The best place to start any story is at the beginning, which is why Decibel has teamed up with St. Louis melodic death metal outfit Summoning the Lich to premiere “The Nightmare Begins,” the opening track on the band’s fantasy-inspired debut album, United in Chaos.
Despite the album name, “The Nightmare Begins” is anything but chaotic. The members of Summoning the Lich attack the song with precision, reflecting the three years between their demo and United in Chaos. Summoning the Lich are extremely modern in their sound; at times, United in Chaos is reminiscent of The Black Dahlia Murder with breakdowns.
“‘The Nightmare Begins’ kicks off our album United in Chaos and introduces you to the Kingdom of Rodor and the unbounding malevolence about to be unleashed upon it,” Summoning the Lich tell Decibel. “This single takes the perilous climb in an attempt to thwart the inevitable birth of the Lich and summons forth his power as we enter the new year.”
Listen to “The Nightmare Begins” below; United in Chaos is out February 26 on Prosthetic.