Less than one week ago we had the pleasure of discovering the existence of Germany’s Khthoniik Cerviiks, whose debut demo tape entitled Heptaedrone will be released by Iron Bonehead Productions on August 15. At that time, two impressive tracks from the album were available for streaming, and after only a small amount of pathetic begging we obtained authorization to premiere a third one — because this band’s music really deserves to be spread like the mutant plague that it is, and we want to be help carry the infestation. The song we have for you today is the album’s first track, “Khthoniik Cerviiks Exhalement”.
We still don’t have confirmation that our guess about the meaning of the band’s name is correct, but muse upon it anyway: Our guess is that the band’s name is a variant spelling of the words “chthonic” and “cervix”, especially after learning that “chthonic” (which means subterranean) is from the Greek word khthon, a word for “earth”. Per The Font of All Human Knowledge, khthon “typically refers to the interior of the soil, rather than the living surface of the land…. It evokes at once abundance and the grave.” And then consider what exhalations may emanate from the chthonic cervix…
If your imagination is failing you, open yourself to the imaginings of the band, as the opening track exudes a disturbing fog of ghostly wails, obscure proclamations, and skittering noise. It makes for a fitting introduction to the unpredictable but wholly transfixing and otherworldly black/death savagery to follow.
Breathe in the exhalations below. And in case you missed the first two tracks that premiered from Heptaedrone, we’re including streams of those below as well, including “The Grand Sidereal Swindle”, which immediately follows “Khthoniik Cerviiks Exhalement” on the album.
Loving what I hear from these guys. Don’t understand some of the Bolzer comparisons I’ve been hearing though.
I’m not sure the references to Bolzer (which I first saw in a PR release that also included a reference to Cult of Fire) were intended to suggest that the bands sound alike. I think it was more to suggest a certain idiosyncratic and distinctive approach to making savage, bestial metal — which I think makes the comparison of all 3 of these bands (all of whom are affiliated with Iron Bonehead) an appropriate one.
A lot of people like to throw the Bolzer word around. Shows they are in the know in the scene, at least they think.