Following up their critically lauded debut full-length Moros, Seattle-based avant doom metal band Eye Of Nix recently completed their second album, Black Somnia.
Recorded by Billy Anderson (Neurosis, Om, Pallbearer) at The Hallowed Halls in Portland, Oregon and mastered by the omnipresent Brad Boatwright (Gatecreeper, Necrot), Black Somnia releases December 15th 2017, via newly-launched Scry Recordings.
Black Somnia centers itself on themes of fear, control, and anxiety while shape-shifting through a lens of blackened psychedelia and doom. Vocalist Joy Von Spain comments, “Black Somnia includes five new pieces and a re-imagining of ‘A Curse.’ Our goal for the recording was to frame the songs’ turbulence and tension with layers of atmosphere. We also worked intensively with occult artist/photographer Anima Nocturna (Carlos Melgoza) and an international group of Butoh performers to create the album’s ritual-based visual element.”
The band was formed in 2012. Current members vocalist Joy Von Spain, guitarist Nicholas Martinez, new bassist Zach Wise (Hissing), and noise/sound collage artist Masaaki Masao strive to conjure music that’s threatening, beautiful, and harsh. They toured the west coast of America with noise veterans Blue Sabbath Black Cheer in 2013, then chose an expanded route including the rockies and southwest in 2015. Since their inception,they have shared the stages with diverse notable acts such as Voivod, Jarboe, SubRosa, Sea of Bones, King Dude, Lesbian, Worm Ouroboros, Eight Bells, Tengger Cavalry, and more.
Moros, their first LP, was released in 2015 via Eugene-based imprint Belief Mower (Muscle And Marrow, Hungers). The record was reissued digitally with two bonus studio tracks: “Blood In The Fire,” and “Rome Burned.”
A stunning 41 minutes of epic metal/rock this is a remarkably good album with a great deal of variety dominated by stunning vocals from Von Spain. It will be featured on Sonic Attack 241.
photographs by Briana Jones