Prophecy Productions has announced its partnership with American black metallers Xasthur. From the very beginning, Xasthur has “left a deep impact on the US black metal scene and evolved into becoming one of the genre’s most notorious and mysterious acts”. In the pursuit of bringing their sound to new audiences, Xasthur’s signing with Prophecy Productions’ ever-expanding roster is the next logical step. Prophecy will launch this partnership with a new, limited edition EP that functions as an exclusive preview of Xasthur’s upcoming full length. The EP, “Aestas Pretium MXVIII”, will be sold exclusively on the forthcoming, extensive US tour – 30 dates, starting on July 21st, accompanying Six Organs of Admittance and Wino.
Starting as a one-man band, Xasthur has always been noted for its extreme introversion and commitment to dwelling in the shadows. By the early 2010’s, creator Scott Conner, formerly known as Malefic, wanted to reach beyond black metal. Today, Scott pursues a different artistic vision, which is free of scene boundaries, with a more resonating ideology; “doomgrass”. This self-coined term encompasses doom inspired vocals, disharmonic touches and a dark atmosphere while integrating instrumentation and complexity seen in folk genres such as blues and bluegrass. For this, Conner has changed his formula completely by opening up to collaboration and establishing a three person line up.
The artist had this to say:
I’m looking forward to working with Prophecy Productions. I’m glad that they are daring enough to be working with me on this new genre of music I’m building upon and that they’re giving it a chance.