Swiss apocalyptic post-metal act ABRAHAM today unleashes latest single, “Blood Moon, New Alliance.” Now streaming exclusively at Decibel Magazine, the track comes by way of the band’s impending new full-length, Débris de Mondes Perdus, set for release February 25th via Pelagic Records!
Being the result of eleven years of recording and touring with bands like Cult Of Luna and The Ocean, ABRAHAM’s Débris de Mondes Perdus shows a post-metal powerhouse at the height of its ability. On “Blood Moon, New Alliance,” the band reduce a barrage of blast beats to an atmospheric exercise in restraint, smoothly transitioning through differences in volume and pace, while retaining a sense of intensity that borders on blood-thirst.
Comments the band, “‘Blood Moon, New Alliance’ is about telling new stories with broken words. It is also about a shift in the geological depths of the earth that resonates with a shift in the unconscious depths of human mind (what is left of it) about its relation to the un/animated world. It is partly inspired by the novel Autobiographie D’un Poulpe by French author Vinciane Despret, who imagines a therolinguistic society (see Ursula K. Le Guin for this one) who studies the actual written traces of species like octopuses. Borges could have come up with something similar. If you look closely, you will also find a reference to another ABRAHAM song.”
Stream “Blood Moon, New Alliance” at Decibel Magazine at THIS LOCATION.
Débris de Mondes Perdus will be available on CD, LP, and digital formats. Find preordering options HERE. Fans Of Breach, Cult Of Luna, Wolves In The Throne Room, Neurosis, Rosetta, Russian Circles, Amenra and the like, pay heed.
ABRAHAM emerged from the flourishing Swiss underground music scene of the past decade and have forged their reputation as one of the leading post metal bands in Europe. Their 2018 magnum opus Look, Here Comes The Dark! was a scorching dystopian fiction concept album, divided into four consecutive periods – one for each vinyl record – throughout which the story of the disappearance of all life on Earth was told.
Each section was defined by a unique approach in terms of style, songwriting, willingness to experiment and choice of instrumentation. Débris de Mondes Perdus is the sequel to this incredible mammoth album… but can there be a sequel to the end of all times? “We used a text which comes from several hundred years in the future as a conceptual centerpiece,” comments the band. “It is less a story than a kind of chant expressing fears, awe, struggles and lamentations. It is very oral, primitive and heathen, evil and bizarre. One can tell that darkness has obscured minds after having fallen onto the world.”
And this is precisely how Débris de Mondes Perdus sounds: primitive. Raw. Abrasive. Vile. Painful. Like a horde of hungry heathens mangling a wounded animal. “It’s much rougher and definitely less baroque than our previous efforts,” confirms the band, “while still retaining a general sense of malaise.”
After the release of Look Here Comes The Dark!, the band lost both their second guitarist and their main vocalist – but it has always been drummer Dave Schlagmeister’s unique, utterly desperate vocals emerging from the grey mist between painful melodic bellows and plangent screams that characterized ABRAHAM’s vocal approach… and even more so on this new album, where he is now the only vocalist. “After Renzo and Mat left the band, we found ourselves wondering if we should replace them or simply continue as a three-piece, and we were very eager to experiment with less instruments. Since we’re still very much guitar-oriented, we quickly felt the need to recruit someone else and Margo, whom we’ve known for a long time, felt like the best fit. In a way, the reduction of the lineup matches the reduction in scope of the record: Look, Here Comes The Dark! told the story of humanity’s demise through various stages spanning almost two hours of music; Débris de Mondes Perdus is set a few hundred years later, on a scorched earth, where the last remnants of humanity try desperately to survive and feel the need to somehow stick together despite death lurking around every corner.”
The end result is an album that is as rough, ugly, and brute as it gets. ABRAHAM have taken conscious distance to the polished, metallic side of post metal, in favor of a more rock-oriented, gritty, and less produced sound. However, these are not glorious singalong rock anthems, but utterly raw, dissonant, abrasive, and clinking cold compositions, in the most refreshing and invigorating sense of these words.
Jakkob Wierdmann – guitars, backing vocals
Val DiCabillo – bass, backing vocals
Dave Schlagmeister – drums, vocals
Steven Margo Ditadoro – guitars