Ipsissimus: first single off "The Way of Descent" now live! Tracklisting and artwork revealed!
"The Third Secret of Fatima" exclusive premier with Stereo Gum's Haunting the Chapel! Pre-orders now live!
Agoura Hills, CA – April 18th, 2011 – The New Haven, CT based blasphemers IPSISSIMUS have selected the track The Third Secret of Fatima as the band's first single off the band's Metal Blade debut, The Way of Descent (out May 24). The track can be heard exclusively on Stereo Gum's metal column Haunting the Chapel HERE. Be sure to check out the track and leave your comment.
Drummer Haimatokharmes comments on the first single, The Third Secret of Fatima: "One of the songs Metal Blade will be promoting for the album is The Third Secret of Fatima. We are especially proud of this one on account of its synthesis of blast, melody, ritual drums, all played in the old fashion. Longtime fans know it from our self-released 'Fatima EP' and I must say it is the song people usually tell us is their favorite out of the trinity. The lyrics are a collaborative effort (written in English and Coptic), but they are straight old-school Satanism, a blend of blasphemy and devil-worship. Bless!"
Drummer Haimatokharmes fills us in on the artwork and layout for The Way of Descent: "IPSISSIMUS is very pleased to present the artwork for our upcoming Metal Blade debut, The Way of Descent. The cover, by Brooklyn, NY artist Micki Pellerano (www.mickipellerano.wordpress.com) features all manner of ritual act, executed by man and beast, conjuring an apparition of the Egyptian fertility goddess Hathor. (IPSISSIMUS heartily endorses procreation as well as annihilation). I might add that the inlay features a 'Satanic Seraph' design, conceived by myself while reading the Niebelungenslied on a train in Rhein-Westphalia, brilliantly executed by artist Michel Jansen, of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. (I liked this so much it's now on my drum head!) Finally, the layout was designed by Alessandra Benedetti, Brooklyn artist, editor of Heartworm Press (www.theheartworm.com), and designer of 23 WLVS Press, who did a top-notch job on very little notice in giving the album a dirty yet unified look."
Tracklisting for The Way of Descent
1. The First Secret of Fatima
2. Monakhourgia / The Prince of Tyre
3. The Second Secret of Fatima
4. The Alchemist's Goatthrone
5. The Third Secret of Fatima
6. Hodos Autapophaseos
*tracks that were originally featured on the Fatima EP were re-recorded for The Way of Descent
Preorders for The Way of Descent are now live! Pick up your copy HERE.
Catch IPSISSIMUS live as they play dates in support of their impending release. More dates coming soon!
04/29 Somerville, MA PA'S Lounge w/ Black Anvil, Nachzehrer
04/30 Philadelphia, PA The Barbary w/ Krallice, Withered
05/01 Milford, CT Daniel St w/ Krallice, Black Anvil, Withered
05/02 New York, NY The Studio @ Webster Hall w/ Krallice, Withered
05/05 Worcester, MA Ralph's Diner w/ Ravage, Scaphism, Nocuous
05/21 Wallingford, CT Cherry St. Station w/ Nightbitch
05/25 Wallingford, CT Redscroll Records w/ Nachzehrer**
**the first 75 people who purchase the Ipsissimus CD at Redscroll Records will be given a ticket for admission
Tichondrius: Bass / Vocals
His Emissary: Guitar
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About the band:
IPSISSIMUS was founded when His Emissary (guitars) and Haimatokharmes (drums) met by providence on 6/6/06 in New Haven, CT, and found in one another worthy vessels of channeling the occult philosophies into ritual Black Metal. In November of that year, Tichondrius (bass/vocals) completed the trinity. Within a month they were playing concerts and released the demo Trampling the Host, a potent exercise in raw, blasting Black Metal. Over the following years, they established a reputation across New England for technical yet raw live performances, sharing the stage with both local and established Black Metal groups, such as Nachtmystium, Enslaved, Dark Funeral, Krallice, and Watain. In February 2008, IPSISSIMUS independently released the Three Secrets of Fatima EP, a complex and melodic triptych that thrust them to the forefront of the burgeoning American Black Metal scene. Matching their music to orations of black piety that draw from esoteric traditions antique and modern, often composed in the dead tongues of the ancients themselves, IPSISSIMUS initiates the listener to a Left-Hand Gnosis with a unique and irrefutable statement of American Black Metal.
Enter 2010: In June IPSISSIMUS played the Three Secrets of Fatima EP start to finish to a very enthusiastic crowd when the band opened up for legendary EYEHATEGOD and Nachtmystium. In the summer of 2010, IPSISSIMUS signed a worldwide deal with Metal Blade Records and entered Sonic Environments Studio in Bloomfield, CT to record the band's first full-length album and Metal Blade debut. Longtime friend of His Emissary, Jeff Weed, is not only the owner of Sonic Environments studio but has also stepped in as the band's "sonic alchemist" (aka engineer/producer). IPSISSIMUS began recording the band's debut in June 2010, took a short break, and returned to Sonic Environments studio at the end of August to finish the record. Their feature full-length will include the band's EP Three Secrets of Fatima along with three new songs. Since IPSISSIMUS has been out of the studio, the band has shared the stage (as direct support) with Deströyer 666, Unearthly Trance, Black Pyramid, Suma, and last but not least we a part of Boston Massachusetts' Born of Fire live series with Nachzehrer and featuring a screening of the occult nunsploitation film "Alucarda."