New York City-based experimental doom ritualists OCCULTATION are pleased to announce that they will be resurrecting their much-hailed Somber Dawn demo in wax. The record will arise as a special limited edition 7″ to be released by the unholy partnership of Irish stalwarts Invictus Productions and Berlin’s Witches’ Tone Records, and is currently streaming in it entirety via much0loved metal blog Invisible Oranges. Cosmo Lee likened the band’s sound to that of “Black Math Horsemen after a long night of wine in which off come the clothes and out come the ritual toys” – a fitting enough description of Occultation’s eerie, sensual compositions.
Listen here: http://www.invisibleoranges.com/2011/08/full-stream-occultation-somber-dawn-7/
This EP will be a precursor to their upcoming full length album, due out via Invictus Productions, with a vinyl release to follow (again spearheaded by Invictus/Witches’ Tone). The first 50 copies of this cult release will include incense and stickers, and will surely sell out quickly. In addition, in support of this release and their upcoming full-length assault In other news, Occultation recently played an exclusive show in Dublin with Negative Plane and Tribulation this past weekend, and have more live actions in the works.
This haunting trio is shrouded in mystery (which includes Nameless Void of NEGATIVE PLANE on organ, bass, and backing vocals) take their listeners on a unsettling, atmospheric journey through ritual and rage, doom and decay. Somber Dawn received accolades from the underground and media alike. The Inarguable marveled, “Taking cues from krautrock, Diamanda Galas, darkwave, and Italian zombie movie soundtracks, Occultation’s off-kilter yet undeniably catchy and memorable tunes are unlike anything I’ve ever heard. E.M.’s (Nameless Void) piercing guitar and organ create an uneasy wash beneath drummer V.B. and bassist A.L.’s rather occult-sounding (there’s something I thought I’d never say) vocal harmonies. This is pop music you’d hear echoing within a buried Satanic chapel; a 70’s psychedelic rock band on a bad acid trip,” while Currents Online intoned, ” It’s when spring is in the air, like today, that music like Occultation’s is all the more welcome to draw us a bit back into the darkness, the rain and the invoking of graveyard spirits.”