Iowa City, IA based black metal band DRYAD have premiered their new single, Brine Pool Aberration, and its accompanying visualizer via New Noise. Brine Pool Aberration is the second track to be taken from the group’s forthcoming debut album, The Abyssal Plain, which is set for release via Prosthetic Records on January 20. DRYAD dive further into thematic oceanic depths on Brine Pool Aberration, offering up glimmers of hope through the darkness.
Brine Pool Aberration is now available on all streaming platforms.
Speaking on the premiere, DRYAD comments: “As the light fades, and one descends blindly into the blackened depths of the ocean, a glimmer of hope and madness both begin to take shape below. A seemingly impossible lake beneath an ocean, a dream within a dream. What illuminating horrors lie within the anoxic brine?”
DRYAD‘s take on black metal is as abrasive and primeval as you would hope from a band that draws their biggest lyrical influences from the furthest reaches of the ocean floor, far from even the weakest tendrils of sunlight. Their stygian take on the genre is chaotic and suitably lo-fi, but on The Abyssal Plain, the oppressive cacophony is punctuated with synth-heavy interludes heavily inspired by 80s horror movie soundtracks (think John Carpenter and Dario Argento).
The activity of the intricate ecosystems 10,000 feet below the surface of the ocean provides an abundance of material for lyrical horror stories of near-unbelievable monsters and mind-bending geological features, but DRYAD are keen to stress the environmental message woven throughout their music (the band itself is named after the mythological spirit and protector of the forests). Ocean environments are continuously being polluted and exploited for supposed human gain, and the despair and fury this elicits is palpable in the visceral sound of the band.
The real-life horrors that lurk on the deepest parts of the seafloor also serve as a metaphor for the tenebrose depths of depression and psychological struggle, reflecting a place where it is impossible for light to penetrate. And yet, even in those deepest, darkest depths, incredible creatures not only exist, but thrive – some even creating their own light – in seemingly the most inhospitable of environments. So, whilst this album is very much about the depths of the ocean and the alien creatures of the abyssal plains that lie at the bottom of our seemingly mundane Earth, it is also about feeling alone in the darkness and still creating your own light. Being able to manufacture hope in a seemingly hopeless place – both for oneself and for the future of the planet.
The Abyssal Plain was recorded in the band’s home state of Iowa by Luke Tweedy, mixed and produced by Jaxon Vesely, and co-produced by DRYAD’s Claire Nunez, before being mastered by Adam Tucker at Signaturetone. On their debut album, DRYAD have crafted a syntheses of sound – forged from foundations that are part horror story, part rallying cry.
The Abyssal Plain tracklist:
3. Brine Pool Abberation
5. Loki’s Castle
7. Pompeii Worm
8. Chimera Monstrosa
9. Abyssal Plain
10. Black Smoke
11. Raptures of the Deep
13. A Nagging Thought