New Music and News Hustle: Ævangelist, Mare Cognitum, Kaeck, Manii, Arkaik, and More!
Get caught up on all the blasphemy, filth, etc. dropped over the last week. Respect the hustle.
Let’s get things started on the spooky foot with a double dose of Ævangelist news. These prime purveyors of eldritch horror recently unveiled the art and track listing for their next album, Enthrall to the Void of Bliss. This esoteric emanation will be expulsed by new label home 20 Buck Spin. Keep your eye on their blog for updates as the October 9th (in the US) drop date approaches. You can also stream a devilish new song over at No Clean Singing. This tune, “Levitating Stones”, sounds closer to Writhes in the Murk than Omen Ex Simulacra, again utilizing a more riff-based approach than the atmospheric assault of the latter. I’m curious to see how this, their fourth album, will continue to project the band further into the void. However, if your salivation for the sinister remains unsatisfied, you can stream and purchase two long tracks that have been difficult to run down over at Bandcamp. Check out “Abstract Catharsis” below.
Excellent Italian label I, Voidhanger blew up my email inbox the other night with the announcement of three new releases. Todesstoß has been doing weird things to my brain for a few weeks now, and you’ll be seeing a mini-review for them shortly. Instead, let’s chop about the other two releases. I’ve seen a number of you clamoring about Mare Cognitum‘s 2012 masterwork, An Extraconscious Lucidity, and for good reason. An Extraconscious Lucidity is a subconscious voyage through the cosmos on a rocket made of killer tremolo riffs. Well fans of the band are in luck, but this opus is getting a re-release. What I most enjoy about the songs I’ve heard is that feeling of spaciness; judicious scrapes, ghastly squeals, and thoughtful pauses in the brutality litter the cold, empty void like colorful but dead planets, giving the listener the feeling that he gets a front-row seat to witness the heat death of the universe.
The third I, Voidhanger track is a bizarre portrait of avant-garde surrealism. Discordant elements from seemingly incompatible subgenres of metal are blended together on Mapping the Moment with the Logic of Dreams by Bloodway in a mottled, disorienting landscape painted by mastermind Costin Chioreanu. The music ranges from more traditional metal song structures to more progressive epics, accented by happy little trees of black or death metal to add just that extra amount of flavor. The real highlight (or lowlight for some) on this album, though, are Chioreanu’s over-the-top vocals. His theatrics may be off-putting to some, but they seem to lend an air of immediacy and aplomb to the whole endeavor. I’m not convinced that I love this, but it is interesting enough to at least demand my attention for a little while.
Our new pal 365 Chaos Ridden Days informed me that the Deciblog is streaming Dutch black metal coven Kaeck‘s debut album Stormkult. The band may be familiar to fans of Sammath or Kjeld. At the time of writing, I’ve only gotten a chance to listen to one song, so all I can really tell you is that this sucker is raw, much like my butt that time I woke up too early on Christmas morning as a child and ran out of toilet paper and was expressly forbidden from waking anyone else up so I had to use the cardboard roll to wipe. It hurts, but there’s also a lingering warmth and glow about the whole affair, the kind of engrossing atmosphere that only Christmas morning or a solid black metal album can bring to a child or to a metalhead, respectively. You can check out “De Heerser Wederkeert” below.
In addition to the news about I, Voidhanger, the email fairy also left another glittery stool of joy in my mailbox in the form of a new release from Debemur Morti. Old Norwegian black metal stalwarts Manes will soon be resurfacing with a new album under the guise of Manii. Cernunnus and Sargatanas are dropping a new 7″ of re-recorded Manes’ tracks under the title Skuggeheimen. Grandiose, frigid, and epic, this 7″ is a throwback to the glory-days of second-wave black metal and should appeal to the corpsepainted folk among you. You can order the 7″ here and stream the songs below.
Tech death fans, fret not, because I have something for you to celebrate as well. Heavy as balls spiritualists Arkaik are returning with a brand new album called Lucid Dawn. The band promises the second installment in their conceptual framework telling the story of Cyrix will be a meta-narrative with references to Joseph Campbell, author of The Hero of a Thousand Faces, likely posturing on the many roles of heroes in human myth in a distinctly death metal fashion. Truthfully, I don’t know much about this band, but I dig the song “Opus Brahmanic”, as it presents one of the closest approximations of religious incantations you’ll find in death metal. You can check out the track listing for Lucid Dawn over at Earsplit Compound. You can also see the band soon at a city near you!
10/16/15 On The Y – Sacramento, CA *
10/17/15 The Third Street Pub – Bend, OR
10/18/15 El Corazon (Funhouse) – Seattle, WA
10/19/15 The Pin! – Spokane, WA
10/20/15 The Shredder – Boise, ID
10/21/15 Karmikazees – Salt Lake City, UT
10/22/15 Trailside Saloon – Denver, CO
10/23/15 Thunder Alley – Oklahoma City, OK
10/24/15 Walters – Houston, TX
10/25/15 The Korova – San Antonio, TX
10/26/15 House of Rock – Corpus Christi, TX
10/27/15 Dirty Dog Bar Austin, TX
10/28/15 Tomcats West – Fort Worth, TX
10/29/15 YaYas – San Angelo, TX
10/30/15 Blu Phoenix – Albuquerque, NM
10/31/15 The Quarry Bisbee – Bisbee, AZ
11/01/15 The Rogue – Scottsdale, AZ
11/02/15 Doll Hut – Anaheim, CA
11/03/15 Elks Lodge – San Bernardino, CA
11/04/15 Five Star Bar – Los Angeles, CA
11/05/15 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
11/06/15 Chinatown Youth Center – Fresno, CA
11/07/15 Whiskey Dicks – South Lake Tahoe, CA
11/08/15 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
*ARKAIK and Enfold Darkness only
Other jive for you turkeys to suck:
- Debemur Morti have released Carpathia Symphonia from Wallachia
- Interdimensional Extinction, the new EP from Blood Incantation will be out later this week courtesy of Dark Descent. You can stream it in full at Invisible Oranges
- Hells Headbangers is streaming Violence and War by Evil Army
- Metal Blade Records just signed Greek black metal group Ravencult
- Gilead Media just announced Sick with Bloom by Yellow Eyes for a November release
- If you’re in Makebelieveland, you should go to Finnish Death Metal Maniacs Fest
That’s it for me. Stay on that grind.