In advance of its impending release, today No Clean Singing is streaming The Mirror Void’s title track noting, “In every form of art, people have been driven to give some shape to our deepest fears and most paralyzing disillusionments, to express implacable dread or the conviction that humanity itself is a disease that will ultimately eat itself, while also devouring everything around it. And the results of such efforts can be very uncomfortable to witness and experience. Given the nature of the drives that inspire such efforts, how could they not be?Which brings me to the title track of NEKRASOV’s new album, The Mirror Void…I don’t want to presume too much about what inspired this track, or about the inner workings of the mind that produced it. Maybe the horror I feel it summoning says more about my own state of mind than his. But it is unquestionably uncomfortable, nightmarish, shudderingly evocative, and intensely gripping.
Stream “The Mirror Void” at No Clean Singing at HERE:
And if you missed it, check out “Fragmentation And The Rapid Quicksand Of Concept” courtesy of Invisible Oranges at THIS LOCATION (and below):
The Mirror Void will see release November 10th on CD, LP, and digital formats via Prosthetic Records. For preorders, point your browser HERE where you can also sample first single, “Whatever Pleases You, Keeps You Back.”
1. Whatever Pleases You, Keeps You Back
2. Fragmentation and the Rapid Quicksand of Concept
3. And That You Think Yourself to Be! Such Deceit!
4. The Ignorance of the 5 Elements
5. The Mirror Void
6. Boils and Fevers Clear the Body of Impurities
7. To Be Bound is Effortless, Feel the Ease Dear One and Wrap Your Arms Around Your Broken Realm with Heart Eternal
For over twenty years, NEKRASOV has managed to produce a furious and manic sound while experimenting with a broad spectrum of avant-garde techniques beginning with his first release, Into The No-Man’s Sphere Of The Ancient Days, in 2007. With ambient and industrial elements colliding against his black metal roots along with abstract vocals that approach the noise of the guitar, NEKRASOV has carved out and created his own niche and cult following.
The Mirror Void is black metal reimagined. Not the tamed and domesticated sound possessed by so many bands today, not just another cool extreme metal subgenre, but instead, an alternative history where black metal dives deeper into its most challenging tendencies and embraces what philosopher Nick Land would term the Radical Outside. Here, misanthropy is not enough, seeing as how hating mankind would still be assigning it some sort of significance. This isn’t inhumanity, this is Unhumanity, the universe existing without us. Not unlike the negative metal NEKRASOV’s other project, Rebel Wizard, this is just more disturbing and alarming. NEKRASOV is reminiscent of some unhallowed Lovecraftian vault, where the dreamer meets his dream: the abyss of mind and space alike, where he compositionally depicts the hinges in the deep recesses of the mind, that only a visionary can uncover. Once revealed, it’s up to the listener on whether he or she can handle the outcome.