March 24th (Bandcamp exclusive + Youtube full album stream)
April 28, 2023 (Official release for all streaming platforms)
FFO: Napalm Death, Anaal Nathrakh, Mayhem
Location: Edmonton, Canada
Sophistry – noun – the use of clever but false arguments, especially to deceive.
There is no deceiving with Edmonton, Canada’s Sophist, however, the trio of Michael K. Sparks (bass/guitar), Davis R. Hay (programming/vocals), Helge Lipphardt (guitar) are straightforward in their approach to grinding black and death metal.
Conjured in June of 2019 by Hay and Sparks, Sophist dove straight into recording their debut EP “Betrothal To The Stone: Conception of Mephisto”. Immediately after release, they started production on a follow-up record and recruited Lipphardt for additional guitars and writing input.
The trio keeps the writing process simple, with Hay defining the drums, synths, and song structure followed by Lipphardt and Sparks’ overlay of bass and guitar. Hay's pessimistic lyrics at first focussed on occult themes, alchemical allegory, and nihilism, but more recently on working-class politics. Sophist transmutes these elements into blisteringly fast & flavorful "black grind".
In November 2019 Sophist signed with Niflhel Records to release their first full-length album, “Dissolution”, which was released on February 7th, 2020 on CD, LP, and all digital platforms. A follow-up album, "Putrid Faction", was released on December 1st, 2020, which saw more death metal in the sound. A single called “Metabolic Chasm…” was released in 2021 with Tsunami Nagasaki (Beaver Fever) on bass and guitar as a guest and Hay on vocals and additional guitar.
Now Sophist is preparing to release a new EP, “Avenger… Liberator…” on April 28, 2023, with an early release exclusive to Bandcamp on March 24th. "Avenger... Liberator..." sees more death metal added to the sound and a greater emphasis on industrial/electronic elements, and even some aspects of thrash and speed metal.
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