Bull of Apis Bull of Bronze – Offerings of Flesh and Gold

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Bull of Apis Bull of Bronze – Offerings of Flesh and Gold

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I made a pseudonymous appearance on drums for this album and later ended up mixing and mastering it as well. We worked on this album throughout the last year. A little about the project:

Bull of Apis Bull of Bronze is a collective against hierarchies, and the power structures that divide and separate humanity. The power that you feel inside you should be focused as a knife point into the hearts of those that only know how to consume, and those that live off the backs of the downtrodden… We aim to use the frustration, anger, and horror of our time to pursue meaningful change. Black metal is about power. That fire in your belly can be harnessed. It can be pointed in a direction that moves us forward. That is what we hope to accomplish.

Guitar, bass, vocals, synths, and hand drums recorded by their Achaierai and Athshean at their respective studios. Drums were tracked and the album was mixed and mastered at Big Name Recording Studio.

Digital released on A Moment of Clarity Recordings. Cassettes will be available shortly via Tridroid Records.

Treble – Offerings of Flesh and Gold Full Review

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Bull of Apis Bull of Bronze : Offerings of Flesh and Gold

“…The focus, power, and beautiful of these compositions, along with their masterful pacing both internally and over the course of Offerings of Flesh and Gold, place Bull of Apis Bull of Bronze’s debut up in the echelons of truly great affecting extreme metal, alongside other greats like Wolves in the Throne Room and Neurosis. There is no such thing as interior versus exterior politics, and they know this; politics is the material result in the world of some great undeniable motivating force that dwells in the spirit, and it is toward this spirit that Bull of Apis Bull of Bronze so powerfully gesture and attempt to communicate. This is, without a doubt, one of the very finest records of the year and a powerful contribution to the two worlds of black metal and of political music.”

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Heavy Blog Is Heavy – Offerings of Flesh and Gold Blurb

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Kvlt Kolvmn // June 2019

“Ah. Black metal and politics. For some, ne’er the twain shall meet. For others, it’s a principal driver behind why they do (or don’t) listen to the music. Whatever side of this divide you find yourself on, it would be very difficult to argue against the fact that politics has become (and, frankly, has always been) a key component of black metal as a genre. Colorado/Washington-based black metal monolith Bull of Apis Bull of Bronze make no attempt to hide the political undertones of their music, staring point blank on their Bandcamp page that there’s is music ”hoping to channel that energy into creating tangible change.” If that isn’t a shot across the bow of black metal’s most controversial topic I don’t know what is. Whether or not you find their politics agreeable, BoABoB are using extreme music as a vehicle to achieve political ends, and if we’re to judge that vehicle’s value by the quality of the music, were most certainly headed toward societal change in a somehow eco-friendly V8. ”

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Invisible Oranges Premiere: Bull of Apis Bull of Bronze – Offerings of Flesh and Gold

Bull of Apis Bull of Bronze’s Almighty Anthem for the Disenfranchised

“There’s something to be said for chaos: unrule, disorder, and entropy define our modern existence perhaps better than any of their positive antitheses. It’s in this veritable gauntlet of human destruction that extreme forms of music thrive, though it’s a total misconception to assume that “fringe music” is always overly hyperbolic or necessarily panders to exaggeration. There’s actually a clear, realistic message spewing forth from the void; the darkest dawn imaginable still holds profound meaning, it’s just up to the artistry and creativity of those who can access it to, well, actually convey it. It’s here where Colorado/Washington-based black metal outfit Bull of Apis Bull of Bronze make a mark with their debut full-length Offerings of Flesh and Gold, which we are honored to host in an exclusive full stream below.”

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Piranarama – The Parasite

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Piranarama – The Parasite

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14 years ago, in 2005, I decided that I wanted to start a band.*

I never started that band. But I did write the instrumentals for its debut album. These are those songs.

The writing process for this album overlaps with the writing process for my album Retail Monkey – ADD/Nihilism, which was released in 2017. Retail Monkey’s songs were written between 2004 and 2007. Piranarama’s songs were written in the middle of 2005. While Retail Monkey was intended to be whatever Steve, Joel, and I could imagine, regardless of if we thought it was playable or remotely sensible, Piranarama was definitely intended to be a live act.

At the time I could play most of the guitar and bass parts for this album, but the drums were a few years beyond my skills. I wanted to take the position of one of the guitarists in the live act and find people to play the other instruments, as well as someone to do vocals since I hadn’t yet developed a workable scream. I never made it happen, and eventually the idea fell by the wayside…

When I finished up recording the drums for A God or an Other’s Chaotic Symbiosis in February 2017, I decided on a whim that I might as well finally record Piranarama while my drum mics were still set up. I knew these songs through and through after all the years of imagining them and ended up recording the drums in a single day with no click or reference tracks. I recorded the guitars and bass over the next week. I didn’t write vocals back in 2005, since I intended to have someone else do them, so I took a few months to place words over the vocal patterns I had always imagined. The vocals were recorded in May of 2017.

At this point the project sat for a year while I worked on other things and while Laura and I moved from Washington to Colorado. I put a few finishing touches on the tracks in May of 2018 and then worked on mixing until October, when I decided it was done. This album was actually 100% complete before the aforementioned Chaotic Symbiosis, which we released in November, as well as my other recent solo album Grim Christmas, which I put out in December. Those release dates were solidified already, so it made more sense to me to wait a bit to put this one out. I selected the release date as 2 years from the day that I started recording the album.

This album is a period piece. It represents my own spin on the type of music that was popular in the Redwood City scene at the time. It’s nice to have it as a finished product after all this time, chuggy breakdowns and all.

*Technically, “another band,” as I was already in a few bands at the time. However, none of them that played anything like this kind of music.

 

Cassettes were made in the print shop and are available via Big Name Records and Bandcamp.

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