Danish progressive doomers and multi heavy-metalists ALKYMIST enter the void between heaven and hell with the release of their new album ‘Sanctuary’ out May 1st 2020 on Indisciplinarian.
Just one and a half year after their much acclaimed, self titled debut album, ALKYMIST sets out once more on a trip that takes you far beyond this world and into their strange and crushingly heavy realm of brutal, yet beautiful and grandiose soundscapes.
The first single from the forthcoming album is ‘Draugr’ set for a digital release Friday March 13th, listen to the track below!
On ‘Sanctuary’, ALKYMIST offers the listener an immersive, spiritual and transcendent journey. The record revolves around metaphysical questioning, soul searching, mental and cerebral escape and ultimately the quest to achieve redemption of spirit and flesh – and thus also on ‘Draugr’. A ‘Draugr’ is a figure in norse mythology, a restless dead, who haunts the living in search for redemption. ALKYMIST states on the song’s thematics:
“On ‘Draugr’, ALKYMIST takes the listener into a setting where time stands still and conscience is lost. The soul cries out to get it back, but remorse has taken its place. Draugr is an old norse wraith who guards its treasure, or torment those who wronged them in life. Its lonely spirit will never rest and has a great yearning for deliverance.”
Since 2016, ALKYMIST has trod its own trail and challenged the preconceptions of heavy music, with a dynamic, textured and progressive doom metal. Sanctuary’s six tracks and two sound collages of 43 minutes total duration lives fully up to the band’s eclectic vision. As on the first record, the new collection of songs is recorded and mixed by producer Lasse Ballade (Orm, Slægt, Solbrud a.o.) and the artwork created by Anders Kidmose.
‘Sanctuary’ is released May 1st 2020 on vinyl, tape and digital formats. The vinyl edition comes in 400 black and 100 crystal clear copies and the tape edition is limited to 100 copies. Both physical versions of the album are now available for pre-ordering HERE and from tomorrow, the single ‘Draugr’ are available digitally HERE.
The day before the album release, ALKYMIST will perform a unique release show at Alice in Copenhagen, and tickets are now available HERE. On the release day itself, the band will perform at SPOT Festival in Aarhus followed by select Danish dates, and in addition more shows in DK and abroad will be announced in the time to come.
ALKYMIST live 2020:
30.04.20 – Copenhagen, Alice (release show) (DK)
01.05.20 – Aarhus, Spot Festival (DK)
15.05.20 – Roskilde, Gimle (DK)
05.12.20 – Odense, Bhaal Fest IV (DK)
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