Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Sol Invictus to Release New Album, 'Necropolis', March 23
More than 30 years after their inception, English neofolk kings Sol Invictus will release their long-awaited new album, Necropolis, on March 23 via Prophecy Productions (Alcest, DOOL). Described by the group's dean Tony Wakeford as “a record based on and brought forth from London and the serpent Thames that snakes its way through its heart”, the LP is quite possibly the final release from a band revered as progenitors of a dark and desperate sound.
Necropolis is advanced by the song, "The Last Man". Stream it now at this location.
Sol Invictus is one of the most prolific and influential bands associated with neofolk or apocalyptic folk, a form of experimental music which emerged in punk rock circles in the 1980’s, blending elements of folk and industrial music with dark themes of decay, decline, and/or the destruction of Western civilization. Along with Current 93 and Death in June (both of which included Wakeford as a member), Sol Invictus has both created and guided the genre, steering it forward through to this day. Latin for 'the unconquerable Sun', Sol Invictus has released over a dozen albums since the mid-Eighties, chronicling an evolution from raw, post-punk dark folk to increasingly sophisticated arrangements.
A quasi-conceptual album centered on Wakeford’s feelings of a declining London [“London was once the apex of an empire but it is now the playground of other empires that have superseded it.”], Necropolis could be called a eulogy to England’s capital. Sol Invictus titled the record after The London Necropolis Railway, a railway line that has connected London with the Brookwood Cemetary since 1854. But the moniker is also a nod to Wakeford’s perception that the town is now “a London of mausoleums and masonry” and “a city haunted by the customs and crimes of the dead and the living.”
Necropolis features guest guitar from Don Anderson (ex-Agalloch, Khôrada) who previously lent his skills to Sol Invictus' 2014 release, ‘Once Upon A Time’. The group around Wakeford continues to explore the psychedelic side of dark folk, using acoustic guitar as a foundation enriched with piano, flute, violin, electric guitar an drums among other instruments and – for the first time – the singing of The Green Army Choir.
2.) Nine Elms
3.) Old Father Thames
4.) See Them
6.) Still Born Summer
7.) Brick Lane
8.) Turn Turn Turn
9.) The Last Man
10.) The Garden of Love
11.) Kill Burn
12.) Set the Table
13.) Murder on Thames
15.) Necropolis Egress
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"There has always been a mutual affinity between Agalloch and Sol Invictus. Seeing Wakeford perform “Kneel to the Cross” onstage with Agalloch in London 2012 was a delight, with Agalloch crediting him as a creative influence. Anderson’s heavier playing style and polish will certainly bring a new generation/genre-ation of listeners to the Sol Invictus fan base." - HEATHEN HARVEST