Abiotic Streaming New Album “Ikigai”


Abiotic are streaming their new album “Ikigai” in full ahead of its release this Friday, February 12th, on The Artisan Era. Members of The Black Dahlia Murder, Entheos, Fallujah and more guest on that record, which runs as follows:

01 – “Natsukashii
02 – “Ikigai
03 – “Covered The Cold Earth
04 – “Smoldered” (feat. Chaney Crabb of Entheos)
05 – “The Wrath
06 – “If I Do Die” (feat. Brandon Ellis of The Black Dahlia Murder)
07 – “Souvenir Of Skin” (feat. Trevor Strnad of The Black Dahlia Murder)
08 – “Her Opus Mangled” (feat. Jared Smith of Archspire)
09 – “Horadric Cube” (feat. Scott Carstairs of Fallujah)
10 – “Grief Eater, Tear Drinker” (feat. Jonathan Carpenter (ex-The Contortionist)
11 – “Gyokusai

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Guitarist John Matos commented of the record:

“The title Ikigai translates from Japanese as ‘a reason for being.’ Each song represents a different approach to that concept. After 5 long years, we decided that as much as we love albums about space and aliens, we wanted to write something that could be felt and that would be relatable, as we all struggle to find our reason to carry on in these trying times. Lyrically, this album tells so many stories.

The cover art depicts a traditional Samurai committing seppuku and as the Samurai is bleeding out, he sees these lives, his future lives. Life as a trans man/woman facing intolerance, as an addict, as an abused child battling mental health, as an owl as its home is destroyed by climate change; an infinite amount of lives struggling, but persevering in their struggle.

Tying it all together, he finds his purpose in that moment of connection before he passes away on that field in 16th century Japan.”


[via Decibel]

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