New album out today featuring Linus Klausenitzer of Obscura
and Adrian Erlandsson of At The Gates
Lebanese blackened death metallers KAOTEON are streaming new single ‘Broken’, taken from their new self-titled album released 17th January.
Having both fully relocated to the Netherlands, guitarist Anthony Kaoteon and vocalist Walid WolfLust teamed up with bassist Linus Klausenitzer of Obscura and drummer Adrian Erlandssonof At The Gates for the next chapter of KAOTEON.
Kaoteon is the band’s heaviest, darkest and most esoteric work to date, and with the world on the brink of societal collapse, there has never been a better time for such a bleak record. With their unique Middle Eastern perspective, it is all the more harrowing.
On the new record Anthony Kaoteon took a different approach to writing. He explains: “On previous albums, every KAOTEON track had over 10 main riffs that could be extended into a song each. With the self-titled upcoming album, the riffs have an identity of their own. Every riff on this album was composed during a state of flow and there are no fillers. I just didn’t want to compose riffs that fit between other riffs. I recorded whole tracks as they came to my mind after several hours of meditation.”
The state of the world today and the band’s relocation to the Netherlands have played a big part in inspiring the themes on the album. The band comment: “The themes are about borders, physical, political and mental. They are about pushing forward against all weights, about looking for home, guided by a beacon in the dark, keeping one eye on your destination and another at the shadows of the mind as well as the shadows of power creeping over our world. These themes evolved from fresh out of the Middle East and rediscovering the notion of home and in the hope of settling someday.”
The new self-titled album is the first release since KAOTEON‘s award-winning album Damnatio Memoriae, which received wide critical acclaim, earned the band a Metal Hammer Golden God award, and put them on the global metal map. 2020 will see the band build upon their success and lead the charge for Middle Eastern extreme metal.
Check out the new album here https://kaoteon.bandcamp.com/