Bull Elephant is an anonymous four piece band collective based in London, UK. The line-up is Winterbeast: guitar/vocals; Vawndol: bass/grind; Pickle Rick: drums; Black Horn: lead guitar. They are inspired of post-doom and pre-death. Bull Elephant will release its second album, Created From Death, in August on Eat Lead and Die Music.
The album, part two in the Bull Elephant trilogy mythos, picks up where the debut ended. The eponymous creature, originally resurrected to fight occultist Ahnenerbe SS just before the outbreak of world war, has been destroyed and reconstructed into human form; then placed into the care of a renegade ape. The child’s witch-mother sacrifices herself so the duo can escape and they live in exile for several years, attempting to remain hidden from the enemy.
Meanwhile, Nazi Germany and Allied forces fight battles on two fronts: in conventional theatres all over the world and as a secret war for control over supernatural powers that neither fully understand.
Eventually, after being discovered and temporarily under siege, our heroes are compelled into action; launching a campaign to harness nature against the worst of mankind’s impulses; which now includes reanimation at a mass grave site of an undead legion in service to the Reich. The ultimate renewable human resource.
As with the debut album, think of the background concept as Raiders of the Lost Ark set to a doom-tinged heavy metal soundtrack where Judeo-Christian mythology is replaced by the even more sinister universe hinted at in the writings of H. P. Lovecraft…. with Nazi zombies, assault wolves and a battle-armoured whale that makes Moby Dick seem tame.
Tracking of bass and drums, mixing and mastering was executed by Jaime Gomez Arellano (Paradise Lost, Cathedral, Ghost) at Orgone Studios, Bedfordshire, UK; while guitars and vocals were recorded at various bunkers around the UK. The title track Created From Death,
Emergent, given new life
Cosmos in corporeal form
Raging through the awakening
Guided by the stoic giant
Speaks through walls of sleep
Silence, never so loud
Taken into hiding
Child of stars and iron
Created from death
Now absorb the world
Through words and images of days gone by
and yet to be, fast track through hell
Like a sea, felt between
Let the ocean in
Surveyed from an oaken throne
Built of flesh and bone
Found outside of the moment and so it is seen
Layers peeled to the core reality
Two selves split, the mythic soul
As it died, the next chapter began
Created from death
Product of ancient minds and (wo)man