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With the ever-increasing expanse of black and death metal's forays into abstraction -- atmospheres, dissonances, outside influence -- remembering the genres' roots can sometimes be difficult. The pillars of creation within two exponentially fragmenting niche genres are now so deep underground and solely appreciated as a source of basic inspiration. Roots, however, hold the structure upright; they sustain the sprawling limbs above, allowing them to flourish, but are too often ignored as ugly, gnarled twists of thorned, woody hatred.

On their first EP, Apologoethia reach deep, further and further back into what inspired them, and what inspires their peers. Though the chaos and vast atmosphere found on the Pillars EP can be ascribed to more modern approaches, make no mistake: Apologoethia cut their teeth on the classics. An inordinate amount of time could be spent listing their influences, and, as expected, they would be obvious, but that doesn't capture the essence of what is at work here.

The four songs on the Pillars EP so deliberately take these elements -- the rage and atmosphere of black metal, the ferocity and sharp edges of thrash, the cavernous depths of death metal, and the melodiousness of classic heavy metal -- to create such a horrific amoeba of intensity… and it's all fueled by those aforementioned roots. There is no posturing, no stolen riffs, no intended atmosphere -- just reaching down and drinking from the same wells which helped first shape the most intense and extreme examples of metal's various forms. Roots act as pillars, and the Pillars EP feeds from its roots.

Apologoethia's Pillars EP is slated for a Friday release (November 24th) on Invictus Productions. Listen to the EP in its entirety below.

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