A Distant (Dark) Source
[Photo by Lis de Nazareth]
is the impending new full-length from French cinematic, technical post-metal collective HYPNO5E
, set to drop via Pelagic Records
on November 22nd. In advance of its release, Heavy Blog Is Heavy
is pleased to unveil the band’s moving video for closing track “Tauca – Part II (Nowhere)”
Watch “Tauca – Part II (Nowhere)” Video HERE
Issues the band, “The closing track is a very different one than what’s usual for us and our listeners. We tried something new and modern; that’s far from our usual way to go. It sticks more to reality; it’s like a cold shower after a long nightmare. This song closes the album, and it’s a chaotic resolution which puts us down in the darkness again, with no light, no hope. It has an intense ending that was recorded in one shot almost as an impro, and it is built on the contradiction of the sweet melancholic piano and violin mixed with a dark and visceral screaming.”
Adds Heavy Blog Is Heavy, “this new track opens somberly enough, with emotion-drenched strings and heartfelt vocals leading the way into a core of darkness and melancholy. But near the end of the track, it blows up with furious blastbeats and massive guitars, laying waste to your expectations in a second… The vocals that arrive after the heavier section, with the strings back and playing a grotesque revisiting of their previous theme, are scrapped screeches which remind of Ihsahn’s work on Leprous‘ ‘Contaminate Me’ or other such voices from the bowls of black metal. This style works brilliantly well here, taking the brooding aesthetic of the track and shoving it right into your heart like a stake made of rotting wood. The video does much to amplify this affect, focusing as it does on the face of the human singing these vocals and not much else, driving our attention towards empathy and the emotions being expressed on this track.”
Find the band’s previously released video for the record’s thee-part title track HERE.
A Distant (Dark) Source will be released on CD, LP, and digital formats. See all preordering options below:
Having forged the term “cinematic metal” with their truly epicscope compositions, oftentimes exceeding the twenty-minute mark, HYPNO5E seamlessly merges elements of contemporary metal with Latin folk, and film-score like sonic landscapes. Following 2018’s special acoustic album, Alba – Les Ombres Errantes, the Southern French quartet return with a more “typical” HYPNO5E record, if there is such a thing. Fifth album, A Distant (Dark) Source, serves as the second part of a diptych album project. Each part will be released separately, starting with the second one.
A Distant (Dark) Source is an inward journey to the land of the ghosts of the past. At the origin of this distant dark source lies Tauca, an old Paleolithic lake located in Bolivia, where singer and guitarist Emmanuel Jessua has grown up, and continues to find inspiration for his musical endeavors.
Lake Tauca disappeared more than 15,000 years ago, leaving behind an arid land and salt lakes, like the Salt Desert of Uyuni or Coipasa, at 4.500m of altitude in the Andes mountain range. A Distant (Dark) Source is the musical imagination of a night in this desert, during which the old shores of the lake see the return of the shadows of the people who used to live in this area before its disappearance. A man comes back to the lake to look for the shadow of the woman he loved. The album tells the story of this ephemeral return.
A Distant (Dark) Source is the second part of this story and takes place during one single night… but don’t be deterred by such conceptual enthusiasm, as HYPNO5E‘s sound is powerful, visceral, and immediate. There are moments that remind you of the expansive technical elaborations of Between The Buried And Me, but there is also the careful melancholia of Cynic and the sheer power of Gojira… but in the end, all these comparisons fail. HYPNO5E‘s organic sound is undoubtedly their own. Unlike so many bands who rely on a single sound or technique to create their music, HYPNO5E are not bound to any precondition. Fans of Cynic, Between The Buried And Me, Gojira, Meshuggah, Opeth, Cult Of Luna, Pink Floyd, Tesseract, Soen, and Monuments pay heed.