Release date: March 10th 2017. Label: Self Released. Format: DD/Vinyl
Ain-Soph Aur – Tracklisting
Grant Netzorg: Vocals, Strings
Joseph Weller Myer: Drums
I had the extreme pleasure of checking out the new In the Company of Serpents record, Ain-Soph Aur. I've been a huge fan of this Denver Doom Metal duo ever since I stumbled across their demo tape a few years back. Ain-Soph Aur is the band's second full length and it is devastating from beginning to end. I'm confident to say that at this point the fellas in ITCOS can out-neurosis the mighty Neurosis, which is no small feat. This record is both dissonant and heavy.
The album opens with the subdued intro of Middle Pillar which spends about a minute easing you in before it absolutely rips your face off for the next 7 or so minutes. The next track Nothingness sounds like the background music to a dark spaghetti western and leads the way into the amazing Crucible.
The first 4 minutes play as a raspy, jazzy stomp before utterly exploding into a massive wall of bone crushing sound. Merkabah is a another raspy acoustic number that is dark and unsettling. Limitless Nothingness is a short little banjo(?) and noise track that leads into the final, heavy as hell destroyer that is Limitless Light. 12 plus minutes of heaviness personified.
I can not recommend this album enough. If I had one minor, and I mean minor, gripe it would be the brevity. I get it is due to vinyl, but that doesn't mean I have to like it. Do whatever you have to do to snag a copy of this monster. Grab the vinyl, these guys do an amazing job with the look and sound on all of their releases.
It is still really early in the year, but a solid album of the year contender is here. Highest Recommendation!
Words by Todd Stealey
Thanks to Earsplit PR for the promo. Ain-Soph Aur will be available to buy on DD/Vinyl from the band on March 10th 2017.