I come back to 'Catharsis Absolute' quite a bit. You can hear the obsession in it. Sadly this is the final Avichi release. Andrew painstakingly crafted his epitaph and leaves an indelible mark on black metal.
Favorite track: Flames In My Eyes.
AVICHI is the sole vision of black metal multi-instrumentalist Andrew Markuszewski (aka Aamonael), who was an initial member of notorious U.S. black metal act Nachtmystium and once again a now ex-member of Nachtmystium respectively as Markuszewski has made several appearances in-and-out of Nachtmystium’s existence. It is also important to note that Markuszewski also is one of the main musicians and driving forces in his other band, namely the blackened doom metal abomination, and the latest addition to the Profound Lore roster, namely LORD MANTIS.
But AVICHI is Markuszewski’s sole outlet, with no interference from anyone else whatsoever, to show that he is one of America’s most obsessive visionaries in its black metal scene. Forming in 2006 and releasing the debut album “The Divine Tragedy” only showed promise at what AVICHI had to offer. But it wasn’t until AVICHI’s Profound Lore debut, “The Devil’s Fractal” where awareness would build even more. And this awareness which will go that much further with the new AVICHI album “Catharsis Absolute” in solidifying AVICHI as one of the premiere U.S. black metal bands today.
In what was initially supposed to be released in the summer of 2013 and been pushed back in several occasions, it has been quite the journey and task for Markuszewski to realize his true vision for the best AVICHI album he’s ever crafted. Through the many re-mixes and re-mastering sessions in what has undoubtedly been one of the most obsessive recordings Profound Lore has ever been involved with, “Catharsis Absolute” has finally seen its creation realized the way it was meant to sound and be presented throughout the many trials and tribulations that would inevitably lead to the album’s true manifestation.
Overall, “Catharsis Absolute” sees AVICHI create a wholly new expression of virulent yet enlightening sophisticated black metal and sees Markuszewski create his most accomplished musical work to date.
released January 21, 2014
Recorded by Andrew Ragin at Wall To Wall studios, mixed by Sanford Parker, and mastered by Collin Jordan.