Germany's doom/sludge outfit OBELYSKKH begins a week-long tour today, bringing the grueling tones from their incoming fourth LP, The Providence, to European audiences ahead of the record's release through Exile On Mainstream. Decibel Magazine is helping break the new album in with a premiere of its first single, unloading the ominous "Northern Lights" for public ingestion.
As with their previous album, The Providence was recorded and mixed by Andy Naucke and mastered by Brad Boatright (Sleep, Tragedy, High On Fire, From Ashes Rise, Integrity), and again sees cover art crafted by Sebastian Feld/Marginal Ink.
Decibel Magazine publishes with their premiere of the new track, "On their latest release, The Providence, German doom outfit OBELYSKKH join the legions of bands influenced by the writings of H.P. Lovecraft. Offering a taste of their first album in four years, OBELYSKKH deliver plodding doom and grooving riffs on 'Northern Lights'..."
The Providence will be released on all digital platforms, CD, and 2xLP with three sides of music and a Side D etching on April 21st in Europe, and on June 2nd through new AISA/Red/Sony stateside distribution in the US. European vinyl orders can be placed HERE and US preorders HERE.
OBELYSKKH has booked a run of European tour dates in conjunction with the album's release, with shows in Germany, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Belgium, and Austria from April 7th through April 20th, with more shows to be announced throughout the months ahead.
OBELYSKKH Tour Dates:
4/07/2017 Ebrietas - Zürich, CH
4/08/2017 Goldgrube - Kassel, DE
4/09/2017 Cafe de Jack - Eindhoven, NL
4/10/2017 Music City - Antwerp, BE
4/11/2017 Nexus - Braunschweig, DE
4/12/2017 Kulturbahnhof - Jena, DE
4/20/2017 Nihilistic Arts Festival - Wilhering, AU
Following the 2013 release of the band's groundbreaking third album, Hymn To Pan, which struck less than one year after its predecessor, White Lightnin', the Franconian doomsters found themselves in a state of turmoil and a line-up change with bass player Dirty Dave being replaced by Seb Duster. These ups and downs, alongside the massive honesty and emotion in the band's routines, developed monstrous pressure, which is channeled into this album, The Providence surging with massive weight, groove, and darkness. The album sees OBELYSKKH leaving huge parts of their former approach behind. Less psychedelic, with more groove -- not stoner rock, but more on the side of doom than grueling sludge - yet still delivered in a crushing maelstrom.
The title of the new OBELYSKKH excursion might remind one of H. P. Lovecraft's iconic poem, and you'd not be wrong, as these classic words provided inspiration for lyrical content and the artwork for The Providence. But that's only one dimension. The other is illustrated almost perfectly by French revolutionist Victor Hugo: "Above all, you can believe in Providence in either of two ways, either as thirst believes in the orange, or as the ass believes in the whip." The band lived by this message, beating the record out of themselves, fighting an uphill battle.