Spanish death metal act Ataraxy is set to return next year with the release of the new album "When All Hope Fades." Dark Descent Records will release the album as a CD, cassette and digital download on February 16, 2018. Vinyl treatment will be coming through Me Saco Un Ojo Records.
The album comes on the heels of the 2016 "The Festival/The Tomb" single and marks the band's first full-length since "Revelations of the Ethereal" (2012).
Dark Descent Records premiered album track "Matter Lost in Time" on the label's most recent digital sampler. The nearly 11-minute exploration of doom-laden death metal can be heard in the player above.
With a certain maturity and poise, a sense of deep-set misery almost pushes the record into death-doom territory. Almost...but not quite. The sound remains tensely energetic, albeit with a sense of space, time and songwriting which is more impressive than ever.
Gruesomely textured wraith-like melodies intertwine monstrously hammering double-bass rhythms, the delicate interplay of guitar harmonies threading a perfect line between devious subtlety and straight-ahead bludgeon.
Perhaps above all else, the gasping tortured vocals imbue a horrific terror upon the listener. It is the sum of all parts which so masterfully elevate Ataraxy above its peers. Few others have scaled such heights; in this timeless classic we witness a band enter the pantheon of death metal royalty.
The track listing and album artwork for "When All Hope Fades" can be found here:
1. The Absurdity of a Whole Cosmos
2. A Matter Lost in Time10:49
3. One Last Certainty
4. As Uembras d'o Hibierno
5. The Mourning Path
6. The Blackness of Eternal Night