We're very pleased to announce the release of In Asche - the debut release by German black metal specter ABKEHR on vinyl! Earlier this year when we released In Asche on tape ABKEHR made heads turn with their darkened and hopeless alloy of miserably majestic raw/atmopsheric black metal, receiving praise from publications like CVLT Nation, Invisible Oranges, Terrorizer and No Clean Singing, and with cassettes going sold out in record time and becoming quickly unavailable. Today, this vinyl release done in collaboration with our comrades Sick Man Getting Sick Records in the EU serves as the final and ultimate release version of one of 2017's most imaginative black metal albums.
Slithering out from the most remote crevices of the German extreme metal underworld, ABKEHR's genesis appears to have been sparked by unprecedented emotional and mental collapse and by an unfathomable pull toward absolute, devouring darkness. The band formed in 2015 in Northern Germany by sole masterminds Raash and H. with the intent of unifying under the black looming star of self-disintegration the raw misanthropic grimness of the most praised Norwegian black metal tradition with the atmosphere and desperation of depressive black metal, and the swarming majesty of US atmospheric black metal. Shaped by a diverse and sapient pletora of influences ranging from Darkthrone, Gorgoroth, and Craft, to Cornigr, Mgła, and Ash Borer, Abkehr have funneled the primordial abjection and hatred of traditional black metal through a cascading surge of the most blighted and tormented human emotions, creating something grandiose and ungraspable who’s beauty is matched solely by its own omnipotent wretchedness.
With the "mini album" In Asche Abkehr explore the many manifestations of darkness, hopelessness, evil, and annihilation - condensing them into heathen sonic form to distill their very own expression of actual hell. Hideously and relentlessly crawling across four vast movements of pure incarnated darkness, In Asche is a towering and commanding work in the current underground black metal panorama, which has managed to harness the primordial savagery of bands like Craft and Judas Iscariot, the vast and enveloping hopelessness of bands like Weakling and Ash Borer, and the visionary wretchedness of brilliant black metal anomalies like Twilight and Leviathan, to create their own personal passageway into a tormented and shadow-torn world.