Greek folk / post black metal band Aherusia returns with its 5th studio album titled “Bacchus~Epiphanies of the Crazy God“, scheduled for release on December 3rd 2022 via vinylstore.gr. “Bacchous ~Epiphanies of the Crazy God” is a journeying, sorrowful, reverent, fearless and revolutionary work. Loyal to their folk metal/post black pursuits, Aherusia create, based in musical paths and ways found in the Near East. Musical motifs of Greek folk music also appear in the material to be deconstructed and create something new afterwards. The rhythm section was drawn from paroxysmal motifs, the dithyramb, the Pontic firedance, the ecstatic rhythms of the “anastenaria”, the rhythms of the road, the Zeibeckico/aptalico. Fibonacci rhythmic sequences accompany melodies that coexist at the exact same time, creating a new melody while keeping their sonic identity clear. The chorus that can be heard throughout the album comprises of actors from the band’s artistic collective. The album itself was recorded live, with no keys or samples used and almost no editing at all, in a conscious effort to make it as straightforward and direct as possible.
Bacchus/Zagreas/Dionysus, in this merry-go-round of symbolism that governs his myths, is a god who is not afraid to follow the mortal path -a god persecuted from everywhere: by every power, by every fearful tyrant. He is a god who exalts human nature, taking for granted the equality of the sexes (whatever they eventually turn out to be as a basis for self-definition). For this mad god, it is unthinkable that people should be deprived of food, education and joy. They are given in abundance for all, if the contradictions and obstacles, which our fear has created, are set aside. His message is a message that breaks the cycle of violence. The methexis with him is orgiastic and thunderous as is this unfathomable truth. The ecstasy he offers is paroxysmal because it simply goes beyond the artificial limits of the laws of this modern “proper” society and state. He is mad because even in his unrestrained rebelliousness he asks and seeks composition, convocation, forgiveness. What could be more relevant than such a message today? What is more necessary?
This disc is addressed to every person who starts the revolution in small things and follows this path without considering the interest or the cost. This album talks about the hero we need so much today. The hero who is so alone by his choices, the hero that we can each forge in ourselves, so that at last one day something will change. You can get a first taste of the upcoming album, since Aherusia have just revealed the song “Βακχεία – Rapture” that you can listen to below. “Bacchus~Epiphanies of the Crazy God” is already available for pre-order via their label’s web-shopin the following formats:
- 2CD (contains the disc in two performances. One with brutal vocals and one with clean)
- Black Vinyl
- Black Vinyl + Original woodcut print hand-printed by the artist Fotis Varthis. Limited Edition to 50 copies.
1. Άπτερος Ίπτασαι (Wingless Through You Fly)
2. Άξιος Ταύρος (A Sacrifice That Matters)
3. Πάλιν Έλθών (The Reckoning)
4. Βακχεία (Rapture)
5. Επορεύθην Άνέστιος (I Roamed Alone)
6. Ανάστειτε Άνδρείαν Άνελκείν (Rise and Raise Valor)
7. Άδου Ήλιος (Sun of Hades)