Boston’s doom/black metal emissaries Fórn have unveiled details behind the release of their new album, ‘Rites of Despair’. Their new album, their first in 4 years, will be released worldwide by Gilead Media on September 21st. Pre-orders for the album are available here.

Fórn are streaming the first new track off ‘Rites of Despair’. The track, a visceral, disturbing take on crushing doom and scathing black metal titled “ 涂地 / Manifestations of the Divine Root ” is streaming now at Revolver Magazine. “Manifestation of the Divine Root” focuses on utilizing the tools of nature’s power to change one’s reality and attempt to overcome depression/loss.

Regarding the track, the band comments, “The opening movement of Fórn’s upcoming LP “Rites of Despair”, 涂地 is a collaborative effort with Lane Shi of Elizabeth Colour Wheel, translating from Mandarin Chinese as a meaning of ‘all over the ground’. The word can be separated into two: TU涂 and DI地; ‘TU’ means paint over something while ‘DI’ means ground, or soil – together they form an emotion to describe a large scale of overgrowth. This theme continues as 涂地 builds a desperate sonic landscape that feeds into the album’s second track, “Manifestations of the Divine Root.”  The pair form a juxtaposition that is thematic of the album as a whole. While 涂地 lays foundation to the albums’ contextual battle between melody and dense sonic layering, ‘Manifestations’ simultaneously tears down and expands on those themes, bringing with it an atmosphere teetering between delicacy and root-rattling abrasiveness.

The stunning new video was directed by Rottweilin (

View the video here.


Forn - Tour Dates

Fórn on the road with Primitive Man, Krallice, and Wayfarer

June 14 New Orleans, LA, Santos Bar
June 15 Hattiesburg, MS, Tavern
June 16 Houston, TX, While Oak Music Hall
June 17 Austin, TX, Austin Terror Fest
June 18 Dallas, TX, Reno’s
June 19 Oklahoma City, OK, 89th St
June 20 Albuquerque, NM, Sister Bar
June 21 Colorado Springs, CO, Triple Nickel
June 22 Denver, CO, Trve Brewing Fest
June 23 Michigan City, IN, House show
June 24 Brooklyn, NY, Elsewhere
July 21 Brooklyn, NY, Brooklyn Bazaar
July 27 Pittsburgh, PA, Migration Fest


Artwork by Bryan Clovenhoov Proteau

Their first proper full-length after a series of EPs and singles, Rites of Despair is the resulting vision of two years’ worth of tumult, including relocations, lineup changes, life and death. Divided between two Acts, Act I: Depersonalization & Act II: Derealization, Rites of Despair explores themes of isolation, depression, decay, tumultuous self discovery, and abandonment.

Tracking and engineering was completed by both Alec Rodriguez at New Alliance in Cambridge, MA, as well as Andrew Oswald at Secret Bathroom in Oakland, CA. Mastering completed by Magnus Lindberg of Cult of Luna.

As tradition, ‘Rites of Despair’ contains artwork from the vision of Bryan Clovenhoov Proteau, who has worked with Fórn on imagery for all of their solo releases to date.

Official Links





Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s