DAXMA (pronounced [dahk-muh]) is an Oakland, CA based post-rock/doom metal band that began in Santa Cruz, CA in 2014. A collaborative project made up of members – Jessica (vocals, guitar, violin), Kelly (vocals, bass), Isaac (vocals, guitar), Forrest (guitar), and Thomas (drums) – sharing a varied musical background, including black metal, psych, and classical. DAXMA unites nuance and fragility within a framework of devastating crush that imbues significance to each motif and passage.
Arriving on July 26th from Blues Funeral Recordings, ‘RUINS UPON RUINS‘ is the third release from DAXMA. The EP brings nearly twenty-five minutes of neural captivation engulfing the emotional borders of the past and present, conjoining the personal and inspirational sides within DAXMA to highlight the art of critical thought.
The band explains a bit about the new release:
“Ruins Upon Ruins is thematically a response to the Hegelian outlook of our last album, ‘The Head Which Becomes the Skull’, which adopted a dialectical method to its movement. The title is taken from a line in an essay called ‘On the Concept of History’ by Walter Benjamin, who, disputing Hegel’s notion of history as the story of progress, writes about an angel of history looking backwards towards the past.”
‘Ruins Upon Ruins Tracklist:
01. Minima Moralia
It’s on odd pairing on paper, admittedly, but DAXMA leave little doubt that it’s part of their intention. Just as “Minima Moralia” seems to be a space of intellectual engagement, “Landslide” becomes an emotional contemplation, with a deeply personal origin on the part of the band itself.
‘Ruins Upon Ruins’ will be released for digital download and streaming, as well as physical format in a limited edition 12″ vinyl pressing on July 26th through Blues Funeral Recordings.
“…it is an emotional journey that welcomes the listener to enjoy the long ride, all the while questioning the inner motives that lie behind one’s life… this is a titanic album that deserves to be heard by anyone with even a cursory interest in bands like Pallbearer or Elder.” – Pure Grain Audio
“…both crushing and subtle in equal measure, working the band’s creeping sonic despair into a massive, heavy riff and then back again. It’s the sort of sound that will haunt you when you’re alone on a quiet night – when you can feel the notes still reverberating in your mind.” – Super Dank Metal Jams