Maryland black metal alchemists NIXIL—featuring past/current members of Spectral Tombs, Tsepesch, Dagger Moon, and Corpse Light—will unleash their All Knots Untied debut full-length March 5.
Born on the cusp of the death of western civilization, NIXIL are the expression of the deep existential frustration of four individuals in collaboration, wielding music and art as a powerful manifestation of strength in chaos and a defiant middle finger to the suffocating grip of a toxic and crumbling world.
Recorded and mixed by J. Robbins (Clutch, The Sword) and mastered by James Plotkin (SunnO))), Thou, Electric Wizard), All Knots Untied is a manifestation of chaos, rage, strength, and despair. Across six sordid psalms, NIXIL spews forth a swirling alchemical cocktail of varied sources, creating a sound from which one might be reminded of the weirder side of Mayhem, the atmospheric expansiveness of French, avant-garde black metal a la Blut Aus Nord or Glorior Belli, and the moody, gothic depression of Bethlehem, connected by a powerful, driving rhythm in the filthy spirit of crust punk and tinged with occult psychedelia.
“Our aim is to strip away the illusions and limitations of existence through an honest and sincere appeal to the art, magick, and potential of black metal.”
While the lyrical subject matter is not directly political, given the current political climate—both in the world at large and within underground metal—NIXIL take a firm and unwavering stance against fascism in all its permutations.
In advance of the release of All Knots Untied, NIXIL today unveil the visual accompaniment of the first single, “Deaths Of Our Own Design.” Check it out below:
On their new single, the band have the following to say:
“‘Deaths Of Our Own Design’ is a treatise on the necessity of continuous self-sacrifice of the mundane ego. If one is to advance upon the spiritual path of the undoing of All, one must be ever ready to seek out and slay the perceived ‘I,’ which is being tenaciously reborn day by day, moment by moment. The video is a moving sigil and descriptive of this gnosis, seeking to inspire those with the eyes to see to draw the knife across the throat of self until there is indeed nothing left to kill …”
Photo by Shane K. Gardner
All Knots Untied be released digitally. For preorders, visit the NIXIL Bandcamp page at THIS LOCATION.