Copenhagen death metal ensemble ELITIST today releases its debut album, A Mirage Of Grandeur, through Indisciplinarian. The album’s eight relentlessly twisted tracks forcefully convey the band’s unique vision of death metal, while thematically dealing with the perverse and lethal delusions of the elites, the rich and powerful.
Conceived in 2018 by current and former members of underground acts such as Piss Vortex, Dysgnostic, and UxDxS, ELITIST is a forward-thinking death metal monstrosity. After years of preparation, the band is now proud to present A Mirage Of Grandeur.
With vocalist/bassist Thomas Fischer, vocalist/guitarist Simon Stenbæk Christensen, guitarist Rasmus Moesby Sørensen, and drummer Niclas Sauffaus, ELITIST brings something different to the table within the booming Danish death metal scene, effortlessly melding jagged, angular riffs and leads with relentless blast beats and frenetic, dexterous basswork. At the center of the chaos, everything is held together by a dual vocal attack ranging from cavernous bellows to desperate shrieks. The result is a musical expression that stays true to its death metal roots, while simultaneously drawing inspiration from the punishing brutality of grindcore and the industrial clamor of noise rock. This unorthodox approach and willingness to experiment is what sets ELITIST apart from their immediate peers.
Thematically, A Mirage Of Grandeur is a scathing critique of social, political, and cultural elitism and superiority. In the words of the band themselves, “It is the central thesis of the album that boundless arrogance and contempt for perceived lessers is customary among the self-satisfied decision-makers and gatekeepers of our time. Therefore, A Mirage Of Grandeur is dedicated to those who are utterly convinced of their own magnificence and therefore have nothing to spare for the undeserving; those who believe that their status makes them untouchable; those who would simply prefer to shrug at the oncoming catastrophes facing humanity. This album is for you.”
A Mirage Of Grandeur was recorded and mixed by engineer Lars Mayland, mastered by Colin Marston (Krallice, Gorguts, Dysrhythmia), and completed with artwork by Tobias Holmbeck (Narcosatanicos, Ashenspire, Telos).
Listen to ELITIST’s entire A Mirage Of Grandeur now at all digital platforms RIGHT HERE.
A Mirage Of Grandeur is out today on CD and digital via Indisciplinarian, while Extremely Rotten Productions will release a cassette version of the record in the weeks ahead. Indisciplinarian will release a limited vinyl version in 300 gold copies on January 13th, 2024.
ELITIST will play a hometown show alongside Undergang, Gorephilia, and Malformed on January 13th hosted by Extremely Rotten Productions. Watch for additional shows to post over the weeks ahead.
1/13/2024 Pumpehuset – Copenhagen, DK w/ Undergang, Gorephilia, Malformed [tickets]
“ELITIST are precise… we’re talking weird time signatures, broken chords, and riffs that clash with the double-kick blasting and deep gutturals. Unlike many of their contemporaries, though, this is fairly streamlined songwriting that never dips into the spacier, contemplative passages, instead sticking more to a relentless brutality. That doesn’t mean the band skimps on creativity…” – Decibel Magazine
“[ELITIST] bursts out of the gate as a fully formed monster on this record. A Mirage Of Grandeur is as scathing as it is relatable, as infectious as it is dizzying, and as violently discordant as it is oddly melodic, all adding up to one wicked great debut album that ought to be a big time highlight for a certain corner of the extreme music world.” – Last Rites
“Fully formed to a high initial standard, conceptually sound and evocative, professionally rendered to the point of diabolic intensity and self-aware enough to keep it brief and punctuative… This debut LP from ELITIST does everything right to the point of leaving me wanting more and I believe fans of dissonant, mathed-out, hot-swerving and kinda unpredictable anthropocene-minded technical death metal will have a similar reaction to its wiry and miserable reading of our pathetic, entitled overlords.” – Mystification Zine
“…a direct album, full of darkness and extremism, with an intense flavor in its music, which without having to have a band to change the wheels of the train, hits the nail on the head of heaviness and gloomy side with its technical elements as well as the dissonant. [translated]” – Metallerium Webzine