The four song, 80-minute album will be released by Relapse Records on September 17th, 2013 on 2CD, digital, and gorgeous 2XLP formats. The band has unveiled a beautifully rendered album preview video, available at this location.
In addition, a cassette version is currently available for preorder from the band’s own website. This will be meticulously designed by Wolvserpent with silk screened covers by Monoroid, and the first run is limited to 250 hand numbered copies. Order yours here.
Preorders of the 2xLP and 2CD version of Perigaea Antahkarana are also available at this location: http://bit.ly/wolvserpent
The album was recorded this past autumn with producer/engineer Mell Dettmer (SUNN 0))), BORIS, ASVA, EARTH, EYVIND KANG) in Seattle and in Idaho at in their home studio, and features another apocalyptic performance from Blake Green (guitar, vocals, keys) and Brittany McConnell (drums, percussion, violin, viola). The mesmerizing cover artwork comes courtesy of WOLVSERPENT.
Pitchfork (who are currently streaming another new tune here) warn listeners, “even when Wolvserpent sounds plainly pretty, a hint of danger lurks steadfast in the background, foreshadowing the tumult that inevitably arrives,” as Metal Injection remarks, “Perigaea Antahkarana is an album that is monumentally huge. Monolithic riffs meeting sprawling post-rock black metal, with elements of drone create such an album that is large in length and in scope.” Cvlt Nation also intone, “Perigaea Antahkaranaflows from deeply felt and atmospheric sounds of nature â€“ crows cawing and a fire crackling â€“ laid over a melancholic and rich string sound (Brittany McConnell) that weaves itself around the increasingly claustrophobic noises and a subtle howling wind. â€œ
After a two year writing period, WOLVSERPENT first recorded the ‘Perigaea’ 2012 demo (pronounced “pear-a-guy-a”) between December 2011 and January 2012, and chose to keep it under wraps until the timing was right and their doomed hymns realized their full potential. After nine months and several rewrites had come to pass, the demo was unleashed. They’re now offering it as a free stream on Bandcamp and as a download or tape cassette via their official site here, but be forewarned: the upcoming full-length version ‘Perigaea Antahkarana’ will be an entirely different two horned beast, a completely new manifestation of the ideas heard on the demo.
WOLVSERPENT’s sprawling compositions gracefully wend their way through the valleys of death, drone, black metal, doom, and chamber music and arrive triumphantly on foreign shores. Borne of the duo’s 20+ years of classical training and deep appreciation for the works of composers like Arvo Part, Gyorgy Ligeti, and Krzysztof Penderecki, WOLVSERPENT’s vision combines stringed amplified instruments with a 21st century approach to composition to create works that are dark, emotional, menacing, cinematic, atmospheric, and heartbreakingly beautiful.
WOLVSERPENT are also preparing to embark upon a string of live dates that will take them from their mountainous hometown down the West Coast to Los Angeles. Along the way, they’ll share stages with Taurus, Ides of Gemini, Helen Money, A Story of Rats, and more!
WOLVSERPENT West Coast Tour Dates
Fri Oct 11 Boise ID@ Nuerolux Record Release Show
Wed Oct 23 Tacoma WA @ 5th Dimension w/TBA
Thur Oct 24 Portland OR @ Ash St w/Taurus and Druden
Fri Oct 25 Seattle Infinity Productions presents @ Highline w/Addaura and A Story of Rats
Sat Oct 26 Vancouver BC Cvlt Nation Presents@ Astoria w/Addaura
Fri Nov 1 Los Angeles CA Ear Splitters Presents@The Complex W/Ides of Gemini and Helen Money