Today, Hells Headbangers announces the signing of Australia’s Solipsism. The first fruit of this union shall be the band’s striking debut album, Cruelty & Necrospection, on CD format – the vinyl LP version will be handled by Altare Productions – which will see release in early 2022.
Although brand-new in name, since the beginning of 2020, Solipsism have quickly created a considerable canon for themselves. Which is perhaps not surprising given that the band is a cross-continental work between Australian vocalist/guitarist The Seer and Bosnian drummer Iblis; between them, they number a vast span of recordings, most prominently with The Seer’s Lament in Winter’s Night and Iblis’ connection to the esteemed Black Plague Circle through Obskuritatem.
However, as Solipsism, they create righteously raw black metal in a manner most melancholic and medieval. Smeared and bleary, the band’s Cruelty & Necrospection debut album is almost too accurately titled: wave after wave of agonized yet alluringly melodic nastiness hits the listener with no remorse and no escape. Solipsism succeed because they inherently understand black metal being BLACK METAL; boundaries are respected, the essence remains forthright, and new hymns are conjured from the past. As such, references can be made to the French Black Legions, vampyric pioneers Black Funeral, and the paradigmatic Drowning the Light, but on evidence of Cruelty & Necrospection, Solipsism are poignantly contributing to this proud lineage rather than merely (r)aping it.
Now on CD for the first time ever, Cruelty & Necrospection precedes a brand-new Solipsism album forthcoming from Hells Headbangers on CD and vinyl (the cassette version will be handled by The Seer’s Atrocity Altar label). The dungeons are calling!
Release date for Cruelty & Necrospection will be announced shortly. The album can be streamed in its entirety HERE at Solipsism‘s Bandcamp. Cover and tracklisting are as follows:
Tracklisting for Solipsism’s Cruelty & Necrospection
1. Blinded Amongst The Legions [5:01]
2. Cruelty & Necrospection [5:34]
3. They Will Betray You [5:06]
4. A Respite From Death’s Call [5:19]
5. Alone With My Thoughts Again [6:32]
6. As I Wince At The Unrelenting Stare of Truth [4:08]