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PostPosted: Wed Jan 21, 2015 8:37 pm    Post subject: StarGazer “A Merging To The Boundless” LP, CD And TS Out Now Reply with quote

Out Now:

StarGazer “A Merging to the Boundless” LP/CD and TS
ANTI-GOTH 276



Regular Black Vinyl LP:

Wholesale Clear Vinyl LP:

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(Description by J. Campbell)
Although the members of StarGazer are among the most active musicians in the Australian underground metal scene, they only infrequently release music under the StarGazer banner. Because of the band’s meticulous approach to every aspect of the music, when they do finally put out new material, there is little doubt as to the degree of quality one can expect. For these reasons, the announcement earlier this year that a new StarGazer album was on the horizon has generated a massive amount of anticipation, and with the release of “A Merging to the Boundless,” expectations will not only be met, but exceeded. Despite approaching the 20-year mark of StarGazer’s existence, “A Merging to the Boundless” is only the band’s third full-length album. Each of the band’s releases demonstrates continual growth and evolution, while maintaining the core traits that characterize all of StarGazer’s music. With this album, as with the previous one, “A Great Work of Ages,” the band continues to shed old skins, revealing new, variegated forms and patterns beneath. In reference to StarGazer one often hears terms like “Progressive Death Metal.” While the band is undeniably technical and almost certainly influenced by myriad styles of music that are subtly incorporated into the tapestry of their sound, the term “progressive” often carries with it a somewhat negative connotation, suggesting either the sterile, academic approach of Progressive Rock or a naďve attempt to be “experimental.” StarGazer deftly avoid both of these pitfalls. While nearly peerless in terms of their technical proficiency and their reliance upon unpredictable arrangements, StarGazer never allow their dedication to craft to be infected by hollow displays of musical prowess. The new album opens with the title track, featuring frenetic, labyrinthine riffs stitched together seamlessly across disparate keys and tempos. While the disorienting fury of the title track may harken back to the more decidedly Black/Death style of band’s earlier recordings, the album shifts abruptly with the somber intro to “An Earth Rides its Endless Carousel” – one of the several standout tracks on the album. Beginning with a lush instrumental passage adorned with shimmering, clean guitars and sweeping bass arpeggios, the song gradually gains momentum before eventually erupting. The track, like the album as a whole, shifts and moves, waxes and wanes, in a thoroughly organic manner, never feeling choppy or forced. The album continues to unfold, revealing new dimensions – passages of fractured pandemonium give way to tranquil vistas that disappear again like mirages into the chaotic aether. As with the band’s music, StarGazer’s lyrics also transcend boundaries. Conceptually elusive, but deeply evocative, the lyrical content bespeaks an arcane knowledge and mystical bent while conveying a rich poetic sensibility: “That blazing sun under my lids, behind my teeth, lay dead on the precipice of the abyss.” The album closes with “The Grand Equalizer,” which, at approximately 11 minutes, is the longest track in StarGazer’s catalog. It is a fitting culmination to the album – hallucinatory at times, punctuated with majestic riffs laden with densely interwoven melodies. As the song ends, and with it the album, the listener is left wandering at the edge of the void. “A Merging to the Boundless” is nothing short of a masterpiece and arguably the most profound and articulate statement StarGazer has made.

-LISTEN-

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 21, 2015 8:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Still Available:

StarGazer “A Merging to the Boundless” CD and TS
ANTI-GOTH 276



Discharge white + aqueous gold ink on Gildan brand TS. Available in sizes S to XXL and also as a bundle with the CD for $2 less.






Although the members of StarGazer are among the most active musicians in the Australian underground metal scene, they only infrequently release music under the StarGazer banner. Because of the band’s meticulous approach to every aspect of the music, when they do finally put out new material, there is little doubt as to the degree of quality one can expect. For these reasons, the announcement earlier this year that a new StarGazer album was on the horizon has generated a massive amount of anticipation, and with the release of “A Merging to the Boundless,” expectations will not only be met, but exceeded. Despite approaching the 20-year mark of StarGazer’s existence, “A Merging to the Boundless” is only the band’s third full-length album. Each of the band’s releases demonstrates continual growth and evolution, while maintaining the core traits that characterize all of StarGazer’s music. With this album, as with the previous one, “A Great Work of Ages,” the band continues to shed old skins, revealing new, variegated forms and patterns beneath. In reference to StarGazer one often hears terms like “Progressive Death Metal.” While the band is undeniably technical and almost certainly influenced by myriad styles of music that are subtly incorporated into the tapestry of their sound, the term “progressive” often carries with it a somewhat negative connotation, suggesting either the sterile, academic approach of Progressive Rock or a naďve attempt to be “experimental.” StarGazer deftly avoid both of these pitfalls. While nearly peerless in terms of their technical proficiency and their reliance upon unpredictable arrangements, StarGazer never allow their dedication to craft to be infected by hollow displays of musical prowess. The new album opens with the title track, featuring frenetic, labyrinthine riffs stitched together seamlessly across disparate keys and tempos. While the disorienting fury of the title track may harken back to the more decidedly Black/Death style of band’s earlier recordings, the album shifts abruptly with the somber intro to “An Earth Rides its Endless Carousel” – one of the several standout tracks on the album. Beginning with a lush instrumental passage adorned with shimmering, clean guitars and sweeping bass arpeggios, the song gradually gains momentum before eventually erupting. The track, like the album as a whole, shifts and moves, waxes and wanes, in a thoroughly organic manner, never feeling choppy or forced. The album continues to unfold, revealing new dimensions – passages of fractured pandemonium give way to tranquil vistas that disappear again like mirages into the chaotic aether. As with the band’s music, StarGazer’s lyrics also transcend boundaries. Conceptually elusive, but deeply evocative, the lyrical content bespeaks an arcane knowledge and mystical bent while conveying a rich poetic sensibility: “That blazing sun under my lids, behind my teeth, lay dead on the precipice of the abyss.” The album closes with “The Grand Equalizer,” which, at approximately 11 minutes, is the longest track in StarGazer’s catalog. It is a fitting culmination to the album – hallucinatory at times, punctuated with majestic riffs laden with densely interwoven melodies. As the song ends, and with it the album, the listener is left wandering at the edge of the void. “A Merging to the Boundless” is nothing short of a masterpiece and arguably the most profound and articulate statement StarGazer has made.

-LISTEN-

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 21, 2015 9:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Geez look at those tits
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 21, 2015 9:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Must. Get.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 21, 2015 10:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FINALLY! I can't wait to get this on vinyl, definitely one of the best albums of 2014.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 4:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks great!! I snagged a die hard, the Ill Omen 12" and re-bought myself the Cattlepress/Agoraphobic Nosebleed LP I traded away like a decade ago and kind of miss.

God, the Canadian dollar is fucking SHIT these days.

Cheers!!
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 7:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ordered.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 11:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is the black vinyl available for wholesale or is the NWN store the only source for it?
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 11:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking forward to the vinyl / t bundle.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 1:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Agreed best of 2014, must have for sure.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 5:10 pm    Post subject: Re: StarGazer “A Merging To The Boundless” LP, CD And TS Out Reply with quote




No chance to make a T-shirt with the Front LP cover??
Really killer artwork!
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 5:25 pm    Post subject: Re: StarGazer “A Merging To The Boundless” LP, CD And TS Out Reply with quote

Garcia wrote:



No chance to make a T-shirt with the Front LP cover??
Really killer artwork!


Yes we will eventually make a shirt with the cover art.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 5:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

rauta wrote:
Is the black vinyl available for wholesale or is the NWN store the only source for it?


Yes, the wholesale is available here: http://www.nwnprod.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=33&products_id=16963&zenid=46b5e2eba70ffd338003b34cddb7c9ce

If you only want black vinyl then you can just put a note in with your order.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

VoKu HiLa wrote:
Looking forward to the vinyl / t bundle.


I'll set that up in a few days.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 23, 2015 8:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Getting some for France/Europe.

Outstanding album, clear and powerful with a completely natural production (read somewhere that the rhythmic basis was recorded live) and an insane drive, killer artwork and multifaceted lyrics.

I'll quote myself here: through sharp guitars, otherworldly bass and shiva-esque drumming, the Triumvirate is technically very proficient.
The Selenium keeps time (or does he? The sand in the hourglass seems to be going upwards!?), the Great Righteous Destroyer provides INSIGHT into both the inner and nether planes, the Serpent Inquisitor brands a burning sign of HEAVY METAL magick in the crisp and scintillating air. Fucking CAPS LOCK.

Still managing to be both harmoniously epic, reflective and emotionally powerful, AND intense, mystical and super-human. Verily outre!
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