photos by Derek Carr
“‘To Entomb The Ætherworld’ closes the Apexapien story with a vehement cadence; a reminder that not all life is created equal, and death is not a void…”
As Vancouver, British Columbia blackened/progressive death metal outfit ATRÆ BILIS prepares to release their debut LP, Apexapien, through 20 Buck Spin in early October, a new single from the record has been unveiled. The album-closing “To Entomb The Ætherworld” is now playing through an official guitar and drums playthrough video as well as on all streaming services.
Highly recommended for fans of Ulcerate, Gorguts, Deathspell Omega, Wormed, Cannibal Corpse, Suffocation, Immolation, Dead Congregation, Hate Eternal, and Morbid Angel, ATRÆ BILIS‘ Apexapien was recorded by Matt Roach at Rain City Recorders, engineered by Matt Roach and Christian Donaldson with assistant engineering by Emily Ryan and Jonathan Mazzeo and drum technician Alex Glassford. The record was mixed and mastered by Christian Donaldson (Cryptopsy, Despised Icon, Beneath The Massacre) and completed with stunning cover art by Eliran Kantor (Atheist, Bloodbath, Hate Eternal, Sodom, Kreator), layout and design by Dan Fried, and photography by Rob Zawistowski.
The band writes, “‘To Entomb The Ætherworld’ closes the Apexapien story with a vehement cadence; a reminder that not all life is created equal, and death is not a void. Serve none to write your worth. The first pulse of any ATRÆ BILIS song is drums and guitars. This video captures the band’s foundations at its most skeletal, accompanied by the sonic envelope of its ever-widening vision. Consider this not just another taste of Apexapien, but a segue to future chapters of ATRÆ BILIS. Death impends.”
Watch ATRÆ BILIS’ “To Entomb The Ætherworld” playthrough video at THIS LOCATION and stream the new track alongside prior singles at Bandcamp HERE.
20 Buck Spin will issue Apexapien on CD, cassette, and digital platforms on October 8th, with the vinyl to follow on December 3rd. Find preorder options at the label webshop HERE and Bandcamp HERE.
Watch for additional audio samples and more on the album to post over the weeks ahead.
Canada has long been a wellspring from which fierce technical brutality has continuously flowed. In that tradition, ATRÆ BILIS offers the imminent predatory attack of Apexapien, their debut full-length offering and one poised to set them on a path of unfettered exploration and intensity. Like many bands on the 20 Buck Spin roster, ATRÆ BILIS takes elements of several metallic subgenres and twists them together into a distinctive alloy greater than the sum of its parts.
On Apexapien, the follow-up to the highly praised 2020 Divinihility EP, angular, blackened dissonance, exhilarating experimental progressivism, and crushing guttural savagery merge into a cacophony of violently discordant death metal, all held together with a strict focus, discipline, and astonishing percussive momentum. Thoroughly modern in scope and mercilessly severe in execution, the heinous battering inflicted on Apexapien establishes ATRÆ BILIS at the vanguard of a new breed of forward-looking death metal bands not content to simply pay tribute to or completely abandon the genre’s towering progenitors.