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Latest news: Mon, May 07 2018, ALKALOID

Latest release: "Liquid Anatomy"

Release date: Fri, May 18 2018, US Fri, May 18 2018

ALKALOID have unleashed the third crushing track taken from their forthcoming new album, 'Liquid Anatomy', which will hit stores on May 18th, 2018. The German and Dutch progressive extremists are now streaming "Chaos Theory and Practice" at the link below.

Listen to the new track via the official Season of Mist YouTube channel here!

ALKALOID commented: "This is the second of two new songs in the Dyson saga, which I started on our first album. When we set up the band back in 2012, getting a chance and platform to write these tracks was one of my main reasons to join - and when I had finished the first four songs, I realized that this story had only just begun… This time around, I'm realizing once more that it's far from finished.

The Kardashev scale, which is used to measure how advanced a spacefaring civilisation is, is nothing less than a technological path leading planet-bound organisms to becoming cosmic overlords - basically, god. In these two new songs, the sentient, self-aware 'spaceship' that developed from the swarm of robots that built the Dyson Sphere now finds itself traveling interstellar distances at, well, nothing more than the speed of a truck, pulling the sun with it by a technique called 'star lifting'. In the song that precedes this one on the album, 'Interstellar Boredom', the aeons pass without much change, and it becomes obvious that any meaningful seeding of the galaxy will be impossible at these ridiculous time scales and vast distances. A drastic decision is made: the sphere sets course to Sirius B, the nearest white dwarf star. There, the sphere splits up again into thousands of little self-contained worldlets, watching as our good old sun is intentionally collided first into Sirius A, and then both of them into the white dwarf, which triggers a supernova explosion.

This extremely violent cosmic blast serves as a greatly accelerated way to spread the Dyson seeds across the galaxy, ending the dilemma of sluggish physical motion through endless distances in the most dramatic way. In 'Chaos Theory and Practice', the plan is put into action. In a few stages of acceleration, like gear changes which are also noticeable in the music, this explosion that lights up the galaxy sends the now again separated parts of the sphere towards random destinations all over the galaxy. The consideration behind this choice is that it can be better to throw it all up in the air, shuffle the cards anew, and take a risky manoeuvre that might end everything, than to condemn yourself to a near infinite wait in stasis, and the secure knowledge that on the path you’re on, nothing much is going to happen except inevitable insanity from cosmic isolation, and a resulting gradual death wish from a total lack of perspective.

Musically, I think we stayed true to the style laid out on the first album. But much more than a repetition of previous ideas, we feel we continued right where we left off this time around, eyes always on the horizon. We feel this is true for the entire album. So although we are glad to welcome you back to Alkaloid’s universe, you all also know that there will always be a few surprises on the way. I'm extremely happy and proud for the chance to add these songs to our second album. Danny contributed some incomparable lead guitar sugar at the end as well. So enjoy, everyone!"

ALKALOID have previously revealed the artwork of 'Liquid Anatomy', which has been created by Christian Martin Weiss, and can be viewed together with the album details below.

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  1. Kernel Panic
  2. As Decreed by Laws Unwritten
  3. Azagthoth
  4. Liquid Anatomy
  5. In Turmoil's Swirling Reaches
  6. Interstellar Boredom
  7. Chaos Theory and Practice
  8. Rise of the Cephalopods

'Liquid Anatomy' can now be pre-ordered in various formats from the Season of Mist shop

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Biography

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Hissing, creeping, crawling, sending forth a multitude of sonic tentacles, swirling in dissonant chaos, and holding on to moments of sane clarity – ALKALOID take their musical references to H. P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos seriously on their sophomore full-length, 'Liquid Anatomy'.

Taking its name from a class of chemical compounds that are often used for pharmacological ends and sometimes even possess psychotropic capabilities, ALKALOID is defined through the field of tension created between various musical opposites. The band merges extreme metal and other genres of music into a unique progressive style that the listener might somehow find familiar but has not heard its exact like yet.

Drummer Hannes Grossmann (OBSCURA, NECROPHAGIST, BLOTTED SCIENCE) and vocalist / guitarist Morean (DARK FORTRESS, NONEUCLID) founded ALKALOID in 2013. Their expressed goal was to extend the dynamic range used in metal to its extreme limits. A full line-up came together quickly with the addition of Christian Muenzner (OBSCURA, NECROPHAGIST, SPAWN OF POSSESSION) and Danny Tunker (ABORTED, GOD DETHRONED) on guitars, and Linus Klausenitzer (OBSCURA) on bass.

This collective of friends started to work on their debut album 'The Malkuth Grimoire', which was successfully crowdfunded and self-released in March 2015. After playing shows across Europe and a special gig in Cairo, Egypt which included a video shooting for their song "Cthulhu", ALKALOID are now demonstrating insanely rapid musical progression with their second album.

'Liquid Anatomy' combines the maturity to be expected from veterans in the field of extreme metal with the fresh approach of a band eager to explore new paths.

Line-up

Name Instrument
Morean vocals, guitars
Christian Muenzner guitars
Danny Tunker guitars
Linus Klausenitzer bass
Hannes Grossmann drums

Releases Season of Mist

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Liquid Anatomy

General information
: Fri, May 18 2018
: Fri, May 18 2018
: Extreme Progressive Metal
: SOM464
: available

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The Malkuth Grimoire

General information
: Fri, Feb 09 2018
: Fri, Feb 09 2018
: Progressive Death Metal
: SOM438
: available
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