French black metal cultists MERRIMACK have announced a headlining European tour. The “Remnants of the Void” tour begins on Apr. 21 and travels throughout central Europe. A full list of confirmed MERRIMACK dates can be found below.
MERRIMACK are touring in support of their new album ‘Omegaphilia’; coming June 9. An extreme, relentless take on pitch-black metal, “Omegaphilia” is available for pre-order across multiple CD and LP formats at the Season of Mist E-Shop.
MERRIMACK are streaming the first new track from ‘Omegaphilia’. The track, an abrasive, dissonant opus is streaming now at No Clean Singing.
Regarding the new track, MERRIMACK comments: “For this song, as on the whole album, we wanted to come back to something more rooted in the 90’s. With a less complex structure, and a sound not as modern and claustrophobic as on our latest albums, ‘Apophatic Weaponry’ still has our characteristic moody atmosphere with some crawling mid-tempos riffs. This is especially noticeable on the second half of the track. Our lyrics are dealing with the special connection between beings and their faith, even though it is constructed on a void trying to fill in another vacant space of nothingness. The divine cannot be observed, demonstrated, except by its consequences. In the end, this is the definition of faith as opposed to reason. This concept of negative theology is a mystical approach towards the divine that attempts to describe it through the impossibility of describing it. Eckhart. Jacob Böhme and most of the German mystics tried to increase their faith with such notions.”
The cover art and track list for ‘Omegaphilia’ can be found below:
1. Cauterizing Cosmos
2. The Falsified Son
3. Apophatic Weaponry (click here to stream, also available on Spotify)
4. Gutters of Pain
5. Sights in the Abysmal Lure
6. Cesspool Coronation
7. At the Vanguard of Deception
MERRIMACK were founded by guitarist Perversifier in 1994 with a clear vision to keep the black metal flame burning as an act of aesthetic terrorism – adamantly based in the underground as opposed to any attempts to co-opt or commercialize.
With a number of demo recordings under their belt in the mid 90’s, the French gained recognition and respect in the scene for being true to their words. Following the release of 3 well-received full-lengths, the Parisians remained dedicated to their roots firmly lodged in dirty, grime, and fanatical passion. The band’s daft combination of harsh soundscapes with epic songwriting appealed to critics and fans alike, allowing the band to embark on their celebrated first US-tour with MARDUK and NACHTMYSTIUM in 2009.
Following the recording of last album, (‘The Acausal Mass’, 2012) with the legendary Necromorbus Studio (WATAIN, DESTRÖYER 666), MERRIMACK embarked on a European tour with Norwegian genre icons MAYHEM and accepted invitations to prestigious festivals such as Hellfest in their native France, Germany’s Party-San Open Air and Summer Breeze and Montreal’s Messe des Morts in Canada.
Having firmly established their black name and message around the globe, MERRIMACK are currently preparing to release their next milestone of extreme black metal with a malicious underground spirit this year.
MERRIMACK tour dates
Apr. 7 Nantes (FR) @ Ferrailleur (Venom Fest IV)
Apr. 14 Arnhem (NL) @ Willemeen (+Wrang)
Apr. 15 Rotterdam (NL) @ Baroeg (Conspiracy Of The Damned Fest)
Apr. 21 Löberschütz (DE) @ Gleisberg
Apr. 22 Olten (CH) @ Provisorium 8
Apr. 23 Berlin (DE) @ Blackland
Apr. 24 Strakonice (CZ) @ Na Kremelce
Apr. 25 Banska Bystrica (SK) @ Tartaros
Apr. 26 Budapest (HU) @ Dürer Kert
Apr. 27 Cluj Napoca (RO) @ Hard Club
Apr. 28 Belgrade (RS) @ Fest Klub