Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Obsidian Tongue - A Nest of Ravens in the Throat of Time Pre-orders accepted/ Volume I: Subradiant Architecture also available!

Obsidian Tongue - A Nest of Ravens in the Throat of Time pre-orders begin today!New track "My Hands were made to hold the wind" available to stream and download!

Today, pre-orders start on the new Obsidian Tongue album "A Nest of Ravens in the Throat of Time"! As well as this, a new track from the album, "My Hands were made to hold the wind" has been made available to stream and download.

"After releasing a brilliant debut album “Subradiant Architecture” last summer, the massachusetts-based duo Obsidian Tongue is back with their second installment “A Nest of Ravens in the Throat of Time.” Cold, unwavering, primal black metal with a rich organic sound and real melodic sensibilities, Obsidian Tongue has been praised for their exceptional balance of the melodic and raw aspects of black metal, and that is certainly apparent in the new material.

In May 2013, Obsidian Tongue returned to the analog Mystic Valley Studios in Medford, Massachusetts to record the new album. Consisting of 6 songs averaging 9 minutes in length, “A Nest of Ravens in the Throat of Time” is a psychedelic and introspective journey through the collective unconscious of Man and the dark half of the emotional spectrum; A sonic depiction of the spiritual affirmation and personal evolution attainable only through sorrow, anger and disillusionment. A noteworthy contribution to this musical odyssey has been made by John Haughm of the legendary dark metal outfit Agalloch, taking lead vocal duties for the album's title track. Released in an appropriately minimalist fold out booklet with all lyrics included, Obsidian Tongue’s second release is the perfect sonic catharsis for fans of Enslaved, early-Opeth, Wolves in the Throne Room, Agalloch, Alda, Panopticon, Falls of Rauros, and Skagos."

Here's what founding member Brendan Hayter had to say about "A Nest of Ravens in the Throat of Time:"
We took a slower and less aggressive, spacey kind of approach with the new album. We wanted to conjure a hypnotic atmosphere that perpetuates through the record, yet we wanted to cover a lot of ground within that atmosphere, conceptually and emotionally. We infused a lot of very personal ideas and feelings into these songs, almost too much to list. It’s almost unnecessary to list…all I can really tell people is, A Nest of Ravens in the Throat of Time is our lifeblood, our mission statement, and really the only thing we give a fuck about right now.”
 -Brendan James Hayter, May 2013 

Debut album "Subradiant Architecture" also available to stream, download, or on CD!

Obsidian Tongue's debut full-length album "Volume I: Subradiant Architecture" self-released last summer by the band is also now available from Hypnotic Dirge. The CD version is available to order by itself or as a combo with the new album "A Nest of Ravens in the Throat of Time" for a lower price. ($21 in North America, $24 Elsewhere) As well, the album has been uploaded to the HDR bandcamp page where it's available for streaming for free or to download for $5.

Their name illustrates the key principle that unites all of their songs into an expansive narrative of personal evolution through introspect, spiritual development and the incredible power of music. Obsidian is a pitch-black volcanic glass that is used traditionally to absorb negative energies, and encourage mental/spiritual clarity. Music is widely considered a universal language, and for band members Brendan James Hayter and Greg Murphy, their musical ritual is The Obsidian Tongue. 

After 2 demos (2010 Demo and the 2011 Subradiant Architecture Demo), their debut album “Volume I: Subradiant Architecture” was recorded and mixed onto vintage tape machines in March 2012 at Mystic Valley Studio in Medford by Alex Garcia-Rivera. The sound is organic and raw, allowing the compositions to speak for themselves. 

The record was graced with the artwork of Norwegian artist Namtaru, of “Namtaru Creations”. Her grayscale illustrations provide 3 key visuals to guide the listener through the musical journey. The connection between these 3 illustrations is left for the listener’s imagination to create.

The first 25 orders including either or both Obsidian Tongue albums will receive a free 12.5cm x 9cm sticker (pictured below)

Obsidian Tongue will be touring the US during all of August alongside fellow New England Black Metal band 'Autolatry' in support of their new album. (If you haven't yet, you NEED to check out their new album "Native") Therefore, no email interviews will take place during this time but if you are near any of the following tour dates and would like to catch a live show or do a live report/interview, you can get in touch with me (Hypnotic Dirge) or Obsidian Tongue directly:

8/3 Buffalo, NY - Broadway Joe's
8/4 Columbus, OH - Carabar*
8/5 Lexington, KY - Al's Sidecar
8/6 Fort Wayne, IN - Berlin Music Pub
8/7 Chicago, IL - Grandbar
8/8 Appleton, WI - venue tbd
8/9 Champaign, IL - Error Records
8/10 Manhattan, KS - Blackstone Tavern
8/11 Tulsa, OK - Sound Pony
8/12 TBA (somewhere in Texas)
8/13 Fort Worth, TX - Legends
8/14 Lake Charles, LA - Center Stage 
8/15 TBA
8/16 Gainesville, FL - Backstage Lounge
8/17 Tallahassee, FL - Jet Set
8/18 St. Petersburg, FL - Fubar
8/19 Jacksonville, FL - Shantytown Pub
8/23 Asheville, NC - The Odditorium
8/24 Raleigh, NC - The Maywood
8/26 Alexandria, VA - The Lab
8/28 Philadelphia, PA - venue tbd
8/29 Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Fire Proof
8/30 Wallingford, CT - Cherry Street Station
8/31 New London, CT - El 'N Gee


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