Photo by: Travis Heacock
Official press release:
Denver doom duo In The Company Of Serpents will release their long-awaited new studio offering this March. Titled Ain-Soph Aur, the entrancing six-track recording was captured last year at Flatline Audio in their home city by Dave Otero (Cattle Decapitation, Khemmis, Cephalic Carnage).
Ain-Soph Aur takes its name from the three veils of negative existence which precede the manifestation of the material universe in the philosophy of Hermetic Qabalah, a Western esoteric tradition involving mysticism and the occult. Vocalist Grant Netzorg elaborates:
“The phrase translates to ‘Limitless Light’, and is emblematic of the Qabalistic concepts which are central to the record. Thematically, this record explores personal discovery and evolution through the lens of Qabalistic and Hermetic thought. It is about shedding the dross and superfluous baggage heaped upon us by society and blind adherence to convention in favor of pursuing the true self at the core of every being.”
“Musically we’re exploring territory that we’ve alluded to in the past on songs like ‘Rendered Unto Ash’, but haven’t had a chance to really explore until this record. We’ve previously written many songs that are unrelentingly heavy the whole way through, while on this record we’re exploring the softer, spookier elements of our writing to a much greater degree. The heaviness is still there, rest assured. The closing track, ‘Limitless Light’, is probably the heaviest thing we’ve written. But that heaviness is contrasted by the more prominent use of dark, sparse passages, and that in turn adds much more impact and heft to those heavy elements.”
Ain-Soph Aur will see independent release on March 10th, 2017 on digital and vinyl formats. The standard edition features a white-on-white outer sleeve with a die-cut stencil of the In The Company Of Serpents cross icon cut away to reveal key parts of the stark Mike Lawrence-designed cover art. The deluxe version of Ain-Soph Aur comes with two patches and two enamel pins of the A-side/B-side labels and a hand-printed block print.
View the album teaser here:
Pre-orders will be available at the band’s official Bandcamp page
Ain-Soph Aur track listing:
1. “Middle Pillar”
5. “Limitless Nothingness”
6. “Limitless Light”
In The Company Of Serpents will play a special record release show on March 31st at the Blurbird Theater with additional rituals to be announced in the coming weeks.
3/31 – Denver, CO | Blue Bird Theater w/ Dreadnought, Echo Beds, 908