Alkaloid, the band featuring drummer Hannes Grossmann (Howling Sycamore, ex-Obscura), bassist Linus Klausenitzer (Noneuclid, Obscura), guitarists Christian Münzner (ex-Spawn of Possession, ex-Obscura) and Danny Tunker (ex-Aborted), and guitarist and vocalist Morean (Dark Fortress, Noneuclid) have returned! It's been three years since their debut album The Malkuth Grimoire, and now we're proud to announce the band will release a new album called Liquid Anatomy on May 18.
We're stoked to premiere the new song "Azagthoth" below, which is about as hard to play on any given instrument as it is to pronounce correctly the first time through. Which isn't surprising, given the technical abilities of the band's members and Alkaloid's general propensity to write incredible-yet-challenging progressive metal.
Here's what Grossman had to say about the track.
"It's been three years since our last album came out and we're thrilled to finally show the world our newest effort. "Azagthoth", just like the title immediately reveals, thematically picks up on the Lovecraft theme that was already featured on the last album, so we decided it's a good idea to premiere this track first."
"On our new album Liquid Anatomy there will be 8 songs which drastically differ from another. The stylistic and dynamic range will be much wider than on our first album. At the same time we managed to make a cohesive record on which every song stands for its own and simultaneously adds to the whole picture. Even though "Azagthoth" is quite catchy, it's a very complex track with polyrhythmic time signatures. On the drums for example, in the chorus of the song I play a simple 4/4 with my hands while my feet and the guitars mimic a 5/8 that is going on throughout the entire track. I guess it is no surprise to anyone who heard our last album that we are using complex musical patterns. However complexity or playing techniques are not the things that matter the most in our songwriting. We just want to write good, unique and timeless songs without having to stick to any stylistic musical boundaries. Well, that said, I hope you'll find this song as good as we do. Have fun listening!"
Pre-order the album here.