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label: Blut & Eisen
Condition: Second hand
Originally hailing from New Zealand but later relocating to Scotland, BARSHASKETH have been patiently perfecting their bewitching craft these past five years, away from prying eyes but with sights set on diabolical fullmoon mysticism. Theirs is a sound that resonates with the stripped-bare, nightsky purity of second-wave black metal, from the ancient days when black metal was truly a cult for criminals and diehards. Ophidian Henosis is BARSHASKETH's grandest distillation of these eldritch energies yet. At once familiar and foreign, Ophidian Henosis explodes forth with cryogenic violence and fog-drenched atmosphere, arcing about with subtle shifts in texture and twists in composition, maintaining a headspace of otherworldly splendour whilst never lingering too long in a monochromatic mire. For however committed to purist black metal BARSHASKETH may be, their journey across Ophidian Henosis is a multi-hued one, recalling the early days of Sacramentum, Kvist, Setherial, and Isvind among others - in other words, the spectral darkness of the mid-1990s - and brimming with a passion and poignancy that can only come from the most obsidian of souls.
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Barshasketh released several demos prior to the sole member Krigeist being joined by a drummer. During this time the debut full length, Defying the Bonds of Cosmic Thralldom, was recorded and the paradox of hate and melancholy that defines the project takes shape. Vehemently embracing a solipsistic philosophy, Barshasketh explores lyrical concepts rooted in Ontology and Epistemology while extolling an adversarial spirituality in the face of overwhelming mediocrity and banal materialism. Presented here is the CD issue of that first work with three bonus tracks from the earlier demo sessions.
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"Sein / Zeit" is a conceptual split which takes inspiration from the work of Martin Heidegger, more specifically from the 1927 book "Sein & Zeit" ("Being and Time"). This seminal philosophical text, which attempts to get to grips with the meaning of being, provides the basis for an exploration of fundamental questions that underpin our understanding of human existence, with each band taking one of the two main themes.
Released by Blut&Eisen Prod and Third Eye Temple.