Today, W.T.C. Productions sets January 13th, 2017 as the European release date for Shaarimoth‘s long-awaited second album, Temple of the Adversarial Fire (Daemon Worship Productions will handle the album’s North American release).
Ever aptly titled, Temple of the Adversarial Fire is a bold and brazen reinvention for this Norwegian trio, fully in line with the band’s spiritual beliefs. More than the cliché “phoenix rising from the flames,” Shaarimoth have stripped down their aesthetic to its barest essentials, and then rebuilt them into an incendiary, black-smoke-billowing monolith of blackened death metal majesty. Rarely in the nowadays metal underground will one hear a death metal record this pure and reverential in its intent whilst being so suffused with the blackest of blood. A glorious new epoch has arrived, and Shaarimoth are ushering it in with Temple of the Adversarial Fire.
Formed in 2004 but tracing its origins back to 1998, Shaarimoth emerged from the then-barren Norwegian death metal underground, and along with it, so did new incantations of darkness, death, and destruction. Both dark and ecstatic, furious and violent, defying genres, but at the same time paying tribute to its predecessors of the black arts, Shaarimoth‘s goals were firm from the very beginning.
Building upon its unique take of technical Morbid Angel-esque death metal with dark ambient interludes and occult lyrical content, Shaarimoth is not music; it is ritual. A sonic vehicle of occult propaganda, created to manifest dark currents by the means of music, the trio worked in earnest on their first public recording. That record, the debut album named Current 11, was released in 2005 via Carnal Records, and dealt primarily with Chao-Gnosticism as approached through the prism of ancient Sumerian tradition. The album immediately became an underground cult, and the status was undoubtedly reinforced through years of worship.
Following the album’s release, Shaarimoth withdrew from the public eye for many years, only to break the silence now. Hereby, the band announce its inexorable return and rebirth with Temple of Adversarial Fire! The time of the Fire is drawing nearer, and new bonds have been forged in its flames. With one hoof firmly planted on each side of the Atlantic Ocean, World Terror Committee and Daemon Worship Productions (North America) are the labels chosen by Shaarimoth to collaborate in the release of their monumental second album, making sure that its incantations will resonate loud and clear, far and near.
Indeed, Temple of Adversarial Fire is a monument: 11 songs in 47 minutes that feel far more vast and expansive than this concise running time suggests. Over that psychic/sonic terrain, the trio canvass a frightening, feral landscape that bridges the terrestrial and the Beyond. It is the blackest of death metal, rendered with the ceremony of a Roman Empire procession, cloaked in sulfur and reeking of brimstone. It is a vision that’s limitless, and yet demanding the steeliest fortitude to behold. Are you prepared to bear witness? For Shaarimoth is the truth that will burn your world to the ground. Forged in fire and shaped by The Master, Shaarimoth is the sound of a thousand raging hearts, the Devil’s music manifest. Cover and tracklisting are as follows:
1. Point Of Ingress (Initiatory Death)
2. The Hungry Omega
3. Elevenfolded Wrath Of Sitra Achra
4. Lord Of Putrefaction
5. The Fires Of Molok
6. Beast Of Lawlessness
7. Faceless Queen Of Bloodstained Dreams
8. Harba di Ashm’dai
9. Ascension Of The Blind Dragon
10. Altar Of Becoming
11. Point Of Egress
R – vocals
F – guitars & bass, keyboards
J – drums