Today, upstart death metal cult Perihelion Gnosis stream the entirety of their highly anticipated debut demo, Syzygial Summoning, at heavily trafficked web-portal NoCleanSiginging.com. Set for international release on February 18th via Caligari Records on cassette tape format, hear Perihelion Gnosis‘ Syzygial Summoning in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Perihelion Gnosis is the work of Canadian musican Caleb Simard. Although one could say the band is entirely Simard’s vision since he writes all the music and plays every instrument, uniquely, he has help from a close friend to flesh out the totality of Perihelion Gnosis: lyrics, concepts, themes, and even artwork and logo were done by said friend, who Simard considers “in the band” even if he doesn’t play or write any actual music.
As for the music itself, Perihelion Gnosis exists on the fringes of the weirdest, wildest death metal. Going from sludge to skronk, backwards riffing to black-hole propulsion, zero-BPM doom to atonal death, Syzygial Summoning sounds very much like its namesake, all wrapped in richly shuddering tones exceptionally advanced for a first recording. Imagine a malformed spawn of Disembowelment and Cianide, informed by demo-era Demilich, and you’re getting nearer to Perihelion Gnosis…but not quite exactly there.
As could be expected from such a description, Perihelion Gnosis‘ lyrics – again, written by mainman Simard’s close friend – go great lengths to match content with form. By and large, the lyrics are inspired by cosmic horror, the fear of the unknown and unknowable, the infinite vastness of space and how very insignificant the human existence is seen at a larger scale. All lyrics are set in the same universe that’s constantly being built upon in new songs, with returning characters and storylines. A concept EP is planned that will feature concepts and characters introduced on Syzygial Summoning and upcoming releases.
Want to know what a “Syzygial Summoning of His Pale-Skinned Majesty (Sacrifice of the Neverborn)” or “Nebular Hypothesis (The All-Mother’s Cyclical Un-Birth; Genesis of the Swarm)”? Then dive in (and try to survive) Perihelion Gnosis‘ debut demo!
Fully dive in exclusively HERE, courtesy of NoCleanSinging.com. Preorder info can be found HERE at Caligari‘s Bandcamp. Cover and tracklisting are as follows:
Tracklisting for Perihelion Gnosis’ Syzgial Summoning
1. Syzygial Summoning of His Pale-Skinned Majesty (Sacrifice of the Neverborn) [5:52]
2. Nebular Hypothesis (The All-Mother’s Cyclical Un-Birth, Genesis of the Swarm) [5:45]