Already out in Europe, FARSOT's new album, ‘Insects’, has become available in North America yesterday, January 17th, 2012 via Lupus Lounge, a subdivision of Prophecy Productions. The German cryptic black metal collective's long awaited successor to their acclaimed debut album, ‘IIII’, can be streamed in its entirety here (Prophecy's YouTube channel) as well as below.
Formed in 1999 in (the Thruingia area of) Germany, FARSOT - influenced by forerunners in the black/atmospheric metal genre such as SATYRICON and KATATONIA - released their debut demo ‘Im Zwielicht’ in 2001, followed by 2004's ‘042103Freitod’. The latter won them a recording contract with Lupus Lounge, though which FARSOT issued their debut full-length ‘III’ in 2007.
“FARSOT choose not to hide behind the obfuscation of corrupted recordings and instead let the skilfulness and subtlety of their work stand for themselves. For example, each trembling note of ‘7’ has its own distinct identity and illumination, like a dust mote in a sunbeam. On ‘Vermillion Trail’, the twisting, coiling nature of the song construction and churning guitars are brought to the forefront, emphasizing the muscular force of the piece while also allowing for the gentler, tremulous instrumental passages to hold their own,” [writes Natalie Zina Walschots for Exclaim!, taking a shot at describing FARSOT's latest effort:]
FARSOT features: 10.XIXt – voices, 3818.w – strings, Pi:1T 5r – strings, v.03/170 – pulse and R 215k – drums