Solo album of epic fantasy doom metal insanity by one-man band Keith D (co-founder of Arctic Sleep). Melodic, catchy, fun, ideal for headbanging, and a little weird. A full 53 minutes of non-stop chugging riffs, soaring vocal melodies, and pounding drums that will lead you straight into the candle-lit depths of the arcane realms of The Catacomb Abyss.
For some songs on this album, Keith created a "choir" by layering up to 26 vocal takes at a time. The occasional cathedral organ adds to the atmosphere of the lyrical mythos, and extra percussion adds to the thunder. He wrote all of the songs during a two-month period of being stuck at home with a serious knee injury. Later, after finally completing a long and grueling recovery, he made a lone pilgrimage to New Jersey where he spent two weeks eating bagels and crafting the album at Portrait Recording Studios.
“Into the Catacomb Abyss is nothing short of a delicious treat. All ten tracks off of this magnificent debut take so many twists and turns that you never know what to expect on a first listen, and every single shift in tone and change of pace is simply something awesome to behold." - HEADBANGERREVIEWS
“Into The Catacomb Abyss is probably the hottest record I heard in a long time in its genre. The dark mood gets unfolded by beautiful melodies and it all just fits." Rating: 9/10. - YOURDEADPARTNER
"a stunning piece no matter what angle you’re looking at it from. I just simply want more from Unearthed Elf." - METALADDICTS
"Who would have thought that a tour of The Shadow Realm guided by an Elf with a flaming torch in one hand and a generous goblet of ale spilling over in the other could be so enthralling? 8 out of 10" - POWER PLAY MAGAZINE
"The debut album by Unearthed Elf is a beautiful and emotional record. At times it is stunningly beautiful." - ROPPONGIROCKS
"When it ends, just push play again. The only thing this reviewer was left wanting was another song." - GLACIALLYMUSICAL
"The singer’s voice is just perfect for this kind of thing. Featuring not only his voice in a solo capacity, but also beautifully layered with multiple harmonies and extremely enjoyable melodies, this is a firm winner in all regards." - WONDERBOX METAL
"truly awesome and immediately listenable" - SHRED SHACK PODCAST
"Far more that just the soundtrack to a dungeon crawl, Into the Catacomb Abyss is an ambitious and impressive metal album." - TREBUCHET MAGAZINE
"the whole album is a must have" - SKULLBANGER
"Into The Catacomb Abyss is a hell of a journey" - GBHBL
"Viscerally emotional and pulled off with palpable feeling, the songs are intricately multifaceted and contain layer upon layer for the listener to explore." - METAL NEXUS
"Sure, it definitely caters towards the nerd side of the metal spectrum, but when it’s done this well, who cares?" - METAL ALTAR
"Keith D’s vocals are melodic, soothing, and perfectly in tune with the rest of the music at all times" - SKULL FRACTURING METAL
"´Into the Catacomb Abyss´ ist die schärfste Doom-Scheibe 2016" - STREETCLIP.TV
"4/5" - BATTLEHELM
released October 31, 2016
Performed by Keith D (drums, guitars, bass, keyboard, percussion, all vocals).
Music and lyrics by Keith D.
Produced by Keith D and John Ferrara.
Engineered and mixed by John Ferrara at Portrait Recording Studios, New Jersey USA in July-August of 2016.
Mastered by Chris Badami.
Unearthed Elf logo by Christophe Szpajdel.
Photography by Nick Podewils.
Album design & layout by Housewithoutwalls.com
All material copyright 2016 Keith D.