The driving forces behind the Merciful Nuns, Artaud Seth and Whispers in the Shadow’s Ashley Deyour, have come together to produce a conceptual album based on the end of the world, which In the End of all Existence they have forecast for the 16 March 2034.
Not only an audio treat, it also comes complete with an interactive website which plays out the disaster contained within the lyrics of the songs and shows flash points around the world showing what will happen there after the first contact.
If you think back to the entrance of Carl McCoy through the wilderness on the cult 1990 Richard Stanley film Hardware and you can picture exactly where Artaud and Ashley are going with this album as you can imagine them walking through hellfire and appearing unscathed to start this onslaught of black magical music.
Artaud’s sublime, haunting, ritualistic voice takes the listener into a different dimension from which you never want to escape. When music is this good, who needs to live in reality?. Match this with Ashley’s driving guitars, a sometimes slow but always funky industrial drumbeat and a droning bass line, you have the magic that would summon the beast to deliver the party of all parties.
The whole album delivers the message of our Worlds impending doom following an invasion from outer space, like a story that you tell round a campfire to scare your friends half to death. The tracks all work brilliantly together and take the elements both artists have shown in their previous incarnations, albeit in a more grungy industrial way complete with a feeling of the Nephilim’s Mourning Sun. The result is like a 21st century Goth reboot of War of the Worlds.
With Artaud’s well known work rate a 2nd chapter to the story is already ready and set for release In October 2015, with a third installment slated for release in May 2016. Testing times ahead for humankind it seems!► by Raven and The Gothicfox