Khthoniik Cerviiks - Æequiizoiikum CD
Khthoniik Cerviiks - 'Æequiizoiikum' CD
CD edition limited to 500 copies
At last, it has arrived, the second album in 2020, once again with a tongue-twisting title that's as treacherous(ly adventurous) as its contents: Æequiizoiikum. Here, KHTHONIIK CERVIIKS explore a wealth of contrasts, of extremes usually unattainable with metal this crushing and caustic. Swarming yet spacious, angular yet oddly anthemic, melodic yet miasmically so, direct yet detouring, alien and futuristic yet in a manner most rusted and rustic: Æequiizoiikum is the sound of KC at their impossible peak. All the elements from previous recordings - including their now-classic Heptaedrone demo, released in 2013 by IRON BONEHEAD and thereby starting the onslaught of oddness - are accounted for here, but taken in a more stately and daresay "mature" direction. The startling poise is more pronounced, the songs dig their hooks deeper, the "metal" in their black/death METAL simultaneously emphasized and abstracted, the gnarliness more graceful, the confidence simply off the charts here...truly, no one sounds like KHTHONIIK CERVIIKS, now more than ever.