Vials of Wrath – “Ataraxia”

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Sep 062018

Vials of Wrath return with an interim ep to tide us all over until the next full length is released.  Every superlative written about the first two VoW releases applies here, but there is even more as the overall tone seems a bit brighter and the compositions are structurally different giving a fresh sound that is still recognizable as VoW.

Atmospheric, ambient black metal is a genre that seems to combine incompatible elements and perhaps that is why when done well, it simply works. Vials of Wrath has continually supplied excellent music sine the first release, Seeking Refuge, which began in the fall of 2009 when DC Mills, wanted to write Bible-based music in the vein of atmospheric black metal similar to Agalloch, Alcest, Wolves in the Throne Room, and Drudkh.  Those who follow the former Bloodline Severed guitarist on social media have undoubtedly seen the beautiful, raw, pictures Mills has taken of the Smoky Mountains and local forest and with those images in mind, the songs provide the perfect accompanying soundtrack, much like how Swedish/Norwegian black/death metal conjures up the images and feel of winter.

Ever the skeptic, I went into the first album thinking I was going to hate it, but found myself instantly drawn in and then with Days Without Names there was a further progression in everything that was good in Seeking Refuge.  So, without knowing the backstory behind Ataraxia, my expectations were high and true to form, the only disappointment was that this is just a 3 song, 18 minute ep.  Later I learned that this ep was actually older material that wasn’t ever going to be released.  Sonically, the overall tone is much brighter than Seeking Refuge and Days Without Names and as Mills put it the songs “are not indicative of where I am currently.”   Continue reading »

Jul 132018

Vials of Wrath, the Christian-based black/ambient metal solo project of Dempsey “DC” Mills have announced the release of a new album “Ataraxia” EP will be released on August 21th.  Nearly 20 minutes of all new music, featuring 2 full length songs and a short instrumental. Available on limited edition CD and digitally. For fans of Alcest, Deafheaven and Drudkh. A teaser can be streamed below.

Pre-orders will be available soon… Please share and spread the word! Two new full songs and a short instrumental in the vein of ‘A Cleansing Prayer’ from “Days Without Names.”

DC is a former rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist for Christian deathcore band Bloodline Severed. Continue reading »

Vials of Wrath – “Days Without Names”

 Posted by on August 13, 2015 at 19:00  1 Response »
Aug 132015

DWN_Vials of WrathBeautiful, haunting, dark, melodic, emotional and heavy atmospheric black metal returns in the latest release from Vials of Wrath with Days Without Names serving as a worthy successor to the debut Seeking RefugeDays Without Names will be of the most musically different and diverse albums you’ll likely hear this year and one that keeps your attention as it transports you through the wilderness and different seasons of life.

Vials of Wrath first release, Seeking Refuge, began to emerge as a project in the fall of 2009, when DC Mills, wanted to write Bible-based music in the vein of atmospheric black metal similar to Agalloch, Alcest, Wolves in the Throne Room, and Drudkh and was inspired by solo acts including Ihsahn, Burzum, Xasthur and others.  Drawing inspiration from nature and writing lyrics from a Christian perspective,  Mills’ goal is to  honor the Creator and not creation.

I was first exposed to Vials of Wrath when I received Seeking Refuge to review, and my conclusion to that review was, “In the end, there is so much good here that this is one of those albums that will get a lot of play.”  The combination of styles and sounds and how they were interwoven seamlessly in that album really drew me in as a listener.  Days Without Names is a further progression in everything that was good in Seeking Refuge.  The album starts out with the haunting instrumental “That Which I’ve Beheld” with its multiple clean melodic guitars and soft keyboards providing atmosphere that becomes a stronger and more forceful toward the middle of the song before easing back into brighter territory toward the end.  This same strategy is employed later in the album’s other instrumental track “Silhouettes Against the Sun”. Continue reading »

Aug 042015

DC Mills“Days Without Names” is the title of the upcoming Vials of Wrath album, which will be released on Sept. 8th.

Physical CD’s will be available for purchase on the release date. Pre-orders for the CD, along with t-shirt bundles and other merch, will soon be available at

‘A Cleansing Prayer’
(released in June) is the first official song from the upcoming album with drums courtesy of R. Michael Cook from A Hill to Die Upon. The track can be streamed in the soundcloud player below.

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Jun 262013

DC MillsVials of Wrath, the Christian-based black/ambient metal solo project of Dempsey “DC” Mills [picture], reported the following:

Black Metal Underground Records / Martyrdom Records has offered to re-release the first Vials of Wrath EP in a limited edition of 50 copies. However, the CD will be completely remastered, and include a never-before released track, “The Shadow of Death.” The album will be called “Let There Be Light,”. For those who may not have heard them, these early VoW songs are more in the “blackened death-metal” style than Seeking Refuge; for fans of Dissection, Dark Tranquillity or maybe even Dimmu Borgir. “Let There Be Light.” will be released July 23.” Continue reading »