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Latest news: Tue, Nov 12 2019, ESOTERIC

Latest release: "A Pyrrhic Existence"

Release date: Fri, Nov 08 2019, US Fri, Nov 08 2019

Dark experimental doom band ESOTERIC are now streaming their new album 'A Pyrrhic Existence'. The record was released on Friday, November 8. Listen to the full album at the link below.

The new album is streaming via the official Season of Mist YouTube channel at the link HERE.

ESOTERIC comment: "A Pyrrhic Existence' is an album that deals with some of the darkest sides of the human psyche and the harsh realities of existence. The concepts of the lyrics deal with death, suffering, tragedy, lies and the breakdown of the human psyche. The title is a reference as to how existence can be perceived as something that inflicts so much devastation on the survivor, that it becomes tantamount to defeat. The music is a progression from previous albums, and is of an extremely psychedelic and experimental nature. It can be likened to a vicarious journey through the twisted passages of the broken mind."

The artwork and tracklist of 'A Pyrrhic Existence' can be found below. The cover artwork was created by Lisa Schubert.




  1. Descent
  2. Rotting in Dereliction
  3. Antim Yatra


  1. Consuming Lies
  2. Culmination
  3. Sick and Tired

07 Dec 19 Madrid (ES) Madrid is the Dark Festival
03 Apr 20 Moscow (RU) Pravda Club (+ Who Dies in Siberian Slush)
04 Apr 20 St Petersburg (RU) Mod Club (+ Who Dies in Siberian Slush)

'A Pyrrhic Existence' is available in various formats in the Season of Mist shop.

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For nearly thirty years ESOTERIC have been pushing the limits of sonic intensity. From the mind-bending darkness of their 90’s double albums ‘Epistemological Despondency’ and ‘The Pernicious Enigma’, to the expansive epics found on their recent opuses ‘The Maniacal Vale’ and ‘Paragon of Dissonance’, they have never compromised their initial aim – to unleash aural mayhem on unsuspecting listeners. Late 2019 sees the release of their most accomplished work to date, 'A Pyrrhic Existence'.

Begun in the post-industrial decay of Birmingham in 1992, the band initially took influence from personal excursions into inner space, contemporary death metal, and their own warped take on 70’s progressive and psychedelic music. The early years saw them perform live infrequently, often to perplexed (and sometimes hostile) audiences. The prevailing ethos in the underground, and indeed heavy music in general in the early 90’s was one of speed. Along with a few of their contemporaries scattered across the globe, ESOTERIC eschewed this in favour of slow building intensity, extended and multi-layered compositions, and free form noise breaks. A foreboding and pervasive sense of unease permeated the early recordings - this was truly dark music. Throughout the 90’s the band remained very much in the underground, perfecting their craft, unmoved by trends or the expectations of the fickle masses.

Albums such as 'The Pernicious Enigma' and 'Metamorphogenesis' saw them develop and refine their sound, evolving naturally, never appearing contrived. Problems finding dedicated members meant decreased activity in the late 90’s – finding a suitable drummer proved particularly difficult.

2003 saw the band rejuvenated. With the line-up complete for the first time in years, and signing to Season of Mist for the release of their fourth album ‘Subconscious Dissolution into to Continuum’, they performed their first live shows since 1997. The growing interest in the style of music ESOTERIC had been peddling without compromise since 1992 meant more opportunities to perform on stage, something the band has relished. ESOTERIC has developed into a formidable and respected live act, playing tours and festivals throughout Europe and beyond, sharing stages with bands and artists including AHAB, ALCEST, SWALLOW THE SUN, MAYHEM, EMPOREROR and festivals such as Brutal Assault, SWR Barroselas, Hell’s Pleasure, Damnation Festival, Madrid is The Dark, and many more.

Released in 2008, 'The Maniacal Vale' proved to be the bands most ambitious and successful album to date, simultaneously honouring the chaos of the earlier releases whilst expanding into territory that at first glance may seem at odds with the bands ethos, yet has always lurked within their compositions - namely, a sense a melody and grandeur. Having been hinted at on previous albums, this side of the band was fully realized. This was followed in 2011 by 'Paragon of Dissonance', an album equal to its predecessor in compositional scope and ambition.

2019 will see the release of the bands seventh opus, 'A Pyrrhic Existence', 98 minutes of new material that once again expands on the bands sound, yet retains elements of all their preceding works. It is a culmination of 27 years of uncompromising dedication to their craft - detailed and layered compositions and a high level of musicianship, foreboding production, and equal measures of utter darkness and melodic diversity. The current line up consists of Gordon Bicknell (Guitar since 1992), Mark Bodossian (Bass since 2003), Greg Chandler (Guitar and vocals since 1992), Joe Fletcher (Drums since 2007), and Jim Nolan (Guitar since 2009).


Name Instrument
Greg Chandler Vocals, Guitars
Mark Bodossian Bass
Joe Fletcher Drums
Jim Nolan Guitars
Gordon Bicknell Guitars
Jan Krause Keyboard

Releases Season of Mist


A Pyrrhic Existence

General information
: Fri, Nov 08 2019
: Fri, Nov 08 2019
: Doom metal
: SOM530
: available


Paragon of Dissonance

General information
: Fri, Nov 11 2011
: Tue, Nov 15 2011
: Doom Metal
: SOM248
: available


The maniacal Vale

General information
: Mon, May 19 2008
: Doom Metal
: SOM172
: available


Subconscious Dissolution into the Continuum

General information
: Mon, Jun 28 2004
: Doom Metal
: SOM085
: available

Tour dates

Date Country Town Venue Other information
Sat, Dec 07 2019 ES Madrid Madrid is the Dark Festival
Fri, Apr 03 2020 RU Moscow Pravda Club + Who Dies in Siberian Slush
Sat, Apr 04 2020 RU St Petersburg Mod Club + Who Dies in Siberian Slush
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