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“Transfixion of Spirits” Reveals Black Cilice’s True Face

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Nietszche once waxed about the Void staring back, but sometimes, not to his discredit, the endless depths reveal themselves. Case in point, Black Cilice: an impenetrable wall of horrific, dense fuzz, black as pitch and ghastly as death itself. Across its four preceding full-length albums and many, many demos, this mysterious Portuguese act reveled in nightmarish obscurity and terrifying ghost sounds, a howling wind through an empty, dead cave. Now, with Transfixion of Spirits, which can be exclusively streamed below, Black Cilice begins to reveal its grey self, casting off the weight of a greater darkness.

Though once mired in a deeper grave, Black Cilice’s fifth album plays a game of preference and balance: trading impenetrability for a relative clarity, droning hums for mystical songwriting, and darkness for a more palpable energy. This is a new face for Black Cilice, something less difficult and relatively welcoming, but still retaining the sinister, spiritual nature which defined the project’s past. What makes Transfixion of Spirits‘s clarity all the more interesting is, when compared to previous Black Cilice releases, is its lack of guarding. Placed into context, albums like A Corpse, A Temple‘s raw nature feels more like nightwings now unfurled and cast open. A grand weight has been removed. Behold, the true face of Black Cilice.

Transfixion of Spirits releases September 6th via Iron Bonehead Productions.

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