UK-based black/doom metal outfit LYCHGATE is preparing to unveil their new record, Also sprach Futura, through Debemur Morti Productions in March. With the release date closing in, Decibel Magazine is now streaming the new single, “Incarnate,” alongside an interview with the band.
LYCHGATE’s Also sprach Futura was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Greg Chandler of Esoteric at Priory Recording Studios (Esoteric, Fen), who also provides vocals to the album. The album’s cover art painting, illustrations, design, and layout were handled by Khaos Diktator Design.
Decibel writes in part with the “Incarnate” premiere, “After nine years and three full-lengths, it’s safe to conclude that the London-based avant-garde black metal/doom quartet LYCHGATE are a singular band, utterly peerless in their genre. While that’s in part because LYCHGATE sound nothing like any other band, past or current, the group also continuously pushes themselves into more challenging territories, while we, their listeners, are always eager to follow.”
Listen to LYCHGATE’s “Incarnate” early through Decibel Magazine RIGHT HERE.
Also sprach Futura will see release on digipack MCD, 10″ vinyl, special edition 10″ vinyl, and all digital platforms via Debemur Morti Productions on March 13th. Find preorders at the US label shop HERE, the Euro webshop HERE, and Bandcamp where “Progeny of the Singularity” is streaming HERE.
The follow-up of their critically acclaimed The Contagion in Nine Steps album, LYCHGATE’s Also sprach Futura is the latest work of dystopian singularity from a band engaged in an intense process of evolution and refinement since their eponymous 2013 debut. Melding the swarming, stained-glass complexity of 20th Century classical, the phantasmagoric, intertwining riffage of progressive death metal, the heft and texture of funeral doom and the conceptual density of forward-thinking black metal into four of the most addictive, propulsive, and potent compositions the band has created to date.
Thematically, Also sprach Futura examines nightmarish, all-too-real concepts which include transhumanism, simulacra and simulation, post-humanity, the uncanny valley, Pygmalionism and the fictional machine Golem XIV, which exceeds human intelligence. The record is a sui generis juxtaposition of the transcendental and the guttural, myth and metropolis, the weird and the eerie, fin-de-siècle aestheticism and a startling vision of a deeper, darker future indeed…