Self​-​Annihilating Consciousness

by Eigenlicht

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Ippocalyptica 2018 has brought me many pleasant surprises, perhaps most of all a high number of incredible full-length debut albums. Until the recent release of several incredible debut albums under the sadly soon to be defunct Fallen Empire records, I was certain that Self-Annihilating Consciousness was going to be my sleeper debut metal album of the year, but this does not change the fact that Eigenlicht has released an absolute gem here. It is rare that a band can write four songs that are each in excess of 10 minutes and make it so that each track is consistently compelling and highly varied, yet that is what has happened here. While this could easily be described as atmospheric black metal, this is so much more than that, with each song representing a sonic journey through a different landscape that will take you through sorrowful valleys and triumphant peaks. These are all skilled musicians, but what impressed me the most was the interplay between the two guitarists, who create hypnotic melodies with ease and engage in a delicate dance throughout the entire album. The keyboards are used very tastefully and are never overbearing, and I applaud the drummer for exercising restraint, for when he does unleash torrents of blasting, they are all the more effective. This is a fantastic album, but Hagia Sophia must stand as one of the best metal songs of 2018. It is a slow burner, but once it exploded (you will know to when it happens), it is utter aural bliss. Buy or die! Favorite track: Hagia Sophia.
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whatisthis8175 Atmospheric with some heavy, beautiful synths. Favorite track: Berzerker.
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SDavie Melancholic and triumphant, Eigenlicht traverses the blackened landscapes of this album with sheer expertise and ingenuity. Gilead never ceases to disappoint Favorite track: Berzerker.
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Gilead Media is proud to work alongside I, Voidhanger to present the long-awaited debut full-length from black metal project EIGENLICHT entitled SELF-ANNIHILATING CONSCIOUSNESS.

Since its inception in 2014, Eigenlicht has existed as an entity with reverence for the world both seen and unseen. Each member of the project has chosen a path dedicated to the study of either the natural world or the fundamental nature of knowledge and existence. Their music is built upon experiences of the past and a striving for knowledge to come. The band explains its origins thus:

“Eigenlicht arose from a failed pilgrimage, everything discarded and given to dissolution, no treasure to bring back and no nobility nor honor to salvage. But upon its opening that void immediately invited torrential winds, which assembled a collection of persons intimately bound by shared ideals and goals, at the opportune moment, in the nexus of our spiritual home in the valley of the Oracle. Thus a new direction was set and the process spontaneously fell into place. Each movement forward a self-overcoming, each a step toward inner nobility. Love and sentiment discarded into the crucible of roiling chaos. Seeking triumph even in failure, moving from impermanence to the eternal. Honoring loss as sacrifice, failure as wisdom; seeking a savage grace steeped in myth and a determination to ascend the slopes of sanguine gods.”

With its debut EP in 2015, Sacral Regicide, Eigenlicht began to draw the attention of many who hold an interest in underground U.S. black metal. This early impact was in some part due to the members’ previous work in Skagos, Fauna, Ekstasis, and other well-known projects throughout the Pacific Northwest. On SELF-ANNIHILATING CONSCIOUSNESS we see the work on Sacral Regicide standing as a foundation—but all aspects evolving with an impassioned urgency. Synth-laden dooming tones set the stage for an intense journey through a domain of ethereal black metal highlighted with majestic instrumentation to accompany the shrieking wails and chaos. A journey best described in the band’s own words:

“Self-Annihilating Consciousness is an exploration into the realm of gnosis that both illuminates and destroys, that draws out the truth of Being even as it ruptures our conceptions of Self and Other. Molded around a black metal core, it spills open at times into angular meditations, cosmic thralldom, and orgies of ecstatic metallic fervor. The album coheres around mind-altering revelations that bring a mirror to the invoker only to then shatter the reflection. Logos wrestles with Abyss in an eternal struggle over who will properly wield the blazing sword of intangible truth.”

The album will stand as a testament of discovery and enlightenment.

credits

released February 16, 2018

Self-Annihilating Consciousness was recorded at Dub Narcotic Studios by Ethan Camp in May 2016, mixed and mastered to tape by Pete deBoer at World Famous Studios in Denver in February 2017. All photography within the album’s packaging by Amjad Faur, who also executed the album’s layout with J. DeLacy.

Eigenlicht is:
Yianna Bekris (guitar)
Ray Hawes (guitar/vocals)
Mara Winter (keyboards/vocals/flute)
J. DeLacy (drums)

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