Canada’s sinister theatrical Black Metal consortium known as THE PROJECTIONIST return with their highly anticipated fifth full-length operetta, The Stench of Amalthia, arrived on CD and cassette formats via Moribund Records on April 17th. Mastermind Lörd Matzigkeitus, alongside his evil cohorts Parageist, Ghast, Destroyer, Malphas, present original concepts and storylines in place of the usual black metal oratory. Musically, The Projectionist use classic heavy metal song structuring that embodies all the hooks & the essence of true heavy metal within a modern black/death metal context.
The Projectionist’s full theatrical stage performances depart the confines of traditional black metal and elevate the inherent darkness to a new level of high art. Supported by a nefarious cast of characters which change through every album, forthcoming albums from The Projectionist are to be full operettas or plays set to black metal, where characters from the complex storylines are portrayed by a different vivacious vocal style.
The band’s fifth album and Moribund Records debut, The Stench of Amalthia, marks a new dawn for The Projectionist: faster, harsher, and more hateful than its predecessor. TSOA is also crafted into an immersive, chilling horror experience complete with sound effects (and of course, ruthless black metal).
In this second necrotic black metal opera, the story falls upon an aging, dying former Film Noire starlet, Amalthia Grahame, isolated in her palatial home. Her physician, Dr. Bendix, sends a young nurse named Evelyn to tend to Amalthia’s final days, as a live-in nurse for palliative care. When left alone with the old withering actress, gruesome and macabre events unfold to wield death, torture and satanic forces against the poor fragile Nurse… and all who’d call upon the Mansion looking for her.
Bask in the evocative performances of Aven Haunts as Amalthia and Evelyn, Caeser Tiberius as Dr. Bendix and the unholy master of otherworldly shrieking himself, Lörd Matzigkeitus. As the vile, climactic shredding of The Projectionist oozes oubliette theatrical darkness, every lost crevice in your mind is made a terrifyingly unsafe place to hide!
Why has Nurse Evelyn become so weak? What is the story behind the shadowy Dr. Bendix? Who is Amalthia Grahame… and why do people around her keep dying? Answers to all these questions and more are unveiled through the course of the 10 epic acts from The Projectionist!
Mastered by Jack Butcher at Enormous Door Studios (Darkthrone).
Mixed by Russell Drury (Lord Matzigkeitus, The Projectionist).
Recorded by Destroyer at GetGrim Studio.
Cover art by Maxime Taccardi.