AZKETEM set release date for new album

Darkness Shall Rise Productions is proud to present Azketem’s highly anticipated second album, self-titled Azketem, on CD, vinyl LP, and cassette tape formats. The CD and tape versions shall be released on June 6th while the vinyl version shall be released on July 4th.

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Devotees of black metal with a penchant for etherial, melancholic atmospheres, take heed. Hailing from Germany and founded by the band’s sole member Azken in 2018, this self-titled second full-length of Azketem showcases eight remarkably well-written songs drenched in bittersweet bleakness.

A display of sheer talent, these predominantly mid-paced tracks – soothingly introspective, enchantingly otherworldly – take the attentive listener places. The majority of the album’s tracks aren’t shorter than seven minutes, allowing the compositions to fully unfold their meditative trance. The whole album is deeply imbued with a sense of escapist yearning, not least because of Azken’s extraordinary, mostly clean vocals. This – coupled with addictive, repetitive riffs, great bass-lines, and the occasional use of keyboards to amplify the overall atmosphere – make for an outstanding album not to be missed by anyone into ingeniously crafted melancholic metal.