BESOTTEN + FUNERELIC: Abyssal Synodality Split EP To Be Released March 8th On Satanik Royalty Records; New Track Streaming + Preorders Available

Two of Portland, Oregon’s vilest entities unite to unleash Abyssal Synodality: a joint voyage through the realm of the dead to unlock the secrets of spiritual enlightenment – or eternal torment – set for release on March 8th via Satanik Royalty Records.

These four ruinous tracks drag the listener to the depths for a ritual of self-sacrifice and inner understanding. BESOTTEN opens this exploration with two slabs of ripping death and ethereal doom that embrace the call of the void within. FUNERELIC leads the synodality onward with a heavy dose of chaos and equally atmospheric hymns of iniquitous death worship. Abyssal Synodality takes your soul on a cryptic journey like none before as these two emerging acts join forces to traverse the unknown – bringing forth a monumental record of Total Northwest Death!

Birthed in 2020, BESOTTEN offers up grim aural emanations of psychic death and existential doom. Their sound weaves bestial blasts of necrosis with crushing passages of ethereal gloom as they open the crypt of the subconscious and unearth the horrors that lurk inside our minds. Evolving from their 2021 demo In Filth It Will Be Found and inspired by the likes of diSEMBOWELMENT, Vastum, and Demilich, BESOTTEN ushers in a desolating new era of death-doom that leaves its listeners utterly rotten and forgotten.

United by a journey towards undeath, FUNERELIC coalesced within the freshly dug graves of Portland in 2020. They contrast sinister riffs and unrelenting blasts with slower, atmospheric sections amplified by the putrefied screams of the summoned dead. Inspired by bands like Sadistic Intent, Morbid Angel, and Dead Congregation, their 2021 demo acts as a proclamation to the conquest of the living.

A first taste of Abyssal Synodality comes in the form of BESOTTEN’s “Anothered.” The band elaborates,Beneath our conscious self, hides another being: the ‘shadow self,’ an entity made from the scraps of our psyche left discarded and suppressed by the waking mind. In seeking inner enlightenment, ‘Anothered’ explores the existential sacrifice and katabasis we make when we confront the shadow – and how we might not like what comes out on the other side.”

The song bludgeons you with crash-chokes to begin the proceedings, before spiraling into mania with massive blast beats and ripping layered tremolos. The track chugs into a nocturnal groove as the shadow begins to outgrow its dark confines, then reaches a deadly gallop as this entity starts to overtake your consciousness. Shifting into a heavier, lurching progression that pushes you toward a dark precipice, “Anothered” tosses your conscious mind into a pit of unreality through a slow and crushing passage of ethereal doom. After drowning in gloomy atmospheres of echoing melodies and thundering lows, the previous dark groove resurfaces and builds back into a sweltering madness – punctuated by a startling finale as your psyche succumbs entirely to the shadow self.

Stream BESOTTEN’s “Anothered” at THIS LOCATION.

Abyssal Synodality will be released on CD, cassette, and digital formats. Find preorders at the Satanik Royalty Records webshop HERE or Bandcamp HERE.

Abyssal Synodality Track Listing:

  1. BESOTTEN – Anothered
  2. BESOTTEN – Subterranean Realms Of Excutiation
  3. FUNERELIC – Tomb Of The Necrolith
  4. FUNERELIC – Devoured in Obsidian Flame

Garth – vocals, bass
Andy – drums
Patrick – guitars

Daniel – guitar
Kevin – guitar, vocals
Charles – bass, vocals
Carter – drums

BESOTTEN photo by Bri Mecanorma

FUNERELIC photo by Liana Rakijian