We are honored and proud to announce the release of Shrines for the Unwanted, Respite for the Cast Aside - the triumphant reawakening of San Francisco’s masters of behemoth ritualistic blackened drone Common Eider, King Eider (band info here). Within the boundless vastness of this new work - bone, antler, and voice produce connective threads between the worlds, as guitar and percussion punctuate shifts in mood. Voices call to the spirits, and the spirits call back in return. Recorded in 2016 during four private, collective only rituals, the pieces pull the listener through the darkest and most overgrown trails of the blackest forest, Shrines for the Unwanted, Respite for the Cast Aside is a colossal specter of monumental and horizonless ritualistic black ambience that will entrance fans of Sunn O))), Halo Manash, Wardruna, Arvo Part, and Lustmord alike. Vocal visitations have been also performed on track 3 - Litha - by by A.C. Way of Sutekh Hexen .
Shrines for the Unwanted, Respite for the Cast Aside will manifest itself incarnated as a brand new and massive sixty minute full-length album in digital and cassette tape formats. The cassette version can be now-pre-ordered as a bundle option coupled with a majestic seventy-five page book of photographs and writings, and includes in its B side a cassette version-only exclusive bonus track of a 30-minute live recording of the band performing in Vienna, Austria, during their 2016 European tour. The cassette art is rendered with a blend of black, white and golden inks, while the photos featured in the book were taken by the band members them selves during their 2016 European tour - preserved memories of various hand made shrines as objects of power and contemplation.
Heathen Harvest is now streaming Antler Tongue - the first ritual extrapolated from this towering dark ambient masterpiece, and have stated that Common Eider, King Eider are "great at evoking the mysterious, primal experience of connecting with the unknown, in the vein of Halo Manash and their label mates on Aural Hypnox". Look out for more tracks streams and a full album stream closer to release date.
COMMON EDIER, KING EDIER
Shrines for the Unwanted, Respite for the Cast Aside
Side A (60 min):
1. Cast Aside for the Wolves to Devour, They Were Instead Embraced
2. The Dark Winter (Sing Out Into the Night Sky!)
3. Antler Tongue
Side B (30 min):
5. Common Eider, King Eider Live in Vienna (Cassette Tape Only Bonus Track)