Like a schizophrenic friend arriving back on the scene--complete with all the chaos one would expect. Expectations met on the preview track and do see them live if they plan touring. Saw them in RI and won't long forget the blue shimmer.
We’re truly honored to welcome the comeback of US Black Ambient veterans Sutekh Hexen. Both defiant and meditative, their latest self-titled full-length and first proper studio album furthers the project’s inquiry into opposition, endurance, and paradox. Both hypnotic and cruel, these ten highly charged tracks transgress yet again any previously imposed boundaries while upholding their raw ethos at its root, and at times defying the listener's expectations altogether. Though tempestuous as ever, with this work, Sutekh Hexen reaches across thresholds and thrusts longtime listeners into redefined spaces: haunted disorientation, surreal agony, the distress of buried forces surfacing, a revelation of black tongues. Each track is a rite of clandestine horror through a distillation of power-ambient, industrial, and black metal deconstructionism. This is a new era of Sutekh Hexen, and it is a sharpening of their blade, a merciless lucidity.
released March 29, 2019
Initial tracks recorded winter 2012 @Littlefield Concert Hall and autumn 2013 @42nd in Oakland, CA by KGY / Ritter pieces recorded autumn 2014 @EverSo Audio in Madison, WI / Kaiser and Haynes tracks recorded September 2014 @Earhammer in Oakland, CA by Greg Wilkinson / Primary tracks recorded spring/- summer 2018 @Ancient Owl Audio in Berkeley, CA by Ryan Jobes / Overdubs and additional mixing by KGY summer 2018 @New Golgotha in Oakland, CA / Johnston pieces recorded summer 2018 @The Institution in Seattle, WA / Guest vocals on Eye of the Quill via VENIEN recorded summer 2018 (courtesy of Von Records)
Produced by Sutekh Hexen with very special guests: Demian Johnston, Nathaniel Ritter, Jim Haynes, Jim Kaiser (RIP), Mackenzie Chami, VENIEN, Ryan Jobes, James Martinez, and Patricia Cram
Mixed by Sutekh Hexen with Ryan Jobes at A.O.
Mastered by James Plotkin at Plotkinworks
Monotype by Grady Gordon
Cover ‘Piercing Lucifer’ by GG/and KGY
Visionary text by Patricia Cram
Art Direction by Kevin Gan Yuen
A corrosive mix of death, doom, psychedelia, and black metal, the Portland quartet’s debut full-length is a bona fide underground monolith that shapeshifts with each listen, all while maintaining its essential heaviness. Bandcamp Album of the Day Feb 1, 2019