Sophistry – noun – the use of clever but false arguments, especially with the intention of deceiving.
There is no deceiving with Edmonton, Canada’s SOPHIST, however, the trio of Michael K. Sparks (bass/guitar), Davis R. Hay (programming/vocals), Helge Lipphardt (guitar) are straightforward in their approach to grinding black metal.
Conjured in June of 2019 by Hay and Sparks, SOPHIST dove straight into recording their debut EP “Betrothal To The Stone: Conception of Mephisto”. Immediately after release, they started production on a follow up record and recruited Lipphardt for additional guitars and writing input.
The trio keeps the writing process simple, with Hay defining the drums and song structure followed by Lipphardt and Sparks’ overlay of bass and guitar. It is then blended with vocals, synths, and a nod to 70s, 80s & 90s production. Hay's pessimistic lyrics focus on occult themes & alchemical allegory, & more recently on worker exploitation & other societal ills. in the studio, SOPHIST transmutes these elements into blisteringly fast, flavorful black grind.
In November 2019 they signed with Niflhel Records to release their first full-length album, “Dissolution”, which was released on February 7th 2020 on CD, LP, and all digital platforms. A follow-up album, "Putrid Faction", is slated to come out by the end of the year.