We are honored and proud to finally present you with the imminent and highly anticipated release of Spire‘s immense sophomore full-length LP “Temple of Khronos”.The obscure Australian dark metal futurists return after a lengthly silence with their immense sophomore full-length album, a reality-bending psychedelic/progressive extreme metal masterpiece of the highest order that will disassociate the listener and teleport them outside their own consciousness, reality, and self. Continuing their cryptic inner war against metal traditionalism and musical conventions in general, this time the Australian atmospheric black metal shapeshifters have fearlessly peeled back the hazy outer layer of their primordial black metal sound to reveal a previously unseen, massive, and glistening, architecture of cinematic sonic dark matter that elevates their imaginative and visionary power to unseen heights, opening worlds inside the listener into which be drawn, trapped and dissolved within one’s own consciousness and self.
In unveiling the track “Hymn III – Harbinger”, Invisible Oranges declared that the track “is indicative as to the rest of this upcoming album’s sound. Featuring an exhilaratingly varied vocal performance and a driving, monumental rhythm section, Spire’s new self treads new ground comfortably for this surprisingly forward-thinking artist.“ – you can read their feature HERE.
Decibel Magazine on the other hand premiered the massive 8-minute prog monster “Hymn VI – Puissant” remarking on the band’s fascinating shift in sound from a recognizable black metal framework to something completely unheard of and unseen, explaining that “since releasing their eponymous debut EP in 2010, the Brisbane, Australia-based black metal duo Spire have become a force of torrential and punishing black metal. Their debut album, 2016’s Entropy, marked the band’s arrival on the world stage, but now that everyone believes that they understand Spire and what to expect from them… Things are about to get really interesting.” – you can check out the song and their feature HERE.
Immensely evocative, and shrouded in a profound and majestic mysticism, “Temple of Khronos” is a foreboding sonic gateway that will push your imagination to its limits as it explores the concepts of time as a deity, tyrant, and as ultimate engineer and destroyer of reality to connect the listener with an obscure and distant future civilization that in facing its own inevitable demise stares back into time facing us with our own nothingness, powerlessness and finality.
The album’s immense atmospheres and its seemingly boundless imaginative force stem primarily from its crisp but layered and dense production quality that works as a catalyst to channel an unseen and massive sensorial overload of sound in which cinematic and multilayered vocal arrangements (the temple’s “choir”), lysergic atmospheres and winding, epic instrumental constructs cyclically collapse to surround the listener and submerge them in an otherworldly ritual of consciousness-altering and space-time distorting aural immensity.
A defining point in our history so far, “Temple of Khronos” also marks the label’s second ever release on CD format, to be released along with the staple cassette, vinyl, and digital formats, all on February 19 2021 via Sentient Ruin exclusively worldwide.