Progressive metal outfit Khôrada – a new project consisting of former Agalloch members Don Anderson (guitar), Jason Walton (bass) and Aesop Dekker (drums) alongside ex-Giant Squid guitarist/vocalist Aaron John Gregory – have announced the release of their debut studio album. The record will be titled Salt and will be released on July 20 on Prophecy Records. Don Anderson said the following of the record:
“SALT is what a collection of musicians, each with over 20 years of experience, sound like when they start over from zero. All the music on this album was composed immediately following the conclusion of both Agalloch and Giant Squid. For all of us, this is what rebuilding, reorganizing, and reimagining sounds like.”
The band also premiered the first taste of the new record in the form of an epic, nearly 12-minute track titled “Ossify”. Aaron John Gregory said of the new tune:
“”Ossify” was the last song we wrote for SALT, with the sole purpose in mind of it being the big closer on the record. By premiering this track first, we may be giving away the ending of the movie. But, we’d rather think of it as a flash forward – leaving the listener to ponder all that came before it – especially considering the strange yet fitting “futuristic” vibe of the song, thanks in large part to the contribution of lush keyboards by Andrew Southard from Giant Squid. Lyrically “Ossify” explores what I imagine may transpire after all the often dystopian themes told throughout SALT.”
Check out the track below alongside the album’s artwork and track listing.
Pre-order Salt here.
- Seasons Of Salt
- Water Rights
- Glacial Gold
- Wave State