On 140 gram pressed vinyl housed in a cover with black-flooded interior. Includes a double-sided, semi-glossy printed insert with lyrics and credits and an about 17" x 23" (A5-size) poster on art paper.
With almost graceful ease, ROPE SECT deliver their stunning debut album, aptly titled The Great Flood. Indeed, this first full-length floods the listener with a vast array of sounds and textures, paradoxically pulled tighter and in a more monochromatic manner. It is a record of stark contrasts, subtly drawn together: more delicate vs. more driving, more melody vs. more motorik, shimmering atmosphere vs. clanging minimalism, sharp stabs vs. smooth caresses. Each of these ten songs feels like something old - an old song, an old feeling, an old friend - brought back to life and revamped into a ghost of itself, perversely inviting but portending great gloom 'n' doom. And while there might've been trace elements of black metal across ROPE SECT's prior short-lengths, here on The Great Flood, that's all excised in favor of simply BLACK - and the boundless colors absorbed (and reconstituted) therein. The sum emphasis is on the SONGS, and these are all anti-anthems worth singing...or not. ROPE SECT, now more ever, are existing in their own bleak and brilliantly rarefied world.
And birds of a dark (and rarefied) feather flock together: Mat "Kvohst" McNerney (Hexvessel/Grave Pleasures) contributes lyrics and guest vocals on two tracks. Completed by icy-yet-warm mastering courtesy of Horrendous' Damian Herring, ROPE SECT's The Great Flood will for sure be a debut album for the (dark) ages.