Brooklyn’s Castevet released their incredible debut album, Mounds Of Ash, in May 2010. Had it come out eight months or so later, the band surely would have been included in several of the many think pieces published by mainstream outlets in 2011 on the subject of American black metal. But Castevet were a year early. And then they kinda disappeared. Not entirely, of course: They played here and there; in New York City, you’d still see frontman Andrew Hock at shows; last February, they recruited Krallice frontman Nick McMaster to play bass. But in terms of new music, they sat out 2011 and 2012, probably halting whatever momentum they’d built up with Mounds. But some three and a half years later, Hock and co. are finally set to drop a follow-up: Castevet’s sophomore album, Obsian, will be released in October. I’ve heard the whole thing, and I’ll say without hesitation it’s fantastic: Earth-scorching black metal with a heavy math/prog side. We’ve got the first track to be released from Obsian, “As Fathomed By Beggars And Victims,” and it really nicely showcases the band’s sonic duality, while also just rocking very, very hard. Listen.
Obsian is out 10/15 via Profound Lore.