Bloedwyrx, the entrancing and cinematic new album from Chicago-based industrial metal solo outfit FEARSORE, is out now through Dead Sage Records.
FEARSORE’s second release through Dead Sage, Bloedwyrx is a compilation of works addressing the combined experiences of declining mental health, the pharmacological splitting of self, hope, and suicidal ideation in their many guises. Playing the role of fool, as we all do daily; and with the intent of not being too “on the nose,” each piece has been composed dissected and recombined to maximize each momentary realization and conversation with the alien within – that part of us that sits in the dark corner of our peripheral vision clawing at our synapses. It’s the side that knowingly chastises us with oblique yet frank honesty and brutal assessment. It is an entity of cynical delights, wedged deep in our consciousness; a universal Zeitgeist that seeks to grow from the cracks in our little minds and tear at the emotional self that clings to old ignorance.
Bloed refers to blood, the Scandinavian affectation specifically to lineage and the legacy of obscurity held therein. Wyrx refers to an evolution of the course already set with previous FEARSORE releases. This time in an alien encapsulation, a void of uncomfortable truths, confessions, self-alienation, and contentment in hopelessness. In the end, the soundscape is made, the fool has ripped out his own eyes to see no more, only to find the truth.
Bloedwyrx was written, performed, and engineered by Wiley Wells, with additional production on “Sky Devourer Forest Fire Urge” by John Bomher, mastering handled by Dennis A. Cimpeanu, and additional manipulated artwork by Bobby Banaszak. The album is being released as two masters – one for those willing to submit to the regulations of internet and streaming, and a much less constrained, louder, fuller CD master – both of which are equally representative of the pieces contained within.
Decibel describes, “…an oddly entrancing mixture of the hypnotizing and harsh. It’s a dark, psychedelic journey… part electronic soundscape, part grinding riff generator. A hundred percent riveting.” New Noise Magazine writes, “Ever get lost in a forest and find yourself stuck there after the sun goes down, not sure you’ll make it out alive? FEARSORE targets that sense of dread, grabs hold of it like a branch, and examines every crevice over the course of five songs.” The Razor’s Edge calls the record, “…a feast for the ears and becomes the canvass for wherever the listener’s imagination serves to take them.”
Stream FEARSORE’s Bloedwyrx in its entirety at Bandcamp where the CD is available HERE, YouTube HERE, and more. Also watch the hallucinogenic video for the track “Cloudfall” HERE.
The creation of one Wiley Wells, FEARSORE began in the late nineties in Birmingham, Alabama as an opportunity to escape the stagnation of the southeastern US underground music movement and create something unique, personal, and challenging. An ethos of youthful exhaustion with the state of the artistic contributions to a musical wasteland of retread ideas and the internal strife with broad notions of what could be beyond.
What began as a nascent exploration of ambient textures crossed with classical piano derivations quickly became much more, when Wells joined with D’hiver Mort in 2000 and began experimenting with more expansive tools. Over the years, FEARSORE has expanded horizons and entertained collaborations with Novembers Doom, While Heaven Wept, Cannabis Corpse, and many others, further cementing it as an ever-evolving project.
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