. Satanath Records

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The solo project Satanath, formerly based in Russia and now ensconced in the nation of Georgia, is returning with a new album set for release on April 25th. It’s named Posthumous Album, which most people would interpret as a sign that Satanath has succumbed to death and that these tracks were left behind.


But it turns out that the meaning isn’t literal. As explained by the project’s creator Aleksey Korolyov (the owner of Satanath Records, a member of Abigorum, and former keyboardist of Taiga): “The album is posthumous in a figurative sense, since recently we all experienced death in one form or another, saying farewell to the past life.”


The title has another meaning as well. It signifies that Satanath has also moved away from the sounds of previous albums. The music on the new album is still electronic/ambient, and still carries forward the space themes of previous releases (all the songs, for example, have titles that “are made up in a complex language from the world of the Universe from where Satanath came to us”), but the style of the music is indeed markedly different, even as compared to Satanath‘s often evil and always frighteningly head-spinning 2022 album Metallized Arena – and pretty far away from anything else you’ll hear at this site.


Even Satanath‘s last album included songs geared to provoking the listener to move (“Kill the Witch“, for example), but they were still hallucinatory mind-manglers transported from some very dark and hostile realm. Based on what we can hear so far, the new album sounds more like time-traveling dance music.


The opening track of the new album’s 20 songs, “Mesinerfa“, is already out in the world. The brightness of the keyboards, the shimmer of the backing synths, and the bounce of the beat make it sound like… springtime. And then, with a quick prelude of skittering electronics the bounce becomes an even bigger pulse for the music.


Satanath layers in a lot more astral sensations, swirling and glimmering around the elevating punch of the grooves, as well as a variety of distorted vocals and tones that sound like weird radio transmissions from space.


In the album’s running order “Mesinerfa” is followed by the song we’re premiering today — “Imorarto“.


Gloomy singing with a dark-folk aspect begins this one, followed by reverberating keyboards that swell in splendor. This song also brings big grooves, and they’re the kind whose syncopation adds to the song’s connections with New Wave music from the ’80s. It’s an infectious experience for most of its duration, but begins to sound menacing by the end.


Symbol of Domination and More Hate Productions will release the album digitally and in a limited jewel-case CD edition with a 4-page booklet, featuring cover art and logo by Mosa Eye. Check out the links below for more info, and then also give a listen to another buoyant but dreamlike track from the album named “Hidonuss“.