ANCIIENTS are now presenting the first smoking hot track from their highly anticipated new album 'Voice of the Void'. The Canadian heavy rockers will release this follow-up to their acclaimed debut full-length 'Heart of Oak' (2013) on October 14.
The opening song "Following the Voice" is now exclusively streaming via Metalitalia
Guitarist and vocalist Kenneth "Kenny" Paul Cook comments on behalf of the band: "The new ANCIIENTS record is titled 'Voice of the Void' and somewhat of a step in a new direction lyrically and musically. I think, it still has the sound we developed on 'Heart of Oak', but the riffs are a lot heavier at times and the lyrics are far more cynical and dark. With all of the chaos happening on this planet as of late it seems as though things will get worse before they get better, and that kind of embodies the theme of this album as a whole. Jessie Gander did a great job capturing the music and his production far surpassed our expectations. The first new song out, 'Following the Voice' is about struggles with inner demons that many people face. Knowing what the right thing to do is, but not listening to your conscience and choosing the path that is best for yourself, but harms others in process. It is about following the evil voice in your head as opposed to the voice of reason."
'Voice of the Void' was produced under the direction of Jesse Gander at Rain City Recordings in the bands' hometown of Vancouver, Canada. Artwork and track-list are now revealed below.
You want an album that delivers smoking hot rock and delicious heaviness in equal measure? 'Voice of the Void' does exactly that. An avalanche of brilliant riffs comes crashing down your speakers, driven by a relentlessly pounding rhythm section. Vancouver's ANCIIENTS have no time to spare, no fillers, no hesitation, they are just pushing and pulling and banging those heads from start to finish.
With their sophomore opus 'Voice of the Void', the Canadians are fulfilling all the glorious promises that 'Heart of Oak' (2013) already made. In comparison to their critically acclaimed debut full-length, which already contained the musical equivalent of the warm flow, solid earthiness, and beautifully dark undertones of whisky matured in ancient oak casks within an intoxicating song-writing, the new songs have exponentially boosted the tasty formula unique to this band.
ANCIIENTS have remarkably honed their composition skills and moved further into their very own musical territory, which makes it considerably harder to just liken this band to kindred spirits such as MASTODON, KYLESA, BARONESS, THE SWORD, and HIGH ON FIRE and happily drop them into the same box without second thought. Those amazing vocal duels between grim growling and clean singing, which have been brought to perfection, would alone support the constant tension and high dynamics of this record. Yet of course, a barrage of crunchy riffs as their instrumental counterpart maintains the proper balance.
ANCIIENTS were founded in 2009 featuring former 3 INCHES OF BLOOD member Aaron "Boon" Gustafson on bass, who is flanked by the outstanding guitarist and vocalist duo Kenneth Paul Cook and Chris Dyck. Drummer Mikey Hannay constitutes a mighty powerhouse of quite complex yet heavily driving rhythmical patterns. With the release of their 7" EP "Snakebeard" (2011) alone, the Canadians were invited to join on the stages of HIGH ON FIRE, GOATWHORE, BORIS and THREE INCHES OF BLOOD. More touring and festivals shows followed the release of highly praised 'Heart of Oak', but now ANCIIENTS are ready for the next giant leap of their career. Let 'Voice of the Void' rock your mind!
1. Following the Voice
2. Buried in Sand
6. Ibex Eye
7. My Home, My Gallows