Xasthur: dernier album

Un nouvel album de Xasthur est sorti, il s'intitule "Portal of sorrow", une chanteuse s'est jointe à Malefic pour cet album (Marissa Nadler, chanteuse folk). Il s'agit de la toute première production de Disharmonic Variations, label géré par Malefic. Une version LP de l'album verra le jour en juin sur Hydrahead. Par ailleurs, Hydrahead a sorti en février un mini cd composé de deux inédits d'une demo de 2005.

Par contre, ce nouveau commencement pour Malefic marque aussi la fin de Xasthur puisque Malefic a décidé de mettre un terme à la carrière de Xasthur et de terminer au sommet, plutôt que de tourner en rond; une attitude noble et respectable, même si le précédent Xasthur marquait justement une évolution réussie, qui après coup semble n'avoir pas entièrement satisfait Malefic qui propose à nouveau un album experimental, malsain et glauque. Scott Conner continuera la musique mais hors des sentiers battus (dont il était pourtant bien éloigné...) du black metal et du metal, estimant avoir fait le tour de ce qu'il voulait exprimer à travers Xasthur.

Xasthur restera la référence du black suicidaire, proposant une musique réellement glauque et prenante, exprimant un mal-être authentique, loin d'une conception figée et divertissante de la musique, que des clônes sans âme n'ont jamais réussi à égaler.

Xasthur - Portal of sorrow


Le communiqué de Malefic est reproduit ci-dessous

"This album, "Portal of Sorrow", is the last Xasthur album, period.
The honorable thing to do is to end the band and not hang around too long, like so many metal/black metal bands do. Enough is enough, right?

I'm not able to make it work anymore. I don't want to turn into one of those bands who rely on too many guests and session musicians to make people interested in their music again. Some help is fine but more than some help is very cheap and it becomes others, not the roots of the band that makes the difference and the music work. I don’t want to fall into that pattern.
The motivation and inspiration used to be there full time and now it's not there at all, not for doing Xasthur at least. It is a role or persona that I have simply outgrown. I’ve been saying I’m sick and tired of it all for too long... and now, I’m going to back it up. There are or have been literally 18,000 black metal bands; it does not matter if there's one less.

Just like in the nineties, I made a few recent attempts to put a real line-up together and it still failed; another sign that said “give it up already”.

However, I wanted to end on a better note with this 'Portal of Sorrow' album because the album that came before it, 'All reflections drained', was not up to par and I couldn't finish up with an album that I was less than satisfied with. Now, I suppose any or all goals have been reached and there is nothing more I wish to try with Xasthur and it's time to move on...

Since it would be foolish to give up music all together, I have something else to fall back on that is beginning to take shape. It's a new beginning that I'm quite excited about.

Instead, I'm going to do something different by not performing any kind of metal at all!
There's no use in trying to reinvent black metal or turn it upside down, it's all been done and in the end, it's still metal and will remain within those circles, stereotypes and boundaries no matter what. Overall, I need a bigger change in my life and with music than just trying to change metal.
There isn't anything to lose.

I would ask you to stay tuned for my next project and give it a plug but there's no need to. It's probably of no interest to you and again, it has nothing to do with metal and I'm not trying to keep any connection or ties to it.
I will not name influences, genres or anything of the sort.

Believe me when I say this decision has been well thought out for months and doesn't come out of frustration.
Something I usually hate is comebacks, reunions or reformations of bands. You can be rest assured (for even relieved) that this will not happen.

I would like to say fuck you to so many people it’s not even funny, but that would be just another way of not washing my hands and hanging around, so I won’t bother.
Instead, I would like to say thank you to a handful of people who took an interest in the music over the years and had the patience to (slowly but surely) watch it grow and develop. I'm more grateful than you think; you know who you are and I know who you are.
I'd also like to say thanks to Marissa Nadler for taking her voice to another level, to Ron for helping design the album and to Hydra Head for the hospitality over the last few years.

Disharmonic Variations (label):
It will most likely continue, even though Xasthur will not. I’ll get into talking about this later."

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