As rich as we may be in gold and silver, as warmly surrounded by the comforts of love and companionship, ahead of us there is but the poverty and cold solitude of the tomb. The spectre of our demise haunts the periphery of our vision with every step we take, whispers promises of decay as each frittered second slips through our grasp. The prescience of death is a shawl of ice about our shoulders even beneath the heat of the summer sun. The end is ever near and as loudly and vivaciously as you live, you cannot drown out the eternal, empty silence of the void.
Ellipsism is the sense of sadness and melancholy that accompanies intimations of one’s own mortality, the quiet heartbreak that comes with the realisation of all the futures you will never see. It’s also the perfect title for the full length debut album from Sheffield blackened post metal sorcerers of sorrow, Ba’al. Having forged their sound in the fires of a Bloodstock festival appearance, live shows with Downfall Of Gaia, Conan, Gnaw Their Tongues, Fen and more, two EPs and the towering Thy Sorrow single, recorded at Russ Russell’s Parlour Studios (At The Gates, Dimmu Borgir, Napalm Death etc) the time has come for Ellipsism. The unmistakeable, impassioned howl of Hecate Enthroned vocalist Joe Stamps tears through the suffocating shadows of broken hymns like ‘Father, The Sea, The Moon’ and soft, deep waves of cruel despair wash around your heart on ‘III-II-MMIII’ and album closer ‘Rosalia’. This is an album that will swallow you, engulfing you in the fear-tinged sadness whose name it bears. At times raging fiercely at the futility of the human condition at others, simply desolate…Ellipsism is a powerful maelstrom of dark emotion, touched with moments of remarkable beauty, that will leave no listener unaffected.
Ellipsism was recorded in March of this cursed year with Joe Clayton (Pijn, Wren, Leeched etc) and will be released by the rapidly rising champions of the extreme, the individual and the creative, Clobber Records, on October 30th. This is an album to take note of, to be grateful for, to sweep up and clutch to your heart as it inspires reflection and shakes the illusionary foundations of existence.
“Sometimes the truth is a secret you’re keeping from yourself because living a lie is easier.” – Adam Silvera
Joe Stamps – Vocals
Richard Spencer – Bass
Nick Gosling – Guitar
Luke Rutter – Drums
Genre: Post Metal
For fans of: Conjurer | Solstafir | Inter Arma | Ihsahn
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