Demikhov’s Concept Album ‘The Chemical Bath’ Tracks Lenin’s Strange Afterlife

Following the release of the single “The Leader is Dead and Everyone is Grieving,” Italy’s Post-Hardcore/noise band Demikhov has released its new album The Chemical Bath. The new collection is a concept album “in which the events of contemporary history intersect with the theoretical horizons of the scientific avant-garde.” The album is being released by the band in collaboration with DioDrone, joined by Greek independent label Sweetohm and Bulgarian Kontingent Records, in digital, vinyl and tape formats.

In particular, the album deals events of Russian scientists and cosmologists, who at the beginning of the 20th century “propagated the idea of a science destined to defeat death as the last enemy of humanity.” It was precisely the body of the first leader of the October Revolution, Lenin, that was made the object of such interests.

Through the 6 tracks, the record traces the events to which that body was subjected, from the first attempts at embalming, through the ultimate preservation treatment (the “chemical bath” that gives the record its title), to the construction of the imposing mausoleum which was the harbinger of a “religious cult” still intact today.

The album was recorded at Produzioni Rumorose, the recording studio founded and run by the band itself, and mastered by James Plotkin (Isis, Sunn O))), Horseback, Khanate, etc.).

The album also features the participation of Italian ambient and noise artist Mauro Diciocia (Torba), and American multi-instrumentalist and composer Monika Khot (Nordra, Zen Mother).

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