Ektro Records has set September 5th as the release date for ARKHAMIN KIRJASTO‘s debut album, Torches Ablaze. Following a well-received self-titled EP in 2010, Arkhamin Kirjasto’s Torches Ablaze features Finnish eccentric Jussi Lehtisalo, owner/operator of Ektro Records and who vast musical activities include CIRCLE, PHARAOH OVERLORD, EKTROVERDE, SPLIT CRANIUM, SLUSSENANALYS, and RAKHIM.
Torches Ablaze tracklisting:
‘The Cult Of No Return’
‘Knights Of Torment’
‘Sea Of Madness’
‘Bitch From Hell’
‘Speed, Yog Sogoth’
‘Golem Made Of Flesh’
‘When The Light Is Dead And Gone’
Check out the video for ‘The Cult Of No Return’ below:
Streaming audio clips can be heard below:
Arkhamin Kirjasto was born in 2010, when Jussi Lehtisalo and Samae Koskinen started making music together. Their aim was to combine different aspects of metal, the music they both loved. Would the guttural power of AUTOPSY and NIHILIST work well with the sheer melodiousness of early IRON MAIDEN and ANGEL WITCH? Arkhamin Kirjasto’s debut album, Torches Ablaze, is the answer to that question.
This versatile record opens with ‘The Cult of No Return’, a startling riff that pays homage to JUDAS PRIEST. ‘Sea of Madness’ takes an ethereal trip to the realms of psychedelia while ‘The Bitch From Hell’ pairs pure glam with death metal vocals. The undead hissing of ‘Thousand Snakes’ and the majestic guitar noise of ‘Speed, Yog Sothoth’ then proceed to turn the metal blueprint inside out.
Lyrically speaking, Arkhamim Kirjasto deals mainly with the green-tinted cosmic horror of Lovecraftian mythology.
Koskinen is a well-known Finnish solo artist who plays guitar in the live lineup of XYSMA. When he’s not managing his label, Ektro Records, Lehtisalo plays in Circle and Pharaoh Overlord, among others. The pair previously worked together in Aaron Turner’s SPLIT CRANIUM project.