Notification came through the interwebs regarding the first releases from Temple of Tortuous Records, a Swedish Indie Record label that has released such bands as Melancholia Ecstatica and Kolp (Bandcamp). Both albums are due out on March 31st, 2013.
First up, we have Echtra, a band from Olympia, Washington, that focuses on the drone aspects of the sort of Cascadian Black Metal scene. Their album, Sky Burial, is the first entry of the Passage Cycle that focuses on a very delineated theme: “an exploration of the dissolution of our mortal coil” through a composition that is described as poetic in nature. While drone is not typically one of my favorite sounds, I can appreciate a band naming themselves after a being of Irish Folklore and then backing it up by the examination of a nihilistic theme in which one becomes more human by the realization of their own limitation of time. Below is the album art that depicts in graphic detail sky burial and the album teaser:
Passage Cycle I: Sky Burial Album Teaser:
And, their previous album’s stream:
Look for the album to be presented as a CD/DVD album housed in a well-crafted digifile, with silver print, debossing on textured black carton, in combination with a 2-sided postcard as well.
ToT also is offering Total Negation’s “Zur späten Stunde | Zeiträume.” Described as a conceptual project of two interlinked EP length releases, Total Negation is slated to offer a mixture of psychedelic krautrock and black metal in which Zur späten Stunde offers examination of the nightly trip of a resting body and mind, focusing on the delirious moments before sleep. “Zeiträume” offers the use of instruments not familiar to metal and focuses on the “visions of our dreams and how they blur into reality.” Total Negation’s sound is more what I look for as far as my metal selections, as Wiedergaenger, the band’s lone musician, seeks to blur and transcend the genre label entirely.
Here’s a youtube video of Total Negation’s Consumed:
The album is due out on March 31, 2013 as well and will be presented in a 6pp digifile with 12pp booklet, all printed on high quality textured rough paper stock.
We wish both bands well and hope that both achieve their aims, looking forward to offering reviews of both albums in the ensuing months.