12 O'Clock Track: "Seclusion" by Ævangelist, who play LiveWire Lounge on Saturday

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The cover of Omen Ex Simulacra
  • The cover of Omen Ex Simulacra
I first covered Ævangelist a year ago, upon encountering their 2012 full-length debut, De Masticatione Mortuorum in Tumulis (Voidhanger). That album was among my picks for In Rotation: "This mysterious band—split between Portland, Oregon, and Arlington Heights, Illinois—belongs to the 'crawling chaos' school of death metal," I wrote. (Or black metal? These things are rarely as clear-cut as one might wish.) "Like a plague of insects, its formless dark is incalculably huge but moves with terrifying speed: layers of keening and buzzing converge like swarming wings, and guitars flash like faceted eyes from a murk of cavernous growling and serpentine bass."

At the time I assumed I'd never have a chance to see Ævangelist in the flesh. As far as I could tell the band had only two members, living two time zones apart—not the sort of arrangement that screams, "Yes, we are definitely going to put together a touring band!" But lo and behold, they're playing Saturday at LiveWire Lounge. (I'm gonna head over after the Whammies set at Constellation, because my musical taste makes no sense.)

According to the press release for a February 21 double-LP reissue of De Masticatione Mortuorum in Tumulis on Swedish label Blood Harvest, Ævangelist consists of Matron Thorn (credited with "music/noise") and Ascaris ("voices"). M. Thorn is also the sole consistent member of Benighted in Sodom, a prolific bedroom black-metal project that has included Ascaris for live shows. Ævangelist appears to have a touring bass player who goes by ][ (or something like that), but frankly I don't even know how many people to expect onstage.

Today's 12 O'Clock Track is from the second Ævangelist LP, Omen Ex Simulacra (Debemur Morti), released in late November. "Seclusion" is a gnashing, evil tornado of a song—it sounds like a cloud of apocalyptic messengers dispassionately scouring the planet of life. Enjoy!

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