Soul Of Ruin, Body Of Filth

by Abjection Ritual

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With their second full length record for Malignant Records, Abjection Ritual emerge a far different beast, now fully untethered by genre constraints and conventions. Soul of Ruin, Body of Filth is a vast progression from past releases, incorporating guitars, bass and a live drummer into their arsenal, and in doing so have crafted a far more diverse, idiosyncratic vision, while retaining the atmospherics of heavy electronics and industrial ambience. Like a hybrid of Enemy of the Sun era Neurosis, early Swans, Godflesh, IRM and Khanate mixed with the caustic doom sludge of Halo and Indian, Soul of Ruin, Body of Filth is a crushingly visceral and eclectic journey that destroys preconceptions and leaves any true classifications in tatters.

"Sometimes you can be truly absorbed by albums such as these once you press play, to only find you never begin the experience again in future, whether that's because of the energy it saps, or you never find yourself in the mood to engulf yourself into the whole again. Yet I've revisited this several times since I first heard it and am hearing new things all the time. It feels like a living entity, or a skewed reality you can tap into. Abjection Ritual have birthed a monster"

"I first encountered the masterful death industrial atmospheres of Abjection Ritual through 2015 album, Futility Rites, and was most-intrigued when the project began suggesting through brief news updates last spring that forthcoming third full-length, Soul of Ruin, Body of Filth—out April 6th via Malignant Records—would offer something… different. More specifically announcing back in January that the work had been "heavily influenced by Godflesh, Neurosis, and early-Swans" and would feature a guest appearance from Starkweather's Rennie Resmini, how could any self-respecting listener not perk up!?

And make no fucking mistake: this is not some elementary, half-hearted experiment or "copycat" affair. Without abandoning its atmospheric industrial foundation, this is a legitimately hard-hitting, head-turning hybrid that truly holds its weight alongside the very legends by which it was inspired. Hear but one exhibit of evidence in "Blood Mother" below—followed by a quick chat providing additional details surrounding the track, and how Abjection Ritual's partial metamorphosis came to bear…"


released April 6, 2018


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