Portland, Oregon-based death metal outfit ÆNIGMATUM, today unleashes the relentless “Animus Reflection,” the latest single from their impending second album, Deconsecrate, nearing August release through 20 Buck Spin.
Deconsecrate’s drums and some of the rhythm guitars were engineered by Charlie Koryn at Toadhouse Studio, the rest of the rhythm as well as lead guitars, bass, drums, and vocals were engineered by the band’s Brian Rush at various locations. The album was re-amped by Leon Del Muerte (Impaled) at Beastman Audio, mixed by Charlie Koryn at The Underworld Studio, mastered by Julian Silva at On-Air Mastering, and completed with surreal artwork by Ivory Crux (Voidceremony) and layout by Dan Fried. Fans of Eucharist, The Chasm, At The Gates, Dark Tranquillity, Necrophobic, Atrocity, Death, and early Opeth should not miss ÆNIGMATUM’s Deconsecrate.
The band writes, “’Animus Reflection’ was the last track written for the album and showcases all of ÆNIGMATUM’s key elements: fast scraping black metal chords, occult death metal riffing, warped and ever-evolving bass lines, melodic passages as well as dissonant rhythms and atmospheres. This is the final piece of the puzzle where all the elements in Deconsecrate are condensed and culminate in a final showdown, yet also hint at what’s to come in the future of ÆNIGMATUM.”
Deconsecrate will see release through 20 Buck Spin Friday, August 13th on LP, CD, cassette, and digital. Find preorders at the label webshop HERE and at Bandcamp where “Forged From Bedlam” and “Disenthralled” are also playing HERE.
Following their well-received eponymous debut, the idiosyncratic methodology of ÆNIGMATUM is instantly apparent from the whip-start blast of Deconsecrate’s opening track “Forged From Bedlam.” While the pace is frenetic, speed is never a crutch to be relied upon but rather one deliberate device in a sprawling collection of melodically precise and technically riveting fragmented death shards.
The eight songs on Deconsecrate constitute a labyrinthian structure of twisting nuanced complexity and intricate explosive chaos. Blood-freezing and incandescently beautiful at once, ÆNIGMATUM tempers their withering elaborate intensity with astonishingly elegant melodic passages carved into the mind like towering marble hallucinations. Immersing in Deconsecrate, one might be forgiven assuming they’d stumbled upon a lost obscurity of mid-1990s Gothenburg, the dark harmonies, the dual guitars, the staggering rhythm section; but in fact, ÆNIGMATUM has bequeathed a startlingly ambitious paragon of mystifying esoteric death metal magnificence.
Watch for additional audio previews of Deconsecrate and more to be issued over the weeks ahead.