Monday, October 26, 2009

Skagos - "Ast" (2009)


Year: 2009
Genre: Cascadian Black Metal
Country: Canada
Label: Eternal Warfare prod.

Track List:

  1. Colossal Spell
  2. The Drums Pound Every Night in a Glorious Celebration of Life
  3. Blossoms Will Sprout From the Carcass
  4. ...With a Warm Recollection
  5. Caliginosity
  6. A Night That Ends, As All Nights End, When the Sun Rises


Skagos is an atmospheric black metal project by Iskra's bassist Raymond Hawes. There are some other releases by them, including the split albums with Tomhet and Wake, "Litha MMIX" EP, and a very rare 2007 demo, but I haven't listened to all that stuff yet. Anyway, "Ast" is a very good album, fans of Panopticon and WITTR wouldn't be disappointed.

"Skagos is fueled by humanity's failure. An interminable misanthropy pushes us further and further away from the revolting course of hollow communities and deeper into the vast, damp and multifarious reaches of our treasured Cascadian wilderness. If not a revolt of forlorn and woe, Skagos is an outlet of escape and freedom; a seething vat of discontent for immorality. Fantasies are sometimes adopted to prompt metaphor and the infinite strength of contemplation, and sometimes the point will be direct and sharp" - Ray Hawes.

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