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Their name illustrates the key principle that unites all of their songs into an expansive narrative of personal evolution through introspect, spiritual development and the incredible power of music. Obsidian is a pitch-black volcanic glass that is used traditionally to absorb negative energies, and encourage mental/spiritual clarity. Music is widely considered a universal language, and for band members Brendan James Hayter and Greg Murphy, their musical ritual is The Obsidian Tongue.

After 2 demos (2010 Demo and the 2011 Subradiant Architecture Demo), their debut album “Volume I: Subradiant Architecture” was recorded and mixed onto vintage tape machines in March 2012 at Mystic Valley Studio in Medford by Alex Garcia-Rivera. The sound is organic and raw, allowing the compositions to speak for themselves.

The record was graced with the artwork of Norwegian artist Namtaru, of “Namtaru Creations”. Her grayscale illustrations provide 3 key visuals to guide the listener through the musical journey. The connection between these 3 illustrations is left for the listener’s imagination to create.

Founding member and guitarist/vocalist Brendan James Hayter: “The first string of compositional attempts I made in the extreme metal style, naturally congealed into a 50 minute record named Volume I: Subradiant Architecture. These songs truly came together in a connected fashion, so it was only proper to call it a Volume. Furthermore, Subradiant Architecture is a term for the imaginary “Shadow World” that much of the music takes place in, the consistent closed-eye visuals this music has given me since I first began to explore it. It suggests that the gods designed and built this lightless realm in our psyche like a piece of architecture, for Man to explore the origins of his despair and draw wisdom and power from symbolic images. In this life such emotions as despair, anxiety, abhorrence for mankind, and the uncertainty of my fate both in this world and the next, have been my greatest guides. It is like a sense of duty to honor the evolution I have undergone through these chronic internal storms, and through the catharsis of extreme metal music.”

lyrics

Live in night - perceive the rings beyond men
lay for days until they all settle again
forgetting flesh - awareness shifts to the trees
lunar glow: surrender to unite with him
I see my bones deatomize
brain turns to gas and goes
I fill the space with the rays
Sustain this blessing
Hades fires peripheral - I am between the plains

Man again, forced to resume enemy form
hope the equilibrium has changed
did any detestable thought suffocate in the leaves?
Never made it back inside, when the hole closed again?

The moonroom needs kin to live on
The lunar hum growing fainter now
Thin now - life forms bridging beast and sky
As a creator I have mere remains

Was I born to bury phantom births of the Moonroom??
Conception marred by ancient order - the serpent deemed such unity unallowed

With body as a chapel and mortal trials a sky
I forge constellations with mummified remains

credits

from Volume I: Subradiant Architecture, track released May 8, 2013
Brendan Hayter - Vocals, guitars
Greg Murphy - Drums

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Hypnotic Dirge Records is an independent non-profit record label and webshop based in Saskatoon, Canada. Our intention and raison d'être is to release quality expressive and eclectic art through aural manifestations.

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