Today, Iron Bonehead Productions sets July 17th as the international release date for Khthoniik Cerviiks' highly anticipated second album, Æequiizoiikum, on CD and vinyl LP formats.
It was but the beginning of 2016 when German black/death alchemists Khthoniik Cerviiks released their critically acclaimed debut album, SeroLogiikal Scars (Vertex of Dementiia), on vinyl through Iron Bonehead. The years since that literally scarring display of blown-mind metal mastery may seem quiet, but the band in fact released an equally challenging split LP with comrades Howls of Ebb during the summer of 2017, also through Iron Bonehead, whetting appetites for their grandest strike yet...
At last, it has arrived, once again with a tongue-twisting title that's as treacherous(ly adventurous) as its contents: Æequiizoiikum. Here, Khthoniik Cerviiks explore a wealth of contrasts, of extremes usually unattainable with metal this crushing and caustic. Swarming yet spacious, angular yet oddly anthemic, melodic yet miasmically so, direct yet detouring, alien and futuristic yet in a manner most rusted and rustic: Æequiizoiikum is the sound of KC at their impossible peak. All the elements from previous recordings - including their now-classic Heptaedrone demo, released in 2013 by Iron Bonehead and thereby starting the onslaught of oddness - are accounted for here, but taken in a more stately and daresay "mature" direction. The startling poise is more pronounced, the songs dig their hooks deeper, the "metal" in their black/death METAL simultaneously emphasized and abstracted, the gnarliness more graceful, the confidence simply off the charts here...truly, no one sounds like Khthoniik Cerviiks, now more than ever.
Iron Bonehead has always sought to present listeners with vortexes various and virulent. With Khthoniik Cerviiks' Æequiizoiikum, they do both, and paradoxically in their most alluring form yet.
Begin blowing your mind with the brand-new track "Δt (Recite The Kriitiikal Mæss)" HERE
at Iron Bonehead's Soundcloud. Cover and tracklisting are as follows:
Tracklisting for Khthoniik Cerviiks' Æequiizoiikum
1. KC Exhalement 4.0 (Welcome to HAL)
2. Odyssey 3000
3. Æequiizoiikum (Mothraiik Rites)
4. Δt (Recite The Kriitiikal Mæss)
5. Para-Dog-Son - Demagorgon
6. Kollektiing Koffiin Naiils (Délire des Négations Sequence 1.0)
7. Bloodless Epiiphany (Délire des Négations Sequence 2.0)
8. KC Inhalement 4.0 (Nothiing-Niihiil-Non)