Swedish doom / folk / medieval metallers APOCALYPSE ORCHESTRA have released, “The Garden of Earthly Delights,” the first single from their upcoming full length The End is Nigh, due 12 May through Despotz Records. The band has teamed up with Metal Underground to premiere the single.

With one leg in medieval times and the other in modern metal, APOCALYPSE ORCHESTRA weaves their own special tapestry of music. The tones of the hurdy gurdy and the bagpipe intertwine with heavy guitars, allowing music separated by over 800 years to meet.

The band was formed by musical partners in crime Mikael Lindstrom and Erik Larsson in Gävle, Sweden, bonding over their love of folk music and sludgy metal. With the idea to combine the two genres and having a wealth of original music and lyrics they decided to incorporate melodies from as far back as the 11th century in order to round out their vision. The idea was to create an homage to a bygone era.

The End is Nigh tracklist:

01. The Garden of Earthly Delights
02. Pyre
03. Flagellants’ Song
04. Exhale
05. Theatre of War
06. The Great Mortality
07. To Embark
08. Here Be Monsters