Progressive black/death metal collective CORMORANT are readying to release the long-awaited fourth LP Diaspora this August.
Recorded and mixed by Greg Wilkinson (Vastum, Graves At Sea, Noothgrush, Brainoil) at Earhammer Studios in Oakland, California in late 2016, Diaspora serves as the follow-up to 2014’s critically-lauded Earth Diver full-length and sees CORMORANT take their unique style of progressive metal in an expansive, and adventurous direction. With four songs that total sixty-one minutes, the album features the band’s longest, most detail-oriented compositions to date—the collective result of two years of collaborative writing. Musically, Diaspora features familiar elements of black, death, prog, and folk metal, but pronounced psychedelic and funeral doom influences can be heard throughout as well, particularly on the twenty-six-minute closing epic, “Migration.”
Diaspora also features dynamic performances from renowned cellist Jackie Perez Gratz (Grayceon, Giant Squid, ex-Amber Asylum) while Utah-based visionary artist Jeff Christensen created the album’s vivid, four-panel artwork. Mastered by Brad Boatright (Sleep, YOB, Gatecreeper) at Audiosiege, the album is a crushing statement from one of the Bay Area’s most consistent extreme metal bands.
Diaspora will be available on 2xLP, CD, and digital formats on August 11th with US and European distribution through War Crime Recordings. Artwork and preorder details will be unveiled in the coming weeks. In the meantime, check out the album trailer below.
Diaspora Track Listing:
- Preserved In Ash
- The Devourer
CORMORANT is a progressive black/death metal band from Petaluma, California. Forged in 2007, the group consists of bassist/vocalist Marcus Luscombe, guitarist Nick Cohon, guitarist/vocalist Matt Solis, and drummer Brennan Kunkel. In addition to performing numerous shows throughout the Bay Area with notable acts like At The Gates, Wolves In The Throne Room, Ne Obliviscaris, and Pallbearer, CORMORANT has completed full US tours with Primordial, While Heaven Wept, YOB, Norska, and others.