Birefringence

by Jute Gyte

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PannionSeer "Birefringence" was my introduction to Jute Gyte's music, and I could not have been less prepared. This is without a doubt one of the most challenging and avant-garde metal albums that I have ever heard, but it is also incredibly rewarding. It's impenetrably dissonant, cold, inhuman, insanely technical and with a dark aesthetic all its own, ably destroying any preconceived notions that I had about what metal can and should be. Favorite track: Prosopons.
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burnitdwn Oûtis emoí g' ónoma. Favorite track: Prosopons.
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Sean Lubin My brain can barely process how heavy this album is. This dude must be the Antichrist or something. Favorite track: The Unformed Volcanic Earth.
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1.
Midwives of horror, look to the sky at dawn The external vortex encircling us Hot whirling atoms split apart Smoking dust, chaos, darkness The process of transfiguring things into flames The rocky law of condemnation and double generation and death Like a river afraid to reflect, longing to reach its end Like men on a ship who walk in a direction opposite the one in which the ship is going The spill of accursed meridians, passing daily, one upon the next A single catastrophe piling wreckage upon wreckage A pile of debris growing skyward History delivered from the cloaca of time Angelus Novus
2.
There is a light that shines in darkness The darkness does not comprehend A wound was made within the brain And has never healed Wisdom is the blade that cuts the wise Reason is a hidden will to death Death comes with knowledge’s release Deus Arimanius Thought changed the infinite to a serpent, That which pitieth to a devouring flame, And man fled from its face and hid within forests of night Then the eternal forests were divided Into earths rolling in circles of space, That like an ocean rushed and overwhelmed all Except this finite wall of flesh Why is light given?
3.
Prosopons 15:56
The system of names covers the room of individual misery with mirrors When one turns to look at one’s profile in the shadow, one destroys it The gaze inward yields nothing but the process of gazing This horrible feeling of a blind, cut-off space behind the fullness of everything This half that is always missing even when everything is a whole
4.
Sacrifice everything comforting, holy, healing, all hope, All faith in a concealed harmony, future bliss and justice Worship stone, stupidity, gravity, fate, nothingness The harshest of daylight, rational at any cost, Without instinct, in opposition to the instincts Reject every consolation and deception Bear the privation of every hope Gaze on the desert of life Break the revering heart Return to zero Begin again For us, there remains only nothingness
5.
Not the same shape in changing light But different shapes in the same light That penetrates everything There is no being behind doing Only fiction added to the deed The cold ashes of a dead fire The locked prison of the moment A great door through which there is no passage All roads disgorge to black decay In the highest circle mystery reigns over ambiguity and the frail light of the intellect goes out pitifully The agony and despair of spreading bones The foam that flows from the mouths of wild boars The wheel that hurtles down toward emptiness The naked flayed head without a face
6.
New Plastic 12:22

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Several tracks on this album draw from the aleatorically generated 24-note series 0, 22, 14, 21, 2, 16, 8, 3, 18, 9, 4, 7, 19, 20, 5, 12, 1, 11, 13, 15, 10, 17, 23, 6. In "Angelus Novus", all pitches and some rhythms are serialized; in "Prosopons" and "The Unformed Volcanic Earth", some pitches are serialized. "New Plastic" is a piece for four guitars in which all pitches, rhythms, and ~372 effect parameters are serialized. Otherwise, this album was written more freely than the last few.

The central portion of "Dissected Grace" is drawn from William Blake's Europe: A Prophecy. This album is additionally indebted to Morag Josephine Grant's Serial Music, Serial Aesthetics; Thomas Pynchon's Against the Day; Carlo Michelstaedter's Persuasion & Rhetoric; Keiji Nishitani's The Self-Overcoming of Nihilism; Walter Benjamin; György Lukács; James Tenney; Robinson Jeffers.

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released July 1, 2019

Created by Adam Kalmbach
June 2017 - February 2019

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