Ice metal masters PERSEKUTOR sign to Blues Funeral Recordings!

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Blues Funeral Recordings announce the signing of ice metal purveyors PERSEKUTOR to their ever-growing roster. Get ready for the mighty quintet's uncompromising blend of black metal and greasy rock'n’roll!

About signing to Blues Funeral Recordings, frontman Vlad the Inhaler says: "We is thrilled to be workings with Blues Funeral! All you weedheads is about to feel the frost of dawn & the cold, hard reality of ice metal. Get ready for Persekutor!

Blues Funeral founder Jadd Shickler adds: "Blues Funeral refuses to be boxed into one style or genre. If it's heavy and legit, that's all we care about. Vlad and his crew are some intimidating characters, but we're pretty sure they're on our side, and either way, we're stoked to bring their authentic take on heavy metal to the heavy-loving masses.

Conceived in a forgotten corner of Eastern Europe, PERSEKUTOR channel the tradition of early black metal champions like Venom, Celtic Frost and Bathory through the unflinching hard rock efficiency of AC/DC into their own infectious strain of Carpathian heaviness: Ice Metal.   

Upon lending early track “Power Frost” to the 2016 horror film Beyond the Gates —starring Barbara Crampton of Re-Animator and Chopping Mall fame — PERSEKUTOR frontman Vlad the Inhaler moved to Los Angeles and enlisted lead guitarist Inverted Chris (ex-Lightning Swords Of Death), lead bassist Adam Hell Murray (Deth Crux/Blistering Joy) and lead drummer Scott Batiste (ex-Saviours) to join the endless blizzard. After an initial series of unhinged live performances — the first ended in a stabbing, the second was at a strip club, the third was supporting Armored Saint at Decibel magazine’s Metal & Beer Fest pre-party — PERSEKUTOR recorded their full-length debut. 

"Permanent Winter" was released by Svart Records in September 2020 and bolstered by a pair of raucous videos from crack production team TV/VCR. The album was hailed by Revolver as a “gloriously ignorant mix of goat-loving black metal and greasy rock n’ roll”, by Sleeping Shaman as “an avalanche of a new record” and by Devilution, who ranked it their International Album of the Year, as “a masterpiece”.  

PERSEKUTOR released the "Brain Freeze" EP in late 2022, with the title track featured in the Shudder original horror flick Christmas Bloody Christmas. The EP marked the debut of second lead guitarist Blake Meahl, formerly of international metal stars Huntress, and set the stage for the band’s next ice age.  

In early 2023, PERSEKUTOR joined forces with the volatile visionaries at Blues Funeral Recordings for their latest foray into the riff-blasted tundra. Stay tuned as more details about the new album and a first track will be unleashed very soon!


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