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INSECT ARK announce album + first song

INSECT ARK announce album + first song

INSECT ARK, featuring Dana Schechter (SWANS) and Tim Wyskida (KHANATE), release their new album, "Raw Blood Singing", on June 7. At the outer realms of avant-Metal, psych-Doom, and experimental Goth, INSECT ARK fiercely refuses the trappings of simple genre categorization.

The album was mixed by Colin Marston (KRALLICE, GORGUTS) and mastered by James Plotkin. Colin Marston and Ville Leppilahti (ORANSSI PAZUZU) contribute to the record as guest musicians. Cover photography by Chris Friel and layout design/composites courtesy of Dana Schechter.


01. Birth of a Black Diamond
02. The Frozen Lake
03. Youth Body Swayed
04. Cleaven Hearted
05. The Hands
06. Psychological Jackal
07. Inverted Whirlpool
08. Ascension

Schechter and Wyskida, who deconstructed and re-imagined INSECT ARK in the lead-up to the new album, release a preview of "Raw Blood Singing" with the arrival of 'Youth Body Swayed'. A notable shift for the band is the decision to add Schechter's vocals to their music, with previous INSECT ARK releases having been instrumental.

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"Embracing evolution and fearless exploration are the core instincts of INSECT ARK," Schechter shares. "Writing the album ignited an awakening. It was in this inspired environment that I tried singing again, after a 10-year break. Encouraged by Tim, our manager, and in other collaborations such as recording vocals on SWANS 'The Beggar' – to my surprise, it felt great to sing again. I felt like I was creeping out of a deep cave after hibernation, blinking awkwardly into the bright and uncomfortable light of springtime."

Wyskida explains how he came to join Schechter, permanently, in INSECT ARK: "Shortly after Dana asked me to play shows with INSECT ARK in 2022, she asked if I'd like to play on the new album. I expected to mostly replicate pre-existing ideas. We started digging in and it turned into a full on collaboration, with most of the original ideas and arrangements being completely reworked. We spent the better part of a year working on the music, daily. To my ear, the result is incredibly potent."

Over the eight-songs, INSECT ARK weaves a lush, bleak, vast and expansive landscape as they move from whispers of synth to a monstrous wall-of-sound via Schechter's blistering lap steel playing, diabolical bass-work and the mammoth, searing power of Wyskida's drums.

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"Raw Blood Singing" will be released on CD, vinyl and digitally on June 7th. Specially designed t-shirts will accompany the launch. Pre-orders are possible via our EUUS and Bandcamp shops.

The record release show for 'Raw Blood Singing' will be the live premiere of the new songs, taking place in Berlin (Germany) at Neue Zukunft on June 7th. This concert marks another first, with the live band expanded into a trio, with the addition of Berlin-based musician Lynn Wright on lap steel and electric guitars. Tickets on sale on Friday March 22nd at 2 PM CET (check here)!

Posted on 03-21-2024 | Category: Insect Ark