Philadelphia avant-garde metal quartet Cleric have announced the release of their long-awaited sophomore album, and follow-up to 2010’s Regressions. The new record will be titled Retrocausal and will see a release through Web of Mimicry on December 8. The release was recorded, mixed and mastered by Colin Marston and will feature nine new tracks. The album will also feature guest appearances from John Zorn, Mick Barr (Krallice) and Timba Harris (Secret Chiefs 3). Vocalist/keyboardist Nick Shellenberger offered the following statement regarding the record’s conceptual nature:
“Lyrically, Retrocausal opens a window into a bleak sci-fi landscape plagued by environmental fallout, in which corrupt governments send their citizens to die, and centers around one submarine crew that learns of their intended fate and chooses to pursue the beyond, despite the terrors that await. Told from different perspectives throughout the record, it’s a story of hope, fear, uncertainty, and constant struggle in the face of failure and death, and in search of something that may never be.”
The album’s artwork and track listing can be found below, along with a stream of new track “Ifrit”. Pre-order the record here.
1) The Treme (ft. Timba Harris, violin)
3) Lowell (Beef)
5) Soroboruo (ft. Mick Barr, guitar)
7) The Spiraling Abyss
9) Grey Lodge (ft. John Zorn, alto saxophone)