Dutch extreme metal outfit AUTARKH are now announcing a string of Dutch live shows for the fall of 2021. A complete list of confirmed dates can be found below!
In celebration of the announcement, AUTARKH are unveiling a glimpse of things to come with the release of a brand new live video, shot at the 013 in Tilburg, for the track ‘Clouded Aura’. The video can now be viewed HERE.
AUTARKH comments: ‘It seems that parts of the world are able to open up again after various periods of lock downs. The shows that we have played so far this year were for camera’s only at first, for instance our performance at Roadburn Redux festival of whom we like to share this video of ‘Clouded Aura’ with you. Then we did a couple of shows for a seated audience in June and July – now we hope to be able to play these upcoming shows for a full crowd of music enthusiasts. We would be delighted to see you there!’
24/09/2021 Little Devil, Tilburg (NL)
01/10/2021 Soulcrusher Festival, Nijmegen (NL)
15/10/2021 Baroeg, Rotterdam (NL)
24/10/2021 Patronaat, Haarlem (NL)
25/06/2021 Hellfest. Clisson (FR)
AUTARKH will be playing in support of their latest release ‘Form in Motion’. The artwork and further album details can be found below.
1. Primitive Constructs (1:23)
2. Turbulence (6:43)
3. Cyclic Terror (5:17)
4. Impasse (1:50)
5. Introspectrum (5:20)
6. Lost To Sight (7:39)
7. Metacognition (2:47)
8. Clouded Aura (7:25)
9. Alignment (6:39)
10. Zeit ist nur eine Illusion (2:27)
From the fertile grounds of Tilburg (NL) rises new contemporary metal outfit AUTARKH, a group of musical extremists dedicated to pushing the boundaries of the auditory senses. Autarkh is the brainchild of Michel Nienhuis, founding member and composer/guitarist of DODECAHEDRON. Dodecahedron released 2 albums on the French record label Season Of Mist in 2012 and 2017 and has played at Inferno festival (NO), Reykjavík Metalfest (IS) Brutal Assault (CZ), Roadburn Festival (NL) and Eurosonic (NL) amongst others.
Death and illness was closing in on Dodecahedron, triggering a conceptual transformation that was necessary to effectuate Nienhuis’ artistic development. In the fall of 2019 Nienhuis teamed up with producer Joris Bonis (Dodecahedron, Ulsect), guitarist David Luiten and electronic composer / producer Tijnn Verbruggen, a set of musicians with backgrounds ranging from metal to techno. Autarkh’s first full length album ‘Form In Motion’ will be released the 12th of March 2021 through Season of Mist records.
AUTARKH takes a unique position in the world of extreme metal. Synthetic, IDM-style beats and glitch effects – reminiscent of those produced by artists such as Aphex Twin and Autechre – are perfectly balanced with overwhelming riffs and vocals that range from dark growls and exasperating screams to semi-clean harmonies. Together with fluttering blast beats, dense bass lines and eerie soundscapes these elements produce an intense and crystal clear tunnel of sound where the energy of contrasting emotions is constantly felt.
‘Form In Motion’ feels like an evolution in both sound and lyrical content from the two albums Nienhuis released with Dodecahedron. Musically, because of the radical approach the band takes with their rhythm section; lyrically because the album is more about a personal experience of human nature and the nature of the universe. The album takes us from unraveling storms and destructive chaos to transformation, liberation and fundamental shifts in understanding in order to align with the divine. That progression is also present in a linear sense – the intrusive uneasiness the album starts with gives way to a sense of epic victory towards the end.
Give yourself the opportunity to dive into this radical exploration of sonic and spiritual ideas and allow yourself to get inspired by what AUTARKH has to offer.
Genre: Contemporary Extreme Metal
Michel Nienhuis: vocals, guitars, programming
David Luiten: vocals, guitars
Tijnn Verbruggen: beat & sound design
Joris Bonis: sound synthesis & sound design
Desmond Kuijk: bass
Music and lyrics: Michel Nienhuis
Production: Joris Bonis & Michel Nienhuis
Turbulence, Cyclic Terror, Introspectrum, Lost To Sight, Clouded Aura and Alignment: David Luiten
Impasse: Tijnn Verbruggen
Primitive Constructs, Metacognition and Zeit ist nur eine Illusion: Michel Nienhuis
Master: Joris Bonis
Artwork: Manuel Tinnemans / Comaworx
Design & Layout: Arno Frericks & Reinier Bonis