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This news story was originally published here: http://www.prog-sphere.com/interviews/irist-interview-rodrigo-carvalho/

Atlanta, GA metal five-piece Irist are one of the hottest metal groups at the moment. Having signed a global record deal with Nuclear Blast, the group is ready to unleash their full-length debut album Order of the Mind on March 27th, produced and mixed by Lewis Johns at the Ranch Production House in Southampton, UK and mastered by Grammy Award-winning engineer Ted Jensen (Megadeth, Dream Theater). Singer and lyricist Rodrigo Carvalho talked with Niko Savic about the creative process for Order of the Mind.

Asked about whether or not the variety of the songs can be attributed to band members’ coming from different countries and cultures, Carvalho commented: “It’s very difficult for us to gage what kind of influences we have and how they impact the album just because a lot of it just comes in subconsciously. I’m sure that at some level there is some influence of different places that we come from because we all grew up listening to different kinds of music. As you know, three of the members are from South America, so we grew up listening to a lot of Latin music, not only metal. We don’t make a point to consciously add things because we have these things in our background, but I’m sure they pop out.

About the lyrical and musical ideas that informed Order of the Mind, Rodrigo says: “From a general standpoint the album is supposed to be intense, I think that’s the keyword. There’s lot of different rhythms, and also melodically it’s very intense. Pablo writes really deep melodies, which I like to call very Argentinian kind of melodies—they are very intense and aggressive too. Overall, I think that the album is very intense. Lyrically, I tried to match that as best I could. A lot of the themes of the album has to do with overcoming challenges—overcoming physical challenges, psychological challenges, barriers of different types. It’s not the only theme of the album, but it seems to be the general theme of a lot of the songs. All of the songs have different imagery, different topics, different choice of words, but in the end most of them convey that kind of intensity.

Listen to the full interview below. Order of the Mind is out on March 27th via Nuclear Blast; pre-order it here. Follow Irist on Facebook and Instagram.

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This news story was originally published here: https://www.prog-sphere.com/interviews/irist-interview-rodrigo-carvalho/

Atlanta, GA metal five-piece Irist are one of the hottest metal groups at the moment. Having signed a global record deal with Nuclear Blast, the group is ready to unleash their full-length debut album Order of the Mind on March 27th, produced and mixed by Lewis Johns at the Ranch Production House in Southampton, UK and mastered by Grammy Award-winning engineer Ted Jensen (Megadeth, Dream Theater). Singer and lyricist Rodrigo Carvalho talked with Niko Savic about the creative process for Order of the Mind.

Asked about whether or not the variety of the songs can be attributed to band members’ coming from different countries and cultures, Carvalho commented: “It’s very difficult for us to gage what kind of influences we have and how they impact the album just because a lot of it just comes in subconsciously. I’m sure that at some level there is some influence of different places that we come from because we all grew up listening to different kinds of music. As you know, three of the members are from South America, so we grew up listening to a lot of Latin music, not only metal. We don’t make a point to consciously add things because we have these things in our background, but I’m sure they pop out.

About the lyrical and musical ideas that informed Order of the Mind, Rodrigo says: “From a general standpoint the album is supposed to be intense, I think that’s the keyword. There’s lot of different rhythms, and also melodically it’s very intense. Pablo writes really deep melodies, which I like to call very Argentinian kind of melodies—they are very intense and aggressive too. Overall, I think that the album is very intense. Lyrically, I tried to match that as best I could. A lot of the themes of the album has to do with overcoming challenges—overcoming physical challenges, psychological challenges, barriers of different types. It’s not the only theme of the album, but it seems to be the general theme of a lot of the songs. All of the songs have different imagery, different topics, different choice of words, but in the end most of them convey that kind of intensity.

Listen to the full interview below. Order of the Mind is out on March 27th via Nuclear Blast; pre-order it here. Follow Irist on Facebook and Instagram.

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This news story was originally published here: http://www.prog-sphere.com/news/enslaved-utgard-album-art/

Norwegian blackened avant-gardists Enslaved reached out to their fans yesterday, to present them the cover artwork for their upcoming 15th studio album, Utgard, set to be released in Autumn this year. Enslaved‘s official statement reads as follows:

Due to the current situation, we took the decision together with our label Nuclear Blast to postpone the release of ‘Utgard‘ to the fall. Therefore, as you can imagine, the whole schedule had to be adjusted quickly! We understand that seeing a video teaser followed by nothing has been confusing. As of today, we can announce that our first single and video will be released on May 22nd, and we can’t wait to share this new music with you all! We are sure you understand that this is for the best.

In the meantime, we’d like to tell you a little more about the ‘Utgard‘ cover artwork. This is the ninth consecutive album cover done by Truls Espedal – and like the album itself it is definitely on the wavelength of the long-distance pulse from the Enslaved generator. It is a piece of art that mirrors a massive concept and a band that is also more lyrically and philosophically inspired than ever before. That Truls is a master of his art is established a long time ago, but he has truly outdone himself on this interpretation of our ‘Utgard.’ Just looking at how the colors and techniques are used to create the depth and grandiosity of the horizon. The perfect travelling companion into these uncharted territories.”

The band has also announced today that they will headline the Verftet Online Music Festival in USF, Bergen, on April 1st. The online event will be streamed via http://bt.no and http://youtube.com.

The band states:

“When the old Bergen ring-fox Mikal Telle asked us to join his and local venue USF’s fantastic initiative that is this festival, we pretty much said ‘yes and thanks for asking!’ before he could finish the sentence. Of course we are itching to play now that the world of live music is on halt, but we also saw a chance to get our live music out there to all the fantastic fans out there – the studio recordings is of course a pillar in what Enslaved is, but without the other pillar of playing high-energy shows and creating musical magick together with our magnificent audience – things get out of balance. Now we will have a chance to restore that balance for a virtual time with all of you – and time is time no matter what matter it moves through, right? See you in the ether!”

Enslaved - Utgard

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This news story was originally published here: http://www.prog-sphere.com/news/enslaved-utgard-album-art/

Norwegian blackened avant-gardists Enslaved reached out to their fans yesterday, to present them the cover artwork for their upcoming 15th studio album, Utgard, set to be released in Autumn this year. Enslaved‘s official statement reads as follows:

Due to the current situation, we took the decision together with our label Nuclear Blast to postpone the release of ‘Utgard‘ to the fall. Therefore, as you can imagine, the whole schedule had to be adjusted quickly! We understand that seeing a video teaser followed by nothing has been confusing. As of today, we can announce that our first single and video will be released on May 22nd, and we can’t wait to share this new music with you all! We are sure you understand that this is for the best.

In the meantime, we’d like to tell you a little more about the ‘Utgard‘ cover artwork. This is the ninth consecutive album cover done by Truls Espedal – and like the album itself it is definitely on the wavelength of the long-distance pulse from the Enslaved generator. It is a piece of art that mirrors a massive concept and a band that is also more lyrically and philosophically inspired than ever before. That Truls is a master of his art is established a long time ago, but he has truly outdone himself on this interpretation of our ‘Utgard.’ Just looking at how the colors and techniques are used to create the depth and grandiosity of the horizon. The perfect travelling companion into these uncharted territories.”

The band has also announced today that they will headline the Verftet Online Music Festival in USF, Bergen, on April 1st. The online event will be streamed via http://bt.no and http://youtube.com.

The band states:

“When the old Bergen ring-fox Mikal Telle asked us to join his and local venue USF’s fantastic initiative that is this festival, we pretty much said ‘yes and thanks for asking!’ before he could finish the sentence. Of course we are itching to play now that the world of live music is on halt, but we also saw a chance to get our live music out there to all the fantastic fans out there – the studio recordings is of course a pillar in what Enslaved is, but without the other pillar of playing high-energy shows and creating musical magick together with our magnificent audience – things get out of balance. Now we will have a chance to restore that balance for a virtual time with all of you – and time is time no matter what matter it moves through, right? See you in the ether!”

Enslaved - Utgard

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This news story was originally published here: https://www.prog-sphere.com/news/enslaved-utgard-album-art/

Norwegian blackened avant-gardists Enslaved reached out to their fans yesterday, to present them the cover artwork for their upcoming 15th studio album, Utgard, set to be released in Autumn this year. Enslaved‘s official statement reads as follows:

Due to the current situation, we took the decision together with our label Nuclear Blast to postpone the release of ‘Utgard‘ to the fall. Therefore, as you can imagine, the whole schedule had to be adjusted quickly! We understand that seeing a video teaser followed by nothing has been confusing. As of today, we can announce that our first single and video will be released on May 22nd, and we can’t wait to share this new music with you all! We are sure you understand that this is for the best.

In the meantime, we’d like to tell you a little more about the ‘Utgard‘ cover artwork. This is the ninth consecutive album cover done by Truls Espedal – and like the album itself it is definitely on the wavelength of the long-distance pulse from the Enslaved generator. It is a piece of art that mirrors a massive concept and a band that is also more lyrically and philosophically inspired than ever before. That Truls is a master of his art is established a long time ago, but he has truly outdone himself on this interpretation of our ‘Utgard.’ Just looking at how the colors and techniques are used to create the depth and grandiosity of the horizon. The perfect travelling companion into these uncharted territories.”

The band has also announced today that they will headline the Verftet Online Music Festival in USF, Bergen, on April 1st. The online event will be streamed via http://bt.no and http://youtube.com.

The band states:

“When the old Bergen ring-fox Mikal Telle asked us to join his and local venue USF’s fantastic initiative that is this festival, we pretty much said ‘yes and thanks for asking!’ before he could finish the sentence. Of course we are itching to play now that the world of live music is on halt, but we also saw a chance to get our live music out there to all the fantastic fans out there – the studio recordings is of course a pillar in what Enslaved is, but without the other pillar of playing high-energy shows and creating musical magick together with our magnificent audience – things get out of balance. Now we will have a chance to restore that balance for a virtual time with all of you – and time is time no matter what matter it moves through, right? See you in the ether!”

Enslaved - Utgard

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This news story was originally published here: http://www.prog-sphere.com/reviews/lednik-celestial-monuments-review/

Refinement and rawness seem to be completely contrasting styles in music. On one side there are the lo-fi black metal releases, which amass acclaim and disdain for their pretentious identity. On the other side you have lustrous pop recordings, which amass acclaim and disdain for their pretentious identity. However, they seem to never get highlighted in the same sentence; in a way, something that is cunningly produced can never seem to become too autocratic, nor do the ambient instances on black metal releases seem to ever succeed in achieving any form of luster, even though they are not frantically recorded.

Serbian instrumental post-metal four-piece Lednik seem to understand what is up with this disjunction and seem to mix together these vitally dissenting components into a well organized, unified whole that is their full-length debut Celestial Monuments. Part of this is the fact that they seem to swerve between musical contraries. The quartet makes use of a lot of polarities, sifting styles at the drop of a hat to deviate from what sounds like light post-rock or ambient dulcet intervals to pulverizing riffs that hark back to the grandeur of sludge metal greats like Cult of Luna or Isis. And the production seems to follow it all; the subtle moments are full of lucidity, immaculate like ice-cold water from a summit spring, but the jarring variations that are included are like that same summit actually being a volcano and spurting voluminous amounts of lava. There is a point to that naturalistic juxtaposition laying somewhere under the 42-minute Celestial Monuments.

The riffs are captivating and the contrasting techniques make heavier moments sound like the ground is being sucked away underneath, and the melodic instants feel that bit more unspoiled when they are observed within the extent of the songs. The understanding of how to follow up on these subdivided fragments the band members obviously have, and the pristine production pulls an even sharper spotlight.

Celestial Monuments is strong enough as a progressive metal release and as an expressive representation that it gets its point across with absolute energy, style, and confidence without pressing you to scan it up and down for months. With so few contemporary acts balancing progressive and metal elements in the way that Lednik do, it can be easy to misjudge the enduring influence of an album like Celestial Monuments due to a shortage of competition.

Celestial Monuments is out now; order it from Bandcamp here. Follow Lednik on Facebook and Instagram.

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This news story was originally published here: https://www.prog-sphere.com/reviews/lednik-celestial-monuments-review/

Refinement and rawness seem to be completely contrasting styles in music. On one side there are the lo-fi black metal releases, which amass acclaim and disdain for their pretentious identity. On the other side you have lustrous pop recordings, which amass acclaim and disdain for their pretentious identity. However, they seem to never get highlighted in the same sentence; in a way, something that is cunningly produced can never seem to become too autocratic, nor do the ambient instances on black metal releases seem to ever succeed in achieving any form of luster, even though they are not frantically recorded.

Serbian instrumental post-metal four-piece Lednik seem to understand what is up with this disjunction and seem to mix together these vitally dissenting components into a well organized, unified whole that is their full-length debut Celestial Monuments. Part of this is the fact that they seem to swerve between musical contraries. The quartet makes use of a lot of polarities, sifting styles at the drop of a hat to deviate from what sounds like light post-rock or ambient dulcet intervals to pulverizing riffs that hark back to the grandeur of sludge metal greats like Cult of Luna or Isis. And the production seems to follow it all; the subtle moments are full of lucidity, immaculate like ice-cold water from a summit spring, but the jarring variations that are included are like that same summit actually being a volcano and spurting voluminous amounts of lava. There is a point to that naturalistic juxtaposition laying somewhere under the 42-minute Celestial Monuments.

The riffs are captivating and the contrasting techniques make heavier moments sound like the ground is being sucked away underneath, and the melodic instants feel that bit more unspoiled when they are observed within the extent of the songs. The understanding of how to follow up on these subdivided fragments the band members obviously have, and the pristine production pulls an even sharper spotlight.

Celestial Monuments is strong enough as a progressive metal release and as an expressive representation that it gets its point across with absolute energy, style, and confidence without pressing you to scan it up and down for months. With so few contemporary acts balancing progressive and metal elements in the way that Lednik do, it can be easy to misjudge the enduring influence of an album like Celestial Monuments due to a shortage of competition.

Celestial Monuments is out now; order it from Bandcamp here. Follow Lednik on Facebook and Instagram.

Lednik - Celestial Monuments review

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This news story was originally published here: https://www.prog-sphere.com/reviews/oranssi-pazuzu-mestarin-kynsi-review/

Finnish experimental purveyors Oranssi Pazuzu have made themselves out to be outcasts for melody in a career outlined by a deliberate wickedness. More often than not, the Finns have been driven by a cold, almost industrial atmosphere and billowing discrepancy. One might be going on a limb here, but Kosmonument and Värähtelijä are two of the most jolting albums ever released. When Oranssi Pazuzu decide to get gloomy, it is different kind of nightmares. Singerand guitarist Jun-His and bassist Ontto had already demonstrated their tact with melodic writing on Muukalainen Puhuu. Nonetheless, the subsequent extremity that characterized Oranssi Pazuzu’s debut made the partial return to melody on 2016’s Värähtelijä  a total revelation.

It is difficult to write or think about Mestarin Kynsi, the group’s fifth studio album out on April 17th via Nuclear Blast, without feeling total amazement for what Oranssi Pazuzu achieved here. Although the calamitous melodies, razor-sharp riffs and delicate soloing are present on Mestarin Kynsi, it didn’t come at any cost to the act’s distinct oddity. The album’s first riff, opening up “Ilmestys,” is a perfect exemplar of this contrast. It is still complexly discordant by every principle, but unlike the puzzling dusk of other releases, Jun-His conveys it in such a way that it’s haunting straight away from the first listen onward.

One of the most enthralling facts about this album is, even if it mashes elements of black metal, psychedelia and Krautrock effortlessly, there are plenty of earworms and distinct ideas throughout the record’s 52 minutes. Despite how repugnant they seemed on the outside, there was an undeniable solace in knowing that previous albums were ecstatic at-heart and zigzagging; one could get lost into their atmosphere without feeling a need to construe anything. The contrary rings true here. The band carries these extensive songs along with the creativity of a progressive rock master.

Some of the most striking exercises in melodic writing that could arguably ever be heard in black metal are showcased here. “Tyhjyyden sakramentti” is chock-full of them. “Uusi teknokratia” and “Kuulen ääniä maan alta” make Jun-His out to be just as much a genius in this style as he is with the cutting experimental stuff.

Oranssi Pazuzu are one of the few (black) metal bands out there that have written music to suit any mood. Mestarin Kynsi does different things by expanding on the group’s already unearthly foundations.

Mestarin Kynsi is out on April 17th via Nuclear Blast; pre-order the album from this location. Like Oranssi Pazuzu on Facebook. Watch the interview with Jun-His here.

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This news story was originally published here: http://www.prog-sphere.com/reviews/oranssi-pazuzu-mestarin-kynsi-review/

Finnish experimental purveyors Oranssi Pazuzu have made themselves out to be outcasts for melody in a career outlined by a deliberate wickedness. More often than not, the Finns have been driven by a cold, almost industrial atmosphere and billowing discrepancy. One might be going on a limb here, but Kosmonument and Värähtelijä are two of the most jolting albums ever released. When Oranssi Pazuzu decide to get gloomy, it is different kind of nightmares. Singerand guitarist Jun-His and bassist Ontto had already demonstrated their tact with melodic writing on Muukalainen Puhuu. Nonetheless, the subsequent extremity that characterized Oranssi Pazuzu’s debut made the partial return to melody on 2016’s Värähtelijä  a total revelation.

It is difficult to write or think about Mestarin Kynsi, the group’s fifth studio album out on April 17th via Nuclear Blast, without feeling total amazement for what Oranssi Pazuzu achieved here. Although the calamitous melodies, razor-sharp riffs and delicate soloing are present on Mestarin Kynsi, it didn’t come at any cost to the act’s distinct oddity. The album’s first riff, opening up “Ilmestys,” is a perfect exemplar of this contrast. It is still complexly discordant by every principle, but unlike the puzzling dusk of other releases, Jun-His conveys it in such a way that it’s haunting straight away from the first listen onward.

One of the most enthralling facts about this album is, even if it mashes elements of black metal, psychedelia and Krautrock effortlessly, there are plenty of earworms and distinct ideas throughout the record’s 52 minutes. Despite how repugnant they seemed on the outside, there was an undeniable solace in knowing that previous albums were ecstatic at-heart and zigzagging; one could get lost into their atmosphere without feeling a need to construe anything. The contrary rings true here. The band carries these extensive songs along with the creativity of a progressive rock master.

Some of the most striking exercises in melodic writing that could arguably ever be heard in black metal are showcased here. “Tyhjyyden sakramentti” is chock-full of them. “Uusi teknokratia” and “Kuulen ääniä maan alta” make Jun-His out to be just as much a genius in this style as he is with the cutting experimental stuff.

Oranssi Pazuzu are one of the few (black) metal bands out there that have written music to suit any mood. Mestarin Kynsi does different things by expanding on the group’s already weird foundations.

Mestarin Kynsi is out on April 17th via Nuclear Blast; pre-order the album from this location. Like Oranssi Pazuzu on Facebook. Watch the interview with Jun-His here.

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This news story was originally published here: https://www.prog-sphere.com/news/oranssi-pazuzu-uusi-teknokratia-video/

Two weeks ago, Finland’s experimental anti-traditionalists Oranssi Pazuzu unleashed “Uusi teknokratia,” the first single off their new album Mestarin kynsi, out on April 17th via Nuclear Blast. Today, the band have released a hypnotic music video for the song. Watch it below.

The band states, “The video Zev Deans made captures the paranoid vibe of the track and expands it further by adding a whole new visual realm into it. An apocalyptic vision that leaves no other choice but to obey.

“Uusi teknokratia” was directed by Zev Deans, produced by Rachel KitsonRyan Michael Kelly shot the video with executive producer Noah Young and associate producer Daniel Litt, starring Leslie Barany and Johnny ScuottoRachel Kitson and Zev Deans were responsible for the production design, Christine Snider for the talent management and Madeline Quinn for the VFX assistance.

Stream or download ’Uusi teknokratia’ here:
https://nblast.de/OP-UusiTeknokratia

Preorder ’Mestarin Kynssi’ here:
https://nblast.de/OP-MestarinKynsi

Mestarin kynssi will be available as CD, 2LP Black Vinyl and 2LP Gold Vinyl.

The band has also announced some new European tour dates. Join Oranssi Pazuzu at their outstanding performances at festivals in Summer 2020 or on their New Technocracy tour together with Sturle Dagsland as supporting act.

ORANSSI PAZUZU live:

Doomstar Bookings and FlyingFox AB present:
Festival Gigs
11.06.              PL        Kraków – Mystic Festival
26. – 28.06.     FIN      Helsinki – Tuska Open Air
16. – 19.07.     DE       Crispendorf – Chaos Descents Festival
19. – 22.08.     HU       Mátra-Sástó – Fekete Zaj Festival
19. – 22.08.     RO       Alba Iulia – Dark Bombastic Evening

‘New Technocracy Tour’
w/ Sturle Dagsland

27.09.              DE       Leipzig – UT Connewitz
28.09.              CZ        Prague – Futurum
29.09.              DE       Hamburg – Logo
30.09.              SE        Stockholm – Slaktkyrkan
01.10.              DK       Copenhagen – Vega
02.10.              NL        Sneek – Het Bolkwerk
03.10.              BE        Brussels – Magasin 4
04.10.              NL        Utrecht – De Helling
05.10.              UK       London – The Underworld
06.10.              FR        Rennes – Antipode MJC
07.10.              FR        Paris – Petit Bain
08.10.              FR        Toulouse – Metronum
13.10.              FR        Lyon – CCO
14.10.              CH       Martigny – Les Caves Du Mandir
15.10.              CH       Winterthur – Gaswerk
16.10.              AT       Vienna – Arena
17.10.              IT         Milano – Legend Club
18.10.              DE       Karlsruhe – Jubez

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