Release Due 26th February
Four albums in, the convenient and generalized catchphrase for Here Lies Man's erudite sound if Black Sabbath played Afrobeat might seem a little played out. But Ritual Divination is perhaps the best rendering of the idea so far. Particularly on the Sabbath side of the equation: The guitars are heavier and more blues based than before, but the ancient rhythmic formula of the clave remains a constant. ''Musically it's an opening up more to traditional rock elements,'' says vocalist/guitarist/ cofounder Marcos Garcia, who also plays guitar in Antibalas. ''It's always been our intention to explore. And, as we travelled deeper into this musical landscape, new features revealed themselves.''