Absent In Body’s CHVE and Mathieu on new album “Plague God,” skateboarding, Belgium, and much more! 

Absent In Body are the absolute epitome of a supergroup with membership spanning Amenra, Neurosis, and Sepultura. Just the thought of these souls coming together for a project brings to mind some of the heaviest, most emotional and spiritualistic filled music on the planet. And that’s exactly what they’ve cooked up on debut Plague God. It’s not unlike anything this group has done before yet it’s entirely its own thing with an industrial tinge that‘s pointed with sludge and doom and seismic levels of suffocating atmosphere. Buke sat down with Colin H. Van Eeckhout and Mathieu J. Vandekerckhove to discuss the new album, how it came to be, what brought the band together, and the multitude of ideas behind it all. They also discuss how it felt for these two artists to branch out a bit musically in the Absent In Body mindset, skateboarding and the joys, and pain, of the sport, the Belgian metal scene and how they both were first exposed to metal, their friendship with Scott Kelly and Igor Cavalera, working with Relapse Records, the decision to have Amenra’s last album in their native tongue, and so much more.

This is an epic conversation with two legendary artists, so grab your beverage of choice and settle in for another edition of the Nine Circles Audio Thing.

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Album Review: Absent in Body — “Plague God”

Absent In Body - Plague God

Some things just go together naturally, without force or coercion, like they were simply made for each other: peanut butter and chocolate, oysters and hot sauce, pepperoni and cheese, a nice cabernet and just about any red meat.  Such is also true for the likes of Absent in Body, a true supergroup combining the brainpower of members of Amenra, Neurosis and Sepultura.  If it seems like a natural, organic fit, you’d be right.  If you think it sounds cool as hell, you’d also be right.  Plague God is exactly like what you think it would be in all the best ways possible.

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Album Review: CHVE – “Rasa”

CHVE - Rasa

Most will recognize CHVE mastermind Colin H. Van Eeckhout from his work as the vocalist of Amenra. Amenra’s outstanding output focuses on the darker aspects of life and is thunderously heavy. CHVE on the other hand  comprises only Van Eeckhout, a hurdy gurdy, and entrancingly tribalistic percussion. Where Amenra is physically heavy, his debut as CHVE, Rasa, is emotionally heavy, with ambient and droning soundscapes all throughout. Continue reading