Merrimack have announced Japanese tour dates in support of their latest album ”Omegaphilia”, which was released on June 09th 2017. The Parisian black metal fanatics will hit the road to Japan in November, where they will join Marduk for four shows. A full list of confirmed dates can be found below.
The band stated this about the tour:
“9 Years after our successful USA tour with the mighty Marduk, Merrimack will support the Swedish devils again for 4 shows in Japan this November. We are stoked to explore the Nippon territories for the first time, and deliver some pure french Black Metal, played with devotion and faith, to the maniacs there. It’s a brand new experience for us, but it will definitely leave a mark on the Japanese crowd as well!”
Merrimack Japan tour dates with Marduk:
22 Nov 18 Osaka (JP) Fan J Twice
23 Nov 18 Nagoya (JP) Imaike 3 Stars
24 Nov 18 Tokyo (JP) Cyclone
25 Nov 18 Tokyo (JP) Cyclone
Merrimack will be playing in support of their latest release ”Omegaphilia”, which was released on June 9th, 2017.
The cover art of ”Omegaphilia”, which has been created by Dehn Sora and the album’s track-list can be viewed below.
1. Cauterizing Cosmos
2. The Falsified Son
3. Apophatic Weaponry
4. Gutters of Pain
5. Sights in the Abysmal Lure
6. Cesspool Coronation
7. At the Vanguard of Deception
Musicians as any artists can be roughly categorized into different groups by their approach to composing. There are those for example, who come with restless souls and always try to find new ways and break into uncharted territories. Others prefer to evolve within a certain genre, driven by a desire to hone their skills and striving to bring their art to perfection. Merrimack as black metal traditionalists obviously belong to the latter circle and their fifth full-length with the apocalyptic title ”Omegaphilia” is an impressive demonstration of how far the French band has matured.
Merrimack are breathing fresh life into an exhausted genre, not by heaping up epithets such as progressive, post-, and avant-garde, but by razor-sharp songwriting, captivating melodies, and close to perfect arrangements. ”Omegaphilia” achieves excellence through hard work and experience that shows through on every single song.
Merrimack were founded by guitarist Perversifier in 1994 with a clear vision to keep the black metal flame burning as an act of aesthetic terrorism – as adamantly based in the underground as opposed to any attempts to co-opt, commercialize, or turn the style into a self-parody.
With a number of demo recordings (”Prologue” – 1995, ”Act 1” – 1995, ”Horns Defeat Thorns” – 2001) and split releases (with Hirilorn in 1998 and Sargeist in 2002), the French gained respect in the scene by remaining true to their words. Although Merrimack decided to reach out to a larger audience with the release of their first full-length ”Ashes of Purification”(2002), the Parisians did not sever their roots with the underground at any time.
”Of Entropy and Life Denial” (2006) and ”Grey Rigorism” (2009) followed and witnessed Merrimack closing ranks with the most influential, active, and authentic acts of the French black metal scene. Their classic combination of harsh sound with epic structures appealed to critics and fans alike and put the band on their celebrated first US tour with Marduk and Nachtmystium in 2009.
Following the recording of ”The Acausal Mass” (2012) again in the legendary Necromorbus Studio (Watain, DESTRÖYER 666), Merrimack embarked on a European tour with Norwegian icons Mayhem and accepted invitations to prestigious festivals such as Hellfest in their native France, Germany’s Party-San Open Air and Summer Breeze and Montreal’s Messe des Morts in Canada.
Perversifier – guitars
Vestal – vocals
A.K. – guitars
Daethorn – bass
Blastum – drums
Aldrahn – vocals on “Cesspool Coronation”
Frater Stephane (NKRT) – rituals on “Cauterizing Cosmos”
The Chorale of Cachan – choir on “At the Vanguard of Deception”
Recording, mix, mastering: Andrew Guillotin at Hybreed Studios, France
Cover art: Dehn Sora
Gatefold vinyl in various colors
Booking contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out the full stream of their latest release “Omegaphilia” here, enjoy it: