April 7th sees the release of the new album from Common Eider, King Eider, San Francisco’s masters of behemoth ritualistic darkness. Shrines for the Unwanted, Respite for the Cast Aside consists of four privately conducted rituals and a live performance in Vienna, all recorded in 2016. A.C. Way of Sutekh Hexen makes a special appearance, contributing vocals to the track “Litha”. This band is great at evoking the mysterious, primal experience of connecting with the unknown, in the vein of Halo Manash and their label mates on Aural Hypnox. It’s a sound that will appeal to fans of Sunn O))), Wardruna, Arvo Part, and Lustmord.
Allow yourself to be hypnotized by the sound of “Antler Tongue”, available exclusively for you here today.
At the same time, Shrines for the Unwanted, Respite for the Cast Aside is a visual as well as an aural delight: it is available on cassette from Sentient Ruin Laboratories, accompanied by a book of photographs- preserved memories of various hand made shrines as objects of power and contemplation. The band members took the photos themselves during their 2016 European tour. There is also a unique version available (unique in the original sense: there’s only one), the sole test cassette in soft poly cover.
For those who aren’t driven by the desire for collector’s pieces, there is also a regular cassette and digital version. (All cassettes come with a digital download code.)
You can pre-order any and all versions now via the Sentient Ruin website and Bandcamp. And if you like what you hear, you should check the band out when they go on a 13-show tour in Europe between April 11 and 23.