Cape Town band Wildernessking, whose precise genre escapes definition, yet seems to incorporate a fusion between black and post-metal, are poised for the release of their anticipated Mystical Future second album and follow-up to 2012’s debut full-length The Writing Of Gods In The Sand, arriving in January 2016. The band have recently released in short succession: artwork for the vinyl edition of Mystical Future; a short teaser for their next promotional video, and; a full length track from the forthcoming Mystical Future titled ‘With Arms Like Wands’.
The vinyl cover artwork features a picture taken by Eckardt Kasselman from the beach in Noordhoek, a beautiful part of the picturesque Southern Peninsula nearby Cape Town; with the final design completed by Rouleaux van der Merwe.
Wildernessking, ever appealing to the nature of the collector, have orchestrated a multi-layered release offering: a vinyl edition to be released by Sick Man Getting Sick Records, based out of Germany (link); on CD by Les Acteurs De L’Ombre Productions from France (link), and; also on cassette by Grimoire Cassette Cvlture (link) in the USA, and Monotonstudio Records (link) in Europe. The recording of Mystical Future took place in Wildernessking‘s home city of Cape Town, under curatorship of Daniel Thackwray of Big House Recording Studios, with mixing and mastering done by Jack Shirley of The Atomic Garden in the USA.
In talking with the band, we asked if what can be expected from the new album will be a revisit of previous releases, or if we should expect something entirely new.
“I would definitely say it’s a combination of both, a consolidation of previous breakthroughs and an evolution in songwriting. We expanded on what was apparent on the first album, and in the process made a more dynamic, cohesive and varied album. With this album, we feel that we’re beginning to find our unique sound.” ~ Keenan Oakes (vocals/bass guitar, Wildernessking)
The band intends a few local launch shows around the time of release, but remain tight-lipped about exact dates and venues at present as all focus remains on the release itself. For information on pre-orders which will be opening up soon, keep an eye on the band’s facebook page.