Chicago-based avant blackened sludge metal architects Scientist will release the third full-length album "Barbelith" on April 13th. The title track can be heard streaming in the player above, along with pre-order link via the band's Bandcamp page.
Heavily influenced by the concepts revolving around Grant Morrison's comic book series 'The Invisibles' the seven-track offering centers itself on "the search for life's meaning through the use of psychedelics and the occult means, only to discover that you haven't even been born yet." (In The Invisibles, Barbelith is the name of the "placenta" for humanity; a satellite-like object located on the dark side of the moon. It recurs throughout the story as a supernatural moon seeming both intelligent and benign. Barbelith's role is like that of a placenta in that it connects the hologram of our subjective reality to the realm outside of our space-time, the domain of the magic mirror, and helps humans to realize their true nature beyond the subjective concept of "self").
The complex yet compelling sounds comprising Barbelith were captured by Pete Grossman (Weekend Nachos, Jard Loose), mixed by Sanford Parker (Buried At Sea, Corrections House, Minsk, Twilight), and mastered by Alan Douches (Cannabis Corpse, Converge, Torche, Tombs). A true step forward in Scientist's eclectic brand of sonic alchemy, Barbelith follows the critically-lauded "10100II00101."
The band commented on the third studio output: "'Barbelith' will be our first record featuring a single, full-time vocalist, having historically opted for a mix of instrumental tracks and a revolving cast of guest vocalists. Barry Kotarba (Boatman's Toll) was brought on board just a couple months before we began recording, and a series of synchronicities were gradually made evident to him the themes and ideas that would become Barbelith, one story of a single soul's perspective within humanity's search for truth and self."
The track listing and artwork can be found here:
1. Chokhmah Binah
2. Magick Mirror
4. Fiction Suit
6. Shed this Meat
7. (Home) At Last
Scientist will bring the audio bedlam to stages in the coming days/weeks including a performance opening for Igorrr this evening with future shows in the plotting stages. Confirmed dates so far are:
w/ Igorrr, Spotlights, Zauis:
2/06/2018 Reggie's - Chicago, IL
w/ Cokegoat, Corridoré:
4/26/2018 Burlington - Chicago, IL
4/27/2018 Quarters - Milwaukee, WI
4/28/2018 The Wisco - Madison, WI