Next week, Denver doom duo IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS will officially unveil their long-anticipated new studio offering, Ain-Soph Aur. Captured last year at Flatline Audio in their home city by Dave Otero (Cattle Decapitation, Khemmis, Cephalic Carnage), the six-track Ain-Soph Aur takes its name from the three veils of negative existence which precede the manifestation of the material universe in the philosophy of Hermetic Qabalah, a Western esoteric tradition involving mysticism and the occult. The phrase translates to 'Limitless Light,' and is emblematic of the Qabalistic concepts which are central to the record.
As a precursor to its release, today Cvlt Nation is offering up the band's latest single, "Crucible," for public intoxication. "Soul music comes in many different forms," issues the revered blog. "Sometimes it makes you dance and sometimes it makes you cry, or just sends your thoughts to a whole other universe. Case in point: the new album by IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS... Their tunes stick to the inner parts of your soul and never let go. IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS' new song 'Crucible,' is blues with a whole lot of heavy wrapped around it."
Witness the bluesy doom plod of "Crucible" playing at Cvlt Nation at THIS LOCATION.
Additionally, you can still check out "Limitless Light," courtesy of Decibel Magazine, at THIS LOCATION.
Ain-Soph Aur will see independent release on March 10th, 2017 on digital and vinyl formats. The standard edition features a white-on-white outer sleeve with a die-cut stencil of the IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS cross icon cut away to reveal key parts of the stark Mike Lawrence-designed cover art. The deluxe version of Ain-Soph Aur comes with two patches and two enamel pins of the A-side/B-side labels and a hand-printed block print.
Preorders are available at the band's official Bandcamp page at THIS LOCATION.
IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS will play a special record release show on March 31st at the Bluebird Theater with additional rituals to be announced in the coming weeks.
IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS:
3/31/2017 Bluebird Theater - Denver, CO w/ Dreadnought, Echo Beds, 908 [tickets]
IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS traffics in sonic catharsis. Their music inhabits the strange fringes between sludge metal and sprawling Spaghetti Western scores, constantly striving for visceral power and raw intensity, contrasted with eerie, spare instrumental passages. Founded in 2011, the Denver-based duo consists of Grant Netzorg on vocals and guitars and Joseph Weller Meyer on drums. Ain-Soph Aur serves as the follow-up to the band's critically-lauded Merging In Light EP, issued in the closing weeks of 2014.
"...one of the heaviest albums of the year..." - Echoing Magazine
"...a twelve-minute journey through bleak and tortured territory... reminiscent of Kowloon Walled City and early Neurosis. The band's name sounds like a short story from H.P. Lovecraft, which is fitting given their big, mythological sound. IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS is tightly formed... everything is carefully structured and in delivered. Plus, they have some of seriously killer guitar tones. Just listen to that 1:17 mark when everything kicks in. It's huge." - Nerdist on the track "Limitless Light"
"As doom metal goes Ain-Soph Aur is downright meditative at times, but the real magic is that in certain spots it manages to be that when they're playing their quietest pieces as well as when they're at their most demonic." - Marquee Magazine
"'Crucible' starts off with a jangly, twangy shuffle that makes me think of Across Tundras or USX. Vocals come in gruff and hoarse... The heavy riffs don't kick in until around the four-minute mark, and they blend in seamlessly with the rolling thunder backbeat. There's even a bit of a twangier Matt Pike riff for a couple measures, before some tremolo picking kicks in." - Hellbound on the track "Crucible"