Conjured between YSENGRIN and BLACK GRAIL, “Nigrum Nigrius Nigro” will be the first of a series of four 12" split records which will represent YSENGRIN’s collaborative Magnum Opus with co-conspirators SARTEGOS, STARGAZER and INCONCESSUS LUX LUCIS. Lapis philosophorum, commonly known as the philosopher’s stone, was said to contain the primordial matter of all things. Through the process of transmutation, the alchemist could transform base metals into pure gold, being Nigredo the first of four steps to attain the “Great Work”. To visually enhance this work, Croatian artist MARKO MAROV was once again summoned to provide his exquisite and inimitable art. The image depicting Ouroboros symbolizes the cycle of transformation of the matter and the alchemist’s opus, culminating into the awakening of consciousness.
The split features four of YSENGRIN’s most sinister tracks recorded to date, along with a hauntingly dynamic single from BLACK GRAIL, which suitably follows its well-received debut album from earlier this year. “Nigrum Nigrius Nigro” will be released in a tape+poster version limited to 99 through the Portuguese coven CAVERNA ABISMAL.