Worcester, Massachusetts-based avant electronics project THE ORACLE will release its debut full-length debut Hypogeum this August via Repose Records.
Inspired by the grandiosity of film scores and classical music, the bleakness of black metal, and minimalist ambient music, Hypogeum is dark and at times ritualistic with its themes and complimentary visuals touching upon the rise, betrayal, and ultimate fall of messiah-like figures and cult leaders.
A truly enigmatic sound journey both sonically and visually, the record is named in honor of The Hypogeum of Ħal Saflieni, a Neolithic subterranean structure in Paola, Malta. Believed to be the oldest prehistoric underground temple in the world, The Hypogeum is cloaked in mystery, from the discovery of elongated skulls to tales of paranormal phenomena. It’s widely understood that the Hypogeum was originally used as a sanctuary, possibly for an oracle. It is for this reason that a unique chamber carved out of solid limestone and demonstrating incredible acoustic properties has been called “The Oracle Chamber.”
In advance of the record’s release, THE ORACLE has unveiled a video for first singe “Akeldama”. The clip serves as the first of a six-part video series that will ultimately culminate into a 34 minute short film bridging together the record’s mysterious theme.
Hypogeum will be released digitally and on limited edition vinyl August 14th.
Fans of Tangerine Dream, Coil, Sunn O))), and Vangelis pay heed.