Bay Area blackened progressive folk metal outfit Comorant are getting set to release their sophomore album in November. The quartet, who mix a kitchen sink of metal elements into their sound as well as other genres, also offered up a temporary free download of their previous album Metazoa through their bandcamp website this week. At press time there were only a few of them left. So act fast and cross your fingers.
Metazoa was helmed by acclaimed producer Billy Anderson. The limited-time download includes artwork, liner notes, and lyrics. Downloading Metazoa (or ordering any physical merchandise off the band’s webstore) will also offer early access to a very exclusive pre-order bonus for Dwellings, with details to be revealed later this month.
In the meantime, we (the ubiquitous ‘we’) are left to gnaw anxiously at our mental fingernails in anticipation of Dwellings, an album vocalist and bassist Arthur von Nagel says ” is much more grim.” With respect to Metazoa of course.
Dwellings Track Listing:
01. The First Man
03. Confusion of Tongues
05. The Purest Land
06. A Howling Dust
07. Unearthly Dreamings
If you’re new to Cormorant, here’s a bit of the back story. Cormorant formed in 2007 talking their name from the sea raven (it’s a bird people). They hail from my old stomping grounds near San Francisco. You’d be hard pressed to find a metal band with more sonic diversity than these guys. Bassist and vocalist Arthur von Nagel grew up on folk rock and classical music while guitarist Nick Cohon played acoustic as a member of an old-time country band, The Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers (there seems to be a bird motif here). Drummer Brennan Kunkel is into crafting hip-hop beats, and only guitarist and vocalist Matt Solis seems to have a metal background. He joined the band after meeting the others at an Enslaved gig.
With their unique musical tastes and auditory passions mixed with modern and classic metal elements it’s no surprise Cormorant has created some of the more inspired and intriguing metal to come out of the Bay Area in recent years.
Their influences range from Agalloch and Enslaved to Amorphis, Slough Feg, Cynic, My Dying Bride, Sleep, Dissection, Fleurety, Sigh, Diabolical Masquerade, Immortal, and more. Their sound defies labels, much as we so love to pigeon-hole bands into genres.
If Dwellings continues to show progression and growth from their debut release, expect this oddly unsigned quartet to be snapped up post haste.
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