The album is produced by vocalist/guitarist Chris Grigg and mastered by Colin Marston. It features seven new songs with a running time of 43 minutes. It is the first new material by the band since 2010’s Quietly, Undramatically. It also reunites the band with artist and long-time friend Justin Miller.
Chris Grigg commented on the album’s creation: “I spent a ton of time focusing on the production. We examined what WOE created since its inception in 2007 and broke it down to its core elements. The result is something that is a synthesis of the strongest elements: the unstoppable black metal ferocity of A Spell For The Death of Man mixed with the bold dynamics and smarter, more direct and personal songwriting of Quietly, Undramatically. It is our most intense, our most cohesive, our most personal.”
The album was recorded at studios in New York and New Jersey during the latter months of 2012. It benefits from 18-months of live performances. “This is music that was made to be performed live,” Grigg notes. “Working with other people keeps WOE fresh. They bring new ideas and perspectives, fill in the gaps of my own abilities, and keep things moving when I slow down. This is the first WOE album to include not just riffs written by others but entire songs. Ruston (Grosse, drums) wrote “Ceaseless Jaws.” Ben (Brand, guitar) wrote the initial draft of “Exhausted” and then we reworked it. It’s also the first album to include vocals other than mine: Grzesiek (Czapla, bass/vocals) doesn’t just do backups; he has entire verses in a number of songs and is more “second vocalist” than anything else.”