The debut Sophist EP comes in a glossy 2 panel jacket. Artwork by Unexpected Specter. Will never be reprinted.


1. Betrothal to the Stone: Conception of Mephisto​ 03:15    
2. Choke on Your Own Bile 05:10    
3. A Captive of Saturn's Scythe 02:52    
4. Betrothal to the Stone: Conception of Mephisto​ (Bonus Instrumental Version) 03:15    
5. Choke on Your Own Bile (Bonus Instrumental Version) 05:10    
6. A Captive of Saturn's Scythe (Bonus Instrumental Version) 02:52


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 duo of Michael K. Sparks (bass/guitar) and Davis R. Hay (programming/vocals) are straightforward with their approach to grinding black metal, like the locus of negativity the name suggests.

Conjured in June of 2019, the duo of SOPHIST have just begun their musical journey, diving straight into recording their debut EP “Betrothal To The Stone: Conception of Mephisto”. Obscure riffs are plentiful in this blasting grinding, black metal necrosis.

Both veterans in the local music scene, Sparks and Hay keep the writing process simple, with Hay defining the drums and song structure followed by Sparks overlay of bass and guitar. Lyrics and synths are layered on top and the finished product is recorded. The result are songs that fall together with the feel of grindcore and black metal that is very fast but still has flavour.

Dauntless, SOPHIST have continued to move at ‘frightening speed’ to write more esoteric and occult music which will be revealed in the future. 


released August 16, 2019

Michael Sparks - Bass, Guitars
Davis Hay - Programming, Vocals
Produced by Davis Hay
Mixed and Mastered by Davis Hay
Album art and logo by Unexpected Specter
Photo by Stephanie Bell
Special thanks to Brent & Stephanie Bell
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