Apologoethia was spawned way back in 2012/13 as a side project from J.B. in order to develop some ideas that didn't fit both musical and stylistically with his main band. After an intense composing period, the style that now exists as Apologoethia was born. Sometime in 2014, J.B. asked J.F. to lay down some drum patterns that would fit with the riffs, the tempos and compliment the overall feel, atmosphere and vibe that the songs needed and demanded. With all the material already prepared, shaped and sharpened, it was time to develop the conceptual side of the band, creating some lyrics that would fit with Apologoethia's atmosphere and dark & macabre approach. After a meticulous search, L.O. was brought into the band knowing that his writing and conceptual skills would work perfectly with the band's aesthetics and purposes. Apologoethia's debut explores the dark side of human knowledge, an introspection through different cultural, ascetic and religious approaches mankind explored throughout centuries past.
I read a review of Arrayed Claws by a respected contributor on a certain popular metal website, and I think that he best captured in a single adjective the entire aesthetic and structure of this album: insectoid. This is unquestionably dissonant black metal and it is unquestionably experimental, but what makes it unique and memorable is indeed the insectoid, off-kilter riffing and melodies. Despite the unsettling atmosphere of this album, it is a credit to Lorn’s songwriting abilities that the entire album is utterly hypnotising. Furthermore, even though each song contains melodies that are repeated at length before transitioning in unpredictable ways to different, equally-intriguing melodies, the whole affair is completely cohesive. These gents are also rather accomplished musicians in terms of instrumental prowess, and I was left wondering more than once just how they executed certain sections. In closing, as myriad as are the fish in the ocean, equally numerous are the reasons to buy this album and commit yourself to the insectoid void. Ippocalyptica