Invisible Oranges is currently streaming “Akeru,” the latest track from Houston, Texas-based atmospheric post-black metal conjurors SLEEPINGANCIENT. The suffocating hymn comes off the band’s upcoming debut full-length, There Is No Truth But Death, set for release this fall via Viridian Flame Records.
Notes the band of the track, “‘Akeru” is a Japanese word which means to pierce, to end, and/or to open. ‘Akeru’ is a symbolic message of piercing and opening one’s self in order to see the truth of what is inside. ‘Akeru’ could have easily been the album title because it represents ultimately the process of getting to the crux or heart of these concepts of the human condition.”
Invisible Oranges calls the track, “a melancholic dirge of cascading instrumental dissonance overlain by capricious strains of melody and the derelict rasping yowls of vocalist Rory Ahlquist,” further elaborating, “Rather than stampeding the listener with a galloping, uptempo triple meter, the track strikes a pace that is consistently meandering yet dense, drawing its immense weight not from terrifying speed but rather from the layers of sound that begin to bury the listener in collapsing static and almost liturgical reverberation.”
Hear “Akeru,” now playing at Invisible Oranges, at THIS LOCATION.
There Is No Truth But Death will be self-released on CD and digitally September 6th. For preorders, visit the SLEEPING ANCIENT Bandcamp page at THIS LOCATION where previously-released single, “A Path Emerges,” can be streamed. A limited-edition vinyl edition of the record will be available via Belgium’s Viridian Flame Records. For preorders, go to THIS LOCATION.
Forged in 2010 on the back of a Craigslist ad, the band began as an instrumental post-rock act naming itself in honor of the cosmic, psychic, and apocalyptic horrors referenced in the works of H. P. Lovecraft. Weathering lineup changes and prolonged breaks over the course of several years, the SLEEPING ANCIENT collective managed to refine their wholly unique output into a striking sound driven by a sense of bleak desolation. In 2016, the band released their debut EP, The Last Seer.
Emerging from a scene more consumed by stoner rock and death metal, SLEEPING ANCIENT manifests a sonic aura that’s at once epic and organic; monolithic and mesmerizing. Centering on themes of endless, existential dread and depressive, melancholic grave worship, the band’s impending debut, There Is No Truth But Death, was captured at Southwing Audio, engineered and mixed by Craig Douglas and Chris Kritikos, and mastered by Brad Boatright (Sunn O))) Mournful Congregation, Noisem, Portrayal of Guilt) at Audiosiege. The end result is seven dark, consuming hymns built on the ebb and flow of its cascading guitars, simmering drums, and tormented vocal inflections; monochromatic nihilism boiling beneath a gorgeous post metal soundscape.
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