Greek black metal vanguard Acherontas reveal a special teaser video for their highly anticipated fifth album, Ma IoN (Formulas of Reptilian Unification), set for international release on February 27th via W.T.C. Productions.
Created by the lodge of Aural Hypnox – the individuals behind Arktau Eos and Halo Manash – and with music selected & constructed by TT of Abigor. Since their metamorphosis into a new entity in 2007, these Greeks have staunchly upheld the magick ‘n’ mysticism of classic, second-wave black metal. Over the course of four, increasingly ambitious albums – capped by Amenti – Ψαλμοί
Αίματος και Αστρικά Οράματα, released in 2013 by W.T.C. to international critical acclaim – Acherontas have explored vast vistas of the imagination with a potently kaleidoscopic style of black metal that ably bridges traditionalism and the avant-garde. Now, with Ma IoN (Formulas of Reptilian Unification), the band continue their creative ascent by paradoxically descending deeper into the depths of the occult underworld. Across 11 expansive tracks in a time-evaporating 70 minutes, Ma IoN explores a wide swath of sonic territory, ranging Acherontas‘ characteristically windswept style of songwriting to twisted ‘n’ twisting variations of it to, most crucially, ritualistic soundscapes comprising ancient Far Eastern & shamanic instrumentation.
Taken together, it’s a total sensory experience that effortlessly guides the listener across chilly night skies, barren desert plains, humid marshlands, and the fiery abyss of the unknown. In their never-ending quest to seek the deepest wisdom, Acherontas are here joined by a whole host of incredible guest musicians, including members of Abigor, Malign, Nightbringer, Black Seas of Infinity, Emme Ya, and Tatir amongst others. What results is a shockingly bold, daring vision of black metal: Ma IoN (Formulas of Reptilian Unification).
1. Fires Of Prometheus
2. Nereid Tide Of Neptune´s Rudra
3. Convolut-ion, Manifestat-ion, Secret-ion, Karma-lravatl The Thunders Emerged
4. Ma-Ion ´Formulas Of Reptilian Unification´
5. Permutation In The Aetheric Void (Ma-Ion Sacred Seal)
6. Shaman And The Waning Moon
7. Lunar Transcendence & The Secret Kiss Of Nut
8. The Awakening Of Astral Orphic Mysteries – Behind The Eyes Of Irida
9. Copper Arcana
10. Therionic Transformation
11. Orgiastic Feast Of Flesh, Beheld Thine Vicissitude
In other Acherontas news, the band have confirmed the first tour dates for 2015. With two more dates to follow, the current list of dates & cities are as follows:
3.4. Poland, Wrocław
4.4. Slovakia, Banská Bystrica
5.4. Austria, Vienna
26.6 Czech Rep