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This Heathen Land


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Green Lung are a cult band in every sense of the word. Formed in London in 2017, their first two records Woodland Rites (2019) and Black Harvest (2021) brought a folk horror sensibility to occult rock, attracting a fanatical following in their native UK, resulting in international tours with the likes of Clutch, festival performances from Roadburn to Bloodstock to Download, and a record deal with the world’s biggest independent heavy metal label Nuclear Blast Records.

Now, two years after the release of the critically acclaimed Black Harvest, the band have unveiled their most ambitious offering yet. This Heathen Land is the most complete manifestation of the band’s vision to date, fulfilling their long-held goal to, in the words of vocalist Tom Templar, “create the definitive soundtrack to the folk horror film in our heads.” On This Heathen Land, the band have forged a sound and identity that is entirely their own, while maintaining the Sabbathian heaviness and addictive songcraft which made their previous albums so beloved in the metal underground.

From the cover art to the vinyl inserts and lyrical themes, This Heathen Land is a painstakingly-researched and executed heavy metal love letter to the folkloric landscape of the UK. “Perhaps unsurprisingly, I’ve had the classic Reader’s Digest book Folklore, Myths and Legends of Britain by my bedside since childhood” says Templar. “With this album I wanted to conjure the experience of reading that book in sonic form - to take listeners on a journey into the weird world of British folklore, into the woods and over the mountains and onto the moors, and to inspire them to see the magic that’s still out there, if you use a little imagination.”

Working with producer/engineer Wayne Adams at Bear Bites Horse Studio once more, and now with Tom Dalgety (Opeth, Clutch, Ghost) on mixing duties, the band looked to classic albums produced by Martin Birch for sonic inspiration: “There’s something very special about the records Birch produced in the late 70s and early 80s. Albums such as
Sabbath’s Mob Rules and Rainbow’s Rising were made at a time before metal had become quite so codified; when it could still be eccentric and experimental, yet musical and accessible. With This Heathen Land, we wanted to make a record that pays homage to those classic records while adding a modern sensibility and musicality,” says guitarist Scott Black.

Released: November 2023
Cat: 4065629687618
Label: Nuclear Blast Records



1. Prologue
2. The Forest Church
3. Mountain Throne
4. Maxine (Witch Queen)
5.One For Sorrow
6. Song Of The Stones
7.The Ancient Ways
8.Hunters In The Sky
9.Oceans Of Time

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