Track Premiere: Heresiarch – ‘Dread Prophecy’

A 4-way split CD is coming from the Indian label Cyclopean Eye Productions. Titled Scorn Coalescence, the split curates four of the most devastating acts from the far corners of the underground—two bands from New Zealand, two bands from Sri Lanka.

Since there aren’t many well-known bands from Sri Lanka, you’ve probably guessed by now who at least one of the Sri Lankan acts is. Opening the split will be the Colombo-based hellbringers Serpents Athirst. While track 2 is occupied by none other than Genocide Shrines. And from New Zealand comes Heresiarch, of course, but this split will also feature new material from Trepanation.

While the news of imminent destruction sinks in, stream a new Heresiarch destroyer, then read on to find out—from the bands themselves—how this massive split came together.


“Following many years of correspondence, I visited the Pannipitiya cult in Sri Lanka during June 2016,” explains Heresiarch vocalist, N.H., via email. “The split was decided during this time with Trepanation from New Zealand agreeing to the collaboration and Genocide Shrines and Serpents Athirst representing the domain of Ravana.

“Our offering ‘Dread Prophecy’ details two men in close quarters combat, fighting to the death beneath the shadow of a dying sun. Planetary collapse and mass destruction beckon but their core focus is on a singular duty.

“It represents the absolute of the individual in terms of perception, consciousness, will to destroy and survive and conversely the futility of their deeds and existence within the grander macrocosm . . . It’s both the fulfillment and rejection of ‘fate.’ All and/or nothing which has parallels with Genocide Shrines…”


“Dread Prophecy”

“In addition to how the idea and a reason for a split came by, GS’s hymn ‘All and/or Nothing’ is an extension on the subject of Total Death and delves into the void of Shunyaism, loosely described as ‘nothingness,’” writes Tridenterrorcult, Genocide Shrines’ vocalist. “This ontological focus on the topic of (non)existence is derived heavily from Buddhist traditions as detailed in Theravada and Mahayana sects and is a further exploration of the true purpose of the individual.”

Genocide Shrines

As for their part of the split, the members of Serpents Athirst submitted the following statement (capitalizations are the band’s, not the author’s):

“The noble thought of eliminating a reigning parasite is an essence of the reptilian brain. Polished with agony with the will to kill, ‘Poisoning the Seven’ is a concrete decimation anthem eyeing the death of those who are The Pious and The Righteous, The Political and The Correct, The Blinded and the Brainwashed, The Squared and The Circular, The Vague and The Vogue, and creating a universe of orchestrated terror by poisoning the Undying transcontinental ray of human lunacy.

“‘Scorn Coalescence’ contains the latest offering by the vile serpent among three other grand decimators of the extreme metal dimension. Carefully Selected and Well Organized, the Coalescent artillery is gunned by the 4 masters of unforgiving colossal decimation brought together by obscure ordinance. ~The Ordinance of Strike is an endowment.”

Serpents Athirst

Scorn Coalescence comes out July 26th on CD from Cyclopean Eye Productions. Preorder it now.