Chicago doom/sludge eclectics I Klatus will release the new album “Nagual Sun” October 13th via digital download and analog (cassette) formats. The highly anticipated follow-up to 2012’s “Kether” is the band’s third full-length album (and fifth release overall). An official video for album track “Sorcerer’s Gaze” is available in the player below.
The overall sound of “Nagual Sun” maintains the gritty roots for which I Klatus is known, while at the same time launches the group into new and more fully fleshed-out dimensions of weirdness. Tom Denney is the primary soothsayer behind I Klatus. Denney, whose background is steeped in the visual arts, has provided artwork and monsters for a laundry list of signed metal acts in the community (Kylesa, Black Cobra, Samothrace, Cannibal Corpse, Cephalic Carnage and Rwake just to name a few). His guitar squalls hard against the shores of this stoner metal effort, but also manages to rise above the storm in melodic hymns. Denney trades growling vocals with bass player, John E. Bomher, Jr. (Bury The Machines, Yakuza), who keeps things grinding nicely, while also providing some sweeter tones when they let songs open up and sweep across more ethereal planes.
Bomher doubles as the band’s producer with his extensive experience in the studio; his work on the album sets this release head and shoulders above their previous efforts in terms of production quality. The drums are championed by Chris Wozniak (Lair of the Minotaur, Earthen Grave, Serpent Crown) who metes out doom in guttural timing. Wozniak just pounds and pounds, hitting that sonic-pocket, which gives the stoner/doom genre its feeling of lift and expansiveness. Some noises and textures by former member, Robert Bauwens, are also tucked into the nooks and crannies of these tracks.
The track listing for the album is:
1. Beneath the Waves
2. Serpent Cults
3. Sorcerer’s Gaze
4. Moment of Devastation
1. The Alivist
2. Jaws of the Shark
3. Father John Thomas (The Penitent)
4. Final Communion
Check out “Sorcerer’s Gaze” here: