Following their much-acclaimed debut album, Recollections Of The Insane (February 2022), Belgium’s deaththrash frontrunners Schizophrenia have announced the release of a very special tribute EP! Chants Of The Abyss will be out on February 10, 2023, and features six blistering cover songs – from Slayer, Judas Priest and the Misfits to Exodus, GBH and Morbid Angel – in true Schizophrenia manner.

States the band: “Playing covers has always been deeply rooted in Schizophrenia. Since the start of the band, we have always included one in our live set list to the point where we felt, time passing, that our adaptations were becoming more and more personal and original. At first, we wanted to include one in our full length, but it didn’t feel exactly right. That’s when slowly the idea of recording Chants of the Abyss, an entire cover EP, came about. Separating all originals and all covers.”

“However, doing covers yes, but simply copying them no. We wanted to emulate the feeling we had with those covers we did live. They had to feel personal and ‘Schizophrenia’ in a way. There was no point in doing it if they couldn’t feel like our own also. It is exactly that way that we approach the whole EP and which we hope comes out from the recording. Have you ever heard a typical Morbid Angel-like beatdown on a Judas Priest song? You might just now!”

Now, Schizophrenia have premiered a first single and music video, as the band reveals: “There shouldn’t be an introduction for this one. Nevertheless we present you, our take on one of the MOST influential death metal bands ever to be unleashed upon the masses. Maze Of Torment by Morbid Angel. The way they kept reinventing themselves is truly something we are aspiring to do so. Their sound was so different then any other death metal band out there.. so distinctive in the best way possible. This is our homage to one of the greatest, ever. “

Chants Of The Abyss track listing:
Necrophiliac (Slayer cover)
Maze Of Torment (Morbid Angel)
Metal Meltdown (Judas Priest)
Bullet (Misfits)
Strike Of The Beast (Exodus)
Race Against Time (GBH)