French post-metal pioneers Hyno5e have always been a band that transcends the borders and limitations of not only the genre of music which is commonly considered to be their territory, but the territory of music itself.
Their conceptual, cinematic live show has historically been built upon a strong visual component... but that was just the beginning of a journey which is now reaching the next level: Alba - Les Ombres Errantes is the first full length movie directed by singer and guitar player Emmanuel Jessua. And his band, Hyno5e, has turned down their amps, or switched them off entirely, to provide the stunning seventy-five-minute soundtrack for this ambitious project. The soundtrack to the movie, performed by Hyno5e s acoustic alter ego band A Backward Glance On A Travel Road (featuring the same members as Hyno5e) captures the essence of a whirlwind that blurs and reunites age, dreams, and reality.
In advance if the soundtrack's April 6th release, Decibel Magazine offers up opening track, the eleven-plus minute "Who Wakes Up From This Dream Does Not Bear My Name," for public delight lauding a band that churns out, "some of the best epic soundscapes this side of the ocean. Or, technically, that side of the ocean."
Get swept away by "Who Wakes Up From This Dream Does Not Bear My Name" at Decibel Magazine RIGHT HERE.
If you missed it, view the video for "Los Heraldos Negros," with images from the film, at THIS LOCATION.
Alba - Les Ombres Errantes will see release via Pelagic Records on 2xLP, CD, and digital formats. Preorders are available now. In North America visit: bit.ly/hypno5ealbaNA, in Europe go to: bit.ly/hypno5ealbaEU, in Australia go to bit.ly/hypno5ealbaAUS and for digital orders visit: bit.ly/hypno5ealbaDGTL.
Emmanuel Jessua grew up in Bolivia, where Alba - Les Ombres Errantes was filmed with a team of seven French and Bolivian volunteers, on a budget of only 22.000€. The result is a breathtaking sonic and visual journey through the otherworldly landscapes of one of the most intriguing places on earth; a journey that orbits around the memories and reflections of a man contemplating about the eternal loss of childhood.
"The idea of this movie was born in the Amazon forest, precisely in Rurenabaque, on the terrace of a small hotel on the Beni river shore," relays Jessua. "I was only ten years old and had been living with my family in Bolivia for more than five years. I was experiencing life with an incredible intensity, in a fantastic environment... with this film, I wanted to capture the constant exceeding of limits that I feel when I'm in Bolivia; the limits between the gods and the human, between sanity and madness, between the past and the present. It is in the religious and musical syncretism of the Oruro carnival (where my mother used to dance each year) that this exceeding of limits can be witnessed the best, where myth and reality mingle, and where the protagonists lose their sensation of time or space."
Russian post-metallers L'Homme Absurde have completed work for their sophomore album "Sleepless", which can be considered as a logical follow-up to the band's creativity, the working formula of "Monsters" (2016), but with more influences from hardcore/metalcore music. "Sleepless" is set to be released on March 26th via Russian label Soundage Productions.
L'Homme Absurde was started by A., a Russian musician formerly known as the drummer for a series of Moscow doom metal bands (Mare Infinitum, Comatose Vigil, Who Dies In Siberian Slush) and as a mastermind of doom/downtempo band A Young Man's Funeral. In 2016 the band joined with other members and released their first self-titled demo. That same year L'Homme Absurde recorded their first full-length album entitled "Monsters", which was released by Russian label Fono ltd.
Belgium's post-ambient black metallers Soul Dissolution, which comprises members from Marche Funebre, have released the first single from their recently announced new studio album, "Stardust". Entitled "Far Above The Boiling Sea Of Life", the single is available in the form of a static video designed by Marcos Cerutti. LINK: https://youtu.be/wpJPKCN_-SA
"Stardust" will arrive nearly 2 years and 5 weeks since the day its predecessor ("Pale Distant Light ", 2016) came out on Throats Productions . The band's new album release date has been scheduled for the 25th of March with Black Lion Records.
In addition to the new album release a music video has been produced in the cold northern parts of Sweden. The band comments: "Our new album Stardust is a big step-up for us, and this song marks the end of the journey presented therein, a final release from everything. It's one of the faster-paced songs we have written so far, and in addition to our usual influences, it also bears hints to bands like Saor, Ghost Bath, and other actors of the modern-day Atmospheric Black Metal scene. "Far Above the Boiling Sea of Life"is definitely one of our most solid tracks, and we're glad to finally present it to you!"
Mexican Atmospheric Post-Black metal band Phendrana recently released album "Sanctum Sic Transit Gloria Mundi", now the album streams on YouTube in full!
Phendrana was formed by Anuar Salumin 2012, when he was 12 years old. He recorded 2 demos and played some shows, sharing stages with bands like Alcest, Gehenna and Nader Sadek, before taking the project into a whole new direction in 2016 by changing the band's main focus and concept, incorporating atmospheric and progressive elements to his music, and eventually changing the name to “Phendrana”.
In October 2016, Phendrana signed to Sickness Records for a one album deal and began recording the debut album “Sanctum: Sic Transit Gloria Mundi”, which was finished in December, 2017 and soon to be released in January 8, 2018.
It is a conceptual album about a Sanctum, an ethereal place where lost souls find shelter. The album is divided in 7 parts: A description of the Sanctum, 3 transitions from different souls to it, 2 stories about the past lives of Sanctum inhabitants, and an ode to the night.
Recorded between October 2016-November 2017.
"Silent", the new album of Italian post / mathcore act Infall is finally out via This Is Core! The album was recorded and mixed in analogue at Accademia Del Suono (Milan) by Gianluca Guidetti and mastered by Alan Douches (Mastodon, Converge, The Dillinger Escape Plan).
The band says: "'Silent' is a raw and organic album, a tribute to things left unsaid, characterized by elements from ’90 hardcore, math, crust and metalcore".
After 5 years of silence, the Italian Metal band Serenade has come back with a new explosive album coming out in autumn 2017 via Revalve Records.
Strongly wanting to change the sound, with a new line-up, the band has gone from a gothic symphonic to a heavier metal with post-thrash, progressive and gothic influences.
Currently the band has finished recording the new album called "Onirica", which reflects much more the components' influences compared to the debut album.
Onirica is an ardent work by a heavy metal sound with symphonic touches and vague gothic atmospheres.
Awaiting the album the band will be on stage with Smash into Pieces:
13.10 Wetzikon w/Smash into Pieces (Hall of Fame) Switzerland
14.10 Brescia w/Smash into Pieces (Circolo Colony) Italy
15.10 Roma w/Smash into Pieces (Traffic) Italy.
Only five months after the release of their last album 'Tando Ashanti', Danish Hardcore / Crust / Post Black Metal terrors Hexis will release a brand new EP called 'XII' coming out on September 29th for 10' vinyl & Digital through Division Records (Closet Disco Queen, Papertank, Process Of Guilt, Unfold…), Moment Of Collapse Records (Cranial, Heaven In Her Arms, Meraine, Red Apollo, etc,..), Crown & Throne Ltd (Primitive Man) et Truthseeker Music (Howl, Human Future, Yards…).
On this new 5 songs EP, Hexis strikes harder, hit faster and takes no prisoner. These guys are not doing a sort of post black metal hipster shit, goddamn no. They are actually the best representation of what black metal has to be in 2017: fierce, relentless, uncompromising, dangerous & wicked. Their style is still firmly rooted in a sort of hardcore urgency, but the atmosphere on this songs is so thick that you’ll somehow find yourself walking in a forest, surrounded by deep fog, unable to see anything, but clearly hearing the wolves all around you.
This EP is the real deal if you’re searching for pure darkness In the meantime, the band unveiled a few days ago a first excerpt from this upcoming effort with "Nefarious" available right now on Bandcamp.
For the record... Denmark, 2010: the idea of creating a hardcore black metal band emerged in the mind of Filip, actual singer and leader of Hexis. His goal was to give birth to a band playing "as dark and heavy music as possible and go on crazy amount of tours around the world and release tons of different records". And it has been successful. Indeed, Hexis’ music is as scary as thrilling, as introspective as explosive and gives an idea of what addiction to darkness could be. To satisfy it, Hexis plays about 200 gigs per year. Among all these gigs and the thousands of kilometres swallowed, Hexis has released 10 records in 7 years, including 3 EP's, 4 splits (w/Primitive Man, This Gift is a Curse, As We Draw, Euglena and Redwood Hill) and 2 full-length albums (Abalam and Tando Ashanti). Hexis is not just music, it is a way of life, a mindset, and every note that reaches your brain will prove it.
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Australia's Lo! to release new album via Pelagic Records this October; teaser posted + pre-orders available
Sydney's LO! literally made a splash last year with the ingenious video clip for "Orca," produced by bass player Adrian Shapiro himself. The clip showed vocalist Sam Dillon as a vicious creature emerging from a vat of shiny pink goo, in front of an otherwise completely black background. Pink in metal? The clip went viral over the love-it-or-hate-it discussion that followed... but even the haters had to admit that this clip, premiered via Noisey, Metal Hammer, and Decibel, showed a truly outstanding and innovative approach to visual arts in heavy music.
LO!'s third full length album Vestigial - set for release via Pelagic Records October 6th -- is next level. The songs are well-crafted and have a larger scope, the sound is heavy yet organic, there's a mammoth harmonic density behind the stupefying heavy riffs, and the band sounds tighter than ever before. One of the reasons might be that drummer Adrian Griffin, who has spent the last seven years in Asia, returned to Australia.
"This time we had much more time to all be together as a band and really work on the songs properly instead of the last-minute rush that usually happens. I think we all felt more connected now having Adrian back in the country," comments guitarist Carl Whitbread.
"LO! have come to remind you of glorious times; times when Mastodon were using samples of Jurassic Park to kick off their records," wrote Metal Hammer UK on the band's debut album Look And Behold. And in fact, song titles like "Megafauna" or "Hall Of Extinct Mammals" show that LO! have always been interested in man's relationship with the natural world. Themes of extinction, circuses, and animal exploitation were explored on the band's 2015 EP The Tongueless, "so it was a nice lead in to where we are at now on Vestigial," notes vocalist Sam Dillon, "with a revisit of the outro from the EP as the intro on album number three."
"A world where politics resemble black comedies, where guns have become an aspect of culture, and where addiction to technology is the norm is at the lyrical heart of Vestigial. "There are several repeated characters throughout the album," Dillon reveals. "The Judas Steer, the Locust Christ... these are anti-heroes, the wolves among sheep figuratively. The ghastly Donald Trumps, The Kim Jong-Uns, the extremists and ignorant tyrants of our modern lives..."
After a European tour supporting Cult Of Luna in 2013, including a performance at Roadburn Festival, the band will be back in Europe this October to present Vestigial. Fit for fans of Mastodon, Cursed, Cult Of Luna, Converge, Breach, Black Breath, and the like.
LO!'s Vestigial will see release on October 6th on CD, LP, and digital formats. For pre-orders in North America, visit THIS LOCATION, in Europe go to THIS LOCATION, and in Australia, go to THIS LOCATION.
View a Vestigial video teaser HERE.
Pest Records, the new Loud Rage Music chapter, is proud to announce it has recently agreed with the up and coming Finnish Melancholic Post Metal band Atlases for the release of the band’s debut material, a 5 tracks EP titled Penumbra and scheduled for this Autumn.
Atlases was founded by guitarist Ville-Veikko Laaksonen in 2017, after he parted ways with his previous band Oceanwake. The right lineup was found rather quickly. Based in Pori, Finland the band now consists of five musicians, who have influenced in bands like Apea, Filthy Vermin, Oceanwake, Palekastro Plays Kingston Wall, Sammontakojat, Vuoltee & Sotahuuto.
Atlases' music combines metal with atmospheric soundscapes, making the end result sound like Modern Post Metal, as they themselves call it.
Check out a teaser for Penumbra here:
More info to be revealed soon!
Greek post-sludge formation Allochiria premiere the new video "Lifespotting" at slow 'n' low authority The Sludgelord. The track hails from the band's highly anticipated second album, Throes, set for international release on March 17th via Art of Propaganda. See/hear Allochiria's "Lifespotting" video exclusively HERE.
Allochiria were formed in 2008 in Athens, Greece, and released a self-titled EP in 2010. In January 2014, they released their first full-length album, Omonoia. But in December 2016, Allochiria joined forces with Art of Propaganda for the release of the band’s second album, Throes. Having shared the stage with Deafheaven, Year of No Light, Altar of Plagues, and many more, as well as undertaking their first European tour in March 2015, Allochiria's live experience becomes readily apparent across the vast expanses of Throes. Although their music has often been likened to Neurosis, ISIS, Amenra, and Cult of Luna, Allochiria assert their own identity in the post-sludge realm with their deep exploration of very human themes. With Throes, its theme explores man as a social being, the corruption that defines him in modern societies, his vain struggles, painful routine, and the effect this has in the world around him.
In that regard, Throes retains the same concept as Omonoia, which has man in its main area of interest. But this time, Allochiria's pursuit of that concept is angrier and more direct, making for an even more intense listen. Speaking directly to mankind, Throes expresses anger, pain, and agony in a higher degree; living beings are being killed, drowned, destroyed, and left helpless, and the rest either cause this or witness it. We mourn a little bit, and then go on with our lives - we are hopeless and weak. This is Throes, and Allochiria are guiding its maelstrom. Go deeper into that maelstrom with the video for "Lifespotting" exclusively HERE, courtesy of The Sludgelord webzine. Take the first step into that maelstrom with "Counting Fives," which can be heard exclusively HERE.
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