Demo:listen: Sorguinazia

Welcome to Demo:listen, your weekly peek into the future of underground metal. Whether it’s death, grind, black, doom, sludge, heavy, progressive, stoner, retro, post-, etc. we’re here to bring you the latest demos from the newest bands. On this week’s Demo:listen, we make contact with a singular entity, something from Canada unlike aught we’ve ever known before, a thing which calls itself Sorguinazia.

Better than being simply Lovecraft-inspired is to sound like something that’s shambled over from some unknown dimension, to sound like something that perhaps would’ve inspired Lovecraft. Sorguinazia are likely a little too intense for a man who died a decade before the birth of rock ‘n’ roll, but these Canadian self-proclaimed demons practice a style of black metal that sounds coaxed forth from a benighted lacuna between the strangest of planes.

According to my contact with the band, Sorguinazia’s drummer, a demon known as Axczor, who also screamed and played bass on the demo, Sorguinazia formed when “[an] almost soundless horn echoed across the land, bringing [them] under the same spell, under the same direction.” Regarding the writing process for Sorguinazia’s demo, Axczor claims: “These songs exist beyond any timescape.” If you’re incredulous,  check out the first track on Sorguinazia’s self-titled demo, and tell me that it does not distort your perception of time and reality.

What’s more, Axczor and Xolaryxis, Sorguinazia’s guitarist/vocalist, have already recruited others into their demonic pact. Says Axczor: “There are 2 other members needed for future live assaults, musicians we respect very highly, who shall remained unnamed at this point in time . . . We have a lot of live shows across North America in the works for 2017.” With that in mind, I would say the time is well nigh to inoculate yourself (as best you can) by jamming these three songs as often as you can manage. Take caution, though. As Axczor warns: “This demo . . . is alive.”

Sorguinazia’s demo is a reminder that real black metal still lurks somewhere out there, in its true, unmitigated form. And the band shows no sign of stopping and returning from whence they came. According to Axczor: “We are working at full bestial might towards a full length at the moment, which we are aiming to have completed recording before the end of 2016. After that we are preparing songs for a possible split/EP immediately following, to keep the exaltation high.” Better get on those inoculations. Preorder your copy of Sorguinazia’s demo from Vault of Dried Bones.

And check this space next and every Friday for promising new metal.