Californian post-metal goldsmiths DAXMA share a breathtaking debut single of their sophomore album ‘Unmarked Boxes’, due out November 19th on Blues Funeral Recordings and Majestic Mountain Records. Get awestruck by “The Clouds Parted”, streaming courtesy of Cvlt Nation!
Culminating at 13 minutes and weaving a rich tapestry of post-metal dreamscapes and doom-tinged depth, “The Clouds Parted” is the most striking album opener one could fantasy. Inspired by a real-life trauma, “The Clouds Parted” perfectly encapsulates DAXMA’s evolution as a band and resonates not only through its oneiric power, but also the symbiotic interplay between the three guitars, and the use of screamed vocals at the song’s apogee. A powerful and emotional statement of intent from one of today’s most fascinating and progressive heavy outfits.
While their previous releases were thematically connected to philosophical and anti-capitalist concepts, “Unmarked Boxes” is a towering post-metal masterpieceinspired by the 13th century Rumi poem, exploring the journey from grief and hopelessness to finding resilience and hope. Brooding and elegant, “Unmarked Boxes” stands out with its finely chiseled blend of crushing guitars, haunting orchestration with violin and piano, lush melodies and ethereal vocals.
Listen to Daxma’s new single “The Clouds Parted” via Cvlt Nation
About the song, guitarist/bassist and vocalist Isaac R. says: “As the first track of an album whose story arc is about the journey from grief and hopelessness to finding resilience and hope, “The Clouds Parted” really begins right in that dark place I had been experiencing myself. I wrote its lyrics after witnessing and narrowly missing a suicide bombing that occurred right outside the Blue Mosque during my trip in Istanbul in 2016. This is a pretty personal and emotionally cathartic song to me on an already very personal and emotional album.”
In 2016, the Oakland, CA post-metal/doom collaborative DAXMA (pronounced DOCK-ma, the term for a Zoroastrian funerary temple) released their first EP “The Nowhere of Shangri-la”, a work centered around ideas of frustration, longing, and utopianism. The following year, they unveiled their debut album “The Head Which Becomes the Skull”, a towering meditation on the soul’s journey from birth through death inspired by the philosophical works of Hegel, Kierkegaard, and The Heart Sutra.
DAXMA’s second EP “Ruins Upon Ruins” was released through Blues Funeral Recordings in 2019 as part of their Postwax Series, alongside records from Elder, Spotlights, Lowrider, Big Scenic Nowhere, Besvarjelsen and Domkraft. The EP, with two tracks that wove through bleak atmospherics and monolithic power, was called “an emotional, darkly delicate and starkly beautiful post-doom record”.
While navigating the generally hellish landscape of California in 2020, DAXMA entered the studio to record their sophomore full-length ‘”Unmarked boxes” with Ben Hirschfield at Nu-Tone Recording in San Francisco. An album that will mark the culmination of their collective growth over the span of five years as a band, to be released by Blues Funeral Recordings and Majestic Mountain Records in November 2021.