FROM THE ABYSS: THE PROJECTIONIST'S HARROWING TALE CONTINUES WITH 'VISITS FROM THE NIGHTHAG (PART 2)'

Jools Green
The Abyss
16th July 2019

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Lörd Matzigkeitus returns with his main band The Projectionist to continue the harrowing tale, 'Visits From The Nighthag, Part 2' and what a tale of horror it is. It will have you paralysed with intrigue, riveted to your seat as it's a compelling and deeply immersive listen that you just can't tear yourself away from. It's an ambitious work, that builds both musically and lyrically, to a frantic climax.

Lörd Matzigkeitus is once again joined by Parageist on guitar, Orpheus covering bass and orchestrations, Clytemnestra on piano and Malphas delivering drum battery with guest vocals from Caesar Tiberius of Ides Of Winter/Galaxy Black as Dr Bendix and Aven Haunts as the Nighthag.

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Also, if you are fortunate enough to be in possession of Lörd Matzigkeitus' most recent volume of poetry, 'Chapel Of Astaroth', the lyrics are all available there to follow the plot, however the clarity of content is quite exceptional so it's not necessary, especially for the range of voices he employs across this album.

Part 2, along with the predecessor Part 1, showcase once again Lörd Matzigkeitus' exceptional range, strangled whispers, rasps, squeals and vitriolic roars and I'm barely scratching the surface of his capabilities. This is undoubtedly their finest work to date and you need to listen to grasp the full extent.

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It's not just the vocals that are exceptional, the musicianship and musical composition is excellent, dark and sinister Black Metal with a fuzzy traditional feel to the riffs, which at one point on opener 'So Tell Me Sir...' reminded a little of early Burzum, before developing into a unique beast of its own making, but it's a start that commands your attention immediately.

The whole album is disturbingly haunting, particularly in the quieter segments. It's not a full on unrelenting brutal assault but carefully considered, unnerving, esoteric journey into the darkest recesses, ebbing and flowing in intensity and brutality in true theatrical style.

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As much as I love Part 1, I love Part 2 more. The plot reveals itself more fully here and you totally grasp just how horrific the mental and physical tortures inflicted on George are by the Nighthag and the efforts taken to try to banish her. It's a lot more narrative based and you can't pick a favourite track either; it's a continuous piece of theatre and needs to be enjoyed in its entirety.



Tracklist:
So Tell Me Sir...
In Dormancy Ripe Targets Lay
Release From The Prison Of Flesh
The Globe Theater
Blitzkrieg Craft
Bandages Over Boards
Weapon Phased Through

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'The Projectionist' have continued to hone and improve on their music and 'Visits From The Nighthag Part 2' is their best work to date and is available now from Appalachian Noise Records both digitally and as a limited run on black vinyl and the good news is another four cycles are planned for this 'opera' so this isn't the end of this tale of horror...



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