Just in time for its release date, Calligram have released a stream of the new album Askesis. Led by the shrieking vocals of Italian lead singer Matteo Rizzardo, Calligram are a band that’s not for the faint of heart.

As the band commented, “For the ancient Stoics, the Askesis was a totality of rituals, behaviors, and rules that they used to follow and repeat obsessively like a mantra in order to set their mind and prepare it to cope with the nonsense and suffering of life. Similarly, Askesis is Calligram’s personal mantra to face the fact that nothing we do in this life, no matter what, has meaning or purpose. There’s nothing above or beyond any of this. Nothing to stand for. Everything is just floating in an sea of emptiness.”