2008. The duo soon recruited guitarist Patrik Andersson and Lars Gunnarsson on bass. In March 2010 the Swedish four-piece entered the legendary Sunlight Studios (ENTOMBED, KATATONIA, TIAMAT, DISMEMBER and many more) and recorded their self- titled debut EP with the aid of producer Tomas Skogsberg. ‘This Gift Is A Curse’ (2010) was well received in the underground and led to the band being invited to perform many shows in their homeland and Europe. During the second half of 2011, THIS GIFT IS A CURSE recorded their first full-length ‘I, Gvilt Bearer’ at a secret location north of Stockholm. Their producer Magbjork (MELEEH, CHILDREN OF FALL) moved his studio to this specific location to allow the band to unlimited record possibilities. Released in 2012, the album caused a buzz that reached beyond the underground and quickly sold out its first pressings. More touring followed during the next two years. In 2014, THIS GIFT IS A CURSE teamed up with Magbjork once again to record ‘All Hail The Swinelord’ in an abandoned house close to Stockholm. This monstrous black beast is now ready to be unleashed unto an already anticipating world. Brace for impact!


The band comments: “The track ‘We Use Your Dead As Vessels’ was one of the first that we had ready for the album despite a few changes of its shape. We rented a small room over some kind of metal workshop where we recorded the all the guitars, bass and even main vocal parts, but we were only allowed to record there during nighttime. This was tearing at us as we also tried to maintain some kind of daytime life with various obligations. As the room was extremely packed with equipment we could almost not move, which made the whole recoding very claustrophobic. Some of these tensions can be felt in the atmosphere of the album. We wanted to add diversity to the mix and create a bigger sound than before. This song really benefitted from this. We asked our friend Billie Lindahl (STIU NU STIU, PROMISE AND THE MONSTER) to lay down some additional vocals on a few tracks. Something we had never tried before.  Billie was deep into these Bulgarian mystic ‘grief choirs’ and her own take on those fitted in with this album. It was a great match and just amazing (haunting and eerie) to be in that studio, when she put lyrics down. The theme of ‘grief’ suits this track as its lyrics deal with a yearning for death. ‘We Use Your Dead As Vessels’ is about leaving the physical form you have been dealt and all the guilt of being entrapped in this hideous thing called life behind. Although, bear in mind the symbolism and the distinctions between ‘truth’ and lies of what we perceive as reality.”


(Photo: Hannah Savvas)

1. Swinelord
2. New Temples
3. Rites
4. XI: For I Am The Fire
5. Hanging Feet
6. Old Lies
7. We Use Your Dead As Vessels
8. Askrådare

Jonas A. Holmberg: vocals
Lars Gunnarsson: bass
Johan Nordlund: drums
Patrik Andersson: guitars & vocals