Declarations of the Grand Artificer 12"
The packaging on this is sick as hell, a 20 pt stock SBS board jacket with matte finish and silver foil stamping on the front houses the vinyl. The vinyl is nice and thick at 160 grams and we pressed 500 of them. 100 on translucent red vinyl with black streaks, 100 on white vinyl, only available in indie record stores, 100 on gold vinyl only available through the band, and 200 on black vinyl. There's also a double sided insert with lyrics and liner notes and all preorders will include a download coupon that contains a code for a secret bonus track! Jump on it, get right witcha self!! This one was released on vinyl in conjunction with Moribund Records releasing the CD.
"With three songs clocking in at nearly 33 minutes, CHASMA's Declarations of the Grand Artificer is a bewildering, but above all transcendent record, an epic recasting of classic black metal into otherworldly shapes and a plausibly modern contour.
Formed in 2008 by members of Nanda Devi and Alter of Earth, CHASMA began as a side-project to experiment with yet another form of extreme metal. After writing and recording three songs, CHASMA released a demo tape with the French black metal label Aural Offerings and began performing live. After encouragement from Aural Offerings and the local Northwest metal scene, CHASMA made another recording that was released by Aural Offerings on tape and CD. After playing two years of shows with the likes of Wolves in the Throne Room, Bloody Panda, Trees, Thou, Nux Vomica, and Fell Voices, CHASMA guitarist Tony Komforty departed the project and was replaced by Klaus Maza of the LA crust band Sheeeeeeeep.
"Musically, we are influenced by new millenium-era French black metal and DC screamo," says the band, "and bands like Weakling, Joyless, Ameseours, and Majority Rule. We are influenced by the intensity and passion of our brotherhood as musicians and try to express that passion through dimension bending riffs. We don't really fit the black metal label; we consider ourselves either noir nouveau ['new black'] or bright metal."