Astriaal – Renascent Misanthropy [Resurgence Edition MMVII]
|1. The Funeral Procession
2. Ritual Hate Construct
3. Revere the Labyrinth
4. Glories of the Nightsky
5. Ode to Antiquity
7. Acquisition of the Stars
8. Reaper of Dark Ages
9. The Halls of Perdition
Staring down the barrel and locked in our scope, Obsidian Records first raid into the voluminous vault of Australian past releases, has landed us with a treasured blackened jewel of Australian sonic extremity. The acquisition and perquisite to re-release Astriaal’s ‘Renascent Misanthropy’, now ours.
Obsidian Records intentions of promoting, releasing and supporting only the finest Australian Extreme Metal has received further reinforcement, with the announcement of re-releasing Australia’s longest and most revered blackmetal horde, Astriaal, and their critically acclaimed full length from 2003.
Astriaal was given life in the winter of 1998. The legion of Astriaal coalesce elements of varying extreme metal genres to create an arcane cacophony of unique antiquity. In this initial incarnation, Astriaal recorded the now infamous Glories of the Nightsky demo in October 1998, and supported Nazxul on their diabolical Black Seed tour in November of the same year.
Over the last 10 years the accumulation of accolades achieved by this Northern horde has been copious and unmatched within Australian borders. Their support (if not outplaying many on the given night) slots, both locally and interstate, such is their reputation amongst promoters, includes internationals: Mayhem, Arcturus, Suffocation, Destruction, Deeds of Flesh, Incantation, Opeth, Nile and Pungent Stentch. A considerable amount of coastal tours spanning nine years have been executed. Their invariable headlining of Australia’s biggest metal festivals, Metal for the Brain, Bloodlust, OverCranked, Black Apokalypse, Morbid Tales and Metal Surge proving their adoration amongst fans across the barren land. During the unfailing touring schedule the band placed on them selves, the writing output never once wilted. In 5 years the band managed to release all up a Demo tape, a 7’, LP, 3 mCDs/EP’s, various compilation appearances, and then finally 2003 struck with the unleashing of their first full-length, Renascent Misanthropy. Worship amongst metalheads around the nation reaching its crescendo, with the opus being voted by the listeners of National broadcaster Triple J, as best Australian Metal album 2003.
800 copies of RM where initially pressed via BlackTalon media and quickly sought after. A further 1,000 digipak pressings where unleashed thru AfterMath Music (Norway) for European and U.S distribution. Both now sold out.
November 2007 draws Obsidian Records first foray into re-release territory. New revised booklet artwork has been penned and a CDROM affixed with the Arborescence Pro Live clip from Bloodlust 2004 and bonus live image gallery spanning almost a decade.
Word received from Astriaal is this re-release will act as the perfect prelude to their follow up album which is nearly completed. An initial goal of recording within the confines of the first quarter, 2008, has been internally set, with a mid year release date expected. A darker, heavier and more foreboding opus is expected upon its unveiling, with select sonic strains being emitted live.
Your last chance to purchase Renascent Misanthropy now beckons. Duly noted as a landmark in Australian Extreme Black Metal. The demand will be high, with a legion of eager new fans wanting a slice of what has only been obtainable for their aural pleasure, in a live setting.