Forming from the rain-soaked Seattle soil in late 2003, BOOK OF BLACK EARTH boasts a sound as dreary and evil as the blackened skies that set upon many a cool, damp day in the band's hometown. With 'The Cold Testament,' BOOK OF BLACK EARTH now builds upon the band's eight-year history of sound ? one that has yielded praise from the likes of Decibel, Terrorizer and The Seattle Post-Intelligencer ? and ultimately spews forth an all-encompassing album deep in thought, dark in mind and undeniably heavy in both sound and story. The follow-up to 2008's acclaimed Horoskopus, The Cold Testament showcases a blacker, bigger sound harnessed by producer/engineer Chris Common (Pelican, The Sword) at The Red Room Studios in Seattle and mixed by the legendary Dan Swano (Opeth, Katatonia, Bloodbath). With the band's blasphemous take on blackened death metal committed to tape, and having already cut their collective teeth on the road with the likes of Watain, Amebix and Cattle Decapitation, as well as appearances at SXSW and the New England Metalfest, the release of The Cold Testament brought the band out of the stormy shrouds of the Seattle underground and back to the road.