Montreal musician Eric Quach has been making music as Thisquietarmy since 2005, amassing a musical output of more than 20 releases since starting the project. His next one is titled Anthems for Catharsis, marking the follow-up to last year's Rebirths, and the first LP of original material since 2013's Hex Mountains. It arrives later this week, but Exclaim! is streaming it in its entirety right now.
The new set of songs originated in Quach's Montreal studio, where he made a conscious effort to stretch the boundaries of the oft-repetitive genres of ambient and drone. This time around, he stripped the music down to its bones, focusing on purification and detoxification. In the process, he "struck a black metal vein, resulting in a dark and brooding ice cold oozing of his signature drones."
From the eerie opening notes and slow-building suspense of "Ruminations" to the onslaught of percussion throughout "Purgation/Purification" to the industrial airiness of "From Darkness Redux," Thisquietarmy presents an array of intricate, icy and always intriguing pieces on Anthems of Catharsis.
You can see Thisquietarmy's upcoming European live dates here, which wrap up with a homecoming show at Montreal's Casa del Popolo on June 13. The new record officially lands on May 15 via TQA Records/Consouling Sounds, but you can give it an advanced spin in the player below right now.