An amazing collective of musicians, utilizing blackened metal to create a narrative on human regression and evolution.
One of my countries best heavy bands, can't wait for the album tour!
Favorite track: Bloodstone.
'Hearken' is the fourth full-length record from Australian outfit Encircling Sea. Since 2009 the band has toiled deeply within Melbourne and various regional surrounds. Possessing a creative sensibility that merges the hustle of industrialised civilization with the primitive beauty of nature, words such as sludge, black, death, doom, and post become lost within the band’s own enveloping abyss. To Hearken is to pay attention - in this case to those who came before us - to their failures, triumphs, and the ritualistic junctures that defined the spiritual growth of humanity. The roots run deeply from both the trees into the earth, and from man into the fading pages of history.
April 13 - The Bald Faced Stag, Sydney w/ Norse, Somnium Nox, Ploughshare, Oar
April 14 - Crowbar, Brisbane w/ Shackles, YLVA, Siberian Hell Sounds, Mosquito, Sam Haven
May 5 - Direct Underground Fest, Sydney w/ Ihsahn, Belphegor, Revocation, Diocletian, Wiegedood
May 6 - Direct Underground Fest, Melbourne w/ Ihsahn, Belphegor, Revocation, Diocletian, Wiegedood
June 1 - Crown & Anchor, Adelaide w/ TBC
Ulcerate possess a very unique sound. An ether creeping through a forest on a far away planet. A forest that would appear dead to those not equipped to see it's beauty. Life disguised as decay. Death's dreams, aurally incarnate. A rogue wave filled with anesthetized daggers knocks you into the most congenial coffin, and this is what you hear as you fade out with a smile.
There, I tried. All pretentiousness aside, this band kills. That guitar...wow. Heavy stuff. Brian Rossini