NewsFebruary 27, 2014 4:13 PM ET1,959 views

Prosthetic Records signs Schammasch

Official press release: Prosthetic Records has announced the signing of the Basel, Switzerland-based extreme metal quartet Schammasch (aka Šamaš, the sun god from Akkadian / Babylonian mythology). Formed in 2009, Schammasch -- who combine black metal roots with a razor-sharp hybrid of dark atmospherics, doom and Hermetic mysticism -- released their debut opus "Sic Lvceat Lvx" the following year to great acclaim. (Germany's Legacy Magazine declared, "On a work of art like this one, there's only one recommendation: goeth and buyeth, and you shall not regret it!") The album was supported by performances alongside such acts as Jex Thoth, Temple of Baal, Vorkreist, Evoken and Forgotten Tomb. Schammasch will release their sophomore effort "Contradiction," an ambitious, genre-defying double album recorded and produced by Tripkyton/ex-Celtic Frost guitarist V. Santura, later this year. A sprawling, epic work over 85 minutes, presented with majestic artwork by artist Valnoir of the Metastazis Studio in Paris (Paradise Lost, Alcest, Ulver), "Contradiction" is a truly commanding work of significant importance, both to extreme music in 2014 and to the rich heritage of forward-thinking Swiss metal in general. You can listen to a sneak preview in the NSFW album trailer video here or below:

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