Premiere: Arkheth – “Dark Energy Equilibrium”

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We cover a lot of progressive and straight-up weird black metal around these parts, but Arkheth‘s 12 Winter Moons Comes the Witches Brew is something different entirely. Dark, twisting, and mysterious, this upcoming black metal epic is a raucous ride through morbid fantasies. It also happens to be a hell of a lot of fun, calling back to the fresh vibrancy of the 80s and early 90s. Today, I’m pleased as hell to premiere “Dark Energy Equilibrium.”

Coming to us from Australia by way of Transcending Obscurity12 Winter Moons Comes the Witches Brew is an odd mash-up of recognizable elements blended together in a bad drug trip (just look at that wild cover art) and chundered out into a Jackson Pollock splattering of arcane horror. It’s got a catchy Carach Angren sense of narrative development, a jaunty Howls of Ebb syncopated flow, a Greytomb riff sensibility, and a White Ward deployment of cloying saxophone. On paper, none of that should work. In execution, it’s a wild, thrilling ride that sounds far more playful and memorable than it has any right to be.

It’s also a hell of a lot of fun. “Dark Energy Equilibrium” evokes both mid-80s thrash metal (like Flotsam and Jetsam) and first wave black metal with its opening cleans blending into heavy yet distinct distorted riffs. The emphasis here is on the hooks and the details; rarely do Arkheth devolve into a full-tilt blastfest, instead preferring to get you singing along to the throaty tales of the witches brew while Tyrone ‘Tyraenos’ Kostitch’s guitars divebomb and erupt against a stately and never overwhelming kick backbone, accented by minute flourishes of sax from Glen Wholohan.

It’s not often I find myself smiling during a black metal opus, but here we are. “Dark Energy Equilibrium” is a trip, but you’ll happily be croaking along the entire way as the spell unfolds.

 

12 Winter Moons Comes the Witches Brew drops February 20th via Transcending Obscurity. Order it on Bandcamp and say hi to the band on Facebook.

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  • RustyShackleford

    Is it just my shitty apple headphones (shame me plz) or are the vocals super low in this mix? Feel like it’s bleeding a bit with the guitar and it’s kinda hard to hear, which is kinda poopy cause they sound real good. But again could be my headphones/crappy hearing. STILL, good jam. Yep.

    • Joaquin Stick

      Seems like it’s a bit muddy, but in a purposeful way. Agreed, good jam.

    • GrumpLumpusCrumpus

      APPLE HEADPHONES HAVE A COMMON DESIGN FLAW WHERE THEY ARE OFTEN PURCHASED AND USED BY APPLE CUSTOMERS

      • Dubby Fresh

        Heh. hehehehehehehe

      • RustyShackleford

        Oh boy, wait till you hear about how my iPhone X has the same problem *runs in fear*

        • GrumpLumpusCrumpus

          THAT TYPE OF MALWARE TENDS TO PERSIST ACROSS MULTIPLE SYSTEMS BEST TO WIPE THE WHOLE THING AND START OVER

  • Wrong 12 Witches Brew With

  • Hubert

    I dig it, especially the sax bits, though I’d say the songwriting feels a bit too disjointed.

    • GrumpLumpusCrumpus

      ONE-PERSON MUSIC PROJECTS DO TEND TO HAVE THE HARDEST TIME EDITING (SEE TCHORNOBOG)

      • drug_genosh

        shut your mouth! tchornobog is perfect! *cries*

  • Hans

    Somehow getting old horror film vibes, but not in a schlocky way. More like actually eerie. Think I’ll keep an eye on this.