Tempe, Arizona-based Deathgaze unit Kardashev have unveiled “Glass Phantoms”, the latest single from their exciting new Liminal Rite, out June 10th via Metal Blade Records.
Liminal Rite offers eleven deeply catchy, poignant and musically awe-inspiring tracks. Opening with the magnificent drones of “The Approaching Of Atonement” before launching into the densely layered and surging “Silvered Shadows”, an air of tragedy hovers over much of the record’s proceedings, demanding an emotional response to every musical turning point. The disc follows a narrative presented by drummer Sean Lang’s spoken word parts. Elaborates guitarist Nico Mirolla on the important theme of the disc: “Liminal Rite explores how the past can both hurt and seduce, leading us on the path of self-destruction. It’s an anecdotal tale from a fictional man’s perspective late in life about how perception and reality don’t always merge. Her experience tells a larger message about how our minds often create a false vision of the past. Sean’s narration is him expressing the perception and remembrance of the man’s life. The failure of his memory, the nature of the dementia, and its impact on his experience are all summarized in the narrative sections.
Relay Mirolla from “Glass Phantoms”, “The Lost Man’s addiction to control fails him. He climbs the stairs, exits the house and finds himself where his father knelt so many years ago. years. Guilt masked by anger grabs him by the chest and he curses the earth beneath him. His brother’s death rises to the surface of his mind like a cloud of locusts sweeping over a field, tearing and tearing until may the hunger be sated. He clutches a stone and sees the ghostly effigy of his father’s hand doing the same. Images of the tragedy that took his brother flood The Lost Man, and he remembers the fury of his father as the truth was uncovered. But what was that grave mistake that manifested through his own actions? The memory is too far in the ground, buried under broken glass and isolation. But this time it will be different. This time, he won’t be dismissed. He’s at home and he’d rather die. than to suffer the loss of one’s past a second time.
With drums recorded in Lang’s home studio, Kardashev returned to Endless Gate Audio in Arizona to record guitar, bass and vocals. They then reunited at The Sound Lair in Tennessee – the first time the band had been together in the same room – to work with producer/mixer Miah Lajeunesse. The album was mastered by Ryan Williams. The band also brought in Bohren & Der Club Of Gore saxophonist Christoph Clöser – who was a ticked life goal for Mirolla – to add some extra flavor to “Beyond The Passage Of Embers”, and Christopher Blaney added piano. . pieces next to those of Rieth. The members also pushed into new territory: Garrett recorded his own vocal harmonies rather than relying on a vocoder as on previous releases, Rieth recorded some piano parts, and Lang wrote and recorded the story of spoken word that haunts the record. The album is concealed in Faith Veloro’s cover.
Liminal Rite will be available on CD, digitally and LP on the following color variants:
• Misty Rose Marble (USA exclusive)
• Marbled light gray (exclusive to the United States)
• Pale Blue Marbled Gray (EU Exclusive)
• Crimson Marbled Marbled (European exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
• Clear Ocher Brown Marbled (EU exclusive – limited to 200 pieces)
• Pastel Blue Marbled (EU exclusive – limited to 200 pieces)
• Clear Lilac Marbled (EU exclusive – limited to 200 pieces)
Find pre-order options here.
Liminal Rite tracklist:
“The Approaching Atonement”
“Appearances by Candlelight”
“The Blinding Threshold”
“The Cave of Ghosts”
“A Wanderer’s Lament”
“Beyond the Passage of Embers”
Video “Compost Grave-Song”:
Nico Mirolla – guitars
Mark Garrett – vocals
Alex Rieth – bass
Sean Lang – drums