With “Through Aureate Void” set to be released on the 25th February, Dark Essence Records have today released the single “Leaf in the Current“, from what will be FIVE THE HIEROPHANT‘s second full-length album.
“Leaf in the Current” is the opening track from the album and this is what FIVE THE HIEROPHANT had to say about it:
“Leaf in the current’ is the first piece we ever did for the new album. It has been well over a year since we started the recording, a process that was supposed to be like a quick exciting bang and ended up in being like this draining everlasting orgy without hope for culmination on the horizon. If you excuse the metaphor. So from the perspective of this time, I believe that this track is the most representative of Five The Hierophant version 2020 and should give you a good clue as to what is about to unfold.
It can be streamed or downloaded from various locations at https://darkessencerecords.fanlink.to/5th_leafinthecurrent
FIVE THE HIEROPHANT‘s lineup comprises Chris on drums, Dan on percussion instruments (toms, bongos, djembe, zither, tabla, triangle guirro, shakers, death whistle, cymbals), Mitch – bass guitar effects, omichord, noisebox, analogue synthesizer, Jon on saxophone, music saw, bells, Kali on guitar, field recordings, violin, zither, bow guitar, dungchen. And much more besides!
With their use of such a plethora of unusual instruments FIVE THE HIEROPHANT are able to create a sound where psychedelic black metal combines with jazz and doom, leading the listener into drone-like universe shrouded in mysticism and mystery.
And, with their latest offering, the band has followed an even more psychedelic direction, whilst keeping intact the heaviness and darkness that make FIVE THE HIEROPHANT’s music so devastating, as the band recently explained:
It took us longer than anticipated, as you can imagine, due to circumstances that befall us all. Nonetheless, the new album is finished, and ready to take you on a journey through aureate void. It’s quite abstract, and there’s lots of experimentation, both in regard to the sound and instruments used, and to the song structures. A lot of it comes from improvisation and leaving things to chance. I suppose we have taken it further than our debut album.
FIVE THE HIEROPHANT have once again used the work of the legendary Norwegian painter Odd Nerdrum for the album’s cover art, and track listing for “Through Aureate Void” is as follows:
1. Leaf in the Current
2. Fire from Frozen Cloud
3. Berceuse (for Magnetic Sleep)
4. Pale Flare over Marshes
5. The Hierophant (II)
“Through Aureate Void” will be available in CD, LP and Digital formats, and can now be pre-ordered from:
US Webshop: https://darkessence.aisamerch.com/
A video teaser for “Through Aureate Void” can be seen at https://youtu.be/EjTGZT7MLhU
As well as releasing “Through Aureate Void” on the 26th February, Dark Essence Records will also be releasing for the very first time a vinyl version of the album’s predecessor, 2017’s “Over Phlegethon“. Tracklisting is as follows:
1. Queen over Phlegethon
4. Der Geist der stets Verneint
6. Omen Tree
The vinyl edition of “Over Phlegethon“, is now available to pre-order from:
US Webshop: https://darkessence.aisamerch.com
The official video for the track “Queen Over Phlegethon” from FIVE THE HIEROPHANT’s 2017 album “Over Phlegethon” can be seen at https://youtu.be/ndYLCY65tW8
More information about FIVE THE HIEROPHANT can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/fivethehierophant/
A video of FIVE THE HIEROPHANT playing “Queen Over Phlegethon” live at the Dome in London in November 2019 can be seen at https://youtu.be/93BO3k4D2Qc