https://tometal.com/us-black-metal-band-noltem-sign-to-transcending-obscurity-records/ I know that a few of you have already heard the album (thanks for giving me your honest opinions), but the label made their official announcement today. Because I am a longtime forum member, you must endure my spam. I started writing this album in 2015 and it is finally coming out early next year. This is Noltem's first effort as an actual 3-piece band, and it features several guest performances from some really excellent dudes. It was recorded/mixed/mastered by Spenser Morris who has been working with Panopticon and Saor on their latest releases. We recorded this (mostly) in a professional studio and we're pretty proud of the result. There is a review in the newest issue of Convivial Hermit, courtesy of our buddy Bertrand (Ellestin). "Band’s statement – “We’d like to thank Kunal and Transcending Obscurity Records for adding us to their roster of excellent bands. Noltem’s first demo was released in 2005 but we truly feel that this is a new beginning. It’s clear how hard this label works for their artists, so we are beyond excited to see where the relationship takes us. Our debut full-length album “Illusions in the Wake” is a natural progression from the 2015 EP “Mannaz”. The listener can expect focused songwriting with atmospheric layering and greatly enhanced production courtesy of Spenser Morris (Saor, Panopticon, Vukari etc.). While our original core influences still remain, this album combines various new elements which result in a unique artistic statement. Featuring guitar solos from Zach Miller (Pyrithe), Jordan Guerette (Falls of Rauros), and Aaron Carey (Nechochwen), “Illusions in the Wake” displays a wide variety of experimental, black, and death metal influences. Noltem ventures to create something new and engaging while simultaneously paying tribute to classic bands from the past. For fans of: Agalloch, Vintersorg, early In Flames, Saor, Marsh Dweller, Nechochwen, Falls of Rauros, etc… Noltem is: Max Johnson (acoustic and electric guitars, additional keys) John Kerr (vocals, drums, keys, additional guitars) Shalin Shah (bass guitars) Track listing – 1) Figment 2) Illusions in the Wake 3) Beneath the Dreaming Blue 4) Submerged 5) Ruse 6) On Shores of Glass The spectacular cover art is a piece entitled “As the Winds Blow” by Anthony Hurd (https://anthonyhurd.com). We believe that this painting is the perfect visual representation of our album. See for yourself! --- A brand new song will be unveiled shortly via the upcoming 2021 Transcending Obscurity Records label sampler with artwork by Karmazid."