Boise doom shamans WOLVSERPENT have just arrived home after a short’n’sweet West Coast tour in support of their new album, out now on Relapse Records. Longtime supporters Cvlt Nation were on hand for one of the band’s Bay Area rituals, and left armed with dazzling live footage of WOLVSERPENT‘s unsurpassed and inescapably haunting performance.
Watch the entire set over at Cvlt Nation HERE.
Perigaea Antahkarana is currently streaming in full on WOLVSERPENT‘s Bandcamp page after major music portal Stereogum debuted the album. As Stereogum editor Mike Nelson writes, “You have my word: I would not ask you to spend almost an hour and a half of your life on a drone record if it wasn’t fantastic. This one is really fucking fantastic. Listen.”
You heard him. Listen to the entire album HERE.
The four song, 80-minute album was released by Relapse Records on September 17th, 2013 on 2CD, digital, and gorgeous 2XLP formats. Purchase the 2xLP and 2CD version of Perigaea Antahkarana at THIS LOCATION.
In addition, a cassette version is currently available for pre-order from the band’s own website. These were meticulously designed by Wolvserpent with silk screened covers by Monoroid, and the first run is limited to 250 hand numbered copies. Order yours HERE!
The album was recorded this past autumn with producer/engineer Mell Dettmer (Sunn O))), Boris, Asva, Earth, Eyvind Kang) in Seattle and in Idaho at in their home studio, and features another apocalyptic performance from Blake Green (guitar, vocals, keys) and Brittany McConnell (drums, percussion, violin, viola). The mesmerizing cover artwork comes courtesy of WOLVSERPENT.
Pitchfork warn listeners, “even when Wolvserpent sounds plainly pretty, a hint of danger lurks steadfast in the background, foreshadowing the tumult that inevitably arrives,” as Metal Injection remarks, “Perigaea Antahkarana is an album that is monumentally huge. Monolithic riffs meeting sprawling post-rock black metal, with elements of drone create such an album that is large in length and in scope.” Cvlt Nation also intone, “Perigaea Antahkaranaflows from deeply felt and atmospheric sounds of nature – crows cawing and a fire crackling – laid over a melancholic and rich string sound (Brittany McConnell) that weaves itself around the increasingly claustrophobic noises and a subtle howling wind. “ and you can also read Ross’ review HERE.
WOLVSERPENT‘s sprawling compositions gracefully wend their way through the valleys of death, drone, black metal, doom, and chamber music and arrive triumphantly on foreign shores. Borne of the duo’s 20+ years of classical training and deep appreciation for the works of composers like Arvo Part, Gyorgy Ligeti, and Krzysztof Penderecki, WOLVSERPENT‘s vision combines stringed amplified instruments with a 21st century approach to composition to create works that are dark, emotional, menacing, cinematic, atmospheric, and heartbreakingly beautiful.
Source: Catharsis PR
Photo Credit: Nick Collias