You can pre-order both the new Botanist CD – IV: Mandragora, and the new Grayceon – LP: Pearl and the End of Days from The Flenser store.
Botanist – IV: Mandragora
Botanist, the unconventional one-man black metal band featuring vocals, drums, and hammered dulcimer instrumentation, is gearing up to release its fourth album, IV: Mandragora, on February 19th from experimental metal label The Flenser. Combining lyrical creativity and musical ingenuity, IV: Mandragora is a concept record on the alchemical creation of a mandrake, and how The Botanist is instructed on raising an army of mandrakes to wipe out humanity. The songs of Botanist are told from the perspective of The Botanist, a crazed man of science who lives in self-imposed exile, as far away from Humanity and its crimes against Nature as possible. In his sanctuary of fantasy and wonder, which he calls the Verdant Realm, he surrounds himself with plants and flowers, finding solace in the company of the Natural world, and envisioning the destruction of man. There, seated upon his throne of Veltheimia, The Botanist awaits the day when humans will either die or kill each other off, which will allow plants to make the Earth green once again.
Check out the exclusive premiere of Botanist’s “Mandrake Legion (Mandagora V)” over at Pitchfork.
CD can be pre-ordered now. Shipping mid-February. Vinyl will come later.
Grayceon – Pearl and the End of Days LP
Pearl and The End of Days is a 30-minute album composed of two sprawling epics that bend the concentration closer toward Grayceon’s rockier roots. Cellist Jackie Perez Gratz comments, “We wrote these songs over the course of the past two years, on the tails of the release of our third full-length, All We Destroy, and a time during which I was pregnant for nine months and my daughter was born. All three of us went into a collective hibernation where we weren’t playing out much and didn’t have any big album plans.” She continues, “Lack of specific goals and immediate expectations gave us the freedom to penetrate a newfound energy in our music. These two new songs, ‘Pearl’ and ‘The End of Days’, are the expression of that energy: more rock based, overall faster tempos, and a lighter heart lyrically. The EP embodies Grayceon’s musical style and challenges, but the songs, while taking on a different mood than previous material, still allow plenty of opportunity for head banging.”
You can hear a the first side of Pearl and the End of Days over at Alarm Magazine.
Available in black vinyl and limited Lime Green vinyl. Shipping mid-February.
Bell Witch – Longing – DLP (at press)
Bosse-de-Nage – iii – DLP (FINALLY almost ready)
Trees – Sickness-In – LP
Vestiges/Panopticon – Split – Gatefold LP
Bosse-de-Nage – iii – DLP UPDATE
We have just gotten word from the press that they think they have fixed the pressing issue that has greatly delayed this release. We are hoping to ship this by late January to early February. Thank you for your wating. NO COMPROMISES!