Posted by Imperator on 26th September, 2022 @ 13:35 UTCBy Imperator on 26-09-2022 @ 13:35 UTC

The album is titled "To Be Shunned by All... As Centres of Pestilence", and is the band's first release of any kind since 2008.

Kathaaria release first album in 14 years
Kathaaria release first album in 14 years

German Black Metal act Germany Kathaaria have just put out a brand new album, titled "To Be Shunned by All​.​.​.​ As Centres of Pestilence", which is the band's first release of any kind since their 2008 debut, "The Complex Void of Negativity". The new album was released on the 23rd of September via End All Life Productions in collaboration with Norma Evangelium Diaboli. To celebrate the release, the entire thing is up for streaming online, check it out:

 


Norma Evangelium Diaboli elaborated on the album's style and how the passage of time since their debut has played into the release:

“To be Shunned by All…as Centres of Pestilence”, the sophomore album of Germany’s Kathaaria, took fourteen years to manifest. In 2008, when EAL released the band’s debut, we were proud to support an act that wasn’t musically predictable. Perhaps the guitarwork hinted somewhat towards the most forward-thinking acts of the time, and a general affinity for the weird. In any case, the record was deeply personal and entirely unaffiliated with any currents or trends. Black Metal done by people who know their metal but refuse to abide by conventions.

In a nutshell, this blatant disregard for norms and expectations is precisely what “To be shunned by all…as centres of Pestilence” is about. It’s an album that falls into no fixed category besides the one reserved for highly personal takes on Black Metal.

The vocals veritably jump at your throat, the organic drum sound delivers barrages of artillery sprinkled with surprising ideas, and the guitars… well, it’s simply a pleasure to witness such a relentless riff delivery, never short on daring ventures. It’s evident that both members – likely due to their involvement with other touring bands – have grown immensely as musicians over the past decade. Their instrumental mastery turns “To be shunned by all…” into a masterclass of extreme underground metal.

There’s a lot that comes over as very real on this record: the sound, the songwriting, and the overall performance. The spirit is not one of today – its roots lie elsewhere. And most importantly, sincere. So, “To be shunned by all…as centres of Pestilence” is Kathaaria’s epitaph. We’re left with a peculiar legacy in the realm of German Black Metal.


"To Be Shunned by All​.​.​.​ As Centres of Pestilence" features a total of six tracks, clocking in at just under 50 minutes:

  1. Agenda Nihil
  2. The Last Act of Rebellion
  3. Degenerate Encapsulate
  4. The Judas Principle
  5. Never Dead Enough
  6. Apathetic


The artwork was created by British artist Sarah Bramley:

Kathaaria Deu To Be Shunned By All As Centres Of Pestilence


"To Be Shunned by All​.​.​.​ As Centres of Pestilence" is now available in digipack CD and gatefold LP versions via the Norma Evangelium Diaboli website, and also in digital format at the band's Bandcamp page:

https://www.noevdia.com/artist/kathaaria/
https://kathaaria.bandcamp.com/

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