Ævangelist are Going on a Fathom Excursion

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If ever there was a modern band that you’d expect H.P. Lovecraft to fanboy out to at a show, it would definitely have to be Ævangelist. These bedfellows of bleakness specialize in creating lithe soundscapes, twisting and contorting at a moment’s notice all for the sake of discomfort. Lovecraft would definitely own 6 or 7 shirts. Good news for you and Howard’s ghost: Ævangelist stealthily posted an unreleased demo over the weekend.

The demo, titled Fæthm Excursus (or The Fathom Excursion if Latin is too hard), is 27 minutes of pretty much everything you would expect out of an Ævangelist release. There is a ton of dissonance, some meaty riffs and angular guitars, as well as the controlled form of chaos that they’re so good at producing. Interestingly, the band says that the demo is “mostly improvised with live percussion.” I know nothing of Ævangelist’s songwriting process so perhaps that isn’t anything crazy or new, but it still strikes me as amazing that the band can create such an expansive piece largely through improvisation (in metal, anyway).

One more note of interest: A quick google search of Fæthm Excursus brings up a few scattered mentions that their third album was supposed to be titled Fæthm Excursus. I’m curious what could have happened between then and the release of their ACTUAL third album, Writhes in the Murk, last year that possibly shelved this. Regardless, we have it now and if you’re a fan of weird and challenging music it is definitely worth the click of your mouse.

  • Tyree

    Well, I’ll be seeing them in September. Although I’m not really into their material I will however be curious to see if they can pull off their sound live. If they use a drum machine I’ll probably fucking leave and look at merch instead though.

    • Do you ever feel like the robots are taking your job?

      • Tyree

        No. I just think if you are in a band and are playing regular live gigs you should have a drummer. It takes away from the whole live band experience. Plus, it sounds shitty.

        Have you ever seen a live extreme metal band with a drum machine? It sounds horrible.

        • Tyree
          • Well that’s hardly fair…very little is going to make Putrid Pile NOT sound horrible.

          • Tyree

            Well obviously. I was just pointing out the drum machine live.

          • more beer

            They play Foothills Gut Fest every year. Along with a bunch of other drum machine bands I try to avoid that drum machine shit like the plague. Very few bands can pull that off. Mortician used to use one because Matt died and it took them a long time to find a drummer who was as fast as him.But even they have a drummer now..

          • CT-12

            Dude in the front’s face @ 1:07-1:09 says it all.

          • Tyree

            Hahaha! Yeah, Perfect dude.

        • CyberneticOrganism

          I did once, it was a little silly.

      • Pagliacci is Kvlt
        • Bozamole Jim

          I actually dislike this robot a lot more than I dislike drum machines. The setup of modern drumkits is to allow humans to play multiple pieces of individual percussion at the same time, but humans are defined by where their limbs are. A robot doesn’t have to have the same defining characteristics, so why design a robot to look like a human in order to play a drum kit designed for a human? Why not think outside the paradigm of the modern drumkit and think about ways drums could be best set up for robot performance (if robots playing acoustic drums is the goal)? Design a robot as efficiently as possible to create the same sounds from acoustic drums as humans without holding onto the conventional paradigms of setup.

          http://media.tumblr.com/a2426c9d147b84a083b76f3c56e75281/tumblr_inline_mw7oghIpre1qcryb6.gif

          • I think the allure of the “drum robot” is its application on the “human” drum set up. The nature of the robot mimicking the moves of humans is far more interesting than watching a robot do something that is not specific to humans. But I see where you are coming from.

            GL

          • Bozamole Jim

            I see the allure as well, it just feels like a waste of effort and good technology.

          • Pagliacci is Kvlt
          • CyberneticOrganism
    • They have a whole band together now.

      • Tyree

        Nice.

  • Dubzlinger, Malandro Slayer

    If I’m not mistaken, I believe their usual songwriting process is to email each other parts because the members live at quite a distance from each other.

    • Void Dweller

      Yup Illinois and Oregon according to the archives ov metal.

  • There isnt a lot of music that can legit creep me out. This band though….

  • They did this one too. This one will likely be on their split with Blut Aus Nord coming out later this year.
    https://youtu.be/BTvR07wJm1M

  • Hubert

    I never knew that Vangelis was influenced by H.P Lovecraft. Fascinating

  • CyberneticOrganism
  • The Fish Boz

    It makes me wonder if I have more than one tab with music playing at times.

    Oh, I had “Soul On Fire” by Danzig playing on the background. Weird combo.

  • Bozamole Jim

    Ævangelist is the tits. This demo is proper horrifying.

  • Waynecro

    This shit totally doesn’t make me want to murder my loved ones and burn their blood as an offering to the Great Old Ones. And I don’t feel like eating the marrow from my own femurs at all.

  • CT-12

    I’ve heard of these guys a lot but never got around to checking them out, really digging what was posted (though there’s no way in hell I’m listening to it for 30 mins, 5 gave me a good enough idea). Time to explore their back catalogue!

    • Dubzlinger, Malandro Slayer

      Writhes in the Murk is probably more accessible than the older stuff.

  • Lacertilinger

    Some parts of this are pretty gnarly, others I would like to go faster.
    Wife isn’t giving me weird looks though, maybe it’s not weird enough?