Standing in stark contrast to the droning, gorgeous slabs of psychedelic and atmospherically infused doom that comprise the aural output of Megaton Leviathan, the band itself has been in a constant state of flux since its inception in 2007. By the end of 2012, despite the official announcement of a new album, not only that album, but the fate of the entire project itself were positioned beneath a very precariously dangled sword. Circumstance and internal conflict nearly saw the band’s next major release a spectre with no corporeal form. However, after a redoubling of effort, a reshuffling of the deck and some inevitable missteps along the way, the second full length album, Past 21 Beyond The Arctic Cell, has emerged from the chaos of its birth pangs, prepared to thoroughly swathe a blazing path through the dense forest of the modern musical landscape.
Mixed by Mort Subite (V.I.I.R.L., Alfheimr, Benighted in Sodom live), Past 21 is a slab of layered noise floating somewhere between post-rock and doom. Epic in scope and sound it moves at a slowish pace but is relentless in offering a variety of shifting themes across four lengthy tracks. Much of the material has the feel of sacred music around the central tradition of Western plainchant, albeit with dense layers of guitars in accompaniment.
In April of 2014, band founder and lone original member, Andrew James Costa Reuscher and Subite took Past 21 on the road for a first round of American West Coast dates as a one man show/performance piece, featuring heavy visual elements, Reuscher the unifying human component, and Subite as the hidden hand, mixing live audio. Reuscher later tapped V.I.I.R.L. drummer Markus Covello to join the onstage lineup. With Reuscher handling vocal and guitar operations, and Subite continuing his live audio duties, this revamped, three-man cast will form the core of the bands’ live experience for the duration of the forthcoming American dates surrounding Deadfest in Oakland where the band will perform alongside the likes of Ephemeros, Connoisseur, Augurs and more.
Past 21 Beyond The Arctic Cell will be released via Seventh Rule Recordings on September 9th, 2014 and is highly recommended for lovers of post-rock grandeur.