Invisible Oranges is currently streaming “Children Of The Homeland” from Indonesian atmospheric/symphonic black metal project PURE WRATH, spearheaded by multi-instrumentalist Januaryo Hardy. The track comes by way of Hardy’s impending new EP, The Forlorn Soldier, set to drop March 6th via Debemur Morti Productions.
An emotive three-track, near-half-hour exploration of events behind a brutal incident during the ‘60s genocide in Indonesia where male members of a family were kidnapped and “vanished” by a tyrannical army in the name of “so-called nationalism,” The Forlorn Soldier is darker and more expansive than previous works. With its powerful, melodic cascades, impassioned vocals, skilled guest drum work by Yurii Kononov (ex-White Ward), and piano contributions by Dice Midyanti (Victorian), the effort journeys to an all-encompassing realm where mythic dreamscapes meet bloody thematic realism.
Writes Invisible Oranges, “immersed in a blackened nocturne, PURE WRATH’s latest digs deeper into some of the thickest and most compelling atmospheres in the business, painting a grim and heartfelt picture of what took place so many decades ago. It’s a sobering look, really, as the The Forlorn Solider EP holds nothing back in terms of intensity and human pain…”
Hear PURE WRATH’s “Children Of The Homeland,” alongside an interview with Hardy, at THIS LOCATION.
Sample previously released opening track, “When A Great Man Dies,” below.
PURE WRATH’s The Forlorn Soldier will be released worldwide on digipack MCD, 10″ MLP, special edition 10″ MLP, and digital formats. Find preordering options below:
PURE WRATH initially began as a primitive black metal solo project in 2014 before Hardy shifted focus a bit “to be more open and realistic to my real life and family history.” In early 2017, PURE WRATH’s Ascetic Eventide was released via Indonesian label, Hitam Kelam Records. The record received an overwhelmingly positive response and sold out in just four months. Throats Productions in Mexico issued the record on vinyl later that year followed by a split release between PURE WRATH and French symphonic black metal project, Onirism, entitled Endless Journey. By 2018, Hardy unveiled his second full length, Sempiternal Wisdom, via a joint collaboration with Hitam Kelam and China’s Pest Productions. This year’s The Forlorn Soldier EP serves as a thematic bridge from Sempiternal Wisdom to PURE WRATH’s as-yet-untitled third opus, to be released via Debemur Morti Productions.