Ipsissimus Name Forthcoming Album The Way Of Descent


The New Haven, Connecticut-based black metal band featuring my good buddy The Goat on guitars — Ipsissimus — are currently putting the finishing touches on their Metal Blade debut, which they have named The Way of Descent.

The disc will drop this spring, according to a press release.

“The title aims to encapsulate the lyrical matter of the new songs, which deal with various katagogic themes in Gnostic, Luciferian, and Merkavah traditions as applied to Left Hand ethics and praxis,” says drummer Haimatokharmes of The Way of Descent. “We finished the recording in October and the beginning of November at Sonic Environments Studios with our ‘sonic alchemist,’ [producer and mixer] Jeff Weed. It’s an interesting sound — at turns, raw and filthy, yet also warm and spacious, which I suppose is fitting for hymns to the abyss. Expect some traditional black, melodic riffage à la the Fatima material as well as the occasional avant-garde element — I believe this will be the first black metal album to employ a waterphone.”

The band will be performing tonight in Milford, Connecticut, with Toxic Holocaust and have a bunch of shows coming up. There’s Boston’s “No Life Fest” at the Midway Cafe in Jamaica Plain on March 5, and the band is playing the Union Pool in Brooklyn with The Secret and The Funeral Pyre on March 27.

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