Three years and a half after the release of their widely acclaimed debut album Sacred White Noise, Toronto’s progressive, mathematical, atmospheric black metal trio Thantifaxath is coming back with Void Masquerading as Matter. This four-track, thirty-six minutes EP sees the band expand the territories of their bleak kingdom with new ways of conveying rhythmically uncertain black metal. If they didn’t convince you yet with their debut full-length, – then, you’re a madman, but still… – this EP is certain to challenge your preconceived ideas on the genre and, at the very least, pique your interest. On top of the usual tremolo picking, blast beats, and odd hypermeasures, the album closes with the title track: an a capella contemporary classical composition for choir that’s ethereal and deranging. Void Masquerading as Matter comes out on 24 November, and I’m lucky enough to see the band on their Canadian tour with Cruciamentum this weekend; hopefully you will, too!
An advanced digital copy of the album was sent to us for review.