The Contagion in Nine Steps

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Sonny92 Interesting, though not wholly successful, progressive / avant-garde black metal. But kudos to the band for at least trying something a bit more interesting than forever respewing the same black metal tropes. If nothing else, it's made me interested in reading Stanislaw Lem's book on which this is based. Favorite track: The Contagion.
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Snyjxr This is one of those records you just happen to accidentally come across that actually end up enriching your music library a lot! The music in here is absolutely crazy and it keeps refreshing itself with surprise after surprise, and it's also violent and sinister, just like I love my metal! \m/ Favorite track: Republic.
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Dmitry Nevozhay Contender for the album of the year for me. Amazing avantgarde blacked death-doom with pipe organ, clean vocals and much more. Atmospheric and dark masterpiece
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Album III inspired by Stanisław Lem’s book ‘The Invincible’ and
historical/philosophical sources on the idea of swarm behaviour in
crowds and civilizations from the era of Plato to Le Bon and the modern era.



J. C. Young “Vortigern” — Guitar
Greg Chandler — Vocals
T. J. F. Vallely — Drums
A. K. Webb — Bass
S. D. Lindsley — Guitar


Alexandros Antoniou — Vocals
Chris Hawkins — Additional vocals
Vladimir Antonov-Charsky — Organ, piano and mellotron

All music and lyrics by J. C. Young “Vortigern”

Piano, organ and mellotron recorded at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Vilnius, July 2017
Vocal sessions recorded at Priory Studios, Sutton Coldfield, UK, August 2017
Drums recorded at Orgone Studios, Woburn, UK, August 2017

Mixed and mastered by Jaime Gomez Arellano, September 2017

Artwork by Michel Guy / Artwork concept by Oksana Gulina and J. C. Young
Logo by Luis Miguel
Graphic design and layout by Petra Skubin

Photography by Damian Hovhannisyan
Individual portraits of Greg Chandler and T. J. F. Vallely by 17 Seconds Photography
Individual portrait of Alexandros Antoniou by Maggy van der Beek


released March 30, 2018


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