Never change a winning team. This team’s story started back in 2013, when NIBIRU released their pathbreaking debut on the ever-growing powerhouse label Argonauta Records. Together they have released four highly acclaimed full-length albums and one EP, until the band inked a deal with Ritual Productions. Today, the Italian collective announced their return to Argonauta Records, who will release NIBIRU’s forthcoming, sixth studio album in the Fall of 2020!
NIBIRU was born in 2012, following a relentless process of spiritual and emotional knowledge that involves every member of the band and is reflected in an impetuous creative approach. Since their first album Caosgon, the music of NIBIRU draw the attention as a unique identity, instinctive and difficult to label. The genre proposed by NIBIRU could be described as Ritual Psychedelic Sludge and finds no term of stylistic comparison with other active bands, although the influences of Black Sabbath, Neurosis and MZ.412 have always been pretty clear since their inception until today. But in terms of atmosphere, NIBIRU relate themselves to the post-punk/darkwave scenes of the early ’80s (Fields Of The Nephilim, Virgin Prunes, early Christian Death, Joy Division) and to the pioneers of Depressive Black Metal, then bands like Xasthur or Shining. NIBIRU is a deep experience, an evil and visceral representation that sets new rules for genres such as Black Metal, Sludge and Drone as we know them. On their journey to date, NIBIRU played prestigious stages such as Roadburn Festival as well as shows with acts alike Enisum, Oranssi Pazuzu, Uada, Suma, Nightstalker or Phantom Winter to name just a few.
Says the band: “We are very proud and happy to be part of the Argonauta family again. We think this is the right choice to better promote and enhance the band and our music.”
NIBIRU develop their musical aesthetics through the recitation of the Enochian keys, whose evocation aims at precise ritual effects, and the insertion of very intimate and disturbing verses in Italian. The band’s sources of extramusical influences are inspired by occultists and esotericists such as Aleister Crowley, Kenneth Grant, Austin Osman Spare and Julius Evola, but also psychiatric essays, a deep inner illness and a peculiar cult for the actor Klaus Kinski.
While staying true to their creative method of recording live albums, NIBIRU invite the listener to be part of their ritual. NIBIRU is a mental and apocalyptic journey of visionary magic, elemental prophecies and esoteric superomism. Tribal percussions, evocative mantras and hypnotic drones merge into a completely new interpretation of Black and Doom Metal, while psychedelic tapestries draw a fascinating and idiosyncratic art. The shrill and inhuman voice of Ardat drags us into a kingdom of mystical abandonment and possession. NIBIRU is a ritual, a heavily deep, disturbing and wild but yet atmospheric ride on every level – of your soul, spirit and body.
After their latest album, Salbrox, mastered by Audiosiege ( Sunn O))), Mantar, Converge & many more ) and released with Ritual Productions last year, the Fall of 2020 will see NIBIRU return with their sixth record on Argonauta Records. Watch out for many more details and sounds to follow in the weeks ahead!