Season of Mist have announced the signing of Chinese atmospheric black metal band ZURIAAKE. The band will release their new album via the label at a later date, as well as a part of the back catalogue.
The band comments: “We are very pleased to announce that we have sealed a brand new record deal with one of most famous metal labels: Season of Mist. It is an honor for us to join the ranks of this label who have released a lot of great records in the long metal music history, and Season of Mist will definitely support us in bringing our music to a wider audience.”
Founded by Blood Fire and Blood Sea in Jinan city, Shandong Province, ZURIAAKE is one of the earliest extreme metal bands in China.
After signing to Black Happiness Production, the first black metal record label in China, the band released a demo subseries with YNGIZARM, Blood Fire‘s personal black metal project. In this subseries, ZURIAAKE began to explore Chinese black metal in both form and ideology. In 2006, ZURIAAKE signed to Pest Productions and started to write their debut Afterimage of Autumn (released in 2007).
This record turned into one of the most important albums in the history of extreme metal in China. ZURIAAKE, based on its simple expression technique and unique creative concept, further explored the integration of traditional Chinese music elements and black metal music in the form, and searched for the balance and intersection of Eastern and Western cultures. This record was popular outside of China as well, including Germany, the United States and Japan.
After a long break due to the studies of Blood Fire, the band returned with a new EP in 2015 and a second full-length Gu Yan. This record was highly praised by many professional metal media and fans at home and abroad.
In May 2017, ZURIAAKE was invited by Finland’s Steelfest Open Air, the largest black metal music festival in northern Europe where the band played its European debut show. The three piece became the first Chinese metal band that performed in northern Europe. Meanwhile, the first overseas tour across Europe also achieved great success.
In the following years, the atmospheric black metal act returned to various European festivals, such as Roadburn, Wacken Open Air, Brutal Assault and Midgardsblot, building their name in the international metal scene. Signing to Season of Mist will be the start of the next chapter.