"What hope is to the heart, what air is to the lungs, Anomalie is to the souls of those who have chosen their very own path in this world."
ART OF PROPAGANDA is proud to present the highly anticipated second album of Austria's ANOMALIE, Refugium. As a label becoming widely known for its exploration of dark metal's furthest reaches, Refugium is a sublime addition of the label's arsenal of cathartic post-extreme metal sounds. In 2011, Marrok (Selbstentleibung, Harakiri for the Sky) founded ANOMALIE to combine his favorite elements of emotional black metal, post-metal, and depressive rock, which soon resulted in his own incomparable vision of profound and honest music. Two years later, the work for his first full-length album, Between the Light, came to a conclusion: ANOMALIE unveiled his impressive debut album with lots of positive reactions in the press.
Now with the second ANOMALIE full-length, Refugium, mastermind Marrok shares his very personal vision of serious art influenced by a wide range of genres. It's a blackened journey full of soundscapes between beauty and bleakness, hope and oppression, reality and the world beyond. Accordingly, each subgenre is utilized to its fullest potential without falling into cliche nor easy categorization, each one swelling until it's fit to burst, so overcome with passion and emotion is Marrok. Each note is felt, never forced; each shred of his larynx is catharsis absolute; each transition is logical placed, the fateful march to a climactic end, where sadness will maybe, just maybe, prevail.
Gorgeously recorded, mixed and mastered by Markus Stock (Alcest, Secrets of the Moon, Helrunar) and completed by chillingly minimalist artwork by Irrwisch (Fäulnis, Amestigon, Lotus Thief), this wall of sound(s) will abduct you step by step into a realm of spiritual liberty!
I'm so glad that i discovered this great Band. First contact was the new "Uinuos..." album and from the choir in the beginning until the riffs of the third song i had nothing more to do than knee down in respect for that creative power... simply stunning after a big episode of the blackmetal boredom last years. Just consequent to buy this masterpiece after another moment of glad tears in my eyes hearing the beginning of "Vainovalkeat"! Thanks for healing a part of the north in my heart🤘