Danish progressive doomers and multi heavy-metalists ALKYMIST enter the void between heaven and hell with the release of their new album ‘Sanctuary’ out May 1st 2020 on Indisciplinarian. Just one and a half year after their much acclaimed, self titled debut album, ALKYMIST sets out once more on a trip that takes you far beyond this world and into their strange and crushingly heavy realm of brutal, yet beautiful and grandiose soundscapes.
The first single from the forthcoming album is ‘Draugr’ came out digitally Friday March 13th, listen to the track HERE!
On ‘Sanctuary’, ALKYMIST offers the listener an immersive, spiritual and transcendent journey. The record revolves around metaphysical questioning, soul searching, mental and cerebral escape and ultimately the quest to achieve redemption of spirit and flesh – and thus also on ‘Draugr’. A ‘Draugr’ is a figure in norse mythology, a restless dead, who haunts the living in search for redemption. ALKYMIST states on the song’s thematics:
“On ‘Draugr’, ALKYMIST takes the listener into a setting where time stands still and conscience is lost. The soul cries out to get it back, but remorse has taken its place. Draugr is an old norse wraith who guards its treasure, or torment those who wronged them in life. Its lonely spirit will never rest and has a great yearning for deliverance.”
‘Sanctuary’ is released May 1st 2020 on vinyl, tape and digital formats. The vinyl edition comes in 400 black and 100 crystal clear copies and the tape edition is limited to 100 copies. Both physical versions of the album are now available for pre-ordering HERE and from tomorrow, the single ‘Draugr’ are available digitally HERE.
2. The Dead
5. Gust Of War
6. Desolated Sky
7. Astral Haze