Today, spectral black metallers Nubivagant stream the entirety of their highly anticipated second album, The Wheel and the Universe, at heavily trafficked web-portal InvisibleOranges.com. Set for international release on June 21st – the summer solstice – via Amor Fati Productions, hear Nubivagant‘s The Wheel and the Universe in its entirety exclusively HERE.
During the autumn of 2020, Nubivagant released their bolt-from-the-blue debut, Roaring Eye, via the auspices of Amor Fati. Although brand-new in name at the time, the man behind Nubivagant possessed the collective experience of over decades in the black metal scene: multi-instrumentalist Omega, who concurrently helms the well-respected Darvaza and plays drums in a multitude of hordes, including (but certainly not limited to) Fides Inversa, Frostmoon Eclipse, Enepsigos, Chaos Invocation, Kult, and Ukraine’s Moloch among many others. Nevertheless, on evidence of the shimmering & skyscraping Roaring Eye, Nubivigant was undoubtedly Omega’s most personal work to date, handling as does all the instruments as well as vocals. Its clean-toned timbre in both strings and especially vocals was stark and stratifying, but portrayed a breathtaking iteration of black metal both traditional and progressive.
And so Omega keeps apace with Nubivagant‘s second album, The Wheel and the Universe. Much of the album’s atmospheric foundation can be found in the title: indeed do the hypnotizing riffs cycle like a wheel, mesmerizing in their rippling routine, and the enormity of the minimal-is-maximal songwriting feels like a universe unto itself. Once again, Omega’s soul-stirring vocals are front and center, and more expressive than ever; whether they strike closer to classic deathrock than the usual metalized iterations of “clean vocals” matters not when presented with such poignant, heartstrings-pulling lines. And those more plaintive lines indeed spread outward to the songwriting itself this time around, with The Wheel and the Universe painting Nubivagant in a more pensive light, the throb still steady no matter the tempo; one could safely say this album is a wanderer’s record, whether he seeks the mysteries of the occult or the potential within the self or simply some geographical locale on a distant horizon. At last, that wanderer will arrive with the awe-inspiring closer, “The Great White Throne.” There stands Nubivagant, waiting and all-knowing: where will this quest take you?
Fully find out for yourself exclusively HERE, courtesy of InvisibleOranges.com. Cover and tracklisting are as follows:
Tracklisting for Nubivigant’s The Wheel and the Universe
1. Into Eternal Night [5:51]
2. The Mask And The Devil [5:43]
3. The Book Of The Earth [7:05]
4. Clothed With The Sun [8:55]
5. Between The Moon And The Stars [4:03]
6. The Great White Throne [10:36]