Dutch extreme metal outfit AUTARKH are now revealing the album details of their upcoming debut album ‘Form in Motion’. The new offering will be released on March 12, 2021 and pre-orders will start soon.
In celebration, the band is now releasing a first glimpse of what’s to come HERE. Further album details like track titles, recording info and artwork can be found below.
Founder Michel Nienhuis comments: “We are very proud to show everybody a bit of what we have been working so hard on this year. ‘Form In Motion’ is quite a rollercoaster of an album that all of us put a lot of time and effort into making, and we are quite excited about the final result. The amazing artwork by Manuel Tinnemans / Comaworx had us in shock and awe when we first saw the full scope of this enormously detailed drawing – it is a very fitting translation of our music and the process of growth that the album revolves around. The collaboration with everyone involved in making this album has been great so far and we are eager to present you some full tracks in the upcoming months.”
1. Primitive Constructs (1:23)
2. Turbulence (6:43)
3. Cyclic Terror (5:17)
4. Impasse (1:50)
5. Introspectrum (5:20)
6. Lost To Sight (7:39)
7. Metacognition (2:47)
8. Clouded Aura (7:25)
9. Alignment (6:39)
10. Zeit ist nur eine Illusion (2:27)
From the fertle grounds of Tilburg (NL) rises new contemporary metal outit AUTARKH, a group of musical extremists dedicated to pushing the boundaries of the auditory senses. Autarkh is the brainchild of Michel Nienhuis, founding member and composer/guitarist of DODECAHEDRON. Dodecahedron released 2 albums on the French record label Season Of Mist in 2012 and 2017 and has played at Inferno festval (NO), Reykjavík Metalfest (IS) Brutal Assault (CZ), Roadburn Festival (NL) and Eurosonic (NL) amongst others.
Death and illness was closing in on Dodecahedron, triggering a conceptual transformaton that was necessary to effectuate Nienhuis’ artstic development. In the fall of 2019 Nienhuis teamed up with producer Joris Bonis (Dodecahedron, Ulsect), guitarist David Luiten and electronic composer / producer Tijnn Verbruggen, a set of musicians with backgrounds ranging from metal to techno. Autarkh’s first full length album ‘Form In Motion’ will be released the 12th of March 2021 through Season of Mist records.
AUTARKH takes a unique position in the world of extreme metal. Synthetic, IDM-style beats and glitch effects – reminiscent of those produced by artists such as Aphex Twin and Autechre – are perfectly balanced with overwhelming riffs and vocals that range from dark growls and exasperating screams to semi-clean harmonies. Together with fluttering blast beats, dense bass lines and eerie soundscapes these elements produce an intense and crystal clear tunnel of sound where the energy of contrasting emotions is constantly felt.
‘Form In Motion’ feels like an evolution in both sound and lyrical content from the two albums Nienhuis released with Dodecahedron. Musically, because of the radical approach the band takes with their rhythm section; lyrically because the album is more about a personal experience of human nature and the nature of the universe. The album takes us from unraveling storms and destructive chaos to transformation, liberation and fundamental shifts in understanding in order to align with the divine. That progression is also present in a linear sense – the intrusive uneasiness the album starts with gives way to a sense of epic victory towards the end.
Give yourself the opportunity to dive into this radical exploration of sonic and spiritual ideas and allow yourself to get inspired by what AUTARKH has to offer.
Michel Nienhuis: vocals, guitars, bass, programming
David Luiten: vocals, guitars
Tijnn Verbruggen: synthesis, beat design
Joris Bonis: synthesis, sound design
Music, lyrics and production: Michel Nienhuis
– Turbulence, Cyclic Terror, Introspectrum, Lost To Sight, Clouded Aura and Alignment mixed by David Luiten
– Impasse mixed by Tijnn Verbruggen
– Primitive Constructs, Metacognition and Zeit ist nur eine Illusion mixed by Michel Nienhuis
Master: Joris Bonis
Artwork: Manuel Tinnemans / Comaworx
Design & Layout: Arno Frericks & Reinier Bonis