Incoming Signal from DARKSPACE

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Can any of you nerds read Morse code?

I don’t know if the Swiss dudes in Darkspace only learned their Roman numerals up to III or if they’re just being all cryptic and enigmatic, but they’re calling their fourth album (which is set for release via Avantgarde Music on September 6th) Dark Space III I. Over the course of three releases, Wroth (a.k.a. Tobias), Zharaal and Zorgh have taught us not to doubt the quality of their output, so let’s just let them call it whatever they want. Plus, the label promises us, in adorably broken English, that III I will be “the coldest and darkest of them all four.”

Additionally, they want us to know that: “This weird Morse code message, several times transmitted, received, read and repeated, is ping-ing the dark web since a few days.” Lols.

Here it is:

-.. .- .-. -.- … .–. .- -.-. . / -.-. .- .-.. .-.. .. -. –. / -.. … … -.-. .-.-.- / — .. … … .. — -. —… / -.. .- .-. -.- / … .–. .- -.-. . / .. .. .. .. / . -. -.-. — ..- -. – . .-. .-.-.- / –. . — / -.-. — — .-. -.. .. -. .- – . … —… / ….- -…. .-.-.- —-. ….- —– ….. .—- –..– / –… .-.-.- ….- ….- …– —-. -…. .-.-.- / – .. — . —… / —– -…. ..— ..— —– —– -… … . .–. .—- ….- .-.-.- / . -. -.. / — ..-. / – .-. .- -. … — .. … … .. — -. .-.-.-

If you’re like me, you’d be marginally interested to know how hilarious this reads when it’s translated to Avantgarde Music’s version of English. You’d also be a lot more interested in the fact that Darkspace  is giving us a very generous teaser of Dark Space III I.  And that it’s over 7 minutes. And that it rules.

I, for one, think that the limitless depths of vacuous space as subject matter lends itself quite well to black metal in that it’s fucking horrifying. Plus, space is actually black. Just as the “color” black is actually the absorption of all colors on the visible spectrum, devouring all and leaving nothing but lightless void for your eyeballs, Darkspace does that to your feelings or something. The production is notably cleaner than I expected from them, which usually tends to disappoint me when it comes to black metal, but here it sounds great.

What do you think about the preview? I’m already making some room in my top 10 for Dark Space III I. Am I jumping to conclusions?

III I

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  • Cock of Steele

    the darkest Darkspace of all that was ever dark and spacey.

    • YourLogicIsFlushed

      Except for maybe that time when Kevin Spacey got super tan.

  • Randall Thor

    Darkspace prove that, unlike Valve, they can count to 3.

    • Elite Extremophile

      gaben loves you

      • Beunhaas

        Gaben loves us all

        • Metaphysical Anus

          Gaben is love.

  • The concept of black metal in space intrigues me. Look forward to my one-man project out on Bandcamp this year. It will be 90 minutes of the blackest, grimmest, most vacuous silence you’ve ever heard.

    • Janitor Jim Dvggan

      Damnit, you stole my idea for a concept album! It was going to be called Silent Rage At A Foghat Concert and it was going to be silence recorded from many different places.

      • This would actually be interesting because where can you go that is actually silent? It would be cool to hear what silence sounds like from one place to another, then have the last track be true silence in a vacuum. If only there was a way to listen to it in a truly silent space (even noise-cancelling headphones create that background hiss, ya know?)

        • Have you ever been half asleep, and then wake up and hear the world around you and realize even though you were semi-conscious you weren’t hearing anything? or is that just me? I think that is the only silence I’ve ever been cogent enough to experience.

          • Howard Dean

            No, it’s not just you. I’ve had that feeling. It’s strange. In that state, you might even start to dream, sort of like a lucid dreaming state of silent semi-consciousness.

        • Max

          An anechoic chamber is pretty quiet. I’ve never been in one, but I’m told it’s quite weird. There’s no room acoustics, so when you speak, it’s like the sound just falls on the floor in front of you. You also realize how loud the sound of your own body is.

    • oh man, it’s Vacuity is going to be through the roof!

  • YourLogicIsFlushed

    The vocalist is way to close to the mic, I almost understood one word in there. Good stuff though, I’ll give it a few listens when it comes out.

  • Beunhaas

    This sounds right up my alley. You people should also check out this https://progenieterrestrepura.bandcamp.com/album/u-m-a

  • Howard Dean

    Translation of Morse Code I tracked down (I’m no expert, so if this isn’t accurate, don’t crucify me):

    incoming signal.
    darkspace calling dssc.
    mission: dark space iiii encounter.
    geo coordinates: 46.94051, 7.4439.
    time: 062200bsep14.
    end of transmission.

    They originally released a Morse code transmission back in May to announce the new album. I think it was similar to this one.

    Sample sounds pretty good, this is one of the albums I’m most looking forward to. I-III are all excellent. It’s been a long wait for III I, but let’s hope it’s worth it! I don’t expect our friends in Darkspace to disappoint us. I hope they can keep that balance of space-derived horror with black metal, and don’t fall too far into the ambient/keyboard wormhole.

    • Howard Dean

      Also: Just looked at ordering the CD plus the new Abigor directly from Avantgarde Music (as I don’t know if anyone else is carrying the CD yet). Going to be 30 euros ($40.00 shipping not included) to buy the pair. Bah. What I thought would be an immediate, unflinching purchase sees me hesitating now. I was hoping someone else (an American distributor, ideally) would have it available.

      • Edward Meehan

        I know you’re a guy who is into owning physical music, but $40 not including shipping might make this worth checking out digitally on something like Bandcamp.

        • Tyree

          Did someone say Bandcamp!?!

          • Edward Meehan

            Bandcamp, Bandcamp, Bandcamp.

          • bandcamp, murcamp, MURMAIDER!!!

        • Howard Dean

          I’m not even sure if this stuff will be available on Bandcamp (I’m not familiar enough with it to know if Avantgarde music or Darkspace uses it).

          I just ordered the new Abigor album “Leymotif Luzifer” through an American distributor for significantly less than what it would’ve cost from Avantgarde (that one CD alone, plus registered postage, was going to be something like 27-28 euros on its own; fucking crazy!).

          Avantgarde Music does some weird things with releases. They have the Darkspace CD listed in their store, but it’s not available for preorder (apparently preorders were offered for a short time and in limited batches to those who were in the know at the time). It says it will be available when released (which some places are saying is September 6th, and other places are stating as September 14th). I don’t know. I’ll just play it by ear. The world of secretive, limited pressing stuff like this is funky and difficult sometimes.

          • Edward Meehan

            … I bet it might make the music more enjoyable though.

          • Howard Dean

            Do you mean the limited pressing and weirdness of restrictive availability might make the music more enjoyable? Or that not paying an arm and a leg might make it more enjoyable?

          • Edward Meehan

            The limited pressing, weirdness of restrictive availability; kind of what I was thinking was the additional effort. I think unlimited access to good / great music may have a dulling effect on consumers.

          • Howard Dean

            I agree that the consumption overload may dull the effect truly profound and outrageously good music has on consumers, as they usually don’t spend enough time/don’t have the attention span to really soak it all in. Limited pressings usually make things difficult, though, especially if it’s really limited and you are behind the 8-ball. Makes you have to really break out the wallet.

          • How’s the new Abigor? I haven’t listened to much of them since From the Twilight Kingdom, which I consider and unheralded classic.

          • Howard Dean

            I’ve only listened to a few samples I’ve heard online, and was intrigued. I’ve heard a lot of really good things about it, and the packaging of the CD is dynamite, so I had to order it so I can give it full consideration. I bought Time is the Sulphur in the Veins of a Saint, and I thought it was pretty good (apart from some weird out-of-place techno beats that seemed rather tacked on). Modern Abigor is interesting to me and always worth a listen, though they not really one of my favorites.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Yeah, the packaging is cool. Little different from what you usually get.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            I ordered the new Abigor from Finland with 23 euros. I’m pretty satisfied.

          • Howard Dean

            Goddamn, dude. 23 euros is a lot of dough for one CD (that isn’t rare). Is that a standard/common price for individual CDs being imported to Finland? I ordered it for $20 U.S. with shipping included (roughly 15 euros). I’m hoping the distributor doesn’t dick me around and cancel the order. That’s the only fear I have with certain places, as they can have checkered histories of listing things “in stock” and then not actually having them.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            It includes postal fees. Finland is the third most expensive EU country. Normally new CDs cost around 19,90 euros. So by Finland’s standards, it wasn’t even expensive.

          • Howard Dean

            Damn, that burns. That’s what you Northern European countries get for your extremely high standard of living and even distribution of wealth! Hah!

            Just fucking with you.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            I believe that Norway is more expensive than Finland, but they ain’t part of the EU.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Oh yeah. There’s also the friend of every Finn that orders CDs. The Finnish post, Itella. Never late(always late)! It fucking has a monopoly here. Itella keeps on dropping employees and working even more shitty. We need some competition for Itella, this shit ain’t working! They lost my order for two fucking moths once!

          • Howard Dean

            That sounds a lot like the U.S. Postal Service. FedEx, GHL, and UPS can all do the job better, but the USPS is continually propped up and bailed out by the U.S. Government.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            There was once a competitor planned, but those plans never came to effect.

          • Howard Dean

            Adam Smith’s invisible hand being thwarted by government intervention. Ain’t that a bitch!

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Well, now the government has more important things to worry about. *Cough* Russia *cough* Putin *cough*.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            The most expensive CD I’ve bought in America was the remaster of Wings over America with a bonus disc for 20 dollars with tax. I usually buy CDs off Amazon because they’re cheaper there and I have Amazon Prime which gives me free two day shipping and a ton of other things.

        • Cock of Steele

          Fuck that shit, at the record store they had a Vektor Cd (one of those copies of Outer Isolation with the alternative artwork) that went for 25 bucks, and I found a Sarcofago CD for 32 bucks! I’m sorry but I don’t care how rare a CD is, 16$ is the most I’ll go.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I’m lucky that the record store near me has cheap CDs. I’ve been lucky to buy some rare CDs from them for a good price. I bought a sealed copy of the second Porno For Pyros album, the second album from a band called Warrior Soul and a German pressing of Colony by In Flames for good prices. On top of that I got a ton of CDs that they were giving away which included 5 Led Zeppelin CDs, a copy of Californication by Red Hot Chili Peppers, a copy of Mellon Collie by Smashing Pumpkins and quite a few others.

          • Howard Dean

            Some stores really try to gouge their buyers. I’ve seen copies of Bathory’s Nordland I listed for $30 at some stores, and the same CD in the next town over go for $15. I’ve also seen reissues for Mystifier’s Wicca priced way too high (like almost $30). Though I will pay $20 for a CD, I usually don’t go much higher than that (and it usually has to be something I really want).

            The most I have paid for a CD was $45.00 a few years ago for an original TeePee Records CD pressing of Sleep’s Dopesmoker. I considered it a steal, as it hadn’t been reissued (at that time) and I had seen copies going for as high as $90-100. Before it was rereleased a couple years ago, you couldn’t find it anywhere (sort of like Obscura now).

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            Damn. I bought all the remasters of A Flock Of Seagulls for less than that when they came out in 2011. I’m ashamed to admit I like them as much as I do.

          • Howard Dean

            I would only take the complete A Flock Of Seagulls remasters if someone gave them to me wrapped in hundred dollar bills and bacon.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            But you would also get A Flock Of Seagulls albums. That bacon gets dirty.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            The good thing here is that you rarely find CDs over 22 euros, unless they are rare or special editions.

          • Scrimm

            I found the first 3 Malevolent Creation albums autographed for 8 bucks a piece at my store.

          • Howard Dean

            Dude, that’s fucking awesome. Seriously jealous.

          • Scrimm

            It was awesome. I almost crapped myself when I saw them.

  • Stockhausen

    Aside from the difficulty of trying memorizing their song titles, this band rules. Can’t wait for this.

    I promised I would, Master.

  • Occams_Razor_Ramon

    This is pretty good, but it could use more Xenomorphs

    • Backed!

    • Beunhaas

      needs more Giger.

      • Tyree

        Agreed.

        • W.

          Thirded

      • Cock of Steele

        Needs moar SPESS MEHREENS

        • Gurp

          SPESS MEHREENDS WE HAVE FEHLED THE EMPRA

  • W.

    <3 you Masterlord!

  • Ferris Mueller

    Nice find, fucking sounds like the end of the world! Not sure why but it kept bringing me back to a blackened Triptykon with more keyboards.

    • Howard Dean

      “Blackened Triptykon with more keyboards” is a pretty fair description of their sound.

  • Gorgasm

    I disagree with the idea that Black Metal and space go together. I view Black Metal as dealing with more terrestrial matters but more importantly the occult. Space is more of a drone metal subject…just my opinion.

    The “generous teaser” is quite satisfying though.

    • Metaphysical Anus

      >:(

      • Janitor Jim Dvggan

        I believe that metal and space get along just fine. That is why I am creating the most metal album ever: An album of pure silence. It’s the kind of album that is more metal than any album ever.

        • Metaphysical Anus

          .____________________________.
          John Cage kind of did that already.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            Why did you tell me that? I thought I was the first person who ever thought of this! It’s just silence, no studio editing, no mixing, no polishing, just pure, visceral, raw silence!

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Well, Cage had an audience, so pure silence is not what he did. You could go for it, man.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            It shall be done. An album of raw silence. The idea is so brutal it makes men weep.

          • Max

            What, an un-burned CD-R?
            Or perhaps a CD with a 79-minute track of a DC waveform?

  • Scrimm

    The picture at the top of this article would fit well with our album cover.

    • Metaphysical Anus

      Is there any songs to be listened by you guyz?

      • Scrimm

        Nothing complete yet. I start recording my guitars Friday. we did a demo version of the drums with scratch guitars so our drummer could go back and listen to them and see what wanted to change. I put one song up on soundcloud. The drums are a little different and the guitars will be much dirtier and heavier, we used a slightly cleaner tone for the scratch track so the drummer could here them better, but it sounds pretty good for what it is. https://soundcloud.com/priest-of-leng/chaosborn1

        • Metaphysical Anus

          I like it, but it needs more marimba.
          (That marimba part may or may not be a joke).

          • Scrimm

            I keep trying to get him to put his cowbell back on his kit but he wont do it.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            If Deivos can rock the cowbell, you can rock the cowbell!

        • Xan

          I just got an amusing image in my mind of Angus Scrimm rocking out on a guitar.

          • Scrimm

            HAHAHA Now so do I. I wanted to dress in suits like his for our Phantasm based side project. I also thought about having him and the rest of the cast sign one of my guitars.

        • that shit is rocket, @joshuathackston:disqus!!! when you get something up on bandcamp (if that IS the goal), let me know so that i can demand you stop talking and accept some money!!

          • Scrimm

            Thanks a lot man. Yeah that is the plan, bandcamp is the best outlet around I believe. The whole ting has been a slow process and there’s still a ways to go, but you guys will be the first to know when it’s finished.

  • CÖÄL RÖLL FRÖM THE TÖILET BÖWL

    nerdz

    • Metaphysical Anus

      Hey, that’s very mean!

      • CÖÄL RÖLL FRÖM THE TÖILET BÖWL

        <3

        • Metaphysical Anus

          Cold shivers down my spine every time I see him. He’s so close…

          • he’s probably not concerned with imaginary countries…

          • Metaphysical Anus

            For realzies now. He has stated interest in all countries that were under Russia/Soviet Union. Russia has violated Finland’s airspace several times. Three times last week. Things are getting pretty sweaty here.

          • mkay, i’ll stop with the jokes!

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Hold me, Jimmy.

          • Virgil the Ghost Poet

            Don’t worry, NATO just sent 4000 troops, but they don’t want Putin to think that they are being aggressive.

  • Xan

    -… .. –. / ..-. .-.. — .–. .–. -.– / -.. .. -.-. -.- …

  • Xan

    I really love space as a topic for musical material. If you go atmospheric or instrumental, you can get real weird with sounds. If you go in the other genres, you can make some pretty killer concept album. I’ve written two albums with a space theme and my friend and I wrote an album titled “2012: A Gay Space Odyssey”.

    • Metaphysical Anus

      I think I want to hear that album. Is it inspired by your homosexual relationship with your friend?

      • Xan

        The concept involved a homosexual encounter between an alien man and an earth man. Turns out that the alien man had five dicks.

        • Metaphysical Anus

          But did you have a homosexual relationship with your friend?! I wish to know!

          • Xan

            Things might have got a little crazy. One minute you’re writing lyrics about going balls deep and the next minute you’re hanging from the ceiling fan by your nutsack.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Did you guys ever record that gay alien album? It seems interesting.

          • Xan

            It isn’t a professional recording (as in, we did it over a $50 microphone with a pop filter) but we did record two of the songs. He has the “masters” on one of his hard drives. I’ll see if I can get it from him.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I wrote a concept album that was lost to time called New Wave Massacre. It was a tortured artist album like The Wall and The Crimson Idol but much crappier. I’ve been working on another concept album in secret which is a combination of the concept album Smashing Pumpkins did, The Crimson Idol and the double live album the artist in the concept album did.

          • KJM

            My non-existent Prog Tech band called Colony Collapse Disorder is recording a tribute to the obscure Saul Bass film Phase IV entitled ‘100% Yellow’. It’ll sound like a cross between ‘Bedlam’ era Mars Volta and ‘Nothingface’ era Voivod. This is hot off the heels of our successful EP ‘More Time Changes Than A Drunken Galifreyan’.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I’ve been working on a tribute album to the Tony Martin era of Black Sabbath with my non existent progressive nu thrash band XankXabbottsTriX and after we were done with that we were going to re record our seminal concept album Numetalgoround where each song was a parody of a different nu metal artist. My favorite song was the spoof of a little known band called 40 Below Summer called The Road To The Reason of Our Existence. The reason it was called that was because they have no reason to exist as a band. Our parody of Taproot called Letter was the funniest as it was just us ripping Poem by Taproot apart. After that re recording is done we are going to be doing versions of the Black Sabbath albums Cross Purposes and Forbidden where we get a different artist to perform each song. We are going to be doing the songs Illusion of Power off Forbidden and Psychophobia off of Cross Purposes.

          • KJM

            Isn’t that always the way?

          • Xan

            Without exception.

        • KJM

          Open those pod bay doors, bby.

      • Lord Ov Kapsko

        Space is a very lonely place.

        • Metaphysical Anus

          Not for too long. Putin is going to invade there soon.

        • Could you imagine how unwieldy it would be to have sex in zero gravity? you’d need several harnesses and some kind of specialty equipment to keep all those bodily fluids from messing up any of the electronics. Would it be worth it in the end? Most definitely

          • This is a weird and unnecessary question: Have 2 humans ever had sex in space? I’d have to assume that even through Astronauts are total professionals the first two up there of the same sexuality had to try.

          • Howard Dean

            Neil Armstrong: So… uh, did you give it some thought?

            Michael Collins: But dude, I’m not gay!

            Neil Armstrong: But we’re talking the first time it’s ever happened! Isn’t that exciting?!

            Michael Collins: Uh… sure, I guess. But I’m not gay. I don’t want to have sex with you.

            Neil Armstrong: Oh, ok. I see. Hey Buzz?

            Buzz Aldrin: Yeah, buddy?

            Neil Armstrong: You want to have sex with me and therefore be the first humans to have sex in space?

            Buzz Aldrin: DUDE! Fuck yeah!

            Neil Armstrong: Alright!

            Buzz Aldrin: We’re a couple of record breaking motherfuckers!

            Neil Armstrong: And I just had another idea: Howabout you land on the moon with me, instead of Michael?

            Buzz Aldrin: YEAH! HIGH FIVE!

            [Neil and Buzz high five each other; Neil slaps Buzz’s ass]

            Michael Collins: Wait, WHAT?!

            Neil Armstrong: [shrugging] Sorry, buddy. You had your chance. [laughing] But probably you’ll never be known as “what’s his name, not Neil, not Buzz, you know, but the third astronaut on Apollo 11” by middle school kids for eternity

            Buzz Aldrin: [flashing gang sign] Peace out, homey!

            Neil Armstrong: [nodding towards Buzz while unzipping space pants] Alright, let’s do this.

          • 10/10 would lol again

    • Lord Ov Kapsko

      Cock pulling kapsko vacoom.

    • Just putting this out there, Jamiroquai’s Greatest Hits album is like what Jazz sounds like in the Cowboy Bepop universe. It’s so good that I don’t even feel guilty about liking it.

  • Warheart

    I don’t know what to think about this, the Morse code is kinda cool, though I couldn’t tell if it’s really well put. On the other hand, the name of the album leaves me seriously wondering if this is a joke.

    And BTW, the teaser is boring.

  • Is it possible that ‘III’ is going to have multiple parts and this is just the first, hence ‘III I’? Also, good job Darkspace. I never imagined outerspace and black metal could go so well together.

  • Further Down the Metal Hole

    Stuff that sounds like it’s in space or the deepest depths of the ocean always interests me, look forward to listening to this later on.

  • crazytaco_12

    I used to know morse code when I was a kid, still pissed I forgot about it, what if I need to be saved 20,000 leagues under the sea? Answer: nobody could help me anyhow