Black Shape of Nexus Announce Carrier Album Details

black shape of nexus (Photo by Bernhard Hoell)

German atmospheric sludgers Black Shape of Nexus release their new album, Carrier, on March 18 via Exile on Mainstream. They’ve been out and about for shows this week and reportedly have more to come, but the album brings particular interest in following up 2012’s Negative Black (streamed here), which brought their sound to its bluntest point to-date, allowing for maximum impact regardless of volume in any given stretch. Though it was quite heavy.

I’d expect no less of the new one, and the newly-unveiled “Facepunch Transport Layer” seems to bear that out. I’ve been waiting to hear this one for a while now, and from what the band says about it, it wasn’t easy in the making, but I continue to look forward to the bleak crunch to come.

The PR wire had this to say about it:

black shape of nexus carrier

BLACK SHAPE OF NEXUS: German Sludge Unit Announces March Release Info For Carrier LP

Mannheim, Germany’s most damaging sludge/doom metal troupe returns with album number four, their most putrid yet. Carrier transfers the contagion classified as BLACK SHAPE OF NEXUS into the population with more than fifty minutes of purely sadistic aural punishment through six massive tracks, including a Hellhammer cover. This aggressive pollutant has been magnified in its attack by the hand of mastering engineer Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering in Berlin, rendering it incredibly deadly. Thrill-seekers who prefer the more slow-motion apocalyptic attacks of Grief, Grime, Corrupted, Ufomammut, Graves At Sea, Burning Witch, labelmates Obelyskkh and the like should undoubtedly prioritize Carrier.

Carrier will see its traumatizing release through Exile On Mainstream on March 18th, 2016. Details for all formats of the record and preorders have been issued; the CD and massive 2xLP available stateside via Earsplit Distro HERE, and internationally, Exile On Mainstream has the CD HERE, the vinyl HERE, and the digital at iTunes HERE.

Upon the completion of Carrier late in 2015, BLACK SHAPE OF NEXUS vocalist Malte Seidel issued, “Carrier is the result of a band being in a constant state of deterioration. Doing a record is a very unpleasant and harmful process for us. Creating Negative Black already was a nightmare, but with Carrier the understanding of the term nightmare needs to be expanded. This is not being said to play the ‘tension and dissent create great art’ card. This album is not art. This album is not musicianship. This album is simply the album that we were able to do under the current circumstances while sometimes asking ourselves if a split-up would not be the better option.”

Carrier Track Listing:
1. I Can’t Play It
2. Lift Yourself
3. Sand Mountain
4. Facepunch Transport Layer
5. Sachsenheim
6. Triumph Of Death

BLACK SHAPE OF NEXUS is playing three shows this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, January 28th through 30th, in Berlin, Hamburg and Dresden, respectively. These live actions will see the band flanked by labelmates Treedeon. Stand by for additional shows to be announced in the weeks ahead.

1/28/2016 Cassiopeia – Berlin, DE w/ Treedeon
1/29/2016 Hafenklang – Hamburg, DE w/ Treedeon
1/30/2016 Beatpol – Dresden, DE w/ Treedeon

Black Shape of Nexus, “Facepunch Transport Layer”

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