Imperative Imperceptible Impulse

by Ad Nauseam

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bcb723 No superlatives needed. No favorite track selected. No additional comments. This is absolute perfection.
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aa good fuckin shit right here fam
Andre Basora
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Andre Basora Psychedelic flourishes, technical prowess, time signature upon time signature changes, and FULL of fucking atmosphere! Like if Suffering Hour listened to a lot more Gorguts than they already probably do, and then went full on chaotic like Portal. Definitely Top 5 AOTY for me and for sure already one of the greatest metal records of the 2020s.
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joangogh Imagine you live in 1913, you sit on the Paris's Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and the first notes of "Le sacre du printemps" sound. Now imagine you live in 2021, you're at home and you listen to "Imperative Imperceptible Impulse". In both cases you can hardly tell the difference. Music is a little bit better now with Ad Nauseam.
Obstacle of Affliction
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Obstacle of Affliction Of course this arguably already an AOTY, so I will just convey what this release has done to me.
I imagine trying to put together a 1000 piece puzzle with the image of my head exploding on it while tripping on LSD.
Fucking Awesome!
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Jono Schneider Just so brutal and weird and heavy and total madness and yeah
  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    A fantastic deluxe first press edition for this masterpiece album, comes in digipak with UV foil print and a 12 pages booklet.. the whole cased in a cardboard slipcase!

    Includes unlimited streaming of Imperative Imperceptible Impulse via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 3 days
    Purchasable with gift card

      €13 EUR


  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    After the instant sell-out of the first edition, here is a new press of Ad Nauseam new album, still coming in gatefold cover, double LP, smoke effect vinyl
    Note: this is a preorder.. The records will be available on 26/03

    Includes unlimited streaming of Imperative Imperceptible Impulse via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    shipping out on or around March 26, 2021
    Purchasable with gift card

      €24 EUR or more 


  • Double LP, gatefold cover, Black Vinyl
    Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Comes in a gatefold cover, double black vinyls

    Includes unlimited streaming of Imperative Imperceptible Impulse via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

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Horror Vacui 08:44


With their sophomore album Imperative Imperceptible Impulse, Ad Nauseam took a step forward in terms of composition, musical structures and sound. Music is not intended as a mere sequence of riffs that sounds well one after the other, but is now a naturally ordered structure where almost every musical event refers to the past and/or predicts the future, generating very layered and complex patterns dominated by polyphony and polyrhythms and where each instrument has its own role and is essential in the whole. The music represents a merging of many different styles, the most prominent ones being extreme death/black metal, avantgarde, jazz, post-core, doom/sludge and ambient.

The composition process of Imperative Imperceptible Impulse has been heavily influenced by 20th century classical composers like Stravinsky, Šostakóvič, Xenakis, Scelsi, Penderecki and Ligeti, to name a few. Both the concepts of harmony and melody have been put into discussion to get a music where harmony is obtained by means of disharmony and melody by dissonances. To push this method even further, a unique tuning system has been conceived, to allow a new harmonic vocabulary and to eradicate the players from the comfort zone of the usual melodic patterns every guitar/bass player is used to.

Ad Nauseam takes a step back from the synthetic, flat and fake sound of modern production trends, going in the opposite direction, again adopting the same principles that are used to record classical music: less is more.
An extreme effort has been put to find a way to record the most natural, dynamic and tridimensional sound possible. For this reason, instead of focusing on the mixing and post-production phase, an insane amount of attention has been paid studying how to capture the best sound since the very beginning. The maniacal assembly and calibration of the audio chain allowed to nearly eliminate the use of equalizers and dynamic compressors. Saying it with Steve Albini: "I want to hear the sound of the instrument, not the sound of the processor".


released February 12, 2021

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