Metal Injection is hosting an exclusive premiere of “My Doppelganger,” the new single from Portland, Maine-based SHABTI, the trio founded by current/former members of Falls Of Rauros, Obsidian Tongue, Panopticon’s live lineup, and more. The song is a precursor of the band’s latest blackened/technical thrash full-length, Trembling And Shorn, which is nearing release in cooperation with Last Mercy Emissions in March alongside the band’s Northeastern US tour with Churchburn.
Trembling And Shorn was tracked by Todd Hutchisen at Acadia Recording Company, mixed by Dave Kaminsky at Studio Wormwood, mastered by Colin Marston at Menegroth, The Thousand Caves, and completed with grim cover art by Unexpected Specter.
With the debut of “My Doppelganger,” guitarist/vocalist Rob Cook offers, “From a songwriting standpoint, SHABTI is basically about what comes naturally for me as a guitar player. We are definitely an extreme metal band at the end of the day, but we do not try to adhere to any subgenre. ‘My Doppelganger’ is probably the thrashiest song on the record. Lyrically, it deals with disassociation, numbness and the feeling that you are observing your actions and life rather than acting directly. All the other songs on the CD are about external concepts and the world around us but this one is more personal. The album title, Trembling And Shorn, is drawn from these lyrics, though when I think of the phrase as an album title it has a broader meaning than it does in the song.”
Stream SHABTI’s “My Doppelganger” only through Metal Injection RIGHT HERE.
Trembling And Shorn will be released in a limited run of 300 CDs and be through all digital platforms on March 22nd. Preorders are available where prior single “Shrouded And Veiled” is streaming HERE.
Watch for additional audio samples from the album and more to be released in the weeks ahead.
SHABTI will be on tour beginning March 22nd, partially with Providence death/doom outfit Churchburn as well as Syracuse-based noisecore act Fed Ash, with Scaphism, Unearthly Trance, Sunken Cheek, Haxen, and others also playing on select dates. The tour ends March 30th with a hometown show in Portland with funeral doom lords Evoken, Churchburn, and Fed Ash. The tour admat was designed by Ethan McCarthy of Primitive Man/Cool Ghoul/Many Blessings.
SHABTI Tour Dates:
3/22/2019 O’Brien’s Pub – Allston, MA w/ Churchburn, Scaphism, Upheaval
3/23/2019 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY w/ Churchburn, Unearthly Trance
3/24/2019 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA w/ Churchburn
3/25/2019 The Depot – Baltimore, MD
3/26/2019 Basement Transmissions – Erie, PA
3/27/2019 Bug Jar – Rochester, NY
3/28/2019 Spark Art Space – Syracuse, NY w/ Fed Ash, Sunken Cheek, God of Gaps, Kalki
3/29/2019 Machines With Magnets – Pawtucket, RI w/ Churchburn, Haxen, Hell Bent, Fed Ash
3/30/2019 Geno’s Rock Club – Portland, ME w/ Evoken, Churchburn, Fed Ash [info]
SHABTI has been steadfastly crafting their brand of brooding technical black/death metal since emerging from the thaw of the Maine winter in 2008, eschewing gimmicks, trends, and posturing, in favor of focusing on more direct sonic pursuits. Subsequent years saw the release of two demos and the 2013 full-length, Paracusia. After several years and permutations, in 2015 the lineup finally coalesced to feature Ray Capizzo (Falls Of Rauros, Obsidian Tongue, Feral, Panopticon live) on drums, Brendan James Hayter (Obsidian Tongue) on bass, and founding member Rob Cook on guitar and vocals. Over the years, SHABTI has played many live shows throughout the Northeastern United States with bands such as Absu, Today Is The Day, and Primitive Man.
SHABTI’s long-awaited second full-length Trembling And Shorn deploys forty-two minutes of precisely calculated and savagely executed blackened death, a gauntlet of technical razor wire riffs delivered with the percussive force of an armada of warships, the band’s influences of Dissection, Death, Morbid Angel, and Carcass boiling just below the surface at every turn. Trembling And Shorn is a blistering album fans of Absu, Aura Noir, Marduk, Ceremonial Castings, 1349, and Watain should hear.