Avant metal practitioners EYE OF NIX will bring their mystifying odes to East Coast stages this week beginning in Portland, Maine Halloween night. From there, the long-anticipated, week-long trek will make its way through New York, Rhode Island, and back to their home state of Washington for five more shows including an appearance at Prophecy Fest at The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, New York November 3rd alongside Alcest, Xasthur, Kayo Dot and more. See all confirmed dates below.
View the tour trailer at THIS LOCATION.
EYE OF NIX‘s latest run of shows comes in conjunction with their critically-lauded Black Somnia full-length which was reissued on October 26th via Prophecy Productions. Initially issued in limited quantities via Scry Recordings, Black Somnia is now available on digipack CD and vinyl formats via Prophecy Productions. For orders, visit THIS LOCATION.
Stream Black Somnia in its entirety at THIS LOCATION.
10/31/2018 Geno’s – Portland, ME
11/01/2018 Chanticleer – Ithaca, NY
11/02/2018 Sugar City – Buffalo, NY
11/03/2018 Prophecy Fest @ Knitting Factory – Brooklyn, NY
11/04/2018 Dusk – Providence, RI
11/09/2018 Highline Bar – Seattle, WA
Formed in the Pacific Northwest in 2012, EYE OF NIX has released two albums and a demo EP to date and has shared the stage with artists like SubRosa, Voivod, Jarboe, King Dude, Worm Ouroboros, Sabbath Assembly, Eight Bells, and Atriarch. The band’s creative intent is to craft music that is threatening, beautiful, and harsh through mesmerizing rhythms, emotive melodies, and haunting.
Recorded by renowned producer Billy Anderson (Bell Witch, Pallbearer) at The Hallowed Halls in Portland, Oregon and mastered by Brad Boatright (Gatecreeper, Necrot), Black Somnia centers on themes of fear, control, and anxiety while shape-shifting through a lens of blackened psychedelia and doom. The band collaborated with ritual visual artist Anima Nocturna to create the album’s stunning artwork. EYE OF NIX is founding vocalist Joy Von Spain, guitarist Nicholas Martinez, and noise artist Masaaki Masao. As of 2018 the group is joined by bassist Zach Wise and drummer Luke LaPlante.
“Von Spain deserves mention in the same breath as Diamanda Galás and Siouxsie Sioux… she shares an uncompromising attitude and a fervent desire to make her voice a conduit for catharsis. Even when on the dark folk of ‘Fear’s Ascent; which sounds like a Greek Orthodox dirge using her eerie voice to intone a rapturous hymn, the intensity is astounding.” – Invisible Oranges

“…called ‘hypnotic’ and ‘heart-stopping’ by critics, Black Somnia embodies both those contrasting descriptions – there are times when vocalist Joy Von Spain is gentle, other times when she’s operatic, and still others where she sounds like a possessed person vomiting out  her demons.” — Alternative Control

“…a jarring and very unsettling seven minutes of frenetic drums, pummeling doom riffs and frequent tempo changes, all underpinned by the tortured howls of vocalist Joy Van Spain.” — Echoes And Dust on opening track “Wound And Scar”
“…atmospheric, ambitious melodic black metal meets thoughtful, midnight-tinted doom, stately neocrust, and ghostly vintage goth in a perfect danse macabre…” – Noisey
…a mature musical journey with a surprisingly varied emotional palate.” – The Stranger
“…a heart-stopping experience, a record that combines all the shadowy forces we fear and delivers them in a moving, massive presentation. It’s not every day we get bands that truly stand on their own, but EYE OF NIX is one of them, and they’re a force with which the world might not be fully ready to contend.” – Meat Mead Metal
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