While Antediluvian is a frenzied, shapeless horror, Nihill is cold and forbidding, almost stately—the measured, deliberate throb that drives "Spiral" doesn't waver for eight and a half minutes. What does change are the guitars: they accumulate in layers, each one more dissonant and tortured than the last, as though the song is slowly filling from the inside out with a critical charge of malevolent, alien energy. The whole thing feels like a gnostic ritual meant to unlock the kind of secrets that ended up buried for a very good reason.
"Spiral: The Tail Eater" is a promo track from the forthcoming album Verdonkermaan, which comes out via Hydra Head on August 21. It's the final installment of a trilogy that began with Krach (2007) and continued with Grond (2009). All editions of Verdonkermaan are available for preorder, but the CD and vinyl are nearly sold out.