Following the full album premiere of Divine Council via Metal Injection earlier this week, PSYCROPTIC’s eighth full length is available on all streaming platforms today. Alongside Divine Council’s worldwide release the Australian extreme metal band have shared a new music video for Enslavement, ahead of their record release show in Melbourne, Australia today with support from Denouncement Pyre, Golgothan Remains and label mates Werewolves – more info on that show and tour dates below.
On Divine Council and the release show, the band comments: “Well, its finally here – the release day for the most challenging record we’ve made. We pushed ourselves musically to create something fresh while still keeping the “Psycroptic” sound…and logistically it was tough while planet ground to a halt. But, we got there. So tonight we party with our mates in Denouncement Pyre, Werewolves & Golgothan Remains in Melbourne at Max Watts!”
Brothers Dave Haley (drums) and Joe Haley (guitar) have steered PSYCROPTIC through different shades of death metal, from the technical to the experimental, with longtime vocalist and lyricist Jason Peppiatt and bassist Todd Stern further embellishing the sound of the band to create something that is distinctively PSYCROPTIC.
Origin vocalist Jason Keyser has long been considered a part of PSYCROPTIC’s extended family, and on Divine Council he contributes vocals to the album tracks. As Peppiatt wrote the lyrics and vocal patterns, the group were able to utilise an extended palette of styles to further enhance his sound, courtesy of Keyser and additional vocals from Amy Wiles, hitting upon a collective approach to complement the Haleys.
With writing and recording punctuated by a pandemic and subsequent strict lockdowns, Divine Council was recorded in various locations across Australia and North America. Drums were tracked at Anubis Studios by Chris Thelemco, bass was captured by Justin Spaeth at Cave Bound Studio, and guitars, vocals and synths were recorded by the band’s own Joe Haley at his Crawlspace Studios before he mixed and mastered the albums nine tracks.The suffocating atmosphere carries through to the lyrics that detail the myriad ways that human beings waste, destroy or devalue what’s in front of them – captured in the evocative album artwork, courtesy of the prolific Eliran Kantor. With narrative threads that throw back to tracks on both their self-titled album and As The Kingdom Drowns, PSYCROPTIC have found yet more new ways to explore human’s inherent inability to see the bigger picture – or change track before a miserable demise becomes a crushing inevitability.
Divine Council is an album that oozes confidence, maturity and a relaxed self assurance befitting of a band with a rich legacy behind them and an unconstrained future ahead of them.
The Divine Ascension US and Canada co-headline tour with Fallujah
Support from Interloper and Cognitive
September 11 – Whisky-A-Go-Go – Hollywood, CA
September 12 – Nile Underground – Mesa, AZ
September 13 – Rockhouse Bar & Grill – El Paso, TX
September 14 – Marquis Theater – Denver, CO
September 15 – The Bottleneck – Lawrence, KS
September 16 – Come and Take it Live – Austin, TX
September 17 – Amplified Live – Dallas, TX
September 18 – Acadia – Houston, TX
September 20 – The Haven – Orlando, FL
September 21 – The Masquerade (Purgatory) – Atlanta, GA
September 22 – Ground Zero – Spartanburg, SC
September 23 – Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD
September 24 – The Meadows – Brooklyn, NY
September 25 – Dingbatz – Clifton, NJ
September 26 – Alchemy – Providence, RI
September 27 – Source de la Martinière – Québec City, QC
September 28 – Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, QC
September 29 – Brass Monkey – Ottawa, ON
September 30 – Empire Underground – Albany, NY
October 1 – Preserving Underground – Pittsburgh, PA
October 2 – Cleveland Masonic (Asylum) – Cleveland, OH
October 3 – Reggies – Chicago, IL
October 4 – The Cabooze – Minneapolis, MN
October 5 – Park Theater – Winnipeg, MB
October 6 – The Exchange – Regina, SK
October 7 – Dickens – Calgary, AB
October 8 – Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB
October 10 – Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC
October 11 – El Corazon – Seattle, WA
October 12 – Bossanova Ballroom – Portland, OR
October 13 – The Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA
October 14 – Full Circle Brewery District – Fresno, CA
October 15 – Stages – Santa Ana, CA