We’re excited to join forces again with French satanic black metal horde Noavae Militiae, as we prepare then imminent release for the first time ever on analog formats of ”Topheth“ , their brand new third full-length LP (released on CD earlier last year on Goathorned Productions), this time presented to you via Sentient Ruin as a glorious limited edition three-sided double LP with etched D-side and on a limited edition cassette tape release.
On the hideous opus the French satanic legion further refine and sharpen their mortal aural blade, slicing reality into shreds to reveal a massive gaping aural wound that oozes and festers with the abhorrent virulence of complete armageddon. In its boundless glorification of destruction and inhumanity, “Topheth” gives orthodox satanism its most arrogant and intransigent voice, weaving an impenetrable fog of artillery-like drum machines, face-taring screams, and walls of deformed fretwork annihilation to trace the ravaging trajectories of complete torment and abandon. The negativity-encompassing album once again assumes a sinister ritualistic and liturgical splendor as well as the iconic theological and biblical delineations that have made this band so recognizable and unique through a marvelous juxtaposition of atmosphere and ferocity, threading a diseased tapestry of inverted sermons and perverse summonings to serve as textural backdrop to its primordial wrath of complete black metal incineration.
This release is the second collaboration with the French miscreants and it mirrors the one we did for Novae Militiae’s sophomore LP as well, “Gash’khalah”, first also released by Goathorned on CD and then reissued in 2018 as a three-sided 2xLP and tape by Sentient Ruin shortly after.
The vinyl edition will be available as a limited edition clear red/black “galaxy” three sided 2LP with etched D side (100 units only, not wholesaled or distributed) or as a standard black vinyl edition inside a high quality matte laminated gatefold sleeve with black flood inside the pockets, poly-lined inner sleeves, and download card.
The cassette tape edition will be a limited run with full color j-card, and download card inside a black slipcase silkscreened with red metallic ink.
“Topheth” vinyl and tapes are scheduled for an official January 22, 2021 street date along with a digital release via all main streaming platforms, and all formats are currently pre-ordeable via our web shop or Bandcamp page.
Mysterious, recluse, and hermetically obscure, as is in the proudest French black metal tradition, Novae Militiae are sonic miscreants of the most vile and unholy form – an entity devoted to the unravelling of the most wretched tales and of the most horrific aural desecration imaginable. Nothing is known about the band, their origins, intents, nor the members that form it. As such Novae Militiae are one of those rare cases these days in which the music truly is the only thing that speaks, and indeed it does speak in a mysterious and ominous tongue, from a place of immeasurable malevolence. As in their peers like Deathspell Omega, Novae Militiae spew forth a chaotic and hideous deluge of utter destruction which obsessively deals with theological themes from a deconstructive standpoint, aiming at empirically tearing down every holy notion embraced by man and mocking it in blasphemous carnage. Through a sonic framework of apocalyptically violent compositions, otherworldly atmospheres, and surreal commentary about the mockery and utter ridicule that is the theological realm of men, Novae Militiae have created a blood-soaked sonic armageddon that is drenched in utmost hatred for the human race and all its false and empty idols.