Dismal Aura Imperium Mortalia
Based out of the frigid capital of the colonial state known as Canada, Dismal Aura surfaced with their self-released debut, Praeagia Tristia in 2021. The trio blend second-wave black metal with crust punk and grind elements, an offering as bleak and chilling as it is melodic and impassioned. Composed of members with diverse cultural backgrounds and lived experiences, Dismal Aura explores socio-political topics such as colonialism, state-terror, and environmental destruction. Produced by Topon Das (**** the Facts, Gorguts) and Mike Bond (Crusades, Loviatar), the band's sophomore album was recorded in deep winter forest of Wolf Lake Studios. Inspired by the essay Necropolitics by Achille Mbembe, Imperium Mortalia spans eight compositions that reckon with the grim relationship between the individual and the state, the exploitative nature of power, and the reduction of human life to commodity. Imperium Mortalia will be out on CD, LP and digital via Avantgarde Music on September 15th, 2023.