May 27, 2022 will see Berlin-based sludge and post-metal act, SHOVEL, release their self-titled debut abum via Argonauta Records. Now, the four-piece has premiered a haunting music video clip for “I. The Void” with Decibel Magazine!
Ever since their first gig, SHOVEL created an immediate connection with the vibrant scene of Berlin, Germany, and following their colossal demo in 2019, they managed to establish themselves within the heavy music underground. With their intense riffage, existential screams and the elusiveness of otherworldly sounds and atmospheres; emerging from the mud of sludge, doom and blackened post-metal; SHOVEL guides you through the openness and freedom of psychedelic textures to end up crawling in black metal claustrophobia and despair with an unconventional and distinct sound. After the previously-released, first single “VII-Havoc”, SHOVEL have now released a killer music video for “I. The Void”. Just exclusively premiered on Decibel Magazine, you can now stream the clip right here:
“‘I. The Void’ is the very first song we ever wrote, before we even decided that we were a band,” the band explains. “During its recording process, we realized how important and powerful this song still is for us: our first song. It is a song about seeking refuge in darkness, seeking comfort in uncomfortable situations—a song that incorporates the soul of Shovel as a band.
“In order to bring this feeling to the screen, we teamed up with director Alexandros Papathanasopoulos and writer George Zafeiropoulos. With them and their amazing crew, numerous actors, performers, and friends, we were able to capture the meaning behind ‘I. The Void.’ This video expresses this concept of agony and narrates it through the bizarre journey of the protagonist as he descends into the void. Shooting this video during the pandemic, traveling to multiple locations, and gathering so many people was an incredibly difficult task that took months of preparation, incalculable hours of work, and a good amount of luck. Now, [we are] very proud and very grateful; We present you our first video clip as Shovel!”
SHOVEL‘s upcoming album was recorded live on tape at Big Snuff Studio, Berlin, by producer and engineer Richard Behrens (Kadavar, Samsara Blues Experiment, Elder). The album was mastered in The Atomic Garden Studio (California, USA) by Grammy nominated producer Jack Shirley (Amenra, Deafheaven, Oathbreaker). The artwork and layout was designed by étions formidables.
Slated for a digital release on May 27th via Argonauta Records with physical editions to follow, the pre-sale will be available soon THIS LOCATION!
01. VII. Havoc
02. V. Mære
03. VI. Scars of a Dark Past
04. I. The Void
05. III. The Fall of the Sun
06. IV. A Case Against Optimism
07. II. The Lake (feat. Vassilis Avgoustakis)