ZETAR 'Devouring Darkness' (2021) COMPACT DISC
Spirit Coffin Publishing Presents... [TOMB-16] The official Compact Disc edition of Austin, Texas-area science fiction themed black/death metal project ZETAR's debut full-length 'Devouring Darkness'. Long in development, this record comes by way of a trio spread between the United States, Ecuador, and France in creation of a unique form of tensile rhythms, odd meter, and organic yet otherworldly creation. Compact Disc and Cassette Tape versions will also be available/released by Spirit Coffin Publishing. All formats also available on Bandcamp, all copies include a download code.
40:01 minutes. The first run of the CD Edition will be 50 copies with 20 available via Bandcamp, and 30 via (here) BigCartel. Jewel case, clear tray. 4 panel (2 each side) folder for the insert. Silver disc, black text printed directly on. This product is a duplication rather than a replication but every element is professionally made. All copies will be poly-wrapped.
Release Date: December 10th, 2021.
Pre-Orders are shipping as of December 7th.
1 - Devouring Darkness 02:08
2 - Return to Talos IV (The Cage) 05:43
3 - Demons of Darkness and Air 05:18
4 - Portal Six-Three 05:18
5 - Lights of Zetar 05:23
6 - Landru 06:17
7 - Orbital Decay 01:57
8 - Ardra (Great Deceiver) 07:51
"Named for a planet of telepaths who'd transcended into a roaming mass of pure psychic energy to curtail their own meteoric extinction, sci-fi themed black/death metal trio ZETAR initially formed in 2019 as a solo act via Austin, Texas-area musician R.G. who'd forgo the public demo process in favor of developing recording and compositional skills in private alongside a host of talented international conspirators. The circle was complete with the addition of French vocalist T.P. and relentless Ecuadoran drummer David Lamas both of whom add their own extra-dimensional touch of madness and malevolence to the album's living and breathing psychic mass.
Seeking to graft their collective disembodied consciousness onto new hosts, the trio present 'Devouring Darkness' as a trance of transitive black and death metal properties, exposing fresh mythos and mystery within our undiscovered infinitum. Computer gods! Universal evils! Mind-rending telepathic control! Serpentine melodies and jagged riffs intertwine to power all warp coils through these eight steadily bounding expeditions: All horrors (and wonders) beyond are revealed via this oddity of unclear influences, which range from classics of 90's death metal, synth-laden and thrashing black metal, and classic science fiction scores.
Invoking the names of artists as vastly different as Michael Schenker Group, Blood Incantation, Immortal and Acheron as just a few shades of vast influence, R.G.'s work isn't focused on emulating current or past greats: "My drive was to challenge myself to do something I’ve never done before. In the process of discovery my guitar playing improved, I began playing bass, and started working with analog synth. This ultimately tapped into creativity that I hadn’t found in years (I went to college to be an artist, then a writer). It was never about being more brutal or heavy than anyone else, but to capture the music that was in my head, something that I wasn’t really hearing from other bands." The artist's ethos also seeks to capture the true, tangible essence of heavy metal recordings to some degree, choosing to forego muddy down-tuning, direct input recording, and any artificial pace-keeping: "Overall, I wanted the album to have a bit of a nasty, gritty, filthy, underground vibe to it. I didn’t want it to be too clean, sanitized and sterile like a lot of “perfect” sounding modern extreme metal albums. I believe metal should have some of that element, though it shouldn’t be a distraction." the result is an out of this world yet entirely carbon-based species of black/death metal."
R.G. - All guitars, bass, synth, lyrics, compositions, logo, recording.
T.P. - All vocals.
David Lanas - Drums.
Nekkomix - Mix/mastering. (www.nekkomix.net)
Artwork: Bruce Pennington. (www.brucepennington.co.uk)
Sound effects and samples: Bluezone Corp. (www.bluezone-corporation.com)