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Formed in the winter of 2008 in the frigid northern woodlands of Arizona, Unholy Baptism was originally a guitar/drums black metal project. The goal was to blend mid 2000’s new wave black metal with the grim tone of the early Norwegian scene. The band eventually became a three-piece, as Moloch agreed to contribute lead guitar in 2009. A five track EP was recorded early in 2010 and was subsequently followed by multiple shows in Flagstaff, AZ. Later in 2010 the band went on hiatus due to a variety of circumstances, but was reformed in 2012. Mantus and Moloch decided that the project would be recording-only and began the arduous process of re-evaluating both the band’s sound and tone. While the tone has taken multiple turns, it was eventually decided to blend the ambient, haunting melodies commonly found in both black and doom metal, with the mid-tempo riffing reminiscent of the early Norwegian black metal scene. Having released their first full-length album, entitled ...On the Precipice of the Ancient Abyss to exceptional critical response, the duo has been hard at work on a conceptual trilogy, the first album of which is entitled Volume I: The Bonds of Servitude. Moving forward, the band has embraced a DIY mentality, gaining immense skills in songwriting and production, and are exploring more experimental structures and adding more instrumentation to heighten their own concept of black metal.