What is this black metal witchery? From finding fresh bullet shells outside our apartment to having the temperature dip 70 degrees in a few hours one night, we were always off kilter. Blasting beats, rapid double bass, agonizing vocals, etc. Each song is flawless, and no matter how hard I searched for imperfections, I could not find any. This is a very strong album, and there is not a weak or lesser track within it. It's entirely possible I'm developing synesthesia By Justin C. How does the band keep changing within those same confines? The progression of our sound happens in the months and months of basically free association riff-writing, typically done in the city or wherever. But sometimes, you need to strip away the permutations and bask in lo-fi menace.
Also, always writing new music. The visual imagery invoked by the song titles and lyrics are another fascinating facet of the music. The music here is surrounded by field noises the Skarstad brothers captured on a trip to Siberia, and that oddness and desolation, the sounds of active villages and bootsteps crunching the snow, help pull you into their atmosphere and experience a world many never have before. Immersion is dense, dissonant, and difficult, but every time I thought I might take a break from it, I felt pulled back. Get in touch using the same address above We will consider bands from any genre but exclusively stoner, sludge, doom, psych, post-metal, experimental, black-metal etc.
For more on the band, go here: To buy the album, go here preorder up soon : For more on the label, go here: And here:. The guitar tones are fairly typical as well, but the band's strength lies in the building up of the melodic riffs, while drawing upon its meandering backing riffs, and combing them all for a sonic overture that, while reaching its peak at key moments, has the continuity to revisit its soul stirring riffs that draws the listener back in. Did you know when you went you were looking for inspiration for new music? Fighting bouts of insomnia, drinking vodka with strangers who looked at us like we were zoo animals, and coping with constant darkness and cold were what occupied our time and thoughts. Black metal has become the land of musical modifiers: blackgaze, blackened death, black doom, ambient black metal. As the record started coming together, we realized our experiences in Krasnoyarsk created an appropriate theme for the record, but that most obviously emerged lyrically and in the transitions between songs. Purple translucent tape, professionally dubbed.
Where Sick With Bloom was steeped in the sound and feel of isolation in the natural world, courtesy of field recordings from around the Connecticut cabin where it and Immersion Trench Reverie were recorded, the samples that give life to this album were recorded while Will and Sam Skarstad were on a month-long sabbatical in Siberia, and feature haunting choral vocals, bells, wild dogs, and the icy northern wind. Recorded to tape in the same Connecticut cabin that was used for Sick With Bloom and other Yellow Eyes releases , Immersion Trench Reverie brims with a familiar shimmering resonance, but infused throughout is an aura of something else— shortly before the early springtime recording of the album, brothers Will and Sam Skarstad returned home from a month in Siberia, bringing with them field recordings and a new sense of exigency in their songwriting. Pushing through constant suspensions and permutations, Yellow Eyes create a virtual orchestra using only a handful of guitar tracks — you get the distinct impression that these passages would be just as grand and moving in a live four-piece setting. When thinking of the six songs on this album, I could not identify a favorite. Most followers of the sub-genre will readily recognize and acknowledge Yellow Eyes as a sort of leading force behind many of the newer black metal conglomerates where race, politics and religion are no longer the focal point of the lyrics. Back to Europe in April for Roadburn, then hopefully as far into Eastern Europe as possible for some shows to round out the trip. Once again, the drumming is both frantic and inspired — maybe the best on the record.
Immersion Trench Reverie lacks some of the immediacy that I felt with Sick with Bloom, but that's not a knock on either album. Kim Kelly summed up Sick with Bloom in her 2015 year-end list as simply I agree wholeheartedly, and that makes Immersion the beguiling next step into that promising future. Right off the bat, what does the title of the record signify to the band? The song opens with the stanza Overnight Or was it not Green ragged cloth had fallen On the path The way I took had velvet on the horn Certainly sounds woodsy, but the later lyrics go in almost a suburban direction: Imagine that a propane tank When squarely struck Becomes a bell Yet huddles by the driveway in the cold Why do I suddenly have melancholy feelings for an anthropomorphized propane tank? Rekevics on drums Fell Voices, Vanum, Vilkacis, Vorde , Alex DeMaria on bass Anicon, Obaku , Sam Skarstad on guitar, and Will Skarstad on guitar and vocals Ustalost, Sanguine Eagle, Vilkacis. Whilst I would like to respond to every email, this is not always possible. These guys have been doing things that way since their start, and they continue to invent new ways to devastate and captivate at the same time. Immersion Trench Reverie is a fascinating listen that achieves a harsh vibe will still conveying a dark beauty beneath the surface. Yet the music sounds different and has progressed from your past work.
Unfortunately, this is Will writing. And so the hallucinatory melancholy of Yellow Eyes is cast in strange new light. It will be difficult for me to find a stronger, more complete album for some time. The group has quietly been releasing some of the best and most inimitable black metal the world over since 2012. . This dissension continually delivers the listener to the foundation of their musical message.
Instead, Yellow Eyes focuses on keeping the riffs flowing in interesting tremolo patterns, ones that would never be accused of being too melodic, but still carry distinguishing features in their sometimes angular approach. We spend most of our energy trying to get the songs to flow. Depression, loss, nature, and solitude all seem to be the focus, and with that, the musical composition, and melodic tales that are spun meld particularly well with the sub genre. Rekevics on drums Fell Voices, Vanum, Vilkacis, Vorde , Alex DeMaria on bass Anicon, Obaku , Sam Skarstad on guitar, and Will Skarstad on guitar and vocals Ustalost, Sanguine Eagle, Vilkacis. Will ship separately from all other orders. I really loved , which our own Mr.
How do you feel about that relationship, especially since the band did so much on its own for a long time? And so the hallucinatory melancholy of Yellow Eyes is cast in strange new light. This band, long helmed by brothers Will and Sam Skarstad and joined by bassist Alex DeMaria and drummer M. Hence the deserved buzz that continues to surround and expand around Yellow Eyes. I jumped on board with their 2013 full-length, Hammer of Night, but not without some resistance. You will also receive a sticker and an immediate download of the album.
Talk a little bit about that experience and how it colored the record? Yellow Eyes did not let me down. Poised now to release their fourth full-length album, Immersion Trench Reverie, the band stands to outdo themselves once more, creating something that lives up to its title well: an album that is both deep and immersive. What makes Immersion Trench Reverie stand out among the Yellow Eyes discography is in its feel. Does that cabin provide an element of comfort? Lyric sheet and download included. We still release cassettes and make shirts, pins etc.
I've always had an interesting listener-band relationship with Yellow Eyes. I like to think that our songwriting would have become more adventurous regardless. Working on it all now. The album was recorded, mixed and mastered by the band and features M. As a whole, the album carries a strong, dark, depressive tone, but is able to transform it into beauty. Driven by dizzying guitar lines, the powerful drumming of Mike Rekevics, ambiance set by wispy field recordings, and the unique howling vocals of Will Skarstad, their songs bend and warp the traditional formulas of black metal into something both, at times, lush with melody and nightmarish in attack. I jumped on board with their 2013 full-length, , but not without some resistance.